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area-wide comms

There are a lot of factors here, but the most exciting part for me is that I got a community comms network up. The BEARS (Bitterroot Emergency Amateur Radio Services) is a small local working group of mostly radio guys. Technologically I hang on by my fingernails in this company, but am an organizer, a real one. So I run the monthly meetings without title… this is a rather organic group. I am a good cat herder. I like driving the bus from the middle row. I have worked with the radio geeks on my white-board at meetings in order to determine best ways to provide EMCOM when the phones and Internet fail us. We were betting everything on VHF […]

racism

the wind

pulled over

During the formative years of my driving career the guys piloting the cars with flashing lights on top were called “Peace Officers”. You could have rational conversations with them. I, in fact, had a large number of those conversations, resulting in very little paperwork. I got out of my car carrying registration and DRAWING my license out of my hip pocket to met them between our cars to calmly, politely discuss “why they pulled me over”. Their line of work did not seem to attract or tolerate fearful people hiding behind badges, guns and mobs of similar dangerous people. That is not to say all cops are dangerous, but calling themselves “Law Enforcement” is a really bad start when […]

ruthless

Ruth Ginzberg has not been seen in public since her lung cancer surgery. Many are suspicious that she died, but conspirators are delaying the death announcement to prevent Trump’s appointment of a replacement. There are trials likely of top level politicians (very top) who need fewer Constitutionalist Supreme Court justices rather than more. Of course Ruth’s brain has been gone for a long time, but they would not let her retire for the above reasons. Conservative Justice Scalia’s demise two years ago was EXTREMELY SUSPICIOUS, to phrase it most generously. See Antonin Scalia wet work. It is interesting times, for sure.

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punch in the kitchen

I don’t pretend to be a chef, but have not hurt myself or my daughters when required to produce regular meals. My wife displaced me out of my (our) kitchen when she moved in with me. I rarely make it back with our current division of labor, but she does appreciate my forays there when I do. Why? She doesn’t have to cook for one meal, which is rather minor compared to: I bring fresh perspective, ideas and flavors to our meals. Kitcheneers all do it. I haven’t met the person who can keep fresh and new coming day after day, week after week and year after year. It is that freshness that really makes it interesting to have a […]

Who Am I?

sailing the San Francisco Bay on my Nacra 5.8 catamaran Claire Wolf called me a Renaissance Man. I had to look it up, but found she is correct. I have yet to meet anyone who dabbles with as much as I do. Writer, reader, publisher, webmaster Activist, organizer, politician, Libertarian Philosopher, economist, sociologist, psychologist Mid-level rifleman, handgunner, careful ammo reloader Husband, Dad, grandpa, son, friend, neighbor, stalwart teammate 1%-er high-performance-driver from 2 to 18 wheels, street and track Organic gardener, small-farmer, teacher, chicken-rancher, landscaper Amateur radio teacher, proponent, planner, organizer, provider, student Nutritionist, herbalist, naturalpath, organic shopper, ingredient reader Trombone and upright bass musician, band manager, teacher, student Woodworker, metalworker, mechanic, fabricator, inventor, handyman, fixer Prepper, self-defense advocate, militia proponent […]

Global insight

We may fancy ourselves as “Aware”, but I doubt any of us understand a fraction of what is going on in the power centers of the world. I read, observe and look around, then share what I understand with you here. Greg Hunter’s USA Watchdog has a habit of getting good guests and insightful content on his program. This interview with Daniel Estulin is no exception. I had to ‘backspace’ several times to comprehend the new information. Extremely credible and quite different from what we think is going on. That is certainly not to say that Estulin has an ownership on the truth, but he is way the heck ahead of nearly everybody else pontificating on what is going on […]

more than 50,000 leagues under the sea … I mean really DEEP

99% of us are oblivious. There is a war on in The Swamp. More than you can imagine hangs in the balance. We live in the most interesting times of numerous centuries.  Sure is a shame that nearly everybody is missing the show… and thinks that stupid toy in their palms has useful information.   I do not play around on Twitter (or snort phones, for that matter). The following thread came to me via other sources with a history of powerful truths and calculated fictions. Read it through. Clearly I cannot guarantee the veracity of any of it. Use the very real possibilities of horrific, deep, intricate truths to trigger your own looking around. To imagine that clever, evil […]

Darby Dog Derby 2019 review

The 12th annual Darby Dog Derby sled dog and skijour races at Lost Trail and Chief Joseph Pass ski areas is now history. You can go see the official race results at the BITTERROOT MUSHERS website. My part in these events is to arrange and manage communications across the course over the weekend. This was my fifth year in that role. We learn from our mistakes and failures each year and improve the next. Along with getting better and better at comms comes being more appreciated every year. We received this nice letter of gratitude from the mushers for our help this year (jpg to the right; pdf here: 2019 Bitterroot Mushers thank you letter) call sign JOE This […]

an overview of prepping

I just read an excellent essay that was one man’s prepping journey from its panicked beginnings to a thoughtfully organized approach. He is not pretending to know it all or be finished with his own preparations for CHANGE. He has, however, brought in some really cool analysis, approaches, and tools for the journey. I am going to encourage you to read it at backdoorsurvival.com, while I publish a few excerpts to give you a hint of why you should go there. – Ted Prepper Goals and Winter Projects by James Walton … Theme your Preparedness Future We all need motivation. While prepping can come on hot and heavy it doesn’t take long for the tentacles of complacency to weave their […]