Sunday, February 5, 2017

SuperBowl51 Dangerous Projectiles

MOST RECENT UPDATE (January 2018):   As a result of China having (wisely I believe) changed their policy on being a holding tank for the plastic detritus from the West)  THIS ADVICE ON HOW TO RECYCLE SMALL PLASTIC LIDS IS NOW OUTDATED.  Different districts in the US are adopting radically revised recycling protocols. Stay tuned for news about recycling rules in your region. Don't just throw any old thing into the recycling bin and hope for the best. The realities of efficiency constraints are such that one "wrong" item might cause the contents of the entire bin to be rejected at the recycling center.

UPDATE Tonight the menfolk and I are watching the Patriots and Falcons throwing around not only the pigskin, but their super-size bodies.
Tomorrow morning, I'll be throwing potentially dangerous projectiles  into an economy size laundry soap container, screwing the top on to it, and tossing into my  recycling bin.

Dangerous projectiles??? Yes.  At the recycling center, metal and plastic lids having a diameter less than two inches can fly up during the recycling process and injure workers.

NOTE: Before proceeding, please double check with the guidelines of your local recycling center. I was surprised to learn that mine accepted plastic lids, and you may be, too, if you do a little exploring.

You can safely recycle plastic lids one by one, by screwing them onto their original plastic jars or bottles (some parts of the country have different rules about whether or not to flatten the empty bottles, though....), or you can recycle plastic lids en masse by collecting them in a large plastic container and closing this larger plastic container with its original lid.  Plastic recycling technology has improved recently, and any rigid plastic, whether it is marked with a recycling number or not, is recyclable.

You can recycle metal lids, too, but don't mix metal and plastic lids together. Metal lids can jam plastic recycling equipment. Collect plastic lids in a large plastic container to recycle, and collect metal lids in a metal container to recycle.  

WHAT A GAME!!!! WHAT A GAME!!  Glad I didn't give up on New England after the half time show.

OK, back to recycling lids. Another way to recycle plastic and metal lids is to use them to make art. Scroll all the way through the pictures on this link, and enjoy recycled lid art, everything from metallic fabric to detailed mosaics.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Day Off Thursday

Today is Thursday, the Day I Take a Day Off from Talking About the Alt Right Blog whose name shall not be mentioned. Naturally, I shall do this by reporting on the answers I received from a question I posed to the comment-makers on said blog, in which I told them I feared the nation was moving toward Civil War, and asked what concessions they thought could be made by either side to avoid this.

My favorite was: "Don't worry your pretty little haid about it."

"Peace! Peace! Where there is no peace!!!"  offered another. He worries about civil war,  too, yes?

But the answer that provoked the most thought was:

Luke 12:51 - 53  (KJV)  51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: 52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. 53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

I've been wondering how this jibes -- and jibe it  must, because it's Scripture, after all -- with Jesus' blessing on the peacemaker.   And  after I'd puzzled and puzzled til my puzzler was sore, and concluded that Luke 12:51-53, unlike the beatitudes, is descriptive rather than prescriptive,  I wrote last night's post, in which I asked: Who is the Peacemaker?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Who is the Peacemaker?

The peacemaker: it's likely to be the one who dies with the widest array of enemies.

A mild-mannered, "Aw gee, guys, why can't we all just get along?" may sound like an attempt at peacemaking, but if it shuts down the difficult conversations that need to happen before conflict can be resolved, it's counterproductive.

A peacemaker-in-the-making has a more comprehensive idea  than most of exactly why "we can't all just get along," and has the courage -- after keeping his own counsel for a while--to point out to all aggrieved parties, Alpha through Omega, where their own blind-spots are, how they've been at fault themselves.

The first reaction to that sort of uninvited insight into one's soul is almost always defensive.

It's one of the beatitudes: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called Children of God."  Is that because no one else wants them?

So, who wants to be a peacemaker?  You have to have a bedrock, unshakeable belief in  who you are, a peace with yourself that won't be disturbed when the neo-liberals call you "a bigot" and the bigots call you "a lib-tard." And then, you have to have a desire to see them....all getting along instead of....jolly well all going to hell.

I can see the temptation for a would-be peacemaker to become embittered by the cruelty and hypocrisy that gets uncovered as he pursues  an understanding of all points of view.  Self-righteousness is also a pitfall. That aforementioned "bedrock unshakeable belief in who you are" is likely to come only after the discovery and remedying of ugliness within one's own character. And once one has achieved a high degree of personal calm and tranquility, what drives him to launch back out into the war zone for the cause of...? what do you call the cause you are for, when you're on no one's side, and everyone's?

They shall be called Children of God. Huh.