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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Kernel of Truth and the Usual Lies

There are lots of people striving to become official party anthropologist at the moment, most people think Jared Diamond has already been crowned (all his books together are not worth piss in a boot compared to two sentences of Robert Ardrey) but one of these wannabes here reveals his wad of subjective hooie wrapped around an important fact ... like I told you in the post recently, dogs and other ground predators would have taken an enormous toll on early man. The fossil evidence testifies to exactly that.

This idiot then goes on to conclude that the Mount Everest built out of mammal bones that was the Neolithic was a result of a tragic fall in the shower by Woolly Mammoths on a bar of primeval soap. Man just "happened" to be in the area for about 30,000 years when this occurred.

The second biggest pile of bones on Earth, humans killed by other humans, are all the result of mislabeled prescription medicines. So you see, I too can practice counter intuitive reasoning like the edjumificated types and whatnot. Except of course, real geniuses are counter intuitive because reason is bound together deftly with intuition in a way that just doesn't occur in ordinary people ... like the author of this article, for example.

Anyhow, you can see ... dogs are nothing to be laughed at when TSHTF. One man against fifty wild dogs is not good odds no matter how well armed you are. Without your brain and fortified shelter you don't stand a chance.

I tell people this often so that if they ever get ready to go walkabout after Day Zero, they will have their memory jogged before they go out the door and take into account they could be walking into the equivalent of a human blender set to puree. Keep in mind a pack of dogs can come over a hill out of nowhere in the space of seconds before you can even put your hand on your holster. It's serious business. It'd be a shame to survive all that and then get killed by a savage horde of Pekinese gone bad.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

You didn't believe me about ROLLED OATS

You've never heard a long, extended Vault-Co rant about rolled oats? You have not been surfing this site long enough!

My personal, firsthand experience with 12+ year old food has told me things I didn't otherwise read in books anywhere.

Some foods have special qualities. The books say 5-10 years. I'm telling you, stored correctly, some of this stuff will go 20, 30 and 40+ years.

1. Powdered whole milk lasts infinity plus if kept cool, dry and out of light. Infinity. Forget about "3-5 years" like they mark on the bag. I'm still drinking powdered milk from 1996. There is just no appreciable difference.

2. Shredded wheat is eternity food if kept dry and cool.

3. Rolled oats, a very nutritious food, last damn near forever even when stored in less than ideal conditions. That and brown sugar would weather many a famine as a staple.

4. White rice, of course. It never goes off if kept dry.

Still under observation ... powdered eggs, sardines, many others.

Use mylar bags and oxygen absorbers, then keep them in a cool location. That food may outlast you. I would swear to this in an affidavit if asked.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Let's Escape To Anywhere But Here

Don't worry, it's only the best and brightest. There will be plenty of slack jawed minimum wage slaves left over from third world countries to serve the remaining elites.

I expect Australia to get a substantial boost to average IQ with the immigration from America, South Africa and Britain. I expect all three of those countries will see ever accelerating shifts downward in the Bell Curve as everybody with intelligence quotients above room temperature leaves ground zero to the listless desperate remainder.

Although it wasn't obvious at the time to most people when I emigrated out sixteen years ago, it's damn near obvious that short of the Antarctic, there is no place left on Earth to escape to other than Australia. It's all relative and Oz is seemingly the last refuge left away from manboons, chimpmanzees and other five star enricher squadrons.

I know something that none of them know. I know that when Taiwan happens, the air over Australia will be filled with Chinese nuclear tipped cruise missiles like the arrows of the Persians in the CGI enhanced movie "300" raining down on the Spartans. So don't think this is a place to escape. Without a vault, this is just another place to die.

What happens in 2012?

Think there is just too much going on right now to even consider this?

What if Vault-Co told you that these are all parts of the elephant?

It was no comet that killed the dinosaurs. (Vault-Co made this assertion in 2002)

The overdue magnetic flip of the poles will roast the surface with radiation

Scientists don't want a panic on their hands.

They try to dwell on the possible effects on cell phones and internet porn connections.

With everything else going on in the world, this could be the straw that broke the camel's back. We don't need people running into the streets screaming with their possessions in a wheelbarrel.

Back when we had sunspots

Eggheads guarantee something spectacular is getting ready to happen.

The timing is almost enough to make you believe in God, isn't it? Maybe it's because he exists. If you're so open minded, why not consider that?

Saturday, June 7, 2008

A Perfect Time For A New Ice Age

"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks...will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered... The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."

- President Thomas Jefferson

Oil at $200.00 a barrel. The highest price during the highest demand.

Did you know major parts of the United States have been constructed on the assumption of heating oil for homes which is cheap, plentiful and trucked in from the outside each year on a just-in-time basis? Did you know without it, there are entire regions of States that would have to fight for wood to burn to stay alive in a particularly harsh winter? Did you know these same States also make the same assumptions about the food supply? What about elderly citizens, single mothers and children who are not capable of chopping down every tree in sight in an emergency and burning it in a barrel in their living room just to get through the night without freezing to death?

The real national security crisis is the economy

This thing hasn't even begun yet - the real crash is just warming up

No leaders left with America's best interest at heart - America is an occupied nation

Grandpa is glad he'll be dead soon

World War III - get on with it. Promises, promises. Russia is standing behind Iran. Be careful who you shoot at and with what. They may start shooting back. That could get ugly quick.

The Beginnings of Real Terror

As put by geophysicist Philip Chapman, a former NASA astronaut-scientist and former president of the National Space Society, “It is time to put aside the global warming dogma, at least to begin contingency planning about what to do if we are moving into another little ice age.”The sun, of late, is remarkably free of eruptions: It has lost its spots. By this point in the solar cycle, sunspots would ordinarily have been present in goodly numbers. Today’s spotlessness — what alarms Dr. Chapman and others — may be an anomaly of some kind, and the
sun may soon revert to form. But if it doesn’t – and with each passing day, the speculation in the scientific community grows that it will not – we could be entering a new epoch that few would welcome.

Sunspots have been well documented throughout human history, starting in the fourth century BC, with written descriptions by Gan De, a Chinese astronomer. In 1128, an English monk, John of Worcester, was the first person known to have drawn sunspots, and after the telescope’s arrival in the early 1600s, observations and drawings became commonplace, including by such luminaries as Galileo Galilei. Then, to the astonishment of astronomers, they saw the sunspots diminish and die out altogether.This was the case during the Little Ice Age, a period starting in the 15th or 16th century and lasting centuries, says NASA’s Goddard Space Centre, which links the absence of sunspots
to the cold that then descended on Earth. During the coldest part of the Little Ice Age, a time known as the Maunder Minimum (named after English astronomer Edward Maunder), astronomers saw only about 50 sunspots over a 30-year period, less than one half of 1% of the sunspots that would normally have been expected. Other Minimums — times of low sunspot activity — also corresponded to times of unusual cold.

A spotless sun. An unknown phenomenon to the inhabitants of the interglacial. You don't appreciate what you had until nature takes it away.

It's all fun and games sitting around on Oprah talking with all the metrosexuals about what sort of natural textiles they are wearing in order to offset their queer carbon footprint and such.

Then the Sun gets snuffed out like a candle being pinched between the fingers of God ... and all the consumer units begin to feel the first pangs of what mortal terror is like.

Globo-warmthink was the best idea the sheeple could field about the changes we have seen in recent years. It was the apocalypse according to gay men.

Then there is real life. That isn't something you discuss in easy chairs over lattes on Oprah's set.

A new Ice Age means babies, the other white meat. The mall may remain closed for some time. The takeout window dark and locked up at McDonald's.

Do you think that some people are at least getting synchronized with Vault-Co? Wrong. We're still about a million steps ahead of these guys in seeing the implications.

World War is going to rage across the planet long before the glaciation begins anew and the superstorm hits. Resource wars will soon tear this little blue orb to pieces. There ain't enough to go around for both Asia and the West. The Chinese have two choices:

1. Be civil and perish quietly

2. Destroy the West and then take their stuff - food, fuel, women and agricultural territory

Friday, June 6, 2008

Even The Army Figured It Out

Mankind does not have the brains to realize the opposite of all their fears is what they should have been worried about. They don't have big enough imaginations to visualize that much of the human race ass-backwards. That's why you can rest assured that after the globo-warmthink kult dissolves nobody will ever be expecting the massive Ice Age that is going to hit this planet in the coming decade. It will be biblical and nobody outside of Vault-Co regulars will be prepared for it.

As the new Cold War heats up, you can also bet the poor slack-jawed yokels will be saying, "Yeah, wasn't it global warming last time? What's this, the latest new crisis?" Cry wolf enough times into their dull ears and they will soon lose the ability altogether to respond to a real threat in the environment. They'll probably still be sneering when the first missile contrails start to drift overhead. The average man cannot handle much reality and even a little false panic will tend to exhaust whatever small attention span he may have had.

Vault OS Update #22 : Framework & Graphic Strategy

Been working on it most of this week. I have the configuration screen running, the desktop and a lot of the subsystems for driving IPX via a TSR. The screens look great because I have a custom font and icons built from custom characters plus special characters used to draw the interface.

I decided on a strategy for displaying graphics like diagrams and security maps - each module will be chained into a common environment with IPX running to keep the communications going, but I will put the program into a clean Mode-X 360x480 256 color screen for super high fast display of large virtual windows (like an overhead map of your shelter/retreat) showing status markers for any sensors you have defined. This Mode-X resolution is available on all VGA cards with or without VESA, so it will run on very old displays and systems and it looks incredibly good. If a major alert comes in over IPX, a flag will flash on the graphics display screen notifying you so you can exit back to desktop if need be.

I'm using the Bullet '99 B-Tree library for the multiuser database, it's awesome. Without a doubt the stablest and fastest database ever written. I'd like to add "for DOS," except I work in .NET all day long and I never got a query result back as fast from any Windows SQL driver written in the history of mankind. IPX flies like a bat out of hell, too - although my current setup is just a Pentium 200 desk PC talking to a laptop. Have to see what adding more traffic does to the IPX network.

Otherwise, it's a dream. Seriously. Windows should be this stable, simple and reliable. It isn't and never will be.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Vault OS Update #22 : An Epiphany

A week ago, after I had spent the night trying to cram FreeBSD onto a 4 megabyte RAM card, I went in the morning before work to an industrial manufacturer down the road to see if I could buy some of the standalone one piece PC terminals they were phasing out.

The terminals were too expensive considering their age ... but I saw something else that stunned me. It immediately caused me to rethink everything I was doing.

Basically, the terminals themselves (CRT based) had worn out before the software. They had an x86 based real mode system running on the terminals that had been working for 12 years without a reboot. I had a look at this system. It was a beautiful text mode interface with a strange trick to embed bitmapped graphics into parts of the screen (remapping the unused character set), redefined fonts and a custom palette. It looked awesome and it would literally run on anything. It was fast, multiuser and very powerful. The entire maintenance and installation disk for the application, which was quite big, fit onto a single floppy disk. This system ran on x86 boards with 4 megs that only accessed memory over 640K as EMS virtual storage for overlays and data. It was truly incredible. It had run for 12 years, day and night, without ever being turned off and without being rebooted. The biggest problem was that there was no screen saving function and the CRT screens had been burned as a result of running ad infinitum with the same display on them. This is why they had to phase out the terminals for new LCD panels. The operator described the application as "supernaturally robust" and said he was dreading the day management decided to go to some .NET platform or worse, Linux. He told me that "I have little doubt this application would run for 100 years unattended without failing if the hardware held up."

The application, which the operator was nice enough to show me some of the features of, consisted of a multiuser network that had fileshare and IPX sockets without anything but DOS 3.0 running underneath it. No 50 megabyte "small" Linux. No 24 megabyte "small" BSD. No 12 megabyte "small" Windows 98. Rather, just sitting on DOS.

They showed me the backup system should anything ever crash. (It never had) It was a floppy disk. They had been talking about going to a tiny compact flash card instead but since it was never broke, they never had the motivation to fix it.

When the terminals booted up, they got the addresses and service information from all the other computers with a single broadcast on the global channel and then all the other computers got it's address and services back in the same exchange. A single packet of information to say "I'm here, this is what I want to subscribe to and this is what I publish." In other words, exactly what I wanted from Vault OS. Just as I had envisioned for Vault OS, local terminals connected to local sensors and devices broadcast their inputs to all interested subscribers at regular intervals, so all machines could perform the same global functions with the same installed software, just configured differently.

As soon as I had found out what development tool had been used for this software, I went straight home and bought $300 worth of licensing, tools and add-ons for it. I set up an older machine with these tools which I will network as a test bed here at home to several cheap PCs of various antiquity.

I think when I started to investigate this idea, my very first notion of using Visual Basic For DOS was the closest I came to getting it right, except that VBDOS isn't quite the tool I needed. I wanted something as RAD but with more assembly language level power when required for certain kinds of control over the machine. I think this tool I that have found by sheer chance is it.
This would result in a Vault OS that would literally run the entire gamut of x86 devices, from lowly XTs to embedded cards (which I have a truckload of) with the same look and feel on all of them, no matter what you could scrounge up.

... and most incredible of all ... it's cross platform in the best possible way.
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