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Monday, January 23, 2017

article 2 of 2 today

( article 2 of 2 today )
Netflix now has "Resident Evil :Extinction" on its streaming service.  Here is my review which appeared in my book of apocalypse movie reviews ( available here ).
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RESIDENT EVIL:EXTINCTION

Rated R, 2007

Milla Jovovich

Okay, this is more like it. Not just some gay fan boy comic book masturbation fantasy

with zombie boobs and firefights with fully automatic weapons, but all that plus a solid

backdrop of end of the world. Well, actually, no zombie boobs in this one and Milla is

strangely modest in this one, showing no nudity. But it was a kick ass post apocalypse

flick. We still have to go through all the Vast Evil Super Duper Corporation intrigues

and a little bit of zombie action, but it is still solidly in the post collapse genre. I’ll skip

all the first and just concentrate more on the apocalypse aspects.

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The few survivors pretty much stay on the move, as it seems zombies can sense them out

after a time and move in for some tasty human snacks. Alice ( that’s Milla’s character,

the mutated human with super duper powers like psi ability and lots of strength and

dexterity so she can be the super warrior princess- kind of like Xena but more along the

lines of a east European fem terrorist instead of an amazon with a sword ) is puttering

along on her motorcycle which still runs great on five year old gasoline which might be

pushing the realm of possibility, but we are after all talking about the living dead here so

we can take those kinds of things with a grain of salt. She gets a distress signal from a

Salt Lake City radio station. Help, our poor little children need assistance. Now, Alice is

still all super warrior princess wary but she’s also a chick so you know she’s going to get

soft and answer. Well, guys would too, but you would think that a super warrior princess

with psi powers would do a better job. But then, we learn later that her abilities are

mutated at a geometric rate so maybe they just haven’t kicked in yet. Although why it

took five years…

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Anyway, she walks into the building and an ugly old bitch is in a chair holding a baby.

Now, even without psi powers you could kind of deduce that this fugly bitch is too old to

pop a kid and even if it were possible who in the hell would force themselves to procreate

with this sow. I mean, sure, people are few and far between and you take what you can

get but I’d be beating on the bitch with a two by four trying to abort any fetus. Imagine

trying to love something that ugly. Well, it’s a trap and they take her prisoner. She’s tied

up and one of the guys tries to get a little too fresh, if you know what I mean, and Alice

does a hum dinger of a goal kick on his head and he’s DOA. The others get in a huff

over this and toss her down a hole into the basement where there are zombie dogs in

cages. Take a mean ass dog like a Rott and feed him human flesh for breakfast everyday

and beat him for every lunch, and then after all that get them pissed off and that doesn’t

come close to how mad the zombie dogs are. Of course, she gets all medieval on their

asses and ties them up and anchors them on the floor support beams and they yank the

beams down and Alice runs up the ramp of the collapsed floor with the dogs in pursuit

and the zombie canine eats all the redneck cannibals ( there were human bone litter in the

basement and why else would they lure her in ) as Alice jumps up to the ceiling rafters to

stay out of harms way. Wow, that was a close one!

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Meanwhile there is a convoy ( put the pedal to the metal Rubber Ducky, and that’s a big

10-4 ) tearing ass around Nevada. You got the big rig hauling a tank full of gas, a

Hummer command vehicle, school bus full of kids, etc. The commander has the butt

hugger cargo pants, pony tail hair, sunglasses and military style cap a’la Linda Hamilton.

But not as nice of a rack and definitely not as mean and kick ass. Only Milla has that

look, she is made to order for female dominance fantasy. There is the two returning

characters from the last movie, the black pimp dude and the soldier dude. The gas hauler

is a Texan ( who else? ) that drawls and oozes cowboyness. Some real life rap bitch

plays a small part, being pimp boys main squeeze. Of course, early on at a hotel stop to

search for gas and food and ammo pimp daddy gets bit by a zombie as they are clearing

out rooms. Soon afterwards rap bitch gets pecked by hundreds of zombie crows. So, true

to Hollywood by-laws, the African-Americans are some of the first to die. Don’t ask me

how they allowed him to survive for a sequel.

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The convoy is attacked the next morning by all those crows. Since they have been

chowing down on infected flesh they are now zombie crows, and there are hundreds of

them. In a really cool scene, crossing Hitchcock with an acid dream gone wrong, the

crows attack the vehicles. We want your flesh! Peck, peck, fly into window screen, etc.

This is when Alice shows up and does her super duper power thing and creates a huge

fireball and cooks all the crows. You, go, girl! Way to show up after the darkies are

dead. Well, pimp daddy is still hanging on, but you know his time is running out. It is

only a matter of time before he goes zombie berserker. They head for Las Vegas as the

only place left for gas and supplies, but Evil Umbrella Corporation is tracking her ( from

the disturbances in The Force, okay only kidding- in a detected disturbance from her Psi

Powers ). They fly in a cargo container chock full of Corporate Stoolie Zombies. The

convoy stops, deass the vehicles, zombies burst from the container. I mean, there are a

crap load of these dudes. They must have been stacked three deep. Big firefight, Milla

kick boxing and doing some chop suey stuff with her two Super Machetes, great zombie

slaughtering fun. Most of the convoy dudes are dead, the few left track the corporate suit

as he hauls ass away from the zombie crate ambush. They crash his compound with a

driver going jihad with dynamite ( its okay to suicide bomb if you are Christian ), steal

the chopper and the last convoy dudes and kids go flying off into the sunset towards a

hypothetical safe zone. Again, a bit unrealistic, expecting the gas tank to go from Vegas

to Alaska, but after so much mayhem and destruction you can let it slide. From then on

it’s just underground super zombie hunting action and then a happy ending to the trilogy.

*Genre Rating-very good. Total end of the world with foraging for the only supplies.

*Nudity Rating-pretty damn poor. Just teasing swift glimpses. Disappointing

*Overall Rating- recommended. Much better than its predecessors. A very good

apocalypse flick with minimal fantasy/video game interruptions. Enjoyable for repeated

viewings.

finances for collapse book 10-article 1 of 2 today


FINANCES FOR COLLAPSE BOOK 10
( article 1 of 2 today )

TIME AIN’T MONEY

A popular online survivalist publication that shall remain nameless, taking time out from preaching to the choir in more ways than one, if you know what I mean, published an article by a guest writer covering teaching oneself the art of leather working.  Now, I don’t know about you, but to me leather working is about like building birdhouses.  There is almost zero barrier to entry past a few tools, as witnessed by my youthful endeavors in said craft-if my parents, who had suffered through numerous godawful attempts at trying to summon up any coordination whatsoever by me trying to play various musical instruments, thought I might make something without losing a digit or an eye, surely anyone not chained to the back table of a Goodwill store would be successful.  You must put effort and work into turning out artistically pleasing items, but almost anyone can create the basics even if they look like a kindergartener had mutilated it.  You still get serviceable products.

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Well, to make the articles story much shorter than it originally appeared, a leather backpack of high quality was constructed.  The author professed an unholy attraction to a retail item that sold for $600.  This being an unreasonable price to all but the Yuppie Scum that purchase everything as an advertising peacock feather, his alternative was learning how to work leather.  At the conclusion of his piece he made a claim that in the end, his version cost two to three times the retail one simply because of the time he spend perfecting leather crafting.  Now, pay attention here because this is the main point, your time is worth NOTHING.  Monetarily speaking, of course.  Time is in fact priceless because once you’ve read a James Patterson book or watched a particularly horrid movie, you’ll never get that two hours back.  It is stricken from your allotted hours on earth.  But very importantly, that time is only valuable to you.  Nobody else gives two craps if you waste your time.  In fact, most people willingly sacrifice their own time to waste yours.  That is the basis for most paychecks.  How can I work as little as possible to rip off as much as possible from everyone else? 

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Our intrepid leather worker did not spend $2,000 in is time learning to make a backpack.  How could he?  Nobody would pay him to learn that skill.  All they would do is charge him money pretending to teach him better ( akin to getting an English major at college to learn how to write a book.  You want to learn how to write a book?  Write several of them.  Your cost should be $200 for a notebook computer and about $50 in books on plotting and character development.  Or, free if your library has them.  Why pay someone to teach you to do, when only doing will teach you? ).  He thinks his day job translates its pay scale to his time off?  How can it?  Nobody pays you to sleep or cook dinner or scrub your nasty ass.  How can that time be given the same value?  Your time at work isn’t even as valuable as you think, as almost all work benefits from monopolies or scams ( a doctor makes more due to state licensing keeping out foreigners who went to cheaper schools, for instance, or a convenience store worker is paid to check ID’s.  If there were no age restrictions on alcohol or tobacco a vending machine would be a cheaper way to disperse the product than a minimum wage drone ).

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I bring all this up because far too many of us are blinded by our own brilliance and will be blindsided by events because of that self imposed glare.  If you think you are so special that Baby Jesus himself would throw a carpet of paper currency at your feet as you merely imperiously strolled past the proletariat, you can’t see that your job is the farthest thing from secure.  Your job could be at the mercy of a banker deciding to give your boss another loan or not.  It certainly is at the mercy of all your customers having spending money.  It is at the mercy of a little slant eyed Nipponese coming up with a robot to replace you ( or, a vodka swilling Slav programming a piece of software making your job obsolete.  Ask any typesetters you can find how their skill set worked out for them ).  The eternal optimists out there actually think that in an energy contraction, other jobs are out there for the asking ( well, for the debt filled college retraining, then begging, then working free as an intern, then begging some more ).  I think we all know better.  Yet we still value our time much higher than any employees.  We are confusing a cost of living with our worth because to an employer you are worth as little BELOW robot replacement cost as he can get you.  Every nickel out of your pocket is one in his. 

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I’m not talking trash about the free enterprise system, nor am I belittling the needs of workers.  I’m pointing out that in a resource contraction the pie shrinks and no matter who is right or how they currently benefit, things are going to keep getting worse.  You really need to plan for such.  And one of the tools to do that is to divorce yourself from the money economy as much as you can.  One way is to stop confusing how much your time is worth.  To someone with money, it isn’t worth crap.  He might begrudgingly give you money, now, if your labor brings him a profit.  But in the future as his earnings contract, so does your worth.  Any employer is looking at you like a thief in the night.  You will ALWAYS make too much to suit him.  Anything he can do to cut that amount, he will.  As much good as Austrian Economics has done, one large disservice has been to confuse people about resources.  No matter how free you are, lack of government interference does NOT automatically translate into resource abundance or even availability ( you cannot infinitely grow on a finite planet-regardless of how happy your philosophical paradigm appears ).  Embrace the suck, don’t deny it exists.  I’ll wrap up this book here.  If you haven’t got it by now, my uncompensated time has been wasted.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

giood greed 2 of 2


GOOD GREED 2
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A society doesn’t Collapse Early And Avoid The Rush.  Individuals should of course, but I’m sure very few of you have already voluntarily downgraded your life styles to closely mirror a world with far less energy.  Good Christ on a pogo stick, I can’t even talk you into riding a bicycle to save money, get into shape and prep for no fuel.  And yes, I know some of you transitioned to the boonies with a commute to work and the lesser evil is having a car.  I’m talking of the near unanimous fear and loathing almost every single one of you has of giving up your motorized transport.  Regardless of circumstances.  Do you understand how embarrassing that is?  When all of us blog writers meet up in Idaho, they are all like, dude, I thought your people were hard core survivalists-what’s up with the trying to drive through Peak Oil?  I stand there all red faced having no answer and then everyone laughs and goes to the firing range and shoots all their cool HK-91’s and drink iced teas their trophy wives made them, along with eating cucumber sandwiches. 

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Don’t worry, I won’t cancel anyone’s membership in the Bison Brigade.  If we were old school and I had your paper newsletter address it might be a different story, but of course most of you are anonymous.  Let’s just move on by agreeing it makes sense to transition early.  When every single empire in the history of the Agricultural Age has collapsed after population outpaced energy ( or collapsed prior to that as a casualty of war ), what could I or anyone else know about the coming collapse?  I mean, other than you won’t have enough resources to survive real soon now.  And the quicker you downgrade your lifestyle the more of a stockpile you can have  to insure yourself ( with the caveat that your “insurance company” might still go teats up ).   So let’s move on to Kicking The Can.  Every human group ( and every animal ) acts the same way.  They breed past carrying capacity and then die off. 

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To think otherwise deserves the Hubris Of The Millennium Award.  We are ALL reindeer on a small island or microbes in a Petri dish.   We all breed like the soil/food/water/fuel/oil supply is infinite.  Look at your boss, expecting you to complete an extra infinite amount of tasks, in less time, for less money ( and THAT, right friggin there, speaks volumes uncountable in favor of having Unions ).  They truly have no problem believing in Growth Uber Alles.  Growth Forever And Ever, Amen.  And those are the supposedly educated ones.  This is how our feces flinging monkey tribe acts.  That This Time Is Different, that history is humbug.  That Our Tribe Is Bestest.  And the main culprit?  Greed.  Perhaps?  Yes?  Every swinging cheese dingus is greedy and thinks only of themselves.  It is easy and even required that in times of infant empire, social cohesion trumps greed.  There is enough for everyone ( everyone is still greedy, but a surplus allows the luxury of being both greedy and cooperative ).  You can look at our culture with its ZERO cohesion and readily conclude The End Is Nigh. 

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And greed ensures the rotted edifice survives just a smidge longer.  Greed, being a survival mechanism, benefit’s the survival of the fittest.  When everyone panics and does stupid crap like kills the oceans with Gore Warming ( let’s just set aside any issues of the warming being man made.  I see a  broken ocean conveyor off our east coast telling me ocean salinity is diluted.  Who gives a crap who caused the Artic to melt-it is a done deal ) to either profit themselves or wallow in the last days of luxury, the harm has already been done.  The point has already been reached where environmental destruction from overpopulation has occurred.  At this point, a society has no choice but to keep up the destruction to keep feeding everyone ( not that this works-so perhaps one should say Feed As Many As Possible To Keep Rebellion At Bay As Long As Possible ).  Overpopulation CAUSES soil loss.  By the time food production declines, there are already too many people around.  Baked into the cake.  So greedy businessmen find ways to stretch food out to feed everyone ( sawdust in McDonalds and everything frozen convenience food-wise ).  Greedy government workers, desperate to save their jobs, borrow unplayable loans to keep things going longer.  Everyone is motivated to wring more resources out of the place to keep Business As Usual going. 

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It does no good to call for a moratorium on resource use.  One, the die-off is already guaranteed.  Two, greed will ensure that the unscrupulous and immoral will survive, which means that to ensure enough survivors to continue the species, you can’t cooperate but must enter into conflict.  Three, human nature is confrontational anyway.  Greed is just a facilitator.  You’ve heard the saying, “why share my years supply of food with 100 people.  We all eat for half a week and then all die.  By hoarding my food I survive.  The other way, we ALL die with no survivors.”  Now, put that into a global context.  The 1% survival rate ensures species survival.  All the greedy humpers putting off the collapse a little while longer through greed, they are helping the few to survive.  Both by allowing training in slight deprivation to acclimate behavior and allowing stockpiling by the paranoid ( after the collapse starts, the ruthless stockpile by force- another species survival mechanism ). 

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Those writers advocating early collapse to husband resources fail to take into account the positive survival aspects of greed.  All poor human behavior has a flipside survival mechanism.  Being forced to live with a bad spouse helps the children.  Being forced to give unto Caesar means you won’t lose all your wealth to outsiders.  Eating high up the food chain feeds our brains caloric requirement.  And being greedy means rather than all of us dying, some will survive.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

good greed 1 of 2


GOOD GREED

Is greed good, as proclaimed by Gordon Greko and Ayn Rand?  Of course it is.  It serves a purpose, as do all cultural traits that have both positive and negative aspects.  You can’t just listen to Righties, who advocate unlimited unbridled greed, because then you get a screwed economic system such as we’ve seen here in the US for nearly fifty years and which will be the death of us yet ( of course, greed is just a symptom rather than a cause, but no need to pick nits here to make our point ).  And you certainly can’t listen to Lefties as they ignore the positive aspects of greed in their unhindered quest to deny humans have a biological side but only a blank mental slate.  On the one hand you get bankers and their whores pushing an entire empire towards a colonial Third World country status as they enrich only themselves and on the other hand you get social engineering which pulls such boneheaded moves as excusing crime because of skin color and putting females in charge of defense ( if you are confused why this might be the worst idea since masturbating with a cheese grater- thank you Andrew Dice Clay-picture your local Hippie kindergarten teacher who swoons over vaguely gun-like shapes becoming Defense Secretary ).

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On the negative side, greed encourages short term thinking, the tendency to ignore unintended consequences, can be  destructive to group cohesion and encourages no shortage of poor behavior.  I would find it hard to believe that every single reader here couldn’t come up with dozens to scores or even hundreds of examples of greed’s destructive side.  Marriages ending with damaged children, environmental catastrophe exchanged for mere pennies extra profit, encouragement of torture and murder, genocide.  Can you blame certain folks from recoiling completely from greed driven systems such as capitalism?  I’m certainly not saying that the alternative is better, only that one should be able to clearly see the motivating factor in seeking alternatives.  All the current “kicking the can down the road”, doubling down on past destructive actions?  Pure unbridled greed with barely a single redeeming value ( any rewards from installing a privately run central bank to grow our empire were realized in the first half century of its existence.  Since then all the destructive aspects of that choice have been in clear view and the only good thing we can say about it is that without it-yes, I’m talking to you, gold bugs and libertarians-the total economic collapse would have occurred generations ago ).

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I’ll come back to that shortly, kicking the can, but for now let’s start at the beginning of the positive aspects of greed.  Greed is, simply, a cooperative mechanism between hostile groups.  With greed as a factor, trade is possible.  Without greed, we would see a lot more warfare and all the negatives that accompany it such as slave trading, female abduction and infanticide.  So, all you Birkenstock wearing armpit hair braiding Volvo driving greasy hippies out there wanting world peace, think how peaceful we would be if we needed to forcefully abscond with the goods we needed rather than trading for it.  Trade takes place as both groups in the transaction are greedy and want a good deal.  They aren’t trading because they are bored and it seems like a nifty hobby.  Greed also helps in such things as cooperation.  If a warlord is better enriched through cooperation rather than employing force, both sides win, peacefully.  If a defender spends less bribing a barbarian horde protection money than on extra defense ( or, more expensively, offense ), the greed of the man saved lives.

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Revenge, vendettas and blood feuds are a means of defense.  Screw with me and even if you better me now I’ll make your great grandchildren rue the day your loins spat forth its seed ( damn, I’m poetic at times ).  And what shortens the length and severity of these defenses?  Greed.  A blood price is usually sufficient to restore the peace.  Greed is a social lubricant.  A healthy culture is highly xenophobic.  Outsiders are danger.  A blanket condemnation for others, which the other individuals were powerless to effect anyway-it isn’t your fault where you were born-but suffer for nonetheless, serves the purpose of directing a groups survival actions.  Nobody has time, nor can realistically be expected to without endangering themselves, to individually judge the merits of each outsider.  A blanket judgment errs on the side of caution.  But greed is a wormy little bastard that can tamper that survival instinct.  Greed for a bride price encourages cooperation with the other tribe.  Greed for wives, period, when the natural inclination is to favor male offspring ( extra warriors, who fight much harder to capture the females lacking in their tribe ).  Abduction is practiced but peaceful mating between tribes also takes place.  Again, fueled by greed.  Both for wives and for peace as two tribes then share blood lines.

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So greed tampers natural hostility.  It encourages trade over war ( although war always happens eventually-yes, I’m talking to you, idiots muttering “can’t we all just get along?” and “give peace a chance” and “war, what is it good for?” ).  And yes, it makes a virtue out of a vice, with a group kicking the can down the road.  Greed can be blamed for placing the society in the precarious position, true, but that is simply the nature of empire.  All groups share the same dynamic, from start to finish.  What greed does is allow the group to survive for a little while longer before collapse and near complete destruction.  Kicking the can does indeed make the collapse more severe, but collapse was already baked into the cake, anyway.  Your choices are, 1) die from starvation and disease tomorrow, or 2) die from starvation and disease TWO days after tomorrow.  Dead is dead, either way.  Collapsing earlier never saves more people.  How can it?  We’ll talk on that tomorrow.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

finances for collapse book 9


FINANCES FOR COLLAPSE BOOK 9

SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS

Okay, you’ve decided that a second income should be rewarding and a stress release rather than just a soulless pursuit of more money.  You will do what you love rather than what makes the most money ( with our first spawn on the way, the Bison Master Plan was to sell all our assets, get the hell out of the rapidly sinking state of California, move to the Sooner State and enroll the Ball And Chain in pilot school and then I’d be Mr. Mom.  That only worked out to the benefit of the ex, but my point was that while planning the move I also got a second job.  I refused to duplicate the main job as a manager which was high stress, but rather picked a fun job.  When an income isn’t necessary for food you can actually find one you enjoy.  Mine was working at a movie theatre.  I love movies, so it wasn’t even like real work.  And my abilities far outshone the teenage scum there and I was golden.  Even working for The Man, you can have a rewarding second income ).

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But of course, working for yourself is a far better option if at all possible.  Most of us are highly unskilled.  We have a narrow specialty we excel at and can’t do much else, thank you very friggin much public education and the FedGov killing off the apprenticeship avenue for advancement.  Our hobby’s are where our creative juices are applied, and for almost anyone who applies themselves seriously to that hobby, your abilities there probably outshine your paid skills.  Now, obviously, talking about engineers or brain surgeons don’t apply here, but most other jobs are really nothing more that micro slots filled in by high specialization.  Which are mostly on the job training.  Instead of highly skilled apprentices we have low skilled repetitive motion experts.  We are essentially paid to baby-sit the robots or the bureaucracy or as a means to bypass increased insurance costs.  As wasteful as all that is, you can’t really do it cheaper.  The system is optimized to the corporations ( who really just work for the bankers and the government ).  Not the small business owner.  You simply cannot compete with those kinds of businesses.  You need to focus on niche markets.

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However, far more important than that, you cannot have the debt or overhead those kinds of businesses have.  Think about it.  You use your 20% interest credit card to buy small lots, but the corporation uses a 1% interest loan to buy container ship loads of product.  You cannot compete, period.  You can be in the same business but you cannot do it with debt or overhead.  That means no employees and almost no equipment.  AND NO DEBT.  I don’t think I can emphasize that enough.  A economic downturn, a mega-corporation gets another 1% loan.  If you have a loan, in a downturn you go bankrupt.  A corporation looks at regulations and employee grievances as the cost of doing business.  A micro business gets one employee misbehaving-theft, suing for perceived whatevers, fraud-and they go bankrupt.  You MUST build in redundancies to weather the unforeseen.  You MUST eliminate problems before they occur.  Eliminating debt eliminates reduced income issues.  Eliminating rent lowers overhead cost.

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To take low skill examples ( for the benefit of low skill entrepreneurs ), you don’t buy a pickup truck and a riding mower and employ foreign guest workers to landscape.  You have a push mower you place in a small bicycle trailer.  His cost, $50k and $5k a month expenses.  Your cost, $1k with $20 monthly expenses.  Guess how fewer lawns at which cheaper price you can cut.  A bicycle shop has insane building rental costs and employee costs to cover.  A bicycle mobile repair business is nearly cost free.  You can’t sell enough guns to pay rent on a retail building, but you can gunsmith out of your home, with the garage as your official site ( taking into consideration the BATF rules, you don’t want them sticking their noses into your house ).  Okay, gunsmithing is a higher skill level-but the point of lower costs stands. 

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Anyone can be a book publisher today.  It doesn’t even entail using Kindle ( a whole other subject ).  You can go to Lulu.com ( who I’ve had very good luck with ) and get a single copy of a book printed at a very reasonable cost.  Excluding shipping, a 400 page book is a mere $8 your cost.  Look at the slop Paladin Press offers at much higher costs.  That is what high overhead does to them.  You can undercut them on any subject matter, and have a much higher quality content.  Okay, you face the issue of exposure, but that isn’t insurmountable.  You mail a few free copies to high exposure blogs covering the same subject.  If you order more than one book at a time, reduced print cost and shipping make advertising a sub-$100 cost.  There are means and ways of manufacturing available to cheap start-ups, besides the 3D printing.  Whatever your skill/business is, you can start it easily enough just by following the Three Rules.  No debt, no overhead, filling the niche rather than directly competing. 

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Of course with the caveat that a niche business makes a micro income.  If it grows, great.  But NEVER take that expectation to the bank.  For the longest time, greed was the primary skill in business.  You borrowed easy credit and followed the suckers.  Now, most of the economy already having become parasites, you need to do things much smarter.  And much more ethical.  Standard business teaching completely ignores this of course, but by intelligently minimizing costs you can pass the saving unto your customers.  Rather than pleading Po’ Mouth ( “but my costs are X a month!” ) you can claim doing things smarter rather than harder.  Since EVERYONE is chasing the high cost/high price paradigm, you have about zero competition with ultra low cost/low price.  Don’t follow the herd.  Their collective intelligence is scary low.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

low probability tools 2 of 2


LOW PROBABILITY TOOLS 2
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note: "Cell" by Stephen King was a terrible end of world book.  Alas, the movie just out is just as horrid. 
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Commander Zero recently got into a discussion about stocking the car for being stranded in the boonies in winter.  The cell phone has no bars and no other idiot is out on the road to save you.  Hence, you need to have a kit to keep you alive for awhile ( he resides in the wooly wilds of college town Montana ).  Now, while this is certainly not a bad idea, I can only stare completely slack jawed at the computer as I’m reading about this and ask myself why anyone feels it is appropriate to travel in the winter.  At my location of Elko county ( which is roughly 120 miles long ), there are a lot of commercial drivers out and about.  Frito Lay goes to East Bum Hump to stock a C-store. The local paper moved their printing up to Idaho, then changed the delivery time from 10am to 5am, hence assuring that all paper is delivered in the freezing cold with ice ( while, let us not forget, dropping one day of print delivery AND raising the cost almost every year since ).  But while there is a huge land mass here, there are few primary roads.  If you deliver, you won’t be on the road alone.

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If you aren’t at the mercy of some faceless soulless corporation placing your safety on par with that of peasant Congolese, why are you driving past five miles, or an hour and a half slow walk, in the winter time?  It simply does not compute in my simple mind.  Whenever I drive in this slop, on my time or company time, I always have outside appropriate clothes to walk home.  And I never drive past walking to home distance.  Driving long distance in the winter is like getting on a plane during a terrorist alert.  It is retarded.  But perhaps you can’t help yourself.  Perhaps you enjoy borrowing trouble.  By all means, having a winter stranded vehicle kit is not as stupid as driving in the first place ( for those of you who drive deserted back roads long distances in the winter to make money, I do believe that the city of Detroit has some choice houses for sale for a few hundred dollars-I know that is just up your alley because This Time Is Different and surely A Bigger Fool Will Follow You ).  Okay, I know.  Your dear loving wife needs to go get chemo at the hospital far away.  That’s a good one, right?  WRONG!!!! Chemo is more retarded than driving in the winter.  You couldn’t pay me to take that poison, on par with getting a suntan at Fukishima.  You’re better off drinking a FrankenFruit juice diet.  It might not cure you, but it certainly won’t kill you ( of course, having said that, nobody is going to take life saving medical advice from me, nor should they as I’m not a doctor.  That is just what I deem correct for myself .  As a survivalist writer I hope they believe differently ).

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But, whatever.  Say you simply must have a winter kit in your car.  And say that, besides light, you want some heat.  So you listen to Commander Zero and wish to have a candle lantern.  With this thing you can tip over the heat giving candle and it won’t ignite anything.  Plus you can hang it from the rear view mirror.  These are valid assumptions.  A solid idea for a piece of gear.  But here is where he and I come to loggerheads.  He snidely dismisses a jerry rigged solution such as a plumbers candle in a glass jar, most likely preferring to stop inane non-commercial suggestions prior to them larding the comments section.  Of course, my first thought was that is can’t be too hard to improvise a solution here.  Say, a Mason jar with a ring and lid, with a hole in the lid.  Yes, I understand this is far from perfect.  You have a large glass area to break and being roughly handled in the vehicle it would indeed be prone to breakage.  And coiling some light weight wire around the neck to hang from the mirror might place too much weight on the thing and so is also imperfect.  But my point here is that these were just first thoughts and one could do better.  Why is a commercial solution inherently superior?

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I understand that I was reading a gear blog.  But I also kind of assumed I was reading a survivalist blog, also.  I know I’ll never change the Commander’s point of view here.  I have no intention of trying.  He thinks he can time the collapse, and you can’t counter that kind of blind faith.  I trust those reading this are not so inclined to sin, and hence my efforts here are towards these folks.  Not to the legions of gear worshipers but to the practitioners of result orientated improvisation.  Do you want to buy a piece of gear, or do you want results no matter the source?  Because improve is not just about money, although the rich snobs can dismiss it as such, proclaiming that to consume is to seek the greater glory of king and Mammon.  It is also about skills.  Anyone can get quickly skilled at opening their wallet.  But isn’t it better to learn and practice to adapt, improvise and overcome?  The Jarheads make fun of the other services that throw money at problems, whereas they make a virtue of getting hind teet come budget time ( this is the general view, although I’m sure the Marines are just as good as the Army at pissing away defense dollars on boondoggle projects ).

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And debating whether to spend money or not also misses another point.  Zero insists on a $35 American made version of the candle lantern unit.  All well and good if the $8 Chinese version is complete crap.  But to me, it isn’t $35.  It is five hours of labor, an entire days worth of wages.  The Commander might be all that and a bag of chips and dismiss Wal-Mart cart corraler wages, implying any who earn less than X are retarded mouth breathing droolers only fit to work in the back of a Goodwill store, but there actually exist places where one has a hard time getting a job, and has no control over how little they pay.  Even assuming we ignore folks smart enough to minimize the life wasting pursuit of money.  A days wages for a tool you have a very low probability of using sounds like a VERY poor strategy for prepping, at least to this simple minded special Ed level worker.  Multiply that by how many tools you need, subtract living expenses, and you’ll find you should be ready to survive by the age of about 87.

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