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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

stay in your hole


STAY IN YOUR HOLE

You all know how I feel about Christmas.  A pagan holiday celebrating the last feed trough gluttony prior to dying off over winter ( or at the very least, eating storage food slop ), hijacked by the Papist for non-religious reasons, and bent over and violated by our Consumerist Economy, the holiday blows monkey testicles.  Then, to add insult to injury, you have to pretend to like your family!  Blech!  That said, I tried to enjoy myself and celebrate the fact I no longer am working for The Worlds Worst Boss, Including Those From All Corporations Everywhere AND The American Military Officer Corpse. 

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And the best gift I got was a lightweight wooden sign ( homemade ) that said “Jim’s Hole”.  After moving in with the NOL, one of the first things I did was misappropriate the spare bedroom for my needs.  I used that for my writing and filled all the spaces with food and prep storage ( the food is Daily Use ).  Whenever we are sniping at each other ( all in good fun-we both have dry senses of humor ), she’ll tell me to “go to your hole”.  The room is a bit small, more like a guest or kids bedroom, about 6x8, and you do get the sense it is a hole in the wall.

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Other places are similarly “holes”, albeit either Holes Into The Lower Bowels Of Hell or Holes Of Despair.  Like cities.  And we talk a LOT, probably too much, but we might as well get all the talking in while the Internet is still up and running or at least affordable, about whether The Golden Horde will come streaming out of their holes to attack us en masse.  Obviously, I don’t think so, or I wouldn’t be telling you it was okay to just be content with the smallest city you can find and a paid off piece of junk land as close to that as possible, and not to be putting too much emphasis on the far flung rural retreat.

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But yesterday we talked about Hollywood and its century long propaganda machine directed at Rural folk and I’d like to talk about that in relation to The Golden Horde ( and I’ll just say here that nothing is guaranteed in life and I could be wrong.  All this chicken entrails reading is just trying to assign probabilities ).  After all that hate filled entertainment, urbans are conditioned to fear and hence hate all rurals.  If/when they flee the cities they have already made up their minds to kill you.  I’m not saying that was the intent all along.  The intent was to make more money off everyone and city living is more costly and far more filled with consumerism.

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But the knock off effects are ease of control by the elite, and another Divide And Conquer technique.  And this has unintended consequences.  Just as being too Woman’s Libber will get you killed very quickly ( “me strong, independent woman-hear me roar!  Me Princess Warrior!  Me fight men on my own!  What the…?  Crap, no!!  Ahhhhh, cough, choke…” ), feeling superior over others on demand is not going to end well because of hubris ( hello?  Anyone?  How is that Afghan guerrilla war going for you? ).

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That doesn’t necessarily mean urbans will come after you.  Look, I’m very comfortable in nature.  I spent my whole youth out there amusing myself.  That said, for me there is one kind of nature and that is desert.  At most, add in Alpine.  I like dry and cold.  Put me in the jungle ( yeh, I know-no idea what I was thinking moving to Florida long ago ) and after looking around in panic for gator or giant snakes attacking me, I’d probably have a heart attack and die.  Put me within reasonable walking distance of water in the desert, I’m comfortable.  I’m not overly fond of scorpions or spiders, but I can, mostly, deal.  You wouldn’t get me into the swamp voluntarily though.

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Don’t you think the same applies to urban folk?  Me and you, we fear the city.  Only bad things happen there.  We KNOW this for a fact.  And we weren’t raised on a diet of Rural Fear Porn.  How do you think urbans feel about the country?  This is obviously not a new thought on my part.  I’m stealing that from another’s writing.  I’m just tying together Hollywood and our predominant economic paradigm to it.  The city folk have no reason NOT to fear rural areas and rural people.  That is what they’ve been told their whole life, and what they feel in their bones ( and I’d wager the urban/rural divide is far more ancient and goes back thousands of years as the Agriculture Age was pounded into everyone’s skull ).

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This doesn’t make you safe, just Safer.  There will always be Outliers.   It just doesn’t make you automatically dead because you are not several hundred miles away from the city.  Few cars will reach you because nobody is going to sit peacefully around waiting to decide to leave the city.  They will be driving around first to find food and ice.  Most gas tanks will be low before the majority of folks leave, then they will promptly cause a huge traffic jam as just a few cars stall, without fuel.  You saw what the roads looked like, just on a workday Monday from viewing the Eclipse.

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And for everyone thinking about leaving the city, the home they worked their entire lives for, there is doubt enough.  Is this crisis going to pass?  Most folks will go with that one.  For those not sure, subconsciously there is the images from all those anti-rural films.  Most of us get most of our information from moving pictures.  You don’t consume tens thousands of hours of marketing men Madison Avenue creations without being influenced to some degree ( watch a few YouTube videos by History Buff as he debunks a lot of movie falsehoods, and you’ll see how uncritically you’ve accepted so much propaganda ).

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I think way more than expected will stay in their holes, but those leaving will be more dangerous than we give them credit for because of their emotional view ( not a rational one ) of rurals.

I’m not sure if I’ll continue with this or not.  If not now, perhaps another time.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

beware the banjos


BEWARE THE BANJOS

We’ve been on a little bit of a Hollywood kick here lately, even if most of it’s been in the comments section of other articles.  So I thought it would be fun to cover the depiction of rural folks by the urban elites ( well, the 10% straw bosses, anyway ).  It was all about class warfare, up to the current day, but it will have direct effects come the collapse.  The first thing to understand that this cultural conflict has been alive and well prior to the Revolutionary War. 

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Even before the Constitution ( which was, please try not to forget in your jingoistic fever dreams, a coup to take over most of states rights.  The fact that the War Of Northern Bankers And Industrialists Against The South’s Agrarians eliminated entirely those that remained does not negate that point ), not close to all men were equal.  This country has always had different classes neatly divided by an accountants ledger, money making or not, the man.  The only thing accomplished-not to diminish this achievement-was the elimination of class by birth unconditionally.

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What the Civil War did, culturally, was entrench the Industrial economy as the premier, leading, ruling paradigm.  It was a bloody change over from farm to factory as the body of wealth which used to hold power.  Just as when the nation state wrestled control of power and wealth away from the Papists, these things are NEVER peaceful.  Even if the War Of Northern Federalist Domination was about the loss of freedom, of states to manage their own affairs, even the end of the Republic in all but name, the foundational change was economics shifting from agriculture to carbon fuel industrial.

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And since all rulers must manage the culture to both vindicate themselves and win the popular mandate, it was at this point that the already deep divide between the city and country was cemented and fortified.  Remember, this country wasn’t settled by one culture.  There were several dominant, regional ones, and they never saw eye to eye.  The Royalists in the lowlands south who built and defended the slave economy were the Elite of the region.  The poor up in the hills were NOT of their class and didn’t own slaves.  They were happy to stay from being ones themselves as they had in practice in their home countries.

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The middle class and ruling fraction lived in the city prior to both wars, the poor in the marginal farmlands.  It was already a segregated country.  What the Industrialists winning did was strengthen the urban and rural dichotomy.  To the Northern victors, the entire South became a commodity colony and the entire Southern people a serf class.  Even the local village heads beholden to the Yankees for their positions of power were part of the subservient class.  And remains such to this day.

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All the propaganda therein was the new cultural design to strengthen the industrialists legitimacy and excuse the subjugation.  You always vilify those you kill and control ( “how dare those gooks object to our outside influence!  Kill them all and let God sort them out” ).  Even as the North lies prostrate with no economy except bankers shuffling money, it assumes the superior attitude of a mighty conqueror.  The majestic city dweller lording it over his po’ inbred country cousins.  It doesn’t matter if you live in California or Minneapolis, the rurals surrounding you are hayseeds and scumbags.

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Even the celebration of those living the simple life is vilification itself.  Nothing bad has to be said or implied for city folk to understand instinctively the underlying message of Bad Other.  Not Us.  Evil Outsiders.  But of course, most propaganda is NOT subtle or balanced.  One of the most influential and fondly remembered comic strips ever was Lil’ Abner.  Not the flattering portrayal of rurals.  Ever since Prohibition, wild law flaunting city folk in smart clothes were portrayed as those Wild And Crazy Guys, whereas the moonshiner back in the Hollers were just shifty, dirty, inbred weasel looking batcrap crazy.  Never mentioned was that Shine was the only revenue source in the economically devastated South ( even in regions that never formally left the Union ).

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Devastated by design, by colonization.  The South never recovered economically until ninety to a hundred years later when Yankees began moving to the region ( after they had been introduced to the area through serving at military bases.  Then, they promptly intervened in local politics to suit their sensibilities as Conquerors yet once again, riling up the Negroes to no good effect.  While their own colored languished in northern ghettos as factories began to lay off workers ).  But to this day, after all the modernization and after becoming a bedroom community for Yankees, Southerners are still spat upon and vilified, but no where more than in rural areas.

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You think the movie “Deliverance” has lost any of its relevance?  It is still the Bible of how to hate.  The only difference between when the movie was released and now is that anymore, not JUST Southern rurals are despised and hated.  It is ALL rurals in all areas except the Yankee heartland ( My definition of a Yankee is anyone from a state that fought the Confederacy, east of the 100th meridian.  It isn’t geographically correct, but it is culturally valid ).  Dukes Of Hazard was nominally about Rebel Scum, but to anyone living in the South it was clearly filmed in Southern California.  It was almost vilifying the rural setting rather than the people. 

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It isn’t just Southerners anymore.  Now it is “Fly-over Country”.  Any place not packed arsehole to elbow with  sensitive folk enjoying a cool breeze tinted with auto exhaust cooling the asphalt under their feet.  Metrosexuals isn’t about much more than celebrating urban life at the expense of anyplace nature touches, and county music isn’t as much about politics as the place you hang your hat ( of course, the industry is controlled by urbanite Yankee Scum ).  Yankees never, ever, upon pain of visiting the park, never miss a chance to hate on Southerners, but the hate has extended to all rural areas.

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Even back in the day when movies were supposed to be civilized, Rural Bad was always a message.  Look at “Bambi” or “Sergeant York”.  Once horror became popular, there was “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” ( most culture ignores East and portrays the entire state as West ), and “The Hills Have Eyes” ( now Nevada is just as hated ).  “Friday The 13th” clearly taught us evil dudes thrived outside street lamp lit areas.  “Cape Fear” even moved down to the formally civilized coastal area, now Redneck Evil Central.

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And that barely scratches the surface.  When Hollywood isn’t being anti-rural they are being anti-everything else except multiculturalism.  Humpers.  And what is going to be the takeaway here, for all those safely living in the city ( cough ) but forced to flee as their infrastructure fractures?  Rural dudes evil, target evil.  Okay To Kill Evil.  It will be like permission from God that the religious types use to justify asshat behavior.  It isn’t just YOU hating and fearing the Urbans.  They feel the same as you.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

forever high 2 of 2


FOREVER HIGH 2

Why does it seem like we are right back in High School?  Here we are, fifty friggin years old, and we have to put up with immature acting cliques everywhere we go?  Well, perhaps not immature, but certainly illogical and jingoistic.  Certainly, some of it has got to be a backlash.  As the Politically Correct Police try to force us through cultural pressure to make ALL groups equal ( a very unnatural way of ordering our existence ), the natural reaction is to once again violently form into exclusive groups fighting for dominance.  Isn’t the silliness of PC just as moronic as High School?

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Whiles Males are bad but White Homo Males are okay but White Transgender or WhateverFrigginGender are good-er.  Blacks are prime victim class but Black Males aren’t as and Black Females are better-er, and the stupid crap just piles higher and higher in a huge putrid fetid mess.  The culture attempting to make us all equal is the worst in trying to differentiate us into cliques.  At work, cliques are busy forming even as corporate types are mostly a homogonous group of female Basket Weaving Degree college graduates.

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The group that denies gender differences or class is the busiest re-forming back into pre-Industrial tribes ( even if the tribes aren’t cohesive in any way ).  Why couldn’t they just be like the nerds and use the Internet as their tribal pathway?  Well, the Internet was after all just a NASA or Cold War spinoff that was only embraced by the High School cliques that were at the bottom stratum.  Remember, why was the original scare about lack of Science & Math ( a scare that still scars youth today as most of class is comprised of shoving those two subjects down their throats, whether they have aptitude or not ) so pronounced?

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The Cold War was going to be won, mere years after we became The Indisputable Nation, by those godless commie bastards!  They Launched Sputnik!  We were all going to be nuked, nuked I tells ya!  More important than thermonuclear war species annihilation, corporations were in danger of losing money!  And their banking butt buddies bankrolling them, what of those poor bastards?  Why, an economic contraction would cut into their bottom line!  So, obviously, fund the heck out of science and technology.

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Out of which came lots of neat stuff funded by taxpayers and cashed in by the business/finances classes.  Like the Internet.  Nerds loved the Internet.  Money and riches were a Get Laid Quick scheme, and as a bonus they could stay in their cocoons and socialize safely.  Don’t underestimate the safety of the base.  Charlie is outside the wire.  Bankers love the Internet.  Free to them boosted control of all sectors of the economy.  Business loved the Internet.  Robotized jobs.

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Non-nerds, not so much with loving the Internet ( it was a tool, rather than a Revolution-remember, Nerd Love was predicated on actually getting laid.  So was being a Corporation Man prior to that.  The Internet was revolutionary in that its minders became sexually desirable ).  As a general rule, they didn’t have the crippling introverted natures.  They didn’t mind Meatspace.  Ah, but everyone could enjoy the technological ability to Tribe -Up.  Welcome to FaceBook, where you can be the worlds biggest moron and all your drooling buddies will Thumbs Up you.  No nerds need apply. 

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Plus, nerd or not, the norm became further tribalization.  As a backlash against PC, as a embracer of mass decentralization, as a cocooning device ( remember the movie Trigger Effect?  Nerd gets Hottie.  Nerd is mixing with dangerous people in the theatre.  People are Other Tribes-like, gasp, Negroes! Message-you don’t have to be racist to fear other people.  Cocoon! Cocoon! ).  To all problems, the Internet became the answer.  Last grasp of technology to cope with the collapse. 

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Now, what is the primary feature of tribes?  Group Think.  It can be looked at negatively, as a dumbing down.  But that is to ignore its positive evolutionary nature.  It IS consensus.  Consensus means the group not only forms a united front against dangerous outsiders, it teaches the lowest denominator how to protect themselves.  Let’s face it, FaceBook users or the village idiot, most people are NOT very intelligent.  That is why culture is so important.  It is reality to the group, the group acts without thought because stopping to think is dangerous in times of danger.

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And the dumbest of the tribe just mimics the proper survival training which is what culture is all about.  Cultural mores don’t have to make sense, except in that they increase the groups chances of survival.  Obviously, it doesn’t have to make sense to other tribes.  We may have zero clue why cutting off a clitoris has a survival value, or not eating bacon, but it obviously did ( even if only at one time ).  If a behavior stays advantageous survival wise to the group, it remains in effect.  Those ignorant of the purpose of culture will of course be completely Tribal in their thinking and hate and mock the other tribes.

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Group Think ( with its positive tool “echo chamber” ) is nothing more than Going Tribal.  And cliques are just a reaction against others trying to stop that natural process.  So, yes, it probably does seem that there is a whole lot of “Forever In High School” going on.  It is just push and pull, action and reaction.  Attempt to artificially remove grouping and you get more of it.  It is also, obviously, a further sign we are far deeper into the collapse.  Before, there was some value in NOT going tribal.  Of embracing the nation states institutions.  Now that all those institutions are in freefall collapse and there is only danger in embracing them, tribalism is more eagerly embraced than ever.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

forever high 1 of 2


FOREVER HIGH

Is it me, or does the phrase “God, it’s High School all over again” seem to be far more of a normal reaction than it used to be?  It used to be, you went through the Hell On Earth that was the mandated experience, and you moved on with your life never to be reminded of it.  Sure, some Jock Boy or Pretty Barbie had the best experiences of their life in High School, but they are the exception to the rule that those were probably the worst four years of your life if you were not a gregarious type personality.  Even if you were more social, they were still pretty bad because of one simple thing.

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Cliques.  While you are a jar of hormones on feet, cliques seem to be the most important thing in your universe.  Since everyone is labeled, dismissed and pigeonholed, the exclusivity of most of the opposite sex just makes the prospect of procreating that much more impossible.   Now, social stratifying isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  It is really quite natural.  You hang out with Your Kind ( economically, although usually racially too-but that is a feature of multiculturalism which is a feature of Bad Governance.  Bad enough when the elite hump you financially, but then they have to be idiots as well? ), and it is just natural that you are going to hook up and spawn.

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Why do you think you meet most people at work?  Your Kind hangs out there.  Of both genders.  Cliques are just a natural product of the US ( and a lot of other western civilization nation states ) where the socioeconomic layers are allowed to mix.  Cliques un-mix them, and everyone goes back to the norm of stratification.  We really are no different than pre-colonial India with its “born to class”, or any of the old loyalty regions.  Children are not class conscious, socialize with most other kids ( the post-WWII egalitarian period, short lived as it is turning out, was similar to pre-Industrialization when most folks were the same-just Poor then, rather than Rich In Appearance in our youth ).

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So if, in your youth, you mixed with other classes, High School was the time where you learned the hard way ( nobody seems to want to share with you the experience to come-probably because by that time your parents are tired of looking at your face and if they warned you, you wouldn’t leave the house every morning ) that this condition cannot continue.  Classes mixing really IS a poor idea.  You cannot mix cultures with success.  The rich business owner doesn’t want a son in law that sympathizes with The Help, and who the hell wants a daughter in law coming to Thanksgiving dinner that Puts On Attitude about the families blue collar lives?

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There might not be any High School cliques any more.  Perhaps everyone quickly learns that you must tow the PC line, believing it or not.  No one has mixed classes since the economic trend for generations has been to segregate into like class neighborhoods.  I don’t know.  But we all know what it was like Back Then.  Like England after WWI, after the second war we gave in to demands by the masses that were drafted and died to act less servile.  It worked for exactly one generation until the normal order of the universe was restored and the economy tanked and poor people were put back in their place.

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So, our generation might be about the only ones who really were subjected to this vicious re-ordering back into the natural classes order.  Perhaps that is why there can’t be another set of John Hughes films-it wouldn’t resonate with any other generation.  Nonetheless, regardless of any of the above, cliques are something we can all relate to ( unless you are some young whippersnapper and are actually wiser than we were at your age and early on Came To The Light of severe, no-foolin collapse survivalism ).

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See what I just did there?  I self identified with a niche group, included you, and we all walk away feeling better about ourselves because we are better ( yes, it is an artificial tribal identity, but the Internet allowed that which was a necessary transition phase from Nation State back to tribe.  No one ever DIDN’T seek a tribe-that is a natural human trait.  That is what we evolved in.  Cliques were, to some degree, also a tribal group.  But they were unnatural in that is was class based.  Class can make a tribe, but there is an artificiality to it that makes it a poor substitute. 

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We’ve always had piss poor substitutes for tribes, ever since the Agricultural Age ushered in the civilization structure ( 90% poor farm labor, 1% ruling elite, 9% soldiers and merchants and etcetera ) which killed tribes in any area suitable for crop surpluses ( or the adjacent, controlled areas ).  Class has been one.  It was the only one available most times.  Since western civilization brought in enough surplus food by industrializing war with gunpowder so as to colonize the globe, there arose a larger middle class from the old merchant class and expanded the class layers, and allowed the nation state to be a subunit of control within empire, also used as a tribal substitute.

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The last twilight years of the Oil Age also brought in the Internet, exploding the decentralization of tribal identities, and allowing us to less stressfully transition away from colonization ( compared to if we only had the state as a tribal substitute ).  It is STILL just a tribal substitution, but the success and popularity of it does underscore the problems other markers had.  They were too broad, large and indistinguishable.  Now, of course, the tribes are the correct size, but too geographically dispersed.  Nothing is ever easy, right?

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Continued tomorrow, with a discussion into how society seems to be mirroring High School, and the reversion to tribal self-programming ( willingly accepting Group Think ).

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Friday, January 12, 2018

grand minimum


GRAND MINIMUM

I haven’t really had anything new or exciting to worry about for some time.  Stock market crashing?  Old news-rather long overdue.  Fracking Industry losing even more money?  Old hat.  Trump being an idiot?  Why not, it’s getting him richer.  China?  Russia? NORK?  All same-same, Joe!  Okay, well, how about global cooling?  Just to be contrary, hump you very much you sanctimonious Gore Warming arseholes ( not to say they are wrong, just that they are so screechy and uptight about the whole thing, far worse than me and Peak Oil.  I think ). 

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If you want more information on the occurring Grand Minimum sunspot activity, there is plenty of news out there on that ( a good source seems to be Next Grand Minimum Word Press.com ).  Of course, nobody is sounding all that concerned about it, except Armstrong.  Everyone is, like, totally, “just a trough in a twelve year cycle, dude.  Nothing to see here, move along”.  Well, this sort of sounded familiar, and I don’t mean because in the last year the meme of “look, they all panicked about Gore Cooling in the 70’s” got a lot of traction.  I had written on this before.

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Surprisingly, because Google search leaves a lot to be desired ( I’m getting much better luck with DuckDuckGo ), I actually found the article.  You need to go back to my last blog ( james m dakin dot blogspot dot com-if you people ever visited my website bison prepper dot com you would have seen the link ) and the July 22, 2013 article was on the cycles of wheat production.  For 700 ( ! ) friggin years the records of English wheat crop production had consistently shown itself following a cycle.  This wasn’t JUST because of solar sunspot activity, although it played a big part.  If I did the math correctly the years 2005 to 2033 will show a pattern of rising prices.  You’ll note this has nothing to do with Peak Oil ( which also started in 2005 ).

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This is just the same pattern going back seven centuries.  Which, if you think about it, it a bit of an impressive track record to base future projections on.  I know, I know, the Gore Warming Brigade will say that we’ve never had burning oil mess with our planetary temperatures before.  Again, I’m NOT saying they are right or wrong.  I just know better than to NOT be skeptical as much as possible about everything.  It is just that you really cannot convince people of anything, can you?  No matter what the evidence, they either just blanket discount it or say something to the effect of “it’s different this time”. 

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Knowing better, but doing it anyway, I find myself several times a week entering into discussions on other blogs.  No matter how much logic I think I’m using, no one is swayed by my arguments.  I either tell them what they already think is true or they just dismiss me if they don’t like my viewpoint.  It seems like blogs are nothing more than echo chambers.  I read the conventional “wisdom” regurgitated and attempt to question it and I’m the dumb ass.  What happened to “question authority”?

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I ran across the idiocy about washing your hands all day long.  Wash your hands after urinating, before touching your face, after touching your pet, after picking your nose.  Good frigging God, you wash your hands so much they dry out, split, and you now have an open wound to pour germs in ( but don’t worry, it will only be eight and a half minutes before you wash your hands again ).  Don’t you DARE improve your immune system to negate all those germs, ONLY wash your hands all day, get shots for everything all year long and support our medical industry! ‘Murica!

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Did anyone want to hear about Vitamin C mega dosing?  My working with nasty, smelly homeless people for a decade and NOT washing my hands all day long?  No.  Vitamins are a placebo and obviously I’m about to die any day and I’d better check into the hospital where they work for $48 an hour.  Yeh, and I know cops who think victimless crimes deserve life sentences.  Way to allow your vile greed to screw over everyone else.  Anyway, back on topic.  It could be very true that we are NOT going to enter a new Ice Age, that food inflation will stay mild.  So what?  Is that a guarantee?

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This is what happens when you are NOT skeptical of conventional wisdom.  You discount what could be threats because you allow yourself to be bullied into accepting GroupThink.  If we were in a tribe, that would be a survival mechanism.  Tribes need to be of collective mind to function properly ( when we were a WASP tribe, prior to the 60’s, collectively we accepted a lot of individual freedom suppression such as German-American prosecution in WWI, Prohibition, gold seizures, the draft to enrich the bankers, and etc. ).  When you have no tribe to support and protect you, you cannot trust ANYONE.  They are out to use you.  Why do you trust them?  They are ALL outsiders. 

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What do we keep saying about Others?  Those NOT of your tribe?  They will kill you, unless you kill them first.  Today, you have no or a weak tribe.  So everyone becomes Others.  If you ignore a new possible Ice Age, accepting Gore Warming because it is the new PC Paradigm, blindly accepting their “proof”, which is only suspect for the very good reason it is by consensus alone and that by agreeing you get government grants ( like blaming everything on communists used to do ), you could be right.  Or, you could be wrong.  Does it matter? 

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Shouldn’t BOTH views lead to the same logical conclusion?  As in, stock food.  As in, stock friggin wheat kernels.  The same person who argues for a 9mm pistol or an AR rifle because they are so popular and hence the ammunition is way extra cheap, refuses to see the same with wheat.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t plan on eating all that much of it.  Have it, in case you need it.  If you end up with enough Spam and MRE’s to have a better tasting meal, fine.  Barter the wheat.  But if you need it…

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Damn, well, I guess that isn’t really anything new to worry about.  Even if we are in a larger Grand Minimum than seen for thousands of years ( claims Armstrong ), and we see more plagues and starvation as a result, it is still Same-Same.  Overpopulation, peak oil, Gore Warming, financial collapse-all bring the same die-off with pestilence.  You just might need a warmer jacket on the way there.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

kerosene 2 of 2


KEROSENE 2

As we have discussed oh so many times before, post-apocalypse lighting can be easy, cheap and long lasting with LED’s.  They are great, and relatively fool-proof ( with the assumption you always stockpile by the half dozen since the ChiComs really, honest injun do NOT care for Running Imperial Dog Honkies and try to kill us by selling us defective crap [ it is only business to many, not personal, as they try to kill their fellow countrymen also, but I for one find no solace in that ] at every opportunity ).

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And while everyone should have a LOT of LED’s ( hell, even a flashlight from the Dollar Tree or the garden walkway lights from the Wal-Mart garden section are both better than a candle, most of the time.  I lived with candles for a couple of weeks.  You cannot imagine how they blow when they are your sole illumination ), and chargers, you might be thinking you need kerosene for a much lower tech illumination.  I’m not considering it, since this isn’t farming land and there is no way in hell I can ever replace the fuel ( as you possibly could, with bio-diesel ). 

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In my case, it is better to just accept I’ll be going from high tech to lowest tech when the time comes.  But kerosene can be a viable option for many of you.  If so, your first stop is the Kerosene Survival Dude over at EndTimesReport dot com.

He has all the equipment and information you need.  There are comparison tests of lamps and their light output ( surprisingly, the $20 Mason Jar lamp is a much better return on investment than the gold standard Aladdin ) and wicks for sale and etcetera.  He also has a section on making your own candle wicks from a solution of salt and Borax powder in water soaking cotton string.  That might be useful information even if you pass on kerosene.

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So, a little more background on kerosene.  Obviously, the lamps aren’t all that pricey like they used to be ( yes, we all whine about Chinese quality.  Yet without them survivalism would be a heck of a lot more expensive.  If you’d like a flavor on that, read the 80’s Dean Ing non-fiction for how crappy the improvised equipment was-which in his defense was only noted in hindsight ).  And fuel is no more expensive than gasoline.  Yes, it is more per gallon, but just as with diesel or propane, the cost per BTU delivered is all about the same.  That is why propane is cheaper per gallon-it delivers less energy.  Like wheat or even gold, you really don’t pay much past the cost of production ( excluding taxes, obviously ).

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If it is winter and you burn your kerosene lantern eight hours a day ( winter lighting is how I rate my solar capacity year round ), a gallon of fuel will last you a month.  That is certainly NOT bad at all.  Especially if the lamp helps heat the room ( as with all fire, ventilation and safe handling around combustibles is assumed ).  Some lanterns will burn as low as ¼ ounce per hour but the standard seems to be about ½ ounce an hour, a variety of lamps averaged.  Go with the half ounce figure to be safe.  You might be able to buy five gallon steel containers of the fuel, if you have an industrial solvents supplier, or some gas stations even carry it.

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( our small town has one station with a kerosene pump, but it is the only real town in the county and there are potentially thousands of customers that heat with kerosene off grid.  Here, the only options off-grid if you don’t go hours out of the way to cut wood are propane, pellets or kerosene ).  If you are paying over twice what gasoline costs, if that, you are getting ripped off.  Shop around.  Even if you don’t illuminate with kerosene, or heat ( a safer option than pressurized propane tanks, but not cheaper due to the heater cost differential ), there is the cooking option.  They sell a $70 ( both the Kerosene Dude and Amazon ) pressurized cooker.  You pump up the thing like you would a Coleman lantern and it uses kerosene as a cooking fuel.  With no wick. 

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Heck, I’d even considering that, to replace propane, except I have all my invested infrastructure in propane.  But it is a nice option ( the propane camp stove costs half the kerosene, but then you must also buy a pressure regulator hose for another $20, so the two compare closely in price ).  If you are lighting and heating ( at least as a supplement, as I imagine a whole house heater-just like as with propane-would be ruinous.  They are back-up heaters ) with kerosene then it just makes sense to cook with it also. 

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Now, aside from the safety and compact fuel storage, why else would you want to invest in kerosene?  If you can make your own bio-diesel.  Then you don’t have to worry about buying any LED’s except for a few where applicable ( headlamp, huge antiaircraft style lamps, a low output nightlight such as for a bathroom ).  Just primarily use kerosene you’ve stored, Day One of the apocalypse, and transition into making your own fuel.  Other than a stock of lamps ( glass breaks, assume the brass fittings will break ), you just need lamp wick.

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Wicks are about a buck a foot, bought in a bulk roll.  And a wick, in theory, will only burn an inch per gallon of fuel ( if trimmed properly ).  Now, I stocked kerosene lamps for Y2K.  The LED’s at that time were VERY weak and VERY expensive ( only great compared to regular incandescent flashlights ).  I didn’t care for them even though everything was cheap.  But obviously, they can be an attractive option.  I’d have loved to have known about the kerosene cooker back then, as I was going to rely on the gasoline powered cooker.  Great for salvaging fuel, but probably rather dangerous and only useable outdoors.  And propane lighting is VERY wasteful, even if really bright.  Outside LED’s, kerosene is your best option.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

kerosene 1 of 2


KEROSENE
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note: I posted this in a comment yesterday.  "Fun filled fact. An M1 Garand was fresh out of the factory 2-4 MOA specs. Just like the no.1 Enfield. The no.4 Enfield was 1-2 MOA. Everyone loves the Garand and says the Enfield is a sloppy shooter. That says different, doesn't it? Or course, full disclosure, second hand info from a YouTube vid. But the guy did seem knowledgeable."
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note: how can you not love 'Ol Remus at Woodpile Report?  This guy is funnier than most stand-up comedians.  "Sometimes Mr. Reed's "check engine" light comes on without him noticing it."
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A short while ago a minion brought up the joys of kerosene lanterns.  I responded with my normal “LED’s rule, fool” ( I was an advocate of LED lighting when it was a niche item on hardly anyone’s radar-so much I was dubbed by one reader as “the LED guy”, similar to my use of “druid dude” or “Yuppie Scum Survivalist Guru” ).  And yet, nothing should ever be cut and dried, should it?  There is a place for everything and everything has its place.  I detest semi-automatic weapons because of the logistics.  That doesn’t mean they cannot be used in a proper unconventional way.

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We were discussing the best manual saws.  The Kunukian Prepper ( Canadian Prepper on You Tube ) introduced-or at least popularized-the Japanese saws that are like most things from Nippon ( except Subaru-bad experiences with those cheese dinguses ).  They cost a kings ransom and then, after time, the quality is so high they end up costing you far, far less as they just never seem to break.  They make cross-cut saws look weak and befouled in comparison, from minion reports. 

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This got me thinking about saws, again ( I thought I had completed this phase years ago ).  I knew the ones I had were crap and wouldn’t last long, but looking at the Japanese saws, no matter how good, just seemed to be an investment commitment I was unwilling to undertake.  I only have sagebrush for wood here, and you can take them out with a Mattock or a pry bar or even reverse twist them and uproot them.  I thought an ax would be sufficient, if I even needed another tool.  Which got my brain into the Butt Simple tool concept.

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It is far better, long term planning wise, just to go Butt Simple.  Even if you are using extra energy calorie-wise, you are using less resources to make or maintain the tool.  This is a trade off that wasn’t uncommon.  We are so used to the opposite, investing in a tool regardless of its resource use, to save the minutest amount of human effort.  This is a little bit because of an aging affluent consumer and a lot to do with the elites automation to take away as many jobs as possible to control us better ( the money they throw our way in welfare or similar is just conjured out of the glittery fart unicorn reality anyway ).

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We, you minions and I, fight this paradigm all the time.  I say, turn the damn bolt.  You hate bolt actions because everyone used the Mauser action, which was the VHS to the Brits Betamax.  Not as good but popular, and a stiff action is considered the norm.  Using a darn semi because you are too lazy to turn the bolt ( I know, I’m being sarcastic-no need to remind me of the tactics you are attempting to emulate ).  I say, four friggin minutes to grind half your days calories with the cheap Victoria grain mill.  You say, NO, I want it in thirty seconds, and if I have to spend $300 and buy back-up parts to do it I will!

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Yes, yes, I know we are all getting older.  We cannot do like we used to.  But while that is a reason, it shouldn’t be an excuse.  You still have to force yourself to perform a minimum amount of labor.  I can’t install an elevator down to my underground hovel-I need to navigate those steps regardless of arthritis or other ailments.  I’m not saying you shouldn’t invest for the loss of muscle use aging brings.  I’m saying there should be a cut-off point where you draw the line between coddling and necessary compromise.  Instead of buying an electronic chainsaw and more solar panels to power it, a cheaper solution that requires SOME manual labor ( the Jap saw ), even if it is less than swinging an ax.

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Perhaps, instead of felling a tree a day as you would in your youth, you still use an ax as a geriatric but you only chop a little every day.  No matter how old I get, I’m sure I can still haul a gallon or half of water.  I don’t need the tank for gravity to make getting water labor-less.  You save a lot of money this way.  Not that it is about SAVING money, it is about getting more for the same amount of money. 

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Like, instead of spending two grand on a rifle you spend $200 on it, then buy junk land and ammo and a beater RV.  You still spent two grand, you just bought a crappy rifle instead of a perfect one, and got more tools for the same investment ( obviously, these prices are pre-2007.  I finally sold my Texas land, the $300 lot I got in 2005 [ with $250 title insurance Title America screwed me out of, the bastards-at the time I was making too much to trade money for aggravation so I never fought them on it ].  I think now you’d spend five times more for it.  Junk land seems to increase universally in price in bad times. Which should be a warning to you to buy before it is too late ).

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Anyway, Butt Simple has as much of a place in your preps as High Tech does.  Instead of just back-ups to current tech tools, you should also have two lower tiers as well.  Current tool, its back-up, a 100 year old tech tool, and then a medieval tech tool.  So, with lighting, you have a lot of LED’s ( assume sloppy Chinese manufacture ) with its necessary infrastructure, then kerosene lanterns, then plans for candles.  As the minion stated, kerosene can be your Forever Lighting.  It is one step up from lowest tech, with a minimal amount of stockpiling needed.  It has almost zero vulnerabilities unlike LED’s.

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Yes, it has a bottleneck of More Than Cottage Industry tool construction.  It isn’t as Butt Simple as candles.  But it is close enough.  It is similar to buying a twenty pack of frensel lenses for ten bucks.  It is nominally higher tech than cottage industry can manufacture but it is a nominal fee for bypassing more laborious fire starting.  A single roll of cotton wick is all you need for five years of lighting, assuming you make bio-diesel at your farm.  We’ll go into all that tomorrow.

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