Independence, Killing, Growing and Woo-Woo

Several items in the ponder-pile today – thinking pieces all:

My buddy Gaye who writes has a dandy post on the rampant, runaway, nonsensical divisiveness that the Digital Mob Rule types are using to bring down historical (balanced) America and replace it with their version of socialism they’re all after.  The Idiocracy I think one film maker termed it.

So go read “A Nod to Personal Independence and the Protection of Individual Rights.”  Well said and front the heart.

If you’re skeptical that America has gone bark-raving mad, you may have missed that Mad Magazine is planning to halt publication according to a report on Comicbook/dc..

Our analysis has been expecting it because Mad is now overlapping the commercial “news networks” and they owned the space, once.  Still, sad to see a brilliant comic bite the dust because world is now demonstrably crazy.

Better(?) Killing Technology

Wait!  Is there such a thing as “better” when comes to killing technology?  This is a day to remember that yes, under exceptionally tango-uniformed conditions, there is

An email from warhammer caught my attention:  He sent a report on a new ‘killer breakthrough.’

“Here’s a new device Machiavelli would be proud of, the Pentagon’s new heartbeat laser ID system.  This thing is an assassin’s fantasy come true.

Finding a target in a crowd, the dark or during inclement weather will make the life of CIA pest control specialists a bit less stressful.

I’d expect that next up will be a ‘heartbeat spoofing vest’ to protect persons of interest from heartbeat laser ID wielding hit men.

In the meantime, for those worried that they are being trailed by techno-savvy terminators . . . travel the most unpredictable path at inconstant times of day.

Or, if that is too inconvenient and assassination paranoia will soon destroy ya, just wear a tinfoil T-shirt! “

(Which also defeat Tasers, we remind you!)

While that’s an admirable feat of tech, we sure wish the ‘use case’ had been scanning people going to work in big buildings instead of the obvious .mil application.

Something like “Excuse me sir, you can’t go to work today because your QRS Complex is screwed up and you’re on the verge of a-fib…Take the day off, take an aspirin and go to your doctor’s office – we will call and arrange it from your data on file…”

On a more humane planet?  Oh well, if lasers don’t get us, the workload will.  Or, if not that, the taxes.  All a highly levered Rube Goldberg implementation of Life.  (<<<–Don’t let the dem’s near this concept!)

After Setting the Mood, Table’s Next

On the Peoplenomics side of things, I’ve run a couple of gardening articles in the past couple of months.  Has something to do with re-tuning my hydroponic skills.

As we laid out (with lots of details for subscribers plus pictures) the Great Tomato race looks like it will be a ‘walk’ for hydroponics (DWC).  Pot plants in the greenhouse are in second place, but the dirt farmed variety (all from the same seed stock, of course) are requiring zero work and still look promising.

Wednesday, I pulled the first yellow squash for fixing.  To give you and idea of scale?

Think it’s a fluke?  No, this is about an average plant based on past year’s results.  And how much does it weigh?

Yes sir…14.8 ounces.  There will be dozens more coming.

If you’re finding it an odd mix that we would be doing things like this on the “subscriber side of UrbanSurvival” let me explains the logic.

Yes, we live in (the collapsing) greatest country ever.  We have great skills when it comes to monetizing and thus getting people spun up around views, candidates and issues.  We have seen, for example, prepper sites go ‘hog wild’ selling ‘survival seed packs’ and all the rest.

But a lot of these ‘prepper’ sites are not real about it.

What I mean by this is they don’t do a real ‘dry run’ are “feeding the family from a patch of dirt.’  They buy a few hundred dollars worth of crap and then bullshit themselves into thinking “Yeah, I could do that in a pinch, sure…”

But, we do such prepping runs because we develop tons of useful data.  When we asserts, for example, that your food bets ought to be hydroponic, large pots, and dirty farming in that order, it’s not because we read something in an old copy of Earth News, or some-such.  No, we get out, spend most of the subscriber dough on things that we test and write about.

Survival – not an easy term to define – does NOT mean I can do OK with swing trading now and then and be assured a happy ever-after.  What it means is having the human equivalence of something in the plant world.

You see, plants are either ‘annuals’ or ‘perennials.’  Annuals have to be planted every year while the perennials bounce back and thrive for another year on their own.  The seeds don’t need to get planted by nature’s accidents (and no birds around, lol).  They just persist.

Some people are like that – perennials.  Not a bad goal.

As I sit back and think about my friends, even though we may not agree on everything, there’s so little we differ on (like the big stuff) that we can be friends.

You will find, on careful inspection, that most people who come and go in your life are mostly annuals.

They come in, need lots of care in planting, need lots of care throughout the year (watering, fertilizing, and so on) while tearing up lots of your time.

So yes, if we haven’t blown up the planet by this time next year, we will slowly be expanding our food growing around here.  Dirt farming is not terribly hard and even the basics of hydroponics laid out in a couple of recent Peoplenomics reports, isn’t that hard to learn.

Now to the Prepping Point

Not only do we enjoy reporting that this squash made it from planting to table in a quick 55-days, but we also figure that a cup of cooked yellow squash slices is 68-calories.  Some sources also claim that it’s 50% fat, 41% carbs, and 9% protein.

Since we will be able to get maybe 100 squash this size for the season, the numbers punch out like this assuming no loss in the kitchen:  100 squash would weigh in at 1,480 ounces and would measure 185 cups.  Times calories?  12,580 calories.

Split between two adults (we don’t call ourselves ‘seniors’ except for discounts) that 6,290 calories each.  At two cups as a sitting? roughly 46-meals, or every other day a cup of squash for 3-months.

Which has me working on a capstone project for this fall and into next year:  I call it…well, let’s do it before I write it.

Is there an “Independence Day” message here?  Hell yes.

If you haven’t run the numbers and seen how perilous our future is should any of the underlying assumptions fail, then you may not be enough of a deep-thinker to survive long-term.  Prepping books won’t help.  It’s the old knowledge that is now so terribly out of fashion.

Remember this:  If anything fails, put down whatever you are doing and realize there are only THREE objectives:  Be safe, Have water and a 90-day food bridge, and be damn sure you can grow and preserve in those 90 days at least 1,500 calories per day for the rest of your life.  Because if you can’t, you’ll be one of those who died.  Could we burn through our most resources and live it up?  Sure. We’ve lived so far below our means for so long it’s laughable. But that’s not a ‘sustainable’ version of ‘us.’

Don’t mean to be harsh about this, but bodies are like cars:  Must have fuel to run.  No fuel?  Well, not that hard to figure.


How About Some Woo-Woo

Short story from the Peoplenomics side of the house:  This was posted on Wednesday morning at 7:55 on Peoplenomics.

A Minor Earthquake?

Had a dream about being back in my news-chasing days last night.  Was on the phone talking to a station in Vancouver B.C. which has a 6-6.8 kind of quake.

Odd thing about it?  Dreamt who the reporter was.  A fellow big-city news director from back-in-the-day  named Whitey Koker who worked at KISN in Portland years ago.

And to cap it off, there was even a phone number (604) 684-25xx which is in Vancouver and is shared by a real estate and fashion merchant.  (I looked it up on waking.)

Never gotten a phone number in a dream before, nor talked to a long-ago news buddy… but it was a head-scratcher:  Not a gigantic quake, but Portland or Vancouver?

Perhaps we’ll find out.  Quakes seem like they cluster around holidays (Good Friday, Boxing Day and such) so we are keeping our feelers out.

If this is a news tip hotline heads-up, thanks for the tip, Whitey!

OK, normally I wouldn’t post this on the Urban side, BUT, yesterday after lunch I got a phone call. Missed it, so I hit the cordless:

“This is your automatic call-back service.  The number of your last incoming call was 604-674-65**  The call was received July 3rd at 1:07 PM.  To activate automatic call-back…

I looked at Elaine and explained it:

“I just had a dream and the phone number was 604-684-25** and now 7-hours later I get a call from 604-674-6504.  Is that weird, or what?  I don’t think this is one of my subscribers spoofing me…”

She just looked at me for a minute or two.

“Not strange at all.  I live with you.”

What’s lingering is the question “Is there the equivalent of ‘channel noise’ in dreams?” More experiments to come.

We haven’t talked to anyone in 604 for months if not years, so that was strange.  But if the predictive value of dreams is to warn me of a robo-call?  Well, gosh, ain’t that a Fox Uniformed gift from the Almighty, huh?

The value of knowing you’re going to get a junk call?  Fashionable to stylish coincidence?  Well, sure, there’s that.

But why couldn’t I be the sleeping profit, instead?

Follow-up Thursday 9:15 AM /15:15 UTC

Yes we had a minor quake – first reported as a 6.5 it was dialed-back to a 6.2.

Details here: 

Another one of those ‘little chills up the spine” when I read it.  But next time a hot stock tip would be more appreciated.  Universe’s send of humor on the precognitive stuff is quirky – at best!

Have a great whatever it is and we will have ‘moron the morrow.’

(Maybe Whitey’s traffic reporter [Sherm, man-on-the-move Meyers] will call next!)

30 thoughts on “Independence, Killing, Growing and Woo-Woo”

  1. I had the first issue of MAD,bought at a-get this-back issue bookstore in Newark in 1963 for five cents.An issue-not in mint condition-is being hawked on e-Bay for almost two grand.Live and learn.

  2. My farmer neighbor was growing hydroponic tomatoes and I used them as I was previously using the conventionally grown organic kind. In a few weeks I started to develop “intestinal distress” and had to stop eating them.

    • Your body probably has an intolerance to hydro chemicals.

      I don’t eat tomatoes but I’ve heard people say, “these hot house tomatoes taste fishy”…. it’s because of the chemicals. In the fishy tomato scenario, the grower is over using/isn’t flushing the fish bone meal out before harvest.

      Chemical impurities is the disadvantage of growing hydroponically. The fruit is saturated with the grow chemicals.

      Dirt can be more easily flushed with plain water the last few watering cycles. Generally speaking hydro has to be chemically flushed.

  3. Is Trump’s tough talk (ie. Trade) & then backing off a way to manipulate the stock market for profit? Sounds like something the Deep State would sanction. Trump, after the tax scam reform & mishandling of the immigration problem, is a suspect Deep State operative. Although not a member of the DS, but an operative directed by the DS. Still the best bet in 2020, given the 20 idiot parade.

    HAPPY 4TH!

    • Trump is definitely a puppet. A puppet may have more inert brain matter. I am glad you are opening your mind to such thought. If more of us retaliate, maybe the rest of the GOP will take notice and throw this bum out the back door and bring in a new candidate that everyone can embrace. My fear is that Kamala will be the nominee and she will destroy Trump. If you want a chance to keep the Senate and take back the house, we need to get a better GOP person in there that doesn’t have Sh*# for brains.

      • VOTE FOR MARK@Sh*#for brains
        cleanup your own state and city first
        Happy 4th of July
        These United States of America

        George the earth quake guy, another shaker in southern Cal, can you send one to San Fran? Sometimes you have to shaken some sense into the sleepy heads….Wake the heck up

      • How does it feel being the poster boy for “TDS”(Trump derangement syndrome). Do you actually have any p.o.v. other than your hatred for President Trump?

      • @mark

        the dems AND gop have been trying to remove PRESIDENT TRUMP since 2016…….He only stays in office to drive YOU insane……He seems to be doing the job just fine…4 MORE YEARS….4 MORE YEARS 4 MORE YEARS….gotta lov it

      • By its very definition, Trump Derangement Syndrome applies to those that support Trump. A third of the nation in a Club Of Rome scheme that are mind controlled to believe the ridiculous and turn vulnerable people into an army of deranged loyalists.

        Two thirds of the country, 90% of the rest of the world thinks Trump is an out of control, mentally challenged idiot. Occums Razor in effect here.

        Do you want Kamala to be your President? She will be if you don’t wake the F up and get a grip on your senses. Kamala is Trumps kryptonite. She is an attractive woman, that happens to be brilliant with a razor sharp tongue that will slice through Trumps third grade vocabulary and lack of any knowledge of how government actually works.

        Trump can’t defend himself against her because genetically, he is powerless against women that are “his type”. You know…the type he would see in department stores and in cave man like fashion have his way with?

        Except Kamala punches back…If that was Kamala in that department store, Trump wouldn’t have a face. I know Kamala…you don’t want to get into any kind of fight….especially intellectually with her.

        So, if you want to defend the GOP party, fight to get Trump sent off to a far away island prison somewhere. If he runs in 2020…say goodbye to the GOP as we know it.

  4. The 20 idiots 4th of July theory.

    John Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence so he could start an insurance company.

  5. As you may have already ‘seen’ ;)

    According to the United States Geological Survey, a strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Vancouver Island in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

    The epicentre was about 225 km northwest of Port Hardy at a depth of 10 km.

    M6.2 #earthquake! Preliminary
    Depth: 12.0 km
    Thu Jul 04 00:30:47 GMT-04:00 2019
    Near 170km WSW of Bella Bella, #Canada
    — T ? S L A (@Discloser1) July 4, 2019

    Happy Independence Day to you & yours!

    • locha mesh about 14 minute mark,,,
      is a small transmitter and receiver that needs no internet server . but tape on the back of your cell phone and that enables you to transmit and receive 4 to 10 miles to another person with the same thing these units . Bypassing cell towers Wi-Fi another means this is going to be used for a Bitcoin and also for messages and it’s completely cryptic where nobody else can know what the message is ,sells for $20.

      • Hot tip: If someone tries to sell you BTC – ask ’em how many solar panels they own.
        Then explain GHD EMP. Fun to see BS slide around…

      • Bitcorns are like stocks – useful to play with and pull real money off the table – IF you have time in your life to bother with them. Stores of value are generally tangible.

        Food is a biggie, though perishable. Water is too, and easy to store if you have room for it. Energy as diesel – great. Energy generation as PV – good, but needs to be used in near real time. The best stores of value are the least perishable, and that requires the least dependence on anyone else for utility. Any “money” requires a counterparty, or it’s just bling. Fuel and food is its own utility – you can use it for its intended purpose.

  6. A very important point in picking outdoor garden locations is available natural moisture. I have multiple garden spots, some dryer than others. My operating assumption is that if something requires irrigation, then it shouldn’t be here. The same for the yard.
    Okra & squash tend to thrive on neglect, and I find those to be my favorite crops.
    I have irrigated with purchased water before, but careful selection of seed and sites can reduce or eliminate the need.

  7. The call you received from a similar area code and pre-fix is more than likely a new type of robo-dialing technology that simulates numbers you called to make you pick up the phone. It’s called neighbor spoofing. If I call a number in the 650 area code and the prefix is 346-####…I will get a call later in the day from that exact exchange. Thinking it was the person I called earlier, I pick up the phone and then am treated by “ Stop what you’re doing and listen to this message….Blah,blah, blah”

    • I’m still reeling from the USGS north end Vanc Island quake more than the phone number. Dream a number and within8 hours, here comes a call from an a/c you don’t talk to is just a practical joke by the Big Jokester.

  8. In following Ice Age Farmer, he (or another site?) mentioned that root crops provided the most calories for a survival event. Happily (for me) they are more forgiving of non-optimal light conditions.
    Your squash reminded me that this week, I learned from YT that loofah’s are not sea products, but grow on a vine. So now I may try to grow SHTF cleaning products.

    • Ah-h-h-h! The Loofa! In the Deep South, they grow so prolifically, they will quickly take over a small garden and then head for the hills, unstoppable. The leaves and flowers are beautiful. When young and small, the loofas are edible and nutritious. You want to pick them while they are still under about 6-7″. Boil them or prepare them like a squash. They taste much like a bean. Depending upon the growing zone, they come back year after year without replanting, with each succeeding year and more powerful harvest. But, they are just not for pot cleaning (that’s how they are traditionally used in Asia). They are also food. Good luck!

  9. G –

    Quakes are popping all over, good work.

    Could there be a catastrophe resulting in markets lock-limit down?

  10. Am I the only one that understands Trump?? He is a businessman. He carries a carrot and a stick. We’ll see what happens. The man wants the best for our country. God Bless Trump and the USA

    • Elliot.. I think there are quite a few of us that understand him…

      I was really Leary of him.. a billionaire.. going to work to save the country bring back jobs and secure our borders from invasion.. YEAH RIGHT YOU BETCHA…
      then I thought heck.. something has to be known about his company.. so I did a little online research and the more I read the more I liked him.. if you get a job in his company.. the odds are extremely good that you will retire from there.. the employees all feel as if he is personally accessible to them if they have any concerns.. I read one horror story about a guy that quit.. because of the attitudes.. and felt as if he was being run under the bus.. ( most places today that pay anything do that) then.. check back the guy is working for them.. and the management team at the place he worked at where he felt degraded and shunned was changed.. ( that impressed me.) then I heard him talking and he mentioned a low level employee by name as he passed her.. I tried to find the video that showed it and couldn’t.. it wasn’t planned.. walking by excuse me jane a housekeeper I think from the way she was dressed..

      then I voted.. he got in and then on cbs.. one older political anchor in general conversation was talking about his inaugural ball and how he went around thanking the serving staff and visiting with them on what they hoped to see from him.. then the announcer said.. “He treated the help staff as if they were dignitaries.. who has even heard of such a thing in recent years”..
      that is when I knew I had voted for the man I wanted to see as president.. each day he has been battling this multi billion dollar smear campaign and still getting stuff done tells me he will go down in history as one of the best presidents of our country.

  11. What the Mueller report tells us about the post-truth era

    The 2016 US presidential elections were the most convulsive in American history: a battle without exclusion of blows characterized by hatred, violence and media sensationalism; but now it is sure that the Russophobic and anti-Trump campaign was all a lie.

    ??????? ?????? ??

  12. Sorry to disturb your sleep but you’re going to have a a dream about not eating food ,about people who don’t eat ,instead just drink water and they are 70 years old are they stop eating when they were a teenager how is that possible.
    You have too many dreams that synchronize with me. Another dream will be about toil.
    I live in the future you live in the past toils of mankind.
    I live with The Skeleton Key.
    Like the old man who doesn’t eat, in order to sustain by slowing down the life cycle, like a leaf blowing in the wind,
    If we become 2 rigid we break.
    As we get older we become mammiferous,look for the shea , because it gets rid of the excess

  13. 7.1-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Southern California

    A strong magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Southern California Friday evening. The earthquake was centered about 11 miles north-northeast of Ridgecrest, California, and occurred at 8:19 PM PDT.

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