Avoiding a Soylent Future

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Hamburger and pork chops are becoming what lobster used to be – expensive specialty foods most of us can only afford to eat once in awhile.

Forget steaks.

Or at least, forget paying $15 for a downer cow (and  probably meat-glued) 8 oz. “steak” at the supermarket, where the same piece of meat cost $7 or so just ten months ago.

Thanks, Joe.

Dystopian theories about a Soylent Green future – in which the masses don’t eat meat because meat is unaffordable – even unavailable – seem to be congealing into facts of life. It may be that the only non-elite people who get to eat meat in the future – six months from now – will be the people who raise it, themselves.

I’ve become one of them.

You may have read about my decision to raise chickens and ducks – which I decided to do for the same reason I ride my motorcycle rather than drive my truck (whenever possible). It is a way – perhaps the only way remaining – to counterbalance the devaluing of our money, which is really the corporation’s money. I here refer to the cartel of privately owned banks – the corporations – that control the money supply and so own the purchasing power of what is regarded, naively, as “our” money. Also “our” government – which is owned by the same corporate interests, which control it (and thereby, us) using their money.

At a stroke, these corporations manipulate the value of their money, leaving us with less purchasing power as well as less to purchase, by manipulating the supply of things for us to buy. They’ve got us coming – and going. Which is why it’s good to go – away from their manipulations.

I ride a motorcycle that averages 60 MPG – which serves to reduce what  I am obliged to spend on gas considerably. And by raising my own food, I greatly reduce what I am obliged to pay for that, too.

I conducted a survey of supermarket prices for a store-bought duck. The average seems to be about $40. Duck has always been pricey, because duck isn’t a commonly bought item. But even store-bought chicken – as common as it gets – is no longer inexpensive, especially if you don’t want the downer cow version thereof. Chicken raised in pasture, unJabbed with hormones or carrageenan (look this one up – and prepare to lose your appetite) now costs more than a steak used to cost, ten months ago.

In a few weeks, I’ll have six ducks in the freezer – for less than the cost of one store-bought duck. Plus more in the works since my ducks generate new ducks, unlike a duck bought at the supermarket – which generates a meal, once.

The chickens generate eggs – an excellent, high nutritious as well as delicious source of protein equivalent to meat. They also propagate new chickens, which no store-bought egg will ever do. These eggs also have another virtue no store bought egg has. They don’t have to be refrigerated. This might prove to be a godsend if the refrigerator stops working – because the power stopped coming.

Fresh-laid eggs have a translucent coating – it is called the bloom – that preserves the egg without the need to refrigerate the egg. You can leave a fresh-laid egg in a basket on the kitchen table for days without worrying about it going bad. Not so with store bought eggs, which are washed as they are processed. They will go bad quickly if not kept cold.

They are also already old.

The eggs I ate for breakfast yesterday were laid the day before. The store-bought eggs you eat were probably laid a week or more before. And you’ll only have as many eggs as you bought – or could afford.

Or that the store had.

Empty shelves – and refrigerated cases – are becoming as common a sight in supermarkets as “mask” wearing metastasized hypochondriacs. It is not improbable that this sight will become more common as their money buys less and less.

There is, however, a cost to avoiding these costs. You must raise the birds, house the birds, feed the birds and – if you want to eat meat – process the birds. That means kill them, a thing most people who eat the meat which results from the act have never done themselves. It is a heavy thing to do. No one I know who raises animals for food enjoys the act that leads to meat. But it puts you in touch with reality – with the circle of life. And it makes you thankful for the animals that give you life, as you gave them a good life.

This latter is no minor thing.

Many – me among them – are uneasy about the way animals are treated by the huge corporate combines that bring into existence store-bought meat. The animals live brutal lives and end their lives, brutally. They are often sick while they are alive – hence the need to Jab them with antibiotics and such that end up in the meat you eat.

I – like many who are pursuing a homestead way of life to get out from under the depredations of corporate life – am at peace with eating meat I raise because the animals I raise get to live outdoors, doing the natural things animals are supposed to do. They are not crowded into pens, forced to stand in their own waste – fed disgusting “food” that renders them almost Soylent even if the end result is still technically meat.

And when the time comes, I give thanks for the food they provide – respectful and even in awe of the life that makes mine possible.

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  1. Eric, an engrossing article! Of course, domestic husbandry, along with growing one’s own produce, is hardly a NEW concept when done as more than a hobby. Our parents and grandparents well remember the WWII-era “Victory Gardens”, which had the benefits of (1) putting idle land into production for food (2) stretched food supplies (3) lessened demand for fuel and/or vehicles/rail/shipping (4) provided exercise (5) soothed jangled war nerves. And beforehand, most “city” folks, in buying a home, kept chickens or even ducks, and had gardens and/or fruit trees, as meat and fresh fruit were more luxuries until about the mid-20th century for many Americans.

    The challenges of doing so can be to be successful at it, but that’s largely a matter of gaining experience, as with, say, learning to fix cars, paint, carpentry, and so on. If things get REALLY “dicey”, the biggest challenge will be with dealing with PREDATORS…specifically, the TWO-legged kind. And some of them may be sporting badges of offices…which will provide very conspicuous TARGETS.

    • Indeed, Doug!

      I’m pretty much done with the coop project; just finishing up the work needed on the adjacent shed. Once that’s done, I am going to begin laying out the greenhouse. My concept is to have on-site meat and eggs (the chickens and ducks) and basic staple vegetables year ’round (ideally). My girlfriend very much wants us to get a few Scottish Highland cattle, which I incline toward, too – but my field needs fencing work plus a water source for this to be viable. Plus, cattle are expensive as hell right now. I may go with goats instead as they are much less expensive and easier to keep (assuming you have good fencing!)

  2. Too bad we’re not neighbors. My wife’s 20 chickens crank out eggs like crazy and she can’t find enough buyers. I must eat a dozen and a half eggs a week. The eggs are good but the chickens are a pain in the butt.

    Incidentally, duck eggs are simply the best.

    • Hi Ross,

      I’ve been eating about 3 eggs a day now for months – usually hard boiled. I make up a large batch and keep them in the fridge, ready to go anytime I need a snack (or meal).

      I’m looking forward to roast duck for Thanksgiving!

  3. I lived in Greece for 2 years in the early 2000’s. We rented a house with a huge backyard where we planted a garden every spring. The house also came with a chicken coop at the very end of the yard, to keep the smells from reaching the house. Every spring, the wife bought 8-10 ducklings. We raised these along with the chickens that came with the house. The ducks made it to the end of the Summer, when they gave up their short lives to spend the rest of the year in the freezer. I wish I had that house now. It was perfect to homestead on. Had a well, along with a 6 foot tall cinder block fence surrounding the property. We had such an abundance of eggs and veggies, we ended up sharing our bounty with the landlords. There is nothing better than some duck soup to warm you up (Yes, Greece gets very cold.). Now, I am stuck inside the city limits of Saint Petersburg. My backyard is definitely big enough to grow a garden, and have some chickens, but the wife won’t hear it…….yet. She will change her mind when she starts noticing the price of food. I just hope it won’t be too late.

  4. Farm.eggs can become rotten. If you have ever cracked one open, the rotten egg will make you wretch something fierce. Not a pleasant experience.

    Haven’t bought store eggs in years.

    When you butcher chickens by the dozen, gut them, singe the pin feathers, throw them in cold water, you feel like the fox guarding the henhouse.

    You let the chickens with their heads chopped off hop around the yard to bleed them out.

    After the birds are in the freezer at the end of the butchering day, you can eat some chicken.

    God bless George Washington!

  5. “That means kill them”. I always considered it my spiritual responsibility to kill if I was going to eat meat, and take that responsibility on for those I fed. Done mostly while hunting. And immediately apologizing for doing so. Yes, I’m one of those weirdos that kisses the deer I just killed.
    Regarding eggs, they are truly a gift that keeps on giving. There is not really any more healthy source of animal fat and protein out there. Even store bought eggs are comparatively cheap, and will keep from a week up to a month in the fridge.

  6. Fine work, Eric. Self-reliance and decentralization truly are the proper solutions to the cancer of encroaching tyranny.

    There has been a great deal of controversy here regarding corporations and their connections to the state. Whether you believe that corporations, as entities, comport with the principles of free-trade and/or freedom of association, I think it’s important to realize some simple facts.

    There will always be large groups of people who band together to impose the will of their leader(s) upon you and take what you have earned with your own sweat and toil. This is why there are governments at all. Other people band together to oppose those groups, and protect their own members. Unfortunately, the leader(s) and members of this group (“your” government/We The People, etc) often turn on their own, and become their own problem.

    This is a social, economic, dynamic and metamorphic process that will continue ad infinitum, as long as there are humans.

    Our task is simple. We will always form temporary aggregates for the completion of tasks that individuals cannot accomplish alone, i.e. building cars and tractors and rocketships, etc. But to the whatever extent we can keep ourselves and our families autonomous, we must do so. Anything that we can produce or generate on our own, whether it be energy or food or commondities/products, we should do so.

    Sometimes doing this may be done less efficiently then that which can be done by factories or large farms or what have you, but that doesn’t mean that it is less valuable. Our individual autonomy is worth sacrifices in efficiency, and being self-sufficient doesn’t mean you won’t get to buy cars and tractors and rocketships, but simply that your life and well-being won’t ultimately depend on collectives who are mostly outside of your control or influence.

    To whatever extent we can dissolve our dependency on social and political constructs, we should do so. This means to weaken government to the point where it is largely irrelevant, except at times in which it becomes necessary, as in times of invading militaries or in the preservation of our property rights and lives against criminal malice.

    • I somewhat disagree — we can’t be individuals & decentralized, because there are always a small percentage of criminal psychopaths out there — and they always become centralized/organized, so they will always have absolute power over us even though we’re a supermajority, because whoever is centralized/organized has absolute power. The solution is for us to centralize/organize. Your morals are correct, but your technical solution is actually a strategy that will fail, and has failed many times over and over throughout history. IOW you can’t just be a non-participant in the corruption/evil, you must participate in the positive/good in order to be able to be strong enough to defend yourself against the evil and eradicate that evil. Evil dictators will rule this world until we figure this out.

      • Multiple powerful and heavily centralized militaries including the mightiest military in the world invaded and occupied Vietnam and Afghanistan. Can you name one that didn’t get their ass handed to them by decentralized resisters?

        • **”Can you name one that didn’t get their ass handed to them by decentralized resisters?**”

          Trouble is, the resistors had their asses and dicks handed to them (That ones that managed to survive), and what do they have to show for it? (Graves, puppet governments or home-grown tyrannies, and a grand old time rebuilding from the rubble)

          • I don’t know but didn’t the Americans manage to defeat the British Empire once upon a time. A lot of the resistance was fairly decentralized. They won themselves a nice country too. Don’t forget the Greeks who successfully countered three major invasions from Persia with the last being permantly decided at the Battle of Salamis. That victory kicked off quite a golden age for them. From what I have been told by some former vets who visited, Vietnam has turned itself into a very nice country. I am prepared to take my chances.

            • But again, those were cohesive groups fighting a common and well-recognized enemy, and absent such things as social engineering and militaries which have budgets of hundreds of billions and highly advanced technologies.
              If such were the case today- if it were just ‘the people’ vs. the state, then we’d have few worries…but the fact is, the people by-and-large ARE the state- and if every single politician were to disappear tomorrow, those very people would just ‘build a new one’ in short order because regardless of the particular political ideology they may profess, they are all encumbered with the belief of collectivism and with enforcing their particular ideals on the rest.
              But it need not even come to that, because we live in a country where culture and family and property have been so diluted that tere is no cohesiveness….just many different sides, all too splintered to unite and recognize a common enemy- because that’s what the social engineers have designed….and there is still no real opposition to it, as people just vote for more, take the government cheese/jobs, and cheer for their champion who will impose their brand of tyranny.
              America will indeed Balkanize…but it will not be organic, nor for the cause of liberty- but rather for even greater control…because that’s what the real rulers have long planned…and what we are starting to see is just the beginning of that proces, which will be made to look to most as though it is a natural grass-roots thing.
              We tend to see things with a bias towards our own side, since we seek out others who share our own views…but if you peruse general public forums, or overhear the opinions of those in the streets (as opposed to those whom we choose to associate with) you will see that most people hate abhor and detest liberty. That majority is not somehow just neutral- as if they can be dismissed if our tiny scattered compatriots could just overcome the state (as if!) but those people are just as formidable an enemy- nay, more so, than the organized state.
              And speaking of our founders, even they had more sense than to imagine that they could overcome the king and the British army while remaining in merry ol’ England.
              Maybe if Libertarians would stop wasting their time with pipe dreams, and instead focus on personally dropping out and breaking free of the shackles of the collectivist system, and building networks in freer areas, where we could have our own underground economies and support each other and at least not aid and abet the enemy, we might actually achieve something positive.

            • The distinction in all these successful guerilla campaigns is that the locals were motivated to fight for their way of life, whereas the occupying forces were hired hands; i.e., or even conscripts whose sole motivation was to get home in one piece. In the case of the American Revolution, there were also “Tories” who, as far as they were concerned, were defending THEIR country, i.e. the KING, and German mercenaries, commonly known as the “Hessians”, as so many were from the German state of Hesse. What factored into that was that George III was the grandson of the German duke (Saxony-Coburg-Gotha) that was more or less induced to be the nominal King of the UK as a compromise between warring factions of the British nobility; various German states had a financial interest in the UK and made money hiring out their boys to fight. Naturally, a lot of these boys weren’t all that enthused about having to take a hazardous boat ride across the Atlantic, and shoot at these rustic Colonials, themselves often other Germans, especially in Pennsylvania and the Carolinas. Although the Hessians were effective soldiers, they saw that at least a man could claim some land out in the western hinterlands, and at worst fend off the natives, which was more appealing than the life they had back home. Hence why so many of them deserted; over half the Hessians never returned home; but relatively few were killed in battle (more that did die succumbed to disease, either the “pox” or some “social” disease). Enough, in fact, that official business for many years in PA was conducted in German, and there were calls to make German the official language of the new country, in part as a “take that!” to the British.

              Wilkommen in Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika!

      • Hey Harry,

        I understand what you’re saying, and at times it may be necessary, for example, to organize into militias to defend our lives and property from other organized powers, but such organizations need only to be temporary in action, and otherwise we should maintain our more diffuse nature.

        Perhaps a decentralized structure is our GREATEST defense, not a weakness, if we were attacked by any malicious military force. Why? Because there is no central power plant to bomb, no large supply lines to cut that would bring us all to our knees. Centralization makes a nation vulnerable.

        Also, when there is consolidation of power, even for benevolent purposes, the apparatus ultimately tends to be seized by those who crave power and control, and is then corrupted and abused.

        • Well said, BaDnOn!

          Also, any organized groups are quickly infiltrated and destroyed from within by the enemy these days. Plus, the collectivist ideology necessary to maintain a group is the opposite of the very purpose for which we would be seeking to form such a group. This is why common culture and a cohesive society worked so well to promote a good deal of liberty and productivity in the recent past…and why such was destroyed by ‘diversity’ and cultural Marxism et al- because it was one thing the overlords could not successfully fight. Now that that common culture and cohesive society are gone, we are seeing the results and how quickly tyranny which was unimaginable just a few decades ago is now spreading like wildfire throughout the Western world which up until just yesterday (or so it seems) proclaimed itself the guardian of those things which it now destroys.

        • I appreciate your ideas. And Nunzio’s too. You’re strategy is wrong though. Centralized does not mean vulnerable & weak — centralized just means the people are united, but their assets/resources/etc can be decentralized. You’re never going to win if you’re all disorganized, you must be united. That’s why the current crooks win — because they work together for common goals. We ARE decentralized right now, and how is that working for us?

          You’re also wrong about centralization becoming corrupt — becoming corrupt is not related to centralization… what makes a society corrupt is it being a dictatorship, but that has nothing to do with being centralized & organized. The way to prevent corruption is to have the opposite of a dictatorship — fair majority rule — the people vote on everything & everything is transparent — that prevents corruption 100% by definition/logic. You are missing that point, so that caused your strategy to go awry. Currently in every country, it is a dictatorship — so all their minions must do what they’re told or they lose their job/money etc, but if there were no bosses/leaders then the minions could vote on everything and fire any other minion they wanted to at any time, thereby constantly weeding out corruption.

  7. Growing your own food is a great hedge against inflation and starvation both. As food prices go up the effort to grow or raise food stays mostly flat if you’re able to free range and create a symbiotic relationship with your animals and plants, and even develop automated systems that take care of themselves as you learn more. Anywhere you have dirt, water, and sunlight, food can be created literally out of the earth. The need for centralized systems and money greatly diminishes.

    As Eric said harvesting any animal that you’ve raised is not the easiest thing. It does however give me a greater appreciation for food. The amount of food I don’t waste that I’ve raised myself is noticeable everything from dehydrating and freezing fresh produce that we can’t consume fast enough, using the organ meats to making bone broth with the chicken carcasses. Just start small with things like fish, then work your way up to birds and larger animals if you’re new to it. Previous to 2020
    I hadn’t harvested any animal other than a fish. We did ducks and chickens, turkey season is coming soon followed by deer season. The amount of available resources out there is staggering if you can position yourself to acquire and properly use them. Up front costs are a thing, but think long game. That happens when meat quadruple in price like plastic, Lumber and copper wire have? How much time do you spend driving to and from the store? etc.)

    I hope to build a smoker to preserve meat and a walipini greenhouse this coming year to extend my growing season. Water collection systems/or well is also a huge priority too. Lots to do but hell, I should have been doing this years ago.

    Grow or die. Literally and figuratively.

  8. I’m starting to look at things differently with respect to corporations now. Previously, as discussed on this site, we’ve talked about the stark contrast between a “private” business and a corporation. Where the former would be defined as being allowed to make its own rules for doing business and where the latter is a creation of the government. Corporations are literally and properly called “publicly held” (as in shareholders) and can’t exist without the government allowing them to become publicly traded on government regulated exchanges.

    Then with convid, we see the fallacy of non-corporate business being considered as “private”. Private in what sense?! Now you can run your “private” business as they say or not at all. But let’s leave that out of the equation for now.

    The difference in my view now, is that, not only are corporations “an extension” of the govt. but I think they have become *THE* government. The unelected, unimpeachable, unchallengeable, zero representation component of the government at minimum.

    What remains of our pseudo-/former- “republic” is just the Orwellian mantle piece that provide the thin veneer of legitimacy to the brainwashed masses.

    I think I read it here (or nearby, that’s for sure) that it was Benito Mussolini that said something to the effect that “fascism” is more properly described as “corporatism” because it is really the merging of corporation and state. OK, but here’s the thing… Benito, corporations cannot exist outside the apparatus and specific anointing of the govt. Merger? When were they separate??

    I got myself two new freezers in the last year. Got us a half cow share and a half hog from local farms! We’ll be working our way through that for 6 months or more easily. Just me and the wife… the occasional friends. Our best friends *were* raising chickens, roosters, and turkeys… and were planning on expanding to goats and maybe pigs… BUT they had to sell their house because of the poisoning mandate.

    They had a very impressive chicken coop with automated doors, water collection/distribution, and shelter. Was quite impressive. Now stomped out of existence due to the psychopathic govt. mandates. Not even laws… just a game of “Biden says”.

    I also got myself a duel fuel generator for when the clearly planned power disruptions are going to hit. I’ve got a couple of grand in meat in these freezers! And, as soon as they’re close to half full/empty, I’m gonna get on contract for another cow/hog.

    And hopefully I can make new friends that raise meat in the area. The corporate parts of our govt in its psychopathy looks like it intends to do away with most meat for us little people. All of these things have no future and are not sustainable and these psychopaths know that fully well.

    Their contempt for human beings is beyond “palpable”, it’s the nuclear sized dog fart at the dinner table. Inescapable, undeniable, joy killing, soul crushing, and evil.

    OK, the dog fart isn’t soul crushing or evil… that’s the only difference.

    • “…BUT they had to sell their house because of the poisoning mandate.”

      What poisoning mandate was that, Anon? Speak you of Sniffy Joe’s vaccination not-actual-mandate? Perhaps their employers? Or some other agricultural regulation?

      • One of ’em is a fed.gov and the other works for a DOD contractor like me. They don’t think they can get out of not being poisoned and keep their jobs, so they packed up, sold their house, and are moving to WV.

  9. This was bit was fascinating, ‘Why Smart People Are Stupid’

    It begins with a quote, “What convinces masses are not facts, and not even invented facts, but only the consistency of the system of which they are presumably part.” – Hannah Arendt

    Towards the end, there is this, which is relevant to Eric’s article:

    “… The objective for those who are outside of this mass hypnosis is to find a way for the story to survive and to find a way to survive outside the system “for a few years.” At some point, the masses will wake up. Then what?

    “Then they kill their leaders.”

    I think they will also want to kill those who, all along, have been telling them that the narrative is bogus – that they lived a deadly lie. They won’t want to be reminded of this, and every time they see you – even if you never say “I told you so” – you will be a reminder to them of this.” …


    (As I read it, I thought of Raider Girl and how she might find it fascinating as well, perhaps make a few moments to read it?)

    • Wasn’t it Steven Kings “Needful Things” where the main (evil) guy says “some people needs some killin'”? It took a while for that to sink in for me but I can see that now.

      • I don’t know if it’s still so, but not so many years ago, “needed killing” was a legitimate homicide defense in Texas. In my home State, the local town bully in Skidmore MO was gunned down in broad daylight on the main street. No witnesses could be found.

    • **”….”“Then they kill their leaders.”…”**

      Except for a few rare cases- and those usually being amongst small cohesive societies- such has virtually never happened at the empire/superpower level. Empires die via attrition caused by their own dysfunction….by war….by dilution of culture- or by being absorbed into larger empires (Which is what we are seeing now) and are replaced by something equally as bad, or usually worse.

      The good guys don’t win, because if there had been sufficient numbers of ’em, things would never have gotten so bad to begin with; So the bad are replaced with the just-as-bad or the worse.

      Today we don’t even truly know who the ‘leaders’ are because all we see are their puppets on the stage of political theater, and the audience who believe that their applause matters and that it somehoiw controls the actors, are in fact the ones being controlled.

      • Quite often, the end of empire is carried out by the empire’s neighbors. as in Rome, and somewhat the USSR. The empire is not replaced by a different empire, but by a smaller group of political units. Which is always an improvement. One could hardly say Russia is not better than the USSR, regardless how Russophobic one might be.

      • RE: “and those usually being amongst small cohesive societies- such has virtually never happened at the empire/superpower level.”

        However; some fairly recent examples are the slave outposts in the Caribbean Islands, no cohesiveness there other than slaves revolting against an empire.

        There are a Great many other examples throughout history, limiting your thoughts to examples of only empires only, is an error, imho.

        [Out of time… Alright! Dog! Get down! I’ll take you out for a walk now.]

        • Actually Helot, the Caribbean islands example is the perfect example of the exception I was citing: Small scale (Not a vast nation or empire) and basically one social group united against a common enemy. And even that didn’t really accomplish anything, as those places are anything but free- but then, of course, that can largely be attributed to the culture of the inhabitants- which of course would also hold true here these days, as ouir present culture is not the one which once produced the world we used to live in.

          • I fail to see how rebellion against the presence of the mightiest empires on earth at the time are, “Small scale (Not a vast nation or empire)”

            • Hit the reply button too soon, I had some more thoughts to add to that, but as I think about it, what’s the point?

              Bionic Mosquito was talking about human reactions to betrayal, etc. …The scale is unimportant. The slave rebellions seemed relevant.

              Or, as some king’s advisor (French 1700’s?) was asked, “Do we have a revolt?”

              The answer was, “No. We have a rebellion.”

              What Bionic was talking about, is more than even that.

            • Hello Helot,
              But where are the vast hordes of rebels? There may be some, but they are not of us; and the Bernie/Biden/Trump masses would do nothing to further liberty, but rather just continue or exacerbate tyranny.

              In the battle between the fish and the fishermen, we are the worms. The fish may win, or the fishermen may win, but the worms lose no matter what, regardless of which of the aforementioned ends up winning the show.

              The world which is now under virtual worldwide martial law, and which has been under tyranny for ages, has not gotten this way because the masses were willing or able to win any of the battles…much less the worms.

              • RE: “But where are the vast hordes of rebels? … and the Bernie/Biden/Trump masses would …”

                I’m thinking you missed something. Did you read the article?

                As we type, according to the perspective in the article, “the vast hordes” are being created via The Shot & programed for such a route by what is described in, ‘The Banners of the King of Hell Advance’
                By Edward Curtin, a.k.a. the long con.

  10. Also, there are projects to install motorcycle engines in cars, not just the old Honda 600 either. One also has the option of pulling old geo metros out of the junkyard and restoring them. Front wheel drive can get you around in the snow which is what the metro has.

  11. From what I understand, pigeon is very much like chicken and has been eaten by people for thousands of years. Just like “Xmas Goose” in the Xmas Carol movies. Geese run rampant where I live, they are all over the roads.

    Finally, there is always “nutria” which youtube hosts will say “tastes like chicken”. Yum Yum.

    • Nutria a.k.a Russian rats are an invasive species and a major pest issue near me. They are vegetarians, no threat to my ducks but eat up the lawn pretty bad and crap all over the place. We made the mistake of planting a cover crop of clover (haha) around our duck enclosure. Turns out they love the stuff and the bachelor nutria that had been around for years found a lady a got busy. They can have four litters of a dozen babies every year. We tried rat poison. These things are pretty big and can eat bricks of D-Con at a time and nothing happens. We’re waiting till winter to break out the Airsofts. I was wondering if they were edible… seems like the pelts might make a nice loincloth as well… maybe a blessing in disguise.

    • The USAF’s 509th Bombardment Group, among their patches reflecting some morbid humor, had one, once they were issued the 21 B-2 bombers in the late ’90s, that showed a “Grey” alien chowing down on one of the planes, with the caption, ‘Simulus Gustastus Pullus”, pig latin for “Tastes Like Chicken”.

      You’d be surprised what small animals are “good eatin’ “…aside from the joke about “101 ways to ‘wok’ your dog”, look up what WWII-era Europeans called “roof rabbit”. In fact, even in the UK itself, where only the Channel islands felt the Nazi jackboot, local dogcatchers were drafted into the Army and their vehicles confiscated or idled…because as the “Blitz” wore on, they were finding FEW stray animals to catch! One can speculate as to WHY…

  12. Great article Eric! Seems things are getting worse everywhere. Over here in Panama, despite the government rhetoric claiming the economy is recovering, I see more “for sale/rent” signs, more stores closing, and lately, layoffs.
    And of course, prices are rising too. Hello stagflation?

    Oh, check this out! Was this guy too honest?

    P.S. Eric, I see you have PayPal among the options to receive donations. May I humble suggest you begin to look for other alternatives, as PayPal has hopped on the cancel bandwagon. If not, try to keep funds as low as possible, as they won’t allow to move those if your account gets permanently limited (funds remain frozen for up to 180 days).

    • Thanks, Marauder!

      And, same here – as regards the for sale/rent signs abounding.

      As regards supporting the site: I do have PayPal but people are also encouraged to send their support in directly, via mail. Many do. This end-runs PayPal, which is good – and also helps me to keep things… discreet.

      We also technically have crypto – Bitcoin – but it is a real challenge to figure out how to put a “button” or some such similar to PayPal on here. I may post a separate notice about this, asking people for thoughts/advice!

      PS: Just posted this in re the above – https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2021/10/16/monkey-paw-3/

      • It’s been a while since I sent you a picture of my home brewery. I gotta ride out this poison mandate because it might cost me my job and then I’m gonna be (at minimum) what people call “house poor”. If I survive this challenge, you are high up on my list. Maybe this time I’ll send you a picture of my old ’02 Audi A6 Avant!

        Alas, while I am a software engineer with 30+ years of experience, web design is the one thing that is not my thing! Otherwise, I would freely give you any advice on computer systems or software that you’d like. I am particularly well versed in cyber security and so that could be helpful for you.

        If I lose my job, the first thing I’m gonna do (apart from looking for a new job) is training on web services and front ends. So we’ll see.

        Another good article from our libertarian friends at LW was the one on “The Waiting is the Hardest Part”. I am resonating with that deeply!

      • > We also technically have crypto – Bitcoin – but it is a real challenge to figure out how to put a “button” or some such similar to PayPal on here.

        Probably the easiest way is to get an address from your wallet, prepend “bitcoin:” to it, and make it a link. Clicking the link in most reasonably current browsers will bring up whatever wallet app the user has selected. This allows you to receive Bitcoin directly, bypassing services like Bitpay and their fees, but with the only caveat that receiving multiple payments on the same address is considered less than ideal.

        The better approach would be to hand out a link to the next unused address in a list of addresses, or the next unused address from a hierarchical wallet. This shouldn’t be more than a few hours’ work for someone familiar with cryptocurrency APIs and web coding.

  13. The “L’chaim” moment at the beginning of the “Soylent Green Eating Scene” is referenced in the original cut of the pilot of the “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” series starring (Clinton Arkansas hot tubbing pal) Gil Gerard, but the toast, along with other Mel Blanc improvisation, is sometimes censored depending on outlet.

    NBC replaced “L’chaim” with “Here’s mud in your eye” when they first aired the show in 1979, but the original dialog was restored the last time I saw the pilot on MeTV.

    The choice to censor the word is puzzling.

  14. Excellent article Eric, I wish it was feasible to raise my own animals but at this time it is not, however there are over a dozen dairy farms within 8 miles, 5 different neighbors with chickens and eggs for sale, and thousands of acres surrounding us abounding with every type of game animal. So should tptb cause shtf I’m confident that ill be able to provide for my family.

    • Thanks, Rusty!

      I recommend all of us start building networks of this sort. Even if you can’t raise animals, you can barter skills/work for food. Get to know helpful people – and be in a position to be helpful, to them.

      • Barter can also be useful as a TAX dodge. Of course, the IRS and various state taxing authorities have long been “hep” to bartering clubs, so like any enterprise which the sociopaths running our governments will make unlawful, one has to be careful, akin to a Prohibition-era “speakeasy”.

      • Hey, we fans of the San Francisco Giants have had OUR “Brandons” (Messurs Belt and Crawford), so we can chant “Let’s go Brandon” with DUAL meaning. Even folks in very “woke” NorCal get it.


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