THIS BLOG HAS MOVED
This blog has moved to a ( Very Cheap! ) monthly magazine delivered by the post office. Yes, kids, old school media dropped in your mail box, just like it used to be.
I only ask you to pay my cost, not including the equipment. Just the mailing media and postage. $1.08 per issue, but if you are overseas ( any fuzzy foreigner including Canada ) I need $1.78-these will ONLY change as my costs change. I would love it if you added a donation, a tip, a gratuity for my work ( as this is my only retirement income-Social Security is far away if ever ).
I'm doing little more than just stringing the same kind of articles you saw here one after another, creating a PDF document, burning it to a unprinted blank CD-ROM and mailing it to you. It is just a months worth of blog articles, mostly the same length and definitely the same tone, sent at the beginning of the month. It might be slightly less in length, as I might take one day off a week or so, but basically the same near 80+ pages.
Send money order or check ( you could send cash but I'd be very leery about that if I were you-although I'm not sure what other choice foreigners have ) to:
James M Dakin
181 West Bullion Road, Unit 12
Elko Nevada 89801
Please tell me how many issues you want. It does NOT have to be a full years worth. It can be one issue, three, six, whatever. I'll let you know when I've sent the last issue so you can renew. If you do include a gratuity, please specify which amount is for the subscription and which one is my donation.
I won't keep your address on file once you no longer subscribe. I will NOT sell my mailing list. If you would care to correspond, I'd love to hear from you. If you can, include a SASE ( self address stamped envelope ). I think I'm going to be running a very thin shoestring budget here as I lose my Internet readers.
PLEASE, for the love of all that is good and holy, if you can, please PRINT your name and address. If you don't have a printer or one of those mailing labels, PLEASE write VERY neatly, preferably in block print. I need to be able to read your writing to send you anything in the mail.
I'd love to continue having you as a reader, extra paying or not. This is my labor of love. If you must know WHY I'm doing this, going dark, going completely off line, you can read the blog post right before this one ( or, read about it at nauseating detail in the first issue of the magazine ). But I will NEVER stop writing. I just need for you to be patient as I return to a lower tech medium. Stay safe out there, and cheers!
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I like the daily offering MUCH better. Have you considered asking the readers to give you enough money to go to Hughes net? I would pony up $10 or $20 per month to get you to stay with the the way things are now. Just a thought.ReplyDelete
It isn't really about the money. It is about choosing to opt out of the insanity. I've been getting plenty of money from the very generous minions.Delete
You are a brat.
You are my adopted baby brother, and I feel like you just stepped aboard a multi-generational flight to Alpha Centuri.
I feel like I'll never hear from you again except for one-way notes about the weather or traffic or will the Knicks take the pennant this year.
Yes, I'm taking your decision personal.
I can rationalize all I want (change is good, change gets me out of my little blindered rut, this's about you and has nothing to do with me...), but still, I want everything to stay 'normal' and everybody I like hanging out with to never get old or die.
OK, I got sentimental there for a sec.
I'm all better now.
You're still a brat.
I hear what you are saying. I detest change myself, a creature of habit. Loving my bubble comfort zone. I look at it like I'm returning to normal. Back to my 90's zine by mail. So of course for me there is no change ( changing back isn't change-only changing forward ). I'm doing my small part making the arrival of the mail fun again :) But I understand the loss of community and socializing. The humpers took that away from us, turning us against each other, importing criminals and making home the only safe zone. The Internet gave us some friends back. And then took it away turning it all toxic, PC, commie communication. I know I'm not making the perfect choice, just choosing the less evil one. Sad Panda :(Delete
Right. Jim you can articulate it into a differing descriptive definition, as say just conducting a necessary premptive going Galt action, based upon >your< conditions locally and in foresight to the coming censorships, shadow banning, and tech interference offensive operations by opfor entities.ReplyDelete
Either against you individually or as a deplorable caste member at large, caught in a net casting tactic. This is just walking the talk for the obviously oncoming collapses of many various systems.
Getting ahead of the curve and going the more arduous route (old school analog, wasn't hard and carried the empire, simpering wimps without internet) at a sacrificial expense is the better course long term. The true accolyte Minions will follow the Master no matter what path is taken. Press forward and stay frosty.
Thank you-articulated well. As with all things prepping, a little sacrifice now, a little less money, rewards later. I don't blame folks for not getting it-we all have normalcy bias. I think they will come aroundDelete
About 10 months ago I became convinced that I should sign up for a monthly newsletter full of super high quality prep-related content for $11 a month. The info is good, but because it's monthly, it's almost a forgotten item, and I don't even get around to reading it in a timely manner. I'm surprised I haven't cancelled the subscription. I get much more usefulness from the daily stuff I read. If you send out one months worth of material in one CD, for me personally, it'd be too much of a time sink to read it quickly, so it probably wouldn't get read at all after the first month, if I could even finish the CD. It would be like drinking out of a fire hose filled with stale water. I say stale water because things are changing so quickly, your perspectives from one month ago will quickly be stale because you aren't addressing the new riots, famine, shutdowns, and workarounds/perspectives etc. I think a critical part of the success of your blog is the comments section, filled with an exchange of ideas, a mind bank of apocalyptic ideas as it were. There are many good ideas I've seen here that I've appreciated and taken action on. You would be much better off, if the internet is that unreliable, to come up with a daily email article, similar in content to what you have now. All you would need is a few minutes of connection to mass email your subscriber list. The following day, you could email out yesterdays reply email comments and the new article for the day.
PLEASE RECONSIDER :-)
Nothing to say I won't change my mind, but nothing I've seen for going on a year convinces me we will see anything except steady deterioration and collapse. I'm trying to get off a dying horse. All of the minions arguments? I've had them with myself, for years, long before Internet connectivity issues. Believe me, I know.Delete
Agreed Romans. But I’ve been here long enough, to know that once Jim makes up his mind, there’s no changing it, and he won’t listen to reason. He’s like that kid that you can’t tell to not play with fire. He has to be burned.Delete
So his internet goes wonky for a few days, and he’s willing to throw in the towel, and lose the roughly 800 to 1000 followers that it took him decades to gain. Outside of a handful of followers, most are not going to fill out an envelope, stamp it, stuff it, and wait a few days to receive a CD, when they can walk over to their browser, and with a mouse click, access the same information, with no delay in the news cycle. Yes, some day this will once again be the norm. But until it is, most people, as well as myself, won’t revert back to it. Doesn’t make sense to, until that’s the only option. If I plan on taking a trip a few states over, I’m driving a car, not riding a horse, until I have no other choice. All he’s doing here is creating unnecessary work for himself, as well as dramatically reducing his already low income.
No hate though Jim. But if I support bad decisions, I’m not much of a friend. You’d probably be the Elon Musk of survivalism by now, if it weren’t for women. Jes sayin :D
I still wish you luck in your endeavors. But this decision is gonna flop harder than Rosie O’Dumbbell on the Dead Sea (You know? Because of the added buoyancy, due to the saline content? Anyhoo, moving on :D ).
No hate taken. Understood. Like my stance on semi-auto's and against auto's, I'm merely humored, not agreed with. And I don't just need to be burned by fire, I just heal and then thrust my hand in again LOL. Good one on Rosie. I'll miss those.Delete
Should have said "and against automobiles". I made it sound like automatic weapons.Delete
I meant to mention this in my last post Jim. But would you please keep my email address on file? It’s the one with the word “wanton” as the prefix. If you change your mind, and decide to go back online, I’d really appreciate a heads up, via email.Delete
Thanks for understanding. I wasn’t trying to be a John Holmes member, but might have come across that way in my last post (for those that grew up in a monastery, that’s a really big dick :D )
Good idea on the e-mail addresses. I hadn't thought of that. And no, I didn't take it the wrong way. God! Can you imagine me as Karen Snowflake? :)Delete
Any possibility of a compromise? Say, the “Bison monthly, June 2020 Issue” uploaded to Amazon, as with your previous books? I’d definitely drop the reasonable coin that you asked for those publications (not that this is a money issue, as much as a convenience issue). I even left some good reviews on your previous editions. Anyhoo, maybe consider working with those of us that prefer to be digitalized (No, that’s not what it sounds like. Now if Richard Simmons said it, then yeah. It would be just what it sounded like :D )Delete
I could think on that.Delete
Have to agree with Romans. Going off grid has it's merits but prematurely setting your hair on fire is akin to shooting yourself in the foot. The commenters are the real treasure and now you're throwing the book at them. Literally, lol.Delete
For a guy worried about peak oil, the postal vehicles drove nearly 1.4 billion miles in 2015, a nearly 10 percent increase from 2014. Ironically, this was due to the expansion of rural routes as junk-landers moved from the cities. Scamazon plays their part too. I may be the only minion that has boycotted them.
Good luck in your new endeavor. -RB
Thanks. I do believe the PO survives the Internet. ISP's already in financial trouble, and the PO has both federal money and ways to cut back on fuel use ( or other expenses ). Remember, we all get ate, you just want to be the last one in the stew potDelete
I'll probably subscribe. I hope others will too. But once you have my mailing address, don't show up at my place like Cousin Eddie in an RV.ReplyDelete
Well, maybe I would let you stay for a couple of weeks. There's a place down the road you could empty your sewer tank.
Best wishes to you.
I'll just open the valve a bit travelling the Interstate and leave a snail trail. Empty by the time I get to your place LOLDelete
Cousin Eddie was awesome. When Clark Griswald flipped out who had his back? Cousin Eddie that's who. Taking great risk to ensure that Clark got justice over his boss.Delete
Interesting that the actor who played Eddie can't get roles in Hollywood because he has conservative politics.
Dude, I think he couldn't get roles because he is bit Bat Crap Crazy! Check him out on YouTube, if he is still up.Delete
You are probably right, going back to a mailing list. Gets you off some radar. I will have to invest in some envelopes and stamps, and then remember how to use them.ReplyDelete
They made it easy, you don't even have to remember how to lick it ( that's what the wife said )Delete
You had a great run! I will supremely miss the comment threads the most. I remember the old days and the epic shit-fests. For those that don't know, when the Mohave Rat (Bastard) would comment it was game-on motherfuckers! Those were the days.ReplyDelete
If this is the end, then I want to remind minions here of a few topics that I feel get overlooked:
1. Get ya some quality nail clippers for the apocalypse. Remember the bar scene from the movie The Book of Eli?? You don't want to walk into a place like that with your homemade tire sandals unless your toenails can pass muster.
2. The same applies to having quality scissors. The least worst wench in the joint will likely go with the least worst groomed patron of the place. Be that guy!
3. Prepare yourself for extremely unsanitary people. You know those 12 bars of ivory soap in your apocalypse stash? Yeah, go ahead and triple your stash. You'll thank me later.
4. Get yourself a small motorcycle. You can go where cars can't go. Just fucking do it, dumbass.
5. This is the most important one: but as Joe Walsh once said: "I forgot".
6. Horde books of all kinds. They are the best 'escape' you can have.
7. Don't skimp on the first-aid kit. When you have an itchy rash in your groin, you would give your left testicle for a tube of hydrocortisone ointment.
8. Alcohol is a 'forever' fuel. It can give both heat and light. Get the 91% isopropyl at the dollar store and decant it into a sealed glass container. Don't drink it. It will hurt.
9. Think outside-the-box on weapons. Learn archery and get yourself a pellet gun for silent hunting. Don't forget the machete.
10. Don't despair. Read about men like Shackleton and you will be less inclined to be a pussy.
That is all. It's been great to know you all. Jesus Saves. A True Fact.
We did have a nail clipper discussion. I believe I was mostly mocked. I only bought Book Of Eli because it was a double feature with I Am Legend ( Will Smith ) for $5. Didn't much care for it.Delete
I gots lots of horde books. They just make me more paranoid :-) (sorry couldn't resist, not normally a spelling Chazi...Delete
I have to keep looking up that one in the dictionary. We are all allowed our pet peevesDelete
Preach on brother :-)Delete
A couple thoughts...
"6. Horde books of all kinds. They are the best 'escape' you can have."
I doubt post-apoc fiction will interest anyone after they're living it. Likely unrealistic to how the situation really turns out, and a great waste of time if there are more instructional books available with the time to read them when you're working non-stop while keeping an eye out for snipers :-)
"8. Alcohol is a 'forever' fuel. It can give both heat and light. Get the 91% isopropyl at the dollar store and decant it into a sealed glass container. Don't drink it. It will hurt."
Don't breathe the fumes as it's burning either, it's just as toxic as drinking it, just a different method of ingestion, and the toxic buildup is a little slower.
Hey Jim, just a idea here, but you could print on 8.5 X 14 paper, fold it over so the last page (back side, blank), staple, put the mailing label on along with a stamp, and mail out hard copies? probably cost more though. I don't have a problem with the CD's but some folks will. perhaps charge more for hard copy?ReplyDelete
Max 22 pages IF I reduce the print to quarter size ( I used to print out one page, then shrink it so I got eight pages on a double sided page ). And that is more than mailing a CD, after copying cost. That would be a weeks worth of articles on the blog. Minimum, $5 a month just for my cost. Easy on the wallet now, perhaps, but enough money it gets canceled when times get tough. And even with a magnifying glass, would anyone want to read it?Delete
Geez. First we dump cars for bicycles, now its dump internet for US Mail. You're sure making this minion thing hard! Seriously, I respect your decision and hope this works out for you. I'll be a subscriber, at least for a bit. Gotta see how this all plays out. Stay warmReplyDelete
That's why I'm not asking for a years subscription, just however many issues you feel comfortable with. Can't imagine I'll disappoint too many when three months is less than buying ONE Sunday print newspaper. Seriously, I went to the store and they wanted $4 for the local fish wrap. 12 pages in the weekend edition. Although those coupons for hair spray made it temptingDelete
What happens if the Great Orange Julius gets his way and defunds the Post Office ? Of course , I realize this thought is just another improbable brain fart blowing out of the blowhards ass. Though reality and he and his followers don't necessarily apply to facts...Delete
Speaking of reality...guess you're getting a job working for the man again eh ?
I think the Post Office will survive-this same political theater is ongoing, to pretend to reign in cost overruns. I'm going back to living extra poor, NOT working at a regular job. I've had my taste of freedom. Why go through the stress and then the business closes anyway? And honestly, could I handle it now?Delete
I just found your blog on a recommendation today 06/13 only to find it is "gone"!ReplyDelete
With that, I'll go down the old school rabbit hole and order up the CD version - I have a hunch it will be well worth my small contribution and it will be refreshing to have something to read and not surf. Subscription on the way with happy anticipation!
That's a leap of faith! I got guys reading five to ten years that won't subscribe. Oh...wait. That might explain it :)Delete
You've posted great info/links/humorous insights etc. over the years. But I have been most impressed by how kind and conciliatory you have been to your detractors. That tells much about the man.ReplyDelete
Good luck to you. We all need to focus on positioning ourselves for the least amount of damage from here on out. There will surely be much damage.
And for the record: I was never impressed by your hair. In the only photo of you I have seen, you look like a grumpy middle-aged man who didn't want his photo taken. How's about you post an updated photo, with a smile, for us to better remember you by?? Please, and thank you. You're truly One-Of-A-Kind.
My Hair Must Be Favored! LOL I hate smiling in photo's-I already look like enough of a dork!Delete
Well , perhaps if you actually had a head of hair. You wouldn't look so dorky har har !Delete
Two things: you said you couldn't find the mini CD's. They're still around: Search Amazon for "21 Minute Silver Mini CD-R w/sleeve - 100 Count" Of course, once you're off-grid, Amazon isn't an option....ReplyDelete
Also, in addition to a PDF file, would you consider including a TXT file? They import into a Kindle reader better.
The Amazon CD's are now double in price. Post office 2nd ounce is 15 cents. And an envelope for it an extra 16. But the CD is near 50, making it more expensive. Just by a penny or two, but if they are discontinued I have shortages in the future. Best to bypass that. I shouldn't have a problem adding the other file. I know I prefer the Kindle to the desk top for reading, myself.Delete
James~ Your insistence about wheat caused me to revisit what I had in stock. The crop loss reports basically "poked the bunny" and I was able to up my long term storage for hard and soft wheat, rye, oat groats, rice, various beans, nuts and lentils. Also added chocolates. Good luck. RedReplyDelete
Gotta have comfort food. ThanksDelete
you'll be backReplyDelete
Your a great guy James.I have been a blog lurker, reading your paranoid prose poetry for many,many years.You will be getting correspondence and a subscription from me.PS your hair deserves it own statue.ReplyDelete
Bless you, both for your subscription and your acknowledgement how perfect my hair is. Your insight takes you to the next level of humanity.Delete
Alright, guess I'll have to send some money and an address.ReplyDelete
At least for a hand full of months to see how this works. I've been a lurker for many, many years so I guess it's the least I can do.
People still use CD's?
A handful of months is all I can ask for. Look at it this way-I've already written two articles, one which would have been a two parter, the other three parts. You don't have to wait 24 hours to read the next installment. Still Sad Panda? :(Delete
Oh man, sad Panda indeed!Delete
But hey, the envelope is in the mail.
I will miss the comments.
Lord Bison, Subscription payment and a small donation sent out snail mail today. Hopefully my tears of loss didn't smear your address too badly on the envelope! Its gonna take some time to get out of the daily habit, you're proving as difficult to quit as nicotine!ReplyDelete
Right, as if one pack of smokes a payday ever helped anyone out :) Look at the bright side-I have to give up preper/militia web sites, AND Netflix/Amazon AND using up a good portion of my day on you minions. I'll have to engage in meaningful analog activities. THAT is going to be a hard adjustment.Delete
Wow, this year really is the apocalypse. No daily Bison. I will subscribe of course and hope the CD on this 10 year old laptop still works. May have to plan on a future thumb-drive magazine and go bi-monthly? Quarterly? I fear you will lose your fire Lord.ReplyDelete
The comment section will also be a great loss. I've enjoyed most of the minions comments and even found entertainment in some of the trolls.
I will include the donation I promised you along with subscription but for now i can be found sitting in the corner, crying and rocking back and forth while I deal with this loss.
Baby Jesus Weeps.
If the last few days are any indicator, the writing is coming easier without so much online distraction. If I need riling up, I just watch the evening news :) And please, take $20 from the donation. Seriously. I don't want to cost anyone extra. Actually, I think an internal CD-R is only $12. Not that I ever could figure out how to open a laptop ( the one thing I miss about the desktop units ). Really appreciated.Delete
Jim my computer is running unsupported windows 7. aand shuts down randomly now. I will need to get one soon as I cant quite get a cd into my evil smart phone. Always know you can bug out to the Hill if needed. We have cookies.Delete
I don't believe cookies were mentioned before! :)Delete
If you're giving up all your websites, how are you staying informed on what's going on, the television? It seems like your content may degrade in quality.ReplyDelete
Please come back before I get tired of checking every day to see if you're posting again (seriously). I'm pretty patient, but really :-)
My news was from other people commenting on it, actually. Not reading/watching it directly. For now, nightly news. Hopefully, if the library ever opens, the daily newspapers and weekly magazines. Only for about two months at the height of Corona did I follow so much news ( indirectly ) on YouTube, hours and hours a day. But don't forget, I posted daily for seven years while off line, living off grid. Only in the last five years did I have access past just posting/Amazon orders.Delete
Elon is currently looking for beta testers , for his new Star Link network ...ReplyDelete
I wonder how pure his weed is. I could use some right now.Delete
Shoot son , that stuff's legal in your state now. For Elon prices of course , for his quality , I'm sure ha ha !Delete
The way he's been acting the last few years? Yeah, his stuff is THE best.Delete
“Jim my computer is running unsupported windows 7. aand shuts down randomly now. I will need to get one soon as I cant quite get a cd into my evil smart phone.”ReplyDelete
@Nightshift. You have a few different options to choose from. If you were wanting to get a new computer regardless, then the following won’t be of any use to you. But otherwise, read on. If you have a portable DVD player, then your problem is solved. In fact, even if you don’t, that might be a cheaper option. Just confirm that it’s downward compatible to play CDs (But I’m pretty sure they all are).
Depending on how computer savvy you are, here’s another low cost option. In fact, if you already have a USB stick that’s 8gb or larger, it’s a free option.
Download pen drive linux. Next, download the latest .iso of an easy to use Linux OS, from an official linux website (I’d recommend Mint Cinnamon). Go to the pen drive program, find the .iso that you downloaded, and it will walk you through the process. You want to create a partition (I think it’s called the Persistent file, or something to that effect, but you will see the option). If you don’t do this, you won’t be able to save your settings. After you’re through, set your PC to boot directly into USB. You now have the latest and greatest OS. But I’d back everything of importance to another drive. USB sticks are not designed to be written to constantly, as are standard drives. You would also have the option to install it permanently, if you wanted to (It might sound complicated, but really, it’s easier than Rebel Wilson on Spanish fly, out on a date with a Hostess Ho Ho factory owner :D Yeah, I’m gonna miss this site. I won’t getting the newsletter, so this is goodbye, unfortunately).
Jim I think what you're doing with the monthly subscription is worth a shot. I sent some money for 12 months and a little extra for some beer. :-) It should arrive tomorrow or Friday!ReplyDelete
Excellent! Thank you. Sad Panda so far-nothing as of yesterday's mail. Hopefully yours leads the way.Delete