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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

rome or britain 2


ROME OR BRITAIN? 2
The Dutch pioneered the modern corporation, but the British perfected the modern economy with a central bank that was enabled, protected and enriched by the government.  When times are tough, and there is a war on, you don’t want some douche lick private bank  demanding gold as interest payment on your overdue loans.  Rather, during that war you want a bank that is more than willing to fall all over themselves extending the first loan, deferring interest payments and piling on MORE loans.  That is why successful empires are required to have central banks to survive and thrive.
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Did America NEED a central bank?  Of course not.  We had plenty of precious metal and we didn’t need to ship that overseas for trade items.  But if we wanted an empire, yes, we needed that central bank.  Don’t get me wrong, I detest the institutions ( both empire and central banks ).  BUT!  When the only rule of the jungle is eat food or be food, you pick the lesser of evils and that was empire ( here is a Fun Filled Fact. Prior to overseas empire in the Philippines, Hawaii, etcetera, we collected Guano Islands.  90+ of them ).
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Here is another Fun Filled Fact.  We had generally ignored those islands once the Fecal Treasure had been scraped off, but in 1935 your bestest buddy FDR sent an official on a double top secret mission to recolonize the waterless islands with “locals” ( Hawaiians were close enough ) and a heap of supplies.  A flag was flown, a small monument re-claiming the land, and any wayward Brits sent home.  These became radio beacons, refueling spots and the like in WWII.  Which OBVIOUSLY came as a total surprise to our glorious Krippled Kunt Kaiser.  
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Anyway, back to Britain.  They perfected the needed combination of private monopoly corporations doing the government and bankers bidding, bankers tying their survival to that of the state and the government whipping the population into line to do all threes peasant work.  If you were Doctor Evil, you couldn’t have come up with a better system.  Unless you perfected shark delivered laser weaponry.  But that would have just been a bonus.  Also, you know I have to add-“Capitalism”!  Yeah, that is what they really mean.  Since England perfected their empire building system.  Private banks, private profit, socialized costs.  Yeah, somebody has to pay the bills.
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We don’t want to accredit too much genius to the Brits empire.  There were ups and downs, learning periods, clueless flailing by inbred royalty, and all the rest.  But by and large in a big picture sort of way, the system cranked along in a generally upward trajectory.  Until it really didn’t any more after a few centuries.  I’m not enough of a hobbyist of the era so I couldn’t pinpoint the apex of the empire, but again, in general, both the Germans and Americans began to eclipse them economically and the handwriting was thereafter on the wall.
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And why were they eclipsed?  Generally, two other areas with less exploited coal reserves had stronger economies because of it.  The US was a strongly agrarian economy until the hydro powered Gott Damn Yankee Puritan Scum militarily defeated that economic power and ushered in an Industrial paradigm on the back of military conquest.  The same could generally be said of Prussia and the many Germanic states.  To this day we suffer from the Confederate defeat, but we also benefit from it in other ways.  It is a two sided coin.  But related to Britain, they suffered from using coal an extra century.
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It isn’t JUST about energy resources.  Russia had more energy than anyone.  But they didn’t have a central bank, nor much of a private corporate economy.  Along with the hardware ( ore and energy ), you need the software ( the best infrastructure using those ).  But energy does still matter a lot.  It can be a general yardstick.  When the US had excess energy, a fourteen year anti-guerrilla campaign in the Philippines does nothing to alter the national treasure.  When we have very little energy left, an eighteen year anti-guerrilla war drains us economically. 
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The First World War was kind to nobody except the US, which profited off the other sides economically, then stepped in when their corpses barely could stand upright and helped itself to the spoils.  But the end of the war did touch each country differently.  Russia was considerably weakened politically, but retained so many resources it was easily able to build a new empire.  It hadn’t used much if any building an Industrial economy, yet.  Germany still had decades worth of coal to rebuild, after it blew off reparations.  Britain though, was almost the weakest.
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Italy didn’t count.  Not then, not prior consolidating and not twenty years later.  They will never matter because Rome used all their soil fertility, and they have few energy or ore supplies.  The French didn’t have as extended or draining of an empire.  It returned less, but it demanded less as well.  Even with South Africa swelling the treasury with gold fifteen years previously, the First World War bankrupted Britain.  And that was mainly because she had already used up her energy stockpile, by and large.  As Rome discovered, money doesn’t help do anything but pad the demise when energy is lacking.
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Despite England producing a lot of hobbyist scholars studying Rome, nothing could have been sufficient warning for the new empire.  Because empires run one way.  Extraction and use.  By definition, that created the empire and sustained it.  Which also kills it.  You can’t stop using energy and conserve it, or you lose your empire a lot sooner.  By using up all your energy, which crashes your empire, you were able to stay in power just a little bit longer.  England’s fate was sealed long before the Great War.  All empires are the same in their growth and death. 
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Monday, April 22, 2019

rome or britain


ROME OR BRITAIN?
America and Rome are sharing some pretty scary parallels.  From the stupidity and immorality of its leaders, to bread and circuses, from the debasement of the currency to the barbarians manning its military in exchange for citizenship ( and the debasement of what it means to be a citizen ).  Big picture, what Rome went through, so will we.  To include, especially, its almost instantaneous flip from limping along to total collapse.  One year still projecting military might and the very next in complete retreat.  Obviously, this isn’t a mirror but a pretty good atlas.  They are our macro picture.
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But what about the micro picture?  I might argue that to get a better handle on the more specific aspects of our economic unravelling, perhaps Britain would be a better model of collapse.  How quickly their economy got into trouble, which lost them their resource base, which accelerated their demise.  Which is what we are already seeing with the US but which mostly delusion, hubris and wishful thinking conceal.  We don’t want to understand how far along the road to ruin we are because everyone’s rice bowl will be cracked.  After nothing can change, denial is the last refuge.
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First, understand that the Industrial Revolution had nothing to do with skin color or Christianity.  China was way ahead of the west in all metrics for a very long time, and the Arabs ( yes, those dirty goat humpers we think of as retarded and dogmatic ) advanced on a technological level while we were still killing evil cats while a plague was underway.  Europeans of yore could be some superstitious and bigoted morons when they made that their New Year’s Resolution.  Hell, how smart are they today, falling for Rothschild’s globalism and letting in Diversity Breeders?
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If you look at Europe PRIOR to letting the Muzzies overrun the place, who were the bright boys that started unlimited immigration?  That would be, mostly, the American’s bitches in power.  Back when we were still an economic powerhouse running roughshod over almost all other countries.  After all, if we hadn’t defeated them we had forced our way in economically or under the guise of saving them from evil Nazis or Evil Commies.  We were the big bully and we wanted things done our way.  We had the currency and resources to make it so.
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But what does that tell you about the collective intelligence of both the US and Europe, which stood by passively and agreed to bend over and get sodomized for our several pieces of silver?  That couldn’t be construed as a bunch of intelligence people, could it?  We allowed cultural disintegration for the profit of the elite, afraid to make any real waves ( I think the leftist peace movement was a false flag op, to disguise our military defeat ) least our piece of the pie disappeared.  We were greedy, not some mythical superior intelligence as we like to believe.
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It isn’t just about “national IQ” or “race IQ”, or a superior civilization ( the Persians and Mongols were pretty good empire builders, and no one would accuse Genghis of acting civilized ).  It is about resources in addition to those factors, and others.  The Industrial Revolution also needed, in one For Instance, to occur at a time of more decentralization as opposed to centralization, in order that a strong war economy stimulated demand and provided government investment.  That is one reason that China, having large coal deposits centuries before England’s discovery, didn’t have its own Revolution first.
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Besides being blinded by Race Superiority, we are also blinded by Philosophy Bias, believing that capitalism alone bestowed upon the West the Industrial Revolution.  I keep trying to tell everyone that capitalism as a religion was the justification sold to the peasants for their subjugation.  Protestantism was the way that religion grasped the economic sea change and divorced itself from the Papists, in order to survive and thrive.  That military conflict in which the Protestants formed their own economy out of the Papists empire was the driving force behind colonialization, which allowed the carbon fuels to kick start the Industrial Revolution.
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It had nothing to do with capitalism or free markets.  It has ALWAYS been about central banks, colonialization, resource control and government stimulus.  Capitalism as a myth, yes, that is a great driving force. It is a great way of turning Protestant religious control into banker, government and corporation control.  The Papists and those religions before them were direct population control for the state.  The new religion was secular or not, as demanded and was the control mechanism for the bankers.  Capitalism was the religion for the non-religious and Protestantism was the religion for the Believers.  Which still sold “capitalism” the religion.
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In our Capitalism mythos, “proven” not by faith but by “science”,  government is merely the corner policeman which runs interference for capitalism.  Which is always Good and Just and Perfect, like God used to be when we were killing off all witches.  Now Government rather than God was the judge, jury and executioner, and just like God was always on the look-out for Unbelievers.  If you don’t believe in Capitalism, you are evil and deserve to be burned at the stake.  Before, the king backed up God.  Now, Capitalism is God and the mob will bay for your death if you don’t believe.
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Which is why the True Believers label The Others as non-Capitalists and call for their blood, and why the non-Capitalists have no clue how retarded they are, being used as dupes by the bankers while they think they fight against the money powers.  It is all rather amusing, in a sad sack sort of way.  But strip aside the religious faith and we have ALWAYS been organized to benefit the elite.  Which invested in the system at the beginning.  Government, banking and the sundry elite have owned this bitch from the beginning, and capitalism was the mask they hid behind.
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And war, NOT capitalism, was the driving force behind innovation and growth.  It was Social Darwinism that enabled us to get to the point where we could actually utilize the brand new carbon fuels that allowed the Industrial Revolution.  Unfortunately, when America won the Second World War, we replaced competition as the new hegemon.  Which started us on the road to centralization.  Which is the death of competition and survival of the fittest.  And it certainly didn’t help that we used up all the resources in that process. 
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All of which is to say, don’t pray to false gods to save you as this collapse unfolds.  Continued tomorrow.
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Sunday, April 21, 2019

wheat flour 2


WHEAT FLOUR 2
I should clarify something.  I started grinding my own wheat about two years ago.  It was so much better than store bought whole wheat flour.  Better, as in Tasted Fresh rather than Tasted Semi-Rancid.  But it did NOT taste better as in This Is What Bread Should Taste Like.  We are all used to talcum powder consistency flour.  With my cheap ass mill I was getting flaky and lumpy flour like a peasant with two rocks would get.  So, I loved and craved the freshly milled, but it wasn’t “normal” flour.  It was a chore to eat, and it was a bizarre taste.
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It is like when you go pick dandelion leaves for a salad.  It is loaded with nutrients ( as long as it wasn’t from oil soaked dirt on the side of the road ), compared to factory farmed food which is grown in dead soil and only sees artificial fertilizer.  You want to eat it as your body craves fresh food.  But you have to talk yourself into liking it.  It tastes too weird.  Even with unhealthy ranch dressing it just tastes “off”.  I still love my fresh ground wheat but I didn’t want too much of it every day.
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Store bought flour gives me that “normal” taste.  But it does NOT taste fresh, even milled just a few weeks ago ( okay, I’m ASSUMING.  I assume a one year expiration and that is three weeks shy of a year ).  And as I said, the price premium bothers me.  If I only eat one half cup of that flour a day, a five pound bag lasts me a month ( one quarter cup flour is an even 100 calories ).  But what happens if I go back to my old One Third Of Daily Calories wheat consumption? 
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Then I’m paying almost $4 a week for flour.  The feed store kernels cost a buck.  $2.79 a week cost difference means I waste almost $150 a year.  Who in their right minds thinks this is a good deal?  You are wasting good money, and for an inferior product.  One possible work-around is to substitute White hard wheat for Red hard wheat ( the hard winter wheat has the highest protein content ).  It is slightly easier to grind and delivers a slightly less course flour.  But I am thinking it might be time for an equipment upgrade.
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Now, please do NOT mistake this as an excuse to piss money into a black hole.  The Victoria grain grinder is $44.  When One Is None, you MUST have more than one grain grinder.  Even if it is only capable of delivering course flour, it is cheap enough to buy several ( Chinese versions are half the price.  I don’t recommend unless you are really poor.  Then, do NOT grind with the plates touching.  You will get metal shavings ).  If wheat is almost all of your apocalypse calories, you MUST have back up grinders.
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Come the collapse, if must be you will learn to love course flour.  However, if you are eating a lot of flour now, to free up prep budgets, to improve your flour quality might be necessary to save that money.  You might be forced to upgrade your grinder ( your back-ups can remain the Victoria ).  The store bought WILL increase in price.  Hell, your state might start or increase sales tax on food ( sometimes, feed store grain won’t be taxed-but if it is it will be on a much lower price ).  Should you buy a better grinder?
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Remember, this is for TODAY, pre-collapse.  It is a luxury item in one aspect, but if it gets you eating a lot more whole wheat flour it is an investment.  I hate expensive grinders for the apocalypse, but it could be just fine if you don’t need duplicates.  The best budget mill that gives fine flour is the Wonder Mill brand.  These have a good reputation and are $220-$250.  The manual model and the electric one cost almost the same, so your choice.  But the manual can be converted to bike chain or electric drill driven.
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For an extra fee, of course.  And the replacement steel heads are $50.  So, to get a mill you just use on-grid is $220, but one that can run past the pull date of civilization is more like $330.  I’m only going to be using this mill for a cup of flour a day, if my current use stays the same.  At a savings of $5.50 a month over store bought, it will take me a minimum of forty months to pay off my investment.  Ouch!  I think I’m better off spending just half that amount, for a luxury item.
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I have three Victoria mills and two Chinese knock-offs.  As these are pretty much a lifetime tool, I am only buying this mill as a treat to myself.  It certainly is not a necessity.  I have enough mills as it is.  Far more than enough.  But if I buy it, I’ll be eating more flour.  I won’t treat myself with a four year tool, but one that is paid off in just over a year and a half?  Sure.  The NOL has not one but TWO Kitchenaid’s.  And grinder attachment is only $110.  That I can afford.
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It has some bad reviews on how long it takes to grind flour, and how hot the machine gets.  I think this is people using the 300 watt version of the Kitchenaid ( Artisan model ) rather than the 600 watt machine.  No problem.  I’ll just pre-grind the kernels in my Victoria.  Two passes on course then medium on my manual mill won’t be as difficult as my regular three grinds.  And it will deliver much finer flour.  That is fresh.  The only way I lose on this bet is if the grid goes down prior to that twenty month pay-back.
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And yet, even then, I’m better off with a 300 watt Kitchenaid running off my 1,000 watt inverter and 100 watt solar panels than any other electronic mill needing 1,500 watts of juice.  The pre-manual grind is little more than what I’m doing now ( three grinds now, four grinds later ) and gives me improved flour.  And I’m immune from any grocery store price hikes.  And I’ve gambled comparatively little. 
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Saturday, April 20, 2019

wheat flour


WHEAT FLOUR
Today you get a Back To Basics article.  I’m not going to make fun of your silly ass for choosing rice over wheat, or talk about storing wheat, but rather cover the time between now and the actual collapse when stores are still open but your money supply or purchasing power shrinks daily.  Like when I talked about the Air Fryer or other appliances that make bought food cheaper while the grid is still up.  A further exploration of Modern Living Frugally.  I know this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m contemplating the subject so you get to share.
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To quickly recap, I’m a big advocate of eating whole wheat flour, and a lot of it.  Every day.  Your food budget goes down, your health goes up ( and you poop! ) as does your energy level.  I’ve both unloaded semi-trucks and loaded/unloaded donations for the Food Bank in the thousands of pounds daily, eating nothing but whole wheat for breakfast and lunch.  800 to a thousand calories in wheat is a lot of bread ( microwave bread is also cheap and easy ) and it gives you a LOT of energy.  Mostly because it is real rather than processed food.
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That makes a big difference.  Calories are NOT the same.  If anyone tells you that they are a vile crapsack with the educational level of a purple haired Gender Studies lesbian.  I didn’t want to say “a box of rocks”, as that would have insulted the rocks.  Okay, so moving on, the last couple of years I got a bit lazy on the physical as I delved deeper in the digital.  I concentrated too much on research and writing and not enough on keeping my former levels of Bomb Diggity Ready For The Apocalypse fitness. 
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I’ve turned that around, greatly expanding my cardio ( anyone can do it, just start walking.  Later, walk longer.  Then faster ) from just the exercise bike.  I stopped smoking.  At first I thought, meh, what harm is one cigarette a day?  Then, once I started that cardio seriously, smoking made me feel like crap, big time.  It was easy to quit ( I had smoked just one a day for the last sixteen years, so that made it easy as well ).  Also, I’ve started eating a lot more whole wheat as I once had.
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I’ve constantly improved my diet over the last few years, if for no other reason than my heartburn.  I just wasn’t eating as much whole wheat as when I was working physically all day.  Instead of two cups ( 800 calories ) I was down to a half cup of fresh ground, and then about an equal amount of calories in store bought whole wheat the NOL gets for free at work.  It isn’t the best for you, but better than most eat.  The thing was, I need butter to eat the toast as it tasted like crap with other toppings.
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But, again, heartburn.  I’m better off skipping butter first thing in the morning.  I started eating oatmeal ( yes, the fruit flavored ones.  Not great for you, but I can’t stand the plain stuff ) instead of the toast.  And then I started missing my bread.  Now, I crave and gladly eat my freshly ground whole wheat microwave bread, but only one serving.  The Victoria mill ( used to be “Corona” ) is designed for corn milling, and even grinding three times the end result is NOT fine flour.  It is still rough and lumpy, not pastry flour fine.
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It just doesn’t taste as good.  So I was eating Wal-Mart whole wheat flour.  Again, not really good for you.  You should, optimally, eat ground wheat within a few days.  I keep mine in the fridge immediately after grinding.  Store bought whole wheat has an expiration date of a year ( it used to be six months, then they changed it to save money ).  So, it is slightly rancid as a matter of course.  No where near as bad as brown rice, obviously, but not the healthiest.  It was just Healthy Enough.
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Wal-Mart used to not only sell whole wheat flour with a six month expiration, they also had really, REALLY cheap flour.  White was $1.50-$1.75 and whole wheat was $2.50 ( the brand was something like “Hungarian Mountain” ).  I was going through near a bag a week, and I didn’t worry about the cost as that was peanuts compared to meat or butter.  So, while working a job I used the store bought flour.  Yeah, grinding that much myself would have been a bitch.  And, it wouldn’t have tasted as good.  Whole wheat flour and water, microwaved, tastes bad enough as it is.
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A fine flour tastes completely different than a course flour.  It almost tastes like a different food.  I didn’t even realize this until now, eating one serving of each the same day.  I use the course flour for the fresh food and the store bought fine flour for calories and filler.  I just started doing this again, having procured a bag of flour at Wal-Mart.  It is a different brand, and much more expensive.  Almost $4.  They don’t carry the Hungarian brand anymore.  Sure, it is in plastic instead of paper, which helps.  And it was milled this month, which REALLY helps.
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But!  Four Damn Dollars!  What am I, Rockefeller?  Right now, this is no big deal.  $4 a month, okay.  Even though feed store wheat kernels would cost $1, the $3 a month difference won’t kill me except for the philosophical blow of paying someone for something I’m capable of doing.  And it is really only $2.79 difference, if I want to talk myself into it.  But what about later?  The cost already went up 50%, for the store bought ( the feed store cost actually decreased ).  Will it keep going up?  I needed to find a better way.
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Continued tomorrow
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Friday, April 19, 2019

is optimism a good plan?


IS OPTIMISM A GOOD PLAN?
If I asked you the question, “is wishful thinking a good prepping plan?”, you would probably chuckle right alongside me in deriding any deluded fool that thought a “I have a good feeling about today” attitude would help as the Four Horsemen were unleashed upon the land.  You would probably agree with me that Happy Thoughts don’t replace healthy skepticism and paranoid planning.  And yet, because Morons Is As Morons Does, most folks act-not jawbone, babble, daydream or plan-but they ACT like Gott Damn Optimistic Ollies.  You would think Wishful Thinking was their co-pilot. 
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I won’t even touch that crap about “if you could only have one book it would be the Bible”.  Hell, if I could only have one book I’d probably pick “Caveman Chemistry”.  Not to denigrate anyone’s faith.  As I’ve said many times before, I envy those who have religion to comfort them.  But to rely on God?  To think of him as “your co-pilot”?  God helps those who help themselves, and The Golden Rule, those are the only things you really need to know.  He doesn’t have time for your pathetic ass using him as a crutch. 
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Don’t think, hey, can you help me out here?  Give me the strength to persevere?  How about earning that, rather than begging for it?  Just saying.  I only bring this up because it seems at times that religion is used as a form of wishful thinking.  If your faith is strong enough, the way will be shown.  Well, call me a cynic or blind to your ways, but it seems to me that a better way would be to know The Way NOW.  And the way, my misguided pilgrims, is sweet paranoia.  What could go wrong, as long as you don’t burn bridges?
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Burning your bridges is kind of obvious.  Just go to YouTube and watch any episode of Doomsday Preppers.  Those idiots take a great thing in paranoia and turn it into Full Retard.  Actually, their bigger problem is that they are Yuppie Scum Preppers and so they overspend.  But they are so paranoid ( yes, I know, in a “fake, reality show” kind of way.  It is all scripted, or at least Propaganda Directed ) they want to be prepared for the worst.  Which is good.  But overspending, they can only pick ONE threat.  Over prepping for that makes them look stupid.
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Which seems to be the whole point of the show, in discrediting the movement.  Since they make money on it, helping out their comrades on the left is just a bonus.  Not that preppers need much help discrediting themselves.  They give the opposition plenty of ammunition.  Like, when they don’t have much ammunition.  The whole reason I flew off the handle this morning was after trolling Rawles and I came across one of his “prepper profiles”.  I actually love those, as it shows what huge fortunes are buying for survivalism ( the article was around the beginning of this month ).
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Just skimming, the retired couple was paying $3k a year in property tax ( you know, because in southern California that rural property tax is such a bargain ).  Under guns, it was “too numerous to mention”.  And then under ammunition, “$10k total”.  Wait, what?  Even if you only had twenty guns, which isn’t hard to do as I have nine and I’m both poor and almost never buy any, that is only 500 rounds per firearm.  Since my wager is on a lot of that being rimfire, most guns other than 22’s probably have about a hundred rounds each. 
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And this is a guy that has the retirement investments needed to pay California property taxes.  We won’t even talk about surviving in the state.  I wouldn’t want to do it, but it also cannot be considered impossible.  Just ill advised.  Even being a Yuppie Scum Survivalist, only prepped for an earthquake and absolutely nothing else ( I was so astonished with his ammo stats I didn’t even get to his food stockpile.  I shudder to contemplate ), just the fact you are living in California should mean you have a heck of a lot more ammunition on hand.
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The way that crap stain of a state is moving, ALL ammunition will be illegal or with a one thousand percent tax soon enough.  This guy doesn’t seem to have one paranoid thought bouncing around an empty skull.  Or, being Cali, he is so cowed by his Little Women threatening ruinous divorce he dared not prepare to any meaningful degree.  Most likely, though, he is simply reflected the soft skull thinking required to live there.  Hey, if you have plans, solid plans, to escape, no hate from me.  If the escape is just wishful thinking, consider me hateful.
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If you are just working one more year to your retirement, or have land elsewhere, no harm.  But most people who live there are brainwashed into thinking it is a great place.  I’ve known people living here in Elko working for the mines that whine and moan about missing California.  Thankfully, with the mine industry imploding ( did I already mention Newmont and Barrick forming a joint venture for a single operation here?  Next step, actual bankruptcy ) we will soon be free from those idiots.  Sure, I used to be them.  But in the 80’s!
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No one can possibly believe that 100-500 rounds of ammunition is good enough for one gun, and still be a prepper.  And no, I do not buy into the argument that you’ll never need that much ammunition since you’ll be killed right away.  If you think that way, you are NOT a pessimist.  You are NOT cynical.  Your wishful thinking HOPES that you die soon enough so you’ll be spared the expense of buying that ammo.  The ammo is just in case you don’t die.  You need to be paranoid enough for worst case, and that is, “I’ll need more ammo than I thought”. 
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And if you die?  In theory, a family or tribal member can use it.  And if not?  What do you care?  You’re dead.  But if you are still alive, against all odds, wouldn’t you feel pretty retarded with only a hundred rounds of ammo and only three hundred pounds of wheat left?  Renting, not buying but just renting on streaming service a brand new release movie can cost you more than a fifty pound sack of wheat.  Which feeds you over a month.  I know some of you are discretionary funds poor.
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I understand that.  I’ve been married to a ball buster that took my entire paycheck ( yeah, even when I was the only one working ), and I’ve been married to a whining shrew that would not shut the hell up unless I continued to shove alcohol down her throat ( thank all the gods for the current NOL.  We just had our fourth anniversary.  And I’ve never been happier.  Can’t you tell from my attitude? J ).  So I understand about being too poor to prep.  As long as you try your best and never pretend you have enough.
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Hoping for the best is the worst plan.  I know I am right about a total collapse, a 99.9% die-off and a centuries long Dark Age.  I have zero doubts.  The odds are good I might not live to see that.  But that doesn’t mean I HOPE that is the case and plan for that better outcome.  No, I plan for the worse case, which is it all falls off the cliff tomorrow.  Living in Nevada, you see an entire gambling culture.  It is pretty easy to see how often the house wins.  Don’t bet against the house.
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People bet they will have a job in thirty years, working at the mine to pay off a high mortgage.  Not as bad as California, as few places are.  But a starter house is over $200k.  To get under that, you buy an old ass mobile home.  Sure, it is on a foundation, but that is the most solid part of the paperboard house.  Yet they go for $150-$175k.  Talk about wishful thinking, both in the mortgage AND hoping that pig humper lasts as long as the mortgage.  People bet most of their paychecks that they will win playing slots in the casino.
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For those with me the longest, you recall I worked at that department fifteen years ago.  At first they had the old mechanical coin slot machines, but they quickly went to all digital.  We had access to player data as they used their rewards cards gambling.  Almost everyone lost money, big time.  My stepmom, doing better than most, winning prizes and bragging of her wins, was up a mere ten percent her best year.  That was on tens of thousands of dollars ( granted, she was replaying the winnings ).  The rest were losing.  The house ALWAYS wins.
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Don’t gamble, dumbass.
( .Y. )
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

wage and price controls 3


WAGE & PRICE CONTROL 3
Before we start today, I don’t necessarily believe we are going to see a “continuing slow collapse”, or “long emergency”.  I think that is too much to hope for.  However.  We are, mostly, all a lot older than when I started writing.  My convictions have not changed.  If anything, they are bolstered by events and continued research.  Yes, I’m convinced we will see a 99.something percent die-off and a centuries long dark age.  I will wager a jelly filled donut on it ( although, to be fair, I’ll be dead by then if my timing is off, so good luck collecting ).
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But since we are at a minimum twenty years older, a lot of us are going to be nearing natural old age demise.  My grandfather died in his mid fifties and my dad, without a sweet medical plan, would have died from his heart attack in his early sixties.  I’ll bet he wishes he had, having to live with my stepmom J I don’t expect to live much past early to upper mid sixties.  You shouldn’t expect to live forever, either.  To us, the reality might just be a long emergency rather than a die-off.
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Once I had more mental energy to explore more survival topics, I’ve been trying to add on more “short term prepping” articles to go along with the always popular End Of Western Civilization ones.  We will see The End, My Beautiful Friend.  You all can ignore my dawg Malthus as much as your pea picking hearts desire, but in the end he will piss on your graves.  Civilizations are surplus, and surplus is overpopulation and too many people cannot live when the food runs out.  ‘Murican innovation cannot invent more energy.  Our Big Save the last time the economy tanked?
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We “reinvented” ethanol, a fuel Ford at first assumed his farmer customers would use, a hundred years ago.  And we pushed a “new and innovative” seventy year old fracking technology ( fracking is even older than that click here, but the “modern” technique pre-dated the Korean War ).  The only thing we do is add new hype to old tech and vigorously wave a flag over the unveiling ceremony.  There is absolutely zero ways out of this mess.  We will implode, hard.  But since timing is always suspect, we must plan not just for that but the journey up to that.
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As wages measured in purchasing power contract, you will have no choice but to spend less.  As prices increase, even WITH the current price controls, you’ll have no choice but to buy less.  That is already the reality for the last ten years and nothing new or exciting.  What you need to get ready for is the current rationing system failing and for shortages to become permanent.  You were seeing retail shortages long before the stores started closing, and turned in desperation to Amazon.  Newsflash, Amazon won’t last too much longer. 
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Shipping by water is the most energy efficient method of transportation.  Rail follows.  Way at the bottom is road transport.  But what is not a terrible way of transporting, a semi-truck full of goods, becomes a Gawd Awful most inefficient means when each package is mailed individually.  Amazon in effect built its current empire on the desperation of UPS, FedEx and the Post Office to stay in business, and give it outright or partial subsidized shipping ( the Post Office carriers must even prioritize boxes over first class mail, and they lose money on packages ).  They have a built in customer base from the failures of retail.
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How much longer can either dynamic remain, under energy shortages, bankruptcies, stock market collapses and skyrocketing purchasing power destruction?  What you have to do rather than substitute where you shop is learning how NOT to shop.  Not as in a minimalist lifestyle, but as in quickly stockpiling for the rest of your life in anticipation of the consumer society completely failing.  That includes consumption such as transportation fuel and utilities.  Mind you, this is NOT after the collapse.  This is what will currently happen, while the current power structure remains in place. 
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You’ve certainly heard stories of Flint Michigan and their toxic water, or the Georgia ( ? ) city where the combined water and sewer bill is $300.  Even if these Rationed By Other Means utilities are offering their services, are they really an item you want to consume?  This is what I’m talking about with failures.  Not the actual absence of the utility but the need to avoid using it for whatever reason.  We all know we are a dumbass if we don’t have solar panels for the aging power grid going to mostly permanent Brown Out Mode.   
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We know it is silly to rely on the power company in winter weather, and have insulated and turned to wood.  These are Survival 101.  But do you have plans for permanent replacements, beyond just a single storm creating outages.  Through wages, prices or rationing, the day will come when the substitution becomes the New Normal.  You need to be ready for that, now.  That has to be part of your preps.  You already have enough guns and ammo to be your own army and police force.  Now concentrate on being you own FOREVER utilities.  And that includes food supply.
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I know you spoiled bastards will fight until red in tooth and claw giving up your motor vehicles for bicycles.  I hope you are not in such denial you won’t even get one now to at least practice on.  Good news, though.  Without a job, money for shopping and the soon to explode crime rate, you won’t need to use that bike much anyway.  But you will think using a bike instead of a car is easy peasy, compared to your forthcoming diet.  You all squeal like prison bitches about storage grain.  Better get used to it.
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What else do you think is going to provide the bulk of your calories three years into unemployment and disrupted supply chains?  If you are planning for short term emergencies, you really have no business being here ( please conduct a large Amazon purchase through my links before you go, that’s a good boy ).  There is no more returning to normal.  This is all a one way ride, downward.  To future function, you must start embracing things you’d prefer not to.  Like peasant transportation, peasant levels of heat in the winter ( no more using burst pipes as an excuse ), and peasant food.
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Grain is all you will be eating, during the dark ages.  Don’t be silly, ignoring the longevity of the collapse.  Few of you can stock enough freeze dried for the rest of your life.  During the severe contraction phase, you’ll need to start eating a lot more grain.  Yes, most of us can raise chickens and grow potatoes ( even if only in raised tires ).  No, most of us cannot provide enough calories doing so.  In the area most of us have to work with, we can only grow NUTRIENTS.  For calories, enough of them, store grain.
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No one wants to JUST eat grain.  I love wheat, eat it every day, stock the crap out of it, insist you do the same, and even I don’t want to eat nothing but wheat.  But desire has nothing to do with NEED.  You need calories.  Food first.  Only in First World Problems country does want and taste trump calories.  Does it concern any of you about the natural disasters in the mid west?  Not to start Fear Porn’ing here, but what if this time there were actual shortages resulting from the event?  But you didn’t buy because, “yucky diet”.
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Few of you think you have enough ammo, but, hello!  Food.  You’ll eat more than fight and you’ll need storage food PRIOR to the collapse, as ALL aspects of our society go Full Retard.  You can’t always say, “they won’t allow shortages because Diversity riots”.  One day, they won’t have a choice but to “allow” them.  Allow, as in, no choice because the supply or the fuel simply isn’t available.  Okay, I’m done for today on this subject.  You get it, or you don’t.
( .Y. )
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