“The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard.” Joel Salatin
Once upon a time the food we ate did not come in a box or a bag or wrapped in shrink wrap with a stamp of government inspection marking it approved. In this long ago almost incomprehensible time, medicine was not purchased in a plastic jug with protective lids or seals on them. How inconvenient! How uncivilized! It must have been a hard way to live. Continue reading Creating Food Security With a Cottage Garden
“Just when I thought I was out….they pull me back in.” - The Godfather 3
God bless us everyone
We're a broken people living under loaded gun
And it can't be outfought
It can't be outdone
It can't be outmatched
It can't be outrun
The Catalyst by Linkin Park
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." -Jiddu Krishnamurti
Cognitive Dissonance rises to the surface and rears its ugly head when reality (itself rarely perceived fully and clearly) doesn’t match our expectations aka beliefs. What occurs at that point, and how it plays out, is entirely up to the person, or group of people, experiencing the dissonance.
Though nearly all of us would be hard pressed to admit the following, in so many ways we live in a dream world created both by external forces intent on controlling us as well as our own self imposed cognitive distortions and ideology. The end result is nothing short of insanity. The primary reason we don’t recognize our insanity is because everyone else is insane, therefore insanity is accepted as ‘normal’ and fully integrated into the hive mind. Continue reading Wash, Rinse and Repeat. Cognitively Captured via Perception Management.
From time to time Mrs. Cog accuses me of being a curmudgeon. And while I'll never admit she's right (she is) it didn't seem correct to leave an article discussing riots and dissent at the top of this website during a holiday meant to bring family, friends and loved ones together.
Instead we wish to give thanks to all of our members and casual readers who have supported Mrs. Cog and me these last three years. Without your readership and support, this 'quirky' blog would not be what it is today....successful.
Mr. and Mrs. Cog
Our daughter Izzy, a freshman at a large urban university, has kept us updated since the election on the rapidly developing situation at her school. For a number of reasons she chose not to participate in protests and movements which the majority of her classmates are swept up in. As such, she has been able to provide us with a more objective, real time narrative.
It is worse than you might imagine.
On election night, Izzy was working to fulfill community service hours at the campus election polling station. By 9pm she texted us that the mood had become chaotic and there were suddenly many police officers on the scene, some threatening to use pepper spray if the students didn’t disperse.
Her text read: "People are not happy. Students are getting rough so we are vacating." Continue reading The Snowflake Riots – An Inside Report from an American University
Dylan Charles, Editor
The political system we have today is not the democratic republic it pretends to be. National elections are orchestrated public relations events, engineered to serve the complex interests of the plutocracy and shadow government. The perception of differences between major party candidates is limited to within a narrow spectrum of mainstream ideology, and voting has become a tool used by the oligarchy to routinely refresh the illusions of choice and consent. Continue reading 5 Key Revelations for Free Thinkers to Consider After Election 2016