UNEMPLOYED IN THE APOCALYPSE*
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You probably suffer from hubris, the same as the American Empire itself. It is institutionalized. It isn’t really your fault, and I forgive you, so don’t beat yourself up about it. As I have detailed before, you are trying to be the survivalist your grand pappy was. And you can’t. That world doesn’t exist anymore. Look at it this way. You really cannot go back to being a hunter/gatherer. It is a superior lifestyle in many ways ( health, spiritually, stress wise ), but all the butt boys who threw seeds in the ground to gain a strategic advantage ( all about the food, remember? ) screwed it up for everyone.
Everywhere you try to go back to for hunting will see your area either too populated, too exploited or too friggin desolate. The Amazon indigs are in a lush tropical ( cough, cough ) paradise, and suffer from animal protein deficiency. It is only an area of abundance if you are a rabbit. And while you can find areas suitable for very small families to survive hunting and gathering, it won’t scale up into tribes. As soon as the oil age industrialized food system breaks down, your AO will be stripped of edibles within days to weeks.
So, since it would be foolish to rely on hunting/gathering almost everywhere, you sigh tragically and just accept that it isn’t a viable strategy ( and all of you eventually in a feasible wilderness, if it happens, must militarily face the broccoli brigades invading from elsewhere ). There is still tons and oodles and gobs of advice out there on living hunter/gatherer as a prep strategy, but this advice is deadly. What strategy works for them ( trapping, wild edibles ), can indeed work for you, but NOT you and a tribe, and there is its fundamental weakness. I know you have your steel cable snares ready to go and don’t want to hear this, but there you are.
Then there are those folks who advised you that you can survive at a 19th century level of industry. When this advice was given, it was actually feasible. As a nation we still had, mostly, an intact culture and a low population and abundant ore and energy. It would have been easy peasy to devolve back to a cottage industry survival mode. But then a couple of whores in Congress got together and decided to open up the floodgates of little brown people, and it was all over but the crying. Asset stripping commenced.
( this was followed up by delinking to gold on our currency. It wasn’t a BAD thing, as that was our only choice of kicking the can. We had limited gold but seemingly unlimited Saudi oil. Then we followed that up by selling our souls to the central bank, trading a lifetime of debt and servitude for continued abundance. Or at least the appearance of abundance. Look back at the 80’s. What is the one defining cultural characteristic? I submit it was Form Over Function. We went Potemkin Village, appearance of action over actual action. As long as the façade held up, we were happy. It allowed us to think debt was wealth ).
Once we quasi-colonized the former Soviet Union, Siberian oil allowed us to move from mining historical ore concentrations to VERY diffuse ores. Microscopic ores, in which tons more dirt and rock were processed for the same ounce of ore, became normal with the application of ever more cheap ass energy. Once we started doing that, we could no longer live a coal powered 19th century lower tech cottage industry lifestyle. And while we COULD have duplicated that rather well by only smelting already processed ore from industrial scrap, you still have that pesky issue of overpopulation.
While I have no hate for Mexicans, a culture I grew up next to ( not to mention the two Mexican wives ), I acknowledge that we have surrendered our culture to them, along with the Blacks and Bitches. There are simply too many people here now, and in their haste to screw workers out of wages and Whites out of their votes the elite still failed to notice that when you jack up the cost of living through taxes and regulations even fertile Mexicans do not breed enough to pay for seniors feeding at the trough. Simply, the Baby Boomers are STILL not paid for through immigration. So now we have two problems, rather than one. Overpopulation AND not enough taxpayers.
Although, to be fair, immigration did provide the elite with what they actually wanted which was another two generations of increased wealth. That is over now, the benefits, and only the price tag remains. Over population is a two sided coin. For all the strategic gain and wealth generation, you then get resource depletion. Now, what does all this have to do with your grand pappy’s survivalism? Past strategies are negated by changing circumstances. A simple concept most survivalists are seemingly unaware of, if conventional “wisdom” is any indicator.
You cannot return to hunter/gathering, not as a group, due to overpopulation. You can’t return to a coal powered simple industry economy due to resource depletion and overpopulation. That seems straightforward enough, once explained. And yet, folks that might agree with that see nothing wrong with trying to return to a 1950’s Leave It To Beaver Cold War society. If you think about most survivalism advice, it pretty much mirrors fifty to sixty year old wisdom taught back then.
Processed foods ( freeze dried slop ), wiz-bang space age wonder weapons ( the M-16 ). Resource abundance logistics ( semi-auto ). And, importantly for our discussion here, instant apocalypse and the ‘Murican Way Of Life. Most survivalists are seemingly planning on employment until ready, preparedness wise, and a Soviet nuclear strike. They think unemployment won’t ever really effect them ( there is the hubris part ) and debt won’t matter since one day they’ll wake up and the infrastructure of the debt will have disappeared.
Since everyone who trained and worked hard could get a job for the last near eight decades, it must always be so. And since debt has been good for nearly fifty years, it must always be so. I would like to throw a dead mouse in your punchbowl and suggest that unemployment should factor into your plans far more importantly than guns or FLIR scopes. Continued tomorrow.
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I came across this old UK video from WWII that may have a few tips for you BPOD -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHyxP3epU-wReplyDelete
I blew this weeks discretionary funds on a magazine for my .22 (3 hours wages pre tax -*almost* cheaper to buy a whole new rifle).
Another cool vid. You're just a proverbial fountain, aren't you? Glad to see you are focusing on accessories rather than more guns. It's amazing how many you can procure when you prioritize it.Delete
If your ears were burning today it was because I was talking to relatives about the wisdom of an American with fine locks of hair. This wise man provides guidance which allows low income earners (basically everyone) a chance at survival. I lamented that Dingoland doesn't give the junk land option.ReplyDelete
Still, you nearly wiped out your Bison with dumb guns. Our wildlife is tougher and fought our guys to a standstill even though we literally used machine guns against them
Cool vid. Hey, didn't rabbits almost kick your guys asses? :)Delete
first...Mexicans were here long before you show up in the map...they are the first Americans around 138 before the pilgrims came and screw everything for us...Your greasy hair is because of the diet you ingested for so many years the poor Mexican women you fool into marriage...You guys came as illegal aliens and took over these territories. (is ok. for you guys to do it but no one else coming to their homeland)...I bet you $ 1000.00 Zimbabwean dollars you wont post this comment because you're gutless...Accept it and be a man...ReplyDelete
No, my good man, FIRST is that we follow a certain protocol here on the comments. As long as you are not going to get me into court or drop the "N" Bomb, I publish your comment. Second, if you have something nasty to say to me, you must first praise my hair. You are hereby advised. Now, the Spanish, not Mexicans, did do a bit of exploring and stole all the land from the natives and enslaved them, and so had the place pretty screwed up without Whitey's help, it is true. But Mexico stole it from the Spanish who had stole it from the Indians, so it was fair game for Whites. You might demand it back by the force of numbers, but you cannot demand it back on a technicality or on any moral stance. Might makes right.Delete
You lost the anonymous shitstain by the 4th sentence.Delete
The truth, to it, is what it's 3rd grade bulldagger told it and nothing else matters. You don't even have to delve very deep into this stuff to find out the truth but even that is too much for the massively lazy and genetically braindead. It hates itself, just as the bulldagger directed it so.
So as not to degenerate into a crap slinging contest, I try to reply to even the most obvious attacks with humor and logic. Am I wasting my time? Perhaps. But it is for the benefit of the blog. As most others get worse ( cough, both Idahoan posers ), I'm trying to get better. Not that anyone set the bar too high :)Delete
Will certainly follow this topic, Jim. I think minions underestimate the carnage of unemployment/little to no income source in any forms at pre and during collapse time. Unless a person has a deep cave to hide in with plenty stockpiles, and some guaranteed income or lots of reserve funds (lots due to inflation spiralling up, scarcity demands, collapsed economy) etc. There will be cutthroat competion as there are way too many workers (native and immigrant) to push you into the dirt for your job. Can't just plow your yard to feed your family. P.s. government statistics are all lies!ReplyDelete
Was it Mark Twain that said, "lies, damn lies, and statistics"? By definition all govt statistics are the worst kind of lies.Delete
Almost emphatize with the non violent sneak thief trying make ends meet. When there is no jobs or any worth it with no benefits or long term prospects, and you are blocked out by age-ism, and white male adult reversal discrimination it almost becomes a guerilla campaign against society at large. Kinda makes fellows into angry problems to contend with on a writ large scale.Delete
It was all fine and dandy when angry militaristic Blacks victimized their own kind, but now the same is happening with Whites. The shoe hurts when it is on the other foot.Delete
“You really cannot go back to being a hunter/gatherer.”ReplyDelete
The good news (if you could call it that) is that few Americans today could survive for more than about 5 minutes if left alone in the woods.
And it’s not as if the Boy Scouts of America (Soon to be renamed the LGBTQXYZ Scouts) will be churning out any serious junior woodsmen any time soon. Unless of course, cookie sales, and rubbing two penis’s together counts as a survival skill :D (Yeah, I know, it’s not funny. But laughing at this sick, laughing stock of a society that perverted liberals have turned us into, goes a long ways towards helping one to keep their sanity at times).
You used to be able to feel compassion for dumbasses ( the kids who got molested while in the Scouts ). Now, after full disclosure, no excuses. Now, if kids are abused while there, it is the parents fault. So, yeh, you can laugh at them now.Delete
I am going to speak up in defense of the scouts here- It depends on the location/local leadership. My cub (pre teen) has been taught: knots, carpentry, archery, rifle shooting, camping, and more. Nothing totally beyond our ability to teach but he is much more enthusiastic when it is a shared learning experience with his peers that he knows he can get recognition from the organization and other scouts - his cousin in Vegas however has to put up with tolerance training, and other PC bull that should have little to do with the scouts.Delete
I never did too well in the scouts. Even back then, too much social pressure/interaction. I do appreciate what they offer, however. The problem is the HQ corporate types-and that is a problem everywhere. So I can excuse a lot of their issues. Some just go too far to tolerate, however.Delete
excellent post. we try to see the future so far ahead we lose sight of the horrors of unemployment.ReplyDelete
got to get out of debt.
The town crier:ReplyDelete
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If you don't have this book yet...
...you should get it and read it. You'll start seeing food where others see desolation. Do the grasses/weeds surrounding the BPOD where you were weedwhacking have visible seed heads? Those are edible and nutritious, just like a grain of rice or wheat, but more nutritious than the agri-business farmed stuff. When the seed heads are green, the seed is soft, possibly milky. When they start turning brown, the seeds are maturing, and also dropping to the ground where they become invisible. I have my first harvest of wild grass seeds (just prior to weedwhacking I'm doing here) drying out at the moment. I'll report back when I cook them up. The indians (feather) harvested by weaving large baskets and smacking the heads of the grasses into the basket. I just stripped them off with my finger and into a crock pot.
Only goat heads and flowers.Delete
interested in your follow up report.
I found this public domain photo (unknown species). These have the same appearance as mine.ReplyDelete
Just kicking a minion advice idea out there, though early in this series of articles. I own my house after working hard to pay it off (older, blue collar neighborhood) I have over a long time payed extra towards the utility accounts. This has allowed me to build up a "credit" balance of a year to 18 months worth of "funds in credit" to cover the monthly utilities that keep coming in even as I am out of work (again!). No interest on bank savings accounts anyway, but always need utilities at the house. Helps if injured/sick and not working, or if you have family they will be helped out if you are the breadwinner of the house and pass away or get locked up in a fema camp for re-education. Just spiffballing the idea around. Thanxs.ReplyDelete
Damn good idea. I haven't paid a bill to the utility company for fifteen years ( when in the RV park, you pay the park the metered amount. Avoids the surcharge the power company tacks on. Course, they got it back on rapine rent ), so that one was off my radar.Delete
Hey Bison! Gotta say, excellent post topic... as well as "Spanish lesson":-) Looking forward to rest of series!ReplyDelete
Happy to keep making a mess and dropping Trivia Nuggets.Delete