Pulling heat from the ground, even in winter!

Works off the basic principle that 8+ feet down in the ground, the earth is a constant 50F-55F. So when the air temperature is less than that, you can circulate air through buried pipes like these, and get ‘warm’ air out. Geothermal heat pumps work on this theory but to a much more efficient (and expensive) degree.

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4 Policies Joe Biden Must Rethink if He Actually Wants to Address Racial Disparities

FEE.ORG via SouthernWatch:

For decades, progressives have attracted people of color to the Democratic Party with promises to address racial inequality.

The 2020 presidential campaign was no departure. Joe Biden, whose nomination as the Democratic Party’s torchbearer rested largely on the votes of the Black community, spoke frequently about racial disparities and laid out an “economic equity” plan meant to address injustices.

“There’s just that sense the deck is stacked,” Biden said in July. “The common theme was how do we break the cycle – in good times, communities of color still lag, in bad times, they get hit first and the hardest and in recovery, take the longest to bounce back.”

Certainly, evidence backs up Biden’s statement. Studies have shown that Black Americans were infected with COVID-19 at numbers three times the rate of white Americans, and they were twice as likely to die from the virus. Other data show that people of color were almost twice as likely to lose their jobs as white people during the government-mandated pandemic shutdowns. 

And statistical racial discrepancies persist outside of the pandemic as well. 

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Why GDP Can’t Measure the Quality of Life


MISES.ORG via SouthernWatch:

GDP is an important economic idea; it is often discussed in the media, it is seen in all kinds of textbooks, and spoken about by politicians. But what is GDP? GDP is the market value of all final goods and services produced in a country within a given time frame, and GDP per capita is GDP divided by the population to find out the value per citizen. It is calculated by finding out what households, governments, and firms spend in the market; after all, what they are buying must have been produced by someone. GDP is great to measure the aggregate value of goods and services being produced within a country and sold on the market. But although it’s is an amazing measuring device, GDP is often criticized because it only measures aggregate market activity and doesn’t measure anything that can’t be counted in terms of market prices. For example, Moore McDowell, Rodney Thom, Ivan Pastine, Robert Frank, and Ben Bernanke criticized it in Principles of Economics (3d European ed., McGraw Hill) for various reasons. In this article I plan to explain those reasons from an Austrian perspective. Here are some of the things GDP doesn’t count.

Quality of Life

GDP is not very good at measuring quality of life, because it values marketable goods and services and not factors that determine quality of life, such as safety, work-life balance, and life satisfaction of the citizens, all of which, according to the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), determine the quality of life. In figure 1 below, the x axis is the GDP per capita measured in USD and the y axis is the OECD’s quality of life rank (a lower number is better).

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This looks wonderfully redneck, but if it works…

The website this link takes you to was having trouble loading pictures last time I looked, but just looking at the image you can ascertain the thriftiness of this build. I love it.

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Rain Harvesting Setup Completed: 2,300 Gallon Capacity | Sun, Rain, Earth

Found this on Pinterest and thought I would share it. Not my creation, so show the content creators some love with a webclick:

Very good writeup. Goes into support structures and piping, not just a focus on the storage tanks.

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Nice 275×3 Gallon rainwater storage setup.

Found this on Pinterest and thought I would share it. Not my creation, so show the content creators some love with a webclick: Found this really nice setup for storing about 825 Gallons of water.
I’d make a few changes, but there is a lot of good ideas at play here.

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Inexpensive and Quick: How to Build a Small Rainwater Collection System

Found this on Pinterest and thought I would share it. Not my creation, so show the content creators some love with a webclick:

How to Build a Rain Barrel. This could catch the rainwater off a greenhouse or shed.

Looks like a simple, easy to build, and inexpensive solution for storing a few gallons of water. The only thing that I would change about this would be to use a bulkhead fitting for a better, more reliable seal.