Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Long Emergency

The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century by James Howard Kunstler

This is quite possibly the most terrifying read of my life. If you value your children and their future, please read this book and get ready! I don't believe Mr. Kunstler to be a pessimist or a soulless author trying to make a buck. He is offering a dire warning that most of us have ignored for far to long.

I sometimes think I need to move into a bigger house to have my room for my possessions with less clutter. The truth is I need less stuff, not more room. The world's oil consumption is much the same; we don't need more oil, we need less dependence on it. Everything we do is dependent on petroleum products which are disappearing rapidly with no viable alternative fuels in site.

We have passed the peak of oil production. It will quickly become more and more difficult and expensive to obtain more. Economies will crash, nations will go to war, and life as we know it will die. We will not return to pre-Industrial Age living because many of those skills are lost and instead of having a billion people, we have six and a half. Water will become scarce. Hygiene will be difficult or impossible. Super viruses will devastate an unprepared world.

If it sounds like Mad Max Science Fiction, its not. It will probably be much worse than that. This isn't fear mongering or paranoia. The facts are here, we have just ignored them at our own peril for far too long.

Many short term and long term man-made and natural disasters could occur. This one will, sooner than later. Read up, prove me wrong or get prepared. If you ignore the evidence and choose to hide under a rock, that is where you will most likely die.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A woman in a hot air balloon

A woman in a hot air balloon

A woman in a hot-air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.
"She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be a Republican."
"I am," replied the man. "How did you know?"
"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me."
The man smiled and responded, "You must be an Obama Democrat."
"I am," replied the balloonist. "How did you know?"
"Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you are going. You've risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it's my fault."

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Top Ten Reasons Why Men Prefer Guns Over Women

Top Ten Reasons Why Men Prefer Guns Over Women

And here we go...

#10 - You can trade an old 44 for a new 22.
#9 - You can keep one gun at home and have another for when you're on the road.
#8 - If you admire a friend's gun and tell him so, he will probably let you try it out a few times.
#7 - Your primary gun doesn't mind if you keep another gun for a backup.
#6 - Your gun will stay with you even if you run out of ammo.
#5 - A gun doesn't take up a lot of closet space.
#4 - Guns function normally every day of the month.
#3 - A gun doesn't ask, "Do these new grips make me look fat?"
#2 - A gun doesn't mind if you go to sleep after you use it.

And the Number One reason
Why Men Prefer Guns over women.....

#1 - You can buy a silencer for a gun.

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