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Observations and conversations of the upside down worlds we live in. Nothing is quite as it seems when you dare to question your perceptions and open doors to the unexpected.

Up is Down Podcast Dean Reiner

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Observations and conversations of the upside down worlds we live in. Nothing is quite as it seems when you dare to question your perceptions and open doors to the unexpected.

    Ep 127: We're All (Not)Homesteading Now

    Ep 127: We're All (Not)Homesteading Now

    Greetings To The Living. Thank you for tuning in to the Up Is Down podcast and double-plus-good thanks to all who support this work. Read ahead for news about supporting this work...
    This go round I attempt to bring attention to the often misused term, "homesteading".

    If you are building a life of self sufficiency and autonomy through community and self reliance, the hard and sweaty work of agriculture and animal husbandry, trading goods, services and value with other like-minded people and using only cash in your community for mutual aims and benefits, building barns, sheds, coops and gardens by yourself or with others then you, my friend, are not "homesteading".

    You are decentralizing, plain and simple. There's no other way to say it. I'm sorry.

    There is no more Homesteading. There is only Decentralizing. At least in the United States.

    The irony is that all of the things the OG homesteaders did was by necessity for life not a lifestyle choice, which is what makes up the "neo homesteading movement" that we see today; the luxury of choosing a lifestyle and a nostalgia for the past with romance of a fantasy.
    The starved, bleeding and puss-filled plight of the mid 19th century homesteader was necessary in order to arrive at the place we are nowadays, which ironically or not, is a place many of us are trying to leave. Another inversion.
    It is a disservice, in my opinion, to name that effort "homesteading" when in reality it is an effort at decentralizing, for there is nothing comparable taking place by youtubers, podcasters, and content creators regarding so-called homesteading to the OG pioneering homesteaders of the mid 19th century. Those people tried and died at the urging and incentive of the federal government, a government whose aim was always to form a centralized cohesive class system even if it had to mask that objective in "life, liberty and the pursuit of property".
    What we desire is departure from that empirical machine of grinding authority and centralization of power. We desire decentralization. The closest thing we can relate that desire to is a romanticized and programmed notion of the past as way to create a future. But the days of wide open spaces and being left alone are gone and gone for good. And they ain't never comin' back. They will never ever leave you alone.

    The truth is that the government first homesteaded the nation from the Atlantic to the Pacific, by ruthless murder and genocide, then subleased parcels of that property to a handful of poor people while allowing corporate giants of industry to suck up the remaining 80% of those millions of acres of "free land".

    We would be wise, conscious and courteous not to compare the luxury of choice we have today with the suffrage of those crafty, tirelessly inventive, sick and starving people 150 years ago. It was a different time. And we ought to use a different word.

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    Ep 126: Even Fake War Is A Racket

    Ep 126: Even Fake War Is A Racket

    Greetings to the living and thank you for listening to the Up Is Down Podcast and double-plus-good thanks to all who support this work. Today on the show I present the seminal piece, War Is A Racket, written by Gen. Smedley Butler in 1935. The highly decorated General returned from "The Great War" to remark on his career of American empire building and contract killing as little more than organized crime, racketeering and wholesale murder of generations in order to inflate the profits of those who benefit from war. And those who benefit are never, ever the people who leave their homes to kill and be killed for the illusion of democracy, but rather the industrialists, manufacturers and bankers who finance all sides of war and who will never ever stop.

    This, of course, wasn't only possible when the fledgling notion of western democracy was still in it's early adolescence in the early 20th century, but also just as alluring a promise even now in the age of non-kinetic and psychological war, the time of normalized conflict and T.V.-softened and detached, distant bloody things happening "over there" to "those people", never here at home.

    I try to have fun with the reading and I hope you enjoy the take on war profiteering from an expert in the field nearly 100 years ago. The book is very short and packed full of data that dispels any myth about limited government and practical restraint in times of conflict, and demonstrates just how far the U.S. goes in subsidizing "democracy throughout the world" at any cost.

    War Is A Racket, Gen. Smedley Butler -book link-
    https://www.bing.com/shop?q=war+is+a+racket+book&FORM=SHOPTB

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    Ep 125: The Gripes Of Wrath

    Ep 125: The Gripes Of Wrath

    Greetings to the living. Thank you for choosing to listen to the Up Is Down podcast and double-plus-good thanks to all who choose to support this work. You are very appreciated.

    In this episode I give an update on the things going on around me and why I haven't been producing episodes as much lately. I feel I owe all of you an explanation and perhaps a little inspiration.

    "The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep."

    ***Executive Producers for Ep 125***
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    You will never find me on Youtube, they'd shut me down instantly, and it's only a matter of time before the podcast platform and hosting services become as compromised as the mainstream media. I will never accept sponsorships that require me to try and sell you b******t products you not only don't need, but likely cannot afford anyway. I believe that Value-For-Value is indeed the future of free speech and expression, as anything else has already proved itself to be more than compromised at all levels; you can actually just sit back and watch monetized platforms disintegrate each and every day. That cannot happen with Value-For-Value, because only YOU decide what's valuable and only YOU decide how that is determined and returned. Now that's power!
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    Ep 124: Ottawanistan- A Most Well Behaved Revolution

    Ep 124: Ottawanistan- A Most Well Behaved Revolution

    Greetings to the Living. Thank you for tuning in to the Up Is Down podcast and double-plus-good thank you to all who support this work. Today on the show I bring a boots-on-the-ground report from Ottowa, Canadaland, ground zero of the New Freedom. Or so it seems.

    Joining me on the podcast is friend and returning guest of the show, invisible person and citizen of Ottowanistan, the legendary Mr. 138.
    We discuss the situation on the ground from his perspective as a resident and un-trucked participant of the massive movement for personal choice. A movement that seems to making more traction than any other organized protest against the ever growing tyranny of the New Normalizers in Canandaland, or anywhere else for that matter.

    How is that this time and in this way things seem to be making a difference?
    What does this trucker convoy seem to have that the truckies in Australia didn't?
    Is this particular protest actually making any difference at all?
    Does the forecast look like micro-capitulation through micro-compromise, or will we be hearing the Honk Honk until ALL new normal policies are abolished from coast to coast and top to bottom? And how would that effect the good ol' US of A, eh?
    Is the right to bodily autonomy in a prison equal or greater than the right to choose what size of prison you live in and the color of the carpet in that same prison?
    Is the strategy on both sides just "starve 'em out" and blame the others, are we in a stalemate?

    Mr. 138 and myself dig into all these questions and more.

    ***Executive Producer Ep 124***
    Sheila Lasater (thank you with extra gravy)

    ***Associate Exec. Producers Ep 124***
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    Chris Tropp
    Dianna Robinson
    Kim Mayhall
    Amy T.

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    closing song: The King Is Gone (And So Are You)
    -performed George Jones, written by Roger D. Ferris
    SME (on behalf of Epic/Nashville); ASCAP, LatinAutorPerf, UMPG Publishing, Polaris Hub AB, and 5 Music Rights Societies


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    Ep 123: A Child Is Not A Private Company, Bro

    Ep 123: A Child Is Not A Private Company, Bro

    Greetings to the living. Thank you for tuning in to the Up Is Down podcast and double-plus-good thanks to all who support this work. This time on the show I deconstruct some background noise on a probably not too interesting thing. It's the machinery running in the background that is worth paying attention to more than the patsies and glamour of sensational chum filling our feeding grounds. Like all living things, it's not how much you eat but what you eat that matters.

    It's not fun or emboldening to point out stuff like this. But when I see the predators, or wanna-be predators, or predator defenders hiding behind familiar camouflage I take notice. The patterns just jump out at me. Not my fault they're so haphazard. When predators and their defenders hide behind Gadsden flags, I really notice.

    You should too.

    It bears the unwanted question of just how many predators and predator defenders are there in our safe little bubbles of so-called liberty and freedom?

    Beware, here there be monsters.

    R E L E V A N T C L I P S:
    Thaddeus Russel "Unregistered" podcast ep. #142 w/ Prof. Stephen Kershner -Fredonia U/ SUNY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIG__mlSEms (timestamp 30:00)

    ***Executive Producers*** Ep 123
    Mike Kuplicki
    Keynan Shadd
    Chris Tropp

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    Ryan Young
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    Consider the value you have for yourself as a free person with the ability to think for yourself. Next, consider the value you received from this production. Then consider the money value you'd place on that value and consider returning that value in the form of a donation to this production.

    You can decide for yourself what amount feels right for you. You don't need a PayPal account, just the generosity and will to support something you value and believe in. It all helps.
    This work is enjoyable but not easy, it takes time and costs money. Your support is needed and highly appreciated.

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    A GREAT WAY TO SUPPORT THIS WORK IS TO PURCHASE SOME OF MY ARTWORK. BY DOING THIS YOU NOT ONLY SUPPORT ME AND THE SHOW BUT YOU ALSO HAVE SOMETHING TO SHOW FOR IT THAT IS BEAUTIFUL, ORIGINAL AND MADE BY MY OWN HANDS. I DO NOT PRODUCE OR ENDORSE CLEVER MERCH MADE BY FORCED VACCINATED SLAVES IN FACTORIES FAR AWAY. THAT IS NOT WHAT LIBERTY LOOKS LIKE.
    You can browse some of the art here:
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    Follow me on them Twitters: @upisdownpodcast

    Email me at upisdownpodcast@gmail.com

    You will never find me on Youtube, they'd shut me down instantly, and it's only a matter of time before the podcast platform and hosting services become as compromised as the mainstream media. I will never accept sponsorships that require me to try and sell you b******t products you not only don't need, but likely cannot afford...

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Ep 122: Bad Penny

    Ep 122: Bad Penny

    Greetings to the Living. Thank you for choosing to listen to Up Is Down and double-plus-good thank you to all who support this work. In this episode I take a slight turn from the track I was on previously and examine the relationship I, and we, have to the world around around us and identify the toxic back and forth games run on us at all times.

    Chances are you've been in a toxic relationship with a narcissist, considering the world is quite full of them. It's quite possible that YOU are that narcissist or that toxically positive person or even just the punching bag target of abuse from that person. If that is the case, and given the extremes of those relationships, it's not easily to avoid falling into the classic bait-and-switch abusive techniques that are the baseline for even simple communications and everyday functions within the relationship. Our abusers know us very, very well.

    Now, expand that co-dependent toxic relationship up and out of the household to understand the nature of the systems of society we create and interact with. By clocking and tracking the abuse patterns and techniques of toxic, narcissistic interpersonal relationships and then the suffering and cognitive dissonance we live with in our sick, medicated, depressed and terrified society makes perfect sense.

    We are sick, tired, scared, overweight, medicated, and anxious because we are in a toxic relationship with this world. We are on the receiving end of psychological, physical and emotional abuse at the hands of systems designed for that exact purpose.

    It's not a mistake.
    Nothing has gotten "out of control".

    This Is The Way.


    R E L E V A N T L I N K S:
    Narcissists and Toxic Positivity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l19QSxWyaWI&t=2s

    What Is Gaslighting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVBdWSPXyRw

    How Baiting Works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HNK07Khk9w

    Toxic Positivity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJud03V7nNA


    ***Executive Producers for Ep 122 Up Is Down***
    Chris Jerome
    Bryan Chapple
    Rome Seranto
    Adam Alamano

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    CONSIDER SUPPORTING THIS WORK BY ACQUIRING SOME ORIGINAL ART THROUGH THE GALLERY SHOP AT deanreiner.com


    VALUE-FOR-VALUE:

    Consider the value you have for yourself as a free person with the ability to think for yourself. Next, consider the value you received from this production. Then consider the money value you'd place on that value and consider returning that value in the form of a donation to this production.

    You can decide for yourself what amount feels right for you. You don't need a PayPal account, just the generosity and will to support something you value and believe in. It all helps.
    This work is enjoyable but not easy, it takes time and costs money. Your support is needed and highly appreciated.

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    A GREAT WAY TO SUPPORT THIS WORK IS TO PURCHASE SOME OF MY ARTWORK. BY DOING THIS YOU NOT ONLY SUPPORT ME AND THE SHOW BUT YOU ALSO HAVE...

    • 1 hr 43 min

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Excellent show!

If you want to know what’s going on in the world? This is about as close to the truth as you you will find!

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only on ep 2…

please tell me you stopped using the background music?? there’s a gong show in the background! thank you for great content.

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