Today I did some very basic grocery shopping. I bought mostly vegetables because I was baking chicken for dinner for my roommates tonight. Anyway, I am at the checkout isle, I pay for my produce. I look down the conveyor belt and see seven bags. SEVEN bags for one day's worth of veggies! I bought broccoli, grapes, two cucumbers, lettus, mushrooms, asparagus, eggs, four apples, milk, and OJ. I almost had a bag for each individual item. On top of that, the bagger-lady double bagged the grapes, lettus, and shrooms.
I was mad, but I didn't want to make a scene, so I left the store without commenting on this neurotic activity. I carted everything to my car and drove. I was just wondering to myself if each individual item I bought required it's own bag. They do not.
It may seem inane to comment on how my groceries were bagged, but the reason I am so aggravated is because I believe the environment is is dire straights. Oh Hell...the environment is in dire straights. Plastics take thousands of years to biodegrade into the environment. In fact, the plastic bags I am talking about were banned in India, and a few other middle-eastern countries, because of their hugely negative environmental impact. Plastic grocery bags clogged some vital parts of a drainage system in India, and flooding misplaced over a million people sometime in the late 1990s. The reason I talk about plastic bags is because, yet again, something as innocuous that humans use on a daily basis just seems to really fuck shit up for our planet.
Do people even realize that our lifestyles are ultimately hurting us? Our "I-don't-give-a-shit" attitude may affect us now, but it will definately affect our children in the very near future. In this day and age with what we know it burns me to know that some clueless lady who bags my groceries was so careless to waste the number of plastic bags she did. She didn't even ask me if I wanted individual bags for my produce items.
Why do grocery stores feel the need to bag groceries in this fashion? It does not matter why, really. The next time I go grocery shopping, I will tell the bagger to not get carried away with this neurotic need to bag everything individually. Or, I could ask for paper.
Before I started college and work, I had about a dozen shows I would watch on a regular basis. Then, I got busy, so I didn't have time to be sittin' in front of the idiot box wasting away the hours. I had my favorites, usually the Star Treks, but because I was busy, I never finished watching the end of DS9 and Voyager. Anyway, since I don't have time to watch TV, I have to pick and choose which new TV show I will invest my time.
Last year, HEROES debuted on NBC, and I really enjoyed it. Yes, I will say that it took about five or six episodes to really take off, but when that show picked up steam, I found it thoroughly enjoyable.
So, topic for discussion: Do any of you like HEROES? Yes, no? If you think there should be changes, what would you change? Me, personally, there needs to be more sequences in which the heroes use their abilities. What do you all think?~~N
Firstly, I apologize if this sort of post isn’t allowed, but I found this community to be relevant to my search, so here I am.
I run gsa_lj, one of the largest and fastest growing gay-straight alliances on LiveJournal. However, despite our initial mission to be a support network for youth, the focus of the community has evolved. Our members are largely educated, mature, and eager to expand their horizons. Previous outreach efforts have been made to teachers, parents, and those of faith in an effort to diversify our ranks.
Personally, I'm a gay Republican with a libertarian streak, although most members are liberal. I see four of my personal friends (who are also members of gsa_lj) are also in this community.
Discussion of relevant politics and current events are common, but the community is multi-faceted. I’m attempting to further increase the level of intellectual discourse. We’re always looking to better ourselves.
I ask that you join our efforts, if you’re interested in such issues. At the very least, check out the community. See the type of posts and comments that are present. Read our user-info page, and see for yourself why our members are satisfied. I have a feeling you’ll be impressed.
If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me.
I find it interesting that parody news is more reliable and thought-provoking than actual "news." You see, I was visiting TheOnion (target opens in new window) today, and there were some pretty snarky articles about Rumsfeld, gay rights, and rich people enlisting in the armed forces. It was funny ~~Nick
Jan. 16th, 2007 @ 12:48 pm
Well, this a combo intro-post and request for discussion/opinions.
So, firstly: hello all. I'm Megan, pansexual, from New Zealand. **waves**
Secondly: (and I hope this is the right place for this). So, I was listening to the radio the other day, when an ad for a competition being run by the station comes on. It emerges that they're running "Lady Lip Lock" in which females are being encouraged to send in pictures of themselves kissing their (female) friends. These photos are then to be posted on the radio station's website, where they can be voted on according to which is 'hottest' and the winning pair will each get a cash prize. After a few weeks of this, they plan to repost all the most popular photos and the one with the most votes will win $1000 for charity. The phrasing in the ads makes it fairly clear that they expect only platonic friends to send in pictures, and that the voting is expected to come mainly from straight men.
Now, my gut reaction to this is that it's kind of exploitive. It's pandering to the 'OMG LESBIANS R HAWWT!!" mentality, which leads to me and my girlfriend having to deal with requests for threesomes from men we barely know. Also, and I could be reading far to much into this, it seems to have hints of the idea that women should perform for men, in this case to win money, and it also ( I feel) devalues lesbian relationships as being purely for entertainment purposes, rather than, y’know because we actually are attracted to each other.
Now, just to make it absolutely clear: I have no problem with anyone kissing anyone. Straight, curious, bi-curious, whatever, girls kissing doesn’t bother me in the slightest, if it makes them happy, hey, go for it. What is bothering me is the message being put across by this competition.
So, am I over-reacting? To be honest I feel kind of disappointed in the radio station, because they always seemed fairly queer-friendly. Is this worth getting upset about, and possibly writing letters of complaint over (not that I expect them to pay much attention, but it’s the thought that counts)? Or should I just avoid paying attention to the ads, and ignore it?
Well...what do you know. For years I knew of two worlds outside the orbit of Pluto. Theire names are Quaoar and Varuna. [They are not classified as "planets." They are considered "minor planets" because of their size and orbit.] Now there is a new one to add to those distant worlds. Apparently, there is a celestial body that is bigger than Pluto that is farther out than the ninth planet as well. This tenth planet is nick-named "Xena". Go figure. I hope that name changes because it brings to mind a cheesy fantasy show with lesbian overtones. §
Apr. 12th, 2006 @ 09:56 am