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INTERESTING STUFF – 26 January 2019


Would that Facebook would be so diligent with the opposing political point of view.

Marvin's Facebook page is here.




It's a new product that isn't widely available yet and hasn't yet been thoroughly reviewed, but it is worth encouraging since recycling as we do it now is massively ineffective.

”Enter Loop, a program with a mission to "eliminate the idea of waste," says Szaky. Loop takes up the first part of the mantra "reduce, reuse, recycle" by creating returnable, reusable packaging for common consumer items.”


”TerraCycle looked at how to solve the root cause of waste, while still maintaining the virtues of disposables, like affordability and convenience... “How does Loop work exactly? You order from the Loop store, and your stuff will be shipped to you. On the first transaction, there's a deposit for the container — say 25 cents for a Coca-Cola.

” “Once it's returned to the store, or sent back in the reusable shipping container, no matter what state it's returned in (even if broken, because the container is the manufacturer's responsibility), you get your deposit back in full, says Szaky.”

Read many more details at Mother Nature Network.


So cute and brave. Oh, yeah, and smart too.


This quotation from reporter Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone> magazine sent in by TGB reader John Gear. It's about newly elected Congressional representative from New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“That [Not having big campaign donors] doesn’t make anything she says inherently more or less correct. But it changes the dynamic a bit.

“All of AOC’s supporters sent her to Washington precisely to make noise. There isn’t a cabal of key donors standing behind her, cringing every time she talks about the Pentagon budget.

“She is there to be a pain in the ass, and it’s working. Virtually the entire spectrum of Washington officialdom has responded to her with horror and anguish."


I knew they are smart. I think I even knew, a long time ago, that they do this. It's amazing to see.


Off the coast of southern California earlier this month. What a thrill for the surfer.


For the past month or so, the nurses and medical assistants at the hemotology center where I get my chemo treatments at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) are wearing this teeshirt. I'm doing my best to find a way to buy one.


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Unfortunately, " sounds too much like, "White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said that President Trump’s cabinet picks are aimed at “deconstruction of the administrative state,” meaning weakening regulatory agencies and other bureaucratic entities." In 2017, Bannon was interviewed by Jack Moore.

'“I’m a Leninist,” Bannon proudly proclaimed.

'Shocked, I asked him what he meant. “Lenin,” he answered, “wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.”'

I'd like to have some constructionists in our federal government.

New subject: Since they seem to be readily available through the Internet, I'm hoping that some of your friends who have your mailing address will have those tee shirts sent to you.

Somehow, in my above comment, I deleted part of the first sentence. It should have read: Unfortunately, "“All of AOC’s supporters sent her to Washington precisely to make noise." sounds too much like....

I would love to have one of those shirts!! Love the dolphins and otters!

I don't know which of today's offerings I enjoyed the most so I will just say it was a lovely Saturday collection.

Saturday's blog is always so enjoyable. 3 cheers to cats!


If you send me your address, t-shirt size, and color choice, I will be happy to have one sent to you as a thank you offering for all the joy your blog has brought me over the last several years. You have touched so many people with your insight, courage and honesty. It would make me happy to be able to give something back.

A loyal, if quiet, shipmate.

Bill W

Delightful content today. That cat, especially, had me in stitches.

The returnable containers. Not really a new idea. I earned a lot of pocket change as a kid by collecting and returning old pop bottles to the store for the deposits. Offer money to return recyclable containers and you'll get a lot of compliance. Nobody throws money away.

As for the shirt, google "what cancer cannot do shirt" and choose one. The hard part will be deciding which one!

Hahahaha, oh, the cat! I had one just like it, the boneless variety. But, if I turned away, she'd buck like a bronco and voila! the halter would magically be on the ground.

I'd happily pay for a container to recycle forever, I miss the old glass milk bottles that have ended up in antique stores but then I don't drink milk anymore.

Otters - always wonderful. Hope you are rested and having a good weekend Ronni.

That cat had me laughing out loud! Thanks for that great big laugh!!!

Recycling by re-using was once the standard. We returned milk bottles, which I did up through 1969 or so because we had milk delivery in Stockton. But until I was a young adult, we also returned soda (or pop) bottles, which were refilled. I remember the struggling RC Cola brand that would appear in all sorts of re-filled bottles. In very early days, before my family belatedly got refrigeration, my brother or I would take an after dinner walk to the “creamery” with a container for ice cream.

When we went to the local drive-ins, which was part of every date, we always got our food in real coffee cups, plates and bowls, never plastic containers. Of course most of our food at home came to us in its original condition—fruits and vegetables in paper bags , chickens and hamburger and roasts wrapped in “butcher paper”—and we turned it into meals in our own pots and pans. We also ate absolutely all the leftovers in one form or another. Does anyone else remember using the empty jelly jars for glasses? Or even, as my mother did, making children’s clothing out of feed sacks?

I don’t want to get all “good old days” here but there was a lot of value in the way we did things then. And there is nothing stopping us from living that way now except massive overpopulation, the economics of obsolescence, outrageously greedy owners of gigantic chain stores, and other wheeler-dealers of the new age. To be honest, I probably couldn’t do much about living in the old ways given that I depend on microwaveable dinners and Amazon delivery to compensate for living too long on the earth. But young and strong families could demand some revolutionary changes in the way food is processed and distributed. Of course I always bring reusable bags to the grocery store and recycle everything I can. But I’m sorry about all those Amazon boxes.

Can someone let me know how to find this Cancer TeeShirt ? Thanks.

Linda Smith...

Just google "cancer teeshirt". It's all over the web.

Oh thank you so much. I have a special person in mind for this shirt. So appreciated!!

On the tee-shirt message:
It is missing a crucial first line, which is implicit, but should be made explicit, to put the braggadocio in perspective:

UNLIKE ALZHEIMER'S, CANCER DOES NOT..... [tee shirt continues as before].

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