Moscow, to me, represents the psychological and geographical shift in ethics, integrity, and uprightness.
The Antichrist is using war and money to deceive the immature in the Western system.
We can all be deceived and therefore need to concentrate wisely on how to best help with our efforts and energies (and survive).
We still have not developed an effective language with which to articulate our critiques. This, in turn, is because we ourselves are part of the machine and so we have difficulty defining its shape and its direction. But even if we have this difficulty, there are societies of people on this planet who do not...
We have entered into a universe that has been re-formed by machines; we are a species that lives its life within mechanistic creations; our environment is a product of our minds. Locked inside our cities and suburbs, working in our offices, controlling and conceptualizing nature as a raw material for our consumption, and now even including ourselves as raw material suitable for redevelopment, we are at one with the process.
Spiritualism is the highest form of political consciousness.
In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology and the Survival of the Indian Nations [Paperback]. Jerry Mander (Author). pp. 191-193.http://www.amazon.com/Absence-Sacred-Failure-Technology-Survival/dp/0871565099
The disability to grow food may be partly due to an intentional centralization of resources and powers which occurred after WWII.
That is a trend which needs to be reversed.
Russia, thanks to its sheer size, represents a more successful failed centralization.
Greeks seem to be doing OK with an alternative currency.
Recently, in the U.S., Hurricane Sandy provided an object lesson as to how different elements in society will respond to a crisis.
The government did nothing, (besides arresting people trying to help).
The Red Cross asked only for cash donations and turned away other food or clothing donations and "untrained" personal assistance.
At the time of need, they provided cookies and hot chocolate, but no blankets or other food.
However, "Occupy Wall Street" came out of the woodwork and provided real assistance for which the people are truly thankful.
In looking for grass roots general organizations of this sort, this may be one of the best go-to types for referral and directory information.
Occupy Wall Street Contact Information:
Help & Directions: +1 (877) 881-3020
designated info helpline: 347 603 6258
General Inquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
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In terms of devices to help demonetize one's life & get off the grid...
Energy Generators - Some time ago, I saw on the web that some remarkably good and cheap ones are being used in African and South American relief projects.
Water Purifiers - I don't know about this.
E-foods - I don't know about this; why not just buy canned foods?
I think there are other search terms which may help you to search for things about agriculture.
Here are some of the terms I found at meetup.com:
Survivalism, Permaculture, Natural Building, Green Home, Frugal Living, New Urbanism & Sustainable Development, Intentional Communities, Alternative Energy,
Permaculture, New Urbanism & Sustainable Development,
Natural Building, 11th Hour Action, Simplicity, Global Warming, Green Home
Homesteaders, Alternative Energy, New Urbanism & Sustainable Development,
Car-Free, Animal Rights, Environment, Vegetarian, Organic, Critical Mass,
Simplicity, Fair Trade, Buy Local, Culture Circle.
There is also a Sustainable Communities Initiative called "Findhorn" in Scotland which does many of these things.
Findhorn Ecovillage is an experimental architectural community project based at The Park, in Moray, Scotland, near the village of Findhorn. I watched a movie about Findhorn and I think they were doing something with aquaculture.
Here are some books on farming:
1. You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise [Paperback]
Joel Salatin (Author)
2. The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! [Paperback]
Carleen Madigan (Editor)
Much of this time was spent fantasizing about one day having a 1/10th or 1/4th acre homestead. During that time, the book was eye-opening as to what is possible with that little space. Having soaked up these ideas about raised beds, chickens, dwarf fruit trees, and so on for so long, when I finally got a house recently, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it, which alone is probably worth the price of the book.
But now that I have fruit trees to prune and chicks to raise, I'm not looking to this book for information. For building raised beds, I'm using the instructions from
3. The Urban Homestead (Expanded & Revised Edition): Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-reliance Series), which also details composting with worms, reducing your reliance on the energy grid, and using water more intelligently -things The Backyard Homestead doesn't even mention. Or take pruning. On page 111, "Pruning a Fruit Tree in Four Steps," Step 2 says "First shorten the branch to about a foot, then undercut the branch slightly before sawing it from above. Finally, saw off the stub, leaving a slight collar to promote good healing." These are just the kind of clear-as-mud directions that would greatly benefit from an illustration; unfortunately all that is there is a drawing of a man sawing a branch with a long-handled tool of some kind, nothing to show what exactly a collar is or how much of the remaining foot qualifies as the stub or even why he selected that particular branch. So for pruning, I attended a workshop presented by my local nursery, which was far more informative and has the advantage of pertaining entirely to where I live. Regarding chickens: There are some interesting points, like letting a fresh egg age in the fridge a week before hard-boiling so it won't be difficult to peel or selecting a dual-purpose (egg laying and meat) breed because they are more disease-resistant than specialized breeds, but nothing that will in anyway get you started.
For that I'm presently using the book
4. Chick Days: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens from Hatching to Laying. For rabbits, you'll get two pages most of which just informs you that there are different breeds.
The only section of The Backyard Homestead that I was able to test out in my apartment days was the section on herb gardening. I killed all of them, until getting
5. Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces), which revealed why the rosemary survived but did not grow (too small a pot), why the basil died (unrelenting exposure to wind), how all of them could have benefited from mulch, and how to make simple plant foods. It also explained terms I had seen thrown around in several gardening books, like the warning to not let your plants "bolt" (which at the time I could only imagine involved my herbs running away to a more competent home). All those other books have unhelpful charts describing the exact conditions favored by each plant (type of soil, pH, full sun vs partial shade, etc) until you believe each plant should be grown in its own meticulously placed test tube. And I spent years thinking "partial shade" meant some kind of sparse, broken shade, like under a tree. Turns out the "partial" refers to time; 4-6 hours of direct sun per day compared to 8 hours of direct sun per day for "full sun." And
if you've always wanted to grow herbs, but wondered what you might do with them beyond cooking, then absolutely get
6. Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World, a brilliant DIY book on everything from making your own shampoo to beer to how to slaughter a chicken (The Backyard Homestead refers you to other books for any slaughtering instructions).
By all means, get The Backyard Homestead. Pour over it for hours in a coffee shop/bathtub/Cracker Barrel/escape-of-your-choice. Gaze lovingly at the beautiful, orderly homestead layouts at the beginning of the book. But think of it more as a course catalogue for college, that thick book (if they still put those out) that lists every class a college offers along with a brief description for each, rather than as the classes themselves. Use it to sketch out which topics you'd like to study, then
find other resources (mentors, workshops, youtube demonstrations, books, meetup groups, feed stores, nurseries, magazines like
7. Urban Farm [magazine] and go from there.
I also bought
8. Backyard Homesteading: A Back-to-Basics Guide to Self-Sufficiency and that book didn't address any of that either. I'm not sure why they have elected to omit the information. As a side note, this book (the Back-to-Basics book) had an entire chapter on goats with a plan for building a milking platform and everything. Then it only had 3 paragraphs on sheep. That was deflating. But that's another book for another review.
Bats; ducks; chickens; Nigerian goats;
Micro Agriculture (or) Biointensive agriculture is an organic agricultural system which focuses on maximum yields from the minimum area of land, while simultaneously improving and maintaining the fertility of the soil. The goal of the method is long term sustainability on a closed system basis. It is particularly effective for back-yard gardeners and smallholder farmers in developing countries, and has also been used successfully on small scale commercial farms.
John Jeavons, How to Grow More Vegetables: And Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine ISBN 1-58008-233-5
Carol Cox, John Jeavons, The Sustainable Vegetable Garden: A Backyard Guide to Healthy Soil and Higher Yields ISBN 1-58008-016-2http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biointensive_agriculture
"John Jeavons: Blazing the Trail of Biointensive Agriculture"
--California grower and researcher John Jeavons has demonstrated that hand-dug, biointensive garden beds can produce yields two to six times higher than standard American agriculture while using only a fraction of the water, fertilizer and energy.http://www.motherearthnews.com/sustainable-farming/john-jeavons-biointensive-agriculture-zmaz90jfzshe.aspx