Saturday, March 11, 2017

Yes, it's a real product

(Found on Gab)

Yes, it's a real product. Not sure how well it works, but it's worth buying a bottle just to put it on the shelf to look at.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

I see a problem with your cunning plan

(Via the Drudge Report)

Before you can bail out of New York City by boat, you have to get through the city to the boat. Given the population density, I'm not too sure how well that's going to work.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Days of Rage

I'm not sure where I picked this up today, but wherever it was, thanks for bringing it to my attention.

“People have completely forgotten that in 1972 we had over nineteen hundred domestic bombings in the United States.” — Max Noel, FBI (ret.)

Yeah, the 70s. It wasn't all leisure suits and bad music. This long read brings back to my conscious memory many of the things that went on in my teenage years that I had forgotten-SDS, Weatherman, Puerto Rican seperatists, the Black Panthers and all of that crappy stuff. Airline hijackings to Cuba, bombs in NYC, Patty Hearst--the list seems endless and all bad.

Honestly, I'm guilty of over-romanticizing the 70s, and this makes me remember what a pulsating smelly ball of shit it really was. Where I lived I was mostly protected from the worst of it, and if I hadn't been, I would have been toast. I wasn't the smartest kid in the world in terms of street smarts back then. That took another decade to learn.

The takeaway from this long essay is how would a civil war start and what would it look like as each stage kicks off. You start with the fools we see in the streets now and you end with Godzilla's Trudging Zone.

The book that I stole the title of this post from? If you're not old enough to remember all this, you might want to read it. If you're old enough to remember it all, you probably still want to read it. Know your enemy.

Don't pick fights with people who have nothing to lose

(Via Michael Bane on Facebook)

That's what one of the commenters said about a piece at Ace of Spades HQ. Don't pick fights with people who have nothing to lose.

Yes, we're still mulling the election of Donald Trump, months after. This is a good thing, because Trump's election may be one of the watershed moments in American history. Reading it, I think Ace makes some valid points, in particular, these:

How far along the decline do you think we are? How close do you think we are to the point of no return?

Consider the implications of those for a moment. They imply that A) The United States, contrary to what many would prefer to believe, is a nation in decline, B) Trump may not be the savior of the country that many think he is and C) There is a point of decline past which the USA as we know it is finished.

Honestly, if any of these is a surprise to you, you haven't been paying attention, but no matter. You are now, and that's sufficient. As General Theodore Roosevelt Jr. said on Utah Beach, "We'll start the war from right here!"

Some of you reading this my be insulted or angry. "The USA is not declining!" Really? Take a look at our schools, at our uncontrolled borders, at our failed foreign policies, at our economy for the last 10+ years, at the kind of "man" that was "elected" for the past two terms as President and tell me that this is the same country that fought and won two world wars and was the engine that drove the global economy for decades. But be sure you look me in the eye and say it with a straight face.

All great nations have a cycle of being, of rise and fall and some repeat the cycle. We can hope we are that latter, but it would be a good idea to prepare in case we aren't. It's a good idea even if we are. A degree of self-sufficiency never hurt anyone as far as I can tell.

I'm starting to wonder if there is some larger reason that retirement was forced on me at this point in my life, years before I thought I would be ready for it. Even though I'm looking to end that forced retirement, while I'm retired I'm taking full advantage of the time off. I hope that you're taking advantage of whatever time we have, whatever time you have, to ready yourself and those around you for whatever the future may hold.

So how much does this gardening stuff cost?

At this point, you've seen a lot of information on gardening, and you're probably thinking something along the lines of "Dude, I can go to the grocery store cheaper!" You're probably correct in years 1-3 or so, but after that?

As with so many things, the big costs are up front. Plus you can bring costs down by spending some extra time on the garden. Don't complain, parking in front of the TV or computer is unhealthy. Get out there and sweat--it's good for you. :-)

Monday, March 06, 2017

So how much do I need to plant?

If you decide to try the gardening thing (and you should, better to know what you're doing before it's a critical need), you will probably ask yourself, "Self, if I were doing this to provide all my fruits and veggies, how much to I need to plant?"

It's probably more than you'd like to think, but less than you're afraid it might be.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

I love the Intertubz

Because it brings me wonderful things I never knew, like Montana-class battleships.

Artist's rendition of the USS Montana, BB-67
That is one big honkin' ship.