Posts Tagged "offthegrid"

New Prepper Comic Book
by SPY_VONDEGA on JULY 13, 2013 - 0 Comments in SPIRIT


Off-Grid is everywhere

Graphic artist Plaid Klaus launched the Off Grid comic book series in April 2013. The illustrator and writer is focusing on life after a societal collapse and the resulting civil unrest in his new series.

Released by Mind Comics, an indie comic book publisher, Off Grid is the tale of a band of “Resistance” fighters, strategically trying to survive on the outskirts of society. (more…)

Mother calls her son in missing
by SPY_VONDEGA on JULY 6, 2013 - 3 Comments in PEOPLE

DanielandSusanneLandgrebeThe mother of a 20-year-old from Newton Iowa who went on a cross-country trek to gather fodder for an “off-the grid book” has reported her son is missing.

Noted beautician, Susanne Landgrebe says she last heard from her son, Daniel, on June 24.

“In Cheyenne, Wyoming, they ran into this Freight Train Riders of America gang. If you Google anything about them, they’re like a horrible, violent gang that are well-known. I’d never heard of them, but they’re horrible,” Landgrebe says. “…Daniel got a knife pulled on him for getting in a freight car where one of the guys was in.” (more…)

by NICK ROSEN on JANUARY 10, 2013 - 22 Comments in COMMUNITY, OFF-GRID 101

Farewell to The Man

Are you about to go off the grid, or thinking of making the big leap to self-reliance?

We need you for a documentary about off-grid newbies. We want to film as you prepare to unplug and begin your journey to a new life.

Please send your contact details.

How are you planning to make your move?  Do you need help?  WHY are you going off the grid???

Let me know –

Filming has started and will run all year.

Death by Grid
by NICK ROSEN on JANUARY 9, 2013 - 4 Comments in ENERGY

Cannot blame the power company for this one

It should be called the Dumb Grid.

Remember the General Electric TV advertisement from the 2009 SuperBowl? It showed a scarecrow dancing from line to line on Power Towers without getting scorched? Don’t try it at home. This guy did. (more…)

Gridlock on the Grid
by NICK ROSEN on JANUARY 7, 2013 - 0 Comments in ENERGY

FERC enforcer Norman Bay

People wonder why the power grid goes down, causing massive outages with tens of millions of homes cut off.

Is it the antiquated generating systems, or the inadequate transmission systems? No to both of those.

Its the trading in energy that is causing gridlock on the grid. Huge amounts of futures contracts cause energy to be switched this way and that, not because it is needed by consumers, but because it is being bought and sold many times over.

As I explain in my book Off the Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, and True Independence in Modern America like any gridlock, the problem is too much traffic. The power industry lobbyists have been contemptuous of my arguments ever since the book was published, refusing to debate the accusations in public, and warning that if they withdraw from the market, the consumer will suffer. Ever since Enron, the US Grid has been hijacked by the banks and big money. Now their lobbyists are fighting hard for the Smart Grid which will cement into place this conspiracy against the interests of ordinary consumers.Also, by the way, against the interests of many corporate customers, although not the biggest users who cut their own sweetheart deals. (more…)

Stellar Gardens project
by NICK ROSEN on DECEMBER 19, 2012 - 4 Comments in COMMUNITY, LAND

A New York hipster-blogger tries living on his perfect piece of land in Kauai. Good premise for a film.

With his lovely wife and beautiful three month old daughter. That moves it from a gadget show to something a bit more human. Oh, and please could he have $150,000 for a container full of audio and video equipment and solar panels so a film crew can document his every move and post it on the Web. Sure, why not? (more…)

Australia falling for Earthship marketers

Work for me

Boasting an outer shell made of stacked car tyres packed with earth, an Earthship claims to be a cutting-edge, sustainable green home made from recycled materials. In fact there are serious design flaws: from off-gas from the tyres to overheating in ultra-hot places like Australia. All in all, having an Earthship in your life is like having a particularly sensitive pet – which needs constant feeding and excercise.
But that has not stopped shameless American architect Michael Reynolds touring Australia’s North Coast, preaching his particular brand of Earthship.
In Melbourne, he is in league with the Ceres community in Brunswick East which has a small project where you can pay to experience Earthship construction techniques. The Group, which always relied on volunteers to build its empire, has now found a marvellous new idea – get people to pay $160 ozzie dollars for a weekend ramming earth into old tyres.

Reynolds, who did not invent the Earthship concept, says its “a vessel sailing on towards tomorrow.” (more…)

The Renter’s Energy Dilemma
by NICK ROSEN on FEBRUARY 23, 2012 - 5 Comments in ENERGY

By Dustin Talley

As a heating and air installer by trade, I go to a lot of condos/apartments/rental houses. With the ever increasing price of electricity and heating fuel, I inevitably have “The Energy Talk” a lot. It can get tricky talking to others about energy usage and savings, because some people just want to save a few dollars on their heating and cooling bills while others are adamantly against the energy companies and what they stand for.

One thing that all of these people have in common is the fact that they are simply renting so when it comes to putting in a new heat pump or the desire to add solar panels or wind generators, they feel that they have no flexibility and are essentially stuck in their current situation.

My family and I are also stuck in the same situation, but have made some changes that add up to a large difference and perhaps if you are a renter that yearns to get off of the grid (or at least a little less dependent on it) then maybe some of what we have done can help: (more…)

Hollywood loves to hate freedom and indie lifestyle
by NICK ROSEN on FEBRUARY 17, 2012 - 3 Comments in EVENTS

Wanderlust Trailer – sucky mockery of  folks living their dream

Wanderlust is a new film starring Jennifer Aniston. It is the latest showbiz product to pour scorn on the off-grid lifestyle.

Feb 19th there was the 500th episode of The Simpsons, which had a laugh about people living on the edge of Springfield in an “off the grid community”.  Then there was Apocalypse Preppers, a TV series about a gang of carefully chosen eccentrics who live off grid for all sorts of crazy reasons of their own.

Now there is Wanderlust – a film in which a couple quit their stressed out city life in order to live in a (non-vegan) nudist commune, where Aniston is taught to “stroke the shaft” of a cow in order to milk it. (more…)

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