Efforts to understand, improve, or do less harm to the world around me.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

If you're not buying it

... you're the product.  This was noted recently when Facebook changed their policy to modify your email address listing to an @facebook address.  They want you to use their email so you'll visit the site more, build more ad revenue, and maintain their position.

However, its not just facebook: it's happening right now as I write this in Gmail and post it to blogger.  Is the convenience is worth the price?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Economic casualties of war

It's ridiculous to assume that one party would hurt the economy just to harm a sitting president, but a Guardian article suggests just that.  So many about-face behaviors on the part of the Republicans over the past few years and a focus on the continued spending cuts during a recession at minimum don't seem beneficial.

GMO foods and the "Just Label It" effort

Great overview article of the topic.  I've been following this for a while, but this filled in some blanks for me as well.

If you like you can sign the petition.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Clover lawns? Not with pesticides

The unpleasant story of how marketing and pesticide went after the excellent auto-fertilizing clover plant and its demise due to marketing by companies whose pesticide killed it.  I don't know how true the story is, but at least one article I found corroborates some of the claims.  Additionally, clover does have a bacteria that behaves as a nitrogen-fix, replacing or decreasing the need for nitrogen-rich fertilizers.  I also know if you contact lawn care companies, they think its a weed.  If the article is believed, this is more about chemicals that kill weeds.

More from about.com.