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FASCIST FOOD: PERMACULTURE

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We’ve devoted the previous articles of this series mainly to construction techniques, along with a few methods to address some of our essential needs. But one of a man’s most pressing need is Food. Food is already created in incredible abundance by the industries of the System, and as such isn’t something we tend to think about too much.

Even a Nazi's gotta eat, man. And when he eats, he doesn't eat Jew food!
Even a Nazi’s gotta eat, man. And when he eats, he doesn’t eat Jew food!

But if our goal is to be independent from the system, and eventually replace it, then we shouldn’t discount talks of alternative ways to make food.

The current agricultural methods are unsustainable. Artificial fertilizers increase production, but turns the soil into lifeless dirt. And as oil becomes less abundant and prices increase, the price of food, which is dependent on it, will skyrocket as well.

Permaculture is a relatively new paradigm in food production, which does not rely on artificial fertilizer or even on machinery, yet is potentially more productive than conventional modern agriculture.

Working with nature, instead of against it
Conventional traditional agriculture methods are not born from an observation of nature, but rather of trying to force nature to bend to our whims in order to make our lives more convenient. The result, over time, is the destruction of the soil and the multiplication of our problems. Our crops are besieged by pests and disease, requiring increasingly complex pest control methods. The land becomes less and less fertile over time, requiring massive inputs of artificial fertilizers.

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No, goy, it’s entirely normal you have to spray complex chemicals on your crops from the skies in order to feed yourself.

Biologists and naturalists have been studying plants and animals scientifically for hundreds of years. But for the most part, the insights into plant and animal ecology haven’t been put in practice by farmers and agricultural industries. Permaculture was born from trying to apply our modern, scientific understanding of ecology to efficient food production.

The reality is that a forest is orders of magnitude more productive than farmland, in terms of both animal and vegetal mass produced yearly. And it requires absolutely no human intervention. A forest doesn’t need to be watered, doesn’t need to be plowed, seeded, fertilized or protected against pests. A forest tends to just grow by itself and increase it’s productivity over time. A farm is basically hard core communism applied to plants. Very neat on paper, but in practice it doesn’t work. We’ve just gotten really good at working around the enormous problems we’re creating with our methods.

Tropical-Rainforest
Wow, I guess fairies must be spraying forests with pesticides and fertilizer from tiny invisible airplanes. How else would you explain it?

As fascists, we need to work in accordance with the natural order, not against it. Thus it makes perfect sense to understand how a forest works and let that design inform our own farming practices.

Some basic principles and concepts
What’s some of the problems with farming, and what can we learn from nature on how to avoid them?

First is plowing. This was always very time intensive. The point of plowing is to increase soil fertility by disturbing the soil. This creates bacteriological activity and brings deeper minerals closer to the surface. But over time, the soil becomes more and more barren. By disturbing the soil structure every year, we prevent the formation of humus, which is spongy soil filled with bacteria. Eventually all the bacteria in the soil die and the minerals are all used up. Plowing was a bad idea.

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You wouldn’t do this to your friend. Don’t do it to your land, bro.

What about pest control? Why do we have to spend so much time and money pouring pesticides on our crops, or even manually removing pests? Why do we sometimes lose entire harvests to epidemics or invasions? This never happens in a stable ecosystem. Every “pest” has predators, and if the environment isn’t meddled with things will balance themselves out. Our way of creating huge fields with only one kind of crop makes the environment perfect for whatever parasite feeds on that crop, while leaving no room for the predators that control it. Instead, permaculture doesn’t concentrate a single crop in one area, and creates habitats for a variety of insects and animals close to the crops.

Spraying strawberry field with pesticides Spain
Turns out spreading poison all over your food might not be a good idea, in the long term. Honest mistake though.

What about fertilizers? Each season, the earth gets more barren of it’s minerals and bacteria. Conventional agriculture deals with this by pouring chemical fertilizers to artificially “re-enrich” the soil. Eventually this leads to soil erosion (fertile land becomes a barren desert). In permaculture, plants are matched together to complement their mineral needs and ability to enrich the soil. Also, instead of completely removing plants each season, the inedible parts are left to decompose in the field, enriching it and forming a “mulch” for the next season.

Sowing is also big time and resource drain. Part of that is inevitable. But many plants are perennial – they don’t need to be resown each season. Permaculture always favors perennial plants over annual ones, as the former become more productive over time.

These are some of the differences between conventional agriculture and permaculture. There are many more principles to learn, however.

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Jews treat nature with contempt. Fascists are actually close bros with plants and animals.

Advantages and disadvantages
An obvious disadvantage of permaculture is that it moves away from clean fields that can be totally mechanized and automated, and towards gardens with wide varieties of plant species not organized in neat rows. That means that while the labor involved maintaining the garden is much smaller, the harvest is much more demanding. It can’t be done with machines.

Land on which permaculture is practiced will become more fertile and more productive over time, even without additional human effort. Once a permaculture garden is established, you can leave and come back years later and things will still be more or less as you left them, albeit more mature and stable. A normal farm, if left unattended for any length of time, will be wrecked completely.

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A permaculture garden.

On the other hand, you’ll probably be producing different types of food than what conventional agriculture does, simply because you’ll be adapting the selection of plants to the climate, geography and other natural constraints of the land. That may mean having to change recipes, and the diet more generally.

Diet
And here we come to the main challenge, which is something permaculture books don’t generally address because they’re written by hippies. Permaculture moves away from growing grains on a large scale, because it’s way too much trouble without machinery (or at least work animals). They say that’s fine, fruit trees and squashes and all that are more productive per acre anyway.

The thing is that humans need both protein and calories to be healthy. That’s something most plants, outside legumes and grains, don’t have much of. Thus being a vegetarian and living on fruits, nuts and other perennial plants will cause malnutrition.

Somali-Famine
Ain’t no right wing death squad who’ll accept you if you look like this, bro. And I don’t mean being a Negro.

It’s necessary to implement animal products, if only dairy. But here lies the problem. Animals are usually fed with grains too. So the problem remains.

The solution is to innovate by creating forested animal pens. Instead of fencing of a barren field, you put the animals in a stable ecosystem with sources of food (but no predators) and shelters. Pigs can eat anything. Chickens will eat insects and other pests. Their droppings will contribute the the fertility of the land. Some have already started experimenting with this to various degrees.

Aren’t they adorable?

Once you have a good source of protein and energy (fat), the diet becomes sustainable and nutritious without a need for getting System food as a complement.

Conclusion

Fascism is about conformity with the natural order. It makes sense, then, to abandon the harsh and unnatural agricultural practices that our degenerate civilization is based on and adopt a wiser approach.

No, I’m not going hippie on you!

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Like, gas the kikes, man! The race war is all about, like, expanding your mind, dude. Whoa…

Permaculture is definitely the most efficient way to grow food in terms of time, space and resource investment. The fascist workshop series is written within the conceptual framework of a struggle against the System. This, by necessity, implies a need to maximize resources and keep a low profile.

But it’s more than that.

We’re not just fighting against the System. We’re also the harbingers of a new world, a new order. Food is the most basic human need, and a core aspect of the human experience. But fundamentally changing our relationship to it, a large scale social change would be enacted.

So, start working on that green thumb, fellow fascists!

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Alternatively, grow a green middle finger to flip off the System’s poisoned garbage.

THE STRUGGLE IS ETERNAL

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We recently published an article advocating the final solution to our little hebrew problem. Reading the words of Max Macro made me reflect on this issue, and I’d like to share some of the insights I’ve had.

The struggle is eternal

There’s a certain satisfaction to be had in contemplating the absolute destruction of those who are sucking us dry and plotting our destruction. It’s a natural and healthy reflex. The only danger in it is the notion that by destroying our current enemies and competitors, we would be creating a new, eternal age of prosperity and freedom for our people.

Struggle and hardship is something we must always contend with. In all our endeavors, we have to seek to be stronger than the obstacles in front of us, not to make those obstacles disappear. Our current predicament isn’t that we have horrible conditions. Yes, we’re being invaded by third worlders. Yes, we’re being fleeced by jews and traitors. Yes, our economies are being dismantled and shipped to third-world shit-holes. But those problems pale in comparison to the kind of hellish problems our ancestors had to deal with.

The fact is that our woes are rather insignificant, in the grand scheme of things. The invasion could be stopped overnight with some suitably muscular law enforcement. The brown hordes could be deported in a year or two with our current organisational prowess and transport technology. The jews were kicked out countless times in the past, and nothing concrete is preventing us from doing so again. The problem isn’t our situation. We have more resources, technology and manpower than ever before in the past. We just need to harden ourselves to DO IT.

The jew fills an ecological niche

Our civilization is based on trust and hard work. This combination of trust and wealth, however, creates a ecological niche for parasites who can survive by leeching our resources away from us by exploiting our trusting nature.

Jews, as a race, basically became hyper-specialized to inhabit this ecological niche. Their instincts and biological traits got refined over thousands of years to better exploit our society. But hypothetically getting rid of the jews wouldn’t make that ecological niche disappear. It would leave a vacuum just waiting to be filled.

If jews were to somehow disappear, the most likely scenario would be for the worst elements of our own race to fill the niche now vacant. The cycle would then start again, but this time far more difficult to escape, since the enemy would wear the mask of our own people. If we’re close to disaster now, imagine what our descendants will have to deal with when they won’t be able to distinguish between the subversive leeches and their own people.

A long term strategy

Rather than worrying about “exterminating” our enemies down to the last (not that there’s anything morally wrong with that), we should be worrying about removing this ecological niche that springs up as a result of our nature.

The very existence of the jew is helpful in a certain sense. The knowledge of jewish duplicity makes us more vigilant and skeptical. Experience with these hebrews hardens our heart in a way that’s very desirable, if we’re to survive. Their disappearance would ensure that our vigilance would drop and make us vulnerable again to just such corruption in the future.

Perhaps a more fruitful approach would be to shape our culture around the notion of an eternal struggle between the forces of corruption and decay (embodied by the jew) and the aryan spirit of truth and heroism (which the nation does it’s best to inherit). This obviously would not involve having jews within our society. But if they were to exist in some reserve somewhere, under close watch, it would help avoid complacency.

Conclusion

There’s often a conflict between what is expedient and feels right on one hand, and what is ultimately wise on the other hand. It’s very hard for us mortal men to think of the consequences of our actions on future generations, in times when we personally will be long gone. But thinking only of what is immediately convenient is the mentality that’s given us the modern liberal mindset and our present problems.

It’s not within our power at this moment to enact any significant policy, one way or the other. As such discussions about these distant decisions are mainly thought experiments at this point. And of course, in the realm of propaganda there’s not space for subtle distinctions or moderation. But NOOSE isn’t a propaganda outlet destined for the masses, and we can afford to ponder on these far reaching questions as an exercise for future leaders of the various movements engaged in our struggle. One day some of us (or our sons) may have to make these decision. Let us hope we have the wisdom then to make the right one, and avoid letting history repeat itself too soon.

 

FERROCEMENT: SCULPTABLE STEEL

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I’ve made numerous references to ferrocement in my previous articles in this series, but haven’t been too clear on what it is. The reason I couldn’t help talking about it before this article is just because ferrocement is so useful and versatile. Now we’ll see just how crucial of a tool this will be in a fascist builder’s arsenal.

This is the future.
This is the future.

The search for the perfect material

All construction materials have strengths and weaknesses. Bricks are fast and easy to lay, but expensive and relatively fragile. Cob is free and simple to make, but vulnerable to moisture and labor intensive. Concrete is tough and waterproof, but requires molds to pour into and is expensive when you use a lot of it. Wood is light and strong, but demands great precision in assembly, and is vulnerable to the elements.

The smart builder will use the materials that are the best fit for the job, and will combine materials to offset their mutual weaknesses. But there’s one material that is gaining popularity because of it’s great versatility.

After the race war is won, everything will look like this, brothers.
After the race war is won, everything will look like this, brothers.

What if you took the toughness of concrete, and removed the requirement of having a mold? What if you had the flexibility of steel, without the rust? What if you could use a fraction of the concrete to get the same result?

Ferrocement
Ferrocement is very simple to explain. You use steel mesh (chicken fencing) and rods (rebar) to sculpt a shape. Then you manually apply concrete to this shape until the steel form is entirely covered. That’s it. Why is this so great?

The steel mesh will “wick” the cement, preventing it from dripping off. This is what allows us to avoid using a mold to “hold” the cement as it dries. Because the ratio of steel to cement is much higher than in conventional reinforced concrete, the strength of the material is very close to pure steel, yet the concrete, if there are no failures or air pockets, will protect the steel against rust. And because the strength of the material is so great, very little of it is necessary compared with poured concrete. A small water tank could have walls less than an inch thick and still withstand the water pressure.

Yeah, you'll probably want to insulate that wall though.
Yeah, you’ll probably want to insulate that wall though.

Because of all these properties, you could use ferrocement for practically anything. It’s water proof, fireproof, can withstand enormous loads, can be made to fit any shape (I knew a guy who made actual sculptures using this techniques) and is relatively simple and cheap to use. But probably the most popular use right now is making cheap and durable water tanks.

Water storage
If you live off grid and independently from the System, there’s many reasons why you’ll want to store water. Of course, if you don’t have a well or access to a stream, then you’ll need to accumulate rain water. If you’re growing your own food, storing water is necessary to water your crops in dryer times. Emergency supplies of water can be a lifesaver in the case of a fire, or if your normal source of water fails you for some reason.

Pedro is working on his mesh frame. Soon his family will be able to drink mexican water.
Pedro is working on his mesh frame. Soon his family will be able to drink mexican water, instead of mud.

You can of course buy metal or plastic tanks, although they’re expensive. And in reality, their performance is far inferior to a ferrocement tank. Steel tanks are very strong, but vulnerable to corrosion – they have a relatively short life-span. Plastic tanks can leech toxins into the water and will get degraded if exposed to UV radiation (sunlight), and thus are usually buried underground. Yet if a lightweight plastic underground water tank sits empty for too long, the air pressure will tend to push it out of the ground (in the same way an empty water bottle will float above the water.)

Art Ludwig’s Water storage has detailed instructions on building ferrocement water tanks of all sizes. I strongly recommend consulting that book before you set about building yours, as there are many pitfalls to avoid and I could never cover them all in this article.

Another interesting point is that the same design could be used for fuel storage. After all, fuel is probably the product whose price best reflects the constant inflation of our currencies, and we always need it. Storing large amounts of it would be a wise investment, sure to pay off even in the near future.

The technique
The first step of the technique, as was mentioned earlier, is to create a frame to which the cement will be applied. But in fact, for some purposes, this frame doesn’t even need to be made of steel mesh. For the smallest sized water tanks, for example (1 cubic meter/250 gallons or less), will remain structurally sound even without the steel reinforcements as long as their geometry is well designed. This would be accomplished by filling a canvas bag with sand or sawdust, then plastering it by hand with the cement. Once dried, the bag would be emptied and then removed.

It's a beauty. A couple of those and you have enough water storage for a family.
It’s a beauty. A couple of those and you have enough water storage for a family.

But in most cases, steel mesh is used to form the desired shape. Smaller projects (which won’t endure enormous loads) can be completed exclusively with chicken wire, while other will need steel rods with a greater diameter.

The wire and rebar will be bent into the desired shapes, then tied together with steel string using pliers. Some projects will require a poured footing on which to stand, however.

You could bury this roof under a good layer of earth without stressing it.
You could bury this roof under a good layer of earth without stressing it.

Once the frame is complete, the plastering begins. This is usually done in teams of 2 people. One person presses a trowel or board against the back of the mesh, while the other applies the cement against it. Thus the cement is pressed into the mesh from both sides by the two workers. This process is repeated until the whole frame is covered in cement. Then the cement is left to cure for a few days. Curing must be done slowly however; if the weather is hot, dry and sunny, it may be necessary to cover the project in plastic tarp and even spray it with water to slow the curing process. If cement dries too quickly, it can form cold joints and fail later on in it’s lifespan.

Potential uses
Ferrocement is a relatively new and unexplored technique. The sky is the limit, and experimentation will yield some interesting uses for the future. In the meantime, here’s a list of things I’ve seen and ideas I’ve had:

  • Geodesic domes
  • Wall material

    This is some Lord of the ring tier shit right there.
    This is some Lord of the ring tier shit right there.
  • Roofing material
  • Sculptures
  • Underground tunnel bracing
  • Water tanks
  • Grain, food storage
  • Furniture (tables, benches, bed frames, etc)
  • Boat hulls (already used as such for large ships)

    If the race war fails and God decides to cleanse the earth in a great flood, you'll know what to do...
    If the race war fails and God decides to cleanse the earth in a great flood, you’ll know what to do…
  • Ovens
  • Outdoor games/entertainments (skate parks, airsoft arenas, stadium seats etc)
  • Defensive structures (outdoor walls, road blocks, bunker reinforcement, etc)
  • Biogas holding cells

Go forth and experiment!

INTERVIEW: RIGHT WING DEATH SQUAD ENTERTAINMENT

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NOOSE magazine has arranged an exclusive interview with youtube music outlet Right Wing Death Squad. RWDS brings a fresh new approach to far-right music, donning a pop aesthetic while setting a high standard for production values and technical execution.

What was the process which led you to your current beliefs and convictions? Any specific events that changed the way you look at things?
Zeiger

I have always been mildly politically engaged, but my beliefs never strayed too far from a center-right position. This changed shortly after watching streams of the Ferguson riots (around August 2014) and especially now after the migrant crisis in Europe. What really stoked my fire was the ridiculous reaction of the media and the general populace, and how tame and misguided it seemed in reaction to these incredibly troubling events. There have been plenty of other events like this in my lifetime, but these two affected me the most.
Right Wing Death Squad

What gave you the idea for this project? How did you start doing these parody songs?
Zeiger

I’ve been writing music and singing for most of my life, so that part was already there. One day, I heard a Youtube user’s parody song called “Blink 1488 – All The Rapefugees” and although it was incredibly hilarious, I wanted to do a more serious sounding version of my own. I contacted him (Flimzim) and he said he was totally fine with it, and I ended up turning it into an album of Blink 1488 songs. I have since recorded and released 19 parody songs from various genres and artists, and I have about just as many in the works.
Right Wing Death Squad

The production quality on your material is extremely impressive. Do you have a professional background or was this ever only a hobby? If so how did you learn?
Zeiger

I am self-taught, and I’ve been using the same DAW [ed: digital audio workstation] for over 10 years now so the production side comes naturally. Music in general has always been a passionate hobby of mine, but I’m hoping that RWDS can turn into something serious so that I can start focusing all my time on creating content.
Right Wing Death Squad

Can you talk to us a bit about your creation process? How do you choose the songs to cover, and where do you get inspiration for your lyrics? Also, what software and equipment do you use and recommend for other aspiring musicians?
Zeiger

For the covers, choosing the songs is the most complex part of the process. It mostly stems from my own tastes in music, but I also consider how the tone of the song will help carry the message and how the listeners will receive it. The singer and their style of singing has to at least somewhat fit my voice. The topics I choose usually emerge from the existing lyrics and manifest themselves from there, although sometimes I do scrap the original lyrical concept if I have a specific topic in mind. As far as equipment goes, believe it or not, I’ve been using a $30 Logitech headset to record all of my vocals so far, so if I had a message to other artists it would be to not be afraid to start small. I recently ordered a Samson USB Meteor Mic (still a pretty cheap mic), and although I haven’t tried it out yet, I’m certain that the quality of my production is only going to increase as I keep releasing content. As far as recommending software goes, this all depends on your level of experience and which software fits your needs. Everyone is going to have their own unique setup, and it’s best to just experiment with what works best for you.
Right Wing Death Squad

Right now pretty much all music produced in fascist and nationalist circles is hard core and abrasive. Nothing approaching the mainstream. Yet you cover a lot of material with mainstream appeal and a catchy quality to it. What gave you the idea to make pop-style nationalist music, and is this something you’d encourage others to do?
Zeiger

I think it’s important that we don’t confine ourselves to one type of music. We shouldn’t hide away from mainstream culture, and instead it should be our prime focus to take it back. Making this catchy pop music with the pro-white message is, at least in my mind, a good way to go about that. I’m also dipping into abrasive genres like metal, but that’s because I love heavier music and I think that the metalheads of our movement shouldn’t be denied their fun. Over time I’m going to hit as many different genres as I possibly can, while making sure that it still suits the level of quality I’m going for with RWDS.
Right Wing Death Squad

Your channel is devoted to parodies of existing songs. Are there original pieces in the works? If not, is that something you contemplate for the future?
Zeiger

I absolutely plan on writing my own music. I have the instruments, but I’ve been saving up for a new digital input so that I can record my own stuff. With that said, I’m having a lot of fun doing parodies right now, so I think once I finish everything I’ve wanted to get out of my system, I’ll focus on writing my own music so that I can actually sell it and distribute physical copies.
Right Wing Death Squad

A few of your most recent songs have had a very heavy sound. Do you intend to branch more towards that direction, or are you rather committed to exploring a variety of different styles?
Zeiger

I am 100% committed to exploring new genres, but it will follow my own tastes in music, which I think will help to continue differentiating myself from other content creators.
Right Wing Death Squad

Are you affiliated with any group or movement (which you’d like to plug)? Are you active in any online community?
Zeiger

In the same way that I don’t want to confine myself to one type of music, I’m going to do my best to keep my message separate from specific groups. I did write my most recent piece from the perspective of the alt-right, but I want to make it clear that when I write songs like that, I’m not trying to be that community’s spokesman. I wrote that track because someone (Milo) was trying to subvert that community and redefine what had (from my understanding) already been defined. As a content creator just trying to push out the best message for my people, I think that confining myself to one space would be counter-productive. The message will always be pro-white and pro-European, but the angle I approach it from will be varied depending on how I feel like writing that day.
Right Wing Death Squad

Any other comments or message for the readers?
Zeiger

Although the general movement I’m trying to help push forward is one that is serious and somber, I want my fans to have fun with my music. I’m having fun with it, and at the end of the day, I’m just trying to help create content to help people see inside a mind that is dealing with being a white male in the current year.
Right Wing Death Squad

Support RWDS on his Patreon page.

POWER GENERATION

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Building infrastructure is well and good. But if you want to actually live in it, or do something in it, you’ll need energy. All activity in this world requires energy. In the modern world, we’re used to fulfilling all our energy needs simply by plugging appliances in the wall socket and paying our monthly electricity bill. It would be a grave mistake to keep that mindset when going off-grid, and expecting to just plop down some solar panels or wind turbines while maintaining the same lifestyle.

Good luck running your 3 freezers, 2 big screen tv's and you industrial oven off of a battery bank.
Good luck running your 3 freezers, 2 big screen tv’s and you industrial oven off of a battery bank.

We need to look at power from two different perspectives. First is the conserver mindset: reduce our needs as much as possible to become more free and independent. In the second place, we need to become very aware that electricity is just one form of energy, and rarely the most efficient or economical source of power for most applications.

Energy efficiency

If we want to be independent from the System, the first step is to reduce our energy needs as much as possible. This makes everything else much simpler. This may seem obvious. But it’s not. Because I’m not talking about cutting 10-20% on your energy needs. I’m talking reducing consumption by upwards of 90%. This is a transformative difference, not just a little change.

The reason this is so important, is that as your energy expenditures creep closer to zero, the effectiveness of your power supplies start being multiplied hugely. This means enormous savings in terms of money and labor. For example, a typical household will consume from 25,000 to 50,000 watt/hours in a day. A typical solar panel, costing 150$, will supply 100 watts. If you have 5 hours of sunlight in a day, that gives you 500 watt/hours per day. So each 150$ panel you buy will only supply 1-2% of your energy needs. This isn’t even considering the vast array of batteries you’ll need to keep up, and the land you’ll need to devote to them (since your roof won’t be able to hold 50-100 panels).

Inversely, if you reduce your needs to 2000 watt/hours per day (which is achievable), a 150$ panel will supply 25% of your daily energy. A little bit of money and labor will provide a much greater benefit than if you’re being wasteful.

Examples of energy saving measures

Here I’ll provide examples of drastic energy saving measures. The point is to get your imagination running in the right direction, and to help you understand that 90% savings isn’t an exaggeration.

Heating: Electric heating should be right out of the question. It’s a huge waste. With proper use of insulation, thermal mass and passive solar heating, it’s possible to keep a habitat livable without any form of heating, even in arctic weather. Add to that a rocket mass heater running on scavenged wood, and your heating costs can remain at nearly zero.
Cooking: Stoves are very wasteful appliances, whether they’re electric or use gas. Use the heating stove as a cooking surface when possible instead (the heat will end up in the house either way). Also, there are far more efficient ways to cook food: slow cookers, convection ovens and front loading toasters.
Electronics: A desktop computer can use up 300-600 watts when in use. A laptop will use less than 100 watts. Cellphones and tablets will consume a fraction of that. Any of these devices will let you check your email or read Noose, so go for the more economical one. Limit the use of televisions, powerful sound systems, etc. For any power hungry device you might want to use, there’s typically a very low power device that’ll do the same thing. Why listen to music alone on your 300 watt sound system if you can listen to it with headphones on a 20 watt mp3 player?

Root cellar: looks better than your fridge.
Root cellar: looks better than your fridge.

Appliances: Refrigerators and freezers are some of the most power hungry machines we use. This is because they run continuously, and need a compressor to keep the food cold. Most food doesn’t need to be kept in a refrigerator. The technique of root cellaring can be used instead to keep most of your food. You can use a mini-fridge for the rest, and keep it very full at all times (keeping an empty fridge cold consumes a lot more power than a full one). Adding extra insulation to the fridge would also help. For clothes washing and drying, there exist devices that use little or no power and do the job. For example, the “wonderwash” uses air pressure (and a little hand power) to clean clothes, requiring no electricity or gas. You can hang your clothes on a folding indoor rack to dry them.

A convection oven uses a fraction of the power, compared with a conventional electric oven.
A convection oven uses a fraction of the power, compared with a conventional electric oven.

Light: LED lights are more expensive, but last forever and consume a fraction of the power, compared with conventional bulbs. Your buildings should have windows anyway, so the need for light should be a negligible burden on your power system.
Tools: For many applications, quality hand tools will do the job, and will require no power. For more intensive applications, like sawing lumber, grinding, etc, it is possible to set up direct mechanical power rather than electrical. In other words, using a windmill, or water turbine to spin a flywheel connected to the tool. This is at least 2x as efficient as converting the power to electric and back again.
Pumping water: If possible, pressurize your water with gravity instead of a pump. Otherwise, get an electric pump that can turn on and off intelligently required, rather than being on continuously.

If you implement the above recommendations, living on 1000-2000 w/h per day is an easily achievable goal.

Types of power

As you could glean from the previous section, the most important concept to integrate when moving off grid is that electricity isn’t the only source of usable energy. And for many applications, it isn’t the most efficient.

All forms of energy need to be converted from one form to another to have practical utility. But each step of conversion involves a loss. Thus converting all your sources of energy to electricity and then converting your electricity into heating, cooling, mechanical power and light is very wasteful.

So our most basic strategy is to take each source of energy we have, and use it in the most direct way possible. Mechanical energy in the form of windmills and waterwheels/turbines should be used to directly power mechanical devices, before powering an electric generator. Chemical fuel like coal, wood or gas should be used to generate heat, before powering boilers or engines. And obviously, using a bicycle (human power) to generate electricity is stupid; it should be used to power devices directly.

Generating electricity

But of course, for many applications, electricity is the only choice, or the most efficient choice. So getting rid of electricity completely isn’t a good practical choice. But we need to be smart about how we generate our off-grid electric power, because many factors come into it and it’s easy to waste a great many resources. Our goal, ultimately, is to be as independent from the System as possible. Thus we don’t want our electricity to be so expensive as to require constant, large inputs of System money to keep it active.

The costs of the electric system can be split into four categories:

  • Fuel requirements
  • Initial investment for the generator
  • Maintenance costs (parts, repairs)
  • Expected lifespan

These costs can vary drastically depending on the location and time, so it’s impossible to give a definitive answer as to which system is the best. For example, if you’re living next to a stream, the “fuel cost” of hydro power is effectively zero. But if you need to rent the neighbor’s land to have access to the stream, suddenly your “fuel” has a cost. Today solar panels might cost 250$ each, but the cost is going down steadily. Repairing a diesel generator might be very expensive for one person, but another might be a skilled mechanic and be able to do it themselves.

The first step is to examine the situation, and determine what resources are available. If your land is in the woods, you probably have free access to wood. However, there will be little or no wind. In the city, it might be possible to get free used oil from restaurants who want to get rid of it. In any situation, there will be free sources of energy to be tapped.

Once you know the sources of energy that are available to you, you can make the cost/benefit analysis for each of them to find out the best one for you.

Alternative sources

Solar, wind and water power are well known, but there are other types of off-grid electricity generation methods in existence that aren’t well known. I’m going to go over them now to broaden your perspective and start you out on your research journey. Note that many of these methods can also be used to provide direct power, rather than generating electricity.

Don't actually do this.
Don’t actually do this.

Used cooking oil: A diesel engine can run on cooking oil. So if you have a source of free (or very cheap) cooking oil, this can be an attractive option. The problem is that at room temperature, cooking oil is too viscous and will not combust properly. So you need to install a device to pre-heat the oil before injecting it into the engine. Alternatively, there are systems to treat the oil chemically to reduce it’s viscosity. The advantage of the used cooking oil system is that you can use it to power vehicles as well as generate electricity.

Wood and coal: There are different ways to generate electricity using wood or coal. The most obvious is to have a steam engine. However, this is dangerous and demands constant surveilance. But you can also process them into a type of natural gas and use this gas to power a diesel generator. This is called a wood gas generator, and can be made using metal cans and welding equipment. Finally, wood gas can be converted into liquid fuel using the Fischer-Tropp process, though I’ve never heard of anyone doing this on a small scale.

A basic biogas "digestion" tank. I can't even imagine how bad it must smell in there.
A basic biogas “digestion” tank. I can’t even imagine how bad it must smell in there.

Biogas: A gas similar to wood gas, discussed above, can be made from decomposing biological matter (food waste, manure, plant matter, etc). You’ll need a air-tight containment chamber to put the biological matter into. The gas will rise up as the matter rots. You can pipe the gas into a holding tank, which will be connected to your diesel generator.

Stirling engine: A Stirling engine transforms heat into power, much like a steam engine. However, it has the advantage of not exploding if left unattended, because it’s not intensely pressurized. If you can get your hands on one, then anything that can burn will provide you with electricity, if you connect it to a generator. This is a very versatile solution. Unfortunately Stirling engines aren’t really easy to acquire, short of building it yourself.

Conclusion

There’s little point in creating independent enclaves to resist the System if we’re totally dependent on the System for our energy needs. Having control over the production of our energy is just as important as producing food.

If we master these various techniques, then we will be in a position to offer the people a true alternative to the System. This knowledge is, quite literally, power.

UNDERGROUND HIDEOUT, PART 2

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Okay, so the hidden earth-sheltered habitat we saw last week works pretty well when it comes to not being found. But what if you want to go one step further? After all, someone sniffing around your land will eventually find it if he persists long enough and stumbles upon the entrance. And also, if anyone visits your location while you’re building the thing, it’ll be obvious what you’re doing.

The only real solution to these possibilities is to go completely underground, both during the construction and the operation of your building. This will obviously take longer, be more complicated and involve some danger, unlike all the previous concepts we’ve covered. But since secrecy is a crucial aspect of what we’re doing, in some scenarios it’ll be worthwhile to explore the possibility of completely underground construction.

Tunnel digging

At the core, building underground is about tunneling. And while digging is simple, not dying in a cave-in is less simple, and something you’ll want to avoid.

This is your future, white man. If you don't take into account soil type and build shoddy support frames.
This is your future, white man. If you don’t take into account soil type and build shoddy support frames.

A underground hideout will be constructed out of a series of tunnels linking larger rooms together. For illustration, observe the tunnels built by the Vietcong during the Vietnam war; the tunnels were dug by hand, had rooms to live in, storage areas, medical centers and so on. The Vinh Moc tunnels in particular are a great example, since they were used to house civilians as well as military staff, and were buried 30 meters underground to protect them against American bombings. If building such a thing is possible during war time with no resources, then it should also be possible for us to do it in our advantageous conditions.

The asian hive mentality at it's finest: they instinctively build underground colonies like ants.
The asian hive mentality at it’s finest: they instinctively build underground colonies like ants.

The Vinh Moc tunnels, and Vietcong tunnels in general, were excavated by hand and did not use wooden supports. This is because the soil was mostly sandstone, which is solid enough to avoid cave-ins if the tunnel geometry is intelligent, while also soft enough to dig by hand quickly. If you find a location with sandstone soil, you can directly copy the method of the vietcong tunnelers, without too much risk. But in many cases, additional security measures will be necessary.

Support

The most basic form of support is to shape the tunnel into a vault as you dig it. A vault, by virtue of it’s geometry, has a very high ability to withstand a load. Thus a vaulted cavity is much less likely to cave in than a cavity with straight edges. But this will only work if you have a soil with very high clay content (or you’re digging through stone).

A man could stand on that arch and it wouldn't budge.
A man could stand on that arch and it wouldn’t budge.

In order to dig a tunnel into a proper vault shape, you’ll want to create a frame (a bent metal rod will work) with the right curve, and place it against the wall you’re going to dig into. Use a tool to mark the curve into the soil, and carefully dig according to that mark. Every few feet of digging, reapply the frame to make sure sure you’re staying on track.

A room in the Vinh-Moc tunnels. Those commie vietcongs sure understood the arch concept.
A room in the Vinh-Moc tunnels. Those commie vietcongs sure understood the arch concept.

As an added security, make sure there’s plenty of soil above the ceiling. Some sources say that there should be twice the thickness of earth above the tunnel as the height of the tunnel itself. Digging a shallow tunnel is inviting a cave-in.

But what if the soil you’re digging into isn’t so strong? You’ll have to add support beams as you dig, at least every 6 feet or so (2 meters). Of course, if you start to come across less stable soil, you might have to increase the frequency of support braces to avoid a cave-in. Tunneling braces are typically made with 6×6 inch lumber, but you can probably do with small trees cut around the construction area if you’re low on resources.

Looks straight out of a horror movie. But it should keep you from dying, probably.
Looks straight out of a horror movie. But it should keep you from dying. Probably.

An interesting alternative, which I’ve thought about, but which is untested as far as I know, would be to dig a vaulted tunnel and erect a ferrocement shell over the ceiling and walls after every few feet of progress. Ferrocement, as mentioned before, is almost as strong as steel, is totally waterproof, and when built in the shape of a vault, should endure enormous amounts of pressure. It’s a concept that has definite potential, enabling strong tunnels to be dug in even very poor conditions (sandy soil, shallow depth, etc). This will have to be tested however.

Finishing
Living in raw mineshafts, while romantic, would probably wear thin after a while. So it’s a good idea to finish the floors, walls and ceilings with some sort of plaster to make the tunnels more habitable. A simple compound to plaster with would be a mix of cement and dirt (1:4 ratio), which will make your walls smooth with a nice beige color. If you used the ferrocement shell method, then you could just paint the cement surface, which should already be smooth anyway.

The vietcong tunnels didn’t feature doors, apparently. Indeed, it would be very inefficient to dig passageways large enough to accommodate a standard sized door. Not to mention, standard doors are square, which will not match our vaulted corridors and rooms. A simple substitute would be to just use drapes as doors, hanging from the top of the doorframe. Otherwise, you’ll have to make your own doors with appropriate shapes.

Like this... but not as fancy.
Like this… but not as fancy. You don’t want to kill the dim tunnel aesthetic.

Since our ideal is stealth, windows are obviously out of the questions. Light wells are possible, but are difficult to build. So for the most part, using energy efficient led lights will be your best bet, combined with well hidden solar panels on the surface.

Systems
As you dig deeper into the ground, surface temperature stops influencing the tunnel’s climate and you start to get nearer to a constant 13 degrees celsius all year round. This is a cold but livable temperature, if you’re well dressed, making heating not entirely necessary. But building rocket mass heaters will still make the place more comfortable. It would be a good idea to heat at least one larger room, for eating and relaxation. The heater can double as a cooking stove. You’ll probably want to have a propane cooker as well though.

Trust me, goyim, this graph perfectly illustrates my point.
Trust me, goyim, this graph perfectly illustrates my point.

Rudimentary toilets can be implemented by simply digging a deep hole and putting a seat on top. Composting toilets are also a possibility, but an extra hassle (you’ll have to have storage space for 6 or more waste barrels, because it can take months for the human waste to become compost). We may cover the subject of composting toilets in greater detail in a future article. Stuff like septic tanks and drain fields are out of the question underground since you won’t have an excavator to make the gigantic holes necessary to install such a system.

Ventilation is essential for any building, but doubly so for underground construction. The potential for condensation and mildew is very high in a shut off bunker. Good airflow will prevent that. You’ll want to implement a convection based ventilation system. Basically, you get a pipe running below the tunnel for a bit, where it’s colder. The air in the pipe will be cooled. Then the pipe goes to the surface, where it’s hotter. The temperature difference will create a suction effect, and thus an airflow. In the winter, where it’s actually colder outside than down below, you can help the convection along by painting the chimney black and placing it in view of the sun, making it heat up even if it’s freezing outside.

Basically this, but underground.
Basically this, but underground.

Conclusion

Digging a secret underground network of tunnels is both dangerous and difficult. It’s not something that should be done lightly. But it’s a proven strategy in times of struggle. “Tunnel clearing” was probably the most feared and dangerous type of battle for the American forces fighting during the Vietnam war. That’s something to think about.

As with all the articles in this series, this isn’t meant to be a complete guide, but just an overview and a taste of the subject. Tunnel digging, because of the dangers involved, should be the subject of particular research and preparation.

And as such, tunnel digging should be the last resort. Building above-ground structures, or even earth sheltered ones, will be faster, easier and less dangerous, and it will result in more convenient habitats. But if the heat from the system is too intense, even the most well hidden and well camouflaged structure can be found, especially if helicopters and spy satellites are involved. A hidden tunnel entrance could only be found by large teams going over vast expanses of land with a fine tooth comb. Something else to think about.

Good luck finding this entrance in the middle of the fucking forrest, feds!
Good luck finding this entrance in the middle of the fucking forest, feds!