Monday Melee 4/02

April 2, 2007 at 7:05 am 3 comments

meleesmall.jpgThe Monday Melee is a Fracas project. You’re invited to participate. Get details and see the participant list here.

The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
Cutthroat competition. Don’t get me wrong: I think competition is often beneficial, and it has certainly been at the root of quite of lot of innovation and progress. What I object to is the practice of winning by ruthless and unjust means; e.g., stepping on, defaming, using, stealing from, scheming against, and otherwise abusing others in order to come out on top. I would prefer to see people compete and achieve success in positive ways.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
Once again, the President wants to put a person with clear industry allegiances in charge of a government body intended to safeguard the public interest. On March 1, 2007, Bush nominated Michael Baroody as chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Baroody is a senior executive with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), a trade group that regularly opposes product safety regulation and pollution prevention laws. NAM has gone so far as to call for weakening the CPSC, an organization that exists to keep manufacturers from selling products that put us and our families at risk. During his tenure at NAM, Baroody has led opposition to laws that protect children and the public from unsafe products and toxic health threats. source: Organic Consumers Association

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
Clutter. It’s annoying and hard to tame.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
Our local food bank distributed over 21 million pounds of food last year to needy families and individuals.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
‘Dependable’ is my middle name. Well, not literally, although it would have demonstrated uncanny perception and a keen sense of humor on my parents’ part. I can always be counted on to follow through on commitments and to get things done in a competent and timely fashion.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
Feasible, affordable, long-term alternative energy solutions available to everyone, the world over, right now.


Entry filed under: activism, behavior, charity, environment, government, health, monday melee, philanthropy.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Bice  |  April 2, 2007 at 10:06 am

    If that last one were ever to became a reality business would find a way to monetize it and government would find a way to regulate it to the point that it would likely end up neither economical nor feasible to make it available to anyone but those who absolutely DON’T need it.

  • 2. Nicola  |  April 2, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    As usual I agree with most of these ………..

    Bice makes a very real point about making any feasible solutions instantly infeasible by taxing them and regulating them.

    ( Just call me Mrs Clutter! )

  • 3. icedmocha  |  April 4, 2007 at 10:07 am

    Hmmm. True enough. I suppose that’s why this item is referred to as “The Make-Believe.” 🙂


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