If our government won’t say it I will:
We are sitting on the very crest of an environmental disaster which will change the lives of every person on this planet. The entire Fukushima complex is a catalog of ongoing runaway disasters, each of which alone is an unprecendented nightmare, but combined boggles the imagination. And despite all best efforts, a serious earthquake at any time releases the entire Pandora’s box. I see no future in which the entire Northern hemisphere is not contaminated with radioisotopes, possibly in the form of  “hot rains.” It seems likely any remaining pacific sea life will be contaminated for a long time to come (the half-life of plutonium is 24,000 years).
I’m afraid we are witnessing the defining moment of the rest of our lives. I really hope i’m wrong.

More super-bad news from fukushima, 5 days ago:
They mention the steam is coming from the top floor of the reactor building, but they don’t point out that is where the spent-fuel pool is in these reactors; if the water in the pool boils away (as the steam would suggest), the fuel will catch fire. They say there is 89 tons of plutonium fuel in that reactor alone; but they don’t mention that if that fuel does catch fire, the environmental contamination (by my calculation) would be equivalent to detonating around 9000 Hiroshima-size bombs. Not an explosion, but an unimaginably gigantic release of super-toxic plutonium (a man-made element, plutonium is literally the most toxic substance known to mankind; a sub-microscopic dose is fatal). All these horrific facts are hidden between the lines.
There has been much press coverage about the heroic efforts to clean up the fuel pool at the #4 reactor, which was offline at the time of the accident. But the biggest revelation to me is that, as dangerous as the situation is at the #4 fuel storage pool, where they are trying to remove the explosive fuel rods like cigarettes from a crushed pack, there are THREE MORE fuel storage pools #1 – 3, where NO ONE EVEN KNOWS what is going on, because the radiation is so intense that EVEN ROBOTS CAN’T GO THERE WITHOUT BEING DESTROYED! So they’re making a big media presentation about fixing #4, the only one they can even try to work on…

I’m not going to summarize the news posts, but you should look at them.
This is a long scary article, but be sure to read (at least) the part at halfway down the page:

Makes you long for the days of the BP Oil Spill, doesn’t it? When the disaster was contained to “just” the Gulf of Mexico?
I’m making a major investment in long-term storable food, ahead of global contamination of the food supply. Prices will go through the roof once people realize what’s happening. Long term, it’s greenhouses, all food production indoors, well-watered. Needless to say, there will not be enough un-contaminated food for everyone. Not even close. Going outdoor may require protective clothing. Military-surplus Nuclear-Biological-Chem (NBC) suits are still relatively cheap since no one was told they might need one. Got mine (top, pants, gloves, full-face respirator, no boots) for less than $100. I’ll bet it originaly cost the taxpayer a grand.

I’m certainly not blaming Obama for this but…
This article really says it all. Already at least 3 TIMES worse than Chernobyl, and still growing. But our government, the tools of the energy industry, won’t even acknowledge there is a freight train bearing down on us. In fact, they obviously see the disaster coming, but aren’t saying a word:
Yes, I’ve already bought a ton of it. And you should too. But you can’t take it for more than 14 days in a row.

Aha, finally the government springs into action, by raising the “safe exposure” limit!
Problem solved! I guess if the “safe exposure limit” were the same as the “lethal limit,” there wouldn’t even be a problem, as far as the EPA is concerned. Coincidentally, the Japanese government did the same thing.

I write this because the shift to the way things may HAVE TO be, is like turning the Titanic. And the sooner you start, my friends, the less you hit the iceberg. I really truly hope, that ten years from now, I’ll be sitting outdoors in the rain with my friends, hearing “remember when Klug freaked out about Fukushima” jokes, and being called Chicken-Little. I really do.


What’s Next?

Posted: 04/28/2013 in Uncategorized

So just a few observations on current events:


On Homeland Security’s 2700+ armored trucks:
So every state in the country gets 50+ of these things for “internal security”…Why doesn’t that make me feel secure?
These vehicles are bomb and bulletproof, yet they have gun ports so you can shoot at people outside without them being able to shoot you. When has even one of these ever been required on American soil? I can’t think of any example, ever, since the civil war. Even during a riot, authorities haven’t opened-fire on an armed crowd. So we need to cut funding for police, fire depts and education in order to afford 2700 of these. I get the picture. I think this demonstrates that the government is preparing for the same war I am, but perhaps not from the same side.
So how crazy am I now, shopping for a Deuce-and-a-Half of my very own? Just keeping up with the neighbors.


Yep they see it coming too. So here’s what’s gonna happen:
1. A relatively small initial shock causes a total market crash (like last time, where the collapse of the housing market caused a landslide). Probably the initial shock will involve a fuel shortage (middle-east oil shutoff, or somesuch). Then, like in 2008, every weak link in the financial system turns into spaghetti.
2. This time, we can’t just borrow more money out of thin air to prop up collapsing banks, since the debt is already unsustainable. Foreign investors dump their U.S. debt as fast as they can; the value of a dollar shrinks to 2 cents (value of hard assets like gold and silver goes straight to the moon).
3. Companies can’t afford raw materials at the new prices. Millions of people lose their jobs. Instead of blaming the bought-and-paid for congress that kept funneling money to their billionaire puppet-masters until the last possible second, they all blame Obama.
4. Public unrest grows, in the form of massive demonstrations of the homeless and unemployed. Domestic terrorists strike at perceived centers of government. People are panicked, fighting mad, looking for a scapegoat, and it’s all too easy for the Republicans to point at Obama and say, “I told you so,” even while they smirk behind their hands.
5. Republicans win the 2016 election in a landslide of racism, flag-waving and religious chest-thumping. Bombings and food riots allow the new administration to justify surveillance and drone strikes on U.S. soil against the leaders of “Domestic Terror” (or anyone speaking uncomfortable truths through a megaphone). When federal aid to the states dries up, southern states decide it’s best for them to seceed from the union to get out from under the federal debt. Homeland Security is dispatched (in those armored trucks) against state militias.
6. China, left holding the bag of now worthless U.S. debt and seeing that the situation is not going to improve, decides they will settle for Hawaii and call it even. Vital money & fuel are diverted to the military, making the crisis at home even worse. Food prices soar as interstate trucking grinds to a halt. Government-proposed rationing of food & fuel backfires, sparking well-armed riots at distribution centers.
7. Someone, no one will ever find out who, pulls up a container ship in international waters off the coast of California. It will never have to be examined by customs agents, since it will never dock. The crew opens one of the containers on deck and fires a short range missile. It doesn’t need to go far, and it doesn’t need to be accurate. It detonates a crude nuclear weapon high in the atmosphere above California, too high to cause any direct damage or injury, but high enough that the EMP pulse destroys every power grid and electronic device on the west coast. At about the same time, the container ship explodes and sinks without a trace (even a punk-ass country like N. Korea could pull this off right now).
8. Without electricity, food distribution, or deliveries of fuel, people on the west coast begin to starve. Fortunately the one thing they have that still works is bullets. Lots and lots of bullets. No one has been directly harmed by the atomic blast, but millions die in Los Angeles alone as the starving population turn on eachother.
9. And so on.

I’ll see you there.

How To Do Anything

Posted: 10/02/2012 in Uncategorized

In my continuing effort to accomplish the infinite with finite resources, while swimming against the tide of widespread incompetence and lack of organization, I’ve discovered a few central principles that apply to nearly any endeavor. In the interest of turning that tide and getting everyone to push the cart in the same direction, here are the principles of How To Do Anything:

1.PLAN C:  The more important a goal is, the more backup plans you should have to ensure it. What, no backup plan? Then you don’t really care if that goal ever  happens, do you? This principle is called Plan C because Plan A always falls through, Plan B will probably work but hey ya never know, so you’d better have Plan C.

2. YOUR BUTT’S NOT THAT BIG: Just because a plan has some merit, doesn’t mean it should be undertaken. Perhaps it has high initial or longterm resource requirements, maybe success is uncertain, or maybe its a good plan but you’re already invested in a thousand other good plans. As a friend of mine was fond of saying, “Don’t put anything in your mouth that won’t fit through your butt later.”

3. ONLY SO MANY HOURS IN THE DAY: Your labor energy and ability to concentrate on a project is like your internet connection: it has a bandwidth, and that bandwidth is finite. You don’t go online with dialup then start downloading the entire Star Wars series, do you? Likewise, don’t start writing Paradise Lost on your lunch-hour; you’ll never finish, and you could have actually finished something less ambitious.

4. DID I TURN OFF THE STOVE: Many serious mistakes are made when leaving one area for another. Why are these mistakes so serious? Because you have to retrace your steps to correct what you forgot to do, then retrace your steps again to get back where you were when you realized your mistake. You’re paying double! Take a deep breath when you leave, and think about what you are forgetting. This principle is especially true when leaving an area of high security for one of lower security: like leaving the privacy of the bathroom without checking your shoe for toilet paper, or leaving your gun at home.

5. START THE AUTOPILOT: Processes that can continue unassisted should be the first tasks initiated. Get all those plates spinning first, then you can work on something hands-on while they run. Don’t get stuck waiting for the clothes in the dryer, because you mowed the lawn before starting them.

6. KEEP THE WHEELS ROLLIN: Tasks to preserve or improve the efficiency of transportation have the highest priority. Working on end-projects instead of fixing that leaky tire on the car could result in a massive loss of productivity if you’re stuck on the side of the road. Of course fixing the leaky tire was not on the list of things to do today, but it should actually have been at the top. Likewise, five minutes to fix the wheelbarrow ahead of time saves five hours hauling gravel in buckets (yes this is a true anecdote).

7. WALK THIS WAY: Tasks that will be repeated often, will reward the investment of a little extra time in scrutinizing the process. The slight improvement in your technique of mowing the lawn that saves five minutes, for example, will save cumulative years off your life. The savings in time and labor are literally uncountable, in some cases limited only by how long you live. This leads to the remarkable conclusion that the most mundane tasks are worthy of the greatest attention to detail. I have solved several health problems by close attention to my gait and posture.

8. HUMAN WASTE: In nature, there is no such thing as a waste product. Be like nature. To the limit of the space available, the leftovers from one project WILL facilitate another down the road, or even allow solutions that would never have occurred to you. Furthermore, disposal of waste products is a project in itself, one you won’t have to think about if you can reuse that stuff. I’ve taken this to the extent of seeking out other peoples waste products: scrap metal for cash, veg. trimmings from restaurants for compost and eventually livestock, used fryer oil for making diesel fuel, old palettes for the woodstove, etc.

9. MO MONEY? NO MONEY: Ten minutes thought on how to do something without money will repay you many times over. Most people planning a project make a list of things to buy and how much they will cost, rather than thinking of what they already have to work with. Money is an invaluable tool, but it should be used like a scalpel not a chainsaw. It’s a lot easier to bury a problem in money to make it go away, than to apply a little ingenuity and save that money for something that doesn’t have any other solution. Furthermore if you become accustomed to thinking this way, when the day comes that you have no money (I said when not if) you will not be paralyzed.

10. TWO-FER:  Any task worth undertaking, or any item worth investing in, should fulfill at least two different needs, if not more. Don’t get a job whose perks you have no use for; don’t get a car that you can’t put a trailer hitch on; don’t buy highly processed foods, buy raw ingredients and vary the recipes (more than just practical reasons for this one). Even a hammer head has two sides.

11. TIME IS MONEY: The only real commodities are free time and motivation. In general, anything else can be traded for some combination of these two. The only question is: will you live long enough and want it bad enough to get it?

12. REFINE YOUR TECHNIQUE: If you’re sure of the method, start with the hardest part. If you’re still trying different methods, or trying to find a method at all, start with the easiest part and optimize the method before reaching the hardest part. At first, work consistently from start to finish without skipping around, in order to judge any marginal improvements of the method. For example, if it takes ten steps to make a widget, make a few complete widgets before doing the first step to a hundred of them, then the second step to the same hundred, etc.

13. DON’T SCREW UP: It is always harder to repair a mistake than prevent it. Always. A mistake might be a game-ender, even a life-ender. A few moments of thought on the potential mistakes that might occur will save you alot of aggravation, alot of wasted materials, and maybe even a few fingers.

14: ANCIENT CHINESE SECRET: Ok, so this one isn’t mine, but it’s true and it’s on-topic: “In Life, errors are inevitable. The true error is not to correct the original error.” Many times, failing gracefully is 90% of the job; and if you’re graceful enough, no one will notice the mistake in the first place. And then did it even happen?

15. RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB: No matter how hard you try, you can’t drive a screw with a hammer, and you can’t drive a nail with a screwdriver. If you suspect you don’t have the right tool for the job, don’t waste your time. Go to the hardware store, see what the best, most expensive real-deal tool looks like, and make or borrow one, rent one, or just buy the damn thing, finish your job, then return it and demand your money back.  When the toolset is complicated, as in welding, painting or carpentry, group tasks together according to the toolset required so you don’t waste time in deploying then cleaning and storing tools multiple times.

16. REALISTIC GOALS: The more general the specification of the goal, the greater the chance of success. This doesn’t mean settling for a half-assed job at the end of the day, but “I’m gonna fix that leak in the ceilling” has a much higher chance of success than “I’m gonna put a new roof on the house,” even though both are approaches to the same problem. There are many ways to achieve the first, and very few ways to achieve the second.

17. And finally, GET OFF YOUR ASS: like I said in #11, the only real commodities are time and motivation, and you’re losing both every second you delay starting any project. Every second of your life has a number on it, and more than likely you’ll be less fit and energetic tomorrow than today. Some goals absolutely have to be started in youth to have any chance of success; if you’re sitting on the couch at 45 and suddenly decide to become an NFL quarterback, the odds are against you. Likewise, the chances of you actually completing anything are greatly improved by starting it. Right F-ing now.