A Montana couple show you can live debt-free, building your own eco-friendly house from straw using your hands and feet
Gerry Thomasen from Nanaimo, Canada, CC BY 2.0 - Not the actual house featured in the story. About 14 years after seeing a cob house and ten years of researching and dreaming up designs for one, a young couple built their own straw bale cob house in Bitterroot Valley, Montana.Read full story
Low and middle-income earners can live frugal lifestyles to save money while learning skills
According to a 2018 survey of 2,000 Americans by MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU), men want to earn $445,000, and women desire $279,000 per year. We need to pause for a reality check here. The average middle-class salary checked in at $61,372. Boom! There goes that dream.Read full story
Seattle's Recompose offers a natural alternative to traditional overpriced monopolized burial and cremation caskets
With Halloween and Day of the Dead fast approaching, the living might like to know the options available for the most certain life event. It's the time of year when we dress up to celebrate the dead with candies or tricks.Read full story
Levi's, San Francisco, makes their blue jeans last a lifetime; they say: buy better, wear longer, but can you?
Levi Strauss arrived in San Francisco in 1852. He opened a dry goods store to serve the gold rush dreamers and diggers and soon saw hard-working people needed tough clothing. Tailor Jacob Davis and Levi added copper rivets to pockets on heavy denim. First called waist overalls, we now know them as ‘blue jeans.’Read full story
How hard can it be to keep six chickens and four roosters in a shed?
Me and my hen. Image Author’s Own. The day before the demonstration of how to get the chickens out of the shed and into their assigned cages, I happily accepted responsibility for ten chickens and their rickety shed. For a long weekend. My neighbor, Andy, a friendly chap who teaches pole dancing at his studio just off the High Street, had to visit his mum. Luckily, his four tiny dogs would go with him. Phew.Read full story
A woman lives in the woods and has no gas or electricity, no running water, and no internet
Photo by Joy Deb from Pexels - Not the actual house in the woods. This remarkable woman has cut herself off from everything we use every day without thinking. She has no gas or electricity, no running water, and no internet! Also, she’s not a big fan of furniture, so she has none.Read full story
Living with bad skin: rosacea flushes, red veins, and acne Dermatica prescription treatments may help
Like you, I’ve used all sorts of cleansers, washes, creams, lotions, and potions. They worked for decades, then one day in March, I woke up, and my face was red and angry and spotty! I hadn’t had zits since I was a teenager. My step mum would stand me against the kitchen door and ease my blackheads out with a tissue wrapped around her talon-like nails. But I never had spots.Read full story
Who's willing to stop eating beef and turkeys and using fossil fuels to save the planet?
We probably won’t meet the target of limiting global warming to “well below” 2 degrees C without a change in what we consume. It’s even less likely we’ll reach the 1.5C target because we don’t want to change our diets. We have enjoyed delicacies from all over the world for decades, and why should we worry about the droughts, floods, freezes, tornadoes, and hurricanes? Nothing to do with us. We have no control over those conglomerates who buy up every mom and pop business when ripe for the picking.Read full story
Was Member of Parliament Dawn Butler right about Prime Minister Boris Johnson ‘lying’?
Dawn Butler was removed from Parliament chambers for 24 hours because she called Boris Johnson a liar and refused to retract her accusation. She could also have avoided her removal if she’d reflected on her words and withdrawn them as warned by the temporary deputy speaker, Ms. Cummins.Read full story
Will China’s 20% aluminum output reduction cause a shortage of Coca-Cola cans and fire-resistant wrap in the US?
In July 2020, according to USA Today, despite plenty of aluminum, can producers were unable to meet production requirements. Loyal Coca-Cola customers, unable to buy their soda in the shuttered venues they visited pre-pandemic, increased their consumption at home.Read full story
Avoid eviction, pay 25% and apply for up to 18 months of rental assistance in San Francisco before 30th September 2021
Housing is key states: Qualifying renters and landlords are now eligible for 100% of rent and utilities owed. To find out which program your neighborhood qualifies for, you'll need to enter your area and click search or select your area on the map.Read full story
California Burning: cheeseburgers, almonds, and massive profits created perfect drought conditions for wildfires
A Swiss-owned conglomerate has piped water from San Bernadino Forest to land outside of the forest border illegally since 1988. They’ve taken between 50 and 150 million gallons per year and pay the forest service $2,100 per year for forest land use. This does not include water rights. Nestlé Waters stole water from the forest. The catastrophic results of drought, wildfires, and loss of homes and lives play out annually. Nestlé Waters and BlueTriton’s profit over people approach must be stopped.Read full story
British chain Morrisons $9.64 billion takeover bid by US firm compared to selling in San Francisco and buying in Seattle
First, Morrisons turned down £6.3 billion because their biggest shareholder didn’t like the offer, then the board backed the second offer. A megadeal worth £6.7 billion. A last-minute £7 billion bid beat the consortium of investment bidders backed by US billionaire Koch family and Japanese mogul Masayoshi Son.Read full story
Off-grid, self-sustainable homes for now and the future
The Garbage Warrior, aka Michael Reynolds, has a vision of the future. People abandon crumbling structures in cities and the only reason they’d return to a city would be to scavenge for items to enhance their Earthships.Read full story
Felisia Thibodeaux ferries the I.T. Bookman elderly from Lakeview to San Francisco City College for their vaccinations
In the middle of the battle between the folks who gratefully got the vaccination and the folks who think they don't need to get vaccinated, sits another group of Americans. People without cars.Read full story
San Francisco Police and Sheriff Departments need new recruits, entry-level pay $92,560
Existing staff do 16-hour shifts 3 times a week. Quality of life crimes are not just happening in the streets but in jail, hospitals, and the ambulance service. It's mandatory to have 8 hours off after a 16-hour shift. But what can San Francisco's finest do with those 8 short hours?Read full story
Locals wowed by delightfully scented shiny new San Francisco BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train cars and comfy seats
A local who rode on one of the new trains said it even smelled cleaner. This evoked several stories from other folks of their sensory experiences of individual BART cars. One involved motion sickness induced vomiting and another had a migraine and didn't manage to get off before throwing up.Read full story
San Francisco's Dusted and Blue's online hand-building workshop last weekend of August
Support your local businesses by signing up and saving the date for Zoe and Mitch's hand-building pottery classes at the end of August. Mason Street ceramicist, Samantha Lee, is the owner of Dusted and Blue. Sam creates, teaches, and tends to a community of potters. The community business offers include pottery classes and memberships. When Sam isn't making pottery or pen drawing landscape illustrations she is out walking with her dog, Harper.Read full story
Fast & Furious on 19th and Ulloa, San Francisco sideshows waste lives, police time, and upset the residents
The SFPD doesn't know where or when a sideshow will happen. Officers are dealing with calls all over their parts of the city at any time of the day or night. When calls start coming in about a sideshow there's little in their power they can do.Read full story
Get used to hearing the clanking of San Francisco's cable cars again as they make a jubilant return with free rides
San Franciscans missed the sounds of the cable cars on their local routes. Some are even taking a ride just for the fun of it! RichieNRich found it so heartening to see families queue up at the Powell turnaround waiting for one of the two cars running from there.Read full story