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Saturday, November 30, 2019

swallowing stress


SWALLOWING STRESS
I was always a very high strung child. Luckily for the most part we always lived out in the country and I could avoid people for long stretches of time. As I got older, and a corresponding increase in chores, physical labor along with solitude ( with books ) pretty much handled my stress. After I got married the first time, hour long jogs substituted for strangling the spouse. The exponential increase in stress with Baby Mama was harder to tame, but it gave me huge amounts of energy at work.
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I treated my displeasure with wife no4, as well as the stress from the job working for bitch bosses, by working harder and faster. As you might recall, Christmas is far from my favorite season, the joy of it taking a huge squishy from the first holiday without my kids and getting worse as retailers turned a quarter of the year into extra work for their own profit. One time I was working for Family Dollar ( may their executives be boiled alive in liquid feces for all eternity in the lower bowels of Hell ) and between all the extra crap showing up in August, and doing the managers job for her, I was steaming mad.
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Keep in mind I'm the only guy there, so I'm schlepping freight all week long, being the assistant manager on top of that, and now covering for a new manager who probably needed to get laid she was so worthless. Oh, but Jim, now we need you to hand write every single bar code, quantity ( think scores of tiny decorations ), pack it and put it all up twenty feet in the loft for storage for next year, on top of your normal duties. I was so pissed I was literally running up the vertical ladder, heavy boxes carried one handed and throwing them overhand up into the loft, while mumbling curses.
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I was in my mid-thirties, still strong of muscle and endurance. And of course, you know with that kind of temper and energy, the boss just pisses you off on purpose to get an extra man shift performance, free. That was my last job, at the food bank. Bitch boss rode me like a rabid pony, and as much as I wanted to kick her in the knee to take down her fat ass, straddle her body and put all my weight into pulverizing her face, I had to contain myself and take out my hate on inanimate objects. Even her dumb ass eventually figured out how to push my buttons for even more work, free.
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Well, by now you might be seeing the issue. You are only fleet of foot and infused with unlimited energy while young. Once you get old, not only does your job throw you under the bus ( because an aging manual worker should ease into management but now all the females hold those positions ), you can't rely on physical work to burn off the stress. I HAD to quit the food bank, not only because if I stayed I would have hurt the boss, but also because I was starting to slow down. I was huffing and puffing, and at night I was a lot more sore. It would have just been a matter of time.
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Now, even though 90% of my stress was gone along with the job, remember what I said about being high strung. Without extra exercise, what was a brother to do about stress? At first, I just wrote more, as writing was a large stress release also, for twenty years. Just vomit all that frustration and hate onto the page. And it worked for some time. But then we started seeing an unfortunate trend, or at least I did, and the economy started imploding. Now my stress was back with a vengeance. Writing until my brain hurt, then staying busy reading didn't help. I was writing and reading doom and gloom.
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And again, extra exercise wasn't an option. I worked like a mule, until suddenly ( seemingly ) one day I couldn't even do twenty percent of what I had been. And it isn't sitting at a desk for the last two and a half years. The week I quite the food bank, I was out at my place trying to take up up digging the latest hole. I couldn't do it back then. Now, granted, I can't bike every day like I used to, so biking out there I had no energy to dig. If I was living out there, I could still dig. Perhaps for fifteen minutes, half hour. If I did nothing else the rest of the day.
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I have the muscles still, but far too many years of working and biking outside in severe temperatures and I fried my lungs from the cold. Hey, I grew up in California. Even at Lake Tahoe it doesn't get all that cold. I didn't realize, until too late, what that does to your wind. Not that ignorance is an excuse with Darwin. So, time to once again relearn coping mechanisms. I needed to counteract the daily stress brought on by bad news of a serious nature ( at least as I perceived it ). I needed to do something besides studying and planning, something concrete.
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I needed to physically act every day. Something in the real world, not digital, to prepare. Even the the most mundane task, like digging another hole ( it just needs to be small, and done slowly ), or vacuum sealing something for that hole, or going to the thrift store for stockpile items. Even getting another bag or three of sugar and finding a ghetto engineering way of packing it, such as re-purposing a plastic empty coffee can.
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There are plenty of prepper chores to be done that cost nothing, such as reorganizing the basement to make more room ( at the same time making it look cleaner and more organized to please The Boss ). I can repackage items so that they can be more quickly loaded into the NOL's vehicle to bug out to the B-POD. For a half week now I've been doing something every day having to do with prepping. I never worried before about DAILY, and this isn't anything I'll regret not doing, per se, but just something to get me out of my head by doing with my hands.
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As a result, because I'm DOING instead of WORRYING, my stress level has come down to a more reasonable level. Before, I'd always been content that I was already ready enough, for whatever. Now, I suppose I have to have a version of rosary beads, something to keep my hands busy. Not to say I can eliminate all the extra stress. I can feel one of the larger disturbances in The Force here. But before I could feel the stress building up. At least now the pressure is reduced. Dammit! It was so much more enjoyable when it was theoretical.
( .Y. )
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Friday, November 29, 2019

slow, fast, instant 4


SLOW, FAST, INSTANT 4
Why do I think that this is the last economic collapse, the tipping over the edge of the waterfall? After all, didn't I think that the last economic meltdown was the same? I talk a lot about Peak Oil and Derivatives exposure and bank failures. All that means is that something ( or, more likely, some thingS ) is going to be the straw that breaks the camels back. Collapse is baked into the cake, and it has been known from that day long ago our good buddy Hubbert figured out how oil fields depleted, in a known manner.
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And for all you Fracking Fan Club Boyz, sorry, but fracking depletes at a minimum of TEN times faster. Let me introduce just a wee bit more math, even though that is kryptonite to Optimistic Ollies. The Oil Age, insofar as most of the energy we use being derived from petroleum, is nearing a century. For HALF of that time, we have been discovering less and less conventional oil ( you know, the stuff we built our country out of ) until we have reached the point we are using more every year than we discover.
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You remember that the same is going on with grain, yes? We are using more every year than we grow, digging deep into reserves that are now mostly gone. Is that sustainable? Well then, what makes you think fracking is, when a well taps out in two or three years? Not forty plus, as in conventional oil. Whenever someone brings up “Venezuela has the globes biggest reserves”, I want to go to the homeless camp, get hobo raped, get AIDS, and then cut the speaker and spit into the wound. Venezuela oil is NOT conventional petroleum. It is that fake crap like Canada has, not even real oil. As in, low BTU.
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The bankers can play with inflation and credit creation and stock market purchases all they want, but without OIL, modern banking is dead. Dead as my lust for Melanie Griffith after she got one plastic surgery too many and now she looks like the villain from “Saw” with those cheekbones. Look it up, you'll see what I mean. Anyway, resources must back money creation. Otherwise, you get uncontrolled inflation which gains nothing but a little time. With resources, prices can be contained.
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The halt of the growth of oil in 2005 gave us the beginning of the economic meltdown in 2007. In early 2019, fracking oil GROWTH stopped. Within months, the economic meltdown began. All the credit and currency creation in the world does nothing but buy us a slight amount of time. You could be excused from being unawares of 2008. It was the first time any of us had experienced oil growth being halted which effected the economy terribly. Oh! Wait! We did experience that, in the early 70's.
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What was your excuse? You didn't believe in Peak Oil. What was MY excuse? I have none. I should have seen it coming. I didn't, other than in a general “something really has me worried” way. I started buying land in 2005, knowing I needed to avoid paying rent. That was my basic subconscious acting upon an inarticulate fear. Other than that, at the time I lacked the practice of deeper analysis. And back then, the MSM did NOT hide the economic indicators. Now, nobody shows the real news ( political smokescreen, remember? ), and actively seeks out to suppress any real economic news ( don't you DARE believe the Deep State isn't behind the censorship ).
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What was this latest beyond believable circus act of an impeachment, if not an actual attempt to distract the masses as the economy started melting down? Why else do you sacrifice so many of your troops ( Biden )? If they have to take Hilary down, they most certainly will. If that is what it takes to keep the wool over our eyes, you can bet they slip her a larger dose of Stupid Juice, and trot out a drooling senile old bitch to distract everyone. My guess? Hilary being thrown under the bus means we are already imploding hard economically.
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They already know a lot of us know, and have stepped up an attack against THAT, doubling down on “Deplorable Scum”, “Kill Honky Mo-Fo's” and the like, trying to discredit the voices that dare murmur the emperor has no clothes. Snowden was most likely a sacrificial lamb to scare the other folks into shutting up about anything. Same with YouTubers. And please, do NOT think I'm implying that I'm brave or fearless. No one listens to me, and I pose a threat to no one. And I throw enough “bizarre ideas” on the wall to see what sticks that I've discredited myself anyway.
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Oh, look at that silly Jim. Implying the Holocaust might or might not have happened. Questioning the moon landing. Thinking a fertilizer bomb cannot take down a building from across the street. And etcetera. Right? What could I possibly know about an economic collapse or running out of oil? I do know this, though. If you are relying on the government to tell you when a collapse is happening, you are barking up the wrong tree.
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Better just to be extra paranoid, rather than not worried enough. By many metrics, we are worse off right now than in 2008. The banker bail-out is not being televised. The rejection of the petro-dollar is being ignored. And we do NOT have an alternate source of energy this time around to allow banker credit or currency creation to be successful. Got wheat? Got ammo? What do you think are the two biggest contenders to be controlled and run out of? Food has been a problem globally and COULD be one now as one natural disaster after another impacts mid-west Big-Ag production. Ammo is one pen stroke away from be highly taxed, regulated or outlawed ( the Second Amendment protects guns. Does it say anything about ammunition? California doesn't think so ).
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Wheat and ammo are cheap, and anyone on any budget can deep larder them. Even if all you do is stock rimfire ( and for the love of God, avoid the 4cent Remington crap. Spend an extra cent of two on a better brand ) so you can go crazy on wheat, it will work. Focus on calories first. Do not go with taste or balanced diet. Calories first. AFTER that, then fat and vitamins. THEN, protein. You can trap or hunt with a pellet gun. You can pick wild greens. But you need a base of calories or you will have no fuel to carry on with everything else, from foraging, hunting, water gathering, defense or heating your body in winter.
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If nothing happens, you've gotten food and ammo as cheap as it is ever going to get ( don't worry about silver until you don't need anything else, although I can't imagine anyone who can't buy at least ONE ounce of bullion for $20-$25 at a coin shop. Trust me, it will be worth more than a gold coin is worth now, and very soon. Risk a $20 bill. Better than going to the movies and gambling watching a Grrl Power CGI hunk of crap ). Stock up your kitchen cupboard for a regular grocery stockpile. Stuff that only needs to last a year or three. A few bags of sugar, flour, rice, Masa ( whole grain corn flour, very fine, great for scrapple ). A tiny bit of grease and meat, added to starch, will really reduce the grocery bill. You can do something every day, for just a few bucks, to really get ready. If nothing happens, nothing has been lost. If it DOES...
( .Y. )
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Thursday, November 28, 2019

slow, fast, instant 3, article 2 of 2 today


SLOW, FAST, INSTANT 3 ( article 2 of 2 today )
Many economists of the non-CNN talking propaganda head variety, non academic, Austrian School types, believe that the US has actually been in a negative rates of growth in GDP since the Tech Wreck. Basically, it isn't rocket science as they subtract the REAL rate of inflation from the stated GDP and they get a negative rate. I like to spread a wider net and add all kinds of spicy ingredients such as Peak Oil, fracking EROI, backing out Wall street manipulation from Derivatives, Fed injections and just a pinch of Uber Paranoia, and tend to agree.
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Now, obviously, it also isn't that hard to figure out that a negative growth rate is pretty bad for an economy and one of the side effects is that it's velocity of collapse increases. And WHY is it important to know that more than likely GDP has been negative for twenty years? Because it means this next economic collapse isn't going to JUST be a recession. Global debt is TWICE what it was in 2008, but worse the derivatives exposures are twice to three times as high. Right now, paper silver derivatives are 200 to 1, paper to physical.
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It just takes three percent of people to demand actual metal and the whole system implodes. Gold is “only” 100 to 1, and yet London cannot come up with the gold to meet delivery demand. Perhaps these reported numbers of leverage are even worse in reality. Yeah, leverage is your friend, until it isn't. Fair weather bitch! I'm sure the bankers are really feeling put upon. Remember that Repo market fiasco? Right, now they are up to 42 days repayment, not all loans being overnight. But nothing to see there, no bank bail-out!
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I don't bring this up to convince you the End Is Nigh. You should already be convinced that the economic collapse has already started, and all I'm doing to trying to underline how much worse it will be, because Lies. I Honest Injun thought that 2008 was it. That is why I moved to the junk land. Elko Nevada has far too many people, granted, but where I was had three and a half times as many people, with many more just thirty miles away. Here, those “many more” are three HUNDRED miles away. A huge difference, even if I didn't achieve perfection.
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I didn't have time to achieve the perfect survival location. I had to deal with what I thought was an Instant collapse. Not as in “overnight” but as in “any friggin day now it all does dark”. I was singularly focused on getting out of debt, base calories ( meaning the cheapest and healthiest possible, but not the perfect nutritional balance ), winter survival shelter and adding to the ammunition count. All refinements to that came later. And what I fear, for you because I'm pretty well covered, is that we are at an Instant point again. But this time it is far worse.
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We basically had ten years of Fast collapse, causing 2008, and since then we have seen exponentially FASTER collapse. How can I NOT see the next phase as INSTANT? Look, do you really think the Blue forces of evil going full retard was because Trump was elected? Yes, that was the ignition point. But WHY? Why now and not years ago when, say, Bush Junior was screwing things up? It's the economy, stoopid. And yes, I know the Federal Reserve essentially took us off the zero interest rate right about that time. In effect, scaring the zoo animals with the election.
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The Fed basically caused the political unrest not because of who the President is-it matters not as they will all be in the bankers pocket-but to turn on a smoke generator to obscure the state of the economy. What is the ONLY thing we've heard about BEFORE Trump was even “elected”? All politics, 24/7. And politics don't matter, does it? Hilary was owned by the bank, obviously holding proof of criminality. Obammy was owned by the bank, proof of immigration status and religion held over his head. And the bank owns Trump, proof of financial shenanigans from all the bankruptcies ( and probably Mob connections ).
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So, Politics Do NOT Matter! Banker Bitches select the candidates and whoever you vote for is owned by the bankers. Sure, they can STILL screw things up worse with their politics, but at this point that is the least of your worries. And some things are probably not a worry until after the economy crashes. The bankers wouldn't approve of gun confiscation now, as a rebellion would crash the economy itself. Afterwards? Probably guaranteed. The Politburo will need free slave labor to keep everything running as oil severely contracts in supply.
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That right there is all the reason you need to oppose gun confiscation. Give up your guns, get on the train to the Work Camps. Underfed, heavy manual labor, unheated barracks and no medical care. You do the math on how long you survive. You KNOW slavery is going to make a comeback after oil. So don't discount how bad it will be once the banks crash. Without the banks, fracking oil stops. Minus six million barrels. Once the economy crashes, making the military impotent, everyone pulls out of the PetroDollar. Minus another six millions barrels per day. Amount left-six. Amount used today, eighteen.
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Again, do the math. It isn't hard and I can't even stop you from using a calculator. We were using 20 million barrels of oil a day, building up suburbia for all the illegals the entire time, plus super sizing retail in the 90's and building a lot of extra housing in the Aughts. Plus occupying the Sandbox. But after Peak Oil hit in 2005 ( plus, no oil bonanza from Iraq ), after a few stupid moves such as ethanol and hydrogen, we hit on fracking oil as the only thing that was going to save our asses. We lost a lot of imports to China ( and others holding her coattail ), replaced six out of eight million barrels with fracking, and those missing two were taken care of with Demand Destruction from drivers.
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But here is the hard math part. We didn't JUST lose ten percent we couldn't replace. We didn't JUST lose five percent of gasoline net energy with ethanol. We also lost net energy to fracking. At least half of the fracking oil is near worthless in terms of net energy. In effect, the economy took a hit in Available BTU's of about 25%. And that is WITH the “miracle” of fracking. Wonder yet why the economy is doing so bad? We lost a quarter of our energy needed to run everything. Yes, the Federal Reserve Bank needed the Useful Idiot communists to distract us from economics.
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( math: EROI on US conventional oil is about 7:1. EROI on fracking oil is probably lower than I give it credit for, but due to asset stripping we can be generous and call it 3:1. That is why I call half of fracking a net lose. So, three million barrels rather than the six actually produced. Two million we no longer use. Not even counting the five percent gasoline energy drop from ethanol, we are in effect only using 75% of the oil we had prior to fracking/Peak Oil )
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Care to guess how much of an import drop we had in the early 70's with the OPEC embargo? Under five percent. THAT caused us to ship all our factories overseas, turn our economy over to the bankers and have interest rates of near 20%. And yet we just lost 25%. Granted, a loss of oil directly and a loss of net energy are two totally different animals. We have been losing EROI since we started running our economy on oil. I'm merely pointing out how bad you can expect the economy to get, just from that ONE indicator. There is a lot MORE pain that is going to be piled on from banker manipulation and geopolitical events. Continued, and I promise, concluded, tomorrow.
( .Y. )
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guest article, article 1 of 2 today

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

slow, fast, instant 2


SLOW, FAST, INSTANT 2
One of the first problems with the Stair Step Collapse is that the model isn't even factual if you are looking at it historically. We were steady in the 50's, dipped slightly in the 60's, took a HUGE step down in the Seventies, then a giant step UP in the mid to late 80's, then another very large step UP for the 90's, a big step DOWN, a leveling off, a lot of small steps up until 2008, then a huge plunge down. That doesn't look like any stair well I know. And yes, the basic point of the Stair Step Collapse is that we collectively step down, then reach equilibrium, stay there awhile until the next step down.
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In other words, no problem is so big that we cannot adjust and go about our lives normally. This from the man that DID believe in Peak Oil and did follow the book “Overshoot” as, supposedly, his bible. Yet, he ignored the lessons of Peak, and the lessons of overshoot and sudden die-off. He was preaching to the widest audience, selling his brand of religion ( hugging trees ). And evidently, I'M the crazy one for NOT being religious, and a barbaric religion is preferable to no religion. Well, I'm hyperbolic. His religion was No Doom. That always sells well.
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Peak Oil is only no big deal if you ONLY look at the US, which had institutional mechanisms in place to restrict the production of oil. It looked like a very long process of depletion ( another model is that of Norway, even more conservative than America in its draw down, but that is rarely studied in an 'Murican-centric survival community ). The rest of the world was more boom and bust. Just look at Britain, which used its half of the North Sea oil to enrich London, pay off the anarchist hoodlums, and quickly resettle as many OtherColors and OtherReligions as they could before the economy collapsed, and now has too little energy.
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Look at failed narco state Mexico, which produced oil too quickly. Even look at Saudi Arabia, which very well could have False Flagged itself to hide the fact of plummeting production ( the war with Yemen was over getting THEIR oil ). More countries than not are well past their Peak Production. This didn't become a resource problem so much as it did an economic issue, as the lack of growth is the most dangerous condition central bank run economies can face.
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The premise of the book “Overshoot” ( a more stuffy academic book than not, but easy to slowly wade through as it is so fascinating ) was that ALL species overpopulate if excess resources are available, then die-off after overshooting the carrying capacity. The famous example is yeast in a vat. Greer highly recommended this book, yet ignored its obvious lessons completely. Over shooting your resource base is in no way a stairstep process.
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I'm not even sure I approve of our Italian friends Seneca Collapse. The model certainly fits, but I think his love affair with Gore Warming and his hero worship of Greta has scrambled his brain and unduly influenced his calculations. A failure in the ecosystem is a lot more devastating to most species of animals than it is to man, whose tool making and cultural adaptation and cooked meat fed brain makes him infinitely adjustable to change. As a species, we laugh at climate change. Not so much our non-naked companions.
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The Seneca Cliff is like a roller coaster, all the way up, slight pause and then a fast ride down. This is basically a boom and bust. He uses a lot of models such as animal populations and economic industries to make his point. The problem I have with it is that although it is in general a good guideline, in specifics it ignores a far longer timeline. I contend that a better model would be the growth phase, then the top which is much longer than implied. The top is indeed a “bumpy plateau”, but the general line is downward. Then, after a long period of Bumpy, a drastic drop.
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In other words, it is ALL downwards but extremely slow, until suddenly it isn't anymore and plunges. As I said, the Seneca Cliff is a close enough model, except for the velocity around the top, one of those details that might impact you, which makes a distinction important. Which is the only reason I argue against it. I think it is better to view the collapse as Slow, Fast, Instant. Yes, just another name for Waterfall Collapse, but it warrants its own articles, so renaming it is my ulterior motive.
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Another irritating Greer insistence was that you had two choices, a VERY slow and long collapse or an instant collapse. And since he mocked and derided Instant Collapse ( “ha, ha, look at all the ignorant arseholes that predicted The End Of The World” ), that only left long and slow. I myself do not think Instant Collapse, outside global nuclear war, or an asteroid, or solar flare/EMP or supervolcano, is very feasible either. No Rapture or what have you. But if a long downward collapse has already been happening, a plunge at the end IS probably assured.
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And yet another irritating truism ( I'm not sure who from ) was the “if you are unemployed it is a Depression, if your neighbor is unemployed it is a Recession”. That implies that despite certain people experiencing unfortunate accidents, that doesn't make for a collapse. Which is a very good way indeed to ignore the trends that point out an occurring collapse. For instance, if you just dismiss religious war in Sudan as “Africa Being Africa, primitive Sambo's, low IQ” ( or similar dismissive nonsense ), you don't quite get the famine issue underlying the conflict. Nor do you understand the lack of food aid being about the running out of grain reserves globally.
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When the constant steady direction of indicators is DOWN, even if it appears to almost have stopped, you more easily connect the dots of timing the collapse. No, no one can actually time the collapse, but you can at least know how much closer we are to danger. On the Stair Step model, there is the Hopium Illusion of staying steady. But, wait, Jim, you fair haired stud, you said the stairsteps were all up and down in severity, when you initially refuted that model. And so I did. For the US. Not so much for the globe.
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You will perhaps recall that our economic boom in the 90's was directly fueled by stealing the energy from Russia, who had a huge roll back in administered land and a big plunge in population though economic collapse. The 80's economic recovery of the US and Britain were the result of the last giant oil fields coming online ( there have been no “elephants” since then ), but the rest of the globe subsidized that and had less energy themselves as Iran and Iraq oil was largely curtailed from their conflict.
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Globally, per capita energy has been steadily decreasing since 1979. If we are blinded by our intermittent good luck, we ignore the continuous global decline. And our fortunes have been tied to the globe for a good many years. For fifty years, either ourselves or others have been in decline, a zero sum game where ones good fortune was paid for by another's misfortune. But overall, it has been a constant decline. Not a step down followed by no change, but a steady down hill journey. It was fifty years of a slow decline, but a much faster decline for almost the last fifteen of those fifty. We continue tomorrow, as we await the “instant” part of that so far Slow, then Fast, collapse.
( .Y. )
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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

slow, fast, instant


SLOW, FAST, INSTANT
Velocity of collapse matters, and it matter a lot. This is a large part of your plans. Obviously, it also matters what kind of collapse. Back in the Cold War days, for twenty years you had one type of collapse, nuclear annihilation, and one velocity, instant. Both were very important. Most likely, working at a factory, you were in or near a city and you needed a fallout shelter. You could finance that because it was a good bet you were employed until the day you needed it. The good old days of cut and dried danger.
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But suddenly, we had an economic collapse. The 60's cultural collapse in no way gave you any warning of the coming economic collapse, nor did the war in Vietnam look like anything other than another boost to the military industrial economy. You would have had to be one of only a handful of people to listen to Hubbert in the 50's to get any idea of an approaching economic bomb, and then predict it would be an instant implosion. Hardly likely. However, as soon as the economy smoked a giant engorged mule member, preparedness changed over night.
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Suddenly, there was no more job security and if you did stay employed it was far from a Union job. You could no longer stay in the city for a good job, nor did you want to as the New Normal of Black Rebellion took hold. You still had the “instant” threat of collapse, but now both in a nuclear attack and the economy. The new plan that made much more sense was to move to the country to avoid nuclear fire or fallout, and live more like a hippie than a suburbanite to live on less income. You were homesteading to counteract the economic collapse threat.
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But then the Soviet Union collapsed ( we pushed it, with a Color Revolution-I think the “broke from Afghanistan” explanation was to hide this endeavor, as it was a secret weapon that would be used again to good effect ). Suddenly, the threat was no longer “instant”. Plenty of Washington Wags tried to paint China as the new Instant Doom Threat, but with Clinton selling them military secrets we had a hard time buying into that paradigm. And what do you know, just as Ruff and Saxon and Ing and ( strategic relocation dude ) had appeared to sell the new strategy, up popped the new purveyors.
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Now collapse was slow to non-existent, after the nuclear threat had passed. Duffy with his Backwoods Home and Rawles with his “work hard in the city to invest in a concrete bunker atop a mountain” strategy focused on the danger of big government. Which was bad, but no worries, all the time in the world. The problem was, nobody has come along to replace those obsolete plans. And they are obsolete, I guar-an-damn-tee you a jelly filled donut.
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So, survivalism started about 1950, after Russia got her own bomb. The Bunker strategy lasted about twenty years. In 1970 ( ish ) we went over to a Relocate strategy to deal with both the death of decent wages with the same threats. Twenty years later ( ish ) the Soviet's were no longer a threat and instant doom was no longer a concern. We had a very slow burn collapse and it was okay to work in the city, there no longer being rural jobs in general, and save up to move away from government meddling. Plus a few other dangers that didn't worry us unduly.
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Twenty years after THAT, we had a new thing called the Greater Depression. But no new guru's stepped forward to offer a new way of dealing with that. Oh, I tried. I tried mightily. I was flogging the dead and buried corpse of the horse of frugal preparedness. But ANY excuse to dismiss me was used with unseemly haste to ignore my unwelcome message. Firstly, I was a heathen, NOT a religious man. Obviously, if I was not channeling baby Jesus I was deluded and misguided. Secondly, I DARED, dared to spit on the 'Murican Way Of Life by pointing out that, well, sorry, but the earth is not a petroleum filled hollow ball and oil was a FINITE resource and we started running out.
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And I'm serious. Whenever I published elsewhere, those were the two underlying problems. Evidently, most religious folks prefer their science from clerics, and all other folks pick and choose the science they approve of. But I'm not bitter! Not me. Nothing to see here, kindly move along. Yet, the problem remains that even if nobody listens to me, they don't listen to anyone else either. It is still the 90's economy fueling prepper advice, in an economy NOT anywhere near as robust.
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Because since we cannot accept Peak Oil, we cannot attribute the economy to excess oil in the 90's, so when that oil is gone, well we still refuse to accept that era's economy is gone. It must all the fault of those evil Democrats! Yeah! That's the ticket. And in this environment of wildly looking about for a scapegoat for the economy, ignoring energy, we also look wildly about for new collapse velocity models. The Druid Dude had just the snake oil to sell to the rubes, in the Long Descent stairstep collapse theory.
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Now, I grant you, the stair step collapse LOOKED plausible. That was what we had been looking at for the last several decades. You could even say “centuries”, if you looked at Western Civilization and colonialism in general and viewed the decline of each ECONOMIC empire ( as opposed to RESOURCE empire, as the Bank Of England method of empire has moved from one country to another ), it was easy to think there was a quasi-recovery after each crash or dip in living standards. But while I think Druid Dude is pretty smart in many things, I don't think he has a capacity to admit he makes very many mistakes, and clings stubbornly to his pet theory.
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Granted, I cling stubbornly to mine, as well. But when I'm wrong, I try to own up to that. And when events and study just double down on certain theories, I cling to them even more stubbornly. Nothing has dissuaded me from Peak Oil, but I sure was wrong about velocity AND severity of collapse, having once been a mere Disaster Prepper, and now a civilization collapse prepper. In outlook if not preparations, as I'm settled where I'm at even if it is NOT a great place to be come the Big Spicy ( it was perfect for a mere economic collapse ).
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Tomorrow, I'll cover the stairstep collapse, the Seneca Cliff, the problems with ONLY choosing between slow or fast collapse, and why the Waterfall Collapse is superior, and how that better reflects past collapses and past US events than the other models.
( .Y. )
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Monday, November 25, 2019

kill switch


KILL SWITCH
The “Internet Kill Switch” is another one of those things we all stressed about, then went on our merry way worrying about something else such as whether Obammy was a flamming fag boy or not. It was like the “death panel” news, in that it was probably true, which is why it was so successfully stuffed down the rabbet hole so quickly. Or, my personal favorite, the “indefinite detention without charges” that every swinging dingus purposefully ignores ( “I'm Not Listening, lalalala” ) because that would mean they had to stop buying ammunition and actually start to use it.
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Not that I'm one for rebellion. I'd prefer to ignore everyone's stupidity, stay out of their way while they do whatever it is they do to amuse themselves because their lives would otherwise be a shallow pit of despair with no meaning, and enjoy my life apart from them. Alas, it probably won't be so simple. Because people are indeed asswhores and douche canoes, they want to drag you down to their level. Misery loves company, after all, and even as we speak some purple hair cat lady sky screamer is figuring out a way to turn me into a castrated soy boy so she has a new friend.
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Now, I DO think “death panels” are a real thing, despite the fact that Sarah Palin was the talking head that popularized the issue. It isn't a cut off of coverage at age 76, as was first reported. But far too many reports are circulating regarding the pushing of opioids as a “quality of life” issue that acts as an accelerate towards death that I think it behooves one to be very cautious and paranoid. I'm not necessary saying it is a bad thing, as Medicare should not be a taxpayer program keeping everyone's grandma alive in a near coma, but that should be an open and debated question, but an underhanded and hidden issue forced on others without oversight.
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But then, I think that flu shots are a designed bioweapon, don't I? I'm not exactly prone to give the government the benefit of the doubt, not after anthrax shots during the gulf war, Agent Orange, nuclear fallout testing on draftees, AIDS, MK-Ultra and chemical tests on subway riders. I'm pessimistic and paranoid, hateful and suspicious, and I'm Damn Skippy proud of it. So, what about the near forgotten “Internet Kill Switch”?
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I was reminded of it reading a novel about guerrilla war following total gun control ( probably since recommended to you-remember, the blog articles are written a week in advance. If you want up to the minute writing, subscribe to the e-mail newsletter ). Those wily gun lovers, within their ranks computer nerds, shotgun post video of a gun owner fighting back after a ban, as the dreaded black SUV vomits forth a fire team to kick in a door and kick ass. The point being, once everyone knows not everyone agrees or peacefully gave up the guns, others will join the rebellion.
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And there is some truth to that-plenty of people want to fight back, but they don't want to do it alone because all that accomplishes is that you become a martyr. Why die if no one else cares about the Bill Of Rights? I mean, OBVIOUSLY no one cares about the Bill Of Rights, as evidenced every damn day. In what society would men allow a very young boy to be castrated because the deluded and demented mother thinks that gender is a choice? Crap like this happens every day, every day the communists push our buttons and get away with it and are emboldened.
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If you don't smack the family dog down, hard, when it tests the waters being aggressive, eventually one of your kids is going to get mauled. Our Blues are a very rabid dog, and we do not punish it. We should have already put it down. However, that said, we are also not a nation anymore, merely a confederation of different tribes squabbling over a shrinking treasure, so I certainly do not fault anyone for failing to fight back. You don't risk your life for another tribe. Which is exactly the point of the problem with fighting back against gun control.
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The one thing the government could absolutely NOT do is let the word get out that someone had finally decided to fight back. Because gun owners are pretty much a tribe. You have to be, if your views are that individuals are more important than the government ( a dying world view ). Once the tribe starts fighting back, THEN you might join in the fight. It is critical they do not allow this. So, the Internet Kill Switch is hit.
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But there is a slight problem, one I love that the novel brings up ( making it worth my time reading ). All banking and business and even law enforcement communication past the local area, uses the Internet. It isn't just mom and pop businesses, it is the Mega Too Big To Fail corporations. Not just Amazon taking orders but food transportation logistics. The Internet is now critical for almost everything to function. My take-away from this was NOT, “well, I guess we don't have to worry about the kill switch”. No. It was worse.
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Forget gun control for now. It is probably inevitable but I trust you all realize that Clinton was a poser. The next time there will be no loopholes. I don't think many folks buried guns in the 90's. I think EVERYONE should be burying them now ( if you only have one gun, and so cannot bury it because you'll need it, you are doing something wrong. Remember One Is None? Bury most, and a lot of ammo because they will take that also, and just keep a minimum for immediate needs ). But what about THE immediate threat? Economic collapse.
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It has already started. The banks are already being bailed out, in stealth mode. Many indicators are worse than 2008. Do you remember what one of the steps of the bail out is going to be? Yes, to the head of the minion class for you, bail IN's. After the bail out from the central bank, you lose any money you have in the bank, and the Treasury gives you a ten or twenty year maturity bond in its place ( which will hyper-inflate away. Which is why China and everyone else dumped long term bonds for very short term ones ).
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And what would the perfect cover be to close the banks, to forestall panic? “A hacker attack”, placed in quotes because it will obviously be a false flag attack. The Rothschild's meat puppet Trump flicks the kill switch on the Internet, calls it the fault of Russia or whoever, and the Internet being down is the perfect cover as the banks melt down. In other words, you WANT all business to cease. In this case, it isn't a bad thing. No one can communicate with anyone else, to coordinate attacks, defenses, mutual aid or what have you. Only the TV or radio inform you, and that is all Pravda lies.
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Enjoy your banker holiday, just as America enjoyed the “temporary” suspension of gold convertibility by Nixon.
( .Y. )
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note: if you have Amazon Prime, I heartily recommend the movie "Bellflower".  Amazingly good for a low budget indie film ( I couldn't tell until I researched it ), it is a drama/suspense tale of friends, friends bitches, cheating and betrayal.  A great film in its own right ( but NOT action.  It does not drag, but it is a slow burn ), what makes it so much better is that the friends watched "Road Warrior" way too many times and that theme is throughout the movie.  Bison five star review. 
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Sunday, November 24, 2019

volunteer military 2


VOLUNTEER MILITARY 2
Junk land is the primary example of why you want to voluntarily minimize your lifestyle now. There is a metric butt ton of cheap-ER land out there but there is almost none available that is Dirt Cheap. You want it, get it NOW! NOW!, Brown Cow. Three things that will very soon completely be unavailable at a cheap affordable price are wheat, ammo and junk land. The odds of an overnight collapse are astronomical. Squatting WILL be met with the kings disapproval and punishment. Have a legal squat to avoid the return of anti-vagrancy laws. You know it will return, as it pays.
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Driving from one spot to another on BLM land probably won't be outlawed. Senators in those desert states appreciate the cash infusion from outsiders. But that is not to say you can afford the increased water costs, the astronomical gasoline taxes soon to be added even if oil shoots to the atmosphere from shortages, or the harassment in general as the dregs of society somehow join the Canadian Geese ( snowbirds ). You don't even know if you be able to keep your guns there, as gun control goes nuclear.
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Junk land, right now a nice ENOUGH lot for one or two grand, is so stupid cheap you are a Gott Damn fool for not buying a lot. Relying on mobility at the end of the oil age is even more retarded. This won't be Mad Max where fuel can still be pumped by a scrappy band of survivors. A band of crossbow wielding bikers attacking a oil rig? What are those people eating, right? Just stand back and disrupt the food supply coming in ( the Road Warrior is available on Amazon Prime right now, as I write ).
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Junk land, first, then turning the RV into a better shelter, go a LONG way divorcing yourself from the bankers control. If you have enough shade for the low desert, or enough solar gain in the high desert, you can survive nicely with little to no fuel, living comfortable. You might need to add in a little shovel work to use dirt as a thermal battery, but it takes very little work to super insulate an RV. I'm not advocating living in an RV. I'm just saying there is a banker friendly shelter, and then there is a way to screw the bankers with shelter. An RV just makes a more turn-key home for older dudes.
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Forced minimalism is a direct result of a rigged system not only screwing you and stripping the corpse of any marketable chemicals, but it also is one that props up the cadaver and charges admission for the well off curious. It is going to happen to you, with the only question being if you foolishly volunteer now, while you still have assets and can make yourself more comfortable, or if you are to be even MORE foolish and allow them to volunteer you.
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Yeah, in this case, as in most things, the military is a TERRIBLE school. Their weapon of choice was a terrible choice of firearm, except in the last ten years and that was only from lack of a better option. So, for forty out of fifty years, it was NOT a good idea to learn firearms from the military. CQB? TERRIBLE tactics. Military logistics? TERRIBLE! They are based on the START of the Industrial Age, and here we are at its end. Lastly, do NOT take your lessons on volunteering from your military service.
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Forced Minimalism is the trend. As with all trends, the beginning is NOT the same as the end. Look at the housing bubble. Great place to be, ahead of the pack. Waiting too long? That did NOT end well for millions. You know? Those that USED to be middle class. Look at old humpers that relied on the medical industry to cover their poor decisions. First, it was a mistake to ever think they could rely on medical science. You know, those idiots that agreed how wonderful nuclear power was. Second, even if you did, doing so PAST the oil embargoes of the 1970's was doubling down on the mistake, as that was the point onward surplus energy was over and done.
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But having drank the Kool-Aid, then NOT learning that was a mistake, this entire generation is now held hostage by that medical industry. In the current battle, it is a choice between screwing over The Greatest Generation or going bankrupt, and the medical industry chooses to Get Humping. Because of that reliance, the old bastards are being forced into minimalism after it is too late to prepare for it. The bankers stole their homes, forced them into exorbitant rents, then forced them into insane debt from simple medical care.
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Do you want to end up like that? Old Humpers trusted their government, then trusted the other institutions in power. Oopsie! Do you see how most old folks were led down the road to each fleecing station? You MUST stay out of the control of the bankers if you want to have a fighting chance. You might believe the lies and think you can stay on board their rigged game, living in a nice house and keeping a nice job and depending on nice doctors to keep you working well past a suitable age, but if you do any of that you play by their rules.
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I'm not saying you can't have all that. I'm saying you can't rely on that if it is under the bankers control. Primarily, debt. That is the bankers weapon ( and, controlling the government through that debt, they de facto control you through government laws and enforcement ). Any debt and you have invited the devil inside the church. There is not a lot you can do to stay-mostly-out of the control of the banker owned government. Mostly, by staying rural you can minimize that control. Minimize rather than eliminate, that is the best you can work for.
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Do not let pride in winning blind you to the danger the bankers present. Lucifer himself plays by rules, but the bankers have no such limitation. They want to control you and profit off of you, and like the Devil, they use your weaknesses against you. Sloth. Greed. Envy. Ego. It takes a mere small amount of discipline and training to avoid their evil clutches. In fact, I would say that bankers are the first enemy of preppers. Not fake enemies like communists or Orange Man or Nork Nukes. The idiots controlling the little pieces of green paper you orgasmically rub against your junk.
( .Y. )
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Saturday, November 23, 2019

volunteer military


VOLUNTEER MILITARY
As any of you know either first hand or from pop culture, while in the military there was a fun little game where “volunteers” were chosen by the leadership, without the victims input. No matter how dumb as dirt, recruits learned very quickly that to volunteer was to give consent to being screwed. At least if you didn't consent you were able to keep a smidge of your dignity. Hence, other than the occasional brown nose that was just trying to curry favor ( it is expected that officers would do so, not enlisted ), no one would ever voluntarily volunteer. So it was done for you.
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I was watching a “Prepper Princess” ( literally her name, not my use of it as a slur ) video the other day ( since the economic news is pretty much on hold right now, I'm watching ones I normally avoid such as hers or Bear Independent. Normally both are fine, they just don't appeal to me very often ) and she did a bit on Forced Minimalism. Her question was, how much is downsizing voluntary and how much is forced onto us. My question became, isn't this just a very clear indicator of the economic collapse?
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Price is a very good rationing system. As I said a little while ago, better available expensive gasoline in a hurricane evacuation instead of no gasoline at cheap prices. High prices blow monkey member, but sometimes it is better to pay more than to have none. Other times, prices are insane and yet no products are available anyway ( the ammunition component drought, or the hi-cap mags ), but that seems to be rather rare. Mostly, in our industrial oil age. For now. I think we will return to the historic norm of both high prices and restricted access.
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But even when high prices don't lead to a return of the product, at least they slow demand initially or create substitutes. Again, sometimes. When food canning steel first jacked up in price ( in that $150 oil time frame ), it looked like canners tried everything under the sun to substitute metal. There were Mylar pouches, and plastic cups with the plastic sheeting over that ( like, a cup of applesauce for a kids lunch ). I think that is when Wal-Mart generic Spam got its poor reputation for failing lids.
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I think pouches did pretty good taking over a lot of packaging, but it seems only for the high value items. So it must have never achieved the economics of scale. Canning was a 150+ year industry, so pouches just weren't going to compete. Metal can high prices were just going to be a permanent fixture. As we see them used less and less. And since the industry is so centralized, one company changing packaging means you don't see ANY available package. I haven't seen #10 can instant mashed potatoes since Y2K. It is all in rodent friendly containers now.
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You don't see metal can prepper 5 gallon wheat anymore, it is all plastic ( I have some metal cans from the 80's, and know for a fact Baby Jesus led me to that trash picking. Stew in jealously! ). I've never seen a two pound metal can of shortening other than in old films. Not to say these things don't exist, just that it is close enough to impossible to find to set a standard of Not Available. It is one thing when food packaging decreases in quality, but it is now that way across the economy, except where price rationing still works.
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When was the last time a standard home was built with any kind of quality material, or with quality labor? Not to say construction guys don't work hard, just that it us an assembly line, not a craftsman's product. How about auto's? Even the two quality winners Toyota and Honda are decreasing the lifespan of their parts, even if they still last longer than anything else. They just don't last anywhere as long as older Toyota's and Honda's ( I would still confidently buy anything Honda, and gladly pay the extra price, if I wasn't firmly in the camp of carbon fuel motors being near obsolete after Peak Oil ).
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Clothing, even by the reputable companies, is decreasing in quality. They want us to blame the ill paid Chinese workers, but the sad fact is that China manufactures EXACTLY what you tell them to, from “crap” to “world leader”. The Krauts sure as hell aren't THAT any more. As with paper currency, everyone is racing to the bottom. But, I digressed. There are many ways to mix and match prices and quality to your income range. And yes, this is both a voluntary move to forced minimalism AND a forced pressure brought about by scarcity.
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Right now, with price rationing in effect, we have the choice to voluntarily downsize. We can choose the route already co-opted by the Banker Scum, or we can pick the smarter, frugal choice. And if we do neither, the future “volunteer, military style”, will be both extreme prices AND unavailability. Two areas co-opted by Evil Rothschild's are “tiny houses” and Recreational Vehicles. Tiny Houses were a joke from day one. They cost more than what I'd pay for a house, thirty years ago. If you buy a storage shed from Home Despot, they don't even cover up the puny wood pieces.
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You are paying $5k for about $700 in material cost. Do yourself a favor. If you don't want to go completely primitive like a ferrocement dome ( you GO!, Demented Guy-still my hero ), just buy a $60-$100 connector kit for a square/rectangle shed and follow the instructions to your own shed at a fraction of the price to have a couple of illegals slap one together for you. You want to stop being demographically replaced, don't give Latino Labor any of your diminishing paycheck. Don't buy California produce, but rather that from Mexico. Keep Mexicans Home! Nothing personal guys.
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I've covered the decline of the RV industry too many times for your comfort. Just know that it is a complete racket now, only enriching a new fat cats snorting blow and boffing bitches. Anyone wanting an RV for Minimalist Living needs two things. A place to park it, cheap. You cannot beat junk land. It is cheaper than paying for gas to keep living on BLM land ( and going far into town for supplies ). And second, the ability to cover that RV with more building materials. You do NOT want to live in an RV as it is. Period. Full stop. JUST living in one is embracing Full Suck of the banker approved carbon fuel living. You must use one as a springboard ONLY. I'll continue right there, tomorrow.
( .Y. )
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