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7 Years of Collapse Dynamics on the Doomstead Diner
« on: February 12, 2019, 05:12:12 AM »


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Published on The Doomstead Diner February 12, 2019






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Today, February 12, 2019 marks the exact day the Diner was loaded to the internet by our erstwhile partner and Chief Software Architect Peter when he put it up for testing.  Actual ongoing full operation of the Diner didn't begin for another week or so though.  In any event, our Celebration of the continuing work of the Diner to educate people about the ongoing Collapse of Industrial Civilization is a continuing affair through February and today I will start by publishing one of my videos from the new Cooking Zone of the Diner, where we celebrate also the great cornucopia of food we here in Amerika are still able to acquire at reasonable prices, at least if we ourselves have not yet completely fallen off the cliff and are at least eligible for and receiving a SNAP Card, generously provided by JP Morgan Chase to their considerable profit from this progam.  The video up at the top of the page here is one of the first I made in this series, which has morphed and grown over the last month into…well…a MONSTER which is consuming a huge portion of my increasingly limited awake time. lol.  There are numerous other videos to view if you are a Foodie, available either on the Diner YouTube Channel or the new Reddit r/CookingZone channel.



When I began this journey investigating Collapse in 2007 after the collapse of the investment bank Bear Stearns, by NO MEANS did I think that over a decade later I would still be writing on the internet and analyzing the causes and effects of a Civilization Collapse.  Nevertheless, here I still am, although not in the greatest shape physically or health speaking a decade later.  While the civilization around me collapses, my body is collapsing at an even greater rate of speed, although fast as things are going now since Trumpofsky was elected as POTUS, this is a tight race to the bottom.



The Diner has seen its ups and downs over the years since 2012 when it actually was launched after I had issues on my Reverse Engineering Yahoo Group with automated censorship by Yahoo Bots of some of my posting to that group, which was a small congenial group of people  including myself, Peter & Surly who remains together with me (after numerous fights and disagreements about…almost EVERYTHING! lol).  Just about all the other original Founding Fathers and Mothers of the Diner have drifted away over the years, although I catch some of them online occassionally Lurking and reading the posting.



The Diner itself in 2018 had its biggest year ever in terms of Page Hits to the Diner Forum, 11,528,568 of them to be exact.  That is more even than what I consider our Peak Years on the Diner in 2014-15 when there were numerous Blogs up on the net concerned with the topics of Collapse, and we did numerous interviews and round table discussions with other Collapse Pundits like Ugo Bardi, Gail Tverberg, Steve Ludlum, Jason Heppenstall, Nicole Foss, Tom Lewis and many others discussing the issues and progress of Collapse.  The Video discussions are in many cases still relevant today (especially to newbies to collapse) and are all still available to view on the Diner YouTube Channel.  Also still available for listening to are all the interviews (and RANTS! lol) on the Diner Soundcloud Channel with such notables as Guy McPherson, Dmitry Orlov, Paul Chefurka, Ray Jason, George Mobus, John Michael Greer and again, many others.  I will include here what I consider the very best of them, our interview with David Korowicz, the Irish Physicist who authored the paper "Trade Off: Financial system supply-chain cross contagion – a study in global systemic collapse" which is a concisely written paper much shorter than the typical Collapse tome like Joe Tainter's "The Collapse of Complex Societies"  and well worth the read.  However, while David is very concise with his written prose in an academic paper sort of way, not true when you talk to him.  lol.  David is an Irishman with the Gift of the Blarney, and he can TALK.  We went on for literally HOURS with this interview, which I actually did sitting in my car outside an Internet Cafe here on the Last Great Frontier of Alaska with Free Wi-Fi, while my co-host Monsta did his portion from his home in Jolly Old England.  If you haven't listened to this interview before, it is well worth a listen to now still.  You can listen while you are stuck in traffic on the morning commute or while you chop wood for your Doomstead.  Multi-tasking!






In the intervening years since then, many of the other bloggers and collapse pundits have either quit entirely or greatly reduced their output in terms of blogs/month and word count.  As for me, I "Keep on Truckin", which I intend to do until the Internet Goes Dark, I Buy My Ticket to the Great Beyond or the Men in Black show up in their Ford Escalades to escort me off to Gitmo.  Well, as long as my fingers still keyboard reasonably well and I can stay awake anyhow.  lol.



Parenthetically, unfortunately I am going to have to close off the comments on the WordPress blog at least temporarily due to a massive problem I am having with SPAM at the moment.  However, the Diner Forum where all the really good in-depth commentary generally occurs remains live and active and relatively SPAM free (crosses fingers).  You are welcome to drop in there to leave your commentary and hopefully become a regular Diner and join us in our daily discussions of Collapse issues.



For now, I will leave you with one more video from the Cooking Zone, which starts out as a video on preparing Mushrooms to go with your Steak dinner, but morphs by the end into a RANT against the Internet Trolls who seem to follow me wherever I land on the net.  The price of popularity I suppose.




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Re: 7 Years of Collapse Dynamics on the Doomestead Diner
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2019, 05:21:52 AM »
Ah, so the comments I kept getting on my old blog articles were spam? Figures.

Congratulations on 7 years. It is an accomplishment, and a lot of water has passed under the bridge. Hope you make it to 14.

All the people who have come and gone....Can't help but wonder where the good ones are, and who the trolls are trolling now.

Considering collapse takes its toll on people, and most people seem to lose interest in the forum sooner or later. But I think you've done some good, and still do.

Keep on cookin'. Long as you can.
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Re: 7 Years of Collapse Dynamics on the Doomestead Diner
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2019, 05:39:44 AM »
Ah, so the comments I kept getting on my old blog articles were spam? Figures.

Congratulations on 7 years. It is an accomplishment, and a lot of water has passed under the bridge. Hope you make it to 14.

All the people who have come and gone....Can't help but wonder where the good ones are, and who the trolls are trolling now.

Considering collapse takes its toll on people, and most people seem to lose interest in the forum sooner or later. But I think you've done some good, and still do.

Keep on cookin'. Long as you can.

I leave up the real comments.  However, 2 or 3 times a day now I have dozens of spam comments rolling in there I have to sieve through and delete.  Pain in the ass.

I'll try to keep cooking.  As you have seen in the vids though, this becomes increasingly more difficult with my crippled right arm.  I will finish the 7th Anniversary Dinner though.  I have done the first 3 courses of Appetizer, Salad & Soup, all that is left now is the Main Course of Surf & Turf, Steak & Alaska King Crab.  My fucking fridge is loaded with leftovers.  Any one of these courses takes me 2-3 days to eat.  A lot of good food is going to the recycling bin for the microbes to eat.

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Re: 7 Years of Collapse Dynamics on the Doomestead Diner
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2019, 05:49:50 AM »
Congrats on the 7 years. I don't think the system has 7 more years (I sure don't, once the mental faculties really start going there is a 9mm slug waiting for me). In the meantime keep up the good work. I think people get tired as the trip to awareness that collapse is happening/coming soon is generally long and lonely. I doubt many who drift away rethink collapse and think they were wrong, they just shut up and endure (and maybe try to adapt a little more).
Keep up the good work as long as you can.
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Re: 7 Years of Collapse Dynamics on the Doomestead Diner
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2019, 06:02:55 AM »
Congrats, and let me echo the good things that Eddie said. You accomplish far more good than you know. Glad you are still sucking air, if not pink Himilaya sea salt.

In re spam, I've gotten notifications on comments on articles from years ago, and they are invariably spam. And I nuke them.
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Re: 7 Years of Collapse Dynamics on the Doomestead Diner
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2019, 08:21:14 AM »
Congrats on the 7 years. I don't think the system has 7 more years (I sure don't, once the mental faculties really start going there is a 9mm slug waiting for me). In the meantime keep up the good work. I think people get tired as the trip to awareness that collapse is happening/coming soon is generally long and lonely. I doubt many who drift away rethink collapse and think they were wrong, they just shut up and endure (and maybe try to adapt a little more).
Keep up the good work as long as you can.
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I made some minor changes and edits to the article, so you might want to go look at it again and proof it for me.  Added the Cartoon Panel of the Diner drawn by Flapjax from the Peak Oil forum.  Also more promotion of the 2019 Collapse Survey, which I am still trying to get up to 666  :evil4: respondents before closing it.  Get your friends and family members to fill it out!  only 18 left to go!

Burnout is a real problem amongst Collapse Pundits.  Most seem to have about 2-3 years of high productivity before they either diminish the amount they are posting or slip into redundancy, saying the same things over andd over again.  I don't have this problem for a couple of reasons, first and mainly is that I have a wide scope of interests which I write on, Economics, History, Anthropology to name a few.  About the only main topic I do NOT write on all that much is Climate, although I do cover Weather related disasters in great detail.

The other main reason is I have the time to do this, since becoming a Cripple it is my main vocation and occupation to keep me bizzy and keep from going stir crazy with boredom and cabin fever here in my digs.  Most pundits have real lives with families and so forth and aren't devoted 100% (when awake) to collapse.  I am often running on fumes nowadays, but I just won't quit until I am forced to do so.  It is not in my nature.

More Delicious Doom meals still to come on the Cooking Zone with yours truly, the Crippled Cook of Collapse.  :icon_sunny:

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Re: 7 Years of Collapse Dynamics on the Doomestead Diner
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2019, 08:23:38 AM »


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Re: 7 Years of Collapse Dynamics on the Doomstead Diner
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2019, 05:06:06 AM »
Just listened to the Korowicz. They were great - thanks.  You should recycle more of these. Again, to here where he has gone (mentally, prep wise, etc.) over the years would also be interesting. It's strange that stuff I find on the internet (like Korowicz original article) have been gone over by you and the other Diners years ago. I'm just so behind on my reading.
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Re: 7 Years of Collapse Dynamics on the Doomstead Diner
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2019, 05:21:49 AM »
Just listened to the Korowicz. They were great - thanks.  You should recycle more of these. Again, to here where he has gone (mentally, prep wise, etc.) over the years would also be interesting. It's strange that stuff I find on the internet (like Korowicz original article) have been gone over by you and the other Diners years ago. I'm just so behind on my reading.
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You don't really need me to recycle them, although I probably will do some more of that.  All the interviews we did Audio are still up on the Diner Soundcloud Channel and all listed in reverse chronological order.  Just keep scrolling down the page, there's a LOT of them.  Guy McPherson, Dmitry Orlov, John Michael Greer...all your favorite collapse pundits.  lol.

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