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Anarchy in America

Although it may be true that being a cog in a well-lubricated machine is the simplest way to obtain a high standard of living, it is imperative that we use common sense and realize that the more interdependent we become, the more we are at risk when the machine breaks down. It is becoming increasingly apparent that America, and the world as a whole, has tried to solve its problems by becoming a huge machine, and that parts of the […]

The Smart Approach to the Future

Although the demands of day to day living make it hard to plan for the future, almost everyone that cares about the future gets talked into some type of investment, IRAs and 401(k)s the most common. None of these plans can protect you from runaway inflation. Few investments will help you survive when the United States goes bankrupt. Yes, gold and other precious metals, or even diamonds and gems may have some value, but they will be hard to eat […]

The Demise of the Republican Party

You can always hope people have more sense, but they don’t. If you warn them the economy is going to crash, and the United States is going to go bankrupt, most, especially Democrats, say in whose lifetime. Right now politics is all about what’s in it for me. Obama is the guy giving away cell phones and food stamps. Are people really that shallow and stupid? With sixteen trillion in debt, when does anyone think we’ll start paying anything back? […]

Devastating Storm Sandy

The debate continues about the severity of Sandy being caused by manmade global warming, and of course this is a political issue that divides this country. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle of the positions taken by the Democrats and the Republicans. Global warming can’t be all bad. The real problems are the actual poisons we are putting into our environment, and if global warming is in the news, the general public isn’t going to concern themselves with […]

Politics

In recent years I have pondered our constitution, and as thoughtful and strong a document as it is, it’s apparent it didn’t go far enough. Our forefathers weren’t perceptive enough to realize that our system of government had fundamental flaws that could allow this country to eventually become a dictatorship. That’s where we are headed. How do we potentially become a dictatorship you may ask? The answer is when you have a two party system, and one party buys the […]

High Park fire, Colorado fireproof structures

Although homes have survived the High Park fire, it is more a matter of luck or good ground maintenance that has saved the structures, not their imperviousness to fire. Fireproof structures are rare, and probably have limitations that prevent them from being ideal homes. The concept home pictured in the fire is a unishell modular superstructure or OsumPODS. The futuristic concept employs robotics to spray cast unishell modules from high strength concrete. The structures are not only fireproof, but are […]

Solar Savings not the answer

While visiting Facebook I noticed this advertisement. Nothing against Solar Savings AMERICA, but this isn’t the answer. This is solar supplementing the grid. Their advertisement offers you a monthly savings, but you can bet without government subsidies there wouldn’t be any savings. Face it, the government is basically bankrupt, and buying into anything the government is subsidizing is a big gamble. The real answer is energy independence. Solar could be and should be that answer, but not as long as […]

US negative rating well deserved

Does it amaze anyone that Standard & Poor’s downgraded the United States to a negative rating, or that the White House was incensed? We have a runaway government that is about to pay the piper. Personally, I have been warning friends and family for years that the instability of a global economy, the imbalance of trade, and the spendthrift ways of congress would lead this nation to ruin. Right now the world is gambling that things aren’t as bad as […]

Making energy independence part of your future

The ongoing debate for energy independence started in the early 70s with the so-called energy crisis. Every president since Nixon has set goals for our energy independence as a nation. Today the United States is no closer to a solution than when the energy crisis started. We are addicted to oil, nearly 60 percent of the oil we consume supplied by foreign producers, which is a fraction of the energy we waste due to inefficiencies. The 2009 Lawrence Livermore National […]

Why solar hasn’t replaced the grid

Solar is free, available everywhere, and totally non-polluting, right? So one wonders why the vast majority of the world is connected to the grid. Could it be that the solar industry is content to be just another supplier to a complex and inefficient system? For solar to ever be the answer, it has to be something besides part of the problem. It has to offer homeowners and businesses energy independence. It will have to have kinetic energy storage systems that […]

Debate on Nuclear Reactors could be terminated by building OsumPODS

What posses man to build something like the Fukushima Dalichi power plant near Okuma, about 250 kilometers north of Tokyo? To put a single reactor on the coastline is highly suspect. To put six in one facility is asinine beyond belief. If one reactor is contaminated, how are you supposed to service the remaining reactors? People need their heads examined. The whole idea of mass infrastructure is to create dependency. It’s a business ploy. Build OsumPODS and make people energy […]

Japan: Nuclear disaster demonstrates lack of foresight

When we build we are well aware that catastrophe can strike. People gamble anyway, but as in all gambles, there are losers. Ultimately, the loss of the Fukushima Dalichi power plant near Okuma, about 250 kilometers north of Tokyo, may prove to be more costly in terms of suffering than all of the devastation combined in the Japanese quake. Man depends upon mass infrastructure, but doesn’t need to. Mass infrastructure is more about making money than providing man with the […]

The future of transportation in autonomous communities

Transportation & Planning: Today communities require extensive planning, costly infrastructure, and most often more consideration to accommodating automobiles than people. Even with the great deal of attention we give to developing these communities, there is still considerable wasted land and inefficiency inherent in most designs. Much of the problem lies in the concept of segregating residential from needed products and services, schools, libraries, entertainment, and so on. Communities are designed that require mobility to survive. In Silent Wave, I first […]

The OsumPODS Concept (part 1)

Design Concept: Imagine a structure that is nearly indestructible and impenetrable. Imagine a structure that rests on a slip plane foundation that allows the house to remain motionless and undamaged in an earthquake, or float in a restrained position in case of a flood or a surge from a tsunami. Unishell superstructures will be designed to resist the power of a tornado, or the intense heat of a firestorm, thus will be designed to be insurance proof. Imagine a structure […]

Independence (part 3)

The Status of our Future: The potential for disaster with millions upon millions of people suffering, hinges upon the decisions made by a very small group of people. Be assured that many of the decisions being made are wrong. Unfortunately, our future depends upon making a great percentage of right choices. We are at the mercy of governments and big business, and their first priority isn’t saving the environment or making individuals independent. As we build OsumPODS, and as that […]

Independence (part 1)

Redirecting our future: The worldview touted by many professed great thinkers in reality places individuals near the status of ants. It appears President Barack Obama embraces more government, and views world government as the ultimate solution to most of man’s problems. The United States may well be on the road to a new world order where all people fall under the scrutiny and powers of covert organizations that are answerable to no one. Too often such ideas are touted as […]

Building OsumPods Part 3 (Design)

Although I love architecture, I have no way of being able to predict what sort of structures will end up on our landscape. Certainly there will be monstrosities from some points of view. However, if form follows function, and the geometric shapes that lend themselves to efficient and strong modules are incorporated into our buildings, then certainly such architecture will be recognized as better, if not more pleasing. Without such goals, the world is destined to stumble along facing one […]

Building OsumPODS Part 2 (Cultural Influence)

Architecture, like so many things is based in part by our culture and our beliefs. It is why we find both good and bad in everything. Is there a way to get over these hurdles? Let’s suppose we could write a computer program that would only accept what was logical, and would refute all that was illogical. Suppose that this program would analyze all languages, mathematics, science, government, and religions, and in the process it would automatically delete anything and […]

Building OsumPODS Part 1 (Architecture)

How do centuries of building influence the architecture of OsumPODS? What lessons will we take to heart to produce something better? Our past seemingly holds a tremendous influence on everything we do. Too often it seems we place a higher value on where we’ve been than where we are going, whether or not it makes sense or is applicable to our well being. Could it be that we see something more desirable looking back? Could it be that we equate […]

Building a Better Tomorrow: Introduction to OsumPODS (part 2)

World Commerce: Demographic trends continue to move toward global interdependence for human survival. In an increasingly volatile world, it is not a desirable trend to be in. Frequent meltdowns in the stock market are a sure indicator that we’re on the wrong track. US manufacturers would currently be hard pressed to supply such basics as shoes and clothing for this nation. Because US businesses fail to compete in a global market in many areas, our trade deficit continues to grow, […]

Building a Better Tomorrow: Introduction to OsumPODS (part 1)

The Problem: We are witness to technological innovations of astonishing diversity. The digital revolution, computers, communications, biotechnology, robotics, and many other scientific endeavors have leapfrogged humanity into a new era. With so much emphasis on advancing technologies, why are we so married to fossil fuels and stick built housing? Where have our advancing technologies really taken us? Although we are living longer, are we healthier, happier, more secure, less stressed, or more independent? Is Earth more pristine and its biodiversity […]

Trek to the Future

The future is perilous and uncertain. We are destroying our environment. Without change, man may face extinction. Trek to the Future looks to logic and truth to be man’s salvation. Slideshow Text: Without a future there is no sense in our existence! Enlightenment is the true hope for all tomorrows, where wisdom will grow from logic and truth, then knowledge and common sense will be our guiding beacons! The future will demand we face reality, where independence will be the […]