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Banning plastic straws

tcr! · Jul 31, 2018 at 4:55 pm

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banning plastic straws

I still can’t wrap my mind around banning plastic straws. My beef with the ban isn’t so much the ban on plastic straws themselves because that’s definitely a step in the right direction. But let’s also get rid of plastic sacks nationwide, too, while we’re at it. And Q-tips. Because remember that little seahorse?

My eye roll was more, as Mike pointed out on Facebook, how lopsided our laws can be.

It is always been my view that while some of us identify as left and some of us identifies right. Almost all of us truly exist somewhere in the center. We end up electing fringe candidates out of fear of each other. As a result straws get banned in California and in other parts of the country you can’t even buy a glass of wine with your dinner.

From what I’ve read commercial fishing pollutes the oceans with more plastic than anything else. So where are the regulations, enforcements, and punishments for that group?

Further, where are the strict emission laws for the airlines and the shipping industries?

How many pollutants are they dumping into the atmosphere each day?

If we’re gonna clean up the oceans, we really need to go full balls. Is banning plastic straws really gonna make that big a difference? Seems to me it’s like using that same straw to suck up an entire ocean.

And to touch on the meme’s assault rifle: exactly what is an “assault rifle” and what isn’t often depends on who a person is talking to.

Granted, fully automatic rifles are how the government defines “assault rifle” but I bet anybody that looks at an AR-15 is gonna say it looks like an assault rifle, whether the particular model is banned or not.

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sprout · Jul 31, 2018 at 9:59 am

Because people have more empathy for dead sea turtles than dead children…

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Momma J Momma J · Jul 31, 2018 at 11:40 am

Plastic straws have been found in the noses of turtles

tcr! tcr! · Jul 31, 2018 at 12:40 pm

Yeah, it wasn’t so much about the straws as to what’s still legal.

fivewayrack fivewayrack · Jul 31, 2018 at 4:31 pm

Don’t buy the anti straw propaganda. That was a stir stick! LOL

Momma J Momma J · Aug 1, 2018 at 3:04 pm

I see!

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fivewayrack fivewayrack · Jul 31, 2018 at 12:26 pm

It is always been my view that while some of us identify as left and some of us identifies right. Almost all of us truly exist somewhere in the center. We end up electing fringe candidates out of fear of each other. As a result straws get banned in California and in other parts of the country you can’t even buy a glass of wine with your dinner.

tcr! tcr! · Jul 31, 2018 at 12:43 pm

Exactly this.

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fiatlux423 · Jul 31, 2018 at 12:57 pm

Plastic straws are also actually useful to some people and the most viable option for them. People who don’t *need* straws can always decline them, or people who *do* need them should be able to ask. Now people are talking about a prescription for plastic straws. But yeah, keep those high capacity rifles on the shelf.

fivewayrack fivewayrack · Jul 31, 2018 at 4:17 pm

Maybe we can form a NSA (National Straw Association) to defend straw rights nation wide.

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Kris · Jul 31, 2018 at 2:30 pm

Assault rifles are illegal

tcr! tcr! · Jul 31, 2018 at 4:09 pm

Exactly what is an “assault rifle” and what isn’t often depends on who a person is talking to. Granted, fully automatic rifles are how the government defines “assault rifle” but I bet anybody that looks at an AR-15 is gonna say it looks like an assault rifle, whether the particular model is banned or not.

Kris · Jul 31, 2018 at 5:13 pm

Looks can be deceiving. And to some people im a scary person that you cant let your kids play outside when im around

tcr! tcr! · Jul 31, 2018 at 5:34 pm

And if those people don’t let their kids play when you’re around, their kids would then be missing out on one of the best dudes east of the Mississippi.

Kris · Jul 31, 2018 at 6:33 pm

Thanks. Im right behind you

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tcr! tcr! · Jul 31, 2018 at 4:47 pm

My beef with this wasn’t so much the ban on plastic straws. That’s definitely a step in the right direction. And let’s get rid of plastic sacks nationwide, too, while we’re banning plastics. And Q-tips. Because remember that little seahorse?

My eye roll was more, as fivewayrack pointed out, how lopsided our laws can be.

From what I’ve read commercial fishing pollutes the oceans with more plastic than anything else. So where are the regulations, enforcements, and punishments for that group?

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-06-07/plastic-straws-aren-t-the-problem

And more… Where are the strict emission laws for the airlines and the shipping industries? How many pollutants are they dumping into the atmosphere each day?

If we’re gonna clean up the oceans, we really need to go full balls. Is banning plastic straws really gonna make that big a difference? Seems to me it’s like using that same straw to suck up an entire ocean.

fiatlux423 · Jul 31, 2018 at 4:50 pm

It’s like guilting people for not being vegan for destroying the planet when big Agra does more to harm our environment than me eating shrimp pad Thai.

Kelly K · Aug 1, 2018 at 1:39 am

I’m giving reusable straws a try right now, but I’m not loving them. I HATE paper straws! They feel so gross in your mouth & disintegrate in your drink.
Our laws are and always have been lopsided.
Besides, we can stop straw production nationwide, and at the end of the day, there’s still China.

fiatlux423 · Aug 1, 2018 at 7:28 am

I bought some reusable straws also. For some people they’re still not a viable option. They’re not sterile for one thing and can be hard to clean. Mine are metal and that’s not safe for some people.

Kelly K · Aug 1, 2018 at 1:13 pm

Mine are metal too. They provided a ‘pipe cleaner’ type thing to use in between washes, and they can be put in the dishwasher. However, it’s really not working for me. I also don’t think they are getting clean enough 😳

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fiatlux423 · Jul 31, 2018 at 5:08 pm

I had to come back and plane react

tcr! tcr! · Jul 31, 2018 at 5:34 pm

I don’t see this airplane voodoo that you speak of.

fiatlux423 · Jul 31, 2018 at 6:08 pm

It is only for Android

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