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About Me by General Doom on Sat Jun 06, 2009 4:49 pm
Ramblings from the site owner.

I'm a woman in my late 30s. I have a husband and a young son. I have never been an average American, but that's another (long) story. However, I didn't realize what a predicament our species and the planet was in until shortly before I gave birth to my first and only child. I learned about peak oil after becoming interested in current events books during my pregnancy. Fast Food Nation led to Mad Cow USA. Then I read The Party's Over. That was my "red pill" experience. The "red pill" refers to a scene in the popular movie The Matrix. I, along with many other folks in the peak oil scene, find it an apt analogy for how I felt when I learned about peak oil and what it might mean.

Since then I've learned about all kinds of doom, and learned a lot about various ways of trying to cope with it. I spent several years as a volunteer on a popular peak oil site,...

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Global JIT retail Giant stumbles again! by the48thronin on Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:43 am
Yup you guessed it, My favorite big box store has shown me further deterioration of the global JIT and their attempts to deal with it so that the shopper does not even realize it.

I noticed it first in Indiana at the store we actually shop at the most, I noticed it again in Oklahoma at the store we shop at almost as much as Indiana. My wife noticed it in Alabama.

The symptoms.

Many of the already spread out shelf rows are now 4 ft shorter in length making the aisles even wider. In a typical set up, there is one wide open aisle between the cash register row and the products for sale. There is another between the food section and the household articles, one separating the toys, tools, auto, and sporting goods from the cloths etc., and one across the back of the store from side to side excepting the food area. Those aisles are usually filled with palletized instant display goods, and still have lots of open space.

On the food end I noticed it first, the shelf rows were not 4 feet shorter,...

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New home, new light bulbs, new clothesline, new garden area by strider3700 on Thu Jul 23, 2009 1:39 am
I've moved. I got the keys 5 days ago and thanks to some last minute legal issues on the move this is easily the most stressful thing I've ever gone through. Getting married and the birth of my daughter aren't even close to comparing to what happened Friday.

Anyways I have done a few things that some of you may find interesting. Out front of the house is a pretty typical little garden. A few crappy bushes and a bunch of very dry and silty soil. Since that area gets sun from 10:30 till 6:30 or so I figured it might as well have something useful growing there. A quick trip to the local nursery got me a couple of massively over grown tomato plants in 1 gallon containers for $5. They threw in a sickly but may make it with some babying cucumber and I picked up a few bags of mushroom manure since they are out of steer manure. I added a couple of pumpkins that I had in pots and then threw in a row of peas along the back, some carrots, onions, beets, and salad greens filled most the...

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The culture of Poor by wisconsin_cur on Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:26 am
A question was posed to me recently, "At what income level to you think that someone is 'making it' and at what point are they poor?"

This is a issue upon which I have some strong emotions stemming mostly from my biography. My parents were married at 18 and their path to their present level of success began with a newborn and one High School diploma between them. There was no seed money from their parents to get them started but there was an attitude and ethic worth more than the Hilton-family trust fund. For me anyway the nature of their beginings are neither a source for pride or shame. It is just what was. I do, however, take pride in the way they faced that beginning.

Between them they had an ability to get things done and make the best of what they had. In the late seventies and early eighties, when the unemployment level of my home county hovered around 20%, They worked hard, saved what they could, bought a house, went back to school and politely declined government programs...

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If confronted by a mob, by wisconsin_cur on Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:04 am
I heard the question asked recently, how do you defend yourself from a mob. Assuming you have done your best (and failed) to avoid the mob, I see the options as:

1. Turn and run (flight)

This will engage the prey drive of the crowd. they will think they got you if they can only catch you. How big is the crowd and what percentile of the population can you out run? I'm not an avid runner but still in good shape, at least for the first mile or so. When I was tested for a job (self-selection bias at work here since only people who were willing to be tested in their 1 mile time applied) I was in the top 90%. So lets say for the population as a whole I'm in the top 5%. If there are 20 people, the odds are good that at least one of them will catch me.

I am also of the age where I will begin slowing even if I start to run more for exercise. Another question is if I have the lead...

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