Archive for October, 2010

Garden Essentials

October 31, 2010

Working the Earth
Small tiller to fluff the soil
Wheeled hoe (see MEN)
-Glacer Wheel Hoes http://www.johnnyseeds.com
-Valley Oak Wheel Hoes http://www.valleyoaktools.com
-Hoss Single Wheel Hoes http://www.hosstools.com
-Maxadune Wheel Hoes http://www.uslink.net/~aljohn/order4.html
-Herrick Kimball’s Planet Whizbang Wheel Hoe http://planetwhizbang.blogspot.com/
Hoss
Bear claw
Step Tiller

Composting
Crankable drum

Lattice
electrical conduit

Natural And Low Maintenance Heating & Cooling

October 31, 2010

Just a list of ways to provide heating & cooling naturally while maintaining a normal lifestyle. Solar Cookers are interesting but they don’t qualify. They require you to cook either outside or in a highly modified kitchen. That produces too much disruption to the average lifestyle.

Solar Collection & Blocking
Use solar collectors to heat the pool during summer months and then divert the heated water to the home during the winter

Long awnings protect rooms/windows from light in the summer (when the sun is high), allow it in during the winter (when the sun is low). As an added benefit your windows are protected from the harsh elements as well.

Have a solar powered water tank to at least pre-heat the water. That way a small water heater can handle the needs of a family, if it’s even needed at all.

Solar collectors can be made with sliding glass doors, a few layers of black screen/mesh, black paint, some wood, insulation and metal flashing. According to XXX just one will produce $400 worth of propane.

Trees & Vines can shade your house during the summer but will let light through during the winter when the leaves fall. The South side is the most important side to have vegetation on. If using vines make sure to have a lattice for them to grow on. The roots of vines can cause thousands of dollars of damage if they get into the grout of a chimney. It cost one person I knew $6,000.

Keep roof / house color in mind when considering your latitude. A 1/2 gap between the siding and the house wrap allows for moisture evaporation. It also prevents thermal conduction to the house which can be good or bad.

Thermal Mass
Concrete (ICF construction) is excellent for thermal mass
Tile floors is better than carpet (throw a rug on top of it for cushioning/softness).
Stone/tile walls are also great in the sunroom – adds thermal mass and is durable
Soapstone fireplaces
Water Walls or tanks are the best as convection absorbs/releases heat much faster than conduction.

Roman Air Conditioning
Use a black chimney to heat air and pull suck outside air through cool underground pipes.

Wood Fires
Stoves that are capable of burning cordwood, pellets and chips
Soapstone fireplaces absorb heat and release it all day

“Public Optimism in U.S. Government Hits a 36-year Low”

October 27, 2010

Title of post is quoted from ABC article. Interestingly enough the current ratings are lower than the post Nixon years. Have to wonder if that boosted or decreased confidence in the government:

“Optimism about the system has taken an even bigger hit in this poll, produced for ABC and Yahoo News by Langer Research Associates. Back in 1974 – shortly after Richard Nixon’s resignation in the Watergate scandal – 55 percent of Americans were optimistic about “our system of government and how well it works.” Today, 33 percent say that, the lowest number in nearly a dozen measurements taken across the decades.”

Glenn Reynolds adds: “SO IS THIS THE HOPE, OR THE CHANGE?”

Source:

Public Optimism in U.S. System of Government Hits a 36-year Low, Still, 75 Percent Still Call America the Greatest Country in the World, GARY LANGER, Oct. 26, 2010

Goat Feta Olive Tapenade

October 26, 2010

Cantare Goat Feta Olive Topenade

Ingredients:

  • Black olives (ferrous gluconate to stabilize color)
  • Green olives
  • Canola/Olive Oil Blend
  • Red Pimentos
  • Goat Feta Cheese
  • Fresh Roasted Garlice
  • Capers
  • Mustard
  • Spices

http://www.cantarefoods.com
24 oz Jar available on occasion at Sam’s club

Israel’s Massive Aid Deliveries to Gaza

October 23, 2010

cc’d from LGF

The Canada-Israel Committee has an interesting breakdown and analysis of the massive amounts of humanitarian aid regularly delivered to Gaza by Israel: Facts Beyond the Spin: Israel Delivers Massive Aid to Gaza.

Despite the fact that Israel publicly offered to inspect and then transfer the flotilla’s aid to Gaza several days prior to the incident, many opponents of Israel are now making wild accusations that humanitarian supplies are being blocked from entering Gaza.

The facts put these charges to rest – just take a look at how much aid Israel regularly delivers to Gaza, and what it means in real terms for Gazans:

Over one million tons of humanitarian supplies were delivered by Israel to the people of Gaza in the past 18 months – that’s equal to nearly one ton of aid for every man, woman and child in Gaza.

In the first quarter of 2010 alone (January-March), Israel delivered 94,500 tons of supplies to Gaza. It’s very easy to miss what that actually means for the people of Gaza. The breakdown includes:

• 40,000 tons of wheat – which is equal to 53 million loaves of bread;

• 2,760 tons of rice – which equals 69 million servings;

• 1,987 tons of clothes and footwear – the equivalent weight of 3.6 million pairs of jeans; and

• 553 tons of milk powder and baby food – equivalent to over 3.1 million days of formula for an average six-month-old baby.

This reflects a long-term effort on the part of Israel to deliver a massive and comprehensive supply of aid to Gaza’s civilians, while restricting the ability of Hamas to import missiles that have been launched at the cities of southern Israel. In 2009 alone:

• During the Muslim holy days of Ramadan and Eid al-Adha, Israel shipped some 11,000 head of cattle into Gaza – enough to provide 8.8 million meals of beef;

• More than 3,000 tons of hypochlorite were delivered by Israel to Gaza for water purification purposes – that’s 60 billion gallons of purified water; and

• Israel brought some 4,883 tons of medical equipment and medicine into Gaza – a weight equivalent to over 360,000 260-piece mobile trauma first aid kits.

Read the full statistics and judge for yourself. Humanitarian crisis in Gaza? Not according to the facts.

Stimulus Weatherization Money Buys Shoddy Work, Widespread Fraud

October 23, 2010

whole post cc’d from instapundit:

BYRON YORK: Report: In Obama’s Chicago, stimulus weatherization money buys shoddy work, widespread fraud.

The study, by the Department’s inspector general, examined the work of what’s called the Weatherization Assistance Program, or WAP, in Illinois. Last year, the Department awarded Illinois $242 million, which was expected to pay for the weatherization of 27,000 homes. Specifically, Energy Department inspectors took a close look at the troubled operations of the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, known as CEDA, which is the largest recipient of weatherization money in Illinois with $91 million to weatherize 12,500 homes. (Cook County is, of course, home to Chicago.)

The findings are grim. “Our testing revealed substandard performance in weatherization workmanship, initial assessments, and contractor billing,” the inspector general report says. “These problems were of such significance that they put the integrity of the entire program at risk.”

Department inspectors visited 15 homes that were being weatherized by CEDA and paid for by stimulus funds. “We found that 14 of the 15 homes…failed final inspection because of poor workmanship and/or inadequate initial assessments,” the report says. In eight of the homes, CEDA had come up with unworkable and ineffective plans — like putting attic insulation in a house with a leaky roof. . . . The work was not just wasteful; it was dangerous.

Kind of a metaphor, isn’t it?

UPDATE: A reader emails:

This is why the Soviet Union and the Eastern Block had such awful infrastructure. The focus is on redistribution, not the actual job at hand. There is no customer to please, just another check to glean from the government.

This is less of a metaphor and more like the first tangible evidence of the change that is coming.

I going to learn how to distill my own vodka now.

That’s a skill that will serve you well after the economic collapse . . . .
Posted at 7:40 am by Glenn Reynold

Good Speakers

October 23, 2010

JL Audio TW5

Thoughtcrime: Juan Williams fired by NPR & Other Statements

October 22, 2010

WSJ has an excellent catch. For brevity I’m snipping the quote to pieces but on August 22 2010 Juan Williams calls “about a third of Americans” who are “overwhelmingly Republicans” racist because “they don’t like Barack Obama”. The reaction to that? Nothing. However when he makes the following statement:

“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

The following happens:
1) fired from NPR
2) NPR CEO says he should have kept his feelings about Muslims between himself and “his psychiatrist or his publicist.”

Now I wonder if:
1) NPR fire Nina Totenberg for saying a just God would give Senator Jesse Helms or his grandchildren AIDS? (Youtube video)
2) if Mike Fiorre will get fired for the “Learn to Speak Teabag” cartoon.

Probably not, those comments help the favored narrative.

Related:

CEO internal Memo

Glenn Reynolds Feedback:

MICHAEL BARONE: NPR’s Intolerant Firing of Juan Williams. “Reading between the lines of Juan’s statement and those of NPR officials, it’s apparent that NPR was moved to fire Juan because he irritates so many people in its audience. An interesting contrast: many NPR listeners apparently could not stomach that Williams also appeared on Fox News. But it doesn’t seem that any perceptible number of Fox News viewers had any complaints that Williams also worked for NPR. The Fox audience seems to be more tolerant of diversity than the NPR audience.” Well, Fox viewers are the open-minded, tolerant type.

MICKEY KAUS: Should NPR’s CEO Fire Herself in the Juan Williams Debacle? “Schiller’s in trouble. Whatever her intent, she fired a black man for not abiding by his second-class speech status! Then she snarked at him. Might not play well, no matter how PC she was trying to be. When you’ve lost Howie Kurtz, you’ve lost respectable.”

Other sources
FoxNews.com Juan Williams October 21, 2010 I Was Fired for Telling the Truth
Wall Street Journal, OCTOBER 21, 2010, Public Radio vs. the Public The comment that got Juan Williams fired–and the one that didn’t.
NPR CEO Apologizes For ‘Psychiatrist’ Remark
The Examiner, Will NPR fire Nina Totenberg for wishing Jesse Helms would get AIDS? J.P. Freire Associate Commentary Editor 10/21/10 11:55 AM EDT
RAW DATA: NPR Internal Memo on Juan Williams October 21, 2010 FoxNews.com

Patriotism shocks debate moderator

October 22, 2010

It’s a when politically active people can be “disrespect”ed by others when they spend 15 seconds reciting the pledge of allegiance. Video here only wish I had a video of the woman saying she was “disrespected”.

Source:

http://blogs.dailymail.com/donsurber/archives/23272
http://musing-minds.com/2010/10/20/lwv-candidates-forum-grayslake/

Brutal new ad: “The Chinese professor”

October 22, 2010

linky to video