Winds Warming Up Planet? Top Energy Efficiency Myths?

Top 20 Energy Efficiency Myths
Source: NathanF,
From the standpoint of preppers and off-the-gridders, wise and careful use of energy is an imperative. There are no two ways about it: If you are attempting to make a go of it as an independent homesteader, energy efficiency and conservation are the cat’s meow, the bee’s knees, and the sundae with the cherry on top all rolled into one.

Ozone Hole Might Slightly Warm Planet
A new computer-modeling study suggests that the ozone hole might actually have a slight warming influence, but because of its effect on winds, not temperatures. The new research suggests that shifting wind patterns caused by the ozone hole push clouds farther toward the South Pole, reducing the amount of radiation the clouds reflect and possibly causing a bit of warming rather than cooling.

FBI Wants Software Installed To Intercept Americans’ Internet Usage
Source: Daniel Jennings,
The FBI is trying to force Internet providers to install software that will allow federal agents to track Americans’ Internet usage. CNET’s Declan McCullagh has learned that the FBI has developed an application called a port reader designed to collect metadata.

PayPal Tests Mobile Payments Using Your Face for Verification
Source: Lance Whitney,
A new trial in the U.K. lets people pay for items using the PayPal app, a mobile phone, and a photo to prove their identity. Using the PayPal app for iOS, Android, or Windows Phone, shoppers can see nearby participating merchants highlighted on their mobile phones. They can then "check into" a certain store by clicking on its name and pay for an item by sliding an animated pin down the screen. The person's name and photo then pops up on the store's payment system. After the customer agrees to pay for the item, the cashier clicks on the person's photo to send the payment through.