Now, what were you saying?

Wisconsin was doing a good job of keeping the talking heads on TV and Radio news busy.

Then there was Egypt, and the news was all Egypt.

Then there was the earthquake.

But very very very soon the tsunami came. So much for the earthquake.

The tsunami gave way to the reactor meltdown.

Though the reactors are still ominously perking, the nuclear emergency was supplanted by the K/Q/G/adaffi affair.
When i heard that at a meeting in Paris today, France was going to take the job of cover for a no-fly-zone, In keeping with France’s reputation, I fully expected France to immediately surrender to K/Q/G/adaffi in Paris.

And thank goodness for Hillary, as she clearly and plainly explained in a short speech, which Obama failed to do in his typical confusing Palin-esque nice sounding but empty speech. But Hillary, I think I would have not informed K/Q/G/adaffi that our troops would not participate in ground action.

The only absolute fact from all this is that there is irrefutable evidence that the news channel talking heads, aka. the media, cannot multitask.

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A 30-day food bank

This is not a ‘How To…’ article. It is a ‘Where To…’ article, i.e. where to find good reasonable suggestions for assembling a food bank to sustain you in case of emergencies.

Whether you are concerned about survival in the wake of a weather catastrophe, power outage, food shortage, civil unrest or acts of terror, it is prudent preparation to consider is food storage. What if the predictions of some ‘crazies’ that a killer sun flare will erupt in 2011 actually happens? Or if civil or political unrest occurs in 2013, a prediction of other crazies. Or the Chinese decide to cash in the U.S. bonds that they hold all at once, crippling the U.S. government?

If you live alone as one then planning can be straightforward. But for families planning is even more important. Remember, one cannot save the world, and must exercise real constraints on the extent and extension of your food bank.

Thirty days? One year? How much of a pessimist are you? A thirty day food bank is obviously much easier to accumulate and monitor for replenishment to maintain adequate freshness.

And finally, pessimist or realist? Remember, in case of a major upheaval home pantries would sustain only for a day or two for most city folks, maybe an additional day or two for those that live in more remote locations. Grocery store shelves would be attacked and without routine daily truckloads to restock, shelves would soon be bare. What would you eat? What would you drink? Is the water supply safe to drink? Has your water supply been shut off?

A thirty day food supply bank is manageable. Thinking about a one year bank makes my head hurt, even though it is for one person. I recommend starting small, thirty days for each person. I also recommend families act as small independent units. Grandpa should not attempt to create a food bank for all his descendants. Family units should stand independently for reasons of simplicity as well as to avoid the necessity to travel as travel may be impossible or imprudent. Also remember that your food bank need not be assembled in one trip to the grocery. Build it over time methodically following a prepared list of all items that it will include.

Popular proponents of food banks, such as Glenn Beck, seem to rely on very expensive food items from companies specializing in such foods. At least he advertises them heavily. I guess these are ok if you have the resources of a Glenn Beck. He can afford a ten year bank for a hundred people and hire a full time “keeper” to monitor and replenish as necessary. You can not do so.

So, when am I getting to the ‘Where To…’? Here are the best practical links I have found (no advertising, no commercial ties, no bull).

Links on the above web site also provide interesting related reading on other topics.

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Found and lost

House clutter. It’s everywhere, within hours of a major room cleaning/straightening. A truth bubbled up in my mind as I pondered the clutter on my coffee table today which was not there two days ago; it was a clean empty surface.

The truth is, I do not put stuff away because I am afraid I will not remember where I put it, forget that I have it even. Things remain scattered throughout the house because I am incapable of imagining a suitable place to put them. So they are left in sight. I did not always have this handicap.

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At Quechen Paradise Casino, CA

West of Yuma. Getting some dental repairs done, cost of $260 for cleaning, remake a partial with different material, reglue a crown and make a replacement bite protector for night grinding to replace the one I lost. Work to finish Friday.

More trouble with the satellite equipment on Monday mourning, causing a substantial loss of potential gains. Since it is working again now, I am trying to recover the amount I could have made on Monday when I was offline.

I had breakfast at the casino today; pancakes, a cheese blintz, an apple blintz, eggs, six sausage links, two biscuit and gravy, coffee, orange juice, home fry potatoes – about $6.50. I did not look at the rest of the buffet as my two plates were spilling over the edges. I just got back from a bowl of ice cream and a war of wits with a penny slot, $1 invested (my spin-button thumb against their guarantee-you-loose artificial intelligence computer). All that button thumbing wore me out, so time for a nap.

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Can you hear me now…

At Death Valley I chatted with a couple of German businessmen with worldwide activities. They stated that the European business community thinks that the US has hit it’s peak and now is on the slide down from world economic dominance, with China taking over the role. Not a setback, but a long term slide downward. I agreed, as the US has handed all manufacturing expertise over to China. Eagerly, I might add. Once manufacturing expertise is gone, it is very difficult to resurrect it. Years ago there was the proud talk of our economy coming into the information age.

Well, folks, you can’t eat information, drive information, or reside in ‘information’! We are, in the blink of an eye, now a society dependent on imports purchased from the country that holds a tremendous amount of our future in the form of bonds and export dependence. Welcome to the ‘information age’! We have traded crafts, skills, trades, and technical leadership for Facebook, Google, Androids and a deluge of political book releases via Kindle. We can pinpoint our position on earth with a clear path to another by a lightweight handheld device as we communicate over it. The simple occurrence of large sunspot activity could destroy all of our information capability in seconds.

Be sure to save enough chocolate syrup to pour over those Adroids when you get hungry.

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