The solar envelope: how to heat and cool cities without fossil fuels Low-tech Magazine (Optimader). A backgrounder prompted by a conversation in comments yesterday on conservation, geothermal wells and radiant floors.
Masonry Heaters – – – Heart of the Home (Optimader). Shelter porn. I assume this is also environmentally minded.
Study: Sugar even at moderate levels toxic to mice health, reproduction Washington Post. Only in America does “three sugary sodas” = “moderate.” I am pretty sure I read an earlier study in which mice fed a high % of their diet as sugar (25%?) became infertile in three generations.
Euro-Zone Economy Returns to Growth Wall Street Journal. 0.3% for the last three months. This is so close to zero as to be tantamount to zero. Europeans can tell me if they think the GDP deflator was tweaked.
Egyptian forces move to clear protesters’ camps Washington Post
Big Brother is Watching You Watch:
The NSA Is Commandeering the Internet Bruce Schneier, Atlantic (Deontos)
How Laura Poitras Helped Snowden Spill His Secrets New York Times
EXCLUSIVE: Owner of Snowden’s Email Service on Why He Closed Lavabit Rather Than Comply With Gov’t Democracy Now! (charles sereno)
How Canada’s cloud computing sector can leverage the Snowden Affair Comox Valley Echo (Deontos)
Former Internet Provider Gagged by National Security Letter Recounts How He Was Silenced for 6 Years Democracy Now! (charles sereno)
The Beauty of Obama’s Clapper Appointment Ian Welsh. Patricia flagged this statement:
This isn’t just a middle finger to everyone to everyone who is against blanket surveillance (aka. the majority of Americans), it is Obama saying “Kiss My Ass.”
I differ a tad. What Obama is really saying is: “So what are you going to do? Impeach me?”
White House insists James Clapper will not lead NSA surveillance review Guardian. Oh, come on. So he’s not in charge. He should not be involved at all. You don’t have to be in control of the agenda to have significant influence.
Fighting the Nation’s Largest Trash Incinerator CounterPunch (Carol B)
So Much for Serendipity in Personalized News Bloomberg (Lambert)
AMR-US Airways Antitrust Suit Seen as Difficult to Settle Bloomberg. This cheered me up. American is a not bad airline (no US airline is all that good these days) and US Air is world class awful (they model their honesty and customer service standards on the mortgage servicing industry). So having US Air thwarted in its efforts to foist its horrible practices on more air travelers is a good outcome.
Fiscal divisions on Capitol Hill prompt Fed tapering concerns Financial Times
Forget Student Loans…Introducing Day Care Loans LibertyBlitz (rich)
Obama Puts “Private Capital” at Center of Housing Plan CounterPunch (Carol B)
The Economist: Are We Doomed? Global Economic Intersection
US earnings trail in wake of stock price rise Financial Times
The age of stagnating revolutions(?) the unbalanced evolution of homo sapiens
The Quality of Life RibbonFarm (martha r)
Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed Raptitude (anon y’mouse). An oldie but goodie.
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