Self Sufficiency Overrated?

Here’s a link found via Ran Prieur’s website concerning self sufficiency.  The article looks at at ever increasing trend torwards privacy, even amongst families, and how this seems to be inversley proportional to one’s overall happiness.  The last line of the article states: “we’re built to rely on each other.”  Link below:

Oh, the author also wrote this book:

The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future


Holy Crap

Uuum, I really don’t know what to say, other than watch the video.

Crocs Evolves

I was at a sporting goods store this past weekend getting my fishing license and I noticed some Crocs flip flops.  They looked pretty cool so I figure I’d check out their website and see what else they’ve been up to.  Some of the newer lines of footwear look a helluva lot better than the original, hideous looking Crocs.  Might these new sandals be the Birkenstocks of the 21st century?  I never thought I’d ever find myself wearing Crocs, but I have officially changed my mind.  Take a look at some of the cooler models:

Good Article

Excellent Article…

…on maximizing vegatation (food growth) in the midwest plains.  Corn farmers should take notice of this one.  Here’s some snippets:

One of his main themes was what he calls the savanna model. The natural habitat in much of North America was once oak savanna – a mix of grassland and woodland. He said because the savanna takes advantage of three dimensions, vegetation high, low, and everywhere in between, you can get sixty vertical feet of photosynthesis, pull water and nutrients up from much deeper in the soil, and over time, build up some of the richest soil on earth.  The savanna model can support more total biomass than almost any other system – seven times more biomass than a cornfield.

Turning back to the topic at hand, he said that the most useful Oak savanna crops fall into the following families:

  • Fagacae: Oaks, chestnuts, beeches
  • Malus: Apples
  • Prunus: Plums, cherries, peaches, apricots, and other stone fruits
  • Corylus: Hazelnuts
  • Vitis: Grapes
  • Rubus: Blackberries & raspberries
  • Ribes: Currants & gooseberries

This is what I’ve been working on with a suburban plot.  The fruit trees are in.  Next are nut trees and berries in between.

Reason to Leave the Country, Part III

Where your federal tax dollars go.  That’s jacked up.  The part about military spending I mean.

Tax Chart

Peruvian Stock Market

Un-freaking believable!

Attached Image

Uranium Still Rockin’

It’s starting to look like everyone’s going nuclear.  Spot price hits $113.

Reason to Leave the Country, Part II

It’s illegal to drink unpasteurized milk.

Reason to Leave the Country, Part I

Six year old kids get arrested and thrown in the county prison.

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