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The Importance of Food Independence

 

  

 Dictator Hater
The Frugal Zone

26 May, 2009

 

  

 The promise of skyrocketing food costs is being kept by the New World Government. Whether it will be a result of commodity futures speculation, crop blights, biofuel production, rising energy costs or inflation from printing money from thin air, rest assured that we will all be paying more for what we put on our dinner tables as time goes on. So again, I urge you to grow as much food as possible and store as much food as possible. There is no such thing as growing too much food or having too much food in storage as long as it is properly rotated. If you think you have too much food coming from your garden or have more food stored than you can consume before it expires, then share some with those less fortunate than yourself.

This is my third year of vegetable gardening and I am pleased that each year my tiny plot is more productive. I’ve learned that growing plants that continue to produce for many months is very important in order for me to be able to feed the people who live in this household. Personally, I don’t like growing things that are one time only producers, the ones that when pulled from the ground or pot ends the plant’s production. If you have a larger growing area, then by all means plant as many different types of veggies and fruits as possible. Since I am an urban prisoner with a very small area in which to grow, these are the crops I am concentrating on these days and why:

Okra
Eggplant
Cucumbers
Tomatoes
Squash (winter and summer types)
Peppers
Asian Long Beans

Okra loves hot weather and the sun. It grows in just about any type of soil and requires little care, other than picking the okra every couple of days once it starts producing. Picking encourages more production and okra can be pickled for long term storage. Six well producing okra plants can keep four people abundantly supplied for many months with some left over for pickling.

Eggplant is not a vegetable that stores well, so if you choose to grow it, expect to eat it fresh. Three Japanese eggplants, the type that produces the long, purple colored type of fruit, will supply a family of four for many months. As long as you have sun and warmth, the eggplant will continue to produce. Eggplant must be harvested often to encourage production, if your climate is mild and the plant survives your winter, you will not have to plant more eggplant the next year. Just fertilize and water and it will produce again.

Cucumbers are easy to grow and produce prolifically and quickly. There are even bush hybrid types that can be grown inside pots that do not require trellising. Six cucumber plants will keep a family of four in fresh cukes for months and there will be plenty left over for pickling for long term storage. Almost any type of cucumber can be pickled, not just the ones recommended by seed companies. The Lemon Cucumber, which is an heirloom, can be pickled the same as any elongated green cucumber.

Indeterminant tomato vines will continue to produce until frost kills them. Twelve tomato plants will produce enough tomatoes to feed a family of four with fresh fruit for many, many months and there should be plenty left over for canning if you choose the variety based on heavy yields. There are hundreds of different types of tomatoes and every one of them can be used to make sauces, catsup and salsa, not just the roma types, though roma types have fewer seeds and are usually sweeter than other types. My point is that you do not have to have a different type of tomato for every use, you can use the same ones for sauces, etc. that you enjoy sliced and served fresh on the dinner table. Determinant tomatoes are plants that have a pre-determined number of branches and will stop growing and producing at a pre-determined time. Examples of determinant tomatoes are the Patio Tomatoes and most determinants are small and compact hybrid plants for growing in very small spaces. However, I am growing two types of deteminants, Koralik and Pearson Improved heirlooms, that are very large plants, so there are exceptions to every rule, it seems.

Summer squash will produce lots of fruits and will produce all summer long. Freezing squash is about the only option for long term storage, though some types may be pickled. Winter squash will produce abundantly and can be stored for many months if kept in a cool, dark and dry location. Winter squash may be frozen or canned, but do find a good recipe specifically for canning as pureed squash is not recommended for canning purposes.

Banana peppers, sweet or hot are great, long term producers. The more you pick, the more the plant will produce and a shot of fertilizer when the plant seems to go dormant will bring it back to blossom and fruit. Four sweet banana pepper plants will keep a family of four in peppers for many months and you may want to grow a few more if you wish to pickle some for long term storage. Bell peppers are more difficult to grow and are not as productive as the banana pepper plants, in my experience. Pepper plants are perennials, meaning they will live from year to year, so if your plants can survive your winters, you will not have to plant new ones each planting season.

Asian long beans will produce for months. They are similar to green beans, but have a much milder flavor and grow to outrageous lengths. These vines can be trellised and are great space savers. You can do anything with the Asian long beans that you can do with green beans, they may be frozen or canned for long term storage. The plants are quite small and seven of these bean plants can be grown in a five gallon pot. Twenty of these plants will keep a family of four in beans for the entire spring and summer season if well cared for. There should be some left over for freezing or canning as well.

With just these seven different plant species, you can have fresh vegetables for many months and if Mother Nature cooperates, you will have food for the winter as well.

Food independence is the best way to fight back against anything or anyone that threatens us. Job loss, natural disasters, illness, inflation or even martial law are no match for those who are prepared.

http://www.corbettreport.com/articles/20090526_food_independence.htm

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Destabilization 2.0

Soros, the CIA, Mossad and the new media destabilization of Iran

James Corbett
The Corbett Report

23 June, 2009

It’s the 2009 presidential election in Iran and opposition leader Mir-Houssein Mousavi declares victory hours before the polls close, insuring that any result to the contrary will be called into question. Western media goes into overdrive, fighting with each other to see who can offer the most hyperbolic denunciation of the vote and President Ahmadenijad’s apparent victory (BBC wins by publishing bald-faced lies about the supposed popular uprising which it is later forced to retract). On June 13th, 30000 “tweets” begin to flood Twitter with live updates from Iran, most written in English and provided by a handful of newly-registered users with identical profile photos. The Jerusalem Post writes a story about the Iran Twitter phenomenon a few hours after it starts (and who says Mossad isn’t staying up to date with new media?). Now, YouTube is providing a “Breaking News” link at the top of every page linking to the latest footage of the Iranian protests (all shot in high def, no less). Welcome to Destabilization 2.0, the latest version of a program that the western powers have been running for decades in order to overthrow foreign, democratically elected governments that don’t yield to the whims of western governments and multinational corporations.

Ironically, Iran was also the birthplace of the original CIA program for destabilizing a foreign government. Think of it as Destabilization 1.0: It’s 1953 and democratically-elected Iranian leader Mohammed Mossadegh is following through on his election promises to nationalize industry for the Iranian people, including the oil industry of Iran which was then controlled by the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. The CIA is sent into the country to bring an end to Mossadegh’s government. They begin a campaign of terror, staging bombings and attacks on Muslim targets in order to blame them on nationalist, secular Mossadegh. They foster and fund an anti-Mossadegh campaign amongst the radical Islamist elements in the country. Finally, they back the revolution that brings their favoured puppet, the Shah, into power. Within months, their mission had been accomplished: they had removed a democratically elected leader who threatened to build up an independent, secular Persian nation and replaced him with a repressive tyrant whose secret police would brutally suppress all opposition. The campaign was a success and the lead CIA agent wrote an after-action report describing the operation in glowing terms. The pattern was to be repeated time and time again in country after country (in Guatemala in 1954, in Afghanistan in the 1980s, in Serbia in the 1990s), but these operations leave the agency open to exposure. What was needed was a different plan, one where the western political and financial interests puppeteering the revolution would be more difficult to implicate in the overthrow.

Enter Destabilization 1.1. This version of the destabilization program is less messy, offering plausible deniability for the western powers who are overthrowing a foreign government. It starts when the IMF moves in to offer a bribe to a tinpot dictator in a third world country. He gets 10% in exchange for taking out an exorbitant loan for an infrastructure project that the country can’t afford. When the country inevitably defaults on the loan payments, the IMF begins to take over, imposing a restructuring program that eventually results in the full scale looting of the country’s resources for western business interests. This program, too, was run in country after country, from Jamaica to Myanmar, from Chile to Zimbabwe. The source code for this program was revealed in 2001, however, when former World Bank chief economist Joseph Stiglitz went public about the scam. More detail was added in 2004 by the publication of John Perkin’s Confessions of an Economic Hitman, which revealed the extent to which front companies and complicit corporations aided, abetted and facilitated the economic plundering and overthrow of foreign governments. Although still an effective technique for overthrowing foreign nations, the fact that this particular scam had been exposed meant that the architects of global geopolitics would have to find a new way to get rid of foreign, democratically elected governments.

Destabilization 1.2 involves seemingly disinterested, democracy promoting NGOs with feelgood names like the Open Society Institute, Freedom House and the National Endowment for Democracy. They fund, train, support and mobilize opposition movements in countries that have been targeted for destabilization, often during elections and usually organized around an identifiable color. These “color revolutions” sprang up in the past decade and have so far successfully destabilized the governments of the Ukraine, Lebanon, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan, among others. These revolutions bear the imprint of billionaire finance oligarch George Soros. The hidden hand of western powers behind these color revolutions has threatened their effectiveness in recent years, however, with an anti-Soros movement having arisen in Georgia and with the recent Moldovan “grape revolution” having come to naught (much to the chagrin of Soros-funded OSI’s Evgeny Morozov).

Now we arrive at Destabilization 2.0, really not much more than a slight tweak of Destabilization 1.2. The only thing different is that now Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media are being employed to amplify the effect of (and the impression of) internal protests. Once again, Soros henchman Evgeny Morozov is extolling the virtues of the new Tehran Twitter revolution and the New York Times is writing journalistic hymns to the power of internet new media…when it serves western imperial interests. We are being asked to believe that this latest version of the very (very) old program of U.S. corporate imperialism is the real deal. While there is no doubt that the regime of Ahmadenijad is reprehensible and the feelings of many of the young protestors in Iran are genuine, you will forgive me for quesyioning the motives behind the monolithic media support for the overthrow of Iran’s government and the installation of Mir-Houssein “Butcher of Beirut” Mousavi.

http://www.corbettreport.com/articles/20090623_destabilization.htm

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Petition Against Mandatory Vaccination

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