I receive many calls and
website questions regarding energy, and most of these questions relate
to a misunderstanding of how energy actually works. This is one subject
most people were never taught in school, yet we are inundated every day
with energy-related ads, products, and government-mandated energy
regulations that affect these decisions. Although most people do not
consciously think about it, energy is one of the most expensive items
in their monthly budget. Energy is...
get one thing straight to start with: I ain't no political pundit.
Hell, my candidate isn’t even running. I was hoping Condoleeza Rice
would throw her hat in the ring. But
she’s not running, and we’re left with a pretty sorry crop of
semi-finalists to lead a nation of more than three hundred million
people. Bearing in mind that I'm no political expert, and I'm writing
this a few days after Super Tuesday, here's how it looks for "gun
went to the market the other day and bought a loaf of bread for $4.09.
I don't buy bread that often, but I thought the price was a little
excessive. Gas I could
understand, but bread? I began to wonder what was causing it and, more
importantly, if there is anything we can do about it? When I began
researching the causes, I discovered that there was no single driver
sending prices into their upward spiral. A lot of things are happening,
on both a national and worldwide scale, and many of them are not easy
to reverse. Worse, it looks like the problems may be with us for a long
time to come...
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eight years, Tracey and I lived in a solar powered home and for eight
cloudy winters, we ran a small Honda generator every week to recharge
our batteries. We understood that the original owner of our home had
operated a small hydro system from the property's year round creek but
we never investigated this option because the creek ran through dense
forest. Besides, we could just tell there wasn't sufficient drop over
We finally decided to use
Backwoods Solar's Site Level just to confirm hydro didn't make sense.
Much to our surprise...
Waterpower for personal use By Rudy Behrens
Waterwheels run because
"gravity" causes a "mass" of water to fall some distance. This energy
is absorbed by the wheel to do work. There is more than one way to
absorb the energy, so wheels have evolved into two classes...
Is steam power in your future? By Skip Goebel
If you’re thinking steam is
old-fashioned, consider this: Almost a century ago, steam cars and
ships attained speeds and efficiencies which are still difficult to
attain, even with today’s modern internal combustion engines.
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From the Library — Making/Saving Money
Get out of debt — stay out of debt By Darlene Campbell
If you are in debt now, you
should be working to clear all indebtedness during the next year. We
did it, and you can, too.
Kick the credit card habit and learn to stash cash By Claire Wolfe
I’m not here to tell you The
Secret of a Perfect Life Savings Plan....But I have found ways to make
saving small, targeted amounts a pleasure. Ways that can make it sort
of a game. Ways that yield enough little rewards to keep me
enthusiastically stashing cash away for special needs. Because of that,
I’ve been able to pay my property taxes without a twice-a-year pinch.
When the plumbing broke, I didn’t blink. And when I needed a new DVD
player I could buy one right now, today, without approaching the
borders of credit purgatory.
you want to raise some critters that taste just like chicken? There’s
no better critter than the chicken itself. Chicken has become the most
sought after meat in the marketplace. Raising your own birds can save
you a few bucks at the grocery store. Even more satisfying is the great
sense of accomplishment that comes with raising your own food from egg
to dinner table and providing this healthy meal to your family.
oil” is becoming the latest doomsday buzzword. What is it? It’s a
well-thought-out theory that predicts that the rate at which we find
and recover oil is soon going to fall behind the rate at which we
consume it. The point at which that happens is the “peak.” Prior to
this peak, prices will have been relatively stable and reasonable, and
the economies of the world have grown because the supply of energy
outpaced the demand. But there is coming a time, and some say it’s here
now, when the world’s oil fields cannot produce as fast as we consume.
Demand will exceed supply, oil prices are going to skyrocket, and the
world’s economies are going to begin to fail as the oil fields
...It’s all very neat, but that doesn’t mean it’s accurate.
have what seems like mountains of great “fertilizer” from my barn full
of English Angora rabbits. But between my work as a newspaper editor
and caring for the bunnies, chickens, and goats, it was hard finding
time to spread all that bunny poop in my garden.
But thanks to Backwoods Home’s
John Silveira, now my laying hens (and two very happy roosters!) do all
the work for me...
then, the control of the people over the organs of their government be
the measure of its republicanism, and I confess I know no other
measure, it must be agreed that our governments have much less of
republicanism than ought to have been expected; in other words, that
the people have less regular control over their agents, than their
rights and their interests require.
is the duty of parents to maintain their children decently, and
according to their circumstances; to protect them according to the
dictates of prudence; and to educate them according to the suggestions
of a judicious and zealous regard for their usefulness, their
respectability and happiness.
— James Wilson
From the Library — Self-reliance
You can become a hardcore forager By Larry Cywin
Becoming a hardcore forager is
not difficult, but it does take some time to learn the basics. This
article will get you started.
The art of living in small spaces By Claire Wolfe
Living in a small amount of
space presents special challenges, from what to do with all your
"stuff" to coping, to decorating, and more.
Getting logs By Dorothy Ainsworth
Attention: Would-be loggers.
There have been changes in policy at the United States Forest Service
and the Bureau of Land Management. You can no longer go into a ranger
station and simply get a permit to cut your own logs in a given area.
Now you have to go through a "process".
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The enchanting Chanterelle By Devon Winter
They’re prized by the world’s
top chefs. They’re served in the most elegant restaurants. You’ll pay a
pretty penny for them at farmers’ markets. Yet they’re abundant and
often free for the taking in forests all over the world.
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All the great things are simple,
and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor;
duty; mercy; hope.
— Sir Winston Churchill
From the Library — Firearms/Hunting/Self Defense
Armed and Female By Massad Ayoob
I remember one of my first
female students. She was in her sixties, an accomplished academician
and author with strong roots in what was then called “women’s
liberation.” She had considered the gun to be a hideous side effect of
testosterone poisoning. Then, she was assaulted by armed criminals and
nearly died. “It occurred to me,” she told me later, “that I had
neglected one element of my empowerment.”
Get a piece of history: an M1 Garand rifle By Mike Blank
We’ve all heard about getting
government Garands, but personally I never knew anyone who had, so I
thought I would give it a try and document my experience.
America, land of the free...ha, ha, ha! By Dave Duffy
Here are two stories that
should scare you. They are about what happens in America when we have
stupid laws, overzealous prosecutors who want their conviction rates
up, and too many prisons that need to be filled.
Homeschooling through high school By Janet Leake
Whether you’re experienced or
inexperienced, whatever your situation, you already know why you want
to homeschool your kids through high school. Now, what about how?
Gather rose hips for health By Gail Butler
Vitamin C-rich rose hips can be
found in dried form in most health food stores, but why not gather your
own? You’ll save money and you’ll know where they came from.
Some farinaceous folly By Lucy Shober
Try this experiment. The next
time that you are served rice, potatoes, noodles or corn for supper,
take a big bite but don’t swallow it until you have chewed one hundred
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The problem in Britain and the rest
of Europe -- and increasingly in the United States -- is that we have
forgotten [our values and our way of life.] We have subordinated them
to the nonspecific to avoid offending a particular group or culture not
endemic to the host country.