“They Better Have Fire insurance.”

I am trying to design another home on my lots; the second of the possible 3 on two lots. But I have a vacant house next to the area of my design.

So my neighbor’s quote is correct. Once a house is abandoned or laid vacant for a few years, the best thing to happen to a vacant home is that it burns down. Otherwise you run the risk of spreading the mold throughout the neighborhood, and, once the mold reaches inside the outer wooden sheath, there is no longer anything to salvage.

So I better have good fire insurance, if I am going to build next to it.

#thedalles, #design, #communityorganizer, #solidworks

“Geo-spacial, geostrategic and geo-energy importance of #Afghanistan for the #USA #geopolitics

As I observed in this post on Obama’s Pivot to the East, structure is important. Structure contains the culture of any movement of energy and culture doubles by multiply eight. Twice the structure containing culture represent 8 times the power of the movement the culture represents.

The structure in this tweet looks like a one-legged balance beam laying on the knife edge that is the Persian Gulf, held-up on the “heavy end” by the leg of Pakistan, the foundation of the Arabian Sea, with the muscle being South Asia (the home of the larges population of Muslims?). It is not so much a doubling of the population in any specific area, but the static forces on the structure itself.

As the Caliphate “finds” its way, its only advantage (as if the West will be able to take advantage of the position of the Caliphate) will be in its ability to take a little heat, cause by the weight of Geopolitics on the Geo-spacial areas of the world, off the that Geo-strategic area east of Afghanistan.

Structural-wise, it is the most contested area of the world largely supported by a leg, which, if not weak, whose force is made static by nuclear weapons.

Maybe balance is enough and the West has no real command of the situation, only some control over where it is postioned and who controls the Caliphate.

Velina Tchakarova on Twitter: “Geo-spacial, geostrategic and geo-energy importance of #Afghanistan for the #USA #geopolitics http://t.co/oBjh1c0fw7 http://t.co/GPWy2gtcum”.


I am going to try and build my new house in a decentralization way. At least that is a part of my Strategy. Strategy comes with an end, ways and means—Decentralization will be the “way”.

As the Designer, of this project, what I am planning to do is build the foundation and deck at the same time as I install the plumbing and electrical into the wooden structure. This will be accomplished through decentralization. Now, before I start getting a bunch of hate mail, hear me out.

Decentralization doesn’t mean there isn’t a “center”—it means each node of the network carries the same potential energy as their potential “center” would. And by “center” I mean brand.

So my “means”, which are resources, will come from the distribution of energy surrounding this project. So to does that mean that “local” gets moved further out as a center position, but I am still using “stuff” (resources) that would be put into the house anyway, if the house was built locally. So the problem with decentralization comes down to the question of: who will do the work local businesses or large corporations.

From “work” we create a “workspace”, and Orientation begins in the “workspace”. So the people who will do the work will also be the ones within the “workspace” of my design. If this is indeed a Community Project, and that is a big “if”, then the second problem with decentralization becomes: how much will the end of this project affect the community? If the people in command of the resources doesn’t make something off of this, then it is hard to gain any “enthusiasm” to this project.

But remember when you are talking enthusiasm, when you double the energy within the area of a community, it’s “end” doesn’t look like the 4 times the doubling of the area represents. The potential created is 8 times what you once had before you started. Or in other words, what you had at the beginning of the “end”.

The potential created by this project depends largely on how many homes I build on this property—one or the potentially 3 homes—and if these homes become a part of the community.

A Community Project

As we stood looking at my Apricot tree, the person in front of me remarked, “Most Apricot trees are not that big.”. The person was a tree doctor of some kind, but she could have added beautiful, because my big, huge, unmanageable tree is also beautiful in not only full bloom, but, to me, in its unstructured-self that doesn’t lend itself well in producing edible fruit. The tree is too tall and I think she was telling me that, without great harm to man or the tree, there was no easy way to bring the fruit growing branches closer to the ground.

Most apricot trees have small fruit, mine doesn’t. The fruit, while good tasting, are the size of peaches. They are also attacked by some kind of a beetle that attacks the top fruit, then works its way down to the lower branches of the tree. What works for me is to hand-pick the fruit before they are ready to fall and then finish ripening and then cull-out all the insect damaged fruit.

Because of my method (madness?), time and access to fruit is critical. This year everything seemed to ripen and become infected by insects all at once and out of reach. I salvaged some fruit, which I was able to dry, but the rest went fast and rotted into the ground. This is not something I enjoy happening. The smell and sight of the rotting fruit is not pleasant.

The process of harvesting the fruit was not helped by my pruning last year. I tried to lower the amount of fruit that was not suitable for processing by cutting the higher limbs and making all the fruit accessible from the lower limbs, which are still nearly 10 feet of the ground. This pruning opened up light throughout the tree’s umbra. I wanted to be able to reach all the fruit from a ladder on the ground.

But my efforts in getting all the fruit closer to an accessible point closer to the ground didn’t work as planned. All the fruit ripened at the same time and the insects took-over the entire trees, instead of only their half.

I think I could keep the process of making use of the tree’s fruit by letting it grow more and working from a greater height, but I think it is time to let the seedlings take over. I need to find the best position to plant them and then let them reorient my way of collecting the fruit. Besides, the people who really admired the tree’s beauty are gone, and I am not sure if the new neighbors will miss beauty that they haven’t really seen.

I mean all the fruit is edible, but, any more, it has been hard for me to claim my human share. Much of the fruit goes to insects, which I try and do put much of it back into the soil.

But it is harder every year for me to make use of the tree. I am getting too old to be climbing trees and It used to be that we had one good harvest year in about every three years of the tree’s life, but that is changing and this year I couldn’t act quickly enough or at the correct tempo to take care of the fruit.

But there is hope. I have manage to raise two Apricot trees that I got from seedlings from under the tree. They grew great fruit this year which I feel I will be able to manage, once they get transplanted into a permanent position next to the new house springing up from where the big Apricot tree was once.

Gulf Oil Spill Left Rhode Island-Sized Oily ‘Bathtub Ring’ On Seafloor, Study Finds

The BP oil spill left an oily “bathub ring” on the sea floor that’s about the size of Rhode Island, new research shows.

But what kind of tub are we talking about. Mine is made out of glass, so one of those eraser pads works great on.

Now that we know the structure, it must be easier to deal with.

via Gulf Oil Spill Left Rhode Island-Sized Oily ‘Bathtub Ring’ On Seafloor, Study Finds.

No On Oregon Measure 92 – A Costly and Misleading Labeling Measure

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific organization and publishers of Science Magazine, has re-stated their opposition to the type of misleading food labeling scheme proposed by Measure 92.  The AAAS Board of Directors has repeatedly stated such labels would be misleading to consumers.  Further, the AAAS statement contradicts the false claims and scare tactics of Measure 92’s proponents, stating that genetically modified foods “are the most extensively tested crops ever added to our food supply.”

Further the AAAS Board states that labeling initiatives such as Measure 92 are “not being driven by any credible scientific evidence” but instead “are being advanced by “the persistent perception that such foods are somehow ‘unnatural,’” as well as efforts to gain competitive advantages within the marketplace, and the false belief that GM crops are untested.”

As the article quoted above suggests, I believe as they do; “Such labels would be misleading to consumers.”

But I also think that the tipping point between what has GMO and what hasn’t has been reached, and it is too close to call if something is modified or not. For me I just assume everything is modified, and go on.

But “go on” to where?

The conversation in which we determine that modified foods are good or not good has not really started yet, but I support this measure with the hopes that it will.

I also do not believe it will be costly (unless the voters let it become costly), as this is really only an education bill and technology along with the economy is education driven. In today’s economy education can happen quickly and economically.

Once those at the top of our government make the determination that, for all practical purposes, all the foods out there are GMO unless it is printed on the label, then it is a short amount of time for education to quickly take hold and get the word out.

In other words, a “printed label” in today’s economy is cheap, because it is relatively easy to get the “word out” on-the-cheap.

It just needs a little push and the right kind of “printer”.


via No On Oregon Measure 92 – A Costly and Misleading Labeling Measure.

Kurds protest against Turkey as IS advances on Kobane


Just an UpDate

Originally posted on The Image:

Turkish troops and tanks have lined the border but have not crossed into Syria.

I have a hard time thinking that Turkey is against the ideal of a Caliphate. More likely to me, Turkey is against the idea that the Caliphate shaping up will not be a part of the once great Ottoman Empire. The USA is not now fighting a war against a Caliphate in the Middle East. The USA is fighting a war against the opposition to its homeland. A Caliphate in the Middle East is not against the interest of the USA, if we convert to natural gas and defend the homeland.

I think my saying that the fight in the Middle East is now against ISIS, but not one against a Caliphate, is also true of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). I am sure both Turkey and KSA are more than willing to battle ISIS, if it means that…

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