Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Saturday, June 30, 2012Comments
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Friday, June 29, 2012
'twould be a damn good year to be able to go to Burning Man.Comments
Burn Wall Street | About the Project
Too bad it's been sold out for months.
They plan to demolish a series of buildings representing the major banks of the TBTF universe, (Tyler Durden style, one hopes). Bring your foreclosure notice or pink slip!
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Thursday, June 28, 2012
This is a Paleo and hCG-friendly ketchup recipe:Comments
12 ounces sugar-free tomato paste
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup water
4 heaping scoops (Kal brand micro scoops--about 1/4 tsp) pure stevia extract powder
2 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp pepper
Mix in microwave safe bowl. Heat on low setting (defrost) in microwave until heated through. Store in small airtight containers, freezing anything that will not be used within a week.
Adapted from a recipe here. More Paleo-friendly recipes at the link.
Update, also this: I bought this book on Amazon and it just came today. I am looking at the recipes and salivating. One can eat really, REALLY well on the Paleo diet and variations.
The foreword to this cookbook is by the author of this book:
I've been reading this during breaks at work and am about 2/3 through it. He puts a lot of the science behind why Paleo works so well in the first half of the book, which I greatly appreciate. I mean, I know it works. But why and how is fascinating, and provides plenty of grist to go head to head with the low fat food Nazis, and the weak and sickly vegan/vegetarian crowd.
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"Affordable" health care?! Read it and weep...Comments
How much ObamaCare costs the average family - The Hill's Pundits Blog
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I made my diet-friendly meatballs tonight. While making them I thought of The Swedish Chef:Comments
Update: as long as I am posting recipes, let me throw this one in--it is ridiculously easy.
2 lb low fat ground beef (preferably grass fed)
1 large onion, peeled and quartered
6-8 cloves garlic, peeled
5 or 6 stalks celery
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsp salt (more or less to taste)
Throw the celery, onions and garlic into a blender or food processor. Blend until you have thoroughly pulped the ingredients, adding a bit of water only if necessary to get it flowing across the blades.
Empty into a medium mixing bowl, add the salt and pepper and ground beef. Work the mixture through by hand until the vegetable moosh is well mixed with the meat.
Form into 1" meatballs and place on a baking dish. Bake for about 45 minutes at 400 degrees, until done through and the excess moisture from the veggies has evaporated.
Serve with homemade sugar-free ketchup or whatever sauce you prefer.
Labels: felicity and jocularity
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...in the coal mine.Comments
The dollar is rapidly losing it's status as the international reserve currency as nation after nation agrees to trade with each other sans the use of the almighty (*cough*) US Dollar.
Chile Is Latest Country To Launch Renminbi Swaps And Settlement | ZeroHedge
As this trend progresses, the end of the line on the last forty years of economic history approaches. We must convert to a production economy again (as we were fifty-plus years ago) or sink.
More likely sink, as it appears this end is being engineered by TPTB...
Update: For a contrary view... Guest Post: Some Thoughts On Overseas Investing In U.S. Real Estate
If this is true it is positive for US production. This dynamic is forcing the return of capital to the US to be invested here, in real estate and businesses. I personally know one Chinese man who has done exactly this. In fact he has done millions of dollars of business with my employer over the last few years after opening a branch of his Chinese construction and environmental business here.
Labels: financial ponderings
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Monday, June 25, 2012
On The Verge Of A Historic Inversion In Shadow Banking | ZeroHedgeComments
Vox would find this of interest regarding his deflationary theory of the current economy. This would tend to strongly support the notion that a monetary contraction has occurred in the total picture, when traditional bank liabilities are taken into account.
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Yes, the diet your mother warned you about.Comments
Yes, it works. Very effectively. With no side effects that I can detect*.
Yes I am willing to use myself as a human guinea pig. It is my body after all.
Two weeks into it at this point and I am down seventeen (17) pounds and counting. A week and a half to go in this cycle and I expect to drop about 25 lbs of fat by the end. I plan to segue into a paleoish diet at the end for six weeks until I can start a second cycle.
I made a modification to the original protocol starting Friday. I determined that the protein content of the diet was too low and the carb content higher than necessary, so I bumped up the meat portion and cut out the fruit and (measly little) bread portion, in addition to bumping up my activity/exercise level to keep from losing muscle mass. No effect on the average daily rates of loss, so all good so far.
Updates later as I progress.
*(Daisycat detects the usual side effect of ketosis, which is ketone emission from my breath and bod. This is common to any ketogenic diet however. Also the first three days of low cal were rough, but again that's common to the start of many diets.)
Labels: health and lifestyle
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Saturday, June 23, 2012
Tilling and digging.Comments
I tilled under the cover crop residue, then raked the soil into windrows. My plan is to plant corn in the troughs, then hill them up with the windrowed soil once they are knee-high. Then I will plant rows of blackeyed peas in between the corn rows.
The bottoms of the troughs are still hard soil however, so I've been loosening that soil with a spading fork.
No electrical work so far this weekend. I'm pushing myself as it is to get this kind of hot and hard work done. It was 107 degrees this afternoon, and I had to retreat to the indoors for much of the afternoon. I'm about to go out and dig some more until it is too dark to see.
I dug last night until I couldn't see. This morning I had a hard time motivating, due to aches and pains.
This afternoon I pulled conductor in one circuit under the house, and toward evening I dug again until the spading fork snapped. Damn piece of Chinese pot-metal shit. It sports a fancy brand--Fiskars--but it is nonetheless crap. Useless crap now.
It broke right where the shaft enters the handle, and it was a very brittle break. This is a no-no if you know anything about tool forging. You do not ever make the tool this hard at the point of maximum stress. This is where it should have been tempered to a spring steel hardness.
But then, who gives a shit about workmanship any more?
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Sunday, June 17, 2012
Not a lot of progress. I spent much of the weekend doing video editing. But I did get the undersized electric box changed out in the 12/24v distribution system project. (Remember that? Yes, finally back on it again...)Comments
This was wired already when I discovered I couldn't stuff all the wires and wire nuts inside. Replacing it now is a box about twice the size and, as you can see, the cover is on with all the wires inside.
I also got the northwest field mowed in preparation for tilling, probably next weekend.
It has to dry out a week before tilling, because the clay lumps I threw in during the growing season would be too gooey to till now.
I need to turn over the south beds very soon also. They will all get Tohono corn this year, together with blackeye peas sowed between the rows a few weeks after the corn is up.
Labels: San Pedro homestead
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Friday, June 15, 2012
I finally got all of the photos processed from the trip a couple days ago. Today I put together the first full video from the snippets I shot:Comments
(temporary note: fixed, with alternate music. Give it a whirl.)
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Primary Dealer Treasury Holdings Soar To Record | ZeroHedgeComments
So what does that mean? Best answer from the comments is that a stock market crash is imminent. Why? Primary dealers are insiders. They would load up on treasuries in preparation for a run on treasuries. That would happen if the stock market crashed. It would also happen if the Euro went tits-up. In either case the dumb money would be seeking a safe haven, and right now US Treasuries would fill that role.
For me, it's still the Three Bee's plus shiny stuff.
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Thursday, June 14, 2012Comments
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Monday, June 11, 2012
Added to my "to buy" list is a bucksaw and a one-man crosscut saw from this company:Comments
Crosscut Saw Company
Depending upon the size of the timber in your area, you may want to invest in a two-man version. In either case, these are much easier to use for cutting wood than a chainsaw that is out of gas or broken.
Like my scythe purchase, I'm thinking more tomorrow than today. But it works for today as well.
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This is not a war-torn third world country, not Sarajevo under siege, not even Argentina or Russia during their collapse years. This is Greece, a putatively first world country, member of the European Union and the Eurozone:Comments
Despair As Collapse Accelerates: "My Shotgun is Full and Well Equipped. I Hope I Don't Need to Use It."
Don't kid yourself. This is coming soon to America...
On the upside
Begin to make your paradigm shift early. Here are some ideas to move beyond the "hunker in a bunker" mentality that grips early prepper thinking:
How to Thrive in a TEOTWAWKI World
Thrive or survive, it is the path many Greeks are taking. At least they have the rural infrastructure to fall back on. Americans are now several generations removed from the land, and the "old village" is not there anymore, having been plowed over and incorporated into the monoculture mega-farms.
Somehow I doubt that the multi-billionaires who have heeded the wise advice to sell equities and buy productive farmland are going to be too keen to have hordes of city-dwellers squatting on their spreads. Not saying it is too late, but if you've been waiting for the right time to purchase a little piece of the future, your appointment is overdue! Do it now while you still can.
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Saturday, June 09, 2012
...is now available as a PDF download.Comments
Another Voice of Warning: Prep Manual - General
At the link you will want the Handbook 2 edition, which is the version for us non-LDS proles.
I've downloaded it but haven't perused it yet to see how it differs (if at all) from the previous version.
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Like SWPL for TV. Funny stuff.
Labels: felicity and jocularity
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Rachel Lucas is living in Italy now and trying to learn Italian. And I have been remiss in my reading habits at her blog (in part because of her irregular posting habits). So I missed this gem, posted last month:Comments
So, that was awkward. | Rachel Lucas
...tears streaming...holding my aching sides in...
Labels: felicity and jocularity
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Tuesday, June 05, 2012
As many of you are aware, we are back. Back from a pleasant fantasy wherein we pretended for two weeks that the world is beautiful and at peace, and not slowly heading for complete collapse. Yes, it may seem a foolish diversion to some, who see that we know the score. But it was necessary, for the sake of mental and emotional stability, to escape that reality for a time.Comments
This is not to say that I am done sharing photos, videos and etc., but I am noticing in the last couple days of reading that, while the world was kind enough to put off a wholesale sudden catastrophe while we are away, the existing pace of collapse has not hesitated. Perhaps, even it has increased, although my perception may be warped by my indulgence of time and resource elsewhere.
I sincerely hope that some of you besides me are following Zero Hedge. They are posting the stories that the MSM would desperately like us to avoid, and are a priceless resource of pooled information that is difficult to access elsewhere.
Nothing has been fixed, now the chickens are coming home to roost.
Soros starts three month countdown for European Doomsday. Soros is a snake or worse, but he has solid reasons for giving them three months to catastrophe.
Others are noting that Germany itself is heading into potential disaster territory: Der Elefant In Das Room, and Schadenfreude. As goes Europe, so goes the world. We are too chained together to avoid catastrophe here if catastrophe hits there.
Finally, Karl Denninger continues with his inexorable arithmetic: No Skittle-shitting Unicorns -- Time is Running Out.
As for the "big picture" view and a prognostication, I am beginning to believe the Mayans may be right after all. We're right on schedule for things to go completely higgledy-piggeldy in the next six to nine months.
But what does it mean to us who follow prophecy? If this chaos in Europe proceeds as it appears to be proceeding to a complete collapse of the Eurozone, then I see room for an emergency meeting of those fabled "ten kings" who will pledge their power to a single authority structure for that fabled "one hour". The structure for this move is already in place, as documented in Herb Peters' "Recommendation 666". From there you can trace the rest of the story--"let the reader understand", as it is written.
Labels: watching the skies
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