Friday, February 19, 2016

America's Emerging Green Industrial Thumb


Playing Volley Ball On Tennis Courts
Instead Of Playing Billiards





I began studying martial arts at the age of fourteen. At the same time, I also began what has become a lifelong passion for long distance running as well as an overall sense of whole body health in terms of not only physical fitness, but, nutrition and “mindfulness” if you will. The reason for this pursuit is that as a child, I spent a fair amount of time in and out of hospitals being poked and prodded by “medical experts” in hopes of trying to figure out just exactly why I was having persistent problems with issues pertaining to my physical balance as well as issues pertaining to my constant bouts with hearing impairment. After fifty years of living with this condition and doing everything in my power to overcome what was finally diagnosed as a congenital birth disorder, I underwent a series of upper respiratory ENT plastic surgeries that finally corrected the problems I had spent working to overcome on my own and had spent the same amount of time going to “medical experts” only to be told essentially over and over again, for fifty years “take two pills and call me in the morning”.

While I was engaged in the above physical journey, I was also engaged in another journey of becoming a talented architectural designer, builder and urban planning professional whose emphasis was and remains the design of whole and healthy architectural design with a broad emphasis on whole community health that I have always felt went hand in hand with building a building in a neighborhood of buildings of which all had a more or less holistic approach to not only interior environmental health but wholesome neighborhood based environmental health. As the anchor for my professional goals was that of overcoming my personal health deficiencies, two truths have always held court in my mind when working with clients who have retained my services over the years.

One of those truths was to be able to listen to what it was that my client actually wanted, the other was to determine what it was they needed, but, were perhaps, not quite capable of conveying without someone else's input or feedback. Loosely interpreted, both of these truths essentially boiled down to the establishment of a singular design question – how can WE help each other? As in fact, I also needed THEIR guidance to fulfill MY total capabilities as a designer, the fact that WE both began our discussion about “Playing Volley Ball On Tennis Courts” ultimately led to our mutual ability to instead, master the art of “Playing Billiards” and in the process, work towards the cognitive and successful completion of OUR total design project goal as a result.

Having said the above, what this essay is about is in part, our nation's current 2016 presidential race, and, in particular the dissimilarities between the two Democratic contenders Sanders and Clinton as well as the supposed ideological chasm between the Democrats and Republicans that is in fact only characterized by Democrats.

As I am all but convinced that neither Sanders or Clinton will ever hold the title of President of the United States, their mutual obsession with insisting upon reinventing the role government plays into the constantly negative interference of peoples personal and professional lives is well worth addressing. As both Sanders and Clinton are hell bent on the further expansion of the role the federal government plays in virtually everyone's life, the justification they both seem to be obsessed with is that for one reason or another, virtually no one in America is the least bit capable thinking for themselves.

With the overall depth of technological advancement in virtually every industrial sector in our America more than capable of coming online today however, and, in doing so, all but counter intuitively replacing any form of government based social engineering, the role government plays then to progressively facilitate this very exciting 21st century green industrial emergence must, in my personal view, be that of simply doing the secretarial work of private industry.

In other words, if a government entity such as the city of Chicago wants to attract new industrial development to its neighborhoods, the only possible way in which it can is to simply establish a set of building codes that will address within the entirety of those codes, the nuances of the industries that require such codes so that the technologies associated with those industries are free to flourish within the geographical boundaries of the city of Chicago. If in fact, the city of Chicago cannot, or, (much more specifically) will not establish such codes, industries wanting to come on line in Chicago can simply take their technologies elsewhere, period.

With the ancient social ideal of both Sanders and Clinton being that of stating to newly emerging 21st century industries now and today that such industries must first fulfill the funding needs of a wide array of social programs that over the years have done nothing more than create a wholly perverted form of socioeconomic codependency for people who more or less refuse to go to work and earn a living, such new 21st century mixed energy based agreements between industry and government should in fact represent entirely not only the knowledge base of the city wanting to attract such new industrial development, but the overwhelming respect of city managers for those in industry that are much more advanced both industrially and economically in their overall knowledge of their specific industry and in fact, due to the fundamental youthfulness of today's emerging green energy entrepreneurs, that youthfulness has simply and entirely absorbed the social wisdom of broad based community activism significantly more so than the aging mindsets of either Hillary or Bernie and a broad host of existing and entrenched political leaders that have not even for a moment considered that their individual social attitudes are wholly discriminatory in nature as a result.

As within such respect, job creation would most clearly be one of the results whereas the removal of needless social funding constraints that have virtually nothing whatsoever to do with either the industry or the jobs created by that industry is another, the much larger of course, is the dynamic economic base that would also be created for the city of Chicago as a whole to begin with. While the general philosophy bench marking what I am saying is certainly not new to those in the emerging fields of urban planning, where I differ is that I am completely serious about shutting down entirely and immediately a broad range of needless social service programs that are serving virtually no human good to anyone whatsoever and are in fact, creating an economic vacuum that will lead to municipal financial insolvency much sooner than later if in fact such actions are not immediately undertaken.

A very clear example of what I am talking about above is the current involvement I am having with two separate client teams in two different areas of Chicago as I am writing this essay here and now on February 15, 2016.

One pair of clients has retained me to redesign the indoor and outdoor environment of their basement and backyard, the other has asked for help re configuring their basement and kitchen environment. Whereas both of these couples are well versed in what it is they want in their homes, what makes them and their projects rather unique is the fact that both design teams are designing indoor hydroponic vegetable and herb growing environments into their overall architectural footprint and whole health personal lifestyle plan. For these four people as well as myself, these two projects represent what I would consider to be high impact architectural design dialog success that is most assuredly wrapped up in the excitement of inventing the full potential of hydroponic gardening as it will be applied in their two separate and private home environments.

Unfortunately, whereas I started this essay describing how at the age of fourteen I began to study martial arts and I did so to help improve my own physical health, I was at the time (1968) one of only a handful of people within a community of several thousand, and, the only one under the age of 21 to be doing so. With the vast majority of my peers knocking their empty heads into one another on high school football fields, the notion of studying slow and deliberate dance like body movement was entirely foreign to them. As it was, so too was the notion of practicing such movement in clean and simple monastic like environments. Needless to say, some forty or so years later, the two couples who have hired me to design hydroponic gardens in their homes along with myself are but three canoeist in a sea of helmets holding heads impacted by decades of redundant industrially negative impact investments that are in today's 21st century economic model, financially dead.

With both of these homes located in essentially what was once called blue collar Chicago communities, very few of the technologies being utilized to construct these hydroponic garden environments have been found in Chicago, or, the state of Illinois for that matter. As this is the case, the much larger case is that while these technologies are being integrated into homes throughout America, without the substantial support of local government, the economic growth potential of the hydroponics industry and the subsequent growth of community based urban agricultural education is completely squandered not only in Chicago, but, cities of all sizes nationwide. In the same breath, if such industries are not substantially supported by the city of Chicago in any form of daily contemporary community based back and forth economic dialog, and, in fact these newly emerging industrial sectors are treated in precisely the same redundantly regulated manner as industries in dead industrial sectors were treated, this fundamental lack of municipal representation more than justifies to the owners of these new industrial entities who are essentially being prevented from gaining such support, that there can be no justification for these industries to pay into the social welfare programs of a city or a state who refuses to allow such an industry to create the job building environment that industry has the capacity to create in the first place.

As my point here is simply the notion that funding of useless government welfare programs that were originally designed to compensate for the fact that the vast majority of clearly slow witted, past industrial aged Chicagoan's were not only raised to be nothing more than members of life long, head numbing football squads who beat themselves and their ancient 20th century industries to death, new industries with far more constructive notions of social, environmental and economically constructive impact investment abound. Thus, if the two hydroponic projects described above are going to be enjoyed by anyone other than the two families that are now beginning to design them, every single one of their neighbors in two distinctively different yet socially identical neighborhoods of Chicago, must have the privilege of being exposed not only to the technology, but, to the education and long term financial investment potential comprising the whole of the hydroponic industry.

From the perspective of reviving overall real residential property valuation on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis? The same 21st century advanced industrial development truths remain. Whereas alone these two design teams could not possibly go into a lending institution and have their home properly appraised on the added value a hydroponic gardening system “might possibly have” on that final appraisal price if in fact, such a system is virtually unknown, once in fact such technology is known and is as common as a hot water heater or a two car garage, both the hydroponically retrofitted home and the hydroponic industry itself enjoin the whole of a given municipalities overall socioeconomic infrastructure which of course includes mortgage evaluation that is anchored to the collective commonality of all such legislative knowledge pertaining to neighborhood based hydroponic gardening to begin with.

As again,this essay is on the subject of our nation's current 2016 presidential election agenda, and that agenda is appropriately loaded with a wide host of political/social perspectives on just exactly what can be construed as being beneficial to all within the context of community based sustainability, ultimately, the discussion must move entirely away from the archaic assumption being brought forward exclusively by the democrats, that people as a whole are simply stupid and therefore must be repetitively treated to only the knowledge the government elects to be beneficial to their educational future. As the democrats have been getting away with this nonsense for so long that they collectively, from a hopelessly narcissistic political point of economic negotiation, cannot possibly fathom the notion that without welfare programs, they can find no possible argument that justifies their political future, at this point in time in our American industrial experience, all that can possibly be said is that we simply no longer have an industrial future because of such nonsense anyway.

If in fact, virtually every community in the city of Chicago had exposure to the full science of hydroponics, the question might be, what might the social and educational makeup of any given Chicago neighborhood actually look like?

Getting back to the two residential hydroponics projects mentioned above, the fact of the matter is this, both of the couples who have sought me out to develop these projects have full time careers in fields that are somewhat related to hydroponics, but, more so, their careers are not at all related. With one couple in the medical field and the other in the real estate field, their collective inclination to design hydroponic gardens into their homes comes from an intuitively creative and personal health consciousness that is not the least bit unrealistic for the average American creative mind to pursue in our now 21st century mixed energy based green industrial mindset.

As this is the case, as both of these couples have the obligation of their day jobs to fulfill so that they will be able to afford to both install and use the hydroponic gardens in their homes, I am left with the task of finding a workforce to help me build these systems into their homes, as well as, providing the educational framework required of that work force to actually make the hydroponic systems fully functional. Whereas I have historically, been quite capable of both finding and educating such a workforce, unfortunately that work force has been welded together from such an abstract collection of seemingly unrelated individuals, that by the time the project has been completed, and, all have performed quite well, and, are quite proud of our collective accomplishment, the chance of finding another hydroponic project to do in the same neighborhood is diminished almost entirely by the fact that the federally mandated educational parameters of America's public school system is wholly disconnected from the American industrial framework that is both reliant upon that school system, and, in fact, is responsible for paying for that school system, without ever having the federal, state or local governing body charged with writing educational curriculum in general from actually consulting with the private industry experts that indeed should be writing that curriculum in the first place.

Thus, as our municipal governments are in large part mindlessly playing volley ball on entirely inappropriate tennis courts for the more or less continued justification of maintaining welfare programs that serve virtually no purpose whatsoever, and, that they cannot possibly continue to fund, the overall educational advancement of the community at large continues to be considered as being less and less important as a result.

With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and, the subsequently current 50/50 balance of the Supreme Court, many consider that this balance will serve at least in part, to allow the nation as a whole to rectify from a democratic political perspective, the wrongs of an overly conservative leaning court. In this Politico article such wrongs pertaining to the influence industry has on the direction state governments take to foster economic growth in a select group of industries, belies the fact that overall, an overwhelmingly enormous volume of new industrial growth is clearly ready to flourish throughout our United States of America. As in the above Politico article, the futures of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey as well as former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich would, according to the new balance found in the Supreme Court, almost assuredly include prison time for their corrupt business activities, all of which favored specific industrial entities, the larger issue here is just how fundamentally abstract and subsequently hostile American government has become in its overall obsession with running the social lives of a nation of people who without such involvement, would more than likely do quite well on their own living and working in the industries that are coming online very much on their own without the help of government at all.

As a case in point here is the technological advancements in the medical industry as such advancement is defined in this Governing.com article on Telemedicine, once again, the federal government is running light years behind the American Industries that in this particular case are clearly attempting to help the federal government run a much more efficient nationwide health care program in the first place

Unfortunately, through the course of all this needless political maneuvering, people such as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders continue to insist upon the fact that this wholesale ignorance of industrial management, via the private sector, somehow justifies the continued intervention of a government run by people whose only purpose in life is to maintain a network of ancient, 20th century based industrial welfare initiatives that virtually crumbles the larger economic momentum of private industry from within the viewpoint of emerging 21st century micro industrial growth potential.

As that future 21st century green industrial growth focuses overwhelmingly on micro neighborhood based economic diversity, and, is more than capable of meeting the whole of the socioeconomic needs of a community on a decidedly more substantive and interpersonal social development platform, neither Hillary or Bernie are willing to simply let go of the federal purse strings that have fraudulently paid their wages under the guise of welfare for unfortunately stupid Americans , and, in Hillary's case, expanded her personal investment portfolio substantially in the very industries (or simuliar) former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey as well as former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich are all convicted of usurping for their own financial advantage in the first place.

As one of the key elements of our nation's overall 21st century mixed energy development goal is the reconstruction of all aspects of our municipal infrastructure, and, the subsequent progressive funding of such municipal infrastructure development, due again to the overall technological diversity of a broad host of industries pertaining to such development, and, as hydroponics by definition does in fact redefine our municipal use of water as well as our broader American understanding of agriculture, it is again imperative to rid the emerging technologies in these sectors from the regulatory responsibilities of obsolete municipal water management and agricultural regulation as well as social attitude that once pertained to both.

What I am saying to a potential municipal regulating authority here is this.

Hi, my name is Mike.

  1. I am installing a hydroponic garden in the basement of one of your Calumet City, Illinois homes.
  1. This is the very first hydroponic garden system ever installed in your community, and, I am all but certain that you know little to nothing at all about such technology.
  2. None the less, I want to install many more systems like this throughout your community.
  3. As I do, I cannot do so without your help.
  4. The first thing I would like to be able to do with you is to help draft a building code that defines the structural parameters of what indeed is required of a homeowner to in fact install a hydroponic gardening system in their home.
  5. The second thing I would like to do is to work with both your municipal government and Chamber of Commerce to identify the variety of existing local businesses that would benefit from the installation of said hydroponic gardens.
  6. The third thing I would like to do is to work with your community library board as well as your parks and recreation board for the purpose of developing an ongoing community based, hands on educational curriculum that highlights the many functions of hydroponic gardening as such functions would naturally spill over into a wide variety of already existing community involvement initiatives.
  7. The fourth thing I would like to do is to go to the local bank with a detailed list of the accomplishments we have collectively attained above for the purpose of demonstrating not only the potential growth of my particular hydroponic garden installation business as well as the industry as whole, but, the subsequent increase in residential property valuation once such multi faceted systems are installed in numerous homes as well as other commercial, industrial and public sector architectural environments throughout your community.
  8. The fifth thing I would like to do is to sit down with the teachers at your community junior high schools as well as your community colleges and representative state universities to draft a very much industry specific educational program dedicated to hydroponic gardening, on and at, all the educational levels mentioned above.
  9. The sixth thing I would like to do is to employ students at your community college to develop the hands on knowledge they will need to design, install, maintain and profit from within the entire industrial context of hydroponic gardening as it applies to not only this current project but all others to come after this one.

As the initial societal purpose of the above is to simply eliminate any form of either educational or broad based community information illiteracy that is clearly today in the hydroponic industry as well as in virtually every green based industrial sector serving up needless managerial confusion from within both the industries and the regulatory bodies attempting to holistically bring these technologies into communities, but, to, in the process, facilitate, the very public educational funding models that throughout America today are simply and overwhelmingly underfunded to begin with.














Thanks for stopping by.

Mike Patrick Dahlke


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