The Pink House house is made of rammed earth, and heated by geothermal energy – through in-floor water pipes. The floor is concrete, which is the best conductor for in-floor. The heating is supplemented by a Tempcast masonry stove, the latter the greenest cheapest way to heat a house, its radiant heat used in pre-electricity Europe. For the first year, we only used the masonry stove, and it kept us warm, despite the 12 foot walls, and massive central hall.
The cost savings of geo-thermal were substantially less than advertised.
February 14, 2022
It’s more than us. Do not underestimate them
When I was researching Eco-Fascists, I would angle to stay in the house of my interview subjects, which was the best way to gain trust and see how they lived. It’s a good technique if you can charm your way in, then drop your “personality” and become an empath for a while, listen, ask questions, laugh at absurdities. Also, it’s lonely driving 20,000 miles by yourself, and I was ...Read more February 2, 2022
Justin Trudeau is Lord of the Rings’, Wormtongue
Elizabeth Nickson18 hr ago
Canada breeches in world news almost never, so this past weekend’s million person truck rally made international news. Where have they been, wonder many, do they even exist or is it just a string of boring people clustered around the 5,000 mile border of the Greatest Country The World Has Ever Seen?
All across the route, in frozen temperatures, hundreds gathered on thousands upon thousands of ...Read more February 2, 2022
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I blame RFK Jr. Once he arrived in British Columbia with his Riverkeepers, Kennedy glamour, and eye for beautiful child-women, the latter of which somehow made him even more exciting, he changed the path of history. An entire generation fell to their knees and vowed to protect the magnificent nature, the majestic trees and rivers, and so they all genuflected and went to university and took environmental courses and in their summers ...Read more February 2, 2022
“What Rough Beast, its hour come at last…”
I am always relieved to wake up and find the Potemkin Economy is still roaring and everyone is getting their little bits of money so that they can survive another day, week or month. Just keep us serfs down here in the dirt, Bezos/Gates/Zuck/Zhou, scrabbling for the crumbs from your table, trading our pennies for ingenious bits of plastic from China, waiting till this edifice you have built ...Read more February 2, 2022
The Great Decoupling
For the past three decades, our friends on the institutional and academic left have been agitating for a coming together of the culture, a re-engagement with civic life, with everyone marching in order, sacrificing self for others. Countless busybodies with publishing contracts have charged that we are selfish and narcissistic and vain and little and the only thing that will save us is to jettison all that and work for the common good. ...Read more February 2, 2022
“Brooks is irrelevant,” I snapped to a email friend who sent me David Brooks’ recent self-congratulatory snooze-fest Why Conservatism is Dead Because it Doesn’t Listen To Me, in The Atlantic. “Furthermore,” I continued, “The New York Times is irrelevant, and all its columnists are irrelevant because they just are.”
Remember Time Magazine? A few short decades ago, it was the dominant magazine in the world. Ten million copies a week sold for real money. Pages and pages ...Read more September 29, 2021
Problem Solving by Challenging Assumptions
Salt Spring Island, B.C. Canada
Town Hall meeting, September 28, 2021
Hi everybody, my name is Elizabeth Nickson and I have lived on SS for 21 years. I bought my land 30 years ago while working in London. All my friends were buying starter flats or little houses, I bought 30 acres of scrub forest and meadow consumed by invasive weed.
I am going to go into some detail on my CV, so you ...Read more September 17, 2021
We probably both are. As women (and men) of the late 20th century and early 21st our eyes are trained to see the sylphs sold to us by the cadaver Anna Wintour on down, she, by the way, a woman more responsible for eating disorders than anyone else on the planet. Not to mention our crippled feet.
But recently body image is changing – and a bit of flesh, enough, a handful is now seen ...Read more September 8, 2021
Some of the brightest people alive think we are undergoing a deliberate cull of the weak. If Covid bioengineered with a bit of HIV didn’t get you, the ultra-toxic vaccines might. But why? I ask myself whenever I hear this, why kill off 15% of the world’s population?
A surface reason is global warming. The World Economic Forum and our self-absorbed plutocrats actually believe that the carrying capacity of the world has been surpassed. This is ...Read more September 1, 2021
How much longer will we fund our grifting clerisy?
From a distance, it is beginning to look as if Canada does not have a specific culture. No one is buying books, no one is watching television, no one is watching or listening to the CBC. People trail through galleries sometimes, and at the top of the investment tree, people buy art. But not because they love it, they buy it because it lends them status.
CanCon is ...Read more