Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
For my Christian readers, you may want to read on. Those of you who are not, this doesn't pertain.Comments
I found myself in the Spirit in intercession this morning while showering. I felt an overwhelming sorrow for the storm that is breaking upon the people of this nation, and I pled for mercy for America, for mercy for God's people in America, and was simply getting nowhere with the Spirit.
"Very well then," I said. "I plead at least then for your mercy on me and my family."
"What is your righteousness that you should plead for mercy?!" came the response.
"I have none," I said. "I plead the blood of Jesus and His righteousness." I lifted my hands and felt that familiar Divine power begin to flow. "As the Israelites annointed the doorposts of their houses against the coming of the Destroying Angel, I plead the blood of Christ on the doorposts of my life and my family." (This answer came from deep in my spirit, from things that I know to be true, but forget the implications of sometimes. Just as I am without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me...)
Friends, a terrible storm is coming, and the terrible anger of the Lord is ignited against this nation. There is not a single thing that you and I have ever done--no acts of charity or righteousness has any power to save you. Only one thing is adequate, and that is the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Get under the blood! Get under and stay there by pleading the blood daily while the storm engulfs.
If you're like me, you may be feeling wholly inadequate, confused by the fury of this storm, and wavering in what must be done to weather it. After this morning's incident (and let me tell you, the Lord does not speak to me this directly very often), I did a bit of a search and came across this valuable bit of writing that gets us to the heart of what we need to do and where we need to abide:
Blood of Jesus - How to Plead for Protection and Deliverance
The author at this link references the need to be fully submitted to the Lord, but I want to emphasize the need to *know Jesus* more intimately than we have ever known him before (lest we be counted amidst those of whom He says "I never knew you"), and that comes only by time spent in prayer and meditation.
Update: This is related...
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Especially these roundtable discussions.Comments
Are Violent Video Games Adequately Preparing Children For The Apocalypse?
Labels: felicity and jocularity
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009Comments
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
This article from survivalblog resonates true:Comments
Many readers of Survival Blog are either in the process of moving to a lightly populated area or actively planning to bugout to such an area when the balloon goes up. Twenty years ago I moved from the edge of a large city to a fairly remote property, and have been quietly setting up the doomstead and perfecting skills ever since. In the process, I became part of the fabric of country life here and have learned some valuable lessons which may benefit the rookie country dweller."continue...
I mentioned the neighbors we visited with last weekend. I didn't consider the time spent an interruption at all, rather an important part of the process of integrating out here. We badly need to make connections with like-minded individuals in the valley, and these folks are certainly on the same page as us in many ways.
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Atlanta policemen imprisoned for killing woman, 92, in botched drug raidComments
Think twice, LEO's. The ends do not justify the means. You are culpable before God and Man for any unjust acts in this "war on drugs", regardless of who authorizes them.
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Monday, February 23, 2009
I was distracted by a side project this weekend that was precipitated by my purchase of a new (old) DesertCatMobile:Comments
She's an ancient Montero (186k miles) that has a new lease on life with a rebuilt engine. The dollars and sense of this are that 1) I need a vehicle that will get me in and out of this place when the washes are torn up after a rainstorm, 2) I need something that gets better than the 8 MPG that Doozey gets for regular commuting to and from here, and 3) I didn't have much to spend (nothing really, it was borrowed). Knock on wood, I'm hoping she'll be worth what I paid (which wasn't too much, considering...)
But if Doozey is not to be my regular back and forth to the farm vehicle, I had a whole lot of tools and supplies I needed to take out of her. And the Montero simply could not hold it all. This is stuff that I need on a regular basis, so I couldn't just jam it under the house with the rest of my junk. But my storage trailer was chaotic already. A new set of shelves were required to hold and organize everything. I thought I'd whip them up in a couple of hours and then get on to my main work.
But no-o! "There are no ten-minute jobs". It took me all day to put together these shelves and then pack everything in there.
Part of the day I spent visiting with some neighbors I had not previously met. That was good, because it pays to be familiar with and on good terms with neighbors in a crunch.
Sunday I did manage to get one section of the polymesh fence up. Really, I was motivated to get this up by my desire to take this photo. There were otherwise a dozen small things that clamored for my attention all day, and I was supposed to spend a good part of the day doing accounting stuff in preparation for taxes too. I only got a couple hours of that in.
Those of you following this project maybe can now see what I was doing with those ABS posts. The diagonal overhang will keep the cats in. A strip of narrow chicken wire will still go on the outside arms to block critters trying to climb the outside of the fence.
Update: You know, Doozey was *jealous*! And mournful.
I didn't know vehicles had that in them.
It's ok though, because I plan to drive her back to town and drive her during the week some days.
no, I'm not crazy, though sometimes I may seem that way...
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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2010. Perhaps July is when they flip the switch and cut off the dollar (Israel's lifeline), right at the mid point of Daniel's 70th week?Comments
The vultures are circling.
Russia's Post U.S. New World Order Blueprint :: The Market Oracle :: Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting Free Website
"Read in between the lines of Putin's speech and you find all the hints you want. The Chinese and Russians are burying the US alive. The Japanese, Germans, and Gulf States keep a very low profile for the moment. The decisions have been made: wait for 2010 . They will use the unfolding chaos to introduce the new currency basket and trade rules…
You see it shaping up so nicely?
And now, fellow eschatologists, you know why America does not figure in the Final Act, except as the Harlot on the Scarlet Beast.
And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the whore; they will make her desolate and naked; they will devour her flesh and burn her up with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by agreeing to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled. The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.’ Rev 17:15-18And who is she but the world fascist economic system, based upon the almighty (for now) dollar?
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...who lays the golden eggs.Comments
Obama to pledge to halve the U.S. deficit by 2013: reports - MarketWatch
The cuts would come mostly from Iraq troop withdrawals and higher taxes on the wealthy. It will also include revenues from a plan to require businesses to purchase permits from the government to emit carbon dioxide and other emissions blamed for global warming.Oh goody! Bambi plans to punish the people who are most responsible for economic growth.
See, I have no problem wishing for him to fail. Because for him to fail is for America to succeed. For his plan to tax the producers out of business (via taxes or "carbon credit purchases") and "stimulate" the economy into an ever deeper spiralling depression to fail, is for America to have a prayer of hope to pull out of this and maybe prosper somewhere down the road again someday.
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Maybe the meltdown was not what you think - MarketWatchComments
The Austrian school argues that business cycles are driven by central banks keeping interest rates too low, expanding credit and encouraging uneconomic investments, creating an unsustainable boom, inevitably followed by a bust.
See, it's not that I don't want to see a quick rebound to a robust economy, even if Obama gets the credit. It's just that I don't think it can possibly happen, now that all of these massive interventions in the free market have taken place. We will have our next Great Depression, or 18 years of stagnation, or worse. And it will be because of, not in spite of the efforts of Barack Hussein Obama or George W. Bush.
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Thursday, February 19, 2009
Mid morning, the DOW is dragging along the ground, like a kite torn from the sky by high winds.Comments
INDU Stock Quote - Dow Jones Industrial Average Stock Quote - INDU Quote - INDU Stock Price
Desperately, desperately clinging to the November lows...
UPDATE: Close at 7465.95...BUSTED!
It couldn't hold...not with what's been happening. Unwarranted hope, insufficient real change.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
More from Gerald Celente of Trends Research Institute--Comments
Cold hard reality, for those who are willing to hear:
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Was Candidate Obama's "Civilian National Security Force" just established by Directive 1404.10?Comments
There you have it. The Brownshirts are reality.
Or "Revolutionary Guard", if you will. Same thing. The ham-handed fist of the New Tyranny.
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Support was broken on the DOW this morning shortly after 10:00 AM EST, pushing as low as 7480 or so. Keep a sharp eye on where it closes. A close below 7500 indicates new lows to come.Comments
Somewhere I read there is support around the 4000 level.
If that's the new testing ground, there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth and more Porkulus spending packages to come, all in a vain effort to reinflate the Hindenberg...
INDU Stock Quote - Dow Jones Industrial Average Stock Quote - INDU Quote - INDU Stock Price
Update: Ok, this morning's probe below 7500 was retraced quickly and not retested. The close was near yesterday's close. Possibly the technical damage is contained. If I were still playing the market, I might consider placing a long stop just above the range of the last couple days. We could get a short term rally out of this.
Labels: financial ponderings
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Waiting for me when I got home was the Squeezo machine that I won on eBay!Comments
Nearly new condition, and it cost me less than half of a new model (nearly identical model and quality--these machines have been made the same way for decades). What's interesting is the original price tag was still on the box. $30.95 back whenever. Today the same model retails for $189! Good quality never goes out of style.
Woo! I wanna squeeze a coupla TOMATOES!
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Well I'm back from Elysia, back in the big bad city, as you can see by my edge.Comments
It was a productive weekend. I installed retaining timbers, fabricated a door frame and installed the door that will serve as the gate to the fenced garden area around the house.
Fill will go on the outside of the gate to level the sloping ground. On the inside a deck ramp will rise toward the back door.
Daisycat continued her work installing trim around windows and doors on the back side of the house. Or that is to say, she cut them to length, drilled out the holes to fit the screws around the windows, then whined at me until I dropped what I was doing to install them for her.
Monday was a holiday for me (in theory). I spent it catching up on accounting tasks in preparation for tax time. Fortunately this was done from the peace of Elysia, so it was not as arduous as it could have been.
Here's some random photos of some of the garden statuary that I've hauled out here over the last few weeks. Pedro made the trip the weekend before last:
An unnamed faerie and her courtier:
Pedro across the pond:
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Cbonds.Info - Ukraine May Be Next To DefaultComments
It's amazing to me, in the many comments threads I read around the 'sphere, how much denial there still is about what is happening. I think I can safely say that for 90% of all people in this country, it is going to be much worse than you think.
But I am beginning to weary of saying so, because no one is listening.
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FT.com / Columnists / Gideon Rachman - November 2012: a dystopian dreamComments
It is November 7 2012. At three in the morning, an exhausted-looking President Barack Obama appears before weeping supporters in the ballroom of the Chicago Hilton and concedes defeat. The euphoria of his victory-night speech in Grant Park four years earlier is a distant memory. The Obama administration has been overwhelmed by America’s economic problems. Sarah Palin is the new president of the US.Keep reading...
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ClubOrlov: Social Collapse Best PracticesComments
A very interesting commentary on how to make the paradigm shift from pre-collapse to post-collapse (and the sooner the better).
Right now the Washington economic stimulus team is putting on their Scuba gear and diving down to the engine room to try to invent a way to get a diesel engine to run on seawater. They spoke of change, but in reality they are terrified of change and want to cling with all their might to the status quo. But this game will soon be over, and they don’t have any idea what to do next.Hee!
I’ve covered what I think are basics, based on what I saw work and what I think might work reasonably well here. I assume that a lot of you are thinking that this is all quite far into the future, if in fact it ever gets that bad. You should certainly feel free to think that way. The danger there is that you will miss the opportunity to adapt to the new reality ahead of time, and then you will get trapped. As I see it, there is a choice to be made: you can accept the failure of the system now and change your course accordingly, or you can decide that you must try to stay the course, and then you will probably have to accept your own individual failure later.There it is in a nutshell.
There is nothing any of us can do to change the path we are on: it is a huge system with tremendous inertia, and trying to change its path is like trying to change the path of a hurricane. What we can do is prepare ourselves, and each other, mostly by changing our expectations, our preferences, and scaling down our needs. It may mean that you will miss out on some last, uncertain bit of enjoyment. On the other hand, by refashioning yourself into someone who might stand a better chance of adapting to the new circumstances, you will be able to give to yourself, and to others, a great deal of hope that would otherwise not exist.As always, click the link at the top and read the rest.
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INDU Stock Quote - Dow Jones Industrial Average Stock Quote - INDU Quote - INDU Stock PriceComments
The DOW is making another run at 7500. This is a make or break test.
Remember what I said before. If it punches through and heads lower, all bets are off. Pack your bags and standby. If it rallies from this point, it will take much more than a flubbed speech by the Obama Administration to break through later.
Update: a final run on 7500 at the bell. Look for tomorrow's opening to see the fate of the world.
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Thursday, February 12, 2009
The Associated Press: Obama: Lincoln's spirit will guide AmericaComments
Invoking the name of Lincoln is not going to endear him to libertarians. Abraham Lincoln did terrible violence to the Constitution in the name of a Good Cause. But the ends never justify the means, and he does not deserve nearly the hero status he has been given. The changes he brought about have made possible many of the evils we suffer today. Want to know why the Federal Reserve wields so much monopoly power? Look back to Lincoln for the roots. Want to know why the commerce clause has been expanded to become the justification for unlimited Federal power? Look back to Lincoln. Want to know why the 16th amendment and the Federal income tax exists? Look back to Lincoln for the roots.
The "spirit of Lincoln" is the spirit of unfettered growth of central authority and the crushing of individual liberty in the name of the collective. If that is what he intends, it is remarkably accurate, given what is known of his ideology and ambitions.
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New Pandora Radio station on my sidebar. I'm still tuning it, trying to push it in a slightly more jazzy direction and tone down the hard beats. I learned there are limits to their music genome project. They do not have Dancing Fantasy in the genome! There's stuff from several of their albums that would fit precisely into what I'm trying to do with this station. I sent a request their way, so we'll see what comes of it.Comments
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
From KVOA Tucson News, this clip of a Home Invasion Attempt Caught On Camera illustrates why.Comments
The attack by four armed men was repelled by the homeowner when he returned fire. (F**in' pussies shat themselves and ran like little girls!)
It's also why I'm busy getting the heck out of dodge. I do *not* want to be in this city when the schumer hits the fan.
Too bad the homeowner was not able to off any of them*. We need to see more thugs dropped like flies (maggots) by homeowners defending their property. There is not a better deterrent to violent crime than the uncertainty of not knowing who will be a helpless victim and who will be turning the tables on the thugs. It's also an argument in favor of hi-cap mags. If the homeowner hadn't needed to stop and reload he might have had better results.**
Look to Britain if you want an example of what happens when the citizenry is disarmed. Sad, pathetic situation for a once-proud people.
* (Not that he didn't try. He plugged their windshield full of bullets while they were fleeing. He needed to aim lower though. Windshields tend to deflect bullets upward as they pass through.)
Update: **As I think about it, it is also an argument in favor of regular time spent at the range, preferably in a dynamic setting such as an ACTS or IDPA match, where you need to learn to shoot on the move and under pressure. The homeowner fired what sounded like 8 to 10 shots total, and only hit one thug in the arm. He also hit the house across the street, which could have had much graver consequences.
"Gun Control" means hitting what you aim at, and that only comes with consistent practice.
One other thing--firing at the car while they were trying to flee was probably a bad idea from a legal standpoint. Understandable that he did, but he was crossing into a big gray area there.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009
There is nothing better against the zombie hordes.
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I had a dream last night about the collapse of the banking system and the complete devaluation of the dollar, from the perspective of consumers trying to go about their business, shopping and so forth. I was watching someone in the third-person and yet it was if I was in their shoes. So I'll use first person, even though it wasn't quite.Comments
The first indication that something was amiss was that the credit card machine declined my card to pay for an auto repair bill. A short while later the connection to the bank failed completely when another credit card was tried. The internet page of the bank went down. While the manager was trying to reach the bank, someone was writing up a manual receipt to run the card later, "when the system came back up". But news was starting to filter in, from people watching or listening or browsing the news, that something was very wrong in the financial world.
The second part of the dream was from the perspective of someone watching news of the banking collapse on the internet--watching in disbelief as the value of the dollar plunged lower and lower, and the tangled web of interactions between players in the international financial system gradually, then more rapidly came unraveled as piece by piece the system shut down. In the background, and back at third person, someone like Vox was saying, "they don't know yet that their dollars have lost value. They are nothing, but they still don't quite believe they are worthless. They are still convinced that there *must* be some intrinsic store of value in their dollars." But the voice was emphatic that no, in fact the value of their accounts had dropped to precisely ZERO. This part of the dream went on for quite a while. It seemed like this collapse was taking place over the course of maybe three or at most four hours before it was complete.
Finally I was back in first person, and I was trying to nail or screw shut the door to my storage shed that faces the street. It was evening, after dark now. I was afraid that looters would try to kick the door down and come in through that way. Looting had not yet started in my neighborhood, but it was coming. But there was either a severe thunderstorm, or there were explosions that rocked the house and popped the door open even while I was trying to secure it better. I wasn't able to get it secured any better than it was. After that the dream ended.
Have a nice day. :)
Update--whoo! Peter Schiff, President of Euro Pacific Capital has a hard-dose of reality here in this video. "If the bond market collapses, the whole economy collapses." He is predicting a collapse of the bond market bubble later this year or 2010, and the "stimulus" bill is exactly the wrong response and will most assuredly make things worse. We need to take our tough medicine now to avert an unmitigeted disaster.
Dream, meet reality.
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Under Obama, same stance on rendition suitComments
President Obama's Justice Department signaled in a San Francisco courtroom Monday that the change in administrations has not changed the government's position on secrecy and the rights of foreign prisoners - and that lawsuits by alleged victims of CIA kidnappings and torture must be dismissed on national security grounds.
Wasn't this one of the big Bugbears the left had against Bush? All these alleged civil rights violations, extraordinary renditions, holding prisoners without charges, etc, etc, ad nauseum?
So, how's your new "messiah" been treating you these days?
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Monday, February 09, 2009
At 2:20 into this video, Democrat Representative Paul Kanjorski, Chairman of the Capital Markets Subcommittee makes an astounding revelation. Speaking about events that started about 11:00 AM on Thursday ("about September 15"--I assume this would be Thursday September 18, 2008):
The Federal Reserve noticed a tremendous draw-down of money market accounts in the United States, to the tune of $550 billion dollars.The Treasury opened its window to help. They pumped a hundred and five billion dollars into the system and quickly realized that they could not stem the tide. We were having an electronic run on the banks. They decided to close the operation, close down the money accounts, and announce a guarantee of $250,000 per account so there wouldn't be further panic and there. And that's what actually happened. If they had not done that their estimation was that by two o'clock that afternoon, five-and-a-half trillion dollars would have been drawn out of the money market system of the United States, would have collapsed the entire economy of the United States, and within 24 hours the world economy would have collapsed.Ah...well, now that we know that, is there any question whatsoever about why my "spidey sense" was screaming bloody murder Red Alert through that time-period? For those of you who got fed up with my dire warnings and strong rhetoric, do you think having dodged that massive a bullet on that date, my concern had (and has) a firm basis in reality? See, some of you know that I am a sensitive, and this kind of stuff *cannot* happen without me knowing that something is up, whether I can fathom the details or not. God gives me just enough to keep me moving in the direction I need to go.
Later in that video, the Representative tells us they basically have *no clue whatsoever* to do about the situation, still to this day!
Isn't that just comforting?
Get busy on your preps! There is so much more still to come.
What I want to know is *who* was withdrawing such massive amounts of money, *where* were they from, and was this a coordinated effort at creating an "economic 9-11"? He didn't say, and I suspect those who do know won't be saying.
Update--a bit of levity from LOLcats:
Update again: At this link is an article from September 14 that outlines the events of the week leading up to this day, for historical perspective.
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Survival & Self-Reliance Studies Institute Home PageComments
The page title tells the story. Click, peruse, plan, execute! I landed on their "toolmaking" page, looking for more threshing and winnowing designs.
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Hampshire College Multimedia : Video, Audio & Pictures : Pedal PowerComments
Hmm hmm, not a bad idea for a start. Something tells me it will need some additional help separating the grains from the chaff though. The video didn't show the grains and chaff sufficiently separated to be ready for winnowing.
I've got an exercise bike I've saved for just such a purpose as this. The first application planned for it is to run my Country Living grain mill. Anything else that requires rotating motive power could also be converted.
Speaking of which, after three tries I finally scored a used Squeezo machine for less than half of new retail price on Ebay. Thanks for the idea Jean!
Update: Thinking! Thinking! Rather than build such a contraption from scratch, what about using the blower from an evaporative cooler as the starting point? The blower wheel is a light steel frame consisting of flat vanes extending between two donut shaped wheels on either side, with supporting braces attaching it to a central axis. The vanes ought to do a creditable job of busting the wheat loose from the grain heads. If not, the grain heads can be scooped up and dumped through the machine for a second whack.
Starting with a side draft blower, first flip it upside down so that the blower exhaust is at the bottom of the wheel and pointed toward a bin to catch the grain. Then cut a square out of the blower housing the width of the blower, by maybe 12 inches deep. Cut it just on three sides and bend up the flap on the side in the direction of the blower rotation. This will help catch the grains and direct them down into the blower. You could attach triangular pieces of metal on either side of the flap to catch any wayward grains.
The benefit of this contraption is that if you fiddle with the placement of the catcher bin, you ought to be able to get a significant amount of pre-winnowing done. Then after all the threshing is done, the blower can be used to help with the final winnowing as well! Of course this could be either electrically powered or pedal powered using an old exercise bike (or even a regular bike on a stand).
(oh, if you want to copy this idea you may under the condition that you *must credit this weblog*, preferably with a live link to this post--click "permalink" at the bottom of this post for the URL. The only thing I'm asking for this IP is acknowledgement--not a steep price to pay.)
Update again: A reasonable design for a winnower HERE. They call it a "seed cleaner" and use it for winnowing beans, but by adjusting the pulley sizes to get the correct air flow speed, it can be adapted to winnow any grain. They also have a bean threshing machine design which is basically a modified shredder. But of course that design requires a tad more power input than could be provided by a single human.
And finally, a practical small-scale machine to hull millet, spelt and other grains with tightly held hulls: Low-volume huller
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...nothing picturesque enough to post.Comments
I spent much of the weekend getting that storage trailer leveled and set up, and then set up a few of the chain link panels that will attach thereto. Sunday was forecast for rain, so I brought my laptop and accounting tasks and spent most of the day reconciling old statements and entering receipts.
Which was not as bad as it sounds. I was in a place I like to be, away from the city and settled into my comfortable nest.
Which is getting to be a nice place to relax into a Sunday evening, despite the fact of not being "moved in" to much of of the house due to pending projects. I did not return to the city Sunday as I usually do. For one, I had no trailer with me this time, which otherwise makes driving directly to work on Monday morning problematic. For two, the Other Half disparages my presence in her life (again) lately, and so prefers that I Disappear, and so be forgotten. Returning Sunday night is a painful prospect that I'd rather not face until Monday has already stamped its blue label on me. I have indicated to her the direction of the egress on a few occasions, but apparently she'd rather keep me just close enough at hand in order to more readily berate me for my many and diverse failings.
Such is the overwhelming joy of my life.
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Something led me back to some posts on this site from 2.5 years ago. I've just been reading what I wrote and the comments sections.Comments
I used to be a better writer.
I used to have more readers.
I don't know what happened.
Labels: blogospheric navel-gazing
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Thursday, February 05, 2009
The timeline leading up to the subprime mortgage crisis and who did and did not see it coming:Comments
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Oh here's what your damn "Messiah" has brought us!Comments
Charges dropped against suspect in USS Cole bombing - CNN.com
Any new terrorist attacks can be laid *firmly* at Obambi's feet now.
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Dying here...trying not to snorfle, with tears leaking from the corners...I never thought Craigslist Personals could be so...moving:Comments
To the woman that crapped in my car… - m4w
I am hoping that this post finds you. I know that it could quite possibly be the most humiliating first date that you have ever been on, but I am willing to look past that.
Eh, forget it dude. If she was not already sufficiently mortified, she is completely fossilized by now. Lost cause. Plus, you were laughing your fool-ass off as you posted this, weren't you?
Labels: felicity and jocularity
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Wednesday, February 04, 2009
The Morons are having a discussion about the perfect martini (with many a side trip discussing other drinks). The amazing coincidence is that I happened to stop on my way home from work today to pick up ingredients for a James Bond(esque) martini. I've never made a martini before and never had a gin martini (or gin in any form) before.Comments
Humpday Happyhour: Judge Bork on Martinis
Given the almost complete lack of consensus in the discussion, nevertheless I have to say it appears that my choice of brands was at least acceptable--Gordon's, Smirnoff and Martini & Rossi. I was not sure about gin--I've always eyed it skeptically and thought the aroma to be a tad too overpowering. But this combo is actually fascinatingly good on the palate. The vermouth adds a deep complexity that draws the gin out of its singular note. I'm sure the vodka serves to tone down the intensity of the gin a bit too, and adds some smoothness, but I'd have to compare a martini with and without vodka to be sure.
Bond wasn't just messing with the bartender when he came up with this one.
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Granny McBotox is dumber than a box of rocks.
Update: What? Please tell me you are kidding. You do get this, don't you?
There are only 312 million Americans!! She used a completely made-up number to make it sound worse than it could possibly actually be.
This is the kind of stuff that gets completely ignored when it comes from the likes of Joe Biden or Nancy Pelosi, but would get widely and loudly trumpeted if uttered by someone like Sarah Palin.
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Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Smallest Exoplanet Is Most Earth-like Yet | Wired Science from Wired.comComments
it is so hot — between 1,830 and 2,730 degrees Fahrenheit — that scientists think it might be covered in lava. It orbits extremely close to its sun and whips around the star once every 20 hours.
Darn them! They should have listened to Algore!
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Much of the legal and physical groundwork was laid in the Bush years, and it appears that it will accelerate in the Obama years. A bill sponsored by Democrat Representative (and Obama ally) Alcee Hastings would require the construction of six additional detention facilities on closed military bases across the country.Comments
What in the world is Alcee thinking? (Video update)--RBO
Where do you think the FEMA camp closest to your house will be established?
There's much more at that link.
What is most notable is that they are allowing this stuff to come out into the open now, which seems to indicate that the time to use it is drawing very near.
What would the New Tyranny be without proper concentration camps, hm?
And you fools thought Obama would put a stop to this?
There is only one reason Obama is President, and that is because he is ready and willing to follow the directives of the same cabal that Bush followed.
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"I have often thought that if heaven had given me choice of my position and calling, it should have been on a rich spot of earth, well watered, and near a good market for the productions of the garden. No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden. Such a variety of subjects, some one always coming to perfection, the failure of one thing repaired by the success of another, and instead of one harvest a continued one throughout the year. Under a total want of demand except for our family table, I am still devoted to the garden."- Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Charles E. Peale, 1811.
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More scary charts, for those of you inclined to peek through your fingers at what is happening:Comments
We've Only Just Begun
U.S. Debt Default, Dollar Collapse
One caveat: These are written by gold investors. However anyone with a lick of sense should be converting their dollar holdings into gold presently (after taking care of the three B's first of course--beans, bullets, bandaids).
Me, I've got a pension with a big fat cash value sitting untouchable while I am employed. What good would it do me if the state went bankrupt or hyperinflation ignited?
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Sunday, February 01, 2009
Why did I think Larry was out of business? He's still here, and still as full of crap as ever: This Blog Is Full Of CrapComments
(Note to self: put him back on the blogroll.)
Labels: blogospheric navel-gazing
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...two weeks worth, because I didn't get around to it last week.Comments
January 25, 2008
li'l kitty tracks...must be earthmoving somewhere!
Aha! Driveway work.
With steady, gentle rains all the previous week, the soil was perfect for working. Remember this is the stuff that can be brick hard when dry and quicksand-sloppy when overly wet. An opportunity like this cannot be missed.
The line of the gas trench had subsided in places and needed smoothing, and the swale just outside the gate needed to be deepened just a hair to keep summer rains from flooding across the road and cutting a gulley.
Look! Up in the air! It's a bird! It's a plane!
It's an ultralight aircraft lazing down the valley.
Meanwhile Daisycat continues her very stretched out task of doing pre-painting prep work on the outside of the house.
Progress was as much characterized by what is not there as by what is now there.
This hole in the landscape was filled by my travel trailer/storage shed
Now finally relocated (but not leveled and set up yet) at a new location further back in the lot.
It will get a coat of the same green paint that the house will get, to make it blend into the summer color of the trees better. I moved it because it forms part of the boundary of the fenced cat yard that I am working on.
The monofilament top wire (8 ga.) arrived last week, and it was installed this weekend. I need to add one more support before I can tighten the wire in preparation for installation of the netting.
Meanwhile Daisycat was here Saturday and added trim around a couple of windows on the back of the house. I didn't think it would matter much, but once I see it in place, it does make a noticeable difference.
I don't really have time to dedicate to gardening yet, but as I've been bringing stuff from our Tucson yard out here, I've been placing it here and there in my future garden in an attempt to begin to outline what might be someday. Here is a small windchime (together with accompanying wind faeries) that came out with me this weekend.
Also arriving this weekend is Roscoe. This is Max's li'l buddy, and we thought it good to bring him out to keep Max company.
Max is doing much better and seems to be pretty much back to normal. He very much appreciated Daisycat being there this weekend, as he likes to nuzzle and snuggle with her far more than with me.
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