Balconey Garden – Summer 2010

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I have found it necessary to scale back this year. I only have tomatoes as far as veggies so far and a pot of various herbs. That may change in future, we'll see. There are a couple of new additions. One is a little patch of lawn for the kitties and the other is that I have taken the bird feeder and placed it in a pot with flowers around. I like the look Continued ..

Playing it Safe

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Every youth on the street has a story to tell. The Playing it Safe project provides a venue for them to do just that. The PLAYING IT SAFE project was initiated by Edmonton filmmaker Terri Wynnyk, who proposed that the National Film Board North West Studio produce a video about youth living in risky lifestyles and ways they try to stay safe. In the Continued ..

‘You, Me, and the S.P.P: Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule’

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What do secrecy, police provocateurs, an assault on democracy and infringements on citizens’ rights have in common? The Security Prosperity Partnership. ‘You, Me, and the S.P.P: Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule’ is a feature length documentary which exposes the latest manifestation of a corporatist agenda that is undermining the democratic authority of Continued ..

Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and His Chief of Staff John Harris Arrested on Federal Corruption Charges

CHICAGO, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff, John Harris, were arrested today by FBI agents on federal corruption charges alleging that they and others are engaging in ongoing criminal activity: conspiring to obtain personal financial benefits for Blagojevich by leveraging his sole authority to appoint a Continued ..

Five Blackwater Employees Indicted on Manslaughter and Weapons Charges for Fatal Nisur Square Shooting in Iraq

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A 35-count indictment was unsealed today in the District of Columbia charging five Blackwater security guards with voluntary manslaughter, attempt to commit manslaughter, and weapons violations for their alleged roles in the Sept. 16, 2007, shooting at Nisur Square in Baghdad, Iraq. The defendants are charged with Continued ..

Rising Tide

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Newswise — In “Dover Beach,” the 19th Century poet Matthew Arnold describes waves that “begin, and cease, and then again begin…and bring?the eternal note of sadness in.” But in the warming world of the 21st Century, waves could be riding oceans that will rise anywhere from 0.5 meters (19 inches) to 1.4 meters (55 inches), and researchers believe there’s a Continued ..

If you’re Happy and You Know It

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Newswise — If you’re happy and you know it, thank your friends—and their friends. And while you’re at it, their friends’ friends. But if you’re sad, hold the blame. Researchers from Harvard Medical School and the University of California, San Diego have found that “happiness” is not the result solely of a cloistered journey filled with individually tailored Continued ..

Green Snow: Cooling in the Summer with Winter Snow

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Ottawa City staff and Hydro Ottawa will be studying the feasibility of using winter snowfall to cool city buildings during the summer. According to Frederick Michel, director of the Institute of Environmental Science at Carleton University, snow that is collected during the winter usually melts by early June, and will last until September if it is Continued ..

Fall Gardening

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Image by ~K~ via FlickrThe bad news is the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. The good news is your hard work is finally bearing fruit..or vegetable as the case may be. Green tomatoes can be ripened in a sunny window or try a green tomato recipe. Fried Green Tomatoes, not just a great movie! As you harvest and make room, you can Continued ..

Balcony gardens

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Having moved to an apartment from a house I wondered how I would live without my gardens. It was a sad moment leaving behind plants some of which I had tended for over 12 years. The tree I planted for my daughter, the peonies I saved from a lot being bulldozed and dozens of rocks we hauled from a field. Nevertheless, I determined that a balcony was not Continued ..