Prepper Address Book

  • Congrats To The Media For Finally Finding A White Supremacist
    by Eddie Scarry on May 17, 2022 at 10:30 am

    Fewer than ten 'white supremacy' attacks doesn’t exactly sound like something the FBI should be busying itself with.

  • 3 Realities Chance Can’t Explain About Life’s Origins That Intelligent Design Can
    by Granville Sewell on May 17, 2022 at 9:35 am

    The theory that the universe was crafted intentionally explains many essential realities that theories based on spontaneous chance do not.

  • The Party That Wants To Pay For Moms To Put Their Babies In Daycare Now Supports Breastfeeding
    by Anna Zeigler on May 17, 2022 at 9:25 am

    Our daughters deserve to be treated authentically; they should not become fodder for political spats.

  • If Roe Is Overturned, Bishops Can No Longer Let Catholic Democrats Off The Hook
    by Robert Busek on May 17, 2022 at 9:20 am

    Catholic bishops will finally have to choose between adhering to the Church's teaching on abortion and maintaining their Faustian bargain with Democrats.

  • The Scientific Establishment Is Finally Starting To Take Intelligent Design Seriously
    by Granville Sewell on May 17, 2022 at 9:15 am

    A growing number of scientists seem finally ready to at least include intelligent design within the 'range of views' allowed to be heard.

  • Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — May 17, 2022
    by James Wesley Rawles on May 17, 2022 at 7:04 am

    On this day in 1769, George Washington launched a legislative salvo at Great Britain’s fiscal and judicial attempts to maintain its control over the American colonies. He brought a package of non-importation resolutions, drafted by George Mason, before the Virginia House of Burgesses. This initiated a chain of events that led to Britain’s House of Lords demanding that men involved in the extra-legal Massachusetts convention of towns be tried in England. Britain’s plan backfired and created an American identity where before there had been none. — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round 100 of the SurvivalBlog … The post Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — May 17, 2022 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

  • Ham Public Service Communications, by Reltney McFee
    by SurvivalBlog Contributor on May 17, 2022 at 7:03 am

    Amateur Radio Operators (“hams”) have a tradition of public service. Indeed, the FCC rules, section 97.1 (a) states one of the purposes of Amateur Radio is: “Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.” Commonly, that public service is rather mundane, providing communication support for, by way of examples, the Boston Marathon, Michigan’s Consumer’s Energy AuSable Canoe Marathon, and the annual Marine Corps Marathon which starts and ends in Arlington, Virginia. Commonly, hams interact with other, non-ham folks, as in the AuSable … The post Ham Public Service Communications, by Reltney McFee appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

  • SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt
    by James Wesley Rawles on May 17, 2022 at 7:02 am

    This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. (Idaho, Montana, eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, and Wyoming.) Much of the region is also more commonly known as The Inland Northwest. We also mention companies of interest to preppers and survivalists that are located in the American Redoubt region. Today, another look at the Greater Idaho project, which is up for votes today in two Oregon counties. (See the Region-Wide section.) Region-Wide Published in February: Greater Idaho idea gaining traction. o  o  o Josephine County will vote in May on question of leaving Oregon to … The post SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    by James Wesley Rawles on May 17, 2022 at 7:01 am

    “Despotic governments can stand ‘moral force’ till the cows come home; what they fear is physical force.” – George Orwell The post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

  • May 17th – 2022 Presidential Politics – Resistance Day 483
    by Sundance on May 17, 2022 at 4:16 am

    In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for “Presidential Politics”. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the JoeBama Administration and Presidency. “This is no small thing, to restore a republic after it has fallen into corruption. The post May 17th – 2022 Presidential Politics – Resistance Day 483 appeared first on The Last Refuge.

  • Tuesday May 17th – Open Thread
    by Sundance on May 17, 2022 at 4:15 am

    Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL. The post Tuesday May 17th – Open Thread appeared first on The Last Refuge.

  • Pennsylvania Senate Republican Race is a Dead Heat as Candidates Make Closing Arguments
    by Sundance on May 17, 2022 at 3:52 am

    The republican primary race in Pennsylvania is essentially a three-way tie going in to voting day tomorrow.  All three of the top candidates are carrying approximately 25 percent of the vote with around 15 percent still undecided.   It really is anyone’s race. President Trump has sent robocalls into Pennsylvania to support Mehmet Oz as a The post Pennsylvania Senate Republican Race is a Dead Heat as Candidates Make Closing Arguments appeared first on The Last Refuge.

  • Project Veritas Releases Video of Senior Twitter Engineer Describing Culture and Ideology of The Platform
    by Sundance on May 17, 2022 at 12:52 am

    A senior engineer working for the Twitter social media platform is captured on undercover video explaining the culture and ideology of the people who work within the organization. In the video Twitter Sr. Engineer, Siru Murugesan, a self-described communist, explains why most of his colleagues are freaked out about Twitter being purchased by Elon Musk The post Project Veritas Releases Video of Senior Twitter Engineer Describing Culture and Ideology of The Platform appeared first on The Last Refuge.

  • The Twitter Bot Inquiry Intensifies as Musk is Seemingly Stiff Armed
    by Sundance on May 16, 2022 at 11:46 pm

    The ramifications for Twitter surrounding fake users or algorithmic bots are considerable.  One issue is overcharging advertisers for ad impressions based on mDAU’s, which are “monetized Daily Active Users.”  The second issue is an outcome of the first and relates to the valuation of Twitter.  If Twitter bots are higher than Twitter estimates, then the The post The Twitter Bot Inquiry Intensifies as Musk is Seemingly Stiff Armed appeared first on The Last Refuge.

  • Liz Cheney Weaponizes Racial Division For Political Power, Baselessly Labeling GOP Leadership White Supremacist
    by Tristan Justice on May 16, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    Cheney's post marked another milestone in her transition from a center-right lawmaker to a full-blown collaborator in the left's cultural revolution.

  • Biden Redeploys U.S. Combat Troops to Somalia, Reversing Trump Draw Down
    by Sundance on May 16, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    Democrats love war, even when they have to go looking for one.  The New York Times is reporting that Joe Biden has signed a Defense Dept order authorizing 700 combat troops to redeploy to Somalia, reversing the Trump-era troop withdrawal. WASHINGTON — President Biden has signed an order authorizing the military to once again deploy The post Biden Redeploys U.S. Combat Troops to Somalia, Reversing Trump Draw Down appeared first on The Last Refuge.

  • Erdogan Will Not Accept Sweden and Finland into NATO Until He Extracts Concessions for Former Positions Against Interests of Turkey
    by Sundance on May 16, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Turkey as a member of NATO has always been a thorny and multi-layered geopolitical issue.  In the latest chapter of the dynamic, Turkish President Recep Erdogan, a man with visions of his own grandiose importance as the leader of the next Ottoman empire, has said Sweden and Finland do not warrant entry into NATO because The post Erdogan Will Not Accept Sweden and Finland into NATO Until He Extracts Concessions for Former Positions Against Interests of Turkey appeared first on The Last Refuge.

  • 75% Of Americans Think The Country Under Biden Is Headed In The Wrong Direction
    by Jordan Boyd on May 16, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    A majority of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction, and much of their blame rests on Biden and his economic crises.

  • Climbing Gas Prices Reach New Record As California Nears $6 Average
    by Tristan Justice on May 16, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    The climbing gas prices reflect the policy consequences of the Biden administration enthusiastically forfeiting energy independence.

  • Communist China Doubles Down On Impossible ‘Zero Covid’ Benchmark To Control Citizens With Brutal Lockdowns
    by Shawn Fleetwood on May 16, 2022 at 4:04 pm

    Since the CCP initiated its 'Zero Covid' policy several months ago, millions of Chinese civilians have endured immense suffering.

  • This Week’s Spygate Trial Is Bad News For Hillary Clinton
    by Margot Cleveland on May 16, 2022 at 10:30 am

    Despite machinations attempting to hide the full truth of how Spygate conspiracies to entrap Donald Trump were spun, lots will come out into the open.

  • Fairfax, Virginia Schools May Expel Elementary Students For ‘Misgendering’ People
    by Laura Bryant Hanford on May 16, 2022 at 10:10 am

    In Fairfax County, Virginia, changes set to be approved May 26 would punish ‘malicious misgendering’ at the same level as assault and battery.

  • 5 Lies Abortion Supporters Spread About Overturning Roe And How To Counter Them
    by Robert G. Marshall on May 16, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Truth: More than 63 million children have had their lives legally taken by abortion since 1973 under Roe.

  • Christian University Still Hasn’t Reinstated Professor It Kicked Out After He Criticized Identity Politics
    by Gregory Schulz on May 16, 2022 at 9:35 am

    The administration and board of regents at Concordia University Wisconsin has been deathly silent about this widely reported transgression against academic freedom.

  • Biden Administration Makes Skin Color A Litmus Test For Being A U.S. Diplomat
    by Jeremy Carl on May 16, 2022 at 9:25 am

    The State Department has tossed merit out as a criterion for promotion within America’s diplomatic corps and replaced it with wokeness.

  • Burned By Soft-On-Crime Leftist DA Chesa Boudin, San Franciscans Are Headed For A Recall
    by Helen Raleigh on May 16, 2022 at 9:20 am

    Asian Americans in San Francisco are leading the campaign to recall the city's far-left District Attorney Chesa Boudin on June 7.

  • These Dozen Disney Plus Alternatives Offer Families Options. But Is It Enough?
    by Josh Shepherd on May 16, 2022 at 9:15 am

    A look at streaming services catering to families and conservatives reveals some surprisingly good titles.

  • Why Biden Can’t Persuade Americans He’ll Fix Inflation
    by Christopher Jacobs on May 16, 2022 at 9:10 am

    Contrary to Joe Biden’s claims, congressional Republicans do have two obvious solutions on hand that would address the spike in inflation.

  • Senate Hearing Highlights How Single-Payer Will Ration Health Care
    by Christopher Jacobs on May 16, 2022 at 9:05 am

    The testimony showed a surprising amount of consensus about ‘free’ health care creating a level of demand for care that doctors and hospitals could not meet.

  • Preparedness Notes for Monday — May 16, 2022
    by James Wesley Rawles on May 16, 2022 at 7:05 am

    On May 16, 1997, Zaire’s president, Mobutu Sese Seko, ended 32 years of dictatorial rule, giving control of the country to rebel forces. — Today is the birthday of clarinetist, saxophonist, and bandleader Woody Herman.  (Born 1913, died October 29, 1987 — Today we present a review written by our Field Gear Editor Emeritus,  Pat Cascio. The post Preparedness Notes for Monday — May 16, 2022 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

  • Rock Island Armory GI Compact, by Pat Cascio
    by Pat Cascio on May 16, 2022 at 7:04 am

    I’ve mentioned this before. However, if you missed that article, there are more 1911-style handguns made in the Philippines, than anyplace else in the world. Yeah, I know, there are a lot of companies in the USA that manufacture 1911s, but nothing compares to the Philippines for the sheer number of handguns produced there. And, there are three manufacturers there, so you know they produce a lot of 1911s – in just about any configuration you might want. Some time ago, I did a review of the Rock Island Armory Compact 1911. This was one of their tricked-out versions and … The post Rock Island Armory GI Compact, by Pat Cascio appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

  • Recipe of the Week: Rick’s Creamed Chipped Beef
    by James Wesley Rawles on May 16, 2022 at 7:03 am

    The following traditional recipe for Creamed Chipped Beef is from reader Rick G.. Note that Creamed Chipped Beef is a thick meat gravy that is familiar to folks who have served in the U.S. military. There, it is commonly and lovingly called Same Old Schumer (S.O.S.), or when served over toast, as Schumer On A Shingle (S.O.S.) or Schumer On A Raft. Ingredients 1-1/2 lb lean ground beef 1/2 cup flour 4 cup cold milk, cream, or substitutes. (See Directions Step #4.) Salt, to taste. Pepper, to taste. Worcestershire sauce, to taste. Directions In a large skillet, brown the ground … The post Recipe of the Week: Rick’s Creamed Chipped Beef appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

  • Economics & Investing For Preppers
    by James Wesley Rawles on May 16, 2022 at 7:02 am

    Here are the latest news items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. Most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor, JWR. Today, we look at the developing stock market panic. (See the Economy & Finance section.)  But first, a personal note from JWR: The Paywalling of The News I must report that I’m finding it increasingly difficult to gather the requisite news links to assemble my regular blog columns. I attribute this to the … The post Economics & Investing For Preppers appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    by James Wesley Rawles on May 16, 2022 at 7:01 am

    “Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson The post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

  • May 16th – 2022 Presidential Politics – Resistance Day 482
    by sundance on May 16, 2022 at 4:20 am

    In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for “Presidential Politics”. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the JoeBama Administration and Presidency. “This is no small thing, to restore a republic after it has fallen into corruption. The post May 16th – 2022 Presidential Politics – Resistance Day 482 appeared first on The Last Refuge.

  • Monday May 16th – Open Thread
    by sundance on May 16, 2022 at 4:15 am

    Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL. The post Monday May 16th – Open Thread appeared first on The Last Refuge.

  • Pennsylvania Senate Candidate Kathy Barnette Appears on Fox News to Answer Critics
    by Sundance on May 16, 2022 at 3:12 am

    Pennsylvania Senate Candidate Kathy Barnette appeared on Fox News Sunday with Shannon Bream to answer questions about her prior positions, statements and current candidacy.  Barnette has climbed in the polls and is in a tight race for the PA senate seat. There has been an onslaught of criticism and critique in opposition to Kathy Barnette.  The post Pennsylvania Senate Candidate Kathy Barnette Appears on Fox News to Answer Critics appeared first on The Last Refuge.

  • Preparedness Notes for Sunday — May 15, 2022
    by James Wesley Rawles on May 15, 2022 at 7:04 am

    I just heard that actor Fred Ward (of Tremors, The Right Stuff, and Remo Williams fame) passed away at age 79. He will be missed. — Today is the birthday of Evelyn Ernest Owen (15 May 1915 – 1 April 1949) was an Australian who developed the Owen submachine gun which was used by the Australian Army in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. — On May 15th, 1942, gasoline rationing began in 17 Eastern states as an attempt to help the American war effort during World War II. The main concern behind the rationing scheme … The post Preparedness Notes for Sunday — May 15, 2022 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

  • Surviving a Transition to Solo Prepping, by JPK
    by SurvivalBlog Contributor on May 15, 2022 at 7:03 am

    This article addresses when the end of the world as we know it hits… but for you alone. When prepping, planning and long-term goals are done as a family it makes life so much easier. We started in earnest pre-Y2K then my husband and I were blessed to be introduced to JWR’s writings in 2008. So our preps have been ongoing and well-thought-out. From our conversion of a grid-powered well to a solar-powered pump with cistern to the metal roof on our rock house to the multi-year tree removal plan we had the big things on track. We found a … The post Surviving a Transition to Solo Prepping, by JPK appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

  • JWR’s Meme Of The Week:
    by James Wesley Rawles on May 15, 2022 at 7:02 am

    The latest meme created by JWR: To share this, you can find it here: Meme Text: The Ultimate False Flag To Salvage a Doomed Election May Be a Major Hollywood, Network TV, and Internet Media Co-Production News Links: House Intelligence Committee Panel to Hear UFO Testimony Next Week. House panel will hold first public hearing on UFOs in decades. Read U.S. Intelligence’s Declassified Report On UFOs To Congress. (2021.) Pentagon releases 1,500 pages of secret documents about shadowy UFO programme after four year battle. Related Quote: “Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; … The post JWR’s Meme Of The Week: appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    by James Wesley Rawles on May 15, 2022 at 7:01 am

    “Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into … The post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

  • Preparedness Notes for Saturday — May 14, 2022
    by James Wesley Rawles on May 14, 2022 at 7:04 am

    I received news that Randy Weaver has passed away. While I had no fondness for his racism, I certainly empathized with him, for what the ATF, US Marshalls, and FBI put his family through. Clearly, he was set up, for overtly political reasons. I never met Randy, but I did meet his daughter Sara, in 2019. My condolences to her and the rest of the Weaver family. — May 14th, 1686 was the birthday of Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, who invented the thermometer. On May 14th, 1948, in Tel Aviv, Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel, reestablishing … The post Preparedness Notes for Saturday — May 14, 2022 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

  • Our Experience Living Out of a Car, by M.B.
    by SurvivalBlog Contributor on May 14, 2022 at 7:03 am

    Living in a 2008 Toyota Prius on the road in the United States during much of the 2020 and 2021 pandemic mandates was an unexpectedly rewarding growth experience. Here are the top five suggestions I have for living on the road out of your car during these times. 1. Be careful where you park when you sleep. The best locations to park for a night are highway rest stops, some Walmarts and at 24-hour gas stations. 2. Buy water by the gallon. Staying hydrated is top priority when living on the road. I like the Crystal Geyser brand spring water. … The post Our Experience Living Out of a Car, by M.B. appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.

  • Texas Supreme Court Allows Child Abuse Investigations Over Mutilative Sex Surgeries To Proceed
    by Elle Reynolds on May 13, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    The court found the state may continue abuse investigations against parents who subject children to puberty blockers or mutilative surgeries.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Ron Johnson Demands Federal Law Enforcement Address Terrorist Attacks On Pro-Life Groups
    by Tristan Justice on May 13, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Sen. Ron Johnson admonished federal law enforcement officials Friday for their silence on a terrorist attack against a pro-life group.

  • Watch Live: FDA Panel Votes On Authorization Of Pfizer COVID Vaccine For Emergency Use
    on December 10, 2020 at 2:26 pm

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  • CPI Comes In Hotter Than Expected On Hotel, Airline Fares; Used Car Prices Drop
    on December 10, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Prices are continuing their modest recovery even though the shelter index posted its smallest annual increase since December 2011.(Feed generated with FetchRSS)

  • Rabobank: It's Orwell, Not Ends Well
    on December 10, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.” So said Orwell in 1984. Nowadays one could add or conflate it with “Imagine a boot kicking a can—for ever.”(Feed generated with FetchRSS)

  • Initial Jobless Claims Jump Most Since March As Lockdowns Strike
    on December 10, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    As lockdowns began to spread virally across America, the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits has surged higher... (Feed generated with FetchRSS)

  • AirAsia CEO: Asian Nations "Won't Let Anyone In Without A Vaccination"
    on December 10, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Yet another airline boss admits vaccination will be compulsory to fly... (Feed generated with FetchRSS)

  • By: lastmanstanding
    by lastmanstanding on April 18, 2018 at 3:14 am

    The most painful part of TRP Vol. 1 was waiting the 2 months that it took FO to ship it...with absolutely no correspondence to occasional polite emails as to "what the fuck is going on". Forging the Hero was ordered here and showed up less than a week later. Preparedness and self-sufficiency are a way of life for us. Frankly, your personal "fucking" footnotes alone are worth the price of each book.

  • By: Jim Scrummy
    by Jim Scrummy on April 16, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Interesting take. Of course my take, is that when I purchased two of JM's books, it was money well spent, because I go back and re-read certain passages from time to time. I like supporting people who not only talk the talk, but walk the walk. Still need to buy Vol. 1, to complete the set, which will be money well spent, again.

  • By: Big Mike
    by Big Mike on April 10, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    I agree with your response John. The books you have written are not available anywhere. As I read your books and worked thru the thought processes with your book Forging The Hero, I had to really make my brain work hard to comprehend and apply the principles to my life. I could understand and "feel the pain" of your efforts. I was hesitant to spend the money you requested for each book, but now I would pay $100 bucks for one because of the content.

  • By: Diz
    by Diz on April 10, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Well yeah two good points. First is the material from Mosby is worth it; there are lot of Abn/Ranger/Green Berets (this is how we start our day) out there teaching tactical shit; Mosby goes beyond that with a lot of practical advice for self-sufficient living. Second, I would rather subsidize his group than some outfit I have no clue about. That probably donates to the LGBTQ minority handicapped socialist workers party. Honestly this is nick-picking the fly shit. The only real criticism is he isn't mass-marketed, cheap, and readily available. So if that keeps you from getting his info, you're a dumbass. But not my problem.

  • By: jukk0u
    by jukk0u on April 10, 2018 at 12:59 am

    In reply to <a href="https://mountainguerrilla.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/hes-not-wrong-my-very-first-negative-review/#comment-25177">TheSpartanMonkey</a>. Agreed. And this is one and the same reason to buy domestic product and not Chinese (or whatever labor exploitive extra-national interest's merchandise - and especially from one determined to bring and end to our existence. Save a nickel now, Pay with your life and livelihood later.

  • By: TheSpartanMonkey
    by TheSpartanMonkey on April 10, 2018 at 12:45 am

    I wouldn't even call that a negative review. It's like someone who buys a book on nuclear engineering, then complains that it's too deep for his model submarine building fetish. And he got the book for free, so he never had to make the value judgement and plunk down his own cold, hard cash. Being a hobbiest, I'm guessing he never would've bought it. IMO, the negative review you're looking for will come from a True Believer. With regard to the price: much too much is expected for nothing these days. Everyone wants, even demands, free content. I paid the big jing for your books because of the content, but more so because I thought it rewarded you for past work (blog and book) and would help support your future efforts. It's the same reason I willingly pay more for something to a local vendor vs ordering off the internet. We've got to get beyond price shopping and realize that we're not just buying a thing, we're choosing to support a person.

  • By: jukk0u
    by jukk0u on April 9, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Yup. Criticism is essential to improvement. Good reviews are nice, and one must recognize peoples' need to offer praise (I think it is kind of a reflexive affirmation of the validity and importance of their own experiences and opinions), but empty praise is worthless. "Thank you, I appreciate your need to nurture and acknowledge the importance of your feelers, but...what could I have done better?" Good praise: "I like that you offered x,y and z. How you explained such and so with depth. " but should be coupled with effective criticism e.g.: "your exploration of exhibit 1 would have been more effective with some background on its development as well as the current state..." or "more charts and illustrations would have helped"... FWIW: I offered some criticism of your first tome to the effect that editing the fracking sentence fragments, misspellings and misused words would go a long way to bolstering your credibility as both a writer and an expert on the subject. Whether you consciously took that advice or have merely grown in your word-craft, you have improved. As soon as my second mortgage goes through and I can by the next volume 🙂 I have no further input to offer.

  • By: Diz
    by Diz on April 9, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Ha, that is somewhat funny even though it may not be meant so. Typical millennial mindset of intellectual superiority. I put it in my hobby category, so it's not worth it. I have spoken. Well, even though this tool may have his own estimate of the situation, that does not mean everyone else must agree with it. You can do damn near anything you want, but if someone has a different estimate, then these books may damn well be worth every penny. I for one, totally disagree with his assessment. Therefore the books are indispensable to me. I have put it in my get ready for the shit category, so they are totally worth it. Do as you see fit. But he has no real criticism of the material, just the cost of a privately published book. Typical entitlement mentality. All things should be available to me-cheap. This hardly qualifies as any real criticism, IMHO. Just some snarky comments on the cost of the material. It's really hard to find fault with what Mosby is laying down. Only that his standards are really high, but then if that's what the reality is, then that's just shooting the messenger. I may think he's a total dick for pointing out all my weaknesses, but then that's on me to get un-fucked. So doctrinally, I can't really find fault. But can understand people getting butt-hurt by the presentation. Most people aren't used to this kind of thing. Would I leave feedback to say tone it down? No, not really. I think it's for most folks to harden the fuck up on the other side of that equation.