This video Resistance linked to is also interesting - recovering oil from plastic. Again, you have to evaluate whether he is spending more energy melting the oil than he is getting back, but it sounds good.
Like most bloggers, I grew up with an innate fear of trolls. It wasn't until I was a bit older and saw a troll in a comic book store that I realised how far away this animal was from the mythological creature I'd learned about on usenet.
My wife and I noticed several months ago that the food we chose to buy was getting much more expensive. I was probably more inspired by Michael Pollan and she by Mehmet Oz, but years ago we agreed that we would cut out the hydrogenated stuff and the high fructose stuff and the high sodium stuff.
Although various leaks and a few other leaking groups are still cropping up in the news, Liberty and Solidarity offers the first argument I've seen that puts WikiLeaks in context as part of a larger, coherent movement.
Doomer James Kunstler is telling us, Gird Your Loins for Lower Living Standards. He says something like that every year right about now, so it must be time to put the Xmas tree back in the box. Still, he is entertaining.
From Kindergarten, and on up, school open carry and aiming of a toy gun, a carrot, or a pastry at school mates or a teacher will be legal and unpunished in Texas. Gun advocates and the NRA would say "it's about time!" Teaching 5 year olds that aiming guns, even toy guns, at people is bad may confuse impressionable youngsters in use of real weapons at home.
In the 1960s, Stanley Milgram's electric-shock studies showed that people will obey even the most abhorrent of orders. But recently, researchers have begin to question his conclusions—and offer some of their own.
By Angelina Jolie (special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), New York Times guest op-ed, Jan. 27/29 2015
KHANKE, Iraq — I HAVE visited Iraq five times since 2007, and I have seen nothing like the suffering I’m witnessing now. I came to visit the camps and informal settlements where displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees are desperately seeking shelter from the fighting that has convulsed their region [....]