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Yurt-a-go-go

Living in a yurt, in the countryside, rent free? Nothing more than a daydream surely, or so I thought…..

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Ssstay connected

Imagine the scene � you�ve finally gone off-grid, your cosy hut is nestled somewhere rural and beautiful, and you feel really cut off from everything, in a good way. But you can still have a phone, right? �Wireless Local Loop� (WLL) systems provide radio interconnection between telephone central office equipment and customer homes and businesses. These systems are particularly popular in developing countries where telephone service can be provided without installing thousands of yards of wire. We reccomend a sophisticated upgrade ofd WLL called Spread Spectrum (SS) signalling.

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WC=Waterless Closet

On our homestead, we have greatly reduced our water usage by eliminating the flush toilet. The idea of polluting fresh drinking water with humanure is an odd concept, but widely held as the only solution.
A sawdust toilet is ONE of three components. The system will NOT work without all components, which are:

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Yumm, Roadkill

Nothing is too odd or disgusting for Fergus Drennan, from nettles to roadkill. He�s had his share of interesting experiences and speaks knowledgeably about badger dishes: �There�s no rhyme or reason to badger. Sometimes it tastes really gamey and uriney, even if it�s fresh. It can be excellent though.�

�I used badger intestines once to make some chipolatas,� continues Fergus cheerily.MORE

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Rural phone technology options

00   Being off the power grid generally also means that we are off the telephone grid. In my way of thinking, lack of phone is a much more serious problem because power is easier to fix than phone. Today let’s … Continued

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Australia’s Green Bosses

Australia�s business and political bosses are going green.Senator Andrew Murray announced recently he would become carbon neutral by buying a hybrid car, joining the green electricity grid and buying a bus pass. Insurance Australia Group’s chief executive Michael Hawker has replaced his old gas-guzzler with a Toyota Prius – a popular choice among greenies. Origin Energy’s Tony Wood has

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch

Amazingly, given his oil industry links, George W. Bush�s Texas ranch boasts a range of eco-features including geothermal heating and cooling, that would make Leonardo di Caprio proud. The passive-solar house is positioned to absorb winter sunlight, warming the interior walkways and walls. Full description of all eco-features and analysis of why the oilman bothers.

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Solar Hype

Solar expert Jeff Wolfe has exposed an apparently idealistic solar power company called Citizenre is in fact a multi-level marketing scheme.

The stated plan of the company is to build “the world’s largest” solar cell and module manufacturing plant and install 100,000 residential systems annually. Wolfe�s article generated hundreds of comments – some of them in defence of the company from old-style multi-level marketing sales agents who were concealing their true affiliation. In one case, a Citizenre marketing agent is a well-known renewable energy conman who has pulled similar tricks in the past, Wolfe revealed.

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Greenpeace UK triumph

A British court has handed a major defeat to pro-nuclear lobbyists by declaring that the process by which the Labour government planned to introduce twenty new nuclear power plants was flawed and illegal.
“I think it’s the arrogance of this government. You know they make up their mind and even when they say they’re going to have a full public consultation – the exercise is just a sham,� John Sauven, Director of Greenpeace, told Off-Grid.