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Old 07-21-2008, 09:53 AM
 
Location: PA
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Watch this on those who believe in Being green.





http://www.sho.com/site/ptbs/episodes.do

Penn and Teller consider the popularity of the "green" movement, a largely bogus and hypocritical philosophy that links sanctimonious politics to an "ethical" lifestyle while doing little or nothing to actually create a healthier ecosystem.
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Old 07-21-2008, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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They did a similar show about recycling ... love those guys. I'll be interested in seeing it this week.
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Northglenn, Colorado
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they did a petition for the government to stop the use of hydrogen bi oxide a couple of years ago, it was astounding how many signatures they got to essentially ban water.
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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LOL, in the preview, when they exclaimed "That's not a river rock, that's a driveway rock!" I wondered if they realized that driveways don't tumble rocks into a round shape, and that those rocks aren't manufactured.

As a kid, I'd often keep a few neat rocks in my pocket. Anyone who has come across a lake and not had a good skipping rock, or upon a snake without a stone to shoot at it, or ammo for a slingshot, or just a cool thing to look at when bored, is missing out in more ways than one. I can still smell the smell of those rocks, and feel the smoothness of them in my hand, see the way that the color changed as they got wet, hear the clink of them in my pocket. <sigh> Life changes. How much ya wanna bet you can no longer get on a plane with rocks in your pocket? Passengers might be dangerous with rocks, and they are needless weight to the airlines, so obviously the TSA employees have to get their rocks off.

As for the therapist in the video, therapists often work in ways that are seemingly nonsensical or irrelevant to the public, and yet have hidden meaning or insight to those who "get it". The thought that this one might have tapped into the basic idea that we have 10,000+ years of selective breeding towards being in contact with nature doesn't surprise me, and the concept makes sense.

People have personal and cultural memories. When I lived in Florida, it periodically freaked me out that there were no mountains and no rocks other than that punky coral limestone they try to pass off as rock. I grew up in a mountainous area with granite and schist outcroppings of rock, as did seven generations before me, and eventually the lack of hills and valleys was a factor in my moving out of Florida. In the years before I moved out, I'll admit that in addition to vacations to mountainous areas, I bought a bag of granite and a bag of river rock from Home Depot, just to have some reminder of real life near me. If someone had come into my life right when I was missing rocks, and gave one to me, that would have been cool and insightful. People looking on would probably think I had rocks in my head.

The sad part of my experience buying rocks in Florida, is that the granite did not come from quarries further north. Wanna guess where it came from? Yep. CHINA. China could supposedly make rocks and ship them across the ocean cheaper than they could be quarried and shipped a few hundred miles. What kind of world do we live in?

Will I watch the P&T show? Probably. Do I expect to learn anything new and insightful? Nope. Do I expect to see the same type of "put down" and vitriolic commentary that has become popular since Rush L broke the ground, and gained a huge salary and skipped jail for drug charges? Yep. Stone soup.
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Jax
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^^^Great post Harry!
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