We all know the drill of capitalism, repeat business pays the bills and keeps everyone employed. If every manufactured sold a product that never failed, once the market was saturated with that product, the company would fail unless they came up with an upgrade version, a 2.0 so to say. The U.S. automobile manufactures, back in the 1970’s, took the concept to automobiles. The cars broke down, smoked and raddled their way to the junk yard in a few short years. Then came the Japanese automobile manufactures, producing high quality engines, well built frames and smooth riding suspensions. The people loved it and the U.S. auto sales dropped off the charts. Why? Most of us want quality, not junk. The trick to the Japanese automotive industry was to produce long lasting engines and high quality chassis yet have the interiors fall apart in 5 years and keep changing the designs to look modern and new to drive the resale of their product… and this worked!!! So why bring this up when this post concerns batteries? Simple.
Our guest writer Richard Thornton, (https://peopleofonefire.com). Richard is a true survivalist, knowing his Creek heritage, he has the intuition and experience to live off the land without any supply grid. Richard is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. Thornton is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.
A very important difference between Muskogean-Mayan-Amazonian farming techniques and European agricultural traditions is that we view the soil as a living organism that should be replenished in the winter time. Northern European peasants did intentionally put livestock on their fields in the winter, if they were available, but they really did very little to help the soil make itself more productive. After a few years, European fields became sterile and therefore were allowed to “go fallow” for a decades, until decomposed leaves and animal droppings made the soil alive again.
What is the most accessible sustaining form of energy? Wood! The sun provides heat and electrical energy, (solar panels), but only for 5 hours peak a day with a sunny sky. Also, solar panels are a manufactured product will have a limited duty life to failure. Meaning as solar panels age due to thermal stress, they will decrease in their annual output of energy. This failure rate is nowhere close to the electrical storage medium we choose to use. The common manufacture lead acid batteries are designed to last 4 to 6 years. In a future post, I will cover reconditioning lead acid batteries. The only solid, dependable and renewable form of energy is wood where energy can be stored and released when needed.
What is fair and equal for all in the tribe?
The evolution of social order and management is a constant battle between those who have no power to those who have power. In order to manage any group of individuals, one must have power higher than the core who become the subordinates. For an individual to gain, acquire or given power over others determines how “fair” those “under” their leadership are treated.