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  • Trash left littered on side of railroad tracks after protests

    05/16/2016 9:22:48 AM PDT · by Rinnwald · 31 replies
    KIRO 7 News ^ | 5/16/16 | Staff
    After nearly three days of environmental protesting, the Skagit County Sheriff's Office says trash was left littered on the side of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe train track.
  • ISS crew shelters from space junk

    07/16/2015 7:54:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies ^ | July 16, 2015
    A "close pass" by orbiting junk has forced the International Space Station's crew to scramble into its attached Soyuz capsule. It is the fourth time in ISS's 15 years that a collision risk has prompted such precautions. Three astronauts briefly fled the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday as a fragment of a former Soviet weather satellite flew by. They sheltered in a Soyuz spacecraft, which normally transports crew members to and from Earth. A space industry source quoted by the Russian news agency Interfax claimed that US space monitors had spotted the space junk "very late." That had left...
  • Deal Reached To Ban Plastic Grocery Bags In Calif.

    01/23/2014 8:57:25 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 76 replies
    AP) ^ | January 23, 2014 7:31 PM
    Key California legislators have reached an agreement that could lead to a statewide ban on carry-out plastic bags at supermarkets, liquor stores and pharmacies by 2016, officials said Thursday.
  • National Day Of Service And Remembrance (Pick up trash for 9/11)

    09/11/2013 4:57:35 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 16 replies
    All For Good ^ | September 11 | Staff
    National Day Of Service And Remembrance Lorton, VA - September 11, 2013 In memorial for September 11, visit Mason Neck State Park in remembrance and help us with a shoreline clean up. Help by volunteering to pick up garbage along the trails and beach to help make the park a more beautiful place. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center.
  • Liberals Litter on Earth Day

    04/25/2012 12:19:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 25, 2012 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    There are many things about liberals that are infuriating, but one of the most aggravating is their unabashed hypocrisy. From the President of the United States to Earth Day revelers in a San Francisco park, what sets liberals apart from sane people is that they rarely do what they demand from everyone else. It's almost as if the left's ideology embraced a tenet that if you preach about it, and if you look and talk the part, you're instantly exempt from actually doing what it is you promote. In other words, liberals are like grown up Boy Scouts who...
  • County May Restrict Shooting at Snake River Canyon Park

    03/22/2012 7:21:20 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 6 replies · 1+ views ^ | 22 March 2012 | Steve Kadel
    JEROME • Dave Guymon and his son, Nate, like to ride their ATVs at the Snake River Canyon Park at least once a week. They were there Tuesday afternoon, spinning circles in the mud and roaring over rises as Jet, their black Lab, occasionally sprinted in pursuit. Even with the roar of engines, nearby gunshots were audible. The popular park just east of U.S. Highway 93, on the north rim of the Snake River Canyon, is a prime spot for shooters to practice. But their continued use of the area is jeopardized by litter they leave and safety concerns for...
  • Trashing America: Litter Everywhere

    11/22/2011 7:13:25 AM PST · by IbJensen · 41 replies · 1+ views
    Right Side News ^ | 11/21/2011 | F. Wooldridge
    When the European settlers hit Plymouth Rock in 1620, North America presented newcomers with pristine wilderness, pure water, fresh air and endless top soil for growing food. Across America, anyone could drink from every lake, river or stream without fear of being poisoned. Not one speck of litter of any kind dotted what was to become the United States of America, Mexico and Canada. Today, in 2011, plastic, glass, rubber, chemicals, metal, paper, oil, gasoline and a growing number of contaminants cover North America. We Americans inject over 80,000 chemicals into the air, land and water 24/7. We toss our...
  • Facebook Event: Let's Dump Trash At Boehner's Pad

    04/08/2011 6:32:23 AM PDT · by edpc · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 8 April 2011 | Ed Hornick
    Washington (CNN) - If the federal government shuts down come Friday, House Speaker John Boehner may be in for quite a mess at his Washington, D.C. residence if some Facebook users have their way. A Facebook event, entitled "If Boehner shuts down the government I am taking my trash to his house," has popped up and is gaining steam as the shutdown showdown ramps up on Capitol Hill. If the federal government shuts down, one of the District's services that will stop is trash pickup. "Speaker John Boehner is ready to shut down the government, including District of Columbia city...
  • By Their Trash We Shall Know Them

    10/03/2010 7:08:47 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 49 replies
    Lubbock Online ^ | October 3, 2010
    Personal responsibility is demonstrated in many ways. Picking up one’s trash after an event is a demonstrated characteristic of personal responsibility. On Saturday the Socialists marched on Washington to demonstrate their support for Barack Obama and the current Socialist controlled Congress. Thousands of people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial for a march to call for One Nation Working Together that featured civil rights leaders, labor leaders, environmental and peace activists, faith leaders and celebrities with the intent of voicing concerns on jobs, for justice, immigration reform and for education for all. When they departed, they left the Mall covered with...
  • National Mall Left Spotless After Beck Rally (Video)

    08/28/2010 7:13:34 PM PDT · by BigSkyFreeper · 118 replies · 3+ views ^ | August 28, 2010 |
    National Mall Left Spotless After Beck Rally (Video)
  • Trashing Arizona: Illegal Immigrant Waste Dumps (with Pics)

    06/11/2010 7:03:10 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 41 replies · 1,979+ views
    Tucson Weekly ^ | 04/02/2009 | Leo W. Banks
    Prowling these border dumps provides the equivalent of a graduate-level seminar on what illegal immigration really is, and as importantly, what it's not. We know the crossers are a religious bunch, because of the Catholic medallions, statues and Bibles they drop, and we know they're superstitious. The litter almost always includes garlic cloves: Illegals hang them from backpacks in the false belief that the scent will keep rattlesnakes away from their campsites. Some call illegal aliens "undocumented," but the truth is they have documents falling out of their pockets, literally. Examine the ground, and you'll find driver's licenses, birth certificates...
  • Golf balls: 'Humanity's signature litter' (Now Golf Is Going to Kill Us All)

    11/10/2009 8:44:58 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 42 replies · 1,828+ views ^ | 11/10/09 | Christina Macfarlane
    London, England (CNN) -- Research teams at the Danish Golf Union have discovered it takes between 100 to 1,000 years for a golf ball to decompose naturally. A startling fact when it is also estimated 300 million balls are lost or discarded in the United States alone, every year. It seems the simple plastic golf ball is increasingly becoming a major litter problem. The scale of the dilemma was underlined recently in Scotland, where scientists -- who scoured the watery depths in a submarine hoping to discover evidence of the prehistoric Loch Ness monster -- were surprised to find hundreds...
  • Louisiana: Speed Camera Company Runs Litter Camera Program

    08/04/2009 6:26:01 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 8 replies · 904+ views ^ | 07/23/09 | newspaper
    Speed camera maker sets up program allowing Baton Rouge, Louisiana to issue $167 automated litter tickets. Speed camera vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS) next month will use its automated ticketing expertise to run a litter camera program for Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Under first-of-its-kind initiative, city workers will drive around photographing neighborhoods with special cameras hooked into a Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite tracking device. The workers will be looking to capture homes that might have litter, weeds or trash on their lawn so that a hefty fine can be imposed. "The mayor's office has put together a new enforcement program...
  • Shopkeeper writes children's names on their sweet wrappers to stop them from dropping litter

    03/19/2009 11:17:20 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 13 replies · 483+ views
    The Mirror ^ | 03/19/09 | Richard Smith
    A shopkeeper has cut litter in her village by 40 per cent by writing children's names on their sweet wrappers. Yvonne Froud, 52, marks each wrapper, crisp packet and drinks container with the name of the buyer using a black indelible marker pen. Litter louts who drop their rubbish are shown the evidence and temporarily banned from her shop or told to go on a litter-pick. The two-week scheme has been so successful Yvonne might extend it to adult shoppers at her post office and stores in Joys Green, Glos. She said yesterday: "I was so disgusted by the litter...
  • Post-Barackalyptic Wasteland

    01/21/2009 10:17:59 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 18 replies · 609+ views
    YouTube ^ | Jan. 20, 2009 |
    The litter on the National Mall after the Barack Obama inauguration was incredible. Barack Obama spoke to the need for more personal responsibility. Let's start by everyone cleaning up their own trash!
  • Inaugural Trash Challenge ('Eco-friendly' trash Mall)

    01/21/2009 7:31:30 AM PST · by maggief · 64 replies · 4,210+ views
    abcnews2 ^ | January 20, 2009
    Inaugural revelers are lucky they didn't get fined for littering. As crowds cleared the city Tuesday, their trash covered the National Mall and Washington Monument grounds after President Barack Obama's inauguration. They left behind plastic bottles, newspapers, food wrappers, gloves and even American flags they had been waving. Trash bins overflowed with items people tossed.
  • 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...
  • Unravelling The Mystery Of The Kitty Litter Parasite In Marine Mammals

    06/05/2008 1:52:38 PM PDT · by blam · 68 replies · 179+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 6-5-2008 | American Society for Microbiology
    Unravelling The Mystery Of The Kitty Litter Parasite In Marine Mammals ScienceDaily (Jun. 5, 2008) — Researchers at California Polytechnic State University have discovered what may be a clue to the mystery of why marine mammals around the world are succumbing to a parasite that is typically only associated with cats. The key may just be the lowly anchovy, according to research presented today at the 108th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Boston. Toxoplasma gondii is a protozoan parasite which causes toxoplasmosis, considered to be the third leading cause of death attributed to foodborne illness in...
  • Homeless man cleans streets instead of begging

    07/13/2007 10:26:59 AM PDT · by SubGeniusX · 70 replies · 1,907+ views
    C-News/Sun Media ^ | July 10, 2007 | By KEVIN CONNOR
    He's picking up 80 bags of trash a day in return for donations TORONTO (Sun Media) - Marc the Litter Guy needed money to pay the rent but he didn't want to panhandle. So the 30-year-old got some garbage bags and put a sign on his back saying he was cleaning the city for donations. "I needed to make my own job, so I thought I'd go around and clean the streets. I wear a sign -- it tells what I'm doing and asks for donations -- but I don't ask for money verbally, I leave it up to people,"...
  • Schizophrenia, Cats and Toxoplasmosis

    12/07/2006 3:44:09 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 24 replies · 1,226+ views
    Corante ^ | January 2006 | Carl Zimmer
    This week's Forbes has an article penned by Fuller Torrey on "Cats and Schizophrenia." Besides being hard to access the article is short and leaves out some information that tones down the alarming nature of the data. Below is an exerpt of a Corante article that fills the data in. Carl Zimmer's article begins with data on rats and cats suggesting that rat behavior is indeed changed by toxoplasmosis. He then goes on to discuss the specifics in humans. "...The Oxford scientists knew that humans can be hosts to Toxoplasma, too. People can become infected by its eggs by handling...
  • Mom has quadruplets 3 years after triplets

    07/12/2006 9:25:42 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 32 replies · 1,052+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 7/12/06 | FRANCISCA ORTEGA
    Mom has quadruplets 3 years after triplets By FRANCISCA ORTEGA, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 23 minutes ago LOS ANGELES - With fertility drugs, Angela Magdaleno had triplets three years ago. Last week, she had quadruplets — without fertility drugs. Her two boys and two girls were healthy and doing well Wednesday after being born July 6 by Caesarean section in what doctors said was a rare occurrence of multiple births. Magdaleno, 40, said she was shocked when her doctor told her she was pregnant with four babies. "I didn't know what to do," she said in Spanish as she...
  • Workers Remove Litter from Iraqi Streets

    07/11/2006 6:11:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 355+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Cassandra Groce
    Workers Remove Litter from Iraqi Streets The street-cleaning project focuses on the busiest streets first, then moves to residential areas. By U.S. Army Spc. Cassandra Groce 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment HAWIJA, Iraq, July 11, 2006 -- Piles of trash and litter, the scourge of many Iraqi cities, are being removed by local workers from the street and alleys of Hawija, Iraq.Sanitation has been a continual concern for Coalition Forces and the Iraqi leadership. The street-cleaning project currently cleans the busiest streets, but will soon move to residential areas. The project employs many civilians. “This was a good project...
  • It's a dirty, endless job -- putting kibosh on illicit trash dumping

    12/16/2005 8:49:55 AM PST · by radar101 · 2 replies · 352+ views
    S F Chronicle ^ | Dec.16, 2005 | Steve Rubenstein
    The streets of San Francisco, which once had their own TV show, are now home to hundreds of old car tires. Also paint cans, concrete chunks, microwave ovens and shattered windowpanes. Plus enough smelly, defunct mattresses, easy chairs and sofas to furnish half the town in cast-off furniture. "What a mess,'' said Nuru, standing atop a small mountain of worn-out tires. This month, the city has assigned a pair of trucks and a bulldozer on a mission to clean up the illegal dumps. It's a nice try, say residents, but it's a little like Sisyphus pushing his famous rock up...
  • 'Urine trouble,’ some states warn lazy truckers

    06/02/2005 12:26:33 AM PDT · by kingattax · 55 replies · 2,955+ views
    MSNBC ^ | June 1, 2005 | Miguel Llanos
    Tens of thousands of 'trucker bombs' litter roads --- SEATTLE — Roadside litter comes in all shapes and sizes — from dirty diapers to syringes — but there's one category that out-grosses the rest: trucker bombs. Most drivers whiz along the nation's highways largely oblivious to their roadside surroundings. But next time you are out there, take a closer look. "As soon as you look for it you’ll see it," says Megan Warfield, litter programs coordinator at Washington state's Department of Ecology. "You just see them glistening in the sun. It’s just gross." They are trucker bombs, plastic jugs full...
  • Alan Coffey helps clean up canyon as he keeps watch with Minuteman Project

    04/09/2005 6:34:57 PM PDT · by Spiff · 26 replies · 748+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | 9 April 2005 | Bill Hess
    Alan Coffey helps clean up canyon as he keeps watch with Minuteman Project BY BILL HESS Saturday, April 9, 2005 2:49 PM MDT Herald/Review STUMP CANYON - The San Pedro Valley looks peaceful when seen from 5,500 feet up in the Huachuca Mountains. But looking at the ground can make the sight turn from beautiful to ugly. Trash left by untold numbers of illegal immigrants who use the paths in the mountains and canyons as their way north into the United States is spread around. Piles of plastic water and soda bottles, backpacks, clothing, airline tickets, toothbrushes, tubes of toothpaste...
  • Alan Coffey helps clean up canyon as he keeps watch

    04/09/2005 3:08:41 PM PDT · by HiJinx · 17 replies · 584+ views
    The Sierra Vista Herald ^ | April 9, 2005 | Bill Hess
    Phoenix resident Alan Coffey, a Minuteman Project volunteer, fills a bag with clothing and other debris left by illegal immigrants near Stump Canyon Friday. (Mark Levy-Herald/Review) STUMP CANYON - The San Pedro Valley looks peaceful when seen from 5,500 feet up in the Huachuca Mountains. But looking at the ground can make the sight turn from beautiful to ugly. Trash left by untold numbers of illegal immigrants who use the paths in the mountains and canyons as their way north into the United States is spread around. Piles of plastic water and soda bottles, backpacks, clothing, airline tickets, toothbrushes,...
  • Crack Down on Cigarette Litterbugs

    03/05/2005 6:41:32 PM PST · by Garnet Dawn · 26 replies · 692+ views
    March 5, 2005 | Garnet Dawn/Alice Lenschmidt
    Crack Down on Cigarette LitterbugsMost people know that cigarette smoking can cause illness and careless smoking can cause burning of buildings, forests, animals and people. But perhaps many don't know what damage is caused by the extinguished butts discarded anywhere into our environment. I hadn't known either until I read the article in the Feb. 17 Wausau Daily Herald entitled, "Toxic butts befoul outdoors." Lots of damage occurs. Please get a copy and read it. The other day I saw a pile of butts in a parking lot, left there by someone who emptied a car's ashtray. How can we...
  • Mayor orders sweep of litterbugs

    02/11/2005 8:05:39 AM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 382+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/11/5 | Rachel Gordon
    400 city workers to be deputized to ticket S.F. scofflaws, assess fines of $80-$1,000. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom declared war on dirty streets Thursday, saying he will deputize hundreds of city workers to hunt down litterbugs and to punish them with hefty fines. "I think it's time to recognize that litter comes from someone,'' said Newsom. "You have got to change people's behavior.'' That will be a mighty task, given that city street-cleaning crews removed 23,451 tons of trash from city streets last year -- a 35 percent increase from the year before. The plan calls for giving more...
  • Nazi Signs Ripped Down

    02/01/2005 4:43:01 PM PST · by Temple Owl · 23 replies · 1,049+ views
    The American Nazi Party has been given permission to adopt a rural Marion County (Oregon) road as part of a volunteer litter clean-up program.The signs proclaiming the Nazis sponsored them were put up last week.County officials said they were legally advised that excluding the organization would violate a constitutional right to free speech. Their choices, they said, were: allow the group to join the program, remove all of the signs from the program or refuse the group and risk a lawsuit.So the hate group was allowed to have two signs which cost the county $250 apiece.Officials said as long as...
  • 'Catwoman,' Bush Earn Razzie 'Dishonors' (liberal H'wood calls Bush cabinet "bad actors" over Iraq)

    01/24/2005 6:16:17 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 31 replies · 852+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Posted on Mon, Jan. 24, 2005 | DAVID GERMAIN
    President Bush and some of his advisers received worst-acting nominations for their appearances in news and archival footage in Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11," which assails Bush for his actions surrounding the Sept. 11 attacks. Bush was nominated for worst actor, while Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice got a nomination for worst supporting actress and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for worst supporting actor. Wilson said that while "Fahrenheit 9/11" was a piece of anti-Bush propaganda, the president and his associates earned their Razzie nominations on their own. "It wasn't Mr. Moore's editing," Wilson said. "It's the raw footage of these people...
  • Defeated Kerry sits in cold

    01/20/2005 4:09:28 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 112 replies · 4,770+ views ^ | 21 January 2005 | Thomas Ferraro
    US Democratic Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, who had hoped to replace George W. Bush as president yesterday, instead sat in the cold and clapped as the Republican began a second four-year term. Iowa Democratic Senator Tom Harkin patted Senator Kerry on the back shortly before the inauguration Senator Kerry had hoped would be his. As Mr Bush delivered his inaugural address, Senator Kerry, about 10m away on the steps of the US Capitol, joined other lawmakers and the crowd in repeated applause. Senator Kerry looked relaxed, at times wistful. He frequently smiled, able to hide any disappointment over what...
  • 4 Babies, another on the way

    11/28/2004 9:53:36 AM PST · by sinkspur · 85 replies · 4,189+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 11.28/2004 | Jennifer Emily
    Once a party girl, teen mother struggles to raise quadruplets Amanda Davis was 17 when she met Jimmy Calabrese. He was 27 and married. They shared cigarettes and a passion for NASCAR. Amanda was at a low point in her life, and he "filled in the empty place. If I wasn't with him, I was thinking about my life and how I messed up." Within two months, she was pregnant. Now Jimmy doesn't visit much or pay child support. Her mother lives in Denver. Her father is in jail. Amanda's salvation is her 61-year-old grandmother, Connie Franklin. Everyone, family or...

    03/22/2004 5:41:47 AM PST · by Stu Cohen · 421 replies · 1,399+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 22, 2004 | Daniel B. Wood
    No-smoking forces taking new territory: the beach LOS ANGELES – Ten years after California set a national precedent by banning smoking in restaurants and bars - and months after prohibiting it within feet of government buildings and playgrounds - many of the state's coastal cities are now banning smoking at the beach. Health and environmental officials say the moves are a logical extension of smoking bans in other public places and are necessary to meet state and federal antipollution requirements. Some legislators, however, fear the government is prying too far into private lives, with unnecessary and overly puritanical dictums. Solana...
  • Shoplifter's (Kitty) litter leaves telling trail

    12/11/2003 3:46:05 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 9 replies · 174+ views
    ozarks newstand ^ | 12/11/2003 | KEVAN MATHIS
    In a story like Hansel and Gretel, a shoplifter recently stuffed a leaking bag of kitty litter down the front of his pants at Country Mart Grocery Store in Harrison and apparently left a gray clay trail all the way from inside the store to his vehicle in the parking lot, according to a recent report by the Harrison Police Department. Police said a store clerk reported that a male subject was walking funny and that he left the store with cat litter falling from his britches' legs onto the floor of the store. The clerk followed the man and...
  • For Some, All the World's an Ashtray

    11/24/2003 7:59:46 AM PST · by Scenic Sounds · 171 replies · 853+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | November 24, 2003 | Kathryn Balint
    Bans on smoking indoors have had an unintended consequence: more cigarette butts littering the outdoors. It is an issue some people are beginning to regard as a serious environmental problem. Across the nation, anti-litter activists are launching campaigns to get smokers to clean up after themselves. And anti-tobacco activists are using the concern to push for outdoor smoking bans, as happened last month in Solana Beach. The North County city became the first in the state to ban smoking at the beach when its new law took effect Thursday. The environmental message: Cigarette butts release contaminants into waterways, choke wildlife...
  • Environmental Protestors to 'Ticket' 15,000 SUVs July 19th in Baltimore/Washington

    07/14/2003 12:41:30 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 56 replies · 370+ views
    Environmental Protestors to 'Ticket' 15,000 SUVs July 19th in Baltimore/Washington 7/14/03 3:16:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor Contact: Chesapeake Climate Action Network, 301-920-1644; 240-460-5838 (cell); web: News Advisory: In the largest-ever regional campaign of its kind, a coalition of 29 groups ranging from the Sierra Club to the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland will place educational "tickets" on 15,000 SUVs in the Baltimore/Washington area on July 19th to demand cleaner vehicles that protect public health and save our planet from the catastrophe of rapid global warming. The "SUV Code Red Campaign" will be launched with a press...
  • MILITARY SEEKS A PASS ON POLLITION: Enviro laws wouldn't apply to Tstate's bases.

    05/06/2003 10:55:27 AM PDT · by madfly · 13 replies · 434+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | May 3, 2003 | David Whitney - Bee Wash. Bureau
    <p>WASHINGTON -- The fight to exempt the military from various environmental laws moves into the House on Tuesday, and groups ranging from environmentalists to state water districts and the National League of Cities are suiting up for battle with the Pentagon.</p>
  • Life lessons from litter

    10/15/2002 10:44:52 AM PDT · by arual · 9 replies · 517+ views ^ | Posted: October 14, 2002 | Michael Medved
    You can learn – and teach – crucial life lessons by picking up litter. While television culture fosters a sense of helplessness in the face of the dire threats of a world gone mad, a minor investment of energy in cleaning our own neighborhoods can potently promote personal empowerment. I made this discovery while indulging a daily idiosyncrasy that amazes my neighbors and embarrasses my children: spending a few minutes each afternoon collecting bits of roadside garbage on the streets around my home. We live in a pleasant, pricey Seattle suburb – a self-contained island, in fact – so it...