muses of the moment

June 5, 2013

Chris Martenson

Filed under: Economic Crisis, Odds 'n ends, Peak Energy, Permaculture, Precious metals, The Financial Crisis — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 1:45 am

Great interview with Chris Martenson, question and answer interview. Very good. Click here.

They talk about Permaculture guilds at 10 min!!!

March 21, 2013

The 40-year Plan

Filed under: Odds 'n ends, Peak Energy, Permaculture — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 1:30 am

Relax, it doesn’t have to be 40 years….

Totallygroovygirlfriday found this 30-minute video very interesting. If you are looking for solutions and a way to get to them, this video has some great tools/suggestions (more than just about money). Click here.

December 13, 2012


Filed under: Permaculture — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 12:04 pm

Since everyone is into the Mayan thing lately. It’s a cycle, not a time to panic. Mayans are actually looking forward to it. During this last cycle, their civilization was overridden by Spanish/European disease and destruction. They are hoping for something better in this cycle.

Here’s something that could benefit everyone in the next cycle! Chinampas. The system of Chinampas in Central and South America supported up to 7 crops a year and fed large Native American civilizations (there are estimates now that the Amercias had more people than Asia and Europe combined) that prospered beyond belief for over 1000 years, until smallpox took them down.

Chinampas is a form of permaculture. Click here for an explanation.

Anyone who says we have to have contemporary industrial/chemical agriculture to survive is nuts.

December 7, 2012

Prop 37

Filed under: Odds 'n ends, Permaculture — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 5:25 pm

A little interesting blip on California’s Prop 37 vote counting. Click here.

groovygirl has been following this vote closely as she fully supports genetically modified food labeling. And, of course, if there is a miscounting of votes for Prop 37, there can be a miscounting for any portion of an election.

November 27, 2012

Peak Energy

Filed under: Peak Energy, Permaculture, The Banking Crisis, The Dollar Crisis — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 1:27 am

Groovygirl falls into the Peak Energy crowd. Groovygirl was in the peak energy crowd before the 2007 peak oil report came out, because she understood the cycle of the contraction of debt.

The entire energy economy (and thus the entire economy) is powered by debt. Debt to get it out of the ground, debt to build refineries to process, debt to buy trains, trucks, and pipelines to move it where needed, debt by consumers and companies to purchase it who use it day-to-day. When the debt machine contacts, even a little, the cost of energy goes up, because of the lack of debt availability. A drop in consumer demand will never be low enough to compensate for the lack of debt.

The fall in availability of energy and the petro-dollar only adds/accelerates to the main problem: energy must cost more in the future. This will affect everything from building to travel to food to military.

Here is an interesting conversation about how peak energy (not just oil) might affect your financial decisions.

November 13, 2012

The US has a comb-over

Filed under: Odds 'n ends, Peak Energy, Permaculture, The Financial Crisis — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 1:03 am

Groovygirl thought this was the most refreshingly realistic way to describe the US. Great interview with Mr. Greer via Peak Prosperity (Chris Martenson’s site). Mr. Greer has his own webblog, it is really good.

If you’ve ever seen a fifty-year-old man trying to pretend that he’s seventeen, it’s embarrassing. It’s embarrassing to everybody and it rarely ends well. That’s what America is right now. It’s two hundred something years old. It’s not an adolescent anymore. It needs to ditch the bright red car, stop trying to pick up teenage chicks, stop the binge drinking, and actually deal with the fact that there’s only so many years left. You need to do something useful with that time and not go around with everybody else – you know, China and Europe — just rolling their eyes and trying to pretend that they don’t notice how we’ve combed our hair forward over our bald spot.

Click here for audio interview.

We need to come to terms with the fact that we don’t have limitless energy, we don’t have limitless resources, we don’t have limitless time. All of these things are specific. They function within a finite world. And engaging in hand waving about well, human ingenuity is limitless. No, it isn’t. Okay, it may be immense, but it’s not limitless.

And so getting past that fetish of limitlessness strikes me as the most important thing. All of us are going to die – each individual person listening to this show and everybody else as well. That’s a limit we can’t get past. And you’ll notice that people who actually face that limit and say okay, I get this, I have a finite amount of years on this earth and them I’m going to die. What am I going to do with the time that I have? Those are the people that we call mature. Those are the people we call wise. Those are the people who go out and have a life instead of just frittering their time away.

August 18, 2012

Joel Salatin

Filed under: Odds 'n ends, Permaculture — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 4:21 am

This is a 45-min video with one of groovygirl’s favorite sustainable farmers, Joel Salatin. Click here. Joel has tons of ideas. One of them will work for your area and your family. This is part of the solutions discussion. These are things you can do right now at any level of the system that you find yourself in right now.

Very soon, the difference between a poor person and wealthy person will be the difference between a processed diet and an organic diet. Fortunately, if you are poor, but have access to any size of land or a patio, you can grow some of your own fresh food. But the deciding factor will be education and knowledge.

This is part of the breakdown of current systems and the paradigm shift gg is always talking about.

Joel’s books are great!!! He is such a wealth of information. If you want to plant a garden, raise a chicken, or farm professionally, Joel will inspire you. Joel says it is OK to fail at farming, it’s part of the learning process. Action is the first step.

Side musing: being able to raise your own food is very freeing and an excellent skill for hard economic times.

June 1, 2012

Organic Farming

Filed under: Odds 'n ends, Permaculture — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 6:17 am

Found this over at Quick breakdown of commercial-scale organic farming. groovygirl thought the interesting part was the 8% return on investment vs. the normal 4% return in main stream agriculture/ranching.

Yes, it’s organic and therefore a higher retail price, but that is double the ROI even with the land resting (vacant) for a period of time. gg would love to see the business plan to confirm the numbers. I will search around the web. (I think this is the company the post is referring to. Found land investment ROI (around 12%), but not farming. Their blog is very interesting.)

Family farmers today would kill to be in a co-op with an 8% return, and the certified-organic land already had the infrastructure required from irrigation to paddock fencing!

Running crops, cattle, sheep, chicken, and pigs alternately on the same land over a period of 7-10 years is the local model. It is also the model of millions of farmers since the first wheat seed was planted. Could it be that the ancient farming methods are not only organic, but a monetarily better investment than modern agriculture/ranching with all the science, derivatives, and drugs?

Side musing: it is possible to run with this idea for orchards (with pigs and chickens on bug and fertilizing patrol) and with fish tanks and non-root veges/greens using a concept called aquaponics. In tropical areas/lake areas, aquaponic-like system can be done outside on large-scale lakes such as the floating gardens of Mexico.

April 28, 2012

Molecular permiculture

Filed under: Odds 'n ends, Permaculture — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 2:15 am

Not sure if you are aware of a movement to make chemistry more resilient and less wasteful called green chemistry lead by John C. Warner. Click here.

It is permiculture for molecules.

groovygirl is in favor of green chemistry, because waste costs money, and money is dying.

March 30, 2012

Global Weather

Filed under: Odds 'n ends, Permaculture — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 1:06 am

Martin Armstrong spoke of a long-term cycle for global weather, but groovygirl hasn’t come across it. She did come across this chart of average global temperatures from 2500 BC to present.

GG thinks this might be helpful for predicting long-term weather cycles. It seems to be predicting a cold cycle to 2019 and then a hot/dry cycle thru 2038. So, if you plan to garden long-term, expect a large water bill or you may want to invest in a rainwater or greywater irrigation system.

Now remember, this link is charting average global temperatures. It is not charting the regular short-term cycles within those periods of La Nina and El Nino, but over all global temps can affect the intensity of the Nina and Nino. Which can effect how dry one place is compared to another or when, in a season, it chooses to rain. The timing of rain, even when it is not that much, is the key to productive agricultural crops.

This chart may also influence global food prices, global water availability, and bug problems, which spread disease to humans, animals, and destroy plants. It seems the water fight in the Southwest US will continue along with possible dust-bowl storms.

But groovygirl, not being a weather girl, is having a hard time reconciling the above link to this chart below……

This link shows the changes in hardiness zones (based on first and last frosts of the planting season) in the US from 1990 to 2006 and may influence what crops will be best to plant in your area. Clearly, we are in a warming pattern, as zones have shifted about 200 miles north in the last 20 years. Groovygirl’s gardening journals can attest to this. The highest temps have not been higher than normal and the lowest temps have not been lower, but the last frost comes earlier and the first frost comes later, and it is definitely drier the last 4 years.

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