Declining morality and character; How to live near it

I often get asked why I remain in the USofA if I so vehemently point out the frequent failures of morality and conscience in our leaders and general population. We live in an atmosphere where government figures regularly poison the drinking water, food, and air of the citizens they have been chosen to protect and govern; often times for monetary profit. I have spent a lot of time in developing nations where the culture is a great deal more conducive to family values and good moral character. For the time being at least, I will remain here. When the need arises I may flee my homeland.
All I can say is that there will be thieves and murderers in any concentrated population center. What the developing nations of the Caribbean have going for them is the willingness of most of the people to actively point out who among them is a sinner and so hurts the entire community with their actions. Children are allowed to be disciplined without fear of litigation. It truly takes a village to raise a child. If the parent is an evildoer, lawyers should not be allowed to proclaim they are protecting a right to create criminal behaviour if done in privacy. We have never had a right to harm others. We do have the right to pursue happiness so long as it does NOT harm others.
A spirit of cooperation is necessary to build structures and infrastructure to sustain a community. Slow natural growth of that community can and often does create a synergy that provides much more for the group than just the sum of the individual parts on their own. That growth cannot be unregulated. A system of balance must be maintained to prevent resources from being drained away or wasted merely to promote financial growth of an elite few who crave power and personal wealth above the health and well being of their neighbors who share this one planet we have to sustain us.
All of that said is merely to sustain what we have brought upon this Earth so far. It is for the Seventh Generation of our descendants that we must worry about having enough clean air, food, and water for their survival and life most fullest. The term Permaculture tries to go beyond just sustaining what we have become. It strives to be regenerative to the environment. To repair decades of destruction of soil so nature can be allowed to restore balance instead of man attempting to profit from disrupting the ecological balance for his own greed and prosperity.
Our actions have consequences to others. Sometimes we can be unaware or unwilling to see the effects of our actions on others. Education to prevent ignorance of unseen damages is one part of the solution to the first.
Confrontation in a peaceful and constructive manner should be the duty of every citizen to lessen the latter. I do not believe it is wrong to shame a person that has done injustice to others. I insist that injustice be brought to light and a good faith effort to atone for misdeeds should be attempted.

Let me share with you some of my favorite relevant quotes from reasoning men and women. I believe they are wisdom to live by and ideals to strive for:

“That you do not measure the fruit of your action. You have to measure your obligation of action. You have to find out what’s the right thing to do. That is your duty.” – Vandana Shiva from The Bhagavad Gita or Krishna

What man is a man who does not make the world better?
From the Latin Inscription: Nemo vir est qui mundum non reddat meliorem

“Patriotism should not be your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.” – paraphrased and reversed from – George Bernard Shaw

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety” – Benjamin Franklin

“In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man; Brave, hated, and scorned. When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him; for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.”-Mark Twain

“True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.” – Clarence Darrow

“When you stand before God, you cannot say “but I was told by others to do thus” or that “virtue was not convenient at the time.” This will not suffice. Remember that.”

“I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution” – Thomas Jefferson

A new world. A better world than has ever been seen. There, you are not what you are born but what you have it in yourself to be. A kingdom of conscience, of peace instead of war, love instead of hate.

By the word of religion, I’ve seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the “Will of God”. Holiness is in right action and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves. And goodness – what God desires – [pointing at his head then heart] is here and here. By what you decide to do every day, you will be a good man [smiles] or not.

In summary, it may not be wrong to try to escape a world of sinners. Just the leaving might start them to think about what they have been doing and work to alter their behavior.
It may not be a step to trying to get them to change their ways but I still try to change the world one person at a time and do not want to waste my time where my efforts are ineffective.

Look within your heart to decide the path you wish to follow. We the people of the United States of America borrowed our constitution from the native Americans but had to alter it to allow for possession of land; a concept they could not understand that one could be permitted to keep resources needed by the tribe away from others because it made you more wealthy than others.
Remember though that those same people had wars against other nations to defend their territory or to capture the territory of other nations when local resources were not enough.

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Greenhouse Basics for North Florida

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Why do you want a greenhouse – what uses will it have affects the design.

Winter growing of plants in pots will warrant a South wall and roof slope exposure to take advantage of the sun.

Summer germination trays will need to have plenty of ventilation to avoid bolting.

Where will it be located – free standing requires more materials than attached to a wall.

An entrance large enough for a wheel barrow to get in makes sense but a pass through entrance on opposite sides eliminates the need to back the wheel barrow out awkwardly.

Watering supply will need to be close by without obstructing pathways.

A heat source for winter extremes may need to be added with an extension cord.

How much will it cost – esthetics or purpose? Recycled materials or quality synthetics?

How long do you want it to last?

Do you want to be able to deconstruct it and move it later on?

How big do you want it to be?

How sturdy will it need to be? Heavy rains or high winds if not in a protected location may be a problem.

Shelving is essential

  • Sturdy enough to hold a germination tray full of soil and water in the base.
  • Wide enough to hold at least 2 pots deep
  • Another option is to have solid supports and a growing basin for scattered seedlings that have smaller root systems.
  • Capable of quick drainage to avoid rot and algae/mold.
  • Sizing will influence total dimensions of greenhouse.
  • Pots and trays need to be stored between usages.

Watering options

  • Misting sprinklers built into ceiling allows for low maintenance growing on an automated watering schedule.
  • Optionally a garden hose misting nozzle can be used every 2 days if humidity stays high.
  • Mini hoses quick-fastened to rafter hooks can be set on a faucet timer for low maintenance growing.
  • irrigation kits that use “Spot Spitters” can be used that can be staked into taller pots. The advantage is mobility and different spray patterns for plants that prefer drier conditions can be grouped together to receive less moisture.
  • Drip irrigation hoses can be moved around for germination trays but become very awkward.

Roof material choice influences design

  • Plastic sheeting is the ideal ceiling and wall material for the amount of light to enter in our region but is subject to damaging rips in an unprotected area.
  • Plastic sheeting is easy to repair with a glue stick gun.
  • Glass is very heavy and requires sturdy framing.
  • Fiberglass roof panels are expensive and may need to be scrubbed clean of algae during rainy season.
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What could be wrong with Golden Rice Trans-genetic?

My opinion on Golden Rice?…
TAKE HEED YE WHO DEFY THE LORD
Start with bad science as described by Carl Sagan’s Baloney Test.
From a contributor to Wikipedia we get “In a summary about the research the American Society for Nutrition suggests the implications of the research are that “Golden Rice could probably supply 50% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of vitamin A from a very modest amount — perhaps a cup — of rice, if consumed daily.”
How many bullshit euphemisms can you pack into a sentence?… implications/suggests/probably/if/perhaps/could
The first go around nutritional benefits required (better science) 28 cups of rice per meal daily to get the beta-carotene vitamin A conversion process in humans. This was decreased in later varieties but still a significant increase in consumption for meals.
Wikipedia omitted and only alluded to the observations of non-scientists that pigs and other livestock refused to eat the trans-genetic rice.

Test result summaries done by the manufacturer do not include any data that would be proprietary information restricted from being divulged because of patent protection. The old “Trust us because we are so big that no government oversight is needed so we can be self regulated for convenience of the FDA.”

Don’t forget lower, not greater crop yields per hectare and the increased expense of chemical crop management required to grow this strain of rice.

GMO is an easily identified comfortable label but also a misnomer. Maize/corn and all hybrid crop plants have been genetically modified by man by coaxing mutations within species for hundreds of years.
“The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds.” – The third day, Holy Bible

Trans-genetics utilizes disruption of the mutagen protection within cell gene DNA to insert naturally incompatible cross-species genes where God never intended plants to bear seed according to OTHER KINDS.

Word up: PERSISTENT TRANSFER of gene characteristics.

How many anti-biotic and anti-allergy suppression characteristics have you consumed lately? US-FDA under USDA run by a former Monsanto employee WON’T tell you because you may be “scared into not buying” (their words) the corporate profit making products that eliminate human labor from farming thus acerbating the economic downfall of farmers.

But that is just my opinion (backed by fact) on Golden Rice. Please arrive at your own conclusions based on true science and intelligent thought.

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Some Gardening Tips for Florida

Seed Gardening

First off you have to wade through the label inconsistency mess.

“Organic” should mean that no pesticides or herbicides have been used to grow the plants that the seeds were pulled from. It also should indicate that only “Natural” fertilizers were added to the growth soil instead of petroleum derived nitrogen.

The purpose of using “Organic” seeds is to limit the amount of chemicals entering our bodies through the food we eat and to keep our yards free of “Unnatural” chemicals that persist in the soil.

Hybrid seeds can be labeled “Organic” or not. They are cross pollinated varieties done by hand to achieve a desired characteristic in a plant. The result will be a plant that can resist mold, tolerate heat, or produce larger fruit. It is a onetime planting because the next generation if you save the seeds might revert back to the female parent or the male parent plant or continue the trait or become a new variety. This is the basis of genetic mutation coaxed out of plants using Mother Nature to modify plants.

Heirloom varieties are carefully isolated so that no other species of pollen can “Hybridize”, or change the desired plant through the next generation. They can be “Organic” or commercially harvested from fields that use chemical farming techniques. The result is the same plant year after year unless they have been altered by design – not God to be sterile through the use of “Trans-Genics”.

Genetically Modified is actually a misnomer because “Hybridization” does the same thing naturally instead of artificially. Gene Manipulation on the cellular level is done by man to get results that would NEVER occur in nature. In Fact the genetic manipulation of genes by artificial insertion of enzymes or forcing non-compatible genes into a strand in order to alter the mutation process so “new” genes can be incorporated into a plant should be labeled “Trans-Genetic”. We have just gone so long calling the artificial Trans-Genetics process GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) that it is too late to stop calling it that to avoid confusion. GMO is globally recognized as a human engineered attempt to patent new forms of life. (Only God can create a tree – and Dow and Monsanto and Pioneer and Dupont…)

So “Organic” is chemical free for labeling but really only means “has life”.

“Heirloom” is not altered from the original plant for generations.

“Hybrid” is mutation allowed by God. Accidentally in nature or assisted by man.

GMO is manipulation that does not occur naturally by God.

“Natural” has no meaning other than not processed by man. (using natural ingredients counts)

Seed Sources

Small Northern seed mail order company seeds may not grow in Florida climate. We have an unusual sub-tropic climate with extreme temperature ranges and most of the soil is actually just sand.

Some store bought companies (most have web sites) are: 2bseeds, NK Lawn & Garden, Better Homes and Gardens, Burpee, Baker Creek Heirloom, Park Seed, American Seed Company, Ferry-Morse, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (available at Earth Works Design Nursery on Beach and Kernan in Jacksonville), and Martha Stewart Living (usually Organic on label but I have had poor success rates/possibly because I chose a variety seed that only does well up North).

Seeds from Lowe’s are fine. Ferry-Morse is a respected name that does not sell GMO seeds. They do label Hybrids. It is the Hybrid varieties that cannot be saved from crops for next year. I often buy at K-Mart and Walgreen’s.

Store bought seeds are OK. Hybrid variety seeds produce some very good veggies and can be saved but most likely will not be the same plant next year; Either the mother or father plant or some new variety.

Warning – Packets labeled ‘American Seed’ with 2 red flag symbols on either side are NOT from the true American Seed Company! They are the discount $.99 Walgreen’s seasonal rack display and are actually Plantation Products Company using the phrase “American Seed” to show they are not imported. Nothing wrong with them; My best Danvers Carrots, Head Cabbage, Broccoli, and Brussels Sprouts have come up from these seeds. Just trying to fool you that they are the original company.

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Some thoughts about renewable energy to wean us off fossil fuels.

 

Renewable energy answers key global and national energy issues by providing sustainable electricity generation without the pollution that normally accompanies conventional fuel burning dependant systems. The benefits of having a reliable source of energy that does not require importing or depleting of natural ecosystem capitol can be a way to stabilize the economy and provide growth opportunities. The standard of living for the populace can be increased through social programs that incorporate jobs and manufactured goods for export if the technology can be developed nationally.

By developing efficient alternative sources of energy, nations can improve the health of the citizenry and help reduce the global climate impact of population growth.

One issue that concerns many nations is the threat of terrorist attacks on the power distribution and production infrastructure. In response to that threat the U.S. Navy has been considering a renewable form of energy production using wave motion to power its underwater surveillance equipment used to guard our coasts. The idea is to construct underwater plates that move with the waves to convert that energy to electricity and transmit the power beneath the surface to military installations. According to a technical article by Susan Kraemer “the US Navy just awarded Lockheed Martin and Ocean Power Technologies a $15 million 4 year contract to provide wave power for terrorism prevention around the coasts” (Kraemer, S., 2009).

Reliable Wave Power Ensures Secure Terrorism Protection

clip_image001Written by Susan Kraemer

Published on October 18th, 2009

Posted in U.S. Military, wave energy

The company’s vision is to deploy farms of tidal turbines under the world’s oceans – silently and invisibly generating electricity at no cost to the environment.

If new technology that can harness the kinetic energy of pedestrian traffic becomes feasible, we may see entire cities powered by the everyday foot traffic of its citizens. Testing is already underway in Tokyo of floors that generate electricity. Floor materials that can transfer the weight shifts of people walking on it to light up signs and displays are located in malls and busy street corners that urge people to step on the test pads (Tokyo testing electricity generating floors, n.d.).

With high costs and the problem of global climate factors being associated with conventional electricity generation, many new forms of renewable energy are being proposed, tested, and implemented today. Some of them are very doable, while others are patented for future speculation.

Recycling photons in the home is a project suggested by Brazilian designer Helena Bueno (solar powered lamp). Solar powered lamps that have a photovoltaic collector attached to the top can be placed near or aimed at a window providing direct sunlight. The collector would also have cells on the underside to gather the light usually wasted after using it to see with. All those photons not being used by our eyes can be returned into the storage battery mounted in the base of the lamp. It would provide an off the grid solution to home lighting.

According to a Swedish company called Minesto, deep green technology research has gone in the direction of underwater kites to harness tidal flow power. Their website sates that each megawatt-worth of kite(s) would weigh 14 tons, so it would seem that each 7 ton kite is a 500 KW unit. According to CEO Anders Jansson’s estimate, these could probably produce power for somewhere between $0.09 cents and $0.20 cents per kwh.

Underwater Kite Harnesses Ocean Energy

clip_image001[1]Written by Susan Kraemer

Published on October 23rd, 2009

Posted in wave energy

http://cleantechnica.com/2009/10/23/underwater-kite-harnesses-ocean-energy/

Mining Hydrothermal Vents For Renewable Electricity, Drinking Water + Valuable Minerals

clip_image001[2]Written by Susan Kraemer

Published on September 4th, 2009

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Posted in Climate Change, alternative energy, fossil fuels, wind energy

The Marshall Hydrothermal Recovery System http://www.marshallsystem.com/index.htm

AW-Energy’s WaveRoller uses the roiling currents under the sea to make energy from the repetitive surge motion at the sea floor in what Koivusaari calls the surge zone. The kinetic energy produced is collected by a piston pump. This energy can be converted to electricity by a closed hydraulic system in combination with a hydraulic motor/generator system.

References

Chauhan, N. (2009, October 1). NEWAY: Solar-powered lamp harnesses its own energy [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.thedesignblog.org/‌entry/‌neway-solar-powered-lamp-harnesses-its-own-energy/

Greenfield, D. (2009, November 9). Is the smart grid a dumb idea? eWeek, 26(19), 18-19.

Kraemer, S. (2009, October 23). Underwater Kite Harnesses Ocean Energy. Retrieved from http://cleantechnica.com/‌2009/‌10/‌23/‌underwater-kite-harnesses-ocean-energy/

Kraemer, S. (2009, October 18). Reliable wave power insures secure terrorism protection. Retrieved from http://cleantechnica.com/2009/10/18/reliable-wave-power-ensures-secure-terrorism-protection/

Tokyo testing electricity generating floors [Press release]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.newlaunches.com/‌archives/‌tokyo_testing_electricity_generating_floors.php

Welcome to Marshall Hydrothermal. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.marshallsystem.com/‌index.htm

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Vacation for your dog with no kennel!

You never have to go to a kennel again! Check out my home dog boarding profile on DogVacay.com and use my coupon code 1ZITIBOAT23 to get $10 off your first booking.
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Worm Composting Boxes simple and cheap

I can produce these excellent worm boxes for $60-75 dollars at my home or at your property within 25 miles of Downtown Jacksonville. Delivery of finished boxes for $30 in the same radius.

Dimensions are 36″ wide x 37 1/4″ long x 24 3/4″ with lid 24″ without lid tall.

Features side ventilation for worm health. Light weight (45 lbs.) for portability. Easy compost tea collection through screened slot at front bottom. Raised construction to prevent rot and allow air circulation. Excellent size for starting with 100 Red Wriggler Worms. Can be operated with a divider in the center to allow migration of worms for harvesting castings soil about every 3 months.

Superior to plastic bins that hold condensation moisture.

Compare to $104 models from the internet that need to be shipped.Image

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