Tuesday, February 12, 2013

our fav disaster


OUR FAV DISASTER

In my never ending efforts at pissing off those folks who can’t stand writers doing “what I ate for dinner last night” type articles ( my thoughts are that they couldn’t make a description of The Last Supper very exciting, yet since I can make a limp pile of fecal material interesting due to my awesome talents I can talk about anything ), please allow me to describe this mornings online shopping trip.  As I’ll never get tired of complaining about, those three weeks of sub zero temps traumatized me unduly ( and hence, soon you also ) and although the last two weeks of mild temps caught me napping ( one week today of Obammy’s Newest Barnyard Human Designed Flu, so at least I kind of have an excuse ) yesterday woke me up to take action.  Granted, five degrees above and warming to 30 was no where near as bad as January but I did get cold enough that once my fingers thawed I decided to pry open my wallet ( I don’t know if this flu caused more sensitivity or if now my fingers and toes have a lower threshold to pain, but five above felt as painful as ever ).  First thing this morning I went on over yonder to Sportsman’s Guide and bought a pair of swamp boots ( Kamik brand, rated to forty below ) to replace my Sorel’s and a set of Swedish leather mitten shells to replace the German surplus cloth outer mittens.  I’m hoping these do the trick.  Luckily, I came at just the right time and got a discount to zero on the shipping since it was clothing/shoes.  Only $55 for the boots and two pairs of mittens with wool inserts.

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After that I didn’t have a whole lot of time to meander to Doom And Gloom Verse, but I was enthralled by the piece over at Zero Hedge on this coming Friday’s “near miss” asteroid.  As in, NASA says it is obviously going to miss, to which one could take it several ways.  If you believe NASA was made up of Operation Paperclip Nazi scientists and Capricorn One was more truth than fiction, you obviously can’t believe a thing they say, and we are all going to die.  Or, you understand that O-rings are pretty complicated things and anybody could have missed those things causing the shuttle to explode and so, hey, there is nothing to worry about.  So, to cut to the chase, We Are All Going To Die!  Ah, I love a good asteroid scare.  Obviously, since I have sworn eternal fealty to “Lucifer’s Hammer” and will defend it as the best post apoc novel EVER ( I know some of you hate the length, but if it was up to me I would have wired the authors testicles to a battery until they tripled it ), I’m a bit prejudiced as far as asteroid strikes being my favorite end of the world disaster ( although I’d carefully consider Peak Oil if I ever met a treatise as well done as Lucifer’s did asteroids ).

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Whenever I think about it suddenly ending, I think “asteroids”.  Not zombies or nuclear war or plague.  I also think, “sorry, Yuppie Scum, no easy out for you.  No debt canceling disaster”.  Not that it can’t happen, just that I don’t want it to since those punk ass bitches don’t need the friggin end of the universe to be easy for them also or they will be totally insufferable ( for a time there was a surprisingly good porn novel online that was post-apoc.  Perhaps what made it so enjoyable was the fact that a suburb was spared the flood waters, sparing all the housewives and all their Yuppie husbands perished in the valley office sprawl.  Needless to say, they all enjoyed subjugation ).  But ask yourself, are you ready for an impact Friday?  I don’t mean “can’t be more perfectly prepared”, cause I can’t ever see anyone at that level.  I just mean, will you survive, in your estimation, with what you have and where you are?  If not, don’t you think you’ve been wasting your time?  I certainly am not going to ever count on a sudden collapse.  That is far too easy and leads to lazy planning ( like a thirty year mortgage on a retreat and a credit card ammo buying plan ).  But obviously anything is possible.  Why would you ignore the worse possible scenario?  Okay, if you have the ability to fashion an old school bow, and a taste for long pork, obviously I’m teaching my grandmother how to suck eggs.  But for the rest of us, the average soft post Industrial Age worker bee, do you have your bare bones preps?  It doesn’t have to be pretty, or luxurious, but functional?  Do you have enough food?  If this bad boy hits, there goes impact residue into the atmosphere ( as well as from volcanoes and such set off ).  Don’t plan on using that cropland for two to five years.  A far shot?  Sure.  Improbable, but not impossible.  Even if this didn’t happen, what if drone surveillance used crops as a means to track you ( food hoarder! )?  Having several years food is never a bad idea.

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Warm weather gear?  I’ll be mighty pissed if my incoming clothes get flattened enroute.   But hopefully what I have on hand will be sufficient.  I actually wonder if I’d read the article before I’d ordered if I would have been tempted to expedite the order since I’d been planning on those charges anyway.  Probably not.  I can talk myself in any direction to save money.  I’ll invest money to save money in the future ( some cold weather gear is cheaper than a car ), but I still do it as cheap as possible.  Anyway, here’s hoping, what?  Hit or miss?  Hard to say.  We shall enjoy the show.

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8 comments:

  1. Ya , I gots the preps...but I do live close to the big water...Hope it hits pacific side he he

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  2. im got the most of what youve been saying for the last year or two ,so ifin that thing dont fall right on texas im gonna be good . but if it dose well ill be pissed off if that thing kills me and im not gonna get in on some hot end of the world action. any way great blog .

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  3. Lord Bison of the Great Basin;

    Thank You for your continuous promotion of the Science Fiction Classic; Lucifer's Hammer. One of the greatest tales of Post Apocalypse Excitement in the Twentieth Century, indeed! However I hated the character Senator Jellison, I thought he was an over-stuffed shirt and a true dink. I'm glad that Tim Hamner was put in his place by the so-called caretakers of his retreat, and thus wound up as a serf for the Jellison compound. However the two Vietnam Veterans who were familiar with Harvey Randall were spot on realistic and got business taken care of.

    On the subject of Comet Calving and other Extraterrestrial Objects that could strike our planet, a very real possibility to be sure, however I don't think that any aircraft would be flying for a long time while the dust and other materials thrown up by the impact would make for long time optimal flying conditions, hence you wouldn't have to worry about drones or any manned craft looking at what anyone was doing. My concern would be the surveillance satellites that survived the calving along with their respective alternate C4I centers. Those jokers would be able to burn through the dust, smoke and anything else and see exactly what was going on. Keep, keeping it Real James!

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    1. I was using the drones as an alternate example of why multi-year storage is a good idea, for when your garden is outlawed.

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  4. FREE on-line, post-apoc porn? WTF, James... Can you dig through your musty brain and TRY to give a wee bit more info!?...

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    1. Dude, this was mid to late Nineties, and it was forwarded to me. So old, my copy used to be on floppy disc. I'd search "post-apoc. porn". It can't have an compitition.

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  5. Still shaming me into spending less; God bless you.

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  6. Nightshift here.....good post Jimbo. Spud I too was within one mile of the Gulf but am now 20 miles at 150' elevation. I think we are safe since didn't a meteor already hit there and make the Gulf?

    I have a decent amount of food depending on if anyone shows up. 18 months, two adults, one kid, at a realistic 2000 calories a day. Worse case we could get skinny and reduce calories. Just my opinion... Your metabolism will slow down when you get to a certain point. As long as you are getting some calories and nutrition. Not ideal but I think we could stretch it some. Say 1500 calories would give us 2 years..

    I hate to think about an impact. Say it hit in the southern hemisphere or Europe, and we have days or weeks before the full dust cover happens...can you even fathom the absolute chaos here? Think Katrina on steroids and meth!

    You better be ready to hunker down and lock and load. Wont be any trips to Wal-mart.

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