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  • Chain-store plastic bag ban: 'Just change your behavior'

    04/30/2014 7:39:52 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 41 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 30, 2014 | Meredith Rodriguez
    Chicago lawmakers’ decision to ban plastic bags in chain stores next year goes beyond the arguments over the city’s economic and environmental conditions. The measure that’s set to take effect a year from August touches on everyday decisions people make. People walking along Michigan Avenue on Wednesday said it will affect a range of habits, such as how they pick up after their dogs and line the trash cans in their bathrooms. Maiwand Mayar, 22, said that he uses them to transport his laundry and, like “anyone in every society,” his trash can. He couldn’t immediately think of how he...
  • The History of the Tea Bag. Invented by Accident.

    08/08/2013 3:06:49 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 7 replies
    UK Tea Council ^ | 8/8/2013 | UK Tea Council
    Needless to say, it was in America, with its love of labour-saving devices, that tea bags were first developed. In around 1908, Thomas Sullivan, a New York tea merchant, started to send samples of tea to his customers in small silken bags. Some assumed that these were supposed to be used in the same way as the metal infusers, by putting the entire bag into the pot, rather than emptying out the contents. It was thus by accident that the tea bag was born! Responding to the comments from his customers that the mesh on the silk was too fine,...
  • Bag Ban, Fracking Limits Rejected (In California!)

    05/31/2013 6:49:32 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 27 replies
    KMJ 580 ^ | May 31, 2013 | Unknown
    "A bill that would have phased out single-use plastic bags was rejected by the state Senate Thursday, joining several other failed bids in previous years." "Defeated three bills to place limits on hydraulic oil and gas drilling, known as “fracking.” One bill would put a temporary moratorium on new drilling until more impact studies are completed. Another would impose safeguards to protect groundwater supplies."
  • Lines of Gear and Go Bags/ Assault Packs/ Get Home Bags

    05/15/2013 8:21:00 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 27 replies
    Alexander Wolfe wrote an excellent post today discussing Go Bags and Bug Out Bags. I am going to talk about my thoughts on 'lines' of gear. In doing so we will talk about go bags/ assault packs/ get home bags and such.  First line gear is the most basic survival and defensive gear. You really shouldn't be leaving home without it. Military- Survival gear (knife, fire, etc) and weapon with reload. For most deployed personnel the weapon is an M4 variant but that doesn't really matter. Civilian- EDC/ Survival gear and potentially CCW pistol with reload. You can see mine...
  • 300 Sacks Castor Beans Found In Iraq By U.S.Troops[per MSNBC]

    06/25/2003 9:14:47 PM PDT · by Lady In Blue · 115 replies · 431+ views
    MSNBC ^ | June 25, 2003 | vanity
    I was watching TV this evening and started to flip cable channels when I saw a streaming on MSNBC on our forces finding castor beans. The following is a part of what their website said about it. NBC News’ Jim Miklaszewski that within just the past week, U.S. investigators had found two shipping containers filled with millions of much more recent documents relating to chemical and biological weapons. One of the documents, from 2001, was titled “Document burial and U.N. activities in Iraq,” the sources said. It gave detailed instructions on how to hide materials and deceive U.N. weapons inspectors,...
  • Store owners say plastic bag ban causes more shoplifting

    02/28/2013 1:50:46 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 51 replies
    www.seattlepi.com ^ | Thursday, February 28, 2013 | Casey McNerthney
    When the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a ban on plastic bags and required businesses to charge a nickel for paper bags, city leaders believed it would be better all around. "I think we've gotten to a place where it's really going to work for the environment, businesses and the community in general," Councilman Mike O'Brien said at the time. But the bag ban is contributing to thousands of dollars in losses for at least one Seattle grocery store, and questions have been raised about the risk of food-borne illness from reusable bags that shoppers don't often wash.
  • Grocery Bag Bans and Foodborne Illness [ER admissions and deaths up by 25% since plastic bag ban]

    01/24/2013 6:31:52 PM PST · by grundle · 50 replies
    papers.ssrn.com ^ | November 2, 2012 | Jonathan Klick and Joshua D. Wright
    Abstract: Recently, many jurisdictions have implemented bans or imposed taxes upon plastic grocery bags on environmental grounds. San Francisco County was the first major US jurisdiction to enact such a regulation, implementing a ban in 2007. There is evidence, however, that reusable grocery bags, a common substitute for plastic bags, contain potentially harmful bacteria. We examine emergency room admissions related to these bacteria in the wake of the San Francisco ban. We find that ER visits spiked when the ban went into effect. Relative to other counties, ER admissions increase by at least one fourth, and deaths exhibit a similar...
  • Assembly Democrat wants grocery store ban on plastic bags [California]

    01/22/2013 10:27:56 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 48 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | Kevin Yamamura
    Assemblyman Marc Levine announced today he will revive a proposal banning all single-use plastic bags in California grocery stores. Under the proposal, most grocery retailers could no longer provide thin plastic bags for customers starting in 2015. For 18 months, retailers could offer paper bags made of recycled materials or reusable plastic bags for customers to bag their milk, eggs and other groceries. Starting in July 2016, grocery retailers could only provide reusable plastic bags, which many stores already offer at a fee. The new proposal, Assembly Bill 158, also leaves room for stores to provide recycled paper bags at...
  • Resuable grocery bag carried nasty norovirus, scientists say

    05/09/2012 7:47:44 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 61 replies
    pMSNBC ^ | 5/9/12 | JoNel Aleccia
    Oregon public health officials have traced a nasty outbreak of norovirus infections in a group of soccer players to an unlikely source: a reusable grocery bag contaminated with what some experts are calling “the perfect pathogens.” The incident is raising questions, once again, about the cleanliness of the portable shopping bags that many consumers use to avoid the paper vs. plastic impact on the environment. “We wash our clothes when they’re dirty; we should wash our bags, too,” said Kimberly K. Repp, an epidemiologist with the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services in Hillsboro, Ore. Her work is...
  • California Supreme Court rules in fight over plastic shopping bags

    07/14/2011 12:43:48 PM PDT · by SmithL · 35 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/14/11 | Denny Walsh
    Anti-plastic-bag forces got a boost today when the California Supreme Court ruled that an environmental impact report is not necessary before a city or county bans the use of plastic shopping bags. The decision strikes down rulings by trial and appellate courts in Los Angeles in the legal fight over an ordinance enacted in 2008 by the south coastal city of Manhattan Beach banning "point-of-sale plastic carry-out bags." Both courts said the city had to prepare an EIR before implementing its ban. "We disagree," a unanimous Supreme Court stated.
  • Women's Rights Must Be Guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution [The National Organization for Women]

    01/06/2011 4:56:33 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies
    Women's Rights Must Be Guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution We won't stand for sexists like Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia interpreting women's rights as unprotected in the U.S. Constitution. In a recent interview, Scalia erroneously stated that women are not protected under the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause. Right now, five justices have the power to pick and choose when women should be considered full citizens. And that's not right. We need to add an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution that will guarantee women and men equal status under the law. I stand with NOW today to demand that...
  • L.A. County passes sweeping ban on plastic bags

    11/16/2010 5:13:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/16/10 | Staff
    Enacting one of the nation's most aggressive environmental measures, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to ban plastic grocery bags in unincorporated areas of the county. The vote was 3-1, supported by Supervisors Gloria Molina, Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Zev Yaroslavsky, and opposed by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Supervisor Don Knabe was absent. The ban, which will cover nearly 1.1 million residents countywide, is to the point: “No store shall provide to any customer a plastic carryout bag.” An exception would be made for plastic bags that are used to hold fruit, vegetables or raw meat in order...
  • Culture Challenge of the Week: 'Must-Haves' for Christmas

    11/09/2010 9:04:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 9, 2010 | Rebecca Hagelin
    "He's been asking me for weeks to get him a Nintendo DSi for Christmas," Alicia explained. Her son, Alex, is only nine. Christmas is well over a month away but he's been relentlessly pressing for the "must-have" electronic toy that his classmates already own. Money is tight for Alicia's family these days, and the handheld device starts at 149.99. Games are extra, at $35 a pop. Alicia doesn't indulge in expensive clothes, trendy bags, or "must have" purchases-at least for herself. But when it comes to her son, mom-guilt too easily clouds her perspective. And retailers and advertising gurus wouldn't...
  • Reusable Grocery Bags Breed Bacteria : Tests Confirm Risk Of Illness

    09/27/2010 2:05:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Call7 ^ | September 27, 2010 | Theresa Marchetta
    Marchetta could not find anyone who regularly cleaned their reusable bags. Marchetta brought the lab results to Dr. Michelle Barron, the infectious disease expert at the University of Colorado Hospital. "Wow. Wow. That is pretty impressive," said Barron. Barron examines lab results for a living. "Oh my goodness! This is definitely the highest count," Barron commented while looking at the bacteria count numbers. She admitted she was shocked at what was found at the bottom of the bags. "We're talking in the million range of bacteria," she said. Marchetta used swabs provided by a local lab to test several grocery...
  • 150 people fined for throwing plastic bags in drains

    07/01/2010 7:39:44 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 2 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | June 30, 2010
    Cracking the whip on all those throwing plastic bags in drains, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has fined nearly 150 people and collected a fine of Rs 1.32 lakh in a fortnight. After having learnt lessons from July 26 deluge, when plastic bags had blocked drains and led to flooding in the metropolis, the civic body has formed two 'plastic ban' squads consisting of six people. "We have collected a fine of Rs 1.32 lakh from 146 people who were caught throwing plastic in drains in the last 12-13 days. These people are largely hawkers and shopkeepers," Deputy Municipal Commissioner...
  • Calif. moves to ban plastic bags at grocery stores

    06/02/2010 5:38:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 77 replies · 1,125+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 2, 2010
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- It could soon cost California shoppers at the checkout aisle if they forget to bring their own bags to the grocery store. Legislation passed Wednesday by the California Assembly would prohibit grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores and convenience stores from giving out plastic bags.
  • Grocery Bag Back: Reusable Grocery Bags and Back Injuries?

    03/19/2009 4:25:44 PM PDT · by stillafreemind · 23 replies · 696+ views
    Associated Content ^ | March 19th, 2009 | Bobby Tall Horse
    Paper grocery bags are bad. Plastic grocery bags are evil. To "save" the planet and not be labeled as a delinquent, you must use reusable canvas or cloth grocery bags. It would appear that soon there will not be a choice of what you use. You will use the reusable grocery bag or not be shopping!
  • Foam Food Container Ban Proposed in California

    11/25/2008 1:07:27 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 23 replies · 767+ views
    GreenBiz ^ | November 25, 2008
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- A proposed strategy for reducing ocean litter calls for a statewide ban on foam food containers, fees for using plastic and paper bags, and making producers responsible for the collection and disposal of packaging. The California Ocean Protection Council announced its plans (PDF [319KB]) earlier this month and voted on actions for preventing and reducing waste that could end up in the ocean. The state council also aims to change producer and consumer behavior with its three recommendations for reducing packaging waste: adopting extended producer responsibility, prohibiting certain items and charging fees for items that commonly become...
  • Free grocery bags targeted for extinction in California

    08/25/2008 2:36:41 AM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies · 198+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/25/8 | Jim Downing
    The plastic grocery bag is fighting for its crinkly life.From the city of San Francisco to Los Angeles County, more than a dozen local governments around the state have proposed or passed plastic-bag restrictions, ranging from recycling mandates to outright bans.Now, a proposal in the Legislature would put a 25-cent fee on all disposable bags – paper or plastic – given out at drug and grocery store check stands starting Jan. 1, 2010. It has won key support from the grocery and retail industries and faces its next legislative step today. Those in favor of the fee, led by Assemblyman...
  • Huckabee bags a bird in Iowa

    12/26/2007 10:36:06 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 59 replies · 691+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/26/07 | Mike Glover - ap
    OSCEOLA, Iowa - Presidential contender Mike Huckabee bagged a pheasant Wednesday, offering Iowa voters the image of an experienced outdoorsman on the hunt, shotgun blasting and dogs braying. Just a campaign gambit? "Maybe it will show that I certainly understand the culture of being outdoors," Huckabee said. "It's not something we had to go out and get a primer in. It's very much ordinary to me." The former Arkansas governor said back home he would be duck hunting on the day after Christmas, but pheasant hunting in Iowa — eight days before the state's leadoff nominating caucuses — was a...
  • San Francisco moves closer to banning plastic bags

    03/22/2007 5:22:56 PM PDT · by Hadean · 11 replies · 572+ views
    Mercury News.com ^ | 3/22/2007
    SAN FRANCISCO- San Francisco took another step toward becoming the first U.S. city to ban plastic grocery bags Thursday, after a legislative committee indicated it was likely to endorse the measure. The three-member committee of the city Board of Supervisors was forced to postpone voting on the environmentally friendly legislation after two members amended it to apply to pharmacies with five or more retail stores in addition to grocery stores. But the two supervisors who approved the amendments said they would vote on Tuesday to send it on to the full board, where eight of the 11 members have signed...
  • 68 pieces of luggage found in dumpster

    12/28/2006 6:34:19 AM PST · by WestTexasWend · 34 replies · 1,588+ views
    HOUSTON (AP) - Airline workers are trying to match 68 pieces of stolen luggage with lost claims while police search for clues into the theft of the bags that were found in a trash container outside a pet store near George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The bags found Tuesday were from passengers of as many as nine airlines and all appeared to have been rummaged through, said Sgt. Nate McDuell, a Houston police spokesman. Authorities have not identified any suspects or a motive. They are interviewing employees of Pet City, who reported the luggage Tuesday, and people who may have handled...
  • Airline terror baggage ban hits a bum note: musicians

    09/10/2006 8:02:03 PM PDT · by Westlander · 182 replies · 2,582+ views
    AFP ^ | Sun Sep 10 | Katherine Haddon
    A group of top classical musicians has warned of the threat to artistic life from a hand baggage ban introduced after police foiled an alleged bomb plot against transatlantic airliners. Many performers refuse to let their instruments, often centuries old and extremely valuable, out of their sight when they travel on planes in case they are damaged in the hold.
  • 10,000 bags misplaced at airports

    08/15/2006 8:34:23 PM PDT · by familyop · 8 replies · 583+ views
    BBC (UK) ^ | 15AUG06 | BBC
    Around 10,000 bags checked in by British Airways passengers have gone missing at airports since the UK security alert began, the airline says. It said half of them were still piled up at airports waiting to be delivered back to their owners. A war of words has erupted between BA and airport operator BAA over who is to blame for the misplaced luggage. Twenty-four are now in custody after another person was held under terror laws over the alleged plot on Tuesday. 'Unprecedented circumstance' And CCTV footage has emerged of one of the men being held, Tayib Rauf, at his...
  • Gun nuts' have no real excuse(gun grabbing weenie barf alert 4 bags minimum)

    02/02/2005 10:45:23 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 146 replies · 2,805+ views
    dailycampus.com ^ | 2 1 05 | Robert Schiering
    At first glance, the term "gun nut" would appear to be nothing more than an ad hominem against the more enthusiastic weapon owners of this country. However, as one reads the literature espoused by gun nut organizations, the reasoning behind this term becomes startlingly clear. Gun nuts are called as such because they are incontrovertibly insane. The gun lobby has adopted the same attitude toward politics as Rush Limbaugh: "Don't confuse me with facts, I've got my mind made up!" Gun nuts are so obsessed with opposing gun control laws that no amount of factual evidence against their position will...
  • Chronwatch Online Store Now Open - Fun gear!

    01/19/2005 12:38:49 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 116+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | JANUARY 29, 2005 | JIM SPARKMAN, EDITOR
    Visit chronwatch.com's new online store. Browse! Check out fun stuff! http://www.cafepress.com/chronwatchstuff
  • MTV's 'Pimp My Ride' shop fined by feds (Replacing air bags with video screens illegal)

    12/31/2004 9:47:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 75 replies · 8,672+ views
    Tallahassee.com ^ | 12/31/04 | Danny Hakim
    'Pimp My Ride' shop fined by feds Replacing air bags with video screens illegal By Danny Hakim NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE Posted on Fri, Dec. 31, 2004 DETROIT - Pimp the ride, pay the price. In the first of what is expected to be a broader crackdown against auto customization shops, federal regulators this week levied a $16,000 fine on West Coast Customs, the celebrity auto body shop affiliated with MTV's "Pimp My Ride," a reality show that makes over rundown cars. The shop, which has customized sport utility vehicles for celebrities such as Shaquille O'Neal, was fined for...
  • Police investigate missing bags of ammonium nitrate

    07/10/2004 12:04:39 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies · 736+ views
    Police investigate missing bags of ammonium nitrate Winston-Salem police are investigating the disappearance of 100 bags of ammonium nitrate from a local fertilizer plant. The chemical compound is commonly used as fertilizer but can also be used in explosives. According to police, Royster-Clark, one of the nation's largest retailers of fertilizer products, filed a report of a break-in and larceny that occurred between July 1 and Tuesday at the company's plant at 3105 N. Glenn Ave. An inventory check revealed that 100 50-pound bags of the compound were missing, Lt. Brad Yandell said. Police found 35 of the bags at...
  • 5,000 Body Bags Ordered In Case Of Terrorist Chemical Attack (UK)

    12/07/2002 5:31:14 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies · 235+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-8-2002 | Martin Bentham
    5,000 body bags ordered in case of terrorist chemical attack By Martin Bentham, Social Affairs Correspondent (Filed: 08/12/2002) The government is buying more than 120,000 decontamination suits to protect people from a terrorist chemical or biological attack on potential targets across Britain such as Trafalgar Square. Thousands of decontamination showers, shelters, stretchers and other equipment are also being ordered - as well as 5,000 body bags. The equipment, which is intended to be available by the middle of next year at the latest, will be stored at 16 locations, ready to be distributed within minutes of a terrorist attack. The...
  • CAPTION THE PIC -Sen.Clinton on Capitol subway

    10/03/2002 8:07:43 PM PDT · by Diogenesis · 140 replies · 1,224+ views
    AP ^ | 10/3/02
    CAPTION THE PIC -Sen. Clinton on Capitol subway a few hours ago.