Georgia is a great place to live. I could do without the weather , though. Our winters in the past few years have been really cold, often down into the teens at night. When you have outbuildings, this means you are spending a lot on propane and electricity to keep them heated. Now Spring, which used to be the one time of the year when the weather was really nice, is more of an early summer. Temperatures here yesterday got up to 89 degrees, and the humidity this morning is ghastly. The sun was barely coming up, and I was going around starting dehumidifiers. I'll have to run the air conditioning in the apartment today, probably from around noon. Percy the Ferret lives out there, and he can't handle heat. He needs it to be about 72 to be comfortable. We have thunderstorms in the offing for this afternoon, but they will be "pop ups" which means it clouds up, rains like Hades for about 15 minutes, then the clouds go away. The humidity just gets worse, though.
You can't read that magazine because we don't like it.
Two things I could do without in Off Grid, American Survival Guide and Survivor's Edge.
One is hunting stories. I know how to hunt, coming from my family background it would be strange if I didn't. But I don't hunt for fun, and I don't need to be told how to hunt for Moose in the far North. That's just wasted space.
The other is "martial arts." I took karate two days a week for four years. Not because I really thought it would do me any good, but because I thought it instilled discipline and my kids took the lessons with me.
But nobody ever learned martial arts from looking at pictures in a magazine. That's another waste of space.
Times have changed, and the Preppers are the demographic these magazines need to survive, not the "survivalists" of old times. Running articles about the efficacy of "Big Game Hunting" where some overweight individual pays a fortune to go to Africa and shoot an elephant or a lion in a carefully orchestrated slaughter doesn't win any fans for American Survival Guide, for instance.
My brother is a "big game hunter." He flew to New Zealand, shot a "red stag" and flew home. He's really a good guy, but he and I had a falling out about 5 years ago, over nothing really, and we haven't spoken since. At any rate, I don't see the "big game hunting" thing in a favorable light, he does. But I buy the magazines, and he doesn't. Most "Preppers" are not into hunting, and if they were, they'd buy hunting magazines.
I wrote the editor of American Survival Guide and pointed these thing out to him, and I got a very measured and pleasant response. I'm pretty sure he hit the delete button on my email right after he answered it, but that's his prerogative.
If you go out in de hood today, you're sure of a big surprise!
Personally, I think this guy should have invested in some Bear Spray before he drove down into "that part of town." Prior planning prevents poor performance. Note the people driving by who "don't want to get involved." I'd say deadly force would be justified in this instance, but a little Bear Spray in the right quarters might not go amiss. Worst case, use bumper sticker magnets, and take them off if you are going into "dey 'hood."
He could have saved himself by shouting "free watermelon down at the Chicken Shack!" but I guess he was out an out of towner and didn't know the ropes.
Then there are the people who actually do stand up and be counted. In the case of this young woman, it was more like a Banzai Charge . I'm all for taking a stand, but I think you need to use a bit of discretion. This was at a demonstration in San Jose, California protesting something or other the Mexicans didn't like. She got a brick in the face for her trouble. The really interesting thing is to listen to the White Sheeple inside the building. I almost wish the horde had broken in and gotten them.