The Simple Living Space

I am a huge believer in the positive effect a living space that is in good order can have on people.

In my degenerate days I lived in several pig styes of houses, apartments and bedrooms that were so bad even half a decade later people I know still talk about how bad they were. It is worth mentioning that some of these times were the most depressing of my life, but hardly surprising when you think about it. When you live in chaos your mind will naturally follow suit.

These days I follow a more minimalist and disciplined approach to living; not just with less stuff but also a much more simplistic one. When you are facing the daily chaos of the World really this is the only way to live. I leave my apartment before 5A most mornings and the last thought I have before I leave is ‘no matter how fucked up my day is at some point I will come back to this’. This being my peaceful sanctuary. And that gives me comfort and sometimes when I’m still grinding away at 7P it pushes me through.

When it comes to minimalism I am the first to say that I don’t shun material possessions, but I am a firm believer in finding balance and only having material possessions that add some kind of value and have a function. Books are a prime example: I have a lot of them but they add value to my life and by having physical copies I can refer to them at any time. A lot of random crap that most people have in their houses does not fulfil this criteria.

Here are the three simple principles I follow:

  • Everything has its own place. I know where everything is at all times. I never have to look for anything anymore. Time saved and peace of mind.*
  • Have routines. Have a time every day where you do the same tasks. I make my bed with military level discipline at the same time every morning.
  • Set the standard and keep it. It is no good simplifying everything, tidying everything up, decluttering and all of that when you let it slip again.

Essentially all of this just comes down to being disciplined with yourself, and discipline is what you’ll need to take you to the next level of excellence.

*Years ago I posted about bug out bags and what mine was like. I don’t have one but I keep a couple of G’s of cash stashed away and a small bag of essentials ready to grab and go. The point is that I have the stuff in the same place and can pick it up and go within seconds.

Back Again


Over the last two years I’ve barely written anything on this blog whatsoever.

There are a couple of things to note. There have been some serious technical issues with the site that have been intermittent and I simply haven’t had the time to rectify them. The other is that I have been massively busy with other stuff.

The payoff is that now sailing into 2018 I feel confident that I the content I will put out will be much more valuable to readers.
That being said I plan on changing up the content of the blog a little bit. Expect it to get more personal. Expect it to get spiritual. Expect discussion of nonnormative economics in a more roundabout way. Expect to hear more about my life’s philosophy.

Here’s to 2018.

Here’s to Rorta.

Knowledge is power.

The Gift Card Scam

Just a quick post about a scam I’ve seen doing the rounds recently.

A scammer will use a swipe credit card to put several hundred pounds onto store gift cards. They will either use stolen or cloned credit cards or open an account and claim the card was used fraudulently. As the transaction has to be verified with a signature they can simply sign any signature – if it doesn’t match the signature on the card then the credit card company will charge back the money.

The beauty of using these cards to put money onto store gift cards is that many stores such as Tesco will allow you to buy anything with the gift cards including high end items such as electronics, alcohol and cigarettes. It is also extremely difficult to close the gift cards since stores don’t keep records of the gift cards they sell.

A Framework For Success – The Millennial Edition

I’m writing this up because I’m fed up.

Fed up of what exactly?

Lost kids, the Millennial generation; the product of our awful society posting on the Internet, looking for the answers to their problem. Their problem is their freedom.

They can’t drive.

They live in a toxic home or in another dire living situation.

They cannot do the things they want to do.

And they come to the Internet hoping for a magic pill to solve their problems.

And yet the answers are simple. But most people have been conditioned in a way that renders them incapable to see the obvious. Some have been instilled with a sense of worthlessness that means even when they do have the answers they cannot take action because they are afraid of failure.

Strap up, this is going to be a long one.

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Freedom of Movement

When I was a younger lad, I lived in the middle of nowhere in rural England. Yes, there were a few cities relatively close by but most people were scattered all over the places. Public transport was a thing of legend. When I turned sixteen, I knew if I wanted to see my friends, hook up with chicks and have a good time I would have to learn to drive.

I realised the first step was to get an income.

I’d started a business but I gave it over to my brothers and it didn’t make that much money anyway so I started a few little online businesses, made bits of money here and there but that didn’t get me very far. So, enlisting my pals we set about running little scams, some of them completely illegal that I won’t go into here. The money was great but sporadic and we ran into trouble constantly. Everybody knew everybody so if you stole from someone you were marked. I decided to step back from that kind of stuff and get myself a job.

Getting a job was fucking hard. Everywhere that employed teenagers had lists of people ready to work for them so if you wanted a job with them you were at the back of a very long queue. In the mean time to alleviate the costs of driving lessons, I decided to use my initiative and borrow the cars of my friends who could drive and my girlfriends car and even my mother’s car so I could get practice. I’m not recommending you do this but it shows you the lengths I would go to in order to get what I wanted. There are ways to achieve things which are out of your comfort zone, you just have to go and do them.

Eventually an opportunity came up with a large local employer for a job with a very nice wage. There was a problem, the company had an aptitude test that was fairly difficult and few people I knew had passed it. So, I found someone who had already done the test who told me exactly what to do and what answers to choose. I got the job. I had two six hour shifts a week and truthfully was a very lazy employee but there was always overtime and shifts on Sunday’s which paid exceptionally well so I was able to put a lot of money into my bank account. While I actually blew a lot of this money I gave some to a family member to keep safe for me. When he passed it all back to me I had enough money for a beater and insurance.

It was then that I decided I had to make the car pay for itself.

My problem, the fact that my friends lived tens of miles apart and the cities nearby weren’t easily reachable became the idea behind my next move. I let everyone know that I was essentially now a taxi service. This rewarded me in many ways. I was making nearly £100 some nights and my beater had good fuel economy so nearly all of that was pure profit for me. As well as that I got to meet plenty of girls I wouldn’t have met otherwise, social proof and access to parties.

I finally had independence.

Sometimes when I was bored and had time to kill, I would literally drive hundreds of miles to go to new places, see old friends; It felt like I could do anything I wanted too. It boosted my self-esteem and my confidence. When I turned nineteen, the fact I had a car allowed me to get a job that paid more than what many university graduates earn. The keys to my car were in essence the keys to my freedom.

I can’t tell you what to do, I can only show you my path and hope that you can take something from it.

A Roof Over Your Head

If you aren’t going to college, joining the military or live in a toxic home environment I don’t actually recommend leaving home as soon as you turn eighteen. There are several reasons and several exceptions to this.

Firstly, living at home means you can stack money you would otherwise burn on rent. I know people who didn’t leave home for a good five years but saved enough for a deposit on a house. I don’t think living at home in your early twenties is ideal or to be strived for but these people will probably never pay rent in their lives.

One of the reasons I don’t advocate leaving home is that if you’re young and living with others it can be a recipe for disaster. I essentially ended up living in a squat for a year and it destroyed me, yes I was stronger as a person for living in that dump but it set me back over a year. That’s a year of my life where I could have been building my life and working on myself gone. Most young people have zero discipline and that is infectious and distracting. If you can live on your own and are capable of looking after yourself then go for it. But the truth is most people can’t. I wish it wasn’t so but most people are incapable of looking after themselves, let alone a house or apartment until they’ve grown up a bit. Blame it on society or the individual but it’s the truth. If you can live alone. It shifts responsibility solely onto you. Being alone for long periods will allow you to build discipline, study, work on yourself and deal with actually being alone, something that again most people seem incapable of doing.

People might say, “but I can’t take girls to my parents”. Listen, you can sneak girls in and out while your parents sleep or when they’re out. You can bang girls in your car or somewhere quiet. If you want the bang, you’ll find a way.

Financial Freedom

I touched on this earlier. When I was trying to get work I was relentless. I estimate that in six months I probably rang, emailed and gave my CV to at least a hundred different businesses. I went out. I got rejected. I handed my CV to people knowing that it would be laughed and scoffed at and ultimately trashed. This is the attitude you need to have not only to get a job but to keep a job and actually succeed in it.

Everybody has skills they can leverage. Everybody has problems that need solving. You need to find your niche.

Increasingly temporary/short term employment is going to be utilised by companies as business and labour demands shift over certain periods. Many people will not take advantage of this. You should. Find companies offering short stints of work. Look online. Many companies advertise in other businesses or on sites like Craigslist or Gumtree.

Once you have the income, then you stack.

Like I said, this article will not solve your problems. Only you can do that. This article highlights the possibilities and allow you to develop your own ideas to solve these problems in your life.

Let me know how this works for you.

As always, peace out.

Why I quit my own business – A rant of sorts

I’m writing this article because frankly I am dismayed by the culture of ‘wantrepreneurs’; people who think their personal and financial problems will be solved by running their own business. These people’s ideas range from ideas that are in the leagues of game changers like Facebook and YouTube to people who want to run small scale businesses. The reality is very different from the imagination land that some people live in.

Firstly, starting your own business will more often than not result in failure. The common ballpark figure I hear the most is that 85% of businesses fail. The cold, hard truth is that if it was easy, more people would be doing it. Very few businesses require small amounts of capital to start, so the risk of major financial loss is massive. I see dozens of posts from individuals wanting to pour $10,000, $50,000 and sometimes even more into a start up. Most of the time this is chronically flawed because these individuals have never had a business and a lot of the time they have never had a management job within a company that would provide the experience, knowledge and framework to actually build a business from the ground up.

I was 14 years old when I started my first proper business, which I grew from 13 customers to 32. It still exists to this day, nearly a decade later. I started many other small ventures into nonnormative economics when I was at school including a web design business and engaged in many little scams and quick money making schemes as well. This leads me to conclude that I have a natural business acumen which few people have. I don’t think that people who do not have this same mindset cannot go into business – I just think it is more difficult. It is also at this point that I will mention that the vast majority of my business ventures have failed. My web design business attracted only four customers that actually paid for the work. Another venture I had writing essays for students (While neglecting my own) had all its funds seized by PayPal.

So, having created a business that was profitable for a sustained period of time, thus putting myself in a minority of people, why on earth did I quit?

Running a business is extremely stressful. If you think your job is stressful, think again. You can find another job, even if it is below your current salary easily, provided you aren’t an idiot. On top of that if you’re in the minority of individuals who have savings you have something to fall back on so you can go without employment for a couple of months. You cannot just start another business. There were times I would sleep for only 2 or 3 hours to get shit done and I nearly had a mental breakdown and ended up eating shitloads as a result and putting a lot of weight on. I stopped taking care of myself. My house was a disgrace. When I moved to a smaller apartment the chaos remained. This is not just my experience but the experience of countless other individuals. If you don’t believe me go to Quora or check out the blog posts of James Altucher. You will see that this is by no means a unique phenomenon.

Running a business is emotionally taxing to a point that is almost incomprehensible. Even though it was the most mentally rewarding thing I have ever done it nearly destroyed and broke me. I ended up at one point owing an significant sum to a partner and had to work for a month solid, day in, day out, in order to get to the point where I was able to turn profit again.

There was the constant uncertainty – Would a supplier break an agreement?  Would the government introduce legislation against the products I was trading? Would I still have customers next month? Would I make any money this month? You may hate your job and your life but for most people they have a degree of certainty which is almost unimaginable compared to a lot of business owners. Be grateful.

So one day, I decided I would quit. I would move somewhere new and start over from fresh. At first, I had the idea of taking the business with me. Then I had the idea of refining it and changing it. Then, when I thought about it, I decided to quit, for good. I passed the business on to someone who worked for me and got up and moved. In the end, it was one of the easiest things I have ever done.

What was much more difficult was deciding what to do next?

I wanted to start something else, completely from scratch at first. So I got a job, with the intention of using some of the money towards a business that I had no plan for whatsoever. Then I ended up networking with a couple of guys with a startup. Things didn’t work out with us but I really began to question whether I wanted to be in the position they were in, where they were slaving away to the few customers they had, giving hundreds of pounds of free products in exchange for what I understand has come to very little. I didn’t and I still don’t.

Now I’m employed by a corporation, running a part of someone else’s business.

Notice, I didn’t say I work for them, because I don’t. I work for me. I have enough money that I can walk away any time I want, but I work for me in the sense that I am making money for me, building my confidence and increasing my skills, skills that I know will be important whatever I end up doing. It just so happens I also make them money, which is the same regardless of whether you work for someone else or run your own business.

To round this off, I will say that I am going to start another business and I am in the motions of starting one right now but this business will be a little different. I won’t be a slave to it. I will be able to switch it off and on whenever I want to and I will be able to work anywhere.

To aspiring entrepreneurs I will say one thing – If you do it to escape the idea of being a slave you will essentially replace the slave of a boss or a corporation with being a slave to something else, the difference is that you own it and thus if it fails, it’s on you.

Don’t let that stop you though.

Why Anarcho-Capitalism is possibly the way forwards…

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the role of the state in our lives. In Britain, we stand on the precipice of engaging in military action in Syria, something that is undoubtedly foolish and which will likely have catastrophic repercussions in the future. This is a decision being made by the state. As with Iraq and the disastarous invasion, the pleas of the masses will likely be ignored. As I said, this is a decision being made by the state and for the state and their business associates, who as with Iraq stand to make huge amounts of money from military action.

Who needs the state?

Mostly the weak and the stupid.

We are told that the state protects us from murderers yet our own state is happy to engage in murders through the intelligence services, armed forces and the police. The state allegedly protects us from rapists, yet allows the likes of rapists in Rotherham and shelters rapists and paedophiles in the government.  We are currently faced with the prospect that a former Prime Minister, Edward Heath was one of these pieces of shit.

Almost everything the state does, we are told, is in the name of protecting us. This could not be further from the truth.

The answer possibly lies in Anarcho-Capitalism. The notion of a country without a state, where the free market can flourish, where we are not part of any ‘trade unions’ such as the European Union or party to trade agreements such as TTIP. A country where self-ownership is paramount. A nation not at war for the sake of making a minority rich. A country where internal security is organised by the masses, for the masses. A country where hard work is King. A country where we are not dictated to.

This is just a vision I have.

It is just a vision, a vision that will most likely never come true, but a vision I wanted to share nonetheless.

People may question why I have this vision, and the answer lies in the fact that I simply wish to live my life on my own terms without interference from the state.

Is that too much to ask?

Eliminating Consumer Behaviour (Part I)

This is going to be a fairly long post, split into two parts.

The next part of my self improvement adventure is to reduce my consumer behaviour. I already talked a lot about reducing the amount of money I spend on food in an earlier article, but I am going to continue in this vain, reducing my consumer behaviour and increasing my productive behaviours.

What is my motivation for reducing/eliminating my own consumer behaviours?

Western society is fundamentally miserable. We want, want, want. We spend aimlessly and thoughtlessly with no thought for our future. Buy consuming we put more money into the pockets of corporations who seek to influence government legislation and have us buy more and more of their products. Spending money is unfulfilling. Producing content, creating and selling products and improving ourselves is much more fulfilling. I’m sick of seeing those around me consume and I’m sick of seeing some of those traits in myself too. Above all I’m eliminating my consumer behaviours in the hope that I can be a happier person. Apologies if this sounds like a rant – That’s because it is one!

The first step in eliminating my own consumer behaviour is looking at what I consume that can be eradicated or reduced to as little as possible:

  • Clothes
  • Caffeine drinks
  • Social Media
  • Alcohol
  • E-Liquid
  • Time spent in nightclubs/bars
  • Pop culture

Clothes

I will happily admit that I have spent a lot of money on clothes. I own entire collections of various brands. Buying these clothes makes me temporarily happy and I will admit I get a long term enjoyment from wearing nice clothes and people telling me how well dressed I am and asking where they can get the threads I wear. On the negative side I have spent far too much money on clothes and realised the other day that realistically I could go a whole year without having to buy any new clothes, with the exception of suits. I may do just that. People buy clothes because they like the feeling of novelty and guess what? That feeling dries up the longer you have your once new clothes for, so you have to buy more clothes to get that feeling.

Caffeine Drinks

Again, I’m addicted to Diet Coke and am partial to a lot of other junk drinks. I’ve gone four days without a Diet Coke at the time of writing and I honestly cannot remember when I have gone this long without. If each bottle costs £1, I estimate that I am spending somewhere in the region of £350-£500 a year on this addiction alone. That is staggering and unbelievably it’s something I’ve never really thought much about. On the plus side, I own shares in Coke and Pepsi, so…

Social Media

This isn’t really financial consumerism but more of a time sink. I shudder to think about the amount of time my use of social networks adds up too, but it must be a lot. Even checking your Facebook for 20 minutes a day adds up to five days a year spent on Facebook. Most people have Twitter, Instagram, etc. Spend 20 minutes each every day and that’s FIFTEEN DAYS a year spent browsing those sites. I discovered what I call Facebook withdrawal – A sinking feeling that happens when you don’t check your Facebook for several days that I suspect is due to lack of Dopamine and possibly a secondary feeling of “Thank God, I’ve escaped”. Who knows. 120 hours of working even at minimum wage is almost £800. When you think of it like that…

Alcohol

Admittedly, these days I’m not so much of a drinker, but I still spend money on booze and it also causes/encourages a myriad of consumer behaviours such as spending money wastefully, eating crap food and doing nothing. Even buying as little as a four pack a week costs £250 a year. And I know people who drink that much every day.

E-Liquid

E-Liquid costs nothing compared to cigarettes but if you buy expensive liquids it can still add up. For me kicking cigarettes was the start of a renewed interest in consumer behaviour because it is addictive, costly and not good for you; the three characteristics I think makes up so much of reckless consumerism.  I buy all my juice wholesale so I pay about a third of the price and I’m looking at mixing my own juices.

Time spent in nightclubs/bars

I spend a few hours a week at least inside nightclubs and bars. I spend money in these places so I can consume more pussy. That is almost the sole reason I go out. I have plenty of friends and I make plenty of acquaintances and associates anyway. What’s worse is it has held me back from meeting higher quality women because you won’t find quality women in the places I frequent. It’s a harsh truth. When I’m in bars and clubs I’m also spending money on alcohol too. I don’t spend much, but it adds up. Frankly I’ve spent the best part of ten years going out and getting hammered and pulling girls in those kind of environments. I’m bored of it and I don’t want to be hanging out in bars when I’m thirty, either.

Pop Culture

We all consume pop culture on some level. Social networks practically shove it down our throats. The same with mainstream media too. Does anyone in the western World not know about Kim Kardashian fathers sex change? More worryingly I know people who know more about the goings on of the Kardashian family than their own. I’ve never been a big consumer of pop culture but I still watch junk on the Internet from time to time and find myself clicking on pop culture related clickbait. Fuck that.

Part II will be published ASAP.

Ibogaine – An Actual Miracle Drug?

I came across Ibogaine reading advice for someone who was trying to give up a 15 year Heroin habit. I must confess, I had never heard of Ibogaine before, not on the old Rorta forums or anywhere else and when I heard it could cure Heroin addiction in one treatment I was sure it was a complete scam or a drug manufactured abroad by a questionable Chinese pharmaceutical firm.

Perhaps I should be less cynical.

Ibogaine is a naturally occurring psychoactive drug with psychedelic properties that can be found in several plants. It’s also a tryptamine similar to drugs like AMT but its tripping potential isn’t what interests me. What interests me is its reputation as a drug that can cure addictions. People have reported its success in treating Opiate, Alcohol, Stimulant and cigarette addictions.

Ibogaine seems to achieve this by encouraging introspective thoughts where people look at their what led to their addictions in the first place as well as alleviating the symptoms of Opiate withdrawal, which as any Opiate user will tell you is fucking awful and is one of the biggest reasons why quitting Opiates is so tough.

Of course it’s not a commonly found drug on the black market and has a dubious legal status in many countries meaning that independent research is difficult to achieve.

There are a lot of trip reports and detailed encounters with Ibogaine, such as the links below. I’ll be publishing any new information I hear about in further articles.

https://www.erowid.org/experiences/exp.php?ID=86662

https://www.erowid.org/experiences/exp.php?ID=38833

http://www.vice.com/read/can-a-psychedelic-root-cure-heroin-addiction-234

Most Blogs and Websites Don’t Want to Help You

Don’t bother expecting 99% of online sites to want to truly help you. I say this as the author of this blog and the webmaster and administrator of over ten other sites/forums.

Most blogs and websites generate money through advertising and clicks, thus explaining why the vast majority of websites today are based on nothing more than clickbait. They use bold titles that seem like they can make miracles work in order to make you click on their link and generate them a tiny sum of money. Some are actively trying to sell you their product or a product they take a cut on. Others are interested in merely the ego boost of knowing a lot of people click on their site and read their shit.

Others, the absolute minority, like myself on this site, truly want to change people’s lives for the better and to inform them. I don’t want this site to grow because I see the vast amount of people as being unworthy of the information that Rorta has to offer. They are far more interested in spending money on bullshit and supporting the establishment through consumer behaviour to grasp any benefit from the information I want to get out there.

On all manner of blogs and similar websites you see generic advice that is catered for SEO and clicks that is completely worthless to the vast majority of people who visit the site.

If only ten people come here a month and can learn something or take something away from this site then I have achieved my goal. You’ll never see adverts on this site either. I’ll pay the bills out of my own pocket. Publishing articles and maintaining Rorta to me is a pleasure, just as watching mindless hours of television is to others. It always has been and it always will be, no matter what form Rorta takes.

Hermit spends 27 years living alone in the Maine woods!

This is an amazing story, a couple of years old now, but I only heard about it today. To give the low down, a guy disappeared into the woods for 27 years, having human contact only once, but feeding and supplying himself through breaking into peoples homes and creating a status of myth in the local area.

Here’s the story – give it a read because its the best thing I’ll probably read all week.