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Conspiracy / Re: Would they have drugged Einstein? Sure.
« on: February 26, 2012, 05:09:46 PM »
Thanks for posting that great article Surly. It points at the core of the problem our society faces!

I am probably a perfect poster child of anti-authoritarians!

I quit school at 14, part way through grade 9, because I thought school was making me dumber instead of smarter. I also wasn't willing to put up with the conditioning required to be successful in that environment.

My parents kicked me out of the house as a result. They said if I wouldn't go to school they wouldn't support me. I set out on my own with only a gunny sack and spent a few years vagabonding around Canada  taking odd jobs as I could find them. As a result I met a lot of interesting people in all walks of life and learned a lot of 'real' lessons.

After a few years of kicking around I realized how sick our society is and tried to figure out why that was. I came to the conclusion that the content fed to us through the media, which includes a range of things from text books  to tv, was warping us into really unhealthy individuals.

I decided to try to do something about it when I was around 18. I attempted to produce media content that would promote healthier attitudes in people. This led to starting a recording studio and sound company which  for a number of years became the voice of the hippy, back to the lander, and draft dodger culture in Western Canada, including the very early doukhobor  draft dodgers that were exiled from Russia around the turn of last century when they wouldn't pick up weapons for their czar.

I didn't make much money but did garner a lot of attention and approval. I regularly contributed content to the Canadian National Broadcasting Corporation and also produced a number of albums.

After about 14 years  of effort I abandoned the attempt because I had come to the attention of the core of the empire that controls 'media' which is based in Hollywood. I was made an offer from the devil to become part of their wrecking crew. I wanted nothing to do with these people and it was made clear to me that if I didn't join their group my efforts would go nowhere because they control the content made available to the public.

I walked away in disgust and started over and created a whole other career for myself.

Although I have virtually no education I have never lacked for work. I have also advised a number of highly educated business people and taught university level courses.  ::)

Anyway to get back to the point of the article, I want to add one thought that isn't mentioned that observing others in my life has brought to my attention.

Forcing people to comply to the rigid structure presented by our society in a way that makes them respect boundaries which the rulers have decided to set, largely destroys people's ability to think creatively outside the box they are assigned to.

None of the things I have accomplished in my life which range through a number of highly specialized boxes, take anything near rocket science to accomplish successfully. The only reason I have been able to accomplish them is that I 'think' I am capable of accomplishing them.

Those that continue on through the education system have this self-confidence bred out of them in order to keep them respectful of society's boundaries. Most people are very creative within the boundaries that shaped them, and they are fully capable of doing well outside those boundaries, but to me it appears they can't break out of their conditioning. If most people need to get something done outside their specialty 'training' they immediately approach the problem by finding an 'expert' to do it for them. It's not that they are incapable of doing it themselves but their conditioning doesn't allow them to consider that possibility.

I think this phenomena explains why the truth movement is mostly stuck in considering the truth instead of doing something about it. The masses are conditioned to thinking they aren't rebels and are waiting and looking for specialist rebels to do the job of bringing our rulers to task for them.

To me the obvious truth is that if we don't learn to become rebels ourselves en mass there will be no rebellion. No one is going to come and save us.

The Kitchen Sink / Re: Header Graphic
« on: February 25, 2012, 09:04:05 PM »
Whoever did the header graphic of the old diner gets a round of applause from me. Great job; it's terrific!  :)

Thanks Jb... that would be me. I enjoy doing this kind of stuff.


The Kitchen Sink / Re: Welcome!
« on: February 25, 2012, 09:40:15 AM »
Here's my take on equality and the intent of this forum...
(Forum administration is not excluded.)

Rather than talking specifics I'll talk about my philosophy regarding the role this forum could possibly play in our lives.
The Internet has brought forward a lot of information that suggests our current way of life is very destructive to the world in general and also to ourselves. There are many indicators that our society will self-destruct if we don't change our ways.

However there is a large contingent of our society that is still comfortable within the status quo and really resents that anyone is suggesting that they/we must change our ways. They have a strong vested interest in maintaining the status quo.

TPTB are the worst offenders and use their power and influence to try to stamp out any dialog among disaffected people that would jeopardize their position. They actively fund/organize efforts to keep Internet discussion from effectively leading to change.

The way this  is accomplished is mostly covertly by creating dissension between individuals so they can't organize themselves to effectively create an alternative lifestyle.  Understanding how this is accomplished is essential to avoiding their trap.

We have been conditioned from birth to unconsciously accept that there is only one truth that must apply to everyone equally. For others to think and act differently than ourselves is seen as offensive, often to the point of starting wars and worse. Creating one rigid set of laws and rules which 'you/we' favour can never work for everyone. This applies to a forum along with other aspects of life.

Understanding that  "truth" is always "relative" rather than "absolute" is essential to learning to interact with others comfortably.

I'll use an analogy to describe the difference between "absolute" and "relative".

If myself and someone else were both looking at one of my cats for the first time, each from a single fixed but different position, and we had never seen a cat before, and I was looking the cat in the face, and the other person was looking at the cat from the rear, we would each describe the cat very differently.

About all we could agree upon is the general colour. Because of the way we have been conditioned we would likely end up in an argument because we each see very different things. Such arguments are actively encouraged in our society.

In the analogy above the way to approach agreement/cooperation is to both step out of our rigid fixed initial position and look at the cat from more angles. After each viewing the cat from many different relative positions, we would discover  that both of us had been right. We also discover that a cat has more aspects than just the one seen from our original fixed position. In fact there are infinite relative aspects to a cat all of which are just as valid as any other.

It is critical to understand that in real life, similar to the example above, every single situation we encounter has all the aspects of a cat [infinite] and that anyone else may potentially have a valid opinion or vision even if it disagrees with ours.

IF we desire to cooperate/coexist we must be respectful of each other and assume the other persons views are as valid as our own and the only apparent differences are the result of the other person viewing a different aspect of the situation than the one we have seen.

Adding the information others provide to our own allows us to get a fuller [more accurate?] view of the situation. Disregarding the other person's input leaves us stuck with our own limited perspective. Being stuck leads to arguments with others instead of constructive dialog.

In the real world we do need to assess the other person's ability to grasp the "big" picture. If it becomes obvious they are stuck in a single "absolute" viewpoint and unwilling to increase their perspective/understanding then their input is of 'limited' value. Even then they should be dealt with respectfully. Calling them idiots and worse for being unable to grasp the bigger picture starts wars.

It is possible to disagree in a respectful manner but this is mostly missing on the Internet. Respectful behavior towards each other on the internet and elsewhere is critically needed if we hope to change the world.

My intent is to make this forum a place where we can increase our understanding cooperatively which will result in our being able to create a different and hopefully better world.




Spirituality & Mysticism / Re: The falcon cannot hear the falconer
« on: February 21, 2012, 12:47:34 PM »
A few of my sky photos from Mexico that your post evoked. I'll comment later.

Hydroponics / Good source of LED lights
« on: February 21, 2012, 11:52:41 AM »
This is where I bought my most recent batch of LED lights. Good service, fast shipping, good quality, and prices about 20% below market.

Hydroponics / Amazing selection of PVC Fittings
« on: February 21, 2012, 11:51:35 AM »
These guys have pretty much any PVC fitting you can imagine as well as tubing and hoses.

Hydroponics / The Pros and Cons of Hydroponic Food Production. (Part 1)
« on: February 21, 2012, 11:46:29 AM »
Please post links to all Hydroponics related Suppliers in this  thread.

Hydroponics / Peter's indoor vegetable garden
« on: February 21, 2012, 11:32:47 AM »
This thread will detail how my system is designed and constructed.

A few early pics....

The room was completely unfinished when I started and full to the ceiling with junk. After I cleaned it out and paneled it I first tried covering it with reflective mylar film. I didn't like the results at all and did more research on the most light efficient reflective surface. There are lots of pot grower forums with members which have long experience with indoor growing. The consensus was that a semi-gloss white painted surface worked best. Unless the mylar is perfectly smooth it tends to create uneven light.

You can buy plywood paneling with mylar on it but it is expensive and I wanted to use mostly what I had readily at hand so I painted everything white instead.

There is a great site on the web which sells virtually every pvc plumbing fitting made. This box got lost in the mail for about 3 months.

These are all very early photos and many of the details have changed significantly but the basic layout remains the same.

The area in the foreground with 3 rows of 3 totes is for growing large vine type plants that have large root system. Things like tomatoes, cucumbers, beans squash, and potatoes.

The A-frame in the middle is for growing plants that stay relatively small and upright. Things like lettuces, herbs, chard, strawberries, green onions, radishes etc.

Hidden behind the A-frame at the other end of the room is a table with 6 grow pipes on it with wider spacing for growing shorter plants that need more elbow room such as broccoli, cabbages and so on.

This shows the drainage plumbing for the totes. It is made modular so any tote can be easily removed for maintenance. I'll explain the details later. After constructing this I figured out a simpler and less part intensive way to achieve the same thing which I will show later. There was much learning from experience involved.

The other side of the room has 6 growing pipes on a table which are more widely spaced horizontally for growing plants that need more space such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, colrabi, eggplant and so on. The photo above is from before the pipes were plumbed.

Examples / Test post for embeding.
« on: February 21, 2012, 10:56:39 AM »
Test Post for embeding.

<a href="" target="_blank" class="new_win"></a>


Find and copy the embed code on the hosting video site.
While in the posting window click on this icon

This will create a block that looks like this
Code: [Select]
[embed=425,349]**paste embed code here**[/embed]
"paste embed code here" will not be visible I just added it here as an example tthe cursor will be there by default but if it isn't click your cursor in the same place between the brackets ] [ and press the  key combination [Ctrl]+[v] or right click and then select "paste".

You can change the numbers behind [embed=###,### to change the size of embed the object. 

Examples / How to insert images into posts.
« on: February 19, 2012, 08:09:18 PM »
While posting.... The    icon toggles the WYSIWYG editor.

Inserting images that are already available on the web.

In another tab or window got to the website with the image you want to use and bring the image up on the screen. Right click on top of the image (not anywhere else on the page) and choose "Copy link location" or similar option (wording dependent on which browser you use)

Return to the post editor window/tab click where you want the image placed and then click and then press the key combination [Ctrl]-[V] or right click and select "Paste".

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