The East Wants In

By mwilson | Nov 11, 2009

photo credit: ccwen7 Trying to identify the exact point where you’ve peaked and begun to decline is easy in hindsight but impossible while you’re living it. There is a lot of talk about the end of the recession, but the actual recovery seems to differ from region to region. Kind of like peak oil, it [...]

Google Cuts Emissions Using Goats

By mwilson | May 1, 2009

photo credit: Ivy Dawned Rather than have their regular maintenance crew come by and clean up their lawn, Google has decided to employ an army of goats instead. No kidding (a-hem). The goats will eat and then fertilize the grass, and not use an ounce of gasoline to do so. PETA was reached for comment [...]

German Company Turns Cellphones into Gold

By mwilson | Apr 7, 2009

photo credit: covilha Despite campaigns encouraging people to recycle their used cellular phones, most end up in landfills. In Germany, that amounts to 24 million phones per year – almost 1 for every 3 people. Aside from the obvious environmental harm caused by deteriorating batteries and plastic, the phones represent a significant economical waste – [...]

Organic Wood

By mwilson | Feb 17, 2009

I cut my own firewood; every fall we go into the woods, cut down some of our trees, haul them out for splitting and stacking so they can dry out over the winter and next summer and be burned the next year. Since the wood is properly stacked and seasoned, the creosote deposits in my [...]

GM Hopes to Improve its Fortunes by Lowering its Lending Standards

By mwilson | Jan 4, 2009

In another disgusting development, GM has announced it will be pushing profits by selling financing for its SUVs to buyers whose credit scores would have previously been unacceptable to the company. Whereas before the minimum credit score of 700 was needed to be accepted for financing, the bar has now been lowered to 621 (620 [...]

Automakers Get Bailout

By mwilson | Dec 19, 2008

This morning the White House announced $13.4 billion in loans to the Big Three automakers in Detroit, with an additional $4 billion handout waiting in the wings for February. In return the automakers will let the government inspect their books and promise not to fly their executives around in fancy jets. There is a satirical [...]

American Car Manufacturers Cry Foul… Again

By mwilson | Nov 21, 2008

Is there a year that goes by without North American car companies crying wolf? The newest excuse is the economic downturn is causing the companies to go belly-up. Give me a break, please! The automotive industry has been suffering for a long time and will continue to do so whether or not they are “bailed [...]

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