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New gallery launched, pending ipernity closure

Since 2008, I've been sharing photos on the social media website called ipernity. It's the only social media site that I use for sharing things, like photos and my blog. But, last year, I set-up a new blog, here at www.virtualskyhomestead.com, because there was talk that there was a very real possibility that ipernity would be shutting down.

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Study shows chicken's intelligence to be quite complex

I'm going into my third year raising chickens, and I can say, without a doubt, that these remarkable animals are more intelligent than we are typically lead to believe. I spend a lot of time with my flock and it amazed me to witness the unique personalities and mannerisms each of my birds possessed. So, it was not a surprise to me to read this study and it's conclusions.

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I'm convinced that buying locally is the best answer

I recently heard about California's new regulations on methane produced by dairy cows (related articles here). But, come on, can this really be enough to reduce carbon emissions to make a considerable difference? I think there's a simpler solution, which doesn't involve the government, nor requires any regulations or tax burdens of any kind. People just need to exercise some discipline and self control and just make the bulk of their meals from locally produced foods.
 
 
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The chicken that laid golden eggs

Self sufficiency has been something my wife and I have been working towards for several years, now. Our adventure began in 2009, after the 2008 economic crisis, eventually leading us to living on our own homestead, raising our own animals and growing our own food. Some people still wonder why we'd make such a drastic change to our lifestyle and if it really is worth all this effort. Well, from the sounds of this article, I'd say, with extreme prejudice, yes it is.

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Chem-trails Are Real

One of the reasons we came out here, to live on the prairies, off-the-grid, was so that we could have a more personal relationship with God. With less distractions of the world to get in our way, we can hear His voice so much clearer. But, what living out here has also done is put is in more direct contact with the Lord's creation. We have a much more intimate relationship with the animals around us, both wild and domestic, and we've gained a better understanding and appreciation for how He designed them.

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The true money makers

I used to believe that banks loaned out money to people, money that you and I gave them for safe keeping, and paid us “interest” for the privilege of loaning out our money to their customers. I also believed that money in the banks were a representation of the amount of gold, silver and other precious metals - which we deemed as wealth - the government had on hand (like at the Bank of Canada or the U.S. Federal Reserve) and/or in our economy. Turns out I was wrong… so very, very wrong.

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