Got back home today. It's been a busy little trip to Tennessee but worth the time and expense. I accomplished a great deal and now I'm glad to be home. You always appreciate home more when you get away from it a bit, however short the absence may be.
Someone said here recently that once you realize the boat is sinking, you need to start taking care of yourself, your family, and friends. Seems to me that time has come. By coincidence, I just read a book called "Cicada". It wasn't very good, but the central theme of the book was exactly that. Inexorable events are just that, and once they reach a tipping point, what's going to be is going to be. Then it's time to quit expending energy on bootless worries. Keep informed, but don't waste any energy on the greater picture.
There's a good article on cast iron cooking in this months edition of American Survival Guide. Also some good information on first aid for dogs, and on some equipment for dogs in the field.
I read the big article on dealing with flash fires and forest fires. Living where I do, that's certainly within my sphere of interest.
If you have ever had questions about rabies, this magazine had a good story this month, simple and to the point. It should answer the questions that you haven't been able to get a straight response to elsewhere.
There was an article on exercise that wasn't very interesting. I don't know why they put those in survival magazines.
Scientific American can make for some tough reading. It's not really written for the average fellow, so sometimes you have to read the article twice to get the full import.
I found this digital book for $4.00. Basically, it's a compendium of different Scientific American articles over the last twenty year with Black Swan themes.
There was a lot of good information in it, and most of the articles were interesting. I particularly enjoyed the articles on pandemics, super volcanoes, and drought.
However, at the end there were some about how the universe will end in a trillion year. Not much interest there for me as I expect to end considerably sooner.
It's not enough we have between 11 and 22 million illegals living in the country. Nobody knows how many, so I took the low end (pro immigration) and the high end (anti-immigration) and everybody can make their own guess.
The lowest pro-immigration number on how much the U.S. spends (federal and state) on each illegal per year is $2,600.00 You can do the math as well as I can with whatever number you choose.
Remember the Somali debacle in Minnesota.
Remember the Iraqi horror in Atlanta, Ga.
Look at the statistics on violent crime involving illegal immigrants.
Now think about millions of them flowing into the West. Talk about dragging down the quality of life in every respect. On top of that, we are worried here in the states about Moslems like the Chattanooga killer, but now we are going to import how many thousands more Moslems. When they don't get all the free handouts they expect, and people don't appreciate it when the new arrivals start turning neighborhoods into little Tikrit, how many of them are going to "radicalize." How many of them are ISIS plants to begin with?