The blog portion of Michael Paladin's web site, Police State USA helps concerned individuals keep an eye on our would-be controllers. It's a good resource for important news as well as how-tos, including the great "keep your head down tips". Just four months old as of this writing, Paladin's off to a great start.
Site overview: Low-key WordPress blog that's very easy on the eyes. Very few graphics make for fast load times. RSS feed available for blog entries and comments; open commenting. If you start at Paladin's home page, be warned that the blog link will open in a new window. One worth keeping an eye on.
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An austere comic strip with acerbic wit. The entire gig seems to be various individuals talking on the telephone to each other about war and other fedgov-related follies, sometimes in red, sometimes in black. Two recent, slightly shrunken samples:
The comic's web site appears to be on hiatus, although the note on the last page suggests it's still running in print, mostly in alternative media. Amazon shows that I'm behind the times in discovering this, as there are two books -- Get Your War On and Get Your War On II -- for sale. Well, I never claimed to be Ms. Hipster, and the strip's still funny.
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"Making dreams come true" is the line under the main title, and it's what sold me on exploring this site. While many individuals want to be more self-sufficient, it seems that the context for doing so is more negative than positive -- preparing for "TEOTWAWKI" or when "TSHTF" are two common ones. Why not increase your self-sufficiency because you'd enjoy gardening, or because learning to sew your own clothing has been a goal? With a more positive framework and a gentle, humorous approach, Pat Gardiner offers encouragement and general information (with links to more nuts-and-bolts sources) from Hangman's Cottage, "just south of Misery Corner".
Site overview: A large site that spans many areas of self-sufficiency, with more material promised. A look over the home page should be all it takes to find a subject of interest; have a favorite beverage at hand for the ensuing immersion into Gardiner's relaxed yet informative prose. I've enjoyed perusing the three links in the lower right corner of the home page (earning a living, finding a place, and finding the money), as well as the slowly-growing series on animal husbandry. Not to be missed is the sobering yet inspiring page simply titled outlaws!. What better recommendation can I make than saying every time I visit this site, I find numerous links I want to explore, yet inevitably get sidetracked by links off the first one, and spend more time than I should enjoying Gardiner's perspective? So, go to the hard-core, data-filled sites and compare specs and species and all that, then come back to Self-Sufficiency in Style for a relaxed, pleasant take on living self-sufficiently.