Why Batteries Not Included is the Movie America Needs Right Now

Batteries Not Included is the movie that America Needs Right Now The story of a villainous greed driven New York land developer, vulnerable people banding together, and intelligent machines performing jobs typically done by people sounds incredibly contemporary for a film that came out in 1987 and in many ways it’s the perfect film to explain where we are and what we need …

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What Do We Do Now

What Do We Do Now At a certain point last night I went from shock to mourning to asking myself, what do we do now? Now, a few hours later, I’m starting to piece that together. One thing has become painfully clear. We can’t move America forward in a progressive direction without moving all of America forward including rural America, America’s non-college …

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Small Engineered Wetland & Climate Change

The Global Power of Wetlands: The Absorption of Carbon There is a lot of data out there about how important wetlands are to the safety and future of the planet but there is little emphasis placed on the ability of wetlands to capture carbon. Wetlands absorb carbon at a higher rate than more dry land for a few reasons. First, …

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Syria: An Open Letter to the President, Congress, and Leaders Around the World

Ladies and Gentlemen we stand at a crossroads. Before us is a choice that you’ll be making on our behalf. Despite what many of the citizens of the United States and elsewhere think and feel and no matter how vocal we are the choice is your choice and despite what you might feel about this Syrian civil war personally it …

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Permaculture and relocation

The Push to Move and Migrate We’re very much still the same people we were over 10,000 years ago when we began to settle down. So when times get tough we often think if we just move we’ll be better off. While in the times when we were hunter/gatherers that was to find a place with more food today we …

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Straw Bale Workshop

Seven Days of Learning By Doing Teresa and I are mostly recovered from a seven day straw bale building workshop in Wheeling WV lead by Andrew Morrison of Strawbale.com. We learned so much, saw a few mistakes, saw how to correct some design issues, worked our butts off, had a ton of laughs, and made some great friends.

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Energy Loan Program

If I told you I had an idea that would reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, would create good paying jobs, would help spur innovation, would reduce individual families energy bills, and wouldn’t cost the tax payers anything would you want to know more about it? Well the White House apparently didn’t. I shared the following idea with them more than three weeks …

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The Occupy Movement: One Half of the Equation

Freeing the country from corporate influence is one half of the equation freeing ourselves is the other. The Occupy Wall Street Movement is awesome and I support and stand with my fellow 99%ers and the 1%ers that have joined in the cause because they realize that things must become more balanced either for altruistic or selfish self-preserving reasons. While I …

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Stage 2

So yeah, we have yet to even buy the property and I’m already designing stage 2 but in my defense that is only because we don’t think we’ll have the money to do this all in 1 stage but this is what we want it to look like. Here are the latest series of photos of how the sun will …

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Pittsburgh Cob Home Building Update

Cob Home Design   So the wife and I found the land we want to build on inside of the city of Pittsburgh and we’ve got an email into BBI asking what information they will need to give us a building permit and ultimately an occupancy permit. We’ve also got an email into the local community group. As the land …

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