Can I do a quick survey?
It’s only one question, and I’m just curious this isn’t for anything besides my own morbid curiosity.
Do you think the government could be spending the money it puts toward financial aid for college students in a better way? Or is putting money into financial aid for students a good thing?
Again, I just want to know peoples’ opinions, this isn’t for a class or to write a paper or anything. Just my morbid curiosity.
If it is wrong when citizens do it, it’s wrong when governments do it.
The Swedish government’s Nutrition Department is headlining a new “Carbon Label” on nutritional value labels and restaurant menus to inform people of the amount of greenhouse gasses their foods contribute to global climate change.
The labels will read “Climate declared: X kg CO2 per kg of product,” showing users the impact their food is having on the environment.
The labels are being experimentally displayed on certain food items in grocery stores across Sweden, but if all goes well the new labels will appear on every food item in Sweden.
maddiefaceartpants-deactivated2 asked: What are you bitter about right now?
I’m bitter about the legal status of marijuana. Not because I wanna go out and get fucked up, no. I can do that now. I’m bitter because this country, and essentially this planet, is missing out on the opportunity to prolong this world’s life.
Hemp paper eliminates the need for deforestation.
Biofuels made from hemp seeds eliminates the need for oil and other fossil fuels. The plant, as it’s growing, absorbs the amount of CO2 that is released when it is burned; there is a net CO2 emission of 0. There goes global warming and the greenhouse effect.
Hemp clothing is easy to make, cheap, and the fibers are MANY times more durable than cotton, meaning clothes would last much much longer than current cotton blends.
Food made with hemp seed oils are IMMENSELY more nutritious than anything we have today; the oils in hemp seeds contain all the vital amino acids required by human beings.
Medicinal properties of the plant far exceed any medicine we have today. It helps with multitudes of diseases that we currently have no “legal” medicines for. Multiple Sclerosis patients have trouble functioning in their own homes, but with a pot cookie can go about their day with DRASTICALLY better motor functions and speech capabilities. Brain cancer cells have been DESTROYED by marijuana. I can continue with this forever.
The economic benefits for this country, and ANY country are just outstanding. If America sold and taxed marijuana cigarettes just like they do tobacco cigarettes, that would bring in BILLIONS (yes, with a b, billions) of dollars in tax revenue that could be used for health care, education, social security if you’re into that.
I couldn’t give a rats ass about smoking pot to get high. I am disappointed that we, as a race of intelligent people, have not realized the importance of this plant. It has the potential to do great things, and we have been brainwashed to see it as the devil’s herb, something that poisons our people. We need a wake up call.
I don’t think this is quite what you were looking for, and I apologize. But that is what I am bitter about.
- My brother (Casey): Didn't we get a new president?
- Me: WHAT?! When do you think that happened?
- Casey: People voted last month, didn't they?
- Me: OH MY GOD. -facepalm-
- Casey: Oh that wasn't for president?
- Me: I'm not looking forward to when you can vote.
- Casey: PSH I'm not gonna vote anyway.
- Me: -dies-
How to express your political concerns in the United States:
Write. To. Your. Representatives!
I just sent my (first-ever) email to my Congressman from Virginia’s 5th district regarding the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA, H.R.3261).
Opposing a bill does NOT mean you sign an online petition and move on. It doesn’t mean you reblog a bunch of outraged posts and then forget about it. It means you spend time researching the bill objectively, deciding on your opinion, evaluating your sources for bias, finding information to support your view, expressing how you can justify refuting the opposition to your view, informing others, and informing those in power to make changes.
I’ve gone through this admittedly lengthy process over the past weeks, and I’ve come to a decision and written to Mr. Hurt [R-VA-5].
Below the cut is my letter to him. I’ve annotated it a bit in italics if you want some pointers as to how I thought this through. I suggest writing to your Representative about SOPA and your Senators about the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA, S.968) if you have any strong opinions, in opposition or support.
Just remembered that my government teacher referred to Occupy Wall Street as the “Woodstock of the 21st century.”
I was both baffled and infuriated.
Paulie B is my new favorite teacher.
He used “Smart Republican” as an example for an oxymoron today.
Another Government Class Rant
Today our teacher gave us five “duck dollars.” She then explained that there would be things we could buy ranging in price from 1-5 duck dollars. There was also a bucket labelled “heating” that we could choose to donate our duck dollars to, and each duck dollar would count as one degree of heat in the classroom. When everyone had bought/donated/kept whatever duck dollars they wanted, we counted the heating bucket and ended up at 57. She then asked who did NOT contribute to the heating bucket. A few people raised their hands. She explained that while those people hadn’t contributed to the heating bucket, they’d still be able to benefit from the heat in the room, thus making them “free-loaders.” She neglected to mention that in the real world, some people have no money to contribute to the “heating bucket”, or rather, the public sector. And that the people that have MUCH more “duck dollars” often contribute less to the heating bucket than those who struggle to get by. She was attempting to show how people in society don’t contribute, but still benefit from those who do. It worked for most of the students, but it just enraged me. How she can call those who have nothing to give “free-loaders” when big business is being hand-fed money by the government are the heroes of the story just angers me beyond words. Oh, we also had to define “free-loader”, to which I responded “derogatory term for a person who was lied to by the system and is unable to get a job that pays enough to allow contribution even though they worked just as hard as the billionaires.” She just said “It’s not a derogatory term.” Like fucking hell it isn’t a derogatory term.