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Agrochemical giant Monsanto has engaged in “scientific fraud” and bullying, in attempts to conceal that its popular weed killer Roundup has potential links to cancer, a lawyer has argued, in a landmark lawsuit against the company.

The global chemical corporation has “specifically gone out of its way to bully … and to fight independent researchers,” said attorney Brent Wisner, speaking at a crowded San Francisco courtroom on Monday.

Wisner is representing DeWayne Johnson, a California man who worked as a school groundskeeper and came in regular contact with Monsanto’s weed killer. DeWayne was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in 2014 and has now taken Monsanto to trial over allegations that glyphosate – the herbicide marketed as Roundup – is linked to cancer.

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 15:53

Community Micro-Grids

I recently came across this article about how a particular neighborhood in Brooklyn is creating their own micro-grid.  It can be attached to the main grid, when the power is up, and if the grid goes down, this little micro-grid in Brooklyn can operate on its own, at reduced power.  This would be a great addition to any community.  In particular for my part of the Poconos, how great would it be to set up some hydro-dams that operate in a similar fashion.

Monday, 30 April 2018 10:01

In Memoriam: Chase "Pony" Covington

Rest In Peace
8/31/2009 - 4/21/2018

Aliases:
Anthony
Chasie the Chicken
Doug
Douglas
Dong
PF
Project Mascot
Lawrence

I've had the pleasure of working with a fellow consultant on a mutual client, and wanted to share some of his writings.  I first read his writing "Election Thoughts" shortly after Donald Trump won the election.  Last week, for some reason... I ventured back to his website to read more, and found it enlightening.  It seems my initial conceptions of astrology are likely inaccurate.  

Here are 4 of his articles that I want to share:

 

As a fan of mixed martial arts (MMA), I have watched almost every UFC event.  I didn't start watching until after 2000, so I've even gone back and watched the "original" UFC events with Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock.  Back then, there were no weight classes.  After 12 events, they introduced weight classes. 

I recently watched this video about the upcoming British vote to leave the European Union.  As an American citizen, I found it very enlightening, even though not 100% relevant to me.

Do not purchase these batteries.  I bought my truck in 2014 and it had EverStart Maxx batteries in it that indicated a 10/2013 purchase date.  I assumed these batteries would be good for quite some time since they come with a 5 year warranty.

It turns out that my batteries were originally purchased in 2010, which is why WalMart was unable (unwilling) to replace them under warranty.  The warranty is only good for the original purchase.  I am fine with this part.  I wound up purchasing new batteries from NAPA, since everything WalMart sells tends to be junk, and they don't stand behind their products.

Found this video from my first trip to Paragon Adventure Center when it was in Hazleton, PA.  On this day, the access paths were so icy that we had to use 4wd and drive on the shoulder just to get into the park.  Then we were only able to drive around on the "access paths" because the actual trails were impassible.  This was with my first jeep, a 1990 Cherokee Limited with 3" Rustys Off Road Lift. 

Goodbye, Facebook.  Goodbye, Twitter.  Goodbye, Youtube.  Goodbye, MySpace.  Goodbye, Google+.  

Edit 1/19/17:
Facebook blocks RT from posting until after Trump inauguration

Edit 1/16/17:
Angela Merkel caught on hot mic griping to Facebook CEO over anti-immigrant posts

For now, I’m keeping my LinkedIN account up and running because I’ve found numerous clients from it, and I have a handful of good recommendations from clients on my profile.

I’ve been becoming increasingly frustrated with my Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ accounts lately.  It seems that social media is a great tool, but it’s becoming too centralized.  Too corporate.  Newsfeed are censored: unlike traditional communications tools, just because you post something, doesn’t mean that people will actually see or read it.  

I’m tired of these large corporations earning a profit off of me, signing into Facebook every day like a sucker.  

I recently read this article on CNBC about a company called Beepi.  It’s middleman company that helps you buy a used car from across the country.  It will inspect and take photos of the car you want to buy, and help with delivering it directly to your home.  We recently purchased a vehicle from Alabama (from Pennsylvania) without the use of a 3rd party service like Beepi, and I had a great experience with it, so I figured I would write an article to share my experience and provide some pointers.

These steps and ideas are relevant whether you’re buying from a dealer, or from a private party.  For our purchase, we were looking for a full-size pickup truck; our requirements were a diesel motor, no rust, manual transmission, extended cab, and 8 foot bed.  (Good luck finding a rust-free truck up north.)  We found one on AutoTrader or Cars.com but it was down in Alabama.  Not exactly close enough to go test drive it!

  • "Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues."

    - Proverbs 17:28