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Every year, 20 million pounds of the discarded holiday lights make their way to Shijiao Factory workers stand over bundles of Christmas tree lights to be recycled / Adam Minter SHIJIAO, China -- A single strand of burnt-out Christmas lights weighs almost nothing in the hand.

The Chinese Town That Turns Your Old Christmas Tree Lights Into Slippers - Adam Minter

But a bale of burnt-out Christmas tree lights the size of a love seat? That weighs around 2200 pounds, according to Raymond Li, the general manager of Yong Chang Processing, a scrap metal processor in the southern Chinese town of Shijiao. He would know: on a recent Saturday morning I stood between him and three such bales, or 6600 pounds of Christmas tree lights that Americans had tossed into recycling bins, dropped off at the Salvation Army, or sold to a roving junk man.

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Are you tired of swimming, and sometimes drowning in your daily cup(s) of Joe? Could your adrenals be mad at you for constantly overworking them with incredible amounts of caffeine? Could your liver secretly be asking you for a well-deserved detox break? If so, lean closer, I’ve got the greenest secret. And I promise you, it is not as creepy as it looks. This quick detox, Spirulina Machiatto will clean your insides, hydrate your heart and clear your mind, after a high of morning energy. It’s a gentler, soothing, subtler, longer-lasting and more grounded energy. Don’t worry, you don’t have to quit coffee, but you can alternate it with energetic and detoxifying green sips here and there. Les Ingredients (serves two—in wine glasses): Organic is always preferable. Colorado Clean Energy Cluster.

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It's now illegal to unlock your cell phone

It’s sad, but this is a perfect example. American cell phone companies already charge us an obscene amount for often spotty service (I wrote a while back about my French cell phone plan that costs $25 a month and has unlimited calls and text, including free calls to the US from France). My iPhone plan here in the states – the “cheap” plan – costs me $93 a month. No, but that wasn’t enough for the greedy cell phone companies. Not only will they not unlock your phone (except under some circumstances, differs by carrier), but now it’s “illegal” for you to get it unlocked yourself.

An unlocked phone is one that can work with any cell phone service (even that’s a bit more complicated, but that’s the essence of it). The carriers argue that they can keep the phones locked because they’ve subsidized the “cheap” price of $200 to $300 for iphones. The Atlantic has more on this, but the implications are important. The Most Ridiculous Law of 2013 (So Far): It Is Now a Crime to Unlock Your Smartphone - Derek Khanna.

When did we decide that we wanted a law that could make unlocking your smartphone a criminal offense?

The Most Ridiculous Law of 2013 (So Far): It Is Now a Crime to Unlock Your Smartphone - Derek Khanna

The answer is that we never really decided. Reuters This is now the law of the land: PENALTY: In some situations, first time offenders may be fined up to $500,000, imprisoned for five years, or both. For repeat offenders, the maximum penalty increases to a fine of $1,000,000, imprisonment for up to ten years, or both.

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