“Shame on them and it should be. It's not good for our country and I don't like. I'm entitled to that because I served and I was a citizen. As I said, let them get their citizenship then join or would they feel the patriotic fervor to do it then?”
“There's a reason Republicans don't want you to study history. It's because it makes them out to be liars.
On Saturday, February 10, 1962, twenty-one months after his capture, pilot Francis Gary Powers was exchanged in a spy swap for Soviet KGB Colonel Vilyam Fisher (aka Rudolf Ivanovich Abel) at the now famous Glienicke Bridge. American student Frederic Pryor was also released at the same time at Checkpoint Charlie. Abel was an English-born KGB man who had been caught spying in New York in 1957. http://garypowers.org/1962-spy-exchange-of-powers-for-abel/”
“I'm a Vietnam veteran I'm well aware of how long non citizens have been serving and I don't like it.
The Army will take what the President and congress give them. Let them get their citizenship and then enlist. Like I said this procedure makes them no better than mercenaries.”
Daveatthedoor on Jun 2, 2014 at 02:20:03
“non-citizens have been serving since the Revolutionary war....the draft is political poison....What is Blackwater? Paid mercenaries?”
“Your solution to the problem is unacceptable. It's obvious you don't understand it.”
Kretyas on Jun 2, 2014 at 15:02:28
“My solution is simple.
1. Stop wasting resources recycling resources that cost a lot more resources to recycle and gather than it costs to just throw it out.
2. Stop USING so much of this product.
3. Find ways to recycle at point of use. For instance, a milk jug makes an awesome planter or flowerpot.
4. Actively recycle the stuff that makes sense to recycle. Cans, siding, steel, industrial paper (where one pickup can literally collect tons of it for reprocessing
Instead of claiming I don't understand, try opening your mind to my argument. You sound like someone's hit the brainwashing button and beat into you that not recycling is evil, when sometimes, it's the recycling itself that's bad.
And, just a note, ever notice most areas with "curbside recycling" never gives you a dime from your cans and scrap metals? Where does that money go, I wonder?”
“I would rather see then reinstate the draft. Sorry but this is not right you ask someone to fight to protect you that has no citizenship to anchor them to this country. This is no better than a mercenary army. Come fight for us and we'll make you a citizen.
We have enough young men roaming the streets who are citizens. Call them up and make them serve.”
AdamWest1313 on Jun 1, 2014 at 00:03:31
“They are already anchored to this country, because they were raised here. You know what Dreamers are, don't you? Your post indicates you do not.”
Daveatthedoor on May 31, 2014 at 11:41:17
“non-citizens have served in the military for many years....the Viet Nam war was the end of the draft, the Army doesnt even want it”
rylege on May 31, 2014 at 10:18:49
“Conscript armies are historically not as good as volunteer.”
“That's funny. Do you know anything about how plastic is made? What it's composition is? If you studied science then you should know. How about Styrofoam, the stuff that will out live the earth. Know what it's made of?”
“Really John? Soda companies did that for years till plastic came a long. The magic of the human mind is to think past all the so called problems you have thrown up and come up with a better solution to the problem. Your answer is just to continue with the problem because you've given up finding a solution”
“Just hate when that happens don't you? You know there's a saying "be careful pointing out deficiencies in others they always revel a few of your own' Yours is very obvious.
Of course there's also "if they have to resort to spell checking you then they have nothing and you win" sorry John you lose.”
“There are economic ways. We didn't have to send any troops to get Russia to back down we just tightened the pursestrings. You don't have to do anything unilaterally if you can convince other nations to stand behind you.
It would be up to the circumstances. There are times when declared war may be the last option but it weakens you.”
“So Johns answer to everything is to just keep making more and bury the refuge. John I don't think you understand the problem. It's one my great grandchildren will one day face and I'm sorry but cost doesn't matter to me. It's a problem others created and if recycling can take some of it away then cost be damned. It's not going to go away by burying it.”
John Lovrich on May 30, 2014 at 08:22:39
“By the way, its REFUSE, not refuge.”
John Lovrich on May 30, 2014 at 08:20:37
“No, John's answer is to look at the big picture and not waste resources doing something you think is helping, but is really just wasting resources. Recycling glass makes you feel good, but you're actually hurting the environment more. Recycling glass is a waste of resources, it takes more energy to collect, sort and recycle than it does to make new, and we can't force glass manufactures to make low quality glass that no one will buy. You are only wasting resources by trying to recycle glass. Metal, sure. But do a google search for yourself and you'l find that half of the glass collected for recycling ends up in the landfill because there is no market for the used glass. You're wasting fuel picking it up in a second truck, carting it to a transfer station, sorting it by color, and then it ends up in the landfill anyway. Don't you see that is a waste? Don't you see it makes more sense to not recycle things that cost more to recycle than to make new? Especially an inert substance like glass.”
“Why do people who don't have a clue what the question is, try to answer it? What are you talking about? Are "we' getting our way? I have no idea. How are you getting your way? Did you not understand my post?”
Levi S on May 30, 2014 at 08:40:11
“I'm sorry. I understand your point.
Let me elaborate...
If "Only a weak nation resorts to war to get it's way..." what are the other ways?
It seems as if the is a clear distinction between President Bush and President Obama. In fact, in my diplomacy studies we had an acronym: DIME (diplomacy, information, military, and economic). With military off the table, are we using diplomacy? We're losing economically and our information efforts are being thwarted by Snowden.
“There's that word again, cost. The idea is to not make plastic. Making plastic is the problem.
So it's okay if we pile it all in your yard till we need the methane?”
Kretyas on May 31, 2014 at 13:52:18
“Yes, the costs do in fact matter. right now, the prices of recycled paper is less than a half cent per pound in most places. Most plastics run from 2-10 cents a pound. Now, this is what the recycling companies will buy it for. In order to make 100 dollars off of paper, you would LITERALLY need 500 pounds of paper. Now, imagine driving 500 pounds of junk paper, from house to house, collecting it, then dropping it at a recycle center, which then bundles them up, and ships them to a distro center, which them moves them to a factory to use it.
Hate to burst your bubble, But the profit and energy use on consumer level recycling of plastic and paper makes this exercise so energy intensive, it's better to go home, turn on your heat AND air conditioning, and crank both on high for one day a week. Because that's literally what you do with these 2.
And of note, paper's biodegradable, and nothing stops you from taking that plastic bottle and recycling it yourself, turning a coke bottle into a windmill, or use some old newspaper to make fire starter logs.
And plastic? You can only use and reuse it a few times before it starts to break down, unlike glass and metals. Paper, because it's biodegradeable and easier to recycle at your home point, is better to just do it yourself and save.”
“LOL is that the best you could do? You do know that recycling means to reuse something don't you? If we're going to be irresponsible enough to make something out of plastic then we should try to reuse it as much as possible then discard it responsibly. I hope that clears it up for you because to be honest I have no idea what you're talking about.”
getreal0 on May 29, 2014 at 22:45:59
“Go to an engineering or science school. Physics will clear it up for you.”
“Only a weak nation resorts to war to get it's way. If you have true power you can get your way without it.”
Levi S on May 28, 2014 at 13:45:47
“How are we getting our way today?”
ParaBellum83 on May 28, 2014 at 13:44:00
“The only way a country gets what it wants in a hostile situation without war is by demonstrating both strength and the willingness to use that strength. The prospect of war must be too terrible for the weaker country to risk war. By all means, use the carrot, but other countries need to know the stick is there can be used.”
“Why? This shouldn't even be on the list: Anything that keeps 85 million tons of waste out of landfills is a plus in my book. I don't think about my inconvenience, that's what put all this here, our convenience. What I'm thinking about are my grand-kids convenience.
Most will agree that a world with recycling is better than a world without it, but the almost universally praised environmental practice does have some issues. Some experts claim that the process, which requires intensive collection and sorting, is both too costly and may actually result in greater carbon emissions than simply throwing the material in the garbage. Still, recycling is becoming increasingly efficient and in 2010 was responsible for keeping 85 million tons of household waste out of landfills.”
getreal0 on May 28, 2014 at 19:05:20
“I think it's funny that you actually think 85 tons of some product discarded doesn't displace the 85 ton's it took to make it.”
Kretyas on May 28, 2014 at 18:05:00
“Actually, several items we currently recycle are costing a lot more than if we went and made virgin.
Paper- Not the industrial paper waste, that's actually enough in one place, often shipping waste back and getting new paper. But around the house? paper burns a lot more oil than if we harvested new trees for paper. Better to mulch it, or recycle it at home into firestarter logs, shelf liners, and even wrap a sammich in.
plastic- it costs more oil to collect, clean, wash, grind, and reuse old plastic than it does to make virgin plastic. Also, unlike most materials, as you reuse this mateial, it breaks down relatively quickly into uselessness. Better to reuse this at home, such as resealable food containers being used for waterproof storage, or use a soda bottle for watering plants.
Now, glass saves power, and most metals can be reused over and over and over again, and recycling this stuff is awesome. But, sometimes, it's just better to toss it into a pile, and harvest resources from it later, such as methane.”
jruwaldt on May 28, 2014 at 11:13:52
“Of course, recycling itself isn't the answer. It's "reduce, reuse, recycle." The "reduce" part is rather hard, but I reuse things as much as I can, which often irks people who think that containers are disposable and should go to the landfill, since many of them aren't recyclable in many places. And don't get me started on cashiers who can't understand that I brought my bag or travel mug to use instead of their bags or paper cups, not in addition to, or that I can quite easily carry one or two items without a bag.”
John Lovrich on May 28, 2014 at 11:13:12
“Sometimes it's more efficient to make new. Recycling glass is a good example. Sand is cheap and easy to find in abundance. It takes almost as much energy to melt old glass for recycling as it does to make new glass from sand. The inefficiency creeps in when we try to send that glass back to be melted down. It takes fuel to transport that glass to the recycling facility. More fuel than is saved by recycling. This added fuel consumption carries over into collection of recyclables. Instead of one truck with one crew picking up trash and transporting it to a landfill, two trucks troll the streets. The recycle truck then travels to a transfer station where more energy is used to sort the recyclables. Only the metals, which typically comprise less than 5% of the waste stream, are economically recycled.
Recycling glass bottles may be less energy efficient than burying them in a landfill.
Now if everyone were to save cans and bottles at home then bring them to the once monthly collection in their car the way they did in the 1970's when I was participating in the Boy Scout's SOAR program, then I can say with certainty you're wasting energy. We thought we were doing something good, but we were naive.”