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Doomsteading / Re: C5 Walks into a Diner...
« on: Today at 12:15:25 PM »
More reduction ad absurdum.

Unless we suddenly get a spike of 3-4 degrees C, I have some time. At some point it will make sense to cash out of a lot of things here, if I'm still sucking air. Before Austin becomes nothing but shifting sand. I will be older, retired, and have no reason to stay. Right now that is not the case.

I do intend to get the old tractors (the IH tractor, the Kubota, and the Allis backhoe) in good repair and sell them. I'll use that money to buy a new backhoe ATTACHMENT for the new tractor. That's my major piece of equipment. Of course, up north, the sawmill would be nice to have, too. Theoretically speaking.

If I weren't working, two or three round trips in a summer wouldn't be that big a deal.

We have no furniture worth worrying about. We have dogs. LOL.

And two of my kids now live within spitting distance of Canada, already.One in Chi Town. One in your old neighborhood in Queens. My new daughter-in-law is a foreign national with no green card. They might leave sooner rather than later.

As I like to say, better a day early than a minute late in the GTFO of Dodge race.  The drier it gets, the less the current Toothstead is worth.  If you are showing a property like that with a lot of dead trees, it won't sell too well.

I forgot your daughter was in Queens.  I'd love it if she took a drive over to my old house and took some pictures, if she has time.  I'll send you the address in PM if she is amenable to this.

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Doomsteading / Re: C5 Walks into a Diner...
« on: Today at 11:32:16 AM »
Don't be silly. I'd only move useful equipment, not furniture. And it would take multiple trips.

And I'm not talking about after BAU is over and done. I'm talking about the way things are now.

Actually I would not be able to move the backhoe. Too heavy, unless I got a better trailer. But the tractor, no problem. And tools. The essential stuff would be better to transport than to replace.

But, unless climate change ramps up mightily, I don't expect to do it. My kids should do it, though, if they can. It'd be wise, I think. But that's their life, not  mine.

In this case, you then have to replace furniture on the new Doomstead.  There's more expense for you in making the move.  You also get about nothing on the used furniture market when you try to sell the old stuff off. I learned this lesson as an itinerat coach, albeit on a much smaller scale.  If you have a lot of money invested in furnishings, it costs plenty to move them and you can't sell them but for pennies on the dollar.  It's all lost investment.  I pared down the amount of stuff I own of this type because of this, and what I do own is all disposable, used and cheap.

Far as some of your larger equipment goes, here you might be able to recoup some of the investment on the used market, and then just buy a similar unit once you arrive at your new Hoser Doomstead.  This is much easier than moving such things around.  So again, what you have to do is sell out, see how much money you get from your firesale and jump in Pickup truck with maybe one trailer load of prized preps for the move to the new place.  Zipping back and forth from TX to Canada  4 times is not a real practical idea, you would then have to have a place to store all the shit between these trips, which you can't do in a day.

If you don't do it, I doubt your progeny will be able to.  They just won't have the gas to do it with.  They will have to make the best of it with a drying up plot of land in Texas.

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Doomsteading / Re: C5 Walks into a Diner...
« on: Today at 10:44:50 AM »
I don't think I'll be moving anything. That'll fall on the next generation, most likely. But I could do it, if need be. It'd take 3 or four trips. I'd have to have a new truck and plenty of fuel.

Or maybe a train of covered wagons.

To begin with, to pull a tractor up there, you need a semi with a lowboy.  To pull all the galvanized sheet metal from the storage units, you'll need a flatbed and LD to strap them and tarp it.

Basically, that shit is not going anywhere, it stays where it lays, this generation or the next one.  By the next, the fuel to move it all won't be available to do it with or will be too expensive.

If you really were to buy land in the Great White North, you pretty much have to start from scratch and sell out everything you own in TX to some greater fool.  Hopefully you pull in enough to pay off all the debt before you make the Great Escape.

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Let me see...how to say this respectfully and without hurting your feelings...

Okay, you're full of shit.

I can pull everything I own or will own on my 18 ft flatbed or in my 3 yd dump trailer, with a 1 ton pick-up. No problem. trucker boy. I have lots of experience moving equipment.

I pulled my sawmill from East Texas, had a blow-out in Dallas, drove home, got my flatbed, drove back, winched it on to the trailer (by hand, in the middle of the night) and made it to the stead in time to work the next day.

I moved three operatories worth of dental equipment on an 18 ft flatbed, including room size cabinets that had to be double-decked to fit (a large plate glass  window had to be removed to get it all out of the building). I did this all solo, dude, and got it in storage without breaking anything.

If I want to move, it will be done. You can hide and watch. LOL.

Everything you own?  Does that include all the furniture in the McMansion and the Lake House?  How about all your Carz and Motorcycles?  It includes all your battery arrays and solar panels too?  All the fencing you have put up at the Toothstead? Good Grief man, just to move one normal McMansion full of goodies of Industrial Culture takes one of these


You have easily 3-4X the flotsam & jetsam of Industrial Possesions as any halfway normal McMansion Owner.  But YOU can move it all with your trusty 1 ton Ford Pickup from Texas to Canada, no fucking problem.  ::)  lol.'

I will fly down to watch this hilarity.  ;D

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Doomsteading / Re: C5 Walks into a Diner...
« on: Today at 10:08:49 AM »
I don't think I'll be moving anything. That'll fall on the next generation, most likely. But I could do it, if need be. It'd take 3 or four trips. I'd have to have a new truck and plenty of fuel.

Or maybe a train of covered wagons.

To begin with, to pull a tractor up there, you need a semi with a lowboy.  To pull all the galvanized sheet metal from the storage units, you'll need a flatbed and LD to strap them and tarp it.

Basically, that shit is not going anywhere, it stays where it lays, this generation or the next one.  By the next, the fuel to move it all won't be available to do it with or will be too expensive.

If you really were to buy land in the Great White North, you pretty much have to start from scratch and sell out everything you own in TX to some greater fool.  Hopefully you pull in enough to pay off all the debt before you make the Great Escape.

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https://www.truthdig.com/articles/long-lived-civilization-may-be-a-pipe-dream/

Long-Lasting Civilization May Be a Pipe Dream


Ruins on Sudan's Meroë island. What traces of our modern existence might we leave? (Maria Gropa / Wikimedia Commons)

Humanity’s cherished hope that we are building a long-lived civilisation may be nothing more than a pipe-dream. Human endeavour, two scientists argue, may carry within it the seeds of its own destruction.

The two astrophysicists have turned one of the great questions in science into a way of examining the down-to-earth consequences of global warming, the pollution of the oceans with indestructible polymers, and the wholesale destruction of species in the last 300 years.

They put an innocent question: if there had been an advanced technological and industrial civilisation on Earth several hundred million years ago, how could anyone know? What marks would have been left by a race of intelligent reptiles with motorised transport, housing estates, international trade and an arms race?

In what they call the Silurian hypothesis – a reference not to the geological period long before the first creatures crawled from the sea onto the empty continents, but to a 1970 episode of the British television serial Dr Who – they turn to the only testbed available to contemporary Earthlings: the evidence of the Anthropocene, the geologists’ name for a new era that could be considered to have commenced with the Industrial Revolution.
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If some alien or distant-future civilisation set out to study the Earth’s geological record, what signs would humans have left in the strata?

And almost immediately, their study confronts a paradox. “The longer human civilisation lasts, the larger the signal one would expect in the record. However, the longer a civilisation lasts, the more sustainable its practices would need to have become in order to survive,” they write in the International Journal of Astrobiology.

But the more sustainable a society, the smaller the footprint its agriculture, manufacture or energy generation would have made, and the smaller the signal in the geological record.

So the researchers, Adam Frank from the University of Rochester, New York and Gavin Schmidt, director of the Nasa Goddard Institute for Space Studies, set out to calculate the future signature of long-vanished human society.

Signs of change

They conclude that the burning of fossil fuels has already changed the carbon cycle in a way that would be recognisable in records of carbon isotopes. Global warming – a consequence of that fossil fuel combustion – would be detectable in the rocks.

Global agriculture would be signalled by increases of erosion and sedimentation rates over time, and plastic pollutants would be detectable for perhaps billions of years. And all-out thermonuclear war – were it to happen – would leave behind some unusual radioactive isotopes.

“As an industrial civilisation, we’re driving changes in the isotopic abundances because we’re burning carbon,” said Professor Frank. “But burning fossil fuels may actually shut us down as a civilisation. What imprints would this or other kinds of industrial activity from a long-dead civilisation leave over tens of millions of years?”

The latest study is not the only one to contemplate the paradox of a self-destroying civilisation. Last year an Arkansas mathematician considered the silence of the extraterrestrials.

Nothing heard

For 40 years, humans have been listening for the noise of other intelligent civilisations in the galaxy, and have heard nothing. Maybe, he suggested in the same journal, modern humans are typical of technological civilisations, and destroy either their planet, or themselves, almost as soon as they exploit technology.

Perhaps, he suggests, a technological civilisation that lasted for millions of years would not be typical.

The latest study, in essence, pursues the same logic. Human advance for the moment is not sustainable. The people of the Anthropocene have already tipped 12 billion tonnes of indestructible plastics into landfills, and created a technosphere that totals about 30 trillion tonnes. And by 2050, humans will have built another 25 million km of roads.

“You want to have a nice, large-scale civilisation that does wonderful things but that doesn’t push the planet into domains that are dangerous for itself, the civilisation,” said Professor Frank. “We need to figure out a way of producing and using energy that doesn’t put us at risk.”

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Doomsteading / Re: C5 Walks into a Diner...
« on: Today at 09:18:50 AM »
Btw, C5, I have a metal roof, and my storage buildings (after I sell  the dirt to some greater fool) could be salvaged to provide a few thousand pieces of old-school galvanized roofing (and enough posts to build a lot of fence). I got that goin' for me.

Backhoe? Check. (Needs a new hose). I have a parts backhoe too. LOL. Vintage 1968 US made.

 I also have an almost new Korean tractor that I still owe 26K on. But I'm down below 1M debt now, and that won't go higher unless I find a great deal on some Canadian land or somethin' else valuable to hand to my clueless kids someday.

I worry about drought and heat. My place, which looks gorgeous right now in spite of climate change, is ever-so-slowly turning into a desert. The trees know this. The old ones have no trouble understanding what's happening. A few of them have given already up and their souls have gone to tree heaven.

Moving all that gear up to the Great White North would be quite the challenge.  Not to mention expensive.

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My mother would serve up lentils from time to time when I was a kid, and I absolutely hated the dish. It wasn’t until I would became an adult that I could appreciate the virtues of a well-made lentil soup. There is a German restaurant across the river down here that does a fabulous lentil soup that by itself is worth the trip, it’s also a German beer garden, so what’s not to like?
I agree with you that the canned soups Really can’t hold a candle to the real deal. I liked that the one you pictured features carrots which is an essential part of a well-made little soup.

I could live on soup.

Me too.  Soup was one of the last things I really enjoyed eating until I began to slowly starve to death.  A steady part of my diet over all the years, including all those cans of Cambell's Condensed Alphabet Soup with all those little noodle letters that I began to recognize as a child.  The best soups though are always made from scratch, not canned.  I have featured many soups which were favorites of mine over the years on the Diner Menu, but I haven't even scratched the surface.  There will be more Soup Theme Weeks coming in the future.

If I ever recover from this agonizing end to my life, when I visit you in Norfolk we will go to that Beer Garden for Lentil Soup and a few pints of the Oktoberfest Special.  :icon_sunny:  Otherwise, we will enjoy a bowl when you join me in the Great Beyond.

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Doomsteading / Re: C5 Walks into a Diner...
« on: Today at 06:35:02 AM »
It helps to be intoxicated while reading. Try to think of it as short books.... and stream of consciousness, Hunter S Thompson  style.

Hunter Thompson is my literary mentor. :)  The Diner is a Gonzo Blog of Collapse and has been so since we put it up in 2012.  I take a lot of shit for this, but well, if you don't get it you can go fuck yourself. :P

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I had a bit of a tough time today deciding on a Lunch Special.  When I don't have a Weekly Theme for a meal, selections are vast to choose from.  ::)  I only do one weekly theme a week, this week it's Doomer Dinners for after SHTF Day.  So it's open season for Breakfast and Lunch choices.  I also try not to do duplications of stuff I have put up before, which makes this still more difficult to choose from.

In this case I finally decided on a Soup🍜4Lunch choice, Lentil Soup.  Anytime you choose a soup🍜 as a main course for your meal, it has to be a thick, rich and hearty one.  One of my earliest memories is of the Lentil Soup🍜 which my Grandma made from scratch.  In my memory, it was absolutely scrumptious.  You don't see Lentil Soup🍜 on the menu too often here in the FSoA, and for myself in the years since then about the only Lentil Soup I have consumed is the canned Progresso version, which is OK but a poor imitation of what I remember Grandma's soup to be like.

Along with the soup🍜, you want a nice piece of crusty break to dip in there, or at the very least some saltine crackers to crush up and add to the soup.  You can also sprinkle the grated cheese of your choice on top or some sour cream.

Reviewing the recipes for Lentil Soup🍜 this morning, like all dishes there are a wide variety.  I will likely feature another one in future Specials.  This one reminds me most of what Grandma's looked like.

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Lentil Soup

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Environment / Re: Official Ocean Death Watch Thread
« on: Today at 06:10:50 AM »
The Zombie Apocalypse is so much sexier than a slow planetary death that happens almost too slow for your average clueless human with no ties to the earth to notice. The latter is useless for a movie plot.

That's why we NEED more films from "Master of Disaster" Roland Emmerich (RE  ;D)  These films can get the message out where Bloggers fail!  :icon_sunny:

I've seen all of RE's Disaster films, they are GREAT!  2012 was a favorite, along with Independence Day.  Watching the Empire State Building and White House blown to smithereens was a true treat.  :icon_sunny: Also watching NYC get inundated by a Tsunami was just fabulous CGI.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/gJn261UAdaA" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/gJn261UAdaA</a>

There's a scene with Harvey Fierstein I just love in one of the films, but I can't find it right now.

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Doomsteading / Re: C5 Walks into a Diner...
« on: Today at 05:44:06 AM »
I don't suppose we can come up with a solution to the Community Problem so one aging Doomer doesn't have to put up miles of fencing? ???  :icon_scratch:

Well, here is the subject to discuss. I had burnt out trying several versions, to no success. Still trying because of its sheer necessity. While in Lima, we realised if we are going to continue trying, we have to switch from our good anarchist principles... and switch all the way over to medieval landlordism.

I may not be able to join that discussion because I figure I will be severely brain dead for the next while. Holes to punch in the ground. Sticks to force in. Pain to endure.
Our fences wont look nearly as pretty. Different shapes and sizes. It has to grow itself for a few years before we have much to work with.

If you see this C5, drop me a link to your writing about your experiences in Peru.I assume there are some. When you have a quiet moment, LOL. We went to Peru and passed through Lima Of course) on our way to Iquitos. Just visiting, but it was an interesting trip. I'd go back in a heartbeat, but not to live there. I like the upper Amazon though.

Just go to his blog.  Not hard to find.  You can start with this one:

https://darkgreenmountainsurvivalresearchcentre.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/survival-advice-from-south-america-part-1-the-arrival/

WARNING!:  C5 makes me look terse.  He is REALLY long winded.

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I am sure everything is fine.  Nothing to see here, please disperse.  ::) Earthquakes rarely do much damage in Iran, and Da Goobermint is full in control of the situation.


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http://www.newsweek.com/earthquake-rattles-irans-only-nuclear-power-plant-892287

Earthquake Rattles Iran’s Only Nuclear Power Plant
By David Brennan On 4/19/18 at 5:16 AM
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An earthquake of at least 5.5 magnitude has struck in southern Iran, just 60 miles from the country’s only nuclear power plant near the city of Bushehr.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the quake, which occurred at around 11am local time.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported the earthquake's magnitude at 5.5, though Iranian state television quoted officials who said it registered at 5.9. The quake occurred at a depth of 6.2 miles. Iranian state television put the epicenter near the town of Kaki, some 540 miles south of Tehran, ABC News reported.

Earthquakes of magnitude 5 or higher can have significant damage. The USGS website says that though no casualties have been reported so far, they are possible in an earthquake of this size. Tremors can be especially dangerous to poorly-constructed homes, and in the past have triggered deadly landslides.


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Doomsteading / Re: C5 Walks into a Diner...
« on: Today at 04:43:37 AM »
I don't suppose we can come up with a solution to the Community Problem so one aging Doomer doesn't have to put up miles of fencing? ???  :icon_scratch:

Well, here is the subject to discuss. I had burnt out trying several versions, to no success. Still trying because of its sheer necessity. While in Lima, we realised if we are going to continue trying, we have to switch from our good anarchist principles... and switch all the way over to medieval landlordism.

I may not be able to join that discussion because I figure I will be severely brain dead for the next while. Holes to punch in the ground. Sticks to force in. Pain to endure.
Our fences wont look nearly as pretty. Different shapes and sizes. It has to grow itself for a few years before we have much to work with.

The subject has given me inspiration and material for a new article, which I just started.  However, it will probably be while before I publish it.  I have a couple of Sunday Brunch articles in the can already, and Eddie hopefully will produce another installment of his running series on the (former) Tropical Paradise Bugout Location of the Virgin Islands.  Hopefully also Surly's arm will get repaired and he will get his Fastball back to further hammer down on the collapsing political system of the FSoA.  ::)

Tentative provisional title for the new article is "Catch-22 for the Doomsteader".  You can guess what it is about.  ;D

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Doomsteading / C5 Walks into a Diner...: Live Willow Domes
« on: Today at 02:27:31 AM »
In all our conversations about Monolithic domes and Geodesic domes, I don't ever recall discussing using Live Willow Domes as building structures on your Doomstead.  Here's one that you could turn into a pretty nice Barn:


Here is another more of a "Longhouse" design which could be housing for WWOOFERs helping to build more fencing around the Doomstead.


Here's a more individual size abode


You would of course need to do quite a bit of work on these things to be somewhat weather-proof.

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Only two types of people will make one of these for breakfast.  A professional chef in a high end restaurant or a complete foodie nutcase when he has all morning to prepare the thing and cook it to perfection  This is not a morning meal you whip up for yourself before you rush out the door to jump on the subway for the morning commute. Also not something you cook up for the kiddies even if you are a stay at home Mr. Mom. Also even if it is Sunday Morning, just for yourself it's not worth the trouble to make one just for yourself.  You gotta be serving breakfast for at least 4 people to make this worthwhile.  Even then it's questionable.  They're not THAT much different than a Quiche made with similar ingredients, and the quiche you can keep in the fridge and eat all week for breakfast or lunch.  I only made souffles while at Capsuto Freres.  It's a pain in the ass.

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Breakfast Souffle🍳

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