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Women's Issues Explored with GapMinder

Hans Rosling has used GapMinder to demonstrate what is happening with several issues concerning women.





Three issues are closely related: maternal mortality, childhood mortality, and population growth.



Maternal mortality



It is estimated that half a million women die during pregnancy and childbirth, but the uncertainty makes it difficult to determine if we are doing the right things that will reduce the number… Continue

Added by Daniel LaLiberte on April 14, 2010 at 3:00am — 4 Comments

Global Network for Neighborhood Energy Self-sufficiency Teams

There many ways to save energy, generate it more cheaply, and use renewable sources. How I would do it is focus on adding much more insulation to my house, switching over to heating, cooling, and hot water heating with geothermal energy from below my house, and telecommuting rather than taking the commuter train. Many people should be doing similarly, and we would save a huge percentage of our energy.



Helping my neighbors do the same kind of things will help me as well, because then we… Continue

Added by Daniel LaLiberte on April 12, 2010 at 6:16am — No Comments

Money will always have some value

This is partly a response to a comment by Ezra in my blog "Money is information, but does it want to be free?" in which I asked that question, and this blog will provide my answer. Part of Ezra's argument regarding money is in "An Irrelevant Problem in a Resource-based Economy"



If I understand correctly, Ezra claimed that money was invented to provide a… Continue

Added by Daniel LaLiberte on April 6, 2010 at 4:30am — 4 Comments

Sustainability = Renewable Energy + Time

Everything we need to do to become 100% sustainable boils down to having two things: enough renewable energy and the time to use it.



The good news is that we have more than enough renewable energy available to us to do everything we need. The question is whether we will have enough time to use it, to clean up our global messes before numerous ecological crises become… Continue

Added by Daniel LaLiberte on April 2, 2010 at 6:42am — 4 Comments

Money is information - but does it want to be free?

First, let's understand how money is information.



Money is a representation of value that we use to trade for other things of value, that is, when we buy and sell things. We could do without the abstraction of money, by trading the things themselves, such as trading your baseball cards for a skateboard, or bartering your gardening services for a home cooked meal. Money was invented as just a fancy kind of… Continue

Added by Daniel LaLiberte on April 2, 2010 at 5:00am — 6 Comments

Too much water

We have a water problem in our town and the surrounding territory. Our problem is too much water, at least at the moment. Wish we could give some of our "problem" to those parts of the world with the opposite problem of not enough water.



We don't live in a swamp, but there are swampy wetlands all around, separated by rolling hills. We happen to live up on a hill, so there is not much risk of a flood for our house, though others in town closer to the water occasionally experience the… Continue

Added by Daniel LaLiberte on March 31, 2010 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Global Community Gardening Network - the idea

This mission is a difficult one for many people, myself included. Food is fundamentally essential for life, of course, so you would think we would think about it more. "We" being the part of the world that has arranged that we have plenty of food, we don't have to worry about it too much. So what do we need to do? And what about the rest of the world?…


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Added by Daniel LaLiberte on March 28, 2010 at 1:30am — 9 Comments

Bamboo for food

Our area of the world, in the Northeastern corner of America, does not have much in the way of grain production which we need for carbohydrates. I learned about this from Amos Meeks' blog "Food Security in Affluent Communities" (which I learned about from Wintermute's blog "Satisfied but not secure", which I learned about... oh… Continue

Added by Daniel LaLiberte on March 21, 2010 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

2020 Vision, More Sustainable, Less Wasteful

In 2020, I am at home, living in a small town not too close or too far from a large urban metro region. It is good to be close to nature, but also close to people and all that civilization offers.


My house is super insulated, using mostly geothermal energy to heat it in the winter, and cool it in the summer, and to warm water all year long. We are using electricity for the remainder of our power needs. We have solar electric panels on the roof and a small windmill to…
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Added by Daniel LaLiberte on March 20, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Visualizing World Population

Hans Rosling is my hero, partly because he helped create the Gapminder software, but moreover because of how he uses it to make it clear how the world has been changing, and how it is likely to change in the future.



In particular, everyone needs to be aware that the population explosion is ending - growth has been slowing since 1980, and the population will peak at about 9-10 billion by 2050. Most of the world is rapidly moving towards having 2-child families with average…

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Added by Daniel LaLiberte on March 20, 2010 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

How to win by accepting culture as it is

One of the innovation tips I immediately took issue with was "Don’t fight culture". I want to change whatever is not working, so my reaction to reading this was, "What, how can that work?"



But I must admit, it is critically important that we work with culture as it is, mostly because it is very difficult to change culture, even when it doesn't appear to be working to its own best advantage. Culture is what it is because people steeped in the… Continue

Added by Daniel LaLiberte on March 19, 2010 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

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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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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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