Category Archives: global warming

Don’t Spank Your Mother

You don’t spank your mother do you?“, the friendly man asked. I looked up and saw him grinning. He was commenting on my technique – I was learning to build a cob house. What I was doing is putting “loaves” of cob – which is just clay, sand and straw mixed up – in a course to make a wall. After you do a few, you need to step back and “massage” the wall into proper plumb and form. I had been smacking my wall trying to get it to move a little inward. The friendly voice suggested that I stop slapping at it and put more slow moving muscle into it. It’s a bit of natural building humor, but the message sticks, “Don’t spank your mother.” It reminds me a little of the Mother Nature margarine commercials of the 70s – “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.”

Mom Nature sees through the rug we’ve been sweeping our garbage under. Continue reading

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TPP – Obama Punches Democracy in the Gut

Obama is in big trouble. Progressives already are not thrilled with Obama. NDAA authorizes defense spending and indefinite detention of American citizens without charge, there’s his wishy washy defense of the environment (BP oil spill, fracking, pipelines),  his use of drones, his continued engagement in war, and his bail out of banks. But hey, Progressives leave room to grow and he talks a good game, plus he had a much more typically American upbringing than his privileged opponent in that he struggled with a single mom and worked his way up. Obama talked about empathy, his wife is into growing organic gardens, the family is much more “of the people” and can speak to the people better than the Romneys, for a while it seemed like Obama would win easily.

Now it doesn’t. Continue reading

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Alternative Energy Power Brain Storm

Just yesterday I glanced at a “Fun Fact” on my way to market, “Enough energy falls on earth from the sun each day to power a …..” , ok, so I don’t exactly remember it but it was a whole lot of energy that could last the whole world quite a long time. It was really impactful and reminded me that I forgot my reusable tote bags before I entered the store. We see these lil’ quips around and tips for being “green”, but using the same analogy of the Titanic from yesterday’s post, in the big picture, the “green tips” seem a little like choosing the outfit we are going to be treading cold water in. We need some action and we need it sooner rather than later. Our political system is not really up for the task, so it seems that another tact must be taken without the express consent of the political game – which is to make it make sense on the market.

Perusing some of the materials a place like Smartpower.org, they have found that the top four reasons why people don’t buy green energy are:

1.  Reliability: “I don’t think it actually works!”
2. Availability: “I don’t know where to buy it.”
3. Cost: “Buying into the ‘lifestyle’ is too expensive!”
4. Inertia: “It’s easier to do nothing.” Continue reading

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Curry Fights Global Warming

Cow farts: I remember the lesson clearly. My high school chemistry teacher was explaining global warming and the hole in the ozone and blamed some of it on cow and termite farts. We all got a good laugh and couldn’t decide if he was serious or not. Apparently he was. According to the EPA, methane traps 20 times the heat that carbon dioxide does, which heats up the atmosphere. The farts of cows, swine, and yes, termites, are a major contributor to the world’s methane, this article puts it at 28%. That’s a lot of flatulence. I know, I know, one more thing to worry about – but wait, there’s hope on the horizon…it’s curry. Continue reading

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