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Monday, January 7, 2019

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REDUNDANCY 2
I am probably one of the world’s least efficient non-fiction writers.  I don’t research per se, past a one off fact I need for a larger subject.  I don’t say, hey, today I want to choose the history of the M-16, and then research it.  That would be too efficient.  No, I read whatever the heck interests me at the moment and weeks, months or years later when I feel interested enough to write about a subject I just go by memory.  I can write after just reading or watching something, but I have lots of other previous input to add.
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I think I write better for it, because it doesn’t read like I just pulled a subject out of my ass and then went to read the Wiki article on it.  I mix and match odd facts that have no business coexisting.  Like it or not, at least I’m not the same textbook sounding fool like most other writing out there.  I can bring passion to the project because I’m only writing what I myself enjoy ( who enjoys FLIR scopes so much they passionately vomit prose thereof? ).  But there is a cost to that-gross inefficiency of time and effort.
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And that is why there is almost no redundancy anymore.  No one is willing to pay the price.  It goes far beyond just economics.  Money was the impetus, but by becoming the standard rice bowl for so many, otherwise worthless workers validating their existence by cost cutting without regard for price, it is now a philosophical and cultural feature.  For instance, Peak Oil ( don’t worry, luxury whores, fracking fags, hopium smokers, I won’t dwell long ).  No worries, why, we’ll just increase efficiency.  We did it before so we can do it again ( sing with me! ).
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When you have a drafty house, you burn more heat in the winter.  By being more mindful of insulation and sealing widow and door cracks, you vastly increase energy efficiency.  That is what all of us should be doing-investing while we can to use a heck of a lot less when energy costs spike.  We did that way back when, and it got to the ridiculous point of wrapping houses in plastic ( completely about saving money even as housing costs exploded, but sold as energy efficiency ).  So the logical question becomes, how?
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How do you gain more efficiency by this point?  The only answer is to begin reducing MORE redundancy.  You can’t improve the efficiency of the house.  So you must downsize the house size itself ( the redundancy was the extra rooms you could rent for emergency income ).  You can’t get much more gas mileage without designing in increased crash fatalities, so you must get rid of extra vehicles.  Now you are more prone to missed days of work and higher mechanic bills as you have no back-up transportation.  THAT is how we will deal with the next energy contraction.
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Now, let us switch gears to the bigger picture.  Look at military redundancy.  You have a lot of extra equipment sitting around doing little.  That is a good thing.  You must factor in attrition.  But there is creeping “efficiency disease”.  Less and less redundancy and more and more often leaning towards Just In Time delivery ( JIT is all about wringing redundancy out of the system.  It works perfect.  In a perfect environment without any disasters or failures ).  But because of decades of Lean Fighting, the military JIT is always under budget constraints.  What genius thought parts cannibalization was a good idea?
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You are borrowing a hamburger today and repaying it on Wednesday.  But on that day there is a government shutdown and the parts replacement gets delayed once again.  So now you have zero redundancy.  Your only hope is to be able to tow the exploded vehicle/weapon back to base and hope the part you borrowed from the other unit isn’t part of the damage.  You have destroyed redundancy as the efficiency drive went too far.  Which it has, across ALL sectors of our civilization/empire/culture.  Look at how we have gotten so efficient in the computer sector.
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To save a few bucks, a tech firm gets their CongressCritter to authorize more work visa’s from India.  Indian programmers trained in Indian schools are doing the work.  As a result, you have far less programmers HERE, or the schools open to train the subject ( I know you don’t need to go to college to program-I’m just using the example as infrastructure collapse ).  In time, because you wouldn’t pay for redundancy, you have created vulnerability.  All those US chip factories we closed to be more efficient?  Now China makes all our chips.  Oops-ee!
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Look at all the die and tool equipment and workers we no longer have because they were not efficient.  We couldn’t restart our industrial economy if we wanted to because of that right there ( in a short time period, such as wartime ).  No one thinks this is a problem because efficiency has become so much of a religion you cannot introduce logic or reason into the equation.  Look at political correctness reducing inefficiency by eliminating quality education ( political officers enforcing Right Think rather than training standards ).  Real training costs resources, but reeducation camps are nearly free and churn out more graduates.
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When all the redundancy of trained professionals is eliminated, where do you go from there?  Just hire every engineer from India?  Sure-open borders reduces the inefficiencies of security.  I almost wonder if survivalists are such outcasts not because of “freedom” or “non-socialist” but because they preach the toxic subject of non-efficiency.  Jesus weeps, if we had redundancy get out into the general public folks might begin to wonder how vulnerable efficiency has made us.  Granted, you cannot reverse or change this course.  It is a natural consequence of contracting resources.  A system defense, like homosexuality in overpopulation.
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Here is to my minions, fellows in inefficiency!
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11 comments:

  1. Correct Jim. The Minions, Survivalists, and those with a K thinking brain are immune or resistant to shortcut type efficiency, with no safety margin, thought processes as that is counterintuitive to the base animal brain thinking patterns. They cannot wrap their minds around such a pecarious and unsafe method of operation. Throw in unnatural social justice dogma and forced programming, a reactive Minion goes to rooftops and high terrain to make things right with might. The higher learning schools and corporate - government programming has indeed created a cult of beliefs that on short term seems neat and cute, but is deadly to a societies long term viability and survival. Collapse follows, as history proves. I'll stay redundant, thank you.

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    1. It is good that we see 90% of the population without long term planning. More dead, quicker. Got bayonets?

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    2. A swell and delightfull DIE OFF! will cure the planet and no longer require short shifting of resources. It will be fun filling the B-Pods and compounds with the free merchandise pick ups from the depopulated suburbs and societies. Hurry up already, I am anxious to get started.

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    3. Each day closer, I'm less afraid to die. Yet, I'm also weaker as I age. Plus, fewer resources are left. Let's get it over with!

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  2. "Back in the day", when things were of course different, a lot of reserves and resourcing was available. Manpower was staffed and ability to plug holes or meet unforseen problems could be dealt with easily. Workers had support structures and weren't run dogged causing injuries, absenteeism or perpetual staff turnover. Ample vocational schools and on the job apprenticing occured without bean counters crying about payroll costs. This allowed a solid pool of skilled bodies for growth or retirements attrition. The broom closets and maintenance department warehouses had nearly all parts to keep things running and make fixes easily and quickly. A computer modeled or A.I. driven system can function on the margins, but only long term WITHOUT the humans suckling the resource teets. They will then make the decision out of simple mathematical necessity, humans must be eliminated from "their" equations. Assimilation into a Borg workers support staff collective won't happen as most humans are useless eaters. Full on termination for all others to occur. How much fiction does eventually come to fruition? Got wheat?

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    1. Reducing redundancy allowed most nuclear arsenals to rust away. So when Cyberdyn AI goes to eliminate us, it will fail miserably. We'll get the last laugh.

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    2. Funny you should mention nuclear arsenals rusting away. I was reading a bit of to-ing and fro-ing re:China (say it like Trump... say it) V USA USA USA.

      Anyways. A few interesting things came up. But to the point at hand. Nuclear warheads mess with electronics (Degrades them), importantly the trigger for the warhead. The bits needed to maintain the system? Guess which country no longer has the ability to make them?

      So one pundit asked "What if Chinnna has worked out that the US nuclear weapons are duds?" "Sure, China could lose 100 million but remember, it's China. They aren't the bastions of GAF about people that's for sure" Then there's the fact whilst the US was celebrating some broad with a burka getting elected China celebrated landing a probe on the other side of the moon.

      I'm not saying that US Nukes are duds. Maybe they're all big bluff weapons anyway? I sure as heck don't want anyone to call that bluff though

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    3. I don't know the extent of the neglect. I'm just assuming that they are financially neglected worse than reported. Your part about the trigger assembly is new information to me ( I'm sure I read it at some time but forgot ). If we are cannabilizing tanks and planes, we are going the same with nukes. The question is, how many are down? I'm sure we have plenty of workable ones-but is it enough?

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  3. "By being more mindful of insulation and sealing widow and door cracks, you vastly increase energy efficiency."

    Modern doors and windows, even the economy (builder grade) models are far more efficient than those of just 20 years ago due to better design and materials. However, if they are installed improperly there will be air leaks.

    It starts with the building wrap, Tyvek or like. The entire building gets wrapped from top to bottom and secured. Then, with a razor knife, large "X"'s are cut from corner to corner in the window and door openings. The resulting "triangle" flaps are wrapped tightly into the openings and stapled to the interior studs. What you've just done was create a waterproof opening.

    When installing the windows a fat bead of silicon caulk must be applied around the opening exterior perimeter where the window flange will set. That caulk will squish flat when the window flange screws are installed making an airproof-waterproof seal. Do the same inside between the window jamb/head/sill and the adjacent wood structure. Do this before any interior sheathing is installed.

    Remember, cold flows to hot. It's science. In the winter the cold outside air will try to come inside and in the summer cold air conditioned will try to escape to the outside.

    You know where a lot of temperature transfer occurs? At electrical outlets and switches on exterior walls. Hold your hand over an outlet on an outside wall. You will feel cold air coming in through the plug holes and around the cover. This is because the stud cavity is 3-1/2" deep and the electrical outlet box is 3-1/4" deep so there is a quarter inch insulation gap behind every outlet-switch box cause nobody forces insulation behind the boxes and it's a pain to do so after the fact. I don't recommend that expanding foam in a can as it can bow the wall and skew the outlet box.

    The next time you receive a package that has some of that soft 1/4" thick foam use that to seal the openings. Lay an electrical outlet cover on the foam and trace around it with a thin marker and around the holes too. Then carefully cut it out with a razor knife and install it behind the outlet cover. Once you cut one, use it to create a template out of thin cardboard that you can keep on hand for any time you receive the foam.

    You can make 100's of those outlet and switch cover insulators and pitch them to your neighbors and friends. Install them for 25 cents a piece. See? Take a product that is normally thrown away and turn it into something to line your ass pocket and save energy and money for the people you know. And the best part is that it gets your unemployed ass off the couch and thinking positive for a change. No, you'll not get rich in money but you'll gave far more overall than blobbing out all day. Do it!

    Tomorrow we will talk about "Thermal Bridging" (the hidden energy pirate that nobody knows about) in exterior walls and ways to eliminate it in new and existing buildings.

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  4. So when you see long caravans of chinese supply rockets heading to Moonbase Alpha on the dark side of the moon you'll know your days are numbered and Pink Floyd was right. The only safe place left on planet Earth will be close to the area where the launch commands are given and even that isn't a sure thing as that Luna is a quarter million miles away and unforeseen things can happen between there and here. They say Antarctica isn't so bad once you learn how to not eat for months at a time, but then, cold tuna now and then and it's omega 3 can be rather tasty at 80 below.

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    1. Such a drama queen! It routinely stays at a mere 50 below, not 80. Nearly balmy. All hail our Sino Overlords.

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