Jun 302008

I have long believed after many years of study, that mankind is going to revert back to Stone Age living. This will be the inevitable outcome of the depletion of global energy supplies (oil, coal, nature gas, uranium).

Not long ago, I came across a quote (posted here) that pointed out that we have long since mined all the easily available minerals and resources found in the Earth. This is true, the rates of return on our discovery and extraction efforts is greatly diminished, and it will NEVER get any better.

The important point here is the non-renewable resources like metal ores are being mined deeper and deeper, requiring greater and greater energy expenditures. This discovery / extraction cycle cannot be maintained much longer as energy supplies run out. When this happens (fairly soon now), we will simply stop mining ore.

This means we will also stop having a modern, industrial civilization. There are of course, many other factors that also mean we will stop having a modern industrialization, but I don’t want to under emphasize this one point.

When our industrial civilization effectively ‘stops’ (which will happen long before we run out of metals), we will revert to more ‘primitive’ methods of living. In time, when even our recycling / recovery efforts to reuse existing stocks and supplies of metal are gone, we simply won’t have any metal, period.

Only highly durable (and quite literally priceless) metals would still be in existence. Titanium for example (but hard to work with), stainless steel, probably brass, gold and silver will still be reusable. A lot of our modern metals in use today (steel, iron, aluminum) will corrode or oxidize into oblivion. In any case, civilization if it continues to exist at this time, will be much, much different without much metal in use.

This of course, also means that other inventions such as glass, all types of plastic, asphalt, ceramics (as opposed to clay), and all forms of synthetics (shoes, clothing, carpets, upholstery, etc.) will also be long gone — FOREVER.

None of these ‘inventions’ will be coming back. Oh, we might make some crappy looking windows from sand (silica), but not much else. It’ll be wood and stone, hand-made brick and mortar, leather and dirt. We’ll all go back to doing things the ‘hard way’, whether we like it or not.

Some think we can keep this whole thing running on alternative energy, but that definitely will not happen. We cannot even maintain, let alone build, alternative energy contraptions (PV panels, hydro electric, wind / wave generators, etc.) without oil — forget about it. Nor could we stock or supply enough spare parts, or of course, locate and mine the ores deep in the Earth to manufacture the replacements.

Once we “use up” our endowment of cheap, plentiful energy, we are going to REVERT, we have absolutely no other choice.

And we have NO IDEA how we are going to survive when this happens. Remember, this will actually happen long BEFORE we run out of all energy supplies, for many of the other reasons I’ve shared before on this blog. In any case, there are a few people who have given this some serious thought.

There is one dude who I admire for his gumption and fortitude that has (using my own words) concluded the same things as I have, and that is Torjus Gaaren who runs the Living Primitively site. He’s doing his best to practice the primitive living skills now, so that they can be taught to someone else later on (he offers classes sometimes).

So here is what I’d like to see some of my readers do — send him a donation to keep this effort ‘alive’. I just did again, not bragging, not trying to say anything at all about that, I do it because I truly do believe in what he’s doing. Go visit his site and hit the PayPal button on the right hand side and help him out. It’s not easy living without any money, we’ve all got one foot in the system while we’re trying to find ways to get out.

Torjus writes about his experiences and posts it up on his site for all the world to see — for free. He’s certainly not doing this for the money, I can absolutely guarantee you that. He’s given up on other opportunities so that he can do what he loves doing best, and learn what needs to be taught to future mankind, and we can all learn from his experience.

I’ve long said it takes serious time to make your individual preparations, and time for all of us means money and effort. He’s got the ambition and has proven himself able to make the effort — so this is where we can step in and help him with the money.

I’ll let my readers in on a secret — I give away all the donations I receive to ‘worthy individuals’ time and again. My own donations for June were $50.  I gave this back to another, who needed it more then I.  I wound up with a spare grinder kit and gave this to yet another.  I do this every month, without fail, even when there are no donations to me, which happens quite often.

I’ve never talked about it before, but I have tried to share with all of you that a ‘new ethic’ is needed and how I truly despise the greedy monsters out there like Savinar who are only seeking the advantage over everyone else.  They are constantly begging for money, always for themselves.  We need to “put up or shut up”, ie., practice what we preach as a demonstration of who and what we really are, if only to prove to ourselves, of what we really believe.

The proof is in the doing, not the online posturing and postulating and procrastinating.  Do what you can, when you can.  Reach out and help those who are trying to help you.  What goes around, certainly DOES come around.

Jun 292008

Staggering figures in Zimbabwe for the price of basic food stuffs.  Inflation is now over 1 million percent.

A loaf of bread cost 200 million Zimbabwe dollars “” enough for 12 new cars a decade ago. Fresh price rises were expected after the state Grain Marketing Board announced up to 25-fold increases in its prices to commercial millers for wheat and  corn meal staple.

This is what collapse looks like.  Holy crap. I wonder what their starvation rate is now?

Jun 272008

There has been a rash of inquiries lately and a few cancellations regarding existing orders. This post is to ensure that the record remains straight regarding order fulfillments. It’s crossed my mind someone is spreading false rumors.

All existing orders are being filled. I’m am now accepting new orders, the shopping cart has been switched back on.

Mountain House, Rainy Day Foods and Alpine Aire remain backlogged, but they are filling all their back orders as fast as they can. All the canneries fill their oldest orders first. New orders simply get placed at the end of the line, which has continued to grow ever longer.

Cancellations are possible at any time — you will be refunded your funds according to our cancellation policy.

If you cancel your order and reorder elsewhere, you will simply be getting in line somewhere else. We all buy our food from the same sources, no matter what another website may tell you, their shipping times are not any different when it comes from the same source.

The canneries have told me of some “switched” orders from some customers, which really doesn’t make any sense, and they’re as puzzled at this as I am. My prices are cheaper, with free shipping to boot on all freeze dried foods, and the wait time if you’ve already been waiting, will be substantially less.

I have received several hundred request now to resume taking new orders. Ok, I will do so (now enabled), just be sure you have read the shipping times page and our ordering policy page is all I ask (it is REQUIRED reading on the shopping cart checkout page).

I’m only interested in accepting orders from customers that understand and agree to the cannery situation. They remain extremely busy with their products in extreme demand. It is not a situation that can be helped anymore, essentially most everyone ignored all the warnings early on and they are now “rushing for the exits”, which created an instant clog.

I know it’s hard to be patient when the news remains so bad, but patience is called for here. Get your orders in and forget about it, move on to something else that needs doing. I assure you, there are plenty of other things to solve as we all watch our world devolve.

Jun 272008

It seems unthinkable, but for the first time in human history, ice is on course to disappear entirely from the North Pole this year.

The disappearance of the Arctic sea ice, making it possible to reach the Pole sailing in a boat through open water, would be one of the most dramatic ““ and worrying ““ examples of the impact of global warming on the planet. Scientists say the ice at 90 degrees north may well have melted away by the summer. No Ice

This will help rapidly accelerate the melting of the permafrost, which in turn will release methane gas, 20 times more potent then carbon dioxide.

As Arctic sea ice vanishes, permafrost could warm much more quickly than previously thought, according to new research. Melting permafrost could then release its vast stores of carbon into the atmosphere, accelerating global warming. The study is the first to link the loss of sea ice to warmer temperatures hundreds of miles inland. Sea Ice Loss Threatens Permafrost

I suspect that this fall will “tell” just how terribly serious this will actually be (for the entire planet).

Jun 272008

This probably happens a lot more then we realize, this time the dirtbags got caught:

A millionaire who inflicted years of abuse on two Indonesian housekeepers held as virtual slaves in her Long Island mansion was sentenced Thursday to 11 years in prison.

Varsha Sabhnani, 46, was convicted with her husband in December on a 12-count federal indictment that included forced labor, conspiracy, involuntary servitude and harboring aliens.

The trial provided a glimpse into a growing U.S. problem of domestic workers exploited in slave-like conditions.

The victims testified that they were beaten with brooms and umbrellas, slashed with knives, and forced to climb stairs and take freezing showers as punishment. One victim was forced to eat dozens of chili peppers against her will, and then was forced to eat her own vomit when she couldn’t keep the peppers down, prosecutors said. NY Millionaire Goes to Prison

Why is it that those that do all the work, get the least amount pay and respect? I’m of course talking about much more then this sordid case, it’s true in every “employment”. Wage-slavery is slave labor, whereby the owners benefit from the labor of the workers, always for a pittance of what the workers actually produce.

Most people think this is fair, I never have. It’s injust, but it’s “capitalism”, that nirvana lifestyle that permits some to rise to the top and oppresses everyone else.

Notice the dirtbag lawyer that tries to get this woman off the hook. Disgusting. No good deed should go unpunished.

Jun 262008

Suggested reading, just so you can keep everything in proper perspective:

But when you’re through, the facts will still be waiting for you. Controlled death. Outsourced torture. Secret prisons. Month-long sleep deprivations. The president’s personal power to hold whomever he likes for as long as he’d like. It is as if we woke up in the middle of some Kafka-esque nightmare.

Have I gone wildly off-topic, Mr. President? Have I brought up a dozen unrelated issues?

I wish I had, Mr. President. I wish that none of these stories were true.

But, we are deceiving ourselves when we talk about the U.S. attorneys issue, the habeas issue, the torture issue, the rendition issue, or the secrecy issue as if each were an isolated case! As if each one were an accident! When we speak of them as isolated, we are keeping our politics cripplingly small; and as long as we keep this small, the rule of men is winning.

There is only one issue here. Only one: the law issue.

Does the president serve the law, or does the law serve the president? Each insult to our Constitution comes from the same source; each springs from the same mindset; and if we attack this contempt for the law at any point, we will wound it at all points. Senator Dodd Speaks Out

Jun 262008

The number of ocean dead zones has grown from 44 areas reported in 1995 to more than 400, with some of the worst oxygen-starved areas extending over 22,000 sq km.

Recent figures from the United Nations Environment Program estimate fertilisers, sewage and other other pollutants, combined with the impact of climate change, have led to a doubling in the number of oxygen-deficient dead zones every decade since the 1960s.  Oxygen Starved Oceans Rapidly Dying

Jun 262008

It has often been said that, if the human species fails to make a go of it here on the Earth, some other species will take over the running. In the sense of developing intelligence this is not correct. We have or soon will have, exhausted the necessary physical prerequisites so far as this planet is concerned. With coal gone, oil gone, high-grade metallic ores gone, no species however competent can make the long climb from primitive conditions to high-level technology. This is a one-shot affair. If we fail, this planetary system fails so far as intelligence is concerned. The same will be true of other planetary systems. On each of them there will be one chance, and one chance only. — Sir Fred Hoyle, Of Men and Galaxies, 1964

Jun 262008

Today’s decision by the black robed thugs still demonstrates that “shall not be infringed” is still not understood, even though most gun owners are going to claim this interpretation of today’s events as a “victory”.

Shall not be infringed means that the Federal government and the State’s cannot infringe upon your individual rights to “keep and bear arms”, PERIOD. Yet this decision “probably leaves most firearms laws intact“.

The truth is, the thousands of existing firearm “laws” in effect around the country infringe upon the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

This so-called “decision” (reinterpretation) of the Constitution by the Supremes does not have a damned thing to do with “self defense” as a right or reason of ownership. That is only one reason among many, but inferring this as the justification of ownership is patently absurd and shows a tremendous lack of understanding by the judges.

The dissenting judges are even more clueless then the rest. The Second Amendment does not even mention handguns (which means that are not regulated), yet in their dissenting opinions, this idiot writes:

“In my view, there simply is no untouchable constitutional right guaranteed by the Second Amendment to keep loaded handguns in the house in crime-ridden urban areas.”

Stupid fools. What part of “shall not be infringed” do they not understand. Clearly, ALL OF IT.

There’s more, even one of the thugs that ruled in ‘favor’ said this:

Scalia said nothing in Thursday’s ruling should “cast doubt on long-standing prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons or the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings.”

Which is why deranged killers can go on killing sprees in our country’s schoolyards. Does everyone realize that this is a direct result of the “no gun” policy in such locations? Even if you managed to vaporize every firearm in the country, any unprotected area (home, schoolyard, workplace, government building, city street) will be vulnerable to those that will do harm with ANY weapon (knife, baseball bat, chemical weapons, firebombs, anything).

Gun laws are WRONG and undermine (infringe) upon the basic right of firearm ownership, and even the true reason for firearm ownership.

Laws governing ownership, permits, licensing, registration, barrel length, stock design, magazine capacity and on and on and on are simply sucessful attempts of the government (city, state, federal) to infringe upon the rights of State citizens (as opposed to a Federal citizen) on their Constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms.

Anybody that tells you different is a liar, period. Here’s a bit of proof of this fact:

In dissent, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote, “The decision threatens to throw into doubt the constitutionality of gun laws throughout the United States.”

Gun laws are not constitutional and NEVER WERE. Period, end of story. The “interpretation” of the Constitution is not that hard, especially in this case. Shall not be infringed is stupidly simple, but still too much for the Supremes to understand.

Posted under Tyranny because this is exactly what the Second Amendment was REALLY for (read the Declaration of Independence if you do not believe this) and because the Supremes didn’t do their damned jobs (again).