Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
I got the upper louver installed, together with the ropes, pulleys and eyelets necessary to open and close it from the ground.
Also in this image is the cellphone antenna I installed last weekend.
A series of eyelets installed on the cross braces inside the tower hold the control ropes in place. A lanyard holds tight the rope that is currently in control.
At the bottom the ropes are labeled for easy switching between summertime and wintertime operation.
I also fabricated a portable knockdown kennel for Poochie so that I could bring her into town to see the vet. She can't be loose in the apartment because she is incontinent, and I can't take her straight to the vet from out here because the vet is not open Monday. So this is the only way to make it work. She stays in the kennel with a litterbox and a kitty-depends pad on the floor, and I take her out to feed and water her. I am heading back into town early because this will be too much of a hassle to try to get set up early Monday morning on the way into work.
Just got a bit of housework to do first...
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Saturday, February 26, 2011
...is getting me down.Comments
Where is my pillow of moss? My bed of mycorrhizae and my blanket of woven, tangled tree roots?
My bones, they want repose beneath a roof of sod, with earthworm attendants and pillbug servants. Rest, in the mouldering layers. Rest from the wearying sun, screaming overhead from horizon to horizon again and again and again and again in its blue vaulted arch--a mad charioteer with no other purpose but to drive the inhabitants of the world mad.
Rest from the scurrying and haste and agony of creatures desperate to race ahead of the sun, or to make it stop, or to do anything, anything to cease the relentless, unblinking black singularity rushing toward them at the speed of light.
Let them scurry. My bones, they will rest.
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Friday, February 25, 2011
Goodnight Banks: Arizona in [Market-Ticker]Comments
Summary of new Arizona Senate Bill: No Trustee Sale without complete chain of assignment on the note. Introduced 2-15-11, passed 2-22-10 and sent to the Arizona House. Go read the text of the bill. It is like an atomic bomb set off in the middle of MERS.
So I was wrong yesterday. The MERS mess is going to affect any non-judicial foreclosure state that adopts this same measure. If the assignments are not there, anyone subject to a Trustee Sale can challenge that sale in court when it is first initiated, and the sale cannot go forward. Or even after the fact, it may appear from the text. (But probably not affecting any sales that take place before the bill becomes law. Ex post facto and all...)
This, too, would explain their mad scramble over the last week. Again the timing is just perfect. They saw the door swinging shut in Arizona and made a dash for the door, dragging with them whatever assets they could grab on the way out. I should note that when I spoke to a Saxon rep yesterday about the sale, she had to sift through a very long list of trustee sales that happened yesterday before she found mine. She noted more to herself than me, "there were a *lot* of sales yesterday..."
Daisycat, bless her back-assward little heart, thinks it's a great thing that God got rid of that house for us before the banks were prevented from taking it back.
What I must live with...
Labels: mortgage fraud
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Thursday, February 24, 2011
Packaged, ready to be sent.Comments
The place was purchased by a third party. Which is nice for the neighbors, as they won't have to put up with a bank-owned, neglected property.
And nice for my irrational sentimentality because it means someone will be in there soon to finish fixing up what I could not and get some new family living in there.
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This ruling might appear to be in contradiction to the Federal Judiciary ruling a couple of weeks ago:Comments
MERS Can Foreclose in California, State Appeals Court Rules - Businessweek
But it is not. The difference here is in the way foreclosures are processed in non-judicial foreclosure states versus judicial foreclosure states. In non-judicial states such as California and Arizona, there is not a mortgage per se. Instead there is a Deed of Trust, which essentially empowers a third party trustee to sell the house on behalf of the note holder if the borrower defaults on the terms of the loan. No judicial review is required. In a judicial foreclosure state, the note holder is required to go to court, prove standing, and sue in order to enforce the terms of the mortgage.
There are plusses and minuses for both the borrower and the lender to each system. In non-judicial states, the MERS mess isn't so much an issue. MERS does not have to prove standing to foreclose. The right to sell the house is already baked into the Deed of Trust, and is not subject to judicial review. Too bad, so sad for the borrower. For the banks, the downside is that there is usually no recourse for any deficiency--that is, the lender cannot pursue the borrower for the difference between the loan balance and the sale price of the house. This is of course the upside for the borrower in those states, particularly in the current real estate market. Too bad, so sad for the lender.
In the judicial foreclosure states, the lender can usually pursue the borrower for the deficiency, unless the mortgage was explicitly written to be non-recourse. Bad for hard-pressed borrowers unless they can file bankruptcy. But in these states, MERS is on the ropes as their standing to sue has been successfully challenged in case after case.
So it's apples to oranges, and this ruling will not help MERS one bit in those states where their model is falling apart.
Note: none of the above shall be construed to constitute legal advice. I'm just some guy on the internet who has spent an exhaustive amount of time trying to understand the issues. Consult a lawyer for accurate legal advice for your situation.
Labels: mortgage fraud
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Wells Fargo Meeting Today With Philly Homeowner Who "Foreclosed" On Them (Here's How He Did It) - The Consumerist
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Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail? | Rolling Stone PoliticsComments
Fraud and theft on such a huge scale it utterly boggles.
And the faithful keep on saying "no no no no no no no, it's not their fault! Gubmit is the big boogie!"
Gubmit and these clowns in a nice cozy revolving door backscratching relationship, yeah...
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From a memo titled:Comments
Page 1 of 2
To: All MERS Members February 16, 2011
...and posted at the following site:
MERS Unofficial Website | Foreclosure Self-Defense
1. MERS is planning to shortly announce a proposed amendment to Membership Rule 8. The proposed amendment will require Members to not foreclose in MERS’ name. Consistent with the Membership Rules there will be a 90-day comment period on the proposed Rule. During this period we request that Members do not commence foreclosures in MERS’ name. If a Member determines that it will commence a foreclosure in MERS’ name during this 90-day period, two weeks advance notice must be given to MERS to permit verification of the appointment and current status of the Certifying Officer proposed to participate in the foreclosure. No foreclosure may be processed in MERS’ name without first obtaining this verification. We encourage Members to bring foreclosures only in the name of the holder of the note, in the name of the trustee or the servicer of record acting on behalf of the trustee.
"Ninety days Pops, and then you're on your own. So wrap it up." Thus the sudden switch from "we're here to help you do this deed-in-lieu" to "we're conducting the trustee sale in two days, and no it is too late to do anything about it. Sorry sucka."
That memo date is consistent with when I saw all hell break loose on my account.
Labels: mortgage fraud
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...article at the link: Brookstone Law, PC: MERS Ruling is Major Victory for Homeowners Facing ForeclosureComments
Labels: mortgage fraud
posted by Desert Cat @ 3:58 PM | permalink
Mitzi popped a gasket on her water pump this morning. My mechanic is booked solid until Friday. Rental cars are expensive this week because of a golf tournament in town.
Ain't life grand?
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Naked I came from my mother’s womb,Comments
And naked shall I return there.
The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the LORD.
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Monday, February 21, 2011
I spent most of the weekend on tax-related paperwork, and some time chasing down additional documentation the first mortgage holder needs to resume the deed-in-lieu process and forestall the trustee sale. They have their head up their ass and their right hand has not the foggiest idea what orifice their left hand is itching. Tomorrow I fax them the information. We shall see. Wednesday is the surprise-scheduled trustee sale. If they haven't just been stringing me along for shits and giggles all this time, perhaps it will be postponed until they can re-review the now (presumably) complete package. (Readers may recall I finally obtained the recorded reconveyance for the second mortgage just two weeks ago.) If they fail me, I will name them publicly and spread their infamy far and wide*. For my reader who was considering a short sale: trust me on this--the pain is more than likely not worth the satisfaction of doing the 'right thing'. Daisycat thinks I'm a fool for this and perhaps she is right. But having committed to this path, I will complete it. Let them fail me in the end if it is to be so.
I did venture up the tower for a bit of work Saturday. I got the cell phone booster antenna installed. It turns out the antenna cable is too short however. It won't quite reach into the house. I need to buy a 10-foot extension. But in the mean time I have rigged up the amplifier at the end of the cable, protected by a sandwich bag from the weather (yes, very "git 'er done"). I was having trouble making calls again, and now I can reach out loud and clear with three bars.
Next week (maybe) I can get the top louver panel installed and start on the internal light baffles.
extended rant "below the fold"
*Update: It occurs to me re-reading that, given how much stench of evil bankster malfeasance has already been uncovered by others and reported here, whatever I could say about the Saxon Mortgage Circus that I have been subjected to over the last fourteen months is small potatoes. They are idiots. They turned down a good short sale offer at $139K in August of last year. Today I can't even get any more offers at the current $80K asking price. They farmed out their deed-in-lieu negotiations to a third party vendor late last year. These were decent people, willing to work with me and wait as I attempted to obtain the last remaining piece of the puzzle, which was the recorded reconveyance of the second mortgage lien. They apparently fired this vendor and took back the account. Now I find myself in Evil Clown Central (aka Saxon Mortgage Customer Service) again.
Do you hear me, Saxon Mortgage? Do you have some LACKEY running google searches on your name to see what people are saying about you? GOOD! Listen up then: If I was running your customer service division and your short sale and deed-in-lieu department the way it is currently being run, I WOULD FIRE MYSELF FOR INCOMPETENCE!
At least incompetence would be the first presumption. Because if it is not incompetence, then it would have to be active malice. You people know DAMN WELL that the process of getting a second lien reconveyance recorded is a lengthy process. You yourselves probably drag it out for six months just like Chase Mortgage did for me. Yet knowing that, rather than retaining all of the voluminous documentation that you have demanded your customers submit, you THROW THE WHOLE GODDAMN STASH AWAY, and require them to begin from scratch at a later date!
Malice. Because electronic document storage is DIRT CHEAP today. You could EASILY retain every scrap of paper until either a foreclosure, or a deed-in-lieu, or a short sale is processed before purging the data. But you don't. Because you lot are Evil Clowns. Or Incompetent Boobs. Take your pick.
Sax-o-Shit Mortgage: Evil Clown Central
Update to the update: ConsumerAffairs.com -- Saxon Mortgage, probably malice. At that link are pages upon pages of consumer complaints about Saxon Mortgage. My missive above is just one more brick in a large edifice.
I do take some satisfaction in seeing that Google has promptly put this post at the top of the search results for "Saxon Mortgage Evil Clown".
Update again: Hey, isn't this cute--an entire website devoted to the topic of abuses by Saxon Mortgage: Saxonwatch.com. Saxon employees: how can you sleep at night knowing you work for Evil Clowns?
The above paragraphs contain OPINION, SATIRE, and HYPERBOLE and are not represented to be a complete and factual account. Keep your Flying Monkeys away from me.
Final update: they are proceeding with the trustee sale tomorrow, notwithstanding the documentation I sent them this morning.
Let 'em have it. It is not the way I tried to make it happen. But I am done.
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Sunday, February 20, 2011
Just go read the review comments at Amazon for this product:Comments
Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: liquid ass
"One whiff of Liquid Ass and BANG! I hit the floor saw yellow, then barfed.! Can you imagine working in the factory that makes this HIDEOUS stench. Gad Zooks, this stuff is great!!!"
"I cant believe how bad Liquid Ass smells I mean i did 1 spray on the 1st floor of our home and my sister up stairs in her room could smell it. I hate to paint this picture for you but Liquid ass smells as though someone crapped then smeared it on the walls. this is not for the light at heart. what a tremendously terrible smell. needless to say my lunch came back up after 1 sniff of liquid ass. true to description, liquid ass is by far worth the money and will definitely make anyone want to vomit with the smell."
"Just to point something out here... this stuff does not smell like a fart. If you think it does, check your drawers. It smells like ass. A big, hairy, poorly wiped, rarely washed, possibly diseased, decaying ass. It is so real, you'll swear you can smell the hairs in it. I'm actually suspicious that it might not be artificial ingredients, but actual residue from someone's crack. It is THAT bad!
I tried it at work. Nailed the elevator good, and watched one person after another step in, and immediately step out and opt for the stairs. Only one flight of stairs, but that was a blessing by comparison even for the morbidly-obese woman who also opted to take the stairs. Tried it in the office. Thankfully my neighbor happened to have a fan aiming away from my own desk. I heard everything from "shart" to "dead rat" to "they must be cleaning dead frogs out of the vents again." One older gentleman actually went to the bathroom to check his own pants, just in case.
I would never recommend this as cologne."
"My bottle of liquid ass arrived in the mail the other day. I wanted to try it at home before unleashing it at work. Entering the kitchen, I sprayed one tiny little "poof" and waited. Within one minute, the kitchen smelled as if an entire college football offensive line had overdone it at the taco stand the previous night.
It was so bad that the cat came into the kitchen and was scraping the bare tile floor with his paw as if he was trying to cover up a huge invisible turd! I've owned other fart sprays that didn't quite smell "right". But Liquid Ass really smells like the real deal."
Labels: felicity and jocularity
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Saturday, February 19, 2011
For those wondering if last week's Federal judge ruling against MERS was enough to pop the Hindenburg as I suggested, consider this: MERS is now instructing its members to cease foreclosing on residential properties in the name of MERS and to begin immediately to register all assignments of mortgages with local County Recorders.Comments
MERS Leaves the Field | The Economic Populist
And for those whose chain of assignment passes through bankrupt, no longer existent institutions?
Best of luck, suckas!
"Ah! The Bankster Humanity!"
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Thursday, February 17, 2011
Yeah, I could do that. Simple pentatonic scale stuff with a bit of chromatic thrown in here and there.
Labels: art appreciation
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I was actually a little surprised, given how much Vox likes to mock the "precious snowflake Sigmas". I answered as honestly as I could within the constraints of the available answers, with the caveat that I did not answer as I would have answered thirty years ago. There is no question in my mind that during my middle school years I was gamma/omega material. But then Vox has stated that Sigma is a natural evolution from Omega beginnings.Comments
I thought I'd end up Delta, as Vox asserts that most men are Delta. But I really fail to care much about groups and group dynamics. I do not make an effort to fit myself into any kind of social scene. Not antisocial, just asocial. Which would be Omega, except that I'm definitely not Omega. Not today.
The Socio-Sexual Hierarchy: Where You Do and Do Not Belong
You don't give a damn. You are off doing your own thing, with or without anyone's approval. You radiate cool and intrigue, and women find you intensely interesting, despite you not trying or noticing. You don't go to parties or social gatherings, but if you do, you're usually with a friend and a gorgeous woman you brought. You're the lone wolf of the hierarchy, almost as attractive as Alphas. You shun leadership in favor of getting the hell away from everyone.
Update: I was playing with the answers, choosing some other ones that might also be applicable. I got the results into Delta territory for a few iterations, Sigma for others, but I could not get a Gamma answer until I reached back to high school attitudes.
So be it then.
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
This song came to mind this evening when Sam was meowing loudly over nothing like he often does:Comments
Carry on my wayward son,
I was practicing my bass this evening, and after running through the current lesson a couple times I went back to the pentatonic scale lesson material and was noodling around for a while, getting into a groove and into that deep concentration I used to get into when I was a child. Daisycat came into the room to just watch me for a while and nearly bumped me out of it--I'm still self-conscious since I'm not all that good yet. But later this song came back to mind and I was working out the bass lines in it and had to look it up and give a listen.
Funny how I am. I mentioned this before that I used to hate rock back when I was a kid, but today I listen to these old songs and I'm grooving with them in a big way.
I *was* a fan of Queen's "The Game" album because it was our debate team theme album, and "Another one Bites the Dust" being our theme song. So those old bass riffs are firmly embedded in my brain and come out once in a while when practicing on the pentatonic scale. Anyone remember the bass line for "Dragon Attack"?
(Go here, scroll down and listen to the samples to refresh your memory.)
Heh. Fun stuff.
Update: You know, it occurs to me that on a number of Queen songs, the bass is actually the lead and the "lead guitar" is only playing accompaniment. Both Dragon Attack and Another One Bites the Dust are that way. I guess I never realized that before. Another band from back in the day that features strong bass lines is the original Pretender's group. Think "Space Invaders" (here)
Labels: art appreciation
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Monday, February 14, 2011
"...grind slowly, but exceedingly thoroughly."Comments
So goes the saying.
Time To Put A Fork In MERS? in [Market-Ticker]
The Court recognizes that an adverse ruling regarding MERS’s authority to assign mortgages or act on behalf of its member/lenders could have a significant impact on MERS and upon the lenders which do business with MERS throughout the United States. However, the Court must resolve the instant matter by applying the laws as they exist today. It is up to the legislative branch, if it chooses, to amend the current statutes to confer upon MERS the requisite authority to assign mortgages under its current business practices. MERS and its partners made the decision to create and operate under a business model that was designed in large part to avoid the requirements of the traditional mortgage recording process. This Court does not accept the argument that because MERS may be involved with 50% of all residential mortgages in the country, that is reason enough for this Court to turn a blind eye to the fact that this process does not comply with the law.
Bingo! Hindenberg alert! Woop! Woop! She can't take it Cap'n! She's breakin' up!
So perhaps I was too cynical. The violations were too egregious to ignore, even to those bought and paid to do so. Or perhaps public awareness of this issue has become too pervasive to allow it to stand. Must do the screwing under cover of darkness!
We shall see. Federal courts can be turned over at the circuit and Supreme Court levels. But with broad awareness, and a narrow, unpopular beneficiary class? Not so easy...
They need to fall. Not just MERS, but the institutions that created MERS. They need to fail, to be flushed out in receivership, so that new healthy banking institutions under better regulatory oversight can take their place. This is for the benefit of the nation, not some misguided vengeance plea. Japan has lost two decades of prosperity because they chose to prop up their failed financial institutions. Ireland has just discovered how expensive their decision to do the same will be. We cannot afford this! Sink these wrecks (and their Federal Reserve enablers) and charter new banks, stat!
Go click the link to read the whole text of the decision (embedded in Karl's post). The tone of incredulity, especially when discussing MERS alleged role as both "mortgagee" and "nominee for the mortgage" is amusing, to say the least.
Cue Chopin's Funeral March:
Or perhaps this version would be more appropriate, given how these people are such inveterate members of the Evil Clown Brigade:
Labels: mortgage fraud
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Sunday, February 13, 2011
Flood basin construction took up yesterday and most of today. In this case I did not just want to create a bowl-shaped swale to channel water to a tree or row of trees, I wanted to make this area as flat as possible, so that the area around the tree can be used for cover crop, forage or small grains until the tree is large enough to take over the area for its own roots.Comments
In the foreground here (just behind the large mesquite tree) is a separate small basin that will take advantage of the rich soil under the mesquite tree for some squash plants this summer.
In the background is the rest of my weekend's work. I am running water into it to find where the high and low spots still are.
Getting an area completely flat with my Li'l Kitty is quite a bit more challenging than simply carving a swale.
No, the area is not completely flat, and no, I'm not planning to do any more grading in there. At this point it is close enough to flat that raking will finish the job. Li'l Kitty is not precise enough to fuss around successfully with less than three inches of elevation difference across a basin.
Here are the trees I planted last week, wrapped in reemay to protect against hard frost.
Some of them appear to have some frost damaged leaves. It still reached hard freeze temperatures during the week. Today reached 70 degrees however, and the rest of the week is forecast to be the same. We may be past the last hard cold snap for the year.
Update: I r a rednek!
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Bob and Rumsefeld discussing with Roscoe why he is such a pansy with Locoweed and Yinyang, and whether he might, in fact, be gay.Comments
"I'm not! I swear!
I-I just feel *good* when I wear a feather boa..."
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Saturday, February 12, 2011
I am having trouble this morning. Feeling very alone.Comments
My entire family with the exception of Momcat (and including Daisycat The Lazy) have either a subconscious belief that nothing bad can happen to them when things fall apart, or that somehow they will be lucky and whatever impacts the rest of the people around them won't get to them.
Like these people:
Y'all are dodging trains. Luck will only take you so far.
After that it is proper planning and preparation.
I awake this morning, surveying in my mind what is outside my bedroom door, waiting to be accomplished to make life safer, more comfortable, or even *possible* in a TEOTWAWKI world. I am facing the thought that I am doing this alone. My poor mother is still recovering from a nasty bout of flu. She has been pulling the lion's share of the weight when it comes to acquiring gardening and food preserving knowledge to make it possible to eat when the stores are empty. And of course she holds the fort down when I'm not here. But she is getting older, and I can only expect episodes like this will take her out of commission on a more frequent basis and for longer as she gets older.
She of all people understands. She lived through the last Great Disruption that happened in Europe. She was born in the midst of World War II, fled her family's home in eastern Europe as the Russians advanced, fell gravely ill as a refugee, and survived the firebombing of Dresden. And by survived, I do not mean safely out of the way of the devastation. In the midst of hell, on a stretcher as two medics rush with her into a basement bomb shelter, they were trapped on the stairway because the shelter was full. Then a bomb hit the hospital directly and the entire building collapsed into the shelter, crushing and killing everyone inside. Except of course those few on the stairwell who fled back up the stairs and into the streets.
She was on a stretcher, in the midst of a firestorm in the middle of the street, with the medics on either side of her wondering out loud why the Allies were firebombing a city they knew full well had just had a surge of eastern European refugees arrive.
And the aftermath, the starvation in the refugee camps, the desperation of her mother's relentless efforts begging door to door, is what kept them alive. She swore she would do everything in her power to never become a refugee again. No, I don't need to convince her of anything. She knows.
Meanwhile my nominal "wife" is lazing about her city apartment this morning, puttering with little things she considers so important in her little city life. She expects that someday when the shit finally hits the fan and her little city life is finally impossible, that she will then finally come out here and be miserable.
What is maddening to me, is that it need not be so but for the investment of a couple weekends a month on her part. There are things going undone around here that need to be done. She needs to start acquiring the same gardening/farming/preserving expertise that Momcat has, by working alongside her for a few years. When TSHTF it will be too late to go out and get what is needed to carry on. And since I can't pay attention to everything, there *will* be gaps in our preparations because she is not involved now. At the least she could housekeep for me, to free me up to do the rest of what needs to happen. There are gaps in our medical preparation huge enough to drive a train through. She at least has some medical background, and could be putting together a thorough inventory of medical supplies and equipment to get us and anyone else who joins us through a couple years of no access to modern medicine. She could be taking EMT training classes. But to her, a couple boxes of band aids and some tubes of ointment is enough. It's laughable and represents a major failing if it is not rectified before SHTF.
This brings me to the rest of the family, the nuclear groups in the extended group. I have no children, but both my siblings do. They are responsible for their own lack of preparation, but I can't see the children of my blood relatives suffering because of the willful blindness of their parents. I don't know what to do about this, and I am running out of steam to think about it further this morning. I am frustrated to the point of considering prohibiting at gunpoint anyone from seeking refuge here who has not had a significant hand in preparing. And to searching out non-family team members to add to a survival group--people who would be willing to put in weekends here and bring their own resources here to be stored and who bring their own areas of expertise, in exchange for having a place to come to when the SHTF.
But this morning I have some more earthwork to do in the orchard and must get to it.
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Friday, February 11, 2011
I was discussing elsewhere with a regular reader the plans to reduce or eliminate the role of the US Dollar in international commerce. I made note of this plan already in existence and moving toward implementation:Comments
IMF discusses plan to replace dollar as reserve currency - Feb. 10, 2011
Labels: financial ponderings
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Thursday, February 10, 2011
LOL, Via RodgerComments
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Tuesday, February 08, 2011
I thought Daisycat had stumbled upon some new tinfoil hat stuff (she's always browsing the fringe sites), but it appears this has some scientific validity.Comments
Magnetic Polar Shifts Causing Massive Global Superstorms - Salem-News.Com
Although the tenor of the article is clearly over the top and alarmist, this is just one more thing to add to the growing list of "black swan" events that could throw us into serious turmoil.
c.f. Revelation 16:8--Fourth Bowl Plague
Labels: watching the skies
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Backing up to last week, click to view this series of photographs that Graphically Illustrate why I advocate everyone keep their vehicle stocked with basic survival and G.O.O.D. stuff:Comments
Hundreds of cars are seen stranded - Yahoo! News Photos
As a former Minnesotan, these images are the stuff of horrific nightmares...
It's not just for Northland drivers and not just for the possibility of TEOTWAWKI while you're out and about, but for events much more common and mundane as blizzards, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, extreme heat or cold, equipment (vehicle) failures, earthquakes, etc., etc. How do you *know* you will always be able to get home safely in irregular conditions? You don't. Far better that you have a couple duffel bags underfoot in the car than be stranded in the middle of six foot drifts for a day or more with nothing on hand to help you cope.
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I've written about this before: Supermarket surprise: smaller servings, same price - Yahoo! NewsComments
Out of toilet paper so soon? Who the heck ate all of the Haagen Dazs? Why is this grilled cheese sandwich less cheesy than before?
Oops, we have. And I'm spreading the word IRL and here.
It really ticks me off that the government is busy obfuscating this fact--touting the low rate of "core inflation", which is itself a number heavily modified by various subjective "hedonic" factors--while conveniently omitting the stuff that most people need more crucially--food and energy!
Senior citizens are affected by food and energy prices more than the rest of the stuff in the "core inflation" calculation, and yet they will see no indexed increase in their SS benefits again this year to cover these higher prices--which effectively means that their checks are being cut. I have seen no merit or COLA increases at my workplace for two years now and probably won't next year either. I am thankful I have a good job that is relatively (relatively!) secure for now, but I don't want there to be any mistaken notion that we are not seeing effective cuts in pay as food and energy inflation surges ahead of our paychecks.
The entire damn nation is being downsized, and it is in large part because our economy was outsourced over the last two decades while we ran up our collective "credit card" to pay for the party (yeah party like it's 1999 until we collapse exhausted in 2007...).
The bill is finally coming due.
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Sunday, February 06, 2011
...but no way to post them.Comments
I'm back in town early, as I had to take Momcat to the hospital. She was having breathing difficulties, as a flu virus was compounding her bronchiectosis and lowering her breathing capacity to "concern" levels. They kept her overnight for respiratory therapy and observation. It is likely they will release her tomorrow afternoon if she improves like she did last time.
But in the scramble to pack up and leave early, I do not have my camera cable.
I completed the earth shaping I had started last weekend for the second row of olive trees, and got the trees all planted. The pics are of the trees and the wire baskets I made to protect them from gophers and rabbits. I didn't get the irrigation system installed yet. Next weekend I have some more earth shaping to do where the plum tree that Momcat has ordered will go. I didn't get the chance to make these basins in the area that she planted her orchard last year, so if I can I want to get in there and get it done before this last tree is planted. It is a lot easier to do it with Li'l Kitty than it is to do it later by hand with shovels and wheelbarrows.
Then I will get back on that endless solar tower project...
Completed earthwork in the second row and trees planted:
The four trees in a line in the foreground are my olive trees. Behind those in the background is the beginning of Momcat's fruit tree orchard:
Next up is leveling that brushy area immediately behind the mesquite tree in the middle of the photo for Momcat's plum tree:
Labels: San Pedro homestead
posted by Desert Cat @ 8:58 PM | permalink
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Don't bet a penny on it!Comments
"Less than a 3 percent drop in asset values could wipe out Wall Street" - Crisis Panel Says In Final Report
The bottom line is that Wall Street *is* wiped out under any normal accounting standards, BY SIX TIMES OVER! It is only because they are running the circus that they are still standing.
Some of you don't believe this. Tough. You will learn the truth of it in time if you are willing to see the truth.
In other news, the latest phase of the Great Tucson House Disposal Debacle appears to have come to an end. The reconveyance from the second mortgage has finally (finally!) been recorded at the County. The final phase can now commence--deed in lieu negotiations with the first mortgage holder can resume.
Labels: financial ponderings
posted by Desert Cat @ 5:53 PM | permalink
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
I was just discussing with my dear esposa the instructions I emailed her over the weekend to take care of gathering up certain records for me. This evening I discovered that she had gathered up different records than the one I asked for. While discussing this with her, I was strongly reminded of this scene:Comments
posted by Desert Cat @ 7:52 PM | permalink
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