Dio's WorkshopBelieve nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – no matter if I have said it! – except it agree with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha
Really not a big fan of SM giggles or wootoob, but when you’re looking for things that, while kinda common, but might be too obscure to be picked up on alternatives,,,
Scanning through wootoob last night looking for a vid post about a particular breed of kayak. Just a little research for potential buy/build/blow-off, depending on what I find out. And then I started seeing something going on, not at all related to my search.
About every fifth video displayed was some doom n gloom shit: splody vulcanoes, Omi-godwezallgonnadie-crom virus is spiking/peaking/overloading healthcare, tsunamis wiping out SanFran coast line,,,
Seriously, I had to go onto the porch and look to the sky to make sure we weren’t seeing Revelations unfolding.
And I forgot to mention the Trump bashing thing is rearing its head again. ‘TRUMP repeats Jan6 lies at AZ campaign stop” was the one that grabbed my attention. Not the Trump part, but ‘repeats Jan6 lies’: can we say ‘losing control of the Big Lie, Must go into overdrive mode’????
Its pathetic really, when you think about it.
But there are still people driving alone in closed vehicles with frickin’ masks on.
*sigh* (hangs head, droops shoulders)
Can’t fix stoopid, but we really need to return to those times when Stoopid was a terminal issue that quickly self corrected, one way or another. Too much Stoopid and the whole species gets weakened.
HARSH? STFW!! I’m getting to far along in tooth to worry about hurting someone’s feelings over something that shouldn’t have been allowed to ‘progress’ this far. It’s not like I suggested we test and eliminate the dumb!!!
And aren’t those on the left saying ‘We purebloods’ the filthy unvaxxed need to be dealt with harshly, removed from society until we see the error of our ways and lose our ‘hesitancy ‘?
I ain’t saying that at all,,,, Stoopid, a long time gone, was a terminal condition and the species was much stronger for it. Now the stoopid stand on the shoulders of giants and scream they deserve better,,,,,
Deserve,,,, I don’t even want to touch that third rail in this post.
*Sigh*, I hate winter, have since I was in High School. About the only thing I do like about winter is the solitude that gets enforced on my hill. No one comes up that road when the snow and mud are its nicest features. It makes for a some lovely quiet evenings to really get my head back together.
But it has always been a damper to my incomes. Even when I was touring, we didn’t do as much in the winter months. Setting up stages in fields was right out unless the promoter was paying extra. Even the IATSE would up their rates for outside gigs. (we used union only when the we had to, and we were most definitely a NOT a union shop.)
And here I sit: its rather nice out today, considering the last two have tried to make like the great white north. My solar panels are ticking away pumping those electrons into my battery bank, and I have a completed, untested, and quite virgin kayak sitting in the cradles of my horses+, teasing me to no end. Son of Bossman texted me last night, let me know today was a day off. I’m grateful he let me know in advance instead of my showing up and finding out. Not that it affected my schedule or anything, i am up before the sun everyday, not just work days.
Oh, the itch to go paddling is strong today. I’m not, not because I don’t want to, but because I haven’t a paddle partner to go with. As cold as that water is right now,,, No way am I gonna go solo.
So, I decided to go ‘White water” kayaking. Snow is technically white water, right? Right?
Took Jefe for a little spin on the hillside. She sucks for edging in snow, but dig in the paddle and she’ll spin out smooth enough to catch a chine and turn.
Unfortunately, she has serious river rash, and that rash gets mucked up quickly. Two, maybe three runs, and then she starts galling and won’t move.
oh well. I had some fun and ‘seat time’ of a sort. I’d take ghost since her hull is nearly pristine, but I can’t see piloting a 17′ kayak down a 50′ hill. And my skin boats??? Awhellno!!! one good stick and I might have serious repairs to do. At least the plasti-yaks can handle a bit of abuse like a stick or a rock. Much easier to weld a hole closed than do surgery on skin.
Hopefully, tomorrow brings work, if not, I go looking. I may be making ‘a little’ from my writing, but not enough to support it full time. Funny how that works.
May have up more later, I am on the keys and the net and working, even if it isn’t paying work (yet).
+ I have a set horses made specifically for building kayaks. there is a band that hangs in the width that supports the boat without stressing any one point in the hull. That is the cradle. if you look at some of the pics published while I was building Selkie, you will see that band, even if she wasn’t laying in it at the time.
People change, everyday. Places change, constantly. Times change; sometimes explosively, as we have been witness to the last 19 months of our lives. They say you can’t go home, and I have seen it a time or two in my travels. You go back, but the changes in you and the place you left to return to, have drifted on different currents: compatibility has to be re-established, and that is not always possible. Looking over the last couple of years; how WE have changed, individually, collectively, globally? One wonders,,,,
Over at Liberties Torch, Fran quotes Lysander Spooner. I always love Spooner quotes, and so few are familiar with his work. That the schools even of my time in, never mentioned him, let alone taught his work,,, Bloodless Revolution. Consent of the Governed. SOUND MONEY. CHANGE. Go read, lots to think about. (there is a part 2 up now as well.)
Solid civilizations operate on money (we call it currency because it is the “Flow” the current that we measure,). The reason is barter is too clumsy, not readily transportable and the ability to specialize gets watered down by need for sufficiency: currency allows specialization and diversity of skills across society. While I was off and about back in 2012 running around the country, one of the places I worked at/stayed at paid me $1/hr for labor. I was paid in pre-1965 coin at face value. I might get ten dimes, or four quarters etc etc, but it was $1 per hour worked. At that time, silver was exchanging around $14 ounce. Todays rate is $23. If I were still there, I would still be earning $1/hour and would be happy to do so. I could list several reasons for that happiness,,, None of them make the government happy.
The only downside to receiving/using coin is weight; They used to be cart wheels back in the day, and for good reason, the rich needed carts to haul around their wealth. (usually the royalty,) this is straight into Spooners Circle of Coercion and as Fran shows, Promissory notes.
Today they are called Dollars (in the US, other names elsewhere) and they are all based on nothing but a PROMISE, and the trust in that promise is breaking.
Another author I have delved into a time or two here. Larken Rose. If you aren’t familiar with him, go check out his vids on that link,
Change is coming, one that is gonna be painful for most, fatal for many, and if what I think is coming, WELCOME by such as me, The Great Reset is supposed to usher in a new regime of power for certain globalists, and they think it means that “we will own nothing and be happy” but I see it more being that the Ungovernable predominate and they(the globalists) will find their plans fractured and scattered before the ink is even dry on their “World Constitution”or whatever they think will pass.
Why would the ungovernable predominate? Because we are the most resilient of the herds. We don’t accept things at face value. We demand core principles, (and why most of us are so cynical; We rarely see those principles these days.). We are the ones on the ramparts screaming about the hordes loosed amongst us, and we are the Conspiracy theorists that have been proven right so often the last couple of years. We see weasel words for what they are, we know when someone is trying to pull the curtain back in place to hide those operating the levers.
We see the Mitch McConnells of the world, and know them for the grifters they are. We see “The Science” and know a Mengele is loose again.
“I haven’t changed, but I know I’m not the same.”
There was a time when I ‘understood’ the bargaining and compromising that makes up Poltics. I still understand it, but I have a different viewpoint of that understanding: one a hundred eighty degrees from the original. I now see it for the power manipulation that it truly is, and the ‘represented’ be damned. That we honor and memorialize psychopathic monsters and call them “Representative” shows how little we have grown from the serfs of yore. Maybe as Americans we are more ungovernable than most of the rest of the world, but we still cling to that “let someone else handle it”. The only time that wasn’t so was on the frontiers of this country as it was growing, but it followed on their footsteps quite quickly.
That lack of change from serfdom will temper the level of chaos to come, but it won’t stop it. There is a revolution of thinking and action coming and I see it as a great decentralization, and why the BIG government, BIG banking, and MEGACORPS are fighting so hard to hold the line and keep us in check.
WE haven’t really progressed as far as we would like to think have we? I mean, we aren’t really that far from the days when stone and bone were the peak of technology. Our toys are more impressive, but WE really aren’t all that different as a species, are we?
Its a quiet day here at the house, my mind is scattered like the quantum fuzzball called Grizz, and my currency is flowing but not as I would like. (its flowing OUT, most definitely, I need to work on that IN thing, and part of why my mind is so scattered.).
I posted about moving my solar panels on Friday, and good thing too. I have been out three times today to clear the panels off from all this wonderful snowfall (snark) that has been pouring in from Pennsylvania and West Virginia areas. Thanks Guys, love ya!!!
BUT, that isn’t really helping. and that I had another older cell bite the dust and it pulled the others down low (but no so low I am worried) I have a battery bank that is not at optimal. I have cut everything down to bare essentials, (ceiling fan that pulls two tenths an amp. no need for lights and I am on the lappy’s battery, for now). Still, when you aren’t seeing much more than a return of two tenths of an amp and your usage matches, You are in a losing game with your batteries. It takes a lot more than two tenths to replace same,,, And wind? Yeah,, what wind? About enough to push the turbine into position but most definitely NOT enough to get the blades a-movin’.
SO’s,,,, Out comes the torture wheels and pedals, This device, and I use that term loosely, is a concoction of mine when I found an old electric motorcycle frame that still had its drive-line in place. The motor is a 36volt DC motor with a chain drive. I took the driven cog, welded it to an old flywheel I had layin’ about, mounted both back into the frame and welded on a pedal drive from some kids bicycle. It looks crude but it works, is able to generate close to that 35 volts with no load, and when attached to batteries will push around 5 amps.
Let me rephrase that, I, as in ME, my sore ass and thighs, arms and shoulders, PUSH AROUND 5 AMPS. And when the legs say “NUFF!!!!” I start using the upper body (and that doesn’t last nearly as long as the legs do.)
and I only gained two tenths of a volt on the battery bank. 12.1 to 12.3.
ta hell wid it, I am pulling out the Honda for awhile and attempt to get those batteries back into the twelve five range. Let some really old and fermented dinosaurs push those amps while this beat up and broken down dinosaur enjoys a rest. Maybe I will get back on it later, but right now, Fuuuuuuhhhhhhh!!!!!!
But, using both, I am getting a full body workout, when I am doing the upper body thing, I position myself so I have to use the tummy muscles to support the upper body, I can feel it even now: feels like I did about 30 minutes of crunches. I may not be getting out kayaking, but I am doing something to get myself ready for when I do get to go kayaking and have more sunlight and not need the TORTURE WHEELS FROM HELL.
Kittehs hate the TORTURE WHEELS FROM HELL: too damned noisy Dad!! When you are pushing electrons upstream, there is definitely a noise factor and tends to be a frequency that really irritates small ears. I’m near deaf and can hear it so I know they do, and that they chose to stay out in the cold while I am doing my thing,,,
I’ll have more later, gonna power down and save some juice for then.
I really need to get back to those sorts of posts,,,
But I’m trying to train my mind to work the selling words a bit more. Yeah, I’m a Capitalist pig, and like making money, not that I’m very good at it, as my bank account can attest. (Especially this time of year, the bills don’t slow up just cuz the pay does,,,)
The two books I have out bring in a few bucks a month(like less than candy money, but it IS something), I can’t complain seeing I am fresh meat to publishing. Been thinking of doing a Substack thing, but really want something with some meat on its bones that would provide subscribers with something of value, other than my random rants here,,, Not writing that idea off just yet, just another one of those things set aside to let my Subconscious work on in the background. Still ‘in perdition’ with the Wings sequel. Been thinking about a ‘prequel’ to prime the pump; get me back on that horse, so to speak.
Been thinking on that Underground Economy stuff too. I have many skills other than just a metal fabricator Like kayaks? DUH!! But more than just those too. My issue is ‘finding my niche’, I’ve been bouncing around like a pinball for decades and this writing thing seems like the only niche that is the common thread.
Dunno, its late, I’m already feeling cabin fever kicking in (lack of kayaking and three grimpy kittehs,,, what more needs said) and maybe back to a kinda sorta paying gig tomorrow, weather dependent, (or stuck at house with bored kittehs and doggum,, may have to take the Jefe for a sled ride ‘jest-cuz’.) And if the last, pull the laptop out and start tapping away. Let the hind brain loose for awhile and see what crystallizes.
How about getting off that highhorse and doing something REAL, instead of posturing posing and bleeting like a frickin sheep.
I dunno, maybe something like writing a book describing HOW to go offgrid or the details of changes that need to be made to do so. I DID write such a book and to this very day, I find it so humorous that some greenies types will start asking me questions about it, but when they find out how I did away with television, high powered gaming computers, HVAC, and thermostats, they get a little green around the gills. They so want to save the earth, but,,,,,
They signal that, but they have so little inclination to actually DO. Thats what government is for: to make everybody ELSE do,, They don’t see their own hypocrisy nor the ‘freedom of choice’ thing when it comes to everybody else. They are completely absorbed in themselves and can’t see it.
Its this small example of human nature that eats at me. Yeah, I can be quite selfish, when it comes to being free to make my own choices!!! If I haven’t that freedom, then nothing else I do is worth a damn to anyone else. At least with freedom, I have the choice of being completely selfish, or SELFLESS. People that know me IRL know I will bend over backwards to help others and go above and beyond for those I can do so for. But under one condition: they must be trying on their own FIRST.
But time, age, wisdom, what have you, has taught me to be very cautious about the giving. I learned a hard lesson of “no good deed will go unpunished”, and usually by the very same government that those listed earlier so love and cherish. So if I seem callous and cold to some, its because they have not shown me a reason to lower my defenses.
One thing I won’t do is ‘just give money’. A few instances, like when BCE needed help, or Mike iver at Cold Fury, or when Sarah did her Bleg. They have already proven they will DO before they hit that wall of admitting they need some assistance. B
Besides, those that do know me IRL also know I’m about as broke as broke can be when you factor in national averages. I did this to myself years ago when I chose to make my world as self-sufficient as I could without going full “living under a rock” Curmudgeon. And that I have no mortgage, or utility bills allows me the comfort of a job less then optimal in pay but huge in personal freedoms of ‘don’t feel like it this month’,,, I like being having the freedom to take two months off to pursue other efforts if I choose. I don’t normally, but the option is there. That freedom would be even broader if I hadn’t chose to accommodate three fuzzy socialist kats and a furry hooligan Mutt. They tend to get upset if I leave for more than 24 hours.
Seems to me, looking at things, that the idea of communism is self defeating. I know, so damned obvious like the nose on your face, that you don’t really notice it until something is off on it.
Let me try a different angle. Take the recent Affy SNAFU that took place with our current occupiers dropping the ball, billions in equipment and ammo, and millions in raw cash sitting on pallets, then screwing the pooch even more by ‘asking’ our allies to ease up “your making us look bad”,,,,
That same group of occupiers, (I call them THE FRAUD, and do not recognize them as legitimate) now are rattling sabers over Russia trying to keep a certain amount of autonomy at a. warm water port, and standing their ground due to a long ago promise by the Administration of THIS country to NOT extend NATO in the Caucasus . (to which “WHY” are we even still talking about this has been waste of revenues that we support almost solely as was shown by Trump in 2017. but thats another post or three altogether and one I won’t likely hit on other then this little piece. Others have covered it in greater detail than I need to.)
Wait a sec, I think I see a trend here. We bailed out in Affy leaving tens of thousands abandoned behind enemy lines after promising them we wouldn’t. Now we are saber rattling over a nothing burger that is set to explode into thermonuclear winter warmup party totally ignoring the promises from the cold war.
Maybe like we blew every damned Indian Treaty out of the water back in the late 1800’s, Huh?
Lots of people still a little miffed about those times, even though they weren’t alive then. They still live with the after effects of it. (ever been on a res? Nuff said if ya have.)
But Dio: what does this have to do with being ungovernable and communism being self defeating?
I’m Psaki’ing around to that.
That we (I use the empirical here but I mean the FRAUD) are about to dive head long into a fray we are GUARANTEED to get our asses handed to us in (given the current state of our military and its moral levels, which as far as my sources tell me, is cratered below the basement.) After the mess we JUST left behind in AFFY. WHY aren’t we FLOODING DC with bodies telling them to get their house in order before fucking with BEARS and DRAGONS (thats the other option they keep tickling; Taiwan/China.).
Why aren’t we? Three words. ONE GOOD DAYJOB. We work. we have to work because we are so DECADENT that we are too busy to take the time to make the noise to keep the asshats in line. We VOAT, which as we have seen is. a big whoop-ti-doo for nothing because some Criminals I mean polytickians managed to get the keys to the machines and,,,,
Nope. When communism starts to become a majority thing, and we are all getting the same benefits no matter what our level of activity, DC is gonna get a big surprise.
Fact though. We will NEVER hit that level. The tide is already turning on them, and people, more people than they accounted for, are waking the fuck up to the bullshit smell they have been sold. Just the Omi-godwe’sallgonnadie-crom bullshit from before Christmas, has more than a few people looking at actions vs reality and saying “Maybe this was a bad idea ,,,,”
People are seeing that even the minuscule savings they had before all of this shit started, if it hasn’t evaporated trying to stay afloat, is worth a shit ton less than it was prior.
People are seeing fuel costs go up, and even the Dunning-Krugers are thinking that Shooting our energy independence in the heels, right out of the gate, as was the actions of Xi-Den Emperor poopy-pants the First (and last): yeah, that was not a good thing either.
Then they see that EVERYTHING is costing more, but the wages, while they are starting to go up in certain sectors (just to lure people away from the couch they have been paid to sit on for the last year) the ratio of growth is NOT on pace. Nor will it be. The labor factor is only a small percentage of the Margin factor: costs of production all across the board are up; energy, materials, shipping,,,,
And the Fucktards wanna tax us more because we are “making more”, as if a percentage doesn’t increase in volume at the same rate.
Yeah, when the “from each according to ability, to each according to need” thing comes around. Gonna be a lot of people like me that say “Fuck-a-yoozze” and take my shit underground. And there is already an underground “Makers” thing going on. Watch on Fakbuk, look for all the 3d printer sales and the CNC laser cutters, all bench top models. I even saw a bench-top water jet cutter,,,, All of that is a GROWING COTTAGE INDUSTRY that I guaran-damn-tee is NOT reporting to the Infernal Rectum Stuffers at 100%. I won’t say anymore about it, other than you can find a lot of damned fine items being produced, in many cases ONE-OFF, so its unique as all get out, and with turn-arounds that China CAN’T compete with, because there isn’t a huge ocean to cross. AND, you have the growing INDIE publications scene. I’m in it, Sarah is Really in it, many many others, and the writing keeps getting better and better. Corey wrote this years back, but its even MORE applicable today,,,,
Go read Sarahs post, It’ll help give you a better feel for just how badly the Lib-tards are losing, and while it may not feel that way,,,, A large part of that being WE don’t think in the same manner, so we can’t see their fear-factor, or their projection. (which is why, even though they told us HOW they were going to steal the election, it still hit us broadside.). It may even brighten a gloomy winter Sunday, like it did mine.
Yeah, Ungovernable. We are growing that way, but I think it needs to take a hit of speed and get going better. I have a couple of things I am working on in that direction, to take me off the ‘grid’ of socio-economics’ even more than I am currently.
GET UNGOVERNABLE and this shit-show WILL fall in line. As one person showed, The Government doesn’t lead, it follows;it follows what the majority of those connected to things, such as the media and TWITS (which is one reason Trump was so Hated on twitter,,,) , and tries to correct course accordingly, the ENE-media, does the same, so you end up with this positive feedback loop until the sane get a chance to grab the reins and make corrections. Oft times, those corrections are marginal because there is still a large group leaning hard left in the wagon, and the slope the wagon is on is still rather steep and the brakes aren’t up to the job.
The wheels ARE coming off, but that doesn’t mean the end of the world, or even the end of your world. Unless the FRAUD does the completely stoopid and starts a real shitshow with ICBMs or something,,, fact is, we keep going on. We keep getting up in the morning, finding something to do to keep the world moving along, finding someway to make sure WE keep moving along, and somehow, at the end of the day when we drop like felled trees into the beds, everything is still functioning the way it should be, DESPITE the best efforts of shitstains like the FRAUD, and other Evil Tyrant wanna be Mussolini Goobernors of States. (I’m Lookin’ at YOU Andy!!! Your term is coming short,,,,)
Enjoy your Sunday, I have clothes to wash and kittehs that seem to think this weather is somehow “all my fault” and want me to make amends.
Saw this over at John Wilders blog and figuratively felt my mental transmission try to engage Park Overdrive and reverse all at the same time. I’m certain there is some physical damage done.
Damned good reason I don’t follow TWITS. The level of myth this specimen has absorbed about Government (I had typed Giverment, and in this lost souls case that would be more apt as to what they think a Government is),, reading that sort of innocent exposure of where some peeps in this country; what level of delusional they operate in,,,
Just nuke it from orbit. Its the only way to be sure. Days where this feels to be the BEST advice,,,
Sorry, I should sanitize the place now, who knows what cooties crept in with that meme.
It was the early part of the Tweens when the political divisions of the United States reached irreconcilable differences. Ted, a burnt out computer programmer, and Jim, a double amputee combat vet, reverse engineer the pentagons drone program and create a rebel air force. While traveling the country helping others defend what is left of the country, they run afoul a most evil woman intent on creating a serfdom within the country.