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    • Thu, Oct 02, 2014 - 09:04pm

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      Mostly true…

    The fantastic fight scenes in #2 saved it from it's rapidly devolving plot, IMO. But I totally agree about the third.

    • Sat, Aug 23, 2014 - 08:12pm

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      Freedom v Security

    I completely agree with you, Les.  It's almost as if the 9/11 hijackers ended up "winning."  Not only did they murder lots of Americans but moreover, they dramatically changed our way of life in this country (for the worse) and prompted us to waste substantial lives, limbs and dollars in our poorly executed responses in Iraq and Afghanistan.  (As an active duty officer from 1991-2011, that's particularly appalling to me.)

    The big question to me is just how many people in this country feel this same way?  Are the majority happy to give up so much of their freedom for a bit more security?

    • Mon, Aug 11, 2014 - 12:01am

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      Just honey?

    Great find, Adam.  One more reason to keep bees.

    I'm sure it's proprietary but I really wonder what they are doing to the bees or the honey to supercharge the anti-bacterial properties.

    • Mon, Aug 04, 2014 - 03:56am

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      Great info

    Thank you for that excellent information.  I'm happy with my system but in retrospect I wish I had done more homework, rather than relying almost exclusively on the seller/installer. 

    Mots, your suggestion about creating a separate parallel system to serve as a back-up is an intriguing one. I think I could probably do most of it myself and then hire an electrician to wire it into my essentials sub-panel.  It would just be a matter of getting a good deal on the panels and then sizing it right.  If I do it, I need to get smarter first so I am definitely interested in seeing the video that you mentioned. 

    • Sun, Aug 03, 2014 - 09:36pm

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      Moving from grid-tied to hybrid?

    Very interesting thread.  I had a 3.5 kW grid-tied system installed two years ago.   I love it but I might have held off had I known about some of these advances.  Like Dave, I would be very happy to use my PV system as a back-up power supply during daytime hours.  In the event that the SHTF, my main concern is running my well pump and a few hours each day would be more than sufficient.  

    The Ni-Fe batteries are promising and that SMA inverter that can function off grid I looks great.  However, my system was installed with Enphase micro-inverters.  At the time it seemed smart as one panel/inverter can fail while the others continue to work.  But…and this is where I hope some of you smarter than I am might chime in…it is my understanding that it is difficult or even impossible to convert a micro-inverter system into an off-grid or hybrid system.  

    I hope I'm wrong about that. Does anyone know of a practical way to do that?

    • Sat, Aug 02, 2014 - 07:39pm

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      Costly?

    You're right that it may be costly and further, CA has no money.  I'm sure that argument will be promoted and may win the day.  But IMO not adopting such practices will be much more expensive in the long run.

    • Fri, Aug 01, 2014 - 06:39pm

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      Warre top bar

    I've done quite a bit of reading on TBH and have decided to start a Warre hive next spring.  It will be my first foray in BK.  I could be naive but everything I have read about TBH/foundationless being more similar to a colony's natural home has convinced me it is the way to go.  I chose Warre over Kenyan for the same reason (vertical vs horizontal.) Last, even though it promises to be a bit crude and messy, I like the idea of crush and strain rather than needing fancy tools like an extractor to wrap honey.  

    I hope you all will continue to post here with TBH lessons as you learn them. I will do the same but not until next year.

    • Fri, Aug 01, 2014 - 04:20am

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      Local info

    I'm on the other side of the country in western Nevada.  The big stores here are Raleys and Smiths(Krogers).  I'll have to look into specifics but fortunately I only live a few hours from California's Central Valley where the majority of American produce is grown.

    • Thu, Jul 31, 2014 - 09:49pm

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      Local sourcing?

    Wendy, I'm not sure any of the big grocery chains are good about that, are they?  We grow more ourselves each year and frequent the local farmers market but are still at the mercy of the big chains for a big portion of our foods and I'm guessing much of it is transported a good distance to them. If you know of a chain or two that is better, please share. 

    • Thu, Jul 31, 2014 - 09:49pm

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      Local sourcing?

    Wendy, I'm not sure any of the big grocery chains are good about that, are they?  We grow more ourselves each year and frequent the local farmers market but are still at the mercy of the big chains for a big portion of our foods and I'm guessing much of it is transported a good distance to them. If you know of a chain or two that is better, please share. 

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