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On the desert mesa of New Mexico, miles from the nearest town of Taos (pop. 5,700), Star-Wars-like shelters rise from the earth, half-buried and covered in adobe. Called “Earthships” – brainchild of architect Mike Reynolds in the 1970s- they’re nearly completely self-sufficient homes: no electrical grid, no water lines, no sewer.

The Greater World Earthship Community, about 70 passive solar homes built from earth and trash on 633 acres, had a rough start; they were shut down as an illegal subdivision in 1997 and it took them 7 years to come to compliance. Though today, the county fully cooperates with Reynolds and his Earthship Biotecture operation to turn trash (tires, cans, glass bottles) into shelters and has even given them 2 acres to experiment with housing in anyway they like (they also provide their recycling).

Sixteen years ago, Tom Duke had just finished over a decade on the pro volleyball circuit when he bought a bit of land here with his wife and began to build a tiny Earthship the size of a storage shed. When their first son was born they built their dream house on the property, a two bedroom that, like other Earthships, collects rainwater, uses its water four times (the plants in the indoor greenhouse filter the greywater) and even processes its own sewage.

In this video, Tom takes us on a tour of his home, his original “Earthship survival pod”, the “nest” ($50,000 studio apartment), the “Simple Survival Earthship” (aimed mainly at the developing world), a custom home designed to feed a family of four (including a tilapia pond in the greenhouse) and the “BMW of Earthships”, the “Global” (aimed at the typical American family).

Earthship Biotecture: earthship.com

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July 14, 2017 at 8:07 am

Mr. Richard Overton, America’s Oldest Veteran offers some life lessons.

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February 9, 2017 at 11:59 am

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The Illusion of Freedom

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Illusion of Freedom - Zappa

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July 13, 2016 at 7:39 am

Strong Encryption. It’s NOT Just About Phones!

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Strong encryption poses problems for law enforcement, is weakening it worth the risks it presents? It’s…complicated according to John Oliver.

Virtually every secure communication you make over the Internet uses strong encryption. For example, logging in to your bank account, buying stuff on Amazon and even sending randy pics to your spouse. Giving the government a master key in the digital age and expecting that key to remain safe is fucking absurd and down right scary!

Two words… Edward Snowden.

 

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March 14, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Record Companies are Furniture Companies

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Phil Alvin gives a history lesson in who the “record companies” came into existence and how they came to control virtually every aspect of the music business.

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January 26, 2016 at 3:20 pm

Former CBS Journalist Exposes Fake, Manipulated and Distorted Media Messages

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In this eye-opening talk, veteran investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson shows how astroturf, or fake grassroots movements funded by political, corporate, or other special interests very effectively manipulate and distort media messages.

Recently VICE media was exposed for altering a story to protect “relationship” with Rogers Inc.

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December 1, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Hacker? Innovator? Savior.

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Banks, car makers, door lock makers, virtually any product that uses technology at it’s core is an unrestricted playground for what the uninformed (I’m looking at you Fox viewers) usually refer to as hackers.

The problem is that pretty much every single one of these products are unbelievably insecure, regardless of what the bank, hotel or website tells you.

Thanks to the US government allowing their surveillance apparatus to continue to use zero day exploits, and software bugs, especially encryption technology to spy on it’s own citizens rather than actually tracking and catching terrorists.

Hackers like this man are NOT the problem. Governments who continue to use gaping security holes in technology or worse planted trojans (Stuxnet) as offensive weapons instead of hardening our technology and increasing our defensive capabilities against such attacks.

In short, hackers like this gentleman are the kinds of people we need to save and protect or cities, countries and planet. No the spooks from the NSA or any other government based security apparatus.

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November 19, 2015 at 10:25 am