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Thermal Banking Greenhouse Design

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”

The Sun is a little quiet lately

April 5, 2009

The Sun is Quiet lately

Apparently our own Sun has been a little quiet of late. With fewer sun spots and magnetic fields which are a little weaker than usual.

During this quiet period the Sun is displaying less intense solar flares, Sun spots and storms.

According to NASA scientists this is the quietest period of solar activity since 1913 and it is good news for us here on Earth. The less solar activity means better GPS navigation, Satellites stay in orbit longer and even the effects of Climate change are minimised, although only marginally with a 0.3 degree cooling at the most.

For more details on this story please see the link below at Top news.

Website: Topnews.in

Why are we are destroying our planet ?

October 8, 2008

Video: YouTube

Our planet has a finite number of animals and plants. If we keep going the way we are, eventually there will be nothing left.

There is only so much oil, only so much coal, only so much uranium. And yet there is abundant sunlight (at least for another few billion years) and by that time we could have transferred us all to another solar system.

Why is it that Australia especially is not going all out to replace the fossil fuel power stations with Solar, Wind, Geothermal and Tidal/Wave power generation. MONEY, that’s why, big business are just too greedy.

Any politicians reading this please wake up and stop the senseless destruction of the only planet that we currently know we can exist on.

Any big business people reading this please take your oportunity to jump on the green bandwagon as that is where your future business will have to operate.

Any other people reading this post, please speak up and let your local member of parliament know how you feel and that you will not except anything other than total respect for our environment.

The Search for Ultimate Energy 2

July 27, 2008

Video: YouTube

I commend the Americans on their efforts to use Tidal energy. In northern Australia, as you will see below, we have Tides that are almost 40’… you got to be careful in these areas where you tie your boat up to, or you could find it underwater or hanging from it’s mooring lines.

Anyway, you can see the high water mark on the rock walls in the video below… can you imagine the power you could generate with the energy in that water? Sure you mightn’t be able lay down power lines back to the cities, but you may be able to say use that power on site, to produce hydrogen or drive a factory that produce solar cells and turbine generators, you know it helps if the manufacturing costs are offset by free or even cheap power.

The reason why they don’t, is because as I often say, “When your snout’s in the trough, the rim’s your horizon.”

Horizontal Waterfalls Fly Over & Jetboat Kimberley

Video: YouTube

The Search for Ultimate Energy 1

July 27, 2008

Video: YouTube

There is some controversy over what tunes exactly the Titanic’s band was playing on deck, as they and the Titanic slipped beneath the icy waters of the Atlantic on that April night. But the unconfirmed rumors say “Song d’Automne” and the appropriate “Nearer, My God, to Thee” were heard by the survivors.

WTF is the Hippie talking about I hear you say? Well, at a time when it’s bleedingly obvious that things are going array, and after almost 12 years of total inaction by Bush in the US and Australia’s Liberal (Republican look a likes) government led by John Winston Howard and his merry group of environmental vandals; acting on behalf of the coal companies, you would hope for an improvement.

Sadly Howard’s replacement, Kevin Rudd’s Labor (Democrat look a likes) government’s first action is to put a means test on the subsidy given to people who put solar panels on their homes… yep you heard me right, hard to believe isn’t it, but get this, ironically they said it was because they thought the Solar industries were in danger of overheating.

But wait there’s more. Brendon Neilson, the new Liberal opposition leader, who prior to joining the Liberal party had an ear stud, and who prior to taking command, stated with gusto and feeling “I have never voted Liberal in my life”! is now doing his best to prevent Australia moving from being world leaders in pollution, to being leaders in the no action brigade and full steam a head on the economy. Meanwhile the band’s breaking out their instruments.

Thankfully Western Europe is making an effort, Germany with about half the sunlight of Australia is actually doing more with solar than Australia, Holland and Great Britain are building tidal turbines, even though they don’t have the 10 meter plus tides we have in the north of our country, and Iceland is going gangbusters with geothermal, whilst Australia is thinking about pilot geothermal plants… it’s embarrassing.

But I’m going to save my praise for Allen Jones; currently working on solving London’s power problems, who’s one of the few who’s got a grasp on the fact that centralized power sources; which only suit the power and fossil fuel industries, are largely inefficient and unnecessary, that with a bit of uncommon sense, you can provide all the power you need to drive a city in the city, by using a variety of what’s often referred to as alternative energy… good on you Allen.

Suburban Permaculture

June 26, 2008

Video: YouTube

With the price of petrol on an ever increasing spiral upwards, food is being sucked along in it’s wake. With supermarkets and Industrial farming also on an ever increasing spiral upwards, nutrition and health is going in the opposite direction.

Lets face it political instability is on the increase like the weather and food shortages, so why waste time and money on lawns and pay for food that’s neither fresh nor healthy, yet is increasing in prices and being sprayed with who knows what… grow your own food, improve your health, and put the money you save into solar panels.

Energy Crisis! What Energy Crisis?

June 23, 2008

Energy Crisis! What Energy Crisis?
Photo: Energy Crisis! What Energy Crisis?

Sometimes a simple image can say sooo much.

Website: Energy Crisis! What Energy Crisis?

Powering past fossil fuels

June 9, 2008

Video: The Real News

In Australia they are saying petrol will be $2/liter (almost $8 a gallon) before the end of the year. You know it all seemed to happen so quickly after the Iraqi oil war, but in actual fact I remember a time back in the late 70’s when there was an oil scare and everybody started selling off their V8’s… funny thing though is, nobody it seemed, thought the oil would eventually jump drastically in price prior to it’s eventually running out.

Now you would expect that the powers that be, that own and run the oil (bankers and the like), would have seen it coming and made plans… but then they weren’t Robinson Crusoe. The CIA too, despite their budget somehow hadn’t noticed the USSR rupturing and were caught totally flat footed when ‘The Wall came down’. Some may find the aforementioned similarity a bit of a stretch I guess… perhaps I better explain, but first a little truism. ‘When your snout’s in the trough, the rim’s your horizon’.

In the case of the CIA, I guess they were busy lining their own pockets with drug money and the likes, bribing dictators, plotting and scheming, having such a good time doing all their wheeling and dealing, and they couldn’t see the forest for all those dam trees. Whilst in the case of the Oil companies they too were busy lining their own pockets, laundering the hundreds of billions of dollars of Drug money, bribing dictators, plotting and scheming, having such a good time doing all their wheeling and dealing, shelving patents etc. that they too missed the Elephant in the room.

See the problem is the people making the decisions, are all money focused, you know Bankers & Lawyers (spit on the ground), sooo few of them have any scientific back ground. Sure they have scientific staff, but the problem is that they either make up their own minds based on profit orientated thinking, or the scientists themselves are too busy telling their bosses what they know they want to hear.

I know this because I witnessed this sort of thinking first hand. Your paid to come up with solutions, after extensive studying and running tests you come up with a solution, you explain to the bosses their options… and then one of them asks you a question that’s sooo dumb, you start looking around for a camera or something, thinking your on ‘Candid Camera’. And whilst your brain’s trapped in some sort of loop trying to figure out, what the hell just happened, they neatly sidestep you, and later you find out that you just wasted a year or more and they probably used a Weegie board or something to come up with their answer.

Meanwhile ‘the powers that be’s’ other paid employees (the Politicians) are busy implementing the Bankers & Lawyers (spit on the ground) plans for world domination… I wonder if somewhere in this galaxy there isn’t some group of aliens running a ‘Big Brother’ type TV show, about this little microcosm we call Earth?

Oh by the way… GOOD ON YOU SPAIN!

For those interested in the future here’s a site for you:- FuturePundit.

ReadySolar presentation

June 8, 2008

Video: YouTube

For those considering Solar Power for their homes, I believe that this video is worth the watch.

A few considerations I’d like to make to help you make a decision:-

* The price of electricity over the next say 20 year life of your system is likely to at least double.

* Many areas now offer a better price for your excess power… in the impressive state of South Australia, they offer twice the going rate.

* Much of your electrical equipment may last longer, since you inverter will generally put out a more stable power.

* When the power goes out… your lights etc. wont.

George Monbiot on solutions to global warming

June 7, 2008

Video: The Real News

You know what really pisses me off? Germany with half the solar radiation of Australia, is doing more with Solar than we are… that’s because our governments (both Liberal and Labor) are bought and paid for by the coal, oil & gas corporations.

Get this, our ‘new’ Labor government, means tested the government’s Solar power rebate, to a house hold income of $100,000 pa… that’s despite the fact that they know most households are suffering ‘mortgage stress’; thanks to the calculating money grabbing world dominating bankers. I mean how mean and stupid is that? When we needed to get the solar businesses in Australia started up seriously, they put barriers for the ones who could have helped get the business up and running… the irony is, they said it was necessary to prevent the solar businesses over heating, they’d prefer them stone cold I expect.

After almost 12 years of the ignorant, mean spirited, stupid, environmental vandals led by John Winston Howard, who despite the rhetoric, did nothing to further alternative energy in Australia, and in fact, hindered efforts in the world to fight global climate change, by siding with that other intellectual giant (with the dogie IQ of 120), International Terrorist and mass murder George W Bush.