Thursday, July 5, 2012

stockpiling hydrocarbons

STOCKPILING HYDROCARBONS
Every time I go to Rawles site, I usually end up both enjoying the visit and alternately wanting to pull my hair out, vomiting blood and screaming in fear and pain.  Survival Blog is a valuable resource.  Even for those who embrace the polar opposite in prepping/survival strategies, you can still always find something of interest and/or potentially life saving information.  I’ll always give the devil his due.  But every time there is a storm or power outage, you can put your last paycheck on there being an article on how to better weather the weather and whether or not you are deemed worthy of Preferred Yuppie Survival Scum Readiness Status.  And what it usually boils down to is whether or not you have enough spare hydrocarbons stockpiled.  Got enough propane?  Got enough kerosene?  Got enough gasoline for the car?  Got enough gasoline for the chainsaw?  Got enough gasoline for the generator?  No where is there discussion on reducing your fossil fuels, only on having enough to continue at present level of luxury.  Yes, I know that we are talking about weather events here.  By their nature, a short duration one off event.  Well, that used to be true.  Nowadays, it is one darn thing after another, and usually in the same area.  Because we are experiencing a long term systematic melt-down.  Not a collapse, as from an EMP but the converging Perfect Storm.  It no longer makes sense to assume return to normalcy but rather A New Normal which is constant disruption.  Shouldn’t it be time to reconsider yester-decades survival advice?
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While it is close to impossible to completely eliminate modern materials from disaster prepping ( exhibit number one, nitrate explosives and modern ammunition ), it would behoove you to eliminate as much as possible.  And while you are at it, replace the old attitude.  We’ve grown up surrounded on all sides with petroleum and take it for normal.  It is.  It is just that the era is ending.  So now you have a window for action where you use the last of the petroleum to buy petroleum products that can run without petroleum.  Solar panels are heavy users of petroleum, coal and natural gas for their manufacture.  And they will last thirty years after the oil is diverted from collapsing Saudi fields to China rather than to us in exchange for BernenkeBucks.  They will also last much longer than a generator and its fuel.  No, they won’t run an air conditioner.  Neither will our conventional grid during an emergency.  The point is not to continue running the AC but to do away with it.  It’s a magical thing called INSULATION.  I know the contractor who built your McMonstrosity on spec, hoping the bank would find a new sucker, thought very little of site placement or adequate levels of insulation.  Guess what, sucker.  Now you get to incur an additional cost making it an actual livable dwelling.
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You whine and whimper and do a cost benefit analysis on the air conditioner and a divorce.  The AC wins.  If you had been listening to me six years ago you would have already dumped the Barbie Princess, paid the Golden Parachute and already found a new One True Love who would live with you in your new underground tire house in the desert, the money you saved on air conditioning having already stockpiled the new family unit for the Apocalypse.  But nobody ever listens to Jim.  I don’t blame you, you probably can’t think over the noise of the AC.  Is this anything new?  Anything I haven’t already covered a few dozen times?  No.  It doesn’t matter, I’m only killing time until the End Game.  I could come up with the best rational argument for my views ever seen since man has been grunting at each other and it wouldn’t matter.  The Little Brain doesn’t listen to me anyway.  Why do I bother?  Dunno.  As I said, just marking time here.  The pay is a joke, not from lack of talent but failure to kiss ass, and a marked decrease in the numbers whose ass I can kiss anyway. 
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Not that it bothers me much.  If we are all still here in a year and a half I might be writing for free, outside of Amazon sales commission.  Those I can turn into income tax free research books.  Anything else is money bringing me closer to the ObammyCare tax.  I’m seriously thinking of just working part time to avoid that.  Sure, it’s only an additional ten percent tax to earn over $9500.  But I’m wondering if it won’t be better to stay under their radar.  And since the land is paid and I’m a mere few hundred away from buying the B-POD lumber, why do I need all that extra money?  To pay extra taxes, pay for extra crap the wife doesn’t appreciate and just uses as a stimulus to demand more?  Yesterday I hear all about how worthless I am ( not said outright, but plainly spoke in Wife Code ) for not having an air conditioning in the trailer.  Sure, it was 93 inside and out.  With no breeze.  We can handle it to about 90 and then it is just a miserable time.  And this is going on many days in a row with no relief at night.  If I got her AC, after six grand for stringing power our way which would also attract freeloading neighbors like flies to a putrid corpse, not only would the grid go down in the summer heat waves, she would then find something else to complain about.  My only revenge is keeping us poor.
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9 comments:

  1. get a swamp cooler

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    1. A 12 volt swamp cooler would work off a PV panel

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  2. how unbearable,i almost broke into a sweat when i read today's post. good thing i have ac and plenty of ice cubes for my gin and tonic. i think i'll take a long cold shower in a bit. living off grid really sucks. too cold. too hot. nagging wife. no sex. at least you're ready for the end of the world. you have a lot to look forward to.

    i wouldn't make to big a deal out of this obama health care crap. it won't work. people can't afford it. what are they going to do ? they can't put everybody in jail. something will change.

    hmm...you used to be reliable. a new post everyday. then you took a break. then you went to once a week. i may quit. i may ....
    stop playing games with your readers.

    take care of yourself at work stay inside and enjoy the ac. eat some ice-cream and think about how miserable your wife must be, stuck all day long in that oven.

    nobody wants you to kiss their arse. stop the emo crap. you could make money with this blog. amazon ads. grain mill,led lights,water filter. use your head.

    your Pal Al

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  3. Get 12 volt fans. Moving air is a major contort. That is all I use in Northern Nevada. One solar panel of the right size to run them when the sun shines. Find the fan or fans, find the amp draw of them and buy a 12 volt controller and panel to match. Comfort for many years and a backup panel/ controller.

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  4. Purchasing obama-care isn't mandatory until 2014. The penalty for not having it is just $95. They will likely 'up' the penalty in future years though.

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  5. Nightshift...Obama care will cost the tax paying citizen who has decent insurance now. He will lose all the way around. I think the penalty is much higher than $95. Likely that times 12 months. I think they have the cap set at just under $7000 for Obama premiums. I pay half that for my family and can actually get treatment.

    About solar panels, they are down to around $1.40 a watt...Check Backwoods solar for one low price source but not an endorsement. Solar will never be cheaper. Buy on a credit card if you have too. Batteries, and charge controllers are stable but panels will never be lower.

    About the wife and A/C. Didn't she come crawling back to you? I think you own her Lord Bison. At least you have an upper hand.

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  6. Dear Lord Bison - A no petroleum way to stay cool in the desert is to build a roof over for your trailer. A roof over is simply a crude, white painted roof built over your existing tin roof. Allow a foot or more of space between the two roofs so air can circulate. You should be at least 10 degrees cooler inside the trailer. You can try this cheaply by setting a pole at either end of the trailer and running a rope between the poles. Drape a tarp over the rope and you have a cheap roof over. Even if your carpentry skills are limited, this would be easy to build. A roof over does not have to be watertight, since your tin roof sheds water. Hail darwin

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  7. One method of AC employed by the Romans, was to bury several feet of ceramic pipe below the ground, leaving one end exposed, while bringing in the other end up through the floor. A type of chiminea or stack was placed at the highest point of the ceiling and painted a dark color. As the stack heated, warm air rose, and pulled very cool air through the Earth insulated tubes at a rate of several CFM per minute, cooling the interior by 40 degrees or better.

    A bit of work, and initial setup cost, but once in place, free AC for life if done with long lasting materials.

    This advice came from the book "Surviving off, off grid" by Michael Bunker. A lot of religious references in this book, as the author is a Christian, but a lot of great advice on how to survive without grid power, and explanations as to why our current grid system cannot sustain itself.

    Very much along the lines of what Jim illustrates in this blog.

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  8. I grew up without A/C. I assume that you already have fans in the house. A small coil of copper tubing circled around the front of a fan held in place with cable ties, a fish tank pump, a sealed Styrofoam cooler full of melting ice and she can sit in front of the fan when it is beastly. I know, means that you need ice. There are 12 volt ice makers. Or insulated bags you can haul on the back of the bike. Keep in mind that you are counting on her watching the tin shack while you are gone and your back if there is problems. If some guy with A/C in his car shows up you might have a concern. -SemperFido

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