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Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Beware of the next breed of grifters who are using your ignorance to steal your cash.

I've just become aware of a new "Renewable Energy Solution" called Earth4Energy, and it sounds too good to be true, because it is.

They Claim:

Don't pay for your electricity any longer...
Instead, the power company will pay YOU!

This is a misrepresentation of the truth.

They Claim:

you can build your own professional system for less than $200!

This is a LIE.

This is the kind of unethical scam that gives entrepreneurs a bad name. Basically for $50 bucks you purchase some cheezy plans through an E-Book download. They also have an Afilliate program. Stay away. It's a pyramid front masquerading as a seller of cheap information.

These guys are using a sophisticated Search Engine Optimization scheme, and spending lots of money on marketing, to sell an 1MB download .PDF document. If you really want to learn about Renewable Energy, go check out a book at your local library. Better yet, download the file for free, try it for 30 days, and if you like it buy it.

If these kinds of scam artist give the New Green Revolution a bad name, by creating suckers out of people who don't have the money or time to waste, we will loose the opportunity to change our energy culture for the better.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Why I became a Social Entrepreneur (PART 1)


In the 1990's the world was introduced to what is perhaps the greatest advance in information technology since the invention of printing, the internet. From its inception the potential of the internet, the combination of computer networks across the globe, was obvious. This could change everything. Business, Education, Media, Democracy, every aspect of our society was about to evolve.

Seeing this I jumped on the bandwagon and became a great evangelist for the adaption and implementation of web based technology, especially by the government, which was notoriously slow to adapt. I made my living as a low level consultant working for various local governments, helping them update their data and port it to the networks.

I spent time debating with old school journalists and old women about the advantages of the new technology and explaining and teaching people who were having trouble learning this new technology, and this crusade cost me. But I believed in the internets potential for good, and that it could empower the common man, and bring us better, more efficient systems. I was right, of course, the evidence is all around us today, and the web is still evolving with video and more. But at the time I thought I was loosing the debate, my protests were ignored, I was seen as some arrogant upstart "know-it-all" who couldn't possibly have enough life experience to understand and predict the future.

My arguments got through to some of the people I was trying to convince. The young chose paths that would invest their time in learning new technology skills, but the old, out of time, invested their money, their savings, and their pensions in new technology companies. This was an unforeseen mistake. I couldn't know that they would take my words to heart, and secretly invest their money in start up internet stocks, that would later turn out to be over-hyped failures. Most lost their shirts.

I felt bad about this. I knew more than a few people who were responsible for the "Dot Com Crash". It seems that lacking true understanding of the technology the people I spoke to argued against it, but still invested, hoping for a quick return. What made it worse, some companies succeeded, and most businesses like banks and media adapted to the use of internet technologies, forcing even the reluctant to learn how to use email, convincing them of my cause. These facts convinced people they were missing out on a good thing, so they invested in stocks, in companies they didn't understand, and lost their savings.

Those who should have been held responsible for the 2000 Tech Stock Crash were the intelligent Con-men who used their understanding of old school financial reporting methods and abused others ignorance of the new technologies to fabricate stock prices that were unreal. Most of them sold their companies or took huge salaries then quit, leaving others to take the losses. They are the parasites of our world, feeding on the weak, and never actually producing anything of value. They cheat, and yet they're still blessed with the french title "ENTREPRENEUR".


Friday, September 19, 2008

3D Solar Cells and the Vunderchild

BEAVERTON, Ore. – A new invention could revolutionize solar energy – and it was made by a 12-year-old in Beaverton.

Despite his age, William Yuan has already studied nuclear fusion and nanotechnology, and he is on his way to solving the energy crisis.



The Risk

Today is the end of a dramatic week of radical change in the US Capital Markets, we have just seen the end of the Neo-Conservative paradigm, what comes next is yet to be decided. In over leveraging their capital, and unwittingly creating too much money by lending far beyond their reserves, the major banks in the US have destroyed the American economic advantage. Now we will have to compete on equal footing with the rest of the globe.

As a side note, due to my limited capital I've been untouched by this 'market correction', although indirectly, through family and economy, I'm sure I'll suffer just as everyone else. But I recognize that those with capital have abused the freedoms of our system and have already taken their profits, leaving the US Tax Payer of the FUTURE with the bill.

This low point in the economy and the housing market gives us a unique opportunity to take advantage of those who can not pay their bills. We can buy their assets at a great discount. I Just hope I can parlay my weak position into something worthy.

I hereby damn all 'short-sellers', opportunists who would bet against a stock, and hope to see it fail. 'Short Selling' is innately unethical and breeds conduct that destroys rather than creates wealth. Those who sell short should be ashamed of themselves, they are responsible.


At the risk of going off track here I'm going to begin using this log to document my Entrepreneurial Adventures.

Lately I've been studying Renewable Energy and working toward my NABCEP Certification. In the pursuit I've been taking courses through the Solar Living Institute, specifically PV121 Solar Design and Installation and RE131 Small Wind Power, for both grid tied and off grid applications.

I've also been attending all the seminars and workshops offered at the local California Center for Sustainable Energy to study Solar Hot Water Design and Installation, the Government Rebates and Incentives, Learn about the Industry, Understand the Utilities, and focus on Efficiency Engineering.

With this basic knowledge I'm applying to work for a local firm, with the intention of mastering the industry and starting an educational institution like the Solar Living Institute in San Diego. I believe there will be a great demand for this kind of GREEN EDUCATION in the near future, and I can leverage my skill set to organize and distribute this information.