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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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MRS TOOL MAN
I don’t think I’ve covered this before in its own article, but if I have you’ll need to forgive me.  When I first started writing twenty five years ago, writers block was a daily occurrence.  Since I was still unsure it was what I wanted to devote my life to in my free time, I used that as an excuse to write very little and not very often.  Once I was sure I wanted to woo the world with my prose, and I both applied myself and got enough practice in to overcome a subject matter eluding me, I could then devote nearly the next decade and a half to vomiting a prodigious volume of words.  Of course, every time I entered a period of a deficit of article/subject ideas, I panicked and worried I would be hit with my old inabilities.  Writers block can be blocked, mostly, by good habits, but it still is ready to strike at any time.   I’ve been going through a patch lately, and while I swear this is worse than any other time, I’m sure I told myself that on other occasions.  So, even if I’ve covered this before, at more than singular paragraph length, it is better than me throwing up my hands in frustration and declaring a no-work holiday.

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“War And Peace And War” is a kick ass book on the rise and fall of empires.  I’ve ready it several times and have decided it is one of those books you keep coming back to, such as the dog to his vomit ( you kind of have to feel sorry for canines.  They have absolutely no shame and will lick ass and or balls in front of God and everybody.  They get well fed and well loved, but then must sacrifice their lives at the first sign of danger, which in one respect is no better than a turkey being fattened up.  They can’t do simple things like keep eye buggers from bothering them.  And their idea of tasty TV treats are other dogs turds or a steaming pile of puke ).  The slowest chapter of the book is, conversely, one of its most important.  Some Arabian dude back like a millennium-back when Arab dudes knew advanced mathematics and used a zero instead of a crap ton of weird X’s or V’s and were anything other than camel humping sad sacks like today-wrote a book on the decline of empires himself.

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Remember, a thousand years ago, give or take, this was written.  A large part of what he said was, simply, an empire falls from decadence.  A barbarian king, practiced in low resource martial arts, takes over a place ruled by soft and lazy bastards who have allowed their military to contract due to lack of finances or other reasons ( such as, the population is soft and lazy and can’t be bothered to help defend the borders ).  Then, over time, the former barbarian’s heirs follow in the footsteps of those he conquered and are in turn overthrown ( we just discussed a similar book by a Brit written eighty or so years ago-can you guess where he got his ideas from? ).  The moral of the story of course is that marshmallow men get their asses kicked.  Which should be pretty obvious and self explanatory but seems to not be applied when a society is viewed rather than an individual.  One reason for this is that we ourselves are soft and lazy and will shortly be overcome by barbarians.

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The barbarian part we all see clearly-no murky crystal ball there.  How else is the stereotypical Black race rioting or biker gang town terrorizing such a staple of doomer fiction?  But nobody seems to see that the reason that fear so ingrained in us is that we are a bunch of lazy sods ( hat tip to one of the worlds best bands-The Sex Pistols.  Sid was probably partially so self destructive as he rejected both the fame and the society bestowing it.  Or, I’m being too analytical and he was just another wanker on drugs.  But I like to think the former rather than the later ).  Lazy humpers get their asses kicked.  So what is the response to the above barbarian threat?  Don’t stop being lazy, oh no.  Don’t reject luxury by any degree whatsoever, oh no.  Buy your way to countering the threat.  Spend money on magical talismans to protect you. 

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Do you think a true warrior fears your Big, Bad, Mighty And Righteous M-16 Killing Machine?  Does he care that you have mega pouches full of ammunition?  Your dumb ass can be taken down by a rock, because you’ll be so scared of fighting, never having done it before, that you’ll be focused on frantically searching for a target through your Grade A optic on said  plastic poodle shooter.  A true opponent, understanding that you don’t fight against strength but weakness, will use tactics that nullify any advantages your weapon has.  Now, very few of us can justify taking up a life of crime or becoming a mercenary to get combat experience.  Hell, most of us are getting to the crusty old bastard stage.  But the worst thing you can do about your inexperience is to add pussyness on top of that.  If you are toughened up to a degree, in shape and adjusted to some hardship, you have a heck of a lot less of a learning curve come the Killing Time.  Combat virgins who wallow in luxury and can’t stand the thought of discomfort?  They are walking dead men and don’t even understand why.

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A Marshmallow Man justifies his weakness.  He is working smarter rather than harder.  Not for him burning thousands of calories chopping wood when stored carbon fuels are up for the task.  But what has he missed?  The learning experience of deprivation.  The training to forego luxury.  He is following the multitude of fat, soft and lazy lemmings over the cliff.  No shame, as our whole lives we have lived under the assumption that brains alone was a survival mechanism.  And it was.  And it will be, until it isn’t.  Then you need to be less of a Dilbert and more of a Hagar.  But you need practice, don’t you?  I know you are smart enough to see that.

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22 comments:

  1. taken with a grain of salt...well maybe not. My marshmallow, video champ, couch potato, grandson made a "zombie gun" and brought it to school. Cut a plastic soda bottle in half, stretch a balloon over the mouth, and you have a sling shot style assault wepon capable of seriously entertaining young boys. Naturally the all female school board decided a full year suspension was too much, due to plenty of groveling on part of parents and the lawyer they had to hire. Gotta hurt that slightly above minimum wage paycheck. The police officer was still considering wepons charges a month later, explained how most of the officers thought he should have gotten a warrant to search all the parents houses. Think this could happen in California, well this was in the heart of Republican controlled Idaho. Remember a Republican run government is just like the Democrats, except for a lack of manners. Too much salt in my diet is not helping my blood pressure!
    This police office is stationed at the high school, so my grandson gets to be in his "range of responsibility" for five or six more years. Talk about a target on his back. I am ashamed of my government. Ashamed to be American. We have let our fear control us for too long.

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    1. All right! Let's all move to Idaho! AND vote Republican!

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    2. Idaho is already full of churchy R-voters, except Boise/Spokane and coffee-suburbs.

      Portland protestors tell me that Idaho is run by racist skinheads and NAZI's. They look at me sideways when I tell them that at least half of their alleged-racists are on a federal agency payroll as a CI or Agent.

      pdxr13

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    3. Best to believe the right is full of baby killers and women beaters.

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  2. As more than a bit of physical marshmallow myself, I know that part of what you say is true. But there is more than one sort of hardness. There is mental as well as physical. Not the mental strength of doing math in your head, but the mental strength of turning your back on starving widows and orphans - or better directing them into the enemy camp so that the enemy wastes either provisions or ammo.
    The 5th advisor to the barbarian king - far enough to avoid the infighting close enough to direct the king toward ruthless wisdom when necessary.

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    1. I use "marshmallow" more in the mental than the physical sense, in this instance.

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    2. The point is that if one has one or the other sort of toughness it will be hard for them in the future. If they don't have either sort of toughness the best they can hope for is servant status, but more likely will be a slave or dead. Have at least one sort of toughness and your chances of having some survival chance and/or some sort of status go way up. Look at ww2 Churchill and Roosevelt - physically soft or crippled, but mentally tough enough to take on and beat the Nazis (with Stalin's help, because Hitler was an idiot...)

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    3. Hitler was a political genius and a military moron. He was already at war with Britain and should have focused on the middle east for his oil rather than Russia. If he had pressed on at Dunkirk then turned to Suez it would have probably worked.

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    4. War against russia and against the US doomed him. The russian manpower on his border and the unreachable productive factories of the US made it so that he was F'd the moment he was in a war against both, and when the two started working together? it was all over but the crying. IF instead he had told the world that Japans attack against the US made them the agressors and thus he felt no need to engage in war against the US, and if he had let stalin stew a little longer (until spring) before going after Russia, he might have had a chance.
      But he was a military dunce or nut case.

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    5. PS-
      this author has a whole bunch of free no DMR available ebooks for download a lot about alternative history including one about ww2 done differently.
      http://www.chrishanger.net/freebooks/Freebooks.html

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    6. There is one school of thought that Hitler believed Russia would attack eventually and so was forced to attack. And that siding with Japan would lead them to attack Russia in Siberia hence allowing no reinforcements in the west. Even if true, not the most brilliant strategy.

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    7. I think I tried that authors WWII book and didn't care for it. But I did put another one of his on my KU wishlist to try out, just in case. Thanks.

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  3. Excellent article.

    With any luck all our preps and paranoia are for naught. Although personal TEOTWAWKI scenarios will always be a strong possibility. Personal fitness and mental resilience serve well SHTF or not

    I read that millennials were surveyed and the vast majority supported destroying ISIS. They were also not willing to sign up to do so themselves. No nation can survive without a strong native warrior class. You can't import loyalty. Despite the rhetoric, Diversity is not our strength.

    Oh and No thanks for adding an expensive kindle book to my wish list though :-(

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    1. I don't know if AmazonOz is different, but I can buy a used paper copy for about $2 less than the Kindle version.

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    2. Postage is the killer

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    3. I was factoring in used plus $4 postage. Is yours worse?

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  4. Saturday, May 10, 2014 - auto watch

    Post idea - an update of your thoughts from yesteryear?

    I can't find the link but I read a story about a Hermit in Maine who managed to stay hidden for 27 years. It wasn't an enviable existence. Anyways he'd break into peoples homes at night to source supplies (food etc). What I'm going on about is that he kept a close eye on the time because he'd have to ensure that he made it back to his well hidden camp before light.

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    1. The auto wind watch experiment died after I broke it. Yes, I knew it was cheap Chinese crap. I just was experimenting. I still have the thing-it is just hard to read as the glass is webbed. I'll still be able to use it as necessary. I just won't spend the $100 needed to buy a higher quality piece.

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    2. Seiko 5 Automatic. I've gotten a small pile for $5 or less. The old (1960's) ones are great, and worth having cleaned/serviced.

      pdxr13

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    3. I should splurge and buy a new one for $60, but that is the same price as three 10 year battery watches and I can't see living to 82. Yes, we are speaking of post-collapse watches, but there are too many cheap alternatives to splurge.

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  5. I'm gonna guess that the thousand year old Arabian book was The Muqaddimah by Ibn Khaldun. A fascinating read, and there's a relatively modern English translation in soft cover. He was one of the first historiographers, rather than historians, i.e, trying to explain not only WHAT happened with the rise and decline of civilizations, but WHY - looking at overarching patterns rather than just recording the news of his day.
    His was the brilliant concept that nations and organizations go 'senile' after 4 generations: 1st are the builders who can create (say, Conrad Hilton,) 2nd come the managers who can run an enterprise but lack the drive to expand it competently, then 3rd are the consumers who cannibalize the declining structure and feather their personal beds with sponged-off assets, and 4th/last are the next crop of terminal idiots who have no effective talents at all, yet they arrive when all the previous value has been consumed already and have - nothing but a famous brand name (Paris Hilton. Maybe even Tiffany Trump, too.)

    He also brilliantly short-circuits faith in astrology by running it backwards as an experiment: So, if the location of planets controls people's fortunes and fates, then (despite medieval Islamics having built some mathematically accurate astro-NOMICAL tools) we don't need observatories. All we have to do is ask a bunch of people what their birth date is and how their day has been going. Sample enough people in this way and, if astrology is working, you can then deduce the position of, say, Saturn. OTOH, he says, if this sounds like BS to you, then by extension astrology must be equally improbable...

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    1. I can't say if you were right or wrong, I'd have to look it up, but you obviously know more than I by researching the source material.

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