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Tonight, 2015-03-28 at 8:30PM, local time
turn off all your lights and optional electric
appliances for one hour. Why?
- It is a way of letting the government and industry
know you want action on climate change and green
energy. The electric company will see a measurable dip
in load from our collective efforts.
- It puts peer pressure on your neighbours to
- It helps you appreciate the luxury of having
sufficient electric power.
- It teaches you just how much power you are using
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Dirty Tar Sands
Canada’s tar sands are the dirtiest environmentally of any form of oil
extraction. They massively pollute land, water and the global atmosphere with
greenhouse gases. The problem is huge quantities of super heated steam from natural gas
are needed to heat the tar sands up enough for the bitumen in them to melt and flow.
You get greenhouse gas emissions from the natural gas burning, creating the energy used
to pump the viscous tar, creating the energy to refine the tar and when the
oil/gasoline is finally burned. The steam condenses and the oily slurry is dumped into
nearby rivers. However, despite these environmental drawbacks, the USA projects it will
get most of its oil from the Canadian tar sands in 2012.
Canadians have no choice in the matter.
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Controlling HIV (Human Imumuno-deficiency Virus)
Trying to convince men infected with HIV
to avoid having unprotected sex and infecting women goes against their deep-seated
biological urge to fill the universe with copies of their own
DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid), damn the
consequences to their offspring or anyone else.
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Holding Your Money
Electronic transfers take only a few seconds at most. Yet banks, PayPal etc. hold
onto your money for over a week. That is one of the many ways they make money, lending
it out for that week, as part of giant rolling fund.
An ATM (Automated Teller Machine)
withdrawal is clearly cheaper than using a bank clerk, yet the banks charge extra
— because they can. The problem is there is not enough competition. Schemes like
BitCoin sneak around banking laws to
let in a sliver of competition.
Finance minister Flaherty made it explicit. He sees his job as preventing
competition to keep bank monopolies profitable when he blocked lower mortgage
~ Roedy (born: 1948-02-04 age: 67)
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