Toyota’s New Power Plant In California Will Be Entirely Powered By Cow Manure

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

To do its part to save the environment, Toyota Motor North America pans on building a power plant that captures methane gas from dairy cattle waste, then turns it into water, electricity and hydrogen.

The news was announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Reportedly, the Tri-Gen Project, located at the Port of Long Beach, California, will be the world’s first commercial-scale 100 percent renewable power and hydrogen generation plant.

When it goes online in 2020, the Tri-Gen will be able to produce enough energy to meet the daily driving needs of close to 1,500 vehicles, about 2.35 megawatts of electricity, and 1.2 tons of hydrogen — each day, says Toyota. The hydrogen fueling station will also support the auto manufacturer’s operations at the port.

As the Tribune Content Agency reports, Toyota is betting heavily on fuel cell technology, particularly in Japan. Because of this, all of the Toyota fuel-cell vehicles that move through the port (including the Mirai Sedan and Toyota’s Heavy Duty hydrogen fuel cell Class 8 truck, Project Portal) will be powered by the alternative energy.

Said Matt McCory, senior engineer with Toyota research and development:

“In most states, you have a conventional natural gas pipeline network that provides heat for your stove or furnace. The majority of natural gas comes from drilling for well gases. We’re trying to green up this process. One way is to find renewable sources, like from gases emitted from landfills, wastewater treatment plants and farm animals.”

The majority of waste will be obtained from dairy farms in California. One must point out the hypocrisy of this partnership, as animal agriculture is responsible for the vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions on our planet. Nonetheless, at least some action is being taken to repurpose some of the emissions which are released into the atmosphere.

We look forward to learning more about the Tri-Gen power plant when it is switched on line, most likely in 2020. What are your thoughts? Please comment below and share this news!

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Rosie O’Donnell and Kim Kardashian West Aren’t Entirely Against Guns, Just You Having Them

In the late 1990s and early 2000s no celebrity pushed gun control more than comedienne and actress Rosie O’Donnell. Longtime NRA supporters will remember the famous incident in 1999 where the arch-gun control supporter ambushed actor and NRA Board Member Tom Selleck on her now-defunct daytime talk show. O’Donnell was active with Handgun Control Inc. (now the Brady Campaign) and the Million Mom March, and signed a letter calling for the criminalization of private transfers of firearms, handgun waiting periods, handgun rationing, and a ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms and their magazines. 

Despite the severity of these restrictions, the so-called “Queen of Nice” explained that she would go even further during an interview with anti-gun former-U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthyO’Donnell remarked, “I know it’s in the Constitution. But you know what? Enough! I would like to say, I think there should be a law–and I know this is extreme–that no one can have a gun in the U.S. If you have a gun, you go to jail.” There was even an Associated Press report that O’Donnell asked the cast of Broadway show “Annie Get Your Gun” to alter the lyrics to “Anything You Can Do” to remove the line “I can shoot a partridge with a single cartridge.”

However, during her most active years as gun control crusader, O’Donnell employed armed security guards. In 2000, the pro-gun community was quick to point out her hypocrisy when it was reported that a bodyguard O’Donnell employed to protect her son had applied for a concealed carry permit and that the star approved. O’Donnell’s hypocrisy was so galling that in 2001 a gun rights supporter instituted, and NRA republished, the tongue-in-cheek “Rosie’” Awards, which were “bestowed upon the most hypocritical enemies of the Second Amendment.”

Today, O’Donnell is still a vocal gun control supporter and still enjoys the protection firearms afford.

During a November appearance on The Howard Stern Show, O’Donnell shared a personal story about her girlfriend, who is a police officer in Worcester, Mass. According to the interview, the girlfriend was staying over one night when the couple was awakened at 3 a.m. by the home’s alarm system. O’Donnell bragged that her capable girlfriend sprung up from bed, gun in hand, and went to investigate. O’Donnell told Stern that her partner’s armed response was “the biggest turn-on I ever had in my life.”

Back in June, Kim Kardashian West took to her website to post an ignorant screed in support of Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety and in opposition to legislation supported by NRA and the ACLU that protected those with disabilities from being improperly targeted as persons prohibited from possessing firearms. Kardashian West is also a member of Everytown’s celebrity outreach program, which the group calls its “Creative Council.”

In a recently released clip from the latest season of “reality” TV program Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kardashian West challenges her sisters Kendall and Khloe when they express an interest in firearm ownership for self-defense. While Khloe was explaining how their interest in gun ownership was spurred by Kendall’s concerns for her own safety, Kim interjected “Well that’s what you have security for.” Continuing to tow the Everytown line, Kardashian West went on to say that she would not permit her children to sleep over at her sister’s house were there a gun in the home.

Having grown up in the lap of luxury as the daughter of a high-profile businessman and attorney who was also the heir to a meat-packing fortune, Kardashian West has had little reason to concern herself with the travails of ordinary Americans. The socialite might be surprised to learn that the vast majority of her countrymen cannot retain a phalanx of armed guards.

The institutional gun control lobby has long used celebrity “influencers” in an attempt to shape gun policy; to little effect. As members of the same elitist clique, wealthy gun control advocates seem blind to the fact that the “deplorable” masses see right past this sort of celebrity moralizing to the underlying hypocrisy. The average American’s concerns for their own safety and that of their family are no less important than those of the rich and famous, and it should be obvious by now that no volume of celebrity lectures will convince them otherwise.

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This Innovative, Eco-Friendly Cup Is Made Entirely From Coffee Waste

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Goodbye, environmentally hazardous paper cups. Hello, HuskeeCups! Because the ceramic alternatives are made entirely from discarded coffee husks, they are recyclable, reusable and chip-resistant. This means we can all have our coffee and enjoy it, too.

Coffee husks are a byproduct of the milling stage of coffee production. Because it has little to no economic value, the husk is usually discarded. However, this is incredibly wasteful. HuskeeTech estimates that for every coffee lover, 6.6 pounds of husk is wasted every year. To reverse this, the Australian company developed the HuskeeCup.

If java lovers were to use the HuskeeCup, more than 1.35 million tons of husk would be prevented from going to waste each year. The concept is so refreshing, it makes sense why the product’s Kickstarter campaign raised over $110,000 in funds for the initial manufacturing of the cups.

Saxon Wright, a co-founder of the company, is well-aware what it takes to produce coffee. As part owner of Pablo & Rusty’s Coffee Roasters, a coffee supplier based in New South Wales, the coffee entrepreneur wants to do his part to reduce husk waste. “With mountains of beautiful organic material piling up around us and no sustainable way to deal with it, we asked ourselves the question, ‘What can we do with this?’” he wrote on Kickstarter.

After months of hard work, which included consulting with industrial designers and engineers, the vision to turn coffee husks into dynamic cups paid off. The HuskeeCup has several desirable features. To begin with, it retains heat. The product is also available in several sizes and designs. Coffee lovers can order the elegant pleated design, for instance, or the one-size-fits-all saucer for eating-in… The options abound! Another great feature is that the HuskeeCups are dishwasher-safe.

“By using coffee husk in the creation of HuskeeCup, we are recycling hundreds of tons of waste material from the production of coffee,” Wright said. “Our dream is to realize sustainability for cafés and home users while achieving zero waste at the farm. HuskeeCup is the first step in fulfilling this mission.”

Despite these great features, the concept for the HuskeeCup is not yet finished. Inhabitat reports that the company has plans to eventually use carbon-capturing microbes to produce the bio-polymer that binds the husk material. We look forward to that unveiling.

What are your thoughts? Please comment below and share this news!

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As Hollywood Gets the Spotlight, Media Entirely Silent on Rampant Sex Abuse By Police


As Hollywood sex abuse continues to be exposed, victims and their families are finally starting to see the potential for justice and closure they have long-deserved. However, as the Weinsteins and the Spaceys watch their careers burn over the allegations of sexual misconduct, the media and essentially everyone else remains conveniently silent on the horrifying reality that is sexual misconduct by police.

On a near daily basis, a cop or former cop’s face makes the local newspaper with whitewashed headlines like Former deputy now charged with exploitation. Little attention is given to these stories despite the grim nature of them. For example, the aforementioned headline is from a small Minnesota town and involves a deputy who was arrested on multiple felony charges including child molestation, sexual misconduct with a child, and child exploitation. No one else picked up the story and it was swept under the rug.

The disgusting crimes that lead to these headlines happen often and blow the myth of the ‘bad apple’ theory completely out of the water. Just this month, two NYPD cops crimes were so bad they actually made national headlines when they were arrested for allegedly handcuffing an underage teen and brutally raping her in their van. As TFTP reported, officers who were allegedly acting on behalf of the rapist cops entered the rape victims hospital room and threatened her if she came forward with her accusations. 

While the NYPD case garnered much-needed attention, others go completely unnoticed. Cops sexually abusing children, women, and men is common and is a major problem.

In 2014, TFTP put out a shocking report that highlighted 40 cops who were convicted or charged with spousal abuse, child rape, or other types of sex crimes just thirty days.

While independent researchers began tracking how many people are killed by cops every year, no one was tracking how many crimes were committed by cops. However, that is beginning to change, and the data shows that the problem is staggering.

Last year, a study exposed the startling fact that police officers are arrested about 1,100 times a year, or roughly three officers charged every day. Many of these arrests are over unspeakable sex crimes.

“Police crimes are not uncommon,” the study’s lead researcher Philip M. Stinson concluded. “Our data directly contradicts some of the prevailing assumptions and the proposition that only a small group of rotten apples perpetrate the vast majority of police crime.” Although nearly 60 percent of the crimes “occurred when the officer was technically off-duty,” Stinson wrote, “a significant portion of these so-called off-duty crimes also lies within the context of police work and the perpetrator’s role as a police officer, including instances where off-duty officers flash a badge, an official weapon, or otherwise use their power, authority, and the respect afforded to them as a means to commit crime.”

According to a report from WaPo, in cases involving allegations of sexual abuse, 72 percent of the officers were fired, and more than 80 percent resulted in convictions, the study found. There were 422 reported cases of forcible and statutory rape, 352 cases of forcible fondling and 94 sodomy cases over the seven years of the study, which Stinson called “larger than expected based on the existing research.” The data search turned up 174 examples of male officers arrested in cases of “Driving While Female,” in which women drivers were harassed or assaulted. About 82 percent of those cases ended in convictions.

A separate study as reported by the AP in 2015 found similarly shocking numbers.

The probe revealed that 550 officers were decertified for various sexual assaults, including rape. Some were dismissed for sodomy or sexual shakedowns, where victims were forced to perform sexual acts to avoid arrest.

A further 440 officers lost their jobs for other sex-related offenses, such as possessing child pornography, being a peeping Tom, sending sexually charged messages to underage teens or having sex while on duty.

About one-third of the officers lost their jobs for committing sexual offenses with juveniles.

Another independent study found that sexual misconduct is the second highest of all complaints nationwide against police officers, representing 9.3 percent in 2010, according to a study by the Cato Institute’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project.

In 2010, 354 of the 618 complaints involved nonconsensual sexual acts, and over half of those involved were minors.

Perhaps the most chilling aspect of police sexual misconduct is the likelihood of under-reporting. As the case of the NYPD cops intimidating the rape victim shows, police officers stand up for their own—even if it means protecting a rapist. When a person becomes a victim of police sex crimes, how can they be expected to go to the very people who employ their abuser and report it — especially given the fact that it is well known police will go to great lengths to protect their own.

“It’s happening probably in every law enforcement agency across the country,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino of the Sarasota Police Department in Florida, who helped study the problem for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. “It’s so underreported and people are scared that if they call and complain about a police officer, they think every other police officer is going to be then out to get them.”

While it is certainly newsworthy to expose Hollywood pedophiles and sex abusers for preying on vulnerable actors and actresses, the level at which police sexual misconduct is ignored by the media is shameful.

Has the worship of the police state gotten so prevalent that it is considered taboo to mention the staggering rate at which police commit sex crimes? We hope not.

Please share this article with your friends and family to let them know America’s other dirty little secret about how often our ostensible protectors become de facto predators.

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Landfill to lifestyle: This line of furniture is made entirely from post-consumer waste

A new entry to the eco-friendly furnishings market offers a collection of furniture and home accessories that comes with a bold set of standards.

By focusing on turning trash into treasure, Pentatonic aims to demonstrate a better way forward for home furnishings than the standard of using virgin materials to create relatively short-lived products. We already have enough glass, plastic, and metals on the surface of the planet to make what is needed, although mostly in the form of “the world’s most abundant and dangerous resource – human trash.” Pentatonic is tapping in to this waste stream for feedstock for its products, which are intended to be truly “circular” in nature, by virtue of being made from 100% recycled materials, being fully recyclable, and coming with a lifetime buy-back guarantee.

For some perspective on just one aspect of the waste issue, it’s estimated that globally, about 480 billion plastic bottles were purchased last year, and that figure is rising, with some projections saying that by 2021, we may be buying more than 580 billion plastic bottles per year, and only a fraction of that is being recycled. A staggering 8.3 billions of tons of plastic has been manufactured since the ’50s, with most of it ending up in landfills of the oceans, which is said to be “smothering ecosystems in plastic.” Another common waste item from our era of affluenza is electronics, or e-waste, which can yield valuable metals and glass that don’t require mining or extensive processing to reclaim, but which often end up getting literally trashed instead of recycled.

According to Pentatonic co-founders Jamie Hall and Johann Boedecker, the company aims to disrupt the furniture industry not only through its use of 100% post-consumer waste to craft its products “without compromising an inch on design, performance, or function,” but also by incorporating automotive manufacturing technology to build it. This is said to enable a scalable production process that also enables ‘localization’ by sourcing feedstock from near the production facility instead of from across the world.

“Everything we make is from trash. This is the most fundamental element of who we are. We simply refuse to add to the abundance of waste on our streets, in our landfill sites, rivers and oceans. We exist to reduce this poisonous glut. To use human ingenuity and conscious consumerism to design our way out of this looming disaster. With our unique technology, developed over 15 years of research and application in industrial spaces, we’ve learnt how to most effectively transform trash into desirable new products and materials. Glass, plastic, metals, food, even cigarettes: it can all be reused many times, without compromising on quality or performance. Each new life that we can give to a material can be an improvement on the last.” – Pentatonic

Pentatonic AirTool chair© Pentatonic
Pentatonic products are designed to be simple to build (no tools required), to be modular and interchangeable, and the focus on using standardized components is said to lead to more efficient manufacturing and shipping. In addition, each component is assigned a unique identification number that states the manufacture date and location, the type of waste used in its production, and who has ‘owned’ it before (“track that component’s journey through the entirety of its lifecycle”). All products come with a buy-back guarantee, after which the returned items will be recycled to be used again and again.

“Our non-negotiable commitment to the consumer is that we make our products using single materials. That means no toxic additives and no hybridized materials which are prohibitive of recyclability. As such, this represents a radical departure from the traditional design, manufacturing and consumer service models in the homeware and accessories industry. This enables us to simply recycle our products into new products at the end of life, and thus brings our consumer into our supply chain. This inclusivity and incentivizing will deliver an almost zero waste of our products post-use.” – Pentatonic Co-Founder/CEO Johann Boedecker

At the core of this year’s lineup from Pentatonic is the modular AirTool system (made from “tactile felts, luxurious fabrics, ultra hardened textiles” and hand-finished metals), which allows the end user to create “a great number of outcomes with just a few components,” and the tables and chairs can be augmented with additional components. To complement the furniture, the company also offers a collection of glassware made from upcycled smartphone glass, which is said to be one of the lesser-known, but no less wasteful, aspect of our modern smartphone addiction.

Pentatonic smartphone glass glassware© Pentatonic
Pentatonic just attracted some £4,300,000 of investments, which will be used to scale up the company’s operation in both the UK and Europe in a bid to revitalize the consumer furnishings market while bringing positive environmental change to it. Sales will be through the company’s website and various pop-up stores, and the line will be displayed at the upcoming London Design Festival. Learn more at Pentatonic.

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ANTIFA cheers speech comprised entirely of Adolf Hitler quotes

(INTELLIHUB) — ANTIFA group members were caught on camera at a recent demonstration cheering on and embracing a man’s speech made up entirely of quotes by Adolf Hitler, despite the fact that the group claims to be ‘anti-fascist.’


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