Urban Redevelopment

Someone asked a question on the net:
Q: What do cities need to do to “survive”?
A: Thrive !
What makes a city thrive?
[] Logistics – the framework for the flow of materials, services, and information
[] Efficiency – access to data, goods and services; inexpensive transportation
[] Functionality – economical and functional shelter; access to utilities; enterprise
[] Security – minimize risk from predators; access to medical services
[] Aesthetics – minimal nuisances (sight, sound, smell); beauty unmarred; out of sight infrastructure – silent, clean, safe, and unobtrusive character.
[] Shift focus from “making money” to prosperity.
{Prosperity – the production, trade and enjoyment of surplus usable goods and services.}

I’m optimistically pessimistic on any meaningful change. But the fact remains, as population increases, population consolidation will become imperative. Let us try to make our cities into pleasant experiences instead of miserable endurance contests.


Governments instituted to secure rights, by prosecuting criminal acts after the fact, are derelict in their duty when they seek to impose prohibitions on liberty, on the chance of preventing crime. Though one can evaluate performance for the former, one can never prove or disprove the efficacy of an abrogation of a liberty in crime prevention.

When a government stoops to sweeping regulation, it is declaring its incompetence in prosecuting crime. Worse, by regulation, it puts the burden on the innocent people that should have been born by the criminals or the servant government.

The end result is a nation of people who are no longer free, but constrained to actions permitted by the government and its bureaucracy. In other words, that which is not permitted, nor mandatory, is forbidden. That IS the death of liberty.

American Dream – Eyes Wide Open

by Jeff Ganaposki

Back when money madness was important, it was not uncommon for folks to dream of “getting rich.” It did appear that having a surplus of money tokens, or large account balances, was exchangeable for food, clothing, shelter, and other necessities and luxuries. But that is an illusion, based on inequitable trade and predation.

Unfortunately, there is no connection between money tokens and prosperity. Scarce money tokens can never keep up with the economy. That’s why only a few can enjoy “being rich.”

However, most if not all folks can enjoy prosperity. Prosperity is not limited by the sum of money tokens or their distribution. Prosperity is dependent upon the productivity of a people, their ability to transport and trade that production, and enjoy it. Prosperity, by definition, is the production, trade, and enjoyment of surplus usable goods and services. Doing more with less so more can enjoy is the key to finding happiness. Doing less with more, so few can enjoy is the recipe for misery.

A prosperous people generate such a prodigious surplus that there is plenty to devote to other activities beyond mundane survival. They can sponsor art, science, research, and more. There is enough to aid those who are ill, infirm or otherwise incapable of production.

A creative people are not bored, nor incessantly seeking amusement to distract themselves. In some respects, the next step in civilization awaits their rise. For when civilization is supported on the foundations of prosperity instead of greed, avarice, and predation, there is hope for the future of mankind.

Humanity at 4000 A.D.

Humanity at 4000 A.D.

What the future could be ….
Based on a 50 year population doubling cycle:
Population : 6.517 E+21 (6.517 x 10^21), 6.517 billion trillion people
931,000,000,000 times as many people as existed in 2012 A.D. (7+ billion)

Obviously, such a number would far exceed the capacity of planet Earth. So we can expect that humanity would need to be dwelling in the vast reaches of Outer Space. And let’s forgo the idea of Terraforming planets – too little return on investment. We need prodigious habitat space. Where else but in space?

In the solar system, there’s plenty of open space, a nearby fusion reactor, plenty of materials, and untapped potential. Let us assume we have set up an automated production process located on asteroids, etc, that generates hulls on a 15 year doubling cycle. And each dual hull system can comfortably contain 6 million passengers each.

1,086,166,666,666,666 space colonies required for 6.517 billion trillion people.
How long would it take to produce that many?
Logn (1.086 x 10^15) =n x Logn (2)
Logn (1.086 x 10^15) /logn (2) = n
50 = n cycles
50 x 15 years = 750 years.
Only 750 years of production would provide sufficient number of hulls for the expected number of humans in 4000 A.D.

In short, as long as the construction process can outpace the geometric growth rate of humanity, there’s no problem with creating orbital habitats.

Morality soundbite

Morality is simple – depends on which law you follow:
[] Law of the Jungle versus
[] Law of Love.

A “law abiding” predator kills or is killed, eats or is eaten. He believe the end justifies the means. Winning is everything. Sacrificing others for his own needs is the rule, not the exception. Predators are “good,” prey are “good to eat,” prey who fight back are “bad.”

Of course, that is anathema to philosophies based on the “Law of Love”. Proponents of that ideal believe in harmless activity in support of one’s right to life. Highest expression is self-sacrifice for the benefit of others.

When religions taught respect for rights and the law of love, they were tolerable. When religions were infiltrated by predators, they became intolerable.

Skim Scam Artists

Anyone who aspires to be a slaver knows this fact – a slave seeks to perform the least amount of labor, to minimize his suffering. But when one partially enslaves someone, who is unaware of his servitude, he may be tricked into performing more. Thus we see the epitome of partial slavery – socialism and usury. Both scams rely on taking a portion of the victim’s labor and property by taxation and interest charges. By carefully managing the load, the skimmer keeps the unwitting slave struggling to fulfill its needs, ignorant of the true nature of his condition.

Thus the slavers can keep skimming wealth and wielding power over the part-time slave. The only drawback occurs when too many discover that being a recipient is superior to being the donor, and adjust accordingly. Once the tipping point is reached, the society collapses under the parasitic load.

Money is not the answer

Money is not the answer to the ills of mankind.
Money causes poverty.
Money doesn’t cure poverty.

To illustrate, imagine that tomorrow, the whole world wakes to the knowledge that each individual has an account balance of 27 billion quatloos of gold coin.

What happens when “everyone” is equally “rich”?
[] Does that spur more or less production?
[] Does anyone bother to go to work and produce goods and services?

Common sense tells us that civilization would collapse if no one bothered to work, thinking that they all were rich.

The current economic system operates on ‘money madness’ and the belief in the ‘value’ of money instead of the reality of surplus goods and services. Those who accumulate a surplus of money tokens, can thus compel others who lack money tokens to do work, and trade output, while not doing anything of value in exchange.
Thus we see people striving to “get rich” but not necessarily striving to produce more goods and services, with which to equitably trade.

Money and wealth are not signs of prosperity.
Prosperity is the production, trade and enjoyment of surplus usable goods and services.
Doing more with less so more can enjoy is the key to finding happiness.
Doing less with more so few can enjoy is the key to misery.

A ‘money mad’ people will never find a resolution to their economic woes.
The remedy to economic woes is prosperity which has nothing to do with money token ownership, but the productive capacity of the people, their ability to trade, and then enjoy the fruits of that production.


The biggest mistake Americans make, due in part to their indoctrination, is that they believe they are electing LEADERS. In carefully reading the organic documents that founded the nation, it is clear that government was instituted to SERVE the people, by helping to secure their endowed RIGHTS. The government was to be composed of public SERVANTS, not masters. WE, the PEOPLE, are the LEADERS, the masters, the sovereigns, and not the servants of the servant government – unless we consent.

– – – Jeff Ganaposki

Modern Money Madness

Modern Money Madness

by Jeff Ganaposki

If you stop and think about it, thanks to fuel, technology and automation, we should all be fabulously prosperous, enjoying tremendous variety and quantity of surplus goods and services in the marketplace.

Yet we can observe the opposite – multitudes of people with unmet needs (potential customers) – people who want to work (surplus available labor) – closed factories (surplus productive capacity) – and economic decline.

What is preventing us from being productive, from trading that production, and enjoying that production?

Money madness and usury.

Money madness is evident when you ask the unemployed why they cannot get jobs. The usual succinct answer is, “No one has money with which to hire us.” The same is true when you ask a factory owner why his factory is idle. “No one has money to buy our production.”
Would the solution be as simple as giving everyone tremendous amounts of money tokens?
No. For if everyone was made into a billionaire, no one would bother to work, to produce or to trade… if they “believed” themselves to be wealthy under the current madness.
That’s the problem with money madness. People refuse to be productive, and to trade, unless they get their tokens. They are misled to seek the abstraction (money) instead of the reality (goods and services).

Wealth (money) is not prosperity. Prosperity is the production, trade, and enjoyment of surplus usable goods and services. Doing more with less so more can enjoy is the remedy to misery. Doing less with more so few can enjoy is the recipe for misery.

Usury is the fee, in money, for the use of money (or extension of credit). Usury is basically interest in any form. If the “gain” is denominated in money, it’s usury. If the “gain” is denominated in anything but money, it is not usury. Usury is not only proscribed by all religions, condemned for “only” 3500 years, and an abomination, it is also mathematically unsustainable in a finite money token system. Due to the exponential equation used for calculating compound interest, it requires an infinite money supply to operate over the long term. Even short term usury imposes default upon a proportion of debtors simply because enough money tokens never existed.

The net result of money madness and usury is a cyclical economic pattern of booms and busts. As each usury cycle ramps up production, speculation and usury drives up the outstanding debt, a breaking point is reached, the economy busts, and the system resets, with the poor victims dispossessed, and left on their own.

A recent attempt at easing this cycle has been though collectivism, a clever system of institutionalized slavery. Instead of full time involuntary servitude, it relies on part time involuntary servitude, enforced by government. This allows the predators to shear the sheeple and maintain order through the illusion that there is a “safety net” for those victims of the insane system. However, by penalizing the producers and rewarding the non-producers, the social structure has inverted so that the recipient class outvotes the donor class, which is also shrinking. A snake eating its own tail comes to mind.

The net result is a total breakdown in the system, followed by a protracted period of chaos, as the various factors try to maneuver themselves into the most favorable positions to gain wealth and power. Until usury is banned, collectivism eradicated, and money madness cured, humanity is not going to enjoy the prosperity it has the potential to achieve.


Contrary to the concocted vision of what a home “should be,” today’s focus should be on durability, frugality, health, resource conservation, and security – especially security.

A cursory review of the news is a reminder that stick built American housing is prone to destruction by fire, wind, falling objects, flying objects, water, insects, vermin, etc, etc. And in many cases, once electrical power is lost, the house is unlivable.

The housing material you should be using is concrete*, specifically concrete sandwich wall (stress skin), superinsulated (R39 or better), with Polytorx (helix fiber) reinforced, titanium dioxide photocatalyst smog eating coated exterior (ease of maintenance and cleaning). Designed to be disaster resistant with respect to rain, wind, tornado, hurricane, flood, storm surge, fire, earthquake, termites, carpenter bees, carpenter ants, vermin, mold, mildew, temperature extremes, precipitation (snow, rain, or ash) and predatory creatures (2 or 4 legged). And to accommodate high snow drifts or flash floods, incorporate external exits on upper levels. [Have windows protected with storm shutters and insulated shutters for weather extremes.]

(*Concrete can be formed into any decorative material the architect wishes – faux stone, faux brick, faux wood, and stained / etched / stamped concrete.)

Floors should be designed for a minimum 45 psi live load – including bedrooms (to allow for waterbeds).

A modern “Dream Home” should be designed to be autonomous, low maintenance, low cost to operate, and an asset instead of a liability. Such a house would remain functional even if there were a loss of power or resupply. Instead of attention to nonfunctional decor and appearances, focus on providing productive value to the homeowner – not higher cost to operate, maintain and repair.

Instead of expensive to maintain decorative landscaping, install an edible permaculture system – utilizing fruit and nut trees, dwarf or semidwarf, berry shrubs, vegetable vines, planters, and garden beds that are a food resource for the owner. Utilize raised beds, keyhole gardening, hypertufa planters, and suspended planters as required. Install water saving drip irrigation on timers. Place seasonal plants in trellises to strategically shade vertical east / west surfaces in summer, but that die down in fall, to allow more light in. But do not plant trees that grow large near to the house! Their roots can disturb foundations and if they fall over, can damage the house. Install bird netting and bird spikes to keep birds from doing damage to crops, where needed.

Luxuries that have a valuable function are welcome. A central vacuum is a useful appliance – especially a kitchen floor vent for quick disposal of sweepings – and the quiet performance is an added plus (won’t wake sleeping babies). Ditto for a vent at the baker’s station (collect that pesky flour dust).

Kitchen appliances should not require extensive bending or stretching to reach or operate, in general. Preferably wall ovens and range top, instead of the usual stove.

Concrete or ferrocement kitchen countertops provide durability and fireproof surface. Since most ‘residential’ kitchens are not rated for ‘commercial’ grade appliances due to fire hazard and overheating, among other things, it might be worthwhile to upgrade the kitchen to be more suitable for such appliances like a high BTU wok burner, a high temperature pizza oven, a deep fryer, and other such items.

Full wiring for video cam(s) and  intercom(s), CAT 6 LAN, OTA / Cable TV coax, fiberoptics, and multi-line telephone is appreciated (wired devices are more secure, more reliable and more private than wireless).

Master bedrooms should be wired with his and hers quad AC outlets, with at least 2 outlets tied to 2 way wall switches (for bed lamps or other electrical appliances).

And the typical code minimum duplex outlet wiring is wholly inadequate and poorly placed, low and in the middle of the wall. Would be far better to place bedroom outlets near each corner, and counter height.

And no bathroom should be without a bidet (or combination toilet / bidet) – and perhaps a urinal, too (end the seat-left-up controversy). Bathrooms should have timed exhaust vent fans, preferably remote and quiet. And let us not forget universal access – for the aged, infirm, and handicapped – or who are wheel chair bound or on crutches : sufficient clearance, ramps and elevator(s), and no “decorative” level changes. At least one designated bathroom suited to their needs – hand rails – comfort height toilet – walk in soak tub or sit down shower – and so on. Make your “dream house” that doesn’t become a nightmare once a person is no longer fit and functional.

For those who wish a “remote controlled” house, install latching relays for AC power legs that can function with or without computer control. Also, place electric service subpanels on each level, to minimize leg length (save on wire) and convenient access for resetting tripped circuits.

For the trendy, a home theater / game room … preferably in a sound isolated room, so that a booming 7.1 sound system will not annoy.

For the survivalist / prepper, incorporate a sunspace / greenhouse / fish pond aquaculture station, with enough room to putter around with the plants and fishes. Think of it as a tropical fish tank on steroids.

Consider power independence via solar hot water heater, solar photovoltaic panels and / or wind turbine, natural illumination where practical, water pressurization tank, rainwater collection system, cistern, hand pump and so on.

For the spiritual or religious, a small chapel or meditation area, for prayer and contemplation, acoustically isolated and serene.

And for those who like air powered tools, compressed air outlets around the house – which are useful during construction, for spray painting – and useful afterwards for dusting, cleaning, and quick drying, too. And the compressed air can drive pneumatic powered pocket doors (a la Star Trek). . . or powered hinged doors, for those in need of assistance.

{Perhaps the air duct system can be enhanced with electrostatic dust precipitators and be used as a “house cleaning” adjunct… stir up the dust with an air gun, and filter the air via the existing ducts.}

Safety features : fire suppression sprinklers throughout house. Security camera coverage of house and property. Security sensors on all windows and doors. Video Intercom and remote door lock control at entrances.

Floor drains in all bathrooms and kitchen – so any accidental spill or overflow doesn’t become a greater flooding disaster. Pressure balancing anti-scald valves on all showers. If solar hot water heater installed, an anti-scald sensor on the tankless water heater to mix cold water in. No low AC outlets where little children can reach ( get a code variance if needed). If a panic room / subterranean shelter is desired, situate it so that has universal access, too.

Frugal features : two way switched overhead fans in all rooms (in hot / humid climates); 4 foot fluorescent fixtures (full spectrum if desired); (indirect cove lighting for bedrooms, too); exterior venting and inlets for appliances that generate waste heat (refrigerator, freezer, range, clothes dryer); install air conditioner (if necessary) on the highest level, so that the cold air will naturally circulate downward – prevent the problem of the “too hot” upstairs issue in multiple story homes (also prevents theft of A/C copper pipe). Instead of a banal wood deck that tends to rot away, install a roof deck belvedere. . . better view, better breezes.

All bedrooms should have customized closets that replace the function of dressers and chest of drawers. And built in desk tops that fold out or down.

Luxury “performance” : extensive sound proofing and acoustic engineering; aroma control (venting of noxious odors; airlock bathrooms); engineered visual appeal (ex: videoscreens portraying dynamic outdoor landscapes, window sill planters and dioramas, terrariums, aquariums, mini-habitats); interior climate control flexibility; enhanced privacy for a four season sunbathing space – essential for Vit. D and anti-fungal treatment; sunlight therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder; balanced spectrum fluorescent light fixtures (i.e. “Ottlite”).
Also reserve space for an Elevator shaft.

Quirky optional features : mobile furniture – swings, gliders, rockers, hammocks; ventilated furniture (for hot humid climates) – mesh back, cane back, slat back chairs; unusual video monitor placement – overhead in bedrooms for supine viewing; and overstuffed furniture (for cold climates).

Can your present house function?
If the power goes out, will the house still function or will it need to be abandoned?
If a cold spell or heat spell arrives, will you need to evacuate?
In a heat wave, without A/C, does the house have a “summer kitchen” to use for cooking?
Can the plumbing survive a freeze? (are the traps easily drained?)
Is there a reliable water supply – a cistern for rainwater collection?
With a hand pump?
Is there an emergency dry composting toilet that requires zero potable water?
Is the window placement and glazing designed to maximize natural lighting?
Are appliances that generate waste heat suitably vented (in hot climates) or recycled (in cold climates) or segregated from conditioned space?
Are there airlocks at entrances to conserve conditioned air? (And do double duty as security access control points)  Are windows designed with “heat mirror” inserts to cut down on unwanted thermal transfer?
Are windows provided with external CAT 5 storm rated shutters, and internal insulated shutters?
Is there a convenient pantry for bulk food storage (24 month supply)?
Food service sized utensils (i.e. No. 10 can openers, bucket opener, can crushers, pot fillers, containers)?
Are there alternative / emergency means to cook (solar oven, wood stove, cook fire, outdoor stove), to store (superinsulated ice box, spring house, root cellar), to process (drying and smoking) and an area to serve for dining al fresco but without annoying insects?
Will the air to air heat exchanger (energy recovery ventilation appliance) function with only wind power (roof turbine) to draw stale air out?
Ditto, for the passive dehumidifier (for hot / humid climates)?

Phew – much to ponder.