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Published on The Doomstead Diner  May 29, 2020

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Upcoming in less than a month is the Solstice.  It is traditionally a time of Celebration and Feasting. and once again I will be preparing a SUPER SPECIAL Diner meal for this occasion. 🙂

For the Diner it also marks the time of year many of our Annual Bills come due.  So this year I have decided to Celebrate by BEGGING FOR MONEY!

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For smaller donations, use the Donate Button on the Diner Blog homepage.  It's not worth the trouble of doing the tax forms for that.  NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL! You can either make a one time donation or sign up […] Continue Reading…

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Published on The Doomstead Diner  May 24, 2020

 

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We are taking a break this week on the Collapse Cafe to NOT talk about COVID-19 as the main topic of conversation, althought it does of course work it's way into this discussion.  It's almost impossible nowadays to talk anbout ANYTHING without Coronavirus working its way into the conversation.

However, in this one I talk with Irvine Mills, a long time contributor to the Diner Blog, who also runs his own blog, The Easiest Person to Fool.  .  Irv is a recently retired Electrician for Ontario Hydro, the Electric Power Authority in Ontario Canada.  His career spanned 31 years as he moved up the ranks from Trainee to Foreman and finally Manager for his district.  He lives nearby one of the Nuke Plants he was responsible for in Kincardine, on the shore of the Great Lake they call Huron.  Not Gitchee Gumee (Lake Superior), that's to the north.  lol.

 

As reservoirs of Fresh Water go, the Great Lakes are among the very largest sources […] Continue Reading…

Herd Immunity For Thee, Daily Tests For Me

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"There is no genius there, only a damaged human being playing havoc with our lives."

 ― Jay Rosen  

The Trump Administration has decided to embrace the herd immunity strategy as a means to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. Oh, they haven't told you. There was no formal announcement– nothing so honest. The same stratagem once presented as an option to Boris Johnson as a means for the UK to deal with the raging infection, then rejected as altogether too expensive in terms of human lives and strain to the NHS, has been embraced by the Trump administration as policy. Superseding their own previous public guidance, Trump has exhorted state governors to "open up" their states, and encouraged armed gaggles of low-T cosplayers to take to the streets to demonstrate for their own impending illness and demise.

Meanwhile, in the last weeks, a Trump valet and a spokesperson for Mike Pence were diagnosed as Covid-19 positive. Trump's primary concern was messaging: the idea that the notion of Covid-19 stalks the White House would undercut his message that the outbreak is waning and states should begin reopening. Re-election is job […] Continue Reading…

Coronavirus Round Table IV – The 2nd Inning

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Published on The Doomstead Diner  May 17, 2020

 

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Since the Coronavirus Pandemic began, the Doomstead Diner has been at the forefront of discussion and analysis ofr the events as they have progressed.  Inside the Diner in multiple threads the NewzHounds of the Diner are keeping track of all the late breaking stories and events taking place around the world.

On our YouTube channel at CollapseCafe.com, we have had several Round Table discussions at intervals beginning round March, although the first Diner posts and discussion began quite a bit before that, around the end of January when it was still primarily a Chinese problem and had not yet gone Global.

Today's Round Table discussion features many of our regular contributors.  Hashing out the most recent events and their Medical, Political, Economic and Social outcomes thusfar are:

Ugo Bardi: Professor of Physical Chemistry in Florence, Italy and Publisher of Cassandra's Legacy.

George Mobus: Professor Emeritus of Computer […] Continue Reading…

Your local Infrastructure: Who’s gonna fix it?

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Published on The Doomstead Diner  May 10, 2020

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I thought I would take a break this week from another depressing CoroNewz Report to look at another problem we have to deal with RIGHT NOW, which is the Collapsing Infrastructure of Industrial Civilization.  This isn't like Sea Level rise which will inundate some coastal communities like say Miami Beach and make it unlivable in 20 years, it's happening all over the place TODAY!

The problem goes far beyond you driveway which you as McMansion Owner are always responsible for keeping fixed up and nice looking, or your HOA will levy a nice fine on you.  If you have a Doomstead out in the Boonies, is there a Stream or Creek with a little bridge you have to cross to get in and out of the place?  The County of course is supposed to maintain that, but what happens when the county runs out of money because the Property Tax intake has taken a nosedive?  Are YOU gonna fix it?  Even one of those tiny bridges over a […] Continue Reading…

The downfall of ‘Professor Lockdown’: triumphs and failures of science based policies

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The downfall of 'Professor Lockdown': triumphs and failures of science based policies

 

 

 

Scientists normally think that a scientific theory can be good or bad independently of the moral status of the person who proposes it. But in politics, the messenger can be blamed. That was the probable reason for the downfall of Dr. Neil Ferguson, nicknamed "Professor Lockdown," whose moral position was destroyed by a petty sexual scandal. For most scientists, Dr, Ferguson's personal misbehavior has no relevance to the validity of his models, but for politicians and for the public, it does. A lot.

 

 

 

You all read the story of the downfall of Professor Neil Ferguson, aka "Professor Lockdown" trashed worldwide in the media for having had his lover, Ms. Antonia Staats, visiting him during the lockdown period that he himself had recommended for everybody else. It was a blessing for tabloids and there is no doubt that Dr. Ferguson deserved much of the scorn and the ridicule that was poured on him. Yet, there are some […] Continue Reading…

Responding to Collapse, Part 16: Shortages of Money, Part 1

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A few posts back I said that shortages of electrical power, diesel fuel and money will be at the heart of the troubles that lie ahead for small remote communities as collapse progresses. I am interested in that sort of community because that is where I am recommending that you take refuge in order to ride out collapse (and where I have already taken refuge). I've covered electrical power in parts 10 to 14 of this series and diesel fuel in part 15, so that leaves money for this post and the next one.

We'll be looking at shortages of money from two angles here. First, in this post, shortages that occur when you have money on deposit at the bank, or credit prearranged with the bank, but can't access it due to problems with the banking system. Second, in the next post, shortages that occur when you have trouble earning enough money to live on because of problems with the economy.

The song says, "money makes the world go round". You […] Continue Reading…

Gas Prices Crater…but WHERE’S MY STIMULUS?

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Published on The Doomstead Diner  May 3, 2020

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A few weeks ago with much Fanfare & Hoopla, it was announced by Da Goobermint that a "Bipartisan" agreement had been reached to send "stimulus" money to every Amerikan Citizen who could Fog a Mirror, including the kids as long as they were under 16.  Somehow, the 17-18 year old HS Seniors got left out of this Bonanza though.

In aggregate, the amount tallies up into the $TRILLIONS, but for you J6P it is supposed to be $1200, and $500 for each of your kids too!  Not that this amount of money will even cover a month worth of bills for anyone living in any major metro in the FSoA, hell it won't even pay a month's rent in NY Shity or Seattle!  But still… Better than Nothing right?

So I am Joyful about this, I am only used to getting Free Money from Alaska once a year when they issue the PFD (Permanent Fund Dividend) to the residents.  This is money from Big Oil paid to Alaskans just […] Continue Reading…

Collapse Cooks Converse Coronavirus

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Published on The Doomstead Diner  April 26, 2020

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In today's video, two Cooks sit down over dinner to discuss the ongoing Coronavirus Catastrophe, with a particular focus on the local economy, in particular the Restaurant Bizness.  We also talk about FOOD of course, as well as local Infrastructure problems we have in our Community.

What I really hope to convey with this video however is not so much these economic questions, but rather the importance of FORMING COMMUNITY and BUILDING INTERGENERATIONAL BONDS.  This most IMPORTANT aspect of preparing for the world to come is the one most often ignored or neglected by both Preppers and Doomsteaders.

When was the last ime you invited over a new neighbor for dinner?  When waas the last time you got to know a person 2 generations your Junior or Senior?

How do you do this?  It's not that hard really, 2 main things apply, SHARING and GENEROSITY.  Give to others NOW, and it will come back to you with interest later.

PAY IT FORWARD.

The Week in Doom: Don’t Drink The Bleach

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"Americans who take any comfort from [Trump’s nightly briefings] were Trump-drunk long ago. The unbesotted see and hear the president for what he is: a tone-deaf showman who regards everything, even a mountain of corpses, as a stage."

 ― Frank Bruni  

This week an out-of-control American president made remarks about using sunlight and disinfectants topically, an improvised medicine show that prompted frantic health warnings from multiple quarters. Since the revisionist right is furiously trying to deny that this ever happened, or happened the way that it happened, let's reproduce Trump's statements word for word here:

“I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that.” 

“So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light — and I think you said that that hasn’t been checked, but you’re going to test it [to Dr. Birx]. And then I said, […] Continue Reading…

Coronavirus Daily Double from Ugo Bardi

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Collapse: The Coronavirus is not a Cause, it is a Trigger

 

 

Is the epidemic going to cause civilization to collapse? It may happen for good reasons

 

 

This is a version of the article that I published on the English version of "Al Arabiya" On March 26, 2020. It is not the same text I published there — but I kept the wonderful illustration by Steven Castelluccia. It perfectly conveys the concept of "Seneca Cliff"

Do you remember the story of the straw that broke the camel’s back? It is an illustration of how overloaded systems are sensitive to small perturbations. Could the COVID-19 epidemic be the straw that breaks the back of the world’s economy?

Like an overloaded camel, the world’s economy is strained by at least two tremendous burdens: one is the increasing costs of production of mineral resources (don’t be fooled by the current low prices of oil: prices are one thing, costs are another). Then, there is pollution, including climate change, also weighing on the economy. […] Continue Reading…

Coronavirus: RE’s Excellent Food Acquisition Adventure

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Published on The Doomstead Diner  April 19, 2020

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Defending against Coronavirus from the Inside Out

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Published on The Doomstead Diner  April 15, 2020

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A Healthy BreakfastVitamin RotisserieMost of the focus in trying to protect yourself from Death by COVID-19 has been on the PPE you should be wearing when you have to go out and interact with other Homo Sap Meat Packages who might infect you.  At least equally important however are your Internal Protections, IOW your IMMUNE SYSTEM.

Here at the Doomstead Diner we focus on all FOOD topics related to Collapse, and NUTRITION is the most important aspect of maintaining and strengthening your ability to fight off and recover from dieseases.  Eating Healthy Foods and supplementing your diet with Vitamins are critical for every individual in this Battle of Homo Sap vs Microbe, and they are both something you have control over.  You don't need to wait for Da Goobermint to ride to the rescue on this, at least as long as you have a SNAP Card and follow the SNAP Card Gourmet here on the Doomstead Diner.

Giving Thanks in the Dark Times of the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Published on The Doomstead Diner  April 12, 2020

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Collapse: Where can we find a safe refuge?

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Published originally on Cassandra's Legacy on April 6, 2020

 

Does it make sense to have a well-stocked bunker in the mountains to escape collapse?

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Sometimes, you feel that the world looks like a horror story, something like Lovecraft's "The Shadow Over Innsmouth.." Image from F.R: Jameson.

Being the collapsnik I am, a few years ago I had the idea that I could buy myself some kind of safe haven in the mountains, a place where I and my family could find refuge if (and when) the dreaded collapse were to strike our civilization (as they say, when the Nutella hits the fan). It is a typical idea of collapse-oriented people: run away from cities, imagined being the most vulnerable places in a Mad Max-style scenario.

Maybe I was thinking also of Boccaccio's Decameron, when he describes how in the mid-14th century a group of wealthy Florentines finds refuge from the plague in a villa, outside Florence. And they had a leisured time telling stories to each other. I don't oven a villa in the countryside, but I took a tour of villages in […] Continue Reading…

Food Security, Prepping & Preservation for the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Published on The Doomstead Diner  April 5, 2020

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A Journal of the Plague

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"The taverns are fair full of gadabouts making merry this eve. Though I may press my face against the window like an urchin at a confectioner’s, I am tempted not by the sweetmeats within. A dram in exchange for the pox is an ill bargain indeed."

— Samuel Pepys, 1665

Watching Covid-19 unfold is like watching the approach of a slow motion catastrophe. We cannot run, nor hide. We can only wait. The math is immutable, and inexorable. The confirmed infection counts and death tolls double every three days. Tick-tock.

We are told to practice "social distancing," to wear masks, to wash our hands continuously, to not touch our faces, and most of all to #Staythefuckhome. Most do. Some, including notorious ignorami, assorted MAGATs, and fundamentalist preachers whose addiction to positive cash flow depends on filling their megachurches, do not. These people should be treated as if they want you dead, judging from their actions, they do.

On a warm spring day last weekend they could be found packing cars going God-knows-where, on sidewalks with kids in tow, even going house-to-house to talk to neighbors! Amidst all the people on their […] Continue Reading…

Diners Discuss the Coronavirus Catastrophe

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The Coronavirus Catastrophe brings ever more BAD NEWZ to all of us every day, whether we get our information from newspapers, radio, TV or the internet.  Every other news story has been swamped by this, and overallll the Graphic interactive and animated graphical daily reports explain why without much to add to it.

What began just a few months ago in the Wuhan Province of Chna has EXPLODED Exponentially, and now covers the population of Homo Sap in pretty much every country on Earth, and still growing.  Lockdowns are popping up like Mushrooms on a cool damp morning in Kennett Square, PA.  Do Goobermint is about to drop $1200 of Helicopter Money on the FSoA population of Tax Paying adults to try and keep the economy floating for another month while they try and figure out WTF to do.  BoJo over in Jolly Old England is now […] Continue Reading…

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Gearing Up for Coronavirus Self-Defense

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Published on The Doomstead Diner  April 1, 2020

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The Coronavirus Crisis has brought with it innumerable bad outcomes and blowback, which is still expanding in scope.  Exponentially, just as the virus itself is spreading exponentially across the Global Population on Earth.  There is not a habitable continent on the Planet COVID-19 has not reached, and at this point I doubt there is a country it is not breeding in, feasting on the plethora of Homo Sap Meat Packages walking about and driving their cars around willy-nilly.  Well, they're not driving around quite so much these days, despite the fact that Oil has reached its lowest price/barrel in 17 years.  There is about nowhere to go to that is safe, all the restaurants, bars,theaters, sports arenas etc are shuttered.  You can still go to the grocery store, although you may not be able to find Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Canned Soups, Frozen Pizzas, Eggs and innumerable other items which are also disappearing, albeit  not quite so fast as the goodies scarfed […] Continue Reading…

TEOTWAWKI ARRIVES!

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Published on The Doomstead Diner  March 29, 2020

 

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No intro article yet.  I am neck deep in video editing.  Maybe later today  For now, you just gotta watch the vid.

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