After years in the shadows of major media sites and the Internet in general, blogs have come into their own. They now compete directly with the most well-funded online content sites and provide some of the most valuable intel that CollapseNet features on a daily basis, such as Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis blog.
Similarly, CollapseNet’s very own member contributed blogs have also come into their own. While everyone here is always searching for news and analysis externally, there is some great information and tips for all members regardless of region. There are many exceptional contributions by our members, and this is intended to spotlight several blogs that should be on everyone’s radar.
Madam O brings a valued perspective from Japan and her experiences over the last year after Japan’s earthquake and tsunami in 3-11. The following excerpt is from her blog submission titled The Advantage of Awareness:
Currently, as business in Japan limps along on a plateau with a cliff event drawing nearer through the haze of future impossibilities, Tony has to cope with his awareness of the terrible tragedy unfolding around Fukushima. For this he is resorting to blogging, good friends and black humor. Hiroshi, blithely unaware of the Fukushima debacle, remains hospitalized, but his son, unable to focus at his university (severely damaged but still standing in Sendai), has come home on an extended break and is visiting and caring for his father daily. He has become the responsible family member, cleaning up the yard. The house once again looks like someone lives there.
Madam Oh performing a Shinto ceremony
Along with sharing her experiences, she also shares valuable tips for all members preparing and building their lifeboats. For example, read her latest blog, How to Make a Rocket Stove.
Little Owl’s blog features her experiences and tips for raising livestock, growing food and preparing for collapse from their ranch in New Zealand. Her regular blogs are informative and thoughtful and bring valuable skills that everyone can learn from. The following is an excerpt from her recent blog entry, Feeding Your Animals After Society Collapses:
How would you feed your animals if society collapsed, if you couldn’t get to the store, if there were no stores to go to?
This is something that has been on my mind for over a year now. In fact, for the last year I’ve had a piece of paper next to my bed that I’ve picked up and looked at time and time again. It’s getting quite tatty now but I still look at it because I still can’t quite work out what I’m going to do. The paper is covered with arrows, names of animals, lists of food. Every few weeks I cross something out or add something.
Although I haven’t quite finished it, (and I suspect that it’s the kind of thing that will be improved on year on year) I’ve decided to start with my animal feed plan and here’s how I intend to grow all the food we need to keep all our animals.
Steady Footsteps’ blog features up close and personal experiences from her life in Vietnam. Steady Footsteps is from the US, but is now living in Vietnam and shares her thoughts, feelings and tips, which are easy to connect with. Many stories from her entries are touching and shine a light on so much that most people would not see unless they lived there. The following excerpt is from her latest blog, Hunger and Poverty, Up Close and Personal:
It’s very, very hard for well-fed Westerners to get their heads around the reality of malnutrition and starvation. Seriously malnourished and starving people do not rise up and revolt. They lie down and seriously consider whether they can afford the energy to get up and complete any given task. Chronically malnourished kids don’t grow to their genetic potential and readily succumb to illness.
Common knowledge has it that Vietnamese people are genetically pre-disposed to be short, with a delicate bone structure. And when I first visited Vietnam in 1995, that certainly appeared to be the case. Everyone I saw was short and thin. When I returned to Vietnam, landing in Da Nang ten years later, my first thought was that the people of Da Nang must be of a different ethnic background than those I had met previously in Nha Trang and Saigon--their faces looked quite different from those I recalled from my earlier visit. It finally dawned on me that these Da Nang residents were not emaciated and so did not look “classically Vietnamese!” A lot of well-off people in the cities these days are quite chubby and their kids are tall and not “delicate” in appearance at all. However, most Vietnamese over the age of 25 understand hunger in a visceral way and their bodies bear the legacy of chronic malnutrition.
Unrepentant Cowboy is our last featured blogger who has been is a longtime friend, writer and valued member of Collapsenet. Unrepentant Cowboy resides in Texas and provides commentary covering Texas, politics, farming and any other topics of interest that are sure to connect to all readers around the world. The following excerpt is from his blog This Land is Your Land:
Spring is in the air. I start days wearing a long-sleeved shirt but soon peel down to a t-shirt and sweat, nonetheless. We’ve had no winter. Decent rains in January and the early part of February have faded of late. Computers continue to give us chances of moisture. Quintin, a farmer friend of mine, says he saw dust devils in January—a bad omen. He says he doesn’t feel good about the year.
I take his dust devils over a computer forecast for rain.
Corn requires more water than grain sorghum, so grain sorghum it will be, good Lord willing. I also hope to plant cowpeas for hay under irrigation, a practice long abandoned in this area. Cowpeas, being legumes, fix nitrogen into the soil. I over-farmed my irrigated field, trying to grow forage for cows through the horrible drought. I do have the advantage of copious amounts of chicken shit for fertilizer, but even so, I think we need to rotate our crops and give the soil a break now and again. Cowpeas serve as green fertilizer when plowed back into the soil…
I know times are tough and there are lots of reasons to be afraid, but I am determined not to let fear dictate the way I live, no matter how dark it may seem.
This world is ours, despite pretenders to the throne.
Make of it what you will.