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

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Published on The Doomstead Diner May 19, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A SNAP Card Gourmet Brunch

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Published on The Doomstead Diner May 16, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Today’s Total Trump Turmoil & Travesties

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Published on The Doomstead Diner May 12, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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Are the Martyrs Coming Back? Julian Assange and the Fall of the Global Empire

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Published on Cassandra's Legacy on May 6, 2019

 

 

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And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand (Matthew. 12:25)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The more the current world drama unfolds, the more I am amazed by how closely we are following the path that the ancient Roman Empire followed toward its final collapse. Dmitry Orlov, another student of civilization collapse, seem to think in the same way. In a post on his blog, he notes how Julian Assange could be the first martyr for truth of modern times, he calls him "St. Julian." Says Orlov:

If all goes well, he (Julian Assange) will be released and reestablish himself as a media personality of great stature. And if everything goes badly and the Americans do get their hands on him and torture him to death, he will die as a martyr and live in public memory forever.

I don’t know whether Assange has been baptized, but a proper choice of saint for him would be St. Julian of Antioch, who was martyred during Emperor Diocletian’s persecution of Christians between 303 and 313 AD. Julian was stuffed into a sack filled with sand, vipers and scorpions and dumped in the sea. Diocletian’s initiative was a failure: the son of one of his lieutenants, Constantine, not only canceled the persecution of Christians but made Christianity into Roman Empire’s state religion. He then moved its capital to New Rome (Constantinople), abandoning Old Rome to languish in the Dark Ages while his New Rome went on for a thousand glorious years.

Should Julian Assange end up martyred by the Americans, we can expect a vaguely similar result: future generations of Americans will say: “There once was a great journalist by the name of Julian. He died as a martyr for the truth. It was a long time ago, and we don’t know what’s been happening to us since then, because all we have been hearing ever since have been nothing but lies…”

I think this post by Orlov goes to the heart of the matter. A civilization collapse is, in the end, a collapse of trust. An empire, a state, a family, any social structure, can be rich or poor, powerful or weak, new or old, happy or sad, but if there is no trust keeping it together it cannot exist for long, it is like a solid turning into a gas when the chemical bonds keeping the atoms together are not strong enough. It is what happened to the Roman Empire, it is what's happening to us. As Matthew says, "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand" (12:25).

Ultimately, trust is based on truth. Without truth, there cannot be trust. In Roman times, the fight of Christianity against the Empire of Lies was more than everything else a fight to rebuild trust by establishing a new truth, the revealed one. I wrote in a previous post that:
 

Augustine and other early Christian fathers were engaged, first of all, in an epistemological revolution. Paulus of Tarsus had already understood this point when he had written: "now we see as in a mirror, darkly, then we'll see face to face." It was the problem of truth; how to see it? How to determine it? In the traditional view, truth was reported by a witness who could be trusted. The Christian epistemology started from that, to build up the concept of truth as the result divine revelation. The Christians were calling God himself as witness.

In the name of truth, the Christian martyrs (a Greek term meaning "witness") were willing to give their life, to die vilified and tortured in the most gruesome manners. It was the courage of the early martyrs that eventually brought down the zombie creature that the once great Roman Empire had become.

And now? We are rapidly entering a phase when the lies told to us by our governments and our elites are so huge, so pervasive, so blatant to qualify as diabolical. But in the great confusion of our times even the good among us are confused, they can't discern the truth anymore. And the time may have come when we need a new generation of Martyrs for truth is needed.

 

…and in case you mised it…here's the story of another victim of this travesty, ASSANGE'S CAT!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Published on The Doomstead Diner May 9, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are Climate Activists who Fly on airplanes HYPOCRITES?

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Published on The Doomstead Diner May 5, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Breakfast Leftovers – Butter Fried Spaghetti & Meatballs with Scrambled Eggs

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Published on The Doomstead Diner May 2, 2019

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

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

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

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

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The Extinction Conundrum

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Published on The Doomstead Diner April 28, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Cooking Crustaceans in Collapse

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Published on The Doomstead Diner April 27, 2019

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

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

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

 

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The Final Apocalyptic Wood

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C5 Gets His Final Apocalyptic Wood- P-II and 2/3

 

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Fear Not. I’m not dying…yet… other than the existential, we are all dying, thing. My wood still works just fine.

This is just the final episode of the C5 Gets Wood series. How many cryptic penis jokes can I continue to come up with anyhow?

For those still impressed with the size and longevity of my Zucchini, I put the photo above. As of April 15, I think it is finally tapping out. It’s going soft. Soon to deflate into a drippy mess. But that would be the one to get seed from. Longest survivor.

That’ll do Zuke. That’ll do.

The butternut squashes are all fine though. MrsC5 has been bringing them as house gifts when we go visit one of our produce deficient friends..

Speaking of my tool… or tools, size isn’t always better. I’ve hung on to those couple of big antique Simonds saws forever.  They are way better quality than anything you will find today. Scour garage sales or antique shops for those. Hold those for your children.

But based on real life experience, the smaller 30 inch bowsaw is the one that gets actual use. The bigger modern bowsaws are flimsy in use (with a risk of stitches from broken blades) and it really only stays strong in the 30 inch version. That’s just my experience Plus it can be tossed in a pack.

Go small or go home.

Going even smaller, the one that has served me the best, and I have used for 35 years, is the folding Gomboy saw from japan. (I should clarify. That’s my third one)

Here is an italian Peraso billhook used in conjunction with a Gomboy saw. I notice the little things.

Now before I forget, I have another important firewood technique to share. I like to think my firewood is done for the year… but its never really done. I think I will be doing more soon. I think I will still knock down some big trees. Lets say you are late to the game and only thinking about your firewood now.

At this point, Its best to cut your larger trees down… and just leave them. Here is why.  They are about to go into heavy growth mode. Its sucking up water for the big growth push. If it is cut, all the budding and leaf growth will begin sucking the water out of the tree. The capillary action. Once you notice those leaves have dried out in the summer, then it is time to buck it and split it. Don’t say I never taught you anything.

Besides firewood, this has been the other way I have been collecting life saving energy from trees. Sugars.

stove

I spent yesterday sitting by my homemade rocket stove boiling down maple syrup like a good little canuckster. Some day, I need to rebuild a better rocket stove. There are only so many things I can build in a life. But the next attempt definitely needs a J-Tube (look it up) so I don’t need to be constantly pushing in sticks. (Or dropping them down the top for a hotter burn. Lessons learned by doing)

One of the reasons I built this was for that day when propane for our gas range is no longer available. A rocket stove is the fastest way to cook… using small sticks (or hotter burning split hardwood when needed). I will leave you to scour all the assorted versions on youtube, if you are not familiar with this technology. Now you know what to look for. The term is “Rocket Stove”

Remember how I have continuously said, A- there is no such thing as a survival expert. Anyone claiming to be is just trying to sell you something,  And B- I’m not an expert on much of anything? This is a prime example. Tree sugar as energy. I didn’t grow up around this. I’ve only made about 3 years of attempts in the last 6. So far, I would say my Energy Return On Energy Investment has been in the negative. What I mean is that I have most likely burned more calories than I will receive (calorie deficit).  I really should not count on this for survival, but I look at it as “Getting through the learning curve”.

In our case, what I have learned my problems are is, though I do have maple trees, they are quite far apart and quite a distance from the house. Where there is a bunch close enough together, Its pretty much swamp. Cutting trail also used up a lot of calories. Next issue I am seeing  is that, we only had one really good day this year for sap. The rest has just been a dribble. Temperatures need to be bellow freezing at night, and above freezing, preferably with sunshine, during the day. Our particular climate zone sort of jumps from deep winter to late spring very quikly. We would have to travel to a slightly higher altitude to make it worth wile.

There is only one reason I continue to pursue this as a survival skill. There is really nothing edible growing this time of year. NOTHING. Historically, people don’t starve over the winter. Between now and mid summer is when people start to die of malnutrition and related illnesses. The added carbohydrates in the form of tree sugars may be the essential calories to push through till fresh foods start showing up in enough quantity.

It’s not so I can poor maple syrup on pancakes.

That would assume I had mastered growing and processing grains by hand in sufficient quantity. I haven’t. In my one feeble attempt at growing wheat, I learned that first I must master animals. I had decent enough soil. There just wasn’t enough food in it for the wheat to feed on. It would need manure… but I am getting off topic.

Since this is the Dark Green Mountain Survival RESEARCH Centre, and you are here for that research, here is what we have learned… and how can we use that for better Adaptive survival chances.

I had about 12 buckets up over a three week period, checked each day . The end result is a bit less than 1.5 liters of syrup. Not good. Little more than a calorie deficit treat for later in the year.

Part of me sharing this is for “Expectation adjustment”.

Now, If I am going back to that Adapters game of  “How do I keep 4 extra families alive over the first winter?”, what I have learned is that the only way to make this useful is, A- I would substantially need to ramp up collection, at least ten fold, and B- (this is my big insight) I would completely bypass processing to syrup.

We would directly drink the slightly sweetened tree water, as if it were juice. This way we get the carbohydrates, with the bonus of any live nutrients not killed by the boiling. You have to drink water anyhow. Might as well get nutrient fortified energy while doing it.

(as a bonus, deer have started to use the paths I cut, so this helps direct them where I want them or at least know where they will be. Do your trail building in the late fall, when you are at your healthiest. Oh joy. One more fall job)

Speaking of which, RE passed this old gem along to me when we were first chatting about billhooks. Worth a look.

https://www.fs.fed.us/eng/pubs/htmlpubs/htm88232601/brush.htm

A Lot of the same tools we have been talking about for low tec wood energy production are there. They’ve been in use for quite a while… and I just happened to have a few of them around the farm

cutters

The Rare item worth scouring the antiques stores for is the Forester, Heavy Duty Brush Cutters. I put the PowerGear 2 beside it for comparison. The Fiskars have been working great. The complex gearing really takes the damaging torc off the bars. Still, it cant handle what that Forester can, by a long shot. From the days when people made Real Tools and not cheap disposable consumer products. If your life depends on it to cut small diameter firewood in bulk, which would you trust your families life with? Someone get to work, building those two tools into something new.

One last though on getting energy from tree juice. Maples aren’t the only ones producing this.

22 Trees That Can Be Tapped For Sap And Syrup

I think I will experiment with birch next year. I hear you tap them after the maples are done. One more, one last though. Since I would have to substantially ramp up production, its best if I experiment with creating improvised taps from tubing or pipes, since their is plenty of that scrap around.

With all that said, I think that’s all of my apocalyptic wood people can fit in. Phrasing. 5 articles is enough. We shall now bask in the afterglow.

But I do have a tendency to spoil the moment…

Anthropomorphic climate change is messing up tree sugar production. A lot of Canadian maple syrup producers went belly up last year because there weren’t those essential temperatures for production.

I hummed and hawed about using this guy. He’s a Suburban Yuppy Prepper. Not an Adapter. Still, he is one of the few that doesn’t really deserve my full usual wrath. Manly because he is not a Dick. He’s a moderate prepper. We just navigate differently. I suppose he has the distinct disadvantage of being an Albertan and deserves my pity. Budup Dup.

I’m letting him off way too easy, but sometimes the enemy of my enemy is my friend. That and the whole Canadian manners thing.

What to pay attention to is the 3% compounding interest. Tighty Whitey Rightys have already been trained in this. Compound interest over time. 3%, 6, 12, 24, 48, 96, 192%, etc.  I also agree with him that Carbon Taxing is Greenwashing. It’s still, pay to pollute. The rich still get to pollute at will while monopolizing wealth. Everyone else gets too poor to live. Nothing changes. We all die as a result.

Many people will think I am a Negative Nelly because I wont back the “Hope and Change” crew or the “Solar and Wind and Technology will save us” so we can keep driving to business as usual, growth is progress, Kumbia Land.

We have the technology. All we need to do is back peddle  on the whole industrial revolution. Keep the ancient carbon in the ground. No more oil. No more coal. No more strip mining resources. No more shipping stuff around the planet. Period. Done. It’s that simple.

No government is going to do that because the moment they go back by even a few percentage points, the whole house of card crumbles and 90 percent of the people starve to death, slowly, painfully and revolutionally. No government is going to voluntarily put their head in the guillotine. So just get that idea out of your head.

If governments actually gave a shit about you, I have some recommendations for what they “could” do with your tax dollars that would be a realistic disaster plan. They would have to start a mass breading program of draft horses and oxen. Maybe even lamas and donkeys. And they would have to do it in TOP SECRET because NOBODY would be willing to fund this. They would have to start secretly buying up all the failed malls and rural school building and start filling them with wheat as a strategic grain reserves, just like in the days of the Pharaohs or medieval kingdoms. Maybe fill up some of those retired missile silos. Aint going to happen.

And this weeks Bonus Read from Gail Tverberg at Our Finite World-  https://ourfiniteworld.com/2019/04/09/the-true-feasibility-of-moving-away-from-fossil-fuels/#more-43676

 

One last thought. Canadian Prepper had also recommended that the best way to avoid being a crazy prepper… is to go dancing occasionally. It aint just me. Speaking of which, for those that missed it in the title, last article, I borrowed the title from feminist, atheist, anarchist,  Emma Goldman, from her famous quote somewhere around 1931..

If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.
A revolution without dancing is not a revolution worth having.
If there won’t be dancing at the revolution, I’m not coming.

Sooo…… How does DJ-C5 top the music already presented. Dead Can Dance comes to mind. That song they always use in apocalyptic movies, the moment people realize just how fucked the reality of it is.

Well, that’s a bit of a downer. How about something more danceable.

Double Tap

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Responding to Collapse, Part 8: Pitfalls and Practicalities of That Team Sport

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The "responding" to collapse that I've been talking about in this series of posts, is largely a matter of adapting to the new conditions that come with collapse. We can't stop collapse from happening, so the question is, "how to cope?" I've spent a lot of time talking about how adapting is likely to be easier in small and fairly remote towns, how to pick a town in a good location and then encouraging people to make their move to such a location while there is still time.

But making that move is only the first step. The point of moving to a small town, rather than a more isolated location, is the relationships you'll be forming with the people in your new community.

In my last post I started talking about the idea that being human is a "team sport". That is, it's in the nature of human beings, and very much to our benefit, to live and work together in groups. Such groups can act as a force multiplier, achieving more than what you would expect from simply adding up the number of people involved. And that's more both in the sense of 1) achieving the group's common goals and 2) enhancing the individual well being of its members. For most of the time that people have existed, we've lived together in small groups (less than Dunbar's number), made decisions largely by consensus, and allocated resources in a sort of "primitive communism"—from each according to their abilities and to each accordito their needs.

During the difficult times that lie ahead of us, I think we will need to fall back on this way of living, in order to successfully meet the challenges we face.

In that post I went on, at some length, about the benefits of group efforts and why we have abandoned the idea in 21st century society in favour of individualism and isolation. Largely because increasing affluence has made it possible and because it has been encouraged by those who are in power who find it easier to control and exploit lone individuals than groups acting in solidarity.

What I want to talk about in this post are the pitfalls and practicalities of actually becoming part of your new community and laying the ground work for the groups you will come to rely on as BAU declines. I wish I could offer a complete and detailed manual on how to do this, but I'm just not to that point myself yet, and I'm not sure anyone else is either. I've added links at the end of this post to a couple of books that I think might be helpful

I should make it clear that I don't expect you to rush out and create your own commune and kiss BAU (Business as Usual) good-bye right away. This is unlikely to be a success. I don't think collapse is going to happen all at once, nor I do think adapting to it is something that can (or should) be done all at once.

As long as BAU is detectably alive and even slightly well, propaganda for the consumer lifestyle and the virtues of individualism will be a distraction blaring away in the background. Most of us have never had the opportunity to learn the interpersonal the skills that make primitive communism work so well. And as long as our economic situation inside BAU is reasonably comfortable, it will be altogether too easy stalk off in a huff when the going gets tough rather than doing the work it takes to make a group effort succeed.

I'd be the last person to tell you that any of this is going to be easy. Indeed there have been many times when I have pretty much given up on the idea. I am sure we've all been involved in some co-operative effort or other that failed because of the disruptive efforts of grandstanders, glory hounds, control freaks and the power hungry. Or even just people who couldn't get along, didn't want to pull their weight or abused common resources like tools and equipment. These sorts of problems can be overcome, but only, I suspect, when there is an overpowering need to do so, and no easier alternative.

Of course, there is one sure way to foster group cohesiveness and that is to encourage group members to focus their displeasure and dissatisfaction on easily identifiable people outside the group. People who group members are encouraged to hate. But the long run consequences are pretty ugly. You just have to look at the last century or so of our history to see what I mean. Unfortunately, this kind of thing does have a strong appeal, and I would advise constant vigilance to avoid getting sucked in. Just ask yourself, if the finger of hate is being pointed at "those people" today, how long before it is pointed at people like you.

Currently right wing, white supremacy hate groups seems to be enjoying a good deal of success and causing a lot of harm. Clearly something to be avoided and opposed.

Another way to bring people together is activism. There are certainly many problems in the world today that need to be solved. When people join groups to tackle these problems they often find a real sense of community and an external problem to focus their energies on. And groups of other people to oppose.

I'd say that before joining an activist group you need to keep in mind that our current world order, what I call BAU, is fundamentally flawed and is itself the cause of the problems we are facing. Trying to fix BAU so we can go on living as we are is not going to work—our way of life is the problem.

Of course, there are causes that even I can't see anything wrong with. Such as forming community groups to adapt to collapse or to work on any of the things that need to be done to prepare for collapse.

Anyway, these are just some of the pitfalls of trying to make a co-operative effort to adapt to collapse. But adapt we must, and we have a much better chance of doing so in a group than as lone individuals or nuclear families. So we have to try, even though we'll be learning the skills as we go along, and all the while our current society will be doing its best to distract and discourage us.

Realizing this, we need to look at the practicalities of living and working together in groups. It would be a really good idea, I think, to start with some baby steps in your new community, to do some gradual adapting before the need gets urgent. Start learning to work together ahead of time, probably first in social groups, then maybe doing some volunteer efforts together, and finally as times get harder, acting together in what I would call mutual support groups. It is one heck of a lot easier, in times of need, to get together with people who you already know and with whom you've accustomed to working.

How people behave during disasters turns out to be very different than we have been led to believe. Rather than triggering social breakdown, the removal of the usual social constraints allows people to stop playing their customary roles as individuals and competitors in the formal economy (the roles society has forced on them), and come together co-operatively and generously as a community to cope with the challenges the disaster has presented.

The fact that responding to the disaster provides a clear common goal, and that the people involved are often family, friends and neighbours, is a big help. But such communities are in fact the default human behavior, rather than the rioting, looting and general social breakdown that the disaster mythology would have us suspect. Our preparations for disaster and collapse should reflect this—that we can expect co-operation rather than conflict. Any organization that we plan in advance should be such that it encourages this behaviour and helps people to rise to the occasion. A little study into what actually happens in such situations shows that people's response can be amazingly positive.

So, your first priority after you've moved into a small town is to get to know your neighbours and make an effort to take part in the things they are doing together.

Here are just few suggestions about how to become part of the community you've moved into and develop a network of friends and acquaintances who will be of help as collapse intensifies.

  • if you're religious, join a church and get involved
  • if you're not religious, join a secular volunteer organization that interests you:

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • a club, lodge or service group
    • a choir or orchestra
    • a community garden
    • a sports team, a gym, a hiking or nature club
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    • put them into activities that interest them and volunteer to help in the organizations that offer those activities
    • volunteer at their school
  • work hard to network, talk to your neighbors, ask questions
  • invite people to dinner or out for a coffee

Be modest and don't act like you think you're better than the locals, or know more than them, or that where you came from is better than where you are now. Express an interest in their families, interests, and what they do for recreation and entertainment (FIRE is the mnemonic for this aid to small talk). Be eager to listen to what they have to say and patient while they are saying it.

You want to get to know and be known (in a positive way) by as many people as possible, but also to develop a core group of friends who you're quite close to and on whom you can rely in a pinch. That core group should be people you see eye to eye with on most things. At the same time, don't be too particular about finding people who think exactly as you do—cut them some slack and they will do the same for you. Be quick to offer your help when they need it and don't hesitate to ask for their help when you need it. And of course, watch that this doesn't become too one sided (in either direction).

As a kollapnik, a committed enough of a one to leave the city and settle in a small town, you are probably at least a bit of a fanatic about the subject and would love to find some people who you can talk collapse with. This will put a certain spin on your relationships, one that you need to get control of. You don't want to be a pest and develop a reputation as a crackpot, driving people away in the process. On the other hand, you don't want to be secretive and give people the impression you've got something to hide. If they see you making preparations, storing food, gardening, whatever, be open about what you are doing and why.

Among all my friends and acquaintances, there are two (perhaps three) who I would say are fellow kollapsniks, and a small handful of others who are willing to talk about collapse as long as I don't push too hard. I consider myself lucky.

One of those kollapsnik friends is Don Hayward, and I'd like to share with you his wisdom on classifying the people you'll meet in your new community. He says there are four kinds:

  • those who will eventually turn out to be pure poison and should be avoided at all costs (which can be awkward in a small town). If you can figure out how to identify these people quickly and painlessly, let me know.
  • those few gems who you can talk to about collapse and perhaps even start right away working with on adaptations.
  • those who don't want to talk about collapse, but who will make good friends anyway. This is no doubt the largest group of people and where you will concentrate your efforts.
  • and lastly, people from the first three classifications who will change as circumstances change and may well turn out to be great adapters.

Please understand that it is possible to make connections, often close connections, with people who are not yet ready to talk about collapse. It is probably a good idea to make that connection first, before bringing up collapse. There will be times when the world seems to be falling apart, when the news is full of that sort of thing, and then people will be much more receptive.

But people are strange animals and coping with them can be challenging, especially since you are one yourself. You should maintain a realistic expectation that not everyone will react positively to everything or even anything you say or do, that some people won't even want to give you the time of day. Respond politely to such rejection and move on. Don't get discouraged.

You may also frequently find people doing things that seem to be specifically intended to get under your skin, and not in a humourous way. I personally have had much more success in difficult inter-personal situations since I learned the importance of being calm, patient, kind and understanding. And after I finally gained a "strong-ish" grasp of the fact that it's not always (or even usually) all about me. But even at age 65, this is an on-going effort.

Much good advice about this sort of thing can be found on the internet (along with some bad advice, unfortunately). Here are links to several articles that I'd say fit in the "good advice" category.

Hidden variables of Human Behaviour

In brief here is what you should remember:

  • Everyone has a reason for what they do.
  • If we knew that reason, we would be more understanding and sympathetic.
  • If we don’t know the reason, we may as well assume the best.
  • It’s unlikely their reasons have much — if anything — to do with us, so there is no need to take their actions personally.

Three Important Life Skills Nobody Ever Taught You

Again in brief, they are:

  • how to stop taking things personally
  • how to be persuaded and change your mind
  • how to act without knowing the result

It’s harder to be kind than clever

Or as my dear old dad used to say, "It's more important to be nice than to be important." As the article says:

…the central conceit of a dangerous assumption we seem to have made as a culture these days: that being right is a license to be a total, unrepentant asshole. After all, why would you need to repent if you haven’t committed the ultimate sin of being wrong? Some say there’s no reason to care about other people’s feelings if the facts are on your side.

Getting along with people in groups is a learned skill and challenging for those who didn't grow up doing it. Many people have decided it is not worth the effort, but that is something of a self fulfilling prophecy. It can be done, given motivation and sufficient practice.

So far I've been talking about getting together socially, helping out your friends, and taking part in volunteer projects. But as collapse progresses further and we come to rely on our friends and neighbours more, we'll get deeper into living and working together. To wrap up today, I'd like to discuss three aspects of this: working together, living together and organizing those efforts. I was actually surprised, after spending a few moments with Google, to find numerous resources on each of these topics and in each of the sections below I've include a few links to relevant articles.


Organizing Together

Even if we're mainly considering groups of people less than Dunbar's number, say a maximum of 150 to 200, some sort of organization will be required. There are many ways of doing this, all with their pros and cons. I'm suspicious of hierarchical and especially patriarchal organizations because much of what's wrong with BAU seems to be centered on those organizational styles. They seem to be based on a fundamental split within the group between those who are in control and enjoy a lot of benefits they haven't earned, and those who are being controlled and exploited, and whose potential is largely ignored.

So I would recommend trying consensus decision making. It's main disadvantage is that very few of us in the developed world have much experience with it. But like any other skill it can be learned, and promises some real rewards for those who make the effort.


Working Together

Working together is likely the easy part—even big business is aware of the advantages of having people work in teams, so many people have some prior experience with teamwork.

I thought this would be the easiest of these three areas to find information about, but what's out there is mostly about teams working at the bottom of a hierarchy in businesses or educational settings, so it's not exactly what I was hoping for. I haven't included much that material here. You can Google for teamwork, team building, working in groups, etc. if you want to see more of it.

  • Effective Groups—Starting them up and keeping them going, more from Seeds of Change
    This article recommends you first find the right people and then talks about using publicity to attract them. For the kind of core group I've been talking about in this post, I would say definitely you need to find the right people, but I would caution against sending out a public appeal. This would attract lots of people, but most of them wouldn't likely be suitable and rejecting them becomes awkward. Instead meet people in social situations and take your time to size them up before forming a closer relationship.
  • 6 Ways to Empower Others, by Starhawk
    Sometimes you really do need someone to step forward and lead. The important thing is to be able to step back when the need has passed.
  • Teamwork, Wikipedia


Living Together

Living together is something that's going to be forced on many of us in the years ahead, as the economy contracts and affluence decreases. And as we move to small towns and find there is limited housing stock that's suitable for living in when infrastructure starts to fail regularly. So many people will find themselves having to share apartments or houses. Most of us have grown up in small nuclear families and many have had their own room since birth. More crowded and less convenient living circumstances will be challenging to adapt to. But it's being done by the majority of people alive in the world today and has been done by almost everyone who lived in the past. So it seems likely to me that we can learn to cope just fine.

I'll just wrap this up by saying that I think it is important to let other groups try anything they want to, in the hope that someone, somewhere, will come up with one or more approaches that work. I call this "disssensus"—letting other folks go their own way and wishing them well, even offering to help when we can, rather than raising a fuss and trying to force them to do it our way.

So far, I've been talking about what you need to do when you first arrive in your new town and during the following years as collapse intensifies. The gradual and uneven failure of BAU will provide numerous opportunities for you and your new friends to work together and support each other. I'll definitely be doing a post in the near future about how I see that playing out, but first I think I need to talk about the practical, material preparations that you need to be making during that same time period.

If you've chosen your small town well then it will have the resources you need to get by when BAU lets you down. But some advance set up is needed if you are to put them to work effectively. This will be the topic of my next post.

Books


Links to the rest of this series of posts, Preparing for (Responding to) Collapse:

 

FarmGal – Just Another Day on the Farm

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

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

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

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

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

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

No Place for a Cat, The Diner Edition.

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The days rolled by last week and the strange case of the Assange affair kept me going back to my place on the net and putting up new content.  It wasn't just that I'm a comment dog who can't be on the internet without wanting to write something somewhere.  (Try it sometime if you don't write comments, see if you can make just one.)  And it wasn't simple outrage though I've plenty of that.  It was more personal.

Before Snowden and before Wikileaks I had become K-Dog.  It was early on when I became K-Dog.  The name was given to me by an anonymous commenter who had liked something I had written.  I was busy in those days.  I had come to the realization (actually horrible awareness) that smart people were not working the worlds problems.  No think tanks in universities coming up with plans to adapt the world to a future without oil or a climate.  No secret government bases with giant machines to scrub C02 out of the atmosphere or refine zero-point energy.  Nothing at all. 

Turns out if you think about the world's problems at all you right there with the smartest people in the room.  The common herd won't contemplate that which is beyond their vision.  Not even won't but can't!  Turns out be deep-seated psychological reasons for this cognitive black hole, and even that would not be so bad; if such people also did not vote.

Let us toast to animal pleasures, to escapism, to rain on the roof and instant coffee, to unemployment insurance and library cards, to absinthe and good-hearted landlords, to music and warm bodies and contraceptives… and to the "good life", whatever it is and wherever it happens to be.”  <== Hunter S. Thompson
 
Let's toast to being born at time when there was plenty of sugar in the worlds petri-dish for all the yeast to thrive.
 
The seventies had led me to believe that people were working the earth's problems but it turned out the 70's had led to the brain-dead 80's during which time the seeds for the absolute annihilation of mankind were planted.  America's ability to adapt was about to be destroyed. 
 
During the 80's and 90's electronics were refined so mass surveillance became possible and those of the common herd who had power could not resist the temptation to use it.  It is not in human nature to ignore a benifit of technology.  There are deep-seated psychological reasons for this it turns out.  Then came 9-11 a plan for a new American Century.  Neocons took control and America became a different place.  Mesmerized by shock and awe few people noticed.
 
Surveilance is one thing, and the instant reaction is to think no big deal but, it is a big deal.  Surveillance brings management with it, the temptation was not resisted.  James Howard Kunstler had honed in on the collapse movement and was writing about depletion issues.  I began to comment on his blog.  Long story short I soon realized that some of the commenters at his blog had super powers.  A few names needed no sleep.  And following I.P. Addys from his site that a tracking service plugin provided I learned that most of the identities who were commenting on his blog were using 'the Department of Defense Network' to get to the website.  Actual origins appeared to be from every small military base in the country.  America had become a country silently being brainwashed by ideologies of the most ossified and conservative kind.  The ability of America to adapt to change had been taken away and our doom was sealed.
 
I did not have a website at the time.  I appeared to be someone who could just be  rolled over using a bit of terror.  Gang stalking and electronic harassment of many kinds.  It worked for a while but I adapted and survived.  I registered my website and now with Julian's Arrest I'm ready because the same people who want him were the ones who were harassing me.  It is personal.  Vault 7 personal.  Being followed by men in black suits personal and this being the Diner I'll have a small taste of:
 
"La vengeance est un plat qui se mange froide"  (Revenge is a dish best served cold)
 
I have a picture of one of the suits, I could post it but this article is not about me.  I will only give a link to it. http://chasingthesquirrel.com/pics/DLR.png The pic came from a website he asked me to visit when we met in person.  A website intended to put the fear of god into me.  I downloaded it. 
 
I'm writing to do a small part in getting the promise of democracy working again or something like that.  Because we don't have it now.  We have only the illusion of it.
 
From my website:
 
No Place For a Cat

I haven't seen the internet controlled like this since BP got on top of their Public Relations and spun the Gulf Oil Spill the way they wanted it spun.  No news on Julian Assange.  It took some sleuthing to find out he is now at Belmarsh prison.    This from 'Free Malasia Today'.  Good luck finding anything in the American press.

"Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is being held in London’s high-security Belmarsh prison which has housed some of Britain’s most notorious inmates, a legal source told AFP Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The prison in southeast London became one of the country’s best-known jails after Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs and career criminal Charlon Bronson – dubbed “the most violent prisoner in Britain” – were held there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Opened in 1991 next to Woolwich Crown Court, it has frequently been used in high-profile national security cases."

From another Source:

Belmarsh, built in 1991 and located in southeast London, gained notoriety in the wake of the 9/11 attacks when foreigners were detained in the prison without being formally charged, leading some to call it 'Britain's Guantanamo Bay.'

What is it all about? This affidavit was unsealed Monday.

It is alleged that Julian Assange conspired to help Chelsea Manning commit computer intrusion of a classified military network. That's it thats all. Real reasons of course are not for public consumption. You can find out about that if you read on.

The world, America darkens with time. Ignorance is celebrated and cultivated in a cultural tower of babble that pushes truth behind shadows where it can no longer be seen. Things were not always this bad. It was clear forty years ago that power corrupts and the only legitimate power is power that is open to scrutiny. This awareness has eroded. The Vietnam war made the need for scrutiny as clear as the sight of a high school football hero returning home in a body bag. But America forgot. Graft, theft, racism, and corruptions of all kinds are possible when doors can't be opened for a peek inside. America forgot that. Now America wants to kill a messenger who's crime is that he wanted you to know stuff.

The American troll army pushes the meme that Julian has nothing to worry about. He will quietly be deported to Australia they all say. They also don't want you to know about the affidavit. They prefer you believe in cat feces on walls and other fables. They absolutely don't want you to know that Vault 7 tools are used on American citizens.

Yet only misbehaving dogs have to worry about such things and you don't misbehave.

And that can stay true until the rules change and then they come for you. In the meantime enjoy the show. Here is something entertaining. Seven years after the fact and you likely still don't know the names of the women or the circumstances but if hating is your thing enjoy a thick slice of 'Me Too'.

She Accused Assange of Rape. Give Her a Chance for Justice

If you enjoy the article too much I'd like to remind you that nowhere does Heather Barr mention the name of 'the woman' anywhere. International extradition for crimes where victims are not named is not Ok IMHO. I think someone with even a third of a brain should be able to figure out why. The devil is in the details, or in this case lack of them. Heather also does not say that one of the women has vanished and that the other woman is connected to the CIA. Heather had many years to learn this and that this sort of thing is very much 'her thing' is very clear, so I think if you were a baby Heather would steal your candy.

Read my stuff from last week and you will learn the names. (I did not need seven years to learn them.) Somebody clue Heather in. Please.

 

Thursday April 11th 2019: (with more recent edits)

Breaking News, The arrest. I stand in solidarity. All four paws. (Europeans will not have to look it up to find out what solidarity means. Most Americans will need to do exactly that.)

10 x 10 bare concrete walls, 24/7 florescent lighting, and a room thirty feet below ground. Comparatively the embassy had to be a palace. Moreno is a pig. Somebody follow the money please.

Update$$: A 4.2 billion loan (numbers vary) guarantee from the International Monetary Fund, it seems.

Below are the honeypots. One has vanished off the face of the earth.

I recall at the end of the 1981 movie "Body Heat" William Hurt playing the male lead character Ned Racine sits in prison. Ned receives the High School yearbook of Matty Walker his vanished female lead in the movie in his prison mail. He tears the brown wrapper off and begins to read. Matty is a femme fatale played by Kathleen Turner in this movie who has duped Ned into killing her husband for insurance money. That's why Ned sits in prison.

In the yearbook is written the line, if I can recall it right, in response to the age old High School yearbook question of 'what do you want to be in life', Matty had answered.

'To be rich and live in a far away land'

A line something to that effect. So what is the parallel? Matty had vanished with funds.

Now Trump can put out any fake news he wants.

WikiLeaks official Defense Fund

( 46 BC ) At Ceasars triumph, Vercingetorix was marched through the Eternal City, then strangled at the Tullianum.

I like the story of Vercingetorix’s men who at least in a movie spirited his body from the place of execution in the middle of the night to bury it with dignity in the woods. Likely at great risk. Before his execution I think Vercingetorix had been in prison for seven years. I could be wrong.

Obama got Osama and the golden puffball will also be taking a triumph. Unearned riches if ever there were.

"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one."Thomas Paine

Donald Trump, praised WikiLeaks often during his 2016 presidential campaign yet now he just said WikiLeaks is not his thing. “I know nothing about WikiLeaks,” Trump said “It’s not my thing.”

  • How Ecuador’s Globalist Regime Received Billions to Sell Out Julian Assange
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  • Ecuador obtains $10.2 billion IMF loan package
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    Seven years is long enough for people to forget and make up all sorts of stories. What is Assange arrested for?

    For wanting you to see this.

    Should the rampant gaslighting make you forget.

    If I make an edit here in my HTML pile of text it takes about the same time as it takes for a hellfire missile to hit a target as it does for my edit to appear as a change on this page once I hit 'fire'. Just like a goddamn video game kiddies play. I just turned this green and it took the same time for me to see the change as it did for the three hellfire missiles to hit their targets in this video.

    My wierdness with Vercingetorix? I'll allow Chris Hedges to explain. It is about empire:

    "The Trump administration will seek to try Assange on charges that he conspired with Manning in 2010 to steal the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs obtained by WikiLeaks. The half a million internal documents leaked by Manning from the Pentagon and the State Department, along with the 2007 video of U.S. helicopter pilots nonchalantly gunning down Iraqi civilians, including children, and two Reuters journalists, provided copious evidence of the hypocrisy, indiscriminate violence, and routine use of torture, lies, bribery and crude tactics of intimidation by the U.S. government in its foreign relations and wars in the Middle East. Assange and WikiLeaks allowed us to see the inner workings of empire—the most important role of a press—and for this they became empire’s prey."

    Empire is evil with patience. Enemies of empire are dealt with after humanity screams move on. It is not fair but perhaps Julian has another service to do. There is much evil. The existence of the rampant gaslight shows this. Something makes it shine so bright. Julian's job may only be half done.

    Too bad, for Julian deserves a break. But evil is alive well and flourishing. I pray evil now bites more than it can chew so that it is exposed in all it's orangeness.

    Trumps idea of MAGA exposed. Preparing America for a future this does not do! It won't do at all. Who was the guy who said 'The buck stops here'? He is on the Eisenhower Dollar. I hope he is right but the buck these days seems to be made of golden Teflon. To expect Trump to do more than resurrect the Neocon Bush Playbook was fantasy. The link is to ten year old news true, but it has the freshest of ink.

    Ink more fresh there can't be.

    I've learned more according to this AP article. The American indictment is in response to what is known as the “Vault 7 leak” in 2017. Vault 7 comprises thousands of pages of documents revealing details about CIA tools used to break into computers, cellphones and other consumer electronics used by targeted individuals.

    I can speak to the veracity of the contents of Vault 7 because I have had my personal electronics targeted by the same tools when I became a targeted individual myself for discovering details about behind the scene government internet manipulations.

    These tools I can attest are not used exclusively by our CIA but are a feature of all agencies which use American fusion centers. They are used by the FBI and Homeland Security to terrorise and deal with American Citizens who dare to investigate how deep our domestic spying apparatus goes. I can attest that rabbit hole is very deep from my personal experience. As I make an allegation I'll be specific.

    They pulled a boner. Mike went to High School with one of the 'spooks' who shadowed me five years ago. This spook was in a coffee shop Mike owned when I was came in. The spook was in his shiny black suit and blinding bleached white shirt sans tie, their uniform. Until you learn to turn your phone off they frequently get places before you do. The same spook had been in the coffeehouse a few months before and had told Mike, the owner, about his new job with the TSA.

    One of the things they can do is control your Netflix viewing on your T.V.

    It can and will mess with your head. When they pop your screen to scenes of families getting brutally murdered it will affect you. Having the controls go to exactly the right spot for the best dramatic effect to freak you out the most is very Steven Kingish and I believe 'they' enjoy 'getting the bad guy' way too much. It really does mess you up, it along with gang-stalking is a means of control which leaves no trace. I experienced the Full Monty. It is not called 'targeted' for nothing. And what they can do with phones when they are trying to drive you out of your mind is impressive and scary in a leg shivering sort of way. Your heart will do a years worth of thumping in a month before they finish with you, or you adjust. I adjusted but part of me will always be pissed and it takes more than a month to adjust. It takes many months.

    Oceania in spades. Rats in my face. They'd have you believe Eurasia influences your elections but you have no idea of the Orwellian nightmare America became before Trump was even an orange blob on the Oval Office horizon. What happened to me happened on Obama's watch. Since then I've been waiting for Trump to amp it up and wonder what has taken him so long. The boy has toys. Meanwhile the thoughtstopper of 'It Can't Happen Here' echoes the common awareness.

Fried Rice – A Vegan’s Wet Dream

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

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

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

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

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

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

If I Cant Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Apocalypse

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You come here for Survival Skills. Wrong word. Skills for Adaptation. For essential Apocalyptic Adapter skill sets.

My advice and homework assignment today is …. Go dancing.

Coming out of this winter, I have been feeling like a car wreck. Winter started at least a month early and is ending at least a month late.

I’ve just finished the years firewood. Its bucked, split and stacked under cover to begin drying. Since you know when I started the C5 Gets Wood series, you’ve got a pretty good idea of how much of life this takes up… and that you will have to perform that every single year of your post apocalyptic life. Speaking of which, I better get up on the roof the next decent day and clean the creosote out of the stove pipe… again.

Going from a winter full stop, to a spring-ish, lift, carry, stack, buck more, repeat… you get the idea, pretty much I have used every muscle group. Ive got that burning sensation over my entire body. I’ll muscle up over the next few months… then lose most of it over the winter. You are never going to catch me in a gym. Creepy places for people that aren’t Adapting. If you have to cut your own wood, dig your own garden, do repairs and, goddess forbid, put in a winters worth of hay with a scythe… you get the idea. No need for lifting weights and doing squats. All this stuff called Adapting, you are going to have to do it all again next year and the year after that.

Enough intro. Go dancing. Its fun. It makes your body feel good. People have been doing it for ever. It’s part of being human. In many traditions, it is worship. It’s a group unifier.

Theology joke coming right up. Why don’t Baptists have sex standing up? Because it might lead to dancing. Budupt dup.

I’m going heavy on the DJ-C5 this round. Lets go back into the past for the majic age of dancing through the apocalypse. I mean the 80s. Stick with me here. I’m going some place.

Before everyone became addicted to the internet, they needed something to do with their evenings. Long before our parents became addicted to TV, deep into our past, people would come together to stare into the fire for warmth. There they would share news, connect with the tribe as to what had happened that day, retell the ancient epic stories. They would sing the shared songs… and dance.

I hear millennials staring at their smartphones cant even be bothered to Fuck anymore. And everyone is facing profound loneliness and disconnection.

Todays Bonus Reads come from Chris Martenson.  Your electronics were designed to get you addicted-

https://www.peakprosperity.com/blog/114939/lab-rat-survives-who-escapes

Double Tap

For all you Bitch Boomers complaining about Millennials, kids nowadays, this sums up their demotivated lives. This part two is behind a paywall… but reading the free intro is really all you need to sum it up-

https://www.peakprosperity.com/insider/114940/breaking-free

As a Gen-Xer, heavy on the X, we were just a bit ahead of the curve. From Johnny Rotten singing, “No Future! No Future Now!” to The Ramones singing, “I wanna be sedated”.

The “alternative music scene” was a dark reaction against fluff music being pushed by corporate sponsors. It encouraged you to dance… and you didn’t even need a partner. It was a good workout. And it was cathartic. You could be angry, depressed and dance at the same time. The endorphins would keep you going for a few days, facing shit jobs and poverty and no future.

Funny how it is classic rock now, for people that weren’t even there. Why do people even know who Trent Reznor is?

My health hasn’t been good this winter. There. It’s said. Oldish age has hit hard as well as the consequences of past trauma and addictions. My lungs are pretty fucked at this point.

MrsC5 has been feeling the same but for different reasons.

I’m getting to the Adaptive Survival advice. Be patient whipper snappers.

There are two things I miss from city life. Good ethnic food… and dance clubs. Sure, bush folk do have a tradition of dancing to stay connected, healthy and happy. And sure, there is the whole hippy ecstatic dancing thing and the much more traditional to this region, celtic, ceilidh, Kitchen party. Heavy on the fiddles.

Personally, I’ld rather jam chopsticks into my ears than dance to any of that stuff. Either way, I have realized, that to stay here… and not die, I need to dance again. Beyond the cardiovascular. To stretch out the muscles that atrophy over the winter, especially crouched over a computer. For those, head bowed to the smartphone with couched shoulders… posture leads depression. Stand tall, throw your shoulders back, lift your chin and look around. Your mental and physical state will return, with the bonus of that this posture of confidence is subconsciously attractive to the opposite sex. If you have to, fake it till you make it. It will eventually become a habit.

Some of you will remember my very non prepper traditional statement… to confound,  amuse, and enrage the dimwitted survivalists-

C5 Rule of Survival- The single greatest survival skillset is… envelope please… the Dinner party.

That has been paying off well. I have a group of friends… that I like to party with. Bonds have been made. Now it’s time to go to the next step of Adaption. Luckily friends were coming to the same conclusion. A friend said they want to clean out the garage and start regular dance parties. This has my C5, Adapters seal of approval. We may be getting old… but it seems to me that the best way to face the apocalypse is on out feet. Together. Reinforcing trust and social bonds. You can be mourning for the state of the world or you can be dancing. Your choice. Which do you think will make you better psychologically prepared to live in it. Bring on The post apocalyptic dance parties.

Do you know why I started this post with that video at the top of the page. Sure, it’s got the creepy but cool factor. And sure, I have been feeling like a car wreck…. but if you full body dance like that, its going to stretch out any tense muscles restricting blood flow and oxygen.  Fuck yoga or martial arts stretching or massages. Dancing will get you limber wile having fun. And it will keep you from being a crazy, antisocial survivalist. BING.

So, How did I get to this post. In the previous post, I ended it with the song  UMAI by Shireen. Someone new to me. I found myself listening to it several times to catch the words of this post apocalyptic song. The words that caught my attention were , “And you will pray… Instead I will give you my storm. I will give you hell. I will tear out your trees, Sweep up the seas and destroy your fields…”. Well that sums up what this blog is about… and the hugely damaging winds happening at the time reinforced it. Plus I had been thinking we need to translate some of the old industrial goth metal to be able to be played acoustic around a fire, for collective post apocalyptic singing and dancing, to get through the collapse of the industrial age…

Then this showed up in my music feed. I gave it a listen, mostly for the goth apocalypse garb… and was shocked. How did I miss this? Gary Newman? Not cool. But the old geezer hooked up with TRENT FUCKING REZNOR from Nine Inch Nails and totally recreated himself. This had been going on for a while. That’s what I get for leaving society. If this old guy kicked back from the retirement home… I guess there is still hope for me… if I get my sorry ass out of this seat and dance out my rage.

Well he won’t be the first. Bowie also hooked up with Trent Reznor before he died for this very apropos, prophetic song.

I was sold on Nine Inch Nail from the unbowed rage, on first hearing Head Like A Hole. It was dance and worship music for me. Prayers of confrontation against the ancient god Mammon, that controls industrial capitalism. “I’d rather die than give you control”. I’ts the song I would crank up each time I quit a pathetic slave job and drove off in search of an apocalypse survivable location.

So, GET UP! GET ON YOUR FEET! You can stay crouched over if you want to. You can stay bowed… or you can move.

And in the fashion of this blog, my thoughts, telling the Survivalist Prepper movements to repent and get their shit together because it has been stolen by Moloch and Mammon worshipers and made useless to Actual Survival.

Get up on your feet and lets pray together.

Hallelujah!, brothers and sisters of the apocalypse. Shout out that old devil.

And if my music tastes aren’t your cup of tea, or herbal modifier, find what you love and dance to that.

Lets sum up. Cut fire wood. Dig gardens. Repair and build against storms. Dance when you can. Find others to dance through the apocalypse with.

 

This is C5, transmitting on the Dark Green Mountain. Still un-bought. Still un-bowed.

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The Empire of Lies: How we are collapsing in the same way as the Roman Empire did.

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(Image source: Wikipedia) The Devil is sometimes said to be "The Father of Lies." It is an apt definition for a creature that doesn't even exist except as a figment of human imagination. Satan is an evil egregore that we ourselves created, a creature that seems to loom larger and larger behind the current chronicles. The recent arrest of Julian Assange is just the latest deed of an Empire that seems bent on truly creating its own reality, something that, in itself, wouldn't necessarily be evil but that becomes so when it implies destroying all other realities, including the only true one. 

 

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Initially, I thought to comment the recent news about Assange by reproducing a post "The Empire of Lies" that I published here about one year ago, where I described how the transition from the Roman Empire to the Middle Ages had taken place, in large part, because people just couldn't trust their Imperial rulers anymore. The Roman Empire had become an empire of lies and it was left to Christianity to rebuild the trust that the old empire had squandered – the Middle Ages were far from being "Dark Ages."  But, eventually, I thought to publish something I had in mind about how the Roman Empire and the modern Western Empire are following parallel trajectories in their habit of telling lies as they move toward their respective Seneca Cliffs.

So, here it is my assessment of the Roman Collapse, based on the excellent book by Dmitry Orlov, "The Five Stages of Collapse." Just one note: in the book, Orlov doesn't describe the post-collapse phase of the Soviet Union that ended with Russia becoming again as a prosperous and united country, as it is nowadays. It was a good example of the "Seneca Rebound" — there is life after collapse and there will be new life after that the Evil Empire of lies will be gone.
 

The Five Stages of Collapse of The Roman Empire.

By Ugo Bardi

Dmitry Orlov wrote "The Five Stages of Collapse" as an article in 2008 and as a book in 2013. It was an original idea for that time that of comparing the fall of the Soviet Union with that of the United States. Being an American citizen born in Russia, Orlov could compare the two Empires in detail and note the many similarities that led both to follow the same trajectory, even though the cycle of the American Empire is not over, yet.

To strengthen Orlov's analysis I thought I could apply the same five stages to an older Empire, the Roman one. And, yes, the five stages apply well also to that ancient case. So, here is my take on this subject.

To start, a list of the five Stages of Collapse according to Orlov.
 

  • Stage 1: Financial collapse.
  • Stage 2: Commercial collapse.
  • Stage 3: Political collapse.
  • Stage 4: Social collapse.
  • Stage 5: Cultural collapse.

Now, let's see how these five stages played out during the fall of the Roman Empire.

Stage 1 – Financial Collapse (3rd century AD). The Roman Empire’s financial system was not as sophisticated as ours, but, just like our civilization, the Empire was based on money. Money was the tool that kept together the state: it was used to pay the legions and the bureaucrats and to make the commercial system supply the cities with food. The Roman money was a physical commodity: it was based on silver and gold, and these metals needed to be mined. It was the Roman control over the rich gold mines of Northern Spain that had created the Empire, but these mines couldn’t last forever. Starting with the 1st century, the cost of mining from depleted veins became an increasingly heavy burden. By the 3rd century, the burden was too heavy for the Empire to carry. It was the financial collapse from which the Empire never could fully recover.

Stage 2 – Commercial Collapse (5th century AD). The Roman Empire had never really been a commercial empire nor a manufacturing society. It was specialized in military conquest and it preferred to import luxury items from abroad, some, such as silk, all the way from the other side of Eurasia, from China. In addition to legions, the Empire produced only two commodities in large amounts: grain and gold. Of these, only gold could be exported to long distances and it soon disappeared to China to pay for the expensive imports the Romans were used to buy. The other product, grain, couldn’t be exported and continued to be traded within the Empire’s border for some time – the supply of grain from the African and Near Eastern granaries was what kept the Roman cities alive, Rome in particular. After the financial collapse, the supply lines remained open because the grain producers had no other market than the Roman cities. But, by mid-5th-century, things got so bad that Rome was sacked first by the Visigoths in 410, and then by the Vandals in 450, It recovered from the 1st sack, but the second was terminal. The Romans had no more money left to pay for the grain they needed, the commercial sea lanes broke down completely, and the Romans starved. It was the end of the Roman commercial system.

Stage 3 – Political Collapse (late 5th century AD). The political collapse went in parallel with the commercial collapse. Already in the late 4th century, the Emperors had become unable to defend Rome from the Barbarian armies marching across the empire and they had retired to the safety of the fortified city of Ravenna. When Rome was sacked, the Emperors didn’t even try to do something to help. The last emperors disappeared by the late 5th century but, already decades before, most people in Europe had stopped caring about whether or not there was some pompous person in Ravenna who wore purple clothes and claimed to be a divine Emperor.

Stage 4 – Social Collapse (5th century AD). The social collapse of the Western Empire went in parallel with the disgregation of the political and commercial structures. Already during the early 5th century, we have evidence that the Roman Elites had gone in “escape mode" – it was not just the emperor who had fled Rome to take refuge in Ravenna, patricians and warlords were on the move with troops, money, and followers to establish feudal domains for themselves where they could. And they were leaving the commoners to fend off by themselves. By the 6th century, the Roman State was gone and most of Europe was in the hands of Germanic warlords.

Stage 5 – Cultural collapse (starting in the 6th century AD). It was very slow. The advent of Christianity, during the 3rd century, had not weakened the Empire's cultural structure, it had been an evolution rather than a break with the past. The collapse of the Empire as a political and military entity didn't change things so much and for centuries people in Europe still considered themselves as Romans, not unlike the Japanese soldiers stranded in remote islands after the end of the second world war .(in Greece, people would still define themselves as "Romans" well into the 19th century). Latin, the imperial language, disappeared as a vernacular language but it was kept alive by the Catholic clergy and it became an indispensable tool that kept Europe culturally united. Latin kept a certain cultural continuity with the ancient empire that was only very gradually lost. It was only with the 18th – 19th centuries that Latin disappeared as the language of the cultural elite, to be replaced by English nowadays.

As you see, Orlov’s list has a certain logic although it needs to be adapted a little to the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. The 5 stages didn’t come one after the other, There was more than a century lapse between the 3rd-century financial collapse (stage 1) and the three subsequent stages arriving together: commercial, political, and social collapse. The 5th stage, the cultural collapse, was a drawn-out story that came later and that lasted for centuries.

How about our civilization? The 1st stage, financial collapse is clearly ongoing, although it is masked by various accounting tricks. The 2nd stage, commercial collapse, instead, hasn't started yet, nor the political collapse: the Empire still maintains a giant and threatening military force, even though its actual efficiency may be doubted. Maybe we are already seeing signs of the 3rd stage, social collapse but, if the Roman case is a guide, these three stages will arrive together.

Then, how about the last stage, cultural collapse? That's a question for a relatively far future. For a while, English will surely remain the universal language, just as Latin used to be after the fall of Rome, while people may keep thinking they still live in a globalized world (maybe it is already an illusion). With English fading, anything may happen and when (and if) a new Empire will rise on the ashes of the American Empire it will be something completely different. We can only say that the universe goes in cycles and that's, evidently, the way things have to be.

Assange’s Cat

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

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

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

The Assange arrest is a warning from history

Free Julian Assange! Stand Up for Press Freedom!

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

A Marriage of Conscience: Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

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

Calling Assange a Narcissist Misses the Point

Stop the extraordinary rendition of Julian Assange!

The Martyrdom of Julian Assange

You have the right to always remain silent!

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

Victor Laszlo : Role Model for Assange, Manning and Snowden

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

Jimmy Dore: Tucker Carlson Defends Assange. Huh?

Tulsi Defends Assange Powerfully On CNN

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

Free Julian Assange! Stand Up for Press Freedom!

How Julian Assange was entrapped

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

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

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

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

ORPHANED TRUTHS—Two antipodal voices denounce Assange’s arrest

Assange Arrested for Exposing U.S. War Crimes

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

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

PRESS RELEASE: Popular Resistance Organising Assange Protests

Free Julian Assange and All Political Prisoners

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

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

…and so on…

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

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

 

 

Victor Laszlo : Role Model for Assange, Manning and Snowden

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Victor Laszlo : Role Model for Assange, Manning and Snowden

 

This writer’s favorite film of all time, right ahead of Seven Days In May and JFK is of course Casablanca. The film had it all, from WW2 suspense to old fashioned romance… with a good dose of twists and turns. In the film Paul Henreid plays Victor Laszlo, the Czech resistance leader, who has already escaped and eluded the Gestapo a few times. Laszlo has  been tortured on more than one occasion, yet told them nothing important. He comes to Casablanca in search of a way to leave North Africa and go to the USA to continue his important work. In a powerful scene near the end of the film Laszlo and Humphrey Bogart’s lead character Richard Blaine (AKA Rick of Rick’s Cafe Americain)  discuss Laszlo’s work:

Rick:  Did you ever wonder if all of this is worth it?

Victor: You might as well question why we breathe. If we stop breathing we will die. We stop fighting our enemies and the world will die!

How many times those of us who swim against the current of popular belief have asked ourselves questions like that. How many times our close friends and loved ones may have asked us ” Hey, you’re not getting paid for what you’re doing and it’s getting you nowhere. Why not just chuck it and live a life?” The answer usually comes from deep within us. Look at the work of Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Eric Snowden. These three not only risked their entire careers but one did jail time, and all three face false charges of treason in their quest for truth and justice. When the US government, in league with their international lackeys, has committed so many war crimes and crimes against humanity, those three, like Victor Laszlo, jumped into the fray and told the truth. Remember the horrific and disgraceful Apache helicopter massacre of July, 2007? That was when gun crews were heard on tape firing on a group of unarmed Iraqi men ( with two Reuters journalists among them) as if it was some fucking video game! From ten to eighteen men were killed, and two children sitting in a car were badly wounded! Yet, the release of this film was seen by US authorities as a breach of what, national security? If Victor Laszlo had access to such information against the illegal occupiers of his country, he would have done the same thing.

I asked a few colleagues and guests of my radio show as to why they write and rally others for the cause of defying this empire:

Paul Edwards, filmmaker and columnist: I write because it’s what I can do to fight the sickening fraud, deceit and injustice and crime of my own vicious and corrupt country: America!

Peter Koenig, geopolitical analyst, lecturer and writer: Yes, we are surrounded by what some call the Devil’s Minions. … this should give us more energy to NOT LET GO! Do we have the stamina to bring sufficient conscience into the war arena to slowly turn that ship around?

Bob Koehler, Anti war and anti empire columnist : Activism isn’t about shaking your fist at the bad guys. It’s about co-creating the future. It’s participatory evolution. To the extent that I listen to my soul, I am an activist.

Edward Curtin, professor, historian and anti imperialist writer- It is the call of my conscience, a spiritual necessity. Or call it simply my human response to violence and injustice. I could not live with myself if I did not respond.

Patrice Greanville, Media & geopolitical analyst: Revulsion.  The US empire represents what organised, sociopathic selfishness—capitalism—will do on a global scale when given favorable circumstances. As a virulent plutocracy, America is and has been for a long time the worst enemy of peace, justice and democracy, and a scourge not only on humans and innumerable helpless creatures, but the lifegiving planet itself, which it sees only as a resource to endless wealth and power. All wrapped up in a monumental cocoon of hypocrisy. Minimum decency obligates us to resist.


It seems like Americans always look for leaders to speak for them in every such manner. NO, what we need here during these terrible times, are more regular folks, like those quoted above, to speak up and  speak out for themselves about the need for drastic change. Why drastic? Well, as with WW2 Europe, the forces of evil , with their lust for greed and power, are ‘ Too Big To Succeed’ and must be thwarted. Victor Laszlo , Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Eric Snowden were not schooled to become activists. They chose to!!

—PA Farruggio

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Philip A Farruggio  is contributing editor for The Greanville Post. He is also frequently posted on Global Research, Nation of Change, World News Trust and Off Guardian sites. He is the son and grandson of Brooklyn NYC longshoremen and a graduate of Brooklyn College, class of 1974. Since the 2000 election debacle Philip has written over 300 columns on the Military Industrial Empire and other facets of life in an upside down America. Philip has an internet interview show, “It’s the Empire… Stupid” with producer Chuck Gregory, and can be reached at paf1222@bellsouth.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brexit Bullshit Deja Vu All Over Again

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Europe Special Collapse Wake-Up Call Edition: Brexit & Gilet Jaunes – Send in the B.U.M.s.

 

 

Well, we had another couple of weeks of Collapse Drama with Brexit, with the totally predictable result that once again, the can has been kicked down the road, this time until Halloween, October 31st, 2019.  Personally, if they want to go with a Horror Film Theme, they should have picked Friday the 13th, which next falls in September.  I'd really like to see Jason Voorhees set loose in the House of Lords and the European Parliament.  Maybe that would motivate the surviving Pols to actually get something DONE?

Now that we have achieved another Can Kick, all newz of Brexit will disappear from the FSoA MSM until October.  What will we DO without this Horror Show hitting the front page of Google Newz every Day?  No worries, SOMEBODY in Eurotrashland is bound to pick up the slack, a leading candidate for this is the Italians.  According to Don Quijones on Wolfstreet, their banks are on the ropes…AGAIN!

Italy already boasts the largest public debt pile in Europe in nominal terms, clocking in at €2.14 trillion, as well as the second largest in relative terms after Greece’s twice bailed out economy. Rome just forecast that public debt would hit a new record high of 132.6% of GDP this year. That record is unlikely to last very long given Italy’s stagnating economy and the government’s determination to cut taxes, reduce the retirement age and introduce a citizens’ basic income.

The biggest problem with Italy’s economy is that many of its problems are chronic and deep seated. Many of them date back to the adoption of the euro, in 2000, or in the case of Rome’s massive addiction to public debt, to the 1980s. As the OECD points out, real GDP in Italy is still well below its pre-crisis peak. Italy is also the only OECD country where incomes (as measured by GDP per capita) are no higher than in 2000. By contrast, in France, Spain, the UK and Germany they have risen during the same period by 13%, 17%, 21% and 23 respectively.

The IMF now envisages Italy’s public debt ratio ratcheting up to 134.4% of GDP in 2020 to 138.5% in 2024. As the debt increases, so too will the interest payments on the debt. That is unsustainable, especially with much of that debt scheduled to fall due in the next few years. In 2019 alone, Italy has an eye-watering €250 billion of bond redemptions to fund, which is roughly the equivalent of all Eurozone bond maturities this year.

It never ceases to amaze me how all the major problems in Europe that hit the newz seem to occur sequentially.  You never get 2 of these Mega-Crises hitting simultaneously.  It's like TBTB can't Multi-Task, they can only focus on one thing at a time.  How come the crises cooperate with them though and never come in bunches?  Is there some kind of planning here going on in the shadows?  Great fodder there for Conspiracy Theorizing!

Anyhow, hope you enjoy this installment of the Brexit Clown Show, since it is likely to be the last you'll hear about it here in the FSoA until the Goblins come out in the Walmart costume aisle in October.  The Brits however are likely to be further inundated with a daily dose of crap they are already completely fed up with.  It's kind of like getting the same Tweet from Trumpovetsky over and over again for 2 years.

Tangentially, we also discussed the situation with Julian Assange and the possible extradition to the FSoA, or maybe to Sweden if they dredge up the rape charges again.  On the scale of places I would want to be extradited to though, Sweden definitely gets the nod as first choice over the FSoA.

We'll move on here on the Diner next week to the practical subject of setting yourself up for resiliency when SHTF Day arrives on the shores of the FSoA, Canada and the rest of the English Speaking countries that tend to dominate the Diner in readership.  After that, who knows?  The Collapse Landscape changes on a Daily basis these days.

Tasty, Nutritious, Versatile & CHEAP: Cajun (Dirty) Rice

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This may be my Favorite Recipe for serving up a great meal cheap on a SNAP Card Budget.  Full of Flavor and you can cook up the whole meal on a one-burner Bugout Electric Hot Plate.  It also keeps well in the fridge or a cooler, and microwaves well too without much loss of flavor or texture.  Good for a week in the cooler, and much longer if you freeze it.

There is no "fixed" set of ingredients for Dirty Rice, for the meat you use whatever you have available.  If it's Ground Beef or Ground Sausage, great and that will suit the typical Western palate these days, but you can use any meat at all for this, including but not limited to frogs, turtles snakes and alligators, or various gizzards like liver, heart,pancreas and I was recently informed by FarmGal even lungs can be made pretty tasty.  Haven't tried that myself yet though.  Also Roadkill is an option (the 2nd to last resort though).

Veggies are also mostly optional, although without the Holy Trinity of Celery, Onions & Green Bell Peppers you've drifted pretty far out from traditional Dirty Rice.  One ingredient you can't dispense with though is the rice. lol.

This vid also incorporates a discussion of best cookware types to bring along on a Bugout and a more extensive than usual accounting of costs on the meal.  Important factors as you plan for SHTF Day.  Further recipes utilizing Dirty Rice will be coming in the bye & bye as well.  Terrific for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, or even as a Midnight Munchy.

 

Don't miss tomorrow's Collapse Cafe, Brexit Bullshit Deja Vu all Over again with Jason Heppenstall

 

 

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