Safeway has a homeopathy isle too. I can buy needlessly overpriced vitamins just as easily at Safeway as at Whole Foods. Big Whoop.
And frankly, probiotics are pretty useful. So I think this little story has more to say about the preconcieved notions of the author (and half the people in here complaining about whole foods as a Hippy Store) than about Whole Foods. Some people just gotta hate.
I like whole foods. That atmosphere is pleasing, the selection is nice, they actually stock Really Good Chocolate, etc etc. I'm a conscious consumer, and they provide better selection for me. Example, I love chips. Yum! I can get Doritos (yuck!) at Safeway, or I can get chips with an ingredient list I can understand at Whole Foods. What's not to love?
I think everyone here hating on Whole Foods are just using it as a proxy to hate on Libs. Hey, sorry I care about what I put in my body and try to shop accordingly. Sorry I care about the people that farmed my food, and want to shop accordingly. Yes, the Homeopathy isle in ANY store is stupid (Unless you're an expectant Mother, then load up on Folic Acid!)
Trying to equate shopping at Whole Foods to a belief in creationism is just
Look up Free Geek. I'm in Portland, and I do volunteer work with them. Perhaps the point of the story is to raise awareness and get you to make sure your e-waste is reused or recycled properly in your own community. Perhaps you'll start a Free Geek where you are.
There is a problem. The first step is to acknowledge that there is a problem. The second step is to do something about it, and your Logical Fallacy (black and white) about giving up tech is... Apathetic. Apathetic is a polite word. Your complete lack of empathy for other people is
This is full of libertarians who keep saying that we wouldn't be having problems with these corporations if government would just get out of the way. Now, I do get the frustration with moronic city governments who gave a defacto monopoly to one company to roll out service in their city..... and later of course the company keeps the monopoly and never quite gets around to doing the infrasctructure work. I get it. But...
No, things won't magically get better if we take government out of the picture. Why not? The free market would fix it!
Except that The Free Market is a myth. Any entity, be it government or corporate, immediately starts tinkering with the Free Market to make it Less Free. It Happens, and we need an entity that is responsible to US, the people, to keep everyone on a level playing field. Yes, i realize we don't have that in the U.S. Mainly because our reps are so busy dialing for dollars so they can get reelected. That buys influence.
Getting rid of government doesn't make companies magically behave better. Freedom Industries is going bankrupt instead of paying the price of their actions. They'll be back with a new name in a few months, and no one will be the wiser. There are no appreciable downfalls to bad corporate behavior.
Lest you think I'm a fan of government.... Well, I kind of am. That's because I don't take for granted all the roads, power, water, sewer, organization, building codes, blah blah blah that I get from my government. I like my civilization. I just think they're let the corps run amok. I'm not a fan of government for that reason alone.
If you want better broadband in the U.S., we need to get money out of politics. Call your reps, complain, get involved at a city level, Get Off Your Ass.
wolf-pac.com. I'm working on a solution, and we're doing Very Well. I'll be saving our country, and enabling a fix to our broadband woes (by getting money out of politcs and allowing anything useful to happen) while you're complaining to random strangers on the internet.
Ah, and then you one upped yourself with a spineless fairy comment. Dude, take it down a notch. You're being a bit of an ass, and your own biases are showing a bit. You're also displaying the exact behavior that you're accusing them of. After all, only spineless fairies rush to silence criticism of yourself or others, right? I realize this might offend people like you who can't handle criticism, but that's not their problem.
I don't even know why you brought politics into it.... Anyway, what they said wasn't that bad. What you said was over the top. I'm just some random dude reading through posts. Theirs was.... mildly inpolite. Your response was off the charts.
Sigh. Well, you keep doing nothing. I'm sure that'll work out well for you. I'll just keep working with others in my state and saving your ass, little by little. I'm sure it's all hopeless, you know, except that we're succeeding in 20 states. All it really took was to try.
Nah, I'll bite... I'd rather politicians (and I've met several, and they're just people. Some are brighter than others), were taking public money to run their campaigns than corporate or lobbyist money. It's a matter of influence. And yes, people need to be informed. I don't count those stupid yard signs as informative, and I don't count the usual TV ad as informative either, but oh well.
You keep thinking "government bad" and not doing anything. I'll just be over here saving our country, from itself.
I buy all my clothes secondhand. I listend to street buskers. I hang out with musicians. I ride my bike. If you wanted, you could buy an electric car and a lot of solar panels, but I get your point. I buy shoes made in the USA. I buy local food. I drink WATER, it falls out of the sky.
I think you're telling yourself nothing can be done.... so you don't have to do anything. AND you're blaming other people. Bravo.
Get off your ass and change your own life. It's not even that hard.
That's funny, 'cause I;m helping my state call for an article V convention to fix money in Congress, and you're doing nothing.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
How amazing it would have been if instead of arguing with me how pointless it is, all of you had actually gone and done something? Go Go Go!
I've visited 4 state reps in the last year. One of them was a dumbass. All of them were just people. I have a meeting set up with a fifth. It's not hard. I'm not saying money isn't a driver there. In fact, if you were paying attention, that's precisely what I'm fighting against... but you looked into the problem and gave up. I looked into the problem and fought back. Apathy sucks. And so does anyone who falls into it. Understandable, but sucky.
And lest you think I'm just whining on the internet, there are things you can do. Volunteer for the ACLU. give money to the EFF. join an organization dedicated to fixing congress. Get money out of politics. It's not hard. It just takes that little bit of motivation to get off your ass and go do something. That itsy little bit really does make a difference.
I challenge all of you. Look up your state and federal reps, and add them as contacts on your phone. Call them when you're bored and tell them what's important to you. It really does make a difference.
Ok, so you're THAT lazy...
They PINKY SWEAR they're only using this information for terrorism, right?
If there are really THAT MANY terrorists inside the US, we're fucked. I mean, really truly fucked. I'm surprised any of the bridges or large buildings in my city are still standing. We KNOW The FBI and DHS can't catch everyone. Oddly enough, all the bridges and buildings are still there. No one has taken down the water supply. Electricity still works. Parking sucks, but that's normal.
That means all those THOUSANDS of requests... lets see, 16,000 search warrants, 50 states, 320 search warrants per state... I should have an active terrorist cell of AT LEAST 50 people in my city. Probably 100. Where are they?
They don't exist. That means they're using this information, and the powers granted to them FOR CATCHING TERRORISTS, for other things. No way!