Revealed | Gates Foundation's $1.4 billion in fossil fuel investments

Revealed | Gates Foundation's $1.4 billion in fossil fuel investments

A.w.N. | Stories like this sicken me on so many levels. From the point of view of the writer it of course is an awful thing that such a rich=powerful man like Bill Gates is so heavily invested in fossil fuels. We all know that fossil fuels pollute and that it is a terribly vicious industry with much blood and environmental destruction on its hands, but while thats sickening enough I see so much more. For one there is the implication that Bill Gates (in his attempts to rule Africa) is somehow more noble than the average bear. And yet here he is shattering people dreams of a noble rich man entering the eye of a needle. Bill Gates is not a savior, in fact the products he has turned into billions of dollars are laid out all over Ghana polluting and causing cancer. Rather than supporting the people of the earth he vicariously supports big pharama and oil.

The thing that bothers me the most about articles like this one is the notion that people like Bill Gates would not invest in oil. It is the nature of people in power to use every available resource to remain in power. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that regardless of how much oil you are convinced to give up, the military and like parties will use up every last drop of oil as required by future conflicts. I do not know whether the whole topic of global warming is a fabrication, but the idea that we are going to stop using the most valuable resource ever discovered is absurd.

Underlying this article is the sense that the writer and others expected better from Bill Gates, but people like Bill Gates usually believe they are above moral laws. In their brains and the upper upper class circles of these multi billionaires they can do no wrong. Morality is what they say it is. By this I mean that it is irrelevant whether they invest in oil for their personal character, for them it is your responsibility to not drive a car or heat your house with it if you don't like it. A man like Bill Gates is playing a game with his friends to see who can amass the most funds and inflate his head the largest, and oil is a fine investment for the amassing of wealth. His contributions to charity do not impress me, they make me wonder what his end goal is (King of Africa?). If he is so noble I wonder why he still has 1.4 billion to invest in oil, if he is so charitable should he not have a modest sum of money? Should he not have bought back large tracts of Africa for the Africans if he really has their interest at heart? Why are his charitable efforts tied to big business, and not helping people reclaim their land? Something like this only lays clear that Bill Gates is not on the side of hummanity, or the earth, he is on the side of his family and whatever group he answers to. If enough people make Mr. Gates fear for his legacy, perhaps he will hide his investments better. 

Finally, I am once again reading that global warming is the major threat, while in reality is one of a GREAT MANY threats. The only thing that makes global warming different is that it frees up cheaper oil for the likes of Bill Gates and keeps it from over consumption by the global population.

Revealed | Gates Foundation's $1.4 billion in fossil fuel investments

 

The charity run by Bill and Melinda Gates, who say the threat of climate change is so serious that immediate action is needed, held at least $1.4bn (£1bn) of investments in the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies, according to a Guardian analysis of the charity’s most recent tax filing in 2013. The companies include BP, responsible for the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Anadarko Petroleum, which was recently forced to pay a $5bn environmental clean-up charge and Brazilian mining company Vale, voted the corporation with most “contempt for the environment and human rights” in the world clocking over 25,000 votes in the Public Eye annual awards.

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Genetically Modified Potatoes, Apples Are Safe, FDA Says

Genetically Modified Potatoes, Apples Are Safe, FDA Says

A.w.N. | GMO Apples and Potatoes coming to a store near you... You wanted that right?

 

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles, but some food suppliers say they don't want any part of it and others are staying silent.

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods, saying they are "as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts."

The approval covers six varieties of potatoes by Boise, Idaho-based J. R. Simplot Co. and two varieties of apples from the Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.

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Hawaii | Color | Saturation

Hawaii | Color | Saturation

 

A.w.N. | To me this shot is too colorful. It seems to be a common problem these days that people think more color in the photograph equals better, but I find it to be quite the opposite. I have a feeling this was an excellent photo, but now I consider it fairly average. I think that to take something beautiful in its perfection and to go and ramp up colors automatically makes it less than perfect. Of course it is always possible that someone else might see things this vividly in nature, but I tend to only see this much color in pictures on the internet. 

What about you? Do you see too much color?

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10 Reasons Homeless People Sleep Out in the Cold and Die |

10 Reasons Homeless People Sleep Out in the Cold and Die |

A.w.N. | When I think of homelessness I think of two things, poverty and freedom. Unfortunately not many people in America choose homelessness willingly out of an ability to live homeless and free, but instead are overcome by loss or mental instability. Expecting that this could never happen to you is a myth, and at minimum we all need to keep compassion in ourselves for these people, even if we don't help them outright. Nobody wants to be forgotten, and just because someone ends up homeless does not mean anything about that person. Whatever it is that you believe about a homeless person who you don't know, is as much a reflection on you as it is on the other. This is often true in life, the universe outside is a mirror of your inner universe. 

I see the woman in this image sleeping next to sheet metal and I wonder if a positive contribution to her life might not be a piece of heavy plastic sewn to a wool blanket, with a grouping of neo-dymium magnets affixed. I suspect the possibility this structure might not be magnetic, but I would guess a dumpster is. In this way she would have a ready made tent to huddle under only needing a single metal wall. 

10 Reasons Homeless People Sleep Out in the Cold and Die 

You can’t miss them when you walk around a city: shapeless masses pressed up against buildings or into corners. Homeless people sleeping outside, even now when the temperature is cold and dropping. The lucky ones preserve their body heat under a pile of blankets; others make do with cardboard boxes or layers of clothes.

Some die. About 700 a year in the United States. The solution seems obvious: their lives would be saved if they slept in the warmth of a homeless shelter. But there aren’t enough shelter beds to go around, and some of the beds that do exist come with very unappealing strings attached:

 

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Nature Doesn't Know the Difference Between a Cultivated Plant and a Weed |

"Nature Doesn't Know the Difference Between a Cultivated Plant and a Weed." - Green Deane

A.w.N. | By now I assume everyone has heard of Green Dean and Eat the Weeds... Am I wrong about that? Other than learning to grow your own food, I am not sure there is any way to make the world a better place than learning to forage your local environment. By learning how to eat out of your yard, and allowing that yard to be a more wild (or properly cultivated place) you can vastly lower your ecological footprint almost instantly. Even the failure to produce a single crop can benefit everyone by NOT having to use a lawn mower. Lawn mowers are notoriously pollutive.

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I Saw a Tree | Burning Brush by Dee - T |

I Saw a Tree | Burning Brush by Dee - T |

 

Burning Brush by Dee-T

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Foggy Morning Farm Road by Fatalv

Foggy Morning Farm Road by Fatalv

 

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Chromosera Cyanophylla | Tiny and Incredible Mushrooms

Chromosera Cyanophylla | Tiny and Incredible Mushrooms

 

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