By Matthew

What an amazing thing, feels like I was just here yesterday however it has been much longer than that. where is here anyways?

For the moment, I am in civilization, working a decent job for decent pay. For how long? I do not know. I have been back in society for long enough now to realize what I left behind before I came here and what I left here when I went there. That in which I write is in and of time.

Time what an interesting thing to be lost, gained, forgot, bought, used, then there is free time, bed time, break time, day time, night time, that “time” of the month, I could go on forever. Time as it is most commonly defined is the measure of the duration of events and the intervals between them. Is it a fundamental infrastructure of this universe that is static in some location and flowing in others, or is it something that is a human construct only to be realized in our existence as a way to portray prior and future events (there is no “now” or is there only the “now”?). Time can be and has been debated since we quantified the day and arguably developed the idea of agriculture and started to identify with seasons and the passing cycles on earth and the solar system in order to better facilitate the growth of certain plants.

Time is what I left in society when I was living in the wild, at least my track of time. In the woods there is no need for a watch or even a calender by any means we use them in our daily doings of the city life. I am relaying the idea of total loss of time to the point of not knowing what month it is. forget what time of the day. I knew morning evening and night, those were my way of keeping time. when it started getting cold, I got ready for winter, hoarding food and fuel for my fire. Thankfully I was living in a warm environment so the temp didn’t get below 40 much in the winter. I forgot the stress of having to be somewhere or not having enough time to do something. I did what needed to be done when it was needed. Nature told me what time it was when I was apart of it, and so much more, the smell told me rain was coming the silence of creatures told me when foes were near and I was starting to be able to forecast the weather fairly accurately a few days ahead just by looking at the clouds and hearing the wind in the trees.

Nature was speaking to me and for once, I understood.

That is what I left when I came back to society, my connection to nature and it’s form of time. I still learned invaluable truths from the experience but I know it would take time to form that bond with my true natural surroundings again. Just as it took me time to adjust to the bustle of the city again after years of living mostly in the wilderness, driving felt a little foreign at first after not driving for so long, it was just the speed really that got to me at first.

Work is also seeming foreign, in it’s many different definitions. In the wild, work is simply to sustain in it’s most basic form. Living in a city takes money. Working for money in order to sustain isn’t quite as satisfying or efficient but, its amazing how adaptable humans are, I think we will have more appreciation for that after we colonize a few more planets though. It took me a while to really put my mind on what I felt had left me but I was able to spend some time in reflection recently and let those thoughts come to fruition. Money, what a funny idea, almost as funny as time although much more surreal.

Finally got my mendal prusa going again

I got my prusa mendel running again although it was in bad shape and my plastic bearings were crumbling I was able to print off the parts I needed to get it running smoothly again. Once I was able to do that I quickly printed out everything I needed to have another printer, and another, currently I am working on my fourth printer. 2014-11-15_18-00-02_632

What is up with Crazy Radiation Spikes Happening on west coast?!?

Every few days I check cnet.com’s radiation monitoring network just to see how long its going to take for the grass to start glowing and I have noticed more and more disturbing spikes happening, usually on southwest coastal areas. I was paying particular attention to the Japanese monitoring stations during and after the most recent typhoon when I noticed something astounding. Maybe it was a glitch, or happens more often than I realize but there was a spike of over 200,000 cpm just south of the bay area, just before the sensor was taken off the map. I have posted photos and invite your comments. Not sure what to make of it, can anybody shed more light on this? I have noticed other strange spikes happening around the united states but nothing over 1k so far. There were a few spikes in the past few weeks in NM but I attributed that to the rupturing drums that have been going on.

http://netc.com/    showing high spike over 200k cpm

http://netc.com/ showing high spike over 200k cpm

http://netc.com/  detection site taken down?

http://netc.com/ detection site taken down?

Periwinkle, A Functional Vine

By Matthew Gooch
I have used this vine to help with erosion control among other things. I decided to write a little bit about it. Keep in mind, like most vines it can become a little invasive if not kept in check. Periwinkle is a perennial vine that is a forb. It is one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring which is where it got its name. Pervinka is the Russian name for the flower and it means first flower. The flowers bloom March to august depending on conditions. It does best in constantly mild conditions. It has glossy dark green oval leaves that are broadly lanced shaped opposites. Usually sporting a blue of lavender flower with five pedals, the leaves are retained all year as long as they don’t burn up in the winter because of direct sunlight. The pedals are 1 to 2 inches in diameter and it usually comes up about 3 to 6 inches. The roots are very fibrous, spreading, and moderately shallow. This makes them great for helping with erosion control.
This ground covering shade plant is originally from Europe and was brought over as a flower. However it didn’t take long for Periwinkle to migrate from the flowerbeds into the wild and is now recognized as an invasive species in some states such as WI. The plant does well in full sun during the summer with lots of water and it is a prostrate plant usually hugging the ground and rocks, even on walls, in tight bunches usually about 2-4 ft in diameter however then can become quite dominant. They are slightly aggressive and do have the possibility of dominating a forest floor. Soil tolerance is good with 6-8 pH, high organic content, and well drained or pooling soil areas. It is very tolerant of a wide variety of soil conditions. Its weakness is insects and a disease as it is vulnerable to many. Just to name a few; Botrytis Blight, Dieback, Vinca Canker, Leaf Spots, Root rot, stem rot, aster-yellow, and also a plethora of bugs.
Today you will find this flower in a lot of flower beds; it is easily bought in nurseries and other garden stores. It can be propagated by bare root. Plant is hardy down to -33 degrees Fahrenheit. Its use should be the most effective in partially shaded areas and north and east exposures on inclines and steep slopes. It can also grow on walls, even rocky ones. It is great for use in roadsides and specially adapted locations. It is low maintenance and can tolerate light traffic but will get trampled is walked on a lot.
Periwinkle does have some medicinal uses. It is a very strong capillary constrictor that is useful for treating hemorrhage and helps a little with edema. It has hypo-tensive qualities and is sometimes used for treating migraines and other headaches. There have been some clinical trials that show its effectiveness against some cancerous tumor growths; however it is not recognized as an edible plant. There are some universities that are looking into genetically modified forms of periwinkle that produce large amounts of Velban and vinblastine. They are periwinkle plant derivatives that are used in the medical field as an antineoplastic drug that disrupts cell division. Also, they are trying to get lots of oncovin, and vincristine production because those are used in the treating of lymphatic system cancers. It is also an antineoplastic drug. Hopefully the better understanding of this and other plants will pave the future for more natural forms of medicine.

Hamas and the Peace Process

A good read with a lot of history and sources

Qifa Nabki

hamas-fatahOn May 13, 2008, Yuval Diskin, the director of the Israeli Internal Security Service, Shin Bet, met with U.S. Ambassador Richard Jones to discuss the prospect of a “cooling down” period with Hamas. The conversation was recorded in a government cable released by Wikileaks, and sheds some light on the military strategy that Israel has pursued in Gaza since 2008, including three major confrontations with Hamas: Operation Cast Lead (2008-09); Operation Pillar of Defense (2012); and Operation Protective Edge (2014).

I have pasted the relevant portion of the cable below:

¶15. (S) [Shin Bet chief] Diskin said that Israel does not like the tahdiya [truce] — seeing it as a means whereby Hamas and other groups can regroup and re-arm — but also dislikes the current situation. The ISA, he said, believes that the best option now is a large-scale ground incursion into the Gaza Strip that allows the IDF to take…

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West Ukrainians’ massive anti-war protests

Very comprehensive and insightful

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from west Ukraine says about itself:

Ukrainians are burning their military draft cards [English subtitles]

27 July 2014

Ukrainians are burning their military writs, refusing to leave their sons to the Ministry of Defense.

By Roger Annis in Canada:

Antiwar protests spreading in Ukraine as gov’t wages all-out war in the southeast and NATO threatens Russia

July 31, 2014

A rising wave of antiwar and anti-conscription protest is taking place in cities and towns across western Ukraine. The protests are prompted by the announcement of Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko ten days ago that a “third” military mobilization is now required for the war that his governing regime began waging against the population of eastern Ukraine three months ago. Kyiv calls the war an ‘anti-terrorist operation’.

The protests are paralleled by a rise in Ukraine army desertions and refusals of men and women to heed conscription orders.

Poroshenko’s mobilization…

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NDD Nature Deficit Disorder

By Matthew Gooch

The idea that a person can develop a Nature Deficit Disorder is a relatively new concept. The basis for the theory is that as a person grows up they are secluded from nature and scenes of lush greenery and wide open spaces full of natural surroundings. This deficit of nature causes a lack of creativity and imagination as well as a overall detachment from an understanding of being part of the earth’s ecosystem. This feeling of isolation from the planet is never something that is realized as the appreciation for nature has not been stimulated.
The term was coined by Richard Louv in Last Child in the Woods, 2005. The disorder can have a wide range of behavior problems. Such as; parental fears, restricted access to natural areas, and being addicted to the screen. It comes from an understanding that people have a particular liking to outdoors and a need to be in nature for periods of their life. Although the disorder is not recognized in any medical manual on mental disorders, evidence is being compiled to show how a lack of nature leads to mental problems. Here are some of the listed causes; parents are keeping children indoors to keep them safe in excess, loss of natural surroundings in a neighborhood, and increased draw to spend more time inside. The effects can be many an according to some are very deeply rooted. Obviously a lack of respect for immediate natural surroundings, it can lead to attention disorders and depression, low grades, obesity, and lack of cognitive development, a missing sense of wonder and connection to the earth.
There are some organizations popping up here and there to help curb NDD. The No Child Left Inside Coalition is a group that is making an effort to address the problem by getting kids outdoors more and into more natural learning environments. There are also efforts to draft an act titles No Child Left Inside to increase environment education in schools. In Colombia the, Organizacion para la Educacion y Proteccion Ambiental, has been addressing this issue for over 10 years. Their mission is to reconnect children to the earth to promote environmental responsibility. They do this by linking three levels of education, intellectual, experiential and emotional or spiritual.
I find all of this to be rather interesting; it is hard for me to imagine growing up without the woods as I have spent much of my life in nature. I could see how there might be a Society Deficit Disorder that may be coined by some as well. There must always be balance. I found that since I have spent so much time in the woods and away from structured society that I have become almost afraid of it. I feel as though sometimes people don’t care to notice the way governments are restricting freedoms and oppressing people. I have developed a lack of trust towards politicians and large multimillion international institutions. This could have come from a lack of societal living or maybe I am just all too aware of how our society is changing for the worst. How companies hoard and destroy patents that threaten their profits even if those patents may be very good for people and society. Also how companies will prevent cures from being fully developed because they make more off of a sick person that has to keep buying there medicine to stay better instead of taking just one pill and being cured. All I am saying is that although there is a lack of children going into nature it may not actually be developing mental illnesses. There is still a lack of substantial evidence to prove the solidity of NDD. I also think that there is much more behind how kids are acting today then there nature dose. I agree children should spend more times outdoors but I do not agree that it is the only factor contributing to the change we are seeing in children today. I would blame that on a collection of things from slow parenting and overbearing parents due to the society of perpetuate fear we live in as well as the undeniably invasiveness of the technological state we are in.
Outside Agitators by Bill O’Driscoll, Pittsburgh City Paper
Are your kids really spending enough time outdoors? Getting up close with nature opens a child’s eyes to the wonders of the world, with a bounty of health benefits. by Tammie Burak, Canadian Living.
Louv, Richard. (2011) The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder. Algonquin Books. 303pp.