Quotes

I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.
-Thomas Jefferson, 1789

big picture planning

A good friend was rambling on about his latest knowledge seeking topic. He is a major fan of YouTube learning, often following a particular subject down whatever rabbit holes they lead to. He is very intelligent, retaining near-encyclopedic knowledge on an impressively wide range of topics. But he does lose focus on his own priorities from time to time.

Yesterday evening was one of those. So I brought my white board into play. I scribed and organized while he gave me his list and quantified the items there.

His list is not the subject I want to share […]

Tor – what for?

Wondoze Exploder is still the big dog in Internet browsing tools. Mozilla Firefox escapes some of its more onerous aspects, and is a strong second. Firefox adds a modicum of resistance to The Great Database accumulating everything there is to know about everybody they wish to control – roughly everybody.

The best computer brains on the planet include many who are less than in love with Big Brother. They are freedom of thought’s friends. Somewhere much lower on that food chain are those who have sold their souls to The Man … the programming prostitutes.

Fortunately, the A […]

mapping your neighborhood

Having the right resources in the right places is the essence of surviving and thriving. Disasters challenge that pleasant place. Proper planning includes mapping resources and features that may be useful to your community in emergencies.

Also valuable is placing on that map any threats you know of, along with potential avenues for likely threats. Obviously, so you can plan to minimize their negative impacts on your community.

This is a big topic that deserves thought, planning, organization from a handful of proactive, foresightful neighbors. While I can’t help you with that, I can point you to a couple […]

secure e-mail

USofA Constitution, Amendment IV The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Of course these protections are long gone. (Sorry Ben)

Warrantless searches of homes, often by violent teams of men above the law number in the thousands every year, and continue to rise.

Heavily armed checkpoints on public roads are regularly […]

midnight prowler

At 0030 last night Beagle Brain went off as if the zombie apocalypse had begun at our door.

In a flash I had my robe on and was in the front room.

The motion-detector flood lights were on, but everywhere I looked was vacant of mammalian beings… or anything at all visible but the snow, river and trees that normally occupy our riverside yard.

Yet Beagle Brain was barking at extreme pitch, far more so than the normal ‘won’t shut up cuz there is a deer walking in the woods’.

I continue investigating, then see a flash of a […]

what a bubble looks like

The graph below is a great picture of a bubble that should have burst a long time ago… but it keeps holding together and making the eventual crash much, much worse.

King World News published it in a very good article: DANGER: The Global Collapse Is Now Accelerating To appreciate the chart, first understand the red bars. Other than the little blips of green, this is showing investors OWING money on stocks they have “purchased”. The stock prices and all indices of them are inflated by credit, debt.

Once upon a time, people INVESTED money in stock. Storing […]

neighboorhood watch +++

Seeing this sign got me thinking …

“PROTECTED BY VIDEO CAMERAS” What are they going to do, hit the bad guys over the head with their cameras?

How about “This neighborhood protected by bouquets of pansies”? I think that is just as effective.

I am NOT reassured to be on video cameras.

I am not comforted that others are either.

Whoopie! My beating or demise was recorded on video. How lovely. Maybe it will play for a few minutes on You Tube. My 15 seconds of fame.

Really now, does anyone think this old brown sign is going to […]

when your town breaks down

Any prepared and informed person knows that the threat isn’t always the event itself, which could be anything from a natural disaster to a rioting spree after a sporting event to an economic collapse. It’s the chaos during the aftermath of the event.

If you ever had any doubts about that statement, you need look no further than Ferguson, Missouri.

Today, Governor Jay Nixon called in the National Guard.

Martial law has officially arrived in Ferguson.

Of course, this only makes it official. The past week has shown a militarized police force driving around in tanks, wearing body […]

wi-fi freeloaders cut off

Out in the boonies, we have only two choices for Internet access. Neither is great, but surprising me, the cell-phone provider from a tower 4.5 miles away is unreliable while the satellite 25,000 miles away is pretty good by comparison. For about the same price, both limit us to 10 gigabytes per month anytime and an additional 10 gigabytes in the middle of the night.

In my case that means I can get a couple hours of bonus bytes between 0600 and 0800 fairly often. I use that for our heavier consumption downloading video news programs like The Kaiser […]

Good day to review power outage preps

NYC in 2003 blackout

Federal, state, local government agencies along with the relevant private organizations are practicing grid failure throughout Mexico, the USofA and Canada THIS WEEK – Wednesday and Thursday. (web search or see this NY Times article)

Be as smart as they are and practice it yourself. Use this as an opportunity and motivator to pretend their grid down will really take place. Plan TODAY what you would do if the power goes off this Wednesday and doesn’t come back on for a day – several days – a week … go as far as you […]

silver-tongued devil

I can hardly believe what I’m seeing. Physical silver has been almost as available as primers, powder and ammunition – that is to say having a high content of “Unobtanium”.

Today I received an e-mail containing a link to an offer I never expected to see again. Silver Eagles that have been far more rare than regular wait-12-weeks for delivery non-Eagle 1-ounce silver rounds for $26.24.

The most startling part were the words underneath: Ships within 2 – 4 business days

Gold_Silver.com have a 20 ounce minimum order much like my old friends at Northwest Territorial Mint with […]

enemies list

I was asked to un-click a couple of facebook boxes in my link to a friend. I honored that request, but sent him much of the following via private message. I unchecked as you requested in fb, but didn’t post the note on my wall. I have felt for years that nothing online is private. You probably know from my blogging that I have long assumed the NSA has been collecting my data.

Intelligent people learn this and shut down – move to low profile. A small handful mount the rooftops to incessantly yell warnings at the top […]