note: remember how I keep telling you the Supreme Court ruled WAYYYYYY back when that Social Security is just a tax and you are owed zero by the feds if they so choose? I finally found the case name. 1960 Flemming Vs. Nestor. Look it up if you don't believe me. I know you don't WANT to believe, but I'm not a complete tinfoil hat nut.
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Even Third World African nations can find the money to add a façade to a few old buildings in the direct path of tourist buses, and have plenty of AK toting soldiers on the street corners to give that bus better odds of arriving at the walled compound without taking rocket fire. How is that all that different than the US? We have gotten really good at rebuilding downtown, or at least the business district. And AR toting jackbooted thugs are everywhere, even if unable to stop any crime.
Every time you go out driving, there is construction going on except in the winter. Do you see this as a sign that we can afford road upkeep? Why? Every time you go out driving, you are hitting potholes. Weeds are always growing somewhere between the cracks in the asphalt. The construction you see is obviously very little, very late, and very expensive. The connected rich bitches are sucking the taxpayer dry, paid with bonds that enrich the bankers, delivering substandard material and labor. Look at the clothing sold at Wal-Mart. So threadbare that it won’t last past several washes, placing increased demand on farmland for more cotton for replacement.
That is how they make buildings and roads now ( and sewer pipe and power poles and etc. ). Substandard materials costing extra ( just like our food ). Failing so fast you need more substandard material-which we are running out of- to replace them quickly. And that is just upkeep and kabuki theatre facades to hide the rot. Along comes a hurricane, for instance, and then it isn’t just upkeep but replacement. Where does it come from. It isn’t just money-we know how to print that as quickly as we can before the PetroDollar falls. It is energy and materials that are not available.
This is nothing new, obviously. Your empire doesn’t slow collapse for fifty years without leaving some pretty obvious trends and wreckage. The question is, how has it stayed in place this long? My answer would be, the same as in Africa. You invest just enough in the place to keep the colonial resources extraction going ( the spice must flow ). Those road and building face-lifts? That costs very little in the great scheme of things, giving the colonists the illusion all is well to avoid rebellion. We are the colonial peasants, by the way. In case you kind of ignored that one.
Colonies sending tribute is of course nothing new in the history of civilization, once the Agricultural Age started. What is relatively new is the scale-globally for the last 500 years. What is new today-the hollowing out of the imperial city itself. Resource decline, and hence the amount of tribute declining, has been going on for some time. But the last twenty years has seen a huge increase in the amount of cannibalization the imperial country has seen. It is feeding on itself to survive ( with the 1/10th % thriving ). I trust you aren’t ignoring this, because you are one of the affected.
The hollowing out began in the Seventies, but that is ancient history. The more modern phase began with globalization on a grand scale. That started about the time the old stock market drew in the suckers for the broad-banding of the country. Fiber optics uses far less energy and resources, and with the Siberian oil flowing to us and Clinton skimming off the last Social Security surplus, we were able to wire the country together for the Internet connection we needed. Why? That was the Command And Control system to allow globalization to function.
Just In Time inventory was NOT new, an American came up with it long before our economic collapse. The Japanese perfected it with computerization. The Internet allowed the system to thrive globally. All those schmucks that lost their retirement funds to WorldCom and Enron funded the Internet. Which was really just about robotizing most jobs. It had little to do with the Information Superhighway ( remember that propaganda piece? ). This is a perfect example of investing as little as possible in the colony to keep the resources flowing. But it isn’t going to a foreign superpower now controlling us. It is going to the top elite who are no longer residing in the craphole of the country they are exploiting.
You see all the issues we have nowadays and you see collapse coming. As well you should. But my question is, why do you see this state of affairs lasting all that much longer? Because our colonial masters aren’t going to invest any more into our infrastructure than they have to. Our country would already be a failed state if the resource flow had stopped. Look at fracking oil and gas. You see it as “energy independence”, or at least “kicking the can down the road”. I see it as the last prop to our economy. Do you think the Nazi’s liquefying coal was energy independence? Of course not. It was the last grasp at any energy after they lost the Romanian fields of conventional petroleum. Same with fracking.
Once our masters tire of pacifying and supporting us, as the last of the wiring is extracted from the foreclosed house, it will all fall to crap very quickly. Rawles thinks we have thirty years to Peak Oil ( seriously ). Greer thinks overpopulation will still allow a mellow stair step collapse, without surplus resources. If you listen to them you’d believe that Rome was never sacked or depopulated, that the Mayans never ran out of food from drought. The center cannot hold, bitches. A very thin stick props up our entire edifice.
The PetroDallar allows us to finance our spending. Fracking gas allows our Internet to function. Our Internet allows global trade, which delivers all the life saving functions we no longer supply ourselves. We are Britain during WWII, so weak and broke we depend on the kindness of strangers to feed us ( remember that “over half of our artificial fertilizer is supplied from overseas” fact? If the dollar is no longer king, we can’t buy fertilizer to feed ourselves, nor diesel to transport it ).
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Re:social security comment in header. I wasn't aware of the case, but was mildly surprised when I saw a form once that said "tax" because I was sure it used to be "insurance." (I was only involved with payroll during my early and late working years.)ReplyDelete
Re:crappy clothing. If one looks hard enough, much better clothing can be found at thrift stores. As you said, the new ones are thinner and also sized smaller. Gotta lower costs.
You could call SS insurance but it is only as solvent as the imperial finances. Soon, it will only be known as a tax for most people.Delete
This is actually a good reason for Junk Land. People want something solid, to last generations, but you don't know how fertile the land will still be (samlinitation, loss of topsoil...) and how densely it is going to be (some good farmland has been turned into suburbia already).ReplyDelete
Modest housing on junk land is comparatively a sound investment, without exposing oneself to risk (too much risks ahead, too much uncertainty)
Another soil story. This local crap SUCKS worse than I thought. In town, protected from predators, with water and trees and at a minimum fertilizer for grass, my two potato plants only duplicated their planting weight. I know, late in the season, but still...Delete
Diesel to transport it? Heck with that, diesel to Plant and HARVEST it. The farmers pay as much as $0.50/gallon less to get their diesel BUT the recent uptick in cost has made them grumble more than usual and I see that they let some of the edges or little field areas go unharvested - it isn't worth the diesel cost vs price of grain to get it. So, since they probably wont bring all of Houston's refineries back online to 100% by planting time next year, you can expect the price of grain next year to go up at least a little (or a lot) - in other words the cost of diesel affects not so much this years (if you planted it you might as well at least half assed harvest it) but next years crops if the price doesn't change.ReplyDelete
I can't see Houston ever getting all their capacity back-the media dropped their coverage too quick for it to be anything but bad news.Delete
Off topic, can you your Majesty or 1 of your thousands of followers direct me to a site that lists how many people were trampled at the Las Vegas Shooting, and not injured by gunfire?ReplyDelete
I remember back in the 60's when I was a young punk watching the original Titanic movie seeing how polite and mild the soon to be dying people were, wondering and knowing we as a soon to be gone society acted during this event. Thanks for any info.
First I heard of that, sorry. All you hear is 1) redneck cracker honky mo fo's deserve to die, or 2) salt of the earth noble and courageous 'Muricans saved the day during the event. Not much real news from either side. Remember The Who rock concert trampling deaths? I didn't know spit as a yongun but that learned me to stay away from crowds.Delete
Having grown up in a dying mill town, collapse is easy for me to see. What once affected my small town is affecting more and more of the world. The town was a tough place to grow up in, and has about 40% of the population that it did when I was a kid. Quite a few people died young. Many moved to greener pastures, but what do you do when there are no greener pastures?ReplyDelete
I was able to keep moving ( minimum wage strategy once I quite management ) but now I see there are really no good places left. Any that have jobs have huge costs of living, so they are not viable. Several places I moved to, well, probably half, had already had crashes then recovered but just in retail. Now...just waiting for the crash here. Retail, the last bastion, will end everywhere except those high cost areas.Delete
"Any that have jobs have huge costs of living,...."ReplyDelete
Well there ya go, you've defined the problem.
Now define the solution.
Why have 1 client/customer (your employer) when you can have many?
Why let your 1 client/customer (your employer) steal 1/4 of your money before you ever receive it?
Guess what? There is a dynamic in the universe that stipulates that, "If you want more you have to do more.", and no you don't deserve more just because.
If people act like children in this regard they can't be surprised and butt hurt when they are treated like children.
Grow a pair, and grow up.
Okay, harsh, but true. I could argue with you about the taxes you pay self employed v. wage slave, or the temperament needed, but those are besides your valid point.Delete
Didn't think you could own a semi in OZ anymore....ReplyDelete
Perhaps up to ten round mags? Not sure myself. Didn't pay too much attention, not being a huge semi fan.Delete