December, 2017

Snow in Costa Rica!

10,000 Birds

It was already dark in mid-October when we arrived to the Costa Rican birding mecca of Rancho Naturalista to have dinner on the veranda but then were interrupted with a call: There’s a Mottled Owl at the other side! You can imagine the rest: everyone jumped from the table to look for the owl.

Big companies were increasingly obsessed with co-working spaces in 2017

Elephant Journal

Everyone is aware of the stuffiness in corporate office spaces where cubicles separate you from others, sometimes the person you need to talk to is on another floor, and your supervisor or manager is positioned behind a closed door.

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Kids and Sports: 5 Effective Ways to Foster a Growth Mindset

The Green Changemakers

by Ashley Cullins When we talk about growth mindset, we usually apply it to academics. But practicing growth mindset in sports is extremely beneficial as well. In sports, the focus is too often solely on outcomes (winning or losing).

Five Surprising Ways Your Christmas Tree Can Give Back Long After the Holidays

Nature Conservancy - Science

Every holiday season, my family puts up a real Christmas tree in our living room to celebrate Christmas. We’re in good company – each year more than 25 million American households have a real Christmas tree.

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David Weimer on Richard Thaler's Nobel Prize and benefit-cost analysis

Environmental Economics

David Weimer ( Nobel Laureate Richard Thaler, Behavioral Economics, and Benefit-Cost Analysis ): Rational action lies at the heart of neoclassical economics. Sovereign consumers make choices that maximize their utilities. By observing the tradeoffs implicit in actual choices, or eliciting tradeoffs for hypothetical choices, benefit-cost analysts impute willingness to pay for desirable policy impacts and willingness to accept undesirable ones.

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The Happy Hero – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Happy Hero Solitaire Townsend Published by Unbound October 2017 Paperback 192 pages £8.99 ISBN: 978-1-91158-639-5 The Happy Hero comes with a promise: that you can be happier and healthier by simply making a difference to the world around you.

Four Crazy Ways Cool Creatures Survive Cold Winters

Nature Conservancy - Science

From urine recycling to hibernation on demand, here’s how four critters survive snow and frigid weather in style. Wildlife Herps Mammals Nature Pop Weird Nature

EnvEcon 101: Understanding Marginal Tax Rates (and other unnecessarily complicated stuff)

Environmental Economics

If you haven't heard, the U.S. Congress is likely to pass a new income tax bill this week. has a graphic with the existing and new income brackets and associated tax rates. 

What Are the Health and Environmental Benefits of Solar Energy?


Sunlight is free, infinite, and easily. accessible, making it a perfect source for generating energy—particularly when compared to fossil fuels, which need to be mined, extracted, and transported, leaving behind a trail of pollution and environmental degradation.

Bill collectors & distant cousins.

10,000 Birds

Share and Enjoy: The post Bill collectors & distant cousins. appeared first on Indexed. finances

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Bringing Mindfulness into my Courtroom.

Elephant Journal

“Take a breath and listen!” a defendant yelled at me a few months ago as I was going through the obligatory warnings I give to defendants in. Editor's Picks Enlightened Society Health & Wellness Inspiring (Wow) Meditation Non New-Agey Spirituality Right Livelihood Yoga Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Today Only. Z ADMIN Spirituality Featured Today being present courtroom meditation mindfulness mindfulness judge

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Britain does not have a housing crisis but an empty homes crisis

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Thousands of homes in Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire left empty, the Gazette reported on November 24, 2017.

Fantastic Fecal Phenomena of the Animal World

Nature Conservancy - Science

Where there is life, there is also poop. And that’s where things get interesting. Read on for seven incredible tales of excrement from the natural world. From the Field Wildlife Top 10 Weird Nature

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Ten Years of Select Economic Data in Graphs

Environmental Economics

A pet peeve of mine as an economist is giving too much credit to the current quarterback , er.President for [economic] wins and too much blame for [economic] losses. 

What Causes Sinkholes and How to Fix Them


Picture this: Gigantic holes in the ground. swallow up entire buildings, houses, trees, and even people. While such a description sounds like a scene from a disaster or science fiction film, incidents like this actually can and do occur around the world as sinkhole events.

Changing Career? 7 Ways To Make The Right Change First Time

10,000 Birds

As we end one year and begin another, our minds can often be a whirlwind of possibilities and changes we want to make. Many of us focus on self-improvement and it can either go one of two ways.

The Real Deal with “Golden Milk.”

Elephant Journal

I became both enthusiastic and wary when a traditional Ayurvedic recipe was added to my local café’s sandwich board. . Food Health & Wellness ayurveda digestion food Golden Milk health benefits recipe turmeric warm drink

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US and UK banning the use of Kaspersky anti-virus

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Not only the government agencies are on the bandwagon, even Barclay's Bank is advising its customers who got it free via the Bank to stop using it.

The Secret in the Sand Dunes

Nature Conservancy - Science

Dominick Solazzo likes to say the healthy dunes at Midway Beach and South Seaside Park on the Jersey Shore have a “secret ingredient.” Of course, it’s a secret that gives itself away pretty readily when the wind blows. More from Midway and the Jersey Shore. Saved by Sand Dunes. By Cara Byington.

A Winter Solstice miracle

Environmental Economics

From the inbox: 21-Dec-2017. Dear John, Thank you for submitting your revised manuscript to the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. It is a pleasure to accept your manuscript BCA-2015-0053.R2 "A benefit-cost analysis of a red drum stock enhancement program in South Carolina" in its current form for publication in JBCA. I first presented this at the 2006 Southern Economic Association Meetings in Charleston, SC

The 7 Best Portable Solar Chargers to Buy in 2018


Solar energy has become a feasible alternative to. fossil fuels and an eco-friendly option to power not only homes, but personal electronic gadgets (smartphones, tablets, cameras, laptops, etc.), camping gear and even construction tools.

The Best Just Got Bigger So You Work Smarter and Hire Better in 2018

10,000 Birds

At the very start of this year, we had shared a post on the perks of using an ATS and how it is proving to be a great advantage to businesses that want to save precious time, energy and most importantly money. Now that the year is coming to an end, we thought it necessary […].

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The Best Gift you can Give—& why 50% of Americans haven’t Done it Yet.

Elephant Journal

I chose this gift years ago when I first got my driver's license. At the time, I never expected it would become part of. Blog Enlightened Society Family Health & Wellness Inspiring (Wow) Love WAYLON: Today Only family gift of life gift-giving grief healing holiday season organ donation United Network for Organ Sharing

2017 17

Churchill & Orwell – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Churchill & Orwell – The Fight For Freedom by Thomas E. Ricks Published 1st June 2017 Royal Hardback, £25 352 pages, with 26 b/w photographs ISBN 9780715652374 Liberty and truth have never been so topical.

Sympathy for the Shark Finner

Nature Conservancy - Science

The gruesome Facebook photo showed a dead rhino with its horn hacked off, blood splattered on the grass. Unfortunately, images like this frequently appear on my feed, as I follow a lot of global conservation causes. And yet, I still have a visceral reaction.

Will this be the biggest year for the stock market EVER? (Alt Title: Percentages matter)

Environmental Economics

I seem to be on an explaining basic principles kick the last few days. I saw this story on CNBC this morning : The  Dow Jones industrial average  just did something it has never done in its 121-year history. The 30-stock average is now up more than 5,000 points in a year, marking its biggest annual-points gain ever. This following a 140-point rally Monday which sent it to an all-time high. Sounds impressive.    And it is. 

The Pros and Cons of Geothermal Heating on the Environment


Geothermal energy is one of many ideas to create. sustainable, green energy to replace our reliance on fossil fuels. It hasn’t gotten the amount of attention that wind and solar have, or even nuclear energy.

Trying to Break Into the World of Forex Trading? 4 Helpful Tips

10,000 Birds

Finding the right way to invest your money is not nearly as easy as you may think. The world of investments is filled with options, which is why you have to do your homework when attempting to find the right fit for your needs.

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4 Ways to Reclaim the Lost Skill of Patience.

Elephant Journal

Patience is a neglected skill, which has largely been replaced by "busy-ness.". Enlightened Society Family Non New-Agey Spirituality compassion emotionalintelligence environment family happiness healing Health & Wellness health wellness keymoment life long term love meditation mindfulness patience present relationships short cut spirituality travel; relationships; self-discovery yoga practice

Not my circus, not my monkeys

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) “Not my circus, not my monkeys”, is a Polish proverb and one that we do well to remember each and every time someone wants to drag us into their dramas.

Recovery: Why Sea Lampreys Need to be Restored and Killed

Nature Conservancy - Science

Anglers had it straight from the outdoor page of the December 15, 2002 Lawrence (Massachusetts) Eagle-Tribune : “The fish ladders [on the Connecticut River] ought to be used to diminish the [sea] lamprey and prevent it from entering into the lakes and streams of New Hampshire.”

When you're dealing with the current EPA administration, the humor writes itself

Environmental Economics

Really, could you have made this up ? Hat Tip: Paul Jakus.  

7 Reasons Why Nuclear Waste Is Dangerous


Ever since we have discovered how to harness. the powerful energy contained within the nucleus of an atom, we have been using it – for both positive and negative purposes. Nuclear energy is an affordable, efficient and reliable option of generating power for many countries.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of 2017)

10,000 Birds

Happy New Year! Now that the odometer on year lists has rolled back to zero, you’re probably eagerly looking forward to beginning the bird hunt anew. But take a moment first to appreciate your final sightings of the year gone by.