US War in Afghanistan Silently Slips into the Abyss

November 3, 2016 (Ulson Gunnar – NEO) – Despite the United States being engaged in what it calls “reconstruction” in Afghanistan, quarterly reports on their progress doing so reveals expanding violence and deepening poverty.Washington Times in an article titled, “Afghanistan failures rising, progress eroding 15 years after U.S. intervention,” reports that:Opium production is up 43 percent in Afghanistan, the economy is struggling and the government has lost ground to insurgents over the last year, according to an inspector general’s report released Sunday that shows ongoing failures overshadowing the few signs of hope.Indeed, every quarter, the “Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction,” or SIGAR…

Seeking likeminded friends

I am trying to establish contact with any likeminded people, couples or groups in a 500km radius who have either established themselves and are looking for others to network with. Or simply looking to get off grid and join or start a tribe in europe. I am able and willing to accommodate and support some of those who wish to start and take action perhaps starting on a trial basis where one could stay for 1-3 months before making the decision to stay. Currently have a small farmhouse with a few buildings (some working and some ruin) have own water well, currently…

What the Philippines Says Vs. What it Does

October 30, 2016 (Joseph Thomas – NEO) – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has been identified as a menace to US foreign policy in Asia Pacific by both his supporters and his opponents. For his supporters, he is propped up as a hero of “anti-imperialism,” while his detractors claim his leadership incites instability, is nonconstructive and is leading his Southeast Asian state to ruin.The truth, however, exists somewhere in between.A look at the Philippines within Southeast Asia reveals a nation that has long existed within America’s geopolitical and economic sphere, but also a nation more recently emerging from that sphere, pulled into the political and…

SHTF cake aka comfort food

In times of stress, and SHTF would create a lot of stress, it’s good to have some comfort food to help bring the stress down to bearable levels. While sugar isn’t good to eat in excess, during stressful times, sugar helps release dopamine, which makes you feel good. I found a cake that can be made with common prepper foods, here it is 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup butter (from canned butter, or use shortening) 1 cup sugar 3 eggs (or 6 tablespoons egg powder + 9 tablespoons water) 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3/4 cup reconstituted powdered milk Pour everything into a large bowl, mix together (a wire whisk works great…

Irony Redefined: "Human Rights Champion" Suu Kyi Jails Dissidents

October 28, 2016 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – Myanmar’s defacto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi of the National League for Democracy (NDL) political party, has paved her time since coming to power earlier this year with both irony and hypocrisy. She has not only illegally declared herself “leader” of the Southeast Asian state in contravention of its constitution, she has also embarked on an iron-fisted purge of her political opponents identical to the one she fought against as she struggled to seize power to begin with.During elections earlier this year, Myanmar’s constitution prevented Suu Kyi from holding the nation’s highest office due to …

WrethaOffGrid vlog 02

This is a semi-quick video where I’m chatting about what’s been going on this week. The main things are that my daughter and my 2 grandchildren came for a visit, they only stayed overnight but it was nice to have them out. Tomorrow my son is flying in for a longer visit. It’s easy to forget that we don’t live like “normal” folk, our setup is unconventional at best, not just the off grid parts, but things like the hot water. If the water gets too hot, you would turn it down, but at our place, you would turn it up to get more water flowing through the propane fire, that cools it off. Our toilet is…

Heard of a Walker stove?

Me neither, but once I discovered it, I am definitely intrigued, it takes the best of rocket stove, thermal mass heaters, masonry heaters and the such puts it together. I have been trying to interest PB into doing a thermal mass rocket stove but I have had very little luck peaking his interest to even consider trying it. His main complaint has been the thought of having to use and continually add small sticks to the combustion chamber, which is one of the hallmarks of a rocket stove. Watching Matt start a fire in his Walker stove/oven, he barely seemed to have the fire going and he packed the combustion chamber with lots of larger wood logs and it …

US Attempts to Shame Asia for "Caving to China"

October 24, 2016 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – It is becoming clear that US influence – despite its “pivot toward Asia” – is waning across the Asia Pacific region. Washington has suffered geopolitical setbacks in virtually every nation in Asia Pacific, including those now led by regimes it has meticulously organized, funded, and backed for decades. It is also waning, however, among those nations considered long-time and crucial US allies.This includes Southeast Asia’s Thailand, whom the US repeatedly reminds the world has been Washington’s ally since the Cold War and America’s war in Vietnam, and allegedly, even before that.Washington’s Waning Influence is Based on Floundering…

Micro-nuclear power plants gaining acceptance

In the near future, off-grid communities of up to 20,000 population might be powered by a nuclear reactor the size of a container that is swapped out every 20 years. Existing plants emit no emissions but overall are just too risky for some. There’s also competition now with low natural gas prices and wind and solar projects, which has allowed the small reactors to emerge. The Tennessee Valley Authority has become the first utility to apply for a permit from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to build a small reactor. Others are following suit, there is a plan by the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems to build one about 100 miles southwest of Yellowstone…

US Seeks to Exploit Thailand’s Transition to Destabilize Asia

October 21, 2016 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – The passing of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej marks a historical, cultural, and geopolitical event of yet unknown proportions. His time as Thailand’s head of state spanned decades, and the stabilizing progressive nature of his reign has transformed Thailand into an economically and culturally significant center of power within Southeast Asia and in Asia itself.With his passing, the Western media, long attempting to undermine him in life, took the opportunity to defame him in death, claiming he resided over a “divided” nation bound to unravel with his passing.They also took the opportunity to defame and distort the character of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s heir, Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. Despite the baseless gossip and speculation…

Why is the Passing of Thailand’s King a Big Deal?

Image: Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej.October 16, 2016 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – The passing of Thailand’s head of state, the 88 year old King Bhumibol Adulyadej, marks a historically significant event in Thailand’s history. For most Thais, they have known only one king their entire life – King Bhumibol Adulyadej.The significance of Thailand’s monarchy to Thai people is difficult for Westerners to understand. Unlike Western monarchies who rule from above, Thailand’s monarchy has historically ruled through service to the people. It is in recognition of this service that drives hundreds of thousands of Thais into the streets of Bangkok to participate in the beginning of funeral rites this week.The depth and…

WrethaOffGrid vlog 01

I have been doing more and more reviews online, including video reviews so I have been getting more comfortable with being in front of the camera instead of always in back of the camera. I decided it was high time to start doing a regular vlog videos, so here is my first one. I am open for comments and suggestions as well as questions from you, I would love some feedback and would love to answer your questions, you may ask whatever you wish, though I can’t guarantee I’ll answer ALL questions, I’ll do my best. 🙂 var sc_project=4844793; var sc_invisible=1; var sc_security=”1ec51f22″…

Thailand: The Truth Before the Storm

Before Western lies begin, what you need to know about this critical moment for Thailand. October 13, 2016 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – Thailand is a pivotal nation centered amid Southeast Asia and commanding a prominent economy with a large population. It played a pivotal role during the US war in Vietnam, but has since then incrementally diverged from serving US hegemony in Asia.As of now, Thailand has clearly and decisively performed its own “pivot” away from Washington and toward a diverse portfolio of alternative ties, including with Beijing and Moscow. Its military inventory has been incrementally transformed from housing aging American hardware to Russian, Chinese, Middle Eastern, and even Swedish weapon systems. It also is increasingly cooperating closer with China regarding economics …

Looking for land to start permaculture homestead

Hello there! My partner (29 years old) and myself (24 years old) would like to put our experience and skills together to start a self sufficient homestead with veggies, fruits, permaculture plants, perennials, chickens, sheep, pigs, honey bees, medicinal herbs, and dairy goats. We have a combined 10 years of experience in gardening, farming, and livestock care. If you have land we would love to start an amazing homestead there. In exchange for the use of your land we would provide you with the bounty of what we grow and could help upkeep the property. If this sounds cool to you, get back to us and we can see if we make a…

Four Gay years travelling to every US national park

Mikah Meyer, youngest person to visit all U.S parks Whatever thoughts you had about turning 30, I bet they didn’t make you leave your job, pack your bags and spend 4 years living in your van. Well, it did if you were Mikah. In 2005, his dad passed away after a battle with cancer, and Mikah, aged 19 took a road trip- supposedly a fun, post-freshman year getaway. It quickly turned into an unforgettable experience of self-reflection and independence. Now he has visited very national park in one trip as a tribute to his Dad and to the USA’s amazing LGBT peoples. On the 11th anniversary of his fathers’ death Mikah, originally from Nebraska, made the choice to dedicate his …

Blatant Lie: AP "Fact Checks" Directly Contradict AP’s Own Reporting on Syria

October 10, 2016 (LD) – The Associated Press (AP) through a gimmick it calls “AP FACT CHECK,” claimed after a recent US presidential debate that presidential candidate Donald Trump was untruthful about Syrian President Bashar Al Assad fighting the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS).AP’s article, “AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrong that Assad fights IS,” claims:Not true. Syria’s President Bashar Assad considers the Islamic State group to be among numerous “terrorist” groups that threaten his government, but his military is not fighting them. It is focused on combatting Syrian opposition groups, some of which are supported by the United States. The fight against the Islamic State militants is being waged by a U.S.-led…

The Real Reason the US Can’t Separate Moderates from Al Qaeda in Syria

October 6, 2016 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – The US has attempted to direct attention away from the fact supposed “moderate rebels” it has been supporting are now openly aligned to designated foreign terrorist organizations including Al Qaeda, Jabhat Al Nusra, and the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS) by focusing instead on the alleged “humanitarian crisis” unfolding amid final operations to restore security to the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.Syria Already Controls the Vast Majority of AleppoThe operation however, headed by Syrian forces and supported by its allies including Russia, aims to bring the last remaining districts of the city under government control. Already, the vast majority of Aleppo’s remaining 2 million residents live in government controlled…

British supermarket takes one block off the grid

Paul Crewe of Sainsbury’s: “always looking for new ways to reuse and recycle.” British supermarket, Sainsbury has taken it’s first store off-the-grid. What took them so long? The Cannock branch, West Midlands has unplugged from the National Grid, says the group chief office. Now it runs on power from anaerobic digestion (that’s wasted food to you and me). Diagram shows the process of Anaerobic Digestion Although only 10% of Sainsbury’s surplus or waste food goes to charitable causes, it is put to other uses. Some excess food that otherwise would be chucked away, is now delivered to a Biffa plant from Sainbury’s stores around the UK. Then it is turned into …

Looking for RawVegan Community

Hi ! Im looking for an Eco friendly community to live together with Raw Vegans. Do you know any community in the tropics (because of the fruits) where they are taking in new members. I want to leave My life here in Sweden and live and work together with mother nature and other likeminded people. Maybe in Costa Rica or Hawaii. If you know anything please contact me. The post Looking for RawVegan Community appeared first on Living Off the Grid: Free Yourself.

"White Helmet" "Save Aleppo" Protest Proves How Easy it is to Dress Up Actors as "War Victims"

October 3, 2016 (Tony Cartalucci – LD) – Recent protests held across North America and Europe staged by supporters of armed militants in Syria have staged scenes in Western streets eerily similar to those featured in the photos and videos of the US-European funded “Syrian Civil Defence” also known as the “White Helmets.” Image: This is not Aleppo, Syria, but rather the streets of Europe where a recent “save Aleppo” protest was staged. Actors posing in fake dust and blood proved just how easy it is for anyone to create “war victims” anytime, anywhere. Saudi state media, Al Arabiya English would report in an October 1, 2016 article titled, “Worldwide protest against Assad, Russia to ‘save Aleppo’,” that: The stalling talks…

In praise of the humble Hammock

Suspended in trees, surrounded by nothing but nature. Pure bliss (hammock listed below) Yes, those things your grandma used to relax in in her garden with a nice book are the way forward when camping. Hammocks can keep you warm and dry these days – off the big- infested floor and with waterproof covers. Floor’s damp from rain? Not a problem. Suspended between two trees, you don’t have to worry about creepy crawlies getting into your sleeping bag or resting your head on an uncomfortable surface. Camping hammocks use taut, technical fabrics and are very stable so you’re unlikely to flip out of them. Not the best at setting …

US Threatens to Arm Al Qaeda, ISIS with Anti-Air Missiles

September 30, 2016 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – US officials have threatened Syria and its allies – including Russia specifically – that the collapse of a US-proposed ceasefire will lead “Gulf states” to arm militants with shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles. A Reuters article titled, “Gulf may arm rebels now Syria truce is dead: U.S. officials,” would elaborate, claiming:One U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss American policy, said Washington has kept large numbers of such man-portable air defense systems, or MANPADS, out of Syria by uniting Western and Arab allies behind channeling training and infantry weapons to moderate opposition groups while it pursued talks with …

As the Syrian Ceasefire Collapses

September 25, 2016 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – When Liz Sly of the Washington Post published her latest deceptive and particularly biased piece titled, “A ferocious assault on Aleppo suggests the U.S. may be wrong on Syria,” she intended to give the impression that the United States sought peace in Syria. Never mentioned were open admissions by the US that it intended for years before the conflict even began to overthrow the government in Damascus and to specifically use sectarian extremists underwritten by US ally Saudi Arabia to do so.Nor was it mentioned that so-called “moderates” fighting in Syria have long been tied directly to designated terrorist organizations, including Al Nusra with many groups openly aligning…

Looking to Disappear

I am a 36 year old white male living in Florida. I am looking to get out of here, as the climate is awful, it’s too coastal, and there are a million laws against living off grid. I do have 2 advanced science degrees and a great job, but not true fulfillment. I am scared with the state of the country, and the world. Things are on a destructive course that I don’t think can be reversed anymore. I am a 9 year Army vet, with 5 in Spec Ops, so I do have strong survival skills and experience.  I’m looking at disappearing in the woods somewhere in…

California Gov, Jerry Brown – Off-Grid

The Conservative Governor is pro-environment and even spoke at the UN’s 2015 Paris climate change conference. Photo from Associated Press Environmental champion, Jerry Brown says his next home will be totally off the grid. Powered by solar panels, the 2,674 square feet abode will include one-bedroom, one and a half bathrooms, a large lounge area, wood fireplace, an office, a mud room and a massive porch to sit on and watch the world go round. Architect Dna Hoover describes it as a “boomerang-shaped building that kind of curls around a little knoll with two really old blue oak trees.” The site will afford the Browns “a pretty incredible view that’s quintessential California landscape. It’s incredibly beautiful but…