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Be the Change You Want to See: Taking it to an Extreme

Rather than telling the likes of Koch they should change, replace them.
I see Space X one example of what it takes to embody and implement change.

In the case of Space X, they are working hard to go beyond, (and thus replace,) United Launch Alliance (ULA). ULA is a conglomerate of companies leftover from the heydays of our space program. They are not simply stuck in the past, but actively seeking to stay there.

In the case of automobiles , Tesla is working to replace all of the gasoline fueled cars. They may or may not get big enough to replace the big auto makers, but they have built the path to change.

Then there is Solar City. They are working to replacing centralized electric utilities with distributed solar collection and storage. Home owners and business become providers and users.

Finally there is the case of Renaissance Coop. A community in Greensboro NC was being neglected by corporate grocery chains. They were reliant on small low quality and over prices groceries. Thus they raised venture funds through crowd sourcing and are creating their own supermarket.

There is more work to be done… by all who dare.

http://renaissancecoop.com

“People wait’n on a change,,, ain’t got sense enough to com’n out’ta the rain.” — Parliament

Hidden Properties Become Obvious in Zero-G

What effect does orbital freefall have on a simple wet wash cloth?

Intuitively I know freefall (zero-g) bring out hidden properties in everyday material. But seeing the effect really highlights properties that we take for granted.

A simple wet wash cloth now behaves like more like dough filled with jello.

Watch the NASA video and ask yourself, “Can this be exploited to make something unique?” Think about it. Be creative.
Unique Properties of Water in Space

Citizen takes action to slow the conspiracy nuts.

Things are getting better.

Experience has taught us that in the wake catastrophic events, there will always be those who attempt to get a moment in the spotlight. The bombings of the 2013 Boston Marathon were no exception. So conspiracy theory websites are just expected, right?

Well the action of one enterprising citizen may have saved us all a lot of grief.
bostonmarathonconspiracy.com

Exert from CNN: 5 viral stories about Boston attacks that aren’t true.
By Doug Gross, CNN
updated 3:01 PM EDT, Tue April 16, 2013

At least one Web user was ready for this. He registered a website — bostonmarathonconspiracy.com — on Monday. Clicking the link reveals a white page with black text reading:

“I bought this domain to keep some conspiracy theory kook from owning it. Please keep the victims of this event and their families in your thoughts. Thank you.”

    Thank you to Stephen Barrett for the posting this link on his wall.

Small Communities Benefit from Wind Power

So often we think of renewable energy as a metropolitan issue. If you live in a city, you understand urban areas are the largest consumers of power in all forms, and electricity specifically.

What we don’t see are examples of how sustainable power harvesting effects the small farming communities of eastern Washington.

Lower Snake River Wind Project

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