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ARCATA GREEN TEAM: The Case of the Phantom Menace and His Gang of Energy Wasting Goons

  1. Ponder z
    May 11, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Funny, the Arcata Velma is, well very Arcata like. So is the Arcata Daphne.
    Fluorescent lights are toxic when in use. All you hippies in Arcata be sure to put one next to you head. And when they brake, just toss them in the driveway. Just more political correctness form Eco Freaks like Al Gore. Stop fake greenhouse gas and pollute the environment all at once. Run a gas power plant to charge your Volt.

  2. May 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    This is so darling it’s hard to stand. What an incredible contribution to both the ‘micro-culture’ of any local neighborhood U.S.A. but the energy-consumption-culture of every neighborhood across the planet. From the Department of: How Many Renters Does it Take to Screw the Oil Industry? With these entertaining statistics so cleverly presented, renters have more “power” than they thought and should wield it wisely. Thank you “Heraldo” at @Humboldt_Herald for sharing this video link via Twitter (whoever you are behind that hot, sepia-toned Avatar).


  3. Anonymous
    May 11, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    ….more from the puppet show kids……

    May 12, 2011 at 7:48 am

    In a modern day house/apartment where more energy drainign equipment is used; cfl light bulbs which contain mercury which is a concern when the bulbs don’t last very long or if they break; running water wastes money…..actually, based on gallons consumed or not, the more water that is used reduces the rates…..until service districts get-out of the calculator industrial billing methods.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

    May 12, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Still though, conservation is great, but it works against the local community because if we have the water and don’t use what is “naturally” provided, water rights claims get ceded to other areas and this area loses its water. So, The northcoast’s water is gonna get used either way. If we conserve up here, we do more of a favor for the other fracktards in the central and south state, not to mention other regions that deliver water from abroad.

    So, in a way, the fish are fracked if we don’t prove that fish require several times over the amount of water flows to survive. In effect, water is subsidizing human expansionisms outside the northcoast in favor of destroying the food chain/food supply that serves more than an entire reqalm of communities nearby, but also that of afar. So, local and abroad food sources flushing down, down, down and population here, there and nearly everywhere increasing. Yep, that’s a recipe for a concocted fish bowl disaster.


  6. May 12, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Relax, Jeff. We’ll all be using LED lighting within a few years. It’s efficient, low power, and long lasting. Right now it’s still pretty expensive but this too will change.

    Fun video. Sort of Benny Hill meets Arcata.

  7. Ross Rowley
    May 12, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Another well done Matt & Rick St. Charles extravaganza. I feel it could have used a few more car chases and explosions though. And an overhead kaleidoscopic dance number ala the Jane Taylor Dancers.

    May 12, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Yes, it was a funny video A-Nony-Mouse, just surprised about the “greeninesses”, especially over the light bulbs. Anyhow, maybe the college has classes on how to find good uses for water, then the community would not need to worry about conservation if that water is put to a beneficial use. It is one thing to take so much water that the fish suffocate or the natural waterways can’t get flushed, but still, there is a lot of water.


    May 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    LED lighting strips embedded in the sidewalks so as to get rid of the light poles; heating cable in the sidewalks, driveways, rooftops, road sections, etc… to melt the ice and snow instead of using DOW chemicals or 3M chemicals or salt. :-)


  10. WTF
    May 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    How Wasteful the Older Generation Was …

    In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized to him and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.”

    The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. The former generation did not care enough to save our environment.”

    He was right, that generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.

    Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

    But she was right. They didn’t have the green thing in her day.

    Back then, they washed the baby’s diapers because they didn’t have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts – wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

    But that old lady is right, they didn’t have the green thing back in her day.

    Back then, they probably had no TV, or radio, in the house – not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen if they had one, the size of a hankerchief, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn’t have electric machines to do everything for you.

    When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

    Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

    But she’s right, they didn’t have the green thing back then.

    They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

    But they didn’t have the green thing back then.

    Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

    But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful the old folks were just because they didn’t have the green thing back then?

  11. Anonymous
    May 13, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Go Green Team!!!

  12. Anonymous
    May 13, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Cute kids.

    Too bad.

    Until we deal with enemy #1; our consumption-addiction and the massive military expenditures protecting the worldwide resource extraction it requires, all those little florescent bulbs, solar panels and wind-mills will be irrelevant.

    May 14, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Ronald Reagan is rolling in his grave, or is it blowin’ in the wind or circulating among the fish? Anyhow, Ronny and Nancy were the corporate p.r. guinea pigs who helped sell America on electrical equipment for the “home ecer’s”….. just sayin the political/corporate conspiracy of “Power and control” surrounding all energy was set-up a way back whence. It was procured during a time when people would hardly swoon over anything making life easier…or, so they thought.

    Laziness is a disease that should have made it into the County’s Health Report, let alone be recognized at the state and federal levels. Americans are more lazy now than ever before! As far as on the edge or brink of disaster …. look at those folks whom have multiple jobs to support ballooning budgets and ballooning family dependents as costs only go up it seems. In fact, costs go up sooooooo extremely high (due to profit driven greeds), the prices that are less dependent upon “free market economics” (those forced societal costs that is) shall really never come down because these prices set benchmark levels for the grafters who will not accept anything less than the preferred “marked-up” profit margin or the tax bases collected by govt. created by over-valuations. Even when the consumer ain’t buying, many types of costs or prices stay the same. Why? It is like a government agency trying to “JUSTIFY ITS EXISTENCE”….if they take less, they prove they never needed more to begin with.

    This style of economics is the same fascist style of economics that uses guises or ruses like prebates, rebates, credits, etc…. to be able to “OVER-PRICE” at the Point Of Sale any product hoping that the LAZY CONSUMER won’t follow the instructions to get the “OVERPAYMENT REFUNDED OR CREDITED OR REBATED BACK”. Same thing….the price was set above the pricing level it should have been.

    ECONOMICS IN AMERICA IS A RIGGED, JOKING GAME! Aside from the abusers who know, only the level headed and clear thinkers of logic could ever understand the political and economic sabotages going on right now.


  14. May 14, 2011 at 8:53 am


    Please consider these two lines from your post.

    “Americans are more lazy now than ever before.”

    and just a sentence later

    “look at those folks whom have multiple jobs to support ballooning budgets and ballooning family dependents as costs only go up it seems”

    It is true that working Americans are working longer hours than ever before, that they work much longer hours than Japanese or European workers. So how do you say in one line that Americans are lazy but in the next breath you tell the truth: Americans are working harder than ever.

    I’m not quibbling with you Jeffrey I just want you to be aware of the contradictions in your thinking.

    have a peaceful day,

  15. May 14, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Oh one more thing:

    JL- “This style of economics is the same fascist style of economics that uses guises or ruses like prebates, rebates, credits, etc…. ”

    wikipedia: “The proposal [FAIR TAX} also calls for a monthly payment to all family households of lawful U.S. residents as an advance rebate, or “prebate”, of tax on purchases up to the poverty level.”

    So are you coming around to the idea that the Fair Tax is a fascist ruse?

    have a peaceful day,

  16. Plain Jane
    May 14, 2011 at 9:15 am

    :x to Bill

    May 14, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    HB – (no need to be deceiving again about my views of what a deliberated “Fair Tax” could be – why won’t ya reference my past amendments to that plan which have been discussed in previous posts in a multitude of responses???? I know, the truth would be told!)

    Anyhow, is it really a contradiction to know that proof is evidenced that Americans would rather pay someone to service them when the servicing could be done ever-so-often by that very same American consumer who was too lazy to service themself.

    So, effectually, pay more money for, as an example, FAST FOOD, WHEN less money would have been spent to prepare one’s own meal. So, working more to pay off laziness…….

    There are sooooooooo many examples HB of lazinesses gone wild. I do not believe a person is entitled to excuse their lazinesses by claims of having to work longer hours or MORE JOBS because of one’s own personal greeds and lazinesses that carry over to illogical consumption/spending habits that are anything but “saving money”, but, rather wasting it.

    It is like having a floatilla of children in an economic environment that really does not allow for success in raising that child, unless one has money to pay for the costs……… Again, wasting money on lazinesses is illogical, especially when more important matters are at hand – like children to be raised properly, lovingly, caringly and with enough time spent with mommy and daddy not at work.

    As far as fair tax HB,

    I have maintained that certain things need not be present with that type of “tax idea”. The prebate fascist bs is one of those such things, HB – as has been documented. Further, since my many posts will prove my position, The Fair Tax (as procured on paper) pens out better imo than any tax collection system to date (if the amendments I believe need to be made are indoctrinated into the tax plan)…in theory.

    Yet, theory on tax collection is only as good as those who rule the roost from above, theoretically!

    Now, it is true that no plan is perfect; yet, I believe the best plan is one that 1) the most minds will understand and 2) only that which is necessary to fund for constitutional responsibilities is only that which becomes tax collectible. It is wreckless to tax the schit outta people to just then waste the taxes on little people’s big wordlwide greeds and power and control takings. I have said it often, it is “human over-population” that breeds the troubles of humanity through the vicereous (viceroy) pyramid schemes.


  18. Anonymous
    May 15, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Unless America’s job programs, training, and placement are returned, (along with free public education through university as guaranteed by the U.S. Education Act of 1965, and the obvious need for universal health care), complaining about “lazy Americans” is mere bigotry.

    While the peasants blame each other, their Treasury is being looted with amazing efficiency.

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