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Agelbert Newz / Re: Agelbert's Newz Channel
« on: August 20, 2012, 02:08:38 AM »
If its a glitch it will be fixed.  We'll see. 

I'm with you on the importance of quality food.  We try to only eat organic, made easier by consuming a plant based diet.  The short term cost may be higher than conventional food, but cheaper long term if the health benefits are including in the accounting.

Interestingly, vitamin B12 is a required supplement for those on a plant based diet.  A diet that cuts out a lot of yhe profits of the big ag crew.

Geopolitics / Re: Ecuador Grants Assange Asylum, Defying UK Threats
« on: August 19, 2012, 04:46:42 PM »
Amazing that people buy the sexual misconduct/rape allegations.  I mean come on, the guy blows the lid off the intelligence community and all of a sudden he's wanted for rape?  Oh yeah, seems real legit to me!  FACEPALM.  Why are people so stupid!?

Primitive Living / Re: More Firemaking Ideas: Hand Drills and Fire Cans
« on: August 17, 2012, 08:46:36 PM »
I am glad you found it useful Agelbert.  I was pretty proud of myself with this achievement.

Your observation re: pressure and speed is spot on, getting the balance just right can only come from practice.  A common mistake is to apply TOO MUCH pressure, so it's better to start off light and increase the pressure if required.

Let us know if you try it.  I had a lot of fun finding the right material and practicing the technique and I'm sure you would too.

Diner Newz & Multimedia / Re: Joe's Newz Channel
« on: August 14, 2012, 10:03:40 PM »
Regarding the Australian property bubble.

I've been watching the real estate market for over 10 years, both before moving to Australia and since.  I've known the market is way overvalued for a long time and as such, have refused to buy despite the overwhelming cultural "as safe as houses" ideology in this country.  Nearly EVERYONE is INVESTED in the property market.  Even the equivalent of 401k retirement funds are heavily invested in property.  Some people own multiple properties and take advantage of 'negative gearing' tax breaks the government offers to keep the market levitating.  These are regular folks on 5 figure or low 6 figure salaries, in debt for MILLIONS thinking they're some kind of property moguls.  The government has also handed out numerous "first home buyer grants" to lure new buyers into this obvious PONZI trap! 

Just to give you an idea of how insanely frothy this market is, the 1 bedroom apartment we rented for $400/week in Sydney (15 mins bus ride from the CBD) sold for $420,000!  We now live in another state, an hour outside a major city, where we pay $450/week for a 4 bedroom HOUSE that was probably bought for close to $500,000!  So while we're paying a bit more for a lot more space, I certainly wouldn't buy the damn thing!  Keep in mind that the AUD is worth $1.05 to the USD!  I hope that puts things in perspective for those who aren't familiar with this fucking insanity.

Even prior to this article, which if the allegations are true might provide the "pin prick" I've been hoping for, the market has begun to deflate because of enormous household private debt deleveraging (Australians are among the most indebted people in the 1st world, except for me, I hold ZERO debt!).  Thanks for bringing the article to my attention, since I no longer watch TV or read any MSM newz, I hadn't heard about this scandal.

Here's hoping this comes fast and furious so I can afford a doomstead!

The Kitchen Sink / Re: Obsolescence of the Obsolete
« on: August 11, 2012, 06:28:59 AM »
Some interesting themes going on in this article, from the social aspects of the internet, to the nature of intellectual debate.  In the real world as on the internet, people drift in and out of our lives, observing the rule that nothing is static.  While there is some healthy exchange of thoughts and information here as in other venues, as you pointed out humans tend to talk AT each other, instead of talking together.  How can any significant understanding come from a process of "I defy you, you defy me?"  I see this is in part caused by not listening, or in this case not reading.  We're always evaluating everything against our preconceived notions.  Meanwhile, there is no absolute reality and so contradicts our desire to have all the answers.  I watch myself doing it from time to time and anyone who is true to themself must too. 

So why don't we listen or read?   It's because almost all activity we humans engage in tends to involve building and supporting the ego.  We create and defend our own version of the truth to lend support to the identity of self.  It is the source of all conflict.  I think you realise this going by your observation that the world's biggest ego drives everyone away, though I wouldn't be too hard on yourself because we're all doing it in our own way.  The first step in taming the ego is in being aware of it's activity from the third person perspective.  By watching this way you increase your conciousness, if we define it by upgrading an unconcious process to a concious process.  You say it's who "I AM" and while that's true, the ego part of who you are is only one of the programs running, not the whole matrix.  Being more mindful of this helps to improve the value of information exchange, assuming all parties are on the same page.

As you said there are bigger themes that the blogosphere and commentariat tend to agree upon despite their specific Brand of DoomTM.  I would hazard a guess that the core themes are aligned with cultural myths as outlined in the works of Joseph Campbell.  It's the universal myths that we find our common ground despite the dividing nature of the separate self.  If we focus on the universal myths we might overcome the limitations of the infinite personal myths.  It's like saying, lets agree to disagree on all the idiosyncratic aspects of the multitudinous Brands of DoomTM and instead agree to discuss the myths and stories that underly them.  It could lead to a healthier sense of community instead of a sea of 'me.'

Primitive Living / Re: More Firemaking Ideas: Hand Drills and Fire Cans
« on: August 11, 2012, 04:10:39 AM »
Bandwidth aside, the videos are very slow to load especially given how short they are.  I'll get YouTube going and replace the embed.

Primitive Living / Re: More Firemaking Ideas: Hand Drills and Fire Cans
« on: August 11, 2012, 03:54:34 AM »
I've added a couple of videos from another successful attempt so go have a look at my post again if you're interested. 

RE, let me know if the bandwidth on these is a problem.  Each diner that views them will download from the website rather than a redirect.  I could set up a YouTube account if you think it's too much.

The Kitchen Sink / Re: Obsolescence of the Obsolete
« on: August 11, 2012, 03:49:21 AM »
Hey mate just a heads up that the link here doesn't work.  Got it from the blog page though.

Nice theory RE.  It passes the CFS test for me.  It seems worthwhile investigating further, if it weren't for the Anthropogenic warming group think you mentioned to Gail.  It needn't even be contrary to Anthropogenic warming, it can exist as a parallel contributor.  Though I understand you're saying the geotechtonic effect is greater.

Conspiracy / Re: Smoking Gun: The HAARP and Chemtrails Connection
« on: August 09, 2012, 11:24:17 PM »
Mate I know how you feel.  I've been up and down and all around with the anguish and despair at the horror of it all.  At some point you really do have to let go or it consumes your soul.   :'(  I also have to remind myself that we're just a blip in time (but then 'time' is a slippery thing), and that evil, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. 

Primitive Living / More Firemaking Ideas: Bow Drill Fire
« on: August 09, 2012, 11:12:03 PM »
Well I'm finally reporting back on the results of my bow drill fire making attempt.  I cheated a little and used a knife to carve my fireboard and drill.  I also used a cotton cord in place of natural cordage.  Trying to get my first fire going by primitive means using only natural material was, in hindsight, overly ambitious.  So I figured I would get the technique and method down before going full primitive.

For those of you unfamiliar with the bow drill method, it consists of four components.  A drill, bow, handhold, and fireboard.  The drill is a very straight piece of wood about 8" in length with a point carved at each end.  Think of a pencil shape.  The top should be pointed so it fits into the handhold, and the bottom slightly rounded to a small point.  The bow should be the length of your arm from fingers to armpit.  The string can be made of natural cordage (eg. rawhide, dried plant material) or man-made (eg. long shoelace, nylon string/rope).  The fireboard should be an inch thick and at least as wide, twice as much is best.  The drill is spun with the bow vertically on the fireboard, which lays flat on the ground, while the top of the drill fits into your handhold.  The friction bores a hole in the fireboard, eventually producing a coal that can be used to start fire with tinder.

Here's a photo of my equipment.  The stick at the top left is extra material.  In descending order is the bow drill, fireboard, handhold, and bow.

Bow Drill Equipment - Australia
Bow Drill Equipment - Australia

I used a native species for both my drill and fireboard.  It's the same type of wood used by the Aboriginal peoples of my locale and is called Xanthorrhoea, or by it's best known common name, blackboy.  If you'd like, you can read more about its' additional uses on Wikipedia.

The handhold is a macadamia nut shell, or half of one.  It fits perfectly in the palm and has a very smooth surface where it makes contact with the drill.  This helps reduce friction at the handhold end so all the friction is at the fireboard.

I'm not sure what species the bow is but I suspect it's a Eucalypt.  It's best to use something with a slight curve and gentle give.  You don't want it to snap.

I had been trying to start fire, or more specifically create a coal, over a few sessions but I just couldn't get it to happen.  Plenty of smoke and drill dust was created, but no coal.  I had a feeling my fireboard was narrow but hadn't been able to find any thicker Xanthorrhoea.  That was until recently when I spotted one off the side of a nearby road.  To get to it I had to walk through some gnarly scrub, which I wasn't keen on because it looked like prime poisonous snake terrain.  So I got my boots on and quickly grabbed what I needed and returned to safer ground. 

Back home in the garage I carved out the new thicker fireboard and drill and went to work.  The first attempt resulted in the board splitting at the end when I went to cut a notch in the new drill hole.  This is something to watch for if you try to drill too close to the end of the board.  I learned a number of useful tips in the following YouTube videos, which I highly recommend if you're trying this technique.

Ultimate Bowdrill Tips & Tricks (Part 1)
Ultimate Bowdrill Tips & Tricks (Part 1)
Ultimate Bowdrill Tips & Tricks (Part 2)
Ultimate Bowdrill Tips & Tricks (Part 2)

My second attempt was much improved as I quickly mated the drill with the board and then recarved the drill for the attempt at the coal.  By now my form was second nature from the prior experience which allowed me to completely focus on the pressure and speed of the bow.  As usual I had lots of smoke, but I also had more board to drill through due to the increased thickness, so the longer drilling created higher temperature, producing a coal for the first time!  The giveaway was a separate stream of smoke coming from the drill dust pile.  It was a great big coal too! 

Taking my time I transferred the coal to my tinder pile and blew on it until it erupted in flame....FIRE!  Finally all my hard work had paid off.  It was a great feeling.  Knowing that I could save my ass if ever I needed to was a big boost of confidence.

Here's the proof of my primitive firemaking.  A coal and the fire created by it.

Bow Drill Coal
Bow Drill Coal
Bow Drill Fire
Bow Drill Fire

Update!!!  Since the first success producing a coal, I tried again and managed to achieve a second coal.  This time I was outside in relatively windy conditions.  I wanted to test the technique in challenging weather and it was a clear winner.  I also recorded more video and have edited a pair of clips (see below).  Sorry they're so short, but the upload limit per file is 2MB and there's a corresponding limit to the files I care to edit.

In the first clip I'm using the bow to produce a coal (which you can just catch a glimpse of in the final frame).  The second clip is getting the tinder well on it's way.  You can see how windy it was and I barely needed to blow on the tinder to get it going.  I apologise for the poor lighting, but it was night outside my front door.  I wonder if any neighbours saw and now think I've lost my mind!
Bow Drill Coal Video
Bow Drill Tinder Video

Now that I've created a coal and a fire, I'm going to try producing the material without the aid of modern tools.  Creating a stone knife and cordage won't be easy, but I'll persist until I've had success and report my results to fellow diners.

Market Flambe / Re: Algos Gone Wild
« on: August 08, 2012, 06:27:05 PM »
Computers are complex systems and as such, are subject to rapid state changes, or 'crashes' (see also the rapid state changes of ecosystems). 

Since Civilization is a system based on complexity, it's my bet that it will suffer a fast crash, not a long emergency as Kunstler and others predict.

Primitive Living / Re: rewilding
« on: August 07, 2012, 05:14:19 PM »
Thanks for posting Peter's updates RE. 

For those who are interested, there's yet another update on his blog as of yesterday.  It looks like he's prepared all the clothing, tools, and food he will require for a full month wilderness immersion with Lynx Vilden.  I was impressed by the clothing he made.  He's looking very Davy Crockett.

IMG 20120806 133457
IMG 20120806 133457

Population Overshoot / Re: SHADE™ the Motion Picture
« on: August 07, 2012, 04:49:29 PM »
I have some questions and doubts about this depopulation/eugenics agenda stuff, presented here and in the tipping points article posted yesterday.

Do those who claim the elite are conspiring to depopulate the Earth disagree that the species is in population overshoot?  If so, where is the factual evidence to support such claims?  If they do think the human species is in overshoot, what's the solution?  How do we avoid a die-off that inevitably occurs to all biological life that exceeds it's carrying capacity?

Here's an idea.  If we accept that humans have overshot carrying capacity, one solution would involve lowering the standard of living for billions of people, possibly to subsistence levels.  Most people would not accept this option.  Who has the furthest to fall?  The wealthy for sure, but even the middle class, because by third world standards, we live like royalty (which is also why I have a problem with this 1% business, we are part of the 1% relative to the rest of the world and we've greatly enjoyed the spoils of war and oppression). 

So does it not make sense that the fear of a depopulation agenda might be used to provide resistance to attempts or suggestions to lower our living standards as a solution to overshoot by undermining the concept of overshoot, by suggesting it's a crisis fabricated by the elite?

Futhermore, if we are in overshoot and in rationally analysing the situation one concludes that the human population must be reduced in order to avoid returning to the stone age and an uncontrolled die off, is that diabolical or wise?  What's the alternative?  An uncontrolled die off?  It's a complicated issue to say the least and I find these depopulation agenda scare tactics serve to emotionally charge and derail any constructive or rational discussion of the population question. 

Consider the financial interests that benefit from ignoring overpopulation and you may find your source of depopulation agenda scare stories.

The Kitchen Sink / Re: New Tom Waits video- Hell Broke Luce
« on: August 07, 2012, 04:11:12 PM »

Listen to the General every goddamn word
How many ways can you polish up a turd

Somehow, they keep finding a way.

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