About Me

Soon, this page will feature a somewhat complete autobiography.

For now, my name is Irv Mills and I live in Kincardine, a small town on the eastern shore of Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada.

I grew up on a beef farm here in Ontario and spent the first part of my working life as a maintenance electrician (switchyard worker) for the provincial power utility. I started a graphics design, printing and sign making business in 1992 to occupy my spare time, and retired when I was 51 to operate it full time. I sold it at the end of 2014 and am fully retired now.

I am the co-ordinator for the Community Garden here in Kincardine and have a vegetable garden in my front yard as well.

I've known about climate change since the 1990s and Peak Oil since the early 2000s. I started this blog in 2012 and in the next couple of years came to some sort of an understanding of what's going wrong with the economy.

I am an atheist and a skeptic and try to keep true to that by presenting an evidence based version of the topics I discuss here.


R. Stephen Dorsey said...

Dear Mr. Mills,
I'm sorry that we will likely not have the chance to meet and chat about your observations and thoughts and how very much they parallel mine. I first read your THE BUMPY ROAD DOWN and was most impressed. I eased into becoming a prepper about 12 years ago and have been working seriously on it since that time. While it is a somewhat lonely effort it hasn't diminished my enjoyment of my rural/forest lifestyle, good books, good ideas (such as yours) and a glass of wine at the end of a well-invested day. Like you, I'm retired from several careers and eleven books. I count as friends or at least friendlies Chris Martenson, Jim Kunstler, Charles Hugh Smith, Conn Hallinan, Mike Whitney and a few other far seers. Even at 78, I think now that I'll live to see the denouement really become obvious to the most insensitive and, like you, I am not sanguine about the reaction of the average Mercan. I suppose that at the end of the day my feelings are that it is time that the matches are taken away from the American Empire before we burn ourselves (more) and the world. We had our chance and have behaved badly, bloodily and with great hubris. And, viewing poor Yemen, we are still doing it.
So, again, I have enjoyed "meeting" you through your works and wish you and yours well.
Best Regards from Rural Western Oregon,
R. Stephen Dorsey

Ian Graham said...

found you thru Rob M's Undenial blog. I'm in Hamilton, been farming permaculture style on 20 acres since 2007. got peakoil-itis in 2000 when I retired from industry and went back to school. Hope to speak with you in the near future, we have lots in common.

Irv Mills said...

@ R. Stephen Dorsey
Since I am not much of a traveler, you are probably right. Especially since I am more and more reluctant to travel from here in Canada to the U.S of A.
But it is good to hear from you and I am glad you've enjoyed what I have been writing lately. I'll be publishing more posts over the coming months and it would be great to hear what you think of them.

Irv Mills said...

@ Ian Graham
It's always nice to hear from some one a little closer to home than most of my readers.
I think it is important to concentrate of what we have in common, so I would indeed like to talk to you. Feel free to email me at irv.mills@gmail.com
What we don't have in common may be more than you think, though. Have a look at my series of posts entitled "Business as Usual, Crunchiness and Woo". The best way to find it is in my Site Map.
These six post do a good job of laying out the purpose of this blog, which is to look at the "woo" (beliefs not backed by evidence) held on both sides of the divide between mainstream culture and the counter-culture.