You may have heard the adage that goes something like “the more you train in times of peace, the less you will bleed in times of war”.
This phrase connotes the value of preparedness thinking and preemptive action. It can be related back to the historical samurai principles of the Natori Ryu.

Natori Masazumi, the legendary shinobi who passed on the scrolls of Natori Ryu, echoes to the present a principle of samurai conduct that he says is of primary importance for all samurai: Nichiyo Kokorogake.

What is this?

Nichiyo Kokorogake parallels the preparedness adage above. It means to make use of states of ‘order’ by preparing to address inchoate and even flagrant states of ‘disorder’, and when ‘disorder’ or war arises, one should work to swiftly reinstate ‘order’ or peace . The central point here is to not waste one’s time. Prepare so that once an adverse event occurs, you may be better equipped to deal with it quickly.

So how can you apply Nichiyo Kokorogake to everyday life?
Here are a few examples:

– Consume a Good Diet and Exercise! Realizing that your body is literally the means by which you interact with this earth, it behooves you to take care of it so that you can use it well in states of emergency or even war.
– Make a list of potential sources of ‘disorder’ in your own world (i.e. problems at work, earthquakes, floods, terrorism, violent thugs, etc.), then devise a strategy for dealing with the disorder to retain. For example, if you are going on an extensive road-trip, be sure you have a carjack, roadside flares, and other essential equipment for car problems. A less mundane example might be getting kidnapped (if you think this is a possibility) and being able to escape because you learned in advance how to escape restraints, signal for help, etc.

Continue to ponder and apply this principle, and you might not bleed when the going gets tough.

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So some random guy walked by while I was underwater…and apparently (according to my wife), stunned him a bit with my antics…You can hear his footsteps on the bridge in the beginning clip.

On to the more pertinent things.

Sui-jutsu or ‘water arts’ were a component to ninjutsu. In this vid., I exhibit how to hide yourself in moving currents using a kaginawa and branches buried in the sand after a warm-up (most not on cam..but will try harder next time) Be safe and remember…I am not responsible for your misdeeds.

Visit http://www.natori.co.uk for more info.

Enjoy.

“The most important aspect of an energy resource is whether it takes more inputs of fossil fuel energy than the output energy returned, or Energy Returned on Energy Invested (EROEI). So for a windmill, you’d look at how much fossil fuel energy was used to mine the iron, aluminum, concrete, to fabricate all the components, and so on to the delivery of the windmill, and subtract out the fossil fuel energy required to operate and maintain it. Basically, you need to find out if more fossil fuels are used in the full energy life cycle than what’s going to be delivered by the windmill over its lifetime. Even though this is the most important aspect of looking at alternatives to replace fossil fuels, I find that most people don’t understand this concept, or don’t want to understand it.” –Energyskeptic.com

Hello World (and fellow Nebraskans), are you aware that the EROEI for ethanol is only minimally useful to society?
“most ethanol EROI values are at or below the 3:1 minimum extended EROI value required for a fuel to be minimally useful to society.”

Why does this matter? Well, we have all jumped on the bandwagon of renewable energy with the notion that our energy “solutions” will negate the problems of peak oil, pollution, and saving the polar bears (that’s a good one Al Gore). But here is the reality, renewable fuels, short of fusion, will not maintain our current economic paradigm which has propped up civilization…especially when one considers that each time an energy solution is devised, people invariably use more energy (as observed with the Watt’s steam engine and the discovery of oil). See TechNO-Fix by Michael Huesemann

Think about it, would you feel compelled to drive less or more with an electric car? No duh! I’d drive more. This proclivity of the human species educes the shortcomings of techNO-fixes. New technology WILL NOT resolve our energy crisis (unless we develop a fusion generator that can contain and sustain the 180 million degree plasma necessary to slam nuclei together).

All energy ultimately comes from the sun, and it has taken eons upon eons for deposits of concentrated solar energy (i.e. oil, coal, etc.) to form, yet we may consume the whole of these finite resources in what equates to a few centuries! What are we going to do? Throw up solar panels everywhere? Nope…current energy demands require 144,000 sq. miles of solar panel arrays (which means less area for food production). Ok..so how bout wind? Same problem, not a high-enough energy output and the turbines occupy a lot of space. You can peruse literally any of the so called “renewable” energy solutions and not need to be a scientist to deduce that they will not support our current consumption habits. The U.S., for instance, holds around 5% of the world’s total population but consumes some 25% +,- of the world’s resources. Globalization is influencing other nations to raise their standards of living to reflect the status of the US.

Politics aside, you would be an idiot to presume an economic paradigm requiring infinite growth could somehow be immutably paired with a finite planet.

Green solutions will do nothing. Carbon taxes will do nothing. The election of Donald Trump will do nothing…Nothing at all to address the very real problem of energy and the global economy.

We are metaphorically ‘eating our young’ as they are bound to be bequeathed a mordant future of violence, fear, and uncertainty once highly-industrialized society decays.

Read. Ask questions. Grow your own food. Drive less. Walk more. Teach yourself and your children skills that translate to benefit in a post-industrial world.Not because you want to “save the planet” like a leftist hippie but because the future will demand this conduct once resources run dry…and they will (if the nations of the world haven’t annihilated each other over resources by then).

A disjointed post, but that is the nature of my process.
Synopsis: The Laws of Thermodynamics are inexorable and inescapable. Why do we not hear more news on this world crisis?

Later.

Non-electronic forms of clandestine communication can be found in ninjutsu texts such as the Gunpo Jiyoshu, Bansenshukai, and scrolls of Chikamatsu Shigenori. Creating your own methods of encrypting messages is easy enough when you understand the basics of communication and non-electronic signalling principles. In the vid. below, I give a short demonstration of how the shinobi method Goshiki-Mai (five color rice) can be used.

Goshiki-Mai (5 Colored Rice): This ancient communication method of ninjutsu entails the deposition of colored rice within an area of operations to secretly convey information to allies. The shinobi would use blue, red, yellow, black, and purple dyes to color the rice which would be carried on his/her person in bamboo tubes. The rice would be placed in accord with a pre-established, closely guarded crypt-key to avoid unwanted decryption of the message. Different arrangements of the colored rice conveyed distinct meanings intelligible to only those possessing the crypt-key.

Method Disadvantages: 1. potential for disturbance of the coded message by animal, climactic, or human interaction 2. short communication distance and lack of reception precision (recipient must be in close proximity -20 ft. minimum- of the rice in order to decode the message) 3. potential to arouse suspicion (Why is there colored rice on the ground?)

Method Advantages: 1. ease of use (message can be encoded quickly if the crypt-key is memorized) 2. communication medium doubles as a food source 3. message can be destroyed quickly 4. message may appear as random noise to interceptors

Suitable Use: This method is suitable when the weather is not expected to produce high winds or precipitation (rain, snow, etc.). Leave messages in inconspicuous, but readily visible places. You may inform your communications team on what specific placement method is preferred (i.e. by trees, on rocks, along roads, etc.). The total amount of colored rice to carry should not be cumbersome, and the amount dispensed for each coded message should be kept to a minimum. Be sure to devise a crypt-key, patterns for rice placement, and instruct each communications team member on the type of information that is to be conveyed (this will vary by the scenario). Do not allow for witnesses of message placement and inform team members on protocol if a coded message seems to be tampered with (i.e. advise senders to practice message redundancy, placing the same code twice in two different but proximal areas). Above all, guard the crypt-key.

Communications Essentials One Should Bear in Mind

Message: What is to be communicated?

Sender: From whom is the message sent?

Receiver: To whom is the message addressed?

Medium: Is the transmission electronic (radios, cell-phones, internet, etc.), static (physical objects or arranged in accord with a specific code), biological, or a combination of the three? If biological, is the medium gestural or verbal?

Signal Security: What is the transmission code or crypt-key? How is the message made intelligible? What language is used?