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Thursday, July 20, 2017

dipped 1 of 2


DIPPED
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Almost no survival plans are completely terrible.  I do not think a plan based on large amounts of debt has a huge margin of success attached to it, but one could almost-almost-say it was better than nothing.  I mean, I have a hard time seeing how anyone has lived in this country for the last forty-five years and not witnessed the increasing precarious state of employment, increased debt and purchasing power destruction all but the elite have suffered.  How can you actually think that not only is your job NOT the furthest thing from secure, but not see there also are less and less jobs to replace the one you are going to lose?  Are you blind or are you too optimistic or are you fatalistic?  Are you blinded by your own unique skills and personality?  Do you still buy into the fifty year out of date Horatio Algiers rags to riches fable ( the current incarnation of said propaganda is the Computer Company Buy Out, the unsubstantiated dream that the bankers will loosen enough funds for your dreamtime investor angel to spend extra millions beyond what a company can ever earn in three lifetimes, for an ap that is barely above Better Mouse Trap status ).

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The typical prepper plan is one of unbridled consumerism ( I’m not sure if it is still published, but Shotgun News’ “Be Prepared” is literally nothing more than a glossy magazine with every single article highlighting up to dozens of products to buy.  It doesn’t even pretend to be anything other than Prepper Consumer Digest, but without the negative reviews ) which is only one of the aspects of survivalism.  And no, Dorothy, consumerism to purchase survival skills ( martial arts classes, shooting schools, semi-auto spray and pray with manly cries of Cover Me tactical schools taught by Sandbox vets ) is not what I’m talking about.  One of the most valuable skills you can learn in this game is learning how to spend less money.  Not more.  Any Gott Damn fool can “teach” you to spend more money.  Any moron can plan on Surviving And Thriving ( hint: spend lots of money because you deserve it.  Whether you can afford it or not is immaterial ).  Look, if you have a great paying job, nobody is saying you shouldn’t ratchet up the gear spending level.  If you already have years worth of wheat, why shouldn’t you treat yourself to a cool handgun?  But what you should NOT be doing is Business As Usual.

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Isn’t the whole point of prepping to survive Wicked Things This Way Coming?  On what basis of facts do you assume nothing TOO bad is likely?  History?  If you assume Rome has another three centuries prior to collapse, you’ve opened the textbook too close to the beginning.  You start at the 400’s AD and you could be mere years away from barbarian occupation, plague outbreak, starvation and massacres.  In your self congratulatory state thinking you understand history, did you start early enough at the beginning of American Empire?  We might have only begun overseas rapine in the 1890’s, but the empire started no later than the founding of the Constitution, the original federal usurpation of power ( and we were wrestling for control of land far before that-but here was the controls taken off the westward expansion ).  What is to say 225 years isn’t long enough for an empire to rise and fall?  Did you forget that our oil and industrial economy has been around way OVER a hundred years?  If you think fracking oil is a new technology and will save us, you have no grasp on history whatsoever, cherry picking as it pleases you.

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We are so over due for a collapse it isn’t even funny.  Miraculous, sure.  Humorous, perhaps not so much.  Amusing that folks who should know better refuse to acknowledge it ( and I will be laughing uproariously as the idiots swarm around like ants by a kicked over anthill ), but not as humorous per se as it used to be.  It’s easy to act all ninja warrior while things are good, no so much as reality rears its head.  Like the reality that retail is crashing.  70% of the economy is consumer spending and retail is in freefall as fewer customers have money to consume, after hour cuts and increased medical payments.  Obammy will join FDR as one of the most obvious banker suck asses in history.  And you think with extra effort and gumption you will be able to start a business and succeed and make a butt ton of money so you can stay in debt and buy all the cool prepper toys?  Genius, the economy is crashing.  Less money, less consumers, more business failures.  You can do everything right and less money in less hands means less purchases.  Does nobody remember the original Great Depression?  Why are you acting like the worlds biggest dumb ass, shoving more inventory on the shelf, bound and determined that if you present a pretty pony the sparkle will be enough to create more spending?  All the consumer goods in the worlds biggest mall are worthless without customers.

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So, given all that, perhaps you realize that when it is time to batten down the hatches, that means don’t get into more debt.  Don’t spend too much extra.  In the almost year from the first new director’s panic ten percent hours cuts at my old job, I saved money like crazy.  I think in the whole time I treated myself to one case of ammo, a limited stock of war surplus 303 Cheaper Than Dirt came across and was selling at near 1990’s prices.  I could have gone psycho and bought every single case, as I had the money.  But joblessness was far more eminent than zombie hoards, and I already had a good amount, so I was a good boy and just kept stashing savings.  In the long run, perhaps this will prove to be short sighted.  But the thing about the collapse is that it isn’t all about combating evil biker gangs raping women.  First, it is about, wait for it, an economic collapse.  Is saving money for that retarded?  Perhaps, but getting into debt or mindlessly consuming for FURTHER into the collapse is worse.  If you have decided that where you are is far less than perfect but time is too short to dink around and spend more money, you might be in a DIPPED position.

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 Right, dipped in crap.  But also, DIP, as in Defending In Place.  In my last blog, which wasn’t bad but surely wasn’t great as I had burned out on over five years of the Bison survival blog and drifted slightly from prepping plus I didn’t always have very long articles ( it was easy to go back to the primary focus as things careened wildly out of control and panic levels ratcheted ), a minion mentioned that he was going with a DIP plan.  It wasn’t perfect, that was acknowledged, but what he was doing was the best of bad choices.  Since he couldn’t relocate, and was getting up in years, he just started filling large plastic barrels with grains.  Come the time, his son’s teenage buddies would be fed in exchange for being the neighborhood defense force ( I think I’m remembering all that correctly-it’s been awhile ).  Two thirty gallon barrels will hold each person for a year ( yes, I know you can’t train and fight well on only 1500 calories a day-so that amount is emergency bare bones better than nothing one notch above the enemies starving hoards ) and ten would run you, what?  $700 or so? 

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That is a heck of a lot cheaper than buying junk land half way across the country, moving there and building even a shack on it ( not to mention, lost wages or permanent unemployment ).  Yes, I know.  Extra weapons and ammo and water filters and all the issues of suburban survival.  No one is claiming perfection here.  Nor advisability or feasibility.  But, perhaps, practicality.  I of course didn’t remember the original article, but upon rereading it I do remember being impressed with the whole idea.  It went against everything I preach as far as location, but it was a wonderful thinking out of the box strategy.  A very brilliant solution to a seemingly unsolvable problem ( “how do we stay safe in our current situation”? ).  It didn’t try for the standard “I’ll just arm myself with a semi-auto arsenal and by the magic of my cyclical action I shall be a super warrior stud”.  You have to respect that.  It acknowledges tribe and true Force Multipliers ( higher tech is NOT a force multiplier, not in the long run and not against intelligent irregular warfare.  You can pretend your high resolution satellite photos and drones will win the war, but all the enemy has to do is hold on long enough for those toys to bankrupt you and your overseas supply line.  He just needs to keep herding his goats for a profit while you spend billions finding and killing a few other herders goats ) which is a strategic food supply.  I’ll continue this tomorrow.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

guest article post 2 of 2 today

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Prepping and hoarding and all that is good, but what about when the days turn to weeks, and in worst case scenarios perhaps even advancing to months, years, or even decades? Civilization-ending stuff. Unlikely that we will experience such, to say the least, but the concept of such long-term survivalism is fascinating none the less. We will want to make ammunition last as long as possible, and to be able to also make use of ammunition that we cannot use, a portable reloading setup would be ideal. Lee Hand Press, the necessary dies for the cartridge(s) that you'll be primarily using, bullets, and a powder scale that does not require batteries such as the Lyman 500 which Richard uses in my book. Comes in a convenient cardboard box for storage, and requires only a flat surface to set up. A small pair of pliers can also be useful, or even a plastic kinetic bullet-puller if you've got the space for the big hammer-like tool. With it, you won't risk marring the bullets themselves, so if you're pulling .30-06 to reload .308 you can use the like-new bullets, of if you're wishing to reload .303 British and happen upon some 7.62x39 or 7.62x54r then you should be ok to use the bullets of those Russian rounds in the British firearm.


So that's all well and good, it can certainly extend your ammunition to make it last as long as possible. To go one step further it would be most impressive if you can get a mould to make your own bullets out of lead, but it is advised to keep your ammo somewhere around the speed of sound. Too fast, and I hear the soft lead won't grip the rifling, basically getting lead shaved off in the rifling and causing large amounts of lead fouling, which is obviously not ideal. Due to this, manually-operated firearms would be preferable to semi-auto ones for truly long-term survival because lightly-loaded ammo won't influence reliability at all. If you have a bayonet, then even when you run out of ammo the firearm will still be a handy and durable spear.


Ideally, only use ammo for hunting, and in extreme situations like if someone is armed and actively attacking you. Or if we're going more in the realm of Science Fiction (why not? we're talking about the end of the world here) if you're surrounded by walkers. Just one or two, then deal with them using melee, like with a bayonet. If there's too many to deal with melee, try to avoid them. If they can't be avoided and are bearing down on you, flip the safety off and start shooting as calmly and steadily as you can, making every round last, but ideally the majority of your shooting is only for hunting. Avoid confrontations if possible. Smokeless powder won't last forever though, which is another reason why manually-operated firearms are ideal. Semi-auto firearms don't have the best trackrecord in the world with black powder, which is why semi-auto firearms and actual self-loading machine guns didn't start to really come about until after 1886 when the French blessed the world with 'Poudre B' which I believe is what they called it.


The Gatling Gun is another matter; it is for all intents and purposes a manually-operated firearm, except instead of turning a bolt, working a lever, or anything like that, you just turn a  crank. There's no trigger to my knowledge, just a crank. the idea of an automatic self-loading firearm is you just need to keep the trigger held down, or for semi-auto, just keep pulling the trigger, which is different from continually rotating a crank.


So what about when (not if; WHEN) that precious smokeless powder goes? Either by then you've either figured out the ancient process of making black powder, found someone who does with whom you can trade stuff with for their black powder, or you've reverted to the immemorial craft of bows and arrows. For those who are more technologically inclined, perhaps handy with woodword, a crossbow is a nifty bit of technology to get into. Bow and arrow requires MUCH strength, time, and practice to become good with, but not so with crossbow. Or at least, not QUITE so. As for black powder, at least two ingredients are required, a third is, to my knowlege, optional. Charcoal and saltpetre are the necessary ones, with sulphur being the optional one to my knowledge. The ratio I think is 75/15/10 for saltpetre/charcoal/sulphur, or for the simpler mixture if I had to guess (just to protect my ass as well as Jim's, imma say 'don't try this at home') is 70/30 or 75/25 for saltpetre/charcoal. Charcoal is simple, I've made it before myself. Get a clean paintcan, punch holes in the top, fill it with wood, stick it over a fire (can't remember how long), and you're basically baking the wood. Flammable air will be shooting out of the holes in the top so if you see fire spewing from the holes (again, gonna say not to try this at home just for legal reasons) it's ok.


As for saltpetre, I've never tried. All I know is you need stale piss, fecal matter, and lots of time to let it essentially rot. Mix it up from time to time, add more stale piss (possibly hay too?), and eventually it will be developing white fuzz and/or white crystals. Then I think you boil it down (I can only imagine the stench), somehow filter it to separate the solids from the liquids, and with the liquids you boil, boil, boil to get rid of the water. It's similar to the process of making sea salt from what I understand (I'll explain that simple process below*). So as you boil the mixture down it'll get thicker and thicker and thicker. Once down to a certain point you don't want to risk burning it on the fire so take it from the fire and put it into pans. Let the Sun do the rest, and the crystalline material left is the precious and necessary main ingredient of the thing that goes boom. Mix the ingredients as mentioned, and in theory, you should have a simple form of black powder to be more than likely used in muskets of sorts, maybe rifled if you're lucky, or even smoothbore would be acceptable. Matchlock or flintlock, it depends on your own capabilities.


As my Living amongst the Dead series continues (SPOILER ALERT! SPOILERS AHEAD!!!) once he finally gets to his desired destination, if he lives long enough to do so, then such experimentations will take place, and I will PERSONALLY make my own black powder from scratch as well as my own sea salt from scratch so that I will be writing from experience rather than writing from theory. I myself have owned a Lee hand Press, Lyman 500 powder scale, .303 dies, kinetic bullet puller (not seen in the book series), and so on, so it is all from experience thus far.


*Sea salt. You need LOTS of sea water, and I think stuff gathered farther out will be better than stuff directly from the coast but anyways, get the cleanest sea water you can. Gonna be spending a long time out by the fire. Boil, boil, boil, add more sea water, boil, boil, boil, add more, boil, boil, boil, and it will steadily become like a slurry or clear sludge of hyper-salty liquid. Once it gets to a certain point (I haven't made my own sea salt yet but i will some day), put it into pans, and let the Sun do the rest. You will end up with (hopefully) pure sea salt.


**BONUS CONTENT! Bottling meat! Again, haven't done this myself yet, but I've learned the process from a few sources both online and IRL. Get a perfectly clean Mason jar, fill nearly to the top with cubed-up meat, add a tablespoon of canning salt or sea salt (not iodized for some reason), no need to mix it in to my knowedge, put the lid on almost tight but not quite, and boil the bottle in water that I think is JUST shy from being over the lid. The meat will boil and cook, once cooked you turn the heat off and eventually carefully take the bottles from the water. I think you then tighten the lid down as it cools and then wait. In time, the dimple on the top will POP from being sealed. Richard bottles his own meat using Mason jars and sea salt but I've not described the process yet. I want to wait until I do it myself.


Well, I think that's enough from me, hopefully this has been interesting! If I'm mistaken anywhere, please inform me of such in the comments below. This is that writer fellow J N Morgan, just released my 7th book, 4th in the Living amongst the Dead series, it's titled "Living amongst the Dead: Struggles New and Old." As of writing this guest article on the afternoon of the 18th, Newfoundland time, the paperback is in the review process a second time because I had to make a quick two-word revision unfortunately, and after that I'll be putting the Kindle version through the review process which should take less than a day to correct. So availability MIGHT be a bit odd until, oh, by the 20th everything should be right as rain across the board. I've got another promotional offer coming, in fact already started technically!


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fried and dried post 1 of 2 today


FRIED AND DRIED
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For whatever reason as I never know what is going to activate my “on a mission from God” ( Blues Brothers reference ) mode, I took it into my head that I needed to get into making tofu.  I think it was in a past article or comment mentioning that it would be nice if I could substitute or at least subsidize meat while living off grid.  If you didn’t have to pressure can, and didn’t need a fridge ( just cold cellar dairy ), life would be much easier.  You go into town every weekend, or even stretching it out to two weeks ( if you didn’t need to fetch water and you had enough clean cloths until laundry day ), avoiding the worst weather and wear and tear on the bike.  Well, I knew that you have to be careful eating beans because if they aren’t cooked your body can’t assimilate the nutrients, and in fact will actually LOSE some.  The only thing you end up with is calories.  And I already knew that soy has always been problematic in that they have the same issue as other beans but they take on the added issue of delivering or causing the formation of pseudo-estrogen. 

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I never wanted Bitch Tits ( guy boobies-you can get those from taking steroids to bulk up ) before and now I certainly don’t need my sex drive to diminish any more.  A little is good, as I like being able to think with the big brain and overrule the little brain.  That little humper has been in charge since my mid teens until around age fifty, and it was nice to see him kicked off the board of directors-now merely in a consulting role.  The thing is, if I get even less hormones I worry that the bastard will revolt and refuse to work at all.  At least now he’s still game most of the time ( we just went from a sprint to a marathon ).  So, no estrogen for me in my food, thank you very much.  I had read about the dangers of soy decades ago but decided that I needed a refresher.  I know, you know, and Ross Perot knows that everyone lies.  Those vegetarian folks pushing soy, the industry selling soy, and the publishers of articles and books warning you about soy, they all lie.  Okay, they don’t REALLY lie.  They pick and choose through the data to feed their conformational bias.  It isn’t willful untruth, just another unfortunate programming defect in our monkey men species.  We believe we aren’t lying when we lie and then lie to ourselves about lying so no one thinks we are liars.

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Of course what this means is that we have to make up our own minds about all the benefits and dangers of everything.  No one is going to admit being wrong about something so you can never wait for them to admit they humped it up.  Just keep an open mind in case you were wrong yourself.  I’ve always been partial to junk food, as is anyone because it is basically chemically altered corn that assumes whatever form your deepest desires take.  But at an early age my mom was a health food guru and past a very young age when I was allowed sugar cereal ( and I’m talking young, like four years old ) and other staples of normalcy, or at least normal for the children of the Manufactured Miracle Foods era, my parents, I was raised on healthy food ( I especially remember the adventures that was driving to other cities trying to find the one odd bakery that actually sold whole wheat bread, and this in California home of granola freaks-this prior to her making all her own ). 

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So, I was never a completely dedicated fan of either diametrically opposed food groups, rather of both, and I think it has given me a slight advantage in judging the accuracy of their claims ( well, that, a lot of reading and a lot of self experimentation ).  Which, unfortunately, both run to evangelical heights of absurdity.  The advocates of soy treat it like any other bean, and the detractors list nearly every medical ailment known to man as side effects.  But having encountered both types before, repeatedly, I kind of know what to watch for.  The advocates don’t admit to anything and the detractors claim all evil and wrong doing.  You know the vegetarians don’t know crap, since they don’t even know about the cooking issue ( they think raw ground soy as filling is acceptable ), and you know the scare mongers are snake oil salesmen ( selling the product, selling fear of the product-same difference ) and don’t know crap ( if a medical doctor is telling you this, is he an advocate of traditional practices such as chemotherapy? ).  Since the pros don’t know of any danger, add some.  And since the cons are overly excitable, take with a grain of salt.

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And the verdict is in.  We don’t meet in the middle.  Middle ground is a compromise and with your health should you really be doing that?  Hell to the No, yo!  I could find no research that convinced me to think soy was anything other than poison on a stick ( the only way to safely eat it was Miso, a six month long fermentation process that needs an exotic store bought mold.  Really?  All that trouble for a bean.  If it was steak, okay ).  Look, I know sugar is terrible for you.  I consume it is much smaller doses than I used to ( I’m surprised I didn’t blow out an internal organ, the amount of coffee and soda I consumed as I weaned myself off of alcohol ).  I don’t think a little is extremely bad for you.  I don’t think my one cigarette a day is going to kill me ( how much car exhaust do you suck in? ).  I know moderation.  But soy, it just seems like a terrible food I should not use in moderation.  And I know that could be a too arbitrary of a decision, but sometimes the intellect can decide and sometimes you just need to trust your gut. 

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So soy is out which means tofu is a No-Go.  Which was sad.  Not that I like tofu as even the extra firm is a bit too nasty in the texture department for me.  But I sure liked soy jerky when I tried it ( all these were store bought.  They might taste much better homemade, but somehow I doubt it.  Factory food is engineered to taste better than homemade, or at least the expensive stuff is-you need to discount those manufactures who have recently gone all full retard on certain items, dropping the quality to near zero ).  My brainstorm was that I’d take tofu and run it in my food dryer, getting the moisture down.  Well, since tofu was soy and soy was out, I needed other answers.  I Googled “non-soy tofu” and got a bunch of Indian ( dot, not feather ) recipes, usually using garbanzos.  Which suck, from my experience with salads.  But those of course were canned and perhaps fresh was better.  But the video was saying as how you don’t get a milk out of that bean like you do soy anyway, so why go with a bean I don’t know much about?  They were saying just soak overnight and then blend into a slurry.  Then set up and cut into cubes.

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Well, I have this neat little device called a grain grinder, so piss on that soaking nonsense.  The grinder is the only way to process beans that have gotten too old to soak, anyway ( a pressure cooker might work, I’m not sure ).  So I’m just assuming the grinder is best all around.  I tried grinding on fine, but it seems best to grind just like you would the wheat, three times grinding from course to medium to fine.  Once you have your Victorian grinder ( which you order through my Amazon ad to give me a commission because you love me as no other non-fiction writer ) set up, looking at it with the hopper and handle towards you, you grind at 3 o’clock, then noon, then 9 o’clock ( 7 o’clock is closed completely-don’t use that setting as you’ll grind metal ).  I went with lentils, a more expensive option than pinto ( in our area of 25% Mexican population, pintos are the dominant used bean and hence the cheapest from quantity ).  I do fine with pinto as I like refried beans, but from some nasty soup/stew nasty concoction experiences I don’t like lentils.  My thought process was that if I could get those turds to taste good I could get any bean to work.

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Now you just cook the bean flour.  Remember about the seeds being designed to go through the gut of the bird and sprout from its droppings?  A bean will go right through you without absorbing nutrients if it isn’t cooked properly.  Just like a potato.  What you do is treat it like a pot of old fashion oatmeal.  Add water and let cook for awhile.  I had two cups of bean flour, so I doubled that in liquid.  The day before I tried half and half and it didn’t seem to cook very well.  By using three and half cups water and a half cup soy sauce, I got enough liquid in there to keep the paste bubbling.  I added a quarter cup sugar as I wanted a teriyaki flavor.  I was just kind of spitballing here, trying different things.  Once I realized I wasn’t making tofu as much as mush, it was a lot easier to figure this out.  Remember corn meal mush?  You take cornmeal, add water and cook for awhile, then put the mush into a pan and refrigerate over night, cutting into slices and frying.  Very tasty stuff.  Once I started treating the bean flour like the corn version ( polenta, in Italy ), it all fell into place.

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I placed the pan of two to one water to bean flour on medium and let cook for fifteen minutes, stirring occasionally ( I need to do a bit more research on how long it takes to cook beans, but this seemed reasonable ).  By this time the mush was nice and thick, and I glopped it onto a greased cookie sheet and put in the fridge.  You are going to have a really messy pan.  The bean paste cooks onto the bottom and is a bear to clean.  You’ll need to soak and scrape twice or so.  Make a big batch, so as to lesson the times you need to clean.  After an hour the mush is nice and firm, ready to be cut.  I made it about small French fry size.  I put most of them on the food dryer and some I tried frying up.  Oh.  My.  God.  That fried mush might not have been a perfect meat substitute but it was tasty as tasty could be.  It tasted nothing like bean paste ( I had tried some the day before in my first experimental batch, unseasoned.  It tasted exactly like what it was, mushy lentils.  Yuck! ) and very close to what the makers of tofu fake meat wished their slop tasted like.  Even the dog was impressed, but it is kind of hard to tell with her.  She is picky, but inconsistent.  I will say, as yummy as polenta is, the bean version is twice as good.

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I tried the dried version after four hours and while good enough the middle was too raw.  After seven hours I had a better product, cooked all the way through but not so hard it was like burnt toast.  It almost tasted like jerky.  Of course, after sitting all night it went from chewy to crusty on the outside and chewy in the middle, so I don’t know if you could really say it is a proper jerky substitute in texture.  I’ll try to experiment on the next batch, only drying for four hours and letting it sit overnight to firm up.  Perhaps that will leave it staying chewy.  Of course I’ll update you the results.  I’m also going to try pinto instead of lentil beans.  I’m pretty excited about the results, even at this early stage.  Perhaps the soy sauce and the sugar take away some of the healthy aspects of this, as well as adding to the cost, but I think all things considered this is a relatively affordable and relatively healthy protein snack to replace what might be junk food binging when you are hungry between meals ( which I usually am, from late morning to early afternoon ).
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[ update.  Pinto beans are half the price and make less of a mess, but not only do they take a lot to grind-open the plates way out, grind about four times-they taste like utter crap using the above methods.  Also, just one pound of beans fills a 10x15 cookie sheet high ]

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

money matters


MONEY MATTERS
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Today as I write is July Forth, a holiday of greatly diminished importance the less and less free we become ( you cheese dinguses want to pretend you are in the Land Of The Free when you can be held indefinitely without charges?  Hump you very much you retards.  “Love it or leave it”?  So, you love Jack Booted Thugs?  ), although you won’t be reading this for two weeks, and as I was taking my daily bicycle ride through the lower town to both get my cardio exercise and to get out of the house to avoid cabin fever, plus to check the mail, I could scarcely believe my eyes.  Traffic was at the usual “asswhore on my road”, “move back to California you vicious dingus”, “where in all that is just and good and holy do all these crooked dog members come from?” levels.  It wasn’t small penis/big Tonka truck we’re going muddin or off roadin recreational vehicle traffic, either, but just the regular driving around.  To give you a better picture here, Upper town is the new buildings they put at the new Interstate off ramps, full of touristos and long haul drivers stopping to stretch their legs and fill their colon packed intestinal worm festering guts with beef flavored sawdust from McDonalds, whereas Lower town is the old main drag which used to be the old cross country highway.  You always expect more traffic by the Interstate, so if the lower part is packed you know something different is going on.

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It wasn’t a parade getting ready, and it wasn’t the mines changing shifts.  It couldn’t be regular workers as pretty much everything is closed today except retail.  I don’t know, is taking the family to breakfast a regular holiday tradition?  Or is it just the regular daily latte powered Yuppie Scum darting around in frantic desperation trying to shop until they drop?  I think that is it exactly.  Nobody is really buying anything that is worth two shakes of a leg from an incontinent Depends wearer, the quality of everything from sit down meals to aforementioned off road vehicles a sad and pathetic spectacle.  Why are they in such a hurry ( and they are in a hurry, all the time.  Even on a holiday at 7am I must drive defensively as on 25mph roads the danger is ever present-what a complete reversal of the sleepy little burg I moved to ) so as to buy complete crap?  I understand the quality of citizen here has declined markedly.  Sadly, the place was always packed far tighter butt hole to elbows with California Yuppie transplants than it ever was farmers and ranchers, but when the population suddenly surged 25-30% in one year it was from retards.  Not your average run of the mill retard, they are everywhere, but retards that gave no thought to research the financial or employment status of the mines and blindly moved out here.  And they are all on the roads aimlessly wandering around all day, seemingly spending their welfare bennies as few businesses are hiring or have been for some time.

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Just as whole geographical areas of the country only see economic activity due to fedgov handouts, I don’t doubt that our little town does also.  Not to a large extent, but you can’t move here and find much work.  The retail positions seem to be filled with immigrants on a waiting list as no one has any help wanted ads out.  The number three mine here just suspended safety bonuses, a good twenty percent of the average monthly take home, and you never hear of any of them with an open position.  For goodness sakes, there was an apartment with a billboard ad, the rental sector has taken such a huge hit ( there are even RV space vacancies.  Unheard of, for years and years ).  Now, don’t get me wrong, while unduly drug out way past my comfort zone, at least the local economy is finally contracting which is good.  It is still possible I’ll see a huge population cut prior to the final waterfall collapse, which is about the only way this location is a viable retreat area ( too few resources-limited water and completely sterile soil ).

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But why the doubling of retail space and the day long traffic?  Okay, I got it, the new retards brought in government money, and it must have been a lot since the mines have been slowly cutting back for years ( if you follow my link suggestions you know about the global gold sector and its problems ), but is there something else afoot?  I don’t want to claim this is a repeat of the 1970’s and ‘80’s, when inflation was such a concern everybody wanted to get rid of their cash instantly.  The younger generation have no clue about that and wouldn’t be emulating that behavior.  Besides, if the survival food industry is in trouble from lack of sales, that not only speaks of the populations buying power, it speaks of the unawareness of any potential problems in the general population ( granted, the fact is that the government learned from the social unrest of the Sixties and Seventies and pacifies all with its payola schemes, and fake money from Uncle Sam does mask social ills ).  I hope you noted that, however, as it is an indicator.  The ‘70’s saw huge economic issues, and the survival industry flourished.  It was a growth industry.  Today, that industry is in sharp decline.  That tells me this decline is far worse than that decline.

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I think what we are seeing is quite simple.  Remember those crowded rat experiments?  The food supply was inexhaustible until overcrowding took place, then human like social behavior was observed, from homosexuality, gang rape and cannibalism.  They just went batcrap crazy from overpopulation.  And I think that is what we are seeing in a lot of irrational behavior.  Everyone is being well fed, even if it is nutritionless,  and the government is delivering all the food pellets for free, so crowding with its psychological connotations is a likely answer here.  Why else the mad rush to buy meaningless trinkets?  There is no value in them, another trashy sprinkles coated gee-gaw you marvel in for a short time then toss it in the corner with the others.  You are much smarter with your money, I trust.  In matters of money, money matters, but in the end money doesn’t matter at all.  It is just a tool to use to transition yourself to the time that money is no longer a tool.  You need to invest it, but then you need to forget about it.  And I know this is easier said than done.  Money, at least in our current culture ( but probably since money was available since it has such a sad history ), is a tool we never really master until we shed its hypnotic Siren call.

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Long ago I learned to do with far less money, but when you are frugal with your money it does take on an even sterner ownership.  You are constantly thinking about and watching it.  Pondering how to spend less.  You are more of its master but it has an even stronger hold on you at the same time.  Once I got completely out of debt, no more land payment and no more child support, I still worried about money as I went whole hog on preps for three straight years.  Then I spent the next two stressing about pumping up my savings as I worried about unemployment.  I can say that the last fifteen years have been great money wise, as I wasted nary a cent, but I can’t claim they were “money worry free”.  That didn’t happen until just now when I finally reduced my wants and needs to almost nothing.  Food, energy, taxes and just enough expenses to keep my vast publishing empire afloat.  It is wonderful, not wanting or needing to spend money.  Other than watching the food on sale, I don’t need to go out and buy anything ( which includes online sales ).  This reduces my worry about money to a minimum level of self-employed increased work ethic for bare bones survival.

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My biggest worry recently?  I was trying to figure out how to introduce another basic commodity to my diet, besides wheat.  Not only does it save money as I fill up on healthy and cheap peasant food, it is a writing article subject ( I shan’t tell you more for fear of shortening tomorrows article, but I’m trying for a fake tofu ).  A two-fer.  But it wasn’t an unhealthy compulsive focus on money.  It had rather reduced itself to a hobby level of concern.  I have finally achieved the independence to lower my concern for money to about as low as possible and still stay functional ( I don’t believe it is realistic to go below that, such as a guy squatting on public land and trash picking his food.  The minion who gave us a link to the guy refusing Social Security and squatting in an open camp bed, you know who I’m talking about.  The discussion was the ethics of accepting federal money, which both of us agreed was a non-issue.  You take what they offer while it is available since the system is screwed now even if zero checks were sent out.  Just like Gore Warming, in theory, has a feedback loop already inserted and zero emissions today on can’t stop it, if the fedgov budget saw no welfare payments the interest payments alone takes us past bankruptcy ).

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I don’t know if my fears are dysfunctional or well founded, but just as I worry about Jaws eating me past knee deep ocean level, I also worry about sleeping in any unsecured location seeing some pervert boning me in the ass.  Not a big fan of sodomy, with either gender, catcher or pitcher.  Like LSD, it was okay to experiment with but not something you want to do regular ( and I’m talking with the wife, you homo’s ).  You squat on public land in a tent or similar, I could never sleep soundly.  Far better to work the period needed to afford land and save up for taxes.  And trash picking food?  With 2k calories a day in wheat a mere 29 cents, why would you play food poisoning Roulette?  When you completely divorce yourself from the money economy you reverse the 80/20 Rule, giving up 80% of the benefits you could have had for 20% of the cost.  That isn’t even smart, as you are NOT independent from money but dependent of society continuing to provide you a surplus.  Right now, all the fast food and grocery stores are playing the Food Waste To Wealth game, due to competition.  Close a few major chains due to consumer contraction and suddenly you won’t see overflowing shelves or food under the heat lamp to save seconds.  There is a lot of waste that can be planned OUT of the system.  Then the surplus parasites will be without resources.

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Remember to mind your P’s and Q’s on money philosophically. 

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Monday, July 17, 2017

generating caution


GENERATING CAUTION

I’m going to attempt to write this article on generators as prepper equipment and I hope I’ve done a decent job.  I don’t like “do this and die” articles any more than my loyal minions who dutifully slog through my drivel.  Not that I’m saying systematic problems have solutions, but that an alternate way of doing things should be proposed even if it is less a solution than at least a work-around.  For instance, electricity in general has no long term substitution.  You can only go as long as your batteries, ten years ( if you can’t make your own Edison battery, forget “forever” batteries.  The commercial solution blows, at $1200 for something like a 200 amp battery.  A car battery costs $70 and is 600 amps, for comparison ), or solar panels, thirty years.  Then it is game over for electric and you are back to using candles.  As I never tire of telling you because it is important ( and it makes me look smarter, the Potemkin Village where the Survivalist Guru lives ), I was forced to use candles for several weeks when I first moved off grid and we had three weeks of solid clouds, my panels were the old style and didn’t charge ( the new light weight mono’s can trickle charge even as it is snowing ), besides being only thirty watts total, and I had been using the old pre-LED incandescent auto bulbs, so even with two 800 amp batteries which were in theory full charge I was quickly without power.  And that was ONLY using the batteries for light-I was resolved to live minimalist in power requirements.

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Candles blow the biggest mule member you can imagine, and that is putting it nicely.  The only thing we could do was look at each other and snarl, them get up to do something and trip over whatever.  Not only does that tell you how dependent we are on outside factors for entertainment, it showed that if they survive my kids are going to be stuck in the dark cursing the gods.  It also points out that in 2008, there were no bright, cheap LED flashlights and lamps.  They were at that time ( again, the affordable ones ) as weak as the candles.  Any LED’s you have that might be from that era, stash in a popcorn or Christmas tin can wrapped up-just in case of EMP-and save for barter.  Spend the few bucks it takes to buy newer, far brighter ones, using no more power ( don’t go ridiculous and get 800 lumens and expect those batteries to last forever, however ).  I’ll assume you have the separate issue of AA batteries and a charger already squared away.  Light bright enough to play cards or read or whatever, is REALLY friggin important.  For your sanity and peace of mind ( tactically, a different matter and don’t get me started on night vision-the toy versions are cheap enough to be acceptable for use, but I hate the concept of relying on them in general ).

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Illumination, which is the most important aspect of electrical generation, does not need a generator.  That should be obvious.  Solar panels really shine in this aspect, as far as return on and requiring a frugal investment only.  But where do most folks think they need a generator at?  Down south, for refrigeration and air conditioning.  Besides an oven, perhaps two of the biggest energy pigs out there.  So folks, facing a hurricane, rush down to Home Despot and buy the biggest assed generator they can, so that they can cool the house and keep the freezer running.  First, most run down in the general panic and find they are out of stock, and second if they buy one or have one on hand, they are generally buying a huge hunk of crap.  After a few years I broke down and bought a generator, mostly so I could write at the B-POD instead of just at work ( a sacrifice that was unappreciated, but I am as a saint, giving to the masses freely my heart, soul and life force.  You are certainly welcome ).  What.  A.  Hunk.  Of.  Feces. 

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I cannot convey my hatred and disgust, my unbridled rage, to an extent you’ll ever understand.  Chinese generators are the worst thing you can spend your money on.  They are built to last, literally, less than dozens of hours prior to something breaking.  My second parts failure occurred less than one hundred hours in ( I think that is generous.  It could be a lot less as I only ran the thing an hour or two a week ) and I gave it away to a mechanically inclined neighbor who ran it for a few weeks, got far less than a thousand hours out of it, and turned it into parts.  I should have taken the $150 and bought another panel or two, but back then they were still very expensive and I thought I was being smart budgeting in a gallon of gas a month to keep the batteries charged as I used more power.

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If you are in a hurry and buy Chinese because you need a really big generator as disaster looms, it is going to last that one period of no power for several weeks, and that will be that.  At most you get another years natural disaster out of it.  Chances are good that you will spend a lot more on a generator than what the meat in the freezer is worth.  If you live in the South, heck if you live in the north, anywhere east of the 100th Meridian and you live in an overpopulated area with even more aged infrastructure than normal, and power is going to go out for weeks at a time, you need an alternate to AC and freezers, rather than a way to keep those pigs going.  Even if the power generation never stops, a fable on par with Fracking Independence, more and more people every year with less and less infrastructure maintenance due to greed and incompetence and lack of money means you’ll see more and more power outages.  Why do you want to overpay to buy a hunk of crap that takes precious gasoline you must store at an additional expense, more and more often?

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You are putting yourself in the same situation that the country is in,  relying on imported fuel with poorly built infrastructure hoping for a little bit more time wallowing in luxury.  Yes, AC is about the only way to comfortably cool you in a humid climate.  But let me ask you this.  Why are you living in that climate if you are dependent on AC?  It is an Oil Age product and that era is on its last legs.  If you don’t want to live in the South using Old Timey methods of cooling, why are you there now?  Sooner or later you’ll be back to the Candle Illumination version of cooling.  In the meantime you can use solar panels and batteries and rotary fans, if your home is under some shade.  That is how I lived in Florida, although to be fair that was on the coast with the ocean breeze.  Living without a freezer is easy enough, you set up an outdoor kitchen and can all your meats.  That also doubles as a fuel substitute as you can eat from the can when the power is out ( or, you’ll just use a lot less fuel to re-heat, to conserve your propane ).  So, keeping your freezer running is also forcing you to use more fuel to cook, anyway.  If you live in the South, you almost MUST can, to get used to power interruptions.

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Swamp coolers look cool, a fish tank pump bringing water up to the top of a woven mat and it trickles down.  On one You-Tube video, a guy had his whole open half sliding glass door done up like this, with the back the house having a fan in the attic access drawing the air through the woven mat and up and out.  You use almost no electricity doing it this way and the house stays comfortable, but alas swamp coolers work where there isn’t the humidity issue, in the desert, where there are water issues.  Another non-long term solution.  In the desert, it is best just to go underground.  In the water saturated dirt back East, I would advise building above ground and having dirt banked walls and extra insulated roofing.  Another cheap work-around they are using in humid India is a junk air cooler.  It is nothing more than a board covering a window facing the direction of the breeze, and holes cut in the board you stick a bunch of two liter plastic bottles through.  You cut the bottoms off the bottles, and that is where the bottle rests on the board ( cut for a snug fit, so all the air is directed through the bottle ), facing outside.  The narrow opening of the bottle faces inside.  The breeze, as it is forced down into a smaller opening, naturally cools.  How “cool” is that?

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Generators are only good for prepping if you are a Disaster Doomer ( one who thinks ‘Murica will always be great, the perpetual empire, the three hundred year fracking oil independent nation-‘cause, you know, technology will always save us-and the only thing ever, ever in all the history of ever  that will EVER happen is the odd natural disaster we will quickly recover from like with Katrina.  Oh, wait… ).  And even then they suck unless you have lots to invest.  The only good generator for personal rather than institutional use is a Japanese manufactured one and the only thing they are good for is living off grid.  NOT for survival, survivalism, prepping or powering a doom-stead.  They are a luxury item intended to get the spouse off grid, and are NOT to be relied on long term or in a protracted emergency because they are ONLY for luxury and comfort and NOT for keeping you alive.  Anything you need a fridge for, like insulin, you have a solar refrigerator for ( don’t rely on an icebox if you can help it ) and anything that needs to be frozen should be canned instead.  And you need to live with a breeze rather than a Artic Machine if you live in subtropical areas.  Gee, I wonder how all those folks in Central and South America live without AC?  You can’t cope in the American South substituting intelligent building for energy waste?  And if you are stuck in a crappy building you can’t develop a work-around for?  How about fast growing shade trees and extra insulation?

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Generators are short term solutions ill thought out, wasteful and expensive, if used to keep the on-grid lifestyle on life support.  Used intelligently as a supplement to alternate energy, for short term use to create luxury off-grid that you aren’t dependent on, that is all fine and dandy.  Personally, I would put the same money into solar panels while they are still cheap.  But I live in a sunny locale.  So a generator for you isn’t a bad thing.  Just use it as a tool instead of a crutch.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

tribal totem


TRIBAL TOTEM

Okay, awhile ago I’m desperately trying to find another doomer site as the old ones fell away from entropy and attrition, and while happy as hell because I’m pretty much the longest running e-pub out there survivalist wise ( my e-mail newsletter started before the end of last century ) I need more input, always more input and hence am willing to settle for reading drivel and puff pieces, so I ruin an entire morning, time I’ll never get back, looking at one of those “fifty best prepper sites” lists.  Out of fifty, I think about three or so were even worth bookmarking and revisiting to see if they are worthy of my time.  That quickly fell away to about one and he is on the Double Top Secret Probation list and will soon be booted if he stays busy cashing in his military pension and Social Security checks rather than writing a friggin article already.  Hey, I understand this writing stuff is hard, but what are we paying you for ( sadly, I think the worst bare bones info regurgitater is getting paid too much from advertisements )?

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At the end of that morning, you are very welcome everything I do for you all, I was simply astounded at the mediocrity and general worthlessness of the prepper publication crowd.  I could stick a pencil up my ass and write more interesting stuff.  You might think that is actually how I produce my articles.  However, one good thing that did come out of my pain and suffering was this article idea.  It was one of those “Survivalist Arsenal” articles and really all it did was heap so much scorn and loathing on every single firearm except for semi-auto carbine and battle rifles that the bias was crystal clear to even someone as slow and Special Ed such as myself.   For instance, if you were to have a bolt action, you would surely die as you couldn’t shoot fast enough.  That was it-their only argument.  Okay, granted, that is one consideration, but the argument and considerations are shallow and vapid.  I won’t continue for thousands of words in that vein, we have covered it ad nauseam.  For you new tight fisted frugal bastards ( hey, no judgment-I wave the same flag ) that are just now reading me, you’ll have a time of it finding any specific article as I have always mistitled in an attempt at cuteness or misdirection, I’m not sure which, so you’ll have to slog through the last five years of blog entries to find anything.  But since you need to and want to catch up anyway, there you go ( if you are new, you’ll also discover my endearing habit of run on sentences.  I tell you, it just keeps getting better ). 

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I will just mention that there is no gun you couldn’t use as a survival gun, granting such exceptions as Derringers or similar that simply require too close of range with far too little damage potential.  You can of course assume that a piece of equipment is far more important compared to skill or intelligent application, but I do not.  At the outside, you can always use a inferior weapon as an Acquisition Gun ( snipe or ambush and procure a better weapon ).  The AR folks have always played the game of “equipment makes the warrior”.  What kind of warrior is open to question of course.  Remember when Dirty Harry was released in the theatres?  Suddenly the 44 has the cats meow, the bees knees.  Just like someone who wears sunglasses thinking he’ll turn cool, owning the 44 did not make you macho.  Unless you were the gun buyer of course.  That was purchasing a totem to import mystical and magical powers.  Well, the M16 has had this kind of Dirty Harry imparted magic propaganda since its early adaptation.  Think back on all the Hollywood badassery associated with it. 

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One almost believes that this is a modern version of the Spear Chuckers being given a ritual to make them bulletproof.  Poof, now go run into the ranks of British mass fire.  You’ll survive just fine.  Now it is, poof, you don’t need skill or courage, this gun will magically grant you these qualities.  Suckers.  This article on “semi only to survive” got me thinking on yet another article on Best Survival Gun, but after flogging my brain and losing a bit of sleep I stumbled on this better subject ( better if for no other reason than it wasn’t the Same Damn Thing Redux ).  Guns as tribal totems.  The uninformed assume that the M16 by itself assures victory.  Why, look at all the shiny glittery unicorn sparkles.  Extra shiny bullets go boom many times and the barbarians beshat themselves in fear!  Those with experience over in foreign sandlots assume the M16 AND lots of practice assure victory.  While at least this isn’t as retarded as assuming tactical superiority with a piece of equipment alone, it still assumes business as usual.  Shiny boom-booms last forever, like fracking oil!  Mighty warriors, with practice, cause barbarians to beshat themselves!

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Obviously there needs to be a lot of beshatting barbarians around in these folks futures.  If you look at all the sites Western Rifle Shooter covers, you get a sense of White folks barricading themselves in a frontier cabin as vicious Indians ( Blacks and SJW’s and Muslims ) attack.  No wonder the semi-auto is so superior to them-there be a lot of Injuns to kill off.  The AR represents a return to White Bread Ville.  Their tribe of White Separatists ( not that there is anything wrong with being a separatist instead of a supremist,  just that they should be voting with their feet instead of their ammo purchases ) is as exemplified by the AR as they would have been by the Confederate Flag prior to being such a vilified emblem.  You can’t talk to these people about the inferiority of their rimfire round, or the fragility of the weapon or the field unreliability.  This is their tribal totem and it is sacred, by gum.  I wonder what my irrational love of the Lee-Enfield symbolizes.  Here would be a good time to not be throwing stones in glass houses.  Am I an Imperialist in the Victorian fashion, assuming the White Man’s Burden?  Kipling’s verse in the background as I engage in volume fire for more than my fair share of colonial spoils?  I would imagine prior reading might suggest this, but there is also something in over analyzing every situation.  Do you have a slave fetish wish if you like the serf issued Mosin-Nagant?  See?  Over-analyzing.

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All of this just to suggest that you can’t argue over the merits of a weapon if the other party is using markers rather than marksmanship as the deciding factor.  When these yahoos beat the dead horse of “AR’s Or Nothing, Bitches!”, they aren’t going to listen to alternatives.  The AR is their witch doctor granting them immunity from death, or at the very least a flag for their team of choice ( “Murica, love it or leave it, military shall never be defeated, military uses M16, I love America by using the same gun” ).  I could sit here and agree with a lot of their selling points, granted.  Accuracy is great, IF you use a twenty inch barrel.  Spare parts are everywhere so it almost doesn’t matter if the thing keeps breaking in the field.  If used as a mid range sniper it won’t jam up from fouling.  You will be served well enough by the weapon if it is your choice.  I’m merely asking you to examine your conformational bias.   Are you loving it because of what it represents, or for what it can do? 

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I could also refute most of its selling points.  It might be accurate so you save ammo, but the round is such a poor transfer of energy that you must hit your target two or three times.  Where is the ammo savings?  If you are sniping, so as to reduce fouling, why do you need a semi-auto anyway?  If the gun was more robust, would spare parts be a factor?  A weapons choice can be supported or refuted.  NONE, not one firearm ever in the history of always has ever been perfect.  You are just trying to pick a less imperfect one.  Perhaps if you are choosing a more imperfect one you are guilty of being unduly influenced.  You are associating a totem with a tool, confusing performance with implied abilities.  Nothing wrong with that.  They call it brainwashing for a reason.  The trick is to realize the influence.  You are not silly for falling for the trick, just refusing to see the trick after it has been suggested. 

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