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Made in America Update

Thursday, June 9, 2011 posted by Tommi Crow

Our discussions with The Hillman Group and our fight to save InfoTube, InfoBox and American jobs is still ongoing.   Our face-to-face meeting with senior management at Hillman is scheduled for next Wednesday, June  15th.  We hope to have “Good News” to share!!! 

Please continue to Sign Our Petition to Save American Jobs .   We are approaching 600 signatures and the comments made by concerned Americans is powerful, enlightening and motivating.  

For those of you who fear things have gone too far with China.  For those who think that little people stand no chance of influencing big corporations.  For those who believe that the people in power don’t listen and don’t care …I have some encouraging news for you that disproves those fears.

The Smithsonian opened its Made in America gift shop yesterday and ABC News went shopping.   The US made products offered in the new store were just what you would expect to find, when looking for a souvenir to take home.    They looked no different than the previous products that were purchased from the Chinese and they didn’t cost anymore, either.

A manager for the Smithsonian was so happy with the results and consumer feedback, he said the store wants more Made in the USA products to put in the store.   Buyers for the Smithsonia will be attending Made in the US trade shows and they are asking  US businesses to contact them about their merchandise.

If you or your company make or manufacture a product that would fit the retail niche offered at the Smithsonian gift shop, click the link below and submit your goods to their buyers.    Think souveniers…T-shrits, earring, caps, hats, postcards, etc.  Wouldn’t it be cool to see your products at the Smithsonian?   I certainly wish I could find a reason for them to sell InfoTubes and InfoBoxes!!!

CLICK HERE TO SELL YOUR PRODUCTS TO THE SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM

Thank you for visiting InfoTube.net.  We will keep you posted on our efforts to save American jobs and promote American business!!

Paul Choi, a long time supporter of US workers and US jobs, wrote and posted the following article about Helping InfoTube Save Jobs in the USA.

If you are one of the millions of Americans who are fed up with Chinese tsunami that is washing away the quality of life in our country…then, Mr. Choi has a great source of helpful Links for you…located all in one place!

CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW TO FIGHT BACK AND SAVE US JOBS AND COMPANIES!!!!

Our Votes may not be powerful…but our Pocketbook and Money sure are!  Refuse to pay a Chinese toll charge on everything you buy! 

Click to Fight Back!

Thank you for helping InfoTube save American jobs.  Please Share our Story!!!

For those of you who are following our struggle and have ask how you can help next…  

I think that continuing to send requests to ABC news (the direct link is below) would really be helpful for moving our negotiations forward and for highlighting this David and Goliath story.   

My recent experiences have proven that the tide of consumer awareness is shifting in our country.  The grass roots support for American business, workers and products is gaining momentum quickly and we all need to stay involved to turn our economy and future around.

I would encourage everyone to submit your favorite American made products to ABC News. 

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/MadeInAmerica/mailform?id=13599846

I hope to see a lot of love for InfoTube and InfoBox, of course, but I know that a lot of American businesses are fighting against the outsourcing tsunami, as well.   Each one of them would appreciate your support and there is no limit on the number of products you can submit.

Thank you again for all your help!!!!  Without you, we wouldn’t be here today.   Please mention us to ABC News…I would love to tell our story to Diane Sawyer :)

Tommi Crow

President, Crow Erickson, Inc.

I was interviewed on Clear Channel News this morning about our Fight to Save our Company and American jobs from the chinese, copycat imports of InfoBox that are being brought into the US by The Hillman Group, distributors for Lowes, Home Depot and Menards.

After the radio interview, we received a call from Senator Richard Burr’s (R) office to inquire about our story.   The Senator’s office is looking into the matter to determine how they can help.   Thank you, Senator Burr!

Tommi Crow radio interview on Jameson show

I would like to say a BIG thank you to Jerri Jameson at WWNC News Radio 570 for having us on her show this morning.  

Thanks for following our story and for your support!  Please continue to sign our petition and send emails to Lowes, Home Depot and Menardsn telling them that InfoTube and InfoBox SHOULD NOT be replaced with chinese imports.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

National Home Improvement Stores Outsource American Jobs to China                                                                                                                            Home Depot, Lowe’s vendor ignores U.S. patents, outsources popular INFOBOX®  

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina (May 10, 2011)—Recently, Hillman Group, vendor to national DIY home-improvement retail giants Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Menards, replaced the store’s popular American-made INFOTUBE® and INFOBOX® products with Chinese factory replicas. 

INFOTUBE® literature boxes were invented 23 years ago in a garage in Dallas, TX, to provide Realtors®, builders and homeowners with an affordable way to sell their homes. Today, millions of these patented real-estate literature boxes are being used in neighborhoods across America. 

In March, Hillman informed Crow Erickson it was replacing INFOTUBE® and INFOBOX® products effective immediately, leaving thousands of boxes stranded on the docks and effectively closing the doors of the Asheville, NC-based manufacturer and inventor. Caplugs® factory jobs in Erie, PA and Buffalo, NY will also be affected, two areas already hard hit in this economy. 

Crow Erickson’s patent attorney has inspected the Chinese product, currently available on Home Depot’s website, and it does appear to be copy of the INFOBOX® design, something Hillman insiders have conceded. The Chinese knockoff provides no cost savings to the consumer. 

This is not the first time Hillman has ignored U.S. patents and put American jobs in jeopardy, including the hundreds of disabled and handicapped American workers that Crow Erickson has employed at competitive wages in partnership with vocational rehabilitation centers.

 In the 1990s, Hillman tried to outsource INFOTUBE® products, a patent violation against which Crow Erickson took legal action. The settlement required Hillman to renew its contract for INFOTUBE® and agree not to compete in its product niche. 

Apparently Hillman is banking on the rising cost of lawsuits to deter the small, woman-owned business from pursuing legal remedy this time around. 

Crow Erickson has made numerous direct appeals to the Hillman Group and senior management at Lowe’s and Home Depot, citing its 20+ year successful partnership, patent concerns, and a desire to work with all parties for a mutually beneficial and cost-competitive resolution. 

To date, Crow Erickson has not been able to engage Hillman, Lowe’s or Home Depot in any meaningful discussion and has been left with no recourse other than pursue costly legal action or close its doors and watch another American-made product fall victim to Chinese factories. 

Crow Erickson is currently launching a public media campaign to save American jobs. More information can be found on www.infotube.net and the company’s blog. INFOTUBE® is also sponsoring an online petition to save American jobs from export to China which can be viewed and signed on The Petition Site at Help-Save-American-Jobs.

Contact:

Tommi Crow

President, Crow Erickson, Inc.

800-858-6000 (o) 828-230-2260 (cel)

tommi@infotube.net

If you have been following our blog, then you know that The Hillman Group went to China and made a copy of our patented, US made InfoBox that is sold at retailers such as Lowes, Home Depot and Menards. 

Hillman planned, and spent a great deal of time and money to steal the InfoBox, replace it on the store shelves with it’s “Yellow”-lidded Chinese copycat.  The goal is to put another US company out of business and toss its workers to the wind. 

Well, we have another plan!  FIGHT BACK!!!

We are placing a BOUNTY and REWARD on the Yellow Chinese Hillman Box.  If you can find and purchase one of these boxes, please do immediately

  • Mail the china box to 1854A Hendersonville Rd #221 – Asheville, NC 28803, along with your receipt.
  • We will send you TWO (2) FREE, Original, 100% Made in the USA INFOBOXES with the Bright, Red Lids    
  • OR, TWO (2) FREE INFOTUBES, The Originals, Made in the USA  with the Bright, Red Caps to your Door at NO CHARGE!!!!  
  • Sign the InfoTube Care2 Petition to Save American Jobs, Companies and Products by CLICKING HERE
  • We are looking forward to returning ALL the Chinese boxes to the store ourselves!!!

Your voice and support matter to American workers, American home owners and America!!!  Thank you in advance for helping us fight!!!

Tommi Crow, owner of Infotube and InfoBox

PLEASE HELP INFOTUBE SAVE AMERICAN JOBS!!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 posted by Tommi Crow

Crow Erickson—a small, woman-owned company—is a quintessential American success story.  INFOTUBE® literature boxes were invented 23 years ago in my garage in Dallas, TX, to provide Realtors®, builders and homeowners with an affordable way to sell their homes.  

INFOTUBE® was an immediate success and quickly made its way into every major retail home improvement store across the country, where they have been sold for more than 20 years by retail giants like Lowe’s and Home Depot.  Over the years, our company has provided meaningful, competitively paid work for hundreds of disabled and handicapped Americans.

Today, our patented INFOTUBE® and INFOBOX® literature dispensers are used by millions of home sellers, Realtors® and home builders every day. You can find them in neighborhoods across America, very likely even your own.  

Recently, our largest distributor, The Hillman Group, without notice, replaced our patented products with Chinese replicas.  Their decision effectively puts our company out of business and, ironically, provides no cost savings for the consumer

WE NEED YOUR HELP! 

1.  Please copy and paste the following  letter or write your own: 

I am writing to request that your company take a stand to protect American jobs by continuing to carry successful American-made products, specifically INFOTUBE® and INFOBOX®. 

“Made in America” matters to me and so does supporting our U.S. economy. I do not support companies who outsource American jobs to China. 

Please continue to support all Americans including the American companies whose products you currently carry on your shelves. 

Sincerely,

(your name)

2.  Email it to the decision makers at Lowe’s, Home Depot and the Hillman Group.  

Drew Strole (Lowe’s) Drew.D.Strole@Lowes.com 

Bill Boltz (Home Depot) Bill_Boltz@homedepot.com 

Dan Smercina (Hillman) Dan.Smercina@hillmangroup.com      

3. Please forward this letter to everyone in your contact circle.

4. For an up to the minute update on the status of this situation and the response of the retail giants, watch our blog, follow us on Twitter @Infotubes or Like our Facebook Page “InfoTube for Real Estate”.

Your voice and your time matter.  Thank you for helping us in our fight save our company, American products and American jobs.  Together we can make a difference!
 
Sincerely, 

Tommi
 
Tommi Crow, President
Crow Erickson, Inc.

Older Generation Lived “Green”.

Thursday, April 28, 2011 posted by Tommi Crow

We don’t know who wrote this piece about the environment and recycling, but we thought it was great.  Hope you find it enlightening, too!

    In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman  that she should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. 

The woman apologized to him and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.”     

The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today.  The former generation did not care enough to save our environment.”

 He was right, that generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.     

Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles
to the store.  The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over.  So they really were  recycled.

But they didn’t have the green thing back in that customer’s day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an escalator in
every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn’t
climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.

But she was right. They didn’t have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby’s diapers because they didn’t have the
throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts – wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that old lady is right, they didn’t have the green thing back in her
day.

Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house – not a TV in every room.
And the TV had a small screen the size of a hankerchief, not a screen the size
of the state of Montana . In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand
because they didn’t have electric machines to do everything for you.  When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used a wadded up
old newspaper to cushion it, not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the
lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she’s right, they didn’t have the green thing back then.

They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a cup or
a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled their
writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor
blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the
blade got dull.

But they didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to
school or rode the school bus instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi
service.   

They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to
power a dozen appliances. And they didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the
nearest pizza joint.

But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful the old folks
were just because they didn’t have the green thing back then? Author unknown

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More than 150 years ago, America’s greatest landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, created Central Park and changed New York forever. He went on to transform dozens more cities, leaving a priceless legacy of vibrant, beautiful cityscapes. And, in the process, he increased property values. 

Olmsted discovered this himself when he tracked the value of land around Central Park and found that the city’s $13 million investment had led to an astounding $209 million increase in just 17 years. The architect recognized what many planners still fail to grasp: Parks and managed green space are vital pieces of urban infrastructure that not only improve the quality of life for millions of people but also drive economic growth. 

Today we must act again to transform our cities. The commercial real estate binge of the past decade and the growth of online shopping as an alternative to brick-and-mortar stores have left more than 200,000 acres of vacant retail, office and industrial space. Residential real estate is a massive problem as well. Distressed properties are a drag on our communities and the economy, and threaten to topple even more banks that hold mortgages on these “toxic assets.”

 We need to move these toxic assets off the banks’ books, reduce the surplus of commercial space and create jobs, all while revitalizing our cities. This brings us back to Olmsted.

 Olmsted designed transformative parks, campuses and greenways; his firm completed an amazing 6,000 commissions and launched a green wave across 19th-century America. The same kind of wave could help resolve the 21st-century real estate mess.  

 We don’t have the luxury of vacant land that Olmsted often started with, so we must bulldoze underperforming and underused property, put people to work creating parks on some of the land and “bank” the rest until the economy recovers.

 Beginning with Atlanta, Georgia Tech is researching what is needed to accomplish this in 12 major cities. The project is known as Red Fields to Green Fields. Under this plan, some of the abandoned or underutilized property would be acquired by a parks agency or by public-private partnerships, which would then begin demolition, park design and construction, putting people to work immediately. More jobs would come as the improved areas attracted development.

 This would not be the first time that property has been bulldozed for economic gain. The railroads, which had many miles of underused track to maintain, pulled up 55 percent of their tracks in the past 60 years to increase profitability, enabling the creation of 19,000 linear miles of “rails-to-trails” parks.

 Pittsburgh, realizing that the steel industry was never coming back, tore down riverfront steel mills and replaced them with an attractive mix of parks and office space. In Michigan, Flint and Detroit are finding ways to “bank” land as open space. 

The banking system and the federal government could play an important role in this effort. Rather than backstop bad real estate paper, the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) and the Treasury Department could help finance the acquisition of excess commercial real estate through a land bank fund. 

Instead of buying mortgage-backed securities, why couldn’t the Fed buy excess developed real estate to be held as green space through “land-backed securities”? Why couldn’t the FDIC give some of the useless properties it obtains through bank closures to land banks or nonprofit organizations? 

With the right financing structure, philanthropic entrepreneurs could use leverage to remake America just as some of our bad developers used easy bank financing to help create the excesses. 

Acquisition money could also come from expanding tax incentives that encourage banks and landlords to donate land and encourage wealthy individuals and corporations to buy conservation tax credits. Georgia Tech’s analysis has also shown that the money needed for a nationwide program would be a tiny fraction of current real estate support programs, such as the Fed’s “quantitative easing” or its recent purchase of $1.5 trillion in mortgages. 

The 2009 stimulus package did much to protect jobs but little to stimulate the economy with transformational investments.  Converting underused commercial real estate to green space and “banked” land would be transformational. It would create jobs, strengthen the banking system to encourage lending and stabilize property values so that real estate owners would be ready to spend again. Most important, lush new parks would enhance neighborhoods across the country.    

Michael G. Messner is a Wall Street investment fund manager. He and his wife, Jenny, funded the documentary “The Olmsted Legacy,” which is airing on PBS, and are funding the Red Fields to Green Fields research at Georgia Tech.

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Insulation Upgrade Saves Energy and Money

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 posted by Tommi Crow

One of the easiest and most cost-effective energy upgrades you can make to your home is to improve the level of insulation in your attic. Upgraded attic insulation makes your home easier and less expensive to heat — and to cool next summer — and also makes for a more comfortable living environment.

Depending on what you have now, an insulation upgrade may be a do-it-yourself project, or it may be one that you want to leave to the pros. Some utility companies have programs in place with rebates or low-interest loans to help with energy upgrades, so you’ll want to check with them as well before you get started.

How much do you need?
How much insulation you need is always a good question. The easy answer is “as much as you can get,” but actually there’s a point where continuing to add more insulation really won’t pay you back much additional dividends.

For example, if you have R-19 in your attic, doubling it to R-38 will be a huge improvement. But doubling R-38 to R-76 wouldn’t be nearly as effective.

The R-values for new homes are set by the building codes, so that’s a good place to start. Many areas have established R-38 as a minimum for attics, and some colder areas have increased that to R-49. The further your insulation is below what the codes require, the more you’ll benefit from the upgrade.

What’s up there now?
How much you’ll benefit from upgrading your insulation depends on what’s in the attic now. So you’ll want to start with a trip into the attic to determine what kind of insulation you have, and also to measure its average depth. Here are the four most common types of attic insulation:

  • Loose-fill fiberglass: This is probably the most common, and will be fluffy strands or cubes of pink, white or yellow material. It has an average R-value of 2.5 per inch, so if your measurements show that you have about 6 inches of the stuff, you have an R-value of approximately 15.
  • Fiberglass batts: This is the same material, but it’s woven into thick mats instead of lying loose. It’s typically lying between the joists, but it may be on top of the joists as well. Batts have an average R-value of 3.2 per inch, so your same 6 inches would give you an R-value closer to 19.
  • Mineral wool: This is another loose fill material, although it’s also made into batts as well. It’s gray, and will appear thicker and more fibrous then fiberglass. The average R-value is about 2.8 per inch, so 6 inches would have an R-value of around 17.
  • Cellulose: This is essentially a recycled paper material, with other additives. It’s a light to medium gray, and is a loose fill but not as fluffy as fiberglass. It has a distinct “ground cardboard” look, and averages 3.7 per inch in R-value. Six inches of this material would give you an overall R-value of about 22.

What type of insulation to install?
What type of insulation you’ll want to use for the upgrade depends on a couple of different things, including the costs in your area, and whether you want to do the work yourself.

For attics, blown-in insulation works best. It’s easy to install, covers everything to a uniform depth, and is cost-effective. If you want to do the work yourself, both fiberglass and cellulose can be blown in using a blower that you can rent. Many home centers and other insulation retailers have the blowers available, and they’re sometimes loaned free of charge with a minimum insulation purchase.

Either of these types of insulation produces a lot of dust as they’re being blown, so you’ll want to wear a respirator, as well as some eye protection. For a complete list of safety gear, safety precautions and installation tips, refer to the manufacturer’s specific instructions.

The other alternative is fiberglass or mineral wool batts, which come in standard widths and thicknesses. These work best for attics that don’t have any insulation at all, since you can lay the batts between the joists. If there’s already batt insulation in place, you can install a second layer over the first. Use unfaced batts only, so that you don’t create a double vapor barrier and trap moisture between the layers of batts. Also, install the new layer perpendicular over the original layer, for better coverage over any gaps and cold spots.

Safety first!
You need to keep the insulation away from anything that produces heat, such as fireplace chimneys, wood stove flues and exhaust fans. Recessed light fixtures can only be covered if they’re specifically rated for that purpose. To keep the insulation away, use sheet metal to construct a dam, creating a 1- to 3-inch air space as per the insulation or fixture manufacturer’s recommendations.

It’s also important that you don’t do anything to block the ventilation in your attic, so you also need to install vent baffles to keep the insulation from sloughing down over soffit vents. These can be wood or cardboard, attached to the face of the rafters at each of the vents to keep the air flow clear.

Finally, to prevent moisture buildups that can damage wood framing and lead to mold growth — in addition to robbing R-value from that new insulation — be sure all exhaust fans are vented completely to the outside of the attic!

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Most Colorful River in the World

Friday, January 7, 2011 posted by Tommi Crow

 

 

 

The Most Colorful River In The World   The river shown in the photographs is the Cano Cristales, which is located near the town of La Macarena in Colombia , South America . The river, world famous for its colorful display, has been called:

“the river that ran away to paradise”, “the most beautiful river in the world” and “the river of five colors”.  

During Colombia ‘s wet season, the water flows fast and deep, obscuring the bottom of the river and denying the mosses and algae that call the river home the sun that they need.  During the dry season there is not enough water to support the dazzling array of life in the river. But during a brief span between the wet and dry seasons, when the water level is just right, the many varieties of algae and moss bloom in a dazzling display of colours. Blotches of amarillo , blue, green, black and red – and a thousand shades in between – coat the river.  

The part of the river where the colourful blooms occur is quite isolated and is not accessible by road. Adventurous tourists can now fly into La Macarena and then make their way to to the river site on foot as part of guided tours. The site was effectively closed to tourists for several years because of guerrilla activity in the region along with concerns about the impact of unregulated tourist traffic. However, the site was re-opened to visitors in 2009.

So far, some 1,000 people have visited Cano Cristales, including around 100 foreign tourists.

The tours will follow four clearly marked and authorized paths and one is no longer permitted to stay overnight or cook, as this was ruining the area previously.  

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This week InfoTube.net blog will focus on the impact that the gulf oil spill from a real estate perspective.    Today, we focus on the events and conditions that have already occurred.  We will conclude with expert predictions about what will follow in years to come.  

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CBS News Reports:

Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are already taking a hit due to reduced tourist bookings, but with its 770 miles of Gulf Coast line, Florida stands to lose the most which is why the state is running pro-tourism ads.

Officials say Alabama’s tourism is down 50 percent so far and imagery that shows a large plume of oil heading this way could wreck Florida’s season as well.

Just a 10 percent decline in tourism related business in Florida’s 23 Gulf Shore counties could cost the Sunshine state $2.2 billion in revenue. 

Commentary:   Anytime rental vacancies rise, property values drop.   In addition to the immediate problems created by the lack of rental cash flow,  property owners are faced with a rapid drop in the value of their property.  Real estate experts in the hardest hit area’s report that property values have already dropped a whopping 20-30 percent during the last 63 days.  And, whether any prospective buyers can obtain financing and insurance on the affected coastal area’s is unclear.

Whether BP will compensate property owners in the gulf for lost property value remains uncertain.   To date, the matter has not been formally addressed.   BP is self-insured, but pollution is usually excluded as a covered peril in property insurance policies.  And, standard commercial and home insurance policies usually cover property damage only, not claims for lost value.

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Some real estate professionals predict that the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill, which is contamining much of the pristine US Gulf Coast, will be 100 times more devastating than Hurricane Katrina was.

Christine Weber, a real estate agent living near Biloxi, MS, can already smell oil fumes at her home located 5 miles from shore.  “It is not something that can be cleaned up like a hurricane, where you can replace a roof.  You can’t remove oil from the sand or the water”, said Ms Weber.     She also added that the destruction of beaches, wildlife and healthy living conditions could bring desolation to the entire area.

Randy Tanner of Dauphin Island Real Estate, Inc, says the oil spill has had an immediate effect on tourism at the pristine barrier island in Alabama.  In the last few days, his company has lost $400,000 in vacation rental cancellations for as far away as September.

In addition to scaring off tourists…the environmental catastrophy is also scaring real estate investors who planned to redevelop the area.   Venture capitalists have pulled out of the area.  They will wait until this entire mess is cleaned up before they fund any projects for developers.

The BP oil spill, combined with the lack of any intelligent response plan, is very much an unfolding tragedy.   The start of the hurricane season brings the risk that our gorgeous coastline will be flooded and battered by waves of oil.   The scenes of burning oceans, dead oil-soaked animals and clumps of churning oil in crystal blue waters conjure up armageddon like images to be sure.   And, while predictions of disasters in the past have been sensationalized and overstated…I have a horrible feeling in my gut that this time predications about catastrophic disaster have not been exaggerated.   

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To All Animal Lovers

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 posted by Tommi Crow

InfoTube has a very simple request for animal lovers.  Please go to the Animal Rescue Website and Click on the Purple Box that reads… “Fund Food for Animals for Free”.

The Animal Rescue website needs daily clicks to meet their quota for providing FREE FOOD for neglected and abused animals.  Their corporate sponsors use the number of daily visits to donate food in exchange for their advertising.

Clicking the link takes only 15 seconds and doesn’t cost you one thing!!  Please do it today and everyday.  And, please tell your friends.  It’s a great way to make a difference with no strings attached!!

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A delight for commuters and motorcycle enthusiasts alike, The Zero is a new electric motorcycle with sharp style and enough speed to embarrass other bikers at stop lights. 

Made in California, the Zero is fast, agile and a joy to ride.   “People have waited decades for these things to be practical”, said Neal Saiki, inventor and founder.  “We make every part of the bike”, said Saiki, “It’s very light and half the weight of a normal motorcycle.”  In addition to being pollution-free, the street and dirt versions of the bike are silent when running. 

One limitation for consumers may be the bike’s range and price.  It runs between 40 and 60 miles, before it needs to be re-charged.  And, the price is a bit steep at $13,500, which is about double the cost of a gas powered equivalent.

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