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They say we live in the age of information. Wireless internet, satellite TV, digital radio, ThisTube, ThatTube, a zillion channels and everything’s on. Information is everywhere. People traffic in it. Profit from it. Spread it. Share it. Find it. Know it. We cram our tired heads with trivia and ephemera and worse, but to what end?
Because the fact is, information is only as useful as the things we can do with it. If we can’t do anything personally constructive or publicly useful with a specific piece of information, that’s the tip-off that we should ignore it and move on. There’s nothing to see here.
Slap that kind of filter over your private inputs and watch the static and the noise drop like a stone. Listen to how quiet it gets. See how very little useful necessary vital information there actually is swirling around out there in the i-storm we call the modern world. 99.99% of it just goes poof. Still, there is always information we can use in some way. There are always some things worth knowing. Here’s a few that are…
We’re not making this up: the real heroes at the Environmental Working Group (save our bodies, save the world) have updated their very cool cosmetics database with information on and safety ratings for 10,000 additional personal care products. That brings the grand total of products assessed to almost 25,000–a quarter all those on the market.
Energy saving compact fluorescent bulbs are (at last) become all the rage. Predictably, the media’s masters of environmental denial are raging back against them spreading silly myths about disposal hazards and mercury dangers. Yes, they have mercury, and yes, they need recycling. But so does and so should everything else. Here’s all the information we need about using them, disposing them, and safely cleaning them up if they break.
Them Priuses sure look nice. They sure run clean. But they sure is expensive. Except that they’re not. Not when you take into account the rising price of gas, the falling costs of their technology, the federal and state tax incentives you can get when you buy one, and valuable information like this.