Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ye of little faith


I understand now. The financial meltdown had nothing to do with toxic assets or wanton greed and mismanagement. No,it’s just some of our finer financial institutions were too focused on engineering innovative strategies for saving the planet.

Let's not engage in name calling and finger pointing, they plead. How can we all work together to make a difference? War is not the answer; but envelopes are. If John Muir were alive, he'd tell you to switch to online banking.

For years, multi-billion dollar companies have quietly gone about the business of repairing old growth forests and rescuing endangered species. Remember what we learned in the old Chevron ad? Oil companies weren’t ditching broken pipes and junk in the wilderness to save the expense of trucking it out. No, they were providing shelter for the little lost foxes. “Do people care? People do.”

Ever since, I've been ecologically aware enough to leave the broken, the collapsed, the useless, laying around my backyard. That’s not a piece of crap, that’s a habitat.

Do people care? Neighbors do.

33 comments:

Petrea Burchard said...

I saw this earlier and didn't comment, wanted someone else to start. I'm so outraged at the CORPORATIONS in general. Thank you for finding something witty (and biting) to say when all I can think to do is bite.

Tash said...

So good to know that you've seen the light and now we can too. And since my tiny back patio is fully enclosed - the neighbors don't give a dam_ either.
Ciao bella.

bandit said...

Glad you're making a difference!

wv: ah, never mind, it's a stretch.

Anonymous said...

One of the oil companies said they jettisoned some of their wasted junk into the ocean to help rebuild the coral reef. Yean, they really said that.

JJ

WV: Fangran

Paula said...

BP: "Liar liar, the Gulf on fire."

Linda said...

Well I'll be danged.....that junk in my yard.....now it's taken on a whole new meaning.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I may be forced to view the remains of my retaining wall in the same way. The We-Haul-You-Pay fellas want 350.00 to take it away.

I'm thinking at those prices, a Black Widow habitat is sounding rather philanthropic.

Me said...

Bravo

Birdman said...

Hahahaha! Funny, yes a sad commentary on our times.

Bellis said...

The marketing manager who came up with the message on that envelope earned himself a two million dollar bonus, which he invested in a property company building a McMansion estate in Las Tunas canyon.

Paula said...

PS That stuff in your backyard? It's called hardscape.

altadenahiker said...

You guys are rahtha brilliant. I wonder how they spun the Exxon Valdez? Hmm...

Trish said...

yeah, now if we could only wrangle the tax "benefits" of disposing of our crap in public places the way these co's do, we'd be golden.

Paula---amen!

@PA...so, 2 pieces of the wall in the trash you already pay to take away each week for the next year would "help the environment incorporate the wall in a dispersement fashion" within a year.

or, just leave a piece of it on everyone's front door step tomorrow and suggest the Bunny was a day late and a dollar short to bring eggs! ;-)

Or, you could just do as my grandmother-in-law used to--repurpose anything into a planter box---put pretty pansies in it and viola, pretty!

Vanda said...

Oh I got it! The junk on my balcony is a wildlife habitat. I'm pretty sure it's providing shelter to several species of spiders.

Susan Campisi said...

Hail to the Corporations! Why should they have to pay taxes when they're saving the planet?

Tony Van Helsing said...

Nice to see you are doing your bit.

Petrea Burchard said...

Susan, you are so right. And here I've been wasting my mad on these...entities.

Laurie said...

Exxon was returning fossilized dinosaurs to thief sacred burial grounds in the name of culturally-aware, extinct species respect, right? Don't I have a tote bag somewhere with that on it?

You are brilliant, KB.

camissonia said...

What's in a name? One person's backyard junk pile (and we all have one) could also be a Western Fence Lizard's deeluxe apartment in the sky...

Petrea Burchard said...

We cleaned out our garage today in honor of BP. In honor of Wall Street, we won't be taking a vacation this year (just like last year!).

altadenahiker said...

Ah yes, tote bags. The symbols of corporations, caring. That's a particular favorite of mine.

Carolynn said...

If I didn't dislike politicians so much, I'd suggest you run for office. You would certainly give the other guys a run for their money.

Shell Sherree said...

You could try spraying everything with low VOC white paint and planting all orifices with something flowery. The Shabby Chic Eco-Camouflage Technique.

Devon Ellington said...

Well done! Love the tone.

Until individuals stop hiding behind "corporations", nothing will change. The individual within the corporation must be accountable. If you do something you know is wrong due to "company policy", you are still at fault -- have the guts to refuse the policy or change it. If you don't know enough to recognize unethical behavior when you see it, you should not be in a position to make decisions that affect other people's lives.

I'm using "you" meaning the unethical corporate individual, not "you" as Altadena Hiker!

altadenahiker said...

Oh, thanks. You had me scared for a second; thought I should find something to confess.

(You're right. But it takes a lot of guts to defy one's tribe.)

Ken Mac said...

the new Chevron is delivered via a working Joe and a plainspoken female scientist. They're all working together to lower gas prices, save celery, bring about a reunion of the Beatles,and find the Holy Grail. Now get back work

Anonymous said...

Ken Mac is right. I need to watch more TV.

Patrizzi Intergarlictica said...

Cheesus riced.

Birdman said...

Around here a snowmobile on the front lawn... is a lawn ornament.

Margaret said...

Always so clever, you.

Banjo52 said...

"That’s not a piece of crap, that’s a habitat." Love it. This is fairly biting, but I can't even be this light about the Wall St. dudes.
(I SWEAR I hadn't read Petrea when I wrote that).

(And how did you slip this by me? I check here pretty much every day.)

Pat Tillett said...

Good fences make good (and caring) neighbors.
I understand the need for corporations, I just think they've lost their way. Now it's maximizng profits by any means necessary, with no thought for the employees who actually do the work.

Cafe Pasadena said...

I've always thot that if you can cut & paste, anyone can make a difference.