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More on the saw thingamabobber

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As you can see things are coming along. I set up the engine so that I could use the unit as a wood lathe to turn the hubs concentric to the shafts. All was going well UNTIL I put the blade on. Whoops! The shafts are to small and flex inward so the blade pops off. Simple fix but a bit more cash involved for larger bearings. Still under $300 all said and done. Told ya all I was a cheapassfrugal beast.

Maybe there is something to discuss

I was thinking about this today while running through the mindless droll that I call a “Job”. (the sad thing is, once I get to this level in production, the mind disengages from the body and does its’ own thing; like thinking too much)
So, what is ol’ Dio thinking about now? Pretty much everything, but especially the disintegration of modern society as we watch it. Lots of what we are seeing is by design, and the designers far better understand the mental state of the human race than you would imagine. I watch all the shit coming down the pike and see how the world is basically turning into a lawless free-for-all and wonder how long before the tribes start to condense out of the vapor of modern times.
Lets step back a sec: Immigration; or the rise of illegal immigration (racist!) and how the current leaders pretend are behind it 100%. Next throw in the Ebola/TB/Dengue/Malaria/God-only-knows-what epidemic that is on the horizon. Then you have the rise of the next Caliphate South east Asia, all while the nation of Israel is kicking ass and taking names all by its lonesome, and nary a word of help or encouragement from its former ally: US.

Obviously, there is a running dialogue on the hill over all of this stuff, yet I have the sniggling suspicion that not one word of that dialogue would be approved of or concurred with by current III Patriots or our founders. I guess at this point, the overseas stuff is moot, not much that one small group with little to no financial power (gonna take more than a few nickles to fix those issues) can do about what happens halfway’round the world. We can barely keep our backyards clear of the filth from this regime. Even the immigration issue is taking on aspects that far outstrip the means of this small group. One can only hold ground for so long before the hoards overrun your position. I think we are fast getting to that point, seeing how the people that are supposed to be tasked with that defense have been internally compromised into supporting the invasion.
Times as stated are why I am slipping into my “let it burn” mode. Yeah, the interim between failure and rebuild is going to be painful as hell and longer than we would like, but the fact is, a complete reset is in order. That reset can only happen with something serious like total(worldwide)economic collapse(IMO). I think my biggest fear is what is happening in Iraq right now. I recall a movie that made the rounds back in the 70’s about what would happen if the Soviets invaded America (was aired at my mothers church and was kinda gruesome) and that was tame compared to the goings on in Mosul right now. I know from talking to a recent Vet of the Iraq war that he is not the least bit surprised by it and only feels regret that we wasted so much time and effort over there for this shit to float to the surface.
Not much to add to all of the above other than to say that it can be overwhelming. So overwhelming to make one suspicious of the nature of it all. Like it was designed to keep sheep corralled in fear. And maybe it is.
Well, back to the grind and when the week is out, back to building my gulch. I have reason to believe that I am going to need it far sooner than I think I can get it completed.

A pictoral for ya,

Not much to say about things with the exception of “If’n ya ain’t gettin pissed off, you surely aren’t payin’ attention.” Nearly to the point of “let it burn” myself.
Anywhoos, some pics of progress of the best kind.

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photo 4(note: the gears are homemade as I couldn’t find two matching gears anywhere.   They obviously had to be identical in tooth count to keep the rig aligned properly.)

Still stuff to do yet., but things are coming along.

Blasphemy, Heresy, Burn’im at the stake!

I don’t know how many of you have ever read anything by Richard Bach. I guess it really doesn’t matter, but it may help some with some of what I will be tapping out in this post.
See, for the longest time, I was an extremely angry person. Horribly torn up inside, very bitter spiritually, and not a very nice person to be around. (many reasons why, but no need to delve into the past on that; as I will clarify, it was a choice I made.)
Occasionally, I can get that way again.
Recently, as a matter of fact.
Usually, I don’t see it. I find that when I get that way, I start ‘justifying’ shit I do, or things I say, internally; only to have that feed back on me and most definitely not to my, or anyone else’s, benefit.
And that feed back shows in physical manifestations as well. Rashes and other lovely reactions.
What was I so angry about? Well, one only has to read my words over the last couple of posts and you will see it. I may have been diplomatic in my words, but the anger is still there.
What can “I” do about any of that? Seriously, what can any ONE person do about any of the things that are happening around the world? One can only take care of what is immediately in their world. I don’t live in the world of a Federal Reserve Banker or Wall St profiteer. I don’t live in Honduras, dealing with whatever is happening there that would force a person to choose leaving family for a trek across hostile territory for a potentially empty promise of freedom. I don’t live on a ranch on the border that those persons are trying to cross illegally.
I live on a hillside in the middle of the Appalachian mountain ranges and in an area that is still going through what can only be described as “continuations of the original Great Depression” all while a “Greater Depression” is creeping onto the World Stage. THAT is my AO so to speak. THAT is what I have to deal with on a daily basis. That is my world, here and now. Its up to me if it will be tomorrow.
Back to the Richard Bach point. I don’t have his permission to reprint any of his works and I won’t plagiarize him, BUT, I do want to point out that some of his work has inspired enormously how I live my life. (the book “Illusions; The adventures of a reluctant Messiah” more than any other.)
Some of you have read how I use the word “IS” or “Universe” in a Deified manner. Is there a higher power? In my world, yes, without question. Does my higher power converse with me? Sometimes, and usually in ways that exasperate me, but always to my benefit, so long as I listen. Does my Higher power control my world? Yes and no. I like to think of it as guidance, not so much as control; An example of which is that when I came back to KY, there were some serious issues that lead to a lengthy silence from on high. Some of you are aware in detail of the issues I had to contend with just to get back to KY, and they only showed up when I was definitely headed this way. Something (IS IMHO) was telling me my path was elsewhere. Now that I am here, and making headway, we are on speaking terms again, but it took some humbling situations to get there. (and yes, RB will likely read the above and nod in agreement that I ‘get it’ )
It works like this, at least for me; Focus your mind on something. It doesn’t have to be material either(and works best if not material). Recently mine was a question of sorts. Over the next few days, watch for signs in answer to that question. They will show up, and usually in ways that smack you upside the head with their very nature. It may only be the words of a song, or a headline on a newspaper, but to you, the answer will be sitting there glowing like it was lit by 50gazzilion watts of lighting. And yes, it is most definitely an intuitive thing, and sometimes material, but much less so. (recall, Voodoo was an answer to one of my ‘requests’.)(for the curious, the answer came at me in three different directions; one was a song, another was written words, and the third was from Voo himself by his actions. I jokingly say Voo is my direct line to the IS: though I have to wonder sometimes.)(also for the curious; no, I am not going to fill you in on what the question was. It was a personal thing between me and IS.)

Some of my readers are probably shaking their heads right now, thinking, “Dio has friggin’ lost it: time for the rubber room and straight jacket.” So be it. This is not for your benefit. Those of you that are not shaking your heads, probably don’t need to read any further either as you “get it”. Maybe not the same way I do, but in your own way, and in your own world. For the rest, read on and maybe learn something you have been missing,  While we all manifest ourselves on this ball of rock and mud we call Earth, we do not exist in each others world except as shadows of ourselves. You do not exist in my world until you comment, or visit, or write/call me. I don’t exist in your world until you log on to this site, or I comment visit or call you. We orbit each other, but our orbits so infrequently intersect, even when they parallel each other most times.
In other words, the characters in a piece of fiction as written by Heinlein or Bach or Lackey are no more real in my world than say Pelosi, or Obama, or Boehner. These people are headlines; characters in a story, but they don’t actually exhibit any control over my world that I DON’T ALLOW THEM. I can let them control my life, or I can ignore them, but they don’t have any control I don’t give them. Yes, I can even let a fictional character have some control over my world if I so choose.
Well, I am done allowing them, or others, control of my world. They can send goons to come and kill me, or kidnap me and hold me in detention indefinitely, but THEY won’t be doing it themselves, only the ones they send and that is the choice of acceptance that the goons would choose. (for the record, they would have to kill me. ) THAT is the difference between us. My power in this world (my world) is dependent only upon me, and what I can do, and what I accept to allow others to do to me/for me. The PtwB demand that we give them acceptance in our worlds, and they need that acceptance to have power (over us). In other words, THEY NEED US. I certainly do not need them.

Maybe that is a solipsist way of thinking, but when you really boil down to the bare bones of things, it is as real as it gets. Only you, the true minority in this world, have any control over what is happening in your world. If you feel like your world is out of control, than you need to ‘ground and center’ back to the basics and see where you let go the reins. YOU let them go, not someone else. Even if ‘someone else’ did let go the reins, you allowed them to have that control of your life first. Ground and center, and get the reins back in your hands.

Now, Please don’t think I am getting all preachy on ya or anything. If there is one thing in this world that I despise more than anything, it is Organized Religion. I think, like Unions, they had a purpose in this world, but that time is past and now they are just hotbeds for corruption and manipulation of sections of society: tools of an oligarchy. I don’t condemn anyone for finding peace of mind in a religion, but there are far too many cases where I see interpretations of ‘the word’ so twisted and sickened by power, that the people of the congregation are also twisted and sick. (I also grew up in the time of Jim and Tammy Baker so I may be a tad biased in my views. LOL) With that in mind, believe what you believe, and I will believe what I believe. While not my religion, The Wiccan Rede is close enough to my thoughts to apply: : An It Harms None, Do As Ye Will. I won’t bring this up in the public forum anymore either so if you feel offended, rest at ease..

Last word on this post. If you really want to find freedom and find creativity, learn to say NO. Start telling others NO and do what YOU need to do, and you will suddenly find that answers to your life start jumping out of dark corners for you. (you might also find trouble by attracting attention of those that seek “leaders”, but that is another post altogether.)

Border war, or Civil war: Choose one.

 

Oh where to begin with my thoughts of late? Been working on solutions to issues on this end, alternatives to the FRN dilemma that seems to be a growing concern for nearly all middle classed persons I know of. In my case, as noted, I want to build my house and the current growing inflation (that the Fed fully denies is happening, or at least denying the severity of.) means that materials are rapidly increasing in cost, far faster than the income. SO, the solution there is the alternative that I have been discreetly documenting over the last couple of posts. I am picking up the square tubing this weekend and things will accelerate much faster.

Now, some thoughts on the current events taking place down south and west in CONUS. I am of two minds on this, not because I think immigration is a good or a bad thing, but on the tactical standpoint of it all. (like anything in this world, in moderation, its good, abused, poison.)

I fully believe this is a ruse, and one of a two sided nature, like a wickedly sharp sword. I can’t give credit where credit is due, as I couldn’t tell you “Whom” came up with this, but from a distance and time standpoint, this is a coordinated effort to undermine further this once great country. This is right up there with that “Fundamental Transformation” that was alluded to 6ish years ago. Follow along, and lets see if I can give some illumination on my dichotomy.

First up, a step back in time. The Bundy Ranch. I feel that this was a test to see 1) the time line of response of the patriot community 2) what our logistics chain looked like and 3) to further isolate our communications network within the sphere for further analysis. Now, I know that the debacle on the border and the logistics of moving all of these “children” (hide the reality behind the cloak of the heartstrings, typical leftist emo horseshit.) has been on the table since before the turn of the year. I don’t know who posted the image, but there was a call for “contractors” to handle transportation of “children” here illegally, as far back as January of this year. That implies that there was formulation of some plan further back and the implementation of it is just now showing itself. Another point that caught me was a headline on the drudge a day or so ago. Some of you may have seen it “Propaganda song warning of riding the death train is in top ten on radio in SA” (not verbatim) which later the headline remained but the whole propaganda line was dropped like a a hot potato. Now, I just can’t see a song like that hitting the top ten anywhere unless there was a lot of cash behind it. (and south of the border, cash really knows the language.) It wasn’t the headline so much, as the content and then the dropping of a detail word that spoke volumes to me.

Call me paranoid, but shit like that is the slit in the curtain behind the mainstage and the giant emerald green head floating in the mist.

OK, enough background on where this is coming from, on to why I am of two minds on it. Obviously this is a planned and coordinated event. Why, or more specifically, to what end, AND to whose benefit? Sometimes when you ask the question properly, the answers are obvious. Not always though. Some of the answers in this case are obvious, and those are the ones that lead me to be suspicious of the whole scenario (well, MORE suspicious I should say.) And as more details come out around the board, the louder my warning bells get. Here is where I get my tin foil hat award I guess. Think of the implications of a majority of patriots from around the country sitting on firewatch on the border when the entire economic system collapses. All of these patriots isolated in a hostile environment which, essentially will equate to a two fronted battle field. On one side a hostile government with deep pockets (created out of thin air) and on the other a hoard of immigrants of questionable intent and background: Literally an army of unlimited cannon fodder being driven by empty promises and myths.

In addition to that army, there have been reports (squelched out in the MSM’s) of OTHER persons besides the children getting that free pass across onto our soil. Chinese for one, and what about that Urdu dictionary and Islamic prayer rugs found in places. Another point, why is the majority coming through Texas and Arizona with only trickles (at least as reported) in New Mexico and California. ( And the fact that .GOV is shipping “the children” into those last two states is proof positive of this.)

Take into account that the illegals are coming THROUGH Mexico, from countries that are even more third world, and bringing all of the diseases that run rampant in those hot jungles; bringing those diseases that have not been a factor in at least a generation in this country. A country that has been vilified by WHO for its ‘over-use’ of antibiotics for years. The same country that has a society of weakened immune systems because of our sterilized lifestyles (disinfectants everywhere. Our immune systems are fallible if they never get used. Just like a muscle, it atrophies over time if not used.)

Can you say “Crisis waiting to happen”? I knew you could.

And as was so eloquently stated by one from this administrations’ staff not so many years ago “crisis are opportunities to do what we couldn’t do prior.” (never let a crisis go to waste)

Now, the other side of my mind on this. I see the pieces in play, I see the board for what it is and I see through some of the haze into corners that aren’t being shown by the MSM. (mostly because of the fact that AREN’T talking about them leads me to investigate further.)(H/T to Santelli for voicing economic concerns the other day. That opens up a new(old) aspect on this war.) “This shit’s about to get Heavy” I keep watching and what I see really doesn’t give me a warm and fuzzy feeling about “doing whats Right” (IE, getting to the border and defending this country) I see a serious pincer move getting set up and keep thinking that being behind the lines would be more advantageous to the whole. I know that sounds odd, but there are times where being behind the lines is a decided advantage. At least there you know where the enemy is (IE, EVERYWHERE). And the serious side of all this mess, it is two fold, with a backup plan in place. IF, the economy doesn’t completely exit the bowl its swirling, by the time things settle out, than the patriots will have painted themselves into a corner where the DOJ and Admin can really ‘settle’ the whole ‘racist’ profile. Just like the Clintonistas painted the militias as subversive skinhead whatchamacallits back in the nineties. (Recall, a certain AG was assistant to Janet Reno about the time of Waco. Don’t think he didn’t learn a thing or two from that time. This is just polish on the shit kickers they use.) If the economy does tank and there are a plethora of Patriots out there, than those patriots are going to be hanging in the breeze for whatever comes down the pike or across the border. The Admin won’t even have to do much other than look the other way and say “oops”.(key advice for commanders with boots on the ground. Better have at least 3 ways out of that mess without depending on outside sources for the exfil. We will need you more than ever if things fall out the way I am foreseeing.) and the backup plan is in place as is being shown by rental car purchases from certain airports recently in Colorado and other places. There are already foreign troops on the ground in CONUS, and their status is being blatantly ignored by TPTwB and mainstream across the board. I can’t say for sure what groups or where specifically, but I have seen some of them in my travels, and am still getting reports from others on the same.

There are times where I have to ask myself if building my house is even an option at this point. I wonder about it because of current events and the fact that what I see building up likely means that I won’t have any time to enjoy said home. I won’t be able to sit on my laurels on a hillside while the country I grew up in, is at war with itself. I would want my shop up and running but that is one of those things that with a little prior work, can be made mobile and fully functional. And a fully functional shop may be the deciding factor in certain situations. Hell, post-collapse, a fully functional shop will be a pivot towards the rebuild. The other pivot will be the farming side of things. People need to eat, and to grow the things to eat, they will need tools. The real question remains of how far will this country actually fall when it does fall. Only time will tell that tale.

But I continue on the same way the rest of the world does. The big picture doesn’t ‘effect’ the here and now, as is shown by the complete and willful ignorance of those that surround me. Things move along, the same as yesterday(and yesteryear) albeit with a little more difficulty, but they continue to trundle forward. It is more than a might frustrating to watch the world burn, knowing the implications long term, and realize that 99% of the world could give a shit less so long as they have their Xbox or Cable and a bag of Cheeto’s to go with it. (Honestly, that alone makes me want to open fire somedays. But that is another post from long ago I am sure.) Other times, I feel the urge to move on from here and go where there are many of likemind. To do so would cost me pretty much all I have built up, but at times, the cost seems cheap in comparison to the ends I see here.*

Yes, I am a man of two minds. The only anchors I have at this stage are family and possessions. The longing for a place of freedom such as I remember is a huge attractant that tests the strength of those anchors. Sadly, such a place is near mythical in existence and knowing such, I rely on the anchors. I know that Freedom is a mindset far more than a condition, but that mindset has to exist in others around you for it to become a reality. I meet so few that have that mindset. (They are out there, and I have met a few of them, but we are scattered far and few between.) I can only watch how things fall out, and plan accordingly. Plans to include every aspect except surrender. They can take everything I own except my knowledge, and that knowledge is the basis of all I own. Take it all away and I will get it back, eventually.(re-reading that, I feel like I am existing in the Matrix. Its all in the mind, and your mind makes it real. There may be more to that than we are aware of. (LOL here I am getting all metaphysical and shit.))

{In reflection of (all of the) above (note, I always, ALWAYS, think deeply on things. As others will note, I try my damnedest to see as many sides of a situation as is possible.) : What if that is another aspect of our current PtwB strategy? Not to isolate and destroy a majority of the patriot movement, but to really bust our balls (so to speak) and destroy our moral? If such is the case, it very nearly did so with me just now. I am not a quitter but damned if there aren’t times where it gets tempting. Even so, I know that I don’t have the whole story, and as such, whatever decisions I make will be with the information I have at the time; right or wrong, and I will stand by my choices as such.}

*I know that if things go the way I foretell, I will likely be abandoning all in place and running with little to nothing but the BOB and a rifle. Such is the gamble in life when you KNOW you are living in a collapse/rising tyranny situation.

Post Script: I was thinking about this a little since tapping it out.   There may be a further solution but one that would require Texas to take an option that has been on the table since their inception.  That could start the ball rolling to get the Tenth Amendment advocates and the Secessionists off their collective kiesters.

 

GOT EXTENSION CORDS?

I know that more recently, I have been keeping a lid (or at least trying to) on my political/world views. I have to break the silence. This is going to be a rant, suggestive and blatant, and while I will keep the adult words to a minimum, I know there will be some that get through. Definitely not the colorful euphemisms that I have coursing through my skull when I read the headlines of the day. (I save those for when in conversation with people of similar ‘training’.)
I didn’t post on the Fourth, after reading Wirecutters post, I saw no need to distract from his words. Hell, he fired it up far better than I would have. I do have to say that his post got my brain tickin’ and tockin’. My observations have been going into overdrive and I made some calls around the country to some people I have haven’t seen or heard from since I left the music/theater industry. I needed eyes on site to refute or reinforce my thoughts.
It ain’t good people.

Now before I go on with this little rant/what-have-you, I want to fill in some info on what I have been doing. I have been busy on the sawmill set up, I did find blades within budget, at least enough to get me started and if this thing works the way I hope plan, I will invest heavier on blades. (two is one, one is none) I ended up making the rail frame out of 3X3 posts from some heavy skids that we have at work. Good stuff too. White oak and Cherry wood with a scattering of Ash in there. I was only able to get the first 14 feet of the rail built, but that will allow me to cut up the locust I have on site to finish the build and work out any bugs in the system before I go really digging into cutting trees to make timbers for the house. If the blades I purchased can handle the locust, this thing is ON(sorry, no pics, the phone and Linuxbox are having a spat and won’t talk to each other right now. Working on that as well. Thanks Apple for such open source honesty and integrity in your products :P ) AH!, but that leads to cost so far. So far, I am about 30% completed on the build. I still have to purchase some square tubing and that will likely be my biggest purchase. So far though, I am still under $100. Wheels for the rig were free from an uncles scrap pile. Bearings were under $10 for the drive/driven wheels (not sure what term to use for the wheels that hold the blade) The 11HP Yamaha side-shaft engine I have had on hand (original cost? Free once carb was rebuilt.) The blades were the highest at $54 (including shipping) one other item was the 3/4”X10TPIX36” threaded rods that I will use for the height adjustment and those were purchased several years back when I was stocking up on stock. I seem to recall that the cost then was half of what I have seen lately (about $5 each vs: $10 each now.)
Of course the skids were free as well. These are not little skids either, but 7’X8′ with 4 3”x3” beams running the width of it. The rest is 1”x8” poplar boards that tend to crack up badly on removal. Even so, I was able to save a few of them for other projects if needed. (I did mention I hate spending money if I can find a way to avoid it right? Not a cheap ass; Frugal. )(Ok, maybe I am a cheap ass. LOL)

Ok, On with the rant/suggestions.
For educational/enlightenment purposes, I want to link a few other posts. Wirecutters was one. Please read it if you have not yet. I can wait. (the rest will need read as well. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read them, it will help a lot in understanding why my thoughts have drifted to this rant.) I will quote some passages from others (and link them) as needed to expand on some of what I am writing about. Yes Virginia, this is gonna be a long post.

Denninger about an income issue using information that the government willingly releases. Basically it means that people are working harder for less money now in comparison to 30+ years ago. Of course this is really not news to the working stiffs out here: I know that I am bringing home quite a bit less than I was 7 years ago, and I have to make it stretch 3 times as far while the prices of everything continue to grow.
Not news. But it is one part of the puzzle that my gear grinding brain had to chew on this past weekend.
Another report was about the new “policy” of allowing a specific product to be exempt from a (fiscally bad) export ban. I read the articles linked by CA and what I picked up, though it was not outright mentioned, was that there was some crony-ism taking place amongst appointed burro-craps and specific companies. I can only imagine that there is some individual in the listed agency that has a really fat bank account right now.
That isn’t what bothered me about it though. What bothered me is that this is another drain on a finite resource that our country could desperately use to ease up on our own issues. Yet the regulations are so friggin’ convoluted and diseased, that it takes a specialist lawyer to sort that crap out, to keep people out of trouble. These same regulations make it so that the companies not mentioned are SOL until they can hire one of those trained monkeys with a sheepskin designation to find the loop-holes. This is NOT a free market in any way shape or form.
But again. NOT NEWS.
One thing I found interesting about that article was how the WH as caught a tad flat footed by the whole thing. Why would they NOT know what was going on in the system they ‘control’? Heh, because they DON’T control it, the appointed burro-craps do, along with the bankers, and the handlers in the shadows. Why should the WH be concerned with this? Quite simply because the whole thing is a slap in the face to the Saudi’s and OPEC in general and could be just one more tipping point that would lead the Saudi’s to take China and Russia up on their offer of a different currency standard than the “petro-dollar”. I am quite certain that the Saudi’s have every desire to maintain their wealth and standard of living. I KNOW they are as addicted to breathing as I am and if they can’t maintain that status, game over for them at the hands of their ‘subjects’. IF the Petro-dollar tilts, Game over for us.
And all of this is just another shuffling of the pieces around the game board. Note, a huge number of those pieces are labeled “Energy”, followed closely by Food and Water. TPTwB are in the same boat as we are, but on a much exaggerated scale.
On that last sentence, I want to reflect back to the Saudi conundrum. They basically pay their subjects to not kill them off. BRIBERY is what it really boils down to.
Seems that we have a similar situation here in the FUSA as well. Luckily, Remus illustrates it much better on his site. LINK NEEDED.
I have not one disagreement with his post. Where I run into issue is in a quote he took from a commenter at Zerohedge.

Stopping tyranny – I expect that 1/3rd of the real federal government is dedicated to analyzing this very possibility. The smart move is to let us exterminate each other, not hope the military can withstand the mother of all insurrections. Thus, if the elite ever truly feel threatened, either by the masses or the consumption of the masses, they’re simply going to turn the lights out and wait it out. A year later, 80% of us are gone and the military can easily mop up what is left. This is why they’re so adamant about having Orwellian surveillance.
Mr. Saxby, comment 4928080 at zerohedge.com

NO, they won’t ‘just turn out the lights and wait’. They can’t. There are far too many aspects of what would evolve out of such a situation, that doing so would place them in a far more precarious position than they are in already.
Here is where I start to extrapolate a potential future. One that won’t involve outright Civil War. Secession far more likely, with a hollowed out Federal government giving such it’s “blessings” because it would have no power to stop such.
Sadly, I don’t see such happening for at least another 2 years, and I am thinking closer to 10. By that time, I can see the population of this country showing major shifts in minority reports and the whole entitlement hoopla collapsing in on itself to the detriment of all within a 100 mile radius of any major metropolitan hub. I can’t help but see potential parallels between my vision and what Matthew Bracken wrote about in “Foreign Enemies and Traitors”
I could only hope that he is NOT a prophet, just very observant and reflective.

I know that most of us are preppers in some sort or another. Some are more meticulous about it, some have better access to the lowly FRN’s that continue to make our economy go round, and some are just bull headed tenacious die-hards that keep moving forward even when there seems no possible way to do so, or worse, like it all seems to be for nothing. (admit it, We have ALL felt that at one time or another.) I shouldn’t have to mention what to prep, most peoples lists are going to have variation built right in, just due to personal preferences. But I do want to stress (likely late as hell in the game, but better said than not.) personal education. Not just buying a book on a subject. Not just reading that book then storing it with the rest of the preps. Nope, I am talking getting your knuckles bruised and bloody learning a new skillset. I push this all the time, (leadership by example I think is what they called it in the Corps, I kinda slept through that part, frequently) and I can only hope that others have followed through in some form or another. I won’t tell you what to learn as everyone is different. One thing I have learned of personal note, is that I am NOT A FARMER. Not even a little. I can help in the gardens, but everything, literally everything, I plant, dies a horrible death after taking off and teasing me. I may not be able to grow food, but I can hunt, and I can work on all of those things that farmers need to maintain to keep crops a growing. Mutual aid (called a Free Market as well) ensures that I will have food, and they will have tools. I have many other skillsets as well and many of them are fairly new (last 10 years) thanks to my waking up to reality. I am not a rich man and much of my learning was in response to that lack of cash. One such skill I have that can’t be taught (at least I don’t see how) is seeing the gems in the junk. Others can attest to the fact that I can take trash and turn it into useful items. This is something that I know will be needed in our fast approaching “new normal” I’ve learned to make things that cost much more if outright purchased. I have made some of them while learning/honing those skills needed. Each is an extension of the last, and so far, the more I learn, the more I learn I know almost nothing about the whole. This is just a drop in the bucket of what the whole world has available.
My suggestion is to get that training, get the hands on, learn a variety of skills, related or not, and become proficient at them. Take the time NOW. Now here is another suggestion on the same note. I have to use myself as example here; please don’t take it as a brag. In 2008 or 2009 I purchased a 3-1 lathe/mill from a gentleman making the move to a larger unit. I had almost no idea how to use such machine. I made the investment in a machine to educate myself. My library of information grew, my skillsets grew, I made chips of metal, I broke bits, I learned what worked, what didn’t, figured out what the heck was meant by feedrates and why they are pretty essential to quality work, and I even expanded on that to metal casting/foundry work, and blacksmithing (to some extent) and even dabbled in some other disciplines related but not closely, like sheetmetal forming, which lead to brewing and distilling. (I make a killer dry Mead by the way, thanks in no small part to my Dad and his bees.) One tool I have leaned on through all of this is the Internets. While we have it, I exploit it like a $2 whore, and without shame. I have hard drives with gigabytes of info saved to them (fast approaching terabyte level) and I would suggest doing the same. Some of this info I felt it prudent to have saved into dead tree form, either through book purchases or taking a thumb drive to the printers. Even now, my library grows larger. This is part of how I prep, as well as trying to build my gulch. I prep because I feel that time is growing shorter and shorter and,,,,,,
Because this Country is very nearly in Third World Status now. And when it hits that low, that training may not be available. God knows the cash to pay for that training will be either non-existent or so hyper-inflated as to be toilet paper. (most of my cash goes into purchasing tools and books. Most of my (personal) time goes into honing skills and acquiring new ones. I am actually quite boring to be around most days. LOL)
For the record, I have been in a couple of “third world’ countries. I see images in my mind, that are eerily resemblant of things I am seeing here, now. Another thing, people have this image of fly-covered toddlers as thirdworld, and in some cases, this is so, but not always. Things will be tough, but life will go on, people will be born, die of natural causes, get married, divorced, go shopping, and basically act as ‘ normal’ people do. This is the case even in war torn countries. LIFE GOES ON. But that life is much harder, and even more so for those not prepared to accept that what was, is no longer.
A litmus test myself and another use to assess ‘third world status” is the extension cord. Sounds funny, but trust me, it is not. Everywhere that was labeled thirdworld that I visited, the extension cord was the ‘utility company’ in the cities. Walking down mainstreet in Olongapo and look up and you see rainbow colores extension cords draped willy-nilly between buildings. Go into a bar and have a drink and watch the lights flicker as the cooler cycles. Go out to Debarrio and enjoy a beer in a burned out buildings’ foundation and look for the three extension cords ran around the bushes to the next bar. One for lights, one for the cooler and one for the Juke. (ps: all of this was seen BY ME, in the Philippine Islands while on shore leave both to and from Kuwait back in ’91. Subic Bay may be closed as well as Clark Air base, but Olongapo is still there, albeit much poorer now.)
Keep that in mind as one skill you want in your personal preps: Electricity skills. If you don’t, you will likely be at the mercy of the guy with the skills and several hundred feet of extension cord. Especially if things continue as they are in our highly regulated and TPTwB compliant “free market” utility grid.(you do have backup power of some sort, right?)

One thing I saw this weekend, that only added to the addled thoughts grinding their way through my cranium, was a pair of gentleman arguing over a road-killed deer. Nothing coming to blows, but definitely a heated, raised voice argument. I didn’t catch details as I was driving by, but I could hear them over the rest of the traffic. It was obvious that, at least one of them intended to take the deer home, I am assuming for the meat or some other part, like the fur or something. This may seem callous of me, but I was heartened by this. Neither person struck me as destitute, or ‘entitled’, which (again making assumptions, I need to break that habit.) leads me to believe this is ‘supplemental’ to what they already have, not an act of desperation.
What disturbed me about it was that this could be a much more common sight in our future. It wasn’t all that long ago, that one could watch a roadkill slowly turn to mush on the asphalt, or get dragged off to become a stinkin’ mess in a week, to be covered in lime by the roadcrews. NOW, roadkill that ‘sticks around’ is in the form of a former pet, not wild game. The game tends to disappear almost as soon as it stops sliding.(well, not the possums. Give it time though.)
Is that third world enough to convince you that things are really getting closer to that level?

Note, I haven’t brought up the whole UAC coming THROUGH Mexico from central American countries. Nor did I mention all the supposed diseases they are tracking in with them (supposed, but extremely likely). I think of the book “Camp of the Saints”: ya might want to go read it.
I also remember one line that gave me chills back in 2008 : “We are on the verge of FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGING America!” If we continue on this track, I expect to see the boy standing in front of a “Mission Accomplished” sign (right in front fo the UN building, not on some stinky Carrier or anything military for that matter) For his benefit, He didn’t lie, did he?

Got extension cords?

Semper Gumby

In light of my current silence, I have to reassure you that I am not dropping off the blog scene.  Not yet anyways.

I have been a busy little bee of late though and that is cause for my silence.   Luckily for you, today is one of those “humidity so high you need scuba gear to go outside” so I am at the library cooling down for a bit.  Sorta like taking siesta but not actually nappin’.  Poor Voo isn’t allowed in here so he has to find a mudhole to lay in.  Not that he really minds that but it makes for a stinky dog that I have to deal with later.

As for the busy lil bee stuff; some of it I can fill you in, some of it, not so much.   At least not in detail, there are some things about my life that the world just doesn’t need to know about.

First up, new project that is sucking up some FRN’s right now.  Short term expense but long term investment into the future.   Here is a teaser for you.

While that is bigger than I am building, it is the general principle.
The whole thing came about from a conversation with dad and sibling on fathers day last week. And the whole thing has been a snowball since. Lots of research in blades and options, but for the most part, I already have a majority of the materials needed. Those blades are gonna take a huge chunk, seeing how one has to order in quantity of 10 or more. I haven’t found anywhere that I can order single units from, but, seeing how it is a bandsaw and blades snap all the time, a small bit of insurance for the future. Granted, I can weld bandblades, but that sucks when you are in the middle of the project and need to keep moving forward.

AH, ‘but Dio, what the hell do you need a sawmill for?’ you ask? That is where I am not going to give a bunch of details, but for the record, it has LOG written all over it. And I won’t be limited to lumber purchases on other builds in the future either. Trees we have. As well as lots and lotsa ROCKS. Two very good building materials that still stand the test of time.
To boot, there is still room in the area for someone with the ability to saw timber into lumber as a financial move so this is definitely an investment towards the future.
The biggest hurdle I have at this stage is the length of the rails. I would like the thing to handle at least 20 footers. That is a lot of ironwork in my future if I go that route. I could use timbers as the rails system as well and ‘build as I go’. Dunno.

I am probably not going to be posting that much for awhile as things are starting to get hectic in my world. Its a good thing as there is much that needs completed and not much time left to me to do so. I won’t bring up the whole world situation nor the US situation as they are handled quite well in other venues an my take on them is marginal at best. I just know that at some point, this country is doomed, and all I can do is be ready. That means tools, shop and a secondary revenue source all laid out ready to go. (revenue being relative to goods, not currency) Whatever I do in the future, whether that be foundry work, machinist, welder, sawyer, carpenter, mechanic, ,,,,, I know that I will be ok, SO LONG as the tools have home to live in. I invest in that now, even if the majority of my investment is directly sweat and blood with a dash of cash.

Talk at ya more when I get a chance to come up for air.

 

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