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The Kitchen Sink / Hey Mking!
« on: March 30, 2014, 08:48:43 AM »
RE accidentally screwed up your account and password with his constant joking.  I copied your member record from a backup so you should be able to get back in. It worked when I restored Uncle Bob a while back.

You may remind RE of this whenever he claims he's the greatest Administrator ever.  :P

SUN ☼ / The 1st Diner Convocation IV
« on: March 26, 2014, 02:12:58 AM »

Off the keyboard of Haniel

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Published on the Doomstead Diner on March 26, 2014

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“I don’t want to live in a mushroom, mum!”

My first attempt to broach the subject of a Monolithic dome with the family did not go down as I expected.  A few months of studying the safety, energy saving features, and long-term value of domes seemed to be in danger of falling at the first hurdle – family buy-in.

Growing up in the UK, I have not taken to stick and mud housing nearly as well as those born on this side of the pond.  To me, they don’t seem to be built to last.  I lived in homes that had seen multiple generations before Columbus set sail, with walls of stone two feet thick, so I there’s something I find impermanent about wood.  Quarrying seems expensive and unreinforced masonry a death trap in an earthquake area, so ferroconcrete domes seemed a good middle ground.

The wife jokingly promised that she’d make me dress up as a garden gnome and make me sit on top of it to entertain the kids, and the subject was dropped from family discussion, but the dream never died.

Fast forward a decade and my continuing interest in resource depletion and mitigating strategies, as well as a desire to have more control over my food supply, harkening back to the days of growing our own food as I grew up, lead me to the Doomstead Diner.  There I found a lively discussion on community owned doomsteads, with a level of attention to detail that I found rare in the “peak oil” community.  My first encounter with the topic was though the LATOC website, and I quickly read up the limited available literature, joining the forums and becoming familiar with both the facts, and the mythologies of the movement.

After a few weeks the topic of Domes came up in a discussion with another diner, Eddie.  Like him, I saw the value in embedding energy into a structure now, which would serve as shelter for centuries and centuries to come.

Storm Shelter Survives EF-5 TornadoAt the same time, the news that summer from the mid west was not good, as yet again they suffered a “record” tornado season.  Records only last a year or two these days.  A few images did stand out to me and the wife: a few news reports of domes surviving when all around them was reduced to toothpicks.

Having never worked in construction, I find the idea of building a dome home daunting and not the sort of project I want to take on by myself.  My first thought was my brother-in-law, who is a certified concrete inspector in California, and certainly had the foreknowledge to be a valuable asset to such an endeavor.  Sadly, he’s content being a stay-at-home dad and not looking to reenter the workforce, so declined my offer to take him along.

As luck would have it, another friend who is also interested in resource depletion and developing resilient responses to the challenges also expressed an interest.  While he does not have the concrete experience, he has significant family resources in the polyurethane foam industry, sufficient for him to attend with us armed with the questions that will get us the most value out of the course.

For quite a few months talk had centered on holding convocation, where members of the community could meet in real life, get to know the people behind the online personas; some of us are open books, others have a lower online presence than people in the witness protection program.  With a couple of us attending the course, and a proposal on the table for a SUN dome building business as a way of kickstarting a community owned venture, the pieces fell into place and now we have five attending the course, plus others attending the convocation.

Will this convocation give birth to a viable dome-building business?  Only time will tell.  I already have interest in a couple of “grow dome” projects here in California, but the bulk of the potential clients lie in the Midwest, where tornado season will be starting up soon.  Many eyes are watching the extreme weather, hoping and praying that 97% of climate scientists are wrong, that this year will not be the logical progression of the last decade.

If those climate scientists are right, we’re in for a very rough ride these next few decades.  Some think it’s game over for humanity, but I don’t subscribe to that point of view.   I’m of the opinion that we’ll lose 50% or more of the planet’s overpopulation in my remaining lifetime, with similar reduction during the next couple of generations.  I plan for me and those I call family to be among the survivors, and a resilient living arrangement is part of that plan.

They say an Englishman’s home is his castle, but I’m Welsh, not English.  The English built their castles, for the most part, to keep us out.  A dome home is the modern incarnation of the castle.  That’s a much more appealing image than a mushroom.  The kids like the idea this time around.


The Kitchen Sink / Obama visiting Fresno.
« on: February 14, 2014, 08:18:43 AM »
Getting home tonight will be fun, Obama is coming to Fresno and we're a quarter-mile from the airport.  Apparently he's coming here to do a rain dance... 

The Kitchen Sink / Eminent Domain and fracking.
« on: January 31, 2014, 08:47:05 PM »
I bet you're expecting an article exposing a corrupt local politician misusing Eminent Domain to clear the way for a fracking company?

No, I'm here to suggest exactly that: Emenent Domain should be used to clear the way for fracking in the USA.

We are going to need that energy on the way down.  It's going to be extracted and used, sooner or later.  The longer it sits there, the more valuable it will become.  Sooner or later, someone will come and take it.  If you are the most powerful force, then you will need it to maintain that level of force. 

So gets it? 

I propose that it is to the local communities essential interest to seize the rights to gas that can be fracked under the homes and communities of America.  Not to prevent the gas from being extracted, but to ensure that energy is used most efficiently: locally. 

Then it's time to invite the experts on getting energy out of the ground to the table.  Yeah, that's the nasty little businessmen who are raping the planet.  Thing to remember, they have the ear of some pretty big players at the federal level, and if you try and keep them away, then the law will be changed.  Like it or not, the technologies in the hands of the energy companies is essential to a relatively smooth descent.

So use Eminent Domain to seize the gas down there.  Then invite the big boys to mine it for you.  On the right terms.  In such a scenario, the RFP would contain some of the following criteria:

Environmental protection. The fossil fuels belong to the local population, and will be extracted as efficiently and safely as possible; plans must include detailed QA processes to constantly monitor the local environment and make zero leakage into the environment a primary goal. 

Distribution. A pre-determined percentage of all extract will be used locally.  Gas heating and cooking systems, gas fired micro-power stations, even CNG powered fuel for cars. The level should increase steeply.  10% the first year, rising 10% a year until it maxes out, at 50%.  As the years progress, the amount of gas that can be sold outside the community goes down drastically.  After five years, you can only export (from the local community) the same amount that the local community uses.

By limiting exports to a factor of the amount used locally, you give an incentive for the development of local uses.  Government need to meet businesses half-way by offering tax breaks for converting heating, fuel or power generation over to distributed, local sources.  As with the environmental concerns, the desire to minimize losses in transmission is an important goal.  Wastage counts as exported...

Support. Tax breaks should apply both to business and residential users of energy to switch over to the locally sourced stuff, particularly since the higher levels of environmental regulation will make the production costs more expensive.  However, there's a distribution infrastructure that needs maximizing (getting it to everyone who needs it) in order to maximize the amount used locally, and hence the amount extra that can be sold to hungry markets.

That gives the extraction companies a perverse incentive.  The more they get the locals to use, the more they can export.  It pushes things in the wrong direction.  So back to that matching limit on exports.  We should let them go higher.

Make the limit on exports be flexible.  The default is 50% of production after the ramp-up period.  If you don't distribute enough locally (defined as a mileage or half-way to the next point of extraction, whichever is closer) then it stays in the ground.

However, encourage certain behaviors by offering to increase that cap.  For investment in local renewable sources.  Investment in local infrastructure.  If big business subsidizes a local wind farm so they can export a little more local energy, I think that's a fair exchange from the perspective of the local community. Dollars invested in local renewable energy can offset exports to Mr. Market.

For creating local jobs - based on their pay, not number of jobs. I.e, they could be allowed to export an extra capacity of a dollar value not to exceed a multiplier of local wages they create.  That means a job at the local gas company is subsidized by the sale of gas out of the community, not by the tax payer.  Perhaps a multiplier of 50 x the wages of direct employees, 100 x the wages of local jobs they create in local businesses.   I.e., subcontract locally, don't just hire locally.  A lot of those people in city hall who agreed with the Eminent Domain rights grab need their piece of the cake.  Guess who's going to be running those new local businesses and get re-elected on the "job creator" platform?  Give the locals a buy-in, a stake, where possible.

Reducing per capital energy consumption in the generating area.  That's the one to give a real boost to extraction limits on.  Not just the renewable energy, but  500 x multiplier that the local community (recognized as living within the voting area of the body that exercised the right of Eminent Domain) reduce overall energy consumption.

So to recap my crazy Friday night proposal:

Use Eminent Domain to seize ownership of fossil fuels.  Cut a deal with energy companies to extract them on our terms, give them incentives to send business opportunities to the local politicians, and make it in their short-term interest to convert the economy to a more sustainable footing - or tell them to take a hike. 

The Kitchen Sink / Out of gas.
« on: December 11, 2013, 11:08:12 AM »
At a conference in SAn Francisco.

In a room of 500+ businesspeople, the lieutenant governor of California told the crowd, "the industrial economy is running out of gas".

He went on to say how badly government is responding to the challenges of our time, but his 'solutions' are more technology, rather than powering down, but he made a lot of god points.  Like "why are people surprised at the ACA debacle, when 94% of Government IT procurement over the last few decades have failed to meet expectations".

"Social media scares the hell out of politicians because they allow the people to voice their opinion more than once a decade.

Very interesting keynote speech, AG would have loved it.   

The Kitchen Sink / Diner vs SUN: Objectives and Analytics
« on: November 15, 2013, 08:43:00 AM »

It's not my site tho.  I get that.  It's inappropriate for me to be associated with this kind of thing.  I have left before because that's the choice I have.  Boys club; attend at your own risk.  Women are not the only ones who may have trouble here, as evidenced by Ray's (apparent) departure.. and others, many others. 
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.  Right.  Got that.  Let me just close this post with one word:  Alexa

45.85% of people who come to the site are women - per google analytics statistics.  They don't seem to hang around very long.

I rarely even bother looking at the forums these days, it's too disheartening.  Less than one in a hundred people who come here think it's worth hanging around more than one conversation.  Those that do don't stay very long. 

65 people out of the 600 who registered here have posted enough times that I have to take my socks off to count those posts.   450 are discouraged before the make their first post.   

If I hadn't communicated extensively with the most active people on this site for over a year, I would think it was a honey pot, designed to draw in those looking to learn more about doom - then send them running back to BAU thinking doomers are crazier than the people on the doomsday prepper shows.

Conspiracy / NSA brute force cracking capabilities.
« on: August 16, 2013, 08:54:31 AM »
According to the NY Times article, Snowden claimed the NSA could bring to bear over a trillion password hacking attempts a second.

That's a lot of computing power.  The only way I can see that being accomplished is though a botnet.  I suspect every federal computer is part of the botnet, with some standard government "security" program hosting the actual botnet code.

I also have to wonder if Trend, Norton, McAfee, and all the other anti-virus people getting letters telling them to make a "blind spot" for the government code.  They'd never be able to say anything to the public and it's possible that if the AV detects the .gov code, they may break the law.  Or it may have found it by accident, the "removal" of the 'virus' then being the removal of detection and the sheeple go back to sleep.

A year ago I would have said this was impossible, but after the Snowden revelations, it's well within the technical and operational capacities.

Would be one hell of an Achilles heel, though, if it could be analysed.

The Kitchen Sink / People losing it.
« on: July 22, 2013, 10:50:38 AM »
My work seems to have a disgruntled ex-employee, most likely a particular salesperson who was terminated a few weeks ago.   Came in to my office window smashed, plus damage to our sales office indows a few hundred yards away.

We've had private security on site for the last two weeks following threats of violence against staff  from the guy.

When people lose everything, they lose it.

Now we get to review dozens of hours of surveillance footage.  Zzzzzzz.....

Diner TV / Haniel's Presentation and discussion theatre
« on: July 13, 2013, 10:56:51 AM »
This thread is dedicated to the TV programs I occasionally inflict on the next generation. 

I'm going to start out with the opening open one the first major science series I ever saw, "Connections" which was a major influence on my ability to think outside the box.

The first ten minutes shows how fragility the modern-day infrastructure of 1978 was vulnerable to collapse, and asks the viewer to contemplate a number of questions that will be familiar to us.

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The series focuses on the interconnected nature of scientific discovery through the centuries.  In doing so, it explains a lot of the fundamental principles though the medium of how things were discovered.  I find they convey knowledge, a rare thing in a world of "teaching to the test".

I'm going to be watching a few of these and making comments, and inviting people to watch them with me and discuss how the concepts contained therein can make a difference.  From a better understanding of the principles behind what we do today, to rediscovering techniques that do not need earth-shattering amounts of petrochemicals to get the job done, the Archdruid's approach to learning patterns from history is only one facet of what the past can teach us.   

Diner Newz & Multimedia / Hello New member!
« on: July 11, 2013, 10:51:00 AM »
A Shout Out to one of our newest members, "Emmanuel".  Are you also the following people?   


A complaint of black-hat SEO techniques (link spam) has been sent to Google.  If you want to disappear from Google results, never to rise from Panda and Penguin SEO hell, by all means post some spam here.

Otherwise don't let the door hit you on the ass on your way to the member delete button.

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The Kitchen Sink / Good, if infrequent, blogger
« on: July 11, 2013, 10:30:18 AM »

Another EMT like LD.  I've always found Megadoom to have his head screwed on the right way, and his observations poignant.  Some here may remember him from LATOC or perhaps Hubberts-arms.

Podcasts / John Michael Greer Podcast
« on: July 10, 2013, 09:54:16 AM »
I'm interviewing JMG on Saturday afternoon.

The Kitchen Sink / Which do you fear the most?
« on: June 29, 2013, 08:48:11 AM »
Which do you fear the most, a political collapse within two to three years, or BAU for at least a decade?

Spirituality & Mysticism / Responsibilities to parents
« on: June 21, 2013, 09:02:52 AM »
Another question for Ashvin and other theologically-minded Christians here.  Once again, its on how to phrase a sensitive topic in terms that will resonate with biblically-minded folks.

The current model of "elder care" is to stick them in a nursing home and wait to inherit.  It's a luxury of cheap energy and I suspect we'll go back to multi-generational households within a few decades.

Our daughter is working with an elderly couple trying to avoid going into assisted living, they get help from her, plus two of the three adult children of the couple.  The third is refusing to help because she's found Jesus and won't do anything unless the elderly couple start going to a church she approves of.

What biblical references would you use to gently remind her of her responsibilities to her parents?

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