New Blog Address

That’s me, I rule!

Due to the limitations of wordpress, I am moving my blog effective immediately.  I have already transferred the content from the last several months.  Please visit me at:

http://themorningdump.blogspot.com/

 Have a nice day!

Roundabouts beat Four Way Stops

From article:

Roundabouts (AKA rotary or traffic circle) have gained popularity in Europe and more progressive areas of the US like Seattle in recent years. By eliminating a four-way stop intersection and replacing it with a roundabout you allow for the continuous flow of trafficThis not only greatly reduces the unnecessary additional emissions from repeated start-stop cycles but it also reduces vehicle noise and reduces the number of accident opportunities.

http://www.triplepundit.com/pages/askpablo-well-to-wheel-efficie-002467.php

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My Three Year Old Sons Knows That

http://cryptogon.com/?p=651

From article:

According to a nationwide online survey released today, 72 percent of the American public does not know that conventional plastic is made from petroleum products, primarily oil.

Sidenote:  Maybe it’s time to watch Idiocracy again.

Interview with PTF

Perry Goes Nuts

Here’s an article written by Perry Arnett looking at our ever-depleting oil and natty gas supply and how it will lead to the Great Die Off.  Perry sees the human poplulation dwindling as low as 50 million people worldwide.  Excessive?  Yes.  Possible?  I have no idea.  Some other predictions, including timelines:

1979 US per capita energy use peaked; still floundering on a plateau in 2006, but ready to fall precipitously (‘cliff’) at any time

2005 World crude oil probably peaked; still on an undulating plateau in 2007; starts off the ‘cliff’ ~2010-2012 or before

2005 World food production (grains) peaked

2008 World Natural Gas peaks (or sooner)

2010 NG ‘cliff’ arrives (or sooner)

2012 US electricity blackouts and brownouts become the norm (or sooner)

2012 US potable, available water peak and ‘cliff’; shortages and waterborne diseases increase

2015 US Health Care System in complete chaos, breakdown and failure; sanitation, drugs, return of communicable diseases, poorer nutrition, etc.

2015 World “Dieoff” begins in earnest; largely starvation, disease and poor healthcare caused

2030 US per-capita energy consumption hits the “30% mark-AFTER peak”, equaling year 1930 lifestyles again (probably much sooner than 2030)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AlasBabylon/message/32238

Link found via http://www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net/BreakingNews.html

‘Oatburgers’ or ‘How to Solve America’s Obesity Epidemic’

Here’s  a recipe for oatburgers from Celsias.  They sound pretty good.  I’ll bet the total cost of a quarter pound oatburger would be only a fraction of a beef burger.  McDonalds, Burger King, and Wendy’s could put it on their Value Menus, make a good chunk of change on high profit margins, and customers could get a healthy (and cheap) meal.  It sound so easy, doesn’t it?  I can hear the slogans now:  Oatmeal, it’s what’s for dinner.  OK, back to reality.  Here’s the link and recipe:

http://www.celsias.com/blog/2007/04/19/low-carbon-diet-oatburgers/

  • 2c rolled oats
  • 1 2/3 c boiling water
  • 1/3 c soy sauce
  • 1 onion – chopped
  • 3T sunflower seeds
  • 2T pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2t garlic powder
  • 3T yeast flakes

What is ‘Fallen Fruit?’

From their website:

“Public Fruit” is the concept behind the Fallen Fruit, an activist art project which started as a mapping of all the public fruit in our neighborhood. We ask all of you to contribute your maps so they expand to cover the United States and then the world. We encourage everyone to harvest, plant and sample public fruit, which is what we call all fruit on or overhanging public spaces such as sidewalks, streets or parking lots.

We believe fruit is a resource that should be commonly shared, like shells from the beach or mushrooms from the forest. Fallen Fruit has moved from mapping to planning fruit parks in under-utilized areas. Our goal is to get people thinking about the life and vitality of our neighborhoods and to consider how we can change the dynamic of our cities and common values.

-Fallen Fruit is David Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young

http://www.fallenfruit.org/

Note:  Be sure to read their manifesto.  Looks like they’re based out of Kali, but it seems like a good idea for all parts of the country.  I’m sure many people have fruits growing in their backyards that drop to the ground and rot because most people have this idea in their minds that fruit comes from a grocery store, not a tree.  Don’t believe me?  Ask a kid where fruit comes from.

This link was found via http://www.worldchanging.com/

Hey Mayor Hickenlooper, you want to plant a million trees in the next twenty years, right?  Can you imagine if the Denver area had an additional million fruit trees?  That would be pretty cool. 

Tax Free Income, Ghetto Style

An interesting look at the underground economy of Chicago’s Southside.  It’s like the place just dropped off the map.

http://www.reason.com/news/show/119245.html

It’s a primer for the book, seen here:

http://www.amazon.com/Off-Books-Underground-Economy-Urban/dp/0674023552

The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor

I just put it on my wish list.  I’ll buy it when I can find a used version for five bucks.  That reminds me, I’m currently reading The Unheavenly City, published in 1970.  It looks at demographics across metropolitan areas.

http://www.amazon.com/Unheavenly-City-Edward-C-Banfield/dp/B000K0AZGO/ref=sr_1_3/104-0765216-2723118?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1176837012&sr=1-3

‘Amen to that Brotha’ or ‘Reason to Leave the Country Part IV

Sometimes I think it would be better off if I just take my hard earned money and spend it at Walmart or Costco every Friday afternoon like most sheeple.  The savings rate in this country has dropped into negative territory because there is absolutely no benefit to saving thanks to hotshot Mr. IRS.  If a presidential candidate made a speech like the article linked below, I would automatically do my darndest to put him/her in the White House regardless of his/her other political views.

http://www.slate.com/id/2164050/nav/tap1/

Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer. Click image to expand.

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