IT'S THE FOOD, RETARD
We all remember the saying, “it's the economy, stupid”. And it was very true. If folks can fill up the SUV, have some left over every payday for hookers and blow, and the fight over shrinking resources pauses for a time after your last war of colonialism, well then, Attila The Hun would get elected. Clinton could have had Monica blow him live on the Disney channel, and he would have still been reelected because the economy was going gangbusters. True economic joy, with actual unemployment of near nothing. Not the Big Lies of today.
( You may think Big Orange “made the economy great again”, but then you would be a flaming idiot. The last economic surge was the Richest Tax Cuts followed by the rush to stock up on inventory prior to the trade war. When your least worst car company is downgraded to Junk status, and all indicators match 2008, your economy has a few issues. Although, you are actually making my point, aren't you? You think if YOU have a job, the economy is good. Let me ask you this. Why are my reader numbers increasing if the economy is doing so well? )
The government can SAY they are here to help, but do you believe them? The cops are legally able to ignore you getting attacked, then are within their rights to arrest you when you defend yourself, and then can lie to you without repercussion when they trick you into saying something innocuous but actionable in court ( never say anything to a cop, if possible. You can say, “am I under arrest?”. You can say, “must I give you consent to search my vehicle?”, or similar, although beware that could get a baggie planted in your trunk. But NEVER say anything they can use against you, because they will ).
So when they say, “unemployment is 3%”, why would you believe them? They told you income tax would only ever be on the rich. They told you your Social Security number would never be used as an ID. They let nuclear fallout land on your ass, used you for drug experiments without you knowing about it. They still use the line that LSD causes flashbacks, although I'm still waiting for mine going on near forty years. I want my flashback, dingus heads! They lie about everything. Every. Single. Thing. Maybe it wasn't like that when you were in short pants, pops, but you can't possibly be THAT old.
That is what cracks me up about the 9/11'ers. We can argue all day that the Pentagon damage was from a plane or a missile ( although, I've never heard the slightest bit of sense about the third tower. I believe the only way to refute that is to call one a conspiracy theorist. Like, ouch, that SOOOOoooo hurts my feelings! ). We can argue about any detail you want. But my main argument is, when was the last time the government didn't lie to us? I don't care about details. In GENERAL, you are almost always right if you assume the government is a lying liar from Liarsville.
So, “it's the economy, stupid!”, while not technically a lie, because that is how people act, also is not the truth because numbers can so easily be fudged. Perceptions can be altered. Such as when the big bank boys use 100 to 1 leverage to manipulated the oil and precious metals prices in the Derivatives markets ( the PetroDollar is under vicious attack. When the stronghold over Derivatives is breached, then, truly, our bankers lose most power of manipulation ).
If the economic lies are not bad enough, money itself is a lie. Money in and of itself is useless. It is just trading chits. Gold and silver are only universal trading chits because they are the only units which have been proven for ten thousand plus years ( paper currencies barely hold value over one generation ). In and of themselves, the barbaric metals are worth about a bucket of warm sperm at an abortion clinic. It is what they can buy that is the important part ( yes, PM's blow chunks during the apocalypse-they are only good while everyone is starving and dying off as a holding for wealth for your grandchildren once everything settlers ).
Money today isn't important. It is just a trading chit for and a representation of energy. Mostly oil, because while oil is great for planting and harvesting and transporting, hydro power is just a substitute for oil ( used to generate the auxiliary electricity so oil can be used for transportation-and no, Elon Musk, you mule molesting flim flam man, your e-cars are less revolutionary than when they came out a hundred and twenty years ago. Just because you can con a bunch of pretty morons in Hollywood doesn't make you smart ).
So, money isn't wealth as much as oil is. And, oil itself isn't really even all that great except for what it can do. Primarily, war. War with oil is a whole lot better than war without. I mean, you wouldn't think so looking at Afghanistan, but that just means the typical Army General is stupider than a box of moldy rocks. Which insults rocks. And mold. And once oil wins your wars, it is used to keep peace on the oceans so that you can ship more oil around to grow all of your food which you also ship all over the place.
For going on fifteen years now, the global production of grain ( primary calorie food. Yes, technically the potato provides a similar amount of calories even if not a grain like the big three of wheat, rice and corn ) has not met demand every year, and as a result the grain stockpiles we once had have been depleted to almost nothing. Now the stockpiles are mostly just for JIT delivery rather than long term storage for seven lean years. So, dumbass, have your own stockpile.
But, Jim, you magnificent stud that must beat off the ladies with a stick, isn't a case of chili, one of MRE's, and one bucket of rice and one of beans sufficient for any emergency? Sure, you keep telling yourself that, as Aunt Hilary wages a food war on your ass. You have multiple cases of ammo? Add in multiple years of ANY calories ( as cheap or as expensive as you can afford ), even just a minimum amount which allows your body to avoid cannibalizing itself, to your arsenal to fight the communists. Food is a weapon for them, as well as for yourself.
Oil is just a proxy for food, like money is a proxy for oil. It IS indeed all about the food, retard. This is not original to myself. Anthropologists have stated that human behavior and organization can be boiled down to its basics of Being All About Food. And the coming conflict with your wonderful BlueBelly Butt Buddies isn't about Democracy or Freedom or any damn thing else. It is about the food. No one is starving, yet. But people fight over FUTURE food. They don't wait to get hungry. Not if they have a lick of sense. Continued tomorrow.
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As I understand you, the government agents lie.
The media, including the non-TheMainStreamMedia, lies.
Anything on TheWorldWideWeb is a lie.
Easter bunnies laying chocolate eggs is a lie.
Santa Claus in the chimney on xmez is a lie.
Can we trust Darwin?
After we strip the boilerplate blather from TheEpistles == leaving "you're invited to a party, bring booze food girls, we're having the party at your place" == can we trust Apostle Paul?
Wow, is this planet a wacky place to live or what!
We cannot live without trust, obviously. A good plan is to plan for being screwed, then trust the person anyway. But some folks can never ever be trusted no matter what. Gov agents are one of those.Delete
"After we strip the boilerplate blather from TheEpistles == leaving "you're invited to a party, bring booze food girls, we're having the party at your place" == can we trust Apostle Paul?"Delete
As a person familiar with "The Epistles." this doesn't seem to make sense. Please provide at least one verse to support your premise.
I don't always get LM's sense of humor, but it does seem to be heavily laced with sarcasm. For what it's worthDelete
I'm with Anonymous @4:42 p.m. I've got formal education in that field and I still could not make sense of what LM was trying to infer, even accounting for sarcasm...Delete
LM , nope not even the Apostle Paul...for all men lie.Delete
6:29-well, I give up then. Sometimes I can't make sense of what I wrote, so translating others...Delete
Point made by my brother when Mom passed away last year. Both my parents saved for their children, sacrificing a lot of potential good times. So my brother and I benefited from their sacrifice. Are we obligated to do the same for our kids ? What if they turn out to be 1wt class turds ? Do they deserve the benefit of an ancester sacrificing for them ?ReplyDelete
Just a philosophical point - I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts. Just how much are we obligated to aid our progeny?
My aunt and uncle paid theirs upfront. They told their kids not to expect any inheritance, but the parents provided them education that the kids could earn themselves like their parents did. One sister from M.I.T., the other at another prestigious school. Both have done exceptionally well.
The family has lost its ancient contract. We are all on our own, and act like it. I think that severely limits our obligation at present.Delete
If you raise your kids right they won't need your aid.Delete
Situations beyond their control.Delete
Humans as animals can also be the bird that leaves the nest, never to return or contact parentages, ever. We are advanced evolved, somewhat more complex, but still just eat and poop like any other mammalian dorks running around out there. I like primal simpler paths, even though missing out on enrichment, but no added family or peoples problems is o.k.Delete
Going back however far, in my family, each generation seemed to have done a right fine job of helping the next generation take root on their own. Let 'em stay at home while going to college, helped them learn trades, whatever was needed. Suddenly post-WWII this got broken.Delete
I have a theory that it was a combination of unprecedented wealth + some really heavy Edward Bernays mental programming against being "communal" in any way, although if you ask writer Morris Berman, author of "Why America Failed", the pernicious individualism goes back to the 1600s.
FDR started the family decline with Social Security. Add in the loss of family farms. I don't think you are incorrect however. The anti-commie propaganda was insane, to justify the peacetime treasure and blood. Those Hippies knew exactly what button to push.Delete
6:10-are in a hermitage, to avoid People Problems?Delete
I found out the hard way that drying potato slices doesn't work, they turn a hideous black. Did a little research. Next go around I peeled 8 big russets, then shredded them on a box shredder. The sort of square metal one that stands up, I used the biggest side. Then I put the shreds in a big pot of boiling water for about 1-2 minutes. Thats called blanching. Then I spread them out on a beach towel on the counter with a small fan blowing on them to keep the gnats off and dry them a little. Then into the Presto dryer for 12 hours. They turned out small and brittle and still mostly white. A little dingy looking really, but not black. Bagged them up and put em in the freezer. A few days later, for lunch, I put about a cup of them now frozen shreds in 2 cups of homemade chicken broth along with some store bought dried veg's and some dried chicken, and some Mrs Dash. Mmmm....mmmm...good (think old Campbe;;s commercial). Next I'm going to make an even bigger batch of shredded russets. The key is the blanching part.ReplyDelete
Do you leave the skins on? If not, I don't see much more value than commercial dried potatoes.Delete
Normally we eat the skins on no matter how we prepare them for a meal, we scrub them though. On this experiment I peeled than cause I didn't know how they'd act with the peels on. Next go round I'll leave em on. Peelin spudz is now a chore I enjoy. One other thing. I think I have located a local source for potatoes and may be able to get them for less $$ than at the store, and get a better product too. I might even be able to trade for them. This is the sort of relationships I've been trying to establish around here. May come in handy in the future. winkDelete
Why stock huge amounts of food if I can find access to permanent local sources? Yes, this method has pitfalls and everybody should have their own back up supply of everything. Still, local sources would be preferred.
No, local plus stores is much better than stores only. If you remember, please let me know how the skins on works for your storage spuds.Delete
That should have said Peelin spudz is NOT a chore I enjoy. I'll let you know.Delete
Oh yeah, forgot. To stay on topic. Money, no matter it's type, is just a means to acquire stuff I don't already have and need. Currently I don't need much money, and my goal is to erase the need for it 100%. I became 100% debt free 10 years ago and it's a great feeling not owning anything. I'm thinking leaving the need for money behind is even better. I'd be fine with a strictly bartering system, but I don't know enough people yet that have all the stuff I need - mostly food.ReplyDelete
No need to stay on topic is you have something interesting to add.Delete
Jeez, I type faster than I spell.Delete
That should have said OWING not OWNING.
Nightshift here, ah yes the food wars. I have a fair amount put back as well as production capability. Wheat, rice, pasta, beans, and some freeze dried for supplementing and flavoring.ReplyDelete
Our group of neighbors who are my “tribe” raise some livestock like chicken and hogs. We have wood stoves and yet to be installed solar panels and control over 300 acres surrounded by forest land. I like to think we are better off the most.
We have a good community of skill sets too and most of us are debt free on mortgages. I’ll be free in a year hopefully. Govt would be hard pressed to starve us out.
As always I’m enjoying your wisdom and point of view. And the sarcasm. I may not be at the hermitage level of housing but it’s paid for and my taxes are under $250 a year. I do have the evil vehicle and will as I’m 14 miles from anything but if one day it needs parked such is life. A 4 banger pickup can and has made me money.
Also not married although I do have 5 more years of the dreaded child support. As long as my pension holds out I’m good. I also retired on my 51st birthday but got a PT job, 40 hours a week every other week with a company car and gas card. Hell $16 an hour isn’t huge but couldn’t pass it up. Job costs me nothing but time.
And I’m not remarried. Won’t be. Have a lady friend that wants to move in but not planning on that anytime soon.
Not sure where I was going with this but sharing my situation for any who care.
Simply a updated sitrep is interesting to me, if no one else. Soon, one ounce a year silver might even pay for the property taxes. The food production and group exposure more than makes up for that minimal vulnerability anyway. Don't be too eager to turn away the lady friend. Worse case, she threatens you in a repeat of the last one, that is a lot of forest land to find a buried body in. Or, feed the hogs-less work.Delete
Nightshift here.....to funny. She has pluses but some of her kids are idiots. Grown but not far enough away. I will not put a ring on it or let her gain an interest in my land. It’s my kids but I did help my eldest acquire 5 acres adjoining my acreage. He still owes on it but $40k for 5 acres, well, septic, outbuilding and a 16x65’ mobile is hard to beat.Delete
I have a few years of taxes in rounds at today’s prices. We will see how that works out in time. Glad to be back.
Right. Growing up po boy, getting pickle relish spread on flat ass bread and called a sandwich for lunch can learn one about food primacy. Getting around globally and Conus also allowed a perspective of poverty with the only thing that matters is food in the belly. I memory imprint all the bursting grocers and gluttonous food venues as that is a fleeting joy and revoked come collapse. Food is weapon number one. I would exactly use food or witholding it to club bludgeon any lip flapping malcontents come overlord duties. Spry kids with sporty looking rib cages displayed out, and gangly slim servant maidens means your doing something right.ReplyDelete
Stay Frigidly Frosty.
Yes, we should all stockpile the oil-based cheap grain. But it's also still economically possible to treat yourself for the first 90 days of the apocalypse with some 'good stuff' while waiting out the projected 90% die-off before you have to open the buckets of wheat, rice and beans.ReplyDelete
For me, this would mean a 90 day supply of comfort food canned goods like beef stew and chili that could be heated in the can, over a candle if necessary, while you hunker in your secret hidey-hole waiting for the mutant ninja bikers to move on.
It would also mean having a 90 day supply of plastic forks, spoons, and paper plates and bowls. No fucking way am I washing dishes the first 90 days of the apocalypse! This could be done dirt cheap.
And don't even get me started talking about the dumbasses who won't spend the 32 cents per serving (vs 24 cents) to have their ramen noodles in a styrofoam cup that would only require a teapot to heat the water in, with no dishes to wash. Plus you get a few dehydrated veggies in the styrofoam cup version. Get the wallet out and 'live a little' for the apocalypse kick-off!
And don't forget the jars of peanut butter and single-serve mayonnaise packets. You deserve to live well before you have to get the hand-crank grain mill out.
You make good points, and in my infinite cheapness I'm guilty of about all the above. I should know better, too. I only ever keep one case of Cup Of Noodle, waiting until it gets down to one or two to replace. And it has a much better taste than Top Ramen. Not sure why?Delete
It is the food, for sure.ReplyDelete
I attempted to use food banks for supplemental supply when unemployed. It was scary worse off folks there than me, I opted not to, so it is an eye opener example of the food insecurity worser below the veneer out there.
France 24 news had a piece about Argentina enacting emergency gov't funding for food to aid organizations. The economy is tanked and folks have to be fed by charities hand to mouth existing like. Lack of food can make times very spicy, no?
Being without food is a worse feeling than being without a gun, walking through the Hood.Delete
“Sure, you keep telling yourself that, as Aunt Hilary wages a food war on your ass.”ReplyDelete
Did you mean to say Uncle Michael instead? Yes, thanks to the tireless efforts from the relentless folks at the Transvestigation team, discovering “hardware”, where hardware shouldn’t be, I can safely say that :D I always thought that Barry had sort of a funny, pigeon toed sorta walk. Oh, and apparently it isn’t safe to bend over in front of “Kristin Stewart” either :D
Good Lord! And I thought I was joking this whole time, just looking at "her" face. I guess I can be behind the cultural curve a bit.Delete