Man, Yahoo is being a gold-plated PITA with these little server errors. If you come looking for me and get some wierd errors, check Yahoo’s System Status and see if they’re having a Chinese fire drill or something. I’m hoping that these errors the last week or so are just the result of Yahoo doing some upgrades or something. Usually things go along pretty smoothly, but when the road gets bumpy it gets bumpy in a big way.
Still have a few of the Hardigg cases available. Additionally, some larger ones may be coming in here shortly so you might wanna keep an eye open for those.
Been out in the yard planting the Choate Grow Buckets. Its been in the freakin’ 80-degree range the last few days so I figured we might(!) finally be past the frost threat. The Choate Grow Buckets seem to be living up to their expectations and I think theyre going to prove to be very useful.
Speaking of growing things……I read quite a few preparedness/survival blogs. (And, to a degree, some of the ‘patriot’-style blogs) and it almost appears that you can break them all down into one of two camps. The first camp sees a collapse and everything is about living like the kids in Red Dawn. Military tactics, patrolling, OPSEC, improvised munitions, sniping, caching ammo and supplies, etc, etc. Second camp sees a collapse and everything is about woodstoves, biomass, greenhouses, food preservation, and what could only be described as Mother Earth News roleplay.
Personally (and your mileage may vary) I’m not seeing either camp really being 100% correct. I’m virtually certain that the UN (or anyone else for that matter) isn’t going to invade the US. I don’t see an armed revolution with heavily-armed people wearing armbands emblazoned with “III” running around shooting evil authoritarian black-helmeted .gov thugs. Nor do I see a likelihood of a nationwide catastrophic (although I suppose entropic is possible) failure of national infrastructure that leaves us needing to tear up our front lawns to grow vegetables, and filling the koi ponds with catfish and carp.
I do, however, imagine there could be some situations that are a blending of the two, to some degree. Certainly, any disaster is going to bring out the bad side of people as well as the good…so, yeah, lets stack the AR’s and Glocks as deep as possible. And, yes, things like the economy could go so far south that if you don’t start taing a more pro-active approach to your own food production you may wind up eating government cheese and learning the WIC-approved food schedule by heart.
But I’m having a hard time genuinely believing that within my lifetime the future of the US looks like what some of these folks are preparing against. It really doesnt hurt anything, I suppose, since anyone preparing for Civil War II wil sorta be de facto prepared for most other eventualities, but sometimes it just seems a little…I dunno…too fantastic.
Of course, I could be wrong. I’ve been wrong before, I’ll be wrong again. Maybe in a few years there’ll be a genuine nationwide shooting war going on. Or maybe in a few years all the GM-Monsanto-’Big Agra’ conspiracies will actually turn out to be real and our food supply turns into something from Soylent Green. But I think that long before that happens we’ll have more ‘mundane’ ends-of-the-world. Job losses, earthquakes, civil disturbances, floods, etc, etc, seem far more likely (to me) than some of these dramatic and exciting scenarios that some folks seem certain are going to happen.