Starting a homestead from scratch is a very time, labor, and money intensive project. Add the fact that you are trying to use mostly manual labor and you get the collapse experiment. The main question I’m trying to answer is, how to run a homestead after a societal collapse. Consider that electricity might not be around, fuel for machinery may not be available, and a limit of resources I find that it is important to learn how to do such things in the same way.
My day was filled with using left over materials from my house to work on projects. A large pile of siding was used to finish a chicken coop that I put together with small pallets and lumber from housing projects. My wife and I bought 10 chickens to add to the 6 Rhode Island reds, and two turkeys. 4x4s were salvaged from the side of the road and used for a large run to keep the new additions in.
When we bought our house a large pile of insolation was left behind. Our house has three levels and only the lower level was finished. Today I decided to lower the pile and filled in sections of wall that had not been finished. The outer wall of the gym was insolated today along with areas in the main room and above the side door.
Early in the morning I took out three containers of material to the compost bins. I picked up trash from previous years on the way back to the house. At one point the property had been part of a golf course and later bought as a project to convert into a home. While we own two of the nine holes and the club house, the 15 acres had collected empty oil bottles, an old five-gallon bucket, and dozens of golf balls that have been lost and left behind.
The garden is coming along with five 50-foot rows that have a small portion of what we will be planting. Two rows have potatoes, the rest includes strawberries, swiss chard, Detroit beets, and kale. I haven’t even planted the fun stuff yet. In the window there are tomatoes, peppers, and tobacco. I decided to try a test of the forbidden leaf in upper Michigan since it does grow well in Connecticut. There is another plot that has been plowed for either soy beans or corn. I will be planting both this year.
Out of the land we bought about five acres is cleared and the rest is thick woods. That means we needed a mower. Just before stepping out of the door, I noticed the washing machine wasn’t running. When I lifted the lid, I noticed the clothes were sitting in brown water. I clicked the dial and the motor would not kick on. We also needed a washing machine. While I have several scythes for tall grass that doesn’t cut it for the front lawn.
We stopped at the local Home Depot and bought a John Deer 160 lawn tractor with a trailer. There will be more additions down the road but at the moment I will be able to mow the lawn, haul wood on the property, collect lawn clipping for chicken food and compost, haul fresh compost to the garden. This will be a work horse for the rest of its life and hopefully mine.
We lost a turkey the other day. It was the healthy one of the two. One day it went from moving around and sticking its head out of the brooder to lying on the floor struggling to breath. I tried my best to give it water and make it comfortable and a few minutes later it died in my hands. The gimpy, weird legged, mangled feathered turkey is still kicking and will soon be outside once it gets big enough.
There is still a lot to do and there always will be. I haven’t been able to work on any of my book projects and it looks like hours will be picking up at work. The rest of the logs have been inoculated with mushroom spores and in two years we will start harvesting Lion’s mane and oyster mushrooms. I still have to collect more clean logs for the Button and Shitake spores waiting in the fridge.
At the moment, in a way, I am broke. This is a blessing in disguise. It will keep me home and working on things that need to be done instead of heading into town. There is something comforting about working outside, handling the soil, watching the chickens racing around the run, and feeling that satisfaction of a job well done.
The news has been a sounding board for the idea of karma lately. 2020 was a crap year and it appears to have set the stage for even bigger disappointments, violence, and death. While some of these stories sound like the plots to cheap soap operas, others are straight out of Tom Clancy novels.
On the romance front it would appear that governor Gretchen Whitmer had her heart broken when she requested more vaccines for her state of Michigan only to be declined and told to lockdown again instead. Only a few months ago she had guaranteed the electoral votes of the state for Biden during the election. In return she has received no help or special privileges. These days I picture the stupid look on her face as she thinks to herself, he told me he loved me. You get what you pay for.
Onto the Ukraine and Biden front, the same country that Hunter Biden was given a cushy job is about to be invaded by Russia and they don’t appear to care about US involvement. Not only did Ukraine make the mistake of catering to the Biden family but they had the misfortune of having a man almost 80 years old elected into office. Over on the Chinese front, another country Hunter Biden received money from, there are 200+ ships off the coast of Taiwan and they don’t care about the US being involved. These situations have been simmering for the last four years and as soon as the administration is changed these two countries hit the “Go” button and prepare for war. You get what you pay for.
Riots erupted in Minneapolis again after a man was shot by a cop during a traffic stop. Stores are looted and the police chief resigned. The police were defunded after a voted and later abolished entirely. Crime went up and even with the mismanagement of the twin cities the state decided to vote more democrats in along with Biden and Harris. Now we have more riots and looting, the city can’t hire any cops for work, and people are moving out in droves. You get what you pay for.
People are dying from the Covid-19 vaccines and we don’t know the extent of it. The vaccines were pushed through without proper testing and now we are learning they can cause blood clots. Of course, I was covering this back in January when they said there was no link to the deaths of people two weeks after receiving the shot. Now there are 6 confirmed women with blood clots with one dead. This also ignores the deaths in retirement homes, the doctor in Florida that died, and Hank Aaron who also died less than two weeks after receiving the shot. Add in others that are not documented and I guessing we are in the thousands for people who have died from the vaccine. During the 4-14-2021 episode of the Tim Pool podcast a super chat added that their uncle died from a blood clot after receiving the shot. There are more out there that we are not supposed to know about. You get what you pay for.
I could go on about the great many things that have made me laugh lately but the list is too long. A few honorable mentions include the coming tax hike from Biden, pulling troops out of Afghanistan and letting the Taliban and Al Qaeda move back in after their vacation in Pakistan for the last 20 years, the news media losing their viewers, and the Kardashians buying their own doomsday bunker. If that doesn’t tell you something I don’t know what will. If you are not paying attention I guess you get what you pay for.
It is a tall order to say that the common man can stop something as well organized as the Great Reset. We have the book by Klaus Schwab, Agenda 2030 and 2050 by the United Nations, and a push to keep Covid-19 relevant even though the survival rate is 99.9%. It would appear that we have a decade, maybe less with the 2030 date ticking away and in reality, I would say we have 3-5 years to stop this. Do you want to live a life where you own nothing, have no privacy, have every choice monitored, and they say you will be happy? Why do I think we have 3-5 years?
The initial plan ends with 2030. That only happens if the first steps are taken and they are able to continue on their path of control. Keep in mind, Covid-19 is an important aspect of this plan, it is the excuse they grasp on to so that they can suppress individual rights and start grinding away at documents like the constitution. We are seeing some progress against the Great Reset. Government mandated Covid passports were found to be unconstitutional so instead we are seeing a push for businesses to violate your medical privacy by requiring proof you were vaccinated. I think that some will try this and maybe there will be a requirement on your actual passport for travel, but keep in mind infected people were allowed to travel for the last year. Vaccines are mandated to travel to some countries already, what we could see is a state-by-state mandate for proof of vaccination still violating HIPPA laws and I would like to think they would be found a violation of constitutional law. The only downside is the cost in lawsuits to overturn laws that were already a violation of laws we have now.
As a write this Texas, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Montana, and several others that are no longer locked down or were never locked down like North Dakota, Utah, and Nebraska. The smaller governments become the easier it is to bypass the great reset. Today, President Biden signed executive orders for gun laws that are unconstitutional. In response, states signed laws to not follow federal gun laws. That doesn’t mean that the ATF can’t enforce those laws but it does create a barrier to make it easy to enforce. Then we have these horrible promises to make gasoline fueled vehicles banned from various countries by 2030. The UK signed a law to make this happen along with a few others, and the US is wanting to do the same thing. What they don’t realize is that this would also include farm equipment, transportation of goods, and airliners. Before the year 1900 it was uncommon for most people on the planet to travel further that 5 miles from their home. This is what they want to go back to. By eliminating fossil fuels, we will also lose fertilizers, pesticides, plastic to wrap and ship produce, trucks with refrigeration, tractors to plant, harvest, plow, bale, weed, etc. It would appear that those in power have no desire to feed the public, the common man, over the next decade. As for the push towards renewable energy, the latest calamity in Texas and Germany during a late winter storm showed the rest of the world green energy isn’t where it needs to be if its going to work to replace the grid system we have now.
There was a phrase that became famous during the 1980s, perhaps it has been long forgotten. “Just say no,” was something Nancy Reagan said about doing drugs. If you believe in the great reset or any of the woke SJW bullshit that is coming out of government or Hollywood, you deserve to be looked upon as a drug addict who is not thinking rationally. Granted, just say no, didn’t do much to curb the drug problem in the country and DARE ended up teaching kids how to do drugs that they weren’t familiar with. The one drug we should be avoiding at this point is socialist/ communist ideology that is being pumped out by our news media and the woke left who desire to control everyone while promising everything.
There are two stories being told by the media these days, Covid-19 cases are spiking and cases are dropping. In my state of Michigan, we are allegedly seeing a spike in cases that is causing the Governor to start voluntary lockdowns while her assistant takes a trip to Florida for vacation. Meanwhile in Florida, Texas, and other states, case numbers are dropping and the states are completely open for business. It would appear that the states which continue lockdowns, for some reason, see a spike in cases while states with no restrictions see low numbers of cases. It isn’t difficult to see that either cases spike from lockdowns, or the states engaging in lockdowns might be taking liberties with the numbers they are reporting. As we know about government and other businesses, if your paycheck depends on the continuation of a problem, it is best not to solve that problem.
It is important for people to engage in civil disobedience when it comes to the Great Reset, Covid-19, and BLM. All of these agendas go hand in hand and work together for the same goal. There is a two-tier system at work here. The first is to pass policies through government, and when they can’t use government, corporations will be used to make social changes. We are already seeing this with Facebook and Twitter, two social media apps I don’t use. So, what can we do?
Get off of social media. At least the festering cesspools that are Facebook and Twitter. Don’t let these corporations collect your information and create profiles on you. Be careful where you spend your money. Buy local and small when you can. For every dollar these large corporations don’t collect it is less power they have over us. Support independent media and don’t watch major media outlets. They don’t give you news anyway. Stay in the control group. Get the vaccine if that is what you decide to do, I however will sit back and watch what happens to those who do take it. If they want to use the public for an experiment, I will volunteer to be part of the control group to see what the side effects are. Don’t follow stupid laws that are not based on science. 6 feet, 3 feet, mask, no mask, double mask, none of these guidelines made sense since day one. Airborne diseases are difficult to contract and keeping people indoors makes it easier to contract an airborne illness. If you want the public to contract a disease, continue the lockdown. Start local trade. Find people to trade goods with. With food shortages, freighters getting stuck in canals, and new regulations preventing farmers from doing their jobs we will need to find local sources of necessary goods. There is more and I’m sure I will think of other things to add as soon as I post this. The important thing is to get started on the resistance. Think for yourself. Question authority.
“For some, like entertainment, travel or hospitality, a return to a pre-pandemic environment is unimaginable in the foreseeable future (and maybe never in some cases…). For others, manufacturing or food, it is more about finding ways to adjust to the shock and capitalize on some new trends (like digital) to thrive in the post pandemic era.” Page 174.
It is clear, with the policies set under the Biden administration and others around the globe, there are certain industries that are to die out and never be seen again. The movie theaters are open again but unless you live in Texas or Florida they are not at full capacity and two states cannot keep an industry going that is already losing money with film productions shut down due to social distancing. Hollywood is literally supporting their own demise with their support of lockdowns. Some will say that it will come back and that they have enough money to wait it out but if theaters are closed is the industry going to convert to digital and work with only a fraction of their income. Wonder Woman 1984 might be the last big budget movie produced with the way it was released in a handful of theaters and a streaming release that made no money. The sequel to a hit movie turned into a huge flop because of Covid-19.
78% of jobs in the US are in the service industry. How does a person serve others with social distancing and limited seating space? They don’t. Restaurants already function with a limited income and that is when they are full. If they don’t have a liquor license they don’t survive. To tell a restaurant they come only function at 25% is to tell them to close their doors. Meanwhile, fast food is still operating with small spaces in the kitchens and handing out crappy quality food through drive thru windows to people who should be eating healthy to fight a virus. This is not the case and for some reason the government says it is okay to offer low quality food to those who should be eating better during a pandemic.
What is this obsession with “Post Pandemic”? What does this really mean? It would appear that while the people in charge continue to tell us that eventually we will go back to normal they have no plan to actually let that happen. There has been an attack on the food industry as well. Production facilities have been shut down. Employees test positive for a virus they show no symptoms for and they don’t get sick or die from it. Yet, the business is shut down and people lose money. The business loses money and employees. The animals that were being processed are a waste and sacrificed to the god that is Covid-19. There is no evidence that food tainted with Covid-19 will transfer Covid-19. This is why we cook food. To kill bacteria and viruses that might be on the food. This is why eating things like raw spinach is more likely to make someone sick from E Coli than eating a steak. One is cooked and sterilized the other is not washed properly and not cooked to kill any germs. At yet we keep hearing stories of tainted food and processing centers shut down.
Digital, the answer that Schwab loves to hang on, does little to help society. Humans are social creatures. We need face to face contact for communication. Digital doesn’t replace dating or business meetings. When you enter a contract with someone it is always good to meet them face to face to figure out if they are lying or trying to swindle you. As one story goes, a man goes golfing with a possible business partner. During the game the man starts to cheat in order to have a better score. Afterwards the man asked his wife what she thought. She pointed out the man was a cheater and not to do business with him. the man followed her advice and later they found out the man had become the business partner of a company that caught him embezzling money and later sent him to jail. The things that are being pushed in order to adjust businesses for the post pandemic future are bound to aid in their failing under these conditions.
There is a new secular religion that is infecting the country and it is called critical race theory. This ideology has been brewing in college campuses and fringe groups for decades. It was not that long ago I watched it infecting a new minority group that was finally starting to make progress with the Intellectual Dark Web and the Four Horsemen. Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett sparked a curiosity into secular beliefs that indirectly resulted in YouTube channels and podcasts related to the subject. As a recovering Catholic who married into the Methodist church, became a Buddhist and later didn’t know what the hell I was, I too became curious of the forbidden belief of no god. The more I read and learned the more things began to make sense. The reoccurring question that atheist had to argue against was the subject of morality. While answers were given the question never went away and I think, although I don’t know for sure, this may have been the downfall of the atheist movement. We don’t hear much from the four horsemen these days. Hitchens is dead. Dawkins is usually putting his foot in his mouth. Sam Harris has a hit podcast but it is so long winded I don’t know who is listening unless they prefer not to listen to anything else.
During my time as an atheist, I listened to a weekly podcast called Atheist Airwaves, the show is still available, but a hurricane in Texas put an end to the show. As I listened to the show and became swept up in the hosts and their lives, I started to learn that there was more going on than the idea of “a life without god.” During one show a host named Jay was arguing that women can’t just sleep with anyone. Life has consequences and every action has an equal and opposite reaction. I agreed and added in the comment section “Just don’t fuck assholes. It’s not hard.” For two days I received emails, messages, and comments on the video about: women’s rights, victim blaming, feminism, a woman’s right to choose, etc. To make the harassment stop I finally said, “women can sleep with whoever they want.” This topic, the subject we were discussing had nothing to do with atheism but the host argued that the ideology supported “progressive ideas.” Before is knew it had happened, the ideology that had been based on science and intellectual thought was now being taken over by wokeism, but that term did not exist at the time. Looking back, it makes sense, the lead host, Christian Ferris, worked at a university and was also a recovering Catholic. The term social justice warrior was starting to make the rounds and everyone online was hitting the keyboards trying to make a difference by spreading insults, doxing, harassing, and working at having people fired for grievances as small at using the wrong pronoun. Then wokeism came for the podcast.
A guest was invited to the show and via Facebook a small but vocal campaign was started to keep the guest from being on, and if they were allowed to speak threats were made that the show was be ruined. The main culprit was some third-rate atheist activist who claimed to be a veteran, bisexual, celebrity with a girlfriend sporting the name of some supermarket fruit. I can’t recall if it was Kiwi, coconut, mango, or banana. Somewhere along the list it will show up but frankly I don’t care to remember. For hours threats were made and I joined in the campaign of punching keys and following the attackers back to their Facebook pages where they were plotting how to dox, start a smear campaign, and start calling places to have people fired. Then I appeared in the chat “hey fuckface!” Clearly these people didn’t know how to keep their pages private and for the next three hours we exchanged insults. I took screen shots of their conversations. Photos were sent to me of the celebrity’s ass. In the end he blocked me and the podcast never heard from him again. Through all of this I learn an important lesson. Atheism is just another religion like anything else. I thought there was one fundamental belief, there is no god. Instead, I watched people fight and bicker about the most minute things. Friendships were destroyed. Marriages ruined with the introduction of polyamory and other deviant behavior. Watching the atheist was like seeing a libertarian community try to figure out the rules to their new utopia. The buildings crumble and the pipes leak. The grass doesn’t grow from the motor oil being dumped on the lawn. The river catches fire and you can’t leave because somebody else owns all the roads. What could have been a good idea, a community to enjoy and relax with turned into a screaming match of ideology that rivaled the BLM protestors of today. Science quickly stopped being the measurement of thought and ideas and it was quickly replaced with feelings and primal needs. What should have evolved mankind to another level instead de-evolved people into primal apes fighting to become the next alpha to claim all the women.
I stopped listening to Atheist Airwaves when I got a new job. A year later I looked it up on a day off and found that the show no longer existed. People moved, got divorced, or continued to clean up beaches to try to make the world a better place. There was good that came out of the movement. Community clean up was a part of the local group in Corpus Christi. The more that the group explored atheist ideas the further it ventured away from the simple ideology, there is no god. Dr. Darrel Ray was a repeat guest on the show, a man who wrote about religion being a thought virus and later pushing polyamory and orgies at his house. It wasn’t uncommon for him to make sexual advances on co-hosts of the show. It did not take long for a sex cult to evolve from the atheist movement. It was going to happen like it does with any new religion and Dr. Darrel Ray was going to make sure he was going to get his fair share of the action.
Towards the end I found myself longing for the days of highly intellectual writes with their whiskey and cigarettes typing out their thoughts and changing the world one opinion piece at a time. As time continues on those voices become fewer in numbers, replaced with Adderall laced misfits that seek “likes” over intellectual credibility. Dawkins came and went, catching our attention with a few books and slowly losing credibility with each talk he gives. Sam Harris has a loyal following but his monotone nature is better equipped at putting people to sleep rather than convincing them of anything. Hitchens, the love child of Gore Vidal and William F, Buckley, sadly died early in what could have been a long and involved career rivaling his mentor Vidal. I doubt we will see another movement of this magnitude in the atheist community. As of 2021, atheist became the largest minority in the United States with churches now reporting their congregations at half of what they once were. While the community of non-believers is rising there is no longer a voice to carry it and I fear that it is being taken over by wokeism. If I had to guess, many of the ANTIFA people wearing black and hitting reporters with bike locks are likely atheists who don’t claim any religion but follow an ideology. You don’t have to do much to be an atheist, and maybe those activists in the early days were on to something when it came to creating an ideology to follow. Afterall if they had pushed the idea of non-violence as an atheist maybe the riots of 2020 wouldn’t have happened, but if there is any thing, I learned about atheists in 2015-2016 it’s that they will fight and argue about anything. As one wise man once said, trying to get atheist to follow anything is like trying to create an army of cats.
If you want to see censorship in action try mentioning the national debt clock.org on a Biden video. It will be removed in seconds.
A few weeks ago, I posted on this blog a video link to a Louder with Crowder episode that showed evidence of voter fraud in the state of Nevada. As of today, that link no longer works, the video removed by YouTube for violating their newly created standards. A few hours ago, Crowder connected with his followers on his other channel Crowder Bits and that video was removed as well for trying to bypass the ban. Previously on YouTube it was policy to temporarily ban one channel but that would not affect the others. This new policy is directed straight at the host Steven Crowder.
It was only an hour ago as I write this that the question was mentioned, is the vaccine passport the mark of the beast? I can’t think of a better way of stating what we are already seeing. Crowder just lost a good chunk of his revenue for questioning aspects of the election and there is a good chance that his channel will not be allowed to broadcast live via YouTube in the future. We have already seen this with Alex Jones. Now we have the vaccine passports which is not a new idea. In Ireland, a document was released showing that the EU and Ireland were already planning a vaccine passport back in 2019, before Covid-19 or the pandemic.
What we are seeing is a new level of control after the lockdowns. “Continue to do what we say and maybe you can have some fun, but in a way that we approve, and when we want you to.” While some states and countries are opening up and their covid case numbers continue to go down, other states with lockdowns and control measures continue to go up. I have the feeling that a war is coming. Something we have never seen before. There is already tension between the federal government and the states of Texas and Florida. Not only are there tensions regarding covid policies but also with gun laws and states turning into 2nd amendment sanctuaries. There were times during the second Bush administration that marijuana dispensaries in the state of California were raided by Federal agencies. What happens when federal marshals go into a state that still stands by the second amendment and starts to arrests their citizens for what are considered legally owned firearms according to state law and the constitution?
The way the Biden administration is running things I would not be surprised if this is the end of the federal government. 28 plus trillion in national debt and quickly climbing, new policies and laws that contradict the constitution and state’s rights, and a love affair with the Chinese Communist Party. Biden recently had a meeting with historians to find out how fast he could implement laws and social policies before he lost total control of the house or senate in two years. Banks are starting to use ESG scores to figure out if you are able to receive a loan. This new score has nothing to do with credit, instead it grades you on Environmental, social, and governance. Do you own a gas sucking pickup truck? That is a low E score. Do you support BLM or other similar organizations? That will affect your ESG score. Have you been vaccinated? This could determine if you are governed well. Between the passport, the ESG score, and the monitoring of your internet data, the level of control over the lives of people is astounding. There is even the talk of a mileage tax that will use GPS navigation from either your car or your phone to determine if you drive too much and tax you per mile. You already pay a gas tax at the pump when you fill your tank, imagine if you also had to pay the government a dollar for every mile you drove after that. This stuff is coming and some of it is already here.
There is a Facebook group of public-school teachers that are collecting information on parents who are opposing critical race theory in schools. This information is gathered and shared for future retaliation. Remember how AOC said they should make a list of Trump supporters after the election? Before the George Floyd trial started jurors were asked questions about vaccines and lockdown policies. How they answered those questions determined if they were removed from the jury or not. There is a purge taking place. George Orwell was wrong when it came to how bad this could get. While Trump was putting tariffs on Chinese goods Biden decided to put tariffs on electronics coming out of the UK, our ally.
We are in a weird upside-down world where nothing makes sense and everyone around us appears to be losing their minds. People scream at strangers in the supermarket over mask. When a man is attacked by ANTIFA and pulls a gun to defend himself he is arrested instead of the attackers. Two black girls carjacked and killed an Asian man in Washington DC and it is not considered news worthy. Six months of non-stop riots across the country that were considered a first amendment right. One day of protest at the capital building where people were escorted in by security and it is called an insurrection. Fauci and the WHO are correct that we need a plague but Covid-19 isn’t it and it is doing a really crappy job.