Monday, November 28, 2016

Episode 186, Trump Wins--What's Next?

I didn't think it would happen.  Not that Trump winning was unthinkable, just that all the experts had Hillary winning easily. Right up to the moment when she lost.

What can we reasonably expect to  happen next?  Will President Trump:
  • Build the wall?
  • Deport illegal aliens?
  • Deny federal funds to sanctuary cities?
  • Appoint conservative judges?
  • Undo the Iran agreement?
  • Repeal Obamacare?
  • etc., etc. 
More importantly right now, will Trump's election-night victory stand, or will he fall victim to "faithless electors" in the Electoral College?  Will his victory hold up under recounts in Wisconsin and other states?  And even if he prevails, will his presidency be rendered illegitimate nevertheless in the eyes of many?

Most importantly, will a President Trump stop the runaway train from flying off the tracks?  Should you stop prepping?

Good questions, all, answered in this podcast.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Episode 185, Trade and Currency When TSHTF

Ok, the government is ridiculously corrupt and getting worse, especially the Feds (but not just them).

You don't want to support the government with your tax dollars.  In fact, you'd rather it would just go ahead and crash, or at least become so preoccupied with other matters that it leaves you alone. But that promises to take quite a while....

In the meantime, is there any way you could escape the petty (and not so petty) tyrannies of today's corrupt government by trading off grid?  Not just trading an old lawnmower for your neighbor's guitar, but your whole livelihood, and for everything you and your family need? 

Is that even possible?  What are the risks?  What are the limitations?  What circumstances could come about that make it feasible?  And what would you use for money? 

That's what we talk about on this podcast: Trading off the government grid. C' know you want to!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Episode 184, Misc News and Liberty Ridge Update part 3

This episode is the third and final update on our experiences and lessons learned here at Liberty Ridge, three years since moving in.

In this episode, I cover:
  • Living with a wood stove
  • Food preservation
  • Home and personal security
For good measure, I also rant about:
  • Camp Pain 2016 (aka America's extinction-level event) and the "great" debate of September 26, 
  • David Stockman's Contracorner web site disappearing behind a pay wall (be sure to play my word association game), and 
  • the demise of Obamacare, right on schedule.

Good show!  Give it a listen!

Pictured:  Lexi the wonder dog, wood stove, and the Ozark Log Roller (TM).
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Episode 183, Liberty Ridge Update Part 2

Continuing the last show's review of status and lessons learned here at Liberty Ridge, three years in:
  • Chickens--coops, runs, fencing, gates, egg production, regular chores, raising chicks, approaches for providing fresh water (including in freezing temperatures), managing the poop, bedding material, automatic coop doors, predators, lost chickens, and (finally) chickens will eat anything, so be careful what you feed them.
  • Weeds--a surprising problem on the homestead, how we handled them (and will handle them in the future).
  • Tractors--size/power, attachments, problems, safety (tractors can be dangerous)
  • Propane--homestead fuel of choice
Throw in a couple updates from Ol' Remus and Kurt Schlicter, and it all makes for a pretty nice show.  Give it a listen!

Pictured: A single day's egg production from earlier this year. The brown eggs are from our Cinnamon Queens. The blues come from our Easter Eggers. 

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Episode 182, Hillary News, Liberty Ridge Update

Mixed episode this time, starting with the latest pratfalls from Camp Pain 2016, also known as Americas Distraction 2016, to wit:

  • Hillary for Hospice
  • Clinton attacks Alt-Right, thereby promoting it
  • FBI = Fully Bedded In (with Clinton and other Lefties)
  • Deplorable Me (Hillary is the Basket Case)
The balance of this episode switches to much more agreeable topics (for me)--an update on life on Liberty Ridge, as we recently crossed the three-year mark.  We've learned a lot of lessons about setting up a new homestead, and there's no better time than the approaching doom of the election (which is more of an extinction-level event if you ask me) to relate them in The Shrugging Out Podcast.  Gardens and Chickens and Weeds, oh my.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Episode 181, Everything Goes

Everything goes in this episode, and by that I mean over the cliff. 

The Collapse proceeds apace, slowly and gradually for now, but somewhere out there awaits the elevator shaft to the bottom.

Chapter 1.  Lawless in America.  Corruption every where you see, and all the way up to the very top of the federal government. What's different today is that the lawlessness is out in the open.  You'd almost think they were rubbing it in our faces....

Chapter 2.  Morals, Schmorals.  We retrace the steps of the moral decline of America:  De-moralization, normalization, and celebration.  Three examples cited, including heterosexuality (wha-what?).

Chapter 3.  Economic Collapse in Progress.  To wit: the replacement of value with government privilege, the automation of jobs, the atomization of jobs, and the fiscal bankruptcy of the government.

Net-net:  Everything goes, so everything is going.  Ooohh, that'll leave a mark.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Episode 180, Civil War On the Horizon?

Is a civil war on the horizon for America?

Fred Reed's thought-provoking recent column, Whither the Shards of America? It's Us or Them suggests there may be.

In this podcast, I examine the proposition that the political conflicts in America today could erupt into civil war soon. Not a Union vs. Confederacy battle of conventional armies, driven by regional governments and populations, but a lasting, nationwide outbreak of violent chaos.

I line up the arguments on the side of "NO" and "YES", and come to what I think is a logical conclusion--which of course may have nothing to do with how national emotions will play out over time.

Net-net:  Pay attention to the election returns this November 8.  Pop corn, if you got it, but also have your bug out bag handy if you live in or near a big city. Things could get sporty.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Episode 178, Collectivist Crazy Train

They just refuse to let up, these lefty, Marxist collectivists!

Their demands keep rolling along. And more than just demands, their accomplishments roll on too, including settled law, new and pending legislation, and general acceptance of their principles across a wide swath of our society and culture.

We have to admit this, with a hearty dose of shame for having let them have their way for so long.

The signs of push back are sadly few and feeble. Will we ever summon the strength to rise up and destroy the collectivist cocoon being wound around us, before it's too late?

Oh, and a few words about Trump, Cruz, Kasich (the cranky sleeve-rolling zombie), Clinton, Sanders et. al.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Episode 177, Trumping America

Turning our attention again to Camp Pain 2016, who can we talk about but the primary generator of heat and noise, the "Republican" front-runner and would-be destroyer of worlds?

We recap what the pundits are saying about Trump and how they have been wrong from the beginning.

We talk about Trump's prospects of winning it all (pretty good), and what we could expect from the resulting presidency (not so good).

We finish up with what Trump's opposition is doing, or getting ready to do, to finally, finally derail his improbable candidacy.  They're desperate--just how far will they go?

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Episode 176, That Oregon Standoff

In the last podcast I talked about how resistance is vital to the restoration of our liberties.

In the meantime, the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Eastern Oregon came to a tragic climax with the shooting death of Lavoy Finicum.

Was the armed occupation of the Refuge facilities a good idea?  Is this the way for us to push back the federal leviathan?  Or are there more effective ways of channeling our resistance, ways that are more productive, in terms of producing the outcome we ultimately want, a restoration of the American ideal of individual liberty and self-reliance?

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Episode 175, Resistance Is Vital

The danger we face as individualists is becoming absorbed by the lefty collectivist horde, or being killed by them for resisting, as were tens of millions in the 20th century.

This leaves many of us with a difficult question--two, actually:

  1. What can we do to resist the collectivist onslaught, before the shooting starts?
  2. Should we resist at all--or should we lay low, pretending to be absorbed?

I take as a matter of faith that the answer to #2 is yes, we should resist--resistance is vital. Though it is perfectly acceptable to deceive the collectivists tactically, the objective is to defeat them, and that will, at some point, require active resistance.

The answer to #1 requires some thought and creativity, with some ideas offered in this podcast.

P.S.  Here is a link to the Michael Hill article read on the podcast.
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Episode 174, Farewell to Jobs?

The unsustainable economy—world-wide and here in the US--are working toward their inevitable crash. Not at the same time or at the same rate, necessarily, but the end, which may still be a ways off, is coming. 

I’m not talking about the end of mankind, or the end of the fundamental economic behavior of mankind, but the end of the current economic order.  (And no, I’m not talking about the end of capitalism and its replacement with socialism or communism.) 

The end will be chaotic, and probably violent, but the current economic order come to an end, and will be replaced by something else. What that something else will be is the topic of this show.  It's a  farewell to jobs as we know them, some in the near term, many more in the future.  

What forces are devouring the jobs of today?  Will new jobs emerge to replace them? 

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