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Non-Ham Radio Options for Being Rescued

August 31st, 2014

Although I’ve been an amateur “ham” radio operator since the late seventies, people interested in getting rescued in a disaster or from being lost in the woods are not always interested in taking a test to get a ham license.

An option I hadn’t considered on this topic is the use of the aviation emergency “guard” frequency of 121.5 MHz. My otherwise unrestricted dual band VHF/UHF transceiver will work out of the ham band, but alas not on 121.5 nor the UHF 406 MHz frequency. So don’t think your $40 Baofeng will save you with this method (it’s still a fine ham radio).

The handheld aviation band radio pictured has the most important feature stressed by Steven Harris in an episode about radio preparedness on The Survival Podcast, http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/1322-harris-on-radio-preps.

From a description of the radio model found online:
“One-Touch Emergency Frequency Access. Just press the [121.5] key for instant operation on the VHF airband emergency frequency.”

Most aircraft monitor that frequency, and Mr. Harris will tell you how to make it more likely you’ll get a useful response to your distress call. He also provides a phone number you should write on the radio (taped or silver marker) to give a pilot to call for a very serious emergency help desk that won’t let you down.

Beacon Food Forest Monologue

June 5th, 2014


Craig Ferguson mentioned the nation’s largest forest garden, the Beacon Food Forest in Seattle, on his show years ago. Play the YouTube clip above or go to YouTube directly, http://youtu.be/nU6Q5XrYQe8 Craig’s remarks on the urban food forest begin at 2:11.

Food forests are sometimes called Wilderness Gardens or Forest Gardens. They can provide food all year round with minimal labor. Info about the Beacon Food Forest may be found here, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beacon_Food_Forest or directly at their web presence, http://beaconfoodforest.org/.

A seven layered food forest (root, ground, herb, shrub, low fruit trees, high canopy trees and climbing vines–see Food Forest Chart) doesn’t require 7 acres or much in the way of herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers or labor to keep producing.

Most of the work is just harvesting the bounty.

OC KHCTF Mon. Oct 29 New Sources of Power

October 28th, 2012

Howard HinmanKarl Hess Community
Technology Forum

On the scariest Fifth Monday in a Month
The “Powers That Were” Face New Sources of Power

October 31, 2011

Schedule:
Pre-meeting: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Announcements: 7:45 p.m. Master of Ceremonies
Presentation: 8:00 p.m. Howard Hinman:
“Discovering the Secrets of Energy: What the Powers that Were do not want you to Know”.

Questions: 8:45 p.m. Q&A via written cards for at least the first round of questions.
Close by 9:30 p.m.

Location: Asian Buffet (Oriental buffet)
23552 El Toro Rd., Lake Forest, CA 92630
At Raymond, behind a bank, near the public (gov’t) library branch.


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Tel: (949) 206-9988 – Fax: (949) 206-9098

The Master of Ceremonies for the event will offer a Toast to the evening’s festivities.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
His talk will cover a few of the exciting developments in the energy field including the field formerly known as “cold fusion”, along with some potentially even more revolutionary developments.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Howard has addressed Libertarian clubs on many occasions, chiefly on economic and financial topics. Mr. Hinman is the Secretary/Treasurer and CFO of Resilient Freedom Foundation. He is a Mortgage Fraud Professional, the Presider of the International Property Title Alliance, and Chief Financial Officer, Senior Legal Researcher and Director of Communications of the California Legal Rights Fund, Inc. He also hosts the Karl Hess Community Technology Forum, an independent supperclub in Orange County devoted primarily to the topic of appropriate technology.

Howard is a graduate of California State University at Fullerton College of Business and Economics with a degree in Business Administration. Among his many associations and achievements, Howard is a member of Toastmasters International since 1983, and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. Howard resides in Orange County. Join him on Facebook and LinkedIn.

For the first round of questions, audience members are asked to submit their questions in writing to the Master of Ceremonies, so that they may be presented to the speaker most effectively.

Cost is dinner (approximately 15.00 FRNS) plus a 5.00 room charge per attendee. (Cash only for the room charge please.) MasterCard and Visa accepted by the restaurant. Beer and wine available at an additional charge.

Good food. Some vegetarian dishes available.

For this meeting, leave a reservation message with the subject “OC KHCTF” on the web at http://permakent.com/contact/ or email: permakent@gmail.com

If you have additional questions contact Kent Hastings toll free at 1.877.867-8209 or leave a voice mail message.

Future dinner talks at the Karl Hess Community Technology Forum are still to be determined. We will keep you posted.

Resilient Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization, and has received its non-profit determination letter from the IRS. Its mission is to support a resilient community, including respect for personal rights and responsibilities. Please consider it for your tax-deductible donations.

For information about this event (other than reservations) and/or future events, please contact Howard Hinman, Director of Communications, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Legal Researcher, at (714) 244-2291. His email is: Howardhinman1234@yahoo.com.

Pam Warhurst’s Edible Landscapes in Cities

August 10th, 2012

In my opinion, given what I believe is going to happen to the purchasing power of the U.S. Dollar soon and what is already happening in cities going bankrupt, this TED Talk featuring Pam Warhurst describes a plan of action to insure the very survival of city dwellers.

Housing in an Age of Uncertainty and No Money

July 28th, 2012

Howard HinmanKarl Hess Community
Technology Forum

On the next Fifth Monday
July 30, 2012

Schedule:
Pre-meeting: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Announcements: 7:45 p.m. J. Kent Hastings, Master of Ceremonies
Presentation: 8:00 p.m. Howard Hinman:
“Housing in an Age of Uncertainty and No Money”

Questions: 8:45 p.m. Q&A via written cards for at least the first round of questions.
Close by 9:30 p.m.

Location: Asian Buffet (Oriental buffet)
23552 El Toro Rd., Lake Forest, CA 92630
At Raymond, behind a bank, near the public (gov’t) library branch.


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Tel: (949) 206-9988 – Fax: (949) 206-9098

J. Kent Hastings of the Kingdom of Nye, (County in Nevada, town of Pahrump), will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the event and will offer a Toast to the evening’s festivities.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

Mr. Hinman will discuss how one will find and keep housing as the Greater Depression continues and may well deepen even further, Occupy per Gerald Celente continues its metamorphosis to Octupy [Occupy plus octopus] and major technological developments occur.

In the near future:

Mr. Hinman is scheduled to give an encore performance on Thursday evening, August 16, 2012 at:

Raffaello’s Gourmet Italian Ristorante,
400 South Pacific Avenue (at 4th Street),
San Pedro, 310-514-0900

Further details at www.liberty66.org.

Contact:

Jay Jones (310-377-8641 orchair@liberty66.org)

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Howard has addressed Libertarian clubs on many occasions, chiefly on economic and financial topics. He is a Mortgage Fraud Professional, the Presider of the International Property Title Alliance, and Chief Financial Officer, Senior Legal Researcher and Director of Communications of the California Legal Rights Fund, Inc. He also hosts the Karl Hess Community Technology Forum, an independent supperclub in Orange County devoted primarily to the topic of appropriate technology.

Howard is a graduate of California State University at Fullerton College of Business and Economics with a degree in Business Administration. Among his many associations and achievements, Howard is a member of Toastmasters International since 1983, and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. Howard resides in Orange County. Join him on Facebook and LinkedIn.

For the first round of questions, audience members are asked to submit their questions in writing to the Master of Ceremonies, so that they may be presented to the speaker most effectively.

Cost is dinner (approximately 15.00 FRNS) plus a 5.00 room charge per attendee. (Cash only for the room charge please.) MasterCard and Visa accepted by the restaurant. Beer and wine available at an additional charge.

Good food. Some vegetarian dishes available.

For this meeting, leave a reservation message with the subject “OC KHCTF” on the web at http://permakent.com/contact/ or email: permakent@gmail.com

If you have additional questions contact Kent Hastings toll free at 1.877.867-8209 or leave a voice mail message.

Future dinner talks at the Karl Hess Community Technology Forum are still to be determined. We will keep you posted.

Resilient Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization. Its mission is to support a resilient community, including respect for personal rights and responsibilities.

For information about this event (other than reservations) and/or future events, please contact Howard Hinman, Director of Communications, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Legal Researcher, at (714) 244-2291. His email is: Howardhinman1234@yahoo.com.

“Making A Hackerspace” OC KHCTF Mon. April 30

April 27th, 2012

J. Kent HastingsKarl Hess
Community
Technology Forum

On a Fifth Monday in a Month

April 30, 2012

Schedule:
Pre-meeting: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Announcements: 7:45 p.m. Howard Hinman,
Master of Ceremonies

Presentation: 8:00 p.m.
J. Kent Hastings:
“Making A Hackerspace”

Questions: 8:45 p.m. Q&A via written cards for at least the first round of questions.
Close by 9:30 p.m.

Location: Asian Buffet (Oriental buffet)
23552 El Toro Rd., Lake Forest, CA 92630
At Raymond, behind a bank, near the public (gov’t) library branch.


View Larger Map
Tel: (949) 206-9988 – Fax: (949) 206-9098

Howard Hinman of Orange County, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the event and will offer a Toast to the evening’s festivities.

J. Kent Hastings is a writer, video editor, audio and film producer, computer programmer, agorist and ham radio hobbyist.

Hastings wrote about privacy and security in his “Techtics” column for SEK3’s Tactics of the Movement of the Libertarian Left during the 1980s. Kent also wrote an article about these subjects for the first issue of Agorist Quarterly, published in 1995, titled “The Information Underground Railroad.” He also co-authored, with best-selling writer Brad Linaweaver, an alternate history novel published in 2004 titled Anarquia, which features some interesting technology in its version of the Spanish Civil War.

Kent has returned to an early interest in tinkering with homebrew electronic gear, partly because he finds it fun, and also thanks to a number of emergency scenarios discussed at prior meetings here.

Kent is an active member of a Los Angeles based hackerspace called CRASH Space. Hackerspaces have workshops with tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters, milling machines and in this case, electronics gear like oscilloscopes, signal generators, and spectrum analyzers. Many members are already proficient using CAD software to design 3D printed physical objects or create custom printed circuit boards for their microcontroller (usually Arduino) projects.

CRASH Space has a full complement of electronics, mechanical, and microcontroller makers as well as a few licensed ham radio operators. There are professionals working at space companies, instructors in university tech departments, and entrepreneurs building prototypes. Members have competed in the Discovery Science Channel’s Unchained Reaction show. The season finale will include “Team Fail, Fail, Fail, Win.”

This hackerspace has operated for a couple of years and seen growth in the number of members, which is fueling further growth. At the latest member’s meeting we discussed the upcoming 501c3 non-profit status and looked at preliminary growth projections in the number of members and the amount of revenue.

As government budgets reach the breaking point, universities turn down student applications for lack of funding, and internships at companies during this employment slump aren’t picking up the slack, the only alternative for those wanting upgraded skills is to hang around friendly, enthusiastic competent makers who can teach things and maybe learn something in return.

Some timeless wisdom from a 2008 presentation by HacDC’s Nick Farr:

For the first round of questions, audience members are asked to submit their questions in writing to the Master of Ceremonies, so that they may be presented to the speaker most effectively.

Cost is dinner (approximately 15.00 FRNS) plus a 5.00 room charge per attendee. (Cash only for the room charge please.) MasterCard and Visa accepted by the restaurant. Beer and wine available at an additional charge.

Good food. Some vegetarian dishes available.

For this meeting, leave a reservation message with the subject “OC KHCTF” on the web at http://permakent.com/contact/ or email: permakent@gmail.com

If you have additional questions contact Kent Hastings toll free at 1.877.867-8209 or leave a voice mail message.

The next fifth Monday in a month is July 30, 2012. Howard Hinman will give a talk then, titled “Housing in a Time of No Money:Government Restrictions and the Oppression of the Homeless and the Environment.”

Resilient Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization. Its mission is to support a resilient community, including respect for personal rights and responsibilities.

For information about this event (other than reservations) and/or future events, please contact Howard Hinman, Director of Communications, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Legal Researcher, at (714) 244-2291. His email is: Howardhinman1234@yahoo.com.

Buckets of Life of Death

April 19th, 2012

Wikipedia:CambridgeBayWeather
A Modern Honey Bucket.
I heard about food grade storage buckets and alcohol fermentation and distillation in buckets on The Survival Podcast, and got to thinking about The Bucket List after a recent memorial service.

You can kick the can down the road and achieve eternal youth, but not if you mistakenly kick the bucket.

Then I thought about how many of life’s needs can be met by the use of buckets until the final kick-off, including personal waste as reported in this Anchorage Daily News story, “Honey buckets remain a sanitation concern in Bethel.”

I found that story from Bethel, Alaska by chance. One resident, Tim Meyers, grows fresh vegetables in the permafrost there, and according to Mark Dowie, using heat from composting in a greenhouse. More info is linked from my post at PermaKent, “Better Than The Best Idea.”

The Meyers Farm website tells the story and has a link to an audio interview on the Press page.

Rainwater can be captured in buckets, and plants grown in them when full of soil and allowing for drainage.

There are even “bucketponics” combinations of fish and plants able to feed the fish and the fish in return able to feed and fertilize the plants. Only sun and water agitation and filtration might be needed to keep the system going. And perhaps some added compost as fish and plants are consumed.

Buckets might catch the wind or serve as part of a water wheel generator. A bucket brigade can deliver a steady amount of water if no hose or pressure is available to fight a fire.

Other writers on the web have explored the multiple uses of the typical 5-gallon bucket, including Wikipedia, “Buckets–Types and Uses.”

Other uses include as a musical instrument, seat, and trash can.

Congress Tells FCC to Remove EmComm Impediments

April 5th, 2012

I received an ARRL legislative alert email with some good news for ham radio operators like me and perhaps not so great news for property owners who want antenna restrictions.

Congress has directed the FCC to conduct a study of the uses and capabilities of Amateur Radio Service communications in emergencies and disaster relief. The FCC was directed to identify

“impediments to enhanced Amateur Radio Service communications, such as the effects of unreasonable or unnecessary private land use restrictions on residential antenna installations.” Finally, the study is to make “recommendations regarding the removal of such impediments.”

Brad Linaweaver at L.A. KHC

March 16th, 2012

Brad speaks at L.A. KHCKARL HESS CLUB MONDAY
March 19, 2012

from email notice eMinder

Brad Linaweaver Sounds of Liberty radio show, Mondo Cult 3 magazine, the BSL scripted and co-produced (with JKH) Silicon Assassin film project in progress, et al.”

[Award Night: The SEK3 Memorial Chauntecleer]

Dinah’s Family Restaurant 6521 S. Sepulveda Blvd. (at Centinela Avenue) in West Los Angeles (310) 645-0456. The club meets in the separate meeting room behind the main dining area.

SCHEDULE Monday, March 19, 2012

7:00 p.m. Gathering Time [Dinner stipulations: $10.00 order minimum plus $3.00 Club Cover Charge]

8:00 p.m. Dinner (Order from the regular menu)

8:30 p.m. Announcements including Chauntecleer award ceremony N.B. Early start this month.

9:00 p.m. Guest Speaker: Brad Linaweaver

10:00 p.m. Q & A

10:30 p.m. Adjournment from Dinah’s (Please depart premises promptly)

11:00 p.m. Afters: Mixing and Mingling Lounge- Doubletree Hotel 1616 West Centinela Avenue Culver City

For information on the Karl Hess Club: http://www.karlhessclub.org/

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

We will start early this month to accommodate the Chauntecleer award presentation, have our usual round of brief announcements, and then proceed to the main program for the evening. Brad Linaweaver will again grace our dais to bring us the latest developments on projects close to his heart, to wit: The Sounds of Liberty, Mondo Cult 3, and Silicon Assassin, representing the media of radio, print and cinema respectively.

Copies of MC3, the latest issue of what is considered to be the premier special interest magazine devoted to popular culture, will be on hand for sale. Brad will entertain you as well as entertain your questions related to these and his other projects among his wide-ranging endeavors. Please join us!

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Brad is the distinguished author of the novel Moon of Ice, among his many works of long and short fiction, and commentary, and is the co-author, along with fellow KHC co-Founder J. Kent Hastings, of the Spanish Civil War set alternate history novel Anarquia. To learn more about Brad’s many interests, activities and accomplishments, visit his website: http://www.fortunecity.com/lavendar/ducksoup/393/brad.htm

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Upcoming Programs Scheduled:

214 April 16, 2012 [8th Samuel Edward Konkin III Memorial Lecture] Paul Gibbons and Bob Weber “The Myth of the Rule of Law”

215 May 21, 2012 Terry Brussel and Paul Gibbons on “Reflections of TMIAHM”

216 June 18, 2012 PROGRAM TBD

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IMPORTANT NOTE:

Our regular venue is Dinah’s Family Restaurant in West Los Angeles. The address is: 6521 S. Sepulveda Blvd. (at Centinela) (310) 645-0456. The nearest corner is W. Centinela Avenue.

The time for dinner is anytime between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. You may be seated in the meeting room at that time. Other restaurant patrons may be there as well until 8 p.m. The club will have exclusive use of the room between 8 and 10:30 p.m. The program will be from 8:45 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. (the restaurant’s doors close at 11 p.m. sharp). Please exit promptly after 10:30 p.m.

Dinah’s minimum for our diner/attendees is $10.00. There is a $3.00 cover to the club (which, with notice, may vary upward by program but will be at least $3.00). Order off the regular menu. Individual cheques. Pay your own tab. The club dues will be collected from you. Please note that KHC attendees must observe the minimum restaurant order.

Thank you to our loyal members for your continued support.

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Special Note: VENUE FOR AFTERMEETING: DOUBLETREE HOTEL LOUNGE (Formerly RADISSON)

Please join us for the Aftermeeting in the lounge at the Doubletree Hotel Culver City. When we adjourn Dinah’s at 10:30 p.m., proceed to the Doubletree and we’ll reconvene for an informal gathering by 11 p.m. until 2 a.m.

The Doubletree is at 6161 West Centinela Avenue at Arizona in Culver City 90230-6306 (one block West of Sepulveda Boulevard). It is possible to walk from Dinah’s in about two minutes or repark your car on Arizona one minute away, but it is recommended to park in the hotel lot. N.B.: the available hotel parking is a pay lot, however the bar will validate your parking with any purchase. The lounge is immediately inside the hotel lobby adjacent to the desk.

It is not permitted to make a left turn onto Centinela from Arizona, so a good way is to turn right and go to the intersection with Sepulveda, make a U-turn and drive back to the hotel, which will be on the right hand side.

Doubletree Telephone: (310) 649-1776 For More Hotel Info, see: Doubletree Website:

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Random End Notes:

SAD NEWS

We are very sad to report that Steve Reed passed away on Saturday February 4, 2012. According to his brother Tim, Steve passed away in his sleep that day, apparently due to complications of Diabetes. Steve was a libertarian, a Karl Hess Club member, and a club patron. He was among a select group of sponsors of the 100th meeting of the KHC that was the occasion of Karl Hess IV’s first visit to the club. He was also instrumental in the inception of the KHC website.

Last year, in lieu of the scheduled speaker who was not able to attend, Steve participated in an impromptu dramatization wherein he interpreted the role of Professor De La Paz, a character created by Robert A. Heinlein in his novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Steve was also a fan of the television show “My So-Called Life” and its star Claire Danes, to cite just one of our several points of mutual interest.

He was a caring and devoted friend, a Brother in Liberty, and a staunch and steady supporter of the Karl Hess Club. He is very much missed and we extend our deepest condolence to Steve’s brother Tim, his cousin Debbie, and all his family and many friends.

A memorial celebration of Steve’s life is being planned and details will be available as soon as they are finalized.

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Another update on Nancy Shiffrin’s activities:

Forwarded Message:

  • To:

  • From: Nancy Shiffrin <nshiffrin@earthlink.net>

Subject: A Book For You

Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2012 08:45:21 -0800

Please forward to all who might be interested

http://home.earthlink.net/~nshiffrin/

Nancy Shiffrin 1112 Montana Avenue #636

Santa Monica, CA 90403 310.302.1107

Eroticism is one of the basic means of self-knowledge, as indispensable as poetry…” Anais Nin, In Favor of the Sensitive Man

Nancy Shiffrin‘s new collection of love poems GAME WITH VARIATIONS is now available on-line.

Click on the link below to read more and order

“Nancy Shiffrin’s poems are gut-land responses to a personal life of risks, frustrations, and celebrations. Her writing is lean, sensitive, erotic. She celebrates the female body with a rare vigor.” Robert Peters

THE VAST UNKNOWING is still available. Order a signed inscribed copy from Nancy directly nshiffrin@earthlink.net 1112 Montana Avenue #636 Santa Monica CA 90403 310.302.1107

Read a selection from THE VAST UNKNOWING

THE VAST UNKNOWING collects a wide spectrum of poetry from Nancy Shiffrin…One of her main questions is Who are we? What made us that person? She explores a number of sources of our identity….

(in the poem) “My Shoah” (Shiffrin) brings together many of her disparate threads—family religion…evil…details from her personal history—and makes them work together. When she is at her best, as in this poem, Shiffrin produces deep powerful poetry. G. Murray Thomas, poetix.net

Open Source Aquaponics Designs

February 29th, 2012

Susanne Friend and Tim Mann are the married partners of Friendly Aquaponics, Inc..

The company makes the plans for their open source aquaponics systems available for immediate purchase and download from their website.

People who’ve taken their courses say that they are indeed friendly, according to the comments on their video at YouTube.

Howard Hinman at Culver City KHC Mon. Feb. 20

February 18th, 2012

KARL HESS CLUB MONDAY February 20, 2012 ennouncement

Howard Hinman “The Secrets of MERS and the Massive Mortgage Meltdown-Latest Developments.”

Dinah’s Family Restaurant 6521 S. Sepulveda Blvd. (at Centinela Avenue) in West Los Angeles (310) 645-0456. The club meets in the separate meeting room behind the main dining area.

Note: To accommodate the speaker this program will begin at 8:30 p.m. Thank you.

7:00 p.m. Gathering Time [Dinner stipulations: $10.00 order minimum plus $3.00 Club Cover Charge]

8:00 p.m. Dinner (Order from the regular menu)

8:15 p.m. Announcements

8:30 p.m. Guest Speaker: Howard Hinman SPECIAL TIMING THIS MONTH ONLY

9:30 p.m. Q & A

10:00 p.m. Adjournment from Dinah’s (Please depart premises promptly)

11:00 p.m. Afters: Mixing and Mingling Lounge- Doubletree Hotel 1616 West Centinela Avenue Culver City

For information on the Karl Hess Club: http://www.karlhessclub.org/

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

Howard will give us a “date down” on the subject of The Massive Mortgage Meltdown, of which we are still in the throws. M.E.R.S. (“Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems”) is a system of real property registration ostensibly intended to protect and streamline hypothecation of equities but which instead lead to widespread abuse and outright fraud.

This situation coupled with overheated speculation in the markets contributed to the collapse of commerce and financial institutions in turn precipitating our present economic recession.

Supposedly, and mainly due to governmental intervention, the markets and economy generally are recovering, but Main Street still doesn’t seem to believe it.

What can we believe? Howard will help us to interpret, analyze, and understand current conditions and to prepare our portfolios and ourselves for the effects.

Please join us for this important review.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Howard has addressed our club on many occasions, chiefly on economic and financial topics. He is a Mortgage Fraud Professional, the Presider of the International Property Title Alliance, and Chief Financial Officer, Senior Legal Researcher and Director of Communications of the California Legal Rights Fund, Inc. He also hosts the Karl Hess Community Technology Forum, an independent supper club in Orange County devoted primarily to the topic of appropriate technology.

Howard is a graduate of California State University at Fullerton College of Business and Economics with a degree in Business Administration. Among his many associations and achievements, Howard is a member of Toastmasters International since 1983, and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. Howard resides in Orange County. Join him on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Upcoming Programs Scheduled:

213 March 19, 2012 [Award Night: The SEK3 Memorial Chauntecleer] Brad Linaweaver Sounds of Liberty radio show and Mondo Cult 3 magazine. Also the BSL scripted and co-produced (with JKH) Silicon Assassin film project in progress and other projects will be covered. N.B.: Should there be a Chauntecleer awarded this evening, the presentation will be prior to the program, so please plan to arrive a little earlier for the festivities, just in case. Thank you!

214 April 16, 2012 [8th Samuel Edward Konkin III Memorial Lecture] Paul Gibbons and Bob Weber “The Myth of the Rule of Law”

215 May 21, 2012 Terry Brussel, Paul Gibbons and Steve Reed on “Reflections of TMIAHM”

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IMPORTANT NOTE:

Our regular venue is Dinah’s Family Restaurant in West Los Angeles. The address is: 6521 S. Sepulveda Blvd. (at Centinela) (310) 645-0456. The nearest corner is W. Centinela Avenue.

The time for dinner is anytime between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. You may be seated in the meeting room at that time. Other restaurant patrons may be there as well until 8 p.m. The club will have exclusive use of the room between 8 and 10:30 p.m. The program will be from 8:45 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. (the restaurant’s doors close at 11 p.m. sharp). Please exit promptly after 10:30 p.m. NOTE SPECIAL TIMING FOR FEBRUARY ONLY.

Dinah’s minimum for our diner/attendees is $10.00. There is a $3.00 cover to the club (which, with notice, may vary upward by program but will be at least $3.00). Order off the regular menu. Individual cheques. Pay your own tab. The club dues will be collected from you. Please note that KHC attendees must observe the minimum restaurant order.

Thank you to our loyal members for your continued support.

_________________________________

Special Note: VENUE FOR AFTERMEETING: DOUBLETREE HOTEL LOUNGE (Formerly RADISSON)

Please join us for the Aftermeeting in the lounge at the Doubletree Hotel Culver City. When we adjourn Dinah’s at 10:30 p.m., proceed to the Doubletree and we’ll reconvene for an informal gathering by 11 p.m. until 2 a.m.

The Doubletree is at 6161 West Centinela Avenue at Arizona in Culver City 90230-6306 (one block West of Sepulveda Boulevard). It is possible to walk from Dinah’s in about two minutes or repark your car on Arizona one minute away, but it is recommended to park in the hotel lot. N.B.: the available hotel parking is a pay lot, however the bar will validate your parking with any purchase. The lounge is immediately inside the hotel lobby adjacent to the desk.

It is not permitted to make a left turn onto Centinela from Arizona, so a good way is to turn right and go to the intersection with Sepulveda, make a U-turn and drive back to the hotel, which will be on the right hand side.

Doubletree Telephone: (310) 649-1776 For More Hotel Info, see: Doubletree Website:

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Random End Notes:

The KonkinRothbard Limited Club met Monday January 30, 2012. The program lead by Dr. Sandor Woren was “Winning the Peace: The Challenge of Iraq and The Middle East” with Dr. Gary Chartier as Guest Dining Panelist who provided counterpoint. The venue in Arcadia, Coco’s, was very good and well suited to our purposes and will be used again for the next meeting, scheduled April 30. Invitation will be promulgated sometime in late March or early April and RSVP replies taken at that time.

Thanks to our discussion leaders and participants for an interesting and rewarding evening and particular appreciation goes to Paul Gibbons who recorded the proceedings, and also for his special contribution.

This supperclub, an ancillary project of the KHC, is intended to present programs limited to economics, geo-politics and history subjects. It is planned to meet on Fifth Mondays of a month each year. The remaining scheduled dates for 2012 are April 30, July 30, October 29 and December 31.

The next Karl Hess Community Technology Forum in Orange County (presented by Howard Hinman and J. Kent Hastings, your hosts of that gathering), will occur on the same date (Monday April 30) in Lake Forest. This sister club of ours is presented under the auspices of The Resilient Freedom Foundation.

The location is Asian Buffet (Oriental buffet) 23552 El Toro Rd., Lake Forest, CA 92630 near Raymond, behind a bank, by the public (gov’t) library branch. For more details, go to: http://permakent.com/

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Special Announcement From Nancy Shiffrin:

“From: Nancy Shiffrin <nshiffrin@earthlink.net>

To:

Subject: A Book for Valentine’s Day

Date: Jan 23, 2012 8:33 AM

Please forward to all who might be interested

Saturday February 11 — Nancy Shiffrin, Murray Thomas and others will

read poetry between 3pm and 5pm at:

Santa Catalina Branch of the Pasadena Public Library 999 E. Washington Blvd.

Nancy Shiffrin 1112 Montana Avenue #636

Santa Monica, CA 90403 310.302.1107

“Eroticism is one of the basic means of self-knowledge, as indispensable as poetry…” Anais Nin, In Favor of the Sensitive Man

Nancy Shiffrin’s new collection of love poems GAME WITH VARIATIONS is now available on-line. Click on the link below to read more and order

“Nancy Shiffrin’s poems are gut-land responses to a personal life of risks, frustrations, and celebrations. Her writing is lean, sensitive, erotic. She celebrates the female body with a rare vigor.” Robert Peters

THE VAST UNKNOWING is still available-order a signed inscribed copy from Nancy directly: nshiffrin@earthlink.net 1112 Montana Avenue #636 Santa Monica CA 90403 310.302.1107

Read a selection from THE VAST UNKNOWING

THE VAST UNKNOWING collects a wide spectrum of poetry from Nancy Shiffrin…One of her main questions is Who are we? What made us that person? She explores a number of sources of our identity….(in the poem) “My Shoah” (Shiffrin) brings together many of her disparate threads—family religion…evil…details from her personal history—and makes them work together. When she is at her best, as in this poem, Shiffrin produces deep powerful poetry. G. Murray Thomas, poetix.net”

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Sad News

We recently heard from our fellow member and friend in Liberty Pam Maltzman with some sad news along with important information for those who may avail of it. From Pam:

“Dear Friends: I am, sadly, forwarding around the devastating news that our friend from Toastmasters long ago, Gina Liudzius Cobb, has passed away. Below is the note I received from Gina’s sister, Valerie Hennes, providing information on her memorial service. Although I will probably not be able to make it down to the event myself, I urge you all to attend out of respect for Gina and her family.

Pam Maltzman

From: Valerie Hennes <vhennes@toast.net>

To: pbmaltzman@yahoo.com

Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 5:21 PM

Subject:

Dear Friends,

It is with great sorrow that we must share with you the news that our sister, Regina Cobb, passed away on Dec. 30 after a massive stroke.

It has been a devastating loss, and Gina will be greatly missed. She touched many lives in many ways we cannot even know. You are receiving this email because your name was found in a list of Gina’s contacts.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, Feb. 3 at 10:30 AM at:

Christ Lutheran Church

28850 So. Western Ave

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Please let us know if you plan to attend.

May Peace be With You,

Regina’s Family

Contacts:

Valerie Hennes (sister) vhennes@toast.net

John Liudzius (brother) reginacobbmemorial@gmail.com

Our condolences to Gina’s family and friends.

OC KHCTF Howard Hinman Jan. 30, “More-tgage”

January 11th, 2012

Howard HinmanKarl Hess Community
Technology Forum

On the first Fifth Monday in 2012
Houses still face financial disaster

January 30, 2012

Schedule:
Pre-meeting: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Announcements: 7:45 p.m. J. Kent Hastings, Master of Ceremonies
Presentation: 8:00 p.m. Howard Hinman:
“More Secrets of MERS & the Massive Mortgage Meltdown.”

Questions: 8:45 p.m. Q&A via written cards for at least the first round of questions.
Close by 9:30 p.m.

Location: Asian Buffet (Oriental buffet)
23552 El Toro Rd., Lake Forest, CA 92630
At Raymond, behind a bank, near the public (gov’t) library branch.


View Larger Map
Tel: (949) 206-9988 – Fax: (949) 206-9098

J. Kent Hastings of the Kingdom of Nye, (County in Nevada, town of Pahrump), will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the event and will offer a Toast to the evening’s festivities.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

More revelations about the still little known (outside of real estate and mortgage banking circles) system alleged to have exacerbated the real estate value crash of a few years ago, the effects which still reverberate through the economy.

UPDATES:

MERS still exists. Its role continues to be confused. What is not is that MERS exacerbates the problem.

Robo-signing still exists. John O’Brien, the Register of Deeds in Salem, Massachusetts is still getting documents signed by the notorious robo-signer “Linda Green”. [Featured on a segment of “60 Minutes”.] Jeff Thigpen, the Register of Deeds of Guilford County, North Carolina has joined in the investigation. The results were downright ugly. Land records all over the country appear compromised by MERS, robo-signing, a polite word for document fraud, securitization, ad nauseum.

The current federal administration was attempting to negotiate a 50-state settlement for pennies on the dollar. President Obama announced further investigations in the State of the Union Address on January 24, 2012. Several state attorney generals have been holding out. This includes California attorney general Kamala D. Harris and Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto.

We have our first “known” dead body, a whistle blower notary in Nevada, Tracy Lawrence. She was 43. That is the power of the Too Big to Fail Banks.

Douglas E. French, the President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, said that the solution would be allow to the Too Big Too Fail Institutions to declare bankruptcy. [Talk on January 14, 2012 at the Mises Circle in Houston, Texas. Available on mises.tv.]

Barring some total reversal of course, this will almost certainly bring down the United States of America and the worldwide economy.

So let Resilient Freedom Foundation show you how to be better prepared for the possibly coming chaos.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Howard has addressed Libertarian clubs on many occasions, chiefly on economic and financial topics. He is a Mortgage Fraud Professional, the Presider of the International Property Title Alliance, and Chief Financial Officer, Senior Legal Researcher and Director of Communications of the California Legal Rights Fund, Inc. He also hosts the Karl Hess Community Technology Forum, an independent supperclub in Orange County devoted primarily to the topic of appropriate technology.

Howard is a graduate of California State University at Fullerton College of Business and Economics with a degree in Business Administration. Among his many associations and achievements, Howard is a member of Toastmasters International since 1983, and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. Howard resides in Orange County. Join him on Facebook and LinkedIn.

For the first round of questions, audience members are asked to submit their questions in writing to the Master of Ceremonies, so that they may be presented to the speaker most effectively.

Cost is dinner (approximately 15.00 FRNS) plus a 5.00 room charge per attendee. (Cash only for the room charge please.) MasterCard and Visa accepted by the restaurant. Beer and wine available at an additional charge.

Good food. Some vegetarian dishes available.

For this meeting, leave a reservation message with the subject “OC KHCTF” on the web at http://permakent.com/contact/ or email: permakent@gmail.com

If you have additional questions contact Kent Hastings toll free at 1.877.867-8209 or leave a voice mail message.

Future dinner talks at the Karl Hess Community Technology Forum are still to be determined. We will keep you posted.

Resilient Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization. Its mission is to support a resilient community, including respect for personal rights and responsibilities.

The next fifth Monday in a month is April 30, 2012. We tentatively have a speaker on the subject of “Founding a Hackerspace” from Crashspace, a hackerspace in Los Angeles.

For information about this event (other than reservations) and/or future events, please contact Howard Hinman, Director of Communications, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Legal Researcher, at (714) 244-2291. His email is: Howardhinman1234@yahoo.com.

Driver Cell Phone Ban Exemption for Ham Radio

January 7th, 2012

I received the following in email from Nye County, Nevada Hams:

Here is link to the amendment that added the ham radio exclusion:

SB 140 in PDF.

Read it carefully.

The law is primarily concerned with hand held wireless devices, further the law avoids discussing communication/electronic equipment mounted to the vehicle.

A ham radio mounted in a car with a microphone is not a hand held wireless device.

A handi-talkie is a hand held wireless device.

The follow are the exemptions passed in senate bill 140

2. The provisions of this section do not apply to:

(a) A paid or volunteer firefighter, emergency medical technician, ambulance attendant or other person trained to provide emergency medical services who is acting within the course and scope of his or her employment.

(b) A law enforcement officer or any person designated by a sheriff or chief of police or the Director of the Department of Public Safety who is acting within the course and scope of his or her employment.

(c) A person who is reporting a medical emergency, a safety hazard or criminal activity or who is requesting assistance relating to a medical emergency, a safety hazard or criminal activity.

(d) A person who is responding to a situation requiring immediate action to protect the health, welfare or safety of the driver or another person and stopping the vehicle would be inadvisable, impractical or dangerous.

(e) A person who is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as an amateur radio operator and who is providing a communication service in connection with an actual or impending disaster or emergency, participating in a drill, test, or other exercise in preparation for a disaster or emergency or otherwise communicating public information.

Please note paragraph 2e the amateur exemption, the final statement of “or otherwise

communicating public information” exempts all amateur communication as amateur radio by design is only communicates public information.

It also makes handi talkies legal. Get a Ticket and argue the point with a judge.

Also note exemption does not include CB Radios, but again a mounted radio is not a hand held wireless device. Get a Ticket and argue the point with a judge.

Salman Khan Reinventing Education

December 24th, 2011

There’s an updated TED Talk at YouTube (from March, 2011–recently rated #2 in a “Countdown of the Best TED Talks” at The Huffington Post), “Salman Khan: Let’s Use Video To Reinvent Education.”

Salman Khan describes how a dashboard program for Los Altos schools replaced “one size fits all” classroom lectures with videos that were watched at each student’s own pace.

This provides the teachers unprecedented data on which students were having difficulty with particular subject areas, and being free of the tasks of lecturing and grading homework thanks to automation, teachers could focus all their time on quality interaction in the classroom.

Khan still does the instruction video creation, but has a top staff of software people developing the application to keep kids focused and motivated, using points and badges like in video games.

A highlight of the presentation is Bill Gates interviewing Salman at the end with questions about how ready the concept is for adoption in all classrooms. Khan replied that there are already a million viewers a month worldwide and the system could handle many more users.

Why Permaculture?

November 9th, 2011

Got this from Paul Wheaton’s email list with the title “podcast: replacing irrigation with permaculture.” But I concur with Paul’s suggestion that this be shared with those wanting to know the benefit of permaculture in general.

For me, permaculture designs are best when they require the least labor AND the least petroleum.

Quoting Paul Wheaton:

“If you like podcasts with lots of technical information in permaculture, this podcast might be your ultimate fantasy.

I talk about hugelkultur, Sepp Holzer, Willie Smits, Geoff Lawton, desertification, reversing desertification, tomatoes that are able to survive without our help, polyculture, tap roots, edge, terracing, starting from seeds instead of transplanting, Alan Savory …

I’ve had people tell me that they have listened to all of my podcasts at least twice, and the podcasts with Helen Atthowe four times.  I suspect that this would be the one that rates eight times.

This one podcast, might, I think, convey more about “what is the real benefit of permaculture” than any other podcast.

This is the podcast that you can send to others to help them understand your passion about “permaculture”.

http://www.richsoil.com/permaculture/508-podcast-087-replacing-irrigation-with-permaculture/

OC KHCTF tonight! Hinman on Mortgage Meltdown

October 31st, 2011

Howard HinmanKarl Hess Community
Technology Forum

On the scariest Fifth Monday in a Month
Houses remain haunted by financial ruin

October 31, 2011

Schedule:
Pre-meeting: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Announcements: 7:45 p.m. J. Kent Hastings, Master of Ceremonies
Presentation: 8:00 p.m. Howard Hinman:
“The Secrets of MERS & the Massive Mortgage Meltdown.”

Questions: 8:45 p.m. Q&A via written cards for at least the first round of questions.
Close by 9:30 p.m.

Location: Asian Buffet (Oriental buffet)
23552 El Toro Rd., Lake Forest, CA 92630
At Raymond, behind a bank, near the public (gov’t) library branch.


View Larger Map
Tel: (949) 206-9988 – Fax: (949) 206-9098

J. Kent Hastings of the Kingdom of Nye, (County in Nevada, town of Pahrump), will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the event and will offer a Toast to the evening’s festivities.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

The topic for this month is a little known (outside of real estate and mortgage banking circles) system alleged to have exacerbated the real estate value crash of a few years ago, the effects which still reverberate through the economy.

Meant to facilitate the assignment and hypothecation of mortgages- a financial tool- it has instead worsened the foreclosure crisis, because its badly flawed implementation has prevented bad paper from clearing the market.

From Howard’s masterful thesis:

 

The Secrets of MERS: A Fiasco Unfolds– Or what you do not know can hurt you and many other people badly!
In other words: Welcome to the Massive Mortgage Meltdown.

It is more than just the blue-gray and weatherworn house in Denmark, Maine. As the summer of 2011 becomes the winter of 2012 the secrets – whether they involve widespread incompetence, fraud or even worse – perhaps the deliberate crashing of the American economy – regarding MERS (“Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems”, abbreviated “MERS”) – and its effects – are becoming apparent around the world.

Look at this incredible quote:

“’The whole financial system is becoming a lot less transparent,’ says Hernando de Soto, a Peruvian economist who has written on the importance of well-defined property rights. ‘You can’t size up risk anymore.’”

Being able to reasonably assess risk is at the essence of practical investment. The inability to accomplish this is a prime cause of the current stagnation. Howard will proffer his analysis as to the why and wherefore. As usual, the answer to the question qui bono very often informs the answer to the question quare (why).

Please join us for an evening of relevance and revelation. Howard will help us to understand the reasons for MERS, how this system operates, and the disturbing implications of its government “mixed economy” interference in the markets.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Howard has addressed Libertarian clubs on many occasions, chiefly on economic and financial topics. He is a Mortgage Fraud Professional, the Presider of the International Property Title Alliance, and Chief Financial Officer, Senior Legal Researcher and Director of Communications of the California Legal Rights Fund, Inc. He also hosts the Karl Hess Community Technology Forum, an independent supperclub in Orange County devoted primarily to the topic of appropriate technology.

Howard is a graduate of California State University at Fullerton College of Business and Economics with a degree in Business Administration. Among his many associations and achievements, Howard is a member of Toastmasters International since 1983, and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. Howard resides in Orange County. Join him on Facebook and LinkedIn.

For the first round of questions, audience members are asked to submit their questions in writing to the Master of Ceremonies, so that they may be presented to the speaker most effectively.

Cost is dinner (approximately 15.00 FRNS) plus a 5.00 room charge per attendee. (Cash only for the room charge please.) MasterCard and Visa accepted by the restaurant. Beer and wine available at an additional charge.

Good food. Some vegetarian dishes available.

For this meeting, leave a reservation message with the subject “OC KHCTF” on the web at http://permakent.com/contact/ or email: permakent@gmail.com

If you have additional questions contact Kent Hastings toll free at 1.877.867-8209 or leave a voice mail message.

Future dinner talks at the Karl Hess Community Technology Forum are still to be determined. We will keep you posted.

Resilient Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization. Its mission is to support a resilient community, including respect for personal rights and responsibilities.

For information about this event (other than reservations) and/or future events, please contact Howard Hinman, Director of Communications, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Legal Researcher, at (714) 244-2291. His email is: Howardhinman1234@yahoo.com.

Richard Boddie tonight: “SEK3 was right!”

October 17th, 2011

KARL HESS CLUB MONDAY OCTOBER 17, 2011 eMinder

Richard B. Boddie “SEK3 Was Right After All”

Dinah’s Family Restaurant 6521 S. Sepulveda Blvd. (at Centinela Avenue) in West Los Angeles (310) 645-0456. The club meets in the separate meeting room behind the main dining area.

7:00 p.m. Gathering Time [Dinner stipulations: $10.00 order minimum plus $3.00 Club Cover Charge ]

8:00 p.m. Dinner (Order from the regular menu)

8:45 p.m. Announcements

9:00 p.m. Guest Speaker: Richard Boddie

10:00 p.m. Q & A

10:30 p.m. Adjournment from Dinah’s (Please depart premises promptly)

11:00 p.m. Afters: Mixing and Mingling Lounge- Doubletree Hotel 1616 West Centinela Avenue Culver City

For information on the Karl Hess Club: http://www.karlhessclub.org/

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

Richard Benjamin Boddie, Esq., the self-described “Judeo Christian epicurean existentialist zen agnostic and anarcho-capitalist libertarian ideologue,” as well as “THE Black Libertarian ~ Since 1983 ~,” will tell us “SEK3 Was Right After All.” Well, we already knew that, right? But Dick will tell us why, and in his inimitable, very entertaining, and informative way. A not to be missed evening!

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Richard Boddie is the President and Founder of The Motivators, a professional speakers bureau in Huntington Beach, and is also an adjunct professor in political science, business law at Coastline Community College in Fountain Valley, California in addition to being an Independent Associate with Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. (NYSE), and a well known raconteur and idealogue.

Dick was born in Elmira, New York and raised in “upstate N.Y.” in Rochester, the was son, grandson, and great grandson of Baptist ministers, and has the honor and distinction of having been the first black youth to ever achieve the rank of Eagle Scout in Rochester.

He was also the first African American to become a bank executive in that city’s history, which was also the home of two other great American liberty activists: women’s suffragette, Susan B. Anthony, and the dynamic Abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, Richard’s spiritual mentor.

As both a former Democrat and former Republican, Boddie is quite well known for his political activism over the years, having been the “radical” president of the Student Bar Association while at Syracuse University College of Law, an anti Vietnam War activist, and community organizer in the 60s; a Congressional aide, and executive with the National Center for Dispute Settlement of the American Arbitration Association in the 70s; a dynamic motivational speaker, political activist, in addition to being the road manager and fund raiser for the 1984 Libertarian Party Presidential candidate, a position that he himself sought in 1991 for the 1992 U.S. Presidential race.

Richard did run for the U.S. Senate in 1992 and again in 1994 in California, and also for Congress in the 46th District of CA in 2000. He served as Chair the Orange County Libertarian Party from 1996 -1998, and was Press Secretary for the Steve Kubby for Governor campaign in California in 1998.

He has been affiliated with a whole host of other groups, companies, institutions and associations, past and present: as “Citizen Advocate” a Public Broadcasting Corporation (PBS) sponsored television ombudsman show WCNY-TV in Syracuse, NY, Lincoln Rochester Trust Company, Eastman Kodak Company, New York Life Insurance Company, Wells Fargo Bank, Xerox Corporation, National Center For Dispute Settlement of the American Arbitration Association, was the first Director of Admissions at the new Chapman University School of Law in Anaheim, CA in 1995, hosted a talk radio show “Black To White” on WAXC-AM in Rochester, N.Y., and was a New York State Administrative Hearing Officer.

Dick Boddie is a graduate of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and holds a law degree from Syracuse University. He resides in Huntington Beach, California having lived in The O.C. (Orange County) since 1977, was married to his late wife, Ann, from July 1963 to November 9, 2009. He married Shirley Ory-Boddie on August 21, 2010.

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Upcoming Programs Scheduled:

November 21, 2011 Will Otey “Freedom is Not for Everyone: Creating a New Libertarian Country”

December 19, 2011 Don Meyer “Crisis in Counterpoint: Another View of 9/11-OR-What Really Happened at Building 7?”

January 16, 2012 Bob Weber “Three Conspiracies: Two I Don’t Believe in and One I Do”

February 20, 2012 Howard Hinman “Who’s Century in the 21st is it and why?”

March 19, 2012 [Award Night: The SEK3 Memorial Chauntecleer]/ Paul Gibbons and Bob Weber “The Myth of the Rule of Law”

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IMPORTANT NOTE:

Our regular venue is Dinah’s Family Restaurant in West Los Angeles. The address is: 6521 S. Sepulveda Blvd. (at Centinela) (310) 645-0456. The nearest corner is W. Centinela Avenue.

The time for dinner is anytime between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. You may be seated in the meeting room at that time. Other restaurant patrons may be there as well until 8 p.m. The club will have exclusive use of the room between 8 and 10:30 p.m. The program will be from 8:45 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. (the restaurant’s doors close at 11 p.m. sharp). Please exit promptly after 10:30 p.m.

Dinah’s minimum for our diner/attendees is $10.00. There is a $3.00 cover to the club (which, with notice, may vary upward by program but will be at least $3.00). Order off the regular menu. Individual cheques. Pay your own tab. The club dues will be collected from you. Please note that KHC attendees must observe the minimum restaurant order.

Thank you to our loyal members for your continued support.

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Special Note: VENUE FOR AFTERMEETING: DOUBLETREE HOTEL LOUNGE (Formerly RADISSON)

Please join us for the Aftermeeting in the lounge at the Doubletree Hotel Culver City. When we adjourn Dinah’s at 10:30 p.m., proceed to the Doubletree and we’ll reconvene for an informal gathering by 11 p.m. until 2 a.m.

The Doubletree is at 6161 West Centinela Avenue at Arizona in Culver City 90230-6306 (one block West of Sepulveda Boulevard). It is possible to walk from Dinah’s in about two minutes or repark your car on Arizona one minute away, but it is recommended to park in the hotel lot. N.B.: the available hotel parking is a pay lot, however the bar will validate your parking with any purchase. The lounge is immediately inside the hotel lobby adjacent to the desk.

It is not permitted to make a left turn onto Centinela from Arizona, so a good way is to turn right and go to the intersection with Sepulveda, make a U-turn and drive back to the hotel, which will be on the right hand side.

Doubletree Telephone: (310) 649-1776 For More Hotel Info, see: Doubletree Website:

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Random End Notes: There will be no KonkinRothbard Limited Club meeting on October 31. [Correction: We are meeting! Howard Hinman will speak on the Halloween nightmare that is MERS and the mortgage meltdown. ]The next scheduled meeting is set for January 30, 2012. Details will be forthcoming at a later date.

Mon., Aug. 29: “Kill Switch” @ O.C. KHCTF

August 23rd, 2011

J. Kent HastingsKarl Hess Community
Technology Forum

On a Fifth Monday in a Month

August 29, 2011

Schedule:
Pre-meeting: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Announcements: 7:45 p.m. Howard Hinman, Master of Ceremonies
Presentation: 8:00 p.m. J. Kent Hastings:
“Surviving the Phone and Internet Kill Switch”

Questions: 8:45 p.m. Q&A via written cards for at least the first round of questions.
Close by 9:30 p.m.

Location: Asian Buffet (Oriental buffet)
23552 El Toro Rd., Lake Forest, CA 92630
At Raymond, behind a bank, near the public (gov’t) library branch.


View Larger Map
Tel: (949) 206-9988 – Fax: (949) 206-9098

Howard Hinman of Orange County, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the event and will offer a Toast to the evening’s festivities.

J. Kent Hastings is a writer, video editor, audio and film producer, computer programmer, agorist and ham radio hobbyist.

Hastings wrote columns about RSA encryption, spread-spectrum radio, and secure privacy-protected off-grid banking transactions in his regular “Techtics” column for SEK3’s Tactics of the Movement of the Libertarian Left during the 1980s.

Kent also wrote an article for the first issue of Agorist Quarterly, published in 1995, titled “The Information Underground Railroad,” after attending the RSA Data Security conference in 1994.

Kent has returned to an early interest in tinkering with homebrew electronic gear, partly because he finds it fun, and also thanks to recent threats that have resurfaced from government authorities worldwide to cut off private communications on the Internet and cell phones “for our safety.”

He will have equipment on hand to demonstrate various ways around the Internet and cellphone outages that have been imposed during protests (just when you might need rescue from violence the most).

If the power grid goes down, many would lose phone and Internet service because of their reliance on cable company devices. A portable battery with AC inverter will also be demonstrated at the meeting. Solar recharging in the field and other preparedness resources and activities in case of evacuation will be discussed.

Social networks such as Twitter and Facebook are being more closely scrutinized by police with each passing year. Users have been jailed for organizing relatively harmless “flash mobs,” including celebrities simply inviting fans to the local mall.

Hastings will share his thoughts on how watchdog groups like Cop Block could avoid trouble by using stealthier recording devices and immediate streaming to remote undisclosed storage media, even if Internet access is being blocked.

For the first round of questions, audience members are asked to submit their questions in writing to the Master of Ceremonies, so that they may be presented to the speaker most effectively.

Cost is dinner (approximately 15.00 FRNS) plus a 5.00 room charge per attendee. (Cash only for the room charge please.) MasterCard and Visa accepted by the restaurant. Beer and wine available at an additional charge.

Good food. Some vegetarian dishes available.

For this meeting, leave a reservation message with the subject “OC KHCTF” on the web at http://permakent.com/contact/ or email: permakent@gmail.com

If you have additional questions contact Kent Hastings toll free at 1.877.867-8209 or leave a voice mail message.

Future dinner talks at the Karl Hess Community Technology Forum are still to be determined. We will keep you posted.

Resilient Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization. Its mission is to support a resilient community, including respect for personal rights and responsibilities.

For information about this event (other than reservations) and/or future events, please contact Howard Hinman, Director of Communications, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Legal Researcher, at (714) 244-2291. His email is: Howardhinman1234@yahoo.com.

Rainwater Rescued from Regulation

August 20th, 2011

Wasatch Community Gardens
Wasatch Community Gardens
Good news from Good online in a story titled, “As Water Crises Intensify, Cities Turn to Rainwater Harvesting.”

“Rainwater harvesting was illegal in Utah until 2010 and in Colorado until 2009. Colorado now allows harvesting only when landowners already own a well or have the right to use one on their property.”

Salt Lake City got the memo and citizens can learn rainwater harvesting at places like Wasatch Community Gardens.

“Rainwater collection that is used for gardening purposes is finally legal in Salt Lake. So we can finally have our Rainwater Harvesting workshop again!”

Unfortunately, sane people in the arid zone of Arizona were unsuccessful in a recent attempt to allow private rainwater collection, even though the downstream residents the law was designed to protect will have most of the uncollected rainwater evaporate before it reaches them. So it’s a loss for everyone.

Perhaps toilet-to-tap recycling like in Big Spring, Texas will solve Arizona’s drinking water shortage.

Call me strange, but I’d prefer the rainwater.

Texas Town Recycles Urine Like NASA

August 8th, 2011

Island 3 O’Neill Cylinders
Earth Inspires Space Habitat
A Slashdot post, “Drought Stricken Texas Town Taps Urine For Water” links to a Discovery News story about the ironically named Big Spring, Texas project, “Texas Town To Recycle Urine.”

The Discovery News subtitle is “The drought-stricken town is taking a page from NASA, which developed a urine recycling program for astronauts.”

The Slashdot poster explains:

“After being run through microfilters and undergoing reverse osmosis, slimy sewage is cleansed with peroxide and ultraviolet light. This intense process ensures that any pharmaceuticals and carcinogens are removed, and that the H2O stands up to drinking water regulations.”

Coming to a water district near you? The Discovery News article interviews a big city DWP honcho considering a similar scheme and reports that 41% of America is abnormally dry.

In 2009, Pop Sci ran a story about a report from Finland, “Better Tomatoes Via a Fertilizer of…Human Urine?.”

“Plants fertilized with a mixture of stored human urine and wood ash produced 4.2 times more fruit than plants without the pee, the study found. The urine-fertilized tomatoes had more beta-carotene than unfertilized ones, and much more protein than traditionally fertilized plants.”

Speaking of NASA, click image of the view of Earth from Apollo 8 over Rama’s interior to see a list of O’Neill cylinders and other space habitats.

The Story of Stuff, an entertaining “consumption run amok” video presentation, illustrates the limitations of conventional recycling. For every barrel you recycle, 70 barrels of waste were required in manufacturing the item. And just 1% of the things people buy are kept six months later, the rest is trash. (Makes my iPod seem not quite as bad as Greenpeace made out in 2008).

“The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever.”–Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

Speaking of cradles, the book Cradle To Cradle: Remaking The Way We Make Things calls for true recycling as might be needed offworld in a self-contained habitat, according to Amazon:

In Cradle to Cradle, the authors present a manifesto calling for a new industrial revolution, one that would render both traditional manufacturing and traditional environmentalism obsolete. Recycling, for instance, is actually “downcycling,” creating hybrids of biological and technical “nutrients” which are then unrecoverable and unusable. The authors, an architect and a chemist, want to eliminate the concept of waste altogether, while preserving commerce and allowing for human nature.

In a completely unrelated story found on Google, NJ.com reported “Ice cream truck driver from Trenton is found with urine bottles in freezer after DWI charge.”

Ee-ew!

AP video about Big Springs, Texas:

Howard Hinman on Mortgage Meltdown, KHC Aug. 15

August 2nd, 2011

(From Mike Everling)

KARL HESS CLUB MONDAY AUGUST 15, 2011 ennouncement

Howard Hinman “The Secrets of MERS and the Massive Mortgage Meltdown.”

Dinah’s Family Restaurant 6521 S. Sepulveda Blvd. (at Centinela Avenue) in West Los Angeles (310) 645-0456. The club meets in the separate meeting room behind the main dining area.

7:00 p.m. Gathering Time [Dinner stipulations: $10.00 order minimum plus $3.00 Club Cover Charge ]

8:00 p.m. Dinner (Order from the regular menu)

8:45 p.m. Announcements

9:00 p.m. Guest Speaker: Howard Hinman

10:00 p.m. Q & A

10:30 p.m. Adjournment from Dinah’s (Please depart premises promptly)

11:00 p.m. Afters: Mixing and Mingling Lounge- Doubletree Hotel 1616 West Centinela Avenue Culver City

For information on the Karl Hess Club: http://www.karlhessclub.org/

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

The topic for this month is a little known (outside of real estate and mortgage banking circles) system alleged to have exacerbated the real estate value crash of a few years ago, the effects which still reverberate through the economy.

Meant to facilitate the assignment and hypothecation of mortgages- a financial tool- it has instead worsened the foreclosure crisis, because its badly flawed implementation has prevented bad paper from clearing the market.

From Howard’s masterful thesis:

The Secrets of MERS: A Fiasco Unfolds– Or what you do not know can hurt you and many other people badly!

In other words: Welcome to the Massive Mortgage Meltdown.

It is more than just the blue-gray and weatherworn house in Denmark, Maine. As the summer of 2011 becomes the winter of 2012 the secrets – whether they involve widespread incompetence, fraud or even worse – perhaps the deliberate crashing of the American economy – regarding MERS (“Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems”, abbreviated “MERS”) – and its effects – are becoming apparent around the world.

Look at this incredible quote:

“’The whole financial system is becoming a lot less transparent,’ says Hernando de Soto, a Peruvian economist who has written on the importance of well-defined property rights. ‘You can’t size up risk anymore.’”

Being able to reasonably assess risk is at the essence of practical investment. The inability to accomplish this is a prime cause of the current stagnation. Howard will proffer his analysis as to the why and wherefore. As usual, the answer to the question qui bono very often informs the answer to the question quare (why).

Please join us for an evening of relevance and revelation. Howard will help us to understand the reasons for MERS, how this system operates, and the disturbing implications of its government “mixed economy” interference in the markets.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Howard has addressed our club on many occasions, chiefly on economic and financial topics. He is a Mortgage Fraud Professional, the Presider of the International Property Title Alliance, and Chief Financial Officer, Senior Legal Researcher and Director of Communications of the California Legal Rights Fund, Inc. He also hosts the Karl Hess Community Technology Forum, an independent supperclub in Orange County devoted primarily to the topic of appropriate technology.

Howard is a graduate of California State University at Fullerton College of Business and Economics with a degree in Business Administration. Among his many associations and achievements, Howard is a member of Toastmasters International since 1983, and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. Howard resides in Orange County. Join him on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Upcoming Programs Scheduled:

September 19, 2011 Karl Hess IV “Whither Conservation in the 21st Century: More Government or More Liberty?”

October 17, 2011 Richard B. Boddie “SEK3 Was Right After All”

November 21, 2011 Will Otey “Freedom is Not for Everyone: Creating a New Libertarian Country”

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IMPORTANT NOTE:

Our regular venue is Dinah’s Family Restaurant in West Los Angeles. The address is: 6521 S. Sepulveda Blvd. (at Centinela) (310) 645-0456. The nearest corner is W. Centinela Avenue.

The time for dinner is anytime between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. You may be seated in the meeting room at that time. Other restaurant patrons may be there as well until 8 p.m. The club will have exclusive use of the room between 8 and 10:30 p.m. The program will be from 8:45 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. (the restaurant’s doors close at 11 p.m. sharp). Please exit promptly after 10:30 p.m.

Dinah’s minimum for our diner/attendees is $10.00. There is a $3.00 cover to the club (which, with notice, may vary upward by program but will be at least $3.00). Order off the regular menu. Individual cheques. Pay your own tab. The club dues will be collected from you. Please note that KHC attendees must observe the minimum restaurant order.

Thank you to our loyal members for your continued support.

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Special Note: VENUE FOR AFTERMEETING: DOUBLETREE HOTEL LOUNGE (Formerly RADISSON)

Please join us for the Aftermeeting in the lounge at the Doubletree Hotel Culver City. When we adjourn Dinah’s at 10:30 p.m., proceed to the Doubletree and we’ll reconvene for an informal gathering by 11 p.m. until 2 a.m.

The Doubletree is at 6161 West Centinela Avenue at Arizona in Culver City 90230-6306 (one block West of Sepulveda Boulevard). It is possible to walk from Dinah’s in about two minutes or repark your car on Arizona one minute away, but it is recommended to park in the hotel lot. N.B.: the available hotel parking is a pay lot, however the bar will validate your parking with any purchase. The lounge is immediately inside the hotel lobby adjacent to the desk.

It is not permitted to make a left turn onto Centinela from Arizona, so a good way is to turn right and go to the intersection with Sepulveda, make a U-turn and drive back to the hotel, which will be on the right hand side.

Doubletree Telephone: (310) 649-1776 For More Hotel Info, see: Radisson Website:

http://doubletree1.hilton.com/en_

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Random End Notes: Although the corporate ownership of the Aftermeeting venue has changed, its policies, for our purposes, have remained unchanged. We invite you to join us for a congenial time after the regular meeting.

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Solar Sinter Makes Glass Items From Sand

June 29th, 2011

A Slashdot post, “A Solar-Powered 3D Printer Prints Glass From Sand,” links to the web page about the Solar Sinter by the inventor, Markus Kayser. Excerpt:

“In a world increasingly concerned with questions of energy production and raw material shortages, this project explores the potential of desert manufacturing, where energy and material occur in abundance.”

Kayser tests his invention in the Sahara Desert at Siwa, Egypt, but I wonder if it will work with the soil here in the Nevada desert.

Markus Kayser – Solar Sinter Project from Markus Kayser on Vimeo.

Wind Power Generation in Pahrump

June 24th, 2011

See Pahrump with Andy
Andy and Bernie Show
This was just forwarded to me from J. Neil Schulman, a writer who made a feature film in Pahrump, Nevada with local Pahrump TV personality Andy Alberti in the cast.

Neil writes a blog at Rational Review.

The message from Andy Alberti has the subject line, “Finally a new maufacturing business is coming to Pahrump”:

“Wind Sail Receptor Company out of Henderson intends to open a manufacturing plant in Pahrump and employ about 90 workers by the end of the year, or so the news that is fit to print says.”

“The Company intends to make wind power turbine blades for use in homes and small businesses.”

“The Nevada commission on Economic development has authorized a $162,000 training grant for the company.”

“Nye county seems to have had no involvement nor has Pahrump since there was no mention of them in the news article announcing the move.”

Wind Sail Receptor video at YouTube.

Jenny Cohen, Gardeners and Farmers

June 18th, 2011

MP3 audio for the June 6th meeting is available here, Gardening and Entrepreneurship

Our speaker, Jenny Cohen, told us how her early experiences in gardening gave her the skills to succeed in business when she grew up.

She also described post-war Britain as a nation of gardeners, but was concerned that in a later visit, pervasive surveillance cameras gave evidence that freedoms had eroded.

Maybe gardening persists as a popular activity in the UK, but the following video sounds the alarm for the survival of farming in that country, citing for example that most farmers there are over the typical retirement age for other professions, and oil shortages won’t be able to continue fueling large scale mechanization.

This BBC Natural World episode, “A Farm For The Future,” replaced the video under the “Permaculture Video” link at my personal PermaKent blog when the old one about an international permaculture conference went missing.

Patrick Whitefield makes a brief appearance when Forest Gardening is discussed. It’s a clever way to increase yields yet eliminate much of the labor despite the projected low petroleum inputs we’ll have available in the future.

In another example of polyculture, using deeply rooted multiple grass species is shown to support cattle grazing all winter without them destroying the field or using gas to bale hay.

Monday, June 6, OC KHCTF Meeting

June 5th, 2011

Jenny CohenKarl Hess
Community Technology Forum

A Very Rare Sixth Monday in a Month
(So rare in fact, that it’s actually the First Monday of the next month)

June 6, 2011

Schedule:
Pre-meeting: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Announcements: 7:45 p.m. Howard Hinman, Master of Ceremonies
Presentation: 8:00 p.m. Jenny Cohen:
“Gardening and Entrepreneurship”

Questions: 8:45 p.m. Q&A via written cards for at least the first round of questions.
Close by 9:30 p.m.

Location: Asian Buffet (Oriental buffet)
23552 El Toro Rd., Lake Forest, CA 92630
At Raymond, behind a bank, near the public (gov’t) library branch.


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Tel: (949) 206-9988 – Fax: (949) 206-9098

Howard Hinman of Orange County, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the event. In honor of the event, he will offer a Toast to the evening’s festivities.

Jenny Cohen‘s professional background includes success in multiple fields, such as real estate sales and as a Neuro Linguistics Programming (NLP) instructor.

Drawing upon life lessons from her father; who as a closet astronomer and avid gardener taught her about the riches of the universe and the joys of nature; Jenny Cohen went on a personal quest to discover the missing element in her life. How could she achieve both financial freedom and spiritual growth and happiness? Was it possible to have both? Find out the answer at tonight’s meeting.

For the first round of questions, audience members are asked to submit their questions in writing to Master of Ceremonies, so that they may be presented to the speaker most effectively.

Cost is dinner (approximately 15.00 FRNS) plus a 5.00 room charge per attendee. (Cash only for the room charge please.) MasterCard and Visa accepted by the restaurant. Beer and wine available at an additional charge.

Good food. Some vegetarian dishes available.

For this meeting, leave a reservation message with the subject “OC KHCTF” on the web at http://permakent.com/contact/ or email: permakent@gmail.com

If you have additional questions contact Kent Hastings toll free at 1.877.867-8209 or leave a voice mail message.

Currently scheduled dinner talks at the Karl Hess Community Technology Forum include J. Kent Hastings of Pahrump, Nevada visiting us on Monday, August 29, 2011. His topic is “Survive with Ham Radio When the Internet is Set to Kill.”

While every effort will be made to adhere to this schedule, it is subject to change – with or without notice!

Resilient Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization. Its mission is to support a resilient community, including respect for personal rights and responsibilities.

For information about this event (other than reservations) and/or future events, please contact Howard Hinman, Director of Communications, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Legal Researcher, at (714) 244-2291. His email is: Howardhinman1234@yahoo.com.

Karl Hess Institute on Facebook

May 24th, 2011

Link to the Karl Hess Institute on Facebook.

Excerpt of Karl’s organizational philosophy:

“I favor a world of neighborhoods in which all social organization is voluntary and the ways of life are established in small, consenting groups.”

According to the organizer, their website is coming soon.

Here’s an excerpt at YouTube from Toward Liberty, “a 1980 Academy Award-winner for Best Documentary Short Subject.”

Solar Disinfectant plus OSE Solar News

May 10th, 2011

“Sterilize! Sterilize!” (Star Trek)
Nomad Slashdot item “Students Invent Revolutionary Sterilizer” links to the Houston based Rice University story, “Rice parlays sun’s saving grace into autoclave: Capteur Soleil may sterilize medical instruments in developing world.

“The Capteur Soleil, [links to story about its use in Haiti by Rice] a device designed decades ago by French inventor Jean Boubour, was modified at Rice two years ago for use as a solar-powered cookstove. . .This year, Team Sterilize modified it further. When a set of curved mirrors and an insulated box containing the autoclave are installed, the steel A-frame sitting outside Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen becomes something else entirely — a lifesaver.”

In other solar related news, the OSE team in Missouri announced the open source licensing of the Solar Fire solar designs. According to the article, “Solar Fire Breakthrough,” they announced their agreement:

“Ladies and gentlemen, we have a breakthrough on the Solar Turbine project. We are adopting the Solar Fire concentrator technology as our official solar energy platform. OSE and Solar Fire are entering into partnership – with a single purpose of creating a state-of-art, replicable, open source platform for solar concentrator power applied to electricity, space heating, and process heat.”

The Solar Fire concept is described in this YouTube video.

Advanced Economy in a Box

April 21st, 2011

TED Talk post
Open Source Ecology
Marcin Jakubowski describes his “civilization starter kit” idea to an enthusiastic audience at the TED conference held in Long Beach earlier this year.

Marcin plans to create open source designs with clear documentation, 3D models, schematics, blueprints and how-to videos for all of the 50 key technologies he believes are necessary to have a sustainable advanced industrial economy with local resources.

He shows construction hardware (a CEB press) that uses the dirt beneath your feet to make 5,000 compressed earth bricks in a day, enough to build a house.

Also, the LifeTrac tractor is an example of agricultural machinery that “breaks new ground,” although he’s also interested in no till permaculture organic food production.

Combine all that with the computerized fabrication and Internet distribution of ideas you’d expect from Make Magazine type hackers and perhaps shortages can be eliminated for jobs, food, fuel, housing and consumer doodads which can be 3D printed.

Way to go, Open Source Ecology! See Marcin’s TED Talk at YouTube.

Amateur UAVs, Commercial Drones for Peace

April 11th, 2011

DIYDrones sez FedEx wants UAVsFound a link to Wired Editor-in-Chief, Chris Anderson’s DIYDrones.com site from an online Wired article, “Build It. Share It. Profit. Can Open Source Hardware Work?.”

UAV stands for “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle,” with applications listed at Wikipedia including “remote sensing; oil, gas and mineral exploration and production; transport; scientific research; armed attacks; and search and rescue.”

If the dollar loses its purchasing power, perhaps unmanned aerial vehicles will also deliver goods without the energy and labor costs of transporting a human pilot. Perhaps a robot will load your grocery order into a parcel delivery blimp or model aircraft, which will then travel to your location via GPS, internal map and a radio beacon to guide the craft to its destination at your place, even if you’re off-grid with no roads like in some third world village.

The economics will make UAVs dominant, whether there’s a bigger crash to come or not. Military drone maker Insitu quotes an Aviation Week item on its website:

“It’s official: Boeing’s Insitu subsidiary has outstripped Boeing Commercial Airplanes in delivery rates for air vehicles.”

The April, 2011 issue of Mechanical Engineering features “Drones For Peace” artwork on the cover. The feature article is entitled “Airborne, Autonomous & Collaborative.”

One can imagine the legal hurdles for the operator of such a robotic fleet. Certainly the FAA would be involved at this point. Details of the amateur legal requirements may be found at DIYDrones’ “Regulatory FAQ.”

Facebook’s Open Source Data Center Design

April 8th, 2011

According to this post at Ars Technica, “Why Facebook open-sourced its datacenters,” Facebook has gone completely open source in its server hardware choices in order to compete with Google.

A couple of quotes from Jon Stokes’ article:

“Despite Google’s professed love for all things open, details of its massive datacenters have always been a closely guarded secret.”

and

“Facebook’s new OpenCompute.org project, in contrast, takes the exact opposite approach.”

There are energy and development cost savings from using this “Bazaar” community supported method when compared to the closed “Cathedral” approach.

If you’re building a data center and want to avoid legal hassles and unnecessary operating expenses, it’s worth checking out Facebook’s new OpenCompute system.