Every once in awhile when the mood hits I like to veer away from dooming and cover something barely pertinent. I’ll throw in some prep words of wisdom and a K-book review just to keep you interested, coming back and sending me worthless Greenbacks. It was announced that Lowe’s Big Box Home Improvement Store ( there ain’t too much improvement such as marble countertops, cause prettifying the place ain’t going to get it from underwater, but you can’t call the place “keeping the old decaying crapbox together with duct tape and another coat of paint supply center” ) is going to buy a California chain of around sixty stores in a smaller size. They get two hundred million in debt and two thirds the stores ( total around ninety ) for two hundred million ( it reminds me of the “bargain” price two of our four large casinos recently sold for- a couple hundred thousand bucks. They had so much debt and so little revenue they had to give the bitches away ). The “news” report said that Lowes wanted to buy the smaller format stores to “compete with online sales”. Sweet Baby Lord Jesus On A Cracker! What utter nonsense. You don’t order plywood or bags of fertilizer online! The big box lumber stores sell everything online retailers don’t. Have you tried to buy something bulky or heavy online lately? The shipping costs are more than the item. A big box store, whether they sell huge heavy items or small items in bulk like dollar stores, utilize the tractor trailer shipping costs to outcompete online sellers.
I don’t know if it was Lowe’s or National Pravda Radio that came up with the idea to use “downsizing to compete with online stores” as the justification the corporation needs to downsize inventory and land costs. I simply can’t believe anyone is stupid enough to believe it. We all know the average corporations CEO is a complete and utter moron who can’t piss himself out of a thin rice paper box, only holding his position because the board has no idea what other position is capable of laying off people at the slightest hint of trouble economically ( they went to college for four years or longer to learn that. I just gave it to you free, yet Harvard wants a few hundred grand for the same advice [ although to be fair, they also teach you “business-speak” to make it sound better ] ). If a prospective boss can woo the board for twenty five minutes with high faluten ideas and two bit words that translate into “fire all the greedy minimum wage workers and hire Chinese slave labor”, he’s got a job paying fifty million a year plus bonuses when the corporation is sold for the fifteenth time to raiders, making Chase Manhattan- who conveniently has a member on the board- lots of real interest of made up money. I don’t expect much from business bitches. I do expect a few stray random thoughts from the general population. An eight foot metal pipe is cheaper to sell in a store than through the mail.
It isn’t bad enough the media embarrasses itself fawning and fighting to give the Muslim In Chief a wet rimjob? They have to pass along utter fantastic bullspit about how the Dow rose over bad news or good news, or how by saying the double top secret words “digital” or “online”- as if their incantation will bring us back to the mid 90’s economic miracle delivered by $15 a barrel oil- they can explain away desperation and the rearrangement of the Titanic deckchairs. And you wonder why I trust absolutely nothing the mainstream media says. In fact, just flipflop whatever they say for the truth. About like the days weather forecast. Okay, on to marginally related doomer subjects. A minion asked about a work-around for a grain grinder should his break or if he never had one because he pissed away the money on a #10 can of freeze dried goat esophagus. Literally, you can buy a cast iron grain grinder for the price of one can of freeze dried. If every doomer household doesn’t have at least one grinder, you are not allowed to call yourself a survivalist. I would make the claim contingent on owning an Enfield but since I’m all about frugal preps and in light of recent insane cost increases to the Queens Own Rifle I will give you a one time pass.
I looked up on Google ( I hate Bing, Microsoft having already joined the Evil Corporations Hall Of Fame. Google might sell data to the CIA, but if you think anything is safe from Big Daddy Obammy you are an idiot ) “primitive grain grinding” and got the following. Besides stone grinding which I discounted ( a lifetime of eating stone grit is not recommended by nine out of ten dentists ), there are three basic ways. One was the frontier dudes and their tree stumps. A stump had a depression the corn was laid in. A tree branch was used as a ram to crush the grain. Look it up, I might be glossing over something ( I think they fire seared the bowl but can’t remember ). When they were on the move and had no time to chop down a tree they took the hammer end of their tomahawk and beat the crap out of the grain in a burlap sack. The third way is to take a metal pipe and use that to crush the grain. Why I tell you these things I don’t know. A grinder should be as basic as a water filter or a rifle. Last up, a short K-book review. “Cyber Storm” by Matthew Mather. The first 85% of this book was outstanding, four stars. It had great points on bug in living, urban survival. It was one of the best depictions of the fear and terror of slowly starving to death I think I’ve ever seen. The last 15%, in a tragic about face, was total Pure D crap. This brought the book score WAYYYY down. Highly recommended if you don’t read the ending. Not recommended if you do.
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