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Thursday, February 23, 2017

your own infrastructure


YOUR OWN INFRASTRUCTURE

My usual article consists of pointing out problems, then running about in circles screaming like a Junior High gaggle of girls about how we are all going to die, and that you probably deserve it since you’ve done something to piss me off.  Well, today is your lucky day.  I shall throw a few solutions your way.  You are certainly welcome.  I was just pointing out how the infrastructure we see falling apart is more than bridges and reservoir dams.  It is everything you don’t think about such as financial systems that makes your job possible, or the eighteen wheeler delivering your food.  Yes, it is ALL falling apart.  The proof is in the pudding and I’m sorry most pudding looks like baby feces.  There are certain things you can’t help but be effected by.  Your money, which unfortunately must be saved for not just the rainy day ahead but the whole monsoon season,  will quickly lose value.  Yes, you can stash some silver bullion, and you’d be retarded not to as it is the inflation proof way to pay your property tax, but that isn’t the same as stashing cash for months of unemployment. 

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Your job will be gone soon, and a small second job, even self employed, isn’t really the answer, not long term.  Short term, you’ll need it.  You can undercut all the big companies if you stay out of debt.  Long term, NOBODY will have money and earning a living in the modern sense is toast.  The answer is not to earn more but need less.  Just like it is now.  Food, sure, you can garden as much as possible.  And you should, both for supplemental calories from legumes, potatoes and corn, and for nutrition.  But again, long term, you won’t be where you are now.  You’ll relocate to a spot where the tribe has both farmland and a defensive communal structure.  I’m assuming here that most of you won’t be so far removed from civilization that you’ll be okay on your own.  So, forget long term money and forget short term total calories from your present location.  That is what bulk wheat is for.  Those infrastructures can be replaced by you with simple food storage and with a reduction of monetary needs.  Replacing law enforcement infrastructure is already covered by every other blogger out there, their nipple rings chained to their AR-15 to better their orgasmic climax. 

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Yet, there are certain aspects of the infrastructure you can easily, cheaply replace.  Water, sewer, power ( heating and cooking, mostly, with adequate lighting ).  No, not with a $200 Chinese electrical generator.  Number one, if you can’t drop serious cash for a rice burning gennie ( Honda for sure, perhaps Yamaha although I’ve not gotten feedback on that one-perhaps Amazon? ), do not own one at all.  Chinese crap is usually but not always crap ( computers and solar panels-stuff without too many moving parts-seem to do good ), but some of their crap is far worse crap than any of the other crap.  And number two, hello!  Noise discipline, AND money.  Plus gasoline storage.  No, passive is far better.  First off of course, you don’t do anything else before you insulate.  Without that you are blowing toxic smoke up your own ass.  This isn’t exactly cheap, but it isn’t break the bank expensive either.  Do you remember my trailer insulation?  It looked like crap, with egg carton squishy foam stapled to the ceiling, all north windows covered in foam and blankets or comforters, the skirting done in pink foam board, and tin foal covered bubble wrap in tight quarters and the south windows.  It was nearly free with trash picking and thrift store items and helped immensely on keeping warm. 

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Your insulation of course must conform to Wife Hen Circle Competitive Extreme Sports Rules, meaning it will be much more expensive than my $150 ( or whatever it was-that’s ballpark on a 32 footer ).  But that is not the point ( shut up, you make way more than me, anyway ).  The point was living in the trailer prior to adding insulation was nearly impossible off grid.  Your home will be too unless you insulate ( and don’t cry into your beer.  You could do it cheaper by using just two rooms or the garage ).  As you’ll also remember because I know for a fact you should have been paying attention, we had a four hour limit on our propane use every day.  In winter.  The sun would come up and we’d remove the covers off of the east windows.  Even in single digits outside, it took little time for the inside temps to go to fifty.  The sun went down at four, we got four to six hours of heat.  90% of the time we could do four hours maximum.  On a four thousand BTU propane stove, we barely used over one five gallon tank of fuel per month ( in December and January ).  All thanks to being well insulated ( and only being 250 square feet ).

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Sorry, but that will be YOUR future.  Only, perhaps without the propane use.  The reason I did it so cheap was that aesthetics were of zero concern to me, after going a couple of winters freezing my balls off ( you try bathing in fifty degrees ).  If I had to construct interior walls for insulation and looks, not only would the trailer been much warmer, it would have also been much more expensive.  Perhaps you could glue rigid board to the interior walls and cover with drywall or shelves?  I’m not sure how one could really insulate a conventional home frugally.  But you must do it.  Even just one or two rooms, or the garage ( the garage would be easy to construct another wall inside, plus flooring.  Remember, outside stick built with fiberglass, middle foam board, another wall up against that also fiberglass insulated.  Alternate lumber so the heat cannot escape through nails and touching wood.  Fill up most of the attic with whatever insulation.  Triple it! ). 

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Tomorrow we continue with south facing passive solar, rocket stoves, a well or rain catchment, composting toilet and LED lighting.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

power out in the forest


POWER OUT IN THE FOREST

I don’t know how many of you living as far away from the malignant craphole of California as possible ( not that a lot of you aren’t living in equally untenable locations that are swarming with the scumbags of the universe in million multiples-so no offense to Cali residents in particular.  I just hold a place near and dear to my rectum for the state since I was trapped there for so long ) have heard about the dam in Oroville threatening to give way, or did give way, or whatever it did-and frankly my dear loyal minions I could give a crap about anyway-and are now loudly proclaiming yet another instance of infrastructure collapse.  Which of course it is.  This latest bout of warmer weather and rain are flooding a lot of places out here in the west.  Places that are no stranger to many years of drought followed by flash floods.  Hell, California itself, in particular Southern California, has ALWAYS seen flash flood damage after prolonged drought and fire. 

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As fire and flood are normal, we then ask ourselves if  the rain damage now is severe because of Gore Warming or because of infrastructure neglect and collapse.  As you might suspect, I fall in the infrastructure collapse camp ( not that global weather change isn’t real, it is just that past flooding has been about as bad and yet didn’t effect infrastructure as badly-in general, as there always being exceptions ).  As bad as weather change will be, and is already, we have done ourselves little favor by the way we’ve painted a target on ourselves so that the change is all for the catastrophic.  Overpopulation to profit the elite, infrastructure neglect to amass fortunes for the few ( locally, streets are repaved even when not needed, with the curb work extremely substandard and inefficient for drainage even as that was the justification for the work, while the old part of town by the river is allowed to rot.  It is far easier to skim the money off easy work than something hard.  And someone ALWAYS profits ).  Now look at your location and note the eye candy extremely expensive work being done even as the rest of everything is neglected.  This was especially easy to see during the pre-2007 building bubble as new subdivisions were slapped up with huge municipal fees for construction.  The added infrastructure is guaranteed to fail prior to the mortgages being paid off, the work and material were below Mexico standard, and at the same time the older infrastructure was ignored.

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This story is of course nothing new.  I merely expand upon it to fill in the back story.  Here is what I’d like to touch on today.  You excitedly point out single instances of infrastructure collapse.  The Michigan bridge.  The Oroville dam.  The L.A. earthquake decades ago only collapsing government structures ( in an area with insanely high taxes ).  The constant electrical outages even on clear and windless days.  The Internet slow downs regularly.  Water from the tap either full of extra chlorine or extra toxins.  Potholes everywhere except into Yuppie Hill.  And then, you still stay exactly where you are, completely vulnerable to the effects of infrastructure decay and collapse.  All these failures are certainly NOT one off events.  They are systematic.  We no longer have the skill, materials to include energy ( in the sixteen years since the new century, our energy net return is HALF what it was, globally ) or financing ( an interesting fun filled fact.  I was just reading that something like 80% and up of all monies in the financial sector stay there.  The remaining twenty percent trickles down into the real world for real needs ) to maintain our infrastructure.  As a minion helpfully and hilariously pointed out, our whole surrounding structure was a White Elephant we stupidly rewarded ourselves with.

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How did we develop the blindness where we see collapse but then convince ourselves we can avoid it even as we live in it?  We are seeing the trees and ignoring the forest.  Or, in this case, the power has gone out in the forest and we don’t worry about it.  I am certainly NOT calling for mass action to “fix” our problem.  There is no acting in concert nor is there any hope in Hades that any of this can be fixed or reversed.  The Donald can’t stop the Muslims from being flown in one by one and he thinks he can build a thousands of miles wall on our southern border?  All we can do is act to save our own families and tribes and to Gott Damn hell with the rest of humanity.  But to do even that, you must pull your head out of your ass.  Your job?  THAT is part of the failing infrastructure.  Your thirty year mortgage house?  That is part of the job market, financial industry, centralized government, petroleum importation, electrical and sewer and water grid and Internet infrastructure all tied together.  Now, if all those are failing, why are you staying in the city again?  What am I missing?

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Just because our infrastructure has been failing for forty years and we have worked around that doesn’t mean we can continue to.  Before, single failures abounded.  Now, systematic failures are occurring.  Surely it hasn’t escaped your notice that New Orleans is still only half full with piles of bulldozed neighborhoods still sitting in soggy refuse piles?  And that was a relatively small metro area.  How about Detroit?  Anyone notice the street lights suddenly lit again?  How about all those tens of thousands of abandoned buildings?  Suddenly cleared or occupied?  We are the 1920’s Jews in Germany, reading articles on how we are going to be removed from the Aryan State.  Do we do something about it, or not?  The infrastructure collapse is a very blatant canary in the coal mine keeling over.  Are you paying attention?  Today it is dams failing in the West, tomorrow it could be you sitting in the dark trying to read your pink slip.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

popcorn prepper 2


POPCORN PREPPER 2
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Got Kindle Unlimited?  This one is friggin hilarious!
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GR32JSU/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title
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What inspired the original article ( the repeat was inspired by nothing more than Article Selection Block ) was my job at a movie theatre.  I was working as a manager at a gas station/mechanic service place and we had just popped out kid number one.  I didn’t need extra money for that because the then wife worked as a nurse and they got 100% medical free at their hospital.  But we were planning on moving out of the Late Great State Of California as soon as kid #2 was old enough, so the second job, along with asset liquidation ( read: MY assets liquidated, her assets moved at an expense exceeding their value ), was our nest egg for the journey.  Yes, in the end it was almost worth it since I had been trying to leave the state since the early ‘80’s a decade prior and it never seemed to stick until that time.  The second job didn’t bother me-it was fun.  Who wouldn’t have liked free movies at the time ( Terminator 2, The Bodyguard, Unforgiven, etc. )?

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All my co-workers were young punk teenagers, and I was the Old Man of the crew.  And while they were enjoyable to work with, they were also a bunch of degenerates.  No one gave much of a crap, and none of them wasted a whole lot of time until they were “teaching” me about stealing from the company.  Pocketing the ticket price and not ringing it up was the preferred method, but only a few gals had the coveted position and wouldn’t share ( our local theatre last year went to “tickets at the concession stand” policy.  Is this normal now, where you live? ).  The concession crew which I was on used the method of popcorn container re-use.  If the tub didn’t have butter in it ( making it too obvious it was used with soaked through grease spots ), it was put back in the stack of empties.  A count was kept by the cashier-the number of times he could pull this stunt-and the customer bought a popcorn without it being rung up, the money pocketed.  Since so much corn was thrown away, inventory was made on the containers.

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I never partook in the game, not from some holier than thou moral sense, but merely because I didn’t need the extra and I didn’t want to get caught and lose my free movies.  I wasn’t anywhere near as paranoid then as I am now, but I still possessed enough in embryo form.  I really had to applaud their moxie and imagination.  Grazing at a convenience store job is one thing, but pinching cash was new to me.  I have yet to do so, but again, out of paranoia rather than stern moral fiber ( even now, storage food galore staring at me every day, I only take what is allowed-I don‘t need to lose this job quicker than is going to happen anyway.  The flooding at work is much better, but we still haven‘t re-opened the thrift store.  I have no idea how long that can go on before we go broke ).  Of course, back then most jobs were small business rather than corporate-or at least small corporations which had yet to turn evil ( “QT” C-stores in the Midwest were a good example of a generally cool corporation.  Then I worked for “Dollar General” which changed while I was there-and what a bunch of douche bags they turned into.  The Army and Dollar General were two of the worst corporate mule molesting organizations I ever had the displeasure to work for ).

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Just prior and after Y2K I was working for a C-store chain down in Florida which were less bad than most corporations ( the South seems to be full of companies founded by very religious folks.  The original owner runs a nice ship, then his dumbass brats run it aground ).  I can’t remember the name for the life of me.  Anyway, they always treated me right and I got lucky and worked for a gal past menopause ( bitches are almost impossible to work for, but some are better than others ).  I didn’t feel they deserved my scorn or dishonesty.  I did help myself to a lot of coffee from them, placing it in my prep supplies ( all my guaranteed overtime went to regular preps.  Guns and ammo-oh for the thirty cent war surplus ammo and $100 Enfield’s of yesteryear- and sealed wheat because this was after all Florida and propane bottles and etc. ).  They wanted coffee dumped and fresh made every twenty minutes ( if I recall correctly ) and instead I went thirty or forty and took home the amount that would have been used anyway.  It was sealed in Mylar and I would have been a fool NOT to.  It was a shame I had to quite that job, I might have made a go of staying in the state.  Not that that would have been the greatest idea, but that alternate history does hold some appeal.

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Honestly, I have little idea how someone would go about stealing from work to fund preps.  The popcorn scam was all I ever heard about ( again, discounting outright theft or embezzlement ).  But who else would know better than you how to do so?  If applicable.  The point is, your company probably deserves to be ripped off.  When was the last time you got a raise?  I’ll bet it wasn’t the last time they kept giving you more things to do in less time.  And how often does your company screw customers?  If it wasn’t today, it certainly was probably no later than yesterday.  Now, let me put it this way for you.  If your company is a den of thieves, and they DESERVE to be screwed, and you don’t do it even if there is no chance of being caught, how are you going to survive the collapse when the rule of the day is Begger Thy Neighbor, regardless if they are good people or not? 

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Monday, February 20, 2017

popcorn prepper


POPCORN PREPPER
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Nicus, could you kindly contact me regarding your comment on hydroponic nutrients?  I'd like more info on location of purchase, basic how-to books, etc.  I'd like to both pursue an article and do this myself.  Please leave comment or e-mail me at jimd303@reagan.com
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note: even while the faint stench of liberalism is apparent, this guy has some wicked good analysis on big picture and energy influence.
https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence
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I wrote about this around twenty-five years ago, what seems like barely yesterday.  Damn old age, time flies by a year at a time when it used to be an eternity until next payday.  The article, for my wicked cool ‘zine ( an amateur publication back before the Internet )  that was the envy of none, was on stealing from work to finance your preps.  I have no recollection of what the article contained, although I hope it did differentiate between Mom & Pop businesses and those that were corporate run.  To your mind, stealing is wrong no matter the circumstances but over the years I’ve come to think of corporations as evil and I would no more feel bad stealing from them as I would stealing from a thief or a douche bag of other stripes.  A small business owned by a sole proprietor, no, stealing from him isn’t cool.  He actually works for a living.  Now, I know this is going to piss some minions off to no end.  Your whole life your parental units, your nice old lady teacher in grade school, your church-all told you that stealing is a sin and you shouldn’t do it.

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Wow!  I mean, really!?!?  Your father worked for a defense contractor which got rich off of taxes, which were definitely NOT going to defense but rather offense.  Colonialism is not protecting our borders ( and allow me to further piss you off by calling 9/11 a complete false flag attack, on par with the Gulf Of Tonkin, The Maine, Pearl Harbor and I’m pretty sure a few others I’m forgetting.  But just this morning a certain Yuppie Scum prepper site had a blurb on how it was a shame certain elements in government were acting poorly.  Really???  Only a few?  The whole rotten fascist régime is and has been acting badly for all of last century and a good chunk of the one prior.  Naïve, and overly optimistic, much?  This is the normal attitude most people take, blind acceptance with just a smidge of disappointment, so I no longer have much hope most of you will wake up to the danger ).  And your school teacher.  How was she paid?  By voluntary donation?  You’re going to believe the mouth pieces of the government that enslave you-both as a student and a taxpayer- in order to teach you slavery was wrong in 1861?  Organized religion always, ALWAYS, turns into a for-profit rather than for prophet organization.  These stupid bastards, in between molesting choir boys, are telling you that carbon dating is a scam and there is no such thing as overpopulation.  How credible are they, really?  Okay, I have my issues with scientists running their own scams, but testable hypotheses even with an agenda certainly beats blind faith in the matter of biology/physics ( blind faith for ones soul is a different matter of course ).

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Now, in a small group setting, stealing is of course wrong.  It is also stupid.  You are cutting off your nose to spite your face.  If you are caught, you lose your membership in that group.  And grouping is fundamental survival 101.  So stealing is self defeating behavior of the worst kind ( so is cheating on the spouse, yet so widespread that there are social safety valves to allow it to some degree-you have to go back to a very small tribal unit to see its complete prohibition ).  But you are no longer part of a small group, or tribe.  You are a citizen in a nation state and that is a completely different animal.  The nation state exists as a large enough military force that your odds of being attacked by outsiders decreased in occurrence, hence making the extra cost of membership ( much higher taxes, enslavement as brute labor and/or cannon fodder in special circumstances, lack of freedom ) tolerable.  You must also pretend that small tribal culture extends to include everyone you call a countryman.  And as long as the nation is running in a surplus, that fiction serves everyone well.  You pretend you give two stinky craps about the moron living several days travel away.  Social lubricant, of a kind.

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When a nation is in energy decline ( wealth is merely surplus energy-solar, carbon, whatever- in the end ), cultural cohesion takes a beating.  A nation doesn’t disintegrate because we become rude and hateful to one another, we become that way AFTER energy decline.  Divorce and latchkey children wouldn’t be commonplace in an economy in surplus, when one wage earner was all that was needed ( yes, of course you had bored out of their gourd housewives popping pills and pumping the milkman, but that was boredom in a energy surplus so good that everyone had house robots.  Looking back, that would have been a preferable existence to what we do now to get through life ).  Well, we all hate each other, now.  It has been building and fermenting for quite some time.  The optimists, blinded by the rainbows shooting out of their asses, think we can all still live a Leave It To Beaver life, if we just put our minds to it ( dumb asses ).  They think we should still care about each other, especially those not of our tribe.  They also hate everyone else, but don’t realize it yet ( what do you think mammon worshiping is, if it isn’t class warfare? ).  They’ll come around soon enough.

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Corporations are, to an extent, robot businesses.  Their bureaucracies are mindless circuits running on autopilot.  They don’t have any other binary input except PROFIT.  That is what they do.  That is ALL they do ( is that a Terminator reference?  I was trying for it ).  They don’t try to be evil, but evil is as evil does, yo.  They will crush you in an instant if that action translates into PROFIT.  We all have stories of mindless corporate activity that defied logic or explanation.  Except for the above one.  If said corporation has no issue with screwing you, why aren’t you returning the favor?  Your only input should be CONSEQUENCES.  As long as you don’t get caught, why are you worried?  I’m not talking about grand larceny or embezzlement ( which the corporations can do with near impunity, such are our laws ), but chump change theft.  We continue tomorrow.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

pampered peasant book 2


PAMPERED PEASANT BOOK 2
( continued below after my NOTE )
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NOTE: I keep forgetting to post this.  A minion who owns and shoots a Mosin-Nagant wrote to disagree with my horror and disgust with the rifle.  To paraphrase, he said that my fear of the lack of a gas bleed safety is unfounded as he noticed a constant slight gas discharge from the rounds being fired most of the time.  I wonder if this was due to the original design made for the brass cases which swell to seal the chamber, then having a steel case being used failing to seal.  If so, this would not stop a catastrophic case rupture from releasing too much gas into the shooters face.  Nonetheless, I felt I should pass this on to you as it might mean my fears are unjustified.  Of course, with the rifles now selling for too much at $300, and the cheapest steel cased ammo now doubled in price, I can’t imagine WHY you’d want to buy one.  But it is better to have too much information than not enough, so here you are.
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INTRODUCTION part 2

The book The Alpha Strategy was really at base a middle class instruction manual on how to mitigate the effects of the end of the Manufacturing Economy.  Even then, it is surprisingly relevant, at least to some degree.  The economics section probably won’t help you all that much.  Now that all of the economy is financial based and all the markets are grossly manipulated, as well as computerized, plus now that we are over a decade well past Peak Oil, this economy is nothing like that fifty years ago.  The stockpiling section is still a good read and you can find e-books at no charge hanging around the Internet if you are interested.  But this booklet is NOT the same as The Alpha Strategy.  There, remember, middle class economics prevailed.  Here, we are all about the Frugal Prepper.  And why, you ask in a snide tone as visions of FLIR scopes and MRE’s dance in your head?  Because, dumb ass, you don’t the money to stay middle class, if you even still are ( but lie to yourself about it ).  If you want a fantasy primer, check any other survivalist tome out there, or for better writing, The Lord Of The Rings.

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If you might go back and examine the title of this book, we are assuming your immediate future is anything other than middle class pampered Yuppie Scum.  Let’s go back 150 years.  Why not, right?  Every uppity Black agitator wants us to live in a guilt state over what happened then anyway.  After the Yankee Scum won the war and occupied the South with military troops, you can bet that the starvation and imprisonment of civilians that had occurred all through the conflict was still happening.  Ask anyone who had been in Sherman’s path what they were supposed to eat with the livestock slaughtered and the crops burned.  Reconstruction was about colonizing a rebellious province.  The South was full of poor.  Next up, remember when FDR starved out the farmers to force them into the cities and into reliance on the bankers Greenbacks?  Okay, his central banker masters who elected him instructed him to do so after they caused the Depression for profit, made gold illegal for profit, and entered into a fascist state disguised as socialism, again for profit.  Do you think there were a lot of middle class folks around at that time?

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Hell, no, the poor stayed that way until they volunteered to go fight for world domination.  Only then were they allowed to start living a middle class life.  We went from strike breaking police with Maxim machineguns to powerful Unions, and you think it was a communist plot?  It was an Elite plot, and it doesn’t matter what political façade you slap on any of their projects, in the end it is just about funneling more money to the same few people.  Follow the money.  They decided to share a bit of the wealth, but that was only because they needed a much larger workforce and bureaucracy to colonize the world.  For however much they shared, they made oh so much more.  Alas, we used way too many resources to win the war of dominance and as early as the ’50’s we were running out of surplus.  Peak Iron Ore happened then, and coal also started getting scarce in the higher grades.  We had about a quarter century of middle class living until the Peaking caught up and with just a minor supply disruption OPEC was the straw that broke the camels back, manufacture economy-wise.

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We THOUGHT we were still living middle class after that, but the clear unstoppable trend ever since has been an erosion of the standard of living we used to define that lifestyle.  We were little more than indentured servants to the banks way before the 2008 real estate backed derivatives implosion cleared the decks of all the former middle class by wiping out their last metric of housing assets.  They are no more.  You are either now poor, or poor with rich people products made in China owned by debt trying to give the illusion of un-poor.  But you are poor, just as most of us have been for most of the time we’ve been a country.  You need to start acting your class, which is poor, and embracing That Suck by refusing to play the game that only enriches the Bankers anyway.  Stop buying the illusion of middle class.  Just accept being a peasant.  You might not toil in the fields, but toil under less than safe circumstances for very mean compensation you certainly do.

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Peasants of old had to face starvation regularly.  Today, there is an embarrassment of food, but it isn’t food by most any definition.  It is empty calories.  As you feed more and more into your face, you are still starving your body of nutrients.  Malnutrition is a much slower form of starvation and you have to suffer through cancers and strange diseases before merciful death takes you.  Peasants of old had no money.  Today, we are paid an embarrassingly high amount of wages for little actual work-mostly being robot operators or supervisors.  Yet we die broke and in debt, and not just because we spend frivolously in a consumer nightmare of a culture.  Taxes in insane amounts, coupled with steady inflation, in addition to monopolies we are forced to subsidize, leave very little money to do anything much with.  If we do save industriously, there are still barriers against the poor actually investing in any real way so as to be able to bootstrap up out of poverty. 

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Giving up the illusion of being middle class is not giving up and wallowing in poverty.  It is freeing the golden handcuffs you’ve been wearing.  When you don’t have to pay for the trappings of middle class you can live a lot better with less pay.  It is quality over quantity.  And here is were the Pampered Peasant strategy comes in.  While you are downgrading into peasantry, you are using still somewhat valuable currency to stockpile the luxury items true poverty stricken individuals can never dream of.  It is a stockpiling strategy like The Alpha Strategy, but it is a far cheaper and more realistic one geared to the poor rather than the middle class.  More Introduction next article.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

prioritize lifeboat items part 2


PRIORITIZE LIFEBOAT ITEMS 2

Combining the realization that The End Is Nigh and the new and improved Dark Age will be global, along with acknowledging the Oil Age is on its very last leg ( ExxonMobil hasn’t made a profit-and they are best of the top US oil companies-in three years.  And that is just the financial aspect of the many problems ), you might come to the realization that you should get off your flaccid jiggley ass and stock your lifeboat with the basic items that will never be duplicated again in the history of ever.  The first I listed was industrial grown grains.  Screwy weather is global, as is the diminishing net energy of petroleum, as is overpopulation.  You certainly can grow your own grains and you should, but most likely you will be growing vegetables and legumes rather than grains, given our usual lack of land all but a extreme small minority experience.  Growing grains is for after the die-off, stored grain is for during and to cushion against crop failures.  So while you don’t need modern anything to grow grains, only industrial grain is cheap enough to stock a decades worth.

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You could also find a way to grind your grain in a primitive ( rocks ) or salvage specific way ( metal pipes ).  But why should you?  A modern metal grain grinder is under $50 ( my first one in the ‘80’s was actually more, so they are great inflation fighters ).  It won’t force you to eat sand, nor will it take extra calories you can ill afford.  So too, you can easily make a storage unit for your grains out of primitive materials.  And you should have the instructions for such.  Yet, buying the plastic now is-relatively-affordable and will be an invaluable water container after emptied.  So, this is why I recommend buying lots and oodles and gobs of grain NOW, as your first lifeboat item.  Followed by the grinders ( multiples, duh ) and plastic storage containers.  Diatomaceous earth is also a very wise investment.  It is invaluable in your stored grain, and will prove VERY useful against age old problems such as lice or bedbugs.  You can buy the non-food grade at Home Depot, and you should.  They come in a thick plastic bag and can be stored for the day of infestation.  Just get food grade for your grain-you’ll probably need to mail order it and I’d appreciate it if you bought that through my Amazon ad links so I get a commission. 

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Next up of course is ammunition.  There are more firearms than people in this country, and that nicely translates into a lot of surplus firearms after the die-off.  What won’t be in such good supply will be ammunition.  That is a far greater priority than a crap load of guns or magazines or laser sites of FLIR’s or tacti-cool sighting systems.  Given that every swinging cheese dingus out there thinks tactics are spray and pray, don’t expect ammo to last any longer than the surplus population.  That is all you really need to know on the subject ( if you recover or steal ammunition, steel cased ammo is okay in non-CommBlock guns.  On a limited basis, and I’d try to trade the crap myself and only use it in emergencies.  If extractors and firing pins take a beating on harder material steel case ammo, you might damage your gun.  You might not be able to get another quick enough, so don’t be lured into false economics buying this stuff ).

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Next up would be illumination.  You need AA rechargeable batteries, the LED lanterns and flashlights that use them, and some solar chargers.  Because here is the thing.  12v RV batteries are great for using high power items.  You could run a fridge off of a couple of panels and a modified freezer.  You could run a microwave if fuel was an issue.  But 12v batteries do NOT last all that long, AND if you store dry batteries for later use to initially charge them you need much more than a trickle charge off of a solar panel ( so you’ll need a quality generator-that means Honda for a cool thousand bucks-and the gasoline storage now becomes another limited time storage issue ).  It is far better for those on a budget to simply forego using 12v batteries.  With AA rechargeable the batteries can sit in storage forever until you need them, then you can charge from the sun.  You could use candles and oil lamps for tow tech illumination, but the light output sucks and LED’s and rechargeable AA’s are pretty darn cheap.  Plus, low tech light needs fats ( unless you have bees ) you should be using as lubricants or foods rather than for lights.  You are fat and well fed now, but in the future every calories will count like you can’t believe.  Because you didn’t spend $50 for illumination now, you want to go hungry and have your gun rust in the future?  Light is VERY important for psychological health.  Do not discount its need.

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Glass and insulation for building might be a very easy to salvage item, or it could put your life at risk.  What is easier for you to do?  Salvage or stockpile?  These two items will be very important and while glass MIGHT start being made after the Dark Ages, insulation is mostly Oil Age Only ( unless you live in a wool tent, of course ).  And plastic sheeting.  It won’t salvage well, and nothing is better for water proofing.  Most locations with water in this country are going to have cold winters.  Nothing is better for conserving fuel than building dug-outs.  And plastic sheeting is almost mandatory unless you want dark and dank.  I built my Test Pit the wrong way and the bugs and mildew are simple gross.  I wouldn’t want to live in there ( and I can‘t imagine it would be healthy ).  The B-POD was built the right way ( an exposed doorway at the bottom of stairs so you get air movement from the bottom to the top ).  If you build a dug-out like this you shouldn’t have an issue with living underground ( subject to soil and rain at your location, of course.  However, you can build an earth covered shelter completely aboveground with good drainage, so this isn’t completely impossible ). 

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And there is your bare bones, frugal budget, impossible to duplicate items you need for your lifeboat.  Yes, the list COULD be endless.  This is a reality based list, however.  Keep your fantasy confined to your football.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

prioritize lifeboat items part 1


PRIORITIZE LIFEBOAT ITEMS
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I cannot vouch for them, so proceed at your own risk, but this does look interesting as a cheap water well drill:
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Prepping for Y2K ( to mostly include research, except for a single period one year prior when I saw increased pay and put a LOT of money into supplies ) I was finally able to abandon my previous Mormon/’50’s Fallout Shelter inspired limited stockpile and begin to think about systems wide collapse instead of the localized immediate survival preps of limited utility ( which assumed a rapid recovery no matter the event.  I actually woke up, smelled the rancid future and assumed real world reality rather than prepper/militia fantasy was the nightscape to come-I don’t know what reading prompted this reversal of nearly twenty years of dogma, but I’ll just credit Gary North for his public service work here ).  I went from a home centric to civilization centric view.  After that, things got a lot easier on the frugal front, because not only did I abandon a lot of unnecessary preps ( why stock propane or propane accessories if the wells will forever more stop pumping?  Why stock semi-auto’s if no ammunition will ever again be made?  Why worry about precious metals if trade will never exist in my lifetime as the Dark Ages will last forty plus generations? ), the number of things needed also declined.

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If our future is brutish and short, luxury items and expensive toys are certainly not very important.  Just as a cancer patient knows he has very few months left to plan and prep for his families future, and on very limited funds, so too must you view the oncoming collapse as an impetus to get the hell off your ass and quickly see to the very basics.  You can’t time the collapse, and there is nothing saying it will happen tomorrow.  Yet at the same time there is nothing saying you still have five or ten or twenty years cushion ahead.  So you prioritize what is the most important and what needs immediate attention.  You are in effect just notified that a forest fire will be at your front door in twenty minutes.  You need fifteen of those in driving time.  What do you grab?  The house will burn, so you must prioritize those items that cannot be replaced.  In our case, you are at the end of the Oil Age ( as analyzed ad nauseam already, it is patently obvious that the Industrial Age has already taken a Big Squishy ) and there is a limited amount of time to grab those items that only the Petroleum Industry can provide.

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Again, we’ve talked about this many times before.  But if you are looking at this from a limited time collapse event you aren’t grasping the finality of oil and all it provides.  We have already seen the end of cheap and energy rich oil, over ten years ago.  Since then more and more of our oil is dirty and returns very little in the way of net energy, and a lot of it isn’t even REAL oil but substitutes such as tar sands.  Over FIFTY years ago we saw Peak Discovery ( ever since then we discover less and less new oil, and for some time now we are discovering even less than what we are using, AND all discoveries are of smaller and smaller reserves ).  Yes, Virginia, the age of oil is winding down.  Already as a nation we are abandoning one petroleum rich activity/item after another to compensate.  That is what the race to the bottom quality wise is about.  From manufacturing jobs to service.  From metal to plastic.  From gas guzzlers to Batteries On Wheels.  From warehouses to JIT.  From houses to Black Mold Boxes.  From higher education to PC Indoctrination institutions.  From cash for advanced medical to lifetime debt from lawyer proof tests and symptom masking drugs.  From nutrition to Frankenfood.

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NOW is the time to stockpile oil age products.  While they are cheap and available.  Just like oil ten years ago.  Now, while they are of marginally useful quality.  You want to wait for wheat to go total GMO like corn has, before you buy any?  Or how about you wait for it to experience shortages like rice did six/seven years ago?  Does that sound like a valid strategy?  You should maybe wait for another global heat wave and crop failure before you buy?  What’s the matter for you ( sorry, almost through the seasons of The Soprano’s-I’m starting to think in YankeeSpeak )?  Shortages, quality decline and higher prices are all indicative of an item on the Endangered Species List ( rice will never stop being grown, but cheap and abundant rice is another matter.  Or, look at lentils.  They used to barely be more than grain in price.  Now, after eight years, they just keep going up in price ).  You want expensive food?  Smallholders will always be able to plow a field with mules and produce grain and ship it by wagon.  For half of your wages you can still eat, just like most of the Third World in slums must do.  They are not allowed to farm the countryside, as those areas are for commodities to export-not for the local population.  Wait for sea trade to stop and see the many revolts and revolutions.  Right in the spot you retired to in your tropical paradise.  You want to go to Panama or Guiana to avoid the collapse?  It will follow you there.  Just get some swamp land in Florida or Louisiana ( with a boat to survive the floods ) if you want to avoid freezing weather.  It will be safer. 

( moving to a foreign country to Survive And Thrive?  Too much money has made your brain go soft.  You want way too much crime, a language you can’t understand, high prices to live in a ghetto, tropical diseases, gun control while surrounded by enemies and deadly revolution in the near future?  Just move to New Orleans ) 

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Since you can’t time the collapse you must assume tomorrow is BSD ( Big Squishy Day ).  So what must you grab for your lifeboat items?  Obviously, mechanized petroleum input grains.  Lots and lots of grains.  Plastic storage containers for grains.  And grain grinders.  None of these can be duplicated ( right now, a YEARS worth of grain is 1/10th your monthly income.  In the near future, one MONTHS worth will be between ½ and ¾ of your monthly income, if indeed you have an income.  All that stored silver wasted on food when you could have simply stockpiled it cheaply now.  $100 now, $8,000 tomorrow.  That is a heck of a good return on investment ).  Continued tomorrow.

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