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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The bike kick continues with a focus on the thrifty aspects of fun with bikes. From the Australian article on electric bikes. It is based in Australia, but many of the ideas are true for the U.S. as well. "The top 10 reasons to buy an electric bike"

"Fifty per cent of all car journeys are of less than five kilometres' duration, which means that there is considerable potential for at least some of those journeys to be made safely and in a much healthier way by bike."

"Think of all those small trips that you do on a daily basis. Like down to the newsagent to get a paper. Or a quick trip to the video store, or to the corner shop to get a loaf of bread? I'm getting into the habit of using the bike for these little trips and keeping the car in the garage. I've also found that I'm enjoying riding the bike.

"3. Save money..
This is an obvious one. Lets look at a typical scenario. Assume you have to commute 12 km to work every day - 120 km per week. Your car gets approximately 10 liters/100km. Petrol is about $1.30 per liter. You would use about $15.60 per week in petrol so that would be your saving in fuel alone. This means it would take 12 to 18 months to cover the cost of an electric bike - if you were to factor in fuel alone. If you consider parking costs, tolls, insurance, registration, tires and general wear and tear on a car the story becomes more compelling.

"This calculation is also based on having an electric bike as well as a car. If you are looking to replace a car then it's almost instant payback. The story is just as compelling if you rely on public transport. To cover the same distance by train would be about $30 for a weekly ticket. That brings the return on investment on an electric bike down to about 40 weeks. "


  
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SAMODER 7/29/2011 11:42PM

    I still need to get my bike in for a "tune-up" My friend moved 3 miles away, and I want to bike to her house.

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Together

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Bonnie and Clyde were famous not just for their bank robberies in a rough economic times, but also for kidnapping and holding wealthy people's relatives hostage. There were no government food stamps or social services at the start of the Great Depression. They were based out of Louisiana. They also convinced the relatives they released to agree with a strict leftist political doctrine, and expand social services to the poor. Police fear they may have copy cats in modern day as the economy gets worse in the USA. The True Blood TV show set in Louisiana makes many leftist statements about people who can't afford health care. (Little old lady can't afford medical oxygen or phone bill, Lafayette works 4 jobs for mother's health care.) Louisiana almost put up the first far leftist presidential candidate for election with Huey Long. He was killed by assassins. "What were Bonnie and Clyde's surnames? Parker and Barrow Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were notorious outlaws during the Great Depression in America. They died together after being shot by the police in Louisiana. In 1967 they were played by Faye Dunawaye and Warren Beatty in the film "Bonnie and Clyde"." - from Funtrivia.com

  
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SAMODER 7/17/2011 12:44AM

    I agree, interesting
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W5VEOTX 7/16/2011 2:51PM

    Interesting

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Island

Thursday, July 14, 2011

I did not know that Pythagoras was a teacher of Plato. A teacher in my religious studies classes at Catholic school used to love to talk about Plato. Plato was a famous firm believer in the city of Atlantis and wrote about it in many of his dialogues. "Which Greek philosopher theorized on the immortality and reincarnation of the soul? He is best remembered for a very famous geometric theory involving a triangle. Your answer: Pythagoras There is not an awful lot known about the mathematician and philosopher as none of his writings have survived. It is believed that he was born around the year 580BC on the island of Samos, which is now part of Greece. These beliefs have been passed down through time via his influence over Plato's and Aristotle's teachings and writings."

  
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SAMODER 7/14/2011 11:10PM

    EUREKA..... oops that was Archimedes
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Also

Friday, July 08, 2011

I took and passed a psychology, and English class in night school last semester. In psychology, we talked about the hippocampus part of the brain. It also uses endorphins to regulate pleasure and pain. You feel more pleasure longer in life if you work out more. True fact there.

"A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that regular sweat sessions can increase the size of a region of the brain called the hippocampus--a part of the brain that begins to decline around age 30 in most adults. The hippocampus is tucked deep in the brain and plays an important role in learning and memory. According to researchers, a larger hippocampus is associated with better performance on spatial reasoning and other cognitive tasks." - Health trivia from SP

  
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SAMODER 7/11/2011 9:44PM

    Very interesting.....

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Idea

Friday, July 08, 2011

Gandhi often has disdain for modern economics.


Gandhi, steadfast and determined, once described how the world receives a new idea. He said "first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you,____________________." What phrase completes the quote?

Your answer: then you win

Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948) used civil disobedience to gain independence for India from Britain. Rabindranath Tagore gave him the honorary title "Mahatma" which means "Great Soul." To say the man was "determined" would be an understatement, but he could also be witty. Once a reporter asked him: "What do you think of Western civilization?" Gandhi quipped, "I think it would be a very good idea." - Funtrivia.com

  


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