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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

Posted in Alternative, Health, Video

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

It’s Just A Ride

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October 26, 2015 at 9:31 am

Posted in Alternative, Freedom, Video

Stealin’ All My Dreams!

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Canada’s Blue Rodeo throws a heaping of well deserved reality at Harper and his sole sucking, dream crushing Conservatives with their new song Stealin’ All My Dreams which is a catalog of all the horrors of the Harper regime, from stifling scientists to strip-mining the CBC to doubling down on tar-sand oil.

Canada’s youth needs to get out and vote. Don’t let your grandfather’s political party continue to sell Canada to the highest bidder.


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October 2, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Ron Paul Warned of the Coming Tyranny

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Ideals are very important to the shaping of society.
In fact, that are more important than bombings or armies or guns.
And this is because ideas are capable of spreading without limit.
They are behind all the choices we make.
They can transform the world in a way that governments and armies can not.
Fighting for liberty with ideas makes more sense to me than
fighting with guns or politics or political power.
With ideas, we can make real change that lasts.
– Ron Paul

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March 12, 2015 at 11:01 am

We’re Taught Not to Call Bullshit on Wildly Idiotic and Unimaginably Stupid Ideas!

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Modern society treats all ideas and opinions as valuable and worthy regardless how absurd so we don’t hurt individuals’ feelings. And because our children are taught not to call bullshit on wildly idiotic and unimaginably stupid ideas they are allowed to exist a persistent realm of fairy tales free from the bother of the real world and the deep logic and critical thinking skills required to navigate and understand it. Think sheep.

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December 15, 2014 at 10:35 am