Biointensive Raised Beds

Some resources I found useful.

This video series kicks butt

The stages of soil preparation are visible here.

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This no till tetris game from hell takes about 2 times as much work to prepare the soil 😉

but it requires almost no weeding maintenance and results in 4x the productivity of normal raised beds. This book “El Huerto Sustentable” goes into great detail. It takes about 2 hours reading to really get the core of it. Image

 

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Celebrating New Years and Imani with Queen Mother

It was a wonderful day of wonderful work on a wonderful holiday with wonderful people.  The following is the exact language of Queen Mother drafted to the new Mayor de Blasio in PDF form that will also be directed to the Pope and other leadership, regarding not leaving anyone behind in 2014 – be it New York or anywhere in the world

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Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely
Community Mayor of HarlemAmbassador of Good will to Africa
New Future Foundation Int.
477 W142 st Ste. 2
New York, NY 10031
212-368-3739
1-1-14
Re: No New Yorker Left Behind

EMAIL
PUBLIC

Mayor Bill de Blasio
City Hall
New York, NY 10007

Dear Mayor Bill de Blasio

CONGRATULATIONS, NEW YEAR BLESSINGS WITH PRAYERS FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, QUEEN MOTHER DR. DELOIS BLAKELY WAS NOT ABLE TO ATTENDED YOUR INNOGURATION & REQUESTS A CALL TO ASSIST IN URGENT COMMUNITY MATTERS THAT THREATEN HER AND OTHER NEW YORKERS

Congratulations on your inauguration as the 109th mayor of this Most Great City of New York. With 55 years of devoted service to this city, Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely regrets that this was the first inauguration she had to miss. Due to urgent matters of protecting her 30 year strong, self organized and repaired community building in Harlem, to ensure safe living conditions with heat and hot water, struggling in the dead of winter in a now 11 year long battle in the Court System against predatory lending and mortgage fraud against the HDFC (Housing Development Fund Corporation) low income housing which took decades to secure, Queen Mother was not able to attend.

After just returning from a trip to China, as part of her global investigation for best practices to solve this injustice of inadequate shelter for the poor and powerless, Queen Mother had to recuperate for the long fight ahead, to keep the community building which she secured for other single mothers with handicapped and special needs individuals. Refusing to succumb to the devastation offered through institutions, and arising to provide a working community based solution through cooperative housing earned with sweat and sacrifice, continuing her vow of poverty after becoming a nun within the Convent of New York, dedicating her Harvard, MIT, and Columbia degrees as a champion for global issues that are local, walking untold miles between Harlem to the UN, answering public officials, speaking with world leaders, and living with the people she serves, she has become an icon living between the Two Cities. Earning one dollar a year, she knows how to survive, and is preparing for the next court date on Jan 3rd at the New York State Supreme Court. The attention and participation of the Mayor’s Office, to ensure this heroine is not left in glamor of public words but honored with good deeds, will help this Most Great City advance.

With prayers for this city to realize it’s true potential,

Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely

Community Mayor of Harlem & Ambassador of Good Will to Africa

QMDB/ethiii

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Enclosure 1. Queen Mother Moor with Nelson Mandela and Queen Mother Blakely (1990 in South Africa after Mandela’s release in the presidential office)

Queen Mother Moor - Nelson Mandela - Queen Mother Blakely

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Enclosure 2. Queen Mother Blakely with Edward T Hall III celebrating the New Year and Imani with Anne Apparu and drafting the letter for NYC leadership and the Pope
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Happy New Year, Happy day of Imani everyone – may the next Gregorian year be filled with victory and success for the friends of humanity and lovers of Creator

Imani = Faith

Your World Embracing Vision: 2014

What is the best news, the greatest challenge, and your highest expression to the Most High for 2014?  Let it be world embracing 🙂

Four victories of 2013 to bring into 2014:

BookFace is dead to youth

Guardian story on the death of BF

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1/2 of us regular mainstream news watchers turned off the boobtube

Newsbuster article detailing miraculous drop in CNN/MSN/FX viewers

previously unthinkable peace after 35 years of hostile relations could begin with the first commercial flights between the US and Iran

Guardian article on historic plan for Manhattan -> Tehran flights (*ahem.. yeah I do care about the environment! Solar flights 2024?)

Far from rosy eyed, there is plenty more to address, but this is definitely progress!  God willing, humanity will keep expanding frontiers of knowledge and strongholds of peace… For me, the biggest issues for us to really address

There is progress in those fronts too with coverage of the Redskins ban debate, and the slow, steady growth of the antifracking, renewable energy and organic farming efforts!  Also the illegal TPP trade scheme is looking less and less feasible!  Slow and steady!  These developments DON’T HAPPEN BY ACCIDENT, but by continuous fortitude of self sacrificing, unnamed, humble caretakers of humanity.. It’s not those of us blabring our heads off. Its the one’s who do the hard work, stay positive, and overcome the fear. As a former Occupier I hope that the streets stay clear of conflict, that our parks fill with picnics of dialogue and solution making… and we all find our Most High purpose/support and work together beyond this life, the seven generations, and are refreshed with the Breeze of Life from the Most Hidden of the hidden, and Manifest of the manifest.  With the following as my salute to the Gregorian 2014 – what would you say!!! What excites you about 2014, the progress of this year, and the challenges ahead, AND odes to Life… BUT FIRST – my most radical thought

Perhaps every bit of pain, we humanbeeeinz experience, is just a growth spurt.. from being little twerps to slowly mastering the art of peaceful, conscious, life creating… some day – even if wars break out – we’ll get out of the self inflicted doubt – and finally get out of the dark ages to breath life into every corner of the solar system, galaxy, nay universe, infinity 🙂

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2 Years = 2 Lessons

I was composed not to write any prose on this anniversary

so poetry will suffice, these dice, I’ll roll till the fight becomes a soul full open source poll, and I die an old Joe… but 2 years ago… I learned what community meant.  2 years ago, I was given a taste of what it meant to defend a kitchen, and I look back… last night listened to the whispering wind with a few friends from the beginning, getting a tie dye set of leggings back, “order is restored in the kingdom” har har 🙂

long live the Queen of America

What can be said… the movement is far from dead… but no longer in my head. God willing, it can be shead… but its impossible to like a bad itch… the fight for “life” and the temptation of strife, Jerremy Hammond now 10 years in a slammer, with so much more to flip through the YouTube gore that is the state of the present world order, Fukushima, and billionair hoarders, whewww!!!  What is there to say while looking in the mirror?

That I would not have made it through Liberty Plaza without spiritual foddar, and that I am thankful to be going farther, to honor the sacrifice and the lessons learned while in holdings every time, knowing now what a cop out color blind is and how cops create more doubt than safety,… learning not conceptually, not from some anthropology degree, Pee on your PhD, TDE, that love for humanity and the little kiddis is all we can do. Get mad tight and no more fight because in the end we are all light, and the whole struggle just keeps us from going beyond the insistant self bubble prison we living in that waves out into allt he human made limits on God and our Divine Union… as humanz… that it’s patience, and listening and taking away two lessons.

Sacred solutions will inhale the pollutants, and reparing all the relations can renew America’s station… the first is for us all, the last is mostly the responsability for white men… because we live on stolen land, and as long as we repeat the mistakes of our fathers, and take land, this nation of the United States will be shaken with bloody retribution.  So God have mercy on us and guide us forward, may we peacefully create the future… May the following quotes go to Jerrimy the Trooper.  It’s the only way I could see glory in the decay of the day.  To stop trying to “save” those being taken by the waves but to build the machine that stops the flood.

Now words into deeds – the first is for the strong of heart, the second for those strong of soul – I wana know who’s ready to go.

2. O SON OF SPIRIT!
The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be. Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness. Set it then before thine eyes.

Persian 74 – O CHILDREN OF VAINGLORY!
For a fleeting sovereignty ye have abandoned My imperishable dominion, and have adorned yourselves with the gay livery of the world and made of it your boast. By My beauty! All will I gather beneath the one-colored covering of the dust and efface all these diverse colors save them that choose My own, and that is purging from every color.

Censorship on Sugarhill

Guess what happened after I posted a silly, but mildly insightful update about BookFace’s conspiring with totalitarian police forces to censor citizen activists….

THIS!

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And why?

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and when I tried to share this hilariously ironic exchange with Roger Berkowits and other heroic keepers of Hannah Arendt’s historic, but now cutting edge, deconstruction of totalitarianism annnnd… THIS HAPPENED

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Just a day in the life of Tedward Hall and probably most people who give a damn

such is the burden of today 🙂   I like weight lifting, how bout you?  Glad I’m born in America, God bless this nation… as we smother out the last banal breaths of the Samiric miráge plugging the human family… the front lines are within (ie our own minds and hearts)

Welcome to America: Land of the Indefinitely Detained, Home of the Criminal Elite

Just got out of a 40 hour jail sentence for splitting a NYC Metro turnstile fare and had to write this, especially in light of Obama’s latest fight to finally kill Habeas Corpus – the very reason for our country’s founding.  It’s my 6th time being incarcerated this year.  Having spent 11+ days total in jail, I’ve finally managed to digest some of the disgusting reality of America’s so called “justice” system. It almost doesn’t matter what Obama does with his freak monster NDAA Section 1030 creation. Weather he vetoes it to boost popularity or just goes for the jugular and let’s it pass, America already indefinitely detains its citizens. Not only that, an elite class of criminals are printing their own unlimited impunity passes through their private Federal Reserve (or what I like to call the Never Ending Roller Coaster for Market Stability).

It doesn’t matter if saving $1.25 is necessary for surviving this constructed economic crisis, or if the NYPD stole and destroyed everything you owned for peacefully assembling to fix said crisis… It doesn’t matter if the officer didn’t witness you sharing a fare. Or if you’ve defacto paid for infinite subway rides through local transportation taxes and inflated past fares that keep the average MTA annual salary above $100,000.  You’re going to jail.

This time around I was jailed as a regular Joe.  No Occupy friends to chant “WE ARE THE 99%” to pass time.  I only had meditations, prayers, and words to share with other inmates.  Our cell was filled beyond capacity with 40 of us crammed into a space like this.One man perched himself over the toilet stall. The floor was riddled with stale bread skins and leaking milk boxes. The stale stench of Central Bookings was covered for a short while by some kids who rolled a blunt just below the gaze of the single surveillance camera – or “eye in da sky” as we put it.

80% of us were Black, 10% of us were Hispanic, almost no white people.  A quarter of us were arrested for Metro jumping or something like that.  Another quarter were arrested for no reason at all, basically racial profiling (one of my friends was arrested for going to a public bathroom and having an old warrant … he’s still in jail).  Another quarter were arrested for carrying personal bags of weed, which is not an arrestable offence in NYC.  One man I spoke with was in the jail for over three days for idling his car on his way to work.  He had an old warrant for an open container in 2006.  Many inmates were clearly entrapped with undercover drug deals…  Besides the remaining drug addicts, chronically homeless and one single disgusting rapist, only four teenage kids actually did commit a real crime by stealing a few laptops and some electronics.

“You Occupy guys don’t get it.  The police have been beating people forever.  That’s what they do.  Now you finally know what they’re really like.”  My friend who was stopped for going to a public bathroom told me the story of his brother – one that is infamous throughout Brooklyn.  A gang of police publicly bludgeoned him 15 feet outside his house for refusing to be unlawfully searched.  During the long beating they tazed him for 3 minutes straight.  His face was unrecognizable by the end and the cops shot and killed two of his dogs in the process.  One of the dog attacked the cops trying save his owner, the other broke through its fence to do the same.

I felt waves of almost unbearable frustration throughout the 40 hour jail stay.  Most of the other men let their frustration out. We felt gutted and abused. Arbitrarily shipped from one crap hole to another.  The moving just gave police an excuse to scream at us and act tough.  Which was hard to stomach knowing that most half of us were ten times the men of the most crewel cops.  I asked everyone in my cell if these bull shit sentences and jailing were getting worse. Yes, they said.  The whole thing is getting worse.  The cops find or create a weak spot on your record.  Something lame like idling your car, having an open container, and then crack you open spending all their energy cleaving through your life. Milking you, your family and friends to meet a quota.  It’s not about justice, or protecting anyone.  It’s about money and abusing authority.  And in that equation, you’re going to jail for as long as the system wants.  In my case, I could face 1 year in Rikers if caught doing anything from exercising my first amendment in a manner that the NYPD doesn’t like, to going to a public bathroom at the wrong time.

That is unless you’re one of the criminal elites. You can completely skip the jail house circus of hell, probably because you made it.  News flash: the latest bail out is now totaled at $29,000,000,000,000.  Far from $1.25.  But has a single person served time?  That’s double our national annual productivity.  That’s our annual education funding thirty times over. The only man to serve any time for anything related the Global Financial Crisis is Bernard Madoff. He now lives at Butner Federal Correction Complex or the “Crown Jewl” of the Federal Prison System. He defrauded his clients some $65,000,000,000.  This country club “prison” that doesn’t serve its inmates cardboard sandwiches for lunch. No it provides the geriatric inmates cancer treatment programs.  Perhaps us non-billionaires should up our law breaking from turnstile-sharing to destroying the global economy.  Then we might actually get the medical care we’re most likely jumping turnstiles to afford.

The most troubling part of my latest NYC jail experience had nothing to do with these statistics and facts.  It involved watching those four kids charged with grand larceny get completely screwed by the judge. Three of the teenage boys were sent to Rikers. One of them was asked to post $15,000 bail for a freaking misdemeanor. The last one remaining stood next to me watching his two brothers and friend being hauled off to the island prison so infamous for adolescent abuse. With tears filling his eyes he yelled “I’ll get you guys out! I promise!”.  It choked me up, watching him frantically call out to his remaining family being carted off – beating the jail bars as the cops sat filing papers. His mother died that year.  His brothers and friend were caught. Surviving this broken global machine that runs off the poor’s blood, by putting their hands in it’s cogs.  Putting my hand to my heart as he calmed himself I and nodded to him and let him know, he is the reason I am fighting Wall Street.

Split a Metro fair to save $1.25 and spend 40 hours in jail.  The other person who helps split it will be fined 100$ on top of that.  It doesn’t matter if they can’t even afford books for school.  Finish the 40 hours, get to be sent to Rikers for a year if you commit ANY CRIME in the eyes of the police. The following are crimes in their eyes: fighting for your country, peacefully assembling, standing in the sidewalk, going to a public bathroom, not having a state ID, or being Black.  But if you rape our country of $29,000,000,000,000? The cops will beat the living fuck out of people FOR YOU.

Welcome to America – Land of the Indefinitely Detained, Home of the Criminal Elite… Occupy Forever, Occupy Everywhere until we revive our her spirit and dream… And until these sons of bitches rot in Rikers we will not find real change.  Perhaps then, the NYPD might overcome the bad rap of being Banker cronies and community terrorists.  Perhaps then, the NYPD can reclaim the heroism as displayed during 9-11. Perhaps then, the NYPD can look themselves in the mirror and say they are arresting criminals.  Every single officer I’ve asked tells me they dream about throwing bankers into Rikers.  What’s keeping the American Dream from becoming a reality?

True Patriotism, in the Planetary Age

This writing is for all, and Obama.  It’s baser motivation is to explain why I do not support Obama.  It’s greater motivation is to set a new standard for him and all public servants. I still think him a good man. I still have some small glimmer of hope he may change his ways. But I think him a coward. He has been compared to Lincoln, without having a shred of kind courage.  He was a popular president… who could have started an unstoppable effort to actually save our country.  Now he finds himself trailing millions of citizens who have taken the fight for liberty to the streets – men and women who have given up everything to save their country.  The most powerful man America, should not be one of the last to make such sacrifice…. he has made none of significance as far as I can tell.  Possibly this is out of some rational long term strategy, but that’s not what a leader does.  A leader inspires and forges new territory… Beurocrats plan long term rational strategy.  Please read this speech of Lincoln, and ask yourself if who today measures up to such a standard… They are the Transcendent Fathers and Mothers of our country.  They are the Guardians of Mother Earth

The following is Lincoln’s speech on Dec. 26, 1839 to the bankers who were swindling our young country. If Obama could find such a voice and courage in himself, I may find some faith in him… If Obama made such a public oath, as I will when I return from my recruitment trip from Bard back to Liberty Square, I will support him fully. I will protect him as a president… because all who have tread this path – elected, running, or leading successfully – have been either murdered or systematically cut out from our reality.

“[A debate opponent] confidently predicts, that every State in the Union will vote for Mr. Van Buren at the next Presidential election. Address that argument to cowards and to knaves; with the free and the brave it will effect nothing. It may be true; if it must, let it. Many free countries have lost their liberty; and ours may lose hers; but if she shall, be it my proudest plume, not that I was the last to desert, but that I never deserted her. I know that the great volcano at Washington, aroused and directed by the evil spirit that reigns there, belching forth the lava of political corruption, in a current broad and deep, which is sweeping with frightful velocity over the whole length and breadth of the land, bidding fair to leave no green spot or living thing, while on its bosom are riding like demons on the waves of Hell, the imps of that evil spirit, and fiendishly taunting all those who dare resist its destroying course, with the hopelessness of their effort; and knowing this, I cannot deny that all may be swept away. Broken by it, I, too, may be; bow to it I never will.

“The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just; it shall not deter me. If ever I feel the soul within me elevate and expand to those dimensions not wholly unworthy of its Almighty Architect, it is when I contemplate the cause of my country, deserted by all the world beside, and I standing up boldly and alone and hurling defiance at her victorious oppressors. Here, without contemplating consequences, before High heaven, and in the face of the world, I swear eternal fidelity to the just cause, as I deem it, of the land of my life, my liberty and my love. And who, that thinks with me, will not fearlessly adopt the oath I take. Let none falter, who thinks he is right, and we may succeed. But, if after all, we shall fail, be it so. We still shall have the proud consolation of saying to our consciences, and to the departed shade of our country’s freedom, that the cause approved of our judgment, and adored of our hearts, in disaster, in chains, in torture, in death, we never faltered in defending.”

I personally took such an oath ages ago.  It is a kind of oath beyond words.  My oath expands beyond our dear country to Mother Earth and to God.  Such sane, brave patriotism only strengthens when it expands to all humanity and the Creator of humanity.  I uphold all our public servants to such a standard… and aim to let those who do not, decay under the old, evil apparatus, that is destined to fall, which bears wounds from our bravest of founding fathers who fought without hesitation to the end.  We are all public servants, and we can all rise to such a standard of excellence.  Lincoln is not the first public servant to take such an oath, and I will not be the last.  Our country has a great history of committment to good, often overlooked.

I ask President Obama take such oath with God as a witness.  That he share some unique variation, to inspire and solidify in him a noble commitment to our country, humanity, Earth and God that all can be in awe of.  That he come down to the Occupations, and show true courage.  That he rise to the time, take his rightful place in history, as a fighter for liberty, as a Transcendent Father of our country, along side the Transcendent Fathers and Mothers of Liberty Plaza, Oakland, DC.  That he take his rightful place in history as a fighter for humanity, as a Guardian of Mother Earth, along side those of us in Liberty Plaza, Oakland, DC, Tahrir, Madrid, Honduras, Bolivia, Colombia etc.

I ask you to do the same.  And I urge you to recognize.  That those who stand in our way, who thwart our efforts, will go down in history eternally as cowards.  That this time is ripe, and grave.  That there is something much larger than any one of us, that we must humble ourselves to work for.  The idle imaginings and distractions that keep us from rising, standing for our country and for our dying planet, are our own.  I do not ask for all to take to the streets, but I ask that they turn off whatever keeps them asleep, stagnant.  That they activate themselves for a greater cause, in whatever capacity pleases them the most… dare I ask that they activate themselves for the greatest cause, to unite humanity in this global effort to save life and create harmony.  That in such a role, one’s work is literally an act of worship for life and this precious existence.  That they will find no better Occupation than that.  Such a role comes from a spiritual awareness and grows from there.  In such a time, such a spiritual laziness is akin to the worst atrocity a humankind is capable of.  Because such laxity enables the worst human atrocities.

Activate to enable the greatest human potentials.  Join us.  Join the human family.  You are not alone.  We are not alone.  We are all doing this together.  The greatest work any human has ever been gifted by God.

Allahu-abha, Blessings, Amen