Monday, April 27, 2015

Richart Sowa Lives On An Island He Made Himself From 150,000 Plastic Bottles...

No man is an island and very few of us
have one of their own but eco-architect Richart Sowa knowing full well he'd never have the money to buy one, decided to make his own.
Out of 150,000 air-filled recycled plastic bottles, lots of wooden pallets and sand.
He's build a three-storied house that has all the mod-cons he desires and a little ferry raft also made from plastic bottle to ferry himself and his supplies to and from the shore.
Power comes from a land based solar system, he has a composting toilet and the desire to grow his own vegetables and to be self sufficient
Named Joyxee, the island moored off Cancun in Mexico is Richart's third island, his story is here and the British born Robinson Crusoe didn't find his Girl Friday by her footprints in the sand but on a social media site.
How things change but nothing changes...

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The New Tiny Nation Of Liberland Is Looking For A Population...

If you're fed up with the country you're living in and feel the need to live in a new, tiny, seven square kilometer, liberty loving country situated on the banks of the Danube between Serbia and Croatia, then get in quick and apply for citizenship of Liberland.
It's the new kid on the block. A new sovereign state situated in the Balkans on an unclaimed piece of no-man's land and it's just declared itself to be a new country.
And it's looking for a population.
Their new flag isn't anything to rave about but the country's motto is Live And Let Live so we'll let the piece of bad design fly without any criticism. The objective of the new state is to build a country where people can prosper without being oppressed by government and it's strict regulations.
Perhaps Mr Vit Jedlicka, the self appointed President of Liberland and politician from the Czech Republic should have got a slightly bigger piece of land. Twenty thousand liberty hungry wanna-be citizens have already applied but the country can only accommodate five thousand.
The only answer may be to grab a piece of land somewhere and create your own country...

Saturday, April 25, 2015

We Shall Remember Them...

Today we commemorate ANZAC Day.
One hundred years ago in 1915, thousands of brave young men, boy soldiers, Australians, New Zealander's and Turks died at Gallipoli in what was then called The War To End All Wars.
They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We shall remember them.
From For The Fallen by Laurence Binyon
Sadly it wasn't the war to end all wars, was it...

Friday, April 24, 2015

You Can Say What You Like...

Freedom of speech is a contentious issue.
It's something millions have died or been incarcerated and ostracised for while
trying to preserve our rights to speak it.
Our friend Leunig seems to sum up the situation with an apt play on words from this version of Voltaire's famous quote, I don't care what you say or how you say it but I'll defend to the death your right to say it...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Western Grey Whales. Magnificent Mammals That Migrate 14,000 Miles Annually...

These magnificent whales migrate fourteen thousand miles every year just because it's what they do and it's what they've always done.
A study of three Western Grey Whales, each fitted with satellite monitored tags were found by Russian and US researches to have traveled from their primary feeding grounds off Russia's Sakhalin Island, across the Pacific Ocean, down the west coast of California to Baji, Mexico and after not so much as a quick cup of tea, head back home again.
There's thought to be around one hundred and fifty of these wonderful creatures left in the oceans of our world and they've been monitored along with the Eastern Grey Whale since the 1990's. Five have perished in the last decade in Japanese fishing nets and their future remains precarious, having to contend with commercial fishing, shipping and oil and gas fields.
The Western Grey's descendents date back thirty million years. With a bit of luck they'll be around a few million more... 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

When You're Serious About Solar For Your Off Grid Home On Wheels...

The Colorado based owner of this once upon a time 1990 Chevrolet school bus was determined to create a vehicle to live in for extended periods of time off grid. It looks like he succeeded.
The fourteen German Sun brand 130 watt panels that are tilted manually, feed eighteen 105amphour Trojan batteries. All that combines with an Outback brand control system.
There's more about this bus here.
With solar, there's no such thing as overkill...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

CEO Dan Price Cuts His One Million Dollar Salary To Seventy Thousand Dollars To Ensure His Workers Will Earn The Same...

The cynical will say it's a public relations gesture to get Dan Price's company good press.
But hey, here's a young man who mightn't look like your average CEO who is prepared to do what your average CEO wouldn't even consider.
Dan Price has had the growing income inequality issue on his mind for some time and he's decided to do something about it.
To put his money where his mouth is.
This Dan fellow who drives a twelve year old Audi is the founder and CEO of the Seattle based company Gravity Payments.
He has a staff of 120 who have an average salary of forty eight thousand. Dan's move will double 30 workers salary and within thirtysix months will raise the base salary to seventy thousand dollars.
The average salary for a CEO in the US is
on average, three hundred and fifty times more than their workers.
Dan wants to address the balance.
He wants to invest in his people.
Good on you Dan. I like the talk you're walking...