Collapse, you say? Part 1: Introduction

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Published on The Easiest Person to Fool on June 30, 2020

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Most of the writing I have done for this blog assumes that my readers are at the very least open to thinking about the collapse of our civilization, and more likely that they have already accepted it as probable and are interested in discussing the details of how it might happen and how to cope with it. But it is pretty clear to me that the general public, even in the midst of a global pandemic, are not ready to entertain the idea that civilization could collapse. If I bring up the idea, the response is most likely to be, "Collapse, you say? Surely not."

There are a number of reasons for that attitude, the simplest being a cognitive bias against change—the feeling that tomorrow is likely to be pretty much like today. This is aided and abetted by a lot of propaganda about how great BAU (Business as Usual) really is and the progress it promises for the future. Indeed, we are told that there simply isn't any better […] Continue Reading…

Bike Path Blues

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Published on The Doomstead Diner  July 5, 2020

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This episode of the Collapse Cafe began as a rant on Infrastructure, but I strayed pretty far amd wide in it in just 10 minutes of time!  lol.  You get to experience with me somewhat of what it's like to ride a Cripple Cart on a torn up Bike Path, although you do not get to experience the pain involved.  lol.  That is your good fortune here.  For me, it took 2 days and a truckload of booze to recover from that shopping trip!

Anyhow, it's a short one so I won't bother with writing a synopsis.  If you watch it, great.  If not, you missed out.  It's pretty funny, IMHO. 🙂

Electrical Resilience

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Published on The Doomstead Diner  June 28, 2020

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This is a LOOOONNNG one folks.  I suggest watching/listening in short segmnts over the course of the week.  It is also not strictly about electricity.  Many other Collapse Topics were chewed on by the Diner Kollapsniks during this discussion.

Racism in Collapse

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Published on The Doomstead Diner  June 20, 2020

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Currently keeping pace as the top story in the news cycle with Coronavirus. From CHAZ to CHOP to BLM to Statue Toppling and of course George Floyd, anger over the racial divide has gone Global in all the Colonial Powers of the Western States. In today's video we disuss these issues and how things may progress as we move further down the Collapse Highway.

CHAZ in Seattle

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Published on The Doomstead Diner  June 17, 2020

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A Geezer Crosses the Bar

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Originally published on the Doomstead Diner on June 14, 2020

“Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For though from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.”

 ― Alfred, Lord Tennyson  

"Crossing the bar" is a nautical metaphor Tennyson uses to compare death with crossing the "sandbar" between the river of life and the ocean beyond (death), the "boundless deep", to which we return. My friend Joe has crossed the bar.

When you retire, lunch is one of the few ways an old man has any chance for a social life. Thus it was with a small circle of my local friends. Every 4 to 6 weeks, several of us would gather for a "geezers' lunch." My friend Joe would generally facilitate the gathering, making the phone calls and wrangling the troops. He was the straw that stirred the drink. 

We geriatrics would toddle into some local pissoir for seafood, a couple of beers and some spirited conversation. Attendance would vary, but centered around four people: Al, a writer, poet and local gadfly, and publisher […] Continue Reading…

Surfing the Waves of Coronavirus

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Published on The Doomstead Diner  June 12, 2020

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This is an unplanned discussion that came after we finished recording our main topic for discussion, but since this question of whether we are experiencing a 2nd Wave of Coronavirus came up during the day yesterday Inside the Diner, I clipped it off the video to post today for discussion.

In the MSM you're hearing the term "2nd Wave" being used to characterize the spike in COVID-19 cases in many states around the country that have begun opening their economies back up and relaxing rules on social distancing. Is this REALLY a 2nd Wave yet?

Only Trolls Tweet After Midnight

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You go through life immersed in a common culture and you gain a common understanding of things. Russia kicked Germany's ass in WWII. Germany would have lost the war even without American Help. Yet the land I grew up in was an America which took full credit for the entire operation.

Later in life if you are a certain kind of person you learn the truth that what everybody thinks to be true of some things are often myths. Sometimes outright lies but if you are able to maintain balance and accept uncomfortable truths; reality can reveal its truths to you.

If you are another kind of person you cultivate a wall of ignorance which keeps you safe. Truths which challenge the comfortable environment you are familiar with you reject. Sometime with the same kind of skill which put man on the moon.

As I type this Trump is playing in another screen window on my computer. Trump is in Texas and has crashed a law and order conference or something. Don't know and I don't care. Instead I concentrate on Trumps insults and his […] Continue Reading…

Epidemiological Models: A Simple Explanation of How they Work

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There is a certain logic in the way the universe works and so it is not surprising that the same models can describe phenomena that seem to be completely different. Here, I'll show you how the same equations describe chain reactions that govern such different phenomena as the spread of an epidemic, the cycle of extraction of crude oil, and even the nuclear reaction that creates atomic explosions. All these phenomena depend on the efficiency of energy transfer, the parameter that's known in energy studies as EROI (energy return on energy invested), related to the "transmission factor" (R) of epidemiological models. Above, a classic clip from Walt Disney's 1957 movie, "Our friend, the atom." 

 

You may be surprised to discover that epidemiological models share the same basic core of peak oil models. And it is not just about peak oil, the same models are used to describe chemical reactions, resource depletion, the fishing industry, the diffusion of memes on the Web, and even the nuclear chain reaction that leads to […] Continue Reading…

Brutal Cops, Brutal Country

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Originally published on the Doomstead Diner on June 7, 2020

“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

My family tree is replete with police and firemen. My great uncle was a cop. My cousins are cops. Likewise my wife's family is full of police and firemen. I suspect it's that way for most\ people; police work is so ubiquitous that most working class families have cops dangling somewhere from the family tree. So I bring to a discussion of police and police work no agenda other than that of a taxpayer, a citizen, and a pasty white man comfortable enough to be concerned for social justice, at least before cocktail time.

So it's with sadness that I beheld the events of the week and conclude that police departments in this country need a giant enema. What happened to George Floyd was bad enough; what happened to an 75-year man in Buffalo is quite another.

Video of two Buffalo, New York police officers pushing an elderly man to the ground quickly went viral late Thursday night, drawing widespread criticism. The mayor of Buffalo, Byron W. Brown, tweeted a statement […] Continue Reading…

Food in Collapse 2: Cooking, Cheesemaking & Fermentation

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Published on The Doomstead Diner  June 7, 2020

 

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And a whole lot more than that too! 🙂  When Irv & I get together on the topic of FOOD, we both have a severe case of Diahreah of the Mouth.  lol.  I actually edited this one down to get it to 1:30 hours. 🙂  I was going to chop it into parts to make it a little less time consuming and intimidating, but ya know I have so many videos and topics in the planning stages I just didn't want to get backed up on them.  So you get the whole thing in one healthy dose, like a Bloody Mary with 3 shots of Stolichnaya, 🙂  I suggest in this case to view it in parts over the course of the week, or downlod the .MP3 Audio and listen while you commute to work or are outside Gardening […] Continue Reading…

Responding to Collapse, Part 17—Shortages of Money, Part 2

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A high water level, wind, big waves and temperatures below freezing
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I am writing this in late March of 2020 and it seems that hardly anyone else is writing anything that doesn't focus on the COVID-19 pandemic. A few posts back I said that shortages of electrical power, diesel fuel and money will be at the heart of the troubles that lie ahead for small remote communities as collapse progresses. I am interested in that sort of community because that is where I am recommending that you take refuge in order to ride out collapse, and where I have already taken refuge myself. I've covered electrical power and diesel fuel, and in my last post I covered the sort of money shortages that occur when you have money on deposit at the bank, or credit prearranged with them, but can't access it due to problems with the banking system.

Today, tempting as it is to talk at length about the pandemic, I'll be talking about […] Continue Reading…

It Can’t Happen Here

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Originally published on the Doomstead Diner on June 2, 2020

"I swear to the Lord, I still can't see, why Democracy means, everybody but me." –Langston Hughes 

I'm old enough to remember when White America was outraged– OUTRAGED, I say– when H. Rap Brown offered America the simple truth that "Violence is an American as cherry pie" in July of 1967 at a press conference in Washington, D.C. That was long before the Chicago police and the FBI murdered a sleeping Fred Hampton in December of 1969.

I'm old enough to remember WMD. Remember those?  "Yellowcake," the excuse for a Republican administration lying us into the wrong war, with Fox News and Hate Radio accusing those opposed of treason. Remember The Great Recession?  Presided over by a Republican president who having pissed away the Clinton budget surplus on tax cuts (and more tax cuts) for a war based on lies?  The effects of which then exacerbated by Republicans in Congress determined to sabotage whatever Obama might have tried to ease the suffering of millions?

Memory: the liberal superpower. But the long history of this country is written in blood, built on the bones of the indigenous, the slave, the immigrant laborer, and other "conditional […] Continue Reading…

Community Gardens. Permaculture & Food Distribution during the Coronavirus Catastrophe

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Published on The Doomstead Diner  May 31, 2020

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     In this week's Collapse Cafe, I got together again with Irv Mills to dicuss another favorite topic among Kollapsniks, FOOD!  This topic becomes especially important during the Coronavirus Pandemic since it gave the general population a taste of what the disruption of JIT shipping can do their food supply, which many people grow up believing grows on the grocery store shelves each night after closing.  lol.  Irv is the Coordinator of his local Community Garden in Kincardine, Ontario and grew up on a rural family owned farm a bit inland from where he lives now on the shores of the Great Lake they call Huron.

The conversation ranges from the Garden and the Coronavirus Pandemic to Food Distribution, Commercial Monoculture Agriculture & Permaculture farming, where Irv has a few differences with a segment of the Permaculture community.

Hope you enjoy this discussion, since there is much more on the Food topic to come from Irv & me.  He's as obsessed with […] Continue Reading…

Doomstead Diner Solstice Fundraising

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Published on The Doomstead Diner  May 29, 2020

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

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

The Diner doesn't take ads, we don't have a Paywall & there are no annoying Pop-Ups.  This website is also a wholly owned subsidiary of the 501c3 Non-Profit Sustaining Universal Needs Foundation, chartered in South Carolina.  If you have a Deep Pocket and are of a mind to donate $1000 or more, you can do it through the SUN☼ Foundation website.  It's TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

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

Ontario Hydroelectric & Nuclear Power

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Published on The Doomstead Diner  May 24, 2020

 

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

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

 

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

Herd Immunity For Thee, Daily Tests For Me

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Originally published on the Doomstead Diner on May 19, 2020

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

 ― Jay Rosen  

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

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

Coronavirus Round Table IV – The 2nd Inning

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Published on The Doomstead Diner  May 17, 2020

 

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

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

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

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

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

Your local Infrastructure: Who’s gonna fix it?

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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