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This is your Darth Vader moment. The Constitution has fallen. You must now choose whether you are going to fight for the forces of Good or the forces of Evil. America has been temporarily defeated by those who despise the freedoms protected by our Constitution. With the manufactured consent of the people and a media system designed to sway opinion against the freedoms so many like you have died to protect – members of Congress secretly conspired and executed an act of legislation that openly seeks to reverse hundreds of years of freedom and sacrifice. The men and women who spilled their blood and sacrificed their blood, lives, and property to maintain political freedoms lie in their graves asking you to be bold in this moment and to take a stand against orders you may receive directing you against your fellow citizens. With this act of aggression against America from within, now all citizens, like Nazi Germany – face the very real prospect death or execution for simply expressing protest against a rotten political and business system rigged in favor of murderers, liars, and thieves. This blog post is now considered a “Low Level Act Of Terrorism” for simply telling the truth. Do you deny that this is tyranny, and that you have a responsibility to stand against such Anti-American legislation?
You must choose. Do you let the Empire kill Luke, Han, Chewie, and that hottie in the Jabba-provided bikini? You must choose to STAND DOWN.
(Don’t mind the Special Edition version of this battle scene – the original cut is better, yes.)
BUT FOR GOD”S SAKE! Don’t let Cobra Commander kill Duke! Megatron must NOT destroy Optimus! Do not exit light, good, and honor so easily! You swore you would protect the Constitution, and many of you are making excuses right now to protect traitors who are openly killing the Constitution.
Understand there need to be leaders among you who stand UP for morals, and stand DOWN to anti-American, anti-Constitutional orders. Like this brave National Guard soldier:
“… he said that during the EDRE (emergency deployment readiness exercise) at the armory, 3 companies of infantry were polled by questionare about the drill and it’s purpose. One of the questions was, will you as a member of the Nat. Guard use lethal force against the American public if ordered to do so? One of the men stepped forward and refused to take the poll and explained that it was a moral judgement on his part and that he could not do so. He then placed his weapon on the ground and fell in behind the formation. Devon said it was like a waterfall, Every member layed their weapons on the deck and fell in beside the one lone specialist. This included ALL NCO’s, STAFF NCO’s and SENIOR NCO’s. The only people left in front of the original formation was 3 Capt’s. 2 Lt’s and the BN Commander who was so upset he started having chest pains from yelling and screaming about court martials and disbandment of the unit into other units. Devon is a Mstr.Sgt and he went with his troops and told them that he could not be prouder of any of them.”
Now THAT is an American hero.
There is much to fear, if we let death scare us. I don’t want to die, but my years of patriotism cannot be hidden and I refuse to let America die without a fight. And yes – you are better trained, better armed, and will get me no matter where I may run and hide. So I choose not to hide – I choose to stand tall and fight for freedom. And if you don’t do the same so you can keep cashing that soon-to-be worthless paycheck you get from serving Cobra Commander – realize you are showing your kids you are a person who is making a choice that will haunt your family when your peers eventually come for you as well.
Our Founding Fathers weren’t perfect. They owned slaves, and they forgot to make sure people who serve in congress have term limits so we could better prevent decay of our freedoms. Soon the men who’s faces are on our money will be turned into villains, and school children will be taught they were evil men. Our Founding Fathers tried so very hard to build in language to protect us, and year after year, dark forces have been chipping away at our Bill of Rights. You know – those bedrock foundations of freedom like the right to speak freely, to not be prosecuted without due process of law, and to maintain weapons to face down enemies.
Isn’t that why you joined the police or military in the first place? Sure, it’s a paycheck, but it has to mean more than that! Realize by joining with the people right now and reversing such treasonous legislation – we can still save America by protecting people’s rights to freedom. Certainly, everyone needs a paycheck to pay off our debts, buy food, pitch in for sports equipment for the kids, etc. Just please at least realize that the ongoing wars (get ready for $250 a barrel oil) and theft of our currency will make the price of everything rise to infinity… food, gas, football tickets – you name it. The bankers may just keep printing money to ensure you have a paycheck – the the rest of us will not just roll over while we are attacked by you. You, who I love and am sickened by your transformation from my hero to a cowardly order taker.
Do you want your kids growing up in a country that openly takes people away to death camps because they voice an opinion or bring up facts that expose corrupt officials in charge? Shouldn’t people who rape little kids and steal trillions of America’s dollars be prosecuted by laws everyone has to adhere to? People are protesting because the system is rigged in favor of murderers, liars, and thieves. I understand though – some of you have trouble admitting to yourself things you have done, and others may know your secrets. Well, if you can’t own up to those, then we are doomed. I’m no angel either… but we have to have truth – and not be afraid.
Afraid to stand against what we know is wrong.
Afraid to be the one in the locker room who stands up for what is right.
And afraid to stand down when given an order to break the very freedoms so many of your brothers have died to protect.
Well, I am a military brat. I grew up in New Hampshire – our motto is “Live Free or Die”. I went to middle school in Germany, where I learned about the horrors of concentration camps, and how people were rounded up and murdered because they rolled over and let their government have those evil powers. I went to High School in Oklahoma, where so many supposed patriots flew flags on their trucks, representing freedom to own guns and say what the hell they wanted to say without fear of prosecution, no matter how stupid it may have been. And I went to College in Alaska, where supposedly I could see Russia. I must not have as a good of vision as some people there, but I do know that I attended the university with Russian students who were guests in our country – and they told me of the economic suffering they faced during their collapse.
So if we are afraid to stand up because we may lose our paychecks – know that it doesn’t matter because we face economic collapse due to the corruption of Federal and State finances. Corruption in the protection of pedophiles. Corruption in the allocation of money for nuclear weapons rather than an alternative energy economy. Yes, everyone is pissed as purchasing power vanishes, and there need to be charges filed by Attorney Generals against those who have committed crimes against this nation so we can restore the rule of law and maintain order. I assure you we can fix our problems without carting people off to gas and torture chambers.
It is a fact that this planet is running low on energy resources and such a huge population cannot continue to grow. Sacrifices must be made. There is a plan, however – one that doesn’t require you to sacrifice American freedoms or to kill Americans. With proper leadership, we can re-engineer our money, energy, and food / fuel systems to support lives worth living for our present population. But yes, we will all need to roll up our sleeves to do it.
The world is changing fast no matter what – and I beg you to choose the right side.
Choose to help Luke. Arrest Cobra Commander. Save Optimus Prime.
You can be a hero by saying “no” to orders you know are wrong. I love you, and hope you don’t kill me too fast. I want to see the America that the upcoming generation of kids rebuild. And we can’t do it without your help.
The big slick. What a mess, eh?
So many opinions about what we should do. So many fingers wagging. But unless you are completely off grid, growing all your own food, weaving your own fabric to make your own clothes, and have basically removed yourself from any consumer situation that takes in any way from the planet, you are guilty of this crime. Just like me.
We are all guilty of this crime against the planet, and like the titans of Washington and Wall Street, we will not prosecute ourselves. We humans love to outsource blame to others – because other people are the problem and are the ones who should change, right? 7,000,000,000 +/- humans on the planet, all with fingers pointing at one another. Craaaaaaaaaaaaazy. And yet so funny.
This explosion in-our-faces will not go away. It is a major wake up call, but people want to hit the snooze button and go back to watching CSI. Just like how all the networks went back to entertainment programming immediately after President Obama’s address to the nation, pleading and praying for change.
But when your economy depends on consumption, you can’t ask for conservation. It’s the paradox I testified about years ago when Portland was exploring disaster scenarios and how to mitigate the effects. Back in 2007, I wrote a blog post about advertising in the age of peak oil, and the problem of institutions clinging to antiquated models. (Check out the video on that post from a presentation I made at Clear Channel, at 45:00 in…)
And as much as businesses want customers to keep buying their stuff, income destruction will of course lead to less consumption. It’s just that people like to buy stuff. We built Bright Neighbor as a sustainability network that allows people to lend things to one another rather than consuming new things from stores, and it works great. But perceived Independence is an American value, and many people feel they are independent in choices by shopping at stores. The idea of dependence on neighbors they don’t know yet is a leap for sure. After all, you can’t deeply know or trust everyone. There are predators out there, yes. But a system to build social glue through resource sharing at the neighborhood and hyper-local community level is in place. We are doing what we can to expand Bright Neighbor to more cities right now.
So, in the long run, we all die. That bugs me! I like living, and want a good planet to pass along to my kid and other people’s kids as well. I find that the only way to maintain my own sanity in this crazy crazy world is to accept that it is indeed a crazy crazy world. It always has been. That’s why I have as much fun as I can every day trying to reduce my own personal impact. And I have a long way to go as a recovering oil addict, even after trying for years. There is no self-righteousness, just an attempt to do what I feel is right to try to liberate myself from dependence on oil.
How about you?
I am reading stories about how not many economists saw “The Crash” coming. Are you saying that all the punks I know are smarter than Wall Street and Washington analysts?
Of course it’s bullshit. Any smart person saw it coming, and the military started their peak oil campaign back in 2001. Venezuela – your oil is in our scope sights now!
There are many Americans working for peace, however. Remember – they track you with your cell phone, and you can eat dandelions!
Sometimes, you have to move beyond the blog – so I went and laid out some thoughts in front of an audience.
Leaked footage of a street interview with me.
As a micro-farmer, I know how hard it is for the average home owner to get started with converting property to be a productive, home-based ecosystem. As an urban farmer and technology executive, I came to the realization that we have enough communications programs and it really comes down to working with available city land to grow food. Our home was a typical “1950′s Beaver Cleaver” type home, and now it is a productive food oasis, with water systems and beautiful, living soil. With just $10 in seeds, you can create $650 worth of produce!
Since we don’t believe in chemical-based farming, our recommendations are all organic methods. There is no substitute for hands-on learning, however this is a fantastic list of ways you can quickly get started and learn how to be a farmer:
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How To Design, Build, Set Up, Grow With And Maintain A High Density Garden To Provide You And Your Family With Fresh, Wholesome And Tasty Vegetables.
Home and Garden – Country and Rural Life
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It’s no secret that Portland is a pretty radical city. While mainstream America is still learning how to make the leap to full-time sustainability activities, Portland, Oregon is a major hot zone and leader in the human revolution. The intent of this article is to offer an opinion and insight into strategies, collaborations, and technologies that are occurring in our city to solidify life-supporting social constructs.
We All Have Our Problems
Portland is dependent on energy and money just like any other city. With over 500,000 people, we have the 23rd largest economy in the US at $88.6 billion dollars. We have crime, poverty, homelessness, and hard-working people who would love more time off to pursue more joys in life if only they didn’t have debts to pay.
The fact is, not enough people here have the skills, resources, or contribute to the system to say Portland can become a completely self-sufficient city. While science has determined the amount of calories and nutrition needed for human bodies to survive, only each individual can determine what is needed to satisfy each of our own living requirements. Right now, people around the world are searching within themselves to determine what this mother-of-all-market-corrections means in the context of their own life. In countries around the world, people are reflecting on survival, whether it means scrambling to meet basic needs such as food and shelter, or committing one’s life to helping others survive as we dismantle nuclear weapons.
Indeed, finance industries and governments continue to try and figure out how they can game the now collapsing currency market, and around the world thousands of loose-knit social movements and groups are acting together, radically altering the balance between commercial and non-commercial economies. Portlanders are trading sink repair for firewood, worm castings for books, and organizing into sustainability groups, meeting to discuss a multitude of survival strategies. The cool part is that it is in the most relaxed manner I could have imagined. You know something cool is happening when the art community gets involved. To see scholars, artists, chefs, teachers, farmers, faith leaders, bureaucrats and other various communities coming together to discuss survival in a civil manner is surreal. It is also the beauty of the Portland conversation, because empathy, understanding, and cooperation are now winning out over personal greed.
Let’s examine some of the conversations taking place, and how people are organizing to do what we can locally:
Food, Food, Food
Portlanders will practically strip naked and make love to the soil. Our city is full of a diverse ecosystem of people and cultures who love and worship local food, soil, and farmers. The cool thing to ask at parties is “So what do you grow”? Little kids wear shirts that say “I Love My Farmer”. They worship apples – and I’m not just talking about their phones and computers.
As mobile as the city is with its fantastic bus and rail system, we have no problem getting around to all the amazing restaurants that showcase seasonal, locally grown vegetables in their menus. Our chefs strive to use local ingredients, as long as the cost doesn’t put them out of business. Our citizens have one of the highest percentages of CSA subscriptions. The fact is, we love food. So when it comes to loud-mouthed know-it-alls, you can bet Portland likes to brag about it’s success with food.
Using a variety of technologies to list events, food experts are leading the conversation. If you know how to grow food, fix soil, and install edible landscaping, you are all the rage. Take a look at this quick video and you will see what the job of the future looks like.
Presently, Bright Neighbor offers a “Lawns to Gardens” service, helping match people to homeowners willing st share their lawns. We are connecting Gerding Edlen’s newest building CYAN/pdx to Portland land owners to help create more garden activity and boost our local local food system.
Our April 17th kickoff of the Bright Neighbor Community Revolution Tour will include boosting lawn farming production, water harvesting, and permaculture practices throughout the city.
This one is real easy. Portlanders either walk, bike, drive, ride, or rail it to and from where they need to be. If you need to get there, you can get there cheap, you just have to consider whether you will be exposed to the elements and how much time it will take. But we know we will get there somehow.
When it comes to fuel supply solutions, some Portlanders have electric vehicles, and many are discovering that you can make ethanol from hundreds of non-food supply threatening feedstocks other than corn. As for ride-sharing, people are getting to know their neighbors to work on cooperative projects and partake in resource sharing. For instance, if you need a ride right now, you can just call up your friends or discover your neighbors via one of the many Internet technologies. You can always use the Internet and phone to find a ride and share resources. The question is which technologies to use will make it easiest for communities.
Fixing our local commerce system
One high-brow conversation among Portland communities is talk of fixing our money system and the restructuring of the economy based on a non-fiat based local currency. The challenge with this movement is an assumption that outstanding debts can or will be canceled or repaid using any new system. The beauty of this movement and conversation is that even if we don’t solve the new riddle right away, the conversation is fascinating and the beer is great. Even thinking about the idea of replacing the world’s current broken money system is exciting in and of itself. The questions being asked have to do with real value, the meaning of real wealth, and property rights. It is being talked about by all political parties, all religions, and all citizens.
We are asking:
Who grows my food?
Who supplies my fuel?
Are my water need secured?
What is worth more, a knife or a variety bag of seeds?
How does the community determine each person’s value?
How do we know who is trustworthy and who isn’t?
How long will dollars matter?
Am I capable of doing what it takes to survive?
What is my purpose if not to make money?
The conversation in Portland revolves around a common realization that our community is quickly developing an entirely new system of accepted social values, logistics, and supply chains. I will end this postcard from a transition hotzone with the opinion that emerging businesses are using a variety of technologies to bring new food supplies into pop-culture at maximum velocity. More of our citizens are contributing real value to the community through hyper-involvement at the neighborhood level, and Portland will continue to lead the way in defining modern community survival trends.
What’s cool that is going on in your city?
Hey America, if you are paying attention, you can make a lot of money right now!
President Obama just told us his shopping list for his three year plan (funny, it takes three years for fruit trees to produce). Obama is about to get a check for $825,000,000,000 dollars and he wants to buy all sorts of cool new things for America, such as:
10,000 school renovations – Great for all the folks who can help kids learn about chickens and growing vegetables and neat stuff like that
Improved local community communications networks – Hey, I sell those things!
75% of Federal building to be more energy efficient – You mean like ride sharing? Light bulbs? Turning computers off?
2.5 Million weatherized homes – Wow, whoever makes bricks and insulation from waste plastic bags & stuff will make a killing!
Double America’s renewable energy – Woo hoo! I sell hooch making machines! I’m gonna be rich!
Anyway, I am writing about this because the secret is, and always will be, to be a master of markets for things people really need. That means neighborhood collectives can team up and go legally harvest firewood and split it up among the community, where people volunteer their labor in exchange for good and services they need.
Money, as we know it, is just a means of representing value. What has real value to you? Probably the same things that have value to everyone else: Food, shelter, transportation, water, electricity, friends, resilient neighborhoods and communities, skills and stuff the community can use.
That’s the power behind Bright Neighbor. We offer a machine that helps fix community economies and ecology. Think about it this way…
Chickens are egg machines.
Gardens are fruit and vegetable machines.
Trees are fruit and nut machines.
Worms and mushrooms are soil fixing machines.
Bright Neighbor is a communications system, a carbon reduction machine, a money saving machine, and a community repair machine all-in-one. We have implemented it in governments, businesses, faith communities, private corporations, and with individual community organizers who want to fix their community. Our customer base now ranges in all of these markets, and if President Obama wants to buy any of these things, Bright Neighbor is one of America’s post-petroleum startups now open for business.
Three cheers for the Three Year Plan! I hope you make oodles of money.
- Randy White
PS: If you are interested in setting up a Bright Neighbor community communications system, please fill out this form.
My buddy Sam Drevo is a world class kayaker. He has navigated some of the fiercest waters on planet earth while simultaneously making love to and taunting mother nature. Sam looks at rapids ahead, and paddles straight into what could be the last moments of his life every time. It is his confidence, training, and humility that always allow him to come through alive, even if he knocks his head along the way. At least he has a plan for rough waters, and knows how to navigate new, uncharted territory like an expert.
And Sam has known adventurers who have made mistakes and paid with their lives. We are all fallible, right? You know you yourself have made miscalculations in the past just like everyone else, and things haven’t gone according the exact way you thought they might go.
Oh sure, you must have been smart about your plans, made all your mental details, laid out your strategy, and went for it, right? You were plotting, you see. We all plot every day, because we have to in order to survive. It could be anything from what to do in case you wash your cell phone and lose all your stuff, get that hot person to go out with you, or try to get away with something naughty. It could have be anything from trying to fake your own death, to helping fix your community. As long as you have a plan.
And right now, it seems many people have been caught off guard with this economic hardship and are just now scrambling to make a plan.
Who usually makes the plans for you? Is it your faith leader? Your boss? Your spouse? Henry Kissinger?
As we continue along the timeline of our lives, we are at the mother of all crossroads in human history. Everyone knows something really, really big is going on, but no one seems to know who to listen to about it anymore. Even as Obama takes his place on the throne, I am finding people asking themselves “what is my plan, and do I know exactly what to do?”
We can certainly make up for our past mistakes, we absolutely must. We blew it, America. We screwed up, bigtime. I have screwed up , you have screwed up, we all screwed up. Now we are facing the consequences, and we need plans that are not only ready to go, but that are already working.
As we each can at least pitch in at the local level, we need to be asking ourselves:
- Do I have a good relationship with my neighbors?
- What skills do I have that can help the community?
- What can I do to help others that will make me feel better?
- Do I really need all this stuff I have acquired to be happy?
- How will I make rent / the mortgage this month?
In globalism, we are expected to either be a producer or a consumer. You either make something, or you use something. Then there are the middlemen – called markets. And it is the markets that are collapsing, along with the ability for people to earn money as markets cease. If you get laid off, and no one else will hire you, what are you going to do to survive?
It is for this reason that I created Bright Neighbor. We are setting up communities across the country right now, and we are here to help governments, communities, businesses, and faith groups. We are already doing it, and are teaming up with Powell’s Books to offer the new Bright Neighbor University lecture series.
In April, I will be presenting an hour long workshop called “Lawns to Gardens: 10 Strategies For Thriving Through The Recession“. Or a title like that. More details to come!
- Randy White
Sam Drevo and the Down The River Cleanup Crew