Winter is here, so now is the time to get the vegetable garden beds set up in time for the first spring planting.
We're building our grow beds using concrete blocks, stacked three high and interlocked, but without mortar.
We're going to try Hugelkulture techniques in a couple of the beds for better moisture control, superior soil structure, and promotion of beneficial insects and microorganisms.
We're working our way towards an ambitious but achievable goal of growing half of the food we eat, other than meat, within a couple of years.
We'll also be raising chickens and possibly goats, but that is a topic for a future show.
Gardening is a lot of work, but the payoff is that you are converting your labor directly into something of value which is not taxed as income. It's like printing your own money. It's a great way to be productive while withholding your consent from a rogue government in love with the Dependency Culture it has spawned.
Also in this show: a little "tractor talk" and an analysis of the most flexible of towed work trailers, the dump trailer.
I call it OTIS--Obamacare Technology Information System. As an IT project, OTIS is a failure.
Large software projects often fail. They commonly wind up way over budget, way behind schedule, and well short of functionality goals. Many end up abandoned entirely.
That's the history of computer programming, going back to the earliest days. Surprisingly, things haven't improved that much over time. Even today you will find failed efforts that in hindsight should never have been attempted, at least under the circumstances.
Obamacare as a technology effort will write another chapter in the history of failed software projects. With interfaces to large, complex, and poorly understood government systems, OTIS is much more than a website. OTIS is a major system layered atop multiple other systems. The goals for OTIS were overly ambitious, the timeline ridiculously tight, and the leadership lousy at all levels. We know this, because that's always the case when something as big and messy as OTIS crashes.
If you've ever been a programmer on a large project, you can imagine what it was like for the OTIS project team. They were on a death march. Everyone working heads down, writing code, testing code, logging errors--watching the list of problems grow as the go-live deadline loomed. And on the fateful day, holding their collective breaths, watching it all collapse.
Obamacare is here. It's still somewhat theoretical given the startup failures of the insurance exchanges. So far there's not a lot to like if you are one of the 40+ million without healthcare insurance. Go ahead and sign up, we dare you. (It doesn't work, I tried it!)
But as we are constantly reminded, Obamacare is "the law of the land." Illegitimately rendered law, perhaps, but oh, it's the law. Except when the Chief Executive issues thousands of waivers and delays the employer mandate with the stroke of a pen.
Keep in mind that the real goal here is total government control of the health care apparatus in America. This is the prize, folks. Extinguishing the last beacon of liberty (faded as it is) and revving up the best and final socialist experiment on Earth is the goal. With total control of health care, you get total control of nutrition--the food supply--and mental health--the definition of what is sane (supporting your government) and insane (opposing it).
Resist if you like, but under penalty of fines, and threat of physical incarceration. If you resist the state, you must go to a re-education camp. And if you continue to resist while in camp, you may be shot "while attempting to escape".
There are two sustainable political systems in this world—one based on liberty and self-reliance, the other based on totalitarianism. Every system in between is transitional. You are either moving towards more liberty or more totalitarianism. I know where I’d rather be. How about you?
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Also, as briefly discussed in the podcast, Matt Bracken speculates here and here that Obama may use the debt ceiling-induced government "shutdown" as an excuse to turn off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) EBT cards, provoking riots across the country, so that he can invoke national emergency powers. We will soon see. (Links courtesy of Western Rifle Shooters Association.)
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Let's talk about what's important when it comes to personal protection and security.
You're out and about, either alone or with family and friends, and you want to get home safe and sound.
When you get home, you want to find your home, your homestead, your possessions and property in place and intact, as you left them.
In this show I talk about assessing the threats posed by other people to you, your loved ones, and your stuff, and the logical approach to avoiding, managing, and overcoming those threats.
Because I'm no longer in the suburbs but live in the country now, I spend extra time talking about securing one's home and property in a rural environment from common threats. Both now, while the Rule of Law is still in force, and someday, if and when it happens, when your area is without ROL.
I was recently visited here on Liberty Ridge by long-time listener and confidant of the Shrugging Out Podcast, Don, who first joined me in a show way back in July 2010 (episode 28).
That's Don's barn, in the picture, which has a fascinating story of its own. You can and should visit Don's website, where he blogs about fine woodworking and cabinetry and muses on a wide variety of topics.A brilliant and creative craftsman and observer of today's culture and politics--that's my good friend Don.
During Don's visit, we talked about the evolution of prepping for disaster, what the government is doing in the run-up to war and The Collapse, and related topics. I meant to record our conversation, but unexpected circumstances prevented that, so I recount our discussion as a monolog instead.
Also discussed in this show are the situation with Syria, the cowardice we have in America today about race (not what Eric Holder says it is), and an interesting, practical discussion of why wages are not rising along with inflation.
Just click on the title of the episode to start your PC's default media player (Windows Media, for most people). Or right-click on the title and download the file to your PC, and use any MP3-compatible player you like.
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