Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Episode 152, Update on The Collapse

It's been a while since I've talked about The Collapse. In this show I:
  • Define exactly what I mean when I say, "The Collapse"
  • Describe how The Collapse will be a process rather than an event
  • Discuss why The Collapse hasn't happened yet
  • Give the likely cause of The Collapse when it does happen, and
  • Talk about what you should be doing between now and whenever The Collapse finally arrives.
Plenty of doom and gloom in this show, folks.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Episode 151, Living With Chickens on Liberty Ridge

We took delivery of a small flock of chicks in February 2013 and have been living with them ever since here on Liberty Ridge.

Now's as good a time as ever to talk about our experiences with them, almost all of them positive.

Key points:
  • Chickens are easy.
  • Chickens are noisy.
  • Chickens aren't smelly (they don't have to be).
  • Chickens can fly.
  • Chickens have sex (and it isn't consensual).
  • Chickens attract predators.
  • Chickens are productive--at least ours have been.
  • Fresh eggs from home-raised chickens are delicious.
(By the way, I forgot to mention on the podcast, but you don't need a rooster in order to get eggs. To get baby chicks, yes, but not eggs. We have a rooster because of what he adds to the flock--he watches over them, and provides the possibility of new chicks, if we end up wanting or needing those.)

Net-net: Chickens are great! If you can, you should give them a try!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Episode 150, Time to Vote Again?

Well, it's midterm election time again.  Oh, the pagentry, the drama. Democracy in action. Exercise your franchise. Vote or die! (Insert raspberry sound here.)

Should you vote?  I say no, for reasons I expand upon in this podcast.
  • Voting in a democracy such as we have today is indistinguishable from mob rule.
  • Voting gives sanction to otherwise illegitimate organizations and their actions.
  • Your vote makes no material difference.
How about local elections? Maybe a bit more legit, but be careful, there's plenty of bad stuff going on here too.

They say "If you don't vote, you can't complain about the outcome".  That's BS. You have a legitimate complaint only if you DON'T vote.

Democracy is an illegitimate religion, and voting is the sacrament. Don't fall for it.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Episode 149, Raised Bed Gardening at Liberty Ridge

The first summer/fall growing season is coming to an end at Liberty Ridge. Time to assess what we did, how things turned out, and what we would do differently.

The short story is that we had a lot of success given that it was our first growing season in a new area, using techniques mostly new to us. And although we had success, we made a couple of missteps, which we will be correcting before spring comes.

On the side of success, most notable was the tomato bonanza we enjoyed (a small sample visible in the photo) from two 4' by 20' raised beds. We ate a lot of tomato salads, conducted three canning sessions for the pantry, and still had enough left over to trade away plenty more to neighbors and friends.

If you don't have a garden yet, just give it a try. You can do a lot even in a small space.  It's fun and delicious!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Episode 148, Liberty and Self-Reliance

Liberty and self-reliance--I call it LASR for short. The two go together. It's hard to imagine one without the other.

Liberty is doing as you like, exercising your natural rights, provided you deprive no-one else of his rights.
Self-reliance is providing for yourself the things you need and want, through your direct efforts and through voluntary trade with others.

Most of us do not live LASR lives. We live SAD lives--lives characterized by slavery and dependence. Why is that? And what can we do about it? What can you do to weaken the chains of slavery in your life? What can you do to reduce your dependence, and develop greater self-reliance. And what can you do to help others do the same?

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Episode 147, Listener Don Shrugs Out

Long time listeners will remember Don, who is himself a long-time listener to the podcast. Way back in July 2010, Don and a business partner, Bob, were in the Dallas area on business. We met for dinner, and we ended up recording a great show (Episode 28, check the archives).

Not long ago, Don and his wife made good on their shrugging out plans when they moved to a 40+ acre homestead in the mountains of Virginia. It has acres and acres of mature hardwood, multiple free-flowing springs, vegetable gardens, a well-built and comfortable home, an amazing multi-story barn packed with tools and supplies, and a creek that flows year round which he has tapped for hydroelectric power.

I was traveling recently in Don’s part of the country and stopped by to see him at his homestead. We spent some time sitting on the porch, enjoying the fellowship, the weather, and the scenery, talking about our favorite subjects—liberty, self-reliance, and shrugging out. 

Longest show ever--about 90 minutes.  Hope you enjoy.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Episode 146, It's About Turning Texas Blue

The dissolving of what's left of the country's southern border looks like a plan to turn Texas from a red state to a blue state.

Even if the border were sealed, the bluing trend already in progress in Texas and the rest of the country would continue. But if you're a collectivist, why wait until 2050 if you can push a few buttons and chop 15, 20, or even 25 years off the process?

This is the root cause of the current border crisis, and it's the reason that descending poll numbers for Obama and deteriorating mid-term election prospects for Democrats won't force any changes. Collectivists are taking the long view on this. Flip Texas to red, and it's all over for individualism in America. Game. Set. Match.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Episode 145, Ol Remus Trifecta

A venerable blogger of the Survivalist/Collapsist persuasion says it all in three recent posts worthy of your time, with my synopsis here:

Flash Point
Where are the pitchforks? The answer is the people who normally wield pitchforks are dependents of the system which it would be illogical for them to attack. The dependency class has been taught to think of itself as an adorable nobility, and to react violently when they are treated with anything less than adoration. Treat them fairly and they explode with rage. If and when their benefits are denied, they will spark the flash point. It is the Free Stuff Army that will start the violence, not the FSA supply chain. Past conflicts suggest that the side that is quickest to become more ruthless will win. Who will it be?

Are We There Yet?
The collapse, which has already begun, will be worse than the Great Depression. Don’t be too afraid of the federal government, though, as it is broke and will lose control quickly. Be more concerned about not having the basics: food, water, electricity, security, etc. We’re already in bad shape and it is a bad time to be entering the collapse. When the worst of it arrives, the big money people will escape in a matter of hours, which is all it will take for conventional financial wealth to disappear. The safety nets will disappear too, as will the restraints that keep the dependency class from blowing everything to bits. Best be in the middle of nowhere when that happens.

Default of a Different Kind
Not default in the paying-back-a-loan sense, but in the utter, basic, lowest common denominator sense of the human condition. We are savages at heart, and we will behave as such when pressed into it by circumstances.

Ol Remus' Woodpile Report has been an opinionated and cogent observer of what's happening for some time now. Aside from the bright commentary and the beautiful prose, is he right?  
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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Episode 144, Rainwater Irrigation

Water is so very important that you should have at least two sources of this vital commodity.

One backup source, rainwater, could even be the  primary source of water for your vegetable garden, as it is here at Liberty Ridge.

Pictured is our setup, with a corner of a raised bed in the foreground, and the irrigation system, comprising the red "pickle barrel" perched on the bed and several 1,500 gallon storage tanks in the background, connected by a 2-inch flexible water line. To water the bed, just open the spigot on the pickle barrel, and 50 gallons of water drain into the bed through a 50-foot soaker hose.

(Incidentally, the picture was taken in mid-May. The tomatoes in the foreground are now almost four feet high, caged, and starting to produce fruit. Can't wait for the first taste!)

In this episode, I discuss the ins and outs of catching, storing, and using rainwater to irrigate a vegetable garden:

  • How much water can you catch from a rainstorm?
  • How much storage capacity is enough?
  • How do you connect your storage container to your catchment source (your roof)?
  • How do you prevent algae and mosquitoes from growing in the water?
Large scale or small, rainwater irrigation is a great way to water your garden, and can provide a vital secondary or tertiary source of water for you in an emergency.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Episode 143, Slaves to Democracy

Elections are coming.

(They're always coming.)

Exercise your franchise.

(Exercise in futility.)

Let's get out the vote.

(Why not, you get plenty out of it.)

Don't throw away your vote.

(Don't encourage the bastards.)

Vote for me and I'll give you X.

(You mean the X you'll steal from me?)

The people have spoken.

(The people are idiots. Greedy too.)

That's just the way democracy works.

(Right up until it stops working.)

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Episode 142, A Tractor for the Homestead

A good, used, inexpensive tractor is hard to find, but with some careful research and some good fortune, it appears we have.

There is probably no more useful or versatile machine for a homestead, a small tractor with a front end loader. Ours has already proved of great value for earth moving and driveway maintenance. It's a major labor-saving device, a force multiplier really, when it comes to a wide variety of digging, leveling, lifting, carrying and pulling chores.

In a show last year I covered the ins and outs of pickup trucks. I do that for small farm tractors in this show. Surprisingly enough, tractors share some of the features of pickups, in particular engine type and drive configuration. But don't expect to climb aboard and drive it off--the operating controls differ greatly from a car or a truck.

In finding and buying a used tractor, I was considerably less qualified than when buying a used pickup, but I made up the difference by enlisting a neighbor and good friend who has spent his whole life using and maintaining them. If you can do that, great, if not, study up and get started.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Episode 141, Unified Field Theory of Collectivism

A listener sent me this brilliant piece by John C Wright entitled Unified Field Theory of Madness.

In it, Wright explains, in a more complete way than anyone else I've read, how Collectivists come to believe what they believe, and more importantly, how they hang onto those beliefs in spite of the constant barrage of evidence of the utter bankruptcy of their world view.

In this podcast, we review Wright's clear and logical essay. His key points in a nutshell:
  • Man cannot know Truth. Reasoning in the realm of ethics, politics, morality, economics, and history, is a hate crime.
  • Believing this requires self-deception, resulting in humiliation and guilt, which are overcome by sanctimonious pride in one’s perfect righteousness.
  • Because truth is impossible, there can be no right and wrong. There can be no cause and effect.
  • Because there is no cause and effect, everything that happens in life is due to chance. In a game of chance, consistent winners must be cheaters. Success is therefore a crime, winners are criminals, and losers are victims. The property of the successful has been stolen. Justice mandates confiscation of that property and returning it to the victims.
  • Consistent with punishing success and rewarding failure, the collectivist must demean whatever is worthy, true, successful, or good, and must praise whatever is unworthy, untrue, unsuccessful and bad. Whatever reason says is good must be bad and vice versa.
  • Since reason is bad, dissent from collectivist orthodoxy must not be argued with, it must be ridiculed and condemned as vile, stupid, or evil.
Wright makes several other key points, but we gotta save something exclusive to the podcast audio!

If you want to defeat the enemy, you must know him. Listen to this show and learn why Collectivists are what they are.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Episode 140, We Get Chickens

Check out the latest addition to the growing family homestead here at Liberty Ridge--chickens!

Pictured are a few of our Cinnamon Queen chicks, delivered to us two weeks ago via the US Postal Service, none the worse for wear.

In this show I talk about:
  • What are the obvious--and not so obvious--benefits of having chickens?
  • Selecting the right breed for you
  • How many to get, and gender mix
  • Where to get your baby chicks
  • How to take care of baby chicks for the first few critical weeks
  • What to look for in a coop or chicken tractor
If you gotta homestead, you gotta have chickens!

P.S. Here is a picture of the coop/tractor, built by Penny Gonzales of Okie Critters:

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