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Energy Producing Home

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I just recently heard about a home designed by architect Rolf Disch that produces five times the energy it consumes.  The rotating home, dubbed “Heliotrope”, is designed for optimal use of the sun’s energy and an in home water purification system recycles gray water and rain water collected in a rooftop basin.

The video bellow offers a tour of the home.  For those of you who don’t understand German, narrator is saying that the house is awesome.

Written by Aaron Nee

August 23, 2010 at 3:09 pm

The Green Revolution

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Rural Cuquio, Mexico is increasingly receiving attention from major agribusinesses: Monsanto, DuPont, etc.  What benefits could be motivating these corporations from setting up shop in a place where incomes range from $0 – $1.05 an hour?  Cuquio is a region of campesinos, poor subsistence farmers.  Allegedly the presence of these businesses would be mutually beneficial but according to this article that doesn’t seem to be the case. While Monsanto et. al promise higher yields, start up costs are higher, not to mention health risks.   Farmers untrained in the use of toxic pesticides  are poisoning frogs, the soil, and themselves.

“The local doctor in Cuquio says that two of every 10 patients who visit him during the rainy season months of June through October each year are poisoned by agrochemicals. Three or four die each year.”

Though tragic in itself, these three or four annual deaths may become overshadowed as farmers already struggling for survival are being diverted by the loud voices of large corporations that offer quick chemical-induced fixes, from sustainable solutions that would secure more fruitful harvests over time (such as those proposed by Mexican agronomist Juan Alba Quezedo).

Written by amynee

August 11, 2010 at 10:47 am

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Obama’s “New Normal” and Mid-East Media

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I was in the kitchen getting Isaac’s lunch ready and turned on the radio expecting to jump into the middle of “The Story” with Dick Gordan.  Instead the voice of the host was female (I didn’t catch her name) and the program was “On the Media” a show that addresses various media outlets around the world.  I initially planned on moving on to the more familiar, “Democracy Now!” but became fascinated as the host moved from an interview in which she discussed the “New Normal” of international relations and militarism being established under Obama to Iraqi independent programming (apparently the typical Iraqi is much more savvy at discerning b.s. from their news providers)  to “Tash Ma Tash,” a Saudi Arabian sitcom that challenges cultural norms.  I also managed to get a little crush on an Arabic television host, Ahmad Al-Shugairi, who airs a special program during Ramadan, challenging Muslims to be attentive to the teachings of the Prophet that effect everyday life (this episode is on waste management – if only I knew what he was saying!).  I definitely plan on tuning into this program and highly recommend it!

Written by amynee

August 10, 2010 at 10:42 am

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