We watched this documentary yesterday afternoon…if you are looking for a bit of inspiration and beauty, take time to watch this. Once again, I am blown away by the incredible acts of kindness that people are capable of…and by the capacity for love and hope in the midst of…a garbage heap. ~Reb
This is an extract from the documentary “Waste Land”.
“Waste Land” is an award winning documentary by director Lucy Walker – An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom. Vik collaborates with the brilliant catadores, pickers of recyclable materials, true Shakespearean characters who live and work in the garbage quoting Machiavelli and showing us how to recycle ourselves.
Natural Homes – “This is one of the many roundhouses at Felin Uchaf in Wales where there are the remains of over 1,000 Iron Age hillforts each with many similar roundhouses. The Celts built their roundhouses from the natural materials available to them. The roundhouses at Felin Uchaf are built in the same way using only the natural materials available on or near the land.
The walls of roundhouses were either dry stone filled in with clay and straw, or a ring of support poles weaved with wattling and plastered in daub, or a mixture of both stone and wattling as being built here (left).
Wattle and daub is one of the oldest building techniques dating back to the Bronze Age and beyond. Wattling is a way to build walls by weaving long flexible sticks in and out of upright posts. Hazel, which is pliable and grows naturally long, is a good species to use for wattle. It is also the preferred wood used by straw bale builders to pin bales together.
Daubing is the method used to weather proof the wattle with a mixture of clay, earth (sand), straw and manure.
The upright poles are usually around 4-6 inches thick, straight with their ends charred in a fire (see bottom left) and buried about 8-12 inches deep. Charing the wood that will be buried below the ground protects the wood from rotting.
Below is an interior picture of the roundhouse which by day is a meeting and storytelling room and at night a bedroom for volunteers who come to Felin Uchaf to learn natural building and natural living skills.”
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I wanted to share a post from Bug Out Nutrition today. JP Martin spends his time slaying the conventional wisdom of foods we eat and store and applies the science of nutrition to survivor scenarios. He was on my Top Ten Not-Famous-Yet Preparedness Sites post recently.
Gluten is everywhere. We eat bagels and toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and rolls with our dinner. The USDA recommends we eat 30% of our calories from grains and prior to myplate was recommending 6-11 servings of grain per day. Doctors and nutritionists in the mainstream media push whole grains as a solution to the problems caused by the standard American diet, which is about as effective as putting out a fire with gasoline.
If you are a woman living in America, you can thank Elizabeth Cady Stanton for your right to vote. She was a leading figure of the early women’s civil rights movement.
The first women’s rights convention was held in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York. Elizabeth presented her Declaration of Sentiments at the convention and is considered the leader of the first organized civil rights movement for women.
Elizabeth was an abolitionist, but her main goal was women’s rights. However, she considered women’s rights to go far beyond voting. She wanted women to have equal custody rights, property rights, income rights, the right to file for divorce, and birth control rights. She was also a supporter of the temperance movement.
She opposed the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments because she felt that it was wrong for black men to be given Constitutional rights while women (both black and white) were left without these same basic…
There are types of stories called “conspiracy theories” and the people who teach them are considered by “society” as crazy fanatics who often need medical treatment. What if I tell you that “society” should take some of that medical treatment, cause sometimes such incredible stories, nobody believed in, turn out to be 100% true.
What if I tell you that the doctors did not treat us, just wait until we die to cut our bodies?
1. Tuskegee syphilis experiment
In the years 1932-1972, there were a series of experiments on about 400 syphilis-infected black citizens of the United States. The study selected the poor, simple and uneducated – most of them did not even know about their illness. U.S. Public Health Service had promised free treatment to patients. In fact, they were given aspirin. The purpose…
This is an update about Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, a prisoner activist and intellectual who is currently in a dire situation in Snake River Correctional Institution in Oregon. As was reported last week, Rashid has been in the midst of a health crisis for almost a month now, which has included periods of severe disorientation. For a time he was refusing to eat or drink; as far as our most recent information if concerned, he is currently accepting liquids but still not eating. Rashid has spent most of his adult life in prison, and almost all of that time has been spent in various isolation units. This is a direct consequence of his actively resisting abuse from prison guards and their lackeys in the 1990s, and to his continued political writing and exposing conditions in America’s carceral nightmare ever since. A New Afrikan Communist and the founder and…
It is always enlightening to hear the frank assessment of a diplomat upon leaving the service, once unshackled from “the patriotic art of lying for one’s country”, as 19th Century American journalist Ambrose Bierce described the craft.
Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos was a career diplomat with the Greek foreign ministry. As a junior officer with the service in the 1970s, he helped assure the then freshly democratic nation’s accession to the European Union (at the time the EEC). He was at different times Athens’ ambassador to Poland, Albania and Canada, and finally the director general of EU Affairs in the ministry.
Last year, he finally resigned as secretary general of the…
Lies, lies, and more corporation’ lies. This should not be a big surprise. Corporations running our food supply are slowly poisoning and misleading us. I see an angry revolution on the horizon. We are what we eat ? Lou
Preface: While a lot of people talk about the loss of our Constitutional liberties, people usually speak in a vague, generalized manner … or focus on only one issue and ignore the rest.
This post explains the liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution – and provides a scorecard on the extent of the loss of each right.
The 1st Amendment protects speech, religion, assembly and the press:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
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