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Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Forest, Washington

Hoh Rainforerst (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26103) - Olympic National Forest and Park: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26099. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 26, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.
Hoh Rainforest (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26103) – Olympic National Forest and Park

Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Forest, WA

One of the largest rainforests in the United States resides in the Olympic National Park and is called the “Hoh Rainforest” after the river that runs through it. It is fully protected from industry, timbering, or the lumber world. The rainforest consists of over 24 miles of low elevation forest found along the Hoh River. This low elevation valley was formed by glaciers thousands of years ago. Unfortunately between the park’s borders and the Pacific Ocean, most of the neighboring rain forest has already been exploited by commercial interests. The bio-diversity of this rainforest is highly protected, studied, and observed. The main species of trees in the forest are the Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) and the Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis), as well as the Coast Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata), Red Alder (Alnus rubra), Big Leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum), Black Cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa), and Vine Maple (Acer circinatum) also being popular species found here. The forest is also home to various lichens and mosses, unique insects like the banana slug (Ariolimax columbianus) and the black slug (Arion ater), as well as the usual suspects of fauna such as the Roosevelt Elk (Cervus canadensis roosevelti), Black tailed Deer (Odocoileus columbianus), Olympic Black Bear (Usus americanus altifrontalis), Cougar (Felis concolor couguar), Bobcat (Lynx rufus), racoon (Procyon lotor), Northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina), and the Pacific Tree Frog (Pseudacris regilla) as the most common neighbors.

Hoh Rainforerst (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26103) - Olympic National Forest and Park: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26099. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 26, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.
Hoh Rainforerst (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26103) – Olympic National Forest and Park: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26099. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian. Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 26, 2016. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.

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Congaree National Park (Columbia, South Carolina)

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Congaree National Park
100 National Park Road, Hopkins, SC 29061 * Phone: (803) 783-4241 * (outside of Columbia, South Carolina) * http://www.nps.gov/cong/ *

One of the natural attractions to Columbia, South Carolina is the infamous Congaree National Park which preserves the largest tract of old growth bottom land hardwood forest that remains left in the United States. The Park is nicknamed the “Home of Champions” for its age-old hardwood trees. The park offers views of an astonishing bio-diversity along the waters from the Congaree river and the Wateree rivers throughout their flood plains. The park consists of just over 26,500 acres of national park designated as such since 2003 for some of the tallest trees leftin the Eastern United States. The Congaree river flows through the park which is dotted with wooden walkways for hikers, bird watchers, and nature enthusiasts to come enjoy the woodlands and not get mucked up in the swamps and to protect the environment which is 57 percent designated wilderness area. The Park declares itself a National Designated Wilderness Area, an International Biosphere Reserve, National Natural Landmark, and a Globally Important Bird area. The park offers primitive campsites (for free), hiking trails, canoeing, kayaking, and bird watching activities. The park is inhabited by numerous wildlife ranging from a variety of fish such as bowfin, largemouth bass, panfish, and catfish onwards to alligators, snakes, feral dogs, coyotes, armadillos, turkeys, bobcat, deer, feral pigs, turtles, opossum, raccoon, and a plethera of different bird species. The Park is notable for its Bald Cypress, the tallest/largest Loblolly Pines alive today, and hardwood tree spectrum. Some of its more famous hiking trails are the Weston Lake Loop Trail (4.6 miles), Oakridge Trail (7.5 miles), King Snake Trail (11.1 miles), and the Bluff Trail (.7 miles). The Park is home to the Harry Hampton Visitor’s Center, elevated 2.4 miles of boarded walkways, and a 20 mile long marked canoe trail.

Home of a variety of plants and animals. Some researched/photographed by us as follows:

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The Venus Project: Sustainable Cities

A world of modern design, no hunger, no unemployment, no financial collapse, as visioned by Jacque Fresco in his “The Venus Project”. Very interesting ideas, concepts, and applications.

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James Cook University | Brisbane


James Cook University @ Brisbane
Queens Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

A private university established in 1970 in the heart of Brisbane near Eagle Street Pier, James Cook offers its students a committment in the study of Australia’s indigenous cultures, a dedication to research especially in marine sciences, biodiversity, tropical ecology, global warming, tourism, tropical medicine, and public health care. James Cook offers smaller classes with more direct access to teaching staff, and is a broad school throughout Australia with large campuses in Townsville and Cairns, regular campuses in Brisbane, Sydney, and Singapore, and smaller study centers in Mount Isa, Thursday Island, and Mackay. The school’s base is in Townsville, Queensland, Australia. It is the 2nd oldest university in Queensland, and the first tertiary education institution in North Queensland. Named after Captain James Cook whose ship the HM Bark Endeavour was grounded in North Queensland. It was proclaimed a university through Act of Queensland Parliament on April 20, 1970 first as the University College of Townsville changing names to James Cook University of North Queensland with Queen Elizabeth II officiating. In 1974 when Cyclone Tracy in Darwin hit, James Cook University decided to open a cyclone research facility which now operates as an independent unit of the School of Engineering and acts as an advising member to the Australian Standards committee in areas of structural design specializing in wind actions. The Brisbane campus however was not established until 2006. Student populations university-wide are around 16,338 with over 3,400 international students. Aside from its popular courses, James Cook also offers an online astronomy degree.

    Bibliography/References:
  • Ifsa Butler: James Cook University. Website referenced December 2011. http://www.ifsa-butler.org/james-cook-university.html

  • James Cook University. Website referenced December 2011. http://www.jcu.edu.au/.

  • Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. James Cook University. Website referenced December 2011. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cook_University.

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Pirate Relief’s : “Project Sustainability”

Pirate Relief’s: Project Sustainability
* Piraterelief.com *

The ongoing focus of Pirate Relief is “Education”, “Awareness”, and “Sustainability”. We’re also currently focusing on educating our crew in the ways of the sea, and the public in the ways of sustainability, environmental stewardship, & responsibility. By passing on stories, myths, legends, and tales of past – we will weave solutions for the future. Awareness. Understanding. Compassion. Manifesting a means for our community to be responsible. Right now, this is a dream we are breathing into creation. The seed is being planted. How can you help? Get involved. Donate. Spread the Word. Help Raise Funds. We’ve already got our eyes on a few vessels, our Captains are looking into getting educated on sailing and ship operations, and we’re looking for a force that are interested in the project: Fire Spinners? Artists? Entertainers? Ecologists? Historians? Cooks? Crafts-People? Social Workers? Doctors without Borders? Guards? Crew Mates? Nurses without Borders? Have we left anyone out? We’ve already got a talented crew climbing aboard … How about you?

The world is simply not taking care of the Earth and her oceans. Oil, plastics, toxins, and waste are being dumped into our lifestream daily … We’re looking into ideas and solutions to help. We are striving to live a more sustainable and ecological lifestyle with a focus on “community”. With one of the world’s most tragic environmental Disasters – “The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill” in our own backyard, we realize strongly now more importantly than ever, we need to get away from the vanishing resource we know as “oil” and “gas”. With the horrid unseen and “out of sight, out of mind” growing Ecological trash heap known as “Pacific Trash Island”, we are also realizing we need to stop using plastics for day-to-day activities. Stop using those once-used water or soda bottles. Re-use containers and focus more on a organic and free range lifestyle. In addition we need to do something with all that plastic trash already existing. With the tragedy of Japan with the Tsunami/Earthquake of 2011, and the contaminants leaking into the oceans from Nuclear Power Plants, we realize everyone (including ourselves) need to be educated about the pros and cons about certain forms of energy, and how can we work together to find alternative energies and harness them sustainably. We are looking into projects that can help with revitalizing the environment, assisting the wildlife affeced, and help rehabilitate the damages of this and other catastrophes are causing. We hope to educate the public about these issues through art, music, theater, and storytelling … bringing to fruition the “Living Myth” and getting involved in any way we can. Mobility by wind, alternative fuels, and energies. Renewal and Sustainable technologies in which to effect change on the planet ….

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Pirate Relief’s “Project Pacific Trash Island”

Pirate Relief’s: Project Pacific Trash Island
* Piraterelief.com *

Project “Pacific Trash Island” is one of Pirate Relief‘s first Environmental “Large Scale” cleanup projects the organization will work on, ship or no-ship yet ready to sail. One of our first projects will be to find solutions in tackling the ecological mess that is known as the Pacific Trash Island. In the center of the Pacific, natural ocean currents have been collecting trash in the ocean and lumping it together to create a mass of junk over the years the size of two Texas landmasses stuck together. We are abhorred by the fact that the Nations of the world responsible for this trash is not cleaning it up. We’re investigating sustainable renewable floating islands, art projects, and recycling ventures to tackle this issue. We will also investigate how we can help with the Gulf oil spill rehabilitation. This growing ecological catastrophe brewing in the Pacific Ocean the size of “two” Texas length and width landmasses of trash and litter nestling in the middle of the ocean currents. We are in process of investigating recycling and renewal technologies to help break up Trash Island. From floating islands to renewable energy … our research team is brainscheming for our first of many ecological battles to tackle …

  • Recycling
  • Cleanup
  • Sustainability
  • Floating Reclaimed Islands
  • Plastic Bottle Vessels like “Plastiki” that just made their successful journey from California to Australia
  • Art Projecs and Events to Make the Project Fun

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Pirate Relief’s “Project Gypsy”

Pirate Relief’s: Project Gypsy
* Piraterelief.com *

Pirate Relief is a Non-Profit Arts Project and celebrating the “Living Myth” by bringing the Arts, Sciences, and Legends to Life … uplifting spirits, hope, and dreams while sharing what gifts, aid, relief, and support we have to offer to those struggling from a coastal natural disaster or tackling damages done to the environment and waterways. Pirate Relief is a not-for-profit project that is fashioning a dream to create a fleet of historical replica pirate ships that we will sail the seven seas with – providing entertainment, fun, history, relief, and assistance to communities in need. We want to be there in times of crisis, whether natural disaster or ecological catastrophe to help out in any way we can – by uplifting spirit with our entertaining crew of artists, storytellers, dancers, fire spinners, and performers; to providing donated food, water, assistance, and relief – helping hands for cleanup, wildlife care, rehabilitation, medical assistance, historic & environmental preservation, integrating methods of sustainability actions, and/or by any other means that we have to help with. When there are no disasters or need within our reach, then we plan to entertain local communities by preserving folklore by process of dissemination as well as promoting the Living Myth with the arts, music, history, storytelling, and a sense of adventure. When our dreams become fulfilled, we hope to have onboard pirate museums, lectures, shows, and tours. From Disaster Relief to Comic Relief, we plan to make a life of it on the sea. Our roving bands of talent may bounce back and forth from land to sea to uplift spirit, help in time of need, spread ecological awareness/assistance, sustainability, and ecological/historic preservation. We have several projects or phases to work on to achieve all of this. We hope to achieve our first Galleon by no later than 2015.

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Pirate Relief

Pirate Relief
www.piraterelief.com * Facebook *

Imagined by Captain Leaf McGowan in May 2010 as a dream, the ghostly ship didn’t manifest into conceptualization until June 2010 as he was to embark across the “Great Pond” to England. He posted the concept on facebook and expected to be laughed at but was greatly supported and encouraged to have the ship set sail. Investigations into the idea, networking, and fundraising took effect immediately as a crew of over 20 committed individuals enthusiastically climbed on board. At this stage, the group is planting the seed to make the project a reality. The crew and project has a facebook group and a web site with several projects being set into motion.

Pirate Relief is a roving band of pirates, gypsies, artists, musicians, environmentalists, scientists, & relief volunteers who are striving to bring together a fleet of tall sailing ships to sail the seven seas to ports around the world – sharing art, music, drama, theater, folklore, performance, storytelling, history, & culture to those they encounter. They are setting out to share the wealth of the Living Myth. When able to assist in coastal disaster areas – they plan to set into port to uplift the spirits of those who had their lives affected – bringing back hope to the hopeless, guidance to the lost, and insight to the inquisitive … sharing whatever resources they have on board or the crew has to offer – whether uplift of spirit through entertainment, stories of hope, supplies, medical aid, arts, education, inspiration, or a helping hand. They are also working on environmental projects to assist in ecological tragedy by approaching areas affected such as the Gulf oil spill, the Pacific Trash Island, and how to address pollution issues with our waterways. They are targeting our concerns by embracing ecological and sustainability ideas for a new approach to living, caring for the environment, mobility, and keeping culture, arts, & sciences alive. “Through Storytelling and the Arts – The Living Myth shall live on! “ Their PDF Brochure can be downloaded Here. By the return of Captain Leaf McGowan from England, the crew was soon involved in Faerieworlds in Eugene, Oregon and Brethren Con 2010 in Denver, Colorado presenting a presence to share about the legacy and visions of the project. Still in its infancy, the captain is soon to set sail on a historic vessel to learn the ropes at sailing a tall ship, investigating the foundations of what will need to be accomplished to make this dream a reality.

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Fuel (NR: 2008)


Fuel (NR: 2008)
* Director: Joshua Tickell * Starring: Joshua Tickell … Himself / narrator; Barbara Boxer … Herself – Senator – California;
Richard Branson … Himself – Founder, Virgin Group; George W. Bush … Himself – President of the United States (archive footage); Jimmy Carter … Himself – President of the United States (archive footage); and many more. *

A well done and informative documentary on America’s addiction to oil and what kind of solutions exist as a viable alternative. Documentarian Josh Tickell takes a 11 year journey around the world to investigate the oil industry, the recession, the auto industry’s collapse, unemployment, national debt, and humanity’s demand of energy. The documentary exposes the fix we’ve put ourselves in and explores the green industry as a means of saving the world. The documentary doesn’ just expose the horror, but rather focuses on an optimistic future with viable alternatives and sustainable solutions. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Plastiki Arrives in Australia

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/23/plastiki-arrives-in-austr_n_656141.html

‘Plastiki’ Arrives In Australia After Plastic-Bottle Boat Makes 8,000-Mile Journey Across Pacific

Posted: 07-23-10 09:58 AM on Huffingtonpost

The 12,000 plastic water bottle catamaran that David de Rothschild in company with Jo Royle, the skipper made landing in Australia after a treacherous 3 month journey, 11,000 mile journey across the Pacific from California to Australia. They pass through the Great Pacific Trash Island. The above link leads to a video about the journey, and the Youtube video below talks about the expedition. The ABC news Youtube link below shows the beginning of the journey.

http://articles.cnn.com/2010-07-23/tech/plastiki.australia_1_plastiki-australian-national-maritime-museum-plastic-bottle-boat?_s=PM:TECH

Plastic bottle boat reaches Australia after stormy seas

July 23, 2010

After spending 125 days traveling over 8,000 nautical miles, the Plastiki is preparing to reach Sydney, its final destination, on Sunday.

The Plastiki’s arrival in Sydney will not, however, be the 60-foot catamaran’s first time to reach Australian soil. Winter storms producing near-hurricane strength winds forced the vessel and its crew to take refuge in Mooloolaba, Queensland on Monday.

Originally, the crew had hoped to land in Coffs Harbour, south from Mooloolaba, before heading to Sydney. After waiting out the bad weather, the Plastiki took off from its unexpected first port-of-call in Australia early Friday morning with hopes to reach Sydney in the next two days.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ug7CpVkBuU
ABC News: The Plastiki Sets Sail, Youtube Video

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Punalu’u Black Sand Beach


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Punalu’u Black Sand Beach
Punalu’u, Big Island, Hawaii
One of the most famous beaches on Big Island is the Punalu’u Black Sand Beach. It is the most expansive and accessible stretch of black sand beach on the island. Tourists from all over come here to see the sand, the sea turtles, and to snorkel/dive. Located right off Hwy 11, Ninole loop road off the entrance to Sea Mountain Resort, in the Puna district south of Hilo, between Pahala and na’alehu. Most famous for the Hawaiian Green Sea turtles that frequent the beach as much as the tourists. Endangered species – they are protected as much as the sand that is made of basalt and created by lava flowing into the ocean that explodes when it reaches the ocean and cools. Don’t touch or disturb the turtles and take no sand. The waters are protected by the small cove embracing the beach. There is a large paved parking lot with full facilities. Swimming area is very rocky, best to be careful as it is dangerous grounds. Beach has alot of underground fresh water flowing into it which is very cold. Legends have it that the early inhabitants would dive underwater with a jug to get fresh water. Other local legends warn of taking the sand or the rocks from the beach – for if one does, they will be cursed by the Goddess Pele until it is returned. (Myth may have been generated by 30 year Park Service veteran Russ Apple who was restoring Hawaiian cultural resources in the parks) Evidence of shifts of the use of the beach area by indigenous peoples vary through time. Monumental architecture in forms of large heiau complexes (ritual centers) speak to the powers of na ali’i (chiefs) and the social stratification of the ancient Ka’u district. Camping is permitted at the Beach Park.


Punalu’u Beach

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Pacific Tsunami Museum (Hilo, Hawaii)



Pacific Tsunami Museum

130 Kamehameha Ave * Hilo, HI 96720-2833 * (808) 935-0926 * http://www.tsunami.org/ *

The Pacific Tsunami Museum is a non-profit run organization spreading the awareness and preparedness for the natural disaster of the tsunami. They believe through education and awareness no one ever should die again in Hawaii from a tsunami. They also act as a preservation museum for the social and cultural history of Hawaii as well as a memorial for those who lost their lives in tsunamis. In the shadow of the volcanoes, they feel that not many concern themselves about tsunamis which is a real threat for Hawaii as tsunamis have killed more people in Hawaii than all other natural disasters combined. They claim that from 1900-1964 there was a tsunami every five years exceeding 1 meter run-up. April 1st, 1946 and May 23, 1960 were devastating periods for Hilo by tsunamis. They feel all of Hawaii is not prepared for the disasters to come. Over the last 30 years there has been major population growth without the effect of tsunamis. The luck can only last so long. People have forgotten how devastating this natural catastrophe can be. By passing on stories, documentation, histories, photos, and evidence of these tragedies, they can teach the people to be prepared. They work in collaboration with the International Tsunami Information Center, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, and the University of Hawaii, as well as State and County Civil Defense Agencies. The museum houses exhibits to interpret the phenomena, the Pacific Tsunami Warning System, history of tsunamis in the Pacific Basin, tsunamis of the future, myths & legends, and public safety measures for this type of disaster. They are open Monday-Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. General admission is $8.00 as of the writing of this piece.

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Rainbows, Road Dogs, Drainbows, Modern Hippies, and the decline of the Rainbow Gathering in the United States

This in of itself is going to be a controversial blog piece on my experiences and observation of the decline of the sub-cultural phenomena of what is referred to as “the Rainbow Gathering ” and the “Rainbow Subculture”. I realize my writing this blog entry will cause some turmoil and distraught emotions by those who read it who are very much still part of this movement, and some may be quite angry with these thoughts, observations, and disclosure. I realize it may alienate some friends of mine, some of whom may be close. I apologize in advance for this, but have to state this is how I feel and have a need to rant about how I see the movement that I once greatly admired and proud to be part of in the distant past become a very destructive, ego-centric, and parasitic phenomena. I don’t know if there is ‘hope’ for this movement. I don’t know if it could ever go back to the beautiful experience that it once was. But as it stands with my recent experiences of watching it degrading over the last 20 years, I personally, albeit biased, believe it has lost hope. Some of its recent offshoot ‘commercial’ ventures seem to carry on some of its similiar aspects. I apologize in advance to those that this blog might offend. But I have a need to release it off my chest and vent. Perhaps this will serve as nothing other than to offend, but perhaps it might make change in the hearts and minds of those that that care about its destructive essence in this day and age.

Rainbow Gatherings are the encampments of a migratory nomadic modern day people who live in the movement as their home, merged with those ‘family’ that attend a few times a year, the family that do just the annual pilgrimage, and the weekend warrior types who setup temporary intentional communities wherever they travel. These events are typically established in outdoor settings, in every state within the United States of America, throughout Canada, and internationally in most countries. Often, the ‘non-organizing lot’ of the core family can be found at all of these gatherings, including those in countries outside of the USA. The entire movement of intentional community espouses and focalize on ideals of peace, love, harmony, freedom, and community; much to the ideals of the hippie and anti-war movements in the 1960’s throughout America. They borrow much of the ideology from the 60’s, the dress, the sub-culture, and claim to have their origins from that era. The movement consciously expresses themselves as an alternative to mainstream popular culture, consumerism, capitalism, and mass media. Central to the movement is the “Rainbow Family of Living Light” who are building a self-induced Utopian society comprised of bohemian and hippie sub-culture. It is quite possible that it is true that this movement was birthed in the 1960’s with the hippie and anti-war counterculture that was birthed at that time. The Rainbow tribe have throughout the years attempted to promote a longstanding rumor that the Gathering was/is recognized by the Elders of the Hopi people as the fulfillment of a Hopi prophecy. This was debunked by Micheal I. Niman who wrote in 1997 the book called “People of the Rainbow: A Nomadic Utopia”. He traced the Hopi prophecies to the 1962 book “Warriors of the Rainbow” by WIlliam Willoya and Vinson Brown who compares prophecy of major religious sects throughout the world and tales of visions from North American natives. This was stemmed from a portion of the legend that was erroneously attributed to the Rainbow because of the mention of the “Warriors of the Rainbow” in prophecy out of the phrase “When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds, and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the warriors of the Rainbow.”

Rainbow views the mainstream culture as “Babylon” believing that the mainstream’s modern lifestyles and systems of government are unhealthy and no longer in harmony with the Earth or nature. I can attune with some of this and was one of the forefront reasons that I became part of the Rainbow Gathering movement when I first embraced it in the 1980’s. The first original Gathering was held in Colorado during July 1972 – since then it has occurred annually in the United States around the week embracing the 4th of July weekend in some democratically chosen location on National Forest land. Regional and national gatherings spurred by local state groups and family occur in just about every one of the 50 states, and most local cities have at least a potluck either weekly, monthly, or quarterly to keep family together. The movement was so popular in the United States, as international attendance increased the movement spread outside of the U.S.A. boundaries into many other countries who have tried to re-create the beauty and balance that ‘Rainbow’ originally possessed. The largest gatherings have been composed of upwards of unreliable counts of 30,000-40,000 attendees at a National Gathering.

“Rainbow Gathering 2008: Wyoming, July 4th”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWvmVQ8Y0KI

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Earthships (Taos, New Mexico)

Earthship Community by Taos, New Mexico
* http://www.earthship.net/ * http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=609
Along Highway 64 just southwest of Taos, New Mexico is a sustainable living community of Biotecture homes called “Earth-ships”. Earth-ships are passive solar homes made of natural and recycled materials designed for off-the-grid living. Earth-ships also embrace a thermal mass construction for temperature stabilization and incorporating renewable energy and integrated water systems making the Earth-ship an off-grid home with little to no utility bills. Most of the Earth-ship designs are created by Earth-ship Biotecture of Taos, NM. The homes are primarily constructed to work autonomously and are generally made of earth-filled tires, utilizing thermal mass construction to naturally regulate indoor temperature. They also usually have their own special natural ventilation system. These structures are built to utilize the available local resources, especially solar energy by means of windows strategically placed on the sunny side to bring in light and heat; contingent on a horseshoe-shape to maximize natural light and solar gains during winters; thick outer walls for insulation against summer heat; honeycombs of recycled cans cemented together for more insulation, and incorporation of earth and adobe. These kind of buildings took shape in the 1970’s. Earth-ship Biotecture’s founder, Mike Reynolds, created a company to specialize in building these sustainable structures with the importance for them to be independent from the ‘grid’ so that they are less susceptible to natural disasters and free from electrical and water lines. Because of the earth filled tire construction, Earth-ships have great load-bearing capacity and have an increased resistance to fire. Earth-ships can be found in every state and are appearing in countries like Europe. Earth-ship Biotecture is located in the Greater World Community which is a housing development in Taos, New Mexico compiled together of strictly earth-ship homes. Officially a legal subdivision in 1998 – it was started in order to create an ideal condition from where a sustainable community could grow and flourish. Want to buy an Earth-ship or land to place one on? An Earth-ship is defined by the following 6 principles: Thermal/Solar Heating & Cooling; Solar & Wind Electricity; Contained Sewage Treatment; Building with Natural & Recycled Materials; Water Harvesting; Food Production; and Comfort in Any Climate. I’m extremely intrigued and impressed by these sustainable buildings.
Rated: 5 stars out of 5.

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Frog Fences and Frog Crossings ….


Frog fence along the highway between Ansbach and Wurzburg, Germany

Frog Fences
Germany is one of the few countries in the world that has become pro-active in protecting its frog populations. In areas heavily populated by frogs, fences are set up along the roads to prevent the little hoppers from getting flattened by cars. They are either re-directed to go through a tunnel underneath the roadway or are caught in the fences where it is rumored volunteers go collect them and move them across the roadway (I couldn’t find proof to that statement). There are even frog crossing warning signs in Bavaria. Apparently Vermont, in the United States also Incorporates Frog Fences along their highways. But not all of Bavaria is pro-active. A Bus driver is suspended for saving two toads crossing the road. Now I see where the video game “Frogger” comes from. Here’s a cute independent film called Frog Crossing (if embedding below doesn’t work).

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