Timber Framed Pergola

One of the projects I’ve been working on lately has been a timber framed pergola in a nice neighborhood on Saint Simon’s Island, GA. I haven’t worked much with timber in the past, but this is a rather simple project, so it’s a good introduction for me.

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Hope Deferred

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12

So round about 4 years ago, my wife and I had finally had quite enough of the daily grind and rat race. We dreamed of a simpler, more slow paced life, where we could take time for the things that matter in life. Animals, gardens, fruit trees, lazy days on the lake, camping. While we weren’t coming from any corporate, high demand, high paying jobs, that would run you down over the years while ruining your health, it was still very demanding and somewhat stressful at times. I was self employed in construction, and she, a school teacher, and later a secretary. So we had some flexibility in our schedules, just not to the extent we wanted. This is some of what motivated us to move from south Georgia to the hills of Kentucky.

As you may know, starting a farm is NOT cheap at all. Especially when you are starting out on 100% raw land. Every single thing you build, buy, plant, or cut, costs either lots of money or sweat and blood.

Sweat and blood, I can give. Money, well, that runs out pretty quickly, when you haven’t had years to save up for the task at hand.

Since we had chosen a rather small community to move to, there wasn’t just a whole lot of work to go around. A fellow can find work, but it’s not always very well compensated, so the issue remained, financing.

The school called, they needed a teacher. We needed work, or at least, we needed to money that comes from working. I also had job opportunities in Georgia that stemmed from living there nearly 30 years. After praying on it for several weeks, we decided to make the move, hoping to use the opportunity to pay off some debt, and save some money to bring our farm farther along.

The move has payed off. We are once again debt free. And have been able to put aside some money to get our dreams off the ground.

As the end of the school year gets closer, the excitement at the thought of getting back to our little place in Kentucky is almost to much to contain. The mulberries should be in full swing when we get there, with blackberries soon following. The poke-shoots are past their prime, though we may get a few. The blackberries we planted last year may bear fruit as well.

Our camper sits, waiting on its occupants, us, to return. Sadly it will only be for 2 months, as we will be returning to Georgia for 1 more school year.

And yes, my heart IS getting sick from all this deferred hope I have sitting around inside there. And I DO believe it will be like a tree of life to my soul when the day finally comes where we can move to our farm permanently.

Until that day…..

5 Ways To Be More Secure Online

The recent outing of Facebook as having nefariously collected, stored, and sold the data of millions of people, both users, and non Facebook users, made me rethink my online security.

Here are 5 ways to increase your online security.

  1. Use a VPN.

A VPN, or virtual private network, re-routes your traffic through different servers, located all over the earth, to confuse anyone who may be attempting to track you online. It can also help limit ads and malicious websites. The one I am currently using is called CyberGhostVPN. AVG also has a VPN service. If you use Opera as your internet browser, they have a built in VPN which you can activate when you are browsing secure sites, i.e. banking, financial services. At the least, you should ALWAYS use a VPN when you are on an open network

2. Use a password service.

Many people, including myself, use the same password, or slight variation thereof, for many different accounts on many different websites. A password service, (I use LastPass) can not only save all your passwords for various websites, LastPass even offers auto-fill, on both PC and mobile devices. It can generate secure passwords using various parameters, such as upper and lower case letters, number, and special characters, which you can set. One drawback is, all your usernames and passwords and protected by only one password. So make it a good one, and keep it in a secure location.

3. Use a secure browser.

While these browsers may not be secure on their own, BraveHola (also a VPN and ad blocker), and Epic Privacy Browser, will work alongside your VPN of choice, increasing your ad-blocking and anti-tracking capabilities.

4. Use a non-tracking search engine.

Many search engines will track your every move online. This is how they can serve you targeted ads. They will store “cookies” in your browser, which can track and store you online movement. They can then sell this information to the highest bidder. A search engine, such as duckduckgo.com will not track and store your information.

5. Stay off of social media.

While is is a non-starter for many, a great way to keep your private information private, is to not put it out there in the first place. To many people post nearly every minute of their lives on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, and then turn around and get upset that the social media giants have all their information. While I no longer use Facebook, I have been taking a look and several interesting looking social media sites. To name a several, MeWe, YoursMinds, and Steemit claim to be committed to customer privacy. MeWe seems to be the closest Facebook clone of the four.

6. Bonus

Use secure, encrypted, email. My choices are Protonmail, and Tutanota.

Secure messenger services. While Telegram is built on encryption, and includes  texting, file sharing, and touch to talk, it is not the easiest, most convenient to use. I prefer it over many others, but some people have a hard time adapting to it. Voxer is a very convenient touch to talk service, and also includes texting, and file sharing. And while it doesn’t come standard with encrypted messages, they recently added the option to open private, encrypted chats, with plans to include group chats in the future.

As with all things, you will sacrifice a little convenience for more security. But in the end, for me at least, its worth the peace of mind.

Dr. Dwight Lundell: “I was part of the biggest drug deal in history.”

Original article here Z3News.

 

We’re being bombarded daily with lies, not just from the mainstream news media, but also from the medical community. A former heart surgeon is now on a personal crusade to expose the lies peddled to the American people regarding heart disease, including pharmaceutical television ads and misinformation given to us by our doctors.

In his career as a heart surgeon, Dr. Dwight Lundell performed over 5,000 open heart surgeries. Contrary to the popular narrative, his experience and research shows heart disease is not caused by cholesterol and products claiming to fight cholesterol are not sold for our benefit, but to make more money for pharmaceutical companies. He tells his story below.

“I was part of the biggest drug deal in history.

This drug deal has brought in almost $1 trillion in the past 30 years.

This drug deal has users, victims, pushers, mules and cartels, it causes great harm to the public.

There are bribes, kickbacks and payoffs.

This drug deal is growing with new and more dangerous drugs being developed and sold to an unsuspecting public.

This drug cartel is so powerful it has penetrated the best universities in the world and their most influential professors. They control university research, government advisory panels that recommend that people use the drugs.

Maybe the Mexican and Colombian cartels could learn from this United States cartel.

Who are the cartel leaders and what are the drugs?

The leaders are Pfizer, Merck and AstraZeneca. The drugs are cholesterol-lowering drugs. Sadly, you don’t even get high from taking them. You get no benefit and you’re likely to have side effects such as muscle pain, fatigue, mental decline, and liver damage.

You have a one in 50 chance of getting new onset diabetes from these drugs.

Some town suddenly had 1 in 50 of its population getting diabetes and the evidence showed that the only difference between that town and neighboring town was a water supply. How quickly would the water supply be changed? How many lawsuits for damages would be filed? Think Flint Michigan.

Yet the national cholesterol education program, a division of the United States National Institutes of Health recommends that 78 million Americans take the drug, including kids, a cartels dream.

In spite of the fact that there is no real reduction in heart attacks or prolongation of life as a result of taking drugs. The TV ads tell us that there is a 38% reduction in heart attacks. Your doctor will insist you take the drug if your cholesterol is elevated over what the panels insist is “normal.”

The 38% reduction in the advertisements for Lipitor is a 38% reduction in relative risk. Relative risk has been described as statistical Alchemy, I say it is just another way to lie. The real reduction in heart attacks is none.

New drugs have just been released, which lower cholesterol even more. They are given by injection and cost $14,000 per year. Soon official panels will recommend them for large numbers of people, a cartels dream.

I am proud to say I have never taken or prescribed a statin drug. But I was part of the drug deal because for most of my surgical career I kept my mouth shut so I would still get referrals from the cardiologists who believed the cartel story.

In truth, most of the doctors are really victims because they believe the falsehoods that have been told them by the trusted university and prestigious government panels, they are only trying to do what’s best for the patient, following the guidelines.

Finally, I could not let the lie continue.

I closed my surgical practice and opened a clinic to prove that heart disease risk could be reduced without medications.

After I proved that heart disease could be cured by nutrition and lifestyle instead of medications, I began to make a lot of noise. I wrote a book called the Cure for Heart Disease. I developed an online course, I published articles which became viral on the Internet. I was on Fox News as a heart disease expert three times.

The cartels, the hospitals and mainstream medicine did not like me at all. Some four years after retirement, when I was no longer using my medical license, the Arizona medical board revoked it, hoping to discredit me and shut me up.

Well, even though I didn’t need a license because I was not using it, it did hurt me. A blemish on an otherwise unblemished 25 year career in mainstream medicine. But is it a blemish or is it a badge of honor because I will not be silenced.

Cholesterol does not cause heart disease!

Statin drugs will not prolong your life or prevent heart disease.

Statins will only give you dangerous side effects.”

I appreciate Dr. Lundell’s bold stand against the medical community and pharmaceutical industry. I find his claims believable, not only because of his extensive medical experience and research, but also because of his willingness to endure many attacks on his own credibility.

Author: James Bailey

James Bailey is an author, business owner, husband and father of two children. His vision is to broadcast the good news of Jesus Christ through blog sites and other media outlets.