Wednesday, December 27, 2017

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note: Hello, a little help here.  Does anyone remember the original solar energy book I was referencing from?  The one that told you how to gut a refrigerator and use the parts to make your own block of ice for use in a Ice Box.  It came in a spiral binding, had a dark picture of the sun on it.  The guy that wrote it also had articles online on using your car as an emergency generator.  And I think, DIY hydrogen gas generation and use.  No idea of the title, searches come up with nothing.  I'd like to use it in my next book and list it in the references.  Appreciate any help.
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Well, it doesn’t have a heck of a lot to do with survivalism or prepping other than as a comment on the process of collapse, but I wanted to talk about the ruling ending Net Neutrality.  I won’t have too much to add to the discussion, and I imagine most of you are far more knowledgeable than I.  But, sometimes we need to take a small breath and relax from the more serious topics anyway.  Not that this isn’t serious.  But I suppose it was inevitable and hopefully it unwinds slow enough to be able to adapt to.

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This isn’t anything new, either.  Remember General Powell’s son when he was in the FCC and was all Free Market Cheerleader?  The difference between then and now is we’ve seen the naked unbridled greed corporations are more than capable of encaging in.  Back then, there were actual jobs and products to sell, so blatant fraud wasn’t as necessary ( well, besides the Tech Wreck Pets Dot Com tulip mania ).  Now, it is the only way to bring in the bling.  And corporate whores be all about the bling.  The difference now is we know we need to hurry up and apply lube before we get violated.

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The Internet was supposed to be a public utility that paid fairly for access, universally.  The rich twats on Snob Hill weren’t supposed to be the only ones getting electrical lines to their homes.  Yeh, you could call the rural electrification project ( or, even Social Security, for that matter ) a socialist move where the poor got free goods.  But, did they?  That taxpayer money was paid back long ago as all those poor humpers bought all the appliances and all the entertainment doo-dads and used more and more juice and every company from coal miners to Maytag made big bucks.  Another taxpayer funded Big Corporation Welfare.

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No matter how much a public mandated activity helps the poor, you can bet your last jelly donut that some pig of a corporation makes money off of it.  Obammy “cared” for the poor and increased Food Stamps users by 50% or nearabouts.  That might have put food in the poor boys bellies but it also bought a few yachts and BMW’s for CitiBank execs through electronic processing fees. The government mandated affordable Internet access for everyone ( and Facebook users aside, I think we can agree that this helped better most folks ) and so YouTube, Netflix and Amazon start streaming for under cost and screwed the ISP’s.

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So the ISP’s want a bit more cash, because Bezos just got billions of dollars and all they get are a measly $200K paycheck every year.  Where is the justice there?  That barely sends the kid to Yale, for Christ’s sake.  Equality amongst the rich!  No, seriously, these White Person Problems are brutal.  Wouldn’t you say the right thing to do would be to pay double for your Internet access?  Oh, and while we are at it, let’s charge poor people in the desert quintuple for their water.  The golf courses get a bulk discount, of course!  The mayor and city council play there!  And, so as not to discriminate amongst corporations, let’s deregulate all the power companies.  A buck a watt is fine!  The poor can play less X-Box.

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And they certainly don’t need a refrigerator.  They can go down to the corner Habeeb store every evening and buy a fresh Hot Pocket, and nuke it in the store.  We’ll give the Pakistani store owner a discount on his juice too, since he is a service to the community ( at 500% mark-ups ).  I trust that my sarcasm made my point.  You can’t just shout in nipple tingling glee that you are screwing over the Free Crap Army and turn everything over to the corporations, no oversight, no regulations and certainly no concern about the unemployed humpers who are dog crap on your shoes.

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Throughout history, the poor were exploited until they revolted.  To buy off the peace, which in the long run benefits business, you need to give the poor, which constitute the majority of the population, certain concessions.  Subsidized food or Make Work Jobs or cheap transportation to get to those jobs, or whatever.  It can’t JUST be corporation welfare, it has to include welfare for the poor.  And guess what, Richey Rich?  THEY get to decide what is enough welfare, not YOU, because they are the ones that will riot and burn down your business and mansion.  Why do you think Black welfare will never be jeopardized?

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The Lefties love to whine about how their Big Daddy Clinton cut aid to the poor, but all he did was cover that crap with a band-aid.  Blacks are still on welfare ( as are Whites, granted ).  It still buys the peace.  It might not be as lavish, but it is there.  Black population as a percentage stays the same, but that isn’t for lack of trying ( the Drug War casualties are brutal ).  Babies pay the bills ( which is why my lily White ex-stepdaughter keeps popping them out, ignoring cancer cells in her girl parts which should be removed ). 

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I don’t care how Free Market, Republican, Dittohead or other Rich Welfare Only dumbass you are, you can’t repeal the laws of physics.  You starve the poor to cut the budget, you eventually see that you are on the Lamp Post List.  Now, don’t be silly, I’m not saying the poor will riot over a lack of Internet access.  I’m pointing out that with our current lack of rational thinking, as exemplified by the move to turn the Internet into Access For Rich Bitches Only, rather than a modest profit universal access service, means eventually as more and more of the shrinking budget is moved to the rich at the expense of the poor you will see serious ungluing of the social fabric.

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I would imagine that the ones on total welfare still get complete access to the Internet, the price folded into their Section Eight Housing the government pays for.  BUT!  A factor we should also consider is that of Free Market Censorship.  YouTube and Twitter and Facebook and Google and others are already engaged in the practice.  Not, fundamentally because with corporations it is ALWAYS profit first, because of Leftist PC Princess BullCrap.  Because Coco-Cola and Pepsi and whoever else is still actually advertising doesn’t want any controversy ( the only reason it leans to PC is because The Matriarchy approves of that viewpoint, and they are the majority, or at least the majority of the ruling power ).

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So, why would you think the companies would stop before  censoring the entire Internet?  Anything controversial would be purged from search engines, moved to the “slow access down because of quote bandwidth use unquote” list, or something similar.  Nothing is happening overnight, but without overturning this decision that is going to be the general direction.  I know you won’t be paying for this blog to be delivered to your door by mail, downloaded on a CD-ROM ( actually, my next move baring Blogger would be to pay for e-mail to deliver this daily.  After that the choices grow dire as it becomes charging per customer for something that is only popular for its current price ).

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We expect all systems to fail in a systemic collapse, but wouldn’t it be nice for the government supposedly Of The People to give us SOME protection if we aren’t rich? 

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34 comments:

  1. Jim,
    I don't comment much but wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. Your stuff lately has been very good. I also think your minions comments are better than most (all other?) blogs. Thanks and have a productive new year!

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    1. It could all be Conformation Bias, but I think you are correct about the minions comments. I don't usually have much to add to them, as they improve my work, but basically do so to acknowledge their contribution. As for my writing, I think I'm back on track, saving the longer pieces for books no one reads and having long enough to cover details but not long enough to bore articles every day. I don't have the day job to distract me from writing in depth. Life is good, even as Reality Bites more every day. I appreciate the comment-Input! Must Have Input!

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  2. You are correct in analysis of triage of services
    And benefits to prop up the system. It will be rearranging deck chairs and the band still playing until anyone in quantity notices-or complains. We bit it on diminished quality and package shrinking in consumer goods with nary a peep from the sheep. There will be enough crumbs falling to the masses to keep em quiet. It is payed for with debt from fake money anyway. If any threepers or libertarians or etc. Raise a ruckus it will be easily dealt with by the skynet-borg. Enjoy these days, they are as good as it gets.

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    1. I look at spotty, crappy download coverage now and shudder to think how worse it will get.

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  3. Your blog is almost 100% text only. It wont be hurt much by 'net neutrality'. Youtube, Amazon, Netflix, all the streaming videos and music, etc. users or providers will be forced to pay extra - the ISPs are paying extra (losing money) on those things already. And since most ISPs are now also video content providers (cable companies, satellite TV companies, or the like), you can be sure they are going to hit all the podcasts, and any other 'streaming media' hard and fast. This will also play into the hands of TPTB as it will reduce news sources to what people read (does anyone other eccentrics like us read or write any longer?) and major broadcast (cable channels) corps. Win-Win for TPTB and major communication providers.

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    1. Actually, I didn't really view it through the govt.'s "soft censorship". Makes sense. I was just looking at it more as a shrinking resource/shrinking economy. Thanks!

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    2. Its all the above. And we will see more things like this in the future. Feds will be turning certain interstate routes over to the states to maintain. States will be turning highways over to the counties, and counties are already abandoning roads in my neck of the woods (no or limited maintenance, but they keep the easement incase the oil companies come back and need the road there). Same thing with almost everything - anywhere that regulations can be imposed to give control.

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    3. So, the screeching of the environmentalists was somewhat correct ( "they will tear up the roads with their big machines and then abandon the area, taking the taxes to fix the roads with" ) when they warned about the fracking companies?

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  4. Sunshine to dollars (or something like that) is the book you wanted to know about, I believe. There's a real good description of building an ice machine out of a small dorm room size fridge.

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  5. "Does anyone remember the original solar energy book I was referencing from?  The one that told you how to gut a refrigerator and use the parts to make your own block of ice for use in a Ice Box.  It came in a spiral binding, had a dark picture of the sun on it.”


    I’m not positive Jim, but I think it was the one in the link below. They really “stick it to you dry, with splinters, and break it off inside” with the price of that book, as my old man was prone to saying.

    Sunshine to Dollars book:

    https://www.amazon.com/Sunshine-Dollars-Steven-Harris/dp/1603220003

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    1. Most excellent! Thank you! Hold one, I think there is a free version.

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    2. No, sorry, false alarm. Okay, I know it is a little much. But it should pay for itself the first time you use it.

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    3. In order to get an apartment size fridge to freeze water. I just bypassed the thermostat to run when plugged in. It hits a low of 10°.

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  6. I believe you are looking for Sunshine to Dollars.. check your email for a link I sent..

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  7. http://www.knowledgepublications.com/978-1-60322-000-2_detail_page.htm
    I see somebody has beat me to it. but this is another source.
    jpf

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    1. Thanks-its a good source if you want the authors other stuff.

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  8. The only provider we can get for internet , is the cable company. You must buy the premium TV crap in order to get online service. Sucks , cuz it runs like $140 a month !
    And we only use the TV for news and the educational channels. Three blocks from here the phone company has fiber optic cable, but not in this neighborhood. As our house and all around here was built in 1920.

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    1. When the Internet first started offering dial-up unlimited, it was $30 a month ( twenty years ago, but I also made a lot more ), but I had to pay an extra $10 a month since we were so rural. That really frosted my ass! Now I see how good I had it :)

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  9. I got one of those Swiss military style wool blankets from sportsman’s guide for $20 shipped with the promo. It’s supposed to be 66”x86” and I didn’t confirm this, but when I wrapped it around myself it just didn’t seem all that big. It’s also kind of heavy, and while it’s fairly thick, I was expecting it to be thicker.

    Here’s kind of where I’m at with regards to wool blankets these days Jim. Unless you need a blanket to be fire retardant, polyester fleece is a much better bargain than wool. I got the polyester fleece blanket in the link below for $35, which is far cheaper than a wool blanket of the same size. BUT. This blanket is thicker than average, and weighs a fraction of what a wool blanket the same size and thickness weighs. So unless you need a blanket to wrap around you as you sit by an open fire, or if you wish to sleep near a reflector fire, the polyester fleece is the way to go in my opinion.

    The best part? I can wash it and dry it at home. Most wool blankets, including the Swiss blanket that I just got, must be dry cleaned.

    https://www.amazon.com/CASTLECREEK-Super-Plush-Blanket-Sand/dp/B074G1XSQY/ref=sr_1_4?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1514224996&sr=1-4&keywords=CASTLECREEK+Super+Plush+Blanket

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    1. You can use cold water and woolite, but it is a bit of a pain, granted. Not sure I trust fleece in frigid cold ( I was using wool instead of sleeping bag ), but the weight of wool is a bit much. I don't see a price savings of fleece over wool, and you'd be surprised how darn warm that wool is. I'd be okay with wool under, fleece over, but not okay with JUST fleece.

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    2. There’s also some kit you can buy that lets you dry clean using your home dryer. I was thinking about something similar, meaning using a blanket instead of a sleeping bag for whenever I go camping. We’re about the same age, and when I was younger I actually did some winter time camping here in the PRK at the lower elevations. But I don’t think I’ll try that at my age now, as I’ve noticed now that I’m older, I get cold much easier.

      You don’t see the price savings? That’s a heavy weight king size fleece blanket for $35. I paid $100 each for my Ralph Lauren 100% wool blankets (a king and queen) and that’s much cheaper than most wool blankets that size.

      I think from now on I’ll invest in the fleece. I have about 5 wool blankets already, and that’s probably enough for me.

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    3. Wow there, Rockefeller, I'm talking about $25 to $35 at Sportsman's Guide. Looking at the price of the fleece, also at $35, I don't see the two even being close to compatible. I know fleece can be cozy, but $35 for that tiny little thing ( the link you provided )? Nothing wrong with getting both, I just don't like what I see head to head.

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    4. I’m usually better at getting my point across, but I’ll give it another go. The link that I provided Jim, was for a king sized, heavy weight fleece blanket for $35. That being said, I still love wool blankets and they’re still my favorites. My issue is that the affordable one’s ($35 price range) are usually too small for me, still rather heavy, not usually a 100% wool, and still need to be dry cleaned.

      Now take the heavy weight, 100% wool, Belgian military surplus blanket in the link below (back-ordered until the end of Jan 2018). That’s an awesome deal on a 100% wool blanket right? The problem? It’s only 84”x62” which is fine if you’re Tom Thumb. I’m trying to follow Dave Canterbury’s advice on getting blankets that are at least Queen in size, when at all possible. The reason being is that he shows a method in which you can wrap up in a blanket, and have no less than 3 layers of wool covering you.

      https://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/belgian-military-surplus-heavyweight-wool-blanket-used?a=2146162

      Since this comment’s already running long, I failed to mention the blanket below, which is even better than the fleece blanket that I mentioned above. Think synthetic down, with none of the disadvantages of down.

      https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q7OFEM2/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I16AAEWGX1QD3Q&colid=2P9H5MHEI5D99&psc=1


      If you would, I’d appreciate if you would check out the video below, to get a sense of where I’m coming from. It’s short, only 7 minutes, but you can skip right to the 3:40 mark for the wool blanket.

      Wool Blankets Winter Camping Part 2

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waNdI9zKYug

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    5. "I’m usually better at getting my point across, but I’ll give it another go". How polite! Thank you for not saying what you meant :) I'm sure you recall my BPOD arrangement which was all three. Wool, synthetic blankets, down comforter. But the blankets were thrift store cheap, which I think is my biggest problem in our discussion. $35 is very steep for what you get, compared to wool, or not. As for "wrapping the blanket around", yes, that would be more cozy than separate blankets in layers, but I think you would also be better served with seperates. You are putting four eggs in separate baskets for the same price. I get what the video was getting across. One blanket does the job. I guess the difference is I'm looking at with from a logistics rather than tactical viewpoint. Minimizing your equipment and getting better performance are served with one large wool. I'm looking at it from a frugal stockpiling and "one is none, two is one" point. So, yes, we were having two different conversations. Now, how about taking two 5x7 blankets and overlapping them? Wouldn't that solve the issue of one larger but far more expensive blanket? Thinking two diamonds with the tips overlapping. Hope I'm being more helpful, now :)

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    6. "I’m usually better at getting my point across, but I’ll give it another go". How polite! Thank you for not saying what you meant :) “


      No, I didn’t mean it that way at all Jim. I’m a bit of a social retard, and my words or message doesn’t always come out the right way, and so I apologize if that came out the wrong way.

      Yes, I was looking at it from a camping/survivalist standpoint. Let’s say you had to make a quick unexpected retreat from your survival homestead, and had to spend a few days in the woods. You would likely only be able to carry one blanket or a sleeping bag (but I hate sleeping bags, and find them uncomfortable, even though they are the best option for cold weather).

      But otherwise, yes, you are right, and I agree with your "one is none, two is one" point.

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    7. That's why I put the smiley face after it. Just joking. You communicated just fine, as I thought I did. It was our respective assumptions that were off. You think I'm bad communicating with writing, you should hear my try to talk.

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  10. Forgot to mention in my last post that the polyester fleece has the same moisture wicking properties as does wool.

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  11. Maybe free or highly subsidized t.v. internet movies/web to keep the circuses going and some soylent green-yellow-red crackers while we sit around unemployed with no money-nothing else to do- in urban squalors. Good times!

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    1. I wouldn't doubt the subsidized part. Keep borrowing! The bankers can't survive on 1% interest on only $20 trillion.

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  12. At $80/month I cannot justify internet. But the library is close.
    NWSENIOR

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    1. That is my defacto backup plan. Now, if they close the library due to funding cuts...

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  13. The solar book is 'Sunshine to Dollars' by Stephan Harris..... I think!

    Neil

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