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Prepper Pig
by VEG-HEAD on NOVEMBER 30, 2014 - 0 Comments in self-sufficiency

LEarning to stitch wounds, shoot guns and crossbows,

Hope they do a better job than this guy

MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. — It’s breakfast time on a Saturday, and 20 “day-campers” are crouched around a fire pit in central New Jersey – the booniues – its rural. Soaked in bug spray, they are all there to learn survival skills, specifically in order to protect themselves from man-eating corpses.

Yup — Dead Cannibals, more commonly known as zombies.

From shooting rifles and throwing knives to stitching wounds and purifying water, the curriculum provides a foundation for conquering not only the living dead, but also other emergency situations such as car accidents and floods. (more…)

UK Surf Centre to go off-grid
by VEG-HEAD on NOVEMBER 24, 2014 - 0 Comments in community

Bristol group want to take themselves off the grid

Community project makes waves

A SURF centre in Easter Compton near Bristol is launching a £150,000 crowdfunding campaign that will help fund some of the site’s sustainability plans.

The Wave Bristol’s campaign got underway Monday, November 24 and Chris Hines MBE, head of sustainability for The Wave, said: “We want this project to be sustainable in all senses, including socially and environmentally. We have ambitious plans to sustainably power the site and eventually take it off-grid.” (more…)

Permaculture in Colorado needs a water permit
by VEG-HEAD on OCTOBER 19, 2014 - 0 Comments in food

Permaculture in Colorado - needs a water permit

Forest of Food for the Currys

“A forest full of food” has a nice ring to it, and the concept is realized using permaculture farming techniques.

Grant and Kathy Curry of Dolores are creating an innovative farm at the head of Trail Canyon in Dolores, Colorado that they hope will produce food for generations while skimping on water. (more…)

Garlic festival
by VEG-HEAD on SEPTEMBER 28, 2014 - 0 Comments in land

ORANGE, MASS, 28 Sept — Thousands of people began making their way to a field in the middle of nowhere Saturday to enjoy the 16th annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival — a two-day celebration of music, garlicky cuisine, crafts, arts, family games, improv theater and garlic. (more…)

Alaska to be the next Florida?
by VEG-HEAD on SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 - 0 Comments in land

Professor Camilo Mora predicts 5 BILLION deaths through global warming by 2050

Professor Mora – nothing to smile about

Climate change will make the most desirable places to live currently, uninhabitable by the middle of this Century – according to a scientific paper in Nature magazine last year, and recently picked up by the New York Times snoozepaper.

California and the Southwest will be hit by drought and wildfire. The East Coast and Southeast will suffer appalling heat waves, hurricanes, and rising sea levels.

Policy makers and city planners are calculating when the future climate will depart from its normal variability. How much time do we have to act? A decade? A century?

“If you do not like it hot and do not want to be hit by a hurricane, the options of where to go are very limited,” said Camilo Mora, a geography professor at the University of Hawaii and lead author of the paper in Nature predicting that unprecedented high temperatures will become the norm worldwide by 2047.

“The best place really is Alaska,” he added. “Alaska is going to be the next Florida by the end of the century.” (more…)

Delivery Van to RV for £6000
by VEG-HEAD on JULY 22, 2014 - 1 Comment in mobile

RV conversionThe ordinary-looking blue van has a chimney protruding from the roof.
This leads down to a wood burner in the former window-glazing truck, which a pair of university graduates have converted into an RV.

Stuart Humphreys, 24, and Claire Bragg, 25, from Leeds spent just over £6,000 and two years transforming their second-hand van into what will be their home while they travel around Europe.


Satellite Panic Buttons – Boon or Bane?
by VEG-HEAD on MAY 19, 2014 - 1 Comment in mobile

images (6)Spot satellite emergency signalling devices have saved 3000 lives to date – but are they an essential piece of kit for the outward bound, or a darned nuisance that is unleashing a bunch of idiots into the most unspoiled and peaceful places on the planet, especially in Canada.

The company that makes them proudly announces that SPOT products have been used to initiate 3,000 rescues around the world since the technology’s launch in 2007. “With over 200,000 units in service, SPOT is now averaging a rescue a day; approximately one-third (829) of all worldwide rescues to date have taken place in Canada,” the company announced.

SPOT says it delivers affordable and reliable satellite-based connectivity and real-time GPS tracking, completely independent of cellular coverage. But its prices are absurdly high. (more…)

Inequality is why so many want out of the system
by VEG-HEAD on APRIL 29, 2014 - 5 Comments in urban

The war on drugs sends thousands of poor kids to prison for using the same illegal substances that rich whites can often get away with; meanwhile, Wall Street bankers responsible for the financial crisis get off with zero punishment and huge bonuses.

These disparities in how rich and poor are treated by police and courts are the subject of The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap, a book by Matt Taibbi, the former Rolling Stone journalist who has made a career of attacking the upper class (and just started a website about political corruption). (more…)

Forest Service use Eminent Domain to seize off-grid home
by VEG-HEAD on APRIL 27, 2014 - 10 Comments in community

barries1Andy and Ceil Barrie chose a retreat property far off the beaten path. They spent time and money developing the early C19th cabin in the White River national forest. Making it their own.

Then the Forest service comes along and says, “Nope, we want this land – you’re out.”

Can they just take it, evicting you like they are the landlord and you are merely a tenant, despite your name on the deed?

Yes they can. (more…)

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