Monday, September 16, 2013

more top twenty-2

MORE TOP TWENTY-2

RETRIEVED FROM THE FUTURE



Retrieved From The Future by John Seymour is one of the Top Twenty Best Post-Apocalypse Books Of All Time for a very good reason. Despite the unimaginative title, a book on the CRASH ( this is how the collapse is referred to in print, CRASH, always in caps as if future generations are so ignorant and idiotic- which sadly they always turn out to be- they can’t be trusted to remember this was the biggest and baddest crash of them all forever ) which was recorded by the survivors and one of the first books published when the printing starts up again in the future, you rarely see such a short compact novel so wonderfully transcribing the transition to post oil without getting too bogged down in wild west super ninja militia shoot outs. The story is all about a group of disgruntled farmers overthrowing the despotic incompetents left over from the Oil Age, but it isn’t just about battles and grown boys preening to each other how big their rifles are or how engorged their tac vests are with gear. As one would suspect from the author of non-fiction works on organic self-sufficiency such as The Complete Book Of Self-Sufficiency and The Forgotten Arts, it is about how the big-ag farms are a menace to survival after the oil stops flowing as well as how organics are more productive.

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But if that were all this was, a self-congratulatory circle jerk from tree huggers, I would never have been interested in it. There is plenty of geo-politics and economics, done as background and very low key, as well as post collapse group dynamics. Nothing goes right because the old power structure hangs on, even as it costs many lives. In short, a damn realistic collapse portrayal. Even the setting of England is to its favor. First, not every survivor has twenty three semi-automatics ( here, we might have those and many magazines, but such a small percentage have enough ammo it will shortly be as if very few are armed at all ) so it isn’t about running battles 24/7. And secondly, England is a bellwether to the US so they were in big trouble long before us. The author was a decade ahead of US survivalists who were busy worrying about Y2K.

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I’m cutting my daily articles in length from a thousand words to 500. I don’t have a lot of choice short of walking away completely. I’m once again putting in more and more time and getting paid less and less. I don’t blame my minions- those that give, give generously. I blame the economy and disposable incomes. 90% of my income is Amazon commissions ( last month, a whopping $15 from direct book sales ), and that is mostly discretionary. It better be, if you’ve listened to me at all. There is very little you truly need from Amazon, survival-wise. Anyway, the stress level is pretty damn high, and scheduled to get worse as we go into Christmas season at work ( a surge in private donations ). I’ve lived, ate and breathed survival blogs for seven years and I need to relax. If the pay was good, it wouldn’t be so bad. But it ain’t. So, I’ll still publish every weekday, but I’m devoting less time to it for my own sanity. We’ve talked about nearly everything. Let’s keep it up, but in a more casual manner. Thanks, everybody.

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27 comments:

  1. you expect to get paid for this?

    thank you for the laugh. my donation is in the mail.

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    1. Your attitude is the majority one. I'm good enough to read and keep coming back to, but not good enough to support ( again, exempting my regularly donating Super Minions ). That would be okay, if the free riders bought my books. Then the blog would be my advertisement. But they don't. You put in three hours a day minimum, on anything, for years. I don't think you'd do it for a buck an hour.

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  2. Lord Bison of the Great Basin and King of Coiffure:

    Your Bisoness:

    Your cutting your articles in length, you need to relax. You been doing this for 7 years and got nothing or very little in return.

    Youm have been told by many minions to go to:

    www.bonercancer.tumblr.com

    Usef87.tumblr.com

    Those people have had been discriminated, some beat up, no work for them, family rejections, friends turn their backs on them they been hungry, sick, penny-less, living on the streets, abused, taking advantage of. You name it. they been thru it before.

    They got up and go foreward without thinking and within a year they are doing what they meant to be. They now make money and got the looks they wanted, driving good cars and being popular among their groups.

    THEY CAN DO IT , AND YOU WONT? Is something wrong with you. In seven years and you still driving a byke?

    This young people do whatever they can and you can not even try to do 1/5 of they accomplishments?

    I think you are not trying. Is not hard. what is hard is that you not recognized the efforts of other people. You only see your situation and start crying. You have got an ounce of survival on you. Start whinning and tear your clothes. Go take a tour with the naked truth. Show what you're made of.
    Become a new person, do something to make a living and at the same time enjoy the pleasures that a new personality will give you.

    Do something, make the hardness of people become soft. They will give money when they see you as a new person.

    Always one of your minions.

    Me

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    1. I haven't checked out that site, and I'm really not sure I want to. Sounds like a wish fulfillment kind of thing. But be that as it may- I've struggled for twenty years and overcame. I really have ZERO to prove to others or myself. I grabbed the flippen pebble out of that bitches hand, yo! Anyway, thanks for being a minion. Be cool.

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  3. Lord Bison - I am grateful to receive 500 words. In fact, I would say that 500 words a day (after all of your years of writing) is a goal that takes a lot of the pressure of a salty old dog like yourself while simultaneously giving you something to strive for.

    As for the subject matter. I think there are countless areas which you have yet to explore. For example:

    1. Your top 5 wheat recipes
    2. Where do survivalists go on 'vacation' or to blow off some steam?
    3. Where do you draw the line on taking care of something yourself, and when do you call the cops?
    4. Privacy - do you give your name, phone number, and address to the big-box stores so you can get a discount card?
    5. Cookware for the frugal survivalist - cast iron, aluminum, teflon, or just throw everything in a bunch of foil and let it sit there?

    Personally, I think you are the first and last stop before the rest of the Survivalist Publishing world hits la-la land. Keep the faith, brutha.

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    1. 1. Recipies are gay. Except nuke bread.
      2. Don't leave the perimeter. Ever. Vacations are death traps and a waste of money. Drink beer and hump the old lady.
      3. It is only illegal if you are caught. Can you get away with it?
      4. The NSA knows all. The big box store is the least of your problems.
      5. Cast iron, since it last three lifetimes or longer if oiled, is the cheapest in the long run. And NOT buying iron pills also pays for the pot.
      Next five questions? ( yes, I know they were suppossed to be article length answers. I couldn't help myself )
      Thanks for the kind words

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  4. Todays trip to Wallys' World yielded another pound of FFG Pyrodex. Hell this time it wasn't even the last one ! There was like ten of em. No caps tho....

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  5. I can't say I blame you for wanting to cut it back. Even Baby Jesus had to take some time out and go down to the bank and kick the crap out of people.
    Hang in there.

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    1. Even back then those friggin bankers were mucken things up. Asswhores.

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  6. you want some cheese to go with that WHINE ???

    start a survival school camp bison

    let your students sleep in your extra camper

    they can haul water, dig holes, cook for you

    they will learn how to freeze in the cold, eat crappy food and die of boredom

    AND THEY WILL BE SEXUALLY FRUSTRATED LIKE YOU

    charge 25 bucks a week and they pay for their food

    CAMP BISON for wanna be farmers


    free rider

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    1. See, you do contribute. Thats a fine idea. But IO think I can get $50 a week from them. Fat bitches pay to lose, lazy bitches can pay to toughen up. No semi-autos allowed.

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  7. Lord Bison of the Great Basin and King of Coiffure;

    Thank You for your service to enlightened humanity by educating us rubes into the frugal, bolt-action riflemen we are today. Five Hundred words, five days a week is like the proverbial 'manna from heaven' full of vitamins and nutrients for the mind and spirit. You have my eternal gratitude and the occasional contribution to the amazon fund, when I'm able to do so.

    On a unrelated note, do you think that the 7.5 x 54mm French round has any merit as a bolt action combat round? While my personal field experience showed that .303 British was flatter and more accurate at ranges exceeding 400 meters, the current cost of .303 is kicking my rear to the curb. In response to your articles about seven months ago about ammunition availability, I got a MAS-36 and a sweet deal on a considerable number of its 7.5 x 54 French ammunition, so I've been getting proficient with the MAS-36, since I have the ammunition to do so. Thanks for any comments on the subject. Keep keeping it real James!

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    1. It ain't about the gun anymore, but about the ammunition. So I'd say you are right on with your activities. And hey, really, do you need much past 400?

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    2. Just as a note. The original ammo is corrosive, and it uses a berdan primer which will make reloading a pain. But if you could get enough of it, why not?

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    3. All surplus ammo is corrosive, but a simple swab of a patch with ammonia before cleaning/right after firing is all you need. Also, I've read berden is transitioned to boxer by depriming, then drilling a larger hole. I have no idea the bit size though.

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  8. Hey jim i understand the reduced size of the post but can you add a daily naked big tit porn bitch to the end of the artical?Hey a little eye candy to go with the words of wisdom

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    1. Well, then I'd have to post naked man candy for the lady minions. And none of us wants to see that. Except perhaps my $20 owing mother humper.

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  9. James,

    You might try a minor change on the peak oil biz. With Team USA perpetually poking around in the Middle East, we've managed to alienate essentially everyone we're not sending billions to. And those who get the billions will have a very short memory once we stop with the bribes. A disruptive event in the Middle East could well be our undoing, whereas peak oil will simply accelerate the increase in petro prices. If you're gonna gloom and doom, might as well gather some more minions and perhaps a bit more coin. Good luck and keep your head down.

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    1. We caused more harm in the ME in the last six/seven years with their former corn now used for our ethanol than in the last several decades. Canada is our #1 importer, #2 the Saudis, but then mostly central and south america. In theory we could retreat to our hemisphere and still muddle through. Something to think about though. Thanks.

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  10. Retrieved from the Future was a little bit of a British Red Dawn as I recall. The Carl Gustav became a super weapon. But I do recall that it made some good points, and was reasonably interesting. There are so many deeply flawed apocalyptic and pa novels out there, it does well by comparison.

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    1. Sometimes, relitively good is the only reason a book shines. How low we have lowered the bar.

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  11. Thank you. I've read your blog for several years and have learned tons of information as well as weighed the opinions you and the feedback submit.

    Did you ever do a post on BUTANE STOVES ? The small twentybuckish cost canned butane stoves. I've seen sales on these and am wondering if these are a good thing or just a fad. Those cannisters can be stockpiled pretty easily.

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    1. Will be an article soon- short answer, they suck.

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  12. Ah - I thought as much, just too convenient and compact to be true. I will look for your article - Thanks.

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    1. Just beware I'm basing this on inpaired future logistics, not personal experiance.

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  13. Dude relax on the self imposed word limit- make it not a word count but a Subject count.
    2-3 subjects a day is PLENTY. Just one subject with a little depth is good. But do keep the blog rolling. It keeps you and your minions thinking examining current events and our built in biases.
    Even if a subject only needs a dozen words (I.E.-lever action rifles vs semi-auto vs bolt action =one subject I know you could elucidate on in only a couple of paragraphs).
    Unlike most blogs you write it yourself over 95% of the time, and more than just a 'my cat did something cute / My spouse did something stupid'.
    So far you have given far more value than you have received- dont worry about it. You have received your own value by putting your words down in writting, and earned a bit of fame in the process. When elko becomes an inland sea, you will be able to evacuate to neear other survivalist who whill know whether or not they can tolerate you ahead of time.

    - Grey

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    1. The word count is a self imposed disiplinary device to keep me from getting lazy- such as 50 word articles just because I'm sick or feeling lazy.

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