From swords to plowshares, fuel tanks to canoes . . .

Let’s see, what else? Oh yes, I remember a story about turning nuclear silos into multistory underground homes. . . Hmmmm. What can we do with the thousand U.S. military bases dominating the globe? How about all the tanks, and guns, and so on. Surely we can do better than give them to the police. Surely we can use our magnificent human imaginations to move beyond militarizing the police to actually healing the body politic and transforming life on Earth. Permaculture co-founder David Holmgren is calling for us to become, not terrorists, but terra-ists! Yes! Let’s go!

All waste is food. Permaculture principle #6.

Fighter Jet Fuel Tanks Were Dumped On Vietnam Farmers 40 Years Ago. Wait Til You See What They Did.

January 14, 2014

During a war, more than just the politicians and soldiers are affected by the fighting. Take these farmers in South Vietnam, for example. During the Vietnam war, fighter jets would be constantly flying over the countryside. Military tactical jet planes rely on the JP-8 fuel that’s loaded into external fuel tanks, but once that fuel is used, they are jettisoned to reduce overall weight of the plane.

Hopefully none of the empty tanks hit innocent people or their property… but where did those fuel tanks go?

Luckily these citizens were able to use the cast-off fuel tanks once the Vietnam war was over and they weren’t just littering their countryside.


Just imagine looking up and seeing a giant fuel tank speeding towards your head. I doubt they were thinking “CANOE!” but when life hands you lemons…make a canoe.

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