Monthly Archives: May 2014

Award Winning Film – A Must See! Iceland’s Water “Vatn”

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I posted my 437th blog this past Tuesday and thought I’d have a look at our most viewed blogs and re-post some of them again for you from time to time (save you from scrolling though our lengthy archives). I’ve added a photo and a brief bio excerpt of Enrique Pacheco.

What a magnificent, stunning and profound result of E. Pacheco’s approach to viewing water conservationpersonify and give water a voice!!!

Your friends from Rainsoft Ottawa know you will certainly enjoy this unique video presentation!

Photographer and filmmaker Enrique Pacheco‘s most recent short film, “Vatn” (the Icelandic word for water), offers stunning views of Iceland’s oceans, rivers and waterfalls…

Shot and edited over a 6-month period, the film employs an interesting narrative structure that personifies water and makes it the film’s protagonist. “Human beings are the antagonists,” Pacheco said of the film, in an interview published on his Web site.

“We are changing the life cycle of water. This film is for water conservation. Instead of talking about water, I decided to personify water, give it voice, so we can hear it.”

ENRIQUE PACHECOEnrique Pacheco is a professional cinematographer from Spain. He has been working in video production for more than 10 years, but Enrique’s career changed when he moved to Iceland. There he started to specialize on time-lapse and DSLR cameras, exploring the raw landscape of Iceland and shooting some of nature’s most volatile subjects, such as active volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, and the traditional culture of Iceland. Some of his latest short films have been very successful in Vimeo. “Winter in Hell”, “Raw Lightscapes”, “Made on Earth”, “The Maghreb and “Vatn” are all long-term self-productions made with great effort and passion. – See more at: http://www.enriquepacheco.com/about-me#sthash.RqRYUffa.dpuf 

SHOCKING! ~Toxic fluoride in drinking water! ~ Must Watch Video.

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Quote from video: “If fluoride kills cows, crops and fish and is considered a hazardous waste chemical by the EPA, then how can it be healthy to ingest?”


Monday, July 29, 2013 by: Carolanne Wright

THYROID GLAND(NaturalNews) As more information comes to light about fluoride poisoning across the country, connections between the chemical and weight gain are garnering attention. A known suppressor of the thyroid gland, fluoride is a major player in the rampant increase of obesity. But the toxicity of fluoride is subtle and can also manifest as creeping additional weight that is nearly impossible to shed.

SLIM BODY croppedOne aspect is certain: If we desire a slim and healthy body, getting a handle on fluoride exposure is crucial.

WEIGHT SCALE2Unexplained weight gain and poor health linked with depressed thyroid:
If you find yourself struggling with unexplained weight gain, fatigue, depression and general malaise, a malfunctioning thyroid may be the cause. According to “Fluoride Poisoning – It’s All Over,” German and Austrian researchers discovered in the 1930s that an overactive thyroid could be treated by bathing in fluorinated water – illustrating the powerful suppressive effect it has on the gland. For those who have a normal or low functioning thyroid, exposure to fluoride is a disaster for health. The article continues with a laundry list of staggering consequences:

 SIDE EFFECTS“Deliberately damaging the thyroid will produce a plethora of symptoms affecting the entire human body from head to toe. Symptoms of thyroid damage and fluoride poisoning include weight gain, edema, kidney disease, kidney failure, hair loss, depression, aggression, aches, pains, skin problems, bone deformities (likely including “arthritis” and spontaneous fractures), sexual/erectile dysfunction, memory loss, weakness, fatigue, heart disease, irritability, cancer, digestive disorders including severe GERD as a result of swallowing fluoride, nausea, vomiting, visual problems, gum disease, “high cholesterol,” connective tissue damage, brittle teeth, wrinkles, premature aging, dehydration, and long, long after the whole body has been damaged, “cosmetic fluorosis” might finally show up in a tooth or two.”

REDUCE CONTACT AND DETOX

FLUORIDE ALERTTo avoid fluoride induced disease and malfunction, the first step is to avoid water contaminated with the chemical.

PETITION GOVERNMENTThe ultimate solution is to petition local government – urging the removal of fluoride altogether from the water supply. However, until this happens, each household is responsible for their own water purification and safety. This requires a full house water filtration system that specifically targets fluoride, such as reverse osmosis (see video below). Once exposure is minimized, the next course of action is to detoxify fluoride already within the system.

Here are Martin’s YouTube videos explaining the benefits of our Rainsoft Reverse Osmosis drinking water system  and our whole house carbon system.

Rainsoft Reverse Osmosis water treatment systems not only remove all the toxic fluoride present in your water, but also 99% of the dangerous chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Our Rainsoft Whole House Carbon Filtration System will give you added protection by removing toxic VOCs  (Volatile Organis Chemicals) – IE. chlorine, benzine, etc.

 Selenium – While this nutrient doesn’t expel fluoride from the body, it helps to negate it’s damaging effects. Found abundantly in Brazil nuts, fish and grassfed meats, selenium is an exceptional protective mineral. The National Institute of Health recommends a maximum 400 micrograms per day.
Tamarind – Detoxifies fluoride from the body. Enjoy several cups of the tea each day.
Nascent Iodine – Protects the thyroid from damage and removes sodium fluoride through the urine.
Infrared Sauna – A staple in any detoxification protocol, a dry sauna session assists the body in excreting fluoride from fatty tissues. Always remember to drink plenty of purified water to further sweep toxins from the system.

In the end, water fluoridation is an unnecessary and dangerous practice. Dr. J. William Hirzy, vice president of the Union of Scientists and Professionals, asserts:

NEUROTOXIN” . . . we hold that fluoridation is an unreasonable risk. The toxicity of fluoride is so great and the purported benefits are so small – if there are any at all – that requiring every man, woman and child in America to ingest it borders on criminal behavior on the part of governments.”

 Sources for this article include:
 http://science.naturalnews.com
 http://lindamelosnd.com
 http://www.thenhfireland.com
 http://www.womentowomen.com
 http://www.naturalnews.com
 http://therapybook.wordpress.com
 http://science.naturalnews.com

 CAROLANNE WRIGHTAbout the author:
Carolanne enthusiastically believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, Carolanne has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of organic living, gratefulness and joyful orientation for over 13 years. Through her website http://www.Thrive-Living.net she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people who share a similar vision.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/041395_obesity_fluoride_thyroid.html#ixzz2aaTzIF9b

 

A Great Thank You for Rainsoft !

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We love it when
our customers are happy!

IMAGE12The following is a brief excerpt from a letter we received from a very satisfied client:

…”I recently won the RAINSOFT reverse osmosis unit from your company at a Green Exhibition in Lansdowne Park. What a wonderful surprise!…

Click below to read the full letter from this client.

Letter 2011

Here is Martin’s YouTube video explaining the benefits of our Rainsoft Reverse Osmosis drinking water system ~ 

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$500M Invested in St. Lawrence Seaway

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The following article, “$500 million being invested in St. Lawrence Seaway”, was posted to renewcanada.net on April 30, 2014

ALGOMA SHIPThe St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. (SLSMC) marked the opening of the Seaway’s 56th navigation season with the transit of Algoma Central Corp.’s newly  built ship, the Algoma Equinox, through Lock 3 of the Welland Canal. The vessel is the first of eight Equinox-class ships that are being purpose-built for trade in the St. Lawrence Seaway.

slsmc ceo and administrator“Algoma Central Corporation’s fleet renewal is a leading example of the unprecedented level of investment that is happening throughout our navigation system,” said Terence Bowles, president and CEO of the SLSMC. “The Seaway alone is spending almost $500 million on modernizing its infrastructure—the biggest transformation in five decades.”

SLM LOGOIn concert with various domestic and ocean carriers investing $1 billion in new vessels, the SLSMC is investing $395 million between 2014 and 2018 to revitalize its locks and structures. Likewise, the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. (SLSDC) is mounting a $92 million effort over a comparable timeframe.

BETTY SUTTON“Our asset renewal program will do more than just rebuild the lock infrastructure,” SLSDC administrator Betty Sutton said. “The introduction of new technologies will make the waterway even safer, more efficient, and more reliable. These investments signal a long term public commitment to shipping on the Great Lakes/Seaway System.”

GREAT LAKES SEAWAY SYSTEMMore than 227,000 jobs and $35 billion in economic activity are supported by the movement of goods within the Great Lakes-Seaway System.

http://renewcanada.net/2014/500m-being-invested-in-st-lawrence-seaway/

Additional links providing background

http://www.mmdonline.com/events/transit-of-the-baie-st-paul-marks-opening-of-2013-st-lawrence-seaway-season-98514

A Photo Journey through Atlantis, Bahamas ~ Fabulous!

ATLANTIS PARADISE ISLANDThe following is a reblog of Leslie Carter’s (my all time #1 favorite blogger!) from her Bucket list publications.  (http://bucketlistpublications.org)- posted Jan.27, 2014
Thank you, Leslie  for this wonderful and magical armchair travel journey.

A Photo Journey through Atlantis, Bahamas.

Royal Tower, Atlantis, Bahamas

Trying to explain everything that Atlantis, Paradise Island has to offer in one post would be impossible. Surprises and unique adventures were around every corner. From water slides, marine habitats, adventure currents, nightly entertainment, spas, sports, and a casino, it was important to pick favorites and cover those activities first because the endless adventures would provide a lifetime of entertainment. Follow our Atlantis journey through a series of my favorite photos.

Celebrity Transfers picked us up at the airport and drove us to The Reef, Atlantis in style.

Celebrity Transfers, Atlantis, Bahamas

The Reef provided us with all the comforts of home including a kitchen, garden tub, amazing ocean views, a semi-private pool, and easy access to the white-sand beaches.

The Reef, Atlantis

The Reef, Atlantis

Our View from The Reef, Atlantis Bahamas

Aquaventure, Atlantis Paradise Island’s water park, is a 141-acre waterscape with non-stop aquatic thrill ride features over twenty million gallons of water, thrilling high-speed water slides, a mile-long river ride with rolling rapids and wave surges, 20 swimming areas, a spectacular kids water-play fort, and 11 unique and refreshing swimming pools. We rode The Current and somehow managed to stay in the tube even when everyone around us was falling out.

Aquaventure, Atlantis Paradise Island

The Current, Atlantis

Aquaventure, Atlantis Paradise Island

The Marine Habitat offers a unique opportunity to explore lagoons, caves, coral formations, and underwater ruins designed to showcase exotic marine life ranging from dolphins and sea lions to sharks, rays, barracuda, to piranha, and eels. Athena loved the sharks the most; amazed by their graceful movements.

Atlantis, The Dig

The Dig, Atlantis

Playing with sea lions and dolphins was a first for my sister, Gabriella. The smile never left her face during the entire time we were in the extraordinary, almost dreamlike, environment.

Funny Sea Lion, Atlantis, Bahamas

Swimming with Dolphins at Atlantis, Bahamas

Every beach at Atlantis has its own unique allure and charm. Mom relaxed during her morning stroll on Atlantis Beach where she rubbed her feet in the fine powder-sand and we all splashed in the waves of The Cove Beach while looking at the spectactular vista of azure water.  Beaches, Atlantis Bahamas

Beaches, Atlantis Bahamas

Visiting Atlantis included adventure, relaxation, family-fun, and side splitting entertainment with Sherri Shepherd. It also included over-coming one of my greatest fears – swimming with sharks through Sea Trek.

Sea Trek Walk with Sharks

Sea Trek Walk with Sharks

The options at Atlantis are endless. When you book your vacation, start thinking about what you’d like to do the most immediately because you’re in for a non-stop, dream-like experience.

JET FUEL!!! ~ SOLAR-JET: Water + Carbon dioxide + Sun

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This is gizmag.com’s blog submitted by Meg Alexander on May 10,2014 ~ “Solar” jet fuel created from water and carbon dioxide.

SOLAR-JET GROUPIn a move that could help address our insatiable thirst for fuel while at the same time help cut CO2 emissions, scientists with the SOLAR-JET (Solar chemical reactor demonstration and Optimization for Long-term Availability of Renewable Jet fuel) project have recently shown that through a multi-step process, concentrated sunlight can be used to convert carbon dioxide into kerosene, which can then be used as jet fuel.

REACTOR1“Increasing environmental and supply security issues are leading the aviation sector to seek alternative fuels which can be used interchangeably with today’s jet fuel, so-called drop-in solutions,” says Dr. Andreas Sizmann, the project coordinator at Bauhaus Luftfahrt. “With this first-ever proof-of-concept for ‘solar’ kerosene, the SOLAR-JET project has made a major step towards truly sustainable fuels with virtually unlimited feedstocks in the future.”

How It Works

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Although in an early stage of development, the process uses a solar-driven redox cycle with metal-oxide based materials at high temperatures to rearrange electrons, converting carbon dioxide and water into hydrogen and carbon monoxide, also known as synthesis gas (syngas).
“The solar reactor technology features enhanced radiative heat transfer and fast reaction kinetics, which are crucial for maximizing the solar-to-fuel energy conversion efficiency,” says Professor Aldo Steinfeld, leading the fundamental research and development of the solar reactor at ETH Zürich.

The process is then completed using the Fischer-Tropsch process, which is already approved to create fuel for commercial aviation and is used worldwide by companies such as Shell. Developed in 1925, the process takes the hydrogen and carbon monoxide from the syngas, and creates kerosene in liquid form, making it relatively simple to transport.
The impact
“This is potentially a very interesting novel pathway to liquid hydrocarbon fuels using focused solar power,” says Professor Hans Geerlings at Shell. “Although the individual steps of the process have previously been demonstrated at various scales, no attempt had been made previously to integrate the end-to-end system. We look forward to working with the project partners to drive forward research and development in the next phase of the project on such an ambitious emerging technology.”
The next phase of the project will require the partners to determine the potential to implement the technology on an industrial scale. At this point, a glass of fuel has been created in a lab with simulated sunlight. It will take significant research and testing to determine if the technology can scale up and remain both cost and energy efficient. This evaluation is expected to be completed in 2015.REACTOR3
“This technology means we might one day produce cleaner and plentiful fuel for planes, cars and other forms of transport,” says Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science. “This could greatly increase energy security and turn one of the main greenhouse gases responsible for global warming into a useful resource.”

Sources: ETH Zurich, European Union, SOLAR-JET 

Related links ~

http://www.gizmag.com/breakthrough-solar-reactor-makes-fuel-from-sunlight/17377/

http://ec.europa.eu/research/transport/news/items/solar-jet_05072011_en.htm

http://www.scientificcomputing.com/news/2014/04/sunlight-jet-fuel-solar-jet-demonstrates-solar-kerosene-production-path

Flash mob Rijksmuseum Amsterdam ~ wow!

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This is a really ingenious way
to promote an upcoming event!

REMBRANT PAINTING HEROES

Published on Apr 1, 2013

The slogan ‘Our Heroes are Back’ is used to announce that, after an absence of one decade, all major pieces in the Rijksmuseum’s collection are back where they belong. This is what happens when they suddenly emerge in an unsuspecting shopping mall somewhere in The Netherlands.

“This Flashmob recreates Rembrandt’s “Night Watch”. It’s considered one of the most famous paintings in the world.”

REMBRANDT SELF PORTRAIT The Night Watch, created in 1642, is the most famous painting in the Rijksmuseum, actually has another title: Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq. A militia painting is a group portrait of a division of the civic guard. Rembrandt depicted the group of militiamen in an unusual way. Not in a neat row or sitting at their annual banquet, rather, he recorded a moment: a group of militiamen have just moved into action and are about to march off.

The names of the eighteen militiamen portrayed in the painting are on a shield above the gate. A company comprised more members, but only those who paid were included in the group portrait. The drummer was hired and was therefore allowed to be in the painting for free. Rembrandt added the others to enliven the painting. Three people on the left of the picture disappeared in the eighteenth century when part of the canvas was cut off. We are now only able to match a few names to the faces in the portrait.

http :// www.ing.nl / Rijksmuseum.

 

Exposing Invisibile Business Risk (Water Footprints)

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  TONY MAAS“Water Footprints ~ Exposing invisible business risk” – this excerpt from Tony Maas’ article appeared in the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of Water Canada.

IMAGE3Safe, reliable freshwater and healthy, productive freshwater ecosystems are foundations for a strong economy and sustainable communities. But the collective impacts of producing more food and fuel and quenching the thirst of expanding cities and industry are taking their toll on the Earth’s rivers, lakes and wetlands – including Canada’s.

IMAGE2Canada’s Rivers at Risk: Environmental Flows and Canada’s Freshwater Future, a recent report by World Wildlife Fund (WW F), examined how these impacts are affecting 10 of the country’s most important rivers. It found that, despite our position as one of the world’s water wealthy nations, Canada’s rivers and the freshwater flowing through them are under growing pressure. The report highlighted the need to protect and restore the natural flow of freshwater as a foundation of water security. For solutions, we must also turn our attention to the flow of water through our IMAGE1economy and to how these two streams interact. Water footprinting provides an approach for understanding these interactions, and for business and industry to understand their exposure to risks related to water security.

Confronting water (in) security: ROB DE LOEAccording to Rob de Loë, professor and research chair in water policy and governance at the University of Waterloo, “Water security exists when sufficient water of good quality is available for social, economic and cultural uses while, at the same time, adequate water is available to sustain and enhance important ecosystem functions.” As climate change impacts intensify, demand for water grows and action to protect and restore nature’s water needs takes hold, business and industry around the world are coming to grips with growing issues of diminishing water security – often suddenly and unexpectedly.

FTA December 2009 article in the Financial Times warned, “Water shortages could affect agricultural production and manufacturing processes and regulation could increase prices and limit the volume of water available.” These things are already happening. Anglo American, MILLER BEERone of the world’s largest mining groups, has had some difficulty developing a rich seam of platinum in South due to a lack of fresh water. In  South Africa ABMiller, the world’s second largest beer retailer was forced to halt production at one of its plants in 2007 due to water shortages.

1-WATER FOOTPRINTS1Here in Canada, a moratorium has been placed on water withdrawals from a number of prairie rivers – the Bow, the Oldman and the South Saskatchewan – to protect them from drying up. And a new water management framework under development for the lower Athabasca River will place tighter limits on the amount of water that can be withdrawn from the river to support the world’s largest energy project, the Alberta oil sands.

Understanding water risk: The article in the Financial Times also noted that “[Water] is an issue on which businesses need farJPMORGAN greater levels of awareness and understanding.” Efforts on this front are also well underway. A chorus of reports and publications on water and business Pacific-Instituterisk have emerged over the past few years from groups such as JP Morgan, the Pacific Institute and WWF. All recognize WWF-logothat water risk is a multi-dimensional challenge involving physical, regulatory, reputational and financial risks.

WATER FOOTPRINT4Early efforts by business and industry to understand and assess these risks have tended to focus on their operational water footprint – on the implications of local or regional water issues for local production facilities. But in a world of globalized trade, supply chains for most products reach across continents and often stretch around the planet. The result is a complex web of global interdependence on water resources whereby businesses operating in one watershed—which may be water secure – are (often unknowingly) exposed to risks on the other side of the world. So a business operating in Calgary or Toronto may be exposed to “invisible” water risks that stem from water security problems in the fields, farms and factories around the world from which their inputs to production are sourced. This supply-chain water footprint is much more challenging to trace.

WATER FOOTPRINTExposing invisible water risk: This global interdependence on water resources highlights a critical and often overlooked difference between water and carbon GREEN HOUSE GASfootprints. In the same way that a carbon footprint quantifies the amount of greenhouse gas emissions caused by a product or organization, a water footprint quantifies the amount of water required – both directly in operations and indirectly along supply chains – to produce goods and services.

But there are important differences. When an individual or organization emits greenhouse gases, it adds to the growing global pool accumulating in the planet’s atmosphere – the impacts of IMAGE4which, while maybe different in nature and severity depending on location, are shared around the world. Not so for the impacts of water footprints. The availability of freshwater resources and impact on freshwater ecosystems are much more localized. To understand the full water footprint impacts of a business or product we have to look much closer to the ground – at the many regions or watersheds where a supply chain may touch down.

For example, as1.-tar-sands-in-hands upgrading and refining phases to produce usable product, its impacts on freshwater resources and ecosystems stretch across North America. Extraction processes withdraw and pollute water from the Athabasca River. As the bitumen moves to upgrading facilities near Edmonton, its impacts expand to include the waters of the North Saskatchewan River. And this upgraded product is refined in facilities across North America, including the Great Lakes Basin, further expanding the impacts to include the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem…

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Tony Maas is the director of WWF’s freshwater program.

T.G.I.F. ~ SIMPLE TEST WILL BLOW YOUR MIND

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This Simple Test Will Blow 98% Of People’s Minds. You Other 2%… Well, You’re Weird.

    

The following is a reblog of Viralnova’s April 30, 2014 post – many thanks!!! htttp://www.viralnova.com is one of my favorite sites that I subscribe to – check it out.

RED_GREENThis is a simple test, but what happens at the end will probably blow your mind. It happens to be one of those cool things that no one can really explain, but is totally fascinating. It isn’t hard science, but you need to try it and see for yourself.

SMILEY2Don’t write anything down or use a calculator. This is just simple arithmetic… 

math test

WALKINGAre you in overwhelming percentage that thought “red hammer?”
What about “red” or “hammer?”
If you’re in that 2% that thought of something else, you have to show others this.

O.k. so my mind’s blown – to my astonishment ‘red hammer’ was my answer – at least I’m not in the “weird” category.

I would love to know how we’re drawn to answer this way.

Read more at http://www.viralnova.com/neat-test/#4GDXsgWpPgXz2d4m.99