Sunday, June 17, 2018

money verses wealth


MONEY VERSES WEALTH
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Even though I kept repeating myself that silver was for the economic collapse instead of the civilization collapse, I want to balance the scales of discussion from money to wealth.  Silver is just money.  Wealth, for a time, will be the other, OTHER precious metal, ammunition, and obviously what should always be first, food.  Money shouldn’t be as important as we view it today.  Sure, it is somewhat important.  You can’t barter a truckload of broccoli for a FLIR scope.  But it is only a means of exchange, for the actual items we desire.  If you have food, shelter and protection, money is far less important. 

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And yes, food production is far more important than storage food, itself more important than money, but we can’t overlook the fact that the asshumps in charge have control of the production of food.  Homesteaders are on the right path, but they fundamentally forget that all that hard work feeding themselves is under the permission and control of the bankers and their buttboys the government.  You don’t need a thirty year mortgage on a farm to learn how to farm.  Anyone can learn how to farm, for free.  No one else wants to do the grunt work.  If farming is your thing, don’t confuse land title ownership with the ownership of that land.

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So for now, I focus on food storage.  I don’t discount production, I just don’t focus on it.  Production has so many problems that in my own circumstances I am better off with extra storage.  Fifteen years ago, I would have been better off focusing on production.  Now, I’m too old for that crap.  Storage must suffice.  Just remember that production isn’t the ONLY answer, nor is storage, for everyone.  Your mileage may vary.  I choose storage as a partial mitigating strategy to the issues of production monopoly as well as the desire to avoid the money economy to the best of my ability.  Hell, why not? After all, This Suckers Going Down.

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So, before you concentrate on money ( such as silver ), do you have enough wealth?  How is that food storage coming?  I know, wheat kernels are problematic.  You don’t need 400 pounds per year if it is too expensive.  A third of a pound a day is plenty of fresh greens and fiber, if you stock up on white flour.  What is a 25 pound sack of white flour now?  Something like $7.  Even if that whole wheat costs you a buck a pound mail order, ten pounds a month plus thirty of white flour cost you a whopping $20 maximum.  It isn’t ideal, and it isn’t all you want to store, but it is a very good bare bones diet to help you survive if you never get the extra you want, or it is a great core diet with the extras. 

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Are you stressed about Mylar bags and buckets costing twice what your food does?  Just trash pick plastic food containers ( and beg from your neighbors and coworkers ).  Drink all your soda from two liter bottles, rather than from fountain dispensers.  Rinse them out, then put them outside in the sun, opening face up, and they are bone dry in an hour or less.  Fill with flour and sugar ( sugar is twice the price of flour but about the same as rice, has extra calories per pound AND is a great condiment with calories ).  Boom, done, glorious wealth in a bottle.

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It isn’t as pretty as silver.  But it is STILL a consumable just like silver is.  Okay, silver can be a lifelong store of money, but to turn it into wealth, items you need, you must consume it.  And that two liter bottle full of flour which cost you literally just pennies, you don’t look at that as wealth ( compared to the silver ), but should.  Now, I know I am playing fast and loose with the definitions of wealth and money.  I consider food the ultimate form of wealth, although you may not.  That just means you are too used to the abundance of food we have as normal, but it is emphatically NOT.

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Us Dirt People, we’ve only ever had food as wealth.  We never had money, until recently, and you do understand that even far before closing the gold window and Saudi control over OPEC pricing oil in dollars, we were always using the surplus energy we had as a one time mining of extraordinary wealth.  We confuse that with money, but for a few hundred years we ignored the Malthusian norm of starving overpopulated peasants and wallowed in a food surplus.  We thought we were rich, which we were, but then thought extra food was normal and extra money was not, and chased the money.  Forgetting what wealth was. 

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All of our White People Problems?  That is due to our surplus of food.  Without food, all of our “problems” don’t mean dingus.  Who cares if you can fill up the SUV tank, or if the newest movie wasn’t as good as it should be, or if you were too old to pop out yet another kid from your VaginaATM, if you had to worry about eating.  Right now, you think you have actual problems, and you can’t be bothered with food storage.  Oh, rent is coming due.  Oh, I’m saving up for the wives birthday, a FLIR scope that you are positive she secretly wants. 

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You have the luxury of doing this now because food is the easiest thing in your universe.  You don’t have to worry that a 52cent bottle of flour could keep you alive for two days ( if you keep tamping it down, you can squeeze three pounds in rather than two, but I trust you see my point ).  So you don’t take your pocket change and fill up yet another bottle with flour.  Are you SURE you have your priorities straight?  Right now, you can go to Sportsman’s Guide and buy rimfire for 5.1 cents a round delivered.  You didn’t go last week, so now you are paying an extra tenth of a cent each.  Now you need to spend $99 for free shipping, and the bucket of bullets went from $70 to $72 ( subject to change, I am writing this 6-10-18 ). 

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I’m not saying rimfire has to be your priority.  I’m saying that 26cents a day food and 5cent ammunition is REAL wealth, and right this very second cheaper than dirt.  And that will change drastically.  At the same time that silver goes from derivative market manipulation actually under the cost of production price to Rare As Gold, your food will go from one thirty second of an hour of minimum wage ( literally less than two MINUTES of work ) for a days starvation diet to much more of a days labor.  In good historical times, food was STILL at a minimum of three hours of daily wages ( on a twelve hour work day ).  That is your price of wheat going from 25cents to almost 25 DOLLARS, in today’s prices.  And, those were in GOOD times.  Famines and wars saw prices far higher.

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That is the wonder of petroleum.  Which you are ignoring with all your might.  Buy these insanely undervalued assets NOW.  Before you worry about money.

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26 comments:

  1. VaginaATM. This is why we come here. Clever. Don't use ammo for barter. The reason should be obvious.

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    1. If you are bartering, it should only be with tribal members. In that case, ammo is no big deal. If you are trading outside the tribe, you only barter with other items that are sustainable.

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    2. "...you only barter with other items that are sustainable"...AND can't come back at you with lethal velocity.

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    3. Well, ammo isn't sustainable anyway. However, this subject has inspired my articles for today, so wait for that.

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  2. Off topic, but with regards to flashlights. I’ve had a lot of trouble lately with the style of flashlight that has the push button switch in the end of the handle. Apparently, the Chinese don’t know how to make a lasting push button switch, and they fail fairly often. I purchased a 3 pack of single AAA LED lights (Yes, the AA are more practical, but they’re also a lot fatter) and the first one failed within two weeks. Unfortunately, I somehow managed to permanently misplace the other two. I wasn’t about take another chance on the push button style again, so I got the MagLite Solitaire LED Flashlight, with the twist end on/off switch, as opposed to a pushbutton. But it costs the same for one MagLite as did the 3 Chinese LED flashlights. Since I lost the other two, I can’t say if they would have held up or not, so I can’t say if the Chinese lights are a better value. If 2 of the 3 for the same price as the MagLite, lasted long term, then it would be worth it I suppose.

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    1. It isn't the push button that is the problem, it is cheap verses quality. Any $1 flashlight will fail after using a half dozen times. You spend $5 and $7 per and you are golden. I've had the same exact experience that you did. Literally a half dozen uses and failure. Then, I've been using $10 flashlights for years, the ones you click three times to go from bright, to brighter, flashing, off.

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    2. Regardless, I would prefer the twist style from now on. It seems that there would be less that can go wrong with that style of switch.

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    3. The only place for the switch on a proper flashlight is in the rear. You operate it with your thumb.

      Price is important. The best, probably, is SureFire, but expect to spend a couple of hundred dollars. I have a SureFire that has operated perfectly under field conditions for almost thirty years.

      If you buy Chink, you are arming the enemy.

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    4. Do you buy auto parts, shoes, underwear, anything made from plastic, anything using cotton? Come on, that trading with the enemy is too broad and impractical. Now is the last chance to stockpile your lifeboat. Who cares who the trader is?

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    5. 8:53-that I understand. I'm more comfortable with the Enfield than an AR. Doesn't matter which is better, one over the other helps me sleep at night.

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    6. My point exactly. The simpler the better, as there’s less that can go wrong with it. The single action Ruger will outlast the Glock. The 1965 pickup truck will outlast the 2018 model, and so on.

      It’s quite a challenge to purchase anything that isn’t Chinese anymore. And when you do, you end paying exorbitant amounts of money for something; say $200 for a flashlight for instance :D (Just ribbing the other minion, it’s a personal decision, but I’d never spend $200 on a flashlight, but that’s just me). It’s also my understanding that there is some sort of loophole on what qualifies as the few products that can have the “Made In America” label stamped on them (As in most of the parts can be made overseas, then assembled here, and a certain percentage of each allows for that label, even though it isn’t technically “Made In America” in the traditional sense of the word).

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    7. The Made In America ship sailed long ago. No point in even trying all that much. If you can support domestic, fine. But otherwise, it is you and tribe first. The nation state sold you out long ago-so why the support?

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  3. Jim, minions should also strategize for the other ancilliary items that though not a critical necessity for daily survival they make things more comfortable, or to be living better and not just scratching by like a dirt refugee. Using money as available and things remain functional consider all those daily use items that should be stockpiled now. (Bar soap,dish soap,laundry soap,toothpaste/brushes,razors,etc) minions that can accumulate a year or two quantity of all those dinky items, then that will be one less item to be bartering for or leaving the compound for. Use the venezuala (or other shithole places) as a model of study for what will be sorely needed as well as food and ammo.

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    1. Don't forget girl pamper items. If you have supplies to pimp your wives hair, your life will be tolerable. If not...

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  4. VaginaATM seems to be covered, so I will move past that

    I don't like the rimfire advise no matter how glorious yer hair is.
    Anything you can bag with a 22 you can get in a snare or trap, if you want something that goes bang, at least look into a single shot, breakdown action shotgun. 12 gauge, nothing less.Dave Canterbury has a few videos on how to make that a forever gun.

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    1. Rimfire is for your Forever Gun, not for hunting. Unless you can get a much larger piece of meat than from a squirrel. Like, if you want to run after the deer half the day. So, you trade for rimfire not expecting to use it for some time. It is a store of wealth.

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    2. Snares and traps hunt 24/7. Without sound. I get what you're saying, but the basics can be had without firearms. If you want a deer, use something big enough to drop it.

      Did I mention your glorious hair?

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    3. To paraphrase Fire Marshal Bill, let's just say you are walking in the woods, you trip and fall over a deer. Right, chance encounter? You can choose to take the deer that way, or not at all in that case. As an option, I'd say the rimfire can be used. Not optimal, but a good trade off. If you are hunting, and plan on running down a deer anyway, you use archery. That is optimal. But if you were out and about without that...Yes, it is probably best just to assume a Never Any Noise policy. That forces you to conserve ammo for war only. But if that isn't the case, and you are needing protein badly enough, I could see trading one round for weeks of meat. I'm only saying "never say never"

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    4. I get the better than nothing thing.

      All things considered as per the sitrep you present, I would go with the 12 gauge.

      I challenge you to come up with a article about why I am wrong.

      My first rifle was a 22 bolt, and had my thumbnail torn off by a friend's semi. So I am not exactly against anyone owning one, just saying there are better ways to spend your money

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    5. I just might do that article.

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  5. Two analogies for minion's assessment and use. #1 Local immigrant neighbors have yard sales of mostly clothes, outdated appliances, odd-ball tools, etc. Nothing that is a necessary or a desirable item. (Sales are thus slow, only cheapskates drive up to poke around) #2 I was out of work years ago using up unemployment and economy still sucking. Rent a table at gun show for $110.00 for two days and drag out extra oddity type guns, mostly ammo, a few mags and assorted military/shooter's odds and ends. The end result was all guns sold (price to move-don't be stuck up) almost every thing else sold as well. The key is having desirable items, priced right/fair, and at location or sold to interested parties seeking that merchandise. End result= shy of $5,000.00 raised for living expenses just in case, so as to not burn through own cash in longer term unemployment,etc. It pays to convert and invest money to items that are desirable and convertible back to cash for needs in a later pinch.

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    1. Guns and ammo and mags I no longer needed paid to move me from FL to NV, where I got a job paying three times as much. Paid for itself several times over ( in the long run, I sold two 45's of Brazilian make for a better job that got me land and silver and guns and trailers and etc ).

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  6. Food! Food! Food! Half the world is obese and the other half is starving! I have experienced both. I have been fat. Real fat. High blood pressure, heavy breathing, sore back and knees and hips from the extra weight. Now I am getting skinny again! (In time to look good for my funeral!) and the blood pressure has returned to normal, no more gasping for air, snoring has improved, aches and pains -still there damn it! Having food is great. What you really need to stockpile is Bourbon! Lots of bourbon. Can't enjoy the end of the world without a drink in your hand.

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    1. One bottle minimum to toast the idiots, "look, I was right you stupid humps!", and another bottle for pain management as you are dying from the idiots shooting you.

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  7. Free range food...
    I've been enjoying this author lately. At the risk of potentially reducing the amount of animals available to me in a potential time of need, I present these two books for your education and success...

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    Peace out

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    1. Damn, he sure is busy! I'd have to read of few of his samples as he seems on the expensive side. Not expensive if they work, of course-just an investment.

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