I’m not one for buying fancy-shmancy house furnishings, nor do I like the thought of wasting money on things that aren’t useful (ie things that aren’t electronic devices). However, I came across a sweet, sweet shower curtain on the ‘net. This thing is the bomb. It’s not plastic, I assume the curtain rod holes won’t tear, and it looks kind of ok-ish. Yup, I’m talking about a hemp shower curtain.
Check out the reviews, one person “recommends it to anyone that showers.” That’s a pretty strong endorsement I’d say.
All I need to do is come up with 80 clams/big guys, and I can finally tear down our vinyl shower curtain that is almost falling off anyways.
Want to know why GM and Chrysler need $X00bill and bankruptcy? Because their cars suck. Have you seen one of their new ugly hummer things with a sloped roof like the stupid Avalanche truck that they also sell? The retarded engineers put a roof rack on the slopped roof. Maybe I’m dumb, but how the hell would anyone hold something on the sloped roof rack while trying to tie it down? Can you imagine putting a canoe or thule box on the rack? It would slide off, unless you grew two extra arms and really long legs.
Anyways, we rented a Chrysler 300 while in California. The damn thing sounded like a Harley. The road noise was quiet but you could hear the engine cranking. Sometimes at stop lights the damn car would idle rough and be loud, just like a Harley. Acceleration was crap. I guess it had power, but the car had no idea how to distribute it.
Do you know why GM and Chrysler make bad cars? Because there are too many people that have no idea what a good car is supposed to be. I couldn’t frigging believe how many big trucks and SUVs there were on the roads in California. More than here in Vancouver. They don’t have any snow, no rain, no mountains or hills (okay, there are mountains and hills but 90% of driving is probably done on flat roads), and boat loads of freeways. And what do they drive? Big friggin’ trucks and SUVs. There are too many people that haven’t figured out that a $40k BMW might be a nice vehicle for freeways, traffic, city parking, and comfortable seating. I honestly cannot believe the mentality. At least 1/2 of the trucks you see in Vancouver get parked in Chilliwack at night before picking up some hay in the morning.
This morning I read several reports on the hazards of using reusable shopping bags. The fears relate to poisoning from bacteria, fungi and microbes. On the surface it raises some concerns, but a quick look at the studies shows what really is going on. These studies appear to be sponsored by plastics lobbyists and other industry groups such as Food Fight Toronto, an organization consisting of community groups, retailers and residents who are concerned that regulations on packaging will lead to increased costs.
One report here shows just how shabby and poor the studies may be. The study in this report used a sample size of one. Other reports can be found here and here.
Personally, I’m not the least bit concerned about this, although it does raise the point that these bags should be washed now and then. I’m not sure about using bleach – I don’t know which is worse for the environment and sustainability, using bleach or using plastic bags. I don’t think a person needs to be too worried about sterilizing their bags. Rather, by regular cleaning of reusable bags a person eliminates or reduces the environment in which bacteria and microbes can live. You don’t need to kill the bad guys, you just have to get rid of their houses and food.
Regardless of a persons’ thoughts on the Liberal, NDP, or Green parties, and regardless of whether they support the Conservatives, I think it is absolutely critical to Canada that people take the keenest of interest in the environment and encourage the Conservatives to do more than what they are currently proposing. If you have young kids like I do, just think about what life might be like 30 years from now for them, and what we can do now to ensure a solid future for them. In my opinion, this issue is the biggest of them all and daft compromises will have significant effects in the years to come. Of course the economy is a huge issue too and is intrinsically linked to sustainability. Things like crime, childcare, tobacco laws, etc, pale in comparison to the environment issue.
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I came across a couple of articles which expose
downright silliness (if you believe the authors to be correct) with the Conservative’s economic plan. The first article is pretty funny. With regards to Harper, the author asks “if increasing taxes on carbon and reducing taxes on income would destroy the economy, shouldn’t Harper be raising income taxes and slashing carbon taxes in order to create an economic boom? If he truly believes what he says, isn’t he showing gross negligence with respect to the Canadian economy. Given that the economy is currently struggling – couldn’t he fix this with a reverse green shift, e.g. black shift?” You can find the whole article here at Crawl Across The Ocean.
The second article is less witty and more analytical. If I tried to summerize it, I doubt that I would do the author justice. So just read it if you get the chance and are interested.