Fifth World aquaponics system up and running

The aquaponics system I at least in part funded with a Fifth World microloan at the end of June is finished and running!

The water is circulating, and Spence has added ammonia and is letting the biofilter develop before adding the fish.

All of this means that after the planning and building phases, Spence and his friends at Green-Trust have now actually embarked on the new indoor/outdoor solar-powered aquaponics self-sufficiency survival food project.

The project includes a fish and vegetable production system, but also an optional solar power system, LED grow lights, possibly a do-it-yourself (DIY) greenhouse, and a methane digestion system for hot water and winter heating of the greenhouse. The fish will be fed by a grub composter. Spence is ordering the fish tomorrow.

The fish will be bluegill and catfish, as well as other varieties which are being investigated. The vegetables that will be planted have been picked for nutrition, hardiness, and ease of growing, mostly water plants in addition to traditional plants.

Green-Trust’s first kit is now available. It is a 2.5′ siphon, ready for installation in a 55-gallon plastic drum. It consists of a bulkhead fitting, a 30″ x 2″ vertical standpipe, a 30″ x 4″ vertical bell pipe with drilled cap, and a 28″ x 1/2″ snorkel pipe with fittings, all drilled and cut. Simple assembly is required. The cost is $60 plus shipping & handling, and includes complete system documentation on CD. The documentation CD without the siphon is $40.

You can order the kit, or get more information at http://www.green-trust.org/wordpress/aquaponics-project.

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Birth of Fifth World microlending

Recently a few researchers in the US needed to embark on a new indoor/outdoor solar-powered aquaponics self-sufficiency project. They needed funding at least to help get the project going.

The project includes a fish and vegetable production system, but also an optional solar power system, LED grow lights, possibly a do-it-yourself (DIY) greenhouse, and a methane digestion system for hot water and winter heating of the greenhouse.

They needed a loan, and offered interest for it, complete project documentation, and guaranteed repayment in 90 days or less.

The end product of all of this, besides a good fish and vegetables production system, will be self-sufficiency education: video and ebook documentation, plus kits and supplies.

Well, I’ll admit I don’t have a lot of money, but I’m happy to say that today I sent them a loan.

Nobody is bragging about the United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA) making the loan, in the manner of the Intermicronational Team Kiva page. While it is true the UMMOA Treasury is not completely penniless, its treasury is not, in reality, in US dollar form.

One also needs to take note of the following significant fact.

Total money lent so far by all 15 micronations or micronational leaders of the Intermicronational Team Kiva: $1,100.

Total money lent in a single loan by myself for the self-sufficiency research project: $800.

Nobody is stating that some UMMOA ‘bank of something’ made the loan either, because the loan was not made with other people’s money, but in a very Fifth Worldish, do-it-yourself way, by funnelling money from several personal bank accounts into a single one, and sending the money to the researchers via PayPal. Sure, it would be possible to form a group of Fifth World or special project microlenders, and whenever a worthy and/or interesting project comes up, the money could be funnelled from multiple accounts, but also from multiple people. However, I don’t expect too many people to do this, because after all, Fifth World microlending, because of its informality, is very risky, and very dependent of the loan recipients’ commitment and honesty.

As with Kiva, no pure donation or charity was used to sustain the self-sufficiency project. At least ideally, I should get my money back, and with a lot more interest than I’m currently earning.

Moreover, while other microlenders may fund cheap traditional business start-ups largely in the Third World, and this does not benefit people in the First World at all, even though our existence is even more in peril nowadays because global recession, and the utter failure of corporate capitalism to produce significant economic benefits for the majority of working people, we lent money in the First World (in South Carolina, to be more precise), and for a risky Fifth World research project, not for some traditional meat-and-potatoes business start-up.

With friends of Fifth World research like this, who needs Fourth World microlending organisations like Kiva?!

Let me also add this: while as a Fifth World microlender in the recent past I have assisted people to even to purchase particular items in Pounds sterling, and was repaid in Euros (I have bank accounts in neither currency!), I do not believe any Fourth World microlender has ever assisted wealthier people is such a fashion, so while with Fourth World microlending there are still two categories of people, microlenders and recipients of microlending, in Fifth World microlending the microlenders and the recipients of microlending are often the very same people.

Don’t register your thingy in the wrong place

Don’t register your building, district, city or diaxenospitia in the wrong jurisdiction.

On 14 August 2009, the Micronational Professional Registry (MPR) enacted the following policy: any sovereign state recognised by the MPR that ends up on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom’s (USCIRF) list of “Countries of Particular Concern” (CPC) — the US government’s designation for countries with ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom — shall cease to be recognised by the MPR.

Sovereign states on the CPC list that were not already recognised, shall automatically become natio non grata, and shall be treated like nations on the MPR’s Certified Terrorist Nations εν list. “Countries of Particular Concern” (CPC) can be viewed here:

http://www.uscirf.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1456&Itemid=59

In the past, even micronations that were connected with Pakistan (a CPC) or Pakistani nationals were refused any consideration for MPR membership. This may not sound right, and it may even sound discriminatory, but in our opinion if you claim to be part of a micronation that claims, directly or indirectly, to be independent of Pakistan, and yet you still think like a Pakistani, then you are a Pakistani. Any connection with a micronation, especially one with no strong external recognition, no strong and distinct disassociation from the country of Pakistan, is insufficient evidence of moral, religious, and/or political independence.

This MPR policy actually turns out to offer a form of protection. When Osama bin Laden was killed in a raid by US Navy SEALs, this action put Abbottabad, Pakistan on the world map of infamy. Yes, the world map of infamy:

http://goo.gl/aMRpB

Even schools in Abbottabad, Pakistan are now treated like terrorist havens, so while ‘guilt by association’ is not decent or even rational (it is a logical fallacy), people in Washington and elsewhere still think in that way, especially with regard to terrorism. Tell me where your town or diaxenospitia is located, or under which jurisdiction, and I’ll tell you just how much potential it has:

http://www.heraldonline.com/2011/06/29/3183555/bin-laden-raid-has-fallout-for.html

Register your building, district, town, or diaxenospitia in Pakistan, and it is like committing ‘citicide’.

Register your building, district, town, or diaxenospitia under the jurisdiction of the UMMOA, even though it is no pussycat of the United States, and not only you’ll be a lot more independent in running your own affairs, but this is what one Ummoagian diaxenospitia looks like on the world map, the only one that matters:

http://goo.gl/rdOs3

There obviously isn’t a hint of Pakistan or Pakistani here, and because of the way the MPR is run, there never will be.

A recent article of mine, “Micronations: communities without strangers“, adds additional detail about our thinking:

First Worldism is essentially the idea that societal change can be accomplished at the ballot box, but since that idea is not a realistic one, then First Worldism needs narcotic words like democracy, but it really leads to things like colonialism, imperialism and capitalism.

Fourth Worldism is essentially the idea that societal change can be accomplished by splitting from a larger state either peacefully or through violent means.

Fifth Worldism or micronationalism, is essentially the idea that societal change can be accomplished when everyone has an actual input into things. In a First or Fourth World context there are still two categories of people, representatives and represented. At least ideally, this is not true in a Fifth World context, and “[t]his is the complete opposite of life in the Official World, where people yield all their power to others, and these others are not their parents, spouses, children, relatives, or even caring friends, but complete strangers.”

It is clear that any form of Fourth Worldism is potential terrorism in the longer run, and that our clear bias is in favour of Fifth Worldism or micronationalism — which we believe provides a better solution to many different kinds of problems, but also no stench, or even potential stench of terrorism, not even by a long shot — is the best long-term philosophy the world has ever known since the dawn of man.