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Food For Thought

I’ve been trying to get a handle on the list of web sites I try to read every day.  If you don’t use an RSS or Atom feed reader, you know about the time you waste checking web sites regularly only to find after the page has loaded that there isn’t anything new there.  I have several I check every day.  I also have a lot of others I try to check at least once or twice a week.  I was going to say 20 or 30, but I just counted them.  70.

I’ve used various feed readers, from Amphetadesk to Sharpreader to Bloglines to Google reader.  I’ve never really liked any of them and I never could put my finger on why.  The short version appears to be that they are all “separate” in some way.  Either you must open the program or sign in to a web site or something.

Now I’m using Brief, a Firefox browser extension.  There’s a little icon on the bottom bar of Firefox that I click, it opens the posts in a tab in Firefox.  You can mark them as read, bookmark them, open the full post on the original web site right out of Firefox, etc.  I know it sound like a relatively minor thing and also makes me look incredibly lazy, but it works for me.

Out of tonight’s surfing:

Coyote on why the phrase “peer reviewed” science needs to be eliminated.

In “It takes a Proverb to run a Village,” Iowahawk reveals his plan to market inspirational sculptures with 3rd world proverbs.  A taste:

“If you want to travel fast, travel alone. If you want to travel far, travel together. If you want to travel in comfort, fake an ankle sprain and convince the other travelers to carry you.”

Via SDA, some guy from Argentina on a survivalist forum about 3 years ago speaks about urban survival when SHTF, specifically his experience after the Argentine economy collapsed a few years ago.  If you aren’t one of those people who is stockpiling food, guns and ammo, read it anyway.  It’s a fascinating look at what happens when your economy collapses. [If you aren’t familiar with survivalist terminology, SHTF stands for Shit Hits The Fan]:

Another issue I want to point out.  SHTF such as political crisis or economical collapses take time to settle.

There wont be a declared SHTF day. Yes, there are events that are like landmarks, milestones in the course of history. But it will take time, society will change little by little, until the new reality is assimilated and accepted, consciously or not, by the entire population. After a few months, you’ll se people talking about before and after certain event that changed their world. For you it may be S-11, for me it’s life before and after the 1:1 (meaning the 1 dollar, 1 peso conversion) or life before and after the 2001 crisis. People use it on their daily conversations. “ So, you’ve been to Hawaii?, wow!” , “Yes, yes but we went back before the 1:1, now it’s impossible to pay for such a trip”, “ Yes, too bad”

This time of uncertainness, until people accept that the world around them changed, takes time, months or even years, and it’s a SLOW decline, slowly slipping down. One day you’ll start seeing more people begging, more prostitutes, houses not painted, cars will start to look a little more shabby, because people don’t have money to fix them, until one day you will tell yourself “wow, this wasn’t like this 6-12 months ago.” Things do not get accepted day over night, a SHTF event may occur in a matter of seconds, but it takes MONTHS to sink in.

That’s why you should keep an open, independent mentality, and eyes and ears listening all around you, so as to stay ahead of the herd.

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