Archive for August, 2007

The Machinations Of The New World Order - The Farmer

…."the independent farmer is the greatest threat to the power of the ruling elite the world over because the farmer can produce for himself. He can’t starve. If all independent farmers produced only for personal consumption, the rest of the world can starve, the ruling elite can also starve [unless they eat Martian wheat or Plutonian meat], the square mile of Delhi, where the Indian ruling elite dwells will definitely starve, but not the farmers."

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Posted: August 24th, 2007
at 12:55pm by Koookiecrumbles


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Amish-run businesses eye modern tech

DUNKINSVILLE, Ohio (AP) a€" Despite a tradition of shunning modern technology, the Amish in southern Ohio are finding ways to use solar energy, windmill power and the Internet to produce and market their homemade goods.

Electricity generated in the outside world and brought into Amish communities through power lines is usually forbidden, but generating their own power is considered acceptable.

That’s especially true for businesses like the one run by Daniel Miller and his brothers, where family members come together for a common purpose.

"What we might do in our business, we would not do in our homes," said Miller, who runs the family’s furniture store in Adams County, about 70 miles east of Cincinnati. "That is more by tradition than anything else."

Solar panels have also become prevalent among Amish in northeast Ohio, where hundreds see getting energy from the sun as a safe alternative to natural gas and kerosene as a source of light.

At Miller’s Furniture, Bakery and Bulk Food, freezers, cash registers and other equipment are operated by energy generated by a windmill and solar panels at the family’s country complex. The family, which also makes and sells pies, cheeses and bread, stores the electricity in truck-sized batteries.

In 30 years, they haven’t had to pay a single electric bill.

"The world may run out of oil and gas," Miller said. "But we will always have the sun and wind."

The family also is using Internet advertising to attract non-Amish customers from Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton. The Millers hired ZoneFree Ohio Marketing and Public Relations, a public relations company that highlights the family’s various products on a website that caters to tourists.

"Some people see them as simple and backward," said Frank Satullo, ZoneFree Ohio founder. "And yet they went ‘green’ years ago. These plain-living people in horses and buggies are way ahead of the world."

At the bottom of the ZoneFree website featuring the Millers’ store, Satullo runs a disclaimer that his company, not the Miller family, created and maintain the site.

"I have to say that, because, of course, the Millers can’t have their own website," Satullo said. "But I can use the Internet for them."

Miller also buys ads in newspapers, which usually run in a paper’s Internet site as well. But it’s an advertisement he’ll never see.

"We just can’t go there," he said. "But, yes, it is a tool that can be used to tell people we’re here."

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Posted: August 22nd, 2007
at 2:19pm by Koookiecrumbles


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Unconventional wind power

What makes it so special? The odd-looking configuration can be quickly removed from a roof, saving it from hurricane force winds and such, and it uses unusual vertically oriented turbine blades and lightweight materials to enhance its efficiency. The result of this unconventional design is a power generator that can produce 1.2-kW of electricity in a 12-meter-per-second wind, and thata€™s three times more efficient than competing designs.

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Posted: August 22nd, 2007
at 2:19pm by Koookiecrumbles


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The Ambassador of Go

listen to this documentary from The Third Coast International Audio Festival, part of a series, Stories About Games

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Posted: August 22nd, 2007
at 12:57pm by Koookiecrumbles


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"Streams, torrents, lakes, glaciers….."

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Posted: August 20th, 2007
at 7:22pm by Koookiecrumbles


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Posted: August 20th, 2007
at 7:22pm by Koookiecrumbles


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The Possibilities of the Post-Retail City

I just had my first exposure to Reverend Billy, the leader of the Church of Stop Shopping. After reading a post (over at Polis) about the Reverend’s anti-consumerist group, I thought it was an actual church. To which I said: "Oh, excellent.

Of course, the CoSS is actually an act, with the "Reverend" being the stage persona of NYC performance artist Bill Talen. It’s a send-up of streetcorner preachers and televangelists, and it sounds hilarious. Better yet, there’s a point! Reverend Billy preaches against corporatist architecture and urbanism, advocating for sustainable, walkable communities with local economies. And while the site does pay lip service to independently owned local businesses, it is the Church of Stop Shopping, and one of their taglines is "Love is a Gift Economy!" Obviously, these people think that there are better ways for us to use all of that street-level retail space.

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Posted: August 20th, 2007
at 7:20pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: life,business,mnp is for the children,architecture

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Sao Paolo on the bill

With the "Clean City" legislation, the government of the Brazilian megalopolis of 11 million (the most populous city in the Southern Hemisphere) aims for a cultural overhaul:

…This city…overwhelmed by what the authorities call visual pollution, plans to press the "delete all" button and offer its residents unimpeded views of their surroundings.

But in proposing to transform the landscape, officials have unleashed debate and brought into conflict sharply differing concepts of what this city, South America’s largest and most prosperous, should be. City planners, architects and environmental advocates have argued enthusiastically that the prohibition, through a new "clean city" law, brings SA£o Paulo a welcome step closer to an imagined urban ideal.

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Posted: August 20th, 2007
at 7:17pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: crime,too good to be true,green,home,business,weaponry,architecture,design,real life news

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the Science Barge

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Nowhere is our civilizationa€™s lifeline more visible than in the practice of agriculture and how it reveals our reliance on the organization of sunlight and water to make food. Since wea€™ve been at it for thousands of years, and most of us now live in cities not knowing the difference between straw and hay, how can we, the urban population, not take agriculture for granted and become as proficient at growing things to sustain ourselves as our rural or past counterparts? One answer is floating in the Hudson River. As told by Science Barge creators New York Sun Works Center for Sustainable Engineering, "The Science Barge is a sustainable urban farm powered by solar, wind, and biofuels, and irrigated by rainwater and purified riverwater. We grow fresh fruit and vegetables using recirculating hydroponics."

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Posted: August 18th, 2007
at 5:53pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: green,whips,fo' real?,real life news

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