Friday, March 29, 2013

golden savings


GOLDEN SAVINGS

I was going to give you part two of Kamikaze Ben today, going into a bit more detail on what items could be taken from Americans during an engineered collapse to sell to the Chinese to enrich our fearless leaders.  But I think that can wait until next week.  I was reading the article on Rawles today about being your own banker ( a rather better than usual article )  and something so spectacularly wonderful, insightful and brimming with groovyness popped into my mind I simply had to share it with you.  Yesterday afternoon I was peddling home and I got to thinking about my upcoming major bicycle repair.  That big ass wheel between the pedals, the one that turns the chain ( don’t ask me to name most parts.  Beyond “that thing” or “the doohickey” I have little idea ) is nearing six thousand miles, three and a half years of riding, and the teeth are worn out.  To get the bike store guy to change it ( at the same time doing the ball bearings inside and what-not ) was going to be $200.  Why not just add an extra $100 and change over to my ideal bike, a coaster bike or single speed?  I did toy with going with a Wal-Mart bike, but after I had to buy new quality wheels and tires and chain in three to four months I wouldn’t have saved any money, and gained extra stress.  I’ll just pay the bike shop guy a premium of $75-$125 ( shipping is going to be extra ) and buy quality to start out with.

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I think that the reason all this came to mind ( I did go ahead and order/pay for the bike today before I changed my mind ) was the worry of the bank accounts here being “Cyprused”.  I went ahead and followed Nightshifts advice and started withdrawing all unnecessary money from the checking account each and every payday.  And while I need money on hand, I don’t need money if it can be invested in tangibles, such as a mode of transportation that will not only eliminate a monthly bill, but be the cheapest possible answer ( I anticipate my $100 premium will be paid back in less than a year from the saving of not having to maintain a multi-speed bike-no more labor and parts for brakes, cables or derailers ).  And all this cheaper bike pondering along with the Rawles article mentioning the standard “one quarter of savings in gold or other precious metals” ( as if there are any other than silver unless you stock pre-82 pennies, a strategy much smarter than nickels because in the future they can’t be smelted for their copper ) got me to thinking a bit more on gold.  I’ve said before ( and it isn’t my own idea, obviously ) that gold is a vehicle to transfer wealth through crisis, not an investment.  But now I’m thinking that gold is actually LESS liquid than that.

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Here are my thoughts.  Gold and silver will soon be running out, insofar as proven reserves in the ground.  The vast majority left in the ground is in such minute quantities that extremely large and complex machines are needed to extract an once from a ton or more of dirt and rock.  This isn’t something that can be done by hand or by 19th century old timey technology.  They need giant machines burning giant amounts of diesel using huge quantities of grid power.  It is an Industrial Age process.  As the Industrial Age comes to a close with the end of cheap and abundant oil, this way of mining must come to an end.  So it is safe to say that there might be years left of global precious metal mining left, but certainly not decades.  The above ground supply is not going to grow by very much.  Hyper-inflation might put upward pressure on gold and silver prices ( although held down with central banker derivatives manipulation for now ), and is the major factor, but diminishing supplies also don’t help ( please don’t argue that X mine has twenty years left.  I’m not arguing about one region, but about global supply in total ).  If the supply isn’t going to grow all that much, and inflation continues, and the growing economies in India and China keep producing more middle class families even as ours shrink, the time to buy precious metals, if you are so inclined as a means to diversify and safeguard your wealth, is now and that window won’t stay open all that long.

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However, a caution.  When the gold supply was last miniscule and unable to grow, only kings ever saw gold.  And silver, while not as scarce, certainly never was traded outside the wealthier segments by and large.  The 90+%ers used barter and nothing else.  Anyone owning gold and silver in the future will certainly be much larger targets of theft than today ( and theft will be a lot more violent ), but beyond that I would view precious metal as an Industrial Age product, just like ammunition, that can never be made again.  If you get rid of your precious metal, you almost certainly won’t ever be able to replace it.  Which means that you had better have plenty of cash on hand for the start of the collapse, and plenty of barter items you won’t personally miss for later.  Never plan on selling your precious metals for emergencies.  They should be viewed as something that just gets inherited generation after generation, like land.  Once it is gone, it can’t be reclaimed.  Look at farmland in areas that are small like Switzerland or Japan.  The land costs far more than several generations worth of food.  Once one family member sells, none can ever replace it.  Gold is damn high now, but still butt cheap compared to historical standards.  Like ammunition, or machine grown wheat, you will never be able to have this kind of bargain again.  So don’t act as if your metals are liquid assets.  They are a once in a family dynasty chance that won’t be repeated.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

kamikaze ben


KAMIKAZE BEN

A minion disagreed with me that our fundamental issue is resource depletion.  He understands it is coming, but at present blames all our woes on the evil asshat Powers That Be.  Now, I’ll say my piece in as short a statement as I am capable and then we will just go from his presumption.  Which, I don’t necessarily disagree with, just with needed caveats added.  Okay, energy is needed for resource extraction.  Energy has become much more expensive both in monetary terms and in terms of the additional energy needed to extract the energy in the first place ( Saudi light sweet crude might require, in the good old days before well injection, one barrel out of twenty as the cost of pumping/equipment, etc.  Deep water wells need one in ten or worse.  Shale oil worse than that and ethanol not even one barrel of energy is net profit out of every barrel invested ).  If energy is much more expensive, and at the same time ore density has gone to crap ( the amount of ore able to be extracted from each ton of earth, and all that requires energy to process ) because all the high density deposits are long gone, you have a basic problem.  As energy becomes dear, and is being diverted to other things such as war, the much lesser dense ores will not be processed.  You have some, of lower quality, still in place, but they are not mined.  That is our current dilemma.

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But enough of that.  Leave it for another day, and believe me I’ll never let that sleeping dog lay for long, and let’s just look at economics.  We can argue with each other until blue in the face on Malthus and geology, but I think it is pretty evident that when it comes to economics the picture is crystal clear.  We are in too much debt, the rate of added debt increases yearly, in a downward pointed economy ( no recovery in over five years ) so that taxes can never increase to pay off any interest ( when the only jobs added are public which requires yet more revenue ) I think most of us would agree that in the long term, our economy is screwed.  We can’t do much more than just print our way out of it, and that way always leads to ruin for all but the 1%.  Not that THEY won’t be effected, if they stick around.  So what makes you think they will?  The United States certainly won’t follow the Britain to the letter in empire collapse, but the transition of power from them to us almost a hundred years ago is instructive.  Their war ruined them, pure and simple, and their stranglehold on their colonies with resources were not the ones needed for the new Oil Economy ( too much in India, not enough in the middle east ) so those added to the burden.  The UK bailed and the fire sale to America certainly didn’t benefit the population at large ( of course, neither did the earlier imperial profits so one wonders if the masses even noticed much ). 

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I wonder if the PTB, mainly the bankers but also those corporates and politicians in their favored circle, haven’t already started to sell us out, the transfer of national assets being used to buy a lifetime of luxury well away from the soon to be burning ghettos of America.  If America is stone cold broke, she turns into a colony of whoever can buy the resources from her on the cheap.  A certain irony here indeed, as this is exactly how the US treated most of the rest of the world for sixty years ( and parts of it previously such as the agrarian South after the war ).  When we weren’t diverting national farmland into our luxury crops we were indenturing nations financially through our global currency.  Now, America doesn’t have a lot to offer right now.  The surplus corn we used to send overseas to buy stability has been turned into ethanol.  This was damn stupid, as X number of tons of grain got us cheap petroleum, whereas now the same grain gets us a dribble of very expensive pseudo-oil.  But there is one way that this country can have enough goods to trade that will please our foreign masters and enrich our rulers, and that is to reduce the indigenous population to such a state of poverty that they can no longer consume what is to become precious trade goods.

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I’m not suggesting that China will become our ruler, and we a mere colony.  Not officially.  Economically, we will be at their whim.  The Stars And Stripes will still flow, but on par with today’s state flags.  It’s there for show, and the dark reality is that of a vassal region.  We will need to ship most of our production overseas, not because we owe them four trillion in Treasury bonds.  That means nothing, given global inflation.  It is because at this point, American consumers are costing our rulers, and China is a paying customer.  Who do you think is going to win?  American cities full of unemployed and welfare recipients, eating luxury food, driving around in cars fueled at taxpayer expense, their houses heated the same?  Or foreigners who can pay for that food and energy?  We will be just like Argentina.  Broke, and with the poor going hungry as whole regions grow soybeans to be shipped over to China.  We are already at this point, but it isn’t noticeable because we are still resource rich enough, or at least not economically screwed enough, that we can feed and fuel our population.  This will continue to change as the poor receive less and less so that the rich can sell more and more to real customers.  That means everybody can look forward to a lot less, from Social Security recipients to civil servants to the unemployed.  Even to private sector workers as goods are shipped overseas without even being first offered to local consumers.  What is left will be priced dear.  Like two buck ammo, for instance.  See, we are screwed economically with or without resource depletion ( scarcity is enough ).

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

going commando


GOING COMMANDO
Once again the world rushes to the brink, the poster boy this time Cyprus citizens standing agog in front of empty ATM’s rather than Americans numbly staring at a home that just lost half its value and put them underwater, and the usual suspects firmly in the bankers pockets such as Rush Limbaugh help erect a distraction by blathering on and on about the current Make Believe problem of Gay Rights.  Now, I don’t honestly care if some guy wants to bite a pillow to keep from screaming out in ecstasy as his partner pounds him up the ass.  More power to them, just be kind and avoid the rest of us when you get AIDS.  And if two gals want to slip and slid over each other’s tuna tacos or strap on ringed dildos, that’s cool too ( as long as they are both ugly, otherwise that’s kind of like stealing from the male species ).  But for humps sake, would you please shut the crap up about your “rights”.  We don’t jail homos anymore, and we gave them their very own disease, so I don’t know what else they could possibly want.  And, really, it is just about lining up at the trough for extra money, anyway.  Stop embarrassing yourselves.  Money ain’t going to be worth spit very shortly here anyway.  Come the collapse you can then band up and form Rainbow Communities, sending out your Gay Boy Brigades to steal children from other villages so you then settle the ultimate question of whether gay is hereditary or environmental ( if you truly love something, set them free.  If they come back they got the gay virus.  Otherwise, sorry, its genetic ).

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And, speaking of anal leakage after gay sex, let’s talk about Going Commando.  I don’t know who first came up with the saying, but obviously it righteously kicks ass.  One assumes it refers to taking brave risks by not wearing underwear, hence acting as if one were a commando.  Going Commando is one of those nice benefits of having an Oil Age.  When you can easily buy a spare pair of jeans for about an hour’s wages, and when it is easy as pie to wash clothes every day, one can remain a bit casual on the matter of human waste products being impregnated into the fabric of one’s clothing.  Hey, I’m not just talking about older guys blowing out microscopic particles of fecal matter if they pass gas in too violent of a manner.  You young folk also tend to dribble after urination, even if the volume is less.  And even when you are young and your sphincter hasn’t been ravaged by the sands of time, you still have to worry about partial to full diarrhea when you get sick.  Which will happen a lot more once there is no refrigeration,  no doctors, plagues coming to a town near you and a bunch of people with immune systems weakened by famine.  I don’t think you can afford to ignore the fact you need to stockpile a lot of underwear.  Think of it as your first defense in sanitation.  Not that I can ever image Going Commando.  I like my junk too much to risk a zipper malfunction.  But you never know, some damn fool out there might be thinking of doing without undergarments so he can afford to buy one more AR-15 magazine before they are banned.

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So I guess that means we have to talk about acting like tomorrow is the first day of the apocalypse.  For people in Cyprus, it is.  Greek citizens have been living in a full blown dystopia for years now.  Yet here we are, ignoring the danger every day as we keep saving up for #10 cans of freeze dried beef testicle and semi-auto carbines whose rounds cost near two bucks each, if you can find them.  Buy the minimums, better than nothings, first.  Then you can get fancy if time allows.  If you are unarmed, I would march right on down and buy a single shot shotgun.  Twenty gauge if the 12 gauge ammo is scarce.  Buy the crap out of the ammo.  Being plastic rather than brass, you should find them available.  Take a credit card cash advance if you have to ( don’t buy direct on the card, as you don’t want your creditor to know about physical assets they can try to get back ).  $250 should get the gun and all the ammo you need for a very long time.  Still need food and don’t want to mess with whole wheat?  $200 buys a year’s worth of white flour and white rice ( no, it isn’t tasty or nutritious.  But it will provide a baseline of calories which can be supplemented by trapping rodents and collecting wild plants ).  Another $50 buys you a water filter element through the mail.  Boom!  $500 and you can survive.  Better the money in those supplies ( which you can always barter later at a profit ) than waiting in the bank to disappear.

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A bit of help?  Can anyone give me advice on patching wool sweaters?  Do I need knitting?  Crocheting?  Something else?  I’d like a basic book and the needed needles or what have you, to stock.  Once I need the skill I can use an old sweater for material and one winter I’ll learn how.

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I’ve got two reviews waiting for you.  I also ordered four more K-books, including the two Apocalypse Law sequels.  I loved the first one ( on paper ) so it was nice to have the next two for a total of $8 on Kindle.  I needed a big batch of escapist survival fiction to dive into.  The non-fiction stacks awaiting me just weren’t firing my imagination.  Nothing new or exciting, really.  I couldn’t even get into the black powder industry books.  After a vacation with fiction, that should change.  All for today.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

cyprus level paranoia


CYPRUS LEVEL PARANOID

Once again lurking at Zero Hedge, I’m amazed at the level of analysis pertaining to Cyprus.  Evidently they are now in their second week of a bank holiday which is officially going to end this Thursday.  Of course, officially the bank customers were also told they would never be screwed.  We see how well that worked out.  Since I got tired of the debate over whether the ammo shortage was caused by ore availability, I will go back to whence I came, the Cyprus bank scare.  If Zero Hedge is worried about it, I’m worried about it.  They seem to be able to tell the difference between a rainstorm and someone pissing on their leg, so I don’t mind using them as one of my barometers ( another barometer is how happy I am.  Back at the start of the global financial meltdown I was deliriously happy with any news I came across that verified how humped we were.  That was what I always referred to as “Happy Financial News”.  I know it is perverse, but even though I know I’ll die I’m still happy that all the hump-tards out there that caused this mess and profited off my misery are going to suffer terribly.  Hell, just to see the Handmaiden Of Lucifer reduced to selling her AIDS ridden anal orifice in exchange for cigarettes and spare pocket change would be enough news for me to die happy with ). 

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So, I’m happy enough to go along with Zero Hedge if they warn that the banks will start freezing our accounts ( even if Cyprus officials didn’t actually enact a tax, they did declare that bank holiday and limited ATM withdrawals to about a $100 a day.  How do they pay for rent, groceries or meds? ).  Yet, that wasn’t what actually decided me.  The news that New Zealand of all places is talking about the same sort of tax on bank savings got my alarm bells ringing.  It is one thing if some Podunk country like Greece goes toes up over financial derivative BS, but New Zealand?  Right now, about the only happy news globally on the economic front are from resource rich countries ( other than oil, and that is only because of decades of squandering the wealth and building up a welfare state which combined with overpopulation and Peak Oil spells trouble ).  Canada has resources up the wazoo ( you would think Canada could produce a large population, what with six month winters and a lot of fooling around under the covers to stay warm, but evidently lack of sunshine or extreme cold has an effect of fertility ).  Australia is supplying China with ore and coal ( and probably wheat on good Less Drought years ), Brazil is farming for a lot of other nations, etc.  You would think New Zealand would have a growth industry as heating oil gets more expensive and they can supply wool for sweaters.  Plus, all that mutton could go to Jack In The Box for their hamburger meat.

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If NZ is in such dire straits that they are contemplating humping their citizens saving accounts, is their hope for the rest of us idiots?  I don’t believe that the US is the world’s breadbasket anymore.  Not with half our corn going to fuel and most of our produce coming from Latin America ( even with fracking, our domestic energy supplies only one third our needs.  The rest is imported, and anyone who tells you we are almost energy self-sufficient is a flaming retard ), and certainly not if you add another 5% to our population, minimum, to account for illegal immigrants.  We have nothing to offer to the world other than the threat of nuclear war.  All things being equal, we should fail long before New Zealand.  I would say that I guarantee that your saving account will be looted, soon, but then we might get into another week long debate between the Righteously Paranoid and the Pathetic Business As Usual Optimistic Yuppie Survivalists ( notice how if you disagree with me you are now a Yuppie Scum Survivalist? ).  Let’s just say, officially, that I’ll be mighty surprised if that mule member masticating Kenyan  dictator Obammy doesn’t hump us with some special bank fee or tax or some damn thing.  Hey, I know I was caught way off guard with the rimfire supply, merely thinking it was corporate incompetence.  Which isn’t like me, as I try to stay paranoid 100% of the time.  Hell, I hurried to build the Bison Pit of Doom, just on the off chance there would be a timber supply disruption.  But aren’t we being warned in in no uncertain terms?

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Can it get more obvious?  Every day that goes by, more and more countries are toying with the idea of taxing captive savings accounts.  And the US, home of the most evil scumbag of whores, the Federal reserve Bank, the foul ancient offspring of Lucifer and a gay Rothschild family member, will most assuredly be among those nations whose public gets screwed.  Whatever money you have in the bank, either take it out or gamble with it being “bank holidayed”, “Cyprus Screwed” or “disappeared”.  Start your own bank run now, or forever hold your peace.  When the landlord or the tax collector come around, or the pills keeping your syphilis under control needs refilling, and you are gazing at a closed sign on your ATM, don’t forget to have an excuse handy as to why you still trusted the bankers.  Like, “but, I thought we could kick the can down the road a few more years”.  Or, “Uncle Obammy said my account was insured”.  Har, har, humpity har.  Paranoia is not an option folks!  It is required to survive.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

throw away economy


THROW AWAY ECONOMY

No, not referring to Europe and Cyprus and all the rest of the bullspit such as us bailing out their banks or propping up their military adventures to secure more oil ( we are already very much into the Last Oil War.  What isn’t here yet is the superpowers- or at least the nuclear powers- fighting over the oil.  You’d better hope we run out too quick for that, unless you would enjoy a bigger sprinkle of fallout on your morning Wheaties than what you already get from Japan ).  We will of course throw away their economy when it benefits us ( if we don’t crash first ).  I’d like to follow up on Friday’s article, this time focusing on the “depletion” part of ore ( I think I demolished the argument supporting the JIT aspects of the issue.  In fact, I know I did because instead of refuting my argument the discussion moved to picking apart the depletion ).  In my haste to knock down the JIT straw man, knock him down, butt stroke him, kick him in the head and perhaps even violate him if no one is looking, I failed to use “depletion” correctly.  An error I also made with Peak Oil.  I was all rooting and preaching for running out of oil and what I didn’t see coming was merely “Peak Cheap And Abundant Oil”.  We aren’t running out of the ores that make up ammunition, contrary to the impression I conveyed.  Just as with oil, we have run out of Cheap And Abundant Ore.

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We are also in the age of “Peak Throw Away Economy”.  I still remember reading “Future Shock” by Toffler, and discussing it in class at a relatively young age.  The Throw Away Society wasn’t quite reality yet ( how could it be during the Arab Oil Shocks? ) but it came along soon enough and was so pervasive in our society it became unnoticed.  Marriages, clothes, educations, bicycles and pens and lighters and machines, everything you could think of became disposable.  We never got to the paper clothes beyond a few examples used in the book, but clothes became disposable nonetheless ( just not at the end of the day as envisioned.  They lasted a bit longer but where cheap enough to throw away at will.  I can replace a pair of underwear a week and it is cheaper than washing them in a separate “white” load.  Water can be dearer than oil to a point, even if only indirectly).  The throw away economy lasted long enough, over two generations, that it was everyone’s normal.  Now that it is ending we are all gnashing our teeth and bemoaning the injustice of it all and in general making asses of ourselves.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  We aren’t out of ammunition, we aren’t out of the ore that makes it.  What we are out of is ammunition so cheap we can treat it as disposable ( and of course, it isn’t the sole cause.  Peak Oil, inflation, Fed buy ups, fear stockpiling. All have some bearing.  But resource run down is primary).

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For those not reading the comments, it was argued that since we still have lead for car batteries, we aren’t out of lead for bullets.  Since we aren’t out of copper for pipe, we aren’t out of ore for brass.  And etcetera.  I argued back that car batteries are recycled and copper pipes are not much in demand, what with the end of house building ( for all intents and purposes ).  In other words, we have the supplies, but they are no longer so cheap you can throw them away.  Ammo is available right now.  Call it about $1.50 a round for 303 British after delivery ( 308 is a smidge more.  HA!  Take that, current military round only advocates ).  Not a few months ago the 308 was 40 cents a round, or about one third the current price delivered.  If this continues as I believe, it means no one is going to waste brass anymore.  Reloading will become required ( one hopes the reloading components become available, even if at higher rates ).  Oh, we’ll eventually run out, or oil will become so dear there won’t be ore recycling.  For all intents and purposes, the ore will have been depleted.  For now, look at brass as you would the lead in a car battery.  Mostly recycled to keep down the cost.  Again, I’ve panicked on the side of pessimism.  Forgive me for lack of clarification.  Act as if depletion has started, because for you and me it has.

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Okay, on to my current next favorite subject, Kindle.  I’ll be starting a blog just reviewing Kindle survivalism fiction ( post-apoc, not dystopia or disaster or militia porn.  Unless it is so good you simply have to read it ).  I downloaded about 35 free novels and as the weeks go by I’ll be buying others.  I’ll let you know here at this blog when there will be a new entry, as posts will be sporadic.  Don’t expect long entries, I don’t have the time for much more free writing.  I enjoyed reading on the machine over the weekend.  It wasn’t an eye strain like on a computer ( after long periods ).  So now I’m all excited to wade into genre reading.  Another thing I’ll work on is a couple of free K-books myself.  For this I need your help.  If you’ve published on Kindle, can you please tell me how to price the thing at “free”?  I can’t seem to find the solution as my only options are .99 up and 2.99 up for a better commission.  I know it is something simple I’m overlooking.  I don’t mind admitting to being a dumbass, but I do like the feeling to end from time to time.  Once I got that figured, I will make a book with most of my short fiction and another with the “Friday Fundamentals” from the old Bison Survival Blog.  Thanks! ( oh, and scroll down for a link to the current K-Book page ).

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Amazon "Frugal Survivalist" for those who can’t access the graphic links.
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Improvised Munitions Book, ( NOW FREE!!! Free, I tells ya! )
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If my Blogger page ever goes down, I will start to post at my regular web site:
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My books available at
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Kindle Survivalist Books
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By the by, all my writing is copyrighted. For the obtuse out there.