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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Monday, April 2, 2012

2 April - RSS SnapShot! Pt I

Australian resupply convoy from Mentoring Task...Australian resupply convoy from Mentoring Task Force 1 (MTF-1) in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan April 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Bushmasters Afghanistan January 2010Bushmasters Afghanistan January 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
U.S. Army Captain Rebecca Dimurco crouches to ...U.S. Army Captain Rebecca Dimurco crouches to be closer to eye level while speaking with Afghan children during an operation to transport patients in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Smoke from early morning fires linger over whe...Smoke from early morning fires linger over wheat fields in Khas Oruzgan district, eastern Uruzgan province, June 20. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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 Sidebar Search returns on water and environment at bottom

Bikes turned into mini power plants
Unwanted bicycles are being sent from the United States and Canada to be made into power sources that drive corn grinders and water pumps in Guatemala. An organization called Maya Pedal* is the force behind the effort to help poor people increase their corn grinding potential greatly so they can have more food, and sell their corn or corn products more easily. Maya Pedal also converts old bicycles into threshers, tile makers, nut shellers, blenders, trikes and trailers.
* 2010 Curry Stone Design Prize Finalist (per their webpage)
"The Curry Stone Design Prize honors an individual or group for developing and implementing a visionary design innovation. These emerging projects address critical issues such as access to clean air, food and water, shelter, health care, energy, education, social justice and the promotion of peace." 

  • PEDAL Mission:

    The purpose of the PEDAL collective is to develop and promote the use of pedal powered technology, as an ecologically sustainable and self-sufficient energy and transportation source for the community as a whole. We accomplish this through educational programs, hands-on learning facilities and redistribution of recycled/refurbished bikes.

    Gnome 3 and Ubuntu's Unity however are to my opinion still 'experiments', aimed at the low-end of the computer-market: tablets, netbooks and smart-phones. Enough is told about that. In other words: for a larger laptop or office-PC there is no innovative Linux 'alternative' for the KDE 4.8.x and within a few months the KDE 5 desktop.

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