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Elite restaurants in New York City are experiencing a loss of talent to smaller towns

With the recent focus on restaurants using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, any place not following this trend seems inferior. This may explain why so many chefs are leaving New York City, says NPR’s The Salt: an extreme lack of available indigenous ingredients, and a super-high rent.

Chefs want to be able to use local food, so they’re flocking to smaller towns and cities where they can get said ingredients and build an image around their restaurant. Chefs want to be connected to the sources they’re buying their ingredients from.

Building space is also significantly cheaper in places outside of the city, so chefs can open restaurants with locally sourced food for an extremely less expensive rate. David Levi, who used to be a chef at Perry Street in the West Village, recently moved out to Portland, Maine, and can attest to this. He told NPR, “Because rent is just so much lower, it just gives you a lot more freedom to not drive yourself completely crazy and take a few more risks.”

This shift could start affecting elite restaurants in the city as they struggle to find chefs to hire. Chef Peter Hoffman emailed everyone he knew saying how desperate he was for help at his restaurant, but they’re all in the same boat. Only time will tell if and how this will affect the larger food scene in New York City.

Study: New York, New Jersey Face Largest Population Decrease In The U.S.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new study finds that New York and New Jersey are losing more residents than any other states.

The career website Zippia looked at the population data from the Census’ American Community Survey to determine the states with the largest population decrease from 2017 to 2018, which is the most recent data available.

New York topped the list, losing 307,190 residents, and New Jersey came in second with 97,124 residents moving out.

Connecticut also made it into the top 10, losing 15,519 residents.

So where are these residents going? Some headed to neighboring states — New Yorkers moved to New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and New Jersey residents left for Pennsylvania and New York — while others left in search of warmer climates, like Florida and California.

Meanwhile, Arizona, Idaho and Utah were the fastest growing states, according to the study.

Goodbye New Jersey as Nets head to Brooklyn

As far as franchise relocations go, the NBA's Nets leaving New Jersey doesn't have quite the same drama as, say, the Dodgers leaving Brooklyn. The worshipped Boys of Summer traveled nearly 2800 miles to Los Angeles, while the largely-ignored Nets are heading just over 13 miles to Brooklyn and their new digs at Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues. Still, after decades of playing off a turnpike exit in the swampy shadows of Manhattan skyscrapers, nothing will feel farther from their former existence when the Nets relaunch at their own spanking new Brooklyn arena next November, under the ownership of rapper Jay-Z and Russian businessman Mikhail Prokhorov.

The last night in New Jersey though was the end of an era, and it came to a fitting close - a 105-87 blowout loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in front of many empty seats. The Nets have lost a lot of games on the west side of the Hudson River - 1,635 to be exact - and so I wouldn't call the Nets final game in Newark, billed as "Celebrating 35 years of history in New Jersey", nostalgic, that is, unless you count the Nets dancers trotting out their "alumni" for one final performance in front of their fans as a walk down memory lane. Yes, that really happened.

Unfortunately, it didn't get much better from there. There were a few big screen messages from notable Nets such as Vince Carter, Kenyon Martin, Buck Williams, Byron Scott and Derrick Coleman. Then came an underwhelming halftime ceremony that ensured that the alumni dancers would be one of the few memories fans could take away from the evening. Darryl "Chocolate Thunder" Dawkins (wearing a phenomenal pink suit), Albert King, Otis Birdsong and Mike O'Koren, the Jersey City native who is the closest thing to a homegrown Net as you can get, were some of the former Nets ushered out much to the excitement of the Nets PA Announcer/MC but seemingly few others.

Rod Thorn did get some decent cheers - the former Bulls GM drafted Michael Jordan, but he is known to Nets fans for bringing Jason Kidd to New Jersey, a worthy achievement. Kidd, the unchallenged face of the franchise, gave his fans tens seconds or so up on the big screen, while the franchise also honored the ten year anniversary of his Eastern Conference champions. Yes, as much as the Nets lost, they did make it to two consecutive NBA Finals not too long ago,and although didn't win either series, it seemed the opportunity was there to capitalize on that success.. Just ask the Texas Rangers what back-to-back World Series defeats has meant to their franchise. The Nets never made a Rangers-type leap in credibility, and eventually, they would slip back into their tradition of prodigious losing, a slide that would ultimately lead the Nets back to the Long Island which they spent nine seasons on from 1968 to 1977.

Jay-Z at the last Nets game in New Jersey. Photograph: Julio Cortez/AP

You might think a Nets ceremony wrapping up those 35 years in the Great State of New Jersey would take some time, but they finished it up with eight minutes to spare in the halftime break. The red carpets were rolled up, the lights came on, and the Nets came out for one last thrashing in front of their fans in New Jersey.

Of course, you have to wonder what might have been had Nets ownership not had to sell off Julius Erving to pay the Knicks off for allowing them to invade their territorial rights to the metropolitan area. Then again, I'm not sure the Nets could have ever overcome playing thousands of games in a swampy sprawl without a city to cling to, never mind competing with a Knicks franchise that dominated the spotlight, win or lose. The Giants and Jets had also moved to New Jersey, but those teams already had established New York City roots, something the Nets never had.

Still, there are a few hard-core fans that stuck it out throughout the years, and they have lost a franchise, a painful experience that fans should never have to go through, regardless of the popularity of the departing team. Osman Sayan of Leonia, New Jersey spoke about the special relationships between die-hard season ticket holders, and how they've been "getting a divorce from the Nets for eight years," alluding to the franchise's drawn out moving process. "This feels like the last day in court." His son, 14-year-old Chris said "I basically grew up here. After school, no matter what kind of day I had, there was always something to look forward to."

Dr. Steve Brenman has been watching the Nets for 26 years. "It's a little surreal. I'm sad. It sucks. Out of 41 home games a year, I'm at 38, I only miss games when I'm on vacation."

Why didn't it work? "There weren't enough fans like me," said Brenman who lives in Marlboro, New Jersey. "Part of it was the product they put on the court. Years we went to the NBA Finals at least there were crowds here. Years we were 26-56 no one was here."

Then there were the two super fans from Sunset Park, Brooklyn, of all places, Joe Liberato and Marcos Medina. Both dressed to the nines in pristine throwback pullovers donning the team's original name, the New Jersey Americans. "You have to be a true fan to be a Nets fan. Being a Knicks fan is easy. I know about 16-win seasons, I cried when Drazen Petrovic passed away. It's a new start for us. A new dynasty. We'll be there.

What did the players think about playing the last game in New Jersey? Well, that question sent Deron Williams and several other Nets into the training room faster than you can say Mikhail Dmitrievitch Prokhorov. Guard Anthony Morrow, unable to escape in time, said: "It's sad it's coming to an end but we're happy to be a part of it, to be part of history here."

Then there is Herb Turetzky, the Nets official scorer, proudly wearing an old school Nets jacket for his last night of work in New Jersey. Turetzky has seen it all, keeping the score books all the way back to their very first season in 1967. "It's been difficult because we've always been the second sister, the stepchild to the Knicks. Even in the big Jason Kidd years we beat them something like 20 out of 24 times, and yet with that we were still the second place team in terms of newspapers and press coverage." With that, I asked if he was sad to leave the place he's called home for 35 years. "I'm a born and bred Brooklyn guy, so going to Brooklyn is going home to me. Jersey has been great, it's been wonderful, but I can't wait to get to Brooklyn."

‘Functional immunity’

Surveys have continued to show that many across the US, including in New York, remain hesitant to go on vacation, take aeroplanes and attend large events, however.

Meanwhile, the state’s vaccine effort, though enormously successful, has slowed since peaking in April – a trend that has been seen locally and at the federal level, as well. Just more than half the state’s adult population is fully vaccinated, Cuomo announced on Saturday.

The vaccination rate is still well below the 70 to 80 percent threshold needed to achieve “herd immunity”. De Blasio has already pivoted away from that, however, saying “functional immunity” is the city’s new goal, with the city health commissioner citing “community immunity” as most feasible. That would mean treating COVID-19 as a seasonal malady that can be managed, rather than defeated, in the long term.

But by creating separate sections for vaccinated and unvaccinated people at baseball stadiums, for example, Cuomo hopes to incentivise the jabs. Free tickets to games are also being provided for those who get a dose, while new local incentives include free one-week subway passes and complimentary french fries at popular fast-food chain Shake Shack. The state’s mask mandate is also being relaxed as of Wednesday, in keeping with federal guidelines.

New York state’s vaccine effort, though enormously successful, has slowed since peaking in April [File: Caitlin Ochs/Reuters] “It’s not a question of whether the reopening is right or wrong,” said epidemiologist and health equity expert Ashwin Vasan, who emphasised efforts to push through the “last mile” of vaccinations.

But many are still reeling after the state suffered more than 50,000 deaths linked to the coronavirus and lost one million jobs, or 10 percent of the workforce, last year.

“We still have a lot of folks, including essential workers, who are hesitant about getting the vaccine or can’t easily access vaccination sites due to transportation barriers, poor internet access, inability to take time off, language barriers and proof-of-eligibility requirements,” he told Al Jazeera.

“For over 15 months, we have faced a collective trauma akin to nothing any of us have ever experienced before,” he said. “This pandemic has affected everyone in different ways, and we need to have policies that allow for everyone to re-enter society at their own pace.”

Quarantine Cooking: MICHELIN Chefs Share Recipes On Social Media

Top chefs around the world like Eric Ripert, Massimo Bottura and Guy Martin are taking to social media during their restaurant downtime to share recipes and videos from their own home kitchens.

As millions around the world do their part to fight the Covid-19 pandemic by staying home and practising social distancing to slow the spread of the disease, more are picking up their pans and cooking at home before sharing their creations online. Professional chefs, too, are rising to the occasion and doing what they do best — cooking in the time of coronavirus. The top toques of MICHELIN-star restaurants around the world like Eric Ripert, Massimo Bottura and Guy Martin are taking to social media during their restaurant downtime to share recipes and videos from their own home kitchens.

Whether you're a novice just getting started or looking to level up behind the stove, indulge in some feel-good home cooking and find some culinary inspiration here.

Chefs and MICHELIN inspectors alike have contributed their favourite home cooking recipes on the official MICHELIN Guide Instagram under the hashtag #michelinguideathome. You'll find straightforward recipes in easy-to-follow steps, such as Stephanie Le Quellec's (La Scene, two stars) Green Pea Spaghetti With Iberian Ham, Gordon Ramsay's (Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, three stars) Marinara Sauce and an anonymous inspector's Citrus Marmalade, complete with cute illustrations and helpful metric conversions.

Goodbye, New York

Goodbye to the sushi on the corner of East 10th and 1st. It was 2010, I was not yet vegan, cynical, or a person who knew anything at all. I was studying political science at The New School, and until that second night in New York City, I hadn’t eaten many cuisines outside the Italian from my parents’ restaurant. I paid $4.50 for something called a tuna avocado roll and ate it like I’d discovered a long-lost secret.

Goodbye to French Roast on 6th Avenue where, after our Political Spectrum seminar, four of us gathered to eat creme brûlée and admit loneliness. We felt so extravagant, eating a French dessert for dinner because we couldn’t afford both. That next semester, I switched my major to art and creative writing and saw less and less of each of them until we were complete strangers once more. Robin Mookerjee, the professor of that seminar—our first as college freshmen—died a few years later. French Roast closed soon after. I find all of this very sad now, a little trail of deaths connected by sugar.

Goodbye to the produce stand in Harlem where I bought a tie-dyed backpack for $10 and filled it with bananas, apples, berries, and papaya. I’m so free, I thought, walking down 125th. I walked all the way to Battery Park. I hadn’t yet felt the overwhelming desire to shrink myself at all costs.

Goodbye to my first day as a vegan—the day the orthorexia started. In the middle of my 6-hour drawing studio, I went to Valentino’s and bought a pack of homemade strawberry newtons and green kombucha for dinner, which cost $8.50 and would keep me small, healthy. In every restaurant from then on, I would ask for the cheese, cream, milk, or meat to be removed from everything I ordered. My fridge and pantry were pure and compact, a mosaic of produce, puffs, and nuts.

Goodbye to Angelica Kitchen, the original, all-vegan spot up the block from my second apartment. The air smelled of umami, and I never tired of their prominent signage explaining that they were ‘cash only,’ as it benefited the farmers who grew the food customers consumed. Once, while eating a bowl of rice and seaweed, I saw my idol, poet Arianna Reines, also eating a bowl of rice and seaweed. She was speaking intently to the person across from her--another poet perhaps--who, like me, hoped to find artistic success by proxy. When it closed, I had already left the East Village for Gowanus, where I obsessively consumed 80% greens and wrote nothing for three years.

Goodbye to the vegan arepas that Daniel made me in his dorm after cross country practice. Once, he and I ran along the East River Park through a terrible thunderstorm. We stopped 3.5 miles out, having reached a tiny beach near the Brooklyn Bridge, a beach I visited many times thereafter, where I would look back at all that Manhattan and think of my life. Daniel moved to Berlin a year after graduation.

Goodbye to Peacefood Cafe on 11th Street, whose juices, salads, and chickpea fries made being vegan less unsociable. My very last meal there, eaten just a few weeks before I drove across the country to Austin, was a peace bowl with greens and Japanese pumpkin. It reminded me of my long, hard journey with food, with New York--how many years I ordered to starve and not to taste.

Goodbye to Motorino on 12th Street, where the entire block took shelter to eat whatever dough hadn’t perished during Hurricane Sandy. They are the only restaurant to serve Gragnano, a bubbly, chilled red made in Naples, Italy, where my father grew up. We ordered it after my college graduation, my family squeezed around a marble table on a street with too many memories.

Goodbye to my vegan diet, which lasted almost as long as my decade in New York. My endocrinologist, a tough Greek lady with a booming laugh, told me I was dying. My palms were orange and that my thyroid wouldn’t function normally unless I started eating animal protein. I panicked. Who was I without my extremities? My diet, my bones, my big, big city.

Goodbye to the first piece of meat in 16 years: a side of grilled chicken from Purbird in Park Slope, around the corner from my last apartment. I sat alone and ate it slowly, terrified it would kill me or that it wouldn’t. Later, I ran my usual route through Prospect Park, determined to work off the impure food. I shaved five minutes off my time.

Goodbye to the Milk Bar in Park Slope where Will and I went after falling in love. I ordered the half smoked-salmon toast, which came on a piece of sourdough topped with pickled onions, dill, and an egg. It became our Sunday ritual: sleeping late, eating there, wandering the streets of our neighborhood looking for free books. I loved our little life, but I felt drained. All the years of deprivation, pollution, sleeplessness. We talked about leaving.

‘My Clients Are Fleeing NJ Like It’s on Fire’

That headline arrives via email from a money manager in northern New Jersey. The Garden State already has the third largest overall tax burden and the country’s highest property tax collections per capita. Now that federal reform has limited the deduction for state and local taxes, the price of government is surging again among high-income earners in New Jersey and other blue states. Taxpayers are searching for the exits.

In the financial industry of course it’s not just the clients who are looking for greener pastures. One hedge fund manager moving his office to a southern state reports that his new home on a golf course will be more than double the size of his house in Chatham, N.J. while generating just one third of the current property tax bill.

Others are staying out of necessity, but that doesn’t mean they want to bet on a Jersey comeback. “The apartment market in New Jersey is booming because nobody wants to own here. As soon as people are not tied to the area for business reasons, they leave,” says Jeffrey Sica, founder of Circle Squared, an alternative investments firm. “We structure real estate deals for family offices and high-net-worth individuals and at a record pace those family offices and individuals are leaving the TriState for lower-tax states. Probably a dozen this year at least,” he writes via email.

On April 24, Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore wrote in these pages:

Just one week later, the Journal reports:

In the decade ending in 2016, real economic growth in New Jersey clocked in at a compound annual percentage rate of 0.1, just slightly higher than John Blutarsky’s GPA and less than a tenth of the national average for economic growth.

The Tax Foundation ranks New Jersey dead last among the 50 states for its business tax climate. So naturally new Governor Phil Murphy is proposing an even larger tax burden. A little more than 100 days into his term, Mr. Murphy seems determined to make New Jersey residents miss Chris Christie.

Steven Malanga calls Mr. Murphy’s plan “the U-Haul Budget” for the new incentives it gives New Jersey residents to flee. Your humble correspondent participated in a panel discussion at an event hosted by the Garden State Initiative today and was pleased to discover that at least some residents of New Jersey are not yet ready to abandon hope. They’re urging Gov. Murphy to make the state’s tax burden competitive again. Following federal reform, the residents who remain in blue states have a whole new reason to demand that politicians put out the fire.

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CAZENOVIA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Whether it’s her cooking demonstrations at the Turning Stone Casino or New York State Fair, celebrity chef Anne Burrell returns to Central New York a lot.

But leaving New York City for quarantine there means she’s spent the most time in her home of Cazenovia since high school.

She remembers it being around St. Patrick’s Day when Burrell and then-just-boyfriend Stuart decided to leave New York City for Burrell’s mother’s apartment units on Albany Street.

He was then-just-boyfriend because he brought along a ring and planned a date night for the two of them in Burrell’s mother’s apartment. It was there he proposed (and Burrell said yes).

Ever since, the couple, Stuart’s son and Burrell’s extended family have been quarantined together. She’s been chronicling their adventures on her Instagram page.
Yes, she’s done most of the cooking. She’s shared photos of ribs, meatballs, chicken, and pizza.

Burrell has also made it a point to frequent local restaurants for takeout, like the Brewster Inn and McCarthy’s Irish Pub, based on the troubling stories she’s hearing from the restaurant industry.

In an interview with NewsChannel 9, Burrell says, “I’m scared to death that when things start to come back to normal, we’re going to see some restaurants, some of our favorites not coming back.”

She encourages people to try to give business to their favorite eatery once a week.

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Reassessing our relationship with the aggressively bitter, emphatically purple chicory.

Whether or not you’ve noticed it, radicchio’s beginning to creep into your salad greens. The cabernet-hued chicory is slowly edging the baby kale and butter lettuces off the plate—landing on restaurant menus, in magazine spreads, and flowing down the Technicolor waterfall of Instagram. Maybe you tasted it at Angler in San Francisco, where whole heads of radicchio seasoned with a concentrated radicchio XO sauce became a favorite among diners, or in New York City at Via Carota, where radicchio gets softened on the grill and paired with goat cheese, currants, and pine nuts.

Or perhaps you’ve seen the overlapping layers of olive-oil-rubbed radicchio radiating from within a rustic tart crafted by pastry chef Natasha Pickowicz for the pages of the New York Times Magazine . Maybe you’ve picked up a copy of Samin Nosrat’s watershed book Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and seen the recipe for roasted radicchio with Roquefort. And our dinner-party commander in chief, Alison Roman, suggests basing salads around a few heads of torn radicchio for dramatic effect. (Both of her cookbooks, Dining In and Nothing Fancy , include radicchio dishes as well.)

For anyone who grew up in Italy, where bitter chicories have been prized for centuries—for both their flavor and digestive properties—the sudden uptick in Americans’ interest is puzzling. Same goes for those who bow at the feet of Marcella Hazan, who espoused the idea that radicchio is the “most magnificent vegetable” in her 1997 book Marcella Cucina .

“Radicchio has always been it people just haven’t known,” says Jack Algiere, farm director at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. But for the mainstream American palate, a population that covets the sweet and mild, radicchio’s bitterness—a byproduct of lactose, which the plant uses to prepare for seed development—has historically been off-putting. So why all the hype now?

“It’s just so strikingly beautiful,” says Raquel Pelzel, whose recently published cookbook Umami Bomb includes a tempting recipe for a green bean and charred radicchio salad. Chioggia, the most commonly found radicchio variety in America, shares the shape and dusky blush of a red cabbage with leaves that, like bok choy, turn snappy and white toward the core. According to Algiere, there are hundreds of other varieties—in Italy, you even find wild versions growing in pastures—and a great many of them are visually dazzling. “You see these versions like castelfranco and sugarloaf that have all these different speckles in lovely rosette colors,” he says.

“I’m not surprised that after decades of so many American menus featuring the same few leafy vegetables—for a while it was romaine, then arugula, then kale—chefs are branching out,” says Stacy Adimando, author of the new cookbook Piatti , which contains a recipe for charred radicchio and corn salad. “These bitter lettuces bring a lot of color, spice, and variety to dishes and menus during [autumn and winter], when what’s on the farm stands tends to be less diverse and more muted.”

In the age of Instagram, when images are often consumed as hungrily as the food itself, a dish’s—or, in this case, a vegetable’s—star power isn’t always directly linked to its flavor. But radicchio’s rise happens to synchronize perfectly with a moment when American consumers are slowly coming around to more challenging flavors—flavors with funky, sour, and spicy profiles. That openness now extends to the bitter flavors that we taste in things like hoppy IPAs, intensely dark chocolate, turmeric, and tahini. “Once people recognize that bitterness is an entire category, that changes everything,” Algiere says. “Besides, radicchios are not just bitter. They have these buttery, oily textures and a bright, complex sweetness underneath.”

Algiere values radicchio for its flavor, but also for the niche it fills as a crop that flourishes during the winter. “It grows best in the colder months, making it one of the great seasonal joys of the crop system,” he says.

“Serving radicchio is about partnering it with the right sidekicks,” Pelzel says. “Like the juicy tanginess of citrus…a sharp and salty hit from shaved parm, or the funk of blue cheese. Radicchio is more about the composition than the singular.” Adimando, meanwhile, views grilling as a gateway to radicchio and other bitter lettuces. “The leaves are delicious with a little char on them, and cooking the vegetable naturally mellows some of its bitterness and softens its bite,” she says. Roasting or broiling radicchio with copious amounts of olive oil, or stirring the softened leaves into risotto à la Marcella, are also time-tested preparations.

Radicchio’s rise happens to synchronize perfectly with a moment when American consumers are slowly coming around to more challenging flavors—flavors with funky, sour, and spicy profiles.

With the concurrent efforts of a few great farmers and a few enthusiastic chefs, a vegetable like radicchio can quickly transform from a cultural particularity to a mainstream sensation. One need only think about kale chips or cauliflower “rice” to understand the power of culinary groupthink. To that end, a network of farmers and chefs in the Pacific Northwest have taken on the role of radicchio ambassadors. They recently celebrated the second annual Chicory Week —a Seattle-based festival designed to, as their website puts it, “promote the heck out of radicchio.” One festival partner, the Culinary Breeding Network, even brought a stack of handmade zines dedicated to the vegetable.

From a consumer’s perspective, adding new produce to the repertoire is a universally good thing. For the grower, however, such a quick ascent can have drawbacks. “It can take seed companies years to stockpile enough seeds to keep up with demand,” Algiere says. In the case of kale, which American farmers grew 60 percent more of in 2012 than 2007, large-scale growers bought out swaths of the existing kale seed, leaving smaller growers in the lurch. “If it’s just a fad and not sustained, it can be disruptive,” he said.

Whether radicchio’s star will rise dramatically enough to cause a bum rush on seeds, or, say, influence Beyoncé’s sartorial choices, remains to be seen. But either way, American tables are certain to get a lot more bitter in the coming years—and that is actually pretty sweet.

The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “JWR”.

Bailing Out of New Jersey

This was an interesting read: People Are Leaving New Jersey In Insanely High Numbers. (Thanks to DSV for the link.)

A Ghostgunner Can Now Also Mill Polymer 80 Frames

Defense Distributed just announced that they’ve released the jigs and software for completing Polymer 80 Glock 19 clone pistol frames on a Ghostgunner compact CNC milling machine. This makes a Ghostgunner even more versatile. I expect that still more software and jigs will be added for completing other Polymer 80 variants in the months to come. And then later, who knows? Perhaps a jig and software for SIG P320 80% trigger groups. That would be a dream come true.

Learn Hog Butchering in Georgia

On the first Saturday in February each year, the Old South Farm Museum in Woodland, Georgia puts on a live, old fashioned “Hog Killin” and butchering demonstration that also includes classes on curing and smoking meat. Vendors also cook traditional southern recipes that use pork and pork products, using only wood fires and cast iron cauldrons.

People from all over Georgia and surrounding states come to see this demonstration each year. It’s an invaluable source of information that can be used to become more self-sufficient on a small farm or homestead. Here is a map, showing the event location. And here is a link to a video. (Editor’s Note on the video: “Viewer Discretion Advised.”) Thanks to reader Tim J. for the information.

Private 58 Acre Deer Farm with Bunker in Kentucky

I just heard about this captivating new list at our spin-off web site: Private Deer Farm in Kentucky. Log home on 58 acres with barn and bunker. Here is a quote: “Location for Privacy! Handcrafted super insulated log home with 2 finished bedrooms, loft and roughed in 3rd bedroom with utilities for an additional bathroom. This farm boasts 58 + surveyed acres with nice concrete floored barn with roughed in apt. or office. High speed internet in house & barn. Bunker also has phone jack, electric & septic…”

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China’s Travel Ban for Christians

“In 2014, the State Council promulgated a Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit System (2014 to 2020), with pilot trials set up in various regions. The goal is that the system will be fully implemented in 2020. Reportedly, all daily activities will be factors in determining one’s credit score. Points will be deducted for “pestering” the government or enterprises for defaming others online or for making or selling counterfeit goods. This score will determine whether one can travel out of town whether one can be promoted at work whether one can buy a car or property and even what kind of school one’s children can attend.”

Big Tech Merging With Big Brother

YouTube Plans to Expand Censorship

But wait, here is even more social engineering: YouTube Will Crack Down on Toxic Videos, But It Won’t Be Easy. JWR’s Comments: Any guesses how they will apply their new amorphously-subjective “borderline” standard? No doubt the left wing videos will get a pass, while right wing ones will be de-ranked. Please do everything you can to help alternative video site like and It is high time to shun the social(ist) engineers at YouTube! (Thanks to reader Gregg P. for the link.)

Guns in Brazil

From the Associated Press: Fear and zeal over more guns in violence-plagued Brazil. JWR’s Comment: This piece was written with an anti-gun slant, but it does shed some light on the situation in Estados Unidos do Brazil.

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Re: China’s Travel Ban for Christians

Pastor Chuck Baldwin addressed this. Summarizing as I best remember:
God works in strange ways. One of the countries where Christianity is growing the fastest is China where Christians are suffering severe persecution. Throughout history persecution of Christians has actually had the opposite effect of what was intended. It actually increased Christianity. Christians are forced to go ‘underground’ and thrives underground.

Leaving New Jersey and other states. My experience with people leaving a blue state has been the people that have money or are in a business that doesn’t need more regulation/taxation are the ones to leave and are replaced by parasites. I believe the numbers stated are far from accurate, but time will tell. If wealth and jobs leave for greener pastures it will eventually have a negative effect on a states financial condition . As Margaret Thatcher has been accredited with “Socialism is great until you run out of other peoples money.” The exodus of money from a state will hasten the demise of their corrupt government, as more and more will become fed up with over regulation and taxation. If this continues I feel sorry for my grandkids as they will have been born as slaves.

re: Pr. Baldwin’s comment:
The growth in numbers is just one aspect of the effect of persecution on faith. It is also a fact that the faith so tested and refined is deeper and more enduring. When one gets to the end of his rope, most everyone will look up when darkness strands the climber on the rock face, the wisest will seek a cleft in the rock. We learn from extreme situations.
cf. Romans 5:3-5

The “Learn Hog Butchering in Georgia” classes is for last year (2018) and not this year. This years classes have been “cancelled” but they mentioned it would be on again next year.

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