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Thursday, August 31, 2017

as evil does


AS EVIL DOES
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As I’ve just said the other day, no one is evil.  Okay, evil is as evil does, as Forrest would say ( Tom is a great actor, but it might be time to think about retiring.  As Seinfeld said, always leave them at the top.  You want to be remembered for Forrest Gump, or your recent, shall we say, less than memorable movies?  Hanks is still a good actor, but when you surround yourself with mediocre scripts and idiots from corporate, you know what you get.  A return to his early made for TV movies ).  But no one sees themselves as evil.  Not even Ex-Wife #2, who I’ve always considered the Handmaiden Of Lucifer.  Compared to HOL, the computer HAL was a charming companion over for tea.  That might sound pretty obvious.  Hitler was actually a champion for the German Volk, and a relatively selfless one, especially compared to Hillary or Ted Kennedy.  I’m not excusing Hitler for The Final Solution, but his body count was much lower than Stalin, and he didn’t drop any nuclear bombs on civilians, so please let’s see the Hitler baiting for the propaganda it is.

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The baiting is a device our country uses to excuse its own unrestricted civilian eradication campaigns, as one much smarter than myself has stated.  If you compare the leader of Iraq or Syria to Hitler, than it is okay to firebomb those cities.  Because that is what Hitler deserved because he was evil.  Today, we admit to dirty CIA mind control experiments, get the true body count on Stalin, admit to several times almost accidentally starting a nuclear war, and yet no one is allowed a rational discussion on Hitler.  It is imperative to the imperial paradigm that he stays evil.  Like he was the devil in disguise.  Was he a dick?  Sure.  So was FDR.  FDR didn’t give two hoots about the Jews getting killed in Germany, by the way.  Nor did Churchill.  Both did nothing about it and sometimes actually harmed the Jews through their policies.  So don’t moralize to me on that one.  The simple fact is that nobody was blameless in the war.  We weren’t The Arsenal Of Democracy, we were the Arsenal Of Employment and the Arsenal Of Empire.  But let’s get back on point, which was that Hitler wasn’t as evil as depicted ( it is all relative.  The Japanese Americans were never killed or worked to death like the Jews were, but if our government was so much better than the Nazi’s, we never should have placed the native born Japanese in concentration camps to begin with ), and he NEVER saw himself as evil.  Nobody ever does. 

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Charles Manson was lashing out at rich bitches-and don’t you dare tell me you haven’t thought about it-to start a needed revolution.  Revolutions don’t happen in a vacuum.  People die.  Royalists died at the hands of American Revolutionaries.  Blacks died to keep Whites in power, and now Whites are dying at the hands of Blacks as they exempt themselves from welfare cuts as the government goes broke.  And, really, who cares about those Whites?  Dumb asses should not be living amongst Blacks.  White cops are being assassinated by Blacks, and nobody sees this as a revolution ( granted, that could have been a false flag attack )?  You live in that zone of conflict, you are simply Darwinist Dwarfs.  Yes, your Momma DID raise a fool.  Obviously.  Do those Blacks see themselves as evil?  Of course not.  Do they despise Whites just for their skin color?  Of course.  Just as we despise Muslims overseas for their religion ( we aren’t allowed to despise Muslims domestically of course.  To that, I’ll not fall into the trap of inciting violence.  You figure it out yourself, if you want your local area to descend into European anarchy ). 

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When a judge sentences a non-violent criminal to prison for the possession of drugs, a prison sentence usually far longer than that of a rapist or even a murderer, he is more than likely passing a death penalty.  Back in the first half decade after AIDS ( a disease possibly manufactured, by scientists who of course didn’t think of themselves as evil ), the prison population developed the disease at current African levels.  About a third ( officially recorded as far less of course ).  That was way back then, and I’d wager that now at least half the inmates have it.  In effect, any sentence to jail carries a fifty-fifty chance of an execution by sodomy.  All because you had drugs in your possession.  Of course the propagandists claim any possession is for sale and any sale is to school grade children, but surely you can see through that immature logic?  Does the judge see himself as evil?  Why would he?  He is enforcing order on a violent society.  His minions in the prison industry feel they are doing the best they can with their limited resources.  His minions in the military are Just Following Orders like good little Brownshirts, but they don’t feel they are being evil.  Drug dealers deserve what they get, cause people die of drugs and it isn’t the addicts fault, somehow.  Liquor dealers are innocent killing people, but ILLICIT drug dealers are guilty.  But not LEGAL drug dealers.  See how easy you fall for the hype and mind control?

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Is the State Trooper who plants drugs in your car to get a conviction evil?  Of course not.  You were profiled and he knows you are guilty but can’t prove it.  He is just helping rid society of a scumbag.  If you started yelling about your rights and citing the Constitution, then he knows for sure you are guilty of some crime he can’t prove.  If you get lippy with him, that is his proof.  We may see this as evil, our Republic long ago descended into a police state, but he is just part of the Thin Blue Line.  Hell, he is heroic, taking a chance by doing something illegal to save the taxpayers money.  He deserves a medal.  And don’t start passing judgment there, because most of us are little cogs in big evil machines and we couldn’t admit that if we were being tortured.  Because we ain’t evil, we could never do evil.  You know that sawdust they put in McDonalds hamburgers?  Just a filler, and perhaps even with fiber ( and that is good stuff, obviously ).  Is this a poison and a way to fleece the rubes?  Naw, just a way to keep costs down, right?  So the worker at McDonalds isn’t evil.  But the scientists and CEO of Monsanto is, surely, with those GMO’s that push poisonous herbicides?  Why? 

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This is where we get into self-delusion for self-profit, with the concurrent accusations of evil elsewhere, deflecting our guilt.  The minimum wage worker at McDonald’s is innocent, even though he is pushing poison to stay employed.  Sawdust and pink slim keeps costs down, which means he doesn’t get downsized and replaced by a machine.  He doesn’t think of himself as evil, mostly because he just gets minimum wage and isn’t in charge of anything.  And most of the early members of the National Socialist Party were unpaid volunteers, motivated to help rid the nation of communists.  No one blames the retard behind the counter at Mickey’s, but he is part of the machine of evil.  But everyone does it.  The engineer worker at a defense contractor doesn’t drop bombs from drones on civilian wedding parties, but doesn’t he design the things that do?  But he isn’t evil, either, by his or most other peoples viewpoint.  He clearly profits off of evil, but yet isn’t evil.

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But the drug dealer is evil, according to the engineer.  The drug dealer only sells to willing customers.  The engineer only sells to one willing customer, the Pentagon.  One is evil and one is not.  But why?  The drug dealer usually has no choice.  He is either an unemployable former convict, or received a ghetto education which is no education at all and saw what a racket college debt is and so stays local and is hired local, by the drug trade.  Willing locals desire his product.  Drugs were not illegal until the twentieth century, and there was little crime or child addicts or Mexican cartels involved.  Why are they considered evil?  Are they dicks, like Hitler, on occasion?  Sure.  But they don’t see themselves as evil.  When your product is illegal, you have no choice but to conduct your own enforcement of the rules.  This can get violent.  So could ridding your homeland of undesirable elements like the Jews.  Again, I’m not excusing, I’m explaining.  No one sees themselves as an evil person.  That is what self-delusion does. 

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But given all of the above, good and evil are a myth we can’t escape from.  It is almost at the point of saturation 24/7.  As propaganda from the government to hide its own sins, as tribal campfire tale to justify killing other tribes, and as profit and entertainment.  Since no one sees themselves as evil, if for no other reason than self-justification for earning their daily bread, most often because evil is simply a device used by others to excuse their own evil, than how can good and evil be the lens everyone worries so much about?  People are always screwing each other over.  Always.  A LOT of resources go towards minimizing that fact.  And it is all wasted, because you are always getting screwed over.  The police?  What do they actually do?  They only attempt to catch and bring in for punishment a fraction of criminals.  They are there to protect the government, only incidentally a spillover effect to Protect And Serve the citizens.  Only a few percent even ACT evil, but just by being they are evil anyway.  They are little different than the McDonalds worker.  Do you know why the resources are spent anyway?  Because that excuses our own evil.  Deflect.

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By no means am I attempting some metaphysical debate.  This stuff actually matters.  A Lot.  Come the collapse, you are following the myths you paid to read and are watching out for Evil Motorcycle Gangs, looting and stealing and raping.  You know, kind of what your troops are going to be doing shortly.  Because there is no monopoly on evil, because good Christian folk will be killing with just as much viciousness and ruthlessness as a group of escaped prisoners, but with total justification as they tell themselves their own self serving myths, you can’t expect anyone to NOT be evil.  Why do you think tribes are so important?  Sure, the whole helping and hunting and help with defense and help raising children.  All very important.  No man an island and yada, yada.  Tribal identity does two very important things, the original myths.  It justifies any evil you do, which you then of course don’t regard as evil, and it makes everything anyone outside the tribe does evil by its very nature.  Your tribe are the Yanks, everyone else is Hitler with evil SS dudes killing Jews just because they can.  The children of Hitler are evil as they will grow up to be SS and the women are evil because they have more SS children. 

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Right now, in an age of plenty, we do evil to keep the bread on our table, and in the future after the collapse we will do evil to keep the bread on our table.  But we aren’t the evil ones.  There will be evil Harley Davidson riders, evil prison gangs and evil Federal troops, but there will also be evil mothers and fathers, evil children, evil Amish and Quakers.  They are all evil.  Both because they are not of our tribe but because they will kill us when they are hungry enough.  And once they have enough food, they will kill us to either keep us from killing themselves or another 101 justifications.  The only reason the Nation State came about was colonial spoils, and the only reason it was accepted was because it allowed continental size colonial theft.  For a time the state was our tribe.  Leftist Hillary voting Hippie bitches still use oil we killed middle easterners for, all the while deploring evil.  But colonial spoils uncollected or unavailable spell the end of the nation state. 

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We are going back to a decentralized tribal structure.  And you either learn Rule One of your tribe or you won’t be welcome there for long, or survive along with them if you are all dumb asses.  Your tribe is good, all other tribes are evil.  Rule One.  I spend a lot of time refuting the goodness of our nation, but that isn’t because I’m not tribal.  Well, I’m not, as far as being a fan of the state, knowing that soon a decentralized force is inevitable.  But I also do so because you need to know that everyone is evil.  When that is pointed out, we OBVIOUSLY exclude ourselves, our tribe.  That is wrong.  But you still enjoy the benefits of that being wrong, rather than frame it the traditional moralizing Good Verses Evil myth.  Don’t hesitate doing something because you think it is evil.  No, look at it from My Tribe Verses Your Tribe. It is the perpetrator of evil that is the distinction, not the act.  Repeat after me.  There is no evil here, just there.   Since everyone does evil, but nobody thinks they are evil, you can’t define evil by its occurrence, only by its practitioner.  Get your head screwed on the correct way, it is only your life on the line.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

king dumas


KING DUMAS

Humans are quite delusional.  This can be a survival mechanism, such as when you do bad things to eat to live, able to convince yourself you are justified in your actions.  Who, ever, in the history of ever, said to themselves “I’m evil”.  Nobody.  Hitler, Stalin, Manson, they all had pure motives.  At worst, they realized they had to do unpleasant things.  At best, and that means on most days, they were improving the conditions of mankind through placing their superior tribe in charge ( in Charlie’s case, through a needed revolution ).  If you fall for the simplistic device for making stories sound better through a superior plot tool, you just ain’t thinking through dingus.  Story tellers perfect their art, thankfully, but art is not life, it is representing it stylishly.  It ain’t a damn photo.  Good verses evil is a story.  It can be a tale you tell to entertain, or a tale to justify your actions, but a tale it is ( and you know what they pin tails on-an ass ).  But I’m going to cover that tomorrow.  Today, delusion on a less helpful scale.  Lying to yourself helps when you take action against others but it hurts yourself when it is about inaction ( or taking harmful actions against yourself-such as telling yourself alcohol is more helpful for stress release than harmful to your liver.  Short term this is certainly true, but not long term ).

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Do you ever wonder about New Yorkers?  I do, all the time.  Not that they are suffering at the wraith of God, the Sodomites and such nonsense.  If you want to talk Old Testament pissed off vengeful God, who is supposedly the one who will smite the entire city because per capita New York has more pillow biters, ass pumpers, gay blade flaming fags than anywhere else, let’s just eliminate the entire New Testament most religious folk embrace for its far less exhausting demands, and go full on adulteress stoning and such.  Why pussy around?  Let’s REALLY smite all those from other religions and waste every Dearborn Michigan mosque.  Not sure why these TV preachers get so worked up over NYC.  Perhaps they should worry about Miami with all the Jews?  No, the reason I’m astounded about New York is, you really truly honest injun have got to be one of the worlds biggest idiots to live there.  Seriously.  How can you live there and not feel unworthy of yourself and your flawed reasoning abilities?

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For forty years, New York City was guaranteed to be the number one thermonuclear target of the Soviets.  They probably had more targets painted on their ass than Washington DC.  Sure, I get it, it was the financial capital of our country ( along with other industries such as publishing and perhaps TV ).  Detroit used to be the manufacturing capital, and you don’t see any sane person living there do you?  Okay, fine NYC used to be the financial capital of an industrial nation, which was important enough in its own right but is now much more important simply because our economy is pretty much completely finances without manufacturing.  Do you ever wonder HOW the city survives?  They are simply a leech to the financial industry.  They are no better than a mining town, a one industry service center.  When the mine closes, the town dies.  New York will be no different when the banks get into trouble.  They can lie to themselves all they want about how diversified they are, how important and indispensable.  Hubris, much?

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So, here is a city that was from Day One a massive nuclear target.  How smart were you to live there?  If you were a loser and wanting to die painlessly and quickly, yes, you would live there, eating and drinking and being merry for tomorrow you could die.  If you thought perhaps it was a good idea to live as long as possible and money and fame wasn’t THAT important, you stayed out of the city.  What a craphole!  Even before the rest of the country took a big squishy economically in the 70’s, ethic warfare and out of control crime and widespread firebombing in the Bronx, for instance, made the city a very dangerous place to live.  And that doesn’t even take into account you couldn’t arm yourself for protection ( hey, I could see the writing on the wall in California with the first semi-auto ban being passed, and got the heck out once and for all, so I guess I have no sympathy for folks forced out of their birthplace who won‘t leave ). 

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And that was all ancient history of why no sane person should have wanted to live there.  More recently, some towelhead fool tried to bomb the World Trade Center blowing up the basement ( this was a good thing, since it enabled our Deep State agents to determine that they needed to add demolition charges to the interior prior to a staged attack, if they wished to be successful.  Don’t believe that?  Who Benefits?  Also, the third tower untouched by an airplane.  Still don’t believe?  I’ve got a fracking industry I’d like to sell you ), and while you probably didn’t work in that building it should have warned you that terrorism was a threat to your city.  The Soviet Union had JUST collapsed, so you might have been deluded into moving into the city ( even if you didn’t live there, the worst decision since Jews stayed in Germany AFTER they had enough warning, if you work there you might as well just be living there as the odds of escaping approach zero ), and then a few scant years later a terrorist attack happens, and you STAY????!!!!???  What, did you buy one of the bridges leading into the city?

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After your special Ed dumbass decides to stay for Y2K, because no electricity through a New York winter sounds wonderful, you get a ringside seat to 9/11.  You STILL decide to stay after that.  You are mental.  If you think terrorists attacked, the second time attacking the same target, you just received confirmation your city is a prime target of REPEATED attacks, and if you know the government was behind it in a false flag attack, you should be concerned they will do it again, but this time with a nuke or dirty bomb, or EMP.  So, you ARE a complete idiot for staying there.  THEN, as if all that wasn’t enough, besides Mayor Bloomberg ( I can’t judge too harshly on that one, as Nevada has completely disgraced itself with Harry Reid Satan’s Minion and Sandeval The RINO ), you stick around for Hurricane Sandy.  I’m no expert, but to my way of thinking New York and hurricanes shouldn’t be a couple.  I mean, if you are searching for a spot you can have hurricanes every year, you move down south, right?

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I’m not even saying Sandy was a real Hurricane, not like Katrina, but the ability to restore services after its water surge was so pathetic I would look at it as a warning that any future natural disaster would see me dying from thirst and sewage and lack of heat, so it would definitely be time to vacate the immediate AO.  Did they?  No, the dumb asses stayed.  You have got to be a special breed of inbred.  Now, what about those idiots in New Orleans?  Not prior to Katrina, because I think they were actually pretty smart to ignore the whole Gore Warming thing.  When all the politicians tell you one thing, believe the opposite.  They have been known to encounter the odd untruth now and again.  And, perhaps, to give them the benefit of the doubt, it wasn’t even the worse decision to stay AFTER.  Since the low lying areas were still waterlogged piles of mold, no one was living in the parts soon to be drowned again.  And unlike NYC, New Orleans never gained half the population it lost to the floods.  Which tells me Yankees are far stupider than rednecks.

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HOWEVER, that doesn’t hold any more.  The city never recovered its functionality and services suffered and never recovered, close to on par with Detroit or Newark.  Which was bad enough, but then about 2012 there was another hurricane.  Mild, but even in its infant form it highlighted more problems with the machinery used to pump water from the levies.  As in, even the most mild water surge and we can’t pump water, years after Katrina.  If this wasn’t a gigantic flashing neon light to get the hell out of New Orleans, I don’t know what would be.  Would the dumb asses who remained after that even consider moving if Sweet Baby Jesus Himself came down with a helpful suggestion?  One doubts it.  So what we have here, besides a failure to communicate, is a situation where cities are full of full on retards.  You might as well rename them, any of them, Jerry Town ( after the Jerry’s Kids, the literal retards Jerry Lewis had the fund raisers for ).  Chicago is the murder capital of the nation, or real close ( statistics get massaged ).  Las Angeles is a couple of mountain pass electrical pump failures away from a morgue.  Most rust belt cities are nothing but ghettos waiting to explode.  Miami is already seeing rising water without a storm ( heat is expanding the water ). 

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What compels dumb asses to stay in harms way?  Why don’t they move?  Well, let’s ask the question another way.  Why do eighteen year old males gleefully chomp at their bit to go to war?  They have to know that even modern warfare with far greater distances from the enemy is still rather dangerous.  Far more so than living in New York City, although probably safer than being in Detroit ( you’d think we could get more recruits from Detroit, unless none of them can graduate from High School, follow simple instructions in English-although one would think Monterey could teach Ebonics- or pour piss out of a boot ).  It is most likely just simple self delusion.  The same reason the young want to fight ( of course, hormones play a significant role ) or miners go underground even under unsafe conditions.  They know the odds are in their favor, even if the odds actually suck, because of self delusion.  Why do we still play the lottery?  It is no secret, and often actually part of an advertisement, that the casino pays out 95%.  That means that you are guaranteed to lose a nickel out of every dollar you play.  But no one looks at it like that.  They look at it like you’ll get the OTHER suckers nickel.  If you want self delusion served on a platter, outside the big cities, visit a gambling establishment.  There are plenty near you, or visit Nevada, where a state was built on delusion ( now we delude ourselves that the tiniest microscopic flakes of gold are economically extractable forever.  They had a guy on the TV show “Shark Tank” who was laughed off the stage for suggesting he could economically extract gold from seawater.  Our entire state is betting on that contestant.  That, and that the snow pack will return, because we all know how well betting against nature worked for the Anasai and Mayans ).

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And you can’t JUST claim that Americans themselves are dumb asses, although of course that is true.  Look at Pompeii.  Perhaps imperial citizens everywhere are dumb asses ( or potential empires, as when the Germans thought Hitler really could deliver prosperity through war.  Okay, not really a bad bet, looking at all the other successes throughout history.  If nothing else, they ate today even if they died tomorrow outside Moscow.  Hitler was elected, and in large part because of actual hunger widespread through the population ).  Americans were dumb asses prior to empire, too.  They went along with FDR taking their gold and drafting them into a unnecessary war, just to eat better themselves.  So Germans were no more dumb asses than Americans.  Perhaps we can’t even judge people for being dumb asses through self-delusion, when people aren’t even capable of long term thinking.  Perhaps being incapable of such ( although I expect far better from survivalists ), self delusion is actually necessary.  We can’t plan for the future, so delusion allows us to sleep soundly at night.  Given the widespread universal inability to NOT be a dumb ass, this simply must be biology.  Hard wired programming.  Alas, as a survivalist or prepper, you have to fight against this all too human trait.  At every turn you must combat your innate behavior.  You can’t let your guard down or you join the teeming masses.  No one is asking you to be smarter, just more disciplined in going against your basic programming.  Evolution is about catastrophic adaptation.  When your habitat is endangered, you only stand a chance of surviving if you have an UNusual trait.  Think about that before you indulge in self-delusion.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

oil for nothing


OIL FOR NOTHING

Ah, oil for nothing and our chicks for free ( if you watched MTV pre-rapper era, music only explained by pirating forcing music executives to really cut expenses and rap requiring no talent or skill so you could always hire the next cheapest guy wanting out of the ghetto and all that was required was their teeth not yet be eaten away by crack, this song is now going through your head even thirty five years later ).  What?  You thought you would escape an article on oil since I probably already had one a mere two months ago?  Silly rabbit, energy EROI is for kids.  Everyone looks at the title, hopes it is like 90% of my other titles which are obscure references rather than content descriptive, and foolishly continued reading right up until now, tearing at their relatively befouled and hideous hair, and screaming an ear piercing high decibel girlish roar followed by a Son Of A Bitch!  Dudes, you are looking at this SOOO wrong.  You think, Sweet Baby Jesus On Roller Skates, not another friggin Demise Of The Oil Age article, when you should be relieved I keep trying to convince you that your entire world is about to take a complete squishy dump.  I’m warning you, here, and this is the thanks I get?

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Look, I understand that ever since we started converting our economy to oil ( not that we had a choice, our proto-Industrial Age economy starting on hydro power, but also depleting wood [ the East chockablock full of new growth forests ] and then coal and we never would have been an empire without oil, or even probably in contention for one of the top economies economically ) there has been panic and anguish and the gnashing of teeth that our oil was in danger of running out.  For the longest time our government, budding propagandists that they were and professional disseminators that they now are, played along with the interests of Big Oil ( Rockefeller had his monopoly broken up but retained control of the new companies and actually got richer afterwards.  That’s a Roosevelt for you ) and led the charge of panic, “proving” time and again how “proven” reserves were dingus.  Now they do the opposite.  And we do what about official statistics?  That’s right, boys and girls, we believe the exact opposite of what they say.

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Not that it is rocket science to look at oil production and see the trend.  Once it became obvious the lies were boldly refuted, then the fracking propaganda started, but more on that below.  For now, you know that ten years ago the oil production in this country was HALF of our peak in 1971, and that peak production was ONLY lower 48.  Now we are half, AFTER adding in the Gulf Of Mexico and Alaska.  If we compare apples to apples, just using the lower 48 states now, production is pert near diddly squat.  And if you compare yield in BTU, it is literally dropped to nothing.  You can’t refute Peak Oil from the data.  So, you “discover” phantom oil elsewhere and call it a good day to not panic.  But, all that is just a refresher.  A reminder how poor production is.   A bedrock to rest your initial panic on.  Then you add on EROI and after you are done with that, probably the most important aspect which is financing.  Because, just to tease you with the point of this particular article, it wasn’t JUST volume, and it isn’t JUST net energy yield, but it is ALSO financial.  Our oil had been free.  Not even cheap, but free.  Now it isn’t and the cost, even at the reduced inflation adjusted price today, is too much for our economy to absorb.

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That is the issue we have been facing and after this decimates our economy, we still have to factor in ever declining net energy yield, and once the petrodollar crashes, volume decline.  Oh, what fun and games we have in store for ourselves real darn soon.  Remember, none of this is a forecast.  All trends are already in motion and have been the last decade.  All I am doing here is pointing out how humped we are, and don’t even realize it.  What took Britain fifty years to absorb, the loss of colonies and all the free resources they delivered, we will do in months.  Oil is such a powerful lever for power, wealth and control, just losing a bit of oil loses you a lot of the former.  And we are and will lose a lot more than a “bit”.  Everyone shows volume pumped rather than BTU delivered, so it looks good that the global volume is up to 85 million barrels a day.  But, even using old figures, we are at least down to closer to 65 in true net energy.  We maxed out at about 75, then dropped.  The 85 figure is derived from Fake Fuel.  Tar sands, deep water, ethanol, fracking-all the single digit EROI oil.  Remember, the drop to 65 is using out of date data.  It is most likely closer to 55 since the majority of producers are losing the average of 8% production a year.  Saudi Arabia is even worse.  Since Simmons book ten years ago they are down about half in production.

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None of this is visible if you just read the Happy Optimist propaganda pieces.  But it takes very little digging around the Peak Oil pieces to get a better picture.  This isn’t like Gore Warming with stern lectures to believe the majority hypothesis because you are akin to a racist if you don‘t.  You can fudge oil reserve numbers but you can’t production.  Unlike moving temperature gauges to the middle of heat sink airports to prove Gore Warming, oil production numbers and net energy content numbers are what they are, not what someone wants them to be.  The fact is, our average daily oil use, high in volume, is down to ten or twelve to one, EROI ( energy returned on invested.  In 1910, EROI was 100 to 1, and 1970 was 30 to 1.  Now, maximum is about 12 to 1.  We have already fallen way past the point of maintaining the infrastructure built on 100 to 1 oil [ all that means is you invest one barrel of energy in exploration, pumping, delivery and refining, and get 100 in return.  Net energy, for you new folks ] in 1970, so why do you think the economy is even worse now? ).  Even total volume, not factoring in net energy loss, has fallen.  It was just a blip on the graphs of a drop of total miles driven at first, but we went from 20 million barrels a day usage ( while only producing about seven-remember, as our total use contracts, that makes our imported oil numbers fall.  Too bad that is involuntary on our part-but we’ll get to that ) to about 18, a ten percent drop.  But, that takes care of dropping EROI and dropping volume in the past.  Let’s move over to finances.  Remember, oil was free and now it is not.

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If I was to give you a dollar to invest and got a hundred back, would you say that my money was pretty much free?  Sure, not technically, but it was for all intents and purposes.  That is the oil we used to build everything in this country.  All those huge steel bridges, the tunnels, the sewage and subway systems, all the dams giving us electricity, all the power lines and roads for vehicles, everything that is our infrastructure.  That includes the stuff we used based on the infrastructure such as the cars on the roads with the gasoline used in the cars and etcetera.  Now, that was just building the infrastructure, and for a low population.  Very soon, we could no longer build new infrastructure and soon after that we couldn’t even keep the original infrastructure properly functioning.  Fifty years ago we had reached that point, when we had THREE TIMES THE ENERGY AS TODAY.  Shortly after the energy supply had decreased to the point the economy started failing, in the 1960’s, everything failed.

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More likely than not, Vietnam never would have been a major war if our economy wasn’t failing at the time and we tried to repeat WWII which got us out of a Depression ( there were plenty of problem spots that never required intervention, such as Greece or the Congo, etc. ).  The problem was, we didn’t have the net oil in 1965 we had in 1935 ( public works projects, which included national employment to fight the war.  Which had nothing to do with Japan or Germany and everything to do with central banking and empire ), despite increased production.  The free oil was costing more than what our economy was designed for.  Our fine tuned engine went from running 110 octane to 85.  Well, a few bright boys ( the idiots were busy designing the M-16 and managing the war ) figured out a new mega oil production field in Saudi Arabia was just the ticket for almost free oil.  Stop, and think about that.  Our economy was designed to run on oil CHEAPER than Saudi Arabian $2 a barrel oil.  How unsustainable was that?  We lost our entire industrial base when we had to start buying oil for $2.  And that wasn’t even really $2, as they were buying our Treasury bonds with the oil.  So it was the interest on that debt alone that was our cost.

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I’m not sure what the interest on our debt was back in the early Seventies, although I know it was much higher than today.  But that new version of “free”, merely the interest on the debt, was not free enough and it nearly ruined our economy.  To compete with the British and German economy we built a manufacturing economy on free oil, getting most of the worlds gold and control of half the globe politically, militarily and colonially in the process.  That is what using oil to defeat coal power gets you.  But a mere twenty years after we colonized our half of the globe, our free oil economy crashed and burned.  We had to give up manufacturing because we didn’t have the free oil to run it anymore, we only had our very, very low cost oil.  Now, our economy fifty years later is so bad a COAL powered economy is kicking our ass.  We are now Nazi Germany, but without the well run military.  And that is AFTER we went to a financial economy.  We have so little oil, net, after poorly trying to run SOME of the old free oil infrastructure ( how many watts do you think Detroit is running on now, compared to fifty years ago, AFTER the riots and AFTER the car companies were in trouble?  Far less, since almost the entire city infrastructure is dark ). 

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Now, as bad as all that is, you know it is going to get a lot worse.  We still have SOME countries shipping us oil, and SOME countries still buying oil with our debt.  But so many folks dropped out of the petrodollar arrangement already, all that did the last decade was make our oil much more expensive.  Oil for debt paying 2% interest means a six month bond on a $50 barrel of oil costs us $1.  One.  Dollar.  Adjusted for inflation, cheaper than a 1971 Saudi Arabian barrel.  And that is a PetroDollar barrel. The LESS expensive kind.  BUT.  And there is always a butt.  A barrel of oil now delivers one third the net energy as before, and that is conventional crude rather than Fake Oil.  You can’t look at it like the same barrel has the same BTU ( remember, this is an apple to apple comparison of convention light sweet crude to the same, not oil to tar sands ).  What is happening, big picture, is that we must invest more energy into extracting that one barrel of oil.  Larger equipment, or more wells, each well delivering less volume over its lifetime, more labor, less refinery product, longer transportation distances, etc.  In a macroeconomic sense, the entire economy is able to utilize less energy on everything else because more energy is being used to extract and deliver usable oil.  That is what “free” oil delivered.  NO oil siphoned off to extract oil, for all intents and purposes. 

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If we had built our entire country, infrastructure from food growing to housing to trade goods, on low amounts of energy, our low amount supply right now would not equate to economic contraction.  But we didn’t.  We built that infrastructure on extremely high rates of energy.  And that journey  towards lower energy sources is why not only we are failing economically but why we can’t even hold on to what we did invest in.  Look at fracking oil.  The fracking gas has given us a lot of electric, keeping our Internet running which replaces a lot of physical goods or human labor.  The fracking oil has kept our food frozen and transported and cooked, keeping the corn fed population from starving.  But a frack field lasts one quarter of the time of conventional oil, or less, and delivers a net energy in total of about one seventh that of real oil.  We are printing debt to finance the frack fields, throwing away money as the process NEVER made any money, not even when oil sold for $100,  but just required more and more investment as new wells had to constantly be put into place, even as the field production declined.  In effect, that was the last can we could kick down the road energy wise.  Importation HAD to be curtailed as we couldn’t pay real money for oil, only debt.  Only less and less folks wanted our debt anymore.

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Remember, our oil needed to be FREE.  That is the only oil our economy can afford.  Now, how sad is that?  All this economic contraction for fifty years ( with some years of less contraction when we briefly returned to more almost free oil ) because we built a sand castle out of free oil.  If none of this concerns you, just return to enjoying your free retirement money, driving your free oil burning car and working at your free oil dependent job.  I’m sure you’ll die prior to any oil disruption.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

basement rats


BASEMENT RATS

Isolationism has become an American art form.  By their very nature our initial immigrants were not exactly predisposed towards cultural integration in their homeland.  Yes, of course, a lot of it was forced upon them, the poor having no land to farm or the farmers forced out so that their rich overlords could make more money grazing sheep ( eminent domain  to build a pharmaceutical corporate building, anyone? Does anyone remember that reference, the justification for forcing out the individual being that a corporation would pay higher property tax? ).  But regardless of motivation, you don’t move to a foreign land and remain gregarious as a general rule.  Once we got here, the tendency was to remain grouped by tribe, or if adventurous enough to go get land from the Indians you were isolated to a large extent anyway.  You were segregated by race or social class or economic condition, the Golden Age Of Leave It To Beaver only twenty years long.  Prior and following that, you were isolated by your betters, being allowed to inhabit the OTHER side of the tracks, or you were isolated by your wealth, or you were isolated in suburbia as you fled the crime from the Race Wars ( ongoing for fifty years since the empire began its economic collapse ).

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Is it any wonder we happily cling to our isolated bubbles of electronic bliss when we are forced to interact with Others?  If you look at it from this point of view, is it any wonder the Special Snowflake Brigades act as they do, crying out in physical pain at a mere glance, possibly hinting at micro aggressions?  You are piercing their isolated bubble Happy Place.  How else to explain our dysfunctional affair with the automobile ( is it an accident the first generation willing to abandon the car is safely cocooned in a digital world as an alternative?  Look at Kunstler with his hatred of driving and my equal distaste-although financial rather than ideological-for the practice and my embrace of the bicycle.  We have alternate methods of isolationism besides the car ).  We want to be left alone, need to be left alone, seeking out alternate means of socialization our monkey minds need so as to still remain by ourselves physically.  Marriage aversion is almost all financial, but there is probably some degree of preferring isolation in the mix also.  Add in an Old Lady and soon a pack of squalling children and before you know it you are ass deep in humanity, even in your hidey hole of a home.

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Is it really so hard to understand why Rawles relocation strategy is so popular, despite it mostly being strategically problematic?  People want to stay isolated as a survival mechanism.  Folks even eagerly embrace the duality of operating in a combat zone safely, lying to themselves that their automobile and their higher status as a Tax Paying Citizen equate to a safe passage totem to continue being employed.  They must work to buy safety to go to work.  And they can’t NOT do that, as employment has been equated with security since we were forced off the farms.  But security is only financial.  Now that finances are being withdrawn as a security blanket, we desperately cling to the illusion of job security or the illusion of security through isolation.  The reality avoidance in regards to suburban living and commuting is a reaction to their now new non-permanent status as security strategies.  We can’t replace them, in our minds we are busier avoiding the danger than coping with it, and so we come up with lots of crazy horse crap.  Bugging in.  Buggin out.  Electronic cars.  Online work.  Fracking Oil.  Anything but forming community away from jobs.  That would give up financial security and isolation security.

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The very thing we are supposed to do, at least according to the experts, back to village agriculture, is exactly what we can’t do if we cling to the security we’ve known all our lives.  Which brings me around to a quote by one of my loyal minions who I value for his outsider view, a needed fresh perspective, Ave.  Here it is, and pay attention:

Not wanting to give Jim ideas for posts or anything, but what preppers are doing is akin to stockpile tin cans of food in Dresden in 1942. Three years afterwards, many there have died, the tin cans are under rubble and yourself have been drafted in the Volkssturm. In the face of gigantic forces our own goals are extremely puny.

What immediately came to my mind was the sneakier little rats amongst the population hiding food in the basement and then getting screwed despite their efforts.  Perhaps a scene slightly modified from the movie “Enemy At The Gates” ( the movie which unfortunately gave our Hollywood idiocy saturated minds the notion a Mosin-Nagant was a cool rifle ).  This ability to conjure mental images from a few sparse sentences is why Ave made such a good novelist, despite being a fuzzy foreigner with English as a second language.  If you foolishly have not yet read it, the link is on my web page.

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This is such an apt description of how most of us prep, and it is a bit embarrassing.  We are so focused on isolating ourselves from all the danger surrounding us, a very rational act, we lose focus on the evil forces encircling our castle, which is a bit irrational.  We are far too inner focused.  The news doesn’t help, ignoring all outside evil that detracts from our comfort zone ( reporting on crime is allowed, as that validates our suburb home and SUV.  Reporting on the true energy picture is not allowed, as that invalidates our commute strategy and our need to stay dependent on the grid in our not so well built home we buy for its distance from the ghetto, not its energy efficiency ).  Now, for most of us, none of this is meant to detract from your decisions.  Most of us were soiling our diapers when the economic collapse started.  This is our only reality.  At the time, all these coping mechanisms were quite rational.  Who the Hell wants to stay in walking distance of work if you are rubbing elbows with Mau-Mau’s ( Mau-Mau: 1950s Kenyan independence organization: a secret Kenyan organization set up in 1952 with the aim of forcing European settlers from the land and ending British rule in Kenya.

***Mau-Maued:  intimidate: to confront somebody, for example, a public official or bureaucrat, with the intent of gaining concessions, benefits, or advantage through intimidation (slang)*Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2005 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.***Normally I don’t care for quoting the dictionary, but given current events, this word should be gaining meaning again, reborn from the ‘60’s )? 

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And honestly, is there a solution to this problem of us walling ourselves off from reality?  If this was a legitimate coping mechanism, how do we divorce ourselves from it?  Is it even possible?  Before, one stocked cans in the basement to cope with thermonuclear war.  Then, you did the same to avoid crime.  A garrison against criminals works rather well, in societies still firmly rooted in family, as in southern Latin nations.  But here, we willingly traded surplus wealth for family ties and that culture died many moons ago.  Now we are on our own, isolated individually or in dysfunctional families only together in name, each gladly focusing on their individual electronic teat as a avoidance strategy.  Of course, now that I think about it from this perspective, spending $200 a month on a family cell phone plan makes perfect sense.  It is a very small price to pay to avoid a spouse that will rape you financially and children that love your wallet only.  You are buying isolation from your family that you can’t kick out of your safe space.

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Despite the sense in caching supplies and multiple lines of retreat, I think the majority of us are still quite wedded to the concept of our stocked and locked basement, as it were metaphorically.  It is the only place we feel safe, outside our vehicle.  Despite the growth of carjacking, we understand we are much safer in our vehicle than almost anywhere else, and hence we cling to them religiously.  This also accounts for the popularity of concealed carry pistols.  It is another Better Than Nothing defensive measure ( the best measure is fleeing the crowded urban environment, but most are still clinging to the job security paradigm, despite the obvious in your face 33% unemployment ) which keeps us safer in our cars and in our shopping trips outside our cars and away from our homes.  I’ve been attacked in crowded conditions, and believe me, you are completely helpless, even armed, if the threat doesn’t announce itself first.  And that was in a very small town.  But who can live in perfect conditions?  All our coping measures are Better Than Nothing.

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Does this mean it is better to do nothing rather than prep with Better Than Nothing?  Of course not.  It just means that this is an avenue that bears exploring, as it illuminates a very hidden problem we have mostly collectively ignored.  Complete isolation, the concrete fortress atop the mountain, does not work as you will be found ( mostly because if you can afford that, you also have the money to announce yourself some way to the world.  Power lines, paved roads, or something similar.  And you are cut off and isolated without help ).  Semi-isolation doesn’t work, as in the suburbs, as it is the worst of both worlds, too close to the city and not isolated enough from neighbors that hinder rather than help.  Non-isolation certainly doesn’t work, obviously.  So what is the answer?  I’m not going to say a permaculture village or something similar, such as a survivalist group retreat.  Both are far too problematic, the most basic issue being finances.  Right now, I have no answers.  I’m not trying to string you along to read further articles, like a TV show with a season end cliffhanger.  At this point, I simple have no answers.  We know isolation is bad, just as it is good.  The question becomes, can we be isolated in secret, in a way that isn’t Rich Bitch Retreating?  Can we avoid the bombers crushing our basement, as well as the mayor drafting us?  Does stocking the cellar keep the Yankee army from burning down the house above it?  One day, after pondering, I’ll take this up again.

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