Tag: Environment

Planned Obsolescence

Planned Obsolescence

Did you know that the lifetime of light bulbs once used to last for more than 2500 hours and was reduced on purpose to just 1000 hours? Did you know that nylon stockings once used to be that stable that you could even use them as tow rope for cars and its quality was reduced just to make sure that you will soon need a new one? Did you know that you might have a tiny little chip inside your printer that was just placed there so that your device will break after a predefined number of printed pages thereby assuring that you buy a new one? Did you know that Apple originally did not intend to offer any battery exchange service for their iPods/iPhones/iPads just to enable you to continuously contribute to the growth of this corporation?

This strategy was maybe first thought through already in the 19th century and later on for example motivated by Bernhard London in 1932 in his paper Ending the Depression Through Planned Obsolescence. The intentional design and manufacturing of products with a limited lifespan to assure repeated purchases is denoted as planned/programmed obsolescence and we are all or at least most of us upright and thoroughly participating in this doubtful endeavor. Or did you not recently think about buying a new mobile phone / computer / car / clothes / because your old one unexpectedly died or just because of this very cool new feature that you oh so badly need?

Texas town runs out of water after using it for fracking

Texas town runs out of water after using it for fracking

Not surprising that something as IMPORTANT as this issue has not been on the main headlines of Mainstream Media. Of course, they only let us know what is good for the agenda.

Originally posted on TreeHugger

Suzanne Goldenberg at The Guardian has a startling article on what may be a common occurrence in Texas and other parts of the US:

Across the south-west, residents of small communities like Barnhart are confronting the reality that something as basic as running water, as unthinking as turning on a tap, can no longer be taken for granted.

Three years of drought, decades of overuse and now the oil industry’s outsize demands on water for fracking are running down reservoirs and underground aquifers. And climate change is making things worse.

In Texas alone, about 30 communities could run out of water by the end of the year, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Nearly 15 million people are living under some form of water rationing, barred from freely sprinkling their lawns or refilling their swimming pools. In Barnhart’s case, the well appears to have run dry because the water was being extracted for shale gas fracking.

It is important to note that fracking is not the only problem here, though it is a major one. What this story is also about is decades of sprawl and unchecked resource extraction.stop fracking

As I’ve bolded above, Goldenberg notes that where water is being rationed, people are barred from watering their lawns or filling pools. Yet, the lawns themselves are a significant source of the problem. At some point we were convinced that every home needed this lush, green lawn, despite the fact that the grasses were non-native and required an unreasonable amount of chemical fertilizer and water to keep alive. And, this isn’t describing Barnhart, specifically, but American sprawl, generally, we’ve built these communities of suburban homes and McMansions with pools that are not designed for life in the desert. All of it has contributed to this current problem.

Goldenberg continues:

Fracking is a powerful drain on water supplies. In adjacent Crockett county, fracking accounts for up to 25% of water use, according to the groundwater conservation district. But Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, argues fracking is not the only reason Texas is going dry – and nor is the drought. The latest shocks to the water system come after decades of overuse by ranchers, cotton farmers, and fast-growing thirsty cities.

“We have large urban centres sucking water out of west Texas to put on their lands. We have a huge agricultural community, and now we have fracking which is also using water,” she said. And then there is climate change.

West Texas has a long history of recurring drought, but under climate change, the south-west has been experiencing record-breaking heatwaves, further drying out the soil and speeding the evaporation of water in lakes and reservoirs. Underground aquifers failed to regenerate. “What happens is that climate change comes on top and in many cases it can be the final straw that breaks the camel’s back, but the camel is already overloaded,” said Hayhoe.

Read the rest.

We’ve seen how climate change and government mismanagement of water played a role in leading to the Syrian revolution. And how the 2013 drought is pushing New Mexico farmers to extreme measures in search of water. It seems inevitable that unless there is some cooperation among neighboring communities and a political solution to better manage water resources and not allow the world’s most profitable industry to suck towns dry, there are going to be some very angry people here in the US, as well.

Thought of the day 05-04-13

Thought of the day 05-04-13

Think about it… What is the common factor in this equation? How do you reduce the issues? By reducing the common factor. Anyway you take it, people are the main factors and to reduce carbon you have to reduce that number.

  • You can reduce the Services per person all you want, population will grow and that will keep balancing out.
  • You can reduce Energy per service all you want but the population factor remains.
  • You can reduce Carbon-dioxide per unit energy all you want but the population factor will remain.


Listen to Bill as he explain how this should be done… Listen to how they will control the population part…


the message of the Georgia Guidestones


Georgia Guidestones

The Dirtiest Energy you’ve never heard of

The Dirtiest Energy you’ve never heard of

Ever heard of fracking?
If not, you are not alone. However, be warned: once you learn about this dirty energy you’ll become angry, you might become a little frightened, but most of all we hope you’ll become involved, because communities across the country are counting on us.

So what is fracking, and who is getting fracked?
Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside. First, deep wells are drilled straight down through the aquifer. Next, millions of gallons of water laced with chemicals are pumped down, breaking apart the rock and freeing trapped natural gas along with other dangerous materials.

There are more than 27,000 wells in the US and each well uses 1-8 million gallons of water and 80-300 tons of chemicals each time it’s fracked. However, only 4 states have robust drilling rules in place. Can you believe that the fracking industry remains exempt from Clean Water, Safe Drinking Water and Clean Air Acts, hazardous waste disposal, and other federal regulations?

Not only are companies dodging regulation and pumping a toxic cocktail of chemicals into the earth, but fracking operations are contaminating major water sources, speeding up climate change, and polluting our air. Communities across the country are living with these devastating impacts of fracking; that’s why communities in California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and other states are demanding that fracking be banned. In fact, Vermont has already banned fracking in the state.

Something has got to change.
Believing that this way of extracting natural gas is one of the dirtiest ways to produce energy, Yoko Ono and her son Sean Lennon started the Artists Against Fracking campaign. The effort is bringing together a group of nearly 200 artists, musicians, and filmmakers who are raising awareness of this dirty energy and rallying public support for clean alternatives. Their fight is starting first with a nationwide push to pressure New York Governor Cuomo to permanently ban fracking in the state. Join the movement by sharing this video with your friends.


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Hybrids-Genetically Crossing Humans and Animals

Pandora’s Box has surely been opened. A dangerous genetic experiment has come out of the shadows, and the human-animal hybrids, chimeras and other transgenic clones it has yielded now threaten to endanger and irrevocably alter life as we know it.

The controllers of elite-funded science and R&D have wantonly tampered with the genetic code of the planet, ignoring the rather obvious dangers posed by cross-species experimentation and flagrantly jeopardizing the earth’s delicately-balanced biodiversity.

In a special video, Alex Jones addresses the profound risks posed by genetically-modified hybrids now featuring prominently in the field of biotechnology.
Aaron Dykes & Alex Jones Infowars.com July 27, 2011

Bringing It Home

Industrial hemp makes 1,000’s of sustainable products and can help farmers, our health, the economy, and the environment. But why can’t we grow it in the U.S.? Now raising money to complete production, “Bringing It Home” (www.bringingithomemovie.com) explores the story of hemp: past, present and future and the expanding global industry that is putting money in the pockets of business leaders and farmers all over the globe. Hemp is a non-psychoactive plant that can help solve problems such as global warming, nutrition, deforestation, unemployment, toxic clean-ups and improve indoor air quality in buildings.

Filmmakers Blaire Johnson and Linda Booker began filming after learning about the first house completed in the America using hempcrete by a home designer now on a mission to build a hemp group home for his young daughter and other children with chemical sensitivities and disabilities. As a building material, hemp combined with lime is non-toxic, highly insulating and mildew, pest and fire-resistant. But the one huge drawback — industrial hemp is currently illegal to grow in the United States — so it must be imported, despite the fact that it once was a thriving crop in America.

Industrial hemp varieties are non-psychoactive Cannabis Sativa L plants grown for their seeds, oil fiber and woody core. American consumers are purchasing an estimated $419 million in hemp products annually and that number continues to grow. China is the largest exporter of industrial hemp and American farmers are cut out of the competition due to federal classification of hemp as a drug, despite 17 U.S. states having passed hemp farming legislation.

Johnson & Booker have filmed and interviewed hemp business entrepreneurs and advocates in Spain, the U.K. and U.S. (and others from Canada, Switzerland, France and South Africa) and now seek funding to complete interviews and post production to complete the film by the end of 2012. Contributions can be made through mid June on IndieGoGo or through the Southern Documentary Fund at www.bringingithomemovie.com

GG Tells OCEANA No-Go On Referendum Enquiry

Now aint this a bitch…

I thought that the GG had more authority than the PM..

If I may, I would like to point out some things from our constitution. (I hope that Dean has not changed these as well.) Then again Amendment 8 does give the PM and his Govt absolute power (remember what I explained to you all about that? No? Read it here.) The GG is just about confirming that.

121.-(1) The persons to whom this section applies shall conduct themselves in such a way as not-

(a) to place themselves in positions in which they have or could have a conflict of interest;
(b) to compromise the fair exercise of their public or official functions and duties;
(c) to use their office for private gain;
(d) to demean their office or position;
(e) to allow their integrity to be called into question; or
(f) to endanger or diminish respect for, or confidence in, the integrity of the Government.

(2) This section applies to the Governor-General, members of the National Assembly, members of the Belize Advisory Council, members of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, the Security Services Commission or the Public Services Commission, members of the Elections and Boundaries Commission, public officers of statutory corporations and government agencies, and such other officers as may be prescribed by law enacted by the National Assembly.

About Belize:

Full Independence with Queen of England as Head of State and Represented in Belize by the Governor-General

So then the Power Chain goes like this:

  1. Queen of England.
  2. Governor General of Belize
  3. Prime Minister of Belize

From 7NewsBelize

Tue, February 7, 2012

After OCEANA and The Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage had their referendum application rejected last week, OCEANA wrote to the Governor General asking him for an explanation of how eight thousand signatures could be rejected.

Well, the GG has written back and the Head Of State says he can’t help them. His letter says the law gives him no power to order such an enquiry and the proper course of action would be to take it up with the Minister responsible for elections and boundaries or the Prime Minister.