Day By Day© by Chris Muir.


Thursday, August 30, 2012

66 Things To Grow In Containers

h/t to

I have to cull my porch tomato plants. Some are sick and not producing anything.  I think it's that curly leaf virus caused by whiteflies.  Or it might be that those varieties of tomatoes don't like to be in 5-gal. buckets. The plants in the ground are fine.  I think what I want to do is start some other crops in the dirt and eventually bring about 5 to 10 5-gal buckets inside and grow the crops under solar-powered grow lights as well as some window boxes in the window.  I'm looking at things I can grow indoors in the winter, which is mostly salad type things, and also expanding my fall garden.

In order to do this, I have to shuffle/eliminate some other kinds of clutter. (story of my life).  And I'll need trays under the buckets to protect the floor.

There has been a lot of shuffling lately.  I have entirely too many chairs.

Truckers Getting Reamed With Warning Tickets

I just found this comment under an article about a farmer's raw milk legal victory at
and thought it was worth a mention here. (the raw milk article is also good).

Just another way the Obama admin is finding ways to tax, regulate and fine everything under the sun. And they've made it so there is no recourse. Grrr.  The truckers should go on strike to protest it and raise awareness, there would really be a supply problem if they did, but it looks like that will be the end result of the ticketing anyway.  Anyhoo, if you need anything that comes on a truck, get it now before the price goes up.  Here's the relevant part of the comment:

There have been new rules applied to truck
drivers that took effect in January of this
year. Trucking companies are losing in some
cases up to 20 percent of their over the road
drivers because of some cubicle dweller
deciding once again to make up new rules!
The trucking companies are really getting upset
over this too! The points are now taken off
of their CDL (Commercial Drivers License) even
if they are issued a warning ticket for any
violation! The trouble with a warning ticket is
that you can't defend against it since it never
gets to court, but yet you lose the points on
your license just as if you had been found
guilty of the violation! Right now it
is 20 percent less drivers in many cases, but
the new rule is causing a snowball effect.
Think of when it reaches 40 percent! Freight
rates will go through the roof, on top of
the expensive fuel prices.. This will do two
1. Drive up costs to the consumer on a massive
2. Will cause shortages of goods all over
the country, if there is no one to drive them
to market.

We are letting rule makers destroy our country
a little bit each day.. This one is already
being felt in the trucking industry. We
actually have some companies that are so hard
up to find drivers that they are flying
airplanes around the city with banners looking
for drivers.. They are also running radio ads
like crazy looking for new drivers. All of this
because another faceless, nameless bureaucrat
got up one morning and decided to make life
miserable once again for everyone else. Power
mad people, that we can't even identify!

Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites
All kinds of ways to scratch the itch.

h/t to Anita Sands whose website is choc-full of goodies (scroll down for the good stuff)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Skunk and Turtle

Last night and this morning I still smelled a skunk near the cold air return.  I wonder if that little varmint has moved into my basement, or is it just residual smell hanging around?  I guess I should keep an eye out for the stripy fellow.

I knew a kid once who had a pet albino skunk (destinkified).  It was pretty friendly.  But, you have to destink them when they're babies.

My roommate brought home a one-eyed turtle that was in danger of getting run over.  He said he turned the turtle loose in my front yard somewhere.  I can't decide whether to name this turtle Odin or Horus.  I'm leaning towards Odin.  But I haven't seen him yet. (my front yard is a little jungle of a garden).

So, I looked up what they eat.  Skunks are omnivores but love fruit.  So that might explain the presence of the skunk: I've got a grapevine and an apple tree producing fruit now.  Some creature keeps eating grapes on the edge of the fire pit and leaving the skins behind.  I thought it was a bird, but maybe it's that skunk!

Turtles eat vegetation mostly, if they're land turtles.  I'm thinking they probably don't eat much, compared to say, rabbits.  I hope this turtle doesn't take a liking to something rare/slow growing and eat it all; otherwise I guess the garden is a pretty good place for Mr. Turtle.

Review of 2016 Movie

I went last night to see the 2016 movie.  It presents a new angle on Obama's past.  The filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, who is from India, went to college here, born the same year as Obama, and with similar experiences having lived both here in the US and in a 3rd world country that was a former colony, thinks that what makes Obama tick is a sense of anticolonialism and also some Marxism.

Obama's old minister from Chicago is not just some nut bag.  He is the main spokesperson for liberation theology.  This is basically anticolonialism turned into religion.  They were quite close before he said things that embarrassed Obama during his campaign in 2008.

Many of Obama's close friends from the past were Marxists.  William Ayers (who bombed 3 government buildings and is still unrepentant), Frank Marshall Davis, etc.

The elder Barack Obama from Kenya was an anti-colonial activist. He met Obama's mother while taking a Russian language class in Hawaii.

The US has taken the place of the UK as the "big empire" in the last century.  It is possible that Obama is trying to bring us down, through ballooning debt (rampant spending), whittling down our nuclear warheads from 5,000 to 1,500 and wanting to further reduce them to 300, not doing anything meaningful to stop Iran's nuclear program, and so forth.

Where I disagree with Mr. D'Souza is that he thinks that our hegemony is making life better worldwide.  I am not so sure.  It's certainly making life better inside the US, not so much in the diaspora I don't think.  (I'm for defense, but I'm also an anti-interventionalist).  But now we've got the NSA etc. turned inward.  The domestic side, the spying, the EO's and the DHS buying all that ammo are not all Obama's fault.  That is a continuation of stuff Bush started in 2001.

In this movie, a former Comptroller of the US said we're in danger of an economic collapse.  So there you have it, it's not just the doomsayers, it's someone who knows what he's talking about saying it.  But everyone can feel it.  You don't need to be some big expert to know there's something rotten in Denmark. (no offense to the actual Denmark)

There were also some other interesting tidbits.  For one, Obama's half brother George Obama was interviewed.  He lives in a shack in Kenya but doesn't want any handouts from Barack, and thinks that Kenya shouldn't have kicked out the colonists so fast because other colonies that didn't are more prosperous now.  He seemed like an intelligent young man, and he resembled the President quite a bit.  Because of the resemblance, I am inclined not to believe Jerome Corsi's theory that Frank Marshall Davis was Obama's biological father.  However that doesn't resolve the birth certificate issue.

Interview with Whistleblower Binney on Stellar Wind (NSA Spy Project)

It is good to finally hear again from William Binney.  A true American hero.  He was the NSA code guy who had worked on Thinthread, the NSA electronic surveillance program, and he had figured out how to make it find possible terrorists without violating anyone else's privacy - when they took him off the program, started altering his code and turning it inward to spy on all Americans.  He left NSA in 2001, warned Congress of the warrantless wiretapping, and then NSA put him through the legal ringer for it.  He was exonerated, but it was expensive and drawn-out.  There were a couple other whistleblowers, coworkers of Mr. Binney, who whistleblew to Congress too and experienced similar harassment by NSA.

The NSA's cases back then became known as "pizza cases" because 99% of the leads they got were false positives that turned out to be people getting takeout food.  Also, Eliot Spitzer with his prostitutes got found out by this program, although they didn't see him being a terrorist in any way. 

In 2004, the DoJ ruled that warrantless wiretapping was illegal.  Then AG John Ashcroft got sick with acute pancreatitis and Pres. Bush sent White House counsel Alberto Gonzales to try to get him to sign something on his hospital bed that would re-allow the unwarranted wiretapping.  Ashcroft was "unable" to sign the document (per Wikipedia) so then Bush went ahead and did it anyway over the objections of the DoJ.  Several people at the DoJ almost resigned over it.

It's my suspicion that NSA has been spying on us all along and squirreling the data away for future analysis.  Perhaps now they know us better than we know ourselves.  (At least they'll know how many pizzas we eat.)

Anyway, Mr. Binney has been speaking out this year, warning about the continuing NSA surveillance of Americans.  The newest iteration of this program is called "Stellar Wind" and there is a large facility for it being built in Hilldale, Utah where there is incidentally also a large community of Fundamentalist Mormons (the kind that still believe in polygamy and aren't recognized by the LDS).  This is in my opinion a stroke of spy genius, because the people in that town probably all know each other more or less, and have distinct mannerisms and dress that an outsider would not easily be able to accurately imitate, and so anyone trying to get near the place would stick out like a sore thumb.

Binney said in the interview the NSA must have decided to do this program back in 2001 because that's when the equipment started coming in.  I wonder if they planned to spy on us all from the start?

Read also what Wikipedia had to say about Stellar Wind at

Monday, August 27, 2012

Skunk Turnips?

I was boiling some turnips from the garden just now, and smelled a skunk.  I thought the turnips were stinking up the kitchen.

It really was a skunk, as it turns out.  Peeeeee Ewwwwww!

The turnips were OK.  I made them with butter, salt, pepper, and some garlic powder.  The greens are getting kind of holey and tough, so I'm not bothering with them.  They're going in the compost.

Obama Asked Eurozone to Keep Greece In Until After Our Election

I guess that's so he'll either have "more flexibility" (traitor!) or so that he'll be able to blame it on Romney when the Euro crashes taking the dollar with it.

(Here is what I am referring to with "more flexibility".  Lest we forget.  This is Obama's "off-mic" moment with Medvedev. HE IS SELLING US OUT TO THE RUSSIANS. THE TRAITOR.)

Fill Your Gas Tank Today

Here is a hot tip from a commenter under the Survivalist Blog:
 Please go fill your gas tanks and storage tanks TODAY, if at all possible, no matter where you live. The off-shore rigs are shutting down and sending people home in anticipation of Isaac as I write this. FUEL PRICES ARE GOING UP, AGAIN, due to “lost production”.
 So, if you don't have a full tank now, go get you one before the prices jump.  Down in LA people are already lining up at gas stations.

2016: Obama's America Movie Trailer

Here is the trailer
Here is the website
Note that theaters are having trouble getting ads for this movie into newspapers, but you can find a theater showing it by going to that website.

It was done by the producer of Schindler's List and Jurassic Park. Should have good production values.

Here's what the website said about the film.

2016 Obama's America takes audiences on a gripping visual journey into the heart of the world’s most powerful office to reveal the struggle of whether one man's past will redefine America over the next four years. The film examines the question, "If Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?" Across the globe and in America, people in 2008 hungered for a leader who would unite and lift us from economic turmoil and war. True to America’s ideals, they invested their hope in a new kind of president, Barack Obama. What they didn't know is that Obama is a man with a past, and in powerful ways that past defines him--who he is, how he thinks, and where he intends to take America and the world.
Immersed in exotic locales across four continents, best selling author Dinesh D’Souza races against time to find answers to Obama’s past and reveal where America will be in 2016. During this journey he discovers how Hope and Change became radically misunderstood, and identifies new flashpoints for hot wars in mankind’s greatest struggle. The journey moves quickly over the arc of the old colonial empires, into America’s empire of liberty, and we see the unfolding realignment of nations and the shape of the global future.
Emotionally engaging, 2016 Obama’s America will make you confounded and cheer as you discover the mysteries and answers to your greatest aspirations and worst fears.
Love him or hate him, you don’t know him

Here's the bios of the two filmmakers (from that website)

Gerald R. Molen
Gerald Molen has produced many of the most memorable films in the last three decades including blockbusters like Jurassic Park, Twister, Days of Thunder, Hook and Minority Report. He was a producer for the Academy Award winning film Schindler’s List and co-producer for Rain Man which won the Oscar for Best Picture.

Dinesh D’Souza
Born in Mumbai, India Dinesh D'Souza has truly lived the American Dream. He moved to the United States to attend Dartmouth College and upon graduation he went to work in the Reagan White House as a policy analyst. He has been a fellow of the Hoover Institute at Stanford University and the American Enterprise Institute. He is also the author of the New York Times Bestseller The Roots of Obama’s Rage. His other book titles include the popular What’s So Great About Christianity, Letters to a Young Conservative, and The End of Racism. He is a popular speaker and has appeared on Hannity, The Colbert Report, Glenn Beck and Politically Incorrect.

Is Saudi Spy Chief Prince Bandar Still Alive?

I hope if he is alive, he comes out and says "The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated".  That would be funny.  Anyway he still hasn't been seen in public, this is only a leak from someone who says that he knows Bandar called someone on the phone.

He needs to be seen alive.  A second hand report of him making a phone call, when someone's voice can now be faked by a computer and someone typing in real time, isn't enough for me to believe.

Bill Gates Wants To Take Your Meat Away

Notice the "experts" saying water shortages will lead to widespread vegetarianism are linked to Bill Gates.

For a distaff view see here.  This makes much more sense.

Basically, by raising grass-fed beef and free-range chicken, we can use land that could not otherwise be turned to growing crops, and converting grass and bugs and the like into tasty meat, eggs and milk.  Modern agriculture destroys topsoil and is not sustainable in the long run, and there is a lot more nutrition per ounce in meat than in, say, wheat corn or soy.  It's a good way to let a field lay fallow and fertilize it by planting grass and having the cows plop on it for a year. Also, if we are going to eventually replace fertilizer with manure, we're going to need animals that produce manure, no?

Now if we can get the beef industry converted over to grass-fed beef instead of stuffing those poor cows full of soybeans and antibiotics to combat the gut problems they get from eating soy...we'd all be eating a lot healthier.

And I can also say BS to the "experts" touted by Bill Gates and co.  It is not livestock that uses so much water.  It's a miniscule amount compared to irrigation and power production.  In fact the production of electric power uses almost twice the water as irrigation does in the US. Here's a handy diagram for you, found at link below.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Tax Wall Street! Says Webster Tarpley
Download the flyer at the link below the pic if you want to print and put it up.
A 1% sales tax on the 1%?
If it'll bring us out of this slump and stop the crash I'm all for it. But they will also have to stop spending like drunken sailors, and audit the Fed if they're going to make me happy.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Re-Revision of Opinion about Brandon Raub

Some of those posts he was making on FB were apparently part of a FB based game Mr. Raub was playing with his brother and sister.  The one about sharpening the axe in particular, for sure.  I don't know about the other ones.

Raub doesn't own any guns, apparently. (that's odd for a veteran, but OK, it just makes his case stronger).  He had never been to a shrink in his life for anything.

Mr. Raub's lawyer speaks out.  He said this case gave him the creeps because Raub hadn't committed any crime. (see embed below)

If that's all the FBI had, they must be hurting for actual examples of dangerous veterans.  Although I think that often test cases tend to be grossly unfair in general, just so they can set a high precedent.  Perhaps they were LOOKING for someone who hadn't committed a crime/didn't own guns to pick on, so as to make a "pure" case, one where when they used it as a precedent there would be no arguments against it for those things.

I hope Mr. Raub sues them for violating his civil rights, and wins.  Again, Hooray for Pushback!  And, yet another reason NOT to mess with the US Constitution.  It's keeping Big Brother at bay.

Russia Joins the WTO
We have a sort of trade embargo with Russia dating back to the Cold War and for their WTO membership to mean any kind of deals here, we'd have to lift the embargo.  But for what it's worth, they're now a member of the WTO.

Pushback in Phoenix Bottled Water Case!
A city official from Phoenix, AZ came up to a woman with a church group handing out bottled water on a 112-degree day and told her it was not allowed without a permit.

Her lawyer is threatening a lawsuit unless the City of Phoenix apologizes and trains its officers in the proper administration of the law - it was perfectly legal for her to hand out bottled water, and within their rights under the 1st and 14th Amendments.  Hooray for her, she fought back!

There's that pesky Constitution again!  No wonder the liberal pundits want to do away with it.  Don't let them do that, or the water nazis, the garden nazis and every other kind of nazi will be running roughshod over everyone.

Jerome Corsi link

I am adding a blog roll link to  This is Jerome Corsi's website, mostly about his research into Obama's past.  Jerome Corsi is an investigative journalist.  He is almost the only one out there who is putting his career and life on the line to dig and figure out if Obama is who he says he is.  The other one is Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  What they have found is disgusting and alarming.  Everyone should read and listen to what they have to say.  They have proof the president is either a foreigner, or that maybe he and his parents lied about his country of birth in order to get him cheap/free education.  (he could not have attended school in Indonesia without being a citizen of Indonesia).

The electronic birth certificate proffered by the WH is a forgery, and so is the Selective Service card.  That doesn't in itself prove he is a foreigner, but why would a real citizen (or his staff) bother to fake his documentation?

The word needed to be spread anyway, but I am doing this because I got mad at that other FB troll I got sucked into arguing with.  So now instead of yammer on FB I will do something concrete, put money where my mouth is, find another venue to be active in, volunteer time, whatever.  I'm just getting warmed up.

Trolls or no, the truth will out.

Quebec Kitchen Garden Saved by Public Outcry
These people in Quebec had a really attractive front yard veggie garden, and the city of Drummond tried to make them rip it out.  Public outcry changed that, and Drummond city council decided to let them keep it.  This sets a precedent that others can use to fight the garden nazis.


Get civically involved.  It actually does make a difference.  The likes of the garden nazis are well funded and organized, but if enough ordinary people fight the encroachment on property rights, the nazis won't get their way.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

FB Marine Veteran Brandon Raub Released from Loony Bin by Judge's Order
Apparently the petition to put Mr. Raub in the loony bin contained no facts and therefore it was a violation of his civil rights to hold him there.  So a judge ordered him released, and he walked out this afternoon.

Regardless of Brandon Raub's mental state while he was writing those FB posts, this is looking more and more to be a test case.  They were going to force-medicate him too.  I hope he can avoid that because those drugs can make you stupid.

Once someone is awake, there is no "blue pill".  They wanted to drug him to hide their own insanity.

Hell, I know what it's like being on FB and wanting to flame. I've said I wanted my own tank (painted pink of course) on several occasions just to piss off anti-gunners.

I can see how it would be easy for someone with more testosterone than me to get all macho on FB.

Just keep in mind kiddies, FB and Google (like Blogger!) are CIA properties designed to spy on us.

Greece Ready To Sell Some Islands

Greece should not sell its islands.  That is like someone eating their own hands because they're hungry.  Also people shouldn't buy them, because they could just be confiscated later by future Greek politicians who disagreed with the first ones selling them.

I have an idea for a profitable use of an island: Turn one of those islands into a kind of Alcatraz for banksters!  Then make them pay for every little comfort thing like toothbrushes and pillows, the way they do in ICE prisons.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lots of Canning & Dehydrating

I've been busy... I even blew off another political FB troll instead of getting sucked in, that's how busy I was. OMG Penny Pincher ignoring politics?  Alien Being, bring back Penny Pincher!

I made tomato sauce for the first time tonight.  About 2/3 of a gallon of tomatoes or more cooked down to a pint of sauce and a little bit extra.  I used this little juicer I bought last year in a thrift store to get the juice out of the tomatoes, then I mushed the leftover paste through a sieve with a spoon to get more out of it.  The juicer is missing the clamps that keep the lid on, so I have to hold/push it down.  I'm going to make clamps from wire for next time, but it worked.  The pusher is also missing, so I was just using the hilt of the knife I was cutting tomatoes with.  That seemed to work.  I added a couple tablespoons of sugar, a pinch of salt, basil, oregano, garlic, a shallot I had sitting around, and a tiny pinch of peppermint. 

The mint is a Sicilian touch I wanted to try.  Each region of Italy had its own favorite way to flavor tomato sauce, and once upon a time you could walk down the street in Brooklyn and tell where someone was from by the smell of their sauce they had cooking.  You can't really taste the mint in mine but it makes an extra note to the flavor.  I think I used too much sugar, though.  It was a little on the sweet side.  Next time, I'll only put a tablespoon per pint, if it needs sugar at all. 

So, all you have to do is boil the juice down until it's thick, add your herbs and such, boil it a little more, and then either use it or can it in a boiling water bath.  If you're going to add meat you will need to pressure can it, but if it's basically just tomatoes and herbs you can use the boiling water bath.

The skins and seeds I soaked; I'll pour off the water with the skins in a couple days and dry the seeds, which will sink.  They have to ferment a bit.  Of course this batch of seeds is a jumble of 4 varieties.  It's a seed grab bag.

Speaking of fermentation, when you can peaches, the skins are not trash.  Tralalalala...

I then made eggplant parmesan, but discovered that I needed more sauce.  But I didn't want to open the jar I had just canned so I used up the little bit of new sauce that was leftover and opened a couple older small store bought cans from the pantry.  I saved seeds from the eggplant, but I don't know if it's a hybrid or an heirloom.  It was a big fat eggplant I'd gotten at a farm stand, and not shaped like a supermarket eggplant.  The eggplant I'm growing is making fruit the size of eggs.  I forget if it's supposed to be a miniature or what, but it's pretty useless.

I also canned 5 pints of apples from the tree next door, and I'm also trying to dehydrate apple slices.  The next few days are supposed to be sunny and hot, so I plan to set out the solar dehydrator in the middle of the back yard and let 'er rip.  At night I'll put the racks in the oven with the pilot light on.

I mentioned the thrift store.  They had a half off sale tonight and I found a little propane grill there.  It looks to have never been used - the lava rocks are still in a plastic bag.  They're for storing heat and then releasing it slowly.  WOOT!  I'll have to test it sometime next week.  It's the perfect size for emergency cooking if the gas is off and it's too nasty out to use the fire pit.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Nurse Who Treated Batman Shooting Victims Found Drowned

Jennifer Galagher, age 46, was found drowned in a lake in Iowa, 700 miles from her home, on Aug. 7.  She was the nurse who treated the Batman shooting victims and "saw everything".  The statement the news published from her husband mentions she went boating with an unnamed "friend" at night after everyone else went to sleep, and "wasn't a strong swimmer".  Yet she was athletic and was known to have surfed before.

Oh why am I not surprised?  It all smells fishy to me.  Who was this "friend"?  Why would she go out after everyone else was asleep to go boating at night?  It makes no sense at all.  But how conveeeeeenient that the star witness to the kind of bullet wounds people had, who might have heard what all the survivors said right after the incident, would just die mysteriously.

Will no-one rid us of these meddlesome creeps?

Iron Browser: Private Knockoff of Chrome
Iron Browser is a private browser that acts like Google Chrome, only without spying on you.  I'll add this link to the online privacy page.

Germany Removes Euro Statue From Frankfurt Airport
They said it was because the plastic parts were getting weak, and it was in the way of a new terminal.

That about sums it up symbolically as well, doesn't it?

Rumor also has it they're printing Deutschmarks again just in case they exit the Euro.  In order to survive, they will need to do that.  They can't keep supporting everybody else or they will get dragged down the hole too.

Of course, the whole idea of a Euro was dumb in the first place. It was setting Europe up to be like the US, borrowing money into existence from a central bank at interest.  But Europe didn't have the advantage of having the world's reserve currency; and parts of Europe are more industrial than others, so would be milked to pay for the rest; and Europe is more socialistic to begin with, so there's more welfare to pay for; and you still have the very real language barriers and cultural differences from country to country.  Those areas are different countries for a reason.  So then you have the wealthier countries resenting getting sucked dry by the poorer ones.

The magic of compound interest is that it enslaves the borrower to the lender.  If the borrower defaults, the lender has the power of the law to take the collateral.  In this case the collateral is control over people and natural resources.  Sounds like slavery to me.

Is this the biggest case of predatory lending ever or what? (just wait till the dollar collapses too)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Get Your Money Out Now

This is scary.  This article says that because of a recent court decision, banks are now allowed to keep your money if they go under.  The FDIC might not replace it, it seems.  They've been telling the banks to make a plan for a crisis without the help of the federal government.

Not only that, but some banks have reduced the amount you can get per day with an ATM.  If you try to withdraw more than the ATM allowed daily amount by going into the branch to get cash, they will question you in a back room (which is illegal) and forward your answers to the DHS.  Everything you buy with a bank account gets reported also to DHS now.

Sooooooo, if you want to have cash money during and after the crash, get it out now, and make up some stupid excuse to tell the bank people, like you're buying a boat on Craigs List  or something.  If I were you, though, I'd leave like $100 in the account as a cushion and then whenever you want to pay a bill, do it right after you make the deposit so the money isn't just sitting in there.  That way you still have a checking account but you likely won't lose too much money if the bank goes under.

Historically, 80% or so of all bank crises happen during the month of September.

If you have a lot of money in the bank and want to hide it in your home, there are things you can do to hide it good, like wall it in.  Just keep in mind that mice like to chew up paper.  So put it in a container the mice can't get in.  After a crash, even if you have no mice now, there might be more mice, just from other people not being able to keep them under control, lack of garbage removal service, etc.

If the dollar becomes worthless, though, which it well might, you might consider stocking up on things you would have had to buy anyway, like food or toilet paper. But I've been saying that all along.  Having enough cash on hand to get out of the country is a good thing, if it comes to that.  Having enough silver or gold also to do the same, might also be an idea.  Jewelry is always good, for gold.  Even if they ban bullion they probably won't ban people's wedding rings.

Although the Italians rounded up all the gold jewelry during WW2.  So you never know.

Fall Garden, and Copper Thief Nabbed by Kid

Yesterday when I finally tore myself out from the internet, I planted my fall garden. I also fixed a 1-course dry retaining wall that had caved out in my garden.  I might have to stake the bricks if it does it again.

Now is the time to plant seeds for a fall garden.  You can plant cabbage, broccoli, kale, Swiss chard, carrots, beets, turnips, radishes, also leaf lettuce and even peas.  It's also the time to plant garlic cloves and onion seeds for next year.

For winter carbs, turnips are a good choice.  They're easy to grow and most of your neighbors won't want to steal them.  You can also eat the greens.  Turnips are strong tasting, so I like to stir fry them.  This way I can dump soy sauce on them, or cook them with ham, and these other strong flavors cut the turnipy flavor.  Adding rice calms down the whole flavor in general.  If you have never had turnips before, peeling them is a good idea before you cook them.  It's not necessary, but it makes them easier to mash and/or eat.  The skin is a little tough.  Plant them about 4 or 5 inches apart, so they have room to get nice and big.

In other news, someone told me that copper thieves broke into the empty house on the corner of my street and an alley a few nights ago, and stole all the copper.  But one of the neighborhood teens chased one of them down and held him on the ground with the threat of a baseball bat until the cops got there.  The cops/officials in my town aren't stupid like in other places, they tolerate citizens watching their own neighborhoods, and they tolerate vegetable gardens as long as you keep them neat. I am so lucky to live in a place with common sense.  They arrested the perp and they left the kid alone.  Halleluiah!

My next door neighbor moved out yesterday too, someone bought his house and they'll be moving in soon.  He should have left his curtains up.  Now I will have to watch his house, until the next people move in.  In a way, it's a good thing he sold it because I'll have a nice high comp if I want to sell mine.  His house is about the same size as mine and is zoned the same.

I have an idea for a fence that isn't a fence.  I think I'll get some 55 gallon barrels, fill them with dirt, and arrange them in a row as "planters".  Actually one of them could be an additional rain barrel instead. Hmm.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Another Writer on DTOM Blog Weighs in on Brandon Raub

This guy compassionately guesses that Brandon Raub was stuck in a depression loop, and was probably at the stage of more of what I called a "blowhard" rather than dangerous.  I'm afraid I wasn't very charitable towards his condition, and I should point out that "crazy" can be temporary, or just stress related.

He says, we've got to get past this fear loop about the crash, and instead figure out ways to help, and be peaceful unto ourselves, and to stop supporting the corrupt elements of our society.  He makes a good point.

There is a little bit of Mr. Raub in all of us.  Angry person wanting to be free.  Let's channel it into civic involvement.  And with that, I'm AGAIN going to get off line and go do something productive. 

Ahll Be Baaaaack!

Drought Affecting Power Plants

Power plants account for half the water usage in the US.  The drought is beginning to affect them.  Sometimes because the water is too warm to use, sometimes because there is a water shortage.

I wonder if there is some way to retool the power plant water usage so that they can re-use the same water over and over again?  Maybe clean it on site and then pump it back in?  How expensive would it be?

Revision of Opinion on Brandon Raub

I went over to that blog that the guy Brandon Raub who was put in the loony bin by the FBI/Secret Service contributed to, and someone in a comment had copied some of his FB posts there that might have been what made the feds nervous.  So here they are.

1) I feel like I am standing at a great crossroads. As if a storm of destiny is about to pick me up and take me to fight a great battle. A battle I could have never imagined existed. 7/24/12
2) We MUST rise up and take our country back. 7/30/12
3) I am standing against a great evil. I will do it all by myself if I have to. 8/4/12
5) This is the part where I tell the Federal Government to go fuck itself. This is the part where I tell Generals, training our young men to fight Americans, I am coming for you. The Veterans will be with me. 8/9/12
6) I’m starting the Revolution. I’m done waiting. 8/10/12
7) Sharpen up my axe; I’m here to sever heads. 8/13/12
8) The Revolution will come for me. Men will be at my door soon to pick me up to lead it. ;) 8/14/12
9) The Revolution is here. And I will lead it. 8/14/12
This isn't going to be very popular of me among the more hard-line liberty people, but here is my take on this.  The FBI/USSS was just doing their job, based on the above posts.  Because just like they take bomb jokes seriously in airports, Mr. Raub could be one of three things, and it's their job to find out which:

1. A genuine leader of a revolution about to happen, who has no clue whatsoever about OPSEC.
2. A blowhard who likes to sling rhetoric around on FB but who is all hot air and no action
3. A crazy person who might be planning some violence by himself, and who has no clue about OPSEC

The moral of the story is, if you're Generalissimo Johnny Reb, or even if you just THINK you're Generalissimo Johnny Reb, don't broadcast it on FB!  Duh!

My personal guess is that Mr. Raub is probably somewhere between #2 and #3.  He was a decorated Marine, which means he has soldier experience. But taking and translating that to an ideologically based war in the US where he'd essentially be fighting his own kind, even if he's full of rhetoric, he might still hesitate at the trigger.  The toughest guys don't talk about being tough.  The blowhards generally aren't tough.

He might have had some web "friends" and some acquaintances who thought the same as him, but that is NOT the same as having your own volunteer militia. 

Also, we can eliminate #1.  What organized volunteer militia is just waiting for someone to come and be their Generalissimo?  If they were that organized, they'd already have a strong leader, because according to one threeper blog I was exploring one day, keeping one together is like herding cats.  So they're never going to assemble themselves and then just knock on this guy's door one day and say "Be Our Leader".
I'll Be Generalissimo! Pick Me! Pick Me!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

More on Civic Involvement

In my opinion, the best kind of civic involvement starts with your immediate surroundings and radiates out from there.  One person can affect local politics more than they can national or international politics.  But not just politics is involved.  When you get face to face like that, you have to set an example.  And every concentric circle has to be in order.

Start with your insides.  You cannot pour milk from an empty pitcher.  Are you good to yourself in terms of taking care of your health and well being?  Then your outsides.  Do you take care of your appearance and your cleanliness, or are you slovenly and stinky?  Then your finances.  Are your finances and budget the most responsible they can be, or are you living upside-down?  Then radiate outward to your family.  Do you treat them honorably, do you take time with your kids or do you let them run wild while you yell at them from in front of the TV?  How is your relationship with your spouse, your parents, your roommates?  Then your home.  Do you take care of your home, or is it a mess?  Does it stick out like a sore thumb in the neighborhood?  Does it make an example your neighbors will want to follow?  And then your preps.  Do you have emergency supplies?  Are you prepping in a well rounded way?  Are you not only stocking up on supplies, but developing means of production?  Do you have a home defense plan?  A fire drill plan? An evacuation plan?  A quarantine plan?

Once you get all that in order, or while you get all that in order (because it's a never-ending job), you can look for a local community council meeting to go to, or get involved in a local charity.  My charities/involvement of choice are Appleseed, and my church.  And you can write to your congresscritters, or get involved in people's campaigns, but really staying abreast of the news and writing letters shouldn't take more than 15 to 30 minutes a day.  You can also listen to podcasts while doing other things, if you are a news junkie like me.

The best thing you can do right now for civic involvement is quit watching TV.  That will give you the time to do all the other stuff.  And put down the smartphone.  Now fix one small thing, write one letter, or find that community council meeting and make a note to go there and see what's up.

Once I post this, I'm going to get up and not stop doing stuff until late evening.  Have a great day.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Here Come the Thought Police (Brandon Raub detained)
Scary.  A young, decorated ex-Marine, Brandon Raub who complained about the government on Facebook has been taken away in cuffs and put in a mental institution by the FBI and Secret Service. 

Am I next?!?  should be the question on all liberty bloggers' minds.  Theoretically we have freedom of speech, but it seems our own government wants to differ on that point.  But I don't have enough information to make that call.  The next question is, what exactly did he say that set them off?  Did he actually make threats, or is this just a test case?  Or is this an echo of Stalin sending political dissidents to mental institutions?

One thing that struck me funny was that they waited until his housemates were away and he was home alone, then took him, then accused him of resisting arrest.  I guess they were counting on there not being any witnesses.  His brother arrived on the scene and videotaped his being put in the police car in cuffs, so there is film evidence of him not resisting arrest.  Except apparently he wasn't actually arrested?  So, there's conflicting stories.  How can he be accused of resisting arrest when he wasn't arrested?

I just want to be clear here:  I'm for liberty.  I hope we can save our country, representative government, Constitution and all, from the upcoming crash, and not throw out the baby with the bath water.  I don't think that the setup we have - the form - is inherently wrong; I just think that insiders across several administrations have been busy abusing it and perverting it and changing it into Not-Liberty.  We just need to get more people involved civically - to participate fully in politics - because sitting around grumbling isn't going to get it.  And we have to get past this D vs. R stuff long enough to band together and stop the madness.

I have seen various liberty bloggers saying don't vote.  That is a stupid idea.  You don't have to vote for either D or R.  You can vote for a write-in.  You can vote for a 3rd party candidate.  In a presidential election, it's not even the popular vote that elects them, it's the electoral votes.  

Robot Cops Coming Soon
These are being touted as "rescue" robots, bipedal but being controlled by a human with a joystick somewhere.  It won't be long before a crowd of them would be controlled by one person, or even an autonomous computer program.

This would eliminate that pesky regard that humans have for humanity.  The shadow government could send in packs of 'bots to kill everyone in some colony of "rebels", like Terminator robots.  The 'bots wouldn't care if their victim was the family dog, a little kid, or some old guy in a bed.  They'd be able to hear your heartbeat or detect the carbon dioxide from your breath.  They'd probably communicate by radio, unless they were programmed to order you around by talking to you.

If TPTB get their wish of controlling humanity with technology, the rebels will have to have hackers, radio experts, and electronics people among them, so they can reprogram these 'bots and defeat the technology with other technology.  Therefore do not disdain the geeks, and do not ignore new technology thinking we're all going to go back to living like it's the 1800's.

Make Your Own Water Filter
Instructions on how to make your own water filter.  You can use a barrel with a spigot, or for a smaller filter, a flowerpot on top of a big jar to collect the water.

For this you have to also know how to make charcoal.  This involves cooking dry (not green) twigs of wood from which the bark has been stripped in an almost-sealed can, with a little hole in the lid, until the gases appear to have stopped coming out of that can.  Do not use briquettes. 

BTW, charcoal made in this manner is also the kind you also need for homemade gunpowder, if you're into re-enactment or if commercial gunpowder becomes unavailable some day.  Briquettes won't work for that either.  Apparently the secret to good gunpowder is the quality of the charcoal. (caveat: I've been reading muzzle loader books lately - I haven't tried to do this myself).

h/t to

How to Tell Fake Olive Oil

One test (not foolproof) put it in the fridge, if it doesn't solidify, it's probably canola or soy oil, but it's certainly not olive oil.  But they might have made it with other oils that do solidify, so solid oil is not an absolute positive.

Another test: if it tastes "rough" and burns the back of your throat, it's probably real extra-virgin olive oil.  The fake stuff is too "sanitized" and the real stuff is a bit raucus.

But read the article linked above for more details.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ecuador Agrees to Shelter Assange, UK Threatens to Break In & Take Him

The UK is threatening to practice selective enforcement of its own laws.  It claims it can "de-embassy" the Ecuadorian embassy, stripping it of its diplomatic immunity, and then storm in there and get Assange.

The Swedish government refused an offer to question Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy.  They haven't actually charged him with anything. Yet they want to take him back to Sweden, why?  To ask him special questions they can't ask him at the embassy?

If this were really about two Swedish whores who got mad when they found out they were sloppy seconds, it wouldn't have been worth all that fuss.  It's about the leaks.  But they can't prove much.  So it's sort of like charging Al Capone with tax evasion because they can't get enough evidence to convict him of being a gangster.  

Never mind that none of the leaks were really all that damaging to the US.  I think it's more about them trying to stop him from making future leaks, and making an example out of him. Since Wikileaks was probably a CIA/Mossad operation to begin with, my conclusion is that either this is all a charade, designed to scare other leakers into submission, or that Assange went rogue on them, released real leaks, and they're pissed.  Probably the latter.

Assange reportedly has some kind of "insurance file" but Wikileaks has been DDoS'd so bad it was offline the other day.  How are they going to release the file then?  Unless other people have it too?  And how damaging is the insurance file?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

CIA/In-Q-Tel Funded Gizmo Companies

h/t to

These are companies making the cutting-edge gizmos.  A lot of them are about using less electricity or being small: tiny long-life batteries, V2K commo devices you can hide in your mouth (I'd be tempted to sing real loud into anything I thought was a bug), a camera that looks like a Bluetooth earpiece and that streams and records video, a radar device the size of a paperback romance.

Some of them I'd be tempted to buy, if I had the money.  That Bluetooth camera sounds neat.

Toga Makers Fiddling While Rome Burns

Here's a gee-whiz maker cyber fashion show.  The most interesting one in my opinion is the "holy dress" that is essentially a polygraph machine, shock collar, and a dress all in one.  Just don't try to go out in one, because you'd get stripped by the first copper thief that sees you.

There's also a dress that serves cocktails, and a dress that becomes transparent when you run current through it. ("that's hot!")

Somehow this all reminds me of the fashions at the capitol in the Hunger Games movie.

Wikileaks Gets DDoS'd By Antileaks

This was reported 2 days ago, a group of "young citizens of the US" (probably NSA in disguise) calling themselves Antileaks has done a 10 Gbps DDoS attack against Wikileaks, preventing them from leaking the Stratfor emails regarding Abraxas' Trapwire system.  Antileaks said it was in protest against Julian Assange seeking asylum in Ecuador.

Trapwire is the facial recognition program in the spy streetlamps, and it also reportedly hooks up to Facebook and other social media sites. It looks for people "acting suspicious", like taking photos.  Tourists, beware.

So, yesterday Anonymous and a group called the People's Liberation Front (PLF) said they are starting ‘Operation TrapWire’. “We will find, hack – and destroy the servers where the AI ‘electronic brain’ of this program is housed.”

I guess that's easier than a group running around with spray paint on a pole and hitting all the street lamps?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Air Traffic New System Vulnerable to Hackers

I heard this on NPR today as well.  Something about spoofing ghost planes with a computer program.

Reminds me of this song:

I wonder if drones might be going to use a similar system?

DHS Wants 750 Million More Rounds

This guy Silicon Graybeard has analyzed the situation and presents the sanest interpretation I've seen so far.  While the amount is not set in stone, and while it's not like they want all the rounds all at once, it's still a bit concerning.  Obviously gov is gearing up for unrest, and that you can pretty much take to the bank.  (Or not, since the banks will probably have a holiday soon.)

I've also heard the theory that by buying all these rounds, they'll be keeping rounds off the shelves where civilians might have bought them.  I don't know if that's the case, but I imagine the manufacturers of bullets have a finite rate of throughput after which they'd be back ordered.  Plus, it would be easier for the gov to stop ammo sales than to take away guns.

As they say, Stack 'em high and deep...

DIY 5-Gallon Bucket Impact Armor
I stumbled on this tonight and thought it would be funny if it was left bright orange like the Homer bucket.
But, if you want lower visibility I'd try the Lowes buckets. They're gray.
(Obviously this is not ballistic armor - but might be good for protests, or even DIY hockey armor.)

Monday, August 13, 2012

NYT/CNN/Time Anti-Gun Shill Fareed Zakaria Suspended for Plagiarism

Yay, it's about time!
This guy plagiarized the New Yorker to write an anti-gun article for Time.
This is the same nitwit who suggested doing away with the Constitution in a NYT article last year.

I hope they just fire him for good.
Heck, if he doesn't like how our Founding Fathers set up this country he should just go live in India instead.

The 15 Rules of Web Disruption

This is a little dig at that anti-gunner I was arguing with the other week.  Now I realize he was not only using straw man argument, but he was also doing #2.

#2, haha. How fitting.  More like going #2, all over FB.

Oh, I hear there's another shooting.  Those psyops guys are just gonna keep trying.  It's sad, really, how many unarmed people they will kill in order to take our guns from us, but I guess they just want killing us to be an easier job.

I heard this quip the other day: When it's time to start burying the guns, it's time to start digging up the guns.

Data Mining with Amazon
How to use Google searches of people's Amazon wishlists to find subversives...

Sunday, August 12, 2012

GMO People

GMO supersoldiers are desired by DARPA.  They're going to breed people to be supersoldiers, build them exoskeletons, and make them able to live on their own fat for days, and not have to sleep, like ants or cockcroaches.

How many clone soldiers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

Also while listening to BBC early this morning in the car, there was a segment with a bunch of global warming shills, one voice after another.  Among the disturbing calls for doing away with democracy and indignant jabs at people who have four kids, someone was saying they should genetically engineer humans to be smaller.
But they won't be as nice to the new Pygmies as Jean-Pierre Hallet was to these ones.
 I guess these supersoldiers get a pass on becoming Mini-Me.  But if they are bred to be soldiers, that would beg the question, what if someone bred to be one doesn't want to be one?  Would they have a choice?

Also, if the soldiers are engineered to never need sleep and be a bit plump and live off their fat in the field when they are young, what happens to them when they are too old to fight?  Would they become grossly obese, instead of sleek, plump fighting machines?  Who would they marry?  Some really small GMO woman from the intended population of pygmy slaves, or would they have to breed special women to marry (or service) the soldiers?  Or would they just kill them when they had outlived their usefulness?

(This is already happening - look at all the soldiers getting cancer from exposure to DU.  Soldiers, they use you up and throw you away.  What are you in the armed forces for?  Freedom or prosperity?  Seems like you are getting cheated out of both.  While I am very grateful for someone protecting my freedom, I do not think that is going to be happening anymore soon, unless I do it for myself.)

What are they going to do with the women?  Will our daughters be made into sex slaves or breeding stock?  Will we be killed if we are deemed too old or ugly, or our boobs aren't big enough by age 12 for some lecherous monster's taste?  Will it be like Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale"?  Will there be big amazon women soldiers, just for "equal" opportunity genetic tyranny?  Will they rip our babies from our arms, or just breed them away from wombs altogether so that nobody bonds with family anymore?
Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful!

Will there be sexless humans, like now they are making sexless goats?
Who, us?

Do you think there is room for gays or lesbians in this GMO world, if they're going to breed everyone for a purpose and control every aspect of your life?  If they're going to be that tyrannical, don't you think that gays and lesbians will suffer the same thing that happened to them after the Nazis got in power?

Would anyone even be allowed to be "normal"?  Do these global warming shills think they'd be given a pass to breed normally?  Do they think they and their children would be allowed to have liberties they would take from the rest of us?  I think not.  I think these useful idiots will be the first to die if they manage to maneuver us into a world like this.  They are deceived zealots.  A zealot who realizes they've been had is a formidable opponent.  Stalin and Hitler recognized this and killed the zealots who got them into power first.

I suspect these genetically engineered people already exist, either just in beta form or perhaps more numerous than we know.  Probably underground in a lab somewhere.  And so, I say to them:


Don't Let the Flame of Liberty Go Out.

Rand Paul says it all about the surveillance state.  They read a "gazillion" of our emails etc. as he says.  This is no way to live, to trade our liberty for the illusion of a little security.  We need to restore our privacy, our liberty, and our dignity.  Enough is enough.

I resolve too, to light such a candle, should anyone try to extinguish my flame of liberty, that it will be seen and remembered for a long time.  To paraphrase another famous person who fought England for freedom: I, a woman, will fight injustice.  You men can do what you want.

And so I dare to squawk from my soapbox, knowing some government employee is reading it.  Knowing I'm probably getting on some list. I WANT to be counted as someone who stands for liberty.  If I should die standing up for liberty, I will say this is a good day to die.

This message is also for those gov employees I mentioned.  I hope I am setting a good example for you.  Remember your oaths, if you took oaths.  You didn't swear oaths to any dear leader.  You didn't swear them to any party, or any alphabet soup agency.  You swore them to the Constitution. The one that defines how this country is to be run, and enumerates some of our God-given rights.  If you don't know the Constitution that you are sworn to uphold, go read it.  Today.  Ask yourself why the Bill of Rights are listed in the order they are listed.

If you didn't have to take an oath as part of getting your job, I want you to wonder why not.  And I want you to read the Constitution anyway, and think about what you stand for and why you have chosen that job.  Are you defending freedom?  Or are you in it for the paycheck?  What are you about?

Speaking of the Constitution, I was driving down the road early this morning and the BBC World News was on the radio.  This mouthpiece of the country we fought to get independence from had a piece about the alleged uselessness of constitutions.  The announcer claimed that because mass murderer and war criminal Stalin had enacted a lovely constitution enumerating all the rights the Russians had, and then proceeded to run roughshod over his own constitution, violating the Russian people's rights and throwing them into gulags, that constitutions were just symbols, like a flag, and therefore outmoded and useless relics.

I dare you, Mr. BBC announcer, to come here and say that.  Just because a criminal like Stalin breaks a law doesn't make the law null and void.  It doesn't matter how high up in the government the criminal is.  That is what makes for Rule of Law.  Without that all you have is rule of whoever has superior firepower.  Is that what you want, rule by warlords?

If someone does away with our Constitution, that's what we will have.  Rule by warlords.  Every time one of our rights is infringed, we get one step closer to rule by warlords.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Blackwater Bosses Say That Was the Old Boss
The new (since 2010) bosses of Blackwater aka Xe aka Academi say that all that criminal activity of arms smuggling listed on the complaint that made them pay $7.5 million recently, is a "legacy" affair, i.e. they've been good since 2010, and that all was the old boss' fault.

Time will tell.  Kinda reminds me of this song:

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Smile! Or Else! Man With Parkinsons Arrested for Not Smiling At Olympics

What is this world coming to?

Don't forget to cry for Kim Jong-Il, too, while you're at it...

Oh BTW, The beatings will continue until morale improves...

Real Gun Control

Real gun control = proper and responsible handling of your firearm.  See link above for the 7 deadly habits of range shooting that you should avoid if you want to be effective at defending yourself.

- H/T to

I would not do any CC holster draw practice with live ammunition.  Good way to shoot yourself in the leg.  Also if you do it at the range, you could shoot the guy next to you.  Or even if you're good, the guy next to you might be a fumbler and shoot you.  This is why many ranges don't allow that stuff.  Empty the pistol and dry fire it.  Get a dud round to put in there if you have to, to protect your firing pin.

If you want to do tacticool fun-house practice, you could also get an Airsoft pistol that resembles your real one so you don't kill anyone.

Miami Man Roy Antigua A Master of Disguise
This guy was arrested on some unrelated thing, then the cops searched his pad, and found a ton of costumes, government uniforms and fake ID's, including the things he would need to impersonate intelligence agents, various military officers, and a doctor.

Mr. Antigua appears to be from Cuba.

The question is, is he a spy or just someone who thought he was the next Frank Abagnale?

9-11 Suspect #1: Dick Cheney, Says Former Head of Star Wars Program

Dr. Robert M. Bowman, Lt. Col., USAF, has come out and said he thinks 9-11 was an inside job, or at least a stand down, that it's possible that whole parts of the military could have been unaware that something was fishy (due in part to confusion caused by an exercise of the exact same nature as the attack going on simultaneously), that the 911 Commission was a whitewash, and that in his opinion Dick Cheney is the most likely suspect as the mastermind.

Bowman is running for office in Florida.

Hooray for the truth tellers!  I think I'll donate to his campaign, that is, after I make that NRA donation when I get paid.  So, not this paycheck but the next one.

PS: That troll I was arguing with is actually a real person in meatspace.  Sadly.  Friends of a friend hang out with him.  And I thought I was going to out a sock puppet.  Oh well.  He's still a sheeple.

Is Colorado Shooting Tied to LIBOR Scandal?

I was reading this interesting page of symbolic pictures from this month and below it was this comment:

James Holmes FATHER, Robert Holmes, was set to provide crippling info. on LIBOR & OTHER BANKING SCANDALS. According to his LinkedIn profile, James Holmes’s father, Dr. Robert Holmes, who received a PhD in Statistics in 1981 from the University of California at Berkeley, worked for San Diego-based HNC Software, Inc. from 2000 to 2002. HNC, known as a “neural network” company, and DARPA, beginning in 1998, have worked on developing “cortronic neural networks,” which would allow machines to interpret aural and visual stimuli to THINK LIKE HUMANS.
Robert Holmes brief bio at linked in states the following: “My educational background is in Mathematics and Statistics. My experience over the last 10 years at HNC and FICO has been in developing predictive models for financial services; credit & fraud risk models, first and third party application fraud models and internet/online banking fraud models.”
Check out Robert Holmes (james holmes father) brief bio:
Something is very fishy! I’m not sure how it all ties in but it is strange. READ THIS ARTICLE.

OK, so try this tinfoil hat on for size: Robert Holmes had written software that can prove who perpetrated the fraud behind the LIBOR scandal and maybe other bank fraud perpetrated by the banks themselves.

He is told to STFU and he doesn't.  So as a warning or a punishment, they screw with his brilliant but shy son and either get him through something like scopalamine, electronic harrassment and suggestion to shoot a bunch of people, or frame him up, or a bit of both; and give him some kind of chemical lobotomy drug in jail so he can't talk and make sense.

Essentially this kills two birds with one stone: It removes one powerful tool in the prosecution of corrupt banksters, and it provides yet another scapegoat mascot for the anti-gun nuts to focus on.

But what this tells me is: The banksters can't predict everything will go their way.  (this is why they need a panopticon of surveillance - to discover people who might be about to defy them in some way.)  But the tighter their grip, the more people will realize how nasty they are, and then they'll be in trouble for real.

I shouldn't call on someone else to make this sacrifice, but Robert Holmes needs to just come out with the software anyway.  Show those jerks they can't rob the whole world forever.  The problem is, he's probably next if he does that.

Dennis Kucinich Goes Postal in Congress

The US Post Office is being systematically set up for a default on its retirement fund.  Congress mandated that they prepay for 75 years of retirement benefits in the space of 10 years time.  This is pretty much impossible.  They have now defaulted on part of this mandate.  And so the US Post office is going to go bankrupt probably at the end of 2012.  It's not because of mismanagement or not enough people sending snail mail.  It's because and only because of this mandate.

When the Post Office goes bankrupt (by design!) there are two kinds of predators waiting in the wings: Those who stand to benefit from stealing their business and making a private post office, and Wall Street, because the Post Office in attempting to fund the 75 years of benefits has accumulated a lot of assets, which would be devoured by the Wall Street vampires.

Dennis Kucinich spoke out in Congress on August 1 against the engineering of this default.  Hooray for the truth-tellers.  Here's what he said:

Article 1, Section 8, Clause 7 of the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the responsibility to establish and ensure operation of the Postal Service. 
Today, August 1, 2012 - 224 years after the Constitution was ratified - Congress is presiding over the disestablishment of the Postal Service. 
Today a manufactured default created by Congressional legislation is pushing the Postal Service to the brink.

Today the Postal Service will not make a payment that it should never have had to make in the first place to pay for prefunding 75 years of retiree benefits in 10 years. A manufactured default encouraged by banks and other interest groups. A move toward privatization of one of America’s most vital services. 
The Congress has a responsibility to stand up, but here in the U.S.A., under Citizens United, everything is up for auction including the Postal Service. 
Wake up, America. Universal service is on the line. Wake up, America and stand up for the Constitution. 575,000 Postal Service workers and our obligation to the American people to see to it that the Postal Service is rescued from those who want to push it into default or privatize it for their own profit.
 I have always said the US was flirting with the wrath of the gods for hubris when the Post Office issued the Forever stamp. Not because it's a little more inflation proof, but because it said "Forever" on it.  Issuing a lot of copies of something people use every day and consider to have worth is a form of mass meme mind-magick - it gets an idea into everyone's heads.  Sort of like the symbols on the $1 bill.  So to issue a stamp that says "Forever" and is supposed to be good "forever" is assuming a whole lot.

Although I really like the "Liberty Forever" stamps.  But liberty is an idea.  You can't kill an idea.

Blackwater in Hot Water Again
The military contractor Blackwater, aka Xe, aka Academi, is in trouble again, this time for the following:

Possessing automatic weapons in the United States without registration, lying to federal firearms regulators about weapons provided to the king of Jordan, passing secret plans for armored personnel carriers to Sweden and Denmark without U.S. government approval and illegally shipping body armor overseas. In an act of neighborly hospitality, the company also allegedly provided training to the Canadian military without the needed U.S. licenses.
While anti-gun nuts clamor for law abiding citizens to be deprived of their means of personal self-defense, this Blackwater/Xe/Academi outfit thinks it can run around arming the rest of the world and have machine guns in the US without registering them.  Who do they think they are anyway?  If I did that stuff I'd be in Gitmo right now.  Where are the jail sentences for the leaders of Academi?  So far all they've had to do is pay a $7.5 million dollar fine on the current offenses.  That is chump change for them.

I think the anti-gun nuts need to focus on mercenary outfits like these scofflaws.  They're much worse than some lone nut - it's systematic and recurring, and creates misery worldwide.

I think they need to change their name to BAD PENNY, and then just leave that as their name from here on out.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Here We Go Again With the Psyops Shooters

Sikh Temple Shooting in Wisconsin

The story is: a lone wolf shooter with a past of belonging to white supremacist rock bands went and shot up a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.  Sikhs are totally peaceful but they get a lot of crap from ignorant people who think they're Taliban or something because they wear turbans.  They're not Muslims, they're their own thing and believe in one God and 10 gurus.  They don't cut their hair.

First off, my condolences to the families of the people who got shot.  Nobody needs that.  Also, hate is never a good thing.  Most people are just people.  They do the best they can with what they have and what they know.  No one group of people is all the same, either.  Maybe there are trends, but it's better to just see the humanity in everyone.  Even the government isn't a monolithic group, it's a bunch of people.  I might hate what parts of my government is doing, but I don't hate any one person in the government for it.

The shooter was apparently ex-Army psyops.  Psyops is psychological operations.  Basically they work on f**king with the enemy army's minds, and doing the same to the public to whip up support here for whatever the military wants to do, or to demoralize the public of whoever we're at war with.

I'm not saying he was doing this as part of his old job, but it's a funny coincidence.
The official narrative was it was a lone shooter, but again eyewitnesses are saying they saw multiple shooters.

So, now we have another badly- (or well-?) timed shooting to get the opponents of the 2nd Amendment yammering.  And so, please call your representatives and senators today and tell them you'll vote them out of office if they vote for any more gun control.

Here is a phone list for the US Senate
Here is the phone list for the House

Edible Trees Correction

The other year I reported I had tried unripe linden fruit and found it to not taste like chocolate, as some claimed they had done as kids, but rather to be starchy and bitter.

It turns out I was sampling an unripe Bradford pear fruit.  I don't know how I made that mistake, as the linden has this extra "leaf" thing that is light green during that time.  Bradford pears are technically edible but very small, tough and untasty.  It's an ornamental tree.  I might try making jelly from it in the fall though, and get back to you.

I'm also going to look for a crabapple tree with fruit so I can make crabapple jelly.

F**K Circumcision

This article points out that circumcision could be defined as torture, and that the questionable claims of health benefits followed the prudish fad of this in the US in the Victorian era to punish small boys for masturbating.  i.e. lame excuses after the fact.

I know there is also an older religious excuse for it, but there is also a religious excuse for female genital mutilation in places like Africa, and in my opinion neither is healthy nor necessary.  The female "circumcision" in particular waits till the girl is older, and removes the fun bits, and that must be supremely painful.  Not to mention it's done pretty often with no antiseptic and with a rusty old razor or something, if it's some tribe in the bush.  OWWWW! 

In my book both are barbaric relics and should be abandoned. I cannot believe that a loving God as described in the Bible would want His children to suffer mutilation of any kind.  He made us in His image, the foreskin is part of that image.  He would not have made the boys wrong and then insist they all be mutilated to be made right.

Maybe I'm stepping on someone's religion.  Sorry.  I'm not going to be "PC" if it trumps common sense.  The alternative would be that God is some kind of sadist. I don't think so.

It's not about health.  It's not about God supposedly messing up the blueprint for the boys.  It's about control, and perhaps even originally about someone (God or the circumcisor) absorbing the fear/pain energy from the victim for some kind of mojo.  F**K that.  F**K circumcision.  If I have a son ever, he will not be circumcised.  (Needless to say that also goes for any daughters.  But they don't do that here anyway.)

There is a push right now to circumcise boys and men in Africa, supposedly to slow the spread of HIV. I question the would be circumcisors' statistics, and I hope the men and boys refuse to do it.  You don't need to chop it off.  Just wash it more.  Duh.

Free Willy!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

South America's Escargot Invasion - An Opportunity

This article alerts us to the African giant snail invasion of South America and warns that the snails may harbor a parasite that causes neurological problems and that also infects rats.  But all you have to do to avoid it is cook the snails thoroughly, and make sure you wash the hell out of any lettuce you want to eat. A little public education would help in that regard.

On the other hand, this is also a great opportunity in disguise. Those snails are like manna from heaven - free food. I think they should export the snails, cooked and canned, as a delicacy.  Set up a business where everyone is encouraged to collect live snails, they turn them in and get a price per pound, then a local processing and canning facility turns them into something that is marketed to gourmets worldwide as something natural, fancy, fair trade, and delicious.  This would create jobs for anyone who wants to collect snails and the people working at the canning facility, and maybe some marketing people; and it would turn a profit for whoever wants to invest.  Perhaps it could be run as a crowd-sourced micro-investment.  If it's a nonprofit instead, the retained equity could be used to build infrastructure in poor communities.  And the canning facilities could also be used to can other produce, if they can't be canning snails 24/7.

And just think, these snails are such prolific breeders that they'd have an endless source of snails to sell, plus free protein in their diets.  I can also think of other uses for the snails: pet food, protein powder for athletes, calcium from the shells, beauty cream from the slime, etc.

And the snails are cute, so marketing should be a snap.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Paid Government Troll?

I have wasted about a week arguing about gun law with some asshat on FB.  It's a guy with an Italian last name but his first name is spelled all wrong for an Italian, it's spelled Spanish-like.  Maybe his mama didn't know how to spell in Italian, or he's part hispanic, or more likely he's a sock puppet.  He also seemed to be awake to rebut me immediately at any and all hours of the day and night.  But just in case he's just a sleepless loser, not being paid to be a troll, I will not repeat his name here. 

This guy used every troll trick in the book, pretty much, but his favorite one is straw man argument.  It took me a while to realize that is what he was doing.  He was taking some little thing I said each time and drawing a ridiculous parallel, pretending that was what I had said, and then making fun of it.

For example when I asked what business was it of the government's how much food or ammo someone had, and asked how much was too much, he pretended I had been talking about a civilian having chemical weapons, and then told me how stupid and dangerous that was. WTF?

Eventually I told him I was going to contribute double to the NRA in his honor, and then he started in with the ad hominem attacks.  Even when other people in the thread told him to stay civil he continued to snark while pretending to apologize. But I think by pointing out the straw man and ad hominem attacks I won.  Although he will pretend otherwise.

Actually I think my winning will really be when I let this go and get back to prepping and stumping where I'll have more of an audience instead of getting off in a corner with Mr. Snarky there.

It was like wrestling with a pig.  You end up getting dirty and the pig likes it too much.

If upon a little research into WhitePages or otherwise google-stalking this guy I don't come up with enough meat space corroboration of a real person to satisfy myself that he's who he says he is, I will release my findings of Government (or Soros) Paid Troll somewhere.  And hopefully that will burn his identity in the little activist circles he's haunting.

Of course they're like mushrooms, picking off the fruit doesn't kill the underlying fungus.

Friday, August 3, 2012


This one's by Anita Sands (see here):

We found him here like this, officer. No electricity, no television
no heat. Rumor has it he was once a big kahuna in this state...
A disabled senior clued me that HEAP, a federal program was dropping seniors from utility-aid with tricks like sending '7 day deadline' to 'appeal' the turndown letters that were already expired the day they were received. A month later, this headline appeared:
This researcher/ writer & senior applied for help with utilities and received a HEAP LETTER demanding notarizations , many xeroxed papers, some not even on hand any more, (W-2's had gone to IRS) Their HEAP LETTER was dated Sept 30th, postmark indicated it was mailed nite of Oct 5th, she got it a few days later and the 7-day deadline was already up. They took me off senior/disabled/poverty line utility reduction. I currently am back to 150$ a month electric/ water and 20$ gas bills.  Full rate. But I'm not sure. Maybe this is the reduced rate and I don't know as HEAP NEVER TELLS you if you aare on or off the charity program and there's no way to get thru to ask anyone.
Worse, these bullies at HEAP are also asking seniors for repeated passports, drivers' licenses, SSAdmin. paperwork when seniors have neither cars nor family nor friends to carry them to S.S. offices or to xerox or post office. When such paperwork 'proof' of poverty was already sent to HEAP a few months earlier. (HEAP obviously doesn't keep the proof, they just toss it in spite of appeals to please mail documents back to us.) Very necessary for a cheese giveaway or anything that comes along. Seniors are told to send "NO EMPLOYMENT proof " like EMPTY W-2's and then these precious papers are not returned.  Worse, HEAP then demands the same paperwork again six months later. They also demand notarized statements! A senior with disability has no way to walk around city looking for notaries (which cost more than a week of food money, anyway,) they have no food stamps if they're disabled. You can't get both. (They'd be the same amount anyway) There's no money to spend on notaries, no way to locate one by walking, no way to ask a neighbor to get there. It took me months to apply for City Ride multiple visits to remote places. I QUALIFIED. And then they demand 5$ any time we need a car ride. MEALS ON WHEELS feeds seniors/disabled but wants 8$ per meal. That's a week of food for me. When my son became schizophenic, mentally ill, 20 years ago, the famed Dede Hirsh charity Clinic wanted 150$ an hour and that was their poor rate and the even more famous movie-star driven Thalians charity wanted 75$ an hour over at Cedars Sinai. So I deduce that there are no services for the poor. The so called services are bogus charities for society girls like THALIANS with its famous movie star chorus line at fundraisers...or they are boondoggles for the federal gov. that keep bureaucrats  in the skyscrapers employed with high five figure salaries, drain the federal government and do nothing at all for the poor except torment them with chances. I spent weeks trying to get the CITY RIDE, federally funded. Qualified, too after med tests, long drives to faraway govm' bldgs. TO FIND they want 5$ a ride???
The phone number that the HEAP office used to give on its 'sorry you have been turned down' letter ( for San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, 818  891 4148 ) will not be answered EVER and message machine there says so. Latest turndown I got their stationery no longer carries a phone #. That means there is no way to get thru. Today I talked to Sacramento and they said ' we cannot control anything that the various sub-state regional offices do."
I asked for their head office in Washington DC, the phone, she wouldn't give it to me, Their address. Sacramento or Washington? No way, Jose. They  tell caller to fax them -What senior has a fax? DEDUCTION: They don't want you to complain as they'd shut down the HEAP boondoggle and they'd all lose their jobs.
Perhaps someone who knows a newspaper reporter could FAX this letter to the Supervisor at your local state HEAP office or to a Congressman.
This abuse by a federal grant-receiving office is also killing seniors. Every time I go thru this rigamarole I get stress despair, panic, anxiety, sudden onset high blood pressure! This in the very people these clunkers are instructed to help. We all know UTILITIES have gone double on us. Senior who told me about this has been made ill --high blood pressure, ringing in the ears, a feeling of being blown up like a balloon about to burst, steel band- muscles, heart pumping too fast, anxiety, waking panicky unable to go back to sleep
HEAP is giving a HEAP of stress to the people who least can take it. Let's ponder what we can do here. Maybe find a whistleblower employee who will confess that LOSING the POOR and DISAPPEARING the SENIORS may just be exactly what their agenda is. That would make a great story. Then a class action suit against the Government. And civil suits for damages when families burn themselves down with a coal stove in the house, or freeze to death. The Office told me the word COMMUNITY should be in front of their group which spells CHEAP an acronym they richly deserve.