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Documents Explicitly Link BLM & Sen. Harry Reid to Bundy Ranch Land Grab for Chinese Solar Farm, Special Interests

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Police, Military, & War, Political Issues, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Kit Daniels

The Bureau of Land Management, whose director was Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) former senior adviser, has purged documents from its web site stating that the agency wants Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle off of the land his family has worked for over 140 years in order to make way for solar panel power stations.

Deleted from BLM.gov, but reposted for posterity by the Free Republic, the BLM document entitled “Cattle Trespass Impacts” directly states that Bundy’s cattle “impacts” solar development, more specifically the construction of “utility-scale solar power generation facilities” on “public lands.”

“Non-Governmental Organizations have expressed concern that the regional mitigation strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone utilizes Gold Butte as the location for offsite mitigation for impacts from solar development, and that those restoration activities are not durable with the presence of trespass cattle,” the document states.

The first segment of the document pulled by the feds from BLM.gov.

The first segment of the document pulled by the feds from BLM.gov.

Another BLM report entitled “Regional Mitigation Strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone” (BLM Technical Note 444) reveals that Bundy’s land in question is within the “Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone and surrounding area” which is part of a broad U.S....

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Off Grid Cooking & Power: BioLite Stove and Kettle Are the Perfect Prepper Package

Posted on Apr 09, 2014 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos, Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

BioLite Stoves make cooking on wood as clean, safe, and easy as modern fuels, while generating electricity to charge phones, lights and other electronics off-grid.

With only a handful of twigs, trash, leaves, or pinecones, it can charge an iPhone 4S in as little as 20 minutes of burn time, while boiling a liter of water in under five minutes!

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Using BioLite’s patent-pending thermoelectric technology, BioLite Stoves convert heat to electricity, which in turn, powers a fan to make the fire ultra-efficient. Excess electricity is then used to power low voltage electronics, such as LED lighting, cellphones, and radios. By having a device that can serve multiple purposes, you can reduce your payload weight and save space.

BioLite recently added two great additions to their line-up, the grill and kettle attachments. With the KettlePot, you need only bring a single piece of cookware that can satisfy a variety of situations and needs. Whether you are making a pot of coffee to start your day or cooking a meal for four at the end of a long hike, the BioLite KettlePot is a true grab-and-go system, conveniently housing the actual stove within itself when on the move....

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Casa Cúbica: Contemporary Shipping Container Cabin with Roof Deck

Posted on Apr 02, 2014 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, DIY Projects, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Small House Bliss

Cúbica is a company in Costa Rica that specializes in alternative construction, based on repurposed shipping containers. They have built residential, commercial, and institutional projects from cast-off containers. Cúbica cites lower cost, short delivery times, earthquake resistance and low maintenance as a few of the advantages of using containers.

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One of their flagship designs, the Casa Cúbica, is a compact dwelling built from a 20-foot shipping container. A 20-foot container has just 160 ft2 of space, but Cúbica stretches that out with a short extension at one end, as well as pushing the front glass area outwards, and creating a unique space on the roof deck.

The back wall of the living space is lined with cabinetry, containing the kitchenette, closets, and a Murphy bed. The extension provides a space for built-in bunk beds, while the bathroom is at the opposite end. The bathroom has a separate compartment housing the toilet and a stacked washer and dryer.

Two sets of sliding patio doors open the space to the deck. The shower also has direct access to the outdoors....

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Chico Tiny House: a Married Couple’s 120 Square Foot Dream

Posted on Mar 08, 2014 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

A husband and wife team of dreamers based in Chico, CA, have built a 120 square foot tiny home on a limited budget, and with no construction experience. With only $6,000 in the bank, the two started learning construction tradecraft via YouTube and a few books, and before long, they had a beautiful tiny home.

The couple describe their work as, “holding the vision of bringing a community based sustainable world into existence, one alternative dwelling at a time!”

We designed the shell to be simple and approachable for first time builders. And because our budget was as tiny as the house, we used as much salvaged, reclaimed, restored, discounted and second hand materials as possible. The chronic lack of funds inspired a lot of creativity and I discovered an amazing alchemical skill for transforming trash to treasure. The whole thing cost less than $8500 to build and took about 9 months to manifest.

We have plans to develop the edible landscape with recycled grey water, a tiny greenhouse, and rainwater catchment system.

Images of the Chico Tiny House...

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Roundup Weedkiller Found in 75% of Air and Rain Samples, Gov’t Study Finds

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: GreenMedInfo by Sayer Ji

A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey, accepted for publication online ahead of print in the journal Enviromental Toxicology and Chemistry, titled, “Pesticides in Mississippi air and rain: A comparison between 1995 and 2007,”[i]reveals that Roundup herbicide (aka glyphosate) and its still-toxic degradation byproduct AMPA were found in over 75% of the air and rain samples tested from Mississippi in 2007.

The researchers evaluated a wide range of pesticides currently being used through weekly composite air and rain sampling collected during the 1995 and 2007 growing seasons in the Mississippi Delta agricultural region.

So, what is the toxicological significance of the discovery of glyphosate in most air samples tested? In the month of August, 2007, if you were breathing in the sampled air you would be inhaling approximately 2.5 nanograms of glyphosate per cubic meter of air. It has been estimated the average adult inhales approximately 388 cubic feet or 11 cubic meters of air per day, which would equal to 27.5 nanograms (billionths of a gram) of glyphosate a day....

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Florida Woman Evicted from Own Home for Living Off the Grid

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

FOX4 reports on a Cape Coral, Florida, woman who is being targeted by code enforcement officials because her home is “off grid.”

Robin Speronis, who outright owns her house, with property taxes up to date (do you truly own it if you continue paying “rent” in the form of property taxes?), has been served with an eviction notice after the local FOX affiliate ran a story about her living off the grid.

“A code enforcement officer came, knocked on the door, then posts a placard that says “Uninhabitable Property – Do Not Enter”, says Robin, as she reads the sign.

A local attorney has picked up the case, pro bono.

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55 Survival Downloads and Handbooks – Pioneering, SHTF, Engineering, Urban Gardening, Defense, and More

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Featured Articles, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading
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Better Than Gold: Ceramic Water Filters as Tangible Barter Items

Posted on Jun 22, 2013 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Russ Michaud, Owner of Homespun EnvironmentalTruth Sponsor

Times sure are looking uncertain; families are getting tossed from their homes due to foreclosures, communities are breaking down and decaying as the middle class is destroyed (and subsequent shrinkage in the tax revenues force ever deeper cutbacks in government services), schools and post offices are closing; the list goes on and on.   It gets depressing thinking about how far we’ve fallen in such a short time.

All the while, our “Red” and “Blue” politicians fiddle in Washington and work harder to smear the other party so they can get re-elected, rather than try to fix the plight of the people they are supposed to be representing.

It is no wonder that many folks are taking matters into their own hands and preparing for some kind of change.   Hopefully, for the better, but the process of change will almost certainly be rough.  The powers engorging themselves on the status quo will resist strongly and perhaps even forcibly, prompting even greater resistance from the masses.  The American Revolution wasn’t exactly peaceful either....

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Hayden’s Movie Reviews: One Hundred Mornings

Posted on Jun 01, 2013 in Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Movies, TV, & Video Games, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

“When society breaks down, how quickly does our humanity follow?” - Jeannette Catsoulis

As much as I rail against certain aspects of Hollywood, I must admit that I’m a sucker for a good movie, especially one that revolves around those familiar disaster scenarios. And as a bit of a stray from our regular posting categories, I figured I would share some recent movie selections, as well as offer a bit of commentary.

Late this morning, as I was scuttling around the apartment, eyes half-open and nearly spilling my coffee as I bumped into furniture, I settled onto the couch to watch a movie I had been dying to see. With an afternoon forecast of storms and heavy rain, I felt as though this was the perfect chance to watch “One Hundred Mornings“; an Irish, post-apocalyptic …drama?

As Filmmaker Magazine said, it is a haunting, lyrical piece. It’s not an action flick. There is no virus, no zombies, and no comet hurtling towards Earth. Instead, the film allows you to discern what happened and throws you in the midst of it....

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DIY: Large Solar Aquaponics System Under $400

Posted on May 30, 2013 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Urban Farming Guys

The crew over at Urban Farming Guys shows how to go off-grid with your aquaponics, making a simple IBC-tote system, powered by the sun, for under $400. This is scalable by linking more totes together.

Something to note, is that the Urban Farming Guys use an off-the-shelf, easy-setup solar system. It costs around $250, but you can get much better solar panels with a bit of research into the subject matter. The kit they are using appears to be the standard “Harbor Freight”-style, folding kit that is widely available. It works, but there are better panels out there. With that being said, let’s get into some tilapia farming and vegetable growing!

“We’re here with Alex, who’s going to help us demonstrate just how easy this is. First, you’ll need to obtain a food-grade, 275-gallon IBC tote. Get this from Craigslist.org; ranging between $25-100, with food-grade being very important.”

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We Are Now One Year Away from Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say

Posted on May 29, 2013 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Global & National News, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Motherboard

If there’s a single factor that reliably sparks social unrest, it’s food becoming too scarce or too expensive. So argues a group of complex systems theorists in Cambridge, and it makes sense.

In a 2011 paper, researchers at the Complex Systems Institute unveiled a model that accurately explained why the waves of unrest that swept the world in 2008 and 2011 crashed when they did. The number one determinant was soaring food prices. Their model identified a precise threshold for global food prices that, if breached, would lead to worldwide unrest.

The MIT Technology Review explains how CSI’s model works: “The evidence comes from two sources. The first is data gathered by the United Nations that plots the price of food against time, the so-called food price index of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN. The second is the date of riots around the world, whatever their cause.” Plot the data, and it looks like this:

Pretty simple. Black dots are the food prices, red lines are the riots. In other words, whenever the UN’s food price index, which measures the monthly change in the price of a basket of food commodities, climbs above 210, the conditions ripen for social unrest around the world....

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DIY Ceramic Water Filters Made in USA – Available Now

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Homespun EnvironmentalRuss Michaud, Truth Sponsor

A heartfelt wish of many folks in the US is to have more products manufactured here instead of being imported. This is especially true in the current economic times. Folks realize that spending money locally is a simple way to enhance our communities and standards of living. It often seems like big business is oblivious to the plight of ordinary people and are only concerned with their next quarterly profits and the manager’s bonuses. Fortunately, there are a lot of small businesses that have a lot better handle on things.

waterfilter_kitJust Water, LLC, is very proud to announce that they have successfully ‘on-shored’ the production of ceramic water filters and will very shortly be rolling out various products that use these. Homespun Environmental, LLC, is equally proud to announce that they are the very first distributor to have these American-made ceramic water filters available on their website. Both companies have worked hard to meet customer’s needs and having products made in the USA was high on that list.

Ceramic water filters have been used extensively for many years in third world disaster situations with NGOs and missionary groups....

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Farmers Begin Planting Hemp Under New Colorado State Legalization; DEA Threatens to Burn Fields Thumbnail

Farmers Begin Planting Hemp Under New Colorado State Legalization; DEA Threatens to Burn Fields

Posted on Feb 01, 2013 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Police, Military, & War, Political Issues, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Natural Society by Anthony Gucciardi

Many farmers in Colorado will be expanding their list of planted crops this Spring after groundbreaking legislation was passed last November that allowed not only for the legalization of marijuana, but hemp as well. Now in case you’re not familiar, hemp is actually a multi-purpose substance that does not produce the high effects of marijuana. In fact, it’s mainly used as a super cheap and highly efficient building material — at least in other nations where ridiculous bans are not enforced on the ‘high-free’ material.

Industrial-HempColorado farmers like Michael Bowman will be planting 100 acres of hemp to be harvested and sold off as not only building material, but a highly nutritious superfood. While marijuana is considerably high in the substance known as THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol), which of course is the compound that produces the ‘high’ effects, it’s also significantly low in what’s known as CDB (cannabidiol). That’s where hemp comes in. [It is high in CBD while being relatively THC-free, if not sterile.]

Hemp as a Superfood, Industry Transformer

These cannabinoids have actually been promoted by many first hand sources as not only a health optimizing substance, but a serious solution to cancer....

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Homesteading with a Shipping Container, Part 9: Installing the Simple Pump

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Elysian Fields Project & Shipping Container Homestead

Water is one of the most strategic preps that one can have should the grid go down or we find ourselves caught in the middle of a disaster. All other preparedness plans fail without it, and even if you stock bottled water or have spare filters, if it is a prolonged emergency, eventually you will run out.

That’s where a water pump comes into play. For those with land or a retreat, even a water well in your backyard, if you are relying on electric or motorized pumps to fill your needs, have you developed an alternative energy plan? Do you have a back-up plan when those solar panels get damaged or your batteries are dead?

I believe in having a back-up for my back-ups, and when assessing my water situation at my off-grid, shipping container homestead – the Elysian Fields Project, I decided to cut out the middle man and install a manual water pump as my primary plan.

Should we encounter a prolonged grid-down event, or EMP, this pump will continue delivering water as long as I can pump the handle!...

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DIY Water: Differences Between Ceramic Candle and Dome Filters

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Homespun Environmental – Russ Michaud, Truth Sponsor & Contributor

This paper discusses the two main styles of ceramic filter cartridges that are currently on the market.  These are the ‘candle’ filter and the ‘dome’ filter.  I often get questions on whether one is better than the other and have also seen several DIY blogs on the internet showing both of these.  I figured it was a good idea to write a short paper on this topic to add as a reference to the technical notes on my website and to help folks interested in researching this.

For those who may be unfamiliar with ceramic water filters, here is a brief overview.

The ceramic water filter cartridge consists of a ceramic shell, containing colloidal silver and enclosing some amount of activated carbon.  The shell has very small pore openings that allow water to pass through but are too small for bacteria.  The silver keeps bacteria from growing on the shell, and the activated charcoal adsorbs chemicals that are present in the water.  This allows for filtering of particulates, organisms, and chemicals in a simple, low-cost, package.  ...

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