Change the World Wednesday – 23rd Jul

No photos to bore you with today.

Nothing really to update either;

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So let’s roll right along with this week’s CTWW.

This week Small has done a bunk.

She’s M.I.A.

Actually, I knew this was coming, just didn’t know when. She’s moving.

Good luck! I hate moving house.

So, the CTWW is continuing what we did last week. Click on the CTWW banner or visit my last week’s CTWW post.

This week my old cellphone gave up the ghost. I can’t complain, it was given to me, the same as my first cellphone. I have had 10 years of cost free cellphones.

I eventually got a new one on Monday.

Steam Punk Cellphone

Steam Punk Cellphone

Of course, it’s made of plastic. Only Steam Punk cellphones are made of steel.

I had looked around some shops and all they had were smartphones, I didn’t want a smartphone, I am smart enough to figure most things out.

I eventually found a kiosk selling such items in another department store I visited.

Simple, camera, music, sms, qwerty keys and it even makes phone calls. $129 (about US$55); it fitted the budget.

I expected it to come coddled in plastic and was pleased to find that it didn’t.

Only the battery was sealed in a small plastic bag, that and the rest was packed in a simple cardboard box.

Now, I have the problem. How to dispose of an old cellphone. It’s not repairable, it was too old when I got it; so that is not an option. I am looking now for a responsible way to dump it.

Not so easy when you live so far out of town. The velho oeste (Wild West) where I live is devoid of such niceties.

In the meantime, it RIPs with other PC bits and pieces in a box waiting a solution.

Perhaps the monitor repair chappy, knows. When I see him next, I’ll ask.

My new cellphone, Fire Orange…

So that’s my continuation of last week’s CTWW on plastics.

Simple Green Ideas

I love rustic.

Got boxes?

Here’s a couple of ideas.

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repurposed-tea-crates-kitchen-cabinets

 

 

Monday Moaning

All over the planet there are people who care about our little dirt ball.

Individuals, whole families and some responsible business are involved in reducing pollution and lessening their carbon footprint; doing every little thing to try and make a difference.

Even some governments are involved making laws for this and that to help.

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But there is something very, very wrong!

There is an element that is not even trying:

It makes the efforts of the little people akin to pushing crap uphill with a fork.

biggest polluter on earth libertarian meme

Yup, the military machine. Not just the USA I would wager, but every military service in the world.

I don’t have an answer.

Just thought I would bring this to your attention.

Next time you’re at the ballot box, think about the military objectives of your governments, and do something about them.

Vote them out!

Your vote is the greatest green maker there is!

 

Nature Ramble

Sometimes Nature Ramble looks at things other than animals and birds. Today we’re looking at people, bird watchers and their behaviour as well as their quarry, in particular.

The Great Knot

Bird-watchers flock to Breydon Water to see great knot

Thousands of twitchers have tried to spot the great knot on Breydon Water

Hundreds of bird-watchers have flocked to the Norfolk coast in the hope of catching a rare glimpse of a migratory great knot in Britain.

The elusive wading bird, more at home on the Australian coast, has only been seen in the UK on three occasions since 1989, experts said.

Brian Egan, from the Norwich-based Rare Bird Alert, said the “enigmatic bird” was “exciting for many people to see”.

It was first spotted on Breydon Water, near Great Yarmouth, on Sunday evening.

Great knot breed in a tundra habitat in Siberia and migrate as far as the Australian coast,” said Mr Egan.

The great knot (Calidris tenuirostris)

  • Estimated worldwide population of 380,000
  • Classified as “vulnerable” by BirdLife International due to declining numbers
  • Species first spotted in the UK in Shetland in 1989, when the bird stayed for just a day
  • Then seen in Cleveland in 1996, when it earned the name “Great Dot”, something which has become part of birding folklore
  • Last spotted in the UK in Lancashire in 2004

Sources: Rare Bird Alert/BirdLife International

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“Where this bird has come from is difficult to say for sure, but it’s likely to have been on the Asian coast and has got its route drastically wrong.

“It was around for 24 days, but was mostly seen from a very long distance so it became known as the ‘Great Dot’. Now whenever people speak of great knots in Britain, Great Dot gets a mention and at times the bird on Breydon Water has lived up to this.”

Source: BBCNews Read more, see more photos

Satireday on Eco-Crap

Vegetarians

Make you Fink on Friday

abeefWhile I’m not a vegetarian and certainly not a vegan, there are some things that I like that qualify… not many, but some.

Found today a dish that I’d like.

Quinoa fried rice stuffed tomatoes (Dairy Free)

This Dairy free recipe contains Ripe juicy tomatoes are hollowed out and filled with quinoa stir fried veggies. Quinoa is sautéed with stir fried veggies and sauces; Stuffing can be personalised as per the taste.

Health Benefits:

Tomatoes act as an excellent source of the strong antioxidant, vitamin C, potassium and choline content in the tomatoes all support heart health.

Fried rice using quinoa instead of rice as its high in protein and fantastic wheat-free alternative. Quinoa is a tiny grain that cooks up like rice and has nutty flavour and light, fluffy, texture similar to couscous.

This makes a fantastic vegetarian main course as it is stuffed with quinoa.

Source for what you need and what you do and how you do it: Chitra’s Healthy Kitchen

Water Might

Litarachna lopezae

Litarachna lopezae

I wonder if this Puerto Rican water mite can sing any better than its namesake?

Scientists name new species of water mite after Jennifer Lopez

Litarachna lopezae was given its name as a ‘token of gratitude’ for the singer’s music, which biologists listened to as they documented their discovery.

Source: TheGuardian Read more

 

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