Archive for June, 2011

All through the night…

Very old Welsh lullaby…



Chords from…



G        C          A        D
Sleep my child, let/peace attend thee
C   D            G
All through the/ night
G        C       A        D
Guardian angels/ God will send thee/
C   D           G
All Through the night.
C    G   C    G C         Am   G
Soft the drowsy/hours are creeping/
D    G    Am  Em  C      D
hill and vale in slumber stepping./
G    C       A     D
I my loving/ vigil keeping/
C    D7         G
All through the night.
G           C          A        D
While the moon, her/ watch is keeping/
C    D          G
All through the night

G           C       A        D
While the weary/ world is sleeping/
C        D       G
All through the night.
C    G   C    G  C       Am   G
O’er thy spirit/ gently stealing
D    G    Am     Em  C      D
Visions of de-/light revealing
G          C         A    D
Breathes a pure and/holy feeling
C     D               G
All through the the/ night


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II Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty… (apparently neither the Lord or liberty are honored at the Mid Devon District)

Injunction to move by the end the of month


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mid Devon Gazette

A COUPLE living an “off-grid” lifestyle say they face prison unless they move from their own land in Willand and return to an existence in the benefits trap.

Stig and Dinah Mason bought Muxbeare Orchard after a sudden windfall allowed them to quit their impoverished lives on a Hertfordshire council estate two years ago.

The Masons have transformed what they described as a derelict four-acre plot into a haven of self-sufficiency boasting a 400 sq m allotment, a polytunnel and greenhouses to grow fruit and vegetables, chickens for egg production and an orchard they have regenerated by planting around 14 new apple trees of various species.

The couple, who have two boys, aged eight and nine, say because they moved onto the site in order to work the land, Mid Devon District Council is turfing them off as officers do not consider them to be conserving an agricultural area.

They faced magistrates on March 31 when they were served with an injunction to leave within 28 days from June 1.

Dinah, 35, who spent a year with her husband clearing four-foot high nettles and thistles which engulfed the four-acre site, said: “How anybody can say the orchard was being conserved before is beyond my comprehension.”

Dinah works while Stig, 34, as well as making sure the children get to school on time, tends to the land on a daily basis where peas, potatoes, garlic, strawberries, raspberries and various produce have been growing since 2009.

Vegetarians Stig and Dinah claim council officers offered them bed and breakfast accommodation in Cullompton at taxpayers’ expense and suggested they live on take aways, which are likely to cost around £20 for each family meal.

Dinah’s income currently provides the family with everything they need which they cannot grow themselves but is unlikely to stretch to cover kennelling costs for their dog, Moo.

They say they currently receive no state hand-outs but by giving up their “off grid” way of life, they fear they will end up in a council house, claiming housing and council tax benefits, as well as seeking grants to help pay for high utility bills.

Stig, chairman of the Willand Composting Scheme and a member of the primary school’s PTFA, sells eggs, produce, and hopefully cider in the future but explained that planning permission to live and work on the land was refused in 2009 which they are appealing against.

He said one of the council’s reasons for refusal was based on a belief the couple had did not have a “sound enough business plan.”

As well as plans to sell more produce locally, the couple say it is only likely to take them a further two years to get to a stage where they will be able to grow six to eight months’ worth of vegetables.

Dinah, who is a community care worker, cub leader and also a member of the PTFA, said: “To live in an agricultural area you need to have a financial need, but this gives us enough to live on, but our whole ethos is not about making money.

“The council is saying by us living here it becomes mixed-use and is therefore no longer deemed agricultural.”

Dinah was bequeathed money from the sudden death of her aunt and £47,000 was spent on the land to create the smallholding where wood burners and solar panels provide their energy needs.

Dinah said removing them from their land will render them homeless and is concerned they will have to pull their children out of Willand Primary School if they have to move out of the area.

But several people from across the country have written to the council in support of the family’s retention.

Anne Wallington, whose family has had an interest in the village for 44 years, wrote to the council in support of the Masons by praising their hard work in reclaiming what was “rapidly becoming derelict land.” David Thompson, who also lives in the village, said “they are trying to live up to the Government’s pledge to take better care of the environment and this is the last orchard in the vicinity of Willand.”

John Clarke, planning enforcement officer, said: “To get planning permission to move onto agricultural land, you have to prove first there is a need for someone to live there, for example, to tend livestock and look after crops, and second, that the enterprise can provide living income for at least one worker.

“Neither condition was met and therefore took the necessary action to protect the nature of the rural landscape and prevent unlawful habitation.”

The council said it cannot comment on individual cases of housing need and said bed and breakfast accommodation is offered if people are homeless.

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1 Timothy 5:8
But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel…


Self-Defense Illegal In NC Town


GARNER, N.C. — Garner Police have cited Perry Whitaker for violating the town’s gun ordinance for shooting at a prowler on Wednesday.

The Garner police responded to a break-in in progress at a home on Nellane Drive. Whitaker told them one of the prowlers had fired a shot at him and he retuned fire with his shotgun.

Despite the fact that he was trying to protect himself, police cited Whitaker, 26, of Nellane Drive for violating the gun ordinance.

They say there is no self-defense exception in Garner’s gun ordinance. Only a law enforcement officer may fire a weapon with-in town limits according to the local code.


Luke 22:36
And He said to them, “But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one…

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Sunflowers for Fukushima…

Sunflowers to clean radioactive soil in Japan


Jun 24 07:48 AM US/Eastern

Campaigners in Japan are asking people to grow sunflowers, said to help decontaminate radioactive soil, in response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster that followed March’s massive quake and tsunami.

Volunteers are being asked to grow sunflowers this year, then send the seeds to the stricken area where they will be planted next year to help get rid of radioactive contaminants in the plant’s fallout zone.

The campaign, launched by young entrepreneurs and civil servants in Fukushima prefecture last month, aims to cover large areas in yellow blossoms as a symbol of hope and reconstruction and to lure back tourists.

“We will give the seeds sent back by people for free to farmers, the public sector and other groups next year,” said project leader Shinji Handa. The goal is a landscape so yellow that “it will surprise NASA”, he said.

The massive earthquake and tsunami left more than 23,000 people dead or missing on Japan’s northeast coast and crippled the Fukushima nuclear power plant that has leaked radiation into the environment since.

Almost 10,000 packets of sunflower seeds at 500 yen ($6) each have so far been sold to some 30,000 people, including to the city of Yokohama near Tokyo, which is growing sunflowers in 200 parks, Handa said.

Handa — who hails from Hiroshima, hit by an atomic bomb at the end of World War II — said the sunflower project was a way for people across the nation to lend their support to the disaster region.

“This is different from donations because people will grow the flowers, and a mother can tell her children that it is like an act of prayer for the reconstruction of the northeast,” Handa said.

“I also hope the project will give momentum to attract tourists back to Fukushima with sunflower seeds in their hands. I would like to make a maze using sunflowers so that children can play in it.”

Related clip…


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How to become a Christian


Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord…


Run on by Johnny Cash

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The fat cats in Congress are doing just fine…


2 senators propose raising Medicare retirement age

Two senators aim to raise the Medicare retirement age to 67 and require the wealthy to pay more for their care as part of the White House-congressional…


By David Lightman

McClatchy Newspapers

Lieberman-Coburn proposal
The proposal Tuesday by Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., could be considered in a White House-

congressional effort to dramatically reduce federal deficits. Their plan suggests:

A single combined annual deductible of $550 for both Part A (hospital) and Part B (generally physician) Medicare plans.

An annual out-of-pocket limit of $7,500. Currently there is no limit, which means a catastrophic illness could exhaust a consumer’s savings.

Requiring wealthier people to pay more out of pocket. Those levels would reach $12,500 for individuals earning $85,000 to $107,000 and married couples making $170,000 to $214,000. At the highest end, couples earning $320,000 or more would pay up to $22,500.

“Medigap” coverage changes. About one in five beneficiaries get supplemental coverage to pay deductibles or co-pays. The Lieberman-Coburn plan would bar such policies from paying any of the first $550 of liability, and would limit other coverage.

WASHINGTON — Two senators aim to raise the Medicare retirement age to 67 and require the wealthy to pay more for their care as part of the White House-congressional effort to dramatically reduce federal deficits.

The proposal by Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., would save an estimated $600 billion in the cost of Medicare, the government’s health-care program for the elderly and some disabled. While the plan is expected to meet strong resistance, some of its elements could be incorporated into a bipartisan deal.

The senators’ proposal would increase the Medicare eligibility age, now 65. It would go up two months each year, beginning with people born in 1949, until it reaches 67 in 2025. The age would then remain 67. If the 2010 federal health-care law is repealed or overturned, as Republicans want and courts are considering, the age would remain 65.

The senators’ effort comes as President Obama plans another round of debt-reduction talks Wednesday with Senate Democrats. There was no word on when he might talk to Republicans. Obama met separately Monday with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Any deal would be part of legislation to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. Without an increase, administration officials estimate the government will exhaust its borrowing authority by Aug. 2, which could lead to a default on U.S. debts, chaos in financial markets and a new recession.

Medicare’s trust fund is expected to be insolvent in 2024, and its projected annual costs are a major driver of federal spending. The program is expected to serve 48.9 million people this year, and grow to serve about 64 million by 2021.

Reaction to the Lieberman-Coburn plan was lukewarm. McConnell praised the senators for coming up with a plan but didn’t endorse it. Reid called it a “bad idea,” while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said it was “unacceptable, especially for struggling middle-class Americans.”

Republicans want to dramatically revamp Medicare.

House Republicans voted earlier this year for a plan to privatize the system. Under it, people who retire after 2021 would choose from a list of private “guaranteed coverage options” and get federal help with the cost.

Democrats concede that Medicare savings are needed, and the 2010 federal health-care law included changes expected to save about $500 billion over 10 years. The Democrats’ plan includes a mechanism to pare Medicare’s spending if its growth rate rises above a set amount, penalizing hospitals for “excessive readmission rates” and creating new, potentially more efficient ways for people to get medical care.

Luke 11:46 (ASV)
And he said, Woe unto you lawyers also! for ye load men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers…

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10 mile evacuation area around plant…



Nebraska Nuclear Plant at Level 4 Emergency


June 14, 2011
By Tom Burnett

The Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, Nuclear power plant is going down fast due to massive flooding.

The Omaha Public Power District declared it a level 4 emergency.

The FAA has issued the following directive, shutting down airspace over the plant:


Location: Ft. Calhoun, NE (19 miles N of Omaha, NE) in Region IV
Operator: Omaha Public Power District
Operating License: Issued – 08/09/1973
Renewed License: Issued – 11/04/2003
License Expires: 08/09/2033
Docket Number: 05000285
Reactor Type: Pressurized Water Reactor
Electrical Output: 500 MWe
Reactor Vendor/Type: Combustion Engineering
Containment Type: Dry, Ambient Pressure


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