Monthly Archives: May 2015

DIY: Hillbilly Washing Machine

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This is a great method for off-the-grid low-tech clothes washing or, in my case, diaper washing as part of the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge.

The total cost to make this washer was around $6, and about 10 minutes. The amount of time it takes to operate depends entirely on the quantity of clothing and the type of material being washed. Denim, for example, will take more effort than t-shirts.

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But where will the Angels Sit?

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But where will the Angels Sit?

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Do you ever wonder where the angels sit? When people come to visit with their angels.  The door banging twice. Girl. Angel. Because, really, there is only so  much room in my little house. Angels take up as much room as a person though a lot less air.  Even though an angel can change the atmosphere in the air in the wink of a wimple.  And they must come in,  they do not like to be left out in the weather. Have you ever seen an angel who has been left out in the rain – it is a terrible sight. Crumpled like tissue paper, poor things – it takes an age for them to dry out and puff back up.  And for obvious reasons it is very important not to let your angel get too close to the fire to dry out. So you can’t just leave them outside when they visit…

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Escaping ISIS is only one of many challenges for LGBT Syrians

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Escaping ISIS is only one of many challenges for LGBT Syrians

Fusion

BEIRUT, LEBANON – After three months of living under ISIS, Zein knew he had to escape. He’d recently heard of two gay men who were thrown off the roof of the highest building in Deir es-Zor, the Syrian city where he lived. One of the few times he left his house to go to the market, he witnessed the execution of an Alawite and a Shia – each killed with a gunshot to the back of the head. Fleeing would mean leaving his brother behind, but he had no choice. As a gay man living in ISIS-held territory, the 28 year-old was particularly at risk for horrific violence.

The siege of Deir es-Zor began in April 2014, and by July ISIS controlled most of the province. “All of my friends had already left, and I thought to myself: what am I doing here?” he told Fusion through a translator here.

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This drug cartel used 39 street cameras to spy on everyone

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This drug cartel used 39 street cameras to spy on everyone

Fusion

Smile! You’re on narco-camera.

Mexican authorities last week discovered a network of 39 narco-surveillance cameras that were videotaping 52 vantage points in the northern border city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas.

The cameras, set up on electrical posts around Reynosa, were supposedly used by the Gulf Cartel to keep an eye on the city, especially the comings and goings of police and military.

It’s not clear how long the cameras, allegedly controlled remotely via Wi-Fi and equipped with a modem, video data encoder and memory card, had been recording before getting discovered. Authorities have not explained how the cameras managed to go undetected.

The Gulf Cartel is a powerful drug trafficking organization in northeastern Mexico that later spawned Los Zetas. The cartels played a major role in transforming the state of Tamaulipas into a key drug smuggling route to the United States.

According to state authorities, many of the narco cameras pointed…

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The Most Dangerous Mexican State You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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The Most Dangerous Mexican State You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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The Mexican government is expected to unveil its plan today to send Marines and federal forces into the northern state of Tamaulipas to curtail a rising wave of violence that has claimed 2,699 lives so far this year, according to the newspaper Milenio.

Unless you live in Texas, which borders with Tamaulipas, you might have never heard of the state. Tamaulipas has stayed out of the spotlight due to both citizens’ fears — often residents are reluctant to talk to reporters — and media self-censorship. For the last decade or so, it’s been the battleground for a bloody conflict between two of the most powerful, vicious drug cartels in Mexico.

A key transit route

Tamaulipas, often referred to as “Tierra De Encanto” or “Land Of Charm,” had long been anything but. Known for being one of Mexico’s bread baskets, with exportable vegetable crops and delicious beef, it’s reputation changed in…

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Venezuelan opposition leader leaks jail video announcing hunger strike and calling for massive street protest

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Venezuelan opposition leader leaks jail video announcing hunger strike and calling for massive street protest

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Incarcerated Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López leaked a self-made video from a high-security military prison last night to announce a hunger strike and call on all Venezuelans to hold a “massive and peaceful” protest against the government next Saturday.

“Today the immense majority of Venezuelans want change, but similar to us, the common citizen and Venezuela’s democracy are incarcerated by a corrupt elite who are only interested in remaining in power,” Lopez said into the stationary camera, offering Venezuelans their first glimpse of the jailed opposition leader since he was put behind bars 15 months ago.

Wearing a white t-shirt, a five-day beard and a cross around his neck, López appealed to the Venezuelan people to not lose hope or faith in democratic change. The video was somehow smuggled out of the Ramo Verde military jail and posted last night on López’s social media accounts, which are now controlled by his…

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