Tip For Driving In The Carpool Lane: Articles Of Incorporation Will NOT Be Considered A Passenger.

Carpool HOV LaneJonathan Frieman of Northern California took his new baby, Articles of Incorporation for his non-profit JoMiJo, and entered the Hwy 101 carpool lane. After getting a $478 ticket for driving solo in the carpool lane, he contested the ticket and what should be considered a passenger on the grounds that a Supreme Court ruling in 2010 treated corporations as people, granting them First Amendment rights to contribute freely to political campaigns. Mr. Frieman lost.

Going forward, if Mr. Frieman insists on buying his non-profit JoMiJo a plane ticket and seat each time he flies, the state should reconsider his claim. Until then – next! [Wired]

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The iPotty Potty Training Toilet With iPad Holder. Waste Meets Waste?

iPotty Potty Training Toilet w/iPad holderWhat potty training kid is going to walk away from their iPotty when there’s an iPad sitting in front of them? Avoid the temporary plastic iPotty, sit your kid on the seat and tell them to sing or read until they’ve taken care of business. They’ll figure it out soon enough and you won’t be scrambling for your iPad every time they need to go. [Laughing Squid]

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Canadian Company Makes Millions Sending Never Unloaded Rail Cars With Biodiesel Back And Forth Across US Border.

Rail cars carrying fuel.A loophole in how biodiesel is tracked and credited by the EPA in the US allowed a company in Toronto, Bioversel Trading Inc., to transport the same load of biodiesel back and forth across the border and make millions. From the CBC:

“Bioversel Trading hired CN Rail to import tanker loads of biodiesel to the U.S. to generate RINs, which are valuable in the U.S. because of a “greening” policy regulating the petroleum industry. The EPA’s “Renewable Fuel Standard” mandate that oil companies bring a certain amount of renewable fuel to market, quotas they can achieve through blending biofuel with fossil fuel or by purchasing RINs as offsets.

Because RINs can be generated through import, the 12 trainloads that crossed into Michigan would have contained enough biodiesel to create close to 12 million RINs. In the summer of 2010, biodiesel RINs were selling for 50 cents each, but the price soon fluctuated to more than $1 per credit.

Once “imported” to a company capable of generating RINs, ownership of the biodiesel was transferred to Bioversel’s American partner company, Verdeo, and then exported back to Canada. RINs must be “retired” once the fuel is exported from the U.S., but Bioversel says Verdeo retired ethanol RINs, worth pennies, instead of the more valuable biodiesel RINs. Bioversel claims this was all perfectly legal.”

You have to read the full crazy story on CBC’s website. [CBC via NY Times]


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Jason Lloyd Fletcher’s Genevieve Sustainable Side Table And Chair Made Out Of Vintage Belts. What The What?

Jason Lloyd Fletcher vintage belt made chair and tableJason Lloyd Fletcher used recycled vintage belts to build his Genevieve series of side tables and chairs. From his website:

“Genevieve is a series of handmade pieces representing luxury products with sustainable, ethical principles.”

Really? Sustainable and ethical? I’m sorry but taking a crapload of perfectly wearable belts and turning them into furniture does not sound very sustainable. Creating usable products out of things we normally throw out and you have something. Not belts!

So if you are lucky enough to be in possession of a Jason Lloyd Fletcher designed Genevieve side table or chair, please dismantle it and re-recycle the vintage belts. Congratulations, you now have a lifetime supply of vintage belts or future belt gifts for your friends and family.

Going a little further, you could also walk around town handing out belts to people who can’t, and want to, keep their pants from falling down. They’ll call you Belt-Man and you’ll be a local hero. [Inhabitat]

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Sending A Boat To Cruise Around A Liquid Methane Lake On Saturn Moon Titan. Should We Even Bother?

It's boating season on Saturn's moon Titan.Sener Aerospace has a ginormous idea – they’d like to float a boat on one of Titan’s liquid methane lakes and collect samples. Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, was previously visited by the Huygens spacecraft in 2005 but its liquid methane lakes remain a mystery. That’s why scientists at Sener sent a proposal to the European Planetary Science Congress advancing the idea of sending a boat probe to Titan.

Science is great and what’s even better is that this proposed project, between a private Spanish company and a European space agency, will not cost me a dime.

But I have to suggest a move in the awesome direction: why not focus on our own planet first, help get it in order, and then figure out how to paddle around the methane lakes on a distant moon? To me, expending the resources in order to hit the prime boating season on Titan just seems likes something you would do after you have your shit together on your own planet. It even makes the colonizing Mars idea sound less crazy. Sorry Hudson. [CNET Crave]


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Start Consuming Less Immediately Or They’ll Blow Up Asteroids To Create A Sunshade.

Geoengineering:  Corralling and blowing up an asteroid to create a sunshade.Prevent this tragedy! A team from Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory, University of Strathclyde, proposed corralling and then blowing up an asteroid to create a dust sunshade that’ll block the sun’s rays and offset an expected 2 °C increase in mean global temperature. Just another example of geoengineering gone wild.

So if we do get desperate, and decide to go this route, we might as well practice on the moon. [ScienceDirect via Inhabitat]

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