Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Cassandra Complex

I've mentioned before that racial problems in the city my kids live in seem to be increasing. It's never

been a love fest, but the "hoodies" are getting more aggressive. They're expanding "out de hood" and going up where middle class professional people live.   My son and daughter share an apartment near where they both work.  It's on a lake, and it's a very nice place.  It used to be sedate, and there wasn't much trouble until about a year ago.

Then they started having black guys come up and attack people in the parking lot, or break into apartments.  I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that several carloads of "gangstas" showed up at the private lake and started playing their loud obnoxious music , hooting and hollering. Naturally enough, the police were called and ran them off.

Last night,  some  of them came back and fired off a full magazine in the parking lot. I don't know yet if they were shooting at the buildings, or up in the air, or what.  The police were still out there when my daughter called.   This morning the young couple who live next to my kids said they were leaving, they aren't even going to worry about the lease, they'll just pay  the penalty. I should point out that the couple who are heading out are black.  This isn't about race, it's about the aberrant behavior of a segment of society in this country.  I suppose you can't say the perpetrators are racist, either, since they will attack other blacks just as quickly as they will attack whites, or Asians, or anybody else who crosses their paths. They are equal opportunity criminals.

The apartment complex has put in a security system, so you can't get into the buildings without a swipe card. The entrance to the complex now has a key pad security gate.  But there's a problem. The city started requiring that a certain number of apartments be available to "low income renters." In essence, the city pays their rent. So you have some of the not so good neighbors living there now. That means the entire security apparatus is compromised, since these people facilitate the entrance of their "homies" into the complex.  My kids had a "black grandmother" move into an apartment in their building. She brought her daughter, the daughters (from about 7 years old to 18 years old)  children, the daughter's revolving door boy friends. They  raised hell , trashed the place, and finally had so many violations (drugs, fighting, etc where the police had to come) that the apartment management was able to have them evicted.  Who wants to pay $1200 a month to put up with something like that? But they'll just be replaced by another "low income" minority family and the cycle will repeat itself.

My son says the way the city is built, nice neighborhoods are ten minutes away from concentrations of inner city blacks,  He doesn't think moving from one apartment building to the other is the answer. But the two of them have agreed to give some more consideration to transferring. They can go to a couple of places in Florida, or to Asheville, N.C. among other locations close enough to visit us. They live in Ohio now, and it's getting pretty bad.

I told him I would come up  there and rent a big panel truck, to help them move. My daughter is looking at having her horse moved down here, where we can either keep him up on the mountain (we've had horses here before) or at the big stables 7 miles away.

I told them when all this started it was time to bail. Once the rot sets in, it just keeps getting worse and worse until what was a decent neighborhood is absorbed the by Morlocks. Nothing will stop it, and if you stay, you'll eventually come to a bad end.

She did not say "stuff" in the clip. They had to bleep it out.

I honestly believe if you live in the countryside a long way off from a city, you are pretty safe from the "civil disturbance" problems.  This county was really isolated, and hard to get to. Then the Governor, who was from this region, built a four lane road direct from Atlanta right up into the mountains. Thanks a hell of a lot, Zell Miller.

He meant well.  He was a good man, and a former Marine. He just didn't consider the sociological impact of what he was doing. He wanted more jobs up here, and he wanted his political cronies here to make lots of money. He accomplished those things, but at what cost!

The Cascadia Subduction Zone

I've mentioned before that all my extended family except my own kids live in Oregon now. They fled the People's Democratic Republic of California as things deteriorated there. My middle brother was the last to leave.

Oregon has had some fairly significant tremors in the last few months, several of them in the 4.0 range. My sister just went to a state sponsored seminar on earthquake preparedness, and she brought home a lot of brochures and literature on making the bare essential type preparations.  I talked to my mother about this on the telephone last night for over an hour.

She isn't going to do anything at all. She says my youngest brother, who lives four miles away, will take care of her and my sister. The problem is, this is the brother who has never raised a finger to get ready. He's the one whose letter about the Tsunami Warning they experienced gets published on the blog every year or so. It was a complete goat rope. At the time, he said he was going to get his act together, but he hasn't.  He tells me he still plans to drive to Northern California to my other brother's place, but that's up for sale now and all the supplies have been moved out of it.  I don't know what my middle brother's status is because so far he hasn't bought a new place and is living with his girlfriend (here we would say common law wife....) in Idaho right now.

I guess I will call my sister and see if I can help her get ready for all of them. At 87 my mother doesn't think she needs to be responsible for herself. I guess maybe she's right, but she's grasping a bent reed if she thinks brother T will have them covered when the Big One comes. He's a great guy, but prior planning is not his forte.

I am still plowing through books on the American Indians, trying to figure out how they got through winters in ancient times.  A book on Indian warfare in the Southwest has a little bit on it, largely to do with drying vast quantities of meat before winter, and with building what amounts to root cellars to store gains and vegetables.

 Another thing this book did for me, is to reinforce the dawning awareness that if you live in the boondocks, and the Morelocks find you, that's probably the end of the game.

The Apache and the Comanche virtually depopulated Arizona and Northwestern Texas during the Civil War. When the federal government withdrew the troops from the posts out there and sent them east, the Indians just swooped in and massacred everyone in the outlying farms and small settlements.

This is the  same thing that happened in the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War to people who pushed out ahead of the settlements on their own.

So if something happens today, and the rule of law ceases to exist, I doubt the wandering bands of not so nice people will have much trouble annihilating small homesteads with only a handful of adults in residence. That's not how all the post apocalyptic fiction books have it, but that's how it looks to me. I once had a fellow tell me that the Amish have nothing to worry about because the "Golden Horde" and other pillagers will be exterminated by the rural citizenry before they ever get near where the Amish live. I don't agree, but I would be happy if he turned out to be right in the event.

This book, Wave of Destruction, is about the big Tsunami that hit in the Indian Ocean and killed almost 300,0000 people in surrounding countries. It's written by a man who was in Thailand at the time, and follows four Thai families from before the wave until just after.

From my perspective, the reason I read it was because it gives an excellent view of how people behave after a natural disaster.

Some people are human beings and act like it. Some people are like animals and they revert back to that state.

It's also a fairly damning indictment of how Western tourists behaved after the wave, which surprised me. A lot of that kind of thing wasn't on the evening news here in America after the event.

Finally, if you've never been to the Third World, and you want to see how it works, this is a safe and comfortable way to get a glimpse. I've been in some of these countries and I guess you have to have been there to really appreciate it. But this book will at least give you an inkling.

 I am struggling through this book. It's heavy going. First off, it was written by a well known historian who pretty much fits the definition of a Limousine Liberal. So you have to filter through his own agenda to get at the facts.

He tries to be fair, I'll give him that, but no one can help seeing events from a point of view largely related to their own beliefs.

Still, it's the best read I've found so far on Katrina, with the possible exception of The Great New Orleans Gun Grab. That book concentrates on a thin segment of the overall picture, while this one covers everything, in great detail.

I read these types of books because they are interesting in and of themselves, but also so I can make my plans based on the most realistic appraisal I can engender.  The best way I know to get a feel for what will happen in event X, short of having lived  through one already, is to read good books and watch good documentaries about event X. The way it went in the past is probably largely how the next one will play out. Seeing what happened before lets you look for chinks in your armor, things you haven't thought of .

As for daily life here, it's settled into a routine. Get up a dawn, turn off all the outer security lights. Feed the chickens. Then sit out in the apartment and listen to the morning news shows on the satellite radio while I have my coffee.

Around ten we go to the lake and walk, unless we go  to town for something and then we walk at the river park.

About twice a week we go into town for lunch, or supplies, or just to get out of the house.

In the afternoon, my wife watches the shopping shows while I take a nap.  Then we read until supper time. After that, we usually watch an old movie on the DVD player, or maybe a pay per view from Direct TV. We watched End of Tour last night. Worth seeing but there's a lot of bad language in it.

It's not a particularly exciting life but I get enough vicarious excitement dealing with the turbulence my kids are putting up with, and things happening in the county that I don't particularly care for.  I've already had plenty of excitement in my life and I don't mind tranquility now.

This is the best time of the year.  Cool and dry.  We have a fire in the fireplace at night now.  The mountains are at their best, and the lakes and rivers are really beautiful because they haven't been set at winter water levels yet.

We are doing fine. I'm not on the computer as much as I used to be but when the really cold weather sets in, I expect I will be staying inside more.

Thought for the Day:

A few Cartoons:


  1. I thought with the tremors in the Salton Sea area more people would be getting more prepared or at least have some sort of plan. I guess it is easier to be an Ostrich and let our government take care of us. The young Black phenomenon is awful. We have some very nice Black neighbors with a beautiful farm. They have been there for 4 generations and have always worked hard. Their children and grandchildren work in the market garden for their vegetable stand all summer. They no longer visit the friends they have that moved to Louisville. Not that far from us...they say the young BLM folk up there are terrible and dangerous to all races! It says something when blacks are scared of blacks! We got some wonderful peppers from them as ours did not produce very well this year. Stay safe on your mountain and get your children closer!

    1. Fiona,

      There must be some people starting to get uneasy, since the state government sponsored this seminar my sister went to, and it was apparently well done. But so many people are like my mother and my middle brother. They live in the "right now" and don't give any thought at all to tomorrow. I am not demeaning my mom, she's old and has a right to look to the kids for help, but she should still take some interest in her own welfare. My brother T is a great guy, and I respect him very much. Preparedness is just one of those areas that is a blind spot for him. I guess we all have them.

      I know when I talk about inner city gangsta's and the BLM, people think I am a dreadful old racist. But I have nothing against people who share my values. It's how a person behaves and what he believes that I care about. The BLM and the gangstas are just animals, and I detest them. I've just reached the point where I am not going to say what I think just because the individuals involved are not white. I have never been that politically correct but I just don't care anymore. If somebody gets offended, it's because they don't understand what I'm saying. Or they just want to be offended. God knows I've run into plenty of those.

      I don't know the answer to the kid's dilemma. I guess we will have to work it out as best we can. But I dread something happening to my son or daughter.

  2. I do hope your kids stay safe. The kind of people you are talking about live in the North part of town here. Omaha is really separated like that. I have mixed feeling about it. One one hand it's nice to know that you live in a safe spot - aways from a lot of the crime. On the other hand good people can influence bad people to an extent. I feel for kids that are raised by not so nice people. They could have a chance if they are influenced by good friends. I know that's an idealist way of thinking.

    I have a student that was raised horribly. His mom and dad must of been horrible because his grandma had to step in. He's not a thug. He's super nice.
    our son is right...I think moving to another apartment wouldn't be the answer if the city has that policy.

    We lived closer to low income housing before we had our house. I hated seeing kids run around with no adult supervision. It would be one thing if it were the 70s, but in today's world as a parent it's your job to watch your kids!

    1. I tend to be more self centered about issues like that, Alissa. I don't want to be anywhere near the bad parts of a town. I know that people born into that culture don't have much of a chance in life, but I don't want to get killed or maimed trying to help them. Predatory behavior is ingrained in those folks. If you look at art they produce themselves, they virtually always project themselves as aggressive and dangerous. The little sketch at the top of the post shows what I mean.

      Good parents do try to protect their kids. But there are a lot of people out there who should never have had children in the first place, for any number of reasons.

      I think my kids need to get out of the city before it blows up. But I can't offer them equivalent jobs here, and they are oriented towards money. Who isn't? They don't want to give up their lifestyles, and neither of them are very positive towards the idea of being run out by the BLM crowd. At my age, I tend to think more in terms of tranquility and security, but at their age I would have felt exactly like they do. I guess it will work itself out.

  3. Where I grew up, in New York, we learned a lot about how our local people lived in the 1700's or so. Whites and natives alike. In those days, summers were spent gathering or hunting and then dehydrating everything for winter. Parched corn was lightweight and everyone carried it while traveling on foot, along with some jerky or pemmican. You must remember that they ate differently in those days, too. People were smaller then and got by on a lot less food. An apple 50 years ago had much more nutrients than now. So just think how much more nourishing food was then compared to now. Some parched corn, jerky and dried berries could keep one going for quite awhile. Also, many tribes lived in communal lodge houses and kept their stores there. Dehydrated and salted food kept many people alive until fresh food became available. Of course folks kept livestock, but not the natives....they did trade for what they needed or wanted or just stole and raided. Whites did the same. The BLM movement is a Soros plan to keep the pot stirred up as part of taking down of the country. One world government is what the globalist and UN want and the turmoil of racial unrest and hatred is a means to that end. The Cascadia fault has been quiet for about 300 years. My kids lived about 4 minutes away from a tsunami on the Washington coast if all hell were to break loose. Escape route signs up all over the place, but futile, really since they only would have about 4 or 5 minutes to get to safety 20 miles away. People become complacent when they live near danger. Look at all the folks living in tornado country or on the slopes of a volcano like Mt. Rainier or St. Helens. If people won't prepare, you can only do so much to help them. Good luck with that.

    1. If you ate a diet of meat, parched corn, and a few squash and pumpkin and things like that, wouldn't you get scurvy? I have never read of any Indians suffering from it, but where did they get the vitamins they needed to avoid it?

      Why would apples not be the same as they were back then? I know absolutely nothing about horticulture, I don't doubt you are right, I just wonder why? Would it be the effects of selective grafting and such?

      I think BLM is being nutured by the Obama administration. He said when he came to office he would change the face of the nation, and he has certainly done that. In a lot of ways, Obama is like Caligula. He does things that make no sense to anyone but him and doesn't care what happens as a result. Nothing that George Soros does would surprise me. He's as much like a character out of an old James Bond movie as anyone living today.

      If my brother is at his place in Nieuport when the fault shifts, I think his chances of getting out of there are pretty slim, based on the letter he wrote about the time they actually had a tsunami warming and how that went. However, he could get up to a friends house, on high ground, if he has enough warning and ride it out there. I think the last big tsunami caused by the fault was in the 1700's, if I remember a history channel show I saw correctly, and they said it's due. There have been unusual earthquake swarms in British Columbia, Washington State, and Oregon and if the news is being reported accurately (never a sure thing) the frequency and intensity of these are increasing.

    2. Pumpkins actually have vitamin C. Elderberries were all over and the natives used them a lot. They have almost as much Vitamin C as citrus fruits. Potatoes, tomatoes and peppers are also great sources. All wild berries are good sources. Well, apples as well as most food in this country are bred for looks or ease of harvest or other reasons. Nutrients are sacrificed because we want bigger, prettier or longer lasting produce. Our soils are depleted and chemical fertilizers are used mostly. Native plants and herbs were known to the native population and used as medicine and well being.

    3. To prevent scurvy you need vitamin C. Squash has vitamin C and also, A. Specifically, butternut squash has 52% of vitamin C and 437% of vitamin A.

      You can also get vitamin C from spruce/fir needle tea and from rose hips.

      Idaho Homesteader

    4. Tewshooz and Idaho Homemaker, thanks for the word on vitamin C sources. I would never have believed that Squash and Pumpkins have vitamin C, but that explains one of the aggravating questions I had about the primitives.

      I thought it might be that purposely genetically engineering fruits for appearance might lead to a decline in the food value.

      I have a spruce tree here, but I have no idea how to make a tea out of it. Isn't boiling the needles and drinking it not good for you unless you get the ratio between needles and water right? I have not heard of rose hips so they must not grow here in the mountains.

      Potatoes are a good source of vitamin C ! That's good to know because I eat a lot of potatoes. I wonder if when they are dehydrated they lose that vitamin. Mostly I eat fresh potatoes in stew now, but I have lots of dehydrated potatoes in pails, sealed in nitrogen flushed mylar bags.

      At the moment, I have bottles of vitamin C tablets, because I had no idea that you could get that vitamin from anything but citrus fruit.

    5. You don't have wild roses in your neck of the woods? Rose hips come from them, but here the birds usually beat me to them. Just pick the hips and then boil them put a teaspoon in your morning juice. Go online and look up fir needle tea. Instructions are there,

    6. No. Roses are very hard to grow here. It's the clay we have for soil, I think. My wife grew beautiful roses in the volcanic soil of our little villa in Italy, and she did ok on Emerald Isle, by planting them in soils from the garden center. But here, they just wouldn't grow and she eventually gave up. On the other hand, we have a beautiful lilly like plant, called a "flame flower" that does grow wild, and they are an orange with yellow tints that is really beautiful. Don't know if they are good for anything but looking at though.

  4. i don't know why they don't love asheville, although it has been 40 years since i was there.

    have you read about buffalo bird woman?
    their homes were partly underground. seems they lived pretty comfortably.

    1. It's not that they don't like Asheville, they just haven't made up their minds to undertake the gigantic logistical exercise of moving all their possessions and animals down there from Ohio.

      I never heard about Buffalo Bird Woman. I have only started reading about different Indian tribes trying to figure out how to enhance my own situation up here. I haven't read any of the myths or that kind of thing. I know that a lot of the less ferocious Indians in the west built "pit homes", like the Maidu in California. They weren't mobile, like the plains indians, so it made sense to make permanent residences.

    2. harry,
      buffalo bird woman is real. i think thee are 2 books about her, one being her biography and one about her gardening practices.
      i have only read the biography.

      get them from interlibrary loan.
      good reading.

  5. Hope your kids are able to find a safer place. That sounds awful.

    The book on the Indian wars sounds interesting. Always so much to learn from the old ways. I still need to bring in squash and sweet potatoes! I had better get on it. It's getting cold!

    1. They'll have to leave Ohio to do that. I hope they decide to do so. If things blow up, I don't want them sitting in the middle of all of it.

      It was an interesting book. I went to college at the University of New Mexico from 1971-1975, and I visited a lot of the sites of old forts built during the Indian wars in New Mexico. It was fun to read about them and learn more about what I saw back then.

      I didn't get any squash out of my garden this year. Not a one. I didn't plant sweet potatoes. When I was a kid we had them all the time and I got tired of them, but I know they are a good survival food, packed with things humans need.

      Cold down here as well, at night. We are enjoying having a fire. It will be even better when the snow is coming down outside.

  6. Sorry about your kids. Sounds like it's time to bug out of there.

    Not long ago we considered buying a townhouse as an investment property. Sure glad we didn't. HUD and Homeland security put the kibosh on that idea, and since I won't be told who I can rent to...

    Yep, it's all part of Barry's plan to transform suburban America. And soon there will be no safe spaces--even in the countryside (Rhodesia comes to mind).

    Thanks for the book review on the tsunami, think I'll check it out. --Troy

    1. Troy, I am trying to find those disks with the old webzines on them. I have a huge number of information CD's accumulated over the last 30 years, I know I have them here.

      Yeah, New York started this thing with making apartment complexes rent to people who could not normally afford the rent, and paying the rent with tax payer money. All the leftards in California jumped on the bandwagon, as it amounts to income redistribution and they are all about that. Now it's popping up in Ohio. When my kids told me they had Ghetto people living in their building, and that these individuals were bringing in their Ghetto life style, drugs, violence, aggressive behavior, I blew a gasket. I feel like we are paying a lot of money, between the four of us, for them to have a decent place to live. That's another reason I think they should get out of Ohio. As far as I know, Florida and North Carolina are not forcing people who have dwellings to rent them to a special interest group for federal money.

      It's a good book, more so for how it accurately portrays life in the third world than for the actual tsunami. As I recall, you have some experience of that third world yourself.

    2. If you can't find the CD's don't be too concerned. It would be great to read your old stuff though.

      Third world living can really change a man's attitude. Instead of tsunamis, for us it was frequent earthquakes. The worst one I experienced was Mexico City, September 1985. --Troy

    3. I have them. I NEVER throw anything like that out. The question is where they are stored. I am good about things like weapons, ammunition, food. But old magazines, CD's, etc tend to get put in a box with a felt tip marker label on the end of it and stored in the barn.

      It does make you feel less secure and less complacent once you have lived in some Third World dump. Especially as regards how "safe" you really are.

  7. Keep the horse at your place; it'll be safer.

    1. There's a big stable run by a person I have known for many years, in a valley about 7 miles as the crow flies from my place. They have big barns, and in winter the horse would be more comfortable there. But, it's pretty expensive, about $400 a month for board. I could keep "Seamus" up here, I'd have to touch up the old horse shed but it wouldn't take much to keep him comfortable. I have to go down to Cleveland, Ga, on the other side of the mountains, to get sawdust for his stall if I keep him here, but that's a once a month trip, not too bad.

      I'd like to keep him up here, we have the meadow and the old horse shed, he'd be ok. It's up to my daughter though.

  8. The writing is on the wall. It's time for your kids to move. Better to do it now rather than in a fighting retreat. One of my daughters and her husband used to live in Asheville NC. so I know it a bit. Not a bad place for young people looking for a lot of interesting things to do.

    The highway doesn't come near my town. That hurts industry, but helps as a bug out location.

    The natives had an interesting way of dealing with winters around here. They left and went to the coast of Maine. Temperatures were milder and they could eat sea food all winter. In the spring they came back to fish and mine stone for tools.

    I'm thinking a good cold snowy winter would keep the hordes at bay. There' some indication that's what we'll get.

    Sticking around dealing with family matters this year. However, if it all hangs together we can hook the boat up to the van and head south to thaw out. Good to have options.

    Hope your kids find a good solution, and soon.

    1. It sure seems that way to me. Now that they can't even keep the goblins out of the apartment complex with a steel gate, I think it's time to relocate. That whole city is a mess.

      When I moved here, this was a very tough place to get into. If I had known they would build a freeway up into the mountains, I would have gone somewhere else. Same with the 3 nuclear power plants in Chattanooga. If I had foreseen those being built, I wouldn't be here either.

      I've been hearing from multiple sources that this winter is going to be a really harsh one. Trying to get all squared away to deal with it. At least I can stay home when it is snowing, don't have to worry about going to a job.

      Hope you make it down there to the beautiful Florida waters. Might want to stick to sailing in daylight, eh?

    2. It's nice to be able to stay home when the snow flies. Sure beats getting up at 4 a. m. to shovel out the car.

      What's the fun in daylight sailing? You wreck one boat in shark infested waters at night and everyone is concerned. :)

    3. The relief of not having to stage the vehicle a mile away and walk out to in through the snow and the pitch black is much appreciated here. Retirement has a lot of benefits!

      I think the Greeks and Romans had it right. Stay right along the shoreline and beach every night, sleep on dry land!

  9. The American Indians survived because they had been practicing this for maybe 6,000 years.
    It's sad, isn't it, that 90% of this knowledge has been lost in only a couple hundred years.
    - Charlie

    1. Yes, I'd give a lot to know exactly how the Cherokee and other tribes here in these mountains supported some of the large villages and large populations that I know they did. There used to be some honest to God Cherokee Indians living out in the woods across the state line when I first came here, but I didn't interact with them and now it's too late. They're all gone, moved off to trailer parks or government housing, or making big bucks working for the two Indian casinos in this part of the mountains.

    2. The Cherokee and other groups would have been the fringe groups of the Mississippi culture that survived the collapse of that culture. From what you can tell, they were low density mixed use agriculturists: the Three Sisters and all that. A lot of fighting seems to have been about keeping people out of their hunting lands. If you want a different take on the Southwest Indians Pekka Hamalainen's THe Comanche Empire isn't a bad place to start.

    3. I've gotten interested in the Comanche lately, still get them mixed up with the Cheyenne though!

  10. Found your blog through commander zero, really enjoy it. Have you read Horace Kephart's "Our Southern Highlanders" published in 1913? About the mountain people of the Smokey Mountains. Lots of info for surviving in your neck of the woods. TP in SC

    1. He's a really good fellow. The program he uses for blogging usually won't let me leave a comment there, but I do read the blog.

      I haven't read that one, but I did get a series of books on the Scotch Irish in the Appalachians and it really was interesting. We still have Scottish Games up here every year, tossing the caber and that sort of thing. People come from a long way away to compete.

  11. Sounds like a good routine to me. I enjoy living so far out people can't find me.

    Lil, the Border Collie, is a lot like me. I still have the know how but loosing the can do.

    Have a blessed week.

    1. I'm enjoying life. I gave up walking down the mountain to the mailbox because my knees gave me trouble trying to walk back up, but going to lake, where it's level is nicer anyway.

  12. We see the same thing over here with Charlotte with that young man who did so much for his community and never did anything wrong and was shot by the PO-LICE for not obeying commands. You know, pretty much the same thing in Jacksonville. I am so glad I moved to the country. I have black people who live across the road from me, but I have known them for over 40 years and they are nothing like what you find in the inner city. They keep to themselves and don't bother anyone, just like none of the other neighbors bother them. We all like the piece and quiet. I do shoot on the range, but only during the day and they know I am a responsible gun owner and shoot into a 9' high by 35' wide shooting berm with .22lr and pistol, I don't disclose my noise signature to inquiring minds. Hope the apartment has a back-up plan for when the power is out so they can get in.

    1. If people have enough room, they can live with other people, as long as everyone respects other's privacy. But when you cram thousands and thousands of people together in cities, I think they start acting like rats do when overcrowded, they start feeding on each other.

      I'm sure they have some kind of system for powering the gate when the commercial grid goes down. I know I just paid to have an updated land line put in the kids apartment, and one of the things I had to pay for was a battery backup for the modem the "land line" comes in on.

      Here, my land line runs off line power and will work when we have one of our numerous power outages.

  13. Hey Harry,


    I will be glad to hear that your kids have evacuated the city they are in.

    Until then, I hope they will be well.

    Its not a race issue with me. Its a cultural issue with the black community. They have to decide what culture they want to be, BLM victims and victims of their own negativity or do they want to be productive members of society and be treated with respect?

    I think the BLM dirt bags will of devour the cities with large black populations. That is apparent and an empirical fact that their movement is liken to the Bolsievick Movement in Russia' and we all know how well that turned out. I think that's a pretty fair assessment. The BLM is like early 20th Century Russian Bolsievicks and their thuggary.

    The cycle repeats itself only with a different name.

    On to Haiti which took the brunt of Hurricane Matthew.

    I have a solution for all the problems with Haiti. I think the world bank and other organizations maybe should pay Haitian men and women a very 'substantial' amount of money not to have children (maybe $30.000 US) Maybe offer free'Vasectimies' and have females 'tubes tied' All reversible procedures. I know it sounds barbaric but its too many people on an island that's essentially turning into a bare rock with no way to support its human population.

    What has my thinking in this way is that the majority of world problems stem from over population and a lack of resources.

    We are seeing this with the provocative actions against Russia by NATO countries. Southern Europe is in midst of an energy crisis and with the mass migration movement and requirements of the socialist countries to feed and house 'terrorist immigrants' Russia has vast wealth that's locked away for future use.
    'Putin and the Russian elite know this. They also know that they will make a fortune exporting resources in future years. The European socialists need low cost resources 'now' and with the Russians countering NATO expansionism and regime changes in third world countries, tension is building higher towards war between the east and the west.

    I am seeing a giant game of the old board game 'Risk' being played on an international level.

    Its all about 'over population' and a decline of easily and cheaply exploited natural resources. This is the reason another 'world war' is on the table. Kill off as many young men as possible on the front lines and do as much damage as possible to bring about trillions of dollars in a global rebuilding program that's profitable in the long term for the elite.

    'again, history will repeat itself'

    1. I don't worry about Haiti as long as they don't try to sneak into Florida. I don't ask Haitians to help me with my problems and I don't care about theirs. I'm not a missionary.

      Your thoughts on BLM are not so far from my own. As long as black politicians, black mayors, black Chief's of Police, and the whole reeking mass of corruption that makes up the federal government nurture BLM, and let them do whatever they want, more people will join them. It will spread like a ripple in a pond.

    2. 'kill off as many young men as possible'.
      makes me think of the biblical prophecy, '7 women will fight over one man'.

    3. If that's the apocalypse I'm up for it!

  14. Andrew, in reference to your post and Katrina,
    I read a blog yesterday where the poster said they would explain the current national election vis a vis "sides" and use movies to illustrate. The 3 flicks are Star Wars, Braveheart, and Hunger Games. The sides being the simple, agrarian good guys vs the city people that wear odd clothes of the faggy type. He made a fair argument that that's pretty much where we are in this country.
    The Katrina reference was him saying something along the lines of, ask anybody about the damage K did, all they know is New Orleans. Because NO is culturally important and Democrat and big city relevant. The average Joe six pack has heard zip about all the deaths and destruction in Mississippi since a few weeks after the hurricane.

    I've also been reading the book Civil War 2 The Coming Breakup of America by Chittum. Not far into it yet but he has been talking about Nations bs Empires and how the nation of America (the traditional Melting Pot) has given way to the empire of America. The difference being Melting Pot, everyone pulling together towards a single future bs Empires being all about the different races and each race having a different set of rights based on their clout and value to those in power. So far it's an excellent read.
    It's about $6 on Kindle.

    1. The U.S. started being balkanized in the early seventies. The process has increased dramatically and now it's all these little tribes squabbling over a diminishing pool of resources.

      I have seen Civil War 2, but didn't pick it up. I'll look for it again.

  15. thanks Harry, enjoyed the entire post. gave me food for thought too.

  16. I hope your son and daughter can relocate, Harry. I think families really need to pull together, especially now. And your mom should really consider stocking up on some water and non-perishables. Even if she is about 4 miles from your brother's place, that 4 miles can be a very long 4 miles after a big earthquake. A good rolling one can buckle a road easily, not to mention debris from falling structures blocking the way. I was born and raised in CA so have been through a few.

    I started reading the book Agriculture of the Hidasta Indians: An Indian Interpretation. It has been an interesting read, so far.

  17. Randy, thanks for coming by. I appreciate it.

    Hobo, Everybody needs to take some responsibility for their welfare if they are still alive. My mom just doesn't see it that way, but I am going to talk to my sister about staging at least the minimums at mom's place.

    Does that book say anything about how they preserved the food?

    1. I'm sorry, Harry, for not answering your question sooner. They do talk about harvest and food preserving of certain crops (corn, beans, squash, sunflowers) along with the agricultural practices they used to grow those crops.

      You can read the book online or download to various reader formats (scroll down about half way down the page and links are on the right). You may have to cut and paste the link

      Hope this helps.

    2. That's definitely something I need to take a look at. Thanks for the heads up.