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Drogo’s SCOD Quest 2012

Posted in Fictional Stories, SCOD Fallout Projects with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2011 by Drogo

There is always more work to be done. One can be finished working when one is dead, but the work itself may live on long after.” 

~ Drogo Empedocles

The SCOD Pipedream Pub as an idea started decades ago.

For years we planned in secret, because we knew that the Pipedream was not for most people. We refined the concept into the Master Plan known as The Sustainable Cooperative for Organic Development (SCOD).

If our over-lords had not been over-thrown by their own wars, we probably would have never been able to get our land to build on. Before Armageddon land was very expensive, and we came from less-than-royal families of common trades, that would never have been able to save enough money, or get the sponsors necessary to loan such exorbitant amounts of money. We were prisoners in a Capitalist consumer debt society, with no real democratic way to change the system.

However the system was broken, and so things changed. Everything finally went to Hell. Land titles meant very little because public records were often destroyed and there were few legal enforcers since they stopped receiving paychecks, and all their money was increasingly worthless anyway. Sure some cops and firefighters stayed on as fraternal clubs, like biker gangs, but it was not the same.

So we talked to some local survivors that wanted to see the return of more stable communities to the area. We tipped the appropriate people for a few acres of land that was not contested by anyone recently. We felt confident about homesteading that land in particular, and that was important. No one ever challenged our right of eminent domain, at least no one with a previous claim.

Also before the Apocalypse it would have been harder to start an alternative community within an uncompromising empire, such as the one we had. It was not that we were lazy before, because we had probed the corporate climate for years without any ally. So the time was right, but we still had to face a serious dilemma.

After the Apocalypse things were much harder, and life changed for everyone. It was easier to leave where you had been, but harder to pick up with fewer motorized transportation options. It was also easier to make shelter from existing ruins and reused materials, than try to build entirely new structures. So this was the main decision for SCOD members. Do we compromise the main Circle Field with buildings on the perimeter, for land that is closer with many structures already there? Of course
there were many other problems, and questions within questions, but this stood out in my mind.

Often people had nothing of value anymore, so there was nothing holding them back besides loyalties,  nostalgic depression, or worse psychopathic issues that had manifest since the Breakdown. You had to really ask yourself the question; where are you and what are you there for?

Most SCOD members pre-Apocalypse had lived hundreds of miles apart. This meant many days travel once the highways and many roads became unusable for vehicular traffic. Luckily as SCOD members we were more prepared than others to be survivors, and we had contingency plans that we had been putting into place. Not all our plans would be successful, but that is why we had more than one plan ready to go. If you only have one plan, it is harder to reset and try something new.

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* to be continued *

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Harpers Ferry, WV Town Fire Laws

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Legal / Laws with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2010 by Drogo

Harpers Ferry Town Ordinances, Article 15:

1505.02 OUTDOOR BURNING PROHIBITED… This Article shall not be
construed to prohibit the use of outdoor natural wood, charcoal or gas fires in a suitable and safe apparatus designed to contain the fire. A suitable and permitted fire receptacle is defined as a metal or ceramic container, specifically designed for holding fires, not exceeding 3 feet across at any point, neither in height nor width, and equipped with a functional screen or lid.
1505.25 VARIANCES
The Mayor may grant a written variance of the requirements of this ordinance if he or his representative believes that the variance request does not jeopardize property or public safety . The Mayor may delegate the authority to grant a variance to the Chief of Police. A written request for a variance must be submitted, and the Mayor’s reply, or that of his representative, either granting or denying the variance, must also be in writing. Denial of a variance request may be appealed to the Town Council, which will have final say in the matter.

West Virginia Camp Fires

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Legal / Laws, Nature Studies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2010 by Drogo

WV State Spring Fire Laws 2010:
1. All outdoor burning is prohibited between 7 am – 4 pm.

2. All outdoor fires must have a safety strip minimum distance of 10 feet.

3. In woods, this strip must be cleared down to the mineral soil to lessen the chances of an errant spark escaping into the woods and starting a forest fire.

4. All fires must not be left unattended for any period of time, and must be totally extinguished when tending is finished.

5. Anyone caught breaking the law can be charged with a misdemeanor, fined up to $300, and held liable for costs of fighting the fire and any damage the fire may have caused to others’ property.

In April 2010, the number of forest fires and the number of acres burned increased dramatically from 108 fires and 773 acres on April 1 to 283 fires and 8,457 acres on April 9. Since the burning ban began on April 10, an additional 105 fires were reported and 3,158 acres have been burned.

For the year so far, 388 fires have burned 11,615 acres statewide.

For more information, visit the Division of Forestry’s Web site at www.wvforestry.com.

Trainor Poems: Flame Daggers

Posted in Poems, Rhymes, Riddles with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2010 by Drogo

1:
They burn brightly when close
Their bodies casts shadows and each is eclipsed
Both fail to act and plan to act again tomorrow
Wearing smiles like makeup but not getting too close
To avoid the wrinkles and their rightful focus
Broken promises have become currency
Words now light and meaningless
unless sharpened and used as intimate daggers
Intent to invent reasons to destroy us
Without understanding how deeply connected
Alone they cannot sever the soul tendrils
That will pain them forever

2:
Thoughts spark and memory burns
Cloaked as smoke the past escapes
Returning to the chamber of conception
I try to remember what it was
Replete with emptiness new and old
Yesterday is homeless and emotion is gravity
Folding in on itself like a star
Back to the confinement of cells
Whatever it is I feel it in my arms

– The Trainor