Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sunday Reading - You Guys Are Right

First let me thank each of you who commented on my taking a break post from yesterday. I haven't replied to them individually yet but I appreciate them all very much. Yes I am posting today the very next day after I said I was taking a break but really I am going to take a break lol. It's just that this afternoon two articles pop up that need to be reposted and linked.

The more I think about it the other problem is that although work progresses and it is true I now have a huge hole of doubt about property rights being maintained enough to rely on survive in place long term sustainable living, which kinda places preaching the "life" in a questionable area. I also do not wish to draw as much attention to my efforts as some of my postings did. Kinda hoping memories may fade a bit before the hammer falls I guess.

Secondly I honestly am running out of things to write about some days. Work progresses but really this time of year things don't change or new problems do not arise or interesting developments crop up with on going experiments enough to keep me in topics. For the last week I worked on raised beds and hauled wood chips. Yes an interesting topic to post about but not four days worth of posts. Of course in the Summer I would have had everything finished in about a day and a half and been onto the next topic but with less daylight comes less work time and more mundane routine. Hence a smaller pool of topics.

However when important outside developments spring up they still need addressed. At this point I will just post when it is needed and not stress so much on trying to be a daily poster. Fair enough?

In the war on Rural America sphere this link from DailyKen (which was also in the local papers but not national that I saw) came to my attention last night.

USDA Chief: Rural America Becoming Less Relevant

"Why is it that we don't have a farm bill?" said Vilsack. "It isn't just the differences of policy. It's the fact that rural America with a shrinking population is becoming less and less relevant to the politics of this country, and we had better recognize that and we better begin to reverse it."

I am reminded once again of Joseph Tainter's Complexity Theory and the similarities with the dying out of the Roman Latifundia as complexity grew and focus shifted to the cities and the populations there.  Let's just hope we don't go the way of the Roman empire however.

It also appears spending measures are once again cropping up outside of the half a dozen normal suspects like Detroit, Camden, Kalifornia etc.

New Ways to Warn Threaten Tsunami Sirens in Oregon

What further complicates the story is money. In a hard-pressed county that is still struggling in the aftermath of the recession and tax-revenue declines, managers said they weighed the effectiveness of the sirens, in light of new tsunami research and coastal flood-zone maps, against the roughly $100,000 needed to replace the devices under new federal communications regulations that take effect next year. The conclusion, they said, was clear: the sirens were not worth it. 

Another words they don't have the money. Hmmmm. Also notice the "liberal party line" of a recovery? Even with reduced revenue coming in they still insist we are in a  recovery.  The only recovery I see is the collective sigh of relief the government employees have let out who were afraid they were going to be voted out of their pensions. It still hasn't sunk in that it isn't the rural areas and conservatives who are threatening their pensions but their own spending. I guess it is just going to take more time.

Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!


  1. Since its slow for you as winter is settling in, how about becoming a online mentor to a couple of "NewBee" Prepares?

    I wanted one last year, someone said they would help. When I asked about their offer, their reply was "I did" Ended up being of no help.

  2. Methinks the new landscape requires new thinking. I have continued building up the orchard and vines, however I'm not so sure that I am not just throwing my time, money, and effort away. A continuation of the drought, amongst other things, could make that untenable. So, I have shifted my focus to skills, since they are portable. I have also started considering getting a mobile home instead of conventional construction. I had planned to pour concrete in the spring. None of the mobles have really good construction, but I don't see why a beater couldent be rebuilt to be passively survivable. At any rate I am starting to think that being fleet of foot may be the way to go.


  3. I'm still going to check in on ya most every day because I understand things when you talk about them and what you have accomplished is inspiring.


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