Sunday AM – Coffee at the Ranch

If you were to drop by for a cup of coffee in real life – you wouldn’t be welcomed.  We’re still “hot zone” mode out here.  If you follow the virus numbers, looks like 18-million will be passed tomorrow.  And 19-million this coming week. ...

5th Wave Woes: America’s Worst Nightmare?

Our column this morning is spectacularly short.  Because this old Ure fellow is moving fence lines around up at the garden.  This involves real (gulp!)  work. City-dwellers who have never driven 6-foot steel Tee-Post into hard soil have no idea what adventure they...

Thanksgiving: Be Thankful for This

If you don’t have enough to be thankful for this Thanksgiving…Be thankful THIS Market hasn’t fallen apart – yet: The usual caveats:  The markets were “normed” in this view to January 1, 2000.  Plus, this is our own Aggregate Index...

Trust Your “Actual” CPI – Not “Reported”

(We’ll get to the ECB going negative on rates after this.) What, trust the CPI?  In a word:  No.  They have almost no bearing on your life and they apply only to alien life forms on some other planet, near as we figure it. There’s a lot of background to...

Prepping: The “Donner Party” Garden

I don’t reference the “Donner Party” lightly.  Because prepping and survival are the most serious topics a person can address; even more so than money or mating. As we laid it out on the Peoplenomics side earlier this year, the ideawas that I would...

Prepping: Greens and Moon, Shifts

We start off with the ultra short course on survival gardening today because it could become an important issue one day. If You Don’t Have a Green Thumb, read on: Lots of people tell us they don’t have one.  We usually beg to differ.  There is a simple...

Prepping: Yes, Fishing & Fly-Tying is Prepping

We don’t talk about the role of fishing much in terms of prepping and it’s an oversight we are about to set right with some personal history. As I’ve told you many times, pappy was a Seattle firefighter (captain and acting chief in the 5th battalion...

Prepping: How We Beat “The Coffee Racket”

Why the very thought of Starbuck’s former CEO Howard Schultz running – as an independent (sick of both parties) – speaks volumes about here in the “Land of Losing It.” We’ll skip the politics. part.  What concerns me is that as of...

Prepping: Depression-Proof Hobbies

It’s the time of year when we should spend some time focusing on the important things in life…like having fun!!!  Christmas is coming, but what is the “right” kind of present? The theory is that people need “time to re-create.”  So,...

Prepping: The Third “Axiom of Work”

“Axioms of Work?” “You really going to write from Work to Sous Vide cooking?”  Uh, sure!  Read on… In the event you missed it, one of the joys of UrbanSurvival is our elevating art of algorithmic thinking.  In other words, since we are...

Coping: The 5th Annual “Turkey Leftovers” Column

By request from last Thanksgiving – only this time in advance so you can have everything on hand this year… Back in 2013. we share the best turkey leftovers recipe  we’ve ever found.  Our Ode to 13 Coins’ SST Sandwich column from 2013.  I...

Coping: With How Religions Evolved?

Hack thyself better is our bean-break this morning.  Something has been bothering me for a while in the food department.  It came up in my thinking yesterday (again) as I was reading and writing the latest on the Chronicle Project’s latest outputs. If you...

Coping: Not Quite “Miracle Soup” But Close…

Food:  The subject is near and dear to my heart… I look like I have never missed a meal in my life and may have eaten some other folk’s meals, as well. But, I was reminded of vegetable soup again when my buddy Gaye put up the recipe for “Miracle...