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Re: “Mad Max rides into the West

Mad Max: Fury Road, was nothing but another brainwashing exercise, dressed in the usual attention deficit disorder genre of today's movie media.

Do not be told what to think. Think and act according to your own experiences/values.

Posted by CSIndyReader on 06/29/2015 at 3:59 PM

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

Just went to the Monday Mining Museum, one stand does not make a market :(

Posted by Brooke Allen on 06/29/2015 at 9:59 AM

Re: “From A to Za

Karl Ray brings up a really good point. There have been quite a few roach coaches rolling around here for years before it became hip.
What was the criteria here to be included?

Posted by Jah Dave on 06/16/2015 at 1:01 AM

Re: “From A to Za

How about La Flor de Jalisco, usually found in the parking lot in front of Rampart Plumbing and Heating Supply? Great tacos and ceviche. Everyone grabs lunch there. Or is that not hoidy toidy enough for the Indy?

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Posted by Karl Ray on 06/15/2015 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Water savings and stronger crops are just a worm's poop away

This is not a bad article, but the comments regarding how to balance the nutrients in a garden are too simplistic. Every remediation starts with a GOOD soil test, ideally conducted by a commercial lab. I'm not a big fan of land grant university soil testing labs. They don't charge much, but then they don't tell you much either.

Test the soil, amend the needed minerals according to the analysis, spread either an organic soil amendment like worm castings or an organic fertilizer like Mighty Grow, on TOP of the ground and then cover with wheat straw. This will preserve moisture, lower the soil temp during the heat of summer AND provide the perfect environment to grow your own earthworms.

And the wheat straw naturally suppresses weeds, all the while breaking down into rich top soil. Gardening does not have to be hard. We as gardeners just make it that way.

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Posted by Michael La Belle on 06/11/2015 at 7:04 AM

Re: “Tread on me

well, they were less crowded, lol would it be wrong to also tell them that these are horrible trails, they're even more crowded, washed out, or something like that? Just cause, you know....

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Posted by Jeff DeWitt on 06/09/2015 at 5:50 PM

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

This post is very informative and I learn lots of things from here.

Posted by Andrew-James on 06/09/2015 at 12:06 AM

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

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Posted by Andrew-James on 06/09/2015 at 12:06 AM

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

Voltages per cell by battery chemistry:

NiCad/NiMH = 1.2 V
Zinc-Carbon = 1.5 V
Alkaline = 1.5 - 1.65 V
Lead Acid/SLA/Gel/AGM = 2.2 - 2.3 V
LIon = 3.6 V
LiFePO4 = 3.3 V

Since most solar charging systems and most inverter systems (converts DC battery power into AC power used by most homes) are built around lead acid batteries, specifically around intervals of six lead acid cells, switching to LiFePO4 or other lithium ion batteries means you really should be using different chargers and inverters.

Posted by Dave H on 06/07/2015 at 6:15 PM

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

Oh look, Ray Boggs can quote from Wikipedia. LiFePO4 still suffers from the issues mentioned by Odin.

Posted by Dave H on 06/07/2015 at 6:06 PM

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 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:

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.
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
the harmless Canadian NON shareholders, both; Native & non Native, et al"
'The MERKEL (Chancellor of Germany) Letter; To Sue, or, Be Sued?'
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


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;
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;

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

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