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Re: “The Problems With Bioplastics

I am involved in a project to introduce 100% compostable produce packaging in the coming months. We have spent considerable time attempting to understand what is possible and where the "state of the nation" is today on compostable vs. recyclable vs. everything goes to the landfill...
We have decided to stay in wood based packaging - non-P-Fas fiber trays and flow wrap built from cellulose. The cost is considerable vs. plastic.. more than 28% higher packaging cost vs. plastic...
Will the public care... will they step up and support??

Posted by Fair Earth Farms on 12/08/2019 at 8:59 AM

Re: “The Time to Fight Coal in Oakland Is Now

So important for everyone in the bay area to understand this issue. We need to put the health and wellbeing of our communities above the profits of a few greedy coal executives

Posted by Michael Bakal on 12/07/2019 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Oakland Coal’s Wheel of Influence

Give it back to the Hunkpapa and the other Lakota tribes...the Army base is our stole our Black Hills Gold, I am here to take it back, one casino token at a might want to test that coal for radioactivity; the coal I know has extreme deadly radiation and was used for nuclear weapons. The danger is in the radon that will combine chemically with all the diesel exhaust, using that as a vector to travel even farther, the traffic will spread the radon through the city...breathing high concentrations of radon is deadly

Posted by Harold One Feather on 12/05/2019 at 11:31 PM

Re: “The Time to Fight Coal in Oakland Is Now

Although the writer did not bring up the fraudulent carbon dioxide sequestration argument, it is important for readers to understand the sources and meaning of that propaganda by the coal industry. There are three main routes proposed to tie up carbon dioxide that is being produced in prodigious quantities by burning coal and other fossil fuels.
1. React it with lime (calcium oxide)
2. React it with amines.
3. Store it in underground caverns.
Here are the realities:
1. There is no calcium oxide minerals that have not already reacted with carbon dioxide to form calcium carbonate. These take the form of chalk, limestone minerals and marble for example. In order to turn these into calcium oxide, they must be heated white hot by burning even more fuel which releases their carbon dioxide into the air. Then the cooled calcium oxide can react with new carbon dioxide. I assume the stupidity of this plan is obvious to all.
2. Amines cost lots of money. Ethylamine is over $1 per kilogram. How much money would it take to buy enough of this chemical to tie up a billion tons a month of carbon dioxide, which is probably many thousands times current production. More than you want to spend I'm sure.
3. Caverns. There are no such giant caverns all around the world that can be guaranteed not to leak. In order to get enough carbon dioxide in one of them, the pressure needs to be raised to several atmospheres. How do you prevent any cover from not just blowing up? You don't know? Neither does anyone else.
For every year that a gullible public (including politicians who should know better) allows coal to be burned based on these phony arguments, the industry makes billions of dollars in profit. For a few million dollars in research support to make their phony stories sound reasonable, the industry banks billions every year. What a great investment for them. Don't fall for it!

Posted by Zerowaster on 12/05/2019 at 4:52 PM

Re: “The Time to Fight Coal in Oakland Is Now


Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 12/05/2019 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

and my final word is that for the Piedmont USD to be so highly self-sufficient, depending solely on taxes and fund raising to provide education for the community, such a great ideal to have reached, but overall there are no policies and procedures, no standards...I worked at night so no one would tell us anything...I came from a Native American Reservation, I expecting to see standards of excellence, that the education process would be utterly was unprofessional, mostly friendly, not too stern and this is what results, overworked janitors; teachers being supervisors especially librarians, injured workers having no choice but to work (I still love Piedmont, and give my loyalty so it grieves to have to have written this as I knew I would have to eventually...) for being highly paid professionals, there is absolutely no school within District knows that my work will never be exceeded that I place cleanliness as paramount to providing a positive, distraction free learning environment...the "New Albany" clique has to be broken up...either that go charter school to regain that professionalism instead of that coddling behavior substituting for leadership...they avoided me because I was pointing out broken stuff and was trying to fix stuff that was broken.
My testimony in support of Mr. Ken Mockel...

Posted by Harold One Feather on 12/05/2019 at 2:02 PM

Re: “California Considers Yet Another Label Requirement for Cannabis

Dude, don't bogart the meatloaf!

Posted by Mike Elwin on 12/05/2019 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Oakland Coal’s Wheel of Influence


Posted by Paul Merr on 12/05/2019 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

Randall Booker and his merry Staff of thugs have to go...before his administration, there was never any issues that weren't this insane where you have janitors actually pointing their failing as administrators, you cannot keep throwing money that doesn't belong as your failures...he is RACIST...if I can find a lawyer to take on Piedmont...hahahahahahaha you are next have to be straightened out, the Southern Planation slavery model failed in the Civil War, why are you instituting in a school district, that you don't belong to, you just work there, you probably won't anymore...and another thing...I see wrong with the school district...the lack of computer programming and related technology are being deprived from the students as that money is all squirreled into administrative salaries....
PIEDMONT MUST GO CHARTER SCHOOL WHILE IT STILL CAN and KICK OUT ALL THE HALF A$$ Teachers in the know who you are...can't use even program a computer, you need to go...

Posted by Harold One Feather on 12/05/2019 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Harris Pulls the Plug on Presidential Campaign

As for Harris running her campaign with integrity. Sure. OK. Right. Uh huh. Her campaign, that began with her rude "look at me" third rate performance in the Kavanaugh hearings, NEVER was run with integrity. Consider who this woman is, if you can. There is no place for her in presidential politics or the White House. She is damn lucky she made it to the Senate. Harris is pretty much a nothing burger who has ambled her way up the slimy political ladder and is way over her level of competence already.

Posted by Ken White on 12/05/2019 at 6:19 AM

Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

I'll witness to all the arbitrary decision-making as well...administration and teaching sometimes thought they were i said I was so overworked and was also suffering extreme pain from pinched nerve from a bad fall on campus...I had a librarian decide to become the lunch lady and allowed eating in the library...the student fed snacks and food to the printers, hid books so they rotted, stenching up the place...I said you are overworking me, i said this to administration..they are eating everywhere...stinking up the place...remember the 10's building (serious safety issues there, that one room that one english challenged janitor messed up badly, smelled like old bandage and old cast and the students had to suffer than room..I remarked to administration to change the carpet...but.....

Posted by Harold One Feather on 12/04/2019 at 11:06 PM

Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

I forgot to add I worked at Wildwood for several years as a substitute and Classified staff until I was promoted up and out to the Middle School....I remember this one time, I found a teacher's keys...and in front of Principal Cramer and the main secretary, the teacher really hugged me, thanking me profusely..she lost them in an odd spot..she never did hug me again like I said there are no policies and procedures describing staff relationships with each other, with the public and with the students...I read Ponoma Custodial Handbook which described all those situations and how to deal with them...they like stink school though...

Posted by Harold One Feather on 12/04/2019 at 10:28 PM

Re: “Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

I was used to work as PHS Assistant Custodian two years ago, but suffered extreme workplace accident and was thrown under the bus by PHS Principal Booker and HR Randlett...they could have put me on disability, instead they extincted me out, two years in workers comp claim...wish me luck...they could have hired me as head custodian and most of these issues would be subsumed into a rigid training schedule that we were discussing(head custodian and I)...we thought I was going to get hired...evidently they don't like Native Americans...
the Reason why this controversies is because we had no formal training on interactions with the student, staff and public...I have years and years of experience with lousy teachers that end up on our reservation and fail their trust responsibilities to the students and school...I tried to suggest that we copy Ponoma Unified School District Custodian Handbook which described all these issues that always result in controversy...however I pointed out during vaping incident in the lower 30s' that resulted the hiring more psychologists and counselors, I said the reason why the students vape in that restroom, not anywhere else in the campus, is because it was very stinky so they use the vape to mask the stench (in fact, most of the school is stench...I tried my hardest to keep as much of the campus clean as possible, I know my leaving was smelt dearly by staff and students that were in my area{I cleaned my restrooms daily so clean that students would always thank me}), as it was improperly maintained as the head custodian retired, he'd kept it clean and we didn't have any extra substitutes, because upper management had issues with the former PHS head custodian...we were overworked...they owe us, the other night janitor and I for the work...
my point is for all the money spent on salaries, there is very little contact with the administration and staff...only when controversies arise...therefore all the issues that are being experienced and suffered by Mr. Mockel who I know very well, has been thrown under the bus by administration's failure to deal with the elephant in the room...
No formal policies and procedures, just given a broom and let go...

Posted by Harold One Feather on 12/04/2019 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Oakland Coal’s Wheel of Influence

At the end of the day, it appears from this article that the only Oakland persons with integrity on this coal issue are Margaret Gordon and Marshawn Lynch. McConnell, Bridges, Benjamin, Abrahms and Tagami all seem more than willing to trade their integrity for money. This is the ugly truth of politics whether it is local or national. It is an unfortunate reflection of the current state of the national culture. People like the ones named above have influenced decision makers inside Oakland City Hall for at least the last 20 years. Their time is up and I am glad to see the new City Council members continue to draw a line in the sand when it comes to this coal issue. The short and long term health and safety of citizens in West Oakland is way more important than the dirty money opportunity for this caste of characters.

Posted by GPatton on 12/04/2019 at 6:47 AM

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