Greenovate Boston » Higher Ground Rooftop Farm’s John Stoddard and Courtney Hennessey

What is a green roof? “A waste-eliminating, resource-protecting, CO2-reducing, powerhouse of a concept that also produces delicious organically grown food!” explains John Stoddard, founding farmer of Higher Ground farm, Boston’s first rooftop farm, located atop the Boston Design Center in the Seaport district. By using a system of layers laid over an existing roof, green roofs benefit the building owner and their community by reducing energy usage (by insulating the property in the winter and cooling it in the summer), reducing waste by protecting and prolonging the roof’s life, and–in Higher Ground’s case–feeding the community!  This isn’t to even mention how green roofs help manage stormwater overflow and heat island effects caused by the city’s changing climate.

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The NSA Uses Powerful Toolbox in Effort to Spy on Global Networks – SPIEGEL ONLINE

The Way of Tao takes on whole new meaning!

These documents reveal that in 2008, the Texas Cryptologic Center employed fewer than 60 TAO specialists. By 2015, the number is projected to grow to 270 employees. In addition, there are another 85 specialists in the \”Requirements & Targeting\” division (up from 13 specialists in 2008). The number of software developers is expected to increase from the 2008 level of three to 38 in 2015. The San Antonio office handles attacks against targets in the Middle East, Cuba, Venezuela and Colombia, not to mention Mexico, just 200 kilometers (124 miles) away, where the government has fallen into the NSA\’s crosshairs.

via The NSA Uses Powerful Toolbox in Effort to Spy on Global Networks – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

The thing to remember is that no one is actually “listening” to your conversations or “reading” your e-mail or tracking your web searches – unless you are up to no good or are in conversation with someone like that. Big cyberdata analogues scoop up billions of activities and sorts them – if it finds you fall into a pattern they are searching for and you are in a network being actively watched – then an individual may start tracking your data – specifically. Otherwise nothing is going on that is not done by Yahoo,Google and Verizon on a daily basis of monitoring lines, customer “wants” and interests to sell us stuff.