…The RV off-grid experience is going pretty well. The two, 6-volt golf-cart batteries are really fantastic. The solar panels I have—equalling only 38 watts charging capacity—have proven insufficient. Since I was going to need a backup generator anyway (for eventual inclement weather over days), I got the Ryobi 2200-Watt Digital Inverter Generator. It’s about as quiet as the super-expensive Honda at about half the price. In two weeks, I’ve only had to run it for up to an hour or two every 2-3 days, and have burned only 1.5 gallons of gas so far.
But, I just got two 100-watt solar panels, and should have the 30-amp charge controller by tomorrow. That should limit generator usage down to only seriously inclement weather over multiple days. And, if I need, I can add two more batteries and two more panels, for 460 amp-hours of battery, and 400 watts of charge. It’s very fun fiddling with this stuff.
Tomorrow I get Internet installed, finally. Sunk the 8′, 2″-diameter chain-link fence-post yesterday, in order to mount the dish that will hit the tower on the top of Mt. Umunhum, about 20 miles away. It should substantially increase my Internet activities here.
…I’m back on Facebook, as some 60 followers so far know, but I haven’t gone out of my way to advertise or promote, but perhaps will. It’s open for anyone to “Follow,” and you can “Like” or “Share” stuff I post, but only my tiny collection of 20 FB friends (mostly family and people I see or know in person) can post comments.
See, back when I had my followable personal page before, and my page for this blog, it had a combined 8,000 followers or so, and the comments were just too much to handle. They’re of quite a different sort than is typical for this blog. So, I’m not going to do both. If you wish to engage in comments, this is the only place to do that.
Otherwise, I’m doing FB different this time. I’m sharing a good amount of stuff I find, or what’s posted by others, but a mix of stuff in terms of what I agree with or disagree with, or other quibbles. But, I take the time to write a blurb or mini-essay, usually not too vitriolic, which I’m quite enjoying. Here’re a couple of examples over the last day or so.
Your papers please, update. National citizenship is a silly concept. Defining someone by means of a document issued by a state is silly.
If nobody had a “right” to live at the expense of others by means of “qualifications,” including citizenship, or an “obligation” to take up arms and kill others at the behest of a citizenship “granting power,” the whole notion would become a moot artifact of history that would cause people to roll their eyes.
Typical stupid solution.
Just get rid of all laws that criminalize anything other than crimes where there is a clear and distinct victim. Y’know: murder, rape, kidnapping, burglary, battery, fraud, etc. as a start.
That strikes at the root. This “solution” merely shuffles money around, a shell game for the sheeple.
Other than that, a little something for everybody. Trying to feel out being a bit more selective, however, such that it’s a pretty decent newsfeed with commentary, but with a bit more depth than my 140-character Twitter. And, I share funny stuff too.
…Common Medicines Make Superbugs, Not Prescription Antibiotics. That’s a new post at Cooling Inflammation, by Dr. Art Ayers.
Careless prescriptions and cattle fattening antibiotics are blamed for the rise of superbugs resistant to everything in the hospital arsenal, but that’s all wrong. Antibiotics fail, because we are all abusing common medicines that also have powerful antibiotic activity. All painkillers, anti-inflammatories, statins, antidepressants, and the whole list of common pharmaceuticals are the problem. We simply use too many drugs.
Common drugs should also be labeled as antibiotics, because they kill the sensitive bacteria in your gut and leave behind just the resistant bacteria. Unfortunately, the genetic mutations that make your gut bacteria resistant to drugs, also provide resistance to antibiotics needed to stop infections and that broad resistance to antibiotics can spread to pathogens that then become the dreaded superbugs.
We take too many pills. Food should be your medicine and food has both pro and anti-biotic properties, balanced both unto itself and to the organisms, including humans, that have evolved eating it for eons. For the same reason that it’s better to drink a glass of whole milk that whey protein isolate, popping pills is isolating a single plant or synthetic compound while not considering the integrated whole. In that sense, it may be better to seek out whole herbal remedies when needed for various acute maladies, as you’ll be dealing with a whole, and not an isolate.
…Post coming up this week on various whole grain stuff not covered here. It’s going to be a work of The Duck Dodgers. I’m well aware that many think this has gone completely overboard, now, but stick with it. To prepare, re-read the chapter on the remote Swiss village in the Loetschental Valley in Weston A. Price’s Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.
The nutrition of the people of the Loetschental Valley, particularly that of the growing boys and girls, consists largely of a slice of whole rye bread and a piece of the summer-made cheese (about as large as the slice of bread), which are eaten with fresh milk of goats or cows. Meat is eaten about once a week. In the light of our newer knowledge of activating substances, including vitamins, and the relative values of food for supplying minerals for body building, it is clear why they have healthy bodies and sound teeth. The average total fat-soluble activator and mineral intake of calcium and phosphorus of these children would far exceed that of the daily intake of the average American child. The sturdiness of the child life permits children to play and frolic bareheaded and barefooted even in water running down from the glacier in the late evening’s chilly breezes, in weather that made us wear our overcoats and gloves and button our collars. Of all the children in the valley still using the primitive diet of whole rye bread and dairy products the average number of cavities per person was 0.3. On an average it was necessary to examine three persons to find one defective deciduous or permanent tooth. The children examined were between seven and sixteen years of age.
I recall reading that way back in 2008 and just living with the cognitive dissonance. It must be understood that what I’m talking about is the whole grain or wheat berry, and recently milled, and fermented if possible. Anyway, I’ll give my own results of eating a substantial amount of whole grains at a future time. Here’ s just a couple of examples.
First, on Beckmann’s 9-Grain Sourdough (I also have 3-Seed Sourdough, and they also have a product line where they grind the whole grains fresh every day), we’ve got liver pate, smoked oysters, smoked clams, three kinds of French cheese and for fun, a mini PB&J. That was taken together with a glass of raw whole milk.
Other than that, it’s been some quality oatmeal, as well as some whole grain cereals. And, some, but not huge amounts, of whole raw milk and nice cheeses. I must say I am loving the convenience.
Other reports at a future date.