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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: September 20, 2017, 12:33:35 PM »
Resonate electricity to amplify it . Drip feed battery electricity into a 'resonator' and get 10x distance or more. I met an engineer last week who's working on this. He doesn't mind me communicating it either. The more people working on it the better was his point of view. As I am not an engineer I can't give more details than what I understood myself. I am sure it's possible - having sung gently in places with great resonance it is amazing how quickly the sound can amplify to a whole otherworldly level.

The rest / Re: Arctic Café
« on: June 18, 2017, 11:39:10 AM »
Re IJIS thread - why is polluted with non IJIS related speculation?

Re contrarian betting :
Big boys make seriously big money betting contrarianingly. They only bet contrarianingly when they have insider info or they themselves helped manufacture the wild swing to one side of true value. They never bet unknowingly.
Small boys who bet contrarianingly on the wild hope of getting rich loose their shirt long before they wipe their arses with 100$ bills.
If most of the mpst knowledgeable people on this forum are very fearful for the state of the ice in September, better not to risk betting that we'll be running adventure marathons to the pole...

The rest / Re: Paradoxically hoping for record low Arctic sea ice
« on: June 16, 2017, 12:18:04 PM »
I do not hope that we see a blue Arctic this year, or any other year.

It seems to me that many people on this forum believe that it would help wake people up and thereby help humanity reduce the future impact of AGW. I disagree. How many catastrophic events happen daily that can be linked to AGW? What actual action does it generally lead to? Rebuilding and replacement of what was destroyed thereby reinforcing the path we are on. A blue Arctic is a dud event and will get little press time - a photo of some water doesn't sell papers. No-one I know off this forum will spend more than a few conversations discussing it, fewer will discuss it's implications, fewer still will seek societal change to try to get the Arctic back and will anyone actually stop or reduce their own actions to reduce their emittance of GHG's after a blue Arctic?

If there is a single person on this forum who will significantly reduce their GHG emissions after a blue Arctic event, please stand up and be counted. My only other question is...
Why wait?

When I google acorns, pigs, biodiesel this tread from Nevens forum pops up. I guess I am into esoteric pursuits.

My wife and I will be trying to stretch out our farm raised and foraged diet to at least two months this year

Bruce - The man at the forefront of an acorn fuelled revolution. Bravo!

I will be with you for the 2 months. I presume we are talking about January and February 2017? I found this January so beneficial to know where my weak points are (re putting food in my mouth when the shops are gone) and spiritually. At the end of January my feelings of hope and happiness had markedly increased...

The rest / Re: Arctic Café
« on: April 25, 2017, 01:47:55 PM »
I sincerely thank Bruce and Ateam and AbruptSLR, my angels, who have helped  guide my path and Neven for enabling the connection.

The rest / Re: Arctic Café
« on: April 23, 2017, 03:40:20 PM »
[quote from elsewhere]
    "I live for being wrong," said Lajoie. "That's where we learn."
Read this. Read it again. Then read it again.

Then realize that while YOU do the first part, you never bother to do the second part.

[quote from elsewhere]
Also, people REALLY need to learn to separate their ideas from their personal identity. For example, I would be shocked to learn that climate change isn't real, but I wouldn't be DISAPPOINTED. The *idea* is not part of who *I* am.
Yes. Yes. Yes!

Anger, there's been a lot of late.
I analyse my anger to know who *I* am.
It can take days or weeks (sometimes never) of sniffing around it, asking it's true source to understand really why I became angry. Once understood the remnants of that anger vanishes. I cannot speak for anyone else but I have been angry, so fxxking angry, for the needless consumption and waste which leads to the destruction of this planet. Eventually I understood I was angry at myself for not doing what I could do to stop my contribution.
Anger. It's my mirror.
I would cry with joy if AGW was untrue. I would not regret the choices I have made (unfortunately only recently) to reduce my contribution to AGW. Those choices have led to happiness, spirituality and peace.

Poems are in vogue but I'm no poet. I love Bruce's. I love Ivica - she seems to have a very strong 6th sense and knows exactly what's going on. I love nature.
I like to sing this poem repeatedly, like a mantra, emphasizing the last word (does that mean it's a song?)
  You are nature
  And there is no death
  You will come again
  Just in a different form

Consequences / Re: Places becoming less livable
« on: April 22, 2017, 01:52:23 PM »
I liked this quote:
He described South Florida’s real estate market as “pessimists selling to optimists,”
The quote kinda leeds me to the idea that 'the situation' is a matter of subjective perspective and thereby misleading to the subconscious feelings about ASLR.
Would the editor have been allowed to describe South Florida’s real estate market as “realists selling to optimists,”? Would have had a stronger effect on any perspective low elevation potential property purchasers (LEPPP'ers for short)....

Re: "Why it won't work"

Precisely. I am quite tired of people telling me that personal efforts like switching off unused lights and changing my diet with the seasons, and planting trees and ... just wont work because it's just me, and it's too small, and it doesnt really count and i have no way of making everybody do the same.

But then, i mostly remember to just smile and tell them that I don't do this to save the world, just to save my own soul.



I am trying to not even feel tired when I hear it. I want to let it flow past; No longer a rock in the middle of it's flow but up on the bank singing with glorious nature

The rest / Re: Arctic Café
« on: March 03, 2017, 08:24:10 AM »
If anyone knows whether A-Team is healthy and OK I would dearly appreciate knowing it.

My life and how I live it have been affected by some of the words written by A-Team and Bruce. No-one else's contributions on this forum have had any noticeable or conscious effect. If A-Team punched me in the face and spat at me I would take it. Why? He has the abilities of a great teacher. A student takes what a teacher dispenses and hopefully, with time, comes to understand why.

The rest / Re: 2017 open thread
« on: March 02, 2017, 01:35:20 PM »
if we have the vast majority of humanity, the issues of manpower and as such time begin to disappear.

Getting people on the same page is the goal, and we can be doing that right now in many ways. Educate people, but always stay optimistic.

As for my idea "arising out of fear", it's not.

Media paradigm shift is, in my mind, one of the fundamental first steps, a necessity.
If we get humanity working on AGW with total focus I totally believe we can solve this. Explain to someone in a hospital who is on life support the new focus on solving AGW and if he/she has enough energy to plant 1 tree before he/she dies and I am sure they will get out of bed to plant it and die happier.

I personally do not read or see fear in any of your messages. Real desire to fix a serious problem usually comes after fear has subsided.

My uncle was an environmental journalist for 40 years. Eventually let go as he wouldn't toe the line and write that the problem isn't so bad. However, even he believes it is ok if I fly to see my mother. Airlines are responsible only around 3% of humanity's yearly emissions... 2 people look at the same thing and get different answers. I believe we need to stop every single plane immediately. Unfortunately that only reduces our emissions by 3%, so we need to cut back way way more. Relying on nature to be a net carbon sink is not guaranteed going forward. She is burning, defreezing and burping methane.

I'm still optimistic. I am. Glimpses of the distant future seem to include humans in it. How? Don't know. But I want to live the way that would best increase our and nature's beings' chances.

The rest / Re: 2017 open thread
« on: March 02, 2017, 12:03:08 PM »
Dearest 5to10 - if you think you know what actions are needed on the global level to fix AGW and planetary destruction then it's time to live those changes. Be the change you want to see.
I'd also love to hear your ideas as I want to include more actions on my personal side.

The rest / Re: 2017 open thread
« on: March 02, 2017, 07:12:06 AM »
I would love if humanity got it and turned this freight train around. If it doesn't happen genocide is guaranteed. We are all culpable. Breathe deep, make the choice and carry on if you want to.
Chou chou...

The rest / Re: 2017 open thread
« on: March 02, 2017, 06:19:48 AM »
Sorry about the '3billion' immediate deaths due to my decree. Oops, should have thought it through a bit more??
Today, what everyone involved in emitting CO2 is doing is committing genocide. You just need to bend your head to a different time frame. 1 week = x years.

We have way more than enough information to know this is a genocidal path. To stay on it is to commit genocide. You are culpable even if you prefer to feel like you are not.

As for dead trees, yes, cut them down and bury them.

If 350 ppm CO2 is the manageable level how do you think we are going to get there, very fast?

The rest / Re: 2017 open thread
« on: March 01, 2017, 07:39:31 PM »
I hear you 5to10 like you are in my own head.
If the media miraculously get it and want to get us all onto the right road, do you know what they need to say?

If I was elected dictator of the world tomorrow with a magical wand to make everyone follow me rules, I would decree, with immediate effect:
Shut down all nuclear power and store the toxic wastes as best as possible.
Stop all production.
Stop all transportation.
No more ff generated electricity. Electricity exists only from existing renewable until it breaks.
Eat whatever you can find.
Everyone must plant trees and dig swales.
No cutting down of trees.
There are enough hand tools and clothes and housing etc needed for the foreseeable future.

Even then  there is no guarantee that AGW is reversible and that homo sapiens get to exist longer than the foreseeable future.
So I would kindly ask everyone to pray.

The rest / Re: Arctic Café
« on: February 20, 2017, 08:33:16 PM »
These days I prefer the company of people who are unaware of or don't care enough to speak about AGW and what we are doing to this planet.
I don't have patience anymore when I hear someone mention these things again and again but do nothing to reduce their contribution.
Reducing our own contribution is so easy and opens so many new and exciting doors.
It's heartbreaking to me that the people living near me who currently contribute the most to destroying this planet are the ones who speak most often about it.

The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: February 20, 2017, 09:34:51 AM »
Why are all these posts blaming some party, president etc?
A quater century ago we passed the manageable level for atmospheric CO2.

WHAT do you want the president to do???

Make planes illegal?
Make cars illegal?
Make production illegal?
Make hospitals illegal?
Make planting trees compulsory, for everyone, forever?

If there's a hole in your bucket, fix it, don't make it bigger and PLEASE don't blame the president for stopping you from fixing your hole. There is and never was any law preventing it.

Walking the walk / Re: Zero-Carbon Farming and Living via the Acorn Path
« on: February 09, 2017, 07:50:20 PM »
your gut biome having changed, and it is now responding with bacterial "distaste" to the now unfamiliar foods.

They send a chemical signal to your brain saying "we don't appreciate that strange stuff

Instinctive reaction was "definitely, yes". But to what degree? Over the past week I've thought a lot about it and I'm putting this at 60% reason and eating too fast at 40% for not being able to eat good food at a taverna. I dropped the reason of 'smaller stomach' from the previous day's fast as I was able to eat breakfast and lunch no problem.

You are what you eat, they say, so changing your diet will definitely change you.
Totally agree. The physical is a reflection of what and how we eat and drink.
The spirit is also a reflection of the mind's thoughts IMHO.
Therefore, for me, it is worth trying to have the best food and best thoughts running through me...

Fear has been in my background mental state since a year and a half ago (when I became convinced that societal collapse is in my lifetime). January removed the fear. Yeah, I'm still so very much in the deep poo poo when it happens, but something about the actual wholesomeness of the food itself, (not just that I could eat from foraging and the garden) helped cleanse the thoughts running in the mind which in turn led to 'the fear' abating.

Walking the walk / Re: Zero-Carbon Farming and Living via the Acorn Path
« on: February 09, 2017, 07:00:54 PM »
My wife makes all our soap, washing machine 'detergent' shampoo from olive oil and caustic soda. When the lights go out we won't have olive oil or caustic soda, and so making new batches won't be possible as far as I can see. I'm also expecting to be focusing on my next meal rather than the smell from my armpits.
Our last tube of toothpaste ran out a few days ago and our new toothpaste is made with baking soda (in stock and out of date since years). When baking soda is no longer available, Catnip (leaves from the plant) will suffice...

The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: February 06, 2017, 05:17:29 PM »
OT but important, at least for me...
Thank you for the kind words Bruce. I would be proud to be currently emitting the lowest for this forum, but, and this continuously hurts me, I'm sure my cumulative, life to date emissions are in the upper half for this forum.

The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: February 06, 2017, 03:01:57 PM »
OrganicSu's post, to me, illustrates the limits of deductive logic, and how using such logic one can reach any conclusion one wants to reach.....

Dearest ASLR,
I completely agree. Any viewpoint can be  deduced and justified. It's probably why my viewpoint changes so fundamentally, so often. I also wish you to know I greatly appreciate your posts too - very wide ranging and thought provoking, just like this forum (which is almost my only interaction with the internet).

The Tokyo conglomeration is 37 million. It's environmental impact and carbon footprint is enormous. There are convenience stores on almost every corner. Home delivery is 24/7 available for any product or service desired (maybe not a heart transplant but almost everything else).
I believe the society enabling its existence will collapse in my life time. I would live there on one condition only - if big was beautiful. The current set-up of all large cities I know is not beautiful. It only serves to separate humans from that upon which they depend (nature) and allows conspicuous consumption without any consideration of the implications. This benefits corporates and the elite.

I would go to Toyko to live if all 37 million agreed to turn off the electricity, spend all waking hours in meditation trying to attain enlightenment, live on 1 rice ball a day. That, IMHO, would be something so wonderful and special that I couldn't miss it. It would be living within the planet's limits.
But that's not going to happen, is it?
And so, I'm trying to find my own path forward. I believe it's already each person for him or herself but that currently there are sufficient essential supplies for most. My ultimate goal (which I haven't a hope of achieving) is to be able to live without permanent shelter and to be able to find sufficient water and food that can be eaten raw on any day of the year even allowing for the reduction in availability of these resources due to AGW.

So what's this doing on the Trump thread? It's so off topic, isn't it?

Maybe due to Trump I need to try to attain my ultimate goal in a couple of years rather than decades. Trump is a wild card. For nature, a viewpoint from which I often try to see, I can equally deduce that Trump is great and that Trump is terrible. Do I want immediate worldwide societal collapse or don't I? I probably don't want it, but I would love if the planes would stop flying,

Edit - I'm deleting this "by whatever Machiavellian means necessary." before Neven whips me into line. It could be seen as possibly advocating criminal or terrorist attacks and that is way below the standards of this forum.
So let me try and balance it with a different, peaceful sentiment - imagine at the big April rallies if everyone just slowly ate a rice ball or sandwich over several hours. No shouting and releasing of pent up energy. Keep the anger/energy. Focus on eating. Not 1 placard mentioning Trump's name or policies. Ignore him. That, more than angry chanting, would drive him totally mad, IMHO.

The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: February 05, 2017, 09:48:40 PM »
I would vote Clinton, but now, I'd vote Trump.
We are all on a big bus, called Earth, heading direct for a large cliff, at full speed. Every time we buy stuff we throw some more fuel in the bus's tank. If we take a flight we throw much more fuel in the tank. The bus already has enough fuel to get to the cliff! If we buy a car we tie a rope to the steering wheel to prevent us turning away from the cliff. A strong rope if it's an ice car and a bit less strong rope if it's electric. If we take a new job which requires regular flights then we tie a carbon kevlar rope to the steering wheel. There are so many ropes tying the steering wheel in place that it can't be undone. Even those screaming to undo the ropes keep tying new ropes and throwing more fuel in the tank.

With Clinton it is absolutely clear that the bus would have been kept in good shape and we would have sped on directly. Some fumbling about changing direction, maybe, but in the end, the most we would have got was some ropes tying the steering wheel in place would have just changed colour.
With Trump we don't know. He might blow up the bus?

If I'm nature, and I want abundant life and diversity on this planet, I need to realise it's too late for the living creatures I've got now. I can get over those bad boy bombs, I think. In many millions of years I'll get some weird, wacky and complex living organisms going again. But I know that any more emissions are probably going to override my final breaking mechanisms, the ones I've ues a few times in the distant past. I may completely overheat and loose my air to outer space. Maybe that would be ok too? Maybe in zillions of years some of my air will find fertile ground in several other places and the fun can begin again in several places. Maybe that's a better end result after all.

Ok, I'm voting Clinton, if it's not too late.

The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: February 03, 2017, 10:24:04 AM »
Breathe more slowly if you want to live longer.
Swallow only when your mouth tells it is finished if you want to live forever.
No, this is not OT.
The above will help solve the Trump conundrum.

Walking the walk / Re: Zero-Carbon Farming and Living via the Acorn Path
« on: February 01, 2017, 08:02:32 PM »
Dearest Bruce and all,
January is over. I've had many great experiences and wish you profound thanks for initiating it. I completely agree with you "my acorn challenge is morphing into a diet transformation that I plan on continuing", "no single crop can keep both the pigs and my family well fed", "next winter will be easier than this year", "The only way to stop anthropogenic climate change in its tracks is to stop putting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere". In addition I think winter will eventually be easier than summer as water is so crucial and so lacking in summer. Most importantly living close to Zero-carbon is not self restrictive, it opens so many doors.

On the 31st December, my wife and I ate at a favourite local taverna serving meze, 5 small dishes for a set price. I've always enjoyed the food - simple, wholesome, balanced. This evening we went again. My stomach was in disarray and I could eat only a small amount. Probably, mostly due to the speed of eating so my stomach had to do the work rather than my teeth. However, I also found it both very salty and lacking other taste. Their food was normal, but it is I who changed.

I went to the Hotspring today also. In a full lenght mirror I saw I had lost a lot of weight. During the month I didn't feel unfulfilled food wise. I know I ate less and noticed some days breakfast and dinner were sufficient but was shocked by the change. I've never been this lean, even when I was swimming competitively and training daily. Yet hunger was not a part of this month.

I have grown an enormous appreciation for foraged and homegrown food. As a way to say thanks to nature my wife and I completely fasted yesterday and made a 25 km pilgrimage. I've never been able to go without food but on this occasion it was surprising how easy it was. I don't know why and only hazard a guess that foraged food gives a better energy reserve than industrial food.

A few weeks ago I had expected to rush out and buy yogurt, bread, cheese. We are blessed by this farming community, everything is produced locally. There's even 3 yogurt makers and a population of about 1,500. However I didn't buy any food today (except the taverna) and probably won't tomorrow. The 51 various plants, nuts, fruits etc have been plenty of variety.

 I'm almost out of dried figs but the wild greens are really starting now. I don't want to go back. I need this food. It is so much better. I NEED, THIS, food.

I did drive 12km and bought a loaf of bread. Other than that it was essentially zero-carbon. I feel more secure in case of societal collapse as I've reduced my reliance on society. There is still so much to learn. It is clear to me now that the path to this knowledge is not self restricting. Very much the opposite. It has been a very spiritual month and this has been the greatest gift I received.

The rest / Re: Arctic Café
« on: January 29, 2017, 07:09:56 PM »
Turned on the TV today. Wow. Trump's travel ban is big, isn't it. Or is it?
My wife is Japanese, I'm Irish and we both live in Greece so we are extremely grateful and reliant on being allowed to live here, without persecution. IMHO, however the travel ban and the wall are just distractions.

Deliberate and successful attempts to divert attention from the real action.
What else is he and his chosen few up to? Of course neither the travel ban or wall should happen. But WHAT else are they doing and legislating on?

So Trump is big news isn't he. Or is he?
IMHO he is just a distraction. Is it from the climate and a temporary or permanent blue ocean 'event' that could get us off BAU. No. Why? Cause when it happens 99.9% of people, even if they hear about it, won't care enough to reduce their coffee intake by 1 cup, let alone something drastic like stop flying.

Whether Trump is a deliberate and successful attempt to divert attention or just coincidental is up for discussion. Those with real power are ready for this. So what are those with real power up to? Now is the perfect time to get what you want done. Maybe they want to put the US under martial law? That's too simple an answer, isn't it, and anyway to what ultimate benefit?  So WHAT are those with real power up to?

I'm a simple man and I don't have the answers. So I'm going to try something radical - I'm going to try to have my wife fall in love with me. (again? That too is up for discussion). I'm also going to try to live in mindfulness, aka "in the moment". But that's way more difficult (I think, I hope). If anyone else is interested in the later, I highly recommend eating foraged and home grown food. It really helps to reconnect and break down some barriers.  On 4 and a half times I've even wondered if acorns are psychoactive...

Walking the walk / Re: Zero-Carbon Farming and Living via the Acorn Path
« on: January 28, 2017, 07:20:12 PM »
My process for Dotorimuk (acorn starch):
Crack acorns with a hammer to peel outer shell. Soak 1 day to soften a bit.
Use a hand blender to grind. Keep water. Put bits through an auger type juicer so acorn bits are ground very fine.
Squeeze acorn flour through a fine cloth and put the resulting liquid and previous liquid together in a tall container.
From this liquid we get a sediment of white acorn starch. Pour off upper layer of tannin water. Add fresh water, mix, settle and pour off again.
Put what's left (starch and some water) into a wide pan. Heat slowly, mixing constantly. When it gets like a thick liquid, turn off heat and leave to solidify. It's ready to use.
To keep, cut up into bits that fit in a tupperware, add water and refrigerate.
For taste, make a sauce with at least sesame oil, chilli powder/oil, diced spring onion.

My process for adding Acorn to cooking:
Follow the above and when you have squeezed the acorn powder put it into a container with water and refrigerate. Change water daily until water stays clear and acorn does not taste bitter.
Bring to a simmer slowly. If the water turns bitter, change the water and start again. Once the acorn has simmered for 5 minutes without the water turning bitter refrigerate it, covered by water. In everything: soup, bread, porridge, lasagne... add as much as you desire. I use a strainer to take the required amount out of the main batch in the fridge.

The rest / Re: Preparations for Potential Societal Collapse
« on: January 22, 2017, 01:38:05 PM »
I'm going to pursue a life of excellence for a bit..... a world where the human species has ruined the biosphere for most other flora and fauna.
Do you mean - you are going to continue to destroy this beautiful planet, our only home, while being fully aware that that is what you are doing? An appalling way of thinking.

I've eaten 50 various plants, fruit, nuts etc in the past 22 days. It's been mostly more tasty than what I usually cook. This morning I had a real physical craving - for Sorrell/Dock leaves. A craving completely different to the mental cravings at the beginning for toast etc. My body needs this food, wants this food and has started to direct my menu. My wife and I have both noticed over the past days that the veg and fruit displayed outside our local shop does not appeal anymore. It lacks energy.

The best defence against those who might want to take my food stocks is to have no food stocks. Most of what I've eaten today has been picked fresh and are the wild things that grow all around here.

As Magnamentus said - don't underestimate your and everyone else's survival instinct.
As Bruce said we will grind lower for a while.
But, IMHO, eventually, the general electricity supply will stop, and a few days later absolute carnage will ensue. It's not good or bad, it's just nature, the will to survive played out.

What part will you play until then? Will you continue to help make sure that that is our destiny?
What part will you play when it happens? The unprepared, doing everything you can to survive? Commit suicide? Almost no-one will play that role. The will to survive is too strong.

Walking the walk / Re: Zero-Carbon Farming and Living via the Acorn Path
« on: January 21, 2017, 01:16:29 PM »
Dear Bruce and all,
My wife remarked that the veg and fruit outside of the mini-market doesn't call to her anymore - seems lacking in energy. I have also noticed the same. When preparing foraged and garden foods I see that my body prefers them, even the sound of the knife cutting them is different.

I have been nowhere near 50% acorn. Every day yes. It fills in soups. An interesting pan-fried burger on our side was with 1/3 each of acorn, almond, 100% fig jam(no sugar) and some dotorimuk when it's a paste and just before it becomes solid.

Re cravings - I'm having less and less. There is nothing I will rush out to buy/consume on Feb 1. However, re alcohol, I'm drinking a glace of my own wine a day. In all of 2016 I opened maybe 2 bottles. I know - how mad is it to make wine and not normally drink any.

Dried figs and roasted almonds, eaten together, are what is really getting me through this month. Soon it will be February. This "experiment" will continue. I'll use up what beans and rice are still in the cupboard. There will be a lot more wild greens. We've also had rain. Glorious rain that falls slowly and soaks in. Precious.

Wishing you continued health and strength and fun...

The rest / Re: Preparations for Potential Societal Collapse
« on: January 21, 2017, 12:55:04 PM »
So what happens if some new fungus comes along and wipes out all the acorns?  Then what?
Something will probably take away your Walmart/Tesco long before a fungus takes away all varieties of Oak trees. What are you going to eat?

The rest / Re: Arctic Café
« on: January 21, 2017, 07:23:31 AM »
so full of rage and anger and there is absolutely zero I can do about any of it.
I hear you.
God grant me the serenity. To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference. (Reinhold Niebuhr)

Walking the walk / Re: Zero-Carbon Farming and Living via the Acorn Path
« on: January 15, 2017, 05:39:52 PM »
Almost 1/2 way through and going strong'ish.
Learnings so far - Holm oaks acorns need way less water, time and energy to prepare in comparison to Kermes Oak acorns and can be a % of my diet going forward.
Dotorimuk (acorn starch) is the business.

The sun is rising in the sky and in a few weeks I'll have enough solar power to bake acorn bread.

Hoping Bruce you and your piggies are healthy and happy...

The rest / Re: Arctic Café
« on: January 10, 2017, 03:39:08 PM »
Can we solve Climate Change with Love?
Can we solve Climate Change without causing an absolutely enormous Depression, the likes of which the world has never seen?

Walking the walk / Re: Make do & mend
« on: January 10, 2017, 03:33:28 PM »
Picked up a discarded 15L plastic drum with a crack at the bottom today. I can see it filled with dried figs and bay leaves in 9 months time.

The rest / Re: Arctic Café
« on: January 09, 2017, 09:08:43 AM »
A: Officer, please I'd like to report a major theft.
O: Yes of course. Can you start by telling me your name?
A: We ain't got time for that. It's serious!
O: I can lock you up if you talk like that.
A: That would be great. It would stop the theft.
O: Last chance. What's your name?
A: Artic
O: (the policeman scribbles "artic")
A: Ahm, excuse me officer. I'm pretty important. Wouldn't you mind at least giving me a capital A?
O: Last chance buddy. No more wise cracks. What's this theft you want to report?
a: My lack of heat has been stolen, broken up and diluted and sent out all over the place.
O: How can a lack of something be stolen? You have to have something to have it stolen.
a: (getting hotter and angrier by the minute), My coldness has been stolen. My C.O.L.D.N.E.S.S. I used to be god damn freezing.
O: Do not take the Lord's name in vain with me. I know who you are and where you come from. Watch it. And I'll tell you something else, as a friend, just this once, as you seem to be too stupid to know... You've been giving it away. Non stop. For decades and some say for centuries. Very generous of late! Surely it's no coincidence that the super generous Santa Claus comes from your neck of the woods?
a: (dumbfounded and silent, contemplates the difference between theft and giving. Starts to like the idea of giving. Feels good. Makes you warm inside. Vows to continue giving, increasingly generously till there's nothing left.)
L: (And the Lord said) he who giveth truly of himself shall receiveth a thousand times in return.
B: (And the Budda said (paraphrasing))  you, your polar opposite and all in between are one and the same (equatable).

The rest / Re: Arctic Café
« on: January 07, 2017, 01:14:00 PM »
The cars and planes stop
Can be proved to be true
Is it now but a step and a hop?
As long as you make it through
Morning hills covered in majestic hue

Walking the walk / Re: Zero-Carbon Farming and Living via the Acorn Path
« on: January 05, 2017, 01:41:23 PM »
Making tasty meals is another level up on the challenge. Today's soup is tasty. My wife had no problem having seconds.
I've just cracked 2 days worth of Holm oaks. They are so much easier to leach. The taste for me is much better than Kermes Oak as there's nothing really left in Kermes' by the end of the leaching.

Thank you re the white starch film on top. Some batches have so much. Some none. I had been throwing it away. Next year I must take a note of which acorns come from which tree. Not all acorns are created equal.

Walking the walk / Re: Zero-Carbon Farming and Living via the Acorn Path
« on: January 04, 2017, 06:24:06 PM »
How are you doing Bruce and anyone else eating acorns?
Today is ok. The kermes oak need too much water and time on the stove. I feel there is no nutrition left by the time the tannins are gone. To think of using them when times are tough I need another leaching method. I'll put them in a salt water stream for a year (the only stream still running here) and see next year.
The gods are providing help. On the 2nd, I had spent the first 1/2 of the day thinking there was no way to make it. In desperation I went out specifically foraging holm oak acorns. They need way less water and stove time. A friend gave a Christmas bread she had baked for us and then I found a sheep, recently killed and half eaten by wild dogs. The cats and dog devoured what they got (cooked) and there's some in a pot for me.
The near forecast says 4 days of sub-zero temperatures (celcius) so I won't have water to leach acorns. I know I can't make acorn as 50% of my diet. However I'm still focused on a month essentially zero-carbon with foraged foods supplemented by home grown food.
Other foods over the past 2 days are grape jam, fig and orange jam, Christmas bread, pyracantha, persimmon, my honey, raisins, beetroot, beetroot leaves, radish, radish leaves, salted olives, fermented vine leaves, boiled lamb, rocket, leak, malva, calendula.
Unfortunately Japanese Knotweed isn't growing here. I would eat it. It is sold in Japan as a food. My honest advice would be try a small amount and the next day a larger amount and then listen to your body. It may include vitamins and other nutrients you are lacking.

Consequences / Re: Trump to eliminate climate change research.
« on: January 02, 2017, 07:47:36 AM »
....Will you now respond to Archimid's post and tell me who you voted for on November 8?
Budmantis - you sound like a bully to me. You know that voting in the US is by closed ballot? It is in Ireland too and I've never once been privileged to know who my parents voted for. I have asked but never been told. If I had harassed them as you do I'm sure I would have been even less likely to have been told.

Walking the walk / Re: Zero-Carbon Farming and Living via the Acorn Path
« on: January 02, 2017, 07:41:23 AM »
Current acorn batch has had 2 weeks cold soaking, water changed daily, 2 warm soaks and 3 hot soaks before tannins eventually were gone. Unfortunately most of the acorn was also gone. Yesterday was maybe 5 to 10% acorn, the rest was foraged and from the garden.

After using acorns with very low tannins a week ago I was ecstatic. Tasty, nutritious, easy to use in any cooking, almost no water needed for soaking. I'm not feeling that anymore. Current acorn batch is very water intensive. Circa 10 liters just to leach tannins from what ended up being much less than 100g acorn meal. That water goes to plants in the garden, that do need it, that wouldn't have been watered otherwise, but still.

Yesterday's other food included:
Almonds, walnuts, terebinth berries, terebinth resin, pine resin, rosehips, structural leaves from cabbage, broccoli and Chinese cabbage, mandarins, dried pear and figs, daikon and daikon leaves.

The rest / Re: Arctic Café
« on: December 30, 2016, 07:31:29 PM »

Anyone who says "we're fucked, we're fucked" and does little to reduce their carbon footprint and little to prepare for being fucked is doing a lot of damage to preventing climate change. People who don't believe climate change exists or that it's that serious have their "not worried" viewpoint confirmed by the lack of action from Gavin Smith's caricature.

Even those who do believe we're fucked are lulled into a false sense of security and inaction by the warmth emanating from these caricatures.

Either STFU or act in accordance with your words.


I know I can't undo my past emissions. That hurts. But looking forward to 2017. A chance to get onto my right path.

Walking the walk / Re: Zero-Carbon Farming and Living via the Acorn Path
« on: December 30, 2016, 01:01:22 PM »
I guess I'm trying to say you don't have to starve or suffer to improve your carbon footprint, some of these improvements are improvements in quality, taste, and nutrition,
Totally agree.
Looking forward to January. More flavour, more nutrition. Have been building up and feeling better for it.
Don't forget to taste the acorns before including in cooking to ensure bitter tannins have been fully leached. I forgot to a few days ago and unfortunately breakfast went on the compost pile.

The rest / Re: 2017 Predictions
« on: December 25, 2016, 07:08:18 AM »
1. Global temperatures beat 2016's temps
2. Mauna Loa CO2 levels increase by a new record
3. Artic sea ice extent, area and volume are lowest on record for >350 days of the year.
4. Miami Dade property values decline by >10% December 2017 v's December 2016.
5. Global cereal and rice production levels are >5% less than 2016 levels.
6. Outside the US it becomes increasingly easy for the general population to talk about climate change (I know, not quantifiable)

I also know I know close to nada and never win any bets.

Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: December 19, 2016, 05:55:50 PM »
Our electric scooter cost 2,000 euro new. It costs 2.24 euro per 1000km using household electricity at our local rates. It does >90% of the journeys I don't do by foot or bike. It's so quiet you hear the birds sing. It accelerates so fast you need to be responsible. Driving it and singing mantras are not incompatible.

Policy and solutions / Re: Formal Declaration of War
« on: December 19, 2016, 06:07:56 AM »
I believe it's time to use both love and war.

Yesterday I spoke with my mum. I explicitly stated several times that I live in a caravan with unheated water currently at 2 to 8 degrees celsius. Previously her subconscious only half knew about a caravan. I forced it into her conscious mind. To stop her thinking I'm penniless, I pushed hard to make her know I have money, it's just not used. So she asked, why not build a house.
2 reasons:
Initially due to Greek bureaucracy. She had no problem with that.
Now, because it would cause a huge amount of CO2. Silence. Total and utter silence.
Is that love or war? Both.
Is that needed? It could be interpreted as cruel as it's the antithesis of what she has lived for 70 years and an absolute categorical rejection of some of the values I was thought. Irish people generally 'hate' tinkers and their caravans. In my mum's eyes I'm living the worst possible path, worse than homeless under a bridge.
Yes it's needed. Honesty with oneself, then with one's parents, then with one's nearest and dearest, then everyone and everything. Love and war simultaneously.

Only 1 enemy - CO2e
CO2 at Mauna > 404ppm. Target 350.

Consequences / Re: Trump to eliminate climate change research.
« on: December 18, 2016, 07:37:53 PM »
Bush asked Americans to consume to fight the enemy after 9/11.
SH is totally right. Keep your money in your pocket. Choose your consumptions carefully. Want a cup of tea? Boil only a cup of water, put another cup in afterwards and it will soak the residual heat. "If it's yellow, let it mellow. If it's brown let it go down". Every single non purchase, including of electricity and water with periodic bills loosens the stranglehold...

Walking the walk / Re: Zero-Carbon Farming and Living via the Acorn Path
« on: December 18, 2016, 01:19:08 PM »
This morning's porridge included 30% foraged food (equal parts of acorn, fig and grape). Tomorrow will triple acorn content.

Erodium cicutarium isn't (yet) in my knowledge of wild greens. I'll be on the look out for it.

Have enough acorns to continue into February and beyond.

Consequences / Re: Trump to eliminate climate change research.
« on: December 17, 2016, 01:30:20 PM »
I have proven above that Obama has harmed the climate more than Bush, and it was very much deliberate.  :'(
I agree based upon what you have written in several posts.
However I would much prefer the CC research programs and environmental protection rules stay and are reinforced rather than dismantled.

At the end of the day, neither Obama, Bush or any politician ever forced or even asked me to fly, drive, consume. I don't think Trump will force me to do so either. Obama was helping to provide the natural resources required to make my choices possible. Those fossil fuels had to come from somewhere. Planes with no fuel fall out of the sky. Ah, but it could have been clean energy with the policies... I never even asked my various electricity providers if they had a 100% renewable energy option. So, do I give a shit or not?

To all the innocent and those who have watched the artic and other indicators for CC for years and decades and who took responsibility for their emissions, I sincerely apologise for being an emitter.

Walking the walk / Re: Zero-Carbon Farming and Living via the Acorn Path
« on: December 17, 2016, 06:05:39 AM »
have you made an assessment of how it scales?
On the one hand - no need to. Seems like only Martin will pick some acorns from all of my family, locality and this forum.

On the other hand - Bruce foraged 2/3rds of an adults YEARLY calorific requirements in 4 hours. I never use cap locks, but, jesus, that's almost as insane as what's happening in the artic. Why are we still sending food around the world when so much is available on our doorsteps?
Some would say convenience. But surely it can't be. More convenient to work in the sun for 4 hours for such an enormous quantity of food rather than trekking to the shops and elbowing around aggravated shoppers. So why exactly? I don't know

Walking the walk / Re: Make do & mend
« on: December 17, 2016, 05:43:19 AM »
Work jeans back at seamstress for 5th time.
Have sewn the elastic on underwear when it goes.
Found someone with an old 1m3 water container, cut it in half to house the battery pack and the inverter.
My palace is a 7 x 2.5M mobile home, pushing 40 years. The bunk bed was cut in half, lenghtwise, to give 4 racks for kitchen.
5 old fridges for tools, dog food storage and green houses for seedlings.
Someone's old shower became a small greenhouse.
Washing machine circuit board shorted and burned by a critter. Got a 2nd hand one off the net and was then able to get old one repaired based on it.

I've included some things put to "alternative uses" as it's a form of mending. Something not needed for original use can be repurposed and given another life. There is so much chucked out...

The rest / Re: Arctic Café
« on: December 14, 2016, 06:45:19 PM »
Climate change is like boxing. A lot of 1, 2's, a few right hooks and then a knock you off your feet blow but you get up, the round finishes. The next round starts, your back on shakier feet and its constant tap, tap, tap, wearing you away...

Here, the drought (started around Jan 1 2016) is constant, it hurts the spring veg etc. Then a super-heatwave in June slaps hard, slam - right hook - no water for 3 weeks in July and it's 38 degrees in the shade. Back to the constant heatwave, slam - closet well runs dry. Jaw punch - bee master was first time unsuccessful in making new bee colonies, so I got scarred and bought 15kg of honey (paid him extra as he had 1/5th normal production and felt he couldn't increase the price - "next year will be normal or great". Punch in the stomach - olive harvest, what I give my all for is very bad. 
Knock down! The rain came. Got 7,000 liters of the precious stuff. Then slowly, I realise I've been knocked down - a semi circle of destruction, 15km radius, runs around me (floods, dead animals, destroyed roads etc, mountains of debris on the beach, tornadoes. Oh god almighty save us. 500 year old olive trees torn apart, braches weighing tons flung around. I still haven't absorbed the violent uncontrolled power of a tornado.
Bell, break. Start cleaning the beach.
Round 2 starting soon...

Walking the walk / Zero-Carbon Farming and Living via the Acorn Path
« on: December 11, 2016, 05:42:19 PM »
This thread is really for Bruce who is going to try to prove that zero-carbon farming and eating is possible for January. I'll let him expand on this. What he is proposing is an order of magnitude more difficult and more important, than my meagre efforts, given the enormous carbon footprint of farming today.

I am going to try to live off foraged foods, with >50% from acorns, in January. In addition I won't drive the car, purchase anything etc so trying for essentially zero carbon emissions on the personal level for 1 month.

I pick the acorns by hand, crack with a hammer, soak, use a hand-blender, change water daily to get rid of tannins (very important), then cook. Cooking will be on top of a small wood burning stove (wood from my own trees) and occasionally on an electric oven if solar system can harvest enough power. I have some things in the garden as a fallback - we are in drought so the winter wild greens are hard to find. I'll use spices which I already have. I will learn a huge amount. At the moment foraged food is only about 5 % of my diet.

How great would it be to lend support to these tests/endeavors if for each day a member of this fantastic forum was also going to eat 1 meal or even part of 1 meal from foraged food (Acorns in particular). What do you think? Just 31 members needed...

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