The Path out of corporate slavery starts in your home!

It is becoming increasingly clear that protesting is having little effect of late while we cannot let this deter us we need to take up a new stance! We have been fighting the corrupted on their turf where they have advantage and supremacy. We need to shift focus and do something radical! Now I can hear some of you say yeah we need to riot, bash windows ect and I say absolutely not! -Because that is what they expect and are prepared for. What we need to do is a grand scale retreat or let’s say purge them from our universe! How you say? -By becoming Autonomous, self sustaining and as independent as possible of their dealings.

1-Those of us who have Money could buy land and offer to share it with people who want to help them build self sustaining Microcommunities.

2-Those who do not want to share their land could at least teach those who want to learn how to be off grid and self-reliant how to do so and maybe share their produce overage with the less fortunate.

3- Those who have businesses could start offering a barter and trading system next to the conventional money system.

Becoming self reliant, growing your own food is no longer limited to rural landscapes and the country- New technology such as Hydro and Aquaponics, window and roof gardens make it not only possible but affordable if people are just taught how to do it. People could band together and buy up abandoned buildings in the city and create alternative living space.

Talent, produce, homemade products, time and even project based work could be bartered and traded, expanding the concept of time banks. Parents should band together and open alternative free schools for their children because we do not want the next generation to be poisoned by today’s society’s values!

We need to start building our own wireless networks that we can eventually interconnect – why? Because as much as we all love the internet let us not forget who built it and we need a second option!

We need to build our own radio and TV stations and those of us who are creative a truly alternative Music, art and Movie culture far away from the copywrite Nazi’s and the money mongers.

All these projects could network and share resources ideas and inventions all of it outside of the corporate, political power nexus …

will this be easy – Absolutely not! Not only will we receive pushback by those we oppose, but probably horrendous squabbling and drama within our own ranks – however if we prevail and evolve though the process we can in time create a sound counter culture that can transition us into true autonomy one step at the time.

The dissatisfaction with our current society Model is no longer just limited to a few hippies, communists, anarchists and moochers…it is global and wide spread phenomenon.

If those with similar goals and mind set build enclaves to their liking and start working with similarly inclined or likeminded groups or projects we actually have a chance of creating real change!

We are no longer just a few thousands we are effectively millions! Millions of lab rats that can cause a big chink in the cooperate-political armour if we decide to step off the hamster wheel; fact is without us they are nothing without our purchasing power they will dwindle and die out. I am not saying become unwashed hermits, I am saying become as autonomous as possible and reclaim your freedom!

Alex of Mutanthouse

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Meet The New recruits :D

There has been a lot going on since I last updated Mutanthouse has gained new furry and human residents first to move in was little Hariette her family decided to start a new life and decided there was no more room for their companion of almost 12 years 😦 (Harry’s birthday is august 17th). Knowing that the little chi girl would most likely be put down in the pound Mutanthouse decided that there was room for another furry miss so say hello to miss Hariette 😀

The Next To Move in Where Kay and Tim and their fur babies who decided that Mutanthouse was the project for them 😀 Tim Is a Photographer and Master Barista Kay Is a Photographer, Professional Makeup artist, Vet tech and certified Dog trainer 😀 They Originally came with 3 pooches and 3 kittehs but on arrival adopted the recently orphaned miss trinity who we will meet later in the post.
Let’s say hello to them all 😀

this is Kay 😀

This is Tim 😀

This is Miss Stella

Miss Sophia

Sir Owen

Meet Baby Cat

Meet Lily cat

And Hansel

Now to our miss trinity also known as buttercup , trin , wren and little bit. When her former family moved to Florida they decided to leave this poor little 7 week old girl in the abandoned apartment to die:( she was left without water or food. Though coincidence we de sided to look at the apartment to see if it would be fit to house Tim and Kay while we build their space on the property. And there she was flea infested to the Point that her fur was moving, covered in sores and with a skin infection from the filth she was left in. We of course grabbed the little girl and Kay proceeded to feed her (she was famished and dehydrated) as I called our vet (Mutanthouse Hearts ❤ high Point veterinary clinic ).

It was soon clear that little bit was to be Kay’s baby and they bonded further during the wait at our vet’s

Trinity was a very patient and well behaved pup during her examination …she was weighed in at 7.3 pounds. Originally we thought she was German Shepherd Rottwiler but Kay pointed out that her feet are relatively small and that the second breed might be Mini pincher – what do you guys think ?

So for now Kay and Tim’s family is complete say hello to little miss trinity 😀

Here she is resting with her brother Owen ❤

Our little girl is expected to make a full recovery and she is already full of puppy goodness and spunk as if nothing ever happened 😀

To build a garden the first step toward Independence

This year we started small but we are proud of our little tomato and bell-pepper plants 😀

TOMATO

BELL PEPPER 😀

But we have great ambitions toward planning and creating a full fledged garden for 2011.

We have decided that we would love to engage in both conventional and hydroponic gardening as well as aquaphonics. For this we will eventually need a green house. Because Mutanthouse is a VEGAN project we will not be stuffing our fish in ugly dark tanks but will be building them a habitat. We want to create a beautiful living space for our fish with tons of room to swim and play. We decided that the greenhouse should be sustainable therefore should be built out of old windows and doors.

Here some ideas that inspired us

Here more ideas that inspired us:

If you would like to contribute to this project there are several things you can do –

Donate building material – we need:

Wood – planks, poles, fencing, lattice, Doors, posts, pillars, old windows
Red or/and black bricks
Stone or concrete tiles
Seeds, Plants and fruit trees
Bamboo plants to keep out nosy Neighbors
Chicken wire
Tin roofing
Food grad PVC pipes
Wooden water barrels
Any kind of garden tools and equipment
pond liner
gravel
water pump
Solar panels (even damaged ones )

Or you can donate you time and help build it

Please contact me via message on our Facebook page if you are considering these options:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Mutanthouse-Project/193566447344664

You can also donate to garden fund here >

http://www.chipin.com/mypages/edit/id/78f8144bb8ae9daa

Every penny help and is appreciated 😀

Mutanthouse Wants YOU!!!

 The Mutanthouse project was originally just designed as blog that was to follow the transformation of my house and property into a self-sustaining eco-Earthship-tree-house-hybrid.  I wanted to  make my home a place that would  reflect my beliefs and  provide a better living  quality for my Dog’s  and myself .  At some point I realised that there had to be  others out there that where struggling  that did not have the home base which  they could build upon , that was the moment I decided that I wanted to expand the project  and open it up to others in need of a home and security. The idea to transform my property into a self-sustaining microcomutinty with a communal man house and smaller interconnected personal units began to form.  Having a place to call home, where you can express your self is more valuable than one thinks, and I want to provide this for others. You can find some of my general ideas for the project on the mutant house blog mentioned above but also a condensed version on my TMS blog (http://www.tzmnetwork.com/blogs/658/17/mutanthouse-project-as-functioni  ).

If you are interested in assisting with the project with ideas, labour or resources please contact me here and we can exchange emails if needed ;). I am in dire need of help, architecture students who want to go wild and build something are welcome as is anyone with any idea or contribution they would like to realise on the premises that is in alignment with the general ideology of mutant house.

If you think you would like to become a part of the Mutant house family as permanent resident of the project, please read the blog first and be aware that we will need to be in agreement with a few key factors. A community can only work if there is a common ideology and shared core beliefs, while there are always variations and one must be willing to compromise there are some points I am not willing to compromise on when it comes to sharing my life and living space:

1) Religious tolerance – I personally believe in GOD, but my view does not necessarily fit any margin. My belief enriches my life but it is not the focal point of my humanitarian or eco-political work. If you ask me  what I believe I will tell you but seriously it is not  really important to me  when it comes to interpersonal  communication and friendship . Your actions are what are important to me, and the things you stand for.   I have friends from all faiths as well as agnostic and Atheist friends. I will not tolerate any bashing from any side, logical discussions are fine  but anyone living here should feel comfortable  living their  belief, or lack of ,  without having the feeling of being  belittled , force-converted or looked down upon .

If you are of faith and cannot live with an atheist without constantly trying to convert them and telling them that they will go to hell or whatever other thing you might believe- Mutant house is not for you.

If you are an Atheist and constantly feel the need to make fun of or belittle another’s faith, or make snide comments on their intelligence  just for believing something  Mutant house is not for you – Pure and simple.

 

2) I am a vegan for both ethical but also for ecological reasons. At this current point of our history the support of the meat/Dairy /egg industry is one of the least publicised crimes towards the sustainability of resources and our planets survival.  Considering that it is one of the largest contributing factors to Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and the depletion of our rainforests, I cannot compromise on the following- within Mutanthouse; anyone wanting to become permanent resident within the project should be either Vegan or Vegetarian.

3) Animals, trees and children at Mutant house are to be treated with respect and none violently. No animal will be killed, or physically punished on the premises. Parents who are permanent residents should be in agreement that children raised here will never be subject to physical or emotional violence. None of the trees on the property will be chopped down just because they might be “in the way!”  These trees have lived here long before we did and we will find ways to build around them!

4) Any person applying for permanent residentship  will have to live here for a trial period  of six months, which will either be extended if the existing residents need more time to decide , or a final decision will be agreed upon by the existing residents.  A permanent resident will then receive all rights to vote on major decisions within the project, create projects of their own as well as claiming permanent living space on the compound which will be designed and agreed upon in communion with the existing residents.

All this being said  I am  really looking for people  who want to live and work with me on this project , so if you need a place to stay , live and grow  let me know !

Mutanthouse as functioning micro community

I haven’t been posting   much of late, mostly because I have been crunching numbers, intaking new ideas and concepts. In the last  month I have realised something , while  it is inherently important to me  to  make  this home a safe please for my animals and myself , The idea of  sharing this  space with other like minded people has become  equally important.

My property might be in a less favourable part of town, but it is inherently beautiful with wonderful trees and vast opportunities. My neighbourhood in many ways reflects the global issues we are facing so it is actually the ideal vintage point to prove that change is possible.

If I ( I hope one day we )  succeed into making this place  a functioning  micro community , it will not only  turn this  piece of land into  an example of  a functioning concept, but also become a beckon of hope  for this struggling  town. Not only could this place become home to people, but we could also actively help the community, by sharing the produce grown here with our struggling neighbours.  We could also help make life better for the multitude of stray animals in this neighbourhood , as well as provide  help with homework  for kids, a safe place to play (playground ) … things like that . If we run out of space and we find the funding we could expand   , there is a lot of unstructured property surrounding mine as well as an array of abandoned and deteriorating properties.

We could offer services to the community which they could intern exchange for services of their own. Maybe at some point we could open a small onsite and online school because education is a great platform to implement change.

Right now a lot of people are hurting, they have nowhere to go, or the existing family-structures have failed them. This could be an opportunity to be a different kind of family, a sanctuary for those who have not found their spot yet: or/and a transition gateway for those who want to build similar projects of their own. I am aware that  in the end I cannot do this on my own  but I am sort of  bopping that the magic of “if you build it they will come “ will work here , and that  something valuable will come of this.

I am aware that  there are things  that will need to be , thought out more in detail : that maybe not all people interested will turn out to be compatible , but we will  have to just  go though the trial and error  process.  It is definitely better than doing nothing or giving up.

If it works however this place could become a little utopian island in a rocky sea, it could also inspire others that might be in a similar situation like me to do the same. We could incorporate and teach awesome philosophies such as Resourced based economy, sustainable living and renewable energy, holistic medicine ect.  The things we invent and create could be placed under creative commons and open source, there is just so much that could be done.   I would really like it to come to that  🙂

It’s not easy being green – or is it? Getting tax credits and financial help for going green

As Kermit sang so proficiently it ‘s not easy being green , It is a sad thing that in this world being a polluting menace often is cheaper than going green …well let me revise that, the initial hurdle of going green is often a seemingly insurmountable obstacle for low to middle income families. Unbeknownsed to many of us there are actually some pretty interesting grant programs throughout America that can actually lower that initial hurdle, they are just not widely publicised.  Some states even have special mortgage extension programs with low rates for green upgrades. Finding these programs and  applying for them can be  really hard for the layman or Woman . But there is help there are an array of resource site out there to help you on this somewhat thorny path.

Here are some valuable sites if you decide to go green:

Dsire http://www.dsireusa.org/

Is a site that will give you all available federal options as well as a by state line-up of state programs: it even when available offer some local options.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) http://www.nrel.gov/

This site gives you easy to understand information on different renewable energy options. Not only will you find the more known energy sources like wind, solar and hydro, but also geothermal and biomass options. In the news section you will find available incentive programs.

ACEEE | American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy http://www.aceee.org/

This site has a great free PDF file that gives you the low down on available tax credits for  green living and upgrades.  The current version is only for 2009 but still it can give you a guideline what to look for

http://energytaxincentives.org/uploaded_files/Tax_incentive09.pdf

U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) http://www.eere.energy.gov/

This is the department of energy’s website.  If you click this link http://search.nrel.gov/query.html?qp=&style=eere&qs=&qc=eren&ws=0&qm=0&st=1&nh=10&lk=1&rf=0&oq=&col=eren&qt=information+centr&x=0&y=0

It will lead you to the “information centre “that spans an array of topics, such as: tax incentive programs as well as resources where to buy solar and wind systems as well as fuel cells and the like.  The genral site is also well worth browsing through.

Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) http://ase.org/

This is a resource and information loaded site, tax incentives, energy and money saving tips as well as earth friendly options for an array of situations. http://ase.org/resources/energy-efficiency-home-and-vehicle-tax-credits