Once in a very long while, I stumble across a blog that’s so well-written and original that I feel compelled to browse through its archives.
The latest example is Bouphonia, (the name is explained here) an anonymous effort by someone who seems to have a natural-science background and writes crisp, amusing prose. Every Friday is Nudibranch blogging day, plus a review of environmentally-friendly innovation from around the planet. Lots of lefty politics, but with value added (i.e., cleverly done, not just bitching).
Here’s an interesting post about San Francisco’s 2005 decision to begin doing what most European stores have done for years — charging shoppers for plastic bags (thus giving everyone an incentive to use cloth). Europeans may find this hard to fathom, but this policy is controversial in the United States, a land in which bring-your-own-bag is still regarded as faintly Communistical, and in which even the smallest routine purchase will be lovingly swaddled in unnecessary paper and plastic.
Bouphonia’s post begins:
I wanted to say a couple of things about San Francisco’s proposal to charge consumers 17 cents for shopping bags.
It’s provoking the usual hysterical outbursts from right-wing scaremongers, who see the plan as the End of Civilization…but those people are stupid or corrupt, and their bad-faith arguments are not worth addressing. However, there are some rational concerns about the proposal.
Right-wing scaremongers, scarified by a left-wing whipmonger! What follows this introduction is intelligent discussion of this proposal by someone who knows what she’s talking about. A pleasure to see on the Internets. So hats off to Bouphonia — il miglior fabbro. I’ll add it to my blogroll the next time I get around to revising it (probably around mid-2009).