Thursday, April 04, 2013

Coward

(Via Say Uncle)

Bring your sorry ass out and face the people whose rights you want to trample on.

Watching

I've been following the antics of the Hermit Kingdom with interest.  Lots of stories out there covering the gamut from "Fat Leader is losing control of the North Korean military and who knows what's going to happen" to "Don't worry, be happy."

Last night, stories start popping up that the Norks have moved a missile to an east coast location and are making noises about nuking the US.  While I would hope that cooler heads prevail, I don't put anything past True Believers.  For all we know, Fat Leader, being the third generation in the family business, may actually believe his own propaganda.  Scarey stuff right there.

I'm curious about the (media?) fixation that the target is the continental US.  You realize that we have a lot of militarily interesting targets much closer to the launch point--Afghanistan, Diego Garcia, Okinawa, Guam and Pearl Harbor all spring to mind.  None of them would take the US military out of the fight, but what a sly move an attack on one of them would make, especially the bases in Afghanistan.  A country that no one really gives a rodent's posterior about, and the big bullying US of A gets a major black eye.

An attack on Bagram would make a lot of sense from that perspective.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Watch what you buy and where you buy it

It's been known for quite some time that buying certain items can bring down the wrath of our busy-body government.  Buy too many tablets of a head cold medicine and expect a a visit from some 3 letter agency or another is one of the current examples.  Store too much gasoline?  Meet the fire marshal.  Run a business from home?  The code enforcers would like a word with you.  All well-intentioned and all increasingly onerous, at least to my way of thinking.

How about buying gardening supplies?  I mean, you're going to grow things, right?  People have been gardening since forever, and some municipalities actually encourage it, making disused lets available for small scale urban agriculture.  How would you feel if buying seeds or hand tools got you on the radar?

Let's expand our green thumbs from the traditional to the more esoteric and ask about hydroponic gardening and supplies. Sure, there are people who buy them for illegal uses (we can discuss the concept of "But should it be illegal?" another time), but the vast majority of purchasers are not among that group.  I can remember as a kid getting a huge Skillcraft Science Kit for Christmas and among all the goodies it had was a small setup for hydroponics.  In the late 70s hydroponics was going to be one of the next big things, and while it will probably never beat dirt farming in popularity, it is highly useful in its niche, especially for those who like to garden year-round inside or who have limited space.  Google for it and you'll get an astounding array of products and knowledge on the subject.  If you're a suburban prepper on a small lot, hydroponics can be a great way to produce some of your own food, free from the chemicals and genetic manipulation that are taking over most of the foods from the grocery stores.

But if you live in Kansas, you might want to think twice before venturing into the waters of hydroponics.

Two former CIA employees whose Kansas home was fruitlessly searched for marijuana during a two-state drug sweep claim they were illegally targeted, possibly because they had bought indoor growing supplies to raise vegetables.

Not much else to say, is there?  Be careful out there.