Mark Valencia

Merry ENERGY POVERTY Christmas From the Government & AGL

Let me set this article up first with this. During my military service, there were many occasions when I had no choice but to withstand terrible conditions. From the freezing cold nights standing wet and tired in a fighting pit to 50C° heat swallowing sand in the Sahara desert, I have had my share of

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Rise of the Food Fermenters

Humans fermenting food to change/improve the taste, preserve it, or make it healthier is not a 1000 years old… it's more like 1000's of years old.  Indeed, over 2000 years ago Jesus would have eaten his fair share of olives. These delicious fruits would have been fermented in brine for several months to remove the

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Breville Coffee & Spice Grinder Put to the Test

Freshly ground spices are heavenly for those of us who are true connoisseurs of good healthy homemade food and the best way to grind up your own homegrown spices is by using a good electric spice grinder.  Now, you could buy an expensive grinding mill but a small coffee and spice grinder will generally do a

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School Crossing Dodge – Frustrations of Home Dad

If you are ever wondering past a school in Queensland and you hear someone yelling out of their car window, "use the school crossing – don't be lazy!" That's probably me…  I'm sick to death of seeing high school students playing chicken with my 4×4 because one day instead of me it will be a

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Is using Treated Wood/Pine Safe for Growing Vegetables & Fruit?

I often get asked the question, is it safe to eat vegetables/fruit grown in garden beds made from treated wood/treated pine. Or, how do I know if my vegetable garden soil is contaminated or not and if so will my crops take-up these contaminants/chemicals thereby making them dangerous for my family and me to ingest. 

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Where Can I Buy Fertile Quail Eggs? Do You Sell Them?

I often get asked if I sell fertile quail eggs and if not where can they be purchased? Before I answer why I don't sell them, let me list several places online where fertile quail eggs CAN be purchased and then give my tips for buying good quality quail eggs to incubate and hatch out yourself.

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Unsustainable Population Growth – The Human Mouse Plague

Australian millionaire businessman Dick Smith, founder of Dick Smith's Electronics, has launched a campaign (link further down the page) against the common notion touted mostly by governments and big business that endless economic growth linked to population growth is the key to world peace, increased collective wealth, and equality. Instead, he claims that continued population

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