Here’s a handy dandy low-to-no-cost earthquake alarm idea straight from the files of “we ain’t got nothin’ else.”
You find a skinny shelf.
You put bottles on it.
You scrunch ’em together so they’re touchin’ each other.
If it starts to rattle … run.
Arrange your Hillbilly Earthquake Alarm out of the way from where it could fall on anything important or bust all over the floor and scatter. We don’t want bare feet (dog, cat, human) runnin’ an escape route through the broken glass.
Because the point is for the Hillbilly Earthquake Alarm to clink and rattle and start smashin’, and wake us up so we can run outside or at least get in a doorway, or roll outta bed onto the floor beside the mattress.
Also: Don’t blame us if you cut yourself on broken glass. We said to put the alarm over yonder.
… and here’s a rattlin’ clinky wall o’ LINKS to modern extraction-energy blues:
MoneyControl.com: Nalco to set up project on carbon sequestration (“Micro-algae could achieve a growth rate 10 times more than that of other land plants, they said. The algae so produced can be used for production of bio-fuel, poultry & cattle feed, aquaculture feed, pharmaceutical products and a kind of organic fuel having high calorific value, they said.” CURIOUS HOW THE MANUFACTURERS OF COREXIT, WHICH MAKES ALGAE POPULATIONS GO WILD DUE TO ITS ANOXICATING PROPERTIES, ARE INTO ALGAE NOW. -ed)
BP Oil Slick: Ongoing Disaster in the Gulf 1 year later (“The disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is far from over. Fishermen are put in the position of being FORCED to go out into water they know in their hearts is not safe for sale. Many of the fishermen I know personally will not eat the catch from their own boats. If they speak out they are chastised by their fellow fishermen for putting their jobs in jeopardy. These people should be compensated for every day they have to stay out of the fishing grounds until the waters are truly safe for human consumption.”)
YouTube: CorEXIT kills – reports from the Gulf March / Feb 2011. Ban Corexit! [WARNING: Horrific, recent photos of beach and marsh death]
Rachel Maddow: EXCLUSIVE report March 24, 2011 (VERY IMPORTANT: Report finds blowout preventers DO NOT WORK. Please watch and call your senators about it)
Masters of the Universe Go To Camp: Inside the Bohemian Grove (fascinating story of infiltration into the power elite’s version of Burning Man)
NYTimes.com: Losing Our Way (excellent op-ed) —
So here we are pouring shiploads of cash into yet another war, this time in Libya, while simultaneously demolishing school budgets, closing libraries, laying off teachers and police officers, and generally letting the bottom fall out of the quality of life here at home. … The U.S. has not just misplaced its priorities. When the most powerful country ever to inhabit the earth finds it so easy to plunge into the horror of warfare but almost impossible to find adequate work for its people or to properly educate its young, it has lost its way entirely.
A stark example of the fundamental unfairness that is now so widespread was in The New York Times on Friday under the headline: “G.E.’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether.” Despite profits of $14.2 billion — $5.1 billion from its operations in the United States — General Electric did not have to pay any U.S. taxes last year.
As The Times’s David Kocieniewski reported, “Its extraordinary success is based on an aggressive strategy that mixes fierce lobbying for tax breaks and innovative accounting that enables it to concentrate its profits offshore.”
G.E. is the nation’s largest corporation. Its chief executive, Jeffrey Immelt, is the leader of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. You can understand how ordinary workers might look at this cozy corporate-government arrangement and conclude that it is not fully committed to the best interests of working people.
Corporations Are Not People: Resolution Template (take this to your city council and mayor. make it happen)
Alternet: Busted for growing pot to ease suffering from chemotherapy and hemopheilia, couple prepares to surrender for 5-year prison terms (“Fry’s lineage includes seven generations of doctors. Family notables include her grandfather, Dr. Francis Marion Pottenger, celebrated for being at the forefront of curing tuberculosis in the early 1900s, and founding the field of internal medicine in the process. Her grandmother studied under Carl Jung in the 1950s, founding a Jungian institute in Houston in the 1960s, while her mother also became a physician in the 1950s.”)
RSC.org: Battery turns entropy into electricity (on the good foot — another new non-poisonous power possibility to get excited about)
YouTube: The Incident at Tower 37 (great fantasy short film on the subject of corporations hoarding water)
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