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Underground Nuclear Missile Silo Converted into Home

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Originally posted Jan. 15, 2010

As if pulled from a post-apocalyptic movie, this underground nuclear missile silo was once a cavernous, empty concrete relic from decades past.  But one man saw the potential in it, and decided to build the ultimate dream home for himself.

 

The decommissioned nuclear base offers up 20,000 square feet for furnishings, although Ed Peden and his family use only 1/3 of that space.  Mr. Peden was able to purchase the former military base for a paltry $48,000 – about $0.50 per square foot! – and commenced to remodeling the place.  Located just 25 miles outside of Topeka, Kansas, he and his wife Dianna were the first people to turn one of these Cold War doomsday bunkers into a livable home, and they now run a business helping others to do the same. It cost Uncle Sam $4 million to build this place; Ed paid 1/100th of that. But it did need a bit of work.

“The gunk I hauled out of here in wheelbarrows was incredible,” Ed tells us....

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Off the Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, & True Independence

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Originally posted 09.03.2011

Nick Rosen set off around the world in search of people living off-grid in order to document the lifestyle and try to get a better understanding of why people jump ship and embrace “less stuff,” more nature, and true freedom.

You’ll hear about Andrea Johnston who searched high and low for the perfect place. She mentions that she loves truck stops and I couldn’t agree more! Everything is 12 volt, offers hardware, tools, coffee, fuel and most even rent movies!

Or perhaps the former Vice President of Urban Outfitters…? She got out of the rat race in order to reconnect with her love and enjoy life.

Nick discovers off-grid residents of beaches, the mountains, even an off-grid millionaire who understands the fragility and intricacies of our modern “power grid.”

Whether your goal is more freedom, organic and sustainable farming, alternative architecture or merely finding your escape route from the daily grind, off-grid living is quickly becoming the best new thing among a wide variety of people across the globe!

The video is a bit “environmentalist-leaning” but being off the grid doesn’t mean you have to be some hippie woodsman.  ...

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Intentional Communities, Liberty Towns, Homesteads, & Sustainable Freedom Farms

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Originally posted August 17th, 2011

For years, I’ve been involved in various circles of organic gardening, local produce, food co-ops, alternative architecture, and local currencies.  It’s been a passion of mine for quite some time.  In 2008, as I was campaigning for Ron Paul’s Presidential bid, I stumbled across a small website that was offering an experiment in alternative housing, garden co-ops, and liberty-oriented living.  What does that mean, you ask?  I wondered the same thing and looked into it more.

At first, I expected this to be some crazy commune idea and I instantly conjured up images of people living in run-down RVs, huts, and wearing lots of tie-dye.  While there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s not my idea of an ideal neighborhood or living experiment.  But their website was geared towards liberty lovers and self-reliant people in west Texas, so it couldn’t be too bad.

A brief excerpt:

The process involves forming a co-op of people buying “shares” in the community and these people would be granted land use at a minimum of 1 acre per share, for as long as they homesteaded the land.

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TruthisTreason.TV – Shipping Container Barn and Flooring

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Brand new video uploaded!

This one is geared for the Preppers, DIY’ers, Shipping Container and Tiny Home Enthusiasts, or the Off-Grid’er.  Starring yours truly.  Be sure and check out my new Truth is Treason.TV website – it’s a media and video version of the original blog.  I’ll be covering many of the same topics as I do here, but in video format!  Also, if you’re interested in shipping container construction, tips, or just want to follow my sometimes crazy mishaps while I build a small container cabin, check out my other blog – www.ElysianFieldsProject.com (also mirrored at www.ShippingContainerHomestead.com)!

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Texas Cozy Cabins – Tiny House Living

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Tiny House Blog (one of my favorites!)

There is a new company in Texas building tiny houses called, Texas Cozy Cabins. I have not had any success getting in contact via email, but decided to go ahead and share their work.

Here is what the company says about themselves:

Texas Cozy Cabins is a Texas manufacturer that specializes in small cabins for your larger than life living. We offer the highest quality construction on finished and unfinshed cabin homes in the Central Texas region.

Our designs deliver the highest quality in design aesthetics, solid architectural detail and premium craftsmanship. Texas Cozy Cabins offers many designs and styles, however you also have the ability to design your own cabin to meet your specific needs. We pride ourselves in being available to our clients and working closely with you to provide the highest quality product. All of our structures are built with quality materials and hand-crafted with care and a sense of pride that can only be found in Texas.

I have attached a few pictures that show their work....

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Urban Survival Post-SHTF: a How-to Guide and Rural Comparison

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Featured Articles

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

During a societal collapse or SHTF scenario, is living in an urban environment a safe and prudent option?

Let’s dive into a few of the aspects and dangers of the cityscape, what to expect, and how you might mitigate some of the threat as you either escape from the concrete jungle or try to ride it out.  This does not apply for short, temporary natural disasters; rather, this will examine a potential economic meltdown, long-term survival situation, possible military action, or perhaps an electromagnetic event of some order that brings down the grid.

Living within a major metropolitan area has its ups and down, its benefits and drawbacks. This applies to any decent sized urban area as they all typically have common systems, such as municipal water and sewage, fragile electrical grids that in many cases provide the power for heating your home and cooking, and finally – people.

Large population centers can be your worst nightmare in a survival situation, as witnessed during Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent social collapse that occurred in New Orleans....

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Starting Over: Garage Converted into 250 Sq Ft Tiny Home

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Tiny House Blog (one of my favorite websites!)

Andrea Lippke from the New York Times writes an article about a Seattle women named Michelle de la Vega who takes on the conversion of a 250 square foot garage into a tiny home after a divorce. To save money she takes on the job as the contractor and with lots of reclaimed materials converts this old garage into a beautiful home.

“At that time I was coming out of the ashes,” she said, “and knew I needed to come up with a good survival strategy for starting over as a single person.”

Read Converting a Seattle Garage Into a Tiny Home at the New York Times website.
Photos: Ira Lippke

Michelle de la Vega, a visual and performance artist, turned her garage into a 250-square-foot house for $32,000....

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Apple Files Patent for Hydrogen Battery, Could Run Devices for Weeks

Posted on Dec 27, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Science & Technology

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Raw Story

A recent patent application filed by computer giant Apple reveals what might be the company’s next big thing: hydrogen batteries.

Hydrogen batteries work by splitting water into its core chemical components, then using those chemicals to generate electricity, but for many years the reaction was too volatile for most commercial applications.

Scientists announced in 2008 that they had finally discovered a way to conduct the reaction in a much smaller container, free from the corrosive effects that marred previous attempts. They also learned how to create hydrogen batteries that can store vast amounts of electricity in very small containers.

Apple’s latest patent seems to carry the technology even further, suggesting that some day soon, hydrogen batteries will be lighter and more energy efficient than today’s portable electricity storage, potentially giving mobile electronics a charge for weeks at a time.

“Our country’s continuing reliance on fossil fuels has forced our government to maintain complicated political and military relationships with unstable governments in the Middle East, and has also exposed our coastlines and our citizens to the associated hazards of offshore drilling,” Apple’s application reads....

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Republicans Attempt to Revive Keystone XL Pipeline with Executive Order – Hayden’s Note Attached

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Political Issues

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: OilPrice.com

This article looks at the proposed Republican legislation for the Payroll tax cut, where the House Republicans have included a provision that forces work to begin again, via Executive Order, on the proposed 1,700-mile-long TransCanada Corp.’s $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline.

Republicans Attempt to Revive Moribund Keystone XL Pipeline

Hayden’s Note:

I will apologize now for the long-winded rant that follows.  Sometimes I just get on a roll and keep typing.  And when it involves Congress, I just wanna scream sometimes.

The “dirty” secret about the Keystone XL pipeline’s oil sands hydrocarbons, which no amount of K Street PR can spin away, is that the oil has a higher carbon content than that from traditional fossil fuels, anywhere from 8 to 14 percent more, depending on which scientific report you read. Accordingly, the EU has already banned their import, much to Ottawa’s annoyance. Much to the consternation of Transcanada and the pipeline’s Republican boosters in Washington, environmental groups in such stalwart Republican states as Nebraska went up in arms over the Keystone XL proposal, fearing that a leak from the underground pipeline would irrevocably pollute the Ogalla Aquifer, source of much of the Great Plains’ agricultural water.

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Sovereignty and Radical Self-Reliance: Breaking Free

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Soil and Health Library

Hayden’s Note:

I found this little excerpt at the above website, recommended to me by a new reader of TruthisTreason.net.  While the author never mentions Voluntaryism, I found this piece to adequately sum up some of its aspects and contradict it in regards to work ethics and private transactions.  However, the main point here is radical self-reliance – a tenet of Burning Man and off-grid homesteaders everywhere – enabling one to rise above the rat race.  All in all, this is a great read and I highly suggest you explore the Soil and Health Library linked above.  

Life on Earth could be easy and far more pleasant if only people were entirely rational about pursuing their interests and passions. But we aren’t. Scott and Helen Nearing spent decades on their self-sufficient homestead demonstrating that achieving our daily survival needs could be accomplished in only a few hours of work a day–if we did not have taxes to pay and produced most of our necessities ourselves. But as things are currently organized on Earth, most people in industrial countries are obliged to expend most of their energy, most of their lives, working for what they have been programmed to consider as “necessities.” Sometimes I think we have created our planet this way because we would be bored if things were too easy....

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How to Declutter and Decorate for Small Space Living

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Apartment Therapy – Originally posted August, 2010

Hayden’s Note:

As more and more people see the beauty and utility in downsizing, creating the proper storage areas while keeping them functional is important.  The picture below is a perfect example.  You don’t really need 40 different plates or cups.  How many do you truly use?  This elegant, simple shelving concept fits nicely in smaller kitchens and keeps things efficient.  Even if you have a large food inventory or pantry (I’m talking to you, preppers!), using jars or containers like those on the top shelf can be a great way to rotate foods while keeping bulk supplies and goods in the pantry or other cabinet, hidden from sight and keeping the kitchen clutter-free.

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Lovely kitchen organization by Yiming Wang, which turns showing off the storage into something attractive (from The Big Book)

CAVEMAN CLUTTER

Clutter is a natural fact of life and the problem started with our Caveman ancestors. Way back in those Cave Days you needed to accumulate as much food and supplies as you could in order to ensure your survival....

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January’s Monthly Contest – Article Submission

Posted on Dec 09, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Economic News, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Political Issues, Science & Technology, Truth is Treason News, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Have you ever wanted to be rewarded simply for writing about your hobbies or passions?  Well, now you can be!  TruthisTreason.net presents a new monthly contest!

January’s Contest Prizes:

1st Place: a) LA Police Gear Bailout Bag – great for range use, bugout situations, or camping!  I knew a girl who used one as a purse, even!, b) Plus!, Five (5) TruthisTreason.net bumper stickers!  Approximate value: $50.00

2nd Place: Ceramic Water Filter / Bug Out Bottle – comparable to Berkey systems – courtesy of Homespun Environmental.  This self-contained filter comes in a handy bottle that can filter out bacteria, sediment, and more and is good for over 200 fill-ups before changing the filter element!  That’s a lot of hiking or survival!  And of course, I’ll throw in a couple bumper stickers! Approximate value: $25.00

3rd Place: Multi-pack of non-GMO, heirloom seeds, courtesy of my good friends at PatriotSeedStore.com!  I will also toss in 2 TruthisTreason.net Bumper Stickers! Approximate value: $20.00

You know you want to share the wealth, so give them to your friends and family!  ...

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Shipping Container Cabin with Cargo Trailer Bedroom Addition

Posted on Dec 01, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: YouTube

Hayden’s Note:

See my shipping container cabin project over at www.ElysianFieldsProject.com or mirrored at www.ShippingContainerHomestead.com!  Working on some of my own videos as we speak…

Lulu is a single mom who had gone back to school and didn’t have the time nor interest in working full-time just to pay the rent.  So when she had to move out of her more conventional home, she decided to move herself and her daughter into a shipping container!

With little building experience, Lulu spent just one month cutting windows and a doorway into the container, along with installing foam board insulation and a basic kitchen (complete with propane-powered campstove and an on-demand water heater).

After she and her daughter moved into the cozy 8′ by 20′ foot home, she fitted it with a bed, couch, bookshelf, and even managed to get some kitchen cabinets into the 160 square foot box.

When Lulu decided they needed a bit more space, she went from shipping containers to trucking trailers and began to build their new bedroom addition on a used flatbed trailer.  ...

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Off-Grid Home Made of 29 Shipping Containers – 10k Sq. Ft., Tower, and Vehicle Bay

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Edmonton Journal

The Glennon family’s retirement home might just look like a stack of shipping containers of all different colours from the outside.

But once it’s complete, it will be a sprawling, 10,000-square-foot, four storey building — two levels above ground, a walkout basement and another level below — with four bedrooms, five bathrooms, a games and media room, garage and workshop, and two enclosed decks.


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A massive garden with a potato crop, chickens, and a trout pond, will surround the residence on the eight-hectare property just outside Rimbey, about 180 kilometres north of Calgary.

And the shipping containers won’t be visible forever — the plan is to cover the exterior with stucco.

“It’s just going to look like a regular home,” said homeowner Bill Glennon.

Except most regular homes aren’t made of Sea-Can shipping containers — and the Glennon’s might be the only one in North America built with the containers from the footings all the way up to the roof, he said.

After years of touring show homes, checking out homes on the market, and attending home and design shows, Glennon said he never found anything he liked under $1 million....

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Homesteading with a Shipping Container – Part 8, The Carport

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, DIY Projects

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: ElysianFieldsProject.com – My shipping container homesteading blog!

We are on a roll! Homesteading with a Shipping Container, Part 8! In the last segment, I answered some questions that I’ve received via email and the comments section, along with showing you a few of the other projects that are happening out here at the Elysian Fields. The biggest endeavor currently underway was the camping trailer carport and I’m proud to say that it is finished thanks to the help of some great friends!

The weekend’s forecast looked great and we were not disappointed. I met the motley crew at the Project Saturday morning and got right to work. Ralph, from PatriotSeedStore.com, and who has lots of construction experience, helped me set the 6th and final post for the carport while Mark, of SouthernPlainsConsulting.com, and Emery, my girlfriend, began general clean-up of the property and other materials.

It was a massive undertaking because I have been hauling various building materials and cool finds out to the property and it was starting to pile up! In fact, it started looking like a miniature scrapyard!...

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