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When times are hard on the farm, more children lead to more labor leading to surplus. When times are hard for wage earners, the obvious answer is to have less children. Is it any wonder that the Baby Boom ended when it did, our post war colonial wealth extraction model sputtering and dying? 1945 to 1965 was a time of actual wealth sharing, a mistake the elite quickly realized and never repeated. Of course there were going to be more child born, because to non farmers children are an expensive luxury. Reduce that cost through subsidy or increased wages and you get more children ( and you can’t just give parents free births and time off from work. The whole eighteen years must be accounted for ).
Is it any wonder that immigration laws changed at the same time the Baby Boom ended? Our economy needs new bodies, and if the indigenous population won’t cooperate you open the boarders. More bodies is exactly what our Growth Paradigm needed and they got them one way or another. As our Latino population ( initially immigrating legally or immigrating illegally and then getting amnesty to magically turn legal ) came in and starting breeding under improved resource conditions ( to Whites, resources had contracted. To Latinos, coming from the poor nations, conditions had improved. Perception of wealth decides births ), our Latino Baby Boom replaced Whites for population growth.
This was adding complexity to save resources. We needed more bodies, so rather than have those in place procreate, you add in layers of activity for lower wage jobs ( service verses manufacturing ), increased housing ( petroleum product plastics in place of natural materials ), increased food supply ( Green Revolution ), increased prisons and everything else you’d need. The financial system is saved ( remember, growth pays interest ).
But now we have run into a problem. Latino birth rates just stumbled. I’m going by memory here, but it went from something like 2.8 children per woman to 2.3, with 2.2 being ONLY replacement rate. That means the next small dip in births and the reliable Energizer Bunny Baby Boom Latino Version miracle is gone. Now, look at the places suffering the worst economically in the US. Say, California and Michigan. What do these places have in common? Increased immigration. Muzzies back east and Asians in Cali ( along with tons of other minority types ).
It almost looks like the worse the economy the more desperate the “solution” of immigration, as if more consumers and more downward pressure on wages will solve the problem of a welfare state needed to attract immigrants. As I said at the end of the last article, this is the point where the added complexity meeting drastically falling net energy is starting to accelerate the collapse. All the complexity we used to extend the beginning of the collapse is now feeding the acceleration of that collapse. Remember, in an energy contraction, the infrastructure in place is the only option since you have nothing to build the new one, however desirable that new one would be.
The solution to the last financial collapse falling population would have brought accelerated resource contraction, and the only solution to the problem of resource collapse is to use the solution already in place for the last financial collapse. Immigration. It doesn’t matter that this makes the problem worse, it is the only “solution infrastructure” we are able to utilize. Banks failing as businesses failed because lack of growth led them to be unable to pay their loans was solved by immigration getting more hands on deck. Population growth. What DIDN’T cause collapse was the higher housing cost, higher food prices, higher medical costs and etcetera that population growth causes.
But all those increasing costs from fifty years ago, and those fifty years of falling wages? Now they have gotten to the point that they are making it too expensive for immigrants to have enough kids. You can only penny pinch so much before you simply don’t have enough pennies. Why do you think immigrants were allowed to swim over and pop a kid for free on welfare? It was because it was getting far more expensive for recent immigrants not on welfare to have kids. Now the cost, just in the last three to five years, has gotten so insane even the welfare baby card can’t make up for the falling birth rates. For far too many, a baby is nothing but a luxury.
And again, it is not that they don’t have ANY, it is that they don’t have enough. When the industrial age closes down, we’ll still have SOME oil, just not enough. If immigrants aren’t having enough babies, the whole solution now reverts to a problem. And why has medical costs been driven so high? Because the bankers are the insurance industry, and the whole point of having insurance for a businessman is to NOT pay out on any claims. The higher the medical costs the more people don’t file a claim, even after paying premiums. And why are bankers killing all their future income streams? Because it is collapse now or collapse later. Which would you choose?
And why screw over immigrants with high medical costs if they kept the economy going? Same thing. Lower medical costs and the financial collapse happens now. Increase them and the collapse happens later. Easy choice. And yes, I know there are a whole lot of other variables than just insurance. Increased welfare hospitals eat so illegals have more babies. Opiates placate the otherwise restless unemployed and they are profitable ( get the employed to pay for the welfare patients drugs through higher costs ). The medical industry is 20% of the GDP. Between them and government spending, you have the majority of the economy either failing or artificially boosted ( fake wars are a great stimulus for official spending. Collapse now or collapse later. War causes deficits to crash the economy, but NOT running the deficit shuts down economic activity now ).
And etcetera. At this point, falling birth rates are just another minor problem. Individually you should care because it is such a good canary in the coal mine. Creating a new problem to solve an old one is fine. It is called kicking the can down the road. The problems get worse when you create a problem to solve an old problem and then three other problems show up. Which it seems this is the point we are now at. No more cans to kick?
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In 1987 I read a WSJ article claiming it cost, at that time, $350k to raise a child from conception to college graduation. Sounded pretty expensive to me, and we had i child at that point, our son, so I went under the knife. Actually it wasn't too bad and only cost $300, which I earned back 20 times over when the surgeon hired me to design his new home on an island. Sometimes I wish we had had a 2nd kid.ReplyDelete
I guess if you live in Manhattan and send your spawn to an ivy league school, those inflated figures are about right. Meanwhile, amongst the dirt people, making a few extra bologna sandwiches and shopping for clothes at the thrift store makes kids as cheap as any other hobby. If you chain them up naked in the basement and feed them wheat gruel, it's just pennies a day.Delete
Many variables with dearth of the breeders. Long time-multi generational americans (men-mainly) after witnessing the womens lib/court system penalize fatherhood after a separation of family as kids or amongst their peers are saying,"no thanxs, I have porn, plenty of sluts,hookers,and now robots coming on-line!". Empowered and affirmative promoted latinas in junior and middle management are limiting child bearing to the one or two they had with that drunk Pancho as a teenager/much younger. Soy and chemicals in food/enviro has rendered sperm counts down to that of a stagnant pond water. Morning after pills/abortions are readily used by the no longer conservative-religous respecting populace to get out of a jam,(not just by the negroes) of being pregnant from drunken-high one night stand or douche bag boyfriend with no prospects. Soros and N.G.O. organizations, with U.S. government support and knowledge are flying in syrian/african migrants and relocating in motels and section 8 housing dispersed in towns all over. (Probably stashed in Elko too) To supplement in an end run around the political theater attempts to back stop the southern border flood. The collapse, will at least through die-off/slaughter cull down the amount of mouths to feed, in a really-real resource contraction. Stay loose Minions!ReplyDelete
Years ago, a wise compatriot of mine, (veteran/been thru rhodesia/salty) always remarked during such observation: "keep wearing those uniforms comrades, makes target aquisition easy later on" (referencing ghetto behavior / rainblow flaggers / social justice / fem nazi etc) It just high profiles the behaviors and activities like a nail sticking up, needing to be pounded some more. Stay Frosty.Delete
Boy, he crammed a lot of ugly in that one paragraph and all of it true. If I was single today, and knowing what I do, I would never get married. It's suicidal.Delete
1:26-ha! Good one. Instead of being all angry and hateful, we should appreciate those "comrade uniforms". A spot of optimism.Delete
GS-If any of us were wise at age 18-28, no one would have kids or go fight in the army. Stupid can be a survival trait :)
Wasn’t aware that the mexicans had handed the mantle back to the Leporidae :DReplyDelete
It does seem as if we don’t have as many of the Muslims here in the western US. Most Americans can’t tell the difference between a muslim or an east Indian, the latter of which, we have plenty of. They own all the 711’s, as well as most of the gas stations and lower end motel chains. You never see anyone but Indians working at such establishments either. Though on occasion, “Jawarahal” will hire a pretty white girl to bring in business.
In either event, this is terrible news, because it means that we will be letting more refugees in, and America’s many interventionist wars are great for creating plenty of those. Most will probably be from the middle east as well. The hispanics might be a bit of a nuisance, but let’s not lose our heads over this :D
Tip of the day for any homosexuals that happen to be reading this: If a Muslim offers you free skydiving lessons, politely decline :DDelete
I thought they couldn't fly very well? Unless you believe the official 9/11 version.Delete
Well, the Muslim version cuts out the middle man (the plane) all together. Though it still involves a tall building :DDelete
Yes, as surprising as it may seem, there are plenty of people out there that will literally believe anything that our corrupt as hell government tells them. You would think at some point that even these gullible people would be exclaiming, “Now wait a minute”! That sounds like a load shit to me”! But alas, this never seems to happen…
I lost all hope for our people following the “Bin Laden assassination”.
I lost all hope when NOBODY gave two craps when indefinite detention without charges was made into law. Not even anybody here, really. After that, why are still voting? Or thinking anything will change?Delete
Minion's reading recommendations for after completing their daily Bison studies. Go to western rifle shooters for refresher courses, it, is, necessary.ReplyDelete
WRSA has deleted the excellent free-form commentary, making it merely a news aggregator. Sad.Delete
Doesn't "free form commentary" mean all the trolls are bickering and cussing, throwing feces? Not that I'd know about the headaches that causes...Delete
Right on! as an aside, minions should consider their sensory receptors and their intended priority-preference in functions. "Created/evolved with two eyes and two ears, but only one mouth". Therefore look and listen first for information input then open pie-hole for commentary" (or in modern form/digital era type diarrhea) I contribute on occaision to add information to Jim's brilliant scribes, and act as wingman to help other minions. (Help thy neighbor)Delete
Listening instead of talking usually only comes with wisdom. I don't know if I'm very wise :) Actually, as painful as it is ( not just waiting for your turn to talk ), it does make you appear smarter than you are. Even someone totally against all you believe ( like, owning a FLIR scope ) can usually teach you something if you just shut up for two minutes. As I said, painful. And, where the hell were you when I needed a wingman getting all those inadequate wives? Anyone could have picked better than me. The village Jewish grandmother matchmaker. The village idiot.Delete
I believe Pete shut down the comments as a safety precaution for those that should know better. They were (are?) being heavily "watched". I think they have moved to gab.ai for the most part. I knew Pete back in the old newsgroups (usenet) days in the mid 90's.Delete
I think Western Rifle is a great resource. Not really my interests, but enough slips through to be worth checking every day. I do question the idea of saving idiots from themselves.Delete
Lotsa good stuff in the left column at WRSA, depending on your interests.Delete
Thing is these days, the idiots can bring everybody down with them, so in this technology laced world it is prudent to always look several steps ahead. I made many comments over the years there and even held the masthead position 20+ times and I am disappointed in seeing the comments leave, but I do understand.
I never have to worry about getting too big for comments to get out of control.Delete
FREE GRAIN FOR LIFE, FIELD REPORT
This experiment was prompted by the excellent book...
This is such a powerful book, that if you live in California, or the bordering Oregon, Arizona, Nevada, or The Great Basin in general, you must have it. It's good enough as an instruction manual to rebuild civilization with.
The chapter on seeds has an interesting story of an Indian who lived until the 1940's, hair still black at death in his early 100's, and who had great vigor up until death. He attributed his athleticism and long life to the fact that the majority of his life, he ONLY ate seeds.
The grass in the first photo here (just a random website with the correct photo)is what I harvested. I am uncertain of its scientific name, but it falls under the category of "bunchgrasses." It is so prolific that it is probably 50% or greater of the diet that the cattle on the ranches around here consume, so you could harvest mass quantities without problem, except for your labor of course. It always returns after wildfires. Here's the photo (first one on the website)...
As shown, this is when the grass has died for the season, and probably 99% of the seeds have fallen from the outer husk. When I gathered mine, approximately 1/2 were bright green (outer husk still closed), to fading to tan (outer husk opening and starting to drop the seeds). When bright green, if you squeeze the seed hard, a white milky substance comes out. When tan, they're hard like wheat or rice.
The Indians, depending on the tribe, used three main methods to harvest. With a tightly-woven basket, they beat the seed heads into the basket with a paddle, OR they beat the seed heads into the basket with a stick, OR they stripped the seed heads off by hand. I used a stainless steel crock pot for my "basket." First I tried beating the seed heads into the pot with a stick. The bright green ones didn't want to come off and I was making too much noise and frustrating myself. I stripped them off between my thumb and index finger instead. A note of caution here, you want to use the pads of your thumb and finger, not the crease between the joints. The skin is thinner in that area and the grass stalks will cut into it over time.
I was uncertain when the proper harvest of the seeds was, which is why I picked 50/50 green/tan. I left the seeds in the pot, which was full to the top, in the full sun. Within a couple days, the grain was swelling and spilling over the top of the pot. I figured the green seeds were expanding and hardening up as they dried. This was correct, so green or tan seeds are okay to harvest. I left the seeds in the pot for almost two weeks because I was too busy to get to them. I dumped them out to start processing them and realized the bottom 1/2 of the pot of seeds was molding! I threw those away because moldy seeds can't be salvaged. I guess if I had thought about it longer, I wouldn't have made that mistake. I made two sun drying racks of 3/4" 4x8 plywood with 2x3 perimeter boards to avoid spillage, painted earth brown to blend with the soil. They are up on sawhorses to keep creepy crawlers and earth moisture away. I spread the seeds out on the drying rack in full sun, and that worked great.
I used a cookie sheet with raised sides at first. A basket is definitely a better idea, as the seeds nearest the edge would bounce over the edge and disappear on the ground. I ended up using what I'm calling reverse-winnowing. Picked up a handful of seeds and dropped them on the center of the cookie sheet to let the wind blow the outer hulls off. I should have arranged for a basket, but I'm experimenting here.
The seeds appear very similar to a grain of red wheat, but slightly longer, and slightly smaller in diameter. Imagine if each seed was an ear of corn with a husk. The seeds have to be husked with your fingernails! This is a tedious process, taking anywhere from 10 to 30 seconds per seed. The fastest method I could find was to dig your thumbnail into the middle of the husk and roll it away with the nail from your other hand to break through the husk. It was so slow and mentally fatiguing that I immediately started looking for shortcuts. The Indians prepared their seeds in different ways for variety, and depending on the tribe. One of the things they would do is have the seeds in a shallow basket, place a live coal in it, and constantly swirl it around to parch the grain before grinding it and eating, or before storing. I decided to accelerate the process by building a campfire, and with the seeds in a stainless steel mesh basket, parch them and maybe burn the hulls off. I tried one batch this way and the hulls caught fire. At first this seemed like a good idea, fire burning off the hulls, but what actually happened is the seeds turned into crumbly charcoal (AKA unusable). I tried another batch, without catching the seeds on fire. The seeds began popping like popcorn. The hulls didn't really come off any easier, but I could tell the grain was parched.
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I attempted this with sun-dried seeds, about 50/50 hulled/unhulled. It was too slow, the pestle was more prone to flattening the seeds like rolled oats than making flour. The fire-parched seeds worked better with the mortar and pestle.
This method worked for sun-dried seeds. I read somewhere that you could grind the unhulled seeds and the hull fragments would "float" to the top of the flour for easy removal. Not so much, they pretty much were evenly distributed throughout the flour.
Eating the seeds raw was tasty, just like a grain of wheat.
COOKED LIKE RICE
There have been previous comments on this blog about rice being bland. I cook my rice in bone broth, not plain water. It is absolutely delicious this way with nothing else added. I cooked the grass seeds in bone broth 50/50 hulled/unhulled. I was hoping the expanding seeds from the cooking process would make the seeds burst out of the hulls. It did make it easier to get the seeds out, but not worth the hassle. It's better to hull beforehand. It tasted just like the rice I make, delicious.
FLOUR WITH HULLS
All the methods I tried were listed Indian methods of eating the flour, but I did not try all the listed methods. The hull fragments were a major pain to eat around, kind of like trying to chew with multiple mustache hairs in your food.
A little chalky, hard to deal with.
FLOUR SOAKED IN WATER (PASTE) NO COOKING
Tasted fine, kind of bland.
FLOUR COOKED LIKE OATMEAL
Interesting, the water gelled up like cooking oatmeal, and tasted like it too.
I didn't try these, but they made small cakes of one to two inches and cooked them. They also used the flour to fortify soups/stews.
I intend to store my remaining sun-dried seeds by two different methods and check to see if there is any mold or storage problems in January. I intend to try some in a five gallon bucket indoors, and some in an outdoor galvanized steel water trough with a weather protected lid that I designed as a granary for acorns. I'll report back around January next year.
I remember from school (true or propaganda?) that when the wagon trains were crossing The Great Basin, some of the Indians didn't seem to take much notice because they were too busy obtaining food to stay alive. There really is no realistic way I could find to get around hulling the seeds individually. These seeds are now on my springtime harvest list for my area to extend the amount of time my food storage lasts.
A couple months ago on YouTube, Canadian Prepper had a video in which he introduced a new "Survival Metric," the "1-100 Rule." Basically he says that what takes you now an hour to obtain (25 pounds of wheat in exchange for one hour work at minimum wage), will take 100 times as much work to obtain after the grid goes down. I fully agree. Looking at a clean and hulled bag of wheat looks like pure luxury compared to the work of doing it yourself. The good part here is you can have an abundant annual harvest with NO cultivation efforts on your part. Another big takeaway here is that once you do your own research, you can see an abundance of food where others see nothing. Remember the Indian from the beginning who attributed his longevity and vigor from eating ONLY seeds the majority of his life. I also intend to try some of the other grass/weed seeds around here that are less common.
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I know there are many species of sagebrush, and don't know which grow around Elko. From the book...
White Sage (Salvia apiana) Seeds available from July to September. Parched and ground to meal for mush, they were blended with other seeds because of their flavor.
Thistle Sage (Salvia carduacia) Seeds available from June to November. They were also mixed with other seeds in mush.
Black Sage (Salvia mellifera) Seeds were ground into meal. They were considered highly nutritious with a rich nutty flavor. Spring leaves and stalk were used for flavoring food.
Basin Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) Seeds were gathered from August to October, parched, then ground into pinole for mush.
James, please try the sagebrush seeds in your area and report back.
I hope this was helpful for someone,
Would you like me to post this out of the comments section, a regular guest article, so more people can read it? Just e-mail me with an article if you ever want it posted. As for sagebrush, I didn't know there were different kinds. Or that they had seeds. I thought they were a pollenating plant. I could be wrong-I never paid a huge amount of attention.Delete
Too late now, I wrote it in the comment box but it was too large to post. Cut and pasted into a word document and broke it down until the comment box would accept it, then deleted the word document. I thought maybe you could cut and paste into a new document?Delete
Sure, I'll post it tomorrow as a regular article. Good info.Delete
Sounds like a good book mentioned above, but expensive. But if peace out says it’s worth it, that’s good enough for me, so I wish listed it, and will perhaps get it at some point when it comes down in price.ReplyDelete
By the way, it is the Salvia (Though I’m not quite sure exactly which strain?) that the kids are smoking these days. Gets you high as a kite too.
I don't think it would apply to eastern Nevada. But if it did, I would get it regardless of cost. For less than the cost of two bags of wheat, you have the knowledge the book contains to feed you far longer.Delete