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The road to the future leads to the past

Ray Jason 

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An ordinary sunset was about to turn extraordinary. AVENTURA was resting between voyages — way down south in the Banana Latitudes. We were anchored in a cove so serene that the birds seemed to fly at half speed in order to preserve the tranquility.

A native cayuco slowly emerged from behind one of the islands that frame this tiny bay. A man and a woman were gently rowing their dugout canoe through the pale, peach-glazed water. When they swung their bow around and faced the west, I recognized the young couple. They had stopped by yesterday and traded a freshly-caught fish for some cooking oil.
They stowed their oars in the cayuco and drifted about 30 yards off my starboard side. She leaned her back against his chest and his chin cradled the top of her head. Although the twilight panorama that we were savoring was only mediocre, I suspect that their contentment was as transcendent as mine.

Suddenly, this exquisite peacefulness was destroyed by the roar of an outboard engine as a shiny American powerboat came blasting through our little sanctuary. Two overweight guys laughed drunkenly as they watched their wake nearly capsize the little native canoe. I looked over at my neighbors and shook my head in disgust. They responded with body language that said, “Sad, sad, sad.”

A few minutes later, with the euphoric spell broken, they slid a fishing line into the water, and then started to row towards a nearby island. As I watched them depart, I realized that every element of this dusk-soft panorama was so elemental, that it could have taken place 500 years ago.

While their cayuco drifted to the south, with the lovers lazily fishing, I turned back to the west and caught a glimpse of the drunken gringos roaring out of sight. Because I am blessed (or cursed) with the philosopher’s need to contemplate such symbolic vignettes, I began a meditation that took me deep into the star-plush night. [Read more →]

October 30, 2013   No Comments

Linda Runyon on Wild Food Foraging

 

“Weeds are in every country of the world, so it’s beyond me why there is world hunger. An entire civilization is walking on their food.” -Linda Runyon

Linda Runyon spoke these words after years of teaching herself how to live from the land. “I have this driving force to let others know they can survive. I see pictures of Afghanistan children eating bread made from grass. They are actually eating healthy food. Starving people are probably walking on food that would keep them alive, if they knew how to use it. Wild foods can be dried and kept for decades, and their seeds can be planted to grow again after all that time.”

Linda’s knowledge and expertise come from years of wilderness living, and learning on her own just what foods were safe to eat. She became familiar with medicinal herbs as an offshoot of her friendship with members of the Iroquois Indians in the Adirondack wilds, where she lived.

Her book The Essential Wild Food Survival Guide is one of the best I’ve seen. After buying and using a number of “edible plant” books, I realized I really need a better understanding of how to cook and how to store these foraged foods. Linda covers this in detail in her book. So her book is exactly what I have been search for in the last couple of years. And now I finally found it! You can get her book through her web site: ofthefield.com

Below is more of the radio program with her. [Read more →]

March 29, 2013   No Comments

Author Mat Stein: Six trends leading to social collapse

 

Engineer, author and building contractor Mat Stein discussed preparing for social collapse, environmental catastrophes and inevitable disasters. He detailed six key areas where current trends suggest impending disaster for the planet: oil depletion, climate change, collapse of the world’s oceans, deforestation, food shortages, and overpopulation. Taken individually, each of these are serious issues, Stein said, but since they are happening simultaneously and exacerbating each other, the cumulative result could be even more catastrophic. Ultimately, he warned that “if human beings don’t start controlling their consumption and controlling their growth patterns, then nature will do it for us” via famines and plagues.

Expressing hope that the human race could find a way to reverse these trends, Stein joked that “I call myself ‘the optimistic doomer.'” That said, he declared that changing the outlook for the planet would require global cooperation in the face of these impending tipping points. To that end, he appealed to corporations to “make sustainability like the God of the marketplace” rather than merely maximizing profits with no regard for the negative effects on the environment and populace. Chillingly, he mused that, by the time the human race decides to make a serious effort to address these troubling trends, it may be too late and “we’re gonna go over that cliff, no matter what we do.” Despite the potential futility of such an effort, Stein stressed that it’s “a good fight that’s worth doing” for the betterment of future generations.

February 16, 2013   No Comments

10 Survival tips that will get you killed

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre started writing about urban survivalism after experiencing first hand the socioeconomic collapse of his Argentina in 2001. The everyday experience of living inthe country  after the collapse provides Fernando a wealth of experience that he shares with his readers through his blog and his book, The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse.

 

December 31, 2012   No Comments

Doomsday Preppes – Extreme Prep Edition


 

 

The best highlights from season one of National Geographic Channel, Doomsday Preppers brought together in one exciting episode.

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/doomsday-preppers/

November 24, 2012   No Comments

Gerald Celente: Neo Survivalism in an Economic Collapse

 

Gerald Celente’s story on his survival of the Chile Earthquake and how Neo-Survivalism skills could enhance one’s survivability when the economic crisis hits.

October 5, 2012   No Comments