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How Much Food and Water Should We Buy to Wait Out the Coronavirus? . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 3 March 2020

Dear Ones,

I took a look at the World Health Organization daily situation reports for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) today …

Link: “Coronavirus Disease (COVID-2019) Situation Reports,” bky World Health Organization (WHO) … https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports ..

I see there is a decline in confirmed cases of the virus in the day prior to 2 March 2020 for Hubei, China. According to WHO, the virus broke out there on 31 December 2020. We have 42 WHO reports from 20 January 2020 through 2 March 2020.

Thus we have 20 unreported days and 42 days reported on by WHO, since the outbreak in Hubei. That is a total of 62 days.

If the decline in confirmed cases in Hubei continues in the days to come, then the people of that city will have seen the worst of the outbreak last week. Should this be so, then we can anticipate the epidemic will tail off in Hubei over an equal period of time, which is to say, an additional 62 days.

Thus, in this reasonable scenario, the outbreak will have lasted 4 months in Hubei. Taking that as a touchstone for the duration of the epidemic in other countries, I suggest that we lay in a 4-month supply of food and water supplies (or means of disinfecting water, in case the local water supply might be compromised).

That will allow us to avoid interacting with restaurant and supermarket personnel and customers who might be infected. As well, it will suffice in case food supplies become scarce (as have face masks globally).

Food needs can be supplied at reasonable cost through purchasing big sacks of rice and of beans, which I feel ought to be kept from rodents by being placed in durable plastic storage bins.

The food can be purchased at Walmart or Smart and Final Iris. It is difficult to find durable plastic storage bins that fasten securely enough to deter rodents; Walmart or Target might have these. Of course, sturdier storage, such as metal containers with metal lids, would be better, but these may be available only in rural areas.

For more on the topic of survival see …

Link: “Pioneer Skills: Planning for Tough Times Ahead,” by Alice B. Clagett … published on 19 September 2017; revised … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-7H3 ..

Link: “On Planning with Family for a Natural Disaster,” by Alice B. Clagett … published on 11 September 2017 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-7Db ..

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

P.S. It might be good, as well, to purchase a supply of vitamin C, which might help bolster the immune system. My preference is buffered vitamin C powder, which I find to be more agreeable to my gastrointestinal tract. If that is not available (as with the face masks) then whatever may be had must suffice.

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Homed Who Live Next to Homeless Encampments in Los Angeles . by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 11 September 2019

Dear Ones,

It seems to me there is concern for personal safety among homeowners and their families who live next to homeless encampments in Los Angeles. On mulling over this issue, I came to understand the depth of despair of fathers and husbands who have invested their life savings in providing homes for their families, and whose wives and children can no longer safely leave home at night, because of homeless encampments on their sidewalks or in treed or grassy areas nearby.

It occurred to me that passive defense systems might offer an alternative to taking the law into one’s own hands on behalf of family safety. Along these lines, I thought homeowners might consider installing floodlights that illuminate terrain between them and the homeless encampments at night, so that their families could feel safe to walk out of their houses. I also wonder if high fences around homeowners’ yards might help.

Housing codes regarding the height of property fences can cause trouble with safety in these times, as those who wrote the codes could not have foreseen the current difficulty. Maybe property fencing codes could be got round by using temporary construction fencing in the yard? Maybe it might be sensible to go ahead and put up high fences around the home, with the agreement of one’s neighbors, since getting the codes changed may take some time.

In addition, I thought, it might be possible to install perimeter electronic alarms, that would provide a warning if the yard is trespassed on? Maybe others will come up with passive defense systems for homed families as well.

I know it is not fair to think about putting walls up and protecting our homes. It’s not something we have ever had to do before. Why should we have to do it now? Why should we go to the expense? Why does not the City of Los Angeles just fix the problem? It seems to me that is what folks are wondering, and I have been wondering that too.

Finally it came to me that the City of Los Angeles may not have a solution for us. They may not have the staff, the financial resources, or the flexible problem-solving ability to deal with the question. I say that because the problem has been before LA for 10 years now, and the City has not come up with a solution.

It seems to me that we Los Angeles homeowners must come up with our own solutions. But what will those solutions be? Some feel angry; they feel like hurting the homeless. Others feel afraid; again and again, they ask the Los Angeles Police Department to remove the homeless from their block.

I myself feel that we ought to do my best to find physical deterrents, such as high fences, perimeter alarm systems, and camera surveillance systems to protect our homes from the unhomed, and from roaming felon gangs.

When our homes are as protected as possible, we can feel safe to continue to work with our communities towards good solutions.

I recently went to a meeting of the West Hills Neighborhood Council Committee on Homelessness. It seemed to me they work with the office of the Mayor in a political way. The political approach involves jockeying with the powers that be for application of the City’s very limited financial resources to a problem for which we are lobbying, in our own interests.

Politicking takes time. More than 10 years … that is patently clear. I feel we need to find other grassroots ways to solve this problem.

Right now, I am thinking we could approach West Hills churches, civic groups, clubs, and businesses we belong to or patronize, and ask them what they can do to help. Could be we the people can together find a solution to the problem of West Hills homelessness … a solution that so far has eluded City Hall.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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Saving on Home Cooling and Heating Costs by Planting Trees . by Alice B. Clagett

Written on 6 April 2016; published on 3 July 2019

Dear Ones,

I read, on the internet, a few years ago, that by planting a tree next to the place where you live … if it is positioned right …

Link: “How to Plant Trees to Conserve Energy for Summer Shade,” by Arbor Day Foundation … https://www.arborday.org/trees/climatechange/summershade.cfm This page has links to pages on planting trees for winter warmth and as windbreaks.

… you can save a lot of money on your heating and cooling bill. According to the Los Angeles Times, trees can save 10-15% of summer cooling costs in inland areas of Greater Los Angeles …

Link: “Free Shade Trees Help Save Energy,” by Dennis McLellan, 15 July 2001, in the Los Angeles Times … http://articles.latimes.com/2001/jul/15/local/me-22725 ..

Deciduous trees are a good choice; and of course, drought-resistant trees are a good choice for Southern California. The reason deciduous trees are good is because in the summertime they have their leaves, and their leaves will shield your house from the Sun. And in the wintertime they lose their leaves; so then the Sun can get to your house and warm it up.

It looks like the City of Los Angeles is offering free trees to residents! …

Link: “We Provide Free Trees for LA Residents,” by City Plants … https://www.cityplants.org/ .. 

That is my tip for the day,

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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On Meeting Living Expenses in the San Fernando Valley . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 12 January 2019

Dear Ones,

It seems to me … it could be … that the economy is slowing down … don’t you feel that? I feel the crux of the issue is, people in the San Fernando Valley cannot afford to live here because of the cost of water.

And that people are looking around for a ‘second income stream’ with which to pay the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s extortionate ‘water rent’ … the cost of which has tripled in the last 10 years. Heaven knows, no one wants to be homeless. Clearly this fate has befallen many, here in the Valley.

The presence of homeless people on our streets, in food stores, and in restaurants is a cogent warning: It puts residents under greater pressure to get together enough cash for living expenses.

A person who offers home repair might be also looking for houses to burglarize on the side now, to help keep their families afloat during these hard times … whereas, in the past, they might never have considered this. In the same way, local businesses that provide ‘drive home’ services for their customers might have drivers who tip their extended circle of friends or family off about possible places to burglarize.

People who own a business in the Valley might consider offering their customers’ credit card information to their extended families to use for personal purchases, whereas before they might never have done so.

On the positive side, last year it seemed family groups were shoplifting and purse snatching at the local stores; fortunately it looks like law enforcement has put an end to this, and that is a good start.

A lasting solution to these unlawful ‘second income stream’ activities, I feel, will only come about by providing affordable housing, and affordable water and other utilities, here in the Valley. Everyone has their own ideas about how to do this.

My thought is, to allow greater Los Angeles communities the choice to lift housing code restrictions for a 10-year interval, so that during that time family, friends, or even homeless could be affordably housed in tiny houses or spare rooms in people’s houses.

Then they can get work locally, even at minimum wage, and still get by. It may help homeowners in communities so choosing, as their new tenants would be helping to pay living expenses.

A further help would be to petition that the Department of Water and Power (DWP) peg the cost of water to the availability of water locally.

I notice that this winter we have plenty of rainfall; what, then, prevents the price of water from being lowered back down to a reasonable rate? Then in future years, if water is scarce, we might consider upping the price of water once more.

Well, those are my ideas. No doubt you will have your own solutions to offer, as well.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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Compendium: Sustainable Living – Survival . by Alice B. Clagett *

Written and published on 2 October 2018

Dear Ones,

Here is a Compendium of my blogs on sustainable living and survival. These might be useful in case of hard times that may happen in some timelines.

I have only included those links in the “Sustainable Living – Survival” category of my blog that are directly pertinent to the topic.

Titles of blogs I like best in this category are bolded. I suggest printing these bolded blogs out, and also printing out their links, to keep on hand in a ‘Survival’ file folder  …

Link: “Call to Action: Carrington Effect on Transportation,”by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 9 September 2018 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-aap ..

Link: “Pioneer Skills: Planning for Tough Times Ahead,” by Alice B. Clagett … published on 19 September 2017; revised … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-7H3 ..

Link: “On Planning with Family for a Natural Disaster,” by Alice B. Clagett … published on 11 September 2017 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-7Db ..

Link: “Work Camping and Annual Camping Opportunities in America,” by Alice B. Clagett … written on 25 January 2015 and published on 4 November 2016 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-6lT ..

Link: “Where in America Might Those of Moderate Fixed Means Live Comfortably?” by Alice B. Clagett … published on 2 June 2016, revised … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-5mo ..

Link: “The US Economy … Co-creating the American Dream,” by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 19 February 2016; published on 23 February 2016 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-4WV ..

Link: “Subsistence Living: Water, Housing, and Sanitation,” by Alice B. Clagett … published on 25 January 2015; revised … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-6lP ..

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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Western Medical Prognosis, Spontaneous Healing, and Iatrogenesis . by Alice B. Clagett

Written on 25 September 2018

  • SOUNDTRACK
  • TRANSCRIPTION OF THE SOUNDTRACK
    • Changing Standard of Living in America, and Return to Sustainable Living
    • Bone Aches and the Metaphor ‘I Can’t Bear It!’
    • For the Healer: Devising and Placing a Positive Metaphor in the Injured Body Cells
    • On Outfoxing the Prognostic Mind-Set of Western Medical Practitioners
  • MORE INFORMATION

Dear Ones,

Here are a soundtrack and an edited transcription on the topics of the changing standard of living in the United States, on spontaneous healing, and on Western medicine …

SOUNDTRACK

 

TRANSCRIPTION OF THE SOUNDTRACK

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

Changing Standard of Living in America, and Return to Sustainable Living

I was working late tonight, and I listened in on a person who was not feeling very well. He said he had bone cancer, and his concern was that he was not living up to his own expectations with regard to a livelihood.

A lot of people are in that situation right now, because America is turning from a very vibrantly growing economy … which had been agrarian, and then changed to a more industrial and factory and information technology work … all different kinds of work indoors … and with a raised level of living, including everybody moving into their own homes … often single-family … people moving into homes with each generation in a separate home … and lots of electronic equipment, and other kinds of good things that people got, that were a sign to them that we had made progress as a nation.

We are changing now. America is changing. It is coming on a different sort of time now, with a lowering of the general living standard, and a return to hands-on work. Sustainable, subsistence living and the pioneer spirit will do us well, in these days.

And so the feeling that this person has … this person that was feeling physically ill … feeling aches in the body, for instance … is a feeling that many people have today, here in America: That things are not going that well; that things are going downhill.

Things are changing; that is the truth. And they are changing all over America. It is not a specific situation for any one of us; all of us are enduring this change.

Bone Aches and the Metaphor ‘I Can’t Bear It!’

Getting more into the specifics of this particular person, as it turned out, I spoke with his body cells. He said his bones ached. He said he had a diagnosis of bone cancer. I spoke with his body cells, and asked them how they were doing.

What they told me was (in a sad, resigned voice): I can’t bear it!

Apparently this is a saying … a metaphor … that the person in question had been saying to them … or to himself … subconsciously, for a long time. And the bone cells, which bear the weight of the body, took it personally. So they were feeling pretty sick; they were feeling pretty sad … because, as you may know, the body cells exist on Joy .. not on upset and despair and anger, and all those other negative emotions. They exist, and feel healthy, because they feel Joy and love and Light and peace.

For the Healer: Devising and Placing a Positive Metaphor in the Injured Body Cells

As healers, what we have to do, when we come across these metaphors that create physical illness … these subconscious malspeak programs that create illnesses … is to come up with something that turns it around in the other direction … something that uses a similar metaphor, but a positive metaphor. I came up with this one …

I spoke directly to the body cells of the other person, and I said (in a lilting, joyful tone of voice): I bear up perfectly well! I bear up perfectly well!

They were very excited about it; they were joyful about it. They started to say that too: I bear up perfectly well!

And I said: That’s right! You do!

Then I spoke with the person involved, because the person also needs to change the jingle (or you might say, the ‘jingo jingle’ that makes war on the body), the motto, the subconscious malspeak, into what you might call ‘goodspeak’.

So I asked him … since his situation was acute … with every breath, to say: I bear up perfectly well!

And he agreed to write it down. Maybe he will do it!

On Outfoxing the Prognostic Mind-Set of Western Medical Practitioners

The trouble, in this kind of situation, is that Western medicine quite frequently makes a diagnosis and expects a certain result. It is not quick to recognize that the situation has changed.

And yet, amongst patients, the situation changes dramatically, all the time.

It is up to a patient to know when he is getting better; and not to pay so much attention to what the doctors say about it, until they finally realize that this is true.

In this context of a ‘set in concrete’ diagnosis and prognosis (‘prognosis’ is the expected outcome) … it is possible that the attitude of a doctor or a nurse can negatively influence the outcome for a patient, even if the patient is starting to get better.

If, in his heart, the patient feels that this is happening, he needs to place himself in an environment where people are supportive of spontaneous healing. He can still take advantage of all the wonderful things that Western medicine has to offer, but he can absent himself from the malspeak of people in the Western medical profession who are slow to realize that spontaneous healing is taking place. You understand what I mean? …

All right; you all take care. Love you lots. Good luck with spontaneous healings worldwide. I hope it happens now … right this very moment, now!

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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Link: “Iatrogenesis,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iatrogenesis ..

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How Will Rocketing Water Prices and Property Taxes Affect Home Ownership in Los Angeles? . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 30 April 2018

  • ARE CALIFORNIA HOUSING COSTS UNREALISTICALLY HIGH?
  • EFFECT OF LOS ANGELES WATER PRICES ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY
  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK
  • WATER SUPPLY MAINTENANCE IN LOS ANGELES
  • ROAD MAINTENANCE IN LOS ANGELES
  • LAW ENFORCEMENT IN LOS ANGELES AND IN THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
  • PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN LOS ANGELES
  • SUMMARY REGARDING CITY OF LOS ANGELES PUBLIC SERVICES FUNDING
  • CALIFORNIA HOUSING: A TIME OF TRANSFORMATION
    • Might Primitive Housing Techniques Be Useful?
    • On Revising the Los Angeles County Housing Code
    • On Building Additional High Density Housing in Los Angeles
    • The Los Angeles Plan for Housing the Homeless Now Underway
    • The $2 Billion Bond to Help House California’s Homeless Held Up by Lawsuit
    • The HUD Plan to Provide $2 Billion Nationwide for the Homeless
    • The Plan to House the Homeless in Guest Houses in Los Angeles County
      • Employment Opportunity for the Skilled Homeless: Building That Guest Home in Los Angeles County?
    • An Additional Idea; High Density Housing in Los Angeles County, with Busing to Jobs
      • Repurpose Unprofitable Motels and Hotels as Housing for Homeless?
    • FOOTNOTES
      • Homelessness in the San Fernando Valley
      • Early Prison Release in California
      • Fear of the New: The Movie ‘Annihilation’

Dear Ones,

ARE CALIFORNIA HOUSING COSTS UNREALISTICALLY HIGH?

Apparently, California housing costs are the highest in America …

Link: “California’s High Housing Costs: Causes and Consequences,” from the Legislative Analyst’s Office, 17 March 2015 … http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2015/finance/housing-costs/housing-costs.aspx ..

This is odd, because people are less in need of housing in California than elsewhere in the nation, because of the mild climate here. Why are housing prices so high?

Could it be that the housing codes here unrealistic, considering the influx of homeless and migrant workers, (1) and the release of felons onto the community due to inadequate funds to keep them in prison? (2)

EFFECT OF LOS ANGELES WATER PRICES ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

Stopgap measures have been initiated to fund desperately needed Los Angeles programs, including skyrocketing water prices, and increases in property taxes for homeowners …

Link: “LA DWP, Other Utilities to Raise Water Rates Because of Drought,” by Mike Reicher, published 20 October 2015, updated … https://www.dailynews.com/2015/10/20/la-dwp-other-utilities-to-raise-water-rates-because-of-drought/ ..

Thus the price of owning a home … which is out of range for the many Californians … has become about twice as high in the last decade … There is the price of the mortgage, about equaled by the increased price of utilities and property taxes.

We cannot afford lawns any more. Many people are taking bucket showers rather than ‘real’ showers. In the streets, under the river overpasses and freeway bridges, on vacant lots and in the parks, the homeless cluster, disconsolate, often drunk on rotgut liquor, posting guards in turn to prevent violence upon their small groups, beyond any hope of shelter.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK

I would like to take a look at the longer-term effect of the stopgap measures that have been effected, so as to keep the Los Angeles city government running …

Apparently, higher housing prices will attract less jobs to California. This means that people will be less able to afford the homes they have. Those who rent will find home ownership out of reach. And those without homes will be unable to rent …

Link: “Sky-high rents and home prices are making it hard for Southern California businesses to attract workers,” by Andrew Khouri, 22 February 2018 … http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-housing-costs-economy-20180222-story.html ..

WATER SUPPLY MAINTENANCE IN LOS ANGELES

Let’s look at water supply to Los Angeles …

Los Angeles is a desert town. Of itself, it is without means to provide water for its population. The water we have is imported from other places, and this may contribute to its cost.

In addition, there is the infrastructure that distributes water throughout Los Angeles. This, like the roads, is aging. Rather than providing a maintenance schedule, we are providing repairs when water mains break. My thought is, our city must not have the revenue for a preventive maintenance schedule for our water distribution system …

Link: “L.A.’s aging water pipes; a $1-billion dilemma,” by Ben Poston and Matt Steven, 16 February 2015 … http://graphics.latimes.com/la-aging-water-infrastructure/ ..

ROAD MAINTENANCE IN LOS ANGELES

How about road maintenance in Los Angeles? Here again, revenues are insufficient for a good road maintenance schedule …

Link: “Poorly maintained roads cost Southern California drivers $2,800 a year,” by Brenda Gazzar, Daily News, published on 17 August 2017; updated, in Los Angeles Daily News …  https://www.dailynews.com/2016/08/17/poorly-maintained-roads-cost-southern-california-drivers-2800-a-year/ ..

LAW ENFORCEMENT IN LOS ANGELES AND IN THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA

How about law enforcement? In the cities, I feel, police response is quite good. However, there is the area of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA), which is currently essentially a lawless zone. According to Wikipedia, the SMMNRA comprises 156,671 acres (63,403 ha) …

Map: SMMNRA … http://rimofthevalleycoalition.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Screen-Shot-2016-02-17-at-6.17.05-AM-1-800×445.jpg ..

I have checked, and there is one ranger assigned to this area. That is, effectively, the police patrol for the entire area.

Thus, lawlessness in the mountains is on the rise, especially in areas with natural water flow, and which are contiguous to populated areas. It reminds me a little of stories of the old days in Los Angeles, when cattle rustlers and horse thieves used to establish hidden outlaw strongholds in the mountains now termed the SMMNRA.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN LOS ANGELES

How about schools in Los Angeles? Our schools are becoming more and more a target for gun-wielding and drug dealing, making an education a risky business in Los Angeles.

SUMMARY REGARDING CITY OF LOS ANGELES PUBLIC SERVICES FUNDING

These four areas: utilities, roads, law enforcement, and education, are lacking revenues for maintenance. I feel these are the domain of government in our country … Where these are lacking, government is lacking. Here in Los Angeles, government is doing a slow tumble. It is unable to perform its basic functions.

I feel, though, that this is not the fault of government. Were revenues available here in Los Angeles, I feel certain government would be eager to do its job. But those revenues are unavailable. Why is this?

CALIFORNIA HOUSING: A TIME OF TRANSFORMATION

We here in Los Angeles are in a time of great import … a time of transformation to the New. This is not just the case here in Los Angeles. All of California, all American, and indeed, all the countries of Earth are in a time of transformation.

Transformation can feel like Apocalypse, or it can feel like a New Beginning. (3) We, the people of Los Angeles, will determine the outcome. Will we pull together and come up with innovative solutions to the housing crisis? Or will we go with the status quo … the slow tumble … the seemingly inevitable downward spiral?

I say, let us look, with a sense of adventure, a sense of the dawn of a new era for humankind, to innovative solutions. For instance …

Might Primitive Housing Techniques Be Useful?

How did the First Nations live, here in Southern California, in days not too long ago? They lived in reed, pole, palm frond, or bark huts, and they survived quite well this way …

Image: Diverse California Indian Dwellings …  http://www.rogueturtle.com/articles/images/nashelter1.jpg ..

How do people get by in Rio de Janeiro, where about a fourth of the population live below the poverty line, and the average per capita income is about $17,700 a year? Many live in very substandard housing, termed favelas ..

Image: Rio de Janeiro favela … https://media.istockphoto.com/photos/inside-a-favela-in-rio-de-janeiro-picture-id504416164 ..

How about in Tijuana, the country of origin of many of our current unhomed population? From what sort of environment are they fleeing, in order to seek a better life for themselves and their families?

Tijuana also has its slum housing, where people use building materials salvaged from landfills to build squatter homes on land with no utility service. Water trucks come round with bottles of water to sell for household use. Sanitation depends on a family’s ingenuity; pit toilets are the norm …

Image: House of cardboard in Tijuana … https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/family-inside-their-house-made-with-carboard-at-the-edge-of-news-photo/149207211#family-inside-their-house-made-with-carboard-at-the-edge-of-a-ravine-picture-id149207211 ..

On Revising the Los Angeles County Housing Code

I feel we here in Los Angeles can do better than this for our people. But we must face facts.

The density of population in Los Angeles is too great for sustainable living. The population of Earth must be spread out more evenly, and ways must be found to live off the land, and become self-sustaining, and to house ourselves, in and of ourselves, humbly but efficiently, using local materials. For those that have the skills and strength of character to move out of the cities, and live a sustainable life: Why not consider taking this step?

On Building Additional High Density Housing in Los Angeles

For those that choose to remain here in Los Angeles, we must come to terms with the fact that the housing code in Los Angeles makes it impossible to attract jobs to the area. Where jobs are insufficient, the standard of living will decline. The Catch 22 is this: Where the standard of living has declined, jobs will not be attracted.

So then, what is the solution? There is a clue near the end of this article …

Link: “California’s High Housing Costs: Causes and Consequences,” from the Legislative Analyst’s Office … http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2015/finance/housing-costs/housing-costs.aspx ..

The article suggests building more high density housing in California’s beach towns. I agree that this would help solve the problem. But in order to effect this solution, we must change the housing codes.

The Los Angeles Plan for Housing the Homeless Now Underway

Los Angeles has a plan for housing the homeless …

Link: “A plan to house L.A.’s homeless residents could transform parking lots across the city,” by Doug Smith, 9 February 2018 … http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-parking-lots-housing-20180209-story.html ..

This plan is a laudable step in the right direction. Yet it is running into snags because of local fractiousness. People do not want the homeless as their neighbors.

The $2 Billion Bond to Help House California’s Homeless Held Up by Lawsuit

I see also that a $2 billion bond to help house California’s homeless, approved by California voters two years ago, is tied up in lawsuits regarding mental health care bills as yet unpaid …

Link: “2 billion to help house California’s homeless isn’t being spent — and no one knows when it will be,” by Liam Dillon, 1 March 2018 … http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-homeless-housing-bond-stalled-20180301-story.html ..

The HUD Plan to Provide $2 Billion Nationwide for the Homeless

On the other hand, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced a plan to provide $2 billion for the homeless, so this may to some degree ameliorate the homeless situation in California …

Link: “Ben Carson Announces $2 Billion for Homeless Programs Despite Trump’s Proposed Cuts to Housing Programs,” by Grace Guarnieri, 11 January 2018 … http://www.newsweek.com/ben-carson-billion-homeless-trump-housing-778976 ..

The Plan to House the Homeless in Guest Houses in Los Angeles County 

Los Angeles County is running a pilot program offering housing assistance for homeless housed in guest houses in property owners’ back yards …

Link: “L.A. County wants to help build guest houses in backyards — for homeless people,” by Gale Holland, 11 April 2018 … http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-homeless-tiny-house-20180411-story.html ..

If successful, this might help reduce the population density in the City of Los Angeles, and help relieve concomitant issues to do with the homeless population in the City.

Employment Opportunity for the Skilled Homeless: Building That Guest Home in Los Angeles County? I would like to suggest, as well, the building of ‘Tiny Homes’ to benefit from this program, if it turns out to be approved. Perhaps this would boost employment in Los Angeles Country? Perhaps the homeless who have handyman skills might help with building additional guest homes there? Could it be that the State of California might offer financial incentives for such projects?

An Additional Idea; High Density Housing in Los Angeles County, with Busing to Jobs

If local resistance proves impossible to overcome, let us consider building high density housing in rural areas, in Los Angeles County, and providing buses to the nearest employment opportunities.

Repurpose Unprofitable Motels and Hotels as Housing for Homeless? For instance, old motels or hotels, that are proving economically not feasible, might be low-entry-cost ways for the Los Angeles County to house the homeless.

Well, that is all for now.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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FOOTNOTES

(1) Homelessness in the San Fernando Valley

Link: “A Call to Action: Homelessness in the San Fernando Valley,” by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 24 March 2018 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-8vN ..

Link: “A Homeless Plan for the San Fernando Valley,” by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 4 December 2017; revised … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-82m ..

Link: “Homelessness in the San Fernando Valley,” by Alice B. Clagett, published elsewhere on 8 October 2017; revised … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-7QM ..

(2) Early Prison Release in California

Link: “A Virtual ‘Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card’: A New California Law to Reduce Prison Crowding Keeps One Addict Out of Jail, But Not Out of Trouble,” in the Washington Post, 10 October 2015 … https://www.washingtonpost.com/

Link: “2014 California Proposition 47,” in Wikipedia …  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Proposition_47_(2014) ..

(3) Fear of the New: The Movie ‘Annihilation’ … For instance, there is a new movie out, “Annihilation,” which treats the prospect of change and transformation to the New as a doomsday issue …

Link: “Annihilation,” in IMDb … https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2798920/ ..

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The Red Gila and Other Dreams . by Alice B. Clagett *

Filmed on 13 January 2018; transcribed on 15 October 2018

  • INTRODUCTION
  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • Alice’s First Dream: The University Man Who Was a Member of the Army of the Night
    • Alice’s Second Dream: The Young, Homeless Woman in the Public Restroom
    • Alice’s Third Dream: The Young Woman Walking in a Maze of Streets
    • Alice’s Fourth Dream: The Red Gila
    • Alice’s Fifth Dream: Death by Drowning of 16 People in a Dugout in the Mountains
    • Prayer for Homeless and the Homed
    • Conclusion
  • MORE INFORMATION

Dear Ones,

INTRODUCTION

This is a description of a vision I had  … the vision of the Red Gila … as I recall, on a night after a day or so of rain in Los Angeles, most likely on 9 January 2018.

  • There was a ‘swooping in’ to the persona of an antisocial personality and his wife, maybe at Caltech or some place a little like that;
  • then a ‘swooping on’ to the persona of a young girl trying to hide in a restroom in a public park at night;
  • then onward to a young woman walking down a maze of streets;
  • and then on to a vision of a place by a country road where 16 people lay buried .. . drowned in an underground cavern after a rainfall.
  • Then there is a prayer for the disadvantaged peoples of Earth.

There is an edited Summary after the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

I thought I would tell you a story … It is about a dream like a nightmare I had three or four days ago … It was a very vivid nightmare that woke me up. And I do not know the significance of it.

I remember that it happened during two days of heavy rain in Los Angeles, most likely on 9 January 2018. There were days when the streets were flooding up above the curbs, because there is not a lot of rain in Los Angeles, and they do not plan the grade of the streets according to the water flow that happens when there is a storm that continues, with rain falling all day long. And that happens once or twice a year, that the streets get flooded up.

And so, in the middle of the night, while it was raining, there may have been a different sound in the air: A sound on the roof; a sound outside, where the rain was hitting the ground; and so forth. And I wonder if that may have had something to do with this nightmare that I had that night, and some other nightmares that have happened since then.

Alice’s First Dream: The University Man Who Was a Member of the Army of the Night

Anyway, it went like this: There was a city dreamscape, maybe in Pasadena. It seemed like Pasadena, but no real place there, you know … with high freeways soaring above valleys that included residential districts. It was easy to get lost on these elevated freeways … traffic was zipping along. Off one ramp was a college campus.

It might have been a place like Caltech, or maybe some other university in the Pasadena area. I have only been to Caltech once or twice; I do not remember any place like that. It was just a feeling; a place like that, I think.

There was a person there, who was living with a woman. He was an antisocial personality; he would go out at night, and stalk the people there, on the college campus. What they call, on the astral airs, an army of the night kind of guy.

It was like I dropped, or dipped, into his consciousness, got a gander of his life there, and then stepped back out.

Alice’s Second Dream: The Young, Homeless Woman in the Public Restroom

So that was the first. And then I woke with a dream of being in a very small restroom … on the East Coast, it seemed like, or maybe Europe … a woman’s restroom. I was homeless. It was a young woman, I think; I am not sure. It was a woman, though.

And she was in this very small restroom, in a park, trying to find a way to get a few minutes of rest, and at the same time, protect herself from any men that might enter there and try to exert violence over her, as it was nighttime.

But I remember she had a very positive attitude: She said she was sure that someone would come in, and offer to take her home and take care of her … like that.

Alice’s Third Dream: The Young Woman Walking in a Maze of Streets

Full of concern over that dream, I segued into another dream; an even worse dream. There was a young woman; it was as if she were walking through a series of streets … kind of complicated streets, like sometimes in Europe and on the East Coast there are streets that just do not make much sense.

They are not laid out in an orderly fashion, like they frequently are, here in California. But rather, they simply sprang up, with time, here and there, centuries ago, when our nation was first founded. Or in Europe, it is probably the same way, sometimes. So, there would be streets that would meld together, and would not make much sense, in terms of ways of getting from one street to the other, and so forth.

That same person, or another young, homeless woman was walking along those streets, and knew them very well, and had stayed in a certain place, by some body of water, I think; and was then back in this urban area, and was walking along.

Alice’s Fourth Dream: The Red Gila

And all of a sudden, the road changed, and the person changed. The scene changed to a place like the California or Arizona countryside. It was mostly barren and mountainous. And I saw first, a strange creature by the side of the dirt road.

It kind of reddish; a rusty orangish reddish brown color. And it looked like a fat-bodied snake 1 1/2 or 2 feet long. Then when I looked closely, I saw that it had tiny legs on it, like a lizard might. They did not look very functional, but it had legs.

Image: “Gila Monster found in Southeastern Arizona,” by Josh Olander, 25 March 2015, CC BY 4.0

Image: “Gila Monster found in Southeastern Arizona,” by Josh Olander, 25 March 2015, CC BY 4.0

This creature was right beside a tiny bush on the north side of the dirt road or path which I was walking along in an easterly direction. The mountains were across a lower stretch of desert, to the north of the dirt road or path.

Then it was not the young woman, but I who was there. I went for my camcorder to record the creature, and looked back, and it was gone.

So first there was that vision of the creature; I do not know … Was it a Red Gila? Was it the orange snake? I just do not know.

Alice’s Fifth Dream: Death by Drowning of 16 People in a Dugout in the Mountains

And then I saw a man’s leg; he was standing on the north edge of the path, by what looked like two coyote holes above a little ridge that let down, by maybe a gradual, erosion-worn, 20 foot drop of ochre-colored Earth, to the lower desert land between the road and the mountain range.

I do not know if you know about coyote holes. They are not very big; they are just about everywhere, out here in California. They are dug into the dirt, and they are only about 6 inches wide … maybe 4 inches wide. And yet they can get down in there.

But one of the holes I saw by the man’s leg was much bigger; it were maybe 1 1/2 feet wide; a hole that went down into the Earth by the side of the road over the decline where the level of the dirt declined pretty fast.

Six to 10 feet lower, there was another hole that went down into the dirt. And past that, the level of the Earth continued to tumble and cascade down, into the valley that overlooked a high mountain in the distance.

What I intuited, all in a flash, was that the rains had come down, coursing down the dirt road, and they had not damaged the surface of the road. But when they got to that hole there, at the top, beside the road, they had filled it up with mud.

I saw the man standing, with sorrow in his heart. I saw not his face, but his foot, with a hiking or running shoe … the kind with the tread on it … stamping down into the firm but damp Earth.

I could see, when he removed his foot, where the sole of his shoe had been; you know how, sometimes you can see tracks of hikers, in the mountains when you walk, or on the beach? Like that.

And the feeling that I got was that maybe 16 people lay buried in that place … that there was an underground chamber there, that had filled with water. And mud had come down, and prevented them from getting out.

The chamber had collapsed. There were some women and children, along with the men there. And they had all died during the rains.

This person who knew about their place, their home in the Earth, had stopped by and heard them, he said. He had heard them crying out, from deep in the Earth, and saying that the water had slowly risen up, inside the dugout, and that they could not get away. And then … he said … their cries stopped.

That was the end of that terrible sequence of dreams, which I vividly remember still, and am attempting to figure out. I am sorry to say that sometimes the prophet does not have the answer, I guess.

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Prayer for Homeless and the Homed
by Alice B. Clagett
13 January 2018

I pray for all those who live in the mountains,
who have homes burrowed into the Earth,
all over California.

I pray that they may be safe;
that they have enough to eat;
and that they should have happy and fulfilled lives,
just as might all beings everywhere.

I pray that this may be so.

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Conclusion

For me, this vision is a heads up that much needs to be done, all over the world, for the disadvantaged peoples of Earth.

God bless you all, and keep you safe, and give you all that you need for a happy and fulfilled life on Earth.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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Link: “Dugout (shelter),” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dugout_(shelter) ..
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Hackster? . by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 7 January 2018; later in the day, the information in green font was added. The text in blue font was added on 8 January 2018.

Dear Ones,

I have been getting some astral intel regarding hacking and tracking personal computers and vehicles that I thought I would share. I have not researched this to speak of, so I do not have a clue whether it is really true, or whether it just represents fears that people may have about technology?

Anyway, if this has not been looked into, as to whether it is or is not true, then naturally, I feel it would be good to find out about it. I myself hope none of these rumors are true, as that would require lots of high tech problem solving to fix the ‘leaks’. Here goes …

There are rumors that computer chat programs and e-phone programs offer back doors for access to computers and handhelds, providing crooks with ways to hack private information and clone people’s computer desktops. It might possibly be good for chat programs such as Facebook Chat, Microsoft Messenger, and e-phone programs such as Skype and Google Voice.

There is a rumor that Frontpage and iTunes have hackable ‘back doors’ as well. Until this is disproven, it might be best to open these programs on your computer while offline.

There is an astral rumor that hacksters have access to books listing the IP addresses … or other identifiers, is it? … of the major motel chains and also of libraries, and that these somehow allow them access to our personal computers if we go online in a motel room or a library. Whether this is true or not, I don’t know.

I have also heard rumors of computer repair people who advertise that they will remove spyware from your personal computer, but that who instead install their own spyware, and gain access to your computer’s … is it IP address? … and password. And who then are able to hack your computer and perpetrate credit card fraud or other identity theft crimes. Or who may sell this information to other criminals, who then perpetrate these crimes. I hope this isn’t true!

Also, I have heard astral rumors that standard telephone services can be hacked via their online interfaces. From these interfaces, so the astral rumors go, a hackster can turn on or turn off the emessage-taking for another person’s telephone, and pick up or delete their messages. Apparently, there may also be ways to make phone calls as if they were coming from another person’s phone, but I do not know how this might be managed.

Further, there is apparently a back door to hardwired personal computers that is accessed via telephones installed on the same cable line, such as the newer phone-and-internet offerings tend to be. The hackster calls on your phone line, and … somehow or other … apparently patches into your computer. Whether you have to answer the ringing phone in order for the hack to occur, I do not know. I do surmise that the computer must be turned on at the time.

The way around this is to ask for a phone and internet deal where the phone is wired on a separate line from the internet. This arrangement is also good for times of electrical brownout or blackout, as it may be possible to plug a non-electronic phone (which you would have on hand for emergencies) into your phone jack during the emergency, and use your phone line, even though your computer is down. In that way you could report the power outage to your utility company, and would be able to call 911 in case an emergency arises during the electric brownout or blackout. So having a phone line separate from your internet service makes sense for a variety of reasons.

As to email, I have read that if your email password is hacked, then email can be sent by a hackster from your online email interface, and intercepted and deleted as well.

Then as to tracking devices such as GPS, and the pros and cons of wireless as opposed to cable and satellite …

According to the astral rumors, it is purportedly better to use cable rather than wireless connections for your laptop. Apparently, wireless connections can be snooped in upon by nearby people if they know about your IP address and computer password.

Rumor also has it that, through triangulation, computers with wireless enabled can be snooped upon through spy satellite programs. If this is found to be true, then it may be less true in rural areas than in cities. It may also be that a triangulated snoop connection in cities drops, then picks up again, as satellites crisscross overhead. So this manner of snooping … if true … may be only intermittently reliable.

Again on the astral plane, I have heard uneasy rumors that Bluetooth and Pandora, if enabled in the newer cars, might have backdoor programs installed that allow GPS tracking. I have seen GPS spy gizmos advertised online, that purportedly allow a person’s vehicle to be tracked; I do not know how prevalent the use of these might be, or how intermittent such surveillance might.

There is an astral hunch out there, to the effect that getting off asphalt roads, and onto dirt roads, or into wilderness areas, somehow disables GPS. Whether or not this is true, I have no idea.

I have heard an astral rumor that GPS can be installed in anything equipped with a solar cell … such as a lawn ornament.

A scarier rumor is that micro GPS chips can be placed in food, or body cavities on the sly, but that the power runs down on them in a few hours, and that internalized GPS and nano tech can be rendered nonfunctional by waving a magnet past them, just as larger electronic equipment can be rendered nonfunctional by being placed near a magnet.

Apparently, according to the astral rumors, the advantage of a powered GPS would be that the exact location of a person’s computer could be located, and homed in upon by a spy satellite, the theory being that would allow a secure hackster connection to a wireless enabled personal computer or handheld. If this is true, then it would be good to check up on the look of GPS tracking devices and check around the home and car for them, I am supposing.

Of course, an obvious answer to the issue of spy surveillance is to go off-grid and live the simple life. Further, this kind of lifestyle is bound to cut down on the damage done our bodies by artificial electromagnetic fields, such as electric lines, electric appliances, and electronics.

It seems to me that the financial world is going to have to come to terms with the seeming fact that placing financial information online is untenable, as it puts this information up for grabs by hackers everywhere. Even if a person refuses online access to, say, their bank, their bank information is still available, online, to those who have hacked and stolen that person’s identity.

The numbers of hackers in the world today are legion; and to the worse, according to the astral rumors, they feel a righteous thrill about it. To judge by the astral airs, they feel it is just a game … that they are …

  • ‘getting one over’ on their friends and neighbors,
  • ‘getting what’s theirs’,
  • getting a leg up,
  • playing the ‘one upmanship’ game,
  • helping their children get a college education,
  • ‘playing ball,’
  • engaging in Yankee competition …

The justifications or rationalizations, the specious reasons for ripping off friends and family are legion.

  • But what of the fabric of our society? What will become of us?
  • What will become of our economy, our financial system, our way of life, if hackstering runs wildly through our communities?

Well, shall we not get to the bottom of these rumors about the unsafeness of life in the ‘burb?

  • Are we safe, or are we not? If not, then what can be done about it?
  • Need we ramp up our computer savvy?
  • Ought we ditch our computers altogether, and, like the Roman emperor Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus, throw up our hands and say: Enough! I shall give up the power game, and retire to my country villa to grow cabbages! Let the rich and powerful come to me there, should they wish to consult me!

I wonder if anyone showed up, there in Gaius Aurelius’ country villa? Or whether, in peaceful solitude, he tended his vegetable garden, heard the early morning birdsong, gloried in sunlight and in the gentle touch of rain, and thanked the gods for a chance to live like an emperor of the natural world!

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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How Devas and Nature Spirits Help Us . by Alice B. Clagett *

Published on 12 July 2014; revised
Previous title: How Nature Spirits and Devas Help Us

  • HOW NATURE SPIRITS TAKE CARE OF HUMAN BEINGS
  • HOW WE CAN CARE FOR OUR NATURE SPIRITS
  • DEVAS
  • DEVIC COUNCIL
  • FOREST DEVAS HAVE ASKED THEIR NATURE SPIRITS TO STEER CLEAR OF HUMANS
  • HOW WE CAN HELP THE DEVAS: THOUGHTS FOR THE FUTURE OF EARTH
  • HOW WE CAN HELP THE DEVAS IN SMALL WAYS
  • MORE INFORMATION

Image: “Dance of the Nature Spirits,” by Gilbert Williams … http://artmight.com/albums/2011-02-07/art-upload-2/w/Williams-Gilbert/Gilbert-Williams-The-Hidden-Worlds/kb-Williams-Gilbert-Dance-of-the-Nature-Spirits.jpg ..

Dear Ones,

HOW NATURE SPIRITS TAKE CARE OF HUMAN BEINGS

Nature spirits are responsible for the health of every living thing. For simple living things, care by one nature spirit might suffice. For more complicated beings, such as human beings, many nature spirits may be assigned by the ruling deva (see section below on devas).

HOW WE CAN CARE FOR OUR NATURE SPIRITS

When we feel a little under the weather physically, a little out of sorts, we can be sure that our thought patterns, our typical emotions, and our daily routine do not support the happiness of the nature spirits assigned to our physical health.

There are many things we can do to care for our nature spirits. First, of course, is simply to acknowledge the help they steadfastly give us. We can simply thank them, each day, from our hearts.

We can light a little candle every morning and evening, and remember their tiny, beautiful, bright lights surrounding us.

As the day goes on, we can sing them a little song or play them a little tune … there is nothing they love like music, and they are ever so happy to sing along with us!

We can offer them pleasant scents in our home, as by burning sage or juniper incense. They love these delightful natural odors.

Planting and caring for living plants in our homes, and planting and tending plants, trees and flowers around our homes … these are wonderful ways to please them.

We can go for a walk in a quiet, natural place, and then sit for a while in the shade of a tree, to allow Earth herself to purify our bodies, minds and emotions.

My nature spirits get so very happy and excited when I do this! It makes me very happy, just listening to their delightful voices!

DEVAS

Image: Deva of a pool: “Paradise Goddess,” by William Gilbert … http://iasos.com/artists/gilwilms/paradisegds.jpg ..

A deva is a wise elder nature spirit with many responsibilities. Chief among these is the responsibility to care for our Mother Earth.

DEVIC COUNCIL

There is a Devic Council that guides all Devic actions so as to best nourish and sustain our beautiful Planet.

For a long time now, and rightfully so, the Devic Council and all devas have been at odds with humankind, because of our misuse of this beautiful Planet Earth. For thousands of years now, our actions as a people have been in direct opposition to the prime directive of all devas, that being to care for the well-being of Planet Earth.

Some long while ago, the Devic Council issued the Devic Accord placing limits on the interactions of the beings of the Devic World with human beings. Because of that Accord, most human beings today do not even know that the Devas and the nature spirits exist. The nature spirits of the cities of Earth, in obedience to the edict of their greatly esteemed and deeply loved, very wise Devas, will not speak with human beings at all, except for little children, whose innocence appeals to them.

FOREST DEVAS HAVE ASKED THEIR NATURE SPIRITS TO STEER CLEAR OF HUMANS

As part of the Devic Accord, the devas of the forests of Earth have asked all the nature spirits in their charge to steer clear of humans entering these sanctuaries. The devas do this to protect the nature spirits in their charge, and to protect that region of Earth for which they are responsible.

The nature spirits themselves, as a collective consciousness, understand the dilemma, and do their best to comply with the instruction of their devas, who invariably are greatly loved and looked up to by the nature spirits they wisely supervise.

I wish the situation were otherwise, I wish humans and the nature spirit world were on friendly terms, but the situation at this moment cannot, from the devic standpoint, be one of cooperation with us. It is one of protecting Earth, insofar as possible, from further damage.

HOW WE CAN HELP THE DEVAS: THOUGHTS FOR THE FUTURE OF EARTH

Devas are not able to live in the big cities any more; the atmosphere there simply will not support them. Consequently, they are not able to supervise the work of the nature spirits there.

In the big cities, nature spirits are few and far between right now. As a result, the health of humans, animals, and green living beings suffers.

We can make big cities visitable (though perhaps not pleasantly habitable) for devas by pleasing our own personal nature spirits, by providing more parks and green spaces, and by creating large green corridors from the surrounding countryside into the deepest heart of the downtown areas of big cities.

Soon now, we humans will begin to realize the importance of nature spirits and devas in regard to our own well-being. The long-term solution to our happiness and theirs will, I feel, be a gradual movement from city life to sustainable small community life for all humans on Earth.

I cannot begin to express the importance of such expanding human Awareness and the taking of steps to accomplish a greater alliance between the nature spirit world (which is destined to rise to 6D) and the world of humankind (now more and more perceived as 5D, in our increasing Awareness as a collective consciousness).

HOW WE CAN HELP THE DEVAS IN SMALL WAYS

I am just now beginning to understand that the state of 3D Earth for all these thousands of years has caused great damage to the devic realm as well as to humankind.

The lifetime of a deva is long, compared to that of a human, and so each deva, personally, has many painful memories of human misuse of Earth’s resources. There is deep trauma in the devic world.

Please understand that, without the devas, this world cannot survive. The devas of Earth do not need to be on this planet. They choose to be on this planet, in their love for her.

Please pray for their return to a happiness and health. Visualize them happy and healthy, supervising their domains in peaceful tranquility. Sing songs of thanks to them, remember them as you go about your day, make every action of your day mindful and thankful. And most of all, treat our Planet Earth with deepest respect!

With heartfelt thanks to our Mother Earth, and to her faithful servants,

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

Image: “Hopetoun Falls, Australia” …  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/36/Hopetoun_falls.jpg ..

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MORE INFORMATION

Here is a Rig Veda mantra to please the ‘king of the devas’ …

Link: “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Om_Namo_Bhagavate_Vasudevaya ..

Here is a video with an hour of chanting this mantra …

Video: “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya,” by DhyaanGuru Dr. Nipun Aggarwal, 7 April 2013 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXtQ-HRkrXE ..

See also Link: “Cooperation with the Devas” by The World Teacher Trust … https://worldteachertrust.org/en/web/basics/cooperation_with_the_devas ...  that article offers a point of view from Indian teachings.

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The Los Angeles Economy . by Alice B. Clagettl

Filmed on 13 October 2017

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • On Reducing Landfill by Reusing Road Repaving ‘Scrabble’
    • On Reusing Substandard Thrift Store Fabric as Clothing and Blankets for the Los Angeles Homeless, Rather than Sending It to Other Countries
    • The Hidden Cost of Not Providing Immunizations and Infectious Disease Care for Illegal Aliens in Los Angeles
    • The Importance of Counselling Centers for the Los Angeles Homeless, to Assist Them in Returning to a Productive Life
    • The Hidden Cost of Hiring Illegal Aliens in the Outlying Areas of Los Angeles, Such as the Farming Community
    • The Upward Spiral of Goods and Utilities, and the Downward Spiral of Living Conditions for Those Paying into Our Tax Base
    • On Resigning Ourselves to the Future Prospect of Sustainable Living, Similar to That in Our Grandparents’ Time
    • On the Prospect of a Shift in Attitude, by Those Who Have Achieved Citizenship, Toward the Issue of Illegal Immigration
    • On Starting Where We Find Our Feet to Be Standing

Hello, Dear Ones,

Here are thoughts on the Los Angeles economy. There’s a Summary after the video; new text is in green font.

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

I had a few thoughts about the current economy in Los Angeles, and also in Colorado and New Mexico.

On Reducing Landfill by Reusing Road Repaving ‘Scrabble’

I was watching the roads being scraped up in preparation for being repaved today, here in Los Angeles. And I wonder if the scrabble that’s scraped up from the roads might be used on dirt roads to improve them. That would save on landfill expenses in landfills, and it would also improve the dirt roads in outlying areas if it’s nontoxic and doesn’t cause too many problems.

I feel as if it’s worth looking into. And also, I’m thinking, other large landfill issues: If there are items that are being used for landfills a lot, let’s look at the ways to recycle them and use them to improve our lives here in Los Angeles.

On Reusing Substandard Thrift Store Fabric as Clothing and Blankets for the Los Angeles Homeless, Rather than Sending It to Other Countries

For instance, the thrift stores, such as Goodwill and Salvation Army, I think, take substandard clothes and ship them off to other countries. But yet, here we have a great problem with homeless people here in Los Angeles.

Why not use those clothes for the homeless here in the Los Angeles area? And why not use the fabric that’s otherwise unusable to make blankets for the homeless?

The Hidden Cost of Not Providing Immunizations and Infectious Disease Care for Illegal Aliens in Los Angeles

Also, with regard to the homeless, I have read that there are many homeless people that aren’t eligible for health care, such as HIV care and hepatitis care, and care for all of the infectious diseases.

My feeling is that those that are not eligible, because of, say, citizenship, or whatever, are most likely in danger of infecting the homeless people who do have health care here in the Los Angeles area … I think there are 6,000 homeless people here in the San Fernando Valley; 60,000 in Los Angeles County, and probably many more. (1)

The cost to us, in the long term, is great, for not providing health care to those, say, undocumented aliens and so forth, that don’t qualify for health care. This is because they’re living with other homeless people who do get health care, and those people get sicker.

The Importance of Counselling Centers for the Los Angeles Homeless, to Assist Them in Returning to a Productive Life

Also, I feel, … I was talking to a friend about this, and I agree … I think that counselling for the homeless is a major, and perhaps overlooked issue here in Los Angeles.

It is vitally important that the homeless here in the San Fernando Valley have centers available … small, local centers would be best; but even one center or two centers in the San Fernando Valley would be good … that help people get back on their feet by providing information about shelters (of which, I feel, there are very few), and also, especially, about jobs and substance abuse programs, and so forth.

The Hidden Cost of Hiring Illegal Aliens in the Outlying Areas of Los Angeles, Such as the Farming Community

I had one other thought regarding the economy all over the United States and the issue of illegal aliens. Here in Los Angeles, in the outlying areas and farming communities, and so forth, there’s a tendency to hire illegal aliens because their labor is cheaper, right?

I was thinking this over the other night, and it occurred to me that the money that we’re paying as United States citizens … the taxes that we’re paying, that help support the indigenous homeless population, and from which, often, this labor is drawn … these taxes that we pay for welfare, and so forth, for these people are increasing the burden of tax expense of those who employ the homeless … and of everyone else.

And so, our salaries do not stretch as far as they used to, because of the increased tax burden.

And in addition, products have increased in price … Maybe because of this. Because, basically, we’re employing cheap labor, and there are hidden costs. And one of the hidden costs consists of the taxes that we pay for the welfare of the people that aren’t paying into the taxes.

In other words, this whole homeless population is not paying into taxes. Yet, our tax dollars are helping to support them, in terms of health and housing, and so forth.

So there is a hidden cost in employing illegal aliens. So why not hire, locally, people who are citizens instead?

The Upward Spiral of Goods and Utilities, and the Downward Spiral of Living Conditions for Those Paying into Our Tax Base

The thing is that, overall, this country is based on the notion that most people will get jobs, and will pull their own weight and contribute to the economy, you see. And pay taxes and so forth.

So that that smaller percentage of people who are down on their luck and can’t get work for a while, will be able to get by. And, for instance, mothers will have enough milk for their children through the milk program, and so older people who don’t have a safety net financially, will have a minimum amount that they can get by with.

So the whole notion … that most of the people in this country will pull their own weight financially, and will provide taxes … is critical to our situation right now.

What we have is an influx of many, many people who aren’t in a position to pull their own weight. And so, taxes go up.

And so, more people come in, who are willing to work for very little, because they’re not paying taxes. And then, the people that attain citizenship during this process … they begin to bear the burden of, and begin to see the trouble that’s caused by the people who are immigrating illegally into this country.

We’re in a spiral, right now, of higher and higher prices of goods. And very few people are able to afford very much.

The utilities … the water, electricity, gas, and trash collection … are going up immensely here in Los Angeles as well.

On Resigning Ourselves to the Future Prospect of Sustainable Living, Similar to That in Our Grandparents’ and Great-Grandparents’ Time

So we need to look at sustainable living. We need to step out of the system, insofar as possible, and make friends with our neighbors, and try and get by with a lot less, as was done in the days of my grandparents. That’s what I think.

On the Prospect of a Shift in Attitude, by Those Who Have Achieved Citizenship, Toward the Issue of Illegal Immigration

And in the meantime, I feel that those people who have entered the country and attained citizenship, will become aware of, and their attitudes will shift with regard to illegal immigration into the country. I hope that’s the case, anyway.

On Starting Where We Find Our Feet to Be Standing

My own feeling is that the place to start with improvement in the economic lives of a people is at home … in one’s own country. Why should economic opportunities be scarce, south of the border? Why are they now scarcer and scarcer in Los Angeles? 

We must start where we are, where we live; speak with our friends and neighbors, and do what we can to change what must be changed, and to find innovative means of subsistence for ourselves, for our families, and for our communities.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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FOOTNOTE

(1) Link: “Homelessness in LA County Spikes 23 Percent: Nearly 60,000 Residents Are Now Homeless,” by Elijah Chiland, 31 May 2017, 12:51 p PDT, https://la.curbed.com/2017/5/31/15720470/la-homeless-count-results-increase-affordable-housing ..

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Pioneer Skills: Planning for Tough Times Ahead . by Alice B. Clagett *

Published on 19 September 2017; revised

  • ALICE’S SHORT, COST-EFFECTIVE LIST OF EMERGENCY SUPPLIES
    • Fats
    • Complex Carbohydrates
    • Protein
    • Greens
    • Water
    • How to Purify Water Before Drinking It Or Using It for Cooking
    • Beverages
    • Desserts
    • Spices
    • Fire Starting
    • Body Heat
    • Cooking Heat
    • Sanitation
  • MORE THINGS TO CONSIDER
    • Planning Together as a Family for a Natural Disaster
    • Neighborhood Watch for Crime Prevention
    • First Aid
      • Western Medicine First Aid Book
      • Alternative Medicine Books
      • Pregnancy and Childbirth
        • Herb for Abortion and to Induce Labor
        • Childbirth: Optimum Fetal Positioning
        • Delayed Umbilical Cord Cutting
      • First Aid Kit
      • Wild Herb to Staunch Wound Bleeding
    • Tools
    • Weapons
    • Twine, Rope, Duct Tape, Trash Bags, and Tarps
    • Spare Lumber, Nails, and Screws
    • Getting Viable Seed for a Vegetable Garden
    • Canning Supplies and Solar Food Dehydrators
    • Cheesecloth, Muslin Cloth, Clothes Fabric, and Coat Fabric
    • Treadle Sewing Machine
    • Cloth Loom and Spinning Wheel
  • FISHING
    • Fishing Rod, Fish Catching Net, and Bait
      • Fishing Rod Kit
      • Fish Catching Net
      • Bait
    • Fish Traps and Cast Nets
      • Fish Traps
      • Minnow and Crawdad Traps
      • Cast Nets
      • Crab Dip Nets
      • W-Shaped Sticks Fish Trap
      • Pipe-and-Pit Fish Trap
    • Wild Plants That Are Fish Toxins
      • Wild Cucumber Roots
      • Green Walnut Husks
  • TRAPPING ANIMALS
    • Simple Deadfall Trap
    • Homemade Survival Traps
  • WILD FOOD FORAGING
  • TRANSPORTATION OF GOODS
    • Travois
    • Tumpline
    • Sleds
    • Rafts
  • EDUCATION FOR POSSIBLE TOUGH TIMES AHEAD
    • Schools and Apprentice Jobs Teaching Skills and Trades for Tough Times
    • Earth Skills and Wilderness Survival Classes
    • Naturopathy Colleges
    • Books
  • LISTS OF SURVIVAL SUPPLIES

Dear Ones,

In the event power grids went down because of a Carrington event, an earthquake, a hurricane, or other natural disasters, it is good to have basic survival supplies.

ALICE’S SHORT, COST-EFFECTIVE LIST OF EMERGENCY SUPPLIES        top

I have done some research on short-term emergency food and water supplies, and have a few less-well-known favorites …

Fats

  • Ghee, or clarified butter, is a good source of fats, and keeps, after the jar is opened, for 3 months without refrigeration. With refrigeration (which might be one of the non-electric refrigeration methods mentioned below), it can keep for about a year. You can make your own clarified butter, or buy it: see, for example, “Deep Pure Cow Ghee Clarified Butter from India, 64 Ounce,” at Amazon ..
  • Another robustly caloric source of fat is bacon drippings, strained. These keep 3 weeks without refrigeration, according to the internet. However, in my youth, we kept a metal container of it at the back of the stove; we never refrigerated it, and it was always good.

Complex Carbohydrates

  • Instant mashed potatoes keep for a year or a year and a half at room temperature. A meal can be prepared from them by just boiling water. There are 40-pound bags of potato flakes available online. See, for example, “Instant Potato Flakes, Bulk 40 Lb. Case,” at Amazon .. The price of these has gone up in the last year.
  • Among complex carbohydrates, here is another option: Instant rice is available at Walmart. This product is more cost-effective in bulk; see, for example, “Saratoga Farms Instant Rice ValueBUCKET (1/2 cup servings size/186 Total Servings),” at Amazon ..
  • Pastas and bottled tomato sauces are also good complex carbohydrate staples

Protein

  • Walmart has pretty good deals on powdered milk, which keeps at room temperature about 2 years, if kept away from heat.
  • Canned, condensed milk is a country staple; since it usually has sugar in it, as well as protein, it would be good for making deserts.
  • Canned baked beans are also pretty cheap at Walmart, and hearty. Smaller cans are better, because less subject to spoilage after opening
  • Bugs, including …
    • Crickets and grasshoppers: Pull off heads, carefully remove entrails, legs and wings, and then dry roast
    • Ants: Boil 6 minutes to neutralize formic acid
    • Termites: Shake them out of a rotten log, and roast them in a pan
    • Grubs: Pull them out of a rotten log, skewer and cook over flame till crispy on the outside
    • Sow bugs: Boil thoroughly so as to kill any parasites in them. Do not drink the boiling water; just eat the cooked bugs
    • Earthworms, stink bugs, and scorpions are also said to be edible when properly prepared, but I will pass on those.

Greens

  • Weeds Many wild area weeds and most city weeds are edible; however, many require cooking. Weeds are regional; look online for weeds in your area, and recipes for them.
    • For instance, this book looks pretty good for Los Angeles wild areas: “Southern California Food Plants: Wild Edibles of the Valleys, Foothills, Coast and Beyond the Valleys, Foothills, Coast, and Beyond,” by Charles W. Kane, at Amazon ..
    • And here are some edible Los Angeles city weeds: chickweed, dandelion, fennel, lamb’s quarters, purslane, red clover and sorrel: I would go to Google Images and print out photos of each of these.
    • If it tastes bitter or tough, it will need to be cooked. If you are not sure, if it smells odd or repugnant, or if the leaves are blue-green, do not eat it.
  • Sprouts are a great source of greens. You will need sproutable alfalfa seeds, and also a sprouter. Sprouters come in two varieties: fancy and down-home.
    • Here is an example of the fancy ones: “Deluxe Kitchen Crop 4-Tray Seed Sprouter by VICTORIO VKP1200,” at Amazon .. It looks to me like the top tray might be watered, and then the water might trickle down through the various trays, and out the bottom? If so, this would be ideal, as it would help prevent rot and mildew. Water daily. Keep in a shady window so they will germinate.
    • Here is a down-home sprouter: Put your alfalfa seeds in a mason jar. Cut a piece of cloth mesh or cheesecloth, and put it over the jar opening. Screw on the ring, but not the cap. Add water daily, swirl around, let the water drain out, and keep in a shady window so they will germinate.
  • Seaweeds. See Link: “Where to Harvest Seaweed and How to Eat It,” 14 October 2015, http://www.foragesf.com/blog/2015/10/14/where-to-harvest-seaweed-and-how-to-eat-it ..

Water

  • There are one-time-use water containers that can be placed in your bathtub and filled with water for short-term emergency storage: look online for the WaterBob (100 gallon capacity) and Aquapod (60 gallon capacity). Here is a video comparing the two: Video: “WaterBob/Aqua Pod,” by Guns and Accessories, 26 October 2012 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX2Ih4GZdic .. One would think that a good stopper for the tub would suffice, but if the stopper should leak, all the water will be lost. Better safe than sorry. Before drinking this water or using it for food preparation, though, purify or boil it (see below).
  • You can also fill your sinks with water, using either a water-tight container in the sink, or a sink stopper. As above, before drinking this water or using it for food preparation, purify or boil it (see below).
  • By way of additional storage, you can reuse gallon water containers by filling them with water. Add 8 drops of Clorox regular (not scented) bleach per gallon, shake it up, and let stand for 30 minutes before consuming. Before drinking this water or using it for food preparation, purify or boil it (see below).
  • Here’s a backup water storage method to use in case your bathtub water system fails, through a leak happening with the WaterBob, or the tub stopper. If you live in a house and have local trash collection, it is possible to store water in your trash bin. The advantage of these bins, in Los Angeles, is that they are made of very sturdy plastic, and have wheels and lids. The disadvantage is that the lids are not lockable or airtight. We have 3 kinds of trash bins here in Los Angeles: One for trash, another for yard clippings, and another for recyclables. In a pinch, the cleanest of these bins could be washed out and filled with water for drinking and cooking. The next most clean could be washed out and filled with water for personal hygiene. The third and dirtiest trash bin could be washed out and filled with water to pour into the toilet bowl to flush the toilet. Water so stored must be purified or boiled before being used for food or drink (see below).
  • If you have no trash bins, a very good backup water-storage system is the kind of plastic outdoor wheeled trashcan with a locking lid. If you do not have that, then a very sturdy plastic trash basket or plastic bin from a dollar store, may be of use, but care ought to be exercised to buy one sturdy enough that it will not collapse with the weight of the water. Water so stored must be purified or boiled before being used for food or drink (see below), and covered between uses to prevent contamination.
  • If there is no deodorant disk or other chemicals in your toilet tank, the water in the tank can be drunk. Water so stored must be purified or boiled before being used for food or drink (see below).

How to Purify Water Before Drinking It Or Using It for Cooking

  • Keep on hand “Potable Aqua Water Tablets,” sold at Amazon and elsewhere. These can be used to purify stored water.
  • An inexpensive substitute for “Potable Aqua Water Tablets” is Clorox Regular Bleach (not the scented kind, or any other kind but regular, as these latter contain chemicals that may harm you). The rule of thumb is: 2 drops of Clorox Regular Bleach per quart of water, 8 drops per gallon, and so on. You could also use New Concentrated Clorox Regular Bleach instead: 2 drops of New Concentrated Clorox Regular Bleach per quart of water, or 6 drops per gallon of water. Shake or mix thoroughly after adding, and then let sit 30 minutes before using. See Link: “Disaster Preparedness and Purifying Water,” by Dr. Laundry, 31 October 2012, at “Clorox,” … https://www.clorox.com/dr-laundry/disaster-preparedness-purifying-water/#ioRPegUxXpX8MLw5.99 ..
  • If you run out of water tablets and Clorox, or if you do not like their taste, and the water you have on hand is cloudy, let it settle, then separate the top part, that is clear, and strain it through a cloth. Next, boil it at a rolling boil for at least one minute, then let it cool, then drink.
  • Even for clear water … as from the tub or the toilet tank … it would be best to boil it at a rolling boil for one minute, then let it cool, then drink.
  • For those with a bigger budget, there is the LifeStraw Family 1.0 Water Purifier, a drinking water filter that hands on the wall or on the shower railing; it is said to be good for 3 years of water purifying. Smaller versions are also available. Sold at Amazon …

Beverages

  • Teas, the ingredients for which can also be garnered in the wild
  • Instant coffee, instant Coffeemate, sugar

Desserts

  • Jello, or
  • Add condensed milk to instant rice

Spices

  • Iodized salt, to prevent goiter
  • Ground black pepper, which is said, in India, to purify the blood
  • Dried citrus peel or ‘zest’, to use in sun tea … a good source of Vitamin C, which prevents scurvy. Dehydrate your own citrus peels, or see “Frontier Orange Peel Granules Certified Organic, 16 Ounce Bag,” at Amazon ..
  • Rose hips, wild or cultivated; also a good source of Vitamin C
  • Dried onion and garlic, said to be good for their mild antibiotic qualities of their ingredient allicin.
  • Fenugreek seeds, said to be good for fever, stomach disorders, diabetes, insomnia, inflammations, and wounds
  • Radish seeds, cultivated or wild, roasted and smashed; or radish seed pods (green), raw or cooked … said to prevent cancer, and also to be good for fatigue, indigestion, and as a blood cleanse

Fire Starting

  • Several large boxes of wooden strike-on-box matches: Here is an image of that type of matches (which are relatively hard to find in the stores) …  https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/OA0AAOSwzaJX2fG3/s-l300.jpg ..
  • In case the matches run out: magnesium fire starter; see “SE FS374 All-Weather Emergency 2-IN-1 Fire Starter & Magnesium Fuel Bar (Everything you need to start a fire!),” at Amazon ..
  • Magnifying glass or fresnel lenses to start a fire with sunshine; for the latter, see “Fresnel Lens 4-Pack Credit Card Size Pocket Magnifier & Firestarter,” at Amazon ..

Body Heat

  • Have blankets on hand to preserve body heat in cold weather.
  • If you do not have blankets, wear your warmest clothes, and get into a big black leaf bag to preserve body heat
  • Layers of newspapers  can act as emergency blankets
  • Have firewood on hand, if you have a fireplace. See also, fire starting, above

Cooking Heat

  • Have charcoal on hand if you have a barbecue.
  • A sterno stove and sterno cans are a cheap source of cooking heat in a short-term emergency. Available at Amazon ..

Sanitation

  • Keep plenty of emergency toilet paper supplies on hand.
    • A face towel or kitchen towel, which will be washable, will do in a pinch.
    • In the old days, people used to use corn cobs and pages torn from phone catalogs instead of toilet paper.
    • A handful of grass can also be used.
  • If you have plenty of water, then some can be poured directly in the toilet to flush it, even if your house water is not working.
  • If you do not have water, buy big, black yard bags to line the toilet with, and dispose of the bags when full.
  • If you have access to dirt, you can dig a simple pit for a squat toilet. Throw a little dirt in after every use. When full, put dirt over and dig another hole.

MORE THINGS TO CONSIDER        top

Planning Together as a Family for a Natural Disaster

Families have special concerns about getting in touch with each other during a natural disaster. See Link: “On Planning with Family for a Natural Disaster,” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 11 September 2017 … http://wp.me/p2Rkym-7Db ..

Neighborhood Watch for Crime Prevention

Neighborhood Watch programs are an excellent way to build community spirit and prevent crime during natural disasters.

It is best to meet neighbors in advance, elect a Neighborhood Watch block captain, attend the meetings held for community members at your local police department, and keep the communication lines open with neighbors through programs such as Nextdoor.com … https://nextdoor.com/ 

That way, when an emergency arises, you will already know your neighbors.

In addition, you may get to know which folks on your block may need special help during an emergency … such as the housebound, those with young children, and so on.

First Aid

  • Western Medicine First Aid Book, with simple illustrations. Red Cross has a good one.
  • Alternative Medicine Books: Books for moxibustion, acupuncture, and acupressure, and herbal medicine using wild herbs local to your area.
  • Psychology/Psychiatry … Here is a wonderful yogic resource for psychological self-help in times of crisis, when no psychologist or psychiatrist, and no psychopharmacological medications may be available: Kundalini Research Institute’s “Crisis Kit” … http://www.harisingh.com/KRI_Crisis_Kit.pdf … good for both men and women, I feel.
  • Pregnancy and Childbirth
    • Herb for Abortion and to Induce Labor: Watercress (Nasturtium officinale) grows wild in Los Angeles riparian habitats, including canals. It is an edible wild; but care must be taken while pregnant, as it induces abortion. At term, I have heard it can be used to induce labor.  Here is a photo of watercress …  http://nathistoc.bio.uci.edu/plants/Brassicaceae/Watercress%20(Nasturtium%20officinale)/William%20R%20Mason%20Regional%20Park,%20Irvine,%20CA%208-28-11%20004.jpg ..
    • Childbirth: Optimum Fetal Positioning. Childbirth is bound to happen, and there may be no doctors available in time. In a survival situation, position of the fetus during childbirth has a lot to do with survival of mother and child during childbirth. As I understand it, a breech baby is life-threatening in a survival situation. There are ways to turn the baby in the womb for optimum fetal positioning;
    • Delayed Umbilical Cord Cutting. As well, do not cut the umbilical cord until it stops pulsating and turns white; the cord supplies the newborn with vital nutrients for a little while after birth.
  • First Aid Kit. Be sure and pack …
    • a big bottle of One-a-Day vitamin mineral supplements
    • a big bottle of aspirin or ibuprofen,
    • Midol for cramps,
    • plenty of contraceptives and contraceptive ointments,
    • bandaids, gauze bandaging, extra tubes of 3-way antibiotic ointment
    • Nitrile or Latex Exam Gloves, available at Amazon .. These are either sterile or nonsterile; the latter is much less expensive, but not as safe in preventing infection.
    • Pepto Bismol for heartburn, indigestion, nausea, upset stomach and diarrhea
    • and Castor Oil, which is antibacterial and antifungal, and strengthens the immune system. It is also laxative, cathartic, and purgative. It also induces abortion. At term, I’ve heard it can be used to induce labor.
    • Target has Betadine (povidone-iodine) 10%, which would be good as a hand wash before treating wounds and assisting with childbirth, and also as a wound disinfectant and infection preventive for the vagina after childbirth. Read the instructions to find out whether it ought to be diluted before being applied.
    • Povidone-iodine 2.5% can be used to treat eye infections in newborns caused by Chlamydia and bacteria.  A 10% solution would need to be diluted to 1/4 the sold strength to be used for the eyes of newborns, and apparently ought to be pure; for instance. it should contain no detergent; see Link: “The Ocular Application of Povidone-Iodine,” by Sherwin J Isenberg, MD, and Leonard Apt MD, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1705857/ ..
    • Moxa Rolls (Amazon has these) for moxibustion; acupuncture needles, and instructions
  • Wild Herb to Staunch Wound Bleeding. Note that the root of yarrow (Achillea millefolium), which grows wild in most parts of the United States, can be used to staunch the flow of blood in wounds. It is also anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and pain relieving.

Tools

It is always good to keep on hand plenty of hand tools (as opposed to power tools, which will not be useful for long in an extended emergency situation. This ought to include …

  • woodworking tools,
  • building tools,
  • brickworking tools,
  • animal husbandry tools, and
  • gardening tools
  • cooking and food preparation tools … the usual, and also including …
    • including a mortar and pestle for grinding dried herbs and seeds,
    • and a rolling pin and bread-rolling board

Weapons

Firearms will not be much help in a long-term survival situation, because bullets will be scarce. Instead, I suggest buying …

  • Knives, both for defense and for survival activities
  • Slingshot and ammo balls (clay, steel, or both).
    • Consider getting the collapsible slingshot with a wrist support, extra latex tubing, and extra slings.
    • Consider buying a slingshot with a removable arrow guide, such as the “Marksman Pocket Hunter,” at Amazon ..
    • Or, if you have a slingshot without a removable arrow guide, your slingshot can be converted to a bow which works for up to about 10 yards, for hunting small and large game and for fishing. Lightweight, portable substitute for a  bow, and is easy to use in confined quarters, such as thickets. You will need …
      • 4 wide, thick rubberbands (#64, for example),
      • 1 keyring (1 inch diameter might be good)
      • and arrows. The fletching (feathers) on the arrows needs to be able to slide without much friction through the keyring. Used arrows are ok. I’ve heard that even duct tape can be used for fletching, in a pinch. Note that arrows have different tips for practice, small game, large game and fishing. Weight of tips also varies. Blunt tips can be used to stun small game, and these are easier to make.
      • Here are videos showing how to do the conversion …
  • 2 good bows, within your own drawing strength, along with spare string and plenty of arrows. See note on arrow tips under slingshot, above.  Also, extra fletching and fletching glue.
  • Crossbow and arrows, if your budget allows it, along with spare parts.
  • Atlatl (spear-thrower) and fletched darts … see, for example, “Nanticoke Atlatl (Simple) and Three Five Foot Fletched Darts,” at Amazon ..
  • Boomerang … for example, the “Fury Martial Arts All-Wood Boomerang (22 -Inch)” at  Amazon looks like a good length.
  • Spear
  • Bo staff or club to be used as a weapon …
    • Hardwood bo’s are available online; for example, at SparringGearSet … https://www.sparringgearset.com and at Karate Supply … https://www.karatesupply.com ..
    • a sturdy, 6-foot length of hardwood dowel may be an inexpensive substitute. If only pine dowel is available at your local lumberyard or hardware store, make sure there are no knots or imperfections in the wood, and that the outside is finished (to avoid getting splinters in your hand). Pine is not very strong, so it might be best to get another length or two of 6-foot dowel in case your bo breaks.
    • A wooden baseball bat is a good, inexpensive club. These can be found at thrift stores, and are good for short-range combat, and especially help women, children, and older people even the odds.
  • Ma: It is much to the advantage of women, children, and older people to stay outside the reach (or ma) of a potential assailant, however. In practical terms, this means at least 3 feet away, and 5 feet away if the person is lithe and combative. Thus the baseball bat is best used as defense at a doorway or in a hallway, if there is not other form of defense. There the bo, which is longer, could not be used freely.
  • See also Link: “How to build primitive weapons and tools from natural bone, rocks, shells, antlers, or animal teeth,” by Wilderness Arena, 31 December 2015 … http://wildernessarena.com/supplies/tools/how-to-build-primitive-weapons-and-tools-from-natural-bone-rocks-shells-antlers-or-animal-teeth ..

Twine, Rope, Duct Tape, Trash Bags, and Tarps

These supplies are very useful in emergencies.

  • Twine and rope have a hundred uses, ongoing, and are time-consuming to fabricate by hand.
  • Duct tape has a limited shelf life, but is a good emergency supply for on-the-road car repairs and for short-term emergencies.
  • Trash bags can be used to store food, can be placed over open water containers to keep the water clean, and can be used to hold waste till trash collection resumes.
  • Tarp can keep your roof rain-proof, even when damaged, and to keep firewood and equipment dry even when it is stored outside.

Spare Lumber, Nails, and Screws

Spare lumber is useful for boarding up broken windows and doors, for instance.

  • 3/4 inch plywood sheeting, 2x4s, and planking
  • Several kegs of nails, including roofing tacks, 8 penny nails, 10 penny nails, and mason nails
  • Screws in assorted sizes

Getting Viable Seed for a Vegetable Garden

In recent years, I have had trouble raising vegetables from seeds bought at hardware stores. Is this a Monsanto thing? Have I lost the knack?

If you have been having the same trouble, it might be good to ask around and find a viable source of vegetable and grain seeds to keep on hand in the event a truck garden comes in handy.

Viable seed might also be a good form of barter in the event of a longer-term survival situation. It would be a ‘cash crop’ … planting viable seed would produce more viable seed, which could once more be used for barter.

Canning Supplies and Solar Food Dehydrators

Of course, it would be good to brush up on canning skills, and to have on hand mason jars with good lids, and maybe a solar food dehydrator.

Amazon … www.amazon.com … sells both.

For the food dehydrator, to prevent fly specks, it might be good to buy

Cheesecloth, Muslin Cloth, Clothes Fabric, and Coat Fabric

In a long-term survival situation, lengths or bolts of these fabrics would be very helpful.

  • Cheesecloth is useful for cooking: in making cheese, in canning, in straining, and so on.
  • Muslin is good for making diapers for babies and undergarments for everyone. It can also be used and reused for menstrual pads.
  • A bolt each of clothes fabric and coat fabric could provide for clothing and outerware needs for several years.

These supplies can be bought as yardage from Amazon or fabric stores.

Treadle Sewing Machine

If there is no electricity, then a traditional treadle (foot-powered) sewing machine would be a good choice.

It looks like Lehman’s offers these new at … https://www.lehmans.com/product/traditional-sewing-machine-cabinet-and-treadle/ ..

Cloth Loom and Spinning Wheel

Cloth looms and spinning wheels are pretty expensive, but I feel they might be an important staple, and a skill to use in bartering for needed supplies in a survival situation.

Anyone can buy a book on how to build these items, and blueprints might serve very well in future. For example …

Link: “Anyone Can Build a Spinning Wheel,” by W. C. West (1975-06-01) … https://www.amazon.com/dp/0913664065/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me= … may be available used at a reasonable price. I gather from the web page that this is a blueprint book.

The loom-building books I found online look pretty daunting to me … perhaps less so to a handyman. I gather from reader comments that this is a pretty good book …

Citation: “Loom Construction Paperback – November, 1978,” by Jeri Hjert and Paul Von Rosenstiel .. at www.amazon.com ..

FISHING        top

Fishing Rod, Fish Catching Net, and Bait

Fishing Rod Kits. Fishing rod kits are available at Amazon.com .. It is good to get a good fishing rod repair kit too, and extra line, hooks, and sinkers.

Fish Catching Net. It would be good to get a fish-catching net too, as many good suppers have been lost for want of a good fish net. I like the ones with telescoping handles and a flat bottom edge, such as “Fiblink Folding Aluminum Fishing Landing Net Fish Net with Extending Telescoping Pole Handle” available at Amazon.com ..

Bait. Without bait, there is no way to fish. This video suggests putting crushed green-walnut husks in a trash cup of water, turning over a rotten log, and pouring the water on the ground. Worms do not like the green-walnut-scented water, and come up for easy catching …

Video: “walnut husk secret for catching worms,and illegal for fish,” by Billy Joe Denny, 31 July 2014 …  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M35erdt_r7E ..

Worms do not like being flooded with water, so if you do not have green-walnut husks handy, try turning over a rotten log and then just pouring lots of water there; with luck, worms will surface for catching.

Fish Traps and Cast Nets

Fish Traps. Everyone thinks of fishing rods, but the easy way to get seafood on the table is a fish trap,

  • Whether half-dome shaped, for estuarial or still water trapping, such as this one:

    “Goture Portable Folded Fishing Net Fish Shrimp Minnow Crayfish Crab Baits Cast Mesh Trap automatic,” at Amazon.com ..

  • Or cylindrical in shape, for faster moving waters. This one looks good and sturdy: “Tomahawk Rigid Single Door Extra Large Fish Trap,” at Amazon.com ..

Minnow and Crawdad Traps. Minnows are a staple of Asian diets, and far more plentiful and available than larger fish. Thus I feel a minnow trap might come in handier than most people think.

See, for example, “Frabill Minnow Trap, 8 x 8 x 18-Inch, Black,” at Amazon.com .. There are other sturdy-looking minnow traps on Amazon as well.

Here is another good minnow and crawdad trap at Amazon: “RUNNACC Portable Folded Fishing Net Zipper Net Shrimp Carp Crayfish Crab Baits Cast Mesh Trap, Black”

Cast Nets. There are also cast nets, which worked quite well for Christ and his apostles, and might work fine for us as well, in a survival situation.

For example, this is available on Amazon: “Goture American Saltwater Fishing Cast Net for Bait Trap Fish 4ft/6ft/8ft/10ft/12ft Radius, 3/8inch Mesh Size” … This technique is illegal in freshwater in many areas of the United States, as I understand it.

Crab Dip Nets. Crab dip nets are also good for those who live near salt-water estuaries.

W-Shaped Sticks Fish Trap. Here is a great fish trap that can be made using sticks in still water …

Video: “Wow! Primitive Survival Fish Trap (FISH CAUGHT) – How To Make A Very Simple Fish Trap,” by CN Daily HD, 4 March 2017 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdvcu1zTHSI … [broken link]

It is a W-shaped trap, with a space in the ‘V’ portion of the ‘W’. Note how they use green water plants and a little food to lure fish in, then close the gap in the ‘V’ and catch the fish by hand.

Pipe-and-Pit Fish Trap. Here is a pipe-and-pit fish trap that is used, in various renditions, quite a lot in Cambodia. Cambodia must have lots of very still, shallow bodies of fish-filled water, is what I think. Still, it is good to know about this technique …

Video: “The first Trap Can Catch Alot of fish & Crabs And Eels By 5 Bambo With deep Hole,” by Amazing Video, 22 July 2017 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6n95QvoM2DA ..

Wild Plants That Are Fish Toxins

There are wild plants in many areas that can be used to stun fish, so that they float to the surface of a pool, and can be caught while immobile. This technique is illegal, as I understand it.

Wild Cucumber Root. The crushed root of the California wild cucumber vine is said to be one such plant, but I do not know anyone who has tried to stun fish with it.

Link: “The Arroyo Sage: Plant Profile – Wild Cucumber,” 24 December 2014 …    http://arroyosage.blogspot.com/2014/12/plant-profile-wild-cucumber.html ..

Green Walnut Husks. Green walnut husks are also apparently fish toxins; if so, they might be put in a basket and lowered in a pool to stun fish in a survival situation. Walnut trees grow wild in California and on the East Coast of the United States. This technique is illegal, as I understand it.

TRAPPING ANIMALS        top

Trapping animals has this advantage over shooting them: You do not need to keep a firearm in good repair, and you will not run out of bullets.

Trapping has its pro and con …

  • Pro: You can catch your dinner while taking a nap.
  • Con: Some varmint can come along and steal your trapped animals while you are gone.

Simple Deadfall Trap. Further, in most areas of the world, traps can be made out of local materials. Trapping is still being done in Siberia using local materials. Here is a simple trap …

Video: “Survival Trapping: Siberian Style Deadfall Trap Trigger,” JJR Survival, 21 May 2014 …  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vsa3is1qukE ..

Homemade Survival Traps. This reference on building your own simple, survival traps looks pretty good to me …

Link: “Guide to the 15 Best Survival Traps of All Time: Master these now so you can feed yourself in an emergency, by Tim MacWelch, 21 October 2019 … https://www.outdoorlife.com/photos/gallery/survival/2013/03/how-build-trap-15-best-survival-traps/ ..

WILD FOOD FORAGING        top

The most important things in this category are …

  • Books for your region of the country showing pictures of edible plants, berries, nuts and grains, and with recipes on how to prepare them, and
  • Hands-on field experience trekking round your area, gathering and preparing wild foods

TRANSPORTATION OF GOODS        top

I suggest learning these primitive transport skills …

Travois for animals (including dogs) and people to carry loads: See Link: “Travois,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travois ..

Tumpline, to utilize power of spine in carrying loads: See Link: “Tumpline,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tumpline ..

Sleds: Instructions for horse-drawn sleds can be had through Mother Earth News: See Link: “Build a Horse-Drawn Sled,” by Gladys Mackey Beattie, January/February 1980 …  https://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/horse-drawn-sled-zmaz80jfzraw#axzz2lJoSV3Oc

A sled can also be improvised by …

  • buying a heavy duty plastic utility tub and rope at a home improvement store,
  • then drilling holes high up at either end of one side,
  • passing a length of cord through both holes,
  • tying a knot on the inside to keep the cord in the holes,
  • and then using the rope as a handle to pull the tub.
  • The tub can also be used for water or food storage, cement- or clay-mixing, etc.

The Troika is a variation on the sled theme, for use in snow

Rafts: See Link: “WikiHow to Build a Log Raft,” co-authored by Wiki-How Staff, 10 March 2020 … http://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Log-Raft ..

EDUCATION FOR POSSIBLE TOUGH TIMES AHEAD        top

My feeling is, considering the high price of college education and the relative lack of skilled jobs in the American economy, it might be better to put one’s educational money into learning trades and skills that would be useful in a sustainable living scenario.

Schools and Apprentice Jobs Teaching Skills and Trades for Tough Times

Schools and apprentice jobs that teach these skills are tops on my list for young folks today:

  • firestarting, firebuilding, clay oven building
  • digging wells, sanitizing water, making solar water stills
  • sanitary disposal of waste: latrines, pit-toilets, composting of wastes, utilization of human wastes in gardens
  • fishing, tracking, hunting, trapping, butchering, and tanning skins
  • farming, including primitive crop irrigation techniques such as the water lift and the shadoof
  • bee-keeping
  • animal husbandry, especially care of chickens, ducks, rabbits and goats for eggs, fur, meat, and milk
  • travois-building for animals and for people to use to transport goods
  • ironworking, knife-, sword- and arrow-tip forging, welding, and horse-shoeing
  • weapon making, especially knives, swords, bows and arrows, crossbows, atlatls (spear-throwers), slingshots, staffs or bos, and boomerangs
  • tool-making
  • first aid, naturopathy, and herbal medicine using local herbs, midwifery skills, bonesetting and cast-making skills
  • cooking, including solar cooking, minimalist third-world cooking techniques, and cooking on a wood-burning stove
  • canning, and dehydrating food
  • primitive methods of keeping food cold, such as root cellars, ice sloughs and ice houses, window sill trays half filled with water, with a cloth cover dipped in, and pot-in-pot coolers
  • water mill building and use … for grinding grain
  • spinning, weaving, knitting, and sewing
  • leather work: shoe-making, belt-making, saddle- and harness-making
  • soap-making and candle-making
  • basket making, including gathering baskets, food storage baskets, and trapping baskets
  • pottery, kiln-building, and where to find local clays
  • making cement and gunpowder using local materials
  • glue-making, paint-making
  • glassblowing
  • finding, mining and working useful rocks and minerals

Earth Skills and Wilderness Survival Classes

Earth skills classes, if available in your area, are an excellent approach.

For youngsters, there are the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, and the 4-H Club, among others.

For adults and young adults, there are primitive living skills schools.

For instance, there is Earth Skills, in Frazier Park, California … http://www.earthskills.com/ … offers some of these very useful skills.

In Crestone, Colorado, there is Earth Knack: Stone Age Living Skills … http://www.earthknack.com/ ..

There are many other schools teaching primitive living skills across America. Here is a list …

Link: “Wilderness Survival, Primitive Living, and Nature Awareness Schools of North America” by Thomas J. Elpel …  http://www.hollowtop.com/Schools_North_America.htm ..

Naturopathy Colleges

Naturopathic physicians have studied four years as graduate students. In addition to medicine, they know about nutrition, homeopathy, botanicals, and psychology.

Here is a list of American Association of Naturopathic Physicians …  http://www.naturopathic.org/education ..

Books

Almost everyone can afford how-to books on these topics; in the event of a long-term disaster, or if you desire to return to America’s pioneering roots, just out of personal preference, these sorts of books would be very helpful. Used books are great for those on a budget.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

LISTS OF SURVIVAL SUPPLIES        top

Here is Wikipedia, with separate lists for shelter, first aid, food and water, and signaling and reference books …

Link: “Survival Kit,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survival_kit ..

Here is a list of long-term survival foods, with shelf-life, and another list of supplies to keep on hand for short-term disasters …

Link: “Survival Food – 56 Long-Term Survival Foods and Supplies at the Grocery Store,” by

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Where in America Might Those of Moderate Fixed Means Live Comfortably? . by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 2 June 2016, revised

Dear Ones,

In the Southwestern United States, there exist very good possibilities for people of moderate fixed means … such as those who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security, and veterans’ benefits … to live comfortably.

Further, there is the infrastructure to support them … such as food stores, clothing stores, gas stations, and often bus transportation and basic healthcare facilities as well. There has been quite an exodus from small towns to the cities in recent years, and this has left vacant apartments and houses, vacant motels, and vacant businesses and office buildings. Thus the infrastructure is there, waiting for those who want to move to quieter locations, although a little fix-up of the buildings may be necessary.

The influx of people of moderate means to these areas which till now have been declining in population, would boost the local economies, and might provide for the newly arriving people from the cities a welcome relief from urban crowding and the attendant ills of crime, traffic congestion, noise and smog pollution. Further, it would offer a chance to be closer to community life, and to be close to nature.

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Soothing Prospective Social Unrest in America: Historic Land Grants as a Wealth Distribution Model . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed and published on 27 May 2016, revised
Previously titled: Soothing Social Unrest: Historic Land Grants as a Wealth Distribution Model

  • INTRODUCTION
  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Image: “Map of All Federally Owned Land in the United States,” in Wikimedia Commons …Page URL: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AUS_federal_land.agencies.svg … File URL: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0f/US_federal_land.agencies.svg … See page for author … public domain

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Dear Ones,

INTRODUCTION

This blog is about ways to soothe social unrest and improve our urban environments through land distribution. The information in green font below is not mentioned in the video …

  • After Columbus discovered America, the problem of unrest among younger sons of nobility was solved in England by offering them land grants to plantations on the East Coast of America. This was also a way of redistributing wealth and creating new wealth.
  • How this may apply to unrest among those of no means in America’s large cities, with regard to possible redistribution of Government Lands, for instance, lands owned by the Bureau of Land Management. It is possible the railroads are holding more lands as a result of original land grants to them to entice them to build railroads across the United States, and that these lands might, through whatever modus, offer an avenue of wealth redistribution in the United States.
  • Stepping up the United States land redistribution process might solve a number of problems:
    • It might mitigate discomfort among the very wealthy here in America, regarding the potential for social unrest among the urban poor.
    • It might offer a program that would foster the principles of hard work to provide for oneself a bright future, which has proven very effective in strengthening the moral fabric of America in times past.
    • The ideals of sustainable living might be fostered in the newly distributed lands.
    • A decrease in crowdedness of our large cities might give a financial boost to overworked community services, by removing the lower per capita income households from the cities and decreasing crowdedness.
    • And the resultant improvement in per capita urban income might improve public services coffers … for example, those of law enforcement, fire department, water, power, street cleaning and trash collection. Funds from relief of demand for public services might be channeled into urban renewal, with reinstitution of city street paving and sidewalk repair (of which there has for some years been a negligible amount ongoing in Los Angeles, for instance), better public transportation, less commute congestion, more urban green spaces, and urban wildlife transportation corridors.

There is an edited Summary after the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

I had a few more thoughts on the days of yore as compared to current times, that I thought I would share with you. It has to do with ways to soothe social unrest and ways to solve problems of distribution of wealth; very practical notions.

A long, long time ago, soon after Columbus discovered America, the royalty of England found a use for that continent that did not have to do with finding gold. In those days there were nobility in England that had many children. Some of those children had lands and means. But the youngest sons typically had none.

So there was a problem there, with regard to the youngest sons of nobility, because they were restless, and they wanted abundance. They wanted means, and they did not have them. They posed a potential threat to the ruling powers of England.

So the notion that was ingeniously concocted by the ruling powers was to send the youngest sons of the nobility, with a land grant, to the East Coast of America. They would then become landed gentry, and they would establish plantations and create their own wealth for themselves. Furthermore, they would be very far from the ruling powers of England; hence, unable to cause trouble.

So this was a manner of distribution of wealth, and a way of creating new wealth, for those who had none, in England. And this applies today … in a different format; but there is the same difficulty today in what is now the United States.

In the large cities, there are numbers of restless people who, for whatever reason, have nothing. I would not blame it on the problem that is termed the ‘immigrant problem’, which is part of the worldwide wealth and abundance creation problem that remains to be solved on New Earth.

I would not term it the ‘immigrant problem’, because there are many people in the large cities of America today who are not immigrants … and many also who are immigrants … who have nothing. In other words, there is a very large class of people who are very, very poor.

These people pose a problem to the ruling elite of America. Here in America, the ruling elite comprises not kings and queens, and not the United States government. What it is, is the very wealthy, the heads of corporations, and that sort; the people who have most of the wealth.

The entertainment industry, for instance, has some very wealthy people. And there is old wealth here too, I feel. So there are a few people that have a lot of money, and who are threatened by the people in the cities who have nothing at all.

I have a proposal; I ask that you just take a look at this notion: We have in the United States a huge amount of land that is held by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as the result of an old deal that took place between the railroad companies and the government, for the development of railroads across the United States, so as to connect the East Coast with the West Coast.

Technically, this land belongs to the Bureau of Land Management; but today, I would propose that some compensation might be made to them for this land, and that an offering might be made, of free or inexpensive land, to these people who are in the large cities, and might relocate to an environment of sustainable living in the BLM lands.

What would happen, then, is that those that have great wealth, in the cities, would gain some measure of security against social unrest. And it would be a double win, because those who have nothing would then have something.

In a manner of speaking, it is a conceivable method of redistributing wealth. So, something to look at. I am sure there are other notions too; but this, I feel, is a very intriguing notion.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Link: “Taking Back Our Land: A History of Land Grant Reform,” copyright November 1998 by George Draffan, Public Information Network, in Railroads and Clearcuts … http://www.landgrant.org/forfeiture.html ..

Image: “My Public Lands Roadtrip: New National Conservation Lands Maps Online for Your BLM Roadtrip” … https://www.flickr.com/photos/mypubliclands/19015690271 … Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic … DESCRIPTION: Lake in an arid region, reflecting blue sky and white clouds

Image: “My Public Lands Roadtrip: New National Conservation Lands Maps Online for Your BLM Roadtrip” … https://www.flickr.com/photos/mypubliclands/19015690271 … Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic … DESCRIPTION: Lake in an arid region, reflecting blue sky and white clouds

Railroad-lands

Image: “Map of the United States Exhibiting the Grants of Lands Made by the General Government to Aid in the Construction of Railroads and Wagon Toads,” by John Wesley Powell, 1834-1902, Government Printing Office, in David Rumsey Map Collection: Cartography Associates … http://www.davidrumsey.com/rumsey/Size4/D5005/2347010.jpg … public domain. A bigger version of this image is here …  http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~254973~5519557:Map-of-the-United-States-exhibiting ..

Image: “Map of the United States Exhibiting the Grants of Lands Made by the General Government to Aid in the Construction of Railroads and Wagon Toads,” by John Wesley Powell, 1834-1902, Government Printing Office, in David Rumsey Map Collection: Cartography Associates … http://www.davidrumsey.com/rumsey/Size4/D5005/2347010.jpg … public domain. A bigger version of this image is here …  http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~254973~5519557:Map-of-the-United-States-exhibiting ..

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Travels: Buckhorn Fountain . Douglas City, CA . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 26 February 2016; published on 14 April 2016

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Image: “Buckhorn Fountain 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 14 April 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Buckhorn Fountain 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 14 April 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Dear Ones,

An historic stone fountain once located near Buckhorn Summit on Route 299 in California. In 2015 it was moved to the Moon Lee rest area near Douglas City, California …

The fountain features a sink fed by a local spring, where water can be gathered for a cooler or a car radiator. On the lower left is a step for children to clamber up, so they can drink from the faucet. On the lower right is a stone bowl that can be filled so that a dog or horse can have a drink of water.

Ingenious, long lasting, and very practical, I feel. I hope this will be inspiration for the building of many more such fountains.

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Image: “Buckhorn Fountain 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 14 April 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Buckhorn Fountain 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 14 April 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Image: “Buckhorn Fountain 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 14 April 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Buckhorn Fountain 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 14 April 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0 

Here is what the above sign on the fountain says …

“Stone fountains were built in the 1930s as part of a highway beautification program that also developed roadside picnic facilities, public campgrounds, vista points, and rock walls.

“This fountain originally sat on the west side of Buckhorn Summit on State Route 299 in Shasta County. It was gravity-fed from a spring above the highway providing radiator and drinking water to travelers. This simple design includes a step on one side to allow children to reach the drinking spout while the other side has a built-in basin so dogs can drink.”

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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I Am of the Stars

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The Great Depression, Homelessness Today, and Criminal Justice Reform in America . by Alice B. Clagett *

Filmed on 1 March 2016; published on 12 March 2016
Written in Santa Clarita, California, on returning from a trip up the California Central Valley in springtime.
Previous title: The Great Depression, Homelessness Today, and Criminal Justice Reform

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • My Mother’s Story About Employment of the Homeless for Public Works in the Great Depression
    • A Recent News Story about a Homeless Encampment
    • On Restorative Justice and Work Ethic Education of Prisoners
  • HOW SAN FRANCISCO IS DEALING WITH ITS 6,000 HOMELESS
  • THE SHANTYTOWNS OR ‘HOOVERVILLES’ OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION
  • THE NEW DEAL AND PUBLIC WORKS TO EMPLOY THE UNEMPLOYED
  • FOOTNOTES

Dear Ones,

A video about the homeless encampments of the Great Depression, the situation in America today, and the solutions implemented by President Theodore Roosevelt long ago. What answers to this problem might be usefully considered today? Also, American work furlough programs as the wave of the future for prisoners convicted of less notably violent crimes.

There is a lightly edited Summary after the video. Then there are additional sections that supplement the topic of the video.

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

I thought I would tell you a story that my mom told me, in relation to a newspaper story that I saw the other day. The two are related, but they are miles apart in terms of years and generations …

My Mother’s Story About Employment of the Homeless for Public Works in the Great Depression

When I was very young, my mother told me the story of the Great Depression. That was the time she lived through before I was born. In the time of the Great Depression, there was no work to be had. There were a number of reasons why many men could not find work at all. And so, she said, they left their homes and their families, in hopes of finding work elsewhere. And they roamed around and lived under bridge abutments, off the sides of roads, in crude encampments of tent dwellings … and looked for work from there, in hopes that they could get money to support their families.

These tent villages were huge sometimes; and there was some lawlessness there …  sometimes fighting and brawling and alcohol drinking, and maybe even occasionally murders … and of course there was a problem with sanitation, and how they might find enough food to eat; and whether their tents would hold up in a rainstorm, whether they could be warm in the snow, and so forth.

These were desperate men. And the people in the towns, who lived near these homeless encampments, would come to the tent villages, and there would be huge fights and killings and drivings off of people, and so forth.

Then finally it came to the attention of the government, and they tried to think of a solution to this problem. One of the things they came up with, was the idea of hiring these people to do public works projects all over the United States … and often in areas that were rural.

So they would hire them. And in that way these people would have just enough money to support their families. And the Works Progress Administration would hire them; and in that way these people would have just enough money to support their families. And they would transport them to very rural locations.

One of the ideas I have is that then they could get into no trouble; there would be no alcohol; they could get their food supplied for them; and they would be with other people who were in equal economic straits, in a place where there was really nothing to be done but very hard work … with good results too, because among these public works projects of the 1930s, many still remain today. Bridges were built all over the United States. They worked on all kinds of public projects, including roads. And they did great work, very enduring work that is still there. They built the transportation system of America.

Link: “The Living New Deal” … https://livingnewdeal.org/ ..

During a time when there was no hope, the government helped to supply them with a living for themselves and their families.

A Recent News Story about a Homeless Encampment

That is mom’s story. And so now to get to the story that I saw in the newspaper that I saw in the newspaper the other day: I saw a story about a homeless encampment in San Francisco. There wree problems that were reminiscent of the homeless encampments in the 1930s, problems with lawlessness, sanitation, the use of drugs, and so on.

Consequently the government ordered that everyone leave that area. Some people complied, and some people would not comply. At the time that I read this newspaper article, there were people who were determined to stay and express their right to be where they were.

I feel it is time for the government to consider what can be done to employ these people. For instance, there was a nurse there who had lost her work. What can be done to turn around this situation? How can these people be housed? How can they receive medical care? How can they get hope back into their lives?

It is important. This time is now. We do not want homelessness and lawlessness in our cities. But the answer is not violence. The answer is not government edicts to move on. The answer is some constructive thing that can help them to achieve whatever goals they may have that are positively oriented towards society.

I hope this will be considered in the near future, for America. We thought of it long ago. This is just like a redux; it is a return to something to help them maintain their ideal of the American dream, just as we who are homed hope to maintain that ideal.

On Restorative Justice and Work Ethic Education of Prisoners

There is one more thing that I found out during my recent road trip north through California. I was in Ukiah, the county seat of Mendocino County, where there was a work realignment program that allowed all but violent criminals to work at jobs like emptying trash receptacles and road work, and so forth, and then just be in prison at night.

Link: “Corrections: Alternative Programs,” at Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office …  http://www.mendocinosheriff.com/corrections/workrelease.html Home Detention, Work Release, Work Furlough

I believe this was for people who had been convicted of crimes that were not notably violent. This seems to be the wave of the future for criminal justice: Not so much to house people in hopeless circumstances, where they simply scheme to get back at society for what has been done to them, but instead to allow them a chance to work towards a change in their attitude … a chance to have jobs like other people have, and a chance to be treated more humanely, so that they can begin to learn the true rules of society. I say this because I feel it likely that people who operate from the perspective of the criminal mind have not been granted that kind of view of the way that society functions, that most people get. So this is a chance to do that.

You all take care. Love you lots. Bye bye.

Photos by Alice

Image: “Central California 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Central California 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Central California 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Central California 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Central California 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Central California 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

[This is the end of the video. The following are supplemental sections …]

HOW SAN FRANCISCO IS DEALING WITH ITS 6,000 HOMELESS

I recently perused an article that mentioned there are now 6,000 homeless in San Francisco …

LInk: “San Francisco Wants Homeless to Leave Tent Camp, But Some Vow to Fight,” by Thomas Fuller, 26 February 2016 … http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/27/us/san-francisco-wants-homeless-to-leave-tent-camp-but-some-vow-to-fight.html?_r=0 ..

San Francisco’s response to this problem was to evacuate a tent city on Division Street, citing health problems. Of course, the larger problem is: What to do about the homeless all across America.

THE SHANTYTOWNS OR ‘HOOVERVILLES’ OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION

This Wikipedia article describes the homeless encampments of the Great Depression …

LInk: “Hooverville” … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hooverville ..

In the early 1930s, millions were homeless. Those living on the streets numbered in the hundreds of thousands.

In bitter derision of then-President Herbert Hoover, homeless shantytowns were termed ‘Hoovervilles’.  Homeless families were camped out in New York’s Central Park. There were eight Hoovervilles in Seattle. There was a very large Hooverville in St. Louis as well, with 4 districts and its own mayor.

“The Bonus Army” was a group of World War I veterans who established a Hooverville in the District of Columbia. At its peak, this shantytown numbered 15,000 veterans seeking their benefits. Apparently, there was much violence surrounding this encampment. Here is a very famous photo of veterans fighting with law enforcement …

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Image: “Photograph of Bonus Marchers,” Signal Corps Photographer, 1932, in Wikimedia Commons … public domain.

Image: “Photograph of Bonus Marchers,” Signal Corps Photographer, 1932, in Wikimedia Commons … public domain.

The Bonus Army shantytown was finally burned down …

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Image: “Shacks, Put Up by the Bonus Army on the Anacostia Flats, Washington, D.C., Burning After the Battle with the Military. The Capitol in the Background,” Signal Corps Photographer, 1932, in Wikimedia Commons … public domain.

Image: “Shacks, Put Up by the Bonus Army on the Anacostia Flats, Washington, D.C., Burning After the Battle with the Military. The Capitol in the Background,” Signal Corps Photographer, 1932, in Wikimedia Commons … public domain.

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Image: “Unemployed Men Queued Outside a Depression Soup Kitchen Opened in Chicago by Al Capone, 02/1931,” U.S. Information Agency, in Wikimedia Commons … public domain.

Image: “Unemployed Men Queued Outside a Depression Soup Kitchen Opened in Chicago by Al Capone, 02/1931,” U.S. Information Agency, in Wikimedia Commons … public domain.

It looks like a similar situation existed in Houston in the 1930s …

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Image: “Huts and Unemployed, West Houston and Mercer St., Manhattan,” Image ID: 482853,” by Berenice Abbott, 25 October 1935, in Wikimedia Commons … public domain.

Image: “Huts and Unemployed, West Houston and Mercer St., Manhattan,” Image ID: 482853,” by Berenice Abbott, 25 October 1935, in Wikimedia Commons … public domain.

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Image: “‘A Bennett Buggy’: An Automobile Powered by Horses Because Its Owner Couldn’t Afford Gas,” University of Saskatchewan Archives, 1935, in Wikimedia Commons … public domain.

Image: “‘A Bennett Buggy’: An Automobile Powered by Horses Because Its Owner Couldn’t Afford Gas,” University of Saskatchewan Archives, 1935, in Wikimedia Commons … public domain.

Here are more photos from the Hooverville era …

Link: “Hoovervilles” … https://carolyngreatdepression.weebly.com/hoovervilles.html ..

THE NEW DEAL AND PUBLIC WORKS TO EMPLOY THE UNEMPLOYED

The New Deal was President Theodore Roosevelt’s answer to the Great Depression. See …

LInk: “New Deal,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Deal#Public_works ..

President Roosevelt’s Public Works program, mentioned in the video and in the Wikipedia article, put many homeless men to work building bridges, dams, courthouses, post offices, and roads. It might be good to have such a government program today to employ the homeless and help build a better America.

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Image: “6,000 Men and a Scenic Boulevard,” Civil Works Administration, San Francisco, CA, ca. 1934, in Wikimedia Commons … public domain.

Image: “6,000 Men and a Scenic Boulevard,” Civil Works Administration, San Francisco, CA, ca. 1934, in Wikimedia Commons … public domain.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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The US Economy . Co-creating the American Dream . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 19 February 2016; published on 23 February 2016

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • Development Opportunity: Abandoned Planned Subdivision 40 Miles South of Barstow
    • Route 66 Redevelopment and Resettlement Opportunities
      • Scenes from Route 66, January 2016
    • Not Covered in the News: The Great Slowdown That Is Taking Place in the American Economy
    • Inflation, Perhaps Not Fully Represented in Changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI)
    • Call to Action: Let Congress Consider How to Help Middle America Achieve the American Dream
    • Would a Changeup to Sustainable Living Negatively or Positively Affect Quality of Life in America?
    • Would Less Ownership of Electronics Abate Neighborhood Theft?
    • What Can We Do to Make America a Better Place to Live?
  • FOR MORE INFORMATION
    • Sustainable Living
    • Correlation of Handhelds with Child Crime
    • Consumer Price Index ‘Spin’
    • Mass Media Coverage of Relatively Unimportant News
    • Shall We Abate Factors Giving Rise to Serial Killing, So As to Create the Opposite Effect?

Dear Ones,

Here are my thoughts on the United States economy, the American Dream, and things we as a community of humankind might think of working on together for ourselves and for the sake of our children.

Local economies, middle America, small business. Prices and the Consumer Price Index (CPI). How can we have safe places, good businesses, good schools, environments where the American ideals are looked up to?

How can folks in our communities support each other in grassroots ways?

What would be the advantage of smaller homes, electronics-free homes, and sustainable living?

The healing effect of interacting with the Great Outdoors, with church, and with friends.

How can we help our children grow into the ideals of Democratic living that were envisioned when the Constitution was written?

The video is followed by a lightly edited Summary …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

I have something to say about the United States right now, and the economy, that really struck me as I traveled about. I only have the video of this place, but I will talk a little about some other places I visited too.

Development Opportunity: Abandoned Planned Subdivision 40 Miles South of Barstow

Right now I am maybe 40 miles south of Barstow. It is desert land. There are mountains here; and I expect, if you live higher up on the mountains, it is cooler in the middle of the summer. It is pretty barren; I will show you. [Shows a curbed, greystone-paved road in the desert.]

You will notice these curbs here in the middle of the desert. There was a road here; this is greystone in the middle. or greystone mixed with granite. And then there was this pretty fancy curb, going along here.

And off in the distance there are, probably water pipes or sewer pipes? … And more of them [piled on the sand] all around here.

And there was this giant subdivision apparently planned here, some time ago. [Shows a planting of trees in the desert.] And you will notice these trees here seem to be part of the plantation that took place, in addition to the curbs and the roads that were set up.

And those trees are still alive; but there were quite a few palm trees that just did not make it. This was a little forest of palm trees that did not make it … See here? [Shows dead palm trees.]

And over here, on the other side, this was the main road into the planned subdivision … [Shows majestically wide, greystone-paved road] … and there are plantings of palm trees all along it. I thought maybe some were still alive, but [zooms to the top of one palm tree] I think maybe they passed on for lack of water.

I just came in the entrance road. Then I took a look at the buildings over here. There are a few buildings … [shows buildings, with graffiti on their outer walls] … all deserted, and then I guess there is a school over there, which is in excellent repair … a good-looking school, on the other side of the [paved] road [outside the subdivision].

But basically, what we have here is somebody’s dream … one person’s American dream. He probably put a lot of money into it … probably bought the land for not much money, then arranged for this build-out … what do you call it, when you get the curbs and the roads in? …. Also, I saw drainage ditches for water to flow through in the wet season.

So they planned for water drainage too, and probably had plans for all the utilities, for people they hoped would buy homes here.

But the few buildings that were on the property are just to wrack and ruin right now. And then this other building over here … [shows a one-story, smallish building] … it had a tile roof. Maybe it was a sales office? … The tiles are all down. Maybe somebody is using them to build a new house, or is demolishing that place? I do not know.

Route 66 Redevelopment and Resettlement Opportunities

So, a little earlier this winter, I was travelling down Route 66. You know Route 66 … the song about that from long ago, and how you get your kicks on Route 66?

Video:  “Rolling Stones – Route 66 1976.” by Hairyblues, 24 march 2014 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE36QIwwkOc ..

It used to be the main thoroughfare that people used … one of them … from the East to the West, in the United States.

And then later, the superhighways were built, East to West, and all the businesses along Route 66 languished because of it … because most of the traffic would bypass Route 66 and go down these very fast superhighways instead.

But, if you would really like an enjoyable trip through America, I would suggest taking what remains of Route 66, if possible, because it is much more scenic.

One thing I noticed about Route 66 was that it was a little like this [the abandoned planned subdivision]: There were just so many buildings that were boarded up, or half-way demolished or deserted. Or maybe one person would be living in a motel or hotel that used to see a thriving business.

There were some businesses that would cater to the local population, that were open and doing ok. But that was the minority of businesses in those places.

Scenes from Route 66, January 2016. [The below photos are not in the video.]

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Image: “Along Route 66 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, January 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Along Route 66 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, January 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Image: “Along Route 66 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, January 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Along Route 66 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, January 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Image: “Along Route 66 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, January 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Along Route 66 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, January 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Image: “Along Route 66 4,” by Alice B. Clagett, January 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Along Route 66 4,” by Alice B. Clagett, January 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Not Covered in the News: The Great Slowdown That Is Taking Place in the American Economy

What I got, in those areas, is that the slow-down in the economy in the United States is pretty big … and that there are other issues that may be covered in the news, that are really not relevant to our lives, as Americans, that are taking up the spot, on the news, that should be covered by discussion of what we should do about the local economies.  What should we do. to help Middle America rise to meet its financial needs? What, in the way of business aid? What, in the way of helping people accomplish their dreams in America? You know?

Inflation, Perhaps Not Fully Represented in Changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI)

And the other thing that I have been noticing lately, whenever I go to a store, is that the prices are … I do not know what has happened, in the last few years, with regard to prices … It is phenomenal, really, how much prices have risen. At least, so it seems to me. I do not know what the cause of it is. It seems to me, too, that this increase in the cost of goods is not fully represented in changes in the consumer price index (the CPI).

Call to Action: Let Congress Consider How to Help Middle America Achieve the American Dream

  • the failure of businesses, in all but the large cities, it seems,
  • and the very greatly increased price of goods, which I do not find that much substantiation for, in the Consumer Price Index,

… these two things add up to economic difficulties in the United States that are not being squarely and honestly faced, I feel.

And I hope, during the coming year, that Congress has a chance to look at all this, and hear the stories of Americans, and rise to the aid of the average person, who needs a safe place and a good business, good schools, to keep his or her family safe, and to let them grow up in an environment where the American ideals are cherished and espoused and looked up to … rather than a crime-ridden place that is full of bad examples of the way to Wisdom and Love and Light … the kind of place where a family can feel that their lives are not threatened, as they go about their daily activities.

But instead, the community looks, one family to the next family, for support and understanding and assistance in grassroots growing of local businesses, and sustainable living. What do you say?

Would a Changeup to Sustainable Living Negatively or Positively Affect Quality of Life in America?

Suppose we had much smaller houses, with a lot more space around them … Would not that be easier to heat and to keep cool in the summertime? Would not the prices of utilities be lower? And outside, the children could be playing, right? Would not that be cool?

Would Less Ownership of Electronics Abate Neighborhood Theft?

And the other thing I am thinking is that, the question might be raised … family to family … Whether we really need the electronics that are so sought after by the break-in experts, and the thieves, and so forth. What would happen, if our family did without television sets and computers and handhelds, and so forth? How would our quality of life be affected? Would it be worse, or would it be better? Would we be stronger in our ethics and our values with, or without, the virtual reality?

I made up my own mind about this long ago, and decided I did not really want television in my life. I did not want that kind of entertainment; that my entertainment would be the Great Outdoors, and church, and friends … playing dominoes, and so forth.

What Can We Do to Make America a Better Place to Live?

My thought is: What can we all do, to make America a better place to live? More safe for our children? And what can we do to help our children grow into the ideals of democratic living that were envisioned when the Constitution was written? That is what I think. We have a lot of questions to answer right now.

You all, take care. I love you lots. I wish you great abundance, and prosperity, and happiness … each and every one.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Sustainable Living. For many decades of wisdom regarding sustainable living, see …

Link: “Mother Earth News” … http://www.motherearthnews.com/ ..

Correlation of Handhelds with Child Crime. There are quite a few articles substantiating the relationship between handhelds and child crime. Here is one:

Link: “A Pediatric Therapist Wants All Handhelds to Be Banned for Children Until Age 12,” by Katherine Martinko(@feistyredhair), 7 January, 2015 … http://www.treehugger.com/family/pediatric-therapist-wants-all-handheld-devices-be-banned-children-until-age-12.html ..

Consumer Price Index ‘Spin’. Here’s what ‘spin’ can do to inflation reporting: Consumer Price Index …

Link: “Consumer Price Index,” by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor … http://www.bls.gov/cpi/ ..

Mass Media Coverage of Relatively Unimportant News. Here’s the ‘news’ mass media considers important …

Link: “CNN” … http://www.cnn.com/ ..

Shall We Abate Factors Giving Rise to Serial Killing, So As to Create the Opposite Effect? Here is an analysis of the factors giving rise to the modern phenomenon of serial killing. This list might be deconstructed with a view to co-creating the opposite reality …

Link: “Modern Serial Killers, by Kevin D. Haggerty1 , 13 August 2009, http://cmc.sagepub.com/content/5/2/168.short?rss=1&ssource=mfr ..

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Experiencing Ascension in Earth’s Big Cities Till Now Held in Fiefdom by the Fallen Angels . by Alice B. Clagett *

Published on 6 August 2015; revised
Previously titled: 5D Negative Fiefholders … Earth’s Big Cities … False Ascension Matrix

  • CITY DOMES: BIG CITY FIEFDOMS OWNED BY FALLEN ANGELS
  • VETTING HIGHER ENTITIES: 5D POSITIVE OR 5D NEGATIVE?
  • THE DIMENSIONS OF OUR UNIVERSE
    • 72 Dimensions of Reality … Judy Satori
    • Seeding of Earthly Dimensions and Transport to Higher Dimensions Through the Arcturian Corridor … Suzan Carroll
    • “The Law of One: The Ra Material” Regarding the Twelve Lower Dimensions
  • HIGHER NEGATIVE ENTITIES: 5D TO 8D NEGATIVE
    • Humans and Possibly Other Sorts of Beings Who Have Ascended on the Service to Self Path
  • LIGHTWORKER STRATEGY RIGHT NOW: CALLING ON OUR ASCENSION TEAM FOR HELP
  • THE BIG CITY COMBAT ZONES
  • MIND BOGS WITHIN THE BIG CITY DOMES
    • Interference and Dark Attacks in the Big Cities
    • Big Cities: Lack of Grounding Because of the Urban Standoff in the Devic War with Demonry
  • ESCAPING FROM BIG CITIES
  • HOW TO EXIT A BIG CITY SAFELY
  • PERSEVERING THROUGH CHAOTIC NODES WHILE IN BIG CITIES

Image: Big grey angel and cityscape … http://ubdavid.org/advanced/new-life3/graphics/14_city-satan.jpg … I view this as a  Fallen Angel, a Prince of Light, with a city as a fiefdom. More here: Link: “Victory over Satan,” by David, http://ubdavid.org/advanced/new-life3/new-life3_14.html ..

Dear Ones,

CITY DOMES: BIG CITY FIEFDOMS OWNED BY FALLEN ANGELS

You may recall the blogs on 5D negative ‘service to self’ individuals …

Link: “Fallen Angels and Satan vis-a-vis Hatchling Humankind,” by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 28 June 2015; published on 1 July 2015; revised … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-6Kn ..

Link: “Service to Self, Service to Others, and the Free Will Equilibrium,” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 14 July 2015 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-6jh ..

These are Fallen Angels: Princes of Light (but not love) who have squared off as ‘controlling’ our big cities on Earth. The big cities are their prime turf because quality of life in the big cities is low. And so the Souls there are filled with sadness. For more on the energetic barriers that separate the big cities from New Earth, search my category: City domes 

We humans, in our 3D-4D state of Awareness, are no match for these 5th dimension negative entities. They are far more wily than we. They wrote the book regarding the linguistic loopholes that are able to bind us to the Dark on this Free Will Planet.

VETTING HIGHER ENTITIES: 5D POSITIVE OR 5D NEGATIVE?

So it is of the utmost importance, when we sense the presence of non-corporeal entities, to vet them. Ask them if they are ‘benevolent beings of love and Light’.

Typically they will counter with: Did you say: Beings of Light?

When they say this, you know they are looking for linguistic loopholes. If you say yes, they will figure they fit the bill. This is because they are 5D negative, and very bright compared to your 3D-4D presences in the multidimensional reality.

5D positive does not act this way. The benevolent beings of Light work with our total energies to upgrade, refine, and balance them, and to eliminate malware, astral implants, and malspeak.

  • They do not waste time with intellectual arguments, word play, and making us humans wrong.
  • They do not tell us we have not made the grade, and have to be recycled to Source.
  • They do not say we need to drop our sex organs, implying that sexuality is not fit for New Earth.
  • They do not say they need to take us up in a spaceship, because Earth is too dangerous to be on right now.
  • They do not say Earth has blown up, and that they are doing all this for our own safety.

No. These benevolent beings of Light are only here to help us ascend: To help our whole bodies to ascend … including the sex drive, which is the engine of New Creation on New Earth. Earth exists … Let your own eyes verify this for you.

Image: Essene Blessing for Mother Earth and Humanity Healing: http://humanityhealing.omtimes.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Essene-Blessing-for-Mother-Earth_Humanity-Healing.jpg … This artwork shows people standing in a bright yellow circle, mountains in the background, trees to their sides, and the golden face of a woman above them, with her arms around them, and her hands clasped beneath them.

Earth is beautiful, vibrant with 5D energy, and ready to help us adjust our mental bodies to this new reality. Earth is safe. Earth is our loving mother, and will shepherd our beautiful Souls and hearts through this process of adjustment to the magnificence of our multidimensional being. All this is completely true, without a doubt. Our eyes, our hearts, and our feet will tell us so.

THE DIMENSIONS OF OUR UNIVERSE

72 Dimensions of Reality … Judy Satori

This Universe has many dimensions … and not just the physical, or ‘third’ dimension we can see with our physical eyes. There are 72 dimensions in the Universe; these become increasinlyg available to humans during certain astrogeophysical events. For more on this, see …

Link: “Judy Satori ~ Full Moon Transmission Galactic Council Expansion of Mind,” 1 August 2012 … https://thegoldenagedaily.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/judy-satori-full-moon-transmission-galactic-council-expansion-of-mind-1august2012/ ..

The most important of these 72 dimensions, in terms of the arisen human form, being the first through the 12th dimensions, which are formed dimensions … That is to say, form manifests, whether visible or invisible to our physical eyes, in these 12 dimensions.

Seeding of Earthly Dimensions and Transport to Higher Dimensions Through the Arcturian Corridor … Suzan Carroll

Suzan Carroll offers information on the seeding of different dimensions of Earth with life by beings from many galaxies and dimensions, as well as information on the experience of third through sixth dimensional Awareness available to most humans on Earth today …

Link: “Suzan Carroll: The Seeding of Earth,” 13 August 2010, posted at “Golden Age of Gaia” by Steve Beckow … http://goldenageofgaia.com/2010/08/13/suzan-carroll-the-seeding-of-earth/ ..

Image: Entering the Arcturian Corridor, by Dr. Suzanne Lie: https://sbeckow.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/8aug2010.png Multicolored, concentric circles; to their right, an angel and two merkabas … one looks like it has an angel inside it.

Here is more information on the Arturian Corridor, through which we can experience higher dimensions, beginning with the Christ consciousness of the fifth dimension …

Link: “Journey Through the Arcturian Corridor,” a modified excerpt from Reconstructing Reality by Suzan Caroll (I am not sure who modified it) … http://www.multidimensions.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Journey-Through-the-Arcturian-Corridor-Part-I.pdf ..

“The Law of One: The Ra Material” Regarding the Twelve Lower Dimensions

Note that there are 12 lower dimensions, or ‘densities’, as the dimensions are termed in “The Law of One: The Ra Material.” Of these, the first seven are known to Ra.

Infinite intelligence is the ‘alpha and omega’ … the circle of being. See Session 16, Question-Answer 21: 16.21 … http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?s=16#21 ..

The circle never stops. The densities are like a circle or a series of cycles [like the torus in all lifeform aspects].

I did a search for the term: Density … available here … http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?q=density … I have sorted the results by dimension, as follows …

1D (the first dimension, or ‘density’ as it is termed in “The Law of One”) is the density in which a planet solidifies. See Session 82, Question-Answer 13: 82.13 … http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?s=82#13 ..

1D is red. See Session 40, Question-Answer 3: 40.3 … http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?s=40#3 ..

1D is the cycle of awareness. See Session 16, Question-Answer 21: 16.21 … http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?s=16#21 ..

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2D (the second dimension or density) is the density of minerals, of higher plant and animal life, lacking self-awareness. See Session 9, Question-Answer 14:  9.14  … http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?s=9#14 … and Session 19, Question-Answer 2: 19.2 … http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?s=19#2 ..

2D is orange. See Session 40, Question-Answer 3: 40.3
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2D is the cycle of growth. See Session 16, Question-Answer 21: 16.21 … http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?s=16#21 ..

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3D is the density of sentient, self-aware lifeforms. For more on this, see Session 13, Question-Answer 21: 13.21 … http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?s=13#21 ..

3D is yellow. See Session 41; Question-Answer 14: 41.14
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3D is the cycle of self-awareness. See Session 16, Question-Answer 21: 16.21 … http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?s=16#21 ..

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4D is the dimension of love or understanding, whether of self or of other. See Session 20, Question-Answer 36: 20.36 … http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?s=20#36 ..

4D is green. Session 63, Question-Answer 25: 63.25 … http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?s=63#25 ..

4D is the cycle of love and understanding. See Session 16, Question-Answer 21: 16.21 … http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?s=16#21 ..

From 4D negative the graduation to 5D negative is often the case; but in 6D, there are no negative beings.See Session 47, Question-Answer 5: 47.5 … http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?s=47#5 ..

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5D is very white. See Session 33, Question-Answer 20: 33.20 … http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?s=33#20 ..

5D is the cycle of light or wisdom. See Session 16, Question-Answer 21: 16.21 … http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?s=16#21 ..

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A 6D entity may be a Sun or, rarely, a Wanderer. See Session 41, Question-Answer 5: 41.5 … http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?s=41#5 …  and Session 36, Question-Answer 16: 36.16 … http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?s=36#16 ..

6D is golden white. See Session 33, Question-Answer 20: 33.20 … http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?s=33#20 ..

6D is the cycle of cycle of light/love, love/light, or unity. Session 16, Question-Answer 21: 16.21 … http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?s=16#21 ..

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7D is the gateway. See Session 16, Question-Answer 21: 16.21 … http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?s=16#21 ..

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8D is not yet known to Ra.

HIGHER NEGATIVE ENTITIES: 5D TO 8D NEGATIVE

The higher negative entities, per “The Law of One: The Ra Material,” typically exists at 5D negative, and apparently very occasionally as high as 8D negative.

For more on this, see “The Law of One: The Ra Material,” Session 11, Question-Answers 8-13,  http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?s=11 ..

I think when Ra speaks of 6D to 8D in the above passage, it may be speaking of beings such as we are dealing with in Earth’s big cities. These are the Fallen Angels who have carved out fiefdoms and principalities on Earth.

Humans and Possibly Other Sorts of Beings Who Have Ascended on the Service to Self Path

Ra has also described humans who have ascended on the service to self (negative) path. Specifically mentioned are Taras Bulba, Genghis Khan, and Rasputin. I guess because conditions were not right for them to continue their Soul journeys on Earth, they have moved off-planet. From 3D negative (single-minded dedication to service to self, making use of Atlantean memories) they would proceed to 4D negative … which is, in fact, what happened; one went to Cassiopeia, one to the Southern Cross, and one to the Orion group. So from this explanation, I gather that the ‘meanest, baddest’ folks on Earth, till now, have proceeded to 4D negative.

But when Ra refers to the few who have made it to 8D negative … I wonder, is he talking about humans or other sorts of beings that once dwelt on Earth?

In any case, clearly not many who graduated to 4D negative have made it higher than 5D negative. In every other instance that I have found in the Law of One, Ra talks about a 5D negative entity that controls many 4D negative entities here on Earth.

LIGHTWORKER STRATEGY RIGHT NOW: CALLING ON OUR ASCENSION TEAM FOR HELP

Image: Stillson wrench … https://i.stack.imgur.com/aJbKT.jpg ..

Now as to Lightworker strategies, right now: It seems clear to me that there is a glass ceiling for the higher negative entities, due to flaws in the tenets of their social memory complex. So, in the ‘formed worlds’ … 1st to 12th dimension, these dudes who throw a Stillson wrench into the works, a snaggy branch into the flowing waters of New Creation, are out-trumped by our allies in 9-12D.

Every time we are about to accept a new download of Light, the 5D negative beings I was talking about will show up. Zoom! And they are there… This is highly expectable … Par for the course. No big deal. Just another Dark Attack. Know that you are going to get the Light upgrade regardless of the interference. So if they start to question you in English, like a very intelligent 5D law firm, just stop talking to them.

The proper response to them is ‘like to like, with an opposite flavor’: 5D positive (or higher) to 5D negative (or higher).

This is the battle plan for those dealing with the big cities of Earth: Call your Ascension team. Know that they number 10,000 per human person. You have all the help you need, but you must call upon them. Unlike 5D negative beings, 5D positive beings scrupulously honor your free will. So do call on them.

Image: Archangel Michael (feminine aspect), sword raised … http://sananda.website/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/archangel_michael_sword_in_air.jpg … There is a Flower of Life Symbol in the background.

“Ascension Glossary” has a short activation of Light that deals with these beings; see …

Link: “Spiritual Deliverance,” http://ascensionglossary.com/index.php/Spiritual_Deliverance… The whole blog is fascinating; see especially the section: Reading Rights

I have been doing the “Ascension Glossary” Reading of Rights invocation over the past week, with excellent results. As to the astral commotion that briefly ensues: Not to worry. These are pretty stubborn, august beings, very intent on maintaining their toeholds in the big cities. There will be another place for them in this great Universe, and your Team knows where that place may be. Relocations that are underway are not a painful process, except from the stance of the mental intransigence of a Fallen Angel.

May you have the same good results from this invocation as I have had! And that is the most important part of this message. For those with an interest, here is a little more …

THE BIG CITY COMBAT ZONES

Image: Michael casts out rebel angels. Illustration by Gustave Doré for John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” … http://www.graceiseverywhere.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Paradise_Lost_Dore.jpg ..

In June 2015, “Energetic Synthesis” posted a blog on “Restoring Energetic Balance” …

Link: “Restoring Energetic Balance,” by “Energetic Synthesis,” June 2015 … https://energeticsynthesis.com/index.php/resource-tools/news-shift-timelines/2650-restoring-energetic-balance ..

Therein are described problems that are occurring in war zones and big cities right now. Under the subheading “Reading Rights for Eviction” are described the entities that I have characterized in the first part of this blog. The eviction process spoken of,  is the same Reading of Rights invocation I mentioned above. This is an excellent explanation of the Reading of Rights now underway among Lightworkers.

Whether or not we Lightworkers are located in war zones or big cities, we can still work with them. In natural, peaceful settings, it is sometimes easier to clear and keep clear the malware and malspeak. Then too, when our own energy bodies are clear, we can the more easily participate in the clearing of the energies of Earth and humankind.

MIND BOGS WITHIN THE BIG CITY DOMES

Image: City in a greyish bubble … https://cdnb.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/003/301/755/large/xiaohui-hu-3-2.jpg?1472180693 ..

I am clear that the distortion of Light, the energetic bubble, around Earth’s big cities is creating a ‘mind bog’for urban dwellers. I feel this may be involved in the ungrounded experience termed the False Ascension Matrix …

Link: “False Ascension Matrix,” http://ascensionglossary.com/index.php/False_Ascension_Matrix ..

Interference and Dark Attacks in the Big Cities

People everywhere on Earth want to ascend. But the energetic interference in the big cities is warping their concept of Ascension.

By energy interference, I mean here, aside from the global stressors of Earth’s electromagnetic field fluctuations with the typical Solar Events, with emotional affect because of the increased Incoming Light, the following forms of interference more often found in big cities …

  • noise pollution, which degrades the DNA and the Body of Light
  • radiation
  • pollution of water by human waste and toxic chemicals
  • fluoridation of city water supplies
  • air pollution
  • noospheric (1) pollution (the Hollywood and Associated Press mental filters)
  • invasion of personal noospheric ‘air space’ through world live webcam services
  • nighttime pollution of the natural dark by city lights
  • pollution of the upper atmosphere through satellite to ground communication (handhelds, cell towers, computers, TV)
  • human crowding … the ‘ mad hamster’ effect (2)
  • imbalance of the natural world through absence of devic guidance
  • increased incidence of death through traffic accidents
  • acting out, or witnessing, of violence on the physical plane, and last but not least
  • the interference of the Fallen Angels and negative astral entities. Which, irksome as it may be, is but the icing on the cake.

These many forms of Interference in the large cities of Earth that makes it more likely that urban dwellers may experience Dark Attacks in conjunction with downloads of Incoming Light. Dark Attacks are scary, but when held in the context of the incoming grace, need not be of great concern, even if we live in a city, provided we take steps to be in a quiet, restful place as the Light arrives (as, for instance, when coronal mass ejections are impacting Earth).

Big Cities: Lack of Grounding Because of the Urban Standoff in the Devic War with Demonry

Image: Deva of Ceremonial … http://www.kheper.net/ecognosis/images/Deva_of_Ceremonial.jpgBecause this Deva is standing in a city, I think of it as a Deva of a City.

As Earth comes into balance, devas will protect and overlight the energy of small towns and small human communities, as in days of old …

Link: “Understanding Devas, Earth Spirits, Elementals, and the Planetary Buddhas,” by Steven Guth, http://www.kheper.net/ecognosis/Understanding_Devas.html ..

I am particularly irked that the lovely, joyful nature spirits who are trapped in the big cities are at the mercy of negative astral entities, and are being mind controlled to their own great upset and emotional distress.

As things stand, the devas, whose work it is to oversee the natural order and the balance of regions of Earth, cannot get into the big cities at all. For these magnificent beings of Light, to enter the cities would be death.

They are distraught over this interruption of their carrying out of their duties, which they take very seriously. They are distraught over what has happened to those nature spirits trapped in big cities. They have told all the nature spirits to avoid humankind completely, so as to keep their charges from harm. I find this situation unsupportable. Unbearable. But that is my personal understanding, and my own sensitivity to the needs of the natural world, and not yet the understanding of many.

ESCAPING FROM BIG CITIES

Image: A tent and campfire on the shore of a lake … http://onmilwaukee.com/images/articles/ca/camping/camping_fullsize_story1.jpg?20080730123152 ..

If you are now living and working in a big city, and can see your way clear to get out of it, in service to Earth, then by all consider the alternatives. If you are, overall, still comfortable living in a big city … if the positives outweigh the negatives … then why not change up a little by taking an outing to a wilderness area from time to time … especially at times of Solar Events and Gateways? Also, if possible, on Friday and Saturday nights, which as those of you who are clair no doubt know, can be times of increased chaotic node intensity.

If you live in a big city, and feel your life has no quality, but do not know why, then why not take a long weekend or a week, go out to the wilderness, and clear your malware? At that point you will be able to see the situation more clearly. National forests are a good option, if camping is allowed. Low end motels in outlying areas can be inexpensive, if you need a break from camping. I am sure there are many other possibilities. Your own heart will guide you to the right place, as surely as a lodestone attracts iron.

HOW TO EXIT A BIG CITY SAFELY

If you are exiting a big city, negative alien entities will attempt to keep you trapped within the city energy bubble. For more on the energetic barriers that separate the big cities from New Earth, search my category: City domes 

Use prayer or chanting, divine song, hymns, or recite Biblical passages during your journey out of the city. If possible, take city streets, not freeways, as you exit the city.

If you must drive on the freeways to get out of a city, know that demonic curses are in place to cause you to fall asleep on the freeway or have a traffic accident. The minute your mind becomes unclear, or drowsiness starts to set in, get off the freeway, get out of the car, and put your feet on the ground. If necessary, nap in your car till you feel refreshed.

Plan for this to happen as you exit, so that your subconscious mind will not be able to overrule your conscious awareness of the interference you will encounter while driving. This interference can hit all of a sudden, so be ready to take the first exit that comes up, no matter what your rational mind tells you.

Drive during the day, not at night. Drive during the least trafficky time of day. Do not worry about being totally complete with your packing … You can buy your toothpaste anywhere!

Image: Christ carrying a sick person along a seashore … https://dailybreadinternational.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/jesus-carries-me.jpg ..

PERSEVERING THROUGH CHAOTIC NODES WHILE IN BIG CITIES

If you find yourself in a big city during a chaotic node, keep your cool. Your own back yard or home is the best place to be. If possible, call in to work for sick leave. Do not do any freeway driving, especially during rush hour. If you must work, take the time to take the city streets.

A chaotic node is not a time to get straight on our relationships, as very small relationship isses that arise during a chaotic node can turn into huge issues all of a sudden; these same relationship issues that arise during chaotic nodes often dissolve completely after the node dissipates. Quiet meditation, (3) or a nice nap, or sitting for a while in sun or shade, are good options.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

Image: Bubble city of the future, in a beautiful natural environment … https://iamofthestars.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/b871a-env3-6-10.jpg ..

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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FOOTNOTES

(1) On the noosphere, as opposed to Earth’s electromagnetic torus ….

Image: Earth’s Noosphere, including its energy of thought forms and emotions … https://teilharddechardin.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/noosphere-earth_grid.jpg?w=640 ..

Link:  The Noosphere (Part I): Teilhard de Chardin’s Vision, by William Ockham, 13 August 2013, https://teilhard.com/2013/08/13/the-noosphere-part-i-teilhard-de-chardins-vision/ ..

Compare this art to Earth’s electromagnetic torus field …

Image: Torus field around Earth: http://thegabrielmessages.com/wp-content/uploads/Torus-Field-around-Earth.jpg ..

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(2) The mad hamster effect: hamster mothers confined in a small space ceased to care for their young, Link: http://www.researchgate.net/publication/247280905_Crowding_reproduction_and_maternal_behavior_in_the_golden_hamster ..

Also see John B. Calhoun’s work with rodents and overpopulation, Link: “John B. Calhoun,” in Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_B._Calhoun ..

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(3) See also … Link: “The Field of Pure Potential,” by Shanta Gabriel, 11 February 2013 … http://thegabrielmessages.com/the-field-of-pure-potential/ ..

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The Rogue Raven in the Big City . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 19 May 2015; published on 20 May 2015; transcribed on 30 October 2018

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • Story of the Vicious Raven, the Mother Pigeon, and the Squab
    • Thought Forms in the Cities of Earth Are Out of Balance, for Lack of the Presence of Nature Spirits to Transform Them

Dear Ones,

A sad story about a rogue raven and a young pigeon. And some thoughts about …

  • Balance in nature,
  • The help of the nature spirits, and
  • Our ability to co-create a sustainable environment in our cities of Earth …

There is a Summary after the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Well, Good Glory, Dear Ones!

Story of the Vicious Raven, the Mother Pigeon, and the Squab 

What a saga just happened over here at the gas station! I went to get some coffee at the gas station. It is early morning here. And, being a person who used to raise baby pigeons as a child, I was very interested to see up in the sky, this great big, rogue raven chasing around a young pigeon … what you call a ‘squab’ … that had just learned to fly … in a circle, over the gas station.

I could see that the baby pigeon had some tail feathers missing, and was not strong enough. You know? And so, the raven was hot in pursuit. The baby pigeon landed just inside of where people fill up with gas … right by the gas station, in the shade; and the raven was circling around, outside.

And then I saw the mother pigeon, with the beautiful, slender neck and the slender body that the female pigeons have. She was sitting on top of the gas station roof, trying to figure out what to do … as was I … Because there was the young squab, who was dazed, and sort of wobbling, and sitting under the shade of the gas station canopy.

So I waited just a minute, and I stepped back. The mother pigeon came swooping down. And the baby pigeon went off towards the roof of this house over here … [points to the viewer’s left] … And, from afar, the rogue raven was sitting on a rooftop across the street, with its mouth open … panting for violence! It was totally scary. [laughs]

It had its eye on the situation! And the minute that the squab flew up, it came swooping down, from on top of the gas station, and caught the baby pigeon in mid-flight, about two feet above the top of the house that the squab was heading for.

So I went down to see what had happened … Although I could tell, when the mother pigeon veered off, that it was not going to be good news. There was the rogue, mean raven on top of the roof, with the slender body of the little baby pigeon underneath of it. I could see that the body of the little pigeon was lifeless, and so I started to walk away.

A young man walked by. Men are very good at noticing their surroundings, I have noticed: They catch things that women sometimes just do not catch. They have great peripheral vision; and they ‘scope’ the scene. They are really good at that.

I was not even looking up, at the scene on the roof, but he caught what had happened, and he understood. Under his breath, he said: Oh no! … Like that. So I went to comfort the man. (I could not do a thing for the pigeon.) So I said: Gosh, I am sorry about what happened just then. I hope you are all right. And he said Oh, yeah,he was ok … It was all alright.

So then I went up to retrieve my car, and to head off to Bible study. And so, from the parking lot of the gas station, I started down, and there was a young lady in her teens. She was standing, looking up at the roof of the house; she was on the wrong side to see the pigeon. She looked distressed too. So that was three of us: Three distressed people, one rogue raven, one baby pigeon, and a mom pigeon that was not very happy at the time.

I opened my window and I said to the young lady: Are you looking for the pigeon? She said, yes, she really wanted to find out where the baby pigeon was. So I parked, and we went up, and looked. And there was the body … oh, terrible story! … the body of the baby pigeon on the doorstep of the house … with no head!

So this raven only just wanted to conquer and kill this baby pigeon that was weaker, and could not fly as strongly. It did not really want anything; it just was in some kind of rage, you know? So I spent some time: We checked the baby pigeon. And she explained how it was all beat up, and she could see blood everywhere, and she was so upset, and so forth.

I tried to explain how, every spring, the ravens come and eat lots of little baby birds. And how this raven must have just gone over the edge, and just gone crazy about that kind of stuff. I found out that the young lady was an animal lover and rescuer. So we comforted each other, she and I. (We could not do anything for the baby pigeon.)

Thought Forms in the Cities of Earth Are Out of Balance, for Lack of the Presence of Nature Spirits to Transform Them

I have a little aside, that I could not tell her about, that I will explain to you as well as I can: Here in the city (in this case, Los Angeles), nature is out of balance. And the animals pick up the vibes of the thought forms of the people here.

In the country, things are more in balance. You have heard me talk before about the singing of the crystal sands in the desert … the feeling of New Creation and New Earth in the mountains.

There in the mountains, the higher lifeforms in the astral realm transform all the thoughts, and transform the thoughts of humans as well, when there are enough of them to do that. Here in the cities, they are outnumbered. There are not enough places for nature spirits to be. And so, the people are not in an environment where their thoughts can be purified as much as is done in the country. Not right now.

And in addition, the animals in the cities have a tendency to this kind of berserker behavior … The wild animals, and the house pets too. The house pets tend to get neurological conditions … nervous conditions … I know you have heard of that, in both cats and dogs.

So the thing we have to do, as people is: We have to find a way to make the cities such that the nature spirits wish to return. So that is what I am asking of each of you: That you recreate, in your mind, that beautiful vision of a place where you live, and where all is in harmony; all nature is in harmony … And where ravens … poor things! … do not pick up those horrible, Hollywood movie notions about massacre and killing for no reason, and all this … where ravens only kill because they are hungry, or because they need to feed their young.

And so we humans will be uplifted by this balance in the natural world as well. For sure.

A terrible story, but a good lesson, I feel.

I am wishing you all a blessed day … a day of harmony with all other people, and all other creatures of Earth, and with Earth herself.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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Subsistence Living: Water, Housing, and Sanitation . by Alice B. Clagett *

Published on 25 January 2015; revised

  • SUBSISTENCE LIVING
  • WATER LIFTS
  • SOLAR STILLS
  • HOUSING
  • SANITATION
  • DO-IT-YOURSELF BUILDING AND PROJECT PLANS
  • PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGY

Dear Ones,

Here is information on subsistence living that I found intriguing. For myself, I’ve printed what looked important out.

SUBSISTENCE LIVING

Link: “Subsistence Economy,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subsistence_economy ..

Link: “Grit: Rural American Know-How” … http://www.grit.com/ ..

Link: “Mother Earth News” … https://www.motherearthnews.com ..

Link: “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” … http://www.almanac.com/ ..

WATER LIFTS

Link: “Archimedes Screw,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archimedes%27_screw ..

Link: “Egypt’s Nile Valley Basin Irrigation,” by Sandra Postel … http://www.waterhistory.org/histories/nile/t1.html ..

Link: “Noria,” a water lift, in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noria ..

Video: “Wooden Water Wheel in Europe,” [Noria], by epSOS.de, 24 April 2015 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VxMgfRcgp8 … Notice the shape of the buckets, which may be important to the function. 

Link: “Sakia Water Pump,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakia ..

Link: “Shadoof,” a counterpoise lift, in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadoof ..

SOLAR STILLS

puits_solaire

Image: “Solar Still,” by Solar_still.svg: Daniele Pugliesi, retouched, no date given, from Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic, and 2.0 Generic

Image: “Solar Still,” by Solar_still.svg: Daniele Pugliesi, retouched, no date given, from Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic, and 2.0 Generic 

Here is a variant on this, using a tub, a water glass, a sheet of heavy duty plastic, twine or tape, and plastic tubing …

Image: Homemade, High-Output Solar Water Still … https://i.pinimg.com/736x/cf/a4/46/cfa4461e2f7578c34b3e9dae5ba24e9c–water-still-camping-survival.jpg ..

Here are more references on the topic:

HOUSING

Link: “Hut,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hut … See also the links at the bottom of the page.

Link: “These Quonset Inexpensive Kit Homes Start at Less than $8,000” … http://buildinghomesandliving.com/metal-buildings/these-quonset-inexpensive-kit-homes-start-at-less-than-8000 ..

SANITATION

Link: “Simple Pit Latrines,” WHO … http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/hygiene/emergencies/fs3_4.pdf ..

Link: “Appropriate Technologies on Low-Cost Toilet Technology,” Gramalaya – Tiruchirapalli … http://www.gramalaya.in/pdf/appropriateLowcost_toilet_technology.pdf ..

DO-IT-YOURSELF BUILDING AND PROJECT PLANS

PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGY

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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The Will to Live and to Create . by the Theosophists

Revised; originally published 27 November 2013

Dear Ones,

Here are the Theosophists on the will to live and to create.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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THE WILL TO LIVE AND CREATE, BY THE THEOSOPHISTS

“We are here, in the worlds of matter, because we, as Monads, willed to live: We are Self-moved, Self-determined.

“This Divine impulse, striving ever after fuller manifestation of life, is seen everywhere in nature, and has often been spoken of as the Will-to-live. It appears in the seed, which pushes its growing point up towards the light, in the bud bursting its prison and expanding in the sunshine. It is the creative genius in the painter, the sculptor, the poet, the musician, the craftsman. The subtlest pleasure, the keenest savour of exquisite delight, derives from this urge, from within, to create. All things feel most alive when multiplying themselves by creation. To expand, to increase, results from the Will-to-live: The fruition is the Bliss of living, the joy of being alive.”

–from Citation: “The Causal Body And The Ego,” compiled by Arthur E. Powell, 1928, public domain, “Chapter III: The Coming Forth of the Monads.”

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Tahiti . by Alice B. Clagett

Revised; originally published on 3 September 2013 

Dear Ones,

There is something wonderful to be said for a natural way of life, close to the Earth, unrestricted by modern sexual taboos. A life of plenty, of simple joy in the abundance of nature. Homes made of wood, small and neat and easily constructed. Of sharing with neighbors, lifting up our friends in need, comforting the sick, welcoming babies into the world, teaching a child a trade. Loving life.

I am reminded of the paintings of Paul Gauguin while he was in Tahiti. Here are a few.

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Image: “Nave Nave Moe – Sacred Spring: Sweet Dreams” by Paul Gauguin, 1894, Wikimedia Commons … public domain

Image: “Nave Nave Moe – Sacred Spring: Sweet Dreams” by Paul Gauguin, 1894, Wikimedia Commons … public domain

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Image: “Montagnes tahitiennes – Tahitian Landscape,” by Paul Gauguin, 1892, Wikimedia Commons … public domain

Image: “Montagnes tahitiennes – Tahitian Landscape,” by Paul Gauguin, 1892, Wikimedia Commons … public domain

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Image: “Ia Orana Maria – Hail Mary,” 1841, by Paul Gauguin, Wikimedia Commons … public domain

Image: “Ia Orana Maria – Hail Mary,” 1841, by Paul Gauguin, Wikimedia Commons … public domain

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Image: “Mahana maà II – Landscape in Tahiti,” by Paul Gauguin, 1892, Wikimedia Commons, … public domain

Image: “Mahana maà II – Landscape in Tahiti,” by Paul Gauguin, 1892, Wikimedia Commons, … public domain

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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