We seek to assimilate you…

4 Mar

People ask me why I do what I do.

I empower people to make them more self responsible and more self reliant. We teach them to take control of their lives, to enrich their families… on a road paved by hard work and sweat equity.

I have to admit that I get “hate mail” all the time.

7 times out of 10 it’s some contractor or developer who is getting hammered by the economy, blaming ME and those of my ilk for all his/her hardships. They whine about market conditions and assail my family ancestry, but…

… never have I gotten as creative a “shot across my bow” as my buddy Owen Geiger, who recently received this “warning”…

“Dear Mr. Geiger,
My wealthy and powerful associates are not happy with your message of low cost owner-built houses paid with cash, and building small and simple with local materials.

To us, this is sacrilege.

You see, we are the powers that be that control most everything in the world and who have created the present system to enrich ourselves.

You Mr. Geiger and others out there like you are upsetting the apple cart. Nothing is worse than someone like you who causes us to lose money. How dare you…

Read the rest here:

http://earthbagbuilding.wordpress.com/2012/03/03/a-letter-from-the-borg-collective/

Stay tuned.

Image source: Democratic Underground.com

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11 Responses to “We seek to assimilate you…”

  1. Dr. Tom March 4, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    This is crazy. I live in one of the few places on earth that is a ‘natural’ for this. EVERYTHING we get come by barge, in containers. But I can’t get any because they are scooped up the second they hit the port or are re-packed and sent back.

    I need a source for buildable containers – which generally means still seaworthy – at a reasonable price. New ones here – WHEN AND IF – go for $8,000+. Add another $1,200 to have one delivered 320 miles and sited on a prepared pad.

    I’d build myself a couple of houses and go into the business in a heartbeat, even in this tanking economy, because Corten boxes are a ‘natural’ on an island. The County approves them for housing units and they are hurricane-proof.

    SOMEONE PLEASE FIND ME A SOURCE! I an on the Hilo side of the Big Island of Hawaii.

    • Renaissance Ronin March 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

      Hi Doc,

      “Crew Guy” here. The “Mad Doctor of Corten Creation” is buried in the mountains right now running a “spec op” (thus we’re helping out on the “homefront”) but I think we may have a solution to your problem.

      Getting ISBUs to you takes some creativity but it’s NOT impossible. However, we’re thinking about going into the trucking business in Hilo if your yard guys are really getting $4 a mile! Man… that’s gotta hurt!

      It would make better sense to just hire a local driver with a semi to go get your boxes. There are “roll off” trailers in Hawaii… It’s not like you live in the boonies… 🙂

      And consider using the pilings that Ronin preaches about. You’ll save a ton in both foundation time and site prep.

      CG

      • Dr. Tom March 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

        I have never seen a ‘roll-off’ in Hawaii. I’d buy a dedicated trailer if I could find one, but no luck so far. I can get a tractor for not too much, but I still have to get the containers off.

        I was thinking about buying a crane, but unless it’s a truck crane we aren’t saving anything and if it is, we don’t have enough to keep it busy.

        • Renaissance Ronin March 6, 2012 at 3:59 am #

          Think “tilt-bed”.

          And, if you think it thru, you can move containers around using straps (thru the twistlocks) and a couple of bucket tractors. It’s just about the only way we jockeyed them around in Central America.

          Forget cranes unless you’re stacking them on top of each other or setting them up on high pilings. 🙂

    • livingcontained March 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

      Eh, hows iz brah.I, well my wife is from oahu. Miss that place. We talked about this when we were planning to move back to HI, but we stayed here in the mainland. Expensive there!!! New architecture graduate with choke debt can’t survive there. We are soo going to build a container for our next house I feel steel pumping through my veins…Just gota make some big financial moves first.
      WOW, who did you contact in HI for that price? Not sure but when we looked into it there were a few companies selling for 2-2.5 k. but that was like 3 years ago. Try these guys…. http://www.containerstoragehawaii.com/
      Were you going to do the work yourself? Cut, frame? etc???

      Hey Ronin, i have a question? I have talked to a few (2) people who have container houses and they say the cell phone reception sucks. They cannot receive or place a call. Have you noticed this in all you r builds/assists?

      • Renaissance Ronin March 6, 2012 at 12:33 am #

        Hi Lashuan,

        There is a weak point in wrapping yourself in Corten Steel.

        While it will help keep the good things in and more importantly the bad things OUT, it also makes cell phone and wireless ops difficult.

        We have a contingency for that and always provide a solution. After all, we build ISBU homes, not Corten caves… 🙂

        Luckily, you can purchase Cellular Boosters (in fact I’ll be reviewing one here very shortly) that will allow you to make calls and even use wireless from inside that (nearly) impregnable steel skin. Remember those little antennas that we used to mount on the roofs of our cars? Kinda like that…

        One of the curses of Oil/Gas housing in North Dakota is that all that steel chokes out signal. So, you plan accordingly. 🙂

        Ronin

        • Bull Elk March 6, 2012 at 1:08 am #

          It didn’t occur to me the radio thing wouldn’t be obvious- duh! I’ve been a ham operator for half my life. Antenna location is everything. If you have a window facing the right direction a cell phone should work fine so long as you remain in the spot which works. A repeater (booster) in that spot should be fine as well and eliminate the need to run coax for a top mount antenna. At those frequencies you must use the best grade coax and keep it SHORT when using an external antenna. The coax just sucks up too much signal both transmitting & receiving otherwise. That said, external may still be necessary and is not horrible. Just beware the so called “passive repeaters” which are snake oil. An antenna inside connected to an antenna outside- nothing in between but wire. They just cannot couple effectively enough to get the job done.

          -Stu

  2. Bull Elk March 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    Geiger is witty & clever. Good read. (Warning- Soapbox mode: ON) But is it assimilate, or just plain conquer for the sake of harnessing/enslaving? The greedy don’t want us to be part of them any more than any other form of elitist does.

    I am an unapologetic conservative, BUT- I remain one who calls greed what it is. Greed remains evil regardless of political affiliation, as does arrogance, hate, violence (apart from self-preservation), etc. etc. I am a fan of capitalism as a system, but not of its abuses. Reward for effort or innovation is actually a wonderful thing. But when otherwise good things get abused somebody is made to suffer. Such is the very nature of selfishness. There are many wonderful things in society which find an abused counterpart, sadly. — In any case, I choose to be content with enough. There is a reason the suicide rate is higher among the wealthy than the poor- happiness, peace, & contentment cannot be found in materialism. “Stuff” in the end rots, but relationships remain. We misplace our priorities and forget what is really important way too often. All I want or need is my family & friends, God’s grace, and a chance to use my hands to provide for my family & serve others. And to otherwise mostly just be left alone. Which doesn’t include a nanny government telling me what to do or a bunch of tycoons manipulating markets to maximize their wealth as they seek to control the masses. Or put more simply, corruption stinks, and integrity still matters!

    -Stu

    • Renaissance Ronin March 6, 2012 at 12:43 am #

      Did somebody say “soapbox”? 🙂

      The way I see it… it’s suppression for suppression’s sake.

      The only difference between it’s happening here and “beyond” is the quality of the leather that clads the boots placed squarely on the necks of the soon-to-be fettered masses.

      Heady stuff, that…

      After all, greed is the sake of the elite.

      Well said, brother… Well said.

      • Bull Elk March 6, 2012 at 1:12 am #

        The difference I see is that for the moment we still have the right to oppose the abuses of authority & economy. Question is will enough wake up and vote intelligently enough to make a difference? Will we even find candidates who even have the integrity needed in the first place? (Not looking too good, is it?)

        • Renaissance Ronin March 6, 2012 at 1:29 am #

          And thus, Ronin goes to the mountains…

          Why? Because, my friend… actions speak louder than words…

          And holding the high ground has it’s advantages… 😉

          Ronin

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