I like sex
Continuing its unrelenting march toward a renewable-powered future, Germany now can produce more than half of its energy from solar. The official word of this milestone comes from the Fraunhofer ISE research institute, which showed that the country produced a record 24.24 GW of solar energy during the first week of June. Thanks to better weather in Germany compared to last year, the production of solar power has increased 34 percent in the first part of 2014.
Germany’s expansion of solar energy hasn’t come from enormous farms of solar panels, but rather citizens installing photovoltaics onto their own homes. More than 90 percent of solar panels installed in Germany are on homeowner’s roofs.
It’s not all sunshine, though. Despite this record, Bloomberg reports that the world’s biggest solar market might install the least new capacity that it has since 2008, partially because of shrinking solar subsidies. So growth continues, but slowly.
Wondering how the U.S. compares? We currently get 0.2 percent of our energy from solar. Italy is in second place behind the Germans.
Via The Local.
These black roses grow naturally in the tiny village of Halfeti, Turkey. The particular soil conditions and pH levels of the groundwater from the river Euphrates causes the roses to fade from deep crimson to black during the summer. (source)
from my rotten body flowers will grow
and I am in them, and that is eternity
The only clothes I have are black, grey, and black and grey.
I’m sure a ton of you have seen this already, but there’s no way this isn’t going to be on my page.
fog over (click pic) dubai (photographed by bjoern lauen and chloratine), shanghai (wei gensheng), chicago (steve raymer and bob gaudet), london (mpsinthesky), vancouver (andy clark), and new york (girish tewani)
American. 22 years old. White. Male.
I’m a graduate. I work full time. I pay my rent, bills, taxes.
I drive a car. I live in a city.
I am atheist, progressive, skeptic.
I am proud, but I have my shame.
I like to read, and I also write.
I enjoy music.
I am a night person.
I am an Eagle Scout.
I am a younger brother.
I was ten when my parents got divorced.
I once jumped out of an airplane.
I’ve lived on social welfare.
I read about current events.
I smoke grass, but not cigarettes .
I have debt, mostly student loans.
I love nature.
There’s more to me than just these things. If you want, you can talk to me here.
Or you can tell me who you are when you’re at home.
Corruption and government often go hand in hand. And in the United States, taxpayers are literally paying the price for that relationship — in the sum of tens of billions of dollars.
In a new study from Indiana University and City University of Hong Kong, researchers defined the 10 most corrupt states and the 10 least corrupt states in the U.S. The 10 most corrupt states spent an average of $1,308 extra per capita — 5.2% of the mean per capita expenditure.
Just a weird girl on We Heart It
Footage of one of the most iconic moments of the 20th Century, of a man, sometimes identified as Wang Weilinn, who stands in front of and halts a column of tanks the day after Chinese military forces had brutally suppressed protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Little is known about the man’s identity or his fate.
The regime which these protests opposed remains in power, and discussion of the events is forbidden in China to this day.
Dinner at Sherpa Kitchen
Outlandos d’Amour, The Police
Drops of Jupiter, Train
Dessert at Champlain Chocolates