From 3 Sep 2012
From 3 Sep 2012
(TMU) — In many grocery stores, customers who forget to bring reusable bags have to pay between .5 and .25 cents per single-use bag. This doesn’t really deter the average customer from relying on plastic, however, which is why a supermarket in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, has gone to hilarious and innovative lengths to encourage shoppers to care more about the environment.
As Unilad reports, the tactic is simply meant to “nudge” shoppers in a more sustainable direction.
East West Market’s goal is simple: encourage more customers to care more about plastic dependance and reduce their carbon footprint. David Lee Kwen, the owner of the independent grocery store, explained the reasoning behind the blush-worthy bags:
“The message is, we should make a conscious effort to save our planet one step at a time. [Plastic bags] are a big problem, and every step helps.”
East West Market doesn’t just embarrass shoppers with silly slogans, it also charges 5 cents per bag. This means customers have to pay for the privilege of walking around with a bag which reads, ‘Wart Ointment Wholesale’.
But in some ways, the plan has worked too well. Some shoppers have purchased the bags as a fun novelty item to share with friends. At least it’s getting the word out!
And let’s not forget that Saudi Arabia is on the UN Council for Human Rights.
R. Clarke Cooper, the US State Department’s assistant secretary for political-military affairs, was grilled during a hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. Defending arms sales to Saudi Arabia, he said that the deal itself means more than just selling weapons.
“Our policy is not just limited to arms transfers. It is a manifestation of what else we export: open society, human rights. That is a part of our policy,” he said. The official added that Washington does not cut security ties with partners like Riyadh that carry “so much weight for our interests.”
Cooper’s comments were out of touch and did not make much sense, anti-war activist Medea Benjamin told RT.
It was quite comical… to hear the representative of the State Department to say that the United States is exporting open society and democracy by selling weapons to Saudi Arabia. I don’t think any of the senators who were listening could believe that, or any of the people in the audience.
It is “tragic” that high-ranking officials “get away with saying such ridiculous things” in Congress, Benjamin said.
In May, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo invoked his rarely-used emergency powers to authorize $8.1 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, despite growing concerns among lawmakers that the acquired weapons could be used against civilians in Yemen. In response to Pompeo’s move, the Senate voted to block the deal.
“It’s a very dangerous slope when the [US president’s] administration can go around Congress and not even give them notification of weapons sales,” Benjamin said. The attempts to bypass lawmakers when it comes to big weapons deals, however, are hardly surprising, she added.
The weapons manufacturers are very powerful. They have strong lobbies in Washington, DC. The other [thing] is that the American people don’t know very much about this because it’s not on our news media. So they don’t care very much about it.
Some American politicians should be relabelled comedians or clowns, no? Hey Ted, what about hollow Earth marauders?
This speech probably sounded a lot more convincing in Ted Cruz’s head.
Maybe Cruz has been watching too much SciFi lately, but while arguing in favor of funding President Trump’s “space force”, the Texas senator suggested that without a space force to protect American commerce, commercial and military space ships might be targeted by ‘space pirates’.
“Since the ancient Greeks first put to sea, nations have recognized the necessity of naval forces and maintaining a superior capability to protect waterborne travel and commerce from bad actors,” Cruz said. “Pirates threaten the open seas, and the same is possible in space. In this same way, I believe we too must now recognize the necessity of a Space Force to defend the nation and to protect space commerce and civil space exploration.”
The clip went viral on Twitter, where users alternated between ridiculing Cruz and delicately hinting that he might have a point (even when those suggestions were couched in humor).
Ted Cruz argues that Space Force is necessary because… wait for it… space pirates. Leave it to Cruz to take a dumb Trump idea and make it sound even dumber. pic.twitter.com/xjjItA3EV3
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) May 15, 2019
— Kevin Miller (@THEKevinFMiller) May 16, 2019
— Kevin M. Gill (@kevinmgill) May 15, 2019
Cruz made the remark during a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, which he chairs, on Tuesday.
Later, he hit back at some of his critics, insisting that attacks by China and Russia aren’t all that far fetched, though it’s unclear where the ‘pirates’ connection fits in.
Sure, a frigate w/ skull & crossbones in space is unlikely anytime soon, but what MSNBC conveniently omits is the threat of piracy, espionage & violence from rogue & rival NATIONS is very real. Indeed, China has already developed & tested weapons to destroy satellites in space. https://t.co/fVUZUeWVLj
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 15, 2019
Perhaps we’ll all just need to wait until the year 2350 to see if Cruz was right