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  • June 22, 2008 at 6:54 pm
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    I finally met the supplies I bought last year – had them sent to a friend’s house. Got them up on permanent shelves, etc. I have to get a grain mill up to that cache, and maybe a water filter large enough to handle a crowd. The guys were working on the existing spring house when I was there, we need a back up plan for water.

    Meanwhile, a friend can’t get enough money to fill his truck to look for a job that pays enough to fill the truck.

  • June 22, 2008 at 7:21 pm
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    Nothing new, just getting ready for another long winter. Cut a ton of firewood today.

  • June 23, 2008 at 5:07 am
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    Saw an interesting story on CNN regarding people hosting garage sales to raise money in order to buy enough gas to drive to work.

    TheTruthAboutCars.com, an extremely popular and increasingly quoted auto site, has run several pieces recently on the spiraling depreciation of large vehicles, SUV and P/U truck owners now being “owners for life” (upside down bigtime, no buyers),
    Readers and commenters, which have historically included many of the landcrusher/kill a tree for horsepower set, simply are gobsmacked or in full on denial.

    ITulip.com ran a great piece on the flying monkeys of the FIRE (Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate) economy, those who are paid to provide propaganda that props up the same sector they serve.
    Here’s a quote:

    “New circumstances compelled us to create our Flying Monkeys of the FIRE Economy award to recognize egregious and brazen politically motivated misrepresentations of economic fact that help foster and maintain the system.

    The Flying Monkey’s message is always the same and with like intent: hold on to the overpriced asset, don’t panic and sell.
    “The stock market is not over-priced or risky,” they said during the tech bubble. “Home prices are not too high and, in any case, home prices are regional and never fall across the entire nation at once,” they said at the height of the housing bubble. “The credit crisis is contained, limited to a small and insignificant corner of the bond market,” they said after sub-prime mortgages blew up but before Alt-A, Auction Rate Securities, and other debt products followed. “Inflation expectations are moderate, confined to volatile energy prices,” they said before milk and wheat prices doubled. “Oil is a speculative bubble about to pop,” they said in 2004, in 2005, in 2006, in 2007, and now again in 2008.

    You’ve heard it all. FIRE Economy economists play a critical role to misinform the public about the true nature and condition of the US economy. They do for the FIRE sector industries what doctors did for the tobacco industry for decades.”

    Another one covered ‘Gasoline still dirt cheap in the USA’, compared with the energy content and utility contained therein.

    Yet another ITulip (and CNN) story on gas stations ceasing to accept credit and debit cards, going to cash only, or charging up to 10% more for credit/debit. Admin predicted this a while back. The near future will be about paying cash or doing without. Expect many to do without, they’re already living on credit.

    Exxon-Mobil is selling all 2500 of its stations, while they’re still worth something.

  • June 23, 2008 at 9:04 am
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    Here is an utterly stupid story and one which demonstrates that government will not stop until it can dictate to every single molecule of your being:

    http://www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2008news/2008-157.html

    The state of Washington, arguably one of the wettest places in the continental United States, is making up rules about what you can do with your rainwater.

  • June 23, 2008 at 9:16 am
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    Thanks, that’s got to one of the stupidest things I’ve seen. A “permit” to collect rainwater? My BUTTON HAS BEEN PUSHED.

    “Washington law identifies rainwater as a water resource of the state.”

    The amount of rainwater individuals collect is minuscule and only keeps this tiny amount from being absorbed in the soil or running off downstream. There is NO LACK of water in much of Washington. I suspect we’re around 300+% of normal precipitation this year (extremely wet). Rivers are still running at flood stage, no boating allowed.

    I’m installing a huge rainwater system this year (if time permits) by collecting the runoff from all of MY roofs and funneling this into MY cisterns for use in MY garden. This will unburden the demand on the aquifer in this area by a minuscule amount, reduce electricity usage of the well, as well as have an emergency water supply.

    Are these people STUPID OR WHAT? Don’t nobody answer that, politicians are as dumb as stumps.

    I GUARANTEE I won’t be asking anybody’s permission or paying for a permit to do so. SCREW THEM.

    Water DOES NOT BELONG TO THE STATE. It is a basic RIGHT OF ALL PEOPLE. Conserving water via rainwater collections is a SMART IDEA, but paying some stupid bureaucratic agency a fee for a permission slip means you’re a STUPID SHEEP.

    Come and get me you bastards.

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