Thursday, November 21, 2013

billy goat paths


BILLY GOAT PATHS

First off, I’d like to give a hearty hi-ho and thanks you beautiful bastards to the two minions who gifted me yesterday.  An ounce silver round with a bison on it, a suitable addition to the kingdoms treasury, and one of those LED’s that attach to the top of a 9v battery-so cool that I’m positive the wife will abscond with it for her own personal use down in the primeval darkness of The Pit.  I love you guys!  Okay, to business which is slopping out this article barely rating above parrot cage liner status.  I’m a bit rushed today with the weather.  The snow wasn’t too bad, say an inch or two.  The cold certainly wasn’t bad for this time a year at a tropical 30.  But the friggin wind was freight train speed and from the wrong direction so I had to fight against it and it took over an hour to get here ( that on top of taking a bit extra time to shovel the stairs for the cats and wife ).  Yesterday, Laundry Bitch Day, I’m in the Laundromat waiting for the dryer to puke out its load of still damp collars on the shirts after a half hour and I’m amusing myself with the latest issue of The Economist I pick up at the free rack at the library.  Yes, it’s a vile degenerate rag barely disguising its lip lock on the anus of the globes central banks, but I do brush up on world news from it.

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I should have kept the article, but I have a real bad habit of vacuuming up information and only later processing it so my clerical habits are horrendous.  The Vietnamese dude who directed the defeat of the French in the 50’s, when that big paratroop operation in a valley went disastrously wrong and the Frogs went to the negotiating table afterwards.  He just died at something like 103 years old and the article recounted his life in one page ( the issue was from this October, had some silly crap about globalization on the cover ).  He had no military experience but I guess the top dawg liked how he thought through problems.  His bible was The Seven Pillars Of Wisdom by TE Lawrence and he also dabbled in Napoleon.  It was Napoleon who said something to the effect that if a billy goat could get through an area, a man could.  And if a man could get through so could a battalion.  That was what gave him the idea of manhandling artillery in pieces through the mountains ( the ones the French thought impenetrable ) and digging in for ambush.  Which is pretty cool, using the ideas of a Corsican to defeat the French.  And very embarrassing for the French, considering that the British just had the same strategy pulled on them in Singapore just a few years previously.  My point?  See how easy it is to use the blindness of others against them?  The one eyed king and all that.  My other point?  Lawrence might be about the only guerilla book you’ll need ( and 99 cents on Kindle ). 

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16 comments:

  1. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-11-17/guest-post-coming-bust-great-bakken-oil-field

    I researched the Elko area for this sludge oil. (Got a U.S. Geological Survey map for Elko...) There was a sludge oil survey done a few years ago. Not viable. At least not yet.

    How long before the gold runs out around Elko?

    Gil

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    1. They tried the crap oil here in like the 20's. Still have the ruins. I've heard 40 mil in reserve. One company mines 3 mil a year. Add in all the rest and I'm guessing six years. Unless they find a lot more, and why would they explore too much if the price stays down as do their profits?

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  2. Also I'm the resident expert on the First Indo-china war. That guy's name was Giap. He was General in charge of the Peoples Army of Viet Nam.

    The war was a stalemate until the Chicoms won in China in 1950. The Chicons provided arms & training to the PAVN, which led to Dien Bien Phu and the french defeat.

    The jungle and poor french equipment was also a factor in the war. The french were using old german Junkers-52s for paratroop drops. The USA didn't really start dumping equipment on the french till 1951. War started in 1946.

    Gil

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    1. Excellant. Thanks for the details. I haven't studied the Vietnam war for decades. I never heard they had the Nazi planes.

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

    I'm in complete concurrence to the maxim postulated by Vo Nguyen Giap (the guy who passed away in October) about looking for blind spots in your adversary's thinking, then exploit to maximum effect. The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by Lawrence is a classic text on how to deal with primitive peoples. This being said, the time is past when one could easily obscure one's movements to amass combat power against an adversary like a duly constituted government. Now in the twenty-first century when this duly constituted government (or large corporation) is in possession of orbital surveillance assets, coupled with remotely piloted vehicles, makes it next to impossible to amass combat power, until such time that these assets are unreliable or otherwise placed out of commission. Here's the rub, while thermal masking and the use of certain barrier material can mask the amassing of thermal signatures, they cannot as of yet mask the silhouette of combat power such as howitzers, aircraft and armored vehicles. I reckon that like all people's I'm patiently awaiting the advent of directional EMP Technologies that will remove said surveillance platforms from the board, thus allowing for the reversion to Lawrence and Giap's tactics. Keep keeping it real James!

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    1. I kept mixing up the battle and the guys name. Easier than Chinese, but still hard to keep track of.

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  4. This is a bit pricey, but its worth every damn penny. Feeling the pinch of ObamaCare - then put the k-book on your wishlist and let me know. Remember - history is like an ex-wife ... bitch wont stay buried no matter how deep you dig the grave(*Grin*)
    http://www.amazon.com/Gray-Ghost-Life-Singleton-Mosby-ebook/dp/B0078XFPHK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1385058615&sr=8-2&keywords=john+s+mosby

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  5. http://www.tacticalintelligence.net/blog/preparedness-review-fall-2013.htm

    FREE DOWNLOAD!!! The Preparedness Review Fall 2013 PDF

    Either this Tach Int guy or Creekmore turned me on to Lord Bison. So I have a soft spot for them.

    Gil

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    1. Thanks for the info-I got the download. Surprisingly, no one ever asks me to contribute to these things :)

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  6. Yeah, the french were using alot of german stuff. I think that's why the first 4 years was a standoff. Bit different with drones vs THE MIGHTY AR-15. ;)

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    1. Do drones run on ethanol? Just as vulnerable to fuel disruptions as any other piece of equipment, right?

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  7. Since I'm blathering again, here's another
    Living Off The Land: Delusions and Misconceptions About Hunting and Gathering

    http://woodtrekker.blogspot.com/2013/09/living-off-land-delusions-and.html

    Guy estimates needed food whilst living in the wild. 25 squirrels a day. Only 16 if you eat da brain and innarts! Interestingly, you only need 2 lbs of processed acorns.

    Of course, this guys a yuppie dog! Says we need 3,300 caloric requirement per day!!! I'm feeling bloated!!!

    Actually this guy has a nice blog. He's always wandering about in the woods of upstate NY. Good stuff.

    Gil

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  8. 3k+ callories is necessary to collect the food - 1k+/- callories is all you need sitting on your @$$ living off the calories collected w/ petroleum and mouse clicks.
    I resemble that remark- 50+ lbs of fat, spending my day fixing computer projects - with free food being offered to me by coworkers and neighbors nearly daily (usually 500 calories worth +.) so yeah 3k NOW would kill me in a couple of months, but 3k while I spend the time on my feet trudging through knee deep snow? not enough obviously.
    Which is why basic calorie storage (sugar, honey, grains, lard, beans) is what will save your life during the die off.
    Once competition in your area is severly reduced you should be able to find some way of living off the land (cattails for supper AGAIN! waaah!) but your diet will _always_ need more nutrients than the local area can supply natively- thus the need for a lifetimes worth of basic vitamins and minerals stored away. Malnutrition is the historic biggest killer, followed by starvation, and then diseases (most diseases need a malnorished person to take hold of). Warfare kills far less than you would think % wise, directly it is usually the food/trade supply disruption leading to malnourishment (leading to plauges) that kills the most.


    -Grey

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    1. once read a English study that said the average energy intake of the English population was higher dureing the 1940's than it is presently yet hardly any one was overweight cause of the harder physical work done and people walking and rideing bikes everwere. Energy in energy out

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    2. You fat bastards! Bike to work. I really need to finish writing that pamplet.

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