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January 16, 2010

Haitian Moonbat Deathtrap

Posted by Air2air at January 16, 2010 10:12 AM

Father Marc Boisvert is an outstanding humanitarian, having given his life to help the unfortunate in Haiti. And with great success, having founded several organizations and schools.


But moonbattery can strike even the innocent. When it was time to build a guest house on his compound in Port au Prince, Father Boisvert wrote:

We have long embraced the concept of environmental sustainability. We use compost. We recycle. Our energy for pumps comes from PV solar panels; electricity for the Guest House is augmented by a wind turbine and we stick with natural pesticides for the farm. Having read about alternative construction going on around the world, we decided to try our hand at it.

Struck by Hope and Change, he consulted sustainable homebuilder and concluded:

We will be building a small house with earth bags. Rice, barley, wheat (staples of our diet here) all come in poly bags which we've saved. They will be used to hold a mix of moistened sand and clay.

Here is an inspiring Earthbag prototype in New Mexico:


Earthbag inventor Kelly Hart raises our consciousness in the folly of our society's silly predisposition to engineer and build safe structures:

Earthbags … have the potential to virtually eliminate the need for common tensile materials in the structure, especially the wood and steel often used for roofs. This not only saves more energy (and pollution), but also helps save our forests, which are increasingly necessary for sequestering carbon.

Clearly enticed by the low cost and promises of this eco-fool — and presumably no engineer — poor Father Boisvert went straight Earthbag, formed by stacking 90-lb bags of rock and dirt on each other. Nothing holding the bags together; just stacked with a layer of cosmetic mortar in a rough-hewn, eco-sensitive aesthetic. He got some local help and a lot of dirt:


The bags are filled with wet sand, rock and clay. Then just stacked up.


However, the structural integrity of Earthbags is guaranteed by tamping them down with a shovel.



Some troweled-on clay will keep the plastic bags from slipping out when you shut the door too hard. How much friction is there between two plastic bags?


A few thousand pounds of poured concrete across the top will put those concerns to rest, though.


Almost ready for the realtor:


Counting the 90-lb bags, I estimate about 16,000 lbs for each wall.

Times 4 = 64,000 lbs. That is more than the weight of 11 Cadillac Escalades. Totally unsupported. Plus the roof and "mortar."

What else weighs 64,000 lbs? Why, the McDonnell-Douglas DC-9 (empty, no fuel):


Total aid to Haiti since 1990 comes to 6 billion, or about $1000 for each citizen.