Wow not only are we using corn crops and such to make ethanol and plastics but we can make other stuff out of plant sugars?

posted by dharh 1:15 AM Jun 17th, 2007

Why We Fight is a documentary released in 2005. In it, we are given a glimpse of why we as Americans fight. From WWII to the current occupation in Iraq. It is not propaganda, like most would expect. It is a real look into the two wars after 9/11. It follows the run up to the war in Iraq, its completion, and the failing occupation afterwards. It also looks into why it is we are having so many problems with Arab nations and other so called terrorist nations.

The documentary makes plain the major differences in the way we used to fight, for the preservation of freedom and our democracy, and what we are doing now.

Looking closer to home, why do we, as environmentalists, as human beings, as fellows living beings on earth, fight against our own government who is now showing signs of not even listening to us anymore. Why do we fight for such frivolous things as universal health care, the environment, economic equality, against war? Why We Fight, can be explained in this quote from David Suzuki.

"My daugher Severn is 27 years old, and she's been an environmental activist ever since she was seven years old. A few months ago she said to me, 'Dad, I think this is the most exciting time to be alive in all of human history.' She said this is the moment, in the following months and a few years, we are going to have to make some big decisions. Because if we make the right decisions, or if we fail to make the decisions, it's going to determine the fate, not only of all human kind, but of countless species of plants and animals. This is the defining moment, she said, when we will decide whether or not we're going to be a spectacular Flash in the Pan failure, or whether we can step up to the plate and show that we are capable of finding humility, compassion, patience and wisdom to truly find a sustainable path. As I reflected on her comment, I've come to the conclusion she's absolutely right."(1) (2)

posted by dharh 5:17 PM Apr 30th, 2007

It is probably a myth that Albert Einstein said:

"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man."

A myth because there is nobody who has ever printed that quote who has provided an original source. Also two people (here and here) have taken it up with actual Einstein historians who have never heard of the quote.

However, even if it is a myth, the quote is quite apt. Recently the Bee has been disappearing. What would happen if the bees disappeared?

So what's happening? It seems to be called CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder). Many reasons are being researched, from the foods being fed the bees to cell phones. Whatever the reasons this is a real problem.

posted by dharh 11:59 PM Apr 23rd, 2007

Recycle something.

posted by dharh 12:24 AM Apr 23rd, 2007

This is another pointer post but I thought it was interesting. 8 technologies for a green future.

posted by dharh 7:10 AM Feb 9th, 2007

Big Tobacco funding the anti-global warming campaign? What the heck? The UK Guardian has an excerpt from a book called "Heat", not yet published, written by George Monbiot (nice name...) who talks about the network of funding, fake citizen groups, and bogus research institutes associated with the anti-global warming campaign. Started not mainly by ExxonMobile but Philip Morris a tobacco company.

posted by dharh 5:22 PM Sep 19th, 2006

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