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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

more digital illusions 2


MORE DIGITAL ILLUSIONS 2
A lot of Optimistic Ollies think that we are in some kind of technological utopia. Typically, they keep asking Krumpus for a FLIR scope for Christmas, and I think this is a very dangerous game to be playing. You piss that dude off and he is going to Disappear you. Technologically, we have not advanced past the moon landing. All the crap we had then, we have now, and nothing more advanced. It is improved, but it isn't new, exciting or innovative. Hell, I think we even had sharks with laser beams on their heads back then.
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Don't get me wrong. Compared to dial up modems and floppy discs, we ARE in the golden computer age. Adjusted for inflation, the cheapest computer for personal desktop use is about 10% of what it cost in the last millennium. But none of the technology is NEW. Improved is not new. Fracking for oil might be improved, but it is nearly a century old technology. Can we PLEASE stop acting like AI and self driving cars are mere months away? They keep promising nuclear fusion, any day now, and it is in the dustbin along with flying cars and Meal In A Pill.
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Artificial Intelligence. From a bunch of idiots who cannot even use their biological computer to any good effect. Sure. Let me contact my Vegas bookie for those odds. The eggheads in the labs all think Fracking Forever and Gore Warming, Political Correctness and The Big Bang Theory ( I mean, sure, it is better than NO theory, but not by a wide margin ). We got almost all of our technology from Nazi's, under Operation Paperclip, and I'm pretty sure they screwed us on vital details.
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Wouldn't you, if you were a Slave Scientist? Cooperate just enough to stay out of jail, and you were able to enjoy the wonders of Spam and NBC TV, instead of Bratwurst and opera. Gee, what a deal. Although, I have doubts the Germans were too involved in computers, having little military application ( they didn't need a computer for artillery projectile calculations, having both better cannon and soldiers who knew what they were doing. That was what we used our first computer for, by the way ). High tech in the military is no substitute for skill and intelligence.
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Not that this stopped us from trying. As our industrial capacity for dumb munitions faltered, the military was already into high tech munitions during Vietnam. Probably the Air Force, a bunch of techno-weenies whose primary duty was to outspend the Navy on shiny munitions delivery vehicles. The Nazi's primary advancement was not in high tech so much as it was in the ability to apply any technology in new ways. They could jettison old ways of waging war, far better than their enemies. Who, let us note, never advanced beyond fighting the Civil War. We take the latest and greatest technology, then apply it to primitive industrial warfare fighting. And are shocked when it doesn't perform.
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Who could EVER have seen that coming? High tech does NOT save money, or resources. Like all robots, or automation, or labor saving devices, it only minimizes the reliance on personnel. It is a lazy way of doing anything, and the cost, besides monetary, is increased vulnerability. The old joke used to be, “works much better, until it breaks”, but now, the crap simply isn't working. Low quality Chinese crap programmed by low quality ( dot ) Indian programmers. But it sure saves on labor!
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We are too ignorant as a society, too lazy culturally, blinded by hubris and indoctrinated rather than educated, and we can't produce AI. We can't even make dependable infrastructure to support its components. What makes anyone think that this mess of our computing communications infrastructure can adequately support cryptocurrencies? The machines and workers for it are substandard. Even if all the parts work, there are other issues such as Chinese computer chip security, normal hacking concerns, and even reliable electrical service.
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If anyone who followed the news and learned about Northern California turning off its electricity two weeks at a time still thinks computer networks are a viable tool, I don't imagine anything is going to wake you up out of your happy unicorn delusional fantasy. Who the hell needs a solar flare or an EMP when our electrical networks can't keep the juice flowing in “normal, non-Spicy” times? And you want to have your money tied into that grid? It isn't bad enough we can barely trust paper currency ( since they all, always, revert to what they are actually worth )? You want machines running The Blue Screen Of Death to control and safeguard your savings?
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And that isn't even touching on the dependability of the organizations issuing such currency. One crypto company went bankrupt after a hacking attack. So much for a “secure” currency. Take a look at drug cartels, one of the best organizations around living in a harsh unforgiving Darwin environment. Are they using crypto's? If they are so great defeating the government, why aren't the cartels using them? I'm also of the mind the strong possibility of our government funding the whole crypto thing to begin with, but that is me being paranoid.
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Even if the NSA doesn't have access to the things, complete data tracking, the Chinese are most likely can hack the hell out of them. In fact, China has outlawed crypto's, and I don't think it is because “they can't control them”. They can't exactly control cash or bullion, either, insofar as taxes or creation. Perhaps they also think the US intelligence services are involved. Or, they just view them as Ponzi schemes, get rich quick hucksters feeding on fears of fiat currency and the erroneous over reliance on technology. I could be wrong. As I said, I simply don't know a lot about them, other than enough to distrust them.
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And what is all this inflated pricing? Is this a currency, or a penny stock? Is this a new way of holding wealth, or a new Pets Dot Com? It sure seems like a new Greater Fool Investment pyramid scheme to me. Again, I only know enough to be cautious. I'm not trying to hold on to my buggy whip as Ford covers the roads with that horseless carriage. I'm saying, with no new technology in fifty years, this just seems like a lot more VaporWare nonsense.
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I'd rather hold my wealth in depreciating dollars, a currency very soon destined to languish in Hell with The Continental, the Zimbabwe and Confederate Dollar and the Iraq Dinar, than to trust crypto's. Fiat currency is always a promise you cannot trust, but at least you can hold them in hand for as needed, instead of relying on already oft proven unreliable digital illusions.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

more digital illusions


MORE DIGITAL ILLUSIONS
I don't think I've talked about cryptocurrencies for some time. But I'm seeing people I normally trust with economic advice advocate them. Which I guess makes sense, as almost nobody links economics to energy, mores the pity. Let me just ask you a question up front, to give you a sense of where I stand. Do you keep money in your wallet or in a bank? It is as simple as that. Do you want tangible assets or a promise of payment? I don't pretend to know the first thing about crypto's. I do know that you are trusting a computer to make good on your savings.
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Am I the only one that watched “2001, A Space Odyssey”? When HAL won't open the pod bay doors, you are double dog dingus humped. Anyone, anyone at all, “Terminator”? Skynet thinks you are a danger. Why would it give you money to buy explosives to breech its processor core? Am I being silly? Really? You aren't supposed to take those threats literally. Stanley Kubrick was, how does one put this? Bat crap weird. Who the heck knows what was going on in his head. And Terminator was sci-fi HORROR.
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Horror, that genre full of improbables such as TV's swallowing kids and Freddie Krugers from Hell. I think the rise of evil computers in the movies and such genres as cyberpunk didn't mirror fears of AI out of control ( I'll return to that steaming lump of dung in a bit ), but man's misuse of technology, as all his tools have been used. And let us not forget, the first, best, and ONLY Terminator movie ( #2 was mere action, however good that was on its own ) was more about the horror of nuclear annihilation than it was about AI Gone Wrong.
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Damn, it HAS been thirty years since the threat of global thermonuclear war has subsided, hasn't it? As long as I've been alive, over half that span has been WITHOUT the threat of dying from the retards pushing the red button. And yet, that threat was a very real thing to anyone over about 45 years of age now. I think it was THE threat, surpassing all others exponentially. Gore Warming, by comparison, is a stupid and retarded threat ( which might explain why the younger set worry about that much more than the older folks-these kiddies have no sense of REAL terror. Same with the low information voters that think Habeeb is a real threat ).
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And don't think for a second that we never experienced nuclear war because the weapons “were too terrible to imagine using”. What a bunch of ignorant babble that is. We gladly used then on the slant eyes, both because we hated Ornamentals and because we were letting Stalin know that he was a pussy and we could kill far more folks than he ever imagined, and that it was Cold War On, Like Donkey Kong.
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We had upper military management chomping at the bit to use nukes in Korea, after we experienced a bit of embarrassment when a bunch of rice eaters almost kicked our asses, we glorious WWII victors. Now that simply wouldn't send the right message to the rest of the world we were colonizing, would it? The exact same strategy we used in WWII, human wave assaults ( only more successful than Russia because we were much better equipped ), was used by Chinese peasants, and our glorious Techno-Military almost lost. Nuke them for their brazen insubordination!
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We had oodles and gobs of tactical nuclear weapons, artillery rounds equipped to nuke the Soviets should they be so bold as to want our slice of Europe. It was doctrine, NOT defending American soil, to use nukes. The Army, snorting too much radiation, wanted to use nukes mining a base on the moon ( nukes were seen as a potentially nifty engineering tool by the Corps Of Engineers. Luckily for us, they focused on waterways up and down our major rivers. Or, unlucky, as the under maintained former glorious works are failing ).
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And I would wager a jelly filled donut that there was talk of nuking someone recently, even groups under nation state size. I'd imagine the only reason we didn't is that, like most military equipment we cannibalize most to keep a few running, we didn't have many to spare. Our inventory is probably shrinking due to dismantling the very industry that used to manufacture the things. My point is, we never had a problem wanting to use them, again. We just didn't want to deal with the trouble retaliation would cause. Are the Hampton's downwind from a target? That would explain the bankers reluctance. Remember, they took over running the government from the military industrial complex.
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Should we still be frightened of nuclear war? I view it as I did back then. It is such a huge potential threat, that there really isn't much you can realistically do. A fallout shelter is great for that initial radiation. Then, what do you do as all the crap in the atmosphere works around the world back to you? Who is going to stay in a shelter THAT long? Then there is the nuclear winter. Which is just theory, granted, but it makes sense. If one volcano can cause a drop in solar input, what about thousands of widespread fires, and tens of thousands of piles of dirt being thrown up into the atmosphere?
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Granted, the global stockpile shrank from seventy thousand total in the 1980's to under four thousand today ( and the peak was my genius moment to join the military ). The danger is drastically reduced, even if a total war. But you can see why the 80's was a time of such brilliant movies reflecting the fear of nuclear war, such as Terminator and Road Warrior ( Oz wasn't touched, seems to be the implication, other than the oil not being shipped in ).
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You see a lot of commentary on the cyberpunk movement dying at the same time as the Soviet Union. I never delved deeply into the genre, although the few I read I enjoyed such as Neuromancer and Snowcrash. Was a theme the crash of nations due to the Cold War, and the rise of corporations to replace them? No idea. At the time I was more focused on Libertarian science fiction. I still don't think anyone has ever done better ( not even the same author ) than “The Probability Broach” for imagining a free society.
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Wow, I don't think I've ever veered off so far from the basic subject matter. The way I look at it, a bonus for you all, extra material. Tomorrow we continue, hopefully touching on cryptocurrencies at least occasionally.
[ addendum: after I wrote the above, I viewed a decent cyberpunk documentary HERE .  It didn't really answer my question, but it was enjoyable ] 
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Monday, December 9, 2019

urban cattle 3


URBAN CATTLE 3
I think a lot of people now prefer the suburbs to the country, or the city. You avoid the danger of the city proper ( not that suburbs are completely safe, the comparison is relative ), but you avoid people, mostly. Each little domicile ship is adrift in a fleet, no others daring to board a smaller boat to intrude on your existence. When not safely cocooned in their own little universe of the suburban McMansion, they are safe in their car ( the real reason no one will give them up, as they are a security blanket ), tucked away snug in their Happy Place. If circumstances force social interaction, such as the grocery store, they cocoon in their Dumb Phone.
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The alienating factor of the suburbs Kunslter bemoans is the exact reason folks are attracted. People don't want to socialize, because we don't have any tribe anymore. They are strangers, and as hundreds of thousands of years of hunter-gathering ( and proto-villages dedicated to beer manufacturing ) existence have hard wired into our pea brains, Stranger is Danger. Now, I'll be the first to admit, family, nine times out of ten, sucks bloated plague ridden donkey scrotum.
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Family feels the license to use you, lie to you, treat you like dirt and then they feel justified in doing all that AGAIN, because you hurt their feelings by not accepting that and refuse to return for another helping of fecal sandwich. “WELL! I never! What's her problem? Family is supposed to help each other out” she said, after “forgetting” to pay back a loan, and then asking for another one. Yeah, family sucks. But they only treat you like that because they have a fall-back of Uncle Sugar if you disown them.
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When there was no welfare, your family was THE only safety net, and you never burnt that bridge. Not that welfare in and of itself is bad. I have an issue with the federal government who let a lot of folks die from malnutrition during the Great Depression, then turned right around and expected everyone to die to fight for the bankers rights to profit ( while true that without the war the Depression never would have ended, the Federal Reserve being created caused the Depression ). You can offer welfare while leaving the family strong. Or not, as ours was structured.
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The problem wasn't welfare in and of itself, but rather welfare made for the exact purpose of destroying the family. Blacks and Hispanics retain family ( although the Black ones changed into a matriarchy ) despite welfare because of the open hostility of the surrounding society. Whites have only recently been turned on and have not developed a cultural response, yet ( it was Trojan Horse'ed in as benefits, while Whites had no PERCEIVED enemies ). Whether there will be time for that is an open question. I think not. But my timing has sucked before.
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Without family, urban life isn't such a bad deal. You are already alone. The city gives the illusion of companionship, even if everyone is selfish and platitudes abound. Any illusion is better than reality. And despite how much it cost to live there, by being in the city your personal economy crashes LAST. I don't think it is the job situation as much as the fact that any rural area ONLY offers poverty ( as the wealth is stolen by the city ), where in the city your poverty is not quite as bad. You have the glittery unicorn illusion of being LESS screwed.
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And then there are sunk costs, every penny, regardless of income, going to support yourself living in the city. There is nothing to save, so as to escape. You have to convince yourself that staying is a good thing, as if you had a choice. Poverty is easier in the country, because it is actually feasible to live on nearly zero. In the city, who either spend everything scraping by, or live homeless. In the country, you can invest in living on nearly nothing, if you can escape the zoning and regulation police. In the city? It is too easy to get caught, if you even have the option of opting out of ANY monopoly service.
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The suburbs DEMAND a middle class income. The city DEMANDS a middle class income, even if that only buys a poor boys standard of living. In both cases, you are demonstratively employed and of the preferred socio-economic class. Why would you WANT to move to a rural area and send the signal you want to be poor? Women are VERY class conscience, as they move UP, unless they can't. Now do you wonder why the wife won't move out to the country with you? It isn't about “roughing it”, it is about social standing.
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Not to say men can be any better. They might simply assume your sweet ass is going to leave them, trading up. Then, they don't want to trade DOWN, in your replacement. They can be just as shallow with money. But it isn't greed. It is peacock feathers. Let's face it, city or rural living isn't about much of anything important, except monkey hierarchy. Which is the ONLY important thing, to most folks. People do live dangerously, to position advantageously socially. That is just the way the Monkey Brain rolls.
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As you can see, it isn't any ONE thing, but many different factors, causing the cattle to stampede into urban areas. Or, same difference, make them want to stay. It has nothing to do with a cost benefit calculation according to collapse danger. If the cost is too great, they just recalculate the danger downward. Look, nothing to see here! Fracking is approved by the federal government, so it must be good for us! Can we have some Fuki radiation you no longer monitor for, also? Yummy! Why, I trust whatever the government tells me because they are my friend! Why, I imagine that diversity is my strength.
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Exactly. WHY? Dumb ass. You just want to stay in the city because some schmuck in rural land is subsidizing your job ( if they don't like it, let them eat crack cocaine! ), making you feel superior as if you had anything to do with that wealth pump. All of America used to be that pump, but fifty years of Not Winning has narrowed it down to approved sanctuary cities. Enjoy your choice, but don't expect it to last. The rurals will survive, not because they are superior or better ( ALL cultures view themselves as such ), but because they are collapsing now and avoiding the rush. Enjoy your Starbucks!
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Sunday, December 8, 2019

urban cattle 2


URBAN CATTLE 2
I didn't mean to leave you scratching your head yesterday, trying to appear smarter than I am by throwing up a conundrum. It was just another way of saying, “confirmation bias”. We “creatively interpret” reality to fit into our world view. And really, I think this is natural. We can't be a steely eyed unthinking robot sentinel, always alert for danger. Nor can we ignore the day to day living reality of feeding and protecting family and tribe by filling our heads with mental masturbation trying to answer all of life's unanswerable questions. We rely on others in both cases.
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What good is society if it cannot protect you, both physically and by providing a solid worldview? I think that is the main reason I now detest both my government and half the people in this country benefiting from that government. The job of our government, ANY government, any nation, is to protect you and your family in exchange for your work and sacrifice. A half million dead veterans are tossing in their graves, their sacrifices made so that the ruling class can screw us through Political Correctness. It isn't about race or gender, but about tribe, and the government is no longer part of that.
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Anyway, by sacrificing for the tribe, the tribe protects you, a sum greater than its parts. By finding what works for the group, and turning that into a culture, a person is protected without needing to always figure things out for themselves. They just blindly follow group dictates, and then it does NOT matter if you are blinded by confirmation bias or any other mental illness that matter today only because we have no unified tribe or culture right now. The city is one kind of tribe, and all their very bizarre behavior is tribal, as is the Rurals.
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We aren't just asking urban dwellers to give up their tribe, to move to our perception of safety, we are assuming they COULD do so. What we see as dysfunctional behavior is normal for them ( and the other way around, obviously ). We point fingers at urbans and laugh uproariously, mocking all their behavior, but they aren't OF our tribe, are they? We think they are misinformed Americans, but they are a different tribe living in America. And those tribes self segregated. One has to wonder if preppers in the city even could move.
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A city prepper has more excuses than Carter has liver pills ( which, obviously, pretty much kept him alive forever ). Could the real reason be that he feels more comfortable in the city, in that culture? Instead, they make up excuses. Well, I do declare, that them thar fracking oil is set to last purt near forever, I tell you what! Or, family is here. Or, money. Please understand, I'm not judging. I'm not declaring my voice the only correct one. I'm saying, giving our propensity AWAY from logic, the collapse danger is NOT looked at in anything other than an emotional lens.
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As anyone who has read me for any amount of time knows, I am ALL about justifying my doom and gloom. I have a hundred and one reasons to panic, and I want you along for that entertaining ride. Now, how much of that is sound logical thinking, and how much of that is self justification, excusing past decisions? If I didn't think the collapse was eminent, I couldn't be excused for not living near family. If I wasn't preparing, if I didn't have an EMOTIONAL reason for prepping ( fear, which is rarely logical ), I couldn't excuse abusing former spouses.
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All that is just to underline that when I point out the illogical reason of city dwellers for staying, I also recognize my own illogical decisions. And, in my defense, most spouses gave as good as they got, so there is that. All I'm doing here is trying to understand, not place blame or mock others. I think a huge issue in a lot of preparedness plans is the inability to judge ones own blind spots. Not to blame ones self but to work around the issue. If you are city folk, you might just need to forget a hermitage in the middle of nowhere and move to a small town.
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When the Social Engineers had so much success pulling their levers to control people ( the Wizard Of Oz was NOT a child's book as much as it was social commentary ), taking away gold, guns and God, taking away Demon Rum, taking away free speech, taking away states control, banning isolationism, they obviously had good reason to suspect they would always be successful at it. They had stole most family farms, making a profit on it as a bonus, why not also kill the very family, shades of Stalinism.
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FDR might not have been Uber-Evil, just “quasi-evil” ( thank you, Dr. Evil, some of the funniest comedy since Animal House, THE gold standard, and sadly, about the funniest since ), but he had a lot of like minded evil dudes behind him helping a brother out. The death of the family farm was the first shot against the people, and next up was Social Security. I'm really surprised they never got into state run nurseries as the next step. Without a farm to run, after the necessity of the Great Depression requiring doubling and tripling up on living arrangements in the factory towns, the three generation household had little reason to endure.
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But now that grandpa was free to rot in his own mobile home in Florida, the giant engineering feat of draining the entire state of swamps and paving it over a giant retirement home manufactured from whole cloth ( look at a US map. NO other state has that kind of coastal mega-city urban zone build up. Not California, not Jersey, not Long Island ), that only left two generation homes. Which were under assault from Industrial Age economics anyway. Just to be sure, Bitches Lib cut the nuclear family off at its knees, eliminating traditional marriage and child rearing and any family unity.
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Now folks had to look at other groups for family. And tribe, since the government was clearly the enemy now ( except to those who made it theirs, in exchange for victim money bribery ). People quickly took advantage of the Supreme Court taking away representation from rurals at the voting booth, and even formed a tribal unity with their city, both as a reward mechanism and as a defense against the hatred and resentment against them from the disenfranchised rurals. To call Las Vegas a part of Nevada, for instance, is ludicrous. They are merely a wealth pump using the rest of the state, not of the state.
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I laugh at the Libertardians living in Las Vegas, authors who come to mind being Vin Suprynowicz ( Shotgun News columnist and 90's militia porn writer. Black Arrow being a brilliant contribution ) and J Neil Schulman ( Rainbow Cadenza-he just died, to no reports. I had no idea until just now ). They are living in the least free area of the state, a state which has a sordid history of coasting on prior achievements, one being that they were ONCE Libertarian ( a few RINO governors killed off that past ), and the area is blessed economically by rural rapine.
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Sorry, but yeah, don't get me started on ex-wives or most voters in cities. Let's just cut it off here and continue tomorrow.
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Saturday, December 7, 2019

urban cattle


URBAN CATTLE
What makes the city so attractive to so many people? It isn't just the availability of jobs. People in small towns have connections, built over a lifetime, and while there isn't the same kind of job market as the city they know people who know people who can get them some kind of work. Even if there is a long commute, the low cost of living compared to the urban hive pays for that commute. Even if it is local and part time, they can survive on that, also. If they want to. Something attracts people to the city, besides work.
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I'm not necessarily speaking of those born in the city, who have connections there also. In that case, only knowing the concrete jungle probably means you wouldn't be attracted to real vegetation and wildlife, far out of your comfort zone. You don't hear about all that many folks leaving the city ( not lifelong urban dwellers ) as compared to those attracted to them. Not the job aspect, as much as the lifestyle or cultural difference. They don't like fellow small town folks in their business, gossiping about them. They want a “wordly” education.
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They want excitement. Now, to be clear, I've lived in small towns growing up, mostly outside of that small town in the boonies. I only lived in the bigger cities for about ten years, chasing enough dollars to pay off Bitch From Hell Baby Momma. I'm prejudice against larger cities, seeing only teeming crowds, hostile “OH-pressed minorities”, stink and rudeness. To me, what city folk want is silly, and pointless. But I'm trying to be as neutral as possible here as I strive to understand these people. Me? I've thought the smaller the town, the more secure. Others must chaff under the microscope.
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I can see how some people just want to be left alone. I see friends and surrogate family ( or just family ) providing a safety net for you, in a small town. They might know everything about you, know everything you do, but they also know all that and so can protect you. You are one of them. And the folks they don't know, they all watch very carefully. You are protected by the group, and from those NOT of the group. Yet, some people don't like that. It feels smothering rather than protective.
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And what does the city offer them? The glorious chance to be left the hell alone, without the need to be a hermit. We are social animals. We need a herd, most of us. Some can get that visiting others daily, others want to leave well enough alone with a once a month visit. City folks would not make good hermits. They want MORE solitude, but it isn't from hating and avoiding people. It is under their control, and they can adjust as needed. To them, solitude is needed in hourly rather than weekly amounts.
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We all need both other people and a respite from them. Some people are such extroverts they need people even as they fled from them, but those are some weird bastards. They are deathly afraid of being AWAY from people. How natural is that? But, anyway, the main attraction of the city ( again, culturally and psychologically, leaving the employment question aside ) is that you can still socialize, but without those other people being so far up your ass you can't feel free to be your own person, or do your own thing.
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You feel unjust expectations to perform to other people's standards, in a small town. And sometimes you just hated some people so much that just being in the same town as them gave you anxiety every time you went out ( think, ex-spouses for instance ). What if the cool kids harassed you all through school? Would you want to continue living in a small town with them your whole life? The only gratification to you would be when their beauty faded or their muscles atrophied and they lost what they relied on to be special. But that would be small comfort. Sometimes, people who want to ignore you are the best company.
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To accept the shallow social existence of the city, surrounded by people but always alone, friendships more like acquaintances, you really have to hate small towns. This new reality is better than the old one. Neither was good, this one is just less worse. And I think I would include most suburbs in this analysis, now so crowded that they feel just like a city. Not as bad, obviously. You don't have Tyrone and his disadvantaged youth friends asking for a reparations tax, at gunpoint. The suburbs are even more alienating and lonely than the city, with no social venues.
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But the suburbs are just that much less dangerous to be more attractive than they should be. That is one thing Kunstler doesn't dare touch on. One of the main reasons people move to a home that offers no socialization, no nearby services and requires an unnatural dependence on the automobile is because men don't want their wives to be raped by OtherColors in the city, and their children to be jumped by gangs in the schools. That is all on his beloved Democrat party. Republicans screwed us on Jobs To Latino's ( and overseas Asians ), but Democrats made our country unsafe.
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This is a huge reason for recommending the countryside over the city for a retreat, although that is a subject I'm slowly moving my way forward to. Right now, it is important to understand why so many people WANT, not just need, but desire, to move to and/or stay in the city. Not just jobs, not just the insecurity of moving in this era of high unemployment ( The Donald, who never met a poor person he had a problem lying to to make money, tells you unemployment is 4%. The Shadow Stats guy says 20%. I say 38%, but a lot of those folks are in the black market or on welfare. Splitting the difference with Shadow Dude gives you a higher rate than during the 1930”s Depression ).
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The mental state that rewards remaining urban. I can “prove” to you that I am right, about the imminent danger of the collapse of civilization, but you'll ignore me because every day you are better off than country folk. To be fair, I don't listen to people trying to prove to me how dangerous the countryside is either, as my mind is made up. Logic is about the furthest state from our reality as you can get. No matter how we lie to ourselves, we are emotional beings. We only confirmation bias. The only thing we can do is try to see a little clearer how irrational we are, and try to change that. Don't EVER kid yourself how clear you are seeing reality. NONE of us do. You can only see better how you are not seeing reality.
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Make sense? Probably not. Don't worry, continued tomorrow.
( .Y. )
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Friday, December 6, 2019

got wheat, pete?


GOT WHEAT, PETE?
I'm normally not a big fan of the theory we start a new ice age, any day now. I think far too much emphasis is placed on countering Gore Warming, which, while a laudable goal, is still mainly just mental masturbation. It makes the mistake of thinking that something besides bullets will cure communism, like rational arguments. Just use this as a guideline: like women or cats, logic does not work ( sorry ladies. Just flash your chest and I'll forget what I was talking about ) on communists. Plus, the only longer winded gasbags on YouTube than Ice Agers are gold bugs.
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I have enough problems limiting my time on that platform, I don't need to hear you yammering on for fifty minutes about minutia. Get to the point. I appreciate the fact we no longer use valuable silver for film, but Christ On A Trapeze, I'm not as in love with your flapping lips as you are. Luckily, one of those channels ( Ice Age, We Are All Going To Die!!! niche ) had a short ( only fifteen minutes! ) segment on the falling quality of wheat. Wheat? Did someone say wheat? I don't care about corn ( except as it effects animal prices ), or soy ( ditto ), not to a huge degree. But wheat, well, you have my attention.
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Here is the deal, conveyed to you after viewing the video ( with the understanding I'm paraphrasing on subjects previously unexplored ). Folks test wheat for starch content, which is determined by when the grain germinates. A high number means the wheat is good enough for bread making ( or barley for beer, etcetera ). Well, the crop out of Canada is starting to have too low of tested numbers ( the US is still working out of last years crop ). There isn't enough starch, due to the poor growing conditions.
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I don't know what they do with “rejected” wheat. Animal food? Low starch wheat products like pasta ( I've noticed, for what its worth, to get any pasta under $1-$1.50 a pound, it seems the bastards are slipping non-Durum regular wheat in there. And it tastes like crap! )? I'm sure it isn't wasted. I'm not panicked about higher priced wheat, as most of our cost seems to be tied up in transportation and packaging and advertising, so in recent times the rise in plastics cost seemed to be a bigger deal than the cereal cost. But something else he said did catch my attention.
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There was a chart of recent Grand Solar Minimums, now, and the last one in 2008. What happened in 2008, you wonder, scratching your noggin? The global rice shortage, only alleviated when Japan released its national stockpile of American rice ( bought under pressure for concessions on manufactured goods. They were released as the rice is NOT what Japanese consumers prefer, I like to think for regional bribes to mask the stench of their behavior in the world war ). You do remember, right?
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Wal-Mart was limiting everyone to two bags of rice ( if memory serves ), and that was even if you could find it. If it hadn't been for Japan, the rice shortage might have gone on as long as the rimfire one. So, solar minimum, worse crops. The year prior in 2007, global drought had caused a wheat shortage ( the problem this year is wet weather ). The 2008 economic meltdown and oil price explosion certainly did nothing to help. I'm not sure what effects if any the solar minimum had on wheat, last time. I just think that if we combine the two, we might have a cause for concern.
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It seems that the solar minimum did in fact have an effect on at least one cereal crop last time, AND, it seems like this solar minimum currently is effecting another. The more important one, wheat. Now, perhaps you are full of mirth, discounting my concerns. Jim, you ignorant slut, I already have all the rice I need and I don't plan on buying any wheat, not even for sprouting since I live east of your pathetic desert and we have wild plants. Okay, fine. Geez, relax there, Francis. I'm just trying to help a brother out here. I'm merely suggesting that if you want wheat, this might be a really good time to get it.
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Let me share once again my least glorious moment in prepping ( all the mistakes I make fun of you for? I've made most if not all, or more, of them ). The stock market takes a giant puke in 1987. Black Monday? We had just had a giant wildfire in the region, and as I later found out, all the areas marijuana crops burned up. The local economy crashed, I was fired from my job ( I can't remember why, but feel a manufactured reason was used, as I've never been fired before or since ). I had panicked after Black Monday and ordered a bunch of wheat buckets, freight COD.
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Well, not only did it take OVER three months to deliver ( I had to rejoin the army right before Christmas, the small town of a thousand offering no hope of employment. Yeah, more than one lesson there, like, save some friggin money ), I had no way of knowing what the freight was. Could I have paid it, unemployed? You NEVER wait for a panic before panic buying. I went for periods after that not very prepared, but I always did at least have food after that, once I got back out of the Green Machine ( little hope of surviving there, tripwire for North Korea ).
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I don't want to tell you a wheat shortage is guaranteed. Nothing is guaranteed except death, taxes and ( Internet ) trolls. It certainly SMELLS like trouble is brewing. I don't want you to take the wrong lesson from this, either. I was buying wheat through the drought, and after price hikes. With very little competition, the price increases were never a deterrent, even on my pathetic wages. I just think that this time, perhaps, we won't be so lucky.
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We just had all the issues with corn and soy, although I do tend to MOSTLY discount the immediate danger there. But adding this POTENTIAL issue with wheat, on top of that? If you are the only one prepping with whole grains, you might be okay. But what if more people start doing the same? A lot more folks here now than in 1987, and look at the delays then. If you don't have a feed store nearby ( about 50-70 cents a pound after bucket ), and Wal-Mart is constantly out of stock ( about a buck a pound ), there is BePrepared dot com ( $1.50 a pound after shipping ).
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BePrepared is also known as Emergency Essentials, and I have always loved them. Great folks. There is buying from an LDS pantry, or even a “normal” supplier who does the COD on freight after a large order by semi ( sorry, I have no one to recommend. After I moved from Florida, I've always lived near a feed store. Yes, you suck. Sorry ). Don't panic, but don't delay. Wheat shortages might be on the way ( a poet and I DID know it )
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Thursday, December 5, 2019

civilization infrastructure 2


CIVILIZATION INFRASTRUCTURE 2
I think we can all agree that there has been enough post-apocalypse writing done on the subject of EMP's/solar flares that anyone at all familiar with prepping understands how fundamental electricity is to the functioning of society at every single level. The only way the author can continue Business As Usual in their universe is to have our intrepid hero stockpile enough goodies that even J.P. Morgan ( of 150 million ounce physical silver stockpile fame ) would take notice. Which must be why zombies are so much more popular. The lazy humps way to write in indefinite supplies.
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Every time someone brings up the book Earth Abides, gushing in admiration, I cannot help but projectile vomit blood. The very few survivors ate canned goods for decades. Now, granted, nuclear weapons were new, and one can be forgiven for flawed world building. You can even excuse the author as he was a liberal University puke and had as much common sense as a box of rocks ( okay, I don't know his politics. But, come on! California state English professor, also writing ecology novels. Hello! ). So, at best, the novel is an applauded attempt. But certainly should not be revered.
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Even assuming a diet of canned food doesn't kill you sooner rather than later, enough bombs that kill off everyone so you can get all those cans should have killed you off also. I know I'm overly harsh, but I simply detest sloppiness when it comes to logistics. And, contrary to all the slop you read ( van Creveld, as usual, being the exception ), logistics isn't warehouses of crap. It is having the resources to produce that crap. Which can never be gathered to begin with, without infrastructure. Let's take Germany in WWII.
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If I'm not mistaken, the first automobile was made over in Germany, by a chap named Benz ( actually, there isn't universal agreement, but close enough. I'm making a point here, people ). But Germany did not have abundant natural resources, nor, really, the colonies needed to get them ( not on the scale needed ). Cars were not going to get priority there, as trains did. Trains were much more efficient, and when you don't have excess resources to piss away, you always pick More Efficient.
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Once Germany needed internal combustion engine decentralized transportation for military use, she couldn't get it. She lacked resources, but, as a separate issue, she also didn't have a three to four decade head start building the infrastructure needed to build up an automobile infrastructure like the US did. The engineers going to school, the death of companies that weren't the best at production ( but leaving behind innovative ideas ), the road building with its maintenance infrastructure. The roads, with the zoning and resettlement issues. The government laws built up around auto's.
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More importantly, the US had built up its petroleum industry. Now, there was little to no oil IN Germany, but again, that is a resource issue. Switching to Russia, which had oodles and gobs of oil ( as fascinating as the question is if the Soviet Union would have attacked Germany if the Nazis hadn't struck first-read the book over at Unz.com, “Germany's War”-I think the assumption that Hitler needed Caspian oil is closer to the mark ), she lacked the infrastructure for auto and trucks ( we shipped over a butt ton of those on Lend-Lease. Which was a program getting taxpayers to fund the war before it started, bless FDR's evil black heart ).
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Having the resources and the infrastructure to use them can be interconnected, or they can be a separate issue. But one doesn't automatically include the other. I know I harp continuously on resources, what with oil and all, but resources are half of the equation. Infrastructure is nearly as important. A LOT of the dysfunction we are seeing now can be blamed on the decline of energy, our share tumbling, but that isn't because we are running out of oil as much as the infrastructure built on cheap and abundant oil has been falling apart for fifty years.
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Well, the infrastructure was already old before then, the famous example that of Japan and Korea having new factories after the war, but the US still having factories old BEFORE the war, but by 1970 the US started en masse abandoning the infrastructure. Not just the factories but the Unions that counteracted harmful corporate policies, the public education schooling for the trades, the tool and die infrastructure, the experienced workers employment, the cheaper rail transport infrastructure, and etcetera. It was a death by a thousand cuts as every swinging dingus grabbed his share of the shrinking pie all at once.
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The oil supply fiasco certainly was the excuse needed to abandon the already aging and unmaintained infrastructure that was our industrial economy ( compare the state of our war machine suppliers at the beginning of Vietnam to the end ). The drop in oil wouldn't have been so severe had the infrastructure not already been so old and our dear leaders so inclined to leave behind the hard work of building for the easy banker money made by destroying ( how much economic stimulus was from Alaskan oil, during the Reagan era, and how much was due to getting into debt and selling off the last factories for parts? )?
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Infrastructure is always way more expensive than it first looks, and without it you cannot do a darn thing. The Greek navy was needed to trade the denuded soils Crap Crops of olives and grapes for wheat from afar. The end of that infrastructure spelled the end of food and civilization. The Roman economy was built on free wheat and free Farm Implements from war. Once the war machine was blocked from expansion ( just as with the Confederate States ), the infrastructure started cannibalizing itself, just as we are doing with our oil economy.
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Once the Oil Age civilization has imploded, what infrastructure do you see being developed? When energy is in decline, no new infrastructure is built. At best, the old failing machines are fixed. By definition, in a energy decline, you cannot build new infrastructure to replace your failing structures. It is all you can do to fix the regional lakes. By no means can you instead install rain catchment in all the houses. A similar problem for the Mayans was that they couldn't replace village level aquifers, having centralized the dry season water collection spots.
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Another terrible staple of survivalist fiction is just such a fantasy of rebuilding from the group retreat. What is that putrid “classic” on the church rebuilding to the stars, because “they just needed the information on how to build the machines”? What, because rocket fuel by the ton can be supplied by backyard tinkerers? Chemicals on an industrial scale need an infrastructure only delivered by OIL. And not an old stripper well that oozes out ten barrels a day. You cannot supply an army, who needs to conquer the territories holding surplus resources, on a handful of ammunition primers from the occasional pilfered jug of stump remover.
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Do you know WHY my outlook on the future is so bleak? Because I know I am a lone stocked ship, and every stop at an island sees only desert with no food or water. There will be NO infrastructure.
( .Y. )
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