Saturday, July 31, 2010

EBay Auction

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I won an eBay auction the other day for this set of drill bits and stand. This was a response to not being able to buy a drill bit last summer that was made in USA. Everything at Lowes was made in China. Everything at Ace Hardware store...made in China.
This antique drill bit stand is cast iron steel and nickle plated. If I take care of it I will never have to buy a Chinese made drill bit again. The company that made this was
Standard Tool Company of Cleveland Ohio. The company started in 1908 and thrived until the 1980 recession. It seems that there may be a remnant of the company that still exists in a very limited capacity... 40 employees or so. Times are tough again. There is an attempt to revive the auto industry. There is a need for well made tools for those of us who don't like to use cheap tools that break. It would be great to see us start making things here in America again. In the meantime I can buy America by shopping thrift stores, antique malls, and attending auctions. I am attending an auction today in Sunbury Ohio.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Moving Along

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I am getting ready to move into a new house. There is much to do and I may not be blogging every day like I try to do. It is a nice little stucco house on a hill in a wooded area. But it is not a very nice area of town. It certainly isn't Clintonville. I sure hope I am making the right decision.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Birthday Wishes

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When I opened my email this morning I had over 19 Birthday messages! Thanks everyone.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

God Forbid!

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I will be installing a rain barrel or two at my new location. I am glad that for now rain barrels are legal here in Ohio. My neighbors apparently had a chicken farm next door. They were selling their eggs at the farmers market on Saturdays here in Clintonville. They were a successful micro farm. We need more folks like them. But the city shut down their operation and I believe they moved their chicken farm. I would have loved having chickens next door. I look forward to meeting my new neighbors and finding out exactly what happened to them. I won't mind getting involved in city politics and zoning laws. In fact it just might be my duty as a citizen!

Monday, July 26, 2010
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of
(NaturalNews) Many of the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S. are quickly eroding as the nation transforms from the land of the free into the land of the enslaved, but what I'm about to share with you takes the assault on our freedoms to a whole new level. You may not be aware of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties because, according to officials, that rain belongs to someone else.

As bizarre as it sounds, laws restricting property owners from "diverting" water that falls on their own homes and land have been on the books for quite some time in many Western states. Only recently, as droughts and renewed interest in water conservation methods have become more common, have individuals and business owners started butting heads with law enforcement over the practice of collecting rainwater for personal use.

Check out this YouTube video of a news report out of Salt Lake City, Utah, about the issue. It's illegal in Utah to divert rainwater without a valid water right, and Mark Miller of Mark Miller Toyota, found this out the hard way.

After constructing a large rainwater collection system at his new dealership to use for washing new cars, Miller found out that the project was actually an "unlawful diversion of rainwater." Even though it makes logical conservation sense to collect rainwater for this type of use since rain is scarce in Utah, it's still considered a violation of water rights which apparently belong exclusively to Utah's various government bodies.

"Utah's the second driest state in the nation. Our laws probably ought to catch up with that," explained Miller in response to the state's ridiculous rainwater collection ban.

Salt Lake City officials worked out a compromise with Miller and are now permitting him to use "their" rainwater, but the fact that individuals like Miller don't actually own the rainwater that falls on their property is a true indicator of what little freedom we actually have here in the U.S. (Access to the rainwater that falls on your own property seems to be a basic right, wouldn't you agree?)

Outlawing rainwater collection in other states

Utah isn't the only state with rainwater collection bans, either. Colorado and Washington also have rainwater collection restrictions that limit the free use of rainwater, but these restrictions vary among different areas of the states and legislators have passed some laws to help ease the restrictions.

In Colorado, two new laws were recently passed that exempt certain small-scale rainwater collection systems, like the kind people might install on their homes, from collection restrictions.

Prior to the passage of these laws, Douglas County, Colorado, conducted a study on how rainwater collection affects aquifer and groundwater supplies. The study revealed that letting people collect rainwater on their properties actually reduces demand from water facilities and improves conservation.

Personally, I don't think a study was even necessary to come to this obvious conclusion. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that using rainwater instead of tap water is a smart and useful way to conserve this valuable resource, especially in areas like the West where drought is a major concern.

Additionally, the study revealed that only about three percent of Douglas County's precipitation ended up in the streams and rivers that are supposedly being robbed from by rainwater collectors. The other 97 percent either evaporated or seeped into the ground to be used by plants.

This hints at why bureaucrats can't really use the argument that collecting rainwater prevents that water from getting to where it was intended to go. So little of it actually makes it to the final destination that virtually every household could collect many rain barrels worth of rainwater and it would have practically no effect on the amount that ends up in streams and rivers.

It's all about control, really

As long as people remain unaware and uninformed about important issues, the government will continue to chip away at the freedoms we enjoy. The only reason these water restrictions are finally starting to change for the better is because people started to notice and they worked to do something to reverse the law.

Even though these laws restricting water collection have been on the books for more than 100 years in some cases, they're slowly being reversed thanks to efforts by citizens who have decided that enough is enough.

Because if we can't even freely collect the rain that falls all around us, then what, exactly, can we freely do? The rainwater issue highlights a serious overall problem in America today: diminishing freedom and increased government control.

Today, we've basically been reprogrammed to think that we need permission from the government to exercise our inalienable rights, when in fact the government is supposed to derive its power from us. The American Republic was designed so that government would serve the People to protect and uphold freedom and liberty. But increasingly, our own government is restricting people from their rights to engage in commonsense, fundamental actions such as collecting rainwater or buying raw milk from the farmer next door.

Today, we are living under a government that has slowly siphoned off our freedoms, only to occasionally grant us back a few limited ones under the pretense that they're doing us a benevolent favor.

Fight back against enslavement

As long as people believe their rights stem from the government (and not the other way around), they will always be enslaved. And whatever rights and freedoms we think we still have will be quickly eroded by a system of bureaucratic power that seeks only to expand its control.

Because the same argument that's now being used to restrict rainwater collection could, of course, be used to declare that you have no right to the air you breathe, either. After all, governments could declare that air to be somebody else's air, and then they could charge you an "air tax" or an "air royalty" and demand you pay money for every breath that keeps you alive.

Think it couldn't happen? Just give it time. The government already claims it owns your land and house, effectively. If you really think you own your home, just stop paying property taxes and see how long you still "own" it. Your county or city will seize it and then sell it to pay off your "tax debt." That proves who really owns it in the first place... and it's not you!

How about the question of who owns your body? According to the U.S. Patent & Trademark office, U.S. corporations and universities already own 20% of your genetic code. Your own body, they claim, is partially the property of someone else.

So if they own your land, your water and your body, how long before they claim to own your air, your mind and even your soul?

Unless we stand up against this tyranny, it will creep upon us, day after day, until we find ourselves totally enslaved by a world of corporate-government collusion where everything of value is owned by powerful corporations -- all enforced at gunpoint by local law enforcement.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Whole World Natural Bakery and Restaurant

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I was taken out to lunch the other day to celebrate my birthday. We had lunch at Whole World a vegetarian restaurant here in Clintonville Ohio! The place was packed on a Saturday afternoon and it was great to get out of the heat for a couple of hours. We have been up in the high ninety's for a week it seems. The food was fantastic. I hadn't been in Whole World for at least 15 years. There is a mural inside that is reportedly from the 60's. The Restaurant opened in 1978 so I don't guess it is from the 60's. They always say that if you remembered the 60's you weren't there! I will blog the mural one of these days. It is worthy. Whole World has been closed for a while because of a fire. It reopened in June. I am happy that the mural wasn't damaged. I recommend this restaurant if you want to have lunch and talk with your friend while munching on good food. They didn't run us off after an hour, and they didn't constantly interrupt us and our conversation. Sometimes that is important.

Monday, July 26, 2010


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I have an appointment this morning with my dermatologist to remove a skin formation from my chin. This is the third one that he has had to remove. The lab reports for the previous two came back benign but pre cancerous. He says these were caused by the sun. I can vouch that the initial shot of Novocaine hurts far worse than the removal of the growth! I have had this condition for 6 years.

Keratoacanthomas appear most commonly on the face, forearm, and back of the hand and grow quickly. In 1 or 2 months, they can grow into lumps up to 1 inch (about 2.5 centimeters) wide, after which they usually begin to shrink. They usually disappear within 6 months, often leaving a scar.

Most doctors consider keratoacanthomas to be a form of squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer (Skin Cancers: Squamous Cell Carcinoma). Therefore, doctors often recommend they be treated after performing a biopsy, in which a piece of skin is removed and examined under a microscope. Keratoacanthomas are usually cut out or scraped (curetted).

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Gerard Martin Painting

Blogroll Me!I follow a blog from the Unrepentant Cowboy (Don Henry Ford), a real deal cowboy who lives and works on a ranch in Texas. His observations are spot on. I found this discussion starter this morning on LATOC forum. The painting is by Gerard Martin. I found it when I was looking for an image to go with what Unrepentant Cowboy is writing about.

"Yesterday I spoke with Daniel Pace, the current owner of a movie option for Contrabando. Daniel lives in Phoenix, Arizona. His wife is a realtor.

Daniel told me that quite a few Mexicans are leaving the state, walking away from homes and the mortgages attached to them. Whole apartment complexes are emptying. Jobs are being abandoned and are not being filled by new "American" workers. How many people you know aspire to be a lettuce picker?

I suspect this may be interesting to watch over the next couple of years."

Saturday, July 24, 2010

FerFals YouTube

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I have FerFals Surviving Argentina on my Blog List. Today I became aware that he has made some YouTubes. I bought his book and have found the material relevant to the coming collapse of industrial society. Pay attention readers the time may be nearer than you think. I know that personally I am about to move into a rather scary neighborhood. I will be looking to make my new residence as safe as possible. If any of you have ideas about that please contact me. They are preparing my house now and I am hoping that my safety will be the highest priority. One place I lived downtown Columbus I was a victim to a home invasion. I was beaten 5 times in less than 2 years. My health and Wellbeing have never recovered from those beatings. When I look back on that time and my first tour of the building with the prospective landlord I remember him showing me the room and key to the room that I was to put my trash. I remember two busted up doors. I asked him what happened to those doors. He said he didn't know. I quickly went with him on to the next part of the tour. If I only had the hindsight vision I have of my home invasion, then I would never have moved into that place. My own one and only door ended up exactly as those doors. There was an established history of thugs busting in peoples doors in that apartment building. And my new landlord lied to me about it in the very beginning! I was nearly killed by those thugs. It will never happen again without me doing some serious damage to the thugs is my latest idea about victimhood!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Head Full Of Doubt Road Full Of Promise

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I have always thought that the line in this song "and I'm frightened by those who don't see it" is referring to collapse of our industrial society. The Avett Brothers newest video speaks to that notion. The whole video reminds me of Robert Crumbs History Of America.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Extend And Pretend

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Now that Financial Reform is passed and signed by President Obama, it will be interesting to see what the banks will have to do about the soon to come commercial real estate crash. This from The Wall Street Journal.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mystery Science Theater Photoshop

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The story broke yesterday that BP photoshoped their command center and put it up on their site. It was a really poorly edited photo...not very professional. A blogger spotted it! Here is the link. I found out about the deception from a discussion forum I follow called Life After The Oil Crash. Occasionally someone has a sense of humor on the forum. They posted a reply to the story and boasted that this picture was the real unedited picture that was up on BP's sight at the moment. Now if you haven't ever seen Mystery Science Theater then you won't get the humor of this shot. I nearly missed it myself. The cleaver poster photoshoped the characters from Mystery Science Theatre into the foreground of this photo of BP command center. What a hoot! I really did laugh out loud even though I was by myself. Here is the Wikipedia link to Mystery Science Theater 3000

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Passage

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I am halfway through The Passage by Justin Cronin. It is much like reading a Stephen King Horror novel. It is an escape. I usually don't need to escape, but this summer I am going through a difficult transition and anything that can divert my attention from my upcoming move is a blessing. This book is so popular that I was about number 400 on a waiting list. The library purchased 80 some of them, so my wait was not more than a few weeks. I think I can say that the archetype vampire has been reinvented in the 21st century without giving away too much of the story. It is shocking to me that there is so much attention on vampirism these days. Perhaps the consumptive society we have made just calls for vampires to be popular.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Think While You Still Can

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I found this banner on a George Carlin YouTube backdrop. George said "The American Dream...You'd have to Be Asleep To Believe It! Hopefully we are all waking up from our little nap. I find it is easier to think the longer I am away from a TV. I miss it though...even though it was a time suck!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Ohio Photographer

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Occasionally I am surprised to learn about someone famous who attended Ohio State University. I graduated from OSU in 1984 and minored in photography. This is a photo of Bernice Abbot. She was born in Springfield Ohio, attended Ohio State but left in 1918 and moved to Greenwich Village New York. In 1923 she was hired as a darkroom assistant by Mann Ray who wanted someone who didn't know anything about photography! She claims she took to photography "like a duck to water" From there went on to become a photographer in her own right. Here is the Wikipedia link.
I look forward to learning more about her and seeing more of her photographs. This photo of Bernice was taken by Hank ONeil in November 1979.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Day 87

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Maybe there is still some work to be done before we all start congratulations!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Many little time.

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Many of you know that I am a drummer. I have had many teachers along the way. Here is a photo of Ubaka Hill, a drummer from New York City. I have worked with Ubaka several times throughout the years. This morning I got an email from my local drum teacher and community leader conveying that Ubaka is very concerned about what is going on in the Gulf. It was marked urgent. I can't imagine that either of these woman would contact me this late in the game, unless it is serious. Click on the YouTube link below and try to imagine this womans joy being interrupted by urgency! It must be worse than I thought.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Brain Wash

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We need to start asking ourselves how we know what we know. This morning I awoke to NPR's cheery reporters reporting that the latest cap on the oil rupture in The Gulf Of Mexico was and is leaking, with much positive assurances (and peppy voices) that it is being fixed and that everything is gonna be alright. I actually know a woman who is so out of it that she doesn't know there is a oil rupture in The Gulf Of Mexico that is seemingly unstoppable. I am not kidding you. This woman is walking around in our world (this Country) and doesn't know that this grand poisoning of our planet is occurring! I carefully explained my reference to her and her comment to me was "There is more than one Gulf Concha" which was her response and defense to me referring to this disaster as "The Gulf". I know people that live inside of "cults" and do not listen to any sort of media like TV or Radio. They don't read the newspapers and they get their news from the leader of their church or cult programmer. Still though, any good cult leader or preacher wouldn't pass up a genuine opportunity to use The Gulf Disaster as an example of end times...or "end of days". I honestly do not know this morning who is the better for knowing what I know, or her not knowing what I know. I have always thought and said "After you know what you know? One thing to question is: do we really want someone running our Country that believes we are already in end times? I have encountered the "it's all gonna burn" attitude from Evangelical Christians all my life. It was key in me choosing a environmentally based religion. I believe that the careless disregard for the environmental footprint of man is possibly the most dangerous belief I have ever encountered. These same "end times" believers breed like there is no tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Yellow Brick Pizza

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I met a couple friends at Yellow Brick Pizza last night in Old Town East. Their pizza is the best (hands down) in Columbus. But what is really exciting to me is the location. This business has been a phoenix rising from the ashes of collapse. The building itself was an eyesore in the sense of it falling into disrepair. By James Howard Kunstlers standards, this building is worthy of restoration. This is what we should be doing with what is already built, instead of demolishing something built well in favor of the newest Starchetects glass box and parking lot idea. You can read about the resurrection of Yellow Brick here. I played drums with Wahru on Easter Sunday for her birthday party at Yellow Brick and the acoustics are great for music...even 20 drummers! They are also changing the artwork frequently from what I can gather. Yellow Brick Pizza is located at 892 Oak Street. I highly recommend The Big O if you like a pizza with lots of fresh ingredients. Click here for their website with the menu.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Road

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I have been on a waiting list to see The Road for a few months at Columbus Metropolitan Library for several months. It is a highly recommended movie at LATOC a Peak Oil Forum I have been reading since 2007. My number finally came up the other day and I finally got to watch this 5 star movie. Most of the movie is in sepia tones, until there is blood or fire. When they finally make it to the coast and the ocean, everything is still very gray and muted tones. No beautiful scenery in this movie, except when they are conveying memory of post disaster scenes. A member of the LATOC forum is a paramedic in New Orleans and he was on location for much of the shooting of The Road post Katrina. Not only did they use New Orleans as a backdrop for this disaster film, but also Detroit Michigan. I recommend this movie for folks that are trying to prepare for the worst case scenario in a post petroleum world. And hey if this latest cap that BP is putting on the gulf spill doesn't work, well Hollywood will be able to use the ruined beaches for the sequel.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Facebook Connections

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I have been seriously blessed in finding many of my old friends and acquaintances on Facebook. Because I ran away from home when I was still a teenager, I lost touch with many people that I might have stayed in touch with had I been able to grow up and leave home in a less hectic manner. I hear lots of talk out there about folks hating facebook for one reason or another. My life as an artist can not be described. It is a way of sharing what I do and what I am going to do next. There would be no other way for anyone to find me other than hire a private detective. Some of my friends have passed away, and I would not have known, had it not been for Facebook. I do not participate in things like Farmville or online games. If you are one of those friends that have recently found me through Facebook please do not be offended if I do not respond to what you might perceive as harmless polls. It is just not my thing. If you want to contact me to make you a piece of jewelry that you see pictures of in my photos or share something that you have made or are working on, Facebook is the portal. Unfortunately, the people that I care about most and wish to stay in touch with, are not on Facebook yet. It is hard to imagine that there is someone out there that doesn't need social networking, but there is. There are also folks who fear their personal information will be compromised. Until they figure out what a blessing Facebook can be, then they are just going to see us as narcissistic, with far too much time on our hands.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Southern Ohio Forge And Anvil

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From Southern Ohio Forge And Anvil

I spent Saturday in Troy Ohio at the Southern Ohio Forge And Anvil clubhouse. It is a great learning space and I can't wait till I can go back. Follow the link under the photo for my whole photo album of the day.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

New Camera

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Recently, I purchased a new camera. I was not happy with the camera that I was using because it had a defective battery door and it was a "made in China Nikon"...which should be against the law or something drastic. When I went to college in the 70's and early 80's Nikon was one of the best cameras in the world. If a person could take a German lens and mount it on a Japanese Nikon camera body, they would have the best camera in the world...BACK THEN. Now days it is hard to know a good camera from a poor one. I had said I would write a review on my new Kodak Easy Share after I have used it for awhile. For starters it feels and weighs just like a pack of cigarettes. I quit smoking two and a half years ago and always have felt a loss of not having something in my breast pocket to replace them with. This camera fills that bill perfectly. A non smoker would never understand the need to replace the loss of something they had for 29 years. My Nikon from China only had 5 megapixels and this Kodak claims to have 10.2 megapixels. Supposedly that leads to higher resolution. I am not seeing that difference just yet. I do miss not being able to use the camera wizard. The new Kodak came with software that is Kodaks version of downloading pictures. Camera wizard was easy to use and the pictures were not put in a seperate folder. I tried removing the Kodak software from my computer yesterday. My pictures wouldn't download at all. So unless I learn any different I will be using the software to get my pictures out of the camera and onto the computer. I will not be using the software for editing. I found that the picture cropping feature wouldn't play nice with me. I don't want some machine selecting for me what my one good eye can plainly see. There are some symbols on my camera that I can't figure out what they mean. It seems that the world is making us choose cartoons over other definitions. So I get infuriated when someone has to tell me the symbol on my camera is a mountain. So what?....There are no mountains in Ohio and using a mountain as a universal symbol for distance setting seems to cheapen the overall experience of taking a picture. I have a lot to learn about my camera. Too bad the owners manual isn't a little more detailed. I am just glad it doesn't talk to me or something weird that would scare me and make me drop it. I promise to write more when I know more about my new camera. I think for the sake of this blog it is a good thing that I have such a devise in my breast pocket instead of a pack of Salem.
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Friday, July 9, 2010

Sheneset Project

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I have bookmarked a website called Cultural Conservers Foundation. I found it through a weekly blog I follow called The Archdruid Report that is written by John Michael Greer. John has thoughtfully mapped out the long decent and decline of the industrial age. His recent writing is about resurrecting knowledge that was abundant during the 70's about conservation and conservation movements. Being a retired librarian and appalled that the old card catalogs are being retired in favor of only digital storage, I am concerned that much knowledge that we will be needing is about to be lost in the planned obsolescence that dominates this new century. The Sheneset project is the most proactive solution to losing valuable knowledge that I have encountered so far. The Sheneset project appeals to my doomometer. I realize that I have been acting on this without knowing the terminology for quite some time now.

Sheneset is the ancient Egyptian name of a small town on the eastern bank of the Nile in Upper Egypt. Sometime in the fourth century of the common era, the librarian of a Gnostic monastery located near Sheneset took a collection of books forbidden by the religious orthodoxy of the time, and buried the volumes in a pottery jar in the desert. Many centuries later, when the name of the town had changed to Nag Hammadi, the jar and its contents were rediscovered, and as a result Gnostic teachings that survived nowhere else can be studied today.

We feel that parallel steps need to be taken to preserve the cultural heritage of the past and present into a potentially difficult future. While burying books in pottery jars is unlikely to be an appropriate strategy, a range of projects to keep valuable resources from being lost are called for. We encourage supporters of CCF to consider taking up one or more of the following projects:

  • Collecting at-risk books, especially those being discarded by public and university libraries
  • Learning methods of preserving and curating books for long term survival, and of transforming digital resources into forms that can endure and be used in the absence of specific technologies
  • Establishing local, private, subscription-based lending libraries, especially where public libraries are being shuttered or stripped of useful materials

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Board Game

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I couldn't make this stuff up! We better hope that Ouija boards aren't this potent!

'70s board game contains eerie BP oil spill scenarios
The BP Offshore Oil Strike game from the 1970s has popped up on eBay recently.

A nearly 40-year-old board game is getting a lot of new attention because of eerie similarities between the scenarios of its play and the 78-day-old BP Gulf oil disaster.

The game BP Offshore Oil Strike, which came out in the 1970s and is adorned with an old BP logo, revolves around four players exploring for oil, building platforms and constructing pipelines – all in the name of being the first to make $120 million.

But like the real-life oil game there are some big hazards, too. Players have to deal with the possibility of large-scale oil spills and cover cleanup costs. You struggle with "hazard cards" that include phrases now part of our daily vernacular, including: "Blow-out! Rig damaged. Oil slick cleanup costs. Pay $1 million."

Sound a little familiar? The similarity has led to discussions all over the Web. It's prompted people to dig in their attics and put their old games up on eBay – many of which have promptly been snatched up......

......"It was sort of uncanny how it was similar to what's happening really," Goldsmith said. "I thought it was odd that it was a game in the '70s, which has basically now come true. The interesting thing is that it was in dollars, even though it was a European game. The cleanup bill was $1 million, which we now know isn't nearly enough, but it is a weird colorful circle."

The game came out during the oil crisis of the '70s – and perhaps it was an attempt to drum up support for U.S.-based drilling.

Goldsmith said as a part of the game, players work to amass a drilling empire. But the game comes with all of the scenarios of the present Gulf disaster. Even the game board and cover resemble images from the Gulf these days – with rigs attempting to reach far into the ocean depths.

The game has many people online remarking about whether it eerily foreshadowed the current BP disaster.

"It's strange, you've got this fictitious board game with fictitious drama – but it couldn't be any closer to the reality of what's happening now," Goldsmith said.......


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Plan The Plans

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One of the sayings that I try to keep in my heart is "Plan the plans, not the results". I am excited about my upcoming 1/2 day at Southern Ohio Forge And Anvil. I imagine it will fly by. I don't want to waste a moment of it. So I am going into the forge with plans for more projects than I could do in a half day, and a list of items that might help me make it a great experience rather than a mediocre experience.
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Lady Blacksmith

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A couple months ago I joined Southern Ohio Forge And Anvil. This coming weekend I will be traveling to Troy Ohio to the open forge. This first trip to the forge, I plan on getting acclimated. I do need hoops for my Djun Dun Drum. It is my hope that this will be the first of many trips to the smithy. It has been over 10 years since I picked up a forging hammer.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Gifts From Gail

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I met a new friend when I visited The Governors Mansion last Sunday. She has a website called Gifts From Gail. I didn't know that Gail followed my blog until I looked closely at hers. She and I have many common interests. She likes only one soap opera...and it is the only soap opera I have ever watched. Although I haven't seen The Days Of Our Lives in 5 years, I am sure in just one hour I could catch up on what has been happening the whole time I have been gone (we don't have a TV). Gail has a "bucket list". I have had a bucket list for a long time. I highly recommend a bucket list to everyone. It sort of goes along with being totally present in this space and this time. Gail is very patriotic from what I can tell. A true patriot is probably somewhat alarmed lately by the politics of our time. Perhaps had we not been at a political event last Sunday, she and I might share some of our concerns about where things are headed. Gail has an interest in Photography. She has a knack for it and she helped me get some prize photos and The Governors signature that I would not have gotten without her persistence and strategic placement in line! I minored in Photography in College. I consider it (the camera) representing my missing eye. Most folks don't know I am blind in my left eye, so it goes without saying that most folks wouldn't understand my need to capture images constantly in order to take my time processing what I believe I am seeing with my right eye. I will be following Gifts From Gail along with Aunt Sue's News in the coming months as we face the twilight of the industrial age. I know that between the two of them I will glean what I need to know in order to help out with the upcoming elections. I am frightened that John Kasich (formerly with Goldman Sachs) could actually be a serious contender to Ted Stricklands office of Governor. He spends far too much time on the golf course and he refused to disclose his tax return. That is enough to scare anyone away from voting for him....but I suspect that Kasich has a few tricks up his deceptive sleeve. We must all be vigilant. Independence Day can best be celebrated by turning our thoughts to the future of this country and buying American made goods.
We need to stop buying things made in China! Every time you buy something made somewhere else, you are keeping someone in America out of work. Happy 4th of July folks. Be grateful for this Democracy and for people like Gail who are patriotic every day of the year.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Gulf Of Mexico Litter Box

When I first heard BP had started working at night instead of using the daylight I was suspicious! Now I understand. We need to get BP out of our Gulf ASAP!

BP’s New Cover-Up Revealed

Cross-posted from Shannyn Moore’s website and via The Mudflats.

We’re getting reports from the gulf that BP is involved in another cover-up – in the literal meaning.

BP is trucking in sand to cover up the oil. Let me repeat that – instead of cleaning up the oil they are just bringing in sand from other beaches and covering it up. In the photos and the video you can see the layering of Grand Isle, LA sand, oil and then a sand of a different type. Photo-journalists have four independent confirmations by local Sheriff’s in Grand Isle, Louisiana.

CS Muncy, a freelance photo-journalist from New York has gone down to report the story on his own dime. He’s a friend of The Mudflats and has sent us these photos to get the word out. We’re asking you to support his work, you can donate through PayPal to – Click the link here.


BP’s New Cover-Up Revealed

Cross-posted from Shannyn Moore’s website and via The Mudflats.

We’re getting reports from the gulf that BP is involved in another cover-up – in the literal meaning.

BP is trucking in sand to cover up the oil. Let me repeat that – instead of cleaning up the oil they are just bringing in sand from other beaches and covering it up. In the photos and the video you can see the layering of Grand Isle, LA sand, oil and then a sand of a different type. Photo-journalists have four independent confirmations by local Sheriff’s in Grand Isle, Louisiana.

CS Muncy, a freelance photo-journalist from New York has gone down to report the story on his own dime. He’s a friend of The Mudflats and has sent us these photos to get the word out. We’re asking you to support his work, you can donate through PayPal to – Click the link here.

Video by Save Our Shores‘s Judson Parker

In an interview Wednesday with journalist Allison Kilkenny, Muncy said he “went down onto the beaches, and we started inspecting them. There were tar balls, tar residue, and there was some oil on the beach. Apparently, the day before there was a lot of tar balls, and BP was working in the area pretty heavily, and we started noticing there was a different consistency in the sand.”

Muncy added:

Closer to shore, there was this grainy, very rough shell-filled sand, and then you could see almost like a border where it just spilled over onto the beach sand, which is a very fine-grained sand. And it looked as if it was dumped. I mean, you could dig a few inches down, and you could see that it was a different type of sand beneath that, you know, without all the shell and grit, and what not. It looked very much like that. Our first assumption was, yeah, that they were dumping sand to cover up the tar balls.

You know, when I first said that…to me, it sounded conspiratorial – more so than I usually think. But then, soon after, we were stopped by some local sheriffs - actually, scratch that, they weren’t local sheriff – they were working for the local sheriff, but these guys were bussed in from… (C.S. asks Judson if he remembers where they were bussed in from) …from Jefferson Parish – from way up north – he was a city guy, and there were two of them that stopped us, and they weren’t unpleasant about it – they weren’t mean – but we could hear them talking on the radio, and their job was to run us off. So they told us, no more pictures – at least no more pictures of them. In fact, they stopped me from going out onto the beach a little bit further, and taking more pictures. But, you know, we got to talking with the guy, one of them, and he said, ‘Yeah, they came here, and just dumped a bunch of sand on the beach.’ They were just shoveling it on.

We could see the erosion and where the tar still was, and there was a total separate point from where the sand was dumped on.

Shannyn Moore is an award winning broadcaster, political commentator, and blogger based in Anchorage, Alaska. She can be heard on her daily talk radio show in Alaska on KUDO 1080AM Anchorage and KXLJ 1330AM Juneau from 11am-2pm AST. Her weekly television show, Moore Up North, is broadcast every Saturday at 4pm statewide on KYES Channel 5. Shannyn was a contributing author to the 2009 book on Sarah Palin titled Going Rouge.