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Seaside, Seaweed, and Dandelion Tea / Kaizokunonatsu Begins

Still no regular, truly supportive work to speak of, and it looks like Japan’s ‘Prime Minister’ is going to announce an extended state of emergency on the 4th. We shall see. Stress remains high, and Bill Gates just penned this creepy letter about his pet RNA vaccine project to be foisted upon the world sometime soon.

Regardless, I’ve got to keep making concrete choices which will better my and my family’s position, health and overall well-being. We needed some sun today, so we went to the beach. This was also an opportunity to harvest wakame, a Japanese seaweed superfood.

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Young wakame growing on a rock by the shore

I’m calling this the “kaizouku summer,” as I explained a couple posts ago, because given the current state of the world, we’re gonna have to find a new way to live that isn’t so dependent on traditional economic systems, which now are buckling quickly. In my mind, pirates just kind of do what they want, and the sea is also my kinda place. It’s a personal thing, and perhaps a bit silly, but that’s why.

I also made some dandelion mint tea from the yard today when we got back, which wasn’t half bad. I guess I’ll just let the photos do the talking from here. As always, thanks for stopping by.

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Sea goddess of compassion at the Sunset Station on the Sea of Japan, Niigata
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Guardian komainu of the Shinto Shrine above the beach
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Drying our wakame seaweed

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Entrance to the abandoned small resort/hotel at the beach
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I could have cleaned the coffee off the French press better, but what you’re seeing is spearmint and dandelion petals from my yard, steeping in hot water.

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Not half bad 🙂

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Phony Fuckers

I don’t understand how the narc types can fool so many, for so long. I’ve given up on trusting anyone just because they show a bit of principled consistency, or say they are an anarchist. The real litmus test is to see if they at least give audience when you point out a problem or inconsistency. If they don’t, they are the problem and inconsistency, insofar as they do not, and maybe — in a sense — altogether.

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Running Into a Pirate Summer

Went out for a run for the first time in over a week today. Losing my job, and having the marathon I was training for canceled really fucked with my spirits. Now one of the biggest fireworks shows in Japan, which takes place near my home in August, has also been canceled. The Olympics being canned means that basically everyone is pressured to cancel their shit, too, and social pressure here is kind of everything.

So not only was the April marathon I was gunning for scratched off the list, I also expect my long term goal of running the 100-mile, Shinestsu Five Mountains Trail Ultramarathon in September, to be foiled. After seeing so many events which bring joy to people’s spirits axed, and now seeing businesses I love forced to close down or cut hours, I’ve been in a funk. To put it very lightly. I suspect even my favorite city-wide summer festival — the Duke Ellington Memorial ‘Niigata Jazz Street– is also toast.

So what do I do? I can’t fucking sit around just feeling like shit forever. So here’s to the new pirate summer.  

When the beach is advised against, or illegal as it is in some places now in the world, and the only businesses trying to stay open have to remain somewhat secret, enjoying summer becomes more of an agorist art. And nature something of a commodity to be looted from the prevailing powers and social pressures that be. The sunlight is gold. The sea is diamonds. A cold beer with friends in nature is sacrilege.

Anyway. I feel a little better after running today. Waiting on the seeds in the garden to pop up as green seedlings. Thinking of alternate ways to make money, barter, and trade, but it’s overwhelming as fuck at times. That said, I’m alive now. I’ve also been writing a bit. If you’d like to read my latest piece,

Dear Social Distance Warriors: ‘Responsibility to Society’ Is Meaningless Without Self-Ownership

you can do so here.

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Freedom or Fear? The Economic Paradigm Shift and the Lines Being Drawn

I took a drive across the ridge today and into the neighboring valley to pick up some things from a friend. Stopped off at a local park to look at the weeping cheery trees for a second, and thought what it shame it was that some are missing out on this beauty, and will continue to miss out into the summer on all it has to offer, just because they’re scared.

I’ll be at the beach. Many Japanese will as well, I imagine, but the social pressure after the prime minister’s recent declaration of emergency has indeed kicked in, in a more palpable way. People are starting to scold each other on social media for going out, and the stores have large plastic mats in front of cashiers — and tape to mark out proper ‘social distancing.’ I’m glad that in the rural areas many people still don’t give a shit, and many are still going out, but all the same, one can feel the change. It’s coming over the country like a slow, dark cloud.

On the way home I got to thinking about some of the possible positives of this whole shaking up of the status quo we are experiencing right now.

For one thing, I realized that the old economic paradigm is probably never coming back. As much as folks may shout for the re-opening of the economy, and the end of lockdowns, it is clear that the powers that be are dead set and hell bent on pushing this deadly boogie man virus narrative as far as they need to, to do whatever it is that they are planning.

Though media reports and official studies have been showing numbers beginning to level off, and highlight flaws in the very statistics themselves in the form of irresponsible over counting, we’re now being told by the WHO that natural, wild exposure-based immunity might not even be possible, and that a ‘second wave’ is likely coming.

‘Second wave,’ ‘second wave,’ ‘second wave.’ If only people would read and research for themselves, instead of just mindlessly repeating the the latest media catchphrase like fucking robots.

Police are arresting mothers in parks, fining dads rollerblading in empty parking lots with their families, and breaking up church services in the U.S. The United Nations is now saying the world could see a famine of ‘Biblical proportions.’ News outlets are highlighting the potential starvation of hundreds of thousands of children in impoverished countries and blaming this goddamned virus. Villagers in India are struggling to walk countless miles back to their villages from city centers as all transportation has been cut off, and their businesses forcefully closed.

There’s not much to be hopeful about regarding the above. The only thing I really see as being advantageous about this whole thing is that more folks are losing faith in the state, and it might be a chance for some to say fuck you, get out, and do their own thing. The regulated markets and monetary systems the world has now, and had before the engineered pandemic hysteria, are and were bullshit. Money cannot be endlessly printed forever without consequence. The earth can’t be plundered and people treated as livestock perpetually. Physical realities dictate there is a snapping point. Corporatocracies are by their very nature doomed to implode.

For many, this whole thing will necessitate a return to basic free market practices, and community, for survival. Barter, labor trading, sharing of food, gardening, self-defense. For some, this may be the shot to return to a simpler — if more overtly and ubiquitously threatened — way of life. Still, the violence, heartache, misery, poverty, death and tragedy lurking just over the horizon makes trying to find a ‘bright spot’ seem almost sadistic.

What will likely be implemented by the state, to ‘save the day,’ will be much worse than the old paradigm for many who previously enjoyed first world luxuries. Forced vaccinations, centrally controlled digital money and the elimination of the more private, paper cash seem to be on the way. Martial law and a gruesome and cruel surveillance state will be the new ‘first world’ reality. Individuals in developing and impoverished countries have been living in their own hell for decades — being bombed, experimented on by big pharma, sanctioned, starved, radiated and enslaved. Now it comes to the rest of us.

So while the old system was always doomed to collapse under its own weight, the forced crashing of the economy aims to speed up the process, sweep the mess under the rug, as it were (while millions suffer and die), and implement a new and even less free system as the beneficent solution. In this context, shrewd non-compliant survival becomes key. If we can survive as the sociopath controllers destroy everything, including ultimately themselves, maybe we’ll have a ‘new earth’ to populate someday. To start over. Actually it is already here right now. Doing what you want, today, as best and as wisely — but also bravely — as possible, is how to live, in my view. 

I realized on my drive that though I definitely want businesses to re-open, and economies globally to be set free to move, I don’t want to live perpetually in the old, destructive, bloated, earth-and-human-ravaging, non-private-property-respecting, fiat pipe dream, corporatocracy bullshit of the past hundreds of years, either. This is in no way meant to suggest I don’t think what is being done is evil and wrong or that I think it is somehow ‘necessary.’ It most definitely is not. It means that now I want to see people disobey and head for a better version of life, realizing that the status quo we’ve been sold is complete and utter, violent, disgusting bullshit.

After businesses re-open, I hope they never take the state seriously again, and defend their individual rights to free market exchange by whatever means necessary and to the utmost.

My ‘silver lining’ is just a sober look at what’s undeniably happening, and the acceptance thereof to the end of dealing with it. The threat makes me realize I am alive, right now.  I will not comply with whatever 1984-type of dystopian violence (medical or otherwise) they’ve got planned for me and family. FUCK THAT.

Basically, it’s my time, for better or for worse, to make a go at a heightened agorism and survival, even in unfavorable conditions. The change is here — has been forced — and there are only two paths to take, as the old middle road of being able to comfortably just go along to get along with shitty tyrannical systems is now being destroyed.

Soon it’s gonna be one or the other. The line is made clear as day as our freedoms are progressively trampled upon. So what will you choose: a bold resistance and individual freedom, or fear and cowering?

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Streamlining and Getting Back to Nature

Hey everyone. 

This is the first official post here on the new Voluntary Japan blog.

In light of the tyrannical and economically devastating developments surrounding this covid-19 hysteria, I’m considering dropping some unnecessary — and now, unsustainable, since I lost my job at Bitcoin.com — baggage.

This could include cutting my phone plan and just using wifi, working mainly odd jobs for cash and staying below the extortion racket’s radar as much as possible. I want to use this as an opportunity to learn new skills and knowledge bases which I’ve always felt every human should have, such as gardening, self-defense, natural medicine, survival skills, food production, hunting, and more. Fermentation is also a big interest of mine.

Of course I still love the digital world, and the mind-blowingly vast repository of information and knowledge known as the internet is an inestimably useful resource. Not to mention a means by which to connect, network with, and support fellow anarchists. We can make noise when one of our tribe is in trouble, send aid, send knowledge, and send comfort and support.

Bitcoin and crypto are also still passions of mine. Music and songwriting always will be.

That said, this journey toward a simpler, more minimalistic and practical life has to begin now. It is time to prepare for what is very likely coming soon: the widespread, unified and fierce, attempted violent intrusion of government and embedded “medical” institutions into our private lives. In these times, individual self-ownership is under attack, and family and community ties, as well as means for thriving in sustenance, self-defense, and survival, are more important than ever.

SO. Today, I got out into the garden and began planting more seriously. 

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Here’s what we have on and in the ground as of today:

Potatoes, daikon (large oriental radish), carrots, ginger, negi (welsh onions), snap peas/similar beans, sunflowers, cucumbers, corn, dandelions (easy af, thanks nature), clover, fuji apple tree (my son and I planted this two years ago and it will be a couple more years before it starts producing fruit, but it is doing great!), spearmint, and a blueberry bush. Also some Japanese plants I don’t remember the names of, but my wife knows, and they are edible. 

We’ve got some other flowers as well, but my main focus for the garden is food.
Got more seeds to plant tomorrow. What about you? How are you preparing and becoming more self-sustaining and independent?

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