Sorry. It costs money to get rid of ads via WordPress. Times are tough, and work is sparse for me at the moment. This is a pet project of mine as well and I am the only one financing it. Therefore, for now, there are ads on this website
Also, what little extra money I do have is being donated to organizations to defeat Trump. If you are in the US, have you voted?
Vote for Biden/Harris in the hopes we can fix the untold damage done these last four years. It will take time to clean up this mess, but if we vote in numbers vast enough, even his cheating will not buy him this election.
Climate change is real, and we only have about 10 years to halt catastrophic and irreversible damage. Many governments are still not taking the threat seriously. We must do all we can to get their attention. When revenues from economic boycotts cause a loss to the bottom line, politicians and big business alike start to take notice. Boycotts helped to end apartheid in South Africa, segregation in the US, and most recently anti-transgenered ‘bathroom’ bills in North Carolina.
We go into debt to buy ill-received presents that go unused, get returned, or thrown away, and produce billions of pounds of waste in the process. We must stop mindlessly consuming and producing waste because it’s ‘tradition’, many of which are merely marketing campaigns, not genuine long-standing customs.
Let’s create new traditions based on spending quality time with one another instead of buying junk none of us really wants or needs. Please join me and pledge to neither buy nor receive gifts this holiday season. Forward this blog post to others to let them know.
Normally I would travel back to the Midwest for the holiday season, but this year Christmas is basically cancelled. It’s unfortunate but necessary as hospitals are reaching capacity and then some due to COVID19.
The pandemic has highlighted the importance of community and togetherness. Wouldn’t we all gladly give up silly gifts just to be able to see our loved ones?
I responded to a post on Twitter which asked the following:
If I told you all we could still save koalas, we could still save the coral reefs, we could still save the wild places we love so much — but it would require us to form a revolution that demands radical change in all aspects of society — what would that change for you?
I sometimes take for granted the right to free speech and assembly that I have as an American citizen. I can go to local climate strikes without fear of retaliation or arrest by the US government. Not everyone is so lucky.
“Klaus”, a new animated film from Netflix, follows the classic holiday movie format of Christmas traditions bringing people together. Two feuding towns with a history of fighting are nudged into being kind to one another. Presents from Klaus, a woodworker with a knack for making toys, will only go to those who send him a letter detailing their good deeds. Get on the “nice” list and you will be rewarded with toys.
I became a vegetarian in 1998. There were few if any non-meat options on most menus in those days. I remember being in Munich and ordering the one thing labeled vegetarian, and I literally got a warmed pickle on a plate.