Believe 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

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A Mea culpa and a request

I know I have been very scarce of late, and I do apologize. No excuses, but I would like to fill you in on some of what has kept me away.

A keyboard. Just that! Usually until midnight or 1 AM, sometimes every night. It seems I am at my most productive on that beast when the sun drops out. Heck, there was one night where I went to bed at 1am and was back up at 4 tapping away further. The cat n dog are adapting to it with a ” Dads writing again, I’m outta here,,,,” attitude.

Ah, but what is Dio writing you ask? Some nights is the Tick Tock and Gamer story, being re-vamped and fleshed out. Other nights is a How-to guide forgoing off Grid while dead broke: I may not be expert at off-grid living, but By Dog, I did it, and I can help people avoid some of the more painful mistakes.

So, where does that leave the Blog? As you guessed, kinda gathering dust at the moment. Here soon, the place is likely to get a makeover; new paint, doodads in the corners, maybe a Ruebenesque statue in the entrance. LOL, just kidding. A makeover, yes, but only in links and maybe a new page or two. Gonna have to open some of those evil social media types, but not under my usual name, but my pen name. Don’t want to get the garbage I was getting from workmates that caused me to close down the mess originally.

And on that note, I am putting out a call to my regular readers for a favor. I would like a volunteer for proofing the How-to guide, and whomever steps up, I am asking for tyranical proofing. If a paragraph isn’t clear, slam me on it. If I am tripping over a point that you feel is critical; red highlighter amd notes of your opinion.

In return, you not only get a credit, but one of the first copies, paw-printed by your not so humble doofus of a blogger, and I’ll even get the human to put his name in there somewhere. 😉

BUT: I need a response from someone by the 28th of this month, or I will hire out for the job.

Any takers?

Let me know in comments and we’ll get together via PM in emails.

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Honesty (long post warning.)

Truth and honesty are twins but they don’t always travel together.

Here’s an example; “Your house is an assett”. Anyone that is old enough and responsible enough to have approached a bank for a loan, or owned a home and been approached by insurance salesmen, has heard this saying.

Its an honest statement.

But its not truthful. Honest because your house IS an asset; to the bank. For you, its a liability. Assets generate income, liabilities take it. A house may be an investment, but it will be a poor one at best, unless you are making the purchase with the intent to ‘flip it’. Property can be a great investment tool, but not as a home. And there will always be flak given when this is shared because people can get quite emotional about their homes. Understandably so, but it does not change the truth.

When my Dad moved up north when he was much younger, he bought property on the cheap, over the years the area built up, the economy changed shape, and when he sold, the property had grown 10x in value. Sounds awesome doesnt it? In hind sight, accounting for inflation and the like, his ‘investment’ actually grew only a few percent. The only real growth was the fact that it had provided a stable ground for us kids to grow up on. (And of course thats a subjective statement with zero monetary value able to be assigned to it. Many things in this world are valuable without being marketable. More on that shortly)

The fact is, and you see it daily now, honesty is failing because its been twisted up to ‘sell the narrative’. The media only exposes enough, to obfuscate truth, but with enough ‘honesty ‘ to keep a straight face. Truth is becoming that rare gem in the slag pile that they skirt around but never quite touch.

Truth has no marketable value anymore because the vast majority do not want to hear the truth. They’d rather hear the lies and hopingly cling to a false faced imaginarium covering reality like a cheap gold leafed facade in a chinese restaurant. It looks pretty, and makes one ‘feel’ richer than they are, but eventually, the meal is over and you have to go back out onto that dirty street with trash in the gutter, and the smell of the dumpster wafting on the breeze. The longer you take, the worse the transistion from dream to reality will be. We are fast approaching a nightmare of a shift.

I spent several years with a goal in mind, not to go green, but to get off the teat of infrastructure. Yes, its nice being able to just ‘plug it in’ with the only worry being the bill at the end of the month. But I have been hearing more and more about how expensive that is getting, especially during the extreme months (extreme cold or extreme hot). It hasn’t really changed in value (truth) only the monetary instruments have. The ‘honest’ response is ‘everything costs more’ but the truth is, the dollar just buys LESS. That to me is the 900 lb gorilla in the room. So few want to admit that the dollar (and most all currencies) are just elaborately printed toilet paper, with nothing backing it beyond (a rapidly deteriorating) faith of the public. So few are willing to make the transition to off grid because it means lifestyle change. It even means work as you have to maintain your equipment. (I smell an oppurtunity here for someone.)

I recall a Scrooge McDuck cartoon where the boys made a machine that could make gold from nothing. They went wild with it and shortly everything started costing more because there was so much gold floating around, it became cheap. But the services hadn’t changed in ‘value’, just the value in the instrument of exchange.

And that is all money is: a tool, an instrument everyone recognizes and accepts in exchange for value.

Until they don’t.

When they stop accepting one form, they WILL find a replacement because barter is far too clumsy to use beyond immediate local use. Barter banks have been tried, and failed, and I can think of several reasons why, but they never last for long. Here are some questions to ask about bartering: How do you lend? What about interest? How can you even place a percentage rate on ‘time’? How many catering parties does it take to buy a car? A house?There are answers, but I’ll leave that to those with such an interest. My biggest fear of such is that it may denigrate human value back to a cheap commodity, such as in slavery days. And lets be truthful here, we aren’t all that far away from that now with so many people on the face of this rock: it wouldn’t take much, in my opinion, to shift the balance to that, especially seeing how our society is rapidly devolving into the “us vs them” factor. (I’m leaving out that there is still slavery in parts of the world, just not so openly nor advertised by the media.) We already hear terms such as “the 1 percent” and such. Yeah, its pretty much fact that a very small portion control 99% of the wealth, but the question isn’t the wealth, its what that wealth is composed of. It isn’t gold, or silver. Its human value: what can this group make achieve or accomplish. What ideas are going to do for our lives, make our lives better easier or longer. Those things have no intrinsic value by themselves, but the outcomes can and do. That is what that 1% crowd invest in. My growing up in a stable situation made me worth more to the world than if I had grown up as a nomadic vagabond. Growing up stable made it so that I could question things. If you are never certain of your next meal, your next meal is the only thing on your mind; not having to worry about that opens you up to being more productive to others, to learn, and explore possibilities. And explore I have, I do, and will probably never stop doing. That has yet to be fully used so has not found its true potential yet, and that is on me and no one else. Not having exploited that potential is what keeps me on the down side of the economic scene. But even there, I am wealthy by my standards. I know the truth.

Truth. Our rarest commodity and the least valued in this modern progressive tilted world. Even though its valued so low in general, I value it quite highly and revel in it when its found.

Change of subject. Kinda

My thoughts have been revolving around the subject matter above with another detail putting a parabola into its orbit. I have always had the teaching gene (is there even such a thing?) In me since as long as I can remember. Lately that ‘itch’ has been insistent and frustrating. Insistent in that I WANT to teach people things, frustrating in that most people just dont give a poo. About anything! Far to many people I bump into around here have only one driving force: entertainment. As in they only want to be entertained. Learning is boring (it doesn’t have to be!) They already know it all (horseshit!) Etc etc. Occasionally I get a chance to teach something, even if only a better way to do something at work: Easier faster or cheaper.(usually all three to some extent) I won’t (and can’t) lower myself to teaching in a public school, and despise institutional indoctrination education anyways. But I have things I can teach. I even imagine in my head how I would handle certain situations in a classroom environment: situations from my school days where I can see the teacher had a chance to do something great, if only for that one kid, yet blew it. Usually with a patented off the shelf remark that answered nothing and shattered a turning point.(you’ll probably glean from that, that I was ‘that kid’ in an instance or two. Life has taught me well, but could have been better and easier if those points had been utilized, not blown off.) In addition, there are things that are never taught, by design, that should be. I’m not talking sex here: every generation has to ‘discover’ that for themselves and never can imagine the older generation still partaking of it. No, what I’m talking about is the “get a good job, be a good citizen” malarkey that is still shoveled out like the mantra of a guru. They never teach about money, the truth about money, market value, human value, critical thinking, classic arguments(rhetoric), and lately, they don’t even teach stuff even more basic than that: cursive writing, history, or how or why history is a foundation for our future. I see high school graduates that are little more than programmed puppets, barely literate, mathematically challenged, being sent out into the world with a diploma, a pat on the back and a smirk seemingly hiding the “be a good serf” thought behind the eyes of the ‘educator’. It sickens me, it truly does.

My orbit of thoughts has been “what can I do?” And I am not asking that while throwing up my hands in defeat. I just havent figured out the “what” yet. I have grandkids that I can work with, but it means moving and going back on grid. I haven’t written that off yet, but its not at the top of the list either. I believe the whole “it has to start at home” saying: one only needs to witness how the world has fallen since education was moved out of the homes. And as any of my readers can atttest, I’ve jumped on the education soapbox often enough, and firmly believe homeschooling is exponentially better than our Public daycare system.

I just want to take it further, and sit at a loss for how. Being an introvert, I’m marginal for public exposure. I can do public speaking, but it takes a toll on me I can’t explain in mere words. I’ve spoken in front of thousands before, and been applauded, but by the after event I was ready to crawl under a rock and hide. It wasn’t that what I said wasn’t true, it was the emotional drain of having thousands of eyes and ears trained on me like I was under a microscope. I can do smaller groups with little to no issue (now, not so much twenty years ago.) Knowing that is part of my conundrum in wanting to fix things.

What do you think?

Think it!

Y’all know I have been doing research, n reading, n what not. Even said what it’s all about in a previous post. One good thing so far (several actually but this one is a personal milestone) I FINALLY finished ‘Atlas Shrugged’ . To be honest, with current events of the last 10 years, its a damned hard read due to all the parallels in reality. (And the fact that she is a Russian writer and they tend to be long winded. 🤣) About the only thing she didn’t touch upon was the gender-bending shitte we have been exposed to. I’ve noted that since Prez Trump has taken office, that seems to have gone quiet: not away, just not in our face everyday.

Anywhoos, in my previous post I mentioned about making and spending money and vice-versa. Reading Napoleon Hills “Think and grow rich” I came to an epiphany; I’m living proof of his concept!

You see, when I started in audio, I knew how to tune my bass, get the tone I wanted out of the amp, etc; but not much else. (And I’m not a very good bass-player,,,) a friend needed someone to cover him at a bar gig and I needed the cash so said ‘what the hell’ and fell in love!!!!!

8 years later, I’m touring nationally, and not just mixing, but being management as well. Sadly, that came to an end when I blew out one of my eardrums in a stupid accident during a show. I could have moved laterally into lighting, but had zero desire for it.

I started from zero and moved up rapidly because I never said openly (or even silently in my head ) “I can’t,,,” I got a taste and that was all I thought for near a decade. I thought it, and my thoughts morphed it into reality.

Then in 2008, the market crash, a (IMO) falsified election, and everybody and their brother preaching doom and gloom, I bought into the prepper paradigm. I had been one, but the concept had a name I hadn’t known. I have no regrets about it as that paradigm inspired a dream, and that dream has also become a reality. I wanted my tiny house, off-grid, with independent sources for water and food. I now have that tiny house, no mortgage, and no utility bills besides my cell. While I am not gardening, or raising stock, the transition would be a simple twist of the tail, and I have a network in place to help with the unknowns. And there are always unknowns,,,

But the fact is, I thought those things into reality, I had no prior knowledge or experience in either, but was (more than) willing to jump in and get my hands dirty. (Like I recently did making kayaks. Full success and had not a clue to start other than my final goal.) Now thats not to say I didn’t have certain skills, but by themselves, they would not have achieved the goals.

The biggest part of it is not letting the dream go. Never say ‘I can’t.’ Or worse ‘I’ll try,,,’; that one is so close to fail as to be its twin brother. Never try anything, just DO IT! Saying ” I can’t” ends the race before it began, “I’ll try” will end it as well, and cost you a shit ton in cash in the meantime.

So, where is this headed? I’m afraid that I’m gonna have to leave that as a surprise for y’all. The one thing I have found, as well as what was mentioned above, is openly sharing the goal with others, ‘scares it off’. Part of that is due in no small part to all the naysayers. I’m quite familiar with that as I am closely related to one, and if I ever share a dream with him, its guaranteed to fail 9 outta 10 times. The only reason my house survived the naysayer was my equally bullheaded determination and a (then) recently acquired education in rhetoric: I shamed him into silence by showing him his own fallacies.😋

FYI, that naysayer is my dad. Y’all have wondered where my bull headed side came from; there it is. My little sis is equally so (and if my eldest sis and friends hadnt intervened years ago, you wouldn’t be reading this. She tried many a time to kill her stinkin’ lil brother. Now we’re best of friends, lol)

Fact is, I am reading this book, and realizing that I have already been living it, and that with my question as posted;

I

Am

The

Problem

So if I want shit to change, I gotta change me, something about me, or the way I have been thinking, or all of the above. (I’ll take C for 200, Alex.)

Consider it done, now I just have to do the work.

And to be clear, I do not take sole credit for these things. I firmly believe in a higher power, and that that power responds in an unbiased reaction to our thoughts. Think negative, you get negative; think positive and you get positive, and all at the personal level. What we are seeing on a world-wide scale, IMO, is the crashing of opposing facets in unified thought trying to become reality. I think we all know they can’t co-exist, but I haven’t a solution short of short helicopter rides or high speed lead poisoning. Going Galt has proven ineffective at this stage.

Y’all take care n I’ll be back on here again soon.

Question for my readers

Been getting a lot of traffic in my inbox from WordPress about making this page “mine”.    It would be a change in address but not a big one, and it would have a little more freedom for me to do things.

Downside: it costs.

Upside: I could start building some revenue off of it.

Question for you guys is:  should I go for it?

Really.

Sorry for the lack of posting. Honestly, my nose has been embedded in dead tree editions, while my butt has been net surfing in between times. And of course I’m still in pursuit of cashflow, also known as a paycheck.

Anywhoos, I’m sitting here tapping this out and there is a news story on about some school flipping a decision on school lunches. Seems they decided that kids with lunch accounts in arrears would be given a cheap sandwich instead of a choice of foods. Ok, I get it, but parents blew up about ‘feels’ and that the school was ‘shaming’ the kids.

Really?

Just another sign of how far down the rabbit hole we have fallen.

And in other news, if you hadn’t noticed, we haven’t hit the bottom. Yet.

Blog posts may be strange and sporadic

Lots of info being poured into my grey matter. The subconcious is in compiler mode and not worth a damn for anything else right now, and I pert much am just going through the motions of being human. Today went by so quickly, and it was usual routine stuff that normally drags, I could tell I am on autopilot. Don’t even remember having a thought other than ” stomachs grumbling: eat something.”

In other words, I am in College cram mode, just like the old days. Lol

Still workin’

Of all the things I’ve learned over the last couple of decades, one sticks in my craw the most.

EVERYTHING I was taught in school, public education mind you, WAS A F@#KING LIE.

“Lincoln was the great emancipator ” bullshit!

“Work hard, save money, and you’ll be successful”. Bullshit!

Etc etc

The only ‘truths’ I was taught were math, reading, and vocational skills. And from what I have been seeing with Granbehbie (who isn’t such a a baby any longer.) They’ve managed to twist up the first two, and have completely eliminated the last.

Even when I was in, there was very little critical thinking taught, it was ‘ do it this way or be punished ‘. And “questioning authority ” was highly, adamantly discouraged.

It wasn’t education: it was, and IS indoctrination. Programming the next batch of slaves.

Have you ever noticed, (or even looked at) that the failed students, later on in life tend to successful? Not always mind you, but enough that its not a fluke. Even as far back as Edison (who barely had any schooling) the outcast tended to be the powerful money magnet.

The things not taught, and why.

Critical thinking. They don’t teach this because thinking people can see behind the curtain. Fact of the matter, most teachers now couldn’t teach it because they don’t know how.

Money: they teach how to keep a checkbook balanced (or did) and thats the end of it. They don’t teach what money is, its mechanics, nothing. (Do it this way or be punished)

Truth: the texts are manipulated to one message, history is ‘sanitized’ for the same reason. In 2008, I was helping a neighbor with her computer, cleaning viruses out. Her son was doing his homework on the otherside of the desk. I asked to look at his history book (erroneously called ‘social studies’ but that gives insight to their objective.) WWII was covered in 3 pages. The Korean war wasn’t mentioned, and Vietnam was 2 paragraphs. I was astounded because the American Revolution was only a sidebar item at the beginning of the book.

Not surprising was the slant on our Government, and how omniscient and benevolent it is. That was slipped in at every possible opening I could see.

Its much worse now.

Granbehbie doesn’t have school books. She carries an Ipad. Her homework is assigned to it, her ‘books’ are on it; she can read, and even type, but struggles to write, and can’t read cursive writing.

She’s in the fourth grade.

She is encouraged to use a calculator for math! (As low as my opinion of my education was, we at least were taught math ‘the hard way’, and would have been given zeroes if caught using a calculator. )

I know this is nothing new to homeschoolers. I’ve met some homeschooled kids that just blow my mind with their intelligence. And it will not change for the better on current course and speed.

Other than homeschooling, I haven’t a solution, and the fact that local governments make homeschooling a daunting task says a lot as well. (And they perpetuate the myth that average mom and dad ‘arent competent enough’. A dead slap in the face by any measure. And that would lead me into a completely different rant,,,,)

But yeah, total bullshit, and said bullshit gets deeper every year.

My current research has lead me along a couple of paths, ones I had no clue of. I’m smart, I know that, but I will never claim “I know it all”; quite the opposite, the more I learn, the more I know what I don’t know, and that the “I don’t know what I don’t know” is far larger than what I do know. (Did you follow along with all of that. LOL. ) My research has been into “Why?” More than anything else. Why is it that the more we make the more we spend. Why is it that the less we spend, the less we make. (Look at both questions, they are different. )

What I am finding keeps coming back to Government, NOT the people in particular.

Robert Kiyosaki states in several of his videos that taxation is about behaviour control. Those that provide a needed service are taxed less (or not at all) than those that are just providing a service, or even just working for a living. As taxes are controlled by government, government is the problem. (Common thread to a common theme)

Its really quite eye opening once you really start digging into that box of lies. I’m going to leave this post with only one simple meme pic. Something to think about if you will.

Addendum: for those willing, my reading list follows Robert Kiyosaki, Garret Gunderson, Napoleon Hill, Ayn Rand, etc. (And yes, I am able to read several books at once and retain information. I found I learn better that way, a long time ago.)