polemicist: a writer who argues in opposition to others
- food - you can't eat the polluted fish if you want to survive
- weather - all of your latest work can blow/wash away and you could be in serious physical danger in an experimental vessel that might not be seaworthy yet
- resources - recycling plastic is not simple and it is not cheap. Solar, wind and wave power are all that can be harnessed as energy in the long haul. Also a really good boat to operate out of to begin with is key.
- people - It will take months of grueling thankless work to even get started and it takes a special kind of dedication to stick it out
It is a nutty idea to be sure - but the centre of the ocean is downhill from everywhere - and it seems that all of the world's garbage gets there eventually. You could say it provides a limitless supply of raw materials. The key is to find a clever way to use it all that scales up the size of the problem.
Imagine a floating surfboard company that made boards from 100% mid-oceanic recycled plastics for example. There has to be a way to make it a sustainable project.
- Why does it take so long to get an appointment to begin with when I have a problem that is causing me physical pain? Don't they try to triage & prioritize the patients at all? Even salespeople pre-qualify cold callers.
- Why does it take an hour+ to hit some keys on a computer & have a machine put some pills into a bottle, print a label & then you put it in a bag? I could see 20 minutes if you need to contact a doctor for information or something, but that should be the exception, not the rule.
- Why do I have to surrender the prescription I got from the doctor to the pharmacy before I get my medicine? I might have just gone up the street to the 24 hour place, finding the place I went to originally closed, no?
- Why is it that store/office hours and policies are more important than people's health? Is it so much to ask that you have another doctor that you are affiliated with that could handle your overflow?
- When did it become OK to use pain as a bill-collector? Here I am, in an office for a root-canal, clearly in a lot of pain & you are standing there telling me that if I don't pay in full in advance, that you're not going to help me.
In the nation of Turkey there is a law that says that you are not allowed to teach religion to a child before the age of five. I find this practice to be imminently civilized and I think that we should adopt it in the US, and more.
There is and always has been a lot of noise in our culture about protecting children from exposure to all kinds of things. Usually the stir is about the really negative things that children need protection from like pornography and extreme violence, but there are graduations of what is and what is not tolerable. An example is profanity.
I think we need to codify into law exactly what it is that we mean by protection. The Rights we are protecting are those as parents to control everything that can influence our children's way of thinking.
What is more, it is clear that this Right is held so dearly that to many it is considered the legitimate reason to override the Rights to Freedom of other adults. "Adult" activities must be performed, if it all, in complete privacy with more than reasonable precautions to secure such sequestering.
With the new rating systems being applied to media, we have a fine level of granularity for applying that control. Maybe you think mild levels of violence are OK but nothing too dark & sinister? Well then that copy of Blade starring Wesley Snipes is right out, since the rating on it clearly lists 'Vampire Violence' as the thing to watch out for.
Why do we bother to list that if it isn't something that someone takes issue with?
But let us be clear here - 'family values' are what keep DVD's with female nudity off of the front self at WalMart - so mainstream Hollywood hasn't made such a movie in 10 years - since 1 out of every 3 DVD's is sold there. But that is not infringing on the Rights of the people who would have bought that DVD in favor of the families. It is failing to service a market demographic group however - i.e. adults with money who want entertainment without the child-safety filters.
Of course when the rating systems fail to merely make recommendations but instead begin to enforce a cultural agenda with the might of The Law - then things are a little different aren't they? Sexuality for example is an idea that is controlled by the state and the dispensing of meme-laden media to underage individuals that contain a certain level of sexuality is a crime.
Why? Because enough people agreed that pornography isn't something that they want any children to ever have access to.
Contrary to the opinions of some loud-mouthed fools, not everyone in this country observes the same religion. The dispensing of religious material to very small children is potentially very disturbing to some people. Is it so outrageous to put an age limit on when you are allowed to do that?
In our culture Kindergarten usually coincides with age 5. I understand that there are private religious schools that people send their children to and I an not necessarily bad-mouthing them. I am saying that seems to be an age limit that is not overly disruptive to society as it stands now and that it would not seem to conflict with them.
I think that there might be better ways to create a unified theory about what kind of control parents ultimately are allowed by law to have in general. Examples of orthodox religious practices, cults, and strict or alternative lifestyle practices that have endangered the health & welfare of children abound, but it has always been an issue that no one has wanted to face head on, in my opinion.
I wonder what will happen to the gadgets/widgets, etc. . That should be interesting to watch. You would think that they would just reuse this technology in the other area... but who knows?
Here are a few examples now, just so we have something to test with that is recent:
This widget will display a different microscopic image every time you reload the page:
This one is just the classic PacMan:
I am stating the obvious in anticipation of this page eventually breaking.
We should apparently find out about that soon.