Monday, September 30, 2013

half assedness/bobs bugout

HALF-ASSEDNESS

All told my trips down to see the parental units isn’t god-awful expensive. I spend about $150 renting a car ( insurance added and city tax demanded ) and another $200 in gasoline and booze for everyone, plus eating. So, I don’t walk away from vacation feeling financially challenged. I do, usually, walk away feeling pretty good about my life compared to the rest of the schlubs out there. When you leave The Compound, the world takes on a demented dangerous feeling. Then when you leave the smaller population center outside Your Compound, things get outright creepy. It seems everyone is not only spinning their wheels but also lashing out in their feelings of unworthiness. Everyone feels crowded and vulnerable and acts badly. And I’m not even talking about Gi-Normous Urban Zones Of Death. They have been death traps and generic cleansing zones for half a century. But smaller cities and large towns. I get the vibe from them of Future Areas Of Failure. Right now, it’s just a thousand cuts from half-assedness.

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Of course large corporations don’t work well anymore. They can’t, even if a miracle happens and adequate management is at the helm. The economic dynamics that led to their wealth and power have changed. Yet large corporations pretty much killed off their competitors. Customer service dominated small business are surviving, but their customer base of middle class is dying off and so they can’t survive indefinitely. And their costs can’t come down. They work for under minimum wage and they are the entire staff. Every other variable gets more expensive. The corporations kept adding acquisition costs, and cutting labor costs. And therein lies a big problem ( added to over regulation, over litigation, over taxation ). The corporations cut the fat. Then trimmed some muscle. Then amputated. So many labor saving devices and techniques have been applied that nothing works anymore.

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So much help has been compromised- overwork as each laborer must cover undermanned shifts, management must repair the inevitable mistakes from rushing to complete tasks and then the inevitable blowback from managements rushed fix- that one long uninterrupted self feeding mechanism is evolving and snowballing. Now, this ALL didn’t start when my Jack In The Box tacos were massacred, but they lent credence to the inevitably humorous tales I always hear upon visiting the bigger small city of local disasters and incompetence. Local taxes up again, doctors almost killing people, dentists unable to perform their specialty without follow-ups to re-works. Oh, Elko is next if we ever go mining bust again. We have the same Yuppie Scum bound to high incomes and the same high rents and taxes putting pressure on labor costs. The general disposable income just hasn’t dive bombed. Yet. I’m glad I’m back in My Happy Place. I’m safe for a bit longer.

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BOBS BUGOUT

Yesterday I drove four hours on the last leg of the trip home the whole time attempting vainly to pull an article idea out of my ass and having no luck.  What you just read above was my less than stellar result.  That was written Sunday evening, this is coming at you nearly live Monday morning.  Luckily for everybody I watched Bob’s Burgers last night ( FOX station, the Sunday night cartoons ) and so was inspired to write a little more ( if not a little better ).  As usually, as has become the norm again, last seen in mass in the late Seventies and early Eighties, the media is aglow in delight as they attempt to trash the survivalist movement.  They took some time out in the Nineties to go after the militias, but now they are back in force.  But unlike previous times, I don’t think the attack has much force.  Most people might look at survivalists as nutcrackers, preppers and back-to-landers included ( in this case, a prepper having twenty-one semi auto weapons and one case of MRE’s, the survivalist actually preparing for the end of civilization rather than just its short term disruption ), but I doubt they think conventional lifestyles are all that much smarter.

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Look at Hollywood writers.  They live in a bubble of fantasy and fairy dust.  Their home is a smog filled basin with too few egress points, their water shipped in as far away as the oil is.  They are paying a third to a half a million for sixty year old trashed bungalows, and that is AFTER the housing bubble started deflating.  They live in one large traffic jam, and crime rates rival or surpass Somalia ( one imagines the warlords over there keep better peace than the boys in blue busy with revenue enhancement traffic violations ).  And they mock us?  We live in small towns with much higher quality of life and sane cost of living.  Let them have their fun.  Even Joe Average surely sees the difference.  Last night’s episode had Bob taking the family out to the wilderness  so one daughter could make up earning a lost Girl Scout badge ( whatever the shows fictional counterpoint was- they did get mocked for the entire organization being a cookie selling scam ).  The lone ( because of budget cuts ) park ranger was afraid of the killer mobs of squirrels.  In the end the family has to escape from crazy survivalists AND the squirrels.  And the survivalist couple, camping out for forty months-one assumes to escape the city they deem doomed-goes crazy and turns on each other with bear pepper spray.  Hey, you might as well laugh alone with it.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

cast iron


CAST IRON

A minion asked about Apocalypse cookware, although I thought the obvious answer was cast iron.  Which just goes to show you I keep assuming everybody is on the same page as me.  I know this is dangerous, assuming.  I guess since I have so few new loyal minions signing on to be abused by me, I just assume the same batch has been around forever and read all my drivel.  And, no, I won’t give you cast iron recipes.  Recipes belong on the other seventy-three blogs which chronicle others homesteading efforts.  I cook like I write, throwing basic ingredients into a container and burning them.  Like most other people, I used to use Teflon cookware.  But unlike most people, I am so cheap I can’t throw anything away.  So, while common sense dictated that I throw away a pan as soon as the coating started chipping, I kept using the thing until I started losing food to it sticking on.  I don’t know how much ass cancer causing chemicals I ingested in the process.  Then the day came I was told that no self-respecting survivalist could be without cast-iron and switched over.  Now, I can’t believe anyone ever considers using anything else-and that’s with me being unable to season one of the bastards to save my life.

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I’ve religiously followed seasoning instructions, yet have never had any success.  Now, since I don’t own an oven, I don’t worry about it anymore.  Instead of looking at seasoning as a long time non-sticking surface, I look at my non-seasoned skillets like I would a firearm.  You just oil them enough so they don’t rust.  If they do happen to rust ( the ones in storage-the one I use daily always gets new oil as needed and so can’t do so ), you just sand then down a bit and add as many coats of oil as needed.  My current batch of cast iron cookware came from trash picking.  They were all rusted.  I just sanded with a rough grit sandpaper and added oil.  You’ll need to put more coats on if you half-assed the sanding.  I’m sure some folks have big sand blaster machines they are eager to use, but a dollar pack of sandpaper from the discount mart works just fine with elbow grease.

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As everybody tells you, cast iron adds iron to your diet and cooks evenly without burning some parts.  It takes awhile to heat up, but it also continues to throw out heat after the flame is off.  But that isn’t the main reason I use it.  As long as you oil that sucker, it lasts forever.  That is its main appeal.  Multi-generational cookware.  For barter, buy all those crappy aluminum skillets and pots you find at the thrift store.  For your own pans, go with stainless steel.  They will eventually rust if you leave water in them, but for using then drying, they will last a very long time as long as the handle was attached to the pot well.  I’d invest in a set of different sizes.  That should be a once in a lifetime purchase.  No enamel to chip.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

more ammo mumblings


MORE AMMO MUMBLINGS

You would think after my snafu over the gunpowder availability issue I would be all butt hurt and feeling sorry for myself and cursing at minions and grumbling that it simply isn’t possible I ever made a mistake, but you would be wrong.  Oh, don’t get me wrong.  I’m always feeling butt hurt and cursing minions, but that’s just my go-to mode.  That’s an everyday thing.  No, what that mistake taught me was, hey, there’s an article in this!  Accounting for the haz-mat shipping cost being extra, you figure after a couple of can of powder, assuming they were available and at regular price, reloading for thirty cal rifle ( about 150 rounds per pound of powder ), you are looking at a minimum of about twenty cents a round for reloading in powder alone.  Perhaps if you bought by the pallet that would go down- but I like figuring in middlin sizes which is all most of us can afford.  But the Slavic’s are shipping steel case ammo again, to your door at about thirty cents a complete round when you buy a thousand.  While not a huge fan of the carbine rounds, and still urging you to be very careful about King Skittle banning ammo imports suddenly, you might still consider the 762x39 if that round suits your location/needs.

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It is far better to have rounds on hand that are less than perfect than to have paper money in hand waiting for powder to be available for your perfect rounds that OOPS-never get reloaded.  Last week I held a plastic wrapped brick of 303 that a generous minion had donated the funds for, gazed at it lovingly, and promptly as is my nature started feeling glum that this not too heavy package was Friggin A Hundred Bucks!  That is a lot of lettuce.  I don’t know if I can repeat that too many more times.  Ammo while it is available, or a rain catchment system?  Conundrums.  Anyway, my point being it is better to have ammo than money but it is also MUCH better to have three times the ammo if possible.  At the same time this was going on The Sportsman’s Guide sent their latest shooters catalog.  You can buy an AK-47 receiver blank for $25 ( you drill a hole and it becomes a gun part.  Prior to that a piece of metal, uncontrolled by the ATF ).  The barrel for an AK is $90 and the rest in a parts kit is a smidge over $300.  You could build your own AK, legal with no paperwork ( you figure that the parts order would be noted somewhere to the authorities, however- think NSA recording of everything ), for $415.  I’m not a huge fan of the AK because of accuracy issues, but you have to admire what you are getting so cheap.  And if you could actually practice fire discipline and not waste, you could stock a lot of ammo for this carbine.  Just another option ( my choice would be the ammo fired from a single shot H&R- better accuracy and cheap ammo ).

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

plastic tent


PLASTIC TENT

Another minion suggestion, and I thank each and every one of you.  Please keep them rolling in as it makes things a smidge easier here ( the previous idea on cookware is coming up this Friday- preposted as I’ll be on a vacation day ).  A temporary mobile shelter.  Not as in tents, which is pretty easy to figure out, but as in something a little more comfortable than a tent but cheaper and more convenient than a cabin.  My junk van idea is in between the two in affordability and mobility.  This one is just a tent on steroids, something insulated.  And cheap enough to compete with tents.  A tent is just a covering from rain and a somewhat effective shelter from bugs.  You are expected to use a sleeping bag for warmth.  This makes for a very compact shelter, but certainly not one for long term practicality.  By bulking up you gain living space and comfort inside while NOT in a sleeping bag.  I know all you gear queers are staggering in shock that I don’t recommend a Wiggley’s sleeping bag and a tent that Mt. Everest explorers recommend four out of five, along with a Rainbow Coalition butane cooking stove.  But if I remember my prices correctly ( I could be way off, I thought the bag was over $200 ) you should be able to do the plastic tent cheaper than any one piece of high end gear.

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This idea isn’t an original with me.  I’m sure I can across something similar in the newsletter from the Oregon couple that advocated recycled material for shelters squatting in the forest ( can’t remember the name.  Anyone?  All the issues have been issued as books and can be had at Amazon-hint, hint ).  Just make whatever size tent you desire out of unglued PVC pipe as a frame.  Use the correct size with the right spacing between cross braces and it will support a lot of weight.  You can use lightweight flat boards to support the roof, along the lines of slats on a bunk bed.  Get those big spring clamps you use to join two pieces of material while the glue dries, they are only a buck or two each.  This will hold the interior insulation to the frame.  If space is limited, a double layer of wool blankets.  Otherwise, sheets of squishy foam.  To the outside of the frame, not touching the insulation ( held off and away by more clamps ), put a tarp.  That is pretty much it.  I’d have an inlet PVC pipe for air ( covered with screen to keep out snakes and spiders ) and a short piece elsewhere for a vent.  The floor could be covered with another tarp for mud and insect control.  This would be ideal for a car camp off the road ( but not too far ) you can transport to in a few trips.  A friend’s backyard you can crash at but he doesn’t want a permanent structure.  You get the idea.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

humping bankers


HUMPING BANKERS

We’ve talked about this many moons ago but since a minion asked, and this is probably timely for a lot of folks seeing as how the economy is rancid smoke and broken mirrors on the best of days, let’s cover the moral aspect of reneging of your central bank personal loans.  A lot of people puff out their chest and get all uppity and proclaim that by gum you entered into a contract and you shall honor it.  You’ll notice a lot of them are wealthy themselves, and we couldn’t have the serfs trying to free themselves, could we ( Rush is a bad one for this, but you break it all down and in the end most of his advertisers are catering towards his ancient listeners and without Social Security-a tax I get to pay for forty five years so the current retirees “who paid into it and deserve it” get it and in the end I get nothing myself since the system is broke- he wouldn’t get paid )?  But even if those righteous folk have nothing to gain, I don’t think they truly understand who their real masters are. 

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Would you enter into a bargain with a known thief and liar, then feel bad for not upholding your end of the deal- for cheating him?  I wouldn’t.  Do unto others.  You are the instrument of justice.  If there was a known wanted killer walking around town, would you feel guilty for shooting him in the back, even if he wasn’t gunning for you?  Why?  You just saved countless future lives.  God is not all glittery unicorn sparkles.  That bad boy can send some wraith to the way of the sinner.  If we are made in his image, let’s go with the Old Testament one.  And finally, and closer to the point, would you cheat the Devil and feel bad about it?  I sure as hell wouldn’t.  I’d brag to the preacher ( and Baby Jesus when we had beers together next ) about it and accept accolades.  Do you see where I’m going with this?  The Central Bank, The Federal Reserve, is in fact an evil entity.  It has ruined countless lives with poverty, it has ended countless more through its use of our military as one of its tools for profit ( and I include all those innocent lives of foreigners lost in Japan and Germany to firebombing and other atrocities- to include Jewish genocide if you believe the bankers payrolled Hitler into power ).

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Folks who see the Devil himself in pornography and mixed marriages fail to see him in the bankers, instead thinking the opposite political party is to blame for all evils, or that corporations are the root of all the evils.  Who payrolls both corporations and the government?  Follow the money.  And don’t feel bad for humping the bankers.  It isn’t even real money.  But even if it was gold, those bitches have screwed you over all your life and will continue to hump your family after you are gone.  If you can, hump them good.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

insane butane


INSANE BUTANE

A minion asked what I thought of butane camping stoves, and although I’ve never used then nonetheless as you should all know by now and if you don’t to your everlasting regret you soon will, I still hold strong opinions on them.  From what little I understand of these items, they are for the ultra-light weight camping crowd.  Now, I know I’m wrong and I apologize profusely for my uneducated politically incorrect conclusions, but I’ve always had a hard time associating this activity with anything other than Rainbow Coalition Camping.  I don’t go about trying to create extra work for myself ( word smarter, not harder ), but being so anal retentive over tenths of an ounce of weight, going to extremes to provide all earthly luxuries at almost no weight, well, frankly this hints at an effeminate activity.  Or, to be blunt if I might, gay ( I’m aware that manly men scaling Mount Everest might employ this equipment.  However, at that height and lack of oxygen, it would be classified under “lifesaving” rather than “flaming” ).  But that is not why I disapprove of this kind of equipment.  The fact that it is specialty item is what chaps my ass.

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A specialty item, as a tool for a craftsman which saves time and money and increases the quality of the finished product, that is all fine and good.  But when your tool has become high tech and fragile, it does not belong in the survivalists tool chest.  I would immediately bring up three thousand dollar thermal heat detectors, but I shant digress.  I’m thinking more along the lines of specialty metal in a bike frame to make it light weight.  You can’t repair or replace that in the future, can you?  The fiberglass canoe or boat, rather than the wooden one.  Even if you could find a rather affordable one, the fifty caliber sniper rifle.  Unless you get the ammo from the military, and personally I’d rather not storm THAT gun, what you have supplied is it for the Apocalypse.  Almost nobody has that ammo.  It is too specialized, even if it is perfect for the job. 

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Let’s say you had your butane camping stove and you are merrily skipping along because your pack weighs next to nothing ( when I say travel light, the pack maxing at ten to fifteen pounds, I mean don’t carry most things- I don’t mean carry everything but make sure it doesn’t weigh much ).  You get to your deluxe concrete retreat atop a mountain.  And you now have a worthless camping stove.  If you had a propane stove, you could double duty it as a back up to the stoves in your retreat.  Propane comes in big industrial size containers.  Butane does not.  Propane, in those big tanks, is $2.50 a gallon.  Butane is much more per BTU ( gasoline, propane and kerosene all cost about the same compared for the cost per 1000 BTU.  Anything else is pricey ).  Be wary of specialty items.  Make sure you can afford that luxury, and that they have post-collapse utility ( the argument against carbon fuels after the collapse is for another day ).

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Friday, September 20, 2013

homeless mansion


HOMELESS MANSION

I think one of our homeless guys was reading from the same library as Vlad- his tent set-up is really efficient for high desert winter living.  As you know unless you are a sad little man who never heard of me and my minions until recently, which is highly probable since all the Gear Queers pretty much hog up the bandwidth and say nice things only about each other and treat me as a pariah as I dare to speak the name of those that do not pay advertising space, Vlad has been telling us of the Eskimo dudes and their shelters which use an animal fat candle to keep themselves warm over the winter ( not that summers are all that warm way the hell gone and up in the Arctic Circle, but to an Eskimo I imagine they are all shirtless and grabbing ass and having a wonderful time sunbathing ).  Here at our Food Bank which offers homeless services like showers ( Sweet Baby Jesus those things are a foul creature to behold at the end of the day ) and washing machines to the bums ( Homeless is now the accepted term, as Domestic Shelter Challenged didn’t catch on ), we used to offer the tent dwellers a heat candle for the worst of the winter temps.  The church folk  got together with tuna/cat cans and wind cardboard strips inside, holes facing up, pouring melted wax over the wax to fill the can and placed a few wicks on top.  The bums hated those.

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The candles smoked and deposited soot all over the guys  possessions.  Not that they had all that great of possessions, but to a guy with nothing to his name, a torn backpack and a fecal stained pair of skivvies is important.  The candles threw out a lot of heat but otherwise were a mess.  Then, the groups appointed Einstein got rip roaring drunk one night ( the preferred method of staying warm ) and caught himself on fire with the heat candle.  Turned into a friggin Roman Candle, and that was the very last heat candle we ever gave out.  Well, to wrap this up in the appointed word count, the other day I’m talking to one of the nicer guys, bathes regular and everything, and he is telling me how he got through last winter without Maddog 20/20.  Most homeless, being lazy pigs with a wicked sense of entitlement, just leave all their gear laying around as they go hop a train and go beg another shelter for services in another city.  This guy went around and got all the spare sleeping bags and made an igloo for himself.  His four-man pole tent has a layer of ( zipped open ) sleeping bags on the inside hanging from the poles lining each wall and the ceiling.  He did another layer on the outside, then covered it all with a tarp to keep the snow/rain off.  When he comes home at night he runs a little propane heater for two hours ( one disposable tank lasts him a week ) to take off the chill, then lights a candle in his fire pit to keep the heat at 40-50 all night long.  And this was a winter with long stretches under zero degrees.  Cool, yes?

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

vacation daze


VACATION DAZE

Well, since a minion brought up the subject, and I can use it since it’s pretty good, and because if I do shamelessly solicit article ideas and then use them ( a lot of past ideas weren’t weighty enough to fill the old standard 1k words.  With only 500 now a lot of those are feasible ) I might cut my work load even further by not having to think all that much, today’s topic is taking vacations.  As I replied in the comments section when it was brought up, DON’T.  You NEVER, ever, ever, EVER, leave the perimeter.  Charlie is on the other side.  And in case all your dead buddies aren’t any clue, Charlie WILL kill you.  , Yesteryear Charlie wore black jammies, today Charlie wears a hoodie and eats Skittles, tomorrow anybody and everybody will be wearing rags and be trying to kill you.  Personally I think the whole concept of vacations is overdone.  Yes, we need to relieve stress.  We have our day lives, full of screaming bosses and rude commuters and shrill cold fish wives and ingrate children, and then we have our Double Secret Identity lives, full of prepping gear and plotting escapes ( and revenge! ) and worrying if the dark asshat in the White House is actually The Dark One from down below and if so when is he going to send in the black helicopters?

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So, yes, being a good survivalist is hard work and stressful.  But taking vacations adds to stress.  You are outside the perimeter.  Charlie lurks.  Personally, I haven’t taken a vacation in thirteen years, the week prior to Y2K ( I was the only one worried and had plenty built up ).  I didn’t leave past bicycling distance of the house.  When I take two vacation days a year, on Friday to make it a three day weekend, I visit Dad down Carson City way.  But I’m staying in the Great Basin.  That is as far as I’ll ever go.  I didn’t go to my kids graduations- they are out of the perimeter.  I paid to have them come visit.  These things are no great fun for me.  To see family, I have to pay.  Even my 21 year old daughter makes more money than me- and I pay to see the rest of the family.  I take the wife down to visit, her and my parents sit around and pound adult beverages.  I sit and watch them.  Great fun on my vacation day, driving seven hours one way to watch others have a good time.  So, I de-stress in other ways.  My daily writing is about all that keeps me sane ( well, and of course reading-without reading and coffee I think I’d eat a bullet ). 

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Find what little affordable activity takes away stress.  And do it every day.  Don’t save up your stress for a year, then add more stress with added bills and added danger from leaving your comfort zone, thinking a week will undo the damage.  Vacation used to be for uptown aristocrats.  Real people who work for a living don’t need them.

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