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Windowfarms? And low tech alternative energy "Bio fuel"??

I found a bit about windowfarms about 6 months ago and had a small input about one of the toys I made.   It is an "opensource" hydroponic window garden? design experiment and it has gone worldwide. 

It started in Brooklyn

http://our.windowfarms.org/

They now sell insanely priced kits in the USA so that people can do this themselves http://www.windowfarms.org/kits

However, I think it can be a really cool idea and should be expanded.  I think the concept could also be used to keep seedlings watered in an ordinary greenhouse with normal soil or seed starter too.

A lady in texas has used some of my old pulser pump stuff to design her much cheaper DIY system.

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Help needed to secure wireless internet

Hi babblers.

I'm hoping someone out there can help me with what's probably an easy tehno-problem, but I have no idea where to begin.

So, I moved a month ago and have been restricted by being plugged in directly to my modem. I'm finally sick of tripping over wires all over my living room. So just today I plugged in my old-ish wireless router. I bought it over 4 years ago. One the side it reads D-Link 802.11g / 2.4Ghz. Whatever that means. If it matters.

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Ready to Rock?

The single biggest problem that plagues humanity, robbing people of their rights and freedom, is our debt money system. Unending interest payments, compounding generation upon generation, have turned "we the people" into indentured economic slaves of the rich. You know the truth, and millions of Canadians are also starting to wake up and figure it out, but they don't know what to do about it.

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DisOrientation 2010 @ York University

Political and Social Justice - Radically Different, Politically Progressive

DisOrientation 2010 @ York University ::Taking Back OUR Campus!::

- Keele Campus: September 23 to October 1
- Workshops :: Actions :: Film Screenings :: FREE Concert
- ALL Welcome :: ALL Events are FREE & ACCESSIBLE :: Child Care Available

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Libel, fair comment, and Palestine

Hi fellow babblers,

As you know, I've been involved in the Palestinian solidarity movement.  Unfortunately, given that the opposition seems to be really into smearing these days, that means that people say a lot of nasty things about me.

I'm curious, do false and defamatory statements in widely distributed printed material (campus newspapers) about me and my political views (that I am a racist, that I want to make Israel/Palestine "Judenrein", that I want to "exterminate" Israel) count as libel?  Where is the line between fair comment and libel?  Also, should I be looking into the legalities of this?

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Money or Value?

I've been trying to reconcile different perspectives on money, and valuation of hitherto un-monetarily valuated work.

Perhaps babblers can offer some useful feedback.

Authors like Marilyn Waring have been interpreted to advocate valuating housework and environmental services monetarily.  In the end, however, Waring 'caught a glimpse' of an economic system that was fundamentally based in numbers which had real-life meaning- such as numbers of wild fish species and proportions of children eating adequately.

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Google talk now available

Noticed today when I was checking my gmail account that google has enabled "google talk" within gmail... meaning calls to USA and Canada are now free for everyone with a computer and a half decent Internet connection.

If you have a gmail account then open it and look on the left hand menu for the "Call Phone" option.

You click that and a little dial pad will open and you will find a link on it to "download the Google talk plugin".

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Where is the thread that ... ???

Does anyone remember the thread Michelle started about a string of words that are all/mostly the same word but are supposed to make sense?

Otherwise, this is an all-purpose thread for people who have foggy memories and have lost something they can't find in Search.

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Collective farms and manufacturing: why we need collaborative enterprise

I need help. I want to start and help others to start collective farms and manufacturing/retail ventures. I need to explore the history of co-operatives and or collectives and to understand when they worked and why.

People who learn how to create collaborative enterprises are more likely to get through the coming turmoil then those who remain rooted in the ideals of 19th century individualism whether or not we self-identify as liberal or conservative or.......

I am inviting people to join me in a collaborative venture that has both practical and theoretical benefits.

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Am I not allowed to work with ``vulnerable population`` because of my hepatitis B status

Hello fellow babblers, apparently my life is not hard enough due to my trans identity, but As far I am also  born with the Hap B virus through neonatal infection, I am still a Hapetitis B carrier although i have never been active and feel healthy.  I want to work with people with disabilities , but I found out during the interview that I cannot become a volunteer for people with mental disabilities because of my health disability. Is this legal , and can i ever become a social worker or a nurse or anything like that because i cannot provide an immunization record (since I have it)

I tried to google for this information, but I just cannot find anything! please help

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Statement from the Southern Ontario Anarchist Resistance: In "Carnage" We Find Beauty.

This is a repost that was found on various interspaces on July 6th 2010. We write this statement in unwavering defiance to the ongoing attempt to silence us: those who militantly voice their opposition to this ecocidal, colonial- capitalist state, and the corporations that profit from its systemic violence. The state does not represent us, and we do not consent to its rule or its racist, patriarchal 'justice' system, which only serves to uphold the interests of the ruling elite. In regards to the ongoing scapegoating of anarchists in a debacle reminiscent of the McCarthy era: This 'black scare' will not work. Nor is it an exception.

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Anyone having trouble with shaw internet?

They gave me a new modem. Old one was working fine.  Now every time I go from desktop to netbook, I have to turn off the modem because it will only let one computer on at a time.  I thought maybe the netbook faulty but the same thing happened with my gf laptop.    Then finished working with the netbook and I gotta turn off the bluddy modem again to get the desktop on.  Crazy!    Used to be able to put 3 puters on no problem. I got the router or splitter.

Is it just me or has shaw just got a lot uglier? They were talking about speed boost too!  Not much of a boost for me when i have to switch the stupid modem off every time I change computers.

Brian

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an alternative to the G20 system

This morning the thought came, discussed before in different ways, that unionized farmers, service and industrial workers can get together locally, nationally, internationally, and talk about how to trade directly what they produce, earth-friendly products, without money.

Bankers and their complicit legislators would be left aside, without sufficient bodies and resources for a military to oppose this fair money-free trade.

towards that end i could see internet communications as useful.

 

 

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Ontario Ombudsman and landlord-tenant complaints?

Has anybody here ever filed a complaint with the Ontario Ombudsman about the Landlord Tenant Board or the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal?

If so, what was your experience? Did you get the outcome you expected? Were you satisfied with the quality of the investigation? Did Ombudsman staff treat you well?

I'd like to know what to expect.

 

Thank you in advance.

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Calgary or Vancouver?

Hi fellow Babblers,

Originally from Toronto, I've been living outside of North America for about 15 years.  Now I'm planning to come back to Canada but instead of returning to T.O., I want to live and work in the West. 

I'd appreciate any comments or advice on (a) where the jobs are these days, and (b) which city you think would be preferable for a gal to make a fresh start and put down roots.  I'm single with no kids and in my late 40s.  I work as an executive assistant or legal assistant.

Thanks a lot!

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Hephaestion Remembered

 

As we learned earlier this week, Hephaestion has died.   Many of us here do not believe in an afterlife, a place were the soul goes.   But something of us does live on in others.   I believe that if we took time to consider the lives of those who have left us, and chose to not just contemplate, but recognize and echo the best of that person, the world would be a better place.

 

And, as much as it is possible to know anyone through a message board, or through postings, making the world a better place was what made Hephaestion's heart beat.

 

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