Buying our destiny…

…or selling our destiny…depending on your point of view.  Naomi Klein was on DN! today, talking about climate change and our need to change the things we value in order to save the planet.

Perhaps it would be better stated to save ourselves…the planet will survive, i.e., after the humans and animals and plant life are dead from toxicity, the planet will re-emerge clean…like a phoenix rising up from the ashes.

Klein makes a point that the Green movement has been co-opted by the very targets they were fighting against.  Sadly, she states that The Nature Conservancy has been drilling.  Incredible!  Back in the day, it was one of the organizations I donated to.  That and Sierra Club, but when I found that Sierra was “partnering” with Clorox bleach…yeah, I stopped supporting them even before my life took its downturn.

She mentions the indigenous taking on the big corporations –asserting land rights.  You might recall about a year ago, with the natives of Canada protesting fracking exploration on their lands–

My posts on the events:

October 20th.   October 22nd.   November 4.   November 8.  November 24.   December 1.   December 15.

Klein asserts that those who stand to lose the most from the change in what we value–solar over oil, coal, and nuclear energy–are fighting a dirty war with the help of politicians and others who are bought and paid for.

They don’t care what ill health effects are created by the toxic environment.  It’s just mindboggling how they think that their pollution is not going to affect them–do they think they live in a bubble, immune from what happens around them?

An example–the pollen counts have been high here lately, so I haven’t been outside to jog.  I went yesterday morning, and then had problems with deep coughing.  I haven’t really had that deep coughing in awhile.  There has to be a connection.  Not only to the “normal” pollution, but from chemtrails, aka bioengineering–as I saw several trails in the sky to the East of me.  They have been spraying them above the clouds so it’s harder to see them, but they’re there.

I saw these from twenty miles away, Sunday:

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Just recently, Joe Donnelly, Dan Coats, and Jackie Walorski, Indiana politicians, have come out against EPA regulations.  The local radio station is airing commercials (surely paid for by those in the industry) stating that the EPA is a threat.  I kid you not.

Joe Donnelly here and here.

Dan Coats here–from an “EPA abuse” website, most likely being supported by the coal industry;  and here and here–this extension period was needed so they could flood the airwaves with the commercials I’m now hearing….

Notice the “job-killing” tactic–classic playbook.  Why doesn’t Sen. Coats tout renewable energy jobs that would be created if we stopped supporting the dirty coal industry?

Jackie Walorski here:  jackiewalorski.com/walorski-farm-bureau-take-aim-epa/

And here–a big thank you from the Farm Bureau. Pfft.

Note the scare tactics of “big government” and “regulating every faucet”….

Farmers need to realize their part in polluting the water.  And they need to be given some incentive for going organic, and not using chemicals in food production.  Where is the money for that?

Our water flows into the Ohio, which flows into the Mississippi, which flows into the Gulf.  It has been noted that Indiana is one of the biggest polluters (17 million pounds of toxins into our waterways EVERY YEAR), and the coral and sea life are dying because of it.

All the while, mercury in Indiana waterways is ABOVE the standards set from the USGS website.

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Mercury contamination in water and fish throughout Indiana has routinely exceeded levels recommended to protect people and wildlife. About 1 in 8 fish samples tested statewide had mercury that exceeded the recommended safety limit for human consumption. The causes include mercury in the rain and mercury going down the drain, according to a recently released federal study.The most significant source of mercury to Indiana watersheds is fallout from the air. Much of the mercury in the air comes from human activity. In Indiana, coal-burning power plants emit more mercury to the air each year than any other human activity. In urban areas, wastewater discharge contributes a substantial portion of mercury to waterways.

ALEC and Fossil Fuels

PRWatch has this up on ALEC continuing its dirty campaigns against everything that is logical.

From the piece:

ALEC is even going after people who want to generate solar power for their homes. The boom in home solar energy generation—there has been a 60 percent increase in domestic solar installations in the past year—is a threat to ALEC’s dirty energy producing members, so they have a bill to amend so-called net metering laws that allow homeowners to sell excess electricity back to the grid. It is the ability to do this that makes solar an increasingly affordable possibility for homeowners. ALEC’s bill would charge homeowners additional fees, with ALEC environment task force director John Eick telling The Guardian that these users are “free riders on the system.”

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You know, it’s one thing to try to promote your heavy-metal containing pollution, but it’s a whole ‘nother thing to try to prevent people from taking a proactive stance against your dirty fuel.  Unreal.

Solar energy has sooo many benefits–one of which is independence from the greedy energy producers whom have stripped our lands of trees, poisoned our water and soil, and then not paid for the land use nor taxes on top of that.

Sixty percent increase in solar energy use…just in the last year…this is a *huge* threat to them.

Mike Pence, doing ALEC’s bidding, along with the coal industry.

Not long ago, Indiana ranked in the top five for low cost of electricity. Now, thanks to an onslaught of regulations from Washington, Indiana ranks somewhere firmly in the middle of the pack.

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Reading between the lines, this is as much an admission of guilt for polluting our air, water, and soil with heavy metals (lead, mercury, arsenic) from coal. They were getting away with it until regulations prevented the free-for-all.

I keep thinking about that 17 million pounds of toxins put into our waterways every single year…and BP dumping mercury into Lake Michigan every single year, courtesy of Indiana Dept. of Environmental Mis-Management….and the lack of action when the toxic spill floated down the Ohio…

 

 

 

Dividing First Nations in other ways…

Scott Sewell has this up on how things changed when the gaming commissions came to town.  A sly way to divide tribes, eh?

There is just something wrong with giving tribes two choices: nuclear waste or gambling casinos.

But the federal government says to Indian people, “I will recognize your sovereignty if you have either a nuclear or toxic-waste dump or casino.” That’s pretty much the only way you get your sovereignty recognized as Indian people.
Let me be clear about this: We are sovereign. I don’t care if the federal government recognizes me, my nation, and my people. That’s of little consequence to me in the long-term picture. The federal government, as far as I’m concerned, is by and large illegal. Most transactions are illegal. It’s like being recognized by a bunch of hoodlums. But under the law, they recognize your sovereignty in those two things, a dump or a casino. So Indian people are in an ironic situation, in that our choices for economic development are so limited.

In Minnesota, I see two examples. I see a reservation like Mille Lacs. They have two casinos. They built schools, houses, roads, clinics, and community buildings. They bought land. Nobody was going to do that for them. No federal appropriation was going to be made for those Indian people to do that, although their land was mostly taken from them. The federal government is supposed to provide those things for them. That’s not going to happen, so they did that with their casinos, and that’s right. They’re making some long-term investments that are smart. They don’t think those casinos are going to last forever, but they’re doing the right thing.

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I have heard of folks willing their land to a tribe native to the area. Cool.

Here is the Native Harvest website Winona mentions.

And the Indigenous Environmental Network.

The grassroots people of Kul Wicasa oppose the development of the power line infrastructure planned by Basin Electric.  The Lower Brule substation is to be located two miles from the Big Bend Damn.  The thick, corrosive nature of tarsands oil (which in its natural state is the consistency of peanut butter) requires a constant temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit and necessary dilutants to liquify it enough to be slurried through the pipeline. This will require an enormous amount of power.  Basin Electric stated at a public utilities commission meeting in Winner, SD “the pipeline apparently moves oil under 1440 pounds of pressure per square inch. If the line is to move 700,000 barrels of crude per day, each pumping station requires three 6500 hp electric motors running on 17 megawatts of power night and day.  If the flow rate is increased to 900,000 barrels per day, five 6500hp electric motors are required.  That would use 25 megawatts of power.”

This increasing demand for electricity forces the need for the additional power station at Lower Brule. Transmission studies indicate the current system has reached its load limit.   Given the location of the Lower Brule substation, 2 miles south of the Big Bend Damn, it is apparent Missouri River water will be used to produce electricity.

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Soooo…..they toss a few crumbs with wind turbines…but what they don’t tell them is that the pipeline is going to require even more energy…and precious water to move the “peanut butter” through the lines…um-hmmm…

This is just stunning:

…the land isn’t even there now; it’s an oil mine; there was a lake there that was 200 miles long and 100 miles wide.  Now, the elders are saying, for the first time, the shoreline is receding and the rocks at the bottom of the lake are exposed.  Water is being taken from the rivers and lakes to support the destruction by the tarsands mine. 

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It’s really hard to imagine that much water being used.  It’s gone.  No longer usable by humans or animals.

This pipeline would destroy farmland and jobs, contrary to Big Oil myth.  The First Nations are trying to support themselves with the food production, but once again Big Oil has other ideas.  If you know anything about history, the Native Americans were moved to areas out West…once oil was discovered, suddenly they were in the way and once again moved.  This continued on…and now we have the modern day version of it–pollute the land so it is no longer inhabitable.

 

Sustainable farm, Sustainable future

GMO Awareness has a blog up on the work of Dr. E. Ann Clark on sustainable agriculture.  A really good, informative read on agriculture and its future.  Dr. Clark analyzes the entire cost of growing food–not just planting something in the ground, but the costs of chemicals’ impact on our ecology and the growing hypoxic zone at the mouth of the Mississippi.

They request that we note the copyright:

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How did we evolve an agri-food system so centered on specialization, consolidation, and globalization?

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That is the million dollar question.

It is a failed policy to believe that bigger is better.  Ignoring the wisdom of the elders in putting Glass-Steagall in place (note that it was part of the New Deal and how Bill Clinton got rid of it) or the Sherman Act in place is to our peril.

Here’s a report on how a case against Monsanto for antitrust violation was….dismissed….with nary a peep from the Dept. of Justice…

The USDA does keep market share numbers for the cottonseed market (pdf here), and in the 2012 growing season, Monsanto (through its cottonseed line Delta & Pine), Bayer, and Dow (through its Phytogen subsidiary) owned 80 percent of the market among the three of them.

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As far as I’m concerned, owning 80 freaking percent of any market IS a monopoly.  But that’s just me.

What about Monsanto’s bullying farmers?  How are they allowed to sue a farmer whom has not contracted to purchase their frankenfood seeds, but ends up with bioengineered crops because of drift?  Why aren’t the farmers allowed to sue for trespass?

More:

But between 2000 and 2008, Moss writes, “real seed costs [for farmers] increased by an average annual rate of five percent for corn, almost 11 percent for cotton, and seven percent for soybeans.” And for most of those years, she adds, growth in the price farmers were receiving for their crops didn’t match growth in the price they were paying for their seeds—suggesting a possible squeeze on farmers by the seed industry.

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Small farms, no doubt.  Too Big Too Fails can afford to absorb the increased costs.

(and good luck, Mother Jones, on getting the work of the DOJ on this case.  If they had any solid evidence supportive of Monsanto, they would have been happy to trot that out…but they didn’t. )

…but controlling the seeds isn’t the only thing Monsanto wants to control.  Gene Logsdon has this up on Monsanto now trying to play God with the weather.

Tell me, DOJ, is controlling the freaking weather breaking antitrust laws?  /very snarky

Here’s the New Yorker article on Climate Control Corporation.  God, that name sends chills down my spine…

And here is another article on the antitrust laws…a good read.  Note the case of Microsoft and Bill Gates’ underhanded tactics, and how the case took a sudden turn in Gates’ favor.  Note the dates–during Bill Clintons Administration–his Dept of Justice, where not one but two attorneys general had dropped out of the case.

Finally, a question–have you ever had sugar snap peas right off the plant?  No?  Well, you are missing a treat that only fresh produce provides–see, the sugar starts to turn to starch once the pea is picked, and that result is a bland tasting pea.  I was blown away by how good it tasted when I grew my own, organically.  I could hardly wait until the others matured to the picking size so I could enjoy them.  Same with cherry tomatoes, and well, *any* tomato you grow yourself is better than the those cardboard-tasting things you buy in the supermarkets.

And speaking of supermarkets–those of us of a certain age will remember when they came into being and how “modern” we felt we were when we had one come to our little town.  They even had the Budweiser Clydesdales come to the Grand Opening.  Boy, that was living! (said with a sadness that we were so gullible).

Oh, and those purple carrots look really enticing…

Another post on sustainable practice, Pee and Poo Show, here.

Sea water turned into drinking water

Creation Assistance has this post up on an invention to turn salty sea water into drinking water.  Absolute genius.   I wonder if this can be applied to our dirty drinking water through public utilities?  Could it take out the prescription drugs, petroleum products, fertilizers, herbicides, etc.?

Here’s the article in translation:

A Frank Liefooghe Project ConceptMr. Frank Liefooghe :
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OF SEA WATER BECOMES DRINKING !
January 4, 2014 by reglang22

From http://izitech.ma :

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OF SEA WATER BECOMES DRINKING WITH THIS INVENTION OPEN SOURCE THAT WILL SAVE MILLIONS OF LIVES .

Lack of access to clean water is one of the leading causes of mortality in poor countries .

In recent years , several efforts have been made to make seawater drinkable . This required power plants that consume a lot of energy and was inaccessible to poor countries.

Italian designer Gabriele Diamanti , had the idea to rally two natural elements in the service of the environment.

He created the ” Eliodomestico ” an eco- distiller that turns salt water into drinking water using solar energy.

This project is aimed at developing countries and allow these people access to clean drinking water at lower costs, with the added technical “Open Source” .
How does the ” Eliodomestico “?

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Eliodomestico each device can produce five liters of drinking water per day. More than enough for a family of 4 people .

The concept is simple, just put the sea water (salt water) in the morning in a special boiler.

This boiler is waterproof and thanks to the sun ( heat ) water evaporates throughout the day.

The steam passes through a connecting pipe and condenses in the cover pan.

The user can retrieve the fresh drinking water contained in the tank after sunset.

A more satisfactory idea for transporting drinking water, just wear the pelvis on the head ( a common practice).

Click the link to see more!

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I would caution, however, that since this is made of clay, that water not be allowed to stand in it.  Clay is notorious for having lead in it.

DIY Solar Power **edited

I have the bah humbugs for the New Year…can’t get too worked up over the new year–too many times hopes have been dashed…

So…I thought I’d go looking for something to lift my mood...here’s a neat thing–do it yourself solar panels.  I think even if someone only wanted to do one panel, it would still help reduce their electric bill, and that would reduce the country’s needs for energy produced by oil or other environmentally toxic stuff, like fracking.  Note that the author recommends a professional installation, or having a professional inspect your work if you do it yourself.

Eartheasy also has a page on energy efficient lighting, with LED lights.  I was happy they did not have the dreaded mercury-filled lightbulbs.

Enjoy.

**edited to add:  As I read the comments, the author mentions they have a small generator when the sun is not available.  It flashed in my head that with the stupid chemtrails creating a solid mass of “clouds” it could also interfere with available sunlight for the solar panels.

Earthships Africa

Michael Reynolds reports that the earthships flower in Malawi is complete, and now they are moving forward towards a community center.

NEW DONATION GOAL FOR MALAWI PROJECT: $60,000
For materials needed for the local people to continue building the Kapita Earthship Community Center after the EB crew and volunteers leave on October 20th.

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I’m so glad that they were able to realize their goal and help these folks in a sustainable fashion.  Yay!

Here’s to helping one another instead of, you know, torturing and killing….