vicious While I find I tend to agree with many of vicious's pacifistic tendencies I think mutual self defense of neighbors by neighbors is justifiable if reasonable efforts to use minimal force are made. However, I will not weep for anyone stupid enough to attack a well defended humanitarian relief convoy that insists on delivering food, blankets, hand tools, water, medicines, etc. to refugee columns directly instead of handing them to government thugs for use in consolidating their rapidly fraying power base. I hope my neighbors would deliver my family and friends clean water and food if they had a surplus while we were starving. Southern Oregon coast is a rural area: lots of guns, shoestrings, slingshots, water pistols, farmers, small businessmen, craftsman, citizens and neighborly people as well as highly competent government personnel and utility and emergency services. A few homicidal maniacs spouting conflicting religious dogma without any internal consistency would not slow them down much. That is what we have mental wards and maximum security prisons for .... to protect homicidal maniacs from themselves and vigilantes. This also allows civilization to meet the social mandate of "Thou shalt not kill." so common to most successful human societies without being reduced to the lowest common denominator of rapists, poiseners, money lenders and/or feudal barons and slaveholders. It is unfortunate that so many criminal choose to get shot resisting arrest that it starts to corrupt the police forces entrusted with bringing them back alive if possible. We probably need to setup better quality feedback loops and be sure combat personnel are rotated out of the front lines after reasonable tours of duty to avoid combat fatigue related problems from spreading to our wider civilian communities.
Linux Certification I really need to check into this ...... it would provide something useful and interesting to do when the local training programs insist that all t's and i's must be dotted and crossed while finishing other peoples projects for them. It would also help me get more familiar with linux and open source in general, perhaps gainful employment other that slinging pizzas would then become possible in the local area .... or I could relocate since I do not seem to be making much visible progress refurbishing Mom's house for Dad. Mom generally knows in excruciating detail how she wants a job done and is quite diligent about interrupting every project I have in progress, if she can spot them, until I come keep her company by screwing things up as she specifies. Then she is pissed because I did what she told me to instead of accomplishing an approximation of the results I think she was attempting to describe. Really I think she missed her calling ..... she could have been an awesome executive or government manager making significant contributions to the consumption of the fruits of the American economy while growing the national debt.
I suppose since she spent her life taking care of her parents she feels entitled to be taken care of for a while. This is a difficult need to fulfill since she refuses to allow anyone a peaceful moment of doing things their own way and refuses to negotiate any standard procedures acceptable to her and I. Her way or the highway but she gets hysterical anytime I get ready to leave .... a licensed set of AMA quacks told her I am having mental problems and that these are typically irrecoverable. Basically I should be paying the U.S. pharmaceutical industry $600/month for chemical lobotomy and waiting peacefully to die when my families economic resources are completely depleted and no longer capable of supporting my bio engineered frailties and drug dependencies ...... on second thought perhaps we should restrict the humanitarian aid to the Afghani people to just food and water. It would be unfortunate if they interpreted an attack by the AMA as the signal to commence Armeggedon before the big guy shows up to re-explain the rules of engagement to our bloodthirsty power crazy religious leaders in all factions.
New testement: Secret of the universe for promising scions to figure out as per request of the powers that were in the time of Jesus .....
1.) Love God.(universe, creation, creator) 2.) Love neighbor as self.
and if we mingle our affairs .... as we apparently have?
Nymia, learning assyrian Wow! Ambitious. I am still trying to learn the basics of applied engineering in a regulated (by idiots and wallets) economy. Good backup study idea .... starting to appear that engineering is heavily selected against in the U.S.A. Too much investment in existing infrastructure and too much emotional attachment to seniority, status, broken fashion procedures, and easy ways of all kinds. Wierd that my mom thinks depriving me of a working garbage disposal and dishwater (which I could fix if she chose to allow it) will teach me integrity and/or ingenuity. I think she must have associated with Job's daughters, Masons, and Granddad a bit too much. I mean ... how much can you really learn from solving the same problem manually a few thousand times? It seems to neglect major portions of the solution space and gets rather monotenous after a while. It does not even teach patience. Patience is doing what it takes to accomplish an objective .... not strewing myriads of fake obstacles that fail to simulate the real world into the path of a student attempting to study the universe or human society for them to repeatedly realize abject failure in their personal objectives or the teacher's mandated objectives.
Grrrrrgh! Maybe it is time for self selected combat engineers and/or space pioneers to say fuck the software industry, no more waiting for upgrades, tools, or useable CAD standards. Do the drawings manually and scan them, hard drive space is cheaply and internet bandwidth is adequate. Particularly if we use a distributed file system such as the napster and freenet people have been prototyping for us to avoid duplication of work and files. Drat! I had high hopes for SVG.
This has the added advantage that the 3D models that I like to work with can be videotaped and selected frames archived for data processing, retrieval, and review. Actually this will probably not be too terribly useful until I move on somewhere that it is possible to build a working prototype or two. In current location engineering models are rarely completed before the local gremlins and gophers (mom, cats, dogs, racoons, etc.) manage to disassemble them. Interestingly enough the local neighborhood kids rarely disturb work in progress and even act as defensive forces, at times slowing down attackers or diverting them sufficiently for more subtle projects to proceed while attacking forces disassemble the blatantly obvious efforts in progress.
mslicker provides cool link to interesting looking language environment Might be useful in implementing PLCs if local county, city authorities ever get interested in proposed cottage manufacturing proposals ..... or local entrepreneurs I guess, most of them are tied into trees and farms and government regulation of trees and farms. No time to make any money, they are busy complying with regulations and paying taxes to make payroll and stay in business. A couple of exceptions scattered around but they have current system figured out and biased to favor themselves, why should they want any changes?
mslicker found an interesting article I only skimmed it but it seemed long on conspiracy theory and short on actual facts. I suspect there is much truth in the theories advanced but the writer neglects to mention that the left has also coopted this cassus bellicosi (whatever) to push forward an agenda. It should be obvious to any freedom loving individual. The U.S. shall no longer stand idly by while its billionaires and employees arrange to put thugs in charge of countries in exchange for favored economic consideration. Many people on the right appear to be rather astonished that President Bush with the backing of a unified American Nation need fear no greedy corrupt influences even if they did pay for his election campaign. I look foward to watching the media circus when they attempt to blackmail him. Perhaps they will find themselves the first domestic terrorists investigated under that broad authority Ashcroft wishes in his blank check requests before Congress gets serious about protecting "Constitutional Rights" of criminal billionaires. We may lose a few congressmen in a few years if they choose poorly while under the scrutiny of large quantities of informed U.S. voters. They live in interesting times of their own making! lol
bownie, rosegarden, music software Perhaps I will check this out when I get back to Boise. Suddenly I feel very tired and sad that apparently the U.S. military is going to have to blow the shit out of some people to convince them that:
1.) The U.S. is not going to put up with domestic attacks or the defensive measures necessary to protect civilians from determined foes. Much easier to obliterate erring opponents and then use existing assets to make sure future opponents are not allowed to survive to the level of competency apparently in service of Bin Laden and Arabic thug governments empowered by the U.S. government and U.S. influenced multinational oil conglomerates.
2.) U.S. humanitarian aid in the future will be delivered to individuals in need and not to thug or non-profit organizations wishing to consolidate their power or stock option portfolios. The U.S. military is capable of defending field kitchens and field hospitals and refugees who store their received supplies as fat are hard to rob with friendly military forces nearby and seeing eyes in the sky. It will be necessary to remove some of the black program secrecy bullshit from the U.S. intelligence and defense establishments but this means of getting around the Freedom of Information Act and the responsibility to inform and educate the U.S. voting citizenry as regards to actions taken in their name via authority delegated from them is long overdue for termination. It makes a mockery of the constitution and has been a corrupting influence in American society as well as with our "allies" via secret deals and information sharing for too long.
It might be interesting to review the history of privately raised companies of Americans who chose to fight for liberty and justice in foreign wars. The Alamo is not the only instance nor is it unusual other than the spectacle of frontiersmen allowing themselves to get pinned down in a stationary fort by a vastly superior army. This is not a mistake that I think many modernly U.S.G trained U.S. citizens will make should they choose to take a more active personal role in implementing their personal policies vs. delegating it the U.S. Government.
Anyway ... to work!
Civil Defense or Emergency Response Planning
One of the greatest strengths of the local civil defense plan is the authorities have refused to publish a central plan. That they have plans to attempt to care for irresponsible deliquents and juveniles who are not properly prepared to care for themselves in the event of various forms of attack becomes very obvious with just a little field survey work.
Further, resources have and are being put in place that would allow the Coquille Valley and/or Coos County to rapidly set up and host tens of thousands if not hundreds of refugees. I suspect some Federal resources have been made discreetly available over the past few decades or years to facilitate this but I could very mistaken. Much of the work has been done in the course of the normal economy and only now are necessary augmentations for maximum efficacy being added. Food and sewage processing would be the long term limiting factor on the capacity but we have rail links into Coos Bay, barge access, and many trucks and CDL drivers locally so food and water transport should not be a problem as long as diesal, food is available somewhere in USA to ship to refugee camps.
Showers and incinerators have been added to many of the local parks managed by all levels of government.
Car washes seem to be getting additional filtering and closed loop water recycling systems. First stage wash of toxic chemicals and/or biologicals for mission critical vehicles such as RVs, private autos, national guard convoys, small planes, etc.?
Modern dishwashers are all equipped with heavy duty steam sterilization. Is the detergent even necessary? Perhaps if hand wash or rinse macroscopic food and grease off of the plate the remainder is sterilized and thus plate safe to eat from?
Local business practices encourage well equipped and packed contractor vans and trucks of all kinds. A craftsperson's family driving a contractor vehicle, an RV, miscellanous teen vehicles all packed appropriately is a mobile neighborhood if even rudimentary camping skills are available that can build its own refugee camp or new neighborhood while working for revenue at whatever needs done in the new locale for whoever has cash or trade goods.
Excellent communications, firepower, medical equipment, etc. is built into the fleets and individual vehicles of all local police and emergency vehicles.
Detailed contractor work has been done and is continuing on electrical, data, water, etc. that adds robustness, security and deviousness to local utilities. Incidentally it also provides decent paying jobs for the additional personnel necessary to maintain the more complex systems. These have also been addressing a wide range of concerns such as environmental protection as well as civil defense. For example: We have older water mains and newer water mains. Which system are the fire hydrants hooked into and where are the cross connects? Are there telemetered instrumentation packages watching for tampering? Do neighborhoods have reliable watch standers who know the local utility men that are prepared to take prompt and persistent action in tracking down the authorization or appropriateness of people wandering around the streets and utilities? Neighborhood civil patrols and watch relays are springing up all around this valley. These are formal systems which augment but do not replace the old grapevines. The systems appear to have generational drift of about every 10-15 years..... (3 4-year groups in the high schools?) Individuals join whichever nets or webs they choose so there is a lot of diverse and robust overlap between the nets. Once the nets trust local authorities have been cleaned up and are being provided adequate citizen oversight to maintain public integrity the effectiveness of local authorities in dealing with serious as well as trivial problems in proactive fashion will be greatly enhanced.
So, my new task is to create a detailed emergency response plan for myself and then begin exchanging ideas and information with other citizens and organizations as appropriate so we can all use the best ideas available tailored to the local environment as per our best judgement in an emergency. Communication of known information will be essential so that citizens excercising their own judgement can do so in the light of the best information.
This by it nature must be public so I should go down to the fire department or county and request a copy of the local emergency communications plan. It will be critical to allowing citizens to effectively implement their best response it a given emergency.
Basically the local citzenry looks pretty ready to dig in or bug out as necessary. Preparations are ongoing but we have a resource rich environment locally so the limiting factor is how fast we can education our less qualified or informed citizenry. This is turn depends on how motivated they are and interested in survival. We have a lot of people locally who have been denied decent economic opportunity, social justice, and a loving family environment for so long that they are fairly stubborn about embracing life sufficiently to rapidly learn the new skills so essential for our society to at last realize the dreams of our nations founders as embodied in our constitution and culture. Oddly enough this may be a larger problem in segments of society who feel successful than in the traditionally victimized social strata. Owners who have been "free" to mismanage their assets under protection of the U.S.G. do not seem to fear their "neighbors" or family or friends that they have been abusing. People are waking up and it is a large mistake to get in the way of parents attempting to protect, raise, feed and/or educate their young. Even single people often have friends, lovers, nieces and nephews, etc. If you refuse to allow other fair opportunity to prosper do not be surprise when you get blindsided. It is not necessary to kill or violently restrain someone to make their lives miserable. Often it is merely necessary to apply a little compassionate understanding of their lot in life and observe their personal dilemmas, once the blind spots and prejudices have been spotted situations can be engineered that allow desired consequences.
Suicidal terrorists are created by information hiding and filtering. Elements of U.S.G. have been using the same tactics on U.S. Citizenry. Elements of the U.S. economy use these techniques on consumers, customers, suppliers, each other, etc. The power of an open honest lifestyle is that it provides few handles for nepharious engineering and while learning to defend oneself effectively against the inevitable self serving attacks (simulated, imagined, or real) one can learn a lot about information warfare ..... strategy and tactics. If you refuse to play or exercise your responsibility as a world citizen then really you should not whine at the rest of us about your lot in life.
Regarding the televised guidelines for preparation for an emergency. Three days seems like a ludicrously short prep period. It assumes big government will step in to take care of us. It is the sucker's bet. Big government will be busy responding to billionaires crying about their toys being destroyed.
I intend to get prepped to survive for up to a year if possible. This provides enough time to begin phasing in self harvested bounty of nature ..... assuming something is left after attacks or Armegeddon. Obviously water must be processed and recycled somehow with the outside environment if such a system is to be mobile. Local cisterns are possible and I spotted several homesteads that already have them setup. Perhaps if things get truly desperate I can convince their owners that a fairly creative goal oriented engineer is useful to have around when national manufacturing and distribution systems are on the verge of breaking down. So far Mom has resisted all proposals to put in our own cistern system in that could be used in conjunction with a greenhouse and water pond/garden to cleanse our house roof run off and vehicle oil spots as well as pollutants from up neighborhood. A fairly small investment in components would allow some excellent systems to be built from scraps that are available around town. Everybody wants clean water but nobody wants to clean it. Lovely. Yep rural people are much more responsible than metro concentrations. True stewards of the land and its resources. People have been out in force attempting to catch the last few salmon in the Coquille River and the State of Oregon allows them to purchase the privelege. Unthinkable to let the fish breed until you could walk accross the river during a run again. No wonder the Coquille River always seems so dead. It evolved with millions of salmon bringing nutrients back from the sea to the headwaters. Now it struggles by with a few tens. We could at least pump our sewage up to the headwaters points and allow nutrient trickle down if we cannot responsibly let enough breeders through for the wildlife to select for replenishment of the run in future years.
P.S. Field exercise. Spotted a box that would be good location for a bomb. Local authorities and owners of the equipment indicated that no ongoing concern or monitoring was necessary or appropriate. Everybody knows terrorists like big splashy metro targets so rural rustics such as us can be complacent. No doubt the big metro areas will soon be complacent that big U.S.G. military is on the job so no U.S. citizen could be expected or desire to contribute to taking care of the themselves or their families themselves. Sometimes it is hard to believe that we (the U.S.) are among the best on this planet. Maybe the next fish family that crawls out and discovers thinking after we are gone will do better. Maybe not. Fermi asked a good question: "Where are they?"