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Chapter 1

There are so many tid bits of wisdom that can help make life easier. Some of this knowledge is promoted as secretive by marketing gurus trying to profit but I rather just highlight the most helpful information in this book. I am always questioning if this is the best format to publish this wisdom? Maybe you can comment and share some helpful ideas that may make this book a smoother read!

 As I travel along my path I record the most helpful secrets and organize them in the following pages. Let’s begin with some of the amazing creations in the world today that you may not know about. The 1% profit from hiding and suppressing these inventions and they do everything they can to keep them from you.

PLASTIC OIL EXTRACTOR

[blest.co.jp] A Japanese inventor named Akinori Ito was fed up with all the plastic litter in the world so he studied large industrial machines used to extract the oil out of used plastic and designed an extractor small enough for home use.

The smallest model of his Blest Machine is listed with a sale price in the neighborhood of $10,000 but the unit could be assembled out of raw materials for much less.

You insert plastic into a sealed holding chamber that heats the plastic until it vaporizes and the oil and impurities separate. The impure vapor escapes leaving the oil to condense upon cooling. It is then ready to be used for things like cooking, heating and biofuel mixing. It would be great to have a similar device with our volunteer teams when they are picking up recycling in littered areas. The down side is that the small mobile units take a few hours to break down the plastic and the chamber only holds about the equivalent of a standard plastic grocery bag.

Affordable small scale recycling machines like the Blest model needed to be available since the beginning of the plastic revolution in the 1920s. Without introducing a proper disposal and recycle education to consumers in the beginning, civilization quickly lost control of the plastic plague.

Most scientists didn’t think about the harm their creations would cause to the planet. Industry leaders were so excited about all the possible products they could make that hardly anyone cared about the consequences of the waste.

Today, nearly 100 years later, we are surrounded by a plastic prison of wasteful products that strangle mother earth. As you read this, look around and you will see some form of plastic. If you are reading a digital copy of this book, the reading device is likely made of molded plastic.

The danger lies in the chemical composition of the plastic and how it is used by the consumer. The companies that decide what chemicals are used are all part of an association called the American Chemistry Council (ACC). They team up together to contribute to politicians and legally fight off regulators that try to pass or enforce laws against the use of their chemicals. They also form internet sites to promote their products with illusions of being in the best interest of the world. They use names like Progressive Bag Affiliates, Save the Plastic Bag and a variety of plastic bag recycling groups.

If you are not worried about the transfer of cancer causing chemicals into the bodies of innocent children unable to defend themselves maybe some other points of interest will convince you to stop contributing to the plastic plague. Think about the following facts reported in the documentary “Bag It”.

– Approximately 300 million cups alone are used 1 single time and disposed of every day just from coffee shops surveyed. That does not include soda cups from gas stations and fast food chains which could easily be another 300 million a day. Now, add a realistic guesstimate of around another 100 million cups and plates that come from irresponsible home users for parties and those used outdoors.

– The average person purchased 800 lbs. of packaging in 2010

– Disposable plastic diapers amount to over a ton of waste per year per child.

– Approximately 1.036 BILLION plastic bags are used in the U.S. every DAY!

A source cited in the documentary “Bag It”, claims that less than 5% of these non aluminum items are recycled back into industry. If a business would step up and provide their own recycling bins for their products and return them back to their manufacturing facilities it would make a noticeable difference to their local landfills and overflow waste transporters.

Compare the recycling rate of plastic, glass & paper with nationally valued materials like copper and aluminum for example. The metals are easily cashed in at facilities everywhere so they have a much higher rate of being turned in for recycling.

There are good forms of plastic made out of hemp and other natural compounds but these products are mostly custom ordered. Corn and hemp based cardboard paper packaging, bowls and similar products made by a company like Cereplast, should replace the petro plastic items as well. TetraPak is another good source for biodegradable packaging.

Toxic petro plastic items should not be allowed to come in contact with our food and water. It should also not be used in any products that are at risk of being chewed on. Several varieties of plastic release toxins just by touch and most of the time you are not wearing gloves so your skin is absorbing those toxins. If that is not enough reason to stop using plastic straws, consider the fact that they have a dominant presence on the best ocean beaches in the world.

 There are studies that explain how BPA had leached into nearly 90% of people by 2015. BPA stands for Bisphenol A. BPA is a chemical that has been used to make plastics since the 1960s. BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics are used in containers that store food and beverages, such as water bottles. They are also used in other consumer goods.

 Epoxy resins are used to coat the inside of metal products, such as food cans, bottle tops and water lines. Some dental sealants and composites also contain BPA.

 Research has shown that BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with it. BPA can have negative impacts on the brain and prostate gland, children’s behavior and cause high blood pressure.

There are plenty of good uses for bio plastic in technology. Without plastic moldings we would not have devices to mass communicate and coordinate our efforts to reverse the destruction of human civilizations. The biggest problem is that the wrong ingredients are being used to create the plastic products. Petroleum and non biodegradable additives are being used instead of silicone or degradable plant oils like algae, hemp, corn or soy.

Silicone containers are slowly replacing the harmful plastic containers. Silicone can be more flexible which allows it to be flattened or folded like bag containers but yet sturdy enough to be stackable.

Ford Motor company shows that is possible to avoid petroleum based fiberglass and plastics by using hemp based versions. Ford promoted an all hemp car in the early 1920s. Read all about it at [HempCar.org] In 2015, oil prices dropped below $39 a barrel. Only a few times this millennium has the price dropped that low. This happens when environmental hot topics like electric vehicles, renewable energy, and recycling reach a trending point that the Petroleum groups and American Chemistry Council feel threatened. They lower the prices to increase demand until the trends decrease. For example, when prices are so low, recycling centers have to shut down because it costs more to process the used plastic than it costs to purchase new plastic stock from manufacturers.

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Here are the basics of the CARES Emergency Relief Act

I am receiving tons of messages asking for help blazing a trail through the relief programs so this blog will continue to be updated every time I answer a new question.

How Covid 19 has Affected me?
I started the year with high hopes. We had a medium size build and January was normal but then in Feb. my partner panicked from the virus and he choose to withhold my pay. I can’t blame him. The world is a survival of the fittest society more than ever now.
Basically I’m seeing this everywhere I look because people have panicked and they don’t know which way we are going to go from day to day.

For the same reason, I had two deals scheduled that have postponed their remodels and no one is showing any interest in scheduling free remodel consults.
My publishing and art orders are way down. And we have not had any donations to the foundation. We dare not even ask for funding over $100 until this is resolved.

Our shop sales decreased week to week and now there is a Mandatory Lock down so there will be no sales income until that is lifted.The STAY AT HOME ORDER was just activated for our counties and all the major city counties initiated this or are initiating it shortly. FOOD or work related travel only.

One positive out of this is that my computer consults are increasing. I am preparing a few advertisements to make up for the remodeling shortage.

I am also having more time to focus on my self care, wellness, gardening, art creation, house/vehicle chores and writing etc.

HOW ARE YOU BEING AFFECTED?!

Here are the answers to the CARES ACT and stimulus questions. Keep asking and I will keep updating.

SELF EMPLOYED STIMULUS (Use CareerOneStop.org)
$600 plus your states weekly unemployment amount

Section 2102 (II) Explains:
Covered Individuals INCLUDE:
(II) is self-employed, is seeking part-time employment, does not have sufficient work history, or otherwise would not qualify for regular unemployment or extended benefits under State or Federal law or pandemic emergency unemployment compensation under section 2107 and meets the requirements of subclause (I)

(FULL CARES ACT @ Congress.gov) https://tinyurl.com/ty8qbkv
https://www.nytimes.com/article/coronavirus-stimulus-package-questions-answers.html

DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE program (File with your state office)
https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/20/625.6
Everyone gets at least 13 weeks, along with the extra $600 payment.
Self-employed workers will also be eligible for the additional $600 weekly benefit provided by the federal government.

FAMILY CARE STIMULUS (File your taxes today!)
$1200 ea. plus $500 per kid deposits are being processed and deposited within 3-4 weeks for those who have filed taxes or file ASAP.
https://www.npr.org/2020/03/25/821514231/whats-in-it-for-you-1-200-checks-13-weeks-of-unemployment-payments-and-more

RENT & UTILITY ASSISTANCE
Section 4023: Interest FREE / Penalty FREE Loan Forbearance of Residential Mortgage
https://tinyurl.com/ty8qbkv
Mortgage payments and thus existing rent payments are to be suspended for 30 days and can be extended up to 2 additional 30 day periods interest & penalty free. The borrower just needs to write their loan officer and explain Covid19 has put their tennants or selves out of work and into a financial hardship. LOAN HOLDERS MUST CALL and request the 30 day extension prior to the 30 day expiration OF EACH FORBEARANCE PERIOD. Loans are simply extended as if this forbearance period never existed.

FOR LOAN HOLDERS: IF your loan officer gives you any trouble, get it in writing from an email with them and then I can help you get it higher up the ladder for approval.

Eviction efforts are outlawed as explained in 4023 (d) until the forbearance expires.

*In addition, most of the utility and phone companies have informed customers that their payments can be suspended without disruption of service, fee’s and interest.

IF you have children, you just declare that you have to stay home to home school and provide daycare and this protects you by law from loan payments, rent and from being fired from employment. There are plenty of other reasons COVID19 has caused us economic hardship so the eligibility requirements are extremely vague.

What ever your situation is out there, please stay safe and blessings of health to everyone out there!

-Tim

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*As written in LIFE WISDOM: Pandemic Prep by T. Frentz

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SANITIZER

Gather some stems of an Aloe vera plant or Aloe gel. This keeps the alcohol from excessively drying out your skin and provides the gel like substance. Without Aloe vera, the mixture would be more like a spray.

There are a few essential oils you can use for sanitizer. The most recommended essential oil to use for sanitizer is tea tree. Tea tree oil features antibacterial properties as well as anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antiviral properties. While research is limited on which viruses tea tree essential oil can successfully combat, it is thought to fight off the pathogens associated with acne, staphylococci, micrococci, Enterococcus faecalis, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Cinnamon is another recommended essential oil for making hand sanitizer. A 2015 study published by Tuoro College found that cinnamon effectively “deactivated” the viral components in some organisms. To make your sanitizer smell good, use 8-16 drops of lemon, orange, peppermint, or lavender.

If you’re using 91% Isopropyl alcohol use a 3:2 ratio; 3 tablespoons alcohol to tablespoons of Aloe. If you are using 99 percent Isopropyl alcohol, you will want a 2:1 ratio. With 91 percent Isopropyl alcohol for example, pour 1 cup into a mixing bowl and add 2/3 cup Aloe and the oil.  Mix it all together with a spoon, then use a funnel to transition the mixture into a bottle with a pump.

 

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Here is a little peek at the Pandemic Prep chapter in “LIFE WISDOM” by T Frentz. For more info visit: https://freehelpinghands.wordpress.com/2020/03/12/life-wisdom/

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LIFE WISDOM

 

CHAPTER II: PREP IT

Being prepared for chaos is something that you should consider a daily priority if you want to live comfortably during a pandemic. In some instances chaos may explode with only minutes notice while others may give you weeks of warning. For example, an asteroid can be discovered weeks in advance but predicting the affected area would cause more damage than the asteroid itself. Predicting a target zone in advance would cause mass panic and extreme chaos. The pandemonium from fear would shut down crucial life baring systems before the asteroid damage. For this reason, the media would never predict the location of a large strike until the last 24 hours. Only the highest people on the pyramid would be notified any sooner.

The highest probability for chaos belongs to a biological pandemic. It has happened many times over recorded history. And it will continue to happen more and more often with the damage being caused to our climate by the human species. One positive thing about a biological pandemic is that most of the world will have plenty of notice to increase their preparations at a safe and calm rate. I recommend watching the Netflix documentary called “Pandemic” to help you understand what happens during an outbreak.

 

The purpose of this chapter is to share how I prepare and live comfortably through these biological pandemics. Some viruses may spread from person to person through pathogens attached to water droplets. This means it can spread faster and further then imaginable through numerous avenues.

The initial strain could be created by the bacteria of two different life forms combining to create a new unknown virus with no working cure. Bats are one of the leading carriers of bacteria. Bats could simply drop their bacteria over produce or seafood at a market. Once that bacteria infested food is eaten or even touched, the next person or animal in contact begins to mix their bacteria with the other two and before we know it, a super flu type of virus is being spread.

It spreads fast and may even spread silently with long delays in symptoms. The region where it first spreads may just think that it is a common strain. It usually takes weeks of testing to realize it has unique symptoms that can not be cured with existing medicine. By the time local experts declare the new virus it will be too late to contain it in that region. Anything that can be spread by breath and infected droplets on a surface will spread similar to a wildfire. People will touch the virus infected droplets and it will attach to their body. The droplets then transfer to ports of entry and enter the blood stream to multiply. You itch your nose and eyes every few minutes on average. You often touch your mouth or touch a glass and then the droplet on the glass touches your mouth for example. A list of how droplets transfer would be several pages long. The further an area is from the origination, the longer the people there will have to prepare. Unfortunately, the disease will travel fast on airplanes and you will not have very long. Large transporters like planes and boats will unfortunately bread the virus to a lot of the people on board.

To minimize the risk of exposure you have to wash your hands after every time you touch something at risk of being infected. You need to spray disinfectant on anything in question. You need to have disinfectant wipes for things that you don’t want to spray or wash. You need a sanitizing gel for situations where you are not near running water and soap. If you have facial hair and refuse to shave it off while in an infected area, you may want to rub sanitizer through it often. You will also want to put Triple antibiotic gel in your nostrils to kill infected spores as they enter.

You do not need to change much about the way you live, you will just need to help remind everyone you know to follow these basic hygiene rules. One of the biggest changes will be your actions around others with weak immune systems. You will need to sanitize your items and hands before entering the personal space of others with high risk. You will also want to drink plenty of electrolytes and take a variety of the immune boosters I discus in the health section of this book. And don’t forget to increase your fitness activities and wellness practices.

When you notice someone questionably ill nearby, avoid them. You can still go out in public but use common sense as noted above. As shown in previous pandemics, most every public event and venue would need to be closed for about 4 weeks to allow the spread to be quarantined. Even those of us who do our best to avoid infection will still have to stay away from public places. No going to work, school, stores, church, concerts or other similar public places for a few weeks to allow the health care facilities time to process the increased traffic of people in critical condition. These public events expose too many people to the virus in tight quarters and many new hot zones are traced back to them.

The businesses that provide services in demand during the pandemic will adapt to meet new health regulations. They will either deliver goods or provide drive up window exchanges. Most businesses will reduce their hours to increase efficiency. Most public spaces like parks, resorts, sport facilities and restrooms will be sealed off.

People showing infected symptoms will struggle to get tested. After the first few days of discovering a community spread, test kits will not be assembled at the same rate of people being infected and people will be refused testing. At first, only those with severe symptoms will be tested and the rest will be instructed to self isolate and treat themselves with increased hygiene procedures and electrolytes. People with pre-existing illness or immune diseases along with the very young and the elderly may not be able to cope with the respiratory symptoms on their own. They will need to occupy a medical bed and breathing machine. If they are too ill to eat or breathe on their own they will need IV drips full of nutrients.

Care facilities will be overwhelmed because there will not be a cure or vaccine for a long time and patients will be continuously cycled in and out of emergency rooms and intensive care units. The majority of US citizens will finally agree that insurance has no right to be involved with health care.

INSURANCE will be the biggest hurdle for treating the sick. INSURANCE will stop care providers from doing their job by declining to pay for treatments.

INSURANCE will force infected people to be refused testing and it will push them back into the community where they will continue spreading the disease. THE REST OF THE WORLD that practices socialized health care will flatten the curve of spread at a much more successful rate because everyone will be tested and treated at a consistent rate.

In locations where there are not enough care facilities, people will be left in their beds praying for home visits. In many cases, these people will be transferred to large facilities and forcefully quarantined from any outside contact. Entrances will be guarded and sealed. People will be examined for symptoms and possibly segregated from loved ones by force. People near death will be removed from the machines before they take their last breathe. The shortage of machines will require it to be this way to allow a higher probability of recovery for those in the early stages of the disease. Just think back to all of the Nazi videos and stories you are familiar with. This is the reality of a biological pandemic.

Tests will be too sparse at first and the lack of people being able to be tested will obscure the true numbers of those infected. This will contribute to the improbability of accurate data to assist in the fight for a cure.

 

HOW TO PREPARE

This book is full of advice on how to be prepared for a pandemic. For more details on how to make home remedies, collect your own energy, grow medicine and other survival guides email tfrentz@hotmail.com or message us on our social platforms.

 

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ANOTHER frustrating #EastTexas moment today….. First stakeout of the year… thankfully I avoided having it escalate to a full blown #ShakeDown
 
Being a wellness trainer and health educator in the heart of an oil loving, meth addicted, under educated land of traditional thinkers makes me appear a threat often here.
 
I’m a fairly large muscular male with a shaved head which at first glance can strike fear in some that are scared easily. To others my physique may be less feared and more attractive but my actions result in a “concerned citizen call” to the local PD. Sometimes it is for wearing clothing with radical renewable, organic thinking messages or hemp emblems on my vehicles, or individual non christian thinking ideologies on my literature or sometimes it is just for not having much of anything on or with me while being in a public park near children!
 
It is so frustrating that very few people here do outdoor fitness activities. So few that when people do see me or a few of my friends while we are doing bar workouts, the majority think we are mentally unstable or dangerous in some other manor so their first instinct is to report us to the police.
 
Today this happened again to me while doing a bar routine in the park. Mostly it is women who see men near a playground as a threat to their children. I get that. But those of you guilty of letting fear instantly over power your ability to assess the full situation and innocent intent of a stranger need to calm the f* down! Count to 100 backwards and meditate while you take in the big picture. The fear driven by fictional drama’s shows on television needs to be boxed up.
 
I had to restructure my workout while a local officer had to spend critical time away from helping people with real emergencies to run license plates on all the cars in the parking lot. I was ready to leave but he had a duty to stake out the scene for an extra 20 minutes and I could not approach my vehicle because the dirty headlight gave him “due cause” to harass me and shake me down for my ID and search my private property and vehicle and then site me with as many fines as he saw fit. Instead of using his time to self educate on pandemic procedures he had to circle the block and hide around corners hoping I would approach a vehicle for another 20 minutes.
 
I had to use the extra 40 minutes to continue additional sprints and other cardio instead of going to do my swim workout and read a book at the lake. I took the opportunity to introduce myself to the mother before leaving. It was clear from the first moment she arrived that she was the concerned citizen. I saw her pull her children back as they first approached the opposite side of the playground. She immediately lifted her phone and made a call and I knew the next hour of my day was going to be tense. She left the park earlier while clearly talking to the PD and then returned once the patrol arrived.
 
As I approached her fear had already been subdued by the PD and she gave me a half smile as I introduced myself as a local mission leader, wellness instructor and author. She was quick to apologize for reporting me and asked me to forgive her for causing me duress. The officer she spoke too apparently was one that was familiar with my community contributions. Her children quickly intervened to ask about my workout and my stories. I asked her to be more patient when assessing the situation in the future and to consider altering her approach on teaching her children lessons of fear and we departed ways as friends.
 
Once the officer finally did leave and I was able to rush to the lake, I could not shake off this stake out stress enough to concentrate on my reading so I returned back to this keyboard, sharing yet another stake out story.
Life Wisdom

 

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Over 20 years of research is finally published and available for purchase in this daily self help, DIY reference book. Please contact me directly (tfrentz@hotmail.com) to purchase so I do not have to give the marke-teers >60% of my revenue! 

 

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This book is full of lesser known knowledge, guides, advice and facts surrounding the culture of the United States circa 2020. In this book you will also find my recommendations for some of the latest products and technology that improves our standard of living. I also share everything I have researched about minimalist and survivalist living and prepping for pandemics. The best way I can summarize IT all is to just call the book, LIFE Wisdom.

The following pages share my efforts to organize and shed light on the most useful information in my life. This book categorizes the knowledge based on whether IT involves helping, simplifying, making, stretching, spending, living or sharing something.

The main objectives of this book are:
1. Educate the reader.
2. Connect with sponsors and increase funding for the Helping Hands Network volunteer and emergency cause programs.
3. Connect with global connections to help establish international programs.

Please submit any product or other helpful information you would like to see included in future editions and you will receive future editions for FREE!

At times the line may be blurred between opinion and fact but I do the best I can. My definition of fact refers to a first encounter experience by myself or another credible source. Some of your experiences surrounding certain wisdoms may not hold up to my experiences I share in this book.

Updates after publishing can be followed at [freeHelpingHands.wordpress.com] We look forward to publishing many more editions.

The proceeds from sales go to help fund our programs so if you are given a copy please consider contributing to our cause through paypal id tfrentz@hotmail.com or mailing a check payable to Tim Frentz.

 

 

About the Author

Tim Frentz (T) is an artist, eco activist, gardener, soccer player, business consultant, fitness trainer, author and practitioner of Yoga who recorded his spiritual journey in this new age work “the Helping Hands Spirit” and a comic book series called “the ventures of HELPING HANDS”.

He was reborn in Grand Island, Nebraska USA in 1977. His early autobiography was first published in 2012, seven years after the death of his father whom inspired T to leave home and give himself to causes in urgent need.

T describes how his experiences inspired him to trade in his possessions and hit the road. Several times he was robbed of resources but instead of relying on a flawed legal system to recover his losses, T accepts it as a lesson from his former guru’s.

This early autobiography shares T’s early life in the central United States, his college days at the University of Nebraska, visits to spiritual communities, meetings with various saints, his training of disciple volunteers, T’s building of the Helping Hands Network, his time helping causes in need and his steps to become a new age yogi.

T brings a new age meditation method known as “Creative Meditation” into the light. This is achieved through combining traditional meditational practice with the act of artistic expression and creation. He is known for his wood sculpting and other art which is largely created during a meditative state.

T continues publishing books & comics, teaching yoga & fitness, and speaks widely in the United States. His organization “The Helping Hands Network” is growing daily in the United States and continues to connect causes in need with thousands of resources through http://netvibes.com/HelpingHandsNet

 

 

  “HOW DO I HELP?”

This is a frequent comment on our social sites. It makes my life achievements feel appreciated when I get to have intellectual conversations on this topic. Years back I published a list on our expired MySpace platform and a recent request has motivated me to share this updated blog.

 

FIRST to begin, I ask you to make a list of topics that are close to your heart.

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MAKE YOUR LIST NOW before reading further to avoid this articles premature influence.

SECOND, I urge you to now do a search on documentary films and books related to your topics. Dive into a few of them and refer back to your original list to make any last minute changes.  You can compare your list to mine: https://freehelpinghands.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/top-documentaries-of-all-time/

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NOW, let us discuss some details surrounding some of these topics.

Protecting nature and all life on Earth is a primary cause for me. Our human species is destroying everything around it.

The PROBLEM: We are selfish and wired for primal survival above all else. This leads the majority of the species to ignore the scientific sins of our ways. We continue to pollute and destroy the very systems that give us life. Nature will survive beyond the Armageddon brought by climate destruction, future meteors or other alien threats.

These systems will survive beyond our self destruction so they do not rely on human defense for survival but our ability to survive comfortably most definitely relies on keeping nature in balance. We must do our part to keep the balance.

A SOLUTION: My primary cause focus is the protection of nature and all life. I advocate for peace, permaculture education and the defense of all life by forming community centers. These centers provide education, community gathering events, artistic creation and expression, food growth and over all community action related to this ideology.

A lot of individual causes fall under this mass topic. Within the chaos generated by individual organizations it is easy to lose track of the over all mission. MY MOST IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO YOU is “FOCUS ON IMPROVING THE PROBLEM. Do not put energy into trickle down effects or you will just be going in circles.”

For example, if you rake your leaves and then leave them in a pile, they will just blow around the yard tomorrow. You must think outside the realm of the status quo. IF your cause is to “prevent leaves from mixing with your garden plants” THEN either remove the tree entirely or create a barrier around your garden.

Replace the leaf example with plastic waste and you have a whole new thought process of defeating nature pollution. Our Helping Hands Network social page groups post a lot of updates on our events which are structured around this philosophy. Turn on your alerts for our posts and attend some of our events when you feel the desire to make a change!

 

LETS LOOK AT SOME MORE SPECIFIC CAUSES

Animal rights are one of the most popular causes but yet they are massively under financed. I am very skeptical in my stance on animal rights. I think they deserve a natural habitat and territory of their own just as much as humans. When a species is left alone in their habitat they do not need our interference. They really only need our protection from other uneducated or impassionate humans.

HEALTH related causes do not need your efforts. Your time will barely be noticed because health causes already have more support than they should. Every day you see wealthy people and organizations providing donations to health related groups instead of nature and universal life change makers. Again, we can not stress enough that this is because of the human nature to survive and scientifically alter the law of natural selection. We want to wage a war against nature so we can survive longer. We want to defeat cancer, we want to stop disease, we want and we want but we refuse to accept that nature knows what is best. We must accept our natural selection of fate. Our disobedience has resulted in more disease and more over population beyond what the natural resources of the world can provide. 

 

HOMELESS HUMANS pull at our heart strings. We want to help but we need to sit back and study their story before reacting at times. As cold hearted as it is, we must accept that humans living in poor conditions is due to a large variety of reasons. Some reasons deserve more help than others. The mentally disabled (addiction or otherwise) and abandoned for example, need to be provided a full time protector. Any help short of that is just “raking the leaves.” Physically disabled and most other human’s living in poor conditions are usually under educated. One of the best ways to help them, is to take them to a community center like the HHN where they can receive survival education. This will enable them to make more positive choices. They can stop engaging in crimes to collect money and redirect their energy towards growing or building the resources they actually need.

 

There are so many causes that this article is actually just an insert from my full length book, “Life Wisdom”. I encourage you to order a copy and read far beyond these thoughts to transcend your enlightenment today. I look forward to your comments and from time to time I will respond by adding a paragraph on this blog.  Thank you again to all of my supporters. Your contributions to our Helping Hands Network will provide much needed help for as long as our members maintain their passion.

-TF

This is an on going investigative report. Please help me tally the positive versus negative actions and add any missing facts in the comments section so I can add them to this story.

As reported and cited by CNN.

[https://www.cnn.com/2013/07/04/us/donald-trump-fast-facts/index.html]

WATCH Fahrenheit 11/9 and gather your own supportive opinions.
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June 29, 2015 – NBCUniversal says it is cutting its business ties to Trump and won’t air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants because of “derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants.”
July 8, 2015 – In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Trump says he “can’t guarantee” all of his employees have legal status in the United States. This is in response to questions about a Washington Post report about undocumented immigrants working at the Old Post Office construction site in Washington, which Trump is converting into a hotel.
July 22, 2015 – Trump’s financial disclosure report is made public by the Federal Election Commission.
August 6, 2015 – During the first 2016 Republican debate, Trump is questioned about a third party candidacy, his attitude towards women and his history of donating money to Democratic politicians. He tells moderator Megyn Kelly of Fox News he feels he is being mistreated.
August 7, 2015 – The controversy continues, as Trump tells CNN’s Don Lemon that Kelly was singling him out for attack, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
September 11, 2015 – Trump announces he has purchased NBC’s half of the Miss Universe Organization, which organizes the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.
July 16, 2016 – Introduces Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate.
September 13, 2016 – During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office is investigating Trump’s charitable foundation “to make sure it’s complying with the laws governing charities in New York.”
October 1, 2016 – The New York Times reports Trump declared a $916 million loss in 1995 which could have allowed him to legally skip paying federal income taxes for years. The report is based on a financial document mailed to the newspaper by an anonymous source.
October 7, 2016 – Unaired footage from 2005 surfaces of Trump talking about trying to have sex with a married woman and being able to grope women. In footage obtained by The Washington Post, Trump is heard off-camera discussing women in vulgar terms during the taping of a segment for “Access Hollywood.” In a taped response, Trump declares, “I said it, I was wrong and I apologize.”
October 9, 2016 – During the second presidential debate, CNN’s Cooper asks Trump about his descriptions of groping and kissing women without their consent in the “Access Hollywood” footage. Trump denies that he has ever engaged in such behavior and declares the comments were “locker room talk.” After the debate, 11 women step forward to claim that they were sexually harassed or sexually assaulted by the real estate developer. Trump says the stories aren’t true.
November 8, 2016 – Is elected president of the United States. Trump will be the first president who has never held elected office, a top government post or a military rank.
November 18, 2016 – Trump agrees to pay $25 million to settle three lawsuits against Trump University. The deal keeps the President-elect from having to testify in a trial in San Diego that was set to begin November 28. The settlement ends a suit brought by Schneiderman, as well as two class action suits in California. About 6,000 former students are covered by the settlement.
December 24, 2016 – Trump says he will dissolve the Donald J. Trump Foundation “to avoid even the appearance of any conflict with my role as President.” A spokeswoman for the New York Attorney General’s Office says that the foundation cannot legally close until investigators conclude their probe of the charity.
January 10, 2017 – CNN reports that intelligence officials briefed Trump on a dossier that contains allegations about his campaign’s ties to Russia and unverified claims about his personal life. The author of the dossier is a former British spy who was hired by a research firm that had been funded by both political parties to conduct opposition research on Trump.
January 20, 2017 – Takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts during an inauguration ceremony at the Capitol and delivers an inaugural address centering on the populist themes that fueled his candidacy.
January 27, 2017 – Trump signs an executive order halting all refugee arrivals for 120 days and banning travel to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days. Additionally, refugees from Syria are barred indefinitely from entering the United States. The order is challenged in court.
February 13, 2017 – Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigns amid accusations he lied about his communications with Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak. Flynn later pleads guilty to lying to the FBI.
February 28, 2017 – Nominates Neil Gorsuch to replace late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
March 4, 2017 – Alleges on Twitter, without offering evidence, that Obama wiretapped his phones ahead of the 2016 election. “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”
March 16, 2017 – The Trump administration releases its budget blueprint, with increases in funding for the military and cuts for agencies including the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture.
May 3, 2017 – FBI Director James Comey confirms that there is an ongoing investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia during a hearing on Capitol Hill. Less than a week later, Trump fires Comey, citing a DOJ memo critical of the way he handled the investigation into Clinton’s emails.
May 19, 2017 – Departs on his first foreign trip as president. The nine-day, five-country trip includes stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican, a NATO summit in Brussels and a G7 summit in Sicily.
June 1, 2017 – Trump proclaims that the United States is withdrawing from the Paris climate accord but adds that he is open to renegotiating aspects of the environmental agreement, which was signed by 175 countries in 2016.
July 7, 2017 – Meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in person for the first time, on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany.
August 8, 2017 – In response to nuclear threats from North Korea, Trump warns that Pyongyang will “face fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Soon after Trump’s comments, North Koreaissues a statement saying it is “examining the operational plan” to strike areas around the US territory of Guam.
August 15, 2017 – After a violent clash between neo-Nazi activists and counterprotesters leaves one dead in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump holds an impromptu press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower and declares that there were “fine people” on both sides.
August 25, 2017 – Trump’s first pardon is granted to former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt for disregarding a court order in a racial-profiling case. Trump did not consult with lawyers at the Justice Department before announcing his decision.
September 5, 2017 – The Trump administration announces that it is ending the DACA program,introduced by Obama to protect nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. Trump calls on Congress to introduce legislation that will prevent DACA recipients from being deported. Multiple lawsuits are filed opposing the policy in federal courts and judges delay the end of the program, asking the government to submit filings justifying the cancellation of DACA.
September 19, 2017 – In a speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Trump refers to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man” and warns that the United States will “totally destroy North Korea” if forced to defend itself or its allies.
September 24, 2017 – The Trump administration unveils a third version of the travel ban,placing restrictions on travel by certain foreigners from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. (Chad is later removed after meeting security requirements.) One day before the revised ban is set to take effect, it is blocked nationwide by a federal judge in Hawaii. A judge in Maryland issues a similar ruling.
December 6, 2017 – Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announces plans to relocate the US Embassy there.
January 11, 2018 – During a White House meeting on immigration reform, Trump reportedly refers to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries.” He reportedly says that the United States should get more people from countries like Norway.
January 12, 2018 – The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump had an alleged affair with a porn star named Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels. The newspaper states that Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, arranged a $130,000 payment for a nondisclosure agreement weeks before Election Day in 2016. Cohen denies that Trump had a relationship with Clifford.
March 13, 2018 – Trump announces in a tweet that he has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and will nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo as Tillerson’s replacement.
March 20, 2018 – A New York Supreme Court judge rules that a defamation lawsuit against Trump can move forward, ruling against a July 2017 motion to dismiss filed by Trump’s lawyers. The lawsuit, filed by Summer Zervos, a former “Apprentice” contestant, is related to sexual assault allegations.
April 9, 2018 – The FBI raids Cohen’s office, home and a hotel room where he’d been staying while his house was renovated. The raid is related to a federal investigation of possible fraud and campaign finance violations.
May 7, 2018 – The Trump administration announces a “zero tolerance” policy for illegal border crossings. Sessions says that individuals who violate immigration law will be criminally prosecuted and warns that parents could be separated from children.
May 8, 2018 – Trump announces that the United States is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. “This was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made,” he says in remarks that, at times, misrepresent the international agreement’s provisions.
June 8-9, 2018 – Before leaving for the G7 summit in Quebec City, Trump tells reporters that Russia should be reinstated in the group. The annexation of Crimea in 2014 led to Russia’s suspension. After leaving the summit, Trump tweets that he will not endorse the traditional G7 communique issued at the end of the meeting. The President singles out Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for making “false statements” at a news conference.
June 12, 2018 – Trump meets Kim in person for the first time during a summit in Singapore. They sign a four-point statement that broadly outlines the countries’ commitment to a peace process. The statement contains a pledge by North Korea to “work towards” complete denuclearization but the agreement does not detail how the international community will verify that Kim is ending his nuclear program.
July 16, 2018 – During a joint news conference with Putin in Helsinki, Trump declines to endorse the US government’s assessment that Russia interfered in the election, saying he doesn’t “see any reason why” Russia would be responsible. The next day, Trump clarifies his remark, “The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.” He says he accepts the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the election but adds, “It could be other people also.”
August 21, 2018 – Cohen pleads guilty to eight federal charges, including two campaign finance violations. In court, he says that he orchestrated payments to silence women “in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office.” On the same day, Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort is convicted on eight counts of federal financial crimes. On December 12 Michael Cohen is sentenced to three years in prison.
September 5, 2018 – The New York Times publishes an op-ed by an anonymous Trump administration official who claims that there is an ongoing effort to thwart the president’s worst impulses. Trump says the person who wrote the piece is “gutless.”
November 20, 2018 – Releases a statement backing Saudi Arabia in the wake of the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Virginia resident, killed in October at a Saudi consulate in Turkey. Khashoggi was a frequent critic of the Saudi regime. The Saudis initially denied any knowledge of his death, but then later said a group of rogue operators were responsible for his killing. US officials have speculated that such a mission, including the 15 men sent from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to murder him, could not have been carried out without the authorization of Saudi leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
December 18, 2018 – The Donald J. Trump Foundation agrees to dissolve according to a document filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. The agreement allows the New York attorney general’s office to review the recipients of the charity’s assets.
This is an on going investigative report. Please help me tally the positive versus negative actions and add any missing facts in the comments section so I can add them to this story.

Here is a list of GREEN companies or Organizations to help  our readers gather information about them. Please add to this list by leaving comments.

Updated: 1/2018

Resources:

http://green.yahoo.com/

TreeHugger.com

http://newdream.org/

http://earthshare.org/

 

FOOD:

http://www.garden.org/seedswap/

http://www.homegrown.org/

http://www.almanac.com/forums/seed-swap

 

Solar:

Jehu Garcia (Best YouTube Videos)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcMfCkN1juSa49DJFYltOTw

 

Solar Panel Deals:

Flexible – http://j35.us/136wFlexSolarPanl  $159/ 136w

Framed – http://j35.us/100w-100-solar  $110/100w

 

Power Pack Battery Deals: http://mailchi.mp/jag35/december-lithium-batteries

NCR18650B – $16 per 100w of power storage. Most efficient & close to the best price available. BUT SHIPPING & WIRING VARIES ON QUANTITY and the unit available.

Tesla 3kw Module: ($25 per 100w) $750 /ea. unit. Full power pack WITH A COOLING SYSTEM. No extra wiring needed to save time for near the same cost of purchasing smaller units and connecting them together.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/252144461952?rmvSB=true

Battery Management System (BMS) Deals: http://j35.us/Batrium

Battery Maintenance Chargers: http://j35.us/Elcon-5Kw-Charger

 

Plumbing (Composting Toilets)

Consider an incinerating toilet by Incinolet!
https://incinolet.com/product-category/toilets/

 

 

Ecoglo

photoluminescent lighting

http://www.us.ecoglo.com/emergency-lighting-products/

 

Momentum Textiles – NON PVC Fabrics!

https://www.themomgroup.com/momtex.html

PLA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polylactic_acid

 

 

Green Autos:

Electric:

Better Place Cars – http://www.betterplace.com/

 

 

NEBRASKA

building

Lincoln Green Building Group.com ~ Joyce Coppinger ; Straw Building Consulting and Green Activist. Joyce provides some of the best email updates in our circle.

Here is the link to the current newsletter from the Nebraska Materials
Exchange. www.knb.org/exchange_link.html

If you are looking for some type of material for construction, plumbing,
arts and crafts, yard or garden project, all types of purposes and uses, you
can list the items with the Nebraska Materials Exchange. They give you a
code and people who search their database can contact you directly to tell
you more about the materials they have listed, and you can negotiate with
the owner if you’re interested. You have to go to them to pick up the
materials in most cases.

It’s a great service of Keep Nebraska Beautiful. KNB is supported primarily
by grants and provides one of the first and best recycling/reuse operations
in the state.

energy

Nebraska Green Fuels Coop / NebraskaGreenFuels.com ~ Northeast Nebraska ; Franchise movement to train people how to produce their own BioDiesel and provide fuel (natural gas, electric, hydrogen, ethanol, diesel) distribution stations using gas station store fronts. Tim Frentz co-Founder (tfrentz@hotmail.com)

JPL Energy / JPL-Energy.com ~ (Joe) Omaha (Turbines and uncommon products)

Reviews :

Tim Frentz (NGFC)

“I use a hydrogen car power unit in my van and a 320w wind turbine from JPL. It is too early to provide result reviews but the sales and delivery process was excellent. the hydrogen units out perform comparable models. Joe can help consult on several other renewable solutions like thermal water heat and solar lighting.”

PRAMAC ~ Kearney (RevolutionAir Turbine)

J.D. McClary Fnd. 2008

Nebraska Energy ~ Kearney (Ed Toribo) ;

Reviews:

Tim Frentz (NGFC)

“Ed has a good personality and distributes a monthly newsletter to keep the public educated. I have not done business with him but I have attended some of his seminars and I recommend you consult with him.”

National Renewable Energy Lab ~ (Winds For Shools Program and Wind Power for America) Dan McGuire

Nebraska Power / ~ Solar Power in Grand Island ; Providing Solar Powered Well Pumps for Livestock ; John Niedfelt

Nebraska Renewable Energy Systems / NeRenew.com~ (Company is building a 501c3 division for operating seminars called Nebraska Renewable Energy Association ; A 6k sq. ft. warehouse for Algae Oil creation, bioDiesel refinery and Seed Press Machinery ; A off grid farm to display renewable solutions including a methane digester and (CSA) Community Serviced Ag based growing center with orchards, honey, meats and vegetables. Robert Byrnes Owner

Testimonials / Reviews:

Tim Frentz – (2008 volunteer and current NE Green Fuels Coop Partner)

“Byrnes is 99% business. People from his past have done things like use his contacts to underbid him on jobs or take his training and compete directly with his service offerings.  I recommend you keep relations strictly professional because he is easily offended from these past experiences. His knowledge and ability to install solutions is high. My experience with Byrnes was as a volunteer worker and partner. When I could no longer afford to work for free, Byrnes’ became rude and harsh with me. I was instructed to sever all ties. I loaned equipment to the cause and was denied access to recover my property. Items were placed in a driveway and I was not allowed to search the property for left out items. I invested in a 15% ownership of the Green Fuels Coop and have been requested to move forward as a silent partner or sell back my shares. I am left out of company correspondence and Byrnes refers to my loaned office equipment as permanently property of the Coop. Proceed with caution!

Allen Fleischman – Tekamah, NE  Solar Farm

Ho-Chunk Community Development Corp. – Winnebago Install

ANTI Green Groups:

http://kochindustriesfacts.com/ (Wichita KS)

Koch supports groups that oppose Climate Change and tries to convince their employees through company communications ($48 million contributed as of 11/2010) ; 300 separate oil spills totaling over 3 million gallons ; release more then 33 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the air annually ; hosts a retreat for the rich and powerful to discuss how to keep the distance between them and the middle class and many more sad causes against humanity.

Boycott the following brands: Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, Sparkle® , Soft ‘n Gentle®, Mardi Gras®, Vanity Fair®, and the Dixie® brand of tabletop products. The company’s leading European brands include Lotus®, Colhogar®, Delica®, Tenderly® and the Demak’Up®

http://www.kochind.com/IndustryAreas/forestry.aspx

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*This is such a detailed description of life at Spiritual eco communities like Standing Rock, that I just had to re-post it.

In only a few months, a small encampment of a few Lakota people dedicated to protecting the Missouri River from the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) became the center of international attention, swelled to house up to 14,000 people at its peak in early December 2016, and was supported entirely by volunteers and countless donations of both money and goods.

Many people from around the US and beyond traveled to North Dakota to support this fight for indigenous sovereignty, treaty rights, and environmental justice. Residents of the resistance camps existed within a capitalism-free zone, where nothing was for sale and everything from delicious meals to winter camping gear to expert medical care was available for free.

I first visited Standing Rock in early November 2016, and returned to spend five weeks in late December and January volunteering as a white ally to the indigenous “Water Protectors.” I spent my days splitting firewood, cooking meals, installing woodstoves, doing small carpentry projects, shoveling snow, sharpening chainsaws, doing dishes, and—on one rare occasion—livestreaming footage of police violence from the frontlines. During both visits I lived at Oceti Sakowin Camp, the largest of the three Water Protector camps and the location closest to the front lines of the fight against the pipeline. Oceti Sakowin is made up of many smaller camps organized by tribal group and other themes, and I quickly found a home at Two Spirit Nation, a community of two-spirit, queer, and transgender Water Protectors from many different indigenous nations, as well as their non-indigenous allies.

Most of my observations here will center on the deep winter weeks at Oceti Sakowin Camp, when nighttime temperatures regularly hit -25 degrees Fahrenheit, daytime temperatures sometimes failed to creep above zero, and cold winds whipped the open plain. The gift economies of direct action camps and festivals are easier to fathom in warm months, but during this period we all depended on the gift economy for our daily survival in a very real way. It’s notable that as of my departure in late January, not one person had died at the camps—compare this to large urban centers in cold states that see regular deaths from hypothermia among the houseless population under similar conditions.

Lin Migiziikwe Gokee-Rindal, an Anishinaabe Water Protector, was impressed with the collaborative culture at the camps. She reflects that she was “touched and inspired by the ways in which the people showed up for each other and how people in close proximity quickly became family. In harsh conditions and under extreme circumstances, a culture of mutual aid and a framework of traditional Lakota values…led to a thriving and close-knit community.”

What did this gift economy provide for us?

Housing. The winterized camp consisted of many army tents, wall tents, tipis, yurts, and a few tiny houses and RVs. Nearly all were heated with woodstoves, sometimes supplemented with small propane heaters. Most people slept on cots padded with several sleeping pads. You had to know someone at camp to get housing easily, but in an emergency you could spend one night in the warming tent maintained 24 hours a day near the Medic station. Arctic sleeping bags and endless piles of blankets were readily available for free if you hadn’t been able to bring your own. Residents in each structure took turns stoking the woodstove throughout the night.

Food. Some camps had their own kitchens that would cook two or three meals a day, but there were also several public kitchens in the camp that would feed anyone who walked in their doors looking for food. All the kitchens were staffed entirely by volunteers and stocked with donated ingredients. Meat is a staple of the Lakota diet, and I ate many meals of deer, buffalo, and elk meat donated by local hunters and ranchers. Sometimes we’d get a chance to eat Indian Frybread Tacos and other local specialties. At Two Spirit Nation, we had two sizable tents full of canned goods, granola bars, butter and cheese, pasta and crackers, tea and hot cocoa, meat and fish, and endless boxes of winter squash and root vegetables. Much of it was from organic farmers from Maine to Oregon, who had donated their extra crops to support the cause. Even in late January we still had enough food to feed our 15-person camp for another few months…or at least until the first real thaw, when all the frozen meat and produce would go bad.

Water. When it never gets above freezing, liquid water becomes a commodity. A heated water truck would make the rounds of camp most days, and small groups with access to a car would fill up five-gallon jugs offsite. The trick was keeping them unfrozen, so we usually kept them in the living spaces, which we heated around the clock with woodstoves. Melted snow was used only for dishwater, since persistent rumors circulated about harmful chemicals being sprayed in the atmosphere over our camps (as of this writing, there is no reliable scientific evidence to support this).

Sanitation. Oceti Sakowin Camp boasted two composting toilet tents. Each large army tent contained 15 stalls, with two attendants supervising them 24 hours a day. The attendants kept the tent heated with a woodstove, and changed the compost bags when the bucket in a stall got close to being full of sawdust, toilet paper, and human waste. One side of each tent was reserved for “Moon Stalls” where tampons, pads, and baby wipes were always available in each stall. The toilet system was one of the most organized parts of the camp, although exactly where our compost was going to go after it left camp in those nice biodegradable bags remained somewhat mysterious.

Security and Fire Response. An indigenous security team equipped with two-way radios monitored the two gates of camp 24 hours a day, and did patrols around camp. A second Women’s Security team was formed in response to several assaults at the camp, and maintained a safe housing space for women and two-spirit people. Three or four times during my stay, we woke in the middle of the night to people yelling “FIRE!” and rushed to the scene of a blazing tipi or shack, probably set afire by poor woodstove management. While these fires were too far along for our small fire extinguishers to make a difference, there was usually a person in full firefighter gear present who could probably have rescued anyone stuck inside. While the victims of these fires generally lost everything, they could easily get a new set of winter clothes and a new arctic sleeping bag from the donations available in camp.

Medical Care. The Medic Wellness Area boasted winterized yurts and tipis for doctors and street medics, herbalists, bodyworkers and acupuncturists, midwives, and mental health workers. All these services were available at no charge. A licensed doctor was usually on duty in the medical yurt, and there were free-for-the-taking stations for herbal tea, fire cider, basic medical supplies, hygiene items, and condoms. At the time when I departed, three healthy babies had been delivered at camp, and the medics had handled countless front-line injuries from rubber bullets, chemical weapons, concussion grenades, and water cannons.

Fuel and Firewood. Firewood was consistently the most sought-after commodity in camp. Somehow regular deliveries of whole logs consistently showed up, and each camp would send a few people with a chainsaw and truck or sled to get wood for the day. The general rule was to cut enough wood for your camp, and then cut some more and leave it for people who didn’t have a chainsaw. We all split the wood back at camp, and took turns stocking all the heated structures for the day. Every Saturday a propane truck arrived and filled our empty canisters with fuel for cooking and heating. I suspect these deliveries were paid for out of larger donation funds administered by Oceti Sakowin Camp or the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Winter Gear. Endless bags of donated clothing and bedding arrived at Standing Rock during October, November, and December. Much of it was unsuitable for arctic conditions, but there was enough high-quality gear to outfit the winter crew of Water Protectors (about 600 people) several times over. Anyone could visit the donation tents at any time and take anything they wanted.

Tools. Each smaller camp had an assortment of tools, and there was also a large construction building that would loan out any power tool you could think of as long as you left your ID with them as collateral. They provided everything from electric drills to ladders to chainsaws to a sewing machine. They also had 2x4s, particle board, and screws that you could ask for, and they’d give you what you needed if you could show them a sensible construction plan and materials list.

Spiritual Leadership and Ceremony. There were a few heated gathering spaces of different sizes that hosted everything from daily prayer circles to a huge Christmas Eve dinner with traditional singing and drumming. There were also several sweat lodges that any indigenous spiritual leader could use for the traditional Lakota Inipi ceremony of prayer, healing, and purification.

Use Your Imagination… The abundance of physical donations led to a lot of things being creatively repurposed. My buddy and I cut up donated sweatshirts to make crocheted rugs for the living spaces, and unraveled donated sweaters to produce yarn to knit extra-warm wool underwear. I pulled from the scrap pile outside the construction building to build shelves in our living space, and countless donated blankets were used to seal out the draught in winterized tipis. Whatever you needed, there was probably a way to make it with the tools and materials available at camp.

The gift economy at Standing Rock manifested itself according to the principles of indigenous culture. The Lakota people name generosity and compassion as two of their core values, and I saw those values in action every day. Much of the system depended on each group taking just enough for their own short-term needs, and leaving the rest for others. At home my instinct is to stockpile what I need for my own survival (two years’ supply of dry firewood, etc.), but that sort of strategy has its roots in the questionable idea that individual survival is possible without collective survival. In the capitalist economy of mainstream culture, it’s common for one household to thrive while an adjacent one is struggling to meet its basic needs. Houseless people freeze to death huddled next to spacious and luxuriously heated buildings inhabited by more “successful” folks.

In contrast, at Standing Rock we defined success as our collective survival. Therefore we took just the firewood that we needed, checked on the elders every day, brought food and coffee from our kitchen to the compost toilet attendants, and helped anyone who asked us for assistance. This culture of abundance seemed logical and easy in a situation where our needs for survival were simple and a steady flow of money and donated goods was pouring in all the time. I couldn’t help but wonder what it would take to create a steady-state gift economy, which could exist without these flows from the outside capitalist world.

When I finally left Standing Rock my friend and I stopped at a co-op food store in Minneapolis to obtain some much-dreamed-of fresh vegetables to munch on. It was such a shock to be asked to pay for food again. It made me wonder what it would take for our larger society to turn its ship around and set a course for a more generous and compassionate form of economy. It seems that these values arise in us spontaneously when a natural disaster hits and we are suddenly in a survival situation, such as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans or Hurricane Sandy in New York City. The rest of the time, our whole economy depends on a me-first, get-ahead value system based on competition and survival of the fittest (or, in a rigged system like ours, the most privileged). When luxuries and conveniences become symbols of status, we tend to become self-serving.

When people become passionate enough about collective survival, luxuries and conveniences lose their appeal. How can we help each other prioritize our collective well-being? How can we encourage ourselves to expand our definition of “the collective” to include the Lakota concept of “all my relations”: the four-leggeds, the winged ones, the stone people, the star people? When we listen to the prayers of indigenous people and orient our values in this ancient way, the path to a truly sustainable gift economy can unfold before us.

For further reading on pre-colonization economic history and gift economy theory, see The Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein.

Murphy Robinson is a wilderness guide, hunting instructor, and founder of Mountainsong Expeditions in Vermont. She lives in a Tiny House on a community organic farm in the mountains. You can contact her through her website, www.mountainsongexpeditions.com.