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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

retreat now! 1


RETREAT NOW!

Thanks to Idaho Homesteader’s helpful suggestions for article ideas, today we answer one of about five questions from her.  Now that I am in town, do I still recommend that others live at their retreats/homesteads/junk land hovels now rather than later?  Of course I do.  Let me fill you in on my current situation, as updated since we last found out that I was “betraying the cause and moving back to town”.  To be honest, I felt I was taking a step back, not forward.  I was nervous all the time, by being closely surrounded and hemmed in and at the mercy of the economy and the banker pukes holding the girlfriends mortgage.  So, as is my wily way, I have been working on the girlfriend about moving out to the country.  Well, she is in pretty good shape for an old gal, but she still is at that age where she doesn’t want to rough it too bad.  My first suggestion was to duplicate the apartment ( actually a home, split into her living quarters and two rented units ) square footage.  We drove out to my second uninhabited section of land ( less built up, less neighbors, more natural panoramic views.  Alas, three extra miles commute and three  extra miles to the river ), which she got excited about.  But upon reflection decided I was a complete dumbass to think I could dig a ten by fifty pit six foot deep.  She didn’t want to undertake that level of commitment at our age and with my current job physical requirements ( when I dug the pit with the current underground dwelling, my job entailed far less exertion and I had energy to spare then ). 

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It didn’t take me long to admit she was right.  I’d probably die before digging was done.  Next up, I talked to my guy I know with a backhoe, as he only charges $50 an hour ( good for this area ).  He estimated two grand, baring extreme hard ground ).  The girlfriend thought this was a much better idea, since slapping eight by eight walls together is far less demanding ( I refuse to put money into something NOT underground.  This is an investment on surviving post-petroleum, not a current consumable expense ).  However, she wasn’t completely sold on the idea.  A major upheaval and a complete unknown for her.  So, we easily compromised.  We will build a much smaller unit, a ten by ten pit with a subterranean eight by eight cube and a story above that exposed to the elements ( one fear is a dank and dark, uninviting home ).  This will be our camping home for the weekend.  If she likes it, we move out of the apartment and use that rent money to build more.  Into a permanent home off grid.  With her paying half.  What more could I possibly ask for?  More next article.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

mercantilism history


MERCANTILISM HISTORY


( I posted a Saturday article/link if you missed it )

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Mercantilism was the early European economic theory and practice of establishing colonies as a means to eliminate the dependence of other nations for trade.  If you controlled a colony and it fed your population, no other nation state could force you into disadvantageous trade.  Not that colonialism is anything new under the sun.  That system has been around since agriculture got started.  But with the new coffee beans replacing beer and wine as the socializing drink of choice of the days intellectuals, placing new lipstick on old pigs made for clocking poor behavior with grandiose ideas much easier, being a stimulant rather than a depressant.  Just as today’s support of First Responders and the military is de rigueur and a cover for imperialism and home grown tyranny, back then fancy theorists became slaveries apologists.  Of course, today most folks use the term Mercantilism as a short hand for government support of business, implying big business controls the government ( back then, government subsidized colonial acquisition and expansion to grow the home population and quell rebellion, now government subsidizes corporations as a bribe so enough jobs are created to pacify the voters and to feed the hope of the Debt Serfs that they might one day be free ).  I’ve always believed the central bank does the controlling  and government and corporations feed off its credit to survive, but either way we can agree that the government sure seems to love and feed the corporations.

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Since before our independence, our country has always used the government to enrich and reward and subsidize the right businessmen.  War profiteers did a brisk business at the start of the Revolution and afterwards most of those newly elected central government “freedom fighters” cashed in on the newly freed, just acquired Indian lands the Brits had been keeping from settlement.  They were called Speculators, to give the deed a patina of gambling, but if you Follow The Money it is easy to see why kicking the English out would pay the independence agitators.  Ever since, the closed loop of the rich man influencing the government and the government officials enriching themselves with bribes and kickbacks from the rich was the only operating system ( and you thought Hilary with too many cattle futures was New News ).  Unfortunately for all the newly rich or their wanna-be rich offspring clamoring to get into an Ivy League school ( if you ever had the displeasure to view the movie “W”, a rectal suck to the establishment if there ever was one, one would conclude that despite immaturity and a propensity towards alcoholism, Shrub was gifted with a great memory.  Actually, daddy was gifted with money and that is all it takes to get into school, especially the prestigious ones.  Ivy league schools are the initiation into the club for our empires future leaders and opinion molders, not institutions for higher learning.  What do you expect from a bunch of tea slurping class worshiping Anglophiles? ), the system is in trouble. 

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Resources are what makes or breaks tribes, countries, empires or civilizations.  You can’t get much simpler than that.  Our country has always done business with free or nearly free resources.  That was one of the reasons the Great Depression wasn’t going to end any time soon ( even I will admit, reluctantly, that the Federal Reserve Bank wasn’t solely responsible ).  A glut of resources and farming and manufacturing, but not jobs, as the American Oil Age arrived in full force.  And we did a great job blowing up and sinking a lot of that surplus.  War spending per se didn’t get us out of the Depression, but getting rid of the surplus helped.  A free resource for business is one thing, a great thing in our economic system, but not so great once everything starts getting automated ( the race to computerize everything is both at once a need to minimize a dwindling resource base AND a replay of the 1920’s as jobs were replaced by machines.  We aren’t in a great depression now only because of the welfare state.  Note to Supreme Nob Job Morons Rush and Beck ).  Here is the main problem today for the rich.  Resources are no longer free ( the Reagan Revolution was Alaskan Oil fed.  Only Saudi Arabian oil saved our empire from implosion in the early 70’s, or we would have collapsed prior to the Soviet Union.  Us from Vietnam, them from Afghanistan.  Today, or the very near future, us from Afghanistan ).  There are no more free fixes like Alaska or the House Of Saud.  It is all cannibalization.  Nothing works like before.  Because businessmen all think their intelligence makes a great business.  They are morons.  Anyone who believes in indefinite growth on a finite planet is a moron.  Their business success was just free inputs.  Look at your employer.  Does he “buy cheap and sell dear”?  Or DID he long ago?  Is it now just fighting over a shrinking pie?  How secure do you feel working for a company with an outdated business model?

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

told ya so, bitches

TOLD YA SO, BITCHES
I've been harping on declining copper supply affecting the price of ammunition for about three years now.  Here is an article showing yearly 4% global supply declines, as well as ore concentration declines:
http://www.visualcapitalist.com/the-looming-copper-supply-crunch/

Friday, June 26, 2015

true dat homie 2


TRUE DAT HOMIE 2

About fifteen years ago, employees at WorldCom were convinced their jobs were secure and that their retirement-in the form of company stock- was assured.  What a bunch of grape Kool-Aid drinking stupid humps.  Or, so you say to yourself.  Yet, here you are, working at a job that pays under a living wage, yet is overpaid for the value you deliver to the company.  If your job could be outsourced, it already would have been.  Because here is what almost every job now consists of.  The machinery of production is bought up at an inflated price using debt.  To pay off that debt, services and products are devalued in quality, more jobs are eliminated and customers and suppliers are defrauded outright.  Then, after everyone receives pink slips and the buildings are abandoned, the few folks in control leave rich.  Even the public sector, where retirement promises are breeched or the latest budget constraints are used as excuses for contract fraud, the cycle is about the same although profits are not motivation but power and control and security are.  And the whole time, you lie to yourself about how long your job will last.  How important you are.  How noble and selfless and creative.  Wake up, dipstick.  No one cares about you except you, and employers are some of the worst of the worse about hating you and wanting to screw you.

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You either buy a home overvalued by orders of magnitude or pay rent close to half of income or more, and lie to yourself how valuable it is.  It is close to work, in a good neighborhood, close to a decent school.  As a good percentage of homeowners found out in 2009, your home’s value is a fiction propped up by a financial derivative which are propped up by other derivatives duct taped together with government money bailouts financed by the public debt going up ten percent a year only made possible by the last of the oil being sold for US Treasuries.  And yet, there you still are, in a pathetically poor construct of a home only habitable by carbon fuel inputs, paying most of your paycheck ( earned at a job made possible by more carbon fuel inputs ) for the privilege,  completely unable to convince yourself it is artificial and can’t last long at all.  You lie to yourself about your homes economic viability, then lie to yourself about the feasibility of bugging out from it or sheltering in place.  The worst option is staying, but nobody can get themselves to leave, as bad as their love affair with their paychecks which do nothing but enable the whole unsupportable system to kick the can down the road a bit longer.  It is all acts of desperation, supported by self-deception ( and I include myself here ).  Perhaps only the inmates of the prisons, with their abducted brides, will inhabit our wastelands after the collapse.  They are self delusional about their morality and innocence, but at least they see clearly the methods of control and necessity of violence.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

true dat homie


TRUE DAT HOMIE

Self deception is a normal daily requirement in our lives.  Without it, the stress would be phenomenal.  You would realize that you are indeed as stupid as everyone else, your wife only loved you for your money, your job is both asinine and unnecessary as well as being parasitic, your pecker is indeed smaller than average and your future is dismal.  It’s enough to get anybody, even a pathological liar like Obammy, to eat a bullet.  So, out of self preservation, we lie to ourselves every day several times a day.  We tell ourselves things aren’t as bad as they seem, that a positive attitude will return dividends, that Life Is What You Make Of It and similar platitudes.  You keep on keeping on.  You lie, know you lie, and that it is okay.  I don’t necessarily disagree with the self-insincerity.  We all hate Mondays.  Mondays signal the end of the weekend, the start of the new week of kissing ass, screeching to the gods at the injustice of the moronic management making your job thrice as hard and half as rewarding as it needs to be, all for the purpose of keeping those asshats in fine comfort and with job security.  You would think that they would appreciate our hard work and sacrifice on their behalf.  But no.  They truly hate and despise you, which makes their “work” of screwing with you justified.  And yet, I’m usually able to lie to myself enough to convince myself I Love Mondays.  Saying it enough almost makes it true.

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It is that, or go postal.  I used to love my job.  Now it is just like any other Hump Me employment.  Money gets tight, sometimes outside anyone’s control and other times due to managements idiocy, so you are expected to give more.  Sacrifice more.  All at the same pay.  Up to a point, you gladly go along.  Then, management gets pissed you aren’t taking these sacrifices with a big ass crap eating grin on your face.  They are confused why you get pissed about other company policies that still cost the company money, unnecessarily, as you are sacrificing.  Drink yourself unhealthy?  Go postal?  So, you gotta lie to yourself.   I love Monday, and every other day.  Whoopee.  I like it, I love it, I want more of it.  Every day is so much fun, it all blurs together.  What good is NOT lying going to do you?  And yet, self deception has the unfortunate effect, after its initial helpfulness, of turning on its practitioner.  Before you know it, you are lying to yourself so convincingly that you confuse yourself about reality.  You think your job is important.  You think your house is worth the money you put into it.  You think your relationship is secure.  You think anyone cares.  On the face of it, that is all true.  But once beneath the surface, the ugly reality is not pretty.  The trick is not to wallow in reality.  That leads to mental instability.  The trick is just in managing the blowback when the truth reveals itself.  It is easy to do, and a nation full of suckers and conned morons should be your guide.  More next article.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

consuming to invest 35


CONSUMING TO INVEST 35

Tailor

This one might be tricky, in that every wife sews.  The market might be limited to upscale clients and that might take awhile to be established.  That, or buying fabric in bulk might undercut retail price enough you are competitive.  Still, a bit of a gamble on this one commercially.  Buying bulk quality tools now might be a lucrative source later to supplement income for the lean years.

Prospector/Miner

Scrap will be readily available, true, but many metal items will need to be manufactured from raw ores for its superior quality.  Plus, many ores are the raw material for chemists.  If you can identify ores, and find them, and extract them, you will be much better rewarded than today, when our economic system actually punishes commodity providers.  That situation will not be duplicated without bankers and heavy equipment manufactures present.

Horse Trainer

Anyone can break a horse, poorly, and get it to perform marginally, but those with skill will be the cream rising to the top.  When horses tomorrow are like cars today, you can bet there will be a market for the better ones.  A great trade in that the equipment needed is negligible.  Skill is all, so the investment needed is nothing but time and effort.  Plus, with the costs today of keeping the animals, you won’t have widespread competition at first.

Mortician

The poor can bury their own family.  It isn’t hard, with a shroud and shovel all that is needed.  But in a more populated area, a mortician acts as a public sanitation expert.  You work on volume and know the tricks to prevent disease spreading and use centralized techniques to save time and money.  In a big enough area, you even have specialized grave diggers for the hard work and you just specialize in preservation.  Research old school, alternate preservation techniques.  Obviously, the supply of formaldehyde will be limited.

Logger

Any fool with an ax can fell a tree, but for industrial scale logging you need expensive equipment such as two man saws and harnesses for teams of draft animals, etc.  You provide this equipment and management, the hired help doing the hard labor.  Military fortifications and large businesses and city councils will be ready customers for industrialized logging.

Mason

Preparing stone for builders.  Some investment for specialized tools, but again, mostly skill.  As long as craftsmen level skills are needed.  Anyone can pour loose stones and mortar into a form, masons work mostly in cement poor areas.  Which might be most places, given the energy requirements of cement ( and, perhaps a consideration, its global supply constriction presently ).

Musician

With instrument makers centralized and expensive, music will be both talent and equipment investment heavy.  Without an industrial capacity, instruments will not be available to every family as was the case recently-their practitioners will be compensated accordingly ( entertainment will always have a market ).

Fisherman

On an industrial scale, investment heavy.  In this case, you are not really a fisherman as much as you are a boat owner/operation.  Just beware global fishery depletion now ongoing, and heavy polluted sites elsewhere as constricting realities.

Barber

There was a reason barbers cut hair, shaved men’s faces AND pulled teeth.  The skills needed were modest, but the instruments needed were expensive and not available to each household.  You weren’t paying for the talent as much as the equipment rental.  Quality scissors, straight razors of high quality and professional quality teeth extractors are needed.  In duplicates.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

consuming to invest 34


CONSUMING TO INVEST 34

Carpentry

Carpentry is going to be in demand again, as metal and plastics use fade.  And it will be commercially viable as there are enough specialized tools needed that few householders will possess them.  Because while today what passes for carpentry requires a lot of metal accessories and attachments, most of tomorrow’s will by necessity once again minimize them.  Think dowels instead if nails or screws, for instance.  Learn the old, old school way.

Knife Maker

While Chinese crap stainless steel knives are out there in abundance,  they are reserved for the lowest rung of your post-apocalypse economic ladder.  They mostly use such poor quality steel that they are both hard to keep sharp AND rust easier.  Fresh fabricated units will be in demand by those who can afford them and need them as life saving tools.  But you must avoid the temptation of using modern machines in their manufacture.  They won’t last.  Employ the multi-generational primitive knife making techniques. 

Potter

This one is easy, as the fuel involved in firing clay necessitates centralized ovens.  When fuel is scarce or dear, no one is going to have their very own oven in their back yard.  There will be plastics and steel from our time competing with you, but clay is once again the sustainable choice for the far future and will return as needed.

Bowyer/Flint Knapping

While bows might not make a huge comeback militarily ( hard to say how low we devolve with combat weapons-I’m of the mind enough capacity will remain for at least flintlock black powder arms, but even I’ll admit that requires a certain amount of optimism ), they will be needed for hunting since nitrates will remain dear given our denuded landscape and overpopulation.  Bow making is simple in concept and a single how to book might do, but of course long practice will be necessary.  At first steel scrap should be abundant, small pieces of little value for much else, but knapping might well come back as needed.  Have the knowledge of the technique and identification of the rock as back-up.  A bowyer might face stiff competition from domestic manufacture, but only where there are no craftsman anyway.  Your market in villages and towns, the poorer supplementing their protein, should be sufficient.

Carding And Spinning

Not the actual practice, but the manufacture of the tools, will be the commercial aspect here.  Every gal at domestic downtime at every home will be carding fleece and spinning yarn for the knitting and crocheting and weaving needed.  Some tools can be duplicated by carpenters, true, but there might not be.  Research the tools needed, stock up on the affordable ones, and figure out how to make your own.

Wheelwright & Wainwright

Building wooden wheels and wooden wagons and carts must have been a gold plated bitch.  Highly specialized and labor intensive, and absolutely necessary in any area with trade ( well, except perhaps the desert with its camels ).  Like a cooper, a lucrative field.

Last and final chapter in the book, next article.
 
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Monday, June 22, 2015

colonialism 2


COLONIZE 2

Are you confused as how colonizing works?  Look at the French colonies, or look at US Vietnam.  Look at Russia under communism and its partners.  You pick your pliant politician, you bribe him, you train a secret police for him.  You send advisors to his country to teach his military, although more importantly they keep on eye on things for the controller.  In return for a few bucks and a few buck privates, he works his people in wage slavery or as peons and they mine whatever resource you require at close to free cost.  Colonizing a country is so much more effective than straight up slavery, mostly because there is never the real boss anywhere close to revolt against.  The American South produced far more wealth once colonized than its slaves ever produced.  And the rulers of the country, the east coast blue blood Yankee industrialists and banks, made money off the war to colonize the place.  But colonizing is not cheap.  Yes, it returns far more than is invested, but you need the wealth and war capacity to get the colony in the first place.  As in, it takes money to make money.  And it takes wealth and warriors to maintain the colony.  The optimal solution to is send over as few troops as needed.  If it becomes a shooting war your profit goes to hell.  The Brits were masters of colonization as they really only needed a navy to rule the waves.  The army was much smaller and usually had technological superiority.  Yet, once Germany threatened their navy supremacy, their colonizing days were over.  They didn’t know it yet, and it took two world wars to convince them ( actually, just one war and one build up to another ), but the German competition was the apex of the British Empire.  They lost the wealth needed to keep the wealth rolling in.

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As has the US.  I don’t think anyone can argue that fact.  We don’t have a mere recession.  We have no manufacturing wealth ( government subsidized auto companies are sad and pathetic ), the service economy is deflating along with the housing sector ( the housing sector is a ghost of its former self.  Existing structures are left vacant to trap everyone into high rents, and a shrinking pool of employed get a few new homes built ), and most importantly one country after another is dropping dollars for oil.  We don’t come back from this.  Our navy is shrinking, our high tech is nothing like the Maxim machinegun against spear chuckers but more akin to a few mechanized assassins which while terrifying to individuals don’t win battles or wars, and very soon after we lose our colonies ( we can’t even get a few barrels of oil out of occupied countries, and our former oil colonies such as Mexico have seen off the chart declines in pumping volume and are close to worthless- but we do have a few fake-oil producers still on the payroll! ) we might just become a colony ourselves.  Again.  There might still be enough wealth left to make it worth a few cases of AK’s, a bit of Semtex and an advisor or two and diverted merchant marine and naval vessels.  You won’t see occupying troops.  But the competing warlords in your region, the ones with extra ammo being sent to them as your stockpile shrinks, will be in a foreign countries pockets.  It doesn’t go from now to post-apocalypse immediately.  The wealthy looters move in, rape the place, then abandon it.  If you are lucky.  Otherwise they stay awhile.  Not that the die-off won’t happen immediately.  Count on that.  Way too many oxygen wasters around the place.  Hello Congo, Heart Of Darkness.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

colonialism


BACK TO COLONIALISM

Colonialism is pretty much the natural order of things, and has been as long as trade has been necessary.  Which was pretty much right after agriculture took off past a certain point in its ascension.  Hunter/gatherers were always self sufficient, but as soon as metal surpassed stone, there was no longer such a thing ( it also didn’t help that weather change killed off herds and man had filled in a lot of the empty space- in some regards crops were a necessary evil, regardless of how emphatically agricultures cheerleaders blow smoke up our ass about its improving mans life.  It might have allowed for year long food surpluses, but those went to the top tier ten percent and the remaining population stayed in a state of constant malnutrition ).  Gold Bugs and Libertarians might naively think free trade is natural and desirable and freedom affirming ( yes, I used to be one of those idiots ), but any governor worth his salt would try like hell to colonize an area before he resorted to trading with it.  In one, a local chief is bribed for him to force his people to work for another country.  In another, a lot more people must make a profit, so the first country loses a lot more wealth to get the resources it needs.  See a difference?  Now, the thing about colonialism is that the top dog doesn’t always get to be the “humper”.  Sometimes the old top dog becomes the humped.  We were colonized by Britain, then gained our independence with the help of France ( not because all our guys were such wonderful marksmen.   Britain had control of logistics through a strong navy-and our lack of a road network-and France wanted to thwart their rival in the war over colonizing the globe so they helped us out for that reason alone ), and after a time, Britain became our colony. 

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Right now, the US is in the process of losing all its colonies.  As goeth the Petro-Dollar, so goes the colonies.  It only seems like we never had colonies because on the face of it the cost/benefit ratio never made sense.  For instance, military expeditions to keep Dole in more plantation land.  As they said, what is good for General Motors is good for America.  Privatize the profits and make the losses public.  Our colonies paid the corporations and the bankers, not the government.  Our colonies were always profitable, just not in an obvious manner.  Anyway, as our economy sinks under, and we lose our colonies, what is to say we won’t become someone else’s colony again?  A nation able to colonize must have a strong economy.  They need a strong military.  Not to invade and occupy, but to hire a local proxy to control the area, ship him arms and penalize him for non-compliance.  Our economy is emphatically NOT strong.  A strong economy does not see the government borrow over half its operating budget every year.  More next article.

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