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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

survival scum


SURVIVAL SCUM

The Druid Dude is no more, exiting the doomer-sphere as if his special tree hugging beard was on fire.  One will never know why.  Perhaps his books were down in sales, no reflection of his abilities but an economic indicator, and he got all butt hurt that he wasn’t making the scratch he had become used to.  Perhaps his mortgage was just paid off and he could now gladly ignore all those crazy chicken little folk that kept asking the hard questions his three hundred year stair step treatise couldn’t answer.  Perhaps he is even smarter than myself than I had realized and was getting out before the prepper industry completely crashed and burned, pulling a Seinfeld, unlike yours truly that doesn’t have the sense god gave a turnip and I keep chronicling a lifestyle few want or desire.  Oh, sure, once the ass really falls out of civilization they will all flock to me demanding answers and when I tell them they needed to prepare and invest prior they will all look at me funny and act surprised I can’t instruct them how to not only survive but thrive off of wild weeds, grubs and a tarp over a junked car with a hunk of rebar as a weapon to repel the hoards of cannibals.  I mean, Jesus, Jim, they are reading your blog for free, why can’t you have better answers?

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So, for whatever reason the Druid Dude said, later bitches, and is going to or already has pulled his site offline in some retarded notion folks will pay to read nine year old topical subjects, or worse, subjects already turned into books which is most of his blog ( I bought all of his books, as I can’t exactly demand payment for my writing and not do the same for other authors that don’t have ads, but I didn’t see much value in them by themselves.  I don’t go back and read them for the aforementioned reason, and some still sit gathering dust five years later, unopened ), and besides his books the only record of his existence will be my offhand comments made time to time.  Which is a pretty sad legacy for the world, a highlight to the problem that is digital media.  We were in such a hurry to trade quality for quantity that we constructed a bright shiny Alexandria Library 2.0 and marveled at its unique unicorn glittery-ness and gave no thought that the barbarians would burn the bitch down along with the grid.  Why would you be surprised that when you captured savage warriors their descendents would lack any appreciation of the written word?  Don’t take that the wrong way, as plenty of White savages will be destroying their own civilization with just as much gusto.  Ignorance can be universal.

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So here is the perfect example of information residing in only a few spots, Druid Dude’s past posts only in digital behind a pay wall or on an electronic PDF awaiting a Print-On-Demand physical book.  Will the world miss his words of wisdom, or mine?  Of course not.  But missing the chaff that is us will also eliminate the wheat that is needed knowledge, won’t it?  Digital is robotic led unemployment and cost cutting, and a shame.  I can’t go back to the reference that I made to him years ago, when he was once again flogging his dead horse that was indescribable hatred and discontent for survivalists.  From one that hates on anyone and everything, I couldn’t hate him back for his illogical passion, even if the target was myself.  He describes them as “men going through a mid-life crisis”, lumping our activities together with other irrational behavior such as buying an expensive ill performing sports car, dumping the wife for a model half her age, quitting ones job to go hiking through Bosnia or other silly pastimes that make no sense other than to enable one to grasp at ones youth at the very instance one saw the grim reaper beckon with a not so nice facial expression.

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The Druid Dude has almost always exasperated me.  He was cool enough to recommend in the highest possible terms the one book that is the bible of doom, “Overshoot”, and then draws conclusions from the book completely opposite of mine ( and I’ve read it a couple of times to make sure I didn’t miss something important ).  An unfortunate case of the both of us blind to Conformational Bias?  It would appear.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not some idiot that sees Illinois going bankrupt and immediately concludes the sky is falling ( I’m looking at you, YouTube dudes )( ah, if you read this and Illinois is actually in flames and engaged in civil war and irregular warfare, recall that I write an article two weeks prior to publication ), because if you recall, that panic button was pushed repeatedly and with great force back when California and Greece was having the same issues.  Here you are, not THAT young of a California prepper making YouTube videos, and you don’t remember contemporary history about your own state?  They were giving IOU’s for state income tax rebates.  I must have really missed the boat cashing in on less than stellar researched videos ( I now have time to watch longer videos, unlike when I was working a real job.  That and I figured out how to watch them on a real TV screen.  I wonder if it is an improvement ).

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I don’t believe that everything is a sign of doom.  Sure, Hilary would have meant nuclear war, but that bitch was so crazy and addled with dementia who would have concluded differently?  Well, except for some Lefties who think females have the same physical abilities as males and think all Muslims are peaceful ( not that some Righties are any better at critical thinking, assuming that Muslim bitches want to be free and western, failing to acknowledge that Papists can be just as bloodthirsty and than consumerism is not a healthy cultural replacement ) and believe that Blacks are as calm and non-violent as any white bread honky mo-fo from an Ashram.  Talk about some irrational bitches!  Long ago, yes, I was in a constant state of panic over everything.  A Democrat being elected was the end of the world.  A Bush being elected was the end of the world.  Gas going up to $4 was the end of the world.  But I outgrew that crap and learned what was false signals and what wasn’t ( well, I learned to GUESS what were false and what weren‘t, not exactly the same thing.  But at least I tried to modify the extremes ).  Yet it seems the Druid Dude never met an occurrence that warranted panic. 

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It isn’t that I haven’t run into any other unwarranted optimists.  That is all that is out there.  Green Mountain Dude and Survival Acres Dude are the only ones with any kind of realistic view out there and they are less funded than I am.  Nobody wants to hear bad things will happen.  I’m not sure why, because if you are a gloomy Gus, wouldn’t you enjoy hearing that your fears and phobias are justified?  I do.  Are depressed people secretly hoping someone smarter than themselves will come along and cheer them up?  What am I missing here?  I understand the Druid Dude was simply selling a dream.  Some are selling Tri-State fantasies, others homesteading dreams.  I sell frugal living genteel poverty, a way to relax without debt, too stressful of work or needing to hang around asswhores, with the bonus of a future where you can be a Viking warrior and slay the unworthy.  The Druid sold permaculture living fantasies.  We all do it.  No judgment there.  What confuses me is how folks continue to sell the dream without much thought past marketing.  Obviously the Druid Dude was living his dream, hugging asparagus and spreading the green religion.  But why did he think his dream was realistic but others weren’t?

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I was under the impression that in ancient history, druids were some badass blood thirsty dudes.  Why are the modern ones looking like Quakers?  I mean, sure, you can’t sell the Druid Dude dream if civilization collapses.  Organic gardening in villages would not exactly be viable.  But why couldn’t you sell the realistic version where good little tree worshipers are going to have to rise up and slay those that threatened the sacred shrubs?  Then you wouldn’t need to be all pacifist and delude yourself into thinking nothing TOO bad would happen.  I get what he was saying about a mid-life crisis.  Most survivalists are idiots, thinking their aged overfed carcass can run and jump and spray 223 fire wildly.  They are pretend warriors ( I like to think I escape that by advocating irregular warfare and hidey-holes ).  If you don’t see your own limitations you endanger yourself.  But seeing idiocy is someone’s position is a different animal than dismissing them entirely because it threatens your dream you are selling.  Which, of course, it doesn’t.  Nothing wrong with permaculture survivalism, IF you realistically acknowledge the surrounding threats.  But the Druid Dude didn’t like that.  He was Optimistic Ollie all the way through and so had to dismiss all nay saying that hinted at pessimism. 

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I respect the mans intellect, but will always be dumbfounded at his self-imposed limitations.  I am certainly not claiming to be smarter.  Not in the slightest.  Just, perhaps, a bit more able to see through my own preconceived notions.  A bit more able to laugh at myself when I make a mistake.  Why take the collapse so seriously?  Hell, how many people do you actually convert?  One out of a thousand?  Less?  You can’t look at the message you deliver as being more important to anyone else as it is to yourself.  Of course survivalism is populated ass deep by morons and posers and intellectual dwarves.  But so is the world Greer lived in.  Cherry picking the bad and ignoring the good is just poor research and logic.  I can play devils advocate all day long, on any position.  There are always two sides of the coin.  Anyway, it was fun having yet another hater against us while it lasted.

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25 comments:

  1. Druid Dude is doing monthly posts here:
    Ecosophia.net
    He said he felt like he'd beaten the "industrial society is doomed " horse plenty, says he's going to talk about the religion that might replace our current obsession with progress.
    That being said, he was frustrating in his dismissal of any strategy other than what he was choosing to do. Why store food? It will eventually run out. That sort of thing.

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    1. Another cult? Jim Jones did it up pretty smart. Hope he's in the Druids library.

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  2. No offence intended Jim...you're a typical writer! You take your writing ex-TREME-ly seriously...and yourself less so.
    Keep up the good work!

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    1. The only problem devoting the extra effort to the writing is now my old stuff will really look sad and pathetic. More than it did :)

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  3. Man don't beat yourself up so much. You gave me the ROI key to the coming oil crisis and for that I thank you. As I set here with out water today, the water co. put down new pipes, and haven't got it right yet, Washing your hands with bottled water sucks! Just a small taste of what we are looking for in the future.

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    1. Hey, it will improve your water storage plans, right? Baby steps.

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  4. "Overshoot" pdf download here:
    https://monoskop.org/images/9/92/Catton_Jr_William_R_Overshoot_The_Ecological_Basis_of_Revolutionary_Change.pdf

    From a carefully scouted out nearby mountain top I'm going to pick em off at 600 yds with my brand new plastic black gun with variable scope (no flir yet) with head shots and the ones that get winged will require 2 other horde members to take care of them so I win either way.

    For the ones that manage to get closer well, that's where that rapid fire aspect of the scary black gun will come into play.

    I have an old gun (from 1957), a Winchester model 71 in .348 with 250 gr silver tips that will take out the largest land predators on the planet, and quite possibly orcas and blues too, but it only holds 5 shots and each one has to be manually put into place so why would I handicap myself so?

    Anyway, we each get to choose our own special custom designed rocket sled to hell, and that's just exactly the way it should be.

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    1. Thank you for the link to the book. Everyone should read it, unless that is preaching to the choir. PS-get that FLIR scope or you are doomed tactically. Doomed, I tells ya!

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    2. Article idea? Not too far from me is a zoo with a large population of large African dangerous game, elephants, big cats, etc. I'm assuming they'd escape or be released once their keepers could no longer care for them. I've occasionally thought I should get a big gun just for this purpose, either a single shot .45-70 from H&R, or my ultimate, that I
      could probably never justify...
      http://cz-usa.com/product/cz-550-american-safari-magnum-375-hh-5-rd-fixed-mag/
      Peace out

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    3. Thanks for the link.
      The downloaded file is perfectly readable, when I opened it in my Firefow browser, most characters appear like chinese characters the computer can't read.
      I'm posting this to reassure those who will first try to read it in their browser and have that problem.

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    4. 604: what the hell are you talking about? This is the perfect excuse to get a good old fifty cal sniper! Duel purpose, a two-fer, more bang for your buck.

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  5. There are always more than two sides to every coin - after all it could land on edge, or be grabbed in the air by a greedy magpie, etc. I can find an alternative solution to almost every binary issue. Abortion, Gun rights, Taxes, Government, etc, etc.
    I happily admit that my third+ choice isn't necessarily the right one, but I firmly believe being stuck in a black and white world view can cause one to step on ones own hand.
    Greer was so into his permaculture transitioning low tech view, he had a hard time seeing the advantages to a non-sustainable high tech society, even post petroleum and ecology collapse. (i.e. warfare to overwhelm the green villages and take their food and women and enslave their men working them to death...)

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    1. "Your women. How much for your women?"

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    2. Nah, the women own the men in the extreme greenie villages, and in the less extreme ones "all are equal" (leaving out the other part of that phrase "... in the eyes of the creator"). The Tech forward aggressors are going to have to woo or steal the women. Neither will be all that hard if the greenie village does not hold onto pursuing warfare tech at least.

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    3. A stern look and a reminder that inequality and machismo will NOT be tolerated should be a sufficient defense.

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  6. The problem with survivalism is that it’s a tough sell to most, even if it is based strongly in reality. Those with a spouse and family are too heavily invested in a fully functioning society to truly believe in a complete and total collapse, whether they wish to admit it or not (and I’m referring to prepper families here). As such, it appeals to, and is much easier for us lone wolf types to get onboard with than most.

    That’s why the majority of sites out there are similar to The Druid Dude’s. That’s the type of collapse that most people choose to envision. The complete Max Max scenario that you push just doesn’t resonate with the majority of survivalists. It’s not that you’re wrong, it’s just far too unpleasant for most to consider.

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    1. I don't want to believe the Druid was in it for the money, nor that success means selling out, however...

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    2. Speaking of Mad Max, there was some dumb girl over at the Road Warrior forum at IMDB (Before the message boards closed) that kept on arguing with everyone and insisting that Wez and the Golden Boy were a “father and son”.

      Sure, why not. After all, what better way is there to spend some quality time with your teenage son, than for the two of you to head out for a nice motorcycle ride together. It’s warm out, so you both opt for a pair of assless leather chaps. You're concerned for his safety, and don’t want him to fall off, so you put him in a BDSM chest harness, and chain him to yourself 😀

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    3. It will be more like the first mad max, not the later ones. There will still be law enforcement- sort of - they just will be local, and overwhelmed by the bigger or better organized/armed gangs. Then for a while there will be nothing real other than various illusionary claims to the original government authority, slowly but surely warping it all out of original intent. Just like how the 'Holy Roman Empire' and the royal family of the Austrian Habsburgs claimed to continue one of the Caesars lines.
      Foreign trade will fall to a trickle but will continue (chocalate will be had only once or twice a year, for example) knowledge will remain for quite a while, but the ability to implement much of it will fall away, and increase in expense drastically.

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    4. Worse than chocolate-fresh citris will be sporadic.

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    5. 1128: the assless chaps were for hygene purposes-air drying.

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  7. I will always be grateful for Greer's writing "Green Wizardry" as it pointed me to books I never would have otherwise discovered. And to be fair I thought "Retrotopia" a fair yarn. I am far from ready to give up the fight just yet - so if I am looking at a greener pasture I am hiding in it waiting for some edible animal to show up.

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    1. Greer recommending Overshoot was the most clarifying moment to me in thirty years of prepper reading. Reindeer and yeast in a bottle and exponential growth, oh my!

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  8. The only way muzzies can claim to be a religion of peace is when ALL of their enemies (that's you and me) are dead or converted. The other way is when they are too weak militarily in a region so they lay low and build up their strength. And before you say it, there's no other religion (that I'm aware of) that's structured that way. The reason they immigrate is so they can spread out, multiply, and enslave the whole world. The queeran states that a special blessing will fall upon them if they immigrate for this purpose. It won't in reality, but the queeran does say it.
    Peace out

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    1. I say, don't let them get a foothold in your area. I also say, a fair amount of fear and loathing in from our own govt., from the Commie Red Menace handbook, so take it all with a grain of salt.

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