Category Archives: Lifestyle

What ‘are so many of them doing?’ 95 million not in US labor force

    According to CNBC, Squawk on the Street, the recent US Department of Labor November Employment Report indicates that the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.6%, the lowest level since 2007.  On the surface, this would be encouraging news if it weren’t for the Labor Participation rate which dropped to 62.7% with an estimated […]

Get Ready… Change Is Upon Us | Peak Prosperity

Dear Republican and Democrat friends.  I urge you to take a few minutes to read this article, which may give you fresh perspective on the recent presidential election and what long-term trends have brought us to this point.  Chris Martenson wrote an excellent article on the Peak Prosperity website which suggests that long-term economic policies pursued by […]

Want a Lego-style home in just a few weeks?

PopUp House, located in France, offers a variety of kits for houses and offices which can be be built in less than a month.  Unlike typical U.S. style two-by-four home construction, the PopUp House has been intentionally designed to be assembled quickly using pre-formed parts and only a standard screwdriver.  This design choice offers the […]

These are the things that a food-poisoning expert doesn’t eat

Bill Marler, an attorney with 20 years of experience in food-poisoning litigation, fears these six foods the most. Source: These are the things that a food-poisoning expert doesn’t eat – Business Insider

Study: Agriculture must reduce methane emissions five-fold

When it comes to the causes of global warming and climate change, many of us picture billowing clouds of black, toxic smoke spewing from vehicles and factories.  However, a growing number of environmental experts is sounding the alarm that we should take immediate steps in altering our food production. Source: Study: Agriculture must reduce methane emissions five-fold – […]

“Mr. Fuller, Why would you build a round house?”

Round homes were the preferred choice of our ancient ancestors. Could they be making a comeback as we become more conscientious about efficiencies? Source: “Mr. Fuller, Why would you build a round house?” : TreeHugger

Zappos’ multimillionaire CEO explains why he lives in a trailer park with his two pet llamas – Yahoo Finance

  Zappos’ Founder,Tony Hsieh, moved from a luxury penthouse to a 240 square-foot trailer in a Las Vegas trailer park…intentionally…and has been happy ever since.  Read the article to find out why. Source: Zappos’ multimillionaire CEO explains why he lives in a trailer park with his two pet llamas – Yahoo Finance

Family Builds Greenhouse Around Entire Home, Saves Big on Heating Bills

This is about a family that lives in a bubble…a house inside a greenhouse to be exact.  What a great idea!  This is a project I’ve fantasized about building for years but I’m happy to say this family has beaten me to it.  With a durable enough greenhouse, the internal living quarters could be anything, even just […]

Naturalist David Attenborough says sun can save Earth – Yahoo News

David Attenborough, acclaimed nature documentary-maker, calls on the world’s governments to spend a fraction of their defense-related R&D budgets on making renewable energy so cheap that, in ten years , nobody will want to use fossil fuels anymore.  According to Attenborough, capturing only 1/5000th of the solar energy that falls on the earth and moon […]

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Would You Live in a Plastic House?

For years we’ve heard how bad plastics are for the environment supported by countless stories of landfills overflowing with plastics, deadly toxins and hormonal disruptors, and a huge floating island of plastic trash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.   And now the plastic industry wants to build houses out of the stuff?  Is it time to break out the picket signs and start protesting?  Not so fast.  Apparently, these aren’t your grandfather’s plastics anymore.  According the American Chemistry Council, modern plastic building materials are much safer and efficient than their ancestors.  The Plastics Make It Possible campaign built an experimental 200-foot tiny house to demonstrate the many benefits of building with modern plastic materials, many already used in housing construction today.

Source: Would You Live in a Plastic House?