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Issue 401 In This Issue October 25th, 2014

Editors Corner

It's that time of year again, here in the Pacific Northwest, when the weather turns cool and wet, giving you the sense that summer really is over. With the change in weather, thoughts turn more toward warm in-door activities.

When it comes to staying warm indoors, there's nothing like sitting around a big table with family and friends sharing a nice meal. Unfortunately some families don't have this luxury. The Yelm Co-op is heading a community project, Feed a Family - Give the Gift of Gobble, to attempt to give every local family in need the opportunity for a wonderful meal this Thanksgiving. Click here

Have you ever noticed, during the cooler months, that your house is warmer up higher, like toward the ceiling, and cooler down near the floor? If you have ceiling fan, it can help with this. Click here

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Keeping Time
Robert Levine looks at cultural time differences
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In western culture, time is money. Workers are paid by the hour, lawyers charge by the minute and advertising is sold by the second ($86,666.66 per second for the 2007 Super Bowl). Think about this: the civilized mind has reduced time--the most obscure and amorphous of all intangibles--to the most objective of all quantities: money. With time and things on the same value scale, I can tell you how many of my working hours equal the price of the computer I am typing on.

Can I really? As a social scientist, I’ve spent much of the last 25 years studying how people around the world conceive, use and measure time. If I’ve learned anything, it is that the numbers on the clock capture only one facet of the human experience of time. Cultures differ profoundly in their conceptions of early and late, of waiting and rushing, of the, the present, and the future. With no formal dictionary to spell out a culture’s rules, the unsuspecting visitor often stumbles into temporal confusion.

I learned this first-hand when, early in my career, I spent a year as a Visiting Professor at a university in Niteroi, Brazil, a mid-sized city across the bay from Rio de Janeiro. I anticipated difficulties in domains like language, my privacy, and standards of cleanliness. But these turned out to be a piece of cake compared to the distress that Brazilians’ ideas about time and punctuality were to cause me.

My lessons began soon after arriving. As I left for my first day of teaching, I asked someone the time. It was 9:05 a.m., allowing me plenty of time to get to my 10 o’clock lecture. After what I judged to be half an hour, I glanced at a clock I was passing. It said 10:20! In panic, I broke for the classroom, followed by gentle calls of “Alô, Professor” and “Tudo bem, professor?” from unhurried students, many of whom, I later realized, were my own. I arrived breathless to find an empty room.

I anxiously asked a passerby the time. “Nine forty-five,” came the answer. No, that couldn’t be. I asked someone else. “Nine fifty-five.” The clock in a nearby office read three-fifteen. I had received my first two lessons: Brazilian timepieces are consistently inaccurate; and nobody seemed to mind but me.

My class was scheduled from ten until noon. Many students came late. Several arrived after 10:30. A few showed up closer to eleven. Two came after that. All of the latecomers wore the relaxed smiles I later came to enjoy. Each one greeted me, and although a few apologized briefly, none seemed terribly concerned about being late. They assumed I understood.

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Feed a Family
Give the Gift of Gobble

Leaves are falling - Thanksgiving is on its way. The Yelm Cooperative will once again nourish our community through a project called "Feed a Family - Give the Gift of Gobble."  To raise the needed money, charitable contributions, large or small, are being accepted at the Yelm Food Co-op now until Thanksgiving.  

Last year the project raised enough money to feed 106 families. This year the Co-op has set its goal of feeding 125 families.  In addition to accepting individual contributions, project volunteers will call on area businesses for donations.  Just $65 will provide all the ingredients for a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast that will feed a family of six, plus leftovers! Each family gets: a naturally-grown turkey, organic vegetables and potatoes, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, pie fixings and more.

The Yelm Food Co-op is located at 308 Yelm Avenue East inside Gordon’s Garden Center. The store carries organic, artisan and whole foods from many local farmers and companies.

For further information, contact General Manager Barnaby Rintz at 360-400-2210.

Technology Watch

The Strati
3D-printed Car by Local Motors

Something Worth Knowing

Ceiling Fans Are Not Just for Summer. Here’s Why.
Ceiling fans are a great invention. First developed in the 1860s, these fans get the air in your home moving and help cool the atmosphere in summer while consuming much less power than your hi-tech air conditioning system. (In fact, many environmentally savvy folks use ceiling fans as a penny-wise, energy-sparing way to supplement their HVAC’s efficiency in hot weather.) Many of them are constructed with an attractive built-in light fixture as well. But ceiling fans offer another benefit that is less well known. These flexible fixtures can also work to warm your house when winter comes around.

How Ceiling Fans Work
Ceiling fans are manufactured to circulate interior air. Usually powered by an electric motor, ceiling fans are made with four or more large blades (also called “wings” or “paddles”), which rotate when the fan is turned on. These fans also include a pull chain, variable speed control, or wall mounted switch system to adjust the rotational speed and direction, as well as governing the on-off function of the fan itself and any lights which may be attached.

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How to Eco-Hack Your Swiffer Mop
You know which household chore sucks the most? Oh, dusting? Yeah, you’re probably right. But this one comes in a close second. Mopping. Boy howdy, is there anything more frustrating? I think not. When I first lived on my own I used the mop that came with the house. NOT the highest quality of cleaning supplies, I probably don’t have to tell you. The mop was one of those old rag-head models, with permanently-grey fibers that sort of always smelled like stale goldfish water. I would announce to my roommates, “Don’t come into the kitchen for a while, I’m going to move wet dirt around the floor!” It never felt like I actually cleaned the floor. Then, in my early-20s, Swiffer released that fancy-shmancy bright and shiny new wonder mop. It was like paper towels, but for the floor! It was always clean! It had jet sprays of chemical freshness! The lady who loathed mopping that lived inside of me – she was intrigued. But that dang hippie who had taken up residence in the fore of my brain? She said no way. No disposable, toxin-misting mop of eco-destruction would be entering my home. Not a chance.

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13 Clever Uses for Vodka (Besides Making a Martini)
I can’t think of a better use for vodka than in Oprah’s lemon drop martini. But I’m not a big drinker, and have had the same bottle of vodka in my fridge for the last two years. So, I’m glad there’s so much more you can do with that crystal clear booze.

1. Take the Itch out of Poison Ivy: As soon as you realize you’ve rubbed against poison ivy, pour vodka on the area, which will wash away the urushiol oil that makes you itch.

2. Freshen Fabric: Put vodka in a spray bottle, and spritz funky-smelling furniture and clothes. Hang outside or in a ventilated area to dry.

3. Brighten Hair: To make a clarifying shampoo, add an ounce of vodka to 12 ounces of  your regular shampoo. Your hair will shine.

4. Remove Mold: Spray straight vodka on mold, let dry for about 10 minutes, then scrub off with a brush.

5. Soothe Tooth Pain: If you can’t get to a dentist, a quick swish of vodka will temporarily disinfect and numb the area.

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Earth Watch

This is what happens when you crowdfund an awesome marine park
The island nation of Palau may be small — 177 square miles, to be exact — but it is not afraid of making big unprecedented moves when it comes to its fish. In February, the Micronesian country banned all commercial fishing in its waters, a major first for marine sanctuaries. The resulting protected area is about the size of France, and encompasses some of the more pristine oceans in the world. The only problem: How to fund it? You probably know that marine protected areas are great, but they cost a lot of money up front. And when Palau President Remengesau announced the reserve, the country had exactly one boat with which to patrol the 230,000 square-mile-wide swath of sea. So the Palauans did what all spunky and cash-strapped creators are doing these days — they started a crowdfunding campaign. The Indiegogo project, dubbed “Stand with Palau,” was launched in July and wrapped up this month, having exceeded its goal of $100,000 with some 583 total donors pitching in. The money will be spent on more boats, monitoring drones and buoys, and the staff to run them.

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These teens are taking their climate lawsuit all the way to the Supreme Court
Those feisty, litigious climate-hawk kids just won’t go away. Back in 2011, we wrote about a group of witty whippersnappers that filed a lawsuit against the federal government. The premise: The government must take action to protect the atmosphere for future generations. On Oct. 3, those same five teenagers, represented by Oregon-based nonprofit Our Children’s Trust, filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking for a legal lifeline to keep the case alive. Let’s be clear: The petition is a crazy longshot. The Supreme Court grants about 1 percent of such petitions, leaving the decisions of lower courts to stand without review in the other 99 percent of cases. And in this case, the lower court ruled against the teens: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found in June of this year that there is no “federal constitutional foundation” for the suit — protecting natural resources is a matter of state law.

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In The News

Is Miami Beach Drowning?

Health Watch

Failing Humans and Planet, EPA Greenlights 'Agent Orange' Herbicide
Ignoring the concerns of scientists, doctors, food safety advocates, environmentalists, and more than half a million U.S. citizens, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday issued their final approval for what has been dubbed Dow AgroSciences' 'Agent Orange' herbicide. In a press statement, the agrochemical giant said that their Enlist Duo herbicide is now registered for use on Dow Enlist-brand genetically engineered corn and soy crops, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved less than a month ago. The herbicide is made from a combination of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, and 2,4-D, a component of the toxic Agent Orange herbicide used during the Vietnam War, which has been linked to numerous health issues including increased risks of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Parkinson's and immune system problems. Organic advocates and environmental groups were quick to condemn the move, saying that the use of Enlist Duo will threaten the health of humans and environment, promote the expanded use of genetically modified seeds (or GMOs) and spur the growth of more herbicide-resistant weeds.

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Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

October 24th @ 7pm: Independent Music Showcase!
Talent to be announced.
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Tickets $5

October 31st @ 7 pm:We bring you something different for Halloween!
We will host the Olympia Chamber Orchestra conducted by Claudia Simpson-Jones!
They will be playing spooky classics..
like theme from Alfred Hitchcock..and Dance of the Dead Marionette
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Tickets $15 for adults, $10 for kids
Please come in costume!

Also: October 31st @ 11 pm: Rocky Horror Picture Show!
Tickets: $10. Half Price to those who went to the Olympia Chamber Orchestra earlier in the evening.
It is audience participation, so dress up and bring your rice, and umbrellas
and supplies! A once in a life time halloween treat..or trick?

November 1st @ 7pm: lecture/ Dr. Rodrigo Vildosola "Beauty Skin Deep and Deeper"
A doctors journey and experiences transforming humans into the beauty that is within thru plastic surgery.

November 2nd @ 4pm: Lecture about the health benefits of White Gold!

November 11th @ 7pm: "Riding My Way Home"Award winning Documentary. Tickets $10. Vets free.

November 12th thru 17th: SRO presents: “The Producers
A Mel Brooks Musical
Click here to reserve your tickets today
Tickets $15

Coming in late November: Conversations with Miceal !

Also in November: A luxury field trip to Whitby Island
Ride in our stretch limo to meet and have lunch with Researcher, Writer, and notable authority on Nostradamus, John Hogue.
Only 6 spaces allowed. RSVP us!
Tickets: $150
Includes: autographed new published book by John Hogue, and Lunch and Champagne trip plus ferry ride.

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