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  • Crop Rotation in the Home Garden

    10/27/2014 5:12:54 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 13 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | 10/13/2014 | Rick Bickling
    Crop rotation is the practice of growing different crops, on the same land, in sequential planting cycles ranging from 2 to 8 years...
  • 19th Annual Solar Tour October 4-5

    09/26/2014 11:17:19 AM PDT · by Prophet2520 · 6 replies
    You can visit solar homes near you.
  • Off Grid Attack: EPA To Outlaw Many Wood Burning Stoves

    02/19/2014 12:43:09 PM PST · by xzins · 162 replies
    Off Grid Survival ^ | Jan 7 | Rob Richardson
    Our ever so helpful government has decided that your wood burning stove is now a danger to the world. In another attempt to outlaw the off grid lifestyle, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the same agency that was recently caught using drones to spy on Americans, is now going after home owners who use Wood Burning Stoves to heat their homes. Shortly after the re-election of President Obama, the agency announced new radical environmental regulations that threaten to effect people who live off the grid. The EPA’s new environmental regulations reduce the amount of airborne fine-particle matter from 15 micrograms...
  • Is Obama Targeting LDS Canneries?

    11/02/2013 11:05:07 AM PDT · by Ripliancum · 169 replies
    Federalist Press ^ | June 14, 2013
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon) has a network of food canning and distribution centers around the nation, where volunteer church members donate time to can food grown on the church’s farms and orchards or purchased from other sources. The purpose of this network of canneries is to provide food to those who have been caught in disasters or just caught short by an ever-declining national economy. Millions of pounds of food are prepared for distribution annually in the LDS canneries. Recently, we have heard rumblings that the federal government has been paying very close...
  • The Beginning of the End of the 9-to-5 Workday?

    12/21/2011 6:07:22 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Time/Yahoo ^ | 12-21-2011 | DAN SCHAWBEL
    The traditional eight-hour workday may soon be the exception rather than the rule. New evidence shows that we're reaching a tipping point in terms of workplace flexibility, with businesses seeing the wisdom of allowing employees -- young employees especially -- to work odd hours, telecommute, and otherwise tweak the usual 9-to-5 grind. One of the top 12 trends for 2012 as named by the communications firm Euro RSCG Worldwide is that employees in the Gen-Y or "millennial" demographic -- those born between roughly 1982 and 1993 -- are overturning the traditional workday. The Business and Professional Women's Foundation estimates that...
  • Americans Now Doing What Gov't Should — Cutting Debt

    10/18/2011 5:26:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 18, 2011 | Y.T. YOUNG
    Washington's recent deficit reduction deal is only the latest, not the last. Deficit reduction is neither a temporary nor a localized phenomenon. Washington finds itself in contradiction to Americans' sentiments, and, even more importantly, their actions. While Washington continues its leveraging, America is de-leveraging. Some may still question whether deficit reduction is good economic policy, but no one is questioning it as political policy. The latter debate is over: Deficit reduction won hands-down. It has become the touchstone of fiscal conservatism, reaching across party lines and the nation — at all levels of government. Why is deficit reduction suddenly such...
  • State puts needy families on notice: Assistance may be running out (Michigan)

    08/09/2011 10:23:47 PM PDT · by Syncro · 34 replies
    Detroit Free Press (freep.com) | Aug. 9, 2011 | ROBIN ERB
    This is a Gannett paper, so only the title and a link is allowed. Here is the link http://www.freep.com/article/20110809/NEWS06/110809045/State-puts-needy-families-notice-Assistance-may-running-out?odyssey=tabIt's ironic that a site called freep.com is not allowed at this freeper site.
  • Africa Can Feed Itself in a Generation, Experts Say

    12/07/2010 8:58:43 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Science Daily ^ | December 3,2010 | Calestous Juma,
    — Africa can feed itself. And it can make the transition from hungry importer to self-sufficiency in a single generation.The startling assertions, in stark contrast with entrenched, gloomy perceptions of the continent, highlight a collection of studies published December 2 that present a clear prescription for transforming Sub-Saharan Africa's agriculture and, by doing so, its economy. The strategy calls on governments to make African agricultural expansion central to decision making about everything from transportation and communication infrastructure to post-secondary education and innovation investment.
  • Leviathan Oil Field Could Sustain Israel For Decades

    08/30/2010 12:18:43 PM PDT · by lbryce · 25 replies · 2+ views
    Forbes ^ | August 30, 2010 | Christopher Helman
    All big oil and gas fields have geopolitical significance, but we haven’t seen a big oil find in recent years that could matter more than the Leviathan field in the Mediterranean Sea off of Israel. In recent days Houston-based Noble Energy and its Israeli partner Delek (controlled by Israeli billionaire Yitzhak Tshuva) announced that Leviathan could hold upwards of 4.3 billion barrels of oil. This is hugely important for Israel, which doesn’t exactly see eye-to-eye with its oil-rich Arab neighbors. Israel is almost completely reliant on imported oil, producing less than 4,000 barrels per day of its 250,000 bpd demand....
  • Radical homemakers reclaim the simple life

    08/22/2010 10:01:29 PM PDT · by thecodont · 63 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Sunday, August 22, 2010 | Leilani Marie Labong, Special to The Chronicle
    An inspirational, grassroots movement is afoot in the Bay Area (yes, another one), and it's going to make the world a better place. No, really. Granted, this region has sprouted its fair share of grassroots movements; however, this particular crusade - dubbed radical homemaking by New York writer and pioneering radical homemaker Shannon Hayes - seems particularly well suited to our socially responsible, food-obsessed, eco-zealous neck of the woods. In her recent book, "Radical Homemakers" (Left to Write Press; $23.95), Hayes, 36, makes a deeply personal and well-supported case - to be expected from someone who holds a doctorate in...
  • Unplugged Christians living off the grid ['Christian Exodus' and others]

    06/01/2010 7:53:58 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 27 replies · 770+ views
    CNN ^ | May 28, 2010 | Misty Showalter
    Brother Gregory -- the "Brother" is more of a nickname than an occupational title -- ministers from the Oregon desert where he lives with his wife, some of his grown children and grandchildren. Like other conservative Christians in this growing movement, Brother Gregory believes that Christianity has strayed too far from its roots, and has given its role in people's lives over to the government -- as with welfare programs or health care. ... "Christians should be looking for a way to take care of one another without forcing their neighbor to contribute to their welfare. In essence that's coveting...
  • Your Yard Sale Is Illegal (seriously: feds now regulate those too)

    05/07/2009 6:25:24 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 82 replies · 3,279+ views
    Reason ^ | May 7, 2009, 4:41pm | Katherine Mangu-Ward
    Thinking of having a yard sale this weekend? Before you do, be sure to consult CSPC Publication #254 [PDF]. This handy 28-pager from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reminds the American people that, thanks to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, the government is totally in charge of your yard sale: This handbook will help sellers of used products identify types of potentially hazardous products that could harm children or others. CPSC’s laws and regulations apply to anyone who sells or distributes consumer products. This includes thrift stores, consignment stores, charities, and individuals holding yard sales and flea markets....
  • On the Ground: U.S. Training Efforts Build Self-sufficiency in Iraq

    03/16/2009 4:34:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 184+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 16, 2009 – U.S. forces in Iraq are equipping Iraqis with the skills they need to assume a greater role in their nation’s security. A bonfire lights the sky as noncommissioned officers from the 172nd Infantry Brigade welcome 22 graduates of the Blackhawk Warrior Leader Course into the leadership ranks at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq, March 7, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Bethany L. Little  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. An integral part of that process is training, and U.S. forces are arming themselves with knowledge so they, in turn, can help outfit Iraqis...
  • Mormon food bank a private welfare system

    03/08/2009 9:58:10 AM PDT · by thecodont · 40 replies · 1,935+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Sunday, March 8, 2009 | Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Religion Writer
    Unemployed for a year and with an ailing wife at home, Mike Hammer stepped out of his truck in a Concord strip mall and walked into the heart of one of the most sophisticated private welfare systems in the country. Here, in a plain white box of a building, Hammer and other Mormons come to get groceries - everything from produce to meats, much of which comes from Mormon-owned farms and cattle ranches. Others come for counseling, employment help and a self-canning facility, where observant Mormons can up to a year's worth of food supplies in the event of an...
  • Iraqi Forces Continue Progress Toward Self-Sufficiency

    07/30/2008 10:43:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 56+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michel Sauret, USA
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, July 30, 2008 – Last month, Iraqi soldiers in Taji recovered two broken-down Humvees on their own and restored them without any help from coalition maintenance personnel. Small accomplishments like that are becoming more and more common, and cumulatively they mark milestones toward the Iraqi security forces becoming self-sufficient. A member of the Iraqi security forces pulls security duty during the inauguration ceremony for the Najaf International Airport, July 20, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michel Sauret, Multinational Division Center  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The difference between the partnership he experienced with...
  • Capabilities Must Mature for Iraq Self-sufficiency, Official Says

    03/06/2008 3:50:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 101+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 6, 2008 – Various enabling capabilities for Iraq’s security forces must mature before the country is capable of handling internal and external threats without help, a senior military official said yesterday. The Iraqi government does not expect to be prepared to counter internal threats without coalition assistance before 2012, U.S. Air Force Col. Dean Clemons, military advisor to Iraqi Defense Minister Adul Kader, said in a teleconference with online journalists and “bloggers.” Clemons noted that in Capitol Hill testimony in January, Kader also said he believes Iraq won’t be ready to independently defend against external threats until sometime...
  • SCHIP, Graeme Frost, and the Bloggers

    10/12/2007 3:22:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies · 951+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2007 | Amy Ridenour
    Do people on the dole have a reasonable expectation of privacy vis-Ă -vis their financial affairs? No. That question, though not always my answer, is coming up frequently as defenders of the Democratic Party's $35 billion SCHIP expansion proposal condemn bloggers and talk show hosts, including Rush Limbaugh, who have examined the statement penned by aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and delivered as the official Democratic Party rebuttal to President Bush's weekly radio address by 12-year-old Graeme Frost, that the State Childrens Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) is for "families like mine." The questioners' question: If Graeme Frost's family isn't...
  • Money trouble? It's your own fault (Stunning Self-Sufficiency Article in MSM!)

    04/09/2007 5:42:39 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 24 replies · 1,225+ views
    MSN ^ | 04/09/07 | Liz Pulliam Weston
    If you're having money problems, you probably have good reasons. Maybe you're getting less overtime or your expenses have unexpectedly climbed. Perhaps your ex left you with big debts. Maybe your parents never taught you about money. You might blame the economy for the fix you're in. Then there's the whole credit industry, which hands out credit cards like confetti before slapping you with interest rates that would make a loan shark blush. Or maybe you're just not good with numbers. You may comfort yourself with the idea that your money fix isn't entirely your fault. Here's the thing, though:...
  • The Man Who Fed the World (Did you notice that Biotech is a Good Thing?)

    09/05/2006 5:16:29 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 42 replies · 1,058+ views
    Opinion Journal (Wall Street Journal) ^ | September 5, 2006 | RONALD BAILEY
    A poor Iowa farm boy became one of humanity's greatest benefactors. --- Who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970? You may be forgiven for not remembering, given some of the prize's dubious recipients over the years (e.g., Yasser Arafat). Well, then: Who has saved perhaps more lives than anyone else in history? The answer to both questions is, of course, Norman Borlaug. Who? Norman Borlaug, 92, is the father of the "Green Revolution," the dramatic improvement in agricultural productivity that swept the globe in the 1960s. He is now the subject of an admiring biography by Leon Hesser... "The...
  • Growth

    04/03/2006 2:36:44 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 388+ views
    James Kunstler's Blog ^ | 3 April 2006 | James Kunstler
    Americans ought to regard the word "growth" with trepidation. When invoked by presidents and economists, it is meant to imply ideas like "more" or "better." It's a habit of thinking left over from the exuberant phase of the industrial age, when there was always more of everything to get. Nowadays, though, as we enter terminal years of cheap energy, the word "growth" invokes a new set ideas. For instance, "impossible." With the price of oil edging toward $70-a-barrel now, and likely to flirt with $100 by the end of the year, the effect will be higher costs for virtually all...
  • Iraqi Security Forces Working Toward Self-Sufficiency

    12/21/2005 3:44:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 205+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 21, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2005 – Those who question why it seems to be taking so long to build Iraq's security forces don't fully understand the magnitude of the challenge, a general who recently returned from training them explained during a recent interview with the Pentagon Channel and the American Forces Press Service. Creating highly trained Iraqi security forces involves far more than simply channeling recruits through a basic training course, said Army Brig. Gen. Richard J. Sherlock, who recently took the reins as the Army Reserve's deputy chief. The task requires building leadership capabilities at all levels and molding members...
  • Canal Projects Deliver Water, Self-sufficiency

    12/05/2005 3:18:01 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 359+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Dec 5, 2005 | Denise Calabria
    Some of the trucks, front-end loaders, and giant back-hoes provided by the Non-Construction Sector for ongoing maintenance of the Sweet Water Canal in southern Iraq. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division photo. Canal Projects Deliver Water, Self-sufficiency Work to ensure the Sweet Water Canal water quality and reliability also provides local Iraqis the tools necessary to maintain this resource. By Denise CalabriaGulf Region DivisionU.S. Army Corps of Engineers BAGHDAD, Iraq, Dec. 5, 2005 — Due to the desert-like climate and high salinity of water in southern Iraq, two million residents of Basrah have long relied upon the...
  • Isn't it ironic how USA celebrates Independence Day with fireworks from…?

    07/01/2005 6:54:06 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 2 replies · 259+ views
    VHeadline.com ^ | Thursday, June 30, 2005 | Fred Cederholm
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. VHeadline.com's roving commentarist Fred Cederholm writes: I've been thinking about dependence ... about our deficits with oil, manufactured goods, capital, and China. The forthcoming July 4 holiday was supposed to be a celebration of American Independence. The self-sufficient America of bygone days has devolved from a "production engine" to a "consumption sump" for the world's energy, goods and capital. The world's greatest creditor nation has become the largest debtor nation. Freedom of choices and actions at home (and abroad) are now governed by these our dependencies. You see, when you are...
  • Compassionate Conservative or Cowboy Capitalist? - (great pro-Bush piece!)

    04/17/2005 4:25:23 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 18 replies · 1,099+ views
    CITY-JOURNAL.ORG ^ | Spring, 2005 Edition | Myron Magnet
    Whatever happened to compassionate conservatism? Despite the Bush administration’s focus on the war against terror, the idea didn’t disappear. But as White House thinking developed, it got incorporated into a larger, more profound domestic theory. Yes, we need a safety net, the current view seems to go; but we don’t need a European-style welfare state. What’s called for is the traditional American opportunity society, as much a boon to the poor as to everyone else. Implicit in compassionate conservatism was an epochal paradigm shift that is now all but explicit. Taken together, compassionate conservatism’s elements added up to a sweeping...
  • Chief's simple living saves Donegal's bacon

    02/06/2005 1:01:40 PM PST · by Willie Green · 3 replies · 288+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Sunday, February 06, 2005 | Joe Smydo
    Flood damage busts township budget, so he works without pay When Donegal police Chief Ethan Ward went to work Friday, he got paid for the first time since Thanksgiving. Ward, who also is chief for two other rural municipalities in western Washington County, long has had a reputation for watching taxpayer dollars as carefully as homicide suspects. But when the Sept. 17 flooding severely damaged Donegal's roads and broke the township's budget, Ward took his penny-pinching to a level that shocked even some closest to him. He said he'd work without pay until federal and state officials reimbursed the township...
  • COAL: ... The Fuel of America's Future

    10/07/2004 5:44:50 AM PDT · by xzins · 58 replies · 2,119+ views
    UltraCleanFuel.com ^ | UltraCleanFuels
    The Age of "King Coal" America's coal energized the development of a young nation. It fueled factories, warmed homes, and powered mighty trains and ships that made our country an economic giant. Coal earned its nickname of the 19th century, "King Coal."  Today, however, despite the presence of enormous coal reserves, World Recoverable Coal Resources America relies on oil for the largest part of its energy demands. But our growing need for energy has outstripped our ability to rely on domestic supplies of oil, forcing us to resort to foreign imports. Foreign Dependency: Hazardous to Our Economic HealthOver half of...
  • New Jersey Court Upholds Family Cap Law Promoting Abortion, Court backs welfare limit for families

    08/06/2003 1:56:52 PM PDT · by Coleus · 33 replies · 684+ views
    <p>The law has divided pro-life and pro-family groups. Some pro-family groups oppose welfare and extra public funding for welfare moms, while pro-life groups say the family caps have been proven to encourage poor women to have abortions.</p> <p>The court, in a 7-0 decision, upheld the family caps.</p>
  • Sharp Reduction in Black Child Poverty Due to Welfare Reform

    06/14/2003 12:02:50 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 47 replies · 1,053+ views
    Heritage Foundation PolicyWire ^ | June12, 2003 | Melissa G. Pardue
    Over six years ago, Congress overhauled much of the nation's welfare system. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 19961 replaced the failed social program called Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) with Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). The reform legislation had three primary goals: (1) reduce welfare dependence and increase employment, (2) reduce child poverty, and (3) reduce illegitimacy and strengthen marriage. At the time of the law's enactment, many liberal groups made dire predictions about the terrible effect these reforms would have on America's children. In particular, the Children's Defense Fund claimed that welfare...
  • Rural residents fight closing of cannery

    06/05/2003 4:08:23 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 1 replies · 173+ views
    AccessNorthGa.com ^ | June 5 , 2003 | The Associated Press
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. CLARKESVILLE, Ga. -- Residents of this rural northeast Georgia town have relied on a Depression-era cannery for decades to store homegrown crops. Now a proposed shutdown of the 69-year-old plant has older residents fighting to save it. I cannot remember the last time I did not use it, Habersham County native John Barrett said. He and his wife, Jan, have used the cannery to store extra crops since they were married 41 years ago. The Barretts and at least 50 other residents have pleaded with county officials not to close the...
  • Bills Would Let N-Plant Guards Carry Automatic Weapons

    04/01/2003 8:15:56 AM PST · by WaveThatFlag · 11 replies · 288+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 3/20/3 | By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD
    In an attempt to close what they called "glaring loopholes," two assemblymen from Westchester County yesterday proposed that private security guards at New York State's nuclear power plants be allowed to carry automatic weapons. It was the second measure introduced in the Legislature this week to bolster security at six active nuclear reactors being operated at four sites around the state. Earlier this week, State Senator James W. Wright, a Republican of Watertown, introduced a bill to grant private security guards who patrol nuclear and electric generating plants peace officer status, allowing them to carry automatic weapons and make arrests....