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KU Journalism Major Shreds “Case” Against Mike Brown

Green Building Design and Construction:

Mike Brown #Ferguson Prosecutorial misconsistancies

Originally posted on Kansas Exposed:

Shelby Lawson is a student at the University of Kansas, majoring in Journalism and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Lawson posted the following to her Facebook page: 

“Alright y’all. I’d like to clear a few things up. This is a general address to the long list of misconceptions and inconsistencies and abuses of power that exist surrounding the killing of Mike Brown. I have researched these points and provided sources in case you wish to do some reading of your own.

-The most common misconception I’m hearing is that Mike Brown was significantly larger than Officer Wilson. This is incorrect. On page 198 of the official grand jury transcript, you can see that Officer Wilson testifies he is 6 ft 4 and weighs 210 lbs, the same size as Mike Brown.

(source)

-Mike Brown was NOT stopped because he was a suspect in crime. He and his friend Dorian Johnson…

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Safe Room Design

-Reposted per request since the Crowd-Riot-Ferguson-

 
CAD Designs Adding a Safe Room Design to an existing Basement.
 
 Per request in the wake of the #FergusonRiots that happened on the outskirts of StLouis 8-10-14.

If you have any questions feel free to either use the Contact Form or# on Right.

Complete plans, Design-Build Assistance for adding a Safe Room to your Building contact Scotts Contracting at the Contact Form on the Right or the Web Pageclick here to email and set up a time to discuss your project.

 
CAD Safe Room Design for an existing Basement-8in CMU, Steel Door, 6in Reinforced Concrete Ceiling
CAD Safe Room Design for an existing Basement-8in CMU, Steel Door, 6in Reinforced Concrete Ceiling
When Building a CMU structure it is highly advisable to add Steel Reinforcement- In the case of building for Tornado or Hurricane Save Rooms substitute No.4 Vertical Rebar for No.5 size rebar.
how a CMU Block Wall is Reinforced.  Simple CAD Drawing showing the suggested Metal Reinforcement.Scotts Contracting
How a CMU Block Wall is Reinforced.  Simple CAD Drawing showing the suggested Metal Reinforcement.
Building the Concrete Ceiling-Structural Reinforcement Suggestions.
Build Notes-Hurricane and Tornado-Safe Room Build Suggestions #5 Rebar at 12in MATT-Dowel Into Existing Concrete Wall, Attach MATT to Existing #5 Verticals in CMU Wall-, {For Added Reinforcement for this area ADD 2ft “L” Bar and Wire Tie to MATT and Verts, 4in Min Concrete Ceiling Suggested 6in Thick Ceiling, All CMU Voids filled with Mortar {Be Sure to ADD the “L” Bar before the Voids are filled with Mortar.
Concrete Ceiling-Structural Reinforcement Suggestions. Build Notes-Hurricane and Tornado-Safe Room Build Suggestions-Scotts Contracting
Concrete Ceiling-Structural Reinforcement Suggestions.
Build Notes-Hurricane and Tornado-Safe Room Build Suggestions
Added April 7, 2014
  • I’ll be honest there has always been something that bothered me about the Tornado Safe Room design that FEMA suggested. I was never worried about the Structural Ability of the Safe Room Design to not withstand a Severe Storm-it is the fact of being trapped in a Safe Room- like Jodi Foster in Panic Room.  Maybe I’ve watched too much tv?  I’d rather be safe than sorry.
  • The fact that 2 exits are not available-as is required of almost any home/room design was the Red Flag going off in my mind and when I finally figured it out I made some notes and a quick sketch.  When I got home this evening I sat down and made a couple of quick CAD drawings of the idea to help you get a better idea of what I’m talking about.   

  • Maybe its just me, but; I’d hate to survive a storm only to die of starvation because I couldn’t get out of a safe room in a basement of a home.  
  • I’ve seen too many horror stories (Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans) of phones not working, emergency personnel too busy to respond to all the requests…scotty


  • There is also the added benefit in the building of the safe room with an exterior point to bring the building materials into the safe room.  This will help keep the labor costs lower as it will speed up the job site production by reducing the man hours.  

I now feel that I have a Safe Room Design Build Plan that I would build in my own home and am comfortable sharing and discussing the project in detail.  

 
Feel free to email or call me for any design build assistance in building a Tornado shelter in your Home. 
CAD design by Scotty-Safe Room Emergency Exterior Exit
Safe Room Emergency Exterior Exit

CAD Design by Scotty-Safe Room CMU Basement Steel Door Location
Safe Room CMU Basement Steel Door Location

CAD Design by Scotty-Safe Room Exterior Exit Point
Safe Room Exterior Exit Point
 
 

Future Climate Temp USA Map | St Louis Renewable Energy

FORECASTED STLOUIS SUMMER TEMPS YEAR 2100

Do You plan on Living in StLouis Region in 2100?  If you do, prepare to be 9.84 degrees warmer in the Summer months.

The average temperature is projected to rise from the current average summer temp of 86.85 degrees to 96.69 degrees.

Climate Change will cause the Average Temp of close to 100 degrees every Summer Day for StLouis in 2100

This means that it will be like living in Pharr, Texas 1,100 plus miles away close to the USA Mexico Border  that has an average temp of 96.69 degrees.

Whats this mean for Missourians?  Have you ever visited Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona?  Remember the scenery of the High Plains Desert?

Will this be the new look of Missouri in 2100 after climate change causes Ave Summer temperature to rise 9.84 degrees? see the image and climate change map at the Green Blog

Will Missouri Farmland look like the High Plains Desert Regions when Climate Change causes increased temperatures?
Will this be the new look of Missouri in 2100 after climate change causes Ave Summer temperature to rise 9.84 degrees?

 

Whats this mean for the Missouri Farmers and Ranchers?  Per lessons I learned from the ” Rotational Grazing ” Practices in locations like Arizona that average 15 acres to raise a beef animal, (compared to the Missouri average of 5 acres needed to raise a beef animal).  The cost of beef will increase even more  since Missouri Ranchers and Farmers will not be able to raise as many cattle per acre.

Still think climate change doesn’t or won’t affect the State of Missouri?  What will you eat in the Future when nothing will grow on our Farmlands?

#MissouriAgriculture   #Missouri   #StLouis

via Future Climate Temp USA Map | St Louis Renewable Energy.

2 Universities in DC Make Deal to Buy Solar Power – ABC News

Old Dog New Tricks? hidden in the text: #DukeEnergyRenewables . “Whats this I asked?” I know Duke Energy is known for #DirtyCoal a quick search led me to a page that downplays the Dirty Coal aspects of their company and preaches clean energy.

What I found most interesting is: ” This Dirty Coal company has jumped on the #Solar bandwagon-which means that even dirty energy has realized the importance of clean energy production from non-polluting sources.” Further proof that #SolarEnergy has been adopted as the wave of the Future.

Even here in #StLouis the local #DirtyCoal company #Ameren is building a big solar energy plant. Once again proof that #cleanenergy from solar is both profitable for the owner and is the Future!

Build Green,
Scotty

copied from comments on the article

 

Duke Energy Renewables

via 2 Universities in DC Make Deal to Buy Solar Power – ABC News.

Solar Power Feedlot Sun Shade

SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade

Do you have a Livestock Feedlot?  Have you ever considered a Solar Power Feed Bunk Cover Shade for your feedlot?  With a clean energy solar system such this CAD Solar System design by Scotty you will be not only providing cover and shade for your livestock when they are feeding, it will generate income from the Sun for your operation.

The Solar Feed Bunk Cover Shade in these pictures is designed with American SunPower Solar Panels, covers 4000 sq feet, and is estimated to produce 59,680 watts of clean pollution free energy (based on 230w panels that produce 14.92 w/sq ft- (Other higher Output power producing solar panels are available-I used the 230w solar panels since they were already integrated into my computer drafting program from past Solar Projects I’ve designed.  To get the most bang for the buck I recommend the 300 or 400 watt solar panels )

The following CAD designs are examples of the Solar Power Feedbunk Cover – Shade designed by Scotts Contracting-StLouis Renewable Energy that could be added to your existing structure or could be site built to fit your cattle feeding operation.  This example uses my Fathers Missouri Beef Cattle Operation.

 Solar Power Feedbunk Cover Shade designed by Scotts Contracting-StLouis Renewable Energy
 Solar Power Feedbunk Cover – Shade 
The Solar Power Feed Bunk Cover Shade can be added to an existing beef cattle feedlot such as the one pictured below.
If an existing Feedlot shading system is not already in place it is possible to design build a Solar Power Shade to fit over your existing feed bunks.
it is possible to design build a Solar Power Shade to fit over your existing feed bunks
it is possible to design build a Solar Power Shade to fit over your existing feed bunks
Birds Eye view of the SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade, Cattle Pens, Barns, and Silo
Birds Eye view of the SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade, Cattle Pens, Barns, and Silo
Birds Eye view of the SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade, Cattle Pens, Barns, and Silo
The following Diagram is the Suns yearly path over the SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade
Suns yearly path over the SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade

- See more at: http://stlouisrenewableenergy.blogspot.com/#sthash.ZAc8N8dV.dpuf

Wars over Oil-Im sick of it

Sick and Tired of my Brothers and Sisters being hurt or killed for OIL

TO ALL THE SOLDIERS THAT WERE INJURED AND DIED IN #WARSOVEROIL I’M TRULY SORRY THAT OUR GOVERNMENT EFFORTS LED BY #REPUBLICANLIES BY #REPUBLICANWARMONGERS PUT YOU IN THIS SITUATION.

US Soldiers saving fellow soldier in battle over OIL
photo copied from fellow Blogger 

Did anyone else see the#lateshowwithdavidletterman last night 3/3/14  with the #Army #Soldier ?  If you didn’t see the show here is the You Tube Video

 Props to the Medical Team and the Soldiers positive attitude.

Here is a Youtube video link of the interview with David Leterman 

Edited and copied from G+ post: now that I’m back on my comp I’ll add a little more to what I felt was one of the best interviews of the past few months.  This Soldier was injured when a roadside bomb exploded by the truck he was in- and his arms and legs were amputated because of the damage.

It was reported that those Kick-Ass doctors performed double arm reattachment from Donor supplied body parts.  Though the #USARMY Soldier was in a wheel chair during the show, they have been working with him to fit him with some new legs and in a few months they expect him to be going about New York on foot and not needing the wheel chair!

I’ll be honest this #WarHero has a better attitude than I do.  I don’t know if I could have kept the positive attitude after loosing my arms and legs. During the commercial I commented to my girl that his ordeal was what #Metalica wrote and sang about years ago with the Hit Song ONE.    Luckily and thankfully Medical Science is helping him and others that were injured fighting a #WarOverOil in a land far away.

I’d like to point out that the USA has the know-how and technology to limit and reduce the amount of Oil we consume and are forced to buy from the Middle East.  I feel this is a step in limiting the resources that these Countries have and are using to kill and hurt the American Soldiers.

To put it simply: Limiting the cash flow will lessen the amount of $$$ they can spend fighting and if the USA is not dependent upon foreign oil we will become a sustainable nation once again .

To all the Soldiers that were injured in #WarsOverOil–I’m truly sorry that our Government efforts led by#republicanlies by #RepublicanWarMongers put you in this situation.

I’m sick and tired of my brothers and sisters being hurt and killed for OIL.To all the Soldiers that were injured and died in #WarsOverOil I’m truly sorry that our Government efforts led by#republicanlies by #RepublicanWarMongers put you in this situation

For everyone who says I’m a peace sympathizer or whatever. I joined the Army Long ago to fight in what I thought was going to be a showdown with Iran during the Iran-Contra Affair.   Yeah I was young & dumb and thought the USA was always right.

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It Didn’t Start Last Week–Timeline of Ukrainian Conquest

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It Didn’t Start Last Week–Timeline of Ukrainian Conquest Mar
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by Piper Bayard
By Jay Holmes

This week, the Western media has, in a fashion, been covering the political crisis in Ukraine with growing interest. While the storm over the steppes has been brewing since November 2013, it has grown to crisis proportions during recent weeks. The growth and severity of the crisis has been sudden, but it has in no way been accidental.

Critical events are occurring at such a rapid pace as to render any published analysis out of date by the time even the speediest editors can post it.

Originally posted on Bayard & Holmes:

By Jay Holmes

This week, the Western media has, in a fashion, been covering the political crisis in Ukraine with growing interest. While the storm over the steppes has been brewing since November 2013, it has grown to crisis proportions during recent weeks. The growth and severity of the crisis has been sudden, but it has in no way been accidental.

Critical events are occurring at such a rapid pace as to render any published analysis out of date by the time even the speediest editors can post it. Nonetheless, the outcome of the conflict in the Ukrainian Republic will have far reaching consequences for Ukrainians and for much of the Eurasian continent. To a lesser, but still significant degree, secondary political and economic consequences will be felt across the world.

Though the media reporting usually presents the Ukraine in its own vacuum, outside factors have heavily influenced the present…

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Designing a Natural Pool with Fish Habitat

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Designing a Natural Pool with additional fish habitat area for the Sustainable Hemp Home Series.

Top View Natural Pool Design with Fish Habitat
Top View Natural Pool Design with Fish Habitat

Since the Hemp Home Designs are all about Sustainability.  Why wouldn’t the pool be as well and while we are at building a natural pool we might as well incorporate a fish habitat into the natural pool design.  This will allow the pool to serve as a food source in addition to the entertainment value.

Birdseye view Natural Swimming Pool Design
Birdseye view Natural Swimming Pool Design

Tips for natural pools supplied by Mother Earth News

Design Information

  • Reserving at least 50 percent of your pool’s surface area for shallow plants, either at one end or in a ring around the sides, eliminates the need for chlorine and expensive filters and pumps. You’ll want to separate the swimming area of your pool and the filtration area, or plant zone (see the illustration in the image gallery).
  • The water needs to circulate continuously for the plants’ roots to cleanse the pool. You also may need to aerate the water so the water organisms’ oxygen needs are met.
Without adequate oxygen, your pool could become stagnant, harboring odoriferous anaerobic bacteria.
  • Besides cleaning the water and making your pool beautiful to behold, the shallow plant zone warms the water quickly and provides habitat for frogs and many invertebrates. They’ll appreciate the shallow water for breeding grounds and repay the favor by eating mosquito larvae.

  • A rim within an inch of the water’s surface keeps plants in their place but allows water from the swimming area to move to the plant zone for filtering, As water passes through the fibrous root structure of the plants, bacteria concentrated on the plants’ roots act as a biological filter, removing contaminants and excess nutrients in the water. Decomposer organisms, also found in the plants’ root zones, consume the bacteria, effectively eliminating underwater waste buildup.

Growing Industrial Hemp Research Videos | St Louis Renewable Energy

COLLECTION OF YOU-TUBE VIDEOS ON GROWING INDUSTRIAL HEMP.

Be sure to comment on the videos and support your local Hemp Farmer!

If you have videos, knowledge or other info to share let Scotty know by filling in the contact form or commenting below.

Growing Industrial Hemp Research Videos | St Louis Renewable Energy.


I appreciate all the medicinal applications of Cannabis

but what really turns my crank is the uses of the Industrial

Cannabis or Industrial Hemp products: Food, Fuel, Building

Products, etc.  I’ve been focusing my efforts on the 

Hemp + Lime mixture that some people call #Hempcrete  

used in making buildings energy efficient naturally.  

As an example of this great product I’ve made a few CAD

drawings as well as posted You Tube Videos to use as an

example to create ansustainable energy efficient home with Hemp

Videos are located here:

Growing Industrial Hemp Research Videos

http://stlouisrenewableenergy.blogspot.com/2014/02/growing-industrial-hemp-research-videos.html

Hemp Home Collection By Scotty

Hemp Home Birds Eye View 2
Hemp Home Complete Birds Eye View 2

Read and See more CAD Photos and Design Illustrations for this Industrial Hemp 4 Bedroom Home that showcases Sustainable Construction Design at St Louis Renewable Energy Hemp Home Design Collection.

Collection of Hemp Home Design CAD Drawing photos showcasing the sustainable lifestyle that this net zero energy efficient home, gardens, pergola, solar panels, solar water heating, pool, garage, safe room, basement, fireplace, 4 bedroom, 2 bath…

hemp-home-stucco-birds-eye
hemp-home-stucco-birds-eye
Hemp Home Complete Birds Eye View 3
Hemp Home Complete Birds Eye View 3
Hemp Home Stucco Finish 1
Hemp Home Stucco Finish 1
Hemp Home Neighbors View
Hemp Home Neighbors View
Hemp Home Side Yard Stucoo
Hemp Home Side Yard Stucco
Hemp Home Pergola Arbor Garden Feature
Hemp Home Pergola Arbor Garden Feature
Hemp Home Rear Street View
Hemp Home Rear Street View
Hemp Home Rooftop Back Yard View
Hemp Home Rooftop Back Yard View

Industrial Hemp Home CAD designs by Scotty-Energy Efficient Post Frame and Hempcrete creating a Net Zero- Energy Efficient Sustainable 4 Bedroom 2 Bath, Gardens, Pool, Basement, Safe Room, Green Roof, Sky Lights, Dual Pane Windows, Fireplace, Hardwood Floors, Radiant Heating, Indoor Garden, Hedge, Landscaping, Water Features 

Read and See more CAD Photos and Design Illustrations for this Industrial Hemp Home “Sustainable Construction” Design at Scottys Website St Louis Renewable Energy Hemp Home Design Collection.

Background on Industrial Hemp Building:

Builders have been building Homes and Commercial Buildings using this design in Europe for many years now. With the legalization of Industrial Hemp in the USA. Now Americans can adopt this Sustainable Building practice into our designs to create homes that can grow and be built in 2 years.

In this example of Hemp Building I’ve eliminated much of the excess lumber that is not needed in the build because of the Post Frame Structure. When the Natural Lime and Hemp Fibers are mixed together it creates a concrete like material that is also high in insulation value- you get the best of both worlds:

  • A strong and durable Building that is also energy efficient that can withstand the abuse from the elements.
  • This Natural product that can also be grown most anywhere in the USA.

Thank you for checking out the CAD designs on the use of Industrial Hemp for creating an Energy Efficient Home.  

If I can assist you in your quest to design or build using this type of construction technique utilizing hemp or other natural green building products drop me a line and let me know. Scotty