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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Outside

I spent the morning outside, either working with M in the garden, or sitting under the arbor listening to the radio.  Glenn Beck was on , then Rush Limbaugh. I don't listen to Hannity anymore.  He's too big a jerk . He likes to treat his staff really ugly right on the air. He's a little too narcissistic for me as well.  O'Reilly is another one I can't stand. But by and large, the hosts on conservative talk radio suit me fine.



Of course, a lot of people hate conservative talk radio.  I learn things from it, though.  When I hear something interesting, I start looking for newspaper articles on line that amplify or confirm what I heard. Rarely do I find I've been mislead.  So Rolling Stone (which created the pastiche above) and people like that can listen to Moon Bat radio. If they can find any.

Sirius XM Patriot Channel has pretty good programming.  And as long as there is no thunderstorm booming outside, it comes in crystal clear.





I almost never watch television anymore, although I hear that the Discovery Channel has a pretty good series about living in Alaska. Just heard of it today and will have to tune in. Personally, I haven't seen any really good survival shows since the last Les Stroud programs were on. Something decent to watch would be welcome.

The last time we were in town, I picked this magazine up on the cheap. I think it only cost six dollars.  It's got some good recipes in it, and would make a great basic primer for someone just getting into cast iron cooking.  

 

Got a couple of new catalogs.  Budk, the go to source for reliable and inexpensive knives, swords, and whatever else they happen to have dredged up lately came in.




The catalog is free, and ever so often I buy something.  I got my Roman swords from them, nice walls hangers and perfectly functional.  I also bought some small steel and wood hatchets specifically made for throwing, and I have fun sticking them in trees when I feel motivated.  You never know what they will come up with.


I  got this catalog for the first time. It's BukK related, but less about edged weapons and more about surplus camping gear. Again, it's free and there were some interesting things in it.  I put the back cover on this post so that if anyone wants a catalog they know where to get it.




Just as an aside, I noticed Readers Digest was devoting this months cover to a survival oriented article.  I'm not sure if this was a joke, because the article itself is bizarre beyond words. It's not very useful, with wisdom like "if you get lost you need water so try to find some."  Lots of the article is devoted to how to handle things like how to survive election season.......


If it was a serious article, it was pathetic.  If it was tongue in cheek, I missed the humor in it.


Remember about a month ago some crook got my credit card number and was trying to buy gas out in Arizona.  Today I got a call from USAA and they wanted to know if I had made a $500 purchase at Victoria's Secret. I told the woman calling that was for younger people  than us, and we were more likely to be making purchases at the Geriatric store. 

 Now I have to go through the business of getting a new credit card again. I asked them what good their "chips" were if someone could steal my information twice in three months. She said as long as I buy things over the internet it will happen.



Thought for the day.


31 comments:

  1. You stick your knives and hatchets in TREES? As a former sawmill operator, logger and tree farmer, I SHOULD send a hit man. But hey, I'm retired, so if they're YOUR trees, go ahead and ruin them (it really can). Just a growl from one curmudgeon to another. lol

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    1. I do. I have a good sized piece of property, and most of it is so thickly wooded I have trouble walking through it. So, I throw hatchets into yellow pines. I actually even shoot some of the pine trees in half, crash, down they come! Pine trees I'm not short of, believe me. I don't mess with any of my poplar, maple, etc.

      Of course, I don't do that around the house because if one does come down I wouldn't want it to fall on a building.

      Besides, Gorges, you having run a mill and been a logger, you've killed way more trees than I ever thought of. I'm going to tell Dani on you! Or maybe Miss Magpie, too. ;-)

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    2. The local mill refuses to buy lumber trees from around houses. Nails, tools and barbed wire get embedded in the trees, ruining the mills's saw blades.

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    3. Can't say as I blame them. Hitting a nail with a band saw would certainly enliven the crew's day.

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  2. Harry we use one card only online. Years ago I had this same problem fraud charges. Seems a low limit card isn't as attractive a target. The Budk catalog made me a lot of money back when I had a gas station with bulk buys. I still have a wristrocket slingshot for arrows and ballbearings.

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    1. I pretty much use the USAA card, which is the one I've had trouble with. I don't buy much on line anymore, just the occasional book, or ammo, or gun parts, but the people I buy from would seem to be legitimate.

      I like Budk stuff. I bought a bunch of their K-bar knock off's to use for barter material. I also bought a selection of swords because I wanted them. Same with Bowie knives. I have enough Bowie Knives to equip a platoon. I just like the things.

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  3. Check out Howie Carr. Hes is the big syndicated Boston AM radio conservative talk show host. Politics and local crime are his thing. He's on 3 to 6 pm on the east coast. I think you'd get a kick out of him.
    http://howiecarrshow.com/

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    1. Michael, I'll give him a listen. I'm always interested in good shows to tune in during the evening time.

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    2. If you can't catch him on an radio station you can listen to him on line via that link.

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    3. Yeah, I figured that out after a minute. I realized if I had the link he must be streaming.

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  4. Got a fraud alert on my credit card yesterday, too. Seems like someone bought some pizzas at a Dominos in Australia for 75 bucks. So, I am getting a new card tomorrow. What is really a hassle is changing the recurring charges like Netflix and TrackFone. Bummer.

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    1. A few years ago somebody was paying their internet bill in Moscow, USSR with my USAA card. It does seem to get around.

      I guess there's no escape from it though. USAA made a big deal out of these cards with chips and I have had a worse time since I got mine than I did before.

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  5. Ya, I don't think you and Victoria (and her secret) go well together...

    Do you listen to Michael Savage at all? I really enjoy listening to his take on humanity and how far we have sunk. --Troy

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    1. Troy, I listen to him over the local radio station which is talk news. He comes on late at night. I had a hard time getting used to that thick Yankee accent, but I like what he has to say. He's on just before "Coast to Coast A.M."

      The thing I can't figure out, is if I do all my shopping at the same places on line, why, when something completely off the wall comes up, does USAA authorize the transaction. It doesn't cost me anything but somebody has to be taking a big shot in the balance sheet.

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  6. Hey Harry,

    I mostly use amazon for internet purchases. Yeah' the owner of amazon is a fruitcake liberal but amazon is realitively secure.

    I watch several tv shows. Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, Turn, and a few others.

    Two I can strongly recommend are 'Turn' about a revolutionary war spy ring and 'Mr Robot" Beware, Mr. Robot (about an elite group of hackers taking out a bank like 'Goldman Sach's is not for the faint of hart. There is some pornography scenes in it that are disgusting, however the tv show is so 'cutting edge' about the world of hackers and 'dark' viewpoint about the world we live in that you may want to consider suicide after watching an episode.
    Mr. Robot got several awards and I can see why. Mr. Robot will want you to 'cheer the downfall' of western financial markets. Its the most brilliant new show I have seen in a long time. I just filter out the pornography and enjoy the anarchy. This will also make you feel good about having more than two weeks of food stored up also.
    One of the reason's I watch it is because the threat of foreign hackers taking out western financial markets. The show shows avenues I have not thought about and possibilities we may encounter if safeguards are not put in place. Albeit I think having anything hooked up to the internet is subject to hacking. Never underestimate human resolve.

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    1. I have never heard of Mr. Robot. What channel is it on? It may be I don't get that one. The new package I bought when I had them reinstall a simpler, cheaper satellite set up is about as basic as it gets.

      My wife and I watched Turn. At least, she watched it and I sat in the easy chair with my headset on and listened to the radio. I've read a little about the revolutionary war, mostly about particular units or battles my ancestors participated in, but I probably need to better educate myself on it. Right now I am reading about the war of 1812. I have always liked Napoleonic history but never paid much thought to our participation in the Napoleonic Wars, since it was so peripheral to the main show.

      I wish they would take out western financial markets. I can think of a lot of people I'd like to see brought low and groveling in the dirt. I guess that's kind of throwing out the baby with the bathwater, but it would be sweet. I need to convert all my assets to tangibles though, before it happens!

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  7. We had our credit card hacked twice within the past 8 months. The last time, someone was using it in Atlanta. It is very frustrating to have to change the card and notify the places that uses the card for our subscriptions, donations, etc.
    I quit listening to Hannity last year; he is pretty rude. I think that O'Reilly is a pompous a--. I enjoy Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, but no longer listen to Beck. Although I am a Cruz supporter, I think Beck went overboard in his support and made some pretty outrageous statements. Loving the Dilbert cartoon! Jana

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    1. Jana, I'd like to thrash O'Reilly because he was so hateful about the Confederate flag. He needs a serious attitude adjustment administered with a size ten boot.

      Hannity is so hateful to the people who help produce his show, that it reminds me of my old boss and that ruins my mood. Plus, Hannity was all over Trump, saying the most hateful things, and now that Trump is the nominee Hannity has changed his tune and is brown nosing Trump. I can see someone saying "well, there's a lot I don't like about Trump but he's better than Hillary." That makes sense and it's honest. But to suddenly go from being hateful about someone to thinking they are God's anointed makes him seem like a trimmer, which he probably is anyway.

      The credit card thing is getting ridiculous. I am beginning to think it's our grocery store that is the problem, because I almost never use a credit card to pay for groceries, I use a check. But the last two times I used the credit card to pay for something there because I didn't bring the check book, this happened.

      I like Dilbert. I have a good survivalist cartoon from Dilbert I post ever so often.

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  8. We were watching You Tube last night, there is a BBC series where a group of people live as they did during various times: Victorian Farm, Victorian Pharmacy, War Time Farm, Edwardian Farm, etc. It's pretty good.

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    1. I've seen that, and it was very interesting. I am a great admirer of the Victorians, and thoroughly enjoyed the series.

      I also liked the one about people living as pioneers did on the western frontier in the post Civil War era.

      I hope you are feeling better. Been thinking about you and the family.

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    2. Thanks. I actually feel pretty good but they tell me that it is deceiving. My sugar levels are not being controlled by diet or (my 55 lb)weight loss, no matter how much I follow the rules so tonight I have to go for insulin training. It may not be permanent but they have to calm my pancreas down. I get tired and frustrated sometimes that I can't just eat anything but have to really plan since the colitis and my diabetes diets don't seem to work well together. Thanks for asking.

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    3. Does the pancreas hurt? How did you know you had a problem. I am wondering because I am having some issues I thought were related to all the medical things last month but now I wonder.

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  9. Haha that is kind of funny... If you get lost try to find some water you will need it.

    That cast iron magazine looks neat. I made a really yummy frittata in my cast iron skillet last week using our eggs, garden kale, garlic, and some cherry tomatoes.

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    1. I thought it was pretty strange. Some of the other "advice" is similar, and some of their "emergencies" were so idiotic that I genuinely could not tell if this was supposed to be a satire on survival articles, or the writer really thought that some of these situations were emergencies. Having seen "Mother's Day" recently I realize I am very much out of sync with some of American society.

      Your blog is one of those written by women that have good food on it ever so often. I made some chicken stew in my Dutch Oven this week, and I thought I would take a picture of it and put it on here, but then I decided that was too feminine and I had better stick to guns. ;-)

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  10. Just a suggestion - set up a new checking account with a debit card. Move $100 into it. Use that card exclusively for your online stuff. Order $450 in ammo from AIM? Move $450 into the account and then make the purchase. If someone compromises the card. You lose virtually nothing but you still maintain the convenience of being able to shop online.

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    1. I can do that, but I will have to pay for the checking account. My bank lets people over 62 have one "golden" account per adult. So we have two. The Golden Account is free. Free funds transfers, free checks, free everything. But if I open another one, I have to pay for it and it's not cheap. I use one of our current accounts for day to day stuff, and one for a limited number of transaction. I know you track what I mean there.

      I haven't actually lost any money on this stuff. It's more the fury of being ripped off and inconvenienced that gets me.

      I might open another account at a different bank though and do what you suggest. It does make sense because when the card gets ripped off, it won't tie up but $100 while the bank unscrews it. And it does limit my risk.

      I have to go into town today so I will stop by a different bank. That means I have to shave though. >:(

      FYI, when I first came back on line I could leave comments on your blog but it isn't letting me again. Maybe the program you are using doesn't like right wing fanatics and blocks them.

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  11. I pretty much work, blog, take care of my kids, and try and keep the house up and work on art. Not too much time for radio or TV. There are some series that we get from the library. Not often.

    When I do listen to the radio I like to listen to music.

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    1. I have the greatest admiration for working moms, especially those with young children. I know you don't have much time. I have lived that life. But now, I just sort of float from day to day. I have been retired for about three years and it still seems strange. Now that my wife is not working out of the county all week, and is home all the time, it REALLY seems strange. We both feel like life is just too good, that it must be some kind of cosmic mistake.

      I like the tunes you put up on weekends ever so often. I have never heard of any of the groups but that's what makes it interesting.

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  12. I have siriusXM, I will have to check out the patriot channel. Will also take a look at those free catalogs, I like free.

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    1. Free is always good. I like catalogs and I get a lot of them. I keep them for about a year and that way, if I suddenly need something I saw, I can find it again.

      I enjoy Sirius XM. My old satellite tv system had three receivers, and one of them was on a completely different antenna and wiring system. So I had 100% redundancy, if I lost one I still had one. But now I just have one receiver. If it goes, it's gone.

      With the Satellite Radio, I can listen to all the same news programs and more, that I watched on tv. I don't need to see the talking heads or their graphics to learn what I want to know. So, in a way, I'm still backed up on that type of communications. I do have plenty of shortwave gear but you can't listen to the television stations on that.

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  13. I read that same Readers Digest article. Notice how the woman has it all together and the guy is 'lost in the woods'. Dumb.

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