Wednesday, February 20, 2013

more grains and guns

Sorry, folks.  The whole towns Internet was down the last 24 hours.  Here is yesterday's article:

This morning I got a squirrely hair up my butt and for some reason decided to abuse myself by checking to see if there were any comments posted at Amazon on any of my newly offered Kindle books.  One was favorable on my Bison Newsletter book, only being peeved that some of the writing was out dated.  Fair enough, and it’s still four out of five stars.  The one at $3k Homesteading gave me a one star, commenting that he could get better advice at Ask Jackie on homesteading.  Yep, true dat.  Along with a thirty year mortgage you get advice of canning chicken and such, the “real” way to homestead.  I guess he missed the whole point of being able to drop out of the rat race a heck of a lot cheaper and without debt.  He went off in other directions I needn’t comment on myself, but overall I’m not sweating the review as much as you’d think.  He shrunk down  my whole philosophy ( junk land, van living, haul water on bike ) so any reader could get the gist of it and for that I’m grateful.  Another comment at Frugal Survivalist was equally unfavorable ( I can’t remember reading it below, but I might have just forgotten it ) and said that taste fatigue rendered the whole plan unworkable.  To which of course I have to disagree.  I’m no stranger to taste fatigue, and I have no problem basing my survival strategy on it.  There is a little thing called cannibalism, and it shows up every friggin time there is a famine, be it in Africa, China or France.  Be it the fourteenth century or the twentieth.  The choice is between taste fatigue or eating other nasty diseased people.  Guess which one I’d choose ( no, smartass, not the long pork ).


I just read “American Rifle” by Rose and it was a darn good book.  It covered the history of the rifle ( the blackpowder arm with rifling, not the smoothbore musket ) from the Germans in Pennsylvania up to the current hunk of crap M16.  If you want detail on every military arm over two hundred years, here it is and written in an engaging easy to enjoy manner.  One of the most fascinating parts was the beginning, as it read like a biography of the Kalifornia Kunt Feinstein.  You know who else hated freemen and preferred serfs?  Hamilton.  He hated rifles and riflemen, their independent natures and their ability to fight without officers orders ( they had leaders, not officers.  Leaders, picked by the men themselves because they had respected abilities ).  Hamilton, who Jefferson ( bless his pea picking heart ) accused of designs on nobility, thought that The Common Man was unintelligent, incapable of proper decision making.  They needed to be led by their social superiors.  Hence, the proper place of soldiers was in the ranks in pretty uniforms, with muskets.  They were to move as directed, to fire as directed, and since they weren’t really human, die as directed.  This bitch sounded quite the Tory!  He sounds worse than Benedict Arnold as far as I’m concerned.  I’m surprised all our good little jack booted thugs genuflecting at the altar of fascists such as Lincoln and FDR don’t place Hamilton on the same pedestal.


Well, the book goes on to portray an underlying theme that all subsequent arms were approved or disapproved based on the same original fight between marksmanship or rank and file mass firing.  A lot of times, such as with the Garand, there was a bit of both.  The interesting thing about the Garand is that although it was approved on the salesmanship of a job generating public works project, it turned out to be such a fine weapon.  Truly the exception to prove the rule.  The M16 was an arm before its time, I’ll grant you that.  It had a fatal flaw that is still killing troops, the gas system.  But almost everything else about it was remarkable.  The light weight, no recoil, the accuracy, etc.  Too bad no one could ever just own up to the bad design and fix it.  The book was a bit too lenient on the whole fiasco of the weapon.  Anyway, a recommended book if you like detailed historical arms.  While we are on guns once again,  I hope everybody understands that this ammo shortage seems to be permanent and waiting it out is a very bad idea.  Just because the panics ended before doesn’t mean it has to again.  Yes, there is a repeat of panicked freedom lovers who are being corralled into wanting much more than necessary because of the initial shortage, which just makes the whole thing exponentially worse.  But an added ingredient to the problem is the ongoing energy and ore issue.  Look, we’ve had arms control panics before.  We’ve had energy spikes before.  We’ve had commodity shortages before.  But not all at once.  Oil is wanting to stay high.  Right now, Chindia et al are buying the good, sweat oil and we live on the high sulfur crap left ( along with ethanol from half our corn crop and liquefied natural gas called shale oil ).  The trend has stayed there for awhile.


Almost all ores are in serious decline, from steel ( remember those canned foods jumping in price? ) to silver ( we have gone from 6% imports to 60%+ in just ten years ) to coal ( not sure if that would be classified as an ore ) which went from super deluxe energy grade to lowest “on par with burning buffalo chips” energy output grade, to uranium ( the US peaked in the 70’s, and globally Soviet decommissioned missiles are providing most of the supply growth ), and etc.  And of course, there is hardly anyone in history more inclined to instill zero confidence in their word than Obammy ( who lied about “not wanting to take your guns” ) The Kenyan.  Everyone is going to panic buy guns and ammo precisely because the weasel puke is such a liar.  So, we have four more years of panic buying ( still feeding on itself ), a continuation of rising energy prices which both ups the cost of ore extraction and with all levels of manufacture and shipping, and a shortage in ores which means simply that ammo components might perpetually be in shortage.  Ode To Joy.

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  1. Good deal Jame's; I was beginning to worry that you went all "travel trailer hermit" on us, and left us high and dry?

  2. Lord Bison of the Great Basin;

    The reason why Hamilton isn't as adored as Lincoln, T. Roosevelt and F. Roosevelt is because of two very weird reasons: One, Hamilton was the typical eighteenth century educated White Male, who is currently vilified by the status quo and Two: because he was a closeted homosexual. Had he been open about his sexuality he would have been celebrated today, but because he was during his lifetime, closeted, he looses a boatload of cred, because he wasn't open. Never Mind the fact that the crime of 'buggery' was a major offense in the thirteen colonies, never mind the fact that the congress wouldn't have given him the time of day had he been open, it is the typical double-standard that the powers de jure apply to long dead white homosexual males who did their flawed part to found a nation from the evils of the British Empire. Keep keeping it real James!

  3. After reading this I'm going ahead and selling the semi I was thinking about ditching. Let the yuppies have all the fancy shit.

    Thanks So Much for the blog.

    Your hair is wondrous and perfect

  4. Here is an article idea-
    Which current firearms are best to be converted from smokeless to black powder.
    Since easily available firearms/ammo and surplus land and energy are the the halmarks of a free nation/people, if you can live in a location that has the three elements (say northern great plains, or central high desert (the sun is a great source of energy there, and lack of water ensures plenty of 'empty' land) you stand a better chance of having descendants that can live closer to our modern definition of 'free'.
    Utilizing existing firearm platforms (and other industry) to create a more-or-less sustainable blackpowder arms infrastructure will be highly usefull. Maintaining as high an accuracy and rate of fire as possible will also help fend off attackers. (is it one sniper or 20? where are they?).
    Presumably as a long term (generational) advantage will come from being able and ready to switch between smokeless w/primers and blackpowder and back and forth easily and without having to carry and train on a whole different weapon.
    Possibly a shotgun, or other extremely ammo tolerant firearm.

    PS: expect a package or two at FISH by march.