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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! 

 

You can also view more previews at Google Play Store & Google Books – https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=eSasDwAAQBAJ&hl=en&pg=GBS.PP1

 

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

 

 

 

 

I have been doing construction ever since my father let me use his tools. Over all these years I have put many different types of construction gloves to the test. I have been wanting to record my notes on all the different gloves for a very long time and I am finally taking a few moments to put this blog together.

I hope all of this information is helpful to those of you still reading. There are a lot of cheap gloves available and I have given most of them a chance. It is time I start giving the more expensive brands a chance to compete.

I am looking to try some gloves from CRL and Deluth Trading Co. to add to this test group soon. IF anyone reading this has connections to higher quality glove brand sellers or manufacturers and would like to submit some gloves for review, please send me a message.

Lets get started with a few options from Dollar General.

This leather model at Dollar general is soft and can handle rough material for about 14 hours before wearing through on the most used finger tips. It is common to find poorly stitched seams. It is also common for some of the fingers to be poorly sized. Make sure you try them on before purchase.

 

This synthetic option at Dollar General looks and feels very comfortable. I really had high hopes that the material would last a long time but if practically disintegrated the instant any rough material scrapes it. I’m going to soak it in waterproofing Mink oil next chance I get to see if that will slow down the deterioration.

 

 

This pair from Family Dollar has good stitching and a comfortable insulate liner. It also has reinforced knuckles and velcro wrist. Unfortunately the palm material is very thin and does not last more than about 20 hours of hard use.

 

I don’t like promoting Harbor Freight because the majority of their products come from China but here is a look at some of the gloves they offer. The stitching is improved from the Dollar store products and the leather lasts closer to 40 hours. I often find that the stitching fails before the leather wares thin.

 

Lowes has a few good options. I plan on adding more to this review as I have a chance to test them. The first pair I have tested is the low end priced Blue Hawk. The material lasts about 30 hours but the stitching fails in several places.

Lowes Blue Hawk

$16 IronClad High Utility Durable – https://amzn.to/2tUvqQQ

I have been using this glove for a few weeks and I’m pleased so far with the durability. The trade off however, is the comfort. The thicker material causes a bit of discomfort in the palm and gripping smaller items is more challenging. IronClad packages their gloves with a nice sticker to help increase their brand awareness. They also attach a durable information tag which fully describes all the features of each model.

IronClad Heavy gloves IronClad durable

 

 

CRL & Duluth Trading Co. products coming soon.

$35 CRL – https://amzn.to/2Tha0IG

CRL

$22 IronClad Ranch – https://amzn.to/2FDwADd

IronClad Ranch

$20 IronClad Command Utility Touch – https://amzn.to/2sgQwZv

IronClad Command

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Students need to study the program. Disconnect from the digital surroundings and focus on the knowledge. Question the answers. Discover the true way of the world majority by placing distance between the bias of the system and reality.

 

The countries that are perceived as “First World” ie. developed by capitalism, have ballooned out of control. These countries have become a diseased plague, long consuming every natural resource in their path. Multiplying human inhabitants beyond the point of resource equilibrium. Producing, using and discarding non degradable materials to the point that they cover the ground in place of the plants of past.
Want & desire over power reason for the less enlightened. Convinced there is a need to barter for more of the very things that are making the Earth sick. More materials for construction and manufacturing. More businesses, clothing, more food options, more electronic gadgets, technology, more appliances, more energy, shoes, jewelry, more money, more more more….. CRAP.

Enlightened reason concludes that less CRAP and more repurposing, reusing & recycling will reverse the plague. The reality however is that the majority will continue to produce beyond the rate of the enlightened reduce sending the wealthiest to the hidden corners of the earth and beyond. The working class will continue to live in the rat race surrounded by the plagues pollution and cancerous diseases while the elite expand the new civilization in space.

Stop your excessive spending on wasteful products and divert it to help reverse the damage before you no longer have the ability. Educate yourself, grow your own food, harness your energy, collect your water, make your own products and generate your wealth while you still can.

RYOBI 40v TRIMMER review

 

Below is a link to the video review. This blog lists additional feedback that I may have added after making the video.

 

 

The main things to mention on this trimmer include:

1.)Models with the motor in the handle will last longer. The ground end with the trimmer spool receives most of the movement and banging and thus is more receptive of ware and tare. Moving the motor to the handle minimizes the amount of this ware to the motor so it will last longer.

The negative points of interest with the motor on the handle include the fact that the motor gets hot and it is located where your forearm will contact it. Another negative is that there is a delayed response from the trigger because the torque takes longer to travel from the motor down the driveshaft to the spindle.

2.) I like the comfort of the double trigger with attatched safety. The older models required a top safety to be pressed down while pulling up on the throttle trigger.

3.) The hardware clasps for the string guard and the handle are a much improved design. They allow a quicker disassembly.

4.) The quick exchange driveshaft is perfect for splitting the unit in half for transport.

5.) The battery life has lasted a little longer and the RPMs have increased from the previous double string model. The RPMs actually seem to be about the same at full battery as the single string model.

6.) I think the newest charger design is the best possible. Instead of making a huge base to set the battery on top of, Ryobi has finally discovered that is it better to design a tiny charger that sits on top of the battery. As a bonus, they added a USB charging port. You can fit this charger in your pocket!

*I will update more on this review as testing increases.

 

I have compiled video to go with this blog. View it here:   https://youtu.be/1T69qjxgcxU

I’ve been following renewable energy trends for 20 years. Products and prices are always changing so I am creating this blog source to help organize everything in one source.

I’m always spending time looking for different schematics and the best prices for products and I want to help everyone save time on their searches as well.

Please comment below and help contribute to the search for the best relative information.

 

FIRST, we need to divide the schematics by category.

  • Small Range Solar Only
  • Small Range Wind ONLY
  • Small Range Solar & Wind Combined
  • RV travel OFF Grid
  • Mid Range System with EV charging

 

Here are the best sources I found to gather the following information.

SOURCES

TechDirectClub.com – Parts Supplier & 48 volt video guides.

YouTube – AverAge Joe – Jehu Garcia – Will Prowse – Jay Summet

Mobile-SolarPower.com has great videos and diagrams.

Forum: BuggiesGoneWild & TechLuck

Dan Fink info@otherpower.com

Ed Toribio Kearney Wind (Nebraska Green Energy)

CFRA cfra.org/clean-energy

057Tech.com/Solar (Amazing details on a HOME Tesla Module power station)  186kwH STORAGE!!!

 

 

 

POWERWALL (24v or 48v)

24 VOLT OPTIONS  (12 volt is a waste of time. Don’t even consider it.)

https://www.mobile-solarpower.com/2000-watt-24v-solar-system.html

https://www.mobile-solarpower.com/tesla-solar-battery-diy.html

 

Here is the start up cost of my system.

$200 (2) 100 watt solar panels in 24 volt

$100 Solar panel mounting hardware & wiring

$200 40A Tracer BN4215 Charge Controller

$600 3.5kwH 7S Leaf Modules plus accessories ($70 per module @ 500w each)  $140 per 1kwH

$58 Victron battery Protect

$228 2.5/5k RELIABLE Pure Sine 24v Inverter

$75 300w used Grid Tie Inverter

$20 misc wiring & hardware

$$1500ish   TOTAL!!!

 

 

SOLAR PANELS (Great info sites include Energy Informative.org and AltE Store.com)

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Buy on Amazon or Local (Texas GoTreePower.com) – Target Price is .85 per Watt

Amazon has….

$100 – HQST 100W 12v Mono 42×20″ 17lbs. AND 24v 270w mono $265 ; 300w $325

eBay has…

$200 – Fred180v 200w +25% 12v Mono 59×27″

$123 – RenewTopSolar 160w 12v Mono 58×26″

$20 10awg Cables 10ft. Red/Blk w/ M4 connectors – Amazon ($16 on eBay)

$16 8 z Brackets with bolts – Amazon

$12 double cable ABS box for roof penetration

$4 /ea. MC4 Y connectors

$25 – 10ft. Super Strut Rail & strut nuts & bolts

 

-Charge Controllers

$283 60A MPPT PCM60x Maximum Solar Taiwan – w/ Monitoring Software

$199 40A MPPT Tracer 4215BN w/ Meter.

If you wish to use this controller to charge exotic/strange voltage lithium battery banks (such as a tesla/nissan leaf battery), you can change the charge controller parameters manually with the mt-50:

  1. Go to the main menu and select “4. Control Para.”. In this menu, use the arrow keys to navigate around and see the current charge profile parameters. You need to arrow up first and start changing your settings with the lowest voltage setting which is “Discharge Limit”. If you do not do this you will get “PARA ERROR” messages.
  2. If you want to change a parameter, hold down the “ok” button. If it asks for a password input, leave it blank and hold down “ok”. You will see the number flash, and you can use the arrows to change the parameter.
  3. When you are done editing the parameter, press “ok” and it will ask you to save the settings. Press “ok” again. You need to repeat this process every time you change parameters on a screen (so you can only edit two parameters at a time).
  4. When you are done editing, use the navigation arrows to ensure that all changes have been saved.
  5. Connect your system to solar power and watch the charge voltage. If it charges up to the charge limit voltage that you programmed, you are good to go.

 

-Batteries  

Sources: kit.com/Jehu/ – BatteryHookups.com – TechDirectClub.com – EVwest

Jay Summet playlist – https://youtu.be/J1rrgxM9Nn8

Side Project – https://youtu.be/bAv2QZdqc5s

Great video source is DIY Solar w/ Will Prowse. He has several video’s that explain the details of using a Tesla Battery in a DIY application.

$490 (shipped) [Quantity of 7 Nissan Leaf modules] 57aH 3.4kwH 330 cells @ Tech Direct Club in L.A. CA ($70 per 500wH) [est. $140 per 1kwH]

$1150 (pickup) 250aH 5.2kwH 444 cells @ HSR Motors in NC

*Tesla Modules require a BMS board conversion. Look at HSR Motors for details.

 

JeHu Battery Solution Kit (est $572 per 1kwH)

$1000+ for 1.75kwH ($3 per cell + wrap, $72 box, $200 for 25 board kits, $50 BMS, $? state of charge board, +$$$ misc plus labor)

 

Nissan Leaf 24v Series of Videos – YouTube Jay Summet

 

Nissan Leaf 24v Configuration by youTube Side Project

https://youtu.be/bAv2QZdqc5s

 

This is what I choose.

My 24v setup with Tracer Controller, Victron BP, MT50 control

My 24v setup with Tracer Controller, Victron BP, MT50 control

 

Here are most of the items I ordered pre installation.

Here are most of the items I ordered pre installation.

$490 Leaf G2 bundle – $70 /ea. module x 7 from Tech Direct Club  [est $140 per 1kwH]

  • These Leaf batteries have a smaller variance of useful voltage but if you balance your energy input with your consumption, that will not be a big factor. For my initial tests, I only have 2 [100 watt] Mono Solar panels bringing in an average of 30 volts of charge which results in .1 of a volt of storage being added to the battery bank PER HOUR with 0 draw on it.
  • On the consumption end, I have my office equipment drawing .25 volts per hour. So if I want to be off grid completely this helps give me a more accurate idea of how much more input to add to the system.

$60 BMS full kit (circuit board, BMS, quick disconnect w/ 16″ cables, hardware) [NO VIDEO’s Showing how to customize this for 6s 24v yet but I got it just in case something is posted or in case I decide to up the system to 48v with 7s.]

$30 LCD display (NOT NEEDED) It is not color and the function buttons are hidden behind the casing so I am returning it and installing a simple $14 DROKing.com monitor in the slot.

$25 Side Panel Controller Box for BMS & Display

$30 Screws, bus bars, cables, bolts

$15 All thread bars

$0 salvaged wood for frame and handles

$0 TAX $0 SHIPPING +$30 discount coupon!

 

 

 

OTHER OPTIONS I CONSIDERED

-Power Out Inverter

*$80 24v/12v 1.5/3k Pure CHANGI

*$135 24v 2/4k Pure CHANGI via BangGood (1 universal outlet w/ multi function display)

$989 ALL IN ONE – Inverter/Charger/Grid Tie 600 watt Sigineer APC6048D 24v

$126 24v 1k/2k GIANDEL Pure Sine outlet power inverter w/ Remote on eBay *open box

$298 24v 2.2/4k GIANDEL Pure on Amazon

$228 24v 2.5/5k RELIABLE Pure Sine on eBay *live auctions

$196 24v 2.5/5k Bang Good

 

-Grid Tie Inverter

$100 Bang Good 600w Pure Sine  ($89 on Amazon) 12v/24v variable

$115 600w Pure Sine on Amazon

 

 

48 VOLT OPTIONS

Sources: beginningfromthismorning.com – TechDirectClub youTube

 

Charge Controller

$283 60A MPPT PCM60x w/ Monitoring Software Maximum Solar Taiwan

 

Batteries  48v

Nissan Leaf Setup (Guided by Tech Direct Club)

$650 FOR the G1 65% LIFE UNIT ASSEMBLED plus $100 SHIPPING or

$799 FOR the G2 75% LIFE UNIT ASSEMBLED plus $100 SHIPPING or

$490 for just 7 Modules 3.5kwH via Tech Direct ($70 per 500w module)

$20 BMS Board

$30 BMS Display

$8 rubber feet ($2 each)

$20 All thread .25 x 120 SAE 20 inch (4 bars @ $5/ea.)

$5 Rubber Terminal Boots – Amazon

$salvage Plywood Base, bolts & rope handles

 

Inverters

$212 KR Power 48v 2/4k Pure

 

WIND ONLY SYSTEM  (Currently researching!)

 

REVIEWS:

Top Rated Global Turbines – http://www.bettergeneration.co.uk/wind-turbine-reviews.html

Wind Turbine Parts List

-1kw Bergey Excel $1150

-800w Turbine  ? no source yet

-600w Turbine ? no source yet

-400w Wind Blue $580 http://www.windbluepower.com/Breeze_High_Wind_Generator_Kit_p/cy-high-kit.htm

Primus Air30 $880 from http://tinyurl.com/kjl5c5g

http://tinyurl.com/peegqu5

*Kill switch ($10 Radio shack), rectifier ($10) and Fuse Circuit 12v50A Breaker ($5) included with most turbines

http://tinyurl.com/nplmcwr

 

* I recommend  YouTube: AverAge Joe

 

-Tower

SALVAGE VALUE  (I recommend getting an old tv tower from nearby for $75ish) I currently use 2 inch round pipe with support fasteners attached to my 2 story deck framing.

 

-Stop Switch

$128 eBay: StellaVolta (Can be auto triggered by the auxiliary function on some charge controllers. *Not the Tracer Series unfortunately)

$2 – 30A Inline Fuse

$10 – 4 fuse Holder Box

 

-Charge Controller

$199 40A MPPT Tracer 4215BN w/ Meter.  This controller has great reviews for smaller applications. The MNF rep does not recommend it for Tesla Modules at this time. There is no auxiliary feature to program the Wind Turbine stop switch remotely or automatically.

From eBay: DomiTronic

 

-Power Out Inverter

$50-150 12v basic 1kw/2kw

 

-Grid Tie Power Inverter

 

 

-Wiring

$40 – misc wiring – Wire and Connectors (MC4 connectors $1/ea. ; 6g $.89/ft ; 8g $.68/ft)

http://www.freesunpower.com/wires_cables.php

 

Vertical Axis Turbine vs. Horizontal

Compare here: http://barnardonwind.com/2013/02/23/why-arent-vertical-axis-wind-turbines-more-popular/

 

SMALL RANGE SOLAR & WIND (still researching)

WindSolar Schematic

REC VEHICLE TRAVEL OFF GRID

(Research in progress)

YouTuber – DIY Solar Power with Will Prowse is great for RV and Tiny Home Applications

 

OTHER PRODUCTS TO CONSIDER

$199 40A MPPT Tracer 4215BN w/ Meter.  This controller has great reviews for smaller applications. The MNF rep does not recommend it for Tesla Modules at this time.  Buy from eBay: DomiTronic

If you wish to use this controller to charge exotic/strange voltage lithium battery banks (such as a tesla/nissan leaf battery), you can change the charge controller parameters manually with the mt-50:

 

SOURCES

EV West is great for Electric Vehicle Focus but they also share their Solar Powered PowerWall Schematics.

https://www.evwest.com/catalog/schematics.php

 

YouTuber – DIY Solar Power with Will Prowse is great for RV and Tiny Home Applications

057Tech.com/Solar (Amazing details on a HOME Tesla Module power station)  186kwH STORAGE!!!

 

 

 

MID RANGE GRID TIE w/ EV Charging

 

POWER WALL

I have not done a project of this scale yet so I do not have detailed notes but I am providing the schematic to benefit anyone looking for this setup.

The EV West YouTube Videos show some great details on this setup.

https://www.youtube.com/user/evwestdotcom/videos

 

INDEPENDENT SOLAR HOT WATER SOLUTION

$290+ TechLuck.com Water heater controller

 

 

1/23/19 – On my way to volunteer at PCB / Mexico Beach Florida with sponsor Dehning Enterprises (Ryan Dehning). If you have any remodeling needs in the Lincoln Nebraska area please look up Dehning.  😉

pcb funding flyer

 

1/24 – I spent the day researching what is really going on behind the media cover up in the disaster areas.

Here are the links of the day.

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1894395817265015?view=permalink&id=2027406497297279

https://www.technologyprofitfilter.com/blog/new-year-new-perspective

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/24/687729891/struggling-here-with-just-living-in-the-aftermath-of-hurricane-michael?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20190124

https://www.wjhg.com/content/news/About-11000-volunteers-from-southeastern-states-assist-in-Hurricane-Michael-recovery-process-through-Helping-Hands-program-499599081.html

ChipleyPaper.com

https://m.facebook.com/groups/694808767556389?view=permalink&id=757950227908909

 

In summary,  i’m discovering that USDA issued checks for repairs but they can not be cashed until the government shut down opens the USDA offices.

 

FEMA issued $425 checks (1x only) for emergency food and utility bills. They also provided labor forces to install tarps over as many damaged roofs as possible but they only last until a strong wind takes them down again. It is the best short term immediate repair at least. There were hundreds of thousands affected by this storm so the few FEMA trailers that were available were dispersed quietly to prevent large scale chaos.

Locals are forced to stay in hotels because they have limited utility service and holes in their roofs. This has driven up the room prices while limiting space for construction workers. At the same time, campgrounds are closed due to damage or the government work shut down so there is limited camping for workers in RVs.

 

Insurance companies are denying a lot of claims citing a flood insurance loop hole and they are setting $15,000!!!! deductables which leave owners without enough money for the actual repairs.

Without places to stay within budget,  there are not enough workers so people have to wait so long that they are just giving up and moving away. I’ve been told people are scheduled 8 months out from a work date!!!

1/25

Today we traveled over the central and eastern disaster areas.

I have explored a lot of natural disaster areas over the years of volunteering but this is the largest storm in US history on a scale of hectares affected. Everywhere in aprox. a 100 mile wide by 300 some mile area north rectangled zone had major infrastructure damage. It is just mind blowing. If you ever watch war films you can visualize the imagery.

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There are a lot of people from the Wewahitchka area sending me information and stories about damage that can not be repaired. There are so many different reasons.

We spent about an hour talking to people at the library where FEMA had a command center set up.

 

We visited two county building commission offices and got liscense applications and packets in order to contract full roof replacements.

By mid day I had not received any leads on qualifying volunteer projects and Ryan was not able to get a liscense until completing an exam which would take at least a week so we decided to head back west tomorrow.

1/26

We spent the day in Biloxi MS and set up a plan to get Ryan’s paper work done so I would be able to update all the people who told us they were interested in our help.

1/27

Heading back to my TX office to regroup at the Hawkins Learning Center!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.
fahrenheit 119
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.
I was recently asked by local media to give some input on the current status of recycling. I know most of my readers like to get updates on GREEN issues so I am sharing my letter with all of you as well.

Here is what I had to say.

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Thank you for asking for my input on the current state of recycling.
I coordinate park cleanups and recycling drives north of Tyler in the surrounding areas north of Tyler State park…
I really encourage you to include an early paragraph in your article that explains that the root of the recycling problems in Texas originate from political candidates driven by funding from those who insist the possible recycling incentives actually be re-directed to other programs that benefit industry growth.  Thus there has never been and may never be any state funding to support and off-set recycling related businesses. Texas may be the only state to never initiate funding for recycling programs at the state level. Thankfully several cities step up and absorb some recycling program related expenses but this is always visible in the tax rates that pay for it.
Despite this main cause, Rivers Recycling in Liberty City pushes forward to provide the areas recycling services even though they barely break even financially.
The City of Tyler does a great job to process recycling and I encourage you to mention where they send their items and some of their financials.
Another key fact in your article should be to mention the global demand shift and the economic trends. It is more efficient and profitable to produce most manufacturing and packaging from new/clean sources than it is to deal with recycled vendors so the majority of purchasing agents for recycled materials represent only companies that have a GREEN Policy where they feel it is their ethical duty to use recycled material sources at a premium cost.
The majority of USA recycling is shipped to international buyers. The largest buyer until 2016 was China.  China has now changed their national policies to discontinue purchasing most American recycling and other products partially in response to the current political cabinet’s trade war tactics. Every recycling facility is now nearly full to capacity and actually sending most of our nations reusable materials off to be incinerated or buried instead.
Their input on how their business model has been affected by all of this would be a crucial inclusion in any article as well.
We must do our part and reduce and reuse above all before recycling. If our articles and media posts do not highlight this need for a paradigm shift in our own habits, we are not doing our duty.
Those who ignore what is happening and refuse to change their buying habits in order to generate far less waste are abruptly destroying life as we know it. The world is being buried in trash more and more every day and the world portrayed in sci-fy films like Wall-E and Idiocracy are proving to become reality much sooner than anticipated.

 

 

I just finished watching this amazing film portrayal of the final year of #Chief #SittingBull through the witness of #CatherineWeldon called #WomanWalksAhead https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woman_Walks_Ahead
My ancestors were some of the pioneers invading Lakota land and my bloodline may not have directly harmed a native soul but as a collective of asylum seekers fleeing one thing or another, they failed to cohabitate in peace. #NativeAmerican as well as all #human #rights will always be one of my highest priorities along my path of philanthropy. I can not hide from the shame of our pioneer’s violence but I can dedicate my life towards making things right.
Sitting Bull was a hero who tried to use peaceful negotiations to protect his civilization from repeated invasion and atrocity fueled by greed. He did not deserve to be murdered while in the restraint of the Standing Rock reservation.
Learn from our history. Remember that unless you are of Native decent, perhaps your elders once were asylum seekers. It is a never ending cycle. Your family was probably at one time seeking some type of freedom and they were allowed to cross these same borders with open arms.
The earliest of elders failed to settle peacefully but over generations we have improved. Now it is your turn to be the Native! Are you standing at the border with hate and anger to react violently or are you going to welcome them and work towards peaceful and fair treaties?
IF you feel the current freedom seekers do NOT deserve to enter, then you are in denial and are directly bringing shame onto your ancestors whom wore the very sandals you now wish to turn away.

This month Helping Hands Network founder, Tim Frentz, publicly introduced the Hawkins Texas Learning Center fundraiser to the local community.

The Network set up a booth at the Hawkins Festival and representatives of local media interviewed Frentz to help us spread awareness.

The teaser and one FULL interview was released today on

https://www.facebook.com/empowermentcdc

Hawkins booth promo