UNEMPLOYED IN THE APOCALYPSE 3
Great, thanks Jim. It isn’t bad enough I’m trying to afford enough ammunition for the coming gun grab, now you are telling me I need to prep for mass prolonged unemployment! Heh, did I write the rules for prepping, or am I just the messenger? Now you know why through most of the history of the prepping movement the answers being sold all tend to be simplistic and incomplete. Actually prepping for real life is a lot more involved and convoluted than prepping for fantasy is.
It is a lot easier to just hold gold, or just prep for a three week camping trip, or just arsenal up than it is to prepare for multi-century dark ages. We don’t have the luxury of only preparing in a grossly incomplete manner. Okay, I grant you, just from age alone the majority of the loyal minion horde won’t make it to the apocalypse or very far through it, let alone from the actual warfare that will accompany it. We prep because we might live. There are no guarantees of living even after prepping. But one guarantee of death is to NOT prep. And One Answer Prepping isn’t even prepping as much as it is shopping.
Stacking gold is an invitation for torture and death. Prepping for a few weeks of camping until the earthquake rubble stops dancing will do dingus-all for an economic collapse or anything else. Just stocking guns will not see you through an economic collapse unless you sell your arsenal and there is a thriving black market for it ( if you aren’t tortured and killed first ). The most likely event you need to prep for is an economic collapse, and this is NOT theory or faulty analytics. This is simply news headline observation. I want you to think of one thing right now. Afghanistan.
Do you understand that this conflict ( calling it a war would be too embarrassing ) is almost twenty years old, as one fellow doom writer just pointed out? Two. Friggin. Decades. First, Afghanistan is noted as the graveyard of empires for a very good reason. Invade, and whatever cosmic forces of your choice puts a little asterisk by your name which denotes you are very next empire to eat feces and expire. Second, even if it is a conflict instead of a war, we spend enough money to qualify the occupation as two full grown wars. And expensive wars ruin imperial economies ( even if they haven’t invaded the Haunted Country ).
How many empires do you know on the downside of power that can survive twenty years of war? Even without the petrodollar or peak oil or anything else, Afghanistan ALONE should prove to you our economic demise. I could probably go one to a good book length talking about our economic collapse. Let me veer off in a motion sickness inducing move and get into the mechanics of unemployment, instead. This crap is easier than knowing which hole to stick your junk in. Savings is no longer sufficient. As in, “save at least six months worth of expenses”. You need oh so much more.
But you can’t afford all that much more, can you? Because even if food and living expenses is far more important than anything other than your first affordable gun ( if you are poor, just buy the Wal-Mart single shot 12g and call it good. It will suffice for nearly everything ), you are still tapped out financially. But financial insurance isn’t much of an added expense. It is more of a bonus. If you are getting out of debt ( NOT by paying it all off, dumb ass. You don’t have time. By repossessing all possible goods and declaring bankruptcy on the rest. If you are not completely melting down your credit score, you are being a pussy and won’t accomplish anything ), you are on your way towards prepping for unemployment.
Getting into debt again or at all sometime in the future is about as good of an idea as staying in Afghanistan another decade would be. Hump your humping credit score. Only idiots get into debt for prep ( or while prepping. Or while civilization is melting down ). Nuke the son of a bitch. Now you are living on a lot less. How easy was that? Once you are living on less, everything gets easier. Preps get easier, and saving money gets easier. If you hung in there the last five years and paid off debt even as I was recommending you not, congratulations. Without any evidence except blind faith, you timed the collapse.
Do you Honest Injun think the rest of you will be so lucky? Nobody can time the collapse. I was living the collapse thirty years ago, refusing college debt or a mortgage ( I don’t count the five year note I had in Florida on a mobile home. I walked away from that like I did a car payment ). I was twenty years EARLY. And I’m far from close to crying about any lost opportunities. Better way early than a little bit late. I’m not telling everybody to walk away from debt. I’m telling you if that is the only way, do it. Yesterday. The whole trick to unemployment investing is not to save more money, but to keep stretching out that money longer by continually cutting expenses.
When I was paying lot rent on a RV, my savings didn’t cover three months of living expenses. Once I got my land to live on, even while making payments my savings were now ten months ( for the same amount of money in savings ). As soon as the land was paid off, that went to almost two years. Who has better unemployment insurance, the redneck in a trailer or a civil servant making double the average wage? Two thousand bucks sees the redneck through a year. It sees the “rich” guy through one month, max.
This is NOT rocket science. All of you know this. But most are probably still hoping the Full Employment During A Nuke Attack paradigm is still somehow magically valid. That somehow we can return to yesteryear where your employer somehow thinks you are as valuable as you think you are. Somehow Leave It To Beaver still holds and we can remain middle class luxurious. No, I’m sorry. Sooner or later you will downsize drastically. Voluntarily or not. Peace.
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I do try to keep my tone light hearted, mainly because every day is pretty doomey and gloomey content wise. I guess some days I'm not as light hearted as I should be :)ReplyDelete
Negative, Lord Bison, keep your edge as that is what seperates you from the candy assed yuppie bloggers. By not going all soft and commercial corporate, it is a grounding in real life reality. Minions should pay attention to an 'a typical' news story line about how people all over the country and world get shafted by human event factors or nature event factors, applying that story line to their own preps. In the money economy (no alternatives/can't opt out) top of the list of "oh shucks" events are going to be loss of job-business-income source-reserve savings assets. To be innocently ignorant and blissfully nonchalant about the possibility, while still espousing bravado about being a great worker/earner/money hustler is a fatal mistake. Plan accordingly for the eventuality, it is coming.ReplyDelete
Very good advice today. You need to put kunt heads book the Long emergency back on side bar. Hate the SOB but that book is relevant to your recent writings.ReplyDelete
Perhaps I should change up the side bar. I don't need them all my books. Long Emergency starts at a dime plus shippingDelete
Yes yes yesReplyDelete
You need to be blunt to get the message through. Quagmires like Afghanistan indeed describe well the psychology which is at the root of that probelm, and see how it infects all the aspects of our lives.
Another thing I see is that the notion of an "after" is a lie, as if the collapse would swipe the place clean so we can restart our little civilisation.
It is more realistic to say that once we start eating our preps and spend the whole day of all those menial tasks like mending socks or tending the small space we have around us, we are not ever going out of it.
It's going to be our little world (and our neighbours) for the rest of our lives. Even if we make it ten years after, there are not going to be economic booms ever again, but perhaps the gifted boy next street can become a decent shoe cobbler.
Too few Americans understand how long distance travel is an abnormality, as well as our share of the global energy.Delete
Most peasants live and die within a few days walk of their birthplace, at least until WWII and the cheap oil. Never before has travel been an amusement for regular people.Delete
For my father's life (1946-2013), interstate travel on highways was affordable good fun, casually picking a destination by if the passes are open or "never been there before". No big deal to burn a couple tanks of gas per day of road trip, 800+ miles per day. I never do that now, not since maybe 1993. I also don't have the fast German cars (or the payments, maintenance, insurance, etc.).
Perhaps back before they finished the Interstate it would have been "fun" to travel. Local cultures and all. Now? Boring as can be, dangerous and stressful. I see zero appeal.Delete
The globalist plan involves making everywhere like everywhere else, and most humans identically grey/tan/yellow (excepting the Overlords, natch').Delete
Londinistan is not the place it was in 1960, but NYC is still the center of Communist thought.
NYC is still the home of the elitist puke minions with delusions of grandeur. I sure wouldn't lose a second of sleep if they nuked the place. I'd prefer DC, of course, but as a consolation prize...Delete
According to the video below, Londonistan has overtaken NYC in the murder rate. I don’t doubt it at all. Yeah, strong gun control has really worked wonders over there!Delete
What They're NOT Telling You About London
“I sure wouldn't lose a second of sleep if they nuked the place. I'd prefer DC, of course, but as a consolation prize...”
I hear ya, but from a strategic standpoint, there are other cities that I’d rather see fall first. The reason? NYC is one of those cities that has a surplus of females. And we’re gonna need those females to “be fruitful (in the non-faggot way) and multiply, and replenish the earth” following the collapse and die off :D
As soon as London's knife control goes into effect, it will once again be as safe as our schools! Oh, wait...Delete
Living below your means is always good advice, but I think the Overlords are planning on calling a bank holiday and holding all of our wealth 'for our protection'. Keep a goodly stash somewhere beyond their clutches - bankers suck ! I've got a couple of peanut butter jars with neatly rolled bills in a couple of well hidden locations, each less than $2000 in case one gets found. A big hit if lost, but not a killer.ReplyDelete
Otherwise several thousand in three locations (two off site). A meager amount to start a new life, but many have started out with much less. Ask the illegal alien what they come into our country with.
Great advice-that is what I do. And don't stash 100's, only $20's. Remember how India just made high denom bills illegal so to crush the black market?Delete
If I understood correctly, it was more of a social experiment in the first place. Who knows what conversations get analyzed on social media ?Delete
(social media exists only because they analyze your content. This is their stated business model !).
As for the black market, I guess this is where you'd get your new bills in the first place.
In this study about Black Market in occupied France during WW2 ( https://www.amazon.fr/Trafics-crimes-sous-loccupation-Delarue/dp/B0000DLC7Q ) we learn that it was the Germans who set it up so they could grab extra cash and valuables (jewelry etc.) instead of just distributing the stuff.
This sort of hoarding/speculative mindset is a very important element of the French Revolution
( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flour_War )
I imagine history will speak of our Dorito War as Food Stamps are cut to fund the Afghan War. :)Delete
I read the preview part of Long Emergency again yesterday and it hit me...we are in the long emergency. I know you have said that before but its like being in pot of warm water that is now getting very hot. When do we realize that death and the boiling point are getting closer.ReplyDelete
No, you are right. It never felt real until a very short time ago. Well, short if you are an old geezer.Delete