Wednesday, December 30, 2009

How to Fulfill Your New Years Resolutions | eHow.com

Happy New Year!

Ever tried to fulfill your New Year's Resolutions, only to give up (or even forget) by February? Well, there's some easier resolutions and quite unique too, to help combat this common dilemma.

Check out these ideas!

EcoSnoop on polluters via iPhone-What?


EcoSnoop on polluters via iPhone-What?

mnn.com — EcoSnoop starts a new class of vigilante green apps for the iPhone. Now you can report neighborhood polluters. How nice! (not!) What ever happened to Love Thy Neighbor?!!!

Read more here: MNN.com's Karl Burkhart gets down to brass tacks with the snoopy neighbor app for iphone.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Who Needs Health Care Reform? Doctors Should Offer Insurance Directly To Patients


Wouldn't everyone rush to find this doctor?

I would!

In fact, I searched for such a doctor like that today. I'm looking for insurance coverage as I'm not allowed to keep my old one because I don't live in Ca anymore. Humph. It's a nation wide insurance company. Grrr.

I'm left to hope. I was hoping for this health care reform to include some voices from the people. But it doesn't. At least it wouldn't take effect until 2013.

I don't agree with the government's health care reform bill. Every single "good" point, has a direct "bad" side. Like the fact that insurance companies can't deny you for pre-existing conditions, BUT they can say your treatment isn't Medically Necessary (notice the capital letters implying legal description?) as youtube and google has plenty of entries for how Cigna and others have been raking in premiums from insureds, and then denying claims as soon as some major illness strikes. They paid for the insurance and the insurance company just DECIDED NOT TO PAY!

Another option that wasn't on the table for health care reform.... Doctor's Insurance.

I think doctors should offer health benefits for their patients and switch to all cash practices. Just like those Ameriplan type benefits, only without the multi level marketing stuff. It's just a list of doctors willing to give you a discount of at least 15% and you're supposed to pay a premium to have one of their discount cards. What a crock. Why don't the doctors just skip that middle man and offer it straight up???

Doctors take a much bigger hit to their incomes when they sign up with insurance companies as a PPO or see Workers Comp patients, or worse.... personal injury cases!

I know what preferred provider contracts from insurance companies require of doctors to be on the list. Deep discounts. Up to 85%! I have personally experienced having the same service cost $600 on one day, and the day I got insurance, the insurance company paid $58 and my portion was $15. Who does this benefit? The insurance companies of course. They get the premium from us, then get a "premium" from the doctor who actually performed the services. It's not like I had to pay less when you add up that I had to earn the money first, pay taxes on it, then pay the monthly premium and the annual deductible before any benefits are paid, but the doctor sure gets taken for a ride.

Now, what if, this doctor had just told us, no insurance, just cash? Consider the benefits JUST for the doctor. Like no billing department, no contractual cuts to the insurance, perhaps even a malpractice waiver to lighten the burden?

Sure there are probably already laws in place the keep doctors from offering "insurance" per say. But not a deep discount for cash! After 10 years in the medical field (billing and management) I have experienced the true "tragedy" of insurance companies. Usual and customary, medically necessary, medical review boards, preauthorization, and don't forget malpractice insurance!

If there are any doctors out there who are willing to offer their services for cash (and not for more than a worker's comp claim or PPO insurance contract would otherwise satisfy you), then convert your office over to cash! I actually did just that for a chiropractor in Pleasanton, California in only six months.

What are we going to do with health care in this corrupt country? I've joined Dr. Ron Paul (yes an M.D.) and his Campaign for Liberty in hopes that we'll reform the corruption in government and the people will be in charge once again!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

What is Cap and Trade

Annie Leonard explains the Story of Stuff and is now explaining the Story of Cap and Trade! Yay!

Copenhagen COP15...What is it about?

Today, I thought I'd post this video since it's really interesting how no one seems to know what's going on. Seems everyone I know is in this state of disbelief about it. Most of the people I've asked about Copenhagen (COP15) don't even know what I'm talking about!

Here's a start. Catch up on what's going on. DemocracyNow.org has great footage from Copenhagen about the 100,000 protesters outside the doors where world leaders are supposed to be discussing solutions to our growing global climate crisis.

Here's yesterday's report, watch it in it's entirety to get the full picture.

Monday, October 5, 2009

New Film: A Chemical Reaction Debuts - And Sells Out!

This new film was sold out at the Farnsworth Art Gallery in Rockland, Maine, today. I can't wait until it comes my way!

Share this with your neighbors, especially the ones with the "lawn wars" or just get them to attend the film festival when it comes to your town.

For screening cities and dates click here.

If we all stopped using this garbage, not only would we all be healthier, those huge corporations would need a big box of tissue!!!!


Friday, September 18, 2009

Constitution Day Progress!

Thanks to Congressman Ron Paul, HR 1207 has 290 sponsors and if brought to the floor today, or even tomorrow, it would be passed! Keep on truckin' Dr. Paul!!!



Thursday, June 25, 2009

Climate Cops To Fine “Wasteful” Homeowners & Businesses


These are the GREEN jobs that Obama was talkin about folks!

WANTED! NOW HIRING!

Waste Inspectors!
Job Description: Inspect neighbors yards, garbage cans, recycling bins, children’s back packs and juice boxes for recycling law compliance. Daily reporting to Big Brother for further assessment of fines against properties that still may be in the name of their owners. Wages are 50% commission based on total fines imposed. I could go on… but you get the point!

For the last few months I’ve been getting emails from several action groups asking for my urgent support of the “wasteful” taxation legislation that *must* go through in order to save our planet…

What’s wrong with this logic?

Can anyone guess?

Well, first, there’s no way to “fix” global warming by taxes!

Second, who are the folks asking for these new taxes? Politicians of course and we already know who they work for. Hint hint… not us!

It’s this taxation of the ‘super dirty wasteful polluters’ that is the guise for this legislation. What comes across as punishing the big corporations, essentially boils down to punishing the average joe.

In a nut shell, the population currently struggling to survive and feed their families will get notices from the local inspectors (your garbage man) to pay up because they found junk mail in the garbage can and it should have been in the recycling bin. (junk mail you didn’t even ask for!)

When I hear people CRY for a new law to be passed to punish someone or regulate something… I can hardly hold my tongue.

These are our freedoms you cry to be controlled! By our government no less! “Take our freedom so we can be ‘safe’!” Aww, jeez!

*exhausted as I jump down from my soapbox*

Ok, now I’ve said my peace. But….Please THINK before you click on petitions or act now buttons from these types of action groups.

This is actually happening …. take a look:

Climate Cops To Fine “Wasteful” Homeowners & Businesses

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Do You Read Those Tiny Labels On Your Veggies?

I've been a local-vore for quite some time and have found that lately I'm seeing more and more produce from other regions at the grocery store. Sometimes just seeing other regions of the state or u.s.a. are better than food coming from other countries. However, I notice while I'm looking at my food's "birthplace" the guy next to me is picking up tomatoes from mexico and I find myself compelled to blurt out my big mouth. Not in a bad or rude way, I just elevate the volume of my usually internal dialogue to sort of 'advertise' for local farmers. For example, I simply mentioned "from Mexico?" with a sarcastic/inquisative tone and watched him put the mexican tomato back and grab the ones from Florida. Ha! Mission accomplished!

If everyone increased their volumes do you think it would help make a difference? I think it would. It did for the tomato guy! Speak up!


To that end...Do you contribute to a Web site or blog? American Farmland Trust needs your help to spread the word about the importance of farmland protection for local food.

1. Take a stand by placing a badge on your site and linking to American Farmland Trust. You can get the code for these badges here or by clicking on a picture below.

Local Food and Local Farms 9 in '09 Policy for Farms, Food and the Environment Farm Bill

2. Share your farmers market and local food stories through blog posts or video at least five times. Be sure to mention why having local farmland is important to you! For more resources, take a look at our 7 ways to save farmland or farmers market manager pages.

3. Let us know you are taking a stand by sending us an e-mail at FriendsofFarmland@farmland.org and we will include your blog in the list below.

And just FYI: The Cape Harbour Yacht Club in Cape Coral, Fl will host a farmers market between the two towers every Saturday morning from 8am till noon beginning May 23rd! It runs through October 10, 2009. Check out the details here! See you there!

Not from Cape Coral, Fl? No problem! Just visit http://www.localharvest.org/farmers-markets/ and find one near you!

Ford is saving the factory in Mi with electric cars!

I'm more excited that Ford is staying in business than I am about the electric cars but there are pros and cons to this announcement today. As journalists are reporting this as a good sign of technology, jobs and the American economy, I have some questions.

Haven't we done this before?

As I recall, it was mainly the lack of profits that "killed the electric car" the last time any large scale manufacturing came to pass. So, what's in it for them (auto industry) this time?

In addition to this question, is it really a good idea to partner with a company who will sell the technology to ANY car manufacturer? Won't that make this attempt even less profitable? Where's the sense in that? I don't buy the whole deal that it's for the planet. Not when it's government mandated that Ford build 4 new electric cars by 2012.

"The electric Ford Focus, due out in early 2011, is largely the product of Canada-based auto parts and assembly supplier Magna International. Magna developed the car mostly on its own, building it inside a Ford Focus body for demonstration purposes." exerpted from CNNMoney.com
"From the 6,000 lbs Navigator to the 2,500 lbs FocusFord has decided to transform its Michigan SUV plant into a "modern, flexible small car plant". It will begin production of the global Focus small car in 2010, and an electric version of the Focus in 2011 (to help Ford meet its commitment of 4 electric vehicles by 2012). " exerpted from treehugger article.

While it's also pretty good to get away from fossil fueled cars there are negative impacts of using electricity too. Hopefully this next electric car will be able to utilize a solar powered outlet too! Now THAT would be better than plugging it in to a wall and using electricity from a coal powered plant.

More jobs, more people employed and able to feed their families, I hope this was the main goal of Ford's "re-focusing". Pun intended!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day Schmerth Day...

Ok, so as the eco-converts blog owner, I guess I should have written some inspirational advice to those seeking to truly CONVERT to a greener, healthier lifestyle, espcially today but....

I've just driven about 3,000 miles (in my matrix, not an suv at least) and I'm too tired. So, I watched Oprah's going green Earth Day special and was dismayed even more than usual at the corporatism of "buying stuff" today. Isn't this the biggest problem? She's offering a 20% discount as she points out, all that swirling garbage the size of the state of TEXAS! HELLO OPRAH! Grrrrr!

But never the less, today is a good day for a good deed. So, I found one. My friend Judy at NoFearEntertaining is truly an inspiration to me today. While having a moment to spare to check out her great blog, I found her English muffin bread recipe too enticing (or was it the mouth-watering picture?) to pass up.

But it was her post a few days ago that had me intrigued. Inspired, really.

But I can't tell you!

No, I can't!

Ok, I will, but you have to read more about it by clicking here and reading it first hand, on her blog.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Get Involved! HR 875 Means More Government, More Spending, More Recession!

Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009

Food Safety? or Food Police?

"HR 875, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, is a limited-vision attempt by moderate Democrats and Republicans to craft food safety legislation to address the out-of-control filth and contamination that are inherent in our industrialized, now globalized, "profit-at-any-cost" food system.

This being said, Organic Consumers Association does not support HR 875 in its present form, given the fact that, if the bill's regulations were applied in a one-size-fits-all manner to certified organic and farm-to-consumer operations, it could have a devastating impact on small farmers, especially raw milk producers who are already unfairly targeted by state food-safety regulators.

Although the Organic Consumers Association deems this bill somewhat well-intentioned, we are calling on Congress to focus its attention on the real threats to food safety: globalized food sourcing from nations such as China where food safety is a travesty and domestic industrial-scale and factory farms whose collateral damage includes pesticide and antibiotic-tainted food, mad cow disease, E.coli contamination and salmonella poisoning."
Exerpt above from Ethan Huff at NaturalNews.com

After quite a bit of searching, reading, watching videos and listening to alarming podcasts about this bill basically bankrupting farmers to further consolidate the conglomeration of huge corporate thugs, I'm convinced it must be stopped!

Furthermore, I'm absolutely appauled by the introduction of this bill by Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) who's husband works for MONSANTO! Unbelievable! She's got the family members of food poisoning victims in photo opps to help gain support!

Google various keywords and see for yourself how many are opposed to this legislation and it's a wonder why it's being supported by 42 reps in the house. I'm carefully watching my state reps and how they vote. I'm using CapWiz.com to email (pre-made emails that I can edit) and it will surely determine their futures in politics on the next vote!

Go to the Organic Consumers Association Action Alert Page and tell your state representatives how you feel!

In my opinion, we don't need more regulation, more spending, more government, more laws.

We need to reduce it!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Chris Pirillo is my new best friend!

Today I was messing around with profiles and wondered how to do those twitter backgrounds I've seen. There are so many cool ones and I really wanted to customize mine with a quick and easy "click" program. I didn't know how to do that, so I started searching and found this video and website that makes it a snap!

If any of you know what twitter is all about, you'll really really really really (ok) appreciate this video from Chris Pirillo on how to customize your twitter profile page!

Go ahead and check mine out! Then you'll see the picture with a graphic sidebar that follows the page. Click the twitter birdie and see it!



If you're interested in customizing your own twitter profile, just watch the video below to learn how I did it!

Chris has awesome videos and in addition to my adoration of his incredibly LARGE monitor, I absolutely love his style! Very entertaining!

Thanks to Chris and the youtube videos that are so helpful for us all!

Here's his video on how to customize your own twitter profile, remember to subscribe to keep up on his great tips! If you created your own, go ahead and put your twitter link in your comment and we'll check em out!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

EWG Publishes 5th Version Shoppers Guide To Pesticides


Just out, the 5th edition of the foodnews.org list of the fruits and vegetables with the most/least pesticide content.

Click the picture to get the full list. Donate and get the fridge magnet! Or just download the guide, it's FREE!

Go and Digg it please!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Single Payer Health Care Is Off The Table?

While the Obama administration claims “all options are on the table” for healthcare reform, it’s already rejected the solution favored by most Americans, including doctors: single-payer universal healthcare. Quoted from DemocracyNow.org


I'm FOR a single-payer system. But I'm against the government controlling who I see, when I see them and how much I have to pay.

What do you think?
What does your representative think?

Clean Coal: Is That What They Call It Now?

The Cohen Brothers have done it again, a video parody on the Clean Coal claims of the coal industry.




There really is no such thing as clean coal and never will be.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

March 10th is the Last Day! GIVEAWAY! - SMITH'S EDGE Knife Sharpeners


Deluxe Knife and Scissors Sharpener Giveaway! Doesn't this look really cool!???

Another giveaway planned for tomorrow from Spatulas, Corkscrews and Suitcases! These are REALLY nice sharpeners from Smith's Edge, you won't want to miss it! Make sure to check back Wednesday, 3/4 around noon EST and enter! Here's a photo of one of the sharpeners, just to tempt you!

I'm in, are you?
Click the picture or HERE to go and see how to enter!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

ACTION ALERT: Help Homeowners Level the Playing Field


This is an ACTION ALERT!

Forward this link to your entire email list, post it on your blogs, websites, facebook, myspace and Digg, Twitter, etc. We've got to ALL stand up and work TOGETHER!

Sign the petition at this website and view the videos too

"Joan Adams is living out of a Motel 6 in Orange County, California. She lost her home to foreclosure. Theres no one out there to help, Joan says. Billions were given to all the banks for bailouts for something they caused, and yet were the ones that are homeless. Tomorrow, Congress will vote on whether or not to level the playing field."

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Monday, February 16, 2009

I Refuse To Believe that I am part of a Lost Generation

I ran across this video today while clicking links on youtube for some inspiration. This is more than I asked for, I'm stunned.

"This video was created for the AARP U@50 video contest and placed second. It is based on the Argentinian Political Advertisement "The Truth" by RECREAR" You can learn more about it here: "http://www.youtube.com/user/metroamv

Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine's Day Eco-Do's and Eco-Dont's

Valentine's Day is tomorrow and as everyone knows, you'd better plan ahead, or make room in the doghouse!

Especially if your sweetheart, is an Eco-Convert!

There are a few gifts that aren't as sweet for us Eco-Converts. We're environmentalists now and while those bouquets of flowers and lovely embellished greeting cards used to work just fine, now we realize the damage they do to our environment AND our wallets!

So what ARE eco friendly alternatives to the usual cards, flowers, candy and jewelry?

Greeting cards: Cards that are made from virgin paper or even plastic with electronics. Why? Virgin paper comes directly from forests that are being depleated in masses and contribute to global warming and the anhilation of rare species of life. Also the plastic cards and those with music are using electronics that are derived from fossil fuels but are also mostly imported. Try making your own from recycled paper, you can even make a gift box from your cards. (see how to make them HERE)

Flowers: Long stem roses or bouquets of cut flowers. Why? Because even though you may think you're calling a local florist to deliver those flowers, most of the time they aren't local at all. Also, the flowers they have in local florists and stores are often flown over thousands of miles just to get there. Do you live in a climate where the flowers are blooming? That aughtta tell ya they aren't coming from a local florist. But if there are any florists that have a greenhouse in your area, they'll have them, usually on the roadside!

Candy: Candy is the ultimate flattery, "sweets for my sweets" right? But some people don't eat sweets like these, so it's just going to waste. So, consider if your sweetheart actually likes them before purchasing a big box. If the answer is yes, then go to a local candy shop where they are hand made and buy locally. Another tip: Make your own! How flattering to get a box of home made sweets?! Here's a great idea from TasteNC (get it, taste and see?) took me a moment too!

Jewelry: Most jewelers consider the gift of diamonds and gold "timeless" and a most endearing gift. (Who doesn't?) But you don't have to use those specific rocks and metals, you can make them out of macaroni (I love these the best-but it's better for the kids!) or go to Etsy.com and shop local. Just enter your zip code and see what's there! Not only will this help your community, your sweetheart will know you took more time to support their new eco-convertion! Personally, hemp jewelry is a great place to start.
So as you enjoy your sweetheart, however you may choose, remember this:
Love is FREE!
Happy Valentine's Day Fellow Eco-Converts!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The EC (eco-convert's) Car Debuts in Detroit!



Finally, Eco-Converts now have an electric concept car!

Ever since "Who Killed The Electric Car Trailer" film, I've wondered when the electric car would make a come back. Well, it looks like it has. The entire film can be viewed by clicking here.

This is the Toyota FT-EV Concept Car! Toyota's battery electric vehicle (BEV).

This is similar to the Toyota iQ, a microcar that is on sale in Japan and Europe. This version is white with gold and silver design accents and a flared front and rear. It has a lithium-ion battery, and will reach a top speed of 70 mph. (Just enough for a ticket eh?)

Are we beginning to see a wake-up call being answered by the auto industry with all those bail outs? Maybe? But just think how will Ford/GM catch up with advances of Toyota? The Chevy Volt is supposed to offer us an American alternative, but being manufactured in Aspern Austria has American's upset. May have to change it's name to the Chevy Re-Volt!?

As the economy drowns the good citizens of The United States of America with a STIMULUS plan (aka depression bill), it's hard to think about these advances igniting the market's fire once again.

It might just be easier to think about what color horse we want to pull the buggy? Maybe get some tricked out horse shoes and a matching bit! ;D

Well, keep your chin up! Maybe if we brought back all the production of these great vehicles into this country, we'd have a chance to swim!?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Lake Champlain Chocolates Give Away! Just In Time For Valentines Day! Hurry!


Because February is the "Love Month", Donna from Spatulas, Corkscrews and Suitcases has teamed up with Leann from Lake Champlain Chocolate Co and decided that The Grand Valentine Chocolate Heart would be the best giveaway ever, and just in time for Valentine's Day!

Just visit the link below and leave a comment to enter to Lake Champlain Chocolates Give Away! Thanks to http://tastenc.blogspot.com/ for the heads up!!!

Friday, January 30, 2009

How to refill Keurig K-Cups at home | eHow.com jjkadaba


Here's an eco-friendly approach to reusing these K-Cups from Keurig with this incredible invention called the My-Kap! Read more...

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

It's A New Day For Eco-Converts! Easiest Bread Recipe EVER!



Thank goodness for my friend Judy over at nofearentertaining for the idea to google Artisan bread in 5 minutes a day!

I've been making it every day for about two weeks now and you just can't mess it up! I've made small pretty loaves with the sliced tops and also (at request) I've made large loaves for making toast and sandwiches!

Look what I found:

I found out that there's a "how-to" video on youtube about it. NOTE: Go to www.zoebakes.com and click on the errata page for some very helpful in about this recipe and the video.

It's the easiest bread recipe I've ever seen! It's only got four ingredients and there's no kneading or special thermometers, etc.

My family loves this and I am asked, no BEGGED to make it every day!

I'm DEFINITELY going to buy this book and a few tools the writer recommends too!

You can find more on this book and recipes from http://www.zoebakes.com/

You can also get more on WHY you should be learning to bake your own bread at my new squid lens here: www.squidoo.com/eco-converts2
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