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air rifles

International 10-meter air rifles are amazing precision tools. With a “10-ring” the diameter of a standard pencil lead, top shooters can hit that ring with 99.9% consistency… from 33.8 feet away. These are not hunting rifles. They are specifically designed to punch holes in paper EXACTLY where they were told to. On my short list is an old-school side-cock Feinwerkbau. For all practical purposes, it has the accuracy of modern Olympic-grade rifles, but requiring no compressed air equipment. Compressed air guns replaced the side-cock rifles not due to significant improvements in accuracy, but because the shooter no longer had to change position to cock the rifle between shots. Which brings up compressed air. These are refilled from scuba tanks with […]

retirement financial stability

Economic collapse in Greece, Cyprus, Argentina, Zimbabwe, Germany, and everywhere else rulers have stolen value until their currencies turn to dust, always impacts old folks extremely. Younger, stronger, more energetic people can recover by entering into the barter and exchange markets that are as old as human culture. Working hard at the basic subsistence level can get people by if there is anything at all left in the natural environment to subsist upon. But old folks have a hard time competing in the manual labor department. Traditionally, they survive on accumulated wealth; on the soil, buildings, and infrastructure their family built up during their productive years, or over generations. In modern culture, that has evolved primarily into paper assets. What […]

money laundering

Neither as clean nor as lucrative as printing your own. These reeked of tobacco smoke.

lifeline to Greece

Yesterday I outlined the Greek financial dilemma or “crisis” as mainstream media loves to put it. Today the presstitute headline proclaimed: ECB THROWS GREECE A LIFELINE. I almost choked on my freshly-brewed cup of fresh-roasted coffee. The Greeks almost swam free of the Titanic, but the ECB snagged ’em with a grappling hook. Torn and bleeding, they were drug back on board. Other potential escapees were thus warned, “You won’t get out without serious resolve, and a fight”. This is a continuation of the story I outlined yesterday. See: sold to the lowest bidder. Much as with the Titanic, get yourself into a lifeboat, rowboat, ANYTHING. Get OUT of the doomed Ponzi scheme; the financial house of cards. Be ready […]

sold to the lowest bidder

The International Banksters loaned €110 billion ($121,366,300,000) to the Greek politicians. Greece is a highly socialistic democracy where there are 3,541,828 employed with a total population of 11,062,889. That includes private sector as well as parasitic (government) sector. This is an important distinction as real societal income comes from PRODUCING things people WANT TO BUY. The average net income is $10,264. In that income bracket, I remind you, there is precious little discretionary money. Food, shelter and energy take most of it. The banksters loaned the socialist rulers $34,267 per Greek worker – or a bit over three times what each of them take home in a year – and this is on top of whatever each Greek is in […]

flesh wounds

At her website, this article from Backdoor Survival .com includes links on how this works, what each component does as well as Gaye’s favorite sources for the material required. You can read the basics here, but I encourage you to go there for the full deal, sign up for her daily e-mail and check out her library. – Ted Make Your Own Healing Boo-Boo Stick Lately it seems that I can not get through the day without banging my shins against something, getting bit by an insect, burning myself while reaching into the oven, or having a dry skin itch-attack then scratching my skin raw. Nothing major, mind you, but I do look like I have been through a war […]

when the trucks stop

If you can’t imagine any scenario where the trucks stop coming to your town for a few days, you have Imagination Deficit Disorder. This is a serious, life-threatening condition that must be addressed immediately. Quickly now, call work, call home, call family, call anyone who thinks you are important over the next few days or weeks, if necessary, and tell them you will be absent. Then turn off all electronic inputs. Cut off all artificial sounds. Plant your hide in nature for as long as it takes for your mind to quiet, your brain to resume thinking for yourself and your imagination to return. See things in clouds. Play connect the dots with stars. Imagine the life of birds and […]

One nation under siege

Jade Helm 15: One nation under siege? Robert Bridge has worked as a journalist in Russia since 1998. Formerly the editor-in-chief of The Moscow News, Bridge is the author of the book, “Midnight in the American Empire.” ​An unprecedented military operation spanning seven southwestern US states has grabbed the attention of not only conspiracy theorists, but the governor of the second largest state in the republic. Jade Helm 15, the largest domestic military exercise ever held on US soil, will bring together over 1,000 members from the nation’s elite forces, including Green Berets, Special Ops from the Navy and Marines, and SEALS. The sweeping operation, according to the Pentagon, will give soldiers an opportunity to practice “unconventional warfare.” But […]

correcting the Confederate flag nonsense

The Confederate Flag Needs To Be Raised, Not Lowered What we see materializing before our very eyes is tyranny. Pastor Chuck Baldwin July 10, 2015 at 11:27am from Western Ladies and gentlemen, I submit that what we see happening in the United States today is an apt illustration of why the Confederate flag was raised in the first place. What we see materializing before our very eyes is tyranny: tyranny over the freedom of expression, tyranny over the freedom of association, tyranny over the freedom of speech, and tyranny over the freedom of conscience. In 1864, Confederate General Patrick Cleburne warned his fellow southerners of the historical consequences should the South lose their war for independence. He was […]

nice answers or correct ones?

This post is for those going about their every-day lives with expectations that the future will be similar to the past; that their long-term plans for retirement and other pleasantries will roll along with no major sharp turns in the path. How would you recognize if your country was not a free country? What would a police state look like, when compared to where you live? What are the differences between a dictatorship and the USofA? What is a standing army? Why did the founders of this country warn against having one? What is a militia? What is the relationship between the federal and state governments? Where do dollars come from? Why does the value of the dollar seem to […]

radio, reloading bench

I am more than a little surprised today to discover I never shared my finished product here. Ta Da! One of the endearing bits of me as far as the Missus is concerned is my role as “Shelf-Meister”. I have squeezed just about as much shelf space into this (and prior) homes as imaginable. Of course they are STRONG, but also functional and suit the spaces handsomely for us. The white shelves to the left were TEMPORARY with those metal shelf brackets that everybody uses and scrap lumber that happened to be somewhat close to the right shape. Lots of putty and paint later, they are as temporary as the rest of the house (and probably nearly as strong). The […]

open sore on Bitterroot East Fork

As I mentioned on June 17th in Californicating Conner, the neighbors recently discovered via the word-of-mouth grapevine that permission to run a 300,000 cubic yard gravel crushing operation is being requested along the river. The full 47-page .pdf application is here: OPENCUT MINING PLAN OF OPERATION AND APPLICATION #2679 I telephoned DEQ and was told they prefer comments to come to them via e-mail at: This is my first go at this, but in my e-mail I will be referring to application #2679 AND listing the operator as M Parkinson & Co Inc with location of Trinity Ranch. Feel free to use any ideas or phrases from this post that tickle your fancy. the lane above the right bank […]

Home Education Inspires a Love of Learning

Real Heroes: Homeschool Parents from Foundation for Economic Education by Lawrence W. Reed The hero in this story is not any one person but rather nearly two million Americans — moms and dads who go the extra mile and who, often at great sacrifice to themselves, are rescuing children in a profoundly personal way. They are the homeschoolers, parents who give up time and income to directly supervise the education of their children. They teach, they arrange learning experiences within their home and elsewhere in cooperation with other parents, and they inspire an appetite for learning. Of all the ingredients in the recipe for education, which one has the greatest potential to improve student performance? No doubt the teachers unions […]

major hits to liberty since July 4, 1776

Five Laws to Repeal on Independence Day JULY 4, 2015 — Ryan McMaken Unfortunately, Independence Day has become a day for many to celebrate the United States government. But the actual historical event behind the day — the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress — was an illegal act of political defiance that led to secession and the overthrow of an entire system of government well entrenched on American shores. Moreover, it is quite anachronistic to connect the modern unified nation-state known as “the United States” to this event, nor does it make sense to invoke anything having to do with the Constitution of 1787. Indeed, as Jeffrey Rogers Hummel has pointed out, the Constitution […]