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The Monday 6 - September 13, 2021

The Monday 6
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1. What Can You Actually Recycle?
Which of these symbols means something is recyclable?
My leading question probably helps, but the answer is: this is the only symbol that means something is 100% recyclable:
#1 - #7 are called “Resin Identification Codes” created by the plastic industry to designate the type of plastic something is. If you think this is confusing, it’s because it is! The petroleum industry created these resin identification codes in the 70s after the actual recycling symbol entered the public domain. Sometimes you can recycle #1 - #7, but it varies by locality, AND because China stopped buying our plastic, it’s probably not being recycled at all.
This YouTube video dives into the dubious claims about plastic recycling and how the plastic industry coopted the symbols, almost certainly to deceive the public intentionally.
Plastic Recycling is an Actual Scam | Climate Town
Plastic Recycling is an Actual Scam | Climate Town
Thankfully, California is looking into banning the usage of confusing plastic symbols.
California Aims to Ban Recycling Symbols on Things That Aren’t Recyclable
2. Aussies Taught A Duck To Talk
Ripper, a male musk duck reared in captivity at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, south west of Canberra, was recorded vocalising the sound of doors slamming shut as well as the phrase “you bloody fool”.
Researchers believe it was a phrase Ripper likely heard repeatedly from his caretaker, but are unsure how old he was when first exposed to it. He was four years old at the time of the recordings and made his vocalisations during aggressive mating displays.
Taking a mental note to not discuss my passwords around ducks.
Take a listen to Ripper below.
Talking duck in Australia can say 'you bloody fool' after learning to imitate human speech
Talking duck in Australia can say 'you bloody fool' after learning to imitate human speech
3. A Forward Look At COVID-19
I don’t know about you, but the seemingly constant ping-ponging of the pandemic has been truly exhausting.
Lockdown! Just wait for the vaccines! Take off your mask if you’re vaxxed! Put them back on! Vaccine mandates! Boosters?
I wanted to share 2 pieces, both of which are predominately forward-looking at the pandemic:
#1 above asks some challenging questions, specifically about the United States’ pandemic response. In particular, this question would likely yield 100 different answers if asked to 100 different people, and I think that’s a problem:
What are we actually trying to achieve in the United States?
Public health guidance & messaging are frequently late or confusing, and often both. I believe the sense of aimlessness and reactivity is the source of my personal (though I’m likely not alone) sense of exhaustion.
#2’s title is certainly clickbaity, but I’d encourage you to look past it. The piece (fair warning, it will probably take ~30 minutes to read) offers some compelling arguments for how the next few chapters of the story will play out:
As many countries are going through another wave of infections, including some where the vast majority of the population has been vaccinated, many are starting to despair that we’ll never see the end of the pandemic. In this post, I will argue that, on the contrary, not only is the pandemic already on its way out, but the virus will be relatively harmless after it has become endemic.
There’s a lot more here, so if you have the time, give it a read.
Opinion | The Hard Covid-19 Questions We’re Not Asking - The New York Times
4. A Cartoon That Hits Hard
This about sums up a lot our thoughts nowadays, no?
Rabbi Emily Cohen
Well if this doesn't sum up where almost everyone I know is right now.... https://t.co/Z0KDIvHflv
5. Weekly Reminder That The Universe Is Huge
Milky Way Astronomers
The yellow structure is the Laniakea supercluster, which contains about 100,000 galaxies.

The red dot in the image is the Milky Way, "our home," which contains about 300 billion stars, including our Sun. ☀️

©️ NASA https://t.co/tbPsaeJ8dh
6. Meet the Little-Known Genius Who Helped Make Pixar Possible
Meet the Little-Known Genius Who Helped Make Pixar Possible
That’s it for this week. If you found anything useful or fun, let me know! And if you have any suggestions, shoot them my way. 😊 See you next week!
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Kyle Petzinger
Kyle Petzinger @kylepetz

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