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by absinthe beginner
Thu Dec 25, 2014 7:15 pm
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Are you a writer or wannabe writer?
Replies: 51
Views: 2589

Re: Are you a writer or wannabe writer?

Dogbane, I'm working on a writing project (dystopian fiction, no zombies) and am considering going the self-publishing route. I've worked as a technical writer and editor, and have spent much of the past ten years polishing my writing and editing skills. I was considering going the self-publishing r...
by absinthe beginner
Thu Dec 25, 2014 7:00 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Foreign Invasion WWYD
Replies: 66
Views: 4188

Re: Foreign Invasion WWYD

No nation has the military power or global reach to invade the continental US - yet. But if I lived in Australia and was watching China rise to a military superpower with covetous eyes on regional countries' land and resources, I'd be as nervous as a six-year-old at the Neverland Ranch. Especially s...
by absinthe beginner
Thu Dec 25, 2014 9:26 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Are you a writer or wannabe writer?
Replies: 51
Views: 2589

Re: Are you a writer or wannabe writer?

Dogbane said: Milan Kundera is another writer whom I wish I could even approach in style. Testify, Brother Dogbane! Kundera is a brilliant novelist who has also written a slim but but superb volume on the art of the novel that I would highly recommend for my fellow wannabes. http://www.amazon.com/A...
by absinthe beginner
Tue Dec 23, 2014 7:42 pm
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Are you a writer or wannabe writer?
Replies: 51
Views: 2589

Re: Are you a writer or wannabe writer?

I would take serious issue with any contention that Cormac McCarthy - the greatest living American writer, IMHO - is guilty of poor writing. He might sometimes use sentence fragments, but his writing is brilliant. Read any of his works and judge for yourself. Start with The Road or All the Pretty Ho...
by absinthe beginner
Mon Dec 22, 2014 10:20 pm
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Are you a writer or wannabe writer?
Replies: 51
Views: 2589

Re: Are you a writer or wannabe writer?

Ignore those who will rip on your grammar and spelling. Maybe editing is a talent, I think its more on the side of the technical. The real talent lies within the imagination. The ability to spin a spellbinding yarn that transports the reader into a world of your creation is a wonderful thing. I wou...
by absinthe beginner
Mon Dec 22, 2014 8:54 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon
Replies: 4296
Views: 221858

Re: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon

With all eyes on Russia, some of the former Soviet Union and East Bloc states like Belarus are starting to circle the drain. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-12-22/belarus-full-blown-hyperinflation-panic-blocks-news-online-stores-bans-all-fx-tradin Belarus blocked online stores and news websites S...
by absinthe beginner
Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:24 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon
Replies: 4296
Views: 221858

Re: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon

I remember the Big Bang episode where Sheldon tried to convince Penny of the merits of buying "feminine hygiene products" in bulk, since that was a rather predictable future requirement for a non-perishable item. Methinks Sheldon was onto something…and if the "happy wife, happy life" maxim is true,...
by absinthe beginner
Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:54 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon
Replies: 4296
Views: 221858

Re: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon

Will Russia trigger the next systemic financial crisis? A default seems assured in oil prices (and the ruble) keep dropping. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11305146/The-week-the-dam-broke-in-Russia-and-ended-Putins-dreams.html Gallows humour is back in Moscow. Asked what he would do to...
by absinthe beginner
Wed Dec 17, 2014 8:36 pm
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2249
Views: 274104

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

One grammar catch: you can have COARSE graying hair but not course, graying hair.
by absinthe beginner
Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:17 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: They Call You a Crazy Prepper, Not Any More!
Replies: 11
Views: 1139

Re: They Call You a Crazy Prepper, Not Any More!

If "they" call you a crazy prepper, maybe you're practicing poor OPSEC.
by absinthe beginner
Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:19 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon
Replies: 4296
Views: 221858

Re: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon

"Stress tests" are supposed to provide reassurance as to the soundness of the banking system in the US, UK, and Eurozone, but somehow I'm less than reassured. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/bank-of-england/11291330/Banks-braced-for-doomsday-scenario-as-Carney-probes-financial-strength.html Separ...
by absinthe beginner
Sat Dec 13, 2014 1:03 pm
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2249
Views: 274104

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

Halfapint said: When they first came to the fort the leadership told the men that escorted Mundy to the hill to "keep upwind from him". The fort dwellers down really know how it's passed, which is why they kind of keep their distance. At least that is what I figured. Maybe so, but in Mundy's absenc...
by absinthe beginner
Fri Dec 12, 2014 8:20 pm
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2249
Views: 274104

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

Tinderbox, great update. I see just one plausability flaw. The denizens of the stockade, having been deprived of all news or contact with the outside world, would almost certainly not show such benign indifference to Katrina and Rory. I mean, think about it. They would be starved for news of what's ...
by absinthe beginner
Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:25 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Major Weather-Related Collision on Britain's M25
Replies: 1
Views: 368

Major Weather-Related Collision on Britain's M25

Highlights need for EDC and car kit, especially in inclement weather.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/ho ... 11903.html
by absinthe beginner
Mon Dec 01, 2014 8:23 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon
Replies: 4296
Views: 221858

Re: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon

Russian ruble is tanking as oil keeps dropping. Is this the start (or acceleration) of the next systemic global financial crisis?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/econ ... -1998.html
by absinthe beginner
Sun Nov 30, 2014 8:43 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: St. Louis Grand Jury Decision... pending
Replies: 137
Views: 6509

Re: St. Louis Grand Jury Decision... pending

Would the property owner be responsible for the actions of those individuals if an incident were to occur? Definitely food for thought. I would hope if some serious unrest and lawlessness went down in my AO, there would be brave, altruistic people that would step up and interject themselves between...
by absinthe beginner
Sun Nov 30, 2014 6:24 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: St. Louis Grand Jury Decision... pending
Replies: 137
Views: 6509

Re: St. Louis Grand Jury Decision... pending

Not sure that the Sherrif has a leg to stand on when it comes to telling the volunteers to cease and desist as long as they are unpaid and remain on private property with the permission of the property owners. If the volunteers are law-abiding, they'll pack their bags and leave town. I can definite...
by absinthe beginner
Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:13 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: St. Louis Grand Jury Decision... pending
Replies: 137
Views: 6509

Re: St. Louis Grand Jury Decision... pending

Self-selected militia-type armed volunteers have been descending on Ferguson. From a legal and law enforcement standpoint, as well as a preparedness perspective, it is educational to see how authorities and protesters alike react to the presense and activities of these armed irregulars and the eleme...
by absinthe beginner
Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:17 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Bug Out Gear Deals (Post 'em when you find 'em) I
Replies: 6526
Views: 973521

Re: Bug Out Gear Deals (Post 'em when you find 'em) I

Battery junction is having some good deals on flashlights & batteries, including one of my favorites, the Olight T25 series. http://www.batteryjunction.com/2014-blackfriday-doorbusters-olight.html?utm_source=2014_11_24_olight_blackfriday&utm_medium=rotator_homepage&utm_campaign=2014_11_24_olight_bla...
by absinthe beginner
Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:47 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: St. Louis Grand Jury Decision... pending
Replies: 137
Views: 6509

Re: St. Louis Grand Jury Decision... pending

The morning after in Ferguson (good pics). From a preparedness standpoint the question would seem to be if "civil disturbances" related to the verdict are going to play out in other urban centers tonight and on subsequent nights. This year's Black Friday could be dicey if looters decide to take REAL...
by absinthe beginner
Mon Nov 24, 2014 6:45 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: St. Louis Grand Jury Decision... pending
Replies: 137
Views: 6509

Re: St. Louis Grand Jury Decision... pending

Had dinner with my younger brother tonight. He has, at best, a few days worth of food on hand. And no firearms. Not that we're expecting any local trouble, but still…sad to say if there IS unrest, it might be a teaching point. He is completely oblivious to the possibility his well-ordered world coul...
by absinthe beginner
Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:27 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: A Kindle book to physically prepare yourself
Replies: 50
Views: 3286

Re: A Kindle book to physically prepare yourself

I'm not spending $2.99 on a book that is in dire need of an editor after five pages. Seriously. Enthusiasm for your subject, or even being a subject matter expert, can't make up for errors in grammar, style and usage that are distracting and annoying to readers, especially if you expect them to pay...
by absinthe beginner
Sun Nov 23, 2014 4:45 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: St. Louis Grand Jury Decision... pending
Replies: 137
Views: 6509

Re: St. Louis Grand Jury Decision... pending

What real authority do you need to be a security guard or on a PSD? A license? A credit recognition if it is from another state? I don't know, but I don't like the idea of mercenaries with ill-defined authorities taking it upon themselves to use lethal force "if we deem necessary." What's to stop t...

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