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Comment: The World Doesn't Need More Children (Score 1) 567

by beforewisdom (#42147541) Attached to: US Birthrate Plummets To Record Low
Be part of the solution. If you have not had a family yet, limit yourself to 2 kids of your own and adopt the rest if you want more. If you already have a family, teach your kids not to have more than 2 of their own either. Current Population: http://tinyurl.com/currentpopulation 6.9 billion people World fertility rate for population replacement: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub-replacement_fertility 2.33 children per woman From: http://tinyurl.com/futurepopulation According to the United Nations, the global population could be as high as 11 billion in 2050 or as low as 8 billion, if the right programs are put in place now.

Comment: Re:Ryan is an Ayn Randroid! just like Greenspan! (Score 5, Informative) 757

by beforewisdom (#40960041) Attached to: Romney Taps Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan As Running Mate
Ayn Rand died on welfare and medicare, two things Ryan would cut to the bone if he had a chance. Part of the reason she was living on government assistance was that she was sick with cancer. She refused to believe the medical warnings about smoking. In that way she was a forerunner of the TEA party type denialists. The mentality of believing what you want because your opinion matters as much as someone who has studied something for years when you have not.

Comment: Re:Want To Use Less Water? Do Meatless Mondays (Score 1) 379

by beforewisdom (#39076589) Attached to: Is Agriculture Sucking Fresh Water Dry?
I don't things happen like that in the real world anymore. There may be a few boutique livestock farms that operate like that and sell meat few people can afford. Most meat comes from animals kept in factory farms whose waste is just dumped ( can't be used for fertilizer because of the toxins in the feed ). Lastly, it takes about 11 pounds of wheat to produce one pound of beef. Similar ratios exist for other meats and other palatable to humans plant products. If you are interested in saving fossil fuels and fertilizer, the easy choice is to eat your wheat/plants directly ( whole grain pasta, whole grain bread, cereal, etc ) instead of filtering it through a cow where you have to use...........and grow, and use resources for 11 times more.

Comment: Re:Want To Use Less Water? Do Meatless Mondays (Score 1) 379

by beforewisdom (#39076545) Attached to: Is Agriculture Sucking Fresh Water Dry?
You can buy a low sugar cereal in just about any supermarket. Cows milk isn't high carb. You can also got non-sweetened soy or almond milk. You can buy whole grain bread for your lunch, peanut butter without sugar and you can buy 100% fruit jelly The carbs in pasta are extremely low glycemic If all of that wasn't true, you could still pick many other easy meals for a Meatless Monday

Comment: Re:Use Less Water, Do "Meatless Mondays" (Score 1) 379

by beforewisdom (#39063231) Attached to: Is Agriculture Sucking Fresh Water Dry?
cereal comes from grain, you choose one of the many varieties that don't have a lot of junk in it. Ditto for the bread for your sandwich at lunch and the past at dinner. Most supermarkets sell peanut butter, cheap, that is just peanuts and salt. If you want Jelly that is just fruit you might have to pay a little more but a jar can last several weeks.

Comment: Install Low Flow Shower Heads (Score 1) 379

by beforewisdom (#39043979) Attached to: Is Agriculture Sucking Fresh Water Dry?
Save money on your utility bills, buy a gadget and help the environment at the same time. Install low flow shower heads. You get a similar perception of "thrust", but with less water. These things can save you a lot on your water bill. Heating water is another large portion of utility expenses and taxes the environment ( ie nasty things are burned to heat the water ). Wash your clothes in cold water when you can.

Comment: Use Less Water, Do "Meatless Mondays" (Score 1) 379

by beforewisdom (#39043757) Attached to: Is Agriculture Sucking Fresh Water Dry?
My apologies for posting this twice, Slashdot and my formatting had a disagreement The water to produce various food products: From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_water#Agricultural_products
  • the production of 1 kg beef costs 15,500 L water
  • the production of 1 kg broken rice costs 3,400 L water
  • the production of 1 kg eggs costs 3,300 L water
  • the production of 1 kg wheat costs 1,300 L water

Google on "Meatless Monday", it is an international effort to get people to eat meatless for one day a week ( Monday ) to reduce pollution and other environmental problems. For example, for one day a week have cereal for breakfast, A PB & J and Banana sandwich for lunch and a plate of pasta for dinner.

I've seen various articles that doing ONLY Meatless Monday helps the environment more than being a pretentious "locavore" all week long.

If you are interested in more information about the connection between good choices and the environment here are some short articles:

  • http://beforewisdom.com/blog/environment/un-urges-global-move-to-meat-and-dairy-free-diet/
  • http://beforewisdom.com/blog/environment/go-greendrop-meat/

Comment: Want To Use Less Water? Do Meatless Mondays (Score 3, Informative) 379

by beforewisdom (#39043029) Attached to: Is Agriculture Sucking Fresh Water Dry?
The water to produce various food products: From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_water#Agricultural_products the production of 1 kg beef costs 15,500 L water the production of 1 kg broken rice costs 3,400 L water the production of 1 kg eggs costs 3,300 L water the production of 1 kg wheat costs 1,300 L water Google on "Meatless Monday", it is an international effort to get people to eat meatless for one day a week ( Monday ) to reduce pollution and other environmental problems. One day a week have cereal for breakfast, A PB & J and Banana sandwhich for lunch and a plate of pasta for dinner. I've seen various articles that doing ONLY meatless monday helps the environment more than being a pretentious "locavore" all week long. If you are interested in more information about the connection between good choices and the environment here are some short articles: http://beforewisdom.com/blog/environment/un-urges-global-move-to-meat-and-dairy-free-diet/ http://beforewisdom.com/blog/environment/go-greendrop-meat/

Comment: Also the death of *MOST* brick and mortar stores (Score 1) 491

by beforewisdom (#38995087) Attached to: The Gradual Death of the Brick and Mortar Tech Store
I think eventually companies like Amazon may spell the doom of most ( not all ) brick and mortar stores, tech or not. It is much more convenient to order exactly what you want while sitting in your chair and have it delivered to your door. Probably a lot more eco-friendly too as your goods will be "car pooling" with the delivery man. Picking something up in person either means taking a chunk of your time on a weeknight or a weekend, assuming the store has what you want. The only motivator, if you are not into shopping for its own sake, is the price of gas versus the price of shipping. As gas prices change, something like an "odometer by money" could tip the balance in favor of just buying what you want online. Even supermarkets like Giant have delivery services, so they aren't immune unless someone is a gourmand who wants to inspect their food before s/he buys it.

Comment: Human failings override technical details (Score 1) 1148

I've learned a lot from the reassurances from engineers on slashdot.org in regards to nuclear power. I'm still anti-nuclear power. Those reassurances don't take into account political and business pressures. The kind that motivated the Japanese to build a nuclear power plant with a design that was deemed flawed back in 1972 and in an Earthquake zone. More on my opinion

Comment: Great idea, but in the wrong direction (Score 1) 352

by beforewisdom (#19582479) Attached to: Google Spends Money to Jump-Start Hybrid Car Development
Tesla Motors already has a very nice electric car that will suit most people's needs. The only bad thing is the price ( about 90K - they are paying off R&D ) http://www.teslamotors.com/index.php Google ( as well as the Federal Government and the auto industry ) should forget about hybrids and focus on enhancing all electric cars. These cars will work with whatever form of energy is used to generate electricity. Maybe the can donate money to battery research to either get longer range batteries are ones that charge fast enough for a pit stop.

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