August 06, 2017

Recycling made easy

The 7 standard classifications for plastics: 1–PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate); 2–HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene); 3–PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride); 4–LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene); 5–PP (Polypropylene); 6–PS (Polystyrene); 7–Other (BPA, Polycarbonate and LEXAN)
The title of this blog is totally misleading... Recycling is NOT easy at all! Apart from all the rules around recycling - most of them quite fair - there are the "plastic issue". Not every plastic is recyclable, and to know which is which, you need to understand what they are!

Ok, one might say "C'mon, it's not that difficult!" Yeah, but you missed the point: why, first of all, the government allow companies to use non-recyclable material, or raw material which recycling process is costly and complicated?

Take polystyrene for example. It's widely used - from disposable drinking cups, take away food containers and foam packaging protection to rigid foam insulation and underlay sheeting for laminate flooring used in home construction - even recycling is not widely available, and despite containing styrene, a possible human carcinogen, (especially when heated in a microwave). Chemicals present in polystyrene have been linked with human health and reproductive system dysfunction.

Because it's structurally weak and ultra-lightweight, it also breaks up easily and is dispersed readily throughout the natural environment. Beaches all over the world have bits of polystyrene lapping at the shores, and an untold number of marine species have ingested this plastic with immeasurable consequences to their health.

Even the recommendation is that polystyrene should be avoided where possible, there's no regulation! It's upo to the government to impose restrictions to such materials, and force companies to use greener alternatives

May 01, 2016

Populism? Moi?

It must be an assumption to think that people do not link the ends... Well, we do. When Mr. Colm McCarthy says "unpopular truths about the water issue", should he really mean unpopular truths about government mistakes? After all, we all remember - and feel still - the horrible mistakes this government has made. And not only this one, but the previous as well, and the previous, again!

Journalists like this Colm McCarthy don't give up telling half truths - or half lies? - covering their own corporated view. In the real world, we all know what this is all about: a levy to pay of the banking debt. The PRIVATE banking debts promptly paid by our (useless) government with OUR PUBLIC money! Money which should be directed, for instance, to efficiently provide the WATER SYSTEM!

Of course 9 weeks to form a government is too much. But this is what the population voted! The press trying to establish the mantra that there are "far more important issues" than Irish Water is a fallacy, a gross strategy to get some controversy in the spotlights, as we all understand that first, Fianna Fail committed itself to a plan - the so called manifesto - which people voted based on. Secondly, Irish water is not about the value - as he says, "... costs people €3 per week", or that it's "a flat €160 per annum" (considering the €100 'water conservation' grant). This is about the people being sick of politicians working in the interest of the capital instead of the interest of the people! Yeah, sounded quite leftist, didn't it? As much as paying bankers with public money should sound rightist, but the status quo somehow manage to dissimulate the meaning.

So, yes, we do understand Irish water is not the worst problem, but it's picked as the notorious issue regarding people's voicing.

Bear with that!

May 05, 2015

Numbers, numbers...

Minister for Finance, TD (Teachta Dála) Michael Noonan, said on TV that he'd support the YES campaign to change the minimum age of a candidate to President of Ireland from 35 to 21 years.

After mentioning he'd not expect to see much 21 years old people as candidates, he said he thinks is peculiar that a 35 years old person can be a candidate, but a 34 years old can't.

Well, minister, you, better then anyone should know such peculiarities are everywhere! For instance, a sixteen years old person can drive, but a 15 can't. A 18 years old person can drink alcohol, a 17 years old can't. A 65 years old person is elegible for full pension, a 64 years old is not. And so on. Then you, minister, might say: "oh, all this numbers are so confusing..."

We understand.

December 27, 2013

A Lazy Review

Everybody should know that wine tasting notes are subjective. There are some technicalities there, but the part that really matters is personal: you like the wine or you don't, doesn't matter how balanced or powerful might be.

Book reviews are the same. People might expect some technical comments about style, genre, etc, but people want to know in advance what to expect from a book in the critic review. And critics, as wine tasters, have their own opinions, and depends from who you read a review, you might not buy a book you'd love, or either be disapointed by one you just bought - and read!

Unpretentiously walking the city centre yesterday, just to watch how the world was going, I stopped in front of a bookshop. In the window, Carnival, by Rawi Hage. In the critic's note, the phrase:
"Imagine Camus rewriting Taxi Driver".
I walked away...

December 22, 2013

not many brazilians like that...

Chico Mendes
Today is the day Chico Mendes was killed, in 1988. A trade union leader and environmentalist, Chico Mendes fought to preserve the Amazon rainforest, and advocated for the human rights of Brazilian peasants and indigenous peoples. He was assassinated by Darly Alves da Silva, a rancher, who shoot Mendes in his Xapuri home, as week after Mendes' 44th birthday, when he had predicted he would "not live until Christmas".

Mendes' murder made international headlines, and led to an outpouring of support for the rubber tappers' and environmental movements. Thanks in part to the international media attention surrounding the murder, the Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve was created in the area where he lived. More than 20 such reserves, along the same lines as Mendes had proposed, now cover more than 8 million acres (32,000 km²).

Mendes was portrayed by Raul Julia in the 1994 telemovie The Burning Season.