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July 22, 2019

I am behind on emails. I know a lot of people have sent emails, and I apologize for not responding to them sooner. I am working my way through them as quickly as possible, under the circumstances. Have patience, please.

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On Permaculture

Living in the extremely arid southwest desert I can only dream if such a land….

.Research “Greening the desert” by Geoff Lawton. He did this in the DESERT in Jordan. It can be done.

There are a number of videos and reports about permaculture designs put in place, successfully in the Middle East and in Northern Africa. There are also a number of them in place in various parts of arid North America. One of the things that people in the SW USA forget is that places like Mesa Verde, and the other pueblos of old, existed there because there was adequate vegetation, due to adequate water.

The water catchment and retention methods espoused by permaculture, for use in arid climates, can actually be extremely useful in returning parts of those areas to a sustainable habitat for humans. This can range from planting hardier species of foodstuffs, that can withstand lengthy drought periods, to soil moisture retention methods, including planting of ground covers that will help absorb more water during intermittent rainfalls, helping to maintain adequate soil moisture levels for growth between rains as well.

If I lived in the SW, I’d damned sure be looking at permaculture strategies and dryland tactics, as my first-choice of sustainable food production. That’s actually a pretty significant factor that drove me to looking into permaculture in the first place, when I was living in the arid deserts of Wyoming and Idaho, actually.

I’ve been haunting the permaculture a/natural/holistic websites for years and can’t help but notice how gubmint intervention is pushing many to the side of liberty . Can’t buy or sell raw milk . Can’t butcher a chicken and sell it without FDA approval etc .

Not only do I think this is absolutely true, I also believe it is basically unavoidable. I discussed this trend a little bit in The Reluctant Partisan, Volume Two, and even more in Forging the Hero, when I discussed the urge amongst many people to return to a more tribal social structure, even if they didn’t overtly recognize it for what it is.

On the other hand, it would also be dishonest to notice that a lot of permies seem to believe that increasing government interference should be the tool to drive people towards permaculture. I absolutely believe that permaculture makes far more sense, both on the large scale, and on the small community and family scale, than “traditional” industrial agriculture. Whether they’re coming to it strictly for more resilient food production, because of concerns about food safety issues within industrial agricultural, or because they are concerned about environmental impacts of petrochemical and GMO uses in industrial agriculture is largely irrelevant. I also believe however, that people are coming to it rather holistically, rather than being forced to it, and I believe allowing this to happen will do far more for resolving all of those issues, rather than trying to force people to do so. It will also help prevent the “industrialization” of permaculture, wherein people will ignore, or bypass some of the principles, in order to get a larger market share.

Not knowing exactly where you are, I will ask, didn’t the Apache have their own permaculture system of food production? Didn’t sound like anything I’d want to eat, but…Also, although far from ideal, you can store decades of grain for far less than the cost of some mountain land.

I’m sure the Apaches, of all the different bands, had some variation of sustainable food production that could be considered “permaculture.” I’m not an expert on the Apache, by any stretch of the imagination, but it makes sense to me that they did.

Yes, you can store decades of grain for less than the cost of some mountain land….but…I probably have decades of natural life left. My kids have the better part of a century of natural life left. Their children will push well into the next century, based on natural life expectancy, even if the natural life expectancy takes a noise dive of a decade or two. I can’t store THAT much grain, and “man cannot live on bread alone.” (Yeah, I know, that’s not what that quip is referring to, but it works anyway). So, the ability to not only store grain for years or decades or even centuries, combined with the ability to raise sustainable other foods, ranging from vegetables to fruits and nuts, to various types of meat sources, seems a far more viable option to me. That’s without even considering the paleontological and archaeological records showing how detrimental grain products are to human health in the long term.

Further, I think people get wrapped around the axle about the “mountain living” aspect of things, and ignore the parts of the discussion about initiating these practices wherever they currently live. Guerrilla Gardening, especially permaculture style, doesn’t require a large plot of mountainside. It can—literally—be done in an ignored corner of a deserted urban lot. It can be done in an overgrown, untended part of a city park. Hell, it can be done in the front yard of the abandoned house down the street. I’ve actually SEEN this done, in all of these areas, in recent years, personally. What it takes is a) the willingness to “do the work,” and b) the imagination to to see the options available.

Even if a family has to abandon their house and neighborhood, for whatever reason: flooding, the city burning down, terrorism or gang conflict, lack of ability to make their mortgage payment or rent, etc, this still serves a couple of purposes, chief among them, giving you practice in a valuable skill and knowledge base that cannot be taken away from you. Hell, the seed saving alone, is valuable. My wife has spent quite a bit of money over the last decade, on heirloom seeds. This year, she finally managed to start saving seeds. We now have more seeds from some plants, than she had seeds in total, before.

People always talk about barter and how barter is going to be important in the future. Want a barter product that lasts? Heirloom seeds are lightweight, the very definition of portable, and when you garden properly, regenerating. It’s literally, a product that reproduces itself with only minimal effort from you.

I suspect permies suffer from the Rousseauian delusion that a lot of soft-hearted people tend to have, that people are naturally good and only corrupted by civilization. The same foolishness that thinks primitive people don’t engage in war, murder, and torture.

Oh, undoubtedly. It’s not strictly a permie, or even a Lefty, thing though. I talk to die-hard NeoCons and PaleoConservatives all the time that suffer from the same delusions. I also see it as more a problem of modern civilization than a political leaning. Most of the middle-class suburbanites I know believe “nobody would ever do that!” even as they watch it occur on the news. I’m not sure whether it is simple cognitive dissonance on their part, or whether it has to do with denial about their own nature. “Oh, those terrorists cutting people’s heads off, and drowning people as public spectacles” are just “evil!” “Americans would never do that!” even though Americans have done that—or similar—in the not too distant past.

It’s easy to dismiss things like “strange fruit,” and Sand Creek, and My Lai, and the host of other “atrocities” that Americans have committed in the not-so-distant past, as “aberrations,” and dismiss them, because “we don’t do that stuff anymore,” but the reality is, none of that was all too far in the past. There are people alive today, who witnessed—and participated in—these, because they perceived threats to their way of life. People talk about how we’re only a few missed meals from savagery, they’re doing the same thing—it doesn’t take even a single missed meal to drive people to savagery. All it takes is pissing them off bad enough, or scaring them bad enough.

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Sustainable Building Practices

What do you do for humidity? I too live in the southern highlands, and in my house I have a big problem with mildew caused by humidity. My construction method is split faced concrete block filled with foam, and that may be part of the problem.

Ventilation, ventilation, ventilation. One fix is, of course, lots of windows and doors that can be opened to allow for cross-breezes to push air around. Of course, most modern buildings—especially in the South—are built with the intrinsic expectation that they will be air conditioned. As such, even if they have lots of windows and doors, too often, either the windows are not designed to ever be opened, or if they are, they aren’t actually designed to created convection currents that will carry heat up and out (warm air is more humid than cool air, and humid air is warmer than drier air…warm air rises).

I actually fucked this part up, when I built our house. I was so used to being in the Northern Rockies that I was more concerned about blocking any north winds in winter, for heat retention, than I was about ensuring adequate ventilation for cooling in summer. There are zero external doors on the north wall of my house, and only two little windows above the kitchen sink. The only windows on the East and West walls are upstairs, in the gable ends, because we built with the plan of adding on to those walls, from the beginning. So, while we get pretty good ventilation, by opening the south windows (which, admittedly, I did right, by putting two foot eaves all the way around the house. Those windows are in shade, throughout the summer) on the ground floor, and the upstairs gable end windows, I have already decided to rip out one section of the north wall, and put in both a door and a window there. Hopefully, this will be happening in the next month or so. That will make a huge difference.

Another option, obviously, is the use of roof/attic fans for ventilation. There are two basic options there. On the one hand, the so-called “solar” vents, that use the rising hot air inside itself to start pushing a small circular fan, which in turn draws even more hot air up and out through itself, are the simplest, and most robust.

A somewhat more effective tool, if not quite as robust, is the use of solar-powered ventilation fans. I was actually given a couple of these by a buddy who works for a local roofing company, when the job they were bought for ended up not wanting them. These have a small solar panel, along with a small battery and motor in them, that drives the fan, even before the interior air gets too hot. I haven’t installed these yet, and I may end up foregoing them, in favor of the previous option, depending on how successful the option of installing an extra door and window turns out to be.

Finally, addressing a specific topic in your question, yes, I suspect the concrete block walls and foam are a significant factor in the humidity and mold levels in your house. One of the things I learned, in my studies leading up to building the house is that the modern approach of building what is basically an impermeable membrane around the periphery of a house, and then punching holes in it for ventilation—besides being as assinine as it sounds—is inadequate to allow adequate ventilation, especially in naturally humid climates. A far better option—and the one I elected to follow—is the historical norm of building with materials that keep water (rain) out, while simultaneously allowing water vapor/humidity to pass through the walls.

Our walls are covered in traditional lime plaster, made from hydrated lime, sand, and a fiber of some sort—traditionally horse hair, grass fibers in horse manure, or straw. There is no cement in the mix, and this traditional mix offers a number of advantages.

Number one, I can—at least in theory—produce lime locally, simply by superheating limestone (which we have in abundance, up to having a limestone quarry only a few miles from the house). So, that’s easy to acquire, in a post-industrial world, for maintenance. This is important, because, while it has more longevity than cement-based plasters, in the long-term, in the short-term, pure lime plasters do require more maintenance.

Number two is, having looked into the renovation efforts made on traditional buildings in Europe, following World War Two, I discovered that a lot of the traditional plastered buildings were “repaired” with cement-based plasters. This was unfortunate because, within 70 years, buildings that had been in constant use for centuries (like 6+ centuries), were quickly becoming unusable, because of interior rot in the walls and the posts and beams. Portland cement, it turns out, doesn’t breath, worth a shit. So, any moisture that managed to creep into the walls, couldn’t escape again. When it recondensed, inside the walls, into moisture, instead of water vapor, rot and mildew quickly set in. In buildings like mine however, with clay-slip straw (called lechtlaum in German, or “light loam”) infill in the walls, and breathable lime plaster for the cladding, even if a crack develops all the way through the plaster, and the straw actually gets wet, it can dry right back out, because of the permeability of the wall structures.

In a nutshell, it’s the difference between wearing a rubberized rain suit over your insulating layers, versus wearing a Gore-Tex shell over your insulating layers, in a static hide site. With the rubberized suit, you’re going to far colder in cold weather, and far hotter in warm weather, than in the Gore-Tex, just because the humidity from your body can escape in the Gore-Tex.

Concrete blocks, of course, have a pretty high level of Portland cement in their composition. Combined with the synthetic foam in between, you have basically three layers of rubber rain coat around the “body” of the building. Even in most modern “stick framed” houses, you end up with a vapor barrier surrounding the entire outside of the house (and often, another on the inside, covering the fiberglass insulation as well), that is pierced at various places with “ventilation” holes. This is the equivalent of putting on the rubber rain suit, and expecting the neck hole and the bottom of the jacket, along with spaces between buttons—and maybe ventilation slits under the armpits—to be adequate to allow the humidity to escape. It MIGHT work, okay, if it’s not too warm and wet, and if you’re not doing anything physical that increases the humidity inside, but as soon as you start putting people inside the house doing stuff (moving around inside your rubber rainsuit), or if you’re just dealing with high temperatures and high humidity levels (we’re dealing with 100F heat indexes today, with humidity levels about 60%), it gets really miserable, really quick. Unlike the rubber rainsuit analogy however, you can’t just change the house’s clothes to dry out…

John, about working on that 8 pitch roof. Get some foam cushion out of an old chair or couch and tie some 12” square chunks to your boots, like ice crampons. You’ll be able to spiderman your ass up there. A third piece to use for your leg/ass when you sit down is nice to have, too….

…Definitely agree with you about antifa. Came to tell you that a couple thick pieces of rubber foam, the kind you get out of an old couch cushion on the side of the road, can help you climb a pretty steep roof [satellite installing and roofing]. You move from one piece to the other and keep moving the other. I don’t know about an 8/12 roof. That’s pretty damn steep, you either get a hellacious snow load or you’re paranoid. Maybe that’s just my Texas showing. Good luck, be safe.
P.s. I’m assuming a shingle roof; if tin, I got nothing.

I’m not sure, at all, how this would work on a sheet metal roof? It seems like foam rubber would send me skiing off the roof, in a hurry.

As far as why the Hell I decided on an eight pitch roof….it was a compromise. Aesthetically, I wanted a 12-pitch, but being on top of the mountain, that would have been a sail. Typically, in our area, folks build with a 3-pitch, occasionally with a 5-pitch. My house would look “wrong” with a low-pitched roof, aesthetically, and it would have limited head space upstairs. In hindsight, from the head space angle, I could have gotten away with a 6-pitch, but it would have reduced available space upstairs, and it would have just looked “wrong” when looking at the house from the outside.

We are in a rather different technological paradigm than the Romans and Gauls. Back then numbers really did matter in every way, these days numbers have less to do with the firepower you can bring to bear.

Question about your solar setup: is your inverter coming off the load outlay from the charge controller, or off the batteries?

Off the batteries, with #4 heavy gauge wire. In hindsight, I could have gone with a smaller gauge of wire, even if I put the panel array another twenty feet from the inverter, than I did, but…well, hindsight is 20/20.

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Defense

Side note, monoculture societies have their vulnerabilities, but they also field more soldiers. This is the great downfall of tribal societies. We talk about going barbarian and collapsing early, but it didn’t work out so well for the Gauls when the Romans came to town. I say this in service to the above article in the Dunning-Kruger effect….

…We are in a rather different technological paradigm than the Romans and Gauls. Back then numbers really did matter in every way, these days numbers have less to do with the firepower you can bring to bear.

I’d say yes and no. Larger civilizations are still likely to have more complex and better weapon systems. The small arms are going to be equal, but a more organized society can field artillery and airpower, not to mention all the ECM, etc. How much that would matter, your mileage may vary….

 

 

…I don’t disagree with John in the slightest, just pointing out that there’s a reason the “barbarian” societies got eclipsed by monoculture societies. Everything exists with trade-offs is more the point I’m trying to make.

All of these are valid observations. Archaeologists point out that the rise of monocrop agriculture, with it’s ability to grow large quantities of easy-to-store grains, is what led to the development of cities, civilizations, and mass armies. This also results in a greater ability, within the civilization, for specialization, leading to the development of superior weapons, larger formations of trained troops, and the ability to move larger formations of those trained troops, further distances, because of the ability to transport stored foodstuffs.

On the other hand, the Romans/Gauls, is not an entirely valid comparison, because, despite what they were called by the Romans, the Gauls, were actually a “civilization” by that point, with relatively large, settled cities and towns, and a pretty specialized, divided society. A better example would be the Romans and Germanii, wherein, witness Teutoburgwald.

On the other hand, as we all know, Arminius ended up assassinated by an agent in the pay of the Empire, despite the victory at Teutoburgwald, and the Romans did make a couple more punitive expeditions across the Rhine, despite the fact that they never conquered Germania.

A better example, in my mind, would be “I’ve been Afghan for a hundred years. I’ve been Muslim for 1200 years. I’ve been Pashtun for 6000 years.” Or, to put it in a more palatable example, look at the Scots and the Irish, or the Basques. They’ve all been invaded, and they’ve all been “conquered” by flatlander outsiders, but through it all, they’ve all managed to maintain a relatively insular cultural identity, and there are still independence and autonomy movements in all of those cultures (and this, despite the Highland Clearances, in the case of the Scottish, which removed them from their ancestral homelands. Ever been to a Highland Games? Hell, to hear those people talk, they’ve been consistently kicking the shit out of the Crown ever since).

It’s the root philosophy of insurgency, that I’ve expressed multiple times here on the blog, as well as in both of the Reluctant Partisan books, and in Forging the Hero: you don’t have to win. You don’t even have to not lose. You just have to convince people that you’ll still be around after the invaders leave.

Hell, you can see the same thing with the Seminoles that managed to hide out in the Everglades, and even the Cherokees that managed to hide out during the Removal.

The catch of course, is that you have to be in a physical environment that counters the advantages the civilized armies have. Even today, we see that extreme mountain environments can make moving large formations of troops difficult, even with air superiority, and resupply of those troops, regardless of how much foodstuffs you have stockpiled, is just as difficult. Supply chains, even with helicopters, are long, and are always susceptible to attack themselves. You don’t even have to defeat the combat arms elements of the enemy. Planned and played out correctly, you can defeat them by ambushing and killing their resupply people.

You might “lose” the battles, and YOU might even die. On the other hand, newsflash: you’re going to die someday anyway. What matters, as I pointed out in Forging the Hero, is that your values survive.

My wife lost the ability to rack the slide on her M&P so she got a Ruger 5 shot revolver with a one piece “moon clip”. Great little piece with a very good trigger. Fits a lady’s had well.

That’s definitely a reason to consider switching to a wheel-gun. I am curious though, what “fits a lady’s hand well” means exactly? I know ladies with hands as large as mine, and I know men with hands smaller and daintier than my wife. Hell, I know grown men with hands daintier than my daughter’s.

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Miscellany

I was offered one of the most brillliantly,true responses ever, when a guy said to me he didn’t understand everything he knew about a subject-ponder that.

I’m pretty sure I’ve said this, in classes. I know I say it at our weekly range days all the time, as well as any time I’m talking about building, permaculture, and more.

Question about your mastiff: how much food does a 200# dog eat?

As much as he wants!

Seriously though, I’m not even sure. Our four-year old has the chore of feeding the dog and the house cats (and don’t even get me started on how the Hell that I, of all people, ended up with house cats….), while her big sister feeds the chickens and rabbits (dad is responsible for the hogs. The kids aren’t allowed anywhere near the hogs without Mom or Dad there, and Mom and Dad don’t go near the hogs without a gun on).

All I know is, when I’m told to buy dog food, I buy good, no-grain dog food (we pay around $45/bag for 50# bags of dog food).

If you stopped trying to impress people with your gutter language tough guy persona everything would be easier and you might even be taken as a non poser.

Do you talk to your mom and kids like that?

Yaaaawwwwwnnnn. Okay.

And, yes, for the record, I do speak like that around my mother and my children. I speak like that around my mother, because my mother is an adult, and has heard those words before—and even used them. I speak like that around my children, because they will someday be adults, and will hear those words, and—judging by my eight year old, who manages to do so in the correct context every single time—even use them.

If it offends you, go elsewhere. I didn’t ask you to come read this. I’m sure as fuck not asking you to stay.

Thank you for responding to my question regarding winter patrols in your latest campfire chat.  I am amazed at your productivity given the burdens of a homestead (which I fully share and understand) as well as taking care of your Mom.  I am praying for blessings on you and your family.

You mentioned wool underwear, shirts, and sweaters – have you found a good brand?  I had been going with polyester (the ECWCS Gen 3 ‘silk weight’ stuff) because it is easier to launder – it’s a loooong way to the dry cleaners.  How do you care for your wool stuff?

I honestly couldn’t tell you what brand I’ve been using. I’ve gone through a few, with no real complaints about any of them. Typically, when I’m looking at wool long underwear, I just make sure the label says it is at least 80% (and preferably 100%) wool, and machine-washable.

I have a number of wool sweaters, many of them located in second hand stores, like Goodwill and Deseret Industries, that I just machine wash, and hang dry. I have a couple also that I’ve received as gifts or in trade, that require dry-cleaning. One of them, a beautiful cable knit from the Aran Islands, that I purchased at an Irish store in Seattle, I negligently tossed in the washing machine. It survived just fine. It didn’t survive as well, the second time, when it was washed with hot water. It shrunk significantly, but fortunately, I was able to stretch it back out, manually, and so it is still in use. The others, I generally just don’t clean. I will wear them for a winter, then shake them and beat them out, then put them in a storage chest with cedar shavings. Invariably, they come out the next autumn, smelling fresh and clean (I would NOT recommend this with wool shirts or wool long underwear! The difference is, the sweaters are not actually up against my skin).

For wool shirts, I stick with Pendleton brand, 100% wool flannel.

Hello,
I’m not the book writing John, I’m the book reading John. I did write a History Thesis.
I’m a veteran. No I don’t have a Common access card. I don’t carry my DD-214 It is I’m my ex-wifes safe deposit box, I started with polished black boots , steel helmets, Chow balls ( not D-Facs) and we were told to not iron our BDU’s. Correction off paper was extremely effective.
I enjoy your work. We probably were in the same town or even the same Group but I’m guessing in 10-15 years older than you. You do good works. Keep it up
Not the book writing John

Thanks! I don’t carry a CAC card, and I don’t walk around with my DD214 either. In fact, most of the jobs I’ve had since I left the service, never knew what I did in the military, if they even knew I was ever in the military. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

I will say though, while I started with spitshined jungle boots and BDUs, we also had K-Pots, chow halls, and starched and pressed BDUs! “Correction off paper” was still very effective, whether it was a simple smoke session, or a wall-to-wall counseling session.

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Speaking of “Obtain a Yield,” (See the Permaculture article today), I’m still considering doing the Patreon thing, since I’m still getting emails suggesting it (and a couple have basically demanded that I allow them to give me their money…).

Other than Patreoning the whole blog, or the feature article every week, is there any other service you, as the reader, would like to see MG Blog provide, and would be willing to pay a nominal fee monthly for?

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14 Comments
  1. jimd303@reagan.com permalink

    Just a FYI that might help, I support two Patreon channels that do NOT produce content, per se. The Forgotten Weapons guy, who posts videos on his web site ( I’ve boycotted YouTube ). And, SRS Rocco Report- I subscribe to his e-mail newsletter. They don’t actually create anything just for the Patreon site. The last video from Rocco was last November. Point being, I’d be happy paying a buck a month to you just to keep you writing ( which is a bargain for me, and great for you with bulk subscriptions. Pastor Joe has, what? Something like 2k subs ), and I don’t care where I’m reading it at, here or Patreon.

  2. MoreSigmasThanYou permalink

    I violently agree with most of what’s been posted here; especially the parts encouraging guerilla gardening on derelict property in urban and suburban areas. Bill Donze of McCook Nebraska was the first person to plant that idea in my head. I’m doing it right now, and working on a video which I will hopefully release shortly after the end of this growing season. I plan to include the topics covered in your blog post in my voiceover commentary.

    I also agree that comically ignorant middle class sensibilities are a product of modern civilization which allows some people to go through their entire lives without facing some nasty realities of what it takes to sustain that civilization. A great deal could be written on that topic.

    One delusion is that people are naturally good and only corrupted by civilization. Another delusion is that nature itself is good and only corrupted by civilization. The second delusion is widespread in the Permie movement. I like Geoff Lawton’s videos, but sometimes he comes off as delusional, especially when he talks about weeds.

    Lawton tries to convince you that weeds are only a problem if you’re doing permaculture wrong. If you watch closely, you’ll see that his allegedly weed free perpetual motion machine food forests need to have a class of about a dozen students come in and clean them up on a regular basis.

    One of Lawton’s solutions for weeds is letting Livestock graze the area. Livestock know what tastes good. Bring them in to graze, and they’ll eat all the crops smaller than an apple tree. Only after they’ve eaten all your crops will they start eating the weeds. Lawton’s solution: get another group of a dozen students to come in and re-plant the entire garden while paying you for the privilege.

    If you can’t con 50 students a year into taking your classes and paying you to do all the farm work on your `outdoor classroom`, you won’t be able to replicate Lawton’s success. Not saying he doesn’t have valuable information, just saying he paints a delusional picture of how easy things will be if you follow his advice.

    Nature is not kind hearted. Nature is not your mother. Nature is red in tooth and claw. Nature is metal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdbsTc3ADfw Our ancestors were right. Nature must be subdued.

  3. “Other than Patreoning the whole blog, or the feature article every week, is there any other service you, as the reader, would like to see MG Blog provide, and would be willing to pay a nominal fee monthly for?”

    I’d sign up for a monthly as is. Plenty of good content. Interesting discussions and the occasional humor (intended or not).

    I’ve got to see which of the books I have… I think Jr. may have made off with one.

    Good work. Don’t change. Call it as you see it.

    Jeff B.

  4. About the big dog . Get a Pyrenees . Eat less than any Dobie , Shepherd , or Rott I’ve ever had and I’ve had around 10 of each . Might have to put them up to discipline the kids though . They get real attached to kids and women . Never let you down and take a .357 and still kill the guy that tried it . Don’t ask ! That rubber cushion idea just helped me build my next polebarn . I’m getting old and roofs aren’t good for 70 year old bones . Even though my trade was climbing ice covered towers 700 feet into the 30 below air with 50 mph winds . Gotta’ get that hoist running that was a few years ago . About that Dunning – Kruger ? I could write fucking books ! And yes the girls hear me everyday . Getting ready to build my last building . North East end of the barn will have the apartment/lovenest for me and my Baby . I like articles about eco/creative/alternative building . No stairs except the storm/root/fallout cellar . Samson Option installed to provide safety and a vengeance that is Biblical . Can’t blog about it cause it works well in a secretive environment and surprise coupled with Faith was Samsons ultimate act of Salvation . The ragheads don’t own vengeance . They stole it from us . Heirloom non-hybrid seeds are Biblical . Levi. 19:19 and also Deut. 22:9 . Don’t mix your seed . Our local church practices it . I’m thinking that G-d is even smarter than me ! Duh .

  5. Swamp Fox permalink

    JM,

    For everyone to read every so often to make real corrections in their training plans

    https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/e320/9ca64cbed9a441e55568797cbd3683cf7f8c.pdf

    Keep up the good work.

  6. anonymous permalink

    Down in the south, building the floor off grade with a crawl space underneath helped keep the home cool. Tall windows which peaked near the ceiling, along with transom windows above the doors allowed hot air to travel along the prevailing breeze. Double hung windows (the top panels also slid down) allowing the hot air to be pushed out of rooms. Outside shutters to repel sunlight from shining in. This is the South where Winter is nowhere near the levels experienced there. Here, the rare snow fall does not last nearly as long.

    With modern construction, vents on windward side low in wall and vents on high lee side allows good air circulation. Venting the attic is key like you said above.

  7. MoreSigmasThanYou permalink

    What happened to my second post? I saw it on the blog, now it’s gone?

  8. John – since I’ve found enough value in your writings here to, purchase two (so far) of your books, I’d be willing to pay for premium content here on the blog.

  9. Harmon Wolf permalink

    No doubt that its not just permies and lefties that have the “good savage” delusions. Certainly neocons (in other words neolibs that prefer foreign welfare to domestic welfare) seem to suffer from a similar delusion that all people need is democracy hoisted on them in order to have good societies–as though people are all essentially good and only put upon by the tyranny of a few bad actors. When it seems that societies tend to get the governments that they deserve, and building that social base can’t be done with bombs. This is also why I am skeptical about the long term chances of the US, the social base is severely degraded and continuously so.

    Of course the flip side is the strict Hobbesian, which is no good because it invites authoritarians, utopians, and social engineers of all stripes to “save” people from themselves. Luckily the US managed to get as its original revolutionaries, men who had a more nuanced and tragic view of life that recognized that the average person tend to be fucked regardless if they are in “nature” or in states. So they designed a system that tended towards doing the doing the bare functional minimum to hopefully provide enough government to avoid the nastiness of primitive violence and promote peaceful trade but to limit the tendency of government to metastasize and concentrate power. Of course, society has greatly strayed from the 18th century, reflected in the straying from the original vision and constitution.

    Either way, it seems historically that humans have had deep capacity to visit each other with extreme acts of violence, but people are so removed from it that it is easy to have naive delusions. Perhaps in addition to that is that people confuse harmlessness for being good, and it just so happens that the ease of life in modern industrialized countries makes for a lot of weak, harmless people.

    As for wool base layers, the ones I have (smartwool and icebreaker midweight) are machine washable and can be hung dried. Talking with mountaineering guides, they especially favored baselayer tops with a quarter zip, which provides a bit more flexibility in venting when moving, so that might be a consideration to those looking at new long johns.

  10. Hugh G. Rection permalink

    Could you have some kind of service where we could pay you for advice? Specifically on fitness/combatives/existentialism/societal issues. I’ve messaged you over Facebook and I feel bad for taking up time that could be spent on helping those closer to you rather than some guy over the internet. It would be a great boon for us to bounce questions off of someone if we have no one else to go to.

  11. S.J. Crow permalink

    I pre-ordered the last two of your books after binge reading your blog one day. The purpose was to have a hard copy of the information but also to hopefully have you turn a profit off of me for your efforts. It’s been a few weeks after you announced the beginning of the shipping for the second of the gunfighter series although I know you’ve been through a few big life events recently so if I still don’t have it in another couple weeks I’ll send an email. All that said I’m not yet in a place where I can pay a routine subscription since I’ve been cutting out as much non essential costs as possible(I quit nicotine “cold turkey” a few months ago, haven’t given hollyweird any money in about ten years, don’t own a TalmudVision, etc.) in order to try and merge into a similar lifestyle as yourself. Just want to say thanks again for your knowledge and time spent here. I’m fairly certain now after several weather conditions syncing up that your possibly around the NWA area and if that’s the case then anytime you need any extra help(cleaning up after a bad storm for instance) just say something here. Just want to say thanks again for your knowledge and time spent here. P.S. if it’s possible can you please do more articles on winter patrolling plus extreme heat measures/jungle patrolling since about the only thing I was formally taught was at benning, ntc irwin, and what was in cls class. I figure someone like you has some insight I obviously don’t.

  12. JnotJ permalink

    this might be some help with the washing wool issue, or you might want to ask some mothers of young children who used wool covers over cloth diapers. i had a couple, and though it was easier to wash something as small as wool underwear for children, i would guess the idea is the same… melt lanolin in warm/hot water, use the correct kind of soap/emulsifier and “lather” a bit of the soap into the warm water with the lanolin and stir until the water appears milky. you add this to a larger washing sink with cool water and wash and let it sit a while so the lanolin coats the wool. roll them up in towels to remove excess moisture and then lay flat to dry. it’s quite a process, but i imagine it’s not any worse than some of your other homesteading chores. when my daughter was a baby the wool pants and diaper covers performed wonderfully in central Florida summer for wicking moisture away and allowing airflow. wool really is wonderful. https://sloomb.myshopify.com/products/lanolizing-tutorial-postcard?variant=351447433 sloomb is a very popular brand for wool diaper covers and cloth diapers. you can find the same information if you google it, i would imagine.

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