Posts Tagged ‘environment’










Responsible water conservation is critical to the survival of the human species on Earth. One of the best detailed posts explaining this can be read here:

This page cites a few great studies on water conservation and the future of our planet for our children.


As population continues to grow and impending global climate change brings new environmental challenges, water demand will also increase in the future. Indeed, research indicates water demand is currently exceeding supply, making conservation efforts crucial if we hope to maintain an adequate water source. Rolston St. Hilaire (2009) of New Mexico State University asserts, “The lack of water has the potential to jeopardize our food supply, disrupt fragile ecosystems, alter alliances among constituents, and threaten our way of life.” [29] Thus, to avoid the possibly catastrophic consequences of squandering our much needed water supply, the public must assume an active role in conservation. Helen Ingram (2009) of University of California-Irvine reports that following extensive studies on local, regional, and global water use, a team of scientists concluded that, “A crucial part of the path to water conservation involves paying close attention to the dimensions and scales that define how people interact with and understand water.”[30]


I lived in a home in 2015 and in this blog I am using the utilities as a case study for supporting factual figures. We had 2 adults and a 7 year old and a 3 year old.

There are aprox. 70 gallons in bath tub’s fill line.
We used half per bath… say 35 with 1.5 baths a day at 30 days …

We used aprox. 1575 gallons a month to bathe.
The Avg shower is 8 min but we took closer to 10 minutes.
We used a low flow 2 gpm (gallon per minute) shower head.

You should get one like these I link here if you do not have one yet.
We took 1.5 showers per day x 30 ….

We used Aprox. 900 rounded up to 1000 gallons per month to shower.

The Avg flush is 5 gal … say we avg 8 flushes a day x 30 …

I highly recommend using a composting toilet where possible. I also encourage you to read about how most of the coastal cultures use SALT WATER sewer systems rather then wasting their fresh drinking water.

Here is a link to some ideas for low flow toilet upgrades.


We use aprox. 1200/month to flush

The Avg hose flow with a spray handle or thumb press
Is 35 gal per minute and we water our garden 2 min day x 30 …

We use aprox. 2100/month to water our food

*if calculating a yearly amount this should be decreased by 25% to account for indoor green house watering during the winter.

We ran our faucets at 20% for aprox 5 min a day
7 gpm x 5 x 30 …

We used aprox 100-200 gallons a month via faucets


IN TOTAL we averaged 4-5000 gallons of water used per month.


In essence: start small. Changing your shower head to a low-flow alternative is a quick and easy way to start on the personal path to water conservation. Federal programs like the EPA’s WaterSense make low-flow shower heads accessible, while new technologies like water aeration devices and screw turbines give low-flow shower heads comparable pressure to the luxury of higher gpm heads. If you are building or remodeling a deluxe new bathroom, top end premium shower heads can meet your spa like needs. On the other hand, if you are attempting to retrofit your home to save money, simple add on kits make updating your shower head a logical, inexpensive option.


In Hawkins Texas, we are billed $11 per 1,000 gallons. How does this compare to your water provider?


During the summer of 2011, I was traveling in a camper van following calls for help. I was focusing on writing a book to document the evolution of our Helping Hands Network ( when I took a break and started a conversation with my camping neighbor about documentaries. My new friend Erin, was very passionate about The Cove and just deserving with the current Tsunami damage surrounding Japan. Not to mention, she was of Japanese descent.

In our conversation I found myself thinking about recent conversations with another friend who worked in a production studio focused on documentaries and within the coming hours I had begun writing this article to organize all the best doc films in a handy reference. I have also included a few films based on real people and events because of their amazing contributions to a society that refuses to promote documentary films on the same level as those brain cell killing blockbuster films.

It was a great break from my serious writing, but now back to work. I hope you all enjoy the wonderful information I have compiled in the write up. Peace and love ~ tf





I practice the traditional ways of my ancestors for most of modern living needs. I mostly only eat what I can grow or obtain for myself. I try to use only hand made, natural, organic items in regards to materialistic industry. I focus on harnessing renewable energy as much as possible and I control the amount of needs by following minimal waste practices. I believe if someone wants to risk mercury poisoning by eating a dolphin or whale, then they should have to go hunt it for themselves and practice the ways of our native elders when it comes to using every piece responsibly. Using large nets to cowardly trap thousands of pounds of dolphins is not acceptable. And what about age selection? There should be a limit on size/age to allow for population balance.

Sometimes,  I just wish T-Rex was back in action to keep the human population in balance and remind us how to respect the species we hunt!

Mercury is the most toxic non-radioactive element in the world and it is released when coal is burned. There is no such thing as clean coal. Mercury falls to the ground and is distributed to streams, rivers and lakes and to the oceans where it is consumed by bacteria and becomes methyl-mercury, an organic form that is then easily absorbed by plankton and zooplankton. Mercury is an immortal element; there is no way to get rid of it once it is released in the environment. Once heavy metals and POP’s (persistent organic pollutants like PCB’s or pesticides) are digested they are very difficult to get rid of and they bio-accumulate in all organisms.

As a general rule, every step up on the food chain these toxins are found, they are magnified about 10 times. The result is that at the top of the food chain, apex ocean predators such as dolphins and swordfish have about a million times more pollutants in them than the water surrounding them. When you consume a pound of swordfish you are consuming the equivalent of a million pounds of floating plankton absorbing toxins. Mercury has a half-life in the human body of about 70-90 days but while it is in the human brain it is destroying neurons vital for sensory perception, memory and motor skills. Advanced stages of mercury poisoning in humans look remarkably similar to mental retardation, cerebral palsy or dementia in adults.



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It’s a phenomenon with a name — Colony Collapse Disorder — but no explanation or solution exists. This documentary details the economic, political and ecological consequences of a dwindling world honeybee population. It also lends a personal perspective to the problem by tagging along with a pair of commercial beekeepers as they struggle to keep their bees hearty enough to fulfill their pollination contracts.



EarthLingsEARTHLINGS is a 2005 American documentary film about humankind’s total dependence on animals for economic purposes.  Presented in five chapters (pets, food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research) the film is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, featuring music by Moby, and was written, produced and directed by Shaun Monson.







2015 – VIRUNGA

Produced by Leonardo Dicaprio to show the world the destruction of the Congo and the shrinking land of the Gorillas.












Communes are a great place to establish free thinking but many encounter leadership hurdles over time. Sometimes rule making and breaking gets carried away. Some communes have more focus on spiritual preaching and less on sustainable living.

I travel the world looking for the healthiest of communities which can be more appropriately titled as EcoVillages. I have written about those in my past and many more will be shared with my readers in my current book in progress.

In 1968, Elsa and Richard Marley founded an alternative-living community in the remote Northern California wilderness with the motto “Free Land for Free People.” This film tells the story of that intended utopia. Through archival footage and interviews with former residents, director Jonathan Berman explores the problems and realities of communal living and the evolution of a community that endured FBI harassment, cult leadership and more.



Inside look at the world’s EcoVillages. One of my life’s primary objectives is to live, review and contribute to EcoVillage life.  They are the ideal utopian society where commerce is replaced with barter and sharing.

Sustainable living practices are the focus, taking renewable energy and sharecrop farming to provide the freedom for our inner artistic souls to blossom!

The variety of situations and voices in A New We inspires hope for the future of humanity and all life on the planet. The lives shown here are more motivated by imagination, vision, respect and cooperation than by economic forces and social expectations. In these 10 communities, the creative solutions to many social, environmental and economic challenges exemplify the nearly infinite capacity for human-, community- and self-development.

It’s a film that enlightens, encourages and spreads hope – for a new world and A New We.



Renegade architect Michael Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of “Earthship Biotecture” – passive, solar, off-the-grid, sustainable housing.








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Increasingly, Big Coal is spelling big trouble for Appalachian communities whose members have worked the mines for generations. This documentary reveals why with its explanation of the effects of mountaintop-removal mining on the region. Miners, coal company officials and area residents weigh in on the high price of “cheap energy” — especially when it involves blowing off mountain summits to expose seams. Journalist Michael Shnayerson narrates.




~70% of fracking chemical poisons are not biodegradeable and are left in the ground mixing with drinking water supplies.

~80,000lbs. of chemicals are used to first frack each gas well.

~200 millions gallons of water is used per year per natural gas well.

~100+ water hauling trailers are delivered per well per year.

~Loopholes in the 2005 energy bill relieve Gas companies from the EPA’s Clean Water Act regulation!!!!!!!!

“The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.”

GASLAND will be broadcast on HBO through 2012.



Read my comments on GasLand. TBoone Pickens had better come to the defense of the environment and make sure all these companies are drilling safely and respecting the water for the people living in the area. How many earth quake tremors do they need to endure before waking up!?

I am part owner of a natural gas fueling station in Northeast Nebraska ( ) and I am withholding out natural gas committment until these procedures are rectified and included under EPA regulations!!

An unsettling wake-up call to all Americans, this documentary dissects the country’s dependence on foreign pipelines, exposes rich oil companies’ devious dealings, and explores alternative fuels as a viable solution to our global energy crisis. Narrated by actor Peter Gallagher, the film includes interviews with government officials, scientific experts, academics and politicians from both sides of the aisle.



Starting in 2006, I have been volunteering with several renewable energy groups. I educated myself on making biodiesel, building wind turbines, and installation of several other related green products.

I drive a green van, fitted with a hydrogen generator and solar panel power station. I consulted and invested in the foundation of the Nebraska Green Fuels Cooperative with 10 Midwest leaders. (

I am a leading activist in the GREEN FUEL cause so this film is on my DVD pack that you get with any purchase from our Helping Hands Foundation eBay store!

Q: Why is the area that makes gasoline in Louisiana called “Cancer Alley?”
A: There are 150 petro-chemical facilities within 100 miles. The “fallout” (term from the EPA) from these facilities is a toxic cocktail of airborne chemicals that affects food, water and soil. Each refinery puts out hundreds of thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals. There are many studies showing links between these chemicals and the exceedingly high levels of cancer in Louisiana.

Q: What are the only three ways to dispose of the toxic waste produced by oil refineries?
A: Burn it, dump it on land, dump it in water.

Q: What is the difference in fuel economy between diesel and gasoline vehicles?
A: Diesel has better fuel economy by about 30%; avg. 24mpg for gasoline vehicles compared with avg. 45mpg for diesel.


Who Killed the Electric Car (Revenge of the Electric Car coming soon!!!)

With my first book publishing pay check, I am going to go shopping for an electric vehicle. The #1 disappointment I have with my life is that I do not drive an electric vehicle charged by my solar power grid yet.

I ride my bike as much as I can but for daily driving with heavy load requirements, an electric vehicle and an efficient car pool schedule is the ultimate goal.

Currently in wide DVD release, Paine’s film investigates the events leading to the quiet destruction of thousands of new, radically efficient electric vehicles. Through interviews and narrative, the film paints a picture of an industrial culture whose aversion to change and reliance on oil may be deeper then its ability to embrace ready solutions.



Documentarian Tom Jackson turns his lens on some inconvenient truths about energy titan Exxon Mobil and its effect on climate change. Spotlighting the company’s efforts to fund skewed media campaigns and support global-warming skeptics, Jackson builds his case in interviews with leading writers and scientists in the field of climatology. The film also explains the science behind global warming, as well as offering up some solutions to the crisis.




Some of the facts are not disputed fairly by the opposing data so it was destined to be rediculed. But the core facts regarding the increase in average world surface temperature and ocean temperature of our Earth are undisputable. Nearly all our worlds coral reefs are bleached clean from the combintion of sea life depletion and increased water temperatures.

From director Davis Guggenheim, An Inconvenient Truth is a passionate and inspirational look at former Vice President Al Gore’s fervent crusade to halt global warming’s deadly progress by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. In this intimate portrait of Gore and his “traveling global warming show,” Gore comes across as never before in the media – funny, engaging, open and intent on alerting citizens to this “planetary emergency” before it’s too late.

Interspersed with the bracing facts and future predictions is the story of Gore’s personal journey: from an idealistic college student who first saw a massive environmental crisis looming; to a young Senator facing a harrowing family tragedy that altered his perspective; to the man who almost became President but instead returned to the most important cause of his life. With an emphasis on hope, An Inconvenient Truth ultimately shows us that global warming is no longer a political issue but rather, the biggest moral challenge facing our civilization today.

After having its U.S. debut at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and international premiere at Cannes, An Inconvenient Truth opened to rave reviews and enthusiastic audiences everywhere. A smash hit, the film went on to win Academy Awards® for Best Documentary feature and Best Song. It also became a global phenomenon, one of the highest grossing documentaries of all time with a worldwide audience estimated at 5 million people.



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Stunning cinematography and lilting music highlight this exploration of our compulsion to connect with the ocean. Surfers, scientists and those who make their living from the sea discuss why the ocean is vital to our survival and well-being. Pollution, overpopulation and other environmental concerns are examined, as is the spiritual renewal that results from living in touch with the beauty and strength of the ocean.



before_the_flood_(2016_documentary_film)_posterNational Geographic special on climate control with Leonardo Dicaprio.





MINIMALISM  (on Netflix)

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THIS IS WHY I DO NOT PURCHASE/EAT MEAT from sources I do not research!

Learn the shocking truth behind factory farms — gigantic breeding grounds for meat and poultry — in this documentary that details how the practice wreaks havoc on the environment and on consumers’ health. Through disturbing footage and interviews with experts, director Don McCorkell paints a disturbing portrait of a food system that uses hormones, antibiotics and arsenic to increase its output with little regard for the damage it causes.



I come from a long history or Midwest farmers and my family is one of the last surviving small farm owners in Nebraska. Most of the farm land has been purchased by one of the big corporations.

There are a lot of small farm homes left on the land but the crop fields are mostly farmed under contract on behalf of the corporations. Companies like Monsanto have secured politicians and new laws allowing genetic enhanced seeds to be required for most crops. This means that few 2nd generation seeds will germinate forcing the farmers to purchase new seeds every season!

Those of us who have survived this long, dodging home invasions and forced farm practices, are now being regulated by the latest S510 law. Less then 1% of the USA farmers will escape the newest regulations unscathed and the last of us will surely be forced to sell out or retreat to EcoVillages. My EcoVillages are protected by our rights to bear arms and we grow and trade our food amongst ourselves, all while respecting the borders of our s510 regulatory goones.

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.



A true fight for food freedom. John Peterson leads a CSA movement that crosses into the realm of an EcoVillage. A pinnacle role model for true wellness and healthy living in todays fucked up world. I plan to visit this CSA north of Rockford IL and volunteer there in 2012.

The epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. An outcast in his community, Farmer John bravely stands amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors, and violence. By melding the traditions of family farming with the power of art and free expression, this powerful story of transformation and renewal heralds a resurrection of farming in America.

The film is a haunting odyssey, capturing what it means to be different in rural America.

Director Taggart Siegel Collective Eye made the film in a most unusual way – shooting farmer John Peterson over 25-years of their evolving friendship, and using multiple media, from 8 mm home movies shot on the farm in the 50’s and 60’s to modern video — allowing him to capture his alternately humorous, heartbreaking and spirited life with raw drama and intimacy.

With the death of his father during the late 60s, a teenaged John takes over the traditional family farm, slowly turning it into an experiment of art and agriculture, making it a haven for hippies, radicals and artists. The Real Dirt on Farmer John charts the end of this idealistic era as the farm debt crisis of the 80’s brings about the tragic collapse of the farm.

As the intricate weave of rural America unravels, vicious local rumors turn John into a scapegoat, condemning him as a Satan-worshipping drug-dealer. Threatened with murder, his home burned to the ground, John forsakes his farm and wanders through Mexico, where he is transformed by the soulfulness and pageantry of this ancient land. Mysteriously, his quest leads him back to his hostile homeland.

Defying all odds, he gradually transforms his land into a revolutionary farming community, a cultural mecca, where people work and flourish providing fresh vegetables and herbs to thousands of people every week.

The Peterson family farm has become Angelic Organics, one of the largest Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms in the United States, a beacon of today’s booming organic farming movement.

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The Hemp Revolution

There is just no logical reason why I can not grow hemp for food, industrial and homestead use. I would agree to a compromise and accept a regulated limit on female THC plants that produce smokeable herb buds but there should be no limit on non THC hemp growth!

As my contribution to legalizing Hemp, I have helped build the business that focuses on hand made, smokeables.

Producer-director Anthony Clarke’s documentary explores the hemp plant’s fascinating history and thousands of uses, as well as the economic and cultural forces behind its prohibition. Clarke argues that the hype surrounding hemp, also known as cannabis or marijuana, has overshadowed the plant’s benefits as a source of paper pulp and its uses as a cotton substitute. He comes down hard on chemical and drug companies as well as the U.S. government.


Similar GREAT films include:

Hemp Hemp Hooray

The Hempire Strikes Back

Hemplands: The Complete Story

Leaves of Green

Hempsters: Plant the Seed

Emperor of Hemp: Jack Herer Story



DON’t EVEN GET ME STARTED! The biggest fuck up and slaughter a country could ever directly impose upon its citizens short of the actual act of deploying soldiers into a deadly battlefield. This act of treason by our own government is no different then Hitler’s forces attacking northern German Polish border villages and blaming the Polish in order to get invasion support.

One of the most controversial and provocative films of the year, Fahrenheit 9/11 is Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore’s searing examination of the Bush administration’s actions in the wake of the tragic events of 9/11.

With his characteristic humor and dogged commitment to uncovering the facts, Moore considers the presidency of George W. Bush and where it has led us. He looks at how – and why – Bush and his inner circle avoided pursuing the Saudi connection to 9/11, despite the fact that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis and Saudi money had funded Al Qaeda. Fahrenheit 9/11 shows us a nation kept in constant fear by FBI alerts and lulled into accepting a piece of legislation, the USA Patriot Act, that infringes on basic civil rights. It is in this atmosphere of confusion, suspicion and dread that the Bush Administration makes its headlong rush towards war in Iraq and Fahrenheit 9/11 takes us inside that war to tell the stories we haven’t heard, illustrating the awful human cost to U.S. soldiers and their families.



fahrenheit 119Moore examines the facts on businessman donald trump and his take over of the United States Presidency. See our blog at:




From filmmaker Charles Ferguson comes this sobering, Oscar-winning documentary that presents in comprehensive yet cogent detail the pervasive and deep-rooted corruption that led to the global economic meltdown of 2008. Through unflinching interviews with key financial insiders, politicos, journalists and academics, Ferguson paints a galling portrait of an unfettered financial system run amok — without accountability. Actor Matt Damon narrates.




Ethos, a powerful new documentary hosted by Woody Harrelson, is an investigation into the flaws in our systems, and the mechanisms that work against democracy, our environment and the the common good.

With a stunning depth of research and breadth of analysis, this film dives deep into the inter-connected worlds of Politics, Multi-National Corporations and the Media.

Most of us have wondered at some point how we have arrived at a situation where democracy is touted as having created an equal society when all we see is injustice and corruption.

Politicians openly deceive the public with the support of major corporations and the mainstream media. Wars are waged, the environment is destroyed and inequality is on the rise.

But what is the source of these institutional mechanisms which – when we scratch the surface – are so clearly anti-democratic, so contradictory to the values we hold in common and yet so firmly embedded that they seem beyond discussion?

Ethos opens a Pandora’s box that has it’s roots in the cross-roads where capitalism-meets-democracy, implicates every power-elite puts profit before people and finally offers a solution whereby you – the viewer – can regain control using the one thing they do care about – your cash.


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“Every time history repeats itself the price goes up.”

Surviving Progress presents the story of human advancement as awe-inspiring and double-edged. It reveals the grave risk of running the 21st century’s software — our know-how — on the ancient hardware of our primate brain which hasn’t been upgraded in 50,000 years. With rich imagery and immersive soundtrack, filmmakers Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks launch us on journey to contemplate our evolution from cave-dwellers to space explorers.

Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, “A Short History Of Progress” inspired this film, reveals how civilizations are repeatedly destroyed by “progress traps” — alluring technologies serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. With intersecting stories from a Chinese car-driving club, a Wall Street insider who exposes an out-of-control, environmentally rapacious financial elite, and eco-cops defending a scorched Amazon, the film lays stark evidence before us. In the past, we could use up a region’s resources and move on. But if today’s global civilization collapses from over-consumption, that’s it. We have no back-up planet.

Surviving Progress brings us thinkers who have probed our primate past, our brains, and our societies. Some amplify Wright’s urgent warning, while others have faith that the very progress which has put us in jeopardy is also the key to our salvation. Cosmologist Stephen Hawking looks to homes on other planets. Biologist Craig Venter, whose team decoded the human genome, designs synthetic organisms he hopes will create artificial food and fuel for all.

Distinguished Professor of Environment Vaclav Smil counters that five billion “have-nots” aspire to our affluent lifestyle and, without limits on the energy and resource-consumption of the “haves”, we face certain catastrophe. Others — including primatologist Jane Goodall, author Margaret Atwood, and activists from the Congo, Canada, and USA — place their hope in our ingenuity and moral evolution.

Surviving Progress leaves us with a challenge: To prove that making apes smarter was not an evolutionary dead-end.


The richest in the world hold the power. If you are not connected to the elite or do not succeed in becoming wealthy through a combination of luck, hard work and/or skill then the odds are you will remain just a pawn in the game of life.

I choose to remain a simpleton, a non-materialistic monk; living day to day as if it were my last. Writing, telling stories and creating freedom of expression to make the world a better place. I reach out to help others on a daily basis and find the best way to defeat our oppressing elite, is to simply live in a near zero waste, organic and sustainable EcoVillage where there is no capitalism and our laws are our own.

The rest of you who choose to live in the capitalistic world and live in worry and fear, I wish you the best from my Islands, forest and wilderness paradise.

On the 20-year anniversary of his groundbreaking masterpiece “Roger & Me,” Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story” comes home to the issue he’s been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans. But this time the culprit is much bigger than General Motors, and the crime scene is far wider than Flint, Michigan.





Free medical help for those in the loving community as well as world wide outreach programs focused on laughter to help ease patients pain. This group is one of my most honored idols.

I plan on visiting the Gesundheit Institute of Patch Adams during my next visit to West virginia. I follow their updates and newsletter and would go to some of their outreach programs once I secure a sponsor.





Most of the world power countries provide their citizens with socialized free health care and it works great for far more on average then the capitalist approach in the USA… so why do we put up with putting our loved ones in eternal debt for expensive meds, insurance and treatment???

Michael Moore sets his sights on the plight of the uninsured in this Oscar-nominated documentary that uses Moore’s trademark humor and confrontational style to ask the difficult questions and get to the truth behind the health care crisis. In the world’s richest country, 45 million people have no health insurance, while HMOs grow in size and wealth. Moore also explores the widespread use of antidepressants and their possible link to violence.




I saw this film at SxSW 2010 and it does a great job of documenting how our native ancestors have been portrayed by film. Up until the 1940s we were viewed as innocent, loving people but then public interest declined and the violent side of conflict and the defense of forced genocide became the focus.

I spend about 30 days a year on native reservations with my elders and at leadership peace conferences preserving and teaching the traditional ways. If this topic is close to your heart, you should follow my feeds and come visit an event with me this summer.

For more than a century, the film industry has depicted North American native people in a variety of ways — many of them wildly inaccurate. Recently, however, that’s begun to change. Director Neil Diamond captures both sides of the coin here. Through interviews with a gallery of actors and directors, including Clint Eastwood, this documentary reveals the film industry’s impact on the experiences of native people in the United States and Canada.



This film discusses Human Rights focused on Freedom of Press and Speech. The main message is to inform us all about the facts on internet control. Companies limit our access to information based on who pays them the most to alter how the internet speeds and access work. The above youTube video shows a few minutes of my interview with the director at SxSW 2010. We talked for a long time before and after the film about my ventures and we have stayed in touch since. I also follow Robb Topolski’s blog and his programming work with the Measurement Lab team projects.

Keeping the independent/punk spirit alive, barbershop quartet fan Robb Topolski takes on the nation’s largest cable company, only to find himself at the center of a federal investigation, inspiring a larger story of censorship, individual voice and access.

Is “The Man” controlling the vertical, the horizontal, and the channel you’ll be on?

In a privatized American Internet, is big business “Big Brother” or does the free market protect and serve the needs of the average citizen with its invisible hand? With the simple act of swapping files, barbershop quartet baritone Robb Topolski finds himself at ground zero of a landmark case whose outcome will affect the rights of every American citizen.

Following one man’s personal quest to defend what he believes to be his inalienable rights, BARBERSHOP PUNK examines the critical issues surrounding the future of the American Internet and what it takes to challenge the status quo.

Contemplating the future of the American Internet and the inalienable rights under review, the film features discussions with Ian MacKaye, Damian Kulash of OK Go, Henry Rollins, Janeane Garofalo, EFF’s John Perry Barlow, U.S. Congressman Chip Pickering, Congressman Marsha Blackburn, Free Form DJ Jim Ladd, Clinton White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry, Michelle Combs of the Christian Coalition, Songwriters Guild President Rick Carnes, NARAL’s Ted Miller, lobbyist Jack Burkman, and FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, among others.



This is one of my favorite films. It does an amazing job to provide links and factual documentation against illegal seizure of your hard earned money for INCOME TAX.

It also gives a clear picture of the history of the Federal Reserve. By the time you are done watching this, you should be buying silver and gold like most of my friends and family!

Acclaimed filmmaker Aaron Russo directs this thorough investigation into the creation of the Federal Reserve and the controversial legislation (or lack thereof) that requires all American citizens to pay income taxes. Through revelatory interviews with key members of Congress, a former IRS Commissioner, tax attorneys, agents from the IRS and FBI, and various authors, Russo demystifies federal income tax and the creation of money.



This documentary peers into the controversial and often dangerous operations of the Al Jazeera news network, an outlet that’s become the most accepted informational resource in the Arab community — even though it often enrages its own people. Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim gains extraordinary access to Al Jazeera journalists and examines the risks they confront on a daily basis by simply doing their jobs.



Honorable Mention: (Many of these influence our artistic expression but have a bit less affect on improving the world and our survival.)


Capturing the true story of the team that almost changed how America defined its national pastime, this documentary chronicles the rise of sports sensations the New York Cosmos, the crown jewel of the North American Soccer League in the 1970s. Backed by TV mogul Steve Ross, the phenomenal Cosmos boasted star players such as Pele and Franz Beckenbauer, whipping U.S. fans into a frenzy with their exploits on and off the field.



I saw this film at SxSW 2010 and it kicked ass. The crew spent a year traveling the world playing pickup soccer games and documenting the cultural impact. They put themselves in harms way several times to get into a game, for the love of it. They bribed their way into a prison game, the girl (Gwendolyn Oxenham) played in a Muslim game where women were not allowed and they almost got evicted from the country and had their tapes taken away; they even played as Jews vs. Muslims in Jerusalem.

After the film I hung out with the crew all night and shared our traveling soccer stories. We even discovered that we had met in passing when Gwen’s UNC team played my girlfriends Husker team.  I am absolutely delighted to see they made it into Netflix’s rotation.

*Two Americans who love soccer but didn’t make it in the pros travel to 25 different countries, where they find people of all backgrounds, races and classes who play the game for the sheer joy of it, regardless of their surroundings or equipment. A pelada, or pick-up game, is spontaneous, serious and fun, and anyone can join in. In exotic locales such as Bolivia, Kenya and Iran, the filmmakers celebrate the camaraderie generated by soccer.



The pioneers of hard rock take the stage — and blow your mind. Led Zeppelin storm Madison Square Garden in this collection of footage taken from their legendary performances at the New York venue in 1973. Adding to the musical power and drama are hallucinatory fantasy sequences meant to illustrate each band member’s mental state. Songs performed in this swirl of sound and vision include “Black Dog,” “Stairway to Heaven” and “Whole Lotta Love.”



Willie Nelson story directed by Billy Bob Thorton



Davis Guggenheim, creator of the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth, directs this fascinating profile of three contemporary guitarists: Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, U2’s The Edge and Jack White of the White Stripes. Each talks about their creative process, technique and influences as cameras follow them to key locations in their own music history. A jam session featuring all three musicians is woven into their discussions.



Inspired by pioneering outdoorsman Yvon Chouinard’s freewheeling 1968 van trip to Patagonia, South America, a band of bliss-seeking surfer-mountaineers sets out — in 2007, by boat — to remake the journey in this adventure documentary. Jeff Johnson and his buddies hug the coast, stopping at the Galapagos Islands and Easter Island before arriving in Patagonia — a region that’s still breathtaking but is now besieged by environmental threats.



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Book Proposal

title undecided
by Timothy Jon Frentz


Tim Frentz

Genre: Religious / Inspirational

Style: Written in Second Person

Target Readers: All ages. This book appeals to all with religious curiosity and interests and stands above the competition because it is written for the penny pinchers who are hardest to sell to.  This will tap the spending vault of the tightest pockets like no other book can. My readers like religious, self help, inspirational, relationship building, action/adventure, romance, political and current events. It has it all. Readers lead spiritual lifestyles rich in wellness activities. They also show strong efforts of self educating and pro-action for current events. This book will be bought and read by those with voids in their lives. My social network fans read my short blog stories and pray for more full length books so they can be inspired to increase their own philanthropic efforts and restore faith and hope for man kind.

Word Count: 100,000+ (400 pages)

Biography: I am special and unique because I have lived the life of the character in the book. I have sold my material possessions, moved into a storage unit, lived in a van, traveled on foot and motorcycle, been around the world, started several companies, founded a Charity and given 80% of my net worth and I do wander the streets as a super hero with my eyes and ears open for people in trouble.

Worthy Mentions: This will be self published 1/2012 if not under contract.

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Author: TJF

Premise: The USA is overtaken by greed and industrialization of natural resources. The majority of citizens have become pawns to change. The chosen few prophets reborn, walk the country setting examples of change. Here you read about their efforts as seen through the eyes of Saint-to-be Timothy.

Benefits: After completing The Knew Bible, readers will be inspired to create change around them, citing examples from this book to inspire others and be able to use chapters as quick instructional guides. A modern look at the traditional bibles before it is here.

Features: Pages of instructional self help guides and scientific facts and studies will deliver these benefits to the reader. Real life examples and results of Saint-to-be Timothy‘s efforts light the path for all.

Overview: The book is divided into [number] sections and [number] chapters.

The Manuscript Status: 70%

Anticipated Length: 400 pages (100k+ words)

Anticipated Completion:
Material Time Stops: 8/8/11
Manuscript Ready for Publisher editing: 1/1/12

The Market:
Characteristics: The target audience for this book is made up of all people of all ages and types. Strong Christians and other religious folk will read to be reminded of their duties to improve the communities around them. People who have made mistakes in life will read to find inspiration of change. Parents and educational bodies will distribute this book because it represents a fictional view of the concepts of modern life based on the Christian 10 Commandments and solutions to fix their communities mistakes. Activists will purchase this book because of the facts and examples of progress.

Motivations: Religious spiritual types will read because they want to read about all the good deeds and solutions to battle evil. Political activists will read to find contacts and examples of others like them battling their frustrations. Everyone will read to self educate on solutions for all their problems. Nearly everyone desires to live free and sustainably and travel the world like the character of this book.

Affinity Groups: Church and spiritual groups. Educational bodies. Governing organizations.

Differentiation: There is no direct competition because this lifestyle mostly has only survived in Islander, Buddhist and Hindu cultures. This book brings a unique story to readers who have chosen materialistic temptation and need to get back on the true Christian path.

The Author
Timothy Frentz, born 8/8/1977 in Grand Island NE; Grew up under the guidance of the traditional cultures of his grand parents. A strong Christian childhood etched the 10 commandments into his adult life. He studied English, Indigenous History and Business at the University of Nebraska from 1995-2002. Frentz has assisted in the founding of many business‘ and continues consulting several to this day.

In 2004, his father battled poor health and passed away July 4, 2005. Frentz saw it as a sign he needed to do more philanthropy and spend more days as if they were his last. He founded a Helping Hands Network to gather the efforts of all the small organizations in the world doing great deeds. He took to the road and has been following the path of fate ever since, helping as many as possible along the way. His publications tell the stories of all the efforts along the way.

Previous Writing:
Self published online self help books include: “Life‘s Little Secrets“ ; “Dart Training Tips“ ; Several Auto/Technical “How To Guides“ ; “The Life of a College Student“ ; and “Must Have Computer Dr. Tools”.

Possible Endorsers:
Mike Nappi – Professional Philadelphia Recording Artist who wrote an Album based on Frentz’s story.

Julian – NY Times Best Selling Author who spent time with Frentz during his wetlands project in New Orleans.

NO Park – Save the Wetlands Coordinator. Frentz volunteered 2 weeks of help in New Orleans City Park.

Debbie – East Texas Arts and Humanity Council. Frentz has worked with Youth support groups.

Pastors – New Orleans (Jim Morrison) Replant Central Park, Tyler Texas, Joplin MO, Lincoln NE. Frentz has worked with several Church groups to volunteer for projects.

Personal Marketing:
Facebook Fans – 700+ ; Twitter – Infinite reach with Hash tags ; Blog – 1000+ reads a month ; YouTube – 200+ channel views a month ; Examiner Sustainable Life Journalist – 1000+ reads a month ; eBay Fundraising Sales Store – 2000+ reads a month ; Amazon Sales Store 1000+ reads a month. Websites 1000+ month. Painted Vehicle – 5000+ views a month. Discussion boards (Facebook, twitter, reader/writer specialty) 500+ a month. BitTorrents Teasers 100+ Month Downloads.

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A fictional story of a young man, reborn as a prophet of the creator, who is on a quest to restore the Elders Traditions along his journey to Sainthood. Timothy uses new age resources such as Facebook to direct those who want to help others WITH those who need help. When he spots someone not qualified for Bureaucratic support systems, the Helping Hands Network reaches out to fill in the blanks the best they can.

Living sustainably in the traditional sense means that one is living 100% from resources within their own local location and non reliant upon aid from others. In a more modern sense, sustainable living generally means a family or single residence is using less resources then what is calculated as producible per capita in their area from local resources.

Living a sustainable life comes with sacrifices most Americans do not want to accept.

Most of the world’s civilizations keep their traditions alive by supporting laws made to encourage standards of living that require a bit of “sacrifice”.

Now when I talk about “sacrifices”, I am referring to the act of physically meeting the primary needs of survival with minimal use of technology.

Starting right now as you read this, you need to get your faith back. You once had a dream of creating material wealth without relying on others by means of self employment. Make those dreams reality just like all your ancestors before you. For over 99.9% of the recorded history of man, our elders lived long comfortable lives living sustainably and recent infatuations with industry and capitalism is changing populated societies.

It is easy to live sustainably in rural areas if you follow the guidance of traditionalists like me. I spend my time in rural areas of Maui, East Texas, Nebraska, PA, and California mostly so you will read about sustainability in these areas. Occasionally I end up in other countries as well.

Here are some examples of the sacrifices we make in the USA but that are still considered part of the norm around most of the world.

– Minimize Everything from consumption to waste. The process begins by growing and collecting natural resources. Use/make/buy 1 natural dish each instead of having cabinets full of unused items; wash dishes with home made soap and cold water or solar warm water after each use. Use and make natural products when at all possible. It is amazing how much is made out of hemp. The process is the circle of life so the beginning closely follows the end in time. Meaning, that we reuse as much as possible until the end of the useful consumption life and then we recycle the resources into new things.

– Learn to maintain and maximize the efficiency of what technology you do use. Repair your own vehicles; fix your home appliances; do your own yard work; use one laptop and a mobile smart phone with a satellite connection *(see ) or phone data plan; use the laptop for practically everything including tv/movie loading. Do your best to power everything off of renewable energy.

– Travel with mass transit and bikes. For those heroes who sacrifice their lives doing public services and health care, some duties can not be avoided without extreme uses of fuel but for most people in urban areas there is enough fuel wasted to power the rest of the world every HOUR!

These are just a few broad examples of what principles I try to follow as much as possible. Many more specific examples are focused on in follow up articles so bookmark this link and enjoy my many stories.


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Dallas Earth Day Review

The first attempt at an Annual Earth Day Festival in Dallas was a success. The weather was perfect and the attendance was high! Parking was readily available and the location in the newly renovated green spaces of downtown was perfect.  If you were not there in the first hour, skip the crammed parking lot and head straight to a $1.50/hr. meter that is enforced until 6pm. THERE WAS A LACK OF RECYCLING DROP STATIONS and FOOD Vendors DID NOT PROVIDE COMPOST BINS!

Vending booths were located in a central parking lot with a beer garden and entertainment stage #1 by the Art Museum. In this location there were shade umbrellas, green plants/flowers on the tables and plenty of seating.

The center park walkway was only 2 blocks long so they blocked off 1 extra block on both ends for a total of 4 blocks of events. Area #2 had great information booths, shady trees, clean park benches and performing Pirates!

Area #3 had a Live Theater on one side and an Opera House on the other with more information booths and a water fountain. The grass was fresh new sod and silky to the touch. It was an enjoyable bare foot walk and nap in this area for us. Playing in the fountain and then following our ears to some good live blues music. The stage was a permanent outdoor amphitheater with extractable speakers and weather proof sliding closures for the stage. There was a lack of shade and the freeway was hard to drown out on the other side of the wall. Fresh air flow had to be sacrificed for the sound proofing features.  😦  Sitting by the sound control booth or by the walls were the only shade options. On a hot day you will need to play in the water to cool down. You will find clean bathroom access in the Opera House and there are 20 port-o-pots in a dedicated lot as well in area #3.

Area #4 was the after party area. Volunteers gathered with the rest to party to the sounds of DJ The area was centered around another water feature and restaurant square offering 4 varieties of food and tv’s to watch the Mavs blow a 23 point fourth quarter lead! We laid on some rocks with our feet in the water while reading books, sipping margaritas and then ate some dinner.

The festival closed at 5pm but many vendors were caught breaking festival etiquette by taking down their booths hours earlier. Apparently this was another area of improvement for the festival rules committee. You always take a deposit and and enforce a clause for early departure stating that the deposit will not be returned in case of leaving early. When a booth tears down early they lower the morale of the festival not to mention that their workers get in the way of traffic flow by moving equipment around. The festival was 25% empty by 3pm and 40% by 4pm!!!

End your night with some big name concerts! We ended our night with a great George Thorogood concert at Billy Bob’s in historic downtown Ft. Worth! The standing room tickets were only $15! The location on the sides of the dance hall were worth $15 but don’t be surprised there is no dance section open in front of the stage. It was all assigned seating for the floor goers! Thumbs down.

Over all it was a great festival with minor areas of improvement.
1. GREEN festivals must operate on renewable energy and this was not the case for Dallas.
2. There was ONLY 1 demonstration of renewable energy offered by It was a bicycle generator powering a booth with a video/tv demo and loud speaker  of the unit. This was good but I was not offered info on the product quickly and thus have to search for more info. It was great to see this small reminder that all workout gym’s should have bike generators running energy back into their grid. There needed to be solar, wind, bio-fuel and other misc. demos!!!
3. There was a major lack of recycling drops and compost bins.
4. THERE was no digital information solution in place! Digital information options saves TONS of paper waste, trash expenses and unneeded recycling. Well established Green Festivals use QR solutions! Vendors create their QR code with an app such as QR DROID and then have their QR code printed on booth displays so visitors can quickly scan their info. NO PAPER IS NEEDED other then the display this way. For those without a smart phone, vendors have a small business card to hand out with the code on it! Limited prints of visual flyers are printed for showing examples to those interested on site and then kept by the vendor for the next demo! FRENTZ’s Consulting ( can train your festival team how to use and setup this system. Email tim Frentz @ today for help!
5. There was a lack of attendance at the after hours party. More incentive needed to be offered then just the 25% of the tab being reinvested into sustainability solutions!
6. THERE was limited partnering. There was free entry into the museums which was great but there were some big shows in town and there was no use of their shows in advance advertising to draw more traffic to the Earth Day festival. We went to George Thorogood but only after finding out about the show from another lead!

THE TOP LINKS from Vendors:

1003 Windsong Trail Richardson, TX 75081 – 469-233-6767
email: Harvey@  –  Partners:
Home Cooling Solar Powered Vents


Responsible Recyclers are listed on: and and

Dallas GREEN Social Group

Healthy Food Movement of North Texas and

Good Info on World Food Movements

Texas Energy Audit

Take Care of Texas  (A great GREEN Internet Community)\

Very soon I will be traveling the Gulf of Mexico along the Texas/Louisiana shores to document oil spill recovery efforts and progress. I hope to meet a few wonderful families that have been deeply effected in hopes of helping them improve their quality of life.

The Helping Hands Charity Network forms relationships with the best humanitarians around the world and focuses on providing services and goods to causes most in need that are being buried in the shadows.

This trip should uncover some wonderful inside looks behind the BP and FED EPA scenes. Contributions to help cover the costs of this trip need to be transferred to: as soon as possible. Efforts are severely hampered by our limited budget.

We also have a donation page at:

A quick review of our Channel videos will show footage from our previous projects.

Daily updates will be posted here. Add the feed for this blog and join us on an adventure to see what is really going on.  ~TF

APRIL update:

Currently reviewing event dates and locations for the National Wildlife Foundation volunteer groups. I am also testing the new water pump and seals on the van to decide if I should take it south. I am also rebuilding the carbureter on the motorcycle and replacing the battery so it will be a transport option.


3/5 Weather delay today! Packing to leave East Texas in the morning of 3/6.

For those reading this, please comment and share your questions regarding the oil spill recovery. I want to directly search for the answers our readers most desire.


PACKED and loaded. Departing east Texas noon. Final thoughts going through my mind…. At what level of interest do my “fans” and friends and family even care about the damage caused to our southern states? No one has contributed to my self funded expenses for the cause of documenting the oil Spill recovery this year and I question my ability to really make a difference.

All I can do is take my credit cards, pack a bag, jump on the back of my iron horse and ride into the sunset hoping someone reading my stories will eventually assist our Helping Hands Foundation make a BIG impact!

Until that day arrives, what you read here, is the best I can do with the little I have left to offer. ALL I NEED IS my two feet, health and intelligence to create change and today as I depart, that is about all I have.

IF something happens to me and I vanish from existence on this venture, I just want all my 1000+ readers to know how honored I feel for the kind words and facebook chats and so on, that you have contributed.



I am bummed that my bike is not running right. I only made it to Nacogdoches and then when I switched to reserve tank it started sputterng which has never happened.

My best guess was that a piece of the tank lining broke free and clogged my fuel filter. I barely made it to a service station.

My options were to fill up the tank and hope that the clog would break free and push on
remove the tank and then the filter to inspect it.

I decided to push on. I only made it 10 miles to the south side and it cut out again. This time I was on a freeway and 300 feet downhill from a Burger King lot. It was a pain in the ass push but I made it to the lot and went inside to relax and eat dinner. While eating I searched for the closest repair shop so I could get a new filter screen. Luckily it was only a half mile away on the same highway.

I went back out after eating and the bike fired up. I rode it around in circles and then parked it and let it idle for 5 minutes until it started sputtering out again. It now made sense that fuel was seeping into the carb slower then the engine was vaporizing it causing it to sputter out when the carb became drained.

It was then getting dark and temps were dropping into the 50s so I made the difficult decision to pay $68 for a hotel and wait until morning to start removing the tank. I was so bummed that I would not be able to make the coast as planned that I just plopped into bed and ignored the world for the rest of the night.

It is interesting how fate works for me. I am now watching the weather and discovered that there were massive tornadoes that leveled towns in my path through Louisiana so there’s my silver lining.


$15 fuel


$15 FOOD


Woke up with a nervous stomach. The uncertainty of my motorcycles solution has me questioning the future of this trip. Will I end up leaving the bike here and have to hitch to get my trailer and van and then come back and get it?

I spent until 10:30 this morning taking advantage of every second and resource of my $68 hotel expense but now it is time to face the music. Out I go to work on the bike….  stay tuned!

Side thought: IF YOU hear of a gas strike week or timeline event being scheduled by a big environmental group, please let me know. There should be one formed by now that we can help promote increased awareness of our excessive gasoline consumption.

Thought I fixed my problem by rewiring the ground but then the battery still did not charge and the bike cut out again. I ended up leaving the bike in a retirement home lot and got a ride back to home in Tyler.

$15 supplies (Sea Foam and misc.)

$20 Hitching Fuel Donation


Went and got the trailer and then picked up the bike and got it back home. Not how I wanted to spend Mardi Gras.

$45 FUEL for Truck and Trailer


Fixing the water pump on the Van.


Finally think the Van is safe to drive. So many issues kept making it over heat. Test driving 25 miles passed the cooling test. Now going further this week. Fixing the Carb in the motorcycle this week also. Still need more contributions to fund this trip.



K.C. Chiang

When K.C. Chiang came to the United States from Singapore at the age of 23, he settled in Mobile, Alabama, became a U.S. citizen, and began his pursuit of the American Dream. He worked his way through the service industry from the bottom up, eventually entering the real estate market as a property manager. In April of last year, he, along with his wife and business partner Terri, was set to close on the real estate deal that he believed would be his legacy: the Wyndham & Winfield Resort Hotel and Convention Center in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Chiang, 54, told the Lookout that the project would have brought 1,700 jobs to the area. “You know, as you get older,” he said, “you start thinking about how when you leave this earth you want someone to say, ‘I remember this man.'”

The property (a rendering of it is above), dubbed the “Pearl of the Gulf,” was set to be one of Alabama’s largest and most impressive hotels: 500 rooms and suites; a convention center to accommodate 1,200; a wedding chapel; a dinner theater; a 20-lane bowling alley; a 6,000 square-foot spa; and a video game arcade.

But then, on April 20, just ten days before the Chiangs were to sign papers to close on the development, the Deepwater Horizon exploded–wiping out the savings he and his wife had poured into the $165 million project.

Chiang told us that his lenders, immediately spooked, postponed the closing. “They were hoping that BP would be able to cap the oil and minimize the damage to the Gulf Coast, but it took them too long to do it,” he said. Last December, the lenders finally, officially called the deal off.

And while Orange Beach (shown at left) is clean once again, and the water washing up on its shores is back to its familiar blue, lenders will likely wait years before approving funding for beachfront projects.

“There’s absolutely no bank financing for any developer. You can forget about that,” Terri Chiang told us. “The credit has just dried up.”

The couple, like thousands of other Gulf Coast residents crippled financially by the spill, has spent months trying to obtain redress through the Ken Feinberg-run Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF). But their efforts have thus far been largely fruitless, and, sadly, their complaints sound all-too-familiar to anyone who’s followed the saga in the Gulf over the past few months.

“We’ve been calling and calling and calling and they don’t even answer our calls anymore. It’s a bunch of BS that we’ve went through,” Chiang said, noting that though he and his wife consider themselves strong Christians, their faith has been tested by the ordeal.

They’ve spent thousands to hire forensic accountants to assist in filing their claims, he said. More often than not, the GCCF has come back asking for even more documentation. Ken Feinberg said that he’d personally look into the couple’s claim, according to Chiang. Now, sick of dealing with Feinberg and the GCCF, Chiang said, with more than a hint of exasperation in his voice, that they’re planning to join the thousands who are suing BP.

“We’re going to have to sue them in order for BP to recognize that the GGCF is really not helping people and is crippling the economy of this area.”

In the meantime, the oil spill has wiped away much of what the couple had built for themselves in this country.

“We’re on the verge of filing for bankruptcy here,” Terri Chiang told us. “I’ve stood in line at the GCCF with everyone else–waitresses, shrimpers, you name it–who’s been in there asking for money they’re owed. We all need help. We now have to scramble to find a different direction to survive.”


The Nebraska Fight for Energy Fairness
Nebraska remains to be one of many states left in the USA that do not have strong policies in favor of renewable energy.

At the begining of every year, Nebraska citizens rally behind Renewable energy leaders such as the director of the NE Renewable Energy Association, Robert Byrnes. They sit in committee hearings and debate with BIG corporate lobyists in hopes of convincing the politicians to write amendments to the laws that will help create a healthier balance between the citizens and greedy corporations.
Here is an update on one such day of battle written by Mr. Byrnes.

These updates can be followed by joining the NE Renewable Energy Association ( or at least by signing up for their Yahoo update group (


LB 960 hearing

I think we did very well at the hearing. It was great to watch the utility lobbyists grasping at straws as to why they were opposing the cap raise. Senators picked up on this and Sen. Haar questioned them on it right away. Normally these folks are extremely effective at the table, but it was as though the existence of LB 436 which gave them everything they wanted, left them toothless. They are so conditioned and trained to beat off citizen initiatives, they seemed quite unprepared to be on the defensive for a change. It was like an M-1 tank being unable to engage a small target right in front of it. I don’t know if the hearing video is recorded, but they do have NET streaming video on the homepage to watch it.

I am glad I brought the kids, because I think they saw the beginning of the end of the stranglehold that utility lobbyists have had over renewable energy policy in our state. They came off like a bunch of grumpy, ornery nay sayers that say no just because they want to!

Of course, the Natural Resources Committee can do whatever they want, but the feeling I got was very good. Having Sen. Fischer absent also changed the tone of the committee very much.

Hopefully it will get out of committee and come out into the daylight of the floor where the naysayer lobbyists are loathe to operate, kind of like vampires!

Thanks to all of you that wrote a letter or contacted the committee, if you haven’t, get ‘er done!