Community Articles from 2019
Tiny Homes Banned in U.S. at Increasing Rate as Govt Criminalizes Sustainable Living
by Justin Gardner
Posted November 22, 2019
As the corporatocracy tightens its grip on the masses – finding ever more ways to funnel wealth to the top – humanity responds in a number of ways, including the rising popularity of tiny houses.
These dwellings, typically defined as less than 500 square feet, are a way for people to break free of mortgages, taxes, utility bills and the general trappings of “stuff.” They’re especially attractive to millennials and retirees, or those seeking to live off-grid.
But government and corporations depend on rampant consumerism and people being connected to the grid.
Seeking actual freedom through minimalist living should seem like a natural fit for the American dream, but the reality is that many governments around the country either ban tiny homes or force them to be connected to the utility grid. More…
Keystone Pipeline Does as Experts Predicted, Spills 383,000 Gallons of Oil in North Dakota
By Ryan Schleeter
Posted November 15, 2019
I wish I could say I was shocked, but a major spill from the Keystone pipeline is exactly what multiple experts predicted would happen. In fact, this is the fourth significant spill from the Keystone pipeline in less than ten years of operation. History has shown us time and again that there is no safe way to transport fossil fuels, and pipelines are no exception. In the last ten years, US pipeline spills have led to 20 fatalities, 35 injuries, $2.6 billion in costs, and more than 34 million gallons spilled. New pipelines are locking us into carbon emissions that will push our climate past safe limits. That is not the future I want for my children.
“In the past decade, every proposed tar sands pipeline — including the Keystone XL pipeline — has been stopped or delayed by a powerful movement fighting for Indigenous rights, a clean energy economy, and our environment. It is past time to leave fossil fuels in the ground and begin a just transition to a Green New Deal and 100 percent renewable energy. More…
We Have No Reason to Believe 5G Is Safe
By Joel M. Moskowitz
Posted November 14, 2019
The telecommunications industry and their experts have accused many scientists who have researched the effects of cell phone radiation of “fear mongering” over the advent of wireless technology’s 5G. Since much of our research is publicly-funded, we believe it is our ethical responsibility to inform the public about what the peer-reviewed scientific literature tells us about the health risks from wireless radiation.
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced through a press release that the commission will soon reaffirm the radio frequency radiation (RFR) exposure limits that the FCC adopted in the late 1990s. These limits are based upon a behavioral change in rats exposed to microwave radiation and were designed to protect us from short-term heating risks due to RFR exposure.
Yet, since the FCC adopted these limits based largely on research from the 1980s, the preponderance of peer-reviewed research, more than 500 studies, have found harmful biologic or health effects from exposure to RFR at intensities too low to cause significant heating. More…
This Scientific American article explains why 5G wireless technology may not be safe for human health. There are numerous other publications that show clear cause for concern, and the industry has not even conducted any safety testing.
How are technologies like this, which have clear biological effects, allowed to rollout without any appropriate safety testing?
Illinois red-light cameras have collected more than $1B from drivers since 2008
By Austin Berg, Ben Szalinski, Tivas Gupta
Posted October 27, 2019
Red-light cameras in Illinois have done little to improve safety, but plenty to take more money from residents.
The 2017 Tribune report found over half of the intersections at which IDOT approved cameras were among the safest in the state, according to the department’s own study. Many permits were also given to intersections that had no red-light camera crashes in the previous three years.
Regardless of where they’re installed, red-light cameras lack clear-cut safety benefits. A 2018 study from Case Western Reserve University found red-light cameras likely do not increase traffic safety. Researchers looked at traffic accident data from Houston, which operated its red-light camera program from 2006 to 2010, and found that while T-bone collisions did indeed decrease during that time, non-angle collisions, such as rear-end crashes, actually increased. Moreover, rather than reducing traffic accidents, the study found that red-light enforcement cameras may have increased accidents overall. More…
Weapons of War On Our Streets: A Guide to the Militarization of America’s Police
By Sam Jacobs
Posted October 25, 2019
The claim often heard from those attempting to pass more gun control legislation is that all they’re trying to do is get the “weapons of war off our streets,” but it’s simply untrue that “weapons of war” are available to the general public. You’d last about three minutes in a conventional war with an AR-15, even with one of the most aggressive builds you can get your hands on (that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for guerilla uprisings to defeat powerful enemies). The truth is that the only people with “weapons of war” on America’s streets are, increasingly, the police.
Thanks primarily to the Pentagon’s 1033 program which allows law enforcement agencies to get their hands on Department of Defense technology and the Bush-era War on Terror, American police have received a startling amount of heavy-duty, military-grade hardware. Between 1998 and 2014, the dollar value of military hardware sent to police departments skyrocketed from $9.4 million to $796.8 million. More…
The New American Homeless
By Brian Goldstone
Posted September 19, 2019
If the term “working homeless” has not yet entered our national vocabulary, there is reason to expect that it soon will. Hidden within the world of homelessness has always been a subset of individuals, usually single parents, with jobs; what’s different now is the sheer extent of this phenomenon.
For a widening swath of the nearly seven million American workers living below the poverty line, a combination of skyrocketing rents, stagnant wages, and a lack of tenant protections has proved all but insurmountable. Theirs, increasingly, is the face of homelessness in the United States: people whose paychecks are no longer enough to keep a roof over their heads. More…
Offering Choice but Delivering Tyranny: The Corporate Capture of Agriculture
By Colin Todhunter
Posted September 13, 2019
Many lobbyists talk a lot about critics of genetic engineering technology denying choice to farmers. They say that farmers should have access to a range of tools and technologies to maximise choice and options. At the same time, somewhat ironically, they decry organic agriculture and proven agroecological approaches, presumably because these practices have no need for the proprietary inputs of the global agrochemical/agritech corporations they are in bed with. And presumably because agroecology represents liberation from the tyranny of these profiteering, environment-damaging global conglomerates.
Monsanto had a leading role in drafting the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights to create seed monopolies. The global food processing industry wrote the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures. Whether it involves Codex or the US-India Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture aimed at restructuring (destroying) Indian agriculture, the powerful agribusiness/food lobby has secured privileged access to policy makers and sets the policy agenda. More…
Nature has provided humanity with seeds with which to sustainably regenerate its food supply. Now corporations using genetically mutated seeds are effectively placing toll booths in the way of that system that has worked for millenia.
What will our world look like when the corporations own all of the ability to produce food and no one can grow any food, even a small garden without paying tribute to these giants?
Harley Shovelhead Exhaust Leak Solution
by Rudy Avizius
Posted September 1, 2019
After decades of enduring what may arguably be one of the weakest links in the design of the Harley Shovelhead engine, I believe that I may have a solution that most Shovelhead riders will appreciate.
I have found a solution to Shovelhead exhaust pipe leaks and I want to share this with the Shovelhead loving community. While I am targeting this article to Shovelheads, it is not limited to this and is a solution that could also be utilized for other motorcycle and automotive applications.
Due to there being only a single bolt to hold the exhaust flange, most Shovelhead riders have experienced the annoying exhaust leaks where the pipes connect to the heads. This results in exhaust blow collecting on pipes, frame, and other places, a muddled exhaust tone. However, the worst part is probably the very annoying popping and backfiring one gets when they let off the throttle. More…
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