Category Archives: Environment

Toys “R” Us thinks nature sucks

“Nature is boring. I played in it once. There was nothing to buy. It sucked.”

via Stephen Colbert loves this Toys “R” Us ad, because nature sucks | Grist.

The Economy of Smallness

image (2)She envisions “a new economy based on smallness” made up of independent businesses and decentralized farms that work cooperatively, invest in each other, and pay attention to a triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. Through her work at the Social Venture Network, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies BALLE, and other organizations, she has spent decades working to realize this vision. “We’re out to create a global system of human-scale, interconnected, local, living economies that provide basic needs to all the world’s people,” she writes. “To put it simply, we believe in happiness.”

via The Economy of Smallness: Making Economic Exchange a Loving Human Interaction by Abby Quillen — YES! Magazine.

Time to Move On? The Case Against Daylight Saving Time

Great post breaking down the nonsense known as Daylight Savings Time and why it is futile, silly and not helpful.

daylight-savings-time-is-it-necessary_73011_600x450The latest Rasmussen Report from March 2013 found that only 37 percent of Americans surveyed thought daylight saving time (DST) is “worth the hassle,” while 45 percent said it was not.

Tufts University professor Michael Downing, author of Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time, said such opposition has been around for a century.

“The whole proposition that you can gain or lose an hour is at best theoretical,” he said. “So I think from the start people had no clear idea what we were doing or why we were doing it. It just generates confusion, and confusion generates bad will.”

Beyond simple confusion and inconvenience, opponents make many cases against continuing to observe daylight saving time.

Time to Move On? The Case Against Daylight Saving Time.