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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR
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note: if you get KU, I'd recommend "Credible Warning".  Much better than my last recommendation.  The end 60% is little more than a bug out and EMP proofing cars for the sequels further bugging out, but the first 40% is a very well done plotting and characterization. 
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The theme for today is that We’re Not Supposed To Want A Collapse, but first I’m going to detour towards a diatribe ( just don’t think that this article is a book review, because it isn’t.  I know most of you hate them with a purple passion barely surpassed by the fact that Obammy is still breathing ), once again may all the gods have mercy on your eternal soul, on Yuppie Scum Survivalists.  Okay, I’m reading a Kindle Unlimited post apocalypse novel-something I swore to myself I would avoid but I simply couldn’t help it- titled “After The Collapse” by H.H. Stinnis ( include the author in your search, I imagine there are at least two dozen books of the same title ) and there is every single irritating staple of Yuppie Scum post-apocalypse hack-dom included.  The character is, OF COURSE, a former special operations ninja ( although, I had to laugh to myself, he is a Ranger and way back in my day the course was acknowledged to have degenerated into little more than a ticket punch for officers climbing towards the Pentagon, so with no disrespect intended I have to say you are barely special operations, if at all, if you are a Ranger-you might kick ass compared to regular grunts, but apples to apples…).

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And of course he is married to the one perfect woman in the universe which is VERY embarrassing when she dies because he goes completely stupid about it with the depression and the pharmaceuticals and the weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Okay, when you are in your twenties, hormones is eternal love.  Then the bitch humps you over and you do go through a SHORT period of feeling like in all the history of the world NOBODY feels as bad as you, then the next piece of tail comes along and you sniff her butt and you fall madly in love all over again.  Are you telling me that your In Your Twenties Eternal Love, when she dies, she has no replacement?  Just get laid again, dude!  But no, he wallows in that crap for YEARS.  And when the next gal does come around, finally, he acts so careful of her feelings and so Buddy Bitch with her, talking like BFF’s and swapping tampons, it is like a damn commercial by the dark forces of Political Correctness on the most perfect way to court a girl.  You want to seriously hurl your lunch from a week ago.

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Prior to this of course he is following the standard Yuppie Scum Prepping Manual and going Tommy Tactical in his gear, living in a large urban sprawl while building a Super Deluxe Fortress nearby where of course he is schmoozing with the Sheriff who is all wet and besides himself that our character is such an Awesome Spec-Op guy and kicks ass and was a-wait for it! RANGER- and so of course he becomes their consultant because SWAT guys never go to like, you know, federal schools that are all high speed low drag, and on and on and on.  There are deluxe four wheel drive jeeps and ten thousand dollars worth of propane tanks and he has the last job in the US that has medical insurance so the dying wife never bankrupts him and her life insurance policy buys all these preps and he goes shopping AFTER the collapse to buy a million cool guns and OF COURSE he knew a guy that turned his AR full auto so now he is the largest stud muffin in the entire post-apocalyptic universe.

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I could go on, but I shan’t.  Let me just say here that, despite all that, despite this guy ( or gal-I almost wonder with the insane level of lovey dovey descriptions ) pushing every single hot button I have about prepping and bitches and the military and pretty much everything, I can’t stop reading the darn book.  200 + pages in and I’m completely hooked.  Thank you, dude ( or dudette ), for redeeming a genre of fiction I swore was washed up and finished, ruined irredeemably by greedy ignorant dilatants.  I mean, don’t get me wrong for goodness sakes.  Don’t take ANY advice from this book, prepper wise.  But it did have a certain something about it.    Of course, the price was right being Kindle Unlimited so there is that to keep in mind.

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One thing that stuck in my mind was his standard disclaimer that NO preppers wanted a collapse, no one really wished for the whole world to go to hell, to actually USE their supplies, or in the case of a All American Ninja Warrior, their skills.  And since I’ve been just as guilty of this lazy mental habit as all the rest, I believe it is time we confess to our sins and really explore the issue.  Is it bad to want a collapse?  Why do so many folks say that?  Are you a sociopath if you want to see most of the human race die?  Are you realistic or are you immersed in a fantasy world, thinking you can survive?  Is wishing against the collapse healthy mentally?  Are Yuppie Scum right this time or wrong as always?  If so, why?  Are Yuppie Scum Survivalist Gurus actually in the pocket of the Elite? ( okay, I might be kidding with that one-we’ll see ).  Stay tuned same Bat Channel and same Bat Time tomorrow for more.

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18 comments:

  1. Is this the same one, where the dude goes on and on about the sharp rocks in his driveway ? Just happens to rescue a babe, half his forty something age ?
    Yup it is a good read ,though not at all realistic
    But heh, fiction doesn't have to be real. Just entertaining.
    I'll forgive the ranger/officer derogatory cuts...cuz there is much truth there. Lol

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    1. Sharp rocks driveway, yep, that's the one! I think reading this was like watching "Jericho". Terrible, terrible advice and you can't look away.

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  2. Well, from what I took away from your review James, the book sucked and you hated it, yet couldn't put it down for some self punishment sort of reason? Apply the car wreck analogy here, and it might be close.

    If it is a dude, then he knows nothing about female nature. Or at least just enough to get himself friend zoned, and in a state of constant sexual frustration, outside of his novels, in the real world, that is.

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    1. I couldn't really understand the male main character POV, and it did confuse me as to the authors state of mind. :)

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  3. While no one in their right mind wants a die off collapse. It WILL happen. If a farmer knows locust will eat his corn crop he prays for it to be in June so he has time to replant and salvage his year. If its later say August he is doomed. As you point out its resource depletion the long we hang on.

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    1. Well, now, "nobody in their right mind" is kind of what I am challenging.

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  4. What do you mean "I don't want a collapse?" Bullcrap! I'd rather spend my money on hookers and blow, but here I am buying wheat and discount grinders. Hell yes I want a collapse! You think I want to spend the rest of my life staring at a cubicle wall? I stick popcorn just so I can sit back and munch while the various factions shoot each other. I hope it is better than cable tv.

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    1. Cable TV. With all those commercials? Paying to watch commercials! Of COURSE the collapse will be more entertaining than that. The death and mayhem will never end.

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  5. I think the major source of insanity is envisioning the collapse, that we can have TSHTF and then the Patriots will swoop in and make everything alright before there is a major die-off.

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    1. Cult Of The AR. Those who worship one of the worst assault carbines ever, for no other reason than it is jingoistic to love all things military ( praise your local Stormtrooper-or else! ). TRhe collapse is just an excuse to love their AR.

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  6. I don't WANT the collapse. After all a collapse or die off seriously increased the odds of my or my loved ones dying.
    Doesn't mean such a collapse isn't coming, and that if as Gary in Bama indicates it comes EARLY enough and deep enough it could be better for the human race (and hopefully my descendants should they survive) in the long run.
    Like I said before if there was a single cabal of smart educated and aware people running the world they would have already done an at least partial slate wiper on all the 'surplus' population. Clean nuke war, Bio, chemical, or sneaky anti-fertility drugs in the global water supply - SOMETHING like that. Which is why I know that if there is a cabal running the world they are either idiots or there is more than one cabal (probably both).

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    1. One could make a case that Africa has seen a serious reduction in the rate of increase of population and AIDS plays a serious role there. If it WAS engineered, than the elites might be on to something, even if the effects aren't as good as hoped.

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    2. Meh, Aids as an epidemic is far over hyped- it just arrived at the end of the "sexual revolution" so caused a huge concern that people wouldn't be able to be promiscuous any longer.
      Ebola could have been worse if it had a longer infectious incubation period, but it is so deadly so quickly it burns itself out beyond a few areas.
      Mind you, both could have been trial runs of something else that was or will be developed. But where is this ideal plague now?

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    3. I don't think AIDS is overhyped if you are in prison or Africa, but your point is taken.

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    4. My understanding James (or so I've been told, but it makes sense to me?) is that there are still plenty of homo's out there still suffering from the AIDs malady. The media pretty much avoids putting too much of a spotlight on it, because it wouldn't be very PC to draw any negative publicity to one of the lefts most sacred of cows, the gays.

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    5. I like to think I'm an equal opportunity sacred cow butcher. That said, when your groupthink involves worshiping nasty sex, you've got issues.

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  7. hmmmm...in my humble opinion,there will be an end,but I doubt it will be a revolution.I'm thinking more like a nuke,or a plague type event.Shiny black rifles and wheat might put off the end a while,but not for long enough to matter.We won't die with a bang,but with a wimper.

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    1. Most likely, ending in a whimper. It would match our hubris, wouldn't it?

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