Is Your Air Clean?

th[4]We like to think that our air is clean, even when we sweep and dust and vacuum. But how can we be sure? There are several ways to purify your air without hurting your budget.

Be sure to change your filters regularly (most people know that) One to three months is usually the time frame.

While you are in your attic, inspect your duct work. If any outside air is coming through your system it can not only clog your filter faster and blow dirty air into your building, but it also can cause your system to run harder and less effectively. So, any large holes need to be taped up with air duct tape.

If you don’t want to crawl through your attic space, contract someone to do it for you. They are trained to spot even tiny holes and the technology available today is better than an eye can spot. (This costs a lot more than doing it yourself, so prepare to pay)

As long as there are not huge holes, the contractor can blow an adhesive into your ducts to seal them. It’s really an amazing process and the results are even better.

So, if you are tired of living with dirty air or have breathing complications and want to increase your standard of living, follow those easy steps and you will feel better in no time!

 

 

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Flooding in the South East

On March 11, 2016 there were massive reports of flooding in the southeast including Little rock AR, Memphis TN, Northern MS and so on. Roads were blocked causing traffic to be rerouted elsewhere and stranding some people. The massive storm took the city and county municipalities a massive amount of time and effort helping the citizens.

Homes to the north of Memphis TN were inundated, prompting the Memphis Fire Department to send boats to carry out rescues for residents trapped there. According to the Commercial Appeal, boat rescues began at 7:30 a.m. and were completed by 8:50. It’s not immediately clear how many rescues were carried out, but at least 25 homes were impacted around the Memphis area.

Dozens of roads were flooded, stranding cars throughout the metro area. The county said more than 30 people were rescued from their vehicles near Mountain Terrace. At one point, WMC Action News reported that a van full of children and a school bus with children aboard were both stuck in high water, but those vehicles were not stranded for long. (wunderblog.com)

Schools closed throughout several counties the following day and many let out early on March 10th.  Damage of roads and some buildings have occurred. and a shelter was opened for people who were displaced. The rain is said to continue to March 14th.

Just south of the state border, DeSoto County, Mississippi, also suffered from flooding.

Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency Thursday night for the area, according to the Associated Press.

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For those of you who are able, any help will make a difference.

 

 

 

Written By,

Scottye Davis

Small Is Beautiful

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E.F. Schumacher has wonderful dreams of a utopian society that lives together in peace and harmony. Each person lives to help provide for the society and live out their days happy content and eco-friendly. The following will entail how Schumacher sees this society and if it is even possible for us to attempt to behave as his dreams state. Today’s pollution and absorption of fossil fuels will impact our planet in many ways we may not be capable of predicting. Something must be done.

 

Everyone should have a small carbon print on the earth. That is, remove as few fossil fuels and non-renewable resources from the earth as possible. Schumacher feels that it is the position of the economy and everyone in it to attain new ways of producing essential and non-essential items reducing the amount of pollution and the items taken from the earth in order to sustain our resources for future generations. (Schumacher E.F.)

 

Schumacher considers well-being as finding time to enjoy life while still consuming minimal items and finding optional ways of producing. (Schumacher E.F) Schumacher’s idea of well-being seems sound enough. However, he did state that we should attempt to find a society that no longer does evil and always does the good and right thing. I think this is a child’s dream. Unless you change the hearts of men, we will never be at that level of understanding and righteousness, if you will. It seems like an unattainable dream. There will always be evil in the world. Someone will get jealous of someone else and fight to take it. There is addiction, love, hate and many more emotions that tear at the hearts of men causing them to do battle. The top two would be greed and power.

 

Schumacher’s Ideal sustainable community would be a utopia of people living in harmony with each other and nature. I imagine a hippie commune where everyone works together as a community and chips into the chores and money pot, taking care of children and helping each other. They have minimal item owned and while they do work, they are creative and their life is fulfilling. Each person lives in peace and harmony with society and nature and no more wars are fought over materials things. (Schumacher E.F.) All hate is abolished. It seems men throughout history have tried to work as a community but power always corrupted them. I am not sure if this is attainable but maybe one day.

 

With everything that has happened the last twenty years, the great recession, public backlash, Occupy movements, are Schumacher’s ideas vindicated? He definitely had some pie in the sky ideas, but with the way we are behaving in the west, it would be a great life. The west is not the only ones that need to change their ways, the middle-east and Africa still owns slaves. We must lead by example showing the world that we are not beasts that consume endlessly without giving back.

 

China’s pollution was so bad on October 20 2014 that the PM2.5 pollution particles reached more than 500 micrograms per cubic meters in parts of Hebei reducing visibility. This is 20 times the safe limit. (theguardian.com) So yes, it would be a wonderful utopia where everyone lives together with no hate or fighting or harm to the earth, should we attempt it. I think so. Is it now achievable? Not for many years. Maybe if we teach everyone the methods and ways to work together, but we would have to remove evil from the earth and I do not believe that is possible.

 

 

 

Works Cited

 

Schumacher, E.F.. (1975). “Small Is Beautiful”. Economics as if People Mattered.             HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. (NY), Print.

 

“The Guardian.com”. (2014). China Pollution Level Hits 20 Times the Limit. Web.             http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/10/china-pollution-levels-hit-    20-times-safe-levels

Morals and Poverty

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Three important topics are up for discussion. 1. Is it right or ethical to sell people essential goods and services when those people may only make $2.00 per day? 2. Should people market and sell nonessential goods and services to these poverty stricken people? Lastly let’s talk about the pros and cons of markets and charities. These are all serious situations that the First World governments are facing.

Should we freely give people what they need when they cannot seem to make it on their own? The number one problem with poverty stricken third world countries is clean water and food follows closely behind. There is also a problem with sanitation. In Latin America there are open sewage canals where the waste runs down the roads. This causes disease to spread and many children die. (worldbank.org)

We are speaking of selling essential items (i.e. Food, water, homes) to people living in utter poverty who make a non-livable wage. What I am proposing is that companies should help these governments find ways to create clean water, bring their wealth and knowledge and help these communities fix these sewage problems and help bring jobs to the communities so that these people have access to a better lifestyle. Essentials should be sold to these communities however at a lower rate equal to that of what the local market deems acceptable and allowing the governments to help provide them with cheap water and food. According to globalissues.org “If you live in a slum in Manila, you pay more for your water than if you lived in London.” (globalissues.org) This has to stop and corporations have the liquid to make a wave with these communities. Should essentials be freely given to people, yes and no. I think companies should help these people receive clean water by making their environments safer and cleaner so they can increase their stance in life and purchase this on their own.

Should we sell non-essential items to these people making less than $2 per day? Non-essential items such as dolls, jewelry, porcelain figurines? We are speaking of morals here, should we sell it to them or give it to them? Should they have access to it at all? Well, the average person does give to charity, but should we even offer it to them? Is it right we should dangle things they have no way of getting without a charitable donation? I am not sure that flaunting goods in the eyes of the poor is the right thing unless you plan to give it to them. I firmly believe in the idea to give a man a fish, feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and feed him for the rest of his life. This not only is in the bible, but it is also a Chinese proverb. (quotationspage.com) No, it is not right you sell these people non essentials when you know they cannot afford them.

The last subject of discussion is the pros and cons of charities and markets. “Pro: Charities serve the needs of those whom the free market cannot profit from serving. Con: The overhead of delivering services potentially dwarfs the value delivered to those served.” Quoted from habitat for humanity employee Marcus Hayes. (Quara.com) Charities give to those who cannot provide for themselves and they do wonderful things throughout poverty stricken communities across the world. Charities also can have a large effect on communities. The American Red Cross comes in during widespread emergency situations and save massive lives, this is essential and part of our responsibility as a wealthier nation. We should not only give them water and help them relocate, but rebuild their communities so they can be active members of the economy. We must do our part to help those in need not just tomorrow, but for their future and their children’s future.

Written by: Scottye Davis

Works Cited

Hayes, Marcus. (Sept 2013) “Quara.com.” What are the pros and cons of charitable           organizations?. Web.

“The Quotations Page.” (1994-2015). Quotation #2279 from Laura Moncur’s Motivational  Quotations. Web.

Franklin. Benjamin. “Good Reads.com”. Benjamin Franklin <Quotes<Quotable Quotes. Web.

Shah, Anup. (2010). “Global Issues.org.” Water and Development. Web.