Welcome to the Guelph Automotive Detailing Blog

Diamond Detailing is high in demand! With people coming to Guelph from all over Ontario for our detailing services and those coming up from the United States to experience the VIP Emerald Elite Diamond Detailing Package - North America's most expensive and finest auto detailing for luxury and exotic cars our time has become precious. The phones are ringing off the hook, the website is flooded and customers have made repeated requests for a journal of daily experiences I encounter. In effort to meet our customer's demands for more insight we added this Guelph automotive detailing blog. We hope you will find the latest news on the projects and experiences that we encounter to be informative, humorous and addictive.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Guelph Christmas Gifts

Looking for last minute Christmas Gifts in Guelph or wondering what to get your mom, dad, sister, brother or friends for Christmas? Pay attention to the details! Think outside the box and get them a gift certificate from Diamond Detailing Guelph's Finest Automotive Reconditioning Technician. It's like having a new car without the payments!

Christmas is quickly approaching but there's no need to settle for unimaginative gifts. Make Christmas extra special this year by giving them the perfect gift. Everyone wants a new car but few can afford it. Car detailing is an affordable way to recondition, maintain the value, restore driving comfort, reduce illness, net a higher resale value, help sell the car faster, preserve the longevity, reduce costly repairs and help to create an enjoyable driving environment. How could anyone go wrong with a gift like that - especially when it is from Guelph's Finest Automotive Detailing Centre.
Quality isn't expensive it's priceless! At Diamond Detailing we turn a great gift into a memorable gift. Diamond Detailing Gift Certificates are the perfect way to show how much you care. Let your loved ones know you appreciate all the times they drove you and all the times you borrowed the car with a Platinum Complete Interior/Exterior Detail - they'll love you for it!
New! Gift certificates are now available in $10 increments. Gift certificate cash value can be used towards any of our auto detailing packages. Check out our website http://diamonddetailing.50webs.com/
Or come see us at:Diamond Detailing Automotive Reconditioning Technician, 355 Elmira Road North, Unit 139, Guelph, Ontario, Canada (519)824-3915.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Rev up your engines Guelph!

Diamond Detailing hot new sponsorship

Diamond Detailing has teamed up with Guelph's Finest Automotive Club. With over 400 members this unique club is growing faster than any other club. Automotive enthusiasts from the Golden Triangle now have a place to share their love for their vehicles whether it is a car, truck, sled, ATV or motorcycle.
Unlike many car clubs in the past this automotive community is organized and driven to succeed. Guelph's Finest is pointed in the right direction securing quality sponsors that benefit its members and maintain the reputation of the club.
After spending the afternoon chatting with Pete I must say I am impressed with the passion and dedication of this club. It is evident that they take it very serious and that their future plans will be established.
Diamond Detailing is proud to announce it's sponsorship and support of Guelph's Finest. All GF badge holders will receive a 20% discount on all professional detailing services (window tinting excluded) with proof of membership.
Look for Diamond Detailing on the Guelph's Finest website forum where we will put the pedal to the metal with promotional specials and educational information.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Spring Car Cleaning News

It's been a long, cold winter but it's slowly coming to an end. It may not feel like Spring yet but our clients know it's that time of year again. With Spring comes change and this year is a big year for change. Car cleaning is a boom and with that being said Diamond Detailing has made a few new additions to provide our clients with the best possible services and quality.

We have added a new member to the Diamond Detailing team. We are so pleased to have Paul Brophy as the new shop manager. Paul is a professional automotive detailer with a long history of car care. He is a real asset to the detailing business and an even greater asset to Diamond Detailing. The business has continued to grow each year leaving me little time to expand the business in ways we feel would be beneficial. Having Paul on board will allow us to continue our high quality auto detailing and ensure that we can continue to move forward as planned.

It was inevitable that this day would come. Diamond Detailing has been on a continual upward swing since we opened 3 years ago in Guelph. Today, we are seeing a rapid increase to our already large client data base. As our reputation increases so does the growth in the industry. I've been saying this for years that the economy is weakening and as it does the demand for professional car cleaning strengthens. People have begun to realize that the days of buying new cars every couple of years has come to an end. People are buying more used cars than ever and keeping them longer. This has helped to increase the need for automotive detailing services. Consumers want to protect their investments and prolong the life of their vehicle's. In order to keep up with the demand Diamond Detailing needs to expand it's horizons.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

SUV Trade-In Values Plummet

By Edward Niedermeyer - The Truth About Cars
April 30, 2008 - 1,669 Views
As U.S. fuel prices head for $4 a gallon, US News and World Report takes a look-see at SUV resale values. The mag divines that weakening demand has dramatically eroded resale values. (Ya think?) Citing a CNW Marketing Research study, USN&WR says March sales of used SUVs are down 14 percent from last year, after dropping eight percent in the first two months of this year. The story also kicks some journalistic tires at used car lots, where dealers no longer want to stock large vehicles. A Sales Manager from a Florida Chrysler/Jeep dealer says "some large vehicles are dropping thousands of dollars in value each month… Anything diesel has dropped $5,000 in the past five months." So where are all the body-on-frames going? Overseas, according to the Sales Manager of a Florida Nissan dealership. Apparently (hey it's a used car dealer), the store's been exporting about one car a month" in recent years. But this year they average "roughly 10." (Roughly? Would that be, say, five?) Add nasty depreciation onto huge operating costs, and it's not hard to not see the future of the SUV.US News and World Report »
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Canadian Government Struggles With Biofuel Issues

Canadian Government Struggles With Biofuel Issues
By Glenn Swanson - The truth about Cars
April 30, 2008

Last year, the Canadian government initiated an "aggressive push" to produce fuel from crops. The 2007 federal budget included a C$2.2b support package for biofuels. According to a report in the Globe and Mail, "political consensus in favor of biofuels is suddenly breaking down." Member of Parliament (MP) Keith Martin thinks it's time to step back and "put a moratorium on it now so people can actually wrap their heads around the facts; the current biofuel strategy is deeply misguided." The president of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association claims "the issues that come up have nothing to do with food supply." Gord Quaiattin says concerned Canadian should blame rising oil prices for food costs. "Everybody's screaming about 'food for fuel'; it's too bad we can't have a rational debate in this country," sighs MP David McGuinty. Still, it may be too late to shut the door: the government has poured billions into a biofuel facilities fund. Fourteen plants are running already and six more being built- so this horse may have already left the barn.Globe and Mail »
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Are Hybrid cars emitting dangerous Electromagnetic Fields?

Fear, but Few Facts, on Hybrid Risk - New York Times
By JIM MOTAVALLI
Published: April 27, 2008
ALMOST without exception, scientists and policy makers agree that hybrid vehicles are good for the planet. To a small but insistent group of skeptics, however, there is another, more immediate question: Are hybrids healthy for drivers?

There is a legitimate scientific reason for raising the issue. The flow of electrical current to the motor that moves a hybrid vehicle at low speeds (and assists the gasoline engine on the highway) produces magnetic fields, which some studies have associated with serious health matters, including a possible risk of leukemia among children.
With the batteries and power cables in hybrids often placed close to the driver and passengers, some exposure to electromagnetic fields is unavoidable. Moreover, the exposure will be prolonged — unlike, say, using a hair dryer or electric shaver — for drivers who spend hours each day at the wheel.
Some hybrid owners have actually tested their cars for electromagnetic fields using hand-held meters, and a few say they are alarmed by the results.
Their concern is not without merit; agencies including the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute acknowledge the potential hazards of long-term exposure to a strong electromagnetic field, or E.M.F., and have done studies on the association of cancer risks with living near high-voltage utility lines.
While Americans live with E.M.F.’s all around — produced by everything from cellphones to electric blankets — there is no broad agreement over what level of exposure constitutes a health hazard, and there is no federal standard that sets allowable exposure levels. Government safety tests do not measure the strength of the fields in vehicles — though Honda and Toyota, the dominant hybrid makers, say their internal checks assure that their cars pose no added risk to occupants.
Researchers with expertise in hybrid-car issues say that while there may not be cause for alarm, neither should the potential health effects be ignored.
“It would be a mistake to jump to conclusions about hybrid E.M.F. dangers, as well as a mistake to outright dismiss the concern,” said Jim Kliesch, a senior engineer for the clean vehicles program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. “Additional research would improve our understanding of the issue.”
Charges that automobiles expose occupants to strong electromagnetic fields were made even before hybrids became popular. In 2002, a Swedish magazine claimed its tests found that three gasoline-powered Volvo models produced high E.M.F. levels. Volvo countered that the magazine had compared the measurements with stringent standards advanced by a Swedish labor organization, not the more widely accepted criteria established by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, a group of independent scientific experts based near Munich.
Much of the discussion over high E.M.F. levels has sprung from hybrid drivers making their own readings. Field-strength detectors are widely available; a common model, the TriField meter, costs about $145 online. But experts and automakers contend that it is not simple for a hybrid owner to make reliable, meaningful E.M.F. measurements.
The concern over high E.M.F. levels in hybrids has come not just from worrisome instrument readings, but also from drivers who say that their hybrids make them ill.
Neysa Linzer, 58, of Bulls Head in Staten Island, bought a new Honda Civic Hybrid in 2007 for the 200 miles a week she drove to visit grocery stores in her merchandising job for a supermarket chain. She said that the car reduced her gasoline use, but there were problems — her blood pressure rose and she fell asleep at the wheel three times, narrowly averting accidents.
“I never had a sleepiness problem before,” Ms. Linzer said, adding that it was her own conclusion, not a doctor’s, that the car was causing the symptoms.
Ms. Linzer asked Honda to provide her with shielding material for protection from the low-frequency fields, but the company declined her request last August, saying that its hybrid cars are “thoroughly evaluated” for E.M.F.’s before going into production. Ms. Linzer’s response was to have the car tested by a person she called her wellness consultant, using a TriField meter.
The TriField meter is made by AlphaLab in Salt Lake City. The company’s president, Bill Lee, defends its use for automotive testing even though the meter is set up to test alternating current fields, whereas the power moving to and from a hybrid vehicle’s battery is direct current. “Generally, an A.C. meter is accurate in detecting large electromagnetic fields or microwaves,” he said.

Testing with a TriField meter led Brian Collins of Encinitas, Calif., to sell his 2001 Honda Insight just six months after he bought it — at a loss of $7,000. He said the driver was receiving “dangerously high” E.M.F. levels of up to 135 milligauss at the hip and up to 100 milligauss at the upper torso. These figures contrasted sharply with results from his Volkswagen van, which measured one to two milligauss.

Mr. Collins said he tried to interest Honda in the problem in 2001, but was assured that his car was safe. He purchased shielding made of a nickel-iron alloy, but because of high installation costs decided to sell the car instead.
A spokesman for Honda, Chris Martin, points to the lack of a federally mandated standard for E.M.F.’s in cars. Despite this, he said, Honda takes the matter seriously. “All our tests had results that were well below the commission’s standard,” Mr. Martin said, referring to the European guidelines. And he cautions about the use of hand-held test equipment. “People have a valid concern, but they’re measuring radiation using the wrong devices,” he said.
Kent Shadwick, controller of purchasing services for the York Catholic District School Board in York, Ontario, evaluated the Toyota Prius for fleet use. Mr. Shadwick said it was tested at various speeds, and under hard braking and rapid acceleration, using a professional-quality gauss meter.
“The results that we saw were quite concerning,” he said. “We saw high levels in the vehicle for both the driver and left rear passenger, which has prompted us to explore shielding options and to consider advocating testing of different makes and models of hybrid vehicles.”
In a statement, Toyota said: “The measured electromagnetic fields inside and outside of Toyota hybrid vehicles in the 50 to 60 hertz range are at the same low levels as conventional gasoline vehicles. Therefore there are no additional health risks to drivers, passengers or bystanders.”
The statement adds that the measured E.M.F. in a Prius is 1/300th of the European guideline.
The tests conducted by hybrid owners rarely approach the level of thoroughness of those run by automakers.
Donald B. Karner, president of Electric Transportation Applications in Phoenix, who tested E.M.F. levels in battery-electric cars for the Energy Department in the 1990s, said it was hard to evaluate readings without knowing how the testing was done. He also said it was a problem to determine a danger level for low-frequency radiation, in part because dosage is determined not only by proximity to the source, but by duration of exposure. “We’re exposed to radio waves from the time we’re born, but there’s a general belief that there’s so little energy in them that they’re not dangerous,” he said.
Mr. Karner has developed a procedure for testing hybrids, but he said that the cost — about $5,000 a vehicle — had prevented its use.
Lawrence Gust of Ventura, Calif., a consultant with a specialty in E.M.F.’s and electrical sensitivity, was one of the electrical engineers who tested Mr. Collins’s Insight in 2001. He agreed that the readings were high but did not want to speculate on whether they were harmful. “There are big blocks of high-amp power being moved around in a hybrid, the equivalent of horsepower,” he said. “I get a lot of clients who ask if they should buy hybrid electric cars, and I say the jury is still out.” original article located at New York Times

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Guelph Mother's Day Gifts

Looking for last minute Mother's Day Gifts in Guelph or wondering what to get your mom for Mother's Day? Pay attention to the details! Think outside the box and get her a gift certificate from Diamond Detailing Guelph's Finest Automotive Reconditioning Technician. It's like having a new car without the payments!

Mother's Day is quickly approaching but there's no need to settle for unimaginative gifts. Make Mother's Day extra special this year by giving her the perfect gift. Everyone wants a new car but few can afford it. Car detailing is an affordable way to recondition, maintain the value, restore driving comfort, reduce illness, net a higher resale value, help sell the car faster, preserve the longevity, reduce costly repairs and help to create an enjoyable driving environment. How could anyone go wrong with a gift like that - especially when it is from Guelph's Finest Automotive Detailing Centre.


Thank Mom this Mother's Day by treating her to something special. Quality isn't expensive it's priceless! At Diamond Detailing we turn a great gift into a memorable gift. Diamond Detailing Gift Certificates are the perfect way to show how much you care. Let Mom know you appreciate all the times she drove you and all the times you borrowed the car with a Platinum Complete Interior/Exterior Detail - Mom will love you for it!

Visit us at:
Diamond Detailing Automotive Reconditioning Technician
355 Elmira Road North Unit 139
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
(519)824-3915

E85 Costs More Than Regular Gas. Has Done. Will Do?

E85 Costs More Than Regular Gas. Has Done. Will Do?
By Robert Farago The Truth About Cars
April 26, 2008 - 629 Views

E85 is, indisputably, a less efficient energy source than normal gas. (In other words, you get less miles per tank with E85 than non-E85 fuel.) According to a study based on EPA data by the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at Ohio State University, the "E85 penalty" varies according to vehicles and vehicle types, and city or highway driving. "The mean fuel economy of E85 in city driving is 73.42% that of gasoline, with a range of 66.89% to 81.33%. In highway driving, the mean fuel economy is 73.4% that of gasoline, with a range of 67.61% to 81.53%." OK, so the American Automobile Association tracks fuel prices for both blends. "Over the course of time that AAA has been tracking adjusted E85 prices, they’ve never fallen below the daily price of regular gasoline," The Wall Street Journal reports. "Since early October, adjusted E85’s price spread over regular gasoline has varied widely, between 4% and 12%, suggesting there’s at least some potential for improvement. However, Trilby Lundberg, publisher of the Lundberg Survey newsletter… says it’s 'extremely unlikely' that the adjusted E85 price can ever fully close the gap with retail gasoline." I dunno. E85 is already heavily subsidized from the field to the pump; what's the bet that [more of] your tax dollars "help" close that gap?
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/e85-costs-more-than-regular-gas-has-done-will-do/
Wall Street Journal Market Watch »

Friday, April 25, 2008

Better get ready for $2.25 gas

Everything from manufacturing to transportation will be affected
Nicolas Van Praet, Financial Post Published: Thursday, April 24, 2008

If you think gas prices are bad now wait until the price of oil skyrockets to $200 a barrel. A CIBC economist says this is a likely scenario and will affect everything from gas prices to the manufacturing ...

Gasoline prices in North America will soar over the next four years to $2.25 a litre, causing a massive jolt to the continent's manufacturing base not seen since the oil shocks of the 1970s, a leading economist is warning.
Jeffrey Rubin, chief economist and strategist with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, forecasts in a new report titled The Age of Scarcity that Canadians and Americans should brace for $2.25-a-litre gasoline, or about $7 a gallon, by 2012. That's nearly double the current nationwide average price for regular unleaded gas of $1.23. The price will top a record $1.40 this summer as it starts its climb, Mr. Rubin said.
As millions of people in emerging countries such as India and China buy their first cars in the months and years ahead, the economist argues, oil supply will fail to meet the new demand. And as they drive more, North Americans will drive less.
It is an eye-popping prediction from an economist who's been proven correct on his bold calls before. And it would have monstrous effects, widening the divide between Canada's have and have-not provinces and forcing up the price of anything that needs to be transported.
In the wake of the 1973 oil crisis, a 55-miles-per-hour speed limit was imposed on U.S. highways. Toyotas and Hondas became big sellers. And Alberta got rich. This time, Mr. Rubin said, hybrids will go "from marketing and PR fluff to the core of car production." People will move closer to where they work. And Alberta could get even richer.
"I think there will be fewer people on the road in North America in five years than there is right now," Mr. Rubin said in an interview Thursday. "For everybody who's about to get on the road by buying a new Tata or a Chery car in the developing world, someone's going to have to get off the road in this part of the world. There's just not enough gasoline to go around."
Gasoline, diesel and other transport fuels now account for over half of the world's oil usage and have driven more than 90% of demand growth in recent years, Mr. Rubin said in his report. By 2012, consumption of oil in the rest of the world will exceed that used by developed OECD member countries, he said, a nearly unthinkable prospect a little over a decade ago.
Global Insight, a major market research firm that specializes in the auto industry, estimates that for every $10 increase in the price of a barrel of oil, manufacturers of new vehicles lose 190,000 sales annually in the United States as people's financial priorities shift away from buying a new car. Based on Mr. Rubin's forecast that oil prices will soar to $225 a barrel by 2012, that works out to roughly two million vehicles that are not needed.
That's more than all the new cars and trucks sold in Canada annually, and about the same as all the vehicles Ford Motor Co. made at all its factories in the United States last year.
Automakers are not ready for this kind of dramatic change and would suffer a "huge blow" from it, said John Wolkonowicz, Global Insight's senior automotive analyst for North America.
"In the short term, it would create absolute hell," Mr. Wolkonowicz said, particularly for Ford, General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC. Detroit's carmakers would see more of their traditional profits from trucks eroded as consumers move quickly to more fuel-efficient cars, he said.
Transportation companies are already making major adjustments to respond to higher fuel prices. Airlines such as Horizon Air and Porter Airlines are choosing turboprop planes over jets. Railways are replacing older locomotives with more fuel-efficient ones. Carmakers have teams of engineers trying to cut vehicle weight and make better engines.
Oil at $225 per barrel would take those efforts to an entirely new level. But some see other solutions.
David Cole, chairman of the Centre for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich., argued the industry is at the edge of a revolution in fuels that will see cellulosic biofuel made from non-food sources become economically viable and come on stream over the next few years. "I think this is really going to dampen the speculation on petroleum."
Global Insight's own forecast calls for the price of oil to come down from its run-up near $120-a-barrel this week. "We're not forecasting that or anything close to [Mr. Rubin's prognosis]," Mr. Wolkonowicz said. "We're forecasting prices are going to come down because higher prices will spur more exploration."
National Post, with files from Scott Deveau

Thursday, April 24, 2008

UK New Car Carbon Tax Scarfs $5b, Does Sweet FA for CO2

More Global warming fraud - government imposed carbon taxes will not reduce carbon emissions. Read the latest article in the Truth About Cars and The Daily Mail.
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UK New Car Carbon Tax Scarfs $5b, Does Sweet FA for CO2
By Edward Niedermeyer - THE TRUTH ABOUT CARSApril 24, 2008 - 320 Views
The Daily Mail reports that the UK's new carbon tax works spectacularly… as a revenue-builder. The recently-increased "showroom tax" costs consumers between $500 and $2k on cars based on their C02 emissions. According to her Majesty's Treasury, the carbon tax will add nearly $5b to the government's coffers. And here's the kicker: the gov's own figures will only decrease auto-related greenhouse gas emissions by… wait for it… less than one percent. Conservative Treasury spokesman Justine Greening discovered the discrepancy between the cost to consumers and benefit to the environment during that awesome fixture of the British Parliamentary government known as "Parliamentary answers." "This is a massive tax hike which will have virtually no impact on the environment," said Greening. "Despite their claims, the Government don't expect this move to change behaviour at all - it is just another eco stealth tax of the worst kind." Hear hear.

Original article and readers comments can be found here: http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/uk-carbon-tax-works-for-increasing-government-revenue/

What do you call your car?

By Theodore LeverettApril 24, 2008 - 335 Views THE TRUTH ABOUT CARS
Sometimes a badge just isn't enough of a name for a car– especially now that automakers have fallen head-over-heels in love with alphanumerics. Hey kids! Let's all jump in the MKZ! So, how's you're G35x? Mine's the LS 600hL. Growing up, our family car was a 1978 Ford LTD Country Squire. I mean, how American is that? Not very. But at least it was aspirational. (Flex? Flex what?) As an homage to its size and apparent indestructibility, we called the beast "the battlewagon." A brown Ford wagon of my acquaintance was called "Mudblup" after the amorphous cartoon character in the Teddy Ruxpin (Worlds of Wonder) series. A white '96 Monte Carlo with was not-so-creatively (but entirely accurately) known as "Moby." And my '92 T-Bird has long been nicknamed "the Thunderchicken." Of course, a lot of people (i.e. women) simply came up with a cute name like "Sally" and called it good. While carmakers are still going down the spyplane and government agency route (G8), I reckon consumers have taken matters into their own hands. So, how about you? What do you (or your significant other) call your cars? [We welcome Mr. Leverett to the TTAC team and thank Jonny Lieberman for not having a cow over this QOTD usurpation.]

Original article and reader comments can be found at: http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/question-of-the-day-what-do-you-call-your-car/

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sorry to ruin the fun, but an ice age cometh

Sorry to ruin the fun, but an ice age cometh
Phil Chapman April 23, 2008 The Australian News


THE scariest photo I have seen on the internet is www.spaceweather.com, where you will find a real-time image of the sun from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, located in deep space at the equilibrium point between solar and terrestrial gravity.

What is scary about the picture is that there is only one tiny sunspot. Disconcerting as it may be to true believers in global warming, the average temperature on Earth has remained steady or slowly declined during the past decade, despite the continued increase in the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, and now the global temperature is falling precipitously.
All four agencies that track Earth's temperature (the Hadley Climate Research Unit in Britain, the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, the Christy group at the University of Alabama, and Remote Sensing Systems Inc in California) report that it cooled by about 0.7C in 2007. This is the fastest temperature change in the instrumental record and it puts us back where we were in 1930. If the temperature does not soon recover, we will have to conclude that global warming is over.

There is also plenty of anecdotal evidence that 2007 was exceptionally cold. It snowed in Baghdad for the first time in centuries, the winter in China was simply terrible and the extent of Antarctic sea ice in the austral winter was the greatest on record since James Cook discovered the place in 1770.

It is generally not possible to draw conclusions about climatic trends from events in a single year, so I would normally dismiss this cold snap as transient, pending what happens in the next few years.

This is where SOHO comes in. The sunspot number follows a cycle of somewhat variable length, averaging 11 years. The most recent minimum was in March last year. The new cycle, No.24, was supposed to start soon after that, with a gradual build-up in sunspot numbers.
It didn't happen. The first sunspot appeared in January this year and lasted only two days. A tiny spot appeared last Monday but vanished within 24 hours. Another little spot appeared this Monday. Pray that there will be many more, and soon.

The reason this matters is that there is a close correlation between variations in the sunspot cycle and Earth's climate. The previous time a cycle was delayed like this was in the Dalton Minimum, an especially cold period that lasted several decades from 1790.
Northern winters became ferocious: in particular, the rout of Napoleon's Grand Army during the retreat from Moscow in 1812 was at least partly due to the lack of sunspots.

That the rapid temperature decline in 2007 coincided with the failure of cycle No.24 to begin on schedule is not proof of a causal connection but it is cause for concern.

It is time to put aside the global warming dogma, at least to begin contingency planning about what to do if we are moving into another little ice age, similar to the one that lasted from 1100 to 1850.

There is no doubt that the next little ice age would be much worse than the previous one and much more harmful than anything warming may do. There are many more people now and we have become dependent on a few temperate agricultural areas, especially in the US and Canada. Global warming would increase agricultural output, but global cooling will decrease it.

Millions will starve if we do nothing to prepare for it (such as planning changes in agriculture to compensate), and millions more will die from cold-related diseases.

There is also another possibility, remote but much more serious. The Greenland and Antarctic ice cores and other evidence show that for the past several million years, severe glaciation has almost always afflicted our planet.

The bleak truth is that, under normal conditions, most of North America and Europe are buried under about 1.5km of ice. This bitterly frigid climate is interrupted occasionally by brief warm interglacials, typically lasting less than 10,000 years.

The interglacial we have enjoyed throughout recorded human history, called the Holocene, began 11,000 years ago, so the ice is overdue. We also know that glaciation can occur quickly: the required decline in global temperature is about 12C and it can happen in 20 years.
The next descent into an ice age is inevitable but may not happen for another 1000 years. On the other hand, it must be noted that the cooling in 2007 was even faster than in typical glacial transitions. If it continued for 20 years, the temperature would be 14C cooler in 2027.
By then, most of the advanced nations would have ceased to exist, vanishing under the ice, and the rest of the world would be faced with a catastrophe beyond imagining.

Australia may escape total annihilation but would surely be overrun by millions of refugees. Once the glaciation starts, it will last 1000 centuries, an incomprehensible stretch of time.
If the ice age is coming, there is a small chance that we could prevent or at least delay the transition, if we are prepared to take action soon enough and on a large enough scale.
For example: We could gather all the bulldozers in the world and use them to dirty the snow in Canada and Siberia in the hope of reducing the reflectance so as to absorb more warmth from the sun.

We also may be able to release enormous floods of methane (a potent greenhouse gas) from the hydrates under the Arctic permafrost and on the continental shelves, perhaps using nuclear weapons to destabilise the deposits.

We cannot really know, but my guess is that the odds are at least 50-50 that we will see significant cooling rather than warming in coming decades.
The probability that we are witnessing the onset of a real ice age is much less, perhaps one in 500, but not totally negligible.

All those urging action to curb global warming need to take off the blinkers and give some thought to what we should do if we are facing global cooling instead.

It will be difficult for people to face the truth when their reputations, careers, government grants or hopes for social change depend on global warming, but the fate of civilisation may be at stake.
In the famous words of Oliver Cromwell, "I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken."

Phil Chapman is a geophysicist and astronautical engineer who lives in San Francisco. He was the first Australian to become a NASA astronaut.
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23583376-5013480,00.html
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Now, you may be wondering why an auto detailer has taken to posting news articles about Global Warming. Well, as you are probably aware if you've read my posts I have a great love for nature and because of my deep felt I began researching Global Warming. My research has led me to the opinion that Global Warming may in fact be a scam. Much of the supporting evidence of this tall tale has not been published in mainstream media but when the occasional article shows up in the newspaper I feel I have an obligation to share it. Most of my visitors are auto detailing customers, other automotive detailers and people in the car sales industry. By sharing the collection of reports as they appear it helps broaden the reach of the audience and may help to enlighten others or inspire them to research Global Warming themselves.

If we are being told a lie about Global Warming the outcome could be disastrous perhaps not in an ecological sense but in a way that will decay freedom, rights, liberties, create higher taxes, higher gas prices and could in fact be a plan for population control. The world is eating up bio-fuel and buying into Global Warming but it is causing people to starve to death worldwide. The government, the Federal Reserve, car manufacturers, oil corporations and environmental industries have tapped into a pot with Global Warming especially during a time when we are experiencing a peak oil crisis.

However, there is a very positive outcome even if Global Warming is proved to be a fraud - people are taking notice that we are over consuming and abusing Mother Earth. It's time to put the brakes on. But how many of us are actively participating by taking responsibility and acting on it ourselves? Too many people think they are doing their part by paying air pollution - but their money is not fixing any of the problems we have created for nature. Whether Global Warming is real or not we need to physically get off our butts and fix the problems ourselves not pay an irresponsible and untrustworthy government to sell us the hope of a green future.
So all I ask; is that you be a well informed citizen before you agree to pay for what they are selling. Do own research on the matter, refuse to pay for this agenda if you find it to be false but never stop moving in the direction of assuming responsibility for earth. Being responsible doesn't mean paying your government it means you take control by reducing, recycling, reclaiming, researching, rejuvenating and loving all that is nature.

Air Pollution Diminishes Fragrance of Flowers

Study: Air Pollution Diminishes Fragrance of Flowers
22 April 2008 - Green Car Congress
Air pollution from power plants and automobiles is diminishing the fragrance of flowers and thereby inhibiting the ability of pollinating insects to follow scent trails to their source, a new University of Virginia study indicates. This could partially explain why wild populations of some pollinators, particularly bees, are declining in several areas of the world, including California and the Netherlands.
The study appears online in the journal Atmospheric Environment.
The scent molecules produced by flowers in a less polluted environment, such as in the 1800s, could travel for roughly 1,000 to 1,200 meters; but in today’s polluted environment downwind of major cites, they may travel only 200 to 300 meters. This makes it increasingly difficult for pollinators to locate the flowers.
—Co-author Jose D. Fuentes, a professor of environmental sciences, UVa
The result, potentially, is a vicious cycle where pollinators struggle to find enough food to sustain their populations, and populations of flowering plants, in turn, do not get pollinated sufficiently to proliferate and diversify.
Other studies, as well as the actual experience of farmers, have shown that populations of bees, particularly bumblebees, and butterflies have declined greatly in recent years. Fuentes and his team of UVa researchers, including Quinn McFrederick and James Kathilankal, believe that air pollution, especially during the peak period of summer, may be a factor.
To investigate this, they created a mathematical model of how the scents of flowers travel with the wind. The scent molecules produced by flowers are very volatile and they quickly bond with pollutants such as ozone, hydroxyl and nitrate radicals, which destroy the aromas they produce. This means that instead of traveling intact for long distances with the wind, the scents are chemically altered and the flowers, in a sense, no longer smell like flowers. This forces pollinators to search farther and longer and possibly to rely more on sight and less on smell.
The scientists calculated scent levels and distances that scents can travel under different conditions, from relatively unpolluted pre-industrial revolution levels, to the conditions now existing in rural areas downwind from large cities.
It quickly became apparent that air pollution destroys the aroma of flowers, by as much as 90 percent from periods before automobiles and heavy industry. And the more air pollution there is in a region, the greater the destruction of the flower scents.
—Jose Fuentes
The National Science Foundation funded the investigation.
Resources
Quinn S. McFrederick, James C. Kathilankal and Jose D. Fuentes; Air pollution modifies floral scent trails; Atmospheric Environment Volume 42, Issue 10, March 2008, Pages 2336-2348 DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2007.12.033

Monday, April 21, 2008

Pedal-powered cabs coming to Toronto

Apr 21, 2008 01:03 PM Curtis Rush Staff Reporter
A fleet of pedal-powered EcoCabs will hit the downtown Toronto core starting May 1, offering passengers a speedy — and free — ride to their favourite restaurant, nightclub, business meeting or even the Rogers Centre for a ball game.
Eight of the cars, which have a futuristic yellow outer shell, were introduced today at Dundas Square by William Kozma, president of GO Mobile Media.
There is no charge (although tips won't be turned down) because the cabs are supported by corporate sponsors. Lipton Green Tea is one — and riders are provided a free glass of green tea with their ride.
The cabs, which are about 10 feet long and four feet wide, can accommodate two passengers on the padded seats and a child under 12.
And the three-wheeled cabs will travel on the right-hand lane of city streets at a top speed of 12 km/h. The average speed in the downtown core will be about 6 km/h.
"The idea is to have the vehicles throughout the downtown core in the areas where there is the most congestion," Kozma said.
The EcoCabs will focus on an area of about six to 12 blocks downtown.
"The idea is not to replace the cabbies," Kozma said. "We're not taking people for airport runs or picking them up at hotels with their luggage. This is strictly short-haul distances."
The cabs will run primarily on the pedal-power of the driver. To go uphill, or when there is a particularly heavy load, a rechargable electric battery will kick in.
The free service may not be well received by local rickshaw drivers, who charge a fee for the same kind of service.
"There's no reason to nickel and dime consumers for a dollar or two dollars a block when you can just take them for free," Kozma said.
"I think that's really the future, and the environmental mandate is most important. If rickshaws still want to operate, I think that's great. I think they provide a valuable service, but I think the EcoCab fills a void both from a transportation need and from an environmental requirement."
Cabs like these have been a success in other countries, Kozma said. For instance, New York City has been operating similar cabs in the theatre district for a couple of years.
The company hopes to expand to Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary and Edmonton next year.
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I applaud Kozma for his entrepreneurial spirit for putting a plan together of this magnitude. What more could you ask for - a free service to the consumers, a free drink of green tea, creation of employment, an environmentally friendly business and it comes at the cost of the corporation not the consumer. It's about time these major corporations start giving back. Very refreshing to hear! We wish him well.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

How to choose a professional automotive detailer

Where quality is the thing sought after there is no comparison
Car washes, amateur detailers posing as professionals & express detailing shops offer cheaper prices undercutting a true professional detailer. Master automotive detailers will always have higher prices because they offer premium detailing services.

Selecting a professional detailer is not an easy task
It’s unsettling but true - many may call themselves professionals but they do not stand up to or beyond the industry standards and lack customer commitment. When seeking the services of a Master Automotive Detailer it should be approached no different than if you were hiring a contractor for your house. A vehicle is the second largest investment for most people - a major asset and you don’t want amateur detailers performing work on it. You want a master automotive detailing technician because simply knowing how to make a car sparkle is not enough. If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional detailer to do the job - wait until you hire an amateur! The result can be costly.

Pricing reflects the quality of workmanship
Price is what you pay; the value is what you receive. The result of quality workmanship is not an act; it is a habit that is long remembered after the price is forgotten. A Master Automotive Detailing Technician should:
- Have ethics
- Be consistent
- Offer high quality services/ products
- Offer value for the price
- Possess professional skills
- Possess knowledge about the chemicals they are using
- Have knowledge about and use the proper equipment
- The workmanship should have value for the price
- Constantly update their professional skills, education and training to keep pace with the ever changing technology
- Have technical training and knowledge about the various surfaces of each vehicle because each vehicle is made of different materials. No two cars are the same so each vehicle must be treated accordingly.

A professional detail takes several man hours to complete
In most cases it should take 8 hours to complete an interior / exterior detail but in some cases a detailing specialist may ask to keep the vehicle several days if the work is extensive. The true professional does not put a time limit on quality when it comes to auto detailing; so if you are told that a complete detail can be performed in a few hours be very weary.

It should be noted that even the Master Detailer can sometimes miss something because these are multi-dimensional surfaces. If they do, call them immediately and tell them. A true professional will ask you to bring it back in so they can fix it.

Chemical quality
A master detailer uses the highest quality of professional grade chemicals that are proven to be successful. It is important that the automotive detailer understands that the quality of the chemicals used on your vehicle are just as important as the workmanship that is performed. Quality products make a world of difference. A complete restoration can look good but if the products that were used are low-grade - it defeats the purpose because they have not provided complete protection against the elements. A detail shop using brand name products available at retail stores should be avoided.

Your car care guardian should be committed to customer satisfaction and a superior craftsman
Here are a few more tips to help you when looking for that diamond in the rough:

  • Educate yourself - Gain as much information and knowledge as you can about car care prior to consulting any auto detailing services.
  • Ask around town - Inquire with friends, family, co-workers and automotive dealerships to find out who is the best automotive detailer in or close to town. Automotive dealerships are your best bet - they are in the business and know the value of a fine detailer.
  • Ask questions - Once you have expanded your knowledge you will be able to ask questions. Find out what options are available to you, ask what the differences are between their service and the competitors, ask about their customer satisfaction policy, prices, the benefits and how they define themselves as a professional.
  • View a car before and after - Ask the detailer if you may see a car prior to being detailed and again after the work has been completed. Do not go by photos. Ask to see the real deal. It may be a little time consuming because you will have to go to the shop twice but it is well worth it.
  • Ask for references - Don’t be afraid to ask a detailer prior to contracting them for several references. If they are unwilling to provide any - stay clear. A true professional has excellent references and is more than willing to provide them upon request.
  • Follow through - Before committing to any services follow through on the references. Ask the reference if they were satisfied with the work performed, what type of service they purchased, if they have had any problems - if so, was it rectified in a timely and favorable way. Ask when the work was performed - if it was just performed ask if you can see it.
  • Make a decision - It’s now time to make an intelligent decision based on your knowledge.

Remember, basing your decision on pricing alone is not enough

Auto detailing is protection for your asset. In general, prices reflect the quality of workmanship. Lower quotes usually mean lower - chemical quality, care, client satisfaction, craftsmanship and overall knowledge, training and education. A true professional does not reduce prices to compete because the quality of work provided supersedes that of the competitors and is above the industry standards.

That's the Diamond Detailing Difference!

Diamond Detailing Automotive Reconditioning Technicians are trained, professional detailers dedicated to art & science of automotive protection. Our professional skills are a result of our professional training, certification and devotion to continued education. Our key to client satisfaction goes beyond that of providing the highest quality service. It is the responsibility of a bona fide professional detailer to educate clients on why it is a wise move to invest in quality, to teach proper care car maintenance and explain the many benefits of automotive detailing.

We want our clients to have the highest expectations and to understand the difference between our services and that of the competitors. Experts agree That it is a combination of the amount of time, care, equipment knowledge, chemicals, skills and training that define and separate the amateurs from the true professionals. A master detailer takes pride in their workmanship and wants their customers to be able to do the same. You have the right to be cautious and should be

Diamond Detailing fixes damage caused by other detail shops on a regular basis - so we have first hand knowledge of the type of poor workmanship out there. We have gained the trust of clients from all over Ontario and the United States because we understand that customers work hard for their vehicles and deserve to have them protected by the highest standards.

To book an appointment please call or visit us at:

Diamond Detailing Guelph's Finest Automotive Reconditioning Technician

355 Elmira Rd North Unit 139, Guelph, Ontario, Canada(519) 824-3915

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Chrysler Opens Chinese Design Office

By Edward Niedermeyer The Truth About Cars

April 17, 2008 - 384 Views

Chrysler LLC announced today that it has opened a design office in China, a move the Detroit Free Press calls "part of a much larger expansion by the Auburn Hills automaker to beef up its product design efforts outside the United States." While Chrysler slashes as many as 25k North American jobs this year, it plans on recruiting 1k engineers outside from outside the United States. Chrysler's Chinese operations are expanding to include more local suppliers, in India the local engineering staff is set to double. Arguing that Chrysler is designing models specific to rapidly growing markets abroad, VP for product development Frank Klegon points to the success of its Mexico division (which is set to add 450 new staff). "They're already doing unique product for Mexico that's designed and developed in Santa Fe and for sale in Mexico by themselves," says Klegon. "It's a resource center that we're building upon. They started out as more of a vehicle development and test facility and moved them into design." But something doesn't add up here. If this is all about "unique products for unique markets," then why is Chrysler selling a rebadged (Chinese) Chery A1 in Mexico as a Dodge?Detroit Free Press »

Gas price shatters record

Gas price shatters record
by THE CANADIAN PRESS

NEW YORK -- Retail gasoline prices in the United States pushed past a record high yesterday as Canadian prices continued to rise as well, although a bit more slowly because of the strong Canadian dollar.

U.S. prices moved to more than $3.40 US a gallon - about 89 cents US a litre - yesterday, fulfilling expectations that they'll keep climbing toward $4 US a gallon as the summer driving season approaches.

Oil prices, meanwhile, fluctuated after setting yet another record high overnight. Analysts said investors were locking in gains from crude's ongoing rally and trying to determine whether prices have more room to rise.

At the pump, the average U.S. price of a gallon of unleaded gas rose 1.9 cents overnight to $3.418 US a gallon, according to a survey of stations by AAA and the Oil Price Information Service.

In Canada, gasoline prices are $1.16 a litre and higher in most markets. They were around $1.18 yesterday in Edmonton.
Some industry analysts expect the cost of fuel to increase to between $1.30 and $1.40 a litre this summer.

Prices appear to be rising more slowly in Canada in part because the high value of the Canadian dollar is offsetting some of the higher costs from rising oil prices.

Since crude oil is traded in U.S. dollars, a rising loonie against the American greenback has eaten into a part of the increase. As well, gasoline imported from the United States is cheaper to Canadian consumers when the loonie soars.

Wholesale cars sales drop 1.8%

Wholesale trade drops 1.8% in February
By Krystle Chow, Ottawa Business Journal Staff
Fri, Apr 18, 2008 8:00 AM EST


Wholesale trade fell by 1.8 per cent in February, wiping out the gains made in the previous month as declines occurred in five of the six wholesale sectors, according to a report by Statistics Canada.

Sales by Canadian wholesalers dropped month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted $42.6 billion, driven down by a four-per-cent decline in automotive product sales to $7.1 billion. It was the segment's lowest level since July 2005, as motor vehicle sales fell for the third month in a row.

"Some of the recent decline can be explained by lower prices, as manufacturers took advantage of the strength of the Canadian dollar to offer attractive discounts on new vehicles sold in Canada," the report read. "The total value of motor vehicle sales has also been affected by a shift in consumer preferences to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles."

Significant downward pressure also came from the "other products" category, which includes wholesalers of agricultural chemicals, recycled materials, paper products and non-agricultural products, where sales fell by 3.4 per cent to $5.8 billion.

After adjusting for price change effects, wholesale trade fell by two per cent month-over-month.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Are you ready to start paying carbon taxes like California?

Global Warming - Is it Fact or fiction you decide

The environment is a big concern for me - if the earth can't live with us how do we plan on living without it? I know there is a serious environmental problem that needs immediate action. Nature in all its realms should never be ignored and as the care takers of this planet and must actively assume responsibility for it.

Some experts say we may be looking at paying a Global Carbon Tax in the near future but is the Global Warming agenda fraud or fact? My research has led me to the opinion that the real agenda behind Global Warming has nothing to do with saving the environment and everything to do with making money.

This marketing ploy is a means to stimulate an debt-ridden economy, slow crude oil consumption during a peak oil crisis, a diversion tactic to steer people away from other important issues and to hide the truth about what is really causing these earth changes. What the Government is selling about Global Warming I'm not buying!

Global Warming has problem, reaction, solution written all over it and it comes at the expense of the consumer and small business owner. Yes, according to the latest emissions news San Francisco says the big boys will pay a tax too. Whether that happens is another story. What we do know is that the citizens/consumers will be flipping the bill.

Problem, reaction, solution has been used for eons by governments to create, orchestrate and direct mass mindedness as a means to move an agenda forward in order to meet their goal. 9-11 is the perfect example. A problem is created... terrorism. People react demanding that their government protect them. The government offers there ready made solution war and Homeland Security and it's many other branches. Yes 9-11 happened; but the facts and evidence have directly linked this catastrophe with the United States government not the supposed terrorist.

So why would the US government carry out such an evil deed on it's own citizens? Power, money, control and opportunity to manipulate the people. Sway them in the direction that allows this elite structured organization to make the necessary changes to move forth with the globalization agenda.

If the people hadn't responded as they did the plan to invade Iraq and take away your rights would have failed. A new plan would have to be devised to strip your freedom, spy on you and turn you against each other, but the plan went as it should. The people cried out and looked to their government like a God that could save them and handed their rights and freedom over including their God-Given rights as a spiritual being. If only people had questioned authority and demanded proof instead of buying into the lies well over 100,000 lives could have been spared, the liberties and freedom of the citizens worldwide would not have eroded to a point of living in a police state and the tax payers would have been spared by the unprecedented cost of an ongoing war for oil. Our cry for help has made the elite richer, more powerful and moved the Totalitarian plan forth. As for us; we are true slaves to the masters with blood on our hands, without freedom or rights and we are now poorer than we have ever been.

We are living in a sick and twisted society that has been programmed to believe and trust our government without question just as we would a religion! We accept everything they say and believe it to be the true. Our pseudo governments are not acting responsibly or on the behalf of the citizens. They are acting out of greed and for their own reasons. The free-thinking individuals wanting to challenge or question it are suppressed and controlled by fear. Fear to stand for freedom, truth and liberty because those who do go against the grain get penalized. As for the sheep - they fear each other and their government. We have fully bought into the divide and conquer theory. Politics has turned people against one another to a point where an 82 year old Deacon wearing an anti-war t-shirt is seen as the enemy and arrested because he expressed his views on the Iraq war with his clothing. People are being tazered for not paying a $2.50 bus ride or because they look suspicious to brainwashed security and policing agents. The sick thing about it is people think this is okay and that these people had what was coming to them. Wow do we have any common sense left, ethics or morals?

The Global Warming issue as I see it is no different. Present a problem so great that people will react then present the solution. Again, I have to be clear - I do believe that the environment is in danger and we as individuals need to respond. I do not feel that the proposed taxing solutions or handing over our hard-earned money so that the elite forces who run the private corporation such as the Federal Reserve and the top 500 fortune companies can make a profit. Think about it...what is your money being used for - a giant air purifier? No, it is lining people's pockets... oil industry, car & environmental product manufacturers just to name a few. It is also funding a war for oil, making corporations richer, stimulating a bankrupt economy and to keeping you divided because those who don't buy into in become the enemy. It is good that the government has stirred up a buzz making people environmentally aware but they are deceiving you about what is really happening to the earth and who is responsible. They are forcing you to pay their new stimulus act through false information. Just look at Y2K. How much money was generated by worried consumers who bought up everything because we were told a catastrophe could happen?

The solution to global warming doesn't lay in your paycheck and that won't help alleviate any guilt when it comes to what you are leaving behind for your children. As a consumer YOU NEED TO MAKE THE CHANGES to help your environment NOT YOUR GOVERNMENT.

Paying taxes for carbon emissions and buying products to be more environmentally friendly isn't doing the environment any favors. Who do you think owns the big companies who are producing environmental products - you got it they do! They even own the majority of big name health food brands. While some products do make sense others you can do without.

Here is something else to consider. On the eve of Earth hour we all turned our lights out and we all felt that we had done something positive for the world but did we really. The vast majority of people packed up and headed out in their cars - so what did we achieve and why didn't the government report that in the news? Who benefited from it. Probably them. There is an peak oil crisis and they do need you to cut back on energy consumption because the longer they can keep the oil circulating the more money they are earning as stock prices skyrocket. But there is a more important issue at hand. The exercise you participated in was just that an exercise to see how conditioned you are. Again we all dove in head first obeying without questioning. Haven't you noticed since that day there has been mass marketing on green products, news stories about carbon emissions, plans and taxes. We responded to their test marketing and now they are selling the hope of a green future at your expense.


I don't claim to know it all about Global Warming or have the answer to the environmental problems but I do have common sense which tells me to be responsible through actions. To participate and do our part to protect the environment by means of: reducing, reusing, recycling, researching, reclaiming and rejuvenating.

RESEARCH

Decide to make an impact and act on it. Start by researching what products are harmful and how certain technologies are harming you and your environment. You can start by looking into the following:

Plastic - Another lie we bought into. It is not our salvation in fact it has become our demise. Only a small portion is recycled because it costs more to recycle than to produce new. Carbon emissions from recycling it are greater than producing new plastic and the landfills are piling up with it. On a health issue plastic is toxic and has being directly linked to numerous health problems.

Nanotechnology - A health risk and environmental danger to humans and nature. Despite known risks Government officials have declined to ban it because it is the answer to cheaper manufacturing costs and bigger profit.

Research gives you power and a better understanding of how these products impact your health and the health of the environment. Genetically engineered or modified food, chem trails, pesticides, fertilizers, prescription drugs ending up in your drinking water and fluoride in water are just a few...

Once you have gained knowledge about the hazards put public pressure on government and manufacturers to stop manufacturing them, have them labelled
appropriately, to spend tax payers money creating awareness of the potential hazards and proper disposal. Boycott products or manufacturers who produce hazardous products.


REDUCE

- Vehicle emissions , maintain your vehicle, use it less often, walk to the store if you can, carpool and reduce the number of vehicles in your home if it is feasible to do so.

- Use less energy and water at your home and business. Research products you buy and limit your use. Buy energy efficient products, turn lights off, don't let tap water / toilets run, wash full loads in cold water, repair dripping taps, reduce use of air conditioning/heat and unplug appliances when not in use.

- Limit consumption of new products. We are a materialistic society that wants everything. If we could go back to the days where want and need were two different things we would be better off. If we stop buying stuff we could actually help the environment. Reduced spending = reduced production of manufactured goods = reduced pollution and waste. Do we really need 20 different brands of each product from the same manufacturer? No, we did quite well when we only had 3 toothpastes and a handful of shampoo to choose from. Look on the shelves and ask yourself how many of these products end up going to waste because they weren't sold and how much energy was used to produce them. The numbers would be astounding.

- Buy products made in your own country. This will help offset the reduced consumption and help to create more jobs at home.

- Buy bulk foods whenever possible and bring your own reusable bag to place the items in, along with some ecobags for your groceries.

- Call local flier delivery services and tell them you do not want free newspapers, fliers or advertisements. Leave a note on the mailbox to the postman directing them to not leave junk mail. Stop buying the newspaper if you aren't reading it and try to cut down on magazine consumption. Instead of using paper towels buy clothes that are reusable after washing.

- Reduce the consumption of wood products buy used if you can and save a tree. Buy bamboo instead of wood.

- Eliminate plastic! Don't buy products in fancy plastic packages, use glass bowls for food storage, fill water bottles at the store instead of buying pre-bottled


REUSE
Buy used or keeping what you have and use it for another purpose. There are too many things around the house that can be reused so I am not going to list them all. Be creative - just because the product does not meet the needs now doesn't mean it won't work for something else.


RECYCLE

Many of us already recycle as part of our programming but recycling forced by government has not been the answer we thought it would be. There is big profit to be made from your garbage and when you wash it, sort it and bag it you are doing someones job. That means the big boys make more profit because they didn't have to pay anyone to do it and your taxes are paying the garbage man to deliver it to them. I'm not saying don't recycle because that would be insane. What I am saying is recycle but profit from it yourself or give it to someone who needs it.

- Recycle old clothes by taking it to a used clothing store and put it on consignment, put it in a drop box, take it to a homeless shelter or a
women's shelter - the choices are endless. When buying new clothes consider buying bamboo or hemp clothing.

- Recycle old furniture in the same way as clothes - you could even place an ad in the paper to sell it, give it away or have a garage sale.

- In Provinces or States that have aluminum can, glass, cardboard, paper, wood, and metal recycling depots take it in yourself and get paid for it. If you don't want to do it yourself and don't care about the money find someone that does. Many homeless people will jump at the opportunity as will independent trash haulers.


RECLAIM the earth!

Demand that deforestation stop, that the continuation of our concrete jungle come to a halt, that land and animals are protected. Demand that the use of plastic be limited for packaging and banned for food use. Refuse to buy soda, water, milk and other liquids for consumption that are in plastic - demand glass! Boycott companies who use unnecessary packaging.

Insist that consumers be given the option of new technology instead of being forced to use products that are hurting your planet, health and putting a financial strain by way of taxes on you as the end user. Free energy exists - it's real and it is less harmless to the environment but the organized structure doesn't want you to know about it or use it because there is no profit to be made in things like water fueled cars.

REJUVENATE the earth.

Stand up to the government and tell them you refuse to pay taxes for things that aren't being fixed. Now go out yourself and plant some trees because this is a vital key to the solution. We need to replace our forests - they are the giant air purifier we are longing for. Our problems really started to get out of control when populations increased and manufacturing, logging and plastic became big biz. So plant away using old world heritage seeds and help make this world beautiful again.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

April is car care month

April is National Car Care Month! By focusing on your car maintenance you can reduce costly repairs, maintain the longevity of your vehicle, increase gas mileage by as much as 10% and keep your vehicle in safe working condition.
Here are a few car care tips :

Complete Auto Detailing
Interior & exterior auto detailing helps to restore and prolong the lifespan of your vehicle.

- A car should have an engine shampoo in the spring and fall to remove salt residue, leaves, dirt and debris that can work its way into engine parts and cause poor performance.

- Paint decontamination helps to maintain the surface of your vehicle and helps to prevent damage cause by corrosion.

- Wax should be applied to create a barrier between the paint and hazardous elements like the sun.

- Paint sealant aids in the prevention of damage caused by acid rain, ice, snow, sun, accidental spills, bird droppings

- Removal of brake dust aids in better performance of brakes and reduces contamination to paint. Brake dust flies off your wheels onto your paint - the tiny, hot metal pieces embed themselves into your paint and can be the beginning of rust.

- Interior shampoo is essential after a long, snowy, cold winter. A professional interior shampoo will leave your carpets and upholstery looking its best. Shampooing eliminates salt residue, mud, dirt and debris. Salt is enemy number one when it comes to your carpets - if it is not removed properly the damage can be costly.

- Winter is damp and with dampness comes mold. Professional auto detailing reduces airborne allergens and helps to maintain a healthier environment.


Check & Change Lubricants and fluids
- Engine oil
- Transmission fluid
- Washer fluid
- Coolant flush
- Power steering fluid
- Brake fluid
- Clutch fluid

Keeping fluid levels topped and clean reduces damage to internal parts and keeps the vehicle performance at its best.

Windshield Wipers
Replace both front and rear windshield wiper blades to keep them performing at their best and to reduce damage to glass.

Check and replace parts
- Air filter
- Check engine light
- Belts
- PCV filter
- Hoses
- Radiator cooling fans
- Horn
- Mirrors
- Intake preheat duct
- Battery ( cables, clamps, terminals, carrier hold down and charge indicator)
Regular maintenance of parts reduces roadside breakdowns
Replacing air filters is essential as it keeps debris such as bugs, dirt and other objects out of the fuel system air intake. Dirty air filters reduce gas mileage and increase carbon emissions.

Tires
- Check tire depth
- Tire pressure
Low tire pressure will drastically reduce gas mileage and create more wear on your tires.

Lights
- License plate lights
- Brake lights
- Side lights
- Turn signals
- Tail/ Parking lights
- Headlights

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