We got some snow last week so I went back to that abandoned ski area that is not too far away from my house. I hiked up and skied down eight times. I was beat. One trail is through this awe inspiring birch forest.
It was most likely the last day it was possible to go out skiing for me so I wanted to be sure to take advantage of it. Here is the trail through the birch.
You can see the huge office buildings in the background. This a heavily populated area a couple of minutes off of a major highway. You wanna know what I don’t get? I was hiking/skiing for maybe two hours and I didn’t see another soul. It was a beautiful, sunny day, the first warm day since November and I didn’t see another person enjoying the out of doors. People – you need to GET OUTSIDE EVERYDAY!
Here’s another trail I was skiing down. I’m telling you that I was pushing it by squeezing out one more day skiing.
You can see my tracks on the right hand side of the trail looking up. If you aren’t familiar with snow you can see that you really don’t need very much in order to slide stuff (skis, sleds and goods) over it. And sliding stuff is much better than carrying stuff. You can see it was another beautiful day spent outside doing stuff and getting exercise. You figure that exercise is a form of prepping?
Then not too far from my house is a local farm where they grow their own grass fed beef. I don’t know about any of you, but grass fed beef in New England isn’t too common a sight. This beef is so good. It’s some of the best that I’ve ever had. Plus I’m able to shop locally. You need to shop locally whenever it makes sense and you can. Get to know the farm stands in your area. Believe me you don’t want the Super Walmart to be the only source of food in you area. You need to give the little guy the business. Join the local chapter of the organic farmer’s association in your area.
The beef is a bit more money, but it goes right into the hands of a family that lives near me and it is a great product. These guys taste great. Thank you cows.
I get to see my food and watch it eat. I like that. No ugly feed lots or slaughter yards. Doesn’t my food look content? Thank you guys. I really appreciate your sacrifice. The family also sells maple syrup that they boil themselves. I can’t stand fake maple syrup like Mrs. Butterworth’s. That’s not maple syrup. It’s corn syrup. Don’t be a rube spring for the good stuff. It lasts forever.
Things are breaking down in Russia. I saw an article in Newsweek about it.
“Now serious unrest seems imminent despite those autocratic moves. “We are expecting mass unemployment and mass riots,” says Gennady Gudkov, a former KGB colonel and current chairman of the Duma’s Security Committee. “There will be not enough police to stop people’s protests by force.” The Kremlin evidently sees worse trouble ahead. In December it shelved plans to retire 280,000 Army officers (part of a sweeping military reform). A long-expected reduction in the number of Interior Ministry troops was also abruptly canceled. At the same time, the Interior Ministry set up a special command center in Moscow, packed with surveillance equipment designed to deal with street unrest. The Duma, on Kremlin instructions, added seven new articles to the criminal code. One expands the definition of high treason and espionage to include advisory “and other” assistance to foreign and international organizations; another makes “participating in mass disorders” such as the one in Vladivostok a “crime against the state.” More sinister still, defendants accused of the new crimes can only be tried by a special court of three judges, not by a jury—a system reminiscent of the Stalin-era troika courts that sent millions to the Gulag.
And like the bailouts in the US that favor wealth holders more than wage earners, “major beneficiaries of both handouts include oligarchs like MMK’s owner, Victor Rashnikov, and Russia’s current No. 1 billionaire, Oleg Deripaska, owner of the AvtoVaz auto plant.”
The PTB better realize that using the poor and bail out the insanely wealthy is a recipe for social collapse.