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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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Spending the rent money is one of the most retarded things you can do.  Here in Nevada where gambling is everywhere, it is especially easy to do ( and, I’m sure quite incidentally, one of those states where it is very easy to evict someone ).  The beautiful thing about gambling is that no matter how much you understand the odds, you do it anyway ( same thing with smoking ).  That used to help out the state until every selfish cheese dingus out there, and his native brother, opened casinos elsewhere.  Luckily we have plenty of residents who are just as retarded as always with the gambling.

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But spending the rent money on the apocalypse is something you would want to do.  Why give that landlord another fifty percent of your income when you can buy rice and ammo with it, right ( don’t be too quick to judge those landlords.  The corporation raping you is doing so to pay the extra debt taken on to get economics of scale, and the mom and pop landlord can lose a half years profit just changing a carpet or hot water heater, even while charging high rents )?  The problem is not, should I spend the rent money because it’s a good idea, because it is a no-brainer, but becomes one of timing and gambling. 

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Because this is still “gambling the rent money”.  It might not be gambling in a casino, but it is gambling with homelessness.  Yet, I don’t care how well stocked you are, it is just human nature that you are going to want that last can of food to enter into the apocalypse with, and the last box of ammunition you can find.  In my case, having no rent as an option, it would be my savings account ( the one I need, not having credit or insurance ) I’m jeopardizing.  It is still a gamble.  If you are wrong, you are in a bit of a pickle.

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And you can easily be wrong, because we are definitely, emphatically NOT talking about a Full Retard shopping demolition derby after the apocalypse, when every other stinking douche bag just now woke up to the danger and rushed to the store.  At that point, you need to be safely tucked away in your Pit Of Doom, lightly stroking Amanda the AR, oh, my pretty, soon!  SOOOOON!!!  We shall smite the wicked and unholy.  Hmmmm, who is my pretty?  Yes, you are!  Yes you are! ( it’s okay, it’s Jim here.  You can tell me.  Are you already doing this? ).

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I don’t care how temping it might be to do last minute shopping in competition with everyone else, you simply don’t have this as an option.  If people die at Black Thursday shopping events, just try to imagine the carnage when it becomes life and death by food rather than life or death by the inability to watch Judge Judy on a much bigger TV ( at least now TV’s are really coming down in price-and that is almost enough of a lie for you to buy one.  Look, dear, I “invested” in a 40 inch LED so we stay out of the theatre, both paying for itself quickly AND avoiding crowds which is pretty much mandatory now to stay alive ). 

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It is all fine and dandy to go shopping prior to general panic.  Hell, it is almost mandatory, what with Just In Time Inventory.  Although that is where the risk comes in.  Joe Six Pack has been busy scratching his nads and boning the UPS girl and never thought to fill up his pantry unless Shlitz was on sale, and he gambles nothing but his life by running down to the store last minute, AFTER it is obvious to God and everyone the end is already here.  You must be smarter.  Your risk is greater financially because it is so far out from the stampede.  It could be two months away, or six.  But it could also be twelve hours.  Yet, at least you aren’t endangering your very life.  So it is more intelligence and boldness than reckless machismo or endangerment.  Joe risks no money, but his health is on the line.  You risk far less.

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Again, the justification for gambling is already there.  No one is questioning the need to turn worthless paper into commodities.  We are ALL going to do it.  The question is, by the time you decide to cash in, will enough other people also?  Not General Public Mobs, but enough Early Responders to strip the shelves?  Remember the Johnny Carson toilet paper shortage back in the 70’s?  Months of shortages from a joke told late night ( of course, remember that far more people out of less population watched broadcast TV then ).  The rimfire ammo shortage was, what?  Five years long.  Fully stocked shelves, or thinly stocked, it doesn’t take much to deplete the stores. 

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How often do your stores screw up on judging the sales of everyday items?  Not just holiday crap.  And not just following the universal idiocy of “full shelves means more sales, automatically, regardless of disposable income or our mark-up, so help me Gods Of Profits”.  They want full shelves to boost sales, and to sell more, more, more, but they keep inventory based on the old economic paradigm.  You have wild overstocking one day and bare ass shelves the very next.  They simply don’t really know what they are doing anymore.  Sure, they might have plenty of Folgers coffee, but none of the best selling cheap generic, or they might have a long shelf full of boxers and Speedo’s but nothing anywhere near your size in Whitey-Tighties. 

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Which means as soon as a very small percentage of the population reacts as you are, stocking up past immediate consumption as insurance, there are zero boxes of dried milk, but cases of organic goat canned milk equating to $39 a gallon, and no big bags of rice but plenty of Native American Wild Blend Organic Rice at $3.79 a pound.  Notice how at Y2K the shelves NEVER went empty?  It wasn’t just because you were the only fool panicking.  I’d roll up to the cashier with two carts full of nothing but propane canisters and rice, flour and noodles, and no one batted an eye.  It was because the shelves were fully stocked and nightly restocked ( I was NEVER constrained by inventory but by budget.  Which was considerable at over $100 a week just for prepping ).  Today?  Not even close.

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The point I’m making is that today, unlike yesterday, the broken dysfunctional system requires you to panic and buy much sooner than used to be the case.  You used to have to only gamble at the last minute, but now it is more in the range of weeks or even a month.  You can’t go one stop shopping but must go to multiple stores, which don’t even restock for the next day, but the next week.  I’ve talked about how few bags of wheat per thousand population the feed store stocks habitually ( they are stocking for feeding chickens, not people ).  You must wait for their restocking to get any serious amount.

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I’ve gone way over the normal word count, and haven’t finished ( surprising myself-I wondered at first if this was even a full length subject ).  Continued tomorrow.

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6 comments:

  1. What or who was your influence that got you into survivalism? I know that you’ve touched on this before, but I don’t recall. I’d guess Saxon, but that’s probably too easy. For me, I wasn’t really interested in survivalism per se, it was more that as early as the 1980’s, mainstream society was already such a cesspool, that I knew that I didn’t want to live anywhere near it then. It’s become so much worse now that it’s actually surprised me.

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    1. My primary influence on survivalism was a cop who worked with my dad. He had Surviving Doomsday and was rather enthusiastic. Reading, I slowly transitioned from guns to Poor Mans James Bond to Kurts survivalist stuff, but that was after the above intro. Then I was watching the TV specials and reading Ruff and all the rest, everything in Loompanics and Desert Publications and Paladin. I got sidetracked by libertarianism and politics but never stopped studying survivalist stuff. I just never bought guns or wheat until the late 80's, a decade after my introduction in '79 or '80. It took me a decade to go from being introduced to PC's to actually using and buying a Mac ( I had tried the deals to plugged into the TV but couldn't figure it out. Same with the Commodore-couldn't grok it ). Ten years from learning about mail order land and living on one. I don't know if I'm slow or methodical.

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    2. HA! I got a Commodore VIC20 in 1983 and was instantly addicted. No hard drive, was connected to the 19" color TV (no remote) and I pounded that keyboard for days (living in Florida I hoped a storm wouldn't cut the power) just to see the look on my son's face when he saw his name in bright flashing lights popping up all over the TV. I was a coding maniac and this was in the days before debuggers. If there was a syntac error it meant unraveling hundreds of lines of code the old way. What a pain. 5 years later, in 1988 I got an honest to gawd PC and started pounding out DOS coding, then in 1992 I got my first Windows (3.11) machine that, can you believe this?, it only allowed 1 application to run at a time. LOL I started building my own machines in 1996 and used the best components available.

      As far as I'm concerned Windows XP, SP3 was the best, the pinnacle, in OS's and it's been steadily downhill since. My main workstation (for CAD) now is an XP machine and I have a Windows 10 for online stuff. I also have an XP notebook and a 10 notebook, an RCA android 10" tablet/keyboard, and an android phone. I'm slowly getting burned out on everything tech and the inherent problems with all of it. Things are going way too fast and nobody gives a dam about anything.

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    3. Your benchmark for Windows is probably a good point in time where tech saw diminishing returns. I haven't been impressed with anything since solid state hard drives and thumb drives ( and even thumb drives are too expansive which keeps them too expensive. Almost makes me miss 3.5 floppy ).

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  2. You're knocking out some really great stuff lately.

    All thrilla no filla!

    Recently I got 2 years supply of deodorant & toothpaste at silly prices I just couldn't pass. I'll ensure they don't fall below 18 months whilst building up my other supplies.

    Talking about wheat my local supplier only keep a few bags due to birds raiding his stock.

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    1. I'm sure everyone appreciates the word count going down :). I can't remember, it's been too long, but I seem to remember I figured out local feed stores carry something like two bags ( fifty pounds each ) per thousand population.

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