Sadly Our Friend Trisha Dusil is Gone.

trishadusilTrisha Dusil was one of the people that was around at the very beginning of starting the DIYSeattle site.  She has helped us out immensely, and the poultry community greatly as well.

I doubt that she will be forgotten for her dedication to the poultry world and hobby as well as to those that crossed her path.  She was always willing to share her knowledge and experience with others through a  kind and generous personality.   There are many clubs, people, and organizations that she has contributed to thoroughly.

We are grateful to have known her and her contributions will not be forgotten.  We never met in person but we chatted and emailed throughout the span of DIYSeattle time online.

We hope that she is at peace now and we all send our condolences to her family.  We will miss you Trisha and thank you for the time that you sacrificed back and forth writing articles and giving information through our online chat as FlashPointFarm.

Online Gun Sales and Background Checks

handsAccording to gun control advocates there is a  background check ‘loophole’ in internet sales.  This makes it sound like anyone can simply boot up their browser and get guns delivered to their door no questions asked.

There are no legal online gun retailers that will simply mail a gun without obtaining a Federal Firearms License through a business that holds a valid FFL.

You go online to a retailers and you select the firearm that you would wish to purchase, just like any other online order.  You enter your name and address for billing just like any other online purchase.  You use your credit card just like any other order.  The difference is the shipping address.

The shipping address must be a current Federal Firearms License holder.  The gun vendor will need a copy of the gun shops FFL where you are picking the gun up.  At the local gun shop they will run a background check before relinquishing your firearm to you.

You cannot simply order whatever you want and have the postal carrier bring it to you.

Many of your local gun shops, especially mom and pop type shops, will accept your firearm shipment and process the paperwork and background check for a fee.  It varies from 15 dollars in some places to 100 in others.

Why use an FFL to purchase guns online if you are avoiding a background check?  Simple, because you are not avoiding anything that you wouldn’t do in a brick and mortar store if they had it in stock.

If you are asking why order online guns when its the exact same safeguards as going to a major gun retailer or mom and pop, its because of the same reason you shop online.  To get the best selection and the best price.  Just like the background check, you cannot avoid paying taxes either.  The FFL holder collects sales tax for the state when they collect their transfer fee.

The FFL transfer to your local gun shop is an excellent way to get what you want, exactly, and at a good price.  You still must have a background check and pay sales tax.  There is no ‘loophole” about it.  Just guns delivered straight to your local gun store that does transfers.

Local advertisements for a gun for sale when a person meets face to face is not an online transaction.  These types of transactions are up to the parties to be honest law abiding citizens as it is doubtful that criminals will go to an FFL dealer and transfer a stolen or otherwise illegal gun that was or will be used in a crime.

Vote NO on Initiative 594!

sigInitiative 594 is an anti gun measure brought to you by the same people like Bloomberg who doesn’t want you to have a Big Gulp.  594 is gun control, not ‘common sense’ safety measures.  It does nothing to stop criminals from illegally buying guns.  It does punish legal gun owners who wish to buy handguns or long guns.

Overall violence is down  Women are buying and carrying concealed weapons at a skyrocketing rate.  Women who own firearms jumped from 13 percent in 2005 to 23 percent in 2011.

Gun ownership is at an all time high.

594 will do nothing to slow violence ,but will instead, punish law abiding citizens.  People struggling to make ends meet will be forced to pay more for a weapon to defend themselves and their families.  They cannot be gifted or loaned a firearm from family or friends,.

“the intended delivery of a firearm to another person without consideration of payment or promise of payment including, but not limited to, gifts and loans.”  Initiative 594.

The 594 initiative will not let you loan your shotgun to your brother in-law to take to the skeet range.  You wont be able to give your son older than 18 a rifle for Christmas, unless you want a felony for not going to get a transfer at an FFL gunshop.

The largest law enforcement organization in this state, the Washington Association of Police and Sheriffs, does not support initiative 594.  The amount of paperwork the police will have to do will further strain departments across the state.  Many police departments are already overworked as it is.

Seattle Police have recently been purported to have passed around an internal memo to ignore home burglaries because they have too few detectives to investigate them.  How can the police who are already behind in their duties handle massive amounts of paperwork that 594 would force them to take care of?

Loaning your gun to your friend would be illegal.
Sharing a shotgun with your over 18 son at the gun range would be illegal.
The waiting period would be 10 days instead of the current 5 days.
All firearm transfers are reported to the Department of Licensing.
Most dealers charge 30 to 50 dollars per transfer.

Vote no on 594!

*Arent registered to vote?  You can register to vote by going here and registering online by October 6, 2014.


Visit any Washington Drivers Licensing Offices.

To Kill a Honey Bee

beehivesI was alarmed when I first heard about bee colonies collapsing in 2007; entire colonies of bees either dead or simply vanished. Fingers point to GMO crops, pesticides, parasitic mites, disease, etc. It’s such a dire situation apparently, Monsanto went on the offensive and publicly refuted any blame on pesticides and even bought out a bee research firm[1].

The small, common honey bee we’re familiar with is not the only pollinator, in fact its not even native to North America. The honey bee was originally imported from Europe back in the Colonial era. There are a host of other native insects that also fill the pollinator role. The problem lies with unrestricted pesticide use that may harm pollinator populations across the board. Such as the dramatic decline of the monarch butterfly currently blamed on heavy pesticide use (along with loss of habitat to corn, and loss of their preferred diet the milkweed).

Speculators are saying our food supply is in danger because we’re losing our pollinators. To get an idea of what this means, look to an apple growing region in China where they live a bee-less reality. The farmers there hand pollinate apple blossoms after killing off all their bees[2]. This is not a sustainable practice for industrial farmers in the States. Perhaps before jumping on the “save the bees!” bandwagon, take a critical look at the state of beekeeping.

beelargeIndustrial beekeepers ship their bees from one end of the country to the other to meet the demands of monoculture crops (such as corn and almonds). They subject their bees to stress of travel, non-stop pollinating, and feed them processed carbohydrates (HFCS). GMO crops are implicated for creating holes in the human gut barrier creating immune problems like allergies. The same is happening in bees and weakening the bee’s immune system.

Queen bees in the wild mate with many (ludicrously many) male drones to diversify their genes (make them resilient and strong) whereas commercial bees are products of heavy inbreeding (sound familiar with chicken folks and disease resistance?). They are artificially inseminated with select sperms or given very limited breeding partners. Inbreeding leads to weak bees; shorter life span and prone to disease.  As a result of this type of breeding regimen commercial bees are weak, they are subject to chemicals to control bee diseases and parasites which end up in their honey which is in turn sold to humans for consumption.

Bee’s also bring back pesticides sprayed on crops to share with the colony and contaminate honey.

The state with the most to lose is California with their many monoculture crops. The media is very vocal about any distress to the farms in California such as the current drought gripping the state. Strangely enough, they sensationalize CA droughts and don’t mention farms on the east coast are fine and people need not fear a lettuce shortage.

Though it is unclear if there is a single and sole reason for bee colony collapse, the beekeeping system was a disaster waiting to happen due to the stress of industrialized farming: the cycle of stressful transportation, pesticides, inbreeding, poor nutrition, etc. Honey is so easily accessible at the grocers, no thought is given to the condition of its producer, the honey bee.

Consumers need to raise their awareness about food and realize the ugly side of industrialization is not just isolated to beef and poultry. Instead of being scared of food shortages because of disappearing bees, remember this: California is not the only state with farms. Simply look to your own backyard to help save bees. Turn barren suburban landscapes into hospitable oasis for bees. Add some flowering plants and use natural pesticides. Paul Gautschi (“Back to Eden“) swears by garlic and jalapeño pepper spray.




  1. Huffington Post
  2. University of Minnesota Extension

Recommended supplemental media:

More Than Honey – documentary uses state of the art technology to eloquently show the state of honey bees.

Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us – documentary goes beyond the theorized causes and looks deeper at the industrialized bee keeping system.

Silence of the Bees – PBS Nature documentary describes various theories on why bee colonies are collapsing.

Man Kills Orang Utan with Palm Oil

orangutanSweat beading on his brow, a man in a too tight t-shirt – the design become darkened by slowly spreading perspiration – huffs and puffs his way through a Food Court at a dying mall in Middle America. In a paper bowl, that when read from the bottom, would proclaim “Made from 99% post-consumer waste!”, is a slowly melting puddle of “Manilla Vanilla” ice cream.

He digs his spoon into the glob of artificial flavorings, colorings and texturizers and kills the Orang Utan.

He smacks his lips as the Orang Utan tries to outrun the licking flames. He runs his thick tongue around the edge of the bowl as the Orang Utan is set on fire. He enjoys the coolness of the ice cream as the skin of the Orang Utan crackles and peels from the flames, unable to outrun the raging fire set to clear the land for a palm oil plantation.

The man sits down his bowl, thinking maybe he should have ordered two servings, maybe the “Screamin’ Strawberry”? The bulldozer runs over the burning, flailing body of the Orang Utan. The man slides his spoon around the bottom of the bowl, scooping up every last bit of the melted ice cream. The bulldozer spits black smoke into the sky as it is put in reverse to once against crush the now dead Orang Utan.

The man returns to the ice cream shop to purchase another bowl, not knowing that with every scoop, he is destroying forests, the habitat of the Orang Utan and many different species in Borneo and Southeast Asia. Each spoonful of his cheap, artificial ice cream means the death of animals, flora and fauna, much of which has never been documented by biologists. He is a destroyer of worlds, a murderer of innocents, and he is doing it one spoonful at a time.

The oil palm industry is booming throughout Southeast Asia as a result of an increased demand for biodiesel and cheap food manufacturing.  The Western culture of fast and cheap, albeit unhealthy, pre packaged boxed foods curse and follow the man around from his day to day life.  Leaving behind a string of dead burnt vegetation and animal carcasses.

Palm oil was supposed to be a healthy alternative to the bad fats that Americans and otehr Westerners had been eating for decades.  One study made a movement away from natural fats into plant based fats and that misguided but engineered discovery has killed many people since its falsehoods became widely known as truths.  People who ate palm oil rich foods for five weeks saw their LDL cholesterol (that is the bad cholesterol) skyrocket.  Yet palm oil has found its way into 1 in 5 foods on average.  These foods along with a high carbohydrate diet are causing heart disease at a never before seen pace.
The Sumatran tigers don’t think palm oil is healthy either, which are set to be extinct in an estimated three years from deforestation.  It isn’t just foods that contain palm oils- toothpaste and other health and beauty products also contain palm oils.  The Sumatran tiger, like the Orang Utan, are killed where man wants to grow more oil palm trees so the man in the too tight t-shirt can watch television and eat uniform sized potato chips that come in a tennis ball tube.

When you buy a muffin, are you killing a Sumatran Tiger.? If you close your eyes and take a bite, and imagine hard enough, can you smell the burning hair?

Cheap, readily available food is not only killing you one bite at a time but its killing the Orang Utan, the Sumatran Tiger, and (for you vegetarians out there) scores of undescribed never before named plant species unknown to the scientific world.  We could be razing over the cure for cancer and we never even saw it coming as it was slashed to extinction by chainsaws and logging trucks, burnt, razed, and planted with oil palms.  One spoonful at a time.

Eat margarine and kill an Orang Utan?  Doe’s your margarine contain palm oil?

The Mall and its Food Court closes and the man hurriedly finishes his slurry of ingredients in his paper bowl of Screamin’ Strawberry ice cream.  With a heavy breathing and a satiation that could only come from 3 or 4 bowls of ice cream he makes his way out the Food Court.  Never realizing that the ingredients of that delicious creamy ice cream aren’t all milk and cream he licks the plastic spoon and tosses his trash into the can.  Its killing the Orang Utan and its killing him, one bite at a time.

Author: Richard Haggus