Collapse (2009) Mike Rupert, Directed by Thom Powers

 

 

Mike  Rupert explains peak oil and it’s connections to peak population and the general instability of and oil based world.

A personal, sometimes intimate interview, with some archive footage to help explain some concepts and parts of history.

Mike’s solution: grow your own food, disconnect from oil and get to know your neighbors.

http://www.filmsforaction.org/Watch/Collapse_2009/

Dollar stores and similar retailers

Businesses fail for a variety of reasons many of which are not related to the quality of the products or the price they are sold at.

A good example was the enormous real estate collapse in Japan in the 90’s. Many good business and hard working people simply ‘went to the wall’.

Went to the wall:  destroyed, ruination.

I would say bankrupt, but many Japanese people consider bankruptcy a terribly shameful status and simply refused to declare bankruptcy.

So in the aftermath of this economic collapse huge quantities of goods were at a price to high to sell and people had too little money.

Eventually the idea of the 100 Yen store originated buying up old stock from businesses in trouble and selling it at  the standard price of 100 Yen, about 1 US dollar at the time.

This moved the stock in the short term and in the long term started a new business concept for Japan. Later on these 1oo Yen stores and their mimics began importing their products from lower wage economies to keep their prices down.

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So just because a product is in a dollar store it does not mean its fatally flawed in some way. It’s possibly slightly obsolete or maybe the product was over produced.

You should always keep your mind open and check for quality however. It’s good to have a person how knows about the type of product to see if there is a problem with it.

Generally I would not buy electronics from dollar stores as a fatal flaw can be very well hidden, though electrical and data cables and connectors seem to be of good enough quality.

The dollar store can also be a source of items for crafting other items.

Another good reason for going to a dollar store is to see if there are substitutes to things you already buy that can be gotten even cheaper.

Perhaps another reason is to do a ‘why did this product not sell’ investigation.

Scram bag : Potasuim permanganate ( KMnO4 )

Potassium permanganate crystals.

A very useful substance.

Also called Condy’s crystals and Permanganate of potash.

Can be used to:

Light fires.

Add to a flammable substance that is a liquid, glycerine, oil,fat, a little water will help the fire start.

Sterilize water.

3 crystals per liter of water will sterilize the water.

Disinfectant for some skin infections.

A stronger solution will make a solution that will attack fungal and bacterial infections.

Keep in a well sealed container

Keep away from eyes

If contact is made with skin wash it off with water, brown stains (MnO2) on the skin are common, but will disappear in a few days without further incident.

can be purchased from pharmacies and often found in survival kits.

Rocketstove: Making one from metal Olive oil container

For the last few months I have have comments turned off. There was a lot to say and I didn’t want distraction. But don’t think that meant I wasn’t listening to you. I pay attention to what people read and what search terms lead them here.

Rocket stoves have been a popular search item so its time to give you even more information.

I’m going to make one. I’m starting with a 13kg Olive oil can and I’ll have photos for all the relevant steps and a boil time test.

13 Kg olive oil can.  31 pounds in weight

The starting material a large Olive oil can. restaurants and other food businesses throw these away quite regularly, so that’s a good place to start looking if you don’t usually buy oil in this size container.

It’s convenient that there is a large round hole in the center of the top so I wont need to cut one there. Somewhere in the purple band is where I will cut a hole for the pipe which will be the elbow bend pipe.

There is a small handle on the front which i will probably keep as it will be useful for carrying the stove if I need to move it. i think the handle will be better at the front rather than the back as it will stop the ashes falling out for the bottom of the elbow.

 

The next step will be using sand paper to remove the paint from the can. If the paint is left on the can, it will burn and produce unpleasant and possibly toxic fumes.

 

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Scrambag: folding pruning saw

Apart from the obvious intended use of pruning trees, the compact folding pruning saw allows you to collect small branches easily.

A saw is safer to use that a axe or heavy knife in cutting wood. One of the most common sources of dry wood in a forest is dead-fall.

Dead-fall is dead or broken branches fallen to the ground, and are often very dry and difficult to cut will axes as the will act like a spring when hit.

Sometimes dead-fall is a branch upside down and very dry, because of this it makes excellent fire wood or construction material.

The saw can elegantly cut of the exact pieces you want and even help you create items form the wood with precise cut lengths and flat ends of wood.

The saw is also very light compared to a small axe and very small, about the size of a small axe handle.

Folding pruning saw, compact and allows straight cuts in wood with little effort.

 

Price about $10 for average quality.

Available from hardware stores and gardening supply stores.

Fire: Swedish fire torch

This is a really neat technique of conserving wood and getting a fire going fast and making a stable cooking platform. You will need an axe and a saw to shape the wood block, but it looks worth it.

I just had another thought, all the things are familiar but arranged in a different way and its suddenly so much better, what a concept.

Memes: One picture is worth a thousand words

I try to avoid using idioms and proverbs in writing. But sometimes an idiom is so true it is worth explaining.

One picture is worth a thousand words: means a single picture can convey so much meaning it replaces the need for ( is worth ) a thousand words.

Sometimes a single image or diagram will give the right reader so much information.

I hope this picture is conveys a lot of meaning to you.

A society built on cheap fossil fuel, this is what that society becomes.

This image is a remix of other internet memes, feel free to remix as I have done.