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Thursday, August 25, 2016

less evil 2 of 3


LESS EVIL-THE DIE OFF 2
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Must Read! :
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It is easy to mock the Near Clueless.  Steve The Survivalist Yuppie Scum works some cheese dingus job like a lawyer who screws over taxpayers by championing corporate loopholes or a contractor who screws over taxpayers by kicking back bribes to his politician brother in law to get fat city contracts using substandard materials and illegal day labor, and like all the rest of his ill repute ilk he thinks he is smarter than the rest of us.  So he pays a consulting fee to an Idaho survivalist expert to tell him how to turn a quarter million dollars into a luxurious collapse retreat in the boonies.  Of course, Steve spends as much as he makes, mostly on blow and hookers whatever doesn’t get spent on the trophy wife.  So he gets a nice low interest loan from another connected friend/relative.  He thinks he did good, paying a mere 2% vig for this sweet reclusive retreat.  But he is in such massive debt that he can’t quite his job and he can’t move away to safety.  He is stuck in the overnight collapse/bug-out paradigm.

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Which is a perfectly asinine thing to do, and everyone knows it.  A kid with a busted knife blade attached to a spear shaft with a collection of traps and a few dozen buckets of grain cached for wilderness survival has a better chance of surviving than Steve does.  “Survivalists” counting on an overnight collapse to void their debt exposure deserve the ridicule and mockery of those such as The Druid Dude.  You could say that his preps are better than nothing but I would counter that his preps essentially amount to nothing.  Steve is going to stay in an increasingly dangerous urban hive until that bites him in the ass.  Heck, he might even be in jail before the collapse because of his desperation in making over X amount of money.  You can’t just prep for the end, but also the lead up to the end.  Steve could see the economic collapse unfolding around him if he wasn’t blinded by his own brilliance.  Yes, Steve, of course we recovered from 1929 and the 1970’s.  We had the energy surplus to do so ( just starting to pump the Super Wells in the Depression and just starting to control the distribution of Saudi oil forty years later-not to mention the Alaska bonanza ).  Now we don’t.  Yet Steve can’t see that vital distinction.  He applies fifty year out of date information to count on-what?  Honestly, I can’t tell you what is going on in Steve’s mind.  What a douche.

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And yet, knowing what a bloody wanker Steve is, I think a lot of us have a similar thought process.  Not as na├»ve, certainly, but still only one step removed from his silliness.  We don’t fall into the debt trap, because it is about as obvious as the hemorrhoids on your ass that the Banksters have been screwing the pooch for over a decade ( ever since the increase of oil supplies turned into the plateauing of the oil supply-which was enough to screw up the central bank money minting machine of lowering interest to increase debt.  The actual fall of the oil supply as seen from EROI or net energy return was enough to take a big squishy on all their plans, hopes and dreams ) and it can’t last much longer.  And since 2008 it is also plainly obvious that EVERYONE gets thrown under the bus to save the bankers.  Everyone.  Local government police or firemen, retirees, military readiness-everyone.  The banks might not last too long but they certainly will be the corpse on top of ours in the end.

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So debt is a suckers game.  Getting into debt for survival preps is a rookie mistake ( not all debt is silly-paying off junk land is better than paying rent, and paying off on a car is fine as long as it takes you back and forth to your debt free country property.  The debt I’m talking about is the overbearing, unpayable, payments hinging on a job you can’t keep in a downturn type of debt used to buy Too Much Preps of the luxurious type ).  What it boils down to is that you can’t time the collapse nor can you guarantee the type of collapse.  We wargame and balance probabilities, then we act like we know what is going to happen.  I’m enamored with the energy shortage economic collapse causing centralized farming feeding delivered by long distance transportation to fail and the urban masses comprising most of our population to spasm in an orgy of desperation and die off. 

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While I avoided the sin of relying on too quick of a collapse, of an overnight apocalypse, I certainly have acted as if I’ve figured out the type of collapse to prep for.  I certainly didn’t make the mistake of trying to time the collapse, but that is all I can congratulate myself on.  I’m still relying on a relatively swift collapse.  Energy quickly becomes unavailable due to a global credit freeze and all the local asswhores move away for lack of jobs, affordable rent or winter heat.  THEN the real civilization collapse begins.  But I could easily throw any number of monkey wrenches into my “plans”.  For instance, what if gun control really happened?  Overnight I’d be faced with the choice of fighting back ( helping to start a chapter of a civil war ) or facing death by violent criminal or being rounded up into a concentration camp.  Far less simple than just waiting for the die-off and then herding goats and raiding settlements to the north.  In a gun control scenario, things are a hell of a lot more complicated than fictional tales lead you to believe.  Let’s talk about that tomorrow.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

less evil-the die off 1 of 3


LESS EVIL-THE DIE OFF
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note: for those with KU, a decent read touching on energy EROI:
click here "Briton's Coming Energy Crisis"
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I was going to title this article along the lines of “the lesser of evils” but I didn’t want you thinking this was about the upcoming presidential election.  I mean, what else is there to talk about?  One devil spawn with Parkinson’s Disease, just who you want with the nuclear launch codes, and a liberal New Yorker dressed up in Republican Big Boy Pants who has lied about everything-business as usual.  The lesser evil is obviously The Foul Haired One.  But since elections are nothing more than rigged eye candy for the weak minded, we will just have to wait and see if Toupee Mussolini or Evil Epilepsy are put on the throne.  There is little reason to talk about it other than to laugh uproariously.  No, what we shall discuss today is the whole concept of the die-off and how it might be wishful thinking covering up the more probable reality of an anarchist devolution which will much more problematic to your health.

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Okay, here is the standard survivalist paradigm.  An asteroid hit’s the earth, or Yellowstone blows.  Neither is improbable.  Nobody saw coming the rock that hit in Russia a few years ago, so the movie “Armageddon” scenario is plain delusional.  And the super volcano has seen strange behavior recently like animals fleeing in mass and fairly large land upwelling.  Both will happen but nobody is sure of the timing.  Both events are high possibility low probability.  The point here being, a sudden civilization ending event occurs.  This can include EMP’s or solar flares, the previously discredited Y2K, etc.  The other accepted events have a slightly longer time frame but not enough to keep peace or order.  A terrorist attack demolishes the Saudi oil processing facility and within a few weeks the global petroleum flow seizes up ( the Saudi scenario is most plausible as it takes place in a very unstable area with a rather centralized location-but anything that takes one fifth  of the global energy supply offline qualifies ).  Or, a major bank implodes from the weight of its derivatives overexposure ( which at this point could be almost any one of them-even if Deutch Bank looks to be the current favorite ).  You can’t actually believe the bail-out will succeed next time, can you?  The fundamentals are exponentially worse than last time.  Or, a major weather event ( and take your pick on those-I’m not necessarily endorsing Gore Warming but it is obvious that the Gulf Stream has already broken down and hence the New Normal is severe weather happenings ) repeats Katrina or Fukishima and the cities with Obammy’s coddled minorities erupt in riots that spread and are uncontainable.  Note to Blacks: remember how Saddam was given the green light to invade Kuwait?  Then we turned on him?  No?  That’s okay, those of us evaluating events with Monkey Minds can’t comprehend your Lizard Brain mindset.  And primal violence will rule during the die-off.  Perhaps you will prevail anyway.

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Here is my point.  All of the collapse scenarios presuppose a rather rapid collapse and die-off.  We actually can’t survive in another type of collapse ( which is a partial reason to mock and ridicule those such as The Druid Dude with his 300 year ultra uber slow tree hugging permaculture collapse-we hate what we fear ).  Think about it.  How could our limited supplies survive a five year civil war?  Forget just surviving physically.  Here we are with faction fighting faction, one group ( based on race or political affiliation or geological occupation, etc. ) allying with another one week then attacking them the next, a brutal guerrilla war just as bad as the Balkans since far too many religions and races and Rice Bowl groups ( economic security from a similar source-the iron rice bowl in China is the name for that ) are/were forced into the country and bribed to assimilate but without surplus there is no reason for any of us to cooperate or keep us from hurting each other.  If that goes on too long, your chances of survival drop to zero.  If not from the constant combat than from running out of supplies.

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THAT is why a sudden collapse is so necessary.  All our planning presupposes it.  Without a compressed time frame you can’t survive.  You need to hide out and let the supply-less quickly die off so you can emerge and fight for control of the resources necessary to supply you with a post-oil means of livelihood.  You only have so much food to sustain you before you must grow/raise more ( remember the analogy of eating off food in the lifeboat until you find an island to farm/fish? ).  If the current levels of population do not shrink quick enough, you can’t commandeer the means of production with your limited force.  War is notoriously slow in population reduction ( look at the thirty years it took to reduce many areas of Germany by 90% ).  And if warfare is constant, for years, you WILL run out quickly ( and, no, that is not a valid argument for semi-auto’s.  Your ammunition is still a weak link and you simply can’t stock enough if you Pray And Spray ).  You really, really need a quick die-off to stretch out your limited supplies.

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Note that I am NOT saying a civil war is far more likely than a sudden die-off.  I’m firmly convinced when the waterfall collapse picks up enough speed it will be over quickly thereafter ( just as the Seneca Cliff Italian dude postulates ).  We might see a period of modern armed factional fighting within a framework of modern nation state nominal control.  But it won’t last for years as it has in Africa, Eastern Europe or the middle east.  Those conflicts were supplied by interested super power states.  The coming conflict won’t see an oil rich re-supply by an industrial state.  Already the Chinese economy is imploding and the US military is incapable of any action outside garrison duty.  Only Russia seems a viable survivor, and they are more traditionally defense orientated.  Without a competing dangerous power they will tend to their immediate area ( good news for the US, probably not so good for China with its shared border.  She is buddy, buddy with Russia now but that is because of the threat from America.  Russia knows who her traditional enemy is and will strike as needed when advantageous ). 

Continued Tomorrow.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

no stinking gun control


NO STINKING GUN CONTROL

As survivalists, we have to worry about a LOT of things.  Once you start worrying about something, you do one of two things.  One, you select an “expert” who tells you what to do.  Inevitably, he is just one another in a long line of Yuppie Scum Guru’s and so he gives you one problem to worry about-making oodles and gobs of money.  And that is barely even a problem with you, as you were worrying about that your whole life.  Money for college, money to prove to prospective mates you have money by buying a car with a mortgage equivalent payment, money to keep bribing your spouse not to leave you and taking all your money, money to buy the kids love, and money to fix all the health problems money causes.  You got the Mo Money deal all figured out.  The other course of action you can take is to figure out how to do things without money, or at least a whole lot less of it.  That is where I come in, I hope.  I’m living on the same amount of money I was earning thirty years ago.  Not the same money adjusted for inflation, just the same actual number.  You are welcome.

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One thing you shouldn’t have to worry about is gun control.  The standard advice has been to buy a gun with a private sale so there is no paperwork, build your own gun with a 80% lower receiver or to buy an older gun that isn’t subject to paperwork ( prior to 1896 I believe, but don’t quote me on that ).  The problem with all of them is they cost a lot of money.  Not oodles and gobs of money, but enough money if the stuff is hard to come by like if you are seeing your income decrease like most of us are ( if for no other reason than you keep spending more on medical insurance.  I could not believe what my Old Lady is paying.  $300 a month, with a deductible of SIXTEEN GRAND!!!!  It costs that much so soon for simple catastrophic coverage!?!? I agree with the deductible, but certainly not with the monthly payment part ).  After all, gun control insurance is NOT the same thing as Collapse Arsenal Insurance.  We spend quite enough on the basic arsenal, so I for one look at a spare gun for gun control as a lower priority spending item. 

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At one time I had both a rifle and a pistol off the books, but I Dumb-Assed one and had the other stolen.  I think I told you about the pistol recently, the ex’s daughter stole it.  Surely just out of spite as she also stole several hundred dollars worth of wool blankets and sweaters ( and she lives in a apartment that includes heat in the rent ).  The rifle was an exercise in stupidity.  I had a bolt action hunting rifle offered to me for a mere $100 and bought it, then stressed about the odd caliber for a time ( I was very cash poor at the time and while still buying 303 in war surplus, the hunting ammo would have been full retail for an oddball type ).  I then gave it away to a buddy that helped me move from Carson to Elko.  What NEVER occurred to me the whole time was that this was actually an off the books firearm.  I was so focused on the addition of a caliber to my arsenal I completely spaced that aspect of it.  Unbelievable, right?  I cannot to this day ten years later believe I did such a bonehead thing.  So, needless to say, I am in no hurry to waste any more of my limited funds on buying a private sale firearm.  I did look in the classified just the other day and saw a 357 for only $200, and I was tempted.  But one must remain strong in conviction in the face of financial collapse.  The money will be much better spent on additional insulation for the B-POD.

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Those old timey manufactured firearms are certainly NOT cheap anymore.  Not like they used to be when they couldn’t give them away.  Then you have to worry about what kind of ammunition to use in them, getting spare parts, and the like.  I’m not tempted at all by this strategy.  The eighty percent lower receivers are not a bad way to do things.  You can get an AK, although finding the parts kits seem to be problematic anymore.  They even have a 1911, but I haven’t priced them.  The most popular and least PITA is the AR-15.  But we are still talking $500 here.  And with the old guns and the 80%’ers we run into another issues besides the cost.  Even if you don’t fill out an official gun purchase form, there is still a record of your purchase.  With the NSA recording everything, you might want to just assume they know you bought an Off The Books firearm.

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So, to me, that leaves the most obvious, simple and cheap solution to prepare for gun control.  The pipe shotgun.  You can get the original article by Kurt Saxon, “The Four Winds Shotgun”.  Do a search under that title, but add “PDF” to it.  I got mine at Survival Library Dot Com ( which in itself seems a real sweet resource ).  It’s basically two pieces of pipe, one with a screw on cap and a dowel with a blunted nail in it.  Cheap.  Simple.  Buy the parts prior and of course the ammunition.  You can legally build it, which might even be preferable to leaving threaded pipe around the jack booted thugs can claim is for bomb making, but you want to hide both the parts and especially the ammunition.  This is your gun control insurance.

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Now, while I was You-Tubing on this subject ( which wasn’t too helpful, mostly being scenes at the firing range ) I ran across guys building improvised guns out of a flare gun.  No, you don’t want to use a regular shotgun shell in a flimsy plastic 12 gauge pistol.  What they did was take a smaller metal piece of pipe containing a 410 shell then wrapped duct tape around it until it jammed into the breech of the flare gun.  When fired, the metal insert was sufficient to contain the pressure of the smaller shotgun gauge.  I like this idea, both because of the reduced recoil of the 410 verses the 12, and the fact you could aim it much better than from a Slam-Bang and only need one hand.  The problem was, you can’t find a flare gun under $60 or so.  Well, not that I could find ( I only checked about five online stores ).  Then, later, it occurred to me it SHOULD be feasible to build the Slam-Bang out of PVC pipe, IF you used both the 410 AND the metal pipe insert ( of course, do so at your own risk.  I‘m on the fence whether I want to try it myself.  This is ONLY in the idea stage-I can‘t guarantee it is a good idea ).  Watching the video, that flare gun looked a lot more flimsy than PVC pipe.  Of course, I haven’t tried it yet.  And I understand a 410 might be grossly underpowered and cause problems in itself.  But it is an idea that might warrant following up.  Comments?

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Monday, August 22, 2016

bloggers behaving badly


BLOGGERS BEHAVING BADLY

August 15th, the Doomstead Dinner had an article by its owner ( rare treats, those non-guest articles not in video form ) covering the disgraceful practices of most doomer blogs.  He is far more qualified to comment on this than I am, as he wades through a heck of a lot more electric crap than I ever will.  I have reduced my “favorites” down to less than a dozen semi-daily blogs and only venture out if I see an article recommended/linked at one of those sites.  I have far less patience than he has in the buffoonery of blogs.  His basic complaint that was that the blogs either crushed dissent by outright censorship or the readership chased away the “non-approved commenters” themselves.  Each one was fossilized in their own paradigm.  Now, I understand this complaint.  You carefully read an article, then point out mistakes or add invaluable information, spending quite the amount of time and effort on it, and then the asswhore won’t publish it.  More than likely they were one of those guys that put great effort into trying to pound round pegs into square holes in order to get accepted as an officer in the military.

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I rarely comment myself on other blogs.  Not because I value my time too highly ( look at what I’m doing here, calling it a hobby when anyone in their right mind would call it a compulsive disorder ) but because since I’ve come to the conclusion we are ALL set in our ways ( only the pessimists by nature see true terror ahead, and only born optimists see a way to survive, and the twain shall never meet and full speed ahead and damn the facts! ) I don’t see much point in doing anything other than preaching to my own choir and hope I’m doing some good in pointing out the devil in the details.  But I can see how others would try to “help” others anyway.  Being genial by nature, that is just how some folks role.  But it is a thankless task.  Try to get out of the habit.  Now, as far as folks driving away any dissenting voices, that is just natural.  Nothing unique in that on doomer blogs.  Most of us tend to stay in our comfortable bubble.  I try to edge out occasionally but that is all I can force myself to do.  I like the leftist New York Times Book Review, and I don’t mind being exposed to some of their drivel ( after all, the Right is full of as many flaming dingus holes as the Left but that tends to be paved over with unicorn glitter if all you do is listen to Beck or Rush ) but some things are such illogical, PC tripe I have to skip it.  I refuse to watch Brokeback Mountain.  I only do baby steps, but even then I’m not seriously challenging my basic beliefs, I’m merely gathering extra ammunition to reinforce what I already like to believe in.  Plus, there is the whole Belonging To A Tribe thing.

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And, I hate to bust anyone’s bubble, but WAYYY before blogs the whole survivalist movement has been acting very poorly, for at least forty-five plus years.  You do remember the ‘70’s, don’t you?  When for the first time in many generations ( since Sinclair wrote about the Chicago meat packing industry ) quality went to absolute crap.  When I was still in High School in the VERY early ‘80’s, I remember distinctly the small towns one book store selling used volumes at decent prices ( I could still search through trash and recover RC Cola-the only brand still doing it-bottles for returns and get some used books.  I tried odd jobs but between living in the boonies and having to bike and already having a long chore list on our country acreage,  I put very little effort into earning spending money.  A habit that has pretty much followed me throughout life.  Hard work is fine, just not hard work to benefit other people like the taxman ) and already the books from the ‘70’s were yellowing and falling apart.  Granted, those were science fiction pulp ( like the Gor series.  Titillating as a horny teenager, embarrassing otherwise ). 

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The Seventies were no better to survivalists than they were to book collectors.  The Rawles marketing phenomenon?  A rehash of Ruff and Pournelle and others.  It was all flash and little substance ( at times, although a lot of good stuff could be gleaned ).  And then it got WORSE in the ‘80’s as the Yuppie Scum were let loose upon the planet, all Feminine style over substance as the consumer economy flashed brighter than a thousand suns.  How are blogs any different?  All pretty glittery colors and flashing banners and usually very little in substance except superficial twaddle.  Not that I am painting with a completely broad brush.  There are plenty of good ones out there, usually the quality of the writing being in direct correlation to a lesser focus on profits.  The ’zines of the ’90’s didn’t die completely.  The true believers still blog.  They are just hidden in an avalanche of commercialized drivel.  My point is merely that blogs behaving badly is a culmination, not a new phenomenon.   

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How many blogs are nothing more than other peoples writing?  How many are nothing more than filler in between ads?  How many have nothing original?  How many are by authors coasting along on past achievements?  And yet, given all that, how many are STILL better than the mainstream publications?  Nearly all except the pure click bait sites ( most blog writers at least have a true faith in them on their subject matter, no matter how pitted and damaged by greed and laziness ).  As sad and pathetic as blogs are, and they can be no less as the barrier to entry is zero, they still profit by outshining the pathetic competition.  And they too shall pass as our infrastructure picks up speed in its collapse. 

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Friday, August 19, 2016

EROI economy 2 of 2


EROI ECONOMY 2
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note: if you have KU, try "Dustfall" by Thorn & James.  I normally hate Centuries After The Fall fiction but this one was very well done.  Also, if you have Netflix, they have "Deliverance"  I always thought of it as a Semi-Survival Lite movie.  Most of us love to quote the dueling banjos scene and the "you've got a mighty purty mouth, boy", but I also always enjoyed the Burt's character talking about civilization ending.  WARNING!!!!! Beware, no semi-automatics are in the movie!!!!  I'm not sure how anyone ever ending up getting shot without them.
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The Roman Empire grew from a Podunk city by means of military conquest and had both slavery and new farmland as its base for energy growth ( it also had other unique advantages such as already formed concrete-just add water-from its volcanic activity nearby ).  The end of the expansion of that energy and then its contraction economically and militarily was directly tied to its energy supply.  But here is the thing.  It grew slowly and then contracted slowly because that is what its energy did.  There is no rule that says an empire must last 200 to 500 years.  The only rule is that it must follow its energy path.  The US grew into an empire in about thirty or forty years.  You can claim it started at the War Between The States and lasted until Vietnam, roughly a hundred years, but I’d take exception to that definition.  Sure, we had coal just like Britain, but we didn’t build an empire with it. 

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If coal had been the apex of energy supplies, we most likely would have followed in the British Empires shoes, taking centuries and many wars to gain supremacy through superior energy surplus.  Hell, France started building an empire just off of a food surplus.  We could have done that.  But really all we did with our coal was to overthrow the independent States in a coup by the Yankee Blue Bloods, then conquer a mostly empty desert ( it took awhile because the American business model of capitalism has always been to get the government to spend most of the money.  When corporations are that tight fisted, these things take time ) and then steal all the colonies Spain had seized after she was so weak we got them almost for free.  Then the elites preceded to keep getting rich and losing it in financial bubbles, once again ignoring the need to keep investing in empire ( it truly is amazing how cheap our Elite is.  Most likely the reason for the rumors they are all Jews ).

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It was only with oil that we could spare a surplus to keep a proper empire expanding.  And I’m serious here, and it is an important point.  Our elite HATE spending any profits.  Period.  It is pathological.  From butchering conscripts on the battlefields with Britain to acquire western lands for a few pennies an acre, to killing off half the slaves on a ship because it cost money to care for them, to strip mining the soil in our then farm belt to get the maximum tobacco profits, to giving tens of thousands of soldiers cancer to gain an extra percentage of profit off of government sales ( as well as outright killing them on the battlefield for a profit-HELLO! I‘m talking to you, you vicious twats at Colt ), to ruining a hundred year old companies reputation for a one time quarterly profit, American companies are psychopathic scumbags, one and all ( Wal-Mart didn’t invent the practices ).

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So whenever you think of ANYTHING the Elites could do to save us or cushion our collapse or postpone the end, ask yourself if it is going to cost any money.  If it is, it will not happen.  And one thing they certainly have not done is to transition to less energy usage.  They are still using the infrastructure from a hundred years ago.  The stuff built by the government and turned over to corporations to profit off of ( just because there is a low cost to the consumer doesn’t mean anything-after all, they get the inputs for free.  The city of Las Vegas and the Hoover dam.  The aircraft companies building war planes with aluminum smelted by power from the northwest dams.  The businesses in L.A. that wouldn’t have customers without public water works.  Everyone profiting off of selling land next to the Interstate, or doing business there.  Internet companies standing on the shoulders of Cold War government grants.  I could go on for pages ).  Corporations and businesses are all about using free crap ( much more so than ghetto or trailer park dwellers ) for profit. 

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Of course, all of that is just details.  The far more important consideration is that it ISN’T about money.  It is about resources.  If it was just about money the government would spend whatever it took to rebuild our entire infrastructure, from city sewers to bridges to power grids.  Then give it all away again.  All those studies claiming a complete upgrade nationally “only” costing ten trillion?  The globes central banks got double that from us in 2008.  So we could easily fix all that if we wanted to.  But there isn’t enough steel or copper or concrete or energy in the world to do so ( China used recycled material and then really build crap NOT to last quality to surmount this issue ).  Which is exactly the same reason WWII can never be fought again.  Before, we had the oil and the ore to build THOUSANDS of ships.  Today, we barely hang on to a smidge over two hundred.  It takes resources, and money is just surplus energy.  If you don’t have either, you don’t have public work projects.

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100 to 1 EROI allowed us to build FROM SCRATCH, an entire contenant full of a Industrial Economy.  It allowed us to build thousands of ships and tens of thousands of planes, all on our own oil supply.  At 30 to 1, it all started to fall apart.  That was barely enough to keep our infrastructure from imploding.  Today we aren’t even seeing 20 to 1, and that is including all the overseas oil we import-more than half our daily use.  When that half was Saudi sweet crude, we held on to our EROI.  When Canada’s tar sands replaced the Saudi oil ( it is no longer in our price range as off shore drilling has been replacing inland production ), our EROI took a big hit.  Every time some bright bulb declares energy independence from low EROI energy, he neglects to mention that the more Fake Oil you add to the total, the less Kilocalories you are delivering for use.  Just as it takes twice the low energy content coal to replace the better, more expensive, rarer high grade, so too does it take far more oil of low energy yield ( which happens when it takes more energy to extract, process and ship that energy source, not to mention the BTU’s it delivers ) being burned to replace the old better grade fuel.  We were running a manufacturing economy on 10 million barrels of oil a day, and now we can’t keep our infrastructure from falling apart on twice that.  It is because we are getting, net, far less energy now than we were.  All that fracking oil that delivers 5 to 1 EROI is diluting the 20 to 1 conventional oil and delivering AT MOST three quarters of the net energy we had fifty years ago.  With far less population.

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Just running out of oil isn’t the boogyman we feared.  Now we are NOT running out of oil but running out of BTU’s ( until the economy collapses more causing more drillers and other oil companies to bankrupt and THEN we will run out of oil-still in the ground but uneconomical to extract-AND out of BTU’s ).  So even with all the oil we are consuming, everything is failing anyway.  And it has all failed-everything from medical care to government to schooling to job creation-ultimately all from a lack of energy.  Which is why it will continue to fail, and do so even more spectacularly.  See how easy this forecasting stuff is?

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

EROI economy 1 of 2


EROI ECONOMY

Net energy, or Energy Returned On Investment ( EROI ), has not been a secret to those studying Peak Oil for the last roughly fifteen years.  When the Texas gushers were being exploited almost a century ago, it took an incredible one barrel of oil to obtain one HUNDRED out of the ground.  This oil was already under extreme pressure and it was light sweet crude, meaning it was very easy to refine into useable product.  This is the oil ( along with the Oklahoma and Louisiana and California stuff ) that built our industrial economy.  Granted, water power and coal got us started along that path, and without that we wouldn’t have been in a position to exploit that oil ( others would have done it for us ).  As much as I despise the monkey molester Lincoln for the evil hump he was, as well as the East Coast Blue Blood pukes that put him in power and instructed him to colonize the South as well as the West, you have to admit if you think about it for more than five seconds that without Indian and Confederate blood on your hands, you never would have been allowed to enjoy such luxuries as SUV’s, air conditioners, microwave dinners or plastic carbine semi-auto’s. 

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That pissed off redneck racing around with a rebel flag on his pick-up truck and that sanctimonious liberal college professor driving her Toyota Prius about have that in common.  The blood of innocents allowed them their oil consumption.  They are just as guilty as Blood Diamond buyers.  Do you think they stop to give a crap, or are they as a fish in water totally oblivious to their surroundings?  Do you think maybe that has something to do with why no one wants to admit the end is nigh?  For to be clear about our energy future you must know its past.  One imagines few are prepared to travel that uncomfortable road.  Our central bank was necessary to allow empire to grow.  Empire was needed to protect and exploit our energy supply.  Our energy supply was necessary to fund both a central bank and empire.  Indeed a tangled web.  The boom economically in the 1920’s did have its roots in the growth of the farm economy that was there to feed Europe as it went about in a frenzy trying to kill each other and had little ability to grow much of anything.  One dynasty after another had run up against colonial expansion limits and was also jockeying for position to control enough of the petroleum energy.  When US farm product demand crashed after the cessation of hostilities, the central bank did goose the economy to prevent an economic crash.  They just goosed it too much.  That is the accepted narrative.

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And all true as far as it goes.  But another larger factor was the flood of nearly free to capture petroleum.  That helped manufacturing, it helped the huge surge in infrastructure replacement and it helped mechanize farming.  In the short term the damage was in unprecedented supply gluts in everything with insane overcapacity.  Only throwing that vast surplus into the ocean depths and turning it into a LOT of explosions finally made enough of a dent in the supply to get it into equation with demand again and start another economic doom.  In the longer term, we were left with a huge country stocked with nothing but energy guzzling everything.  From the cloths we put on in the morning in our mobile home quality stick built houses requiring constant heating and cooling to be habitable, to the energy suckling personal auto’s driven huge distances to work at a job which required consuming energy to the very food we consumed, two thousand miles from farm to store and grown with and trucked with copious amounts of petroleum, every single moment of our existence-all 320 million plus of us-is nothing more than petroleum consumption.

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When there were less than half of us living in the same area, and we were enjoying that 99 barrel surplus, everything was just peaches and cream and glittery unicorn farts.  But that couldn’t last forever, now could it?  Nothing that good lasts forever.  The best looking woman in the world gets old and wrinkly and you wouldn’t want to stick Obammy’s junk in it after awhile.  The nicest home around eventually starts falling apart from lack of maintenance.  The richest family eventually loses all its wealth.  But Americans are STILL to this day spoon fed the magic of 90 year old 1 to 100 EROI.  It didn’t take all that long to fall to 50 to 1, then 30 to 1.  Why do you think we have been in trouble economically since the 1970’s?  Because the oil companies are greedy?  Newsflash, douche, the government gets more in taxes out of a gallon of gas than the oil company sees in profit.  Some of that goes to keep your SUV driving along paved roads but a lot of that is just parasitical greed, incompetence and laziness.  Is it because we have too many socialist politicians?  Hello!?!? 

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Anyone in there, McFly?  Redistributing wealth by force sees the vast majority of that go to the rich, not, as blathered by idiots such as Beck and Limbaugh, to the poor ( I am by no means a lefty.  I‘m a Libertarian at worst.  Just follow the money after the message ).  They get only a trifle.  Do you think our economy is in trouble because of ANY social/class agenda issue?  Those are all symptoms rather than causes.  Our ENTIRE economy from the politicians to the bankers to your employer to you, ALL are running off the code AND machinery programmed and built a century ago when oil was close enough to free and close enough to So Abundant As To Last Forever.  All the problems you are seeing is a result of that computer getting less voltage/amperage or watts as required.  It is as simple as that.  For instance, women’ s lib.  And all the cans of worms that opened from latchkey kids to a feminized ineffective military.  Net energy was dropping and to restore profit to a faltering economy, the labor force was diluted to drop wages considerably.  Do you honest Injun think ANY politician or CEO gave two craps about women being free or equal?  Hell to the friggin no, yo!  They needed profits that was no longer generated by as much surplus energy.  ALL wealth is surplus energy.  Dropping net energy, dropping wealth.  Now multiple that example by all the other stop gap, desperation fueled idiocy that has our empire in a fetid swamp of five decades of unintended consequences born of incompetence to observe the basic laws of physics. 

More tomorrow.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

recipes for disaster


RECIPES FOR DISASTER
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note: an alternate to ghee, canned butter, but the grid is probably needed so just a pre-collapse recipe:
end times report canning butter
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From the early nineties until 2002, I was as poor as poor could be.  The then wife essentially had my entire paycheck prior to divorce, then afterwards kept half the gross amount.  After the new century I moved from the South to Nevada and my income rose nicely.  Since I had previously learned how to live cheaper I was able to finally start investing my monetary surplus into financial and calamity preps.  Once that casino job became problematic I went back down to minimum wage, but as I had started writing I had that supplemental income.  Once I moved from Carson City, paying insane Yuppie level rents even for a travel trailer space, here to Elko the substitution of $400 rent for a $125 land payment furthered my “income”.  And in 2012, twenty years later, my child support was done, my land was paid off and I had nothing in the way of bills other than food, propane and bicycle parts ( with the occasional garment and footwear needs ).  When I went part time in 2014, I barely noticed the income dip.  When I moved back into town last year, paying rent to live with the New Old Lady, things started getting tight ( at the same time I was sending money to help my daughter in college and sending care packages to my son in Iraq ).

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Now that I took an additional 20% hours cut, my days of investing and carefree prep spending have come to an end.  Now, I’ve never really cared too much about money.  I have enough to live on comfortably, and my attitude has always been “someday our money driven economy will end, so why get attached to the stuff or stress about making more”.  I feel that way more than ever, especially since it looks like the whole economic house of cards will fall over any day now.  But I have found myself reverting back to my old penny pinching ways.  I no longer spend to get rid of the soon to be worthless money.  In fact, I’m even wondering if my long held contempt towards “deflationists” is even correct anymore.  Both to prepare for more hourly cuts or unemployment, and to account for the increasing likelihood of deflation, I’m stuffing the mattress now instead of investing in the Alpha Strategy ( for you prepper newbies, the practice of buying consumer items now to beat inflation later ).  And to do that, no expense is too small to cut.  Laundry soap at $2 is now a luxury when I can make it for fifty cents a gallon.  Homemade “Shout” laundry pre-treatment is too much at a buck a spray bottle and I’m looking to cut that price in half.  I’m eating more rice now, and can because homemade sweet and sour sauce is 25 cents a bottle rather than $3 at the store.  And I’ve given up my $3 toothpaste for one a third the price.  I’ll also be going back to cheaper deodorant.  Look after those pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves ( of course, watch the big ticket items.  I finally got rid of that damn cell phone at $7 a month.  Yes, to me that is a big ticket item.  Of course, I still give St. Jude Children’s Hospital their $10 a month.  Sometimes penny pinching is just wrong ).

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As we’ve talked about before, homemade laundry soap isn’t so important that it is cheap but because it is really compact to store in dry form.  One box of Borax is $4 at Wally and makes eight buckets of soap.  Another box of Arm & Hammer WASHING ( NOT baking ) Soda is an additional $4.  Eight bars of Zote is $8.  For $18 or so ( the A&H only gives you seven cups rather than 8 so you’ll need to buy a little extra ) you can make 40 gallons of laundry ( and Hand and Dish and Body ) soap.  You must buy the supplies at Wal-Mart however, as elsewhere is up to twice the cost.  You take four cups of water to a boil and add the shredded bar of Zote to it and simmer for about ten minutes until dissolved.  Dump that in a five gallon bucket, then one cup of Borax and one of A&H.  Fill the rest with as hot of water as you can ( such as from the shower faucet ), stir, cover and let sit over night.  Boom, done.  Since soap is very important for after the Apocalypse-you need to be surgeon operating room careful to clean wounds and at other crucial times, you can’t have enough of these supplies.  And in the meantime you can save a butt ton on money by using it now also ( don’t let yourself dip into your Stockpile stash for everyday use ).

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“Shout” is a pre-cleaner for your laundry.  Spray on stains prior to the wash load.  I think it saves me money because I don’t do a separate white load.  I spend a nickel or a dime on spraying all stains there ( yes, you drip after urination in old age, no matter how many times you shake ) and I save a $2 laundry load ( plus soap cost ).  To make your own:

2/3 cup liquid dish soap

2/3 cup ammonia

6 tablespoons of baking soda

2 cups of warm water

Mix and put in a spray bottle.

Boom, done.

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I used to hate rice.  No matter what I put on it, it still tasted like crap.  Except sweet and sour sauce.  But that liquid gold is insanely expensive.  Like $3 for a very small bottle.  Well, here is a recipe that doesn’t require pineapple sauce.  Which means it is cheaper and all the ingredients can be stockpiled if you plan on eating a lot of rice after the collapse.  Everyone that has tried it swears it is better than store-bought ( of course, that could be because it is sweeter rather than sour ).  I love it and have tripled/quadrupled my rice consumption.

3/4 cup white sugar

1/3 cup white vinegar

2/3 cup water

1 /4 cup soy sauce

1 tablespoon ketchup

2 tablespoon cornstarch

Add together, bring to boil, simmer and stir until thickened

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Expensive toothpaste is important to me.  Not just because I can’t afford a dentist, but because I had wicked gingivitis and only Crest Pro-Health worked so much better than other pastes.  But it is $3.50 a tube, $3 each if you bought a two-pack.  Ouch!  I don’t waste toothpaste, and that still adds up quick.  But I learned a cheap solution.  Aim toothpaste is 85 cents for 6 ounces.  Every other brand is near $2 and up for the same amount.  Use Aim.  Take your toothbrush, wet it, dip it in a covered jar of baking soda to get a good glob, then add your little dab of Aim.  Brush.  It tastes like crap, but not as bad as straight baking soda, and it works just as good as Pro-Health at less than a third the cost.  Much cheaper to stockpile and no sacrificing performance.

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You can still get deodorant for a buck a bar.  I refuse to use antiperspirant as I believe to messes up your skin.  Some folks claim even the plain deodorant isn’t great for it, but I’ve never researched that.  But, not being a savage, I feel deodorant is necessary for interacting socially.  First, like getting rid of your gingivitis, you don’t want to offend others, and secondly you never know who the next Old Lady might be.  First and last impressions, yes?  But why spend big bucks?  As I’ve shared before, one to two sprays of perfume ( well, the male equivalent whatever you want to call it ) in each armpit keeps your body odor in check all day, even through heavy labor in the heat of Florida.  Much cheaper than deodorant.  Dollar stores still carry enough of a selection you can take your pick.  Smell nice.  Except on patrol.

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Pinching pennies is so rewarding you will find yourself motivated to find other tricks.  Enjoy.

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