Daily Archives: October 8, 2017

Is Biochar the Answer to All Your Gardening Problems?

Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens

Published on Oct 8, 2017
John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ visits the home of Michael Wittman, CEO of Blue Sky Biochar in Southern California to get all your biochar questions answered.

In this episode, John will take you on a tour of Michael’s backyard to show you how he is growing food, reusing natures resources, making his own biochar, cultivating the best compost, adding fertility to his soil, and much, much more.

You will learn about many ways how Michael is leaving a lighter footprint on the planet and making the world a better place by reusing instead of recycling.

You will discover if biochar is all that is cracked up to be, why it doesn’t work, how you can best use biochar to create better compost, the specific mechanisms on how biochar actually works to improve soil tilth, what is wood vinegar which is a biochar by-product, and much, much more.

Jump to the following parts of the episode:
02:42 Backyard tour Starts
04:20 Benefits of a Wood Chipper & Rain Water Collection
07:23 Growing Food in a Satelite Dish
09:23 How to apply Biochar to Your Lawn
10:20 Simple Biochar Kiln
11:20 BioCharlie – Easy Way to Make Biochar with any Fire
12:24 Cook You Food and Make Biochar at the Same Time
13:30 Best Fuel for Making Biochar
14:32 Best Way to Add Biochar to Your Garden
17:06 How to Make Compost Fast
18:18 How to Make Your Compost Better with Biochar
21:16 Growing Fruit Trees in Containers
24:22 Interview with Michael Starts
24:51 How did you get interested in Biochar?
25:36 What is the main benefit of BioChar?
27:37 Can someone buy Charcoal briquettes for Biochar?
28:16 Does the feedstock used to make biochar important?
29:13 How is Biochar made in a Commercial Process?
32:40 What is the easiest and safest make biochar at home?
34:20 How Biochar Can help sandy or clay soil become better?
36:09 Why does biochar not work sometimes?
41:45 What is Wood Vinegar and Why should be people use it?
45:12 Can someone buy apple cider vinegar instead of wood vinegar?
46:32 What is your website?
47:50 How you can get 20% off and a free sample of wood vinegar?
48:48 Any final Comments or thoughts for my viewers?

After watching this episode, you will learn some of the benefits of biochar, some ways to use biochar you haven’t learned about before, the benefits of wood vinegar and how to use it, how to get a 20% discount on biochar and wood vinegar and much, much more.

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Noam Chomsky: How the Trump Presidency Is Enriching the Rich

President Trump speaks to world leaders at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on Sept. 19, 2017. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Take your eyes off Trump and you’ll see the most savage fringe of the Republican Party is carefully advancing policies designed to enrich their true constituency.

By Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian | October 3, 2017

David Barsamian: You have spoken about the difference between Trump’s buffoonery, which gets endlessly covered by the media, and the actual policies he is striving to enact, which receive less attention. Do you think he has any coherent economic, political or international policy goals? What has Trump actually managed to accomplish in his first months in office?

Noam Chomsky: There is a diversionary process under way, perhaps just a natural result of the propensities of the figure at center stage and those doing the work behind the curtains.

At one level, Trump’s antics ensure that attention is focused on him, and it makes little difference how. Who even remembers the charge that millions of illegal immigrants voted for Clinton, depriving the pathetic little man of his grand victory? Or the accusation that Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower? The claims themselves don’t really matter. It’s enough that attention is diverted from what is happening in the background. There, out of the spotlight, the most savage fringe of the Republican Party is carefully advancing policies designed to enrich their true constituency: the constituency of private power and wealth, “the masters of mankind,” to borrow Adam Smith’s phrase.

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Avian influenza identified in Johannesburg

What Exxon Knew

Published on Dec 8, 2015

Newly released documents show that scientists at Exxon Oil Corporation conducted research on climate change and the greenhouse effect in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Their conclusions were in accord with mainstream scientific groups in academia, NASA, NOAA, and the Department of Energy, showing that global warming posed a serious problem, with potential “catastrophic effects.”

BUSTED…Koch Brothers caught funding climate deniers

The Big Picture RT
Published on Feb 25, 2015

Kert Davies, Climate Investigations Center joins Thom Hartmann. New documents show that one of America’s top climate change deniers has received over a million dollars from Big Oil and the Koch Brothers. What does that say about how far Big Oil is willing to go to promote lies about climate change and global warming?

Climate Deniers Exposed: Top Scientist Got Funding from ExxonMobil, Koch Brothers, Big Coal

Democracy Now!
Published on Feb 25, 2015

http://democracynow.org – A new investigation exposes how one of the top scientists involved in denying climate change has failed to disclose his extensive funding from the fossil fuel industry. Dr. Wei-Hock Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has downplayed global warming and rejected human activity as its cause, arguing the sun is more responsible than greenhouse gases from pollution. Climate denialists — including Republican Senator James Inhofe, chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee — frequently cite Soon’s work to reject concrete action. But documents obtained by the Climate Investigations Center show Soon received more than $1.2 million from fossil fuel corporations and conservative groups over the last decade and failed to disclose those ties in most of his scientific papers. Funders include ExxonMobil, the American Petroleum Institute, coal utility Southern Company and the Charles G. Koch Foundation. In letters with his funders, Soon referred to his scientific papers or congressional testimony as “deliverables.” We are joined by the Kert Davies, executive director at Climate Investigations Center.

Spy Cables: Greenpeace’s Kumi Naidoo Targeted by Intelligence Agencies as “Security” Threat

Democracy Now!
Published on Feb 25, 2015

http://democracynow.org – Al Jazeera has obtained leaked diplomatic cables showing a number of foreign requests to South African intelligence to spy on activists, NGOs and politicians. One document shows South Korea sought out a “specific security assessment” of Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo in the run-up to a meeting of G20 leaders in Seoul in 2010. The disclosure is among scores contained in leaks to Al Jazeera by a South African intelligence source. From South Africa, we speak with Kumi Naidoo. “We are winning the [climate change] argument, and those trying to hold us back are getting desperate,” Naidoo says.

Africans Rising – For Justice, Peace & Dignity

Africans Rising is a growing and self-selecting collective of social movements, NGOs, peoples and popular social justice movements, intellectuals, artists, sports people, cultural activists and others, across the continent and Diaspora. People who have given input to the development of the movement agree that African unity reflected by greater social, political and economic integration is critical for Africa and its peoples, nations and nationalities – a united civil society should be the vanguard of such a movement for justice, peace & dignity.

PBS FRONTLINE War on the EPA – teaser + full documentary

Mark Brewer
Published on Oct 3, 2017

See more recent revelations:

How did Scott Pruitt go from fighting the EPA to running the agency and rolling back years of environmental protections? With access to key players behind his rise, “War on the EPA” is an inside look at the triumphant ascent of the anti-regulatory movement in America.



How did Scott Pruitt go from fighting the EPA to running the agency and rolling back years of environmental protections? With access to key players behind his rise, “War on the EPA” is an inside look at the triumphant ascent of the anti-regulatory movement in America.

Detailed account of sectors of Pruitt’s actions:

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War on the EPA (BR Docs)

Published on Oct 16, 2017

War on the EPA (BR Docs)

Wendell Berry | Agriculture for a Small Planet Symposium July 1, 1974

The Berry Center
Published on Jul 1, 2014

Today marks the 40th Anniversary of Wendell Berry’s speech about the culture of agriculture that was delivered at the “Agriculture for a Small Planet” Symposium in Spokane, Washington. The first few lines of this speech, written on a yellow legal pad in route to the symposium, inspired his book The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture published in 1977. Berry’s speech was also a catalyst for the launch of the Tilth Movement in the Pacific Northwest. “Your symposium, as well as a lot of other meetings I’ve been to in other parts of the country, proves the literature of a thoughtful and even known constituency for a better kind of agriculture,” wrote Berry in a letter to Gigi Coe and Bob Stilger following the Symposium (July 4, 1974). Please visit our website and sign up for our Newsletter: BerryCenter.org Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBerryCenter Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Berry_Center