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the chair is against the wall*

Mi chapeau

Mi chapeau

Sitting here on a cold January Saturday, I looked back on the week that was, searching for something noteworthy to share.  It ain’t there.  Yeah, we had some significant weather but most of the country suffered right along at a worse rate than South Texas. The news of the week was NOT Justin Bieber.  Christ on a cracker, you ever wonder what somebody from England or Japan would think about us if they watched our news casts?  Even though the coddled little thug was on every newscast every hour, he was not the news of the week.

Trust me.

The mainstream media glossed over Obama blowing off the findings of the NSA Independent Investigation, the implosion of the Argentine peso, unrest in Venezuela, riots in Kiev, impending bank defaults in China and terrorist bombings in Cairo. You gotta dig for the world news folks. For every 30 seconds of GOV approved quasi-real news,  we endured 10 minutes of Bieber-trash. They are feeding us the brain Novocain and we lap it up like servile dogs.

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When the seasons change and the sun is not frying my pate with the UV,  I hang up the big ass straw hat and go with a ball cap ala the pic on the left.  So, I am out there on the line and the driver says ‘I like your hat.’  Most of you good people know I suffer from CRS** -some days are better than others. The first thing I gotta do is figure out what they said because it was unexpected and I don’t hear so good these days.  The second thing I gotta do is remember what is on my head at that specific time.  My rote reply: ‘That is a bad ass battle rifle, huh?’  Sometimes they just acknowledge my statement and drive away and sometimes it elicits additional conversation.  Sometimes I have to explain about the tragic boating accident.  Most drive away wondering what the Old Dude living in the tin can in the middle of the pucker brush has got going on.  It is interesting to me the folks that comment as it crosses gender, race and age.  I got an older Hispanic man who has beeen coming in here for months to pump out the cans on the pad. Heretofore, he had just stuck a Texas drivers license out the window when I walked up.   As I wrote down his info,  I would nod and say ‘Gracias’ and wave him through.  Hell, I had his name and such down months ago and knew him on sight; yet we still went through the check-in dance every few days.  I figured he was one of those no habla ingles types which is all well and good. We deal with it daily and it is not a big deal.

He pulled up on a slow, sunny day the earlier part of the week and when I walked up,  he shoved the Super Duty up into PARK and said ‘I like your hat’   in perfectly enunciated and unaccented English.  Come to find out he is a member of the NRA,  a Texas CHL holder and a Marine Veteran that saw action during GHW Bush’s first foray into the Desert.  His oldest son is in Afghanistan on his second tour.  He is a Marine like his Old Man.  Come to find out we share like concerns and we are on the same page in more ways than not.  The cap is turning out to be a tell for those that be in the know.  Wasn’t my intention but that is the way it is playing.

Volcano Stove+Lodge 10" Dutch Oven+Yeast Rolls

Volcano Stove+Lodge 10″ Dutch Oven+Yeast Rolls

Friends and neighbors,  I say this past week was not noteworthy but our time was not wasted.  Our agenda for 2014 is being pushed forward at a steady clip.  We are full into NOMAD mode and taking advantage of what is left of a civilization on the back side of world dominance.  Miss K has the kitchen window full of little peat pots which are sprouting veggies under a grow light. It has been far too many years since either of us went all the way from seed to serving with any garden truck.  Much easier you know to just go down to the big box Do-All store and pick out some super hybrids already half-growed. We need the practice of the doing.  I am steadily progressing toward an Amateur Radio License with a 10/20/40 meter antenna strung from the light tower outside the Princess Palace.  So far just listening until I get my license but I do enjoy monitoring the two HAMS talking about the wolf problem in Minnesota and the BBC world news from Australia.  I cooked yeast rolls and fried chicken in a Lodge dutch oven on the volcano stove last weekend.  Seems like Miss K has something preppin’ in the fridge to cook over the Volcano stove today.  No doubt it will be tasty. After much research I have finally decided on the optimum solar energy set-up for the Princess Palace.  More on that as the individual pieces get funded.  Solar is high on Miss K’s priority list so I am gettin’ after it.

We are up to three storage rooms now and every trip involves a deposit and a withdrawal most times.  Back in the day before gate guarding, I did the gun hustle every winter to put beans on the table.   I don’t know if it would come so easy now with the concerted effort to curtail our Second Amendment rights.  I don’t know that I would even want to fly that tall on the radar again. Don’t seem prudent given what is being served up out of DC these days.  My last trip to the South Dallas cache I picked up some goods whose agenda is long in the dust.  I never see having need of them again and cash for current wants is a priority.

Ithaca Model 37 12ga Shotgun

1949 Ithaca Model 37 12ga Shotgun – bad airbrush juju.

I cleaned out everything associated with the gun hustle and put it up on eBay this week.  Airbrush compressors, airbrushes and the  like which do me no good atall since I took up bowling.  The need for it is long gone and one of the 2014 agenda items is to divest everything that does not fit the NOMAD lifestyle.  Suffice to say eBay is still alive and well and my goods sold at a fair price.

The one news item that give me the hair prickles this week was the precipitous stock market decline.  One news talker explained it away as being ‘an unexplainable whim of the stock market.’  I had to back up the DVR to make sure my faulty ears heard the dude correctly. Let me tell ya folks,  I don’t know Keynes from Mises but I got a good guess why the Dow fell off like it did and the news talkers blew it off like no big deal. They had to report it but they didn’t have to serve it with meat.  The Ponzi Scheme of QE,  manipulated money markets and artificial depression of precious metals is about played out.  The Final Act will soon start.  What happened in the stock market last week is the smart money folks  — the One Percenters– getting rid of their dollars.  They have made a shit ton of money just this past year whippin’ that stock market like a rented mule and that old mule is about to lay down in the plowed furrow and die in the traces.  Confidence in the dollar is on the wane as it has to be and the smart money don’t bet on the horse named World’s Buffoon in a race.  The World Bank folks are driving the action behind the scenes, riding fat and fatter as the decades roll past, doing as they have done since the Fed Reserve was born on that island off the South Carolina coast.  A hunnert years they have been at it and at last we come to the Final Act.

I honest to God wish my Buddy Dave aka Sailbad was still around.  When all the confusion and obfuscation would rear up to fuddle me, I could always call on him.  He would talk to me about the Baltic Dry Index, the 10 year Treasury rates, the Dollar Index and what his buddy who made a good living in the silver market said. …….. and make walking around sense out of all of it.   I ain’t saying I understood all he had to say by a long damned shot but he was able to point out the path. I miss him dearly over a year gone by.

Go forth into our perilous times carefully my friends.  Let none advise you otherwise.

 

*the chair is against the wall –  From the movie Red Dawn -1984  (heard via HAM radio) :

Radio Free America Announcer: It’s 11:59 on Radio Free America; this is Uncle Sam, with music, and the truth until dawn. Right now I’ve got a few words for some of our brothers and sisters in the occupied zone: “the chair is against the wall, the chair is against the wall”, “john has a long mustache, john has a long mustache”. It’s twelve o’clock, American, another day closer to victory. And for all of you out there, on, or behind the line, this is your song.

[the Battle Hymn of the Republic begins to play]

**CRScan’t remember shit

End NoteWorld of Strange Design by Roseanne Cash from The River and the Thread cd.  Good stuff.  Roseanne Cash is seven months older than me.  We saw her on CBS Sunday Morning last week.  Her new CD is a result of her traveling the South, visiting places important to her growing up and important to her daddy.  I guess she was trying to make sense out of things.  Ain’t we all?

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17 comments to the chair is against the wall*

  • joel

    LOL! Great rant, Andy. You do paranoid really good.

    BTW, I had a ham license back in junior high–WN4OTC. Back then, you just had to know 5 wpm code to get a Novice Class license, but it was only good for two years and non-renewable. I never got up to 13 wpm for the General Class. Do you still have to pass a code requirement these days? I’d imagine you want to learn code anyway, since when the world collapses, there will still be CW, right?

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    • Andrew

      Joel,

      I do not think I am being paranoid. (a serious mental illness that causes you to falsely believe that other people are trying to harm you). I would rather have *it* and not need *it*. Plus, a good portion of what are doing dovetails with the rather tenuous lifestyle we are living. Being offgrid 100% of the time does that to you.

      When I see the ease the databases at Target, Neimann Marcus and Michaels were breached, I worry about the electric grid. Public utilities maintain nowhere near the security levels these private retail chains exhibit.

      The HAM classes are now Tech, General and Extra. No code requirements since 2007. Many people test for Tech and General at the same time and pass both. Licenses are good for 10 years now. Maybe since y’all are in the New Madrid fault zone, a pair of good handhelds would be prudent for you and the DW?

      Of course, YMMV. You have lived your life well and I admire you for that.

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      • joel

        Thanks for the update on the ham license. If there had been no CW requirement back in the day, I might have stayed a ham. My dad had an Advanced Class license from back when he was in college (W4WVD) and he kept it renewed for decades although he rarely used it when I was in OR. BTW, I also built a Heathkit transmitter and a receiver. This was back when the dang things had vacuum tubes! Sold them to a Jr. High classmate because I was more interested in the building than in the using.

        Whatever instincts I had for ham radio have been sated by the intertubes. Later this morning, my lovely and talented wife is going to teach me how to use the new cell “phone” she bought me for Christmas, and I’ll be even more lost.

        Latest I’ve read about the New Madrid fault, it is even less likely to collapse in my lifetime than the stock market . . .

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  • Michael

    Andy, it is about time for a oil change in that cap.

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    • Andrew

      Yessir, you are 100% correct! You oughta see the straw Resistol I wore all summer.

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  • Richard

    Anywhere one scans the horizon, our country, the world, is in deep do-do. From the 1%‘ers steering the market for their own benefit to big oil buying elections, not much bodes well for the working stiff. Nice hat Andy.

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  • Welcome to HAM Radio! I am also an Amateur Radio Op currently a Tech but hope to move up to General when I can find the free time. I agree with your assessment about the economy the MSM etc… Hey when you have time check out 14.313, you’ll learn a thing or 3 about a loon up in Canada and some loons down here in the lower 48. 😉

    Good luck on your prepping!

    Erik

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  • Love the hat and the attitude….
    I have to say I agree 100% and wish our fellow Americans would wake up, but who knows.
    Like you I often find others who feel the same way we do, but as conservative minded people, we seem to mind our own business and want others to stay out of ours.
    I find myself wondering just how many of us are really out there, many more than the mainstream news pimps would ever admit to is my guess.

    papa
    http://www.papas-travels.blogspot.com

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    • Andrew

      Thanks Papa,

      I think there are MANY folks out there who see the storm coming. Privacy is more important than ever these days. I very seldom answer my phone anymore unless it is family

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      • joel

        “I very seldom answer my phone anymore unless it is family”

        When Rebecca was an infant, I started unplugging the phone in the evening when we came home, so we could have uninterrupted family time. My lovely and talented wife and I compromised with an answering machine. Now we have caller ID linked to the answering machine so we can pick up if it is family. That’s been for over 20 years–it was a good decision then, and it’s a good decision now.

        Speaking of ham radio and phones: when my dad was in college in Boston and my mom was in college in Virginia, he would save money on long distance charges by linking by radio to a ham radio friend in Williamsburg, who would do a local phone patch to my mom.

        Got my first lesson on my cell phone. Is there a cell phone app that puts an old-timey dial on your screen to make phone calls with? These keys are too tiny for my fingers.

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        • Andrew

          Joel

          I am with you on the phone thing. Still using the Motorola RAZR because you can voice and text on it. Serves my purpose. I have an AT&T upgrade fancy phone and a pay as you go burner and they are both in the cabinet. I hope the RAZR lives for a long time.

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  • Nancy Klune

    You are so right about what is near to happening.

    Boating incidents are rampant now a days.

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    • Andrew

      Nancy

      They just had a tidal wave of boating accidents in Connecticut. Anything that survived had to be registered.

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  • Paul Stough

    So what does everyone this is “near to happening? Curious minds want to know?

    Thanks

    Paul

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  • Bob

    I like the hat. Paranoid works for me, too. Around here, most non-clueless people are just waiting for this boot to drop.

    @ Paul, if you were asking when, you can watch the long-term T-Bill rates. When they go down, like now, you have capital flight to safety. When they go up by 4% or so, US sovereign default will follow. Each 1 percent of interest equals over 250 billion in debt service. At some point, lenders will stop buying the bonds knowing that their investment will be lost. A bear market despite “QE pumping” (Fed Reserve buying its own bonds) should tell you something too.

    It’s always a surprise to somebody, LOL

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  • Paul Stough

    So just to be clear, are you saying that you believe that an economic collapse is imminent?

    Thanks

    Paul

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