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Security and Sustainability Forum-With Hazel Henderson and Claudine Schneider. 10/22/2020

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Steering Societies Beyond GDP to the SDGs

With Hazel Henderson and Claudine Schneider

October 22, 2020

1:15 pm to 2:15 pm EDT

The next webinar in the SSF series, with ecological economist and futurist Hazel Henderson, will address how the UN SDGs can and should replace GDP as the basis for valuing society leading to an economy based on planet protection and human wellbeing. Claudine Schneider is Hazel’s guest.

GDP accounts for all the public expenditures as “debt” while ignoring the value of the assets they created. If GDP were to be corrected by including the missing asset account, these debt-to-GDP ratios would be cut by up to 50% — with a few keystrokes! Learn why money isn’t what you think it is and why that matters to life on Earth in the next two webinars with Hazel and guests.

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Claudine Schneider is a former Republican U.S. representative from Rhode Island. She was the first, and to date only, woman elected to Congress from Rhode Island. She is founder of Republicans for Integrity, which describes itself as a network of “Republican former Members of Congress who feel compelled to remind Republican voters about the fundamentals of our party and to provide the facts about incumbents’ voting records.”

October 22nd webinar with Claudine Schneider and Hazel

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Edward Saltzberg, PhD

Executive Director

Security and Sustainability Forum

www.ssfonline.org

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Bottom of the barrel: Worst crowdfunding campaigns of 2020

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The bottom of the crowdfunding barrel never seems to dry up. So once again, New Atlas pulls on its thickest gloves and boots and wades into that murky world of ideas and innovations that are somehow both half-baked and completely cooked at the same time.

Power on Demand App

The Power App claims to let you download energy to charge your phone
The Power App claims to let you download energy to charge your phone

Power On Demand LLC

Wouldn’t it be nice if you never had to plug your phone in again? Well as the ancient adage says, “There’s an app for that!”

The Power App lets you download unlimited clean energy from the cloud to your phone, laptop or even your Tesla! Except, obviously, that’s not how apps, energy, the cloud, phones, laptops or Teslas work in the slightest.

The campaign doesn’t even pretend to offer an explanation. The best you get is a series of stock photos of lightning bolts and people on phones and laptops, overlaid with corporate buzzword bingo that borders on parody. Which honestly, it almost certainly is – it’s too cringey to even be a scam.

Either way, Indiegogo shut it down before they attracted a single taker towards their humble US$27 million goal.

Area 51 investigator robot

An "undetectable" drone built to check Area 51 for aliens? Sure why not
An “undetectable” drone built to check Area 51 for aliens? Sure why not

Jorge Diaz Crespo Valdes

Even the most hardened of skeptics has wondered what kind of shenanigans are going on in Area 51 – but wondering isn’t enough for the internet’s kookiest kooks, who last year tried to organize the world’s illest-advised raid. With that unsurprisingly a bust, a bunch of them are now crowdfunding a robot to casually peek over the fence to check for aliens.

The team set out to develop “a robot capable of flying over Area 51 and taking aerial images of the place without being detected.” So … a drone then. And how, you may ask, is a team of plucky conspiracy YouTubers with zero robotics experience going to build a drone that can slip through the defenses of one of the most heavily guarded site in the US? “It is secret, but we can guarantee that we can fly over the area without being detected.” Well that settles it – although maybe making a Kickstarter publicly declaring your plan isn’t a smart first move.

But hey, let’s give them the most generous benefit of the doubt ever, and say they pull it off – we hope backers like pictures of dust, because it’s not likely the US military keeps its aliens free range or leaves classified documents lying out in the open.

If this exercise in futility somehow paid off, the next plans were to send the robot to solve other mysteries of the most braindead corners of YouTube and Reddit – it would go look for the edge of the Flat Earth, and the big hole at the North Pole that apparently leads to the inside of the Hollow Earth.

It looks like we’ll never know whether Earth can be both flat and hollow at the same time, though – the campaign ended after raking in less than $20. On the plus side, that’s enough money to pop down to Walmart and pick up a drone of the exact same usefulness.

Robotic bedroom buddy

Bedbotix is a set of robot arms that can apparently do everything – and we mean everything
Bedbotix is a set of robot arms that can apparently do everything – and we mean everything

Björn Johnsson

Tired of the minor hassle of making the bed every morning? Why not throw a few grand at a robot arm to do it for you? According to a series of hastily produced renders and a seven-second campaign video, Bedbotix is a set of robot arms that perch above your bed, ready to help out however they can.

Apparently they can make the bed, hold out a tray for your book or brunch, nudge you awake in the morning, give you a massage, read the kids a bedtime story, hand you a glass of water off the night stand, and even, against everyone’s better judgement, use a fire extinguisher if it needs to.

Oh yeah, and before you make the joke you’re already smirking about – yep, it’ll do that too. “Adult bed users” can take advantage of its “interchangeable tools” “in any way the adult user desires.”

In all honesty, Bedbotix doesn’t sound like too bad an idea – but at this point, an idea is all you’re getting for your minimum two grand pledge. The team gives no indication that they’ve done anything beyond a few Photoshop mock-ups, nor have the background to do anything more than that.

LiveTorch

The creators of the LiveTorch reckon it can save your actual life in a blackout
The creators of the LiveTorch reckon it can save your actual life in a blackout

Livetorch

The award for Most Oddly Ominous Campaign Video for a Fairly Pointless Gadget goes to the LiveTorch. Special kudos to the marketing team for trying to paint a power outage as the most terrifying moment an unsuspecting family could experience.

If you don’t want to be left in the dark for the 2.7 seconds it would take to pull your phone out of your pocket, the LiveTorch may be for you. Admittedly it’s a somewhat clever idea – a plug-in torch that only lights up when it stops receiving power – but it falls into that trap of a solution looking for a problem.

Hence the “you could literally DIE without this” angle. Come on, the LiveTorch doesn’t need to “change your fate.” That’s way too much responsibility for any gadget to handle, let alone a night light.

Rejuvenation BodyHealth

The BodyHealth is a high school science experiment that claims to cure what ails ya – whatever that may be
The BodyHealth is a high school science experiment that claims to cure what ails ya – whatever that may be

Fedir Shumakov

Gone are the days of buying bottles of Patterson’s Cure-All Oil from a shouty guy in a pinstripe suit on a street corner, but don’t worry – as with everything, the health shysters have just moved online.

The BodyHealth appears to be some kind of device that a high school student got a C+ for in an electronics class. What it actually does is anyone’s guess – the video is just three silent minutes of a hand poking at buttons and screens, and holding up random components.

But don’t let that stop you! Whatever this thing is, it can apparently cure everything from arthritis to allergies, headaches to hernias, the flu to full-blown diabetes.

Despite only asking for US$500 – ie, one single backer – the campaign didn’t manage to get there before Kickstarter kicked it to the curb.

Want to dig deeper into the bottom of the barrel? Check out our previous roundups of the most bizarre crowdfunding campaigns out there.

Source: https://newatlas.com/good-thinking/2020-worst-crowdfunding-campaigns/

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Cirrus 620 pickup camper turns Ford F-150 into cozy micro-home

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It’s no secret that America loves its pickup trucks. Specifically, it loves its full-size half-ton pickup trucks, like the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado 1500 and Ram 1500. Given this ongoing love affair, it’s somewhat surprising that pickup campers often exceed the payload capabilities of half-ton trucks. It’s just not that easy to build a tiny home that’s both comfortable and light enough for a pickup bed. Ohio manufacturer nuCamp fixes this issue with its all-new Cirrus 620, an impressively specced four-season camper that’s light enough to ride on a variety of half-ton truck models.

There’s been a lot of activity in the lightweight pickup camper market over the past few years. In 2020, debut brand Scout Campers rapid-fired its way to a three-model ultralight camper lineup for half-ton and midsize trucks. The Cirrus 620 weighs a little more than the Scouts at 1,491 lb (676 kg) dry, but it also includes a higher level standard equipment package, with a fixed, permanent floor plan. It looks to strike a nice balance between a comfortable pickup-top shelter and a lightweight camper that rides comfortably on a daily driver.

The 620 is something of a take two for nuCamp. The Cirrus 720 the company introduced at RVX 2019 was supposed to be a half-ton pickup model but ended up coming in too heavy, finding itself much more a 3/4-ton model. So nuCamp went back to the drawing board, shaved more weight, and finally found the sweet spot of weight and livable comfort it wanted for the half-ton class.

The Cirrus 620 launches this month
The Cirrus 620 launches this month

nuCamp

The 12.7-foot (3.9-m)-long 620 uses a hard-sided, four-season construction built to adventure flexibly throughout all 12 calendar months. Step up inside the rear door, and you’ll find a neutral-colored, 6.3-foot (1.9-m)-high interior packed from corner to corner with all the major necessities of living. The three-sleeper floor plan has its main 60 x 76-in (152 x 193-cm) queen bed in the alcove over the driver’s cab, with a 30 x 78-in (76 x 198-cm) single bed converting over from the dinette. And if you happen to get an all-new Ford F-150 with “Max Recline” sleeper seats, you might just have yourself a five-person camper rig.

Inside the Cirrus 620 pickup camper
Inside the Cirrus 620 pickup camper

nuCamp

Stepping back from the dual-bench dinette, you’ll find a kitchen block on the passenger side. A dual-burner stove rests below a flush-mount lid that doubles as the countertop, with a stainless steel sink right beside it. Shelves on the adjacent wall keep things like seasonings and tools close at hand. A space for the optional microwave stands at the ready next to the overhead cabinets above.

Across the aisle, an unassuming bench seat in the corner conceals a 19-L cassette toilet below. Up above that covert toilet, the fridge stands next to a slide-out storage pantry.

... with a toilet hiding below
… with a toilet hiding below

nuCamp

The Cirrus 620 features list also includes a 210-watt solar kit, dual-battery compartment, Alde heater/water boiler, Bluetooth speaker and smartCamp mobile device control. A 68-L tank carries fresh water to camp, and a 45-L tank carries the gray water away.

As for whether or not the Cirrus 620 is the perfect fit for the half-ton truck sitting in your driveway, that will depend heavily on the truck trim. The 2021 Ford F-150 brings 1,705 pounds (773 kg) of minimum payload, which is probably too tight once you consider filling the camper tanks and bringing the family and luggage along, but its payload jumps over 3,000 pounds (1,361 kg) with larger engines and upgraded equipment packages. Competitors have a tighter range but still enough capability. The 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500, for instance, ranges between 1,780 and 2,280 lb (807 and 1,034 kg). The 2021 Toyota Tundra falls on the low end with a range between 1,440 and 1,730 lb (653 and 785 kg).

The 620 weighs in just under 1,500 lb dry
The 620 weighs in just under 1,500 lb dry

nuCamp

NuCamp does not list a price on the Cirrus 620 web page, but an extensive article in Truck Camper magazine (which appears to double as nuCamp’s official announcement) puts starting price at $38,591. The camper will begin arriving at nuCamp dealerships later this month.

Source: nuCamp via Truck Camper

Source: https://newatlas.com/outdoors/cirrus-620-pickup-camper/

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T-7A trainer jet’s “real-as-it-gets” flight simulator enters production

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Boeing has begun production of the “real-as-it-gets” ground-based training system (GBTS) flight simulator of the US Air Force’s new T-7A Red Hawk training jet. For immersive realism, each unit features dynamic motion seats and the Boeing Constant Resolution Visual System’s 8K native projectors, which have 16 times the resolution of a 1080p high-definition video screen.

It’s one thing to build a trainer jet, but before student pilots can take the controls of an aircraft designed to simulate the characteristics of a next-generation supersonic fighter, they have to be certain that they won’t plow the plane into the turf on takeoff. For this reason, fledgling pilots first need to practice what they’ve learned on a ground simulator before sitting in the cockpit of the real thing. Even then, they still need to learn a great many things on how to handle a fighter jet.

To address this problem, Boeing has developed the GBTS, a training system that not only includes ground-based simulators, but also digitally connects to an actual T-7A trainer aircraft for embedded training scenarios. The GBTS is based on an open systems architecture of both hardware and software to allow for easy upgrading over the service life of the T-7A Red Hawk jet, which is being developed by Boeing and Saab. Under a US$9.2-billion-dollar contract, an initial order of 351 aircraft and 46 simulators, plus ground equipment, will replace the US Air Force’s aging fleet of half-century-old T-38 Talon trainers.

“This is the most accurate, immersive experience that any pilot can have outside the aircraft,” says Sherri Koehnemann, T-7A Training & Sustainment director at Boeing Global Services. “We’ve integrated the training across the board, including ‘one push’ software updates. What a pilot sees in the classroom, on his or her desktop training devices, and in the operational and weapon systems trainers will be what they see in the jet. Future pilots can expect more holistic, immersive training.”

The first two weapons systems trainers and an operational flight trainer are currently being built at the Boeing’s St. Louis, Missouri, site, with the first T-7A Red Hawk simulators due to be delivered to the Air Force in 2023.

Source: Boeing

Source: https://newatlas.com/military/boeing-begins-production-t-7a-trainer-jet-ground-simulator/

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Specialized releases its lightest-ever carbon bike – for kids

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Because they’re quickly outgrown and have to take a lot of abuse, toddlers’ bicycles often seem kind of cheap and clunky compared to “real” bikes. For parents who just don’t want to go that route, Specialized is now offering the Hotwalk Carbon balance bike.

While the original version of the Hotwalk has a regular aluminum frame, the Carbon edition sports a carbon fiber frame, fork, handlebar and wheel rims. It also features a lighter version of the base model’s Rhythm Lite tires, resulting in a claimed total bike weight of 4.63 lb (2.1 kg).

It can accommodate li’l riders weighing up to 40 lb (18 kg), and standing up to 35 inches (89 cm) tall.

Besides simply looking snazzy and being light, though, the Hotwalk Carbon is also said to offer a better ride than traditional balance bikes. This is reportedly made possible by kid-friendly smaller-diameter handlebar grips, sleeker chain stays that allow for easier planting of the feet on the ground, and the stiff yet shock-absorbing characteristics of carbon fiber.

It also has a low-friction saddle, with a handle on the underside that allows parents to pick the bike up and carry it as needed.

And no, it certainly isn’t cheap. If you want one, be prepared to shell out US$999.

Source: Specialized via Pinkbike

Source: https://newatlas.com/bicycles/specialized-hotwalk-carbon-balance-bike/

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