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Posted Fri Sep 17 2010: from Low Tech Magazine:
Low-Tech Magazine
Low-tech Magazine refuses to assume that every problem has a high-tech solution. A simple, sensible, but nevertheless controversial message; high-tech has become the idol of our society.... The Museum of Old Techniques: For almost every electronic device or oil driven machine there used to be a low-tech alternative that was powered by human muscles, water or wind..... Wind powered factories: The Netherlands had 5 times more windmills in 1850 than it has wind turbines today. One of the most spectacular developments of industrial wind power technology occurred in the Zaan district, a region situated just above Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
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Isn't it more efficient to burn coal to make steam to turn turbines to power my electric scissors?
This is well worth a read. Fabulous content, very well written -- it will change your thinking about human cleverness.

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