5 Life Hacks For Everyone

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5 Life Hacks For Everyone

1.) Putting your phone on airplane mode will stop ads while playing games

2.) Mosquito bite? Press a hot spoon to the spot. The heat will destroy the reaction and stop the itching

3.) If your phone freezes plug it into a charger. That will free it up again

4.) Before frying sprinkle a little salt on the pan, that will prevent oil from splattering

5.) Googling a computer problem? Add “solved” to the search query to find the answer much faster

Reflection: The Last Mountain

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The Last Mountain  is a documentary about Mountain Top Removal, and its negative impact on the communities of the Coal River Valley in West Virginia. For anyone who hasn’t heard of Mountain Top Removal is a form of surface mining that involves the mining of the summit of a mountain. The coal seams are extracted from a mountain by removing the overburden, above the seams. Explosives are used to remove up to 400 vertical feet of mountain to expose underlying coal seams.The land may be dumped back on the ridge and constructed in order to reflect the approximate original shaping of the mountain. Excess rock and soil laden with toxic mining byproducts are often dumped into nearby valleys, in what are called “holler fills” or “valley fills.” It is the main method of coal mining in the Appalachian Mountains in the eastern United States.

The documentary reflects on how this method is destructive to the land, air, water and over all health of those who live in the communities below the mountains. It features Bobby Kennedy Jr. who works with the environmentalists of the communities. They put together rallies and protests in order to stop the actions of coal companies such as Massey Energy Company which is America’s 3rd Largest coal company, does more mountaintop removal mining than any other company, and controls all the coal mining in Coal River Valley. 28 of Massey’s impoundment’s (a large pool where they store their radioactive sludge. The one shown in Coal River Mountain holds 2.8 billion gallons of said sludge) have spilled 24 times in the last decade, contaminating rivers with 309 million gallons of the sludge, which was more than twice the amount released in BP’s gulf disaster.

Massey so far has been  the environmentalists biggest enemy. In the sense that the company wants their money, has employees to get work done and are willing to fight for their jobs, and has enough support of government officials to keep going with their production plans. The biggest mean of shutting down the companies actions has been  civil disobedience, which in one campaign had been successful in halting the operations for a solid 9 days before a snow storm forced them out.

This film really gets you thinking, is the death and destruction caused by these companies really necessary?  And I mean, no its definitely not, that’s why there are regulations prohibiting this kind of thing. But we have the technology, or at least are very close to it in order to create clean, safe, green energy for the country.

This is definitely a film worth watching, I found it as a $3 rental on amazon.

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Harry Potter Movies

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1.) At the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the credits say “No dragons were harmed in the making of this movie

2.) The actress who played Moaning Myrtle (Shirley Henderson) was 37 years old during the second film. 

3.) 210,000 coins were created for the Gringotts scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

4.) Mad-Eye Moody and Bill Weasley are related in real life. 

5.) Throughout all eight films, Daniel Radcliffe went through roughly 160 pairs of glasses. 

6.) Harry Potter’s famous lightning bolt scar was applied by makeup teams approximately 5,800 times. 

7.) Every wand from all eight movies was created on site. 

8.) Hedwig was played by three male owls in the films. 

9.) Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) was reportedly cast to play Austin Ames in A Cinderella Story, but turned down the role to commit to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

10.) Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) dressed like his female drama teacher and rapped for his audition tape.

Brought to you by http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/fun-facts-about-the-harry-potter-movies

5 Harry Potter Inspired Treats You Need To Try

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  1. Peppermint Toads
    http://www.instructables.com/id/Peppermint-Toads/
  2. Harry’s Famous Pink Birthday Cake
    http://www.diamondsfordessert.com/2011/07/harrys-birthday-cake.html
  3. Pumpkin Pasties
    http://www.browniebites.net/pumpkin-pasties-from-harry-potter/
  4. Luna Lovegood’s Pudding
    http://www.spoonforkbacon.com/2011/08/luna-lovegoods-pudding/
  5. Double Double Chocolate Cauldron Cakes
    http://bakingdom.com/2010/11/double-double-chocolate-cauldron-cakes.htm

For more great Harry Potter recipes, visit http://www.buzzfeed.com/laurar10/46-harry-potter-inspired-treats-you-should-be-maki-3rut