Posted on September 14th, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Asphalt roads doesn’t last long, but few cities will put up the money for concrete or other materials. A construction company, VolkerWessels, has revealed plans for plastic roads. They last three times longer than asphalt and can withstand extreme heat and cold, down to minus 40 and up to 176 Fahrenheit. They’re hollow, making it easy to lay down cabling and pipes, and are made of recycled plastic. The company will test them in Rotterdam’s “street lab.” They’ll be on regular roads in Holland in the next three years (God willing and the creek don’t rise).
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Posted on July 31st, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
“Countable,” free for iPhone/iPad and Android, lets you know what Federal bills are being proposed and will send emails to Congress for you.
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Posted on January 30th, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
USTechVets.org helps veterans transition into civilian jobs. It includes educational resources and a job bank. Their resume data base has almost a million resumes.
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Posted on September 17th, 2013 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
It’s hard to take virtual currencies seriously, but when companies start dispensing them from automatic teller machines, we have to take notice.
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Posted on November 16th, 2012 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
AuntBertha.com picks up where the government left off, offering information on social services. Type in a zip code and get information on sources for jobs, clothing, housing, health and food programs.
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Posted on July 26th, 2012 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
The use of social media is beginning to seriously influence politics. The recent victory of Uber, a company that makes a taxi-summoning app, is a recent example. WhenWashington,D.C., council members tried to shut it down, the president of Uber fought back on Twitter.
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Posted on April 10th, 2012 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
“Citizen Cosponsor” is a new Facebook app that lets you “cosponsor” one of six Congressional bills. It’s in the testing phase, so expect more bills later. Republican House Leader Eric Cantor designed it, and is the sponsor for five of the bills. Find it at MajorityLeader.gov/citizens
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Posted on April 9th, 2012 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the federal government throws out around 10,000 computers a week. While the government has made improvements in their throw-away habits, the report said, it noted that federal agencies often provide little assurance that their old computers are disposed of in any useful or environmentally friendly way.
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Posted on April 2nd, 2012 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
The Federal Reserve, that august body known for vague pronouncements on its control of the U.S. money supply, now has a Twitter account. When we last checked, it had almost 15,000 followers.
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Posted on April 1st, 2012 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
MapLight.com has a “topics” tab to track federal legislation by issue area, such as “health” or “education.”
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