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Eggsactly

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‘They hatch adders’ eggs; they weave the spider’s web; he who eats their eggs dies, and from one that is crushed a viper is hatched.’  ~ Isaiah 59:5

  • Free-ranging chickens produce better, more wholesome eggs.  Here’s why.
  • Here is a lucid explanation of current economic mess we are in—and the coming (soon) collapse.  Things will never be the same and the sooner we accept that fact the better we can prepare for it.
  • ‘Many Austrian economists, including Ludwig von Mises, have been staunch advocates of “sound money,” stressing the importance of linking paper currencies to the precious metals or, better yet, returning the production of money to the free market where it belongs.’
  • The former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, is calling for the legalisation of narcotics in an effort to curb violence—and I could not agree more.
  • Google street view gets hit again—Is that a dead body lying in the street?
  • Although one wants to avoid asceticism, there is a great deal to be admired about living a simple life.
  • ‘In an echo of the debates over the discredited intelligence that helped make the case for the war in Iraq, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday released more than 1,100 pages of previously classified Vietnam-era transcripts that show senators of the time sharply questioning whether they had been deceived by the White House and the Pentagon over the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident.’
  • ‘Marc Faber, the Swiss fund manager and Gloom Boom & Doom editor, said the US Federal Reserve will create a “final crisis” by continuing to print money because it is underestimating the strength of the economy which shows no signs of strengthening but signs of weakening everywhere in the world.’

‘If life seems awful to kids, it’s neither because hormones are turning you all into monsters (as your parents believe), nor because life actually is awful (as you believe). It’s because the adults, who no longer have any economic use for you, have abandoned you to spend years cooped up together with nothing real to do. Any society of that type is awful to live in. You don’t have to look any further to explain why teenage kids are unhappy.’  ~ Paul Graham, ‘Why Nerds Are Unpopular’

  • ‘Be prepared, if you have a sugar bowl home go fill it up because it’s going to be more expensive.’  ~ Investment guru Jim Rogers
  • ‘When will Americans come to see that the never-ending terrorist crisis, along with the concomitant loss of our civil liberties, is rooted in U.S. statism, imperialism, and interventionism rather than in religion?’
  • ‘Sovereign default, however, is not the only strategy available to the US regarding its unpayable debt. The US could alternatively pay down its massive obligations by debasing its currency, a strategy wherein the US would pay its creditors with increasingly worthless US dollars – to the US, a far more convenient solution.’
  • ‘Declaring himself the ‘most pessimistic of forecasters, nobody is more pessimistic than me’ Dr Faber outlined a scenario in which the dollar has to be replaced by another unit after a future inflation, and holders of cash and bonds lose virtually everything in the process.’
  • Once again, living in a free society means that folks should have the freedom to sell—or not sell—their home to anyone for any reason.
  • ‘US credit risk is huge and America has two options, either default or let the currency depreciate substantially against currencies such as the yuan and the rouble.’  (Are you prepared for what’s coming?)

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Two Arminians Walk Into a Bar…

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‘Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.’  ~ Proverbs 21:9

  • In the Land of the Free, however, you can have cops point guns at you for selling milk. Milk!
  • [U]ntil the debt is wrung out of the system, either through default or raging inflation – there’s no chance of it actually being paid in anything remotely resembling current dollars – the equivalent of an economic Black Death is going to plague the land.’
  • Many of the foods we eat are genetically modified to resist pesticides. The crops absorb the poison—and we eat it.
  • People’s willingness to hold money can change suddenly for a “psychological and spontaneous reason”, causing a spike in the velocity of money [i.e., hyperinflation]. It can occur at lightning speed, over a few weeks. The shift invariably catches economists by surprise. They wait too long to drain the excess money.’
  • Dying of Money’ available for download free of charge here. [UPDATE: Due to a surge in interest, the book is no longer free of charge.  However, a new copy may be obtained here for $34.95.]
  • Jules Dervaes explains why sustainable, local agriculture is vital to our freedom—and survival:

  • The plain truth is that [Abraham] Lincoln was deeply reviled by many who knew him personally, and by hundreds of thousands who only knew of him.’

It’s the $40 oil that is disappearing. There’s still plenty of $200
oil.’ ~ Rick Rule

  • It is now apparent also that the president himself, even before the attack, had intended to order the U.S. armed forces to make a pre-emptive strike against the Japanese in the southwest Pacific in order to assist the British in southeast Asia. But the Japanese “jumped the gun” on him by bombing Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.’
  • Soccer players have lost altogether whatever remained of sportsmanship:

  • We demand that the states of the union shall be preserved in all their vigor and power. They constitute a bulwark against the centralizing and destructive tendencies of the republican party.’ ~ 1924 Democratic Party Platform
  • I forgive you, honey. Now, why don’t you just…go to sleep?
  • China is considering ending its policy of pegging their currency to the Dollar.
  • [O]ur ruling class’s standard approach to any and all matters, its solution to any and all problems, is to increase the power of the government – meaning of those who run it, meaning themselves, to profit those who pay with political support for privileged jobs, contracts, etc.’
  • Lunacy in our government is not new—Hamilton exhibited extraordinary amounts of ridiculousness:

  • Many books have been written on the Calvinism/Arminianism debate. I do not know of any work that presents the debate and the outworking of the different tenets better than this series does. The script tellingly and incisively sets forth the errors of Arminianism, yet it does so compassionately.’
  • In the name of Christian charity, we are being asked nowadays to subsidize evil.’
  • Police State America: Talk About Jesus and Go to Jail.

Cholesterol on Canvas

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‘And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured.’  ~ Genesis 41:49

HEADS UP!!
The Dollar is falling.

MONA LISA ATE TOO MUCH BACON
Do classic works of art betray the subjects’ and artists’ health maladies?

GET $MART
Peter Schiff explains why college tuition is so expensive.  (And why it shouldn’t be.)

BY THE HAIR OF MY CHINNY-CHIN-CHIN
(Yet another) homage to the beard.

LIVING IN A VAN ON THE DUKE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
How one man gained an education without losing his shirt.

OPT OUT OF THE COMING GOVERNMENT INSURANCE BOONDOGGLE
While adhering to Biblical principles.

WORSHIPING TOGETHER—BUT NOT NECESSARILY ALONGSIDE
Robert L. Dabney on the nature of Christian unity.

OPERATION NORTHWOODS
The U.S. Government’s plan to provoke war with Cuba—it included hijacking and downing civilian airplanes.

FAT MAN AND LITTLE BOY DIDN’T KILL HIM
But Time finally fells man who survived atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE MOON
NASA footage seems to demonstrate that, at the very least, some of the Moon Shot was staged.

BUY GOLD, PLANT A GARDEN, AND DRESS TO THE NINES
Gerald Celente predicts the trends for 2010.

THE GARDEN OF THE FUTURE
Is actually the garden of the past.

GET YOUR FREE INFORMATION HERE!!
The best free documentary films online.

CHEAP AT $1,100
Gold, that is.

CONSIDERING IT ALL JOY
The war against Christianity continues.

2010 FOOD CRISIS FOR DUMMIES
Weather conditions and government policy conspire to leave millions hungry.

GUESS WHO’S IN BED WITH OBAMA?
Politics make for strange bedfellows indeed.

THE SWINE FLU HOAX
It will soon join the others down the Memory Hole.

SKULL & BONES FOR SALE
The secret Yale society auctions its macabre memorabilia.

One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato…Dang!!

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‘A man who oppresses the poor is a beating rain that leaves no food.’  ~ Proverbs 28:3

 

The results (if they can be called such) are in and, not altogether unexpectedly, the GTE–the Great Tater Experiment for the great unwashed–is a complete failure.  Actually, ‘complete’ is a bit more pessimistic than what is call for; rather, ‘miserable’ failure is a more apt description.  After three-plus months and all the good will we could muster, our potato crop amounted to three-THREE!–golf ball-sized new potatoes at the very bottom of the bottom tire.  To say we are disappointed would be an understatement but, considering my penchant for not being able to grow just about anything from the ground, we were not all that surprised.  Oh well, there’s always the Spring garden to look forward too!

It’s a very good thing that you don’t have to plant chickens.

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November 29, 2008 at 7:13 pm

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They Palin Comparison

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‘The LORD will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of mind…’  ~ Deuteronomy 28:28  

 

Funny search engine terms used to find my blog:

 

  • damon dinosaurs Harvard [Is dinosaurs the verb in this sentence?]

  • chuck ackerman obama [Hey, it’s better than Hussein.]

  • democrat and republican witches [It gives a whole new meaning to ‘Voo-doo Economics’.]

  • barack obama praying [I think they meant to write ‘preying’.]

 

Although we have yet to gain the Midas Touch when it comes to sustainable small-scale farming, the wife and I have had a few recent successes.  The latest (in addition to our thriving chicken flock) is our potato crop.  A friend at work related a unique method for growing spuds in a small space yet in large amounts: old tires. 

The trick is to fill a tire with dirt and plant the seed potatoes (which are simply taters that you cut into pieces, each having at least one eye.)  Once the shoots reach 8 inches, simply stack another tire and fill it with dirt.  When the shoots grow through the dirt in the second tire and reach 8 inches, simply repeat the process.  Once you get the desired (and sustainable) number of tires in the stack, simply let the shoots grow as they will.  Once they die back, wait two weeks and then start harvesting potatoes!  (We’ll keep you posted on the harvest, so stand by.)

(Photo:  The seed potatoes were planted in the bottom tire; the shoots now stand proudly nearly two feet above their origin.  Somewhere in between lie dozens of little spuds.  Tubor-licious!)

 

 

The new chicks are doing fine, as well.  I constructed a roost using several yaupons I had from clearing brush over the past year or so to give them that ‘natural’ feel as they slept.  Their feather patterns are beginning to be clearly delineated and they are quite beautiful.  They are Silver- and Golden-laced Wyandottes.

 

 

Here is one of the more beautiful Golden-laced.  Her patterns are emerging sooner than most of the others to great effect, in my opinion.  (It took quite a while to get her to pose and this was the best picture I could capture.  I’ll try again in the coming days.)

 

 

 

A few of the new chicks peck and scratch their way inside the new coop.  I hope to introduce the old flock to them within the next couple of weeks.  That should be fun as they establish the new pecking order.

 

 

 

 

  • Sean Hannity is the worst sort of demagogue. He portrays himself as a conservative, yet the truth is that he is among the most partisan of neo-conservatives in his statism/ nationalism and militarism. His worship of the state is such that he has deified the military and declared it sacrosanct—above any criticism. In his shrill and indiscriminate defence of the troops he is not above lying…repeatedly. In recent days he has repeatedly castigated Barack Obama (who has his own brand of dishonesty and demagoguery) for charging the U.S. military with bombing Afghan villages and killing civilians. The problem is—it’s true. And I am sure Hannity knows it’s true.

 

 

‘[Robert E. Lee] was the very greatest of all the great captains that the English-speaking peoples have brought forth.’ ~ Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

 

 

 

Our wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid Wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. ~ John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion

 

 See if you can make sense of this:

‘That’s what I say that I like every American I am speaking with we’re ill about this position that we been put in where it is taxpayers looking to bailout, but ultimately what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, um, helping the, oh, it’s got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and, and, putting it back on the right track; so health care reform and reducing taxes and reigning in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans and trade… we have we got to see trade as an opportunity not as, a competitive, um, scary thing, but one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we we’ve got to look at that as more opportunity, all of those things under the umbrella of job creation, this bailout is part of that…’ ~ Sarah Palin

 

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October 13, 2008 at 12:52 pm

Have You Ever Heard a Chicken Scream?

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And God said, ‘Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.’  ~ Genesis 1:20

 

Then just imagine the one who laid the egg on right!  Wow.

 

The pullets (female chickens less than one year old) are still laying small eggs; it is usually a while before their innards mature enough to consistently produce regularly-shaped (and tasty) eggs. 

However, yesterday Ashlee discovered the specimen on the right in one of the hen boxes.  It was so long that the egg carton would not close!  Yikes–poor chicken!

 

All things considered, the chickens are doing very well.  The older ones (six and five months old) are pretty close to their full size and I expect the remaining 10 Barred Rocks and Ameraucanas to join their two compadres in producing breakfast nuggets any day now.  The two dozen Silver- and Golden -Laced Wyandottes I have can boast a mere three weeks of life but they are already beginning to show signs of how beautiful they will be once they reach maturity.  They should start laying eggs come February, so (Lord willing) we should be harvesting a cool three dozen per day by Spring.  (That’s when it will be paramount that we have enough customers to ensure our icebox does not overfill!)

 

 

The Barred Rocks are seen in the front, along with the Rhode Island Red rooster.  They are the most curious and unafraid of humans, he will soon be supper.

 

The Ameraucanas are beautiful birds that will (soon?) lay blue-green eggs.  I am growing exceedingly impatient with them!

I had planned on keeping this rooster (technically he is still a cockerell) for ornamental reasons; however, he (literally) eats into my feed margin and his propensity for picking fights with us has sealed his doom.

 

 

This is the new chicken coop/ run.  It has turned out to be quite a project–certainly more than I had expected.  I suspect my lack of carpentry skills or mechanical talent has played a large part but you’ll never be able to make it stand up in court.  It is 24′ x 24′ and 7′ tall, which is enough to house in excess of 190 chickens.  I don’t plan on having that many but, if the egg bidness takes off, I’m game for just about anything. 

The tin chicken shack inside is nothing fancy but it will keep the rain off their heads and the cold north wind off their backs.  I still need to add a roll of chicken wire to the top to keep wild birds out–we don’t want a hawk making off with my girls.  (Also, preventing contact with wild birds should protect my chickens from contracting avian flu, should it become a factor in our area.)  In an effort to maintain my objectivity and predator ecumenicism, I strung up some hot wire yesterday–coons and bobcats beware!

That’s the chicken update!

Asleep at the Wheel – Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens (etc.)

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October 4, 2008 at 8:35 am

Still Standing

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Chicken Coop Update: It appears that a simple weather phenomenon like a Category 2 hurricane is no match for my construction skills.  (I got major carpentry game, boy-ee!)  Both the ‘old’ hoop house and the new Condo Coop remain in place, exactly as I left them.  Well, the former is full of wet–and bothered–chickens but stand, they do!

On a serious note, God heard our pleading for safety and protection from scattered damage and we emerged completely unscathed–despite the fact that many folks out our way suffered a great deal.  (An old grocery store in town stands in a pile of 50 year-old bricks.)  Praise be to God for our safety–and that of our friends and loved ones!

 

Presenting (with a tip of the hat to Mr Brunone): John R. and June Carter Cash –

If I Were a Carpenter

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September 13, 2008 at 6:07 pm

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