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- There is a WORK EXCHANGE PROGRAM available for this amazing event. You’ll have to be available Thursday through Sunday for up to 16 hours of work.
If you are new to SF there are so many great choices for outdoor yoga, even in January. This short video shows a few! I’d also suggest San Bruno Mountain (in Daly City) the largest open space area in San Mateo County. — the editor
We all seem to enter an Energy discussion with blinders on, even the most open-minded people have decisions made and strong opinions about what they understand. Another words, we start with a solution first and data we have already reviewed. Looking at past data, does not leave much room for new data (I do this too) which does not lead to the best projects or answers to our Energy problems.
Let’s start here. What do you want from the you energy you use? Here is my list. What I want… rather than what I do now.
- Available 24×7
- Made of local materials and sources
- Not hazardous to surrounding area
- Scalable, small or big power generation, usable in remote areas, usable in cities
On Wednesday, 11/20 I attended a very intriguing energy seminar from the lifetime members of IEEE. The discussion was on LIQUID FLOURIDE THORIUM Reactors (LFTR). The history of nuclear reactor design was fascinating. The discussion of safety, lower cost, higher efficiency and accessible fuel in the United States made me SIT UP AND PAY ATTENTION. Then when you add that the fuel does not turn into “dirty bombs” and we have reserves of Thorium I was really curious.
Some other facts:
- 4000 times less mining waste than coal, and 1000 to 10,000 times less nuclear waste
- no possibility of core meltdown
- waste products have a much faster half-life and are safe within 10 years (instead of life-times as with Uranium/Plutonium)
I am not a nuclear scientist, but I am very concerned with our increasing carbon footprint and the increasing acidity of our oceans from the use of gasoline and carbon based fuels. I want to learn more. They are using this technology THAT WAS DEVELOPED in the UNITED STATES in China. And in China, Billions have been invested in further research.
Curious? Here is the title of the DVD: “Thorium Remix 2011″ HERE is a LINK TO MORE INFORMATION (white paper).
I want energy independence. I want my ocean to be healthy. I will continue to learn more. Please join me.
Military Bases and Semiconductors must use chemicals that can create a toxic soup …. what happens if these chemicals are not disposed of properly? Dry Cleaners, Gas Stations, Agriculture, golf courses and many others can also dump what is toxic, or apply chemicals improperly so they become hazardous. Individual homeowners can fill their ground with Round-up and Pest poisons too. Some areas have the advantage of TESTING, it is quite an advantage to know what is in the soil and water. Other areas find out by witnessing spikes in illness or rare diseases. (Beware – the EPA limits are not always adequate to ensure our health, especially for children, elderly and pregnant women.) In our SF area, Hunter’s Point and Bay View have struggled with cleaning their baylands. Very few companies will admit or take charge with clean-up. Get Informed!
In ongoing investigation by the EPA has yet to come to a conclusion, but EPA project manager Alana Lee told residents on Nov. 12 that there was no other plausible explanation for the hot spots on Leong and Evandale. “It appears to be coming down the sewer,” she said, adding that the dumping stopped years ago when semiconductor manufacturers left the area.
excerpted from the Original Article: Mountain View Voice 11/22/2013
Fairchild Semiconductor had been caught by the city dumping acid and other toxics into the sewer and storm drains that run to Stevens Creek in the late 1970s, according to several news reports from the time. Fairchild’s corporate descendant, Schlumberger Corp., is paying to clean up the two Evandale Avenue hot spots, along with the two Evandale Avenue homes where TCE vapors were found above EPA limits for risk of cancer and birth defects — but has refused to take legal responsibility for the contamination.
The EPA has sampled the indoor air in over 95 homes in the Evandale Avenue and Leong Drive area and a total of six were found with Trichloroethylene (TCE) vapors inside, though four were under EPA action levels.
Take a look at a great new program from the University of California. The UC Berkeley Conservation of Natural Resources program has written about it and has a group going now- It’s meant to draw in a diversity of people and train them to be CALIFORNIA NATURALISTS in 10 weeks.
The course is offered at several locations in California. In the UCB Fall 2013 Breakthroughs article “The New Naturalists” (pages 18-21). the article shows the students (of all ages, retired, finishing school, in various jobs) are enjoying the summer program in the Sagehen Creek Research Station, 10 miles NE of Truckee. They talk about CITIZEN SCIENCE and bringing this learning back to thier communities.
You can receive the online version of the magazine by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
OR go to nature.berkeley.edu/breakthroughs
Things to bring on a hike:
Bring shoes and water (now there’s an interesting picture!). If you enjoy hiking, look into a decent pair of hiking boots that will support and protect your ankles from the occasional misstep. Athletic shoes with good ankle support will do in a pinch, but will not keep your feet dry if the trail has wet spots. Check the weather reports (and realize even they are just guessing). Bring an appropriate pack as well as food, water, and an extra layer or two of clothing (preferably waterproof) in case the weather changes unexpectedly.
It’s easy to find, take Hwy 280 in San Mateo County exit CA 84/Woodside Road (exit 25). Drive west on Woodside Road about 3 miles to the signed park entrance (it’s a small sign) on the right (west) side of the road, here’s the address:
3985 Woodside Rd
Woodside, CA 94062
For a Snack: Nearby is a local favorite – Buck’s Restaurant on Woodside Road, you’ll pass the shopping center that its in on Woodside Rd / Canada Rd. Buck’s is crammed full of fun gadgets, photos, machines, brass horns, collections of baby shoes and way more. In fact there is a Scavenger Hunt game that you can play while you order and get your food.
Safety First! Here are the essentials all hikers should carry with them:
1. FIRST: WATER, map, flashlight (very important) These should be in your backpack or car anyway!
3. Wool Socks (wear ‘em, don’t carry ‘em, they really help.)
4. Extra Food- granola bars are good
5. Extra Clothing – think “layers” -you can pull them off when you warm up, or put them on as it gets cold
6. Sunglasses & hat
7. First-aid kit (If you are a minimalist, bring a few band-aids, Moleskin, first aid cream, and gauze.)
9. Waterproof matches
10. Candle or fire starter
This hike is short and sweet! (its really just an excuse to see the Monarchs!)
You’ll want to go to the Nature Center! There is a naturalist-led discussion at 11 am, and again in the afternoon. The morning session is better because the Monarchs are still clustered in the trees, you’ll visit the Milkweed garden, and the observation area. There are special telescopes for close-up viewing the clusters. You’ll also learn why Monarchs are so amazing, how far they migrate, what they need to survive, counting butterflies, how to tell F from M and (sadly) that the numbers of Monarchs are declining and why.
2531 W. Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
|Directions:||FROM SANTA CLARA: Take Hwy CA-17 South.2. Slight right onto CA-1 N (signs for CA-9/Half Moon Bay/Boulder Creek).3. Slight right onto Mission St (signs for California 1 N/?Half Moon Bay)4. Turn left onto Swift St.
5. Take the 2nd right onto Delaware Ave.
6. Take the 1st left onto Swanton Blvd.
7. Turn right onto W Cliff Dr. Natural Bridges State Beach will be on the left.
Check the LINK: www.kidsoceanday.org and enjoy the movie! There is a list of Teacher Resources with great examples and teaching information/plans on the site, to help you with “next steps”. This is effective for schools, families, groups – Boy Scouts, Church groups, neighborhoods and friends would all love to do this. The important thing, is get out there, get involved. The ocean is waiting!
We’ve made a short video, that I hope you’ll be able to share with the kids you love!
- Kids Ocean Day has been teaching California students about ocean protection for 21 years
- Kids Ocean Day has been taught in the U.S., Mexico and will be going to Hong Kong for its second year!
- Ethiopia has sent representatives to the U.S. to learn the Kids Ocean Day program and bring it back to Africa
- Kids Ocean Day has received support from the NOAA, Heal the Bay, The California Coastal Commission, The City of Los Angeles
- Thousands of Kids participate in the aerial art installation each year, which is designed by a student and spreads the message of a clean ocean
Climate scientists are suggesting that extreme weather like severe hurricanes and droughts are now the new normal for the United States (Huffington Post). Nine out of 10 Americans expect a world disaster to occur in their lifetime, yet 56 percent say they aren’t prepared (National Geographic Channel).
I find disaster statistics something to pay attention to – we can change this problem. This book is well laid out, with a spiral binding, easy to update, with guides and spaces to put all your important information in one place. Do this for your family. Disasters do happen – look at Oklahoma and Colorado and so much flooding and fires. Let’s take care of ourselves.
My Son is a Firefighter, My Daughter lives in FL. Even for me, living in California helps you understand what CAN happen, but we can survive if we are prepared. Sometimes its simple stuff, sometimes it is a Plan/practice. I feel strongly about preparedness. I have received CERT Community Emergency Response Training for San Mateo County. This is serious stuff, and it can save your life. – the editor
The increase in earthquakes, terrible storms, and political unrest in recent years has forced everyone to reevaluate their preparedness and place urgency on being ready for future disasters. The Disaster Prepper’s Organizer: All the Grab-and-Go Survival Information You Need by Walter Jacob Mullin (F+W/Adams Media, October 2013) is the only organizer that safely secures critical personal information during disasters.
While having a bug-out bag and stocking up on the essentials is a great way to prepare, readers will also need an all-in-one place to store the information that will help them survive a crisis.
With The Disaster Prepper’s Organizer, you can ease your mind knowing that you’ve taken the necessary steps to prepare your family for any emergency that may come your way.
From financial accounts and insurance policies to their family’s blood types and medical history, The Disaster Prepper’s Organizer will give readers plenty of space to record the details that matter most in their day-to-day lives.
Complete with a pocket for important documents, and tips for living off the grid, this book will reassure them that they truly have all the information they need:
- First aid
- Evacuation Plans
- Supply lists
- Emergency contacts
Walter Jacob Mullin (West Linn, OR) lives in the Pacific Northwest with his family. He never leaves home without an LED flashlight. Which is a good idea, along with putting an old pair of tennis shoes in your car trunk!! Be Prepared. Just like the Boy Scouts of America!
P.S. If you are interested in CERT and live in San Mateo County: contact San Mateo City CERT at sanmateocacert.samariteam.com
And if you are inspired to work on planning in your community, look at TEAM RUBICON.
Whether they’ve been naughty or nice this year, diamonds are sure to top every woman’s holiday wish list. And considering that one third of engagements happen during the holiday season, they’re at the top of the shopping list for a number of men, too. Lucky for all (gifters and giftees), Gemesis Diamond Company – the world’s principal distributor of gem-quality lab-grown diamonds (eco-friendly and socially responsible) – has a little something “green” for everyone this holiday season!
I admit, I LOVE sparkly rings. I don’t want blood diamonds. These sound beautiful. And take a look at the Fine Jewelry buying tips – you won’t hear this from a commissioned salesperson. – the editor
Gemesis offers the following diamond jewelry in the purest Type IIa colorless and fancy yellow (a huge celebrity engagement ring trend), available in a variety of metals including white, yellow and rose gold, as well as platinum: engagement rings, wedding and anniversary bands, earrings and pendants.
- Gemesis diamonds are lab-created – physically, chemically and optically the same as high-quality mined diamonds.
- Due to the origin of Gemesis lab-grown diamonds, environmental and social concerns are eliminated.
- Even better: the price point, which is more attractive than that of comparable mined diamonds.
- Man-made diamonds over .23 carat sold on Gemesis.com are certified and laser-inscribed as lab-created by the International Gemological Institute (IGI).
If you’d like some more details:
The three stone ring in the picture above is the Gemesis Loop Pattern Three-Stone Diamond Ring (link included below). The 14K setting price for this ring is $1,358.46. Note, Gemesis rings are “Create Your Own,” so the “14K Setting Price” indicated is only for the setting and does not include the diamond (total price depends on the custom diamond ultimately chosen by the customer).
As an additional diamond resource for the holidays, I can offer fine jewelry buying tips (enclosed) from Jerry Ehrenwald, president & CEO of International Gemological Institute (IGI), the world’s largest independent laboratory for testing and evaluating gemstones and fine jewelry. Consisting of graduate gemologists and accredited gem and jewelry appraisers, IGI is an independent, consumer-focused worldwide organization that provides objective and accurate grading, identification, and appraisal reports of gemstones and fine jewelry.
FINE JEWELRY BUYING TIPS
- Learn the Four Cs – color, clarity, cut quality, carat weight – so you can ultimately make a knowledgeable purchase decision on diamond jewelry. For details, check out IGI’s Four Cs guide.
- Make the Grade – Purchase jewelry accompanied by a grading report from an independent, accredited, long-standing and recognized gemological institute, such as IGI. This report provides an unbiased assessment of a diamond’s quality, based on the one internationally accepted system for diamond grading, and also informs you if it is synthetic or has undergone any treatments and/or processes, which may dramatically affect the value.
- Color, color everywhere – With colored gemstones, color saturation and tone are the most important factors – vivid/bright colors with medium tone are the most sought after.
- Out Clause – Learn the store’s return policy. Most reputable retailers have at least a 30-day money back guarantee.
- Swipe the plastic – It’s a good idea to pay with a credit card, as the Fair Credit Billing Act protects all credit card transactions. Don’t forget to obtain and hold onto a receipt for your records!
- Safety First – Call your insurance agent to determine if the jewelry will be adequately covered under a pre-existing homeowners’ policy or if additional jewelry insurance will be needed.