Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Labels: art appreciation
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Sunday, November 27, 2011
My frustration with the right-wing retards who refuse to see who is responsible for the looting and destruction of our financial system that has been going on in this country is only exceeded by the left-wing retards who think communism is the answer to it.
Bugger the both of you!
Guest Post: Comfortably Numb | ZeroHedge
Both the Tea Party movement and the Occupy Wall Street movement are a reflection of the mood change in the country, which is a result of government overreach, political corruption, dysfunctional economic policies, and a financial system designed to enrich the few while defrauding the many. The common theme is anger, frustration and disillusionment with a system so badly broken it appears unfixable through the existing supposedly democratic methods. The system has been captured by an oligarchy of moneyed interests from the financial industry, mega-corporations, and military industrial complex, protected by their captured puppets in Washington DC and sustained by the propaganda peddling corporate media. The differences in political parties are meaningless as they each advocate big government solutions to all social, economic, foreign relations, and monetary issues.
Bunch of knee-jerk reaction retards, yes. I can't even read some of my old conservative blogger haunts anymore. They are full of this kind of thoughtless crap and blame-shifting. It isn't about hard work anymore people! It is about the fact that all of your hard work is now being stolen from you, (literally!) by an elite who have dropped nearly all pretense of operating under the rule of law. You don't know any of this because you're looking to Hannity, Limbaugh, Fox News, et. al. for your "Truth". This makes you no better than the NPR/CNN/MSNBC zombies. It is not part of their agenda to set you up with a comprehensive knowledge of what is going down any more than the liberal version of the "news" is. Divide and conquer is their motto. Keep them sheep banging their heads against each other so they miss what the wolves are doing.
If you can't wake up to what is really going on and realize that you share common cause with these...distasteful, smelly, hippy, OWS protesters, and join forces with them to apply the heavy political pressure that will be required to make *any* dent in the oligarchs monopoly on power, then you will deserve the rape that you (and they, and the rest of us) will continue to receive.
Perhaps someday soon you will waken (maybe when you say "Ow! You didn't even use any lube!") But I'm not holding out much hope for you. When your neighbor loses his house, you will assume it is because he was a filthy freeloader who didn't pay his bills. When your 401K is nationalized, you will scream bloody murder at the theft, and will be directed by your handlers to blame "socialists" in government. When your mother loses her Medicare coverage and her Social Security check is slashed, you will scream bloody murder about how she was "owed" this, and depending upon whether you are left or right, your handlers will direct your rage in the appropriate direction.
But you will refuse to see that your view is every bit the managed view as "those idiots on the other side". You will refuse to lift your head far enough to recognize that there is a power structure that has one hand each in the puppet-left and the puppet-right, because that realization is far too disturbing. There is not "us" and "them". There is "us" and "us" and the "them" is the power behind the facade, the little man behind the curtain. You are being played for their purposes, not your own interests. Your prosperity is the last thing they care about, except that you have just enough toys and distractions to leave them to their machinations.
My Daisy-half actually watched through that entire video I linked below--the one about the money-masters. It was tremendously eye-opening for her, and quite disturbing. When she was done, she concluded that most people should not watch it, because they could not handle the truth. The despair they may feel could overwhelm them unless they have a hope that transcends this world. I disagree that most people should be sheltered from this truth, but I agree that the reason most people avoid it is that it does indeed take more than the average courage to face this truth.
What about you?
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Saturday, November 26, 2011
Reminder: The Federal Reserve is not part of the US Federal Government--it is a privately owned banking cartel.Comments
Included at this link is a chart showing who owns it:
The Federal Reserve Replies on its Stock Ownership and Treasury Purchases
Labels: financial ponderings
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The price has faded back to $30+ again, and this appears on the horizon:Comments
A Silver Price Surge Coming? Sprott To Buy $1.5 Billion Of Silver Bullion!
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Friday, November 25, 2011Comments
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Aircraft Carrier CVN-77 Parks Next Door To Syria Just As US Urges Americans To Leave Country "Immediately" | ZeroHedgeComments
HFS! Just in time to distract the world from the implosion of the EuroZone, a new war imminent in the ME.
Yeah, "Teh Won" sure earned that Nobel Peace Prize of his, didn't he? That would be via the "Nuke The Moon" theory of peacemaking...
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Sunday, November 20, 2011
I finished the pemmican late last weekend, then put it in the freezer. Friday I popped them out to individually wrap them. Here are the cinnamon pemmican bars:Comments
...and some of the chocolate pemmican bars:
Also Friday I finished constructing the piping connections between the tanks and between the tanks and the solar panels. Don't ask me how. I've almost accepted that plumbing takes a long time, but for some reason I blew through the plumbing parts I bought in a single afternoon.
I have yet to connect the system to the house plumbing, but I hooked it up via a temporary hose fitting for testing:
The system had two leaks. Saturday morning I repaired those leaks. Here is a tip I discovered works well: if there is residual water preventing proper heating of the pipes using one torch, *two* torches can sometimes overcome the problem. With two torches blowing on a fitting I was able to get it repaired.
But the weather refused to cooperate for further testing.
Sunday dawned clear, but before ten AM the skies became partly to mostly cloudy, and in the afternoon transitioned to a hazy semi-overcast.
Still despite this, by mid-afternoon the water at the top of the tank had increased to 99 degrees. When I drained them, the average temperature of the drain water was about 90 degrees. So I call this project a success. On a clear day I will have hot water, even in the winter. I have a future project to extend this capacity that will rely on a small wood burning device similar to a large rocket stove to heat additional water on cloudy days.
In the mean time, I will be installing a temperature regulating valve and connecting piping to the house. Solar hot water could be anywhere from tepid to scorching, depending upon the amount of sun in a given day. This needs to be regulated before it hits the faucets. I need to reconfigure a couple of things at the top of the top tank to accommodate the temperature regulator. I thought to install it at the point the water will enter the house, but I learned upon reading the instructions that it needs to be located very near the hot water outlet at the top of the tank. I am also considering installing an expansion tank to protect the system, should I or someone else forget to drain the system when the supply lines are turned off.
Finally I got further progress on my cat feeder. These are the entrances--narrow and tall, just enough to fit a cat but not larger creatures.
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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EU bans the claim that "water can prevent dehydration"Comments
German professors Dr Andreas Hahn and Dr Moritz Hagenmeyer, who advise food manufacturers on how to advertise their products, asked the European Commission if the claim could be made on labels.
It is SCIENCE!!!11!
It is hard to have any sympathy for the imminent collapse of the Euro experiment, when this is the kind of crap that issues forth from Brussels.
Except that their collapse will pull us down with them.
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Here's a little more help for you.Comments
From the comments here, The Complete And Annotated Guide To The European Bank Run (Or The Final Phase Of Goldman's World Domination Plan) | ZeroHedge, commenter TruthInSunshine offers the following:
The New York Times version of events makes Goldman seem so benign that it's literally sickening - Andrew Ross-Sorkin has his grimey little finger/claw print all over this New York Slimes expose.
The Money Masters
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Friday, November 18, 2011
Anyone else remember this?Comments
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Guest Post: Economic Collapse? We’re Soaking In It! | ZeroHedge"Knowing that a train wreck is coming, and actually seeing it happen, are two very different things. Always keep this in mind…"Comments
Indeed. Despite my years of prepping and bracing for it, I expect to be nearly as stunned as the totally oblivious when the bottom of the canyon finally arrives.
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Monday, November 14, 2011
I know it's become a standing joke here by now, but it still amazes me how long plumbing takes to complete. I got less done than expected, partly because I ran out of parts and partly because the rain drove me under cover for one of the weekend days.Comments
Here is the drain line from the collector panels joined with the drain line from the pressure/temperature relief valve, and a tee connection open to the drain line from the bottom tank:
Drain exit outside the tower:
Lower tank connections to the collector panel and the drain line complete, together with the check valve and frost protection bypass:
On the rainy day I got a start on building a more permanent outdoor cat feeder station.
The idea is to make it raccoon proof by making the entrances too small, and making it cardinal resistant by putting the food opening deep inside the enclosure (scary for the birdies to venture that far into a closed space).
Today I finished a new batch of hamburger pemmican. This time I split the batch and flavored some of it with chocolate and some with cinnamon.
Pretty tasty stuff if I may say so!
Elsewhere, the winter cover crop is making lush headway:
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Careful... careful... Listen to the words. Think about what you know has happened, especially over the last ten years or so. Listen to what he is actually saying.
There is a grave danger that if liberty-minded conservatives continue to refuse to engage these people, that Marxist elements will continue to have outsized influence. This sentiment is if anything, more powerful in favor of libertarian-conservatism or conservative libertarianism than any form of collectivism.
It is *precisely* this wedding of state and corporate power that he rails against that is responsible for the bloated State that we small government conservatives and libertarians rail against!
God, if I could shout into the ears of some of these so-called "conservative" bloggers who keep insisting that the banks did nothing wrong, it's the government, blah blah blah, "idiots! You are nothing more than sock puppets with an R by your names fighting against sock puppets with a D by their names. Wake up and figure out who's got his hand up your collective asses!"
I've talked to Tea Party activists who agree strongly with me that the banks that can't stand on their own should have been and should be allowed to fail. And yet these same people can't possibly see the slightest resemblance between their grievances and those of the OWS. It's like applying a crowbar to pry the lid off a heavy concrete crypt to let in a few rays of morning light and air out the stale, moth-infested left-right dichotomy that has been hammered into their heads by their handlers.
"Close that lid! You're letting in a draft, and besides I *like* my little hermetically sealed world!"
I could say all of the same things about the left with the script flipped. They are just as convinced that corporations are the root of all evil and that more government power is the answer. Idiots likewise, and just as blind to the reality. But since I am myself a conservative, my frustration lies mostly with "my side".
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Sunday, November 13, 2011
Are Banksters Trying To Steal GOVERNMENTS? in [Market-Ticker]Comments
No Karl, they have owned these governments for decades, controlling them via the intermediary of pliable politicians and ubiquitous advisers in key positions. They've simply decided it is time to start exercising more direct control by having their own people in top positions.
Positioning for the implementation of their endgame, no doubt.
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Saturday, November 12, 2011
Sound check with the embedded webcam on a new netbook. Be sure the children and small pets are out of the room before clicking:Comments
I've been amusing the hell out of myself with these takes. I had no idea... No one can accuse me of having a flat affect, that's for sure. And I am at my *least* animated self this early in the AM. God help me, but I'd probably die laughing from watching a vid of myself under a full head of steam.
Labels: stream of consciousness
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Dismal skies this morning in the desert. Typical Arizona winter storm moving through this weekend.
Native Arizonans I know seem to love days like this. Not me. I spent far too many years in Minnesota to ever love a cold cloudy day again. It drags me down, saps my energy, makes me want to weep unaccountably.
Give me sunshine every day, baby.
Labels: morning mood
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Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Wake me when they settle on ten nations...Comments
Game Over? Reuters Says Germany, France Exploring Idea Of Core Euro Zone, End Of Existing Structure | ZeroHedge
The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. Rev 17:12-13
Ten kings of one mind who unite their authority with a new central authority. Sounds like what they are proposing. Everyone knows that one of the chief reasons the Euro is doomed is that there is no central governing authority for the currency. I very much doubt this will happen without these ten nations giving up a significant amount of their autonomy and sovereignty to this new "core Euro structure" (symbolized by the "beast").
If these ten also happen to be the ten nations of the old Western European Union, I'll really sit up! That will be enough to convince me.
Labels: watching the skies
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Crap. I am getting seriously nervous that this time is not going to be another false alarm...Comments
Italy Sparks Market Bloodbath: Financial Stocks Collapse | ZeroHedge
Greece is like a gunshot wound to the big toe. Italy is like getting your leg blown off. If this is it, this will be 2008 on steroids. No one, but no one can bail out Italy, and then the Euro is done, together with pretty much all of the TBTF banks on both sides of the Atlantic.
This is where all the big plans of the Oligarchs come in...
Vox has more: The Fearful Foundations Of The Fourth Reich
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Sunday, November 06, 2011
I worked all weekend on the solar heater plumbing project, but for some reason I have few photos to show for it.Comments
I flushed a bunch of solids out of the lower water tank prior to adding fittings to it. All of the whitish grey stuff is hard water deposits that came out.
Fortunately in this application, the tanks will not accumulate new hard water deposits. All the heating will be occurring in the pipes in the solar collectors. After considering that fact, I decided to upsize the collector drain line to facilitate future flushing.
Here is a contraption I will let you guess at its purpose. The upper brass device is a check valve and the flow through the check valve is from left to right.
It is installed here incorrectly. It will actually go on the lower tank bottom inlet, between that inlet and the bottom of the collector panels.
The left side will connect to the bottom of the lower tank, the right side will connect to the bottom of the collector panel. Let me know what you think its purpose is.
I ran out of parts mid-afternoon Sunday. I tried to switch to the solar electric distribution panel, but realized I need a specific size bimetal hole drill that I don't have, in order to drill a conduit hole in the existing solar control panel. More Home Depot shopping, and another weekend.
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Saturday, November 05, 2011
"In The Absence Of A Credible Plan We Will Have A Global Financial Meltdown In Two To Three Weeks" - IMF Advisor | ZeroHedgeComments
So whatcha sayyin mister imf advisor? Is this short bus going to make it's long awaited meeting with the canyon floor?
Today was "Move Your Money" day. If you haven't done so, I'd highly advise (as I have been advising for over a year) you move all remaining cash out of TBTF banks and into a credit union, or if it is not a lot, into your mattress.
Or better yet, make one last run to Sam's Club or Costco or your favorite online preparedness supplies website and buy what you need to batten down the hatches.
'course this all depends upon said IMF advisor actually knowing the score and accurately reporting it...
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But But But.... (More Evidence) in [Market-Ticker]Comments
My take, reflecting my view from the start of these protests, is that this represents a *tremendous* opportunity for libertarians and classical liberal type conservatives to shape the direction of this angst and move it toward real solutions.
We have a common enemy--a corporatist state gone mad. We can have common goals when we get in there, mix with these people and discuss our mutual concerns. Those who are trying to stir up partisan hatreds are servants of the corporatist state they *claim* to hate, because to keep the people divided is to keep them helpless and dependent upon their left-right dialectic Handlers!
If Karl Denninger, a Capitalist and a libertarian/classic liberal evangelist, can take the mic at an OWS event, talk his view, and receive *cheers*, this is clearly *not* a fundamentally Marxist/communist movement.
Oh sure, the Marxists would like to do, and are doubtless trying to do, the same thing we could be doing. They don't have a monopoly on this though! If Robert Schulz, Karl Denninger and others are getting huge traction and being well-received, there is tremendous opportunity here!
Given my support of the right over the years, it pains me to have to say this, but there is a tremendous amount of bullshit being spewed by Tea Party and other right wing voices lately, and it is time you-all *wake the hell up* and smell the coffee! Your loyal support of the banks, just because they are a "business" and therefore "good" in your ideology does not square with the Reality of what they have done over the last ten years especially. Your hatred of government does not square with the fact that your beloved banksters virtually own the government via their revolving door staffing policies and campaign support.
Clue Bat Time--the bankster class and the government are two divisions of the same entity. This is called corporatism, and it used to be called by another less savory name, but it is what it is. And it is the same thing that both you and the OWS hippies rail against. Wake up! Recognize the two-headed monster! And start *talking* to those "damn hippies". You might be surprised.
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Friday, November 04, 2011
...is her long hair.Comments
Yes, that's Halle Berry. Why? Because I googled up this image of her for a comment at one of Vox's sites, and I've been looking at it the rest of the day, such is the marked contrast with the short-haired version of Ms. Berry.
Other movies starring Halle Berry
Halle Berry perfumes and fragrances
Labels: Friday feminine beauty
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Thursday, November 03, 2011
OWS Constitution Working Group: Look Out Tea Party! in [Market-Ticker]
This is an interesting development, to be sure.
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