Once upon a time, there was a caveman who wanted to make energy. Maybe he wanted to stay warm at night, or he wanted to cook food, but that's not the point. The point is, his first idea to generate energy was to gather up wood, rub some flint and steel together, and make a fire. Setting things on fire proved out to be a handy way to generate energy. This method was the preferred way to make energy until after millenniums of progress, through the Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages, into the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution until we finally progressed to…
NOTHING! We still set things on fire. Our propensity to set things on fire to make power has led us to a problem. We're baking ourselves right off the planet because fire makes heat. Climate Change is the result, a worldwide worrisome story. Never mind the climate science deniers. That's a tiny group of idiots, literally not worth the wasted breath. No sane, informed person in the world denies that climate change is a problem, an…
Hello, I'm "Penguin" Pete, the guy with the
indignant rant about palm trees you all seem to love. I'm back today to talk about an even worse environmental blight, and even more pervasive intrusion on our living space: GRASS! You don't notice grass. Those of you who live in cities are barely even accustomed to seeing plants anymore, so you never stop to think that our obsession to coat the Earth in a fuzzy layer of green micro-plants is anything abnormal. But we have all grown up used to suburban tracts of endless lawns around houses, married to the vision of the American dream of a white-picket-fence neighborhood, all made of ticky-tacky. Here's a
few reasons why your vision of suburbia is far creepier than you think:
Lawns aren't just an option. They are ENFORCED. You can go to jail for not having a perfectly manicured lawn.
Lawns affect neighborhood real estate values, which is why they are enforced.
The pathological degree of conformity in suburbia isn't just for an aesthetic. Its…
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