I remember the Rodney King fiasco well. It's always interesting to see how activists and the media glom onto a snippet of a story and frame that as thI remember the Rodney King fiasco well. It's always interesting to see how activists and the media glom onto a snippet of a story and frame that as the whole story. A "Black motorist" is dragged out of his car by 4 White officers and beaten. Oh there is so much more to that story. Sgt Koon points out the timeline of night's events and the rationale behind the actions his officers took. He describes why batons were used as the next line of enforcement, and why there needs to be additional steps in the enforcement of violations. It's sad that the media chose to only show the partial video and never reported on facts brought up during the trial. This clearly sparked the riots that followed the acquittals. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a clear understanding of the Rodney King arrest....more
According to Goodreads, I've read over 250 books. This book is in my Top 5. It may very well be in my Top 3. Screw it...it's #1. This was a gripping, eAccording to Goodreads, I've read over 250 books. This book is in my Top 5. It may very well be in my Top 3. Screw it...it's #1. This was a gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller from the first chapter onward. It traces the origins of the Ebola virus from Germany to Africa to Virginia. Preston's writing was so good that I felt uncomfortable putting my fingers anywhere near my eyes, nose, or mouth for fear of "catching something", I was so absorbed in the story. This book was great in that you learn what virus-catchers go through. How they track down a virus, and what exactly Ebola is and what it can do to a living being. An amazing rollercoaster of a read....more
I was really interested in where our trash, recycling, and toilet/sink/dishwasher waste went when it left my house. You get that from this book. You gI was really interested in where our trash, recycling, and toilet/sink/dishwasher waste went when it left my house. You get that from this book. You get a lot of it. It was very interesting reading about Royte's conversations and experiences. For that I give her 5 stars.
Unfortunately, there was a smattering of global warming and carbon footprints. I wasn’t really sure if the real story she wanted to tell was how we are killing the planet with the trail of trash being the catalyst for her lecture. But, it was a small part of the bigger picture of trash, recycling, and toilet waste. She could have named the book "On the Secret Trail of Trash and How it's Killing the Planet" and I wouldn't have to knock off 2 stars for deceptive advertising.
Along the way, we get to meet some really interesting people and a few that were...eh...out there. The sanitation workers, landfill and recycling guys did a great job of explaining the "dirt" on their business. The 0% waste folks, the people who turn their own feces into compost were way out there. In her defense though, Royte did acknowledge that some of the people she ran across were a bit extreme. The interesting and informative conversations added a star.
Unfortunately, the most important part of the book (in my opinion) came in the last 10 pages. Either a recent study or research (sorry, it was a library book) showed that of all the landfill contents in America, only 2% of it is from household trash. So, all the handwringing about “Do I recycle?”, “Reuse, repurpose, etc”, “My trash is killing the planet”, seems all kind of silly. It’s just 2%.
Royte does discuss how there is a lot (ie 98%) of waste being generated by industries for us to consume things. Like, a company may generate 100 lbs of waste for us to buy a 10 lb widget. So, she makes a very good argument for being cognizant about what we buy. Also, it would be nice of companies were less wasteful when they made their widgets. I thought that was a good sidetrack, although it did in a way pertain to trash in a landfill.
I highly recommend this book to folks wanting to know what happens to their waste and recyclables. If you like the global warming stuff, then that’s an added bonus. ...more