Just a question for anyone that knows
I’m still about. Just in a phase of posting less and doing more offline.
Wise move P! Go for it, hammer and tongs!
FWIW, Dmitry Orlov has just posted out an imminent alarm to his subscribers to do all you can to be prepared for a serious collapse-of-USSR style event, at least across the Anglozionist empire, some time very soon now. Get quietly prepared to cope with some serious dislocations in the normal functioning of civil society in the up-coming nearest future, such as happened to Russia in the '90s; not limited to, but very much including, dislocations in food supply (with, in the ‘free’ market-blessed West, corresponding swoop-ups in price…)
Start practicing at ‘(no) digging for survival’. (No dig, because that’s by far the wiser. physically-easier, and less soil-destroying choice, between tillage and no-till.) Fully-skilled subsistence home gardening takes a few years to get up to speed, into effective competence. But even with the usual tally of early disasters, beginner’s luck will usually produce at least some stuff worth having. I’m growing taters planted directly into mulched, un-dug turf this year: Infirm old git’s super-easy Ruth-Stout-style low-work horticulture. Go for it! No time to waste.
Also, a home stockpile of durable emergency foods, such as canned goods, dried grains and legumes, etc., is a good idea as a permanent fixture in your household, now. Store by date, and rotate whenever new supplies come available.
And learn how to do something genuinely socially-useful, that will be in perpetual demand no matter what, rather than the pointless, eminently-extinction-worthy shit-jobs which so many have to suffer just now. And take heart! That kind of drone-‘work’ is scheduled to die away as being no longer affordable, as the Long Descent continues to bite down ever harder on our lives.
I want to reccomend particularly Pete Kanaris’s YT videos on the work of Jim Kovaleski. Jim owns no land. Instead he nomads between Florida - in Winter - and Maine - in Summer - where, in both places, he has arrangements with a circle of local home-owners, whereby he cultivates in their yards farmer’s market foods for local sale, with the householder getting a share, of course. Jim - who seems to own little more than any transient worker - asserts constantly that he earns so much money, and always has such an over-abundance of food available round the year, that he’s living the life of Riley. Everything he does is with hand tools, including East-European-style scythes with which he can cut an acre of grass in short order. Note in particular his lean, healthy elder look! The way anyone can be - given normally-lucky health inheritance from your ancestors - when you live the right way; which just happens to be the way that will now be enforced on increasing numbers of the ex-bourgeoisie of the Pampered Twenty Percent; if - that is - they choose to navigate the ebb-tide of the Long Descent wisely…
Put the words ‘Jim Kovaleski’ in a YT search box, and you’ll get a feast of vids about Jim’s effulgent gardens. Highly encouraging. Here’s a sample:
Are you able to share Dmitry’s text please @RhisiartGwilym ?
Note the last line of the first post below: “This is not a drill!”:
“The United States are making sure-footed strides directly along the path of the Soviet Union.”
It’s been 16 years since I published my article “Post-Soviet Lessons for a Post-American Century.” It was based on realizations I made a decade earlier, back in 1996, upon returning to the States after observing the aftermath of the Soviet collapse. Since then I have been focused on what I saw as the main causes of collapse in both the Soviet and in the American case: exorbitant debt, problems in the energy sector and unreformable political systems mired in corruption, their elites delusional in their feelings of omnipotence. And now comes a truly eerie analogy: the powder keg that detonated under the USSR was ethnic nationalism and separatism; and the powder keg that is currently detonating under the US is “woke” (anti-)racism: another brand of ethnic fascism but with American characteristics.
That article opened with the following paragraph:
“A decade and a half ago the world went from bipolar to unipolar, because one of the poles fell apart: The S.U. is no more. The other pole – symmetrically named the U.S. – has not fallen apart – yet, but there are ominous rumblings on the horizon. The collapse of the United States seems about as unlikely now as the collapse of the Soviet Union seemed in 1985.”
At the time my message was perceived as being provocative but very far from the political mainstream thinking of the time. But the world has since caught up with me. The following quotes (translation mine) are from Vladimir Putin’s address and the currently running St. Petersburg World Economic Forum.
«Мы слышим угрозы, продолжающиеся из Конгресса, еще откуда-то. Все это делается в ходе внутриполитических процессов США. Вот люди, которые это делают, они исходят, видимо, из того, что мощь, экономическая, США, военная мощь, политическая, такова, что это не страшно, что это мы переживем, они думают»
“We are hearing threats coming out of US Congress and elsewhere. This is happening in the course of internal political processes within the USA. The people who make these threats are assuming, it would seem, that the power of the USA, its economic, military and political power, is such that this isn’t serious, that they will survive this. That’s what they think.”
«Вы знаете, в чем проблема, я вам расскажу как бывший гражданин бывшего Советского Союза. В чем проблема империй – им кажется, что они такие могущественные, что они могут позволить себе небольшие погрешности и ошибки. Этих купим, этих напугаем, с этими договоримся, этим дадим бусы, этим погрозим военными кораблями. И это решит проблемы. Но количество проблем нарастает. Наступает момент, когда с ними уже не справиться. И Соединенные Штаты уверенной поступью, уверенной походкой, твердым шагом идут прямо по пути Советского Союза»
“But I’ll tell you what the problem is, as a former citizen of the Soviet Union. The problem of empires is that they imagine themselves to be so powerful that they can allow themselves small miscalculations and errors. Some they’ll bribe, some they’ll scare, some they’ll make a deal with, some they’ll give glass beads, some they’ll frighten with warships—and this will fix problems. But the number of problems continues to grow. There comes a moment when they can no longer cope with them. The United States are making sure-footed strides directly along the path of the Soviet Union.”
It is one thing for such thoughts to be expressed by a little-known blogger; it is quite another for them to be voiced by the long-standing leader of a world superpower at a very prestigious and well-attended international forum. Those of you who have not been paying attention, or have but see the collapse of the USA as a somewhat whimsical, futuristic notion, need to pinch themselves. If there is anything at all that you can do to prepare, your time is short. This is not a drill. The Arctic Fox is at your door.
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Why the Arctic Fox?
And wherefore cometh he?
There arise occasions in the course of human affairs that cannot be properly characterized without resorting to the strongest possible language. In situations when nothing can be made to work and all has come undone the term “collapse” tends to get a lot of use, but it is too abstract and too technical to do justice to the visceral experience of the event. It comes from the Latin col-labi—to slip together—but the exclamation “Goodness gracious, we slipped together!” just doesn’t resonate.
What one is more likely to hear is something more along the lines of “Holy shit, we are totally fucked!” or some other string of obscene expletives, and this rather spoils the solemnity of the occasion. What is called for is a way to ennoble our suffering, not to cheapen it with vulgar expressions.
The connection between the sacred (that which is holy) and the sacral (that which is related to the pelvis and its varied functions) is a most intimate one. Both derive from sacrum, which is an anatomical term: it is the triangular bone in the lower back formed from fused vertebrae and situated between the two hipbones of the pelvis. The word is a Latin translation—os sacrum—of the Greek term—hieron osteon(holy bone)—for the Ancient Greeks believed the sacrum to be the seat of the soul. There may be something to this belief: when we suddenly realize that we may be about to die and as our soul makes emergency preparations to leave the body, we tend to experience a pronounced tingling sensation centered on the sacrum. The entire pelvis also tends to become affected: the anal sphincter relaxes, sometimes resulting in something vernacularly referred to as “losing one’s shit,” and, in men, the scrotum tightens and the testicles retract.
At that point many people also involuntarily utter sacrilegious profanities (there’s sacrum again!) which freely combine references to sex, defecation, genitalia, motherhood and God. Across many languages much use is made of vulgar terms for female genitalia: they form a sacred portal through which all human (and even some divine) life enters this world, and this makes references to them particularly potent in this context.
The holy and the obscene are really one and the same; swearing is a form of prayer and the female pelvis is the altar to which we spontaneously direct our prayers when we suddenly find ourselves in extremis. One often hears that there are no atheists to be found aboard a foundering ship but a lot of cursing/praying to be heard; are these two in some sense not the same?
The need to be vivid and evocative yet polite when referring to financial, commercial, political, social and cultural collapse forces people to resort to euphemisms. One nation that has a recent and profound of experience of collapse is Russia, having lost an estimated ten million people to alcoholism, violence, emigration and despair in the wake of the collapse of the USSR during the 1990s.
Referring to collapse, the Russians tend to make references to “the white furry animal,” thereby indirectly referring to the arctic fox, Vulpes lagopus. The Russian word for it is песец (peséts). It is a polite substitute for the term пиздец (pizdéts), which is reasonably well conveyed by the English exclamation “Holy shit, we are totally fucked!” It is in turn derived from the word пизда (pizdá), which is a vulgar term for female genitalia.
Take this white fluffy animal into your heart, and you will no longer have to wanly banter about collapse; instead, you can now harness the full depth of the sacred and the profane and refer to it as “the advent of the arctic fox” or, if you want to be coy and use a euphemism, you can instead obliquely mention “a certain furry animal.” Those in the know will appreciate this bit of finesse while those who have no idea… well, what of them?
Witnesses to the advent of the arctic fox need a sacred symbol, which I am happy to provide. In keeping with the light-hearted, whimsical nature of the subject, it is a talisman that symbolizes Golgotha, with four crosses rather than the usual three. One cross is, perforce, for Jesus Christ. At the center is the symbol of Death, which Christ vanquished through His resurrection. Two more crosses are for St. Petrov and St. Boshirov, the intrepid time-traveling GRU agents who will have had been crucified together with Jesus, cleverly disguised as the two thieves. And the fourth cross is for your own good self: on it you will be crucified during the advent of the arctic fox but will, with any luck, be reborn into a new life once the arctic fox departs.
Jesus, St. Petrov, St. Boshirov and you
And never forget Emilia Hazelip’s famous Synergistic Garden: no till, no fertiliser - even compost, no sprays of any kind, even organic, the embodiment of Masanobu Fukuoka’s discoveries on his ancestral farm in Japan, which, as Emilia asserts, constitute “the first great advance in agronomic practice discovered since the start of the Agrarian Revolution, several thousand years ago”. A large claim, but one which anyone who has grasped Fukuoka’s work fully can endorse emphatically:
This starts beautifully, loses me after a while (probably when it starts talking about plants ). But a main point is that fertilizers, composts etc disturb the balance of the soil and so sign you up in perpetuity (reminds me of something else… ).
Whereas (it says, not that I know about such things) you can keep extracting from the soil if you follow certain rules, because many of the nutrients are obtained by photosynthesis from the sun, including microbes and other big words. Or something like that? Feel free to use red ink…
When’s permaculture for dummies coming out
Putin and the Arctic Fox - tremendous articles, I thought.
“Kanaris’s YT videos on the work of Jim Kovaleski”…will look up - thanks!
Emilia points out - in a document of hers that I have - that if you grow plenty of leguminous plants amongst your vegetables, this maintains the nitrates content of the soil, through the fixing of atmospheric-nitrogen done by Nitrobacter bacteria, which live in root nodules on the roots of the legumes. The soil will then only need to supply another 2 1/2 percent of the materials which make up the substance of the growing plants. The rest comes, as she says, from the sky: carbon-dioxide, nitrogen, oxygen and water, with sunlight to drive the photosynthesis that makes these simple inorganics into the suite of carbohydrates and other organic molecules that the plant uses to make its physical structure, and its stored captured energy in the form of sugars.
Taking only the part of the plant that is your required crop, and leaving all the rest, particularly the roots, in situ on/in the soil means that it forms a constant feed of mulching material, all of which decomposes into the soil as humus.
This is what fallowing is: If you leave a piece of ground to do what it will without interference, the regular annual wild growth - a net gain ‘taken from the sky’ - will die back each Winter and feed the soil. Hence Emilia’s - and Masanobu’s - contention that no fertiliser, not even extra compost, is needed. Though of course extra compost when you have it does no harm. I believe Emilia made compost to provide her potting greenhouse with good soil to start her seedlings, before they go out into the garden beds.
You can also add other amendments to the soil, such as wood-ash, charcoal as biochar, and crushed rock minerals, to ensure a full range of nutrients and catalysts, which will lift your soil from a possibly below-par state to full richness. But this doesn’t need doing repeatedly, as long as all the unwanted parts of the crop plant are left on the beds, to rot down. You can harvest your crop without depleting the total fertility of your soil.
This is what Emilia means when she declares that Masanobu had made a new, crucial realisation about soil agronomy, with his repeated demonstrations that no added fertiliser of any kind was required, as long as enough of the annual biomass gain was left in situ each year: the first major lurch forward that agronomics had made to this degree since settled agriculture first began, some millennia ago. A major insight.
Very interesting video. Especially as I have had my first spring using cover crops and no dig! I already knew about the other French woman whose name I have forgotten, who uses no dig, but have never heard about no composting at all!
And as for Jim Kovaleski, that’s me in the next life
Thanks for posting
Many thanks RG. I shall have to subscribe.
I’m no starry eyed Putin fan but his determined calm defiance towards Zone A is very probably the key deterrent to yet more aggression. Yet they keep up their encroachment anyway.
The implosion of this vile Luciferian edifice is certainly overdue.
I have to keep reminding myself, when I catch a splash from the Permanent Bullshit Blizzard of the Az empire, that that’s all it is: a torrent of delusional bs just within the Western empire.
Eurasia and Eastasia are out of reach for the criminal gics who run Oceania. All their ‘globalist’ prattle only applies to the shrinking portion of the world where they can hope to maintain even a fraction of the influence they had previously. And if they think they can stampede and overrun Putin, Xi and their associates running the Russian and Chinese empires… well, that’s on a par with their general delusionality.
The ludicrous debacles they’ve been putting up recently to try to ‘damage’ the Eastern and Northern empires - the Ryanair voluntary emergency landing in Belarus as the latest example - are just laughable in their utter ineffectualness. Absolutely zero impact on the underlying tide of events. Canute without even the steroids.
People like Gates are not only not going to score any traction in the other two empires and their growing number of dependencies, but they’ll be lucky even to hold on to what they have in the Az empire, as it disintegrates. In fact, with a bit of luck, they’ll all be subject to some revolutionary justice. High time, with those vicious crooks.
I suspect that people like that are so entranced by the imagined miraculous power that hyper-techno-whizzery is supposed to confer on them that they’re still in the grip of the growthforever, progressprogressprogress delusions, riding on the back of their obvious, blind techno-narcism delusions; all of which time-expired myths are even now getting slowly but inexorably swept away by the advancing and accelerating Long Descent away from hitech industrial socio-economic arrangements. Bad luck, Bill!
Regrettably, considering Putin’s speech of welcome to the current St Petersburg International Economic Forum - SPIEF - it’s clear that both he and Xi, and their poltical factions, are committed to more of the basic growthforever legend, for the time being at least, though I’m sure that both they and their followers in government understand the basic reality of The Limits To Growth.
What they’re bidding for in the near-term future is a zero-sum growth’n’shrinkage game, where their empires get a still-extending period of growth, as the Az empire collapses, thus crashing its own demands on the planet’s resources, and leaving them available to Russia and China and satellites; for a shortish while longer that is, until the absolute global dearth of all the - finite, non-renewable - resources that make industrialism possible at all (particularly the essential master resource: abundant cheap, easy-get energy) puts a final end to the growthforever-out-to-the-stars delusion …