Winter on the Horizon

Woah, it’s November 15th? What happened to October? :)

I keep waking up with compulsions to cook cranberry sauce. So I do. And then I eat it all.

1. Wash some cranberries. I’ve been buying them in three cup bags… or thereabouts.

2. Half cover with half water and half apple juice.

3. Add a dash of cardamom, cinnamon, and dried ginger. Also a little pinch of black pepper.

4. Plus a tablespoon or so of molasses or honey to taste.

5. Bring to a boil and then simmer til the sauce gets thick and all the cranberries pop. Maybe 10 minutes.

Nice with yogurt and graham crackers. Or shepherd’s pie. I’ll put that recipe up next.

Just finished applying to Northeastern’s joint MSA/MBA. I love a good essay session!

Moseying around on Freelancer at the moment.


USDA Home Loans.

I just found out that the USDA has loans for people interested in rural houses. They waive the down payment, which is super nifty, and I imagine the terms are at least slightly better than usual.

The requirements are a stable income, good credit, and that it has to be within a certain location. You might have to be a U.S. citizen.

Check out for more info.

I talked to a guy from the program and he sounded nice. Am looking forward to more.

I don’t think I can use it for the school that I’m starting but that’s just as well because I should probably have some boundaries between my personal and professional lives.

Wow, I had to look at some HTML on here and was actually able to do it! Am really enjoying this coding bootcamp homework.


Robot love is real love.

Have wanted to do a coding bootcamp for at least a couple of years now and had my first interview yesterday.

Check out this blog template that I learned to make through General Assembly’s Dash tutorial site:

I am also finishing up a robot for a millionaire with flashing laser eyes. Good stuff.

In preparation for the website for the food hub that I’m building and to soup up this blog.

Film screenings in Worcester to start soon, probably December after potlucks with Weston A. Price folks. Tiny house building, permaculture, technology, and other good stuff.


In response to a letter about Charles Eisenstein.

Some of his analysis is very off and his approach is dangerous – it
could destabilize a system that really needs very few changes. I also
think his attitude is very unpleasant. He is underinformed by reason
and in his skills and overinformed by a sense of superiority and an
inability to access his own intellect.

Michael Shuman’s book is far superior as is Elizabeth U’s. Other
people have talked about negative interest rates in a way that is much
more convincing. Occupy Money is a good book. He’s the kind of guy
who’s easy to market but people should stay away from his work and
stick with more middle of the road, for-profit people because their
methods will work. All of these books are much more empowering.

I frankly am not interested in giving! I’m not interested in getting, either.

I’m interested in compensation for work. Bartering and gifting are not going
to work better than working for money. The issue is that we have
inefficient distribution and poor training, systemically.
Not that we don’t appreciate each other.
I also should clarify: I was including the Quebec Convergence in my
post as they were actually charging me to attend. So I don’t need more
appreciation rather than just some sensible compensation. I could pay
money and receive appreciation, which happens all the time and is a
symptom of our reactionary attitudes towards money, authority, our
parents, and our own potential for success.
The last thing we need is to be more touchy-feely – I say that with love. The kind of love that is balanced and leads to a stable future. I also do not want more intimacy in my transactions. It creeps me out.
We created this kind of economy and are already getting what we already wanted. If you talk to people, they want money. Intimacy without money is taking advantage of people. Paying people fairly is intimate.

Eisenstein’s ideas are attractive to college educated people who would
experience bartering as a novelty. Few of such people have ever been
hungry nor experienced instability otherwise. It seems like a fun little
game until it falls apart. I would prefer to use my standing in a way that
creates a civilization that really works, rather than regress because I
don’t see the valuable in being comfortable.


Not speaking at permaculture convergences.

Hi All:

Sad to say I’m bowing out of the convergences in Maine and Quebec this
year because neither would provide a free admission for speakers, and
because of car trouble.

I’ve decided to stop talking on financial permaculture if I have to
pay to do so as the material is incredibly valuable, financially and
otherwise, and I am personally putting  a lot of cash out in order to
research it, develop talks, and go to school to get a CPA credential
in order to promote this work.

It’s really too bad that we have the attitude of minimalism towards
money, covert or otherwise – I had that attitude for years and it
causes one to miss a lot of opportunities to do good. The very least
we can do is compensate people for their work, or at least not charge
them to do it.

I hadn’t given it a second thought until the reality of the value of
my time and knowledge hit me, and an understanding that the stress of
taking on an added burden is completely unnecessary because we can
either change our attitude or the work will happen in another way.

I think attitudes of volunteerism and even altruism to a certain
extent are doing us harm – altruism at one’s own expense is still
destructive to someone involved in the situation.

I do hope future events will raise money to cover at least admissions
for people who are doing farsighted work that will save us all a lot
of trouble. I am looking to work as efficiently and effectively as
possible, and I am finding that the people who pay are the people
getting the work done.


Job hunting.

Hi there!

It’s been awhile. I’ve been moving a lot and working and in school and writing my book instead of my blog. I know to do both now.

Here’s, I hope, useful information on job hunting:

- Recruiters seem to be a waste of time. They each ask you in for a separate interview, they are often unprofessional themselves, and working with them prolongs the process of finding a permanent job.

- Check these jobs boards daily and apply:

1.) Career Builder – the Quick Apply function lets you apply to several jobs within a minute.

2.) Indeed – also has an apply function that is easy to use.

3.) Craigslist – tons of jobs and you can apply quickly by writing a form email for each type of position that interests you and just copying it and pasting it when you write a new application via email.


- Thumbtack, Freelancer, and oDesk. Thumbtack has a nice, simple process – people find you and you submit a quote. The other two have good reputations but I haven’t found work on them yet.

Other stuff:

- Handybook ( housecleaning that pays you via direct deposit every three or so days. A nice way to stay in shape and see properties that will inspire your future design adventures. Let me know if you sign up and I will split a referral fee with you. Tell them I sent you – my name is Katherine Policy.

- Lyft ( Drive people around with a giant pink mustache on your car. I’m enjoying it thus far for sure and you can work at night. Ditto about the referral fee.

Best of luck with your dreams.

May you and all beings and things be happy.

Overtaxation? Underutilization of representation?

Please post your thoughts and arguments for or against having tax brackets based upon income levels.  

Tax brackets would prevent people from making so much money that it is a detriment to civilzation. Brazilian entrepreneur Ricardo Semler states in one of his books (Maverick or The Seven Day Weekend) that everyone on the planet could make twelve million dollars before their activity causes problems for anyone else. I would suggest heavily taxing everything about twelve million and then using a gradual bracket system for everything less. Rates comparable to the World War II and Cold War eras would be appropriate to prevent people from hoarding resources and cash. Under that amount, the rates should depend upon what kinds of services people want and are willing to pay for them. If there is a general mandate for healthcare, then we would pay significantly more than if not. We could look at European countries with higher tax rates and higher satisfaction with their services than here for benchmarks.


Also, should tax rates ever be able to be raised?  Why or why not?  If you argue that they should, under what circumstances should the government be able to raise the tax percentages?

Raising taxes should be a last resort. It is much easier to be more efficient than it is to raise taxes. Raising taxes just encourages greater inefficiency. It is inconceivable that we should require more money to do what we already do. We should run the government like a scrimping household – the only reason we do not already is that people think they do not have time to be aware of where their money is going and do something about it. Greater participation in democracy would help significantly.

We should raise taxes to fund projects that permanently improve infrastructure and reduce costs elsewhere – funding a sustainable food system to reduce welfare dependency, for example. Also housing, education, healthcare. We should not raise taxes to fund bailouts of entities that have already proven they are failures. I also doubt that we need to raise taxes to fund war. We already spend incredible amounts of money on it. It would be easier to eliminate the causes of war by spending on infrastructure. We could also eliminate lobster lunches for Congress until they eliminate the deficit.


At what tax level do you believe the citizens would rebel, if any?

I agree with other posters who have said that people are already going to rebel. I think people might not do it overtly, but over time, the kinds of economic conditions we are currently facing take their toll on people. If people do not receive something substantive in return for their tax dollars, then it is not unreasonable to affect changes in the organization spending the money. I also think that people have a duty to become much involved in their government now before a situation that warrants that kind of response emerges. They need to know what kinds of jobs they want and push to have funding encourage their creation. They need to know how their schoolsystems should look, their food systems, healthcare, and utilities and go to their representatives to get what they want.