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Beautiful Desert Home’s Passive Ventilation Design

*side note: did I put the apostrophe in right place in the title? After hearing an NPR program on The Great Typo Hunt, it’s on my mind :)

Moving along, I just came across this year old inhabitat post that highlights a beautiful passive ventilation design on a modern desert home in California and I love it! At first glance it just looks like a stylish contemporary home, but then you might notice the industrial-steel-warehouse-storage-bay-canopy or the hacienda outback configuration and landscaping. Either way, it works both functionally and aesthetically – I love it!


Ayn Rand: My New Mentor?

Author Ayn Rand

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About two months ago when I was in the mad dash preparing to return to school, I also started looking into scholarships. I found a few that I wanted to apply for and one of those required that I read Ayn Rand’s book Atlas Shrugged. I am sure I had heard of Ayn Rand before, but I didn’t really know anything about her or her writing until now. I would say it’s a shame I didn’t know her sooner, but I find the timing of her appearance in my life to be kismet.

I’m taking a history class, and this time I’m very interested, applying myself and seeing the relevance of events to the direction my life is going. In both books of Ayn’s that I’ve read samplings of I have encountered time periods, terms, and ideas that parallel what I’m studying in history.

I was unable to enter that scholarship contest being that the essay I would have needed to write was due much sooner than I could have obliged; it’s a sizable novel and I quickly got loaded up with school work. I did get through the first two chapters though before returning the book to my library- and I was hooked. I made up my mind to read all of her work as soon as I could and once I downloaded the Stanza iphone app that made Anthem available (its copyright is expired), I got to it.

It’s very convenient to have books on my phone to read when I’m having lunch or find myself with a few spare moments, but not enough to go digging around for something to occupy that time. Forget useless trash magazines, give me goodies from the public domain archives!

I noticed today that I’m almost halfway done with Anthem, which was surprising to me because Atlas Shrugged is so long it didn’t occur to me that all her books wouldn’t be similar in length. So I got home and looked online to verify I wasn’t getting the abridged version. I found a website that had the book posted online and included the foreword that my copy didn’t include. In Ayn’s introduction, F.9, F.10, and F.11 had me proclaiming “Yes!”.

The greatest guilt today is that of people who accept collectivism by moral default; the people who seek protection from the necessity of taking a stand, by refusing to admit to themselves the nature of that which they are accepting; the people who support plans specifically designed to achieve serfdom, but hide behind the empty assertion that they are lovers of freedom, with no concrete meaning attached to the word; the people who believe that the content of ideas need not be examined, that principles need not be defined, and that facts can be eliminated by keeping one’s eyes shut. They expect, when they find themselves in a world of bloody ruins and concentration camps, to escape moral responsibility by wailing: “But I didn’t mean this!
Those who want slavery should have the grace to name it by its proper name. They must face the full meaning of that which they are advocating or condoning; the full, exact, specific meaning of collectivism, of its logical implications, of the principles upon which it is based, and of the ultimate consequences to which these principles will lead.
They must face it, then decide whether this is what they want or not.
–Ayn Rand.
April, 1946
Ahhh, marinate on that for a while. I was just talking to my husband yesterday about this topic, for the umpteenth time. The way she worded it is music to my ears. For this post, I don’t think I need to say anything more, that is what I wanted to say. In future posts I’ll elaborate in my own words, but I just want to let the words of my new mentor hang in the air. I’m sure you can guess where I hope it goes from there.

Fabulous Photo Friday

Sometimes, like now, when I’ve got a lot on my plate and I’m loosing sleep and skipping meals, I have to visualize spaces and places that make me happy and remind me why I’m working so hard. This sweet and simple modern space does that for me, even though the landscaping is definitely lacking. I hope you enjoy it though- have a great weekend!

read full article on the picture here: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006/06/ecospace_prefab.php

Careless Classroom Comments

It makes me very uncomfortable when my teachers speak so matter-of-factually about health or politics, especially when it’s not their subject. Those are two hugely corrupt systems that have perpetually lied to and intentionally mislead people. The facts are clearly not obvious.

I view it as irresponsible to address a class of young, impressionable minds in such a casual but authoritarian way with such debatable beliefs. I believe that they should present their opinion as being just that, even if it is an educated one, and be sure to express the highly sensitive and controversial nature of their comment. However, I am sure that they are enough convinced of their particular view that it doesn’t really even occur to them to present the possibility of a differing view as being an intelligent one. I also understand that these are side notes and ones that they probably don’t think warrant further discussion or consideration. However, one 15 second statement could put things in a more balanced perspective and if they can surrender the time it took to make the original comment, then surely they can spare enough to be responsible about their deviation.

I am already worrying about how I am going to handle History class when we start covering the Bush years, Iraq war, and September 11th. I am trying to catch up on my war documentaries and 9/11 truth information. This is not a fight I personally feel prepared to fight, but I am also not just going to quietly sit there and let more propaganda and misinformation be “taught” to me, especially if I’m paying for it and can see it coming. *It’s worth noting that my history teacher seems to be very good at providing objective viewpoints and has explicitly paused to let us know there are other opinions, but this is when she’s talking about history. She’s very good at staying on track.

Watch out for a video of me discussing more on this and similar topics soon, I’ve got a lot to say and I think it needs to be heard. Until then, remember to scrutinize and question the authority of information. It’s a jungle out there and the beasts aren’t always apparent.

Fabulous Photo Friday

In honor the mega media upgrade my hubby came home with today, here’s a room that’s far more modern than I find comfortable, but features a color combo I love and balances art and technology beautifully.

image via Remodeleze on Flickr

Oh and btw, our upgrade is from a 32″ Sharp that weighed a thousand frikin’ pounds to a 42″ Panasonic Plasma and MacMini with wireless keyboard and trackpad. We don’t watch television, but we do Netflix on Demand so now we have an HDTV that streams videos (without the $100 NF stream box), replaces our DVD player, and another (super-sized) Mac computer so we aren’t fighting over the laptop. Hell yeah!

Education: Scrutiny is Necessary

Tweeted by SocietyAnew on twitter:

“Today most education is designed as propaganda rather than information about the physical laws that govern all living & non-living systems.”

That statement captures a meaningful part of the issues I’ve had with our educational systems since I was a teenager. You cannot just accept what they put in front of you. You must scrutinize pretty much everything, but who wants to do that?

I used to think it was my job to go in there, take my brain out, lay in on the desktop and say “Fill ‘er up!”. I got the message that I was the one in need of surrender to become a fulfilled human being- although I never really accepted that idea. Still, I didn’t exactly understand the extent to which it was necessary for me to be an active intermediary between the information being presented and my accepting, or rejecting, of it.

Screening is necessary. It’s a huge task and one that can easily overwhelm me, but I fight the laziness and remember that I claim my right to choose and direct my conditioning to the greatest extent possible. I don’t have to know everything to make intelligent choices for myself. Being in college is a good choice for me right now, but I am not sitting back allowing them to fill me with whatever. I am watching and evaluating the quality of content they provide, and I acknowledge my ability to self-teach and be a teacher while still learning.

We should all constantly remain in a state of learning and re-learning as information is always growing and changing. When faced with questioning the authenticity of information I’m supposed to learn or believe, I find it useful to consider the agenda and the source. Where did this information come from? Who is responsible for it? What is the agenda in getting me to accept this?

I wouldn’t stress out trying to run every micro-bit of info through 160 questions, but stay alert and scrutinize intelligently. Happy learning!

The Venus Project Music Video

Awesome, awesome, awesome!

9/11: Create the Problem, Provide the Solution

con•spir•acy – a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful; the action of plotting or conspiring

the•o•ry – a supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something, esp. one based on general principles independent of the thing to be explained; an idea used to account for a situation or justify a course of action

It is easy to write someone off, labeling them derogatorily as a conspiracy theorist. But notice there’s nothing in those definitions about being “crazy” or “making ridiculous things up”. Scientifically speaking “theories have been tested and confirmed so thoroughly that new evidence is not likely to contradict them.”¹ When it comes to 9/11 “conspiracy theories” we’re talking about strong evidence that indicates foul play by certain people and/or groups, it’s not “I’m bored, let’s bash the government.”

Until the absolute truth comes out and we can all call it for what it really was, I will not refer to the events of that day as a terrorist attack; it was a tragedy and we can all agree on that. Repeatedly using the word terror is in itself an act of terrorizing. That act is most certainly charged to the government and mass media who have constantly used the term to agitate and sway public opinion, despite the known skepticism and doubt towards the September 11th events.

Today I am remembering all of those who passed away horrifically and those who had their lives directly affected by having lost someone or by being called to deal with the aftermath. We all deserve, and should DEMAND, the absolute transparent truth about what happened and why. My being of the opinion that we have all been grossly lied to means I also believe the hardships endured across the board have been in vain. I hardly have the words to express the disgust I feel for the unbelievable devastation caused by those who are so misguided that they have little to no regard for life. Those who perished and suffered the greatest are long overdue the respect of an honest explanation, however history shows that we have a well documented past of injustices that never received retribution, so I believe we will have to fight hard to get it.

I encourage you to take a look at what the mass media has not been discussing or even fully acknowledging. Consider the motives, the hierarchies, histories and lack of accountability there often is in the press. Countries have very different accounts of the same events, certain people and corporations hold sway over how something is presented and we get the short end of the stick. I mean, we’ve been in a war for the better part of a decade – A WAR! – but how much bloodshed have you seen? How much of the true cost have you been exposed to? Have you looked at the comparative statistics of the financial costs? Who are you getting your news from and whose control are they under? There’s a big picture here many of us are missing.

I do believe we were attacked by terrorists on 9/11 – the ones we elected to office and let run our country. They created a “problem” and provided the “solution”. As the public, I’d say we’re a pretty easy fish to hook in a  system designed to lure us to our own demise. We get lip service from public officials who are highly skilled distractors that masterfully keep us detached from the realities and blind to the truths. For 9/11 it’s easy to get lost in the bureaucratic rhetoric, redirected focus onto things like Weapons of Mass Destruction,  and emphasis on patriotism. Still, we must do our best to (non-violently) silence their propaganda, question, and hold accountable these authority figures to the highest degree and extent we can. And we must be relentless, because they certainly are.

Supplemental Sites to Visit:

If you are ready to take a stand and petition our government for a truly independent investigation into the events of September 11th, 2001, then go to the website Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth and make your voice heard. The petition is open to everyone and they will verify your information, you don’t just digitally sign your name and go.

Sign the Petition Today!

¹ beautifully stated by genesyz on answerbag.com

Fabulous Photo Friday

As I gather my thoughts for tomorrow’s post on the 9th anniversary of the September 11th tragedy, I just need a mental break. I love this picture; the heart shape they’re making, the closeness and sweetness of their delicate scale, and the juxtaposition of colors between the birds (male birds are almost always the colorful ones). I find it captivating in numerous ways.

We're sleeping together... by frischauge

Labor Day. Bleh!

Labor Day is such a worthless holiday. A day reserved to trick the working person into feeling pride and gratitude towards their status. No time to go into the details now, but I simply won’t celebrate a holiday that is about keeping the employed minions upholding the system of degradation, abuse and corruption that is our American way of life.

Now, not working is not the same as doing nothing. Let me say that again, not working is not the same as doing nothing. If you did not have to go to work to “earn a living” and had unobstructed access and ability to engage in other things of actual interest to you, would you sit at home on your ass and channel surf? Um, no. You would likely do the things you wish you got paid to do. Yes I’m sure watching tv is what some of you would like to get paid to do at this point in time and as a result of what you’ve been previously doing- but that’s exactly my point, you have not been living your passions, talents and interests- and you should be!

Having the world wide open to you would very likely inspire you to the point of taking part in things that make the most use of your human potential. The world would benefit exponentially more from that than we do from you doing a job you have little interest in other than to provide for yourself and your family. And to those of you think you really do love your job – MAYBE; but the vast majority of people on this planet are not living this kind of reality. They are in poverty or in the grind trying to keep out of poverty. That’s no way to live and it’s neither necessary in today’s world, nor the best use of the planet’s people power.

The work force is forced into work by a system that pre-dates the technology and advances we now have at our disposal to rid us of such chores. Just think about how modern refrigeration changed our lives for the better. We have other technological advances that can do the same in regard to how we spend our time, preferably NOT working for the man. Still think I’m crazy or just don’t know what the hell I’m talking about? Well kiddos it’s time to meet Jacques Fresco; you’ve got some homework to do. :)  www.thevenusproject.com

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