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Posts posted by justusforus

  1. Wow that is an eye opener.  It seems that this is not a singular problem but one that is going to need to be addressed by all nations since it will affect all of us.  The scope is amazing and I am glad to see issues like this raised so that they will gain proper attention.

  2. I think things are actually worse than the main stream media and politicians want us to believe.  All you have to do is watch the weather reports and to think back, even within your own memory, and ask if you notice more extremes than in the past.  I think common sense tells most of us something is in the works and has been progressing at an alarming rate.

  3. I have been following the Tesla for a while as well. There is no question they have the aesthetics down, but they are meeting some resistance in distribution which I am sure is affecting the overall "bottom line" price. I think if they can appeal to a larger market and get the pricing issues in check, they will be a viable addition to the more earth friendly market.

  4. What a great story. I moved from the city to a more rural area, but so few took advantage of the sandy soil out here. I was able to grow such an excess (and yes particularly zucchini) that I was placing "free ads" throughout my harvests. Aside from growing my own food and feeding so many others, gardening is an incredible stress reducer. I love to see examples like this.

  5. I had never heard of these structures but they look great and seem to be a great reuse and repurpose of materials. It always seems that some of the more radical designs will only flourish in areas a bit more free of administrative regulation. I know I have seen some uses of old tires in the high desert areas of southern California, but I am sure zoning and planning departments would probably pick any such uses apart in the more urban areas. I too like many of he comments would like to see more of the interior layout of these earth ship designs. Very interesting post.

  6. In the past I have run across a few programs about straw bale houses. It seems aside from the aesthetics of the homes they featured, the energy savings were very dramatic. I am wondering if any of you have heard anything or have actually seen this form of construction. Any feedback and information would be greatly appreciated.

  7. I do not understand the denials of so many as to this issue. If you think about the relative short time in our own lives and if you have been even minimally observant, you would have to be totally unaware not to notice the severe weather shifts and "unusual" climactic events. What used to be unusual is now becoming usual (storms, temperature spikes, tsunami) and if it is noticeable in our short life times, how can anyone deny global warming is real, imminent and not slowing. As to most issues, I think denial is usually related to greed or the assumption by politicians and corporations that the masses are just ignorant. People speaking up and being counted so to speak is the only way to send the message.

  8. What a powerful piece about such an awful and preventable situation. The little boy and the bird at the end shows the insanity of allowing this to happen. We have mandatory "redemption value" assesed on our beverages here and it is an incentive for people to recycle. It is difficult to believe Coke fights this in the international marketplace. Thank you for sharing this and it is getting the word out that will make a difference.

  9. I do not automatically buy organic, since I am somewhat suspect of corporate responsibility in this regard. It is unfortunate organic products are typically not even close to comparable with conventional ones. I question this "mark up" especially when you see store brand organics so disparately priced. As an aside, I am a big gardener and grow (and give away) a great deal of vegetables. So I generally never end up buying organic vegetables, but other products like pasta or more processed foods, I really look at before buying.

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