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Issue 447 In This Issue September 19th, 2015

Editors Corner

Have you ever wondered how the world would look if everyone had as much power as they needed, generated cleanly and stored on-site? As you may have heard, Tesla Motors is selling the Tesla Powerwall which is a nice solution for the energy storage part. And now other companies are starting to offer similar solutions. Click here

Speaking of cleaner technology, have you heard of the Smog Free Tower? Apparently a team in the Netherlands came up with it. As the name might suggest, it sucks smog out of the air, and "can purify up to a million cubic feet of air in a single hour", and in a day "can clean a small neighborhood". "As an added bonus, the pollutants extracted from the air are then turned into rings". Click here

On a slightly different subject, have you ever wondered what would happen if at least some mowed lawn areas in public spaces were replaced with food crops? A few organizations in a few states have already done just that. Apparently it not only provides free food but also uses less water and fertilizer. Click here

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Food Watch

Is There Free Food in Your Neighbors’ Yards?
Depending on where you live, you might be able to stroll down the street and pick some nice ripe tomatoes or a head of lettuce, not have it cost you a dime, and not get thrown in jail for trespassing, either! That’s because a new project is encouraging homeowners to plant vegetables wherever people walking by can pick them—for free. The project is the brainchild of a non-profit called Backyard Abundance. The Iowa-based group is devoted to “creating beautiful, resilient landscapes that provide healthy food and habitat.” Backyard Abundance provides free seedlings to anyone willing to plant vegetables where folks passing by can harvest them. The plants also come with a “Pick Me!” sign, encouraging neighbors to help themselves, reports Civil Eats. Backyard Abundance is playing off another good program that launched in Austin, Texas. The Food is Free Project got started to help people line their streets with “front yard community gardens which provide free harvests to anyone.” Food is Free helps people build their gardens using salvaged resources like pallets and wood that would otherwise be sent to the landfill. The group uses drought-tolerant wicking bed gardens that only need to be watered every 2-4 weeks. People on an entire block are encouraged to plant the gardens with a variety of organic vegetables.

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GMO Watch

Answering ‘Resistance From All Sides,’ Germany Moves To Ban GMO Crops
Germany on Monday became the latest country in the European Union to take a stand against genetically modified (GMO) crops in its food supply. German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt told government officials that he will seek to implement the European Union’s “opt-out” rule to stop GMO crop cultivation in the country, including those varieties which may be approved by the EU, according to documents seen by Reuters this week. Individual regions in Germany will have until September 11 to inform Schmidt if they wish to be included in the opt-out. Germany will then have until October 3 to tell the EU whether or not it will participate in the cultivation program. As agriculture ministry spokesperson Christian Fronczak told Bloomberg, “The German government is clear in that it seeks a nationwide cultivation ban.” “There’s resistance from all sides, from the public to the farmers,” Fronczak said. Scotland was the most recent country to ban GMOs across the board, which it announced earlier this month. At the time, rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead said concerns over GMO crops are “shared by other European countries and consumers, and which should not be dismissed lightly.”

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In The News

Despite court ruling, gov’t still wants to track cellphones without a warrant
The Justice Department is arguing that if a mobile phone provider has stored information on their customers’ whereabouts, law enforcement is entitled have that information, too. A federal court already ruled that a warrant is required. In its appeal for a rehearing, the Justice Department argued that customer’s forfeit their right to privacy regarding their location when they connect with a mobile network provider. The appeal was filed in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Washington, DC on Thursday, reported the Intercept. In August, the federal appellate court ruled 2-1 that law enforcement officials can’t request archived cell-site location information (CSLI) without a warrant. The appeals case concerns two defendants, Aaron Graham and Eric Jordan, who were indicted for a series of robberies in Baltimore in 2011. Shortly after the men were arrested, a search warrant was filed with a circuit court, which ordered cell provider Sprint/Nextel to disclose to law enforcement “the identification and address of the towers (cell site locations) related to the use of the defendants’ cellular telephones.” Law enforcement then used historical cell-site location data going back to 2010 to track the users and link them to other robberies, without ever obtaining a warrant.

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Air Force Times runs ad urging drone pilots to disobey orders
A US veterans’ organizations is running an advertisement in Air Force Times urging military drone operators to refuse orders to fly attack missions. This comes as the Air Force encounters trouble retaining drone operators due to the stress of the job. The ad was funded by KnowDrones, an organization that aims to achieve an outright ban on the use of weaponized drones Many argue that drone operators do not know what they’re getting into when they sign up for the job. “What this ad is trying to do is to say, ‘look at this now, understand the consequences and follow your conscience and do the right thing,” KnowDrones coordinator Nick Mottern told RT. “Given the fact that the president and Congress won’t act to stop this, we’re appealing directly to the people who are being ordered to do the killing, and who have to bear the weight of this on their conscience to put a stop to it." The ad was supported by organizations such Iraq Veterans Against the War, Code Pink and Veterans for Peace, but a lot of the money came from private individuals using the crowdfunding website GoFundMe. “It costs over $5,000 to run this half-page ad for one week, and the vast amount of that money came from military and ex-military people.” Mottern said.

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RSE Newsletter

Student Accomplishments: JZ Rose, Yelm Students in business, and Phoenix Rising School nominated for ‘Best of Nisqually’ Vote:
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Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

September 20th @ 10am: Simon Parks Returns: Heart to Heart - A conversation of deep concern
A very critical moment on the timeline... What can we do? Join them in a cup of coffee and muffin... and evesdrop in on this sensitive conversation. Simon has cleared his calendar during this important week to address some very important questions that Linda McCallum will be presenting to him... Admission: $20 includes complimentary pastry and coffee

September 21st @ 7pm: Important Artist Rally Meeting
What happened to the "art" show? New info... Updates on the Gallery. Send us an email for meeting notes if you are not able to attend!

September 22nd @ 7pm: It's The Scott Mowry Show!
Is the world going nuts? You can change this reality! Join like-minded people to ponder... Investigative Reporting on the whacky current events of our times. Only $10 bucks!

September 26th @ 7pm: Autumn Medley
A Musical Recital Featuring The Talented Students of Sonia Pena Studios Program: Enjoy the coming of Fall with a varied repertoire of instrumental and vocal solos, duets, and songs to inspire... Admission $3 / Kids 12 and under Free

October 2nd @ 7:30pm: Renee Webb Productions & The Triad Theater Presents: WOMEN & SPIRITUALITY
From Pain to Joy: Healing Myself Through Truth.
Come and enjoy a night of learning with this brilliant former NASA Rocket Scientist now Spiritual Leader. This is the second event in the women lecture series presented by Freedom 4 Women Today. $12 donation

October 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd & 24th @ 7:30pm, 11th, 18th & 25th @ 2pm: Standing Room Only Presents - Incorruptible - An irreverent medieval comedy
A play by Michael Hollinger. Directed by Nancy Hillman. Tickets $15 in advance, $10 Military and Students, $20 at the door. Tickets on sale now at Gordens Garden Center and the Yelm Food Co-op. Call 1 (856) 67-STAGE or visit:

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September 19th @ 4pm: Phoenix Rising's grand Fall Celebration & Fundraiser
Kick up your spurs and come celebrate with us at Schorno's Agri-Business/Nisqually Springs Farm. There will be live music with the BEATNIKS, the most sought after band in the area, delicious food catered by Garden To Gourmet. a Dessert Dash, Raffles, Raised Paddle Call, an Art auction with unique art from the students, and much, much more! It will be a night to remember! Limited tickets available. Get your tickets now at Garden to Gourmet, the Yelm Food Coop or The Phoenix Rising School.
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Nature Watch

Still not practicing preparedness skills? Nearly half of U.S. homes to be hit by natural disasters, warns research firm
If you are one of those people who believes that prepping is for doomsday prophets and survivalist wackos or you've simply not begun practicing preparedness because you think a disaster won't happen to you, you might want to readjust your attitude after reading the results of a recent study conducted by the real estate research company RealtyTrac. The report, which was released on August 28, found that a whopping 43 percent of American homes are at "high risk or very high risk" of being struck by a natural disaster. That's right - nearly half (roughly 35.8 million) of all American homes and condos are likely to be hit by at least one type of natural disaster. The figures are based on an examination of 2,318 counties throughout the nation that were subsequently assigned a natural disaster risk score between 0 and 300. The scores were assessed according to the likelihood of being damaged or destroyed by wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or earthquakes.

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The ocean is broken
IT was the silence that made this voyage different from all of those before it. Not the absence of sound, exactly. The wind still whipped the sails and whistled in the rigging. The waves still sloshed against the fibreglass hull. And there were plenty of other noises: muffled thuds and bumps and scrapes as the boat knocked against pieces of debris. What was missing was the cries of the seabirds which, on all previous similar voyages, had surrounded the boat. The birds were missing because the fish were missing. Exactly 10 years before, when Newcastle yachtsman Ivan Macfadyen had sailed exactly the same course from Melbourne to Osaka, all he'd had to do to catch a fish from the ocean between Brisbane and Japan was throw out a baited line. "There was not one of the 28 days on that portion of the trip when we didn't catch a good-sized fish to cook up and eat with some rice," Macfadyen recalled. But this time, on that whole long leg of sea journey, the total catch was two. No fish. No birds. Hardly a sign of life at all. "In years gone by I'd gotten used to all the birds and their noises," he said. "They'd be following the boat, sometimes resting on the mast before taking off again. You'd see flocks of them wheeling over the surface of the sea in the distance, feeding on pilchards."

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Something Worth Knowing

How fear drives American politics

The story we tell about poverty isn't true

Why gender equality is good for everyone — men included

Technology Watch

Dutch tower sucks smog out of the air
Until we collectively decide to give up fossil fuels and power the world with giant hamster wheels, this planet has a bit of an air pollution problem. Now, a team in the Netherlands wants to help. The Smog Free Tower, designed by Daan Roosegaarde, Bob Ursem, and European Nano Solutions, is a 23-foot metal tower stationed in a park in Rotterdam that sucks pollution out of the air. Wired reports: It does this by ionizing airborne smog particles. Particles smaller than 10 micrometers in diameter (about the width of a cotton fiber) are tiny enough to inhale and can be harmful to the heart and lungs. Ursem, who has been researching ionization since the early 2000s, says a radial ventilation system at the top of the tower (powered by wind energy) draws in dirty air, which enters a chamber where particles smaller than 15 micrometers are given a positive charge. Like iron shavings drawn to a magnet, the positively charged particles attach themselves to a grounded counter electrode in the chamber. The clean air is then expelled through vents in the lower part of the tower, surrounding the structure in a bubble of clean air.

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We need better home energy storage. These companies are working on it
Earlier this summer, serial game-changer Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla Powerwall, a home energy storage device designed to give people energy independence and thus usher in the solar age. The announcement came only after Musk first revealed his deep distaste for existing batteries — namely that they “suck,” tend to be “stinky,” “ugly,” and are just “bad in every way.” But Musk isn’t the only one who feels this way. Practical home energy storage, while not the sexiest of technologies, is crucial to the very sexy concept of off-grid living. And with more and more households installing solar panels, the home battery market is only going to get bigger. MIT Technology Review has the scoop on some other companies getting in on the action: This week at the Solar Power International show, in Anaheim, a company called SimpliPhi Power is unveiling a lightweight battery system for homes and small businesses that offers a longer life span than other lithium-ion batteries and doesn’t require expensive cooling and ventilation systems.

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Fall Celebration & Fundraiser!
Kick up your spurs and come celebrate with us at Phoenix Rising's grand Fall Celebration & Fundraiser September 19th at Schorno's Agri-Business/Nisqually Springs Farm. There will be live music with the BEATNIKS, the most sought after band in the area, delicious food catered by Garden To Gourmet. a Dessert Dash, Raffles, Raised Paddle Call, an Art auction with unique art from the students, and much, much more! It will be a night to remember! Limited tickets available. Get your tickets now at Garden to Gourmet, the Yelm Food Coop or The Phoenix Rising School. Click here for more information

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