Thursday, February 28, 2013

3pc2v2 no4


3PC2v2

THREE PHASES CIVILIZATION COLLAPSE

SECTION ONE-economic collapse

THE NEW AND IMPROVED PEAK OIL

 

Way back in the day, let’s call it about 2004 give or take, I got serious about Peak Oil.  After skirting the issue for a time, another cautious sniffing about as I tried valiantly to ascertain whether or not this was a legitimate concern for survival or just another scare designed to part me from my money, I concluded that yes indeedy we were all going to die and started studying the problem in detail.  I was a Johnny-Come-Lately but what I lacked for in originality or foresight I made up for in the zeal of a convert.  From then on, all other matters of concern such as North Korean nukes ( snicker! ) or economic collapse ( yawn, old news ) or Massive Descending Waves Of Vicious Jihad Box Cutter Warriors ( I call extreme bullspit on the misguided theory that government is NOT involved in a false flag attack on 9/11- go tinhatters! ) or what not or whatever took a backseat to the obvious but always overlooked problem of having the needed energy to keep the grocery stores stocked.  From this point on, the prism I looked through was oil and its unsteady supply.  Even to the point where most of my readers get just a smidge tired of hearing about it ( although, in my defense, I do throw in other subjects such as female nipples in the movies and other titillating [ get it?  Nips, titillating ] matters to keep things fresh ).

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My basic assumption for almost the last ten years was that the oil was going to run out.  In 1970 when the US hit its peak oil production, we had the rest of the globes supply to make up for what we started to lack.  Of course, the Arabs took complete advantage of the situation and charged what the market could bear ( we had been importing oil since the end of WWII, but it wasn’t until our peak that imported oil went from being a nice thing to have because of profit increases to a must have because it was all we had ) just like any good capitalist would advocate which makes it a little hard to take their price gouging with anything other than benign acceptance ( when you can snatch the peddle out of my hand… ).  Today, as we start to run out ( we started running out in 2005/6.  That was peak conventional crude production globally.  Everything since then has been Crap Oil ) there is no Saudi Arabia or North Sea or Alaska to turn to.  Hence, my assumption oil was running out, period.  Ah, but reality is not so easily explained in hindsight but only in forecast.  While it is true that conventional oil is stalled at a peak and hasn’t yet fallen ( given the always present fluctuations, at least it appears it has yet to start falling ), that is with more exploration and more wells.  In short, we are at the point in Alice’s Wonderland where we are running as fast as we possibly can for the Red Queen, but we are standing still.  The only way to go from here is down.  But not just yet.

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For a short while old technology which was stashed in the back of the cluttered closet has been desperately found, dust blown off and proudly implemented amidst much chest thumping and broad self-congratulatory crap eating grins.  Look at us, shout industry experts, we are using high tech to extract oodles and gobs more gas and oil and the country is now energy self-sufficient and we now have hundreds of years of oil.  Yuzzah!  Go USA, go USA!!!  Okay, so much for the hype that compels the fools to be parted with their money and provides an opiate to the dumbed down public which needs to wipe the drool off their chins every once in awhile.  Fracking oil and gas is very expensive, and it is a short lived thing.  It is not unusual for a well to max out production in one year and start dropping.  This is not the technology ( which, by the way, is decades old ) which will take us hundreds of years into the future.  Not even decades.  And look at the numbers ( mass hysteria and public panic used to be caused by breaking out the algebra or calculus.  Now, simple addition and multiplication do the trick, if the publics attention span is any indication ) with frac oil.  It did wonderfully and saved our ass, yes.  But it only increased our domestic production 20%.  As our imports decreased by twice as much.  Remember the old complaint about government numbers lying?  The politicians screamed and wailed and gnashed teeth that the budget was being cut, yet all that happened was the annual increase was reduced.  Here is the same thing.  We have less oil total, but since our own production increased, suddenly everything is groovy. 

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For the time being, going from convention oil to crap oil ( ethanol, a screaming bargain of half our corn crop for ten percent of our gasoline.  Tar sands, an inefficient way to get oil out of natural gas.  High sulfur crude, expensive to refine but worse very destructive to infrastructure.  Deep well drilling, at half the energy return as the worst performing land wells ) has served the same purpose as going from Texas to Saudi Arabia.  We have kicked the can down the road.  We have kept the numbers up for production.  Forget the need of the economy to grow every year or collapse, at least we have managed to survive a few more years.  But we are still contracting.  Every day, slightly less oil is imported to this country.  A lot of it is going to China and India, who can pay in better value currencies ( whether in gold, barter, or even future good will as the probable new regional powers that will fill our empires demise ).  And a lot of it is simply no longer imported as the oil countries need it for their exploding populations.  Bottom line, we have a bit of breathing room, but the trend has not reversed ( we are still running out of oil ).

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

3pc2v2 no3


3PC2v2

THREE PHASES OF CIVILIZATION COLLAPSE

PODA

 

The third phase of civilization collapse is where everything settles into an equilibrium.  You probably won’t like it too much, but the one thing going for it is a rough kind of stability ( punctuated by exciting episodes of pestilence, banditry, warfare and famine, but those shall also become part of the routine ).  In other words, the historical norm returns.  Which is a tad bit distressing to most folks, so they tend to live in denial.  Elaborate fantasies are woven, fine enough to put a Persian weaver to shame.  The first wet dream entails a thrilling adventure wherein all the rich folks in the country who were smart enough to listen to the self-proclaimed experts survive in their country retreats in grand extravagant ( stored ) petroleum luxury and then emerge to rule the wasteland with semi-automatic carbines blazing as the new rulers leave a trail of discarded MRE wrappers behind their Hollywood combat forays.  There is little discussion about the way life will be after the initial die off,  for two main reasons.  First, there are few ways to realistically portray the fact that the Apocalypse kings will NOT be able to have any more oil ( and that is exactly what they will refuse to hear, if need be pulling all support from the advertisers of the prepper web site ).  Secondly, as if no wasteful energy is bad enough, then there would be the question of how long the storage goods can give the illusion of a modern industrial existence ( the wastefulness reproducing modern war tactics with the use of irreplaceable smokeless ammunition being a prime example ).

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The second lie most folks tell themselves is the Hippie, Tree Hugger, organic permaculture way of living being the norm after a collapse.  This one is just as unrealistic as the Perpetual Supply Modern Warrior.  Most people that practice homesteading fall into this category.  While they will embrace firearms, mainly for getting rid of rascally critters like bears and mountain lions, they have no realistic plans for civil unrest and economic collapse.  They might be totally self-sufficient in food, but to reach that place they are still firmly attached to the modern way of living.  They disregard the possibility of economic collapse because then their thirty year mortgage ( to buy those twenty acres of fields and forest and bubbling brooks ) becomes a liability and the fuel that burns down their dreams.  And, worse yet, they have rooted to a piece of land and depend 100% on a surrounding central government to protect them from any human predators.  The sheriffs will keep the criminals away and the empires army will keep the oil coming into the farm.  I’m not knocking farming as a survival tool, I’m saying that most folks don’t plan on a true collapse but rather small scale disasters that don’t disrupt the power structures protecting them.  With its implicit continuation of a modern version of Yeoman Farmers.

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What is going to happen when the oil becomes unavailable ( either through war or imports being switched from us to actual paying customers or even actual resource depletion ) is that our society, 100% petroleum dependent, collapses and we revert back to the historical norm.  We might be slightly propped up for a short period if outside groups intervene, assuming they have enough energy to avoid immediate collapse, but in the end it is back to basics.  Post Oil Dark Ages.  The US has as much oil as Saudi Arabia, daily production wise.  We aren’t going to run out of oil tomorrow.  Long before that happens the decline in the amount of oil we are using will set off an economic collapse.  Without a functioning economy, all that oil in the ground stays there.  Until we are invaded by other interests that steal that oil ( a dysfunctional economy collapses our empire and we become vulnerable.  We won’t get invaded so that someone can have the whole country.  They just want the choice pieces growing food or holding oil ).  The most likely outcome for us in the short term is civil war, Balkanization and foreigners colonizing choice areas.  The long term is, like the rest of the globe, a return to solar energy run agriculture supporting a lot less people.  Who knows if any of us will be alive then, assuming you survive the die off.

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Before Petroleum, eighty to ninety percent of the population eked out  a crappy existence farming depleted soil ( aside from  delta areas replenished by silt ), paid his royal highness the Kings Fifth in kind as taxes ( paid in what they produced ), bred like crazy to replace all the curtain climbers dying early from disease and hoped like hell they had enough to eat every year.  The whole thing with centralized agriculture was you needed more and more population.  You needed a larger army than your neighbor and you need more labor.  Yet, to do those things you needed to over use your soil fertility in most places ( again, the delta regions had different dynamics- they were more populated and had larger kingdoms because they alone didn’t deplete the soil ).  Ten thousand years and there is no escaping this self-propelled cycle of destruction.  You can look forward to that again, a race between using up your soil trying to protect yourself against your neighbor or growing quick enough to take over your neighbors farmland.  Which ties in with slavery.  Every ancient agricultural nation used slavery.  This is another historical norm.  Slaves were free energy insofar as  you didn’t have to feed them for the first ten or twelve years it took them to turn into trained and productive units.  And the only cost to running them was food and board ( and since they were growing their own food and a house was dirt and crop waste fibers, your only cost really was enforcement ).  More on all these matters later, but here was just a glimpse of all the funs times to be had coming soon.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

drones ammo and psychos


DRONES AMMO AND PSYCHOS

The thing about sacred cows is that they are, well, sacred.  You have to worship them and defend their honor and in general they are very high maintenance.   You are stuck with them until you die.  Pet theories on the other hand are nice to have around, but if they become inconvenient you can tie them up in a flour sack and drown them in a river or flush them down a toilet.  One of my current pet theories that I’ve kept around for months now is my fervent belief that we are all going to die- but not by the financial crisis or Dictator Obammy calling in Blue Helmets to herd us into concentration camps from black helicopters or Gore Warming.  The biggest threat we face right now is of course the global drought from the last few years and our local drought last summer.  And I believe that if we look through this prism, a lot of things could make sense like the recent spy drones, the gun control issue, ex-soldiers suddenly being declared mentally unsound and being denied ownership of guns and the ammo shortage.  Now, I could be full of crap.  I grant you that with no reservations.  After all, this is only a pet theory.  If I’m wrong, I’ll find other things to obsess over and be happy to be incorrect.  If I’m right, it was nice knowing you, so long and thanks for all the fish.

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The FedGov is not that efficient of an entity.  They hoover in a heck of a lot of resources and return very little.  Alas, since they are so big just their numbers are going to see results.  They can’t repair but one half of a trans-continental rail line, but when it comes to force and intimidation they have pretty much got their crap packed tight.  If it is one thing they can’t screw up entirely it is manipulation, intimidation and killing folks.  One aspect of intimidation is the recent drone wars.  Not content to bomb the occasional wedding, Obammy wants to fill the skies over America with drones.  The tin foil hatters tell us it is to spy on all of us, along with all that e-mail monitoring, etc.  I kind of have my doubts.  They can’t make that many drones to keep track on us all, and what would they look for?  The shiny gleam off of the metal beanies?  A drone is like a helicopter, they have to have a purpose for being up there, other than a camera trolling for random unauthorized acts.  I propose that they are exactly like helicopters.  Soon, they will be monitoring for people outside during a curfew, and kill them.  Remember, you have no rights to a trial anymore, and the recent trend towards punishing every conceivable behavior allows them to shoot for any and all reasons.  Did you read that article on the bank holiday followed by 24 hour curfew?  The link is at Woodpile Report.  I can see it happening ( the bank holiday might be planned in advance of a false flag event ), although not the follow-up restocking of grocery stores.

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Let’s skip to the ammo shortage.  We didn’t have one, not to this degree, at the first Obammy crowning.  And that was while we were still deployed in Iraq, making one think the military was using a lot more ammo then than now.  I still think oil prices and ore shortages are the primary reason the panic hasn’t abated, but I’m also wondering if perhaps the FedGov didn’t kick off the crisis on purpose by doing all those mass purchases for every conceivable agency.  That was, in effect, the gun control.  It has already been accomplished and all the noise now over taking guns is a distraction.  With the ammo supply now mostly gone ( with a terribly small dribble left to give hope to those still needing it and to keep their focus away from the real agenda ), de facto gun control is now in effect.  Not that they will stop there.  Start a campaign against military veterans, convinced they are all raving psycho’s and can’t be trusted with a gun.  Not only does it sweep some combat vets away into the prison system, it denies them the practice needed to keep current on their firearms skills.  Even if they get guns come the revolution, at least their ranks have been decimated.  Last, you can see who your buddies are at the state level.  If you were Obammy, potential king of the coming wasteland, what better way of seeing who is on your side than to scare everyone with gun control and then count the governors that sided with you by pushing for even more unconstitutional laws than you propose ( remember, as in Rome or Nazi Germany, there are many factions in the government and nobody trusts anyone else ).

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The government is really good lying to us about numbers.  Just look at what they do with unemployment.  We have a third of a million new unemployed every month, yet the official number keeps going down.  With no new jobs being created that aren’t fantasied into existence.  The gooberment can easily massage the crop and ranch numbers to avoid panicking us about coming food shortages.  And make no mistake, they want most of us to starve.  We are worthless eaters.  A lot less of us, and our oil production and food production ( even after drought lose ) turns from welfare fodder to real wealth.  Do you think it is a coincidence that gun control issues started after the drought?  That suddenly drones were to be deployed locally?  That every swinging dingus in the FedGov started buying up ammo like nobodies business?  That the FedGov started pushing the states hard, seeing who was on their side and who wasn’t?  I don’t think so.  I think we are in for massive food issues.  Watch as the economy is let go, martial law makes it easier to kill us and as local cops in most areas are used as cannon fodder before the fed LEO’s move in to sweep up.  It IS all about food in the end.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

more reviews and bp musings


MORE REVIEWS AND BP MUSINGS

To unremembered minion, thank you kindly for the copy of Fahrenheit 451 and Enders Game with the bonus pack of snaplights ( something that will certainly come in handy yet I’d never buy myself ).  To Grey, thanks for the copy of The Laws Of Physics Are On My Side.  It looks very interesting.  Both boxes came today and were a nice surprise, better than Christmas.  These occasional bursts of extra kindness certainly add to the pleasure of writing.  As to the occasionally extra bonus while reading, I can’t believe I just read not one but TWO very enjoyable post apocalypse books.  Last weeks mentioned Grid Down sequel and this weekend Slow Apocalypse by Varley.  Now, Slow was exactly as the title suggests, although not as slow as the Druid Dude seems to lust after.  Slow as in a month or three for everything to unravel.  Some douchebag designs a super microbe that turns oil into a solid, after which the hydrogen is released to the surface and explodes ( or something like that ).  Not terribly original, by my count being the third sci-fi book to use the similar premise.  But it does speed up the slow ass Peak Oil like we’ve seen since 2005.  I don’t know if the author lives in California, perhaps he was influenced by one of their many gas shortages.  The story is set in Los Angeles, and I couldn’t help but keep remembering those Saturday Night Live skits were they do the Valley Guy/Gal speech and keep talking about all the freeways mentioned by numbers they used to get to the house they are all in ( dude, I went to the 301 and then Cucamonga Canyon and across from the 224 and, like, here I am ).  You might want a map before you read this thing.

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But aside from that irritation, this is a pretty darn good novel.  It isn’t your typical MRE and poodle shooter macho dingus as the hero post-apoc genre book.  It is your “Yuppie’s barely able to pull their head out of their ass strive to survive” story, and one of the best I’ve seen.  The main character is a failing sit-com writer that just happens to get warned by an insider ( he is trying to interview a military consultant for movie ideas ), but has enough doubts that while he is better prepared than most after stocking up at Cosco, he isn’t by any means turned into a super survivalist type.  Because this is California, a place I’ll never go back to because they are rather cavalier about their unarmed citizens lives, there is that pesky waiting list for ANY firearm purchase.  The character ends up buying the guns on the black market and can only buy limited amounts of ammunition.  So the gun side of things is pretty realistic ( and a bit prophetic as today the whole country is like California as far as firearm availability to a certain degree ) with the characters armed with shotguns and revolvers, not larded down with twenty three semi-auto’s each.  The end is a bit slow in coming, there being weeks before the bioweapon evolves from local injection to airborne, and weeks more while the gas slowly runs out ( if you refine the crude, the finished product isn’t effected.  And, in a surprise move, the FedGov is smart enough to mostly drain the reserves and refine them in time ).

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Then, while not as slow, the breakdown in law and order isn’t instantaneous.  While I think there is a bit too long of collapse to be realistic, the story is darn good about asking the question, “how easy can you prep as shortages are going on”.  I’d say the ending was a slight bit disappointing, but not overly much.  Overall, a darn fine treatment of how a fast but not instantaneous collapse will look.

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My mission this weekend was to find vaguely remembered reference books on old timey black powder manufacture.  I went back to “Gunpowder” by Jack Kelly ( after looking for a damn hour in the storage trailers freezing my feet ) and reread it.  Here are the four books I came away with as being pertinent.  The one I really want is “Gunpowder, government, and war in mid-eighteenth century” by Jenny West.  That covers the English gunpowder industry.  No good for individual manufacture, but great for pre-petroleum large scale industry.  The books start at $30 which is a bit steep, but I just got my first check from Kindle sales ( $25-thanks everyone! ) so I’m not too worried about the price at this point.  You can buy the digital version for about $7, but I want the paper.  “Dangerous Energy” by Wayne Cocroft looks promising, but I’d sooner put a gun to my crotch than pay $70 for ANY book.  There is a 1905 book by Oscar Guttmann, “The manufacture of explosives” that is affordable which I’ll get.  And the ancient book I was trying to remember was “Pyrotechnia” by Vannoccio Biringuccio.  I might or might not get that one, as the mood hits me.  I think it might be helpful to have, as it starts its assumptions from a cottage level of industry and it might have general ideas good for a really devolved technical and resource base.  But of course it will also have issues from using archaic names. 

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One thing I picked up on from reading “Gunpowder” again was Britain and its control of India.  I never really understood why India was so important.  Important as being the number one priority almost the complete period of colonization.  I just assumed it was the control of the ship routes and perhaps for importing food to the home country.  Nope.  India, due to its climate, is a vast source of saltpeter.  Think about ships at sea and artillery on land and the huge amount of powder they needed.  You don’t get that amount by scrapping white crystals off human crap heaps, but by shoveling out tons from natural formations.  India must have been the primary source long before Chile or the few islands they controlled.  Fascinating stuff, and you’ll be hearing more soon.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

grid down sequal & bp musings


GRID DOWN SEQUEL & BP MUSINGS

Good ol’ Bruce Buckshot Hemming, honorary Loyal Minion First Class because he sent me not one but two free books, and Sara Freeman have authored the sequel to “Grid Down”, imaginatively titled “Grid Down vol. 2 part 1 ( perceptions of reality)”.  I must say, they actually did better the second time around.  Unlike a lot of self published sequels which pretty much suck ass and make you want to march down to the local chapter of the International Al Gore Party and start a petition to ban such books from killing trees needlessly ( one can kill the trees for books if those books call for a total mobilization of the citizenry to change over to certified green light bulbs and Prius cars ), this one didn’t leave you with a foul taste in your mouth caused by a complete and total waste of money.  Oh, I won’t deny that the paper version is overpriced for what you get.  But that is why we have something called the Kindle now ( or, for you tight asses, er, frugal folks, there is the software to turn your desktop into a Kindle reader ).  The Kindle price is just about right for a shortish four or five hour read.  This isn’t like the first book which was a friggin door stopper but a more reasonable length of a book at 250 pages.  I love long involved stories, never wanting the magic to end, and the first book was even a bit too long for me. 

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The decision this time was to present three books as the follow up rather than another huge one.  The down side of course is that you’ll get a set for $45 rather than one for half that price.  But again, that is print price.  Kindle is half that.  It most likely pays the authors a better percentage royalty even as it saves you half your money.  For fiction, Kindle is just fine ( I would never put my reference books in danger of electronic suicide- fire to papers seems to me a far more remote risk- but something tells me that apocalypse fiction will not be very popular after folks experience the real thing ).  Now, as I said, I got the book for free.  If I had to buy it I’d probably buy the paper version.  But that is just my quirk ( when I’m 90 surrounded by a library the size of my ego, I want all the apocalypse fiction ready to re-read, not withstanding that Amazon is long gone ).  I’d feel I spent too much, but to me that is just my “real version” tax.  Now, to the actual contents.  As with the first book, the plot is basic, the characters are a smidge cardboard cutout and the pacing doesn’t always work.  Which is okay.  The first book presented us with the wonderful world of trapping for survival.  The next book was chock full of prepping nuggets of wisdom.

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Look, the story is ho-hum.  Rainbow Warriors ( evil vegetarians, who you would have kind of thought had zero levels of strength to be vicious and nasty because of the lack of meat but evidently not [ of course, look at Hitler and his diet ], want to eliminate the unworthy Bambi killers ) try to attack our hero’s with a artillery piece ( cough, cough, isn’t that kind of like “The Postman”? ) which gives them military superiority and of course our hero’s, having big and bad mighty and righteous AR-15 killing machines, easily defeat them.  Okay, I’m being sarcastic.  The story isn’t so bad it ruins the book.  It is okay, adequate, good enough.  Just not great.  What got my engines revving and my nipples tingling where the unending stream of Great Ideas and “how could I forget about those” tidbits.  The first fifty or sixty pages were slow getting started but then the flow of information started and didn’t let up until the last pages.  That is why I’d recommend the book to you all.  It’s nothing you probably haven’t read before, but here it is packed in an easy to read entertainment package.  Kind of like a “two-fer”.  A light and easy novel and filled with really great reminders on prepping.  The authors made the reading more manageable, didn’t ruin the thing by being lazy and try to just coast on characters ( I won’t mention any titles, but why would I want to spend $12 on a book about a friggin post-apocalypse wedding? ) but rather did their research to make ours easier, and listened to their readers about the first books flaws ( there are no mention of web sites on trapping strewn throughout the text this time.  I never had a problem with it but evidently a lot of others did ).

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Okay, speaking of listening to your readers, off topic to my comments section.  I don’t just post your comments, I actually look forward to them, take them to heart and get bummed out if I don’t get enough.  What I have to work on is getting better responding to those comments.  I certainly don’t wish you to think you’ve wasted your time commenting.  I simply don’t ever seem to have any time for admin tasks of any kind, but I’ll work on managing my time better.  Just give me a bit of practice.  A reader did comment about covering black powder weapons better.  I’d love to write a book on it, covering both individual manufacture of the powder and attempting a quasi-industrial level of use for military superiority.  That is the only long term answer for the end of the Petroleum Age ( you simply won’t be able to duplicate today’s chemical manufacturing since the cheap petroleum feedstocks will be gone ).  My main problem is, I need to find several books which were written back in those days which cover the large scale manufacture of powder ( industrial scale forming of nitrates from the manure/urine ) for the book to have any depth ( I wouldn’t be adverse to including those complete texts either, at least in the electronic versions ).  I’ll look for my book which references THOSE books and do a bit more searching, plus list them here in case anyone wants to help in that hunt.  I think that would make a fine next book.  So, thanks for the minion not letting the subject go, so it stays fresh in my mind.

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Improvised Munitions Book, ( NOW FREE!!! Free, I tells ya! )
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