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Summary of Ecology of Peace Radical Honoursty Factual Reality Problem Solving: Poverty, slavery, unemployment, food shortages, food inflation, cost of living increases, urban sprawl, traffic jams, toxic waste, pollution, peak oil, peak water, peak food, peak population, species extinction, loss of biodiversity, peak resources, racial, religious, class, gender resource war conflict, militarized police, psycho-social and cultural conformity pressures on free speech, etc; inter-cultural conflict; legal, political and corporate corruption, etc; are some of the socio-cultural and psycho-political consequences of overpopulation & consumption collision with declining resources.

Ecology of Peace RH factual reality: 1. Earth is not flat; 2. Resources are finite; 3. When humans breed or consume above ecological carrying capacity limits, it results in resource conflict; 4. If individuals, families, tribes, races, religions, and/or nations want to reduce class, racial and/or religious local, national and international resource war conflict; they should cooperate & sign their responsible freedom oaths; to implement Ecology of Peace Scientific and Cultural Law as international law; to require all citizens of all races, religions and nations to breed and consume below ecological carrying capacity limits.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Community Self Sufficiency: Rural Off Grid Russians Unphased by Economic Collapse

Rural Off Grid Russians Unphased by Economic Collapse
26 April 2015 | Andrea Muhrrteyn Compilation

While many in the world are completely dependent on large scale agriculture, the Russian people feed themselves. Their agricultural economy is small scale, predominantly organic and in the capable hands of the nation's people. Russians have something built into their DNA that creates the desire to grow their own food. It's a habit that has fed the Russian nation for centuries. It's not just a hobby but a massive contribution to Russia's agriculture. -- Russia’s Rural Villagers Are Unphased by Economic Collapse.

In 2011, 51% of Russia's food was grown either by dacha communities (40%), like those pictured left in Sisto-Palkino, or peasant farmers (11%) leaving the rest (49%) of production to the large agricultural enterprises. But when you dig down into the earthy data from the Russian Statistics Service you discover some impressive details. Again in 2011, dacha gardens produced over 80% of the countries fruit and berries, over 66% of the vegetables, almost 80% of the potatoes and nearly 50% of the nations milk, much of it consumed raw.

In a myriad of villages like Voskresenskoye, nestled deep in the Russian countryside, the monetary turmoil roiling the nation’s large cities still seems a largely distant threat. “This crisis is for the rich, for people who have dollars. We never had money here,” said Tamara Boychenko, a 68-year-old retired resident of the village located in northwest Russia about 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Saint Petersburg. -- Russian Family Gardens Produce 40% of Russian Food.

I am inspired by the very definition of self-reliance: to be reliant on one’s own capabilities, judgment, or resources. Ultimately, it is the epitome of independence and lays the groundwork of what we are all striving for – to live a life based on our personal principles and beliefs; in harmony with nature. -- Going Rogue: 15 Ways to Detach from the System

Russia’s Rural Villagers Are Unphased by Economic Collapse; Joshua Krause; Ready Nutrition

Dervaeus Family Path to Freedom: Home Grown Revolution: The Urban Homestead (15:12)
If you asked a prepper where the safest place to live is, you’ll probably receive a variety of opinions. Everyone has their preferred region or climate, which will vary from person to person depending on their work status, family, and health issues etc. However, there is one opinion that remains consistent among all preppers. Ask them where you should live, and they’ll all tell you to “get away from the city.”

The high population density of urban areas makes them hotbeds of ethnic and cultural animosity, poverty, crime, and stifling regulation. Cities are fairly easy for police and soldiers to lock down compared to the countryside, and are known to face food, water, and energy shortages during a disaster. In short, cities are dysfunctional and dangerous, and they become even worst when the system breaks down.

While living in remote rural communities does carry some risk, it’s widely believed that cities will be far more dangerous should we face economic collapse, or a grid ending event.

If you’re seeking real world evidence for this idea, then look no further than modern day Russia. The past six months has seen the ruble plummet 50 percent to the US dollar, as Russians from all walks of life scramble to buy as many luxury goods as they can in an effort to preserve their wealth.

But in the sleepy villages that dot Russia’s vast countryside, people seem to have a rather blasé attitude over these developments.

Voskresenskoye (Russia) (AFP) – In a myriad of villages like Voskresenskoye, nestled deep in the Russian countryside, the monetary turmoil roiling the nation’s large cities still seems a largely distant threat.

“This crisis is for the rich, for people who have dollars. We never had money here,” said Tamara Boychenko, a 68-year-old retired resident of the village located in northwest Russia about 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Saint Petersburg.

“I can’t afford much with my pension of 15,000 rubles (200 euros, $250). Luckily I have my vegetable garden,” said Boychenko, smiling.

That rustic, phlegmatic attitude is far removed from Russia’s big cities, whose residents watched in panicky dismay the plunge of the ruble — which in the first two days of last week alone lost a quarter of its value.

The people who live in these isolated communities have long endured without the luxuries of modern civilization. It’s very common for Russian villagers to live without running water or electricity, and they typically grow their own food. This self reliance is far more common than it is in the United States, and it could be argued that there is a very good historical precedent for this attitude.

“Putin is a good man, but what can he do? It’s too complicated, the country is too big, and corruption is everywhere,” said Kushevich, before confessing to “preparing for the worst, as usual”.

That sense of fatalism was shared by Tatyana, who sells candles in the small church in the neighbouring village of Kobrino.

“It doesn’t really matter, we’re used to following along,” she said.

“We survived the fall of the USSR, and the crisis of 1998. This isn’t the first time, and things will work out,” said Tatyana.

Pleasantries towards Putin aside, it’s clear where these people’s resiliency comes from. They’ve survived economic collapse before, and folks like Tatyana are likely the descendents of people who’ve survived 2 global wars, famines, genocide, and decades of tyrrany. These people are very familiar with catastrophe, and their bleak responses towards global events have disguised their hardiness and self reliance.

“I don’t expect anything at all from either the government or (President Vladimir) Putin” in this current crisis or in general, said Boychenko.

Her feelings were echoed by Stanislav Kushevich, a farmer who runs a small butcher’s shop nearby.

“We can change nothing. We have no impact on anything,” he said with a sigh.

Neither the turbulence of the markets nor measures taken by the government have done much to improve or worsen his lot, he believes.

“I have no savings, and I spend everything I make on my farm. I’ve never travelled abroad, nor bought imported goods,” the bearded 46-year-old said.

Words like that may be shocking to most Americans/Westerners. The last time our society fell on truly hard times was during the great depression, and the generation that lived through that era is slowly fading from memory. The Rural folks of Russia on the other hand have seen it all, and are content to ride out the storm. They’ll continue to live off the land, and grow their own food, and buy from local markets, as our chaotic world passes them by.

And if you sift through their weary and cynical comments, you’ll find a group of people who refuse to give up, and have decided to live peaceful rural lives that will be ignored by their central government, and the machinations of their global rivals. They’ll probably go on surviving too, long after their urban cousins have gone through the wringer of war and economic collapse. I suspect our own urbanites won’t fair much better.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition.

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"Next, water pressure drops off altogether. People learn to wash with even less water. There is a lot of running around with buckets and plastic jugs. The worst part of this is not the lack of running water; it is that the toilets won't flush. If the population is enlightened and disciplined, it will realize what it must do: collect their excretions in buckets and hand-carry them to a sewer inlet. The super-enlightened build outhouses and put together composting toilets, and use the proceeds to fertilize their kitchen gardens. ..... The dismal state of Soviet agriculture turned out to be paradoxically beneficial in fostering a kitchen garden economy, which helped Russians to survive the collapse. At one point it became informally known that 10% of the farmland — the part allocated to private plots — was being used to produce 90% of the food. Beyond underscoring the gross inadequacies of Soviet-style command and control industrial agriculture, it is indicative of a general fact: agriculture is far more efficient when it is carried out on a small scale, using manual labor. .. Russians always grew some of their own food, and scarcity of high-quality produce in the government stores kept the kitchen garden tradition going during even the more prosperous times of the 60s and the 70s. After the collapse, these kitchen gardens turned out to be lifesavers. What many Russians practiced, either through tradition or by trial and error, or sheer laziness, was in some ways akin to the new organic farming and permaculture techniques. Many productive plots in Russia look like a riot of herbs, vegetables, and flowers growing in wild profusion. --- Post-Soviet Lessons for a Post-American Century

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Going Rogue: 15 Ways to Detach from the System; by Tess Pennington, Ready Nutrition

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (53:05)
I am inspired by the very definition of self-reliance: to be reliant on one’s own capabilities, judgment, or resources. Ultimately, it is the epitome of independence and lays the groundwork of what we are all striving for – to live a life based on our personal principles and beliefs.

It is a concept rooted in the groundwork that made America great. Being dependent on our own capabilities and resources helped create a strong, plentiful country for so long. That said, the existing country as it is now is entirely different than when it began.

Why Are We So Dependent?

It is much too complicated to get into how the “system” was created. That said, the purpose is to enslave through debt and to create an interdependence that will force you and your family to never truly find the freedom you are seeking. It manipulates and convinces you to continue purchasing as a sort of status symbol to make you think you are living the good life; while all along, it has enslaved you further. Wonder why we have all of these holidays where you have to buy gifts? The system needs to be fed and forces you into further enslavement. If you don’t buy into this facilitated spending spree, you are socially shamed.

Collectively speaking, the contribution from our easy lifestyle and comfort level has created rampant complacency and a population of dependent, self-entitled mediocres. We no longer count on our sound judgement, capabilities and resources. The system keeps everything in working order so we don’t have to depend on ourselves, and furthermore, don’t want to. I realize that many of the readers here do not fall into this collectivism, as you see through the ideological facade and know that the system is fragile and can crumble.

Breaking away from the system is the only way to avoid the destruction of when it comes crumbling down. When you don’t feed into the manipulation tactics of the system, or enslave yourself to debt, and possess the necessary skills to sustain yourself and your family when large-scale or personal emergencies arise, you will be far better off than those who were dependent on the system. Those who lived during the Great Depression grew up in a time when self-reliance was bred into them and were able to deal with the blow of an economic depression much easier. Which side of this would you want to be on? Those who had the patience to learn the necessary skills, ended up surviving more favorably compared to others who went through the trying times of the Depression.

Develop Personal Dependence

Now is the time to get your hands dirty, to practice a new mindset, skills, make mistakes and keep learning. Developing personal dependence is no easy feat and requires resolute will power to continue on this long and rambling path. To achieve this you have to begin to break away from the confines of the system. You don’t have to run off to the woods to be the lone wolf. Simply by asking yourself, “Will your choices and the way you spend your time lead to more independence down the road, or will it lead to greater dependence?”, will help you gain a greater perspective into being self-reliant. As well, consider ignoring the convenient system altogether. This will help you to detach yourself from complacency and stretch your abilities and your mindset.

Most of us can’t move to an off grid location. We have responsibilities that keep us from doing so. Therefore, live according to what is best for you and your family (common sense, I know) and do what you can. My family and I moved to the rural countryside four years ago to pursue a more self-reliant lifestyle. We learned many lessons along the way and are proud of where we are. Am I 100% self-reliant? No. But, I am venturing closer to living more self-reliantly with each skill I learn. Many of my little homesteading, off-grid ventures can be read about here.

Here’s What You Can Do:

1. Inform Yourself – Understand that there are events on the horizon, some large-scale and some personal that could wreak havoc on your quest toward a self-reliant lifestyle. Informing yourself and planning for them will be your best in staying ahead of the issue.

4 Things You Must Eat to Avoid Malnutrition | Most Likely Ways to Die in a SHTF Event | End of an Era: Prospects Look Bleak For Slowing the Coming Food Crisis | Collapse Survivor: “There Was Little Room For Error… Either You Learn Fast Or End Up Dead” | The Perfect Storm: Grow Local or Grow Hungry? | GMO Labeling: Will Congress Keep Us in the DARK?

2. Learn Skills – When you can depend on your skills to support you and your family’s life, then the outside world doesn’t affect you as much. When large groups of people in a general area possess self-reliant skills, it makes your community stronger.

Doing the Stuff Network | 10 Skills Necessary For Survival | 49 Outdoor Skills and Projects to Try | Ready Nutrition DIY projects

3. Get Out of Debt – It is paramount that each of us begin actively practicing economic self-discipline. Many believe that because of the ease in money confiscations from the banks, you shouldn’t have all of your money stashed there. Diversifying your money and investing in long-term ways to preserve your wealth will ensure you have multiple ways to pay the bills.

How To Break Up With Your Bank | How to Use Ebay to Find the Most Affordable Silver | Silver Bullion or Junk Silver for Long-term Bartering? | 5 Reasons Why There Is Security In Seeds.

4. Store food – Having a supply of food to subsist on in times of dire circumstances ensures that you are not dependent on having your basic needs met by someone else. This gives you the control of what food to put in your body and how you want to live.

25 Must Have Survival Foods: Put Them In Your Pantry Now | 11 Emergency Food Items That Can Last a Lifetime | Best Practices For Long Term Food Storage | Meet Your Emergency Food’s Worst Enemies | The Prepper’s Cookbook | Creating a Bug Out Meal Plan

5. Start raising your own food – With the high prices of meat at the store these days, many are turning to raising their own meat sources. Rabbits, chickens and fish can easily be started in backyard homesteads.

How Micro Livestock Can Be Used For Suburban and Rural Sustainability | What to Feed Your Livestock | Child-Friendly Livestock | Waste Not, Want Not: How To Use EVERY Single Part Of An Animal.

6. Prepare for emergencies – Preparing for the unlikely emergencies is a way to insulate yourself from the aftermath. The simplest way to begin preparing is to prepare for the most likely events that can affect you, and go from there.

FREE Emergency Preparedness Guide: 52-Weeks to Preparedness | Anatomy of a Breakdown | SHTF Survival: 10 Survival Tools That Should Be In Your Survival Pack | 5 Reasons You Should be Preparing | The Prepper’s Blueprint: A Step-By-Step Guide to Prepare You For Any Disaster | Six Ways You Can Keep Yourself Alive With Animal Bones.

7. Repurpose – We must take steps to stop being a throw away society and get back to a population who makes do with what they have.

50 Things You Should Stop Buying and Start Making | 5 Ways to Make Candles from Household Items | Survival Uses for Household Items | SHTF Planning: 7 Ways to Use The Items Around You To Adapt and Survive | Composting 101.

8. Make Your Own Supplies – You have everything around you to survive, but many can’t look outside of the box to see how they can use what they have to survive. Having versatile preparedness supplies saves space and can serve multiple uses that can double up as ingredients to make soaps, medical supplies, etc.

Make soap | 3 Ways to Naturally Make Yeast | 10 Dehydrator Meals for Your Prepper Pantry | Make Your Own MREs | SHTF Survival: How to Prevent Infections | 7 Kitchen Essentials That Deserve To Be On Your Preparedness Shelves.

9. Use Up What You Already Have or Find Another Use – Being self-reliant means using up what already have. This is a crucial principle of being self-dependent. Saving leftover construction supplies, food, clothing, etc., can be reused for another day.

Why Everyone Should Have a Rag Bag | 8 Slow Cooker Meals Made From Leftovers | 10 Household Products You Never Have To Buy Again | Complementing Your Food Storage Pantry with Dehydrated Foods | Five Essential Tools for Fixing Your Clothes on the Cheap.

10. Live More Naturally – Life is chaotic these days and many of us feel we have to keep up with everyone else. It’s time to forget that and start living more simply and naturally.

Simply Simplify | 7 Off Grid Projects for Survivalists | Self-Reliance in 4 Steps | Five Eco Friendly Alternatives For Emergency Preparedness.

11. Grow Your Own Medicine - With the vast medical advancements in the Western world, we are turning our backs on the first medicine – natural medicine. It’s time we begun exploring a more mindful, natural existence.

30 Most Popular Herbs for Natural Medicine | Step-By-Step Guide to Making Colloidal Silver | Essential Oils for SHTF Medical Care | How to Make Dakin’s Solution for SHTF Medical Care.

12. Grow Your Own Food – The cost of making healthy decisions about the food we put into our body is eating our budgets alive. We want the very best foods for our family, but buying solely organic products can be costly. All the while, you are questioning the legitimacy of this produce. Is it genetically modified? Where was this grown? Was it exposed to salmonella or another food-borne pathogens? What was the type of water used to grow it? There comes a time when you want to throw your hands up and shout, “That’s it, I’m doing this myself.”

7 Laws of Gardening | 25 Survival Seeds You Need For Your Garden | 10 Foods You Should Not Feed Your Chickens | Medicinal Plants for the Survival Garden | 6 Essential Food Types To Grow Your Own Food Pantry | Make Your Own Herbal Tea Blends.

13. Be Flexible – I often tell those who are preparing that the single most important thing you can do is continue to be flexible in your preparedness efforts. Doing so gives you leeway in your planning and backup planning, as well as helps you move more fluidly through the aftermath. This concept can be applied in non-emergencies, as well. Self-reliance can help us be more flexible in our life and our decisions.

Survival of the Most Adaptable | 8 Prepper Principles For a Prepared Mind | Blending In: The Secret to Keeping The Target Off Your Back | 5 Survivor Traits That Make a Prepper Successful | 5 Steps to Become the Smartest Person in the Woods.

14. Barter Better – Bartering for goods and services was the first currency that went around. Let’s be honest, everyone is up for a good deal. Using self-reliant skills, you can use these as leverage in bartering. As well, having a surplus of survival/preparedness items can also help you make good bartering deals.

The Barter Value of Skills | A Free Falling Economy Makes Bartering Go Boom | 100 Must Have Survival Items.

15. Teach Your Kids – We must teach our children how to be more mindful and self-reliant. After all, we do not want to continue the cycle of having a dependent, self-entitled population. By informing them, we are setting them upon a self-sustaining path for life.

How Farmers Markets Can Teach Your Kids the Values of Local Food and Community Building.

We must come to the understanding that there is no true safety net for us to fall into; it’s up to ourselves to get us out trouble. How easily you land depends on how reliant you were to begin with. Adopting certain concepts as your new life’s code will help you on your path.

Many of us share a common goal: to be free from the shackles of the system. This goal doesn’t come over night. You have to work at it, invest in it and ultimately, change your way of thinking. The point is, we are all at different places in our preparedness efforts, so don’t get discouraged! Continue on the pace, keep learning and step-by-step, you inch closer and closer to that goal.

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists. Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. She blogs at where she provides an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

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"What are written about in history books is wealth destructions but they’re not really, they’re wealth transfers, if you look at them the way I do, which is that before and after the Wymar hyperinflation experience they are just as many acres of farmland and buildings around and people and productive property plant and equipment. But what happened was a lot of people got wiped out and who owned those things changed hands rather violently and dramatically." – Chris Martinson; Why Smart Money is so Nervous -- Accelerated Common Sense Crash Course: EoP v WiP NWO Wealth Transfer Options
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Russian Family Gardens Produce 40% of Russian Food; Natural Homes

Keith Thompson: Totally Off Grid in S New Mexico (08:08) | Off Grid Documentary (01:00:27)
In 2011, 51% of Russia's food was grown either by dacha communities (40%), like those pictured left in Sisto-Palkino, or peasant farmers (11%) leaving the rest (49%) of production to the large agricultural enterprises. But when you dig down into the earthy data from the Russian Statistics Service you discover some impressive details. Again in 2011, dacha gardens produced over 80% of the countries fruit and berries, over 66% of the vegetables, almost 80% of the potatoes and nearly 50% of the nations milk, much of it consumed raw.

While many European governments make living on a small-holding very difficult, in Russia the opposite is the case. In the UK one councillor's opinion regarding living on the land was, "Nobody would subject themselves to that way of life. You might as well be in prison"; tell that to a nation of gardeners living off the land.

During the communist period school children were obliged to visit their local farms to get hands-on experience harvesting food (below left) at a time when about 90% of the nation's food came from dacha gardens. During the same period every child would be expected to play their part in growing the family's food from their small patch of Russia.

While the percentage of food grown by Russia's dacha has fallen since then it is still a massive contribution to the nation's food and forms an important part of their rural heritage. Take a walk through the street's of Russia's cities, like St. Petersburg, and you will find people selling herbs, fruit, berries and vegetables from their dacha gardens. Unlike many cities in Europe and the USA, Russian cities are peppered with small corner shops (below right) selling locally grown food in all shapes, colours and sizes still carrying their native Russian soil.

If you were to visit a typical Russian dacha you're likely to be greeted with a welcoming dish called okroshka (below centre), a refreshing cold soup made from home grown cucumber, radish, spring onion, fresh dill and parsley all swimming in kvas (a home made rye bread drink) with sour cream or kefir.

More insight: Food Gardening in the Vladimir Region of Russia by Sharashkin, University of Missouri–Columbia, MO, USA.

Food sovereignty...

Food sovereignty puts the people who produce, distribute and eat food at the centre of decisions about food production and policy rather than corporations and market institutions that have come to dominate the global food system. In Havana, Cuba 90% of the city's fresh produce comes from local urban farms and gardens.

In 2003, the Russian government signed the Private Garden Plot Act into law, entitling citizens to private plots of land for free. These plots range from 0.89 hectares to 2.75 hectares. Industrial agricultural practices tend to be extremely resource intensive and can damage the environment. 70% of global water use goes to farming, and soil is eroded 10 to 40 times faster.

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