Taking Vitamins, A Waste of Time?

Taking Vitamins, A Waste of Time?

Taking Vitamins, A Waste of Time?

AwN | There was a time that I thought vitamins were a good thing, but over time as I learned more and more who I was and what I believe, I stopped categorically accepting vitamins as a worthwhile food (that is what they are, right?). For the most part I agree with the following article, although I am not quite as dismissive of vitamins (supplements).  

I doubt that supplements actually harm people, but I also doubt that they do almost anything positive. The author seems to think that modern people can just eat regularly and get their nutrients, but that's where I begin to diverge from the article. I think the author greatly over estimates the nutritional content of the average american diet. I suspect most of the people who care enough, and are wealthy enough to purchase and consume vitamins, don't actually need them. Vitamins in their supplement form are wholly absent from Nature, and likely just a scam to pad someone's pockets, but then again if you look closely, most aspects of modern life are.

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Green Jobs in California Falls Well Short of Billing

Green Jobs in California Falls Well Short of Billing

Green Subsidy and Money Waste in California

AwN | California proposition 39 was supposed to create a lot of "green jobs" in California, instead what they got was some consulting jobs and a lot of incomplete or non-existent projects. This is the sort of thing I mean when I say that "green" has just become a method of funneling money into pet projects. I don't want to sound like I am not a believer in doing technological things in a better, more ecological way than before, but the truth is (or seems to be) most of the projects are doomed from the start. Rather than actually getting things done, the state of California (and the people who voted this into effect) have created another way for money to be wasted albeit while pretending to make a real difference. 

The article states that philanthropist Tom Seyer invested 30 million into getting this proposition passed. 30 Million itself could have paid 600 workers 50,000 for one year. A private individual, obviously intelligent like I'm sure Mr. Seyer is may have been able to accomplish more than the entire project compared to California. I am not implying Tom Seyer had or has some other motive, I do not have any idea, but it seems to me that there were better ways of going about creating "green jobs". Or perhaps it is that green jobs are really just a red herring intended for use to concentrate the funds of those tricked into believing they are doing something beneficial.

I don't really have an answer to this problem. We see time and time again the green projects need subsidization above and beyond almost everything else. Meanwhile oil, gas, or coal don't but still get similar levels of subsidation anyway. It is all very convoluted, but I guess I'd like to hit on one final point. Be green for yourself, your neighbors, and the earth. You don't need to force the government to create inefficient projects, you only need to support the people and places that do righ by the people and planet. 

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Activists Temporarily Shut Down This Massive Mining Machine

Activists Temporarily Shut Down This Massive Mining Machine

Momentary Shut Downs | The Story of Eco Protest

AwN | It dawned on me recently that the reason eco-movements tend to fail is attrition. Here we see a group of protestors temporarily shut down a massive strip mining machine. For this no small feet a bunch of them end up in jail, likely get minor citations and slaps on the wrist, and everybody moves on. The machine is not likely to be shut down again for a long while. The program is this, the money interests don't really care about this, it is simply a waiting game when it comes to environmentalists. Environmentalists do not get a big pay day at the end like the coal mining conglomerate. All they have to do is wait a couple hours, days, weeks, or months until their ecological infraction is forgotten and then they go back to work.

I don't mean to demean the protestors but instead point out that this only leads to apathy eventually and when they give up the pressure is off. Every so often a major enough issue comes up that the people keep the pedal to the metal entirely until the problem is made illegal, but this is rare. And in this situation they are protesting in favor of fighting climate change, a very piece of the narrative for half the polliticians. If there was any real concern in the political sphere above and beyond the actual telling of people that they have to consume less, the military, the industry, and the consumer, then they would do so without the need for groups of people getting arrested. But this is part of their narrative, they can use these people as pawns to garner support for their campaigns but don't actually have to do very much at all. 

Unless the eco-movement develops its own money interest, its own way to reward the participants of change, then there will be few lasting victories. What we need is a new model for eco-participation in which people are rewarded not just with some ineffable hope that they have helped but real boots on the ground results both personally and spiritually.

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Spokane, Washington Sues Monsanto

Spokane, Washington Sues Monsanto

 Monsanto Sued by Spokane Over Decades Long PCB Scandal

AwN | I find it somewhat scary and somewhat humorous that a company whose name implies, "My Saint," and shares a likeness with the name meaning "sacred mountain," has a spokesperson named Charla(tan?) Lord. Of course we all know that company is anything but a Saint, and certainly holds no mountain sacred, except maybe the mountain of cash they sit upon.... but I've digressed. I was delighted to see this article today on my "Earth News" feed. The city of Spokane Washington is suing Monsanto over their use of PCB's and its ensuing contamination of the Spokane River.

Monsanto seems to be arguing that since they are only an agricultural company now, that their former usage of PCBs (the sole producer from 1935 to 1979) is not an indictment of the current company, and their agribusiness. PCBs were banned in the late 1970's but it seems there is a question as to whether or not Monsanto obscured, or hid knowledge of the dangers of PCBs before they ceased to be used. 

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Four Free Hand Night Sycamore Shots with Moon

Four Free Hand Night Sycamore Shots with Moon

Sycamore with Moon at Night

AwN | I shot these pictures freehand, because I didn't have a tripod with me. I almost always shoot without use of a tripod as I am almost always on the move when I photograph. If you have ever shot freehand at night you will recognize that these pictures are quite clear, otherwise you may think they are blurry, it is relative of course!

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Walnut Sumac Sun Sky

Walnut Sumac Sun Sky

Walnut Sumac Sun Sky

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Phoenix Law Bans the Puppy Mill Pet Store

Phoenix Law Bans the Puppy Mill Pet Store

Phoenix Law Dictates Commercial Pets Must Be Shelter Animals

AwN | I am a person that in general dislikes having too many laws. Yet it is often a necessity to have a law if people continuously fail to do the right thing. So while I am not to thrilled that this is a law that had to be made, it is a good rule, and should have been the appropriate actions of humans in the first place. By requiring that pet stores only retail animals that come from shelters there are should be a lot less animals created in pursuit of cash, and therefore a lot less homeless animals in general. 

My dog Japhy was a shelter dog, and he is an amazing animal. There is no doubt in my mind that a better option for a companion could not have been made via puppy mill. Having a 'pure bred' from a puppy mill offers next to no advantages, and there are plenty of dogs suffering in small boxes. When I met Japhy he was depressed and it wasn't until the moment he entered my house that I truly met him. It saddens me that someone might see an animal as a status symbol and therefore need a name brand. This law is a winner in my book. 

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Outsourced Air Pollution in China

Outsourced Air Pollution in China

Outsourced Pollution and China's Own Ailment Kill 4,000 per Day

AwN | As an American I feel like we often like to congratulate ourselves for cleaning up certain aspects of our environment over the last 40 years. But I think that if we stop patting ourselves on our own backs for a few minutes and look at the matter critically, we will find that all that has happened is that America has outsourced its pollution to China. Worse than that, we have enslaved ourselves to cheap plastic goods, and still breathe the remnants of Chinese air pollution as it wafts around the world.

For a while now the industry segment of America has been on the wane. Fewer and fewer things are made in America. This makes it easier to keep the environment clean, but what happens if people still want to consume as many objects as possible, the way they did before factory production in America was shut down? Well we can now see that the smog has merely been shifted to China. Americans have not in any way cut down the amount they consume, and yet we believe we have made some sort of giant strides by outsourcing both our jobs and our pollution to other countries. So this report, among others I have seen, that 4,000 people a day die from air pollution in China, does not come as any surprise to me. 

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