NICE WHILE IT LASTED
Well, that sure was nice while it lasted. For nearly three weeks, the Doom-O-Sphere was chockablock full of really good interesting analysis. It was a time of plenty. Annnnddd, it’s gone. To be clear, I’m speaking of original ideas, true fear porn as opposed to the manufactured, and something besides the regular treading of water that accompanies most of our journey’s in between paydays. What, you think prepper writers don’t get burned out and are just desperately trying to keep revenue flowing by pulling stuff out of their ass? You don’t think Stephen King ever published a piece of crap?
You don’t think Rawles had a single good fiction book after his initial one, did you? Of course, NO one is as bad as James Patterson at Paypay Padding, just throwing out any old crap for a paycheck. Sure, he is no worse than 90% of the New York publishers pablum pushed to the lowest common denominator, but his weak ass lame excuses for his behavior ( “TV shows have multiple authors”. Sure dude, and they push out TV quality ) upset me along with the fact that he gives Jim’s the world over a sullied name.
I don’t know why I get so upset that 90% of all survivalist writers out there are not only NOT writers, they are only in it for the pay. I shouldn’t be surprised, nor should I assume our industry should be any different. Actually, I think it is far worse. Far too many are hacks merely copying others works, and mucking that up badly. Hell, Kurt Saxon was mostly media whore and not much for writing. But at least he was sincere and did offer value. No one else had Po Boys covered like he did.
This is an age old argument, so I shouldn’t even be rehashing it. The artist being offended others ideals are not as pure. The well fed artist at that, because it is only easy to say “only do what you love” when you won’t go hungry. But can we really say that any of these hacks are in danger of starvation? They just want Mo Money. So, if none of us really need the money, doesn’t artistic authenticity matter even more than ever? The guys I love and respect ( even if their advice blows ) are those in it for the right reasons.
Woodpile Report’s ‘Ol Remus and Commander Zero of Notes From The Bunker, they aren’t in it for the money. I am, but I also wrote for free for many years before I semi-retired to make this my only paycheck. And you get added value for that. The YouTube silver guy Truth Never Told, he harps on and on about the same old thing, but ALWAYS adds something extra that is new and unique. He talks about the coming global cash and such, every episode, but then gives you bonus material such as, we are down to ONE raw silver ore processor domestically.
Or, did you know that the entire number of drug SWAT raids in the country was just 3,300 last year? Of course, that was JUST drugs. There were others, such as the Mayberry Police raiding over unreturned library books, but that was only because they have to run the armored car a couple of times a year or all the fluids starts breaking down. His point was that if the huge payback ( and drugs pay the gov huge ) of drugs only saw that many SWAT raids, what are the odds SWAT will actually go after precious metals ( he was talking of another gov PM confiscation )?
In Turd World crapholes, if you want something done such as letting your innocent fellow travelers out of jail, or to get the doctor to see you, or the phone hooked up, you need to bribe someone. Here in the US where we have rule of law, everyone is paid too well to risk being bribed. So no one does anything, either. Unless there is extra LEGAL money involved. Like asset forfeiture or revenue enhancement fees and fines. You wonder which system is more efficient.
Anyway, the reason I like this guy is that he is passionate. He really thinks silver is the best asset. Not as in “bribe the bandits to spare you”, which is the stupidest survival strategy of all time, but as in a wealth preserver to hand down to your heirs true money. He understands the difference between economic and civilization collapse, so he isn’t a one trick pony. But he is a man On A Mission From God. So how can you fault him if he happens to make a bit of coin on the side, right? A brother has to eat.
I don’t think the Internet has ruined it for publishers. It isn’t that everyone wants something for free. No, I think the big difference is that now we can actually demand quality. Sure, you are going to get the Free Riders problem. They will never go away. There was always someone too miserly to crack open the McScrooge Duck vault and reward a good writer, and who only ever went to the library. But they are rare. You don’t punish all readers for those few. Authors always had to give material away to alert new readers they existed.
Being able to ONLY spend money on the best, or best liked, makes it even harder to be a writer ( or YouTube Dude ). Your customers have limited funds and now they don’t have to make an upfront purchase of a book or a periodical subscription. They can reduce spending to only proven publications. In a shrinking economy, how else could it work? Folks have little choice in the matter. The Internet might shrink publishing costs, but all your customer’s bills are jacked up. In the end, you still get less because there is less to spend.
I wonder how much of the angst over censorship is really about free speech, and how much is about this new model of publication being threatened. Most people are NOT readers. In times past, when New York published real writers ( pre-Patterson ), the percentage of the population that read as a hobby was 5%. New York tried to increase that number by dumbing down content to appeal to a broader audience. Like Hollywood does. Now, as all the purchasing power has shifted to females ( who are taking all the jobs ), they have gone full retard Pink Hat Cat Lady.
It wasn’t bad enough we had crap to pick from in books, as far as quality, now we get propaganda shoved down our throats as well. I mean, come on! Science Fiction? Who knew gals liked that? Well, throw in enough PC and anti-biology, and I guess they will get to enjoy it. The only problem is, you’ll never get another Phillip K. Dick that way. Females ONLY empowered by Bitches Power aren’t writing because they love to write but because they want Justice Now, End The Phallic Oppression, Now!
I don’t know if this is to most of your liking. Perhaps I babble to no purpose. But I’m going to continue this tomorrow, anyway. You know what they say about randy dogs on your leg or about me on a inspired rant-just let him keep going until he’s done.
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Keep Truckin' it's your blog anyway. I agree with the writing qualitative decline in the last 25 or 30 years. It is part declined education and skill set of authors (a high school diploma in the 1950s had more intellectual nutrition than current college degrees) and the writers using a diluted usa today mcnews version of style and writing flow towards the audiences whom have attention spans of a fruit fly. It is why Minions can't stand five minutes of conversation or interaction with those "others". Minions will contract a stupidity germ from exposure to subpar writings, conversations, media broadcasts, etc. Treat those poor quality products as potential transmission of "I.D.D."ReplyDelete
(intelectually diminshing diseases) and use a prophylactic for your mind.
Yes, stupidity is contagious. Luckily, intelligence is mostly genetic so those smart enough to intuitively avoid stupid won't be infected. And even if infected can pull away and doubled down on lost time and form positive habits to re-educate themselves.Delete
Back in the mid 80's, not too long after starting my architectural design business, a wise old architect that had taken me under his wing, sort of, advised me to never let a client hear me talking bad about other people. He said they would self consciously think you were talking bad about them when they were not around.ReplyDelete
I didn't stop talking bad about bad people or companies, I just changed the way I did it so that the people I was speaking to got the message but in a nice way. If, for example, a client asked my opinion of a contractor they were considering for getting bids on their project, and I knew that in the past that contractor had a history of problems associated with paying the bills (and beat his wife lol), I'd point out that that contractor is lacking in the experience required for their complex project. I put the question of doubt in their mind without making me or anybody else look bad. I learned a lot about communication while being self employed and I believe what I learned has helped demonstratively with all human relationships I have been in especially our 35 year marriage. Everybody loves to run their yap (narcissism) but nobody wants to listen (reflection).
We don't want to listen because that would imply we weren't the smartest guy around.Delete
I am the voracious reader your parents warned you about. Hence, in my dotage, I work as a Perfessional Edtior (you that read right).ReplyDelete
I read a book a day. I am convinced most books are computer-generated. Identical words in identical phrases in identical plot. Change the cover, change the character names.
So, I get enthused about the products of dangerous minds:
Mike McCray == RELENTLESS.
Joe Zieja == MECHANICAL FAILURE: PLEASE RESTART YOUR WARSHIP.
And I am encouraged by the authors of one-star reviews on Amazon. Based on this small sample, I am hopeful.
[Typed one-finger on a tiny telephone.]
[This morning, the auto-correct computer suggested 'Zambian nannies' for 'mannequin'. Perfectly reasonable.]
Auto-correct is about on par with MS Blue Screen Of DeathDelete
You DO have beautiful hair... but I disagree... Commander Zero DOES seem to put an emphasis on making money. He is constantly selling things (like gun magazines)... and I'm sure he makes some kind of profit on themReplyDelete
I would say that the number of times he sells mags is small compared to number of articles. And, he does the bulk buy to get his share super cheap, more than to make mega-profits. Plus, he has hosting costs, don't forget. But thank you for disagreeing properly. How hard is it to understand when I say, praise the hair first? This isn't rocket science folks.Delete
Hair ? Whut hair lol. But ur baldness is certainly mo betta than than the Orange ones comb over !Delete
Not to mention you're much more intelligent and honest than he. Now that man child has some bad hair...
Bad hair on par with the really bad comb-over from the movie Kingpin.Delete
"Hair ? Whut hair lol.”Delete
The shaved head look suits you. Though if I could make a suggestion, you might want to consider a different mustache style. The current version that you’re sporting looks eerily similar to the same style that the cowboy in the village people wore, and I’m guessing that wasn’t the look that you were going for. So fire that mustache stylist ASAP, pardner :D
Nah, I’m just messing with you. It looks fine :D
That is why I'm so jealous of comrade Stalin's soup strainer, not to mention Neitsche ( sp ). Even Tom Selleck has a pimpin stache. Mine is a sad little molting catapiller. :( Thanks for the chuckle!Delete
Sam Elliott has en all beat to death.Delete
Personally, I can't stand it when it gets that long. Have to trim mine about every 2 weeks otherwise it is a nasty food collector.
I don't mind it being a soup strainer. I know how to use a napkin :) Sam's is impressive, granted, but the others had that rare extra wide lip that really gave a stache freedom of movement.Delete
Tid bit note to correlate with collapse in progress. Las Vegas news paper (fishwrap) articled about the local motor speedway downsizing seating capacity. It started out with crowds of 140,000 and now seating is reduced to 80,000. The september race had 45,000 show up. And this is a regional destination for many markets of the southwest. Bubbas and friends are priced out of attendance or cutting back and tightening belts, just watching on t.v. like other sports. It parallels with visual cues Minions see around them everyday. The paint is peeling from the decrepit empire for sure.ReplyDelete
The one good thing about the USS Titanic was the race track on its decks. Now that is fading, too sad. They permanently canceled our little local motorcycle rally a few years back.Delete