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Summer Solstice Doom Days

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Published on The Doomstead Diner June 23, 2019

 

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The Summer Solstice (in the Northern Hemispher where I am writing from, Winter Solstice for you Diners on the other side of the Equator in Oz, South America, Africa, India and a few other dots of land mass down under) has brought with it a healthy Dose of Doom as our path to Industrial Civilization Collapse accelerates. It was tough to select out a few choice morsels for consumption today, I left out many calamitous events that occured this week.  How much Doom can you squeeze into a 20 min Newz Briefing anyhow?

The doom events of the week were both local and international, and they steadily escalate in intensity as well as frequency much like the severe weather outbreaks we continue to experience across Flyover Country, where the latest, greatest severe weather to further destroy industrial civilization is the "Derecho".  The NWS keeps pitchout new terminology which Collapse Journalists like myself has to learn.  Personally, I liked Haboobs and Bombogenesis better than Derechos.  Really BIG Haboobs! lol.

Anyhow, I didn't get to the Derecho that blew across 1000 miles from Nebraska to South Carolina and everything in between, it was rather late breaking in the week and I already had too much stuff to cover.

What I did cover in this week's rant was first off the explosion of the refinery in Philadelphia, which was absolutely spectacular as explosions go.  The largest refinery on the East Coast, it supplies roughly 1/4 of the gasoline to that neighborhood of the country.  Said refinery also is in financial difficulty.  Interesting coinkidink, no?  Oil Prices of course responded accordingly.

Then we sail the Good Ship Doomstead Diner across the Pacific over to Hong Kong, where currently they are fielding Street Demonstrations with the Boys in Black Pajamas numbering into the 7 Digits.  Said demonstrators are a very well prepared bunch, complete with Goggles and Masks to protect against the Tear Gas and Gloves to grab the cannisters and throw them back at the Gestapo.  I think a vast improvemnt on that would be to carry a Celesta, which is the Basket Scoop used to play the sport of Jai-Lai.

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Moving back across the pond to the FSoA, the Political Gaffes, Backtracking and lifelong Pussy-Grabbing of the Clown-in-Chief Donalditry Trumpovetsky is covered in reasonable detail, although it's impossible to do justice to this stuff.  The real life action is so funny you can't improve on it.  lol.

So, all in all Solstice Celebration Week here on the Diner had a vast cornucopia of Doom to consume at our Feast, along with the fabulous food.  Full recipes for all those great dishes will be available on the Cooking Zone of the CollapseCafe.com YouTube Channel, as soon as I get them edited up, which who knows when that will be since I am backed up to beat the band with vids to edit.  But they'll come eventually.  Meanwhile, I'll drop some snippets on Inside the Diner, so you can find them there too.

…And that's all the Doom, this time until next time, here at the Doomstead Diner.

 

Doomstead Diner 2019 Summer Solstice Celebration

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Diners are always concerned with topics relating to the SUN☼, which provides the ENERGY for all life on Earth.  When the Sun☼ finally does burn itself out a few 100 Million years into the future, the species Homo Sap and all the other life forms inhabiting this rock hurtling through space will all finally go EXTINCT, if they don't before then if other calamities overtake them.  SUN☼ as a result is the acronym for our 501c3 non-profit corporation, the Sustaining Universal Needs Foundation.
 
Also as a result, our most recent convocation was held down in Rexburg, Idaho in 2017, where we camped out in a Sun Baked Farmer's Field to observe the Total Eclipse of the Sun☼ as it passed along the Path of Totality.  For me, it was a transformative experience, trancendental and spiritual.  I had never witnessed that 2 minutes of time that comes rarely to any given spot on the earth.  I have travelled extensively through my life, but never was I at the right place at the right time to witness this.  For man prior to folks like Copernicus and Galileo, this must have been an even more powerful experience.  I at least knew what was coming and when it would come, to the second thanks to modern astronomical equipment.  You can read the full article on the Total Eclipse of the Sun Adventure HERE.
 
A Total Eclipse only comes rarely, but other cosmic phenomena happen every year like clockwork here on the Big Blue Marble, and those are the Summer & Winter Solstice and the Vernal & Autmunal Equinoxes.  These events have been observed and recorded in some way at least as far back as there is writing we can still find, and further back than that in the case of some structures built by various cultures to mark the passing.  Here is a more detailed history of these events, for those interested in delving more deeply into the topic:
 

 

Image result for druid festival We had our last Celebration and Feast back in February, for the 7th Anniversary of covering the Collapse of Industrial Civilization here on the Doomstead Diner. We are OVERDUE for another celebration!

The Summer Solstice is a traditional time for celebrations, particularly amongst the pagan cultures of the Middle Ages.. Since if we don't go Extinct we look likely to be living in a pre-Industrial stlye culture, now seems like a good time to be resurrecting and practicing these traditions again.

For this feast, the Main Menu which I am cooking up is a Prix Fixe menu, no choices there but it's FREE! 🙂 ‚ That's because you just get to look at it, you don't actually get to EAT it unless you follow the recipes at home and cook it up for yourself. The recipes though are a great value, no paywall and no ads either!

Since the Solstice falls on a Friday (at least on this side of the Dateline) and we traditionally eat Fish on Fridays here on the Diner our Main Course will be a Fish Dish. For this I chose my favorite Swimming Fish (as opposed to Shellfish), Alaska Salmon! :)‚ Nice fresh CoHo Salmon I got ON SALE at 3 Bears for $9.99/lb. The preparation for this one is Grilled Mediterranean Salmon, on a new Bugout Cooking apparatus I picked up, also ON SALE at 3 Bears.

 Our Starter for the Feast is Cream of Wild Mushroom & Garlic Soup, with lots of Garlic to fend off the Zombies. A hearty and filling soup full of lots of FAT, it's really a meal in itself most of the time, just maybe with a little Garlic Bread to dip in it. This is a FEAST though, and you are supposed to conspicuously consume food and overeat at all feasts. We are unlikely to be able to do this after SHTF Day arrives, so stuff your pie hole now while you still can and the cornucopia is still on the shelves at the Food Superstores.

For the Side Dish, we are having an Asparagus & Mushroom Casserole, my favorite Veggie and of course Fungi are a real favorite of mine along with garlic, so you see it twice in the Prix Fixe menu.

Diners and Guests are welcome to bring their own dishes to the Feast to enjoy a Potlach style celbration of the Gift Economy, where we all share our favorite foods together. It can be your own recipe or just a favorite from restaurants or what Granma made when you were a kid, and you don't have to do a Video either although a Food Porn Pic would be good. You can also bring your favorite Wine, Beer or Spirits, as well as Medicinal Plants. Another Fungi variety, Magic Mushrooms are a good choice here. 🙂

The Celebration will be ongoing all week inside the Diner on the Diner Anniversary Party Board, and all are welcome to attend, you don't need to be a regular patron of the Diner to enjoy the meal with us. We can all discuss Collapse while enjoying dinner, and hopefully not too many fights will break out over the dinner table this week. lol.

Before we look in detail at our Menu for the Celebration, let's look back in history at what they actually ATE in the Middle Ages at these things:

 

 

So Diners can plan on what dishes they will bring to the FEAST, here is what the Cooking Zone kitchen is whipping up for Conspicuous Consumption on Friday, June 21st:

 

Doomstead Diner Menu Prix Fixe
Summer Solstice 2019

 

Price: FREE!  :icon_sunny:

 

 

Starter: Cream of Wild Mushroom &

Garlic Soup infused with Tarragon & Rosemary

 

A delicious blend of flavors and textures
from an Original RE Recipe

 

 

Side Dish: Asparagus & Mushroom Alfredo Casserole

 

A marriage made in heaven between al dente Asparagus spears and butter sauteed Crimini mushrooms in a fresh Alfredo sauce topped with seasoned bread crumbs
from an Original RE recipe

 

 

 

Main Course: Mediterranean Grilled Alaska Coho Salmon with Kalamatta Olives, Tomatoes, Artichoke Hearts, Hearts of Palm and Feta Cheese

 

Grilled to moist perfection with crispy skin on Bugout Cooking Apparatus
from an Original RE recipe

 

 

Beverage: Cheap White Wine
Purchased originally by RE from the ON SALE rack at 3 Bears Liquor Store
(you are :hi: to bring a more expensive bottle of wine to share.  Red is OK too, even though it's a fish dish.)

*Note: Photos above are Googled facsimiles.  You have to wait until Friday for the actual photos and videos, which are better.  :icon_sunny:

Remember, you don't have to actually cook up a dish, you can just pick a favorite and Google up a representative Food Porn pic to share at the dinner table as we discuss the ongoing Collapse of Industrial Civilization!

 

Note: The above illustrative photos are not the actual dishes prepared by Chef RE for this Celebration.  To view those and discuss with us the Collapse of Industrial Civilization, join us Inside the Diner.

 

Eat well in Collapse! See you at the Festival!

 

RE

 

 
 
 
 
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The View from My Back Porch
 

Wingsuiting the Seneca Cliff – A Collapse Conversation with Ugo Bardi

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Published on The Doomstead Diner June 16, 2019

 

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A great conversation with my old friend in Collapse analysis this week, Ugo Bardi.  For those of you newbies unfamiliar with Ugo, he's a professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Firenza in Italy and one of the authors of the original Limits to Growth study done in the 1970s.  Ugo is a fountain of knowledge on all areas of Collapse, who some in the field see as "overly optimistic" since he is very much a proponent of renewable energy, specifically in the area of solar photovoltaics.  I'm not entirely on the same page as Ugo on this one, but in most areas we are in general agreement on what is ongoing an what outcomes are most likely.

In today's chat, we looked at many of the issues currently impacting on Collapse, with a central focus on Italy, where Ugo resides.  It's a very good example of many of the problems we see expanding now through all the Western Industrialized natipns besides the energy issues, also the population and economic issues.

Probably the most important aspect of this chat is on the overall progress of Collapse, its rate of speed and how it is imacting all countries, not just Italy and not just the FSoA.  Too many pundits out there focus on an individual country, (the FSoA for instance) and look at how the politics are collapsing in that country, or the cultural aspect of the collapse, or the socioeconomics for that country, etc, etc, etc.  Morris Berman is particularly guilty of this kind of analysis, focusing on the FSoA collapse independent of the global collapse it is a part of.  Sorry Mo, you can't move to Old Mejico and be insulated from collapse, Mejico is collapsing too!  So is Japan, where maybe people are still real polite on the subway while they tap away on their smart phones, but those folks got almost as many problems ongoing in collapse as China does!  I doubt Mo wil do much better re-ex-patriating to Japan thaan to Mejico.  Assuming his Spanish is good, he's probably better of down there.  At least so far there the sushi isn't radioactive.

Then for those of you China Bulls out there like Pepe Escobar, Andre Vlitchek, Dmitry Orlov, Saker and a few others are concerned, China is so deep in the collapse toilet swirl it's time for the Tidy Bowl man to come in and scrub the shit stains off the porcelain. lol.  The Population Overshoot problem, Pollution problem and funny money credit problems over there DWARF those of the FSoA, in no small part because they also dwarf the FSoA in population and also showed up to the Industrialization Crap Table a Day Late and a Yuan Short.  When the Chinese get flushed here, it's going to be something to behold indeed.  However, it's really not all that important in the grand scheme, because realy, WTF CARES who is on top of the garbage heap of history?

In the interim before now and total fucking geopolitical collapse we could see a period where the controlling nations change and exchange cards, and Ugo is ready to pay his taxes to his new Chinese Overlords and Oligarchs.. For myself, if Vlad the Impaler decides to re-annex Alaska into the collapsing Ruskie Empire for one last gasp, I'll work on sprucing up my Russian vocabulary, which at the moment is pretty rudimentary.  I mean really, could Vlad be any worse than the Donald?  That's hard to imagine.

Werner von Braun had it right.

Diner 2019 Summer Solstice Celebration – Friday June 21st to Sunday June 30th

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Image result for druid festival We had our last Celebration and Feast back in February, for the 7th Anniversary of covering the Collapse of Industrial Civilization here on the Doomstead Diner.  We are OVERDUE for another celebration!

The Summer Solstice is a traditional time for celebrations, particularly amongst the pagan cultures of the Middle Ages..  Since if we don't go Extinct we look likely to be living in a pre-Industrial stlye culture, now seems like a good time to be resurrecting and practicing these traditions again.

For this feast, the Main Menu which I am cooking up is a Prix Fixe menu, no choices there but it's FREE! 🙂  That's because you just get to look at it, you don't actually get to EAT it unless you follow the recipes at home and cook it up for yourself.  The recipes though are a great value, no paywall and no ads either!

Since the Solstice falls on a Friday (at least on this side of the Dateline) and we traditionally eat Fish on Fridays here on the Diner our Main Course will be a Fish Dish.  For this I chose my favorite Swimming Fish (as opposed to Shellfish), Alaska Salmon! 🙂  Nice fresh CoHo Salmon I got ON SALE at 3 Bears for $9.99/lb.  The preparation for this one is Grilled Mediterranean Salmon, on a new Bugout Cooking apparatus I picked up, also ON SALE at 3 Bears.

Image result for druid festival Our Starter for the Feast is Cream of Wild Mushroom & Garlic Soup, with lots of Garlic to fend off the Zombies.  A hearty and filling soup full of lots of FAT, it's really a meal in itself most of the time, just maybe with a little Garlic Bread to dip in it.  This is a FEAST though, and you are supposed to conspicuously consume food and overeat at all feasts.  We are unlikely to be able to do this after SHTF Day arrives, so stuff your pie hole now while you still can and the cornucopia is still on the shelves at the Food Superstores.

For the Side Dish, we are having an Asparagus & Mushroom Casserole, my favorite Veggie and of course Fungi are a real favorite of mine along with garlic, so you see it twice in the Prix Fixe menu.

Diners and Guests are welcome to bring their own dishes to the Feast to enjoy a Potlach style celbration of the Gift Economy, where we all share our favorite foods together.  It can be your own recipe or just a favorite from restaurants or what Granma made when you were a kid, and you don't have to do a Video either although a Food Porn Pic would be good.  You can also bring your favorite Wine, Beer or Spirits, as well as Medicinal Plants.  Another Fungi variety, Magic Mushrooms are a good choice here. 🙂

The Celebration will be ongoing all week inside the Diner on the Diner Anniversary Party Board, and all are welcome to attend, you don't need to be a regular patron of the Diner to enjoy the meal with us.  We can all discuss Collapse while enjoying dinner, and hopefully not too many fights will break out over the dinner table this week. lol.

See you at the Festival!

 

 

The RE & Monsta Mash – Collapse June 10, 2019

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Today's Collapse Topics: Brexit, Brit Elections, Trade Wars,  Iranian Sanctions, Sudan Crisis, Venezuela, Hyperinflation

I'm back together with Monsta this week for a recap of recent Collapse Events, focusing to begin with on the ongoing Clown Show over in Jolly Old England, where Monsta is broadcasting from in London.  The new name for our show is the "RE & Monsta Mash", since it is a mashup of many Collapse Topics, all of which have generally Monstrous results. lol.  We will hopefully produce this one on a fairly regular basis.  Still have technical issues and had to axe my direct feed, but at least this time all the audio is quite clear.  Even my squeaky Office Chair is clear! lol.

Apologies for getting this one out a day late on Monday rather than my usual Sunday Brunch publication, but Monsta and I couldn't hook up until Sunday Night his time, late morning Alaska time.  Then of course I had a good deal of video editing to do.  I will endeavor to do the first publications of the Collapse Morning Wake-Up Call on Sunday mornings, but you may have to check in at the Diner through the week for this show and others.  I can't really hammer the schedule down exactly at this point, and probably never will be able to do that.  Collapse doesn't work on a predictable schedule.

We covered a lot of topics in today's edition, and you really should read up on all of them to be fully informed.  You have to go to many sources these days to get any kind of realistic picture of the ongoing situations impacting on Collapse.  Any individual Newz Source (including the Diner) only gives you a slice of the information and it always comes with a particular spin.  In today's world of mass information, it is you the consumer of this information that has to filter it all to try and determine what the "truth" is, which is an ephemeral concept in itself but something more suited to a discussion of Philosophy Inside the Diner than to try and hash out here on the Blog.

I will drop on here one snippet from the MSM on one of the topics we covered in our discussion, the escalating Crisis in Sudan.  This story came out after I finished editing the video, and as usual, the Diner is out ahead of the MSM on the stories of Collapse. Make sure you drop in here to the Diner to stay abreast of the issues surrounding the ongoing Collapse of Industrial Civilization  From CNN:

Mass civil disobedience campaign shuts down Sudanese capital as death toll rises

CNN)The streets of the Sudanese capital were mostly deserted Sunday, the first day of the country's Islamic working week, amid a mass general strike called by opposition groups.

 

 

 

 

The move to shutdown Khartoum — a city of some two million people — came as four more people were reported to have been killed, bringing the total the total death toll to 118 people following last Monday's bloody military crackdown, according to the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors.

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Prometheus Rising: Trucking at the End of the Age of Oil

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Published on The Doomstead Diner June 5, 2019

 

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Note: Prometheus Rising is a new show with many technical difficulties in audio and video.  Pardon us while we work out the bugs.

 

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Long term Diners are aware of my history in the Trucking industry, which spanned 7 years from 1997 to 2004.  If you haven't been around here dining on Collapse until recently, you can find a decent part of the history in the Over the Road series I wrote in the early days of the Diner's existence.

Trucking remains a great interest of mine, for numerous reasons.  On a personal level, the experience transformed me into a more Solitary Man, more at peace being alone than in the company of others.  I learned to live with just the bare essentials for living inside the industrial civilization, with no fixed abode, living inside my Freightliner for 7 years.  On a social level, I learned first hand the importance of Trucking to the lives we live today.  I witnessed first hand the collapse of Freight in the aftermath of 9-11, along with the vast increase of military presence on the roads, with numerous military convoys and roadblocks set up on the Eisenhower Interstate. I drove every last mile of that road system, coast to coast and north to south and learned the differences and similarities between each of the areas of the country.  As I have become ever more Collapse Aware in the years since I left Trucking, all of these lessons have become even more important, and the experience is worth retelling.

Today in 2019, another younger Diner Lucid Dreams (LD) has fired up the Diesel Engine of a Freightliner to earn his living pulling flatbed, hauling the steel rebar and wire, wood framing and bulk goods that are the lifeblood of industrial civilization infrastructure.  After a period of Walkabout (our Diner term for members who disappear for extended periods of time), LD dropped in to the Diner Forum to let us know he had made yet another transition, this time to move from being a Company Driver to an Owner-Operator of his own truck.  We spoke on Skype after that, and came up with the idea of doing a Trucking Show on YouTube, live from the road with the real experience of a Trucker driving the endless miles  of asphalt at the End of the Age of Oil.  LD is quite aware of the oncoming Collapse of Industrial Civilization, along with the impact that burning so much Diesel has on the environment and the climate.  As with about everyone who lives inside this society knows though, you can't live in it without MONEY, and Trucking is one of the few places a midlife Homo Sap can move into and make a decent living.  It's a tough job, and most people aren't suited for it or able to adapt to it.  The danger always lurks out there also when you drive so many miles every day, even when hopefully it doesn't happen to you, the death toll on the highways of the FSoA is extraordinary and always visible.  In 2016 there were over 35,000 deaths on the roads of the FSoA, far more than die even from the ever increasing number of mass shootings or suicides.

Like me, LD also was a blogger, running his own blog Epihany Now on Blogspot considering many of the same topics we discuss on the Diner.  These days he doesn't have a whole lot of time to write, nor much inclination to do that either.  He still has plenty to say though, and one thing he can do (always! lol) is TALK.  It's one thing you can do while driving your 11 hours behind the wheel of a Big Rig, as long as you have a Hands-Free set-up on your phone.  For myself, I have these days morphed from a Blogger writing mainly text-based material into a Vlogger & Podcaster working through the mediums of Video and Audio.  Many reasons for this, not the least of which is that a significant portion if not the majority of the population simply doesn't read anything longer than a 280 character Tweet anymore.  The Clown-in-Chief even directs Goobermint Policy with these bite-sized turds every morning from the comfort of the Thone in the White House or the lavatory of Air Force One.  With Video & Audio you have a somewhat larger chance of reaching the willfully illiterate of the current society, who are NOT just the Millenials, these folks span all age ranges.  With Headphones plugged in and eyes glued to the microscopic OLED screen of an Iphone, they spend every waking minute as sponges absorbing the non-stop bullshit that comes across the 4G network.  Hopefully, we provide something a little more edifying and maybe we can wake a few more lost souls from the ranks of the Doomed to those who Can Be Saved.

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With that effort in mind, we have begun Prometheus Rising, a new feature offering of Diner TV and the Diner Newz Service, which currently offers the Cooking Zone culinary show, the Collapse Morning Wake-Up Call current events Newzcast and the Collapse Cafe talking heads discussion and debate show.  Needless to say, this gives yours truly a shit load of video and audio editing to do these days. lol.  All of the shows have somewhat different formats and technical challenges to overcome, Prometheus Rising probably the greatest of these since it is happening from the Open Road and ya don't always get perfect 4G connections capable of large bandwidth transfers all the time ya know.  The truck is of course moving from cell tower to cell tower as it travels down the long Black Ribbon of asphalt and concrete that ties together our industrial civilization.  So it is a work in progress, and we hope you will stick with us as we go through our growing pains.  I'm sure in the commentary we will get the usual complaints about crappy video or audio, I'm working on it! lol.  All our offerings can be accessed either from the Diner Blog or from Diner YouTube, Diner Souncloud or on our social media channels on Facebook and Reddit.

While the technical challenges and the primary topic of each show is different, the underlying theme of all is the ongoing Collapse of Industrial Civilization, the fundamental topic of the Doomstead Diner since we launched it in February of 2012.  Each of them speaks to a specific topic area, in the case of Prometheus Rising this is the importance and dependence industrial civiliation has on Fossil Fuels for the transportation of all the goods and services we currently still enjoy in 1st World countries, at least if you are not one of the many who has already fallen off the economic cliff or had a climate disaster rip your life from you in a heartbeat, as has just occured to many who suffered the most recent Strafing Run of Mother Nature, the massive Tornado outbreak across the breadbasket of the USA in Tornado Alley.

This first episode of Prometheus Rising comes in pretty long at 40 min in length, and I suspect many of you won't watch the whole thing.  Many things we talk about in this episode are really of specific interest only to truckers, wannabee truckers or ex-truckers.  Future episodes will be a good deal shorter, with the typical average length of our other shows, around 15-20 minutes.  Nice bite sized chunks you can watch or listen to while sitting in traffic or gardening in anticipation of SHTF Day coming to your neighborhood.  The topics will also range far & wide, beyond the normal scope of strictly trucker chat.  The topics of collapse are bound to be the subject of much of our discussion while LD puts the Pedal to the Metal and runs the rubber down the road, and I sit in my studio on the Last Great Frontier of Alaska smokin' cancerettes and drinking Stoli and Fruit Juice. lol.

If you don't grasp the reason for the Prometheus Rising title for the show, it comes from Greek Mythology and the story of Prometheus:

In Greek mythology, Prometheus (/prəˈmθəs/; Greek: Προμηθεύς, pronounced [promɛːtʰéu̯s], possibly meaning "forethought")[1] is a Titan, culture hero, and trickster figure who is credited with the creation of man from clay, and who defies the gods by stealing fire and giving it to humanity, an act that enabled progress and civilisation. Prometheus is known for his intelligence and as a champion of mankind[2] and also seen as the author of the human arts and sciences generally. He is sometimes presented as the father of Deucalion, the hero of the Greek flood story.

The punishment of Prometheus as a consequence of the theft is a major theme of his mythology, and is a popular subject of both ancient and modern art. Zeus, king of the Olympian gods, sentenced the Titan to eternal torment for his transgression. The immortal Prometheus was bound to a rock, where each day an eagle, the emblem of Zeus, was sent to feed on his liver, which would then grow back overnight to be eaten again the next day. (In ancient Greece, the liver was often thought to be the seat of human emotions.)[3] Prometheus is freed at last by the hero Heracles (Hercules).

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The Strafing Run of Mother Nature – 2019 Tornado & Flood Edition

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Published on The Doomstead Diner June 2, 2019

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Last year Inside the Diner, we initiated the "Strafing Run of Mother Nature" discussion thread.  The title came from the steady stream of Hurricanes coming across the Atlantic in the Hurricane Season of 2018, which saw a Cat 5 (Michael) make landfall on the Florida Panhandle and devastate beachfront Tourista destinations like Panama City as well as one of the FSoA military's largest establishments, Tyndall Air Force Base.  Some outcomes from the arsenal of Mother Nature aren't entirely all bad.

The Atlantic Hurricane season has just begun, running from June 1st to November 30th, and we don't know yet how many hurricanes Mother Nature will spawn off the west coast of Africa or in the Gulf of Mexico this year to wreak still more havoc and destroy still more of the infrastructure of Industrial Civilization.  Which perhaps may get rebuilt again with still more Funny Money dished out by Da Federal Reserve, although they still haven't agreed on funding LAST YEAR'S disasters with still more irredeemable debt.  Still held up in CONgress by ideologues from the Repugnant Party are disaster relief bills for the many locations still in need of money, for the ostensible reason of the "National Emergency" on the southern border, where numerous wannabee immigrants to the Land of Good & Plenty are piling up in Old Mejico, which is making the Mexicans none too happy either.

Already in full swing however this year is the lively season in Tornado Alley, a huge swath of Flyover Country in the midwest, the "Breadbasket" of the FSoA where the huge cornucopia of the monoculture crops are grown by our Industrial Agriculture methods to feed not on this country, but many others around the world also through exports..  Not only has Tornado season this year brought about a huge number of communities that suffered a DIRECT HIT from one of these KILLERS, it has also spawned a deluge of rain that is absolutely BIBLICAL in its proportions, stretching virtually the entire length of the Mighty Mississippi as well as major tributaries like the Missouri, Arkansas and Ohio Rivers. Long stretches of these rivers are now closed to Navigation, which means that all the stuff produced iin the center of the country can't ship out their goods.  The slack on this can't be picked up by trucks or the railroads, the volumes are simply too large.  It is an ongoing, slow-motion disaster and the water in these rivers at many locations has yet to crest, and it will likely be weeks before the waters recede to anywhere near a normal level.

The wet weather has also delayed spring planting by weeks, past even the time the farmers might get crop insurance.  Many farmers are facing a total loss of this year's crops of corn and soy beans, which probably won't lead to starvation at least in the FSoA, but will almost certainly lead to higher prices at the grocery stores, something many Amerikans can't handle right now as their paychecks dwindle and disappear into the maw of a collapsing economy.

In today's Collapse Morning Wake-Up Call, I discuss many of these issues, along with some related ones I haven't addressed here.  It's another rather somber rant, not too full of jokes this time, sorry.  We are looking at a Shakespearean Tragedy unfolding here, not a Comedy and so I am a little thin on the jokes.  There is a time to Laugh and a time to Cry, and this one fits into the latter category for the most part, although you still do have to lighten up occsionally if you are to maintain your sanity.

Mother Earth is in Full Rebellion now, and GAIA holds all the High Cards in this conflict between the Industrial Civilization built by Homo Saps over the last 2 centuries and the very life of this Planet, the only one in the Universe insofar as we know that has the spark of life, of sentience and of sapience.  Mother Nature will win this batlle, make no mistake about it.  Nobody fucks with Mother Nature and comes out on top in that battle.

Transatlantic Clown Show

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Published on The Doomstead Diner May 26, 2019

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Collapse on the Political level in the Anglo-Amerikan Empire has moved into the land of the surreal.  The developments of the last week have brought into question the very foundation of the Goobermints that supposedly legislate for the populations, although if you are paying close attention you'll know that's not really true.  The folks with the real control are operating behind the scenes, and the Politicians supposedly governing are just marionettes useful for public consumption.

Today's rant is transatlantic, covering a week of truly EPIC buffonery by the marionettes on both sides of the pond, Donalditry Tumpovetsky here in the FSoA and Terrible Theresa May over in Jolly Old England.  The speed at which both of these Goobermints are dissolving into chaos is absolutely astounding, although it shouldn't be too big a surprise to long time readers of the Doomstead Diner.  You are seeing in real time what Fast Collapse looks like.

I knock off a few other topics as well, most notably the Abortion disgrace currently being perpetrated by the Religious Right Wing here in the FSoA in the effort to overturn the legislation of Roe vs. Wade, which goes back around a half century of time.  There is a backlash ongoing as well, but this one is bound to end up in the SCOTUS at some point.  Given that said court is now stacked with MOAR Righties, eventually we may see draconian anti-abortion legislation as the law of the land.  No exceptions, even for Rape and Incest with 12 year olds.  Unbelievable disgrace on this.

I'll leave you in text here with my favorite story of the week, the nightmare of what it's like to travel with Trumpty-Dumpty on Air Force One.  The redeeming feature of this is that all the people on the plane richly deserve this torture session for being stupid enough to work for the Imbecile-in-Chief.  From Bloomberg:

"He will not go to sleep," an official told CNN, adding that the president once summoned a meeting with an aide who was trying to catch a few hours of sleep before landing. The discussions at these meetings range from Trump's upcoming agenda in the country he's visiting to recent media coverage.

"It's like being held captive," an official said.

For staffers who are able to sleep, comfortable spots are hard to come by on the 4,000 square-foot aircraft. That's because Air Force One is not loaded with lie-flat seats like private jets typically are. While Trump has a bedroom, staffers have to make do with office chairs, leather benches on the sides of the plane, and yoga mats, according to the report.

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The report painted a picture of life aboard Air Force One that resembles other portraits of life on ground in the White House.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Televisions on board are constantly showing Fox News, the cable channel that Trump reportedly spends much of his " executive time" watching and live tweeting on a regular day. According to CNN, he spends hours watching cable news footage on a TiVo-like device while in the air.

Also, the president often complains about media coverage he doesn't like and uses meetings to strategize how to respond to unfavorable stories.

Hope you enjoy the rant. 🙂

Home Fries: Collapse Breakfast Energy Food on a Budget

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Published on The Doomstead Diner May 23, 2019

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Another Breakfast dish this week from the Cooking  Zone of the Diner, but NOT eggs this time! lol.  today's breakfast potatoes are fixed as Home Fries, which should not be confused with hash browns which are also good, but not prepared the same way.  Home fries were my favorite from my youth, and one of the first things I learned to cook as a breakfast food, along with leftover fried spaghett, which I covered in a previous Cooking Zone episode.

Image result for potato tower Besides being high in energy content and cheap, potatoes are one of the best veggies to grow yourself in the garden or even on your porch if you live in an urban or suburban environement.  You can use a "Potato Tower" and get a greater density of potatoes per square foot than you would get with more traditional gardening methods.

Image result for alaska Grown Besides the advantages of having a high energy content in calories and being able to easily grow them at home, they also grow well in a wide variety of locations.  Along with Carrots,Alaska Grown Ptatoes are the crop most grown up here commercially, and even though they come in a little more expensive (not much, because potatoes are generally a cheap vegetable to buy), I buy them to support Alaska farmers.

You do need to grow Onions also for the Home Fries, but all the Root vegetables do well up here.

Collapse Cafe v2.0: The Return of Monsta – Sudan, Brexit, NATO, Student Loans

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Published on The Doomstead Diner May 19, 2019

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It's been quite a while since I had an on-air chat with Monsta, who was my co-host and in the beginning our audio producer (before I buckled down to teach myself audio and then video editing) for the Collapse Cafe, a discussion and interview show we did on both Soundcloud (Audio Only) and YouTube (video) via Google Hangouts on Air.  The majority of Collapse Cafe broadcasts came between 2013 & 2017, and many are still relevant and still up in the archives on Diner Soundcloud and Diner YouTube.

When Google changed their software arrangement for Google Hangouts, we stopped doing this show.  It wasn't the only reason, regular Diners know about my pretty nasty health problems.  I returned to just blogging and chatting with other Diner on the Diner Forum for most of 2017-2019, doing just a few audio rants during this time.  Blogs & Forums however are now "ancient history" in the ever changing world of cyberspace, the current meme and wave of the forseeable future is in Video and Social Media.  My health has improved (some), and so I am back once again doing video production, morphing myself once again, this time from Blogger to Vlogger.  My past metamorphoses were from Forum Moderator beginning in the Jurrasic Period of  IRC chat on the Arpanet (which predates the Internet and World Wide Web) and then the Wild West of AOL in the beginning of the internet to Commenter on various Blogs & Forums and then transforming again into a Blogger myself when we opened the Diner for bizness in February of 2012.

Image result for sudan protests In this reunion with Monsta, who is half my age from another generation and lives across the pond in Jolly Old England as well as obviously being Black while I am White, we share our observations of a variey of HOT TOPICS currently hitting the MSM and impacting on the Collapse Dynamic.  We begin with an issue just now hitting the MSM newz, the ongoing protests and political turmoil occuring in Sudan.  As the child of immigrants from Sudan to the UK (back when people could actually DO this sort of migration), Monsta has first hand knowledge of the situation there and insights only a person with such a close connection to the turmoil can have.

Sudan also for those of you who are geographically challenged is right across the Red Sea and in between the Gulf of Suez to the north and the Straights of Hormuz to the south, neighboring Egypt to its north.This is the major body of water where most of the Oil flows out from, both to europe to the north and then to Asia and the FSoA via the Straights of Hormuz. Right on the other side of the Red Sea though is IRAN, and while Sudan doesn't have any OIL itself, it's geogrphically extremely important if/when a Hot War and Naaval Battles begin over there.  Given how hard the Shadow Goobermint of the Military-Industrial Complex (MIC) is trying to provoke such a war, it may not be too far off.

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Besides the situation in Sudan, we also discuss the Brexit situation since along with Jason Heppenstall of 22 Billion Energy Slaves, Monsta is another Boots-on-the-Ground Brit Correspondent for the Diner Newz Service.  Britain's role also as an intermediary in the now crumbling relationship of the FSoA with other European nations is also discussed, along with the relationship with Brussels and NATO.

Image result for student debt ball and chain Finally, we discuss the escalating Student Loan issue plaguing mostly the FSoA, but also having some analogs and a different treatment of the debtors in Jolly Old England.  Among the many things currently threatening to blow up the economy here in the FSoA (and by extension the Global Economy) is the vast ocean of Irredeemable Debt currently hanging like a Ball & Chain around the necks of the Millenial Generation, and not treating retired Boomers too well either!

We hope you enjoy this reunion and discussion here on the Collapse Morning Wake-Up Call of the Doomstead Diner, if so make sure you give us a 👍 on our YouTube channel and/or Soundcloud Channel, and we'll do some more!  Be sure also to check out the prior videos we have done here if you missed them, all the archives of our past shows are avaialbe to watch or listen to, and hopefully will be until the Internet Goes Dark.

A SNAP Card Gourmet Brunch

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Published on The Doomstead Diner May 16, 2019

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After last weeks Sous Vide Short Ribs with Portabella Mushrooms in Cabernet-Teriyaki sauce, I figured a Breakfast meal this week would be a good choice.  The Breakfast ended up turning into a Brunch though, because I was pretty hungry and decided to smush my Breakfast & Lunch meals together as a "Brunch".  I do this pretty often because really 2 fairly normal size meals is quite enough for me to eat in a day, I don't need 3 of them.  I also don't need to spend the time with prep and cleanup 3 times a day either!  In fact, ONE meal that is worthy of posting up the cook on here on the Cooking Zone is generally more than I can eat in a day and I get stuck with endlessly piling up leftovers!  A piece of advice: If you are going to do an internet Cooking Show, it's a good idea to have a family or a supply of friends to eat what you cook up for the show!  As a Solitary Man, I don't have all those other people to consume the edibles, so I gotta eat as much of it myself as I can.  Most decent dishes you can't really cook up for just one person.  The quantities the food is sold in for one thing makes it about impossible, but there are other reasons also.  You can't make a good stew for instance in a quantity of one meal for one person.  A minimum size for a stew would be about 4 servings, but even that is pretty tight.  More like 6-8 to be a reasonable stew cook.

I do try to adapt though and utilize my leftovers in creative ways, in this case one of the dishes incorporated into the Brunch was made from leftover Dirty Rice, the Stuffed Peppers.  Not a leftover but EZ, cheap and quick to cook up, Scrambled Eggs.  Eggs are just about a requisite item to include in any Brunch menu, and in this case I wanted to hand off some tips on making really good scrambled eggs, which is slightly harder than boiling an egg to do right.  Unfortunately, my camera quit on me during this portion of the vid, so you got the scrambled eggs without seeing how they were done.  I made up for this later by doing scrambled eggs for another breakfast meal though.

As always, as long as you haven't fallen COMPLETELY off the economic cliff and/or you're eligible for a SNAP Card, eating well here in the FSoA right now is mainly a matter of choosing your foods wisely and not buying tons of junk food.  In this episode, I do go over in detail what everything costs, and really it's no problem staying under the SNAP Card budget, even including some Blueberries and Razzberies, which are pretty pricy items by the pound, but you don't eaat that many of them in one meal and they last at least 2 weeks in the fridge fresh.  Frozen ones, obviously longer and they come in cheaper too.  However, the frozen ones are only really good in stuff like pancakes or pies, not just defrosting them and then eating.  You need to cook them in some way.

Next week, we'll do another Instapot Pressure Cooker Dinner meal, this time with a super cheap (as beef goes) cut of meat, a Chuck Roast.  Besides the Brisket, so far this is the only other cheap cut of meat I have done in the Instapot.  I may try some Pork Baby Back Ribs next, although I like them smoked so much it's hard to take a whole rack and drop them in the Instapot instead.  May have to wait until I am snowed in again and can't go outside to the porch to do the smoking for that one.

Otherwise, don't miss Sunday's Collapse Morning Wake-Up Call for the discussion of the situation in Sudan and other Geopolitical clusterfucks, as well as a discussion of the ever expanding Student Loan debacle.  I'm joined by my old co-host from the Collapse Cafe, Monsta checking in from Jolly Old England. 🙂

Today’s Total Trump Turmoil & Travesties

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Published on The Doomstead Diner May 12, 2019

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It's been another Banner Week in the Trumpovetsky Soap Opera, in the ongoing battle over the Mueller Report, Collusion with the Ruskies to fix the POTUS election in 2016, his Tax Records, getting his syncophant marionette Fat Willie Barr to testify before CONgress, CONgress & the Demodopes in the House issuing Contempt citations which are ignored as often as the Subpoenas are (which is always), his $BILLION$ 🤑 losses as a NY Bizman over a decade of time, and his incompetence and fuck-ups on the international level in the escalating Trade War with China, piling more sanctions on Iran to stop them from selling Oil, and ongoing regime change efforts in Venezuela which so far have failed so a military escalation becomes more likely there all the time too.  Did I forget his desire to cancel elections and become Dictator for Life like the Chinese President?  Or at least make his term 6 years so he doesn't have to face an election in 2020, sure to be "stolen" from him by those nasty Demodopes!

In today's Collapse Morning Wake-Up Call we examine many of these issues, not all of them though because really, in a 20 minute rant you can't possibly fit in all the shit that El Trumpo whacks out in a whole week on the thumboard of his smartphone and disemminates to the masses via Twitshit.  We cover the major ones though, and it's about certain there will be followups to these various clusterfucks, since they're not going away anytime too soon.  Like not until November of 2020 and not even after that either I suspect.  I mean, Donalditry is STILL rehashing old golf scores with Obama-sama and Killary 2 years into his Presidency!

Besides running Trumpofsky over the Diner Coals in this Cooking Zone Political BBQ, we also take a look at the current field of Demodopes who hope to unseat his fat ass from the office chair in the Oval Office come November of 2020, but currently have the task of bashing each other to see who comes out on top as the nominee for the Dem Party and the White Knight who will take on and defeat the Black Knight of Sir Asshole of Racketville, the sitting POTUS Trumpty-Dumpty.  No matter how many limbs you hack off this guy, somehow he still keeps on truckin'.

Opinion varies Inside the Diner on the question of Trumpovetsky's beatability,  some do think the Demodopes are in such disarray and out of touch with the core electorate that no matter who they run they'll lose to Donalditry.  My opinion is he is beatable, but they have to put together a winning ticket that will bring factions of the party together.  The Top Contenders at the moment appear to be Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Liz Warren, Beto O'Rourke and Kamala Harris, with Uncle Joe showing what appears to be a commanding lead after just recently throwing his jockstrap into the ring.  Of all the candidates, Uncle Joe is the most palatable to the Demodope establishment and corporate interests, so the polling here is somewhat suspicious.  These numbers will inevitably bounce around quite a bit depending who is doing the polling and who the media focuses on at any given time.  We're not really going to know much here until the primaries get under way in early 2020.

As mentioned at the beginning, there's a whole lot more going on these days in the world of Collapse, not the least of which is the escalating threat of a hot war with Iran as more and more military hardware is moved into the neighborhood and the further deteriorating trade situation with China.  We'll get to those topics in a future Collapse Morning Wake-Up Call for sure.  Until then, break out the popcorn and check out the latest Tweetstorm from the Clown-in-Chief each morning if you want a good laugh.

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Sous-Vide Short Ribs with Portabella Mushroom Teriyaki-Cabernet Sauce

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A few weeks ago I became enthused with a relatively new cooking method, Sous-Vide.  It's mainly used for cooking meats, maintaining them at the ideal temperature for developing the amount of "doneness" you like, be it rare,medium rare, medium, medium welldone or welldone.  If you like your meat well done, you can skip these vids,  just throw it over the heat until it has the texture of leather.  Bleccch!  I refused to cook any piece of meat well done my whole life, the only times they came out like that was by accident, I got distracted or something during the cook.

Sous Vide offered the opportunity to get a perfectly done piece of meat every time, with a lot of latitude on the cook times so getting distracted while cooking is not an issue.  Using really long cook times, you can tenderize tougher cuts of meat, much as you would on the BBQ cooking "low & slow".  However, that method generally only works with cuts like ribs, which you cook to well done.  Similar with cooking Brisket as Corned Beef or Pastrami, again you cook long but the meat is well done at the end.  I wanted rare meat at the end of the cook, which I prefer, but also tenderized for the tough cuts.

Image result for sous vide The issue with Sous Vide is that generally it takes an immersion heater that thermostatically keeps the water bath at a constant temperature for the entire cook.  The devices have been pretty epensive, $100-$200 in price, and when I started these experiments I didn't have one. Got one now though, ON SALE from Jeff Bozos at Amazon for $90. 🙂  Great electric cooking device, lightweight and small and now one of my package of Electric Bugout Cooking Apparatus preps.

In this video and cook though, we do things with traditional equipment, Cast Iron cookware over a typical gas range.  Controlling the heat here and getting it to hold at the right temperature is pretty tricky though, even for a trained biochemist like myself.  I wouldn't recommend it for the average cook, I don't even recommend it for myself because it's such a hassle to set it up.  The Sous Vide apparatus is getting cheap enough now so it should be affordable for most people who haven't yet fallen off the economic cliff.  When Black Friday rolls around, I'll bet you can pick one up on Amazon for $50, unless of course trade with China is completely fucked up by El POTUS, Donalditry Trumpovetsky.

The results are fantastic, with every cut of meat I have tried thus far.  It doesn' obviate all the traditional methods, but is a great addition to them.  Once you try it, you'll be addicted to it.  At least you will if you are a Meatosaurus and not a Vegan.

Eat well in collapse.  You'll need the energy.

Are Climate Activists who Fly on airplanes HYPOCRITES?

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Published on The Doomstead Diner May 5, 2019

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It's Cinco de Mayo today, a day of celebration for a small band of Mexicans who defeated the French army in the Battle of Puebla in 1882.

" Cinco de Mayo (pronounced [ˈsiŋko ðe ˈmaʝo] in Latin America, Spanish for "Fifth of May") is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.[1][2] The victory of the smaller Mexican force against a larger French force was a boost to morale for the Mexicans. A year after the battle, a larger French force defeated Zaragoza at the Second Battle of Puebla, and Mexico City soon fell to the invaders. "

Today there is another war going on between a small army and a much larger army, and the outcome is anything but certain.  It is the war between the Climate Change Activists (CCA) who wish to get a Global commitment and action to reduce carbon emissions in order to slow if not stop climate change, vs Climate Change Deniers (CCD) who seek to ignore all the evidence of Climate Change and Ocean Warming and continue on with BAU.  "Drill Baby, Drill" is the motto of this crowd.

Both sides have a vested interest in winning this war, on the Climate Change Activist side they would NOT like to see Planet Earth prematurely changed from a Blue & Greem Marble hurtling though space into a lifeless hunk of rock like all the rest of the planets we know about so far.  Far as the Climate Change Deniers are concerned, they don't want to give up the creature comforts afforded to Homo Saps from burning Fossil Fuels, particularly the Capitalist Oligarchs in charge of the planet who derive outrageous amounts of wealth from the burning of this one-time store of energy buried beneath the palnet surface.

Image result for extinction rebellion red robes Various tactics are taken by both sides in the battles being waged thus far.  On the CCA side most recently in the UK in London, a new movement Extinction Rebellion carried on a week long series of Protests & Demonstrations to raise awareness of the problems, doing a variety of photogenic acts like gluing themselves to trains and doing Dance Performances garbed in Red Hoodie Capes on the steps of the Natural History Museum to try and get some attention from the Brit Goobermint, which is still mainly consumed with partisan bickering over the Brexit issue.  I discussed this movement and its goals last week in the Morning Wake-Up Call Extinction Conundrum.  Whether this will have any effect on Brit Goobermint policy or gains further traction internationally remains to be seen.

On the CCD side, they have been employing a variety of tactics for years if not decades to undermine every climate related movement that ever gained any traction at all, beginning with Rachel Carson's Silent Spring in the 1960s, through the Back to the Land Movement of the 1970s and the celebration of "Earth Day" every year since 1970.  The main tactic in this aspect of the battle was to employ a small cadre of "scientists" who would provide "evidence" that everything climate change researchers had elucidated was not occuring to combat the vast preponderance of scientists who said it was happening and providing evidence for it.  The media is complicit in the obfuscation, presenting those arguments to J6P as equal in validity.

In recent years, another tactic has been employed, which is for the CCDs to attack the CCAs as "Hypocrites", since they often fly on airplanes to go to the conferences where evidence is presented, climate issues are disussed and remedies proposed.  This methodoly got its beginning when Al Gore produced the Inconvenient Truth documentary, but has since been extended to any scientist or activist who flies on an airplane to go to one of these conferences.  In today's Colllapse Morning Wake-Up Call, I discuss (OK…RANT on…LOL) whether these charges of hypocrisy are really valid arguments?  Do you agrre with me or disagree?  If you have an opinion on this topic, JOIN US Inside the Diner and let us know.

In case you missed it, here is last week's discussion of these issues, Extinction Conundrum:

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Sous-Vide Short Ribs without the fancy Sous-Vide Cooking Apparatus

Breakfast Leftovers – Butter Fried Spaghetti & Meatballs with Scrambled Eggs

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I decided to move my Cooking Zone videos from Saturdays to midweek, because 2 days in a row of RE vids with the Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call that comes on Sundays is probably a little much for anybody, except my most rabid fan club and there aren't too many of those folks.  Maybe 20 or so.  lol.  Also, Breakfasts are a weekday thing before school or work, on weekends you are too hung over for breakfast and even the thought of food at 6 AM is nauseating.  Weekends are the time to sleep in and then have BRUNCH!  Also if you are still employed to go OUT to eat rather than slaving over the stove to do it yourself.  Plus, you never can get the variety at home that you can get in a good Brunch Buffet.

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Go to a Buffet, you can have Quiche, Pancakes, Fresh Fruit, your choice of Breakfast Meats…etc, etc, etc.  Who's going to fix all that great stuff at home when you are hung over?  NOBODY!  However, even with bloodshot eyes, you can do a decent job with leftover Spaghetti and Scrambled Eggs.

This is not to say either one of these dishes is Super EZ like Boiling an Egg, both have tricks to them that can turn them from a crummy meal you will puke up with microwaved spaghetti and dried out or runny scrambled eggs (neither of which are all that pleasnt to eat) into a meal fit for an Oligarch!  In today's Cooking Zone I will give you the tips and tricks necessary for cooking up Scrambled Eggs and Fried Spaghetti at a Breakfast Buffet that the patrons would zoom past the Buttermilk Pancakes, Bacon and Quiche Lorraine to get to before they ran out.

As a Bonus on the financial level if you lost your home to foreclosure and are living out of your Stealth Van, this breakfast is easily prepared using your Electric Hotplate bugout cooking apparatus, and it comes in SUPER CHEAP, about $1 out of your SNAP Card Breakfast Budget of $1.66/day.  So that leaves over $0.66 to save for your Premium Meals at the end of the month, celebrating another month of SURVIVAL in a world gone to shit.

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The Extinction Conundrum

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Published on The Doomstead Diner April 28, 2019

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Extinction has moved from the dark corners of the Collapse Blogosphere into the consciousness of the mainstream.  Just a few short years ago the discussion of human extinction was relegated to a few fringe websites, but not so anymore.  Now it has become Topic #1 in the discussions on many websites that concern themselves with topics of collapse.  Sometimes this comes to the exclusion of many other collapse related topics in economics, geopolitics, energy and social psychology that are impacting more directly right now.

Generally my focus over the years has been on the economics and energy end of the spin down we are immersed in, and I don't dwell too much on the issues of extinction.  However, here on the Diner we have treated the subject to analysis on a few occasions, most notably the Human Extinction Survey, which we ran a couple of years ago.  It garnered the most respondents of any survey we have run at around 350 submissions until recently, when our Collapse Projections Survey brought in responses from over 600 Kollapsniks.  The extinction survey also inspired a month long email stream between various bloggers and pundits which was quite interesting.

I generally tend to avoid extinction discussions though for a few reasons.  First, I have discovered over the years that it attracts a certain type of reader/commenter who is often nihilistic, misanthropic and sometimes suicidally depressed.  The blog becomes consumed with the discussion of the topic while more proximal problems get ignored.  Who cares if the monetary system is going to crash if we're all gonna die anyhow, right?  It also sometimes inspires people toward counter-productive behaviors.  If we're all destined to inevitable death here no matter what, let's just Party like it's 1999!  It leads to inaction on problems we still can have an effect on as we move forward in collapse.

The timeline question becomes very important here, because if extinction is indeed going to happen, when will it actually occur?  If it's in the next 5 years say, that has one set of problems and responses, if it's going to happen in 50 there's another set.  Nobody can really finger this accurately, it's all speculation but some true believers hammer down on anyone who doesn't buy the whole ball of wax on Near Term Human Extinction (NTHE) is in denial and shooting up too much Hopium.  Amongst this crowd, hope is a bad thing to have.

Recent events however compelled me to discuss this subject in detail, which I do in today's Collapse Morning Wake-Up Call.  The first is the rise of the Extinction Rebellion movement, which recently held a week long series of often very theatrical demonstrations in London to raise consciousness and hopefully get some real ACTION out of governments to combat this problem, which looms larger each day as more climate related calamities strike in more places with incresing ferocity and frequency.all over the globe.  The second is a corollary issue of Population Overshoot, and the fact that many Millenials are now choosing to remain childless, for one reason or another.  What kind of difference will this make to our society as time marches on here?

All in all, Extinction is a difficult conundrum to deal with, a Wicked Problem.  Hopefully I clarify some issues with this discussion, or at least lay out my position on where I stand on these issues.

 

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Cooking Crustaceans in Collapse

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Related image It's doubtful I could find any other Premium Meal easier to cook up while on a Bugout or living out of your van after losing your home to foreclosure after having your job as an IT developer outsourced to India than this one.  It's premium because it does come in above the general SNAP Card budget of $5/day, but if you watch your pennies all week and stay under budget, you can afford it as a special "Fish Friday" meal. 🙂  This meal came in around $7, but I keep it simple with no veggie, just the fish.  I could have added a Baked Potato for another $.50, but I wasn't that hungry so I dispensed with that.

Our Crustacean for the day to consume is not the expected Alaska King Crab since I film these shows here on the Last Great Frontier, but rather a tasty treat from the Right Coast, a Maine Lobster tail!  I would have preferred a full live Maine Lobster to cook up, but you can't get them here in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley.  So no Claw Meat 🙁 which is my favorite.

Since the cook is so EZ, most of what is interesting in this video (if anything) are the collapse related factoids I dish out while watching the pot boil. lol.  Anyhow, this one is short @ 12 minutes, so you won't be bored for too long.

 

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FarmGal – Just Another Day on the Farm

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Occasionally here in the Collapse Blogosphere, you run into a person who is the"Real Thing".  It's only occasionally though, overwhelmingly this niche of cyberspace is filled with Trolls, Posers, Fiction Writers (Liars), Pigmen trying to make money off Collapse with Paywall Newzletters, Academics who purport to Know-it-All, Religious & Cult Leader Wannabees, Political Ideologues seeking to promote their spin on Collapse, Doom Novelists who want to sell their latest Apocalyptic Vision of the future, Preppers who hawk all sorts of preps from Solar Ovens to Survival Knives…well the list is endless of foks clogging up the space with verbiage that is usually worthless or often completely WRONG, and at worst destructive and nihilistic in its nature.  If you are as familiar with this space on the web as I am, you know examples of the miscreants I am talking about, I don't need to name names.

When the Moon, the Planets, the Stars, the Galaxies and the Black Holes & Dark Matter are all lined up in precisely the correct configuration though (about once in a Millenium), you run into the Real Thing.  A person who not only Talks the Talk, but Walks the Walk.  A person with years of genuine and verifiable experience doing what she does.  A person literate enough to write about it, teach it to others, and speak about it with authority and with believability.  Such a person is FarmGal.

In this chat, Farmgal and I discuss many of the joys and the pitfalls of living the "Back to the Land" life, the name by which such a life was known when it was first attempted back in the 1970s by "hippies" fed up with Industrial Civilization.  Born to Back to the Land parents, FarmGal herself grew up in a cabin with no running water and learned many of the things she practices to this day as a child, from using horses as work animals, to planting and growing your own food, to conserving and breeding your own seeds,to raising and butchering livestock, to trapping and the use of firearms…in fact it's pretty safe to say there is virtually no area of living the small subsistence farm life that FarmGal is not conversant with.  In truth, we really barely touched on what she knows and can communicate to those of you interested in pursuing such a lifestyle choice as SHTF Day bears down on us ever more rapidly, and I hope to have future conversations with her to discuss further these topics and others we touched on in preparing for this interview but did not get to in the recorded portion of our chat.

Image result for the farm tn 70s To be sure, this is not an easy choice to make, nor is it even a possible choice for many if not most people who simply do not have the resources (aka $MONEY$) to get themselves onto a plot of land where they can do this, while still keeping a foot in the door of the modern Industrial Civilization we all are immersed in.  Despite that, if you really are commited to living such a life and willing to make the sacrifices necessary, it's not as impossible as many say it is.  Besides FarmGal, I also have chatted with TDoS, who as a worker in the Gig Economy essentially got himself and his wife and young daughter onto a plot of land, built his own house and has had running battles with TPTB on building codes and the other nightmares you need to deal with if you do anything the least bit off the accepted paradigm of taking out a huge mortgage to buy a McMansion in a suburbia that is as much a dinosaur and doomed to extinction as was the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Will choosing such a life necessarily insulate you from the vast array of problems certain to come down the pipe here as time moves on in the Collapse of Industrial Civilization? No, there is no guarantee of that, but you are likely to be a whole hell of a lot better off than if you are living in a suburban McMansion or worse still inside the heart of a major industrial metropolis somewhere in either the 1st or 3rd World, from New York Shity to Seattle, from Beijing to Delhi, from London to Berlin.  From FarmGal, you can get a good start on learning the things you need to know before you embark on such an adventure.  I hope you enjoy the conversation and learn as much from it as I did.

In case you missed it yesterday also, here's a reprise of the latest Cooking Zone recipe, Vegan Fried Rice, which you can whip up either now before SHTF Day arrives with food goodies you pick up ON SALE at the local Food Superstore, or after SHTF Day hits your doorstep from your garden.  You can even grow the rice yourself, if you grow the Dry Land Mongolian Rice variety that FarmGal is growing in the Great White North of Canada.  I need to get her to send me some of this rice to try in my recipes for Fried Rice and Cajun Rice. 🙂

Fried Rice – A Vegan’s Wet Dream

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Also known as a Vegan's Wet Dream, fried rice is an Asian staple, and also a staple at the hot food counter in the Food Superstores of the FSoA.  However, most Amerikans don't cook fried rice (or "flied lice" as the Middle Kingdom dwellers pronounce it) at home, despite the fact it's a very EZ dish to prepare and really will spruce up any meal as a side dish.

You can put just about anything into your Flied Lice (including Roadkill), and it certainly doesn't have to be all Vegan, although this recipe is.  Pork, Chicken and Shrimp ae all popular additions to throw into your Fried Rice. I always worry I don't do enough Vegan recipes because I am a Meatosaurus and most of my favorite dishes contain animal protein & fat of one sort or the other.  So this was a good oportunity to do an all-Vegan dish I really like, which is also cheap and versatile and microwaves well when you make up a batch larger than you can eat at one sitting, which I almost always do.  You just can't do any proper cooking for one person in small amounts, one of the reasons eating is generally a communal affair.

In many respects fried rice is quite similar to the Cajun(Dirty) Rice recipe I did the cook for a couple of weeks ago, the main difference being the type of spices and sauces you use and the fact Cajun Rice is heavy on the meats.  You can't do Cajun Rice without meat, but you can do Fried Rice without meat.

In the video we also discuss the food-related collapse issues of food currently being shipped over long distances, availability (or lack thereof) of various veggies after SHTF Day arrives at your doorstep and the exorbitant price of Veggies (already!), among othe collapse topics.

Stock up on RICE!  The rice I used for this recipe is minimum 5 years old, it might be a decade old.  I didn't date my preps back then.  Still fine, not even Vacuum Sealed (though I recommend this).  Also recommended are good 55 Gallon Steel Drums, which nothing is getting into besides maybe water, but you can wax-seal them and make them pretty impervious to that also. No rodent infiltration in my stash for this one though, no weird fungi growing, nada, just good old rice.  Very old. lol.

For the veggies, get those permie gardens going, or some hydroponics.  For the meat (if you wanna add some), get practicing with your sling to nail some pidgeons and chipmunks.  It will taste just like the stuff from the takeout counter of the local Chinese restaurant or Food Superstore.   Eat well in Collapse!

Assange’s Cat

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This week saw a sort of an intermediate denoument in one long running Collapse battle, the case of Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder and Whistleblower who has spent the last 7 years imprisoned in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.  By no means is this the end of the story though, now we just move on to a new act, first to be played out in the Brit judicial system as they decide on whether & when he will be extradited to the FSoA.  Or maybe to Sweden, since the Swedes may ressurect the rape allegations and beckon him to the Swedish courts for a Cameo Appearance.  Break out the popcorn.

This development has brought out about every left-leaning journalist around in defense of Julian, here are a few articles, and this is JUST from the Greanville Post!

After 7 Years of Deceptions About Assange, the US Readies for Its First Media Rendition

The Assange arrest is a warning from history

Free Julian Assange! Stand Up for Press Freedom!

Julian Assange Arrested – Murdering Human Rights, Freedom of Speech – Murdering Freedom

A Marriage of Conscience: Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

The US Government Won’t Care About Your Definition Of Journalism After The Assange Precedent Is Set

Calling Assange a Narcissist Misses the Point

Stop the extraordinary rendition of Julian Assange!

The Martyrdom of Julian Assange

You have the right to always remain silent!

Citing Assange’s Work Exposing US ‘Atrocities,’ UK Labour Leaders Speak Out Against Extradition Effort

Victor Laszlo : Role Model for Assange, Manning and Snowden

Fallon (and his idiotic audience) laugh at Assange • Other court jesters do likewise.

Jimmy Dore: Tucker Carlson Defends Assange. Huh?

Tulsi Defends Assange Powerfully On CNN

Trump Supporters Are Hurting Assange With Their 4-D Chess Talk

Free Julian Assange! Stand Up for Press Freedom!

How Julian Assange was entrapped

Wikileaks’ Julian Assange found guilty of breaching bail terms | Al Jazeera English

Protesters Call on UK to #FreeAssange Outside British Embassy in DC

Paul Craig Roberts on the Assange arrest, and the corruption of much of the west’s regimes, from imperial powers to satellite nations.

Daniel Ellsberg On Assange Arrest: The Beginning of the End For Press Freedom

ORPHANED TRUTHS—Two antipodal voices denounce Assange’s arrest

Assange Arrested for Exposing U.S. War Crimes

How You Can Be Certain That The US Charge Against Assange Is Fraudulent

The Latest on Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange’s Arrest, US Extradition

PRESS RELEASE: Popular Resistance Organising Assange Protests

Free Julian Assange and All Political Prisoners

Ghion Journal: Julian Assange Arrested in London, the World Bears Witness

A conspiracy of cowards, crooks and criminals delivers Assange to the brutal mercies of the empire

…and so on…

Not too hard to figure out whose side Greanville is on here, now is it? lol.

My small contribution to this avalanche of words from the left is in the rant at the top of the page.  I go to bat for Assange's Cat.  🙂

 

 

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