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Can You Build a Food Forest on Your Homestead or Farm?
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Can You Build a Food Forest on Your Homestead or Farm?

Maybe you have a couple of acres you cannot successfully farm or even a one-half acre plot that you thought was too small to do anything with? Maybe there is a section of your property so steep that farming is impractical? Perhaps you are more concerned with living peacefully in semi-retirement on your homestead and not interested in farming that can easily become a full time occupation?

What if someone could demonstrate to you a means to create fresh food supplies year round with very little manual input once the growth has reached a certain level of maturity? Do you want to know more?

Understanding the Nature of Food Forests

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Why is Dependency Dangerous?
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Why is Dependency Dangerous?

I often rant about the creation of the dependency class through government welfare programs implemented under the guise of social welfare programs.

Despite all of my work aimed specifically at ending homelessness, ending poverty and empowering the individual through education and opportunity, some people still mistakenly think that the reason for my rants is because I am a racist, I am against “poor people” in general, or that my derision for the bloated and inefficient federal system has clouded my judgment somehow in regards to its ability to “help” by creating a class of people dependent on the benevolence of big government and the nanny state.

In short, my system of beliefs, my work, my research, my actions and all that I do are to help these very same people regardless of sexual preferences, their race (as perceived by the individual, since in reality, among the singular human race there are only three factual racial “divisions” … yet despite that, we all remain part of the human race which is where my focus and efforts are concentrated ) or any other single factor that some would try to use as a means to discredit me.

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What are the best solutions to the California wildfires?
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What is the Best Solution for the California Wildfires?

What are the best solutions for the California wildfires? The 2019 wildfires in California were devastating according to the CalFire website, with a total of 6,872 fire incidents, burning more than 253,321 acres or approximately 102,515 hectares over the course of the year.

The ongoing track for 2020 seems to fit in with the madness of the rest of the year, still going at a record breaking pace. As of September 2020, more than 26 times as many acres have been burned in California as were lost in all of 2019 with approximately 3.1 million acres or almost 102,255,000 hectares.

There may be some argument over the cause of this devastation, but there can be no arguing about the detrimental impact to both the environment and humanity. What seems to be lacking is a viable solution. What will be examined in this article is just one possible solution, not only to aid in the return of a healthy environment, but at the same time to provide some much needed assistance to the people of California.

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How do you Make Sustainability a Sustainable Process?
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How do you Make Sustainability a Sustainable Process?

Are there effective solutions to implement sustainable development?

Why is virtually every effort at sustainable development currently unsustainable? Sustainability, like so many other very important terms, has become little more than a catch phrase. Terms like “green” and “eco-friendly” and “sustainability” have become more commonly used as nothing more than keywords used to increase marketing and sales.

Singular solutions that focus on little more than placing the proverbial band-aid over the bullet-hole are prevalent. Focusing on singular resolution of the symptoms will not allow for any real progress to be made against what are in reality complex and systemic problems.

What are the Current Problems With Sustainable Development?

Sustainability and virtually every associated term seems to have become little more than a means to increase marketing and sales these days. We have “green production” because we recycle our waste. Never mind the fact that more ground is torn up than ever before in the mining, and the recycling efforts create more pollution than that which was avoided.

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Charity or Dependency Class – A Cautionary Tale
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Charity or Dependency Class – A Cautionary Tale

When I first came to the Philippines I lived in a very modest home (though not nearly so “modest” as where I live for the time being I must say) in an area where they relocated a great many of the squatters from around the railroad tracks throughout Manila. I was quite literally within a stone’s throw of “Relocation High School” … though an underhanded toss would have been sufficient to get the rock into the school yard … we were that close.

I had a chance encounter once while I was outside with a very young, very bedraggled girl. She had obviously not eaten in a while and I could not help but having my “heart strings” tugged at merely by the sight of her.

Since I was cooking at the time anyhow, I gave her both some freshly cooked rice and gulay (a vegetable dish) as well as some canned goods she could take with her. To her credit … or perhaps because of my appearance, she took the entire plate of food with her.

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How do you stop the Illegal Timber Industry in the Philippines
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How do you stop the Illegal Timber Industry in the Philippines?

The toll of illegal lumber practices and timbering in the Philippines is difficult to accurately calculate. There is the financial toll of course, measured by the numbers in accordance where there is a preponderance of evidence and where people have actually been caught hauling illegal timber.

This alone is tragic though regrettably it could also be understandable when you consider the financial desperation and the economic standing of a great many of these people … many of whom are only looking to put food on the table and will never get rich from their work … much less enjoy the “truly profitable” spoils of the illegal lumber trade. The environmental toll on the other hand is virtually incalculable.

Trees such as Mahogany and Teak take a great many years to grow and that alone is a tragedy that will quite literally take lifetimes to repair. Add in the other problems such as environmental damage and increased damage from storms and other natural disasters that would be greatly lessesned from proper forestation and … the total damage truly is immeasurable in any accurate accounting.

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Earth Ships in the Philippines
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Earth Ships in the Philippines - 

A consideration of the work of Michael Reynolds, lovingly known as The Garbage Warrior

I have long been a fan of Michael Reynolds and his work on the Earth Ships. To say that his work is simply amazing would be a gross understatement and a grave injustice to the work that he has done and the wonders that he has been able to create.

Add in the legislative gaming that he has been forced to deal with simply to get his work out in the public eye and the man is an admirable candidate for someone we should all look up to and respect in a great many ways.

I would love to get inside of his head … or at least inside of his research to discover exactly how he has managed to create homes with such an amazingly diverse and substantive agricultural output from right inside his homes in New Mexico.

Michael Reynolds also serves as a shining example of how government “environmental” programs are far more inclined to be about government control of the individual and not about actually helping the environment.

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On Children and Poverty in the Philippines
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On Children and Poverty in the Philippines

For the average person it can be bad enough but mix children and poverty and what comes out of the mix is a lifetime of suffering and often bitterness and even children being forced into a life of panhandling and/or crime. Provide that child with an education and their future remains in question. Take the average children, provide them with an education and give them the opportunity to succeed in a viable field of studies and you have turned more than just one life around.

The ripple effects go far beyond the children and poverty stricken areas that are directly impacted by your efforts. In fact, when you help those children you are helping an entire community and in many instances, many generations to come. As a direct result of the help you provide in the alleviation of poverty, entire families are removed from the class of the under-privileged and brought into conditions where they can actually begin to enjoy life, many for the very first time.

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Apolitical and Apathetic (Ignorance and Apathy)
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Apolitical and Apathetic (Ignorance and Apathy)

Question – “Do you know the difference between ignorance and apathy?”

Answer – “I don't know and I don't care!”

So goes a rather old but funny … and true joke.

In reality, most people do not care about politics but it is difficult … even dangerous to be too apolitical and/or too apathetic.

This does not however, mean that we need to get so caught up in partisan divides that we forget we all have some things in common and there is always room for an actual conversation without getting into an emotionally charged and vitriolic diatribe.

While there may be good cause, ultimately at least, for becoming apolitical, there is no excuse for being apathetic … but even worse still perhaps, are those people who are well-intentioned but absolutely ignorant of any facts or details in reality and truth.

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Effective Sociological Assistance and Support Programs
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For any Humanitarian Program to be effective, it has to be undertaken in such a manner wherein it adequately addresses the underlying cause in addition to curing the symptoms brought about by the “disease”.

The problem must be identified, defined and a viable course of action must be put in place towards a specific and tangible solution. If too much time is spent focusing on the problem, the solution will never be found.

Likewise, if random solutions are thrown at the problem without a meaningful effort to cure the root cause of the problems, they will be recurrent in nature.

Perhaps worst of all, are the great many efforts where only a solution to a single symptom is put forth while other symptoms and the root cause are all ignored, much to the detriment of the individual.

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Natural Disaster Mitigation in the Philippines
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The goal is to utilize a full spectrum of methods to greatly reduce the impact on the disaster for the local populations. While there is not any viable or realistic approach to staving off natural disasters, they can be foreseen, planned for and the damage and cost greatly mitigated when they do strike. In such a way, the cost of the natural disasters, both financially and in terms of human life will be greatly reduced, as will the cost of emergency response work and the programs for disaster relief.

During the time of typhoons Milenyo and Reming, there was also a volcano blast at Mayon Volcano in the province of Albay in the Philippines. As a direct result of this disaster, more than sixteen hundred people died in the resultant mudslides. When this occurs on a small scale, it is known as “erosion” but on a larger scale, it becomes “landslides” or “mudslides”.

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