In the Tiger’s cage.

This was Bill (William Valliere), one of the cats in this photo is a personal friend of mine, Garfield. Bill co-founded The Endangered Animal Sanctuary in Don Mills Ontario 1974. I worked there for short period of time in the late 1980’s. There are less than four thousand wild tigers left, but thanks to many people like Bill, there are over ten thousand in North America alone.

Have you ever heard a Tiger roar? Lions and Tiger are as loud as 114 decibels. Garfield wasn’t loud, he never had the need to be heard, he communicated quite fine without it. A lot of so called animal activists tend to be really loud. We see them at all kinds of protests on the news, hear about them being arrested because of some “direct action” on a farm. They echo in the halls of social media, of how bad the animals have it as a result of us, uncaring humans.

I don’t listen to animal activists’ opinions of tigers, they have never brushed the teeth of a tiger, I have.

I was a full time working traveler for most of the late 80’s and early 90’s, I’ve worked farms, ranches and entertainment groups (circus related, and TV commercials). I have never met a single person in any of the above who was cruel to the animals in their care,
not bloody once.

In today’s world, there seems to be a sense that if a group of people are loud enough, that some how that makes what they say more important than the people they are talking about. Garfield would have told you that’s bunk. When a 700 pound tiger tells you that your full of it, everyone knows he’s the authority.

One of the most damaging loud mouths currently is PETA. PETA kills up to 90% of the animals it “saves”.1. The ELF, another very loud group, has been responsible for more than $43 million dollars in property damages in the late 90’s2 Animal Rights activists are not peaceful protesters, IMHO they are nothing more than thugs3. The zealots are worldwide 4 , and are on the verge of being declared terrorists5 . The list of bad apples goes on and on, and they have lost the support of people who actually work with animals are do have real world concerns over animal welfare, including myself.

If you want to really know how animals are cared for, go help a farmer. Run away and join the circus, literally. There are hundreds of real God fearing animal lovers out there, that help save animals from extinction, including hunters. The real facts are far more important, than the fantasy of a few millennials.

RIP Bill.

– wolfe

Emergency Broadcast Systems

The Global Simulated Emergency Test (GlobalSET), on Saturday, April 18, 2009 from 1100-1500 UTC will be an example of how individual volunteers can co-ordinate together to prepare for disasters and emergency situations on a global scale.1GlobalSET has it’s roots in Civil Defense Organizations such as and has since the 1930’s expanded to include specialists in deferent areas such as radio communications, emergency evacuations, disaster relief, and emergency broadcast systems. As a result, co-ordination between different groups has become more difficult for practice purposes, and individual groups tend to set their own agendas and schedules.


(Image of an SAGE ENDEC emergency broadcast receiver.)
 

Organizations such as FEMA, The Red Cross, ARRL, The National Emergency Management Association, NOAA, and NORAD, each set up either random or pre-schedule test runs of their response times and simulated scenarios for disasters and emergencies. Even the FCC is in on the act with their monthly EBS test over every radio station, and Television network, I’m sure you’ve been watching your favorite show when it gets interrupted by a broadcast with a high pitched whistle and those infamous words “This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System …” for those of us that grew up during the heart of the cold war, our hearts still skip a beat every time that sound is heard, it original meant the warning of a nuclear attack from our then enemies the Russians, similar to the sirens heard in London during air raids in WW2.

The various systems in place tend to fail however. During 9/11 the EBS wasn’t activated, in 2005, 2007, and 2008 it was accidentally triggered2. Other forms of emergency communications are not able to cope with large scale situations. During 9/11 police and other emergency organization lost approximately one third of all radio messages in New York City, 3 part of the reason for this is the close proximity of radio users to each other during the crisis4.

Survivalist need to be aware that professional emergency system not only fail, give off false warnings, but are largely unable to cope with large scale emergencies. That being said however, there is one thing that the EBS and similar systems such as the Weather Alert system can be used for, practice.

It is one thing to prepare for TEOTWAWKI by purchasing supplies for our Bug Out Bags, it is another to practice using them unexpectedly. If you are aware that the following weekend you plan to test out your BOB, it lacks the ability for you to learn something that might be in the need to know area for events that happen without warning. By using the EBS system and similar warning methods to trigger a personal test run of your G.O.O.D. System, you become more aware what else you might need to consider.

Using the EBS system or even something else that is random, such as every time you hear a certain song on the radio, to trigger you to practice a get out of dodge scenario means being able to deal with unexpected. Think of it like a fire drill from the old days at school, when ever you hear that annoying tone across the television, or whatever it is you use to trigger it, see how fast every one in your family can get home safe, or even better, how fast every one can get to your hide out in the woods.

I would suggest that you also practice other scenarios, you can get your kids involved by making a game of it, telling them every time they see an elephant on TV they have to practice a fire drill, then you can expand it to include what ever you feel works.

One other thing I think is important here, getting professional advise will allow you to see two things, and get valuable information. By approaching the local police department, emergency services, or even a local chapter of your civil defense corp. you can find out what they have to offer your family in training, you will also get an idea of how well your community is able to deal with different disasters.

Lastly, being able to get long distance based information is vital to good preemptive measures that might be needed WSHTF, I would suggest that survivalists establish communications with others at a distance in order to pass vital information, HAM radios is best for this, but MURS will do fine for locals that know each other on a personal level.

– Wolfe

1http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/03/19/10710/?nc=1

2http://www.easwatch.com/faq.html

3“NIST Response to the World Trade Center Disaster: World Trade Center Investigation Status,” S. Shyam Sunder, Acting Deputy Director and Lead Investigator, Building and Fire Research Laboratory, NIST, US Department of Commerce, 10/19/2004, (PowerPoint presentation)

4http://wapedia.mobi/en/September_11,_2001_radio_communications

Originally posted on April 2, 2009 @ 11:31 am

Daily Habit

In order to make this a daily habit, one must first have something to say.

I have a lot to say, some would even go so far to claim I’m a bit of a wind bag.

When people meet someone new, they tend to test them. Certain things are said to see what kind of person they appear to be. Most people are totally unaware that they do this. Christians will say catch phrases during a conversation like ‘God Bless’ and ‘Jesus loves you’ to see what kind of response the other person will give them in return.

In my research work I encounter a lot of students from overseas, catch phrases to them are worth gold.

Catch phrases are not idioms, it is not the same thing. They are more better described as localized slang versions of idioms. If I say to someone ‘He is dry behind the ears’ English proficient students understand that I am referring to him as being young and immature. Sub-cultures have their own idioms, so do fan groups. If I ask ‘What is the Ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything?’ Christian will reply with ‘Jesus’ or some such thing, but fans of Douglas Adams know right away the answer is ’42’.

I ask such questions myself all the time when I meet some one new, in fact, I have a set of questions that I usually ask, and I’m aware that I do it. The ability to understand where a person is coming from is an important skill. It allows for better communication, and acceptance.

We change our approach to people depending on how they relate to us. We tend to classify some people into groups. This is where things go wrong with catch phrases. Con artists know this, they know they can enter into any group and be considered part of the group. But that isn’t the worst thing that can happen when we tend to group people together based on what we think they are about.

Racists do this. In fact, all groups, do this.

Rainbow Families are not different in that regards. We have our own catch phrases too, although they may alter slightly from tribe to tribe. And we tend to place an ego barrier between us the LEO’s. It’s not suppose to be that way folks.

Just something to think about.

-Wolfe

Originally posted on July 19, 2004 @ 9:40 am

End Of The World

‘It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine’..’

One of my favorite songs.

Today’s Book Suggestion by Leafy: ‘Getting Back Together’ By Robert Houreit

I love ‘End of The World’ type movies. They can be dystopias, or anything remotely connected to the extinction of mankind. Steven King’s ‘The Stand’ is a classic. I know it’s not a rainbow peace type of thing to be into, but heck I have yo-yo karma anyway, this just entertains my dark half. Besides, ‘we’ are going to be the survivors right? I mean when anyone watches these movies, generally speaking we align our thoughts on the characters which survive the end of the world more or less. We all want to be the rebels in ‘V’, and save the world from the visitors.

WE WANT THE WORLD TO END, WE WANT TO BE THE CHOSEN FEW SURVIVORS

James Finn Garner wrote a book just before the end of the century. (ISBN: 0-684-83649-1 1997) Titled ‘Apocalypse WOW!’ It goes on in great detail of how in the past people believed that the world was about to end, but didn’t. It’s written in a comedic manner, funny as hell if you ask me. But also full of insight.

But’

I would like make my own little prediction, about when the world will end.

I believe that the world will end in August 1962.

Yes, you heard me, 1962.

And who may you ask is the anti-christ? Well, in a manner of speaking, it is/was J.C.R. Licklider of MIT.

Don’t follow me yet do you?

Ok, here’s the point. Licklider predicted the internet, in his research into packet transmissions. That is to say. Using little bits of data to pass information rather then having a direct circuits like an analog telephone line. When Licklider did this work, he ended the industrial age, and started the information age, which provided a way for the genetic paradigm, and of course the internet.

Ok, enough with the work talk.

My grandmother never saw a plane until she was twelve. She had lived on a farm in northern Italy. At that age, the industrial revolution had not hit the little northern town in which she had lived her whole life up till then. She never would have thought to live long enough for NASA to send up space shuttles on a bi-monthly basis. By the time she died, mankind had all the mapping of human DNA. For her, the world she knew ended on the day she saw that plane.

The world as we know it’

Many of us are still living the lie that we are in an industrial age. We are not, it’s over, it’s been for some time now. Get on with it.

Information demands to be free. It spreads faster then a computer virus, because no one but the people who claim ownership try to stop it’s spread. That is the nature of the information age, that is the end to copyright, the end to tuition, the end to KFC’s secret recipe (I have a copy, if you want it). Eventually the technology will put this information broker out of business. Ok, fine with me, I’ll be on SEED. J

‘ and I feel fine.

There is a scare of SARS, AIDS, green house gas, ozone holes and the like. But, there is also eco-activists, bio-fuels, free education (almost), public health, a changing view of mother earth, and a desire for peace that created the new world power on February 15th 2003’.. The People!

Let the world end. We are the survivors.

– wolfe

Originally posted on June 15, 2004 @ 11:34 am

Dual Citizenship

Why you want duel citizenship:

The majority of those that find this article via some internet search engine are either trying to avoid paying income tax, or seeking a second passport as a plan “B” to bugging out. My original reason for seeking duel citizenship was for the addition of privacy rights under certain jurisdictions, however due to the current global economic collapse, my interest has been altered to looking into a way to broaden the range of where I can look for employment. Having just one passport from any of the 27 EU countries makes it easier to acquire a job in 31 countries due to agreements. Unfortunately every single one of those countries, plus the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are all suffering from the same economic meltdown.

So if employment in recognized countries and others, privacy laws, and tax reasons are not the major reasons to getting that second passport, why do it? Well, because you can. There may come a day where those reasons return, or others, but the opportunity to do so has changed. There is also the other possibility that there maybe reasons in the future that would have you hating yourself for not getting that dual citizenship, maybe it would literally save your life. Sometimes, it would also be desired to drop your current citizenship, or at the very least be ready do so, ask any former citizen of Yugoslavia.

The Right of the Soil:

If you were born in Canada, or over 30 other countries, you already have citizenship in that country. It’s called Jus Soli under international law. However, there is a recent trend to move away from this law, since it is often abused by illegal immigrants to get citizenship for their yet to be born children, and then have the child sponsor the parent/s. So if you are not currently living where you were born, you should insure that you can maintain your citizenship with your country of origin in the event the rules change.

The Right of Blood:

If your Grandparent, or maybe even Great Grandparent, was a citizen of approximately 30 countries, you can acquire your second citizenship. It is even viewed under some them that you already have citizenship, and just not know it. Not every country that accepts Jus sanguinis as a means to get citizenship interrupts it the same way, it is possible that the country uses what is called Lex sanguinis instead, which means it doesn’t matter how far back your relatives are of that nationality or ethnicity background you may still get the citizenship.

Just Buy It:

Did you know you can get American citizenship with nothing more then just money and time? It’s called an EB-5 visa. Although the amount of money involved ranges from half a million, to a full million dollars. Don’t have enough? Then I would suggest you watch the progress of The Startup Visa Act of 2011 (EB-6 Visa) as it makes it’s way through congress, and the senate.

Many other countries have similar things on the books for citizenship by investment. But you literally can buy your foreign passport in some places, although I would suggest you skip those.

Dropping A Citizenship:

For the most part I would recommend against dropping a citizenship regardless of where it is from, or why, generally speaking it will not protect you from extradition orders anyway unless you have never been to the country of origin of the order in the first place.

In addition, getting rid of an unwanted citizenship is actually harder then getting one in the first place most of the time. For example, to get an Italian citizenship via Lex sanguinis is just a matter of paperwork, most of which is provided by either your own country or Italy itself, but to get rid of a Canadian citizenship (desired due to taxes for example) you have to make sure you have broken ALL ties to Canada, including things as obscure memberships in clubs, magazine subscriptions, and even unpaid bills.

One Other Alternative:

Instead of you getting a dual citizenship, you can set up a company in another jurisdiction. That company can be more secure because of where it is, and the currency it uses then your own home turf, or at the least, you can divide your current assets between a local company and that one.

– Wolfe

Wolfe`s Self-Efficiency Index 2008

From The Archives: 2008

In these economic times, with the state of the stock market playing like a yo-yo, my thoughts have turned to how this will effect me. I’ve already done one post on ‘my cost of living’, but with the changes happening so fast in the markets, it no longer applies as it did before, and during any kind of crisis, like the recent rice and chicken ones, doesn’t give someone an idea of how things in the economy effect them. The most relevant factor in all this that will effect me is the price of real estate, which in my case works in my favor. What has caught my interest however recently is the underground economy, how is the current state of affairs effecting those that don’t play by the rules, and so on.

I came across a Wikipedia article on “Household Electricity Approach” to determine the size of the underground economy. This reminded me also of the Carbon Footprint, and other such indexes which people use to see how they compare to others in a given context. Hence, I decided that what survivalists, and those into self-efficiency needed was an index relative to themselves. In trying to figure out what factors would be involved in a self-efficiency index, a few came to mind right away. First off, electricity, gas, water consumption, and food.

These should be fairly easy to figure out as we all get Hydro bills, Gas bills, and what not. If, in the case of electricity you do not produce any of your own, you are 100% less efficient then those that produce a 100% of those that provide all their electric energy needs. It isn’t a measure of how much you use, if you use none, your 100% efficient in that area.

Just for the record, if you planning on using a kerosene lantern, and don’t make the kerosene yourself, in a SHTF situation your not being very efficient. One other factor that occurred to me I couldn’t really place a proper label on, it concerns the amount of money you need compared to how you get it.

Considering that there is property tax, and for renters rent, it is an unavoidable expense, and takes a percentage of your income to cover it. But, the amount of money you take in can vary from person to person, and differs in style, and can change in circumstances.

Here is what I’m thinking, if I work for a fast food restaurant, I am at the whim of the market, and my employer completely. If I work in a service trade as a contractor, I am at the whim of several clients, which is a little better then working in a restaurant, because a service contractor is also a producer of real products and I’m not likely to loose all my clients at the same time.

If I hold down a small business that produces products from raw materials (assuming that those raw materials are locally available), I’m in a better position to be self-efficient then others. Potters, are a prime example here, my trade of choice, as are glass blowers, and similar early trades. Part of the difference here is that I would have customers rather than bosses. Not only does that give me more control over my own fate, but also give me more ability to adept to changing markets.

So there are two other factors involved in creating a self-efficiency index, a value on the type of income, the income itself, and what percentage of that income is taken by items you cannot avoid such as property tax.

The food factor itself should be fairly easy to figure out as far as costs go, since all you would have to do is figure out how much it would have cost you for food items you produced yourself. But since this isn’t really about money, it’s about efficiency, and therefore it is the amount of food you produce yourself, compared to that which you need to buy or trade for that would be a factor in this index.

I would think that using a healthy food guide as base factor, or a calorie index would provide something to compare too. Other things that I’m thinking about to use in this get more vague since I’m not sure how to measure things that are arbitrary to each person. Such things mostly include consumer goods, toilet paper comes to mind first, so do shoes and boots, and other such items that require not only knowledge to produce yourself, but also require time to produce which can be almost as important if not more so depending on what it is.

My thinking is this, do you really want to spend hours making shoes when the time spent would be better milking a cow? And if you continue on that train of thought, you might come to the conclusion that the job offer over at the fast food restaurant is more self-efficient then growing your own food.

Where does one draw the line?

Fortunately for me it is easy to figure out how to decide where to draw line, I simply refuse to do so. In my opinion it is more important to be able to make your own shoes, then to actually doing so. What becomes more self-efficient depends on circumstances at the time the item is needed. I will assume that anyone who needs an index like this already knows that they are not were they want to be at being self-efficiency, so any extra cash you have should be used to that end, and I’ll ignore this amount and figures until I’m closer myself.

So in a SHTF situation, you might make or trade items to acquire what you need, but in a ‘normal’ economy you’d buy them from the local thrift store. So how does that translate to an index factor?

I think one would have to compare yourself to the sheeple that goto Walmart, and other such places, and look at how efficient it is to make a product yourself under any settings, keeping in mind that you can also buy (used or new) or trade for what you need. Which of coarse still leaves me without some sort of number to place in a mathematical formula. Therefore I would eliminate anything you can survive without, food, basic clothing, shelter, clean water, heat, are about all that I would include as far as consumer goods are concerned. You can survive without toilet paper, albeit not so nicely, and the same with most other goods. This leaves me with the following:

  1. A factor of Utilities, such as Gas, Electricity, and Water. I compared these to the population average for my area. I do not produce my own electricity, water, or gas, so this will be a good marker to compare at a later date on the farm. Currently, we use an average of 1100 kW.h, of electricity per month, we use an average of 0.04 GJ of Natural Gas per hour per day, 1.2 per month. We get our tap water for free in this area of British Columbia so I’ll use the average from stats Canada. I assume these figures are not to bad for a family of six with the old wiring, and an old house but I have no idea.
  2. A factor for shelter costs. We don’t own yet, but rent, I know that property tax is somewhere around 1% for suburban houses of the estimated value of the land. This home is valued currently at about $450,000 so therefore the property taxes are about $4,500 a year. My rent is $850 a month, if I multiple it by twelve it is just over double the property tax so this gives me a good factor when dealing with rent since I believe that owning is worth double points over renting, then divide by the cost of a silver troy bar. (see below)
  3. Total true income is another factor. This one is tricky. When I was caravaning on the road for 14 years, we made on average half of what we make now, but were by no means better off getting off the road. Plus, I live in a socialist country (Canada) so I don’t really pay for health care costs directly like my US counterparts. But if SHTF happens, I’ll have to supply any needs for health care myself directly. I also know, being of duel citizenship, that in Europe there are options for health coverage that vary greatly compared to North America. So the problem is compounded when trying to use some kind of scale to compare how self-efficient you are in regards to fiat money.There use to be a really good marker for the value of a dollar, the gold base system, but I’m not going to use it mainly because the figures hurt my brain and don’t want to recalculate so often, so I’m going to use silver instead.Currently, as of today (in this market it’s not going to count for much) silver is trading about $13.20 a troy ounce. (Canadian folks) Silver is a good marker because you know that the buying power of silver will remain relatively the same compared to goods and services, fiat money on the other hand will not SHTF. So if $13.20 will get me approximately 10 loaves of bread today, one silver troy bar will still get me that even if the cost of bread goes threw the roof. Maybe something else would have been a better example, I’m not in the bread basket of North America. So my true income marker would be the amount of silver troy bar I could buy. If the buying power of the dollar goes down, so does the marker. Now I also have to figure out how much my health care costs are and include that into my income before I figure out how many troy bars I could get, but for those in the states that know their true costs, it should be easier for you.Now about how you get those troy bars. I would say that the person who has their own small business that relies on local raw resources would be the most efficient, and the one that works at a local restaurant like McBarfs would be the least in comparison. I also included service trades above, but it also occurred to me that pensioners, and those living in nursing homes would even less then them, as far as income goes in this index. I think the factor should be divided by as you move away from being self-efficient therefore a small self-efficient business would factor the amount of troy bars they can buy with their income by one, and the the service trade guy divides by two, and the restaurant worker by three, and all the rest by four.
  4. Food factor. This one is easy, a lot of survivalists spend time on figuring out what plants they are going to grow, how much they should have in MREs and so on, but to be self-efficient all you have to do is figure out your base, either the cost, the actual food in a regular grocery list, some kind of food guide such as Canada’s food guide, or just the calories, vitamins and minerals you need to survive.I’m opting for the actual cost, it’s easy for me to keep track of currently, and is a real time factor. I will convert it over to the silver troy bar standard to make it compatible with other above however, and subtract from it any food I produce myself, another easy factor since that is currently near zero.
  5. Consumer Goods, or better knowns as What You don’t make yourself factor: I know, lame name, but it fits. This is another silver troy based system factor, basically all the money you spend on stuff that you don’t produce yourself. This wouldn’t include things you need to survive however. I think the most important thing about this is not only does it make you look at your budget, and the money you spend, but how much of your spending is not sustainable.My formula for all this works out like so (my example):
    Take your total income including your health costs: $27,000 per year Divide that amount by the current rate for a silver troy bar: 27,000/13.2=2045.45 Now divide that by what kind of income you have as mentioned above, mine is currently the worse, so this is good thing to compare to the farm in a few months. I divid by 1, but I should divide by four, it just know my source of income is going to chang soon, and the amount is not going to change to much.Added Note: dividing by 2,3,4 etc doesn’t seem to work, I think this should be changed to something like 1.1, 1.4, 1.7, etc depending on what type of business you work for in more detail. Just remember that a score of 1 is WTSHTF secure, and what ever number you can alot to beyond that is less secure. Add up how much energy/water you use in your household, and figure out what percentage you are compared to the average for your area, then average it out between them. Electricity: 13200:11300 kW.h per year Water: 136274:136274 litres per year (OUCH!) Gas: 14.4:13.68 GG per year.The first part of each ratio above is my family average, the second part is the national average. A little note first, I have a family of six, the averages used were based on a family of four so my Water usage is likely higher then above, plus I have a garden, not everyone does.The percentages work out like this: Electricity: 115.79% Water: 100% Gas: 105.26% Average: 107.01% So far I have three factors figured out. I have a base for currency exchange and income worked out to 2045.45, a score of 772.72 for shelter (850×12/13.20), and an energy/water factor of 107.01%, not doing so good am I? I have to guess at what my rate is for a food factor because I don’t keep good records about what we get ourselves.We generally get blueberries from a old military base in Richmond, BC. Cranberries in Pitt Meadows (don’t ask), and fish. I haven’t gone hunting this year, so meat was bought 100% at the local grocery store. Our garden provide very little this year, mainly because I’m on a quest to harden seeds, so I’m not interested in getting food out of it. If we provided 10% of all our food, my score would be 90%. but since I have to more of a pessimist about my current situation I’ll say that my score is 99.99% for the year. That leaves me with only one last factor to figure out. How much do I spend of silver troy bars on junk?

    There is 2045.45 bars available in my household per year, out of that I spend 772.72 on shelter leaving 1272.73. My costs for food, which are an essential to staying alive, are about equal to my shelter costs, so that’s another 772.72 gone, which leaves me with 500.01. At the end of every month I can buy four silver troy bars (now you know why I used this as a base system), which means I’m spending 447.21 on garbage, or at least on stuff I can not/to lazy to make myself.

    The difference between what I have left over and what I started with becomes my final factor. (447.21:500.01=89.44%) Now to pull it all together, to get something to gauge against in the future.

    1: Energy/Water: 107.01
    2: Shelter: 772.72
    3: True Extra Income: 500.01
    4: Food: 99.9
    5: WIDMMS: 89.44 (What I Don’t Make My Self)

I think all the percentage based scores should be multipliers, the reason for this is they each represent a bad mojo. So if you score a low percentage on the amount of junk you buy, you will not score to much higher because the multiplier will be lower and so on.

This means I have a multiplier of 296.35 (107.01+99.9+89.44) Since everyone true income will be different, it’s the amount of that income you use to survive that counts, therefore I use the amount that is extra beyond shelter and food, and add it to the shelter score since some people rent at different rates, or pay property taxes at different rates. (1272.73) This leaves me with two factors, one based on percentages and another on shelter/income, I just multiplied them to make it more simple. (1272.73×296.35=377173.5355) That’s a huge number that after all these calculations doesn’t really mean anything.

We know that a person who doesn’t have to pay property taxes, and covers 100% of everything he/she needs, including health care from their own homestead gets a perfect score (maybe their spouse is a doctor). And we also know that a person living off of welfare in a nursing home gets the exact opposite score, the question is where do we fit into this?

Well I happen to know what the score is for someone in a nursing home around the corner from my house, and it makes a perfect example of a bad score because not only do the they live off welfare, their ‘home’ in question has no idea about shopping locally, or being green etc. It happened to work out to being so close to 500,000 I just rounded it off. If 500,000 is the worse case (0% Self-Efficiency) then zero is perfect. That means that I am only about 24.57% self-efficient. (377173.53:500000=75.43%) Not good.

– Wolfe

Originally posted on July 1, 2008 @ 1:09 pm

BAILOUT

From
Les jones

Originally posted on January 9, 2009 @ 4:51 pm

Better Encryption Intro

The best encryption code is a ‘one time pad’. It simply cannot be cracked. The practical problem of it is passing of the pad. It has to be done in complete secrecy or it is useless. That is the primary reason that public key based systems like PGP and GPG are so common, there are two keys, one public and the other private. The level of encryption is high enough to meet almost everyone’s need.

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There is one flaw that is never talked about with encryption methods currently being used on the internet, at least as far as I have noticed. And that is the fact that if you see an encrypted message, you know it’s an encryption.

So I’ve been working on alternatives.

Take for example the ‘secret message’:

“The quick brown fox”

When you pass this through a numerical base converter (obase 62), it ends up as:

212488 391404532 169068815 59181

You still know it’s an encoded message. But numbers can be converted into anything. For example:

“Moved back Chris’ electric screen system. Not just luck, you almost erased Fred’s drive monday. But Greg took unix quick systems in September first. For timed backups in Unix.”

It’s a bit long, but it’s a start at sending a human readable message that really means “The quick brown fox.”, and it doesn’t look like a coded message, well at least not much.

I’m getting there.

– wolfe

Originally posted on August 7, 2007 @ 11:59 am

First Aid Ointment

doctor, first aid, profession
3D_Maennchen (CC0), Pixabay

Ingredients:

  1. Powdered Parafin Wax 3/4 C. (170g)
  2. Petrolatum 1/4 C. (57g)
  3. Cetyl Alcohol 1/2 C (113g)
  4. Cetyltrimethylammonium Bromide 1 t. (4g)
  5. Water 3 1/2C (829ml)
Mixing:
In the top of a double boiler, melt powder parriffin wax and petrolatum and stir together. Then stir in cetyl alcohol  and Cetyltrimethylammonium bromid. Add water slowly, stirring constantly. Cool to just above solidification point, pour into jars, and cool to room temperature. (Antibacterial)

Originally posted on May 10, 2007 @ 10:59 am

Another mile in another mans shoes

Well it’s been two years and a bit since our house fire.

So what has changed since then you might ask? Well, actually I’ve been asking myself that. When the fire first happened we were very tempted to go back to Ontario, but we stayed. And I must admit I am glad we did, British Columbia is with out a dought home.

We litterally lost everything in that fire. Even my shoes. If your incline to chat with me in real time, I can be found on indymedia’s irc server in channel #underground. So can a guy who goes by the nickname leaf.

Leaf sent me a pair of shoes. He sent me a couple actually, nice guy that he is. And I litterally wore out the runners a while ago. But the slippers, they are still going strong.
Nobody makes shoes right anymore it seems, but once in a while a pair come my way that are worth their weight in gold. They last and last.

I’m part of me that italian. but who knows for sure.

Anyway, thanks for letting me walk many a mile in your shoes leaf.

Wolfe

Originally posted on April 5, 2005 @ 4:50 pm

Christmas ’04

‘Twas the night after Christmas, and all through the house.
Not a creature was stirring, except for Wolfe’s Mouse;
The stockings were empty and tossed the without care,
In hopes that Nicoli would lay in his lair;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Xbox danced in their heads,
And InnerRainbow in her ‘nighie, and I in my buff,
Had just settled down, Christmas had been tough,
When out on the yard there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the futon to see what was the matter.

Away to the back door I flew like the Flash,
Tore open the closet and grabbed something to bash.
The moonlight on the grass of new-fallen rain
Gave the illusion of spring and I was not sane.

When, what to my bloodshot eyes should appear,
But a huge ‘coon, and three of her dears,
With a little golf driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be that prick.

More rapid than eagles my curses they came,
And I shouted, and shouted, and called them some names;
“Oh, Dammit! and, Dang! you Prick”, I was bitchen.
“Oh Curses! your Stupid! Get away from the kitchen!”
“To the top of the fence! to the end of the yard!”
“Now go away! go away! go away barred!”

As the ‘coons that before the wild fury fly,
they met with a tree, and climbed to the sky,
So up to the house-top the ‘coons they did flew,
With the mouths full of crumbs, and some other stuff too.

And then, while I twinkled, I heard in the ceiling
The prancing and pawing, and each of each them squealing.
As I drew in my thing, and was turning around,
Down the chimney the thieves came with a bound.

They were dressed all in fur, from their head to their feet,
And their furs were all tarnished with ashes folded like pleat;
With a mask of dark fur they had hid their ID’s,
They looked like panhandlers begging for feed.

Their eyes — how they twinkled! They acted so perky!
It was then that I knew they wanted leftover Turkey!
And I laughed when I saw this, in spite of myself;
I had been bad, I had not been an E.L.F.
With a wink of my eye and a toss of a plate,
Soon gave them enough not to risk fate .

They spoke not a word, but went straight to the creek,
With filled stomachs of bird; they left no longer so bleak,

And I thought to myself, as they walked out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”

– Wolfe
December 25, 2004

Originally posted on December 25, 2004 @ 12:35 pm

What is SEED?

The first question people ask about SEED is common ownership of the land, and sharing of incomes etc. When we answer , they ask us why we call ourselves a commune. Here is the answer.

Continue reading “What is SEED?”

Originally posted on April 22, 2003 @ 4:53 pm

You might be an idiot if …

funny, man, positive
Vitabello (CC0), Pixabay

  1. Your new girlfriend comes over for the first time and
    when she walks into the living room, the first thing that
    she sees is your collection of protest posters.
  2. You have more pets and plants then your landlord knows.
  3. Your dream vacation is walking into the woods, with only a knife… for days.
  4. You think Global Warming and TEOTWAWKI mean the same thing.
  5. You vote for the Green Party, but call yourself an anarchist.
  6. You worry about the extinction of every living thing on the planet, except man.
  7. You think protesting is going to change the world to be more green and anti-corporate, so you take your fossil fuel car to the protest you found out about on your smartphone.
  8. You hate Walmart, and other big box stores, because they kill jobs, so you shop on Amazon as a boycott.
  9. You think being Vegan is healthy.
  10. You think PETA saves animals.
  11. Your a vegetarian, because you think that if everyone did it, there would be more food.
  12. You know what monkey wrenching means, personally.
  13. You think that gun control means that criminals will have fewer guns.
  14. You think direct democracy is a good idea.

 

History Repeats Itself

I love sayings. Quotes, Wisdoms, Psalms, Proverbs, and even puns. I guess that is why Robert A. Heinlein quote rests as my banner on this blog. One of the sayings I often use is “The only thing we learn from history, is that we don’t learn from history.” (paraphrased from Winston Churchill)

It’s true though, no matter what way it is phrased, or said, we tend to learn nothing from the past. Part of that is due to the fact the history is only really written by the winners, the other is that we as humans suffer from cognitive dissonance. We want it work this time.

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, ... its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. - Winston Churchill Click To Tweet

Recently in the news, the bank of England with held Venezuela’s gold reserves from leaving the bank… or is it actually news? I read ZeroHedge often, and was a bit curious to see how long they’ve been posting, so I went back to find their first set of posts. Turns out their first real post was a headline that could have been made in the last month.

Fiat money, even crypto, is a dead end. Always will be. I’ve been saying that for years too. Representation of wealth is not wealth, doesn’t matter what legalize you use, it just isn’t so. Gold is the standard, and you can’t trust anyone with your real wealth.

Guess we never learn.

– Wolfe

My Book Wish Lists

Last Updated: Jan 10th 2019

OK, here it is, my book wish list. It is not by any means complete, although very long, but I will try to update it as time goes on. I am mainly interested in “How To” books, anything published by Foxfire Fund, Inc. Basically, DIY guides related to getting back to the land, gardening, homesteading, survival. My collection is mostly Non-Fiction, including history, crafts, self-efficiency, early trades, activism related topics, environmental issues, human rights, and politics. The fiction books I do collect are almost all “End of the World” and dystopia.

My funds for this wish list is rather limited, so it will take time to complete.

Items with a strike threw the text have been gathered already. And should be on a “Books I Own” list. They are left on this list encase I have some other disaster like my house fire a few years ago. Some books are still on this list as a result of that.

You can add comments to this post at the end if you want to recommend something, email me for actually selling me one on the list.

If you happen to be looking for any book listed here yourself, or are interested in getting my copy that has the strike threw in it (I won’t sell it), contact Robert or Peter at BookTown (this store has since closed) that’s where I buy most of my books these days, and will likely still get them there even if I move to Ontario. In fact, the primary reason this list is posted on the net is so that they can read it when new stuff comes in.

My apologizes in advance for the books not being listed in alphabetical order, or by author. I did manage to list them by subject though.

– Wolfe


Early Trades:

Alex W. Bealer wrote a book called “The Art of Blacksmithing” published in 1995 (Castle Books), it was part of a set which included a book on Glass Blowing, and another on Carpentry sold in Canada by Cole’s Bookstore. I’m not sure if there were any other books as part of the collection, but if so I’d be interested in them as well. I do have the “Art of Blacksmithing” ISBN: 0-7858-0395-5, but none of the others.

I have a small collection on Ceramics and Pottery, and am looking for more. As well as some woodworking, metal smithing, and various early arts and craft books. So the scope of what I am looking for includes the basics to advance how to’s in the early trades.

  • Country Tools by Fred Davis
    Part of the “Finder’s Guide Series” #7
    Publisher: Oliver Press. Willits, California. (1974)
    ISBN: 0-914400-06-1
  • “Art of Blacksmithing” ISBN: 0-7858-0395-5


Technical Books:

Electronics:

Radio Shack published a series of small binder insert booklets which included “Getting Started in Electronics” by Forrest M. Mims, III from 1983 to 1994 (Radio Shack Catalog Number: 276-5003 A) I am seeking the rest of the set as well as the other tiny helper books which were about half the size in dimensions as a standard novel with high gloss paper coverings.

Technical Trades and Textbooks on Electronics are also on this mental list, an example would be Donald M. Hunten’s “Introduction to Electronics for Students of Physics and Engineering Science” (University of Saskatchewan textbook 1964) if they are published/required by a University or “Recognized” trade college I’m likely interested.

  • Donald M. Hunten’s “Introduction to Electronics for Students of Physics and Engineering Science” (University of Saskatchewan textbook 1964)
  • Modern Dictionary of Electroics by Rudolf F. GrafStore Commemorative Editon – Unabrdiged
    Publisher: Howard W. Sams & Co, Inc. 1970
    LCCN: 68-13873

Mathematics:

Do not offer me “Glencoe Pre-Algebra: An Integrated Transition to Algebra & Geometry” (ISBN: 0-02-833240-7) it’s a waste of paper. If you do, I won’t be interested in any other textbooks you offer. I desire hard mathematical science textbooks related to prime numbers, and encryption security. In fact, if it has “Glencoe” in the title, your better off burning the book, and I hate the idea of burning any book.

Computer Programming:

C programming how to books, please take note that I am not interested in C++ or GUI programming. I am a ‘nix geek after all folks. If the book even mentions Windows, don’t bother to contact me.

Might also be interested in scripting books on BASH (which I could likely write my own), TCL scripting, Perl, and Python. I am not interested in Java. If there is a history book on LISP, I’d be interested. Programming books which cover encryption, mathematics, “imaginary” high prime numbers, double keys, security, network security, linux kernal programming, firmware (linux), would be cool to add to the list. I prefer Debian, over Ubuntu BTW. Nothing on Red Hat/Fedora Core please.

  • SAM’S Teach yourself C Programming in 24 hours (NOTE: NOT THE C/C++ version)

Chemistry:

I am looking for the answer to what might be a simple question to a chemist.


How do you bind a carbon chain to benzine?

It’s likely in a first year college textbook, but I could be wrong. Don’t ask me why I want to know this, and for you chemists out there, no comments about law enforcement issues.

Other chemistry like books I am looking for, relate to the homesteading crowd. A very good example would be any book that would be placed next to Stark Research Associates’ “The Formula Manual” 1974 (ISBN: 0-8362-2701-8), or the smaller version “The Formula Book” by Norman Stark 1975 (ISBN: 0-380-00840-8)

  • Stark Research Associates’ “The Formula Manual” 1974 (ISBN: 0-8362-2701-8)
  • “The Formula Book” by Norman Stark 1975 (ISBN: 0-380-00840-8)
  • Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis 2nd edition
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill 1960
    Department of Chemistry New Mexico Highlands University
    LCCN: 59-14446

Medical (Western Medicine):

I am collecting editions of “The Merck Manual”, not the home editions, but the ones that are sitting on the book shelf which belonged to your grandfather when he was practicing medicine.
I own the 8th and 12th editions already. They are published by Merck & Dohme Research Laboratories in Rathway, New Jersey.

Also in this set of Medicine books are the “Gould’s Pocket Pronouncing Medical Dictionary” by Maple Press in York, P.A. I have the 11th edition already.

I would be interested in adding medical textbooks to this list, but older textbooks. It’s the recent history I’m interested in, not in studying to become a doctor. (PRE-1950′s?)

  • The Merck Manual 1st editions till present
  • Gould’s Pocket Pronouncing Medical Dictionary 1st edition till present


Self-Efficiency:

Anything written by John Seymour, or M. G. Kains, or even by any author who has co-author a book with either of them along the same topics. Reminder crossed out books mean I already own them.

  • Title: The Encyclopedia of Country Living: An Old Fashioned Recipe Book (Paperback)
    Author: Carla Emery
    Publisher: Sasquatch Books; 9th edition (May 1994)
    ISBN-10: 0912365951
    ISBN-13: 978-0912365954
  • Title: The Contrary Farmer (Real Goods Independent Living Book) (Paperback)
    Author: Gene Logsdon
    Publisher: Chelsea Green (May 1, 1995)
    ISBN-10: 0930031741
    ISBN-13: 978-0930031749
  • Title: Flight from the city;: An experiment in creative living on the land (Harper colophon books, CN 1005) (Unknown Binding)
    Author: Ralph Borsodi
    Publisher: Harper & Row; [1st Harper Colophon ed.] edition (1972)
    ISBN-10: 0060910054
    ISBN-13: 978-0060910051
  • Title: Handy Farm Devices: And How to Make Them (Paperback)
    Author: Rolfe Cobleigh
    Publisher: The Lyons Press; First edition (February 1, 1996)
    ISBN-10: 1558214321
    ISBN-13: 978-1558214323
  • Title: The Open Door to Independence
    Author: Thomas E. Hill
    Publish Date: (1920s?)
    Publisher: R.C. Barnum Company (Cleveland)
    Volume 1 “The Health Book”
    Volume 2 “The Engineering Book”
    Volume 3 “Agriculture Book”
    Volume 4 “The Stock Book” – “Poultry Raising”
    (more ?)
  • Title: We Took to the Woods (Paperback)
    Author: Louise Rich
    Publisher: Down East Books (January 1, 1970)
    ISBN-10: 0892720166
    ISBN-13: 978-0892720163
    – Also interested in the 1942 edition
  • Title: Building a Multi-Use Barn: For Garage, Animals, Workshop, Studio (Paperback)
    Author: John D. Wagner
    Publisher: Williamson Publishing Company (July 1994)
    ISBN-10: 0913589764
    ISBN-13: 978-0913589762
  • Title: Cold-Climate Gardening:
    How to Extend Your Growing Season by at Least 30 Days (Paperback)
    Author: Lewis Hill
    Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 2, 1987)
    ISBN-10: 0882664417
    ISBN-13: 978-0882664415
  • Title: The Woodlot Management Handbook:
    Making the Most of Your Wooded Property For Conservation,
    Income or Both (Paperback)
    Authors: Stewart Hilts & Peter Mitchell
    Illustrator: Ann-Ida Beck
    Publisher: Firefly Books (April 1, 1999)
    ISBN-10: 1552092364
    ISBN-13: 978-1552092361
  • Title: Raising Milk Goats the Modern Way
    (Garden Way Publishing Classic) (Paperback)
    Author: Jerry Belanger
    Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Rev&Updtd edition (January 3, 1990)
    ISBN-10: 0882665766
    ISBN-13: 978-0882665764
  • The Guide to Self-Efficiency by John Seymour (Hardcover)
    Publisher: Hearst Books – New York
    ISBN: 0-910990-66-2
  • Five Acres and Independence by M. G. Kains
    Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc. (1973)
    ISBN: 0-486-20974-1
  • The Home Workplace
    Compilation of “Oragnic Gardening and Farming Magazine”
    Publisher: Rodale Press Inc. Emmaus, P.A.,(1978)
    (pre-isbn)
  • The Homesteader’s Handbook to Raising Small Livestock
    by Jerome D. Belanger
    Rodale Press INC. Emmaus, Pennsylvania 18049 (1974)
    ISBN: 0-87857-075-

History:

There are a few key areas that I am looking for in history, and are some what limited by topic. First, I have an interest in the 30′s, 50′s, 60′s, and early 70′s. Although anything within the last 100 years related to sub-cultures in North America would also interest me, my primary focus is on the Beatniks, Yippees, Hippies, Weather men, Anarchist Black Cross, Anarchy, Woodstock Nation, Chicago Seven, Abbie Hoffman, Activism, Civil Rights, Human Rights, Women’s Lib, Diggers, and similar topics. I don’t give a shit about Enron.

  • Making of the English Working Class (Paperback) by E. P. Thompson
    Paperback:
    864 pages
    Publisher:
    Vintage (February 12, 1966) Language: English ISBN-10: 0394703227 ISBN-13: 978-0394703220 Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 1.6 inches


Fiction Books: (EOTW)


Like I mentioned before I am seeking some fiction books, recommendation are welcome, however the scope of fiction that I am looking for is rather narrow. I would be interested in fiction that is a possible scenario for the end of the world, end of civilization, and the fall of our ‘modern’ way of life. Not books which have as it’s main plot as something which cannot be are less interesting to me.

Examples would include “Farnham’s freehold” by Robert A. Heinlein, “On the Beach” by Nevil Shute, and “Pandemic” by Daniel Kalla.

George Orwell’s’ 1984 would be a dystopia I would buy. (But that one falls under classics, and I have four copies)

  • “Farnham’s freehold” by Robert A. Heinlein
  • “On the Beach” by Nevil Shute
  • “Pandemic” by Daniel Kalla
  • “Day of the Dolphin” by ??
  • “The Chrysalids” by ?? (Note: I think I do have this book just can’t find it)
  • “The Shape of Things to Come” by ??