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2024-03-27
My shipment of Morton Iodized Salt arrived. I got 75LBS (3-25LB bags.) The shipping was expensive. I put 25LBS in each 5-gallon bucket with gamma seals. That stuff will store forever I guess. I keep ordering more and more canned goods. I have been ordering 20LB bags of pinto beans. My buckets of beans are getting old. Some have been stored since 2008. Since they were stored in mylar bags with oxygen absorbers they will still be edible and most likely still tasty. I am gathering both short term and long term food in various forms. I have about a years worth of white medium-grain rice. I prefer the Nishiki brand.

Yesterday I woke up to the sight of a large cargo vessel crashing into the Francis Scott Key bridge. I guess we can call that a black swan event. I am originally from Maryland and grew up there.

I really need to have my wife finish her concealed carry license for New Mexico. I have a feeling she will need it soon enough. The forces of darkness have taken away many gun rights that this state always enjoyed so that law-abiding citizens have trouble obtaining guns but the gang members are well-armed. They have the majority in the State Legislature so they have really made things suck for citizens. I was counseled by my wife's instructor to get her CCL before July as a new law making it harder to be issued a CCL will be active. She needs to practice marksmanship so she can pass her test. I wish I lived in Texas. Maybe soon Texas can annex New Mexico after they secede.

Lately this section has not really discussed community radio in a long time. Maybe someday when there is no more FCC there can be a lot of community stations serving communities. I think I have adopted an anarchist view point when it comes to the RF spectrum. Today, only the rich and powerful can have radio stations.

2024-03-23
I have arranged for my wife to attend gun classes in the city. Today was her first class. It was a "Ladies Only" class and I expect for her to come home soon. It is a 3-hour drive from where we live. I wanted someone else to teach her, she doesn't need pressure when learning how to shoot properly. Next she will take her concealed carry class. Women should always be well armed. Samuel Colt used the right word. The gun is an equalizer. It allows a 100LB woman to defend herself against a 300LB man. I urge all women to get armed. I told my wife that she can be my bodyguard now that I am so ill. It may end up that way. I slept all day. I was supposed to work on mounting my Z80 tester on acrylic today but did not get to it. I really did sleep all day and I was not taking any sedatives. I take so many drugs that make me drowsy but that should not have happened. The world is falling apart and so am I.

2024-03-20
I was in the city today. I had a slice of pizza fresh from the oven. I love NY-Style pizza, and Pizza Castle on Eubank makes it well. They also carry anchovies as a topping. It was really great to eat there. I received 6-7 #10 cans of long-term storage food today as well as some STA-BIL (gas stabilizer) and 6-quarts of Pennzoil 10W-30 engine oil. I have also begun to stock up these things (for the generator.) I do not know yet how much engine oil I should keep on hand.I need to order some air filters for my generator,too. It really never ends, and not many of us have unlimited resources.

2024-03-16
I have been alone this last week as my wife is attending a conference in San Antonio. She will be returning late tonight. This last week has proven to me that I really have to struggle if I am alone. In advance I purchased a lot easy to prepare foods but in truth I was living on White Castle sliders and State Fair beef corn dogs. I was eating Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage on biscuits. That is pitiful but in my current situation I just cannot cook. Standing for extended periods right now is very painful. I am definitely not a good survival prospect when things get bad. So eating garbage food this week demonstrates that I am really messed up now. I need a caretaker, it's plain to see. I also counted my current pill intake it is now over 40 per day. Can you believe that?

2024-03-14
I have been continuing to purchase long-term storage food. Fortunately I have some disposable income so I am blessed. Many others are not so fortunate. I am still purchasing rice as well. I have not purchased any beans lately. All of my beans have been stored for a long time. I suppose I should start purchasing new beans. I also purchased 75 LBS of Morton Iodized Table Salt in 25 LB bags… The shipping cost more than the salt. I checked all around to see if I could get it locally but I cannot. The old days were different here in New Mexico when local food stores were in every town and well stocked. Back in those days bags of salt were used to preserve food. That isn't what I purchased them for but having that much salt will be useful for more than just table salt. I intend to just put it into sealed 5-gallon buckets with gamma seals.

I also purchased (2) Blitz Can replacement spout kits from https://gasspouts.com/, the current spouts were flexible and could not be used to put fuel into newer vehicles as they did not have the little widget to push the car fuel inlet. I have not yet filled them with gas but I intend to do so when I get some fuel stabilizer. I need to keep about 10-gallones of gas for my generator. I know running a generator is a short-term solution for short term emergencies. I cannot install any of my solar power systems because I am still renting where I live. I cannot purchase anything where I live as it is owned by the Navajo people.

I can only spend a small part of my income on such things each month. Not many people are able to spend a lot on preparing right now in the face of the inflated hell we all face. I will keep saying this: Everything Has Changed! … I am already pushing the limits of my budget because I am convinced we are finally facing the calamity we have been predicting for so long. I also have been pondering my poor health and wonder if my preparations will outlive me.

I have been preparing a long time and have a lot of needful things already but since my health is very bad now I am not going to survive without the MANY medicines I rely on now. I also have other challenges related to my health which make me a non-survivor in the long term. How I prepare for that is a different situation but I can begin to do so by teaching my significant other how to survive.

The first step along that route is to get her to obtain a concealed carry permit. I am going to send her to classes soon in the city so she will be trained by someone else which will be less intimidating for her. Yes I know that puts her on the radar but it is better for her to have the permit.

New Mexico has become Anti-2ND Amendment also so we can't go to a gun show and pick up a weapon for her easily. I didn't want her to purchase one that was tracked but right now that is the climate here. Perhaps it may change if people can repeal those laws here in the future.

2024-03-11
The state of the union is "on fire" it seems. This country has never been more divided. Then there are millions of illegal aliens. The fifth-columnists have clearly won. I feel like Jim Morrison stating "… this is the end …" and the realization that no one can oppose them without themselves facing the full weight of state and federal authorities. Those who speak out are added to databases in Fusion centers nationwide. Since the NSA now collects everything not just international the new data center in Utah has facilitated so much more capabilities. I think we're going to see something terrible soon. I can really only allude to what I really mean.

On a lighter note, I have been buying more long-term storage food. I have purchased some freeze-dried food from Walmart.com and Amazon.com as well as a lot of canned foods. This is to add to the already large amount of freeze-dried food, a lot of rice, and beans. I have been doing this for decades.

I really feel something "bad" is imminent. I try to be apolitical, I freely admit to a wide-streak of libertarian leanings. Personal Freedom is something both left, and right persuasions can understand and desire on a daily basis. We need to remember that there is room for both liberal and conservatives under the US Constitution. The Founders checks and balances meant to keep things on a somewhat impartial basis have unfortunately gone awry.

It is truly frightening to see what they are doing to President Trump, Bobby Kennedy, Rudy Giuliani and others like Oathkeepers. Our country has sunk to new lows. The corrupt corporate media and the government control almost all information and it is going to become very busy in the run up to the 2023 presidential election. I really pray that the Union will survive the coming years.

I hope someone can help all the Jan 6 people. Their plight is terrible and unjust. You know, just saying that will in itself put you in their crosshairs. That is the best I can offer in my current condition. I remember speaking to the Catron county Sheriff last year asking if he was concerned since his personal web site boldly exclaims that he is a member of Oathkeepers. He said something to the effect that he did not care who knows. I cannot vote in his county now but I think he deserves to be re-elected and supported as much as possible.

I believe all American citizens should be able to exercise their God-given rights as enshrined within the US Constitution, I believe it is a duty to protect and defend the US Constitution. If someone says revolution I say restoration. When someone says the word overthrow, I correct them and say uphold instead. Don't let them accuse you of sedition. To restore the Constitution, to uphold the highest law IS NOT sedition.

2024-02-27
I never leave my home here in a very remote part of New Mexico except to travel the 300-mile round trip to Albuquerque which is where all my medical appointments are. I used to drive all over New Mexico until I got sick. I miss the freedom I used to take for granted. Now that I am too blind to drive I feel I am imprisoned. Some day when I live in the city I plan to take advantage of mass transit and other amenities that will allow me to be more free. With the inflation and utter non-affordability of every thing, perhaps I would not be so free after all. Everything has changed.

The downfall of the US was planned and executed by a fifth-column who were allowed to operate in plain sight. I wish people in the US wake up before it is too late. It may already be to late.

Every day the news gets worse and worse. People want to turn it off and hide in their little bubbles of normality which will at first be slowly popped and then then more rapidly be burst one by one as reality spreads like the inevitable infection caused by an untended wound in the body. Many people see this and react in predictable fashion by gathering things they need to survive and try to plan for when it becomes an open battle.

Those people are no longer the nutjobs and racists. There is no use in looking backwards, we have to face the immediate future if we are going to survive.

NOTE: I wrote a lot more but deleted it as it was pointless. I don't need to be the nail sticking up any more. "How lame!!!"

If we adhere to the rules of civilization while the forces of darkness are tearing down civilization we will become extinct! You must become at once both utterly ruthless and humble. You must always act from the moral high ground. Keep praying for wisdom and mercy, It is what we must do in order to survive.

2024-02-23
I am reflecting on how much American cities have degraded. They say Denver is now pretty bad. I have not been there in a long time but according to some people on Youtube who have produced video on the blight seem credible. I only mentioned Denver but I live in New Mexico and according to many is the worst state! The same disease that has inflicted and blighted ALL of large California cities. Well let's also say ALL of major US cities. What is happening to America? It appears America's cities are disintegrating. Let's see how long this country lasts. I can see no optimistic future. It was an inside job. Long Live America! Amerika!
2024-02-22
I have purchased a really useful Z80l CPU tester from eBay. I got a few hundred Z80 CPU and will sell them retail eking out a few extra dollars and since I am almost blind I wanted something like the tester for 1802 I have. This unit is much smaller. It is a very simple design and very well-made. I recommend mounting it on a piece of acrylic using 4-standoffs.
Z80-Tester-01.jpg
This image was copied from the current eBay listing. I might create an image of my own later. I am not up to do it now. I needed a test device for the Z80 because I want to sell Z80 CPU on eBay. I test each CPU I get so I have confidence in selling that CPU.

Item description from the seller

You are watching my Z80 simple CPU tester. This is a small circuit that is able to test a Z80 CPU and 40 pins compatible Z80 CPUs.
The principle is really basic - the circuit has a very slow clock (less than 30Hz), and will execute the instruction NOP continuosly.
NOP essentially waits 4 clock cycles and goes to the next address. Attaching a LED bar to the first 8 bits of the address bus,
it will flash according to the current address. There is a RESET button to restart the test.
The circuit is powered by a mini USB cable (not provided).
I tested the circuit with Zilog Z80, Mostek MK3880, SGS Z8400, NEC uPD780, Sharp LH0080 etc. (now you know that I collect CPUs)
Z80 is one of the most used 8 bit CPUs ever. I have dozens of devices that use it - Several Sinclair computers (ZX Spectrum plus/+2/+3, ZX81), Timex 2048 and 2068,
Sequential Circuits Drumtraks drum machine, a Multi trak, and a couple of arcade consoles.
…and because I am a synthesizer enthusiast, a small list of synths that use Z80:
Sequential Circuits Drumtraks, Prophet 5, Prophet 10, Prophet 600, Multi trak, Moog Memorymoog, Roland Jupiter 8, Oberheim OB-8, E-mu Emulator I and II, SP-1200,
Drumulator, Linn LM-1, Linndrum, etc.

2024-02-18
It is really odd that I began to update this page on Feb. 05 but somehow never wrote any thing.

There has been quite a lot going on since then.

The fight to survive economic conditions inside US has most people who were once considered middle class are become lower class despite holding two and sometimes three jobs.

The world has gone mad with regional wars that threaten to become global. There are several new sources of potential conflict like Taiwan. perhaps the Philippines. Let's not forgot the "informal" war on the Houthi fighters there.

The US must keep the Red Sea trade route open. As for the most serious war(s) currently Ukraine and Gaza. We all should pray that the killing stops. I read something chilling the other day about Ukrainian male soldiers are giving sperm samples so their widowed wives may still conceive a child from the now-dead soldier.

Do you know what annoys me is that now that SHTF is here I am both old *and* in very poor health. No one plans for growing old or getting sick. OK, maybe it was only foolish ME! Seriously though I am in my mid -sixties and I am not alone. According to some sources my generation is legion. I cannot defend my family very well now. I am now reliant on too many medicines so I will not survive in the long term. If you are reading this, the best survival scenario for old and sick people is to be part of a large family. You can quote me on this.

There is often little thought given for the situation where one has become old or sick. You cannot prepare for that, so my advice to younger people is be part of a large family. You could even build a "clan" organization that can protect the Elders. Younger people that can handle weapons as well as a hoe. I hope you have a couple of those in your farm implement stocks. Anyway…

Now that I am retired and I am on a fixed income I realize how hard it is to survive on less but also I am still fortunate to have that same income. So if everything falls apart in the US and there is no more monthly check from the US Federal government I should be on the same level playing field as everyone else. No one will have an income in most cases. Only tradespeople and those with livestock (large herds that can constantly be sold for meat. That is seasonal, too.) I know a bit about that and I know most ranchers rely on manufactured feed as their grazing lands are limited. In the west the land doesn't produce as much grazing fodder. That translates to smaller herds.

Farmers are going to have to revert to the old ways. Anyway I just realized I was going off on a tangent about SHTF but I am starting to think things are about to REALLY GET BAD. Oh, I was saying I was annoyed. I really am because just when everything is going south I am not able to cope. I am getting blinder every day (this screen is so Zoomed) and I can barely type. I cannot walk without a cane. I cannot walk very far even with that. I can't win a firefight if it came to shooting weapons except for short range engagements etc. I mean, how can someone survive what is coming when they are BLIND. That is just ONE of my problems so I will not be a survivor unless I am part of a large clan or family (too late for me.) I do have advice for younger people while things still function somewhat is to learn skills. Learn how to do everything with nothing. Take courses for medical knowledge, Take courses on blacksmithing, carpentry, animal husbandry. Choose any course that can help you to become an asset despite not having a lot of material things to survive you will become a valuable addition to any one's team.

Oh look how much the blind man typed today! I need to stop this dialogue now.

So how is the weather? Ah Hah it almost makes me laugh when I hear how they've turned weather into such a dramatic thing. Oh, not this topic either. Then what shall I talk about? … Nothing.

2024-02-05

2024-01-26
The corporate media are raging against the very mention of Donald Trump, it is ridiculous to see grown-ups behave so. The spread of Trump Derangement Syndrome is terrible to behold as otherwise reasonable people devolve into rabid sputtering creatures of hate. In a matter of weeks after the Trump election victory both BLM and ANTIFA will spring from the shadows, well-funded with their stocks of axe and pick handles stacked ahead of time.

2024-01-22
It appears as if the wheels are coming off the very fabric of the united States. I lived through the early 70s and although there are many similar circumstances there is a much more grim undertone now.

From the killing fields of Ukraine to the bombed-out cities of the Gaza strip. I feel ashamed somehow in knowing what is going on but not able to do anything to help. I remember the Vietnam war and all the protests at the time as well as European protests against the Cold War and the threat of nuclear conflagration. I do not see that kind of commitment nowadays. We need to stop the killing. It is inhumane and destroys so much. How many more must die?

I wonder how long before war comes to the united States. It seems more and more to be possible given the situation in the country today. There is no more unity. What seems ironic in so many ways is that people can prepare for anything but are never prepared to be old and sick just when the world turns upside down.

2024-01-05

I am so amazed that I have reached my age! I figured I'd DIE long before now. So this year will be devoted to counting all my blessings. In a practical sense any day above ground is a good day. Even if you are blind, ill, "old" and crippled. Entropy Sux.

2024-01-03

It was time to retire that page. Let's start a new page for the new year! If you want to find earlier entries, check "List All Pages" link on the left side.