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Refugee Camps

I read the article on the increase in violence against women in Haiti as a result of the earthquake there. While looking for more information on the issue, I ran across this article from Human Rights Watch about the same issue. Human Rights Watch has an entire section devoted to women's rights and I believe it could… Continue

Added by Charles Fiertz on April 12, 2010 at 2:47am — No Comments

Go Fly a Kite

Although it's still in the research phase, Saul Griffith's company Makani Power is developing a way to generate electricity from kites. While we are all familiar with wind power generated from giant turbines, Griffith says, in his TED talk, that there is much more potential for energy production using free-flying wings, such as kites, than turbines because free-flying wings can sweep… Continue

Added by Charles Fiertz on April 2, 2010 at 3:57pm — 1 Comment

Micro-lending

I gave a micro-loan via kiva.org to Sra. Sonia in Leon, Nicaragua. It's here fourth loan from Kiva and this time she is using the money to pay for the university expenses of here daughter who is taking cla**** in Business Administration. Still $300 needed as of the time of writing!


When I decided to loan to Kiva, I looked through the different sectors to decide which I believed to be the most important. I settled on education because I believe that…
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Added by Charles Fiertz on April 1, 2010 at 7:09pm — 4 Comments

Mobile Transactions

I believe that cell phone transactions are likely to make the greatest impact in transforming the future of money. Such transactions are becoming increasingly widespread and they have several advantages. First, cell phone coverage gives the reach and mobility of internet-based transactions but mobile networks often spread faster than the internet into rural communities. With the increasing spread of cell phones that can access the internet via mobile networks, the spread of mobile transactions… Continue

Added by Charles Fiertz on April 1, 2010 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Ten Years From Now . . .

In four years, hopefully I'll have graduated from college with a semester or a year studying abroad. After I graduate I'm not really sure what I plan on doing. Current plans involve possibly going to graduate school, volunteering for the Peace Corps and/or trying to earn a Fulbright.


I don't really have a wh*** lot of direction for where I plan to be ten years from now. I envision myself as possibly living somewhere in Latin America, which is a region I've thoroughly…
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Added by Charles Fiertz on April 1, 2010 at 2:05am — 1 Comment

Act1

I decided to follow Cleantech Blog, http://www.cleantechblog.com/, because I believe that the most important issue facing the world today is a shift from a wasteful system which produces global warming and other harmful effects to a sustainable, clean system which combats global warming. If this shift is not made, no other change - no matter how morally righteous - will succeed because the harmful effects which will be caused by runaway global warming… Continue

Added by Charles Fiertz on March 31, 2010 at 6:13pm — 2 Comments

Learn1

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"


I think simplicity is the most important of all the goals on the list to focus on because it is a way to accomplish so many goals by focusing on a single idea.


Simplicity means innovating on existing platforms because it's simpler to improve what's already there than to bring in new tech.


Simplicity creates transparent tech - if it's simple, it should be easy to…
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Added by Charles Fiertz on March 31, 2010 at 6:12pm — 1 Comment

Depleted Water Tables

For a truly shocking action on par with the world-record breaking toilet line, I envision having people worldwide build a some kind of tower - possibly a human tower - the same height as the amount which the groundwater table has been depleted in the local area. This should show people how much they have depleted their local groundwater table and remind them to conserve water. Also, because it relies on local measures of the groundwater tables, it should be more poignant to more people since it… Continue

Added by Charles Fiertz on March 31, 2010 at 6:12pm — 13 Comments

Harvesting Water from the Air

Most people have heard of rainwater harvesting, a relatively simple technique which uses rain for a variety of water uses instead of tapping overexploited groundwater tables. There are two other techniques which are also very useful and can be used in areas which don't have heavy rainfall: dew-harvesting and fog-harvesting. Both techniques are quite self-explanatory. Dew-harvesting is the newer of the two ideas, beginning around three years ago while fog-harvesting has been around for… Continue

Added by Charles Fiertz on March 31, 2010 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

Act: Water

Being a broke college student out in the middle of nowhere, I couldn't do a wh*** lot of donating. Instead, I picked up a couple of newsletters from various organizations which work on the water crisis. I'm also contemplating doing something more both on campus and when I return home this summer. Finally, and probably most significant, I gave a presentation on the water crisis to the Maryland Collegiate Honors Council about both the severity of the crisis and a variety of possible solutions… Continue

Added by Charles Fiertz on March 31, 2010 at 12:30am — No Comments

Q Drum and Ceramic Water Filter

While the idea of pumping water up from the ground using ideas like the play pump is great, such ideas run into the problem of rapidly depleting groundwater tables. The Q Drum makes transporting water from a distant source, such as a river, easier than carrying it and the ceramic water filter can be used to purify the water collected from a river to guard against diseases such as diarrhea. Both of these ideas are quite simple, reducing dependence on those outside of the… Continue

Added by Charles Fiertz on March 30, 2010 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

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Fourth of July on the Lake

This past weekend was the annual celebration at the lake house in Connecticut. It is amazing that the lake is still so clear and beautiful after all these years. The watershed association has done a wonderful job protecting these waters from the damaging effects of development.The wood grill was finally ready to cook on, so we didn't miss the propane tank fueled grill anymore. The food actually tasted fresher than in the past and was easy to keep fueled.Dad was very proud of the solar hybrid…See More
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Stinging Nettle

In this blog post I will focus on a plant that is abundant in our nature, and which is immensely nutritious. It's of course the Stinging Nettle. Let's start with the chemical constituents of this plant:37 % Non-Nitrogen-Extracts19 - 29 % Ash9 - 21 % Fiber4 % Fat22 % ProteinOnce the leaves are drid, their protein content can reach an astounding 40 %, which is much higher than beef, which even under the best of circ***tances can never exceed 31 % protein. In addition the Stinging Nettle consists…See More
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The meal

It is 7'oclock, I was late home from work due to an assignment that i wanted to get ahead on. By the time I get home I am feeling extremley tired and I cannot be bothered to make a proper meal. I walk to the fridge and open it to see what there is for me to eat. All of the out of date foodstuffs have been automaticaly thrown away by the fridge, they will be recycled tomorrow as animal feed or something. I see i have organic local eggs and some local cheese. Foods are vacc** sealded for easy…See More
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FutureToday is 2020/1/1. It is just like yesterday. The war is still continuing. It has started since 2010. In 2010, that year was a horrible year. Almost every energy ran out. Every country’s governments were crushed down at the same time. There were riots everywhere. All of the big company’s bosses were killed xdeadx in the riots. Troops fought each other everywhere. Food was bought up xawayx at once. There were no more food supplies in any shops. The economy was all crushed down. All the…See More
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The exchange works directly for state and public workers and servants. It gives them credit in exchange for the amount of public work they contribute to the community. The more constructive they are based off a base rate the more credit they recieve.
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Where I will be in ten years.

Ten years from now I will be in a political job assisting with people in the midlands of South Carolina particularly the rural working class and farmers. As the class of people that feed the nation I find that it is imperative that we assist with making sure they produce as much food as possible. I would like to support local scientists as well that are leading in research on how to produce food more efficiently. I will also be participating in missions to foreign countries to help people with…See More
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