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    From: Shocked People Pick the Wrong Targets…
  • Sat, Jul 24, 2021 - 9:10am

    Doug

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    LB86

    "One of the things that the heroes on Omaha beach were fighting for was NOT having a bunch of "doctors" be able to inject with their EXPERIMENTAL compounds against your wishes."

    Are you suggesting that any soldier who was wading ashore, climbing cliffs and taking out heavily fortified Nazi positions would have said, even in part, that they were fighting to prevent doctors from vaccinating them?  I think you are completely misreading the situation and my suggestions.

    First, in all likelihood, they were fighting for the guys next to them who were dying in bloody chaos.  In the final analysis that's what soldiers in combat always fight for.  Higher abstract ideals kind of disappear in those situations.

    What I'm saying is that asking people to mask, maintain distance and even get vaccinated are really...really tiny sacrifices to make for the public health.  As Junger pointed out in an only slightly different context, failure to do so isn't standing up for freedom, it is infantile.  It is increasingly clear that vaccines are very effective in preventing infection, illness, hospitalization and death.  Take a look at the data then do the right thing.

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  • From: Making Smart Power Equipment Choices For the Homestead
  • Sat, Jul 24, 2021 - 9:06am

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    LBL

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    LBL said:

     

    I suggest the Deere 6 wheel "Gator", mainly because it is low to the ground and ...

    HARD TO ROLL OVER.

     

    Very important.

    I have a neighbor who has one.  We are limited using it on my land.

    It is good on an incline up to about 20 degrees, but a lot of our land is 40 degrees and steeper.

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  • Sat, Jul 24, 2021 - 8:37am

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    TechGuy

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    Going Galt as the only viable option

    FWIW: I think the only way to avoid or minimize the shocks is to go Galt: Get away from reliance on the system with a homestead. I believe the shocks will get much worse, and the people in the streets will only get more violent. If the current systems of gov't get overthrown or replaced, its like to be replace with an even more authoritarian gov't.

    When I look at the big\long picture, It seems the world is heading down the same path that lead to the crisises of the early 20th century: WW1, Pandemic, global economic depression, rise of marxism, WW2. The names & order of events have changed, but the outcomes appear to be alarming similar.

    The next crisis that I see in over the next 12 to 24 mouths is rising food & energy prices which is going to "up the voltage" for the population. We saw in 2008 when food & energy prices lead to mass protests, some of which destabilized some of the economically weaker nations (ie Arab spring). I think this is very likely to repeat since most of the food exporters are experience horrible crops productions this year. This is going to likely result is a major decline in food exports later this year as well as soaring food prices.

     

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  • Sat, Jul 24, 2021 - 8:03am

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    LeMon3

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    Nice article Sam...

    Thanks for this Sam.

    A little background:

    I suspect we're on a slightly larger property than yours, but still small as these things go. There's only the missus and me now, as the novel coronavirus has completely stopped the WWOOFers and others we used to host.

    At 140 acres, we're 10% of the size of our immediate neighbour, and about twice the size of some of the other properties on our bit of dirt road.

    Only 70 acres is pasture and cropping capable, the rest is reserved for Nature to do her thing.

    For us, the most useful device is a tractor. A 4 in 1 bucket/loader on the front with a Euro hitch to allow bucket to be swapped for forks or other implements. A three point linkage on the back to run a flail mower / block splitter / Yeoman's Plough / chipper / carryall or whatever.

    To run through the implements - the loader allows me to lift heavy things - up to 1500 kg (sorry I don't do American customary units). The 4 in 1 bucket allows me to pick up heavy things/remove old fence posts/etc without having to use ropes/chains or whatever. Changing to forks allows me to unload trucks etc with ease.

    On the back, the flail mower does a fantastic job of mowing/mulching the pasture the cows don't like to eat, while spreading the mulch to help it all regrow into better pasture.

    The block splitter has a 30 tonne capacity, necessary here as the only trees we have are all hardwood, cross grain eucalypts. Your 7 ton electric would burn itself out on the smallest branches...

    The Yeoman's plough is fantastic for breaking up soil compaction. Where we've used it we've gone from 2cm of topsoil to 45cm within three years. Highly recommended if you can find one, especially if you live on ancient depleted soils as we do.

    The chipper takes the trimmings from where we are practicing silviculture and turns it into woodchips that we can then mulch around the trees to feed them more nutrients.

    The carryall does just what the name says - carrys stuff on a platform on the 3pl, for when the loader just isn't big enough...

    We don't run a tiller on the tractor, mostly because the [email protected] depleted soils we have won't cope with it. Where we want to grow veggies, we build raised garden beds and bring in mushroom compost to feed them.

    None of this needs to be expensive or new. For the first 10 years on this place we ran a 30 year old International 685 tractor which we picked up for less than 10k south pacific pesos (about 7k in US dollars at the time) and most of the rest of the implements we picked up second hand too.

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  • Sat, Jul 24, 2021 - 7:53am

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    Curt504

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    Curt504 said:

    I'm very impressed with this review and talk of off grid house building!!

    BUT it occured to me that the quest of "off grid" is not cheap nor gizmo free as one (or me) imagined.  Its actualy MORE gizmos, stuff, expensive stuff...

    LOL...  So much for simple living.   Yes I agree rustic, rural living is a range not a one size for all.  I'm "older" and can't imagine working this hard.

    I have even more respect for those of you who are rustic, rural, even off the grid.  Quite impressive.

    Take care to all.

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  • Sat, Jul 24, 2021 - 7:20am

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    RandomMike

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    Battery chainsaws and solar power

    I've purchased a Milwaukee M18 and an Oregon battery chainsaw, and been using them for 6 or 7 years. They do, for me, just as much as a 'standard' 50cc gas chainsaw, without the gas/oil/pull start/choke stuff.

    Plus, I have some solar panels and an inverter, so I can charge my chainsaws from the Sun and never buy gas again!

    Oh yes I forgot, I have a 8" battery pole, tree trimming chainsaw and it works great too.

    In fact, for the curious, I'd recommend getting/trying the smallest cheapest (though well-rated) chainsaw you can find. You will likely be impressed with it when used for the appropriately sized wood.

    And on another subject, I had a pet male goat with horns also, as a kid (ha ha). And we butted each other also. He made me smell like a goat, but I didn't mind.

     

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  • Sat, Jul 24, 2021 - 4:09am

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    goldrunner1

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    ISRAEL RISING AFTER THE PM SAYS ON TV THAT “VACCINE REFUSERS” ARE A DANGER TO EVERYONE

     

    https://brandnewtube.com/watch/israel-rising-after-the-pm-says-on-tv-that-vaccine-refusers-are-a-danger-to-everyone_idJqEWrczmAyehW.html

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  • From: Daily Digest 7/23 — US Prosperity Weakened by COVID-19, Mass Shootings, Report Finds; More Than 450 Airlines Can Now Use IBM’s Blockchain-based Vaccine Passport
  • Sat, Jul 24, 2021 - 4:08am

    DaveDD

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    First video: wow, just wow!

    Thanks, this is truly amazing

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  • Sat, Jul 24, 2021 - 3:20am

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    Umm. What's a "conspiracy theory"?

    A genuine question.

    We only have two brains; the Left makes Models of Reality and the Right brain experiences the here-and-now. (The Gestalt.)

    Ingo Swann thinks that consciousness has at least three aspects; the Analytical, the Emotive and the Intuitive.

    So. How does a conspiracy theory fit into this schema?

    It doesn't. Your model of Reality is either useful or it's not. It approximates reality to a lesser or greater extent.

    There is no room for any such thing as a "conspiracy theory". Anyone using the phrase has a poor understanding of how humans think.

    Here; sit at the feet of Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor and Psychiatrist (ret) Dr. Iain Mcgilchrist as they explain how our two brains think.

    There's no such thing as a conspiracy theory, there are only models.









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  • Sat, Jul 24, 2021 - 2:38am

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    Arthur Robey

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    Saving Bees.

    Its raining outside, so I stopped foraging for firewood.

    I found this tic-toc about saving bees. I hope it inspires you as it did me.

    https://youtube.com/shorts/N3Th4qU0rbY?feature=share

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