“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Thursday, July 17, 2014

It's a great day in the neighborhood. Things aren't so hot elsewhere, though.


I can't remember this pleasant a day in July.  It's 70 degrees outside, and no humidity to speak of. I finished mowing the meadow this morning and wasn't even tired. Without the heat and humidity, it isn't so taxing.  The house is comfortable, and I am not running any air conditioning or dehumidifiers. I spent a good portion of this afternoon just sitting out at my table in the trees.

Watched the news for a bit at mid day.  The moral of today's news is don't fly over war zones. I feel sorry for the people on the plane though.  Most of them seem to have been Europeans. The Dutch had the bad luck to have several tour groups of families, booked on the flight that was shot down.

Shepard Smith on Fox sometimes gets a little carried away, but he was pretty close when he said "it seems like the world is just falling apart."

295 people killed in the plane shoot down.   A rabid Moslem force is taking over much of Syria and Iraq, filled with hatred for the Crusaders, and bent on establishing the World Wide Islamic Caliphate.  They're being opposed by the Ayatollocracy of Iran, filled with hatred for the Crusaders, and bent on establishing the World Wide Persian Caliphate. These particular fanatics will soon have the nuclear bomb. What a pleasant thought.  Israel is battling the Hamas Islamic terrorists, but it's hard to fight people who thrive on the deaths of their own.

The U.S. Treasury is empty. We are spending trillions of dollars, and borrowing it to boot. Soon we won't be able to service the debt, then stand by for heavy rolls. The economy is sinking, half the adults in the country don't have full time work. For the first time ever, a majority of Americans (or illegal aliens living here) are receiving aid from the government in one form or other. Inflation is nibbling away at the value of the money, and that can only increase as time goes by.  What will happen when the government money stops? When the checks don't come.

The Southern border has collapsed, and waves of  people are  flooding in who will take and take, but contribute nothing.  The new Goths. We aren't short of uneducated, unskilled, unemployable people but we are getting thousands more each day, with the added advantage that they don't speak English and won't assimilate.


Everything is very quiet here, though. Like the Roman farmer who heard about the defeat at the battle of Adrianople,  I know things are changing but nothing is happening here today, so I am not too concerned.

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  1. Yes, it is such very sad news. Somehow symbolic of the chaos pervading the global scene. How, with all the modern thingymebobs that airplanes are filled with, or the safe directions that should be issued by fflight control centres - could it happen that a pilot of a civilian aircraft flies over or even near a war zone...?

    May those innocent souls rest in peace.

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    1. Dani, it was the normal flight path for Malaysian Airways on that route. I think they must have believed that the shoulder fired missles the rebels had would not reach them. They didn't count on tracked anti-air systems that could reach up to 70,000 feet.

      The aircraft would have had a transponder, but I guess somebody with their finger on the trigger either ignored it or didn't pick it up.

      Israeli passenger planes carry flares that are ejected when sensors pick up the heat plume from a missile, in the hopes of confusing the guidance system. That wouldn't have worked with the "BUK" which is what they think shot down the airliner.

      Bad headwork on someone's part. Our own FAA banned flights over that area previously for U.S. carriers. Now the Europeans are putting the area off limits to their flights but it's a day late and dollar short for 295 people.

      Chaos is the right word.

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  2. Not sure but 70 Americans on board?? Any way a sad day in aviation, and another blow to that airline. The world is falling apart that's for sure. The media, all of them work on winding folks up tighter then an old wrist watch. Still digesting your last post as I am behind in my reading again. I may reply with a post of my own. Stay Safe

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    1. I think the estimate for Americans is is 23. The majority were Australians and Europeans according to Fox.

      Our relations with Russia have deteriorated considerably, and if it turns out the Russians were involved in this it will get worse. That's a disaster, because the Russians are good people, and they are natural allies in the war against militant Islam. I'm not sure why we feel we have to get involved in the Ukraine. It seems to me, that would be like Russia getting involved in any problems we had with Mexico. I guess we just haven't adjusted to the fact yet that we can't take care of ourselves, let alone the rest of the world.

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    2. D.C has got to stop helping those outside of the U.S. Yes we needed to help during the cold war to keep out the Commies. But the other countries have become dependent on the U.S. for support, much like the welfare moms, & illegals do today.

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    3. I agree. We need to continue helping Israel, since they help us a lot more than people know. They are good allies but need our assistance. As for running around the rest of the planet handing out largess, what's the point?
      It doesn't do us a bit of good, make us any friends, or contribute to our security. Besides, at some point, Americans are going to have to acknowledge that the U.S. is hovering right on the brink of financial collapse. When Rome reached the point that it couldn't expand anymore, it built stationary defenses and held the line for two hundred years. We need to do the same thing. I'm not saying we should be isolationists, because we will have to have a fluid defense. However, we need to start counting our pennies and handing out cash to all and sundry overseas is self destructive.

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    4. Another senseless atrocity, saw on the news that there were 27 Aussies on board as well, I feel sorry for their families.

      I don't think Russia will ever be a trustworthy ally, whilst the ordinary people may be good their government is as corrupt as they come, Putin as an old KGB man is determined to rebuild a strong "Russian Empire" and he doesn't much care how many eggs he has to break to do it. If the airliner has been shot down by a SAM there is only one place the Pro Russian movement in the Ukraine could have gotten it from, Russia.

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    5. I'm sure that's true. But to me, us going back to the cold war makes no sense at all. I can't see why we are antagonizing the only power on the planet that still has the power to annihilate us and everybody else. Ethnic Russians and Ethnic Ukrainians have been at each others throats since before World War I and probably a lot longer. How is the U.S. making pompous pronouncements and making the Russians mad with symbolic sanctions going to help anybody? To tell the truth, other countries only make good allies when it's in their best interest to do so. The minute it isn't, even the best of them will cut you off. It's always been that way. At Thermopylae only the Plateans stayed the course, everybody else cut and run as soon as they decently could. That doesn't change. The Europeans aren't going to face up to Russia because if they do, the Russians will cut off their natural gas and they will freeze this winter, not to mention the effects on their economy. The whole business with the airliner is a mess and very sad, but I'm not sure it's worth going back to doing "duck and cover" drills in the elementary schools. Besides, we are going to have to fight the Islamists for the foreseeable future, and I doubt we can do it on our own, or even with the countries who have stuck with us. A global fight requires global partners. We need the Russians for that.

      I will admit to something else. I feel a grudging respect for Putin, who at least is strong. Look at the pantywaist we have leading us. It's enough to make a stone statue weep.

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  3. I feel for those families and friends of the people on the plane. My goodness Malaysia flights sure haven't seemed safe lately. Ekkk!

    It's been cool here to. Record lows. My in-laws up and moved to New Mexico to get away from the humidity. They have joint problems. It really hasn't been too bad this year I don't think.

    I'm afraid our rich nation is no longer doing well.

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    1. Alissa,

      The Dutch took it the worst. Whole families were on that plane and were wiped out.

      I like the cool weather, I'd be ok with all the summer being like this. New Mexico is a good place, I went to UNM for four years and really loved the state.

      We are up to our necks in hock. If China ever says they want payment on the treasury bonds the Chinese have bought, we'll have to just create more fiat money and start a global financial disaster! We do live in the most interesting times.

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  4. Who in their right minds would fly a civilian aircraft over a conflict zone? Especially one involving at least first world machines of war. No way you can ever be safe in that kind of environment as this incident shows. Whomever shot it down is irrelevant because I am sure it was a case of mistaken identity, perhaps due to inexperience by whatever crew was doing the shooting but I doubt they were targeting Dutch, or American or Aussie or whatever civilians on purpose.

    When you enter an area under dispute you are gambling with your life and too many people forget that today because they don't want to miss their vacation or be inconvenienced.

    Each day the world gets closer to an explosion. The final act in this long slow deteriorating slide is coming, this may even be the opening acts we are seeing now. I say good riddance to make believe land the one worlders, leftist, multi-culters and Femocrats have created. Truth is for me, and I suspect many other White Men, collapse is going to be easier than living under the tyranny of equality.

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    1. I agree that whoever did this , did it in error. Since we knocked down the Iranian airliner ourselves, we are on slippery ground being too pious about it. You really do have to wonder who would route an aircraft through that airspace. The Russians have been warning everybody not to do it, but I guess nobody wanted to look like they were kowtowing to Russia. You can bet whoever made the decision was not on that aircraft.

      Even the news people are saying things are getting out of hand all over the planet. If I were religious, I'd be thinking end times right about now.

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    2. My Brother was on the Vincennes I think, or was it the Bunker Hill? Anyway he was close enough to the one hit that they could see the same radar and he claims that Iranian plane had an F-15 signature on their radar.

      Yes I believe the end times are here. The rest of the world doesn't need to see a collapse to know the US has welfared and civil rights themselves into powerlessness. Like the collapse look for it from the edges.

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  5. Cracking good post, Harry! I think I need to move further out. Nah, I'll just play this hand.

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    1. I was thinking myself that the Southwestern desert was sounding better and better. I wonder if that German who was on "Off Grid, America Unplugged" would need a neighbor? ;-)

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)


      If you were really thinking of bailing out to the Southwestern Desert, I would do what I could to help you get set up as in unloading furniture, gear, whatever. I know of some choice spots in Brewster County, Texas too where theres a university and a decent hospital in Alpine, Texas.

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    3. If you can find about 12 18 wheelers willing to haul my 30 years accumulation of supplies and equipment for free, it just might work. Otherwise, the sheer accumulation of goods makes moving unlikely for me.

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  6. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    yeah' things are falling apart. No doubt about that. I picked up more supplies today and get this. At walmart a miracle happened. One hundred round boxes of Federal 55 grain .223 for $ 34.97 a box.

    There were nine boxes.....

    I thought about buying them all, but I already have some ammo and I need more food (you cant eat bullets) and I need some other gear too.
    I picked up one can of Mountain House "pilot bread' crackers to try them out this weekend. I have some Moutain House stuff but most of what I have is from the Mormon Cannery.

    By the way, I think the Ukraine government shot that plane down so the international community would get involved in Ukraine against the Russian separatists and Russian government.
    Another 'tail wagging the dog syndrome'

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    1. I think the Ukrainian Separatists did it. With all the spy satellites focused on that part of the world, by so many different countries, even Harry Houdini couldn't pull that one off.

      I wish I'd seen that kind of a deal on ammo. Until the summer vacation season started, our Walmart had recovered and there was plenty of ammo of all types except 22. But when the hordes of Floridians arrived, they picked the shelves completely clean. Now we are back to virtually no ammo for sale here.

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    2. Harry, I assess there was a heavy Russian influence here. From what I can tell they shot the plane down at a pretty high altitude. A drunk conscript with an old SAM or even an RPG might be able to hit a plane landing or taking off but anywhere near cruising altitude for a commercial jet is way above the ability of the old com bloc stuff that is all over the place. I couldn't say anything definitive without better data on how high the plane was but this seems like new high tech surface to air weapons. That stuff doesn't grow on trees and using it isn't as easy as an AK or an RPG.

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    3. I am sure that the Russian military was envolved,as,"enablers" if nothing else. Probably the real award for stupidity goes to the airline company. All of the pilots I have seen interviewed said the plane flew that routine simply because it was the shortest and hence the cheapest. That sounds unbelievable but the company I worked for would have done exactly that and for the same reason. Money, pure and simple

      , pure and simple.

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  7. I'm looking for rural retirement property myself right now, and hoping that this country can at east stay afloat for another eight years until I'm able to cash in my chips and move off grid with my library, my armory and my dogs. This is the foreseeable result of a country where 50% of the voters mistake elections for reality shows and vote for the "edgy" or "hip" guy instead of the qualified one, while the other 50% just stay home. Now six year on, that bell can't be unrung.

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    1. Well, there are people who come by here from all over the country. If you see somebody from somewhere you are thinking about, don't hesitate to ask them for any information they may have. Eight years is a long, long time. I'm not sure I'd bet on things holding together that long, but a person can only do what their situation allows them to do. If you need to work that much longer to retire, there isn't a whole lot you can do about it. I left the Marine Corps in 1986, and settled up here then. All in all, it's worked out ok for me, although if I had been possessed of a crystal ball and been able to see the future, I wouldn't have come here.

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  8. I didn't even know a plane had been shot down and this is yesterday's post. That's how out of touch I have been. I must catch the news tonight. I just stopped by to say thank you so much for your concern and your nice comment of today. We are doing better and I'm working on a post for Monday. See you then and I hope the weather stays cool. It's a bit better here too.

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  9. I know you have your hands full. I just didn't want you to think you were forgotten. Post when you can but we all understand.

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