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RED State, BLUE State.

Do you live in a BLUE State, a BLUE District or a BLUE County? Today, 03/13/13, I have decided to change my voter registration from Independent to Democrat. If you live in one of the above BLUE limbo states and are a Republican, Libertarian or Conservative, I’d advise you do the same.

The only way we are going to get the Progressive’s out of office is thru the primaries. In a general election it is usually (D) v (R) and a Democrat voter is only going to vote D and a Republican voter is only going to vote R. If there are more D’s than R’s you know the outcome.  Low information voters only look at the letter following the name on the ballot.

In a primary election, each party has an election to choose who is going to be in the general election. In some states (15) you can only vote in your chosen party affiliation and in the general election you can vote for whom ever is on the ballot.  Different-primary-election-rules-by-state-map.

For years, Democrats have been crossing over to choose their parties opponent as well as the Liberal Media. Mitt Romney was labeled as the Country Club Candidate and that is who the Democrats wanted to run against the most. Well, I say we do the same to get the current Progressives out of office. Keeping a Progressive off the ballot or choosing a person so far Left that Independents or moderate Democrats will not vote for them in the general election is a good start. If you receive calls from pollsters, it will really screw up their political weighting system.

If you have qualms about being called a Liberal, you can give the correction by calling yourself a Classical Liberal.

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Board Of Governors, FRB

I just finished researching the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System….what came to mind was the phrase “Those who can, DO. Those who can’t, TEACH.”

Keynesian Academics are running the FRB. Only one member has any real world, day to day operational experience in finance. All the others are college professor theorists of economics and finance. Hope that makes you feel better. If I were you, I would be buying tangible hard assets. The dollar is going to become toilet paper real soon.

Cousin Janet

Quick Post. This is proper attribution to Janet Nelson.

The Epicenter was just on Fox Business Stossel Show tonight (1/10/13) talking about being prepared in an emergency.  Way to go Janet. John Stossel was looking at Janet Nelson and Aton Edwards (Aton was in an episode of Doomsday Preppers) with a very skeptical look. I guess John never heard about someone taking a “shortcut” or following their GPS blindly and getting into big trouble (happens all the time out here in the west) or all the pictures of people dumpster diving in NYC after Hurricane Sandy let alone all the video of Hurricane Katrina and the Japan Tsunami.

People have got to understand they are on their own for the first 12, 24, 48 or 72 hours after a local or regional disaster. Depending on the scale of the disaster it could be days or weeks without power and water. Having supplies on hand for yourself and your family during an emergency is a no brainer but is it the right kind of supplies. Having a Grab n Go Bag handy is what everyone should have. (We even have one for the dog.) Depending on the region you live in, you might only have minutes to evacute. What are you going to take with you in those valuable minutes? Are you going to be running around trying to gather up things or are you going to be ready to grab the spouse, kids, pet, GO bag and get out of dodge. Your choice, think about it…times up and since we are in the NW…Just Do It.

The Epicenter sells Mountain House, Alpine Aire and Wise dehydrated and freeze dried brand foods as well as MRE’s and other emergency rations. One of the coolest things they sell is the Kelly Kettle. This is the quickest way to make hot water for freeze dried food stores when you are without power or out in the field.  I would advise everyone to get one.

Janet and Bryan Nelson are the owners. Their site is http://www.theepicenter.com.

10 Foot HAWT

I have been studying now for 6 weeks on various Wind Generators to use for our property that has no pole power to it. The electric company wants $8,000 to get it there. So the property is going to be completely off-grid.

I did my rough draft off-grid layout back at the end of October 2012 of how I wanted to setup this system. Then I started looking into all the other aspects of the things that were not on the rough draft from disconnects, inverters, charge controllers, breakers, wiring specs and the lot. I have most of the odds and ends but I didn’t have the wind power details worked out.

I looked at buying a manufactured wind generator but the cost/benefit was not where I wanted it to be. There are so many FBN companies out there that you have to be careful where you buy from. The property is close to where the wind blows all the time but we are 10 miles away from there with trees all around. I couldn’t go with a high RPM HAWT because the wind speed wasn’t there and the low RPM manufactured HAWT were too expensive.  So I decided I was going to have to build my own.

I bought the Homebrew Wind Power Handbook, http://www.otherpower.com,  authored by the two Dan’s (Dan Bartmann & Dan Fink) as my guide as well as reading Hugh Piggott publishings, http://www.scoraigwind.com,  and watching MuddyMuddyMudMann’s youtube videos, http://www.youtube.com/user/muddymuddymuddmann,  to see if I was up for the task.

Well I got my magnets in 2 weeks ago and my wire to make the coils. Next thing I have to do is build my coil winder and stator molds. One other tool I am going to be making is woodworking carver duplicator so I only have to make 1 blade by hand as my guide and then make 3 blades for use in the first unit. If all works out I might have a side business as well. 😎 I also need to learn to weld better. I can O/A weld just fine but I need to learn to arc weld better.

I will add pictures on the progress later.

Off Grid or Battery Backup for certain house circuits.

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This is a design I came up with for an Off Grid Cabin but it could be used for a battery backup on a house. You can’t power the whole house but you can power certain circuits in the house, like the refrigerator circuit, living room circuit, bathroom circuit. Other mods can be done, for example a 24v DC water heater element for your water heater so when your batteries are charged the excess wattage gets dumped into making hot water. The design shows only one bank of batteries but you could do 2 or more battery banks and more or higher wattage solar panels. The skies the limit on this design. I have the solar panels and the generator but I need to purchase everything else. I came up with a budget of $3000 for this project. The reason I chose a 24v design is because it is the most bang for your buck/efficient power conversion design. Others may argue that I’m wrong but the money is coming out of my wallet not theirs.

 

This drawing is just a rough sketch. It didn’t include inline fuses, breakers, diodes, wiring specs or the math. Do your homework before you buy so you know you are buying what you need.

Been away for awhile.

Sorry I haven’t been posting much. Family summer activities and camping are up this year. Have purchased 20 acres of land that needs to be cleaned up. I have lab experiments and applications to do out there but only as the money comes in. Will try updating as much as possible.

 

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The Enemy Within

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero

(106-43 B.C.) Roman Statesman, Philosopher and Orator

Source: Attributed. 58 BC, Speech in the Roman Senate

 
Please read the above statement carefully and see if it applies to current events. This is what’s happening to our society today if you think long and hard about it. I’ve been having political discussions with people on the left and right. All they are doing is repeating what they hear instead of doing the research themselves. There are a few out there that think and draw conclusions without the help of the MSM.  My observations of the political atmosphere have become cynical at best.

If you go back to the 2010 mid term elections and look at the Democratic Senate primaries for South Carolina, Alvin Green won the Democratic primary to run against Jim DeMint for the US Senate. Nobody knew who he was, what he stood for, claims that he was a plant abounded. The only reason he was elected to run against DeMint was because his name was the first one on the ballot. The apolitical public chose an unknown because his name was at the top. Didn’t care to research him or the other candidates qualities and values, just the guy at the top of the list.

This was the epiphany for me that we are screwed. Once apathy takes hold in a family, business, community or country, its all downhill from there. The Far-Left and Far-Right have their beliefs that they will fight tooth and claw for. They will cancel each other out in the vote. Its the  inbetweeners that are the problem. Back to what Marcus Tillius Cicero said “he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.” Politicians will say whatever they have to say to get elected. Their bases will vote for them no matter what. The tweeners are the votes they are looking for. When you see a politician go into a bar to have a drink with the common man for a photo op, when you hear the cadence of a speech and trying to sound like the man in the audience. The politician is not being real, he’s trolling for votes.

“He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. – I am aiming this part directly at Obama and his surrogates. He is cutting the nation into special interest groups. Hoping that all together they will re-elect him for another 4 more years. I know both parties have done this but not with the finesse of Team Obama.