Monday, October 16, 2017

Harvest and hanging

The Rose of Alabama
So anyway, it was 38 degrees this morning: time to wrap this garden up for the year.  Not a great year, to be sure.  If I had to live the winter off of its bounty I would not have to worry about shedding those extra pounds. But this is why we make our mistakes while there's still time to learn from them.

Mistake #1: Don't plant what you don't want to eat. I planted all kinds of peppers* this year, mostly in an effort to see what grew best here. Unfortunately, the one that grew best is not one that I like to eat: banana peppers. Also, that accidental deer corn is pretty harsh. The chickens enjoy both, so there is that...

Mistake #2: Shade trees make shade. A few years ago we planted some oaks south of the back raised beds, and for years they broke up the sun just enough to avoid scorch. They are now so large that I either need to remove them or move the beds. I'm moving the beds.

Mistake #3: Container planting gets expensive. Unlike dirt, which you get to re-use every year, potting mix is a once-or-twice (at most) product that then needs to be added to the garden or composted. There was an enormous difference in the results of my "first year" and "second year" containers. However, buying potting mix in October is one way to reduce the costs substantially.

Mistake #4: If you plant your squash-type plants late summer in an effort to avoid squash bugs, they will likely fall prey to powdery mildew.

Mistake #5: Don't plant grape vines on the shady side of the post you want them to ascend, even if it's much more convenient to do so.

Still, it was a pretty good year for potatoes and tomatoes and a great year for cukes, garlic, raspberries, and herbs of all sorts. Of the tobacco plants I kept, I got a few pounds of leaves for hanging in the barn, though I have enough seeds left that I didn't bother to save any.

Next year's plans are already on the move. On the back yard cinder block beds I am expanding from six 12'x4' beds to four 25'x4' beds and moving everything to the field south of the house. I'm going to try planting horseradish as an annual instead of just letting it go wild. I'm going to plant only Roma tomatoes next year, as those seem to be the best for salsa and sauces. Finally, the die sales have provided enough fiscal overage that I might get to put in a small greenhouse. The problem there is that I'll have to water much more frequently, for which I'll likely need a second well first. My hundred-year-old, hand-dug cistern is reliable, but I don't like to push it too hard.

Oh, the woes of  prole self-sufficiency.

* Well, not ALL kinds.  I didn't grow jalapenos, but I will need to next year, as my current supply will run low this winter.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Goodbye, Boy Scouts

To be replaced with the
Teen Vogue gossip badge
It was only a matter of time:
NEW YORK (AP) — In its latest momentous policy shift, the Boy Scouts of America will admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and establish a new program for older girls based on the Boy Scout curriculum that enables them to aspire to the coveted Eagle Scout rank.
Why must girls be allowed into the Boy Scouts?  Isn't there a Girl Scouts for them?  These are the obvious questions. The answers are more complicated.

Some background, first. I'm an Eagle Scout, as are both of my younger brothers and several of my closest friends. I was in Order of the Arrow, was SPL of the best troop in Lake Superior Council, attended the 81 National Scout Jamboree, hiked at Philmont, and taught the guides at Okpik a thing or five about wilderness survival. Scouting was one of the most formative experiences of my life, and I am still close to most the eight guys that made up our Senior Patrol in the early 80s. But I did not encourage my sons to become scouts. The reason is that even 10 years ago, scouting was obviously not what is was when I was a scout. Scouting was ill then. Now it is dying.

Now, the answers to why girls must be allowed into the Boy Scouts, which are two:

1) Boys are not allowed to have anything that's exclusively theirs. Girls have girl scouts as a 'safe space', but excluding girls from Boy Scouts is deemed oppressive and sexist and all sorts of other bad names by those dedicated to destroying masculinity.  As a scout, the most valuable lessons I learned, like teamwork and leadership and how to give* a good snuggie would have been impossible amidst the sexual tension resulting from the presence of girls. This is why under SocJus rules**, girls must be introduced.  It's not about fairness to girls as much as it is about denying boys a place to be boys.

2) The scouts are a dying organization.  Membership in the Boy Scouts topped out in 1972 and has been falling since. BSA has a payroll full of 'professionals' to meet, and those on the payroll are perfectly willing to change the organization (or rather, expand the customer base) to keep the paychecks flowing. Remember, the primary objective of every organization, whether the scouts or a business or a union or a civil rights organization, is to remain in business.

Of course, there are a couple of arguments made by the kinds of people who think this is a great idea but are not willing to cop to the real answers.

The first is that the girls will be in a separate organization. Yeah, that will last 2 seconds, as 'separate but equal' is never a winning strategy and demands twice as many leaders, twice as much overhead.  Dying organizations don't have extra leadership waiting on the bench so troops will be de-facto combined almost immediately.

But the second argument is the one that guarantees the death of the BSA within a decade: the Girl Scouts suck. It's true. The boy scouts have been about camping and the girl scouts are about fashion and fame. Why is that? Because it's what attracts your average teen girl. To attract and keep girls, who are generally not interested in sleeping outside in an igloo or using a map and compass to find a "lost" lake, Boy Scout programs will immediately begin to include the kinds of activities that girls like. In a decade, the Boy Scouts will have a new name and no boys.

Do I lament the death of the Boy Scouts? Not really. It's not the name of the organization but the experiences that are of import. And there are other organizations that can provide those experiences to boys. I just hope that the next Boy Scouts can figure out a way to eliminate 'professional' leaders and keep the SJWs far away, or they will die in turn.

* and receive, a lesson learned first.
** SocJus rules also demand the admittance of gay scouts and scoutmasters***, then 'trans' scouts. It was only a matter of time once the sexual disorientation dike was breached.
*** Now there's a great idea: gay guys camping with teen boys.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Coming apart

It's obvious from the divergent reactions to last night's shooting, on top of the year-long-triggering that has become our new public discourse, that the nation is coming apart. To be sure, there's plenty of noise amplification due to social media, but it is amplifying opinions that are less fringe than they were 10 years ago and did not really exist 20 years ago. We no longer have a shared narrative to guide us forward together, so we will go forward apart.

I suspect that the lunacy, the nastiness, and the rage are going to get worse -- far worse -- before they get better, mostly because I don't think they're going to get better for a century. Civilizational collapse tends to be that way. And make no mistake, that's what we are staring down.

The first lesson a larval systems analyst is taught when diagnosing a problem is to ask, "What's changed?" If the code ran fine yesterday and it's broken today, then something new has been introduced. Find that thing and you'll likely find the problem.

The Second Amendment has been around since 1791. Americans have always had guns, lots of guns, even before we were Americans. That hasn't changed, ergo that is not the problem.

But individuals using them on innocents for maximum effect is new. So what has changed? Lots and lots of things, and they are woven into the fabric of our current culture. It's not gay marriage or broken families or diversity*, but the underlying problem with all of them. We are collectively living for today and nothing else. No past, no future, no God, no vision. Nothing but appetite.

In our quest to grasp the trendy, we have torn down the fences that prior generations erected. And we have done so just because they were there, and without asking them or even ourselves why they were erected. We build ugly buildings filled with ugly art. We pipe ugliness into our homes via satellite with a monthly subscription. Half of us are on antidepressants. We eulogize the pornographers of our youth but our kids don't know what sex they are.

It is no wonder we are going mad, in little groups, in big groups, and individually. "Senseless" shootings, if indeed that's what this is, are evidence that the sweat of our collective insanity is starting to flow through some of the weaker pores. But this will not cool the body. It will inflame the body.

Now, I'm not saying any of this to criticize America or the West - there is simply no need for that.  I'm saying that this is the position in which we today find ourselves. We can howl and moan and vote** about it, but I suspect that it's not going to make much difference in any macro sense. This road goes somewhere very bad, and drag your heels all you want, there are millions of your neighbors slavering like huskies and dragging our collective sleigh at top speed.  They want to go there.

The shootings are going to get worse. The crime is going to get worse. The violence is going to get worse. And then it's going to get organized. And then it's going to get nasty.  We may not get all the way there in my lifetime, and I am certainly aware of the dangers of  extrapolating current trends into an unknown future. But the trajectory looks that way and the trend has plenty of support to continue, from people, institutions, even inertia.

This mad carousel may go on for a while, maybe a long while. Or it may not***. When it stops, you'd better be where you want to be, surrounded by the people you want near you. Teach your kids, support your church, love your neighbor, get to know your sheriff. And as much as possible, physically stay the hell out of the way.

Something wicked this way comes.

* by which is meant a generation raised to identify themselves primarily by hues, genitals, or sexual disorientations. By which is also meant establishing hostile microcultures, like Roman settlements without the order, throughout the nation.
** While voting matters, I fully suspect that significant change will be imposed from outside the current constitutional order. Nature abhors a vacuum.
*** much of that depends on the dollar, and how many we will print before the futility of something-for-nothing becomes too obvious to ignore.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Thoughts on the NFL protest

Kneeling is historically a symbol of submission.
You might have noticed from my lack of NFL posting the past few years that the league and its goings on do not really capture my interest.  Still, this weekend will probably mark a significant battle in the culture war, all things considered.

So some thoughts, in no particular order:

1. I don't care if the NFL implodes.  Once an organization gives itself over to SJW virtue signalling, there is nothing left but to watch its inevitable seppuku. What starts with pink shoes always ends in full-blown moonbattery. Screw them.

2. The players have a constitutional right to kneel.  However, as employees who represent a company* and have signed a contract that requires they stand for the anthem, things are a little more complicated than that. The people pay you to perform, not complain.

3. It's interesting to watch the left/right trade arguments this week:
Left, last week: Get anyone who attended the UTR protest fired!
Left, this week: Muh free speech!
Right, this week: Those players who knelt should be fired!
Right last week: Muh free speech!

4. Trump knew exactly what he was doing and purposely exacerbated the situation.  What was allegedly a protest against police brutality suddenly became about Trump, and therefore partisan, and therefore unserious. And Trump is suddenly the defender of all things American.

5. Lots of red pills handed out this weekend.  The NFL's primary audience is precisely those kinds of guys who are going to react viscerally to the symbolism of kneeling players. the protesters choose the anthem because they knew viewers would not ignore it.  I doubt they thought about the reaction they would thereby unleash.

6. In the end, this 'protest' is simply a bunch of bitchy millionaires virtue-signalling and will serve only to inoculate normal Americans against SJW posturing. The longer it goes on, and the more damage it does to the NFL brand, the better. Here's to hoping it takes down ESPN as well.

* they are wearing the company's *uniform* for pete's sake.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Just in case you didn't have enough news...

Boom, boom, come on....
The sun just belched at you:
NASA has recorded the biggest solar flare for 12 years as the sun unleashed an X-Class flare on September 6. The flare, which peaked at 8.02am EDT, caused a radio blackout following the “shock arrival” of radiation from the sun...
After many months of increasing solar quiet that produced but a single X-class flare in July that went toward Mars, the sun woke up this week.  It did not send just one flare our way, but a progressive series of M-class flares, then an X-3, then the aforementioned X-9, then an X-1 this morning.  For reference, the X-9 is the strongest in a dozen years and the 14th largest ever recorded.  It's big.

Immediate question: Is this the kill shot?  Almost certainly not. There's a CME coming tonight into tomorrow. It will result in a few electrical storms, some airline troubles, and an unhealthy suntan for the guys in the space station, but the power should stay on. In most places, anyway.  If you see an X-20 or X-30, then it's probably time to start loading the farraday cage.

Still, this flare, like others X-class flares that preceded it, is going to inject a whole bunch of energy into our atmosphere.  That means that you should not be surprised if a whole line of big storms appear next week to add to the spinner or three making news this week.  It's gearing up to be an interesting September.

Also, for any who care, I'm back on Twitter @ElBorakKS.  I don't expect this moniker to change much if at all; I set it up as a re-tweet account for Men of the West. Of course, I'll still shitpost a bunch from it but will probably avoid interactions with leftward-leaning individuals*.  It's a broadcast tower, not a battle station.  For now.

* to avoids the shadowbanz this time.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

This is your life on Holiday

Goodbye, Columbus:
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to eliminate Columbus Day from the city calendar, siding with activists who view the explorer as a symbol of genocide for native peoples in North America and elsewhere.  
Over the objections of Italian American civic groups, the council made the second Monday in October a day in L.A. to commemorate “indigenous, aboriginal and native people.” It replaces a holiday that served as a touchstone for Italian Americans, marking the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Caribbean.
Because genocide is so much cooler when performed with stone knives.

UPDATE: A definition:
White supremacy or white supremacism is a racist ideology centered upon the belief, and the promotion of the belief, that white people are superior in certain characteristics, traits, and attributes to people of other racial backgrounds...
I would argue that holding white people to a moral standard higher than one is willing to hold people of other racial backgrounds is a assertion that white people are morally superior to others, and is therefore a white supremacist act.


Friday, August 25, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Sane enough for you yet?

Illinois' favorite son
Behold the new iconoclasm:
A ninety-year-old bust of Abraham Lincoln, our sixteenth president, was destroyed in a South Side Chicago neighborhood overnight on Wednesday.
Trump is of course correct that no amount to statue removal will mollify the left, just as no amount of sexual equality will satisfy a feminist. Because it's not really about the statues. It's about using manufactured outrage as a means to power and control.

case in point: I was rather amused yesterday to hear Nancy Pelosi complain about Confederates in the halls of Congress:
The Confederate statues in the halls of congress have always been reprehensible. If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker Ryan to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capital immediately.
Let me guess, when Nancy Pelosi was Speaker, she had those reprehensible statues removed and the GOP snuck them back in under cover of darkness, right? If not, then why did not Speaker Pelosi have them removed when she had the power to do so? Because the whole issue is fake.

The political violence is beginning. And make no mistake, this is only the beginning. There are lots of people on both sides who welcome it or at least plan to use it, which is why it will grow. Gutless Republicans are hitting the fainting couches now, but when people have had enough, those Republicans will be replaced. Once the Gracchi arrive, you do not go back to the Republic. You progress to Marius and Sulla.

The hysteria is also only beginning.  Last month was Russian hackers everywhere. This month it's white supremists and Nazis everywhere. It's obvious that the yanking of our populations' emotional strings is being orchestrated, surely to be rid of the deplorable Trump.  But what else will it release? I'm really thinking these folks have not thought that far ahead.

The insanity is also only beginning.  Did I just hear Trump state that we are looking at a military solution to Venezuela? Oh good lord.  How many troops should we send to Zimbabwe while we're at it? At least you can forget about martial law here.  At this rate we won't have a single soldier actually defending our country by 2018. Don't tell Canada, the warmongers. We haven't finished that wall yet.

Time to make sure your preps are in order. US and South Korean joint maneuvers begin Monday, which allegedly include flyovers near NK territory by nuclear-capable bombers. Surely that will go off without a hitch or a reaction.

Any other result would be crazy.

UPDATE: SHTF Stockpile will be free for 5 days starting the 19th.  Because I care.