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Rosa Brooks

It’s been a quick slide from economic superpower to economic basket case.
Rosa Brooks
September 18, 2008

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Dear United States, Welcome to the Third World!

It’s not every day that a superpower makes a bid to transform itself into a Third World nation, and we here at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund want to be among the first to welcome you to the community of states in desperate need of international economic assistance. As you spiral into a catastrophic financial meltdown, we are delighted to respond to your Treasury Department’s request that we undertake a joint stability assessment of your financial sector. In these turbulent times, we can provide services ranging from subsidized loans to expert advisors willing to perform an emergency overhaul of your entire government.

As you know, some outside intervention in your economy is overdue. Last week — even before Wall Street’s latest collapse — 13 former finance ministers convened at the University of Virginia and agreed that you must fix your “broken financial system.” Australia’s Peter Costello noted that lately you’ve been “exporting instability” in world markets, and Yashwant Sinha, former finance minister of India, concluded, “The time has come. The U.S. should accept some monitoring by the IMF.”

We hope you won’t feel embarrassed as we assess the stability of your economy and suggest needed changes. Remember, many other countries have been in your shoes. We’ve bailed out the economies of Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia and South Korea. But whether our work is in Sudan, Bangladesh or now the United States, our experts are committed to intervening in national economies with care and sensitivity.

We thus want to acknowledge the progress you have made in your evolution from economic superpower to economic basket case. Normally, such a process might take 100 years or more. With your oscillation between free-market extremism and nationalization of private companies, however, you have successfully achieved, in a few short years, many of the key hallmarks of Third World economies.

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Economic Icebergs & Opportunity

US markets are rallying from yet another staged ‘crisis’ on the way
to impact with the economic iceberg -the real one- which lies ahead.
This particular crisis marks the formal first move to Third World economic
status and a socialist command economy. And yet, despite this, we are all
also on the cusp of opportunity. Fintan Dunne analyses the Meltdown.

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I wonder when it will dawn on sovereigns that they need to get a life and fuck the ‘job’? wonder when it will dawn on sovereigns that they need to take back their lives and the country will follow? I wonder when it will dawn on sovereigns that they are only tied to Wall Street and Washington DC as long as they continue to give their power away to these crooks and liars?

Does anyone believe the settlers who landed on the shores of North America looked around and said, “No jobs here, let’s go back to Europe”?

Civil War Reenactment comes to Princeton Indiana at Hertiage Days 2008. It took Toyota to sponser the reenactment. Strange a Japanese firm had to foot the bill to show our children US History.

And so it is in the days of US decline,



Now back to canning and other methods of preserving the harvest as the US Economy tanks. We have been native living for principal and fun, now it will be a suvival mode activity as well.

Learn your local edible wild plants, find farmers that will raise calfs into cows for you as well as other animals in a free range grass fed organic manner. Also pay parts of crops and talk to those familar with canning, preserving, hunting, fishing, trapping, skinning, butchering wild and domestic meat.

Closer to nature, neighbors, and family. Now that’s really living !!!!

First step is to boil the apples to get apple juice which is then used to make apple jelly and/or apple jam.

I spent the good part of a day picking apples off the tree and there’s still bushels more to be picked. Course I had to rest a lot due to my heart condition. I picked about five full bushels of apples and the tree is still half loaded. I gave a few of the neighbors closest to us some of the apple harvest.

My wife is teaching me the skill of apple juice to jelly making as she is busy with Nursing School at the moment. So I hope it all turns out eatable. Next is to havest the rest of the apples and then the crabapples. The basement will be housing the fall harvest through the winter months. You can store apples if you wrap them up in newspaper while keeping them cool and dry. Not sure if we’ll jelly all or most.

Rising food prices makes this pass time into a vital part of everyday life. 😉

Building an Anti-Economy

Posted: 18 Sep 2008 12:22 PM CDT

by Chris Carlsson
by Orion Magazine

Even while capitalism continues its inexorable push to corral every square inch of the globe into its logic of money and markets, new practices are emerging that redefine politics and open up spaces of unpredictability. Instead of traditional political forms like unions or parties, people are coming together in practical projects, from urban gardening in vacant lots to the suddenly ubiquitous do-it-yourself bike shops. More and more people, recognizing the degradation inherent in business relations, are creating networks of activity that refuse the measurement of money. They depend instead on sharing skills and technological know-how within new communities, such as the biofuels co-ops that have proliferated in many cities. Networks have grown, thanks to the spread of the Internet and other telecommunications techologies, and new kinds of “families” based on shared values, alternative living arrangements, and non-economic relationships are growing within the old society.

Collectively, I call these projects “Nowtopia.” Rarely do the individual participants conceive of them in political terms; day-to-day issues about how we live, what we do, how we define and meet our needs tend to be understood as outside politics. But all Nowtopian activities are profoundly political.

The Nowtopian movement embodies a growing minority seeking emancipation from the treadmill of consumerism and overwork. Acting locally in the face of unfolding global catastrophes, friends and neighbors are redesigning many of the crucial technological foundations of modern life, like food and transportation. These redesigns are worked out through garage and backyard research-and-development programs among friends using the detritus of modern life. Our contemporary commons takes the shape of discarded bicycles and leftover deep-fryer oil, of vacant lots and open bandwidth. “Really, really free markets,” anti-commodities, and free services are imaginative products of an anti-economy provisionally under construction by freely cooperative and inventive people. They aren’t waiting for an institutional change from on high but are building the new world in the shell of the old.

These practices require sharing and mutual aid and constitute the beginnings of new kinds of communities. Because these people are engaged in creative appropriation of technologies to purposes of their own design and choice, these activities embody the (partial) transcendence of the wage-labor prison by workers who have better things to do than their jobs. They are tinkerers working in the waste streams and open spaces of late capitalism, conjuring new practices while redefining life’s purpose.

Efforts to create islands of utopia have always flourished on the margins of capitalist society, but never to the extent that a radically different way of living has been able to supplant market society’s daily life. Nowtopians, and anyone determined to free themselves from the constraints of economically defined life, face the same historic limits that have beset all previous efforts to escape. Can the emerging patterns resist the co-optation and reintegration that have absorbed past self-emancipatory movements? The new apparatus of global production helps speed up the extension of market society, but it inevitably also speeds the spread of social opposition, the sharing of experiments and alternatives. Our moment in history is at least as exhilarating as it is daunting.

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EDitorial Comment:

STOP funding our own destruction. Stop shopping Communist China Retail Outlet Store Wal*Mart. Stop shopping purveyors of foodstuffs McDonald, stop buying police state GMO groceries and the sick tortured animals they serve you as meat.

Stop funding your own destruction. Shop local farms. Make an agreement with a farmer to organically raise a calf into a cow, slaughter and butcher humanely, raise organically grass fed free range animals. Go in with a co-op to pay for the service. Pay the farmer with your locally formed co-op to supply small animals such as rabbits, ducks, goats, etc.

It’s time we educated our own children. How can we take back our country when we don’t even take back our own children !!!!

This new life and worldview if we all work together as we do in the Matrix of Domination of Others we would only have to share work a couple hours a week. Guess what, most of us would find this new lifestyle so rewarding that we would love our lives so much more as our lives wouldn’t be compartmentalized into work, play, school, charity work, it would all be one lifestyle. Work would be play and education would be family daily day to day family activity of togetherness.

Our neighborhoods would be our livelihoods too as once the family farm was mot only the workplace but was home and your neighbor was just someone down the street or next door but extended family.

We can overcome. Shall we?


Where you can find a pick-your-own farm near you!

How to Make Apple Jelly – Easily!

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Instructables has an excellent video on making apple jelly:

Homemade Apple Jelly Makes a Great Gift

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Also Make It Magazine has some how to tips for living…

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