I need your help — Open Thread

Please nobody send any emails for the time being, I am effectively blind from an eye injury and am in a great deal of pain. I am having extreme difficulty trying to read or respond to email.

I can’t follow the news online right now so you can post your comments here.


Leave off the http:// from your links and all should be well, and not require any moderation by me. Sorry about this this is unbelievably painful I have to stop using my eyes for several days.


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24 thoughts on “I need your help — Open Thread

  • October 22, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Sorry to read of your injury. Hope you are feeling better soon.

  • October 22, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Oh No! hope you didn’t shooot your eye out with that new Red Ryder bb gun you got for Christmas… Take it easy,rest and hope you feel better soon

  • October 22, 2008 at 11:50 am

    So sorry to hear about the injury. Your a hero to me, so get well soon.

  • October 22, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    eye pain IS the worst (or almost)

    fortunately, eyes have some amazing healing properties. But, I’d get them ‘looked at’ if you haven’t done so already. Not worth risking damage.

  • October 22, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Hope you feel better soon…I know how even a scratch on the eye can feel like a boulder under the lid.

  • October 22, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Ouch. Hope you heal soon. I try to wear my safety glasses always, but sometimes I take chances when the risk seems low, my bad. On Monday, I ventured out to help a buddy with his car, and when driving home, I noticed a star burst spot on my right retina. I think if might be a laser injury, but I wasn’t using anything like that. Maybe someone was fooling around and I caught some reflected shrapnel? It seems a little less noticeable today, so that is consistent with a dazzle-type injury.

  • October 22, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Hang in there brother!

    I always have to ask myself what the psycho-spiritual aspects of this type event might be. Is there something you aren’t seeing or willing to look at? For example.
    I generally doubt that things just happen randomly.

  • October 22, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Rhino, it’s probably closer to the … was it Jackson Browne song? … “Doctor My Eyes”. He’s seen too much, not too little.

  • October 22, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Our valiant Admin is in a BAD bad way – looking like (pun intended) he’ll be near blind for at least several days of ‘official hell’

    Per his instruction:
    [Admin] reminds blog readers that your orders are still all on schedule and that there is nothing you need to do. Of necessity, the shopping cart was temporarily shut down today. Anyone having “URGENT”questions about their order should e-mail sales@survivalacres.com.

    Otherwise “please let me heal”.

    I (LW) can vouch for the fact that the last thing someone in severe pain appreciates is a stampede of panicked morons raging through your skull (my descriptor, not his. not ‘personal’)

  • October 22, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    RE “What should I do”

    run (don’t walk)
    avoid panic (aka people)
    die anyway

  • October 22, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Keep well friend…


    Market collapse in dayz…

  • October 22, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    via Monkeyfister “GEAB predicts that the United States will be forced to default on it’s debt FFQ3 (Federal Fiscal Quarter 3– April-June 2009).

    Take this as you’d like. But, these are the same people who predicted the popping of the Housing bubble in 2006– prompting me to get serious about getting some land; they predicted the collapse of Bear Stearns eight months before it happened (about the time I was desperately trying to close on a 10-acre farm), and they gave us a four-month warning about the September/October Collapse. They have been absolutely correct about everything since 2006. ”


  • October 22, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Been there and it’s not much fun. It is amazing that I still have my sight.

    Never feer about what is happening in the world. It is the same as it always been.

    “GONE TOO HELL”, as you already know!

  • October 23, 2008 at 5:48 am

    Ugh. Sounds serious. Hope you get good medical treatment and feel better.

  • October 23, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Yeah, that DOES make me feel better. Some greed whore like Savinar will buy it, hoping to make a few million dollars. The report that I heard, allegedly from his former board admin, is that fifteen LATOC members were under federal investigation with Savinar’s cooperation. I was “invited” to know all the gory details, which I declined. I wouldn’t touch this guy or anything he’s involved in with a ten-foot pole.

    My eye is better, but still very painful. I can squeeze it open, but just barely. Finally got some pain killers for it, the emergency room was unwilling to help, but the eye doctor I was finally able to “see” was. Should be up and running tomorrow, I’m supposed to give it a rest, it’s very badly inflamed and needs to subside.

  • October 23, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Could it be that Matt has some inside information and knows something we don’t? Such as, when Sister Sarah is sent packing (her million dollar wardrobe) back to Alaska and, shortly thereafter,Todd goes back on the snow-machine race circuit So Matt stains (body, mind and soul) to ‘be there’ for St. Sarah of Wasilla and to keep those ‘globals’ warm thru those long Arctic nights. You Betcha. (Here’s to hoping he contracts both her Syphilis (pox pox) and Gonorrhea (drip drip). End fantasy.

  • October 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    The FDA has been caught red-handed conspiring with the chemical industry, surprise,surprise…

    North Korea food crisis where two thirds of North Koreans do not have enough to eat, but don’t think you’ll hear about it…

    Word games continue even in Australia, wouldn’t want to upset people: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/3246178/Australia-bans-word-drought-as-too-upsetting-for-farmers.html

    California Foreclosures Soar By 228%:

  • October 24, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Ten Forecasts For 2009 and Beyond:

    Forecast # 1: Everything you say and do will be recorded by 2030. By the late 2010s, ubiquitous unseen nanodevices will provide seamless communication and surveillance among all people everywhere. Humans will have nanoimplants, facilitating interaction in an omnipresent network. Everyone will have a unique Internet Protocol (IP) address. Since nano storage capacity is almost limitless, all conversation and activity will be recorded and recoverable. — Gene Stephens, “Cybercrime in the Year 2025,” THE FUTURIST July-Aug 2008.

    Forecast #2: Bioviolence will become a greater threat as the technology becomes more accessible. Emerging scientific disciplines (notably genomics, nanotechnology, and other microsciences) could pave the way for a bioattack. Bacteria and viruses could be altered to increase their lethality or to evade antibiotic treatment.— Barry Kellman, “Bioviolence: A Growing Threat,” THE FUTURIST May-June 2008.

    Forecast #3: The car’s days as king of the road will soon be over. More powerful wireless communication that reduces demand for travel, flying delivery drones to replace trucks, and policies to restrict the number of vehicles owned in each household are among the developments that could thwart the automobileâ’s historic dominance on the environment and culture. If current trends were to continue, the world would have to make way for a total of 3 billion vehicles on the road by 2025. — Thomas J. Frey, “Disrupting the Automobileâ’s Future,” THE FUTURIST, Sep-Oct 2008.

    Forecast #4: Careers, and the college majors for preparing for them, are becoming more specialized. An increase in unusual college majors may foretell the growth of unique new career specialties. Instead of simply majoring in business, more students are beginning to explore niche majors such as sustainable business, strategic intelligence, and entrepreneurship. Other unusual majors that are capturing students’ imaginations: neuroscience and nanotechnology, computer and digital forensics, and comic book art. Scoff not: The market for comic books and graphic novels in the United States has grown 12% since 2006. —THE FUTURIST, World Trends & Forecasts, Sep-Oct 2008.

    Forecast #5: There may not be world law in the foreseeable future, but the world’s legal systems will be networked. The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN), a database of local and national laws for more than 50 participating countries, will grow to include more than 100 counties by 2010. The database will lay the groundwork for a more universal understanding of the diversity of laws between nations and will create new opportunities for peace and international partnership.— Joseph N. Pelton, “Toward a Global Rule of Law: A Practical Step Toward World Peace,” THE FUTURIST Nov-Dec 2007.

    Forecast #6: The race for biomedical and genetic enhancement will — in the twenty-first century — be what the space race was in the previous century. Humanity is ready to pursue biomedical and genetic enhancement, says UCLA professor Gregory Stock, the money is already being invested, but, he says, “We’ll also fret about these things — because we’re human, and it’s what we do.” — Gregory Stock quoted in THE FUTURIST, Nov-Dec 2007.

    Forecast #7: Professional knowledge will become obsolete almost as quickly as it’s acquired. An individual’s professional knowledge is becoming outdated at a much faster rate than ever before. Most professions will require continuous instruction and retraining. Rapid changes in the job market and work-related technologies will necessitate job education for almost every worker. At any given moment, a substantial portion of the labor force will be in job retraining programs. — Marvin J. Cetron and Owen Davies, “Trends Shaping Tomorrow’s World, Part Two,” THE FUTURIST May-June 2008.

    Forecast #8: Urbanization will hit 60% by 2030. As more of the world’s population lives in cities, rapid development to accommodate them will make existing environmental and socioeconomic problems worse. Epidemics will be more common due to crowded dwelling units and poor sanitation. Global warming may accelerate due to higher carbon dioxide output and loss of carbon-absorbing plants. — Marvin J. Cetron and Owen Davies, “Trends Shaping Tomorrow’s World,” THE FUTURIST Mar-Apr 2008.

    Forecast #9: The Middle East will become more secular while religious influence in China will grow. Popular support for religious government is declining in places like Iraq, according to a University of Michigan study. The researchers report that in 2004 only one-fourth of respondents polled believed that Iraq would be a better place if religion and politics were separated. By 2007, that proportion was one-third. Separate reports reveal a countertrend in China. — World Trends & Forecasts, THE FUTURIST Nov-Dec 2007.

    Forecast #10: Access to electricity will reach 83% of the world by 2030. Electrification has expanded around the world, from 40% connected in 1970 to 73% in 2000, and may reach 83% of the world’s people by 2030. Electricity is fundamental to raising living standards and access to the world’s products and services. Impoverished areas such as Sub-Saharan Africa still have low rates of electrification; Uganda is just 3.7% electrified. — Andy Hines, “Global Trends in Culture, Infrastructure, and Values,” Sep-Oct 2008.


  • October 24, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Hmmm. Interesting list, but overtly optimistic.

    I predict that absolutely none of the above will come true. They all conveniently forgot “Collapse of Civilization” due to resource shortages, overpopulation and climate change.

    When this happens, billions will die, contraction will set in on a global scale and none of the above will occur.

    Nationalism will take hold, the world will shrink once again and globalism will die. Along with it, a large percentage of the planet, including non-human species.

    By 2030 all of this will have already happened. At least, that’s my prediction.

  • October 25, 2008 at 9:58 am

    That is what I also noticed when reading the list that IMO it’s made on the assumption that everything will be status quo in this country/world – that all of us will be good little troopers and go shopping and come home and watch TV…

    Won’t happened in my world because I’m not a good little trooper…

  • October 25, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Here’s a interesting piece from someone it seems that went through the Argentina’s economic collapse…

    Some facts:

    1) Those that want to harm you/steal from you don’t come with a pirate flag waving over their heads.

    2) Neither do they start shooting at you 200 yards away.

    3) They wont come riding loud bikes or dressed with their orange, convict just escaped from prison jump suits, so that you can identify them the better. Nor do they all wear chains around their necks and leather jackets. If I had a dollar for each time a person that got robbed told me, “They looked like NORMAL people, dressed better than we are”, honestly, I would have enough money for a nice gun. There are exceptions, but don’t expect them to dress like in the movies.

    4) A man with a wife and two or three kids can’t set up a watch. I don’t care if you are SEAL, SWAT or John Freaking Rambo, no 6th sense is going to tell you that there is a guy pointing a gun at your back when you are trying to fix the water pump that just broke, or carrying a big heavy bag of dried beans you bought that morning.


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