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  •  How did that safer, better car thing work out for (5+ / 0-)
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    blueoregon, rb608, joe wobblie, marina, Matt Z

    you Mr. Tucker?  Remember the Wankle engine?  The only hope I can see here is that starting a new Bee research company might be easier than starting a car factory.  I would buy stock or donate.  What university is doing this research?  What can I do ?!?!

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.

    by weck on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 08:24:22 AM PDT

    •  Wankle rotary engine has LOTS of friction (3+ / 0-)
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      In some ways (power to mass ratio) it is fantastic, just ask an RX-7 owner, but durability isn't one of them.

      As far as business models go, I like the idea of starting our own research company, making some noise, and then selling out.  Might even be able to affect change before getting bought out.

      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      —Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 08:27:43 AM PDT

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    •  Better loses to more powerful everytime. Remember (4+ / 0-)
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      WheninRome, weck, mikeconwell, defluxion10

      VHS and BetaMax.

      If someone developed a car that would run on air you would never hear about because of the entrenched Corporations that would be hurt because of it.

      Stifle innovation is the name of the game.

      "We are a Plutocracy, we ought to face it. We need, desperately, to find new ways to hear independent voices & points of view" Ramsey Clark, U.S. Attorney General.

      by Mr SeeMore on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 10:28:00 AM PDT

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    •  Stop using biocides, if you haven't already. (4+ / 0-)
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      native, weck, mrkvica, DuzT

      Second, plant a garden- even if it is just a small patch of plants that will act as "safe" food for pollinators of all stripes.

      Third, stop using the word "weed." There are no such things as weeds. There are simply plants that are taking advantage of niches we have left available. "Weeds" are nature's healers.

      (there are invasive plants, but we can deal with them without resorting to biocides).

      Oh and I forgot to mention: go ecological with your garden. Don't be tempted with our synthetic offerings. Research nature and trust it.

      A Victory Garden documents our experience transitioning from suburban lawn to edible food forest based on permaculture principles.

      by FinchJ on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 02:19:16 PM PDT

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        •  Kudzu is edible. (0+ / 0-)

          Kudzu can and should be managed without herbicides.

          It can be feed for goats and other animals- including humans. Its biomass can be composted and turned into soil amendments. As a nitrogen fixer, it is building soil wherever it goes.

          Will it require a lot of work? Yes. But why not turn kudzu into a resource as we attempt to control it rather than public enemy #1? I'd rather us turn the problem into the solution rather than dump money into the hands of chemical companies, kill off more than just kudzu, and expose our environment to more biocides.

          A Victory Garden documents our experience transitioning from suburban lawn to edible food forest based on permaculture principles.

          by FinchJ on Wed Apr 25, 2012 at 06:07:36 AM PDT

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