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How to make homemade paints.

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A few days ago I wrote about how to make sidewalk chalk. After a bit of testing I wanted something that was more vivid in color. Then my daughter smiled at me after drinking her Kool-aid and as I wiped off her little face I realized the answer was staring me in the face.
Ahh, Koolaid the high sugar power drink for kids! Now we can use it to power our message that we are mobilizing and taking back our government.

Below are three recipes that I tested. * Note I did substitute, Mixade, a less expensive version of Kool-Aid.

  1. Flour based paint
    • Directions: In a large pot add 3 cups of water and 3 tbsp of oil. Bring to a boil and add the following:
    • 2 cups flour
    • 2 packs unsweetened Mixade or Kool-Aid
    • 1/2 cup salt
      This recipe makes a very good consistency and makes really vivid colors!
  2. Cornstarch based Paint
    I then tried a variation on the corn starch that I used for chalk. This time I added more cornstarch and the Mixade instead of food coloring. 

    • Directions: Mix cornstarch and water in a saucepan and stir until mixture thickens.
    • Allow to cool, then add Mixade.
    • This one makes very vivid colors too.
  3. Corn Syrup based Paint
    • This one is simple and has but two ingredients
    • Directions:
    • Pour corn syrup into bowl.
    • Add your favorite color of Mixade
    • For this one you have to have time for it to dry but it paints very nicely almost like traditional paint.
    • Also be aware that this is sticky!

I suggest that you use a small roller with a square bucket for ease of use. Also, if you do use these let me know your results and send photo’s.

Bernie Sanders book “The Speech” and how Disabled Veterans are ignored by Republicans.

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This past week I was introduced to the work of Senator Bernie Sanders. All I can say is WOW! This guy is saying exactly what I and lots of Americans have been thinking.

In his book “The Speech” he lays out why the “agreement” on extending tax breaks for the rich between President Obama and the Republican party is not good for the American people. Senator Sanders also points out why the Estate tax will not affect 99.7% of Americans and how the Rich are getting tax breaks while Disabled Veterans get ignored.

Some of the examples, he brings to light, are as follows:

  • The tax break will benefit the top 2 percent of Millionaire and Billionaires, some who say they do not need it. Two of them saying this are two of the richest people in America, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. (Sanders, pg 14)
  • The tax break will add $700 BILLION to our national debt if approved, as the Republicans wanted for 10 years.(Sanders, pg 14)
  • The tax break, for the richest, will be financed by working Americans and the debt will most likely carry over to be paid for by our children and grandchildren.
  • That the “Death Tax” will NOT affect 99.7 percent of Americans and is applicable to only the “very, very, very rich.” (Sanders, pg 16) For example the Walton Family, owners of Walmart, worth $89.6 billion, WILL receive a “$32.7 BILLION tax break!” (Sanders, pg 41). The importance of understanding this that is you are moderately rich, middle class or poor “you do not pay one nickel in estate tax.” (Sanders, pg 41) Also, the “agreement between the President and the Republicans… significantly lowers the rates the richest people, the very richest people in this country, would have to pay.” (Sanders, pg 41)
  • That while the Republicans were passing out short term loans to: Goldman Sachs $780 Billion, Morgan Stanley over $2 Trillion, Citigroup $2.4 Trillion and Merrill Lynch $2.2 Trillion (Sanders, pg 29) they shot down a COLA check to DISABLED VETERANS, (full disclosure – I am a disabled Vet) Senator Sanders legislation was going to give veterans a one time check of $250.00 to offset the rising cost of their prescriptions. Given that veterans have not gotten a COLA adjustment in two years it seems reasonable.
    Yet Senator Sanders could not get ONE Republican vote for it. Some veterans live on $20,000 a year and they could not get a $250.00 check! The Republicans on the other hand were happy to give someone making $50 Million a year an extra $1,000,000 in tax breaks. As Senator Sanders said in his landmark speech “If you are very, very rich, the good news is you are going to get more tax breaks. But if you are a.. disabled vet, we can’t get you a $250 check.” (Sanders, pg 42)
  • The four largest banks in this country, “Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Citigroup issue 1/2 of all mortgages in this country.” (Sanders, pg 33) The aforementioned banks who foreclosed on millions of people in recent years were the very same banks who were bailed-out by the same people whom they had just kicked out of their homes.
  • The same banks, who failed as a business and were bailed-out, paid out HUGE bonuses to their CEO’s. John Mack the CEO of Morgan Stanley received, at the time the largest bonus ever to a Wall Street executiv, $40 million.
    Ken Lewis, Former CEO of Bank of America received $147 million in total compensation and his company paid ZERO taxes on a profit of $4.2 billion.
    The CEO of JPMorgan, James Dimon, received $110 million in compensation all while his company was receiving “hundred of billions in low-interest loans” from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department (Sanders, pg 26).
    I am not sure about you but my bonus was tied into my ability to do my work. If I lead my company down a path of destruction and needed loans to recover I am damned if I would get a bonus!
    All of this was occurring while Vets could not get a measly $250 check, the unemployment rate soared, and the Rich got Richer!

Well I could go on and on but I think by now you get the gist of the message. If you want to read the speech itself please visit Bernie Sanders website
You can also download the transcript here
You can also buy the book from your local bookstore too.
I have posted the beginning of the 8.5 hour speech below from Senator Sanders youtube Channel

I will close with another quote from Senator Bernie Sanders.

“This is a transfer of wealth. It is Robin Hood in reverse. We are taking from the middle class and working families and we are giving it to the wealthiest people in this country.” It is “driving up the national debt so our kids can pay more taxes in order to pay off that debt.”

Sanders, B. (2011). The Speech. New York: Nations Books

How to make Spray Chalk!

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Today my daughter and I decided to show how to make Spray Chalk. It of course has many uses including not just protest sidewalk banners.

Update after testing I recommend doubling the amount of corn starch! The original made a nice spray on porous material but was a bit weak on concrete. Also add more color as you see fit.

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Ultimate Act of Civil Disobedience.

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Today, March 16th 2011, in western China a Tibetan Monk named Phuntsog set himself on fire in an anti-government protest on Wednesday afternoon near the Kirti Monastry. When the police arrived, they doused the flames, then beat and kicked Phuntsog, thus prompting hundreds of monks and others to rally. Angered by the beating, monks and Tibetan residents carried the monk back to the monastery, and then marched along the main street before police intervened.

WOW! That is true Civil Disobedience and while that is an extreme example of what lengths a Citizen will go to show the seriousness of their discontent I hope that such events continue to rarely happen. However, we do need a fire, just not a literal one. We need to have people motivated, willing and brave enough to step up and take a stand against the injustices that are occurring.

Let us face it unjust laws exist and I ask you the following questions pertaining to them. Should we blindly accept them, or should we strive to modify or repeal them. Should we continue to honor them while we fight or should we civilly disobey them? People in general, at least it seems to me, would prefer to wait until the majority joins in to alter the aforementioned laws. I feel that it is more important to anticipate and push for reform, before the damage occurs. An honest and fair government would cherish and encourage its Citizens to keep informed and to point out where it, the government, has failed.

Our current government is so enamored with big business that it has forgotten who elected them. They were elected by  “We the People” and since they have forgotten that, it is every Citizens duty to civilly show their disappointment and remind them.

How do we do this? First we make ourselves aware of what is going on in your Town, City, County, State or Nation and see what area you feel strongly about. Then find an organization to connect with other like-minded people. If there is not one, then start one. Your idea may be brand new and you may see something or have an idea that no one else does.

There are many places that you can donate time and or money to and I present the following, in no particular order:

US Uncut
Moveon.org
The Coffee Party
http://www.civilrights.org/

American Veterans (AmVets)
Change.org
Credoaction.com

Please comment if you have others that you would like me to add to this list.

I would like to close today with a moment of thought dedicated to the brave Phuntsog and the monks of the Kirti Monastry. I will remember his act.

Amituofo.