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Solar Technology More Utilized in Ethiopia Than in America. Why?

A few days ago, I saw this image in Wired magazine. It’s amazing that there have been so many efforts to bring 3rd world countries to better standings, but why don’t we rely more on solar technologies? Well. Lucky for you, you’re reading this very post. I’ll tell you why. We [a collective word representing both our own government and the oil companies that hide behind it] don’t want to use it.

From a business and governmental perspective, why switch? We’re funding a war, which funds the economy right out of a recession. We’re funding hundreds and thousands of truck drivers and ship captains who import and localize oil. We’re funding the jobs in refineries. We’re funding practically all of our nation’s power plants and electrical workers.

Imagine the size of the infrastructure shift if we ever tried to switch from oil to solar!

The efforts to completely replace all oil tankers ships and trucks for the entire country would be a couple hundred thousand arms and legs to begin with, but hell, that’s not even the half of it. Gas stations nationwide would have to be closed to be converted to electric fill up stations. Then comes in the factor that ALL power plants would have to be converted to be able to receive these power-in-a-ship battery contraptions for distribution to homes so that the current power line system would still be utilized. Yo. Scientists. Good luck with that.

Now, solar energy isn’t completely a dud in this country! By all means, taking matters into your own hands is always an option. Good luck with paying for the installation though. The federal grant is only so much help.

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Watery Soap Stops Here.

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Parents, Grandparents, Guardians and all other people who think they have control over what they call kids, I implore you to stop filling soap bottles with water after they’ve run out.
What is your thought process in doing so? Are you so cheap that you cannot simply buy a $1.39 bottle of soap? Even if you were a noble soul and bought that bottle, why do you let it rot under the sink while time and time again you refill the empty watery soap bottle? Sure I’ve badgered any culprit of this practice with enough rhetorical questions, but there is one more thing I’d like them to think about.

 

What do you care about more? The health of your child or the extra dollar in your pocket that you so maliciously saved?

I’m done.

Availability Heuristic: Today’s “Offending” Tweets of The Batman Shooting

People Make Me Sick.

The shooter, I have nothing to say about, since there is already enough coverage on the story and it’s all sad, sick and irrational. However, two tweets have also made the front pages today and everyone involved in them should be ashamed of themselves.

In hindsight, the people who made the tweets should’ve stood their ground when the people who complained about them bashed because it isn’t like they meant to offend.

The news reporters, who were not involved at all, should have stayed out of it and kept their focus on the dramatic and tragic national event that had just happened.

Now for the public. I’ll take bets right now that the government is going to use their “never let a good crisis go to waste” and pull out an IMPOSSIBLY long document that they mysteriously wrote within a week to take as many liberties as physically possible. Hello?! Does anyone remember the Patriot Act!? I wont even bother discussing that one. No one cares about our freedoms (or lack of) anyway.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yeA_kHHLow]

See, when emotions run high in national emergencies, we lose our freedoms. They admit that RIGHT THERE.

Here’s a few fun facts for today:

“In 2009, 31,347 people were killed by firearms in the United States. That’s an average of 86 people a day. Already this year in Rochester, about 100 people have been shot. Six times as many people who were killed in Aurora today will die by gun violence today across the country.”

“Those killed in Aurora represent less than half a day’s quota of annual gun deaths in the US. Today is the rule, disguised as the exception.”

Oh, and the title? What’s the Availability Heuristic you say? Probably the most common thing that the idiots of America fall for. Why not Google that one. For more on the reactions of today, http://therochesterian.com/2012/07/20/gun-control-mass-shootings-and-pop-culture/

Im done.

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Crush soda, please do explain this one…

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I don’t even have any words for this! Literally, that was my whole blog post. Seventy one grams?!

And people wonder why America is so fat… Seriously. This has so much sodium that it doesn’t even quench anyone’s thirst, so you buy another sugary drink five seconds later. Are people this stupid?

Apparently so…

 

On a related note, i’d love to know why Fanta Soda – the same thing, really – in Europe, made by the same company, has only 13 grams of sugar, compared to your 71 grams, yet its taste was incomparable.

But Fanta is another story, namely, on another blog post:

http://jcoinster.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/european-fanta-vs-american-fanta-huge-difference/

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What’s the worth in having a dog if this is how it lives?

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Guaranteed, you’ve seen a dog living like this. Most likely, you’ve seen it many times, in many different homes. I’ve seen so many dogs cooped up in a cage all day and they only go out to go to the bathroom. Why bother having a dog if you don’t love them? If you don’t run with them. Play with them. Lay with them. LOOK at them. Anything!

Now, i’m no adopt an animal commercial, but seriously, people should reconsider owning a dog if this is how they live their short life. You shouldn’t own a dog to OWN it. To tell your few acquaintances at work how you have a pure bread mini whatever from Germany like it’s a status.

On a related note, i’ve even been scolded for letting my dog run free around my yard, even if she doesn’t set foot near the road or attack dogs when they pass. I’ve had people come onto my lawn to return the dog as if she was lost (You know, ALL the way from the front yard and all.) People make me sick. I’m done.

(PS- The dog in the picture actually isn’t one of those dogs. That was a setup. Doesn’t he look so sad? Nope! I lied! But he can’t like that pink kennel!)

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Why are some companies so unprofessional?

One of the largest family owned pressure cleaning companies in America, creatively named “American Dream Pressure Cleaning,” has been run by my family since it’s creation in 1993. Our name is known throughout most of the eastern seaboard by many business owners and store managers.

However, company “rivals” have attempted to hurt our company in hotel parking lots, at our location and with hate-filled signs on telephone poles across local towns. Our machine’s electrical lines have been cut, fried, and even the engines have all been drilled through in only the past year alone.

These people know exactly what they’re doing and every time it happens, I have to wonder what their motive could possibly be as they send a drill through a small business’s machine, compromising all further operation until it’s fixed. Are they just that stupid? Do they think they’re getting a “leg up” on the business? I mean, none of it really matters when you’re a fully insured company anyway, but nonetheless, it just keeps happening.

So as a friendly message to these companies: stop messing. You wouldn’t be struggling if you strived to be the best, or at least your best. Even so, we’re not your competition. We work with contracts, so we don’t travel around asking random store managers to clean the store once and be on our ways. Maybe if you spent a little bit more time working on your company website or promoting your businesses, instead of trying to hurt ours, you would be better off.

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$90 for an ink cartridge? AWW HELL NAW.

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A few days ago, I stopped by a to Staples to find a replacement ink cartridge for my printer, since someone else in my household had decided to print a 70+ page document for themselves. Whether or not they read the document or not (they didn’t, in case you’re wondering) doesn’t matter, because every printer runs out eventually and chances are, the cartridge weighs only a few ounces – if that. So whenever my life is in peril, I turn to the website that solves it all: eBay.
There, I learned about a little known cheat that would save me quite a few bucks. Apparently, ink cartridges are refillable and the ink only costs a few bucks to get yourself. Thanks HP for not mentioning that on, you’ve been a real pal for all these years.

So I bought a pack just to try (I’ll post a link on the bottom so you can use it as a reference) for $6.40. With a price tag like that, how could I not give it a try?It was extremely easy to refill with the pictured directions, so there’s no point in explaining it, but I recommend having a few paper towels on hand…

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All in all, it saved me 80 bucks. So I can’t complain about having ink covered hands. But I really suggest you give this a try, because you’re only lining the pockets of massive corporations that know they’ve been ripping you off for years. No big deal.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/320886254920?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649