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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

turning chi-neesa


I AM TURNING CHI-NEESA, I REALLY THINK SO

In China, at least prior to the last few generations, it was the norm to not display your wealth.  They were so used to government officials and bandits constantly looting them that there was absolutely no percentages in turning on a neon sign that flashed “come get your extra wealth here”.  In America, by contrast, the rich, not so rich and the wanna-be rich all have their peacock plumage in full blown showmanship mode.  There was a reason for this, as since the country was so prosperous resource wise, you had to keep fighting to prove yourself wealthier than all the other wealth holders ( the poor were either isolated geographically or fed the public school indoctrination BS that we were all Horatio Algiers stories waiting to happen after a short period of intense intelligent effort.  Those that didn’t advance were scum, so everyone tried to prove they were advancing even if they weren’t.  Just witness the sparkling  mobile home masquerading as house ownership before it quickly falls apart, the high interest payments and overpriced land with insane government fees on the septic permit bringing it close to the price of an actual site built home but at half the monthly price ).

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Americans are dumb enough to think that displaying your wealth is actually a good idea.  Of course, they also actually think that their vote counts, that they will get a Social Security check and that whatever unsound economic decisions they make will be resolved before they lose their jobs.  I mean, duh!  All evidence points to the contrary.  Since the 1970’s one area after another has fallen into permanent widespread unemployment coupled with rising taxes and nobody saves or spends or invests as it that was the case.  Social Security may not be as in bad of shape as Medicare, which has been broke for awhile, but there is no way that three workers can support each retiree as unemployment rises ( while we are on the subject of dumbass-ness, who would believe the official unemployment numbers which contradict all their own senses? ) so you know it is just a matter of time before solvency issues are obvious.  And, really, voting?  You honestly believe Americans are so color blind they would vote a half-breed Kenyan Muslim immigrant in?  I hate all colors equally, but you can’t tell me most folks refuse to vote against the minority.

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And yet, for being such morons, you should actually be more than thankful.  If more Americans were smarter ( lacking intelligence is a misstatement-I really mean “refuse to stop deluding themselves”, but in general the statement will stand as is ) we would have already crashed and burned this sucker down.  There is a very good reason the sheep are kept ignorant to avoid panic.  People SHOULD be panicking, but if everyone did they would bring the collapse from “real soon” to “immediate”.  The ignorant masses ensure your ability to stockpile food and ammunition at affordable ( if not exactly reasonable ) prices.  But for the purposes of our discussion here, they provide a much more valuable service.  They will ignore your wealth if you hide it.  In China, since everyone hid their wealth, the search for it could get a mite brutal.  Those seemingly living in squalor were tortured for information as to the location of their hidden wealth.  If they didn’t really have any, well, how could they prove it?  Everyone knew that everyone else hid their wealth.  You just got tortured anyway.  Appearance didn’t prove you were poor, so everyone was suspect. 

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But Americans, all of them, buy into the Potemkin Village Glittery Unicorn Farts lifestyle.  Everyone pretends to be richer than they are ( by going into debt to appear rich, they actually get far less than if they had saved ).  So if you appear poor, people will believe you are actually less wealthy than you appear.  Because that is how they live, always keeping up appearances.  Not to be better than the Jones’ but to prove they aren’t worse than them.  Everyone knows you are not as wealthy as you appear ( “nice house” ”Yeh, nice house payment” ) but they all buy into the illusion for their own sake.  Just as Chinese refused to believe their neighbor didn’t hide wealth, we refuse to believe our neighbor isn’t in debt to appear wealthy.  But you can gain the advantage of appearing poor, and nobody will think to torture you to find out where you hid your wealth.  You get the best of both worlds.  By playing Chinese, you save money from ostentation presentations, and protect yourself from envy attack.

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Of course, you will get blowback from the ‘ol ball and chain.  The wife will be far from pleased that you want to lower her social status.  Women, in general ( so don’t explode a blood vessel if you are different ), are like hens fighting for position in the pecking order.  Now, this does not discount the nesting urge and their sense of order being far different than males and other reasoning, but don’t ignore the pecking order.  If you lower the perceived social standing of your mate, her resistance can have a lot of different motivations and this could be one of them.  To sway her, it will be your job to sniff out her reasoning and work around that.  Good luck with that. 

She probably won’t be convinced with apocalyptic visions of torture and unruliness.  Perhaps you just need to service her more often to change her mind-I don’t have ALL the answers, dude.

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19 comments:

  1. #3 has so far been the exception, she is happy living well below our means. We like it when people think we're broke, nobody wants a handout. .gov/ceasar takes a lot less as well.

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    1. It's like when you own a pickup truck-folks assume you want to help them move. When you have money they assume you can afford to give them a "loan" since they ALWAYS need it more than you.

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  2. As far as wimminz go, there are no answers, only questions. And none of them are answerable. Just ask them, if you dare. You'll not get a straight, direct answer, but you will get lots of run-around, diversion, obfuscation, and everything but the correct answer.

    Yes, I'm an expert, if such a thing is possible. 32 yo leg iron scars are my proof.

    Prepping is mostly a solitary sport.
    I mean, somebody has to be responsible, and that someone is me.

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    1. "you will get lots of run-around, diversion, obfuscation, and everything but the correct answer. "
      True, but that is how women are hard wired. No fault of their own, just as we can't help wanting to hump anything in a skirt.

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  3. BTW, I have the little yellow knife sharpener on the right. I keep it in a kitchen drawer and use it on every kitchen knife I use, almost everyday. It's fast, easy, and it works. I run the blade through the dark side 20 times then through the white side 20 times. Takes about a minute. Now I'm ready to slice a standard tomato so it will feed a family of 6, and read the NYT through each slice. Rudimentary kitchen chores are so much easier with a sharp knife that it easy to get hooked, and with habit you'll eventually be able to tell a sharp knife from one that's not. Careful though, sharp knives are stupid - they'll slice your finger just as easily as a pork chop. With more responsibility comes more risk.

    I also have the little Lansky further up and I keep it in a small bag here next to my desk. That bag is ready to be grabbed, along with a few other assorted items close by, and shimmy out that door. The Lansky works like the yellow one but has other features so all in all it is a better deal.

    Also bought the Sawyer filter though I haven't tried it out yet because it has been nothing but rain around here lately. Speaking of rain. Last week I installed gutters and a downspout on my garage/office/workshop - from Menards for about $106. Took about 4 hours to install them and I had never done that before. Lots of ladder work. The next step is some sort of cistern, in the 200 to 400 gallon range. By end of summer I intend to have solar installed. I'm workin it....

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    1. I'm noticing a LOT more China knives cannot be sharpened with the yellow unit ( or similar ). I'm forced to buy a Lansky ( I honest injun tried to slowly and patiently use a stone. Either I didn't try enough, or I just suck on it ) to get the proper angle. Once I do that, I can go back to the carbide V to get a fine edge.

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    2. If you have room a childs swimming pool made to look like a pond water feature would work and cheap.

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    3. Would there be issues with solar damage or turning brittle in the cold? How good is the plastic?

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    4. The kids swimming pools in my experience last up to 3 years of kid usage and weather. Then they make ok raised bed planters to slow drainage for another 2-4 years...

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    5. Silting negates solar damage as for cold it effect everything.I was thinking dug sunk in ground 4 years for 12$ use.

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    6. Okay, I can see it as a pond liner, but since the sides angle sharply up, would those be able to be covered?

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  4. “And, really, voting? You honestly believe Americans are so color blind they would vote a half-breed Kenyan Muslim immigrant in?”

    I think that you give Americans too much credit James. I'll bet that practically everyone under 30 voted for him (and a good many over that age bracket that should know better probably did as well).

    That was the genius of the left. They managed to get to the youth, and rob them of the generational wisdom of their elders. Tried and true sound philosophies that served societies for thousands of years, all thrown out the window within a decade.

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    1. I was trying to underline the proof of rigged voting, but you are right-I probably give folks too much credit.

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    2. Ahh, I guess I should have caught on to that James, but yeah, that too. That's why our next president's going to be a 69 year old butch lesbian with a mock political marriage to a sexual pervert.

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    3. Nah, it is just that those who BOTHERED to vote were slightly more the impressionable convenient patsies raised by the left leaning public child indoctrination centers.

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  5. Living below ones means isn't hard .Me and the wife do it so we can camp/travel more. She knows part of our camping gear is for Teotwawki. Course as you age you develop a I don't care what they think fuckem attitude.

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  6. “I AM TURNING CHI-NEESA, I REALLY THINK SO”

    I think it was Japanese James, but you probably already knew that, and changed it for the purposes of your title. The PC police probably wouldn't even allow the release of a song like that today.

    In other related news, the communists strong armed Kentucky into removing a confederate tribute, and they're also trying to prevent some sort of tribute to John Wayne over some politically incorrect things that were said. It's been obvious for some time now where this is going, and anything that the left disapproves of will be completely eliminated from the public square in short order.

    The left has won the culture war, and we're far too PC and feminist f'ed in the head to ever recover at this point.

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    1. Yes, I knew it was Japanese. I think I did an article titled with the correct version, some time ago. Loved that one hit wonder. No wine, no women...

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