Friday, May 10, 2013
UPDATES AND DISCUSSION
Part of the fire damage
For those that are not aware of it, we had a devastating fire over a week ago at our place. I would compare the mental state similar to not being home and someone coming in and stealing all of the stuff that is valuable to your life and never recovering it. The fire destroyed the garage/shop, greenhouse and 4 other out buildings including an uninsured 20 ft travel trailer. Every single one of my power tools burned up and a whole lot of other stuff also, a stash of tools collected over 50 years. The house came close to burning down too. All the animals didn’t have a problem. It could have been much worse I suppose.
I have been involved in a fire once before back in the 80’s when I then lost a whole bunch of custom made tools and equipment. If you haven’t had a major fire in your life or a loved one hasn’t either, it is difficult to comprehend the physical and emotional loss. For us, because of our chosen life style, it is huge. Plus, we were underinsured to begin with. We know that, at least eventually, we will make a decision about what we will do in the future. For right now, we are devastated and somewhat out of equilibrium and we find it difficult to make decisions.
Because of the insurance companies loses due to arson fires to collect insurance, it is not easy to get reimbursed by the companies. Everything is now dragged out for what seems an excessive length of time while the company dithers about and does not make a decision. They want to make damned sure that it wasn’t set deliberately to collect from them. So cleanup keeps getting delayed. Hopefully, it will be resolved this week.
Nina, had a neat post up on the 19th of April about life’s tests: http://deepintoartlifewest.blogspot.com/.
I reckon we got ours big time. Due to our age and what that entails, starting over seems to be a monumental and impossible problem. Enough so that we have decided not to do a food garden this year. Just too much on our plate to deal with it. I do not currently have a place to put anything salvageable or purchased to get it out of the weather and I can’t do anything about it until the cleanup is done. Neighbors, friends and organizations we belong to have offered help in the cleanup and maybe some of building if there is enough money from the insurance to do so. Our paying forward in the community for the last 8 years does have some dividends.
Here is a link of video after the fire
OK, enough on that subject.
It has been a while since I have done any opinion writing on this blog. It seems that we are continually bombarded with information much of which can be legitimately questioned, principally, information from the government concerning economics and demographics. I know that there will be strong disagreement with some of my more generalized statements on such subjects, but I still think there is strong arguments made for concepts like; world overpopulation, rapidly decreasing inexpensive resources, overt and extreme contamination of the environment, poisoning of the food sources, damaging extremism in every quarter, a general decrease in living standards in the western countries, lying to their populations by all governments, the financialization of everything, (I wonder when there will be a tax on breathing), climate change and the list goes on and on. I make an attempt to keep up on the counter arguments for all of this. Because I am not an insider on anything going on in the list, all I can do is take in the information that different folks present on these kinds of subjects. Because I find the “expert information (opinions)” is often highly suspect I cannot depend on them for accuracy. It appears to me that the best we can do is take in as much information as we have time for and then reach tentative conclusions, and I emphasize the term TENTATIVE. I say this, because over time we may find that our conclusions were wrong by the evidence of events that actually take place, and that depends on how accurate the reporting is of those events because we aren’t there in person observing it.
For instance, the major events in the last 10 years or so starting with 9-11 indicate to me that we are experiencing major big time government false flag manipulated events designed to keep the majority of the population fearful and insecure. These show up in what appears as an escalation of absolutely crazy types of behavior that are very destructive on life and property. Folks on the scene or folks that bother to do in depth research into such events are casting extreme doubt on the official explanations of what actually happened. And, of course, their information can be highly suspect also. Sandy Hook and Boston bombing are two such examples. It has turned out that photographs and videos are no longer proof of much of anything anymore, too easy to doctor or outright falsify them or make incorrect assumptions on what they show by selective release of them.
We also need to throw into these observations the personal bias that each of us has. This controls to a large extent how we view contradictory information and what we choose to believe is true. For me, it is the distrust of authorities and questioning anything they do or say. My life experiences have not been particularly positive concerning authorities control (or attempts at control) over my life.
Another concept that can be thrown into the mix is the vast increase in the complexity of our lives. Voluntary compliance with all the complexity is nearly a full time job now days. It didn’t used to be that way. I’m a grumpy old fart and I have a strong tendency to resent and push back on all of this complexity. I want my life to be fairly simple and the push to make it complex I find immensely irritating. This is one reason that we don’t use social media, cell phones, and an overwhelming amount of other supposed “conveniences”. To me, they have far over reached a point of diminishing returns wherein I would spend way more time dealing with these “conveniences” than getting done what I need and want to get done. This applies to gathering information, principally from the web. I do not want pop up news bites when I go on the web similar to the news bites on the popular TV news sites. The selectivity and headlines are much more propaganda than real news for me to ponder. So to simplify my information gathering, I have selected sites (biases) that I frequent that seem to me to be reliable and informative without the propaganda, and I realize that there is the possibility of inaccurate information, invalid opinions and status quo shills writing what I read or producing the videos that I take the time to view. In other words, I take with some grains of salt what I come across or what is sent to me. All to frequently, cross checking of information for validity is way too time consuming and/or impossible to validate.
I consider the financial reports as falling into these kinds of categories. The government consistently puts out data on all kinds of stuff that directly has internal contradictions and interpretations that appear contradictory to real life observations. The employment figures are a prime example. So is the reliance on stock market indicators as an indication of the health of the economy. Frankly, I think that we have been lied to so much that none of it can be taken at face value. None of this is new. It was also going on during the last great depression. Historically, it has been going on in every government since we have records of it. In essence, those in power and have great wealth have bull shitted us for our whole lives and their mixture of facts and fiction leave us confused as to the actual situation. On a personal basis, our hassles with the insurance company over this fire is another example. We have conflicting goals. The company wants to pay out as little as possible and we want max payout to us. The consequence is that they are stonewalling us and hope we will get desperate and take a cash-out as settlement. Sigh.
I’m sure most of our readers have similar stories.