note: Christ On A Cross! These asswhores putting out YouTube lies are making me look bad. Walking Dead already started this last Friday on Netflix. Damn, the first episode kicked butt!
note: note to self, you suck. We aren't getting a free copy of the Wednesday newspaper anymore ( former co-worker quit that second job ) and I need to get in the habit of checking the online weekly ads sooner. Sugar, 99cents a four pound bag at Kroger, but only for the next two days-sorry. Score! Now I'm really running out of containers.
Damn, I love this guy ( www.market-ticker.org ). It seems like a $400 Yeti cooler is the same sort of bile producing rant inspiring consumer product to him that the FLIR scope is to me. He was commenting on the hurricane that wasn’t ( well, it became no big deal down in Texas where they are made of sterner stuff than up in New York City where a small storm surge gets all the transgender types muddy Prada shoes which simply WON’T do ) and the TV interviews with some clueless fool with four or five kids, no plans to evacuate and a $400 Yeti super uber cooler in view. So our intrepid author goes on a rant over depending on the electric for your food, having too many kids that are stone to sink you rather than life vests, not having a half tank of gas at all times so you can drive away from the rising water, wondering why anyone couldn’t afford a cupboard of non-perishable foods and on and on. This is why I like this guy. He makes my thousands of words seem insignificant.
However, having shown my admiration and professional envy, I’d like to respectfully differ in opinion. I know of what he speaks, from years of similar subject media clownish circuses. It has been discussed ad nauseam after Katrina. It might have been touched on after Haiti to a certain degree ( although no one there actually has the resources to blunt the effects of natural disasters, they nonetheless are used as a needed counterpoint to Americans ACTING poor ). However, having gone through the usual rage at media reports myself, added to the discussions of the fake survivalists on the NatGeo network ( Doomsday Preppers is neither about doomsday or preppers but about 15 second fame seeking morons doing everything the wrong way for ratings ), I am now, almost, after years of therapy, trying to react calmly and rationally to these media infotainment pieces. They are all designed to be this way. For us to get all spastic with it is a waste of time ( I’m not discounting those who do so at first, as this is a perfectly rational reaction to retardedness. It takes time to calm down and see through their façade ).
The simple fact of the matter is that the media is full of assclowns. There is no professional journalism in the mass media anymore. If you want to be one, you write a book or a blog, but you don’t get paid just to be a journalist. There might be the token one or two scattered about for credibility’s sake, such as when we used to hire a token Black ( and now when they retain the last token White ), but for all intents and purposes to pay someone to investigate how another huge mega-corporation is balls deep in scandal ( just as your newspaper is in one, being on the payroll of the CIA and partially owned through stocks by the very corporation you are investigating, with links to show the government regulatory agency in collusion ) is a waste of profits that is better served in upper management salaries. That is the easy explanation. Occam’s Razor. Now, the reasoning behind the standard indebted poor rich consumer is a bit harder to fathom. One would think with the standard orders to embrace everything anti-normal culture ( minority cultures, homo’s, girl power, rabid atheists etc. ) the report would have focused on the Blacks being left in the ghettos by uncaring White Evil Dudes, but I’ll just assume the mayor is a fellow Black so you can’t have a repeat of Katrina political minority incompetence highlighted.
So you focus on another idiot, the one with a $400 Yeti cooler. Or, hell, it could simply be as simple as this being the equivalent of A Cat In A Tree story, time filler. No one else was panicking except the Yeti owner, so he got the news time. Why actually talk to experts who could forecast the potential damage logically rather than emotionally ( unlike all the doomer porn sites who were talking biblical doom. Oh, right, they were doing the same with the eclipse. How an eclipse was going to portend the opening of the very earth itself to release the millions of hell spawned demonic forces I’m unsure, but there you go ) when you could just vomit fear mongering and sensationalism. I’m in awe of both conventional media and the doomer porn sites still being able to attract advertisers, their content is so hideously vile. Of course, look at network TV. No wretchedness is beyond the pale as long as it attracts eyeballs with more money than sense. I don’t know why I’m surprised. Not that I was always immune to such trickery myself, long ago swayed by those vacuuming money from the gullible before I wised up to the boiler room trickery.
Let’s take the Yeti cooler. I never even knew such things existed prior to seeing a YouTube video on how to make your own for a couple of bucks. I’m simply in awe that anyone anywhere in all the history of ever when could possibly ever be persuaded to spend $400 on a friggin cooler. Not even off grid folk. Not when they could spend $500 and get a solar refrigerator. Off grid folk in theory should be a lot smarter than your average bears, as, after all, they are getting off grid and away from crowds. How many Mason canning jars and a pressure cooker could you buy for $400? It certainly would save more meat than your pathetic cooler that needs more ice eventually. How many canned goods could you buy for $400, to replace perishable foods? The only thing a Yeti is good for is to ensure the coldest iciest cold beer ever in the wilderness, for folks who can’t conceive of “roughing it” without internal combustion engines and cases of beer and not any cases of beer made barely above lukewarm by something as pedestrian as immersing it in cool water but by owning a Yeti.
In fact, I would even venture to guess that for the herd of $10,000 ATV ridding enthusiasts, only having multitudes of $400 Yeti’s could possibly do, as one or two cases of beer on a camping trip is only good for, like, maybe one day. So, we can dismiss the Yeti as anything other than a fat alcoholics best tool to stay a tool. However, the Yeti does symbolize something very important about the whole prepper industry in general, not just the manufactures of products ( #10 cans of freeze dried mule members ) or the owners of services provided ( precious metal dealers, investment consultants ), but also the blog pimps for all these products. And that is, the paramount importance of Staying At Normal. Nothing is more important to the product purveyors than Business As Usual. To actually panic the herd is an unforgivable sin more blasphemous than even implying that God doesn’t love rich people above all others. Those blogs that do nothing BUT spew panic? They are actually still playing the game, as you can’t take any of their warnings seriously, just another boy calling wolf, but they do add to your general feeling of unease so you become a good little consumer of prepping gear anyway.
No, this isn’t a case of envy. Why should I concern myself with their fame and fortune? Especially now that they are suffering from the economy wide contraction they pretend to care about but which is hitting their pocketbooks? If you don’t plan on your prepper business LOSING money, you aren’t selling collapse but just the fear of collapse. Screw them all. The writers of collapse, the 95% of them that care more about their incomes than serving up useful advice, have done such a great job of selling the Prep For Continuation Of Luxurious Middle Class Lifestyles that this fool that owns a $400 Yeti might actually be a prepper! He thinks you must spend mega money prepping, and so what better way to save the contents of his freezer long enough for his family to eat it all without needing more ice than the superist duperist cooler in all of creation? His questioning the advice of climbing the roof wasn’t meant as dumb ass-ness ( “how am I supposed to get the kids up there?” ) but probably more about his concern on how to get all his expensive gear up there also. The Market-Ticker guy was ragging on him for having so many kids, but isn’t THAT also a prepper “thing”? Gotta repopulate the earth with good little prepping preaching gods approved masses ( it amazes me the blindness religious folk have towards the “go forth and multiply” deal. That was organized religion speaking, people, to gain and consolidate power. Jesus, get a little bit cynical, would you? Not to my levels of paranoid hate, obviously, but just a tiny bit? ).
I would call the Yeti Cooler Fiasco Of Hurricane 2017 just the epitome of the stupidity that is Yuppie Scum Survivalism. We are looking at the failing of the entire industry economically, and the disciples are simply being outed as the ill educated dupes that they are. And they are dupes, rubes, conned victims. They TRIED to educate themselves, just as they TRIED to prepare for disasters, but they were misled, lied to, taken advantage of and financially and intellectually sodomized brutally. They should have our sympathy rather than our rage.
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Last year my son gave me a big stainless Yeti drinking vessel for fathers day and I gave it right back and told him to take it back to the store. I don't know how much he paid for it but I know that Yeti stuff is insanely expensive and not worth it. Besides, I already had the same vessel but in the Ozark Trail brand, from Walmart for about $7.ReplyDelete
Yeti is the kind of company I'd like to see fail. Not really, I just rather see them get competitive with their pricing.
I don't really want to see anyone fail, I want to see them get better.
See, if Yeti got competitive with their pricing then Ozark Trail would have to get more competitive with their pricing and all the rest of us win.
Yeti failing doesn't benefit me, 'cept maybe in a childish envyish sort of way, but if they became more competitive in their pricing maybe I would benefit.
Ozark Trail USED to be good-now their stuff is crap and not recommended.Delete
My Ozark is at least 10 years old, and seems to be holding up. So there's that.Delete
Can you tell us what specifically failed that made you dump them?
Yours is grandfathered in with quality. My first Ozark propane camp stove lasted five years. The next was about the same-if a little less stil lclose enough. But then, five months. Tried again in case it was a lemon. Nope. Five months, again. Other minor products of the same brand are crap, also. No, they intentionally decreased quality significantly.Delete
Should have added; I'd call about 2008-2012 the time they started crapping on quality, by my purchase dates.Delete
I love people who buy expensive things like a Yeti cooler. When they go bankrupt and lose their house, I can pick up there "treasures" for pennies on the dollar at their yard sale.ReplyDelete
The year after Y2k, the yard sales were incredible! I picked up $1000's worth of stuff for mere dollars. Unfortunately, people didn't get near as paranoid for the Mayan calendar.
I'm in the wrong area for cheap used anything. Yuppie pukes. I did get good trash picking on Y2K items six to ten years afterwards, so that was nice.Delete
There can't be anywhere inland with the density of credit-fueled yuppie-puke buy-dump-move-rebuy than Portland Oregon. I find TREASURES every day in curb free-piles, almost beyond my ability to hoard them. Frequently, opened-only New-In-Box items that were too much trouble to return in a timely manner to credit the account or get a gift card for. Traffic does suck in pdx, so making a trip to return a $30 item is kind of marginal in your Audi TDI SUV with an $849 for 104 months payment. Totally worth while on my bicycle (one payment of $100 ever, in 1988 + cheap parts) package rack. Most favorite recent find was an All American pressure canner along with 15 cases of quart jars (all in original cardboard boxes!). Huge quantities of "sporty" clothing from Nike and Adidas (much is "samples" from the corporate HQ's nearby) so much that I only keep the super-awesome high-tech materials models, not corporate-logo poly-cotton crap. Same with swimsuits, which are crazy-expensive-but-dumped-like-new,(weight change for the ladies? fashion?). PDX has about 6 days a year suitable for a swimsuit outside and a person needs a fair amount of leisure to have/use a pool regularly. Consider cost per pound/volume of a swimsuit, and a shoebox can have a grand in MSRP easily. I like to get 1/6th of MSRP on items I get for near-zero (move-sort-clean-sell), so this is a deal.Delete
Ah, you sell the swimsuits?Delete
I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but yourReplyDelete
blogs really nice, keep it up! I'll go ahead and bookmark your site to come
back in the future. All the best
Thanks! Come back tomorrow-every day wonderfulness.Delete
I bet our Lord Bison is wishing just once that he was a bit closer to the Burning Man party. If this is not a sign of the idiocy of consumers I don't know what is..ReplyDelete
The great thing about that section is it is almost completely empty of humans. Of course, there is zero water. Hmmm, with rain catchment I could live there and salvage bikes for a business. Until they cancel Burning Man and I'm screwed.Delete