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Things that don’t fiut elsewhere

Is it safe to eat produce from Safeway?

The last time I bought strawberries, they were molding after 1 day (in the fridge).

Recently I bought some carrots (pre-peeled), and some of the carrots are rotting already.

Its hard to find tomatoes grown in the US at safeway.
And even though we’re not far from the “garlic capital of the world”, safeway stocks only chinese garlic powder.

Increasing your savings

If you’d like to increase the amount you save each month, you’d either increase your income or reduce your expenses.

If there’s not an obvious way to increase your income, reducing your expenses typically isn’t hard.

Switching to LED bulbs can reduce your electricity expenses.

Soon, solar rooftop systems will be less expensive than grid power and there are companies like Sunpower and Solar City that will help finance zero down systems.

Grow your own food.
I didn’t realize, but a typical family can easily eat $200 of tomatoes per year.

Get some decent heirloom seeds, some decent soil, and maybe build a sub-irrigation container (like the earthtainer) – you’ll use less water and fertilizer.
For fertilizers, it may be best to go organic, but I’m a fan of simple and the slow-release fertilizers (like osmocote plus) would likely only need to be used once in a year.
As an alternative, Jack’s Classic has a good water soluble fertilizer and their own slow-release.

Or get some apple trees, which should provide fruit for years. My family has apples, oranges, lemons and more than typically don’t even get fertilized after established.

Typically I like food that other people have prepared.
But I do like food that I’ve grown, even if its typically a food I don’t care for (spinach).

Anything you can shave off your expenses helps, and growing your own food assures you’ll only be poisoned by the insecticides you use.

In the realm of safe investments, check out solar mosaic.
The yield isn’t much at 4.5%, but that’s a lot better than what you’d get having your money sit in a bank.
I think the yield ends up being closer to 3.5%, actually, after the site’s fee.
Plus, your money would help fight pollution.

The costs of ignoring climate change

1. Natural Disasters
Hurricane Sandy is going to cost 70 billion.
That is 140x the amount loaned to Solyndra, which was a one-time cost (and was built into the 2005 legislation).

2. Food Costs
Food will continue to be more difficult to grow, as temperatures keep increasing.

3. Think of the children
The republican created deficit is not a good reason to avoid doing something about climate change.
The kids ability to grow food trumps the (R) deficit.
Aside from that, a carbon tax program would REDUCE THAT DEFICIT, FFS.

And who is it that benefits, if we allow our lawmakers to deny science?
BIG OIL ALONE – but even big oil needs customers, and they’ll have fewer as we have trouble supporting our population.

THIS IS THE FIGHT FOR YOUR HOME, DUMMIES

Unfortunately, we cannot shoot this enemy.
Ignorance and purchased politicians are the biggest threats this country (and the world) faces.

Audiobooks, and how to avoid amazon

I despise amazon for their involvement in ALEC and our politics (and apparently poor working conditions and wages at their warehouses).

They are of course, one of the biggest providers of audiobooks and electronic books.

Avoid them by avoiding their own site, and Audible.com and audiobooks.com

Alternatives include iTunes, but do NOT buy ebooks from them if you use a PC.
You won’t be able to read the book you purchased.

Other alternatives for audiobooks are Barnes and Noble, and Random House Audio.

I will simply never give Amazon money, again.
Let them rot.