Just Turn it Off – Water

I am concerned about the environment.  Especially given the world’s casual abuse of air, land and water.  And now with the troubling National Climate Assessment report.  My very first blog entry touched on the subject of conservation.  It has been a theme in many of my posts.  One way everyone can help — is to Just Turn it Off®!   

Take WATER.  We cannot live without it.  Yet there’s only so much of it.  And more than 95% of the water on our planet is salt water.  Thus it is natural that we would want to shepherd our precious supply of fresh water, to use it sparingly and keep it clean and potable.   But most of the water that enters our homes literally goes down the drain – into the sewer.  So what can the average person do to conserve this valuable commodity for future generations?  JUST TURN IT OFF®.   If every person in America saved one gallon of fresh water daily, that translates to a savings of hundreds of millions of gallons of fresh water.  

Consider the following. . . . .  

●  When shaving or washing, instead of leaving the water run, JUST TURN IT OFF.  And turn it on to rinse as needed.

●  When taking a shower, turn on the water – get it to the temperature desired – stand under the shower and then JUST TURN IT OFF.  Soap down while the water is off. Frankly you will probably get cleaner than if the water just continues to pour down the drain.  This is what Europeans do – and the military.   

●  When rinsing dishes, don’t just let the water run.  JUST TURN IT OFF and turn it on to rinse the next plate or pan. 

●  Make each drop count when watering plants and shrubs.  Use an on/off nozzle so that when moving from one plant to the next, so you can JUST TURN IT OFF. 

●  Toilets should provide a flushing choice for disposing of liquid and solid waste.  And by the way, “if it’s yellow, let it mellow.  If it’s brown, flush it down.”  You heard that right.  There is no need to flush every time. . . . .   

●  Rely on Mother Nature to water the lawn.  Use sprinklers when necessary.

●  In the laundry room, use less hot water, run full loads or use size cycles, skip the extra rinse and reuse towels (always a big drain on water).

Please — save water.  JUST TURN IT OFF (it’s the RH’s registered trademark).  The children of tomorrow – those with no voices today — will thank you. . . . . .

 

Saudi Arabia

[A timely reprint from June 12, 2016] Talk to Muslims.  The faithful.  And ask them what the problem is in the world of Islam.  Many (as I observe on 8/19/12 and 12/20/15) will confide that the problem in Islam can be summed up in two words:  “Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia is a paragon of hatred, repression and discrimination.  Saudis are Wahhabi — the ultra orthodox branch of Sunni Islam.   The country is the hub of anti-Semitism.  A glowing, seething inspiration for groups like ISIS. Boko Haram.  The Taliban.  Al-Qaeda.  Al-Shabaab.  An instigator of state terrorism.  Responsible for the murder of 2,977 souls on September 11th.  Women are subject to genital mutilation.   They must be completely covered (it is the woman’s fault she is a woman).  Cannot leave home without a male relative.  May not drive.  Or marry without permission.  No passports.  Higher education is haram (forbidden).  The penalties for defiance are steep.  Women may be beaten or killed for missteps.                  

On Fridays, one can saunter down to the public square to watch beheadings, eye gouging, stonings or hands getting chopped off.  Children too – can watch.  Or have a hand amputated for misdeeds.  Thus enforcing Sharia law.  If you are a kafir (an infidel) – you are not welcome in Saudi Arabia.  There are no tourist visas (except for business or to visit a family member).  And a non-Muslim may never visit Mecca or Medina (see 11/16/14).  Criticism of the government is a crime punishable by imprisonment.  Or worse.  Saudi Arabia has been condemned by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.  Then again, they are an ally of the U.S. . . . . .             

Thanksgiving

In my post of November 11, 2011, I mentioned an occasion when I was asked by a friend “what is your favorite day?”  Quirky question but I promptly replied “Thanksgiving.”   It’s a long weekend.  Family time.  Great food (stuffing – my favorite).  Detroit Lions on t.v. (yawn).  Though this year it’s versus the Bears.  And Christmas is on the way.   Christmas??  YIKES!!

Well, it’s another November.   Seven years later.  Wow!  The days go slow but the years go fast.  Faster it seems every year.    

I hope that Thanksgiving is a favorite day for you.  Yet – Thanksgiving can be more than just a day.  It can be an attitude as well.  An everyday attitude.   My best wishes to you for a wonderful, happy and blessed Thanksgiving weekend.   

“There is no God”

I was disappointed to hear that Dr. Stephen Hawking – in one of his final statements – declared “there is no God.” Too bad he didn’t take a cue from one of his predecessors in science — Albert Einstein.

Einstein, born Jewish and somewhat pantheistic in later life, was once asked by a student if God existed. Einstein responded “What percent of the total knowledge of the universe do you suppose we as humans now possess?” The student thought – and speculated around two percent. To which Einstein replied “Now tell me – what are the possibilities that God exists in the other 98%?”

Parents are normally wiser than their children in making decisions. A child may want to eat only chocolate cupcakes for each meal – yet the parent knows better. What’s to say that we as adults don’t have a grander force that “knows better?” I am reminded of the continuous thread in the Bible that the wisdom of man is folly with God (see e.g. I Corinthians 3:19).
In 1660, Blaise Pascal offered “Pascal’s Wager” on belief. 
If you believe in God and there is no God – no problem
If you don’t believe in God and there is no God – no problem.
If you believe in God and God exists – peace now and eternal
If you don’t believe in God and God exists – big problem. . . . . .
Sir Isaac Newton summed it up – “In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God’s existence.”  For me, I just open my eyes in the morning.  And I think Wow. . . . . 

The Thin Blue Line

[A reprint from 11/16/15] When I was growing up, I was inculcated with the notion that ALL lives mattered. Not just black ones. . . .

It is insulting to hear some folks calling on their brethren to “kill police.” Or attack police.  Let’s have a show of hands — who agrees with these “people”??

When I was a States Attorney, I worked with the police every day. Hundreds of them. You know what? Most were good guys (a few gals) (see my post of 3/20/14).  Sure – there were occasional bad apples (and we dealt with them).  A few were lazy.  But most were just doing their job.  A pretty good job.  Of protecting the public.  Thus, I stand behind the police.  And so should you. . . . .

I would invite all of you to stand behind the police in your community. And for Mayor de Blasio of New York and those folks who urge violence against them — if you won’t stand behind the police when bad guy bullets start flying — please stand in front of themThat is where you belong . . . . . 

Tribes

I am troubled by the animosity that we see on both sides of our political spectrum.  I’m sure many of you are too.

Can we agree that both parties bear responsibility for the current state of politics in America?  So what do we do about it? 

Rather than promote political labels – it may be more productive to work toward consensus on issues.  I want to help the poor. I hate inequality.  And prejudice.  I want to eliminate hunger in America and everywhere. I yearn for peace among nations.  All Americans need health insurance.  I want to improve education in America’s poorest schools.  Our country needs a strong economy where all will benefit.  We need freedom of speech on campuses – and in politics. All sides should have a voice.  America has a right to control its border but a fair and compassionate policy for admitting immigrants is needed.  I love my family – and want my grandchildren to grow up healthy, happy, safe, wise, educated and with a religious faith.  And to abide by the principles of faith, hope and charity — for all of humanity.  And you know what?  I want that for your children and grandchildren too.  So what am I – a Democrat or Republican?    

Yes – there are one or two “hot button” issues on which neither “side” will bend (and some refuse to discuss).  Yet I like to think that most folks are on the same page on the issues above.  While we may differ on how best to address them, THAT is where civil discourse, compromise and conciliation come into play.  To solve these issues.  And to bring our tribes together as one.