Last night there was another Libertarian Town Hall. Yes, there has been more than one. I get questions about libertarians from curious people who think I may know the answers. What I know is the two parties running things at the moment are corrupt to their very cores. They cannot and will never be changed. It is time for Americans to abandon them. People tell me my vote will be wasted if I vote Libertarian. There is a false assumption in that statement. The assumption is that one of the two dominating parties is better than the other. Nothing could be further from the truth. Both parties are toxic. If I’m given a choice between taking a lethal dose of Cyanide or Arsenic, how could one be better than the other? If the choice I make is to walk away from the poison isn’t that a better choice? If then, the poison is forced down my throat, how can I then be blamed? I choose not to participate in nor be responsible for the destruction of America by either major political party. I have voted both republican and democrat in past elections. I now choose the party that believes that I should be left alone to do what I want if it does not harm others. How can that philosophy be wrong? If you’re still reading this, then I know you are thinking, so here’s a bonus. It’s a link to the previous Libertarian Town Hall:

Think for yourselves. Don’t buy the lies. Do the research and invest the time to make an educated decision.
Choose freedom.

Farmbot? What’s that?

I just heard about something called a “farmbot” yesterday. It’s a robot with a long arm that can plant and weed and water your garden for you. It can measure soil nutrient levels too. My first thought was Wow, think how much food I could grow while I’m at work! This thing would be a really handy assistant and I think it would probably scare off the deer, too. It’s based on the same technology used in 3d printers. Except that this 3d printer runs on rails on a raised bed planter. The arm swaps out tools for different jobs, and rolls back and forth taking care of the plants 24 hours a day. The best part is it’s all open source. Use it, modify it and give the new capabilities to the rest of the world. This thing is definitely going places.

If you’re curious, they have a video at

Maybe I could start a new (or 2nd) career repairing and installing farmbots…
I think that would be a fun hobby or source of retirement income.

The College Degree and Academic Inflation
An interesting article written in 2012. Probably more true today than ever. In my experience, experience trumps education. I used to think as most still do that higher education was important. I can’t in good conscience recommend that anyone spend money on higher education any more. If your employer will fund it, or you can get a grant or scholarship then more power to you but I believe that failing that, the only thing you can do to combat this is dress well, and employ lots of shoe leather. Shake a lot of hands and apply for work everywhere until you find a job. Then start looking for the next better job. Wash, Rinse, Repeat.

Willamette Hops day at the Pitchford House

I just harvested my Willamette Hops today. I know it’s late in the season. I should have harvested last month, in fact. But life has a way of getting in the way, if you know what I mean. I finally had a day off and a few hours to spare, so I cut down the Willamette Hops vines and picked the hops. They are drying in the dehydrator at the moment. Willamette Hops have subtle, spicy and floral notes and are used in many types of beer. I’m planning to use them in a porter or stout.