America Unplugged – new series
by NICK ROSEN on MAY 30, 2014 - 0 Comments in land

Sportsman Channel is getting unplugged in a new TV series about people living off-grid.

Premiering June 5 at 8 p.m. (ET) America Unplugged, hosted by former U.S. Navy SEAL Cade Courtley, author of SEAL Survival Guide: A Navy SEAL’s Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster
will look at the stories of eight Americans who have chosen to live off the land, including generating their own electricity. (more…)

Fox Schlock Seeks to Shock
by NICK ROSEN on MAY 17, 2014 - 6 Comments in land

Jon de Mol new series for Fox Network is about TV execs manipulating desparate people

Utopia – Fox Fall or Fox Fail?

My goodness, are those people at Fox Network total scumbags or what?

Their latest big idea is a show called Utopia where a bunch of “ordinary people” live in an off-grid community for a year and make up the rules as they go along.

So they can design their own Utopia for a year. Is that because Fox thinks we are too shallow to understand building a Utopia might take a little longer than that?

Or will it be like the new Bear Grylls show “Island,” where Channel 4 TV in the UK have put actors and professional soldiers in with the “ordinary” guys? And said they have to get their own food and water, but then surreptitiously fed them.

Fox contacted me the other day asking for my help with Utopia. (more…)

Building WIld
by TREETOPSJEN on MAY 5, 2014 - 0 Comments in land

Cabin Kings in their Getaway

Cabin Kings in their Getaway

The task is simple — take cabin-building to new extremes. Tackling this on “Building Wild” are opposites.

Pat “Tuffy” Bakaitis knows cabins; he has five of his own. One is just to visit with his family; another is for what he calls his “happy hour” crew. “It just gets trashed every Friday night,” he said.

Paul DiMeo knew little about the cabin world. “It’s a lifestyle that a part of me longs for,” he said. (more…)

China’s housing crash may topple global economy soon
by AMY SUAREZ on MAY 2, 2014 - 0 Comments in land

So now we know what China’s biggest property developer really thinks about the Chinese housing boom and its consequences for the rest of the economy.
A leaked recording of a dinner speech by Vanke Group’s vice-chairman Mao Daqing more or less confirms what the bears have been saying for months. It is a dangerous bubble, and already deflating. In the year when China’s economy was set to overtake the USA in size, China may instead decide to get the trauma over and done with sooner rather than later. But the rest of the world should be under no illusions as to what this means. (more…)

Goodbye World – movie launch
by SPY_VONDEGA on APRIL 3, 2014 - 0 Comments in land

Goodbye World film posterThe big question for survivalists who choose to build themselves a cocoon is : do we fight them or feed them?
Filmmakers have become intrigued with this issue recently, with World War Z, It’s A Disaster, This is the End, After Earth, Oblivion, The Fifth Season, and Cloud Atlas all tackling the subject. Now add Denis Hennelly’s Goodbye World to that list.
In this heart-warming indie movie releasing in USA Friday 4th April, James and Lily live off the grid, raise their young daughter in a cocoon of comfort and sustainability. (more…)

Regulator control of Banks weakens sharply
by NICK ROSEN on MARCH 29, 2014 - 0 Comments in land

Every bank should have one

Every bank should have one

The financial system is at even greater risk of crashing now that it was in the lead-up to the collapse of Lehman’s bank in 2008.

That is the conclusion of TWO separate reports issued in the past 24 hours, one from the Bank of England and the other from the US Federal Reserve.

The crisis is looming because Western banks have quietly expanded their lending in the less regulated Asian markets. And regulatory changes brought in amidst intense lobbying by the banks themselves, have made matters WORSE, by blurring the lines of oversight.

Six years after the crash, the financial system is no nearer to a transparent system whereby every transaction between banks can be traced and tracked, so that a dollar which goes into Citibank in New York, and then re-emerges out of the Caymans into UBS Zurich can be identified.

Scandalous but hardly surprising. (more…)

20 Acres but nowhere to live
by VEG-HEAD on MARCH 1, 2014 - 7 Comments in land

Living entirely on what they grow and rear

Rule 1: Don’t annoy the neiughbours

A British couple who spent five years building their home from scrap by hand have been ordered to tear it down by Torridge Council in Devon.

Matthew Lepley, 34, and Jules Smith, 54, left London five years ago after reading “How to Live Off-Grid” planning to build their dream house in the countryside.
They used railway sleepers, lorry tyres and scrap metal to build up the house, and used no power tools.
Their home has an outdoor compost toilet, no power or running water, and an underground pantry instead of a fridge. (more…)

Colorado beer sales up in smoke
by VEG-HEAD on FEBRUARY 4, 2014 - 1 Comment in land

download (1)Legal marijuana is a major new cash crop for the off-grid community in Washington State and Colorado.

And a “marijuana hangover is starting to hit the beer industry,” the Financial Times reports.

The end of pot’s prohibition has rattled the beer industry for years, raising fears that consumers will be able to – legally – get their buzzes from new places. So if you live off-grid – start growing – Cannabis Grow Bible, The: Definitive Guide to Growing Marijuana for Recreational and Medical Use

New data on US beer sales, confirms these fears by offering evidence that pot appears to have eaten into Colorado beer sales in January.

Beer sales fell 4.9 per cent across the US last month, but 9.2 per cent in Colorado. Moreover, beer’s share of total alcohol sales also fell more in Colorado than in the rest of the country. (more…)

Cheapest places to live in America
by JULIETTE SMITH on FEBRUARY 2, 2014 - 2 Comments in land

mapcheapConsider this: a T-bone steak from a Manhattan grocer averages $15.52. In Harlingen, Texas, the cheapest place to live in America, the same steak goes for $8.34.

If you are going off the grid, or even if you are already off the grid and wanting to trade down to somewhere more affordable – this article is for you.

There are numerous dimensions to measure cost of living, and most places that score low on some measures score high on others. The most obvious is property; more sophisticated is the ratio of earnings to property. Then there is the cost of a basket of household products

We followed the AARP (association of retired people) whose magazine based their list on the price of property, and the taxes levied on state benefits such as pension and social security: (more…)


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