Saturday, April 05, 2008

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Friday, April 04, 2008

From Oil Lamps to the Internet, or About turning 75 by Walt Barrett

Part one.
I want to give you a little background of why I think the way I think. I always say that if you want to see the future all you have to do is look back. I’m sure that my views will not win me many friends in those circles that swirl around up there in the rarified atmosphere of the wealthy.
I was born in hard times. It was 1933 when we were pretty deep into the great depression. My first memories go back to some time in 1936, and they are vague for that year. But since 1937 I remember a great deal from then on. My parents had bought a piece of property in the country on a lake with future plans for a home they could own. They had paid fifty dollars for the land. By 1932 they had the basic shell of what I would now call a micro home constructed and it was 480 square feet with a loft that you could barely stand up in. There was a front and rear door with one window on each outside wall. Yes, I grew up in a micro home! Right about then my Dad lost his Job in the textile mill just like everyone else around here did. That’s when they had to give up their nice little apartment in the city and moved into the partially finished home in the country. There was no power, electricity, water, heat, or sewer. I lived there with them until I left for the Korean war at age 18. Now those were interesting times, and I’m sure at this point that you can see where I am going with this.
My Dad and most of his World War One buddies blamed the whole mess on the Republican President Herbert Hoover, and big business. They immediately became life long democrats. Franklin Roosevelt became the new messiah and ushered in a whole new era for better or for worse. One of the differences between then and now was that there was plenty of fuel to heat your home and plenty of gasoline and electricity too. The problem was that we could not afford any of it.
Now you might think that I would be really bitter about my past, and sometimes I get a twinge or two, but it’s mostly sadness when I think of how hard my parents worked, the sacrifices they made for me, and the many times they suffered during those hard times. Then there is my guilt for not really being old enough to be of any real help to them. I did manage to start working in a mill in 1947 though and give them all the money I made. I did learn a lot about life in those days, and how to scrape by with literally nothing.

One of the saddest things that happened to my parents during the depression was at the death of my grandmother Barrett in 1929, my Dad's older brother Arthur, A real bum if there ever was one, Collected what little insurance money there was, and took off for Staten island, New York, and started a new life for himself and his soon to be new family, leaving my Parents to pay for all the hospital bills, the funeral, and her debts. It took them until 1950 to pay them off. My parents would have rather died than leave a bill unpaid. It really altered all of our lives.
Now at this time in early 2008 things are only just a little different. We are running out of fuel and the prices are going out of site! We are in another big mess that we are going to really have to fight our way out of. We are not dirt poor like we used to be,but the numbers of poor are growing rapidly. The problems facing us now are a mighty big challenge,and ignoring them like congress has for the past thirty-five years is not going to make them go away, but let’s continue on with a little more background. In 1950 while still in high school I became obsessed with solar energy. Not many people were interested in Solar at that time, but there was a scientist in Israel that was doing a lot of work in the field. I had spent most of my time up until then freezing to death in the cold winters of New England because our home never had central heat. So I started to read everything I could get my hands on at the time. I never lost interest and have continued to learn as much as I can on the subject. In 1973 I started a very successful solar heating and hot water system manufacturing operation,and we did quite well for several years until that great American President Ronald Regan tore down the solar system from the White House, gutted the funding for the solar programs and destroyed the solar industry. The really sad part of the problem is that those sorry bastards in congress went along for the ride! They have had thirty-five years to solve the energy problem and have barely lifted a finger while many of us have been screaming from the peanut gallery! For thirty-five years they have pandered to Big Oil,Big Coal,Big Gas,and Big Nuke. They literally sold us out! I’m not making this up. All you have to do is look back at the facts and the record! Oh well, like the trite old saying goes, "It’s too late to cry over spilt milk." Next time I’ll express my ideas on how we survive this mess our government created with the help of our own wasteful practices. We have to wrap our heads around these problems now! You can't depend on the government to solve your problems. You have to solve them yourself. That's what made this country great!
To be continued


Thursday, April 03, 2008

Small local vegetable farms to make a comeback by Walt Barrett

This is just my opinion, but I have had very good luck at seeing into the future. The way I see it with the rising energy costs and no quick solutions in site, we are looking at a constant increase in costs at the Supermarket due to the extremely high transportation costs. This brings up an interesting opportunity that is worth investigating. It is highly likely that the supermarkets in most areas will turn to the local farmers for fresh vegetables and maybe even cut flowers. This provides an opportunity for even people with the smallest plots of land to do some intensive organic farming and make a tidy little side income. You can also make direct retail sales if you are able to put up a small counter right at your mini farm. People love fresh vegetables free of pesticides and will even pay a small premium. Another benefit for your local clients is that it could reduce the number of longer trips to the super market.

Marketing is the key to successful businesses. Once you have established that great patch of tomato's, or whatever crop or crops you have decided upon, it’s time to market your product.
If people don’t know you are there it’s pretty hard to sell your products.
Well the cheapest advertising is the little vegetable counter right in plain site of course. But that is not enough in many cases so then you have to turn to the free ads in the shopper’s guides etc. If you own a pickup truck you can put a neat sign on the tailgate that says FRESH VEGETABLES and your PHONE NUMBER below. It’s amazing how many people are seeing your tailgate when you are driving around. It beats the sides of the truck any day of the week! Then of course there is always the Internet. I have noticed that a lot of small country towns have their own web page and that many small businesses are allowed to advertise their products and services. If your town doesn’t have one, then start one. It’s a no brainer and takes only a few dollars for the web space to do it on. Most Internet providers give you a fair amount of free space when you sign up. Now, there’s another source of income for you! You have to be always thinking.
Anyway, small vegetable farming is a green business if you choose to run it that way and like I said it’s due for a major comeback due to the high-energy costs. Think about it!
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The Free Battery Reconditioning Manual by Walt Barrett

Well this has been an interesting morning. There were eight comments on the blog sites about one of the companies we own. That would be our battery reconditioning chemical supply business. We are going to publish the full training manual right here on the blog by popular request.We like to say that we put people into business, and this morning I'm putting my money where my mouth is. I have also made a free training video and posted it to: offer a free sample of the product if you are willing to pay the shipping. Samples here, small sample free, just pay shipping.We have thousands of customers using our product world-wide because you can get into the business for virtually pocket change. When I started back in 1980 I raised the money by selling scrap batteries. No one was going to hand it to me, that's for sure! One person commented that he was very poor, well my wife of 55 years and I had five kids and we were not exactly flush at one time ourselves. Being poor is a huge incentive to work hard. If you don't feel that way then don't waste your money on my products because you aren't going to make it in any business, never mind a simple battery business. Take no offense please. I have simply stated a fact. remember, you don't need to spend thousands of dollars to get into this business. All you need is a battery charger, a hydrometer, and a battery load tester. The load tester can double as a volt meter by clipping a pair of probes to it. So study the free manual below, and watch the free video on youtube, and remember that you can do it too! Where do you think I got the money from to start China Depot. If anyone needs technical help you may reach me at: And remember, don't be a sucker and waste big money to get into this business!Now, here is your chance for your own small business venture.
Good Luck, and be honest with your customers!
Down load free manual here

Monday, March 10, 2008

The enegy crisis - understanding the consequences by Walt Barrett

You hear about it every day, and you read about it on the Internet, and in the news papers, but have you really stopped to think about the ramifications all the way through? Just imagine daily blackouts or brownouts. Maybe you think it can never happen here, and maybe elephants can fly! Thirty-five years ago in 1973, we had a severe wake-up call, and we started to make some real moves in the right direction. Then, just when things were looking good, and there were many young start up solar, mini hydro, electric car, and wind power businesses, the administration changed, and the new President pulled the rug right from under the fledgling companies by getting rid of the tax credits, and other programs that could have saved us from the current problems we are facing. The sad truth is that the Congress went along with him. In case you forgot about that, you can thank the previous administrations for not taking more actions that could have avoided the current, and worsening energy situation. One might be tempted to say that disbanding the energy programs after the Carter administration left office was not the wisest decision in the world, and one might also be tempted to say that when a person fails at everything else, they go into politics, where they show equally bad judgment and in many cases proceed to line their pockets with “campaign contributions”, a legal form of bribery, in many cases, if I ever saw one. Personally, I feel that we have been sold out in the name of big business and even bigger, and record profits. It seems that today it’s every man, or woman in politics for himself or herself, and to hell with the constituents! The fact is that we have to start saving oil before it’s to late. An indication of things to come is that we are already paying the price for. The gasoline and fuel oil prices are over three dollars a gallon, and will soon rise to over four dollars a gallon. We bought a two hundred gallon load of fuel oil the other day, and it was six hundred and fifty dollars. If anyone thinks it’s going to stop there, then they have another thought coming. If a person is either low income or elderly retired, these increases combined with the higher property taxes caused by local amateur, money squandering politicians are a disaster. You have to remember that the price of oil touches everything from the food we buy to the materials we package it in, and the trucks that haul it to market. Almost everything you touch is touched by oil. You know what that means, everything but your paycheck is going to go up because the cost of everything is going to go up.
Now the question is what can we all do about it? The answers are really quite obvious. We have to press congress to put stronger programs in place to conserve energy. We have to drive automobiles and trucks that are not fuel guzzlers, and we should be moving more long haul goods by rail, using trucks for the shorter hauls from the rail yards to the consumers. We need solar hot water and swimming pool heaters, smaller and more efficient homes. There is no real need for many of these giant homes that are just a gigantic waste of energy and materials, except to feed people’s egos, and make the statement “I’m rich and you’re not.” The same thing goes for giant automobiles. If they are the stuff of real happiness, then we are in real trouble in this country. It seems to me that currently many people have been taking the attitude of let the other guy do it and I’ll just skate by. I’m beginning to wonder what it’s going to take to get the general population on the correct energy track? I think the best way is to imagine a world without oil or electricity. What would you do? This is not a simple problem to solve. But a little conservation goes a long way. Don’t wait for or depend on government to solve the energy problem. Government cannot solve all of your problems, and the best way is to solve your own problems. The Internet is loaded with ways, and products that can cut your energy costs in half. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out.
Start your own car pool, or use public transportation if it is available. Think of it as money in your pocket. If you have to drive your car try to save a gallon a day. Just think, if there are a million cars a day on the road, that’s a million gallons a day saved! Fuel prices are set by supply and demand. If you lower the demand you lower the prices. If you schedule your side trips, a gallon a day is easy to save. The main thing is to do something – anything!