Climate Change In The News And Other News

Drudge is flying some headlines on climate change, garnering more attention probably than Prince Charles. Warming, water shortages, and the 10 year thingy. It’s “old news” to readers of this blog.

And there are still those that of course, want to argue the finer points, such as claiming it’s natural and not man-made. At this point, what difference does it make? The profiteers will keep skimming the cream from the planet no matter what. As long as this ball of wax keeps spinning in space, this nonsensical argument will keep going round and round.

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I Had A Job Like This Once

Judge denies unemployment benefits to woman who was fired from her job for keeping a journal detailing her efforts to avoid work

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An administrative judge has denied unemployment benefits to a woman who was fired from her job for keeping a journal detailing her efforts to avoid work.

Emmalee Bauer, 25, of Elkhart, was employed by the Sheraton hotel company as a sales coordinator in Des Moines. While on the job, she kept a handwritten journal. A supervisor told her to stop writing on company time, but instead, Bauer wrote her journal, all 300 single-spaced pages, on her work computer.

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Minimalist Living

I’m doing a bit of reading on minimalist living, and stumbled across this ridiculous practice. Sure, it’s “their stuff” and in a free country (bear with me) they can do what they want – but, companies that make this a practice should be boycotted. Besides, who buy’s $90 T-shirts?

Anyway, here’s some plans for solar cookers you can easily build yourself. Don’t forget to bookmark their home page.

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Everything That’s Wrong – And Something That’s Right (for a change)

NEW YORK – A newcomer to the city became hopelessly lost for five days after going for a walk. Damon Mootoo was staying at his brother’s house in South Jamaica, Queens, when he decided to go for the stroll last Wednesday, 12 hours after arriving in New York for the first time, the Daily News reported Monday.

The 32-year-old man quickly got disorientated by the confusing streets of Queens.

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Beyond Civilization

It’s time the intended survivors of the collapse start thinking of what lies beyond civilization.

When our civilization collapses, what will be rebuilt? More importantly, what do you want rebuilt? Anything? Nothing? Then plan accordingly.

I’m opting for nothing, myself. I don’t intend to help rebuild this civilization at all. There’s too much broke right now to try and fix it. I mean, if we can’t fix it now, when we have all the tools of “democracy” at our disposal while we’re still tottering along, how could any repairs be made after it finally falls over?

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Sacred Cows Make the Best Hamburger

I am no exception when it comes to having pet beliefs and viewpoints. While writing this blog, I’ve had opportunity to discover many things that shattered my own worldview. Many other thoughts were already held and solidified as I continued to research various issues.

I thought I’d post some of them here, because they were really head turners for me. Here are some of the things I’ve discovered:

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Bloggers Face Jail Time

I’m trying to tone down the number of political posts, but this shit has gotten out of hand:

“In what sounds like a comedy sketch from Jon Stewart’s Daily Show, but isn’t, the U. S. Senate would impose criminal penalties, even jail time, on grassroots causes and citizens who criticize Congress.

“Section 220 of S. 1, the lobbying reform bill currently before the Senate, would require grassroots causes, even bloggers, who communicate to 500 or more members of the public on policy matters, to register and report quarterly to Congress the same as the big K Street lobbyists. Section 220 would amend existing lobbying reporting law by creating the most expansive intrusion on First Amendment rights ever. For the first time in history, critics of Congress will need to register and report with Congress itself.

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Sustainable Culture

Over the last couple of days, I’ve been doing a lot of reading on subjects such as blacksmithing, building your own forge, primitive living, bow construction and stone-age tool making. Obviously, I’m going backwards in time as I dig deeper and deeper into what it means to be truly sustainable.

I find the whole subject of ‘human sustainability’ fascinating for many reasons. In part, because of the huge disparity that exists within civilization and its resulting injustices. But I also am fascinated by the culture that sustainability represents. The ‘can do’, independent and self-sufficient lifestyle of living without extortion.

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Torjus’ Primitive Projects

I’ve becoming (if it were possible) even less enamored with modern living the more I learn and the older I get. This has led me to journey into new territories, such as primitive living skills and techniques, including some of the philosophy and ethics behind it.

I found this website, and was so impressed at the “documentary” style of practicing primitive living skills I added it to my favorite “Resources” links on the right-hand navigation bar. Torjus’ Primitive Projects is a site well worth reading.

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The Problem Is Human (Systems)

At risk of seeming to further the YouTube “non-revolution“, this short video clip reveals the source of the problem. More proof is found here (image). I can’t even imagine a world that is like that, yet it’s all over the planet now.

This seems to be the winter of my discontent. It’s been very cold outside right now, about -10 most nights. Fortunately, there isn’t any wind blowing, otherwise it would be much worse.

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Which Are You?

From Biodiversity And Its Loss

“In terms of humans and our relationship with biodiversity, perhaps globally there will become a new class conflict which revolves not over owning the means of production, but over control of biodiversity as this is a fundamental precursor to our survival. It has been suggested that there are three classes of people in terms of relations to biodiversity: ecosystem people, biosphere people and ecological refugees (I’m not sure I believe this, but it’s an interesting way of looking at the world).

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Sheet Mulching

I’ve mentioned that I intend to sheet mulch my yard this year. To the uninitiated (including me), this is what sheet muching is, and how to do it:

Sheet Mulching for Home Gardens

The first thing to say about sheet mulching is that it saves a great deal of labour, and a great deal of water, while dispensing with the material that normally goes into a landfill. Thus mulching also saves money for public authorities, and produces an excellent soil. Another appeal is that the system is tool-free and suppresses all weeds: ivy, couch, docks, thistle, dandelions and even blackberries. Before starting, plant any large trees or shrubs from the nursery as usual. (dig a spacious hole, place the baby tree in the hole and gently back-fill, ideally with a mixture of rotted manure and soil. Gently firm around the base of the tree. Make sure the tree is suited to its siting–this should be decided previously by your planting design.)The first step (see diagram) is to sprinkle a handful of lime and a handful of chicken manure (or any organic high nitrogen manure). Nitrogen starts off the process of reducing the carbon in the following layers. Don’t bother to dig, level, or weed the area. Your first attempt should be very close to the house, preferably starting from a foundation or path which is itself weed free. Thus you are protected from invasion of weeds from the rear, so to speak.

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Why Sustainable Will Never Happen

This is a must-read on why sustainability and combatting global warming will never occur on a significant level.

Second, politicians, advertisers and businessmen are not stupid. They know what I was too naive to realise until the revelations of the quota made it inescapable. They understand the depth of hypocrisy lying behind all the environmentalist’s accusations. They know that virtually no one, not even the environmentalists themselves, is actually willing to live sustainably. No one really wants the world saved, not if it will significantly restrict their gluttony. All anyone really wants is someone else to blame. So the producers and politicians serve us doubly. While fine-tuning the machinery of destruction for us to fuel and drive, they receive the wrath which we aim at them. Perhaps we have actually come to believe in our own condemnation of our suppliers.

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Rain Catchment Systems

Humboldt University has a short *.pdf introductory on rain catchment systems. These aren’t that hard to design and build, they cover a few applications.

Another source of info is here.

The use of metal roofing is best, and the storage tanks could be buried, especially in cold country to prevent freezing. A series of simple filtration systems to keep out debris is recommended and probably necessary for almost all locations.

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