Thursday, August 15, 2013

Episode 129. Speech to College Freshmen

Something a little different for Shrugging Out Podcast listeners.

A lot of famous people give commencement addresses. You know, graduation, when the students are finished with school.

But if I am ever asked to address a group of college students (yeah right) I would rather talk to an incoming class of college freshmen than outgoing graduates.

You see, I'd want to get a crack at them BEFORE they endured four, five, or more years of university indoctrination, instead of trying to clean up the damage afterwards.

So--This is my special introduction to college for all those wide-eyed freshmen. Give it a listen!

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Episode 128, All Moved In to Liberty Ridge

Wow, that was easy. All it took was three trucks, four days, and five guys to move from the DFW area to our shrug-out place in Arkansas.

We've started the endless series of projects planned to convert the raw property and structures into a functioning homestead. The first major project is building an array of storage shelves in the garage (pictured right). Note to DHS--the scary pressure cooker visible in the picture will be used to can food.

Soon we will need to begin harvesting some hardwood on the property for heating the home. After all, winter is right around the corner!

I started The Shrugging Out podcast on March 10, 2010, over three years ago. We're not done shrugging out by any means, but we have reached an important milestone with our move to the country. Hard to believe after all the thinking and planning that it's actually happened.

In this show, I discuss topics familiar to frequent listeners: Why are there collectivists among us? Do free markets work? Is it ok to profit from the illness of others? Is it better to fight the growing tyranny, or escape it? Is "The Collapse" inevitable? How bad will it get? Topics I think about whilst working through chores and projects underway here on Liberty Ridge.