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Merry Collapse-mass everyone!
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“'I wish it need not have happened in my time,' said Frodo. 'So do I,' said Gandalf, 'and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.'”    J.R.R.Tolkien   

Today is Christmas day. A day that, as a child, filled me with a profound sense of wonder and excitement, (yes mainly because of childish ignorance and the presents) but also because everyone else around me in my family and culture had that same feeling, and like so much of the human experience, it was infectious. A collective agreement that this day, beyond all others, was something to get exited about.

As I became older of course the excitement and wonder dulled, replaced by cynicism concerning the rabid commercialism that Christmas had become synonymous with, like a parasite consuming its host, leaving a void that turned the whole Christmas period into a most depressing affair. The extra joviality that is all but forced down your throat added to creating a sense that this was all a sick joke performed by the insane. A true nightmarish situation that led to many an arguments and countless hours of depressive self isolation. Not to mention the drinking that one year led to breaking both heels.

This trend looked only likely to continue, and worsen, especially with the solidifying knowledge of the coming collapse. Like a fast growing number of our planets inhabitants I was in the full throws of Climate Grief. Something I can say to be by far the worst sickness I have ever experienced. The anger, the anxiety,  the relentless depression, the complete loss of hope in all aspects of life. A place that I'm sure many reading this find themselves in, where the past becomes a foolish waste, the present becomes a distasteful joke, and the future holds only pain, disappointment, and chaos.     

First of all dear reader, I would like you to know that, if you do find these sentiments ring true with you, then you are right. You are absolutely right to think and feel these things, anyone that tells you otherwise clearly has no grasp on reality or the human condition. Everything that we have ever known, the comforts and distractions, the traditions and trappings, running water, electricity, healthcare, food delivered to your door, will at some point, be it a year or a decade, dissolve like the snow upon the mountain. Replaced by, well nothing. To pretend otherwise is to be content with a disconnect, a virtual reality akin to a blind religion.

Like a 60 year old life long smoker, we have been given a death sentence, an undetermined amount of time, the bill, and shown the door.

So, with all this being said, having accepted our fate, that no concrete bunker will suffice, no miracle science will present itself, and the intergalactic council simply doesn't have room or the patience for any more self harming migrants, what is there to be happy for, or even just contented about this time of year?

Well, dear reader, last year I would have given up right there. Sunken into the deep pit of despair that had become so familiar and comforting, hit the bottle and driven the screws further inwards in self destruction and self harm. Stoic in my surety of the future, armed with unshakable facts, armored by thick layers of statistics, riding high on the coat-tails of the four horsemen as they circle overhead, waiting patiently to land.

But, somehow, something, somewhere inside me has changed. Or perhaps a more appropriate word would be, evolved.

After four years of obsessive, uncontrollable, soul-sucking, nauseating, inconsolable Collapse Fatigue, there is only one real conclusion that I find myself left with. Something so obvious that it seems silly to commit it to a forum, especially one such as this. But the fact remains...

Change is the only universal constant.

The fear that has gripped me so relentlessly is that of my own mortality.

I project that mortality outwards onto countries, empires, technology, species, the ecosystem of planet Earth itself, and whilst it is clear that their destruction shall come to pass, and within my lifetime no doubt, the option of all these things being preserved was never on the cards.

What difference does it make if I die in 50 years in comfort, or in 10 years along with the rest of my species, or tomorrow crossing the road? Why fear the inevitable?

Perhaps we give humanity a little too much credit, expecting the imperfect to be capable of the sublime. A human species without greed, cruelty, ignorance, and violence would be blissful indeed, but would it still be the Human species? Of course these may all simply be symptoms of our modernization, but all I have is the experience my short time has given me, and a dream of utopia doesn't last long when presented with modern reality.   

I have a loving family around me, something I realize I am profoundly lucky to be able to say. A family that for almost three decades, I honestly didn't seem to notice. Taking it so much for granted that it had completely melted into the background of a anxious and self interested life. Now however, its like they are suddenly in HD. Soon they will be gone, and so now they burn bright.

Maybe its simply age that brings with it a certain appreciation and understanding, but acceptance of mortality and the finite nature of all things seems to have offered a helping hand. Stranger still, would I have found this kind of appreciation if it hadn't been for the coming collapse? would I have spent my life in blissful ignorance, wasting the days slaving away until suddenly, poof, gone. With perhaps only a brief moment to look back and go, fuck... 

For those that go without this luxury however, for those alone this Christmas, and any other of the 365 days we have decided don't mean quite as much for some ridiculous reason, consider this.

Your knowledge makes you powerful, but to obsess over it, like anything done in excess, is harmful. You are, as of now, in a far better position than the majority around you. By understanding and accepting the coming reality you won't be as blindsided when it arrives. Perhaps you will even have gained skills to help out a little when the wave finally hits. But then maybe it will topple us all just the same and in which case, so what? If anything that seems fair.

One of the most thought provoking things I have ever seen is a video of the 2004 boxing day tsunami. As the wave gets ever closer to the shore, there is a single man, laying on his surfboard, on the now deserted beach, waiting patiently.

To my mind there where three possibilities as to why this man decided to remain.   

One: He was completely ignorant to what was about to happen, and so died as casual as he lived.     

Two: He truly believed that he could overcome the coming disaster and died fighting against the odds, his destiny his own.

Three: He had accepted his fate, and died laying on a beach he enjoyed, above his surfboard he held dear, free from denial.

*it is of course possible his actions arose from shear panic but that rather spoils the analogy*

I like to think It was the third option even though that is possibly the least likely, and would love to believe I could do the same, although only time will tell. But for now, the romanticism is a comfort.

Another such comfort is the fate that will befall the 1%. Yes it is possible that some might have even some semblance of ease and normality in their fortified concrete mansions if they happen to get to them in time, but that's when it really gets good...

Imagine if you will dear reader, the grandeur, the marble tabletops, the oak paneling, the furs and paintings, the sofas and silverware, the luxury's beyond anything we could even conceive of. Now, think on how not a single one of those things matters in the slightest. Not just from a practical standpoint, but to the ignorant bastards themselves. So used to these luxuries that they no longer mean anything, so all that's changed is they have lost all freedom and hope.

Locked inside their own golden tombs, slowly going insane from boredom and withdrawal, terrified that they might be discovered and ripped from their shell like an oyster, just a mouthful in the eyes of a predator. In fact its something I do dearly wish someone would make into a film. The blurb would go something like this:

The family of a billionaire politician is forced into their luxury survival bunker when society collapses. At first they retain a certain amount of normality, but once the DVD selection has been watched and re-watched, the jigsaws completed and the drugs and alcohol consumed, they soon begin to loose their happy family demeanor, and their grip on reality itself. They slowly descend into madness, despair, incest, and eventually inhumanity, all without ever being able to accept the fact that they are primarily responsible for their predicament.

It gives me a little shiver of excitement it really does, the sweet justice of it all. Tis a dream its true, and might not play out that way at all, but it's my dream, and provides no end of comfort.

All these things combined, left to stew for a time, simmering with anger, distilling in despair, seasoned with bargaining, topped of with the last shreds of denial, eventually comes out as freshly baked acceptance, although you need to remake it every day to keep it fresh. Strange analogy I know but there's Christmas dinner being prepared in the background and it seems to be sinking in to my subconscious...       

After coming to hate Christmas over the last few years, I am fortunate enough to have found new meaning in it. Through my acceptance of our apocalyptic future, wonderful new appreciation of the present because of it, incredible fortune to be with a caring family and perhaps just getting bored with my inner Grinch. 

I may well be the first one to die as the wave of collapse reaches the shore, but so what? It was going to happen eventually, and actually, you have to admit that in a way, this is all very exiting isn't it? I mean if I had been given the choice of when to visit humanity, I would probably have chosen the most insane, hectic, Grimdark bit. So bring on the Collapse! I'm sitting on my surf board on this soon to be deserted beach, drink in hand, waiting patiently. Unless of course... it doesn't bloody happen fast enough >.<

Happy Christmas Everyone!! 
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🦆 Diner Solstice Festival: Christmas Dinner 2018
« Reply #76 on: December 25, 2018, 03:32:36 PM »
Tonight's Main Course

Christmas Goose
Tomorrow's Main Course

Take-Out Chinese


And now the moment you have all been waiting for...drumroll..The First Annual Doomstead Diner Christmas Dinner!

Although our expert Master Chef (RE) Slow Roasted a half a dozen Geese to a butterry tenderness with crispy skin, what really will make the meal memorable are the accompaniments and side dishes the Sous Chefs are laying our for this meal.  Diners are invited as usual to bring their own accompaniments, side dishes, desserts and wine or beer choices to the Feast as well.  You can't have too much Food at a real FEAST!

I'll leave it to the Diners to bring the Beverages and Desserts.

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The Starters

Flaky Fresh Baked Buttermilk Biscuits

Pomegranate Avocado Salad With Candied Walnuts


The Side Dishes


Roasted Parmesan Green Beans

Cranberry Sauce

Scalloped Potatoes & Ham

Italian Roasted Mushrooms & Veggies

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Wild Rice-and-Cider-Cranberry Pilaf

Apple Cranberry Rosemary Stuffing

The Goose

Slow Roasted Stuffed Goose
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🦆 Diner Solstice Festival: Cooking your Christmas Goose
« Reply #77 on: December 25, 2018, 04:12:52 PM »
Tonight's Main Course

Christmas Goose
Tomorrow's Main Course

Take-Out Chinese


A nice Instructional vid if you haven't cooked a Goose for Christmas before (I never have).

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🎵 Solstice Festival Music: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town - Bruce Springsteen
« Reply #78 on: December 25, 2018, 06:14:14 PM »


Can't do Christmas without a Rock n' Roll version of a classic.  Bruce did one of the best.

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🎵 Solstice Festival Music: Christmas Eve Sarajevo - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
« Reply #79 on: December 25, 2018, 07:55:32 PM »


One of the most original interpretations of Christmas Music ever done, by far.

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🎵 Solstice Festival Music: Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley
« Reply #80 on: December 25, 2018, 09:38:25 PM »


Nobody does Christmas quite like Elvis.

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🎵 Solstice Festival Music: Promontory - Chingachgook Gets Revenge on Magua
« Reply #81 on: December 26, 2018, 03:37:21 AM »

Christmas is OVAH and we are in the Hangover period from that exercise in Conspicuous Consumption in Collapse, but the Solstice Festival goes on!  You're free once again to choose any music selections you think are appropriate for the Festival.

I'm back to the Celtic based music and finishing off Promontory, the theme from Last of the Mohicans with this scene where Chingachgook gets his REVENGE on Magua, the Evil Native of Turtle Island.

Who says revenge isn't satisfying?  I sure cheered when Chingachgook took out Magua in this scene.  Russel Means did his own stunts in this also.  RIP Russel Means.

In another Reality, that is RE as Chingachgook and Lloyd Blankfein as Magua.  :icon_sunny:

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🥟 Diner Solstice Festival: Early Bird Appetizer
« Reply #82 on: December 26, 2018, 04:02:24 AM »
Last Night's Main Course

Christmas Goose
Todays's Main Course

Take-Out Chinese


Still cleaning up from the Christmas FEAST, but one real good thing to come out of it was all those Goose Livers!  :icon_sunny:  Our Early Bird Appetizer for the day is Goose Liver Pate, which we cheated on a bit by adding a couple of containers of Chicken Livers from the Food Superstore.  Adding the Goose fat into the recipe, you really can't tell the difference.  Still not a lot of it though, just the Chefs still awake will probably work through it before any Early Birds show up for tonight's FEAST.

Tonight we are having Take-Out Chinese.  Take-Out on the day after Christmas is NOT a NYC tradition, usually you eat leftovers from Christmas Dinner.  However, at the Diner we give all our leftovers to the Homeless, so we gotta buy MOAR food, and this saves us a lot of food prep work on recovery day.

Rest of the day is Chinese Appetizers from the Commie Commisarie Take-Out Joint around here, so if you wanna drop in your favorite appetizers from the Chinese Cuisine Cookbook, feel free to do so.

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Early Bird Appetizer

Vin de Peche - Goose Liver Pate
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🥟 Diner Solstice Festival: Morning Appetizer
« Reply #83 on: December 26, 2018, 07:24:59 AM »
Last Night's Main Course

Christmas Goose
Todays's Main Course

Take-Out Chinese

We called Won Long Dong over at the Commie Commisarie to send over one of his favorite appetizers, and these were just SCRUMPTIOUS!  The pork inside was nicely seasoned, and the Wontons melt in your mouth soft without falling apart on the plate or in the car trip over here.  Can't wait for Dinner!

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Morning Appetizer

Steamed Pork Dumplings
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🎵 Solstice Festival Music: You'll Never Beat The Irish - The Wolftones
« Reply #84 on: December 26, 2018, 08:17:19 AM »


A Celebration of the Irish Resistance.  Remember Bobby Seals.

Éirinn go Brách!


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🎵 Solstice Festival Music: Zombie -Cranberries
« Reply #85 on: December 26, 2018, 02:40:20 PM »


Another one expressing the pain of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, from Delores O'Riordan and the Cranberries.  RIP Delores

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🥡 Diner Solstice Festival FEAST
« Reply #86 on: December 26, 2018, 03:43:29 PM »
Tonight's's Main Course

Chinese Take-Out
Tomorrow's Main Course

Filet Mignon au Poivre

Nowadays the choices for Take-Out Chinese (or Korean, or Vietnamese, or Indian...) are endless.  So I set myself a few rules for this, the main one being I would only order dishes that were commonly available in the Take-Out Chinese storefront restaurants of my Yute in NY Shity.  Still great stuff today.

Tomorrow,we get back to BEEF, with Filet Mignon au Poivre a personal favorite which for me still ranks slightly above Prime Rib.

Now to tonight's meal.  You may choose either 3 from Column A or 1 from Column A and 1 from Column B.

Chef Won Long Dong really came thru for us!  :icon_sunny:

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Column A

Egg Rolls

Pot Stickers

Spare Ribs

Wonton Soup

Egg Drop Soup

Fried Rice

Lo Mein


Column B


Moo Goo Gai Pan

Sweet & Sour Pork

Beef with Broccoli

Shrimp with Lobster Sauce
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We had a quite, smaller feast this year. Table for seven.  It was lower stress, not having to rush dinner to feed people who have to eat and run to some other family rendezvous.  The missus's brother and his wife are in Tasmania for Christmas. Her sister's family was doing something with their son's new in-laws in Houston. First grandchild finally on the way for both sets of soon-to-be-grandparents.

Only oyster dressing. No southern cornbread dressing this time. It was a great batch, though. No sweet potatoes either. Asparagus and hollandaise. My grilled tenderloins, and a smoked turkey that came precooked.

Green bean casserole, that old standby. What is Cheez Whiz, really? GMO corn, I expect. No, don't tell me. I don't want to know.

Bourbon pie. Chocolate mouse. Homemade cookies. Pinot noir and Shiner Bock.

Merry Christmas from the Fam-u-lee, as Robert Earle Keen says.

We played that song on Christmas Eve, along with every other stupid Christmas song we could find, with our tamales, which are also part of our tradition.

Up on the mountain now. It snowed heavily this afternoon, but we crashed after our trip into Salt Lake on a plane full of young Mormon families with what seemed to be dozens of babies on their laps.
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Awesome movie and Russell Crow awesome in the lead role as Maximus.


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🎵 Solstice Festival Music: Changes - Phil Ochs
« Reply #89 on: December 27, 2018, 03:16:58 AM »


Leaving my tribute to the Solstice and Stonehenge and the Druids with the Celtic inspired music behind here today, and with Christmas now over and done with, it's time to move on to another genre.  Perhaps my favorite genre is Folk Music/Protest Music, which was my main genre in my Pirate Radio show on WQLB in the 70s.  I still love this music.  Kicking off with this one from my favorite artist from the Folk/Protest years of the 60's, this beautiful song from Phil Ochs.

RIP Phil.

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