29 votes

When Idiots Keep Bees

We finally got a swarm of bees this spring! I put the lovely Warre hive boxes that hawkiye made to use at last! When the time came to add a box, I was living on the farm in the RV, the only bee book I had was "Beekeeping For Dummies" (a much loved and used gift!) and I just flipped to the page about adding a box. I went out and put the empty box on top of the full one. OK, my husband put it on top, but I was the one who said to do it. It had only been there a few days before I remembered that is one of the differences with Warre boxes, and we went to move it. Too late.

31 votes

The Server Needs To Die To Save The Internet - Article on MaidSafe


http://youtu.be/RdGH40oUVDY

http://maidsafe.net/

Tip of the hat to Ernest Hancock, and the DP's Joη for this great article.

by Natasha Lomas | TechCrunch
July 23, 2014

Do we have the Internet we deserve? There’s an argument to say that yes, we absolutely do. Given web users’ general reluctance to pay for content. We are of course, paying. Just not with cold hard cash, but with our privacy — as digital business models rely on gathering and selling intel on their users to make the money to pay (the investors who paid) for the free service.

Users are also increasingly paying with time and attention, as more ad content — and more adverts masquerading as, infiltrating and degrading content — thrusts its way in front of our eyeballs in ever more insidious ways. Whether it’s repurposing our friends’ photos and endorsements to socially engineer selling us stuff, or resorting to other background tracking and targeting tricks to divert our attention from whatever it was we were actually trying to do online.

25 votes

Jury Finds Texas Man Not Guilty in Shooting Death of Drunk Driver Who Killed Two Sons

A jury returned a verdict of not guilty today for a Texas father accused of the shooting death of a drunk driver who killed his two sons.

David Barajas was accused of fatally shooting 20-year-old Jose Banda in December 2012 after Banda plowed into a vehicle that Barajas and his two sons had been pushing on a rural road in Alvin, about 30 miles southeast of Houston.

The Barajas family broke into tears in the courtroom today while Jose Banda's family sat in stunned belief.

https://gma.yahoo.com/jury-finds-texas-man-not-guilty-shooti...

23 votes

The real cause of the California drought: The Government

California’s San Joaquin Valley is the salad bowl of the world, providing the majority of fruits and vegetables for the entire nation. But, with another man-made drought looming, the San Joaquin Valley is in danger of becoming a dust bowl unless immediate action is taken to change policies that put the needs of fish above the livelihood of people.

House Republicans have a bipartisan, comprehensive solution to end future man-made droughts, bring job and water supply certainty to the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys in California and decrease reliance on foreign food sources.

13 votes

U.N. Wants To Ban Indoor E-Cigarette Use

The United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that countries regulate electronic cigarettes by banning their use indoors. The WHO advised that e-cigarette use remain illegal indoors until studies prove that it is harmless to bystanders.

In addition, the WHO urged its 194 members to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and to regulate the advertising and promotion of “vaping” devices.

From U.S. News & World Report:

25 votes

Monsanto's Worst Nightmare Coming True: The Rise of GMO Labeling

Activists against GMOs just might take down the biotech giants after all. GMO labeling could soon be a sweet reality.

Last week, Colorado broke a new record by bringing 16,950 signatures to a GMO labeling campaign for fall’s election, more than double the qualifying signatures needed to make sure that GMO labeling is on the ballot. This huge message to Monsanto accompanies a similar campaign in Oregon, all while the biotech industry awaits approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for more Agent Orange chemicals (2,4-D) to be used where glyphosate has failed.

7 votes

Federal Cybersecurity Director Found Guilty on Child Porn Charges

As the acting cybersecurity chief of a federal agency, Timothy DeFoggi should have been well versed in the digital footprints users leave behind online when they visit web sites and download images.

But DeFoggi—convicted today in Maryland on three child porn charges including conspiracy to solicit and distribute child porn—must have believed his use of the Tor anonymizing network shielded him from federal investigators.

8 votes

California Legislature votes to ban Confederate Flag, but they don't know which one!

Typical California!

Here is the California flag banning bill text, and link:

"The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

SECTION 1.
Chapter 2.9 (commencing with Section 8195) is added to Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:
CHAPTER 2.9. Confederate Flag

8195.

5 votes

GRAPHIC! Suppossedly this is video of ISIS going and randomly shooting people in Iraq

Possible war propaganda but disturbing none the less. Very graphic.


http://youtu.be/RTosGni1BwA

10 votes

Historical European Martial Arts

I have always been fascinated by swordplay. Most of you who know me, know that I am a traditionalist by nature. It wasn't something I decided rationally. More, I was a product of my environment and my upbringing. Naturally as a child, while the neighbors were playing cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians, I was playing Robin Hood and Peter Pan. While folks were playing 007: Goldeneye on their Nintendo 64's, I was trying to track down the original Nintendo version of Final Fantasy 1.

As I grew to become more cogent and grounded in reality, I shed a lot of the escapism that I used to safeguard myself from the conditions of a traumatic childhood. I became someone who was fully grounded in reality with a passion for the here and now; as opposed to someone with an irrational desire to live in the past, ignoring those frightful aspects that progress has shielded us from having to face.

Disclaimer: This is my personality. Not an attack on other peoples hobbies. I appreciate that I am limited to my own perspective. No need to defend yours.

11 votes

128 Gig Encrypted Carrier Pigeons?

With all the discussion about how folks are going to comunicate when the SHTF there happens to be a new concept in the works. This new concept pairs one of the oldest forms of comunication transport with the best of today's advanced computer encryption and rewritable flash drive technology.

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