Footnotes for Why you need to set up a Rural Doomstead
Published on The Doomstead Diner on January 31, 2017
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Why you need to set up an off-grid Rural Homestead part 3
by Geoffrey Chia, January 2017
Long winded FOOTNOTES:
I have, in previous articles, already provided the scientific references for the major assertions made in this three part essay. The following are additional comments (related to issues flagged in parts 1 and 2) which have also been factually validated:
1: Desperate fantasies about "fertilising" the oceans with iron filings to create CO2 absorbing phytoplankton blooms (which has been tried and does not work) or chemical carbon sequestration or biochar carbon sequestration have been suggested. Even if feasible and upscalable, they will do nothing to substantially draw down atmospheric CO2, unless there is also simultaneous sudden massive reduction of the global human footprint.
2: The only other group who possess the smallpox virus are the Russians, who although not exactly angels, are nowhere near as dangerous as the US psychopaths who crave world hegemony. The US hegemonists are the descendants of those invaders who gave trusting Native Americans smallpox-ridden blankets. They are the descendants of those invaders who slaughtered 50 million bison to deprive the First Nations people of their food source and induce mass starvation. They are the architects of the invasion of Iraq, a despicable war crime. They are the people now taking control of the White House, Mike Pence being a great admirer of Dick Cheney and Donald Drumpf* being a politically clueless but ultimately self serving narcissistic megalomaniac. To imagine such people are not capable of planetary genocide is naive in the extreme. They consider themselves the "exceptionals among the exceptionals" and have corresponding contempt and disregard for the rest of humanity.
3: Ever since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, America has made more hamfisted attempts at regime change in other MENA countries to try to install puppet leaders under the US thumb, so as to control the MENA fossil fuel resources. Every single attempt has failed miserably and backfired, however the US nevertheless continues to pursue the same failed tactics, thus proving that the US "leaders" meet the definition of insanity.
Intent: Invade Iraq, replace Saddam Hussein with a US puppet so that Iraq will change their oil trade from Euros back to Petrodollars and the USA will control the flow of Iraqi oil and gas.
Result: the violent devastation of Iraq with brutal extremists filling the power vacuums, the massive outflow of refugees and the democratic election of a Shi'ite government which then aligns closer to Iran, the sworn enemy of the USA (Iran is also a victim of despicable US skulduggery dating back to 1953)
Intent: Bomb Libya to get rid of Gaddafi and "somehow" replace him with a US puppet who will then allow Western corporations to control Libya's oil.
Result: the violent devastation of Libya with brutal extremists filling the power vacuums, the massive outflow of refugees, the capture of Libya's huge armamentarium by Al Qaeda who morph into ISIS then start rampaging across MENA causing more havoc and refugee outflows.
Intent: Use American proxies Qatar and Saudi Arabia to astroturf "rebel" groups within Syria** to manufacture a "civil" war, topple Assad and "somehow" replace him with a US puppet who will then deny the Iranian gas pipeline through Syria and eject the Russians from their bases in Tartus and Latakia. Enlist US/NATO "ally" Turkey to help in this skulduggery, but if Erdogan fails to cooperate sufficiently, implement regime change via a coup to replace him with a Gulenist US puppet.
Result: the violent devastation of Syria with brutal extremists filling the power vacuums, the massive outflow of refugees, the entry of Russia into this proxy war and the eventual recapture of Syria by Assad. Meanwhile a pissed off Erdogan accuses the USA of engineering the failed Turkish coup and mends fences with Putin. In December 2016 Turkey and Russia, together with Assad, broker a ceasefire in Syria, to the complete exclusion and humiliation of the USA. Another epic fail by America AKA Exceptionalistan.
I have said this before and will say it again: the psychopaths (Neoconartists, Military Industrialists, Wall Street Bankers etc) who run the USA are greatest threat to peace in our world and to life on Earth. The evil nutcases who run the UK, Canada, Australia and NZ are only slightly less dangerous. Not all US politicians are chickenshit armchair warmongering lying psychopaths however. Democratic Congressional Representative for Hawaii, Tulsi Gabbard, as a former active member of the US military, was deployed twice to combat zones in the Middle East. She now holds the rank of Major in the Military Police of the National Guard and is a qualified martial arts instructor. Despite, or perhaps because of her background, she is staunchly non-violent. She has a deep understanding of issues in the Middle East and spoke against the funding of Islamist extremists by the US and its proxies Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. She reiterated the fact that there are no "moderate" Sunni rebels in Syria, all the rebels being violent radical extremists. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76GhC5d52d8 Imagine how much better the world would be if someone like her became President of the USA. She is a true patriotic American who has put her life on the line for her country, unlike “fake hairpiece” Drumpf who is a parasitic fraud who knows how to work the system to his personal advantage.
4: Advice for young folks confronted with an unaffordable property market: do not fall into that trap, do not become a lifetime debt slave. There is a high chance you may end up like the victims of the predatory subprime mortgages in the USA. If possible, build or buy a tiny house on wheels where you can live debt free, however you will also need to find land to place it on. If local council regulations prohibit the tiny house option for you, rent part of a cheap share-house and while you continue to work within the system, use your savings to buy a good quality RV or caravan which will be your bug out vehicle and future off-grid dwelling. Cultivate skills which will be useful to homesteaders. Store enough fuel in jerry cans to ensure you can easily reach your bug out destination (diesel is much safer to store than petrol and a diesel vehicle will also have greater range, litre for litre. Diesel engines are also more reliable and durable). However if your current location and future bugout location are both coastal, a comfortable sailboat may be a better alternative than an RV or caravan. When TSHTF and the highways are blocked or there are bandits on the roads or you have insufficient fuel to get to your destination, a boat sailing freely across the water, propelled by the wind, will be infinitely superior to a stranded RV or tiny house. However it is impossible to live afloat indefinitely, independent of the land. Your boat must ultimately be tied to a land base where you can obtain fresh water and grow food. This is the limitation of Dmitry Orlov's ideas: he focuses heavily on boats but says little or nothing about the importance of having a land resource base, perhaps because of his view that providing a water transport or trading service to land based homesteaders will, in the exchange economy, enable sufficient acquisition of fresh water and food for his life afloat. Here is the problem: if my land based homestead provides adequately for my needs (in conjunction with an exchange economy with my neighbours), I will have no need for any water transport services or trade, hence I may decline to provide a yachtie with fresh water or food, which I myself may have in short supply. Other drawbacks: a life afloat is less convenient than life ashore, is not suitable for everyone and maintaining a boat is much harder than maintaining a land dwelling.
5: To expand on this "piano hanging by a frayed cable" metaphor:
The majority of people can be represented by a man standing under the precarious piano who is obsessively playing with his smartphone and refuses to look up even when warned. He is killed by the falling piano because he is an idiot.
Sapient people can be represented by a woman standing under the precarious piano who looks up, sees the frayed rope and carefully walks away to safety.
The Near Term Extinction cultists can be represented by a man standing under the precarious piano who looks up, sees the frayed rope and refuses to walk away for fear of oncoming traffic, even though there is no traffic in sight. He channels Buddha and contemplates Death with every breath in and out. He is killed by the falling piano because he is nuts.
* Footnote for footnote 2: I have been using Donald Drumpf's original surname before it was changed by his grandfather, a German immigrant to the US who made his fortune from saloons and brothels in the Pacific NorthWest and was refused re-entry back to Germany because of his moral turpitude. We face an appalling next few years with this infantile thin skinned egomaniac in possession of the nuclear launch codes. For want of a better title, may I suggest we call Drumpf “Mr HWAFL”, which stands for “Hairpiece Without A Frontal Lobe” and rhymes with “awful”.
** Footnote for footnote 3: Obama's famous “red line” speech in 2013 blaming Assad for a nerve gas attack against his own people on 21 August 2013 was proven to be complete bullshit. Evidence showed the culprits were almost certainly mercenaries paid by Qatar and Saudi Arabia who gassed their fellow Sunni Muslims in Damascus to provide an excuse for the US to bomb Assad. https://www.voltairenet.org/IMG/pdf/possible-implications-of-bad-intelligence.pdf Hence we must question whether the US intelligence community are completely clueless or intentionally deceitful. Here is valuable information I offer the US intelligence*** community for FREE: The US government-military-industrial complex, according to General Lloyd Austin in September 2015, had established a half billion dollar program in the hope they could train a few thousand so-called "moderate" Sunni rebels in Syria to fight against Bashar Al Assad. However they ended up with only 4 or 5 fighters. The rest of the recruits somehow mysteriously vanished. White House spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau, at a Q&A session in October 2016, admitted that the so-called "moderate" Sunni rebels in Syria were indistinguishable from Nusra, who were basically Al Qaeda in Syria i.e. extremist terrorists. The US "experts" were utterly perplexed, puzzled, confused, bamboozled, dumbfounded, flummoxed and discombobulated. Where were the moderate Sunnis in Syria? Here is the answer: the true moderate Sunnis in Syria were fighting FOR Assad, AGAINST the so called "rebels". All the "rebels" were extremists, NONE were moderates. Many of the tens of thousands of pro-Assad Syrian government soldiers who gave up their lives to reclaim their country were in fact Sunni. This FACT is never mentioned in the prostitute Anglo mainstream media, the main source of fake news in the world. http://nationalinterest.org/feature/why-assads-army-has-not-defected-15190
*** Footnote for footnote for footnote 3: Obviously the word "intelligence" here is used in the most ironic sense. This is my theory: the "leaders" of the USA are actually Keystone Kops Komedians (or some other triple K abbreviation).