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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Home is Where You Park It

What began as an attempt at a simpler life quickly became a life-style brand.
By Rachel Monroe
NEW YORKER Magazine, April 24, 2017
#Vanlife, the Bohemian Social-Media Movement

. . . before we reached the forest, we stopped at another surf break, north of Ventura. A middle-aged man in a shiny Volvo station wagon pulled into the parking lot behind us. He’d seen us on the freeway and followed us, he said. He wanted to talk about vans, and self-sufficiency, and freedom. 

Just a few days into vanlife, I had become accustomed to this kind of encounter: the hunger in the eyes of middle-aged men at the sight of old Volkswagens, and how not entirely bad it felt to be a symbol that other people projected their fantasies onto. 

Smith smiled politely as the man kept talking. “You’re survivors,” the man said emphatically, thumping his steering wheel. “You’re living in reality.” Read entire article HERE >>

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kentucky coal company announces plans to build the state’s largest solar farm

A dump truck moves dirt and rock from a mountaintop removal coal mine in Kentucky. CREDIT: AP Photo/Roger Alford

Berkeley Energy Group, the coal company behind the project, billed it as the first large-scale solar farm in the Appalachian region, which has been hit hard by the decades-long decline in the U.S. coal industry. The company, in partnership with EDF Renewable Energy, is currently conducting feasibility studies for the project on two reclaimed strip mines, both located in the eastern part of the state. Berkeley Energy Group estimates that the solar farm could produce as much as 50 or 100 megawatts of electricity, which would be five to ten times the size of Kentucky’s largest solar farm.

As a candidate, President Trump seized on the high unemployment among coal miners in Appalachia, promising that he would bring coal mining back if elected president. In office, he has signed a handful of orders and laws that he argues will help bolster the declining industry — though energy experts, coal executives, and even Republican politicians contend that the market for coal looks bleak and that Trump’s orders will do little to change that.

At the same time, renewable energy employment has been increasing across the country. According to a Sierra Club analysis published earlier this year, clean energy employs more people that fossil fuel jobs by more than 2.5 to one — and renewable energy jobs exceed fossil fuel jobs in almost every state. In recent years, solar and wind jobs have grown at a rate 12 times faster than the rest of the U.S. economy. Read entire story >>

Reprinted with permission from ThinkProgress

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Traveling by car six times more expensive for society than by bicycle, study finds

Stefan Gössling and Andy S. Choi conducted the study to determine whether the Copenhagen Municipality needs a new cycling infrastructure system. After looking at the vehicular cost on society with regards to congestion, health, road damage, noise, pollution, travel route, and climate change, the researchers found that cars have a much higher economic impact on society than bikes.

If the costs to society and the costs to private individuals are added together, the impact of the car is EUR 0.50 per kilometre and the impact of the bicycle is EUR 0.08 per kilometre.

The study by Stefan Gössling and his colleague also shows that if we only look at costs/benefits for society, one kilometre by car costs EUR 0.15, whereas society earns EUR 0.16 on every kilometre cycled. 

“The cost-benefit analysis in Copenhagen shows that investments in cycling infrastructure and bike-friendly policies are economically sustainable and give high returns”, says Stefan Gössling.

OK, so it's Copenhagen, not exactly in the car insanity cities in the U.S. The numbers would even be worse here. 

Friday, April 07, 2017

Dates Are One of The Healthiest Fruit on the Planet

Dates are undoubtedly one of the healthiest fruits on the planet and they offer numerous health benefits, including:

Dates improve digestion

Dates are rich in fibers and thus help digestion, but they are also high in numerous other nutrients, and treat various ailments. They treat heart issues, prevent strokes, regulate cholesterol levels, and prevent cancer. Also, they suppress appetite, n the sugar they contain can be a substitute for white sugar.

Dates are rich in iron

They are a rich source of iron and thus treat anemia. 100 g dates provide 0.90 g iron or 11% of the recommended daily intake. Iron also improves the oxygen flow to the brain.

Prevent strokes

The high potassium content protects the nervous system, and in sufficient levels, it lowers the stroke risk by 40%.

Brain food

Dates are rich in phosphorus which supports the function of the brain.

Treat diarrhea

Dates are high in calcium, which refreshes the gut flora, creates gut bacteria in the gut, and treats diarrhea.

Treat constipation

Dates detoxify the body, help digestion, and treat constipation as well. In the evening, leave a few dates n some water to soak until the morning, and they will release juices that act as laxatives. Eat the dates to support intestine health and accelerate metabolism and digestion.

Improved libido

To improve your sex life and drive, soak some dates in goat milk and in the morning, add honey and cardamom to the mixture. This will boost your energy and potential.

Strengthen heart

You should soak dates in water, and blend them in the morning. Drink the smoothie to support heart health.

Weight loss

Dates regulate appetite and provide nutrients which help you lose extra pounds. Yet, note that they are high in sugar and consume them in moderate amounts.

Reduce high blood pressure

Only 5-6 dates provide 80 mg magnesium which dilates blood vessels. Studies have shown that you need 370 mg magnesium on a daily basis to lower high blood pressure and keep it regulated.

Support eye health

Dates contain vitamins that boost eye health, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which are beneficial for the eye retina and macula. They improve eyesight and prevent damage of the macula due to aging.

Help d

A team of scientists at the Jordan University of Science and Technology found that the regular consumption of dates for 4 weeks soothes the pain and reduces bleeding before the due date and ease the delivery.

Moreover, it prevents postpartum depression signs and provides more milk in the mother’s breasts.

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