How Many Friends In High Places Do You Have?

I have none. Seriously. Aside from some local contacts in city & county government, I have nothing.  I even stopped harassing my reps a couple of years ago after they blatantly ignored me – you know, one more time.

The crony’ism of that solar energy company and GE is quickly setting the precedent going forward for a large business climate. The oligarchy moves forward a bit more eh? Not surprising in the slightest.

Brings the local sustainability thing into even sharper focus now, doesn’t it?



More To Support The Road Ahead

And I’m not talking about the Bill Gates book either. How about that for a throwback?

Anyway, I digress…

See Mr. Denninger’s latest.

Here’s the real money quote:

Well, fine.  Just be aware of one thing: The next big collapse in the markets leaves The Fed and government with no ammunition to counteract it – rates are at zero and QE didn’t work except to crank up the price of food and energy.

How do you prepare to weather the first bits of this storm? What does your local support system look like when the price of diesel is at $10 a gallon on a long timeline? How do you support and feed your family (& tribe) when the local Publix/Kroger/Albertsons isn’t getting regular shipments of Little Debbies?

They don’t call the Big Die Off for nothing.

You must weather the storm first and come out the other side with a plan for yourself and your tribe.

Your energy costs are going up. Your food costs are going up. Your standard of living is going to change radically – more so than in the last century. Your freedoms will be curtailed even further.

Think! Think about how you survive and then later on, after things have shifted, THRIVE.

Change You Can Believe In

It was a blissfully technology free weekend.

I worked around the compound, fixed a few things, tended the garden and yard, and played with my kids – a lot.

I also spent some time with my neighbors discussing the gathering storm. We have lived in our idyllic, surburban nightmare for 11 long years now and our relationships with most of the immediate neighbors are really quite good. Most are reliable people who will lend a hand or resource when you need it – you know, they act like neighbors.

Even though with tax credits and stupid low interest rates changing the demographic of our CW2 Cube Space, the circle has remained tight and like minded.

We discussed long term plans, the eventual additional 20% value drop in property, and what we think we might need to do to weather and storm. Security strategies got laid on the table, as well as, food storage, canning, wildlife management, and various other issues that will need to be addressed in the longterm.

We are not planning for the end of the world, merely a shift in how society will be managed and dealt with as a whole. These conversations are crucial going forward. Are you having them?


Resistance is Fertile

Community standards.

I have done much the same at the Matson suburban compound over the past three seasons. Most of my shrubs are now edible, perma-culture fixtures, and many of the trees are now fruit bearing that will at some point in the future return something of nutritional value.

This has of course brought about some measure of consternation from my HOA, but not my neighbors. Their children enjoy the seasonal blackberries and strawberries that they are free to pick in the afternoons and evening while out playing. They themselves have enjoyed the peppers, tomato’s, broccoli, and various other veg that comes out of my tiny raised bed. They have also supported my plans to close off parts of my property so that the gardening operation can be expanded without being seen from the street, and therefore the HOA weekly covenant patrols.

So, why put all of this effort into a postage stamp piece of suburban property?

Simple – it’s what I’ve got…

If I had acreage up in the hills, I would focus my efforts there. Instead, years ago when we made the decision to live where we are, the consideration for sustainability and survival was not part of our plans. What can I say, you grow up and see the world as a different place.

Besides, look at how the tribe comes together. Other neighbors have started small plots themselves and have a sense of community where before, there was none.

Shelter in place. Create community where no matter where you are. Sustainability is not about remote mountain locations with lots of canned food and ammo. It’s about resisting now and improving your situation before the balloon (or whatever) goes up.