Category — COMMUNITY

A new doc in town
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 26, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, SPIRIT, WRETHA

I think I am in love, and it’s with another man, but it’s not what you might think :) About a month ago, I took my friend to a nearby town to see a new doctor, there is a very long story that goes with why she wanted a new doctor, one I’ll not bore you with… the first time I saw/met this doctor, my first impression was I like him. He is about as unpretentious as you can get, he wears jeans with the cuffs rolled up, cowboy boots, t-shirts with vintage cars on them, he drives an old beater pickup truck, yes my first impression was he wasn’t like most other doctors I have met. (more…)

Local pols nix home in a field
by SUPERJOE on JULY 22, 2014 - 2 Comments in COMMUNITY, EVENTS

A dead Bat will not save him from eviction

Jonathan HIll -hopes have died

A man who built a straw bale house in his own field without planning permission has been ordered to tear it down and become homeless

Jonathan Martin, 51, of Waterbrook, Limeburn Hill, Chew Magna, was taken to court by Bath and North East Somerset Council for the second time in seven months because he had failed to act on an enforcement order to demolish the house and return the land to its original state.
He branded the second court by the local authority “absolutely ridiculous” and said he had told the council that the presence of roosting bats had delayed removing the structure. (more…)

30 signs that you’re one of those “Crazy Preppers”
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 16, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, SPIRIT, WRETHA

Crazy-Preppers

With all the recent talk in the news about “Doomsday Preppers” and the demonization in the media, you have to be aware that you’re considered a little….different. The fact that you are self-reliant is such an oddity to most that, frankly, they find you to be either nuts, a little bit scary, or both. According to the US government, we are all extremists on the verge of committing depraved acts of terrorism.

 

Here are the top 30 signs, should you ever be the subject of a nationwide manhunt, that you too will be considered a “Crazy Prepper on the Loose“:

  1. Pantries are so mainstream…you have food stashed in strange places in every room of the house.
  2. You have enough toilet paper to get through a year of uncomfortable digestive upsets…occurring with 6 people simultaneously
  3. Speaking of which, you possess at least 3 different ways to use the bathroom, only one of which is an actual bathroom.

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Gardening roundtable
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 13, 2014 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY, FOOD, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

About a week ago, I got a phone call from one of my neighbors and friends out here, it was time to do another gardening roundtable. That’s where a bunch of us gets together to discuss our gardening experiences. Living in the high desert mountains in far western Texas, we have a unique growing area, and within this area, there are even microclimates to deal with, so my garden may have different qualities (temperature, moisture, wind, soil conditions…) than someone who lives at the same altitude as I do but just around the corner from me…

So today after church and our second Sunday church potluck lunch, we just had enough time to get over to the community center just up the road. There were about a dozen of us there, most are experienced gardeners, a few were very new to gardening, a few had gardened out here for many years. (more…)

French company joins solar industry march to west Texas
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JUNE 27, 2014 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY, ENERGY, EVENTS, SOLAR, WRETHA

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Yet another solar company is looking cash in on the wide-open skies of West Texas.

Paris-based Solairedirect has announced plans for a two-phase, 100-megawatt solar farm on a ranch about 14 miles east of Alpine in rural Brewster County. By the company’s estimates, the plant could bring power to about 25,000 homes.

It would rival California competitor Recurrent Energy’s plans to build its own 150-megawatt plant in West Texas. Recurrent hasn’t yet said where exactly in the region it will build what would be the state’s largest single solar facility.

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Greenpeace “loses $5m” of donations
by NICK ROSEN on JUNE 16, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, URBAN

Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo in Seoul, part of his extensive international travel program

Kumi Naidoo – expensive haircut for trip to Seoul

Greenpeace, the environmental charity that lost its way over a decade ago, has announced it has also lost money – over $5 MILLION dollars of donations have been frittered away in currency speculation.

Greenpeace headquarters, a marble-lined former bank in Amsterdam is a place where self-important Greenpeace executives plan their next vital air journey to visit a politician or industrialist. Greenpeace executives work is too urgent, you see, to follow the rules they prescribe for others. Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo loves to be photographed at meetings around the world.

Now, one of their management cadre has embarrassed the organisation by running up the huge losses on money markets. The cost helped push Greenpeace into a loss for the year of €6.8m on a global budget of €300m Euros.

It raises the question,why they have $5 million sitting around? Surely the environmental emergency they are always fighting requires spending the money we gave them, not sitting on it? (more…)

Nova Scotia bans new off-grid homes
by NICK ROSEN on JUNE 5, 2014 - 14 Comments in COMMUNITY, SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Dear Off-Grid,

I live on the south shore of Nova Scotia and I want to build a tiny, off grid homestead. So far, it is proving to be a near impossibility.

The building inspector says I have to have 3 radiators and an air exchanger and these must be powered by electricity (as per the National Building Code). He says I must be able to maintain a temperature of 22.5 degrees Celsius in my home at anytime during the year! Who keeps their heat that high anyways? (more…)

Lost Faith in the System
by NICK ROSEN on JUNE 5, 2014 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY

hagopianJoachim Hagopian voices the feelings of millions of Americans

The forsaken American population finds itself more in poverty (46.2 million people) as well as more in debt ($57 trillion) now than ever before in history.

Young generations of the college educated are having to pay off mounting college loan debts ($1.2 trillion and rising) that without jobs they can never even hope to repay. Rather than marry, have kids and buy homes like generations before them, we worry how to pay the light bill and avoid eviction. Sometime in the last century, when we weren’t looking, the American dream died. Foreclosures and unpaid debts are now sucking the lifeblood out. (more…)

See our latest Video – a mini-manifesto
by NICK ROSEN on MAY 31, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, EVENTS, OFF-GRID 101

Please tell your friends and spread the word about our great new, short film “Off-Grid – Free Yourself”


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