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November 8, 2016, the photo says it all. Thanks Ilargi, your photo choices always start my day.
Dear Ilargi, I am very sorry. You and your mother have been in my thoughts these last months. I cared for my parents to their last breath. It is such labor of love and such a blessing for us and for them. Be gentle with yourself. It takes more time to grieve than we ever expect. Blessings to you and your family.
An interesting thought on weight gain. I doubt most scientists would care to try and make a connection, but in some larger sense it actually seems quite plausible. I wish it was actually a useful strategy, accumulating poundage seems to be easier than accumulating cash or hard goods.
Nicole, I am really glad to hear what you are doing. I have missed your more in depth articles, and I look forward to when you will again have more time to post. Greater understanding and knowledge of permaculture means more people will be able to eat, simple as that. Ilargi, please keep up the good work. Lately I have heard more discouragement in your tone about the human condition, please just keep acting as if there is reason to hope that some of us will be able to carry the torch.
I know that there are folks out there who have been preparing for years for the inevitable decline. What is true is that for some the decline has already come, and to the extent they have been able to prepare they are now much better off. There is always the question of timing, certainly for some of us we increasingly have to listen to family and friends telling us how crazy and doom mongering we have been. There is also always the possibility that life circumstances change in ways that make our previous preparations problematic. But the message I have most consistently heard from TAE is build community, stay flexible, get out of debt and build capital (a judicious combination of durable good and very liquid assets.) Honestly the more time most of us have to work on that project the better, and the more time there is to get the word out, And unfortunately the longer it takes for the world to return to the level of consumption that can be sustained, the worse it is going to be for all of us, and the more we are going to want to be prepared.
The great comfort that TAE brings to me is that Nicole and Ilargi are bringing the message to the majority of us (who are not retired stock brokers like many of the bloggers out there). They are not telling me I am doomed if I don’t have a house with land in a rural community of like minded folks. They understand that I probably need to rent to stay flexible, they understand that investing in the future may be tools and perhaps a car. Nicole is very sensitive to the fact that communities such as Atamai have limitations because at this point of necessity they need people with financial resources. This means that I support TAE financially to the best of my ability at this point, and that as my ability increases my support will increase. In light of Ilargi’s comments today I am also going to see if I can get others to financially support TAE.
Nicole, Ilargi thank you for being there. Please try to keep TAE afloat.
Just a reminder about Iceland. Tough people there have clung to the rocks for many centuries. They are self sufficient in meat, dairy, fish and sea birds. You can grow potatoes there, but not much else. They used to eat a lot of seaweed. Every piece of produce eaten there is imported. Fortunately they now have some skill in working with geothermal, because early settlers completely deforested the island five centuries ago. I don’t know what climate change is going to do for them, but the soil they have won’t grow much.
I think we should give ilargi a little credit for knowing what he needs to do his job. Whatever platform he decides works best, what he needs most is financial support for TAE. Put out the word to any friends you know who are lurkers.
Sent a donation just now toward the MacBook. By the way I have not stopped laughing since I saw the picture.
I think this is a fantastic idea. The finance sector doesn’t actually lose anything because they get paid back. Instead of just giving the money directly to the banks and the people close to the banks who benefit the most and have a hard time reinvesting this money into actual productive enterprise, we allow the folks who don’t currently have the money to buy goods or services to buy them. Those same folks may also be more inclined to invest the money into economically productive activity. That being said, hell would have to freeze over in the US before the majority of the citizens (even the ones who would benefit the most) would accept giving money to the undeserving poor. They would much rather give the money to the wealthy who at least earned it (at least that is the way one of my dear family explains why the wealthy are wealthy.) Perhaps some European countries would have an easier time with this. Of course I never have much optimism about great ideas actually being carried out, but the thank you so much for this video, it is certainly an idea that never crossed my mind.