Friday, September 28, 2012

old guns and buried foods

OLD GUNS AND BURIED FOOD
Today, should you still buy war surplus guns and burying food for extra storage space.  Now, keep in mind that these were either questions asked by minions or my response therein, so if you don’t like today’s article theme you can blame them as well as commence kissing my ass.  The last two weeks have seen an overabundance of above average articles, at least in my extremely humble opinion.  Some weeks you have to suffer four mediocre articles to get to the one brilliant wonderful insightful wise and illuminating article.  I think I reversed that the last two weeks.  But keep in mind that I’ve also been alone more than usual at work due to the boss going on vacation and the volunteers taking over her job.  I’ve had less distractions to pondering what I was planning on writing about.  That is ending today, so don’t plan on subjects that are above even my high standards too often.  I wonder if that was why it started to get so hard to come up with sheer brilliance with the last blog.  I had less peace and quiet before lunch ( I used to do everything myself in the food bank, now I have a boss and a lot of volunteers ).  Everything has a price, even free stuff.
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A minion wished to know if it was still worth buying war surplus guns, in commenting on my article on items no longer available cheaply.  Here’s the thing.  With war surplus, you were buying beat up old junk.  When the price was right, say $75, you only focused on the good such as premium built, a wicked cool bayonet ( which was also very practical considering the end of ammo after the apocalypse ), high powered ammo, able to withstand muddy wartime dirty conditions.  But once the price went up, the negatives started to pile up.  In some cases it cost more than the gun to install a scope.  The rifling and muzzle had serious wear conditions in some cases.  Encased in wood, the barrel had to be free floated or your aim would suffer.  You had one of two choices- it could be accurate or it could stand up to dirty field conditions ( still the case today, however, so this one might not count ).  You had to do your research because some nations churned out real crap ( the Mauser was in general wonderful, but some countries screwed those up such as Turkey ).  The ammo was cheap as long as surplus stockpiles were available but after that the commercial stuff was real pricey.  Today, the only gun available where the cheap price offsets the liabilities is the Russian bolt.  Everything else is all disadvantages with only two advantages- a bayonet and rugged construction.  In my opinion, it isn’t worth buying them anymore.  A new bolt action is not as rugged, and it certainly has no bayonet, but they are affordable ( $275 ), their ammo is about as cheap as it gets, they come from the factory scope ready ( well, scope mount ready ).  As a side note, with scopes I only recommend the cheap units.  A three hundred dollar scope, when ( when, not if ) it breaks, you now have no glass on your rifle.  If you buy $30 scopes, you buy five for back-ups and it costs half as much.  Use the sight as a tool, not as a substitute for practice or skill.  Unless you are a true sniper, you don’t need expensive scopes.
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A minion thought he was being pretty clever when he admonished me ( okay, he was pretty nice about it, but I image he thought he was going to zing me- not to worry, it’s all in good fun ) for recommending massive wheat stockpiles.  I was in the desert with several acres, and my poor long suffering minions were stuck in some Yankee craphole or vast sprawling urban wasteland and couldn’t dig multiple underground caches.  My simple answer to that was to use your backyard to bury years worth of wheat.  Plus, you can always do the regular home thing and put them under the bed and at the bottom of closets and what-not.  I’m sure a few of you grasped your lower backs and sucked in hissing lungful’s of air, whining about how you couldn’t dig the compost out of a flower pot.  Others might have rolled your eyes and thought that it would be a cold day in Hell indeed before your wife allowed you to dig up the lawn.  Fine, I get it.  I’m supposed to think about everything around here.  One way that has been suggested by others is to use your rototiller and let the machine do the work a few inches at a time.  Then, you merely scoop up the dirt and you don’t need a pickax to break up the soil.  You could just use the edges where the flowers are.  The soil is already loose and moist.  Remove the plants, dig deeper ( enough to allow the roots some freedom ), place the buckets in and put the soil and plants back.  As far as the lawn, can’t you just remove in blocks and re-sod?
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Are you saying I’m the only one to ever consider this?  I doubt it.  Just be careful, as the neighbors will both narc on you about the food later, and now they might report you if they think you are burying drugs or gold or guns.  Oh, the law dawgs might inform the neighbor no law is being broken ( except with drugs ), but you can bet the report is filed to Homeland Security and will be duly noted.  I bury my buckets without Mylar liners, but I doubt your climate is that forgiving.  You’ll have a lot more moisture and bugs.  It might be more expensive, but then this is a once in a lifetime food purchase.  Wheat doesn’t stay good “only” twenty years.  It last almost forever buried.  I’ve noticed once again that Wal-Mart is offering cheaper buckets ( for awhile they were marked six bucks or so ).  These are from the manufacture I contacted and found out they were food grade ( still no guarantee but better than guessing or going with orange Home Depot buckets ).  The article was one of the first over at Bison Survival Blog if you want to re-read it.  By burying, you can go from six months food per family to three years per.  A much better peace of mind stash.
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

consumer hell

CONSUMER HELL
A steady feature of the doom and gloom crowd, which is actually more like Doom And Gloom Extra-Light as they are really pussies when it comes to looking outside their rose colored glasses, is the wailing and gnashing of teeth about out of control consumer culture.  Oh, golly, we just live to go shopping.  Oh mercy sakes alive, we are strip mining the planet for our disposable crap.  Oy vey, what a shallow and unworthy existence we sleep walk through, unceasing consumers until after our death ( one assumedly pre-purchased a coffin prior to kicking it ).  Now, far be it from me is disagree with any of the above.  Hell, I’m sure I’ve made similar type statements.   But everyone needs to stop, take a deep breath and think about this for a second.  It isn’t just that Americans are filthy pigs, sucking up all the globes resources to wallow in luxury.  We are, but there is a simply reason for it other than our lack of any national character.  Consumerism is just the natural end progression of the carbon fuel age.  If the Soviets or the Germans or the Japanese had won the second world war, they would be consuming 25% of all the petroleum produced ( and we would be a third world nation being exploited for our mineral wealth ), importing disposable goods by the cubic mile and facing an obesity epidemic ( have you seen recent pictures of Hillary?  My good god baby Jesus, that bitch has put on the pounds.  I wouldn’t hump her with YOUR junk ). 
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I’m not excusing our lack of will to fight our addiction, but I wonder if anyone could have done so?  This is surplus energy and wealth on a lever never seen by rulers in antiquity.  If you were offered the chance to eat a never ending buffet, wallow in temperature controlled climate year round, and sampling the flesh of a harem, you would say no?  Okay, the harem part might be a stretch even as our morals have gone to hell and we rut pretty indiscriminately, but you get my drift.  Most of us have already chosen to sell our souls for the above listed comforts, and even those who see it refuse to give it up ( “I’ll start living primitive AFTER the collapse and not a moment sooner” ).  No one made us choose this life, I’m not assigning victim status here.  But we are now trapped and there is no going back until it all crashes.  Because our entire society has morphed this way, fed from the petroleum spigot.  Now our civilizations very survival depends of this business as usual.  There will be no change until we fall off the cliff.  We’ve talked of this before.  Millions and millions have a vested interest in absolutely nothing changing ( would you give up you Social Security if it was 80% of your monthly income?  Would you give up your marriage, house and car to save the ozone layer?  ).
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But today, let’s focus on how this all happened.  The Industrial Age started not because a few bright boys figured out steam power but because they discovered coal.  Carbon fuels are basically mule teams in a gallon gasoline jug ( or a bushel basket of coal, or a microscopic mote of uranium ).  The exponential increase in surplus energy was simply staggering.  And all this energy, to be transferred to wealth, needed to be burned.  All our wealth comes from consuming a nonrenewable resource.  It wasn’t even like we wanted to turn the energy into something ( for instance, lumber into a ship to transport things ).  We did, but then we destroyed that thing and built another.  It boils down to pissing away the best fuel source ever discovered.  The average north hemisphere inhabitant by and large shared in a small portion of that wealth, but that wasn’t enough.  We had to create ten times the population to share in it, plus we had to redefine the concept of rich, plus we needed hundreds of supreme boondoggles of energy consumption such as the moon landing and the interstate system, all to just get to the point where we burned up half the oil and coal ( the easy to get parts, of course ).  And that was all because the Industrial Revolution was based on profit from taking over household production and substituting it with consumption.  For want of a cheap garment, the world full of consumers was born.
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Cheap clothing never happened before carbon fuels.  Clothing was expensive and labor intensive ( one of the results as plant fiber competing with food ).  So each item was dear.  Now, add in the difficulty of bathing.  Not because our ancestors were filthy rotten animals, but because heating fuel was not an option for the poor.  Hell, cooking fuel was a hard enough resource to acquire.  They didn’t often bathe in cold climates because it would literally kill them if heat wasn’t available.  So their clothing got a bit rank and infested ( they had few changes of clothing ).  Imaging the wonder of the new things called “factories” churning out cheap clothing ( it wasn’t necessarily the machine produced fabric that made it possible, but also the new machines that processed the plant fibers ).  No wonder the bulk of the population embraced the process that produced such a thing.  And from there it was down hill.  First clothing went from handmade to factory made ( with the sudden new need for cash ), then slowly one by one ALL domestic once-free products and services ( free as in the need for money, it was plenty expensive labor wise ) went from the home to the factory.  And today we are at a place were money has taken over everything once produced for free.  Including our food.  It was a system that had to expand, based on money lending for factories and over production based on the need to pay back the interest.  Once a market became saturated with consumer items, you had to move on to another item or service.  The whole thing is rather natural once you look at it this way.  So go shopping and quit worrying about it.  It will all be over soon enough and we can go back to three baths each winter, scratching at our nits.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

lost and gone forever

LOST AND GONE FOREVER
All old codgers lament the passing of goods and services superior to the sorry excuses presented today, and this article will look at that from a prepper perspective.  I had a minion corresponding with me wherein he asked for my advice on a travel trailer purchase.  Although overpriced, I still thought it was a good idea, even as it would halve his savings.  It isn’t necessarily because inflation is always chipping away at monies value, nor is it just because hyper-inflation could be a future concern.  Mainly it is because too many desirable items are now lost and gone forever and their replacements are not worth their inflated prices.  Five years ago I thought recreation items like RV’s and Jet-Ski’s and the like would be going for pennies on the dollar by now, but nothing of the sort has transpired.  The collapse, while obvious to those with wide open eyes, has been too well hidden from Joe Six Pack.  In his world, these luxury items which were acquired as the equivalent of ostentatious peacock feathers, and as such are the equal even today ( you know, because the recovery already began in the media news ).  He doesn’t realize that the only reason demand is brisk and it is a sellers market is because more and more people are using them as homes.  I would imagine that this trend, far sighted shelter acquisition, and the industry doubling its prices of new units, both combined to keep up prices ( I have no idea why the ATV’s and such are still so much for used units ).
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As the prices have doubled and folks are laid off and banks tighten credit, fewer and fewer travel trailers will be available on the used market in the near future.  Add in inflation and today is the best time to buy a used trailer.  Because it will soon be like the rest of the prepper/frugal living items no longer available.  My famous example I use repeatedly are metal canned instant mashed potatoes.  Prior to Y2K a #10 can was about three bucks.  Now, if you want a metal can for twenty year shelf life you must order through a mail order company at very high prices.  Before, a trip to Wal-Mart was all there was to it.  All the grocery stores now offer is leaky cardboard boxes, totally inappropriate for long term storage.  Remember all those war surplus bolt action rifles?  British and German and Swedish and Italian and Austria-Hungarian and French, all for about $50-$100.  With their surplus ammo.  They are all gone now ( I hope I played a small part in drying up the market for Lee-Enfield’s ).  Along with the ammo.  And unless you want a Russian rifle with its potential gas bleed safety issue, you are better off going with a brand new hunting rifle ( of course, then you can’t have a bayonet ).
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Back not too long ago if you worked retail you could pick up silver coins at face value.  Silver rounds were selling so cheap that the old pre-65 common currency coins mostly kept circulating with only minimal retention.  Now, absolutely zero remain.  They are all now buried, under mattresses or in coin stores.  And remember those affordable Conex metal shipping containers?  Back when we still had a robust economy, those things were going for $800 to $1600.  The companies couldn’t get rid of them.  Now, all that is left is the crappy rusted worthless turds at twice to three times the price.  They are still for sale, but no longer affordably.  How about that cheap canned meat?  You could go to Dollar General and buy a buck, a buck and a quarter canned beef.  Only three years ago you could still buy beef and gravy for $2 a can.  Now of course even tuna is almost out of the preppers stockpile budget.  And hell, canned meat has always tasted like vile salted swill.  It was never great to start with.  At today’s prices only a desperate fool buys them ( I’m not disparaging here.  You SHOULD be desperately stockpiling food right now ).  For all intents and purposes canned meat is no longer available affordably.
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Remember those fifty mile per gallon cars, the Metro and the Rabbit?  For the life of me I can’t understand why they weren’t kept in production.  Do the Powers That Be really think the gas consumption was too low with these things?  If that was the case I’d image mopeds would long ago have been outlawed as too dangerous.  Yet, I can only see pollution controls ( in the case of the Rabbit ) as a contrived method they use to force things off the market or increase demand artificially.  My point here is that since they were discontinued ( for unknown reasons ) the 50 MPG car has never been seen again.  Gold and silver are easy ones.  You used to be able to buy an ounce of silver for one hours minimum wage.  Today it takes five ( spot price is lower than buying price as the physical shortages jack up retail ).  Obviously the world is running out of the ores and the fuel to extract the remaining metal is more costly.  Seriously, the ore is nearly gone for all intents and purposes.  You won’t have a lot of time left to buy precious metals.  Do you see the trend?  If you get lucky, an item is available at ( historically speaking ) insane prices only.  If you are unlucky, not available at any price.  Too many items are no longer affordable for the average working stiff.  You must acquire what you want now.  Not five or ten years down the road.  You think two grand for a forty year old trailer is insane?  Me too.  But if that is what the market will bear, you either pony up or do without forever.  The last time I bought an Enfield I bitched about the $150-175 prices.  Now they are $350 ( for an old beat up shot out rifle!!! ).  Soon, no longer available.  Well, neither will wheat or rice, but I won’t go on about famines again.  The good stuff is going, so get it while the getting is good.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

jew will be killed

JEW WILL BE KILLED
I know you love yourself.  Hell, I love you too.  Uncle Obammy, on the other hand, hates you even if you aren’t White.  You are a useless eater.  Yes, yes, he is too.  An immigrant lawyer.  How much worse does it get?  Remember what you get when you cross a lawyer with a child molester?  A politician.  Now throw in being a fuzzy foreigner, which most of us don’t really care for unless they are of a female persuasion, but not just any female because while technically a Bulgarian Olympic wrestler has ovaries I sure as hell wouldn’t want to tickle hers if you know what I mean.  And while I’m sure highland Chilean indigenous women have their attributes, classical beauty as defined by most of us ain’t one of them.  Anyway, Obammy is surely a fuzzy foreigner most of us would put in the negative column.  And don’t get me started on Muslums.  Anyway, once useless eaters get a free hall pass from being a Official School Monitor, they get delusions of grandeur and think their crap don’t stink and actually think they are on par with their masters the bankers.  And perhaps he knows deep down he is just playing House Negro at the whim  of fat pasty White guys so he is now really damn angry so he is the perfect patsy they can count on to kill all the white boys and as many Blacks as needed.  Follow my logic here.  He is useless, knows he is useless, knows he will die from being useless unless he kills his homies, is pissed off about his helplessness and so will go ahead and kill them willingly just because of his anger and sense of worthlessness.  For a paltry few tens of millions of printed out of thin air dollars, Obammy’s masters have a perfect puppet.
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But perhaps I’m being too harsh on the little hump.  It could be almost anybody in power operating under the same delusions of power.  You can risk betting the farm on one thing- if the power structure holds long enough the powers that be will be forced to try to kill you off.  Oh, Jim is just being a Drama Queen.  Oh, how melodramatic!  Listen, bitches, take a nice hard look at history and how famine is used to kill off the population.  Jews get all heated up over Hitler and the holocaust ( I’m not dogging on Jews- I have nothing against them despite snide comments on the worship of money- just please don’t ask me to care about their personal problems.  I got enough of my own and the last time I checked this was definitely not Share A Personal Problem Day ) but Stalin killed off a heck of a lot more Ukrainian peasants and political prisoners.  And here’s the thing.  Remember all our many and repeated ad nausium conversations on how our political masters simply love fascism?  They are the true Nazi worshipers, not the idiotic pathetic pimple faced Skinheads.  Way back in the day prior to The Great Depression our robber barons were quite vocal in their anti-Semitism, their admiration of Italian fascism, their enthusiasm for eugenics ( breeding towards perfection.  Does sterilizing criminals and mental defectives in this country ring a bell? ) and their all around hatred for communism.  Why did they love one form of totalitarianism over another?  Because fascism enabled the rich to rule with profit, whereas under communism there was simply too much sharing with the proletariat unwashed masses.  Since the holocaust, they have had to tone down their views as far as public consumption.  They don’t talk about their plans at all.  But you can bet that with their love for everything Hitler, they will pull a page from his playbook and kill off the overpopulation through inadequate rations.
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Do you recall where the research came from on the amounts of calories needed by humans for various levels of activities?  Not The Great Starvation Experiment by the Americans AFTER the Second World War.  I believe that was just jingoistic cover.  The real research was conducted PRIOR to the war by Germans.  That is where you get your 1700 calories for basic body functions, 2100 for minimal activity, 3000-4000 for heavy labor.  The studies ( and the research departments were part of the logistics planning during the war ) were needed not only to determine how much the German civilians needed to stay healthy and work towards the war effort, how much food soldiers needed, it was also used to kill off undesirables such as the Polish Jews through starvation ( keep in mind that at the time, all this calories stuff was relatively new.  Also, while the regime hated Jews as a scapegoat, someone would have been killed because national survival was at stake.  The Jews weren’t killed just because of their religion, but because each dead Jew ensures a live German.  Least you judge too harshly, the British allowed their Brown colonists to perish in famine so that White Britons would live.  They just got a say in writing history so they don’t look as guilty ).
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Ghetto Jews were rationed under 500 calories a day ( let me give an example of how little that is.  The black market smuggled in butcher waste beef rectums.  You get hungry enough, you eat ass ). Using this field research, the concentration camp victims were put on the same rations.  The Germans knew how long their slave labor would last, at what cost in calories.  And once food gets scarce, expect our Nazi emulators to underfeed us, knowing full well we will die soon enough from malnutrition ( then they can blame the disease on the death ).  It is already being test piloted.  The ban of home brown bag lunches, the refusal to feed the NY City homeless without menu approval, the Bloomberg ban on politically incorrect foods, and the recent Michel Obammy calorie restrictions in public schools.  Coming soon, the same to all of us.  Food Stamps will soon be feeding almost every family and by combining mega-corporate farming monopoly with government regulations, we will all be under their control.  It won’t be overt.  There will be the “obese, cut calories” card played on all, even the skinny ones.  There will be more control on home grown food, home raised livestock, under health regulations.  Any realization of inadequate calories will be played down ( just as with Social Security, it will be pointed out that it was never meant as a REPLACEMENT, merely as a SUPPLIMENT ).  Yet, the only additional food will be black market ( this is where $40 an ounce silver you buy now will be invaluable later on ).  Most of us will slowly die under our Ghetto 500 Calories.  Food control, used by German and American fascists.
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Monday, September 24, 2012

this trend ain't your friend

THIS TREND AIN’T YOUR FRIEND
A minion wrote and asked about earning a living while living on his rural land.  The short answer is he is humped ( on a long enough trend line ).  All those books you bought from Paladin Press and Backwoods Home about selling on E-Bay or mowing lawns or making craft candles?  A waste of money if you follow my simple theory that while the ups and downs are impossible to predict, the general trend is more unemployment and far, far less in the way of disposable income to spend.  This simple trend must be as plain as the thunder thighs on Hilary Clinton, yet most folks tap their heels together three times and chant the magic mantra of petroleum wealth being able to support over 300 million people indefinitely ( a few “realists” will  acknowledge that petroleum is indeed finite yet conjure a few dozen excuses why this won’t effect them yet [ the current is frac oil.  News flash, the first well using fracturing was in 1949.  Technology isn’t coming to our rescue ] and so can smugly ignore this trend ).  This trend will not be your friend and if you count on it being reversed you are going to be humped.  You can sell a niche product or service, by working really hard and getting really lucky, but in the long run you will be a gerbil dying from a heart attack from going faster and faster on your wheel.
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And I’m not just talking “all basically normal until the collapse”.  I’m saying that the collapse won’t happen soon enough to save you from unemployment.  Oh, it could.  But it most likely won’t.  Which means that counting on self employment on your retreat is not a long term viable strategy.  If everything is paid for and if you get rid of all monthly expenses that can bog you down ( if you must have a vehicle, get a moped you can fix yourself as it requires no insurance and consumes one third the gas.  A car payment and insurance is a stone around your neck as you try to stay afloat ), you can make a go of it.  And you might very well earn a decent living ( the example of Prepper Press is an inspiration ).  If you have no expenses, and act as if every month is the month your business folds, you will be okay.  But don’t expect to be able to transfer your middle class lifestyle to the boonies.  Genteel poverty is more like it, and that will take a lot of work.  The days of coasting along on the consumer societies surplus are over.  In the 90’s I was able to eat well and live in a decent shelter for $200 a month.  Nowadays that barely buys a poverty level of food for two. 
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I’m sorry, did you not notice those pesky food and energy price increases?  The ones that happened while your wages were stagnant or declining.  This is the trend.  After four years, the only good parts were when the trend was flat or only marginally moving.  When things don’t get worse, those are the good times.  Now, I don’t subscribe to the scare-mongering about 25% unemployment.  That generally includes under-employment which is misleading.  But it sure ain’t 8% either.  Close enough to Great Depression levels to panic, but you also need to keep in mind that Food Stamps feed us now a lot better than soup lines did back then.  For now, you won’t go hungry ( that will come soon enough ).  But that is the good news.  The bad news is, there will be no getting back to normal.  Don’t expect to get rescued if you hang in there as long as possible.  You will just bleed more resources and savings and sanity.  Look, I’m not trying to dissuade you from giving up on the rat race and leaving town.  I think more people should do so, if for no other reason than the urban areas will get more crowded and the rural will clear out a bit more ( still too many there, just proportionately better ).  Just don’t expect to live on a wage if you do so. 
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I understand that my experiences are not exactly typical.  I might have a micro-business but I know I do all the wrong things to attract money.  Partially this is because I won’t play the game, mostly because I know this is a phase only with about zero income likely soon.  But for what it is worth, business is in the toilet.  This is just like in ‘09.  Nobody had the extra income.  That could change, or not.  But even if it recovers, it will happen again.  And again.  If I had to rely on my writing income to pay for a car and property I would be double humped.  As it is, I have a paying in town job, and that is mainly to keep a wife.  We could survive on no income if needed, but nobody would be very happy.  I have my feet in two worlds.  Living without bills, everything paid for, but working in town to keep the family unit intact ( you are one in a million if you keep a wife without a paycheck ).  Don’t rely on traditional advice for working out in the boonies.  Things have changed and not for the better. 
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On a barely related note, I ran across some figures reading over the weekend that troubled me.  Nothing new, just something I hadn’t paid attention to.  During the Cold War our navy had about 600 ships.  During the 90’s it got down to nearly half that at 350.  You might blame the cigar humping Clinton with his idiotic “peace dividend”, or the traditional American response to the end of any war which is to radically downsize against all common sense.  BUT.  After engaging in two wars, after getting a war monger for a Prez several terms ago, our navy continues to shrink.  Now at 280.  Funny, I didn’t realize we could still control the global oil allotment without a strong navy.  Just something to think about.
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