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Could Carbon Labeling Combat Climate Change?

Posted by: TomC

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http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=could-carbon-labeling-combat-climate-change

This article angered me. Unlike the energy use labels that are used as a model for this fictitious "carbon footprint" amount, the energy use amount is measurable. The fictitious "carbon footprint" amount is a feel good number that can only be based on contrived numbers. They talk about one example of Brazilian beef and its number not including the deforestation necessary for the grazing cattle--fictional contrivance!

Are we to include the gas that employees of an appliance manufacturer use to get to work to build the appliance? How about the fuel for the raw materials used? The carbon footprint of the flatulence of the employees and the animals they eat? Anything can be included and government or some czar(ista) will have to be appointed to determine whether company A or B, or unionize company C is to include what additions to their numbers.


True, man.

Posted by: Ed Salden

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"My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference."                                                                                                 --Harry S. Truman


The high costs of Liberalism

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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According to a new report, 47 percent of Detroiters are  ”functionally illiterate.” The alarming new statistics were released by the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund on Wednesday.

WWJ Newsradio 950 spoke with the Fund’s Director, Karen Tyler-Ruiz, who explained exactly what this means.

“Not able to fill out basic forms, for getting a job — those types of basic everyday (things). Reading a prescription; what’s on the bottle, how many you should take… just your basic everyday tasks,” she said.


The Obama Legacy

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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Barry O is a complex dude so figuring out what will define his legacy is tough. It could be $4 a gallon gas, 10% unemployment, multi-trillion dollar deficits or a double dip recession.  All of things will define Barry O's disastrous term in office.

About 1 in 7 in U.S. Receive Food Stamps

Mississippi and Oregon were among the states with the largest share of the population utilizing food stamps in February: At least one in five residents in each state were receiving benefits.


What am I missing here?

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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Most Minnesotans can't afford modest 2-bedroom apartment

Some 55 percent of renters in Minnesota don't earn enough for a modest two-bedroom apartment, as the state ranked last in the Midwest in a new housing affordability study.


Shortage of drugs hits crisis level

Doctors, hospitals and federal regulators are struggling to cope with an unprecedented surge in drug shortages in the United States that is endangering cancer patients, heart attack victims, accident survivors and a host of other ill people.

A record 211 medications became scarce in 2010 -- triple the number in 2006 -- and at least 89 new shortages have been recorded through the end of March, putting the nation on track for far more scarcities.


Good Job Obama and US forces!

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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I'll put politics aside for a day an congradulate Pres. Obama and everyone involved in the death of Osama Bin Laden.


Why can't they stop lying?

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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The just as I noticed, the "Obama Birth Certificate" has layers. It was constructed in Adobe Illustrator. If Obama would just release an un-doctored copy we could all put this to rest, but Obama doesn't want that. They are playing games and so far the games have backfired and I predict that they will continue to backfire.

 

 


Trump beats Obama on his first try.

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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Obama has supposedly released a photocopy of his birth certificate. Can anyone tell me that this thing is supposed to be?

What is the deal with the green free checks background? It lines up perfectly above and below the supposed copied document and it isn't blurred in the fold? It looks like some MC Escher illusion of a fold that would happen if this were a real copy.


Banksy

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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Why we rail aginst the MMGW assholes

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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Some people think that we should support reductions in "greenhouse gases" regardless of whether MMGW is true or not. They ask why people like me rail so hard against what they see as harmless environmentalism.

After spending nearly $4 billiShell, EPA, icebreaker, drillingon exploring, Shell Oil has been told it cannot start drilling for an estimated 27 billion gallons in the country’s most remote place — because a boat it uses might pollute the air. The Environmental Protection Agency’s appeals board denied permission for the Anglo-Dutch company to drill in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska’s northern coast, Fox News  reports.

Shell did not take emissions from an icebreaking vessel into consideration when calculating so-called greenhouse gases from the project, the board said.


Americans just don't dig Barry anymore

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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46% of Americans say they definitely will not vote for President Obama,

Still, in the USA TODAY poll, only 38% of Americans say Obama definitely was born in the USA, and 18% say he probably was. Fifteen percent say he probably was born in another country, and 9% say he definitely was born elsewhere.

Gas prices have doubled under Obama, unemployment has stated high, deficits have gone ballistic and our nation is now involved in more wars than when Bush was in office. By any measure Barry O has been a failure.


The carnage continues

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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Police say a woman on a bike was struck and killed by a school bus in Winona Monday.

Deputy Police Chief Tom Williams says the crash happened about 8:30 a.m. at an intersection near Winona Senior High School. Williams says the Minnesota City Bus Company school bus, driven by a 55-year-old man, was attempting a left turn when it struck the bike and the 74-year-old woman. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Williams said the Minnesota State Patrol is investigating the crash because it involved a commercial school bus.


Why Americans Question Obama's Faith

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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President Obama failed to release a statement or a proclamation recognizing the national observance of Easter Sunday, Christianity's most sacred holiday.

By comparison, the White House has released statements recognizing the observance of major Muslim holidays and released statements in 2010 on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha.


And you wonder why I call them EnviroWackos?

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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Ira Einhorn was on stage hosting the first Earth Day event at the Fairmount Park in Philadelphia on April 22, 1970. Seven years later, police raided his closet and found the "composted" body of his ex-girlfriend inside a trunk.

And so on Sept. 9, 1977, Maddux went back to the apartment that she and Einhorn had shared in Philadelphia to collect her things, and was never seen again. When Philadelphia police questioned Einhorn about her mysterious disappearance several weeks later, he claimed that she had gone out to the neighborhood co-op to buy some tofu and sprouts and never returned.


The Red Star continues to push the bikes are better than cars BS and the MPD is getting tired of cleaning up the mess.

On this day I chose not to drive my car with convenience, or her alluring twin companions: quick and easy. By taking the slower approach on my bike, not only did I get in a workout, I also enjoyed the scenery, and didn't have to spend a dime on gas or spew toxins and CO2 into the environment.


Cultural Update and PSA

Posted by: JW of Minnesota

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Time once again for an Anti-Strib public service announcement. Tradionally, COSTCO has been well known for producing high quality own-brand products. For example, they have released a Scotch manufactured by Macallen and a vodka by Grey Goose. One would be lead to believe other beverage ventures are of the same caliber.

The local COSTCO prominently displayed, near the entrance, an entire pallet of COSTCO branded bourbon. From the label and bottle, it appeared to be a re-bottle of Knob Creek. To the unsuspecting person of Irish descent, it was also labeled "Premium" and "Small Batch".  Here's where our PSA comes into use for the reader: please avoid this product. It's not Knob Creek, or even anything close. It's not premium, and I hope it's small batch, as then quantity will be limited. 


More on CFL's

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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Energy saving light bulbs 'contain cancer causing chemicals'

Their report advises that the bulbs should not be left on for extended periods, particularly near someone’s head, as they emit poisonous materials when switched on. 

The latest report follows claims by Abraham Haim, a professor of biology at Haifa University in Israel, that the bulbs could result in higher breast cancer rates if used late at night.

He said that the bluer light that CFLs emitted closely mimicked daylight, disrupting the body's production of the hormone melatonin more than older-style filament bulbs, which cast a yellower light.


And you want to bike with these drivers?

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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An Eden Prairie motorist who was allegedly texting when she struck a motorcyclist head-on last fall, leaving him critically injured, now faces a litany of charges including felony criminal vehicular operation and child endangerment.

She admitted she knew the car was not insured and that she was driving illegally. She denied knowing what caused her to swerve into the oncoming lane, and later claimed that she "blacked out" and didn't remember the accident.


Why you should never put a CFL in your home.

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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This article lays out almost every argument ever over CFL's. I only use them outside and they suck. When the current ones expire, they will be replaced with LED's or Halogens.

A compact fluorescent light (CFL) on the ceiling burst and started a fire in a home in Hornell, N.Y. December 23, 2010.  "Those are the lights everybody's been telling us to use," said Joe Gerych, Steuben County Fire Inspector.  "It blew up like a bomb. It spattered all over."  Fire Chief Mike Robbins said the blaze destroyed the room where the fire started and everything in it, and the rest of the house suffered smoke and water damage.

October 5, 2010 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported: "Trisonic Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Recalled Due to Fire Hazard" because of four incidents.  It's official notice states: "Hazard: light bulb can overheat and catch fire." Link


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