I have been listening to the amateur radio operators bands, just to get an unfiltered feel for what's going on these days. Sunday night I picked up a conversation between four of them about Baltimore. I don't know where they were transmitting from, but one of them did say they should go "up" to Baltimore so presumably they, or some of them, were in the South.
We shouldn't feel like the Lone Ranger, those of us who have been writing from a conservative standpoint about the ridiculous behavior of the people involved in the Baltimore lunacy. There appear to be a lot of others out there who feel the same way. You can't trust the media, because they have an agenda and they distort the news to advance it. Shortwave is from "the horses mouth" , it's not filtered, and it can be very informative.
The new Backwoods Home Magazine is out. I found a good article on making rock walls that will be of use to me. My old railroad tie retaining walls are deteriorating, and I've been trying to decide how to replace them. The "Gabion" walls in the article might be just the ticket. The original gabions were developed for use in siege work, but the idea is excellent for retaining walls as well.
There was an article about building a chicken plucker that would be useful for those that raise and eat their own chickens, and if you are a gardener or a cook there are some things in there that could be of value to you.
I wish I got the paper edition, because the Kindle edition just has the articles, and no adds. The adds were the best part of the magazine.
The new Off Grid is out. There are some changes to the magazine now. First, it's no longer a quarterly, circulation has been so good that the editors are going to a bi-monthly edition. Second, it's available as a digitial publication on Kindle. A year of the digitial version costs only $15.00. I went ahead and subscribed to it. On the other hand, a years subscription to the paper edition is almost $50.00. I would subscribe, but the people who publish Recoil are the same people who publish Off Grid. You know I've complained before about them just sticking a ten dollar magazine in the mail, with no plastic cover or paper cover. You get your expensive magazine all torn to hell by the post office when it finally hits your mailbox. So, I'll just keep buying the magazine off the newsstand.
This issue had an excellent analysis of "Survival Groups." I used to look down on that idea, and plan on going it alone, with just my immediate family. But as I got older, and my preparations got more involved, I lost faith in the "Lone Wolf" philosophy. So for years I looked for a group to join, doing a lot of traveling and meeting all kinds of people. It never worked out, so I set up my own group . This particular article was useful because it gave me some new ideas on the subject, and generally validated the previous planning we already implemented here . That's always nice since it gives you confidence you are getting most of it right.
There are also some interesting scenarios involving an economic collapse and the ramifications of that. Three individuals wrote fictional stories to show case their thoughts on the way it might go, and those were worth reading.
The accursed carpenter bees are out in force. They are the bane of my existence, since all my buildings are made of cedar wood and the bees seem to love it. I usually kill them with hornet spray, but sometimes they bore holes in the wood before I can find them. If anyone knows of some kind of traps for them , I'd appreciate hearing about it. I can't use poison because there are too many other naturally occurring species out there I don't want to kill because they are harmless. But I hate carpenter bees.
(link to an interesting turn of events)