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Thursday, March 24, 2016

grandpappy's prepping 4 of 5


GRANDPAPPY’S PREPPING 4
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note: very short movie review.  "The Big Short" is even better than the book, and that was darn good.  I even loved Steve Carell's performance and usually he causes me to skip any movie he is in ( "The Office" persona of his ).  Warning: must be a bit of an economics/financial nerd to enjoy.
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We all make fun of corporations with their politically correct posturing, their retarded slogans like “there is no ‘I’ in ‘team’” and their insistence on the myth of the effectiveness of multi-tasking ( and if you aren’t making fun of all this ridiculousness, you should be ).  Multitasking is stupid, and a close first cousin marriage baby of “specialization is for insects”.  Sorry, Heinlein, you were one of the best science fiction writers out there ( even if juvenile specialized ), a wonderful flag bearer for survivalism and libertarianism, but you went a bit off the rails here and there like when you thought birth control meant sibling intimate relationships were okay and when you led most of us astray with the insect quote ( I know I did an article on that at one time, but where it is escapes me-sorry, I’m a writer, not an editor.  Clerical details are beneath me and my glorious hair ).  You could be a generalist prior to the Industrial Age, and you should have been.  But since then it is multitasking to the point you can’t master  any one skill.  I have nothing against being an amateur generalist ( even though I concentrate on the social studies, so it is just being a broader specialist ) but far too many people think that generalizing makes them masters of far more than is realistic.

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Owning too many firearms has somewhat of the same effect.  Not to a severe degree, as recoil and trajectory and mechanical function crosses platforms, but when you try to master too many different firearms you are sabotaging advanced skills in one to work on another.  As firearms use will quickly become a lifesaving device rather than a sporting event, it behooves you to focus and try to specialize to the best of your ability and improve your odds to the point your skill set surpasses the Average Bear.  Your average shooter is probably going to be-at least at first before they are all killed off-a rich prick making up in equipment what they lack in skills.  They are the type that buy the illusion of skill.  I own a crap load of knives but have little idea how to properly wield them in a fight ( which is why I prefer bayonets as their reach improves my untrained odds ).  I buy them because they are better than nothing, they are so cheap it is ridiculous and because their primitive post-apocalypse replacements will be so inferior.  But I don’t pretend I’m skilled in their use.  I don’t own an AR or Berretta and consider myself an urban ninja warrior.  My point is that if you aim at training and skill rather than equipment, you’ll most likely have the odds in your favor as the legions of untrained Yuppies are unleashed upon each other with their overabundance of weapons types.  Picture a group of cubical warriors, all soft bellies and balding domes, comically bitch slapping each other in some kind of amateur competition  boxing trying to convince themselves they are weekend warriors.  Now dress them in Tommy Tactical gear and attach all the gear with plastic weapons.  Those are most likely your foes ( just beware the redneck lurking in the bushes-he’ll know how to actually fight ).  Wasn’t there a quote somewhere about fearing the man with only one gun as he knew how to use it?

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Not being able to afford too much gun(s) can hence be advantageous to you.  You are able to concentrate and specialize.  The more guns you think you need, desperately attempting to master every tool for every situation, might just work against you.  Now, some of you might have spent a lifetime shooting and can do quite well across the whole spectrum.  But not your average guy.  They are poor.  And if you’ve specialized in whatever job pays enough to inject plastic into your plastic Barbie trophy wife, and since by definition those bitches are never satisfied with what should be enough already, you devote most of your efforts and energy towards those skills.  You might just be able to squeeze a few firearms into the budget, but don’t confuse possession with profession.  It would really behoove you to minimize and specialize just like in your paying job.  Even if you have money, you don’t have time.  Most just don’t have money, but plenty of time.  Devote it to specializing rather than acquiring.

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The next, and last, installment will question each weapon and debunk its absolute necessity in a battery ( probably what you have been waiting for all along-but, hey, I made it a double length issue and you are welcome ).

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11 comments:

  1. Being knowledgeable, educated, and experienced in all forms of firearms can only pay off, especially in rural areas, now and in the future. I'm not only talking about the use of them but also the workability, enhancement, and repair of them. Ammunition too.

    How many people are capable of starting with a 4" cut nail (case hardened concrete nail) and using files, turn it into a firing pin for an AR? Not many.

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    1. Not saying you are wrong, but I still think ammo is more of a bottleneck than acknowledged. I think an AR's ammo runs out before the pin breaks ( although I see your point, I'm using hyperbole to illustrate mine ).

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  2. There is 'i' in "TEAM", it's hidden in the 'A' hole: http://shirt.hoboninja.com/images/products/Team2.jpg

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    1. Okay, I've heard that in a verbal joke but never saw the graphic. It's a lot funnier now, thanks.

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    2. Absent "I"ndividuals there can be no team.

      Whoever came up with that team saying needs to have their head slammed against a stucco wall.

      People that claim to do multitasking are openly admitting to doing multiple jobs half assed.

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    3. At the risk of seeming insensitive, or non-PC, women for the longest time proudly wore that "multitasking" label as a badge of pride ( okay, the FemiNazi women-don't get your panties bunched, ladies ), which tells you something.

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    4. The other one to go with that saying is "without ME, the rest are just T&A"

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  3. “Multitasking is stupid”

    If the idiots here in the peoples republic of Kalifornia get their way and push through a $15.00 an hour minimum wage, multitasking is indeed going to be the new reality for the few employees remaining at a company after the round of multiple layoffs. It amazes me how incredibly stupid these people are. Neo-cons (what passes for the right today) are a pretty dumb lot, but these people are retards on steroids.

    On a related note, I priced out one of those little .45LC/.410 derringers. They want $435 dollars for one of those little bastards! I think that the Kurt Saxon way to affordable firearms ownership (Poor Man's James Bond) is going to become a more popular option as time goes on.

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    1. I imagine the humptards think they will get more income tax and workmans comp etc payments. They've been driving business's out of the state for 20+ years and think they are immune to the laws of physics.

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  4. I'm glad you liked, "The Big Short"! To me, it was the most subversive mainstream Hollywood film, I've ever seen...except of course that the State wasn't blamed - just other folks.

    My only belly laugh? The flashback where little Steve Carell is going to Torah school and his Mum gets called in.

    "But Rabbi, I thought you said that Steven worked hard!"
    "Yes, but he only looks for discrepancies!"

    Keep up the good work.

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    1. Doesn't she turn around and say something like "but he's working hard?"? Or maybe it was the look she gave him, like, "and?". Anyway, priceless. The movie had a huge sense of humor about it ( although, again, was it nerd humor? ) which the book didn't. Hell, it might actually be one I buy on DVD if the price gets right.

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