Saturday, December 20, 2008

Snowlots in Seattle

Yes, we're getting pounded. But it's not so bad, if you don't have to drive anywhere:

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

American Veterans and Servicemembers Survival Guide: free!

The American Veterans and Servicemembers Survival Guide is a web-based book, available free for download at

This book will help you survive in the world of the veteran. This world, like the world at large, is not a fair world; you have to know what you’re doing...

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Cap and Dividend: a market-based solution to CO2

Cap and Dividend is a simple, market-based way to reduce CO2 emissions without reducing household incomes. It caps fossil fuel supplies, makes polluters pay, and returns the revenue to everyone equally, thus offsetting the cost to consumers.

Think about it as an expansion of the Alaskan system, in which the state government gives about $2000 a year to each citizen from the carbon energy industry. Under Cap & Dividend, carbon licenses would be auctioned to carbon users at whatever price the market sets; the profits would be distributed to all citizens ( in Alaska...) to offset energy price increases.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Donate Your Shoes in the President's Name.... memory of President George W Bush's most memorable moment
... I offer a COMPLETELY UNRELATED charity ... seriously, this looks like a good charity and it doesn't have to cost you much to help out. In fact, it gives you something to do with shoes that just didn't fit right ... better than chucking them out! From
" Soles4Souls has a simple mission: To impact as many lives as possible with the gift of shoes.

Soles4Souls facilitates the donations of shoes, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. Shoe companies, retailers, and individuals can donate footwear (both new and used). Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS, and donating parties are eligible for tax advantages.

The idea behind gifts of shoes is nothing new to the Soles4Souls team, as they coordinated relief efforts for the Asian Tsunami and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, netting over 1 Million pairs donated for these disasters. The team originally operated as with several churches partnering in the collection and distribution of footwear. We need the 'gently worn' shoes taking up space in your closet. It is estimated that Americans have 1.5 billion pairs of unworn shoes lying in their closets. We can use each and every one of these pairs to make a tangible difference in someone's life.

Round up shoes from your closets, bind each pair together with rubber bands and drop them at one of our participating locations or send them to one of our warehouse facilities. We will sort the shoes and categorize them based on gender, size, and type. Then when one of our relief partners expresses a need for the shoes, we will be able to fill that 'order' with your footwear!"
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