"Terrorism has once again shown it is prepared deliberately to stop at nothing in creating human victims. An end must be put to this."

Vladimir Putin


Monday, August 15, 2016

Family arrives tonight.

Just talked to the wife on the telephone.  They are all leaving for home this morning. I told them that if they got too tired on the way, just to stop at one of the good Holiday Inns along the freeway and come in tomorrow. No sense making the trip miserable, and I wonder how much fun it is going to be to travel with a German Shepard puppy, and with Iggy the Iguana.

I have been having an interesting conversation with a friend on precious metals, how to transfer them, and banking in general. It reminded me of this book.  It's an old one, but this man actually did all the things that most of us discuss in theory. It's an interesting book, a useful book, and one you might like to read in these "troubled" times. A lot of us might be putting into practice some of the things he did.



New magazines out recently.



The article on pocket books is interesting, although the books reviewd mainly pertain to Les Stroud type emergencies in the wild.

There's a long article on raising chickens. Suddenly raising chickens is a big interest and just about every magazine even vaguely related to self sufficiency is carrying articles about chickens. Did I miss something? 

Lots of good reviews of equipment, and a pretty good discussion of Bugging In and Bugging Out.


This is a particularly good issue of Military Surplus. They've got some great information on modern military surplus weapons,  on the Civil War, and on commonly available surplus weapons out there today.


Well, time to finish up. I have some last minutes things to do before everybody gets here. The ferrets have already been relocated to the lower level of the house. That way the puppy won't hurt them. Also, I don't want them crossing paths with Iggy, for all that he is purported to be quite benign if you don't cross him.

Got the apartment all spiffed up and it will get some use for a change. I still need to make a run to the store. My son has a favorite beer and I'd like to have some of  that cold and on hand when he gets in, just a few other things to pick up.



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    1. Their visits are usually so short that it's a whirlwind and I get worn out. But this time they have ten days off, so we can slow down and really enjoy doing things as a family again.

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    1. I will, Deb. Having the kids come down is a big treat for me.

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  3. Knowing nothing of your precious metal conversations, my friends and I have used JM Bullion a good bit. I've always been very happy with pricing and speed of delivery.
    We usually buy 1oz rounds as they have the least mark up. But occasionally they have 1/2 oz rounds on sale for about the same % mark up as 1oz.
    I'm not fully convinced of their use POST shtf but PRE shtf they should be very nice to have.

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    1. It's a difficult discussion to have on line in the clear, because it can be hard to differentiate between the theoretical and what you have actually done.

      In the event our phony dollars cease to have any value, I think silver will be very useful. I'm not sure about gold, but it's a good store of value and not subject to the capricious whims of crooked derivatives brokers.

      Money backed by nothing and not even printed anymore, but simply created at the Fed by using a computer, is not going to keep it's value in any kind of convulsive economic event.

      Both Rawles and Sherry have very good explanations of the how and why of it all in their novels. It makes sense to me to hold onto tangibles of all kinds, especially since 2007/2008 when I got a very good lesson in the fallacies of why the stock market is a good place for your savings.

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    2. Have finished Deep Winter and am on to Shatter, which is the more interesting so far, IMO. Too much dialog to suit me, but the information is great. I have sent you an email, Harry. Know family is coming and you are busy.

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    3. Glad you like them. There really is a lot of dialogue, but there are some good kernles of information in there, as you say. It doesn't have as much action as "Lights Out" but it has greater depth.

      I will look for the email, no problem. The kids sleep late and stay up late, I am an early sleeper and early riser, so I will have some time when they are still asleep.

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  4. I just found out my oldest daughter and her family will be here Wednesday through the weekend. Might also have friends visiting at the same time.

    My lovely wife and I could get by with a much smaller house, but we are happy to have the space when guests show up.

    In the winter time we've been known to keep the upstairs 45 - 50 degrees and do most of our living in the kitchen next to the woodstove.

    Always nice to have family come by.

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    1. Extra room will let you adjust to conditions that require family members to come back home for extended periods of time. I like having the extra space though it does make the house bigger and harder to maintain.

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  5. My health won't let me make the plans that I once did, so survival mags don't hold much luster for me anymore. I AM thinking about chickens, though! lol

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    1. So is everybody else. I can't figure out why now, after so many years, chickens are suddenly all the rage. They stink, they fight, they kill each other, they crap on the porch. I keep them against the day I might need the meat and eggs. If I knew I would never need them I wouldn't have them around on a bet! ;-)

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    2. You must have different chickens than we have. Of course right now we do not have a rooster and the hens are quiet and contented. They are pretty much free range and sometimes we can't see or hear them. They always go back to their coop to lay their eggs. Of course, our porch is fenced off to them. I have noticed, though, that since we switched to all organic diet, there is no aggression or weirdness. Is that what's wrong with people nowadays? Just sayin.

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    3. Tewshooz, unfortunately fighting chickens are a big sport up here. In 1999, a friend gave me two roosters and three hens as I got ready for Y2K. Over the years, some other chickens have wandered in out of the forest, including a black bantee. So my chickens aren't really a "breed" they are just the result of all of that.

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  6. Hubby and I decided not to downsize either, even though all six kids are grown and gone. We have a big, two-story 5-bedroom, 3 bath house that could easily handle 10 or more people if things hit the fan. I just ignore the upstairs most of the time, unless company is coming!

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    1. Same here. The kids bedrooms are still here for when they come,although my son prefers to use the apartment because he is a private sort of fellow and likes to be able to retreat out there for the quiet moment or two.

      Too much room is always better than not enough room, and we never know what might be just around the next bend.

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  7. Sounds like you're in for a busy time. But, it will be a nice busy ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. It will be great, Dani. This time, they will be here long enough for us to do all the things they want to do. And it's a long list!

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  8. Enjoy your time with your kids. It is always a good thing when they come home. I have often wished I had a bigger place, but have found that the smallness of my apartment hasn't mattered much, as some of mine have stayed with me for extended periods of time, regardless of the lack of space. Perhaps it is just the coming home part that is important. :)

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    1. I'd say the time together is the main thing. Nobody minds being at close quarters if necessary. We just have a big place and haven't moved like most people do. If we were a "normal" old couple we'd be living in a low maintenance, smaller apartment or condo. :-)

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  9. Here's hoping they got to you safe and sound so you can have everyone under your roof, you'll sleep better then.

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    1. I always try to get them to make the trip in two days. If they do it all in one day it's a ten hour drive at best. They have a good, solid vehicle, a Jeep Commander, it's got good tires and is in good mechanical shape. I always have my son take it to the mechanics before a trip and have it gone over with a fine tooth comb. But driving on the freeway at night is dangerous, and there are big storms right now between them and me. I will just hope they get here safe and sound, be it tonight or tomorrow.

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  10. I loved that book when I read it. I also read the book "the Game" that he wrote, very funny - about picking up women (although I have no need for those skills!).

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    1. My "hunting" days are long over, but I still might try to find a copy of "The Game" because I like Strauss, he's a hoot.

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  11. The thing about chickens is they are now trendy. In the last few years, many different small cities (and even some large ones) have allowed for them in backyards. This was after many folks petitioned their city council to do it. Usually they exclude roosters, for obvious reasons, and limit you to 3 or 6.

    In some respects I probably fall into that trend. But my kids wanted a new pet so much I relented. To be honest, I wish I had gotten them a dog. Less mess to clean up. --Troy

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    1. Well, my daughter loved the chickens when she was little, now that you mention it. When ever one of them got hurt, or a chick was doing well, she would bring it in the house and put it in a box and nurse it back to health. She had this old black banty hen that was a real pain in the rear, the chicken thought it was a parrot and wanted to sneak in the house all the time. I had forgotten about that aspect of it. I do like to watch my chickens in the meadow in the morning, so I guess I shouldn't be so squinty eyed about them.

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  12. Enjoy the time with your family, Harry!

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    1. Dr. J, I am thoroughly looking forward to it. My kids are my best friends and I miss them. I don't blame the wife for visiting them so much, I wish I could.

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  13. I don't have much family anymore. My sister and her husband are still back in Chicago, and my son is out here with his Mom, my 1st wife.

    My wife just has one brother, and he's not doing too well. My Hot Rod buddies back in Illinois were always my 'extended family' when I lived back there, and now it's my friends on the Iowa and my radio club buddies.

    Enjoy your family, and cherish the time spent (invested?) with them!

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    1. Dr. J, since I stopped flying out to California I haven't seen any of my siblings or my mom. So basically I just interact with my son and my daughter. They are here now, it is very busy. They have lots of places they want to go, and I am having a lot of work done on their car. New tires, some other nice to have things. At the same time, the Cherokee is in the shop for a complete brake rebuild, long overdue.

      We get a lot done on these visits and enjoy seeing each other.

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  14. Harry - i am excited for you for the kids to be down for 10 days - that's awesome! i hope that you all get to do all the fun stuff together, have many good meals, just hang out and talk and enjoy yourselves.

    on another note - jam and i just watched a movie called "blackout" - it's on netflix. it got really bad reviews but we thoroughly enjoyed it.

    sending much love to all of you! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber, I saw Blackout. The people in the apartment were pretty typical of Americans today. I thought it was pretty good.

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  15. Harry - get the 2013 british movie - apparently there are a lot of movies called "blackout"

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    1. I saw the British version, where the two strange guys blew themselves up stealing gas from the tanker. I thought it was pretty good, too.

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  16. Harry-praying for a safe trip for your family. I am so glad that you get to have a long visit with them. I know you will enjoy the time you have together. Jana

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    1. Jana, they got here ok although it took them 14 hours and not the usual ten. Bad weather and lots of traffic. We are getting all the things done we need to, like car repairs, changing some things on their telephones, etc. We are also trying to go to the park and do some traveling.

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  17. Harry,

    Always good to have the kids come to stay. I am lucky as the daughter and son in law only live 15 minutes away. I suppose you will be firing up the bbq for a celebration lunch. (Do you remember the "throw a shrimp on the Barbie" adds?).

    Hope you are not copping any of those storms and flooding I have been watching on the news, all the best to you all.

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    1. Sgt, it's very busy here. The kids have different routines and they like to go a lot more than I do, so I am about worn out.It's good having them though. All that flooding is in Louisiana, way south of us, we are just having bad heat and humidity here.

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  18. Have a great time catching up with the kiddos. Hope the pets get along as well. I have the Strauss book - it was worth the time to read.

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    1. We have been working on getting things done to their car, and to my Jeep, and my daughter brought lots of animals I was not expecting. The nearest pet shop is an 80 mile round trip and we have had to go over there to get crickets, etc. So it has been a lot busier and more tiring than I expected, but still a good time, having the kids home.

      I thought Emergency was a good book. Some of it was funny, but it was all pretty informative.

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  19. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    I watch a youtube channel called 'Vikingprepardness' on occasion. The guy that does the channel is former career Army and a real level headed individual.
    His vide 'what to do if Hillary Win's' is worth watching and backs up my theory that Hillary could possibly start a war with Russia.

    You guys know my interest in Russian history and politics, focusing on what makes the Russian cultural mind work. To the Russians is the basic mind set they have had since the Mongols, Polish and German Knights and other groups invaded far back in Russian history. 'Everyone knows about Napoleon, Hitler, and the The Cold War.
    Russia culture runs deep in the mind of Russians and they know what the future holds. Russia is sitting on top of some of the richest mineral, oil, natural gas, wood and diamond reserves in the world.
    Russia 'has what the other big players in Europe like Germany want. Old ambitions are resurfacing of obtaining vast wealth in the north if the Russian government can be brought under control or destroyed.

    'Ever depleting inexpensive natural resources and increasing population are the motivating factors in the West to consider winning Russia and starting a couple of centuries of looting Russian resources.

    The Russians wont go quietly. It will go Nuclear. The Russian people are used to hardships far worse than the people of the West are used too. They are prepared to endure hardships like their ancestors did with all invaders of the past.

    That is one reason I admire the Russians. I don't agree with Putin on many things but I admire a culture of preparedness. I admire strength of endurance in the face of destruction. The same goes for Israel. Its not for religious reasons why I admire Israel, but for the 'cultural strength and tenacity' of the Israeli's to defend their homeland dispite overwhelming numbers of enemies.

    I hope many in the leadership in D.C. comes to their senses and realize the Russians are not fooling around. We won the Cold War.
    Do they really think its viable to win a 'Hot War' and I mean a hot war with real mushroom clouds, radiation and mass death.

    The thought of winning even a limited nuclear war is absurb.

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    1. I'm not sure people will be as open handed with nuclear weapons, I hope not. That's a genie that we put back in the bottle once, but I doubt we can do it again.

      There isn't any leadership in D.C. but I get your point. Those clowns aren't capable of original thought so there's little hope we will see any evidence of intelligent action emanating from that place any time soon.

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  20. Have fun with your family. I'm sure you'll be beat afterwards. You're not used to a lot of people/animals around.

    I just started school last week, and I'm still trying to get used to being around people again.

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    1. Alissa, I know school has started again and I wondered how it was going for you. This is the first time in about 11 years, I think, that my wife has not had to go back to school. I asked her if she missed it and she said she hasn't even thought about it she's been so busy.

      The kids are running me ragged. They brought a lot more animals than they planned on, my daughter gave the wrong key to the housesitter and we had to jump through hoops on that, the kids car needed to get in the shop for new tires and some other work, it's been pretty tiring. But I am glad they are here.

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  21. Have fun with the family!! I hope all the critters get along OK and don't accidentally run into each other.

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    1. There have been some problems with all the animals. The iguana got up in a tree and wouldn't come down, it took half a day to catch him. My daughter brought a sick monitor lizard that needs constant attention. The squirrel got out, ran all over the house, and bit the fire out of me when I finally caught her, and on , and on.

      My animals, the cats and the ferrets, hate the dog being in the house.

      But it's all getting along.

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  22. Harry,

    10 days of fun with your adult children. Enjoy your family, and new critters.

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    1. It's been very hectic, Sandy. But I am glad they are here and we are enjoying the visit.

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  23. I always appreciate your book recommendations! And I hope you have wonderful family time. Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks, Leigh.

      We are doing ok. The animals are a bit hard to handle, but everything is getting done and we are really enjoying having the kids here.

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  24. You may enjoy this blog. One of our ham radio friends is going off grid on property in Arizona. He shows some hot water and electric projects he is working on. https://newpioneerblog.com/author/k0jfc/ Hope you are having a good time with the family.

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    1. Thanks, Kathy. That's something I am very much interested in and I will sure go look at it. I appreciate your thinking of me, as I'd never have found it by chance.

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  25. I will check the library for that book. They didn't have Deep Winter and it's a little too pricy for me on amazon so I will have to hold out on that one until the day I break down and get an e reader device. I have plenty of other things to read for now ;-)

    Enjoy your visit with your family. Can't wait to hear about the new critters.

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    1. I looked on several online book sellers. The books are selling at around 80 dollars, and I paid less than twenty per copy when I had them. Sorry they are so expensive. I will keep my eye open for one more reasonably priced.

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  26. Hey Harry,

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    I have been reading some of the comments up above about your kids 'critters.

    Maybe you'all can move to Texas and start a roadside 'Petting Zoo and Snake Farm' like what we have here in Texas.

    Ya' got all the critters except for the Snakes and there easy to find out in the brush in Texas.

    Give me a five gallon Walmart bucket, a golf club and 20 minutes and I can have a live rattlesnake for you:)

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    1. My daughter has several snakes at her place up north.

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  27. Chickens, Chicken whisperer, Backyard Poultry--a few of magazines dedicated to chickens. I have had chickens since 2009 and they were just beginning to be a "thing" back then.

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