Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Prepare: The Random Survivalist

Here are the bits floating around today for your prepping thoughts...


Lights Out - One of the best survival/SHTF fiction pieces out there. Penned and published online over a two year period. fans love this work.

The good news is the author of Light's Out - Halffast - may have this tome going to a big time publisher and is being shopped in Hollywood. However, this also means that free access to this great story is sadly over. As posted online, fair use applies..

Posted by Halffast

Before I start this, let me first say that I am very thankful to all of you who have read, critiqued, help, talked about, and pimped LO over the years. Without you all, the book would not be the success it has become. Thanks a million.

I have been thinking about this post for a couple of days. I really don't want to have to post this, because I'm not smart enough to figure out how to do it without sounding like a dick. No matter how I word it, someone is going to take it wrong. This is the best I can come up with and I hope it doesn't offend anyone. If it does, I am truly sorry.

There are thousands and thousands of hours of work in LO. It has been on the net for free since I began writing it in 2002. I now have a chance to make a few bucks off of it. I pulled it off the net because I no longer want to give it away. No one is authorized to post, email, or share the story with out my permission. That is what "copyrighted" means. Now, I am not so naive as to think this won't happen some. However, doing so is stealing from me. If you are fine with that, there is probably little I can do about it. All I can ask is that you respect my wishes. I hope, by early this summer, to have copies for sale that have many of the problems with the story fixed and even a few new chapters. Thanks.

So that means if you have a copy of Lights Out, don't share it.
If you have not read Lights Out, you won't be able to get a free copy online any longer.
If you liked Lights Out, you might soon get a chance to thank Halffast by buying a copy from a real publisher and possibly get to see it on the big screen.


LTS Food - I posted a long post about LTS food suppliers online the other day. I forgot to mention this company which is also one of my favorites as well - AAOOB Foods.

One solution for a successful renewable energy industry in the US -  
There is constant buzz in the media about renewable energy i.e. solar, wind, hydro, etc.
Writers point out how the government is funding (with non-renewable tax dollars!) some companies who are in the renewable energy industry.
They also point out how some private investment companies are underwriting private companies in the space as well.
What renewable energy advocates fail to point out is the single driving force which makes renewable energy technologies and thus the companies that produce them viable - demand.
Right now, demand is not there for some renewable energy technologies and therefore the cost cannot be justified. Enabling a non-demand industry with subsidies is not the answer. Rather, the answer is found by organically increasing demand.
Most people into preparedness would love to have solar panels on the roof or a windmill in the yard. And enviromentalists would be happy to see it as would companies who manufacture the hardware.
The problem is government zoning and home owners associations routinely block any such deployment by many homeowners across the country. 
A single piece of legislation by Congress could fix this overnight. Basically, such legislation would say that any homeowner could put solar panels on his roof or an energy producing windmill in his yard as long as it does not pose a safety hazard to others. Aesthetics and pencil heads be darned. And implementing this new overide would not add a dime to the deficit.
That one simple move could spur natural demand from real customers and start moving those subsidized solar panel, windmill, inverter and battery companies to true independence. 
It's a thought. 

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