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H.O.W. Wasting Food Is LIke Stealing From the Poor: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on August 12, 2014

From Rome

On June 5th Pope Francis denounced consumerism and what he called the “culture of waste” of modern economies, especially with regards to food. During his weekly speech he said: “Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry.”

His speech came on the day that the United Nations launched an anti-food waste campaign. According to the UN, 1.3 billion tons of food, about one-third of the world’s production, are wasted or lost every year. In the United States, 30% of all food is thrown away each year.

Pope Francis went on to say that consumerism has “dulled the moral sense of humanity to the point that when some homeless people die of cold on the streets, it is not news. In contrast, a 10-point drop on the stock markets of some cities is a tragedy.”

Right on, Pope! High five, Dude!

Dulled the moral sense of humanity…..

Indeed!

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From Olympia

Perhaps I’ll start my rant by saying I am not a huge supporter of Pope Francis. I’m not a detractor either; I simply don’t care one way of another about the Catholic pope or for that matter the Catholic Church. I could be snippy and point out that some of the largest land owners in the world are Catholic parishes, and I could be doubly snippy and point out that the Pope doesn’t exactly live a Spartan lifestyle, but that would be missing the main point of this article.

“Consumerism has dulled the moral sense of humanity.” I challenge anyone to argue against that point.

We as a society bitch and moan about major corporations and their lack of social conscience, but we miss the central point, namely that major corporations are major because we, the consumer, made them that way.

Since the Industrial Revolution, when an agrarian society was transformed into an industrial society, our collective urge to buy has far outdistanced our collective urge to be compassionate. We work, we buy, we save a pittance, and then we get up the next morning and do it again. We are bombarded by commercials claiming that our lives will be fulfilled if we buy the latest gadget, so we hock the house and mortgage our children’s future so we can have just a bit more convenience.

Color that hair, flatten that tummy, bring zest back to that aged sex life and trade-in for newer and bigger and hey, if you don’t have the cash then use that plastic, baby!

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Dumster diving anyone?

A New Love Affair

Where once we were in love with the purity of living, we now prostrate ourselves in adoration to the almighty dollar sign, and self-worth seems to be dependent upon the amount of possessions we can gather.

We are the new Roman Empire, but rather than feed the Christians to the lions, today we feed the poor to the bulls of Wall Street and pray to whatever God we believe in that we are not the next entrée. We worship the Kardashians and live vicariously through “reality” television and then complain when we find out that their reality is light years removed from ours.

We step over the homeless as we search for the next great sale, and when the red light sales have ended we say a silent prayer that our Visa once again provided a boost to our self-esteem.

Stop!

Breathe!

Reflect!

The moral sense of humanity…do we even know what that means?

Let me pose a very simple question. Is the life of a human being worth more, or less, than the profit margin of a corporation?

You see, I happen to believe that Pope Francis was being accurate and brutally honest in his assessment. There are homeless dying daily in the major cities of the world and yet they go unnoticed. There are children abused daily in the major cities of the world and yet, once again, they are ignored…..and yet, a ten point drop in the stock market is world news and in fact a source of mourning for many.

How did we manage, as a society, to lose our way so badly?

I know for a fact that if I were given five minutes of airtime on NBC, and I talked about this topic, that most people would agree with me, and then they would go right out and continue their current lifestyles which, in fact, continue this insanity.

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The Blame Game

We have allowed the governments of the world to strip us of our rights. We have allowed the corporations to grow fat and happy off of our sweat and blood. We know the truth, and the truth frightens us, and that fear looks for a scapegoat, and goodness gracious the scapegoats are easy to find. It must be those damned minorities. It must be the unemployed. It must be the politicians and it must be the gay Liberal degenerates or the gun-toting Conservative warmongers, but not once do we look in the mirror and see the truth.

We go to the polls and we vote for the lesser of evils, and whatever hope we may have had prior to election day is quickly squashed the day after.

And so it goes.

Allow me to revisit an old saying by one of my favorite politicians: The buck stops here!

We have nobody to blame but ourselves for our current Age of Degeneracy. We are, in fact, the driving force behind the moral sense of humanity being dulled. Either we are part of this insane consumerism or we are not a part but we have remained silent. The only thing I would add to Pope Francis’s words are that complacency and apathy are equal contributors to this return to demorilazation.

Is it really possible that people can go through life repeating the mantra “if it isn’t happening to me then it isn’t happening?” As long as I’m not homeless then homelessness must not exist. As long as my child isn’t sold into sex trafficking then sex trafficking is a myth. As long as I have food to waste then there is no hunger in the world.

Is that really possible? Are there people so diluted as to believe that, or are they simply callous and uncaring….or….are they so afraid that it could happen to them that they refuse to acknowledge that there is any problem at all? I suspect that may well be the case. Like a little child squeezing their eyes shut in hopes that the Boogy Man will go away, millions of people have developed select blindness so that their own personal fears will be alleviated.

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A Moment with Bill....I Cry

Reality Is a Bitter Pill to Take

And my bitter pill is realizing that this article will have little effect on the world and its problems. No matter how much I rant and rave, very little will change. No matter how aware I am of our societal problems and not matter how many windmills I topple, the twin-headed monsters of complacency and apathy will continue to feed upon the souls of my countrymen and women.

So I should just quit, right? I should just join the numb and insensitive and blithely go about my day as though nothing were wrong.

Sorry, I can’t do that.

H.O.W. are things going to change? They will change when a small group of determined people stand up and declare that humanness is nothing to be ashamed of. They will change when people like you and me band together and make change happen. They will change when love overcomes greed.

Several months ago I was approached by a staff member of HubPages. She politely suggested that I should not put the H.O.W. acronym in my article titles because they had no SEO value and thus would cut down on my views. I was impressed at the time with her professionalism and the caring manner in which she contacted me about that matter, but I have had some time to reflect and now I have a different perspective.

I simply don’t care about SEO and keywords any longer. What I care about is Humanity One World, and spreading the message of making a difference in this world. I don’t care if HubPages thinks that H.O.W. is not worthy of their site…..I know that H.O.W. is worthy of any caring human being with a conscience.

HubPages should be embracing H.O.W. and encouraging writers to stand up and make a difference instead of wallowing in the shadows sending disparaging comments about profit margin and bottom line. Come to think of it, HubPages should be supportive of writers…it is, after all, a writer’s site…rather than be supportive of some corporate entity that produces templates rather than encourages good writing.

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So I Will Continue

It is Friday morning, the 14th day of June, 2013. It is the first day of a new era, an era of love and empathy. It is the day that a new moral sense of humanity was born.

Yes, I know it is a huge undertaking, but I also know that huge undertakings are nothing if we are determined enough.

Today we move forward. Today we pick up the sword and begin slaying the dragons. Today we spit in the eye of apathy and we demand that others care. Today we become, once again, human beings!

H.O.W. will we make it happen?

Love, baby, love!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine

      Bill, I would love to began doing some pieces for H.O.W. I have always been aware of the reality of the consequences of what humanity is doing to this world and each other, but it wasn't until January 7, 2011 when my view on the world, myself, humanity, and the future changed in one second: the second I saw a positive sign on a pregnancy test. I created and brought into this place a child, a little human that I must now teach all the things we have done and how they need to be undone to the best of our ability to assure that this planet can even sustain life for even a few hundred years. We are on a rocking boat and I wish more people would see that.

      Sigh... the pope... I shouldn't say anything, but I cannot take seriously the words of a man adorned in gold, telling me not to waste. But that is a whole other universe of thoughts.

      Waste is a daily frustration for me. I hate wasting food. I work at a hotel and have to waste constantly, and the things I do try to recycle end up getting thrown out by someone else. I stack up boxes and then happen to look out the window and see the hosueman just dumping them in the trash. The level of aggravation and sadness I feel when I see the things that people just use once and throw away, the amount of linen that gets washed daily, the unused soaps and shammpoos.... Ugh. My fellow humans, I want to shake you and say wake up!!!!

      Please don't stop what you are doing. Someday, the things you talk about will be important, and SEO's will be nonexistant. Where there will be no internet, there will only be love. But, like the Beatles said "Love is all you need" = ) Bless you Bill and have a wonderful day!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bravo my friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, it's ironic to me that you post this hub today. Tomorrow is the day the Perspectives Team posts June's theme. Many of the points you bring up in this hub are addressed in my June Perspective on Beauty. Interesting.....

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eric!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, great minds think alike, or is that mediocre minds just get lucky??? LOL I never know how that saying goes.

      Thank you my dear.....it's a theme I keep pounding away at and hope someone is listening.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Elizabeth, it's good to see you. I hope you have been well.

      Regarding the Pope, this falls under the category of "don't shoot the messenger and lose the message." I can't stand the Catholic Church and its hypocrisy, but this message was too good to ignore.

      As for raising children in this world, if I had a young one I would be a stark-raving mad fanatic about change....this society is in big trouble and many don't want to hear it....the old ostrich head in the sand routine.

      Anyway, I will keep writing about this and keep tilting windmills in hopes that change happens eventually.

      Thank you always.

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      bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine

      I am stark raving mad about change. I get teased allthe time for getting upset about food or people not recycling. I don't get it ?

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is such a tragic truth. We went out to an Asian restaurant to eat last Sunday, buffet style, people weighing 2 and 3 hundred lbs. piling their plates so high, going back for seconds and thirds, then leaving food on their plates because they were so stuffed. The waitress dumped it all into the garbage. So many people and animals could be fed from people's waste. I feed birds and my little squirrel daily, i don't use my garbage disposal. I must say that i feel the same about any church owning wealth while people are starving. I agree with your rant on several opinions..Rant on my friend........

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh love right back to you and so happy that H.O.W. is living on. I have no doubt with you as our leader we will succeed and thrive. Thank you Bill again for caring and doing all you do. Hope you are having a wonderful Friday now and also a great weekend again!! :)

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      Old Poolman 3 years ago

      Bill, we have a battle raging between common sense and laws that is totally ridiculous.

      One of my daughters works in management for a large well known restaurant chain. Every night at closing time, pans of pre-cooked food that was not used go into the dumpster. Now this is food that just minutes ago would have been on a plate costing the patron $15.95 for his or her meal.

      At one time, people from the local homeless shelters would arrive at closing time to pick up this leftover food. Then it was deemed by the local board of health that this food was unfit for human consumption and needs to be dumped.

      Grocery stores throw away tons of produce that just isn't "pretty" enough to sell anymore. Perfectly good food, just not pretty enough to entice one to get those hard earned bucks out of their wallet.

      It is my opinion that as long as there is even one hungry person, throwing this food in the dumpster is criminal. But the Board of Health knows better. They would much rather see someone starve to death than eat a salad with a few brown edges on the lettuce.

      If we were to pile all the food that is thrown away daily by restaurants and grocery stores, it would look like a small mountain. Yet these homeless shelters need to constantly beg for money to feed the less fortunate among us.

      I was blessed with logical thought processes, and this waste defies all logic. My mind just won't accept this is happening.

      Keep in mind I am not taking about garbage that belongs in the dumpster, but only the good food that is wasted.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I just viewed a powerful video on how much we Americans are big consumers of a lot of food, yet we waste just as much edible food as we consume! It was a very disturbing video at the large amounts of good food just being thrown away, when there hungry people, children right here in America. Yes, although a lot can get food stamps, etc., there are children starving in the streets of America, and this just should not be the case! I believe not one person should go hungry and that all should have food to eat, there is no reason why this cannot be so.

      Excellent hub!

      I have a H.O.W. hub ready to be published shortly :)

      Hugs and love, love, love . . . all others, Faith Reaper

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Now, this is what the world needs to hear. You are a man brave enough to point out the hypocrisy staring us in the face.

      You tell it like it is, Bill!! Great job.

      And, when you have some time, check out the salaries of some of the charity big wigs. It will turn your stomach.

      We give to charities thinking it goes to those in need. Well, think again, people.

      BTW, I have not gone away--just having some computer issues. Although, if HP keeps downgrading my entries, I won't

      have much left.

      Great post, Bill.

      DJ.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      You have started in hopes that others might follow. I believe many will. We have reached the end of the rainbow and there's no pot of gold!! It is sadness and poverty, and all the things society has closed it eyes to. In England back in the 1800s, there was extreme poverty and acceptance of a pitiful way of life....are we moving backwards to that time or ahead to a new vision? The tenements are gone, poverty should not be a way of life for anyone and you are right, it is now that we begin HOW!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I know the government records everything I do and say, but sometimes I swear you're in my head! It freaks me out.

      The blame game is all the rage today. You see it on facebook all the time: this person or that hurt me and doesn't deserve my attention, the government blah blah blah, corporations manipulate us and don't care, and on and on. Stop concentrating on what you can't control and focus on what you can control: yourself! Stop blaming others for the fact that you don't have any money, then spend $150/month on your cellphone bill. I mean, of course corporations are greedy and the govt. is corrupt, but sitting here and complaining about it without making changes in your own life isn't going to help matters. New video game consoles are coming out within the next couple of months. Let's see how many people run out and spend hundreds on the console and games, and think of how many of them complain about how they don't have enough money to pay their bills. If companies weren't making money hand over fist from we consumers, they wouldn't have a product to sell and we'd have more money in our pockets. If we didn't demand cheaper products, we'd have more jobs in America. And most people don't need to save a few cents here and there: they need to cut out huge expenses that they "need" in order to keep up with the Joneses. Did I just say "keep up with the Joneses"? I'm getting old.

      I think you wrote this because you hadn't read a Lizzy-rant in a while and you missed them. High five, BillyBaby!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Elizabeth, oh, I get it....complacency and apathy. Those two are plaguing this society...the Me Generation has a stranglehold on this country. :) Keep shouting from the rooftops my friend.

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      Lurana Brown 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Sobering and thought-provoking and such an important message!

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      JThomp42 3 years ago

      Awesome my friend!!

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      Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      It's sad that there is so much waste. It's not just with food, but it's with many other things as well... clothes and material things, money, and time. Unfortunately, we are a society of gluttons (not just of food). Until love fills the hearts of the human race, we will continue. The blinders need to come off. Until then, love and compassion will not fill the hearts of a society that can be of greatness to a world that is hurting. Continue with your message, Bill. Hopefully, your words will be the tool that someone needs to remove those blinders. ;)

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      First, I just want to say, I still love that poem!

      Consumerism often consumes us. I feel like I have a devil on one shoulder (I need, I want, I have to have) and an angel in the other ( I can make it myself, one for me, one to share I can do without it) It is sometimes a struggle.

      Great hub, important points. Thank you!

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bil, As with so many of your hubs, if not ALL.....I begin to read and immediately become seriously focused and my radar picks up on your every word....and the meanings/power, behind them. Always, interesting, enlightening and noteworthy, my head nods, "yes, yes," throughout.

      At his time, I'd just like to add that I'm grateful your hubs are not LONGER than they are. My neck is killing me!....UP+++

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      great write Bill... enough has been said before, to say it all.. food waste is the saddest of them all. now our govt... by passing the largest bill of all, the farm subsidy giveaway to all the big agribussinesses intended to keep on destoying the small farmers ..is just another example of the waste of govt.

      again great write and ..we do not write what the powers that be ..want us to write we write what we want .. .. big brother intrudes once again..! ha,ha,ha

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      CMHypno 3 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      I think that with most people it is the fear thing Bill - they are literally too scared to look at the problem. The financial crash should have been a wake up call, a big message from the universe that continued growth, spending and consumerism were just not sustainable.

      But it seems that both individuals and governments would rather try to frantically grapple their way back to how things used to be rather than create a new paradigm that works for everyone, without even waking up to the fact that we were all buying into a delusion.

      Every human on this planet is of equal value and it's about time we started honouring this. John Donne had it right in his poem 'Therefore, send not for whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.'

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I have seen the same scenarios played out hundreds of times in restaurants, and as a former member of the Catholic Church, I have seen the side of them they would prefer others not see.....things need to change, Ruby, and change soon. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! This is my calling...to write and to stir things up for those who have no voice. I appreciate your kind words my friend. Enjoy your weekend and give those two girls a big hug.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, I have the same type of mind and for the life of me I cannot find a justification for the stupidity of governments. It's as though they are determined not to do the logical and right thing for people.

      I wrote an article awhile back about some woman who provided free lunches to street kids who could not afford to eat, and the city of Philadelphia shut down her operation because she did not meet health standards. I have no words for that kind of bureaucratic stupidity.

      Thanks, buddy, it's always good to hear you weigh in on this stuff.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, obviously, not one person would go hungry if logic and compassion ruled the day. How can this continue and worse yet, why aren't people incensed over it?

      I don't get it, Faith!

      I look forward to your new article, and thank you for caring so much.

      blessings always,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I don't know what's going on with HP, but people are leaving in droves. I am very disappointed in HP, and the only reason I am here is because of people like you, the friendships I have made....you are all my dear friends and I look forward to spending time with you all.

      Thank you....and yes, organized charities are often times a joke.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, talk to those who live in England and they will tell you that their country seems to be reverting back to the 1800's in the way the poor and middle class are treated. Can a major revolution be far behind when so many suffer? I think not!

      Thank you and I'll keep shouting the truth and pushing H.O.W. down the collective throats of society.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, that's exactly why I wrote this. LOL I have been much too tame lately and you have had nothing to rant about, and quite frankly I felt bad. :)

      All you say is true. I am tired of people complaining....get off your asses and make changes or shut up. It's as simple as that. Yes, I heard about the new game consoles coming out...my son wants one...and he will probably buy one. Mind you he barely has enough money for food, but that won't stop him from feeding the coffers of Nintendo.

      Idiocy!

      love ya, Dunedin

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, it is an important message, for all of us, and I thank you for taking the time to read my rant.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeff, thank you...I know you get it!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Abby, nicely stated. A society wearing blinders is a great analogy. Hide our sight so that we do not have to see the truth, and quite frankly I have lost all patience with this apathy and complacency.

      Thanks for stopping by my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, you are just being honest, and I will always respect honesty. There is more each one of us can do, and it starts with awareness, and you, my friend, are aware. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Paula, I ran a little over on the word count and I'm sorry; be happy because I could have gone on for another 1000 words. :) Thank you....I've been given a voice and I aim to use it to raise awareness and demand change. :)

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, great mention about the farm subsidy bill....what we are doing to family farmers is criminal, and what we allow Monsanto and other companies like them to get away with is doubly criminal. When will it end my friend?

      Thanks for stopping by and for a great comment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      CM, great comment, and the use of Donne's words work perfectly. You are right...creating a new paradigm (great word by the way) requires foresight and courage, and those attributes are in short supply in this country. Until we do it, however, this will continue and only get worse.

      Thank you for a wonderful comment.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Billy,

      It seems like every article you write, I think 'oh this is one of my biggest complaints'... but you just might've really found it today. The entire concept behind this article infuriates me and that's putting it lightly. I wish hardship on no one, but sometimes wish everyone had to go a day or two without eating at some point in their life. Too many people don't care because they don't know what it's like to be hungry, truly hungry.

      Keep screaming... someone's bound to hear you!

      Cat

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, we can only hope, right? I mean, otherwise, I am one of the great time wasters on the planet. :)

      I appreciate you my friend. Have a great weekend.

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      Mark G Weller 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Right on Bill. This is an excellent article and totally, 100% accurate in my opinion. We are responsible, each and every one of us!

      Mark

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mark. There is no doubt in my mind that you understand this message.

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from North America

      This is a major gripe. I also feel that waste is stealing.

      Right now I know 4 people that grocery shop weekly whether they need to do so or not, and throw away all the unopened food from the previous week. They think it makes them look "rich" to other people and they won't donate, but insist on trashing the food. Fortunately, our city allows only one trash collection can per household and a second one costs a lot of money; otherwise these people would be wasting even more food.

      A second good fortune is that the city forces residents to recycle in a receptical furnished each household; if many recyclables are found in the trash can, the city won't empty the can until contents are sorted - if the trash piles up then, the resident is fined. We have a lot less trash tossed than before the recycling program began.

      The city attempted to impose mandatory composting in the late 1990s, but that did legislation did not pass.

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      hulah cagen 3 years ago

      Yes, indeed food for thought on an important issue, billybuc.

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      I just got off the phone and I was talking about this very subject with my husband. My daughter was out with friends yesterday and she felt slighted by a couple of them. My husband wondered if it was because they lived in big McMansion and we live in a small two bedroom townhouse. I told him that if I could, I don't think that I would want to live in a big house even if I could afford it. I have been interested in the tiny house movement where many of the tiny houses are on wheels. When you're ready to move, you just move your home. Wouldn't it be great if when there was a hurricane, flood, or forest fire, you could just move your house. Couldn't do it with a McMansion. I think I would rather share and help others become sustainable rather than flaunt my affluence.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      Very thought-provoking hub. I honestly feel that so many of society's ills come down to a complete and utter lack of connection. It's easy not to care when you aren't really connected. And then we try to fill the space left by the lack of connection with stuff. But stuff will never be able to fill empty spaces, no matter how much of it we collect.

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      Good for you for standing up and trying to make a difference. I agree with the pope on the issue of food waste. It's a problem that has to be addressed, along with food packaging, highly processed and GMO foods, and the list goes on and on.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Patty! I would love to know why the mandatory composting law failed. Seems to make good sense...maybe that was the problem. LOL As for those people you know...shame on them and shame on others like them who seem to have lost touch with the bigger picture.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      hulah, thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      cygnetbrown, we have looked at the mini homes...in fact, I wrote a hub about them. They are intriguing and definitely something we are looking at in the future.

      Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      theluckywriter, I agree with you. This society continues to be less-connected daily. The internet is partly to blame, but so is consumerism and the need to have more and to fill an empty space inside. It is a no-win situation in my opinion. :) Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, it does go on and on and there seems to be no end in sight...and there won't be until people refuse to play this game any longer.

      Thank you, Deb, and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Another powerful hub my friend. Consumerism has been and continues to be a disease some find a cure for and others choose not to take the cure. The stats you provided with waste are incredibly real and something we all need to take stock of and start making a difference. My ideas have changed considerably and I have looked at so many ways to "cut down but not cut out" be it in homemade skin care, using ice cube trays to save ingredients or recycling containers it is all small ways we can help. Many thanks for keeping the H.O.W alive here in HP and beyond my friend!

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      Alexander Okelo 3 years ago

      That's totally true bill, people should only cook or buy what they can eat. There are too many people starving around the world to waste food.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carl, the numbers are staggering, not only of starving people but the amount of food that is wasted as well.

      Thank you for stopping by again and for caring.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, you walk your talk and it is one reason why I admire and respect you so much. Your hubs are all about saving money and being a responsible consumer. Bravo my friend!

      Have a great weekend.

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      Cynthia Lyerly 3 years ago from Georgia

      It's a fine line between consumer waste and being able to feed the world. I don't think the food I throw away would be safe to eat by the time we took it to Africa. They need to learn how to be capitalists themselves so they can feed themselves for a lifetime instead of living off the kindness of others. I personally think they would rather live that was as well.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sara, thanks for weighing in on this subject. I can't deny that the poor would rather feed themselves. How one goes about that in a starved nation without strong national leadership is another problem altogether. :)

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      I just woke up to hear Pope Billybuc, citing Mr Francis, saying : "Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry."

      I don't blame consumerism for that. Nothing happens without God's will. If there's anyone to blame, I would blame God who is Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient, and yet do nothing about it. Oooophhhhs, that's blasphemy! Let me retract my sentence and blame the fall guy, Mr Satan, instead.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Our "new love affair" makes it seem that our values are turned upside down. Our focus has shifted to our own detriment, because we are as strong as our weakest limb. Your positive is contagious, never mind you don't know all who are listening. You're making a huge difference! I'm also striving to do that.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter my friend, you keep joking around and you're going to hell. LOL I have it on good authority that God has no sense of humor at all. Ooooops! LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, I love the company, so you and I will keep doing our thing and hopefully we will make a difference. Thank you my friend and have a wonderful weekend.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      Hubpages created a great market place for writers..we all support each other...but...I won't go there. I see wasted food so much ..First of all restaurants give huge portions..at least I take mine home.. what is left. I had no idea it was 30 percent..we could feed many hungry people. One thing bothers me and I do feel we should help other countries, but what about ours...One helps for the sake of helping, because though it sounds like sour grapes a thank you is sometimes not in the scheme of things.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Bill, I totally agree with you about American being the new Rome. So with the RISE comes the four letter word that starts with F...I don't have a sword, my friend, but I have a pen...actually, it's a laptop...and I commit to using it for a good cause. If not directly, then in between the lines of everything I write and publish...whether here on HP or not...you'll find the glue that continues to hold the world together in spite of ourselves--LOVE! That said, I'm shouting out this interpretation of love one more time to you and all our writing peers here on HubPages...you know the word...and it's one I am so thankful to my Polynesian ancestors for creating:

      ALOHA!

      Joe

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Awesome, Beautiful, Interesting, and shared with followers and on social networking sites.

      This hub touches on questions and topics for numerous more hubs. I might write some of them eventually -- the hopeful books of Paul Rogat Loeb; the story of Backyard Harvest; tales of restaurant dumpster diving; food waste in the form of depleted food value; the inadequacy of profit; choosing ideals, and more.

      Have you considered doing a weekly H.O.W. radio show on blogtalkradio?

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      If you could hear me clapping then it would ring out so loud it would deafen everybody! So true billy, I never realised about the so called seo problem and your banner, just proves your point doesn't it? I think the trouble is ever since we have had TV and the Internet the world has speeded up at such a pace, and its all buy, buy buy. we need to slow down and think about what is important, voted and shared, nell

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      We all hear about not wasting food. Maybe we shouldn't buy too much.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I have been singing that tune for a very long time. Foreign aid is wonderful if we have our own people taken care of, which we don't, so I have a real problem with it. Not that the government cares what I think, but there you have it for free. :)

      Have a great weekend and thanks as always for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, I agree that Aloha is a beautiful word with a myriad of meanings that I find wonderful....plus it just sounds like love, doesn't it?

      Thanks my brother. Spend quality time with that lovely wife of yours.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I have never even heard of blogtalkradio, but now you have piqued my interest and I will listen to it. Thanks for the reference. Who knows, maybe I will give it a try.

      Thank you my friend and I look forward to those future hubs of yours.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, I think I did hear your clapping from across the Pond....you have some serious power in those hands of yours. LOL Thank you as always...maybe some day we will see an end to this madness.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, you have hit on the main problem with consumerism....the lack of restraint when it comes to buying. About the only thing that is going to slow it up is a major depression, and I'm convinced that is coming.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Beautifully stated, Bill. Let's highlight how humanity is making a difference in the world!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Wow, what inspiring words from a pope, and what a dynamic article you wrote based on those words! It is amazing how we get so overstimulated by our environment, and by the news and media that some things that should be important are nearly ignored, and things that shouldn't bother us quite so much shock us.

      I hate being wasteful, and have been trying to make use of as much as I can. And this article reminds me of a couple of articles I wanted to write on meal preparation that makes it easier to reduce waste, as well as one or two articles on turning "one meal" into a few (basically, to use up leftovers). I have had these ideas for quite some time, but put them on the back burner.

      I do feel bad for those who go hungry. I can only imagine how it must be. If I get hungry, I have something I can eat. The time I came closest to being without, I still had some food, even if it wasn't enough to fill me for long.

      Have a fantastic and relaxing weekend, my friend!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I see now being an ex where you are coming from. I asked a question about this and really saw no harm in it but you have added much information that never even occurred to me. This is a good one to hit on. We do have serious problems and we do need to do something I feel. Look at the mess we have allowed to happen and yes we have sat right back and let it happen. Our country has just been taken right away from us and if we don't put on some brakes real soon it is going to be handed right over to the enemy!

      You bring the fire in us out billy!

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Let us face it... we live in America. Waste is good for the economy.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      As always, you hit the nail on the head with this powerful hub and I can't but agree with you more.

      Only love and understanding of others can take care of these problems.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. You know this is one of my pet peeves, throwing away food. My standard statement to my kids for years was that " there is someone in this world who could use that right now". Your message here is a good one and needs to be spread.

      BTW, I would continue to use H.O.W. in your titles. At some point people everywhere are going to want to know what this movement is all about and they are going to google H.O.W. and then you are going to get millions of hits :) have a great weekend.

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      Do you mind if I write an article here called H.O.W. big houses rob us of our freedom?

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant as always Billy; so interesting and certainly left food for thought. voted up, across and shared.

      Enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

      Another excellent article, Bill. I totally agree with your points. Over consumption of almost ... everything is a major problem and western societies and people should change their mentality. Voted and shared.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, you have given me an idea for a new hub. Thank you and enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kathryn! The feeling of no hope must be devastating for those who have no food or money or a place to sleep.....I was there briefly and it was so demoralizing. Thank you for being so aware and caring, and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I'm that little troublemaker in the corner who gets people all stirred up.....can't keep me quiet for long. :) Thank you for caring....people like you give me hope. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, that is an incredibly interesting statement and amazingly it is true. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, let us hope that we come to realize that fact soon before we all fall. Thank you as always for being here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill and I will be using it in the future, now that I have completely stopped caring about HP and their needs and wants. This is bigger than HP. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cygnetbrown, of course I don't mind. Thank you for asking and I definitely want to see how that article turns out.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy....left food for thought....what a clever pun my friend. You must be a writer. :)

      Thank you dear lady and enjoy your weekend as well.

      love,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, yes they should. Will they? I personally doubt it unless a depression hits that forces them to do so....but we can always hope, right?

      Thank you buddy!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, when you get right down to it, Hub Pages are in the business of making money, that is their priority, the same goes for the big businesses.

      Yes; things have got to change, our society needs to grow a conscience and yes; it begins with each and every one of us, so H.O.W do we begin to cure the sense of apathy and helplessness?

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      mr-veg 3 years ago from Colorado United States

      Nice one Bill... Reality is for sure a bitter pill... and what has SEO to do with H.O.W ... I hope I can try to contribute as writer towards H.O.W too and help it making a worthy cause.... And for sure with time... H.O.W will be a keyword for search engines :)

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful hub Bill. I like what you have said here, "Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry" So true isn't it. Everyone needs to read this and take steps towards help humanity live and survive. Voted this and I am sharing wherever I can. Thank you so much again Bill. Hope you are having a good weekend my friend. Blessings and hugs :-)

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good afternoon Billy

      Waste ...every where, every day...and it makes so little sense. You of course have once again pointed out so clearly to us that we need to get off our behinds and make a difference.

      We also need to teach children not to waste. As a school teacher I saw plate after plate of food scraped into the dumpster every day. And many of the schools I taught in were funded with special dollars because we had a high percentage of low income families. So those children many times got most of their food for the day from school And yet they did not want to eat it. Granted it is not particularly healthy but something was healthier than nothing. So beginning with our children, teaching them the importance of not wasting is something we need to focus on in addition to all of the suggestions you have made.

      We are after all on this planet to make the walk of others a little easier. Thank you again for caring and sharing your thoughts...Angels are on the way to you ps

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, what you say about HP is absolutely correct. They will just have to make money without my help. :)

      As for apathy, I have no clue, but I'm going to keep ringing this bell and hopefully more will hear it.

      Thank you and I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr veg, that is my hope, and I'm going to keep pounding out the message and hope for the best. Thank you my friend. Enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dahlia, thank you for your caring and loving spirit. If we can just replicate your heart about one billion times this world will be in good shape. :)

      Hugs coming your way

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, great thoughts about school programs and raising our children correctly. I saw the same things when I was teaching, and you can bet they were doing that at home, too.

      I don't know my friend. It's a big mountain we are climbing but if we don't, climb it then who will?

      Hugs and blessings crossing the nation

      bill

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The more that you use H.O.W. in your writing, the more that the word will get out. It isn't SEO now, but it is only a matter of time before it will be. Also regarding certain large corporations, like Darden, which I can speak for, as I know what is done. Olive Garden does a food harvest. If it can't be sold after that particular day, the meat is cooked and given to homeless shelters. Sauces as frozen, and desserts are packaged up for donation. Forget about climbing. One step at a time will get you noticed.

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      Lucy Jones 3 years ago from Scandinavia

      Well done Bill. Wonderful hub - thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Awesome! You nailed it Bill. I can´t stand people wasting food because I know what hunger is. I mean really hungry, no money and no food to eat.

      I´m glad there are people like you who are fighting for HOW. I´m doing this too, in my own way and it has started at home. Thanks for sharing this awesome hub. Have a nice day!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I'm good at plodding ahead, so eventually I'll wear down the SEO gods and we'll be noticed. Thanks for the positive vibes and have a wonderful Sunday at Boomer Lake.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Starbright. It's nice having you visit my site and I appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thelma, we each can do the little things that will add up a huge thing....that is my hope.

      Thank you and have a beautiful Sunday!

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      billybuc, more re blogtalkradioDOTcom -- the moderate, nonpartisan political reform group Coffee Party USA has some radio shows 0n it that have interesting discussions. A lot can be said in just one minute, so a weekly H.O.W. show (or Billybuc Show) of several minutes could have an impact if it attracts a following -- which it would.

      Also, I read recently that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made a decision recently that makes it easier and more affordable for unwealthy small towns and urban neighborhoods to start and maintain a community radio station. My favorite example of community radio is Radio Free Moscow KRFP in Moscow, Idaho.

      These are available ways to spread the word about H.O.W. values, and to share ways to make them real, in addition to HubPages.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      From what I can tell, Bill, the U.S. leads the world in conspicuous consumption and frightful waste. Thanks for reminding us, as always, that we, the people, CAN make a difference. I salute you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, it would not surprise me at all if the U.S. leads in waste.....I have seen nothing to make me think differently.

      I hope you had a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great idea, Brian. I have spent some time listening to blogtalkradio since you first mentioned it, and it has me intrigued. I will do some more research on it and see if it is doable as far as time constraints. Time is always my largest problem.

      Thank you again my friend.

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, I was raised on the old adage: 'Use it up, make do, or do without'. I have never understood the idea of wasting anything. It goes against my grain and should be enraging everybody, but as you say, the stock market is so much more important!

      We could do so much more to curb this horrible disease called 'waste'. This has become the ultimate 'throw away' society, and I am fast losing hope that it can ever be turned around.

      I thoroughly agree with your rant, my friend ;) Pearl

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is another very powerful hub, Bill. I love the title. The amount of food and other consumer goods that many of us waste is amazing, as well as frightening and sad.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Bill your message comes through loud and clear. I've always thought that especially in big cities where all those restaurants waste so much food that each day deliveries of food could be made to soup kitchens etc. In other words to find a way that would help those who don't have any and go hungry every day. There are of course lots of ways in which help could be provided but the problem is who is listening? Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Connie, I just don't know. A part of me wants to give up hope, but where would we be without it? I see so many blank faces of those who have already given up the fight....it's just not in me.

      Thank you my friend and I hope you enjoy your hub today.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, and I'm sorry to say I am guilty of this as well.

      Thank you as always and have a wonderful week.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, I am beginning to think that very few are listening outside of HP. :) But we keep ranting and we keep prodding and hopefully the numbers will increase and change will happen.

      Thank you and have a great week.

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from North America

      Hi, Bill - More about the composting bill that failed: Property owners were to be required to purchase a wood chipper and chip wood and cut up hedge trimmings and to collect cut grass, etc. for the compost. There was an uproar about requiring the chipper purchase, so the city decided to have a special collection day bi-weekly for yard waste, alternating with free recycling pick-up.

      In the 1950s and 1960s, the city collected compost garbage one day a week and trash the next, so they used the garbage in some way, but gave it up in the late 1960s. Then they shut down the trash-burning power plant some years ago. Seems like they moved backwards.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Patty, I love the idea but even I would complain about having to buy a wood chipper. However, there is no doubt they are moving backwards.....odd they would be bucking the growing trends across America.

      Anyway, thanks for the information. I hope you are well.

      bill

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      agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia

      Realize it or not, many of us waste food while the other sides of the world need it badly. It's a very sad condition and hope we all change into more positive attitudes in treating food. Thank you for the great values you share in this hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      agusfanani, you make an excellent point....we are all guilty of waste and change begins with each of us.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Sadly we live in a throw away society and I am guilty of it too, but try to do better. Try teaching this message to kids today! It's not easy, but keep writing these kinds of articles and they will reach people, maybe not quickly, but they will.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I am learning patience as I write these hubs and send out a message. Rome was not built in a day, and change does not happen instantly. :)

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      QUOTE: " Rome was not built in a day, and change does not happen instantly."

      Well said! I cannot imagine Rome being built in one day when my renovation contractor has to take one week, just to repair my toilet.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, they did have a lot of slaves, so maybe they actually accomplished that feat....and they didn't have toilets.

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Bill - You know I support you completely and believe there are things each of us can do within our own communities -- all we have to do is look around. Do I wish there were national solutions? Sure, but in the meantime we can all help though our churches and food pantries and halfway houses and in our own neighborhoods. Bless you for exhorting us to be more and do more. Theresa

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Theresa, if a majority of us chipped in at the local level, there would be no need for national solutions....but that is not reality now is it?

      Bless you for caring as much as you do, Theresa.

      Thank you!

      bill

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      James 3 years ago

      My wife has taken care of the first day of school every year, so I just hear all the setoirs when I get home from work. A bit sad though they are getting older.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hold onto the memories, James. :)

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