It was a bolt from the blue. Totally unexpected. A singular, bold move by a brave and principled leader. Nobody saw it coming.
Everyone was expecting what has happened for years now: The national debt ceiling approaches, Republicans fear being murdered in the media, so they make a deal, and add another trillion dollars or so to the debt ceiling. But this time was different.
One man stood foursquare in the path of the unending leftist onslaught and said NO.
What an incredible train of events was unleashed. Obama cancels his Christmas vacation. The media revs up the Republican murder machine--and it backfires! Donald Trump plays a YUUUUGE role. The presidential race is stood on its head--again! Paul Ryan's political fortunes take a giant leap upwards. And quietly, in the background, the government and the rest of the country find themselves adapting to life with limits, an actual real live debt ceiling.
Who said the Washington hairball of graft and special interests was unfixable? Why that would be you, you incurable pessimist! How about some tobasco sauce for that crow, huh?
I don’t know what it is, but zombies are everywhere
you turn these days.
They're wandering everywhere through the culture—on TV,
in the movies, on video games, Halloween costumes, everywhere.
The best known
contemporary show about zombies is probably The Walking Dead. I've watched a
few episodes—the show makes my skin crawl but at the same time it’s oddly
But all the zombies in all the fake worlds in all the media don’t
hold a candle to the real zombies that stalk us for real, in our real world.
And of course, I'm talking about the scourge of our existence as
individualists, the real-life zombies otherwise known as collectivists,
Our second summer with a garden here at Liberty Ridge has come and gone.
It's been an unexpectedly dry fall so far, no rain for about 5 weeks. That forced us to use our backup system for irrigating our first-ever fall garden--making this the perfect time to provide an update on rainwater irrigation and our experiences so far.
If you try rainwater irrigation yourself, you will find that most of what you've learned about irrigation using city water probably won't apply. You'll also find that you have to deal with the whole system--water capture, storage, and transport--in addition to the final stage of delivering the water to your plants. You'll become, in effect, your own mini-water company.
Also, in the regular segment "In The Real News", I read and comment on a landmark essay by Richard Fernandez of the Belmont Club, What Do We Do Now?
Shrugging out is Atlas Shrugged for the little guy. It's about withdrawing your support for the welfare state while building a life of liberty and self-reliance for yourself and your family.
Besides being difficult to accomplish and no sure thing, shrugging out is only one
alternative to doing nothing about the situation we're in. In this show I
talk about some of the other alternatives, and their pros and cons.
Whatever you do, the reality is that we're all riding on a runaway train, the government is robbing us blind, Democrats and Republicans are fighting over who gets the loot, and somewhere up ahead, the bridge is out.
When it comes to "The Collapse" we've been talking about since this show's inception, the second most asked question is, "How bad will things get?" (The MOST asked question is, of course, "WHEN will it happen?")
In this show, I survey the range of opinions we find out on those Internets, including "Kinda Sorta Bad", "Pretty Bad", "Really Bad", and "Mad Max".
Along the way I cite the musings of a variety of gloom and doomers including David Stockman, Ol' Remus, and yours truly.
Anybody up for some good old "Collapse Porn"? This is the show for you!
Time for the quadrennial American agitation theater play, the election of the next President of these United States.
It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that we were talking about the 2012 cycle, and I hope you remember how that one went. It was disappointing and painful to be sure. And this time around the early signs are that we're off to Camp Pain all over again.
The main difference this time, of course, is that unless there's a dictatorial coup (unlikely), Obama will stop being President on January 20, 2017 at the moment his successor is sworn in. The election will take place on November 8, 2016, fifteen months from now. I’m interested in a specific question regarding Camp Pain 2016. Crystal ball time for TSOP.
Meanwhile, America is headed for the cliff. We’re on a runaway train, the government is robbing us blind, the Republicans and Democrats are fighting over who gets to keep the loot, and somewhere up ahead, the bridge is out. We can’t just hold things where they are, or roll things back a little. The passengers need to get up out of their seats, beat back the robbers, and take control.
The question for this podcast? Which of the Democrat and Republican candidates have the best chance of reversing America's course of continuing decline, increasing unrest, and violent revolution? Which candidate, by becoming a revolutionary President, could make an actual shooting revolution unnecessary?
Two important events happening in the world today:
The Greek technical default on the debt it owes the European Union.
The crashing of the Chinese stock market.
Do either events, or both, portend the start of The Collapse? Will future historians declare either as having triggered the chaotic descent into catastrophic hard times, which many of us believe will be worse than the Great Depression?
In this show I review the criteria I've laid down, in the form of the economic benchmarks, for declaring that The Collapse has arrived. These include metrics for the US stock markets, unemployment, and gross domestic product.
We then look at the two situations, the Greek default and the China stock market crash, with an eye toward assessing the severity of their impact on the rest of the world.
Will either event "trigger" The Collapse we're expecting? Listen and find out!
With our two-year anniversary here at Liberty Ridge just around the corner, I thought I'd talk about what "shrugging out" has been like for us and what we have learned so far.
Raised bed vegetable gardening, including crop rotation
Rainwater catchment for irrigation
Raising chickens, including adding new chickens to an existing flock
Canning and freezing home-grown vegetables
Living with a wood stove
Living with an old tractor
Maintaining the homestead
Rural life in general, including neighbors, services you can't take for granted, handling bad weather, and local law enforcement
One of the things I discuss is the strategy of moving to the country before the stuff hits the fan versus the "emergency bugout" strategy. There are clear advantages to moving away from the city well before SHTF, if you can do it.
As I always say, shrugging out is a "twofer"--you get the Atlas Shrugged bit--removing your consent and support for the gigantic US government and the dependency culture it has spawned, and you gain the security of bugging out before the Stuff Hits The Fan.
In this show, I talk about the politics of Climate Change, and the goal held by its proponents--nothing less than rescuing Collectivism once again from its manifest failures through the use of pseudo-science.
It's just the latest replay of the old con from the early 1900's, where advances in "science"--in that case "social science" and in today's case "climate science"--will allow an elite group of smart people to solve our problems. And exert totalitarian control over our lives. A tradeoff they believe (or pretend to believe) is necessary to ensure our survival.
The show ends with a suggested speech to be given by a future US President on the subject of climate change and what should be done about it.
What exactly is the freedom of speech? And why is freedom of speech such an important topic, especially now?
It's important because, of course, freedom of speech is under assault.
There is a false premise that freedom of speech must be balanced against public safety and individual security which, unfortunately, most people seem to accept.
Freedom of speech comes from a surprising source, and when you understand what that source is, the confusions and distortions of freedom of speech promoted by both well-meaning and evil people become very clear.
In the end, as with all liberties, you get to keep the liberties that you are prepared to fight for. Unfortunately, few people are prepared to fight for any of their liberties today, including the right to free speech. - - - - - - - - - - -
Social Justice Warriors--heard of these guys? (Whoops, you're not supposed to call mixed-gender groups of people "guys" anymore.)
SJWs are collectivists, of course, a particular form of collectivist, very easy to identify. They’ve become so visible and so obnoxious
that I thought it would merit an entire show talking about them, in the manner
that an entomologist might talk about a particularly nasty breed of
In this show I cover who they are, what
they do, why they do it, and why they need to die. Yes, they need to die--die out as a phenomenon, of course, not advocating any killing here.
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.