Friday, August 31, 2018

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Okay, as I threatened, I’m going to take a sharp detour and go from how to not spend money to save money to invest money to get to the point you need a lot less money, to how the digital revolution was nothing more than a wealth grab from the elite.  I should have continued with the Save Money portion and then made this a new series, but let us not delude ourselves.  There are only so many times I can tell you the same money saving frugal tips.  Hopefully this will amuse and distract you better.  Amused and distracted you will look fondly in my direction and think of me as your aging demented Uncle you feel sorry for and continue to support me.
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As we left yesterday’s article I stated that the Internet was the last infrastructure project we’ve seen since the Interstate Project, and you know that one was only built using taxpayers money to help out THE economic powerhouse of the day, the auto industry.  They sold it to the fawning public using the twin lies of fast troop movement and civil defense against the godless commies ( each ramp was supposed to have fallout shelters installed ), but only a fool looks at the dismantling of the rail system and fails to see who benefited ( just as you need to see who benefited from the taxpayer built rail in the first place.  Hint-who do you think elected another scumbag from Illinois? ).
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Public infrastructure is never built for the benefit of the common people.  You are told it does.  But just like the excuses for war cover up the elites making more hooker and blow money, excuses for infrastructure obscure yet more profit seeking from the bloated and greedy.  Remember the ethanol fiasco?  We got doubled food prices and an acceleration of farmland degradation, and Turd World instability, and the BigAg folks got subsidies.  It was never about energy independence.  Doubling the Food Stamp rolls was never about feeding the poor, it was about lining JP Morgan’s pockets with transaction fees as well as  BigAg’s ( please try to keep that in mind as you echo the empty mocking calls against “The Free Crap Army”.  Just say what you mean.  You hate OtherColors and feeding them.  Nothing wrong with that-is is just xenophobic which is a tribal survival mechanism ).
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What did the digital revolution entail?  Primarily, it robotized jobs.  What did the Internet do, primarily?  It created SkyNet that allowed the robots to communicate, dismantling more jobs.  It was a job killer, and all the useful idiots ( myself included, as I became a one man publisher, saving costs from previous jobs which were digitalized ) who were cheerleaders for the revolution voted themselves out of work.  I remind you all that primarily delude yourselves by reading conventional media, the true unemployment rate is 25-33% ( no, not by including part timers as unemployed.  By looking at the Labor Participation numbers ).
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So, sorry, MAGA dudes, your boy Forrest Trump never built a wall to keep out the little brown people taking your jobs ( house construction and meat processing used to be Union.  Now they are illegal immigrant friendly and White Overpaid unfriendly.  I used to be a dumb ass and hate on Unions myself, having drank the Kool Aid of Uber Free Enterprise.  I finally decided I could not stay ignorant all my life if I wanted to actually write something worth thinking about ), and he is a lying liar from LiarsVille about the economy.  Yes, his hair is magnificent and he talks a really good game.  He is also a Yankee Rich Humper.  Sure, better than Shillary, but that is his only claim to greatness.
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What is one of those things we crow about as far as the Internet?  How supposedly we are always connected and have the worlds library at our fingertips.  Always connected.  That is supposed to be a GOOD thing?  Idiots yapping nonstop into their cell phones 24/7 is bad enough, since they have absolutely zero of any importance to say.  You can bet their conversations are vapid enough, being a desperate attempt to make themselves sound important, as well as being their drama delivery system to fill in their empty days, but it also distracts them from things like walking and driving and working, which effects other people.
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Yet, astonishingly, their online Always Connected world is an exponential step worse than their Phone World, as any cursory glance at any Facebook entry can prove.  Yes, your Little Joey is a flipping prince amongst men.  Congratulations.  You delivered sperm.  You are so different than anyone ever.  Barf.  As for all the information in the world, sure, that is a bit of a head rush.  A nice feature.  And the folks visiting Alexandria were pretty happy with their library, as well.  Too bad that centralized storehouse of knowledge was no match for a, well, a match.  Fire destroyed all the civilized worlds knowledge at one time, and soon when the fire of the carbon fuels is extinguished, there it all goes again. 
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If Ben Franklin was alive today he would be trying to eat a bullet, as libraries hither and yon race to embrace the digital storage of information.  Ben was an advocate of free libraries to balance the playing field and allowing the poor a free education.  That was circumvented by mandatory accreditation, and soon to be accelerated by digitalization and then elimination.  Knowledge will soon be under the control of the elite again, as the Net goes dark.  Enjoying that digital revolution yet?  Hell, it is all our faults.  We should have known as soon as Bill Gates started shrilling for it that it was evil and needed to be destroyed.  First our jobs and then our knowledge.  Ted tried to tell us.  Now we just get the T-Shirt.
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Okay, I feel bad.  I’ll return and hopefully conclude yesterday’s topic, tomorrow.
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17 comments:

  1. Jim, although series diverges, it is useful to review these causes and effects to the present predicament pickle we're in. This is necessary ground work to cover for any Minion whether they are coming in from the cold late in the game, or have been at it a long time but need a refresher kick in the ass to be re-motivated. Keep at it, we need guys like you to be the librarian and custodian of knowledge at the future 'Ted K. institute of knowledge centers'.

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    1. Boy, I've got you all trained to over research the most mundane details. :)

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    2. Books sure are cheap in Portland. I have accumulated one-third of a 20' ConEx box (after sorting over 50% into recycle) at no cash cost in the course of a year. Banana boxes are deep and wide, stack well. Books are heavy!
      I have focused on keeping books with info that doesn't expire (reference). This weeds out most novels/fiction, with exceptions made for good editions of classics. "What would I want to know, and what would I want my grand children to know?"
      pdxr13

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    3. You bastard! I'm a bit jealous.

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    4. Book sluts, you guys, jeez!

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    5. That doesn't sound like an insult. :)

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    6. Guilty! You should see the inside of the house. It has less space for people inside than an 18" pull-behind travel trailer, and heats very cheaply due to books. No possibility of the house pulling off of the foundation.
      There is a future bookstore for a nice (other than lacking a bookstore and readers) small town in Red America, if I can get around to that.
      pdxr13

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    7. Since guns are (going to be?) everywhere, lacking ammo and magazines (my people seem to be out of ammo and with malf'ing mags now! broke idiots) it's time to get ordering the most common rounds (9x19mm & 5.56NATO) and magazines for the most common weapons (Uncle's M9_Beretta 92xx, M-16/M-4/AR-15). Get top-quality/OEM, if possible, which does not require paying more just shopping a little. Stash a couple in each ammo can with the ammo.

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    8. Where can I get the keys to the bunkers under each on/off ramp? ;-)
      pdxr13

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    9. Eisenhower shoved them up his ass on his death bed ( the one where he pretended to be sorry for the Military Industrial Complex ), and they are buried with him. Sorry :)

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    10. 10:53-I suppose this is a viable alternative to buying the guns themselves, but you still need to ammo up on your own weapon in the meantime. Cha-Ching!
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      PDX-my only question is, how do you replentish stock? Seriously. In a small town? Do they have wholesalers for used books?

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    11. Aren't the AR-Bertta using the most common ammos? 55 grain M193 is the best cheap ammo for the short-ish barrels (under 18", most common cheapest AR's). 9mmLuger NATO is 124 grain +p, which is pretty good overall, heavier subsonic like 150+ grains might be better if you have a suppressor.

      In small-town you bring in container loads. There are few local books. Serve good coffee. The trick is to get books for free, by the ton. All of your cost is transport and sorting. Don't worry about restocking, but buy-back is a good way to keep books circulating. Essentially, your job (once you get a retail space, build shelves, and get books on-shelves)is as a museum curator, janitor, and used book buyer, with long hours "on the job" but with very little actual labor. Multiple 16-camera video systems will be installed, as well as a couple of pretty-secure (off-limits and unknown to employees & customers) spaces for the inevitable couple percent of somewhat-valuable books that will come your way.

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  2. built a new satellite library building here. asked how we liked it we asked, 'where are the books?'.
    almost no books. lots of movie discs but no books!
    big new place, lots of empty space.
    very disappointed as it is the closest one.
    all going down hill.

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    1. Libraries are almost nothing but daytime hobo shelters and invest too much of limited funds into admin costs and movies. The movies are to keep their numbers up to keep the admin folks in funds. I wonder if it would be cheaper to mail books out of a warehouse, paying postage both ways, over keeping buildings open with staff ( and keeping it warm for the bums between bowel movements ). Or buying X number of Kindle copies per book and loaning them out, just like is already set up by Amazon. I know our library tried a e-book loan thing for a short time, but it was one I'd never tried or heard of.

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    2. This is the answer to the question: "Why should public libraries be homeless warming centers?"
      A: they should not be. Libraries are for books and people who read/research with them. No eating, no drinking, no shooting up in the bathroom, no bags larger than a purse, no being personally disgusting to the staff or other patrons. Minors shall not linger without parents (with generous exceptions for our informal re-shelving interns). Security will escort out those noted by the Librarian and identify them for exclusion.
      Running a private bookstore is way easier, and Wi-Fi will have a daily password that you can have by buying a coffee. Coffee also gets you access to a power strip to plug in your phone or laptop. Buy coffee!

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    3. Combining this comment and the other library one. I can see in a small enough town without a Starbucks being able to make some profit off coffee. We had such a model here and they did great until those asswhores moved in. Then the bookstores years were numbered. I'm just wondering about access to cheap books. How does one go about such a thing? Or is it something not yet figured out?

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    4. Sorry, I guess I should add this. Is there a way to get said books without doing as you did, accumulating them over the years in the big city?

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