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    • Tue, Jul 22, 2014 - 03:13pm

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      Phil Williams

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      Bees and Permaculture

    Ian,

    Even in rural PA, we are forced to do a lot of illegal projects. Codes and restrictions are so behind, and a lot of them are so vague that they can choose who to enforce, as everyone's breaking the rules. Having said that if you have a waterway running thru your property, you are wise to not mess with it without a permit, as the penalties for that are crazy. It's a shame how much government gets in the way of people trying to take care of themselves. 

    On the bee front, they will forage a mile or two radius. My bees are not very territorial at all, but honey bees in general are only aggressive if their hive is threatened. The big issue with neighbors is if they have a pool and that's the only water source, then they will get some bees in their pool. If you provide a close water source though, no problem. 

    Good luck with all your projects!

    Phil

     

     

    • Fri, Jul 18, 2014 - 02:50pm

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      Congrats

    Ian,

    Wow, that is a ton of progress in a year, congratulations! When you get to the water heater install, GE makes a really nice water heater complete with an air to air heat pump. I few years ago, I swapped out my electric 50 gal tank that used 4000 KWH to the heat pump model which uses about 1800 KWH per year. As a bonus, my battery backup can handle that load, where before I had no hot water when the power was out.

    The past year or so, Denise and I have focused mainly on building our permaculture site. So, I've put in a 2000 square foot earthen compacted pond for aquaculture, 500 linear feet of water harvesting swales, two bee hives, and planted 600 trees. The trees are everything from nitrogen fixers, pioneer species, timber species, medicinal, fruit, and nut.

    Also, I put in a grey water system. I still have to build the wetland area to process the grey water, and I have plans for a small silt pond, and another small clay frog pond. And of course more trees. My chickens are prepping a food forest area now, and I'm planning an early spring install of bare root trees, shrubs, and groundcovers. I am really concentrating on unique food producing species that produce a nice yield easily without chemicals. It's fun to discover these unique varieties that people have forgotten or never even knew existed.

    Phil

    • Thu, Nov 21, 2013 - 06:08pm

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      Exactly

    [quote=jdye51]

    God, it makes me sick to see this. It's a good representation of our collective madness.

    Words fail in the face of such hubris and stupidity.broken heart crying

    [/quote]

    That's exactly what I was thinking.

     

    • Tue, Oct 29, 2013 - 12:50pm

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      Great quote

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    "People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it's served"

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    jneo,

    The best quote I've seen in a long time.

    AO,

    Thanks for the video links.

     

    • Mon, Sep 09, 2013 - 11:44am

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      Total Denial

    Wow, the comments on the article really shocked me. It is really sad how misinformed and quick to judgment people are. I think anyone who goes against the materialistic growth at all costs "economy is in recovery" must be discredited by the public, because deep down they know somethings not right, but they are not emotionally ready to accept the data. It's like with any marketing, logic, fact, and reason is not what works, appealing to emotion does. I like that Chris & Adam still stick with logic and reason. Keep up the great work.

    Phil

     

    • Thu, Aug 01, 2013 - 01:08am

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      After Oil

    Edson,

    I am going to get your book for my kindle. It's kind of BS how Greer gets the press for the authors in the book. I think it's a fantastic accomplishment to write a book! I will let you know what I think after I read it.

    Phil

     

     

    • Sat, Jun 08, 2013 - 09:37pm

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      Gen X

    As a member of generation X, I have had some of the thoughts that TreeMagnet has brought forth. I came of age to invest in the stock market when the market goes nowhere for 13 years. I came of the age to buy a house near the top of the housing market. There will probably not be much value in any social security or pensions for me, my wife, or my generation. Health care when we're old, will be more like hurry up and die. Meanwhile, I look at the boomer generation that has grown up in the biggest wealth bubble in the history of the world.

    So I can see why some Gen Xers would be upset. But truth be told, it is not the generation that is bad, it is the circumstances, and I guarantee, if we switched places, it would be the exact same result. We would be protecting the status quo, so we could "get ours". We would pay lip service to future generations while we looted all the wealth and resources, leaving just a bunch of IOU's.

    These big picture items can't be stopped, they will play out slowly at times, and quicker at other times. The only thing we really have control over is ourselves, and I'm still working on that one.

     

    • Fri, Apr 12, 2013 - 01:14pm

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      Bitcoin Madness

    In an era of fake friends on facebook, fake conversations through texting, fake personas through avatars, fake romantic relationships through digital media, fake food drenched in preservatives, and fake money backed by fake debt, is it really a good idea to have a currency that exists as zeros and ones backed by only the "scarcity" and the electricity and computing that gets wasted mining this representation of fake money. I mean seriously, if "something" has no intrinsic value, does it matter how scarce it is. I'm a terrible artist, but if I drew you a Phil Williams original stick figure, and I told you it is one of a kind so it has value because of scarcity. You would say, "I don't care it's ugly, it has no value to me."

     

    I took my wife out to dinner last Valentines Day, to a fairly nice restaurant. During the meal, I looked over to see a young, mid to late 20's couple sitting at the table each staring at their phone texting away. Just the other day, my sister-in-law told me about how she refuses to talk on the phone, she only texts, because she doesn't want to answer anyone in "real time". This is what's become of our society. We are getting further and further away from meaningful relationships and connections. It's actually pretty sickening.

     

    By the way, Mt Gox, stands for "Magic the Gathering Online Exchange". I guess I shouldn't be so surprised that bitcoin has become so popular. We seem to love living in a fantasy world.   

    • Fri, Mar 08, 2013 - 12:53am

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      Snafui

    Thanks for the info. I appreciate it. Your explanation ironed out a lot of my questions. It's still too opaque for me, and I still smell BS. For the PP members that are investing in Bit Coin, I am hoping for the best for you. I will not be rushing to catch this train. I'm sure Kunstler would have a field day with this, given his ranting on the technological fantasy world many people reside in. He should of included Bit Coin in his latest book "Too Much Magic"

    By the way, Creature From Jeckyl Island is one of my favorite books. How long did that book take you to read? It must be 1000 pages or so.

    • Fri, Mar 08, 2013 - 12:45am

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      Spaceman Kermit wrote:Phil

    [quote=Spaceman Kermit]

    [quote=Phil Williams]…but seriously who cares. Not trying to deceive or make something up.[/quote]My apologies for the accusation of deception.  You made a claim that was contrary to the data available from Mt. Gox.  Without a citation, you're stating that you own that information that was in clear contradiction to what my source proved.

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    I was quoting the info in the video that LR posted when he started the thread. I assumed everyone had seen the video, and would know what I was referring to. I should have been more clear. My comment about who cares was my mistake on the .01 cent versus 1 cent. Again, I figured most people who saw the video got what I was referring to, and could see the error I made. Further, would anyone really care if they bought a $48 stock and it went one cent versus a tenth of a cent. Your wiped out either way.

     

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