Tuesday, August 27, 2013

hemp underwear


HEMP UNDERWEAR

Before you get all comfortable and start reading my Wisdom For The Ages, go on over to the following link and read this relatively short article ( helpfully sent by a loyal minion ):


I think I’ve heard of this guy, probably have a book or two he wrote.  What got me about this was not that I agreed with him ( not that I disagreed, but I’ll get to that ) but that he kind of totally missed the message.  The message is decidedly NOT about our inability to grow our own hemp to reestablish the textile industry and make our own underwear again ( China has about one city devoted to underwear.  One asteroid and 90+% of the globes underwear production is gone.  We would revert to bare assed savages immediately ).  We agree on that.  But this guy thinks the message is “we need warm bodies to profit Wall Street”.  Sigh.  No, the message is “oil is feeding us”.  This is of course my message ( that I got from several others.  I’m claiming no originality here ).  But much more importantly here is the Grand Poo Baa, the Farm Czar, telling us this.  I’m not the smartest guy out there by a long shot ( shut up! ) but I think I’ve gotten a lot better at getting the message when it is given.  We are being told, officially, that oil feeds us and if we stop the supply ( The Spice Must Flow ) we simply don’t eat.

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Did he come right out and say that?  Of course not.  Listening to FedGov asshat scum bags is like a game of diplomacy between little pretty boy weasels mumbling between mouthfuls of feces.  You have to interpret what they are saying.  They can’t come out and say “we will crush you!” like a Russian peasant given a three piece suit and told to show up at a UN meeting ( those were the good old days ).  Politicians must have escape clauses, so they never speak plainly.  Well, Obammy can speak plainly ( “read my floppy Kenyan lips-No New Taxes” and then three months later raise taxes.  Because, you know, it’s for the children ).  But no one else is allowed to.  So, the guy goes on mumbling about traditional values being more respected in rural areas and how that means the stupid bastards volunteer for the military.  And if we run out of stupid bastards we have no recruits for the military.  He couldn’t talk about Skittles Eaters from the ghetto.  The last time that happened, during Vietnam when Blacks were disproportionately represented in the draft, we got Black Panthers and riots in most cities.  So you can’t talk about poor urban youths being a target for the military, even if it is voluntary.  First, you’d be admitting we have disadvantaged youth.  The official line is everyone can get into a lifetime of debt and go to college.  Second, you are not allowed to talk about Blacks at all unless it is to paint them as victims.  And you can’t tell everyone the military is going to take advantage of anyone, so you just don’t go there at all.

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So that just leaves corn fed white bread hicks as a recruitment example ( I’m not saying inner-city youth aren’t recruitment targets.  I’m sure they are.  Maybe.  I don’t know if the military is allowed to discriminate against them due to lower education.  What I’m talking about is who is allowed to be exemplified ).  Evidently, the new standard for military service is to have cow crap stuck between your toes.  All well and good.  But they aren’t cannon fodder for Wall Street profits.  Oh, Wall street ( I believe this is the gentle euphemism used for the Central Bankers.  You state that evil by name and you can kiss a living wage as a writer good-bye ) DOES indeed make a profit.  But that isn’t why we are waging wars.  It is about controlling the oil.  The oil is the profit, not making loans to corporations that make military hardware.  Without oil, there would be no military industrial complex.  Also without oil, there would be no underwear made in China and shipped here.  Instead of a buck a pair, you’d pay more like twenty.  If they were available locally because nothing would be transported very far.  Which seems to be an issue here also.  Our author, who sits in a comfortable house in soft underwear under a light bulb using his computer to piss and moan about farmhands being sent to slaughter, is ignoring certain fundamentals.

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Which isn’t mere evil corporate profits.  It is system survival.  We aren’t able to get politicians to change their minds about repopulating the rural areas because they are on the payroll of corporations.  That is chump change and of little import.  Only oil feeds the globes masses, and our own countries.  We CAN’T change the system back to organic decentralized farms.  I wish we could.  I agree with this authors views, insofar as a desirable goal.  I just don’t think it is attainable.  To go back you must change the whole infrastructure.  We can’t maintain the infrastructure we have now for Oil Ag.  There isn’t enough money or resources.  If you can’t keep what you have in working order, you certainly can’t build a new system.  We can’t idle farmland long enough to build the soil back up ( not on a wide scale basis ), but even if we could, that doesn’t change the need for long distance transportation of food to the urban areas.  It is about both dead soil and non-local production.  You stop the oil, you stop feeding people.  And to keep the oil flowing you must keep our empire intact.  It isn’t what 99% of us would like, but Want doesn’t factor into it.  Need is more like it.

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16 comments:

  1. In a little over ten years, I have seen farmers stop plowing, stop any kind of agriculture as we did it for thousands of years. They use nothing but chemicals, they kill what ever is growing then plant right through the dead vegetation, then spray liquid manure and fertilizer, probably more weed killer mixed in that mess, then what ever comes up gets sprayed for bugs. All because the government tells them to. Of course this is done with heavy equipment which compacts the soil with every pass. Soon the ground is so hard that crops don't produce as much but no problem, the tax payers are funding crop insurance because the government says so. Now we have government control and screw up of agriculture. Farmers won't know what to do when all of this mess unravels. The weeds and bugs get immune to the spray. They threw out thousands of years of knowledge, no oil, no sprays, food shortage.

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    1. It isn't merely mis-education on their part but plenty of laws that compel large scale compliance. The old timey knowledge added to new organic technigues are out there. But try using them-regulatory complience alone kills you. Land taxes, land zoning. The deck is purposely stacked against low tech and localized so as to benefit BigAg. It is by design and they won't change their minds because it isn't the Centralized Paradigm. You can feed yourself. Perhaps if land costs/taxes don't kill you. But you won't be allowed to feed others. The oil fed machine farms make our masters money, and they will stay no matter how many peasants die. And besides, you CAN'T change the whole infrastructure now.

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    2. You should cut and paste your comment, Jim. For future generations. Excellent!

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  2. This may seem cruel, but: The draft reborn plus millions of undocumented farm workers seems to equal no need for Pete and Bobby Joe. Ship Pedro and Roberto Jose off to eat a bullet. My idea? No. The incessant clamor from both parties about amnesty is beginning to smell like ulterior motive to me. This has been your daily dose of modern paranoia.

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  3. Lord Bison of the Great Basin and King of Coiffure;

    Joel Salatin is the founder of Polyface Farms in Swoope Virginia, one of the biggest and well-known organic farms in North America. All Joel is upset over, is Agriculture Secretary Vilsack's insistence that rural America provides 40% of the human resources to the Armed Forces, and wants to promote people living in rural areas to continue procreating and maintaining that percentage of military man-power.

    Joel doesn't subscribe to any of that tripe that the Banker Masters is selling the electorate about "What's good for Wall Street is good for the Country" garbage. But your absolutely correct that the point of that conference to promote Virginia Agriculture shouldn't have been to promote human procreation, it should have been to promote non-traditional crops that would provide natural fibers such as hemp and flax, thus giving North America a chance of reconstituting a textile manufacturing base without the cheap textiles coming in from Asia. As we all know will become impossible as the supply of liquid petroleum becomes contracted due to over-consumption by the people of the world.

    Additionally knowing that liquid petroleum supply contraction has been going on since November 2005, then the rescaling of North American Agriculture should have began then, not during or after the actual collapse, which as you so eloquently stated is ongoing with no end in sight. Despite your opinion that the scale is too large and there's no money or energy to accomplish, it doesn't negate the cold, diamond hard fact that it will have to be done, lest the banker masters are the last to starve as the food supply of the planet is consumed with no chance of anyone, anywhere growing anything else ever again.

    As a small scale part-time farmer myself, I can tell you that if only my county's laws were more agreeable to animal traction vehicles on public roads or thoroughfares, then I could drop the whole damned petroleum dependence tomorrow. For me the fight is a legal one not a logistic one. By the way, I really enjoyed your articles on insulation for living spaces, its assisted me on reducing electric utilities, which is another step closer to cutting that evil umbilical cord of imported energy dependence. Keep, keeping it real James!

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    1. I'm glad I don't sound like too much of an ass to actual farmers- my only exposure was in childhood gardens ( and taking care of those foul fowl ).

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  4. Good link. Joel Salatin is a hero of mine. If you ever get a chance, you should read his book, "Everything I want to do is illegal".

    Idaho Homesteader

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    1. I read "folks, this ain't normal" or something like that. I'll look into this one. Thanks.

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  5. Lord Bison - What you teach in the Frugal Survivalist bible is that we should not necessarily buy used underwear, but I think that the article today is pointing in that direction. I will prepare myself to enjoy the skids of others.

    In regards to Salatin, I think he is on the right track with his condemnation of this particular facet of the agricultural machine, and how it is doing nothing more than assisting the war machine.

    Things are getting terrible when it comes to our food. Just look at the average American waistline (and the reality TV shows that trivialize it) to see how bad it has become. Our fruits and vegetables come from far away places like Brazil and Argentina. Meanwhile, all we grow here on American soil is corn...so we can process it into Pop-Tarts.

    Your advice is sound (store wheat, more wheat, and even more wheat), but I've never actually heard you talk about saving seeds or tending a garden. There are some of your articles that passively mention it as a viable survivalist tactic, but I've not yet seen an article that extols the virtues of having a garden or saving seeds (even for barter).

    My understanding is that you have a piece of citrus at breakfast with your waffle, and that you have a veggie at dinner with some flatbread and meat. Do you buy organic? Is it way too expensive? Do you feel organic has value? If you eat fruits and vegetables, do you simply go with the cheapest?

    Inquiring minions want to know!

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    1. I don't foresee a market in used underwear. Instead I would buy up used T-shirts from the thrift store so you can make your own. Actually, a new bolt of cotton jersey might be equally cost-effective.

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  6. Waffles are from pre-2003 when I was on-grid and not as poor. And I was poor then. I love organic-but it has been usurped by BigAg. Buying it encouraged nothing. WAYYYYY back in the day, I tilted at windmills. I yelled about freedom and rights. Now I just wait for the collapse and I hope I can string up a bastard or two. The System will not be usurped by preaching and voting. Grandpappy voted with his stomach in the 30's. Welcome to FDR's dictatorship currently chaired by Obammy The Foreigner.

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  7. http://www.timebomb2000.com/vb/showthread.php?434313-Bracken-Alas-Brave-New-Babylon

    Enjoy. Matt Bracken is the author of Foreign and Domestic Enemies
    and other great reads.

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  8. James Dakin gets it at least. I posted two replies to Salatin's article, one on Resilience.org and the other on Transition Voice. They didn't print either one. The gist of my comments is that Joel Salatin finally made it to 1965, where us dirty hippie types first postulated farm boys as cannon fodder.

    So the question is: "What do you do now?" One set of anwers is in my book, "The Laws of Physics Are On My Side." About one-third of the book is analysis, two-thirds solutions. And the solution is NOT more banal energy capture, but less. It is NOT trying to reclaim America while the Empire collapses, but rather getting out of the way and doing for yourself. It is available on Amazon.

    Joel Salatin is dependent on the money system and gasoline energy. Even though his ideas on grazing are well thought out and work in the present context, without large amounts of transport energy, constant expansion and selling products to well-heeled city folks from near and far, his farming fails.

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    1. I hope I said good things about your book. I liked it and would recommend it. I think Joel is doing good with what he's got. The problem is he is trying to save the world on that model. Hey, ya gotta love the guy. He just doesn't see a bigger picture.

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  9. This post has some good points, and I especially like what you have to say about deciphering the message that is being sent, but I have to respectfully disagree with on a few ideas.

    First, while you are correct that the world economy primarily runs on oil, it's not as an immovable condition as you make it out to be. It's not oil or nothing. Before oil there was coal, and after oil there will be something else. We like to think a globalized economy is a new phenomenon, but it's not. Goods traded by sea is as old as recorded history. The notion that it cannot exist but under an oil scheme doesn't carry any water in my mind. There's always wind, and in fact since ~2006 the world shipping fleets have decreased their average travel speed in order to save on fuel costs (modern tankers are traveling at... you guessed it the average speed a wind propelled vessel travels) I find that many people who are part of the collapse crowd come from the financial industry and seem to have a special yearning (probably because of the spirit-consuming industry they are or formerly were a part of) for total collapse of everything with no negotiations, no transitions, etc and you can read all about it in my book you can order from Amazon.com (does no one find the irony in this but me?)

    Secondly the notion that moving to a different agricultural infrastructure is impossible also seems like an extremist viewpoint. Soil can be rebuilt and used at the same time. Land doesn't necessarily need to lay fallow to be replenished, it can be transitioned. We can and must build a new system, a decentralized system, and it is a feasible endeavor and a quick stroll through the Internets will give you a million examples (like Joel Salatin) of people taking their first steps, and others who are already there. Imagination is the only limiting factor here, not oil, not greed, etc.

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