February 4, 2017
Steve Schwen and his family run Earthen Path Organic Farm in Lake City, Minnesota. This video describes a great greenhouse they have built from scratch. The Innovative building is designed to increase the growing season whilst reducing energy costs, especially important given the extremes of temperature that occur in Minnesota.
What’s also very impressive to me is the statements Steve makes re profits. Quoting Steve;
“I look at profits with dollar signs, as only being a very crude measure of the success of your farm or your efforts, Because your profits are in the health of your family, the integrity of your family’s relationship to the community, those are the profits that we forget to measure, I mean maybe it’s a 60’s thing, but in the end we all need to look at our journey on this earth as being connected with our community and start to dissolve the separateness of us and the rest of the community and the separateness of us from the land, we’re not badening the land, we’re learning to dance with it and work with it”
July 1, 2008
Video: Ted Talks via YouTube
Edward Burtynsky makes a wish: that his images help persuade millions to join a global conversation on sustainability. Burtynsky presents a slide show of his photographs, which show how industrial development is altering the Earth’s natural landscape. From mountains of tires to rivers of bright orange waste from a nickel mine, his images are simultaneously awe-inspiring and horrifying.
June 20, 2008
This morning whilst listening to our public national radio station, I heard a report of our current Labor government’s removal of some government grants.
Initially rather than go on with my usual diatribe about governmental and banking ignorance and or corruption, I’ll quote directly from our brilliant; despite the previous Howard’s government’s attempts to screw it, ABC Radio National.
Permo-Drive: Commercial Ready grants scrapped
“Now more on how the federal government has scrapped the Commercial Ready program, which provided funding, through dollar for dollar grants, to innovative and fast-growth businesses. Over the years, the scheme had provided more than $700 million in grants and its withdrawal has left 220 Australian businesses dangling, with applications worth from 250,000 dollars up to 5 million dollars pending.
Well, one of those businesses relying on a Commercial Ready grant was Permo-Drive, a company based in Ballina, New South Wales. They’ve developed a remarkable hybrid drive system for trucks and they have 20 demonstrators ready to roll along with huge interest from trucking companies here as well as overseas, including from the US Army. Now the company has written to its 1,900 shareholders to say that without the grant money, the company is no longer viable and will go into liquidation early next month.” ABC Radio National (AM)
Can you believe it? I mean Australia is blessed with a disproportionately large number of brilliant inventors, with an equally large number of famous inventions, yet we are ruled by I’m sure by a disproportionately large number of total morons with IQs lower than my pet rock it seems.
Before I go any further here is a cut ‘n paste section from Permo-Drive’s website technology page complete with images.
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June 1, 2008
In what may be an important breakthrough in the fight against global warming scientist claim to have invented a machine which will suck CO2 out of the atmosphere.
The machine has been invented by US physicist Klaus Lackner and his team. Lackner claims his machine offers more hope than attempts to cut down carbon emissions.
The idea is that the machines which would be the size of shipping containers would be produced in their millions and the captured CO2 could be pumped into greenhouses to improve the growth of food or plant crops.
The team of US scientists now plans to build a prototype which would capture one tonne of CO2 from the air every day.
The new invention may not keep everyone happy, as some environmentalist’s claim attempts to capture the dirty emissions is just undermining our ability to introduce true renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, etc.
But physicist Klaus Lackner, who led the U.S. team behind the invention, said the CO2 scrubber offered more hope than current efforts to cut carbon emissions by reducing fossil fuel use.
I’d rather have a technology that allows us to use fossil fuels without destroying the planet, because people are going to use them anyway,’ he said.
I believe that the CO2 sucker is a good idea as it is becoming increasingly evident that it is so hard to get Business and Government to clean up their dirty power.
What is really sad though is the fact that we need to invent a machine to suck CO2 out of the air, when every day we cut down millions of natural CO2 suckers. It is a really sad indictment of our so called “world leaders”.
May 14, 2008
Image: Duffy via groovygreen
I am all for any method which is going to reduce excess CO2 into the atmosphere more than what is natural. The old fashioned pushed mowers are also quite good for improving your fitness, and if the blades are sharpened they are not that difficult to push (as long as you don’t let the grass get too long). Anyway, if you get yourself a good ram it could also act to guard your property.
Website: Old fashioned lawn mower
May 8, 2008
Some chemicals in household products, Para-dichlorobenzene, napthalene, formaldehyde, Sodium bisulphate (sulphuric acid), solvents inc, ethyl / isopropyl alcohol, propylene glycol, ethanol, Butyl cellosolve, detergents / surfactants containing DEA, TEA and morpholine; EDTA; ammonia; phenol, carbolic acid/cresol, coal tar dyes; Pine oil; alkyl phenols, include nonyl phenol, nonyl phenoxy ethoxylate, alkyl phenol polyglycol; petroleum distillates; bleach; napthas; nitrobenzene; phosphates (ecological disaster); polyethylene glycol (PEG); and many more.
Now I don’t really want these chemicals floating around in my household or on my kitchen bench where we prepare dinner. I sure don’t want to be breathing the fumes of these sort of chemicals in when I am having a hot shower. I also don’t want my one year old baby girl breathing these chemicals or them being absorbed into her skin which is much more able to absorb toxins.
Green, safe solutions
So what is the solution? Well I think that the old fashioned remedies that our grandparents and great grandparents used are the answer, natural solutions that have worked well for hundreds of years, well before man had the bright idea to create deadly toxic chemicals in the name of progress and science.
Natural Environmentally friendly ingredients you will need
Bicarbonate of Soda,(Baking Soda) cleans, deodorises, softens water and is a good scouring powder. Keep in a flour shaker to keep it dry.
Borax is a naturally occurring mineral salt. It cleans, deodorises, bleaches and disinfects. Borax is also used as a good control measure for pests such as ants and cockroaches.
Pure Soap acts as a general purpose cleaner and also biodegrades completely.
White vinegar cuts through grease, is a deodoriser and mild disinfectant. Mix half and half with water and store in a spray bottle.
Washing Soda cuts through grease and removes stains.
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May 4, 2008
Want to go green with your insect repellent?, well Bite Blocker is the way to go. See the info below and see just how good this stuff is, I know I’d rather be putting natural products on my skin than chemicals!
The Good Stuff
“Bite Blocker® is safe in that it contains all natural ingredients that are mainly food-grade and listed by the EPA as minimum risk. The basic ingredients are Coconut Oil, Soybean Oil, Purified Water, Geranium Oil, Glycerin, Lecithin, Vanillin. There has not been any complaints or indications to our knowledge that these ingredients would be harmful for infants or mothers of infants. Although most of the ingredients are food grade, they should not be ingested. Caution as to the amount applied to infants is advisable since an infants skin absorbs much more rapidly than adults. A minimum amount should be used on infants. Bite Blocker is regarded as the safest product on the market that works. Please see our Efficacy section for test results. No other natural-based product on the market has outperformed Bite Blocker with consistent results.”
The Bad Stuff
Ever heard of DEET or N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide? You may not of heard of it, but chances are you have used it and even covered yourself with it. This chemical with the long name is the most common ingredient of personal insect repellants.
“Duke University Medical Center has sponsored numerous studies on the harmful effects of DEET. Below is an excerpt from their most recent study on the long-term exposure of DEET-based products.”
“Every year, approximately one-third of the U.S. population uses insect repellants containing DEET to ward off mosquitoes and other pests. At present, DEET is used in more than 230 products with concentrations up to 100 percent.”
“However, DEET should be used with caution due to its possible damaging effects on brain cells. Studies have shown that DEET causes brain cell death and behavioral changes in rats after frequent and prolonged use. This exposure causes neurons to die in regions of the brain that control muscle movement, learning, memory, and concentration. Rats treated with an average human dose of DEET (40 mg/kg body weight) performed far worse when challenged with physical tasks requiring muscle control, strength and coordination. These findings are consistent with reported human symptoms following DEET’s use by the military in the Persian Gulf War.”
“With heavy exposure to DEET and other insecticides, humans may experience memory loss, headache, weakness, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, tremors and shortness of breath. These symptoms may not be evident until months or even years after exposure. The most severe damage occurs when DEET is used concurrently with other insecticides, such as permethrin, for prolonged and frequent periods of time.”
“The studies by Duke University have also found that prolonged exposure to DEET can impair functioning in parts of the brain.”
Go green and get your Bite Blocker
So now that you have read this, maybe you might just want to ditch those old insect repellents and get yourself some Bite Blocker.
So where do you get your Bite Blocker?, just visit the link below to the manufacturers website.
Website: Bite Blocker safe insect repellant
April 28, 2008
Planned and perceived obsolescence… see the toaster re Planned Obsolescence. As for Perceived Obsolescence, well I have some experience with that. Being a Hippie you learn that the ‘system’ abhors anarchy… specially an anarchy of a fashion that you can’t manipulate easily. Sure, and I’m embarrassed to admit that they sucked us in with flared pants; excuse me while I blush. But Hippies were not consumer friendly, least not as far as the system was concerned, and that was one of the main problems.
Another problem was, they weren’t big ‘drinkers, alcohol the mind number was for ‘red necks’ and fighters, most of us preferred something a bit more natural, something that was more lay back, more sociable, something that would expand our conscious not dull it. And this too was anti consumer because it wasn’t hard to grow… or find, if you preferred to have a bit of a giggle with the elves on the odd occasion.
But the Bankers and the machine men fixed that, they made it illegal, said it was bad for you… and the staples of society alcohol, sugar, tobacco, pollution, stress, prescription drugs, doctors, war etc. etc.are not? Duuh! By making things illegal they made it evil and then the system profited by turning it into a commodity.
If you doubt what I say, how about the fact the Drug business turns over in the vicinity of a Trillion dollars a year, and most of this money, one way or another, ends up in the Banks. It’s basically another way of steeling from the poor and giving to the rich when it comes down to it and this is one fat cash cow that ain’t going to be slaughtered. Contra to the belief that ‘they’re’ losing the ‘war on drugs’, nothing could be further from the truth, business is booming and the jails; another big business, ain’t doing too bad either thank you.
April 22, 2008
What an outstanding creature… truly beautiful. Though I don’t know why it’s twisting it’s head around like that.
I would love to have a Peregrine Falcon, but in Australia it’s illegal without special permits; for clearing airports of birds etc. To tell you the truth I’m ambivalent about pets, because they don’t get to live a ‘natural’ life. But if I get back into aviation running an airstrip, I may look into it again.
In support of having Peregrine Falcons. I think if a condition is set that if you breed Peregrine Falcons, you have to release say half of your birds into the wild… or better still, into the cities, to help keep down the number of gulls and pigeons, that would definitely be a good thing for everyone but the gulls and pigeons.
March 31, 2008
I love this stuff. Finding the origins of humanity, anthropology, archeology and History have been favorites of mine for a while. I guess it started when I read what to day is still a favorite of mine, namely H.G. Wells’s ‘A Short History of the World’ which despite being dyslectic, I could hardly put down… and then I discovered and went on to listen to H.G. Wells – The Outline of History audio book read by Bernard Mayes and it is a truly stunning production.
I’m a big fan of most of the Sciences and I guess that’s natural enough since as a Metallurgist/Engineer I studies a few of the sciences and drifted towards the others. The money orientated specialties bore me, to me the invention or the understanding is far more important to me than the financial rewards.
I guess if it came down to whether or not you can ‘take anything with you’, I figure knowledge, understanding and a clear conscience would be about it, and if there is a hell, it’s going to be not being able to hide the truth or your motives and if it’s a place, it will most likely be full of Lawyers (spit on the floor) Pedophiles, Politicians, Bankers, Corporate Executives, Religious Bigots, Arms Dealers, Corrupt Police, Lazy Doctors and Hummer Drivers… why would you be scared of just ‘burning in Eternal Hell, if the alternative was an eternal Hell with the aforementioned?