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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

high cap rimfire


HIGH CAP RIMFIRE
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Sorta #3 in kinda a series.

Remember, and please never forget, you old geriatric sumbitches, the logistics of the apocalypse don’t change just because ammunition costs a nickel a round rather than a quarter.  Low cost ammo means you can actually stockpile enough, and that you can practice faithfully with it.  It most emphatically does NOT mean that you go all stupid semi-auto with it.  Once your last rimfire is used, you are back to using a crossbow and that would really suck if your opponent has any kind of firearm.  So don’t friggin waste your rimfire!

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I’m going to repeat that.  Rimfire is affordable to stockpile.  It is NOT meant to waste either in practice or in actual use.  A high capacity magazine in your rimfire weapon is the same as taking a big stinking smelly crap on your stockpile of ammunition, then taking one of those fecal stained rounds and using it on yourself.  If you be High Cap’n, you be dumb ass’n.  I didn’t just say you shouldn’t use a semi-automatic in rimfire, now did I?  As opposed as I am to semi-auto because of logistics, I can’t actually see applying that down to the level of the 22 rifle.  Because no matter how good you are with the round/rifle, you are already handicapped by the low power round and you shouldn’t necessarily further that by using a bolt action.

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Let me explain further to alleviate misunderstandings.  A bolt action rimfire should be a one shot, shoot and scoot.  A semi-automatic rifle would be used to engage multiply targets comfortably ( not multiple shots per target, rather single shots at multiple targets ).  With a bolt action, I would not advise being without a revolver, just in case you are forced into a short range engagement situation.  With a semi auto rifle you would probably be okay without the sidearm.  So, really, you are probably going to spend less on a quality Rugar 10/22 than you are a decent bolt rimfire along with a rimfire revolver ( even factoring in magazines ). 

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Alas, the mechanics of brain chemicals and semi-automatics still remains the same whether you use a rimfire or a center fire weapon.  Which is why I’m advising either a bolt, or a Rugar.  A bolt action forces MOST people who will be incapable of fire discipline under stress to husband their shots.  With a semi, the brain is screaming in fright- shoot, shoot, shoot!  With a bolt action, in theory the brain is screaming, wait!  Don’t waste the shot!  I only get one chance here.  If you intentionally restrict your magazine capacity, you hopefully land somewhere in the middle.  The Rugar 10/22 is not only one of the most reliable, so is its ten round rotary magazine.

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When I begrudgingly approve a semi-auto, I usually mention the SKS.  It has no extra mags to buy, AND hopefully with only ten rounds you won’t waste as much under stress since a stripper clip for the average shooter is no quick tactical mag change.  With the Rugar, hopefully the small capacity mag will induce discipline in your shooting.  Yet it still gives you the extra shots that might be critical if you can’t escape detection.  At short ranges you then have the quick fire nine rounds of a rimfire revolver.  Remember, when you use your weapon for a secondary role, you are always compromising.  Nothing is perfect outside a specialty role. 

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If you think you need twenty-five round mags for your rimfire, what I hear you saying is that you want to shoot each target multiple times.  NEIN!  Verbotten!  There are too many rabid people inhabiting your oxygen supply.  There are going to be nearly as many rabid dogs.  You need to husband your ammo supply even before the apocalypse.  If you “cover me” or “suppressive fire” or heaven forbid “multiple tap”, you will run out of ammunition too soon and die quicker than normal.  End of story.  Semi is for multiple TARGETS, not multiple HITS.  Every kernel of grain you feed a homeless orphan is a day closer to starvation and every expended round is one day closer to bringing a knife to a gun fight.

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So, semi’s are needed because of multiple threats.  Why did I say you need semi because the rimfire is anemic, yet you shouldn’t shoot each target more than once?  It isn’t the stopping power that is the issue.  It is the range.  While a two hundred yard shot is possible, even with practice you are better off keeping things at 100 yards if possible.  The injury will be higher since there is still more power behind the round.  And while a hundred yards SHOULD be enough distance to keep you safe, it gives you less time to escape.  It might be prudent to fire and hit multiple targets just to keep fewer shooters coming after you. 

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Since the rimfire has no recoil ( hence being much easier on an inexpensive scope ), shot placement is even easier.  Some fools might rush forward anyway, but generally a neck, torso or groin shot should keep most folks from pursuit.  You shouldn’t even need all of the ten round magazine to make good any escape.  The rifles weight is negligible and that also helps us older users stay in the combat game longer ( scope and no recoil are also going to be more important as we age, bravado and machismo aside ).  And yes, an AR does most of this just as well, at better ranges and with better stopping power.  But you pay much extra for that.  The rimfire is for the non-exceptional shooter.  Which is most of us. 

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And those of us who are poor.  Which is most of us.  I don’t recommend it as your first choice for an apocalypse gun.  But it certainly merits consideration as something far more than a rodent or kids gun.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

revisiting rimfire


REVISITING RIMFIRE
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note: I noticed my reader numbers suddenly jumped again.  I want to try an experiment to answer my theory.  Ready?  PEAK OIL.  PEAK OIL IS REAL.  We Are Running Out!  EROI!!!!  We are all going to die from energy contraction! Danger, danger Will Robinson!!!  If I'm right, the mere mention of Peak Oil will drive away all the Princess Pussy Preppers and my numbers will drop.  Let's see, shall we?
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Second in an informal series.

Ah, the fury minions hath wrought.  I love my minions.  Because, first, they are mine.  And second,  where else can one find less asshatery or douchebagness than right here?  And, most importantly, they force me to think and not remain resting upon my laurels.  Which as we all know are many and varied.  If my minions insist the rimfire was too easily dismissed than who am I to disagree ( even though I have no problem disagreeing with the common love of the AR, MRE’s, freeze dried and other assorted tomfoolery.  Okay, not disagreeing with their possession but their common usage.  I simply urge restraint and common sense application, not complete and utter avoidance )?

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You all thought I was done with rambling sentences and long asides, after I switched over to shorter articles and shorter paragraphs, didn’t you?  HA!  Anyway, I’ve never been opposed to the rimfire as a survival weapon, just the lack of affordable ammunition during the last near decade.  It made absolutely no sense to use a small 22 when for less price you could use the 9mm.  However, for now at least, it seems rimfire is back to being affordable.  It could last a month, it could last the next two years.  No one knows.  If you are going to consider rimfire for either a Forever Gun or even your Primary Post-Apocalypse Gun, you are a Gott Damn Fool if you do not buy all your rimfire Right Friggin Now.

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At this moment, as we speak, rimfire is one nickel.  That is 5 cents compared to 3 cents for a center fire primer.  If you do not buy now, a minimum of five thousand rounds at a time, everything I say about rimfires is null and void.  Rimfire is completely worthless without cheap, affordable and well stocked ammunition.  I can guess why rimfire is now cheap, and it has nothing to do with Trump being elected.  Building and manufacturing in China, as well as most other places, has come to a screaming halt ( well, that would be relative ) and finally there is no more high demand for copper as there was ( high demand mated to Peak Copper some time ago, with a three-some including high oil prices ).  Brass is now cheaper ( lead and primer chemicals as well as powder isn’t/wasn’t as expensive or as subject to shortages as the copper ).

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But the fact that rimfire is now cheap doesn’t mean it will stay cheap.  Every swinging dingus minion out there wants to ignore Peak PetroDollar.  I know you’all do so don’t bother denying it.  Don’t deny being in denial.  The simple fact is, in a globalized trade paradigm, in an instant anything can cease being imported.  Everything is cheap because our colonies accept worthless paper to send us real goods.  Once that agreement stops, all affordable goods end.  If they are even shipped here in the first place.  You either stock deep now or you forever hold your peace ( the same applies to steel case ammunition ).

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Why am I being such a tightwad cheap frugal bastard?  Because without dirt cheap rimfire you can’t practice and if you can’t practice you can’t hit a fly in the ass at long distances.  And shot placement is critical with a low power rimfire.  Now, I’m NOT talking about plinking.  Plinking is just wasting a bunch of ammo sending lead down range for the sheer joy of it.  Something we all used to be able to do.  I’m talking about actual practice hitting your target with every shot.  NOT shooting the crap out of the target.  If you are going to do that, just go back to the shotgun.

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You don’t have to waste a hundred rounds a weekend.  You might be trying to justify the long drive out to the boonies to shoot, but if you take your time and treat each round as the expensive luxury it just was, you can go shoot twenty rounds and keep in shape with your skills.  But that dollar isn’t why you are so concerned with the cost of the ammunition.  It certainly helps that shooting every weekend costs less than a Starbucks coffee, but also as important is the fact you are shooting MORE expensive rounds each weekend.  You just bought ten or fifteen or twenty thousand rounds.  That is your stockpile.  You go buy retail for your weekly range sessions.

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You NEVER shoot your apocalypse stockpile for practice ( you can rotate, just don’t deplete ).  What if the supply suddenly dries up again, or it cost fifteen cents a round again?  But since the cost is so drastically reduced now, you can go a long time practicing at incrementally increasing retail costs without being forced to stop.  That has to be your mental outlook.  Just as you don’t buy an SUV just because the gas price is cheap this year, you don’t assume rimfire will stay cheap.  But since it is, now, you can plan around its eventual return to being problematic.  And, yes, you could do this with another weapon system.  But your initial mastery and follow-up practice will suffer since the cost of practice is so much higher.

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Initial stockpiling is just as important as practice, obviously.  I know few people, not running in those rarified circles, who could easily stock ten thousand rounds of 223.  Plus shoot more every weekend.  Is the round anemic?  Of course.  Granted, steers and Mafia victims fall to the rimfire every day.  At point blank range, sure, you have a very lethal round.  At a hundred yards out, not so much.  But then we return to shot placement.  You hit the right spot, it is a kill shot even if it isn’t an immediately incapacitating one.  And, remember, you chose this over a shotgun to get better range.  A hundred yards out, you can flee and avoid your still reeling target.  Let him bleed out in good time.

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Every scenario others envision where the rimfire sucks is where you are acting defensively rather than offensively.  No one should be firing from a building with a rimfire if the return fire shreds the wall with higher powered rounds and kills you.  It isn’t a gun to bring to a gunfight when you two face down on the street.  It is a guerrilla and ambush weapon.  A mobile weapon, and to be used offensively.  Tomorrow, we’ll continue with how and what to use in a rimfire arsenal.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

benjamin gun


BENJAMIN GUN
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note: a minion shared in an e-mail the most retarded prepping tool he's ever heard of.  An auto-darkening welders helmet.  Driving to your bug out location, if there is a nuclear detonation in front of you, you won't be blinded.  Do you have one to contribute?  I'd like to do an article if I can get enough.  jimd303@reagan.com if you e-mail, or just leave a comment.
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As in Franklin, not as in Been Jamming.  A $100 gun.  I’m surprised that the PC Police have not tried to replace Ben on the hundred dollar bill.  I mean, sure, he was reputed to be quite the ladies man, which would presuppose a flaunting of the social mores of the time, something libtards highly approve of.  And he did heartily approve of hyperinflation to pay the fedgov’s debts.  Another point in his favor.  But he was so, you know, White.  I’m sure they could dredge up some homosexual Black cripple somewhere to take his place.  Perhaps if someone put a 22 in Obammy’s brainpan?

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It has been reported by others more daring than I who mix amongst the rabble and shop at Wally’s that there is now a single shot rimfire for sale, being offered at the inoffensive price of a hundred bucks.  Not that I’d advise shopping at Wally for a gun.  Far from it.  When I foolishly did just that back around 2006 it was a huge PITA and then I was escorted to the door by management, a policy surely designed to keep mass shootings under control.  In Nevada.  Where open carry is allowed ( perhaps that was just designed to assure others I had already paid for the rifle that had been locked in the case.  I don’t know-I just felt cheap and used.  Like Obammy ). 

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I’m sure the cocking lever is a piece of plastic and the weak link of the gun.  As well as any other quality issue Wally is now infamous for.  But.  It is a hundred bucks.  Am I saying you should spend more, even a lot more, for a rimfire?  Yes.  I spent $160 for a Cricket ( single shot with scope, made for kids ) and $220 for a five shot bolt heavy barrel.  I would spend $300 for a Rugar 10/22 if I was so inclined.  Not because those prices might be justified, but because those are the prices you pay to bribe a company to NOT screw you with substandard merchandise.  However, and is always a however or a but, or a butt, if a hundred bucks is all you can afford well then by golly that is simply that and end of story.

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Minion Ave brought up this whole topic, curse his scaly hide.  Minion Spud reintroduced the rimfire arsenal topic and then the same hour I got an e-mail that rounds were down to four cents.  Granted, one of those sellers was “Ammo King” who I had never heard of and when they didn’t charge shipping I was a bit leery.  Were these guys real?  So the alleged four cent rounds might be more five cent rounds which is what Sportsman’s Guide is selling for ( don’t mix up the subsonic round that is 4.5 cents with the regular powered round which is a nickel ).  Still, even at five cents, what a deal.

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And I will get back into the rimfire.  For now, today, we talk about the rimfire verses the twelve gauge.  Both are claimed to be the “best all around cheap gun for the apocalypse”.  Which is better?  The single shot break open twelve gauge shotgun has a long history.  In old timey pioneer days, a Po Boy could buy one for one third to one quarter the price of a handgun, and I would imagine the rounds themselves were cheaper ( if they used non-brass cases at the time as I’m thinking ).  Believe it or not, there were actually a lot of poor people back then, just as there are now.  Some folks actually don’t make thirty or fifty grand a year.

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So please, try not to be a cheese dingus and lament the fact that anyone who buy less than the best.  Anyway, the shotgun ( single shot was fifty percent cheaper than a double barrel ) was a great weapon.  Since everyone seemed to be a pretty crappy shot, the scattergun did give you a slight edge.  And it could be a hunting as well as self defense round.  Its versatility has never changed.  However, way back then everyone was running around firing black powder.  The ranges were short and the shock impact was lower.  A shotgun didn’t have as much of a disadvantage compared to other short range pistols or pistol ammo carbines ( there were the long range heavy hitters, but that wasn‘t what most folks carried ).

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But with smokeLESS powder, that equation changed.  Compared to pistols, the shotgun is still a good choice.  But compared to anything else, they start suffering significantly.  A lowly rimfire rifle is good for a minimum of twice the range of a shotgun blast.  A talented shot gunner might get a slug out 100 yards but a talented marksman can push the rimfire out to 150 yards or even a smidge more.  Firing shot, most amateurs are still only getting half the range of the less talented rifle shooters.  And since you have to be a heck of a lot closer for more than one pellet to hit, the one hitting never a sure thing, you aren’t even sacrificing stopping power by using the rimfire.

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A cheap shotgun shell is twenty cents, and those are the crappier small shot, not the man stoppers.  Call a better one a minimum of a quarter each.  Even making your own reloads with homemade powder, you still need a new primer.  And the plastic hull and cheap metal base won’t last forever in storage or hold up to weather if jerry rig reloaded.  A rimfire round is simply a better buy all the way around.  Financially rimfire makes much more sense/cents.  As well as tactically.  You can place a scope on the rifle, whereas there is little you can do to a shotgun to improve your shooting.  So there are FAR less wasted shots.  So rimfire is superior logistically. 

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The only way a shotgun is superior is when you never engage in longer range shots.  Building interiors, jungle, dense forest.  And I wouldn’t want to be stuck there, as the weapon implies toe to toe engagements.  If that happens, you are already dead ( if not that time, the next ).  Distance is your best defense.  Not firepower or stopping power, but you hedging your bets by wagering on the average person being a crappy shot.

I’ll continue in this vein tomorrow.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

best buy


BEST BUY
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Of course this has been mentioned before, I’m just not sure it its been a full length article.  Right now is the time to buy all your prepper gear.  Well, not ALL.  But all your back-ups and consumables ( like shoes and underwear, etc. ).  A loyal minion was commenting ( by far the largest source for my article ideas, so please don’t hesitate to blather away as the mood hits you ) that he was seeing prices FALL and it was pissing him off.  You can’t blame him.  Prices were rising for the last fifty years-or nearabouts-and it was our programmed behavior to buy before prices rose.

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I was reading a short book on the life and times of Burger Chef which was rather interesting ( Kindle Unlimited is far better for non-fiction than they were even six months ago.  Great for me, but it also speaks of declining book sales and over saturation.  Just like everything else ).  The 1950’s saw almost no inflation which is why the 15 cent burger was possible almost the whole decade ( and contributed slightly to the explosion of burger chains ).  Burger Chef went from a industrial equipment manufacture to the second largest burger chain in only thirteen years, then disintegrated in about the same period of time after being within a hundred stores of beating McDonalds.

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What was fascinating was that most of the stores started out with their big ass signs displaying the “15 cents” for the burger ( drinks and fries were about the same price, with fries being the big profit item.  Just like today.  They also innovated everything you associate with McDonalds such as kids meals and fish sandwiches and combos ).  There was no concern with inflation-none.  Once the prices of burgers had to increase to eighteen cents or a quarter, the signs had to be modified.  Today, no one thinks prices will be stable.  No one would dream of a permanent sign with a price on it.

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 And not many folks think prices will fall ( except for electronics which has been the norm since the transistor gave way to the computer chip ).  But falling they have been.  Not at Wal-Mart.  Those leg humpers are just jacking up the price as they lower the quality.  But a LOT of other prices are falling.  You saw digital content first, as that was the easiest.  If a DVD blank with ink is twenty cents or lower, in bulk, it doesn’t matter if you sell a movie for five dollars or three and a half.  Profits certainly decrease, but you aren’t selling below cost.  Same with Kindle books.  You might go from a dollar profit to ten cents, straight sales to Unlimited, but you get more “sales” and are actually more profitable.

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Now you are seeing prices fall on a lot of other items.  Shoes are just as crap quality as always, but at least the prices are falling on some.  One example the minion gave was water filters.  They went from $100 for a Berky type element replacement to $20 for a Sawyer, which gets more gallons filtered.  And that is GREAT!  I went from two Katadyn elements for a homemade filter to those two plus two Sawyers and the tenfold increase in capacity barely hurt financially.  Okay, the Sawyer might be attributed to innovation or invention, just as the decrease in solar panel prices is due to the Chinese entering the market and going gangbusters on quantity.  Not everything is overcapacity.

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But a lot is.  One coastal city in China was ( or used to be ) churning out 90% of the globes supply of underwear.  One desert basin in west China grows 10% of the globes cotton ( you know that isn’t sustainable-but it does pressure costs down as long as it lasts ).  The Chinese do “big” better than Texas ( sorry, Texas ).  And their quality is no longer guaranteed bad.  China is growing their infrastructure as the world pays for it, by being the world’s factory.  Which puts pressure on the rest of the worlds manufacturing to lower their prices also.  Now add in all the lost jobs to everyone automating to afford to sell for less.

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( Maglite brand manufactures in California, proud to be a Made In USA.  Alas, they had to automate as many functions as possible so they don’t employ THAT many folks-still, a much better bargain than most companies offer us ).  Automation is nothing new.  How many folks lost a job to a computer?  How many lost a job to corporate idiocy, such as getting into debt to acquire a worthless competitor which cost even more before it was sold, forcing layoffs and doubling or tripling of job responsibilities?  I would think everyone has been effected by robots, computers or corporate incompetence.  How many hours were cut just for ObammyCare? 

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Mass manufacturing has long ago hit its peak and is in decline.  The Chinese were able to wring the last efficiencies from the system by mega-centralizing production on a global scale.  And they might just hold on to that if their new Spice Road infrastructure is completed in time before the global Big Financial Flush.  But when that happens the US will already have lost the PetroDollar advantage and most manufacturing items will remain in the other hemisphere.  It would be advisable to have as much of your personal inventory in stock prior to that.

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Certainly it is nearly impossible to have everything you need in stock for the lest of your life.  But you can come relatively close.  In theory, I have enough thrift store golf shirts, work boots, slacks, new socks and underwear and sandals, hats and cold weather gear for the rest of my life ( and nothing was high dollar best of bunch, just best value/buy for the buck ).  I’ll never have to buy another toothbrush or razor ( although I keep buying as needed to turn a lot of my previous life’s stockpile into barter ).  I probably have enough back-to-school sale notebooks and cases of flimsy note pads to outlast me. 

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The perishables such as vinegar and vitamin pills and heartburn pills, toothpaste and the like I have at least five years worth.  Stuff I can only guess at how much I’ll use like the powders to make laundry/dish soap I just try to shoot for between a guesstimated five or ten years.  I should in theory have enough books to last me the rest of my life, the bulk in space being ten cent paperbacks and even the much more expensive ( average $10 each ) stuff such as history or economics or whatnot should last nearly as long. 

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In theory, yes, this stuff will shoot up in price.  What you are doing now is taking advantage of lower pricing to stock up on more of everything.  Wheat too expensive?  Buy cheaper food, but also take the opportunity to expand your five years out to a lifetime for many items.  You bought the heck out of ammo when it got more reasonable, right?  Now is the time for most everything else.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

half way house


HALF WAY HOUSE

A loyal minion not only bought through my Amazon links, he had several good article ideas for me.  Now there is showing some love.  One idea was to focus more on the middle ground between Yuppie Scum Prepping and Redneck Survivalist Better Than Nothing Frugal Preps.  With an example of a home a wife could be convinced to live in, without the thirty year mortgage.  You know you NEED to live in the equivalent of the B-POD, but most folks simply won’t live that low on the economic ladder. 

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No matter how panicky I get, you ain’t living too far away from suburban middle class ideals.  You think you have time.  I disagree, but that is besides the point.  The point is, you can be very frugal constructing a middle class home ( even if a “tiny home“ ).  Not an underground home, but an earth sheltered one ( with earth tube air conditioning ).  No, not on a city corner lot, but say an acre a bit outside of town.  A nice compromise between no debt and too much, with reduced on-grid vulnerability, in a structure most gals could agree on.  It isn’t a McMansion, but neither is it a hovel only bachelors would inhabit.

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Remember, this is only one idea.  I’m not a real great Bob The Builder type, so I can’t pretend to be a professional.  And my pricing is probably way off.  If you need a raised platform to compensate for a wet climate, for instance.  This is just a general guideline.  My frugal price for a modular home ( building one room at a time as funding becomes available ) can be as low as $300 ( dome kit rooms draped in cement cloth ).  Here I’m arbitrarily assigning a two thousand dollar per room figure, which should encompass a lot of material you don’t want to skimp on.  This is an old school home, a 400 or 600 square foot dwelling.  Nothing wasteful, but not depriving yourself either.

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My idea is to simply line up a row of rooms facing south.  The north ( with half wall for the west and east ) wall will be earth.  I wouldn’t recommend earth filled tire walls to anyone over 35-40, given the physical labor.  A cement block wall can be as easy as mortar-less cement fill, with some reinforcing rebar.  You should be able to construct that yourself.  If you aren’t using cement block footing for the house foundation, you could lay a continuous cement block carpet and fill with cement.  Even a cement block filled with the posthole “quik-crete” might work.  A Bobcat or similar piles up dirt against the back ( giving consideration to French drains, outside drainage ditches and the like ).  The roof is extra insulation with metal for rain catchment ( and don’t forget those ditches for sewer pipe for your earth tubes )( obviously this ignores building codes, and I‘ll assume you are knowledgeable on the engineering and safety ).

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This gives you the insulation and solar gain of a dug-out, but with the female approved full view of an above ground home.  And you can do it one room at a time, until it comes to the wall ( although you could do that one layer at a time-if you knew how many rooms you wanted ).  If you do the labor yourself, except the backhoe perhaps, you are looking at a full size home for the price of a sheet metal uninsulated RV.  With twice to three times the floor space.  It will be cozy but functional, with private space for everyone.  You are still talking about a square lumber box per room, easy enough for anyone to build.  The wall doesn’t require a mason, just the ability to plumb the thing.  Little hard-ditch digging level-labor is required. 

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Five rooms gives you a kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom with a dining room besides.  One or two more for kids.  You can have the bedroom and bathroom between the back wall and front rooms, as they don’t need sunlight-should you wish to shorten the wall.  It doesn’t have to be a rectangle.  You could even just make the whole thing an open floor plan like an RV or a shipping container, if that appeals to you.  I just think in terms of rooms as I like the “build as the paycheck comes in” model of financing.  You might not think 300 square feet is close to being enough space, unless you realize how wasteful the typical home layout is.

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A bedroom just needs a bed, and the bed doesn’t have to sit in the middle of the room.  It can be a Murphy or Hide-Away type.  With today’s small computers you can use a fold down desk, or a very shallow one bolted to the wall ( if you double your bedroom as an office space ).  More counter space in the kitchen can be a fold down flat over the chest freezer being used as a fridge ( I’m assuming solar panels ).  Look to RV’s for idea’s on saving space, just with you using actual quality materials instead of pressed wood and plastic.  What do you need a large living room for?  Two recliners in front of a TV is what most folks use anyway ( again, I understand things will be modified going from a couple to a family ). 

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Who uses a bathtub, much, anymore?  A shower and crapper and sink take up very little space.  I’m assuming you can build shelves everywhere so you need less horizontal space.  The dining room is so you can eat and recreate in the same space, cutting down on the living room space needed, or bedrooms.  Storage sheds are cheap to build ( uninsulated-except with food-square with stucco ) and will relieve the home of clutter, making small spaces quite livable. 

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$200 in two by fours to an eight by eight room, and another $250 in plywood, gives you the basic room cost.  About forty cement blocks with Quikcrete is around another $200.  That leaves a lot left over to provide insulation and roofing, drywall and the backside wall on a budget of $2k a room.  And five rooms is ten thousand dollars.  Yes, I understand there is the backhoe and windows and appliances and such ( although you can do most of that cheap if this is off grid ), so you can probably add fifty percent in costs just to be safe ( even doubling the price makes it quite affordable if not as easily financed or saved for ). 

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But it can be financed as easily as an RV, or paid for a bit at a time, if you are above minimum means.  It’s NOT a hovel.  And even though it is above some of our means, by no means is it impossible.  It is a mid level off-grid project, half way between living like a savage and Yuppie Scum living.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

fun time over


FUN TIME OVER

Well, kids, fun time is over.  You know it, I know it and most certainly Ross Perot knows it.  It was all fun and games talking about prepping, manly men shopping ( as opposed to girly shoe and blouse shopping ), reading zombie books and arguing over the merits of Peak Oil verses Fracking Forever.  But now that the collapse is a definite For Real done deal, the happy aspect of it all is over.  Now every thing takes on a far more somber tone.  Before, we could argue over AR’s verses war surplus bolts, you could buy both and everyone went on arguing the merits as if it were merely choosing the best duty sidearm.  It was harmless fun until someone lost an eye.

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Now, since this Crap Got REAL, Yo!, it is a bit more of a serious matter deciding which gun to buy because, one, it might be your last one you can afford to buy ( or, the last one the factory churned out ), and two, now it’s a real defensive weapon instead of just another fun toy you’re adding to your collection.  Plus, now you actually have to plow serious money into ammunition because that game is almost over, also.  Less guns, more ammo, more for stockpiling and far less for fun range time.  No more fun there.

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I’m feeling it a bit myself, with my writing.  It isn’t fun any more.  And not because it is now my real day job-this publishing has always been a hard thing to do, done properly, but at least before I could conduct rants, go off on ex-wife tangents, bring up immaterial matters like politics.  Now, it seems like that enjoyable part is ending.  It’s all pretty dull and serious stuff.  Granted, I’m trying to keep my sense of humor, but it does just keep getting harder.  It is far more a Mission From God calling now than it is a Fun Hobby.  From Day One it was evangelical, but it was also more enjoyment than duty.  Now…?

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We all knew it was over, a long time ago.  Even if we didn’t admit it to ourselves.  Peak Oil was 2005 ( every thing there after merely details-the end result a given ).  When New Orleans and Detroit ( and Newark and etc. ) were never rebuilt or even the piles of rubble never removed, that was Peak Infrastructure Collapse.  That occurred prior to the 2008 financial collapse.  Once it became law that every citizen could be arrested without cause and detained indefinitely, that was the end game of the police state.  I could go one-but my point is that all our caterwauling is just conformational bias trying to mute denial.

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Dennis Meadows, updating The Limits To Growth, spoke of 2015-2020 as the overshoot and collapse beginning.  It seems he was correct ( see Energy Skeptic.com June 3, 2014 ).  You can throw a dead cat and hit an example.  The medical industry, most obviously.  You don’t get to increase costs 20-30% a year and survive that ( and since that is 20% of our economy, expect an oh so thunderous crash there ).  Retail Apocalypse ( after Amazon closes its doors, or at least returns to just books, the retail sector will still shrink ).  The 1% raping and looting the last standing infrastructure.  Houston, oil processing capital, left to mostly rot other than media spotlight pics.

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Near Monopoly companies ( Paladin Press, the biggest freeze dried food producer ) are going out of business due to lack of demand.  Consumers living paycheck to paycheck ( 49% of the population ) don’t have a lot of disposable income.  That all goes to the medical industry.  Until their working hours get cut again, then nothing goes there.  I mean, really, to look at all this evidence that we are beyond the condition of most Third World countries, and deny it?  That are people thinking?  I can understand the average Moe on the street.  Eat corn derivatives and stay focused on your electronic teat.  But when my readers, the loyal minions that stay to be abused, don’t like the signs they see?  How can you deny?

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Life goes on.  We keep keeping on until the ass falls out of civilization.  But can’t we at least drop the attitude like we have much time left?  I don’t expect a McPhearson level of depression and gloom.  And I know it takes a lot more effort to see the fun in all this.  But if we at least accepted the end is indeed nigh, as in months rather than years or decades ( not trying to date the collapse, I’m trying to highlight the needed attitude and level of preparedness ), couldn’t our discourse be far more helpful? 

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As an example, I was taken to task after I wrote the article of Below Acceptable Minimal Standards Of Prepping ( I don’t remember the title, that was just meant to be descriptive ).  The one where I said bags of flour and a spear made from thrift store paring knives, financed with Food Stamp cash.  Remember that one?  Well, evidently I didn’t aim higher.  I was guilty of proposing substandard items.  Duh, right?  That was the point.  Someone with nothing and no job and in two months at least they had a six month supply of food.  I figured it was good for pensioners or the unemployed or your relatives and friends who wouldn’t prep.  It was the ultimate Better Than Nothing.

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So why was it lambasted?  I’m guessing that since some of us are still in denial, it is still the Fun Time Happy Talk phase of prepping.  I can’t agree.  That time is long gone.  It is really panic time.  Not because I can time the collapse-no one can.  But because too many occurrences are dog-piling each other and things seem to be rushing quicker to the waterfall.  Hell, even our Bread And Circuses are in grave danger right now.  The #1 Circus, professional football, is in danger of catastrophic failure.  Movie studios spend $300 million for a superhero flop.  When Heaven’s Gate did that, the studio went under.  Now?  An every day occurrence.  The entertainment industry is collapsing.  That’s another article. 

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For now, perhaps we can focus less on preps ( you either have already got them or drop everything to get them, and then call it good one way or another ) and more on the humor as things implode.  Instead of a call to preps, they can simply be enjoyed ( I’ll work at trying to stop crying wolf for prepping. It isn’t going to be easy, as I’ve had twenty plus years doing it ).  And post-collapse becoming more of a focus ( again, it will be a work in progress as old habits die hard ). 

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