The Weekly Watch
Side Stepping the System
I don't think we need to accept the oligarchs' neofeudal system. No doubt it will impact us all, but there are approaches to avoid the global power grab and have a full and meaningful life. There are many paths and today we'll look at a few.
There isn't A recipe, but many roads lead toward happiness and away from the the system and its propaganda.
If I had to prescribe a technique I would start with "" or as William Shakespeare suggests in Act 1, Scene III of the famous play, Hamlet, when Polonius says:
“This above all: to thine own self be true"
My next thought is whatever that may be.
And to keep it simple one more idea....
I know easier said than done. Some techniques to accomplish that might be:
...debts are the chains of modern day slavery.
...this is influenced by where and how you live your life.
a hobby...cheap, fun, and rewarding.
...for health and well being.
...defeat hyperinsulinemia with diet, exercise for a well earned rest.
We all have our own recipe for healthful, happy lives. That pretty well encapsulates my approach. I hope you too have a path to health and happiness away from the the for profit system that wants us captured and in submission.
I've featured this cooking couple from Azerbaijan before. Their simple outdoor life is fun to observe. They are masters of campfire cookery. (13 min)
Today they are cooking lamb and vegetables in a Tandoor clay oven
Raising sheep can also be fulfilling. Here's my favorite grassland farmer, Greg Judy. 20 min
They also raise cattle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKY04I2fsIQ (9 min)
I can't feature a rancher without looking at a gardener. I'm a subsistence producer, Charles is a market gardener and is quite productive. (20 min)
Winter vegetables in January, Charles Dowding's no dig gardens.
It's 4th January on the 51st parallel, 8 hours between sunrise and sunset. And yet, see how the vegetables think it's spring, after an exceptionally mild December.
Being in nature... is one thing most of these lifestyles incorporate...
Here's a different way to raise sheep.
Two Years Living Alone in the Wilderness: Our Story of Learning from Nature
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_HmJIL_8L0 (25 min)
We spent our childhood growing up here in the mountains, exploring rainforests, caring for orphaned lambs, planting trees and harvesting fruit. Living in harmony with the rhythms of nature has taught us so many things. It has taught us to be still and calm, to love, and to give more than we take. It has taught us to to care for the land and each other.
Many folks (like us) live a simple homesteading life. I enjoyed this couple's approach in Colorado. (32 min)
In 1978 the Howards were urban professionals. Wanting a simpler, more meaningful life on a smaller budget, the family-of-4 lived on $18K/year, reducing costs to $10K/year after moving to their "intentional" Colorado homestead.
This young family are doing things a bit differently! They gave up their city lives in Southern California to live a debt free and simple life, close to nature in a beautiful tiny house tent in New Mexico! (17 min)
Tent living is not without it's challenges, but for this family the benefits greatly outweigh the disadvantages. It's allowed them to deeply connect, live a more simple, debt free and rewarding lifestyle and most importantly grow together as a family, with love and quality time being a corner stone of each day.
1 yr Time Lapse of the year that changed our lives!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIb96BZV4oI (55 min)
In 2021 we sold and donated everything to leave the AZ desert behind and move to the mountains in Arkansas to build our dream cabin and finally make our dreams a reality.
From those rooted in the land to a nomadic life...(14 min)
Maya and Aladino are living full-time on their tiny 28-foot sailboat. They travel slowly with minimal belongings, and they keep their expenses low by doing most boat repairs themselves, and by living as cheaply as possible. Sailing Magic Carpet is a 1979 Vindø 32 that was lovingly restored by Aladino.
Here's another approach...
Couple Living in a Tent on a Self-Built Raft - Floating Off the Grid in Sweden. (16 min)
The couple has created a surprisingly cozy little float home on the raft with a bed, a table and chairs, and even a woodstove! For electricity, they have 2x 150-watt solar panels and 3 batteries. When they visit small towns along their route they carry groceries and gas cans on a homemade handcart.
Finding Freedom ° Living & Traveling in a Caravan through Sweden
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qul7i4zMxI (28 min)
I left my home to follow my inner feeling to travel, and see where the road would take me. Together with Manny we left with nothing more than what fitted in the car and caravan. This helped me see how much stuff, clutter I accumulated, I've always lived with the feeling in my bones, don't own more you can cary, or better said - don't get attached to more stuff that you can cary. In the end the things are not what matter, but our memories, feelings and actions, those are what matter.
Nomads are found all over the world...
People of Nature - a visual feast of global culture.
A video showing some of the people who live their lives immersed in the natural world, living by hunting, fishing foraging and herding. We visit Africa, Asia, Siberia, and the Middle East in search of humans who still live outside of the high-tech, high-industry, high-stress world that most of us inhabit.
Many are adopting a new nation free form of money, Bitcoin
Can we escape fiat currency? Some think bitcoin is the future...
I'm no expert, but my understanding is that you first create an account with an exchange like coinbase, binance, or strike. Most experts agree you should not leave bitcin in the exchange but download it to a wallet like trezor.
Another less complicated way to invest is to buy stock in a company like microstrategy that is heavily invested in bitcoin.
El Salvador is offering a Volcano bond program. Max Keiser discusses them with Samson Mow, who designed the new volcano bond in El Salvador.
Sounds pretty good with a 6.5% return and a bitcoin bonus after five years. El Salvador plans to use the money to invest in their country and escape the chains of IMF debt used to control them and much of the world. Max thinks they are the first of many countries that will move to bitcoin as their national currency.
As I started today's column, there are many ways to side step the system. I think El Salvador's approach is interesting and I look forward to seeing how it plays out.
Well that about wraps up today's alternatives. Of course there are many other ways to break out of the noose of global control, but these are a few fun and interesting techniques. Hope you found one or more entertaining and informative. I'll look forward to your ideas in the comments below. Any and all thoughts are welcome.