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    • Wed, Nov 06, 2013 - 09:24pm

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      wow…

    If I could only tolerate to read those people's writing who agreed with every belief I had, I'm afraid virtually everyone on this site would be on my ignore list.

     

    On second thought, I better stay off the net completely.

    • Wed, Oct 09, 2013 - 04:22pm

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      fellow squirrels

    ao,

    I genuinely was not looking for kudos. Sure I've done a few things and squirreled away some nuts, but I think the point here is that it is easy to:

    1 – Have a (potentially false) sense of security

    2 – Become consumed by the latest news of doom and gloom

    3 – Dig in and prep prep prep to the deficit of other facets of your life

    4 – Realize the thing you feared never came to pass. You had more time to approach things logically

    5 – Repeat steps 1 – 4

    The dark side is fear. A powerful motivator. Often, not in our best interests from personal experience.

    Having been at this prep thing for over 6 years now, I can honestly say I wish I had it to do over again. I would do less prep targeted towards some vacuous collapse scenario I have built in my feeble little mind and double my efforts in strengthening bonds with my family and friends and for example unplugging from the supermarket completely. Focus on the healthy preps that work in good times and bad, and leave the fear to others. Focus on people more than things. Don't forget to live life every day. Be happy with what you have! (played to the sounds of humming Kumbaya in the background lol)

    IMO, the sky is not falling today or tomorrow. I thought that back in 2008. 
    And 2009. And '10. 

     

    PS: the Rockefellers don't give a crap about me, and the feeling is mutual.

    • Tue, Oct 08, 2013 - 04:55pm

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      The dark side

    is pretty plain to see. Once you get fully engaged in resilience in it's many forms, it's easy to fall into the trap of feeling superior to those who dismiss you, and the next step is to wish for the "shift" so you can say I told you so. 

    In this way, the folks that are the most prepared for it are also the ones least likely to resist it.

    If you let it become your identity, it will color the way you see everything around you, not always to your benefit.

    Broad strokes and all, I'm sure you get my meaning. 

    I'd love to compare preps sometime! Oh, wait, there I go feeling superior again. Damn.

    • Tue, Sep 03, 2013 - 04:55pm

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      A. M. ~

    Time for a trip back to the farm! I'd love to show you the 12 x 25 greenhouse I just put up (heated via pex in slab from outdoor wood boiler) and full of all my hydroponics from the basement. I got the hydro figured out well in the basement, but the lighting was costing me about $4000 per tomato (jk, but waaaay too much energy use) so I took it to the next logical step. 

    I now have solar panels to provide electricty, well and rain for water, wood for heat, and sunshine for everything else. Truly a 4 seasons harvest. I'm getting help from JAG on growing citrus too, something I could never do without a greenhouse. I looked into aquaponics hard too, but Farmer Brown talked me out of that due to the huge energy inputs needed. But I have 3 lakes and plenty of wild fish, so no big deal on that, I just won't have tilapia.

    Best part of a heated grteenhouse is no more canning necessary.

    Come on down and we'll get that hunt in we have been talking about for 4 years and you can check out how to eat completely local, off the land. You wouldn't recognize the place. It's been 6 years in the making, and I'd have to say I am just about done, if there is such a thing.

    • Wed, Mar 06, 2013 - 04:00am

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      For Jim H

    http://www.cncguns.com/projects/ar15lower.html

    http://www.arlower.ray-vin.com/disclaimer.htm

     

    Machining AR-15 lowers. 

    Let me know if you need help.

    R

    • Thu, May 17, 2012 - 10:21pm

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      Saffron,

    ūüėČ

    That piece of land next to my farm is still for sale….

    • Thu, May 17, 2012 - 01:18pm

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      Good read

    I found the post to be typical CM. Clear and concise and a bit predictive.

    When I first logged in to CM, I was positive “the crash” was imminent. To the point that I didn’t like extending credit to my customers because I didn’t want my goods¬†and my money in their hands when the bank holiday hit. Looking back – pretty dumb. Being overly cautious cost me business. Or I’d take a credit card and waste 3.5% just to get the money now. Dumb dumb dumb. This is just one example of many where fear drove the wrong behaviors in me.

    Fear can be a wonderful motivator. It’s why we evolved to have it. When the t-rex and the sabertooth giant sloth are attacking the den, you gotta fight or flight to survive.

    Unfortunately, fear can also cloud judgement and force mistakes. I know I have made many many mistakes out of a fear reaction.

    We have all been blessed by the FED with many more years of “normalcy.” Many more than I would have ever believed. It would be very easy to fall into the 2008 trap again that the sky is falling, run and hide, or do something short sighted. Not gonna do it.

    It’s good to put things in perspective. As a good example, re-read Robbie’s post above.

    What I have learned is this: predicitons fail and nothing ever works in the timeline or the way you have set out for it.

    This is our lives that we are living. Right now, today, this second. It’s easy to get consumed by this stuff, and if you started back in 2008 and this is all you did, you would have “lost” several years of your life. I’m not saying to forget prepping, just don’t forget that today is an equal 24hour segment of your life compared to the day before you became aware of our predicament.

    There are no solutions, only outcomes. Best to internalize that and be OK with it or you will drive yourself batty.

    Best

    R

    • Mon, May 14, 2012 - 07:38pm

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      couple thoughts

    Living without electricity (or sketchy service) means that the best refrigeration option is none – have your meals walking or swimming around until you are ready to eat them. This requires more space.

    Living in the North without heat would be a real challenge. Are you considering heating with wood? How, and where will you get the firewood?

    Older homes tend to lend themselves to no A/C a bit better. You typically get functional porches, larger shade trees, often higher ceilings with windows that allow heat out the top, etc. They also tend to be less expensive up front, but more $ in upkeep going forward.

    What about water and sewage? If you are out 5 miles, does that mean well and septic? Those can both be positive and negatives. Generally more positive if you are trying to be self sufficient. How is your aquifer?

    If you live in town, is livestock even an option?

    Does living further out give you the potential to work as a farm hand with a neighbor? This effectively increases your land without having to pay for it.

    What type of soil is in your area? If soil improvements are not an option, buying additional land for the purposes of growing food would be counter productive if you can’t get anything to grow.

    Could a greenhouse extend your growing season so that less land produces the same amount of calories?

     

    • Tue, Feb 28, 2012 - 03:08pm

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      jumblies

    jumblies wrote:

    From http://www.petrolprices.com/

     UK Petrol Prices for Sunday 26th February 2012

      Avg Min Max
    Unleaded 136.63p 119.9p 146.9p
    Diesel 143.96p 137.9p 155.9p
    Super Unleaded 144.25p 134.9p 159.9p
    Premium Diesel 151.99p 143.9p 159.9p
    LPG 74.74p 66.9p 89.9p

    1 US gallon = 3.79 litres * 1.3663 pence per litre * 1.585 (GBP -> USD) = $8.20 per gallon in the UK.

     

     

    What’s premium diesel? In the US there’s D1, D2, Offroad (pink dyed, no road taxes but otherwise D2) kerosene, and a few others like JetA and JP8, but this appears to be for consumers. Just curious if you know the differece between Diesel and Premium Diesel?

     

    Thx

    R

    • Thu, Feb 02, 2012 - 01:21am

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      Oh, mike… tsk tsk tsk

    Damnthematrix wrote:

    Just judging by Ready’s response to your latest justifications, it’s a waste of time.¬† You may as well attempt to change religious/atheists’ minds on the existence of god… it’ll never happen.

    OK, that’s 2 today that can’t read or understand what is written, but come out swinging anyhow. Mike I understand and expect, he’s proven his inability to see outside of his narrow world view countless times. Doug however I think simply mis-understood what Aaron was saying, and I simply tried to clear it up so there was not continued argument about something that didn’t happen. But you are right to bring up the fact that certian folks are attached to this like religion Mike… look in the mirror. Please tell me again where I stand on this issue? I challenge you to show me where I have posted what I believe, so who is wasting what time on me again? Man, you are waaaaaaaaay off on this one. Don’t worry though, I won’t wait up tonight hoping for an apology!

    JAG, I’m with you. I nearly always steer clear of this “debate” and I suppose I should have this time as well. Easy to see why CM steers clear too, no? Well, I for one won’t make the mistake again! If you even post on this thread and don’t support AGW, even if you don’t deny it or take ANY¬†stance, still it is off with your head. Whatever. But I will talk about tomatoes in January! Here’s to hoping this year’s crop makes up for the poor excuse we called 2011!

     

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