Guest Post: Joblessness, Hopelessness, And Government Dependency

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Submitted by James H. Kustler of Kunstler.com,

Of all the awful tensions roiling and coiling in American society, it’s only a little bit surprising that the racial module is blowing off now rather than, say, the stock market. Perhaps it’s a seasonal thing: race riots in the summer; stock market crashes in the fall, revolutions in the spring.

Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shooting victim of a cop-stop in Ferguson, Missouri, was not the best candidate for martyrdom. But it was only after the violent protests to his killing got underway that his convenience store robbery videotape went public - despite attempts by the US Department of Justice to suppress it - and by then it was too late to stop the juggernaut of grievance. Meanwhile, the white condescension machine (The New York Times, The Huffington Post, et. al.) revved into top gear to validate the fears and resentments of the rioters.

The casual observer from Mars might have trouble finding the reality in this welter of bad feeling. A toxicology report should have accompanied the second autopsy report, and shed a little light, but apparently no one has asked for it yet — notably the leading news media. 18-year-old young men are not known for having great judgment or impulse control even when not high.

White America is tortured by black America’s failure to thrive, and all that guilt and anxiety has only gotten worse as a substantial quota of white America loses its own footing in the middle class and plunges into the rough country of joblessness, hopelessness, and government dependency. The usual remedies of even more dependency aren’t working so well for anybody. It’s politically easier for the moment, though. And both the government and the news media are frantically busy manufacturing excuses for everybody’s bad conduct.

This poor nation is faced with the tasks of completely retooling its economy in a way that it can’t bear to imagine, and of also reforming its grotesque social behavior. One might follow the other in a better world, but our prospects for the moment are not so bright. My own camp is inclined to expect an anguished collapse rather than any deliberate reformation. We’ve set ourselves up for it.

The future we don’t want to think about is an economy focused on food production at the local scale, along with the activities that support it and add value to its products, and the labor required to do all that. There’s a fair chance that we will fail altogether to ever get it running. In any case, the officially-sanctioned future that so many people are expecting - the digital wonderland economy - will not survive the energy and capital scarcities ahead.

The basic questions of race relations in America remain too painful to ask and too hard to answer. For instance, are we hard-wired to self-segregate? There certainly was a great wish that this were not so. Has it been disproven or overcome in the 60 years since Brown v. Board of Education? Do we have different standards of behavior for different races? Does that work?

The case of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, can’t inspire a whole lot of confidence about working anything out. We’re finding out that a culture of opposition produces confrontation, often just for its own sake, because there seems to be nothing better to do. Is it the opening round of broader discontent and conflict? Black America surely faces an existential crisis, but not the one imagined in the condescending news media - of somehow getting non-black America to be more just and generous. The truth is, we’ve already been through that and there is nothing left to do. We’re out of “affirmative actions” of all kinds. “Diversity” chatter didn’t make anything better. Have we completely discarded the idea of a common culture along with uniform standards of behavior? If not, we’re in for more violence and anarchy.

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Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:28 | 5111541 Cattender
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Saying Welfare is BAD is Racist!!!!

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:47 | 5111677 TideFighter
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Anything less than a full conviction of murder for the cop will result in a full retard startup accross the nation's ghettos. So, I'm hoping for a full round of awards and full retirement pension now for the cop. I want to see the shit show really blow up. 

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:25 | 5111922 Newsboy
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Houston, we DO have a problem.

Some folks hold their own against elite sociopaths better than others do.

All groups beneath the elite level will be turned upon each other.

We really can't even talk about most of this.

Giving out welfare to the descendents of manual laborers, replaced by distant Chinese, is a short-term fix, kicking the can.

People of all races used to subsistence farm as a baseline.

That was "freedom".

It's really hard to live like that, and you have to have grown up in it, or you can't do it.

It's about to be everybody's problem.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:08 | 5112122 BobPaulson
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Speaking from the overcrowded anthill that is China here, I can tell you that the folks over here don't seem to have developed an attractive alternative. Here I see swarms of people all wanting to climb the ladder, eat tonnes of meat and seafood, and fight their way up the ladder of social esteem. The cultural revolution wiped out the trust of an entire generation here. Nobody believes a word the government says and many people just dream of getting out of here. Unrest is contained by authoritarianism. The only bright light I have seen so far is a lack of crime.

The WalMart injection molded cheap toys, t-shirts and other goods is supported by hoards of people here all wanting more of everything, completely unconcerned about the implications of 7 billion people wanting to ramp their consumption. The pollution is absolutely amazing to see. Housing prices in Beijing are higher than in most US cities, with wages about 20% of US standards.

Nothing sustainable here from what I can see.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:50 | 5113083 teslaberry
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i down voted you despite approving of your overall outlook . why? just because you don't see 'crime' doesn't mean there is a lack of it. 

 

you don't think china has plenty of fucking crime. hahahahah.  methinks if you could be so naive about that part, then you are very naive about other parts.....

 

there is one universal crime all over the world, and you don't see it unless it happens to you. THEFT OF GOODS. 

usually you find out about it if you are in the business of making selling or moving actually things. because things have generic value that theives can realize by reselling bartering or even...consuming!

 

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 08:28 | 5113624 mvsjcl
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It's the theft of labor that I worry about.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 23:32 | 5118391 BobPaulson
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Point taken. I should have specifically meant the visible threat of violent street crime you see in most other parts of the world. Local women are walking around alone in dark streets in Beijing and don't seem too concerned. Not so in the US, Latin America (except in Cuba where I saw similar street safety), Africa, the Middle East and India.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:31 | 5113214 Majestic12
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...and southern & midwest bankster "good ole' boys" took most all the country's farms...black and white...

"Some folks hold their own against elite sociopaths better" because of de facto (now de jure) reasons...reality.

What "can" change if the mantra of "kicking" anything constantly is so deafening...poverty is wholistic...and its fix is wholistic...like starting with sanctions against the 1% who stole (not "earned") every dime.

Then, how about Nazi murderers on the other end of the line when calling "911"? 

How often does it happen to "Some folks"?....yeah, I thought so...priviledge is a bitch, ain't it...

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:06 | 5113375 Rigger
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WTF?

 

English, motherfucker. Do you speak it?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:49 | 5111690 maskone909
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Sadly, this really is the view being adopted, picked up and ran with by the media ect. Fucking rediculous. There was once a time when being on welfare was something embarrassing. Oh how far we have come. "CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN, folks"

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:51 | 5111709 Berspankme
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Victomhood taught from early age. This is the result

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:45 | 5113232 Majestic12
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just like priviledge, based on race....hmmm, who is famous for that?  Oh yes, Zionist Jews...  Put down the meth pipe, pull your head out of your arse and start thinking for a change...there is a whole universe of hidden truth and possibility....

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:47 | 5113235 Majestic12
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btw, the DV was me for your great "solution" of fueling the fire....just what we need going forward...zero-sum games...

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:43 | 5113062 junction
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Look at poor David Gregory, where NBC not only let him go but implied he was insane. From wire services:

"MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Craig Melvin had to dodge rocks thrown at them by protesters during their live coverage of the events in Ferguson, MO. The protesters also voiced their dissatisfaction with the media coverage of the protest, with one declaring it a “Civil Rights Movement.” Both Hayes and Melvin appeared to be uninjured."

I wonder if an angry David Gregory was in that crowd of rock throwers.  NBC knew what it was doing, not giving Gregory a chance to present a last "Meet The Press."

 

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:38 | 5113223 Majestic12
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proving once again the fallacy of the "liberal media" that never was....Gregory was a died in the wool Neocon who rubbed elbows with dolphin-head Karl Rove and Colonel Klink Lee Atwater....AMF!

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:21 | 5113197 Majestic12
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So you are "hiring"?  Gotta love our "entrepreneurial" spirit...pull up the ladder, quick...and make sure the cycle continues...

Anyone ever going to blame "MONOPOLY" Capitalism?  Too busy opening another case of champagne?  To watch the next riots?  Just like Jews in Gaza....

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:28 | 5111543 TeamDepends
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So what you are saying is that it is all downhill from here?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:40 | 5111630 NOTaREALmerican
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Naa, look at Brazil.   The Trash Class are kept away from those who matter.    You can live anywhere in the world, very nicely, if you're in the top 20% (or so).   The US just has to adjust to the reality of the rest of the real world. 

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:30 | 5111558 ymom11
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This situation looks like a classic Hegelian Dialectic.  

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:36 | 5111597 Da Yooper
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Joblessness, Hopelessness, And Government Dependency

 

 

Yea butttttt the bankers & MIC is happy & making money

 

sooooooo whats the problem ?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:39 | 5111613 ZerOhead
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Served up on a tray.

We'll know soon enough when the Maidan snipers reappear...

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:59 | 5111782 Son of Loki
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Last chance guys/gals; don’t be ‘priced out of the RE market….'

 

 

Why Are So Many Real Estate Investors Going Bankrupt?

 

 

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/08/17/why-are-so-many-real-es...

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:40 | 5113227 Majestic12
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"This situation looks like a classic Hegelian Dialectic. "

Yes, "Friendly Fascism" has arrived...hey, what's on TV?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:30 | 5111559 himaroid
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Depending on total incompetence will make one more than hopeless.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:07 | 5113376 what's that smell
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the kunstler kicks the gazans and the negroes.

i avidly await the next kunstler.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:37 | 5111577 reader2010
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Soon to be sent to the Eastern Front to die 4 the Kapital.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:33 | 5111583 xamax
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I want stock market to rise
What happens to the poors is not my problem at all

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:36 | 5111585 ebworthen
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We've abandoned the idea of individualism and judging people as individuals.

Martin Luther King would be ashamed that we aren't judging an individual by the content of their character.

Instead we have descended further into judging people by their color even while the nation becomes increasingly populated by mixed race/ethnicity families and children.

Our current President is a mulatto, half-white/half-black, but is called "The first Black President" because it avoided having to judge someone by their character, ideas, actions, or qualifications.

Whatever will we do when 90% of people are 1/4-1/16 something, label them by the most prominent feature?

Time for a re-read of Dr. Suess's "The Sneetches":

http://bowmanatbrooks.weebly.com/uploads/8/3/8/3/8383240/the-sneetches.pdf

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:52 | 5112056 toady
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Be yourself, by yourself.

Stay away from me.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:42 | 5113212 Mr. Ed
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"We've abandoned the idea of individualism and judging people as individuals.

Martin Luther King would be ashamed that we aren't judging an individual by the content of their character."

Sadly, where blacks are concerned, this continues to be true:  In the '08 election I had one guy who was a Marxist with a wife who hated America (guess she didn't get the hate v. hope memo) and a second guy who sang "Ba-ba-ba---ba-bomb Iran..." in public  (a real genius/nutcase if there ever were one) to choose from.  At the time, Obama seemed like a marginally better choice since he seemed less likely to get the USSA into another war.

Who did I vote for?  I voted for McCain.  The reason was simple: if McCain got elected and started goin off to crazy town over one issue or another, the press would have come down on him like a ton a bricks (because he's not black).... and so would most of the American people.  They would have judged him by his actions and the implied "content of his character" and put an end to his insanity.

I expected that Obama, on the other hand, would have gotten away with bloody murder (I only realized later how literally that would come to be true) ...and I think that the press has lived down to my worst expectations.

 

In my fantasy world, some black like Thomas Sowell (or a younger version) would become a serious presidential candidate and actually get elected.  I'd expect him to set about dismantling the monstosity that has metastized in Washington.  and, I wonder if the mainstream press would stand down for HIM the way they did for Obama, based on this "first black president" crap.  I'd really like to see that.

I'd like see that a lot.  THEN, would ideas (respect for the constitution and individual rights that someone like a President Sowell would promote) trump race, or would the press relapse into their love of collectivism/socialism and anything that grinds the individual into the dirt?  Would they suddenly forget all about the "first black president" thing?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:55 | 5113244 Majestic12
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Brilliant!  I get it!  The "President" is King...black or white!  A stunning analysis of today's Earth political economy!  I especially love the part where "we" actually "elect" the President...our King....who is all-powerful and can fix, or destroy at the wave of a hand...just facinating....!

1 DV for Einstein...

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:39 | 5113904 Mr. Ed
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I think learning to separate issues would be a big step toward intellectual maturity for you.  Keeping track of what's relevant does require extra effort... but trust me: you'll be pleased with the results.

In the instant case, the relevant issue to separate and isolate  is that too many people fail to understand what the words of MLK actually meant, and more generally that many white people lose their capacity to think clearly about much of anything when confronted with black people or issues related to black people.  It's very sad.  Very counterproductive.

I get the general drift of what you are saying... it just isn't what my reply to ebworthen was about.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:35 | 5111592 Dr Strangemember
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This country is soooooo OVER!!!!  Sad, but I don't even give a $#%@ anymore.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:39 | 5111617 disabledvet
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It's just a riot. No need for the overthink.
Move along....

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:58 | 5113246 Majestic12
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"This country is soooooo OVER!!!!"

After getting this far down the page...I fucking agree whole-heartedly....and I am all out of Vodka...damn [sigh].

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:37 | 5111606 grunk
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I watched Ann Barnhardt videos last night, so nothing/everything scares me.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:38 | 5111609 NOTaREALmerican
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The Trash Class is "color blind" to the Elysium and Elysium Support Class.    Our kids aren't going to mix and marry them regardless of what hue they are. 

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:43 | 5111622 novictim
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Guest Post: Joblessness, Hopelessness, And Government Dependency

Gee, there are not enough jobs and the jobs that exist are crap.

The best solution is to increase immigration and legalize illegal aliens.  Right?  Bill Clinton and Robert Reich said so.

Or should we legalize space aliens?  I will write to Bill and Bob and get their expert opinions.

 

 

 

 

 

/sarc

 

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:44 | 5112020 Dead Man Walking
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"Or should we legalize space aliens? "

Wait a minute here, no space alien is going to take my job. at least until we have a nafta like space alien agreement.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:43 | 5111648 ramacers
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just keep aborting those black babies (at 60% rate) like the whitey lefty ladies tell you, keep sending those young dadies to either pro football or jail and next thing you know your already declining population rate will have you being job rejected at all but the burgeoning taco bell universe.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:44 | 5111649 maskone909
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Just imagine how prosperous our people could be without all of the pork spending, without all of the foreign aid, without all of the bailouts. If we built up our manufacturing and cut the spending- we would all be much much much better off!! We would be rich!

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:49 | 5111697 NOTaREALmerican
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Re: our people

 

One of the biggest problems "we" have is there are no "our people".    There's the prey and there's the predators.   Been that way for some time now.   It's easier for a small country with a common ethnic identity (say, bushy eyebrows, or an wierd chin) to have "our people", but we don't - China doesn't - and the Boyz in Brussels are trying to make sure Europe doesn't either. 

Survival of the fittest,  BITCHEZZZ!!!    

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:05 | 5113250 Majestic12
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Re: "Re: our people"

"Survival of the fittest,  BITCHEZZZ!!!"...another narrative myth for the boneheaded...try this on "NRA" (says it all)....if survival of the fittest (competition) was a genetic "natural selectiion" construct...there would be only one man left...."the fittest"...DOH!  But that is not what happened...or continues to happen...humanity would not exist without intense, ingrained cooperation...but I guess if you were not "selected" for a higher percentage of brain-to-bone ratio, then "zero-sum" games sound logical to you...?

1 DV for Mediocrates, here.....

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:45 | 5111661 El Vaquero
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The future we don’t want to think about is an economy focused on food production at the local scale, along with the activities that support it and add value to its products, and the labor required to do all that. There’s a fair chance that we will fail altogether to ever get it running. In any case, the officially-sanctioned future that so many people are expecting - the digital wonderland economy - will not survive the energy and capital scarcities ahead.

I watched a small part of a show on poverty in the USA a few weeks ago.  One of the things that struck me was that one family who was about to have to move out of their house because they couldn't make ends meet ate shitty foods because that was all they could afford.  The son, who was probably 12 or 14 made money on the side mowing lawns.  He would have to give up a lot of his earnings for food, gas, and other necessities.  Then, I noticed that, the son being good at mowing lawns took care of their own lawn.  My thoughts about that were why have a lawn if you cannot afford your house and can only afford shitty food?  Seriously.  Rip that shit up and start growing some of your own food.  Once you're set up, know how to save seeds, you can get better food and possibly save enough money to put towards the mortgage.  

 

It shows that people are incapable of thinking of new ways to get by.  Anybody in my area that is in that situation need only ask, and I'll give them seeds and teach them how to garden.  

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:53 | 5111731 Uber Vandal
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Perhaps there is a LAW AGAINST DOING SO:

http://patriciashannon.blogspot.com/2013/01/laws-against-growing-your-ow...

Note the particular location mentioned in the article above:

In June of 2012 Karl Tricamo of Ferguson, Missouri was ordered to tear up his front yard garden in spite of the fact that it clearly violated no zoning ordinance. He chose to stand his ground rather than capitulate to bullying by his city, but it was a difficult fight, and one that a law-abiding citizen should not have to wage. Karl won his fight too, but the city is planning to retaliate by drafting new and stricter gardening ordinances that will prevent him from continuing to plant in the future.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:31 | 5111965 El Vaquero
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That shit's going to go away real quick as food gets more expensive.  Also, if I were Karl, Ferguson would not be happy with me at this point.  I would find some civil right that was violated and take Ferguson's money.  And fuck the "taxpayers" for voting for that shit.  

 

Most of my neighbors garden, so it's not a big deal here.  In fact, I just got my first melon yesterday (I'd never had one fresh off the vine until yesterday,) and gave a slice to my neighbor and told her that I had saved seeds.  She wants some.  As I give a slice or two away here and there, I think my whole neighborhood is going to want some.  They are local cultivars and taste different than the stuff in the store.  Not just different, but sweeter, because I get to let them ripen on the vine. 

 

My county also had a hearing on making it legal to sell not just fresh local produce at farmer's markets, but now processed foods such as jams and jellies produced in a person's kitchen.  I'm not sure if they did, in fact, make it so, but my county is the only county in the state where it was not (is not?) legal to do so.  

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:58 | 5112076 Uber Vandal
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I'm with you on that. Just pointing out how stupid some situations are.

Michigan recently went beyond full retard:

http://guardianlv.com/2014/05/personal-gardening-and-farming-are-becomin...

Perhaps the goal is to make everyone a criminal, except for the real criminals.

I think I read that in a book somewhere before, something about good being evil and evil being good.......

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:01 | 5111802 acetinker
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Who would junk a guy for offering to help his neighbors?  A bitcoiner?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:17 | 5111895 ZerOhead
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I've got more kale growing than even the rabbits can eat this year. It's good stuff cuz not only is it packed with nutrition but it grows into December even when the nights go down below freezing. This shit loves frost.

And if things get bad enough some rabbit stew is always nearby...

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:44 | 5112025 El Vaquero
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Fall gardens - most don't realize that some things do well in the cooler weather.  Spinach will get planted here soon.  Garden fresh spinach is so much better than store bought.  This year will include brassicas, beets, carrots, lettuce, turnips, raddishes, chard and probably some other stuff that I'm not thinking of right now.

 

I also made nearly 2 gallons of grape jelly last week and have been pickling and canning things like a madman.  

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