Great day for forest walk by Shane Mac Con Uladh

 

Great day for forest walk :) 

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Heating Homes With Computer Servers: Nerdalize

Heating Homes With Computer Servers: Nerdalize

 

A.w.N | This is an awesome idea that isn't going to save the world but demonstrates the kind of thinking that can. The integration of waste streams to augment consumption and supply primary needs is the way of the future.

 

Heating Homes With Computer Servers: Nerdalize

A startup called Nerdalize, based in the Netherlands, wants to heat homes with computer server systems. It might sound odd, but currently, computing systems are kept in large buildings, which require cooling to keep temperatures down. In other words, running all those computers to support the Cloud generates quite a bit of heat. Nerdalize wants to put some of those computing systems in homes, and use the excess heat to provide warmth to the occupants. This heat is otherwise wasted, so Nerdablize reasoned that it might as well be put to good use.

Homeowners don’t own the mini residential computing systems – Nerdalize leases them. Businesses buy the computing resources, and Nerdalize takes in money, which it also shares with the homeowners. Nerdalize says its computing power can be up to 55% cheaper than what competitors offer.

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Big Food Corporations Adopt Small Business Disguises to Trick Consumers

Big Food Corporations Adopt Small Business Disguises to Trick Consumers

 

A.w.N. | Of course they do.

Big Food corporations adopt small business disguises to trick consumers

(NaturalNews) Next time you're feeling good about yourself for choosing a local mom and pop eatery over a big chain restaurant like Olive Garden or Red Lobster, you may want to do a little leg work first. While smaller, independently owned restaurants are known for their locally sourced ingredients and an overall vibe that screams "better-quality food and drinks," they may not all be what they seem.

With more and more consumers turning toward healthier, whole and non-GMO foods, Big Food has cleverly begun masquerading itself as independent, locally owned brands through food products and even restaurants. The latter of which is a relatively new technique.

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Big Food Corporations Adopt Small Business Disguises to Trick Consumers

 

A.w.N. | Of course they do.

Big Food corporations adopt small business disguises to trick consumers

(NaturalNews) Next time you're feeling good about yourself for choosing a local mom and pop eatery over a big chain restaurant like Olive Garden or Red Lobster, you may want to do a little leg work first. While smaller, independently owned restaurants are known for their locally sourced ingredients and an overall vibe that screams "better-quality food and drinks," they may not all be what they seem.

With more and more consumers turning toward healthier, whole and non-GMO foods, Big Food has cleverly begun masquerading itself as independent, locally owned brands through food products and even restaurants. The latter of which is a relatively new technique.

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Change Makers: Elizabeth Bennett, Combatting America's Food Paradox by Loving the Ugly

 

A.w.N. | I am always skeptical about doomers claiming the planet can't support its current human population, because until we make use of what we already have I don't really have enough information. This article is about a woman working to reduce waste. Reduction of waste is a main tenet of permaculture. It is called return of surplus, and you can view my article here.

Change Makers: Elizabeth Bennett, Combatting America's Food Paradox by Loving the Ugly

Elizabeth Bennett sees opportunities in the imperfect, the discarded, the undesirable. Put another way, she's a big fan of ugly.

This redheaded wonder out of Washington, DC, is protesting the way we waste food in America, saving "ugly food" from the dumpster and repurposing it into yummy snacks. By doing so, she's surging ahead with a business that seeks to not only earn a profit, but also to take a social stand to combat the hunger/food waste paradox facing America today.

After working in public policy post-graduation from Cornell, Elizabeth quickly realized that her passions lie in food. Putting these passions to work, she earned a Fulbright scholarship to study food culture in Singapore and later completed a master's in food anthropology. Her studies led to her outrage over our food paradox: Millions go hungry every day, yet we waste 133 billion pounds of food annually. Elizabeth was ripe to take action.

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I Confess: I Am a Climate Change Hypocrite

 

A.w.N. | Here is a wonderful article by a climate change hypocrite. The idea, which I constantly reiterate being that all people do about climate change is talk. The fact of the matter is that if you don't stop using the appliances and energy consumptive devices that you currently use, why the heck do you bother constantly talking about climate change...? 

Now some of you know that I am a bit skeptical about the armageddon predictions of climate change, and whether or not climate change is humanity's fault, and whether or not it is the sort of exponential process to oblivion. I am also a bit skeptical as to whether renewables can even come close to the energy production of fossil fules (they can't). I also want to know who actually believes the militaries of the world will EVER forsake any remaining oil reserves; but when it comes down to the parrotting of destruction via climate change, how can people keep talking over and over, while driving their SUV's and making coffee in their keurigs?

I Confess: I Am a Climate Change Hypocrite

Anyone engaged in climate action runs into pushback from people not ready or willing to hear about our carbon pollution crisis. Climate action detractors love to accuse climate action figures of hypocrisy. "Here you are blabbing about climate change while using fossil fuels all the time." Those trying to interrupt the conversation level this charge against individuals and whole institutions. "You fight global warming by flying all over the world. How much CO2 did you people spew just to attend that climate summit?" We hear the message loud and clear--we have no authority to talk about climate change and carbon pollution because we are nothing but hypocrites.

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Fracking is causing Oklahoma’s earthquake “swarm”

Fracking is causing Oklahoma’s earthquake “swarm”

 

A.w.N. | This is hardly news. It is only news that the main stream media continues to ignore the implications of injecting the earth with fluids. I learned about this nearly a decade ago with reference to, if I remember correctly, a military solution of injecting toxic waste into the earth that managed to cause an enormous uptick in earthquakes in Colorado. It seems people will never get  IT, but we must try to keep making people aware that when you screw with the earth, it in turn screws back with you. When will we Accord with Nature?

Essentially what happens is when you inject fluids into the earth you lubricate fault lines, and the plates that make up the land we live on begin to shift ever more regularly.... der.

Fracking is causing Oklahoma’s earthquake “swarm”

Over the last few years, Oklahoma has experienced an insane uptick in earthquakes. As Mother Jones reported in 2013, the count exploded from just a couple per year back in the mid-2000s to over a thousand in 2010, growing alongside a boom in the state’s natural gas drilling industry.

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8 Smart Species Challenge How We Think of Animals

8 Smart Species Challenge How We Think of Animals

 

A.w.N. | Smart Animal article; I all but have to post it! This article is way too brief to do the animals in it justice, but it's fun anyway. 

 

Animals are smarter than we thought.

This matters not just because it’s cool and fascinating. It matters because people use lack of intelligence as the reason to treat humans and non-human animals differently. It’s okay to eat animals and experiment on them, the rationale goes, because they are just dumb animals.

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