In town yesterday, there was no sign of any concern. No above average grocery buying or lines at the gas stations. We are supposed to get some wind and rain, but I think considering the drought everyone will be happy to see the rain.
We had lunch in a restaurant and the couple behind us was from Florida. The husband wanted to go back to Florida right away to check on their house. The wife was trying to point out that they should wait until the storm was over and the roads were clear. I felt for the guy, I would have wanted to go roaring back down there right away too, but it wouldn't have made much sense. More practical to wait until they could get to their destination. They were still "discussing" it as they went out the door, so I don't know what they decided.
I am not sure many will remember it, but in the 1980's and 1990's, American Survival Guide was one of the very few survivalist magazines on the market. The editor was a fellow named Jim Benson.
I had most of the magazines, but during my three year teaching stint, I very uncharacteristically expended them by giving them to my reading classes. As the only male teacher in the 5th grade, I got the "problem readers". At 0900 each morning, every classroom broke up and the kids went to a teacher who planned the curriculum based on the reading level of the children. For some reason, most of the underachievers were boys, so my class was primarily males. This school was out in the part of the county known as "bare knuckle alley" and there were some very rough young fellows in the 5th grade out there. Almost every rural Southern county has a "bare knuckle alley" type of area. It's where the really poor, "rough" people live. The section may be known by some other name but you'll know it when you see it.
The texts were politically correct, even then. The stories were all along the lines of Panjet Patel, little Maria Gonzolez, and Quonkoo Mafumi go to the farm to protest low farm worker wages. Trying to get my kids to read this stuff was impossible. (Just for info, most text books are written for the California and New York State markets. You have to buy from that pool)
So I got my principals permission to bring in magazines. I brought my old Guns and Ammo and American Survival Guide magazines in. The whole object was to motivate the boys to read , and it worked. I had no trouble with the parents because these were primarily rural people with no problems about the subject matter. Alas, the magazines got worn out. So most of my copies of American Survival Guide were lost to me.
Years later, I started trying to reconstruct my collection. American Survival Guide had been published by Jim Benson, but the money came from an eccentric old man, rumored on the internet to be Chinese. When he died, his daughter, a lefty princess raised in New England, shut the magazine down as the subject matter offended her. She also tied it up so it could not be published commercially. That is to say, she made sure no one could make up CD's containing the old magazine and sell them.
Jim Benson got fired, but he started his own webzine called Modern Survival Guide. He was a great publisher, and I wrote several articles for his magazine. Not for the money, which was modest, but because he would work with Joe S the Ragman authors. You didn't have to be well known to get published with him.
I think the webzine changed hands some years back and then went under. I haven't heard anything of Jim Benson in a long time, and I hope he's still alive and doing well.
You can still get about 40 of the old magazines in pdf form at this web page:
There was also a fellow who was on the Northeast Shooters BB system, now long defunct. He was collecting old American Survival Guides and putting them in PDF format. This was perfectly legal as long as he didn't sell the files, which he did not. I sent him some of the magazines I had that he needed, and he sent me what he had. Alas, I didn't back them up and when my computer failed, I lost all those pdfs. I have never been able to locate him again.
If anybody knows of any copies of American Survival Guide (the old one) that can be downloaded in pdf form from the net, I'd sure like to hear about it.
Jericho: The TV Series
Another resource from the past that you can track down is the television series "Jericho."
One reason the show was so popular was that it was realistic. It was a well written, well researched series that made sense. I learned some things from watching it, and I enjoyed it at the same time.
Jericho ran from September, 2007 through March of 2008 on CBS. After the first season, it was cancelled but there was a huge outcry from fans, and the network commissioned a 7 segment second season to close the story line.
Jericho followed events in a small Kansas town after a synchronized terrorist attack destroyed most major American cities with nuclear weapons. There were a lot of twists and turns in the plot, so I won't say more than that in case you want to get it on DVD. I am pretty sure your library can order it for you.
Moving right along:
We went to see the "Deep Water Horizon" movie at the theater yesterday. I had a basic understanding of what happened because I was still working for the oil and gas company when all that transpired in the Gulf. The movie is a fairly accurate depiction of the chain of events that led to the disaster. I can say this about it, for certain. The attitude depicted on the part of "management", as opposed to that of the people who are working on the rigs, was accurate. Oil and Gas companies are about profit. There is no sense of morality or concern for anything other than profits at Corporate. These are the same people who are destroying water tables through fracking, and I guarantee you they don't care a damn about anything but profits. All those BP advertisements about how they love the environment so much are utter nonsense. They love money. Point, period, exclamation mark.
Ask anybody who ever worked in that business.
It's a very intense movie. I told my wife when we left, that it was a good movie but I didn't enjoy it. I want to be relaxed when I come out of a movie, not wound up like a three dollar pocket watch.