Eat it Raw

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Published on the Doomstead Diner on December 17, 2017

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As regular readers of the Diner know, I have numerous health issues stemming from my spinal injury.  Among these issues for me is an almost total loss of appetite and difficulty eating more than just a few bites of food at any time.  Also a reduced ability to actually taste the food I eat. I was thrilled down in Seattle when I actually managed to eat about 3/4s of a Tuna Sandwich at the Museum of Flight.  It was a very good Tuna Sandwich too, consistency wise.  For someone who was as big a Foody as I was, this is perhaps the most depressing aspect of my injury, even worse than the issues with walking.  The only upside to it is I am not getting fat despite my lack of exercise, in fact I am steadily losing weight.

At home in order to get some nutrition down my pie hole, I have experimented with numerous gimmicks and enthusiasms of various foods I can tolerate eating a little at a time.  For a while it was Soups.  […] Continue Reading…

Winter Solstice 2017 – Cycles

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Published on the Question Everything on December 21, 2017

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The occasion of the Winter Solstice has me thinking about a major fundamental aspect of all system processes. They all involve cycles (which include quasi-cycles or quasiperiodicity, hypercycles, and other variations on the theme of cyclic or almost cyclic behavior). In nature as well as human-designed systems cycling between multiple states is the rule without exceptions. Mountains are built up only to be weathered away into sand that then turns eventually into sedimentary rock in preparation for the next round of mountain building. Living organisms are propagated, develop, reproduce, go into senescence and die. Economies emerge, grow, develop, run out of adequate resources, and collapse. Out of the left-overs of prior societies, new ones emerge, generally because of newer technologies that allow extraction of previously unexploited resources. And the cycle starts over. Most cyclic behaviors in nature are non-periodic, not like a sinusoidal. But the systems pass through states that resemble one another again and again. Another kind of cycle that is often found in systems where energy is […] Continue Reading…

Shades of 1928

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Published on the Economic Undertow on December 7, 2017

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Led by these mighty knights of the automobile industry,
the steel industry, the radio industry… and finally joined
in despair, by many professional traders who, after much
sack-cloth and ashes, had caught the vision of progress,
the Coolidge market had gone forward like the phalanxes of Cyrus,
parasang upon parasang and again parasang upon parasang …

 

 

 

 

— Prof. Amos Dice, from ‘The Great Crash’ John Kenneth Galbraith

 

 

 

Since 2009, Americans have been privileged to participate’ in one of the great Wall Street bull runs in history. It is the longest other than the rally from October, 1990 until March of 2000. There have been other great runs; none quite so bizarre as ours considering the economy of much of the world is coming apart at the seams. Credit the banks and their ability to make magic, to lend enormously into the void, to deny reality.

Figure 1: Dow bull markets compared, Notice the little green line that goes up and down precipitously – the Roaring Twenties: (Schaeffers Research).

Bull markets are both psalms and proverbs of the progress narrative; they are […] Continue Reading…

Luggage: Packing for Collapse

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Published on the Doomstead Diner on December 17, 2017

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A Baggage Planning Guide for Kollapsniks

You may be wondering what Luggage has to do with Collapse and why I am writing this article for the Doomstead Diner?

If you have been following the stories of the last week in Sunny Incendiary California, you have no doubt been treated to many stories of people who escaped "just with the clothes on their backs".  Others with a bit more warning packed some things at the last minute, but it was relatively willy nilly, whatever was around to grab.  A few relatively intelligent people had their carz pre-packed and ready to go, but that was only AFTER the Ventura fire really got rolling.  Just about everyone was taken by surprise when Ventura ballooned up from 50 acres to 50,000 acres in a matter of hours.

Your Luggage, that which you can carry with you by hand if necessary, constitutes your FINAL BUGOUT set.  I have written about this before in the Bugout Bags series, here I'm going to expand on this and go into a little more detail […] Continue Reading…

Trip to Club Morphine

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Originally published on the Doomstead Diner on Dec.9,, 2017

“They tried to make me go to rehab
I said, no, no, no.”

 ― Amy Winehouse  

RE wanted me to blog about some of my recent adventures, which had taken me away from the community of saints in the Diner Forum and set me adrift in the archipelagos of modern medical technology.

Since I once went to Famous Journalism School, I'll not bury the lede: on Thursday, December 1, I had spinal fusion surgery. It is as extreme a procedure as it sounds: a six hour surgery In which one person known to me and a roomful of otherwise strangers open my back for the purposes of relieving the stress on a woefully-pinched spinal cord, and then leave in place a structure designed to relieve the stress permanently. Such surgery comes, of course, with all the risks attendant to spinal surgery as well as prolonged anesthesia.

Not a walk in the park.

This event had been some years in coming. In 2003, I fell down my own stairs while carrying a child, rolled over my ankle and broke it very badly. Repair required surgery.  And then, since I put too much weight on the […] Continue Reading…

Collapse Step by Step, Part 8 — The Bumpy Road Down, Part 1

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Published on The Easiest Person to Fool on November 26, 2017

 

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The term “bumpy road down” refers to the cyclic pattern of crash and partial recovery that I believe will characterize the rest of the age of scarcity and make for a slow step by step collapse, rather than a single hard and fast crash. Indeed, that is where the "step-by-step" in the title of this series of posts comes from. And yes, many of the individual steps down will happen quite quickly and seem quite harsh. But it will likely take many steps and many decades before we can say collapse is essentially complete, and between those steps down there will (in many areas) be long periods when things are stable or even actually improving somewhat.

The fast collapse is a favourite trope of collapse fiction and makes for some exciting stories, in which stalwart heroes defend their group from hungry hordes and evil strong men. And if the story happens in the U.S. the characters get to do their best to stop a […] Continue Reading…

Death From Above

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Published on the Doomstead Diner on December 10, 2017

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On a strictly Tourista Level, the Highlight of my Great Tombstone Adventure down to Seattle was the excursion K-Dog and I took to the Boeing Museum of Flight, which is a HUGE facility just loaded wih cool historical aircraft of various kinds.  Airplanes are not small things, particularly the modern jets and bombers, so this place takes up acres of space.  Given my limited ability to walk even a few feet without sitting down to rest, touring this museum without the assistance of an EV powered Cripple Cart was out of the question.

Unlike Walmart or Safeway which kindly provide Cripple Carts for the crippled and overweight shoppers,  Boeing does NOT provide these marvelous devices for the touristas who come and pay $23 a pop for the opportunity to view up close and personal these behemoths of the air, possibly the greatest monument to the Age of Oil that exists.  There is no single symbol more impressive than the Jets and the Rockets produced over the last half of the Industrial Age […] Continue Reading…

My Truckin’ Truck Life

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Published on The Doomstead Diner December 7, 2017

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 I have a very distinct memory of being 8 years old and going with my father in his truck for the first time.  It had probably been somewhere between 6 months and a year since I had last seen him.  I saw him once or twice a year when I was a little child, and that was for many reasons, but the divorce of my mother and father at 4 years of age had a lot to do with it.  Like most of our stories it's complicated and nuanced. 
   
        In my memory I'm 8 years old, and I've got on a matching green sweatpants and sweatshirt ensamble, and my father is calling me “grasshopper” as I'm climbing up into his Semi truck, and he's laughing and smiling.  The feeling associated with this is one of fulfillment, contentment, and complete joy.  I've got a lot of memories from these visits.  I would go with him for a week or so at a time, and I would ride all over the country […] Continue Reading…

A Collapse Blogger’s Search For the Most Collapse-Proof Blogging Platform

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Published on From Filmers to Farmers on October 24th, 2017

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Desperate times call for desperate measures (Jeb Bush photo by Michael Vadon)

With just seven days left before this blog moves away from The World's Worst Blogging Platform™ I created and over to an actual blogging platform, I will nonetheless point out that I've been rather content for the past three years or so with this "platform" of mine, and not once have I been jealous or envious of the actual platforms used by the blogs I myself read.

Because while shortly after starting up this hand-coded blog of mine, in late-2014 I did actually take a look at the back-ends of several platforms out there to see what I might add to mine, but the more I delved into them the more I realized I had no interest in them in the slightest. That all changed however in October of 2016 when author John Michael Greer announced on The Archdruid Report his desire to move away from his current blogging platform and that he was open to suggestions. I in […] Continue Reading…

The Great Tombstone Adventure

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Published on the Doomstead Diner on December 3, 2017

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Day 1:

 

The Adventure Begins…

I am off in about 6 hours from now on the Great Tombstone Adventure down to Seattle-Tacoma, to meet with my Pro Stone Cutters and also to spend some time over Thanksgiving with K-Dog.

The last couple of days have been pretty hectic (for me), getting my final packing done and also getting the Digs cleaned up some so in case there is an unannounced Home Invasion next week while I am away the management will not be unhappy with the state of things.  I didn't mess it up too bad from the last time I brought in the Pro Cleaners, about 6 months ago I think.  I got the bathroom tub and toilet all scrubbed out with Ajax and all the dishes are done and the sinks clean and empty and all kitchen counters scrubbed down.  It's not a perfectly organized typical dwelling of course since it is mainly stacked with boxes of Preps and not Furniture, but IMHO it doesn't look too […] Continue Reading…

Are you ready for a new round of mass exterminations?

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Published on Cassandra's Legacy on November 12, 2017

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The great “pulse” of mass exterminations that occurred during the 20th century (graph created by Rummel). According to this chart, 262 million people were exterminated during the last century, mainly by governments in a series of actions that Rummel defines as “democides”. The question is, could something similar occur in the future? It turns out that mass exterminations are like earthquakes, their occurrence cannot be predicted exactly; but we can estimate the probability of an event of a certain size to occur. And the more time passes, the more likely a new pulse of mass exterminations becomes.

 

In this sobering exclusive analysis for INSURGE, Professor Ugo Bardi dissects historical statistics on war to unpick the patterns of violence of the past and uncover what this says about the present — and our coming future. He warns that statistical data suggests we are on the brink of heading into another round of major wars resulting, potentially, in mass deaths on a scale that could rival what we have seen in the early 20th […] Continue Reading…

Scenes from Seattle

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Published on the Doomstead Diner on November 26, 2017

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My Adventure down to the Lower 48 is just about over (I jet set back to the Last Great Frontier on Monday Morning), and overall it has been a very successful trip, although not without glitches.  The weather was not exactly cooperative for one thing.  On my previous trips to Seattle I have lucked out and had really nice weather.  Not so this time; in more typical Seattle fashion it rained about every day at least part of the day.  Usually the part of the day I had something planned to do outside.

I'll have a more complete travelog next week after I return to the Last Great Frontier and have more time (and energy!) to write.  I have been absolutely POOPED every evening returning to the hotel the last 3 days.  My stamina ain't what it used to be.  For today, just a pictorial essay of scenes from this Adventure.

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Holistic Resilience

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Published on 22 Billion Energy Slaves on November 12,  2017

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I’ve been thinking about resilience lately, and what that word means to people. According to my Concise Oxford Dictionary, the word resilient is defined as:

 

 

 

 

1. (of an object) Able to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching or compressing 2. (of a person or animal) able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.

 

As our supply of cheap, concentrated fossil fuels stutters and dwindles, and the industrial age that has ridden on its back for so long enters its twilight years, it is a certainly that most of us will find ourselves experiencing great change. Despite all the bluster and inflated claims of a new ‘green’ era in which people will be able to continue their high consumption lifestyles and enjoy all the benefits accorded by globalised supply chains, the facts — as I’ve been researching and writing about for the past eight years — simply don’t stand up to any meaningful analysis of this possibility.

 

A minority of critically thinking people have accepted this and recognised the likelihood that […] Continue Reading…

Keeping Up Appearances

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Published on the Economic Undertow on October 18, 2017

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As the US stock market reaches new all-time highs day after day after day, people ask, “When is your decline going to start? You promised!”

They are gracious, they leave out the, “you fucking idiot!” part.

When indeed is the ‘Big One’? Prognosticators announce impending catastrophe and it never happens. Prophets of doom are pilloried … the deflationary collapse never takes place. Instead there are the Pollyannas: “The good times are here, forever. You lost! Get over it!”

The overabundance of good times is certainly why every year thousands of ordinary suburbanites are overdosing on heroin: they obviously can’t stand all the winning! It turns out too much of a good (any)thing is toxic; more success and half the people in the country will be shooting Narcan into the other half. Meanwhile, ‘Brand X’ prognosticators are accused of crying wolf too often. Good grief! The wolf-criers are necessary because they create the ‘Wall of Worry’ that all bull markets must climb in order to reach new highs. Here is irony at work: we are murdering […] Continue Reading…

Blast from the Past: Meet the Diner Admins

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Published on the Doomstead Diner on November 12, 2017

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It has been a really bizzy last month for me, with several big projects in the works.  This week particularly bizzy since I am prepping up for a jet setting trip down to the Lower 48 and  burning some Jet Fuel to visit over the Thanksgiving holiday with friends, as well as meet with the Stone Cutters who I contracted with to do my Tombstone, which is a totally Custom Job.  Finding people who would take on this job was not EZ, believe you me!  I will have more on the Tombstone once we have everything nailed down, and at least have the stones ordered up.  It will take a while to be finished, probably 4-6 months.  I hope to stay alive long enough to see the IRL rendition of the copious number of 3D drawings I have made to get it explained to the Cutters.  These guys are CHAMPION CUTTERS!

…at least they appear to be so from all the conversations and exchanges I have had with […] Continue Reading…

This Hand-Coded Collapse Blog – Built with Open Source Software and on The World’s Worst Blogging Platform™ – is Being Shut Down

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Published on From Filmers to Farmers on October 17th, 2017

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Are you a From Filmers to Farmers reader? Everybody's been doin' it!

So as stated at the beginning of my previous post, yes, I've decided to shut down this hand-coded From Filmers to Farmers blog of mine. I'm guessing you've never heard of the term "hand-coded blog" before (as opposed to just "blog") and might not even know what it means. If that's the case then you're about to find out what exactly it is that it means, because it's via hand-coding that I inadvertently ended up starting this haphazard blog in the first place.

For starters, and having a thoroughly incomplete 190,000+ word manuscript called From Filmers to Farmers: From Couch Potatoes to Potato Cultivators collecting dust on the shelf for about four years now, it was back in 2014 (as I came off of my 5-year hiatus from the Internet) that I decided to purchase the fromfilmerstofarmers.com domain for unknown future considerations, and/or to just ward of an enterprising individual from somehow overhearing the title of my manuscript, snatching […] Continue Reading…

Symbolizing Life & Death

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Published on The Doomstead Diner November 5, 2017

 

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When I began first reading, then commenting and then blogging and ranting on the subjects of Collapse in 2007, the main topics of conversation across the collapse blogosphere were on Energy & Resource depletion (specifically Peak Oil) and Economics (specifically the Financial Crisis which began with the collapse of the investment banks Bear Stearns & Lehman Brothers).  The second of those two topics was what got me interested in questions of collapse, its causes and what the potential outcomes might be.

At the time, there wasn't a whole lot of debate about either Climate Change or Extinction on the sites concerned with Collapse, it was Energy and Economics ideas being batted around.   As I recall on the Peak Oil Forum there was one commenter who brought the topics up fairly regularly, but he was in an extreme minority.  Since my main interest is in the economic end of the collapse, I was quite happy in this environment of discussion, although granted I still got in plenty of heated arguments!  Not to mention getting banned from […] Continue Reading…

Boldly Through the Darkness

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Published on Pray for Calamity on October 9, 2017

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I wake to rain. Hard rain falling on the steel roof of our cabin, a torrent surrounding us, not pitter-pattering but rushing through the tree canopy and over our heads with a roar. Dawn is not yet broken, and in the dull gray I hear the rain and am satisfied. I fall back into sleep.

In the late morning I walk with my daughter to the front of our land. Rain still, and we in our slickers carry the day’s compost load and a small cloth bag which I use to collect eggs. My daughter trails several feet behind me, slowed as the umbrella she insisted on carrying blocks her view.

Through the gate into the chicken paddock, a maybe six thousand square foot piece of land at the forest’s edge. Behind the chicken house a blue open topped barrel catches rainwater, and as I approach it, I hope it has at least filled to the halfway point. The days and weeks have been dry of late, rains sparse, just enough to keep the well-mulched […] Continue Reading…

The Diner Atavachron

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Published on The Doomstead Diner October 29, 2017

 

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I first became obsessed with preserving my intellectual material a few years ago when we had a major crash of the Diner, which took over a week to finally resolve.  At the time, most of what I had written was only on the Diner server and in the WP and SMF Databases, I didn't take copies of the stuff as I wrote it.  I generally write first draft, stream of consciousness with no edits.  MILLIONS OF WORDS documenting the Collapse of Industrial Civilization just GONE, All GONE!  Fortunately, my Code Jockey friend Harry was able to retrieve pretty much all the material, and the Diner went back into normal operational mode.  However, in the intervening week, I went through a period of complete heartbreak, although I tried to deny it to console myself.  "It's all just Dust in the Wind" I kept repeating as a Mantra as I shuffled my crippled self around my digs, making my little circle from the bed to the bathroom to the computer to the porch, rinse and repeat […] Continue Reading…

Will Sexist, Racist Robots and their Progressive Coders Oppress James Damore and the Rest of us White Males Even Further?

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Published on From Filmers to Farmers on October 13th, 2017

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Don't look now James, but that's not just a monkey on your back!
(unadulterated photo via James Damore's Twitter profile picture)

Due to my preoccupation with that excruciatingly long third Svalbard post I put up a couple of weeks ago I'm a bit late to the Google / James Damore ordeal, perhaps a bit of a blessing in disguise for Damore since this may very well be construed as giving him the luxury of a sixteenth minute of fame. If you missed all the hubbub, Damore's the guy that got fired from Google back in August for voicing his thoughts on why there are fewer women employed in tech industries than men. Selling himself as a brave truth teller, Damore followed up his dismissal from Google with an opinion piece that appeared in the Wall Street Journal in which he stated that

Echo chambers maintain themselves by creating a shared spirit and keeping discussion confined within certain limits. As Noam Chomsky once observed, "The smart way to keep people passive and obedient […] Continue Reading…

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Simplifying the Final Countdown

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Bond Market Collapse and the Banning of Cash

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Do Central Bankers Recognize there is NO GROWTH?

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Singularity of the Dollar

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Kurrency Kollapse: To Print or Not To Print?

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SWISSIE CAPITULATION!

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Of Heat Sinks & Debt Sinks: A Thermodynamic View of Money

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Merry Doomy Christmas

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Peak Customers: The Final Liquidation Sale

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