I’m sure I talked about this before, but we’re going to do it again. First, the last time a minion gave me an article suggestion was back when I talked about the economics of a generator verses more solar panels ( right now 120 watts is $250 after shipping. If that lasts twenty years it is one buck a month. Battery replacement for that on one hand and gasoline for the generator on the other hand just wash each other out cost wise. The generator and 120 watts of panels generate the same amount of juice for batteries per hour. The generator will last a far shorter time [ solar 3,000 hours a year, generator about one thousand hours total lifespan ] ). So if you ain’t suggesting something different you really must enjoy my topic picks. Secondly, I’m writing this as quickly as I can so I can get to building my floor while it is still light out. No time to drink coffee and leisurely contemplate another idea. Things to do! I am writing this on the first day of the new year, Sunday. I know I was off on last years new years prophesy. I said oil would double, and although I can’t remember exactly where it started I’d say at most it just went up a third. No matter. The Powers That Be ( Quick! Don your triple layer tin foil cranial protective devices! ) surely had something to do with fudging those prices. Either the wars or unrest within oil producers, or screwing with the futures markets somehow ( did you see the Rawles link to the gold markets manipulations end of last week? ), or killing overseas demand by flooding the markets with ObammyBucks and killing everyone’s economies. Heck, I have no idea. I do know that you get the same prediction this year as the last two. One of these times I’ll be right. Start at an even $100 a barrel of oil. It will double this year.
Here’s another prediction. Thailand will experience large scale rice failures from ocean flooding. So here we are, the end of the day last day of last year, eating out at our regular restaurant in the casino ( Denny’s prices- not great, not too bad comparatively ) since we had been running around town all day. The wife bought dinner since she won a bit gambling on the penny machines. I had my regular $7.77 prime rib and she had her platter of shrimp. Here is a women that merely nibbles through life, her dinner portions not even equaling a snack for me ( bitch be cheap to keep ). But put sea food in front of her and she acts like she owns a tapeworm several feet in length. She can out eat me then. And there was so much shrimp she didn’t make much of a dent ( we finished it up several hours later ). Which brought to mind a recent news piece on where all this shrimp comes from. Primarily Thailand, which has cut away most of its mangrove forests to install shrimp farms. Mangroves act as a break to ocean flooding. Beyond those you have a lot of rice fields. Go order up a batch of shrimp. You will be enriching an Asian peasant fisherman. And helping to kill off all the little bastards when tidal surges flood their grain fields with salt water.
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The standard answer from Yuppie Survivalists when asked why they don’t move away from the city, go gridless for their utilities, give up a car and ride a bike, eat more wheat or anything else smacking of giving up their petroleum luxuries is that there is no reason to live like a Third World peasant until they have to. Behind this answers lies three very frightening reasons, all of which assure our intrepid survivor he is going to die a horrible lingering death. One, their wife wears the testicles in the family and all they can do is fantasize about prepping. Two, they themselves are just as addicted to luxury as the wife and use her needs and desires as an excuse. And three, they don’t actually want to survive if they have to give up their luxuries. You will die, lazy bitch. Now, this does not concern me overly much. If you keep buying from my Amazon commission links, I still love you. Oh, sure, you might muddle through okay if things go your way. If you moved to, say, New Zealand and had a bit of food and some gold, most likely you would be okay baring a Chinese invasion. They grow their own food, have less problems with relying on petroleum, a mellow culture. If you live here in America though, you have millions of guns and welfare bitches with a sense of entitlement ( and such an overdependence on oil that we can’t even have a discussion about minimizing its consumption without you all getting butt hurt ). You really must assume the worse, die-off and collapse wise. Because we have completely and totally given up any old fashion way of feeding ourselves ( even the organic farms are too far away from metro centers full of tens of millions ). Think of it as the Y2K problem ( with thanks to the minion for clarifying the issue ). The US was the most advanced technologically and hence had the most to break since all its systems were the most vulnerable. We are the most dependent on oil, hence have the farthest to fall with shortages.
You can’t wallow in petroleum today and expect to instantly adapt come grid down. The same survivalists that advocate practice, practice, practice when it comes to firearms or first aid or tactics are the ones ignoring the need to practice for the lack of petroleum. You must learn now, and learn what needs to be done. Even ignoring Peak Oil, a terrorist attack down by Louisiana/East Texas monster refinery area would wipe out a good portion of our refined petroleum products ( gasoline, propane, motor oil, heating oil, etc. ). A giant solar flare equaling that of the 19th century would EMP us back to that time technologically. If we continue to devolve economically, the grid shuts down a little at a time due to bankruptcies and infrastructure collapse. Regardless of what disaster befalls us, you need to learn to wean yourself from the petroleum tit. You might think you are smarter than me, and most likely you are correct, but it took me more than a few dead ends and bonehead decisions to learn about living off grid. It is not an instant learning curve. And if you wait, there will be no stores to supply your transition.
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