Recycling…Not So Warm and Fuzzy



The Fort Collins Coloradoan: March 21, 2015: “Your Bin’s Dirty Secret: Market forces, contaminated recyclables cost waste haulers” (print edition) “Dirty recycling costs haulers, and possibly you” (online edition)


After reading the above article a few times, I was not sure how anything within it could be considered “news”. Like the headline suggests, recyclables that are filthy (soaked and crusty pizza boxes) are of no value, and the recyclables market fluctuates to a point that when demand is down, recycle/waste management companies lose money. Groundbreaking, front-page stuff, right?

The author, Sarah Jane Kyle, makes a passing reference to a 20–year-old city ordinance that mandates residents are charged by the size of their garbage bin and not their recycling bin. This mandate, she explains, gives citizens a financial incentive to recycle…YAY! Oddly, though, there is no mention that the City of Fort Collins also mandates via ordinance that cardboard must be recycled. I would think that an environmental reporter writing about the repercussions of “dirty” recycling would mention that such recycling is mandatory, but I never went to J-School. Read More

I Can’t Even…

Because rational thought is, like, hard-uh.
Because rational thought is, like, hard-uh.

Last night I stumbled upon a lecture broadcast on CSU’s Channel 11. The topic was global climate change, and the presenter appeared to be a guest of the university speaking at the Hilton hotel. As of yet, I haven’t been able to find out his name or find the lecture posted online, but I’m still working on that. I’ll post it here if/when I have it.

The speaker, who for now I’ll call Al Insky, made so many asinine statements in the 10 minutes I could stomach, that I had so shut it off and come here to vent.

Mr. Insky presents a series of slides related to how progress is achieved in this country (and how it isn’t): Read More

Federal Overreach, the States, and the Courts


The constitution is wildly out of context in today’s uber-modern world. We have the Internet after all, which the founders could never have foreseen. We don’t need to arm ourselves like the citizen militias of yesteryear– we have law enforcement to protect us! The “archaic, out of context, constitution” is a favorite argument of today’s progressives (and many republicans) who clamor for a more bloated, all-powerful centralized government. The founders’ philosophies are obsolete, the constitution is a living and breathing document, say the progressives. But their hip new ideas are actually just dressed-up regurgitations of old, power grabbing endeavors from as long ago as the late 1700s. Read More