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Systems Science in Collapse: An interview with George Mobus

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Published on The Doomstead Diner August 18, 2019

 

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Image result for system science george mobus A few weeks ago I had a great conversation with George Mobus, the university academic famous for his work in Systems Science.  George is now Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, spending his time writing still more books on this subject and the topics relating to Collapse in general.  He also still maintains the blog Question Everything, although these days he only puts out 4 blogs a year, on the Summer & Winter Solstices and on the Spring & Fall Equinoxes.

George also appeared on the original Collapse Cafe we produced a few years ago, discussing topics of Sapience, Evolution and Eugenics in July of 2013.

Coincidently directly following this discussion I traveled down to Seattle on other bizness and George, K-Dog of the blog Chasing the Squirrel and myself had a great Kollapsnik Dinner at the Buffet of the Emerald Queen Casino.  I'm not supposed to reveal what anybody ate at this meal since it's probably not Politically Correct for Kollapsniks. lol.  Conspicuous Consumption of food is of course not a Sustainable System.  However, as long as somebody is going to eat it, it might as well be me!  If you are not familiar with K-Dog, here's a recent interview with him done by Sam Mitchell:

Getting the interview with George up on the Diner took so long because so much else has been ongoing with me personally as well as in the world of Collapse in general.  Besides that I had video problems with my cameras, and trying to edit together the good footage was a nightmare I finally quit on.  So the Utoob "video" for this one is just a still picture screenshot from my line feed.  It's really a Podcast, not a Vidcast in this case.

You can read further about George's theories on Sapience in his new book, available in pdf for a FREE download.  I love free. 🙂

A Theory of Sapience: Using Systems Science to Understand the Nature of Wisdom and the Human Mind

 

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Humanity faces what can only be called existential threats created by its own hands. We have cleverly built advanced cultures that use extreme amounts of energy to make life easy (at least for some) and that energy, for the last several hundred years, has come from carbon-based fossil fuels. Now we sit on the precipice of a calamity for ourselves and many other species as well.

Why?

If human beings are so clever, why have we not learned to moderate our activities, to consume only in proportion to what the Earth system can sustain in terms of resources and waste removal? We have gained the knowledge to understand what is happening and what we need to do. But we don’t do it in a timely way to avert devastation. What is wrong with us?

The answer to this question is surprising. Society is not wise in its choices – the collective decisions of humans – because individuals are not wise in theirs. And that is because wisdom, the tacit knowledge that develops in human minds through experiences, is lacking in the majority of humans. Most humans do not develop wisdom adequate to deal with the complexities of the modern world. As a result they make choices not based on rational long-range thinking about consequences or how those consequences interact systemically. They tend to look only at short-term gains in their own selfish wellbeing.

This book reports on investigations into the underlying causes of the lack of wisdom in average people. Sapience is the set of nascent mental competencies, situated in the human brain, that make us human. Sapience is the basis of higher-order consciousness experienced by humans. It is linked with the emergence of the language facility and our ability to work in symbols. It is the reason that we can think about future states of the world, especially those that may be different from the current and past states we have experienced. It is the product of a remarkable evolutionary process that produced hyper-social animals with sufficient cleverness to invent tools, languages, symbols, even art. We invented agriculture to help bring stability into our living world and reduce uncertainty in our access to resources. But, we had only just crossed the threshold to sapient thinking.

We need to evolve further.

Sapience is the product of brain structures and functions that set the human species, Homo sapiens, apart from the rest of the animal world. It represents a major leap forward in the evolution of the Universe. It contributed to tremendous boosts in our general intelligence and creativity. It provided the basis for morality and concerns for the wellbeing of others. But, even so, it was just a beginning. It does not go far enough in terms of providing individual minds with the ability to grasp the larger and deeper meanings of their choices and actions.

This book explores the nature and evolution of sapience as it is found in human beings today using systems science. It explores the psychological implications of having some capacity for developing wisdom in one’s life but not enough capacity to fully grasp the big picture of the human condition, and thus, make tragic errors in judgements. It attempts to answer the question of why we are in this predicament. 

George as usual has many interesting observations and opinions regarding Collapse and where we are headed.  They are different in many ways than what you read from other pundits discussing the subjects, and we are in good agreement about most of them.  I hope you enjoy listening to the discussion as much as I enjoyed having it with him.

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Living at the Edge of Poverty

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Published on The Doomstead Diner August 11, 2019

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Did you ever wonder what it's like to live at the Edge of Poverty in modern Amerika?  What IS the "Edge of Poverty"?

It's the spot the Working Poor are in, the folks who make MinWage or barely above it and the folks living on fixed income Mailbox Money of Social Security.  They haven't quite completely fallen off the economic cliff, they're not Homeless People (yet!), but they are generally 1 or 2 paychecks away from that.  They live in the kind of housing I live in, federally subsidized tax credit apartment complexes that developers put up to get some tax breaks.  The rents on these places are fixed to your income and number of dependents, and they come in around 30% lower in my neighborhood than the open market housing.  To qualify for it, you have to do a full disclosure every year of how much money you make, what your assets are, blah blah blah.

I qualify for such housing because I live on the edge of poverty although I am not in my own estimation really poor.  I mean really, I'm flying down to the lower 48 AGAIN at the end of this month for yet another of my Tombstone Adventures! lol.  How do I do it?  Well to be really abstruse, I do it the way really rich people do it.  But I am not really rich and I do live on a monthly mailbox money allotment that puts me just to the north of the poverty line by a few thousand FRNs.  I'm real good at living on low amounts of income, the trick there is obvious, limit your expenses.  If you watch my SNAP Card Gourmet series on how to eat well on a SNAP Card allotment, you know what I mean.  I do not have a SNAP Card myself, although I do qualify for one of those too.  But I don't need it so I don't apply for one.  I already got more food than I can give away in the Potlatch Parking Lot. lol.

Unless you live inside this kind of milieu, you really have no clue how it goes with the social psychology of the situation.  The folks who live this life are always under non-stop psychological pressure about MONEY.  There is never enough of it around and their marriages suffer for this.  Domestic Violence of various kinds is quite common.  Various levels of dysfunction abound, particularly in the area of child rearing.  Even if they aren't downright abusive, they're often neglectful and they also often don't have a real good concept of child psychology.  I taught thousands of kids over my lifetime, and once you figure it out it's not that hard to keep a kid in line, but here you have parents who are completely clueless on this.  They themselves mostly had poor parenting and it perpetuates itself generation after generation.

This last week has been a Banner Week for all these problems, in my Potlatch Parking Lot we have had a visit every fucking night from the Alaska State Troopers for some domestic calamity.  2 people were carted off to the jailhouse, one kid was pulled by Child Protective Services, one resident made the incredibly stupid move of throwing a punch at a cop and then another one got carted off on a stretcher raving and screaming.  Either she was going into withdrawal or she had ODed on fentanyl or meth, or maybe it was alcohol withdrawal.  WTF knows?  lol.

These folks aren't strangers to me, I see them every day and I share my food with them.  It's not an abstract problem for me, not somebody else's problem, not an academic question.  It is fucking REALITY for me.  You know what Robin Williams said about reality, right?

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The sad reality here is that this situation isn't an anomaly, it's common and I would bet it is the normal state of affairs in just about every low income housing community in Industrial Civilization, not just in the FSoA.  It's a massive dysfunction in the social organism that has evolved from industrialization and capitalism.  It's also not going to get better, it's just going to get worse as things spin down further in this collapse.

On the bright side, as an observer of Collapse, I have Box Seats on the 50 Yard Line.  It's all going on right outside my front door, every night.

A Bugout Machine Gets a New Home

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Published on The Doomstead Diner August 4, 2019

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Longtime Diner readers know my enthusiasm for "Bugout Machines" which come in many different configurations and varieties.  They can be as simple as your Car or Bicycle, but can also get pretty big and complex like RVs and Sailboats.  All though have one thing in common: Their purpose is to help you GTFO of Dodge when Collapse knocks on your doorstep in your neighborhood.

Like all other plans to handle the ongoing Collapse of Industrial Civilization, all Bugout Machines and all Bugout Plans have their deficiencies, many of them quite easily identifiable.  All of these deficiencies though tend to work on different timelines than a total Collapse does.  The idea here is to have a good Near Term Survival Tool that can help you negotiate your way through the early stages of a Collapse.

Image result for canary in the coal mine Depending on your situation and budget, your Bugout Machine can go anyhwhere from a Used Bike & Trailer combo up to a Big Ass RV or Sailboat if you are Filthy Rich.  Hell, it could even get bigger than that if you are Jeff Bozos and buy one of the Airbus A380s or Boeing 747s being currently retired by the airlines because these huge fuel guzzling flying behemoths aren't economic to fly or maintain.  Their demise is one of the early Canaries in the Coal Mine signaling the demise of the aviation industry.

As bugout machines go, my Tioga was a pretty good one, not only did it provide you the means to GTFO of Dodge if necessary, it also provided a home and an insurance policy against ending up as a Homeless Cripple Freezing to Death on the Streets of Palmer, Alaska.  For that reason alone, Tioga gave me Peace of Mind worth every penny I paid for her, which was quite reasonable, just $5000.  An old RV of course, but reasonably well maintained with very low mileage on the engine.  If we happened to get a Wildfire which consumed my current digs (we get them all the time around here these days), I would have a place to live while looking for a new more permanent dwelling.  Although, I could live in Tioga permanently, I lived in a vehicle with a Cabin smaller than that one, the Freightliner I drove for 7 years across every last mile of the Eisenhower Interstate, consuming lord only knows how many 1000s of gallons of diesel.

However for me, Tioga had major deficiencies also, even before I became a Cripple.  First major one was HORRENDOUS gas mileage.  On a good day, on flat ground and open highway, Tioga got about 8 mpg.  They were not terrifically concerned with optimizing fuel efficiency when this model was built back in the Jurassic Period of the 1980s.  I was honest with the buyer about this fuel guzzling habit of this vehicle, and he was quite aware of it to begin with anyhow.

Second issue was its size and obviousness.  The damn thing is just too fucking BIG to park on a city street and sleep unmolested by the local Gestapo for the night.  It also sleeps 6, and I am just one lone Monast who needs a roof over his head and some better protection than a tent from REAL bears when sleeping at night out in the Alaska bush.

So about a year ago I replaced Tioga with SaVANnah, my new Bugout Machine, a raised roof full size 8 cylinder Ford Econoline van also purchased for $5000, but a decade newer circa 1999.  Between getting still sicker last year and having a new replacement vehicle to at least temporarily escape a local Collapse, it was time to sell Tioga.  However, it ain't easy to sell a 30 year old RV that currently is not running to anybody except a DIY guy who can fix it up himself.  It took a while to find one of those guys, who is the son of a friend of a friend. lol.  Friday he came over to look at Tioga in the storage unit, we agreed on a price of $1500 for her, and Saturday he came back over with another DIY friend of his to see if they could get it running and drive it outta there and back home to get a full refurbishing job and use to follow around his Musician son during the summer Tourista season to the various venues he goes to play at.

The video above is a record of this transfer of ownership of Tioga to a new owner who can use it and who will treat it with loving care.  I am glad to see she got such a good new owner and did not yet have to be sent to the Land of Away in an automotive junkyard somewhere.  I had considered that option just to get rid of the cost of the storage unit.

Now, many of you of course will be unhappy that this ICE powered vehicle is still out on the roads burning gas, and unhappy as well that I still own not just SaVANnah, but also a Ford Explorer 4WD SUV, circa 2002.  Do I not know that these vehicles emit copious amounts of CO2 and are helping to further broil the planet?  Of COURSE I know that!  I however live inside industrial civilization and I need devices to get around a neighorhood without much to speak of in the way of decent Public Transportation.  I also drive these vehicles as little as possible, I do have alternative smaller, lighter EV powered vehicles to use for many things that most people will use their cars for.  I am actively working to develop them and make them still better and more functional, not just for Cripples like me, but for everyone!  Way cheaper than a Tesla, and you actually CAN charge these things up with a reasonable size solar PV array.  You can follow all the developments on this project on the Diner YouTube Channel, CollapseCafe.com.

I am trying to keep off a Dogsled for as long as I can here.

Rock of Ages

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Published on The Doomstead Diner July 28, 2019

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Those of you who are not regular contributors from Inside the Diner may have drawn the conclusion from my recent articles and videos that the Collapse Biz Trip to Seattle-Tacoma was mainly about testing the modified Cripple Cart for the new systems we put in place to make it a better vehicle for getting around as the Age of Oil comes to a close.  This regardless of whether you are a healthy young specimen of the species Homo Sap, or a decrepit and inexorably dying old cripple like yours truly.

In fact however, although very important, this field testing of the Cripple Cart was not the primary reason or motivator for this Biz Trip.  It goes back much further than that, to about a year after I had the accident that morphed me into the Cripple I am today.  I became obsessed with my impending death, and I remain so to this day.  Since I am a Monast, unmarried and childless, there is nobody around who can handle the details of how to tie up my time Walking the Earth after I Buy My Ticket to the Great Beyond.  Who do I leave the piddling savings I accumulated to?  Will anyone remember me when I'm gone?  What did my life amount to?  Anything?

The first order of Bizness was making out a Last Will & Testament, and one thing I did do here prior to the long Dirt Nap I am scheduled for was to create a "person" who would outlive me, a Non-profit 501c3 Corporation called the Sustaining Universal Needs Foundation, or SUN☼ in acronym.  The goals of SUN☼ are to develop Affordable Housing, Affordable Food and Affordable Energy for the population of Homo Saps as we enter into the Great Dying that is to come, insofar as this is possible to do anyhow.  So all that is left that I haven't spent on Amazon buying Preps and apparatus to pursue this Mission from God that I have been given goes to the SUN☼ Foundation.  Who exactly is going to run the SUN☼ Foundation after I am Pushing Up Daisies is something of a mystery at the moment, but I'm sure it will work itself out in the bye & bye.

The Diner here and all the words I have written and audio and video I have recorded also contain my Testimony as a Witness to the End of Industrial Civilization and of a life spent inside this vast machine that has overrun the Earth.  However, what is stored on the disks of the Google Servers and the NSA Databases probably only lasts as long as there is JUICE to run the energy-eating machine called the Internet, which probably is not that long in lasting, although it likely will outlast the Meat Package I am keyboarding out this article with.

I decided that I should have something a bit longer lasting than this, something that delivered the Message I was given to deliver here at the End of the Age of Oil.  I don't have as much Money as Bezos or an Egyptian Pharoah either, so a Pyramid built over Centuries was out of the question here. lol.  Within my means however, I COULD commision a Tombstone and a Monument to the SUN☼ Mission.  Designing a Monument worthy to this task, one which would last centuries and perhaps Millenia became another Obsession and Hobby for me as I sat trapped in my Monastery rooms during the long Alaska Winter nights.

What evolved out of that was the Rock of Ages you see before you in the video we shot down at Premier Memorial in Tacoma, WA, the Stone Cutters I commisioned for this project.  It was a project that took MUCH "longer than expected", with many frustrations along the way, but in the end it did get done, and I am still above ground level to see it.  In the video I explain all the design features and why they are on the Stone(s).  Among other things, engraved on the stone are the 12 Principles of Sustainable Living for any Homo Saps who manage to survive the oncoming Population Knockdown of our species.  It's a kind of boiled down version of the guidelines for Building a Better Tomorrow, the Motto of the SUN☼ Foundation.

12 Steps to a Practical & Achievable Program for a Better Tomorrow

In the We Need Peace thread Inside the Diner, JRM said I don't provide practical solutions for resolving the problems that Homo Sap faces.  This after I accused him of that same issue, and basically only providing Woo-Woo and Poetry as a solution.

I have of course provided practical ideas on many occassions, not to mention the fact I both founded and fund the SUN Project.  I don't have a high regard for people who just pitch out Negative Waves without providing some sort of solution to the problems they see.  So I always try to do this, although granted we have any number of "predicaments" which do not lend themselves to EZ or painless solutions.

My ideas however are sprinkled willy-nilly over 5 years of Diner posting in many different threads, and are somewhat difficult to track down despite trying to keep this database fairly organized over the time period.  So I thought this might be a good opportunity to provide a 12-Step Program for a Better Tomorrow on Planet Earth so Diners are all aware of my Plan and we can rest this idea that I don't have a plan for good.  So now, here's THE PLAN!

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12 STEP PLAN FOR A BETTER TOMORROW ON PLANET EARTH

Step #1-  Die Off of 99.9% of the Population of Homo Saps

This resolves a lot of problems, from overuse of the land and ocean to the amount of carbon we put up in the atmosphere.  It won't significantly hurt the genetic diversity of Homo Sap, there will still be 7.3M meat packages walking the earth at any given time, which was more than enough for most of human history and should be plenty moving into the future.  No official extermination plan needs to be concocted for this, the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse will do the job without direction as they always have in the past.  They are very dependable.

Step #2-  Elimination/Extermination of the Greedy Elite still left standing

In order to make sure the same mistakes of the past are not repeated, the folks who ran the last show into the ground need to be eliminated.  This does require active decision making on who is most guilty and what sort of punishment they deserve for Crimes Against Humanity.  Is merely sentencing them to being Humanure collectors for the rest of their years walking the earth as a corporeal meat package enough punishment, or do they need to be dispatched to the Great Beyond in the most agonizingly painful and long lasting way we can conjure up?  For this we will need a legitimate Judicial System and Court of the Inquisition.  No Pigman should have his Journey to Hell expedited without Due Process of Law.  We need to take the Moral High Ground here on this.  No Lynchings on the Lamp Posts still standing!  No pushing them off balconies of empty skyscrapers either!  At least not until the High Court has handed down its decision and the last appeal has been exhausted.

Step #3- Replacement of the old Elite with a new Elite of Homo Saps with a High Wisdom Quotient

We will need to design a Standardized Test for Ecological & Economic Wisdom, testing various wannabee Elites for their knowledge of the biosphere and how to maintain it in a sustainable manner, as well as how to economically distribute the produce in a fair manner.  There will need to be Checks & Balances and Watchdogs to ensure the new Elite do not become as corrupt as the old Elite. Since there will be no monetary reward for being a member of the Elite (see Step #4), this should be less of a problem in the future of  a Better Tomorrow.

Step #4-  Elimination of Money and substitution of a Potlatch or "Gift" Economy

Distribution of the wealth the society is able to extract at a sustainable rate from the patch of land they occupy will be done by gifting each citizen with an equal portion of that produce.  Citizens will be required to work for their share of the produce, in some form.  If they are disabled and incapable of physical work, they will be required to do tedious accounting work to keep track of all the numbers, or perhaps do arbitration work resolving disputes, or write books, tell stories, make music, etc.  If they are mentally incapacitated and can't handle difficult numerical or social issues and have no artistic ability, they will need to do physical labor of digging holes and fixing housing every time it gets knocked down by the latest extreme weather event. If they cannot do either physical or intellectual labor, they will be gifted with nothing and die of starvation.

Step #5-  Migration to Upper Latitudes and Altitudes

For the .1% of the remaining population of Homo Saps, it will be necessary to migrate to Survival Zones on Earth where wet bulb temperatures remain within the range that both HS and the plants and animals they depend on can survive.  In the Northern Hemisphere, this includes neighborhoods like Scandinavia, Siberia, Alaska, Northern Canada and Nunavut and Nova Scotia. Coastal Greenland also might be habitable. In the Southern Hemisphere, less available land mass, perhaps Argentina and Southern Australia until the Ice Sheets melt off of the Antarctic Continent, at which time that might become colonizable.  That will take some time though, those ice sheets are quite thick.

Also possible survival zones in lower latitudes may be found at higher altitudes.  Spots in the Rocky Mountains, the Andes and the Himalayas may provide Lifeboats for a few isolated tribes of Homo Saps.  Depending on latitude, anywhere from 3000' to 6000' might be enough to keep the temps within reason, while still providing enough Oxygen to survive.  Nobody will be surviving above around 29,000' though, you won't find a tribe living on top of K-2 or Everest.  That's the Death Zone.  Call the survivable locations between 3000' and 12,000'.

Step # 6-  Alternative Food Production

This will take place over time during the migrations.  Greenhouses will be built using Scavenged glass from McMansions and Carz, and seeds carried by migrating Homo Saps will be first planted in the controlled climates of the greenhouses, then dispersed for outdoor growing once the climate warms sufficiently for those plants to thrive in the upper latitudes.  Birds and land mammals will also migrate northward, carrying seeds from more southern plants in their gut, and the entire ecosystem will migrate northward in this way.

Similarly, fish species currently found in southern waters will migrate north or south, eventually to end up in the Arctic Ocean or in the sea surrounding Antarctica.  When the carbon begins to be resequestered and it's possible once again for Shellfish to form shells as Ocean pH begins to go up again, a New Great Barrier Reef will grow from coral around the coast of Antarctica.

Step #7- New Goobermints

New Goobermints will form up in the given locations of the surviving Homo Saps.  With much smaller populations widely separated in geographical space, the populations will be no larger than 10,000 Human Souls.  Various forms of Goobermints will be tried during the spin down as the societies shrink in size, including Fascism, Communism and neo-Feudalism incorporating Slavery.  All will fail, with the final system being neo-Tribal, with the communities being Gooberned by the Elders of the tribe related to other members by no more than 2 degrees of separation, and so concerned with their well-being.

Step #8- Procreation and Population Control

Rules and Taboos will be put in place and enforced on procreation.  Tribal permissions will be required in order to marry and procreate.  Difficult to pass "Rites of Passage" will be implemented at Puberty and only those who pass the tests will have procreation rights.  Once carrying capacity for the land has been established and reached by the population, new procreation rights will only be issued out when a tribal member dies, leaving an open seat at the table.  Children conceived while the Tribe is at carrying capacity will be aborted or exposed after birth, unless an Elder member of the tribe who is sick or otherwise ready to go to the Great Beyond volunteers to do so.

Step #9  Animal Treatment

With a highly dispersed population of Homo Saps, most animals will live in the wild and be hunted for meat.  Ceremonies will be performed when an animal is caught and killed for it's meat to Honor the life of that animal.

A few domesticated animals will be kept for production of Milk and Eggs mainly, although Wool also from sheep is good fiber to work with for making clothing and blankets.  Domesticated animals will be treated humanely and given good room in a barn to shelter in and not be overcrowded to pass diseases around.  Such animals dispatched to the Great Beyond also will be given a Ceremony on death to Honor their contribution to the life of the Tribe.

Step #10- Medicine and Health Care

All members of the Tribe will have equal access to what medicines and repairs are still possible to do.  This does NOT include operations like Heart Transplants or Kidney Dialysis.  Even Diabetes probably not treatable, as to get the constant supply of insulin necessary you would need to slaughter too many pigs.  Minor operations like appendectomies may still remain possible, as well as setting broken bones and sewing up major wounds.  Dentistry limited to preventative maintenance (tooth and gum cleaning), extractions and building of Dental Appliances to assist those with lost teeth in chewing, made from the teeth of dead animals or dead Homo Saps with some good teeth left.  However, mostly people with no teeth left will eat soft foods like soft cheese which melts in your mouth, mashed potatoes for carbs, fruits and berries which crush easily with just your gums, soft boiled eggs and broths rich in animal protein made from boiling left over bones from large animals, fish & chicken, their internal organs as well as discarded vegetable matter.  Nuts and other crunchy foods will be crushed with a Mortar & Pestle and the powder added to the mashed potatoes along with grated cheese for a more nutritious dish.

There will be no cost for the medical care, as of course there is no money.  Providers of medical care will have this as their primary work, rather than digging holes, gathering foods or crunching the numbers on the latest harvest.

Step #11- Education & Knowledge Retention and Advancement

Current Paper books will be kept in Sacred Libraries, protected from the elements as best as possible given the technology that still exists and handled with care by all readers. Librarians will be charged with the task of keeping the books organized and searchable, and making sure the readers handle them with care. Paper and Inks made from naturally occuring dyes is possible sustainably, although not in anywhere near the quantites it is produced today.  To utilize the paper being produced, it will need to be rationed, so anyone who wants to write down his thoughts/ideas will need to demonstrate their value first by explaining them orally and/or diagramming them out on a renewable surface such as scratching it into the dirt or using a chalkboard.  You will need a source of chalk for this of course.

All children will be taught to read and write so that it is possible for them later to record their thoughts and ideas this way, as well as do other helpful tasks for the tribe such as the aforementioned Accounting, as well as Engineering tasks like building bridges, Windmills, etc.

However, given the overall shortage of paper, the primary form of retaining knowledge from Generation to Generation will be through Oral Tradition.  So there will be a nightly exercise in memory practice, and stories, poems and music will be recited from memory by elders in the tribe, and after repetition over years at the time of the Rites of Passage need to be repeated by the Acolyte in order to get reproductive rights.  This is only one of many tests that must be passed in the Rites of Passage.  Others include the Test for Survival, where the Acolyte is sent out inot the Wilderness for a year with just a knife and clothing and a week's worth of food, and must come back alive at the end of the year.  A tribal member can elect not to take these tests and continue to live with the tribe, but will not ever earn reproductive rights.

Step #12- Spirituality & Religion

A discussion of the spiritual connection with the Universe we can discern with our senses as well as what cannot be discerned this way will be encouraged in each member of the tribe.  There will be no specific dogma attached, but a Weekly meeting will be held where all members of the Tribe discuss with each other their beliefs and their take on Existence, God, the Afterlife, Good & Evil etc.  There will be Taboos in plce against Tribal members Napalming each other or making Ad Hom arguments in these discussions. lol.

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OK!  That is my 12 Step Program for a Better Tomorrow, which I think is practical and realistically achievable given the parameters we are currently faced with.  Is it an IDEAL solution?  Well obviously not if you won't consider a 99.9% Die Off of Homo Saps as part of your solution.  However, I don't see any realistic way possible to steer clear of such a die off anymore, so that is a parameter I have to work with in creating the rest of the solution.  Then I have other parameters like what the technologies I think can be maintained are and what patches of the Earth surface I think might still be decent Survival Zones.  Overall, this limits you quite a bit in making a realistic assessment of the situation.

Things I do not see as very realistic are:

1- All of Humanity will all of a sudden wake up from their collective stupor and become environmentally conscious and active and will sacrifice their current standard of living (measured in terms of things like electricity on demand, happy motoring, thick and juicy ribeye steaks on the table etc.) in order to maintain a sustainable system for all at a lower economic standard (which for 7.3B people, would have to be quite low).

2- All of Humanity will all of a sudden grasp the futility of War and Peacefully coexist on the planet, sharing the resources left equitably.  Homo Saps have NEVER done that in all of recorded history, and I see no indication they will start now.  The highest likelihood here is there will be fights over the resources until the population has been knocked down sufficiently that what resources remain or are renewable are enough for the remaining population, and their ability to make war on each other is significantly reduced by lack of resources with which to pursue such wars on a Global Scale.

3- A movement with no Leadership and no plan for how to rebuild society can possibly arise spontaneously with agreement from the majority of the population of the earth.  Most of the people ambulatory right now are completely clueless, and without leadership to explain the problems to these dummies in a way they can understand as well as provide them enough food to meet their daily needs, you simply have no chance of success here.  They will latch on to whatever leader pops up and promises them a good job and food on the table.  These folks always pop up in such times, see Trumpty-Dumpty for this.

I am not into Woo-Woo solutions that don't address the real problems before us.  It's all well and good to be at peace with yourself and develop a philosophy that is "intimate" with Nature, that encourages Peace, Love and Understanding between all Homo Saps, but it's not realistic at all that this will spontaneously and suddenly appear in huge populations of people that currently positively HATE each other, including but not limited to Sunnis vs Shiites, Christians vs Muslims, Pakistanis vs Indians, Han Chinese vs Uyghurs, Blacks vs Whites etc, etc etc.  These folks are not destined to Love each other.  They are destined to KILL each other.  That's the reality, as uncomfortable as it might be.

Despite this unfortunate set of parameters, this does NOT mean that Homo Sap will go Extinct in the Near Term, nor does it mean that all Knoweldge we have gained over the millenia will be lost either.  It does leave open the possibility or even likelihood that after such a massive crash, remaining Homo Saps will gain a better understanding of their close relationship with Nature, and develop new societies with better "Human Nature", which overall is really a social construct more than it is biologically determined by genetics, IMHO.  Evidence for this is that societies prior to the Age of Agriculture had far different norms in terms of their behaviors, and even in todays world there is huge variation in "Human Nature" between societies.  Asian Cultures for instance have a much different attitude toward "Face" and how you are perceived by others than Western society does.  We can change, we can adapt, but it's not going to happen in time to stem a massive die off of the current population, which has to occur anyhow because the overall ecosystem is just too stressed by too many Homo Sap meat packages walking the earth at the same time.  Somebody's gotta GO here, and go they will.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have saddled up and they are riding now.  I hear the distant thunder every day now, pounding through the earth from place3s like Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia.  Those Hoofbeats will arrive too in the 1st World, and then whoever is left standing will have 2 choices left.

1- To lay down and die with the rest of the dead Homo Saps.

2- To Buckle down and Build a Better Tomorrow.

I will take Door #2 Monte.


The dieoff begins!

Collapse Biz Trip Day 4: The Big Ewz Marathon Test

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Today's project on the Collapse Biz Trip was to do the most rigorous testing to date of the newly powered Ewz (aka "Cripple Cart") carrying the Full Monte of batteries, both Lithium-Ion (L-I) and Sealed Lead-Acid (SLA) for a total of 20 Amp-Hours (AH) fully charged.  As the photo at left indicates, the Cripple Cart had its first live tests on the flight down to Seattle-Tacoma from Anchorage.  Those tests were to determine the feasibility for a Solo Cripple to haul all his (massive) amount of baggage to the airport, around the airport and to get it through TSA Security and on the plane.  Obviously, since I am now IN Tacoma, this test was successful.

In yesterday's testing, the objective was to see just how much distance I could travel around Tacoma on a single charge without mid-trip recharges.  The video above is the first installment of several segments I made on this trip.  It is raw video, unedited as of now since I don't really have time to do that until I return home to the Last Great Frontier.  I will be putting up further raw videos Inside the Diner until I get home to do a full article (or more likely, articles) covering the various facets of this Collapse Biz Trip.  These videos also can be found on the CollapseCafe.com Diner YouTube channel.

There will be further testing today, then I am scheduled to Jet Set back home on Tuesday, riding First Class 🙂 on Alaska Airlines.  Look Inside the Diner for the up-to-the minute Play-by-Play reports to follow the EV projects of the Doomstead Diner and the Sustaining Universal Needs Foundation (SUN4Living.com).

Collapse Biz Trip

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As regular Diners know, I'm currently down in Seattle-Tacoma working on Collapse Bizness.  I'm completing the SUN☼ Monument, to carry the SUN☼ message and rules for Sustainable Living on Planet Earth to future generations, as well as testing my small EV battery systems for post-SHTF Day resilience and utility.  Also had a dinner meeting with 2 fellow Kollapsniks, K-Dog of the Chasing the Squirrel blog and George Mobus of Question Everything.  We had the dinner last night at the Emerald Queen Casino buffet in Tacoma, where I am staying.  I got my dinner FREE (I met the 2 hour minimum time sitting at the slot machines to earn this perk), George & K-Dog hadda pay the $20.  Good deal for me, since I only lost $1 while spinning the digital wheel once every 5 minutes or so.  More about that in the videos.

So anyhow, not much time to write or even to do any video editing right now, but here are a couple of raw & unedited vids I did at the beginning and end of the day (one in the Header, the other below) for your enjoyment. 🙂

Collapse Cripple Cart Construction Project

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It's been a bizzy week for both Kollapsniks and Cripples,and I have been overwhelmed with work to do in both areas.  I was working on editing a Collapse Cafe video I did with Jason Heppenstalll of 22 Billion Energy Slaves a couple of weeks ago, then George Mobus of Question Everything and I got together to discuss his new Systems Science book along with questions from the Collapse 2019 Survey early in the week as well.  Then I finalized plans for a Jet Setting, Fossil Fuel Burning trip down to Seattle in the Lower 48, set now for departure on July 18th of this week.  As much as I wanted to edit and publish the discussions with Jason & George though, in this case the approaching DEADLINE for the trip to Seattle took precedence over both.  Those vids will be aired of course, but in all likelihood not until after I return from this latest Globe Trotting Adventure at the End of the Age of Oil.

The main issue here is that I had to get my "Mobiility Device" (aka, "Cripple Cart") up to suff IMHO for travel with me, to provide me with a greater level of independence from Cripple Helpers than I have depended on for the last couple of Adventures I have taken since the catastrophic injury I was unfortunate enough to experience a few years ago.  I have never before taken either of my Cripple Carts along with me for the plane ride for these Adventures, in both the recent cases I rented Cripple Carts for those trips after I got there.  In this case, it was time to bring my own along for the ride, because I am actually using this trip as a Prep Run for an even bigger Adventure I hope to take either in late Summer of Early Fall.  For that Bucket List Adventure I absolutely must have my own Ewz with me for the trip, there is just no other way I can effectively accomplish it.

In any case, long time readers of the Diner who know me know I would NEVER consider a stock Cripple Cart right outta da box from China as "up to snuff" for such a momentous trip on the Bucket List of Adventures I still have planned before I Buy My Ticket to the Great Beyond here as the Collapse of Industrial Civilization begins to accelerate its downward trip to a low per capita energy future.  For such trips I need a really FIRST CLASS ride, which I could either pay through the nose for buying a really expensive one and unnecessarily burning a lot of my stash of cash that way; or I could BUILD IT MYSELF from some cheaper stock parts, cannibalizing a variety of machines to do it.  Cheapskate that I am, I chose Door Number 2, Monte.

Regular Diners also know that unlike many other Collapse Pundits, I am a DOER, not just a TALKER when it comes to Prepping Up for the oncoming (actually, ongoing) Collapse of Industrial Civilization.  I don't just Talk the Talk, I Walk the Walk.  Of course, I am no longer a Big Macho Man who can dig a fence post hole to the center of the earth with a shovel and pick axe (let me rent a Daiwoo Back Hoe and I can do as good a job as any other Heavy Equipment operator out there, though), nor do I have enough money to buy my own Doomstead and raise pigs; and my digs don't even have enough sunlight hitting my tiny back porch to even grow a few herbs back there (I may be able to grow my favorite fungi though, mushrooms).  I do however regularly write on how to eat cheap and well on a limited budget, demonstrating how to do it in the SNAP Card Gourmet and Cooking Zone videos.  I demonstrated food preservationg techniques in my Liver Pate canning videos as well.  I teach myself new skills all the time that I feel will be of help to me or others after SHTF day arrives, such as Candle Making and of course all my experiments with DC Electrics, which this article and video is all about.  I actively work at probably the most IMPORTANT aspect of Prepping for Collapse, DEVELOPING COMMUNITY, both in cyberspace on the net and here at home on the Last Great Frontier IRL.  That is what my Potlach Mobile Food Truck program is all about.

This set of videos on today's experimenting and testing is really about much more than just how to make a VERY COOL Cripple Cart on the cheap to cruise around on as you Jet Set your way around the FSoA and perhaps around the world if I last long enough.  It answers the question definitively about which are better to prep up with, AC line powered electric tools or batt powered electric tools?  Many preppers favor the A/C powered tools because the logic goes that after SHTF day arrives, you're not going to be able to drop in at Lowe's (don't shop Home Depot!)  Well folks, you really don't NEED those proprietary batts, and in coming videos I will show you how to power any tools you have with some very basic tools and systems any prepper should have in his arsenal of preps.  Just as a Teaser, be sure you pack away a good supply of Solder and a Soldering iron in your Bugout Bag! lol.

It also answers some very important questions about the feasibility of using Electric Vehicles for transportation in the post-Collapse world.  Will they be Teslas?  Unlikely. Too fucking EXPENSIVE, too fucking COMPLICATED!  But, simple EVs such as the kind I experiment with can be put together from vey simple parts, many of which will be available in the automobile graveyards of the world once the gas runs out for the ICE powered motors.  Batteries, alternators, wiring, fuses, they are all there in the average junked car recently totaled on the Eisenhower Interstate.  Bicycle frames also available by the truckload at yard sales everywhere.  Electric motors powering everything from Power Tools to Boat Trolling Motors to fans and winches.  You give me $1000 and a trip to a few junkyards, and I'll have you a working vehicle that will do upwards of 20 mph inside a month.,

I hope you enjoy these vids today as much as I enjoyed making them.  Next week, you should see the Cripple Cart on Steroids touring its way around Ted Stevens and Sea-Tac airports and around the Seattle Tacoma neighborhood.  I can wait! 🙂

 

Heading to 3 Bears for Cancerettes

The Return from 3 Bears

How much Cargo Carrying Capacity does a Power Tools Battery powered Cripple Cart have?

Celebrating SUCCESS with Chili Dogs in the Potalch Parking Lot

 

For those of you who missed it, here is a vid done last week working on improvements to the range of my other 2-wheeled Ewz, which I wrote about inside the Diner in a post called "Electra Glide in Black"

 

 

BTW folks, I am not even halfway done with the Mods I have planned for my Globe Trotting Cripple Cart.  You ain't seen nuthin' yet! 🙂

I'll see you down by Fire Lake.  Remember Uncle RE?  He was the one afraid to cut the cake.

Doomstead Diner Collapse 2019 Summer Solstice Festival: Coda

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The Collapse Summer Solstice 2019 Festival comes to a close today here on the Diner, after a very succesful launch of our newest project for the SUN Foundation, the Diner Mobile Food Truck.  We're still only in the testing phase for this project, but so far all is going according to plan and swimmingly well.

In the world at large of Collapse, it was another lively week, this time with the Democratic Debates as the Feature of the political Clown Show that will continue right through to the end of 2020!  That's over a year of almost guaranteed Collapse-o-tainment, unless of course the Internet Goes Dark, Global Thermonuclear War gets underway or all the Oceans boil off and we go Extinct on Dr. McStinksions timeline before he decided to stop making predictions on the absolute date for all Dead People.

For the Clown-in-Chief Donalditry Trumpovetsky it was another ignominious week, as he once again capitulated to the Chinese and to Wall Street on his "Tariff Man" policies, which are none too popular with corporations looking for still higher profits.  Besides that, he is currently making a fool of himself at the G-20 meeting of the Elite Overseers of the world who are busy trying to make sure the Rich stay Rich & the Poor stay Poor.

Here at the Doomstead Diner though, we ate like Kings Al Fresco out in the Potlach Parking Lot of the Diner, where all the Food is FREE!  At least to the customers, it does cost the SUN Foundation money to fund this project.  Contributions are WELCOME and are TAX DEDUCTIBLE since SUN☼ is a 501c3 Non-Profit Corporation.  Click on the Donation Button on the SUN☼ Homepage if you want to help us out.

Dishes this week were Salmon Teriyaki and Grilled Salmon, both cooked up with Freshly Caught Coho and Sockeye Salmon donated by a couple of the Fishermen in the Community.  Nothing beats freshly caught Alaskan Salmon.  Also on the menu this week was BBQ Brisket, Broccoli-Cheddar Soup & Smoked St. Louis Ribs.  Too bad for you you missed the ribs, they were the best and juciest ribs I ever cooked up, and that's saying something!  I could have eaten both racks by myself but I didn't want to totally PIG OUT 🐷 so I only had 3.

Great Collapse Meals coming again next week, and the full recipes and cooking techniques will be up on the Cooking Zone in due time, when I get a breather to do some editing of the raw footage from those cooks.  Not EZ to find the time these days since the Collapse Morning Wake-Up Call also takes a lot of editing and is more pressing on time.  Recipes are timeless, Doom Newz is not.

Coming next Sunday on the Wake-Up Call, we chat with Jason Heppenstall of 22 Billion Energy Slaves about his experiences in awakening to the Collapse of Industrial Civilization.  Don't miss it!

Fresh Alaskan Salmon ready for an Al Fresco Cook

 

 

Summer Solstice Doom Days

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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

 

 
 
 
 
1AM on The Last Great Frontier of Alaska
Land of the Midnight Sun
 
The View from My Back Porch
 

Wingsuiting the Seneca Cliff – A Collapse Conversation with Ugo Bardi

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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