Sunday, 31 January 2016

Life-Reform - Part Three

'In the modern world, during the last hundred years or so, there has been an enormous and historically unique shift away from self-reliance and towards organisation. As a result people are becoming less self-reliant and more dependent than has ever been seen in history. They may claim to be more highly educated than any generation before them; but the fact remains that they cannot really do anything for themselves.'

Dr. E.F. Schumacher CBE.

The reason why people today feel that they are more 'highly educated' is because they believe they are getting a better education; the reality of this is that when education teaches the child and the youth how to think and not what to think they really will have a better education - and they will again be able to do things for themselves. But the State System in place today wants the people not to think but to be reliant upon the state in everything they do. For this post we need only to look at the idea of becoming more self-reliant and less reliant on big-business (Global Businesses) or the State System. 

The heading 'Life-Reform' seems to suit what this post is about since it would take a very long time, and a good deal more active people involved to 'Beat the System'. In truth we need to look at the small things that we can all do to change ourselves and reform our lives and the lives of our families as well. Far too many people 'preach' to others whilst not doing it themselves, which is self-defeating. It is time for all of us to look to ourselves and what we are really doing to stop the slide into thralldom - and how we ourselves are to some extent slipping into that state even if we do not know it, or rather we are unwilling to accept that we are. 

This is the second week of my 'Life-Reform' undertaking, and I will now share with you what has been done to change from the buying of food from the supermarkets (Global Business) to buying from local output -

Farm-Shops - I have found two local Farm-Shops now and bought meat, vegetables, milk and other food-stuffs from them -

  • Milk - We have switched to Raw Milk which has not been pasteurised, despite the 'food warnings' they put on this milk, no doubt to keep the supermarket monopoly on dairy produce. The milk is far superior and has cream in it, which makes it taste far better, and also hints that it is not just made of watered down milk. Maybe around 40 years ago milk produced this way could have had problems due to the methods used (though we have had it this way for thousands of years) but with today's means this is not so, and thorough tests are always carried out. This milk, if going sour, can still be used for cooking, unlike the supermarket one which goes off and cannot be used again. This costs more but through the local Farm Shop is cheaper than the stuff delivered - though this may still be an option. (The farm produces Raw Milk from Jersey Cows which seems to be the best milk-producing cow.)
  • Meat - The Farm-Shop meat is again far superior and one thing that can be seen straight away is that when frying the pan is not full of water. The stuff produced by Big-Business is blow up with water! The taste is also better and the meat does not get smaller in size as the water is boiled out. Again, dearer but much better taste and fresher - and you know what meat is in it, and that it is not Halal or Kosher killed. 
  • Bread - Again we have stopped getting the supermarket stuff but switched to nearby stockists. I have even bought bread-flour and made a couple of loaves myself again - something not done for some years now. 
  • Vegetables - some stuff has been bought from the nearby Farm-Shops and some from the supermarket. It would seem obvious at this time of the year that nearby-grown stocks would not be available.
  • Growing for Eating - The seeds, sent to the wrong address, have got here and the people that supplied it apologised and tried to make things right so I will no doubt use them again. These are 'heritage' type seeds that can be used to gather the seeds again for the next year, rather than the 'F1 Hybrid' type that will not produce plants of the same type. On the same lines I have bought a 'Copper Trowel' as put forward by Viktor Schauberger, the idea being that copper (Bronze in this case) conducts electricity and thus may deter slugs - something that we shall no doubt find out when trying this out. I will let you know at the end of the growing season if this has done the trick (they are very expensive so trying them out and telling others would be the best way to go about this). 
We have not stopped buying from the supermarket, which we now use for some fruit and vegetables, and household goods which are cheaper, but the outlay to the supermarket is well under half of that spent at nearby outlets. And this week was one in which the main household goods were stocked up again. Another move was to use a nearby 'Garden Centre' which was a free-born nursery which has survived the onslaught of the 'Garden Centre' chains that put most of these out of work. Again, supporting nearby stockists - saving fuel too. 

It is only though habit that we tend to use the bigger stockists, and nearby ones can save sometimes due to being nearer and able to get to them without a car. For those in villages that do not have shops this is not so, but what is needed is to get as much as you can at the same time. 

Looking ahead to the future I am looking at means to produce power 'off-grid' so that this can also be a means towards self-reliance. Wind-Power and Solar-Power are two of the main means to do so. Here the idea is to move towards another way of making power outside the 'Grid-System' the the State, a way to have a back-up system if needed. This could surely become cheaper in some way but this is not the only reason. 

The next stage is to grow fruit and vegetables as usual, but to change the way this is done to make it better and get better harvests. The lengthening of the growing-time is another thing that needs to be looked at, so that longer growing times lengthen the yearly harvest. For some years now I have used raised beds and their use will be widened this year. 

The greatest steps forward in self-reliance is today done by the 'left-wing' who seem to be able to work towards this aim better. The drawback is that these people are stuck in the 'World Order' and most often ridden with self-hate and thus tend to help outsiders rather than their own kind - even when they say they are based on regionalism. This has got to change and the 'right-wing' need to get into the real task of working towards this end themselves. In fact it was the Volkish Movement in Germany and around Europe that first brought into being these ideas and acted upon them through their work - some parts were 'left-wing' and others 'right-wing' - we need to fuse the two under a new Race-Consciousness. 

'Ideas' kindle new deeds, but they only 'kindle' these deeds, and unless ideas are turned into deeds they will come to nothing. And I see this as the great hurdle today, for far too many of our people bring forth 'ideas' but never act upon them and bring them into being - as they need to be. Without the actual work we shall never get any further than the 'idea' or the written word. The written word is only as mighty as the deed that comes from it! Thought comes before the deed - but both are needed to cause change. 

It is very hard to change oneself, simply because people tend to take the easy way out in all things. But we are not 'people', and as Wolves Amongst The Sheep' we have to break free of the sheep-mind, and that means becoming less fixed to the State-System and live a life of more freedom. And this can only be done through a new strength of will that will overcome the life we lead now. This will mean working towards a new way of life, and leading others towards the same ends.

In doing this I am helping my own family, but I have always been urged on by the rekindling of our Folk, and thus the main aim is to lead our Folk by our own work-output, our own ideas brought into being by our work. This is not just a 'family' thing, though the family is the basis of our work, for it goes beyond family to the Folk-Nation and the Folk. If we keep this to ourselves we cannot ask others to do what we do - our work needs to be put out to others so that they may follow what we do. At a family level we can do the work but it has to be a trial and error task that helps our Folk as a whole. 

The so-called 'left-wing' seem to be able to work as a community, even though in reality this is not a 'community' which, by the way it is marked out, has to be based on Blood Kinship. Where it is based on Blood Kinship this is not done in real terms but by error on the part of those who act together as one. To be a true Folk-Community it has to be those bound by Blood and Earth. We ourselves can build a true Folk-Community.

Added February 1st 2016 -

After making a loaf of bread again this is surely the way to make it possible to keep a supply in hand. It is many years since I have done this and doing so takes very little time and is well worth while. The taste is far better than the bread bought from the supermarket - it is far more than fresh air! It cuts better, keeps better and has a far better taste. All that is needed is a supply of wholemeal flour and dried yeast - which can be kept in supply for times when we go short. 

On the subject of taste, in our 'progressive society' we are in danger of losing all sense of taste; this is because we have been programmed to use the mass-produced stuff sold by the supermarkets, goods which are tasteless in many cases. An example was given on the Channel 4 TV Series - 'River Cottage Forever' by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. On one program he tested local people on their taste of factory-farmed chicken and free-range chicken, both cooked in the same way. The free-range chicken won on taste, but only by two votes. This was because the people involved had been so used to factory-farmed, mass-produced stuff, that they could not taste the difference - which there clearly is. This is a saddening thing since it means that the mass of people have lost any sense of taste and will accept poor-quality goods rather than get the best they can eat. 

We bought a supply of fish in Hastings which still has fishermen working, though on a very small scale now as compared to past decades. Fish is dear in any case but this move is worthwhile. In future we shall look at another way to get fish, but for now we have to buy in. 

This part will most likely fulfil the needs of these posts for a while so I will renew them when further work has been done, and real progress has been made.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Life-reform - Part Two

The 'Beat the System' series has now changed its name to 'Life-Reform' which seems more suited to our needs and our work. It seems more in keeping with what we hope to achieve which is to be more self-reliant and self-sufficient. 

Week One - 

  • We have sourced some local Farm Shops and started to buy from these rather than the supermarkets - meat, vegetables, pies and bread at the moment.
  • Milk - We have switched to Raw Milk rather than pasteurised milk, the latter having most of the goodness taken out of it. It is important in this respect to go to a good supplier with healthy livestock. The difference between this and the supermarket milk is vast - this actually has cream on it. And remember, even if Raw Milk goes sour you can still use it in cooking, something that cannot be done with pasteurised milk. Raw Milk can also be frozen (in plastic bottles). Note: the warnings on the bottles have to be put there by law, and they have to do so because the supermarkets do not like competition to their monopoly.
  • Bread - The bread was a good deal more expensive, but to offset this I bought some that had been frozen and was sold at half the price. I have now bought some Bread Flour to make our own bread and see how we can save doing this. There is one point to make concerning bread and that is the supermarket bread ('Hovis', 'Kingsmill' etc.) is made up of a lot of air pockets, whereas bread made by local suppliers is thicker and has less air pockets. This means that whereas we may use 2-3 slices of supermarket bread, one slice of local bread may be enough since it is wholesome and filling. So the cost may not be too much dearer in real terms.
  • Vegetables - I bought most of these from two farm shops with some from Tesco's; the latter was onions which seem a safe bet from any outlet. I have always found that home-grown vegetables last much longer than those from a supermarket, and the Farm Shop ones do not go off so quick either. This is a subject for experiment since many local Fruit and Veg shops get the stuff the supermarkets do not want, which is another by-product of the monopoly of these vast chains. Farm Shops have to bring in this time of year since many vegetables are not in season. One of the problems with vegetables is that suppliers - especially supermarkets - wash the root vegetables and pack them in polythene bags which make these go off very quickly (unwashed root vegetables keep far longer). 
  • Fruit - Apples are an easy one since they can be grown in England, but many fruits are imported and the supermarkets get the best pick of them. This is something to remember when buying fruit such as bananas, oranges, lemons, grapefruit etc. When working on an Organic Farm many years ago they bought fruit from a Kent supplier, getting what was left over after Sainsbury's had their stuff - Sainsbury's getting the best, of course. So the local Farm Shop may not always get better quality in this case. I bought a pack of apples from Tesco costing £1.00 which had 6 apples for this price. The local Fruit and Veg shop sold a similar bag for the same price - £1.00 - with 9 apples of the same size - and they lasted longer too. This shows that the supermarket is not always the cheapest. 
  • Meat - This is better quality than many of the supermarkets, though Waitrose sell high quality meats that taste better. Buying in bulk with a box of different cuts would save on supermarket prices, but even when buying odd bits the price will be more but the quality far better. Cut down on how much you eat to balance the books. 
  • Pies - We bought some which were made by a local supplier and these were superior in taste and the amount of meat to 'Walls' and 'Ginsters' etc. The pastry was more flaky and they were filled with meat. The cost was about a pound dearer on the normal price but offset by the quality.
  • Eggs - Sourced from a local farm-shop that keeps free-range hens and sells hens at the same time. The eggs were really much better with a wonderful tasty golden yoke. Dearer, but then the hens are treated much better.
This is just a start and I have now discovered a local supplier of Raw Milk, butter and cream, and they deliver locally in the old-fashioned One Pint bottles too. They can also supply locally-sourced eggs and yoghurt, delivering these too. The cost of the milk is reasonable but we need to find the cost of butter, cream, eggs and yoghurt - if these seem fair then a weekly delivery would be on the cards. 

We live near to the sea so fresh fish is the next step we shall take; local fishermen sell fresh fish so this is not a problem. We need a regular supply until we can make alternative arrangements.

At this stage the whole thing is an experiment, but it has to be said that shopping in the small outlets is far better than running around the supermarket dodging the shopping trollies parked right across the isles, waiting at a checkout in long queues, and with a smaller selection it is easier to get what you want. 

I am keeping tabs of the cost of each shopping, either at the local outlets or the supermarkets (which we shall still use for certain things), but at this time the main shopping has been done at the Farm Shops with small bits at the supermarket. I have had to start to stock up the freezer which we ran down to nothing to defrost it and clean it out, so the initial outlay will be more than usual. The shopping bill was £106.00 approx, out of which we spent just over £10.00 in Tesco's - as opposed to the whole bill going to Tesco's or Asda (or sometimes Lidl for tinned food (used to keep stocks mainly). 

The main switch will be that of foodstuffs which I am going to source from local suppliers; the supermarkets will still be used for fruit and vegetables sometimes, and for the other household stuff we need - until such time as we can find an alternative that is cheaper. 

The cost of transport was no more than usual, in fact it saved since I have to travel to another village to Tesco's or Asda; the Farm Shops we used were on routes which I have to travel each week, so the transport cost was nil in regard to the usual shopping. 

The only problem faced in this first week was that I decided to source the seeds for this year from a smaller supplier - online. They sent the package to the wrong person, someone with the same surname, who rang me to tell me she was redirecting it to me. As yet I still have not received the seeds so will be looking at an alternative to this way of ordering. 

Life Reform - Part One

In an article some time ago Steed suggested that we buy our goods locally rather than from the large supermarkets, thus breaking free to some extent from the money-powers that control through monopoly of goods. I am now going to expand on this and suggest why we should all try to switch to local produce. Since then I have started to make up a list of suppliers locally who can supply foodstuffs, with the intention of buying locally and cutting down to a great extent on what we buy from supermarkets. I have also looked into the cost involved and weighed this up with what we spend now. This post is a start, and the progress that we make will be put up on the Guerilla Survivalism site which covers this subject for Wulfinga. 

Firstly we need to look at why most people buy from the supermarket, and then suggest why we should not buy from them, and finally (in this section) what impact the supermarkets had on English Life. 

  • We buy from the supermarket because it is convenient, everything being together in one place.
  • Because it is cheaper.
  • Because most people buy from the supermarket.

Why should we stop buying as much from the supermarket -

  • Because the products are not as good as good, locally sourced food since much of it is shipped hundreds or even thousands of miles to get to the outlets.
  • Because when we go into the supermarket we are 'sold' products that we do not really want - through careful manipulation used on the public, after careful study by psychologists whose role it is to hard sell.
  • On the same subject as the above, there are so many things around that we are tempted to buy stuff we would not normally buy. 
  • The products are not always cheaper than locally sourced goods; the supermarkets were very cheap at first because they had to compete with the small shops, but after these were put out of business things changed. It is very noticeable how they market their goods carefully by 'special offers' with low prices, whereas some of the other goods increase in price to offset this. It is thus doubtful that you are always saving in the supermarket. 
  • It is noticeable how all of the supermarkets run a 'scam' around 'Xmas' time, when they drop the price of many things, especially drinks, some weeks before Xmas, which means that people tend to buy early to save money. What seems to be the psychology behind this is that by buying early these goods are consumed before Xmas and then they have to be stocked up again. About 1-2 weeks prior to Xmas the goods shoot back up again, and in many cases to a lot higher than they were in normal times. Looking at most people stocking their trollies at this time of year you would think the shops closed for a month - instead of one day! There is no doubt that we all could cut down at this time, it has just become the 'done thing' to overstock. 
What impact did the supermarkets have on English Life -

Local shops were put out of business because of the large supermarkets. The small shops are much rarer today because of the selling of goods cheaper at the time.

The following foodstuffs were delivered to our doors, meaning we did not have to travel to fetch them - 
  • Milk, Eggs, Cheese, Yoghurt.
  • Bread
  • Meat & Poultry
  • Fish
  • 'Pop' - fizzy drinks
  • Vegetables
All of these deliveries have gone, except for the last which can only be got through the 'Box System' which is rather dearer than the original deliveries. Milk is still delivered, especially 'Raw Milk' (unpasteurised milk).

What could be more convenient than the foodstuffs delivered straight to the door, and thus less travel, less pollution and above all it was better quality than that of today's supermarkets. You can still get stuff delivered but in the main it is ordered online rather than a delivery-driver coming round on a specific day each week, or daily in regard to milk etc. All of this was halted due to the coming of the supermarket. 

But we are in a position to change this for the better; indeed we are in a good position to do so, since if there was a rush by everyone to do so the supply could not be met locally - things need to change slowly but surely. Below are some suggestions -

  • Meat can be bought from a local meat-supplier, such as a local Farm Shop that produces the meat from the farm, or sources it locally. This is a better bet since the meat is of a far better quality. Supermarkets pack their meat in sealed, wrapped containers, the meat coming straight from slaughter to the container. This seals in the meat, bloodied and all! When I was a kid the meat used to hang for ages in the butchers, thus draining the blood, which then tastes far better than the packaged supermarket stuff which is tasteless. It is also a fact that meats such as beef need hanging for some time to mature, which is why it tastes better - this is not done in supermarket meat. Not only that we then by-pass the use of Halal & Kosher meat, the former being sold in  some supermarkets without the public knowing. Buying a box of different parts of an animal is dearer in the first place but can actually work out cheaper than that of the supermarket - and when buying beef you know that it is beef - and not some beef substitute from somewhere else in the world. Buying in bulk is an option since today we have freezers that can keep the meat for longer times.
  • Bread can be bought from a local Farm Shop that makes its own; better tasting, better quality and the real goodness of fresh bread - not sent over from France as some supermarkets do. 
  • The milk in the supermarkets is nowhere near as good as the milk that used to be delivered. Where today can you see an inch of cream on the top of the plastic-bottled stuff sold in the supermarket? There is none! Suggesting it is nothing better than watered-down milk; semi-skimmed milk is even more so, and skimmed milk goes the whole way. There are arguments against 'Raw Milk' which is unpasteurised, the argument being that it can spread diseases from the cows; since a good supplier has to have more regular checks on the milk and cows this is highly unlikely. The US Food and Drug Administration suggests that drinking Raw Milk poses a 'serious health threat' - but who listens to this body which states that it is 'Protecting & Promoting Your Health' - an Orwellian concept which means they are actually doing the opposite. Now, all such government bodies that state similar beliefs seem to have overlooked that Raw Milk has been consumed for hundreds if not thousands of years, and pasteurised milk has only been with us for a very short time. Pasteurised milk takes out harmful bacteria, but it also takes out bacteria that the body needs in the digestion process. Pasteurisation is a modern conception and is named after Louis Pasteur who was born in 1822. There are, no doubt, pasteurised milk on sale which is of a better quality so it is possible to try either type as an alternative to the supermarket stuff. Again, it is dearer, but should we put up with the stuff with no goodness or go for a better quality and healthier alternative?
  • Fish can be found in a local fish-shop (fishmongers) or for those who live near the sea can be bought directly from local fishermen who sell on the sea-front or in shops by the sea-front. 
  • Fruit and vegetables can be bought from any farm-shop; here it needs to be remembered that locally-grown vegetables and fruit have to be seasonable and although some farms now use poly-tunnels to grow outside the normal season they will not be available all-year-round as can be found on the supermarket shelf - these being often imported. This means a change of diet for anyone doing this, but this is a good thing in that it begins the process of getting back to Nature and Natural Growing. For those who want organic or natural food delivered the Box System can be used - these are delivered to the door. Here it is best to use a local supplier and support local growing. 
  • 'Pop' or 'fizzy drinks' - most of these today are full of chemicals, and many, such as 'Coke', 'Pepsi' and 'Energy Drinks' full of Caffeine and other stuff that induced energy in the individual. It is noticeable with the young people who use these that their bodies get reliant on them rather than producing their own Life-Energy. This fact may suggest that it has been done deliberately, since the body gets 'wary' of producing its own energy and becomes reliant on the outside source. Lemonade and other drinks can be made from lemons etc. and although not necessarily 'fizzy' are much better tasting than the mass-produced product. Many types of drink can be made at home, and experiment is the best way.
Using these methods will work out dearer, but when we think how many people will spend thousands on holidays each year, thousands on 'Christmas Presents' and spend on many things that they really do not need, and then skimp when it comes to getting good food for their families. Everyone must have a set budget, and thus what is needed is to cut out certain things in order to spend more on foodstuffs. One way to budget is to start to grow food at home or on an allotment, as well as to catch fish if you are a fisherman, to hunt if this is possible, and there is also the 'road-kill' which is a thing of today's world with so much traffic on our roads. 

Our buying habits are nothing less than a state-of-mind and what is needed is the will-to-change those habits. I am not preaching to others here since I have no reason to think myself any different; we used to use a local Farm Shop when the kids were younger but gradually went back to supermarket stuff. Over the years I have come to realise that this was a mistake and now I am going to turn things back again and use locally-sourced foodstuffs. I have grown my own fruit and vegetables for many years but I am looking now to change tactics in order to grow better crops and more productive crops using different methods. This is an experiment that I'll share on the Guerilla Survivalism Blog so that others can maybe learn from my errors and findings. 

There is also another side to what I am saying here, and that is our contribution to animal welfare. We all know the evils of factory-farming, and in particular the factory-farmed egg-business. Hens living in small cages, without ever seeing the outside world, can never live a natural life, and indeed suffer greatly from their ordeal packed in these cages. Due to press coverage some of the supermarkets, such as Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Co-op, and Marks and Spencers no longer sell eggs from caged birds, and due to the press-coverage of the subject more and more people are buying free-range eggs. However - what is not made so public is the condition that some 'free-range' hens have to endure. As usual the EU stamps its mark on this, and under their rules 'free-range' means that nine hens can be crammed into every square metre of floor space, and that it is only necessary for hens in a shed to have access to an outside space. In reality, as in some cases reported by the Mail Online, 1600 hens can be crammed into one shed. Hens are territorial and thus the stronger ones guard the small exit to the outside and the weaker ones may never see the outside world at all. Buying from a small, local farm-egg supplier would be far better for us and for the hens.

Vegetables grown ourselves can be picked as needed and straight from garden to table, thus getting the best of goodness from them. Every hour after picking goodness is lost, so we can imagine how much we lose when having to get food from abroad. Of course, there are some things we cannot grow in this country, but I am talking here of growing as much as we can, and sourcing locally as much as we can - not getting everything this way. There is still a need to shop at the supermarket for some of the non-foodstuffs and for things we cannot source locally or grow ourselves, but this would minimalise the use of big-business. 

There is another problem that stems from the modern progressive society, and that is its global nature; the supermarkets have an array of different foods, brands, and flavours, indeed to such an extent that it become ridiculous. In the 'Age of the People' the masses also tend to think themselves in some way 'superior' now because more money (or credit) is available for 'luxury' goods (which is an illusion). An example of the folly of modern life is the use of 'exotic' mushrooms in supermarkets and restaurants, a folly that has already depleted stocks of certain rare mushrooms in our forests and woodlands. This is a truly ridiculous example of modern-day living where the present is all that matters, and no concern for the future is even thought of. This example is nothing but greed on the part of those harvesting such mushrooms to sell for profit in restaurants and supermarkets. 

Going back to the subject of Raw Milk and foodstuffs made from Raw Milk, the authorities have tried to ban this on a number of occasions but public pressure has stopped them in their tracks. The government is run and financed by big-business, and many MPs have their own interests in big-business, indeed many are either large shareholders or are company directors in large companies - so they have obvious interests in backing large businesses. Of course, this is certainly not right but it is so, and thus we need to take into account why they make such moves to ban certain things. Whilst backing bans on this type of things, and whilst government bodies suggest such bans, the 'health' departments and bodies suggest we do not wash chickens before cooking because it spreads the bacteria connected to Salmonella carried by the chickens. So we can eat Salmonella-carrying chickens but not Raw Milk products where checks have to be made, and where stringent checks are made by the best suppliers. It is said that chickens naturally carry this bacteria, but does this refer to the modern factory-farmed chickens? 

Another point on our food is that 'high cholesterol' was unheard of years ago, and seems (if I am right) to be a product of these modern methods of food-production. When I was diagnosed as having 'high cholesterol' the doctor said that it was hereditary which seems to be rather strange. I have taken pills for it but when I missed them out for a while and had a blood-test the cholesterol levels were fine! 

Water - this is a product that is today sold to us through our water-authorities; it is filthy water purified by chemicals such as chlorine, and added is fluoride which helps our teeth - we are told! It is dead-water that contains no Life-Energy because it comes through pipes and through the tap. This can only be understood when we consider how water flows in the natural world - it flows through water-courses which create movements of water and vortices which swirl one way and the other, a movement that energises the water. These water-courses are the earth's veins, arteries (rivers), and blood-vessels (steams and brooks), which carry the Earth's Blood (water) around the Earth. 

Viktor Schauberger was an expert on water and on the movement of water, as well as the energising of water through the process of a vortex. He realised how our forests were dying off due to man's methods of forestry and this he attributed to the natural flow of water being disturbed by modern methods of forestry. He has been followed by other forward-thinking people who see our water today as 'dead water'.

What can we do about this? Bottled water is marketed as 'mineral water' and it is known that it can legally be tap-water which has the chemicals taken out - in other words 'filtered water'. The tests on bottled water are in fact less stringent than water from our taps. So this is really not an alternative at all, just another way to sell us another inferior product. But there are some things that we can do to improve our water.

Water is water, whatever they sell to us so it is logical to assume that it can be 'revived' in some way, or 'energised' in some way. Now, before people go online and buy some expensive 'energiser' I would stop and consider whether they actually do what they say - because we have no way of telling. I would think the first thing that can be done is to filter out the chemicals in tap-water (which is our main supply) - this can be done with the cheap water-filters available from many outlets, or perhaps cheaper and more efficient in the long run would be to fix a filter in the water-supply, some of which are said to filter out more chemicals than the cheap varieties. Now, having checked up on some of these they can be got for around £60.00 for a kitchen filter, or more for a whole-house filter. Now, logic tells me that a 'whole-house' filter would be rather unnecessary since we hardly need to filter water for washing and the toilet flushing, so this this would be a waste of money. But some sort of filter would certainly help to improve the quality of the water, but would not 're-energise' it.

Schauberger's ideas revolved around water moving in a circular, spiralling vortex which energised it naturally, as is done in flowing waters of rivers and streams, and probably also in the falling of rain-water. Rain-water is thus a purer form but would need to be collected cleanly in a clean container. As for tap-water, some of these 'energisers' are nothing more that methods of 'spinning' the water in a vortex-movement, using left and right spins alternatively, just as water moves along a river or stream. If this is so then the most simple way would be to fill a bottle with filtered tap-water and then spin the water round one way, emptying the bottle into a glass jug. Then the water would be put back into the bottle, spun the other way, and emptied into the jug again. The water in the bottle would empty in a spiralling vortex fashion emulating the natural flow of water. This could be done Nine Times one way and then Nine times the other way. 

This is merely a suggestion and something that I thought up because I see no reason why it cannot be just as effective as paying for something made for the purpose, and thus financing someone else as usual. There can be no harm in trying it, and doing this alone would gather oxygen into the water which may well be the medium for the source of energy. I say this because it would naturally pick up oxygen from the air, and all spiritual exercises designed to move the Life-Force within the body use Rhythmic Breathing which thus gets oxygen from the air around us, thus suggesting this is the medium for the Life-Force. It would also perhaps be effective to visualise the Life-Force energising the water. Using the Ur-Rune would also be effective in this method. 

The only way to see if this does anything is to try it; we cannot scientifically prove it's worth, but we can see if there is any difference in taste and also in our health maybe. The collection of rain-water is an obvious way to get away from the chemically-laden tap-water (though the atmosphere may be contaminated which could mean filtering this too), and it would also help in times when water authorities are metering water supplies everywhere. Metered water can lead to lower bills for some householders, but those with children can become more expensive due to their needs (and their habits as they get older). Any outside source of water would help here.

These ideas on water-supplies would in the first instance cost money, but the water-filter suggested needs renewing only every six months, which would work out cheaper perhaps than the versions that are not plumbed in, which use a filter about every month. The initial outlay would be worth it to get cleaner water and chemical-free water, the chemicals of which we do not know what harm they do to us. The collection of rain-water would also ensure a water supply as an alternative to the mains water - which can at times be cut off completely. This is a survivalist measure we can take. 

Looking at this another way the 'energising' of water need not be confined to our drinking-water, since the methods used may benefit plant growth and animal health too. This energised water could be used in growing food - this is yet another area for experiment. What we need to do is to try such methods and then let others know what happens, and from the results from different people we can assess the effectiveness of this. 

Looking now at growing food for our families we need to study the subject of seeds and varieties of vegetable seeds. Now, the large seed-suppliers sell to us inferior seeds and F1 Hybrids that are non-fertile, and in monopolising the sale of seeds they dictate the varieties that are sold to the public. These varieties are not the old tried and tested varieties but are often inferior in quality due to the methods used to produce the seeds. Unfortunately, those who have tried to get around this and sell to us alternative varieties invariably go to foreign lands to get their varieties, rather than  tried and tested English Varieties - so these are getting harder to get. Suppliers can be found, but few and far between - we shall look into this at some future time. 

The point with many of these varieties is that they are F1 Hybrid and thus infertile. This means that the seeds cannot be collected from the plant produced and used again, and thus becomes a renewable supply of seeds each year - for free. This is why the older varieties have been phased out, so that the large seed-suppliers have a monopoly of the seed-sales and people have to buy them year after year because they cannot collect the seeds and use them again. This is why it is essential that some of us change to using non F1 Hybrid types that we can reuse the seed over and over again, and pass on seeds to our Comrades at the same time. This would go some way in breaking the monopoly of the large seed-producers; even if they decided to use the law to stop us it would hardly be workable since they cannot know what seeds everyone is using. 

It is rather obvious that there could be no major quick shift from factory-farming to small locally-producing farmers, since supply could not meet the demand. Keeping this in mind we are today in the ideal position to actually do something to create a change, to create a microcosm of the New Order within the structure of the Old Order. If a few people take the lead, and others follow their example, then the need for the supply of foodstuffs would grow gradually, and thus be easily filled through more farmers switching to supplying their goods to the public rather than to the supermarkets. Quick and immediate change would also be swiftly followed by steps against it from The System which would seek to maintain its power through its influence within Big Business. Slow change would by-pass the need for a knee-jerk reaction, and like their own methods of slow and gradual change it is less noticeable than an immediate change. 

This change is already taking place in some areas, where local farmers producing such things as butter and cheese have stopped supplying the supermarket and now supply direct to the public through Farmer's Markets or local sales pitches, as well as online ordering. When you consider how many milk suppliers have gone out of business due to the small profits they had, which were because of the ridiculously low prices paid to them by the supermarkets, then we can see how farmers are being forced to change their methods. 

Here, again, we can see how so many farmers have gone out of business since we joined the EU with its ridiculous methods and rules. But we can see also how some farmers have avoided this by switching their methods of supply from the supermarkets to direct sales to the public. This is also the method that has had to be used by suppliers of 'raw' dairy produce since the sale of these to shops and supermarkets is not allowed under the laws, but they are allowed to sell direct to the public. These moves will not solve the problem fully since young people are today not educated into seeing farming as an option, and many old farming families are not passing on to the next generation, who sometimes do not wish to take that road. This could only be changed through education which is controlled by an alien government. But if more and more people switched to local supplies these would have to be met and a change of heart would have to follow. 

As I stated earlier after much consideration and thought on the subject I have decided to change the way we buy our foodstuffs and so will start an experiment in using local suppliers of as much as we can. Alongside this I am going to try new methods of growing our own fruit and vegetables and collecting fruit needed to make jams (which we have done very successfully over the years by collecting wild blackberries and plums). The aim is to get as far away from mass-produced foodstuffs as we can - although being realistic as well since this cannot be done immediately. 

The supermarkets and big-business have been allowed to gain a monopoly on our food supplies and water supplies, which are the mainstay in our survival, as well as shelter (which means either rent or a mortgage-debt). This has happened because people have allowed it to happen. The problem is, and The System knows this, people take the easy route in life, take the easy way out in all things. What we need now is strong-willed people who are willing to take the harder way and to lead others in creating small changes that will at some future time create a New Order. It is far harder to be self-reliant and self-sufficient than it is to rely upon the State System and Big-Business (which is really the same). But as Wolves Amongst The Sheep this is the way we have to take. This, I hope, is my first step to self-change, and although I have made strides in the past I see this as a new beginning.