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Tools for Gridcrash

Tools for Gridcrash

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Published by: MoreMoseySpeed on Feb 03, 2012
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i Premisesiii e Purpose o this Bookletv Acknowledgementsvi Further Reading
1 Contamination2 Groundwater2
Springs4 Rainwater and Snow Collection7 Surface Water Collection7 Survival Sources7
Dug Still7
Dew and Condensation8
 Water in Plants8
Observing other Animals8 Water Treatment8 Simple Treatments8
Storage9 Disinfection9
Disinfection by Boiling9
Chemical Disinfection10
Solar Disinfection10
Distillation12 Sand Filters12
Slow Sand Filters14
Rapid Sand Filters14
General Water Notes
15Latrines and Greywater
15 Latrines15
Siting Latrines15
Pit Latrines15
Trench Latrines16
Ventilated Improved Pit Latrines16
Other Options17
General Latrine Notes17 Composting Toilets18
e Jenkins Sawdust Toilet19
e Two Chamber Toilet19
Composting Toilet Notes20 Greywater20
Greywater Pit20
Branching System20
Greywater Notes
1A note on He 2Cool Food Storage
 A note on Food Safety 22
 Water Immersion22
Cold Room23
In-ground Cooling24
Ice Caves / Ice Houses25
Ice Boxes25
Vapour Pantry / Pot-in-pot Cooler26
alvaged and Modified Refrigerators26
Cooling Notes:
27 Hayboxes28 Effi cient Wood-Burning29 Open Fires29
Building an open fire29
ree stone fire29
Hearth variations30
Fire hole30 Effi cient Woodstoves30
 Winiarski Rocket Stove31
Dona Justa Stove31 Solar cooking33
imple folding solar cooker33
olar Oven35
Parabolic cooker38
Biodigested Methane38
Cooking Notes
39Quick Lighting and He 
39 Lighting39
Oil Lamp39
Rush Light0
Buddy Burner0
Improvision Exercises0
Lighting Notes0 Heating1
2 Garbage and Recycling Collection
age i
his booklet is an excerpt from a larger book project which is in the works, called “In the Wake: A Collective Manual-in-Progress for Outliving Civiliza-tion.” is project, and my writings and life in general,are based on the premise that industrial civilization isdestroying the world and exploiting and murdering theinhabitants of the world. I believe that industrial civi-lization is not capable of doing anything else, whateverpolitical party (or corporation, or American-installedmilitary dictator) is “in charge”.I want to help to create communities which are equi-table, ecological, and sustainable. I also believe that wecan’t do this within the machinery of industrial civiliza-tion. More to the point, that machinery is insatiable,imperialistic, and in the end, suicidal. Civilization isdestroying itself along with the world.is introduction is necessarily brief, but I encourageyou to look at some of the resources at the end of thisintroduction to learn more about the assumptions thisbook is based on.
Let me be specific about what I mean by industrialcivilization. For many people, the word civilization callsto mind words like “refined, safe, convenient, modern,advanced, polite, enlightened and sophisticated.” Of course, these words are the words that civilized peopleuse to describe themselves. For example, if you look up the word “Christian” in the thesaurus, you will find words like “fair, good, high-principled, honourable,humane, noble, right, virtuous” and other words thatChristians might use to describe themselves, but whichhardly apply to the Crusades, the Witch-Burnings, orother such atrocities carried out by self-described Chris-tians.For a more unbiased definition of civilization, we canconsider historian Lewis Mumford’s use of the wordcivilization “to denote the group of institutions that firsttook form under kingship. Its chief features, constant invarying proportions throughout history, are the centrali-zation of political power, the separation of classes, thelifetime division of labor, the mechanization of produc-tion, the magnification of military power, the economicexploitation of the weak, and the universal introductionof slavery and forced labor for both industrial and mili-tary purposes.”
 Anthropologist Stanley Diamond cuts to the chase, andsays simply that “Civilization originates in conquestabroad and repression at home.”
By “industrial”, I mean a society that is dependent onmachines for the basics of life. A society that needstractors to grow food, trucks to transport it, factories tosynthesize fertilizers, and so on, is an industrial society. A society where people participate in the growing of theirown food and other basics by hand would not be indus-trial.Put the two concepts together and you get industrialcivilization. is is a society with an extreme disparity of power, and where machines are built, and humansmechanized, in order to serve the needs of those inpower. Since those in power want, essentially, to becomemore powerful, society is caught in the claws of powerfulpeople who constantly seek to accelerate and extend theexploitation of human beings and the natural world. Wecan see the effects of this in the intense global destruc-tion of the living world.at the world is being destroyed probably isn’t newsto you. You’ve probably heard that 90% of the fish inthe ocean have been killed in the past 50 years, andthat those remaining are significantly smaller.
You’veprobably heard that the oceans are in a state of ecologi-cal collapse. And that phytoplankton, the basis of thebiosphere, has decreased in global population by 6% ina mere two decades, and by as much as 30% in someareas. Populations of krill, the tiny animals just abovephytoplankton on the ocean food chain, are down by 80% in three decades.
You’ve probably read in the newsthat global warming will kill up to 37% of all species onearth by 2050
(and you’ve probably noticed that theestimates of these casualties from global warming seemto increase just about every week). In essence, you’veprobably noticed, even if you only read the corporate-owned newspapers, that the world is being ever more

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