Saturday, July 19, 2008

They're here

Weekend Edition Saturday, July 19, 2008 · In northern California, organized crews of poachers are raiding residential recycling bins and are sometimes threatening homeowners who get in the way. Authorities in the Bay Area say it's a sign of the sour economic times, but it's costing cities plenty. San Francisco alone estimates it's losing $500-thousand a year to recycling bandits. NPR's Richard Gonzales reports. (4:10) NPR

If it's a sign, well, how about reading the sign. Why "poachers"?

No poets, no entrepreneurs, no ragpickers, no priests, no judges, no lawgivers, no soliders, no mothers.

Marching lockstep with the general degradation of value, (yesterday's NYT had a front page video ad for iphone starring david pogue) NPR is more consumer spectacle, more Night of the living dead, than journalism. Especially All Things Considered and Scott Simon.

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Blogger fpaynter said...

Famous author, Presidential candidate, expatriate and clothing designer Eldridge Cleaver had come to that in the eighties in Berkeley. During that period there was a time I almost found myself in the same business. Happily each of us rebounded as the Reagan recession wore down. I'd rather be called a junk picker or a bum than a poacher.

7/21/2008 11:51 PM  
Blogger Tom Matrullo said...

It was an established custom in NY to wander around at night and discover treasures on the sidewalks. It was understood that these things were there for others to pick up, but if no one did, the professionals would, and it would end as landfill. So it was a completely organic system of recycling.

Poachers capture and kill live animals that "belong to" someone who owns the land those animals had the mischance to inhabit.

Any common denominator here?

7/22/2008 12:01 AM  
Blogger fpaynter said...

We have this statement from Waste Management, Incorporated:

Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the Company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The Company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America.

The Company is aware of an increase in recyclable household aluminum poaching activities in many large cities, and -- in cooperation with law enforcement -- our general counsel's office has developed a program to protect the Company's exclusive license to collect and recycle or otherwise dispose of the communities' waste.

As a first step in the Company's vigorous protection of this exclusive right, and in order to bring the malefactors to justice, the Company hereby offers a reward of ten pounds sterling for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of that notorious poacher of the King's Empties, Robert, Earl of Huntington, yclept "Robin Hood."

7/22/2008 10:07 AM  
Blogger Tom Matrullo said...

I cannot imagine a more perfect comment.

7/22/2008 7:31 PM  
Blogger Tom Matrullo said...

Maybe the blogcouncil should weigh in on this. It seems weighty enough, they.

7/22/2008 7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A "blogcouncil!" Who knew? Sadly there is a gap in the member logo display right between WalMart and Wells Fargo Bank. The green and black Waste Management symbol would fit perfectly (and alphabetically) there. But for right now, I doubt that the blogcouncil can help them because they haven't paid their dues.

7/23/2008 11:43 PM  

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