The maker of Zeitgeist has created an addendum to the original web film. The addendum covers the monetary system and energy and also loops back around to previously covered topics such as religion and the nature of reality. This time however, these topics are coupled with the suggestion of one possible future. Its a free download and worth the wait. Note: click above for the commercial. Go to youtube for the download.
We had a really nice close to our Saturday kids class. A nearby farming town put on a outdoor fire for halloween with children and story telling. A complete Halloween warm up with raw food, fire spinning, costumes, and bobbing for apples.
I was raised by Jews. I went to Hebrew school and temple and from a young age I was informed about Nazi Germany. My teachers had numbers tattooed on their arms and this sent my young brain a powerful message. The mantra has always been "never forget."
Just this week I caught news of the destruction of the posse comitatus act. Bush has a unit - USNORTHCO - preparing for deployment INSIDE the United States. The elections are days away. Martial law hangs on the lips of many. Bush even used the words 'martial law' when threatening the senate during economic bail out talks. I keep asking myself, "where are all the Jews who worked so hard to teach their children to never forget? Where are all the tribes who have lived in fascism? As I survey my tribe, through those close to me I discover that some are voting for McCain. The republicans purport to defend Israel. The wounds of the past, open and painful, lead some to clutch for what appears to be stability. They walk into the mouth of the shark.
Never forget did not come with a list of "what we would have done if we knew then what we know now." And what am I doing besides bitching aloud to you? I did some work, one project before the war on Iraq and another during the RNC in NYC (No Bush & The Vomitorium). I took a big fat stab at consumerism too with Swap-O-Rama-Rama. And then, like many, I got arrested while walking to the subway(during the RNC). I was scooped up in a net with grandparents, business people, even attendees of the RNC, republicans in fact! Those three days in jail changed me for life.
I've moved my attention to making the world I wish to live in and away from fighting the world I don't wish to live in. And there is something to this (I think). But I hear those words in my head over and over again, "never forget." What would people have done early on in Germany when things were shifting but not yet unbearable? I know we each have an answer. I know it takes all of us acting on our answer too. My friend Tony used to say, "We reach satori all or never." Perhaps I am blogging about this just to poke at you the way that I feel poked at.
- Natural Gas (stove/oven/water heater/home heat)
* Total: $14.58
* Actual Natural Gas Usage: $2.90
* Total: $10.00
* Actual Electricity Usage: $0.00
* $16.70 based on 7000 gallons of monthly water usage
* Our primary water usage is for watering the garden (which doesn't
effect the sewer system)
* $16.81 this is just what they charge anyone who is commercial with trash
Basically it doesn't save me much to conserve like crazy. The access fees of roughly $10 per service are almost always larger than our actual usage. We really need to work towards disconnecting from all of these services. The most difficult would probably be our $55 cable modem. Oddly enough our internet connection costs more than all of our utilities combined.
1. My Office Shipping Container (it gets REALLY cold)
2. Our diesel Mercedes (it hates starting in weather below freezing)
3. The 55 gallon steel grease drums (it is difficult to pump cold grease)
4. Our living room has no direct heat
The wrap heaters are really simple devices. I measure out 20' of 30 gauge magnet wire and wind it up, solder leads, and cover in aluminum tape. Make sure the connection between the leads and magnet wire is inside the tape or the wire will burn out. This gives me a 36W wrap heater when combined with 12V motorcycle battery. Lately I've been tossing in a few magnets so the wrap heater will stick to any magnetic surface (like my shipping container, steel drums, Mercedes oil pan, etc.). With a little thermal mass and microcontroller assistance I should be able to build a lower power heater for our living room that can make use of the excess PV power we have each day and releases heat through out the night.
- base design off a single window frame
- use ducting to connect to window, or through wall of home
- allow hot box to easily be rotated to SouthEast and SouthWest orientations
- use no wood, only 1" blue board
- use diamond lath + cement + black paint
- air intake on bottom, avoid floating metal in center
Wendy and I are asked everyday about energy, food, water, and fuel alternatives. There are a lot of people who have questions about producing their own energy in particular. Later this month we will do a class for kids about electricity. Basically how to rewire any power source to run your tools. If that works out we might be able to put something together quickly to help others understand what they can afford from the PV solar world.
piece of foam discarded in a alley on my way home today. I was reading Bloomberg about how the block buster movie this week was "The Beverly Hills Chihuahua" which made 29M. I believe our society has peaked on all fronts and we are now on a rapidly descending roller coaster. Really, who paid to see a 2 hour film about the Taco Bell dog? Why was this foam so clearly labeled discarded?