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Surly Newz / Re: Things That Make Me Say, "Dafuq?"
« Last post by RE on Today at 03:35:02 PM »
The military is the breeding ground for Nazis. Why is this a surprise? All good jack-booted thugs gotta get their first pair of jack-boots somewhere, and the military (especially the enlisted ranks) is a bastion of right-wing populism.

You take kids who join because they're nationalists, and then you make them part of the largest socialist organization in the world (the US military) where all their needs are met by the government (until they leave the military and it begins to break down, veterans bennies not being what they used to be).

Don't forget Boot Camp.

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Surly Newz / Re: Things That Make Me Say, "Dafuq?"
« Last post by Surly1 on Today at 03:02:13 PM »
The military is the breeding ground for Nazis. Why is this a surprise? All good jack-booted thugs gotta get their first pair of jack-boots somewhere, and the military (especially the enlisted ranks) is a bastion of right-wing populism.


Of course it is, multiple levels of denial of that notwithstanding. As Voltaire said, "If you want to know who controls you, look at who you are not allowed to criticize."

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Doomsteading / Re: Catch-22 of the Doomsteader Paradox
« Last post by RE on Today at 02:50:19 PM »
Well nobody would voluntarily assign themselves and their descendants the role of peasants into perpetuity. Gaining rank as you serve sounds like a working compromise for a society of equals. If they can earn their way out of the lowest levels call it feudalism light... I have no exposure to the SCA other than endless mentions in every single tech collapse sci fi series. Dies the fire by Stirling https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dies_the_Fire  and The Council wars by John Ringo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Council_Wars come to mind. As to getting people to work after the SHTF you would control that through the only currencies that would mean anything; food and security. You work you eat, you work harder you eat better maybe become one who makes decisions...  Upset the social order and get cast out. It would take an immense stockpile and a selected minority of bully boys to keep it together until it establishes itself. Probably the exact same way it was done at the fall of rome. He who controlled the grain stores and could hold onto it became the defacto feudal lord. Hopefully you could hold on. If you can't maybe that is for the best. That is not the endpoint I see of course. I prefer an agriculture based model with access to technologies from the 19th century and some electricity. Hopefully some remaining government and laws. Meaningless musings of course. I must go repot the seedlings...

I would call it more of a Meritocracy than Feudalism.  Still doesn't answer the question though of how you value different types of contributions and what that earns you in terms of control over the Doomstead.

I do agree the strongest toughest gang will tend to become the next generation of Lords.  Which is why I advocate for putting together your gang now, before SHTF Day arrives.  If you are in a low population rural zone, I think 20 men, 20 women and a dozen or two kids of various ages would work.

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Doomsteading / Re: Catch-22 of the Doomsteader Paradox
« Last post by David B. on Today at 01:53:25 PM »
Well nobody would voluntarily assign themselves and their descendants the role of peasants into perpetuity. Gaining rank as you serve sounds like a working compromise for a society of equals. If they can earn their way out of the lowest levels call it feudalism light... I have no exposure to the SCA other than endless mentions in every single tech collapse sci fi series. Dies the fire by Stirling https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dies_the_Fire  and The Council wars by John Ringo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Council_Wars come to mind. As to getting people to work after the SHTF you would control that through the only currencies that would mean anything; food and security. You work you eat, you work harder you eat better maybe become one who makes decisions...  Upset the social order and get cast out. It would take an immense stockpile and a selected minority of bully boys to keep it together until it establishes itself. Probably the exact same way it was done at the fall of rome. He who controlled the grain stores and could hold onto it became the defacto feudal lord. Hopefully you could hold on. If you can't maybe that is for the best. That is not the endpoint I see of course. I prefer an agriculture based model with access to technologies from the 19th century and some electricity. Hopefully some remaining government and laws. Meaningless musings of course. I must go repot the seedlings...
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https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-21/fcc-filings-reveal-facebooks-mysterious-drone-test-above-skies-new-mexico

Fcl Tech, Inc., which also operates under the name Facebook Connectivity Lab, is secretly testing experimental wireless devices — mounted onto an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), i.e. drones, above the skies of the New Mexican desert, according to the latest Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Application for Special Temporary Authority.

Business Insider highlights the FCC filing, which show that FCL Tech Inc. — a Facebook subsidiary that develops aerospace and communication technologies, including high-altitude long-endurance drones aimed at providing internet access in the emerging growth world — was recently cleared by the Federal Government to conduct three months of tests from March 01 to June 01.

According to the filing, the tests are for an “LTE-based connectivity project requires a hardware prototype testing facility to assess key risks associated with communication system architecture, channel modeling and link budget verification at a coverage area spanning 50 km radius.”

While the manufacture of the drone is “confidential,” the filing indicates Fcl Tech, Inc. will be experimenting with “two units.” The filing further reveals the company is conducting experiments in the town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

While the details of the project are confidential, the filing notes that the experiment will include the 3650 – 3700 Mhz radio frequency, which Business Insider notes are the “spectrum for the so-called Citizens Radio Broadband Service, an unlicensed radio band that many companies believe could be useful for 4G LTE wireless networks.”

Down the street from the Fcl Tech, Inc.’s test site, is an FAA-licensed space center located on 18,000 acres of State Trust Land in the Jornada del Muerto desert basin in New Mexico, residing next to the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range. Business Insider specifies that the area is home to the space tourism industry, including Virgin Galactic. In recent years, Google has conducted experimental test runs at Spaceport, for aircraft hovering 25,000 feet in the air while operating wireless communications devices.

The suspected drone behind Fcl Tech, Inc.’s experiment could be the solar-powered “Aquila” drone. Back in 2016, Mark Zuckerberg wrote a blog post about the “first successful flight of Aquila.”

    “On June 28th, we completed the first successful flight of Aquila — our solar-powered plane that will beam internet to remote parts of the world and eventually break the record for longest unmanned aircraft flight.”

The Facebook CEO describes what happened during the first experimental flight test:

    “The flight took place before dawn in Yuma, Arizona. Our original mission was to fly Aquila for 30 minutes, but things went so well that we decided to keep the plane up for 96 minutes. We gathered lots of data about our models and the aircraft structure — and after two years of development, it was emotional to see Aquila actually get off the ground. But as big as this milestone is, we still have a lot of work to do. Eventually, our goal is to have a fleet of Aquilas flying together at 60,000 feet, communicating with each other with lasers and staying aloft for months at a time — something that’s never been done before.”

Zuckerberg’s breaks down the inner workings of the “Aquila” drone:

    “Weight — Aquila has a wingspan wider than a Boeing 737, but has to weigh as little as possible to stay up for as long as possible. That’s why the body of the plane is made of a carbon fiber composite so the whole thing weighs less than 1,000 pounds — or about the same as a grand piano. We need to continue to make it lighter.

    Power — The amount of energy Aquila collects from the sun during the day has to be enough to keep its propellers, communications payload, avionics, heaters and light systems running when it’s dark. That means using about 5,000W of power at cruising altitude, or about as much as three hairdryers. We’re always looking for ways to trim this down and make our systems more efficient.

    Control — Aquila is mostly self-sufficient, but it still relies on a ground crew of about a dozen engineers, pilots and technicians who direct, maintain and monitor the aircraft. They control the aircraft through software which allows them to determine heading, altitude and airspeed — or send Aquila on a GPS-based route. Takeoff and landing are automatic, since no human pilot can land in a precise location as well as software can.

    Speed — When you see Aquila fly, one of the most surprising things is how slow it goes. That’s on purpose. In order to use the least amount of energy, Aquila needs to go as slow as possible. At higher altitudes, where the air is thinner, we’ll be able to go a bit faster — about 80 mph.

    Altitude — In order to take off, fly and land, Aquila’s wings and propellers have to be able to operate both in high, cold altitudes and lower, warmer altitudes where the air can be 10 times denser. We’re working to figure out how much power that takes — and what impact it will have on solar panel performance, battery size, latitude range and seasonal performance.

    Load — Almost half the mass of Aquila will come from high-energy batteries. That’s a lot of weight to put on large, flexible wings, which is why we have computer models to predict how Aquila’s shape deforms under load. A few more flights will help us better understand the actual in-flight dynamics.

    Communications — Aquila will carry a communications payload that will use lasers to transfer data more than 10 times faster than existing systems. It will be able to aim its beams precisely enough to hit a dime more than 11 miles away while in motion.”

Business Insider spoke with Steven Crowley, a consulting wireless engineer, who speculated that Fcl Tech, Inc.’s latest experiment could be related to signal strength testing of the data communication systems on the drone, and he adds that New Mexico’s environment provides the ideal conditions for it.

“From the phrase ‘channel modeling and link budget verification’ my best guess, and that’s all that it is, is that this is en experiment of signal propagation,” consulting wireless engineer Steven Crowley wrote in an email.

    “Monitoring the signal strength between the two points and seeing how it varies with weather and terrain. Then change the two points and test again. The channel model and link budget would be used to predict the signal strength and, depending on the results, they might go back and adjust the channel model and link budget to make it more accurate.”

    He added: “They could test in Menlo Park, but it is a different, more congested environment. The area around Truth or Consequences is relatively flat and much less urban. They might have a reason for wanting to know the propagation conditions there as precisely as possible — by actually testing there and not trying to extrapolate from elsewhere.

    “Just speculating, I can imagine fixed communications equipment spaced at intervals to control and monitor drone flights. You’d want those links to be highly reliable. Painstaking testing can help ensure that.

    “Then again, I’d think you could just boost the power some on the ground and on the drone. Power can make up for lack of knowledge of, and help overcome variations in, the channel. I expect there is not much there they can interfere with. So it’s still somewhat of a mystery.”

While Zuckerberg may be on the cusp of something big – or something entirely sinister – following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, one should be concerned as nobody is in the big data collection game to the same extent as Facebook.
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Doomsteading / Re: Catch-22 of the Doomsteader Paradox
« Last post by RE on Today at 12:21:29 PM »
In the SCA, you rise up in social rank... based on the amount of SERVICE you have done for the group

That's not real Feudalism then.  In Feudalism, there was little to no social mobility.  Serfs could never become Nobles, short of a successful revolution which about never happened in the whole history of Feudalism.

However, the plan of doing Service if you don't have Money is the SUN plan.  The idea is to allow young folks with strong backs to earn their piece of the Doomstead through Sweat Equity.  To do that though, you actually have to have them there sweating before SHTF Day arrives.  Then exactly how much work earns you what?  I did this in terms of Voting shares, and you get so many per year depending on your contributions.  But how do you value comparative contributions?  Say you have a midwife on your Doomstead and she successfully delivers 3 healthy babies.   You also have Big John on the property.  Big John is 6'6 and weighs 245.  Nobody gives no lip to Big John.  He can dig post holes through granite and wrestle a full grown steer to the ground and hog tie it.  Who gets more votes and why is one of these people more valuable than the other?

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Doomsteading / Re: Catch-22 of the Doomsteader Paradox
« Last post by RE on Today at 11:59:22 AM »
I have been meaning to write a similar article. Ive made several attempts at community building an so far, non has worked. While away, we decided to rework how we are doing it. We are tossing our anarchist principles wich are getting in the way. I have been changing myself to try and figure out how to lead. Not my natural temperament. 

Its our first real nice day today so I dont want to go to deep into this today.

There already is a model of this today. One of my more unusual survival advices is...

If you can not form of join or build a survival group.... Join the Society of Creative Anachronism  or similar Renaissance group.

They practice the intricacies feudal societies... as play. And they form VERY strong bonds. I do have to visit them again soon.
http://internationalpreppersnetwork.net/viewtopic.php?t=5925   

Well. Out into the sunshine I go

I have a brother who is a member of CE.  He is an expert at making old English longbows.  It is an organization that is intriguing from a 'Diners' point of view.  A group could be started which was more collapse based with emphasis on doing things the old fashioned way.  Such things as growing your own food.

That's why I made a Primitive Skills board.  However, we never have had enough Diners interested in that to get a group going with that theme.

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Doomsteading / Re: Catch-22 of the Doomsteader Paradox
« Last post by RE on Today at 11:52:19 AM »
I checked. I showed up here five years ago last month. Lotta water under da bridge, since then.

Carry on and keep convocating.

My idea for a convocation this year was to do it around the Solstice.  I was hoping to drive the Al-Can with Brian at the end of May so I could have SaVANnah down there as my wheels and sleeping accommodation, but I don't feel up to the drive now.  I could still fly though, if I don't get worse.

Another idea I had was to have it up here and we could camp at my favorite spot on the Matanuska River and drive down to Kenai for some fishing and take a cruise for some whale watching.  Then up to Denali for some hiking.  I'll stay at the campsite and cook. lol.

Then since DB and C5 have shown up, maybe doing it at one of their places in the Great White North would be good.  SUN goes International!  lol.

Anyhow, if any of you Diners want to host one of our parties, let us know.  :icon_sunny:

Far as your Toothstead and your own Rugged Individualist personality goes, of course it is better to do something than do nothing.  But the thing is you just really don't know how much food you can grow to feed some number of pigs and chickens and goats, and then how many people they will feed.  How much in years you get decent rain, how much in the drought years?  You need to have some helpers and cultivate it.  You can't do it all yourself while drilling teeth for a living to support the place.  What about bringing in some WWOOFers?

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Doomsteading / Re: Catch-22 of the Doomsteader Paradox
« Last post by K-Dog on Today at 11:43:26 AM »
I have been meaning to write a similar article. Ive made several attempts at community building an so far, non has worked. While away, we decided to rework how we are doing it. We are tossing our anarchist principles wich are getting in the way. I have been changing myself to try and figure out how to lead. Not my natural temperament. 

Its our first real nice day today so I dont want to go to deep into this today.

There already is a model of this today. One of my more unusual survival advices is...

If you can not form of join or build a survival group.... Join the Society of Creative Anachronism  or similar Renaissance group.

They practice the intricacies feudal societies... as play. And they form VERY strong bonds. I do have to visit them again soon.
http://internationalpreppersnetwork.net/viewtopic.php?t=5925   

Well. Out into the sunshine I go

I have a brother who is a member of CE.  He is an expert at making old English longbows.  It is an organization that is intriguing from a 'Diners' point of view.  A group could be started which was more collapse based with emphasis on doing things the old fashioned way.  Such things as growing your own food.
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Doomsteading / Re: Catch-22 of the Doomsteader Paradox
« Last post by cernunnos5 on Today at 11:17:07 AM »
They practice the intricacies feudal societies... as play. And they form VERY strong bonds. I do have to visit them again soon.

People actually take the roles of Serfs in these games?  Who would pick that job?  ???  :icon_scratch:

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No. Seriously. I put that article up to be read. Its how I used to write before deciding I needed my own blog.

once again      http://internationalpreppersnetwork.net/viewtopic.php?t=5925

In the SCA, you rise up in social rank... based on the amount of SERVICE you have done for the group
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