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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

budget creep


BUDGET CREEP
We are all familiar with budget creep.  Every time you make more money, you add new items to your budget that then somehow become necessities rather than the luxuries they started out as.  Granted, this really hasn’t been a Thing for the last decade.  Between losing jobs to minorities, losing hours to ObamaCare, or losing homes to tripled property tax and now living out of a van by the river, there is rarely such as a thing as making MORE money anymore.  It is all about making less. 
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And that is where budget creep gets folks in trouble.  They cemented those new luxuries into necessities decades ago and can’t remember how to live without them.  One example that keeps coming to my mind was actually from my father.  My whole life I rarely saw him lose his cool.  He was stoic and uncomplaining.  You could go twenty years in between outbursts.  So it surprised the hell out of me when he lost his crap over the heater in the winter.  Stepmom was talking about turning down the heat, and he came up with something ridiculous about “I’m not going to sit around the living room in a down jacket.  You keep the temperature up and I don’t care how much it cost”.
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Remember, here was a guy that wouldn’t complain about wives raping him financially or old bosses blackballing him from an industry, and he wasn’t going to stay uncomfortable in his own house.  I didn’t blame him, what with still no pot to piss in after sixty years of working ( step mom keeps him alive to keep his retirement at 100%.  Once he kicks it, it goes to 50% to her.  I love the women, but she makes Jews look like college freshmen on spring break ).  The least he could have was a little heat to stay comfortable.  Plus, you know, Old People Cold is at 90 degrees.  Having said that, he was a bit spoiled.
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Growing up in southern California, then living in slightly less warm climes in an era of well affordable utilities, to him a house had to be shirtsleeve sitting comfortable.  That was a form of luxuries seen as necessities.  Don’t get me wrong, a man works for zero compensation his whole life ( other than the “pleasure” of seeing each new wife Less Miserable because he worked for their sole benefit.  I don’t know what it is about California women.  They have got to be the most miserable bitches on the planet ), he deserves one of the few luxuries he insists on.  It is just used illustratively. 
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You know how everything is all fun and games until someone loses an eye?  Well, budget creep is all fun and games during times of increased salary, isn’t it?  When the thing goes the other way, pandemonium reigns.  People go absolutely bat crap crazy, judging their very worth by their appearance of the ability to waste money on frivolous luxuries.  And they buy their own bullspit.  I’m tired, I deserve to go out and eat.  My mom got to not cook about twice a year on her birthday and Mother’s Day ( unless she was buying ).  But nowadays people eat out half of their food budget? 
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The NOL’s kid doesn’t work, but she has the new truck that has a payment I’ve never even seen on rent, and the husband has the paid-for beater.  And yet, HE was the one who insisted on that.  That truck with unaffordable payment is his validation of being a good provider.  Dude, your wife doesn’t miss any meals.  I think you provide just fine.  Not that you can tell people anything like this.  Necessities, or at least as necessary to them, are doubling in price and wages are stagnant, but wages still got up to nosebleed levels ( from my perspective ) and folks just kept buying all those luxuries turned necessities. 
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When did medical insurance become a necessity?  We all remember a time when only the upper middle class had a job that provided medical benefits.  The rest of the folks passed on it since it was 20% of your pay.  Now that it is double that, suddenly folks think it is necessary?  And that was BEFORE ObammyCare.  The Illegal Muslim just forced people into the system as it was set to implode from over pricing, yet folks had begun to think of it as vital and as fundamental as oxygen prior to that.  I mean, sure, I understand all the Boomers were retiring and the culture change was from the Most Selfish Generation thinking that any lifespan under ninety was an affront to God, but I still can’t accept that mass hallucination.
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Once you are crapping yourself and taking twenty-three pills a day to keep yourself alive, isn’t it time to perhaps think of calling BS on living way past your prime, in pain and embarrassment?  Laughs on you bitches, ‘cause Death Panels really are a thing ( you Go!, Hockey Mom ).  You’ll go gently into that opiate clouded night unless you have someone that can keep you out of the clutches of the medical industry.  I guess I should stop there on THAT subject.
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Whenever I bring up not owning a car, 99% of you look at me like I’ve started to grow a dingus out of my forehead.  Yes, I understand one day I’ll get hit by some little bastard just like you that worships the automobile, and then you all can have the last laugh, but until then not hallucinating that a car is a necessity allows me to live on nearly no income.  While still prepping.  Sure, very small amounts of prepping, along with very few book purchases, but I was also running out of room for both anyway ( and that is with three RV’s for storage, plus a basement ).  Less money means I can finally enjoy my life and my time rather than parcel it out to a corporation. 
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Negative Budget Creep is actually not as difficult as most people believe.  And, heck, it is actually fun because it is antisocial.  Men envy you your freedom and women want to have your baby ( you need to be a starving artist for this to apply-poverty only works as an aphrodisiac when coupled to an alpha male creative.  Then the gals don’t need you as the provider because he is one she is cuckolding on for you ).   If you don’t have at least a quarter of your monthly pay as savings, you are doing things wrong.  And to get there, you are relying on positive feedback.  Budget creep upwards is easy because you never deviate away from All Money In, All Money Out.  And yet, budget creep down is just as easy because everything you eliminate as a bill is money in your pocket.  You just think it is hard because you refuse to acknowledge necessities as luxuries.
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Monday, September 17, 2018

battle rifle book 8


BATTLE RIFLE BOOK 8
WHICH CARBINE
There are really only two questions you have to ask yourself when deciding which semi-auto battle weapon you wish to own.  First, you must fit your choice into your budget, with the One Is None rule in mind.  Second, you need to decide which is more important to you, accuracy or reliability.  Each decision has a info dump of research worth of argument, but boiled down that is essentially what all the fuss is about.  Back when war surplus was begging to be bought, you had two choices.  The Lee-Enfield for field reliability or the Mauser for accuracy.  The third choice wasn’t really a choice, as it was one of the worst weapons ever, but if you were super duper poor, there was the Russian Mosin-Nagant.
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I made a large amount of noise over the years against the Russian bolt, and I know I’m right, but I never denied it had its place.  Which is, everyone deserves to be armed.  Almost all federal laws pertaining to guns are an outgrowth of the original local laws on guns, which, to not put too fine of a point on it, didn’t want Negro’s to own any.  Bring that one up to your darling Liberal friends and family.  Of course, we are now a gentler kinder nation and now it is an equal opportunity discrimination and ALL poor people regardless of color are to be denied a firearm if at all possible.  That is class warfare, literally. 
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I’m opposed to the gun check fees for just this reason.  While you used to be able to get a $50 pot metal Saturday Night Special, now that is almost double the price because of that fee ( and I‘m sure the sales tax is on the total cost-sorry, it‘s been a few years since I‘ve bought any guns.  I‘ve had an upcoming apocalypse I‘ve been buying food for ).  It was bad enough putting the serial number on paper for a record the Feds could get, now it is easily computerized ( I’ll make my case for unregistered guns later on ).  When you make guns unaffordable to X amount of the population, to me that is just wrong on all levels.  I don’t care how crappy a gun is, it’s better than standing there clutching your dingus when a gunfight starts.
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So, even if a Mosin-Nagant was going to blow up in face eventually, it still kept you alive until then.  But we can’t have cheap imported guns!  Obammy The Muslim Whore made sure those hunks of crap were no longer an option for the poor survivalist.  Easy for him, since even without lifetime Secret Service protection all he had to do was get someone to ghost write another book for him ( writing books is tough when English is your second language ) and get a few more million in speaking fees ( your kids college debt at work ), and he can afford the best guns available.  
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But getting back to the second criteria, do you want accuracy or do you want ruggedness?  It used to be this was an easily solved problem, if you were not extra super sized poor, and the HK-91 ( G-3, CTME, same difference ) was touted as the best of both worlds by, well, Every Single Cheese Dingus out there, ever.  Unfortunately, that turned out to be a lie, but, teaser alert, I’ll cover that in its own section.  Forget all the other carbines out there, because while a LOT of them are far better, and not ALWAYS for a kings ransom, the only real choices at this point are the AK or the AR.
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And, hold up there Rugar fan boys.  The choices have to be affordable AND have a metric crap ton of affordable accessories out there.  And, if I might be so bold, shouldn’t have a reputation for needing it sent back to the factory for repairs.  So, no, sorry, the Mini-14 is to me not even an option.  Which is sad, because it has a good lineage.  So do a lot of banjo players up in the hollers.
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Now, you all know that the AK is apocalypse rugged and that the AR is nice and accurate if a little too dainty for real world long term battlefield use.  It has improved, greatly, I reluctantly admit.  And at least currently it can be half the price of an AK.  I don’t give the AK a free pass because of that price issue.  You can survive a tank running over you but if you are too dear for my budget I have to pass on ownership.  And, let us keep in mind, while your AK will last a really long time, your AR can be replaced nearly every week of the year since there are just so darn many of them out there.  Plus, spare parts are wicked stupid cheap.  So it is far from a cut and dried choice.
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Me, I am a terrible shooter, even with an AR.  I know I could improve, given practice, but I choose to avoid that 80/20 problem ( 80% of the cost to improve at most 20% ) by just not pretending to be a sniper.  I chose reliability over accuracy for this reason, but I expect most folks don’t think this way.  The AK is really accurate enough out a bit past 200 yards ( don’t ask for it to perform at 300.  Pro’s don’t do great at that range with this round ).  Hell, I can barely see that far with enough detail.  But if you want the option of 400-500 yard shots, you need to just stay with the AR.
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Not only is the AR more accurate, you can buy good performance ammo much cheaper ( 223 brass at thirty cents, where the 762 steel case ammo is terrible stuff past short distances and only a dime cheaper.  So you could even reload the 223 to a certain extent ).  I don’t buy into the ammo salvage or the ammo purchase argument.  To me, ammo is too dear and will run out very fast.  So I don’t care to pretend I can salvage, buy or share “common caliber” ammo.  Which is why having 303 British never bothered me.  And why having an imported round shouldn’t bother you.  What you enter the apocalypse with is all you will ever get.  Period.  You should choose your caliber based on its performance.  It is my contention the 762 is a superior short range round.  223/556 is just more versatile and cheaper.  Just like a assault rifle, the 223 does more things, just not as well at any one role.
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The AR isn’t as much of a pig molester as it used to be as far as jamming and carbon build up causing issues in the field.  I hated the weapon for just such reasons, but my experiences were with the A1.  Your experiences will be more positive with the A2 and M4 varieties.  However, the weapon is still far more flimsy and will NOT hold up to too much abuse in the field.  It isn’t as cut and dried as it used to be, however.  Now they are so cheap they have taken over the role of disposable weapon from the SKS or War Surplus or even in many cases the AK’s. 
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All this is covered in more detail in their own sections, but by and large an AK will get you an extra layer of ruggedness and the AR will improve your accuracy.  Recent improvements and price movements have slightly altered the dynamic but the fundamentals have remained the same.  If you want a weapon that will go through heavy abuse for a long time, you stick with an AK, despite its disadvantages.  If you want better accuracy cheaper, with better ammo, and that will fill more roles, you pick the AR despite its fragility.
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Sunday, September 16, 2018

old school communications 2 of 2


OLD SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS 2
Giving ‘Ol Beelzebub his due, the InterWeb is a really good tool for correspondence and research.  Back in the day when I had a paper ’zine “newsletter”, I had to shrink a page of paper down to quarter size, and paste two to four of them to each regular size piece of paper, front and back, such pages to get an eight-16 page size letter out to subscribers at a cost of fifty cents ( Xerox was 7cents a copy, stamps were 20cents ).  That was all you got every month.  Now, for no cost, you get that every two days, every day of the month.  In a font size you can actually read ( kidding-the regular survivalist was much younger then ).  So even if the Service Provider is butt humping you at $100 a month, more than likely you are still way ahead financially.  Try getting a VHS tape of an instructional video back then for under $20.
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But even as good as it can get with the technology, we also all understand that the Internet has a definite pull date.  I believe it was Greer that insisted it was going to be shut down as diminishing supplies of electricity were triaged.  I’m more of the mind that all the Free Rider corporations ( Google, Netflix, Amazon ) are going to force the service providers to eventually jack up their rates to the point more and more folks can’t afford the Internet and it dies ingloriously from lack of customers.  We might have solved the bandwidth problem 20 years ago by defrauding the idiots who invested in the stock market, but now we are in the infrastructure cannibalizing economy and the Internet’s days are numbered.
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Which means you’ll return to a pay per item information purchase, like you used to do buying specialty newsletter through the mail, or pay less to read a bunch of ad supported content through the mail or retail outlets ( should there be any remaining ), or none of the above as your world goes dark.  The days of the Internet being a free message board for former ’zine publishers will be long over ( ’zines were fanzines, or Fan Magazines ).  And all the screeching wailing snowflake diversity idiots will no longer have a free voice, just like the rest of us.  The difference between real people and the LefTards is that they are going to have the money ( females having captured the colleges and most jobs ) and so can have the Internet, all to themselves.
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So the left will have won The War For The Internet.  Should we even care?  Why should we be concerned with Winning Hearts And Minds?  If I recall correctly, that didn’t work out all that great for the American military over in Vietnam.  Meatspace is a heck of a lot more important, anyway.  Let them have the lazy and easy mode of communication.  By struggling to produce affordable enough communication at a good enough quality that “our” side wants to pay for, even during a Depression, the Social Darwin contest will eliminate the retched and worthless purveyors of information. 
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And please, it is embarrassing, stop trying to play workarounds trying to win eyeballs in Cyberspace.  That frog social media, “owning” your own website?  The frog is owned by NSA butt buddy Microsoft, from what I’ve heard.  And you can provide your own web site but your host can kick you off at any time.  So can your e-mail provider.  So can Patreon.  They all have the lawyer weasel wording “does not meet community standards” or the “…prohibits child porn or other offensive material”.  Remember, just wondering how it was logistically possible to kill six million Jews, or even if there were six million around to kill, or if they were prison slaves rather than Dirt People,  is considered hate speech.
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By all means, let us continue online trying to rally the troops and spread the message.  More comms is better than no comms.  Except.  Remember the First Rule Of Guerrilla Fight Club?  Attack where the enemy is weak.  Isn’t it close to obvious that the enemy holds the heights insofar as controlling the Internet?  Fight trying to stay there, but don’t fight long enough to lose the battle.  What would you be sacrificing for?  An already over abused infrastructure that is suffering from centralized control and needs too much costly upkeep.  Just like those satellites that the Marines are now 100% reliant on for communications.
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Does it look like the Afghan Muzzies are hurt by their lack of communications satellites?  They aren’t fighting with the same equipment, the same tactics, the same strategy or with the same logistics.  They are fighting as guerrillas.  Somehow the US got it into their heads that we can outlast them, mainly because what is good for the Defense Intelligence Complex is good for ‘Murica.  In the end, dirty little turbaned brown people worshiping the wrong God are going to crush the American Empire with nothing more than AK’s and IUD’s.  They merely have to outlast the American economy.  They have had thousands of years experience doing this, and have been the anvil three empires were crushed up against, just in modern times.
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If you are any of the Used To Be Normal things like White, or male, or heterosexual or Biology First, you need to be a guerrilla.  And guerrillas don’t need a centralized high energy communications system to fight.  We derisively call LefTards snowflakes as they are so butt hurt sensitive over stupid crap like micro-aggressions, yet we are right now whining and moaning about how we aren’t allowed our precious Freedom Of Speech.  Are you going to wait for the government to grant you the right to own a gun?  Or are you going to have one regardless?  Are you going to wait for the government to grant you “equal access” to a taxpayer subsidized Internet, or just communicate another way?  When they abolish the rights in the last state guns are still allowed, are you going to go from Voting With Your Feet to fighting for your rights?  And when as the Post Office finally gets around to banning all non-censor approved mail, are you going to go from communicating with the nation to communicating locally with your partisans? 
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Choose to fight against your enemies by NOT fighting against their strengths ( and part of that wisdom is knowing when to start not attacking in the first place ).  I’d advise, right now, something as simple as using a few stamps a month to keep the Post Office alive and functioning.  Do you want to support one of the last few Unions that actually protect its members, or the corporations that are funding the Left-ing of the whole country?  Granting, that is a trick question.  You still need Internet access.  Just don’t give money to the worst of them when possible ( I’m looking at you, Zucker-Bung ).  And accept that you won’t have the Internet indefinitely. 
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Saturday, September 15, 2018

newsletter sample-article 2 of 2 today

NEWSLETTER SAMPLE ( article 2 of 2 today )
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Drop me a mail requesting a subscription.
Until I change my mind again, a certainty you can bet on, I'll make this the weekly newsletter subject.  Product reviews.  I'll try to never do book or movie reviews, but no guarantees.  Length will probably be one half to three quarters of the daily articles.
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NEWSLETTER #6
Product Review
10pk USB Memory Stick 128mb each
I’m sure most of my readers are Old Farts and vividly remember the days not so long ago that floppy drives were the standard removable computer memory.  I loved floppies.  They didn’t contain so much damn information that it was all lost in the clutter.  And, I know this probably sounds gay, they were certainly digital but there was remnants of analog to them with all the springs and moving parts.  They had a smidge of character.  Plus, you had to be a little bit careful with them.  Thumb drives are super handy and a definite improvement but they have no charm or soul and they almost invite abuse and neglect. 
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What was a floppy?  Something like 1.4 megs of memory.  Now, every year thumb drives seem to double in gigabytes.  I understand if you have a LOT of porn, but otherwise who in the hell needs that much memory?  You can’t find anything in that mess if you just want a couple of e-books stored.  And you WILL have tons of books in there because you spent $20 on the drive and want to get your monies worth.  Worse, you have a centralized storage unit.  There isn’t a cheap alternative that encourages redundancy. 
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Sure, for 15 cents you could rip a DVD containing roughly half the Library Of Congress content ( I’m kidding.  Probably just a few shelves worth ).  The issue with CD’s and DVD’s is that you are roughly getting what you pay for.  The media is cheap but relatively disposable.  They degrade much faster.  You want to get the info on to a flash drive, not keep that as your primary media.  Plus, not every computer comes with a disc reader but all of them come with USB ports anymore.
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Fun Filled Story.  I had just bought a refurbished laptop ( living out of the van at the time ) for a steal at $150, using it to write my first book and started the first blog on it.  Yet within a short period of time found it to be worthless without a USB port ( I was going to the library to use their computer to post blog articles, having written that during my lunch period at work.  At the time we were living off not enough solar panels for just lights ).  I gladly shelled out $350 for a netbook unit with the newest Microsoft XP ( I’m thinking perhaps 2008? ), for no other reason that I needed the USB media port.
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Keep in mind my poverty at the time.  Add on another zero for a frame of reference for all you high rollers reading this.  It was worth the expense, for that and for it only using half the electric ( solar panels at the time were five times the cost per watt-it was cheaper buying energy efficient appliances rather than more panels ).  And heck, I’m still using the same computer a decade later writing this right now, and about four millions words since.  I love you, Aspire brand!
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Obviously I think thumb drives are the bomb diggity.  I just don’t care for the higher cost for too much capacity and the danger of putting all your eggs in one basket.  So, perhaps you can envision my great orgasmic nipple tightening and sphincter tingling delight when I finally came across the much cheaper diminished capacity USB thumb drives.  It was nice to see megabytes again rather than gigabytes.  I mean, come on!  What are you going to do, put the plans for the Death Star on the thing? 
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A big production was made of thumb drives for the survivalist in the old timey days of the Rawles Survival Blog ( back before he jumped the shark ).  Not just to capture all the worlds knowledge ( I dislike the concept in general but recognize there are few alternatives one person can realize ).  But also about an easily concealed media that can be used in guerrilla communications and such.  At $20, not so feasible ( I buy mine every year at the Wal-Mart back to school sale and they are always a deal at $5 each.  The rest of the year, not so much ).  At $2, you can almost give them away as business cards ( they have smaller CD’s that you can actually use this way.  Some even have cut off tops and bottoms to look more like a card, with a label option to really snazz it up ).
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old school communications 1 of 2 ( article 1 of 2 today )


OLD SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS
( article 1 of 2 today )
When my son went into the Marines, they put him in communications.  From what I understood, you don’t get an option for MOS there, whereas in the Army they are a lot more accommodating.  I can see the cultural differences.  The Army is a huge vast bureaucracy with a LOT of jobs, and the Crotch is a sub branch of the Navy ( hence, the Squids take up a lot of mundane tasks the Jarheads need not bother with ) where, really, everyone is in combat fields.  For the most part.  All those Gung Ho throbbing peckers would pick the Cool Kid jobs and they couldn’t fill slots like communications.
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From the stories he told me about training, I don’t know if I would have been smart enough to actually learn that MOS.  There was a LOT of computer programming type of crap-it wasn’t just about digging trenches for field wires.  There was a lot of digital and computer areas in their field and you had to know it all.  Of course, my second response ( after my first, which was, damn, the kid is a lot smarter than me ) to all that was, that seems rather…vulnerable.  In day to day operations you had the normal failure.  Think, your Microsoft OS keeps humping with you for no apparent reason, and the Blue Screen Of Death is an ever present danger. 
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( I hate Microsoft.  They served a very good purpose twenty three years ago.  Apple-God bless them for the Mac, if not much else, my first real computer-was WAY too expensive to keep buying new machines when they upgraded everything.  And that was the age where computers and obsolescence meant hardware, not software like it does today.  Hell, today, the last time you really needed a new machine was then they went to USB ports.  What was that?  Ten years ago?  Two decades ago, two years was about as long as you could stretch out machine use.  The problem is they keep trying to rape you on upgrades like they used to, but with way more competition.  Now, you can hate Microsoft and actually do something about it.  Mostly, even if the options do suck )
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So, their field communications were vulnerable just from sitting there.  Then, they had their own Internet, or something similar ( we are talking about six years ago, so please forgive my lack of complete recall ), which had to have had some vulnerabilities.  Even just from their own stupid crap 18 year old kids always manage to pull.  I mean, this is the Marine Corps.  They have a LOT of issues as do all the services ( even the Coasties, being too close to the drug wars to escape institutional stupidity ), but they should, in theory, have LESS.  They were the ones who made the M-16 a lot less of a hunk of crap, and managed to get the other branches following along.  
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But the digital allure was far too strong even for them.  I’m fond in my own way of what digital can do, but I understand its severe limitations.  But the military just loves that crap.  Almost as if Political Correctness now includes robots on its diversity approved list.  So running field communications like it was a cell phone service was no longer enough for them.  My son went through one of the last of the schools for the communications specialist.  That MOS is/was almost retired.  It will soon be, or it already has transitioned, to total satellite communications ( there might still be short range-as in hundreds of feet-buried wire communication.  I have no idea.  It seems impractical to sat comm your artillery on the other side of a small base.  But what do I know?  Officers are a completely different species, and staff officers are a mutated form of that.  One never knows with them ).
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Can anyone else envision any problems with relying on satellites for your field communications?  Hostile nation hacking and satellite killers come to mind, neither untested issues.  Note that I make no claims as to the actual suitability of sat comms over other comms.  My only issue here really is the centralization and the upping the scale of complexity, two areas we are already dangerously vulnerable in.  For all I know, a sat comm radio is more reliable and hardier in the field than other alternatives.
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Military communications have always had severe limitations and a variety of unfavorable trade-offs ( and don’t forget that military communications also brought to us one of the worst movies ever, “Windtalkers” ).   It just might be that Sat Phones deliver a better level of reliability than ever before, at far less weight.  I concede the point, if true.  If every comm ever in the history of war had a price to pay for its benefits, and sats are no different, well, what are you going to do?  Myself, I’m of the mind that the US military is following the lead of its parent company the Federales and desperately grasping for further control as both institutions implode.  How better to micromanage every person ( or non-persons in the case of transgender and rabid Fem-First’ers ) in uniform than to centralize C&C?  Well, why not?  We learned nothing from the Soviets in Afghanistan.  Why start now with military structure?
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Why do I bring up communications?  I’m sure all of read Western Rifle Shooters ( wordpress.com ).  If not, you should.  A lot of it is worthless partisan posturing, but a lot is “we’ve already panicked about CW2, why haven’t you?” information.  You need to filter out the ‘love our troops and copy them” BS, because that is either ignorance or Quisling information.  You fight like your foe and you are fighting against your strength and towards his.  DingDingDing!  Wrong answer, dumb ass.  The first rule of guerrilla warfare is the exact opposite.  And if anyone tells you to fight conventionally he is your enemy. 
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But Rifle Shooters had a wonderful header that day, which was “Cutting enemy communications is always a early step in warfare”.  Obviously, they were referring to the antics of FaceBook and YouTube and such with their censorship against anybody not embracing political correctness with all their being, implying that the Left was at war with the Right and that the Right better believe we were on a war footing.  And as far as that goes, fine.  But of course it isn’t as simple as that, and I’ll cover that and the vulnerability of THEIR centralized institutions and power modules tomorrow.
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Friday, September 14, 2018

old humper mill


OLD HUMPER MILL
I’ve often said that sometimes in life you DON’T get screwed and the cheapest item can at times usually be the best.  For instance, the Moro knife.  It is about the best starter/basic carbon steel knife, and the cheapest.  The only thing you can complain about is the sheath, being some God awful plastic contraption which looks like it could only be placed on a string belt.  Now, this CAN be utilized to your advantage.  In the cold weather ( 9 months of the year ) walking the mutt, I can place the sheath in my jacket pocket fliped around so the clip holds the knife upright and just out of sight at the zippered opening.  When it is summer I clip it to the waistband of my shorts, inside.  Placed next to my crotch the knife is invisible with my shirt out.  The sheath sucks as a belt unit but is good for stealth.
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It used to be true that the best military rifle was the cheapest, a factory refurbished Lee-Enfield rifle at $125 when AR-15’s were going for a grand.  No, Spanky, I do NOT even consider the Mosin-Nagant a contender in the military rifle category.  It was good for one thing and one thing only and that was as a Butter Knife Gun ( the idea of a butter knife is that for 25cents [ now fifty ] you can arm a potential tribal member.  They sharpen it up, and if they can pull off killing an enemy troop with it and capturing his weapon and ammo, he was in ).  The Mosin-Nagant was a terribly designed gun to begin with, not even beginning to be troop friendly, but then the morons made it worse.
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Look, I’m sorry.  I don’t care who you are, but if you want your gun to blow up in someone’s face, you can’t call yourself a designer.  The rifle had no gas escape vent.  The Enfield and Mauser did.  And they did it for one simple reason.  In the 1890’s, chemical powders and primers were crap ( compared to forty years down the road ).  Primer cups and cartridge cases could rupture regularly.  The vent protected the user.  No vent, no protection.  Should that matter to the survivalist/militiaman?  Only insofar if they ever handloaded or cottage industry manufactured reloading components which I think in theory includes all of them.  The modern steel cased ammo somewhat protected the user, since it did NOT swell upon firing and seal the breech and gases escaped through the bolt, reducing a case rupture down to the danger of a primer failure ( which while not fun was at least not face melting dangerous like an exploding breech ).
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Anyway.  I can’t imagine who in their right mind would spend the current $300 on a Mosin-Nagant, let alone fifty cents for a crappy steel case round, but you never know.  It needed to be said.  Moving on.  The cheapest water filter might not be THE very bestest, but as far as Safe Enough performance per gallon, it sure enough is.  You can spend $60 on a Katadyn filter element and make a homemade drip filter using one of the best name brands out there to get 13,000 gallons, or you can spend $60 and get THREE filters rated up to 100k gallons each ( you know, because One Is None ).  I have multitudes of each, but I’m trusting Sawyer with my life.
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The BEST grain grinder is also the cheapest.  Yes, the Victorian mill ( made in Mexico, used to be the famous Corona brand ) is a brute to use.  It is also a brute in that it is built like a tank, meant to be an investment lasting a lifetime ( just beware of rust ).  Since it was designed for corn, it sucks grinding wheat.  You just run it through three times rather than once.  Sure, that sucks.  But it will NEVER fail you.  I have three of them, as well as three cheap Chinese knock-off’s.  But only because I got them on sale at under $20 at the time.  It was too cheap NOT to.  I bought so many because, duh, you don’t store a ton of wheat and just have one grinder for it.  But I doubt I’ll ever need the back-ups, either.  These things are old school design, where you didn’t plan in failure as a business model.
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Now.  Here is the thing.  I know some of you are too frail to use the Corona.  I get winded doing a three quarters full hopper ( about two cups of flour ).  Remember, three times grinding.  Once through on course ( 3 o’clock ), once medium ( noon ) and once fine ( 9 o’clock ).  7 o’clock is fully closed and you don’t want that.  Metal on metal will put shavings in your flour.  It is like tightening up that bike wheel.  Fully close, then back off slightly.  I’ve gone from grinding twice a week to three times ( or four, depending on consumption ).  I just don’t grind as much at one time and I’m fine on this grinder.  If you can’t even do that, there might still be an alternative manual grinder for you.
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You might think a motor driven grinder is a good idea, but you just designed the Mosin-Nagant rifle.  Sure, the gun is unaffected in the Artic north, or by unburned powder build up.  It is also unaffected by cleaning and oiling.  It is ALWAYS difficult to load or cycle.  When you motorize something, it will ALWAYS fail.  Your only question is timing.  When you buy a motorized machine, what you are doing is saying “screw my descendants”.  You don’t want them to have a needed tool.  You selfish humper!  Just like with Social Security, isn’t it?  Okay, peace.  I won’t get into that.  I’m trying to be seriously humorous.  Manual tools are your best bet, whenever feasible.  They simply perform better, longer and with less worry. 
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There is a manual grain grinder that is SOOOO much easier to use than the Corona ( yes, I know it is called Victoria now.  I just told you that.  I’m using the old name because this new grinder I speak of has a very similar name and I’m trying to avoid confusion ).  It is called the Basic Grain Mill by some companies but is also known as the Victorio brand mill.  I had one for Y2k and I think back then it cost $65.  Now it is around $75.  Except through Amazon, where it is $51 with free shipping.  I’ve used this unit and it is much, much easier to use than the Corona. 
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BUT!!!! And there is always a butt hanging around.  It eats its plastic washers.  You can literally see tiny plastic shavings falling from the washer housing as you are grinding.  So, this is still the preferred manual type grinder.  It is WAY easier to manipulate, a really big plus for the aged and infirm.  It is much lighter and smaller if you are say, stashing a cache of food ( this whole subject crystalized for me as I was thinking on my needed BOL, which is a subject covered elsewhere ).  It ONLY costs $10 more than the Corona.  I’m not recommending them OVER the Corona, I’m saying that they are the next best thing if the Corona is too much tool for you ( just like some folks need to downgrade from a full size thirty cal bolt to a carbine round or semi, as they need a less hard hitting weapon.  Or like how the 357 is too much pistol for a lot of smaller folk.  A 9mm that will hit is better than a 357 that will miss ).
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Here is the new, lighter, easier to use Victorio on Amazon:
Now, don’t even think about owning this grinder unless you have back-up plastic washers for it.  You need to go to the company that makes them.  No, I have no idea how many you need.  I would keep careful records and see how many pounds you can grind per washer ( I got rid of my unit after just that one hopper of wheat ), then I would double that number of needed washers.  I know this subject was discussed here before, long ago.  So I apologize if there was anything I’ve forgotten, or needs to be repeated by minions using this grinder.  Here is the web page for the washers for sale:
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

personal prep plan 3


PERSONAL PREP PLAN 3
Once the less than decent folks started moving into the B-POD neighborhood, I had far less desire to move back out there.  I don’t necessarily enjoy living in town.  I’m in a nice quiet neighborhood, but the town is so small you can’t throw a dead cat without hitting yet another Yuppie Scum Conehead Indoctrination Center.  The place is lousy with schools.  And very few of our overpaid under worked imported California rejects deem their precious darlings capable of walking a few blocks on their own.  I swear, there are more students than jobs in this place, and every school day sees traffic jams and crazy bitches driving recklessly in their hurry to drop off the kids.  Their personal chauffer service makes them a better parent in their own eyes, even as they can’t wait to get rid of the little puke.
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Did I mention I despise people with every fiber of my being?  That is why I’d rather live in the country instead of in town, no matter how quiet it is except during the Conehead Crush times.  But that “country” isn’t all that peaceful anymore.  I don’t mind low income folks.  I make less at honest toil than any of their welfare sucking asses, so I’m THE lowest income fool out there.  It is just that if I’m forced to have undesirable neighbors, be they druggies or Yuppies-same difference as far as wasting my air with their existence-what difference does it really make?  I’m screwed either way.  At least living in town I have a meaningful relationship for my last years on this mud ball.
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I think too many of you have been too spoiled with too nice of wives or Significant Others.  Let me briefly touch on the scumbags I’ve shared my bed with, to give you perspective as to why it is important to me to please this Old Lady I’ve been blessed with now.  The first marriage was just a way to get out of the barracks, and the bitch only cost me two months salary in the end, so that was just a warm-up.  The first significant relationship after that ended in a long distance relationship.  When she came back to visit, after about ten months, she was pregnant.  You do the math.  This from a gal who had to be begged every time for sex, so evidently a long pattern was being set where it wasn’t sex they objected to, it was sex with me ( Jesus, dumb ass, speak up with instructions if it isn’t to your liking.  Alas, that would require communication.  Plus, don’t keep me waiting forever and then be surprised it doesn’t last as long as you’d prefer ).
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Next up was baby mamma, sister to Long Distance Relationship.  Luckily for her, she was so ripe and fertile that conception began after a minimum number of sexual congresses.  And, further luck, I was working my one job I earned double my average of when she decided to leave me for a fellow student at the school I was supporting her to attend.  Well, later kids, I guess one and two years is enough time spent with you.  Don’t mind me, I’m just a wallet, not a father.  The rebound wife was a kind hearted gal that was so effed up in the head I couldn’t handle her clingy neediness.  That didn’t last long.
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The last one prior to the current was the alcoholic.  If you know one, you realize you are just part of the supporting cast providing the liquid drug of their choice.  Hey, what can I say?  She was infertile, just like the last one-a now mandatory requirement, and for the first few years she enjoyed humping like a rabbit.  I thought I would always make enough money to keep her happily lubricated.  Once that fell through I was then living with a madwoman in perpetual menopause mode, yet felt morally obligated to keep supporting her as her addiction had rendered her health such as she couldn’t support herself.
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So tickle my ass and slap me stupid when I actually met a gal that felt that a relationship was actually a partnership rather than a parasitical union.  That tried to keep communicating to keep the relationship from sliding into adversarial territory.  I like this one and aim to keep her.  Well, with her age, arthritis has not been kind.  She won’t volunteer to live in wild temperature fluctuations, utility deprivation and general primitiveness.  She understands she might have to one day ( an improvement over all the others who refuse to even think about that ), but she won’t go ferial until then. 
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Living in town is far from an ideal survival situation.  The place out in the country is for economic collapse, not civilization collapse.  It was never intended to be anything else.  My hermitage property is too remote to allow continuous commuting to and from.  The roads are so bad that it is a two hour round trip, AND, far worse, would quickly demolish any vehicle after a certain period of time.  I’d only feel comfortable renting a U-Haul for out there, once, rather than using the NOL’s 130k mile Italian car.  So it probably will  never be a homestead.  Could it be?  Certainly.  It isn’t like I need a car to retreat there.  I could easily get there in one day. Even in stealth mode via the river bed two thirds of the way.
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If I threw caution to the wind and took most of my savings, I could homestead the remote land.  Then, I would have a sweet civilization collapse retreat.  But I would no longer be all that prepped for an economic collapse.  I fully understand that money savings can over night hyper inflate to nothing.  In theory it would be better to have a real retreat ( as opposed to my Poser Retreat I now have, swarming with lowlife neighbors ) than soon to be worthless currency.  Again, intellectually I understand this.  It is making that leap of faith that the economic collapse will occur swift enough that I must prepare for the worst rather than the most likely.  AND, I can’t discount the need to actually inhabit the new retreat to avoid vandalism.  It is remote enough to avoid traffic or fellow homesteaders ( I think. I need to visit the site again to confirm ), but I cannot discount quad-running scumbags tearing up the place out of pure spite, leaving my investment a waste.
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So, we circle back to the NOL, and my desire to actually, you know, have a relationship with her ( I’m never the kind of person that is giddy with happiness.  I’m rather morose.  I am LESS miserable living with a wife than not, however and that counts a lot ).  Hey, I’d be happy pedaling into town once a week to visit, eat a good meal and get some sweet loving, but she won’t go for that ( I’ve already hinted ).  She wants steady habitation.  And I won’t argue, because I know a good thing when I finally get it.
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 I’ll try to finish up some other day.  The extra length just proves how much I enjoy talking about my favorite person.  Sorry.  I’ll cover my bet on a decreasing population and a several year collapse to decline time frame.
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