This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)
Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there (at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).
Canonical list of old ones here:
So use “Tips” for “Oooh, look at the interesting ponder thing!”
and “W.O.O.D” for “Did you see what just happened?! What did you think about it?”
What’s Going On?
Russians are in. People are still leaving. USA is making grumble noises about the Russians. Brazil is making nice-nice with Trump. The Army continues to back Maduro. Interesting test case in the minimum public support needed to remain in power. Keep the Army happy and screw the people seems to work.
Also a good test case for what to do to prepare for social collapse. Anyone with “goods” or what looks like goods gets them stolen by gangs and / or armed thugs. You need to keep a low profile. It is also essential to have means of defense. Food & water along with the ability to generate your own (minimal) electricity are also very important. It may well be years, so ration your stocks from the start AND there’s the question of how to have a “secret garden” so it doesn’t get raided. I think things like Famine Foods that look like flowers or inedibles but ARE edible deserve more attention. Things like yam leaves and bean leaves, mustard greens (hot spicy) & horseradish (the greens are tasty ;-) along with “Mangle beets” (horse / cow fodder beets but the greens are tasty), etc.
Only 4 Days Left!!!! Unless legally you really left on 29 March. Unless T.May and the Eurocrats decide you don’t leave until June 30th. Or a year from now. Or two years. Or never.
The UK is stuffed.
The Aristocrats running the UK and EU have no intention of letting such a plum escape their grasp. Enjoy your Satrap status, or get out and let the Muslims have it. There is little future for a free people ruled by unelected remote sovereigns. Speaking of sovereigns, yours has clearly chosen to just be an irrelevant figurehead so long as her fortune is left intact. Wonder how long before a
Muslim Asian majority votes in Sharia and a Caliph and dumps the Monarchy? Demographics says you have about 20 to 30 years, max. I see no stomach for the “reconqista” it would take to stop that in the present British European population of Britain.
Oh Well. Not my problem. Does settle that question of “Should I get a British Passport?”. I qualify and had thought after Brexit I would. As a pure British thing, not as an EU Satrapy. Now just not interested. Not looking like a club I’d want to join.
We’re continuing to have lots of rain all over the place. 30 years of UV / blue warming the oceans at depth getting sucked out via more IR / red prompt evaporation at the surface. How long will it take? A decade? Or longer?
Snow levels are remaining VERY high. This is a good test of the GHCN and other temperature sets. If places we KNOW are under 20 feet of snow don’t show as cooler this “spring” than in the ’90s, you know the books are cooked. An A/B of last snow dates vs notional temperatures would be enlightening.
I’ve started a “garden in pots” and it is doing well, despite the cold nights and overcast occasionally drippy days. This is a cold spring in California.
Yesterday I took the pruners to the shrub weeds in the garden. I’m going to use Roundup on those not in garden planting areas, and try “deep repeated pruning” on the stumps in the garden area. I just don’t want a load of glyphosate in the soil causing issues for my garden plant roots; if at all possible. If it is not possible to get the overgrowth (including some squares with Bermuda Grass – YUCK!) extirpated by hand / heat / plastic mulch / Diesel spray; then I’ll resort to more Roundup / Glyphosate.
Worst case is just doing a lot more “stuff in pots” and less “potting on” into the garden squares this spring.
Looks like the Aristocratic / Authoritarian class has decided they just can’t stand free speech. Dubai has arrested a visitor for calling the woman who stole her husband a “horse” (a few years prior in Britain in an online comment). The UK has proposed (passed?) laws making it a crime to be unpleasnt on line. France has instituted a tax on digital speech (but for now only aimed at the really big USA internet Giants). Guess it’s time to start developing that “Personal Dark Net Tech” package so folks can continue to be free, even if it requires care and hiding your identity.
Oh, and “Note to self”: NEVER EVER vacation in Dubai, and likely not in the UK or France depending on how their laws evolve. As I’m “active” on the Internet, and can’t keep track of what every loony Authoritarian Government around the world decides to criminalize, the best I can do is just “not go there”. It’s much easier to just note where freedom has died and avoid it. Paris under riot isn’t very attractive anyway.
Dark Net here we come…