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Wild Friday: Greasy Bribes, or Just Oily?

Besides a disregard for the environment, or people and animals destroyed by the oil spills, The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reports big oil is number one when it comes to taking bribes. Here are some details from Common Dreams:

Large multinational corporations are behind the majority of documented bribes worldwide, with most payers and takers hailing from rich nations, according to a study released Tuesday by the 34-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).… Read the rest

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Wild Friday: Cyber Spies Target Small Businesses & Individuals … Like You!

New research from Symantec shows that government spy technology  called Regin infiltrate s the computers of small businesses and individuals using a Microsoft “back door” – or would that be back “window”?

According to WhoWhatWhy:

The global Regin “hit list” belies the intelligence agencies’ claims that their spying is limited to missions of national security.… Read the rest

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Mother Earth Monday: Sunshine State Shills Shun Solar

Rich with solar energy, Florida could be basking in the sun, but our policies do not embrace this vision.  Instead, solar rebates and efficiency goals have been axed by the Public Service Commission.

Katie Valentine writes about this in ThinkProgress:

Florida’s Public Service Commission voted last week to cut energy efficiency targets for power companies and to do away with a solar rebate program in the state, decisions that served to scale back the state’s already paltry efforts in renewable energy.… Read the rest

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Human Temple Sunday: Samskara & Yoga

The ancients said every experience leaves a residual element in our mind, and modern neuroscience agrees.  Here is more from The Vedanta Center about such “samskaras” and the yoga techniques developed to help you manage this:

The “Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” constitute the most important and the fundamental work on yoga psychology.… Read the rest

Wild Friday: A Piss Poor Dead Ringer for Upper Crust?

Mary Allan shares this (perhaps apocryphal)  information about some very old expressions:

Where  did “piss poor” come from?   If  you’re young and hip, this is  still interesting and us  older  people need to learn  something new every day…Just  to keep the grey matter tuned up.… Read the rest

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Thirsty Thursday: Lovers’ Quorum, A One Minute Play

Here is the script for Lovers’ Quorum , a one minute play first produced in 2006 as part of the Got A Minute? breast cancer fundraiser in Sarasota, Florida.

m1

Boy loves girl

f1
who loves girl

f2
who loves girl back

f1
so you would think boy

f2
would get the clue and go

m1
but he doesn’t.

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Worldwide Wednesday: A Tragedy for Main Street, USA

Big boxes and online bargains have crushed downtown America, forcing local businesses to close, including Greaton’s Jewelers, owned by my friend Karen Greaton, who is ironically a direct descendant of some of the very city founders of New Richmond.  How sad it is that the thriving community that once existed has been lost, perhaps for good – or would that be “for bad”?… Read the rest

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Techy Tuesday: Password Mistakes To Avoid

Go ahead, try and be clever about your passwords.  You are likely making predictable choices, according to Jeff Fox, leaving yourself vulnerable.  How smart are your tricks?  Consider this:

In a 2013 study for DARPA (the Federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) called Pathwell, security consulting company KoreLogic found that, among the thousands of users within an unnamed Fortune 100 company, roughly half had relied on just five patterns to compose their passwords and 85 percent had relied on just 100 patterns.… Read the rest

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Mother Earth Monday: Earth is Older Than We Thought

Did I post this already?  I must be getting older than I thought cuz I honestly don’t remember.  But I am a zygote compared to the oldest rocks ever discovered in our solar system.  They have been dated back about 4.57 billion years, meaning Earth obviously finished forming later than that.

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Soapbox Saturday: SNL Misses the Bill

Yeah, it was funny, but it was also incorrect!  SNL nailed the Schoolhouse Rock parody with Obama smacking that pesky Bill right down the capital steps.  Unfortunately, the savvy comedy routine got the details all wrong on executive orders and the President’s feelings about such a bill. … Read the rest

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Wild Friday: Invasivores

Now that you are done eating everything you want, maybe it is time to eat something for the good of it!  That is what invasivores consider to be the reason for adding invasive species to their menus!   Lion fish, Asian carp and blue catfish are just some of the “fish-zilla” species that are ending up on a fork. … Read the rest

Thirsty Thursday: The Thanksgiving Salmon Story

In honor of the following true story about Thanksgiving salmons, I share this recent video featuring repeat salmon deliveries.  Watch it and you will see…

Now then, I met my in-laws for the first time on Thanksgiving Day, and being  consummate hosts they included a beautiful salmon in their dinner menu as some of those attending the meal no longer ate fowl but did eat fish. … Read the rest

Techie Tuesday: Let’s Encrypt the Entire Internet!

Free and easy security certificates – what a dream come true for webmasters and lovers of privacy!  Let’s Encrypt was announced this week (but won’t be ready to use until the second quarter of 2015)  “a free, automated, and open certificate authority (CA), run for the public’s benefit.” It’s the product of years of work from engineers at Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai, Electronic Frontier Foundation, IdenTrust, and researchers at the University of Michigan.… Read the rest

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Wild Frisday: Canada Flooded With Liberal Refugees?

The Manitoba Herald doesn’t really exist. But if it did, it would say the flood of American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week, sparking calls for increased patrols to stop the illegal immigration.  Lampoonists insist the recent actions of the Tea Party and the fact Republicans won the Senate are prompting an exodus among left-leaning citizens who fear they’ll soon be required to hunt, pray, and to agree with Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck.… Read the rest

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Techie Tuesday: Solar Power Cloth

Forget bulky solar panels, new solar cloth can be used on carports, tents and other places that won’t hold up much weight.  A British company has invented lightweight photovoltaic fabric that can be stretched across parking lots or on buildings that can’t hold heavy loads, such as sports stadiums with lightweight, retractable roofs.… Read the rest

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Mother Earth Monday: Free Fruit For All

Public spaces should be planted out with edible things, I have always insisted.  And now here is a community park and garden in Bloomington Indiana that did just that very thing!  Here is a bit about the Community Orchard written by Ross Gay:

It’s easy enough for me to remember this orchard, with its numerous varieties of 100 or so fruit trees (apples, peaches, pears, plums, paw paw, cherries, jujubes, figs, and more) and equal number of fruit bushes, vines, and flowers, as little more than a flat expanse of mowed grass.… Read the rest

Wild Friday: Time Lapse Pregnancy!

Watch a woman explode! Well, time lapse photography of a pregnant woman growing larger and then … !  This video is fun not only for the people changing day by day, but also the room and its contents morph a little over time in an interesting fashion.… Read the rest

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Mother Earth Monday: Sustainable Buzz This Thursday!

Join me and the Sustany Foundation for our annual party under the stars along the Hillsborough River this Thursday evening.

Do you enjoy local restaurants, craft beers, spirits and wine?  If so be sure to check out The 7th Annual Sustainable Buzz on Thursday, 11/13/14 at the Straz.   … Read the rest