Newsletter – Issue 6

In this issue — News, Financial Collapse, Preparations, Storyline

News

Some of the effects of climate change being reported — The Climate’s Warm Future Is Now in the Arctic

World’s Coral Reefs – Virtually Doomed

If you thought you had heard enough bad news on the environment and that the situation could not get any worse, then steel yourself. Coral reefs are doomed. The situation is virtually hopeless. Forget ice caps and rising sea levels: the tropical coral reef looks like it will enter the history books as the first major ecosystem wiped out by our love of cheap energy.

Reef collapse means the oceans themselves will eventually collapse.  Reefs are critical habitat to marine life, without them, the ocean will become lifeless (except for species like jellyfish).

Rise of the jellyfish (video). Blog readers will remember this prediction.

A must read blog – Stephen Leahy, documenting climate collapse and the impacts on the world’s ecosystems (another very good site).

It’s bad — very, very bad and it’s getting worse every single day. I doubt very much if people really understand how severe and serious the environmental impacts really are.  This is what you need to prepare for, probably more then anything else.

Feds push new national identification card program after “Real ID” flops — Yet another prediction coming true. They’re not going to stop until they get what they want, which is the tracking, monitoring and surveillance of everything you do.

From Vaughn — We’re now at 92 bank failures and climbing (this year alone). Remember, they’re expecting at least a 1,000 more.

How Far Does The Lawlessness Go? Is the government a policeman or a felon? — Everyone should know this answer already.

Truckers Trained as Terrorists Lookouts – Joining the girl scouts and the boy scouts now.

Yet Another Bogus “Terrorist” Raid – I’ve lost track how many of these have turned out to be absolute fakes.  The “Afghan” connection here is conveinent — and suspicious.

Economic Collapse

Sent in by Ryan, The 4 Key Reasons an Economic Collapse is Likely Imminent  — This is well worth reading, contains a lot of information and many useful links, and lays out just how precarious the present situation is, and what is going to happen.

Economic Collapse Death Spiral

By now, everyone should well realize that government mismanagement is the tap root of our financial woes. They’re basically clueless when it comes to efficiently and effectively managing the nations finances.

You should be making your preparations RIGHT NOW. Be sure you’ve set aside a supply of storable food, cleared your debts, stocked your home with essentials and supplies, and ‘battened down the hatches’ on your financial exposure.

Be sure to read the 9/10/09 Financial Update.

Millions More Foreclosures Coming — what does this tell you?

Homestead Preparations

Several people have asked for me to outline the preparations that I’ve been doing.  First off, my plans and preparations may not be your plans.  As the harbinger of doom, I do not believe the United States stands even a remote chance of avoiding the collapse.  I’ve spent many years now documenting the downward spiral of this nation and the world, and have oriented my own future views and plans towards this fact.

I’m building a crashstead and have been doing this now for a few years. The ‘stead is my planned place of refuge during and after the coming storm.  Here are some of the projects I’ve accomplished just this year:

Water Collection * Critical

Built a huge snow roof / rainwater collection system. This was a very large project, which will gather over 50,000 – 80,000 gallons of water per year into a pond.  The roof and structure had to be built, with nearly a thousand feet of dual french drain pipe surrounding it and a receiving pond dug.  It’s all done now except for the pond, which is only about half dug out.  The french drain was also built around my shop, all the pipes connected and run down to the pond.

10 Year Food Supply * Critical

I actually accomplished this last year, but made the final ‘touches’ on this project this year. All buckets and cans of storable food (from my own company of course) were ordered, labeled, organized and set in place.  It’s just barely enough, in my opinion, for what I expect to be a generation of decline in this country.

I can’t and probably won’t grow my own grains and staples, so I’m heavy on these items and lighter on others that I expect to grow for myself.  I’m also figuring I can barter / trade some of these items with others who didn’t prepare.

I am not the type to ‘plan every meal’, because I think this is totally unnecessary. Nobody can have “too much food”, not even me.  I bought in bulk, as fast as I could while prices and availability were still good.  Neither of these are promised in the future.

Wood Shed

I built a new woodshed this year, it will hold an easy ten cords of wood or more. It’s 12 x 24 with a 14′ ceiling. I built it tall to permit air flow and even equipment can be parked inside if necessary.  It’s got a 6/12 pitch metal roof to slide snow.

I also built a 14′ x 40′ addition to my shop.  Not sure what I’m going to do with this, it’s just a collection point right now for materials.  I did mange to cut (break) most of my power lines with all the construction and digging I did, but they’re not that hard to fix (and nobody got hurt).

Roads

Over 300 yards of gravel were laid down for roads, parking and walkways. Due to high clay content, nearly 700 feet of geotextile material was also laid down to seperate the gravel from the clay.  This is supposed to prevent the gravel from being ‘absorbed’ (pushed down) into the clay when wet.  So far, so good, a few big thunderstorms this summer have shown a huge improvement on our ability to walk around here and not disappear in the mud.

I well realize that the future of roads and gasoline / diesel powered vehicles is woefully short.  The winters here are quite harsh, and winter / wet access requires roads that can be traversed.  Non-graveled roads here disintergrate into mud wallows.

Supplies

This is a non-stop ‘project’, as I have continued to accumulate tools (power and manual), building supplies (pipe, lumber, nails, screws, materials). Garage sales still remain a viable source, as do any special sales I find at the box stores. I don’t have enough and really, never will.  Some things are consumable, like toilet paper, others are not, but needed, like metal roofing for future projects.  I’m pretty heavy now on tools, but still too light on some supplies.

Windows

All new energy efficient windows were installed, this made a dramatic difference on the summer heat. The old windows were basically crappy aluminum jobs, new vinyl windows with low-e were fitted and installed.  This was in my opinion, a great idea for this old place.  One old window was donated to the chickens, they seem to really like it.

Top Soil * Critical

I have moved over a 300 yards of topsoil now, this is an ongoing project. This was necessary to augement the poor soil I was working with, and the future plans for a greenhouse (still not built). The top soil is coming out of the pond, so this is actually getting two projects done at once.  Any rocks or sticks have to be removed, mostly by hand, and now I’ve got a nice pile of rocks that I have to figure out what to do with (undoubtedly another building someday).

The top soil will probably need to be augemented with fertilizers and mulch, the lands around here are all pine trees and the soil is acidic (not tested yet, but this is a no brainer).  A compost pile will be used to help with this too.

Trees * Critical

A little over 600 trees were obtained and potted.  About 50 – 60 still remain in their pots, the rest have all been transplanted into the ground to reforest the property.  This is a long term project.  We’ve seen a very low loss rate (so far) with only a few dying.

Somewhere around 200 berry bushes of various types were also transplanted. I’m rewilding the land as best I can, and trying to bring in as much wildlife as I can by improving the habitat.  If they can eat here, so can I.

Chickens * Critical

I’ve had chickens for years, but my flock was slowly depleted due to age, predators and dogs.  I just finished a large fenced in chicken yard, as the old one was decrepit, and this one is significantly bigger.  I used treated posts this time, the non-treated lasted less then five years.  New fencing was also used, as I’ve never figured out an efficient way to salvage old fencing and time was of the essence this summer anyway.

New chicks were purchased and now they’re all nearly full grown and we’re getting fresh eggs again.  An aviary will also be built to house grouse or quail or some such ‘wild’ species of bird.  This will be fully enclosed inside the chicken yard, there’s plenty of room now for me to do both.

Shed

I’ve got a large shed (12 x 24) that I elected to ‘move’ and reposition.  This proved a bit of a challenge, as it also has some large overhangs.  I braced these up, installed large treated skids underneath the shed and attempted to move it.  It didn’t budge.  So I hooked up two large trucks and proceeded to drag this thing into it’s new position, which as it turns out, I don’t like either.

So…. it’ll be moved again, except now I’ll need to install some wheels first.  It’s much too heavy to actually lift or trailer, I’ll put some axles underneath it and creep in carefully into another spot, reinstall the overhang supports and hope the winter snows aren’t like last years.

Remaining To Do

This is a long list, but this year is when I achieved most of the big projects.  I’ll build the greenhouse, raised garden boxes, plant a new garden (my miserable efforts this year with Earth Boxes were circumvented by all the other projects), build a second house, build a tower (really), cut tons more firewood, finish the pond and plant cattails, build another root cellar, and undoubtedly, engage in a bazillion other projects include clearing and planting an orchard.

I expect to build stuff for several more years to be honest. Since this place will be a true homestead, this is really going to be a non-stop series of projects that will occupy most of my so-called “spare time”.  I haven’t had a day off since July 2008.

This is part of my 100 year plans and preps, but by no means all of them.  More then anything else, I’m rehabilitating the land and rewilding as much as possible.

Storyline

The hunter kneeled down in the waist deep water as a light breeze rippled the surface. He was trying to get to the cattail roots embedded in the mud.

The pond where he was at was an abberation, it shouldn’t have been here, but it was.  Some sort of inlet pipe was the obvious input point for water, but he didn’t know where the pipe led to.

The cattails grew in the shallow end in a profuse tangle, and they were a bit stubborn to pull out, but with some effort, he was able to harvest a nice supply.  He left far more then he took, he knew that taking only what was needed would ensure there would be another harvest when he came back in time.

The harvested ones would be taken back to his family later that day in addition to the deer that he had killed.  A young doe had been stalked nearby, and he’d taken this cleanly with his bow and arrow.

There wasn’t much game around, as he had journeyed away from his normal hunting grounds, but the pond he had discovered showed plenty of tracks.  He’d discovered the pond by accident, wandering farther away then his usual hunting pattern.  The pond wasn’t very big, but it was there after all, and the wildlife and plant life thrived nearby because of it.

After finishing his harvest of cattails, he decided to discover the source of the water.  Passing through a thick stand of trees he came across an ancient building that still stood. The metal roofs were badly weathered and a few panels were missing, but the structure was still there.  There was no sign of the water pipe, but he intuitively knew that the ancients had built this, including the pond and the water system that somehow nourished it.  How this came to be, he did not know, but he understood the significance of it all.

Wandering around, he came across other signs of the ancients — a rusted machine with big wheels, now firmly rusted into place, and even a few fruit trees, old and gnarled now, but probably still producing some fruit in their season.

It was too early in the season to expect any harvest from these, so he mentally noted this place and gave thanks to the ancient one for the provisions he would glean from this land.

He also found metal pipes sticking up out of the ground, covered in weeds, but he couldn’t fathom their use.  Nearby was a marker of some significance, with a large stone which had been rolled into place.  No other stones like this were around, so this had to have been deliberately placed there.

Unable to read the writing on the surface of the stone, the marking were undechiperable.  He wondered what they meant.  He paused here, sensing the tranquility of the place and the quiet peace.  The birds were quiet now too, as the sun began its daily descent in the afternoon sky.

He remained at rest, at ease in this place, until the late afternoon sun marked the time, it was time to go.  Giving thanks once again for the his bounty, he gave homage to the ancient one and headed back towards his tribe with his bounty.

It was a good day, all would eat and rejoice and he knew that he would return to this place again.

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