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NPR and Anger

Since I've switched my car radio permanently over to NPR, I haven't been happier.

Its the best radio I've listened to for awhile, and I feel great about actually being informed about what the hell is going on in the world.

Yet, today I had to listen to was disturbing to me. It made me angry.

Apparently, the supreme court is meeting with the EPA and the executive branch of the US government over pollution problems and such. In this case they were bringing in a person of some importance from Mass. who was describing how shorelines of the state were slowly depleting and that smog was over taking more and more area.

The point was to bring in effect rules against emissions. All the people wanted was a tighter system of rules upon green house gasses.

Here are a few responses it was given:

"Are these emissions an immanent harm? Can we say that they are the fuse of a bomb about to go off?"

- the reply was good. Basically saying its a downward spiral that has already begun, and has to be turned around before it gets to that point.

--- My opinion: So... do we have to wait till its, OH MY GOD, people are dyeing every day because of the hole in the ozone or whatnot? That is just stupid. If signs are pointing in a bad direction because of emissions, you need to wrangle it in before our children, or our children's children have to deal with it. It's bullshit to turn a blind eye to what may not happen within your lifetime. You actions turn to say, 'fuck you world. I am the most important person. No one else matters. You all can suffer from my decisions for all I care.'

another kinda quote:

"Climate changes are a global issue, not a local issue, so its not our problem."

-- I didn't catch the reply or maybe I just don't remember it because I was completely dumbfounded by that. These quotes are coming from both the EPA and the executive branch of the US government!

My opinion: Since it does affect the world it is every bit our problem!

and its also kinda crappy that apparently G.W. made promises to clamp down on emissions in 2000 and did a 180 in office and voted it down.

___ugh.... maybe I'm just a commoner that doesn't know any better, but this just perpetuates that politics are horrible and decisive. Personally, I don't know if I can buy that there is one good person in office anywhere. NOT ONE. Every time I feel like I think government might be going in a decent direction some BS like this comes out.

I don't even know where to start on this or how to end it. I love the phrase one man gave to a reporter when he was being interviewed about running for Senate. "I believe I'm prepared to be a politician, I was a school yard (moderator) in the second grade."

I love it because it goes with how I see politics. A bunch of old men, acting like little children not getting their way. They want what they want, are willing to push others, take bribes to change sides, bully, pack up on others, exclude, and just be anything but mature adults about ANY situation.

For gawds sake, look at how the US government approaches violent video games and gay marriage! Both insignificant issues that they wont shut the hell up about! Don't let your kids play violent video games, issue solved. Gays are people too, they deserve every right that everyone else has, ISSUE SOLVED.

now that I'm ranting... I'm going to forcibly shut myself up by shoving food into my hands so I can't type.

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zoegibson
Nov. 29th, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)
It's everyone's problem...
I worked with a woman who insisted global warming was made up and the earth "will even itself out in a couple of decades."

Sticking your head in the sand isn't going to make the problem go away.

It freaks me out that I can remember winters 20 years ago, when it started snowing before Thanksgiving and didn't let up until just before Easter. Snowmobile trails were open for three months. I think last year they were open for a total of four or five days.

What can you do?

I sold my gas-guzzling sports car for a compact SUV that's much more fuel efficient. I moved closer to work to cut my 90-mile daily trip to 14 miles. I carpool when it's possible, and bike or walk whenever I can. I'm using those nifty energy efficient fluorescent light bulbs and I try to remember to bring canvas bags to bag my groceries.

If everybody did little things, it'd help a lot.
joe_black
Nov. 30th, 2006 01:20 pm (UTC)
Re: It's everyone's problem...
It freaks me out that I can remember winters 20 years ago, when it started snowing before Thanksgiving and didn't let up until just before Easter. Snowmobile trails were open for three months. I think last year they were open for a total of four or five days.

Yup. Exactly. Hell, I'm shocked if there isn't sleet on Halloween.

This year I'm a little skittish. I'm wondering if I'm going to be able to get 10 days of ski patrol in since the hill was supposed to be open last friday and its NO WHERE close to being open.

Personally, I could care less if snowmobiles never make a comeback to this area... but that is me.
zoegibson
Nov. 30th, 2006 02:08 pm (UTC)
Re: It's everyone's problem...
I don't care if snowmobiles ever come back either. I just equate declining winter conditions with how long the trails are open because as long as I can remember, my parents have allowed the county to run the trail on their land.

:)
dangerboyjon
Nov. 30th, 2006 12:08 am (UTC)
You make way too much sense, my friend... You'll never become a politician this way..

Now if you'll excuse me.. I have to use some aerosol cans to set some bald eagles on fire.... then make a violent video game about it.
joe_black
Nov. 30th, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC)
Now if you'll excuse me.. I have to use some aerosol cans to set some bald eagles on fire.... then make a violent video game about it.

>.>

yooooou dooooo that....

**picks up kitchen knife and ski mask**
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