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Hang in there Kiddo. :emthup: :emthup:

It's great to feel like a kid again, even for just a second reading a headline.  ;D

         
                                       
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Energy / Re: Machinery for a post collapse world
« Last post by RE on Today at 07:06:29 AM »
I have one of the fiskars tools. Sort of a bill hook saw combined. A little light. I've been thinking of that Lee valley one... also grinding down a leaf spring from my neighbors scrap heap... good hard tool steel in leaf springs.

I found what looks to be a pretty good one.  It's on it's way to C5 now.  He'll review it after it arrives, just after Christmas.  I'm not putting up pics of it though because I want it to be a surprise when he gets it.  :icon_sunny:

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Surly Newz / Doomstead Diner Daily December 9
« Last post by Surly1 on Today at 06:45:44 AM »

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A: When they are bigger than the original earthquake.
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Energy / Re: Machinery for a post collapse world
« Last post by Nearingsfault on Today at 06:38:55 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6MlHxAzLXA

I cant help myself. I had to share. I just started my partII in the C5 gets wood, series. Its called...

C5 Gets Apocalyptic Wood From Faggots.

I'm Looking forward to seeing that title as the header at the Doomstead Diner

In it, we will bypass all this chainsaw talk. I am hoping to order a billhook in the next few days. They are all pricey and rare though. This is the only cheap version I have found
https://www.machetespecialists.com/product/imacasa-10-inch-coa-machete-blade/



Here is a teaser of some of what I will be writing about 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LizqU8OOVh0

I'm guessing you saw these already. They look like they're better, perhaps. Still within reason.

https://www.ebay.com/i/183530024518?chn=ps
I actually already have one of those.

I need something that works better in tight  brush (I recently did a 40 ft test plot of hedge laying to get a feel for the work load)

For anyone that does not know, a faggot is a bundle of sticks. Brits would know what faggot wood is.
I have one of the fiskars tools. Sort of a bill hook saw combined. A little light. I've been thinking of that Lee valley one... also grinding down a leaf spring from my neighbors scrap heap... good hard tool steel in leaf springs.
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Surly Newz / Re: Watch This Space
« Last post by Golden Oxen on Today at 05:41:51 AM »
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To be clear the morality as cowardice argument applies to me as well. For ex., I like to think of myself as someone who would never steal from anyone else (yeah I know... I am a capitalist owner of property so I am already stealing from everyone at all time  ::) but putting that aside). That I would never embezzle my client's funds, let's say. However, if I reflect on it long enough, or just pay attention to myself enough, I can feel the shadow impulses lurking beneath. Am I really one of the truly remarkable people who would not embezzle some funds if I thought there would be no legal consequences? I doubt it.

The most dangerous people are the ones who cannot recognize the aggressive/violent/tyrannical aspects of themselves. I believe this realization lies at the core of the philosophy of nearly every great thinker on the subject. It's akin to what Christians call repentance. It lies at the heart of Kant's categorical imperative.  It's what Nietzsche and Jung and Solzhenitsyn focused a good deal of their work on. Unfortunately it seems entirely absent from the "justice" warriors who protest on the street or the public speakers who align themselves with all of the "compassionate" equality movements of today.

I rationalize my evil Ashvin to make it acceptable to my conscience. For instance I can say with almost but not perfect accuracy I would never steal from someone who entrusted me with their finances. I actually take great pride in people confiding in me, it makes me feel admired, liked and trusted, which for me are extremely powerful forces to perform my duty in the manner expected. I even have the audacity to pat myself on the back for being so trustworthy and upstanding a soul.  :angel9:

 On the other hand if I had a way to screw the IRS out of the score I did in the market this year I would do it with relish and glee. Or even better to put the screws to a bankster, how I would love and revel in it. A foolproof plot to screw a JPM or Goldman Suchs on a scam would warm the cockles of m heart with joy.

Of course both are stealing and I know it but it is very easy to rationalize and evil deed if one tries. Also, lack of money is not one of the problems I have, so my being a good boy in paragraph one might be different if I were low on dough and under the usury burden of the bankster with his credit games.

As to these dangerous goody, goody, tyrants that think they are archangels form heaven. My firm opinion after meeting many of them in real life and here on the Diner over the years is that really are incapable of understanding what they are. They seem to have something missing in the brain makeup that doesn't allow them to see what violent threatening menaces they are. As you and the historical characters you mentioned, they really are dangerous people.

Well, What can one say? No one ever said understanding humans was an easy task, or our own selves for that matter.  Just wanted to add my two cents to the discussion. 
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I asked you about why you don't go around making sure infants who are unwanted and unlikely to have a good, productive life are exposed to die. I remember you answering something like 'because it would be considered murder'. Has that reason changed now? Is it really because you just don't have enough opportunity or the physical ability to do it? Or is it more because you live in a society that would quickly and harshly judge you for it?

Neither one of those options.  It's not a necessary solution at this point.  There's still plenty to go around if greedy and selfish Capitalists Fascists like you wouldn't hoard it all and would share in a socialist society.  Infanticide is only necessary when there truly is not enough to go around.  We are, thankfully still a ways off from that point.

RE

You dodged the question.  I found the thread:

http://www.doomsteaddiner.net/forum/index.php/topic,11811.msg164351.html#msg164351

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Sign me up as both Pro-Abortion and willing to admit it.  In fact, I am pro-exposure as well if you can't afford to raise the infant.  I don't believe infants gain a soul until they are around 18 months old or so, prior to that they are just an empty meat package waiting for a soul to inhabit them.  Sadly we let too many of these meat packages grow up in homes where they are impoverishe and unloved, and we get a lot of miscreants in the society as a result.  Eliminate them early before they become a problem, and you solve a lot of other problems at the same time.  About the only thing more important than that is to exterminate the rich people who use too many resources.  It's not hard to control population overall, you just have to look at it pragmatically and not let your emotions get all tied up in the problem.

RE

Sounds to me like you think it is a huge problem right now and your #2 priority is to deal with it.

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I didn't have any children.  Problem solved for me.  In the current society, exposing infants and leaving them to die would be considered murder, so it's not a wise idea at the moment if you want to stay out of prison.

RE

I changed my mind.  I'm allowed to do that too you know.

RE
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Street protests are relatively consequence-free. The chances you will be physically or legally harmed are not that high at this point in time.

Wrong. And spoken like some one who has studiously avoided them, but eager to render judgment from a safe suburban fastness.

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To be clear the morality as cowardice argument applies to me as well. For ex., I like to think of myself as someone who would never steal from anyone else (yeah I know... I am a capitalist owner of property so I am already stealing from everyone at all time  ::) but putting that aside). That I would never embezzle my client's funds, let's say. However, if I reflect on it long enough, or just pay attention to myself enough, I can feel the shadow impulses lurking beneath. Am I really one of the truly remarkable people who would not embezzle some funds if I thought there would be no legal consequences? I doubt it.

I seriously doubt it. For your many faults, you have always seemed to be a principled human being. You can't possibly be saying that fear of consequences is the only reason you don't steal? I would have bet a drink at a bar that you would not do so because it was the right thing.

The most dangerous people are the ones who cannot recognize the aggressive/violent/tyrannical aspects of themselves. I believe this realization lies at the core of the philosophy of nearly every great thinker on the subject. It's akin to what Christians call repentance. It lies at the heart of Kant's categorical imperative.  It's what Nietzsche and Jung and Solzhenitsyn focused a good deal of their work on.

Jung spends a great deal of his work on the shadow side of our personalities, that unconscious aspect of the personality which in waking hours we do not identify in itself: in short, the "dark side." We all wrestle with it; the more conscious among us confront it as we can within our lights.

“The shadow goes by many familiar names: the disowned self, the lower self, the dark twin or brother in bible and myth, the double, repressed self, alter ego, id. When we come face-to-face with our darker side, we use metaphors to describe these shadow encounters: meeting our demons, wrestling with the devil, descent to the underworld, dark night of the soul, midlife crisis.” (Connie Zweig, Meeting the Shadow)

We all tend to hide our negative qualities, not only from others but from ourselves, at least until we display them on the Diner Forum. One way is to often criticize and condemn others to ensure our focus does not fall on our own abundant shortcomings and destructive tendencies. This leads directly to a false air of moral superiority and a belief that while others act immorally and destructively, we ourselves are wholly virtuous and always in the right.

Unfortunately it seems entirely absent from the "justice" warriors who protest on the street or the public speakers who align themselves with all of the "compassionate" equality movements of today.

Sigh. THERE is your shadow side.
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I asked you about why you don't go around making sure infants who are unwanted and unlikely to have a good, productive life are exposed to die. I remember you answering something like 'because it would be considered murder'. Has that reason changed now? Is it really because you just don't have enough opportunity or the physical ability to do it? Or is it more because you live in a society that would quickly and harshly judge you for it?

Neither one of those options.  It's not a necessary solution at this point.  There's still plenty to go around if greedy and selfish Capitalists Fascists like you wouldn't hoard it all and would share in a socialist society.  Infanticide is only necessary when there truly is not enough to go around.  We are, thankfully still a ways off from that point.

RE

You dodged the question.  I found the thread:

http://www.doomsteaddiner.net/forum/index.php/topic,11811.msg164351.html#msg164351

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Sign me up as both Pro-Abortion and willing to admit it.  In fact, I am pro-exposure as well if you can't afford to raise the infant.  I don't believe infants gain a soul until they are around 18 months old or so, prior to that they are just an empty meat package waiting for a soul to inhabit them.  Sadly we let too many of these meat packages grow up in homes where they are impoverishe and unloved, and we get a lot of miscreants in the society as a result.  Eliminate them early before they become a problem, and you solve a lot of other problems at the same time.  About the only thing more important than that is to exterminate the rich people who use too many resources.  It's not hard to control population overall, you just have to look at it pragmatically and not let your emotions get all tied up in the problem.

RE

Sounds to me like you think it is a huge problem right now and your #2 priority is to deal with it.

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I didn't have any children.  Problem solved for me.  In the current society, exposing infants and leaving them to die would be considered murder, so it's not a wise idea at the moment if you want to stay out of prison.

RE
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Geological & Cosmological Events / Alaska Quake Diary: Page 2
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Image result for alaska railroad repair earthquakeI am taking this week off from Ranting to do an Update on the Earthquake situation up here in Alaska.  It's been a full week since the Earthquake hit, and mostly it is good news as far as repair work is concerned.



I personally have all my services back, electricity, heat, water and flushing toilets.  My unit sustained no major visible damage, although some of them did with cracked foundations, boilers ripped off the walls and so forth.  Management was rather slow in responding, but they appear to be on the job now.  Perhaps this will get them to fix some other long standing issues which predate the quake as well.



On the road and rail infrastructure front, the Alaska Railroad which carries both passengers as well as freight & coal between Seward, Anchorage and Fairbanks is back up and running after about 4 days, the track was busted up just north of where I live.  Minnesota Drive which connects Anchorage and Ted Stevens has been partially repaired and travel to and from the airport is now possible.  2 way traffic has been restored on the Glenn Highway connecting the Valley to Anchorage, although it is single lane in some sections.



What I am going to cover today is your heating issues when faced with both loss of electricity and loss of your NG supply, but before I get to that I want to answer a couple of questions posed to me both on the Diner Blog and on our Global Collapse Reddit site.  First a personal issue question:



Image result for handicap commode Q:  What do you do about Toilet & Bathing?



A:  This is not a huge problem.  For urination, I just urinate in the toilet as usual, just without flushing.  When the water gets restored, I flush it all at once.  For the poop issue, I have a "cripple commode" which uses a lined bucket system.  After the call of nature is complete, I pull out the liner and go deposit it in the dumpster, just as you would after pooper-scooping up the doggie-doo when Fido does his bizness.  You don't really need the whole commode arrangement though, just a bucket and a camping toilet seat for it will do.  It's easier to get on and off the commode though.  Far as bathing is concerned, it's Sponge Bath time until the water is restored, no showers.  I did this fairly often in my trucking years when marooned in locations without showers to buy.  As long as you have some water on hand (which you should if well prepped), you just fill a small bowl with water and use a sponge to wipe yourself down if you are getting too smelly.  Really though, for a short duration outage, you can just go without unless you have a real halitosis problem.  I also have packages of premoistened and medicated towelettes that are used for giving sponge baths to cripples who can't get out of bed.  These are also a handy prep to have around.



Q:  Can you really call it a "disaster" if nobody died and BAU is up and running again after a few days?



A:  Well, it's certainly not a disaster on the scale of say the Indonesian Tsunami which sent 100s of 1000s to the Great Beyond on a loss of life scale.  Also not nearly the disaster Katrina or Sandy were on the monetary scale, both disasters well into the 10s of Billions of dollars.  It is still a disaster though, particularly for many homeowners who don't carry Earthquake insurance, which is rather expensive for what is generally a very infrequent event in any given location.  If your foundation cracks and your home is deemed unsafe by the building inspectors, this can cost $50,000 and more to fix up.  Sometimes it's just cheaper to bulldoze the McMansion and build a new one.  Which if you are still paying a mortgage on the old one can be tough to afford to finance.  The many smaller problems with plumbing also add up and can be tough for individuals to afford to repair.



Then you have the damage done to the general community infrastructure of roads and gas, electric and water lines.  This costs the government a lot of money to fix up, and where does that money come from?  Generally disaster loans issued by FEMA, which adds to the debt carried by your community which then in theory gets paid by taxes, but many communities are already at or above their carrying capacity for debt service, while still paying for teachers, cops, firement and sanitation workers.  Thus you end up with municipal bankruptcies piling up.



The issue is these things add up, they are part of the maintenance cost of maintaining the Industrial Civilization.  It ends up being a "Death by a Thousand Cuts", rather than one individual disaster bringing on the end, although one really "BIG ONE" could be the straw that breaks the Camel's Back and sends the whole thing into a tailspin.  A big one hitting Seattle for instance on the scale of the one that hit Anchorage in 1964 at 9.0 could do that, taking out such financial engines as Amazon and Microsoft, and numerous other smaller companies in Silicon Valley.  At some point we won't be ale to keep up with this, and thus the Industrial Civilization will collapse in entirety with time, even if it doesn't happen everywhere at the same time or overnight.



Now, onto the main topic for today, which is having an Emergency Heating Plan for your domicile, particularly important if you live in high latitude and/or altitude locations in the winter.  It can be important in spring, summer & fall also, especially at night when the sun goes down.



Image result for wood burning stove Probably the best emergency heat plan is to have a Wood Burning Stove and a good supply of wood at the ready in case your regular heat source is out, but these are rather expensive to put in just for emergencies.  Off-grid Doomsteaders do use them as a primary souce of heat of course, but they have saved the money normally put toward a more standard NG or Diesel boiler arrangement and put it toward that instead.  You also can't install a wood heater in most rental units even if you had the money to do it, which most renters do not have.



So you need to use more portable forms of heat generation which come cheaper than that for emergencies.  I mentioned in the first article I am a Candle Freak and used Tea Light Candles as a heat source while my electricity was off too.  A Tea Light puts out about 100 BTU/hr, whereas a typical 1500W Oil filled space heater puts out around 5000 BTU/hr.  So to actually match that output, you would need to be burning 50 candles, which actually isn't as outrageous as it sounds and can be done with relative safety utilizing the Tuna Can method illustrated in the header photo.  3 Tuna Cans in the 4 corners of the room will do the trick.



However, depending how well insulated your room is, what its size is and how long the outage goes for matters a lot here, and you probably don't need that many to maintain the internal temperature at a livable level.  One thing to remember when burning any open flames indoors is to make sure the room is well ventilated and to run a Carbon Monoxide detector to see if there is any buildup going on.  CO can be quite deadly of course.



Cost as I mentioned runs about $.07/tea light, and they last about 4 hours.  However, you can bring the cost down from there and have longer lasting heat if you DIY your own Votive Candles, which are the size of a Shot Glass, and in fact often are sold in shot glasses which you get as a Bonus after you finish burning the candle. πŸ™‚



A Votive size candle will burn for around 12 hours, and you can buy a new pack of 6 of them ON SALE for $5, so about $.85/candle.  That is a good deal more expensive than the 3 Tea Lights it replaces over the 12 hours, which costs you $.21.  However, that is just the new version.  The trick to getting the cost down with these is to refill them and make a new candle.  How do you do that?  It's quite EZ, does not take much in the way of apparatus and I am constantly making new candles while I sit at the computer and keyboard out the Doom.  Illustrated below is my Candle Making setup I use by the computer.






Basic Candle Making Apparatus



All it takes is some kind of stand to be melting your wax, animal fat (tallow) or vegetable shortening like Crisco, and then wicking material which you can either make by waxing twine or just buy rolls of it already pre-waxed.  It's not expensive to buy it pre-made,and I keep a couple of 200' rolls on hand which will last until after I am pushing up daisies.  For the stand, I use a metal toothbrush holder, purchased at Walmart new for $5.  If you find one at a yard sale, you could probably pick it up for $.50.  Or you could use a portable Sterno Folding Camping stove instead, although the toothbrush holder looks nicer and fits on my desk better.



Image result for pouring off bacon fat The cost for each Candle when you DIY varies tremendously, from Zero to maybe $.50 depending on the combustible material you use to make the candle.  If you use commercially available paraffin and beeswax to make a real "professional" pretty looking candle with a colored dye and a scent added, you will pay top dollar for this.  This stuff is sold in small quantities mainly to candle making hobbyists, and they charge a premium price for it.  It's cheaper just to melt down Tea Lights and then use that wax to rebuild a votive candle.  Then it costs the same as the Tea Lights, $.21.  But you can get quite a bit cheaper than this also.



What I do is save animal fat like Bacon Fat  from cooking in a coffee can by the stove, and use that as one of my ingredients in the candle.  It comes to me basically for free, since I paid for the bacon I ate, not the fat which otherwise would have been thrown out.  Then I save the leftover paraffin from burning tea lights, which there always is at the bottom of the teal light holder and add that to the mix. Finally, I'll add a scoop or two of Crisco Vegetable shortening.  This mixture is quite stiff and won't spill, so you can keep the candle stored this way until you need it.  I usually fill it this way about 3/4s full, and then when I am ready to burn it, I top it off with some cheap Wesson Vegetable Oil to burn in there as well.  Done this way, you bring your cost down to about $.10/votive candle, or about $.033/tea light equivalent.  At right you see a Votive candle topped off with vegetable oil. If you have some source to get all scrap oil such as cooking oil from a fast food joint or motor oil from changing out you car oil, you can get it down to nothing.  Same if you slaughter your own pigs or nail a bear during hunting season, you can render all the excess fat trimmings for tallow.  One pig will make a shit load of candles, lord only knows how many.



The same setup you use for candle making is useful for other tasks as well in normal times.  You can use it as a warmer to keep your coffee piping hot, or even heat up a can of soup with it, though that takes a while, about 30 minutes for a can of Chunky Soup.  I use it as a room Humidifier in the winter, keeping my stainless steel camping mug filled with water and steaming over the set up all day.  Winter air is very dry and this helps keep your lips from chapping and nasal passages from drying up, which can lead to getting more colds in the winter.






Candle Room Humidifier



If your candles aren't doing the job of keeping your domicile warm enough through the emergency, you can add more powerful heat generators like Oil Lanterns which have larger wicks and put out about 3X as much heat as a candle. Many of these are quite decorative and a decent source of light as well, so you can use them in normal times to give a nice warm light effect to the room and save on electricity.  For some real PUNCH though in the world of portable heat, go to Sterno cooking fuel.  Sterno burns HOT,  A can of Sterno puts out about 2500 BTU/hour, so only 2 of them burning will be equivalent to a 1500W electric space heater.  A 16 oz can of Sterno will last about 4 hours burning continuously.  It's relatively expensive though, but it does substitute for 25 Tea Lights, which would cost you $1.75 anyhow.  So not too much difference there.  It's also a lot more convenient to light one can of Sterno than 25 Tea Lights.



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Mr. Heater  Buddy  225 sq. ft. Portable Heater  Propane Related image Finally, there are both Kerosene and Propane indoor-safe heaters that put out 20,000 BTU and more available.  The "Mr.Buddy" heaters are quite popular and widely sold, utilizing camping propane cannisters as fuel.  This is pretty expensive emergency heating though by the can, the kerosene comes in much cheaper than that.  These units all have automatic shut offs if they tip over, and some have built in CO detectors as well.  In any case ALWAYS BURN IN A WELL VENTILATED SPACE AND RUN A CO DETECTOR when you do any burning at all indoors.  Also be aware that fire department regulations often prohibit the use of such devices inside your domicile, although in an emergency situations such regulations are generally overlooked.  I can't really see a need for so much emergency heat though, for the size room I was working with during this exercise (25'x35'), 5000 BTU was enough with the exterior Temperature around 25F (-4C) to keep the room at 67F, so about a 40F gradient there.  Remember also you can substantially lower the room comfort temperature by self-insulating, aka putting on layers of warm clothing.  That should always be your first step in your emergency heating plan.  A good Sleeping Bag will also reduce the need for keeping the temperature this high when you are asleep.



OK Diners, that's it for the Doomsday Preparation Diary for today.  Stay Warm and Stay Safe, and BE PREPARED.  Collapse is coming soon to a theater near you.



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