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The Diner Pantry / Re: 🍄 Mushrooms could save humanity from extinction
« on: September 17, 2019, 10:13:36 PM »
Someone did an experiment where ducks controlled the slugs for their mushroom production:

Geopolitics / Re: Election Errata
« on: September 17, 2019, 09:52:55 PM »
I didn't think it possible, but if one of these idiots is nominated, I just might be casting my vote for Trump.  Accusations of sexual misconduct are serious, but when the alleged victim won't corroborate the accusation, I find it not to have a shred of credibility.

From the consistently excellent blog: 'Consciousness of Sheep'; these two posts should be mandatory primers for every Collapse initiates, ...but also every policy maker.

Solve This or You Solve Nothing #1.

Solve This or You Solve Nothing #2
Seems pretty basic to me, but of course I've been doing this for a long time....

Deep permaculture does offer a solution to both, by eliminating the need for transport and the need for money.  Needless to say, you end up with something that does not resemble BAU in the least, which means you don't get a lot of fans.  A lot of the leaders in the permaculture movement stick to lite permaculture, that is compatible with BAU.

Doomsteading / Re: C5 Serves Up a Triple Decker Collapse Shit Sandwich
« on: April 04, 2019, 08:26:36 PM »
About that Doomsteader's Prayer.... and the part about the cancer diagnosis...

It definitely changes your perspective on prepping for collapse....

But in the end, it's just another thing to Adapt to.

Knarfs Knewz / Re: Knarf's Knewz Channel
« on: March 17, 2019, 01:17:32 AM »
Candidate Booker is workin' the bong brigade for his run in '20  :icon_mrgreen:

Opposed: private prison owners, contractors of prison slave labor, bobblehead-nodding far-right evangelicals and police unions.
For: everyone else.
You missed big pharma; they want a monopoly on CBD at $30000+ a dose.

Surly Newz / Re: For Sale...Doomsday preppers pipe dream
« on: January 30, 2019, 06:51:03 AM »
I've been reading about beaver reintroduction 8n the southwest. Same idea natural catchment builders. Fascinating. The water harvesters I looked up were active so small scale for personal use not row crops. I have no desire to live in the desert just working the problem. Ok I'm going back to my grits with wood ash now.
I was wondering about that... the government can stop YOU from damming up a stream, but what are they going to say if a beaver does it?  Even if you happen to be the one who surreptitiously introduced the beaver to the area....  :icon_mrgreen:

Economics / Re: 🤑 Wealth Maldistribution
« on: January 30, 2019, 06:17:40 AM »
Don't forget to use the SMILE.AMAZON.COM subweb and designate the SUSTAINING UNIVERSAL NEEDS FOUNDATION OF BOILING SPRINGS, SC as your Charity organization.  Bezos will then make a contribution to us and it costs you nothing.
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Economics / Re: 🤑 Wealth Maldistribution
« on: January 30, 2019, 06:02:58 AM »
I love this plan, PLUS reinstitute the Inheritance tax (just call it something catchy like "Zombie taxes" :evil4:). Make it hugely progressive. The ultra wealthy will scream (I hear you Michael Dell) but the people would get behind it.

Me too. She has gone after big corp and their corrupt dealings. She is pretty wealthy. She is contemplating running for president in2020. I may even register to vote if she does.
I like the idea of a wealth tax on corporations.  We get to tax individuals' wealth when they die, but corporations never die, unless they are already broke.  And if it inspires corporations to break up, that's a great result, too!

Far Out Newz / Re: ********************** 41 *************************
« on: January 30, 2019, 04:27:37 AM »
So, here we go—the first installment of an investigation that points to a curious conclusion: The “Bush” family was created to destroy America.
Based on results, I seriously doubt that was the case, if you are think of destruction in the sense of annihilation.  More likely, subvert, corrupt, and take over -- so you could say destroying the ideals of America -- which was done fairly competently.

Surly Newz / Re: The Surlynewz Channel
« on: January 23, 2019, 03:54:26 PM »
Is a ten percent tax on every bodies income fair?

That's the kind of thing people like Bloomberg want, except it would have to be higher than 10% to pay the freight on our debt. Maybe 20% would get it, if we could spend sensibly (which is not really in the cards).

That's the so-called "flat tax".

It's regressive, because it requires the poor to pay taxes. Right now a large group of people with lower incomes pay NO net federal income tax...meaning they get back as much or more than they pay in.

So a flat tax would not truly be fair to the people at the bottom. They already pay sales tax on everything but food, which is where the tax man hits them the hardest, compared to wealthy people.

The real bottom line is that you can't tax your way out of unlimited deficit spending. The money system, unfortunately, allows the government to borrow unlimited money with no plan to pay it back. The Congress and the Fed collude to make this happen. This is the real problem.

The current conservative Republican approach is to gut spending for social programs...but the real problem is elsewhere, in the military budget. For a brief, instant in the early 90's we were on  the verge of doing things right. Then the USMIC found us some new enemies to waste money killing. It's a joke, unless you're the one being bombed.

The military is the biggest conduit scheme ever devised, and the people largely support it, thinking it's necessary, and failing to get how it makes us all poorer than we should be.

So, to make taxes fair to all, we do have to cut spending. But we need to cut it on the military. Most of our taxes go to two totally unproductive and wasteful things. Paying debt interest  (8.3% of this years collected federal income tax).........and buying bombs and paying soldiers (24% of taxes).

Only 9% of the tax collected comes from corporate can argue that corporations should be taxed higher. There are also some fairly reasonable arguments against that.

One thing is for sure. Taxes could be a lot lower, and services for regular people could be much higher. If we had to balance the budget, and if we could cut the insane military spending..

None of the right things will happen, but most of the wrong things don't look for things to improve in any material way, not even under the new socialists, who are apt to themselves be profligate spenders.
I find it suspicious that the amount the Pentagon cannot account for is $20 trillion and the total debt is $22 trillion.... in fact, I find that borderline odious.

Environment / Re: Official Arctic Meltdown Thread
« on: January 11, 2019, 05:39:42 PM »
Water vapor is a strong greenhouse agent in its own right.
This is not correct.  Water vapor can go either way.  At night, especially in high cirrus clouds, water vapor is very effective as a greenhouse gas.  During the daytime, especially in heavy cumulus clouds, water vapor is very effective at reflecting the sun's heat and has a cooling effect.

IF Unless you set up your own off-grid, self sufficient (as much as possible) community homestead in a climate resilient location right now, you will find yourself destitute in the near future. If you don't, you'll find yourself dead.
Fixed that for you....

I bought one of these ONCE.  Forget it, stick it in your pocket you look like you have a permanent Woody.  Plus most of those blades and tools you'll just never use.  A more worthless blade than the Mini-Saw I can't imagine.  Anything you can cut with that you can snap with your hands.
Your imagination is lacking... if you snap it, it will have a ragged edge.  If you saw it, it will be smooth.   Sometime smooth is advantageous.

Tonight, Santa goes crazy....

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Reindeer steaks for everyone....

And no, they do not taste like chicken....

My selections for music and food today are a 2-for-1 special: chipmunks!

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