Self-service key-making machines: Keys are no longer secure

29 July 2014

New technology makes it much easier to duplicate keys, which is definitely both a plus and a minus. It is also inevitable.The best security for your house key is to not give it to anyone. Valets should only get a car key. House keys can be duplicated by scanning them with a smartphone. So can […]

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UN against War Crimes, US not so much

28 July 2014

U.S. alone in vote against investigation of crimes against humanity   Is there any doubt that Israelis and Palestinians have been committing war crimes and crimes against each other’s humanity for decades? Objectively, that seems to be a plain fact, with particular relevance to Israel, whose existence was made possible by, among other things, acts of […]

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Drought reduces California hydropower, forcing use of natural gas

28 July 2014

California utilities are being forced to use natural gas plants to create electricity as drought cuts down on hydropower generation. Lakes and dams where hydropower is used are sometimes less than 50% full. Without ample water, the energy can’t be created. Increasingly, utilities are using natural gas power plants as fallbacks. However natural gas creates […]

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World’s largest solar-wind hybrid installation

27 July 2014

A Jamaica law firm has installed an 80 kw hybrid solar-wind array on the roof of their office. It is expected to save $2 million over its 25 year lifespan and uses small vertical turbines and solar PV. The installation incorporates 50 of WindStream’s SolarMill devices. The different SolarMill models each comprise one or more […]

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Who shot down MH17 over Ukraine?

26 July 2014

Are Ukraine and Gaza both part of the same war?  The same day that Israeli tanks crossed into Gaza, to continue killing civilians and the occasional Hamas fighter, MSNBC  decided to ignore the Israeli invasion in favor of wall-to-wall coverage of the presumed shoot-down of Malaysian Airliner MH17 over eastern Ukraine. Why would MSNBC make a choice that looks […]

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Air Force Academy converts waste into renewable energy

26 July 2014

Waste food at the Air Force Academy is turned into pulp then converted into methane in anaerobic digesters and used to heat boilers, create selectivity, and power vehicles. Thus, waste that used to go into landfills is being reused. “About 2-3 percent of the nation’s energy goes to treating wastewater and water,” said Pat Evans, […]

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Banksters refuse to take haircut on Argentina debt, forcing default

25 July 2014

Argentina will probably default shortly on its debt. Wall Street vultures bought Argentina debt cheap and refuse to negotiate or make concessions, even though the vast bulk of creditors have. The vultures want 100% payment. Argentina can’t afford that. Worse, if Argentina pays the holdouts at 100%, a clause in the contracts means that have to […]

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More bubblicious tech: Amazon blows their earnings, warns on future

25 July 2014

Amazon lost $126 million last quarter, way worse than expected, and warns of a ginormous loss of $410-810 million next quarter, even as revenues were up 23%. Yes, Amazon continually pumps money into development and growth, and that’s great. However, it is a huge established company. At some point it needs to show a profit […]

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Armed self-defense by blacks during the civil rights movement

24 July 2014

This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible Standing behind Martin Luther King in the South were considerable numbers of heavily armed blacks who weren’t about to let the Klan terrorize them. This history of armed self-defense stretches back to the days of slavery. Voter registration drives in the […]

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What a crock. Smartphone-controlled crock pot

24 July 2014

Tell me again why I need to control a crock pot remotely. The Belkin wi-fi crock pot costs $130, 3-4 times more than your basic paleolithic crock pot, which force users to agonizingly walk over to it to adjust the controls. The Belkin frees you from such horrors. In fact, to set the timer you […]

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