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Re: “Tesla's new home battery aims to fill a missing link to integrate wind and solar into the grid

Are you aware that the battery that one of the most popular names in the Lithium Ion battery storage industry is offering, can only output up to 2,000 watts of continuous power? That's not much more than a single hair dryer set on high.

What good is having a residential solar storage system if your continuous power output is limited by your lithium battery's chemistry and you're still using the lower efficiency, single sided, glass on plastic, aluminum framed solar panels that most of the solar leasing companies are offering ?

A far better alternative would be to connect your home to a lower cost bifacial solar powered LiFePO4 (Lithium Iron Phosphate) battery storage system.

LiFePO storage batteries offers longer lifetimes, better power density (the rate that energy can be drawn from them) and are inherently safer.

Posted by Ray Boggs on 06/07/2015 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Anna's Apothecary produces home-grown remedies and beauty products

I’ve just seen really, really good products on this site that will increase women’s health. Girls really got power guys. Thanks for introducing this home-grown remedies and beauty products. I really appreciate these products. Nice blog post my friend. Keep on blogging.

Posted by Socialmedia Onlyessentialorganics on 06/04/2015 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Tesla's new home battery aims to fill a missing link to integrate wind and solar into the grid

One of the drawbacks with lithium based batteries is that the voltage per cell is higher than in lead-acid (SLA, Gel, AGM) batteries. So right off the bat, the standard charging system doesn't work with the lithium batteries. They also have a very different charging profile -- you can't just float a voltage over them and call it good as with lead acids, you need a relatively intelligent charge controller built specifically for lithiums.

So, the systems which are sold with modern solar panel systems won't work. In fact you really should have panels designed specifically for lithium batteries.

Because the cells are of a higher voltage, this also means that the power inverters which convert the DC power of the batteries into AC for home use also need to be redesigned.

And then you have the issues of fires, something lithium batteries are rather infamous for. You really, REALLY do not want to be around if a lithium battery the size of the Powerwall catches fire. Lead acid batteries don't have this problem.

And you also have the toxicity issue of lithium and the disposal requirements. And while much of lead acid batteries can be recycled, lithium batteries are a different story.

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Posted by Odin on 06/03/2015 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Shop around Colorado Springs

Three businesses listed for Old Colorado City? When most of the Independent Best of Categories are ranked in Old Colorado City? You have the best local Restaurants, local Artists, a great Comic and Collectables store, Custom Jewelers, a Gaming Shop, Lorig's Western wear, Children's Clothing, a year round Holiday Shop and my shop Podiatryst Shoe Salon(#2 shoe store in the Best of 2014). Where were your writers, at their desks?

Posted by Alex Laszar on 06/01/2015 at 5:51 PM

Re: “Pikes Peak-area farmers markets for summer 2015

Thanks Leticia, we'll add it to our listings.

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Posted by Edie Adelstein on 05/28/2015 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Pikes Peak-area farmers markets for summer 2015

Hi; I just wanted to pass along there will be a Community Market in Fountain at City Hall (116 South Main Street, Fountain 80817) Wednesdays from 3pm to 7pm starting June 3rd until September 30th.

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Posted by Leticia Ward on 05/28/2015 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Grass, guts and guitars: Your guide to 2015 Colorado music festivals

If you plan on going to Colorado Springs to go to one of their incredible Music Festivals and need discount hotel or air fare rates, here is a good tip!

I used to like sites like Travelocity, but I quickly found the better way to find deals is to go to the second level - those sites like cheapesthotelreservations.info who compare hundreds of booking sites in one single search. You not only receive Trivago or Expedia deals but ALL of them in one place.

Posted by Nanci Felthauser on 05/13/2015 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Grass, guts and guitars: Your guide to 2015 Colorado music festivals

I wrote an app for festival goers this year: http://www.thefestivalapp.com/

Posted by Giles Lloyd on 05/13/2015 at 7:00 AM

Re: “The Trans-Pacific Partnership could mean more beef imports and natural gas exports

TPP & Global Treaties;
'Schadenfreude' & the Public; Too 'Unenlightened' to Figure out 'The Global Sleight of Mind' Illusion.
- David 'Copper' Smith

Global Treaties Not about How Much Trade, but, How & Who to Trade with and 'Undermine' AIIB.

Individual States & Provinces Jump at Opportunity to: Refuse, or, 'Over Charge' Business Licenses, Raise Targeting Prov./State Taxes, 'Road' Taxes, etc. to Recoup Global Treaties' Suits (plus Earn Lucrative 'Punitive Damages') from Non Good Corporate Citizens (non-Compliant of Prov./State laws), Associated/Support Corps., Securities Exchanges, et al?

The limited number of direct beneficiaries of the CETA, TPP & the other global treaties (ie. the global corporate leaders & their 'preferred' shareholders), are most desperate to keep from the prying, due diligence eyes of the of the potential global un-preferred shareholders' & the harmless NON shareholders.

The fact of the matter is, the flurry of global treaties have very little to do with trade. The treaties are about 'preferred' trading partners who are successfully attempting to legitimize for the signatories of the treaty/'Arrangements', settlements of the TPP's 'contrived' disputes, et al, by enabling the parties to alleged 'disputes' to use non adversarial settlements whereby,

the corporations & preferred shareholders 'merely' shift all of their costs from themselves to the harmless NON shareholder & the un-preferred shareholders, ie. the general public/individual taxpayers.

These costs include the costs of determining:
1) which harmless non shareholders will have to pay corporations & some SHAREHOLDERS ('preferred' SHAREHOLDERS) for the corporations' 'mistakes', contrivances, unrealistic, &/or, any expectations, etc.,
2) how high (win-fall) the punitive penalties, awards, damages, etc. will be
without the harmless NON shareholder being represented throughout the determination
of, not, if the NON shareholders are guilty, but, 'merely' how 'guilty' the harmless NON shareholders are with no means/opportunity to appeal the decisions by way of the Treaties' ('Death-Star-Chamber') new superseding, cyber jurisdiction Tribunals,
&
3) et al.
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For Further Information, see,
'TPP & Global Treaties & Anti AIIB'.
Also see;
'The Submission' to The SUPREME COURT of CANADA:
"The SHAREHOLDERS & Corporations of AMERICA, Australia, Canada, the EU, et al
v
the harmless Canadian NON shareholders, both; Native & non Native, et al"
including
'The MERKEL (Chancellor of Germany) Letter; To Sue, or, Be Sued?'
(see; davidehsmith.wordpress.com)
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TPP & GLOBAL TREATIES;
IS HOLLYWOOD PART of the (TPP Global Treaty & Anti AIIB) PROCESS, or, OUT-of-the LOOP, too?
- L.A. Times, Apr. 7, 2015, blog

It may regrettable that the simplest & most basic information & questions that can lead to a much more secure & profitable relationship between the potential signatories of the TPP & China, et al, has not been shared with Defense Secretary Carter for his humble consideration. Perhaps, he may consider answering some of the enclosed questions in order for us to get a better idea of what his understanding is of how the TPP & other Global Treaties can be vastly improved inclusively & thereby, minimize, &/or, eliminate the dangerous problems below that have led some to understand that

'What the TREATY of VERSAILLES was to the 20th century (ie. provided the basis for World War II) PALES in COMPARISON to the TPP, CETA, C-CIT, NAFTA, et al, in the 21st'.

Unless, of course, the long term economic destabilization and subsequent (secret) military weapons development & appropriations are the intent of DefSec Carter, et al, in the secret (Death-Star-Chamber) 'arrangements' of the TPP & the Global Corporate Treaties/Agreements.
***
But, how many 'savvy' Americans & their global corporate associates are 'poised' to make windfall profits from their international cross investments, 'nest-feathered' lawsuits & preplanned treaty 'arrangements' at the direct expense of the harmless non shareholders, ie. 95% - 99% of America, et al?
***
While the good sales folks of Wall St. may prefer to tell their 'Enron-able' customers who were also the victims of 'The Preliminary Foray of The Wall St. Meltdown', et al, that it's just some Unions that are fighting back, how much of the Fighting Back of Unions against the Secret, Unethical & Anti-Democratic Arrangements of The Global Treaties' 'Death-Star-Chamber' Tribunals, can be understood in the context of the harmless NON Shareholders, including Union members, fighting to Survive (not 'thrive') Against the Uncaring, 'Profits at Any (body else's) Costs', SHAREHOLDERS & their Colluding, Global Corporate Leaders?
- Wall Street Journal, blog, Mar. 25, 2015

CETA, TTIP, TPP & GLOBAL TREATIES;

How Many Preferred Shares of TPP, C-CIT, TTIP, CETA, et al, Generated Enterprises are You Selling your Right to Sue the Global Corporate Economy for? 'New' Shareholders Can Over-Rule TPP, CETA, TTIP, et al, Plans?

But, If Not PUTIN; 'The WHITE KNIGHT', then Who Do YOU Want to Bankroll the Saving of the harmless NON shareholders of the World from TPP's, CETA's (TTIP) Secret 'Death-Star-Chamber' Tribunal Penalties?
Will China, Iran, the Muslim World, et al, Support Putin in Suits?
How about Warren Buffett, &/or, the 'coveted' Hong Kong investor, et al?
***
FULL Article, see; davidehsmith.wordpress.com
***
Please consider sharing the enclosed information & questions with 10 friends who will share it with 10 others...

Posted by David Smith on 05/06/2015 at 12:29 PM

Re: “The Trans-Pacific Partnership could mean more beef imports and natural gas exports

this trade agreement, like all the others, furthers the interests of multinational corporations while excising costs to the weakest (the citizen taxpayers of all the countries). if they have to seal the agreement for 5 YEARS after implementation (quite unusual), then you can only imagine there is content that is very harmful. unfortunate to those "leaders", wikileaks has it available at;
https://wikileaks.org/tisa-financial/

https://wikileaks.org/tpp-ip2/

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Posted by Booday Seus on 05/06/2015 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Eat your greens

What about Poor Richard's? They were pioneers in the socially and environmentally conscious restaurant space here in the Springs... They compost all waste and have solar panels on the roof for crying out loud!

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Posted by Jenna Hilb on 04/28/2015 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Linking into Citizens' Climate Lobby

Colorado Springs now has a Citizens Climate Lobby chapter! Here the details:
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CCL Volunteer Training and
Orientation Workshop

DATE AND TIME:
Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6:15 - 8:45 p.m.

LOCATION AND ADDRESS:
Colorado Springs Penrose Library
20 N. Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO


At this workshop, you will learn about the profound difference we make when we empower and inspire our members of Congress to action. You will learn how to become an effective advocate for climate solutions. You will learn about our methodology for developing relationships with members of Congress and the local media.

The purpose of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL)
1. To create the political will for a livable world.
2. To empower individuals to have breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power.

How does CCL Work?
CCL uses a mix of group empowerment and support which includes monthly national conference calls with a guest speaker. CCL trains volunteers to speak powerfully to their elected officials, the media, and their local communities in order to inspire members of Congress to be leaders and spokespersons for a sustainable climate. CCL volunteers meet with their members of Congress, launch letter-writing campaigns, write letters to the editor and Op/Ed pieces, and generate editorials to promote a sustainable climate.

Event Leader: Susan Secord is a Colorado coordinator for Citizens’ Climate Lobby. In 2013 she was a founding member of the Boulder CCL chapter of which she has been the co-leader ever since. With a background in business and industry training and a public school educator, she is an experienced CCL workshop leader. She is very excited to come to Colorado Springs to support the establishment of a CCL chapter in Colorado District 5. The Colorado Springs CCL chapter will be the tenth chapter in Colorado, and there will now be CCL chapters in every Colorado congressional district.

To Attend Contact:

Melanie Moorehead, Colorado Springs CCL Group Leader
coloradospringsccl@gmail.com
310-745-7687

Posted by Susanludwig on 04/23/2015 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Toke of the town

for history buffs, want to see the battle between Mayor Bach and KC Stark @ #studioa64 - watch - warning! KC gets angry - and wins the first ever cannabis club legal battle in 78 years. let freedom ring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a32sA0ZdOX…

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Posted by GoGreenCross.com on 04/16/2015 at 7:03 AM

Re: “Toke of the town

cannabis hemp fashion with #BMAV and #studioa64: for adults only.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js51Xnh-5T…

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Posted by GoGreenCross.com on 04/15/2015 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Toke of the town

great read, Grifin! glad to have you at the Original Canna Club. the future is now. join us. the end of prohibition is now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUFRrpa_lN…

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Posted by GoGreenCross.com on 04/15/2015 at 7:12 PM

Re: “A hamstrung D-11 begins crucial cafeteria cuts to balance underfunded government mandates

Colorado Springs does not get as much of the tax money as Pueblo does from the MJ money but I am sure enough it could feed all the children! Great Idea Francine.

Posted by workingapenny on 03/18/2015 at 4:12 PM

Re: “A hamstrung D-11 begins crucial cafeteria cuts to balance underfunded government mandates

What about all the money Colorado gets from marijuana?? How about allocating some of that $$??

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Posted by Francine Vonfeldt on 03/18/2015 at 11:55 AM

Re: “A hamstrung D-11 begins crucial cafeteria cuts to balance underfunded government mandates

What about checking out other sources for meat, like Zaycon Meats. No hormones, antibiotics. The district needs to take ideas from the community.

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Posted by workingapenny on 03/17/2015 at 10:19 AM

Re: “A hamstrung D-11 begins crucial cafeteria cuts to balance underfunded government mandates

It is pretty easy to write about a problem - but much harder to solve one.

Shouldn't this article offer up some ideas for solutions being tried in other districts?

Posted by LivesLocally on 03/12/2015 at 6:51 PM

Re: “So you want to work in a dispensary?

is there any specific site anyone would recommend to get a license to sell weed at a dispensary I've looked at a couple sites but all they have is requirements to get a license and nothing that has an application I do fit all the requirements and am looking to get into this business as I am an avid smoker anyways so why not go into a field I have loved for years and have experience in as a hobby :D

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Posted by angiecar on 03/11/2015 at 9:01 PM

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