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extraordinary fires

Controlling fire has marked the progress of mankind. This new level of control will mark the decline. Fire behavior nowadays is unlike anything firefighters have faced before. It behooves us as individuals to prepare for abnormal fire events. Be overly conservative in your planning and setups. Funny, I bought a snow blower in July; talking about fire with a foot of snow outside. I accumulated several videos, links and significant information on some California fires that were definitely unnatural. Mostly it is hard to believe; difficult to accept what these videos expose. Not wanting to believe it is one thing, but covering your eyes, ears and closing your mind is to ignore something very important. This is real. People […]

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You went to the doctor, didn’t you?

I broke a rib a week ago. This morning I answered my son’s question something like this: In the 50s doctors would diagnose a broken rib, then wrap the chest supposedly to stabilize the break for healing. The broken rib(s) would then heal in an unnaturally compressed position out of alignment with the other ribs. Today they do not do anything … well, they send you for a photograph of the break, then advise you, “If it hurts, don’t do it”, while prescribing pain killing drugs so you can abuse your broken bone and delay the healing. Two hundred dollars worth of help I do not need. Which reminds me of people going to THE DOCTOR for flu, cold, sniffles […]

news soup

I am cleaning up my collection of links to articles that merited further reading, research and/or sharing. My link list, and my ToDo list were both getting too long. Thus you get to see what has been in my peripheral vision for days, or weeks … all in the raw … and in no particular order. Aha. I am sharing my disorder that I may have more clarity. Why I Quit TeachingBy David Solway … For one thing, administration had come to deal less with academic issues and more with rules of conduct and punitive codes of behavior, as if it were a policing body rather than an arm of the teaching profession… … For another, colleagues were increasingly buying […]

I did math today

I have been off the air for A LONG TIME. As most of you know, I try to remain connected to the amateur radio bands – those folks who will still be able to share information over significant distances when the phones stop working. Since we began the move from our riverside cabin to The Homestead, I have been off the air. My FCC-licensed radio stations have been silent, and worse, unlistening. I have worked at remaining sanguine about it. As I continue to progress on EVERYTHING THAT HAS TO BE DONE, the radios I packed away several months ago will reappear … when they are supposed to … in the right order, in the grand scheme of things. […]

not everyone has shrunken purchasing power

If you are the ruling elite who have been stealing wealth for over a century, you ought to be a little nervous about your malfeasance being discovered. I think few of them are bright enough to fear a great awakening. Maybe they are right and I am wrong. Perhaps the sheep are under control and always will be. The dangerous ones are the middle class. They have enough time from working at basic survival to learn a bit about the world and some resources enabling them to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Mandatory health care at ten times the previous rate was probably the greatest move against the middle class, but there have been many others. I have collected some graphics […]

“when I was a kid…”

Mom fondly recalls going to a movie for a dime. We hear it from old folks all the time: … tank of gas for two bucks … penny candy (non-GMO sugar) … ten-cent loaf of bread [real, organic, whole-wheat, non-GMO] A dime like they used is worth four dollars today. Four bucks still gets you into mid-day matinées or a loaf of real bread or a gallon of gas (which cost them an entire quarter). The value of the dime, dollar, savings and all were stolen by the Feral Reserve who took over our money in 1913. A handful of banksters live large while our lifestyles continue to downsize.

more on the snowflake culture

The blog Fred On Everything is almost always amusing, interesting and often very good. I ran across his posting on the snowflake culture the day after I published mine. He and I share a lot of perspectives. Believe it or not, he might be even a bit more of a crusty curmudgeon than I. I post a clip out of the middle, but you can go straight to the link to see the entirety of it. —————————   Firing the Pre-Pubertal Arquebus: A Sociological Treatise Posted on December 15, 2017 by Fred Reed “… I was there, in America: Athens, Alabama, at age twelve. Athens was small and Southern, drowsy in summer, kind of comfortable feeling, not much concerned with […]

Happy New Year

This is it. Serious observers tell us today is the shortest one of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The sun which has been hiding from us for more and more of the day since the Summer Solstice is finally going to start staying up longer. The world has been saved from cold, frigid darkness once again. Time to celebrate the birth of a new year. Cultures have been doing this forever, calling it various names, but the theme is always the same. While it may get colder for a while, sunlight, warmth and nature’s rebirth is on the way.

neighborhoods good and bad

The old man was working his garden by the road when a young couple drove up. They allowed as they were relocating and considering his area for their new home. But they wanted to know what the people in this area were like. How were they where you came from, he asked. Selfish, mean-spirited, unfriendly and unkind they replied. They are like that here too. Later that week the scenario was repeated with another couple. The people where they lived were wonderful, caring, sharing, helpful and friendly. To them he replied, They are just like that here. This evening once again the subject came up of the squatters who spent a year living off our generosity only to leave in […]

I hate XMas

I was a Christian. I understand the religious significance of Christmas. I also see quite clearly the crass mercantilism of today’s Christmas. ‘Tis the season to spend money, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-laaa.’ The Christian holiday has been hollowed out… worse, hallowed out. That it is one of many winter solstice mythologies and religions is another aspect I am not dealing with at this moment. No, what is bugging me right now is the shorthand that predated the texting and Twitter prunings where nothing is spelled out; everything is abbreviated. X mas – pronounced EX MAS. What is that? A has-been mass. Is that like a used-up, Catholic religious service? Perhaps it refers to ex (outside of) the body, the whole, of the masses. […]

water, water, drink, drink

Many years ago, “Doctors recommend 8 glasses of water a day”. Today they prescribe 8 pharmaceutical drugs a day. If you think that is an improvement, you are visiting the wrong website. The human body is an impressive machine. It tolerates, compensates for, recovers from incredible abuse. But you really ought to work with it a little; meet it half-way. The cool weather set in, but I was working in a frenzy to get important stuff done “before winter”. I made it, by the way. The important stuff did get done. However, my hands, wrists, knees and back have been complaining for two months solid. “It sucks getting old” was the standard answer. I was trying a lot of […]