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Friday, January 4, 2019

another titanic analogy-article 1 of 2 today


ANOTHER TITANIC ANALOGY
( article 1 of 2 today )
I know, I’m overdue for another chapter in the Hermitage book.  I’m actually kind of glad now that my old computer had a Windows brain fart and swept away the first edition, which I was rather unhappy with. Starting over completely has been far more rewarding.  I’m enjoying working on it now.  If I don’t enjoy the writing you soon begin to dread the reading.  Anyway, that will probably be tomorrow.  And while I could have conceivable made this a chapter, I’ve chosen not to. The thing will be big enough as it is.  This was from a comment I answered.
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We are at a point where the Titanic crew is arguing over who gets to use the lifeboats ( one imagines the transgenders and Blacks should go first, if one of the crew were a progressive female diversity hire ).  But everyone is locked down below in steerage.  And nobody knows where the key is.  Nobody gets to use the lifeboats except the crew, but they will argue amongst themselves who has so little rank they must row.  Leaving no one rowing.  It is a comforting image, since at least the bastards in charge go down with us.
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But me and you, we are locked downstairs and will drown.  No way out, either.  Moving to a foreign country is just moving from one steerage room to another.  Moving out to a hermitage SHOULD work, but all it really means is that you found a steerage broom closet to hide in and you are betting no one will find you to steal your warm clothes ( the ship has not sunk, and everyone is fighting each other for food and clothing, assuming a rescue ship is on the way and they will be saved-after all, the ad was for an “unsinkable ship” ).
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Isn’t that what all the fuss by the elites is?  Between lying to us so we convince ourselves that ‘Murica is THE exception to the collapsing empire rule, and lying to us to force us to pretend that our loss of wealth to another approved class is our own fault, we lie to ourselves that if we can’t be saved ( despite all the evidence, we are still in denial about timing and severity ) at least we can get lucky and die of natural causes before the collapse die-off.  We think of rescue when only drowning is on the menu.
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As said better by Greer ( were you a bit pompous and far too opinionated to listen to others?  Sure.  But you were brilliant about certain things and your voice will always be treasured for your contribution ), we face a predicament which you think of as a problem.  A problem by definition can have a solution.  A predicament is unsolvable, a condition that can only be endured.  No one wants to hear that luxury and regular meals will soon be a thing of the past. 
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When someone actually is willing to listen, they temper that with arguing that timing will save them ( “sure, we are screwed, but not on MY watch!” ).  Not to say that they are wrong, just to argue that they can’t guarantee they are right.  It is like an old guy, refusing to believe he is no longer strong or virile.  He leases a trophy wife and acts tough.  Dude! Stop embarrassing yourself.  But don’t we do the same?  And then I write about it as if even our reactions to the predicament have correct solutions.  Which is just a tiny bit deliciously ironic, don’t you think?
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The predicament is overpopulation meets resource depletion.  Preppers think it is a problem solved by shopping.  They screwed up the definition thinking there was a problem, then used the wrong solution to that incorrect definition.  Shopping doesn’t do anything other than band-aid over the amputation.  We do it anyway, because what other choice do we have?  It is utterly worthless and futile.  But then, so was the band playing as the ship sunk.  It just made the predicament easier to endure.  A lot of folks self-medicate on drugs or booze, to make enduring the predicament easier ( so try not to judge ).
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What do we do?  We go shopping, like some Fifties housewife shopping for shoes to forget the fact she is bored now that the kids are in college ( she faces the predicament of infertility but pretends it is a problem fixed by substitution ).  Of course, since I preach frugal shopping, I’m OHHhhhh so much better than those pointing towards the direction of Nordstrum’s with its BMW or Prius parking.  This is my narrative, dammit! J I know shopping is not the answer.  But knowing no other answer ( NOT solution, just my answer to a predicament ) I double down.
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I want to be clear that I am NOT advocating McPhersonism.  “Oh, the human race is doomed from Gore Warming!  We are all going to die!”.  This isn’t an ELE ( extinction level event ). It is a mere bottleneck, if that.  Only MOST of us will die, not all.  You do understand that an AR and a few cases of freeze dried foods still leave you in the MOST category, right?  My bolt guns and tons of wheat still leave me in the same category.  I’ll just be the last one in the stewpot.
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Which makes ME the winner!  Suck on that, fellow doomed prepper.  I’m a better shoe shopper than you.  My quantity is better than your quality.  And that is how I’m dealing with the predicament.  I don’t have a solution, but my ideas just might push the predicament back long enough I die after most others.  I’ll have the strength and equipment to defend my broom closet and be one of the last ones to drown.  Essentially, I’ll be right.  And that is enough for me to face the predicament in good cheer. 
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30 comments:

  1. Exactly as I've stated in the past...neither you nor I will survive to the end of the show. Just wanna enjoy it long enough to see some comeuppance take place.

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    1. You are probably the one that planted that seed in my mind. It actually gives me comfort, not having unicorn illusions. I think it goes back to the warrior dictate that you must accept you'll die to be more effective.

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    2. I liked this recent post from Aesops blog. https://raconteurreport.blogspot.com/2018/12/dear-2019-bring-it.html Well it's not recent as it was from last year :-P The last picture :oh my: that's a lot of hand loads.

      Those that don't read his blog might like to keep an eye on it. I'm there for the ebola updates which as of writing this *may* have made it to Sweden because everyone has gone insane (or just as likely everyone else is sane and I'm the loon?) https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-04/man-vomiting-blood-treated-suspected-ebola-sweden


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    3. Aesop is a must read. Some things he is brilliant, others his head is up his ass. But mostly brilliant. See, I would never put my head up my ass. It would ruin my hair :)

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    4. Right. He didn't like it when I said, "Fuck that wall, get the US soldiers (Ft Hood) on that border TODAY!"

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    5. I tried a couple of times to inject reason and logic, but I'm just ignored when I make the point no one can refute. So why bother? Not that I can't learn from opposite viewpoints-one of the reasons I read him. It is just rolling the boulder up the hill most times.

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  2. Every time you write about resource depletion I see a graph showing the world's population. You know the one where it goes along at a slight increase until about 1700 when it starts to trend up at a faster pace. The use of coal. Then in the late 1800's it starts to go straight up. the use of oil. Now the sun's residual energy is almost gone and we are hosed. There is no coming back from this!

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    1. I know exactly what graph you speak of, and I'd wager everyone else does too. Yet, this causes most no concern, strangely.

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    2. See, this is the problem I have with open borders. The locusts just move to where the biggest pile of seed is, consume it, then move on. Centuries worth of seed stock are being consumed at astronomical rates in Western Nations all because we let chicks vote.

      What should have happened is that countries that over shot their carrying capacity suffered the consequences of having to many mouths and not enough food. It's not rocket science.

      But no. "We've got plenty to share" the chicks (and Lexus Lefties) cry.

      Me - Yeah "WE" have plenty but it's finite. FINITE. The population of Africa is measured in the BILLIONS. Dingoland could treble in population and we wouldn't make a lick of difference world wide but our, and our great grandchildren will at best live a much lower quality of life.

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    3. When you think technology solves all problems, who needs to worry about resources? I used to think schools teaching "American ingenuity" was a ploy to make us hate commies more. Now I think it is to keep us quiet as we circle the drain. The sad part is, I think the elite believe it too ( when you think money controls everything...). Yeah, nothing RIGHT with open borders, nor even immigration past replacement levels.

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  3. Yes Jim. Frugally and smartly buying for "Survivalism" (not just prepping for storms) is wise therapy for these described predicaments. By using your base animal instincts (suppressed by soft modern living) to strive for survival for one more day, week, month, year, than it is the right path and course of action. Any downtime activities and aquisitions that further that goal is trully noble and worthy. Minions can consider themselves to be courageous and devout monks, transcribing knowledge and passing skills from the past 'towards' the future.

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    1. Like Jesuites ( sp? ), but isolated rather than in groups.

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  4. Richard Adrian Reese (author of three Sustainabilty books) says a predicament is a problem without a solution.
    And your "overpopulation meets resource depletion" concisely sums up our predicament.
    I see it all day long in my part of the world, and wonder when the breaking point will be reached and the Great Reaping begins.
    This reality drives us old bastards to our harsh mistress Survivalism.
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  5. "our harsh mistress Survivalism". Damn, love it! I might steal in the future. Much better than my "dark side".

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  6. "If I don’t enjoy the writing you soon begin to dread the reading."
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    I believe that's true with all vocations. That's why I always say people should do what they like, not what pays the most money, or is the easiest. The former will carry you through all difficulties but the latter too will leave you starved.

    Isn't life a constant stream of adjustments? You get tired of dikkin various horz so you get a permanent one. Your kids move out so you get a smaller crib, the cost of car repairs exceeds the cost of a newer one, winter comes so you wear long sleeve shirts, etc. So is this collapse business. Looking ahead, considering the variables, preparing the best one can. I'm hoping hundreds of #10 cans of a variety of individual food products (not meals) will last a long time but none the less I am adding more as available money permits. Carbs as a primary nutrition intake will turn me into a blob quicktime and that just won't do, I like looking down and seeing my best friend Richard. Vegs, fruits, and meats. YO!

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    1. He is still your best friend, isn't he? Even after all the pain and suffering that little dickhead causes you.

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  7. “My quantity is better than your quality.” Good survival advise right there. Best sentence in the whole article.

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  8. I guess I should have said, “in regards to food.”

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  9. Another great analogy.

    I had actually never thought about the difference between a problem and a predicament. I think I used them interchangeably. Imagine my surprise to learn that I've been wrong all this time. Fortunately I read from smarter cookies than me ;-)

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    1. I don't think I ever paid attention to the difference between the two before I read it on Greers blog. That is why I can't stay mad at him-he was just so educational.

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  10. Stellar post. "Still in the category of Most." Love it. Just wonder how thick the neck will be, and what shows up on the other side. It won't be seven billion, even 3,000 years later.

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    1. Whatever the numbers, it will go from quantity to quality. If you all value nice looking hair in the species, you better hope I'm still in the gene pool.

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  11. Good analogy. I’m familiar with the events of said disaster, but never saw the movie. I might be the only one here that might be able to make such a claim. I took it as a sign, when every female that I met saw it 5 times, that I probably didn’t want to see it even once. I thought about it, and narrowed it down to a number just the other day, and it hasn’t been since the year 2000 that I last stepped into a movie theater. I haven’t regretted the decision :D

    A dude from DirecTV came by today to look at my mothers satellite system. I picked up a remote, and then asked him a question about which power button to push (Since one turns on either the receiver, the tv, or both). He could tell that I wasn’t familiar with the system, to which I replied that I didn’t watch tv. The technician, an Asian fellow (thank god, because I don’t think that any other kind of minority would have been smart enough to troubleshoot this problem :D ) gave me an all knowing look like, “yeah, it’s all a bunch of crap now, so you’re not missing much” :D

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    1. Going to watch the movie got me laid, so I have fond memories of it :) "Officer And A Gentleman" also. Don't underestimate the power of a chick flick.

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    2. That Debra Winger was pretty damn hot at one time! I think for me Jim, the last movie that I saw at a theater, was U-571. It was a pretty good movie, and I don’t recall there being any PC crap added to it. But today, you won’t be finding movies like that anymore. They would find some way to “PC it up”. Perhaps with an over representation of minorities, or an all knowing, all powerful, minority commander. Maybe add a token turd burglar, that everyone knows about, but he’s just so damn awesome at everything, that they can overlook it :D It’s too bad really. The hollyweird crowd managed to fuck up the one form of escape that you could always fall back on. Now I flat out refuse to watch any of it, unless it’s from the golden age.

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    3. Even accepting I must endure PC, I still only rent around 4-6 movies at Redbox each year. I don't even check the theaters anymore as it is too much of a gamble with my money. There is a lot of crap. And if the stock market keeps it up, you can't count on Netflix to survive ( anyone buying their library of crap will double the monthly fee, so screw that ). I guess as long as we are only faced with these White People Problems, all is well :)

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    4. Das Boot is by far the best submarine movie. I dont know if there's a dubbed version but if there is dont watch that one. Either learn to read or learn German

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    5. Hey, stop stealin my thunder! U571 was the last flik I saw in a theater too. I think in the early 00's? I seem to recall it wasn't too bad. I'll never go back. Have a much nicer movie theater at home, and all assholes are banned, and I can bring my own food!

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    6. 6:35-not sure why folks are scared to read subtitles. On Netflix there is Train To Busan, for instance. Sure, its zombies, but better than TWD. You just open up options with foreign films. I thought Das Boot was great, but haven't seen it again since it first came out on VHS.
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      GS-as Hollywood churns out more and more crap ( even the Chinese aren't stupid enough to go watch Star Wars anymore ), our flat screen TV's are getting huge, and cheap. It is almost as if they want us to stay home to watch movies. Actually, I think they believe the new profit center is in rental with the streaming services ( $8-$10 to rent a digital copy of a new release in a lot of cases ), reducing cost and increasing the "ticket" take per seat. But most of those streaming companies are on financial quicksand.

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