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Green USA


I love these stamps btw. Especially the compost one. I wonder if they do anything but advertise being green? Like maybe they could be made of compost, or specially decomposing material (but maybe they couldn’t be forever stamps)? Maybe there’s some incentive for the gov’t to do it! Then again, maybe forever is revokable if the post office gets sold to UPS, Fedex or GE. Or if it just lays off enough workers that the new motto is snow? Rain? Heat? Fuhgeddaboudit.

6 responses to “Green USA

  1. meemsnyc

    I love those stamps too and also blogged about it. Hopefully the customers will read the stamps and get ideas from it.

  2. Ralph Tzu

    A good podcast to listen to if you don’t already follow Self Sufficient Homestead podcasts, show 136:

    Fall planting, Round Up woes, a win for organic farmers, and Monsanto gets a taste of it’s own medicine. Listen through the ‘chit chat’, it’s a worth while episode.

  3. Ralph Tzu

    Nature puts on a show:

    August 9, 2011: Bright moonlight streams through your window. A nugget of space debris disintegrates in a sparkling fireball. A huge spaceship glides silently overhead.
    By itself, any one of these events might be enough to get you out of bed. This weekend, all three are going to happen at the same time.
    On August 12th and 13th, as the Moon waxes full, the International Space Station will glide over US towns and cities during the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower.

    Read the full story at

  4. Ralph Tzu



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

    That’s right, they didn’t have the green thing in her day. Back then, they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, using the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

    But they didn’t have the green thing back in her day.

    In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.

    But she’s 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. Cobblers repaired their shoes, so they lasted decades.

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

    Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house – not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a pizza dish, 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 wadded up 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 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 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 they didn’t have the green thing back then!

  5. Ralph Tzu

    Went out back about 4am this morning. Me, the crickets, and my garden still resting up for the day ahead. Looking up I got to see some neat meteors, most streaking toward the south. One, somewhat slower heading east, and one that was just a flash, like a tiny flash bulb going off. Check it out tonight if you can. Try to get to a darkened place. Who knew the garden got to see shows like this so many times while I was asleep.

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