Real Self Reliance: A Model for Profitable Micro-Farming (On Just 1.5 Acres)

Originally posted on The Invisible Opportunity: Hidden Truths Revealed:

By Adam Taggart

Enter Jean-Martin Fortier and his wife, Maude-Hélène. They are a thirtysomething couple who have been farming successfully for the past decade. In fact, they’ve been micro-farming: their entire growing operations happen on just an acre and half of land.

And with this small plot, they feed over 200 families. And do so profitably.

The Fortiers are pioneers of the type of new models we’re in such need of for the coming future. Fortunately, they realize this, and are being as transparent about their operations as they can — in order to educate, encourage and inspire people to join the emerging new generation of small-scale farmers.

They have published a book, The Market Gardener, which is nothing short of an operating manual for their entire business. In it, they reveal exactly what they grow, how they grow it, what tools and farming practices they use, who their customers…

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History Lesson: Islanders Forcibly Deported from Diego Garcia Military Base | Intellihub News

Originally posted on The Invisible Opportunity: Hidden Truths Revealed:

By Sherwood Ross | Global Research

This article was originally published on October 27, 2009

In order to convert the sleepy, Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia into a dominating military base, the U.S. forcibly transported its 2,000 Chagossian inhabitants into exile and gassed their dogs.

By banning journalists from the area, the U.S. Navy was able to perpetrate this with virtually no press coverage, says David Vine, an assistant professor of anthropology at American University and author of “Island of Shame: the Secret History of the U.S. Military on Diego Garcia(Princeton University Press).”

“The Chagossians were put on a boat and taken to Mauritius and the Seychelles, 1,200 miles away, where they were left on the docks, with no money and no housing, to fend for themselves,” Vine said on the interview show “Books Of Our Time,” sponsored by the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover.

via History Lesson:…

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The Boy Whose Brain Could Unlock Autism — Matter


The research and theory described in the link below is amazing.  I can attest in my opinion to its validity. Maybe not scientifically, but definitely intuitively.

Once I realized that much of the emotions I experienced in crowds was due to an oversensitive system, such as feeling others thoughts and emotions, I have not only greatly improved, but my daughter as well. Once I explained this to her she can actively try to pass over the extra stimuli. This is crucial for school age children.

It is difficult to explain, but there is this sort of understanding of others around you. It is not as if I can read others minds. I do not sense words. I just feel thoughts and emotion. This is especially confusing when their words or actions do not coincide with the way they feel.

These feelings in the past brought about fear in myself. A fear of being manipulated and used.  That the other person is hiding their true intentions. This may stem from triggers in childhood. I had a repressive, fearful mother and a domineering father, whom eventually left. My mother had also claimed that she never wanted any of us children, but that she was obligated to care for us. There was never much hugging or affection given.

This can definitely ruin ones sense of self and security. It can breed a  suspicious mind.

For a long time, not knowing what I was feeling, I directed all feelings toward myself in a negative manner.  As though I were only worthy of the least of human emotions.

For example, if a friend was upset about her mother and angry, I would perceive her angry feelings as though I did something wrong. I most likely would then obsessively  try to recall the instance I could have angered her. Upon not finding an infraction, I would immediately try to justify my loyalty and usually retreat from the relationship. I would never know what went wrong, and think the other just simply did not like me.

One can imagine after many attempts and failures to find out why so much hostility was directed towards myself, why I would shut down or become withdrawn. 

Now that I see the information I receive as what it is, I am better able to cope. I do not immediately take it internally and directed toward me. It is still always confusing and overwhelming. It is as though I view a situation from the perspective of everyone involved with all of their attached perceptions all at the same time.

I truly do understand where someone is coming from or how they are feeling with no way to express this to them.

Many times I wish the others could feel my thoughts and we could understand and except one another solely on this level.  No words needed. I sometimes find myself screaming on the inside, but know one hears.

I have a theory that could possibly help change the way I and others like me interact with the world around us…profound social change and acceptance of metaphysical interactions. 

I don’t do well in a world of superficiality. It is not that I am naive and gullible, but that I am capable of a much deeper understanding of situations. I tend to see a bigger picture, and I tend to ignore petty aspects that do not attribute to the whole. 

With a rise in autism we may be on the brink of a great leap in human evolution. We are working toward a critical mass.

I hope to one day be accepted as I am. Allowed to fully express myself without the constraints of societal pettiness and contempt.

Please take the time to read the article, it is good for the soul to try out new perspectives once in a while.

Sunday talk shows: Snowden is a Russian agent


It is as though these guys would like us to believe there a no more decent individuals who would stand up for morals and values. If in Snowdens shoes, I would have done the same with no need to be groomed. If Russia was really just trying to get information, then why make it public? At the beginning of all this the acted as if Snowden was a nobody, now somehow he has warped into a spy, very convenient.

Originally posted on Jon Rappoport's Blog:

Sunday talk shows: Snowden is a Russian agent

by Jon Rappoport

January 20, 2014

This is how media propaganda is done. Outlets that are supposed to be coming to their own conclusions present the same story, as one united front.

Everybody ready? Got your lines straight? We all agree? Both sides of the aisle? Okay, go!”

In this case, the occasion was the Sunday network news-talk shows, and the target was Edward Snowden.

The shows followed on the heels of Obama’s Friday speech, in which the President defended the NSA and its “necessary actions.”

To bolster that message, the Sundays shows hit Snowden hard.

The specter of Russia was rolled out. Both Democratic and Republican legislators had their ducks in a row. They did innuendo, suggestion, “expert” inference.

Republican Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, appeared on Face the Nation (CBS) and Meet the Press (NBC).

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Will Our Own Creations Take Over One Day?

Nothing Skews Nature Quite Like Monsters and Zombies.

It seems there are others out there feeling the same way I do about some of the systems that we have created.  Have you heard of the hive mind they have created for robots?  I have quite a few thoughts in my head where this can lead, and hopefully the one where the psychopathic corporate heads are taken down for not making any logical sense.

Here are a few more links of interesting articles that correlate with my previous post.





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Human ingenuity has created a world that the mind cannot master. Have we finally reached our limits?

The New Totalitarianism: How American Corporations Have Made America Like the Soviet Union

The Ever Winding and Tightening Gyre of Disappearing Whiffenpoofs

So It Begins: Darpa Sets Out to Make Computers That Can Teach Themselves




Nothing Skews Nature Quite Like Monsters and Zombies

“If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.” Thomas Jefferson

I’ve had a number of synchronistic moments lately that have prompted my mind to wander through some of the chaos and try, in some way, to encompass it for a moment.  This of course usually takes my mind away from projects needing my attention.  It seems the best remedy is to try to write it all down and give it a place to resonate outside of my head.

The ruminating began with an idea I came up with in the shower.  This is my place of solace and meditation; a place where the buzz of life is drowned out by the repetitious pulsing of the water.  I am usually taken away and many of my ideas are allowed to grow in this space.  My idea however was for a painting project, and since I have discovered that talking about my ideas for projects gives me the same satisfaction of finishing my projects, I will hold back.  This way I have the desire to bring it to completion.  I will however dive into the underlying theme of the idea.

Freewill: the ability for humans to make choices unconstrained by certain factors.

Certain factors? Factors that cause constraints?

Let’s take the example of my choice not to drink and get behind the wheel of a vehicle.  The choice if I’m honest about my intentions is constrained by an ethical concern for not killing me or other humans.  There is also the metaphysical constraint of my soul or karma, as well as legal and social constraints attached to that choice.  This choice then is not one of freewill by definition.

 Now, I have toyed with the idea, that the creation or arrival of freewill is essentially the originator of evil.  Yes, our ability to have freewill, choices without constraints, gives us the inherent ability to be evil.  Simply spoken, right?

I choose to harm others when I choose to purchase items from China who under a totalitarian communist regime mistreat their people according to my ethical principles of not harming other humans.  I enable China’s government to continue their evil by supporting those industries.  I also have the freewill to decide (of course in my favor) that this choice has constraints like convenience or lack of funds, but who am I kidding?  I want to ditch my responsibility to humanity.

I admit that social constraints are greatly influential…especially since humans are greatly social beings.  I try my best to be aware and responsible about the earth’s resources; such as not buying things I don’t need or redefining what are my actual needs, and buying used.  Sometimes, though, when in public places, I see the crisp new colors of the season, the flashy signs, and beautifully decorated displays and I want the satisfaction of buying new things.  I am an artist and I enjoy beautiful things…especially when compared to my dingy and faded clothing or accessories.  There is usually nothing wrong with the functionality of the things I own, just their social acceptance in most sectors of Western society.  The pull is great to want to be accepted and fit in.  Sadly the rules for acceptance are created by those who benefit the most from said rules.

Who is more in charge of the rules of Western society, other than those in control of the basics for human life?  I’m referring to the minimum basics; food, water, shelter.  Where is one able to take up shelter without having to pay some sort of tax, levy, or rent?  Necessity by Western civilization now includes cars, cell phones, running water, indoor toilets, three square meals a day plus snacks in between and maybe a coffee, etc.   Human survival has been undermined for profit.

I watched the documentary Death By China recently.  Now the documentary did have a poor narrative and was plagued with propaganda like imagery, but the underlying storyline was along the lines of how American corporations should be held accountable for moving production to China to make a buck.

The CEO’s interviewed talk about how they have the constraints of obligation and dedication to their shareholders.  This is really CEO’s and other corporate executives choosing of their own freewill to push the blame around.  They are choosing to look at the situation in only one way.

We are given that with freewill; the ability to perceive a situation the way we deem fit, hence the creation of evil.

This brought me to thinking heavily about the people that make these choices.  They must become so swept up by the constraints of materialism that their choices are no longer their own.  Or are they?

These people continue to make these choices because they have removed the element of humanity along with its constraints of empathy and compassion for its fellow humans and other species.  They removed this element by creating entities where these constraints are no longer present.  These created entities are corporations.  They are separate legal entities that have legal rights and liabilities, which stand separate from the employees and shareholders, yet they have no human component for emotional response.  These are the Frankenstein’s of the 21st century and they are being created and ran by people who choose to perceive the world in such a way that evil abounds.

A few examples of said evils, in my opinion, are conventional beef production, Chinese manufacturing practices, ecosystem contamination, publicly traded prisons, Human trafficking, sexualization of children,  life in garbage dumps, greed, homelessness.

The creation of entities in my opinion is similar to the writing down of laws and restrictions.  These actions or thought patterns takes away an awareness of the human connection.  It essentially removes the connection between beings.  It creates a formality, wherein one is not responsible for their actions as long as they followed the “rules.”  Once these barriers are erected, humans have the freewill to choose not to have an emotional response toward another being.  They can conveniently just accept the pre-conceived ideal of how to act or react to the situation at hand.

These corporate entities, once created must then be tended to.  They have an ever growing appetite for expansion, along with expanding rules and regulations attached.  Creating an increasingly complex system with more service-type jobs where one serves the corporate entity.  This expansion must continually be fed, and since these are not true beings, their feeding is only based on their principles and not humanities or the Earth’s for sustainment of life.  I hope you understand where I am getting at with this.

There are quite a few instances where non-stop growth is not a good thing.  I will only name a few: cancer, gigantism, obesity, mice.

It amuses me how we as humans mimic many of nature’s systems for use in our technologies because of its genius and efficiency.  We have yet to harness many others, but still we fail to pay attention to nature’s obvious fail-safes.

When over population begins to decay and diminish life in an area, a death occurs in nature that resets the clock for life to grow again.  And nature has a knack for continuing to flourish in spite of adversity.

We are all still here and alive at the moment despite asteroids, earthquakes, tsunamis, and ice ages.

Human, though, continue to pollute the world. Then when nature is so saturated with toxins that humans are having difficulties producing young or are dying of cancers, we just continued to march to our own drums.  Instead of correcting the contributing factors, we just find more ways around the truth.

Why?  We have the option of freewill.  We want that cup of coffee, that new shirt, the fancy car, those gifts to know just how much we are loved.

I really think that for anyone to gain a higher perspective about this world of ours, we must first gain a healthy respect for the world and its laws.

Who’s to say that if we quite down and stop asserting our dominion over nature, that nature might just show us a grander view of our place on this world.  We don’t have to venture far to find truth and meaning in life.  It is before us.  It is us.  It dwells within every minute piece of the whole.  It is the thing that holds it all together.  Whatever you may want to call it, it does exist, because we exist.

This is the thing that with our ability of freewill we are able to shield ourselves from it by creating barriers such as corporate entities.  We are able to perceive the world around us how we choose.  The only problem is that eventually we will freewill ourselves out of well-being and earth all together, that is unless the idea of living in a dystopian future is your idea of living.

These barriers or walls that cut off the connection begin to distort the true nature of things.  The distortions bring about bizarreness in nature.  These distortions are skewed, twisted, cancerous, actions and intentions.  Things such as pedophilia, deliberate sickness, and just doing evil shit about sums it up.

We as humans need to open the blinders on these monsters created by monsters.  They will eventually get out of hand and begin eating everything up in their path.  It will be an all out zombie apocalypse.  Accept, of course, the zombies were never human to begin with.  (yet we still gave them constitutional rights).

Christmas Decorating Made Easy

I couldn’t help myself when I came across this idea.  It didn’t help that I had some plywood in my backyard waiting to be transformed.  Enjoy!

Gridding off the plywood to scale up the picture.

                                    Gridding off the plywood to scale up the picture.

Completed scaled drawing, ready for the jigsaw.

                              Completed scaled drawing, ready for the jigsaw.

A coat of primer to seal the wood.

                                     A coat of primer to seal the wood.

Just about finished.  I didn't take many painting photos, because I get into the zone.

Just about finished. I didn’t take many painting photos, because I get into the zone.

I wanted to try out the effect and work on details before moving outside.

I wanted to try out the effect and work on details before moving outside.

The finished piece, a few staples, and we are now decorated.

The finished piece, a few staples, and we are now decorated. That damned Grinch, always stealing our decorations.

I’m still getting a tickle out of this idea every time I pull up in the drive.

The Madness of Industrial Civilization

The Corporate American Way
Disconnection from the land base facilitated what Thomas Berry calls a “use relationship” with nature and other members of the earth community, including humans. Once relationship devolves from relatedness to using the other, we are well on the road to madness because relatedness means seeing, appreciating, valuing the innate qualities of the other. Use inherently means not seeing the other and its/his/her attributes but objectifying the other and perceiving the other only in terms of how the other can benefit oneself. Such is the essence of dysfunctional relatedness.


Reality Sandwich