Recycle THIS!

Written by Robert Levin

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Now I’m aware that it’s not that easy to resist scams like this, even when they’ve been run on us before and there is good evidence to belierepparttar premise on which they’re based. Being mortal, knowing that—at any time and in any number of ways—the most terrible thing that can happen is definitely going to happen, we are obliged to grant at leastrepparttar 118247 possibility of substance to all butrepparttar 118248 most patently ridiculous warnings of an impending catastrophe. (And, having been handed at birth a sentence reserved forrepparttar 118249 worst of crimes, we’re not only primed to acceptrepparttar 118250 blame for catastrophes, but more than ready to suffer a little redemptive inconvenience as well.)

Still—Jesus!—as difficult as it may be to defend against our innate susceptibility to manipulation, we could make a better effort. Atrepparttar 118251 very minimum we could reducerepparttar 118252 frequency with which we’re victimized by keepingrepparttar 118253 batteries fresh in our bullshit detectors and never forgetting that, more often than not,repparttar 118254 “emergencies” we’re presented with have an agenda behind them.

Recycling, for example, isn’t about savingrepparttar 118255 planet. (And no, it’s not even about making money for somebody—not really.) It’s about winningrepparttar 118256 personal salvation (indeed,repparttar 118257 recycling) ofrepparttar 118258 limited and earnest types who proposed and continue to insist on it. These people are coming fromrepparttar 118259 secret hope that if they suck up to nature by not wasting any of it, nature will returnrepparttar 118260 favor and arrange to perpetuate their existence in some other package once their current status expires.

Well I, for one, don’t appreciate it when people conscript me intorepparttar 118261 service of their personal immortality projects, especially when they masquerade as humanitarians.

It’s not that I would, for a minute, begrudge them such a reward. But given its size I think they should be forced to earn it on their own, with no assistance fromrepparttar 118262 rest of us. I can’t speak for nature, of course, but if they stopped by my place a couple of times a week to do their sorting/rinsing thing that would certainly impress ME.

I didn’t say anything about them coming intorepparttar 118263 house. Along withrepparttar 118264 trash, I’ll leave my garden hose unraveled behindrepparttar 118265 shed. They’re more than welcome to go back there and rinse anything it pleases them to rinse.

Robert Levin is a former contributor to The Village Voice and Rolling Stone and the coauthor and coeditor, respectively, of two collections of essays about rock and jazz in the '60s: "Music & Politics" and "Giants of Black Music."

Vincent Price's Ultimate Horror!

Written by Stephen Schochet

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About 8 years later Vincent was sitting around his house quietly watching TV, not feeling well under a blanket to keep him warm. The TV show Hard Copy came on. There was a segment about Michael Jackson and a little boy. Vincent shockedrepparttar household suddenly shouting," Oh my god! Oh my God!" His wife Coral came running intorepparttar 118246 living room,"Vincent, what'srepparttar 118247 matter?"

The Old man pointed atrepparttar 118248 TV," He's doing torepparttar 118249 little boy what he did to me!"

Stephen Schochet is the author and narrator of the audiobooks "Fascinating Walt Disney" and "Tales Of Hollywood". The Saint Louis Post Dispatch says," these two elaborate productions are exceptionally entertaining." Hear realaudio samples of these great, unique gifts at

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