Summer Rayne Oakes’ Film ‘eXtinction’ Environmentally Chronicles What Has And Will Happen In Her Lifetime. (NSFW’ish)

This is definitely the first time nudity has appeared on Jubbling but the message in the 5-minute film “eXtinction” is too important to pass up. It features Summer Rayne Oakes, who also wrote and produced the film, and environmentally tracks everything that has happened to the planet in her lifetime, so far, and then looks at the dire future world we’ll be living in unless we change our ways. We previously wrote about Ms. Oakes’ charity-driven one dress for a month campaign.

Visit the film’s Tumblr page to find out how you can help. [Treehugger]


Shopping For Electronics? Best To Compare Price, Features And Planned Obsolescence Of Each Brand.

Electronic WasteWired posted an article, “Copyright and Planned Obsolescence: The Shady World of Repair Manuals,” about the need for free online product manuals and how it may conflict with a manufacturer’s copyrights – especially if the manufacturer prefers that you replace your electronic device rather than fix it. But is that in the manufacturer’s best interest?

Probably not and that’s why Jubbling decided to share our experience buying and selling electronics by offering some shopping tips:

  1. The savviest shoppers go to industry related blogs and find out how a future purchase performs. Following a thread is a great way to track defects and how they are handled by the manufacturer. Sample: home theater, cameras etc.
  2. Check IFixit for repairability information and manuals.
  3. If you’ve done your research and narrowed down your brand, contact the manufacturer or visit their website to find out if they have a local service center – especially for televisions. There’s nothing worse than re-boxing and shipping 42″ TV with a bad power supply across the country for repair.
  4. Make electronics purchases with American Express. Not only will AMEX add a year of warranty to the manufacturer’s standard warranty but if it breaks, they actually want to help you get it fixed.

Ultimately, it is in the best interest of electronics manufacturers to build a quality product so they will keep you as a customer for life. Offering service manuals online is a no-brainer and should have nothing to do with copyrights. Products should not be designed with planned obsolescence in mind – it’s not how you build brand loyalty.

As a kid, I remember my parents getting the call from Sears checking to see if we wanted to buy extended service contracts on their “almost out of warranty” appliances. The conversation went something like this:

Sears Rep: “Would like to buy an extended warranty on your Kenmore dishwasher?”

Parents: “No thank you.”

Sears Rep: “So what are you going to do if your dishwasher breaks outside of the warranty period and you’re not covered?”

Parents: “If we can’t get it repaired, I guess we’ll have to go out and buy another one. Only this time, we won’t be buying a Kenmore.”

Prior to ordering, Google your next electronics purchase by part # and put “repairs” at the end. And always keep in mind that the retailer isn’t concerned about the durability of the product you purchased. If it breaks, you’ll come back and buy a new one and your sales rep will get to say “chi-ching” as you walk out the door with your replacement purchase. (Don’t be a chi-ching.) [Wired]


Free Mending Library: Michael Swaine Mends Clothing For Free In San Francisco.

Grist interviewed artist Michael Swaine to find out more about the once-a-month free clothes mending service he’s provided in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco for the last 11 years. It’s a great article about Mr. Swaine who extends the life of clothing and doesn’t expect anything in return. [Grist]

Find out when the Free Mending Library will be open. [Directions]


Senator Jim Inhofe Is Our Cymbal-Playing Performer Of The Week.

Senator Jim Inhofe:  The Cymbal Playing Monkey In The RoomSome people thrive on negative attention. Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma is perfect example. His irrational effort to hoaxify global warming and climate change is fact-defying and all part of his performance to frustrate the movement. Inhofe is a fossil-fuel bought bad guy who welcomes the boos because he knows he’ll never get the cheers.

At a recent Senate committee meeting on the environment and public works, Sen. Inhofe got on his soap-box again and acted like an industry-tool. He continued with his climate change denying message while pushing for more drilling. George Monbiot of the Guardian wrote about how protecting the environment will always hit a wall as long as politicians, like Inhofe, are in the back-pocket of corporations.

Angry looking Stay Puft Marshmallow ManWe feel like any effort to limit what corporations and PACs can give to members of congress will never succeed. That’s why Jubbling has decided to fight back by going Inhofe-free for the next 30 60 days. We realize now that he’s kind of like the Stay Puft marshmallow man from the Ghostbusters movie and gets stronger from negative energy. If we all ignore Inhofe’s message, he’ll lose his power.

So, sorry Senator Inhofe but Jubbling’s done with you. Our feeling is that if we don’t react to your brand of sponsored crazy, you won’t be of any value to the folks feeding your re-election coffers. Without funding, you’ll go away. [Guardian]

Related News: 64 Oklahoma Weather Records Broken Or Tied In July 2012, Says National Climatic Data Center – Huffington Post.


High/Low Temperature Records: Simple Pie Chart Points To Climate Change. Simple Deniers See Pretty Colors; Eat Pie.

Record High/Low Temperature Pie Charts Point To Warming In US


High and low temperature records should even out each year according to a UCAR study. That’s not happening. Here’s more from the study as posted on Climate Central:

“The study used computer models to project how the records ratios might shift in future decades as the amount of greenhouse gases in the air continues to increase. The results showed that the ratio of daily record highs to daily record lows in the lower 48 states could soar to 20-to-1 by mid-century, and 50-to-1 by 2100.”

Granted, the year isn’t over yet but for the first half of 2012 and for future years, it’s not looking very promising. [Climate Central]


You Have 50 Months To Turn Back The Effects Of Climate Change. What Would You Do?

RIO 20 Conference on SustainabilityReports coming out about the RIO 20 Conference on Sustainable Development have not been very encouraging. So the Guardian posed a question in an interesting article entitled , “How would you lead us out of our climate predicament?” that asks individuals, in 50 words or less, to submit their solutions for managing the future effects of climate change. It’s based upon a conservative estimate that 50 months from October 1, 2012, climate change and global warming will be locked in and render futile any subsequent attempts to slow it down.

Our suggestion: Consume less. We can not count on technology to come to our rescue. We need to make lifestyle changes and focus on consuming less of everything and at the same time, we have to teach our kids to expect less. (More Good Times and less MTV Cribs)

Check out the article and submit your idea. [Guardian]

Related: What those extreme temperatures look like on the groundGrist