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Friday, June 23, 2017

pension promises


PENSION PROMISES

Even during the regular obscuring fog of media operations you couldn’t help but notice the recent pension problems.  Illinois being given a One Step From Junk bond rating as its pension system is as solid as Obama’s citizenship status, one of the big Texas cities suddenly announcing as if it wasn’t sure where THAT problem came from.  The cities and states problems with pensions have been going on nearly ten years now and they just keep getting worse.  Detroit had to have its finances taken over by the state, as they couldn’t even keep the street lights on ( I won’t even touch the Third Rail of racial tribes unable to govern themselves back in the home continent or here-and it might not even be entirely fair if they are merely reverting to historical type which in the end turns out to be a survival trait in the Iron Age if not the Oil Age ) and I can’t imagine that would mean for their public workers pensions.  The same with New Orleans. 

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But I bring up pensions not to rehash the old news of severe economic collapse in the US, although I hope you realize the recovery was a break from the collapse and not the end of it, but to ask a simple question I trust you will allow to wallow over your brain like fine MadDog wine over the palate, and that is “why do we keep taking every bit of new collapse news and file it under Business As Usual”?  There is very real danger here, kids, that as we continue to believe things are just falling apart as they have been for fifty years that they are in fact harbingers of the actual end.  And yes, I understand the argument against that.  We’ve heard it all our lives.  Things fall apart and we adapt and overcome.  That is the entire cornerstone of the Druid Dudes collapse philosophy ( dear sweet Baby Jesus, what a waste of a fine mind, pimping for business as usual but with a permaculture twist ).  Hell, that was the Marine Corps logistical concept prior to Global War On Terror funding bump allowing their kid in the candy store unsupervised spending spree ( you old jarheads know what I’m talking about, continual underfunding prompting innovative workarounds ).

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As the wags here state, it’s business as usual until it ain’t.  Some guy writes a long book on Black Swans, which you don’t even have to read but you could if you wanted to as it is in every library of the land, and you still think everything is just Slow Collapse As Usual rather than perhaps an irritating warning light on the dashboard of the Titanic ( The Door Is Ajar, The Door Is Ajar.  Damn skippy important of a warning, especially on a boat.  Which, I suppose, is a nice metaphor for you doomers.  The navies of the world insisting on battleships when aircraft carriers would suddenly make them obsolete, and then insisting on aircraft carriers after missiles made them obsolete.  In one battle that decides a war, the old ships are suddenly Black Swan’ed ).  The lesson of the Black Swan is that Crap Suddenly Changes.  Now, with pensions, you could easily dismiss that as a crisis de jure that has no legs.  Greece and similar EuroLand countries have been on the Imminent Collapse list for nearly a decade ( did you know that Goldman Saks was almost single handedly responsible for gutting the Greek economy? ) and you can’t keep going about crying wolf and expecting folks to keep believing you.

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Of course, who was warning us?  The very banks that caused the real estate bubble to burst ( remember those pesky derivatives they’ve doubled down on? ).  Whenever I mossy on over to one of the ad larded prepper sites I see an advertisement that always says “Chase insider warns of silver price hike” or something similar I can’t help but laugh even as my heart goes out for the suckers it draws in.  Why in the name of all the gods would you believe anything the bankers said?  If a bank executive passed me by on the sidewalk and said it was a beautiful day I’d rush home and grab an umbrella.  If he told me his favorite prostitute could suck a golf ball through a garden hose I’d instead think she had AIDS.  Pensions or national bankruptcies aren’t even the point.  A nation can always issue new currency and start over ( if it has resources, anyway ) and a pension plan failing isn’t even a huge issue as long as it doesn’t chain reaction the derivatives.  The feds can always allow you to switch over to Social Security, or they Means Test you and some get a haircut but nobody ends up starving.  And it isn’t even JUST about Black Swans.  The whole embarrassing fiasco should also be indicative of the collapse in another way. 

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Remember Rome?  All the Slow Molasses Collapse pimps love to point to Rome ( oh, gee, look, we have another 250 years prior to collapse!  Actually, what they do is take a big chunk of the left side of the bell curve to make that case, but I shan’t go off about that on another tangent ).  Okay, let’s look at Rome, shall we?  At the end, taxes got so bad that farmers were abandoning their land to move back to the city.  At least there they got free bread.  On the land they had to pay more taxes than what they were bringing in.  This is usually the Big Indicator pointed to as when the whole system was nearest collapse prior to the actual event.  Not the “300 year collapse” but when the barbarians started taking big chunks of land away from the empire.  Now, it has always been my contention that the actual collapse of Rome was due to soil degradation and the increasing inability of the Romans to feed themselves.  Climate change might have been a factor but most likely if your land is infertile then you have all the secondary effects such as hyperinflation and over taxation and weather weirding making things worse and etcetera. 

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If we are following in the footsteps of  Roma and the Mayans and the Sumerians and all these other empires, and soil infertility coupled with overpopulation was the primary cause of their collapse, you could easily see how we are just about at the point of the Barbarian Gate Crash.  All these economic indicators can be looked upon as central bank economic parasitism, or they can be looked at as a necessity.  If we can only feed ourselves through oil, and that is no longer a surplus wealth generator as it was in the nineteen teens ( as bread basket to Europe, not to mention our fantastic oil wealth but that was translated at the time to increased mechanization of farm equipment which allowed surpluses in our very low population continent size nation just as it would for Russia, we took the accumulated wealth of the colonial masters and effectively drained a large portion of it ), then all our assorted monetary shenanigans can be thought of as attempting to feed ourselves as our soil degrades.

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Soil infertility has a long history in the US, from the west marching frontier of gully washed tobacco farms in the South having a large amount to do with the War Between The States, to the start of our naval power trying to ship in bat crap from afar to rejuvenate the Midwest soils, to the Dust Bowl which never was a threat famine-wise but was more economic, negated by California public water works, to the current artificial fertilizers which are a byproduct of oil pumping and are nearly all imported.  If you think of all our economic policies, you could, if so desired, tie them in with food production or the problems therein.  You could make a case that all the oil we burn to place a global military in place to assure the flow of oil to keep us fed would be more profitably used to decentralize farming and give us food security, but that is not how the real world works.  There is no profit in decentralization.  Nor is national defense even possible if we decentralize.  All those farmers who demonstrate how to be ultra-productive naturally, organically, trying to change our national food policies?  That is the big picture they miss.  It isn’t JUST about the food, it is about also protecting the farm from invasion ( to include internal invasion ).  And, please, anarchists or Libertarians, don’t spout off about Yeoman riflemen defending the land.  A foreign power, if so desiring, can come in, kill everybody, and insert its own farmer immigrants to work the farms, while then having a garrison to protect it.  Think about Japan and Manchuria.  You can’t have a guerrilla defense if the entire population is targeted for eradication. 

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Instead of looking at pension crisis indicating economic collapse, you should focus on the basics of food resources.  In the end, Greece collapses because they can’t feed themselves or afford to ship food in from elsewhere.  In the end, the US collapses from its inability to feed itself without imported oil.  In the end, the entire middle east and North Africa collapse from the same sources that populated them but in reverse, oil supplies.  It always comes back to food, even economics.  Oil used to be our surplus wealth generator and now it is our food.  And since the oil supply is contracting, the end result is not enough food.  In the end, overpopulation might have brought us Mexicans taking over the southwest but it is also going to wipe out those same demographics.  In the end, either Muslims or Whites will kill one another and that goes back to an oil decrease contracting the food supply.  Inflation and trade imbalances and high taxes don’t cause collapses, they are caused by food supply imbalances which cause the collapse.  They are indicators. 

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So, really, who gives a crap about pension problems?  We’ve got much bigger problems on our hands.  Got wheat?

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

not an animal


NOT AN ANIMAL

It’s not an animal, it’s an abortion ( thank you, sex pistols, really the only good punk rock group out there-if you don’t kill yourself early in life you never had enough true angst to be a great rocker )!  Back in the day, on the James M Dakin blog which nobody reads because nobody visits my web site, which is okay since it is only there in case Blogger tells me they are tired of making money off of me and give me the boot, but please note its address for such an eventuality ( www.bisonprepper.com  ), I wrote a really well thought out rational piece of abortions, titled “A dingo aborted my baby” ( I must have been having a good day ).  I can’t really add anything to it or improve on it all that much, but I thought it was worth a revisit.  Birth control is more than something that gets FemiNazi’s all worked up and foaming at the mouth, it also ties in with population.  I concentrated a bit on the infanticide aspects, which is also pertinent to survivalism, but I think I also was channeling too much of my thought to my long buried Libertarian side.  Here I go from philosophy to tribal survival.  Anyway, for what it is worth, let’s discuss the issue once more.

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FemiNazi’s are of course completely irrational and strung along by their emotions, and wonder why nobody likes them.  Jesus Humping Christ On A Cracker, girls, throw the pro-life fanatics a bone.  Stop insisting on late term abortions.  They aren’t even necessary as a choice ( not including medical issues intruding ) since if the baby is unwanted it doesn’t take eight months to figure that out.  And Religious nut jobs, a blob does not make a human.  Without nerves or a brain, how can you call that a human?  So it has a soul.  So what?  So do all the heathens you call to be massacred since they don’t agree 100% with your faith.  Both sides need to give a little and stop being so dogmatic.  Not that this will ever happen, being the state of our nation nowadays.  Stop being driven by emotion and try to think of practicalities.  We are way overpopulated.  It can’t possibly hurt to acknowledge that if you don’t let fags butt hump each other, nor allow early term abortions, we’ll just get more and more crowded until 99% of us die from famine and the inability to stay warm in winter ( not to mention wars and such ). 

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The papist insistence that we breed like rabbits until we are squeezed against the pen wire is an anachronism from when the Catholic Church was a colonizing government, and it didn’t hurt anything as we kept dieing of plague and war against the heathens who dared not follow Rome’s rule.  Why do you think Protestants were so hated?  Over a few doctrinal differences?  Hell, no.  It was because they cost the Church money and power.  So they all had to die.   That took a lot of Papist cannon fodder and so replacements were a good idea.  Today?  You think we need MORE Mexicans in this country?  We don’t already have a good ten percent of the population-give or take-as illegals ( using the free medical at ER’s to pop more babies, thanks for ruining that resource for us Gringo’s-but I won’t take on that issue just now )?  We need more of the Super Breeders?  Throw in some Muslim pukes to breed uncontrollably while we are at it?  I had my way, we’d forcibly abort Muslim babies on their way to the first rusty leaking ship leaving the country.  No offense, I just don’t like asswhores trying to blow me up, nor the politicians who let them stay.  Those should be lamp post listed.

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Birth control should be freely available, and if any religious type doesn’t like it we should just invoke the Constitution.  Separation of church and state, bitches.  Don’t take it if you don’t like it.  All this sounds rather Liberal left leaning, to which I apologize.  But it isn’t about women’s individual choice.  It is about social necessity.  So when overpopulating won wars, gals had no choice but to procreate uncontrollably ( the Church was also adamant about persecuting “witches” who were knowledgeable about birth control/abortion herbs, trying to contain the forbidden knowledge ).  If there are too many people for too few resources, you get China’s One Child Policy, infanticide or in a really pussy move not solving enough of the problem, liberal democracies easy stance on access to birth control or abortion.  It isn’t really up to the gals but society in general which make that decision.  And you could almost say, “well, why not?” since societies prosper or die according to these choices.

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I hope you all remember that I am an anarchist ( another Sex Pistol favorite, “anarchy in the UK” ) even if a lapsed one ( anarchy and Libertarians can never have the society they want as it contradicts human nature ).  I don’t agree philosophically that women have choice taken away from them.  But anthropologically, that has always been the way it is.  Just as men have little choice whether to fight or not ( the exceptions proved the rule ) in tribal societies, women have had few choices about breeding.  The tribe decides.  She might have a “choice” to starve the newest baby or not, whether by eating less and drying up the milk or simply not feeding it enough, decide whether or not to “accidentally” roll over and smother it one night, but that choice is predicated on denying the other kids the calories they need.  Not much of a “choice” at all.  A Hobson’s Choice isn’t much of one at all.  Or is that Sophie’s Choice?

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By policy, the US has adopted unrestricted immigration to allow overpopulation while at the same time allowing American women to allow under replacement rate population through abortion and birth control.  We’re just becoming another Third World country of little brown people.  And pardon the crap out of me for sounding racist, but I am NOT a racist but proudly proclaim myself to be a xenophobic.  You may not like the history of American colonialization but Whites took over the place ( and if you bought into the Lincoln Is God teachings, you’ll of course have to acknowledge your deity was all for exporting the Blacks back to Africa.  He was a “separatist” ) and Whites are the race that was living here until the commies screwed with the immigration laws.  And by Blacks own actions, they prefer to be separate themselves.  So how can that make me but not them racist?  I have nothing against Mexicans-I married two of them.  What I have a problem with is making Mexicans into Americans.  They make great neighbors, until they become the majority.  Again, sorry if that makes me sound like a cracker.

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You can’t be warm and fuzzy when it comes to deciding the survival of your tribes future.  If immigrants are going to breed and take over, well, sorry, no immigrants allowed.  If your religion wants uncontrollable births in a resource contraction, well then, sorry, but screw your religion.  If another race mixing with yours causes friction and civil war, well, sorry I have to act racist.  The Blacks, the worst racists out there, are acting tribal and correctly for their tribes survival.  And if we don’t distance ourselves from them socially then our tribe doesn’t survive ( it doesn’t have to but usually does seem that in the American tribe, we schism along racial lines, or religious now that the Muslims are being bussed in.  If we play nice by the liberals rules and act tolerant, our tribe is dead.  Hump tolerance, hump it very much ).  I don’t wish to be rational here and offend everyone, but if you are White and not living in a White area, you are probably target zero in the coming race and religion wars.

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A lot of Blacks are Muslim, but that was always a social force linked to survival ( well, most Muslims got that way after their land was invaded and the nice man gave you a choice of assimilating into the Borg or dying, so Blacks adopting the religion for political reasons isn’t very different.  Nor were those Papists very nice giving the pagans the choice of joining in with their loving benevolent God or dying ).  Muslims invading this country ( unlike in Europe, there is still a choice to be made in accepting their seizure of power or not.  A lot of resistance will be from resource fighting with Mexicans and a lot will have to do with a well armed populace showing Muslims the error of their ways as they try to overturn our laws.  Some areas are already lost, but not enough as of now ) might join forces with Blacks as an initial tactic but cultural clashes will most likely prevent a permanent union.  Just expect the initial joint forces to be a problem.  So by living in a Black and/or Muslim area, you are tactically already defeated.  They will defeat you demographically. 

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Should Whites try to outbreed, the classic strategy historically?  No.  Here is where birth control and abortion work in our favor.  Blacks want more children for welfare benefits and Muslims want to literally outbreed the competition ( many leaders quite openly discussing the war of the womb ).  But both are for more tribal than Whites.  That can also work to our advantage.  Most of the time, tribes are strength.  And you can’t-USUALLY-go wrong betting on that truism.  However, when three mega-trends are against you, it is time to change tactics.  First, every swinging dingus out there is moving to the cities.  Second, Blacks and Muslims have cultural biases for breeding.  Whites do not.  So they have a huge lead and a huge cultural advantage.  Third, Blacks and Muslims are tribal whereas Whites are individualistic.  Instead of fighting against the trends we need to work with them.  Our strengths are that we are rural, lack too many offspring and are scattered and hence independent. 

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Don’t move to the big city ( you can’t much fight living in a some kind of large town or small city.  Too few can be retreat computer nerds.  The rest need some kind of work.  The trick is to only live in a city so small it lacks a Black ghetto ).  If you are there, you need to move.  The collapse will be for every reason possible EXCEPT racial or religious civil war, but come the collapse those will follow as dawn after dusk.  And since we are already in economic collapse a mini-version of racial war has already started.  MOVE.  Mobility is the whites strength.  Blacks and Muslims congregate, so we must disperse.  To some extent, this has always been so.  Whites founded a city, Blacks took it over demographically and Whites had to move to the suburbs.  But then the Blacks got too close to those, so it is time to move again.  And the reason Whites can move is because we don’t need to be up each others asses all the time.  We can be loners.  We have been for awhile.  By dispersing you avoid being a large target.  In effect, Blacks are mimicking insect colonies, being so numerous you can’t kill them all.  So Whites must NOT be an under populated centralized target.

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Much was made about the social cohesion of Whites being lost fifty years ago.  Now it can be advantageous.  Disperse and go your own way, moving out of the suburbs into the country ( of course, obviously, beware the oil dependence issue ), away from clusters of those who would do you harm.  And why are we able to move?  Because we don’t have a passel of kids.  We can invest in armories and small businesses and moving vans and switching jobs.  We have the resources to avoid problem areas.  We also have enough of a Old Boys Network-barely, given the FemiNazi’s sell out to our enemies-left that we can work somewhere besides smack dab in the middle of a big city.  It is still something of an advantage to being a White male ( outside of big urban corporate firms ) employment wise.  There are going to be new Black controlled areas soon enough, as well as Muslim and Mormon.  Living there now is living in a soon to be foreign country, with a target on your back.  It is already that way now, ipso facto, but some folks are too ignorant, pig headed and irrational to see this.  I hope you are not one of those people.  If a Black moves away from their area of control, they are surrounded by hostility.  So they usually don’t move.  When you move, you go from occupied territory to a sea of friendly faces.  Why aren’t you moving? 

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By not playing in the Demographic Game, the Womb War, you are not surrendering to overwhelming forces.  You are gaining  the means to escape them.  Look, I love my kids, and my parents to a smaller degree, but I refused to be tied to them.  Not anymore.  The economic collapse severed those ties ( I was tuned in enough during 2007 to know something was VERY wrong, but had no sense of severity or timing.  I moved out of the urban to a more rural small town just months prior to the final economic collapse in 2008.  I was lucky. You need to be lucky here as well ).  Otherwise I’d still be dependent on a better paying job, paying rent and living amongst hostile forces ( I was going to say “savages” but I think I’ve been non-PC enough already ).  I dodged a bullet and am really trying to advise you to do the same.  Do you think any move to better or protect yourself is going to be without cost?  Prepping isn’t all unicorn glittery farts and tea parties.  It takes real sacrifices.  Buying MRE’s and an AR is relatively painless, allowing you to keep your cubicle warrior job, but it also keeps you in a puddle of gasoline, a very hostile looking minority glaring at you with a matchbook in his hand.  Are you a pyromaniac?  Run the hump away, dumbass!

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As for after the final waterfall collapse, this strategy of abortion, seclusion and country living ( country living as in small town dwelling, not as in isolated homesteads ) is still not to your determent.  Big groups, today a plus, will quickly turn into a minus as the resources are no longer mined or transported.  Those supposedly insurmountable groups looking so powerful, quickly turn on themselves and wipe themselves out.  Baby factories lose benefits or resources.  Too many kids to feed goes from the States problem to the families death spiral.  Staying secluded, with your own tribe, without as many mouths to feed, but with extra resources, secluded or isolated from the big groups, is a much better survival strategy.  By ignoring the teachings of your religion, by  passively ( who else needs to know you are on the pill, amongst your Jesus Freaks sewing circle? ) ignoring their pleas for unchecked procreation, you end up giving the tribe a better chance of survival.  It isn’t necessarily the moral thing to do, but it is the smart survival way to do it.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

moving to unemployment


MOVING TO UNEMPLOYMENT

Okay, let’s venture back to RealityLand.  You know you are going to lose your job.  All of us will.  This is guaranteed.  To work at a well paying job in the first place is to accept that your employer is dependent on surplus in the economy, because none of us work jobs that are truly necessary.  The farmer, for instance, who you would think you need, is only working his job while there is enough surplus to buy the tractor and combine and etcetera that is all dependent on oil from overseas.  Peasants have been known to be able to grow their own food-and they were doing it before mechanization.  You don’t need the centralized farmer, and he needs surplus energy to be able to allow you to sit in a cubicle shuffling papers rather than be wading ass deep in human offal tinged water weeding your plantation owners rice field ( hint: if you live in the lowland South, expect to be slave labor.  Stay up in the hills if you want to have a chance of staying free ).

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I’m happy for you that you were an intelligent nerd, and were able to go to engineering classes in between D&D ( just as I refuse to call Shotgun News by its new name, I’m equally baffled why I should add an “advanced” in front of the original game I started out in that was a simple box set ) sessions, and that you’ve had a great life earning a living wage and you got your trophy Old Lady and spawned pretty babies.  More power to you, brother.  But success in this life will not translate over to a needed profession after an apocalypse, nor especially during the economic collapse, if it is in any way involves needing excess energy surplus ( obviously, any manmade activity pre-supposes energy surplus.  Cooking our game kills to feed ourselves pre-digested food by fire to feed a larger brain-by bypassing a larger digestive system- assumed a continuous energy surplus from the very beginning of our species.  So when I say surplus I’m talking about excess surplus.  Which is what our Oil Age has been all about.  Cashing in on an abundance of the excess of excessive energy.  But it wasn’t just all about petroleum.  For five hundred years we’ve wallowed in excess, first with overseas colonies ripe for exploitation and then coal and finally oil.  If you think we can find another five centuries of surplus-and remember, populations pretty much stayed stable as we first recovered from our plague in Europe and then wiped out the colonies population with their plagues, so we used all this surplus up with FAR less folks-you are a delusional asshat who should run over to Glenn Beck and offer him a rim job since you love him so much ).

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Let’s just run down my personal employment history as an example of oxygen wasting from the worker drones up here in this bitch.  The military itself uses up about 2-3% of all the oil consumption in our country, daily, not counted embedded, and almost all of its personnel and equipment is there to defeat another WWII military force.  But nobody is going to fight us that has a similar military because of our nuclear deterrent ( it is nukes that keep us safe from invaders, not our super wonderful Ninja troops ), so our military, who has shown a propensity over fifty years to be unable to find, fight, or defeat guerillas we can’t target with ICBM’s, is pretty close to useless other than to keep our last factories churning out defense weapons.  It was NEVER about anything else, anyway.  The military industrial complex WAS our economy for three quarters of a century.  But my point here is that it runs on surplus energy.  Moving on, I’ve managed quite a few gas stations, an easy gig as if there isn’t too large of a convenience store attached you actually have the rare treat of working with all males ( working with females is just fine-if you are hunting for a mate.  Otherwise, those bitches be nothing but drama ).

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Gas stations, their attached mechanical bays, the convenience store sales that make a good share of your profit, all nothing but wasting petroleum for profits ( just like the Interstate highway you need to have attached to the store to have any real success in the higher cost of business areas like California ).  What is a convenience store but junk food vending machines in store form, everything there products of corn?  Corn syrup cola, corn syrup candy, corn syrup puffed air Twinkies, corn fed cow based jerked meat products, all the product of oil pumped irrigation water for a crop using Midwest soil as a sponge for artificial fertilizer to grow corn.  Oil irrigation, oil pumping byproduct natural gas feedstock fertilizer ( the Haber-Bosch process which can only work on industrial scales requiring massive chemical stocks, steel processing and the like, none duplicated on a cottage industry level ) shipped by oil from overseas, oil constructed highways for oil burning rigs to ship product to centralized processing facilities and then outwards again to distribution centers who ship it again to the far flung corners thousands of miles away, each drop of corn product traveling tens of thousands of miles in a circular route to its final destination.  You have no idea the embedded energy behind a Twinkie.

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I’ve worked at casino’s in Nevada.  The industry is close to dead now but when I started that was prior to every Indian tribe or state lottery starting up and draining away business-now rather than a tourist trap they survive on locals in a rush to get rid of their paychecks.  But back in the day, folks from all over the country and sometimes the world would fill airplanes flying into various points of the state, eagerly intent on spending money gambling and visiting the brothels.  And you pretty much had to fly unless you lived close by.  The only other competition was Atlantic City and who the Hell wanted their YankeeLand pricks as customers?  Let them have New Yoykas and Jewousy State’s surplus money.  Surplus money wasn’t really such a surplus energy source, but flying by air is an atrocious drain of fuel alone, never mind the ships and infrastructure ( I’ve read, but understood at least some is a bit of hyperbole, that one cross Atlantic flight consumed more kilocalories than it took to build the pyramids of Egypt ).

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And working at a Food Bank?  It ain’t about picking up scraps out of a dumpster.  Our entire food industry factors in waste for profit.  The stores overstock shelves hoping to increase sales-not that this works anymore with increased unemployment and cut hours and increased medical costs ( itself a ten to twenty percent direct tax to the bankers ), but folks in corporate business are about as dumb as a box of rocks as that is directly correlated to job security, and the myth persists that building a better field means they will come.  We’ve talked about the insane tax breaks corporates get for donating food.  So, waste is encouraged, at least to the point of desire for public relations and tax write-downs.  And you waste energy hauling all that extra food, after you’ve wasted energy growing it, so then a food bank wastes even more energy picking it up and storing it and the clients waste energy coming to get it and throwing away some of it that goes bad. 

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All of our jobs are about wasting and consuming excess energy.  That is what we do, that is ALL that we do ( “Terminator” reference ).  And so, ipso facto, what in the name of all the gods do you think happens when the oil starts running out?  Well, it has already happened, hasn’t it?  We no longer consume 20 million barrels of oil in this country every day, but now more like 18.  Ten percent.  That is the loss-not even counting the EROI loss-of energy we’ve seen due to economic contraction and the beginning of the petrodollar collapse.  We aren’t burning more after the price dropped nicely because we don’t have the means fair or foul to procure the extra oil.  All these problems you see now?  The EROI collapse, the unemployment through the roof, the retail industry free-falling, the near sudden failure of the college industry and the medical industry, the huge government spending deficits,  and everything else that is seriously wrong suddenly, that is from ten percent less oil available.  What happens when it drops another 10%?  Or more?  Got Job?  Of course you don’t, silly rabbit.

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I understand why you would feel it necessary to cling stubbornly to your job.  Me, I sucked in enough stress to effect my health to keep I job I didn’t even need for the money.  I was just following all of our life script.  Ya gots at work, period.  Stop.  I can imagine most of you actually have far more financial obligations.  So not only is working expected, what other choice do you have?  But, you can’t keep your job all that much longer.  Remember, DURING the fracking miracle, so called, was when we lost that ten percent oil supply.  What happens as the fracking numbers decline?  They have already leveled out.  You know, that pesky bell curve deal?  The only thing you are doing by stubbornly clinging to the illusion you’ll die before your job will is that you can’t imagine the alternative.  Which is, you don’t work.  Oh, you’ll work.  You’ll be manually doing everything that your suddenly no longer affordable machines used to do for you.  You just won’t get paid to do it.  You’ll work like a dog but not for a paycheck.

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This is what used to  be known as the household economy.  You will, for instance, walk down to the creek for water, several times a day.  Before, you did the following to get water.  You went into debt to get job training, then went to work to afford a mortgage payment to be close to work.  You paid most of your wages for that house payment, as the local monopoly on force charged a HUGE mark-up to pump water to your house ( along with the paved roads, power lines and etcetera ).  Do you honestly think a quarter of your mortgage payment is worth police protection, sewer, water and power lines?  Our town of 20k has a budget of $20 million a year.  Call it four people per household.  Five thousand homes paying at least three thousand each a year ( this also pays state and county, of course ) is fifteen million.  Obviously there are more taxes than that, but think about what you are paying every month just for infrastructure.  The water bill is separate, a quarter million a month for operations to the town, as is the electric bill.  If your mortgage is half your pay and a quarter of that is taxes to bring you water, you are paying fifteen percent of your mortgage for the privilege of not having to schlep water ( yes, I know it isn’t quite that high as there are other services, but close enough ).

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 I think I’d rather carry water.  And don’t pull out the Old Humper Card on me.  Your ancestors somehow got water without electronic pumps, even into old age.  Why should this be rocket science?  Would you REALLY like to calculate the cost of your electric?  Those poles are built into the price of your home, just like water pipes, and THEN you pay again for government services and THEN you pay from a meter with usage.  Taking my rural property, to get a pole out to my land, a mere 300 feet, I’m looking at four to five grand ( the transformer alone is three ).  That is almost the cost of the land.  Urban property is less of course, and much less than the land cost, but it still adds 2% cost to your mortgage.  Add another probably 8% for roads and water and sewer.  Now pay interest on that for thirty years.  I mean, seriously, how hard is it to haul water and watch your use on electric so you can have solar?  And, I might point out, all this power, water and sewer costs you are paying?  That whole legacy system has been falling apart for decades, the governments neglecting maintenance even as they raise prices.  Soon, all that money you are paying, equal to fifteen to twenty percent of your mortgage if not your gross income, will be for naught as the delivery system fails.  Why wouldn’t you want to be utility independent, even if it was a bit extra work?  Smart answer is independence is now much smarter, safer and cheaper. 

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If you want convenience, you must work for a paycheck the rest of your life.  Convenience locks you into dependency.  And yet, thank you mad scramble by everyone to try to make money so niche products are both widely available and made cheaply in China, it has never been easier or cheaper to be off grid than it is now.  You can live very close to the lifestyle you lead now with never little sacrifice.  You don’t even need all that much in the way of solar panels or batteries.  If you have a Honda generator ( better an Indian made cast iron low RPM generator but I don’t know if they are any easier to get than they were before when you had to search hard and mess with importation ) you can run the curling iron, vacuum, pre-cook the days meals in the microwave and perform other high watt tasks for an hour every morning, all on one gallon of gasoline a week.  Then, your very small solar and battery set-up is the only thing you need for minimal lighting and TV during the night ( use your computer during the day “off battery” as it were )( the refrigerator can have its own panels and batteries ).  12v water pumps are able to mostly mimic city water pressure, if you haven’t gotten a gravity system set up.

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So, after a Honda generator costing a grand, a solar fridge at about $500, lights and TV taking only $200 in panels, perhaps a more energy efficient computer, you are still comfortable under two thousand bucks to live very close to on grid power-wise.  Even another panel and battery set-up to run a pellet stove ( believe it or not there are a lot of locations that don’t have wood-we aren’t talking about post apoc survival here but about a turn key proto-OnGrid set up to insure the wife isn’t living in squalor and will hence fight you on a move to off grid ) is only $200.  Still under $2k total.

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You can live in a travel trailer if necessary, just strip the walls down to the frame and install 2x4’s and sheetrock.  Roomier, more like a real living space, and much brighter and cheerier.  Cabinets and stained fake wood do not a home make ( I know us guys don’t care.  Girls do.  Treat Mama right and she’ll return the favor.  If she won’t, leave here in town ).  Add a enclosed porch to make it far more comfortable-and safer to install that stove.  You are still looking at chump change and your quality of life improves.  All for another thousand bucks or so.  And you can do all this a few hundred bucks at a time.  No need to get into debt or stress not having the cash up front.  Now, you have a much smaller home but one that is mostly energy self-sufficient, all for a few thousand dollars.  Say, three for the land and three for home improvements.  Two to build an actual small home.  All on small payments and cash savings and cash flow.  You’ve just moved off grid, comfortably.  Now you can think about why you want to keep working.

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If you have no debt and no rent, the only thing keeping you working is your car and habit.  I can see not wanting to give up the car-almost everyone loves the vile pieces of crap.  So you’ll at least need enough cash flow to keep your beater running and even without a car payment there is still insurance and gas.  Plus eventual larger surprise payments like the clutch or trannie giving out ( how is that “cars make me free and independent” thing working out for you? ).  And of course life is always full of extra expenses such as replacement shoes and clothing and repairing the homestead to avoid entropy, and entertainment costs and the like.  No one can be unemployed without money, you are just minimizing the amount of money needed so you can survive on a casual income rather than needing a regular paycheck. 

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Just don’t fall for the crap about a second income being a safety net.  If you don’t have a job and neither does anyone else, how successful do you think your “home craftsman” business is going to be?  Once their jobs go, there goes your home business for lack of customers.  So your own home business is not the answer to the economic collapse past a certain point.  Living off grid with almost no bills and having a casual income business is just about you improving your quality of life.  It buys you no extra time in the collapse.  But it also does one very important thing living in town paying rent can’t do.  It is hands on experience in living on less, living off grid and surviving without a paycheck.  You can’t live all comfortably on grid while working and then magically suddenly have the coping mechanism to adjust to life without that.  Nor will you have the means ( granted, living the well paid on grid life is fine if you are also building your off grid bug out location-bugging out is fine as long as its within reasonable walking distance, and that journey is reasonably safe ).

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With a bug out location you at least have the skills and resources for living off grid.  Great.  You don’t have the skill for living without a paycheck, and that adjustment will blow, but at least you set up the needed resources to be able to make the adjustment.  So, really, prepping to be unemployed presupposes your preps are in place and your paid for junk land retreat is in place.  Then it isn’t a necessity but a quality of life decision.  Remember, it isn’t about doing nothing.  You’ll work harder than ever unemployed.  As long as you have the preps for it.  If you don’t, you’ll be living out of a car in the ghetto and lacking the tools to live on Food Stamps.  That will suck.  From both the homeless and guys I’ve known living off grid on their own land, without the proper kitchen tools it is hard to live on affordable food.  Anyone can buy a $4 pack of pre-cooked chicken or a $2 can of Spam, and that is what you do when you are unprepared.  But that gets old quick.  So does paying extra for a single serving of raw meat you buy on the way home to your off grid place.  You need a way to process, cook and store bulk meat or your food bill will never be met by Food Stamps.

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If you aren’t making your own tofu for fake meat, which isn’t the worst idea ( soy is pure toxins if not processed properly, kind of like acorns, but tofu is one of the ways to properly process it and with a industrial size container of meat flavor you can have fake meat cheaply ), you need refrigeration and canning for your meat budget to stay low enough for your frugal lifestyle.  I’m not saying Food Stamps will be around forever, or that it is even a good idea to be on them, but it is a current back-up plan you should at least consider.  But to return to deciding to leave the work rat race, with no rent and a half car expense, with only incidentals as your monthly expense outside of food, a couple can live off grid and only need $200 or $300 each to stay comfortable.  Once you eliminate the need for all the ways to stay close to a job, it doesn’t take much to live on.  So why are you still working?  To what purpose? 

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Some folks are perfectly content to work like a dog all their life.  I spent the last twenty seven years working two jobs.  Some years I might have been down to an extra hour a day only, other times up to four or six.  I had something to show for it, mostly in the form of preps and the tools to live a very frugal lifestyle, but once those were in place it was harder and harder to justify all the extra work as anything other than Killing Time and Habitual Inertia.  Spinning my wheels.  I stayed working for a paycheck years after the effort wasn’t justified.  Not because I hated hard work, just that I hated working hard for morons who used it to their advantage only and then kicked me like a dog.  Even an idiot dog eventually smartens up enough to move out of range.  Be smarter than me and leave early rather than late.  You are just beating the inevitable, leaving on your own term under better conditions.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

unemployment rate


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

What is the real unemployment rate?  Shadow Stats says it is 22%, and the FedGov claims it is 4%.  Obviously, if you’ve been looking for a job your know 4% is obvious bullspit.  Everything the government tells you is a lie.  Always has been.  We all know that.  The big difference now is how hilariously obviously wrong the official numbers are.  Now, Shadow Stats performed a yeoman service by originally popularizing the questionability of government statistics, but they are behind a pay wall now.  No big deal, you cheap humpers wouldn’t pay if he wasn’t.  But I have no way of reading further how he got his numbers.  I do know that the Labor Participation Rate is down to like 60%, but they don’t call that the unemployment rate.  I’m not sure why.  Let’s poke around a little.  There are 200 million ( I round up and down, but slightly ) people of working age in the US, 15 to 64.  A lot of people don’t work until 18, and some retire at 62.  Some are in college until 22.  Still, I find it hard to believe that is 10% of the work force.

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Look, if you are 16, and there are no jobs available, you can technically be said to be a student not looking for work, but you can also be unemployed.  If you retired two years early because there are no jobs, are you out of the work force or are you unemployable?  If you assume the work force needing a job but not being able to get one is ONLY from ages 22 to 62, then possibly the unemployment numbers are 22% ( forget about the government number.  If you go off of unemployment insurance because your benefits dry up, they claim you are no longer unemployed ).  But if you include the full range of ages, it is closer to 33%.  The work age population is 200 million.  There are 140 million jobs out there.  So, even with all the part time work counted as a real job, you are still seeing a third of people unemployed.  They have a real neat trick of calling “full time” only 35 hours, also.  Where I came from, if you ain’t working 40 hours, you don’t have a full time job.  So they get away with claiming “only” 20% of jobs are part time.

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You can’t really find better numbers at a quick glance, but I would wager at a minimum, given the realities of the ObamaCare dictate of fewer full time workers, it has to be closer to a third, also.  We have 33% unemployment, with a third of those still technically with a job only working part time.  Again, if we assume everyone aged 15 to 64 wants a job, we are looking at the 33% unemployment.  However!  Even that is too low, once you factor in how many folks work two jobs and even a sprinkling of illegal aliens working the officially counted jobs.  The one, two job holders, decreases the number of workers in the count, making the unemployment number larger in relation to the number of jobs available.  If only about ten percent of the folks out there work more than one job, that shrinks the number of jobs from 140 million to 125 million.  Now we are looking at 40% unemployment.  If 5% of jobs are held by “undocumented workers”, the number of workers goes up to 210 million.  For 125 million jobs.  Almost fifty percent unemployment.

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According to The Economic Collapse Blog, the number of people unemployed just went over 101 million.  Counting our illegals ( for a total of 210 million.  And that assumes ONLY 5% of jobs are held by illegals ), that comes close to fifty percent.  I understand how the official numbers can be only 4%.  They just add an imaginary number of fantasy jobs created, on top of disappearing you once your bennies run out.  And we know 50% is too high.  Most of those folks are working in the grey economy or getting government assistance or living with family for free.  I would say that the 26% to 33% is probably pretty darn close to reality.  Not that anyone is starving.  This isn’t the Great Depression.  But it tells you several things.  First, you are flaming retarded moronic mouth breathing idiot if you think you need to eliminate welfare programs.  That will NOT balance the budget but rather invite rebellion.  At Great Depression unemployment levels, PLUS, you need to feed the unemployed.  There are only 120 million people working, and 320 million population.  Of those employed, it is a fair bet that less than a 100 million work full time.  If 2/3 of the population are NOT dependents then jobs only available for 1/3 is not going to support those now on benefits ( the fable that an unregulated economy will produce more jobs assumes energy growth, which we don’t have, and no robots and no overseas jobs.  It is also 1%’er propaganda, to keep the poor and the workers combating each other rather than the Elite ).

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Second, if the BEST numbers for current unemployment are worse than Great Depression levels, you can under no circumstances say The Great Recession is over.  We are in a greatER Depression, and things are getting worse.  So far, nobody cares overly much, big picture wise ( I understand it is not as benign of a feeling when you personally get screwed with a pink slip ).  Everyone is getting welfare payments.  Early Social Security ( “only” a 30% haircut if you retire at 62 rather than 65 ).  Disability.  Food Stamps.  Yes, your income might be close to zero, but with Food Stamps you are just poor instead of destitute.  I can live on the equivalent of seven hours a week and be fine.  I’m sure others are in a similar situation, even with no benefits  The thing is, there are almost half the number of Food Stamp recipients as there are full time job holders.  ANY decrease in welfare payments is going to effect MORE people than are officially employed.  The safety net is really the 1%’er safety net, to keep them from being Lampposted.  All these idiots calling for the welfare state to be eliminated are calling for rebellion.  You won’t be safe in your suburbs.

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But what happens when welfare bennies stop or are cut to the point they might as well be abolished?  It truly is the end, and not  just because of that old propaganda standby of Blacks rioting without EBT payments ( an old standby for its actual truthfulness-I say propaganda as it is used by the Elite to control Whites ).  The actual unemployment rate as it stands now ONLY precludes actual armed rebellion because of welfare payments.  It won’t just be a Negro with anger control issues you’d have to worry about but also your trailer park neighbor Bubba.  Yet, what is it that will actually happen sooner of later?  Given the choice of keeping the fracking fields pumping or keeping the welfare checks coming, what will the Elite choose?  The energy flowing.  The ex-welfare will rebel sooner or later, but with energy the elite at least have a slim chance of staying in charge.  So, good-bye safety net, eventually. 

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If unemployment is really at a third, how safe is your job?  And how easy could you replace it?  No wonder preppers won’t move regardless of unsafe location.  They know there are no more jobs to be had anywhere.  Would anyone move if the official unemployment rate was 33%?  Hell, even the 22% is too high for comfort.  And if my worse case figure of 50% is close to being true ( which you can almost feel given the lack of Help Wanted signs and the numbers of store closings ), you can’t afford to move, can you?  No wonder you don’t care about junk land.  If every one of my minions bought some from E-Bay, there would be no more available ( and some of that E-Bay land isn’t even junk land but ruinously expensive.  I’d say the market for under $3k land is limited nationally to most likely under my readership numbers.  If you plan on acting, do so now, even if you don’t move.  A VERY finite supply, discounting county tax sales ) anyway.  Of course, by NOT acting, you are just stuck in place waiting for things to get worse.  Or, in other words, trying to time the collapse hoping you die before your job does.

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