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andi*pandi
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May 5, 2019, 08:24 AM
 
or takeout containers, that'll be big. We have compostable containers at work now, for most things like sandwiches they are fine.
     
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May 5, 2019, 02:57 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
I’d appreciate the sentiment more if that name didn’t suck.
I have to agree about the clumsy name. For most of us in the US, “Native Americans Day” might work well. Unfortunately, the first indigenous peoples Columbus and his bunch encountered were living on one of the Eastern Caribbean islands, probably one of Bahamas’ Plana Cays. Here “Native American” wouldn’t mean exactly the same thing that most ‘Mericans think of.

On the other hand, the idea of the “Indiginous Peoples Day” lends itself beyond merely noting that Columbus’ group found inhabited lands (that were anything but India, which he said he was going to find). It helps point out the fact that there are cultures and societies that European adventurers destroyed. And it can be extended to increase awareness of how badly we handled the expansion of the United States westward.

But as far as a catchy title goes, the name still sucks.

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May 5, 2019, 03:40 PM
 
When I wrote that I was thinking “Native Peoples’ Day”, but I’m not liking that as much now.
     
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May 5, 2019, 04:41 PM
 
First Nations, but that also does not include eskimos/caribbean peoples.
     
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May 5, 2019, 05:44 PM
 
The underlying problem is horse trading holidays as atonement for genocide is bullshit.
     
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May 5, 2019, 06:33 PM
 
I kind of feel sorry for the people in India when people say Indians and refer to Native Americans instead.
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May 5, 2019, 07:59 PM
 
Originally Posted by mindwaves View Post
I kind of feel sorry for the people in India when people say Indians and refer to Native Americans instead.
Well, until they can ride horses and are proficient with bow, arrow and tomahawks, I have no pity.

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In the UK, aren’t Indians called Asians?
     
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May 5, 2019, 11:34 PM
 
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In the UK, aren’t Indians called Asians?
No, they are called Pakis. Duh.

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May 6, 2019, 06:22 AM
 
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Yes, and:

Maine Becomes 1st State To Ban Single-Use Foam Containers
In other words, no more "hot coffee into a styrofoam cup which you then crinkle and discard into the trash once it's empty"
Honest question: How does the man on street in the US feel about this? Because we made this change in Sweden some time back in the late eighties (though it was more local regulations than a national law, IIRC) and most of Europe have done the same by now. I always wondered why the US never did this, if it was something that you just couldn't legislate on and get re-elected or what. Because it's not like it's a new idea.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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May 6, 2019, 09:51 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
The underlying problem is horse trading holidays as atonement for genocide is bullshit.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Sorry_Day
     
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May 6, 2019, 10:59 AM
 
Originally Posted by P View Post
Honest question: How does the man on street in the US feel about this? Because we made this change in Sweden some time back in the late eighties (though it was more local regulations than a national law, IIRC) and most of Europe have done the same by now. I always wondered why the US never did this, if it was something that you just couldn't legislate on and get re-elected or what. Because it's not like it's a new idea.
Hard to answer this. My best guess follows. More progressive demographics (typically younger) are for "cleaning up" the planet by investing long-term in more biodegradable/environmentally products, even though many of these require energy from the planet due to recycling. They're in it also for the "self-care revolution," as many of them are also turning to plants and natural medicines, e.g., essential oils. Whereas more traditional/rural demographics just use whatever is available, and create their own crafts. They do not care to spend significant amounts of money, time, or thought into new investments that had to be manufactured and made for them. Instead, they work with their hands (e.g., fix an old fan instead of buying a new one, buying local instead of buying wholesale even if it's 50% cheaper), because they see that as more environmentally responsible than buying something new that took a lot more energy (in the physics sense) to create. The demographic distribution between these two can be at one pole in one corner of the state and yet be at the opposite pole in the opposite corner of the same state. It can also vary town to town.
     
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May 6, 2019, 11:05 AM
 
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That’s the right idea.
     
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May 7, 2019, 07:38 PM
 
According to NASA-supported research, some time into the future, comets will kill us all.
     
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May 7, 2019, 08:16 PM
 
When that happens, it’s really going to suck if we don’t figure out some way to warm up a planet.
     
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May 7, 2019, 08:24 PM
 
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When that happens, it’s really going to suck if we don’t figure out some way to warm up a planet.


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Today I learned the Star Trek people wanted Jerry Lewis and not Joe Piscopo for that awful episode where Data learns about “comedy”.
     
 
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