Wrathful Planet? Hardly.

Image credit: Source unknown, except it was found on Facebook: Natural Cures Not Medicine   I understand this sentiment, and the underlying idea and truth behind it, but we have to be careful in ascribing personality or personification to a totally natural, material object, subject to the laws of the physical realm, just as we... Continue Reading →

My Home Energy Project: Step 4 – Green Energy

Here’s a bright idea, reblogged from ‘L to the Aura’: – Bullfrog Power (watch the video).

It’s a Canadian thing but we have the same (different company) going on in Australia too. Well, to be fair, it started in New Zealand and a couple of years ago landed on Aussie shores.

Anyway, it’s a great idea which anyone who agrees with the need to do something about climate change could make part of any positive action plan that they may already have. And it won’t cost an arm and a leg. If you know about the dangers of climate change then you also must know that we all must change our lifestyles, perhaps in major ways, otherwise those changes will be forced on us by natural events. Here’s a way to do something.

I have been paying extra for 100% green energy in my electricity consumption, among other things, for around five years now, and until the normal Aussie energy retailers realised that this was not in their best interests and stopped offering the option to do that (I guess with Tony Abbott as PM they thought they could get away with that). So, for the last two years I have an account with Powershop, ranked Australia’s greenest power company (http://www.powershop.com.au/) our ‘Bullfrog Power’ if you like.

Yes, I may be paying a little extra for electricity, but …and it is a big but… with the standard discounts they offer, and frequent ‘specials’, I am actually paying less than before. Why not check it out.

If you decide this is for you, then let me know. We can both get a $75 credit that way, for introduction by a friend. Just saying.

~ L to the Aura ~

Over the past two years, I have been working to reduce the impact of the energy consumed by my home. From creating an energy baseline, to minimizing heating/cooling and lighting loads, I have been able to reduce my energy consumption by over 20% for the household.

Plug loads were planned to be the next main area of focus for further reducing my energy consumption. However, there is a fine balance to be played between the waste created by discarding old appliances and the energy savings available. These trade offs should be weighed individually.

I lucked out that when I purchased my home as it came with recently replaced energy star appliances – and so, although there may be more efficient models available, I have decided to make responsible energy choices for these appliances only when they are in need of being replaced. Additionally, lets face it, new appliances can be expensive –…

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Putin’s Angels

They may not be everyone's cup of tea, but they are people with a purpose. Image:  Vladimir Putin with the Night Wolves’ Alexander ‘The Surgeon’ Zaldostanov. Photograph: Alexey Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images Yes, they are bikers, with a typical biker mentality, and yes, you wouldn't want to take them home to meet your mother, but they have... Continue Reading →

Waiting For The Toast To Pop-Up

'The Shipping News Says the World Economy Is Toast'. Image Source: Shanghai Shipping Exchange via Bloomberg While the 'toast' thing may be something of an overstatement of the situation right now, the information presented here does make it very clear that 'stuff' is not being moved about around the world nearly as much as it... Continue Reading →

How Low Can You Go?

A contrast in democracy, between modern Norway and what modern America has come down to, by someone who has seen both worlds, and also experienced the battlefields of America's wars in the Middle East. Tomgram: Ann Jones, Social Democracy for Dummies Very revealing. Come on, read it.  You know you owe it to yourself to... Continue Reading →

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Image credit:  A home in El Salvador being fumigated to prevent the spread of the Zika virus. Photograph: Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images The Zika virus foreshadows our dystopian climate future - Bill McKibben   I have long said, agreeing with others like Bill McKibben in this Guardian article, that the ravaging of our environment and climate... Continue Reading →

Interesting Manoeuvres

Oh dear, things are becoming so very complicated, and events are happening so fast that it is hard to keep up. The IMF (the banking arm of the US Financial Elite) is giving BRICS a bigger say in world monetary decisions by increasing their voting share.  China becomes the third biggest voting bloc after the... Continue Reading →

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