Solar Power for RVs and Vans

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Some of the topics on their educational pages include:

RV Solar Education Topics at Benefits of Solar, Solar Panels, Mounts, Charge Controllers, Batteries, Maintenance, Things to Consider, “STC” vs. “NOCT” Panel Ratings, Real World Conditions for Rvs, Designing for Real World Conditions, System Sizing by Actual Use, System Sizing by Rules of Thumb, Buyer’s Guide.


More on Free or Cheap Food

We have also found that many cities, especially the big cities like Los Angeles, have many free food centers, use the internet to find them.  Remember, YOU ARE NOW A HUNTER-GATHERER, you must devote some of your time to “hunting up” some food.

And don’t forget the local “Farmers Markets” in your area.  Food is cheap, lots of good veggies and fruit.  You can walk around munching on “samples”.  At the end of the day the farmers will often give away what is left, for free or cheap, because they have to get rid of it before it spoils.  I have bought a lug of tomatoes, for instance, for $1.  Meet up with other gypsies and SHARE the food you have foraged. 

Dumpster diving is also fun.  I have never met a dumpster I didn’t like!  Look behind markets, drug stores, bakeries, etc.  You will be amazed at all the good food that is thrown out every day!  Because some asshole sued some of the fast food chains, many lock their dumpsters at night.  If you find a nice one that is open you can get meals for many people. Remember:  the chicken or burgers cannot be kept until the next day.  Anything left is thrown out.  Every Starbucks for instance, has to get rid of “expired” packaged food when the expiration date comes up.  If you can get to the unlocked bin you can eat for a week.  The so-called “expired” food is usually good for a few days, keep a cooler of ice available for storage.  My rule is that if it smells bad I don’t eat it. Err on the side of caution, if you puke it up blame yourself for being careless or stupid.

As my friend Blaine has said many times: The worst meal I ever had was delicious!  Enjoy your free food! Send us your comments!

I Was Robot by Ernest Mann – 2. Waste Burner Waste

2. Waste Burner Waste

A Basic Government Rule: “Don’t get rid of the problem — ADD TO


For example: Build an expensive waste burner plant.

Instead of; putting a ban on all disposable containers. (This solution

wouldn’t cost the taxpayers

anything — so naturally, it won’t be considered.)

Instead of; creating an economic system that wouldn’t require

advertising. (Like the Priceless Economic System.)

Just think of the percentage of the contents in your garbage can

or dumpster that is just advertising. Think how thin the newspapers and

magazines would be without advertising.

Just look at the Profit the Industrialists will make when they

sell the waste burner plant to the government and how much more they

will make every year from its maintenance.

Profiteers Promote Waste!

The Little Free Press newsletter has been pointing out for years,

that people are just spinning their wheels trying to stop a bad

situation by working against the symptoms of the problem.

They will build that burner plant some place, no matter how many

people demonstrate against it!

So, why not use our time and energy to help set up a system in

which no one can Profit from doing bad and wasteful things to our

planet and its people?


The Hennepin County Government is building a multimillion dollar

incinerator in downtown Minneapolis. This huge incinerator is the first

of its kind and has never been tested, according to the “Stop the

Incinerator Coalition.” It is starting to draw many opponents. Most

people would rather they pollute the air 50 miles out of town, but not

right here where we can see it coming out of the stacks. Do these

people think that the air stands still out in the country? Do they not

care that it will pollute our food source area? It takes a few years to

discover the poisons that eventually find their way into our food.

Some of the opponents say we should expand our recycling plants

and try to reclaim more of the trash. Of course this is more sensible

than the burning, but it’s still avoiding the basic cause of the

problem, so, instead of stopping the drilling in the bottom of our boat

it merely deals with plugging up the holes in a less destructive


Why do we always just deal with the immediate problem? When will

we “wise up” and build a system which will not include the “basic

cause” of our problems? Let’s eliminate the reason why we drill holes

in the bottom of our boat! Then we won’t have to continuously plug


Straw man?

Is this garbage incinerator just another straw man set up to burn

the awakening people’s energy? When was the last straw man set up for

the Minneapolis radicals? Was it the domed stadium near our downtown?

Did people burn up lots of energy; thinking, arguing and demonstrating

against it?

This is surely a “Straw man” set-up. Any city planner could have

told them of the impossibility of the loop location from a traffic

situation alone. (you know of the traffic jams we already have in the

loop) What will it be like with the hundreds of garbage trucks from

the city and county converging in the loop all day and night long

lining up to unload! This alone makes the loop placement impossible,

but it is very impressive, and will anger more people to burn up their

energy in tearing down this elaborate straw man. In the end the Elite

will probably compromise by building four plants. One on each corner of

the county.

Would the “Elite” rather see the “thinking” people spend their biocomputer

(mind) time fighting another straw man, or have them use that

time to discover the fact that they are “wage slaves” and that they

don’t really have to put up with this shit any more?

It seems to me, the radicals are taking the bait; hook, line and

sinker. They are throwing up another defensive action to stop the

masters from whipping us. (Undoubtedly with the aid of some highly paid

government or corporate agent provocateurs.)

Seems to me we would get more progress in the direction of our own

liberation by taking an offensive action. It is not possible to gain

ground by defensive actions. Gaining ground only follows offensive


Let’s begin this action by pointing out the “basic cause” of the

pollution. Let’s examine the rubbish cans and dumpsters and see what’s

in them. Besides the disposable containers, you will find products

which were made for PROFIT, i.e., not to last. Things which were made

with built-in planned deterioration and planned obsolescence. Why were

they built that way? To make more PROFIT! If the objects were well

designed and constructed many of them would last a 100 years instead of

one or ten. We all know this! But we don’t do anything about it. We

think that this creates more jobs so we are quiet.

We don’t stop to study the fact that if we were using a People

oriented system instead of the Profit oriented system we would strive

to eliminate work by building only beautiful long lasting things which

were easy to repair with universal parts. People who enjoy tinkering

with these things would be happy to do the repairing. In a sane system

we would not use these “things” as status symbols. We would not think

it necessary to throw away our old and replace it with whatever is now

in style.

In a priceless system, I think, we would try to create shorter

working shifts for the essential jobs, then more people would get a

chance at playing with the wonderful fun machines that we invent for

production, but no one would have to work very long hours. In our

present Profit motivated system we can’t have much fun running these

machines when some slave driver boss is constantly causing stress as

he/she attempts to make more Profit.

Before this Incinerator Straw man is disposed of in one way or the

other, it is my guess that many thousands of good intelligent people

will add their energy (and money) to this drama, on one side or the

other. It is also my guess that if just 10% of these thinking people

would put their creative energies behind an offensive action directed

at creating a Profitless Society, they would succeed. Once we are

operating a priceless economy there would no longer be a “reason” to do

destructive things like; polluting, waring, starving or stealing. We

will eliminate most of the world’s present major problems with a

priceless economic system. So why not put some energy behind creating



Teach an old dog new tricks?

You can! I just taught this 61 year old dog to run a computer. I

had forgotten how much fun it is to learn something new. (I have had

many great highs in teaching myself to run this IBM clone that I have.)

They say the Macintosh is easier to learn on, but it costs about twice

as much. My clone has a 640K RAM and a 30 meg. HD and a 5 1/4″ floppy

drive. The Epson LQ850 24 pin printer is fun too. I started with the

Ability software program but that just wouldn’t do what I needed so I

got the Microsoft Word, Windows and Aldus Pagemaker. I don’t know which

was greater, the joy or the agony in learning these programs.

If I hadn’t thought I had a great use for the computer I might

have chucked it all. As it was, the computer outfit cost about the same

as the typesetting would have for my book. And now I’ll have the

computer to use for the word processing of my future writing and my

newsletter. It also feels like I am joining the great leap forward in

progress that the world is now taking. I can understand and use some of

its new technology. Wow! The jump forward is far greater than the leap

from the quill to the typewriter, but I’m still glad I learned to type

back in ’43.

I think we will never get senile in our old age if we keep adding

interesting new input into our minds.

March 20, 1988 Ernest Mann


[For people interested in doing their own book – – I did the

typesetting on this book with my IBM XT clone computer with the

“Microsoft Word” word processing program and my Epson LQ850 24 pin dot

matrix printer. I used a Sans Serif proportional spacing 12 point font

(which actually measured only 10 pt.) (sans serif fonts stay clear even

after several generations of copying). Finally, the printing company

reduced it to 78%, which makes it 8 pt.]

“An ounce of prevention, is worth a pound of cure.”

I Was Robot by Ernest Mann – 1. Human Robots

There is no enemy. Only ignorance –of a better Game to play.

1. Human Robots


I vaguely remember a science fiction movie of “Flash Gordon” back

in the 30’s which showed all the workers in some city moving around

like robots. The hero tried to talk with them but they didn’t pay any

attention. He then noticed that all the workers were wearing the same

kind of helmet. He took off one worker’s helmet. The worker seemed to

come out of a trance and told our hero that while they wore the helmets

they were literally slaves and had to do whatever they were told by

their Master.

In the book, “Brave New World,” the people were given a drug

called “soma” each day as they finished work. As I recall, this kept

the people in a blissful unconcerned state of consciousness until their

next work day.

It has occurred to me that I have worn the helmet. Except my

helmet was in my mind. I was getting soma too. I even paid to get it.

Intake Time

In my intake time I watched TV, listened to the radio, went to

movies, listened to records, background music and tapes, glanced at

billboards, read magazines and newspapers. During this time I also took

one or more of the consciousness altering drugs. These addictive drugs

included nicotine, caffeine, alcohol and sugar. Some people used harder

drugs. The drugs may have made me more susceptible to the programming

that I was receiving.

My Programming

My programming was achieved by many methods. First of all it is

important to remember that most of the mass media is owned or

controlled by big money people. They not only use the old methods such

as; slanting, falsifying, exaggerating, omitting, monkey-see & monkeydo,

loaded words, hypnotic music, etc., but are also now using many new

subliminal methods1 of implanting ideas, opinions, fears and desires

into our conscious and subconscious minds without our being aware of

it. They were able to program me almost as effectively as computers are

now programmed.


I was dependent on these various programming media for my

“entertainment.” I thought I actually enjoyed the movies, TV, radio,

etc., that I was being programmed with and for which I had to pay

plenty. I thought I enjoyed the drugs on which I was dependent. You

can’t imagine how many barrels of coffee and show cases of sweet rolls

I went through. I didn’t know they were addictive. I had lost or had

never learned the art of entertaining myself. I allowed others to do my

thinking for me. I had very little time to figure out things. So I just

did what was expected of me. I was a human robot.


I was 10 years a salesman and 10 years in business for myself.

During most of that time I went blindly around that old merry-go-round

of working, spending and trying to pay my bills by the 10th. There were

many times I couldn’t pay by the 10th and I would try to borrow money

from the bank to pay bills. (You know what they said, most of the time

— “Ha, ha, ho, ho!”) So I sorted the bills and paid only the most

imminent and stalled the rest. One big bummer! Who has time to do any

important profound thinking about life, pollution, wars, etc., at a

time like that? My thinking time was totally occupied with finding a

way to make a buck and trying to keep a reasonably happy family. I

don’t recall that I, even once, asked myself if I were happy or if I

were doing what was for my own best good over the long run.

A Rut

I went pathetically around and around that wheel (endless rut)

every month, always trying to get a little ahead of the game. It was

not unlike a grave with both ends kicked out, like a robot programmed

to work, spend and pay. Like, I was in the groove, man, but I didn’t

know how to remove my helmet. I didn’t even know I had one.

Background Music

I think that I might like background music if I were not trying to

talk or think, that is, providing I was sure that there was no mind

conditioning in it.

TV Kickout

Somewhere along the line I got mad at my TV addiction and gave my

set away. It was almost impossible for me to turn the damned thing off

until the program was over or until I was exhausted. I’m now happy that

I did this, especially since I’ve learned about the subliminals

bombarding TV watchers. I don’t need it. My subconscious must have told

me to get rid of it. I rarely take in any of the other news media or

movies any more. This leaves me with more time and inclination to do

some thinking for myself. In fact, I would not even dream of voting for

anyone to represent me and to make laws against me anymore.

In Business

I was taught in Economics class, in business college, the rule,

“Charge all the traffic will bear. (and a little more so that you can

come down),” that I must make a profit and the more the better. Then it

sounded logical, so when I went into business it seemed quite natural

to follow that old rule, so I did. I didn’t stop to realize that

everyone else would be using that same rule on me too. That for

everything I would buy there would be someone trying to get all they

could out of me. This kind of economics ferments trusts, monopolies and

cartels. So those with the most, make the most.

I didn’t worry about the workers in foreign countries who made

only a few cents a day on the imported products that I bought, until I

visited some of those countries recently. Then I saw some of their

living and working conditions. It made me start to think. I also

realized that workers in the U.S.A. are exploited too, only on a

different level and more subtly.

My belief that everyone here had freedom of “choice of work” fell

apart. I could see that most of us were doing work that we didn’t like.

Because we needed the money to pay the rent, food bills, etc., we had

to take work at any place that was hiring, whether we liked the job or


I didn’t question whether the manufacturer of what I was buying,

was polluting my drinking water supply, my fresh air supply or my food

supply. I trusted government to protect those supplies for me. I

trusted my city sewer disposal and my city water purification

departments. It never once occurred to me that if we didn’t pollute our

water supply we wouldn’t need the purification department.

I trusted my city government many years ago when they said that it

was hazardous to our health to put human waste on crop lands. I had

forgotten the fact that my dad always put our human waste from our outhouse,

on our crop land. I forgot that I had seen the Japanese farmers

doing this 30 years ago.

Screwed Up

We have been making great technical advancements. We have

developed fabulous new techniques, alloys, compounds and methods that

give products more strength, durability and all kinds of wonderful new

qualities. But they sell us products that are always breaking down,

wearing out and polluting more, e.g., cars won’t start, they rust out

in 3 years and start falling apart before you get them paid for and

toys break before you get them home. We have wonderful mass production

machines and tremendous crop yield seed varieties and excellent

irrigation facilities, yet we are often told that there are shortages

just before severe price increases, e.g., meat, sugar, oil and coffee.

For some strange reason the prices never came down after the “so

called” shortages were over. Prisons don’t rehabilitate or cut down

crime. They say there are crimes even when there is no victim. Laws are

written by the big money people to protect big money. Governments spend

money like it was water. Many money-saving devices are kept off the

market. Laws are written to keep down the little man.


My first reaction to my study of the overall picture, was that

things are sure screwed, all backwards and muddled up, a regular

nightmare. But on closer examination I decided that this is the natural

trend that must take place under the present world-wide economic

system. (The “Pay System,” where people take pay or profit for their

work and sell the product.) With this Game there can only be a few big

winners and the rest must be big losers. (Survivors, but not winners.)


I understand that corporate trust agreements have given way to

large corporate conglomerates which more easily corner national

markets. These conglomerates have or are evolving into multinational

conglomerates which are cornering the world markets. If we continue to

use the present world-wide economic system, the multinationals will

probably be cornering one market after another. Soon there may be no

work or product that will not be under the direct or indirect control

of the multinationals. This leaves me at their mercy. (Are corporations

merciful?) I’ll have to pay their prices and take whatever profit or

wages they allow. This doesn’t give me very good feelings.

I Went Along

Why did I allow these things to happen?

First of all, I wasn’t aware of much of the BS that was going on.

Second, when I became aware I tried the usual things, e.g.,

writing to my congress persons, to the President and finally I worked

in the Republican Party. (I had been a Democrat all my life.) All to

no avail.

Third, why didn’t I drop out and stop participating in the

consuming, polluting, exploiting and depleting of resources? Well, I

thought I needed the income to pay for our house, food, clothing, auto

payments, business loan payments, taxes, insurance, upkeep,

entertainment, medical, vacation, etc. How could I have said, “No.” to

a boss or to a client and take the risk of losing everything I had? It

seemed like I had no viable alternative.

Fourth, I mulled over all these thoughts for some time before I

decided on a partial way out. (I think this might be the point where

many people have nervous breakdowns if they don’t see a way out of the

mess. Then they go to a shrink who tries to “fix” them, so that they

can get back into the old rat race and run again. What a bummer!)


After about 20 years of slaving in the race I was starting to get

ahead a little. I started to take a little time to think about myself

and my needs. I decided to get out of the race and sold everything I

had when I was 42. Decided to take off for a few years. Figured I had

learned how to make money and could do it again if I ever had to. I

have been learning, growing and enjoying so much in the last 8 years

that I doubt if I’ll ever go back into the rat race.

Save Money

Since I have stopped taking in the programming I can walk through

any of the big stores and never get a desire to buy any of their stuff

(crap). What little I need I buy at rummage sales for just a few cents.

I have no idea what’s in style any more, and care less. Of course I

can’t buy second hand food but I’m eating more of the basic foods,

i.e., the unprocessed foods; they are purer, cheaper and taste better.

What more can I ask for?

I got rid of my car because it was always eating my money and

taking up a lot of my time. I now live close to where I do my thing, so

I walk most of the time or bus to farther places. I don’t spend much

money so my small income (savings, actually) is sufficient for

everything that I desire.

Free Time and Purpose

Not spending much money means not needing to use any time earning

money, or using up much of my savings. This gives me more free time to

look, listen, smell, feel, taste, think and reason. Sometimes I feel

like writing and I do. I don’t know if anyone will understand what I’m

saying but it feels good to write it anyway. I have created a purpose

for my life and it feels right and good for now.

Eight years ago when I dropped-out, I asked myself, “What is the

highest and best use that I can put to my mind, heart and body? What

kind of work needs to be done the most? What can I do that will be for

my own best good over the long haul?” My decision was to try to

discover or to design a more perfect system of living together on this


I derive much happiness from my purpose (my work), and sometimes

much agony when I can’t seem to reach people. I work for free and I’m

my own boss. I can quit anytime, and go back to my work anytime. I do

my work as I see fit. I don’t give a damn if my newsletter sells,

because I give it away. Ha ha. If my ideas for freedom are valid, I

expect people may use them. If the seeds that I plant are fertile, I

trust that they will grow, and that some aware people will water them

and cultivate them. If this happens we will all share in the harvest.

Big Money People

My guess is that the big money people who order the mind

programming in the media, are in a dilemma themselves. They sometimes

seem to be in a competitive game with each other. It’s like they have

ahold of the chain that holds a vicious bulldog (Power) and if they let

go, someone else will grab it and go after them with it. So they don’t

dare let go of their power. The Priceless Economic System will remove

all the teeth from this bulldog. Then they can “let go” and relax a

little with the rest of us.

They seem to be working together some too. Big money is going

strong in Agribusiness. They are taking over land like it is going out

of style. They already seem to have a corner on the market in meat,

sugar, coffee and oil. Whenever a product doubles in price over night,

you can be pretty sure that they have cornered that too. It is

inevitable that they will continue the game until they can set all

prices wherever they wish and the same with wages. What freedom will

this leave for me and you? If we wait until then to try to make change

it will probably be too late. Most people will by then be so thoroughly

programmed (brainflushed) that they will believe with Pollyanna, that,

“Everything that happens is for the best.”


z z z Help Wanted z z z

Electronics Inventor

Project: Subliminal Sound Detector

Build a gadget which will detect and convert to audible sound

those hidden subliminal messages which are present on radio, TV, stereo

and tapes as reported in the comprehensive book, “Subliminal Seduction”

by Wilson Bryan Key, Signet. Key says, on page 163, that subliminals

are fairly easy to plant in sound and visual media. He said that it is

nearly impossible to consciously locate them. He said that subaudible

effects can be planted at low volume intensities, at various speed

harmonics and at either high or low frequencies — all he said, are

unheard by conscious perception.

Project: Subliminal Light Detector

Build a gadget to detect and make visible the low intensity light

messages used on movies and TV. (See above book, page 23.)

Why ?

1. Open up another Pandora’s Box like the Watergate scandal.

Reveal how the big corporations are mind conditioning us

subliminally. Help people see for themselves what the Pay

System is doing to them. Teach people how human robots are

being made. It will not only be amusing and revealing but

also mind blowing to be able to hear and see some of the


2. Or make yourself a bundle of money by selling the gadgets.

3. Or publicize the blueprints (schematics) and let people

solder together the detectors by themselves.

December 27, 1976 Ernest Mann

1Subliminal Seduction, Wilson Bryan Key

I Was Robot by Ernest Mann – Contents


1. Human Robot

2. Waste Burner Waste

3. Jailed

4. Missing Pieces

5. Truth

6. Meaning Of Freedom

7. Becoming More Free

8. World War III

9. Utopia Now Possible

10. Making Changes

11. Wanted: Volunteer Crew

12. What Can Farmers Do?

13. This Moment!

14. How To Become A Millionaire

15. The Problem And Solution

16. Talking To Myself

17. Like Being Squeezed?

18. Slave Management

19. Warbucks Family Memo

20. Warbucks Communique

21. Warbucks Leaving Earth

22. Out Of The Rut

23. Letter From Mother

24. More Electricity?

25. Life Can Be Beautiful

26. What Is Happiness?

27. Simplify?

28. Purpose

29. Good Life — C. O. D.

30. Memoirs Of A Drop-out

31. Good Health Is Easy

32. Changing Games



A Song

An Hour A Day

Be Ruled

Caesar’s Circus


Check List

Class Status

Common Sense


Get Started


Help Wanted






One-Way Ticket

Our Time Is Limited

Pay System


Priceless Economic System



Seven Wonders

Slave Attitude

Ten Years


Time To Live

Time to Play

Total License


Two People




What Will Happen

I Was Robot by Ernest Mann – Intro


[Note: This file is a combination of 33 smaller files to form a 158

page book. It was edited with MS-Word using a Courier 12pt font to

provide a perfect readable text file on the IBM via the “TYPE” command.

This slight modification was done to provide a readable one-file

document(for all computers) to those who have internet access.]

I WAS ROBOT (Utopia Now Possible)

by Ernest Mann

Within these pages you will learn how one Robot transformed himself

into an almost free individual human being.

You will also see how we can create a nearly Utopian world, on

Spaceship Earth within one year.

About the Author:

The author was in business in Minneapolis for 20 years. He gained

enough knowledge in Economics in Business College and in practice to

retire in 1969 at the age of 42. Since then he has had the space to

observe economics from a different perspective and has had 21 years of

time to travel to many countries, read, observe, discuss, think,

evaluate and form his own conclusions about the economic situation,

politics, religion, life and individual freedom.

This book is a gathering of some of the best issues of his free news

letter, the “Little Free Press” in which he has shared his observations

and conclusions since 1969. They have been revised to exclude most of

the duplications and update notes have been added.

The character in this book is real, and any resemblance to fictitious

persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.



No Copyright, 1990, Ernest Mann.

No world rights reserved. Any part or all of this publication may be

stored in a retrieval system, transmitted, or reproduced in any

language, in any way, including but not limited to photocopy,

photograph, offset, rotary or flatbed press, magnetic or other record,

with the prior agreement and herein expressed written permission of the


A Public Domain Book

Little Free Press, 1011 6th Avenue NE apt 21, Little Falls, MN 56345

USA (612-632-1965)

ISBN: 0-9620301-0-4

Library of Congress

Catalog Card Number: 89-80274

This book is dedicated to all little children

Let’s create for them — a decent world to grow up in

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