One of the largest reasons that solar panels have seen such a dramatic upsurge in these areas has been the plummeting cost of LED lights. In the past, homes and businesses would need to buy solar panels capable of generating 20 to 30 watts of energy to light conventional incandescent light bulbs, which were the only ones available. Now, with lower cost and much higher-efficiency LED lights, they can buy solar panels that only need to generate 2 or 3 watts of power. One of the most common uses of these new cheaper solar panels, however, is to charge cell phones. Cell phones have become ubiquitous in Africa over the previous decade, and many individuals who previously had to rent a charger can purchase a small solar panel, which will pay for itself in a matter of months.
Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal (R) is under fire for forwarding an email about President Obama that contained Psalm 109, a prayer for the death
Not surprisingly, O’Neal’s email caused quite an uproar along with demands he resign. He has refused, saying the passage was used only to refer to his days in office and insisting he was not calling for the president’s death. Most people aren’t buying it and neither am I. After what happened to Gabrielle Giffords, it’s beyond irresponsible to toss around dangerous speech like that, and let’s not forget that the president’s daughters are more than old enough to be able to hear and read what’s being said about their father. I don’t know if Speaker O’Neal has a family but if he does I am sure he would not appreciate having such prayers said about him!
Seriously folks, if you don’t like the man’s politics, personality, or skin color, that’s your prerogative. You’re entitled to your opinions, even if many would be disgusted by them. However you are not entitled to publicly wish death on him or pain and hardship on his family. You are not entitled to indirectly incite violence. That’s when free speech goes to far. Stop wasting so much time spreading hate and instead use that time to do something truly productive like finding compromises and working together to improve the economy, create jobs, fix the health care system, and make this country better than ever.
Here's a video of the violence in Oakland, and a few thoughts.
One- this is a tremendous show of force in order to protect “property rights” in an empty building no one is using for anything. It is estimated that one billion of the world's seven billion people are currently squatters. Squatting on unused “private property” was a central issue of many peasant rebellions in medieval Europe, and for good reason. If a man can legally “own” property he isn't using for anything while others have no roof over their heads at all, then something is very wrong. The state's determination to protect this unjust situation with such an extreme show of force says volumes about its real priorities. Is Occupy trying to destroy “property rights”? I would argue that we are not, but that there is no legitimate property right to an unused building. If a building is lying vacant, let it be claimed by those who need it.
Two- only a small minority of protesters engaged in violence, but the others cannot be considered completely blameless because they did not attempt to prevent the violence from happening. This was not a perfectly non-violent march. Protesters can be seen throwing various objects at the police.
Three- the level of violence used by the protesters was very much lower than the level of violence used by the police.
The National Park Service says fans of the popular TV show “Alcatraz” are starting to cause problems at the historic prison, which the parkservice now runs. The series highly fictionalizes the prison, highlighting features like an underground lab, secret tunnels, and other made up areas. The problem is fans aren’t doing their homework and are assuming what they see on TV is real. That’s resulted in some real issues for the National Park service, which says tourists have started trying to find these non-existent locations and trying to poke around in areas marked off-limits to the public. It’s gotten so bad they’ve had to erect signs telling visitors the show doesn’t accurately portray the facility and the places they are looking for don’t exist. The service is worried the overeager fans could get hurt or cause security issues.
Hey I understand the excitement of seeing a location from your favorite TV show. It’s why studio tours are so popular! I’m even guilty of looking for locations from some of my favorite shows, like the 12th Precinct from the classic sitcom Barney Miller (it’s fictional) and the police station from the 70’s favorite “CHiPs” (it’s real and the CHP will even give you a tour!), but I did my research ahead of time. It’s foolish to believe everything you see on TV is real! Common sense should tell you that. Enjoy what you see on TV, but check before you go looking for the locations in real life to save yourself from any disappointment-or worse.
Remember Arizona Governor Jan Brewer? Friend to the masses and immigrants? The governor who initiated the most draconian immigration laws within the United States? When she met President Barack Obama on an airport runway, the two actually spoke.
The conversation between Jan Brewer and Barack Obama might have been a little bit awkward since he is suing her over the restrictive legislation which targets immigrants within the state of Arizona.
In The Washington Post article above, contributor Brad Plumer describes a plan that was enacted in Sweden. The Swedish government developed a list of locations where it might be feasible to “dump” nuclear waste. In each of these locations, the local population was given the power to veto the entire plan, avoiding situations like Yucca Mountain. After several years of local consultation, the running was down to two communities that actually competed for the nuclear waste dump. Even with a “soft touch” plan like this, though, the possible environmental damage from the repository is incalculable.
Countless pet owners have been tempted to give their sweet little felines a special treat often in the form of human food. This can cause severe harm to cats. Human food, though fine for us to eat can become toxic to cats and cause many health problems including death.
But there are other things for us to worry about if internet freedom is going to become part of a cohesive left-leaning agenda. For example, there is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, an international agreement between the U.S., EU, and key Asian and Oceania economies. ACTA’s provisions will command internet service providers to act as a global internet censorship police in a way very similar to SOPA and PIPA. Many of the details have only just come to light, since ACTA was negotiated in secret.
Who's the Problem
Just a few days ago, it was easy to see that Mitt Romney was the clear favorite in Florida, South Carolina and generally throughout the country. However, recent information is hurting him. Specifically, conservatives who are lower income and even the Evangelical Christian voters are not buying into him.
Romney seems to wealthy and with the recent details about his ability to pay only 14 percent income tax on his earnings last year, there's no doubt many people are wondering if he is able to appeal to the lower income conservative vote.
If you consider the past and the way locals voted in previous elections, you might say that the conservative Cuban Americans are likely to play the strong suit here. However, some say that is not the case, such as Gary Segura, who is a professor at Stanford University. He says, "The Cuban share of Florida's Latino population has declined even as the Latino population has grown. And, the younger generations of Cuban Americans are simply less Republican than their parents and grandparents." He also added that "Cubans are only three percent of the Latino population nationwide." The only place this vote makes a big difference, then, is in the Florida primary.
But as Henry David Thoreau said, “For every thousand hacking at the leaves of evil, there is one striking at the root.” We would do well to ask ourselves how the democratic institutions of the world are being used to push a one-sided, anti-human agenda. There are many reasons, but the biggest ones stand out and loom large over the political future of the entire planet: “Corporate Personhood” and the idea of money as free speech.
Citizens United, a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, essentially found corporations to have a First Amendment right to unlimited and unreported “free speech” in the form of campaign donations. In the wake of this, it’s no surprise that “legacy media” companies who have the most to gain from oppressive, globalized internet censorship are the ones bankrolling the campaigns of censorship sponsors!
Recent news reports that indicate that Romney paid a mere 14 percent in income tax last year soured many Americans to him. Of course, it is not his fault that the tax system provides such a limited accounting for those who are wealthy. Nevertheless, some have turned a bad taste in their mouth - can someone that is this wealthy really be conservative enough? The working class simply does not appreciate this indication.
In an article in the Lawrence Journal - World, the author discusses the need to move slowly when balancing the budget. According to the article, questions were raised as to why the budget was not balanced. The difference in balancing or not was just $1.5 billion, a far amount less than the lack of balancing the budget today. However, there were concerns brought up.