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The Bicycle Option

RE-BM-Front2In the prior articles on Bugout Bags, I discussed the choices of bags that are reasonable in terms of volume and weight you might be able to handle on a basically pedestrian foot level, utilizing the public transportation means of boats, buses, trains and planes to GTFO of Dodge when TSHTF in your neighborhood, to a hopefully better nabe to set up shop and survive and thrive a bit longer inside industrial society, or at its margins.  The analysis assumes you no longer have access to a "bugout machine", aka an SUV or even perhaps an RV in which to make your escape from oncoming collapse in your neighborhood.  Having any kind of motorized vehicle and acees to the fuel necessary to run it vastly multiplies the amount of Preps you can carry, you have 22 Billion Energy Slaves at your disposal there to help yank the shit around to wherever you wish to go, assuming of course there are negotiable roads to the destination, no roadblocks and borders you can cross with the vehicle.

In the pedestrian version of such a bugout, for the most part you are limited to about 3 bags if you expect to be on the road for any length of time, although if the bugout is short and has a defined destination, you can probably up that to 5 bags.  You have a weight limitation as well, which may vary some by idnividual depending on your size and what kind of physical condition you are in, but is overall circumscribed by limitations the bags themselves have, as well as limitations that airlines have if you will be including any air travel in the bugout.  Overall, a weight limit of around 150 lbs is the most reasonable, although you might push it to 200 in well defined short bugout scenarios.

RE-EwzBicycles provide an intermediary between the pedestrian based bugout and one utilizing the power of an Internal Combustion Engine (or electric motor if you have an EV).  Here you get the benefit of having 22 Billion Energy Slaves to help you haul around all your preps, so you can vastly increase what it is possible to carry with you on a Bugout.  The disadvantage of course is that you are dependent on the availability of gas and you can't take the car with you on an airplane if you want to get somewhere really far away from where you are at and TSHTF.

The bicycle eliminates those disadvantages for a car, while at the same time giving you increased range and speed for your self-propelled bugout.  As a pedestrian, to walk 5-10 miles isgoing to take you a few hours, on a bicycle you can over the same territory in under an hour.  You also never have to worry about running out of gas, and traffic problems are for the most part resolved as well.  For the fast bugout situation like Katrina where everyone is trying to GTFO of Dodge at the same time, while all the Carz drivers are sitting at a dead stop or in 5mph bumper to bumper traffic, you can be cruising along the shoulder at 10-15 mph, with no worries about whether the next gas station up the road has any gas left.

Bikes also provide the advantage that unlike a car, you can take them on and use them in conjunction with public transportation.  When I moved out to Missori back in the 90s, it came right after my car was stolen and I took the bike on the airplane with me, in checked baggage.  You have to box it up and check it, which is going to cost you extra money, but you can bring it along for the ride.  In NY Shity back in my youth, you could bring your bike on the Subway, and then the Long Island Railroad also offered a Bike Pass which allowed you to bring your bike on the trains, as long as it was not during Rush Hour.  So on the weekend if I wanted to go to Fire Island, I could ride down to the Jamaica Station hub, get on a South Shore light rail train with my bike for 50 miles, then get off and ride another 5 miles to the beach!

Another advantage for bikes is for the City Dweller who may not have access to good parking, or the money to afford a car anyhow.  You can keep a bike and all your preps in even the smallest apartment, hang your bike on hooks on the wall and keep all your bugout bags ready in the front closet for a fast bugout.  All your valuable preps are kept safe (at least as safe as any apartment is from burglary anyhow) and you have immediate access to them in an emergency bugout scenario.

What about disadvantages?  There are a few.  Because you need to pack your preps in smaller bags that distribute around the bike and on a bike trailer, this places some limitations on what you might pack and carry.  Weight is also an issue.  The bike has it's own weight that you are hauling around with all the preps, and even if well geared with a 21 speed drive train, trying to bike up even a medium size hill fully loaded up with 150 lbs of preps is going to be difficult.  Similarly, going down any long incline with that much weight is going to put a lot of strain on the brakes, so you better have good ones.  Then you have the issue of mechancal failures.  While there isn't a whole lot that can go wrong with your feet or a wheely bag, bikes have chains and cables that can break and of course tires that can go flat.  While you can carry around some stuff for on the road repairs, if you try to carry too much in the way of spares and tools to fix things, you are going to be adding still more weight and bulk.  So you are going to be dependent on finding still operating bike shops if you rin into a real mechanical problem.  On the upside here, if you figure your Bugout is basically a one shot deal and your bike is in well maintained condition at the start, your major breakdown likelihood is low.  A couple of extra inner tubes, patching kit and maybe an extra chain is going to be enough to keep you moving under most circumstances.

The final disadvantage is the theft problem.  While you might lock up the bike to a pole or bike rack of some type while you drop in a store to do some shopping or use the bathroom, all those bags are EZ targets for thieves.  So if you are traveling solo, once you get out on the road with your full setup engaged and packed, you pretty much have to stay with the bike and gear 24/7 until you arrive at a destination where you can unload it and safely stow all the gear and lock up the bike and trailer.  You'll be able to do this in a motel room, or you might lease a storage unit for a month if you expect to be in a location for a while doing some job hunting.  You are much better off if traveling this way in pairs or in small groups, because then one person can be left guarding the bikes and preps while others go use the public bathrooms or do some shopping.

OK, now that we have looked at some of the advantages and disadvantages of the BBB, what kind of bags do we need and how do we distribute the preps?  Also of course, what kind of bike do we want here for this purpose?

Beginning with the bike itself, most often bikers who do bike camping over paved roads select lightweight bikes with fairly thin wheels, not quite racing bikes but much thinner than the wheels on an off road bike.  For the bugout bike, you probably want to choose something intermediate here, a tire that is wide enough and robust enough to handle a dirt road, but not so wide as for use on off road trails.  You're not going to be able to pull a full load of preps on an off road trail with the bike anyhow.  When you get to that point in a Wilderness style bugout, you're going to have to shift to humping it in mostly on foot.

Weight and price are another issue.  The lighter the bike, the more it costs, so you have to look at your own budget on this one.  Consider also that since you are going to be loading up the bike with a lot of preps, it's not going to make that much difference to the total weight if the bike weighs 25 lbs or 35 lbs, and the 35 lb bike will come in a LOT cheaper.  Its the difference between spending a few hundred for a bike or a few thousand.

Then there is the hardware the bike comes with, the shifting apparatus and the brakes mainly.  The more gears a bike has, the more sensitive the shifting apparatus is, so for a robust system you would want fewer gears (like my old 10-speed), but for greater ability to negotiate hills, a 21 speed would be better.  You have to decide where the best balance is on that for yourself, and there are of course a wide variety of choices of manufacturers for these things at the moment, with a huge variation ien quality.  Go to bike websites to review what is out there to make an informed decision on this.

For a bike that is hauling a lot of weight, as I indicated above brakes are extremely important.  Most bikes have the typical rubber caliper brakes that grip the wheel itself, but for a bugout bike hauling a lot of gear I would recommend metal Disc Brakes front and rear that are miniaturized versions of motorcycle disc brakes.  They have the issue of added complexity and they are more expensive, but you'll want that stopping power on any decent size hill you have to descend with a full load.

Once you have your bike, you should get to know it well and be able to do most common repairs yourself.  So practice taking the wheels and chain off and on, tuning the gears and and brakes, fixing a flat etc.  You don't want your first trial with this to come while you are on your bugout!

Now that you have chosen your bike, you need to pick your bags and distribute out your preps accross the bags that are attached to the bike, as well as those that are on a bike trailer if you really want to maximize your prep cargo capacity for the BBB.  At the top of the page you see a fairly typical example of a well loaded and distributed touring bike with front and rear pannier bags.  These specially designed bags just for bikes are the ideal, but they are also relatively expensive as bags go for the size range you are looking at here.  For instance, the rear pannier set pictured at the right goes for $240.  You can get basically the same volume with the same material by picking up a couple of school size backpacks at Walmart for $25 each, even less sometimes.  With a few carabiners and some bungee cord, you can strap them on the rack just as well as the custom pannier bags.  To really make it secure you can sew on some additional velcro attachement points to the rear carrier and customize how you like.  Instead of spending upwards of $1000 for your bag arrangement for the bike, youcan cut the cost to 1/2 that or less, leaving over a lot of FRNs from your bugout budget for buying more good preps to stuff in those bags.

In terms of weight, if each of your front panniers has 15 lbs in it and each of the rear ones has 25, you are already up to 80 lbs of gear, more than half way to your limit of 150 lbs.  On top of the rear carrier you can ad bulky items like a sleeping bag, tarps and tent, say another 20 lbs and you are now at 100 lbs on the bike itself.

To really max out here, you add a bike trailer.  I like the Maya single wheel trailer for its narrow profile and the fact it can be converted to a hand pushed or pulled wheelbarrow.

 

It's rated to carry up to 66 lbs (although I think it would carry more) and weighs about 13 lbs for a total now on the bike of 166 lbs of cargo, and around 45 lbs for the bike and trailer, putting you well over the 150 limit so you would not want to stack all these bags to the max, unless you are Lance Armstrong with an extra dose of steroids.  LOL.

All the preps listed for the pedestrian bugout bags will fit in the BBB setup.  For air travel, you will have issues of course in terms of number of bags and the cost involved, by the time you pack up the bike and trailer and then all the ancillary bags, it will probably cost you as much or more than the original plane ticket to drop all of this stuff in the baggage compartment of the airplane.  It might be worth it though for a one time bugout.

Insofar as using trains, whether it is Amtrak her in the FSoA or the Interrail in Europe, most of this will have to go in the baggage compartment, unlike the pedestrian setup you can't throw it on the train in the passenger compartment.  You may or may not be able to fit the bike and trailer into the baggage compartment of an inter-city Greyhound style bus, you almost certainly will not be able to bring the arrangement onto a typical commuter bus, which can be managed with the pedestrian bugout bag arrangement.

So which is better, Pedestrian or Bike for the Personal Carry Bugout?  There is no definitive answer to that, because they both have advantages and disadvantages.  Pedestrian is cheaper and more flexible as well.  The bike provides you your own personal transportation and the ability to travel greater distances in a shorter time than pedestrian.  In the end, it depends a lot on the type of bugout you have to make and what the surrounding situation is.  For the Syrians for example, since they have to in many cases ride on inflatable boats from Turkey to Greece, a bike is pretty much a non-starter.  Not to mention all the dicey public transport mechanisms they need to access along the way.  They also are mostly limited to just 2 bags, no big 3rd bag for them either.  For the ones trying to stowaway on trucks crossing to the UK from Calais, they can't even carry that, just what they have on their person.

For most of us here in the FSoA, we're not going to have to make the same kind of bugout as the Syrians.  Most bugouts will be within the confines of the NA continent, from Panama up to Nunavut.  The continent is well crisscrossed by roads that bikes can function on, and there are no water crossings that do not have bridges or tunnels that you have to negotiate.  So NA bugouts are much more suited to BBBs than bugouts from MENA to Europe.  The geographical obstacles there are a big reason for why the cultures are so different and why there has been relatively little intermingling of the populations up until the industrial era and the advent first of trains, then automobiles and planes.  As time goes by here and borders are progressively more closed, the ability to make these migrations will diminish.  This will however take some time, and meanwhile the Refugee crisis in that neighborhood looks set to escalate in the coming years.

Of Squirrels and Bicycles

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We were biking on a backcountry lane this week when we surprised a squirrel about to cross the highway.

Observing the interaction between squirrel and machine, we noted that the maladaptive squirrel did not take a straight line to escape the sudden appearance of the bicycle, a perceived predator, because to do so would conflict with its genetically hard-wired fight-or-flight survival response.

Countless generations of dead squirrels had, by process of elimination, coded a certain wisdom into our squirrel's sudden reaction, which was to zig away from the bike, then zag back into the path of peril, then zig away again.

For millennia this randomized algorithm of zigs and zags thwarted the astute calculus of hawks, owls, eagles, foxes, cougars, coyotes and other cagey hunters of squirrel who put themselves on a perfect intercept trajectory, only to find the quarry gone when they arrived. Who can parse a random algorithm? It defeats both speed and angle of attack, putting the contest into one of nimbleness, stamina and availability of cover.

Against automobiles and other fast-moving machines, the program is utterly maladaptive. Having escaped the danger zone, the squirrel rushes back into the path of oncoming death. In a significant percentage of encounters they find themselves occupying the same position in time and space as the rotating tire of a car. Remnants of squirrel smeared on pavement, a boon to turkey buzzards and other scavengers, attest to a failed algorithm that should have been retired half a century ago. Similarly maladaptive to the automobile age are the defense strategies of opossums and armadillos.

But on the other hand, a mere half-century of paving progress is just a bat of evolutionary time's eyelash for a squirrel. The 100-year auto age may be a passing fad, and in not so many years (already Peak Oil+10 at this writing) the fox and hawk may assert prior rights to the average country squirrel.

We have been speaking recently of the energy calculus of renewables and whether they can be brought on line fast enough to avert catastrophic climate change and save our civilization. We hold the humble opinion that while renewables must indeed replace our self-destructive addiction to oil, gas and coal, there is no possible way that such a switch could save our profligate and bloated civilization. Just do the math.

Nonetheless, switching back to sunlight is our only option, climate change or no, and assigning reality-based costs to fossil fuels, or merely removing their obscene trillion-dollar subsidies, should be done immediately.

But we need to realize that while we can move some sectors of the energy economy to renewables, not all of them will follow, and not most of the really big ones that a globally industrialized economy requires. We can easily electrify cars but not steel mills, cement factories, container ships or airplanes. We can replace agrochemical farming with bioenergy-to-carbon-storage (BECS), but we cannot as easily dry the grains, transport, process and package them unless we are prepared to relocalize farming to a scale last seen before World War II, when the world's population was about 12% of present.

Our maladaptive civilization model is not in the position of the bicycle or the automobile here, it is the squirrel. We race to and fro in a desperate attempt to escape our fate, but odds are roughly even in any given encounter that our fragile economy will wind up under the tire, and splayed across the pavement. The tire missed it in 2008. That may or may not happen again next time, and dumb luck will have a hand in the outcome.

We are happy to report that in our case, we did not waiver in our bicycle's trajectory. The squirrel escaped unharmed.

A Cargo (Bike) Cult

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In days of yore cargo bike racing was a big thing in Copenhagen, something that is being resurrected by Harry vs Larry, whom I pinched this image from 

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It’s an interesting experience living in a country as it slowly but surely wakes up to the fact that it is not immune from the economic storm clouds that are building. Here in Denmark politicians have finally realized that the country cannot support such a cumbersome public sector in such straitened times, and that something’s gotta give.
 
For anyone unfamiliar with the Scandinavian model of ordering society, it can basically be summarized thus: high taxes, high benefits, high standard of living. I’ve written about it extensively in my old blog (which I may provide some archive files of, if anyone’s interested) – so much so that it makes me exhausted even contemplating it. It’s the kind of society that makes liberals swoon with envy and free market conservatives boil with righteous anger.
 
I used to get my daily dose of right-wing trollery from – sorry to say it – resident Americans who had fallen into the Danish honey trap but were now living out their tortured ‘prison sentence’ existences in this socialist utopia. How dare they have a well-ordered society where nobody is stinking rich and nobody is poor? It flies in the face of all logical reason!! It’s communism, I tell you!!
 
At the other end of the scale are the dreamy liberals who came to this land of social mobility, sexual equality, eco consciousness and tasteful shabby chic design, convinced that they have entered the Holy Land – and their faith is similarly unshakeable.
 
In the middle, of course, are the Danes. For them, this is just normality.
 
But now, it turns out, that normality which once seemed so unshakeable is increasingly unaffordable. It’s a basic tenet of politics in Denmark that socialism rules the roost. Even the Conservative Party would be considered pinko commies by American standards – and the far-right Danish People’s Party could be aptly described as, ahem, national socialists – although they don’t appreciate the nomenclature.
 
Thus an unholy row has broken out about something called dagpenge. Now dagpenge (pronounce dow-peng) means literally ‘day money’ – that’s unemployment benefit to me and you. If you lose your job, or quit it, you are liberally showered in the stuff. I did just that two years ago and was entitled to about $2,000 a month – and practically all I had to do to earn it was click a button on a website once a month to say ‘I want some more please’. This was great and I could have carried on for five years, if I had wanted.
 
Problems have arisen, however, because it turns out that when too many people click that button, the few people left in full time employment have trouble paying for it. It’s pretty obvious stuff, really, but it could only work in the same manner as a Ponzi scheme in an ever expanding economy. Thus the (socialist) government has now declared that the maximum length of time you will be allowed to claim this money is two years. In reality this means that a large hole has suddenly appeared in the safety net that a country used to womb to tomb entitlement could never have dreamed of until recently.
 
As a result political scalps aplenty are being eviscerated. Most of the main parties (and, oh, there are many parties here) realise that such a bloated system of welfare cannot continue in its present form, but just can’t bring themselves to do anything about it. The left wingers and communists, however, want the period to be extended and for things to carry on as normal, printing money if need be. It’s a very familiarly depressing scenario and there’s nary a news bulletin without some mention of it.
 
But the country’s underlying economic woes have serious structural problems. We can also add into the cauldron of troubles the fact that many of the country’s biggest employers are packing up and moving overseas where employees come cheaper and there aren’t so many regulations. This is further inflating the jobless figures (which, by the way, are semi fantasy because they don’t include all of those who are put on educational schemes or the ‘before time’ pensioners, some of whom are in their 20s) and reducing the tax base like a snake eating its tail.
 
As if that were not embarrassing enough, unfortunate Denmark is surrounded by economic over-achievers! To the south is smoke-belching Germany, where Chinese millionaires are standing in line to buy luxury cars, and to the north are Sweden, with its huge natural resources, and Norway, ditto but with lots of oil as well. 
 
Okay, so Denmark has some large factory fur farms, is big on biotechnology, pig ‘production’ and Lego – but it remains to be seen which of these industries can stay the course as they all rely on low oil prices, a stable trading environment and generous government subsidies.
 
Oh, and it also has Vestas – the wind power company – but even that has lost 95% of their value since 2008. That just leaves Bang & Olufsen, Carlsberg, Maersk, Lurpak, Aragorn and The Barbie Song.
 
Anyway, given the guaranteed fact of our low energy future in which most of those energy slaves we enjoy the services of today will die off, I thought I would simultaneously do my bit for the environment, secure my transport future and provide a tiny boost to one small area of Denmark’s manufacturing industry in one fell swoop. Yes, I bought myself a cargo bike.
 
I have been considering buying one for quite a while. They are very common on the streets of Copenhagen, and are used to carry everything from children and shopping, to pets and, er, expanded polystyrene. 
 
 
 
 
But with so many models available now I was having trouble figuring out which one to go for. Ignoring the cheap-looking Chinese made ones that have appeared of late (look closely at the welding and components and you’d want to ignore them too), I narrowed it down to the most popular four different brands I regularly see around me. These were as follows:

 
A Christiania Bike at work. Image courtesy of Copenhagenize
Christiania Bikes. This is the original three wheeler cargo bike. Constructed with a sturdy frame in a workshop within the sprawling commune of Christiania in Copenhagen, these are the original road warriors and have been trundling the bike lanes of the city for around 40 years. They are no-nonsense affairs, with internal gears (which is the standard on Danish bikes – meaning you have to exert backwards pressure on the pedals backwards to brake, and you don’t get the gears gunged up with crud)  and come in any colour as long as it is black. Actually, that’s not quite true any more, and you can get them in various pastel colours, if you are that way inclined. They can carry loads of up to 100kg.

 
The Sorte Jernhest. Image courtesy of this blog
Sorte Jernhest. This means Black Iron Horse in Danish, and is a cargo bike that means business. Like the Christiania Bike, it is solid and looks like it is built to last. It’s a bit more stylish than the former, with a nice looking horizontal tube frame and an industrial looking finish on the front metal box. I have never actually tried one of these out but I was tempted to go it for this because of its mix of durability and cool name. Just like the others on the market, they are not cheap, but they cost practically nothing to run and are unlikely to seriously break down in the short or medium term.

 
The Nihola Bike. Image from this blog
Nihola Bike. This is ostensibly another copy of the Christiania Bike and is manufactured in a workshop in Copenhagen. In my journalist days I went down and met the owner and he lent a few of the bikes to the newspaper for delivery purposes during the COP15 climate conference.  The design is modern and the gears work well, but to my mind the ride felt a bit ‘tinny’ and it felt like I was going to fall off when I went around a corner. Still, nice design and quite practical. I’d say they would be fine for city use and light loads, but they are not really designed for heavy, dirty work.

 
The Bullitt Bike – image from here
Bullitt Bike. This was the last of the cargo bikes I considered. Unlike the other three this is a low-slung , long-based two-wheeler, and the cargo section is in the middle. Like the name says, these go like a bullet, and are by far the fastest of the lot. What’s more, the gearing is phenomenal and being a recumbent means you can deliver more of your leg muscle power to where it’s needed. They come in a variety of colours and models and are seriously slick. I was very tempted by the Bullitt, but what put me off in the end was the price tag, combined with the fact that a bike this flashy is bound to get stolen.
 
 
So, in the end I went with my gut feeling and opted for the solid traditional hippiemobile – the Christiania Bike. The reasons for this are manifest. I shall list them as bullet points:
 
  •            It’s a tried and tested technology. If you can still see 40 year old Christiania Bikes rumbling around the streets you know that this is a bike that is built to last.
  •            It can carry a load of up to 100kg (probably more) with no problems. I will need to be able to move this amount of weight up to 20 miles every day, and it would seem ideal for it. Plus, with a single big handlebar, getting off and pushing is always an option.
  •            I want the option of being able to fit an assisting electric motor on it in the future, and the large exposed back wheel provides plenty of space to do so. The bike is fine in flat areas like Copenhagen, but it would be seriously hard to ride it up a steep hill, fully laden, without some kind of power assist.
  •            I like its black no-nonsense design and the fact that you could easily sell things out of the front box area as it is a deep box with sides that slope forwards, making presentation of the goods easy.
  •            I love Christiania. It’s a truly inspiring place to be that shows what people can achieve against all the odds (expect a long post about Christiania soon) and I want to help support its survival.
 
And so I found myself down in Christiania a couple of weeks ago hopping over puddles and sniffing the tang of marijuana on the crisp October air as I searched the flowery back streets for the Christiania Bike workshop. I entered a large brick building where overalled women were busy twisting lengths of metal and scrap objects and turning them into works of art to go on sale. I asked one lady where the bike workshop was and she pointed me to a glass door at the back and told me to just go on through. Once I’d found my way in, Jens, the manager, showed me to my new steed, which was stacked up with a consignment of others (see below).
 
 
Selling like hot cakes at the Christiania Bike workshop in Copenhagen.  That’s my bike, ready to go, in the foreground.
 
There was a bit of paperwork to go through (like paying for it) and I asked Jens how business was. He said it was pretty brisk, all things considered, and they were flat out busy with new orders (the bikes used to be made here but nowadays they are made ‘offshore’, meaning on the quaint Danish island of Bornholm, and then shipped to the mainland for assembly in Christiania). It was good to hear that they are still doing well despite all of the competition out there nowadays – five years ago these were practically the only cargo bikes you ever saw.
 
As I rode out of Christiania and joined the rush hour commuter traffic (mostly other bikes) on one of the main arteries of the city I felt like I was riding on a wave of euphoria. The steering took a bit of getting used to, and I learned that you have to lean back a little as you turn to avoid overbalancing the bike and falling off. But apart from that it felt fine to ride, and very light. Having ridden (driven?) much larger bikes during one summer spent as a rickshaw driver in Copenhagen, I was used to being a bike lane hog, although the Christiania Bike is narrow enough to allow others to pass, so this isn’t a problem.
 
Okay, so it’s just a black bike with a box on the front – but no, it’s a bit more than that – it’s a pretty low-risk security for the future. Just think: no fossil fuels to power it, no insurance, no parking fees, hardly any maintenance costs and no tax. And just riding it keeps you fit and your leg muscles bulging.
 
Okay, transport: tick. Done that, now onto the next thing …
 
 
Here’s my bike on its first ever job, earlier today – a 20km round trip to pick up a 19th century chair for my wife to restore.  It was an easy job but I can’t count on such light loads in the future.

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The folks at Windward have been doing great work at living sustainably for many years now.  Part of [...]

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A new climate protest movement out of the UK has taken Europe by storm and made governments sit down [...]

The success of Apollo 11 flipped the American public from skeptics to fans. The climate movement nee [...]

Today's movement to abolish fossil fuels can learn from two different paths that the British an [...]

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There was no Iranian missile attack. That claim is pure Israeli propaganda, designed to further thei [...]

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Singularity of the Dollar

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