Hollywood fuel fight: Mark Ruffalo vs. Adam Baldwin

http://twitter.com/#!/Ria_/status/214733903552970753

Hollywood meets fossil fuel!

Actor/director Mark Ruffalo jumped on the United Nations agenda bandwagon with these tweets.

Good Morn! Can you help us end fossil fuel subsidies? Pls tweet #endfossilfuelsubsidies TODAY to help us send a msg & spread the word.!!!”

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) June 18, 2012

@MeeraGhani: @Mruff221 as a next step lets think about where this money could be better spent #endfossilfuelsubsidies#RenewableEnergy!

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) June 18, 2012

@natrlgasguzzler @watercitizen The real solution is Wind Water and Solar. Natural Gas is as bad as any other fossil fuel and destroys water.

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) June 18, 2012

Bless his heart. Dear Mr. Ruffalo: When you are on the side of Greenpeace nuts, you are doing it wrong.

Want to stop climate change? Stop funding it! #EndFossilFuelSubsidies

— Greenpeace (@Greenpeace) June 18, 2012

The hashtag was trending this morning as eco-nuts tweeted out messages to the Rio+20 United Nations Summit.

The easiest ask ever–pls join the #endfossilfuelsubsidies twitterstorm today. It's gone global very quickly–trending #2 a moment ago

— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) June 18, 2012

The summit appears to be as irrelevant as its supporters.

(Reuters) – As Brazil welcomes nearly 120 heads of state and government for a summit on global development this week, the mood could not be more different than it was two decades ago, when global leaders gathered here for the landmark Earth Summit.

Back then, once-arcane concerns about climate change and deforestation had finally grabbed the world’s attention, leading to a global treaty on biodiversity and decisions that cleared the way for the Kyoto agreement on greenhouse gases.

Now, though, the minds of global leaders are elsewhere.

Instead of clean energy, food, the oceans and other topics scheduled for debate at Rio+20, as the summit is known, political focus is attuned to a teetering Europe, turmoil in the Middle East and a presidential campaign in the United States.

Actor Adam Baldwin is not a fan of what he calls this anti-American propaganda campaign. So, he decided to fight propaganda with truth.

https://twitter.com/adamsbaldwin/status/214756305527783425

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Boom. And then began the counter hashtag #endethanolsubsidies.

https://twitter.com/adamsbaldwin/status/214734589061640195

@adamsbaldwin 1day we'll look back on using food 4 fuel > save climate as we look at human sacrifice to please the gods #EndEthanolSubsidies

— mark (@ratPack66) June 18, 2012

We burn our food for fuel! Historians will refer to us as… idiots! #EndEthanolSubsidies

— Fedup w/POTUS (@dcarney321) June 18, 2012

https://twitter.com/BrandonSFrazer/status/214740996574031874

Silly Politicians, Corn is for Food! #EndEthanolSubsidies

— Dedicated Tenther (@Dedicated10ther) June 18, 2012

Hashtag box office results? Win for Mr. Baldwin. Plus, he’s way easier on the eyes. Are we right, ladies?

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/06/18/hollywood-fuel-fight-mark-ruffalo-and-endfossilfuelsubsidies-vs-adam-baldwin-and-endethanolsubsidies/

I Think These People Love Movies Just A Little TOO Much. Check Out Their Houses.

How would you like to live aboard the Starship Enterprise? Inside the Batcave? Inside a TARDIS? It might be fun for a while. Then, you might change your mind when you think about the practical applications of actually having those iconic home decor items in your house, where you’d have to look at them—and clean them—every day. However, some people don’t mind those issues, and have chosen to construct rooms, and sometimes entire homes, based on designs found in popular movies and TV shows.

On a similar note, hotels offer themed rooms for people who want to experience it, but might not want to live it. We rounded up a few of the wackiest we could find.

Flintstones House

This Malibu home was once the summer residence of Dick Clark and his wife. The single story home has a cave-like interior, 22 acres of land, and great views of the ocean. Bottomless car not included.

Simon Dale built this real-life hobbit hole for his family and yes, they really live in it. Besides its obvious charm, Dale built this home as a low-impact, environmentally sustainable home. Dug into a hillside and insulated with straw bales, it requires no heating or cooling, is powered with solar panels, and collects rainwater. Dale built it almost completely from recycled and found items. Adorable and sustainable? The Baggins would approve.

The Tron Suite

This isn’t a house, but rather a suite in Sweden’s Ice Hotel, where the rooms and furniture are completely carved out of ice. The suites’ themes change from year to year. This one, inspired by Tron: Legacy, incorporated the iconic blue circuitry lighting into the ice walls. So it’s Tron as well as ice, making it doubly crazy.

Star Trek Mansion

This enormous Florida mansion isn’t just Star Trek-themed; it probably has more rooms than the series had sets. Some of its rooms, like the home theater and the bar pictured here, recreate areas of the Enterprise. Non-trekkies can retreat to any of the other, more conventionally decorated rooms.

Dr. Who Room

This TARDIS control room created by JP Fox has all the blinking lights and sound effects your little heart desires. He explains some of why he created this in a video interview, but it’s pretty obvious it was just for the fun of it. The design is original, and while it draws heavy reference from the show’s many incarnations of the control room.

Batman House

The Eden Motel in Taiwan offers themed rooms, including this Batman-themed one. Sounds like a childhood dream, you say? Hold that thought. The Eden Motel is one of those hotels where the room rates are by the hour, if you catch my drift. Creeped out yet? Me too. But when you take the less-than-savory implications out, it’s a Batman room! That still counts for something.

So, what do you think? Do these rooms seem like a fantasy come true (despite the erotic overtones in the Batman room) or a kitschy, nerdy nightmare? To be honest, I could probably live in that Hobbit house.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/theming-goes-too-far/

This corporation-owned nonprofit literally makes up Mad Libs bills for politicians to pass.

Mommy, where do bills come from?

According to “Schoolhouse Rock,” it’s a whole bunch of boring bureaucratic nonsense set to music, which, well, half of that’s right, anyway.

But even with the tedious waiting process, the song still presents a highly idealistic version of the lawmaking process, one where well-informed citizens reach out directly to their state representatives, who act in the best interests of their tax-paying constituents and aim to enact laws that work on their behalf.

Sadly, the groovy melodies aren’t the most misleading part of that musical masterpiece.


GIF via “Schoolhouse Rock.”

In reality, lawmaking is more like a corporate Mad Libs game, thanks to ALEC.

ALEC is the American Legislative Exchange Council, which describes itself as a nonprofit organization that advocates in the interest of limited government, free markets, and the “Jeffersonian ideal” of Federalism.

That’s the 501(c)3 application way of saying impossibly wealthy lobbying cabal disguised as a tax-haven through which corporations can control politicians with pre-written bills.”

I would clarify that ALEC is not actually a person, but that whole Citizens United thing (in which they had a hand) made that point moot.

GIFset via “Last Week Tonight.”

ALEC’s main function is to write business-friendly (read: corporate-profit-positive) “model” bills with a few blanks left for legislators to fill-in themselves.

GIFset via “Last Week Tonight.”

It sounds too absurd to be true, right? And yet, here’s the actual closing passage from ALEC’s “Electricity Freedom Act” model bill:

GIF via ALEC.

To be clear, Winters is an elected official, and he basically just admitted to cheating on a public policy test.

But he’s not just peering over the shoulder over the nerdy kid at the front of the class (honestly, that’d be preferable because then he’d at least be getting information from actual scientists). He’s going straight to the Koch Brothers and countless corrupt and/or climate-change-denying corporations and asking them to tell him what to think.

And then there’s this fun exchange between Reps. Joe Atkins (D-Minnesota) and Steve Gottwalt (R-Minnesota):

GIFset via “Last Week Tonight.”

Oops.

They’ve also got their hands in the prison-industrial complex, voter disenfranchisement, privatizing education, sabotaging the Affordable Care Act, the NRA, pollution and anti-environmental initiatives, and the so-called “Death Star” bill that wasn’t actually like this but basically did this to minority, LGBTQ, and overall workers’ rights:

Emperor Palpatine GIF from “Return of the Jedi.”

And ALEC’s next trick? Taking legal action against the sun (and destroying the environment along the way).

At their annual meeting in July 2015, ALEC members gathered to discuss their most recent working draft of the deceptively-titled Environmental Impact Litigation Act, which is intended for state legislators to help crush Obama’s new Clean Power Plan.

Coincidentally, the top sponsors of that conference included ExxonMobil, American Electric Power, Balanced Energy for Texas, and American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, none of whom could possibly have had any ulterior motives in crafting laws relating to energy.

In addition to the classic fill-in-the-blank parts, the Environmental Impact Litigation Act included a number of other incredible passages, like that whole part about the unfair political and economic overreach of … the sun.

Yes. According to ALEC, the sun has an unfair and illegal monopoly on solar power.

But remember, this is about consumer rights … right?! ALEC is standing up for the people, who deserve the freedom to spend more of their own hard-earned money to constantly upgrade equipment and pay additional fees to mediating companies even when they generate their own power from natural resources. This is America, dammit!


GIF from “Parks and Recreation.”

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/this-corporation-owned-nonprofit-literally-makes-up-mad-libs-bills-for-politicians-to-pass?c=

Phonebloks

Phonebloks

A phone only lasts a couple of years before it breaks or becomes obsolete. Although it's often just one part which killed it, we throw everything away since it's almost impossible to repair or upgrade.

Phonebloks

Phonebloks

Phonebloks

How about a phone that lets you swap out just one piece at a time? Replace your broken screen or upgrade your 1GB of RAM to 2 or 4GB.

Phonebloks

Phonebloks

Phonebloks

Phonebloks is made of detachable bloks. The bloks are connected to the base which locks everything together into a solid phone. If a blok breaks you can easily replace it, if it's getting old just upgrade.

Phonebloks

Phonebloks

Phonebloks

It's like an app store for hardware. In the store you buy your bloks, read reviews and sell old bloks. Small and big companies develop and sell their bloks. you can buy a pre-assembled phone or assemble it yourself by selecting the brands you want to support. Bloks can be developed for specific needs. Solar powered batteries, sensitive screen for blind people, lightweight for travelers etc. The choice is yours.

Read more: http://imgur.com/gallery/pfVCe

‘Enemy #1′: Mark Ruffalo assigns blame for Philippines typhoon

http://twitter.com/#!/Mruff221/status/400033359478276096

The science is settled as far as Mark Ruffalo is concerned. The “Avengers” actor has joined the list of global warmists who refuse to let Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda go to waste while real human tragedy unfolds.

It’s hard to argue that satellite technology in weather forecasting has saved countless lives because storms no longer catch people off guard (storms that even somehow occurred before the industrial revolution). The rockets that put those satellites into orbit are not powered by solar panels and batteries, nor do the planes and vehicles that carry rescue crews and much needed supplies to the scene, sometimes from halfway around the world, run on algae and vegetable oil. Fossil fuels also are crucial when it comes to transporting actors to location shoots and for other film industry uses. The list goes on.

The lesson: Be careful what you ask for.

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Related:

Hollywood fuel fight: Mark Ruffalo and #EndFossilFuelSubsidies vs. Adam Baldwin and #EndEthanolSubsidies

Mark Ruffalo thinks Mark Ruffalo sets a ‘powerful example’ on ‘abortion rights’

Mark Ruffalo declares victory for working class over bigotry and hatred

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/11/11/enemy-1-mark-ruffalo-assigns-blame-for-philippines-typhoon/

So. What was up with Obama’s glowing ears during Syria speech? [photo]

http://twitter.com/#!/exjon/status/514417834794160129

So, the president gave a “speech” on the Syria airstrikes Tuesday morning. Then this happened.

Backlit ears aren't a good look.

— jon gabriel (@exjon) September 23, 2014

Lol the sun shines through his ears. #Obama

— N.O. Brains (@nobrains00) September 23, 2014

I just love the way his cute little ears glow bright pink in the sunshine! #ObamaSpeech #Obama #ISIS

— ClearStonePrez (@ClearStonePrez) September 23, 2014

watch'n Obama's speech, gotta give him this, his ears are transparent the sunlight shines thru! :)) @FoxNews @BretBaier

— Jimmy McIver (@JimmyMcIver) September 23, 2014

@exjon LOL!

— Karen Townsend (@penguinponders) September 23, 2014

@CNBC Do I see President Obama Ears lighting with the white bright light from CREE?

— West Nile 007 (@WestNile007) September 23, 2014

@GMA wow I'm trying to focus on what president #Obama is saying but his ears are like solar panels

— knowbetterdobetter (@knowbetterdobet) September 23, 2014

Let me beat #Drudge with this #Obama devil ears photo as a follow up to last week's "devil horns" pic pic.twitter.com/go3DsfSQJv

— RON COULTER (@RONCOULTER) September 23, 2014

Aching sides!

Perhaps there was a good reason and it was meant to symbolize something, though:

@exjon transparency.

— TJWFW (@icouldbeahacker) September 23, 2014

O-Bam!

Related:

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Here’s how Democrats’ war hypocrisy can be summed up with one brilliant tweet

President Obama to give an update on Syria/ISIS at 10 a.m. Here’s what he should say. . .

Updates on last night’s bombing campaign against ISIS and Khorasan targets in Syria [photos, maps]

AP reporter deletes tweets after cheerleading for Obama, getting facts wrong

US, partner nations launch first air strikes on targets in Syria

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/23/so-what-was-up-with-obamas-glowing-ears-during-syria-speech-symbolic-photo/

How Costa Rica went without fossil fuels for 76 days and what we can learn from it.

If Costa Rica were a kid going back to school, it would have a pretty awesome story to tell when asked what it did over its summer vacation.

“Oh nothing. I just ran entirely on renewable energy for 76 days. BOOYAH!” Costa Rica would say proudly.

According to the Costa Rica Electricity Institute (ICE), from June 17 through Aug. 31, 100% of Costa Rica’s energy needs were met by renewable energy, predominantly from hydropower.

This makes considering the small country is overflowing with various bodies of water.

Hydropower supplied 80% of the country’s energy requirements, followed by geothermal at 12%, and wind at 7%. Solar only contributed 0.01%, but that was to be expected considering how often it rains there.

As exciting as this news is, it’s only about half of Costa Rica’s environmentally conscious accomplishments concerning energy production over the past year.

Even more impressive, the country has accumulated over 150 days of 100% clean electricity this year to date, according to the National Center of Energy Control.

“We are a small country with great goals!” ICE wrote on its Facebook page. “We remain committed to the goal of carbon neutrality by 2021.”

They’re well on their way, too. In 2015, the country managed to produce 99% of its energy through renewables.

It should be noted, of course, that Costa Rica is a small country and therefore doesn’t need to generate as much power as, say, America.

And, as mentioned, Costa Rica has a ton of water power from which to pull energy.

But that doesn’t mean its achievement should be discounted. If anything, it’s a shining example of what a country can do with the natural resources it has.

Costa Rica joins a number of other smaller countries making the deliberate shift toward complete reliance on renewable energy.

On Aug. 7, 2016, Scotland, which boasts the largest oil reserve in the European Union, produced enough energy from wind turbines to power the country for an entire day.

While that may not sound like a lot compared to Costa Rica’s two-month renewable power feat, when you consider that Scotland is one-third larger than Costa Rica and that wind power typically produces less energy than hydropower, it’s still a pretty impressive achievement.

Meanwhile, Germany is sprinting ahead when it comes to production of solar energy. On June 25, 2015, 78% of the country’s electricity demands were met by solar power.

These countries’ renewable energy models may be difficult for larger countries to emulate exactly, but their efforts are inspiring nonetheless.

In order for renewable energy to really make an impact worldwide, there’s a lot that will need to be done in terms of city planning, allocating costs, etc. But these small models prove it can be done with a little ingenuity and concerted effort.

In fact the United States, Mexico, and Canada are taking a lesson from these star student countries and have already pledged to have 50% of their power come from renewable energy by 2025.

Renewable energy classes are officially in session. Take a seat, rest of the world.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/how-costa-rica-went-without-fossil-fuels-for-76-days-and-what-we-can-learn-from-it?c=tpstream

He Turned His Jeep Into A House On Wheels. This Is Amazing!

Dan is no stranger to adventure. Just a few years ago, he took to the open road and drove a Jeep from Alaska to Argentina…covering 17 countries over the 22-month trip.

What did he learn from that journey? That he wanted to keep traveling!

So, after a few years saving up and planning his next great adventure, Dan got to work on his ultimate travel-mobile. This time around, he planned on exploring all of Africa with it.

Check out how he turned this regular car into a full-on home that you’ll be entirely jealous of.

Dan bought one Jeep, got to work on it, but not long after that, the engine exploded. After a period of feeling like a failure, the world traveler picked himself back up and bought a new car.

He decided his plans were too big and too exciting to let go of. These were the dimensions for his custom-built cabinetry.

He was able to transfer them from the other Jeep — thankfully, they fit perfectly.

Dan learned his lesson from the mistakes he made with the original engine.

He added some cool things like an air compressor so he could pump his own flat tires.

Due to the arid climate, Dan wanted to prepare for lots of dust…this snorkel will filter it out before it reaches the car’s air cleaner. It’ll also help if he has to cross any streams.

On the back, he mounted a carrier that can hold a 13-gallon tank of gas.

And on the undercarriage? That’s where he built storage for a jug of drinking water.

He had a custom pop-up roof installed that would allow him to stand up and walk around inside.

Look at all this space!

Mattress slats slide out and are covered with pads for a complete sleeping space.

Here’s the roof popped up…along with solar panels.

He installed a tailgate table and added a cutlery holder that he crafted himself.

This is a pretty tricked out Jeep.

The final touch? Dan painted the continent on his hood…

His plan was to trace his route as he went along.

Of course he couldn’t leave without giving it a test drive — he spent a couple of weeks in Moab, Utah, off-roading and camping.

Then, it was time to ship out! The Jeep fit in a shipping container and set out across the Atlantic.

How cool is that? He turned something that was a car into an actual home!

If you’d like to follow along with Dan’s wild adventures, you can do so here on his website or via Facebook.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/jeep-home/

It Started As A Normal Van, But With A Bit Of Work, She Turned It Into A Cozy Home

In the midst of a condo renovation, a move, a job, and caring for her father with dementia, Chris of Defying Normal somehow found time to work on her passion project — transforming an old white van into a camper. In addition to running water, she added solar power, a bed, and a sweet TV projector. It may have taken her two years and eight months to complete, but considering all that was going on in her life — and the fact that she had no prior experience in construction — this is still pretty impressive!

You can check out each of the individual steps in detail on Chris’s YouTube page. She also invites people wanting to make their own camper to download her free step-by-step guide on her website.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/chris-camper-van/

Conservatives mock #Gen44, Obama’s youth outreach

http://twitter.com/#!/BarackObama/status/183689683136557056

Obama did it again. Conservatives hijacked it again.

We aren’t sure why, but for some reason President Obama and the Democrats keep creating and promoting hashtags despite the fact that conservatives inevitably take over the hashtags in order to mock them. This time the hashtag is #Gen44, and was meant to be a place where young Obama supporters expressed their admiration for him. Instead conservatives are dominating the hashtag with tweets that criticize the President and some of his most naive supporters.

Here are the best #Gen44 tweets.

Because being a brainless lemming is easy. Critical thinking is hard. #Gen44

— Brandon Kiser (@Kiser) March 25, 2012

I'm not #gen44, I work for a living. I'm #gen1040

— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) March 25, 2012

#Gen44 because 44 is the expected life expectancy under Obamacare. @iowahawkblog

— أمريكا المحتلة (@cbrecluse) March 25, 2012

Whining beats working. #Gen44

— John Leschen (@johnleschen) March 25, 2012

Because we are all victims. #Gen44

— KevinIvey (@KevinPIvey) March 25, 2012

#gen44 We don't stand for anything so we'll fall for everything!

— Sixchain (@sixchained) March 25, 2012

Because my understanding of the word "choice" only extends to aborting my child #Gen44

— LittleMissRightie (@LilMissRightie) March 25, 2012

#Gen44 Because those who can't do, teach. And those who teach law students become president.

— Bill Zeiser (@BillZeiser) March 25, 2012

#Gen44 Being told what to do is much easier than thinking for yourself.

— No One Important (@singingherpes) March 25, 2012

#Gen44 because I'm too lazy to succeed on my own talents. Now hand over my free stuff!

— MarkC (@mcassill) March 25, 2012

#Gen44: because every good non-racist knows that ATMs and airport kiosks kill jobs while unemployment benefits and food stamps create them!

— Kevin Eder (@keder) March 25, 2012

#gen44 Vote for Barack Obama, because he's an underachiever just like you!

— Sam Valley (@SamValley) March 25, 2012

Because evil corporations made that iPad you are tweeting on…#Gen44 #OWS

— H Kitty (@hellocatrine) March 25, 2012

#Gen44 Sure the economy sucks, but the drum circle sector is booming!

— jon gabriel (@exjon) March 25, 2012

#gen44: Because this time I want Obama to win all 57 States

— Sharon Broadie (@SBroadie) March 25, 2012

Because my political conformity shows what an individual I am #Gen44

— DrewMTips (@DrewMTips) March 25, 2012

https://twitter.com/#!/adamsbaldwin/status/183708784449961984

#Gen44 Because I believe the largest economy the world has ever known can be run on solar panels, windmills and algae.

— drew (@FigDrewton) March 25, 2012

#Gen44 A Chevy Volt in every garage.

— Brian Schutt (@bschutt) March 25, 2012

#Gen44 IM IN UR HASHTAG EATIN UR YOOTH MARKETINGZ

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) March 25, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/03/24/the-best-tweets-mocking-gen44/