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  1. Brother X

    News & Blogs Hitchhiking the U.S. for the Beginner

    Ran across this on FB. Read it and thought it would be good to include this here for any newbies. ========== Original: https://www.wildwill.net/blog/2017/05/31/hitchhiking-the-united-states-for-the-beginner/ Jacobi | Posted: May 31, 2017 The Hitchhiking Mindset The trick to hitchhiking is...
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    News & Blogs #VANLIFE, THE BOHEMIAN SOCIAL-MEDIA MOVEMENT

    You are now a lifestyle hashtag vertical marketing niche. #buzzwordcomplaint (Now, don't you feel special?) ---------------------- What began as an attempt at a simpler life quickly became a life-style brand. By Rachel Monroe Emily King and Corey Smith had been dating for five months...
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    News & Blogs Why I Choose to Live in Wayne National Forest

    "Everyone is welcome to join the occupation, beginning on May 12th. Everyone is welcome to visit. Everyone is welcome to participate, in one way or another, in this land defense project." From: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/anonymous-why-i-choose-to-live-in-wayne-national-forest TO...
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    What will autonomous or driverless cars mean for hitching?

    I was listening to a market report this morning and they were discussing driverless and autonomous cars. The industry experts all said driverless/autonomous cars will be in the market by 2020 or 2030 latest. That's not distant future anymore! I began to imagine how this will affect a rider's (no...
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    Library HyperNormalisation

    Brother X submitted a new file to the StP library: HyperNormalisation - Welcome to the post-truth world. You know it's not real. But you accept it as normal. But there is m Click here for more information on this file. Not sure why the link, which was working has stopped. Here's the direct...
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    News & Blogs Small Canadian town will give land, a job to anyone willing to move

    With a few catches, of course. IMAGE 1 OF 59 The Farmer's Daughter Country Market is offering land and a job to anyone willing to relocate. Of course, there are a few catches, but the near-paradise location might be worth it. >>KEEP CLICKING TO SEE MORE ... more Cape Breton is a small...
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    News & Blogs Dozens of LAX employees call an airport parking lot home

    Original article: http://la.curbed.com/2016/9/7/12838504/lax-parking-lot-employees-rv-community For over a decade now, a collection of vagabond airline workers has made a parking lot near LAX their home between long stretches of travel. Years ago, LAX officials noticed employees were camping...
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    News & Blogs Once a magnificent medieval city and home to 200,000 people, the ghost city of Ani is now completely

    Another one for my bucket list ------------- Original: https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/08/15/priority-6/ Some call it the “City of 1001 Churches” and some know it as the “City of 40 Gates:” the now-abandoned medieval city stands on a lonely plateau in Armenia, 45km away from Kars, Turkey...
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    News & Blogs As Homeless Find Refuge in Forests, ‘Anger Is Palpable’ in Nearby Towns

    Mr. Wendlandt serves lunch and hands out socks to needy campers every Thursday. But he has stopped provisioning people with blankets and sleeping bags, worried that what seemed like compassion could be exacerbating a problem. Darcee and Gerald Babbitt at their campsite outside Nederland. “Yes...
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    News & Blogs What abandoned Olympic venues from around the world look like today

    I thought this was kind of topical. ---------- REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Original: http://www.businessinsider.com/abandoned-olympic-venues-around-the-world-photos-2015-8 Cities around the world are starting to question if hosting the Olympics is worth it. Most cities simply do not have the...
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    News & Blogs New Zealand town with 'too many jobs' offering packages of land and homes for $165k

    The southern New Zealand town of Kaitangata appears the prime example of the pastoral landscapes the island is known for; it's lush, hilly, green, and peaceful. Only about 800 people live there, and it's a mere eight minutes from the coastline. For those who prefer the rural, slow lifestyle and...
  12. Brother X

    Leather tramper becoming a rubber tramper

    Hey all, after years and years of being a leather tramper and motorcycle traveler, I've decided to make a lateral move into van living. This will be new to me and I'm still searching for my future home on wheels. My plans are to make a mobile video editing studio/living space out of a van. As...
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    News & Blogs Places That Were

    Cool website with some awesome urban exploration pics. I love this kinda stuff. ------------- About Me I've had a fascination with abandoned places for as long as I can remember. When I was young, my dad often took my brothers and me on hikes near my grandparents' farm in rural Wisconsin...
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    Video John T. Davis’s 1992 documentary, Hobo,

    Reviewed by one of the people I collaborate with over on {R}emnants http://flip.it/lBIlp a Flipboard curated by several people, including myself. --------------------- HOBO VISIONS John T. Davis’s 1992 documentary, Hobo, finds the BBC filmmaker tagging along with a modern day...
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    News & Blogs This Is Our Country. Let’s Walk It.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/24/opinion/sunday/this-is-our-country-lets-walk-it.html A COUPLE of years ago, I trespassed across America. I’d set out to hike the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline, which had been planned to stretch over a thousand miles over the Great Plains, from...
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    News & Blogs Italian court rules food theft 'not a crime' if hungry

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36190557 Stealing small amounts of food to stave off hunger is not a crime, Italy's highest court of appeal has ruled. Judges overturned a theft conviction against Roman Ostriakov after he stole cheese and sausages worth €4.07 (£3; $4.50) from a...
  17. Brother X

    Auxi Socks

    Anybody have any experience with these? Thinking of buying 2 pair for my June trek up through Cali (mostly walking) -------- http://www.mohmatt.com/#socks Designed initially to combat foot infections afflicting the homeless from a lack of long lasting socks, Auxi Socks are able to weather...
  18. Brother X

    Rethinking Life Beneath Our Cities’ Concrete Overpasses

    Original post: http://hyperallergic.com/276583/rethinking-life-beneath-our-cities-concrete-overpasses/ Shepherd’s Bush IV, London, UK (2014) (© Gisela Erlacher, all images courtesy Park Books) With the rapid development of transportation infrastructure in the 20th century, much of our urban...
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    News & Blogs Mystery Cabin in the Woods (unsolved)

    A nice little pictorial story from Imgur Cabin in the Woods Full picture story here (with links):
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    News & Blogs Retracing the First, Forgotten Motorcycle Ride Across America

    http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/retracing-the-first-forgotten-motorcycle-ride-across-america George Wyman took 50 days to get from San Francisco to New York in 1903. George Wyman, with his bike, ready to head east (Photo: Public domain) When George Wyman crossed the Nevada desert in...
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    News & Blogs San Francisco Wants Homeless to Leave Tent Camp, but Some Vow to Fight

    by Thomas Fuller Feb. 26, 2016 original SAN FRANCISCO — An order by the San Francisco authorities to vacate a sidewalk tent camp in a commercial district has rekindled passions over the city’s longstanding homeless problem, which residents say has reached crisis levels. Some inhabitants of...
  22. Brother X

    News & Blogs Backpackers fast becoming an endangered species on the famous hippy trail

    http://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2016/02/16/backpackers-becoming-an-endangered-species/ The famous “hippy trail” through South East Asia is in danger of becoming a thing of the past, according to an academic study. Low cost airlines, natural disasters, tightening visa rules and terrorism have...
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    News & Blogs In Detroit, homeless man now takes Visa and Mastercard

    I have Square on my phone to use when someone owes me money and they make the excuse: "I don't have any cash right now..." and I whip out my Square reader and say, "Not a problem!'. This guy has a new approach. Plus, it sounds like he's doing some good stuff. ----------- A homeless man in...
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    News & Blogs Homeless French man writes a bestseller

    A homeless man's uplifting memoirs about his 27 years begging on the streets of Paris has become a bestseller in the lead up to Christmas. Jean-Marie Roughol's 176-page book, Je tape la manche: Une vie dans la rue (My Life As A Panhandler: A Life on the Streets), has sold nearly 50,000 copies...
  25. Brother X

    Video Doomsdays

    Two deliberate vagabonds—one a self-professed pirate named Dirty Fred, the other a peak oil fanatic named Bruho—eke out a marginal, madcap existence by looting off-season vacation homes in the Catskill Mountains. Their commitment to the lifestyle is challenged, however, when they admit a runaway...
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    News & Blogs In the end, we're ALL dirty kids, eh?

    ;) -------- Your Body Is Surrounded by Clouds of Skin and Fart Bacteria Everywhere you go, in everything you do, you are surrounded by an aura of microbes. They drift down from your hair when you scratch your head, they fly off your hand when you wave to your friend, they spew out of your...
  27. Brother X

    Photos Video They drove a tiny little French car from Scotland to Mongolia and back on the Mongol Rally

    Very image heavy Imgur set of an epic trip. (Not me, fwiw) Description: "Around this time last year I finally returned home and had a bath with a big bottle of beer to celebrate driving 17132 miles through 24 countries over 58 days. You see, last year myself and a friend drove a tiny little...
  28. Brother X

    News & Blogs The Star on the Sidewalk

    Saw this movie last night and wow. Powerful. --------------- Arielle Holmes was a homeless junkie when she was “discovered.” Now she’s the lead in a movie based on her own life, and thinking maybe she’ll give this acting thing a go. As discovery stories go, it’s not exactly Lana Turner at...
  29. Brother X

    News & Blogs Can the Appalachian Trail Survive ‘A Walk in the Woods?’

    Not sure how many through hikers we have here, but as a person who does a 4-6 month PCT every 2 years, I can attest to the growth in the numbers of hikers I am seeing on the PCT. I also have friends who do the AT regularly and they report a growth of foot traffic year over year. On the one hand...
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    News & Blogs The Sad Truth About Today’s World Illustrated By Steve Cutts

    Loving this guy's art. ------------------- Art isn’t all fairytale photoshoots and landscape shots – it can also act as catalyst of change. And Steve Cutts thinks that many things in the world should be different. Work shouldn’t be a grinding, soul-crushing rat race for the almighty dollar...
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    News & Blogs It’s unconstitutional to ban the homeless from sleeping outside, the federal government says

    How about some good news for a change? :cool: We all need sleep, which is a fact of life but also a legally important point. Last week, the Department of Justice argued as much in a statement of interest it filed in a relatively obscure case in Boise, Idaho, that could impact how cities...
  32. Brother X

    Photos This is Squatter Mate!

    Hahahaha. Found this on Imgur.
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    News & Blogs Ask Google Maps 'Are We There Yet' Several Times And It Will Tell You This

    Note: As a kid I loved nothing better than sitting in the backseat and watching the scenery roll by and am quite certain I never asked: "Are we there yet?" but I know other kids who did it constantly. Still, this is funny. Every child who had ever had the nightmare of going through a long...
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    News & Blogs The most famous roadtrips in American literature, mapped

    There are few things more quintessentially American than a road trip. The country's vast size, the diversity of different regions and the incredible landscape make experiencing the U.S. from the road something you need to do at least once in your life -- or, perhaps, every summer. "Every...
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    News & Blogs Oklahoma GOP Compares Children & Vets On Food Stamps To Wild Animals

    FWIW, I am not posting this as a partisan observation. I am a equal opportunity ignorer of all political parties. No, I post this because it's an example of just plain shitty human behavior. ======= The Republican Party’s relentless and inexplicable war against the poor took a bizarre and...
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    News & Blogs L.A. vote makes it easier to break up homeless camps

    Link: http://goo.gl/uUVtct The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday is scheduled to consider making it easier to break up homeless encampments, which have mushroomed across Southern California. Two measures before the council would reduce to 24 hours from 72 hours the warning time homeless...
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    News & Blogs Stowaway found dead after falling from British Airways plane in London

    Apparently this is a thing. I googled around and found it's more common than you may imagine. =========== LINK: http://goo.gl/GOKQ4G A stowaway on a British Airways jet was found dead after falling on a roof as the plane approached London Heathrow Airport, authorities said Friday. It's...
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    Interesting book

    I've read this book and can therefore recommend it. It has some interesting ideas that stimulated some thoughts in my head about some possible future endeavors. ;) (Hope this is the right place to post this) ================== Dignity by Ken Layne A packet of hand-scrawled letters found in...