Wednesday, May 8, 2013

germ theory and magazines


GERM THEORY AND MAGAZINES

When we finally come to the conclusion that yes indeed we are all going to die a horrible and elongated death, we tend to temper it by congratulating ourselves on being so much smarter than the barbarians of old that things couldn’t possibly get all that bad.  We talk about organic gardening and permaculture and our understanding of the germ theory.  Now, I don’t doubt that our several generations of leisure due to colonization and carbon fuels has produced a lot of gentlemen that studied misunderstood and unknown phenomenon five days a week and then spent the weekends frequenting ladies of the night, and until they died as lunatics from syphilis they did advance the human knowledge base.  But that can be misinterpreted to mean that the ancients didn’t have a clue.  They might not have understood why something happened, but they understood cause and effect.  They might not have known that a bear was crapping in the water upstream ( or, more likely, soaking his hemorrhoids )  but they understood that the people drinking from another source weren’t dying from dysentery.  Come on, it was common to drink diluted alcohol because it DIDN’T make them sick like water did.  The Chinese drank trepid tea instead of plain water.  Some rice eating peasant that shat in the rice paddy had a better understanding about water purification than 99% of “survival experts” out there ( you bring the water TO a boil, you don’t have to CONTINUE boiling it, and by that time the temperature has killed all organisms [ hat tip to a minion for that one] ). 

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Ancient dudes knew about germ theory even if they didn’t know about the germs.  The Romans built public crappers with seawater soaked sponges for TP.  The Romans also knew that when their soldiers were on campaign, if they added vinegar to the drinking water they were apt to avoid illness.  And this was reported in the 1700’s by a respected French military dude ( who was studied by the Founding Fathers.  Unfortunately he also thought little of the common infantryman and that was also picked up by some of our less savory entitlement minded gentry.  Obama being a flaming prick is nothing new in our history of government ) so it is difficult to see how troops in the Revolutionary and Northern Aggression wars suffered water borne illness on ignorance of germ theory alone.  There had to be other factors involved.  Lack of fuel to boil water?  Pure laziness in digging latrines properly?  Again, lack of respect for the troops lives precluding investment in proper tools and procedures?  I’m guessing here, but for the human race to have survived as long as it did, we must have been less ignorant than current mythology suggests.  I think this is just an excuse used to ignore the history that bores us.  We think we can ignore all that our ignorant forebears thought or did since we are so much smarter.  Which MUST explain the idiocy we watch on TV for hours a day, right?  Stupid is as stupid does, Forrest.

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As far as organic farming and permaculture and what not, it all sounds exciting and wonderful.  But let’s keep something in mind.  When you must eat, you can’t always husband your soil.  You can’t always sacrifice food today for better soil tomorrow.  All of these hippie dippy tree hugging dudes out there advocating such a strategy have arrived at this conclusion in one of two ways.  One, they ate on petroleum food while they built up their own soil, importing rain forest nuts to supplement lack of local protein, or two, they are STILL eating on petroleum food and are acting a bit hypocritical by judging past generations of peasants for not taking better care of their dirt.  When you are a peasant, you inherited land that was misused, and you must continue to misuse it because you must eat everyday ( unable to skip a year or two like Karen Carpenter ).  And any government or estate owner that took the time to rebuild soil or husband it ( for instance, leaving forests uncut or fields fallow ) already had a surplus they could fall back on.  Our oil wealth gave us the luxury of both hindsight and skipping harvesting land.  The future will not offer that to us.  I guaren-humping-tee you.

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I just downloaded the three survivalist K-magazines offered this morning.  Survivalist Magazine, Prepper And Survival E-Zine, and Self-Reliance Illustrated.  I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading and reviewing them, since this weekend is the national Postal Food Drive and I have to work Saturday ( please donate at your mail box.  Nowadays, it isn’t just lazy bums scarfing food.  99% anymore are families needing help.  I don’t feel sorry for parents who bought a new SUV and have $200 a month cable and cell phone bills, but I do feel bad for their children who are forced to eat school meals for most of their calories since their parents are complete moronic dillholes ).  But they did suddenly pop a light bulb over my head.  Perhaps I should revive the Chicken Little Magazine.  Every two months, compile the best of the blog, say about fifteen articles and then add another five thousand words of writing unique to the magazine.  Offer it on Kindle for a buck.  Of course, that means I’ll need to start writing on the weekends.  So I’m of two minds about the whole thing.  On the one hand, I’d love if I ever came across a winning formula to make enough to write full time.  On the other hand, I haven’t discovered that formula in ten plus years so why get my hopes up and work even harder.  We’ll see.

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9 comments:

  1. Doomsday Prepping Crash Course: The Ultimate Preppers Guide to Getting Prepared When You're on a Tight Budget

    OFF THE GRID: Live in a Van, Truck, Trailer, or Motorhome

    Couple of Free K-books

    Gil

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  2. On Sunday, I had a broken water "pipe" in the park trailer. Went about 24 hours without water inside the "house". (Trailer parts store was closed.) I like washing my hands alot and no running water in the house sorta sucked.

    Betcha humans started having less problems with germs once there was indoor plumbing.

    Also I should of went to Loews since they probably had the plastic water hose.

    What do I know, the Wife is the plumber!

    Gil

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  3. Yes we are in a collapse.
    No that doesnt mean after the collapse we will be OUT of oil, just that it will be so expensive that we will have to husband every drop of it- (and every other resource we have).
    The math of a limited ball of rock floating in space is the math of LIMITS.
    The math of harvesting lots of space rocks resources is the math of GROWTH.
    Obvious, yes.
    Possible when we saw abundance around us a a learning curve/cost over long time investment before a return , well obviously NO- with a caveat that a lot of people (virgin spaceways for example, and Nasa science geeks for another) have invested money, brainsweat, and knowledge to get a LOT figured out.
    Robots are cheaper every day- and in the sense of resource cost not just money.
    They wont be CHEAP post collapse, but they will still be possible- small manufactories with little to know human oversight could be made today if the law would get out of the way- and labour were less affordable/possible. Space would be a good place for such polution generators, occasionally sending back to earth a little finished product and making the parts for the next manufactory (see Von Neumann machines).
    These can be as small and light as mechanisms will allow (say a couple hundred pounds all told) and could be sent into space peicemeal.
    IF one is willing to spend the TIME the resources -even on the scale of a medium size _city state_ - it could be obtainable with only some sacrifice. And if the payback is the ability to hold the military high ground AND get some occasional (and increasing frequency) gift baskets from above (perhaps high grade metals that havent been polluted with additives requiring high energy to get out, or perhaps the energy directly, space artilery, electronics, etc.)
    Sure the ruler starting the process wont see the immediate fruits of it on a large scale, but the Psych advantage of starting it alone might be able to displace that- and once an automated system is setup then there will be no need for much more investment.
    Even during europes dark ages some sciences continued to advance, and if we can push that the sciences related to space exploration are what carry through the collapse (rocket artillery sire, tiny robot ieds sire, etc), we _might_ have a last, all be it narrow, chance to get out of the trap of living on a limited space rock.
    Of course I am just an optimist by nature. In spite of almost everyone thinking my preparing for every eventuality means I am a pessimist, it just means I prepare for something better after the WORST - just gotta get through worst first.

    -Grey

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    1. I take the tiny possibilities of danger and blow them WAY out of proportion. You take the tinier still possibilities of hope and blow them way out. I think we might be two fools, yes? :)

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    2. Yep, thats what the spouse said to me when we got hitched- "you really are a fool but at least you know it".

      I'm using your advice to get through the worst (at least as much of the advice as I can bring myself to use).
      And still pushing for the better beyond it where ever I can.

      -Grey

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  4. WOW!!! Gil's 3rd comment of the day that's sorta related to one of Jim's posts.

    A FREE K-book about pandemics and it mentions the dreaded I-80 and Elko being quarantined!!

    Pandemia (Genesis)Nick Landcaster

    Gil

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    1. Look forward to reading on Elko! Your last book sucked ( SHTF ). The guy recomends BROWN RICE for storage, and thinks stick built, asphalt shingled cabins are a great post-apoc buisiness. Because, you know, no one else can figure out how to build with local materials. Where do these evolutionary rejects crawl out of? But don't stop recommending- I look forward to it. Thanks.

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    2. I've just finished the free book - his writing is a little stilted and (as most free ebooks are) it is a bit of a teaser leaving you mid lurch with hanging over a cliff on all sides. BUT other than his lust of firearms (who can blame him) and minutia of them and some other technical matters, his protaganists actions and emotions ring mostly true. I like it and was able to read it in a reasonable time period once I got past the initial opening.
      I unfortunately expect that the future books will be a bit of the 'Whee! everything is free now!' more than a more realistic scenario would be, but I might buy them just to see.

      -Grey

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    3. Definately not a terrible book, but buy the sequals? Not that good.

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