Archive for August, 2011

Percentage-based Purchases

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Economics, Legal / Laws, Services, Sales or Trade on August 21, 2011 by eposognatus

Some time ago I recall reading of how some countries base their traffic fines upon a percentage of the annual income of the offender. I believe this to be a great practice, as it assigns a penalty relative to the means of the person in violation, and in principal at least, making it “hurt” equally between low and high income earners.

Then the other day I wondered: What if the cost of all products and services were based on a percentage of one’s income?

For example, say the current U.S. median income is $50k/year. A typical consumer television might cost around 500 USD, or 1% of that median earner’s income. So if we then extend that formula across the board, someone earning 22k/year would pay 220 USD and someone earning 120K/year would pay 1,200 USD for the same product!

Such figuring would extend to all aspects of the economy, and would undoubtedly be exceedingly complicated when factoring in entire companies, shipping, wages, etc., but in reality, how much more so than it is already? It would, in effect, flatten the distribution of wealth without overtly re-distributing it.I’m certain someone somewhere must have already experimented with or designed such an economy, and if so, I’d like to hear more about it.

Of course the usual reaction to this thinking will be something along the lines of “Then what incentive is there to make more money if we all pay the same amount?”

Exactly.

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Loudoun Heights Cliff

Posted in Loudoun Heights Hike with tags , , , on August 20, 2011 by Drogo

Split Rocks Overlook

This is the dominant bluff of rocky cliffs on Loudoun Heights. I consider it my favorite camp site on the mountains around here. Dad took me and friends camping here as young teenagers, just like his Eagle Scout training taught him to do. Just down the trail, is a parking area and Tri-State gas station.

Then it was time to head back home.

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Stone Boulder Tower

Posted in Loudoun Heights Hike with tags , , , , on August 19, 2011 by Drogo

Megalithic Stone Tower on Loudoun Heights

Two giant boulders are vertically stacked on their flat sides. It is possible to climb to the flat top of the top rock, but I would prefer using a ladder. I am agile and strong enough to pull myself up, but a taller person with greater reach would probably have an easier time of it. I have photos from high school when we did get up there.

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Mini-bluffs, High & Low Wire Points, and Mythological Ruins

Posted in Loudoun Heights Hike with tags , , , , , on August 18, 2011 by Drogo

Mini-bluffs


Individual rock outcroppings overlook the Shenandoah Valley, but the bluffs are obscured by trees in the Summer. These mini-bluffs are giant moss-lichen limestone rocks, following the contour of the mountain-side; as opposed to the larger, more visible bluffs that stick out perpendicular to the mountain-side.


***Chimney Rock and Bald Eagle Nest Enigma

Not this time. This will be another adventure, some other time.

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High Wire Point

The highest of two overlook areas where the electrical wires cut across the mountain, High Wire Point has a vista of the harpers ferry valley, and sandy hook to ‘South’ Mountain (north-east).

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Low Wire Point

The lower of two overlook areas (but still high) where the electrical wires cut across the mountain, it has a better view of Maryland Heights from the River, canal, on up.

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Mythological Ruins

Winding around the north-east mountain top, the path begins to go down towards the Stone Tower and Split Rocks Cliff Overlook. Buried in undergrowth are massive boulders, which look like mythological ruins from a forgotten civilization.

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Loudoun Heights Megalith Fort

Posted in Loudoun Heights Hike with tags , , , , , , , on August 18, 2011 by Drogo

Atop the ridge of Loudoun Heights Mountain, VA towards the north-east, on the north side of the ridge overlooking Harpers Ferry, WV; is an amazing structure of boulders. Large boulders form 10′ walls around a 12’x12′ pit on the top of a mountain, resembling the ruins of a lost, ancient rock fortress built by magic; at the very least a unique natural wonder. There was a fern growing in the center of the pit. I shot film from the floor of the fort, 360 degrees around the inside walls; as well as from the outside of it. Rocks from the Citadel flow down the mountain-side for hundreds of feet, and a giant log bridges the lowest base boulders.

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SCOD Update 2011

Posted in Pub Library, SCOD Thesis with tags , , , , , , , on August 18, 2011 by Drogo

SCOD  Update  2011

 

SCOD Websites

SCODpub.com                                    on                 Hits:  unknown

SCOD Public Blog on WordPress         on                 Hits:  Hundreds Daily *

SCODgreenhood on Youtube              on                    Hits:  Thousands **

SCOD on Facebook                            on                    new

 

SCOD Publication Sales

SCOD 2000 (paperback)                   7  printed           no net profit

SCOD 2000 AT  (book / ebook)         1 sold               no net profit

SCOD 2010 (Kindle Text Only)           2 sold               no net profit

 

Media Aspects

Writing

Illustrations / Photos

Animated / Film Video Series

Future ideas – radio, tv, blog interviews, shows, merchandise, etc…

 

* SCOD Blog on WordPress Highest Stats

2,982 views on busiest day, January 16, 2011

22,464 views for the month of January 2011

 

** SCOD Green House / Green Hood Youtube Channel Stats

Subscribers:

1,270

Channel Views:

52,189

Total Upload Views:

1,985,888

Most Viewed Video:  Robin of Sherwood Intro

423,514 views

Most Viewed SCOD Created Videos:

Native American Portraits 44,986 views

SEX SEX SEX Commercials Sell!!! Buy Now!!! 42,318 views

SCOD Fallout: Act 1.2.43 “Visigoths / Saxons / Vikings” 24,594 views

SCOD FALLOUT: Act 1.1.1 “Earth Creation Beginning” Title 22,990 views

SCOD WATER Hydro Power 16,115 views

HOT Self-On-Self Action!! SEX !!! Blow Shit Up Now! 14,165 views

SCOD Organic Gardens: SPRING SOIL TILLING 13,431 views

SCOD Tribute: Native American People 13,248 views

World War III: Atomic Armageddon Nuclear Apocalypse 12,413 views

SCOD Subjects

Posted in Education / Schools, Pub Library, SCOD Thesis with tags , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2011 by Drogo

For organization of the Pipedream Pub Library

Based on the Library of Congress Classification System

 

1 — GENERAL WORKS –

2 — PHILOSOPHY. PSYCHOLOGY. RELIGION

3 — WORLD HISTORY .  TRAVEL .  REGIONAL HISTORY

5 — GEOGRAPHY.  ARCHEOLOGY .

6 –  ANTHROPOLOGY. SOCIAL SCIENCES . POLITICAL SCIENCE

7 –  ENTERTAINMENT . RECREATION –

8 — LAW –

9 — LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

10 – MUSIC . SOUND

11 –- VISUAL ARTS –

12 —  ARCHITECTURE

13 — AGRICULTURE . LANDSCAPE

14 — AQUATICS

15 – ECONOMICS . FINANCES

16 — MILITARY . WEAPONS . MARTIAL ARTS

17 – MEDICINE . BIOLOGY .

18 – SCIENCE –  TECHNOLOGY – ENGINEERING

19 –  COSMOLOGY . EDUCATION

20  — BIBLIOGRAPHY. INFORMATION RESOURCES . INDEX