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It's so hard to resist [Dec. 29th, 2010|10:18 pm]
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Regarding http://community.livejournal.com/davis_square/2469386.html?thread=28411402#t28411402
which discusses the Citywide sidewalk shovelling contest, and how he hopes that sidewalks cleared with snowblowers should be out of the running because they use fossil fuel to run the snowblower.

I wonder how his home is heated? Does he use wood? Or (shudder) oil or gas? If it's an electric house, what powers the power plant....a gerbil? Was the power plant built by hand, or was a single backhoe/crane/powerdrill used to screw in one screw of the power plant? If he uses wood, how does he ensure that the trees used for his wood were cut down with an axe (made personally by a blacksmith who cut down the tree themself for the handle, and used a wood fired forge to fashion the axe head?). Then, the tree should be cut into logs by a handsaw (not a chainsaw) then split the way Abe Lincoln split wood, with an axe and not a power splitter? Are you sure that the handsaw/axe used to make his own axe were never touched by machinery?

Until he can prove that he is wearing handspun clothing made on a loom, where the equipment (loom and spinning wheel) were all hand crafted, he should keep quiet. Then he should also prove that the sheep for his clothing was never kept in a heated building nor fed with anything that was ever touched by any machinery, and the linen and cotton for his undies grown by hand, with no mechanized items (such as plow, harvester, irrigation, etc) to grow the crops were utilized.

Prove all that mister, then you can omit snowplowed sidewalks from the danged contest.

[User Picture]From: sparkgrrl658
2010-12-30 03:31 am (UTC)
to be fair, given that this is sponsored by green streets, it does make some sense. however, for me, the incentive behind this in particular is simply to have sidewalks be maintained especially in the winter. and i don't care how it's done. especially because for some people i'm sure using a snowblower is easier than shoveling, which can be really physically taxing, obviously, and it would be unfair imo to exclude people for that reason to say the least.
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[User Picture]From: belladonna
2010-12-30 04:01 am (UTC)
Agreed. I can sort of see the point, what with Green Streets' mission, but I could do without the condescending tone and, yeah, I don't give a good goddamn how a sidewalk gets cleared as long as I can walk down it without crossing the street 5 times to get to a clear section and without cracking my skull open.
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