Friday, March 6, 2015

China & N. Korea: The Bottom Line ???

"The North Korean economy is heavily dependent on China and any withdrawal by Beijing could destabilize North Korea. Based on this, the regime in the DPRK should be wary of the kind of leverage Beijing may exercise over them. However, the regime in Pyongyang seems to understand that maintaining stability in North Korea is one of China’s primary interests and the DPRK should refrain from any action that may cause destabilization in the region, for its own sake."

Use Mower To Mulch Yard Leaves

For many years, I have been amused by people who rake and bag (or burn) yard leaves. They spend money on fertilizer for their yard (that isn't even properly used by the plants). Then they get rid off the world's best organic mulch by not utilizing leaves. Thus, they hamper the build up of humus in the soil and perpetuate a cycle of foolishness.!/entry/leave-leaves-alone,51c1bd92da27f5d9d0e3f6a2

Note: Buy a "leaf blower-vacuum" and instead of using the leaf blower function to blow leaves, reverse the air flow and vacuum the leaves out of your flower beds into the catch bag from non-lawn areas. Dump the now shredded leaves into a leaf composter and use as flower bed mulch in winterizing them next year.

I use a movable wire composter:

Novarupta: Largest 20th Century Eruption

"On June 6th, 1912 a tremendous blast sent a large cloud of ash skyward and the eruption of the century was underway. People in Juneau, Alaska, about 750 miles from the volcano, heard the sound of the blast – over one hour after it occurred.

"For the next 60 hours the eruption sent tall dark columns of tephra and gas high into the atmosphere. By the time the eruption ended the surrounding land was devastated and about 30 cubic kilometers of ejecta blanketed the entire region. This is more ejecta than all of the other historic Alaska eruptions combined. It was also three times. more than the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo, the second largest in the 20th Century. Forty years after the eruption, investigators finally realized that Novarupta
-- and not Mount Katmai (6 miles distant) had been the source of the eruption. The region was so sparsely populated that there were no witnesses. Because of the reports of the top several hundred feet of Mt. Katmai being gone, it was assumed that Katmai had blown. It turned out, however, that about one cubic mile of material collapsed into the magma chamber below Katmai -- because Novarupta had stolen vast amounts of magma that had supported Mt. Katmai. This collapse produced a crater about two miles in diameter and over 800 feet deep."

Overpopulation: The Real "Inconvenient Truth"

Human overpopulation is the greatest threat to the well being of our planet and to our own survival as a species. The global effects of our activities are undeniable. Will humanity thrive long enough to evolve into a better species? Or will there merely be survivors?