Michael Ruppert has become a bullhorn for a number of movements that are all set on waking up those of us that are willing to change in order to ensure our survival. He is great at connecting the dots and has been involved in everything from peak oil, to anti-nuclear energy movements over the past thirteen years. Most famously, he narrated and was the basis for the movie “Collapse,” and also has written a book that made it into the Harvard business library titled “Crossing The Rubicon the Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil.” It takes a brave person to admit and realize that our infinite growth paradigm that we’ve all been taught to live in is on a direct collision course with our planet’s finite resources. It takes an even braver individual to tell people about it in hopes that they come to their senses and start living more sensibly. There are six billion humans on the planet that did not exist before the rampant usage of fossil fuels, how many of us make it through the decline of this unprecedented energy source is up to us. I’m not suggesting that we all start living in tents and abandon comforts that have allowed us to flourish like running water, and neither is he. The more prepared you are, and the more adaptable you become the better your chances are of making it. Our useless, incapacitated government will not help you, in fact it will allow you to parish as you wait for it to figure out solutions. Most will not make it, that is the hardest reality to come to terms with. On bright side, transition towns and localization movements are popping up all over but more needs to be done to ensure that we don’t go the way of the dinosaurs….even they didn’t wipe themselves out! Your best bet is to develop a relevant skill set, put it into practice, and when the day comes you’ll be useful and ready. For more information on the transition movement or to somehow get involved visit the following sites…..
This guy in the video finds an immature maitake mushroom on a Northern white oak tree. My next day off when it’s a little cool and wet I’m going out foraging. I know of a spot right down the street from my house with a ton of giant puff-ball which can replace tofu or meat in most stir fry recipes. Always be sure to bring your guide and remember that it doesn’t hurt to ask an expert when foraging for things that could potentially poison you and your dinner guests. I’m hoping that I find some other species of fungi as there are some very old native oaks around and a lot of leaf litter that could be harboring mycelium just waiting to send up a fruiting body. Finding food offered up by nature is so rewarding, just make sure you know what and where you are picking. Wish me luck.
For more information on our local fungi visit: http://illinoismushrooms.com
After the onslaught of “kitchen geniuses” that we’ve seen from the Food Network over the last fifteen years it’s hard to imagine that a show like this ever made it. The chefs are very traditional and always classically trained, the music is something that you might hear while strolling through an art gallery, and at the end of the show you aren’t bombarded by some fake story line where the show host and all of his or her friends the meal is being prepared for laugh away and enjoy it all in a perfect setting. I like this so much better than today’s version. Isn’t it better to watch and learn from a master that put the time in to learn all of the tricks of the trade rather than some housewife of a millionaire that entered a contest and won simply because she was marketable? In today’s world of millisecond attention spans it’s no wonder that people prefer the latter. This series is available in its entirety from www.greatchefs.com, and you can also view some of the clips like this one on their YouTube channel by searching Great Chefs. Enjoy