Wednesday, February 29, 2012

trash talking preppers

TRASH TALKING PREPPERS
On Monday Rawles had a tirade against the mainstream media and their dismal track record treating survivalists with any kind of rational thinking.  The sons of whoring bastards basically just poke fun and paint the practitioners as crazy craphouse rats.  Of course, Rawles being a gentlemen, he didn’t come right out and say it like that.  That’s my job, distilling long rambling polite statements down into more understandable and course rants.  I don’t necessarily disagree with what he was saying.  The media does take any criminal and call him a survivalist, even if that is the last thing they are.  I don’t even think the media knows why it is doing this.  Anymore, anything from the MSM is just infotainment and I’d be surprised if any thought process was involved.  The media has always acted like they’d love to drop to their knees and sodimize any democratic politician, so today’s media empty heads keep repeating the same line.  They don’t know why but that is just the way its always been.  And to them, anyone who is for the Second Amendment must be a crazy bastard, hence a survivalist.  That was the official line taken in the 70’s and the idiots today just repeat that thought.  I think a lot of it has to do with the Official Politically Correct Handbook being adhered to dogmatically.  To advance in this climate, you must memorize and repeat said handbook.  You don’t think about it, you just spew the party line.  Your paycheck is on the line.  How else are you going to be hired at a government grant think tank or a civil service job? 
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However, in my opinion, the movies and the news are not necessarily the same animal.  In the media, news is paid for by corporate interests and the only criteria is low operating costs and maximum return.  I don’t think it matters to the CEO what political affiliation the hired help has.  At one time there might have been a strong element of fifth column communism involved in the media.  They were out to subvert and convert.  Anymore however, I’d wager that the news is just part of the national circus.  They might still be trying to convert us, but it isn’t anything more than just preaching to the choir.  The fedgov has bought and sold the bulk of the American public through welfare.  They aren’t going to upset their apple cart.  I won’t say that the movies are all that much better, there is an element of socialism and wishful thinking for societal molding, but in the end a movie maker has to buy the audience.  It is a simple matter of investment.  A TV news studio is operating at almost no cost.  As long as you get X amount of audience for the advertiser, you can gamble on being stupid by saying crap that panders to DC.  But a movie studio is gambling tens to hundreds of millions of dollars.  They aren’t going to be as accommodating to the directors desire to mold the minds of the audience to his favorite political theory.  Money talks and BS walks.  A movie studio might be full of Jewish One Worlders ( to cite one trite conspiracy ) who would love to see Stalin Lite rule the planet, but first and foremost they are going to win the ticket price from their audience of whoever, even redneck hayseed Republican gun owners.
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The movies “Survivors” and “Blast From The Past” were cited in Rawles article as an example of the unfair portrayal of survivalists.  I disagree.  In my mind, “Survivalists” ( with Robin Williams and Walter Mathow ) was more whimsical than critical.  And the writers seemed to have their pulse on the community more than most.  There is a very real “burn-out” problem as well as hucksterism in the industry.  As far as “Blast”, Christopher Walken was friggin hilarious.  How is it painting the survivalist movement as mentally imbalanced?  The whole country was paranoid about treacherous evil Soviets for decades.  The Walken character reflected that.  I don’t believe the film was out to portray survivalists in a bad way.  If anything, paranoia in general was on trial.  Also, in general survivalists in movies are treated as harmless g
kooks.  That is a good thing.  No one will fear us, just make fun of us.  Thank you, Hollywood, for dismissing us as harmless.  The talking jerk-offs on TV might be saying we are dangerous, but Hollywood ( which, I’d wager, has far more influence ) is arguing otherwise.  The only movie I recall off hand that really tried to emulate the TV line was “War Of The Worlds” by Spielberg.  He was none too subtle about calling the survivalist character a pedophile.  That really chapped my ass, but I don’t think his efforts were rewarded.  The movie probably did badly enough that the tactic won’t be repeated ( just to be sure, don’t patronize any of that twats products- deny the Beast funding ). 
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And remember, the fewer survivalists out there, the less our products cost.  You can fall for the propaganda that “if everyone prepped, we would be safer”, but that is wishful thinking ( I admit I’ve indulged in that a time or two ).  In reality, any scare that brings in new practitioners makes everything we stockpile surge in price.  If we had plenty of time left, it wouldn’t be an issue.  But we don’t.  So in the end, hope for fewer preppers and thank the media for it.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

end of days

END OF DAYS
Here’s a strange book.  “End Of Days” by Robert Gleason.  It is about 400 pages of pretty small print.  I think he’s a guy involved in the 2012 Mayan calendar thing but I’m not sure so don’t quote me on it.  I’m sure you can Google more info to your hearts content.  About 200 pages pass before the first Muslim bomb goes off, but it manages to hold your interest.  Some passages are as strange as it gets such as the conversation between a rat and a seagull, leading me to believe that at least small amounts of crack cocaine were involved in the plotting of this story.  But it isn’t “out there” to the point you can’t read it.  There’s a smidge of “ my ancestor was a Navajo so I’ve seen visions on the desert mesa of End Times and you have just got to believe it because those dudes NEVER took magic mushrooms or anything” but it isn’t irritating in its overuse.  Basically, the story is that Russian nuclear material wasn’t controlled so the evil Muslim dudes got a bunch of it and have destroyed the
American Way
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Yes, the Muslim boogeyman thing has been beat like a dead horse.  The simple fact of the matter is that America is an empire and empires don’t exist for the benefit of other nations.  They are in business for themselves.  The spice must flow to the center.  We abuse the whole world, attempt to colonize everyone.  It isn’t just Muslims who get screwed, but unfortunately for them they have been selected as the head fall guys.  It seems a bit hypocritical to me that we get so pissed about them fighting back.  Empire is a game.  When you are winning, you enjoy it.  But when you start to lose after that, don’t be a poor sport and blame your former victim.  That just shows no class at all.  But, we can overlook the whole Wack-A-Muslim part of the story.  It doesn’t matter who is the antagonist.  The fact is, they nuke America and do it in a really cool way.  They make it look like it’s the fault of the Russians, using the submarines sold as surplus and dressing up as blond sailors for the satellites.   But that isn’t the cool part.  The best part is, they set off bombs on top of three super volcano’s.  Yellowstone, Indonesia and Italy.  Is that awesome, or what?  I wish I had thought of that.  You wipe out everyone and start all over again.  Who is going to be the least effected by a return to PODA, right? 
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Now, there are of course issues here.  I’m happy to see such a plausible scenario for the end of the world, and I applaud that all too rare ability to realistically portray logistics ( the former prison dudes of course formed a super gang and went pillaging, but at least he figured out how to feed them.  They converted trains to steam power to transport troops and they converted a few rail cars to raise rats for meat.  The rats were fed waste such as weeds and dung.  I don’t know how realistic it was for an army in the tens of thousands, but at least he tried and didn’t pull some crap like “we found a warehouse of a gabizillion MRE’s” ).  But I was having a hard time accepting the end of the book were the main survivalist compound was attacked and they used airplanes to napalm the attackers, which was coordinated by a space station spying for them.  Wouldn’t the super volcano’s put enough fine crap in the atmosphere ( to say nothing of all the suitcase nukes- one was in Graceland which I enjoyed immensely ) that engines wouldn’t run?  Neither trains or, especially, aircraft?    And wouldn’t most communications be disrupted?  That might be a small quibble, but it really irritated me.
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Keep in mind that this is a mass market novel.  It isn’t a small press militia porn book.  It is a bit in the style of those “one dude saves the world” novels that have bedeviled us for decades, although a vast improvement over that.  Most folks die but the story does kind of have that detached viewpoint of it all, not like most of the survivalist books we are used to.  You read “Patriots” or whatever and it is a story focusing on the effects of the end of the world on one or a few people.  This book is more “this is how the seven billion are effected”.  There are a few characters, but they move the story along rather than have the story about them.  So, this might technically be a post-apocalypse novel but I don’t know if I can really recommend you spend money on it.  I got my copy at the library.  I liked it and wasn’t disappointed, but I wouldn’t actually spend money on it to add it to my fiction library.  And you know that I need almost zero reason to buy another book ( I’m on a buying hiatus right now until the pit project is done, but I’m not even going to put this one on my “wish list” at Amazon.  It was good for a one time read, I won’t ever read it again ). 
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Monday, February 27, 2012

a dingo aborted my baby!

A DINGO ABORTED MY BABY!
Remember the poor schlubs who have been hounded for thirty years about the dingo attack on their baby while camping?  “Help, a dingo’s got my baby!”  I think that was in 1980, and probably did more to help the tourist and movie industry of Australia than anything else.  That was what probably propelled “shrimp on the barbie” and “Crocodile Dundie”.  Anyway, the case recently came up again in the courts as the family would like the judge to reconsider the case in light of other more recent dingo attacks ( or, alleged attacks, I’m not sure ).  The judge of course being very important and simply having no time at all to do more judge stuff, put it on indefinite hold.  One presumes awaiting the end of the families natural life span.  If you expedite one case, then everyone thinks they can see justice being done.  Kind of like here in the US, you can’t expect the courts to actually follow the Constitution and make bail amounts reasonable.  You knock the starting price down from $20 million and all of a sudden every damn person wants a reasonable bail.  As that was making the “news” today, it was followed up by yet more squawking on the Catholic Church and the mandatory contraception scandal and it suddenly hit me that I need to comment on abortions.  I haven’t pissed  off loyal minions to the point of desertion for quite some time ( I don’t count the recent change in blogs.  Losing regular readers was expected.  I am happy I’ve retained half of them- about 600 ). 
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I don’t particularly care for abortions.  I don’t mind “day-after” pills, as I’m not convinced that life begins at conception but rather after the brain is formed.  Yes, I know a lot of folks disagree.  But it doesn’t matter what you or I care about.  What matters is, does the law follow reality?  And necessity.  I could drone on about women’s rights and ownership of your body, but in the end what makes or breaks the adoption of a custom or law in to general acceptance is if it follows reality and necessity.  It must acknowledge human nature and the survival of the species.  Which is why you can’t legislate the impossible.  You can make a law saying that females are allowed into combat, but females don’t have the physical or mental ability for it ( if the Soviets, some of the original poster boys for wishful thinking over reality discontinued women in combat, you know it was a total flop ).  You can legislate unlimited births, like the Catholic Church did with a ban on contraception and divorce, but once the overpopulation and resource scarcity bites you in the ass it doesn’t matter if God On High proclaims through his best buddy the Pope that “be fruitful and multiply” is the best dang thing since sliced bread.  Reality doesn’t read the bible. 
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Now, looking back at past civilizations, you know that uncontrolled birth rates are pretty much just human nature.  It has got to be a survival trait.  So, even if you aren’t religious it seems like we can all agree that even if in the long run overpopulation is a bad idea, you can’t legislate it away ( that bite China in the ass, didn’t it? ).  I think that unlike most laws and practices we have, our current birth control laws strike a pretty good balance.  We allow uncontrolled reproduction but at the same time don’t force people into practices that go against their wishes individually.  Either side, pro life or pro choice, in an attempt to upset that balance, are in the wrong.  Not on moral grounds but on practical grounds.  Remember, you can’t ban common sense.  If a woman wants to be a career corporate drone, she can.  She isn’t forced into being a housewife for survival, popping out kid after kid ( although, they need to enjoy it while it lasts since this choice is a product of the Oil Age ).  If a woman wants to spew out children in an uninterrupted stream she can.  The good thing about abortion being legal is, there is no need for infanticide.  Women don’t have to resort to drowning the kids in the family sedan or fabricating stories about dingo attacks ( I have no idea if abortion was illegal in Australia in 1980.  My point is that if kids were a choice, not a burden to be borne, than there would have been no controversy over whether the mother was telling the truth or not over how her baby died ). 
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Infanticide has been with us for as long as we’ve been a species.  It is oftentimes necessary, if rather an unpleasant act to even think about, let alone perform.  We have the hindsight, here during our Time Of Plenty, to harshly judge it.  But like the unpleasant necessity of war, that by a few deaths more people survived, so too infanticide.  In times of scarcity.  Abortion, as unpleasant as it is to a lot of people, is vastly better than killing babies after birth.  If you adhere to an unyielding dogma that prohibits abortion, you are condoning the worse crime of killing babies after they were out of the womb.  Not now, but certainly after the resources run out.  Since you can’t legislate back and forth on an issue and expect it to be followed, best to just side with reality.  Your choice is going to be how to kill surplus population, not whether it will be done at all ( of course, it should go without saying, I’m advocating personal choice here, not government mandate ).  Reality is indeed a bitch.
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Saturday, February 25, 2012

guest article

GUEST ARTICLE

MA SQUIRREL AND THE UTILITY BILLS

Are you done stashing wheat, corn, and rice?  If you bring any more beans into the house, will your spouse literally explode, will the shit truly hit the fan?  And yet, you have a few prepping dollars available?  Ma Squirrel has an idea for you.

Assumptions:
1)     You are not off-grid.
2)     You have an income sufficient to pay your bills.
3)     You’re satisfied with your level of stored food, water, etc.
4)     You’ve done what you can to conserve on your utility bills.

Probably you can see the usefulness of having cash on hand, but Bank of Posturepedic has its limits, and drawbacks.  Banks, credit unions, those are subject to FDIC or NCUA deposit insurance failure.  401(k)’s, why do people think those are good retirement security?  Squirrels don’t put their acorns all in one spot, and you shouldn’t either.

Anything could happen.  A radioactive cruise ship could wash up on your front porch at the same time that an earthquake and a tornado hit.  The likelier catastrophes though are unemployment, or maybe ill health, something that results in a loss of income.  In a situation like that, you’re going to need cash to get by.

What I’m doing is running a credit balance with my utilities.  My electric bill is $110-$120 a month.  I pay $65 every paycheck, which comes out to an extra $10-$20 a month.  At the end of a year, I have at least one month’s utilities prepaid.  This works with 24 or 26 paydays a year.  I’ve done this with the electric, natural gas, water, and garbage.  By the way, if you run a credit balance with Waste Management, they stop sending you statements/bills.  I called them up once and asked for the balance; they realized it was a credit balance, and sent me a check to clear it.  Next time, I won’t call them.  I’ll just keep sending an extra $5 a month.

Little things add up.  Sure, this doesn’t pay any interest, but then neither does your savings account.  Better that THEY owe YOU, than YOU owe THEM.   If you run into a bad budget month, skip paying extra, enjoy the cushion, just don’t make a habit of it.  If you get to the point of enough-ness, then stop overpaying.  If you become unemployed or incapacitated, now you have the luxury of time (and money) to make adjustments.  Granted, if the problem is EMP and the grid is down, you’re going to lose your credit balance, but then in an EMP situation, your problems just got a lot bigger.

Think about it.  There are plenty of ways to stash cash.

‘Mousse


Friday, February 24, 2012

evil republican

EVIL REPUBLICAN
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I want it known to the universe, Baby Jesus and every swinging dingus out there that I am not a Romney fan.  Not because he is a Republican, or a Mormon or a businessman or anything else the pinko commie humps on the left are screaming about.  I don’t like the bitch because of his stance of health care.  When he forced universal coverage on his state as governor ( I think Massachusetts- one of those Gott Damn Yankee hell holes ), his excuse was “ we can’t have free riders defrauding our system”.  Your typical Republican version of welfare recipients,   that if only welfare was abolished all would be perfect ( I don’t agree with welfare, but if you are going to abolish that, how about corporate welfare, the Military Industrial Complex, etc.? ).  In other words, the government forces hospitals to provide free medical to indigents, then allows illegals to stay here and forces medical prices through the roof because of Medicare, and then has the audacity to blame poor people for all the problems it caused.  Okay, Romney, you asswhore, you don’t want people to abuse the system and get free health care ( a wonderful recipe for allowing the spread of disease ) by going to the ER, so your solution is to force every state resident to buy insurance or pay the state a fine.  Hey, how about this.  Actually enforce the law against illegal immigration.  Then, don’t charge people UNTIL they go to the ER.  You treat it just like a traffic ticket.  As soon as folks get their life saving treatment, bill them. And let the government enforce the collection.  Sure, that isn’t a perfect solution, but a lot better than forcing people to pay even if they never go to the hospital.  But that ain’t going to happen because compulsory health care isn’t about fairness.  It is about taxing the serfs and enriching part of the elite.  Suck my engorged member Romney. 
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But, hey, don’t get me all worked up.  This isn’t about health care.  We’ve covered that before in the Bison Survival Blog.  This is about the current campaign against Romney because of his involvement in the private equity firm.  Sure, it’s a contrived issue.  No one wants Romney to actually be discredited.  They just want it to look like there is a real fight over the election ( remember, no matter who wins, National Health Care wins ).  But what I’m amused at is that not only is the election being given a false level of legitimacy by this, another purpose is served by once again deflecting blame from the central bank.  It is just another version of “evil corporations” or “evil government” being responsible for what the central bank actual benefits from.  Follow the money.  Who benefits?  A private equity firm gets a loan.  They buy out a company.  The rational is, this is an undervalued corporation ( this is business speak for a company ran for the long run rather than being plundered for short term profit ).  By buying up the company, their super magical wonderful leadership will then make a buttload more profit.  And what is their over educated form of leadership?  They lay off half the workers, kick out the Union, farm out most of the work overseas, devalue the company name by removing all quality from the product, then walk away with a profit leaving the workers, the consumers and the economy humped ( it’s the same action out of the same playbook for decades now ).  The members of that private equity firm profit, no question.  But the bank that made the loan is the real winner.  They created money out of nothing, then collected interest on it.  But wait!  That’s not all!  If you order your “hump over the peons” kit now, we’ll double your order!
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When the acquired company goes bankrupt, and  they will because every action was for short term profit rather than long term good business practices,  the bank turns around and loans more money to another private equity firm to do the same damn thing all over again!  The bank never had any real money in the game, it was just collecting interest on phantom money.  They didn’t lose squat.  They just kept collecting interest on another loan.  Is Romney evil?  Of course.  But which evil entity enabled Romney?  Our central bank.  The same bank that stole the gold and devalued our dollar ( the same bank these pious puke Yuppie Survivalists are insisting we must pay back on loans as a moral principle.  You idiots, you don’t treat a thief with honor ).  You want to know who has taken all the jobs and shipped them overseas?  Who is responsible for the death of Unions?  The friggin central bank.  Wake up!  It is a pitiful sight to see someone straining against golden chains not even realizing they are slaves. 
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

beshatting oneself

BESHATTING ONESELF
Today, let’s set aside any signs of collapse and focus on a very important topic otherwise missed amidst the manufactured drama of the (s)elections and the latest buzz on a celebrity most of us care absolutely nothing about.  I bring you the spectacle of keeping children in diapers long past the point of decency.  Here I am enjoying some mindless television program or another and here is a commercial depicting  insanely happy children bouncing up and down in near orgasmic ecstasy at the prospect of being allowed to wear Big Boy Diapers that are referred to as “pull-ups”.  The reasoning goes that by being all grown up and pulling their disposable underwear up and down the kid will feel responsible enough so he won’t crap the bed during nap time.  Personally, I can’t imagine why a parent thinks it’s a groovy idea to postpone the process of toilet training.  I know why the company wants to extend the period you buy their product.  I mean, I guess that the dog disposable diaper was a disappointment to them ( I swear on a stack of bibles this is a real product.  I don’t understand why people would think it is going to work.  If you take an animal that eats pounds of food each day and then expect his amoeba size brain to process the fact that he can’t soil the shag carpet with a huge steaming pile of nasty, I guess you think a diaper is better than a new carpet.  But I don’t think you’ll ever train him using them.  But the diaper corporation has sure trained you to be dependent on their product ) so they had to do something to keep profits up.  I can almost see a need for those waterproof beach or pool diapers.  Since people are rude bastards with no consideration for others anymore, at least put a plastic bag over your kids ass so there isn’t a repeat of the “Caddyshack” scene ( someone puts a Baby Ruth candy bar in the swimming pool and everyone thinks it’s a floating turd ).  Back in a kinder and gentler nation kids wouldn’t have been brought to a public pool or beach before they were potty trained.
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And then there is the geriatric diaper.  Back in the day, an old bastard would have stayed at home full time.  If he leaned over to do a Cheek Sneak fart and beshat himself by accident, no worries.  He was home alone, so no embarrassment.  He cleaned himself up and went back to watching “The Price Is Right” and glaring at the neighbors kids from his rocking chair.  But now, some group of advertisers or some geriatric political action group has agitated for full rights for old people.  Now they think it is acceptable to go out in public way past the point of embarrassing lack of bowel control.  Its almost like they are sneering at society, here you go you young bastards, smell my lumpy pant load!  See what I mean about people being rude bastards?  A generation or two ago, people had the sense to be ashamed of anti-social behavior.  If you bumped uglies with a first cousin and produced a hair lip drooling banjo player, you had the decency to feel enough shame to keep him tied up in the attack.  If your daughter has a slut and gave away the marriage meat for free, folks had the decency to send her to a home for wayward girls way out in the country.  But now folks revel in this kind of behavior.  Look, I molest monkeys, look I like to share my smelly dump with everyone in the elevator. 
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If you raise a kid correctly, they are allowed to playfully discover life.  Kids love to play.  Hell, I had pictures of me as a young lad playing with my diaper.  I had a softball stuffed down into my clothe diaper with a big ass fools grin on my face.  Hey, look at me, I just crapped the biggest diaper load of all time!  I can imagine it wasn’t long after that I was toilet trained.  Because obviously I knew what the damn thing was for.  If I had been given Pull-Ups I’m sure I would have been playing with the damn things as long as I had been allowed.  Probably into grade school.  All good things come to an end.  Eventually you have to give up the teat and go to chewable food.  Eventually you nee to stop enjoying the warm squishy feeling of a diaper load and put a little bit of effort into making it to the flush toilet in time.  And parents are the ones who need to do the work of putting a little discipline into life and letting the kid know it ain’t all fun and games.  After a certain point, you need to earn your fun by acting responsible first.  Ohhhhh.  Poor little Johnny has to quit beshatting himself!  I hope the poor dear can get over the trauma! 
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What is a pull-up training kids?  To soil their underwear.   It is for lazy parents that can’t put forth a one time difficult training regimen.  I’ll be frank here.  These are bad parents.  You’re teaching your kids to solve all problems with money rather than effort.  Please do your kids a favor and kill yourselves after making arrangements for a relative to take over the rearing of your offspring.
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Here's an e-mail I got about a forthcoming book. I really liked the first one, here is its sequal:
Update:

This winter I finished writing a sequel to Shut Down. I'm happy to say it's been sent off for publishing. It'll be on Amazon (paperback and kindle) and available through most larger bookstores around May 15th.

The name of the new novel is, Buck, a Survivor of the Shut Down

Here is a brief introduction: Most survivors of the economic disaster have banded together in small, isolated farming communities closed to outsiders. Some are surviving by raiding the farming communities. A few are wandering the country alone. Buck is the story of Corbett (near Portland, Oregon), one of the surviving colonies, as it struggles to survive two years after the collapse.

This novel introduces Buck, a lone, severely wounded outsider. He is discovered bleeding and unconscious by Joe Hancock and Chris Saunders on a bank of the Sandy River near the close-knit Corbett colony. Buck fights to recover from his wounds while helping the people of Corbett defend themselves against a gruesome attack by a desperate band of killers.

I hope you'll enjoy reading it! 

Warm regards,

Bill 
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

flashdance flashback

FLASHDANCE FLASHBACK
Well, okay, a bit of poetic license with the title.   Flashdance was released in the early eighties, not the seventies.  But last weeks drama with Iran halting oil imports to England and France in retaliation to sanctions reminded me of the seventies when OPEC stopped oil to the US because of our support of Israel.  Did it have much of an actual impact back then?  We didn’t lose that much oil supply.  Remember, not too long before that we were the worlds leading oil producer.  After World War Two we were supplying half the oil globally.  And even today, after decades of production decline, the US still produces about half what we used to ( the problem isn’t so much our lack of production as our extremely wasteful consumption- China is the worlds factory with far less oil  ).  The biggest problem back then was the threat of Soviet control of the middle east, politically speaking.  Economically speaking, our western allies were the ones suffering from the oil embargos.  The middle east oil has always been the rest of the West’s energy supply.  But we need them to have that oil so that they can help support our economy.  Given all that, where do we stand today?  England has seen drastic declines in its North Sea oil, but their economic collapse ( mirroring ours ) has surely decreased demand.  And France, during the few times that the public workers aren’t striking or the Arab immigrants aren’t burning everything in sight, surely doesn’t use that much oil.  They are to a large degree semi self sufficient with their nuclear electricity generation.  Obviously the Iranian oil stoppage isn’t going to see them dying in the streets or living in the dark.  But what about an economic impact?
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The US economy is pretty much nothing but growth.  Whether from extra oil being consumed or by foreign currency inflows or by the current inflation, we don’t really do much except grow.  That is our economic model ( borrow and spend, paying the central bank its vig ).  European nations don’t do much better.  They just slowly eat away at their past production, growing government welfare programs.  The only difference between them and us is that we do things on a Texas size scale whereas Europe is still in the “me-too” category.  Just think how $150 billion will keep Greece alive whereas we generate that kind of deficit every few hours or so and think nothing of it.  What makes me wonder about the impact isn’t just the Iran cut back but that plus the Saudi Arabia cuts plus the increased costs of oil at the same time.  At a time when the derivatives markets are only kept from imploding by constant inflation, would a slight nudge in the oil price/supply be more significant than usual?  Hell if I know.  I’m sure nothing will come of this.  This time.  I just think that with everything so strained, it won’t take much of anything to qualify as the straw that breaks the camels back.  I’m not saying we should panic about everything, just that it might be foolish to just think that only a huge disaster will push us over the edge. 
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Okay, that was a bit of navel gazing.  Here is some more.  You would have thought that after three days off from writing I’d have a better article.  Well, there you go thinking again.  I think I’ll need to warm up with a few articles before I get to “earth shattering” mode.  That, or I don’t have a bunch of damn people yammering in the background distracting me.  The drawback of finally getting volunteers to help out at the food bank.  Anyway, here’s my profound nugget number two of the day.  I think I know why everyone wants a slow collapse to be the choice of disaster.  If we have already been in slow collapse for forty or fifty years, it follows in their mind that the next few decades will be the very same.  If they ignore Peak Oil, and base all of their economics on the last hundred years, we are just looking at “business as usual”.  And business as usual is a decrease in the standard of living on a generational scale.  Which, for all practical purposes, means in their lifetimes they won’t see anything they can’t adopt to.  With that kind of time frame, there is NO collapse.  So your majority of survivalists will not be seeing any kind of danger.  Nor will they have to change their lifestyle at all.  It makes you wonder why they are interested in the practice of survivalism at all.  Is it because it is an excuse to just buy lots of guns?  Do they have so much money they need to buy Bug Out Submarines?  It baffles me.  But then, it baffles me that folks can spend forty years spending a grand a month on a crap house but balk at buying a five hundred dollar lot of junk land or $150 in bulk wheat. 
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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Not only do I love this guys attitude, this article allows me to take off the holiday from writing.  Enjoy.

THE SPICE MUST FLOW

Spices are viewed as a way to make the post-collapse world more "palatable" to the poor innocent survivor who just would like to add some variety to his wheat stash.  I submit to you that this thinking is incorrect.  This thinking has history/evolution of our diet back-asswords.  We didn't grow "rich" and then decide to fortify our diet with the wonders of the east indies (spice), but rather someone recognized, that it was necessary for long-term survival.

In early human-society development there were tribes that caught their game, skinned it, and ate it.  They died.

There were tribes that caught their game, skinned it, cooked it, and ate it. They lived a bit longer than the skin and eat tribe, but eventually, they also died.

There were tribes that caught their game, skinned it, salted it, cooked it, ate it.  They lived long enough to be our ancestors.  That is why we like our food with spices added.  It is because we "grew up" on it.  The tribes who didn't, died out.  Bland food will only keep you alive so long.  Spices ward of the stuff that kills us (germs).


Food Preservation of any kind, whether it is canning, salting, smoking, or putting up Wheat in 5 gallon buckets involves killing the little hard to see bastards that want to kill you and take your food.

Ask yourself why spices were so damn expensive back in the pre-petrol days?  Why, that's silly, you say, it's because it came from all the way around the globe!  Nice answer wiseass, why do you think greedy fuckers were WILLING to sail all the fucking way around the globe to get the stuff in the first fucking place?  And why were kings willing to spend the money to send them?  Don't give me that it was to make beef more palatable.  It was to make preservation more SUCCESSFUL.

Spices kill germs.

Why is Mexican food Spicy?  Because Mexican water sucks!

Stock up on SPICES, before pertol-down!  It takes a lot of effort to SAIL to the east indies in a homeade dugout.  I'm just sayin'...

Also, you can TRADE spices, without being shot by them, later!
Good luck with that one, for all of you willing to trade ammo (who is the stupid fucker that thinks ".22 will make good barter")!

Never sell a guy a loaded gun!

What was valuable, before "modern times"?
SALT. SUGAR. PEPPER. GARLIC. Tobacco. Tobacco? Yes, dumbfuck tobacco!  How do you keep the bugs from eating your wheat before it has grown? Your first clue, is nicotine!  The same way your great grandfather kept his garden from being eaten by crickets and aphids before he and the missus got to eat it.

Remember a silly fucker named Ghandi?  The fight was over SALT!  Yes, fucking SALT!  The British were taxing salt, to the point that no one could afford it.  Salt was considered NECESSARY, and it was being TAXED!  Not like today, where a "Low Sodium" diet is seen as desirable!  Remember "Low Sodium" is ONLY for people who are not SWEATING the day away!  Think Cubicle Monkeys.  Not post-collapse, work-all-day-to-stay-alive PEOPLE!

When you are sweating so much that your sweat STOPS stinking, you are finally, really, WORKING, and you need salt.  Because you are losing it.

People would risk their lives to get it, because it was risking your life NOT to get it.  Got it?

-eviltwin

Monday, February 20, 2012

frugal enough?

FRUGAL ENOUGH?
There are many different reasons why being a tight bastard is a good idea.  You free up money to buy preps for the end of the world.  You can quite working for a soul sucking corporation and take on a more casual line of work.  You can work that casual job and still have enough in the budget for the wife to quit her job and stay home and give your kids a quality education and a quality rearing. And, you can get ready for the financial tsunami that has already hit us.  The problem is that the wave has picked us up while we were at sea in a boat and all we feell is a slight rise and an increase in speed.  The real messy part is going to happen when the wave hits the beach and smashes us to bits.  Before, frugal was a life choice.  An option, to quite the Rat Race.  Before long, it is almost going to be mandatory.  So you might as well start practicing now.  As with prepping before the end is seen, because by then there will be nothing for sale at any price, so to you must start living frugal before you need to.  Once you NEED to, you have no ability to live with style and grace.  Then you are just living in horrid squalor.  If you fail to prep for the eventual full on collapse, you are weak from hunger as you attempt in vain to lift a piece of rebar with a chunk of concrete, trying to kill for your next meal.  If you fail to start ahead of time living frugally, you are living in a cardboard box selling crack for food money, rather than hunkering down in a warm hovel on your own land, munching on whole wheat bread and sprouts. 
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Look, I haven’t been perfect my whole life.  I wasted money for many a year.  I took home roughly fifteen grand in my first three years in the military.  I could have bought a nice chunk of land and started by own business with that ( at the time, the Ozark land they were selling by payments was going for about five grand ).  But instead I pissed it all away, literally ( beer ).  I’m not just preaching to you as a religious fanatic.  I sinned just as bad as all of you cell phone talking SUV driving trophy wife paying sons a bitches.  I reformed because I was forced to, but now that I’ve seen the
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, it is hard to go back to my old spendthrift habits.  Living frugally is pretty simple.  You don’t find ways to do things cheaper, you find ways to do without.  For instance, if one were to go to the library and read a book on penny pinching, inevitably one would find ways to reuse the lint from your dryer.  Look, I’m happy you went to the library, but if you buy a dryer you are not frugal.  You are just a careful spender.  Why in the name of all that is good and holy and just would you buy a friggin dryer?  My ass chaps, and Jesus weeps.  Ever hear of a damn clothes line?  It isn’t enough that you’ve learned to fix your own car, you need to get rid of your car and learn how to fix a bike.  And go fix the cars of the idiots that keep their vehicles.  It doesn’t matter if your car never breaks, the gasoline and insurance are the killers.  Get rid of the car.  Doing without is the wise choice.  It isn’t enough to buy a cheap home, you need to figure out how to get a home without a mortgage. 
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Once you have gotten rid of as many expenses as possible, then you must learn how to pinch pennies ( it isn’t going to do you any good to pinch pennies while you still drive, pay rent and live middle class.  The real saving are in elimination, not substitution ).  I’ll give you an example of the mind set you need to have at all times and about all activities to be and stay frugal.  As you know, I eat microwave bread twice a day on the weekdays.  Yes, it tastes like crap.  Yes, it might be marginally toxic ( I would worry about using a nuker but since our entire environment is chock full of crap like cell phone radiation, Japanese radiation, 50’s test fallout radiation, genetically modified grains, mining wastes in the water and a thousand other examples, I should care about cooking in a microwave? ).  But even as the price has doubled for flour I’m still only paying $10 a month for two meals a day, five days a week.  And, I’m using the whole wheat ingestion as an excuse for never getting a colonoscopy.  But that is not the frugal part.  The frugal part is worrying about how much I pay for the plates I use to cook the bread.  I’ve tried using ceramic plates but have problems with the dough sticking.  So, I just use plastic plates.  I can get two or three months out of two plates ( I nuke two platters of bread, one for each meal ).  The pack of ten plates costs around two bucks.  So at worst, a package lasts a year.  But I still shop around for the cheapest plates ( sarcastic aside- it wasn’t Wal-Mart ) and I use those bad boys until they almost fall apart.  I won’t waste a day of possible use.  Do I save much money this way?  Of course not.  But when you treat every expense the same way, when you adopt the philosophy of extreme frugalness, a wonderful miracle happens.
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Suddenly, you are living on almost nothing.  Now, I am talking about “normal” go-to-work living here.  I’m not even talking about hermits dumpster diving.  You can live near normal this way.  Its great fun for the whole family now, and a matter of survival later.  And really, it isn’t much work.  Mostly, you are just procrastinating on spending and brainstorming on ideas.  It is a lot of sitting around.  What’s not to like?
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Sunday, February 19, 2012

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Silver Wells                                         

At first it was the water.

The attack took out the entire US electrical grid. In addition to the EMP, there were thousands of cell members who had placed timed thermite charges on thousands of high voltage towers bringing down thousands of miles of power lines.

Yep…………no power. Not for a long time to come.

I live in California where all the fruits and nuts are grown (or rolled here from the rest of the US). It’s a desert. Always has been, always will be. Without a river or lake nearby, which is rare here, or an operational well, you will die.

City water departments were able to keep generators running for two weeks. But, typically wasteful of these idiots, they ran the generators around the clock for those two weeks instead of husbanding that precious diesel. With thoughtful planning they could have had water flowing one hour each day for over a year. Or a half hour a day for two years.  Idiots! Instead, they burned it all up in two weeks, then……….nothing!

I live out in the County. Ag land. Everyone out here has a well or shares a well. But when the power went out almost everyone ran out of water within hours after their pressure tanks drained out. Some had generators that they were able to jury rig to their wells, but, once again, when their fuel ran out so did their water.

I heard tell of some people who had solar grid-tie that they managed to hook up to their water system. Maybe it worked, maybe it was cranky. Who knows? They weren’t nearby.

I had a couple of solar pumps and the panels and controllers to operate them stored in my barn. In bright sun they could pump 112 gallons per hour with the depth-to-water at 49 feet. At 60 foot depth (September) they could only lift 93 gallons per hour.

By the second day I had rigged one of my pumps down hole and began pumping. My gardens orchards and livestock did best with about 1000 gallons of water per day. Don’t forget, this is bright sun California where it doesn’t rain until November at the earliest.

It wasn’t long before the neighbors started wandering around and checking in with other neighbors. People who had lived within 100 yards of each other for decades and just nodded in passing were now suddenly desperate to talk to everyone else to grub for answers. Everyone around had wells, but I was the only one who had power enough to operate my small well pumps.

On day five one of my neighbors asked me if I had any water to spare. That was the beginning. I wasn’t two more days before everyone around was asking me for water.

There were people asking me for hundred of gallons per day!

I put the snooker on that real fast. I told them that I could only give out drinking water. Any water over and above 5 gallons per day would be considered “excessive use” and I would charge for it.

I told them that I only had about 900 gallons per day that I could gift or sell. They had to bring their own containers. The first five gallons was free, each additional gallon would cost the equivalent of 10 cents in silver. The last silver price I could remember was about $50 per ounce so I rounded it to 35 gallons of water for one silver dime or equivalent. {One silver dime weighed 2.4 grams on average, 90 % silver = 2.16 gram silver, one troy ounce = 31.1 grams,  2.15/31.1 =0.06945 troy ounce x $50/oz = $3.47 in silver}

I placed that second solar pump into the well and I wished I had a third. I maxed out the panel voltages and rotated the panels by hand to follow the sun hour by hour to get the maximum yield. I even cut back water use to my orchards and gardens. Let me tell you, I became a fast study in jewelry appraisal. I did a booming business and sold all of my excess water for many months and had to hire help (neighbor’s boy, pay: 1/2 ounce per day) before competing businesses started. It was over a year before everyone had found their own sources and the water sales ended. By then I had accumulated over seven hundred ounces of silver. There was even some gold and a little platinum.

The future? Who knows? At least I’ve got water, and now Silver, to spare.