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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

hubris underwater


HUBRIS UNDERWATER

Two weeks into September and the Gore Warming Industry has gotten an economic bail-out.  They had to wait twelve years but the hurricanes finally returned to, ahem, validate human induced climate change.  Never mind that we had worse wind storms prior to burning too much oil ( whenever I need a rational reminder to ignore all this Global Warming hype, I remember two things.  There used to be a 99% scientific consensus that plate tectonics was impossible.  And in the 1890’s we had one of the worst deep freezes ever out here in the West [ Gore Warming isn’t just about warming but extreme colds and extreme heats ] ).  Let’s not even worry that even if Gore Warming is a thing, we’ve also passed the point of no return long ago, meaning all the cries of anguish to “do something” is lamenting the horse now long out of the barn, which just makes it distracting and embarrassing.  Let’s just keep rowing up the river De Nile.  Let’s just keep pushing for fake solutions and ignore resource contraction.

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On a blog I shan’t embarrass by naming ( hint: published out of Tennessee ), who tries valiantly to out-do his chief rival the unnamed blog from Idaho ( note to Idahoans-you poor miserable bastards, with “Snyder For Congress”.  I would make fun of you but we had Harry Reid forever ), there was the standard guest article on how a princess prepper braved the wrathful thirty mile an hour winds and-gasp!-several hour blackout and emerged victorious due to her preps!  Every single thing a survivalist would not do but a prepper certainly would was highlighted here.  First, I will admit that the only point I can agree with her was the preps for Coffee Continuation.  And she did have a non-propane back-up for cooking.  But that was about it.  Everything else was Petroleum Prepping ( ie, short term preps to ride out a storm in luxury and return to Business As Usual ).  Suburban conventional house ( we assume a mortgage ).  Relying on frozen foods.  MRE’s.  Propane. 

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Not that there is anything wrong with all this.  I have a good long supply of propane myself.  A small amount of MRE’s are great for a bug-out or a covert hunker down.  And while mortgages are stupid, because you lose your job in an economic collapse and we are in one, I also understand most folks have little choice being in that situation.  No, my issue is that preppers aren’t prepping for anything other than a short term power outage.  They aren’t prepping for an economic collapse, nor resource contraction with overpopulation.  They are barely more than well stocked campers.  They rely on Business As Usual, but just on a one to two week delay feature.  They aren’t really prepped for anything beyond repelling looting and waiting for the electric company to repair everything.  That is it.  If that were Phase One of their plans, I can see the appeal of luxury items like MRE’s and propane.  But when that is Plan A, and B, and C, they are prepped for squat.

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Living in Houston or Florida isn’t the problem.  We have Intrepid Minions with viable plans living near or in the swamps.  The problem is believing that you can keep returning to Grid Up as you live in Houston and Florida.  These are natural disaster areas for a simple reason.  The same reason you move there.  Rainfall.  You want heat and rain to grow your own food, so you pick an area abundant in those areas.  Well, whatever ‘norm” your area is, you get extremes of that norm.  The dry West NATURALLY burns and has droughts.  The South NATURALLY gets floods.  Gore Warming or not.  Houston was flooding way before we fired up our first internal combustion engine.  Rather than looking at Gore Warming and thinking a Prius will save Gaia, how about looking at our diminishing resources?  Every year more little brown people are born.  Fact.  And everyone from the Pope to every business owner from the FedGovs cronies to the corner mom & pop all want more births than even that.  We’ve been pushing birth control on Third World nations since the Pill was invented, and the ONLY thing that happened was that we had a slight decrease in the increase of population when China shared the commodity profit with exporters and a slight uptick in middle classes slightly slowed the population time bomb for a short period of time before the global depression hit the manufacturing overproduction in China. 

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So how serious are we, really?  I don’t mean as far as pushing Third World birth control measures because that is pushing a string culturally.  I mean, how serious are we about population control in general, everywhere?  Less people mean less profits.  Of course Muslim and Latino immigration is going to be a factor, when the local population stops reproducing adequately for the bottom line of the elite.  Now, when you add more people every year, which will happen as it is profitable in so many ways, from downward pressure on wages to more product consumers, to overpopulation causing famine which causes wars which cause munitions sales to spike, what happens with the supply of their products they need?  Answer, it must grow just to stay even with demand.  Wow, this stuff isn’t hard at all!  More people need more food and shoes and AK-47’s.  So, where does all these products come from?  If you are the average corporate CEO or US citizen, the answer is, unicorns farting glitter.

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Ever hear of Fracking?  Green Revolutions?  Fusion and space colonization?  Resource substitution?  Free market?  Those are all unicorn farts.  They are a mythical occurrence.  They are wet farts of misinformed minds attempting to ignore reality.  How hard, really, is the concept of “infinite grown on a finite planet”?  I mean, really?  How can you be skeptical of that?  I’m going to assume you are all with me on that.  We may not be able to agree on much, such as SUV driving, FLIR scopes, AR-15’s, trophy wives or city living, but surely we can agree on that one thing?  Eventually the mine plays out and you get a ghost town.  Eventually you draw down the soil and crop decline ensues.  Eventually you allow enough towel heads to immigrate and soon they are ravishing your white women, imposing their own laws and burning down your cities if welfare payments are interrupted.  More of one behavior to its logical conclusion always violently eradicates that behavior.  Even a place as big as an ocean eventually fills up with trash if you dump enough of the stuff for long enough ( fill it up enough and the waves just deposit back on to land the last load ).

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Resources always run out, and accepting that and assuming it won’t happen until it screws over your grandkids is all very well and good a winning strategy.  Until it isn’t.  You can pretend that the target keeps moving further away each generation but that is just more unicorn flatulence.  Fifty years ago we knew diminishing resources were meeting overpopulation.  And so we used more energy to pretend we weren’t running out ( without the widespread adoption of pouring petroleum into the soil, mostly by extending farmland into areas needing irrigation, the global famines foretold by Ehrlich and other Cassandra’s would have unfolded ) of energy and other critical resources our entire infrastructure is predicated upon.  Well, now we are definitely running out of oil, on a net energy delivered basis.  Have been for awhile and we can see that by our economy, which was built on fossil fuels, in decline.  Other resources are in decline, as seem by buildings built with such subpar materials in China that they simply fall over.  In New Orleans when neighborhoods, hell, housing for at least a hundred thousand people, are not replaced.  Detroit where not only houses but all buildings and all infrastructure is allowed to entropy into junk.  The simple fact of the matter is that there is LESS resources.  Added to MORE people.  The resources are already running out.  Okay, technically they start running out from day one.  Rather, resources are in such a decline that triage has started long ago as to who is denied any, or at least most. 

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The Arab Spring was not political.  It was food.  The conflict was oil and now more about feeding the increased population there.  The immigration to Europe isn’t just about ignorant slut Politically Correct morons in charge ( as aforementioned, it is allowed on purpose for profits, but it is also about the following… ) but about in part former colonies striking back in resource decline.  The French and British ( and now their neighbors, thanks to the senseless centralization which was thought to counter economic decline, forming the EU ) get to be economically exploited by the very groups they colonized for economic exploitation.  Poetic justice to a degree.  The US gets to see demographic conquest by the people they exploited by taking their land.  But make no mistake. That isn’t religious, political or even economic.  It is resource contraction.  Overpopulated areas unable to feed itself will conquer neighboring lands.  It just so happens this didn’t have to be violent due to the corporate and elite Quislings in the lands under discussion. 

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If you can wrap your mind around resource contraction, if you aren’t making excuses to minimize potential pain ( like the pain that will arrive from no longer being an imperial citizen wallowing in the luxury of colonial treasure ), you can easily see the future.  New Orleans, full of poor Blacks, was abandoned as it promised no return on investment.  Economically it was just a money pit.  Since resources, economic or energy or ore, are shrinking in supply, the triage of our own nation was applied there.  In Detroit, that was even easier to see coming.  Globilization demands that a town of factories is abandoned.  No return on further investment there.  In Houston, many areas will be allowed to rot.  If every area is full of affluent folks, the rebuilding will be largely privatized ( homeowner only, mostly not the insurance industry ).  Any disaster aid from the government, beyond a token amount that won’t solve any substantial issue, will be in the form of loans rather than grants.  Some resources, not all that are needed, will be given to Houston only because it plays such a prominent role in our petroleum economy.  Florida?

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Florida will be a combination of New Orleans and Houston.  The poor neighborhoods will see little if any resources.  Those areas that can afford higher taxes will be rebuilt, but only because the damage was limited and the Social Security money ( or tourist money ) will pay for the effort of rescue.  That is triage, folks.  When resources are limited, the price goes up ( if the contest isn’t decided militarily, such as in the Congo ).  If you can afford to pay, you kick the can down the road.  But if I was still living in Florida, I’d be asking myself this question.  When do I go from being Houston to New Orleans?  What if Social Security isn’t going to be paid indefinitely ( duh, right? )?  Eventually, my area sees less resources.  So eventually a hurricane hits and…nothing.  The relief effort silence will be deafening.  Why is any of this surprising?  The Rust Belt was around for decades reminding us of all this, the hurricanes are just the latest evidence of throwing poor folks under the bus.  Nothing new to see here, move along.

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You know what helps me visualize the future better?  I just think that soon, we actually get Y2K.  That’s it.  Just see the future as being grid down.  Everything else follows.  All I’m doing here is attempting to explain the issues that will cause the event to actually happen this time.  Remember, to its logical conclusion.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

they aint making more land


THEY AIN’T MAKING MORE LAND

Ah, real estate.  The investment of the middle class.  The darling of most mainstream and “alternate” investment advisors ( like Ruff ).  Buy more land, they ain’t making any more of it.  Now, first, how well did that work out for almost everyone in 2009?  I mean, sure, they still have a house.  That they can NEVER sell, is underwater in value and is at the mercy of local taxation authorities.  Wow, where else can I get an “investment” like that?  What a deal!  And second, what are you buying with your investment money?  Grid location.  Not a location close to work.  Not a location safe to live in ( ahhh…Houston, anyone? Or, how about Dallas where the police get gunned down in guerrilla warfare?  Detroit, where they don’t even have police? ).  For a quarter million dollar home, on a combined two income gross of maybe $50k a year, you get a paved road, city water and sewage and a power line.  We already talked about how much of a premium you are paying for that.  I won’t rehash it other than to say you can closely approximate a much better deal off grid, cheaper.

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Today I’d like to discuss how all those grid services you are wayyy overpaying for aren’t going to last long and your gum and glue craphole is going to be worth less than scrap price soon enough.  Falling EROI is an easy enough concept to grasp.  The very low EROI energy Venezuela is producing isn’t worth crap ( other areas produce higher net energy oil ) and their cost of production is higher than what the market will bear ( oil demand is contracting due to less factory production due to less consumer spending due to less jobs-hello, end result of globilization coupled with peak oil to produce the ugly offspring of implosion ) and hence you get a local economic collapse.  Those misinformed, or more appropriately un-informable due to denial, who think socialism is to blame for the collapse there are all card carrying members of the Fracking Fag Brigade and don’t even need to bother to try to prep for collapse.  What collapse?  Fracking will save you all!  Sweet Baby Jesus weeps.  Yes, economic depressions do occur during oil gluts.  Heard of the one that started in 1929? 

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Areas safely ignored by the Official Propaganda Corps ( mainstream media, and some alt-media who is neutered by threat of ad lose or PC attack police ) after being decimated by natural disasters ( which, again, doesn’t matter if it is by Gore Warming or not-either way it is out of anyone’s control ) are not being rebuilt.  Let us refer to yet another YouTube video.  Sure, those pukes steered me wrong on the date of Netflix debut of the new Walking Dead season ( it wasn’t an official Netflix video, just some cheese dingus compilation ), and there are new videos refering to old videos of three years ago how Yellowstone is going to blow any friggin day now, but you always have misinformation and dumb asses with a camera out there.  The subject was the Pontiac SilverDome.  Up in Detroitland, the city of Pontiac built a big ass dome covered with, of all things, canvas.  This was in the 1970’s, a great time to invest millions for economic stimulus.

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Okay, it actually worked out okay for them for a time.  Great rock concerts like The Who and The Rolling Stones, monster car rally’s, not to mention football games and visits from Da Pope.  But they way they built it, they needed power to keep the fans propping up the dome in the winter.  Some bureaucrats idea of a good idea, having costly upkeep during the off season.  One year the dome collapsed with heavier than usual snow ( hey, who could have seen that one coming, am I right? ) and after the costly replacement they began to see lost revenues as the local population had less disposable income.  What?  What is this you say?  I’m perplexed!  How could revenue fall with such a great product being offered?  Do you mean to tell me that a business is dependent on customer income to survive?  This was certainly and emphatically NOT covered in business school.  Why, the nerve of someone to even mention this!  Un-’Murican, that’s what it is!  My American Dream is turning into a nightmare and I want a refund ( by the why, I don’t know if that one is original or not, so only feel free to steal if it is ).

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Sweet Baby Jesus On A Popsicle Stick!  Why, it must be the fault of the socialist government.  Yeh!  That’s what it is.  A private company would never build a money losing venture.  Well, okay, sure.  A private company might or might not be a dumbass and cover a football stadium with a circus tent.  I don’t know.  But the city did agree to build the thing using past economic models, and while that also might have been foolish, private companies do the same thing.  Every one thinks growth is a god given right and by a no means unique sense of hubris think the American Empire will last forever.  Well, I hate to break the bad news to you, but, newsflash, this was NOT reality before you were born ( or at least, were still filling your diapers ).  That it lasted this long is super great.  Good on the Can Kickers.  But nothing lasts.  And some things last a lot shorter than others.  Like a canvas roofed entertainment stadium in the Great Lakes region.  Or, you might do well to remember, a plastic wrapped sheetrock lined warped wood home with substandard materials built in at every turn, suddenly losing power for too long or seeing a five hundred year old flood, three years in a row.  In other words, a dwelling dependent on the grid.

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A grid already past its shelf life, overloaded to make more shelters as parents split off from children whose children split off into their own large dwellings, whose divorced children created yet again another set of dwellings, all vying for occupancy with illegal immigrants.  Why, what better profit plan than to get every swinging cheese dingus living here to have their own apartment and their own car and their own oven and mattress and etcetera.  But when you have less resources to go around, but refuse to stop needing more and more profits, what do you do?  Anyone eaten a bag of chips in the last few years?  Right, you raise the price and put less in every bag and cheapen the ingredients.  Same with apartments and homes.  Make the quality crap and raise the price ( although they do throw in a bigger bag size, even if you can’t afford to fill it with much ).  The SilverDome had a roof that cost less ( to install-not to pay for ).  At first.  Then it needed the grid to keep it intact.  And lots of repair cash.  Just like your home.  Without constant grid power and services it is quickly uninhabitable.  Every home needs constant maintenance, but grid homes need that, AND constant energy inputs.  Like the fans keeping the roof inflated on the Dome.

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Now, as energy decline continues, how much would you like to bet your utilities will decrease?  Anyone?  Bueller?  Hell no, they won’t decrease.  They are guaranteed to increase by a wide margin, either to pay the company that has the politicians in there pocket, or to pay the government owned utility provider who always needs even more than the private company.  And that is IF you don’t get a natural disaster ruining the grid infrastructure.  Your income is decreasing and your grid services are more costly and without them your home you can’t afford to service starts falling apart until it is worth exactly dingus.  Look to Detroit or New Orleans as a model.  But without the insurance pay-offs.  Granted, natural disasters are taking a huge bite out of their profit margins, even with the forced supplement of medical insurance, but that is not what will sink them.  With the derivatives markets poised to implode, again, the insurance industry will go with it ( think AIG, times about, oh, a million, with no possibility of a government bail-out ) and nobody is going to see home insurance settlements in a very short time.  It will be a complete homeowner and banker lose. 

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The grid might not go down via a EMP or CME, but it will go down by imploding investments, increased brownouts from financing a delivery with fuel issues, customers unable to afford the increased prices and public utilities losing all their operating funds and rainy day funds as the market fails.  And then your “investment” is total crap.  Once again, but this time for good.  Are you sure you want to keep the tent propped up?

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

apocalypse cart


APOCALYPSE CART
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Okay, here’s the deal on always being able to add to my prepper food stocks, even on a budget of $250-$300 a month ( when I make more than that from Very Generous Minions donating, it goes into savings or into the B-POD fund ).  I have a couple of yearly expenses such as property tax, web site and domain name fee, a fee based e-mail service and a couple of other minor items.  Those are easily paid with savings ( $40 each e-mail and taxes, $60 web site, Adobe subscription for PDF file conversion is $25, $150 to visit my parents each Spring, maybe $50 in average bike parts ).  I pay $50 a month for utilities.  The rest goes to food.  At first I was using these extra grocery funds to buy the heck out of meat on sale to stock the freezer ( not the greatest long term storage, but this is for reducing the cost of daily eating to almost nothing ).  We should have a good six months eating worth of 99cent chicken and $1.50 pork and $2 hamburger.  The biggest fight we have is not lack of money for food but if I’m allowed to try to stuff any more meat into the freezer whenever there is a sale ( okay, it isn’t a fight.  It is a “discussion” which I usually lose ).

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Our breakfast is usually free Food Bank items ( the NOL still works there and gets perishable foods.  If the Food Bank had to rely on canned goods no one would get fed.  It is almost exclusively perishable items donated anymore.  As the Health Department is universally a pocket of evil asshats, they insist on commercial grade equipment.  So when a freezer of fridge pukes out, we were buying $2k-$10k units.  Just to give you a little bit of perspective how expensive it is to run one of the bastards anymore.  Not that Director salaries don’t take a huge bite.  What does the Director do?  More like write grant proposals for free Fed money rather than manage the place all that well  ).  If it wasn’t, I would be eating my own ground wheat rather than the whole wheat factory bread, so it would just be pennies a day.  More wheat for a snack.  My $12 sack of wheat is perhaps half gone, months later.  I imagine it will cost $24 to go get another replacement one.  Still, three months or longer for a sack, even at $24, is pretty darn cheap ( at least compared to most other food ).  Lunch is leftovers or if none, about half the time, potatoes.  Most of the time potatoes are free ( even if you have to remove 10% getting rid of all the eyes ), but even if not you are looking at a quarter or two a day.

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So, breakfast and lunch average fifty cents a day ( I don’t count the cost of leftovers, being accounted for in diner ) plus the cost of butter.  We were eating a stick a day between the two of us, two pounds a week ( we use butter for cooking oil as it is the healthiest, mostly, for the mostly cheapest cost.  I’m sure olive oil is better for you, and perhaps even cheaper, per serving, but I can separate the oil from the butter and have both bread topping and cooking oil so it works good for me ), but the NOL has been using a lot less due to gut issues.  I would call it $5 a week in butter ( stocked up at $3 a pound ).  That is all three meals, or four sometimes, every day.  I’ll call butter fifty cents per breakfast and lunch and twenty for dinner ( keep in mind I‘m eating at most a half a pound of meat a day, so the fat in butter is replacing a lot of protein ).  So $1 a day for the first two meals.  It is probably even less that that, but that is the maximum in theory.  Diner is the big cost meal every day.  The NOL eats cabbage for lunch every day ( salad, substituting wilted nasty lettuce with cabbage ), but that is around a buck or two a week and doesn’t add much to the calculation.

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$2 is the average for diner, excluding the butter cost but accounting for the starch.  The main factor there is buying and freezing the meat on sale.  This wasn’t too bad of an initial cost as it was predominantly chicken.  After far too many nights of yard bird, we were motivated to ratchet up our spending.  I’m rather fond of pork for its cheapness and the NOL likes hamburger ( I like it better as the cook, but not as a shopper ).  So, averaging the cost of all three meats, adding a starch and $2 comes pretty close.  We eat potatoes most of the week, with rice and pasta and refried/baked beans and bread being the fall back starches when we get tired of spuds ( if I eat taters for lunch we have another starch for dinner ).  Then there is the TV time snacking, a horrid habit but after a day of healthy foods I’m inclined to treat myself to a small bowl of chips.  It probably doesn’t evenly match the cost of diner, but it is more than breakfast and lunch combined.  Let’s just call the whole thing $150 a month for two people.

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As we pretty much just split the cost of groceries, and even when we are buying a lot of sale meat one month, more than an average month, my cost of food a month is like $100.  So, as I’ve shared with you before, this leaves plenty of extra to keep stockpiling the crap out of daily grocery items ( for instance, we keep looking for the sale on the only brand of microwave popcorn that actually tastes good and doesn’t tear up our gut, “Cousin Willie’s” white cheddar, which only happens a few times a year.  No way I’m paying $2.25 for three bags of nuked corn, so we wait for the sale of $1.  Then we buy thirty boxes in one shot.  Which is 15% of our monthly minimum.  For one item.  Because I spend at least double of the three meals-at least half of my grocery budget goes to either daily food stockpiling or apocalypse stockpiling ( typical conversation: “Let’s get some more Mac &Cheese”[ I really only like that and angel hair for pasta-not a huge noodle person.  Helpful hint: take a small amount of boiling hot water and mix the “cheese” sauce with butter in it and you can skip the milk-we generally don’t have any on hand since I went back to black coffee ].  “We have plenty of mac underneath the stairs.  Cases of it”.  “That’s apocalypse food”.  “Damn you!”.  Okay, she usually doesn’t damn me, but it is a bit of a fight keeping her out of the storage food.  She still doesn’t really get the finer art of stockpiling, which is why I go shopping with her, or do it myself.  She is coming around more my way, prep wise, but she started at zero and it is work keeping moving forward ).

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Flour and sugar don’t come on sale all that often, but because groceries are all I spend any money on after the first of the month utility money ( I was paying half the mortgage and $50 to utilities but NOL talked me into dropping all that and just stay home to write.  She doesn’t support prepping all that well, but she does my writing.  I have to pay something or I’d feel like a mooch, so I help with utilities.  And I’ve become the House Bitch, doing all the cooking and cleaning.  Plus Yard  Bitch when required, which I did from the beginning ), I can easily stock up on them when they do.  Do you WANT to stock up on too much flour and sugar?  Of course not-not the healthiest stuff to eat.  But as condiments or supplements, they do just fine.  I could never find enough flour on sale to get anywhere close to the amount of wheat kernels I have, so at most, if I keep it up, I’m baking 90% whole wheat and 10% white flour combination.  With a dash of sugar, that won‘t ruin anyone‘s health ( the vegetable shortening, yes, that is very unhealthy.  But not as unhealthy as NOT eating fat in your post-central heat and air hooked to the grid diet.  If you are creating your own body heat in the winter, you need fat.  Not optional ). 

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You don’t even need to buy flour and sugar.  I do, as they are some of the cheapest per calorie and they are a supplement which negates their health issues.  You can stock plenty of other foods more to your liking.  Pasta or rice, beans or instant potatoes.  Powder milk or canned goods.  My point is that you can stockpile food every week.  It doesn’t even take prepping money, it just uses grocery money you were already spending.  By buying daily food in bulk only on sale, the rest can be prepper food.  We talked about this not too long ago, and I’m making very few if any new points.  I only bring it up again as I saw BOTH flour and sugar on sale at the same time and I had zero finance issues stockpiling four months extra calories.  On my very low $3k-$4k yearly income.  Not daily calories, but apocalypse calories.  $35 for four months calories.  Why do you only have six months stockpiled?  This isn’t a new issue, just one I keep harping on.  I had a bunch of article subjects bouncing around my head, but nothing was sticking but this.  I don’t do 9/11 articles ( the date I’m writing this-sorry, minions, you all know I write two weeks ahead.  It just seems I have better reception to articles when I write as if most of you are new here.  At least most of the time ).  The government humped us and if you don’t believe that I’ll wave at you from the other side of the concentration camp fence.  To write on the subject is beating a dead horse and giving slight legitimacy to the Propaganda Corps efforts.

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Look, I know 1500 calories a day is insufficient.  The reason I keep to that figure is that it gives you options.  If you ONLY see 3k calories a day as your only option, and it must be protein heavy and expensive, you aren’t stocking enough food, pure and simple.  If you stock five years of starch, you can always double down on the daily calories for energy to move.  Or, if things look real bad, you stay secluded and sedate.  If it costs you a thousand bucks for a years food ( the Yuppie Scum MRE equivalent meals in freeze dried to supplement the grain they offer ) which isn’t even much more than 1500 calories a day anyway, you could get three years of wheat ( at the new nosebleed prices, in buckets ) alone, with fat and vitamins.  Would you rather have three years of food, or one?  The time to add protein and meal variety is AFTER you get the bare basics of wheat, shortening and vitamins.  Calories first, then taste.  The grocery store stocking can help you get more calories, since wheat is so high right now.  As long as you have enough whole wheat, you can supplement that with White Foods ( rice-never, ever, never stock brown rice-and instant potatoes and pasta and flour ).  I’d advise half and half whole wheat to white foods, but if you must, financially, reduce the whole wheat I would think you could fly by the seat of your pants and go as low as 25% whole wheat and still have enough nutrients.  You can’t JUST do Calories Only, you must have enough nutritious calories since that is most of your diet.  Fill up and get calories from White Foods, add whole wheat and fat, have vitamin pills and sprouted wheat and you just might make it through the Hunger Times okay. 

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Change your shopping habits and modify your eating habits to be heavier in starch and besides the wheat a lot of your storage foods will be “free” ( at least as far as your budget is concerned ).  If I can do it on my budget, why can’t you?  Do you think food prices are going to go down?  Buy while you can, yo.  Remember?  Stock yesterday on Better Than Nothing, and add to that tomorrow.  Too much crap can go wrong now, too quickly. 

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

investing rich


INVESTING RICH

At first you might think this has little to nothing to do with survivalism, but as you shall see this is a discussion of consumer spending behavior and hence is indirectly related.  I understand a lot of you still think that hard work and innovation and all around grooviness will win you the wage race, and that is definitely true in the immediate and very near future.  But long term, as our economy contracts, that is only an intermediate strategy.  At the end we will all be living in a POST currency economy, with barter alone consumption and wealth food only, with cottage industry the only form of production.  A feudal society is what you get when you have no energy surplus to build and defend transportation and all trade shrinks to local.  It is a non-surplus economy.  I can’t imagine where you think you’ll be living otherwise.  Beyond the gangs that control the salvage, there will be NO ore extraction, as twenty years ago excess energy, when energy was dirt cheap from the newly opened Siberian region, was used to start mining for very diffuse ores, replacing most played out conventional mines.  This DOESN’T mean that there is an abundance of mineral wealth, only that we are using up the last of it.  Salvage and local agriculture are it for economic activity, and your poor ass isn’t invited. 

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The future is no money, and the first thing you need to do to get your head right is to stop trying to get so much of it.  Learn to need less money.  Inflation doesn’t mean you get more wages, it means your dwindling paycheck doesn’t buy as much.  Of course, obviously, you can’t do without any money.  Our entire economy has been monetized and you are penalized for not having money ( try paying your property tax in wood or corn ).  But if you can try to minimize what you need, cut back of your consumables, you are easing into the future with less pain and needed adjustments.  Again, you need to consume.  No one can grow all their own food and if you can you need some other income to pay your taxes.  The government gives you a choice.  Be a wage earner or starve.  That is what taxes in currency only do ( as opposed to “taxes in kind“ which were the aforementioned wood and corn-we used to allow that kind of tax until the central bank started monetizing everything ).  Then, when the currency is devalued and you can’t work, you starve anyway because all those wages disappear and you haven’t been able to grow your own food. 

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Needing less money means you are going to be better resistant to falling real wages and growing unemployment.  It also means you are grouped amongst poor unworthy deplorable scumbags.  We have been trained all our lives to equate money to security.  And of course, it is, until the moment it isn’t worth dingus.  Remember, money is just company town chits only good in the company store at inflated prices.  Only the store accepts the chits.  They are only as valuable as the company is liquid.  Any one with half a brain cashes in the chits rather than saves them.  Yet, we all save our chits, don’t we?  It is the only real daily currency we can use ( precious metals are not practically tradable on a daily basis ) and we keep acting as if that was security.  We might tell ourselves they are soon to be inflated to worthlessness, but then we ACT otherwise, by hoarding our company chits.  But there is one difference between the companies currency and Uncle Sam’s.  The company couldn’t be bothered to offer anything other than bare necessities whereas the dollar can buy a whole lot more choices.

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The company store gave you enough to eat, a shelter and clothing and that was about it.  All that, let alone anything extra, was a drain on profits.  The US economy on the other hand, is by definition all about consumption as profit is made by selling crap.  All the small fish in the pond build and sell, and the big fish control the currency that these small fish need.  The big fish do nothing but have a monopoly on creating currency ( which used to be easy, as oil was money and more oil was created all the time and you just created X more dollars than there was oil and you kept inflation under control.  Now, as oil supplies contract, so does the ability to back the currency with anything.  All those old loans need the interest paid but now the currency created isn’t backed by oil so JUST to pay the interest on loans the currency created is more inflationary ).  It is nice to be a big fish, until your pond dries up.  But until the big fish dies, you can take advantage of the way the economy is constructed, no matter how dysfunctional it is.  And the way you do that is to, quite simply, consume less.  Even factoring in prepping purchases, you need to be consuming less. 

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So let’s meander over to a minor factor in consumption, and that is the manufacturing of desire.  Advertising is old hat and has been around as a major force in modern society for a hundred years.  And advertising is just a subset of propaganda, which is part of brainwashing.  As the Nazi’s liked to point out, repeat a lie enough times and it becomes the truth.  Advertise enough and you begin to accept that you need a product.  Who makes their own soap anymore?  Why not?  It is relatively simple, no more complicated than changing your own oil or sparkplugs.  Perhaps because all your life you’ve been told to buy everything you need, especially soap ( soap operas started on the radio and contained advertisements for what? ).  It is cheap enough, so why make your own?  That is the other part of the equation-goods had to be cheap enough that your cottage industries were uncompetitive so you would want to buy the products.  And all that was fine and dandy.  We worked at a factory and bought factory goods and everyone was happy.  But…

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There isn’t a lot of profit in soap, even if everyone is using it every day.  So you needed to also, or especially, buy unneeded items.  Luxury items.  In fact, far better to sell luxury items to the working poor than the rich, as there are a lot more poor than rich ( the rich wanted to buy cottage industry items, anyway, not mass manufactured ones ).  So how did the process begin?  The rich bought their status symbols, and the upper middle class tried to emulate them ( and going down the line… ).  One thing humans can’t overcome, besides the sexual drive ( women’s beauty products, cigarettes, diet fads and fashion all tap into the sexual motive ), is status seeking, a tribal leftover.  Both genders strive to win the race against others to be the most important.  If you see this drive as being exploited for profit, a lot of economic behavior makes more sense.  Cars used to be the exclusive toy of the rich.  Once factories started churning them out for those wishing to appear rich ( even farmers, buying a working vehicle, were status symbol seeking over the poor  dirt farmers with mules-granted, this was buying efficiency which upped profits, but profits are status markers ), the rich moved upscale on luxury cars or got chauffeurs. 

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You think cars are a necessity, but they started out as just for the rich.  As did college degrees and contractor built verses self built homes.  Now, obviously, not everything is a Me-Too slavish emulation of the well off for seeking peacock feather status.  A lot has to do with the rich FORCING you to consume items.  Try working legally at most trades without a college degree.  Try riding a horse in city streets.  Or building your own house without paying the city and county so many bribes you HAVE to finance.  But there was still a lot of status seeking going on nonetheless.  And since it is human nature, it is a built in market.  After the apocalypse, there will still be females using products to enhance their appearances ( it may not be monetized but it will be practiced ), and there will always be conflict to rise in status.  Now we do it with wages and consumption, later it will be through combat.  Human nature.  So, what did the smart rich guys do?  Did they keep buying more and more, costlier and gaudier consumer items?  Only to a degree.  They also invested in the trend.  They owned the companies that sold the Now New Lower Class Must Have Necessity items. 

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You, emulating your forefathers, kept consuming as the status symbols were upped in their ante.  They became necessities rather than luxuries because their possession was a bare minimum for your status in the hierarchy.   But what were you really doing?  Just making the rich investor money.  You thought you were working for your status but what you ended up doing was enhancing the status of your boss or the 1% dudes.  All that work, your whole life, so much effort above and beyond bare necessities of food and shelter, was to wear status symbols which did nothing to elevate you but which helped your social superiors adorn themselves with much nicer feathers.  And your response to that?  Wishing to have the even better feathers yourself, you started spewing capitalistic jingoistic party lines.  Free market!  Pull yourself up by the bootstraps!  Rush Limbaugh!  Greed is good!  He who dies with the most toys wins!  More brainwashing, yo.

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While you evaluate your spending habits, ask yourself which are needed and which are just peacock feathers.  If you can do this honestly, you can cut way back on what you consume, and free up lots of prepping budget.  And perhaps free yourself of more golden handcuffs.  You’ll certainly make things easier for yourself, and as a bonus you screw over the rich humpers just a little.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

earth wind & fire


EARTH WIND & FIRE
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I’m writing this a couple of days prior to Hurricane Irma hitting, in theory, Miami.  By the time you read this whatever I say will be so outdated as to be irrelevant.  Which I think is actually a good thing.  If I was focused on writing strictly topical events I would be just like everyone else screaming at the top of my lungs that the CME will fry all our electronics and effect our brain functions even through all the tinfoil ( hey, you have to breath, right?  Right there, the failing of all such protective devices ) and every hurricane is likely to blow all of us off the map and every company bankruptcy will crash the economy and Amazon is taking over the economy and since a central bank junior partner uttered some bullspit that must mean finally after eight years the banking sector will really crash this time for sure, and the doom porn just keeps on piling higher and higher which is the whole point since then nobody will really, honest Injun truly panic but just grow numb and catatonically unresponsive.

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By having to appear to actually have something to say two weeks after an event,  I’m trying to see things big picture rather than assume I can prophesize the demise.  Okay, I actually do that.  All the time.  I just hope I keep things vague enough I don’t look like one of the doomer sites that have a new civilization crashing event every other day, usually tied to the bible and the positions of the celestial bodies.  I’m trying for seasonal weather here rather than attempting to figure out if it will rain today or not.  I am going to say, prior to the hurricane landfall, that nothing fundamentally is going to change.  The storm will hit, lots of folks will lose money and then things just pretty much return to normal.  Just like with Hurricane Harvey.  Everybody was busy forecasting the entire economy of the continent was going to crash as all the oil refineries were flooded and destroyed and then…nothing really changed.  That should have been obvious as the regions swamps have had refineries there for longer than we could see hurricanes coming and so you could probably factor in the areas propensity for flooding long ago before Gore Warming.  I didn’t see the hurricane effects one way or another-no effect or severe catastrophe.  Which is another benefit of looking at the collapse civilization wide rather than event specific. 

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I wonder if the Gore Warming meme isn’t responsible for all this overreaction to every potential act of Mother Nature.  Everyone is bound and determined that we are warming and it is all the fault of carbon emissions ( say the doomers who are busy driving to and fro ) and we are all going to die, and it might even be true.  It could also be true that all this weather craziness is nothing other than the simple explanation that the earths population exploded during a half century of very uncharacteristically benign weather and now we are returning to the more regular normal chaotic weather.  By dancing naked around the Gore Warming bonfire, beseeching the gods of government to stop the insanity of carbon fuel use ( did I mention everyone arrived to the dance in their motor vehicle? ), these people delude themselves with the happy thought that we can actually stop the disaster we created.  But isn’t the thought that we have no control just a tiny bit scarier? 

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And here’s another aspect of these disasters ( earth-a earthquake of eight point something in lower Mexico that everyone ignored because it is just little brown people and rich brown people in Miami were going to get hit with a hurricane-wind-and that is more newsworthy, and fire-the entire West burning up yet again from drought ) that is ignored as we instead focus on daily Gore Warming Proof.  The reason nothing is being catastrophic or earth shattering or decisive in taking down the economy is because all this destruction is actually good for us.  Not that old chestnut about The Broken Window economic boom.  One side says a broken window is good for the economy since it forces labor and goods to be created and the other side says we need the surplus energy and finances to fix the window in the first place.  No, that is a seventy year old economic model that is no longer applicable.  Back then, yes, sending all our ore to the bottom of the sea and all our oil up in the air from combustion was good for the economy.  We wasted resources to put folks to work, after nobody was working because of overcapacity.  It worked then.  When we had an obscene surplus.  The only surplus we have now is digital ones and zeros kept alive by fracking gas electrical power.

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No, all these natural disasters are great for reducing the amount of infrastructure we have, which we no longer have the surplus energy ( in EROI terms-try to keep up here.  Some acronyms are too important NOT to know.  No, I don’t mean BOGO, Buy One Get One half off, I mean Energy Return On Energy Invested, or far less fancy and easier to understand, net energy ) to maintain.  That right there is the perfect answer as to why all this destruction hasn’t kicked our ass this last decade.  The military is downsizing its inventory by destroying it over in Afghanistan and the country is downsizing its power hungry infrastructure by attrition and natural disasters.  This is how we are coping with less net energy being available.  While large swaths of housing is abandoned in New Orleans and Detroit, we replace them with more energy efficient apartments or cheaper to build mobile homes for their unemployed Section Eight recipients ( foreign readers: Section 8 is free government housing in the form of rent vouchers.  Public housing doesn’t earn any money for the private sector and is a drain on police manpower as all the crime is concentrated, so the rent welfare folks are spread out over the whole area.  The government goes from building, maintaining and patrolling buildings to merely printing money and outsourcing that activity ).

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All those folks worried about that conspiracy of the UN to force everyone into the cities ( I can’t remember the name, but I liken it to the worry over contrails )?  It seems the actual activity is to allow the cities to decay and letting everyone relocate to the suburbs.  This isn’t as bizarre as it sounds ( why place folks further apart?  Wouldn’t that use MORE energy? ).  Far fewer folks are working, so even if everyone has a car and is driving it they aren’t driving it as much.  Everyone stays in debt owning a car but welfare money manages that.  The government putting people on welfare helps big business and the banks -that is the only money velocity we are seeing in many areas-and you can yell and scream in Rush Limbaugh approved moral outrage over it but if the corporations see a benefit from something it won’t stop.  Apartments in the suburbs is where all the growth is, and that is less energy intensive than refurbishing old urban buildings  that were made from real materials and need the addition of such to remain habitable.  New building materials are the equivalent of plastic parts replacing metal, and it is more “efficient“ to heat or cool a literal plastic box as neither the pollutants nor the climate can as easily escape. 

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And if folks don’t really drive around all that much ( even at $2 a gallon, how much gas can you buy if you don’t have much money left over on welfare or after even with a middle class paycheck you are forced to buy health insurance? ), how much of an energy hit are you assuming, even if they are far flung in the suburbs?  Less natural gas, less electricity and less oil are needed in net nation wide.  The urban cluster to save energy is an unnecessary strategy, and a pointless conspiracy to worry on.  Just like you overly worry about all the fast food places around ( oh, it ruins our health, oh it ruins the rainforest ).  How else do you feed all those suburban masses?  Eating at home is convenience foods, frozen pizza and Doritos, and eating out is convenience foods at fast food joints.  Do you know where you can easily buy convenience foods, with Food Stamps?  That’s correct, the neighborhood gas station or Pakistani owned liquor store.  Folks in the suburbs don’t even NEED a car and they can go out and get their food.  Their apartment gives them everything else they need to survive ( Netflix is po’boy cable, a public infrastructure subsidy to keep those on welfare cheaply entertained ).  Perhaps, to a very small degree ( the larger degree is laziness and focus on decadence ), fast food and convenience food is the suburb car-less eating strategy.

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High rental and housing prices are the bankers number one profit center, but they also are a stimulus forcing people to find unconventional shelter, which, again, feeds into the dwindling energy use paradigm.  But let’s return to this articles main point of natural disasters helping the economy.  Not through extra rebuilding activity but reducing infrastructure maintenance.  When New Orleans lost half its population, and half its housing infrastructure, the people affected moved elsewhere.  They found existing housing.  In net, shelter was REMOVED from the energy input equation.  Just as no jobs are being created for all the new immigrants and newly graduated job seekers, not enough housing is being constructed to cover the supposed new demand a growth in population would warrant.  Existing shelter is housing the increase.  And every time a natural disaster takes houses out of the equation, they find somewhere to live in already existing units.  In energy demand terms, storm damage is a blessing.  The existing supply of energy is stretched out just a bit further.

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People move back home with their parents, or get roommates, or old large houses are subdivided into apartments or old beater abandoned mobile homes are refurbished and once again inhabited.  We look at all this through a financial lens, as if high rental prices and unemployment account for it all, but what is driving the high prices?  Not JUST banker greed, but also energy costs.  Not the retail cost, which is low in asking price but high in terms of cost of living as wages shrink, but the net available energy.  Neither materials, or energy, is available to rebuild what is damaged.  Damaged by winds or floods or fire or even simply the economic destruction of globalization.  The economy hollowed out Detroit and the entire Rustbelt forty years ago, the infrastructure back then seeing little investment just for maintenance,  and even with all the banker printed money in the world we now seem to have, there isn’t enough actual physical material to rebuild.  As Mother Nature destroys even more, there isn’t the energy or material to replace that, either.  But it’s destruction helps lower our required energy, and that is a good thing.  Since energy production declines every year.  Let’s hope for MORE hurricanes!

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