Slash waste

When I worked at Toyota (TMS)  20+ years ago, I remember seeing a guy in the dock area of the San Ramon PDC pounding away with a sledge hammer. When I walked over I saw he was smashing up perfectly good A/C units, water pumps, alternators,  etc.     I asked why he was doing that and got the standard response ‘that’s what they told me to do’.  When I asked the regional manager, he said they were destroying units so they couldn’t be resold on the black market!

In a recent NYT article (link here) it was the same scenario: Manhattan’s big Nike store was discarding outdated ‘Kobe’ gym shoes by the dozens, but not before someone slashed the entire shoe to render it useless. There’s actually a Federal law that requires this! Outrageous? It gets even better (worse!)

The reason apparel retailers slash their shoes, clothings, accessories is basically two fold: to stop counterfeiters and hawkers from reselling them, so they can’t be worn by people who are obviously unable to afford them.

These retailers had tried to donate outdated and discarded goods to the homeless in the past, but incidents like 2005 Katrina (when FEMA unloaded a warehouse stocked with counterfeit garments to evacuees) had the retailers up in arms and they lobbied for a federal law forbidding such ‘handouts’.

Now come-on…this is  un-common (non)sense! What in the world is the possible ‘good’ here?   besides profits of course…

The embodied energy and outrageous prices charged for these items is where the real ‘sin’ is, not the counterfeit/poor ‘can’t be wearing this’ market.

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I don’t know how to start a boycott, but we gotta get the word out about this and pressure these retailers and manufacturers to stop this obvious ‘over-the-top’ waste.

It’s not always just about business and fattening the bottom line and holding on to market share – sometimes it’s just OK to take a hit for the team, and do something good for the less fortunate. It’s up to the less-fortunate to figure out their ethics and moral code too – the hawkers who abscond the seconds & resell them for their own gains.

Heaven forbid that Nike should marginalize their next-gen gym shoe by selling off outdated shoes at a heavy discount or allowing poor people some uplifting grace by letting them feel like a ‘million bucks’. Please….

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Side note where is your data right now? :  If you think your data is safe on Amazon S3 or Google doc servers, think again.  Along with the Dyn outage last year (surprisingly co-inciding with another more famous hacker attack), this article details some of the risks (link here).

Land of Oz

welcome to SF… what a world class city… still. It’s been a few years since i’ve enjoyed these environs the way I used to: being present with all the livlihoods around: SOMA, Yerba Buena, Chinatown,
Embarcadero skyways, Ferry Building, cool little shops & cafes… did you know there’s a redwood forest in the middle of SF??

The one thing that stood out for me this time (after I shed off the usual zombie-land, master-of-the-universe environs, that I was once part of) was the sheer # of empty muni buses – everywhere! WOW – Uber is going to be SO,SO successful. What a ridiculous sight: empty behemothth buses chewing away KWs of electric buzz-feeds.. at least they’re not on direct fossil-fuel… just think of the cost per mile – the REAL cost – driver labor, repair & maintenance, embodied energy, ugly overhead electric lines, damage to streets, energy cost, accidents, mishaps/deaths, on and on… of all those buses lined up on Market street and beyond with nary a passenger. My biggest bitch tho is the gawd awful sight of those buses squeeling and buzzing away… and the utter destruction of any ambiance that a human being could enjoy.

How distant this is from pedestrian friendly city centers of Europe and Asia! Why oh why, do we have our heads so deep in the tar sands?

The only quick info I could find on the O+M (ops+maint) costs per city bus mile was from the Washington DC area in 2015:  WOW  considering an average car costs around 10cents/mile and carpooling can cut that in half or third… what more can I say?  the writing is on the wall or street (yep = wall street 🙂…Uber will be getting lotsa capitalization from there, and perhaps empty buses, and BIG city buses will be a thing of the past.

It’s not better on the other side of the Bay in Beserkeley… where empty AC transit buses go streaming by, clogging up roads, belching fumes (there’s no overhead electric lines like in SF).  ahhh to head back to the environs of WinSol and the forest sanctuary… peace & serenity and real (human) nature.

Walter Russell

I have been fascinated by this man for some time now.  Walter Cronkite called him the Leanardo DaVinci of our times.  Yet he goes unheralded and unnoticed.

Walter Russell (1871-1963) reportedly had near death experiences every seven years until the age of 49.  Then he had one that lasted 39 days uninterrupted.  Wikipedia lists his achievements as “a painter, sculptor, author and builder and less well known as a natural philosopher and for his unified theory in physics and cosmogony. He posited that the universe was founded on a unifying principle of rhythmic balanced interchange.”

While he had  no formal higher education in  areas he was an expert in (architect, builder, painter/sculptor, physicist, philosopher ++), in  1926 he announced the existence of urium and uridium, and four other transuranium elements which made atomic fission possible, also deuterium and tritrium and the other four hydrogen isotopes, which made the H-bomb and heavy water possible. He corrected the atomic chart, and admonished current scientists for their limited ways of thinking.

A couple of Russell’s concepts I like:   matter exists only with motion  (only with motion is matter possible); and he never bothered with EFFECT, only with CAUSE.  Fascinating.

On a side note, Walter Russell was a pioneer of Co-operative Living, and built $30 million worth of top-quality cooperative apartments in NYC – some still operating to this day.  He is credited with developing  “cooperative ownership into an economically sound and workable principle.” [10]

Walter Russell fulfills  the trifecta of unheralded masterminds along with  Viktor Schauberger and Nikola Tesla.

If we only had followed their paths we would be in an amazingly different world today.

 

Ok, ok I’ll include Bucky Fuller in here too, and… Oh! there’s just too many alternative universes out there 🙂 

 

I am currently reading ‘The man who tapped the Secrets of the Universe’ and on page 35: “For many days and nights I was made to write down all these things which I knew in ‘The Divine Illiad’ (PDF here)  which is my record of my teachings while in the Light.  And in that one volume of many thousands of words there was never an erasure nor correction; and the language of that divine message was not mine.  I could never have written such rhythmic essence of knowledge, nor have created its exalted style’.  Thus I was made to see the universe as a whole and its simple principles of creation as one unit, repeated over and over, endlessly and without variation, as evidenced in the universal heart-beat to which every pulsing thing in the light-wave universe is geared to act as ONE UNIT OF ONE WHOLE.” 

And if we need any proof of that, just visit the Global Heart Coherence project and their global monitoring projects… especially what happened with their monitors on 911...and if you’re still interested in how this works in all of us and is linked with our living earth… check out this video

http://www.globalcarerooms.org/rooms/intuitive-heart-video/gci