No Affinity For Xfinity

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For the benefit of anyone who may be wondering, Xfinity is a trade name of Comcast Cable Communications, LLC; AKA an ISP with a MO that doggedly barks at / hunts down / chases after new customers.

So, just how doggedly is their pursuit?

Well, I’ve been rejecting their snail mailed come-ons 52 times a year for (at least) the past 5 years (likely longer); which begs the question:

How long before the Xfinity Team geniuses connect the dots to conclude that I do not respond well to hard sell tactics; that I’m hardly unique in this regard.

Look, I have no problem when businesses promote their products and services in a reasonable, responsible manner. How would I define that?

  • Reasonable: No more than one advert campaign per Earthly season.
  • Responsible: Business practices, which do not destroy planet Earth.

Alas, it’d appear Xfinity’s bite is even worse than its bark. Yep, it’s bye-bye bark, branches, leaves and trunks when their hatchet men chop down entire forests just to restock that LLCs supply cabinets with untold, metric tons of paper stock.

BTW, I did take a few moments to pour over Xfinity’s latest one pager and nowhere within the voluminous fine print is there any mention of that text getting printed out on recycled paper.

Worse yet, their bad for the environment SOP doth not end with deforestation; seeing how they frequently, pointlessly, manufacture utterly nonredeemable PLASTIC “gift cards” to glue to their mailers. As if what? Simply stating their offered discounts would not suffice?

And, lest anyone forget, low demand for recycled plastic means that it oft ends up getting dumped into our oceans.

So, what’s a beleaguered junk mail recipient to do? Well, were it not against United States Postal Service regulations (and City Ordinance), I’d park my recycling cart next to my front porch and ask my letter carrier(s) to deliver all Xfinity correspondence (and other junk mail) therein.

Yet, such an extreme could never even begin to reclaim the energy needlessly wasted during the manufacturing stage of such adverts AND the subsequent, secondary energy waste when the recycling trucks make their never-ending, weekly rounds to collect this pitched paper and plastic.

After all, it’s impossible to defy the laws of Physics.

At issue, too, is how everyone doesn’t recycle conscientiously. One needn’t look any further than the Post Office lobby trash receptacles; typically over flowing with the junk mail discarded by the renters of on-premises P.O. boxes.

After all, it ain’t easy to defy the laws of Human Nature.

Going beyond even these concerns, one has to question the reliability of Xfinity’s Internet connection and speed. Look, advertising doesn’t come cheap, which means wasted bucks means less funds allocated for the upkeep and upgrades of their Internet infrastructure. In other words inadequate funding equals inadequate service OR Rubbish In equals Rubbish Out.

After all, it’s unwise to defy the GIGA* law of Computer Science.

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* Garbage In / Garbage Out

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Stay Publicly / Properly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!
Stay Healthy!

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COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference

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Fortune Cookie Blog: UnClean Coal

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Ironic how the climate change deniers can get all hot and bothered
about saving the never endangered Christmas, YET, fail to work up
a sweat re saving our endangered, overheated, burning down world.
Santa Claus should stuff lumps of coal in their Christmas stockings.
Nope, bad idea. Such firebrands would burn them in their fireplaces.

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Stay Safe at Home!
Stay Healthy!

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Sleep-Blogging? Flight of Fancy? Hallucinations?

 

Even the most hardcore science denier would have to acknowledge the following truths…

[1] The Coronavirus Pandemic necessitated, government sanctioned, en masse sequestration of Earth’s polluting populace has not only begun to flatten the curve of disease transmission, but has also started to back-fill the massive depths of our collective, carbon footprint. Now, that’s certainly an effect / side-effect we can all live with! Of course, qualifying words such as “only begun” mean we must continue to heed all of the medical community’s recommended disease fighting protocols.

[2] Considering how our quarantined world’s hubbub / noise pollution has also abated, there is yet another (in this instance) unintended side effect. The creatures we share our world with, have now become emboldened… resulting in their reclamation of the turf, which humanity had robbed them of.

My own backyard’s rabbits now seem to be fearless… behaving in a far less skittish manner. They now stay put, even when I suddenly step outside for a breath of the (slightly) fresher air. Prior to that damned pandemic, at the first snap of a mere underfoot twig, they’d have hit Warp Factor 10 when needlessly fleeing to safety.

If these critters possess even half the intelligence I assign to them… well… let’s just say…

It’s almost as if they, along with all other creatures great and small, have now (consciously?) come to believe that the destiny of coronavirus dominated / decimated humanity is for us to become an endangered species heading towards extinction. As such, that’d make their heightened assertiveness akin to each one of them mockingly “saying” to us…

“Listen up, you guys! We’re taking over your world… so get used to it, damn it! That’s what you get when too damned many of your species opt to empower dumb-ass narcissists who can so easily get outwitted by a mere microbe. Ha-Ha-Ha! And to think that some of you humans have the damned gall to call US dumb-bunnies?”

Granted, so far, that immediately preceding paragraph and blockquote are highly speculative / anecdotal.

Were I to ever, actually, hear hares talking, that’d mean EITHER my fingertips are now sleep-walking across my keyboard (sleep-blogging?) OR I’m indulging a flight of fancy OR I’m undergoing end-stage, stir-crazy induced hallucinations.

Considering how, so far, humanity has over one month’s worth of social isolating under our collective belt, any of those above-listed eventualities could, someday, come true.

How soon might that someday be? Stay tuned!

And more importantly…

Stay Safe… Stay Home… Stay Well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking Caps YES / Santa Hats NO

 

Check out these sobering stats…

• An estimated 790 million people (11% of the world’s population) drink / “wash up” in dirty water.

• An estimated 1.8 billion people (25% of the world’s population) have no access to adequate sanitation.

• An estimated 3.85 billion people (50% of the world’s population) cannot obtain essential health services.

So how, pray tell, within our so-called enlightened and evolved 21st century society, could any of that even be possible?

The answer… in part…

Due to ill-advised, unwarranted deregulation and tax breaks / loopholes, the wealthiest of the wealthy, are amassing so much loot, it’d take thousands of lifetimes for them to “go broke”. Ergo, they wind up EITHER pissing it away by acquiring meaningless golden baubles and shiny trinkets, OR WORSE YET, hoard their bonanzas.

Yet, too many of the well-heeled remain adamantly opposed to spreading the wealth, in any way, to the poorest of the poor… i.e., those who slave away at non-living wage jobs and get taxed to death (net effect, the poor pay the rich folks’ taxes).

• I am NOT suggesting that all upper-crusters [1] grow snow-white beards, [2] don brilliantly red hued Christmassy costumes, [3] fly a fleet of reindeer powered sleighs above all economically depressed areas, [4] yell out their “HO HO HOs” and [5] air drop bundles of greenbacks upon the masses.

That would be totally impractical in some societies where paper
currency’s value is measured in the BTUs released, once ignited.

• What I am suggesting gets linked to the wisdom and truth released by this Lao-Tzu’s adage…

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day;
teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

First, the prosperous people need to don their altruistic thinking caps… that headgear need not be Christmassy red but, why not cheer up our dreary world a bit, huh? Next, they need to apply Lao-Tzu, on the Grandest of Scales… the goal being to invite, incite and unite a worldwide workforce to labor towards the betterment of society.

OK… full disclosure time… in the beginning there’d need to be handouts… e.g. feeding the starving and curing the ailing. But, once quality of life standards are met, the hard work / real fun could actually begin. HEY! Who the hell says that work designed and dedicated to ward off societal disaster and death… can’t be a fun thing?

We’re talking about  21st century, forward thinking rivaling, perhaps exceeding, visionary John F. Kennedy’s Sixties era, man-on-the-moon-within-one-decade goal. A few specifics…

• How about the manufacture and installation of worldwide, renewable, energy generation systems where the power gets distributed by a planet-wide power grid. The construction of a world-class WWW could be piggybacked here, too.

• Let’s fund and train a whole new generation of medical professionals / researchers who’ll work, tirelessly, towards eradicating AIDS, Cancer and other dread diseases and genetic disorders.

You get the idea.

Naturally, there’d be fringe benefits, too. To cite just one…

Aspiring microbes that cause plagues and pandemics (on par or worse than Coronavirus / COVID19) would find it tough to coexist within an enlightened, evolved, ecologically and economically sound world!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is It Too Late To “Do The Other Things”?

We’re within mere days of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong taking his “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”… thereby becoming the first (known) human to set foot on the Moon.

Not long after that astounding technological achievement, we were told that the prevailing mood throughout America had changed. In short… it had morphed into…

“Been there done that! (insert yawn) Now let’s solve problems on Earth!”

Granted, that second sentiment could be deemed a valid point. However, I’d sure as hell like to know what problems we’ve actually solved in the past half century? What about this unresolved 1 – 2 punch…

• Vying, meddling, outsider asshat leaders are hell bent on conquering the Middle East.
• Environmental damage has become so severe that, by 2050, Earth will become uninhabitable.

Of course, there is an inextricable link between those bullet-pointed, seemingly disparate issues.

That link is us. Too damned many of us are oil junkies, which leaves our leaders little choice but to risk going to war with oil-rich nations… just to secure us our “fixes”. And once we “catch that buzz” and hit the road in our gas guzzlers and heat / cool our energy inefficient homes, we’ll also be stomping our massive carbon footprints all over the Earth… trampling it to death!

Folks, that’s effing pathetic. And while what I’m about to say may sound cliche… damn it… I’ll say it anyway.

If we can put a man on the moon why the hell can’t the white dove of peace, someday, soar through Earth’s clean, clear skies… not only over the Middle East but worldwide?

Truth be told… if we had wanted it to be that way… we could’ve made it so.

The tragedy… this could’ve been “mission accomplished” decades ago. Had we applied and expanded upon that same Apollo technology and resolve, by now we could’ve been depending on a planetary network of solar energy collectors, which spew zero Carbon Dioxide.

Had that happened, today’s news headlines would not be all about little boy Trumpian aggression escalating Iranian / American hostilities and small thinking Trumpian “clean coal” nonsense and negligence precipitating environmental ruin and the destruction / death of our entire planet. But we chose to do nothing this past half century.

So, is it too late to undo the damage? Well to do so would require a visionary leader. On May 25, 1961 President John F. Kennedy said…

“We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too.”

That brilliant, insightful man could even foresee applying human know-how and resolve beyond our lunar ambitions. He actually said, “do the other things”!

“DO THE OTHER THINGS!!!”

A visionary President could reread Kennedy’s words… slightly revise and positively react to set a new goal:

“We choose to pursue Clean Energy Independence in the next decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too.”

So who might that new, visionary leader be? Considering DC’s political climate change ever since January 20, 2017… no names come to mind.

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Clean Coal??? NOT!!! (1 Quick Limerick #084)

 

 

A know-nothing, know-it-all, known for defiance,
Lambastes all time-honored, fact driven science,
Which warns us Earth won’t be nifty,
By nearby year Twenty-Fifty,
Unless we end fossil fuel reliance!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out this seedy scenario…

 

Generally speaking… I believe humankind could be easily heading towards an agribusiness instigated, do-it-yourself disaster.

Let’s now talk specifics… that potential catastrophe involves the lack of seeds within the Fuji, Golden / Red Delicious and Gala apples I’ve been biting into. Since such instances have been so commonplace, it’s unlikely I’ve been purchasing freak of nature fruit.

Beyond that, “The Birds and the Bees” basics do tell us… well duh… seedlessness means no natural propagation of apple trees… and be this situation unique to my homeland or more widespread… as in worldwide… that’s begging for trouble.

I have little doubt this is a premeditated assault against nature perpetrated by… just to name the top two offenders… Monsanto™ and DuPont™. It’s no big secret that, for countless years, they’ve been hellbent on commodifying planet-wide, natural resources… making all of Mother Nature’s seeds THEIR intellectual property… and THEIRS ALONE!

Working to that end… potentially to humanity’s end… we find the genocidal geneticists, in their employ. Mad scientists all, they’ve been… and still are… racking up serious overtime, just to ensure whatever seeds may be found in nature will be sterile. In other words, farmers won’t be able to grow anything unless they plant corporately owned, genetically modified, first generation seeds.

Let’s not mince words…. Eco-terrorists are holding the entire human race hostage… their message… no strike that… their terrorist ultimatum…

Either pay up or starve and drop dead!

Hmm (part 1)… what do you suppose would happen… oh… say… were a hostage taking, private citizen / extortionist to screech out his unreasonable demands? Would we not expect to see a SWAT team swooping down upon the crime scene to restore law and order? To haul in the perpetrator? Would not the tried and convicted person wind up doing some lengthy prison time?

Hmm (part 2)… why is it that in my homeland, hostage taking, corporate citizens / extortionists get off scot-free? How can that possibly be… especially when the US Supreme / Extreme Court recently granted person-hood / citizenship to corporations!

But… to return to this specific, seedy situation… I do suppose we all might survive… i.e., so long as BIG BIZ bastards can maintain the literal and figurative, seedy status quo.

HOWEVER… with THE END one, mere Tweetstorm away… WTF would happen were there a global magnitude, man-made disaster (or even a natural cataclysm), which totally obliterated each and every corporately owned seed repository? Once-upon-a-time, even under the most hostile conditions, resilient Mother Nature… somehow… managed to rally. BUT… would that even be true were we to only find sterile plants in the wild?

Let’s look at this dire, desperate, starvation scenario from a different angle... Heretofore, within the literary world, this becomes the fodder for fictional plots… e.g., the life or death struggles faced down by author Daniel Defoe’s shipwrecked Robinson Crusoe AND author Andy Weir’s marooned on Mars astronaut Mark Watney… two protagonist farmers who (respectively) owed their barley/rice AND potato fed bellies… their very survival… to Mother Nature and not Monsanto™!

 

 

Don’t Dig Climate Change? That’ll Dig Our Own Graves!

 

Earth Day 2019 has come and gone… and as far as the UN-American, UN-educated and UN-educable UN-prez is concerned… long sigh… well… let’s just say he’s UN-concerned.

Day in / day out, that steeped in ignorance, know-nothing, know-it-all, pseudo-scientist sits on his “brain”, [1] bogusly flipping off white lab coated, steeped in time-honored science, learned climatologists, [2] erroneously debunking their decades long, studies and [3] inexcusably refuting (with his mere nuh-uh) their data driven, carefully considered conclusion that humans are responsible for life imperiling, climate change / global warming.

How dare he remain headless / heedless re nature’s retaliatory fury… i.e., the exponentially increasing incidents of damaging and deadly freakish heatwaves / droughts / firestorms… the planet-wide arctic blasts / ice and snow storms… the ferocious wind storms, tornadoes and hurricanes.

Of course such a ‘tude can be readily accounted for. After all, (in all likelihood) the fake prez has never read page one of even one environmentally themed textbook… or for that matter… read any book at all… not even the dust jacket blurbs from his own ghostwritten books which, typically, boast a $#!+ – load of his worthless, self-indulgent delusions.

Hell, the closest he’s ever come to wearing a white lab coat is whenever he (figuratively) dons his white KKK hoodie and robe.

What that all boils down to is that we… who are deeply concerned about securing survival for ourselves (for posterity, too) now find we are waging a two-front battle… [1] AGAINST the fake prez’s all too real ignorance and [2] FOR a cleaner greener planet Earth.

One would think that… at the very least… that lazy bum would know when to step out of the way to allow the tireless, genuine experts do his work for him. Of course, the only way that’d ever likely happen is if climatologists gave credit where no credit was due… i.e., stroked his considerable ego by promising him top billing on all of their hard work.

Look… even if anyone could offer conclusive evidence that humans are not causing climate change, just WTF would be the harm in our cleaning up our home world, anyway?

After all we are talking about the only known planet within our vast universe capable of supporting all life on Earth. Even if there were other habitable worlds, they’d be so distant, humankind might not ever survive the long, multiple millions of light-years journey.

For the sake of re-emphasis… we must accept the findings of our climatologist sleuths / CSI investigators… believe them when they tell us that the climate change culprits are none other than you and me.

Our being cast in that lead role… being the climate change villains / heavies means we must also lead the charge. Before it’s too late (if it’s not too late, already), it’s imperative to right out wrongs. To fail to do so? Well…

If the freakish weather doesn’t kill in an instant, we’ll wind up facing down the slow, time-release death of UV incineration, air pollution asphyxiation, polar icecap meltdown inundation / suffocation and non-arable soil / low crop yields starvation. Welcome to our eventual planet-wide graveyard? It does not have to be that way.

For the sake of brevity… let’s now shrink this post down to a more memorable, bumper sticker length catchphrase…

 

Don’t Dig Climate Change?
That’ll Dig Our Own Graves!

 

 

 

Save Frosty From Solar Meltdown! ~ Bumper Sticker Blog

 

Since no snowman can survive global warming, Frosty
the Snowman has opted for cool as a cucumber green
eyes rather than those 2 days-of-yore black coal lumps.

 

 

How Would You Read These Signs?

 

It’s been a little over a month since Earth Day, but since environmental concerns should be addressed all year long, check this out…

As a lifelong Michigander (6+ decades), I’ve grown accustomed to an occasionally odd, illogical meteorological mix… in some instances unseasonal extremes spanning a 24 hour (or less) cycle.

This spring, my region has been experiencing the fifth wettest May since meteorological record keeping began. Even so, based on my observations, I don’t believe that precipitation, alone, is responsible for such a weird phenomenon.

In short, both professional and amateur groundskeepers have been finding it quite difficult to keep up with a botanical growth spurt.

To e.g. this… my next-door neighbor (who does over fertilize his weed free lawn) used to be on a mow once every 7 days schedule… but now? In spite his allowing only 2 days to elapse, today, his normally kickass power mower still found it difficult to deal with his lush lawn… it kept sputtering and, a few times, nearly stalled out.

To further e.g. this… yesterday, my own weekly, groundskeeping didn’t go much better. Naturally, I don’t use any of those nasty, toxic, carcinogenic lawn chemicals, so my own battlefield had involved heavy duty, grotesquely overgrown dandelions. Hmmm… might my weedy “lawn” act as the “control” to this field experiment?

And since I’ve noticed both above lawn types citywide, I do know that these problems are not unique to my neighborhood.

One final e.g… in spite of my electric trimmer’s best efforts, yesterday, I still spent over an hour sculpting my three car length hedge… a weekly task that… once upon a time… only required half an hour to complete. It’s almost as if these elm shrubs have been goaded into some sort of competition with America’s West Coast, 3,000 year old redwoods… and are doing their utmost to win the race in far less time. BTW, even under normal conditions, elm hedges have been known to grow into 60 foot tall trees.

Naturally, I’m curious as to whether this growth spurt is localized or widespread. Considering how WordPress is a global platform, I now ask anyone reading this post…

Has anyone else observed any signs of wildly accelerated plant growth in their “neck of the woods”? Might the goading factor be an increase of atmospheric CO2? If not, what do you believe is the driving force?

The comment box awaits your responses.