Where do we go from here?

22 Nov

I am pleased beyond words to see Diogenes back up and running with his blog.  Let me just get that out of the way, up front.  His site, his wording, his topics are among the best reads on the net.  Always have been.  He is a gifted writer, who I think missed his calling.  I have also been fortunate (blessed) to find a few other blogs that are both challenging, and rewarding.  Sites, not of ’emotion’, but of the ‘mind’.  All are worth the time to read, and (as Dio says) to research.  After reading his site today, it makes me wonder where we go from here. 

By now, you can tell that I am loyal and not afraid to take on what I perceive to be injustice or punk bullies.  Dio’s blog just helped me to get back to reality. 

I am now asking myself whether we are to be consumed with events beyond our control (what our ‘Master’ desires), or are we to reason ourselves to a, hopefully, better place?  Are we to in-fight, allege, malign, and attack one another, or are we to understand where we came from?  Are we to become distracted (sparklies), away from the actions that really do affect our lives?  Are we to spend hours filled with resentments (re-sentire; re-feel), or are we going to use what precious time we have left to understand the logic behind our founder’s thinking to prepare a realistic path to a better future? 

Are we going to plan retreats from our society as a last-ditch means of survival, or are we going to share ways to secure the society we already have?  Are we going to focus on the evils, the horrendous events of the day, or are we going to disperse the ways and means to defeat that (blossoming) enemy?
Are we going to focus on the morality of death, or are we going to focus on the morality of life?

I agree with Diogenes, and because I agree with Dio, I will try to pivot this site away from such negatives, to a more enlightened aspect involving our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. 

Running a small town involves so many issues.  Infrastructure, security, food, water, trade, law (rules).  As such, I might be in a unique position to help give (and receive) some ideas which might be shared among us.  This is where I might be able to share both our victories, and our defeats.  As well as to seek questions and research answers, as we move forward together.  Hopefully to attach a purpose, and be of service.  Believe me, this is not some act of charity.  I receive far more than I give, and with your knowledge, I can apply what you share with me in ‘real-world’ applications.

Thanks again, Dio, for esplainin the quagmire we are all getting caught up in.


Posted by on November 22, 2013 in Uncategorized


11 responses to “Where do we go from here?

  1. Anonymous

    November 22, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    You have got to be the only elected politician in this entire country who believes in the ways the founding fathers believed regarding our Constitutional Representative Republic.

    • The Soffitrat

      November 22, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      Oh, no. I hope you are wrong! But I must say, when I saw the first Republican County Judge (since reconstruction) personally profit from an FAP (Federal Aid Primary) loop project that is taking place right now, that I am beginning to wonder. I had confidence in this fellow, and thought that we were on the right track. Now, like you, I question that premise. Our people (employees) are free to carry, on the job, if they choose. They don’t, but they can. We voted on this a couple of years ago.

  2. Jamie

    November 22, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    rat, I would love hearing about the mayor stuff but I’m kind of an “odd duck” in that I fine a lot of what people would find boring detail stuff facinates me. I often see the Preppers talk about tactics or strategy but very few study and learn about logistics and that is what I think is important.
    If you have a military background you always make sure of your supply lines first and when a prepper/survivalist gets basic supplies that is what they are doing. Not as fun or sexy as buying the latest gadgets or guns but definately the most important thing in my book

    • The Soffitrat

      November 22, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Exactly the way I see it too, Jamie. We can ‘cowboy up’ at a moment’s notice. I have all the SF people I need. When I need them. Or better yet, when they need me. They are already in place.

      However, and even though these are not absolutes (due to cisterns, wells, outhouses), what good will it do if we don’t have treated water, waste water disposal, water sources and means of transportation?
      What good will canned foods, mre’s, ammo alone, do us in the long run, but delay the inevitable?

      The things I concentrate on are defensible positions (thought out in advance) with a game plan to keep out transients/infiltrators. A Vault Plan. Freezers, generators, fuel storage. Health care clinics are no good without the personnel.

      All are critical when one is addressing any size population center. Yet, population centers are a must. One can refuse to accept this, but they are only fooling (BS’ing) themselves. Yet, many ARE in Denial. We must have civilized population centers (CPC). Centers of trade, commerce, barter, labor, services, survival. They will be critical to even the most independent prepper’s hope to survive. We are addressing these issues. And they are many. Not a few.

      • Jamie

        November 22, 2013 at 11:18 pm

        I don’t remember who said it but it was “Amateurs study tactics and professionals study logistics” It’s amazing what can be set up with a little bit of work and some prior planning. Many people have set up Wi-fi mesh networks that can operate in place of the internet at least for communication in neighborhoods. As much as I hate the UN/WHO/Peace corps they have some great info for setting up all kinds of low tech solutions for the third world nations that are brilliant.

        All to many of the PTBs think in terms of an “industrial/technological solution” instead of going for simple cottage or village level type solutions because the banks, corporations and politicians are beholden to the industrial model. Like solar energy which can work pretty well at powering a home but sucks at powering an manufacturing plant. Yet most of the government subsidies go toward creating a solar utility rather than a home or neighborhood system of electricity similar to Edison’s idea using DC power and small grids. Of course the local utility companies lose their monopoly, the city loses the utility fees for endorsing the monopoly and government loses the ability to control, so it will never happen though I think it is the right way to create a backup grid that doesn’t cost the taxpayer a dime.
        You could create a system for the Solar grid similar to the old time farmers co-op. People could go solar and perhaps contribute for a substation and charge the folks that use the power and pay the folks that put power back into the system. That should avoid the “Tragedy of the commons” as it would be in a person’s best interest to be a maker and not a taker! It would also promote conservation rather than rampant environmentalist.

        • The Soffitrat

          November 23, 2013 at 9:19 am

          But of course! Our bureaucrats and pols. (knowing little of nothing) know more than Edison!

        • The Soffitrat

          November 23, 2013 at 9:23 am

          You know? You’ve already given me some ideas. We just renovated our water tower, inside and out. It’s 150 ft. tall. Have you ever seen one small town with solar panels over the entire top of one? Hummm… That would be an easy project and could produce (I would think) better than a ground unit. No obstructions, no tracking necessary. In our climate, might be well worth the effort! Plenty of room for battery storage and accompanying electronics.

    • Dannyboy53

      November 22, 2013 at 11:31 pm

      Jamie I see it as both sad and funny (in a twisted sort of way I suppose). So many people talk about having 50 firearms and 10,000 rounds, that’s okay but do they have enough food to last them months or a year or so? And without a grasp of tactics and some assistance they will not last long enough to heat up their rifle barrel. Those bullets do not digest well, and firing off a round or two to bring down game may very well bring company you don’t want!


      • Jamie

        November 22, 2013 at 11:52 pm

        Danny: What blows me away is most of the wannabe Rambos, Mad Max’s and keyboard commandos don’t have even 10 gallons of water stored! Heck one day in summer heat without water would cause them to heat stroke out, without water to help regulate body temp in winter they will probaly die of hypothermia and at all times with out a safe source of water they will drink dirty or polluted water and die from some filth disease and dehydration. That’s why I have a hard time taking those people who think the can turn “raider” seriously in the long term.

        • Dannyboy53

          November 23, 2013 at 12:00 am

          You are absolutely right Jamie. It’s sad that they will have to learn the hard way, they have been watching too many Stallone and Schwarzenegger movies.

          Hollywood is their reality.

  3. The Soffitrat

    November 23, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Don’t forget Doomsday Preppers.


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