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Friday, July 8, 2016

careful what you wish for 3 of 3


CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR 3

I’m not sure about you’all, but despite hedging my bets in the past I don’t think I can say for sure that I really DON’T want to see the collapse come about.  I have my lazy moments when I don’t want to work too hard at life, when propane and electricity are pretty nice luxuries, but being a pussy shouldn’t be a reason.  The standard excuse for the GroupThink dictum that “you shouldn’t wish for the collapse” is that regardless of how bad the greedy rich are or how much of a completely moronic douche your boss is or how frigid and shrill your wife is, well, a dog eat dog of a collapse will be far worse ( and, again, I’ve used words to that effect myself ).  On the surface that is true.  But most if not all of what you hear about prepping is very superficial in its reasoning.  I think this is because writing is hard work, and writing takes time away from gaming Google and Amazon to inflate your ad income and because logical thinking itself is, well, way past most of our pay grades.

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So, is it realistic to think a collapse is a good thing?  First off you have to acknowledge that denying that in the first place is part and parcel with Pussy Preppers because they are WAYYY too big of pussy’s to ever actually go through a collapse.  They cling to their suburban homes unrealistically ( bugging-in ) and most of their prepping hinges on never having to experience one second of discomfort, in this reality or post-apocalypse.  It is all about keeping their cars running and their propane heaters throwing Old People Levels Of Warmth ( in Old People Town, 85 is cold and 95 is just starting to get warm ) and their generators keeping the Fry Daddy and curling iron running.  Rough it now?  Rough it then?  Preposterous!  Unacceptable!  Money, more money!  Throw money at the problem, not skill or testosterone ( Prepper Pussy’s are notoriously girly and take pride in NOT roughing it-for a mental image of what one looks like, picture John Wayne with a dingus broke off in his ass ).  It is one thing to prefer luxury, but quite another to plan your life around never being without it.

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So what are we talking about that is going to be such a terrible thing?  The passing of luxurious lifestyles.  To Pussy Preppers that is indeed a life worse than a thousand tortures.  But what is a collapse?  After the die-off phase, which will of course be most unpleasant what with the death and starvation and all-try to avoid ringside seats if you can, we are pretty much looking at life as it always was.  Which I guess is enough to scare most people, but those rich enough to prep only know life at the top of the food chain during the Oil Age.  The die-off won’t be any worse than Berlin 1945 or Cambodia in the 1970’s or etcetera.  All during the present Industrial Age.  So, really, the only thing that is going to change is that Americans won’t be Top Dog anymore and that is such a bizarre and frightening thought and it cannot be thought of.  Ever.  Which accounts for all the twists and turns of illogic in the PrepperSphere explaining away any possibility of not retaining our position economically or resource allotment wise.

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Why should returning to normal be such a bad thing?  Because our life expectancy drops?  Perhaps when that happens the smart ones won’t piss away a lifetime.  If you only have forty years instead of eighty, you’ll use them far more wisely.  Leave the nest at 13 and have training by 16 and grandkids by 32.  No more wallowing in the nothingness of five years of being a teenager and another four drinking beer pretending to study in college.  No more putting off children until it takes modern medicine to get your old ass pregnant.  No more midlife crisis as an excuse to start a new family with a younger broad.  No more Super Moms and Mister Moms and shuffling papers endlessly waiting for the one colored pink.  Sure, you’ll have more to worry about in that shortened life such as Bubonic Plague and barbarian invasions and losing half your teeth early ( does anyone know what to replace toothpaste with?  Besides baking soda.  Salt? ), but it will be a simple and honest life and most importantly, actually have meaning.  You can drink yourself to death because of real honest stress, not because you are tired of living in the artificial world you’ve chained yourself to with a pair of Fools Gold handcuffs.

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Longevity isn’t necessarily a great thing.  Jimmy Hendrix and James Morrison and Janis Joplin might have claimed to live a full life in just 27 years ( or, they were just weak minded partiers who threw away a god given talent-but either way you have to admit they did more in ten years than most of us do in seventy ), which seems like a much better deal than fifty years behind a desk and a drivers wheel and a TV set and then another twenty behind a table full of prescription drugs keeping the symptoms of imminent death muted.  You lived like a drone your whole life so you could play a few games of golf?  People ALWAYS reform into social units after a calamity ( even during one ).  Life’s disruptions are short, assuming you survive them.  A collapse doesn’t have to be such a huge deal for the survivors.  It can even be an improvement in a lot of ways.  Suddenly, you don’t have to work as long for the boss.  Work is pretty straight forward-you work to eat, and that is pretty much it.  All the superficial crap is gone.  No one has the extra energy or riches to engage in Drama Queen crap ( which is what about 99% of everyone today does pretty much their whole day ).  And we can return to our true selves.  I don’t think wanting a collapse is such a bad thing.

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29 comments:

  1. “for a mental image of what one looks like, picture John Wayne with a dingus broke off in his ass”


    Dang James. Why did you have to go and ruin the mental image of my boyhood hero? Well I'm going to replace John Wayne with Richard Simmons, since it's far easier to picture him with a foreign object lodged in his super sized rectum! ;)

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    1. Simmons does all that exercise. Can you re-tighten the brown eye? Kind of like Keagals ( sp? )?

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    2. “Simmons does all that exercise. Can you re-tighten the brown eye? Kind of like Keagals ( sp? )?”


      Yeah, I don't think “rectum stretches” count as an official exercise James ;)


      Btw, I have a feeling that he's not long for this world? Too many mysterious trips to the hospital lately?

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  2. What is toothpaste for? Is it a cleaning agent? Then use regular soap instead, just a dot, or 1 swipe across the bar. No you'll not like the taste but as long as you spit it out and rinse properly the job will be done. However, at $1.00 for a full size tube at the dollar store why would anyone NOT have 10 years worth on hand already?

    I've tested the theory, over a year. I actually wrote the date on a tube with a Sharpie then used just a fraction of a dot of paste each time and managed to get a full year out of a normal size tube of $1.00 paste.

    I'm an aggressive brusher, just a fraction of a dot, and 10 seconds later I have a mouthful of *suds* going on.

    FWIW, I went to the dollar store a couple weeks ago to get some more of my favorite bar soap, Ivory, but they were all out of the 10 packs and the 3 packs were way too expensive. However they had Palmolive (remember that stuff?) for 3 bars for a dollar so I bought all they had, some 18 bars. The bars were a little smaller than the Ivory, were curved, a dark muted green color, and a small amount of perfume in them. I got 23 days out of the very first bar. Not bad. That bar was in the shower, used only by me for just showers. So 23 daily showers worth of soap for about 33 cents, or, about 1.43 cents per shower. I can live with that. ($5.25 for a years worth of shower soap)

    So there ya go, ghostsniper to the rescue again,
    Drag 3 twenties up out of your pocket and head to the dollar store and get 10 years worth of toothpaste and shower soap, or double the whole thing while you're at it, and get that whole mess out of your hair (pun intended) for a long time. You can thank me later.

    Oh yeah, forgot. Grab a couple handfuls of 3 for a dollar toothbrushes while you're at it and change em out each time you open a new tube of paste.

    As my ol' gray haired granny used to said, "Sonny, pay attention to your pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.", or something like that.....

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    1. Granny was a darn smart lady.

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    2. Sir Lord BaltimoreJuly 9, 2016 at 5:55 AM

      Remember Dr. Bronners soap???? I believe its the olive oil based stuff that comes in both liquid and bar form. Somewhere in the weird rant that is the label there's a little blurb about how it could be used as a dental cleansing product. I tried it once. Tastes like hell but presumably works...

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    3. I'm going to research on how to NOT have to use soap. Bleck!

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  3. Yà I'm pretty wimpy around all that death stuff. Just got back from the mountains where I found dragging around a nine mm pistol much too heavy. I know the sooner we take our medicine the less painful it will be.
    I am disdainful of all the "campers" with the four wheelers, generators, and RVs. Such a load of wimps aught to stay in town. I believe we should have a four wheeler season from the end of snowmobile season to the start. Maybe get the Sierra club to offer a bounty. Might as well open a biker season to. Eat the rich!

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    1. Don't eat the rich. They are inbred and hence prone to strange diseases.

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    2. Don't eat the rich or the poor. Prions. They are bait, maybe, but mostly a disposal problem to keep the cholera down. Dig with backhoe (if available), it saves whining and the having to make the prisoners dig (they mostly are in too bad of shape to dig). Wash hands, use gloves, and use N98 masks with exhaust valves. Practical advice for unavoidable unpleasantries best forgotten as soon as possible.

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    3. Feed to pigs? I know we talked about this before. Feed to pigs to feed to slaves. There we go.

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  4. I've decided toothpaste is mostly a scam. I grew up on that toxic Colgate/Crest stuff. When I became more educated, I switched to a premium all-natural, non-flouridated toothpaste. Then I discovered a couple ingredients may not be that great. I made my own organic toothpaste but my dentist said it was wearing down my enamel. Now I "dry brush" with only water on the brush, only using the homemade toothpaste (stored in a short, wide-mouthed mason jar) once every week or two to keep tartar from building up. I've been doing this for the last year and the dentist says my oral health has improved. Here's a good site for natural toothpaste recipes and other natural dental help.

    https://draxe.com/search-results/?cx=010110460513198589347%3A10dblys_dma&cof=FORID%3A9%3BNB%3A1&ie=UTF-8&q=toothpaste

    Peace out

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    1. Hmmm, I was looking more for a recipe that didn't need imported items.

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    2. For those that haven't seen this yet:

      http://askthedentist.com/homemade-toothpaste/

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    3. Thanks-answers my question of the basic stockpile item. JUST baking soda. I try to stockpile that but must hide it from the NOL as she keeps opening it and putting it in the fridge.

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    4. Baking soda is cool for it's multitude of uses.
      It would be best if the baking powder can be found in sealed #10 cans. The small boxes won't hold up over time.

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    5. Just answered my own question.

      Walmart has 182 oz bags of Arm & Hammer for $7.22

      http://www.walmart.com/ip/Arm-Hammer-Baking-Soda-192-oz/17043412

      Amazon has 50 lb bags for $19.00 but the shipping is murder.

      https://www.amazon.com/Bicarbonate-of-Soda-50-Pound-Bag/dp/B00CS4AAW4?&tag=amazon-19-20

      And Dollar Tree has cases of 24 16oz boxes for $14.16

      https://www.dollartree.com/Baking-Soda-16-oz-Boxes/p322077/index.pro

      Choose yer poison.

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    6. If Helko, has such a thing...just go to the swimming pool supply place. I did , and came away with a fifty pound bag of Baking Soda for like $35.
      Don't know how long a supply that is...just know that it's a lot !

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    7. GS-why does BS in a box go bad? I thought the stuff lasted forever-but I'll admit that is just an assumption.

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    8. BS is a powder, boxes are cardboard, moisture is the killer.

      I don't if BS can go "bad" but take a risk with moisture intrusion?

      If the boxes were kept in say a sealed 5 gallon bucket or large Rubbermaid bin that would be good.

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  5. I'd be fine with going back to the way things were a few centuries ago. The thing that bugs me about collapse is these big piles of radioactive waste sitting in ponds next to nuclear plant that need constant tending to not vaporize. I'll feel much better if they get safely tucked away somewhere.

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    1. Like Fukishima got taken care of? Hell, they can't maintain bridges you drive over-nuke waste is a lot tougher/more expensive.

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    2. Hay instead of storing all that crap next to the rivers and oceans we could bury it in a desert somewhere.

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    3. Make it the deserts surrounding Los Angeles and Phoenix, and you've got yourself a deal.

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    4. I'll suggest the desserts around Mecca.
      Nah, in a 1000 years that place may be nice to live in.
      Put all of it in a giant one-way rocket to the sun, make the UN pay for it.

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    5. Of course, that many rockets would create so much pollution that those effects might be worse than the current pollution from the nuclear waste.

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    6. Actually we could use a rail gun to launch such things. A very green way to get rid of waste that would also be safe. The sun would never even notice, in fact we could generate the electricity from panels too, making it a satisfying way to deal with an old problem. Nuclear power could be our salvation, if we'd ever get over our fear of fire.

      Not likely however....

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    7. Once we cast our lot with our current manner of nuke power generation we set ourselves up to run out of fuel. Too late to change over to re-using the stuff, and the old Soviet stockpiles are gone or close to it. Peak Uranium says No Nukes regardless of our fear or acceptance.

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