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Therapists Report Increase in Green Disputes
NY Times ^ | 1/17/2010 | Leslie Kaufman

Posted on 01/17/2010 9:18:53 PM PST by Saije

Gordon Fleming is, by his own account, an environmentally sensitive guy.

He bikes 12 1/2 miles to and from his job at a software company outside Santa Barbara, Calif. He recycles as much as possible and takes reusable bags to the grocery store.

Still, his girlfriend, Shelly Cobb, feels he has not gone far enough.

Ms. Cobb chides him for running the water too long while he shaves or showers. And she finds it “depressing,” she tells him, that he continues to buy a steady stream of items online when her aim is for them to lead a less materialistic life.

Mr. Fleming, who says he became committed to Ms. Cobb “before her high-priestess phase,” describes their conflicts as good-natured — mostly.

But he refuses to go out to eat sushi with her anymore, he said, because he cannot stand to hear her quiz the waiters.

“None of it is sustainable or local,” he said, “and I am not eating cod or rockfish.”

As awareness of environmental concerns has grown, therapists say they are seeing a rise in bickering between couples and family members over the extent to which they should change their lives to save the planet.

In households across the country, green lines are being drawn between those who insist on wild salmon and those who buy farmed, those who calculate their carbon footprint and those who remain indifferent to greenhouse gases.

“As the focus on climate increases in the public’s mind, it can’t help but be a part of people’s planning about the future,” said Thomas Joseph Doherty, a clinical psychologist in Portland, Ore., who has a practice that focuses on environmental issues. “It touches every part of how they live: what they eat, whether they want to fly, what kind of vacation they want.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: controlfreaks; dispute; environment; envirowhackos; greens; nannystate; psychology; therapy
Maybe it's just me, but I found this article really funny. Seriously, a guy's who biking around 12 miles a day would need to be taking pretty long showers I'd think. So she really needs to lay off. Greenies are a petty oppressive bunch for sure.
1 posted on 01/17/2010 9:18:55 PM PST by Saije
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To: Saije

Gordon: Grow a set. Ditch the bitch. There ARE normal women out there.


2 posted on 01/17/2010 9:21:15 PM PST by ottbmare (I could agree wth you, but then we'd both be wrong.)
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To: Saije

So libtard chick throws a hissy fit because hippie lib dude isn’t far left enough for her taste? Is this a new comedy on NBC?


3 posted on 01/17/2010 9:22:58 PM PST by max americana
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To: Saije

If the article didn’t mention the poor sap’s name, I’d have thought it was about my brotherinlaw, who married a SF/Berkeley NATIVE.
Only instead of greenism... she always whined that Pelosi was TOO CONSERVATIVE!!


4 posted on 01/17/2010 9:23:52 PM PST by gwilhelm56 (OBAMA ... Orwell's 1984 was a WARNING ... NOT a TEXTBOOK!!!)
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To: Saije

I wouldn’t be surprised if she regularly checks her feces to see how pure it is.


5 posted on 01/17/2010 9:24:08 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: Saije

Gordon, dump this high maintenance OCD freak and get a real girl


6 posted on 01/17/2010 9:25:54 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: Saije

She has a God complex


8 posted on 01/17/2010 9:28:11 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Saije

It’s just like Rush says: You cannot parody these people!


9 posted on 01/17/2010 9:29:49 PM PST by To Hell With Poverty (The War on Poverty is over. Poverty won. - Howie Carr)
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To: Saije

“Ms. Birkhahn said she found it hard to dispute his point but thought it was irrelevant. “I am trying to be a role model for my son,” she said.”

She should try submitting to her husband!


10 posted on 01/17/2010 9:31:55 PM PST by Persevero
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To: Saije

Scratch a Greenie, find a totalitarian underneath. When it was still called “conservation” and it wasn’t a religious cult we were doing fine. This poor sap needs to find a girlfriend who knows how to shoot, skin, and cook a deer. IMHO.


11 posted on 01/17/2010 9:32:46 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Saije

I am so happy I married a Mississippi girl, who fixes roast beef and fried chicken, and loves me and our four children.


12 posted on 01/17/2010 9:34:31 PM PST by MuttTheHoople (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9c/TeddyVWad.jpg)
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To: Saije

greens deserve each other.


13 posted on 01/17/2010 9:35:25 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (screw 'em.)
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To: Saije
Ms Buzzle....


14 posted on 01/17/2010 9:39:27 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: the invisib1e hand
greens deserve each other.

A lot of them deserve to be clubbed like so many baby seals. They're the ones pushing to get a totalitarian state that will sharply control how everybody can live their lives.

15 posted on 01/17/2010 9:40:05 PM PST by Wissa ("So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause."-Padme Amidala)
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To: Saije

Very funny article. How terribly pathetic that they spend time on these IDIOTIC quibbles that are spit in the wind.


16 posted on 01/17/2010 9:40:43 PM PST by bboop (We don't need no stinkin' VAT)
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To: Saije

This is satire? Right?


17 posted on 01/17/2010 9:41:25 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media.)
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To: To Hell With Poverty
Ms. Birkhahn said, her husband argues that the changes she is making may have a large effect on their lives but have little or no effect on the planet. He fought every step of the way against the gray-water system she installed in their bathroom to recycle water to flush the toilet, calling it a waste of time and money, she said. The system cost $1,200 to install.

You know how many flushes it takes to recoup the 1200 plus interest. LoL

18 posted on 01/17/2010 9:42:48 PM PST by Orange1998
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To: max americana

Yeah, they should call it Green Acres, where the couple goes from annal uptight to relaxed normal.


19 posted on 01/17/2010 9:43:10 PM PST by Blind Eye Jones
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To: Saije

Just remember y’all....they vote!


20 posted on 01/17/2010 9:51:07 PM PST by ruralvoter
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To: Saije

Sounds like he ain’t got no balls. I would tell a woman who bitched at me about idiot crap like that to STFU and I would mean it.


21 posted on 01/17/2010 9:51:27 PM PST by packrat35 (Democrat Healthcare is a 9-11 Attack on the Constitution)
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To: Saije

Gordon Fleming is, by his own account, an environmentally sensitive guy.


No, Gordon. It sounds like Shelly has your b@lls in box in her drawer.


22 posted on 01/17/2010 9:57:44 PM PST by PGR88
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To: Saije

Liberalism, just more of an excuse to be just more of a bigger BITCH; just look to feminism, neo-racists, get-along to go-along types, environmentalists and the political class.


23 posted on 01/17/2010 10:04:44 PM PST by ntmxx (I am not so sure about this misdirection!)
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To: All

“liberalism is a mental disorder”
-Michael Savage-


24 posted on 01/17/2010 10:08:59 PM PST by wheninthecourse
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To: All

Stupid is as stupid does.

I’ll warm the car up an extra ten minutes, take a longer shower and crank up the heat in their honor.

Global Warming is a ^%$#@(*& lie.


25 posted on 01/17/2010 10:21:14 PM PST by ottersnot (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants)
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To: Saije

Reading this article has put my mind at ease. They will die out in a generation as apparently they will not breed.


26 posted on 01/17/2010 10:43:07 PM PST by Bhoy
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To: ottersnot

These enviroweenies have more psychological problems than just green ones. They have egg white scrambled eggs for brains.


27 posted on 01/17/2010 10:55:11 PM PST by flaglady47 (The Libs are going to have brain spasms when Scott wins, you know.)
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To: Saije
Sensitive New Age Guys

Cheers!

28 posted on 01/17/2010 11:09:52 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: packrat35

Lord knows I’ve tried that. On women it just doesn’t work. Best thing to do is get out while you can and whatever you do don’t marry her!


29 posted on 01/18/2010 12:31:25 AM PST by trapped_in_LA
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To: PGR88

I bet he has a closet full of really pretty sun dresses.


30 posted on 01/18/2010 9:13:44 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: Billthedrill
Scratch a Greenie, find a totalitarian underneath.

That's why they call them Watermelons. Green outside, red inside.

31 posted on 01/18/2010 9:17:56 AM PST by CholeraJoe ("You gotta be cool on Wall Street when your index is down. Dow Jones got no time for bums.")
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To: CholeraJoe

Based on some of the author’s previous headline titles, this article is about close, personal, moonbat friends of hers.

IE:crap that 99.9% of the rest of the world(other than NY Times readers) would not care about.


32 posted on 01/18/2010 1:52:09 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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