INFOGRAPHIC: Everything you wanted to know about swing states

November 7, 2016 by  
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Swing states are always important in any election, but this election they are even more important than usual. Tomorrow, just 11 battleground states could decide our next president , with several traditionally “safe” states even entering the fray. This infographic shows you everything you need to know about swing states, both in this election and recent ones. And after you learn all about the importance of these purple states, don’t forget to get out there and vote, even if you don’t live in one of them, because every single vote matters. + University of San Francisco 

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Nestl plans to pump 210 million gallons of Michigan water every year – and residents are pissed

November 7, 2016 by  
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Flint , Michigan locals still can’t drink their water without using a filter. But only around 120 miles away, in Evart, Michigan , Nestlé plans to begin pumping almost double the volume of groundwater  that they are currently to sell under their branded bottled waters. Michigan residents were upset upon learning the state may approve a permit for Nestlé to pump so much more water while the foreign company pays hardly anything at all for such access. Nestlé aims to up groundwater pumping to 210 million gallons yearly in Evart. They want to pump 400 gallons of water a minute instead of 150 gallons a minute from a Michigan aquifer . But the Swiss company worth $219 billion will likely only have to shell out a mere $200 each year for the increase, and maybe pay a permit fee. They won’t have to pay much for their pumping because under Michigan state law the Nestlé bottling plant is treated as a private well. Related: How Nestle is pillaging California’s water in the 4th year of the state’s worst drought The water pumped would fill Pure Life and Ice Mountain water bottles. According to the company , Ice Mountain is “the number-one selling bottled spring water brand in the Midwest.” Nestlé says increased operations will create 20 jobs. In a message to regulators he provided to The Guardian, a Michigan man said, “Why on earth would the state of Michigan, given our lack of money to address water matters of our own, like Flint, even consider giving MORE water for little or no cost to a foreign corporation with annual profits in the billions?” A Michigan woman said, “The rape of our Michigan inland fresh water sources is a cause for concern, especially when it is done by a private company for profit.” Michigan residents sued Nestlé more than ten years ago because of a very similar permit that would have allowed the company to pump 400 gallons a minute at a Mecosta, Michigan plant. Nestlé received a settlement letting them pump 218 gallons per minute. Via The Guardian Images via Nestle,  Wikipedia and Wilson Hui on Flickr

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Meet the 105-year-old Indian woman who planted 300 trees because she couldn’t have children

November 7, 2016 by  
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If you’ve ever doubted the power of just one person, this story might change your mind. Husband and wife Sri Bikkala Chikkayya and Saalumarada Thimmakka from southern India couldn’t have children, so they began to plant and care for trees instead . Now Thimmakka, who is around 105-years old, has planted approximately 300 trees. After being married for 25 years without kids, Thimmakka started planting trees from her home village Hulikal along the road to Kudur in the state of Karnataka. The trees now span around four kilometers, or nearly two and a half miles, on the route. Thimmakka told CNN, “It was my fate to not have any children. Because of that, we planned to plant trees and raise them and get blessings. We have treated the trees as our children.” Related: Meet the baby whose birth was celebrated with 108,000 trees After working all day farming, the couple would turn their attention to the trees. Chikkayya planted thorny bushes near the trees to protect them from animals. Thimmakka planted saplings she found in the area. As the local climate is arid, the couple had to lug water for the trees for several kilometers. Chikkayya has passed away but Thimmakka continues nurturing the trees, gaining some notoriety for her conservation efforts. Today the Saalumarada Thimmakka International Foundation works to conserve the environment, inspired by Thimmakka. She herself had to start working at a young age and never went to school, and the foundation in her name provides money for education. The foundation also donates and maintains medicine and blood banks, and builds rest houses for the poor. Thimmakka’s adopted son Sri Umesh cares for her now. Although Umesh has parents of his own, he became Thimmakka’s son because he was so inspired by her work, and today cares for the environment by planting trees and operating a nursery. Umesh told CNN, “I have a suggestion to everyone: We are born as human beings and will die as human beings, but to live we need to conserve nature . We cannot live without the environment.” + Saalumarada Thimmakka International Foundation Via CNN Images via Saalumarada Thimmakka International Foundation and Wikimedia Commons

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Pay as You Throw? Is Your Town Next?

October 19, 2015 by  
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Are you recycling everything you possibly can? Or do your recyclables end up in the garbage can because it’s too much trouble to rinse them out or confirm whether they can be recycled? If you’re not diligently recycling everything possible, it may…

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REVIEW: Darby Smart Kits Take All the Stress Out of DIY

July 17, 2014 by  
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If you’re anything like the average Pinterest user, you’ve likely collected a gazillion projects that you’re dying to DIY. Home decor , pillow-making, garden decorations … there are so many fabulous ideas out there, and chances are you’ll look at a dozen of them today and think “I can make that!” Of course, reality doesn’t always match ambition, and amassing the right tools and materials and sorting out exactly how to fit them all together can be a bit daunting. This is where Darby Smart steps in: with their kits, everything you need to create a fun, fabulous project comes in one cute package (including instructions). Read the rest of REVIEW: Darby Smart Kits Take All the Stress Out of DIY Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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Buy or DIY: Summer Beauty Survival Kit

August 5, 2013 by  
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With summer in full swing, most of us find ourselves reaching for sunburn soothers, dry skin remedies and frizz-taming hair masks. Get everything you need all in one place with a handy summer beauty survival kit made from picks you …

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