Posted by: walnotes | March 3, 2009

Virgin TP? C’mon Now!

 

55.  Virgin TP?  C’mon Now

“Future generations are going to look at the way we make toilet paper as one of the greatest excesses of our age. Making toilet paper from virgin wood is a lot worse than driving Hummers in terms of global warming pollution.” Making toilet paper has a significant impact because of chemicals used in pulp manufacture and cutting down forests.

http://twitter.com/mrskutcher

http://www.stumbleupon.com/toolbar/#url=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.guardian.co.uk%252Fenvironment%252F2009%252Ffeb%252F26%252Ftoilet-roll-america

Posted by: walnotes | March 2, 2009

Bottled Water Sucks

 

54.  Bottled Water Sucks

That’s almost 2,000 times the energy needed to produce the same amount of tap water. On top of the energy requirements, the authors estimated that the energy cost to solely produce the bottles is equal to the energy equivalent of 50 millions barrels of oil per year. They also found that companies rarely use recycled plastic, since almost all bottles used “virgin” plastic.

http://freshxposure.com/2009/03/01/bottled-water-uses-2000-times-more-energy-than-tap/

Posted by: walnotes | February 12, 2009

Cuba is Open Source

 

53.  Cuba is Open Source

Unlike Microsoft, Linux is free and has open access that allows users to modify its code to fit their needs.

“Private software can have black holes and malicious codes that one doesn’t know about,” Rodriguez said. “That doesn’t happen with free software.”

Apart from security concerns, free software better suits Cuba’s world view, he said.

“The free software movement is closer to the ideology of the Cuban people, above all for the independence and sovereignty.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE51A77S20090211

Posted by: walnotes | February 5, 2009

Fighting (Age) Discrimination

 

51.  Fighting (Age) Discrimination

To lead the office, Obama appointed Joshua DuBois, a 26-year-old Pentecostal minister who headed religious outreach for Obama’s Senate office and his presidential campaign. He also named 25 religious and secular leaders to a new advisory board.

Obama said the office would also work to reach out overseas “to foster interfaith dialogue with leaders and scholars around the world.”

“I had a father who was born a Muslim but became an atheist, grandparents who were non-practicing Methodists and Baptists, and a mother who was skeptical of organized religion, even as she was the kindest, most spiritual person I’ve ever known. She was the one who taught me as a child to love, and to understand, and to do unto others as I would want done,” he said.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090205/ap_on_go_pr_wh/rel_obama_faith_based

Posted by: walnotes | February 4, 2009

Universal Health Care

 

50.  Universal Health Care

Opponents of the bill complain that the tobacco tax increase hits the poor the hardest, because they are more likely to smoke than wealthier people are. Many also took exception to expanding the program and Medicaid to children of newly arrived legal immigrants.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090204/ap_on_go_co/children_s_health

Posted by: walnotes | January 23, 2009

Lost, in Translation

 

49.  Lost, in Translation

É com muito pesar que eu informo a todos que a Mari acaba de falecer. São 3h da manhã. Nós amigos estamos indo para o hospital agora.

Em nome de toda a família, agradecemos o apoio e o carinho que o mundo inteiro enviou para nós.

http://www.marianabridi.com.br/blog/

Posted by: walnotes | January 15, 2009

20/20 Hindsight Glasses

 

48.  20/20 Hindsight Glasses

Yet he would not second-guess the Bush administration’s calls.

“The decisions that were made by a prior administration were difficult ones. It is an easy thing for somebody to look back in hindsight and be critical of the decisions that were made,” Holder said. “Having said that, the president-elect and I are both disturbed by what we have seen and what we have heard.”

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090115/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/holder_confirmation

Posted by: walnotes | January 5, 2009

Yellow Snowcrash

47.  Yellow Snowcrash

An outfit calling itself the iPhone Dev Team released a free piece of software called “yellowsnOw” that allows subscribers to use the device on any wireless network running the same technical standards. 

Apple declined to comment on the new software. AT&T says use of the unauthorized software would void the phone’s warranty, the Wall Street Journal reports. 

http://www.minyanville.com/articles/apple-T-APPL-iphone-att/index/a/20520/from/yahoo

Posted by: walnotes | December 16, 2008

A Shoe For An Eye

46.  A Shoe For An Eye

During an interview in Sadr City, a brother of Muntader al-Zaidi’s, Maythem al-Zaidi, 28, said Muntader had been offered representation, free, by more than 100 lawyers from around the world, including one who had represented Saddam Hussein.

In Damascus, a 34-year-old shop owner, who gave his name only as Muhammad, said he was on his way to celebrate the shoe-throwing incident with friends.

“This is like a holiday,” he said. “This is just what we needed for revenge.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/16/world/middleeast/16shoe.html?_r=1&hp

Posted by: walnotes | December 14, 2008

What Was She Thinking

 

What Was She Thinking

What Was She Thinking

45.  What Was She Thinking
Finds officer Rachel Cubbitt realized the skull might contain a brain when she felt something move inside the cranium as she was cleaning it, Hall said. She looked through the skull’s base and spotted an unusual yellow substance inside. Scans at York Hospital confirmed the presence of brain tissue.

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