Decentralized Geography, Where to Go From Here?

Decentralized networks are more stable than centralized ones.  This applies to work places, sources of income, computer networks and nature.  In the workplace, a top-down centralized system creates a large burden on a central point, when the load is decentralized there are fewer problems if one person isn’t “doing their job” or some sort of failure happens in the production line. When your income is decentralized and you are bringing in revenue from various projects, it is less devastating when one of them fails and your family is better able to weather the storm.  Decentralized computer networks provide network stability and security – take the Bitcoin network for example, if a miner or mining pool go down, there are still thousands of nodes able to pick up where those left off. Mother nature operates this way, too, ant colonies and animals in migration do not have one central authority dictating how to travel or when, they depend on their own cues and instincts, their network is decentralized and their network is strong.

I have seen the power of the decentralized network and feel passionate about creating this sort of security in my life on multiple fronts.  When we lost our farm it was totally devastating.  We lost everything we had been working for, because we had centralized our efforts all in once place. Our family was the central focal point of the community and when we lost what we had, the community scattered and we were left trying to figure out where to farm and garden.

Now that we are in an apartment, we have our own front porch garden going.  We are also building garden beds on the sidewalk in front of a neighboring restaurant and plan to get an additional restaurant on board. We are also gardening with friends on their property and actively looking for a property of our own.  We decentralized our local gardening efforts to prevent losing it all again, but I want to decentralize further, I want to decentralized our geographic location so we have choices across the country where we have thriving gardens and community that we can plug into when we please.

After years of travel and meeting with activists communities I see 4 geographic locations that seem to provide the most in term of what we are looking for. We want a government that is minimal, we want strong like minded community, we want the ability to garden and live off the grid.  The places we feel provide the most in these regards are 1. Central Texas 2. New Hampshire 3. Asheville, NH and 4. Colorado.

I want to have a place to stay in each of these communities.  I want an off the grid permanent home in each of these locations.  I want a thriving garden in each of these locations.  I want a thriving livestock operation in each location.  And I want them to be profitable so I can incentivize someone to operate them while we travel between the 4.

To make this happen I need a good plan, and that is the phase I am in currently, determining the plan of action.  Where to start?  Obviously Central Texas is a good option for us to start because we are here, we have community have family here, we have chickens here, we have gardens here.  We also need something sooner than later because my family is not happy in an apartment. The next step will likely be NH because there are so many activists there and moving there and Bardo Farm has a thriving off the grid community that we want to be a part of.  Asheville is very enticing to me because we really clicked with the activists there and loved the city.  Colorado we have the least ties to, but I see great potential.

Here is a podcast I did discussing the choices and where to go from here.

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I plan to write an overview of all 4 activist hubs to give others advice and inspiration on where they can go to be in community with others!

Sovereign Living Uncoinventional Tour

The Sovereign Living team went on a three week Bitcoin-only tour this past month!

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Check out the liveblog on Bitcoin Magazine by directing your browser to uncoinventional.com.

We received great media attention onthe journey, including this Yahoo News piece:
https://www.yahoo.com/travel/tech-nerd-tuesday-this-family-is-road-tripping-using-89684772802.html

Keep your eye on Bitcoin Magazine for the soon to publish trip review!

No Poo Update, 23 Months Later

I had a four month break around the one year mark and my hair did awful on shampoo. I have been back on baking soda plus apple cider vinegar since February and do not see myself ever turning back. My hair is soft, shiny and happy.

Few tips I have learned in these 2 years….

1. If your hair is super greasy, apply the baking soda dry to dry hair while you get ready to shower, then wash and vinegar rinse as you normally would.

2. I have tried mixing with water and pouring, spraying, and a variety of application methods. My favorite now, and the fastest, is get your hair wet, dump a handul of baking soda in your hand, and smear all over, working it into your scalp with your fingers. Add more handfuls until your hair is totally saturated. Quantity is king.

3. I just pour straight apple cider vinegar on my hair, splash splash, work in with fingers, let it sit while I wash my face, then rinse.

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Looking Forward to Twenty Fourteen.

As I stand here in the wake of twenty thirteen I feel both exhausted and empowered. For many of us twenty thirteen was a year of major lifestyle and ideological transformations. The idea that you have to “fight” for freedom is quickly fading away as the realization that you can “create” freedom takes hold in the hearts of liberty lovers across the globe.

 

Bitcoin exploded onto the scene in 2013, shaking mega corporations and monetary institutions to their core. As Bitcoin becomes a dinner table conversation in the homes of “mainstream” families, so does the realization that we do not need centralized banks and government to provide money to us. We can create our own.

 

The ramifications of this will be huge in twenty fourteen. Small businesses will open around Bitcoin. Multi-million dollar start ups will launch around Bitcoin. The dollar will become even more irrelevant. The looting of the masses by gangster banksters will become less possible. People will be empowered to just say NO to funding war and oppression because they will be empowered to create and distribute their own money.

 

Twenty fourteen, in my opinion, will mark the year that the old white haired control freaks in “government” will begin to fade into the background and young lovers of freedom will step into the role of changing the shape of our society as we know it. The power exercised by the “elite” is based on the control of information and money. With the internet and Bitcoin, nothing can hold back the message of freedom. Nothing can stop people from accessing the information and tools they need to make significant changes to their way of life.

 

Empowered by the success of Bitcoin, I believe that twenty fourteen will be the year that people begin taking large steps to get out of all centralize institutions in which they have found themselves entangled. This means starting their own businesses, growing their own foods, buying local quality products instead of mass produced trinkets. Twenty fourteen will be the year people move from TALKING about freedom to LIVING freedom. I can’t wait!

 

Catherine Bleish

www.TheBitMom.com

www.CatherineBleish.com

www.SovereignLiving.com

This article was written for and will be published in the Freedom’s Phoenix E-Zine.

Sneak Peak of Sovereign Living Episode 4 on Alternative Currencies

Sovereign Living is a reality based educational program about the Blush Family (John Bush and Cat Bleish) and their quest to become self-sufficient and lead a voluntary and natural life.

When complete, the first season will include twelve episodes, each of which covering a different aspect of Sovereign Living. From gardening and community defense to natural health and alternative currencies, Sovereign Living aims to educate, entertain, and inspire people to take responsibility for their lives.

Episode Four of Season One takes place at PorcFeat 2013 and is all about alternative currencies, paying special attention to Bitcoin.  At Porcfest, I link up with Erik Voorheess who explains the basics of bitcoin and sets me up with a Bitcoin wallet.  I then use the Bitcoin ATM, talk to people about BTC, inflation, and subjective value, and use BTC at vendor booths.

Here is a sneak peek of a clip we shot for Episode 4:

See Episode One here: http://youtu.be/TZjmcBGsrAs

See our Indigogo Campaign here: http://igg.me/at/sovereignliving/x/4953071

We currently have three episodes produced and are raising funds to produce the next three.  Check out the IndieGogo campaign to help make this vision a reality, pun intended.  BTC donations welcome.

Donate Bitcoin to Sovereign Living: 1Q6UNy7vFNS35sGgGUFJatm51cSa2wFcUn

Peace and Freedom,

John Bush

Co-Star and Executive Producer
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Thanks to Erik Voorhees for his support of Sovereign Living!
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Groceries off the Grid

A week ago when Bitcoin was hovering around $1,200 I decided to liquidate some of my Bitcoin funds, not into paper…because let’s face it, the Bitcoin economy is growing and I can do just about everything BUT pay my rent and utilities with Bitcoin – and in some places that may even be an option! One of the biggest moments happened right then and there. I logged in to Gyft.com to purchase a giftcard and move my funds around…I saw it, staring me in the eye, the key to survival, Target and Whole Foods gift cards!

It’s no surprise that Whole Foods joined Gyft.com, John Mackey the CEO is very inclined to liberty and has been promoting the cause for years. I think, sometimes a lot of people forget about Target’s grocery section (or maybe it’s only really available at Super Targets), but either way they have a great selection of produce and organic, healthy foods. Did I mention I’m OBSESSED with grocery shopping? So now I get to combine two of my favorite things in the world AND the co-stars of Sovereign Living have a way in to a great grocery store and they don’t even have to earn/use FRN’s to do so.

What does this mean for the future?

As I said, I believe at this point everything can be provided for your basic living needs with Bitcoin earnings, except your rent (although some properties are now being sold for Bitcoin) and utilities. Good thing the stars of Sovereign Living are working their way to energy efficiency…they won’t need to worry about those pesky electric companies that have monopolized markets across the country. If you keep watching the show you’ll find out exactly how they plan to get off the energy grid.

Buying your orange juice and butter with Bitcoin is something I would have never dreamed to happen when I first entered into the “Bitcoin game”, but now I understand that Bitcoin is NOT just a currency it’s a lifestyle choice…a lifestyle choice that transcends the state. What more can you ask for?

Indie Gogo Update #7 in front of the church we got married in!

Behind us stands the historical Texana Church where we exchanged vows this past weekend. We enjoyed a stateless wedding with family and friends. It was perfect! Now it’s time to move and shake on our last 9 days of our Indie Gogo Campaign! Help us raise funds for the next batch of Sovereign Living episodes! We need you…donate on our Indie Gogo page or send us a Bitcoin donation.

Special note: today for every $20 donated, Indie Gogo will donate a dollar! #givingTuesday

The Homestretch Begins!

Our Indie Gogo Campaign has successfully raised over $6,000 in support for the show. We haven’t even factored in our Bitcoin donations yet…still catching up from the wedding, but that number will be available soon! Today I’d like to thank everyone for their contributions, large and small. This project is the first of its kind and will hopefully be a stepping stone to more education on peaceful resistance. With the holiday season approaching, we get it…funds are low and allocated for gifts to your family and friends. If this isn’t the case for you, we encourage you to give toward the project through Bitcoin donations or USD donations on our Indie Gogo page. If you can’t swing it, it’s ok, sharing our project on your Facebook page and/or Twitter is just as valuable to us.

We’ll have some pictures from the wedding up soon. It was beautiful and filled with love from our family and friends. Aliana looked like a princess and little Bill enjoyed himself, of course!

Thanks for staying with us during the holidays and giving us your support. Your motivation and encouragement through Facebook messages and via email are fuel to our self-sufficient fire! 🙂

Still to come this week…Tip of the Week #11, surprise perks for our last week of our Indie Gogo campaign, and more!

Bitcoin Celebration Week – Bitcoin donations welcome!

This week, Sovereign Living celebrates Bitcoin!

For immediate release 11/17/13

Contact: johnbush@centerfornaturalliving.org

512-773-6102

It’s no secret that Bitcoin is a force to be reckoned with. Join us this week as we celebrate one of the best ways to transcend centralized institutions.

This week only, Bitcoin donations made to Sovereign Living will receive a sneak peek of never before seen footage from Episode 4 (all about alternative currency), plus a special shout out on social media and our blog (we’d love to highlight your Bit businesses as well).  Here’s a special video for everyone to enjoy this week; welcome our first Bitcoin PSA that will be featured in Episodes throughout the season:

We’ve added a new perk to help others get educated on BTC. Donations of $100 get an hour-long consultation about Bitcoin with co-star John Bush. He’ll help you set up your wallet and get you going!

Why Bitcoin?

Sovereign Living’s goal is to detach from centralized institutions and find a plausible way to lead a voluntary and natural life. Bitcoin by definition is a crypto-currency that is completely decentralized. It functions free from government intervention (not saying it’s counter parts are immune to the man) and allows for voluntary exchange across borders, towns, and various businesses. It’s also a wonderful way for us to grow our farm. So help out by donating to our Indie Gogo Campaign.

How can you donate?

It’s a simple process – yet another perk of Bitcoin. We ask that you visit our Bitcoin Donation Page, fill out the form and send along your donation. You’ll be contacted shortly after to confirm your donation. The following week you’ll see a special message from us in your inbox containing TOP SECRET footage of Episode 4. Please keep it to yourself…guard it like it’s the password to your BlockChain Wallet.

Make sure to fill out every part of the form so we can ensure you receive the correct perk from Indie Gogo.

Bitcoin companies and educators are encouraged to donate and share your business with us so we can highlight you…a great opportunity to gain exposure and help a like-minded project. A special shout out to Erik Voorhees a wonderful supporter and CEO of Coinapult. His Bitcoin donation has earned him a special place in our hearts, and he also has an awesome cameo in the show!

Bring on the Bitcoin this week and help Sovereign Living hit our $50K goal on Indie Gogo: http://SovereignLiving.TV