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Archive for October, 2011

Which fuel and vehicle combo is the most efficient?

Gasoline, diesel and electric vehicles all come under the magnifying glass
in an easy-to-follow comparison, while also asking whether EVs are as
environmentally-friendly as they first appear, if there is a future in
hydrogen vehicles and why there is such a lack of diesel vehicle
manufacturers in the US. Just for fun, we also idly wonder how efficient a
cyclist on a gallon of gasoline would be.

Fuel Efficiency in the US


All Natural Healing Spray

I had a wicked set of red ant bites. Just in time, this spray showed up in my mailbox, and it took away the sting, redness, and swelling.

Herbal Intervention’s mission is to honor and improve health by developing and manufacturing organically grown botanical medicines.

Herbal Intervention, LLC, was founded by Noreen Mulvanerty, MSN, FNP-BC. Noreen is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Herbalist with over twelve years of Emergency Room experience and an expert on wound care. After suturing and treating thousands of cuts, burns and bites, Noreen was distressed to discover the leading topical application actually delayed wound healing resulting in an alarmingly high rate of infection.

After extensive research into indigenous healing herbs she developed omyst™ , the first clinically proven internationally patent pending healing herbal first aid spray. Herbal Intervention, LLC currently manufactures and markets omyst™ and has several other medicinal products in the latter stages of development.

Our Farm
Located on 30 acres in Avoca, New York, Healing Spirits Herb Farm is where omyst®’s natural ingredients are grown, harvested, and manufactured.

Six Natural Ingredients
Calendula, Rose, Yarrow, Wild Roses, Plantain and Alcohol

First-Aid Kit in a Bottle
omyst is effective at treating a variety of topical ailments including: Minor Cuts, Burns, Scratches, Rashes, Insect Bites, Stings and Sutures


Build your own Solar Oven

Eric Smith has written a book full of practical projects that you can build to utilize the power of the sun. He has authorized us to provide one chapter of that book, that will teach you how to build a Solar Oven, for your education and enjoyment.

For the full book, DIY Solar Projects, see:


Survival in College

by Marina Salsbury

College is usually considered a place to acquire traditional learning, as step on the road toward a career in a certain field or specialty. College can also be a valuable time to learn more about oneself, discover new hobbies and interests, and pursue extracurricular activities.

Modern society is fraught with uncertainties and risks. In the current global economic and social climate, there’s always a chance the society we know now will radically change, forcing people to survive in a world without prepared food, police, government, or medical services. Even if life goes on as usual for the foreseeable future, students may simply find the prospect of a more independent and self-sufficient lifestyle compelling.

For college students interested in survivalism there are many effective ways to integrate college courses and extracurricular survival training or practice. Some colleges even offer survival-based training courses. In the early 20th century, the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta offered “drownproofing” classes for ROTC students. This program exposed students to a simulated drowning experience, and taught them survival techniques to keep themselves alive.

Many college classes can provide valuable information to hone survivalist skills. Classes in botany and biology can give students an idea of what plants are safe to eat in a wilderness environment. Agricultural courses can familiarize students with how to grow plants in sub-optimal environments. Automotive or mechanical engineering classes provide valuable skills for repairing or rebuilding broken machinery.

While survivalism can be a valuable skill in many situations, it’s important to be socially conscious of it’s impact. Many people are uncomfortable talking about survivalism (let alone concerns about the breakdown of civilization), so it’s important to be self-aware when starting conversations. When discussing survivalism with friends or acquaintances, don’t frame it in the context of the Apocalypse. Instead, show that survivalist skills can be valuable when camping, hiking, or exploring wilderness areas.

Many colleges offer lots of extracurricular opportunities to hone survival skills. Larger colleges usually offer outdoor or recreational programs, allowing students the opportunity to learn a variety of outdoor skills. Outdoor clubs usually offer multi-day trips to wilderness locations, allowing students to learn how to survive with minimal equipment. Some outdoor programs also include everything from aquatic outdoor classes such as kayaking, scuba diving, and fishing to more uncommon activities like spelunking. All these skills can be valuable in a survival scenario, and are lots of fun to learn at the same time.

There are also opportunities to learn about survival in its true form through ROTC programs. While a decision to join the military should never be taken lightly, many ROTC programs will expose candidates to survival scenarios that test their skills to the limit.

One of the most challenging ROTC programs is SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape). It teaches soldiers skills to survive in hostile environments, often involving trips to the most remote locations on Earth. SERE can teach woodcraft, land navigation, evading hostiles, communication skills, improvising tools, and food-gathering.

While survivalism can be a valuable skill, it’s important for students to allow themselves the benefit of comprehensive college education. Many classes unrelated to survivalism (psychology, business, physics, math, etc.) can provide college students valuable knowledge and know-how applicable to survival as well as to school. True survival requires more than the ability to survive in harsh environments: it requires a comprehensive understanding of the environment, the human body, and oneself.


Organic Drip Coffee, No Machines

I’m sitting here enjoying a great cup of organic coffee, dripped to perfection, but no coffee maker in sight. It’s called Dr. Drip, and it let’s me enjoy a cup of coffee, packaged in a biodegradable (no plastic) package, without needing a coffee maker or electricity to make it. This is not instant coffee! I heated the water on my rocket stove with a few twigs, and 2 minutes later, a great cup of coffee. Can you tell I’m excited about this? You bet I am! I love coffee, and with no landfill waste, I can put all the remains into my composter for the benefit of my garden.


Sustainable Living – News and Projects

A new monthly emagazine is going live this weekend. Sustainable Living – News and Projects is all about how to live a more PERSONAL sustainable life.

What is personal sustainability? Living comfortably within your means, debt free, as self sufficient and independent as possible! This is not greenie, recycling, yogurt, yoga, yurt, climate change, carbon trading mumbo jumbo (I do like yurts and home made yogurt though).

Discussions about saving money, reducing your expenses, producing your own food, energy and more are packed into every issue. Current news on food issues, energy, government policies affecting your ability to provide for yourself and your family are addressed. DIY projects that the average handy homeowner can easily duplicate, designed to reduce your expenses and utility loads. Projects like solar water heaters, aquaponics, methane digesters, composting, making biodiesel and ethanol, rain water harvesting and more. Full diagrams, explanations and parts listings. Readers can email us and questions and answers will be posted in each issue. Guest articles and reader submissions are also on tap. If you have a sustainable product you want announced, we have a new products section, and sidebar ad spots for appropriate products are available for very low fees ($10 / month). This emagazine is for, and by, folks looking for independence and a break from being tied to the system and it’s associated debts and health issues. This emagazine is $5 / month, and is loaded with quality info. You can cancel at any time, but we don’t think you’ll want to.

Discuss the magazine topics, ask questions, and submit article suggestions at


Every Man Jack

Are you looking for soap and shampoo designed for men, without harsh chemicals and are environmentally friendly? I was, and I found them. These products keep me clean, and smelling manly. No artificial additives, testing on animals, or harsh chemicals, just pure clean hair, body, skin and shave products. These products are based on simple plant based materials that are biodegradable, soothing, and moisturizing. Why should women get all the good stuff for their skin? I use these products, and enjoy them!


Sustainable Living Architecture – Root Bridges

Living bridges, that will grow for 500 years, need multiple generations to build and care for them. What a legacy to leave your descendents!

In the depths of northeastern India, in one of the wettest places on earth, bridges aren’t built – they’re grown.


Paul Revere Radio – Your Real News Source

Paul Revere was instrumental in announcing the coming danger to our fledgling republic.

Here at Paul Revere Radio, we are dedicated to spreading the same message and alerting the public. We are in danger of loosing the Republic.

The host, Rick Johnson is a retired USAF member and a recovering public high school teacher. ”I am not going to sit on my butt and wait for the socialist to come collect their pound of flesh.”

We are again under attack.

One if by Land; Two if by Sea; Three if by Government.”

The Paul Revere Radio show broadcast from somewhere deep in North Carolina. We are proud to be a part of the Red State Talk Radio Network.


DIY Water Filtration

Making rain or surface water potable requires extensive filtration and biological action. Two ways of providing a biologically active area to clean the water is with a slow sand filter, or a fluidized bed filter. Slow sand filters are often used in third world nations to purify water. The top of the sand layer builds up a biologically active layer that traps and metabolizes organic matter.

The fluidized bed filter is also known as a quicksand filter. It pumps water through a bed of sand, turning the sand liquid. This captures foreign matter, and has a lot of surface area for bacteria to work on organic matter. Mostly used in aquarium systems, I don’t believe it’s as good as a slow sand filter for potable water production. It also requires energy to operate, unlike the slow sand filter.