Originally, I wrote this in April of 2013:
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Hunker Down Out There! Electric Bikes! Love Your Neighbor!
Lefties and Fundamentalist Christians Work TOGETHER Against
Climate Change? – Just Kidding? I bet maybe not!
Willie Nelson said it Right the other night, when calling into his favorite Talkshow Host, Mike Malloy, on Willie’s 80th Birthday, no less! Willie was last asked, [as I can best recollect.]
“So, what’s your take on the state of things in our country?”
Willie paused then replied, “We’re all gonna have to ‘hunker down’ and outlast those crazies that were voted in.”
A Shout Out To Uncle John’s Camp! Out on the EEL RIVER “HEY! We Love You!”
The so-called Christian Right:
The fundamentalist Christians are few, but loud and well-funded. They’re way north of lunacy. The folks at “Woodstock” were “lunatics”. Like half the folks I know, who are funny, loving and caring. At “The” “Greatest” camping and music festival of all time, the “crazies” couldn’t handle the absolute absence of a “state-sanctioned” set of rules. The crazies left way before the three-day Love-in extravaganza got cookin’! Thank you for that!
So, there are “lunatics” and then there are crazies. The “crazies” need to be closely scrutinized. These strangers of We the People, show dangerous ideological rigidity, almost fanatical. The radical right in Washington these last years and decades hence will certainly prove my contention – that the gridlocked Congress will show what a toxic, anti-transparent democracy our republic looks like. Briefly, three HUGE examples:
Follow the years/decades-long attack on “The New Deal,” and “The Great Society”as well as secret blocks halting confirmation of critically needed judicial and cabinet appointments who are not given up or down confirmations. The “bankster class” trail of money must be investigated by citizen-journalists who may be our last chance to track down and show “John and Mary Q. Public” that the radicals on the right have infiltrated Washington. The media refuses to do their job. Our federal government (and many in states) are most certainly “connected-at-the-hip” with piles of cash, covertly funneled from billionaire so-called “Christian” backers and other crazies owning or running multi-national corporations. Where have all the “Beautiful People” gone – to “graveyards, everyone?”***
America’s Constitution and its critical 1st Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” and its destruction is “THE” sought prize of the Christian Right whose wet dream is an Islamic-styled Sharia fundamentalism, misogynous and xenophobic and akin to the fascist, Catholic church of the “Inquisition.” Water-boarding, anyone?
The t-party PACs are so well funded that Washington will remain frozen into permanent lockdown. The billionaires want nothing done and they don’t care – whatever it takes! Their certifiable crazies are making this a certainty.
Our America’s foreseeable future is within a hair’s breath of turning into a larger repressive, American Empire controlled by Mullah-like Christian Theocrats and their knuckle-dragging mercenaries. Huge, industrial-sized prisons are growing even larger, gulag-style with our tax dollars! While minimum-wage existence for those remaining outside these dungeons. Chattel. We’ve become Working-class slaves lorded-over by clerical mind-sets of old, white men – reminiscent of Saudi Arabia, et al. Disgraceful.
Where do we “Hunker down?”
Some of us live in sweet places like Oracle or Flagstaff, AZ or in sweet enclaves in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Montana, N. California, Cascadia, New England or maybe a lanai in Hawaii.
Bob’s Camp beats most. I live where roads are dirt and winding around, up-and-down – bumpy roads until they get graded once-a-month. I’m a hunkerin’, too. Elevated garden plots are tough to create but they prevent upward burrowers and eliminate bending. They can be converted to winter greenhouses with thermal-mass heat, i.e. water-filled bottles or water-filled tanks that double as a watering source. They need built NOW and planted A.S.A.P.! For you city folks: Secure potable water sources – NOW! I be one! Check with me by email and stock up.
Get outa “Dodge,” if you can! Hook- up with a group that can connect on a moments notice, with minimal technology. Cross your fingers and try your best, but STAY CONNECTED somehow! Time is no friend to anyone any more, sadly. Internet Networking is crucial. Don’t be a stranger. When the thought grabs you, like me right NOW, get to a library, save up for a laptop and begin writing to all of your best and closest family for whom you care most. STAY CONNECTED.
We are living in a time when our very existence has been traded away for greed’s sake, leaving common folks with a “house-of-cards” to depend on. Reminds me of a popular children’s tale designed to terrorize tots into fearing a kicked-back lifestyle: “The Three Little Pigs.” The house-of-cards gets rebuilt at every storm-caused catastrophe, at every foreclosure and at every emergency room hospitalization that can’t be paid.
You folks in cities are tied to technology for life support. Out here, to lose power or to lose access to a properly running vehicle could mean big trouble! The poorest of us need cheap, reliable transportation, besides walking which is an energy buster if it is the only way to move around the “commons.” Sometimes we need to get some place, NOW. Maybe not in a hurry, but get there the same. City, “Camps” or Urban Co-ops must have face-to-face intercourse for a secured privacy.
Urban chaos is coming. Take it on the best terms possible. Folks will be walking, riding bikes and car-pooling just like in Montgomery, AL, 1955 when the bus boycott lasted 385 days! But it worked. The boys got the message.
Generally speaking, there are certain prescient issues that need to be resolved at any “hunker down” encampment, co-op or out here at Bob’s Camp. Bob’s Camp has only one gas-powered ’99 truck. Any catastrophic scenario that breaks the life-line of commerce with the city or other Camps or urban collectives must be addressed! For an urban dweller or here, that means stock-up on dry goods and potable water and rechargeable batteries. Grocery stores need to be open, well stocked and close enough to get there.
Electric Bikes: And without messy paperwork or licenses!
An AFFORDABLE, alternative transportation approach can save the day for the vast majority of people around who are on Social Security or who have only minimum wage jobs. The electric bike can save the day. It’s reliable, cheap and renewable power from anybody’s off-grid system and readily accessible away from home base, though from privatization’s current corrupted carbon-radioactive and decrepit grid system.
Safe electric bike travel is best outa the big city, however, it’s your call! Yes, Electric Bikes, especially the ones with 48V LFP long-range(40-miles) capacity and a 1/2-hour quick-charger (in the works) 2-to-3-hour chargers are available now.
I like like the beefed-up Beach Cruiser with a comfortable seat. It must have the Direct Drive, rear wheel hub-motor and reliable front-disc and rear-drum brakes. At least 26″ or 700 mm wheels with large off-road fatty tires. It must be aluminum-framed, Shimano geared and front-fork and seat-post suspension! It can be rigged for light hauling. Extreme riders may want a mountain bike frame with both front hub and back hub direct-drive wheels. Kits ($250 and up, usually do not include batteries – LFP batteries rule!) Doing it yourself costs a fraction of the price of a new factory-built, full-on electric. The kits include rear or front direct-drive hub wheels, controllers and cables. Convert your old cruiser!! Or, start lookin’ for a project bike, NOW, if you are stuck in the poverty of a vulnerable, fixed-income.
If you are lucky to have lots of cash, (easy-pickins for the banksters!) – get connected to good food, clean air and potable water through owning a share of a Land Trust co-operative!!! Quick! While unpolluted, large tracts of arable land are still cheap, so get lookin’ NOW!
Remember these mofo Days! The time when the “crazies” took over Washington and the Dallas oilmen ran rampant throughout creation. The craziness of religious fundamentalism and its toxic ideology is almost everywhere you look these days. People choose to continue childhood beliefs, often beat into them, well into their adult life. More stuff, newer stuff, cheaper stuff is a toxic scenario for a finite planet! American’s contentment to spend time in the similar-looking ubiquitous malls or fast-paced, fast-food chains and add endless schedules and appointments to keep.”Strange Days Indeed, Mama!”- John Lennon!
The high temp at Bob’s Camp was 95F TODAY! JUST 1-DEGREE LESS than Wittman, AZ’s ALL TIME record for the day. I predict a new record today. We’ll see. YES! 4-29-2013, Carefree, AZ 103F ties a 39-year record. For your own curiosity, try Here or Here for weather stats. Summer Solstice, 2017 – 116°F!!!
YEOW! YEOW! YEOW! YEOW! YEOW! YEOW!
Maybe, we better grab onto our collective asses, ’cause a record-hot summer is a-comin’ and it will test our grit BIG TIME. It’s prompted me to store emergency food good for a few weeks or more and water 24/7!!!
By all safety standards, according to some, Phoenix is THE MOST vulnerable large city in the US, because of its common weather-driven heat-waves. But the mother of all heatwaves is in the making. Power outages during strings of 115F+ summer days and nights may kill hundreds – those unable to escape to a shelter because they were too far from accessible transportation!
If at all possible, Please! Beg, borrow or buy a reliable power system, at the very least, buy a gas-powered 3.5 to 4.5 KW 120 V generator then start accumulating up to 20 or so 12-volt deep-cycle back-up batteries (4-connected in series to 48-volts ) – Lithium-Iron Phosphate(LFP)*, better than deadly lead. They are the best way to go and last 5-10 years or 3000 recharge cycles. High capacity 48-volt factory modules, connected in parallel are best. Don’t forget the BMS** charge control system for LFP’s! You will need at least one(better 2) 4KW inverters-to-120AC. Either of these will power-up 1-2 18 cu.ft. refrigerator-freezers, 2-3 evaporative coolers, many lights and several computers/wi-fi/satellite Internet. The batteries can be recharged from the grid when the power comes back or recharged from the gas generator. BUT EVENTUALLY spend $10-20 grand for a 10-15 KW photo-voltaic charging system on a steel tracking mast/rack. Does your grid-provider allow selling power back into the grid while keeping your batteries fully charged?
Heaven help any citizens who may have allowed their municipal utilities to fall into the hands of the so-called “job creators!” Control of our power is what TRUE FREEDOM IS ALL ABOUT!!!! We cannot live in hundred degree heat without power. They can turn it off or ‘on’ at any time. By hook or crook or just sheer incompetence!
Camps intending to house 10 or so people, with acreage will need:
in situ Water or look elsewhere. No water, no way!
Several 20x30ft super Heavy-duty tarps with 200′ of rope
and 50 2-1/2″ or more spring clamps
2-3 10x14x8 ft canvas cabin tents
2 or 3 10×10 pop-ups(no cheap shit) with bug screen
100 or so 8x11x18″ concrete blocks
Enough 3/4″ 4×8 ft plywood for 2-3 tent floors
Water catchments (7′ cattle tanks work well)
Garden tools and maybe a small tractor
Solar outdoor lighting.
That’s more or less the rock bottom essentials. Way north of a couple’a grand anyway!! And, Yes, one small travel trailer converted into a kitchen with toilet and a small furnished living room for refuge during lightning storms.
Bob’s Camp still needs a sufficient photo-voltaic power system to be completely off-grid or at minimum battery storage (see above). Meantime, we’re wishin’ for those LFP batteries and 2 4KW inverters. Heat wave is a comin!’
Hurricane Sandy victims could have been better prepared, if media had done their job beforehand and ran an information loop video with follow-up call-ins that walked residents through acquiring the proper and adequate survival gear. The negligent “4th Estate,” IS the corporate-owned press and well deserves the “Big Woody” salute!
Bob’s Camp is a-hunkerin’.
We run an Internet Communications Hub at IndyRiver@BeSolar.info. We catalog websites that offer-up Life-Sustaining Philosophies that celebrate the watching of each others backs during these hard times-a-comin’.
Try to meet your neighbors next door and even out “there” in cyberspace, too. We’re up and running with the back-watching thing. Cautiously, though, there are more than a few out there to avoid. Mutual cooperation, if only by emails and websites, may be all that we have as a means to pass along UNFILTERED local and world news. That is, until we are totally bugged, Goddess forbid.
Can the crazies bring down “the whole country and the entire World “house-of-cards?” For me, fb & twtr are no-goes. I refuse to be under even more constant surveillance than I am already with this email and when I talk on the phone. Face-to-face!! 40 years-ago and probably even today, geezers like me recall stories of the former U.S.S.R. and about their shameful media propaganda, police state and prison gulags.
Anything eerily deja vu here?
To avoid the KGB secret police snooping and wire-taps, People could not use technology, when they wanted real privacy. Today’s global and regional digital communications means walking, riding bikes or otherwise occupying public spaces to see each other or you might as well send The US spy agencies your letter of confession right NOW and save the frustration of worrying. Remember the end of “1984” when the guy confesses his “thought crimes.” We geezers were fore-warned about this censorship crap in our childhood. Remember 1st through 6th grades and “The Weekly Reader,” you elders out there?
But wasn’t the warning supposed to be about “THE MENACE?” – those “pinko commies?”
But I digress – again! lol
Please know I love you, whether you like what I do or not.
* What are LFP’s? http://www.homepower.com/articles/solar-electricity/equipment-products/lithium-ion-batteries-grid-systems
**What is a BMS? Click
***Pete Seeger – Miss you!
NEIL YOUNG AND NAOMI KLEIN ROCK!
Bob Zavoda, Indy River Journal Editor
P.S. We the People, Every Street Corner, U.S.A.
WILL NEVER ALLOW 24 million U.S. Citizens
lose their healthcare! Every weekend until We take over the DNC!
EVERY DAMN WEEKEND: Pelosi. Schumer. Clinton. GO!
We the People never want to see you or any another corporate
betrayers of The People EVER, EVER, AGAIN!