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What is it about dandelions?: Americans' Extinction Denial Syndrome

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By Dave Lindorff

I was talking yesterday with a woman at HealthGuard, a water testing firm we've used in the past to test the water in our artesian well for contaminants. We hadn't done it in five years because the last test showed it to be free of anything nasty, from coliform bacteria to pesticide traces and heavy metals so pure in fact we could bottle it and sell it.

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We decided to test the well again because although we live on 2.3 wooded acres and don't use chemicals on the property ourselves, we are surrounded by suburban homes that, as evidenced by most of their lawns being totally lacking in dandelions, clearly use gallons glyphosate-laced Roundup.property

I turns out the test we had done before tested for everything but herbicides, so we are testing now for glyphosate too. The woman at HealthGuard said it was becoming a popular test, and that, as I know, the chemical is showing up everywhere.

I don't know what the test results will be. Our well is 160 feet deep, so we may be lucky. I'm sure that any glyphosate will be minimal compared to what's in the public water supply in our town, which had to shut down several of its system's wells because of contamination with PFAs from a now closed Naval air station two miles from us. Fingers crossed.

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But the situation with our well and the paucity of dandelions in our neighborhood got me thinking about how crazy our society is.

When I go into a Lowe's or Home Depot store to buy plumbing or electrical supplies, I'm assaulted as soon as I go in the door by the smell of lawn chemicals. Plastic jugs of Roundup are stacked six feet high right near the entrance of these stores for easy grabbing by shoppers heading for the garden supply area. At Costco, I found myself in line at the checkout counter behind a man who had a huge bag of grass seed that the label on the bag promised was already treated with "fertilizer and weed killer for a perfect lawn." The weed killer, I discovered on checking further, is of course Roundup.

Most of Europe has banned Roundup because of both a determination that is carcinogenic and because its widespread use has been linked to the decimation of the world's bees, essential for the pollination of some 90 percent of all plants and of 30 percent of food crops, and Monsanto/Bayer has so far lost three major lawsuits levying a total of over $2.4 billion in punitive damages against the company for cancers found caused by their glyphosate herbicide. Yet despite all this, the American public wants its pristine green lawns, unblemished by dandelions and other transgressors like violets, buttercups and wild strawberries.

Glyphosate cancer risk and bee die-offs be damned!...

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"The DNC is silencing the voices of Democratic activists, many of our progressive partner organizations, and nearly half of the Democratic presidential field, who want to debate the existential crisis of our time."

This Is an Emergency. We Need the Democrats to Act Like It': Outrage as DNC Announces It Will Not Host 2020 Debate on Climate Crisis

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Agreed. This is probably the worst outrage yet by the Democratic National Committee!


How the f**k can the Democrats be taken seriously as a party worthy of power if they are going to duck the existential issue facing us today!


I for one will not vote for or advocate for candidates who will not advocate openly and substantively for a crash program combating climate change through a massive subsidized shift away from fossil fuels and a massive cut in military spending to refocus US foreign policy away from dominance to global cooperation as we face this crisis facing humanity and life on earth itself.


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Dave, didn't you know, none of this matters, very soon the RAPTURE will be upon us, and the believers, (which includes a very large number of people currently serving in the W.H. believe they are the chosen and will be raptured to heaven) will no longer have to live on this destroyed earth, leaving the non believers behind to eke out an existence.

That's how the story goes anyway. BUT I have serious issues with it. The main one being, everyone of these people believes MONEY is the most important thing in their lives, and they have spent the most part of their lives accumillating as much as they possibly can. Here's the crux of the matter.

IF they seriously believe in the Rapture, how will they take their ill gotten gains with them ?????????????????????????????

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A century ago, dandelions were the preferred growth in a lawn, not a carpet of green grass. Homeowners made their own elixirs (arthritis, headaches, menstrual cramps and other minor pain) medicines from the roots and boiled-down sap is as potent as morphine. Dandelion tea and wine, then there are the leaves to be added to salads. The whole plant can be utilized.

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Not to mention that they are PRETTY. I love dandelions - they scream "Spring!" and look so very cheerful after the drabness of winter. We have tons of clover, too, and the bees love it. We never mow it all at once, just so the bees have food. Americans are stupid with their perfect lawns.

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If only that were all Americans were stupid about! How about big muscle cars, oversized SUVs, "mini"-vans, McMansion houses, air-conditioning for entire houses instead of rooms being used, and electing idiots to high office based on things like "likeability," good looks, name recognition!, whiteness, maleness, not being too brainy or educated, etc.


I could go on.


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