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Mother’s Day is coming… It made us think…

8 May

This is one of those week’s where you find yourself  thinking about “Mom”.  I mean… Sunday IS quickly approaching.

But for us, this week, It took an “odd turn”. We started thinking about a lot of other people’s MOMS.

Here at RR we support a lot of causes. One of them that is near  and  dear to our hearts is “Breast Cancer”.

We’ve personally lost family members to this terrible disease. Moms, wives, daughters. It’s a river of sadness that never stops flowing. We’ve shed tears over this and that is an understatement.

One of my best friends has a double mastectomy she received because of breast cancer. She has always been an incredibly beautiful woman. She was the textbook “California Beach Girl”. She had “curves for miles” and she was a pleasure to behold.

(Okay, I admit it. Men are more visual than women. We know it, YOU know it, so get over it.) 🙂

Despite her hardships, she is STILL the most beautiful girl in the room, everywhere she goes.  She may not have “the big  t-shirt” anymore, but she’s still a knock-out. She’s paid her price to stay alive and she’s an inspiration to us all. We adore her.  She reminds us that “beauty” isn’t just based on media hype for “this or that” figure. It’s not just “skin-deep”.  She’s a lioness who wears her scars well and she  keeps moving forward with confidence, helping others by deed and “by example”.

As a result of her impact on our lives, we’ve been involved with groups that focus on helping those afflicted with this disease as much as we possibly can. Many of these organizations are struggling as the economy tightens the purse strings of those with charities in mind.

Working for a “Cure for Breast Cancer” is noble. We’re all for those who push to aid those in need, especially in this cause. When you think of breast cancer, most of us think “pink”. The Susan G. Komen Foundation is a front-runner in making breast cancer visible to the masses.

With walk-a-thons, public events and fund-raisers, The Susan G. Komen Foundation makes a lot of positive noise.

But, like many other charitable organizations, they see their coffers dwindling.

So, like many other families that start thinking about what they have and where they can send it to do the most good… we took a look at what the Komen folks do. We wished that we hadn’t. Truly. We’re sorry that we looked. If you look at the numbers, now we feel like we (and more importantly Breast Cancer victims) are being duped.

2012 may have been a very bad year for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, but you’d never know it by looking at the tax returns for it’s leader. 2012 was a very good year for its CEO, Nancy Brinker. I’m talking about “over the top” good.

Nancy Brinker

Last year, Brinker said, “We are doing everything in our power to ensure that women have access to quality cancer care and the support that they need.” It’s a worthy, necessary goal. In our opinion, Brinker (at the very least) misspoke.

After so much disaster and hardship, it seems the woman who’s benefited most from Komen’s Breast Cancer charity is… um…  Nancy Brinker.

Many of us have read that in 2012, the breast cancer organization ignited a firestorm by announcing it was pulling its funding for breast cancer screenings and services for Planned Parenthood.

As you can imagine, this raised some eyebrows and some ire. Those screenings and services are one of the front-lines of Breast Cancer defense for American women. Komen hastily and ineptly apologized, then backpedaled.

We witnessed Karen Handel, Komen’s “Vice President for Public Policy” resign in the wake of the scandal. The people responded by quietly “defunding” Komen.  They saw registrations for its events decline in places like Maryland and Texas and just about everywhere else.

Komen got put in the “hot seat”.  People found it ironic that an organization that features the words “the cure” so heavily in its promotion and mission, an organization that boasts how its “research investment has changed the breast cancer landscape,” devotes such a minuscule and declining portion of its dollars to actually finding one.

Turns out that in 2011, Komen spent 15 percent of its donations on “finding the cure” – research — not even half of what it did just a few years prior. That’s 15 cents out of every dollar that you donated to them, folks.

And what about Komen’s founder, Nancy Brinker? You remember her, that woman whose vow to the sister she lost to cancer has served as the organization’s poignant, relatable narrative… Well, she stepped down as Komen’s CEO.

Did she “quit” or “give up”? No. She just invented a new role for herself in the organization. While she’s still listed on the records as the CEO of Komen, last August she took on a new role as “chairwoman of the executive committee”.

In short, the whole series of trainwrecks perpetrated by Komen was so offensive and appalling that Deanna Zandt, author of “Share This! How You Will Change the World With Social Networking,” called the Komen fiasco a teachable “example of what not to do.”

Leadership. It’s about leadership. You captain your ship and chart your course, steering clear of obstacles or you end up on the rocks… or do you?

It’s 2013. After more than a year of bad publicity and declining participation in Komen activities and events, Brinker herself seems to be doing just fine.

As Cheryl Hall pointed out this weekend in the Dallas Morning News, Brinker made “$684,717 in fiscal 2012, a 64 percent jump from her $417,000 salary from April 2010 to March 2011.

”That’s a whole lot of green for all that pink.”

Hall notes that’s about twice what the organization’s chief financial officer, Mark Nadolny, or former president Liz Thompson were making.

And as Peggy Orenstein points out on her blog Monday, it’s considerably more than the average nonprofit CEO salary of $132,739. We’re talking about five times the average, folks, for a CEO who has placed her ship firmly on the beach. And, the tide is going out, further grounding her vessel.

Of course, rewarding CEOs even as they’re bombing out is a way of life in America.

Appearently, where Nancy Brinker is concerned, they’re using an entire wing of “Stealth Bombers” to deliver her (in our view) unearned cash.

We ask those at The Susan G. Komen Foundation to think long and hard about how they operate. In our opinion, they’re giving themselves a black eye and doing a huge disservice to the “Breast Cancer” community.

Until they do this, we’re going to focus on “local” missions, helping those close to us, DIRECTLY, instead of giving aid to those who pocket most of the funds for themselves. We’d humbly ask you to do the same…

We may just be “small voices” that get lost in the crowd, but if enough of us do this, we can create a chorus that will drown out these “charitable failures”.

Please listen to your hearts and act accordingly.

I want to thank “our special Breast Cancer Survior who gives us so much, every day” and Mary Elizabeth Williams over at www.salon.com for compelling us to run this.

Stay tuned…

Do YOU “Thrive” on information – that is totally off topic?

1 Aug

I know, I know…

This is an ISBU blog.

But recently, as I watch over my child as he recovers from yet another tumble…  I’m watching a lot of TV and DVDs. And as result, I recently watched a film sent to me by an RR Reader, who wanted “Ronin’s Reaction” to  it.

So… I’m taking a poll;

I was sent a film called “Thrive”,  a documentary that is designed by it’s creators to cause us to “wake up”…

Have any of you seen it?

Do you find it factual or do you find it full of conspiracies, lies and myths?

Is the truth somewhere in between?

While I found some of it hard to “swallow”, some of it rang true…

I’ll let you decide for yourselves;

(I warn you that this is a long “watch”  – at over two hours…)

The producers say:

If you value what is presented in this movie, please go to http://thrivemovement.com/ where you can support Thrive Movement by making a donation. You will also find more in-depth information on each of the subjects discussed in the movie, learn about Critical Mass initiatives supported by Thrive, and connect with others who are waking up and taking action.

Film Synopsis:
THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what’s REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream — uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.

Pass the popcorn!

Change image quality to HD and then hit the “fullscreen” button on the lower right of the movie window for easier viewing…

 

Help bring a murderer to justice? Not so fast…

23 Mar

Recently I asked some of you to sign a petition… …forcing officials to further investigate “the murder” of a 17 year old Florida boy who was alleged to be walking home from a convenience store after purchasing Iced Tea and a bag of Skittles.

In that post, I recounted “evidence” presented to me, that appeared to indicate that a kid in Sanford, FL had been shot in the street while minding his own business.

The facts presented by the media made it look like George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, for the crime of acting “suspiciously”.

We were appalled at this., just like anyone else would be. In that post, we reminded our readers that IF you see something suspicious, you call a cop. You don’t put yourself in danger and you don’t act as “Judge, Jury and Executioner”.

To recap, it was reported by many news agencies that:

George Zimmerman, a local “Neighborhood Watch” volunteer decided that carrying Iced Tea and Skittles posed a threat to his community. So, he shot a child to death.

Image Credit: CBS News

It should be noted that the media photo of Trayvon used by the media was taken when he was about 12 years old. The actual appearance of Trayvon Martin at the time of his death was “considerably different”, some would even say “thugish”.

They went on to claim that Trayvon Martin was killed (shot to death) in the street by a neighborhood watch volunteer who claimed that Trayvon was “acting suspicious”. Trayvon was unarmed, wearing regular clothing (as opposed to gang clothing, colors, etc…) and just “walking toward his destination”.

They built their case by stating that “the shooter claims to have felt threatened by the boy’s presence”.

They implied that Trayvon was just “one boy, carrying a bag of skittles and a paper cup filled with Iced Tea”.

Look, many of you know that I am a proponent of firearms rights and maintaining your own personal safety, but this?

This was portrayed as murder.

And, ironically, the shooter hadn’t been charged with the commission of ANY crime.

This started the parade… Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Barack Obama.

In the original article that we wrote, we stated:

“IF George felt so “threatened” , why didn’t he just hold the boy for local LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS? I  mean, isn’t that what LEOs will tell you, when you’re donning that “Neighborhood Watch” Mantle?

I called a local LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) who actively participating in training “Neighborhood Watch Groups”. I asked him, point blank, what specific instructions volunteers are given as far as “conduct while protecting their communities”;

“If you see anything suspicious, report it immediately and then wait for officers to arrive. Do not expose yourself to risk. That’s WHAT trained Professional Law Enforcement Officials are FOR.”

Apparently, Zimmerman felt different or missed that meeting. The unarmed Martin was shot in a gated subdivision outside of Orlando by Zimmerman, who claimed self-defense under the “Stand Your Ground” law, which expands the right to claim self-defense beyond the home in Florida…

Jeff Parker / Florida Today – wrote on his blog:

“Armed with Florida’s flawed “stand your ground” laws, Zimmerman remains free as police, and now the feds, sift the facts concerning the killing of a “suspicious” teen armed only with iced tea and Skittles.”

The FACTS as they come forward, corroborated by eyewitnesses, paint a different story altogether.  The media left some of the facts out, you see.. like the fact that when shot, Trayvon was on TOP of George Zimmerman, beating him to a pulp.

But, starting a race war sells more papers, I suppose.

Whatever “really happened” is for the authorities to decide. But regardless of the outcome of the investigations, we stand by our statement that this tragic event (no matter how you look at it) gives anti-gun legislators that much more ammo (pun intended) to use as they try to disarm Americans.

Addendum – April 1st, 2012

The plot thickens;

When the story first broke, George Zimmerman got painted with a pretty broad brush… and not in a flattering color.

When this story broke, the “facts” (presented by the liberal media) made it sound like George just shot a kid in cold blood. Then, we at RR (I suspect that it’s because we’re heavily family oriented) were lobbied to help “right this wrong” using those “presented facts”.

But as time goes on, “the kid” has become something more… and certainly something less than “an innocent kid with a handful of candy”.

As we watch the facts play out (facts that are being pointed out to me in “baskets” of email, no less), the shooting of Trayvon starts to look more and more like a matter of self-defense.

One of our readers, we’ll call him “Tom”… told us;

Read the 911 transcripts and the ensuing police reports and you start to learn about the two eyewitnesses that have identified Trayvon on top of Zimmerman while Zimmerman yelled for help. The more you look at it, it becomes evident that Zimmerman did not shoot Trayvon for acting suspicious, he shot Trayyon because Trayvon was already on top of him, beating him senseless.

Tom is right. WE got suckered in by the liberal media and bought the lead story, hook, line and sinker.

In fact, our first post on this shooting was based on what has now proven to be the sensationalist, biased media’s accounting of what happened along with race-baiting media wh*res like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton…

… while Obama speaks out in a manner that can only help rekindle the discontent felt during the Rodney King riots.

So, dear reader, while we’re still sorry that someone died, our gut reaction is still the same. When you see something suspicious, call a cop. Don’t put yourself in harms way. USE your head and do the right thing.

Your personal safety may depend on it.

And, understand that one of our big concerns at RR is that the media uses incidents like this to further the causes of gun-control fanatics who seek to disarm this country and turn us all into sheep.

Were not going to comment further on this matter, except to extend an apology to George… While we still maintaining that he acted incorrectly, it looks like he’s getting a bad rap.  

You can read more about it, HERE.

And now, back to our regularly scheduled program…

2012 – Let’s make it an INSPIRATIONAL Year!

2 Jan

Let’s start the New Year by being inspired, okay?

Okay, first… shameless plug:

I heartily recommend that you pick up a copy of:

Introduction to Container Homes and Buildings“.

If you want the skinny on ISBUs and HOW to use them to build a home, it’s a great start! And, we’re holding the price of the book at $10.95 until January 16th.

After that date, it goes back up to $15.95 and it’s going to stay there, for the foreseeable future…

So, get it NOW and save a few bucks.

Sales of the book still supports the Corten Cavalry, and…  it always will.  Help yourself and help others at the same time!

For those of you waiting anxiously for the release of “The Nuts and Bolts of ISBU Housing” – we’re told that final legal approval and sign-off is just around the corner. While we grow more and more impatient by the day, we’re almost there… finally…

(If we’d known there were so many hoops to jump thru, we’d have done it differently, in retrospect…)

Now… on with the show;

I got a pointer to a post today that really sums up what many of us dream about. We want to change our lives for the better…

But…

Can you change the world in 100 days?

Yes. And, you can do it with a day to spare!  🙂

A Mom and her daughter decided to trek around the world, documenting people following their dreams.

They traveled to 6 continents, filming almost a dozen different people following their passions and dreams, to make the world  a better place.

YOU Can Follow YOUR dreams… It just takes will power and a big heart!

Want more inspiration?

A buddy of mine, Dr. Owen Geiger,  has released a DVD about Earthbag Home Building that is a must have for anyone even thinking about using earthbags in ANY kind of Hybrid or Alternative Home plan.

If a picture is worth a thousand words… this DVD is worth it’s weight in GOLD!

I encourage you to go see Owen at EarthbagBuilding.wordpress.com to find out more about this exciting DVD!

My thanks to Owen Geiger, for reminding me about this inspiring media!

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This Just In: Update On Earth Week Plus!

10 Apr

I’ve been telling you guys up in the tundra about a special series of Earth Week events on “The Tip Of The Mitt” in Michigan.

Well, Laren just sent me an update and I thought I’d share it with you.

(Note: The content is Laren’s and the reformatting is MINE. I am responsible for any errors. It’s cool, I have big shoulders… Oh yeah… anything in italics is mine, too.) 😉

Laren says:

Greetings, Earth Loving Neighbors;

Well folks, Earth Week Plus is now fully underway.

We have already held our first events. Last week we showed an excellent movie about what can happen as Earth temperatures rise. It was followed by a discussion.

We also had an informative discussion, Wednesday, at the Cheboygan Public Library, about alternative energy and home energy usage, as part of the Java Chat series, put on by the Straits Area Concerned Citizens for Peace and Justice. We had several Solar home owners present.

Three of us will be part of the Solar homeowner panel, at the Earth Week Plus Expo on the 16th, next weekend.    On Thursday we showed the movie Gasland, followed by a very informative presentations, by Grenetta Thomassey from  “Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council“, and also Joann Cromley, from the group “Don’t Frack Michigan“.  Friday was a big night at the Headland Park, at Mackinaw City, for owl banding, and stargazing.

(Um, what the hell is a “Frack”?)

That was a Straits Area Audubon Society event.

Over the weekend there was an excellent opportunity to learn about harvesting maple sap, and boiling it down into syrup. Due to predictions of rain on Sunday (it has been a nice day), this event was expanded to include both Saturday and Sunday, at the Silent Sport Lodge, south of Wolverine.  That is what you may have already missed, but there is a lot more to come.

On Tuesday Night, if you are in the Upper Peninsula, there will be a showing of “Caribou Summer“, by biologists Kathy and Jim Bricker, in Sault Ste Marie.

See our website at:
www.EarthWeekPlus

…for more details, and info on a May showing, in Cheboygan.

On Wednesday night, the Straits Area Audubon Society is presenting a spectacular event, for the whole family. Be sure to not miss this one, and definitely bring the kids to see their “Snakes Alive” presentation, at the Cheboygan Public Library, That is April 13th.  Starting time will be 6:30 PM.

It is free.

Thursday 4/14 brings another great environmental movie and discussion, in Earth Week Plus’ movie series,  at Cheboygan’s Public Library. This week’s feature will be a great movie called “WaterLife” about a walk around the Great Lakes, to see how we are treating our amazing waters.  As we do with our movie series, there will be an extended discussion afterwards.

Rest up on Friday night, because our big Earth Week Plus Expo is happening on Saturday afternoon, from 12:30 to 5:30.  There is too much scheduled at the Expo to talk about right now, but there will be sixteen separate programs, live music, live raptors, and lots of fun for the whole family.

(Raptors? Where did they get dinosaurs? It’s those dang Jurassic Park knuckleheads again, I tell you…) 😉

So, pack up the kids and head on over to Cheboygan.

(Take mine, too, huh? I could use a couple of hours off…)

The Expo will be held at the middle school. From Petoskey it is just twelve miles further than drives to places like Blissfest and Cross Village. From Gaylord, it is just a fast run up I75. And, as with all of our Earth Week Plus events, the Earth Week Plus Expo is free to everyone.

Though, we ask that if you can afford it, please consider bringing a nonperishable food donation, for our less fortunate neighbors.

Don’t miss it, and tell all your friends, which brings me to the next subject, which is that we still need a little of your help, in getting the word out, to even more people.

Earth Week Plus is a grass roots project, of the people, for the people, and by the people. So, we need the help of more people, in order for many more of us to learn that it is happening.

You might just tell people who are interested in nature, and sustainable living.

Or, forward this email to them.

Or, spread the word through FaceBook or Twitter.

And, please, help us post fliers.

I think a flyer can be downloaded in PDF format from EarthWeekPlus.com. Laren sent me the PDF (because he’s smart that way…) but for some reason, I can’t get it to post properly. I’m sure I’m doing something wrong.

Put them up on any community message boards, that you know of. Print out just a few, and put them in your car, on the dashboard.  Then, when you see a place to post one, you will have it, right there with you.

Earth Week Plus is for all of us.

But, those who don’t hear about it, will not be able to take advantage of this series of great free, green events.  So, help us get the word to them.

I look forward to seeing you there.  Please stop and say hello.  I want to meet you.

May your days be sunny,
-Laren Corie-
-Earth Week Plus-

We have nothing to fear… but fear itself.

7 Feb

Lately, I’ve been accused of being a “rabble-rouser.”

In fact, it’s gone beyond that. I’m actually getting email “demanding” to know what my “real agenda” is. Seriously.

As many of you know, I write TWO blogs, one most notably this discourse on building affordable housing using recycled, repurposed and reclaimed materials.

It’s intent is probably (hopefully) pretty clear.

I believe that EVERY family deserves a roof. Period.

The second blog is about “family survival”. It’s the “rest of the story”.

Once you have a strong roof to shield you from the elements, you need to fill in the blanks and “get the rest”. I’m not talking about stockpiling AK47s or surrounding yourself with cases of beer and ammo in your basements.

I’m talking about preparing yourself for inflation, unemployment, political gyrations and even Mother Nature.

Here, as on my other blog, I basically “say what I feel”.

Most people understand my refusal to “let another control my life”.

I see that “control” as a poison. As one of my favorite authors (Jim Butcher) put it (I’m paraphrasing from memory, albeit senile);

“It’s a repugnant notion to think of someone dictating my every move or imposing on me a code of behavior that I cannot accept, refusing me and mine to choose, pursue or even express our own hearts desires.”

Many of you identify with this. I have the email to prove it. Many more live under the yoke of oppression as their lives are manipulated to achieve someone elses own ends.

We don’t seem to be aimed at “progress” any longer. It’s all about “profits”. And, I’m not talking about YOURS.

Is it just me, or is the middle class becoming extinct?

Look, I’m not preaching “rebellion” or “revolution”.

It doesn’t take much power (or even common sense) to hurt someone. It takes far more energy to undo the damage that is caused. It’s always like that.  It’s “lose-lose”.

I’m not asking you to take up arms against your neighbors… or heaven forbid, the authorities.

I’m suggesting that by taking responsibility for more of your life, you will establish a broader comfort area for your family, as things happen, both good and bad.

If I’m guilty of anything, it’s that I’m “preaching” about “common sense”.

I simply wish to live life on my own terms, in accordance with my own values.

  • Self Awareness

  • Self Reliance, and

  • Self Responsibility.

I wish to simply be “accountable”.

I want that for YOUR family, too.

In America, as advanced as we think we are, we still have that age old, undeniable, even primal “dread of the darkness”.

We immerse ourselves in “Reality TV”, media hype and “sensationalism” to mask any impact by “the real world”, as we wonder how we missed the signs of what is really going on around us.

We watch riots on TV of “other places far-flung” and think that it can never happen to us.

We like to think that as a nation we’re all grown up, that we are no longer afraid of the dark.

But if that’s really true, why to we work so hard to keep all the lights blaring to the point where we can no longer see the stars?

We cloak ourselves in “mindless mantles” to protect ourselves from fear.

Fear is a funny thing. In the right measure, even tiny or insignificant fear can grow, swelling up to take on monstrous proportions. Fear unchecked, feeds on itself, doubling and redoubling until chaos reigns.

This blog is just a single point of light shining into that darkness. It’s a speck of light. Nothing more.

We cannot live lives based on fear and uncertainty.

Neither of those ingredients can be combined to feed our families or protect them against the elements, be they Mother Nature or man-made.

What we can do is to make our own light, simply by tuning into our “needs” and then striving to provide them in a manner that makes the process “uncompromisable”. It’s the “light of revelation”. As in, it’ll let you see “what’s what”…  and how it will affect you.

In my view – “The Cavalry isn’t coming.”

Those “Boys and Girls on the Beltway” aren’t really listening. (At least it seems that way, to me.) So…

In other words:

WE MUST LEARN TO “DO IT OURSELVES”.

As we do this, be it building shelter or growing a garden, we’ll find the “lights you turn on” cannot then be turned off by “someone else”.

We’ll become: (say it with me)

  • Self Aware,

  • Self Responsible, and

  • Self Reliant.

And our families will be that much better for it, no matter WHAT is happening outside our front porches.

And now… back to our regularly scheduled program.

And my thanks to Jim, for recently reminding me of this.


Jingle Bells – Jingle Bells, I’m lockin up yer butt…

23 Dec

As the holidays approach…

…thoughts run to trips home to hug  the relatives and sitting in front of the fireplace sipping hot chocolate and talking over old times”.

All you have to do its get there, first. Right?

Speaking of embraces and drinks…

Think you have nightmares about TSA and the guys behind them in the shadows… the DHS (Department of Homeland Security)?

My son is afraid that DHS and those groping rogues at TSA (the Airport Nazis) are gonna interfere with Santa.

While Santa might squeak thru… some other people aren’t gonna be so lucky.

Things are going from “stupid” to “worse.”

DHS actually has bids out to build mobile prisons and detention facilities out of ISBUs. And, it’s a rush job.

(And I ain’t talking about Rush Limbaugh, either!)

These detention boxes will be shuttled “to a place near you” by railroad cars – in case the times demand it

And who… pray tell, will they lock up there?

Looters? Terrorists? Militants? Tea baggers? Conservative Republicans? Hmmm…

This doesn’t smell right…

Somebody is prepping for Civil Disobedience…

In case you think I’m kidding, check this out;

Portable Prison Cells from ISBU Containers

I’ve been talking for years about how ISBUs help build strong, secure houses. That Corten Steel wrapper keeps all kinds of unwanted stuff out, like rain, wind, burglars…

Well, an Alabama based Company called Jails on Demand has picked up the ball and ran with it. They’ve taken ISBU Security and capitalized on it, by using them to construct detention cells that push the boundaries of prison construction (portable, no less). Just like we build our homes, they use several ISBUs all welded/bolted together to form “cell blocks.

Jails On Demand say that they offer a “fast, affordable safe solution to jail overcrowding”.


We know that ISBUs can be combined to built really strong steel modular structures,. How do we know this? Well… there are hundreds (possibly even thousands, depending on who is counting ;)) of ISBU structures scattered around the world, proving it, daily.

So, I suppose it was just a matter of time before somebody decided to get into the “prison game”.  Google “privatized prisons”. You’ll be amazed at just how much profit there is in it.

So, the guys and gals at Jails on Demand are simply following the guidelines established by the ACA (the American Correctional Association).

Think about how versatile ISBUs are. It’s an easy reach to figure out how to build multi-bed sleeping quarters, recreation, toilet shower blocks, and even galleys ( kitchens) out of them.

The Jails on Demand project is lead by Robert Isakson and Charlie McNichol – both ex FBI special agents and law enforcement officers.

For more information call Charlie McNichol toll free at 888-721-4DRC or visit http://www.jailsondemand.com.

Hey! They’d make a dandy place to put your “In-Laws” when they show up unexpectedly for that “weekend visit that lasts a %&$%#@!! month”…

Here’s the guy to yell at;

Charlie McNichol, General Manager
740 Museum Drive. Mobile, AL 36608
Tel 251-343-3581
info@jailsondemand.com

Every parent needs one of these in the backyard or the basement! NOW, if your kid acts up, you can REALLY ground him/her…  😉

Oy…

File this post under “Container Homes… for bad guys…”


Remember all persons are innocent and presumed not guilty until tried on a court of law…

Bad boys, bad boys, what ya gonna do?

We’re locking up yer butt in an ISBU!

You’re killing America!

25 Nov

Obama keeps talking about “fixing what ails America,” by building alternative power projects.

To seemingly prove it…

On April 11, 2009 DOE announced a whopping $38.5 Billion dollars in loan guarantees to “encourages the development of new energy technologies and is an important step in paving the way for clean energy projects.” All a start-up company has to do is fill out reams of paperwork and submit it along with their justification of why they need the money and their $75,000 non-refundable application fee.

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Let me repeat that last part: “… and their $75,000 non-refundable application fee.”

These projects include solar, wind, hydro, ethanol, and even algae fueled remedies. And, there are a lot of them out there. Some of them even make sense, but…

At the NSF (National Science Foundation) bio-energy research projects are being declined and disqualified right and left,  by Government-backed reviewers who throw crap on the progress, by using “verbal vinegar”  like this:

“To base the proposal on the theory that there will be a variety of low-value feed stocks available is, in the opinion of this reviewer and many other industry observers, a faulty premise. Biomass is cheap right now because no one wants it.

However, as demand increases, it will become more expensive. Further the laws of supply and demand mean that replacing a significant amount of gasoline with biofuels would drastically lower the demand for gas. This would, in turn, cause the price of gas to plunge, making biofuels less competitive.”

Bull! I could use that very same argument to reject the use of margarine, or ammunition, or even car tires. The same argument could be made to reject solar and wind energy research — or any alternative energy, for that matter — by trying to make the case that an overwhelming  public adoption of solar power or wind energy products would cause the price of coal to plunge… well… because that might make solar and wind energy less competitive!

Would too! I know it’s true, because I’ve even heard politicians say it!

And we all know that politicians NEVER lie. 😉

“Margarine is baaaad! We Must Stop This!”… before it makes COWS obsolete.

And heaven knows, the increase in American Horse Breeding may adversely impact the price of cars! It must be stopped! I don’t know about you, but I’m gonna start shooting horses, before civilization as we know it comes to an end…

mustang

Oh wait, the American Government already does that. It’s cheaper to manage “wild horse assets roaming the plains” in America, if you kill them first…

You think I’m kidding? I’m not. Say goodbye to the Majestic Wild Mustang, kids… They only place you’re gonna see them regularly is on Disney Cartoons. BLM actually kills wild horses, rather than provide for them. Don’t even get me started…

So why do reviewers say things like I just quoted?

Because they are paid to DISQUALIFY projects. First, that $75,000 dollar application fee is non-refundable, remember? Second, that way, those jug-headed politicians in Washington DC can claim that they’ve put help in the pipe, even if NOBODY can possibly qualify for it.

Oh, I almost forgot; It takes 15 months to find out that you’ve been cheated out of your $75 grand…

… if the half-wits in the “processing department” at the DOE can get the process streamlined down to 15 months, as “promised”.

BTW:

Here’s what independent reviewers with credentials in their field, said about that bio-energy project request;

Reviewer #A: “This is a well thought out proposal supported by a well qualified team.”

Reviewer#B: “This is a well written proposal with good technical foundation to carry out the project. Project team collectively has good qualification and sound experience to advance the scientific work in a professional manner.”

Reviewer #C: “The proposed plan is sound and improved results are likely with further research.”

So…

Stop buying margarine! Stop riding horses!  Stop building windmills! Stop shooting your firearms! Stop buying car tires! You’re killing America! You whiny un-patriotic, self-serving, greedy, capitalistic bastards! 🙂

Stay Tuned.

The Renaissance RoninOkay, you all know what’s going on with my family, so I’m not going  to beat you up with that…

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And… No anatomical impossibilities, huh? I’m not as young as I used to be…

We’re here to help you… by killing your chances of success!

4 Nov

Ready… aim… fire!

Are DOE loan standard requirements actually shooting down good projects?

We’re a country in search of affordable, sustainable, and “environmentally friendly” fuel. Right?

Well, good luck getting it!

You see… once again, Big Government is there to jump in and lend a hand.

How? Well… apparently by making it nearly impossible to get it.

I’ve told you about “government analysts” that are basically “hired guns,” whose job it is… to shoot down viable energy projects. Seriously.

“We have money and you can’t get it… Na-na-na-na-na-nahhhhhh!”

But wait! There’s more…

In Washington, the US Department of Energy is requiring that renewable energy projects meet a debt rating standard higher than 63 percent of all US corporate first-time debt issuers since 2007, in order to qualify for DOE loan guarantees. The loan guarantees were originally designed “to encourage early commercial use in the United States of new or significantly improved technologies in energy projects.”

A ‘BB or higher’ rating requirement chokes bioenergy development, say bankers, attorneys, and project developers.

Okay… here’s the meat of the issue;

Congressional legislation for DOE loan guarantees typically require “a reasonable prospect of repayment of the principal and interest on the obligation by the borrower.”

The Department of Energy is generally left with the responsibility of interpreting “reasonable”.

In this case, the DOE, as advised by investment banks, has developed minimum threshold for loan guarantees of a “BB” or higher rating (prior to the guarantee).

According to Standard & Poor’s, 333 of all US corporate first-time debt issues since 2007 – out of a total of 528, failed to meet that standard.

In many cases, these issuers would not have been attempting to bring transformative technologies to market in support of  national policy – based on what EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said was designed to produce “green jobs, innovation and technology, and action on global climate change.”

Once again, it’s apparent that money has been placed into a non-existent pipe by Congress, so that they can make claims that they’re actually doing their jobs.

Is it any wonder that all the jobs are going to Malaysia?

According to David Jacob, Executive Managing Director and Head of Structures Finance Ratings for Standard & Poor, ratings for renewable energy projects range from BBB- to CCC, with a preponderance of ratings weighted towards CCC, or two ratings below the threshold set by the DOE. Jacob was speaking at a recent meeting on energy finance in New Jersey.

My personal thanks to the fine folks at  BioFuels Digest for bringing this to my attention, and for ruining my day…

Stay tuned.

The Renaissance Ronin

Sometimes the Cavalry never comes…

27 Oct

Welcome back!

Now, before you start thinking; “Oh Man… that Ronin is on a tear again…” I’m going to ask you for a few minutes of your time, to read this post. I know how valuable your time is. I’m asking, because this is important.

Look, I know it sounds like I’m trying to become a “Political Activist…”

But that’s really not the case at all. Truly.

We’re living in a time… in an economy… that has changed the way “We the People” must do things, in order to insure that our families survive.

Congress isn’t going to save us. They talk… and they spend… but somehow, they manage to miss the mark on almost every target they supposedly focus their attention on. In fact, some would say that they are only making things worse.

That’s why I’ve brought forward some of my views on what’s happening in America, as I discuss the creation of alternatives to traditional housing…

Good, bad, or indifferent, I don’t have time to wait for the outcome… to determine who was “right or wrong.” My family needs help NOW.

Congress is completely insulated from the conditions that most of us are suffering from on a daily basis.

From their “Hallowed Sanctuary on the Hill” they make decisions with impunity, that affect each and every one of us, without EVER being subject to the circumstances they create. Remember, they’re wealthy, protected, and isolated for the most part, from the constituents who elected them.

It can’t be “just me.” I’ve already proven, for almost 200 articles/posts on this blog alone… that I’m not “all by myself” in this thought process.

If you’re reading this blog, I have to think that you are looking for answers, too. I don’t WANT you to feel like you’re alone in this.

In part, it’s why I have that Counter up there. It’s not “vanity.”

If it was vanity, I would have admitted defeat and quit, long ago. I know of many, many blogs that get that many views in a single day.

I want you to see that there are thousands of us, thinking in the same mind. This blog gets hundreds of views daily, from people just like you and I, from all over America and beyond… who are looking for a way to provide both ourselves and our families with safe, affordable homes, at a time in America’s history where they just don’t exist for most of us…

In the meantime, winter is coming, and we MUST house our families safely. My family cannot survive without a roof over it’s head. And neither can yours.

I’m bringing forward some of my “politics” so that you can see that it’s going to require a different way of thinking, a different course of action, to achieve our goals.

Because, Virginia… Sometime the Cavalry never comes.

I’m recycling, reclaiming, and even BEGGING for material (sometimes “on my knees”) because my family’s SURVIVAL is at stake.

I’m asking you to get involved.

If I’ve helped you, informed you, educated you, or just entertained you… consider donating a few bucks to the blog, to help us survive and build. Our family needs a home. Our situation is dire. And yes, I’m begging…

I’m not going to waste bandwidth plastering pictures up of my wife in her sickbed… or my little 2 year old son. I’ve written about the circumstances here, already. And… if  you’ve been reading the blog, you already know how cute he is. He’s our source of JOY.

The reason I try to keep this blog “humorous and light” is because if I can’t find something to laugh about, I’ll start crying. It’s my requirement for the ability to actually stop crying, that scares me…

If you’re building something, and you have scrap lumber or materials left over, find someone who needs them, and help THEM.

I talk about how we are helping other families build their homes. It’s not because I’m rich, or even because I can afford to… because frankly, I just can’t. It’s because I HAVE to, because I know what it feels like to live in fear. I cannot, will not let another family fail, because I stood idly by.

We don’t live in a housing tract, or even in a house. We live in a two room hovel, in a place where Landlord/Tenant law is devised to protect the property owners (because THEY pay taxes). We don’t drive an SUV or a big sedan… in fact, we don’t drive at all. The cars were sold long ago, to insure that my wife got the medical care she needed to survive. We don’t have a satellite dish, a widescreen TV, or even an iPod. We live – day to day.

My dreams aren’t about far off destinations or the next holiday. They are about whether or not we’ll be safe, the next day. I don’t have control over anything else. All I can do is try as hard as I can to influence the next 24 hours.

In fact, they aren’t even dreams, they’re nightmares.

“We’re” everywhere.

You probably know someone in your neighborhood, in your inner circle… who is going through what we’re going through.

If you’re talking to someone who needs help, even if it’s just understanding something, help THEM.

Even if it’s just to offer some kindness, do it. Strife and crisis isolates people, and they start feeling alone. That leads to feeling “lost…” a feeling I’m intimately acquainted with. FEAR is a wicked mistress…

Every single small step you take will lead toward helping a family.

And that will make all of us stronger.

And if you pray at night, please pray for us. We’re in “trouble deep,” and the water isn’t getting any shallower…

Ronin

The Renaissance Ronin