AIRTIME PRO HACK

So Prepper Broadcasting finally got it’s airtime pro dashboard for the radio station! Everything works extremely well, and we are fairly pleased with what we have seen so far.

One little problem (which gman never actually knew about) was setting up shows to only play once.

Within Airtime Pro’s smartblocks you can choose to have something added that is “LAST PLAYED”  with “is in the range” of two dates. But you can not choose to “is NOT in the range”… sorta.

Airtime sets up it’s list of things to do in SQL database style, which gave me an idea. Read more…

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I created a smartblock which searches for media by title (metadate title) which is altered on our other server before it is uploaded via a shell script.

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Then start by adding another criteria …

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I use the “Last Played” as it is normally suppose to be used first, and save.  Setting the date range between the start of this year and the end of it. You end up with something like this …

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Which, if left as is, would result in exactly the opposite of what we want. So we force an error on it like this…

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By trying to use the start date “foobar”, the widget chokes and coughes up an error. We then change “is in the range” to “is not” like so and save WITHOUT fixing “foobar” ….

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Which results after saving to almost what we want …

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Then all we have to do is change “foobar” to the correct date format and we are off and running.

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And there we have it, “is not in the range”.

- Wolfe


What it means to be a Libertarian-Prepper

FEUDALISM: You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk.

PURE SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else’s cows. You have to take care of all of the cows. The government gives you as much milk as you need.

BUREAUCRATIC SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and put them in a barn with everyone else’s cows. They are cared for by ex-chicken farmers. You have to take care of the chickens the government took from the chicken farmers. The government gives you as much milk and eggs as the regulations say you need.

FASCISM: You have two cows. The government takes both, hires you to take care of them and sells you the milk.

PURE COMMUNISM: You have two cows. Your neighbors help you take care of them, and you all share the milk.

RUSSIAN COMMUNISM: You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the government takes all the milk.

CAMBODIAN COMMUNISM: You have two cows. The government takes both of them and shoots you.

DICTATORSHIP: You have two cows. The government takes both and drafts you.

PURE DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbors decide who gets the milk.

REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbors pick someone to tell you who gets the milk.

BUREAUCRACY: You have two cows. At first the government regulates what you can feed them and when you can milk them. Then it pays you not to milk them. Then it takes both, shoots one, milks the other and pours the milk down the drain. Then it requires you to fill out forms accounting for the missing cows.

PURE ANARCHY: You have two cows. Either you sell the milk at a fair price or your neighbors try to take the cows and kill you.

LIBERTARIAN-PREPPER: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. End up selling cows, milk, cheese, yogurt, leather, steaks, hamburgers, ribs, all beef hotdogs and compost.


Yes It’s WordPress …

Yeah, I know. Generally speaking I hate wordpress.

But I had a major set of crashes on Joomla, and wanted to try something new, so I switched my blog over to wordpress.  The reason all the old posts are slowly coming over here is because I am compiling some scripts for two projects I am working on. And in between setting up and importing on those projects I figured I’d just copy and paste the old posts over to here.

Which means when I finally finish those projects to my liking, this post will disappear and the old posts will be finished importing here.

- wolfe


The Invisible Killer

Carbonic acid anhydride is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. 

Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of CAA, but the dangers of carbonic acid anhydride do not  end there.

Read more…

Prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage.

Symptoms of CAA exposure include flushed skin, full pulse, tachypnea,

dyspnea, extrasystoles, muscle twitches, hand flaps, reduced neural activity,

and possibly a raised blood pressure. According to other sources, symptoms of mild

Carbonic acid anhydride exposure might include headache, confusion and lethargy.

CAA can induce increased cardiac output, an elevation in arterial blood pressure, and a propensity

toward arrhythmias. In severe exposure (greater than 10 kPa or 75 mmHg),

symptomatology progresses to disorientation, panic, hyperventilation, convulsions,

unconsciousness, and eventually death.

For those who have become exposed in an enclosed area with Carbonic acid anhydride,

CAA means certain death, CAA has been linked to sudden infant death syndrome.

Carbonic acid anhydride:

is also known as Carbonic anhydride, and is a major component of acid rain.

contributes to the “greenhouse effect.”

even when cold may cause severe burns.

contributes to climate change.

Carbonic acid anhydride reacts with magnesium in the human body (magnesium is the eleventh-most-abundant element by mass in the human body.).

CAA is a food additive, mostly found in soda pop, and sometimes used in making wine.

it is used to create decaffeinated coffee!

Contamination Is Reaching Epidemic Proportions!

Quantities of carbonic acid anhydride have been found in both the Pasific and Atlantic Ocean, and it is believed that

it has increased the ocean water pH. But the pollution is global, and the contaminant has even been found

in Antarctic ice. CAA has been known to be a major bomb making ingredint.

Despite the danger, carbonic acid anhydride is often used:

as an industrial coolant.

Medicine: Mixes metabolic.

in the production of Foamed Plastics.

as a fire retardant.

Metal fabrication applications.

Industrial deburring and grinding.

as an additive in certain “soft drinks” and other food products.

Companies discard waste CAA the air, and nothing can be done to stop them because this practice is still legal.

The impact on our forests is extreme, and we cannot afford to ignore it any longer!

The Horror Must Be Stopped!

The American government has refused to ban the production, distribution, or use of this damaging chemical

due to its “importance to the economic health of this nation.”

In fact, the navy and other military organizations are conducting experiments with CAA,

and designing multi-billion dollar devices to control and utilize it during warfare situations.

Hundreds of military research facilities receive tons of it through a highly sophisticated logistics network.

Many store large quantities for later use.

It’s Not Too Late!

Act NOW to prevent further contamination.

Find out more about this dangerous chemical.

What you don’t know can hurt you and others throughout the world.

Send an email via this page.

Ban Carbonic Acid Anhydride!

Further Reading:

Donald Simanek’s page which insired me to do this
History of the original protest
The other page which inspired me
The wikipedia page on this subject
- wolfe


The Bug Out Bag Part 3

Continued from The Bug Out Bag (Part Two) First Aid Kits come in all shapes and sizes for differing reasons. Industrial First Aid Kits contain eyes washes as a standard, and the ones for homes sometimes contain an Epipen for injecting epinephrine when needed in an emergency. A first response kit, which is what first aid kits really are, are meant to provide preventative medicine until further help arrives. It’s primary reason for being in a home, or on a job site is to prevent blood loss, and prevent infections, while emergency service attempt to reach the victims of accidents and crime. None of the above applies to a Bug Out Bag. Read more…

The whole point of a BOB is to get you to where you can help yourself, a first aid kit within a BOB should be meant for much of the same thing. It is still there to provide protection from infections, and help prevent blood loss, but the approach is different because your not expecting some one to come to take you to a hospital, your going to have to get there yourself, or worse, depend wholly on yourself for care. First Aid Kits With that in mind, I approach the item list of a First Aid Kit within a BOB on the assumption of the worse case scenario, and a few things change as to what you would include in it. And with that we have to look at the types of injuries one can encounter while trying to reach your destination. The first and most likely cause of a need for aid is blood loss, either as a result of coming under the line of fire, accident, disaster, or a direct attack of an assailant. You need to have in your kit a simple tort, although a leather strap might be of use, I recommend a length of rubber tubing like those used in modern slingshots to use as a means to cut off blood flow to an arm or leg, and pressure bandages for body wounds made of sterile cotton. Fabric based duct tape can be used as the ultimate bandage with cotton pads to prevent dirt and foreign matter from entering the wound area. This immediately brings a secondary issue to light, and that is of infection. Using alcohol, bleach, lye, and vinegar in a crunch maybe your only way to disinfect a wound, and the instruments you use to patch together yourself WSHTF, however I strongly recommend purchasing a supply of liquid hospital grade disinfectant like AMPHYL which has a pH level of 10.5 in use (when distilled). The liquid you purchase must be able to kill Sporicidal, Tuberculocidal, Virucidal, Fungicidal, and Bactericidal types of infection. I would discourage purchasing multiple liquids to cover these as you are not likely to know in advance of possible interactions which might not be in your best interest, stick with a single cover all. A higher concentration can be used on knives, scissors, and other objects to clean them as compared to direct skin contact, do not get any in the wounds directly, even using alcohol by washing a wound entirely is a Hollywood myth, and should not be practiced. To clean the inside of wounds, for the purpose of removing dirt and other material, use a sterile saline solution. The more a wound moves, the slower it heals. Whether it is a broken bone, dislocated shoulder, a bruise, or a cut. Immobilizing an injury is the next step in helping yourself recover. Again, fabric based duct tape can of use here, splints made fabricated with nearby scraps of wood, tree branches, and even metal pipe. But ultimately direct repair maybe needed. There are two things you must remember when applying external aid to the body, first the body is ten times better at then you, after you have cleaned a wound, and prevented it from getting further dirt in it, it is likely best to leave it alone. Second, the body has a budget system running the show, if you are using energy to escape the city while you are wounded, the body will use resources to help you in your escape that might be needed to do repairs. You need to take a step back, and think calmly of your current circumstances, and what it is going to tax your internal system. If your feet are wounded, always seek shelter first, and wait till they are mended. If your wounds are the result of the environment such as sunburn, heat stroke, frost bite, thick dust/smoke, hail, etc. seek safe shelter until the cause is gone. Second Aid Sometimes you will have no choice but further intervention. This is where knowledge, and skill are mandatory. Writing about it here in this blog will only likely confuse, and compound the problem, I do have some recommendations however for supplies and further reading. First Aid for Soldiers Medical Textbooks Online Survival Times Collection A Bug Out Bag is meant for speed; light weight, small, and concealment are the measures by which you should judge what goes into it. When ever possible choose items that have more then one use, and be willing to spend money on quality items. Anything you have in your kit takes up space, and weight. When at all possible use items that have multiple uses, specialization is for insects. First Aid Kit Supplies: Adhesive bandages should be made of fabric, avoid the plastic types. These can be bought in a roll fashion, you just cut off what you need. Tweezers stainless steal, although the type found on Swiss Army Knives are good enough, (Ex-Champ) Disposable gloves are often found in modern first-aid kits, latex. MAKE SURE THEY ARE MANUFACTURED IN NORTH AMERICA! Dressings (sterile, applied directly to wound) cotton preferred because they are bio-degradable, and the little pieces that might be left embedded in the wound will be absorbed by the immune system, unlike synthetic materials. Gauze Roll, used also for cleaning wounds like the ABD pads Liquid Vitamin E, Aloe , Tea Tree Oil, and Polysporin Cotton Fabric Sheet – used as slings, tourniquets, to tie splints, and many other uses Duct Tape 20-cc syringe with catheter tip for wound irrigation with sterile saline solution or the type used to give babies medicine Flashlight Sterile saline (used for cleaning wounds where clean tap water is not available, but note that even clean tap water should be converted to normal saline by adding salt) Space blanket (lightweight plastic foil blanket, also known as “emergency blanket”) Alcohol rub (hand sanitizer) or antiseptic hand wipes Thermometer Medication Antiseptics/antimicrobial Iodine Benzalkonium Chloride Alcohol pads – used to prep unbroken skin for injections etc. or to disinfect equipment such as thermometers. Antibiotic pills – WARNING CHECK THE HALF LIFE Antibiotic ointment – single, double, or triple antibiotic ointment in petroleum jelly base Antiseptic/anesthetic ointment, fluid or spray, for example Lidocaine Anti-fungal cream Anti-itch ointment Hydrocortisone cream Calamine lotion Painkillers / fever reducers Acetaminophen Ibuprofen – anti-inflammatory, often more effective than acetaminophen. Aspirin or ASA Anti diarrhea medication such as Loperamide Immodium Oral rehydration salt Antihistamine diphenhydramine (brand name Benadryl) \ Epinephrine auto-injector (brand name Epipen) – often included in kits for wilderness use and in places such as summer camps, to treat anaphylactic shock. Poison treatments Activated charcoal Syrup of ipecac QuikClot is a hemostatic agent sometimes included in first aid kits, especially military kits, to control severe bleeding. Tincture of benzoin— improves tape adhesion to skin, toughens cracked skin Fire Starters One of the essential skills needed to survival is starting a fire. And two of the coolest ways to do it is either the use of a Fire Piston, or a Swiss Match. The link above to the Fire Piston will bring you to a site that makes them hand-made, (Hat tip to the Primitive Skills Group), and they are always looking for those that can hand crave wood if your looking for a cool job. A fire piston compresses air which heats it enough to ignite tinder. Even if you plan on using a Zippo, get one of these! I always have a Swiss Match in my Bug Out Bag, and a little leather pouch which I have stuffed dryer lint into. Using a Swiss Match, which is a rod of forged flint and a piece of metal, and the lint has been easier to start a fire then using wooden matches some times. It takes a bit of getting use to, but all that you need to do is to place the lint under your tinder in a pile of small bits of wood, and make sure that the lint isn’t to compressed, gets enough air, and make your sparks. Puff on it when you see smoke, and it will ignite starting the fire. You can waterproof wooden matches by dipping them in melted candle wax, and having a good quality magnifying glass in your kit doesn’t hurt during the summer, but by far the Fire Piston, and the Swiss Match are must haves. Continued in Bug Out Bag Part 4 – Wolfe


Wood Stoves (Part 2)

You ever notice that if you lite a candle in a cold room that candle isn’t enough to heat up the entire room? I know that sounds kinda obvious, but it is something to remember when buying a wood stove. A single small wood stove with only a 40,000 BTU EPA rating is not going to be enough to heat your entire house in Whitehorse, Yukon. However, it might be enough to heat up your bedroom. (*BTU = British Thermal Units, EPA = Environmental Protection Agency) Read more…

If the cost of an outdoor based wood furnace is higher then two wood stoves inside the house that can produce the same amount of heat, and the energy required to fuel it is also less, then your better off getting two wood stoves then some fancy new outdoor wood pellet thing advertised in the back a magazine. By the same token, if the figures are reversed, it might be worth while to look into it more.

The question is how can you tell what you should do?

Believe it or not, this gets really complex when you take into account what you are really dealing with. There are different types of wood stoves, fire places, and wood fired furnaces out there. In addition, they are made with different materials which effect not only their efficiency, but how they are used as well. For example, having a fireplace in a home located in the desert is a good idea. Not only does it provide heat during the cold nights, but can actually help reduce the temperature of the house during the day depending on the type of fire place that is installed.

A antique wood stove which has little in the way of fire brick included in it’s make up, but is made of cast iron instead of steal, has a thermal conductivity rate of approximately 28 Btu/hr^{sq/ft/F/ft} (28 BTU per hour per square foot of Fahrenheit for each foot of distance). Now for an example of this wood stove, let’s load this wood stove with Sugar Maple heartwood (heartwood means the denser inner core of the trunk), which has a moisture content of about 65%, has a MMBtu of about 29.7 per cord. That’s a stack of wood, four feet high, four feet wide and eight feet long. Now you’d have to figure out the fire box size, the physical area you are heating, and perhaps the air flow around the thing in the first place. Fortunately someone has already done all the math for us, maybe you’d also like to make your own.

Even if you manage to figure out the perfect wood stove for your home there are thing you should be aware of before you start. Sometimes there are differences between what the local by-laws/regulations/clearances are and what your insurance requires for your home. Even the manufactures might be short on the size and types of vents that are recommended for regular use, so be sure to contact not only your local authorities and ire departments, but also your insurance broker.

Generally speaking the larger the fire box, the longer the fire itself will last, and there will be more types of wood to burn. Air tights are more efficient, and safer. Installation can be done by you if your handy, but has to be inspected and approved. You will need a ‘slab’ to put it on since heat will be generated even on it bottom. As with any fuel burning stove, you should have a carbon monoxide detector in the room.

Most Preppers have a list of lists, thing they feel they need to gather for just encase SHTF scenarios, if you have a wood stove or fire place, you should add a chimney cleaning kit to this list. You will need to know the diameter of the flu in order to purchase the correct sized wire brush, a flexible handle should also be included in the kit. A flashlight, bed sheets, and duct-tape should also be available if you can to greatly help reduce the clean-up after the clean-up… (Think Mary Poppins folks). A basic screw driver with matching heads for removing any inside pipes so that they can be cleaned outside would also be a plus. One side note… sometimes fire department will offer inspections for free, take advantage of this service.

In between major cleaning you might want to reduce the creosote in the flu, you can toss in a few tablespoons of ‘rock salt’ on to a hot fire. It is the same stuff used in those fire logs to remove the creosote.

Always use dry wood, and never light a fire with flammable liquids. Never burn plastics in your wood stove, first off it’s just dangerous, second it’s illegal. Colored paper, treated wood, painted wood, and even Oleander tree wood or any other poisonous plants. Old industrial palettes are also a bad idea, since they can be a lot older then you think, and been used by any number of chemical companies.

Finally hard woods are the best to burn, they last longer and are cleaner burning with larger BTU ratios.

- Wolfe


Wood Stoves (part 1)

I look outside and all I see is snow. I know that for most of you this is not an odd sight to see this time of year, nor does it sound like something that should be an odd thing for a Canadian like myself to suddenly notice. But believe me, it’s odd. We are only a couple of weeks till the first day of spring and this is the first real snow we have seen all year here in the greater Vancouver area. Fourteen years ago we had a similar downfall of snow that ended up caving in our roof while we were just getting ready for the spring run as Caravaners, and although this year there is no risk of that, as a prepper I look out and think about the worse case scenario we could find ourselves in. Read more…

For the last six months we have managed to collect over $500 by simply not turning on the furnace, we have used our alternatives instead as a test for what we might need in our preps, and found that it was actually cheaper to use electric heaters rather then the natural gas furnace. Part of that has to do with only heating the room we were in rather then the whole house, we even went to the extent of putting up a curtain across the living room door frame to keep the heat in the room we were using during the day.

I always have loved a good fireplace, but we do not have one in this house. So one of the requirements for being self-reliant on the farm is going to the need for fireplaces and wood stoves. I have been researching wood stoves more the fireplaces because they are more efficient, and would like to pass on some of those things I have learned so far onto you.

One of the first wood stoves was invented by Benjamin Franklin, it’s main advantage over a regular fireplace was a hollow baffle which transferred more heat into the room. It was also not a great seller because it needed to hot enough to create a draft to draw up the gases and smoke through the flu. Improvements over the Pennsylvania fireplace eventually lead to the modern wood stove. Today’s designs are so efficient at burning wood fuel that they often surpass EPA rules.

“The internal design of wood stoves has changed entirely since the EPA issued standards of performance for new wood stoves in 1988. EPA’s mandatory smoke emission limit for wood stoves is 7.5 grams of smoke per hour (g/h) for non-catalytic stoves and 4.1 g/h for catalytic stoves. (Wood stoves offered for sale in the state of Washington must meet a limit of 4.5 g/h for non-catalytic stoves and 2.5 g/h for catalytic stoves.)” – www.epa.gov

Non-catalytic Stoves:

Non-catalytic wood stoves have three main parts a firebox insulation, a large baffle, and pre-heated combustion air introduced through small holes above the fuel in the firebox. The baffle and some other parts of the wood stove will need to be replaced from time to time as they deteriorate with the high heat of efficient combustion. They have less heat output then Catalytic wood stove, but provide better atmosphere.

Catalytic Stoves:

Catalytic wood stoves exhaust their smoke and fumes through a coated ceramic honeycomb inside the stove where they ignite and burn. All of these types of stoves have a lever-operated bypass damper which is opened for starting and reloading. The ceramic honeycomb breaks down over time and needs to be replaced, it should last the average prepper six seasons (10,000 to 12,000 operating hours )as long as the stove is not over fired by burning waste. The ceramics honeycomb is usually coated with the metal palladium. The ceramic is often round, 5¾ inches in diameter, and 2 inches thick. One of the advantages of the Catalytic wood stove is an increase in overall efficiency by 10%, as well as a reduction in creosote production by 20 to 90% and a decrease in air pollution up to 75%. Items that will cause the catalyst reduction in life span to as little as two years include burning trash, coal, paper logs, treated wood, painted wood, and lighter fluid.

My experiment this year has taught me one thing about heating a home in the winter that I wasn’t expecting. This house is old, and is not insulated in any way, no fibreglass in the walls, and very little value to avoid heat loss with what walls we do have. With all the commercials on television about drafts from windows, the lack of draft barriers around our doors, single pane glass in our house, and a host of other things that allow this house to leak heat like a sieve, I thought our my experiment would last a week or two, not pay for Christmas. If we had wood stoves, I believe that the furance would rust in the basement and never be used. And the size of that wood stove, does not have to be the large ones we all dream about in the old fashion kitchen, in fact, I think it would be more efficient to have a few small, even tiny, wood stoves rather then one large one in only one part of the house.

I’m still looking into this idea and learning more. There are different grades of wood that burn more or less efficient the others, I even have charts that I am still going through. So one aspect i have to look for is the amount needed to heat an area, how long a supply will last, and how long it takes to grow. Then there is the whole area in wood stoves that I don’t think can really be learned by books, but has to be actually felt and lived with.

The farm my wife grew up on had a wood furance in the basement of the house, it was not a more modern version of the forced air ones you can find today, but it did the job it was intended. It did lack one thing however, ambiance. There was a farm my family used to visit when I was young, had a classic iron wood stove in the kitchen that I still think about today, it gave the whole farm house a feeling of warmth that had more to do with a feeling then actual heat, that is a major part of why I want a wood stove on the farm, nothing is better then warming your feet by the stove while your mittens dry.

More to come…

- Wolfe

References:

http://www.alternativeenergyprimer.com/Wood-Stoves.html

http://www.epa.gov/burnwise/appliances.html

http://www.epa.gov/Compliance/resources/publications/monitoring/caa/woodstoves/certifiedwood.pdf

http://www.hpba.org/fuel-efficiency-calculator/fuel-efficiency-calculator/?searchterm=calculator

http://www.daviddarling.info

Suggested Books:

The Wood Burning Stove Book – by Geri Harringtom isbn 0-02-080250-1

Modern and Classic Woodburning Stoves and the grass roots energy revival – A complete guide by Bob and Carol Ross – isbn: 0-87951-049-8

The Woodburners Encyclopedia – wood as energy – by Jay W. Shelton, Ph. D. And Andrew B. Shapiro – isbn: 0-915248-08-5


Why the Green Party is a bad choice

Most of my long time friends know that I use to support the Green Party of Canada, they also know that I no longer do. But the reasons why are so long I haven’t posted all of them, and the main reason for that is that the list just seemed to long. Read more…

In 2006 and 2008, the Green Party of Canada published a policy book to outline in detail what they stood for, in order to get rid of the so-called image that they were a one issue party. It is this very policy book that made me realize that I couldn’t support them any longer.

In this post I am going to attempt to go through each issue, and perhaps name a few others that they did not include.

Green-Economy:

Green Party MPs will work to:

  • Pass the Canada Well-Being Measurement Act and implement the Canadian Index of Well-being.

  • Begin a partial, gradual, revenue neutral tax shift from income, consumption and business taxes to resource use taxes, pollution taxes and land value levies reflecting corporate profits.

  • Review the Green tax shift every 3 years in order to monitor progress and readjust fiscal imbalances.

  • Create thousands of new “Green collar jobs” by encouraging the development of low-emission industries in areas most affected by the shift away from natural resource sectors.

  • Legislate stronger, more effective antitrust laws in concentrated industry sectors.

  • Reduce taxes for small and medium sized businesses in their first 5 years of existence.

  • Provide higher risk financial support networks that will encourage people to invest in innovative businesses.” – http://greenparty.ca/en/platform2006/green_economy

Canada Well-Being Measurement Act:

BILL C-268 : “An Act to develop and provide for the publication of measures to inform Canadians about the health and well-being of people, communities and ecosystems in Canada” – parl.gc.ca

I love it when a political party thinks something is a good idea, and steals it as if it was their own. Marlene Jennings, a Liberal, was the one who proposed this bill in 2001, secondly the Well-Being Act is just a GDI. The problem I have with this system is that it is subjective to a worldview, or opinion of what is valuable by an ideology, rather then facts. If what is in my best interest differs from those who judge what the current GDI is, the measurement is useless to me, and my in fact harm my interests. Facts on the other hand, such as the actual amount of GDP this country’s dollar is based on, tells me if I can expect to export my product or service to our major trading partner the USA.

Resource Use Taxes:

Taxing resources is like any other tax, an act of theft. But assuming that I believe we need something like a social contract to enact some kind of tax on the general population, I believe that it should effect everyone equally, or not at all. I don’t like rules which single out a group of people over others, some one always ends up with an unfair deal. Taxing just resources put the burden of the budget on the producers. You know them, they are the companies and individuals which actually create good jobs. If I am a prepper, living on a homestead, and produce all my own food, energy, and basic needs, under a resource based tax system, I pay nothing. That doesn’t feel fair to me, and in addition it make me a target. No thank you. I would rather see a flat rate percentage tax on everyone, period. And before the Green Party cries foul on behalf of the poor, disabled, and pensioners…. note this, I am one.

Review the Green tax shift every 3 years:

All this tells me is that they already know that this will not work, and have written into their policy book an op-out to change the rules after being elected. At least they are being honest that they are going to break their campaign promises!

Create thousands of new “Green collar jobs”:

How exactly does the Green Party plan to help any of us get a single job? Oh, wait, they don’t actually promise that do they? What they promise to do is to ‘create’ these ‘green‘ jobs. That translates to using tax payer’s money to give some one else a job in the ‘green’ sector. I still call that welfare, not a job. Any time tax payer’s foots the bill to create and keep a job for some one, it’s the same as welfare. If that industry could be self-sustaining all on it’s own, it wouldn’t need the government to get involved in the first place.

Legislate stronger, more effective antitrust laws in concentrated industry sectors:

All you have to do to figure that one out is read it a few times. Maybe it would help if I translate the double-speak.

Translation: “Selectively list certain industries that we choose and screw them over with strong laws under the label of :We Don’t Trust You.”

I know I am going to enact a Godwin rule here, but this sounds a lot like National Socialism to me. The whole point of a free market system is that it is self correcting. When the government makes decisions for the population it effectively says we do not trust our people to make informed, adult decisions on their own, so we will legislate the morals from the top. Making stronger antitrust laws isn’t the problem, making stronger antitrust laws towards a labeled group of people, and industries is Nazism.

Reduce taxes for small and medium sized businesses in their first 5 years of existence:

Ever get suckered into a mobile phone contract? For the first three years you only pay $49.95 a month and get this neat cell phone free! Sound familiar? Small and Medium business can either compete with larger ones because they are local service based businesses, or they can not compete with larger ones because of lack import fairness, marketing capital, and a host of other issues. None of these would be effected by reducing the tax to local business, or increasing it for others. In fact the two major barriers to new businesses is government required paperwork, and the exchange rates for a fiat currency system.

Provide higher risk financial support networks that will encourage people to invest:

Remember that this quote is from the 2006 policy book! Every single layman on the planet that knows even the smallest of facts of the financial crisis of 2008, in which this very policy book was still being handed out after the crisis was in full swing, knows that encouraging High-Risk Investing is the worse thing you can do for fiscal responsibility. Can you imagine what Canada would be like today if the Green Party had won? … OK, you can stop laughing at the Greens now, it’s not polite.

Smart Economic Stimulus:

Expand access to employment insurance for those who paid into it, while protecting the pensions of retired Canadians. Reduce EI and CPP contributions for businesses.”

This is one of those campaign promises that every one makes, “we will give you more money”. The problem with this is that the money has to come from somewhere and that usually means either tax cuts somewhere else, or increases to the tax payer. Well, actually it means both 99% of time.

The one thing that every responsible tax payer knows is that they are better managers of their money then the government. And considering that most of us will agree that we are not that very good at managing our money says a lot at how bad the government is at it. EI and CPP are a tax, period. If I had taken every cent that I had paid into it, and just stuck it in a regular bank account since day one, I’d be better off today, and so would anyone else that has paid into it including my parents. If you don’t believe me take at look at your own tax records, add up all your contributions and use an online calculator for investments that takes the dates into account. My only strong recommendation is, if you own any firearms, give them to your neighbor for a few days before you do this, and tell them not to give them back till you calm down, I’m not kidding, you will really want to kill the tax man.

Fair Global Trade:

Reform, revise and rethink our trade agreements. Trade is a part of a sustainable future only when it is fair for all.”

Double-Speak Alert! I’m one of the first people to note that the North American Free Trade Act was a bad idea, but creating yet another trade agreement is just, well, stupid. Mainly because any idea, even if a good one, can get messed up by a bunch of bureaucrats.

There is something that has always bugged me about any left-leaning organization, and that is the way they come to decisions as a group. The Green Party is a consensus-based organization, it is not a democracy based organization, and I would go so far as to say that they hate “Roberts Rules of Order” (www.robertsrules.org) Both myself, and my old mentor Phil noticed this right away.

The key to understanding that the above statement in the policy book is double speak is just one phrase “only when it is fair for all” , who exactly makes that decision, and how is that decision made? What is fair? Is it fair trade coffee we are speaking about? Fair to the farmers in South Africa? The point of a government is to have organization which looks beyond it’s borders and take into account the best interests of the voters. It is not the roll of government to be the moral police, to restrict trade, or even the playing field with other countries’ citizenship. I myself am also an Italian citizen, it does not sit well with me that if the Green Party of Canada ever wins the power it craves, that it might believe for whatever reason that all pizzas made in/shipped to Italy should get some kind of fair trade agreement when being imported to/or exported from Canada. It just sounds as stupid as any other product or service you can think of. We are not the moral police of the world, and to be that would mean to make the same mistakes our patriot brothers to the south have made. You’d better believe that if the Green party is given any power to create any Bill or Act, they will not debate this from a fair point of view of all voters, it will be written by only those who agree with consensus-based decision making. In other words, agree with our process, or don’t get a say.

Healthy Industry:

A healthy agriculture sector, with support for those who wish to transition to organic farming. A healthy fishery, with an end to devastating draggers. A sustainable forest industry with more emphasis on value added, and less raw log or unprocessed pulp export. More jobs for more people making real things.”

More jobs for people making real things… Great! I am of the firm belief that real wealth comes from actual ‘stuff’, couldn’t support a more capitalistic view more! … OK, I admit, I only said that to get under the skin of all the Green Party supporters who read this … Truth be told there is one thing in that line that bothers me right away. What if we’re wrong?

As a prepper, I believe that we should all learn how to make things ourselves, and develop skill sets that help us gain self-efficient trades. This usually means making real things, as in actual products like chairs, jars, and houses. I have also been a fisherman, and worked in silviculture, so I totally get healthy fishery… end dragging, and … sustainable forest thing. And although I will grow and eat my own organic veggies, don’t expect me to buy it (don’t ask, that’s another issue for another day).

But …

What if we’re wrong? What if making real products is a bad idea? What if we can not compete with China and India in making real things, but could compete with something else like science, technology, or energy? What if the issue isn’t something that is already illegal like dragging, or not replanting the forest, but the issue is that our debts are to high to deal with when we are not exploring other options to improve our lot like increasing our exports of raw logs?

Some one once told me about how imports and exports work. It will always be that Cuba will export sugar cane and the like to Canada because they are better at growing it. Canada will always export raw logs because it is just a better renewable export then anything else we have, and we are better at it then Japan, etc. It doesn’t matter what real thing you are talking about, if some one some where is better at it then you, you loose. The trick is to get better at something then anyone else. We grow grains here really good, same for wood, potash, and a host of other things like uranium ore. Interfere with the things that work, and you kill real jobs.

Most of the policies of the Green Party show that they have no idea how the real world works. This is just one of countless examples of why having them even given air time on national news is bad idea.

Cut wasteful subsidies:

End the failed strategy of throwing good money after bad in corporate bail-outs for big business, and subsidies to nuclear and fossil fuels.”

Great idea, end the fed! … I mean, errr …. end the welfare state! While we’re at it, let’s end all the hand outs…. I mean I didn’t vote to have the government sub Air-Canada, General Motors, solar panels in homes, wind mills, … and yet again we see that the Green Party really doesn’t want a fair deal for everyone equally. If you are going to stop handing out tax payer money to one group, end it to all, including that couple of bucks a political parties get per vote…. not that the Green Party would even exist if that was ended. Claiming that you are going to end a bad idea in one area, but not another, doesn’t stop it from being a bad idea. Subsidies are a bad idea, including those for housing, company start ups, training, school, transportation, public transportation, green technology, research, and trade. Claiming it is needed here, but not there, makes you a bigot.

Get the prices right:

Get the prices right for long term sustainability. Avoid structural deficits. Implement a revenue-neutral carbon pricing architecture to modernize our economy. Build a “Made in Canada” Green economy.”

Maybe statements like this is why I never bothered to write this before. None of this actually means anything outside of the green cult. It’s all idioms related to being a Green Party member, doubt it? Ask anyone who has never given the Green Party a second thought, what the heck that statement means. OK, to be fair, I can translate it…

Get the prices right for long term sustainability. … Create a balance budget, like every single other party claims too.

Avoid structural deficits … The government system is broken, we’re going to fix it, like every single other party claims too.

Implement a revenue-neutral carbon pricing architecture to modernize our economy … even thou Carbon monoxide is poisonous, we want to tax Carbon dioxide which is a natural organic compound that plants can not live without, instead.

Build a “Made in Canada” Green economy … because Made in Canada isn’t something to be proud of all on it’s own, we want it to be a ‘green’ thing!

Strong Communities:

A community is defined by more than geography. A community is people living together, taking care of each other, having time for each other.

Ummm … wait a sec…

“The term community has two distinct meanings: 1) A group of interacting people, living in some proximity (i.e., in space, time, or relationship). Community usually refers to a social unit larger than a household that shares common values and has social cohesion. The term can also refer to the national community or international community, and, 2) in biology, a community is a group of interacting living organisms sharing a populated environment. ” – Wikipedia

I’m willing to bet that the policy makers of the Green Party actually looked up the word community in Wikipedia and managed to get wrong still. Living together means something completely different then interacting with each other. Living together implies a commune, not community. And as for taking care of each other, that goes back to the whole ‘social contract’ issue, which I really don’t have the time to debate right now. But I will say this, every single “FAMILY” in a community will take care of their own first, before they will take care of their neighbor, and that is the way it should be. Having time for each isn’t something that makes sense to include here, unless the Green Party has some warped view that they can tell you what you should do with your free time.

Communities that work take work. Transportation systems that get you from here to there, quickly, efficiently, and safely. Water works that ensure clean and healthy water. All the things that make us love where we live. ….”

I agree that communities take work to work, kinda of a lame way to say to it thou. But communities do not have anything to do with (public implied) transportation issues, I can say that, because Canada has THOUSANDS of towns without public transportation, and they are almost always better at giving you an impression of being a real community then any one of the ones with a public transportation system. For that matter the same can be said for any area without a water works.

This is just the Green Party proving that it is out of touch with reality. The Green Party makes the claim that it’s an environmentally friendly political party, but most of the members are collage students who have never left the city, and wouldn’t know how to handle themselves in the bush. The think that they are really involved in the community, the man on the street, because most of them have been involved in some kind protest, boycott, or what not. But the truth is, they have no clue what real Canadians are really all about. This is actually a good thing, it will keep them from getting votes, and I am not about to name off where they are off base to help them. Maybe, they should just go have a life.

Help for married couples and families:

Fix the tax system. Lower income taxes and introduce full income splitting to reduce the tax burden on married couples and families.”

I actually agree with this statement, WOW, found one…. oh, wait…

The only problem I have with this is that I don’t believe the government should have anything to do with the church. I am a strong believer in the separation of church and state, and I believe that the act of marriage is a religious practice. This doesn’t mean that I am against Gay marriage, it means that any kind of marriage is none of the governments business because it is an act of faith. If income tax is a so called necessary evil, why not make it based on the individual rather then a unit, or some other label. Better yet, end it completely, it is after all evil to begin with.

Share the load. More people working fewer hours. For those who want to, make it easier to telecommute or work from home. Share jobs. Flex hours. Flexible child care with access for all. Early childhood education. More workplace child care spaces. Support for those who stay home to raise their children and support for those who need to get back to work while their kids are still young. Help for local governments. Sustainable long-term funding support for municipalities to repair decades-old

crumbling infrastructure. Build for the future. Create more of the common amenities all communities need for recreation, transportation, water works and arts and culture.”

Do you know how to hack into any computer security system on the planet? Make a phone call. It’s called “Social Engineering”. To be blunt, they can go (insert colorful metaphors here) themselves. First off, take a look at Tim Horton’s, Loblaws, Walmart, and a host of other companies. They all have more people working fewer hours, sharing jobs, flex hours, access to government run child care, prenatal leave, make contributions to local governments, repair infrastructure, build for the future… and every worker hates it. Yeah, good ideas, not.

Respect and support our elders. Ensure secure pensions and provide programmes that address health both physical and mental – and ensure dignity by stopping elder abuse and respecting living wills.”

Yawn, bored yet? I respect my parents, they deserve it. My Mother-In-Law on the other hand deserves to spend the rest of her life in prison. Government can not regulate respect, so stop claiming you can do so. As for living wills, there is case law for that, it’s been done already. (Pensions issue see above)

There was just a little bit more on the issue of Democracy, I am not going to waste my time on it, if you want to know what democracy really is, read Phil’s blog linked above.

The issues they don’t mention:

Illegal Drugs:

The Green Party wants to legalize drugs. ALL OF THEM. They view addiction as a disease that is not the fault of those that are addicted to it. They may want to regulate some of them, make the selling of some of them a criminal offense, or drop all the prohibitions all together.

I want to decriminalize them, not make them legal. More on that some other day.

First Past the Post:

The Greens hate the current voting system, they want to change the current first past the post system to a Single Transferable Vote system. I admit that the first past the post sucks, but after much thought, I really don’t want some nut case political party like the Canadian Nazi Party (wow, another godwin) getting a single seat in government. I’ll keep it the way it is thanks.

Gun Control:

The Greens believe that the only persons who need guns are law enforcement. That there is a major problem with guns being smuggled across the border into Canada, and that Canadians do not believe that they have a right to bear arms.

“The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let’s not have any native militia or native police. German troops alone will bear the sole responsibility for the maintenance of law and order throughout the occupied Russian territories, and a system of military strong-points must be evolved to cover the entire occupied country.” –Adolf Hitler

The Greens like every other left wing nut do not want the common people to own guns because they think we are children, that we need to be lead around on a leash. And I know that at least a few Greens personally that believe more inline with the above quote. This just doesn’t cut it with me.

- Wolfe

 


Water Filters

I was just over at James Rawles site checking out his list of fiction when I noticed an advertisement from Ready Made Resources about a water filter. First let me say that Ready Made has a good rep, and second this is the water filter I have been looking for. 0.015 microns!

Just thought I’d pass this on.

(The link is taken directly from survivalblog.com so if you buy one please state it is because of their ad on survivalblog.com not wolfeblog.net although a mention would be nice.)

Wolfe