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  •  the restaurant practice (9+ / 0-)

    of topping off every water glass in sight has * got * to go.  how many people leave the table with the water glass far from empty?  lots and lots.  every day. maddening!

    don't let them refill your glass!  

    Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

    by Cedwyn on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 11:50:25 AM PDT

    •  Excellent point. (5+ / 0-)

      Although I'm the one person who always drains my water glass. I'm a big drinker...of water! ;-)

      Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

      by earicicle on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 11:55:43 AM PDT

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    •  A drop in the bucket (5+ / 0-)

      compared to the amt of water used in fracking.

      •  or agriculture and landscaping (2+ / 0-)
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        but I still think our personal habits matter a great deal, because they set the tone for an entire culture oblivious to waste and consumption. I just returned from the bathroom at work where a guy pulled out what must have been 15 paper towels to dry his fucking hands. WTF?! That's a tree that had to be cut down, processed, pulped, manufactured into paper, and shipped across the ocean from China (using tons of water, btw), just so that dude could wipe his clean hands. Just shake your hands a couple times and let them air-dry. Or use 1 paper towel, I promise it'll dry your fucking hands. But no, the majority of people in this country are just so disconnected from the cycle of life and where things come from that they're just these glutton zombies sucking every last resource out of this planet with benign smiles on their faces. Pathetic. And of course we're now getting into fracking because we simply don't understand the concept of conservation, being conscious of our surroundings and fellow people and species and living things on this planet, curbing our appetite. That's where it all starts, if Americans who make up 5% of the world's population would stop burning 22% of the world's energy, it would be a great help to the people in the Marshall Islands.

        end of rant.

        Ecology is the new Economy

        by citisven on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 01:21:11 PM PDT

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        •  funny that (2+ / 0-)
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          I have, for years, gone without drying my hands after washing them. I find those paperless drying machines to be even worse. They make sounds louder than jet aircraft when people  put their hands up close to the forced air.

          Ya know what also works to dry your hands?: DOING NOTHING!

          Thanks for stopping by, Sven

          And remember: if we fail on climate change, nothing else matters. - WarrenS

          by LaughingPlanet on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 01:29:39 PM PDT

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          •  they're up there with leaf blowers (1+ / 0-)
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            in level of obnoxiousness. Total case of inventing shit that nobody needs. Clever marketing to create a need where none ever existed. What is it that's so horrible about water on your hands or leaves on the sidewalk that we have to invent a million (or billion?) dollar industry to fight these natural occurrences? Btw, in Germany they still have those cloth towel machines in public restrooms that advance a little bit with each pull and then the whole roll gets washed at the end. If you're going to be germophobic and not just have a shared towel those kinds of machines make the most sense to me. But liek you, I just shake my hands and when I need them dry right away, just use my t-shirt.

            Ecology is the new Economy

            by citisven on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 01:46:51 PM PDT

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      •  Fracking and industrialized agriculture use (2+ / 0-)
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        trillions of gallons of water.  I'm gonna give a shout out to BBIF and just say:

        If you want to reduce water pollution and greenhouse gases, eat less meat and dairy.

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