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Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
12:43 pm
[chellyisme]
Females need to take a look at this!
Issues with chemicals in a certain type of feminine hygiene product. Cut below for information.
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Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
2:49 pm
[hofit]
The Dream.
Hello
For those of you who dont know me, my name is Hofit.
I have been writing and sharing my life expierences online on livejournal.com since the age of 16, I'm currently 24 and have taken a mission upon myself that will change my life and most importantly others lives.
Last New Years Eve, my only New Year's resolution was to do a single good thing for humainty a week. I decided that as people, we tend to take advantage of alot without at times noticing or appriecating the value of life and what we have, or the value of other peoples lives. I currently think that our society is very selfish, materialistic and disconnected. I feel as though people have forgotten the meaning of unconditional love, true happiness, nature, true beauty and so much more.
I'm here to remind the world.
All it takes is one.
Last year I learned so much about myself by giving the gift of giving.
Something so simple as donating a $1 to children's cancer, feedig ducks in an abandoned park, picking up trash at the beach, helping an old person cross the street, volunteering at a homeless shelter, causing awareness, or taking the time to help a complete stranger can change your life sooo much!
Doing 1 single good thing a week motivated me to better myself. I wanted to start off with baby steps and do it once a week, but in the last few months I've been trying to donate to the earth daily and it feels amazing.
Slowly u begin to notice little things, like how unnecessary throwing a piece of wrapper on the floor, how important beauty skin deep is, because looks are only physical, how much of the world there is to help out and how many people are in need, how fortunate you are, how beautiful nature is, how hollywood and celebs are pointless and reading magazines like US Weekly & In Touch are pure negative energy and eat your soul alive (although once I appear in a few of them). Just little things and big things.
Since I started my great quest, I've stopped completely buying all those tabloid magazines, I dont go on those celeb webites to read the gossip, I have no clue who's famous anymore or not lol, I stopped watching tv, I have a few shows that I watch and thats it. No more MTV, no more VH1 garbage, I even stopped listening to the radio like TOP40 stuff, because not all but most are shallow songs about pointless things like going to a club which is meaningless in my eyes, I only really listen to Hebrew music now, I dont go out to clubs at ALL! Last time I went to a club in Hollywood was in May for a friend's birthday, 2 times in Israel, and just this time when I went to NY and after 20mins I was asking myself why I went out in the first place. I'm sort of a lounger now, I like lounges, where you can talk about meaningful things and have a nice glass of wine. I don't really wear a lot of makeup unless I'm working. I've stopped shopping and I find myself dressing more conservatively.
Now I'm really into traveling and planning trips outside the country. Researching a lot of non-profit organizations and looking into opening one. I've been looking to spend some time in foreign countries to help the world. I've been learning about my religion more. I've been spending alot of time with myself doing things I would never do alone, like go to the movies or a resturant alone, but I love it now, and I find something beautiful about it. I've eliminated a lot of negative people from my life. I'm extremely spirtual and grateful for all that I have. Even the simplest change, going by my real name, HOFIT, has become liberating.
My entire LIFESTYLE HAS CHANGED!
All from a single act of giving. It's very empowering.
and so I've decided that that's my life long gift from G*d to the world.
That's it.
I would like to do something like, be a big international superstar singer, but I can still be a BIG INTERNATIONAL STAR and help make the world a better place! Kinda like the next Oprah!!!
I want to be a big world peace leader! I want to win the Nobel Peace Prize! You will all see! ;)
You see if you knew me about 2 years ago, I'd be the last person you'd expect this from. I've always had this in me but it's been hiding because I allowed the city of "Hollywood" to take over my true nature at heart.
2 years ago, I went by the name of Kim, I was clubing every night, I would spend hundreds of dollars on brand name clothes and accessories daily and only wear them once. On my free time I would watch shows on MTV, VH1, I would go to a newsstand and buy 3 tabloid magazines weekly, I would go on bloggers celeb websites for hours a day, I felt the need to say how "hot" I was from morning til night, I had many friends, not all but most were insecure, negative, lost people, with no morals and self love, yet I always found the need to help them so I had them in my life on the hopes of changing them for the better. All I wanted to do was be a famous celeb, I would show off, cause drama, start fist fights, I had a mercedes benz convertible, lived in a amazing apartment on the beach in Malibu, I had everything I wanted.
I was pretty extreme.
None of this of course came from insecurity, although it may seem. I never did drugs, never tried a cigarette, I dont have a single tattoo on my body, and I dont believe in plastic surgery. I just had different priorities.
I think it's important to understand where I came from, where I am now, where I'm planning on being next year and the rest of my life.

This year, I'm dedicating an entire year to the world.
I'm dedicating 365 of my life with acts of goodness for humanity. All of humanity!
Some days it will be small deeds other days big!
Everyday I will blog about my expierence of that day in the hopes of inspiring YOU to do better and be on the pursuit of changing peoples lives!
This world is lacking so much love, unity, art, creation and faith.
LET'S CHANGE THAT!
My dream is to change the world for the better. I know all it takes is passion, drive, a warm heart, ONE HUGE Dream, and I will never stop!
Because in my heart I believe that we are all good. I believe that even the murderer, rapist, drug dealer, kipnapper, has somewhere in there a piece of goodness, it just got lost. WE ARE ALL ONE. ONE LOVE.

Here we go!!! 365 days of selfless acts for humainty!!!!

"The opposite of war is not peace, its creation" -Mark Cohen


http://www.hofit365.blogspot.com
Monday, August 17th, 2009
3:44 pm
[elven_ranger]

While I dont entirely advocate eating a caveman diet, it raises some interesting points: 
All About Caveman Nutrition: 25 Reasons to Eat Like Your Ancestors Did

Humans have had a dysfunctional relationship with food way beyond modern man’s fascination with Doritos and Peeps. Royalty during the Middle Ages feasted for days on greasy meats while poverty-stricken communities throughout history have starved or suffered from malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies. But the idea, or ideal, of a purer nutritional lifestyle practiced by more technology-ignorant communities is tempting when you think of all the chemicals and artificial additives poured into our food and all the really good food we overlook.

from http://www.massagetherapycareers.com/blog/2009/all-about-caveman-nutrition-25-reasons-to-eat-like-your-ancestors-did/
 

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Thursday, March 5th, 2009
10:28 am
[rinnychan]
I'm on a trip abroad atm, and didn't realize that things work just as illogically here as they do at home. I had my laundry done and had it returned to me in big plastic garment bags. There is no recycling program in this country--what can I do with this stuff to make it useful and keep it out of the ocean? :\
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
1:05 pm
[lizlicious]
Animal rights.
If anyone is in the Michigan area and interested I thought I would share this info!

U of M has medical trauma training class that they use live dogs from shelters in. The dogs go through painful procedures and then at the end of the class the dogs are put down. There is currently more effective training methods that they can use and around 90% of the colleges teaching this class use these methods instead of live dogs.

Any way, there is going to be a peace march to try show support for stopping this. Here's some info!

What: Physician-led peaceful demonstration at U of M
When: Thursday, March 5, 11 a.m.
Where: Southeast corner of S. State Street and N. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, Mich. (please use nearby public parking)


Here is a link to more info about this.

http://www.pcrm.org/resch/atls/michigan/index.html

And
Here is a page where you can send a friendly email asking officials to discontinue this practice.

https://secure2.convio.net/pcrm/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=219&AddInterest=1781&JServSessionIdr006=vlosbsez51.app2b
Friday, February 6th, 2009
12:35 am
[rinnychan]
Hello! Um, this is my first time posting here. Please treat me nicely? :D

I'm going to be moving soon, so I'm trying to get rid of as much crap as possible...but there's so much plastic I just don't know what to do with it! A lot of things are very tiny, useless, and the perfect size for fishie food, so I don't want to just dump it. Any suggestions? I'm pretty new to this kind of thing, so... :) Thanks!
Sunday, February 1st, 2009
1:18 pm
[elven_ranger]

A vast resource of PDF versions of books  on every imaginable thing - includes farming, blacksmithing, stagecoach building (!), soap making, horse-shoeing, etc etc etc etc, mostly over or around 100 years old.


Could be very useful!
http://www.doomers.us/forum2/index.php/topic,29978.0.html

(link thanks to rialian , and swiped for the use of this comms members, hope its OK)
Sunday, November 2nd, 2008
4:43 pm
[elven_ranger]
An excellent article.

Recyling is good, but precycling - cutting out packaging in the first place and buying only what you need - is better. Tanis Taylor tried it for a month

Precycling is the practice of reducing waste by attempting to avoid accumulating it in the first place. Precyclers try to cut out as much packaging as possible and, to this end, they think ahead, shop locally, buy things loose and bring their own containers. The benefits are various; from saving money and creating less landfill to reducing food miles and conserving natural resources.

www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/oct/30/ethicalliving-waste
Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
3:38 pm
[elven_ranger]
Incidentally I was talking to a friend on the phone last night and he mentioned that while I can grow plum trees from the stones removed from recent plums I ate, they wont be disease resistant. The only option is to graft them onto strong disease resistant root stock. I said it would be pointless to grow a plum tree from seeds so I didnt have to buy one, if I still had to then buy a rootstock to graft it onto. So he suggested grafting the plum onto a hawthorn seedling (I just happen to have one) as plum and hawthorn are related. Going by that, you could graft onto blackthorn then too, and its very easy to gather sloes and grow blackthorn from the pips. Has anyone ever tried this (I know you can graft a tomato onto a potato root, I did that as a kid). ? 
 
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10:37 am
[astaciamorrigen]
Allow me to introduce myself
Hello, I'm Winnie. My partner and I have been watching the economic crisis for a long while now, and we had decided it was time to start making arrangements in case something happened to necessitate living off grid for a while. So we've been doing a lot of research and I thought I would share some of the better sites we've found along the way that deal with off grid survival.

solar cooker We like this model best because it's the cheapest we've seen as far as materials, and because we feel it would be the easiest to transport if moving suddenly became necessary, and some very good recipes for it are available here, here, and here.

solar food dryer/ dehydrator I like this model because, again, it would be inexpensive and easy to construct.

Backwoods Homes magazine This site has a lot of useful articles, including 7 Mistakes of Food Storage.

Canning guides can be found here, here, here, and here.

Like I said, these are the best of what we've found so far. Please feel free to spam me with your favorites. :)

ETA: On the subject of rainwater collection I managed to find this, this, this. I'm trying to work out in my head a way to do this with some type of large funnel since we live in an apartment and wouldn't be able to divert from the down spout. And I would like to do it as inexpensively as possible. Any ideas?

Current Mood: busy
Sunday, September 21st, 2008
8:17 pm
[elven_ranger]

I just found this, and am going to give it a try...

Solar Ovens work by simply concentrating the suns rays on a small area with mirrors or a reflective surface. The generated heat is then trapped in an enclosed area where it can be absorbed by food contained in dark painted glass jars or pans, or even cooking bags. The idea was developed in europe and India in the 1700's when developments in glass making made glass available to trap heat in a simple solar oven. As long as it is sunny, or even if it is a little cloudy, you can cook in a solar oven even if the ambient air temperature is below zero. On a hot sunny day 10lbs of food can be cooked with a medium sized solar oven. There is no need to worry about stirring anything, just ensure the solar oven is turned to face the direct sunlight.

Generalities on how to make one at http://www.reuk.co.uk/Solar-Oven-Cooking.htm

and more at http://www.solarcooking.org/ 
Sunday, September 14th, 2008
8:35 pm
[astaciamorrigen]
Check this out
http://earth2100.tv/

It's fascinating and educational and hella scary.

Current Mood: gloomy
Monday, June 30th, 2008
5:02 pm
[elven_ranger]
 Just thought that it might be a good idea to compile a list of useful food plants that can be grown in tubs if you dont have a huge garden and only have a small area, or a patio. 

These are what I have successfully grown/ am growing in tubs: (I have access to a small mainly paved and concreted garden, so its all in tubs)
What can you add to that list?

Obviously, think of the size of the plant when youre planning to grow it as to what sort of space and size tub it will need, and what you can fit into the space YOU have for it! 

Handy tips: 
- I got most of my big plant tubs second hand via my local Freecycle group. 
- you can use yoghurt or margerine tubs for starting seedlings in
- I keep the re-sealable plastic food containers my occaisional Chinese takeaways come in, washed out they are excellent for storing my seeds in.
- bought compost is expensive, I have built a small compost area, four metal stakes hammered in, with strong netting (reinforced by wire) in a corner, where I can put all my plant trimmings, weedings, teabags, eggshells etc. Youd be amazed how much compost you create in this way. Theres also a grass verge at the bottom of the hill here, and when its mown, I collect the grass cuttings for the compost. Gets me some funny looks but who cares? 
- old bathwater is excellent for watering the plants. 
- thick old twigs or branches, with the leaves stripped off are excellent as plant support stakes. 
- some plants like ash, I burn all my old bank statements and stuff down into ash, then mix them in water to give to the plants. It really does seem to have a beneficial effect. :)
Thursday, June 19th, 2008
3:50 am
[cloudchaser_s]
Why the fuss against plastic bags and not paper?
I don't understand why people, especially California, are jumping all over plastic bags about being bad for the enviroment and not paper bags when the fact is that...(see below)

...paper bags also don't break down in landfills. In fact, nothing completely degrades in modern landfills because of the lack of water, light, oxygen and other important elements that are necessary for the degradation process to be completed. Also, paper bags takes up more space than a plastic bag in a landfill

...take more of out natural resources to make

...it takes more than four times as much energy to manufacture a paper bag as it does to manufacture a plastic bag

...most paper comes from tree pulp, so the impact of paper bag production on forests is enormous. In 1999, 14 million trees were cut to produce the 10 billion paper grocery bags used by Americans that year alone. Paper bag production delivers a global warming double-whammy forests (major absorbers of greenhouse gases) have to be cut down, and then the subsequent manufacturing of bags produces greenhouse gases.

...the majority of kraft paper is made by heating wood chips under pressure at high temperatures in a chemical solution. As evidenced by the unmistakable stench commonly associated with paper mills, the use of these toxic chemicals contributes to both air pollution, such as acid rain, and water pollution. Millions of gallons of these chemicals pour into our waterways each year; the toxicity of the chemicals is long-term and settles into the sediments, working its way through the food chain.

...paper sacks generate 70% more air and 50 times more water pollutants than plastic bags

...it takes 91% less energy to recycle a pound of plastic than it takes to recycle a pound of paper. (But recycling rates of either type of disposable bag are extremely low, with only 10 to 15% of paper bags and 1 to 3% of plastic bags being recycled, according to the Wall Street Journal)


On another note, why the ridiculous difference between what scrap metal goes for according to sites such as metalprices.com and the amount people actually get at recycling centers? I once started to get into recycling aluminum cans until I found that it would take 44 freakin' pounds just to pay for my gas to the nearest recycling center when it would only take 11 pounds at full price. How's that supposed to encourage recycling? Why can't individuals just take their scrap directly to the people who pay full price?

Current Mood: confused
Sunday, May 4th, 2008
12:32 pm
[elven_ranger]
 Conserving water. Other than Mum helpfully emptying the bucket down the loo before I could get it to the garden plants this morning, it works well. 

When having a shower in the morning, get a huuuuge bucket or water container, and stand in it. youll fill it up with grey water that can then be used for the garden plants - a little bit of soap doesnt hurt them if its heavily diluted. Better than it all going down the plug hole. 
OK its not vital here now with all our rainy weather, but its something to bear in mind next time we have a drought. And since the waters already in the bucket, all you have to do is lug it out to the garden (before my Mum gets to it of course, LOL). 

Thursday, May 1st, 2008
5:23 pm
[elven_ranger]
Oh, a *handy hint and tip* that I use for growing potatoes. 

I never ever ever ever buy seed potatoes. When its a few weeks before planting time, when peeling potatoes, I cut off the potatoes eyes, and a about an inch each way around the eye. If you plant that cut-out, it will grow into a fine healthy potato plant.  I have done this, tried and tested,  for years. :)

Hope its helpful.
Saturday, April 26th, 2008
4:34 pm
[elven_ranger]

Looking for organic ways to help keep slugs and even worse SNAILS off my vegetable patch that doesnt involve chemicals (obviously, hehe), mass murder of snails and slugs, or buying lots of extra capitalist products 

So far I have spent an hour each day gathering them by hand and then releasing them into the wild elsewhere.

So far I am thinking of beach sand (I live near the sea) rinsed out, or eggshells. I wondered if any of you had used these solutions and how effective they were

Or, do you have any other methods that you use?

Thursday, January 24th, 2008
8:57 pm
[girlnamedgreen]
Paper Pot Maker
Has anyone here ever used a Paper Pot Maker? I stumbled upon these on the seeds of change website ( http://www.seedsofchange.com/garden_center/product_details.asp?item_no=S14924 ). It seems to me, this handy gadget is really just a wooden peg and if I were to find something of a similar shape, it would work just as well. I wish the website gave instructions on how to use it...
Monday, January 21st, 2008
3:44 pm
[girlnamedgreen]
Composting
Hello, I'm a new member of this community. I would really love to begin a compost pile and I was wondering if anyone here has any great advice that they would be willing to share with me. I live in a small apartment building in the city and while I have a small space in the backyard that would be a great spot for a compost pile, I also have neighbors who don't seem very open minded and I don't want to piss them off with something that might be stinky or attract bugs.

Of course, I've been researching it online but personal tips are always very helpful.

Thanks in advance!
3:53 pm
[elven_ranger]
Money saving with postal stuff / ebaying....

Sending stuff, is the big cost here! but heres my handy cut out and keep guide to saving a few bits on packaging and envelopes.... 

- Plastic carrier bags can be used as packing material, unless you have bubble wrap hanging around already. 
- (Letters) When you get a letter, see if you can open the envelope without mangling it too much. You can then stick scrap paper with a blank side up over addresses and old stamps, and use the envelope again. If the flap is intact you can then glue it closed when you use the envelope again. 
- padded envelopes for packages can be re-used in the same way but you will need to use sticky tape to re-seal the envelope. 

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