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Random thoughts and videos - Part 2 - Living off the grid and saving seeds

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"Saving your own seed is the strength of the agricultural system and the ability of people to make it through hard times."

"From the time I was a very young man and my father showed me, took me out into the field and had me put the little seed in the ground, and [brought] me back every day, every day, until it came up ... And when it came up, what I thought at that young tender age was that I was magic. I thought I had the power to actually create life. Now, I really didn't create that seed, but I had, I was part of, my own food chain. And I believed that I could always grow enough food to survive since I was a very young child — not based on the fact that I had done it, but based on the fact my parents taught me I could do it."

"You see, this is why the seed is what we teach our children. And it's a metaphor for civilization in itself. And so when we teach our children to recycle, to save their own seeds, grow their own food, we're really talking to them about an ideal of civilization that's based on self-sufficiency, individual sovereignty, and, actually, freedom." ~ Clifford Middleton

Saving Seeds - YouTube video


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Random thoughts and videos - Who wrecked the economy?

A huge majority of people know something is terribly wrong about the so-called "global economic meltdown", but very few understand it. Nonetheless, a tidal wave of resentment and rebellion is beginning to manifest itself on YouTube, where I found some videos related to politics1 and economics which I hope you find so interesting that you will be motivated to share them with everyone you know. If you take the time to watch them, you will easily see why corrupt fascistic2 scum3 in gubmint are frantically looking for ways to control and censor the internet under any fraudulent pretense they can conjure up that might fool the citizenry!

Personally, I am completely fed up with corrupt, provably treasonous-to-the-constitution, gubmint operating in secret and constantly lying to the American people. Accordingly, in my opinion, any person who doesn't want to uncover the gubmint coverups in the JFK, RFK, and MLK assassinations, along with the truth about such things as dishonest money, 9-11, OKC bombing (which was NOT a "fertilizer" bomb), TWA 800, WACO, the "mysterious missile" out in California, ad infinitum, is part of the problem.

Quantitative Easing Explained - YouTube video


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Stephan Molyneux — And the point on which I disagree with him.

Stephan Molyneux is a Canadian philosopher who has made what I consider to be an extremely important video, titled "The Sunset of the State". I consider it a true "must see" for all individual freedom lovers and nominal Christians!

The Sunset of the State - YouTube video


Libertopia - Stefan Molyneux - The Future Will Be Nothin Like The Past 10-23-11 - YouTube video

Stephan is also a blogger, essayist, author, and host of Freedomain Radio, (in the words of Wikipedia) "claimed to be the largest and most popular philosophy show on the web". The web's a competitive place, so that's quite an accomplishment, in and of itself! Stephan also has a YouTube channel, also called "Freedomain Radio", to which I subscribed.

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Random thoughts

While surfing the web the other evening, I ran across some video of Ann Coulter on the Michael Coren Show. I thought the lively discussion on the freedom of speech — (I am, after all, a free speech absolutist) — was way too cool to not share. The level of civility, even friendliness, and intellectual honesty was quite noticeable and very refreshing compared to the constant drumbeat of Goebbelsian MSM politically correct blather. It is very easy to see why Coulter's bluntness, articulateness, quick wit, good looks and fiesty take-no-prisoners attitude make her the woman so-called "liberals" love to hate most. The video was posted on YouTube in 5 parts. Here they are ("Leftists" eat your hypocritical double-standard little hearts out!):

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Miscellaneous grape and vineyard info

Here on John's sustainable 2.5 acre hobby farm, we've decided to put grapes on about 2/3 of an acre. The 62 post holes were drilled this morning in less than an hour for $100. Best $100 you'll ever spend! If you don't believe me, just try digging ONE 12" wide by 30" deep hole in rocky ground with hand tools. I "double-dog" dare ya!

The pictures (click on them for enlargements) are from a California vineyard (Game Ranch), and demonstrate the perfect soil for growing grapes: rocky and well drained. That's pretty much exactly what is on the 2/3 acre grape plot: smooth river rock (aka "pit run") mixed in with sandy, good draining soil. So we set out on our adventure with optimism that our soil is naturally grape-friendly!

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NEWSFLASH!!! - Gun rights win again - Samuel Alito writes for 5-4 majority - Chicago gun ban struck down!

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God bless the U.S. Supreme Court majority in McDonald v. Chicago - 08-1521 (2010), which consisted of Justice Samuel Alito writing for the majority, who was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Anthony Kennedy. The dissenting opinions consisted of Justices John Paul Stevens, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sonia Sotomayor - all four apparently opposed to the traditional American concepts of individual freedom and effective self-defense. Stephens wrote his own dissenting opinion and did not join Breyer's. Ginsberg and Sotomayor joined Breyer.

Hey Obama! Remember when, in all your low-class narcissistic Chicago-smart-aleck glory, you tried to intimidate the Supremes at your State-of-the-Union message? Well, it looks like Alito got the last laugh after all, doesn't it? Back at ya smarty pants!

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Dorothy Lee Baughman, R.I.P.

One of my aunts, Dorothy Lee Baughman passed on to her eternal reward on June 7, 2010. She was 84.

As I do the necessary maintenance on my own 65-year-old body and diabetic feet, I am daily reminded that our "robes of flesh" get older and deteriorate. It's part of the circle of life. Dorothy lived a full and good life. Dust to dust, ashes to ashes, the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord. She was part of the very special family of my maternal grandparents, Irvin and Eulalia Baughman. The surviving extended family has countless wonderful memories to cherish.

I can't speak for the entire family, but personally, I take great comfort from the fact that Dorothy was a woman of faith. And she knew that faith is not what you SAY you believe. Faith is what you DO with what you believe.

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HelpMeRick.com, the world' best computer self-help website for beginner and intermediate users!

In an earlier blog, I mentioned my friend, Rick Castellini, and his wonderful website. After all this time, I have still not changed my opinion that HelpMeRick.com is the best computer self-help website I have found on the Internet.

Several months ago, Rick had received one million hits on his YouTube channel, casttv. Now he has just celebrated posting his 300th "how to" video. Wow! Congratulations, Rick! Long may you keep up the great work!

Check out Rick's latest blog titled "How I get smart using YouTube." I've been a huge YouTube fan ever since Rick first showed it to me. I, too, use it to find "how to" information and "get smart".

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How the "Left's" thinking is haywire

It has been my experience that much of the so-called "Left" takes itself a lot more seriously than most of the so-called "Right". Accordingly, it might be a good idea for the Left to read my criticism of the Right set forth in a separate essay before reading my criticism of the Left. That way, at least they will know I am an "equal opportunity" basher, er, critic, and might not erroneously believe I am picking exclusively on the Left due to some twisted capitalistic-greed-based, "fact-challenged" ideology. Not that that would make any difference to personality-disordered race hustlers, political1 correctness hustlers, determined wannabe-clever ad hominem demonizers, and/or Goebbelsian fascistic propagandists, of course.

The insurmountable core problem with leftist/collectivist ideology is that it is inherently in direct conflict with the most basic characteristics of empirically observable human nature. Collectivism necessarily requires herd/government coercion/violence to control “The Other”, when the individual human critter inconveniently (for so-called "liberals") just happens to have been created (or “evolved” if our atheist friends prefer that word) — with a survival need for individual self-ownership and self-determination. It is a logically self-evident fact that Control over The Other and individual self-ownership are completely irreconcilable and, therefore, anathema to each other. The human spirit cannot thrive and find contentment under slavery/serfdom.

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How the "Right's" thinking is haywire

I absolutely despise such misleading, manipulative and so-unspecific-as-to-be-useless words as "left", "right", "liberal", "conservative", etc, etc, as commonly used in reference to politics, economics and other human behavior.

I used to generally think of the Left as stupid and the Right as corrupt. The accurate truth is a lot more complicated than that. However, because of the constitutional illiteracy and Economics-101-challenged status of the Left, their stupidities are MUCH easier to recognize, criticize, and ridicule than those of the Right. Since the Right's errors, deceptions, and manipulations are much more subtle and difficult to describe and address, and since much of the Left is emotionally incapable of laughing at itself, it seemed logical to write the anti-Right essay before the anti-Left. For any members of the Right who have difficulty accepting constructive criticism, I assure you that the Left "gets theirs" in a separate essay.

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