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Jimmy Carter of Plains, Georgia

Jimmy Carter was way ahead of the rest of America when he put solar panels on the White House. On June 20, 1979, he made a proud proclamation:

In the year 2000 this solar water heater behind me, which is being dedicated today, will still be here supplying cheap, efficient energy…. A generation from now, this solar heater can either be a curiosity, a museum piece, an example of a road not taken or it can be just a small part of one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people.

The 32-panel system was designed to heat water throughout the presidential residence.




"President Carter saw [solar] as a really valid energy resource, and he understood it. I mean, it is a domestic resource and it is huge," Fred Morse, director of Carter's solar energy program, told Scientific American.

"President Carter saw [solar] as a really valid energy resource, and he understood it. I mean, it is a domestic resource and it is huge," Fred Morse, director of Carter's solar energy program, told Scientific American.

"It was the symbolism of the president wanting to bring solar energy immediately into his administration," he continued. Unfortunately, Ronald Reagan, who was no fan of alternative energy took the panels down form the White House when he took office a few years later.

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Carter was right about two things he said in that dedication. First, his panels are currently on display at The Smithsonian Institute, the Carter Library, and the Solar Science and Technology Museum in Dezhou, China.

Second, renewable energy has become one of the most important American endeavors of the new millennium.

There's no doubt that President Carter was way ahead of his time.

Carter has always been a man of action, evidenced by his hands-on approach to building homes with Habitat for Humanity. So in 2017, he leased ten acres of land near his home in Plains, Georgia, to be used as a solar farm with 3,852 panels.

The 94-year-old Carter still lives in his hometown of Plains with his wife in a two-bedroom home that's assessed at about $167,000.

Three years after going live, Carter's solar farm now provides 50% of the small town's electricity needs, generating 1.3 MW of power per year. That's the equivalent of burning about 3,600 tons of coal.

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The system is state-of-the-art with panels that turn towards the sun throughout the day so they generate the maximum amount of power.

"Distributed, clean energy generation is critical to meeting growing energy needs around the world while fighting the effects of climate change," Carter said in a SolAmerica press release. "I am encouraged by the tremendous progress that solar and other clean energy solutions have made in recent years and expect those trends to continue."

"There remains a great deal of untapped potential in renewable energy in Georgia and elsewhere in the U.S. We believe distributed solar projects like the Plains project will play a big role in fueling the energy needs of generations to come," SolAmerica executive vice president George Mori said in a statement.

This story originally appeared on 02.18.20

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Whenever life becomes too tedious or stressful, it seems that the human psyche has a release valve that turns on and we just go, "F it."

I give up. I no longer care. I got nothing left.

It's a wonderful moment when we go from being at our wits end to being on the other side of the madness. Because, after all, as Mark Manson, author of "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" says:

You and everyone you know are going to be dead soon. And in the short amount of time between here and there, you have a limited amount of fucks to give. Very few, in fact.

Thomas Benjamin Wild Esq. perfectly encapsulates this feeling in a song he released last year on his debut album "Awkward Encounters While Walking My Dog" called "I've No More F***s To Give."

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Played on a banjolele — a combination of a banjo and ukulele popular in the England Dance Hall days of the 1900s — it's a song about trying to accomplish something in life, coming up and empty, and reaching the point where you're blissfully over it.

Wild is an English singer who's been performing around the UK for the past three years. According to his website, his debut album reached number 3 in the Billboard Comedy Albums Chart, and features a collection of original satirical songs about the modern world delivered with good old fashioned style, wit, and wisdom.

You can hear more of his music on Spotify.

"I've No More F***s To Give"

I've tried, tried, tried, and i've tried even more

I've cried, cried, cried, and I can't recall what for

I've pressed, I've pushed, I've yelled, I've begged

In hopes of some success

But the inevitable fact is that it never will impress!

I've no more fucks to give

My fucks have runneth dry

I've tried to go fuck shopping but there's no fucks left to buy!

I've no more fucks to give

Though more fucks I've tried to get

I'm over my fuck budget, and i'm now in fucking debt!

I strive, strive, strive, to get everything done

I've played by all the rules, but I've very rarely won

I've smiled, I've charmed, I've wooed and laughed, alas to no avail

I've run round like a moron, to unequivocally fail!

I've no more fucks left to give

My fuck fuse has just blown

I've been hunting for my fucks all day but they've upped and fucked off home!

I've no more fucks to give

My fuck rations are depleted

I've rallied my fuck army but it's been fucking defeated!

The effort has just not been worth the time or the expense!

I've exhausted all my energy, for minimal recompense!

The distinct lack of acknowledgement has now begun to gall!

And I've come to realize that I don't give a fuck at all!

I've no more fucks to give

My fucks have flown away

My fucks are now so fucked off they've refused to fucking stay!

I've no more fucks to give

My fucks have gone insane

They've come back round and passed me while they're fucking off again!

I've no more fucks to give

My fucks have all dissolved

I've planned many projects, but my fucks won't be involved!

I've no more fucks to give

My fucks have all been spent

They've fucked off from the building and I don't know where they went!

Marlon Wayans is not here for ignorant commenters coming onto his Instagram page to share their small world perspectives about his gay 19-year-old daughter Amai.

Sadly, even in 2019, people remain deeply misinformed about what it means to be LGBTQIA and whether it's a choice or a born identity. There are still lots of children forced to leave their homes or hide their identities from homophobic parents, and there are still whole religious sects that want to determine who you're allowed to love and how you're allowed to express your gender and sexuality.




So, when a public figure is outspoken and supportive of their LGBTQIA family, in this case, Wayans' daughter, the homophobes sometimes feel it's their time to emerge from the shadows and share their very bad takes. On Monday, Wayans kicked off Pride Month by sharing a photo of Amai alongside a loving and supportive caption. He wrote:

"Happy Pride to my pride and joy. I wouldn't change one effing thing about you. Love you to the moon around the sun through the galaxies and back again."



For the most part, the thread rolling in was supportive, but there were a handful of extremely ignorant and pointed comments that Wayans felt it his duty to shut down.

There were the classic declarations of unfollowing:



There was a commenter who went off about how "two girls can't make a baby" and being a parent isn't about saying yes to everything (apparently in this case not being homophobic is saying yes too much?!)



Perhaps, even wilder yet was the comment that suggested 19 is too young to know your own sexuality?! Wayans was quick to shut that down.



Another commenter suggested that he delete the negative and homophobic comments to keep the Pride post light and happy, to which Wayans said he believes it's important to leave them up as an example of how a lot of people still think.



While there are sadly still a lot of loud homophobic people sharing their unsolicited opinions on the internet, it's clear that Amai Wayans has a proud and equally loud ally in her father.


Guests on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" often get neat surprise gifts for their selfless deeds, and it's not all that rare for there to be some tears, too.

But some guests and their stories are really something special.


Rob and Reece Scheer — a Maryland couple DeGeneres calls the "dads of the year" — started a nonprofit called Comfort Cases to help kids in foster care. When they sat down with DeGeneres to share their powerful story, it became clear just how much these two dads' life work truly matters for thousands of kids who don't get the love and care they deserve.

As she often does, DeGeneres ended the interview by giving Rob and Reece two well-deserved gifts that left the couple downright speechless.

Watch the emotional clip from "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" below:

If Rob and Reece's story sounds familiar, that may be because they were profiled in an Upworthy video that went viral back in February.

The couple started Comfort Cases to make sure kids in foster care have things to call their own.

The nonprofit provides new duffel bags and backpacks to kids in foster care filled with items they can bring with them wherever they go — pajamas, a soft blanket, a book, stuffed animals, a hygiene kit, and more — so they aren't forced to rely on trash bags to carry their belongings, like many are forced to do.

Right now, Comfort Cases provides services to kids in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. But seeing how great the need is — over 670,000 kids spent time in foster care in the U.S. in 2015 — they hope to eventually take their cause across all 50 states.

At the end of the interview, DeGeneres gave Rob and Reece the most incredible gift of all: a check for $10,000, as well as $40,000 worth of luggage courtesy of Samsonite.

Needless to say, Rob and Reece were over the moon.

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To learn more about Comfort Cases, visit the organization's website.