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Sunday, January 6, 2019

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REDUNDANCY
What we call “one is none” is not too much more than just the practice of redundancy.  The problem with redundancy of course is that it is inefficient.  And inefficiency is what our circus handlers ( we are the beasts or the freaks, and they own the tent ) call less profit.  Redundancy is slack in the system, an extra resource for emergencies.  But extra resources of course are unprofitable.  They are inefficient.  Like when the highways were first built, under the pretext of national security ( a decentralized transportation system.  Millions of miles of road verses the thousands of railroad track ).
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It was inefficient to have that much road for ease of troop movement.  Even when the public used it, at least at first, it was a whole lot of road for not that many cars.  Of course, we all know that the roads will built with public funds for Detroit’s profits ( and then they turned around and got bail-out money on top of that ), but we speak of the rationale.  Then, after the feds bribed the Blacks to stop burning everything, the Whites used the infrastructure to move away from the cities.
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( Yes, I’m aware the Levitown suburbs and the urban riots were decades apart.  I’m mostly speaking of the sprawl far away from the employment centers that began with the White Flight ).  And the auto’s were subsidized to replace trains.  Cars are the best example of public transportation redundancy, hundreds of millions of units replacing tens of thousands ( at most ).  But the roads haven’t kept up.  Partly due to the need to join together a lengthy continent and partly because subsidized fuel encourages overuse.  Lack of any planning doesn’t help, but the whole mess assures severe lack of supply.
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The roads are completely efficient, as none go unused by the maximum number of vehicles.  And as a result of zero redundancy in the system, every added car from any already large number just results in more “efficiency”.  From the money man’s perspective, obviously.  Not from the users.  The cities maximize gasoline taxes and employment and the corporations get cheaper rent at no cost ( the users of course pay for that indirectly through fuel and depreciation, while the corporations AND government add profit.  Why build more roads when you can waste all that fuel, which is taxed, idling in traffic? )
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And overpaying the government workers to build the roads ensures far less get built.  Which increases road “efficiency” ( maximum use ).  Public transportation is so terrible not because Detroit tore up the rail eighty years ago, but because today autos and their roads are a cash cow for corporations and governments.  If you double the users on a road, you get double the tax revenue for the same construction price.  The government has the employee Unions giving them kickbacks for higher wages and the corporations kickback a portion of that cheaper rent.  They win, you lose.
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Corporations are of course the masters of reducing inefficiencies.  Every time one company buys another, getting a cheap loan because the banker wants some of that retail profit, you have reduced redundancy.  Rather than two companies offering the same product, at profit killing competition, now just one has streamlined production and sales.  There are now only half the units on shelves, insofar as suppliers go.  And all those extra employees?  Redundant.  Very inefficient to have all those Deplorables demanding a paycheck.  But who needs all that redundancy, anyway?  Why three fire extinguishers?  One will do if “efficiently planned”.
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Why have high real estate cost by building in a city next to where all the employees live?  Let all the employees come to you from far distances so that your costs are lower.  By ignoring emergency planning, this is far more efficient for the company.  If the roads become too crowded, or the gasoline supply is disrupted, employees can’t make it to work.  But you can’t stockpile parts because that isn’t efficient.  So there is no back stock if the workers can’t get over the one bridge from the suburbs to the factory, shutting down a shift.
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Redundancy built into that system would cover the unexpected.  But redundancy costs.  As a prepper, you know how dear redundancy costs.  You’ve doubled the houses, the cars, the arsenal. You’ve gone from Just In Time grocery shelves to a year’s stockpile.  You no longer use Wal-Mart for your medicine chest or wardrobe closet.  VERY inefficient.  All those unopened packs of underwear and stacks of Back To School notepads, the closet of toilet paper.  None will ever be used ( I understand they will be rotated-that doesn’t shrink inventory ).  So extrapolate that to every business and entity and you understand.
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Removing redundancy and inefficiencies was an irresistible low hanging fruit plucked long ago, from the very first murmerings of economic distress.  It has been going for so long that it seems unnatural to do things any other way.  It certainly will never change, as publicly traded corporation employees are mandated by law ( fiduciary responsibility ) to maximize profits.  Since they are untrained on how to do that under a free market ( offer superior products at better prices ), their only recourse is cooking the books by constructing Potemkin Villages.  And those villages are fireproof.
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No need for extra fire extinguishers then. That would be inefficient. So is employee satisfaction.  That crap costs money, yo!  Better to keep the immigration numbers up to increase employment competition.  Employees will too frightened to complain or quit.  The costs are shifted to the employees paying taxes in welfare to bribe the immigrants to come.  Immigration is bipartisan.  Democrats and Republicans both want corporate money for keeping corporate costs low ( low rent, low wages ). Without cheap Latino labor, Trumps hotels would be paying more in labor.  SSuuuurree that wall is going up.  Just like he is pro-gun, right?
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Can you say Bump-Stock?  It is all Kabuki Theatre.  I’ll babble on tomorrow about the costs the lack of redundancy on a more geopolitical level.
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32 comments:

  1. I practice offense redundancy tactics whenever possible. Knowledge of inflation creep allows it to be mitigated by redundancy of consumed supplies or constant usage type equipment. (Coffee maker burns out, pull out spare back up) Knowledge of import or unobtainium characteristics of many items requires a prudent Minion to think in redundant languages. On a Minion's micro scale they can exercise own judgement and make aquisitions based upon sound experiences and planning. Unlike your employer who has to constantly, just in time order, order toilet paper hoping it doesn't run out before delivery arrival. Then put off paying that bill until phone calls or demand letters come in. Stupid is as Stupid does.

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    1. Indeed, Forrest, indeed. Shrimp recipes scene for needed levity:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rT5fYMfEUc

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  2. Jim good observations that parallel what occurs on the ground even down here in Lost Vegas. The gov't. gives tax breaks and sweet lease or land deals for business ( amazon tesla etc) way out on edge of town. Then highways and ramps, water, power have to be run in. The I-15 through town is being expanded at a cost of billions, yes fuel taxes used. It only mitigates the current daily bottlenecks of commuting ants, and gets worse again in ten years. Meanwhile city interiors degrade from neglected resources directed outward for growth to the donor class interests. Come collapse these dynamics will cause a worse implosion than otherwise may occur with better planning and resource husbandry. Madness!, pure Madness!

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    1. And isn't that lower water tunnel to the lake costing more billions? No wonder taxes keep going up. Keeping the shine on the casinos even as fewer folks fly in for it. Yes, madness. I think the place was run better when it was just a few mob guys, instead of all the special interests and greedy pigs now.

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    2. Correct. Water rates are now cost prohibitive to have a yard or garden, etc. Most yards outside h.o.a. enclaves are dirt. Or ugly gravel rock beds with weeds and trash in them. The mob went corporate after Harry Reid chased them away. After the 70s or early 80s it all nose dived. 40 million fly in or drive in but like you reference they don't have cash to blow. Eat snacks or fast food in their motel 6 type rooms, tightwads waddle around on the cheap, leaving bedbugs behind. I hope the commies nuke this target first strike.

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    3. Knowing the fanatical addiction for some people with gambling ( old biddies and PowerBall, etc ), I think a nuke strike of Vegas would be rather demoralizing and hence desirable. Here's wishing upon a star!

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  3. Side note for fellow Minions Jim. The msm is now bantering about food stamps not being funded due to government shutdown. This is fear stoking by liberals for an agenda of course. With that, Minions that are out and about on the ground should plan accordingly. The natives being dumber and easily influenced may get restless and pound some war drums. Stay frosty.

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    1. Kabuki theater. This isn't even close to a real fiscal emergency. That said, why are you living near the ghetto where this will be an issue one day?

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    2. It is everywhere. Your snap usage percentage in Elko county may also be a dangerous percentage number. Even mormons use and abuse system along with hillbilly trailering types. Hungry people get scared and are scary anyplace.

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    3. If the crowds riot over SNAP, I should be even safer. Riots will disrupt gasoline supply, and the trailer trash here is scattered about. Of course, yes, in theory.

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    4. Anon 9:07 "Even mormons use and abuse system along with hillbilly trailering types."

      I don't want to be a Debbie Downer but this sucker (The West) is going down. Jack Donovan the author of The Way of Men (excellent book) said something along the lines of taking resources from other tribes isn't frowned upon. I couldn't but help think of that when I read your quote. If we were homogenous and all pulling in the same direction then, yeah, I'd be cranky at people using the system. However we're not pulling in the same direction. Many small tribes are looting the nations wealth. Is it More fool us for continuing to add to the nations wealth whilst the looters steal that wealth (faster than we can build it)?

      Dingoland is well behind the US in that regards but I'm no dill. I've read this story before in various guises and they all end the same way.

      Got Rice, junk land & a bolt action?

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    5. The main reason we are pissed is because we are no longer the tribe taking. Use that anger and discontent to fuel the rage you'll need soon. In the meantime, more ammo.

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  4. “Of course, we all know that the roads will built with public funds for Detroit’s profits”


    Well, there was a time when Detroit still cared :D (Yes, that line is uttered by Slim in the film, but the clip below didn’t include it).

    Trailer Cherry 2000

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kckEEQKXaCU

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    1. I think that movie is on one of the streaming services ( for free ). I'll need to look it up again.

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    2. Great movie Jim, one of my favorites. Ironically, the movie predicted the future 30 years ahead of time with that bar dating scene, and with regards to the future of dating between the sexes (#metoo, some college campuses require a consent form now). Didn’t buy the ending at all though. There’s no way that Sam would have dumped Cherry for the masculine acting/looking E Johnson.

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    3. You know, I don't remember a darn thing about the film. Even whether I liked it or not, just that is was NOT a PA movie.

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    4. Is that the one that had a 60's Mustang and Melanie Griffith?
      Comet channel played it to death a couple months ago and I didn't watch any of it but a few seconds here and there.

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    5. Yes, that’s the one GS. I personally never found Melanie Griffith to be very attractive, even when she was young. But the daughter that she had with Don Johnson (Dakota) isn’t half bad:

      https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/dakota-johnson.jpg?quality=85

      Incidentally, the girl that played Cherry, passed away more recently, and at a relatively young age. There is absolutely no details out there as to the cause of death? Really strange, and it reminds me of when the first of the hollywood poofs were expiring from AIDs back in the 80’s, but no one really wanted to come right out and provide such details as “cause of death was from taking a “green wang” up the pooper” :D

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    6. Exit only people. Deny biology at your own risk. I didn't think MG was bad looking, but her voice was a tad on the irritating side.

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    7. No, she wasn’t bad looking Jim, she just didn’t do anything for me. She aged terribly I’m afraid, but generally, that’s to be expected. I’ll tell you the one that really surprised me, and that’s Kathleen Turner. Looking at her today, you would have never guessed that she was even remotely attractive at one time. That’s why for me, it’s a Cherry or nothing :D (line from the movie)

      https://i0.heartyhosting.com/www.nationalenquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/melanie-griffith-cancer-health-crisis-F.jpg?resize=540%2C400&ssl=1

      https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TyRnC0RvIR4/UEn1UsG9CMI/AAAAAAAAE1g/xdoiAhfSlCo/s1600/kturner.jpg

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    8. I'd still do Griffith, but I'd need liquid courage for Turner. I saw her not too long ago on a TV show or movie, a recent one ( I think she was on the "Shooter" TV series as a big gov cheese ), and she-Turner- looked familiar. But I only figured out who was from her voice. Yeah, nothing like what she used to look like. Glad she is still getting work. It must be difficult-you get paid less, there is more competition, and you are used and thrown in the weeds. Jennifer Beal is still getting plenty of work ( on the fame of Flashdance, apparently ), but she barely looks like she aged ten years in the last almost forty )

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    9. Yeah, Beals still looks pretty good Jim. Who knew she was black? (Obviously watered down black). Then again, I didn’t know that the chick that married Prince Harry was black either, so I’m probably not the go to dude for all matters hollywood insider related :D

      In addition to liquid courage, Turner might require a few brown bags, of the thick, old fashioned variety :D

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    10. Speaking of "of the thick, old fashion variety", her thighs. Gawd, her thighs! Twenty bags aren't going to help you ignore those.

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    11. Forgot about that blonde Cherry chick. Top of the line strumpet right there. dawgeez

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  5. I realize it seems I can't keep a job...

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    back-ups

    1979, I purchased a restaurant. The staff was demoralized by the sellers because of their cheapskate tendency to stock just enough napkins, hot fudge, fish cakes, eggs, pickle relish, and everything else.

    Natch, they constantly ran out of restroom supplies, coffee, burger buns, everything except excuses.

    I immediately doubled our stock, and tripled the goodwill with our customers. My standing with the staff was just a form of money in the bank. Two dishwashers were with me eight years, four waitresses were with me a decade. Everybody chipped-in to scrub menus and windows... that was not in their job description.

    Cooks? Word spreads; I received employment applications hourly.

    I contracted with Secret Shoppers, and they were amazed at my graveyard crew buying Q-tips to clean crevices in chairs and booths. My people invested their money, their time, their innovation... see a problem, fix a problem.

    Sometimes, excess is better. One day, my manager was flabbergasted. "Boss, how come you ordered more cone dip [for frosties]? That's more than we use in a year!"

    "I know. What will be the price next year?" You see the benefits of long-term thinking? Community thanks plus staff stress relief plus I slept well knowing I could run a special on dipped cones and still come out ahead.

    Another plus == anytime I craved a chocolate-dipped chocolate frosty with my Doctor Pepper... money in the bank.

    !!! Disclaimer !!!
    For hysterical value only. Do NOT attempt to eat this way.

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    1. What? No Moon Pie with your Dr. Pepper?

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    2. Everybody knows the only thing you warsh a moonpie down with is an RC. In a pinch a grape Nehi will do.

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    3. Dammit, I hate when you are right. Well, I'll surrender my Southern Auxillary Corps card now.

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  6. A different theory on why the government likes private car ownership. Because when Public Transport isn't working properly there's someone specific to blame. When the roads are all congested, fuel is going up, maintainance being over due cause you're broke working a lousy job. Whose to blame? Whose house do you TP?

    Got TP?

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    1. Ah, public transportation. Like the school bus, but with armed gang members instead of bullies.

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    2. Mericans luv they cars! The payment is the last one not to be made (maybe, before iPhone), even when the Visa/gas/electric and the mortgage go late, you have to pay the car note to get to work.
      Cars and housing are the best tax vectors.

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    3. I-Phone, for getting brain cancer but with style!

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