Wrong Thinking…Wrong Eating…

Swine flu had one up side. It made a lot of people aware of the cruel and unsanitary conditions of factory farms for pigs.

Factory farms for chickens are not any better. Eating eggs from free-range chickens is one thing. But most of the eggs in the supermarket come from battery cages like the ones below. It’s cruel and it’s unnecessary. The mythology of growth spawned by mega corporations and governments is a mythology of numbers, in which high numbers means growth. Here’s the ground zero of these production numbers. You can see it replicated at every level. We’ve destroyed a voluntary, organic ecology – the free-market – and substituted for it a mechanical monstrosity hinged together by statutory laws with no connection to real demand or supply, but driven by subsidies, speculation, and bureaucratic aggrandizement.

Getting Off the Grid

My latest piece, on living off the grid:

“Hundreds of thousands of people in this country live “off the grid.” If the power fails, food runs short or drought hits, their families won’t be hurt. Their houses have solar panels and electric generators; their shelves are stocked with canned food and seeds. They have wells in their back yard so they’ll never go thirsty. Some are retreating into farms. Others are bringing the countryside into their homes…..”

Some excerpts:

Predicting and panicking won’t help you now.

You have to prepare.

Fortunately, it’s easier and there are fewer people doing it.

Your preparation consists essentially of one thing – becoming more independent……..

Another excerpt:

Reducing water usage is not only thrifty it’s good ecological practice and has a direct impact on energy consumption. A large chunk of energy is spent pumping and heating water.

Start storing things. Use solar panels to store natural energy from the sun. Store water in tanks so you don’t run short in a drought. Store organic seeds. Store computer parts and electronic goods. Store anything you think you need which might go up drastically in price.

A quick recap now:

* Store

* Live healthily
* Grow your own food
* Drive less
* Make your job portable
* Barter
* Exchange services
* Recycle/reuse “

Read the rest at Lew Rockwell.
And here’s some advice on something I mention in the piece – square-foot gardening

Judge Orders Chemotherapy for 13 Yr Old over Parents’ No

In the news: a Minnesota judge has ruled that 13 year old Daniel Hauser, a cancer patient, has to undergo chemotherapy that he’s stopped in favor of American Indian medicinal therapies used by the Nemenhah Band, in which Daniel is said to be an elder. His father claims he (the father) was cured of cancer by the same methods. The teen-ager’s cancer is reported to have resumed growing after the chemotherapy was stopped.

“Daniel was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and stopped chemotherapy in February after a single treatment. He and his parents opted instead for “alternative medicines” based on their religious beliefs.

Child protection workers accused Daniel’s parents of medical neglect; but in court, his mother insisted the boy wouldn’t submit to chemotherapy for religious reasons and she said she wouldn’t comply if the court orders it.

Doctors have said Daniel’s cancer had up to a 90 percent chance of being cured with chemotherapy and radiation. Without those treatments, doctors said his chances of survival are 5 percent.”

Living Without Health Insurance

I have a new piece at Lew Rockwell, with some tips for people who might be interested in doing without health insurance for a couple of years:

(Legal Disclaimer:

I am not a medical or legal expert and anything written in the article should not be construed as medical or legal advice.  Readers should consult their own physician and attorney before making a decision about their insurance or about self-medication.

I am not in anyway responsible for any harm or injury that might come to a reader as a result of reading this article or from following therapies mentioned in it.

Neither I nor any publisher of this piece on a website or in print form, is in any way liable for any injury or harm sustained from following any recommendation whatsoever  in this article (or any recommendation arising from it)  in this country, or any other, now, or in the future).

“I stopped carrying health insurance over five years ago for many reasons that I won’t get into here. It wasn’t a big decision, because I’d done without it for a couple of years when I was between jobs

In any case, when I had it, it was never much use. I was misdiagnosed on a couple of things and ended up having to treat myself. I got to resenting the way some doctors never really listened. I bridled at having my questions treated like the uninformed babble of a simpleton.

And since I had to pay most of the bill for “maintenance” items like vision and dentistry anyway, dropping insurance altogether seemed like the logical thing to do.

That doesn’t mean it will work for you, though. Especially if you have an on-going illness, be sure to do your own due diligence.

Still, if you’re a relatively healthy person, if you’re cash-strapped or need to pay off a debt, or if you want to strike out in a new direction on your own, you might find my tips useful in helping you go insurance-free for a couple of years.

Or even longer.

You’ll worry less about doing without those “bennies” you’ve got used to for so long. And the less worried you are over going it alone, the more you’ll be able to stand up to the big lie of modern life – that people need the government to survive.