Saturday, November 16, 2019

howling wasteland


HOWLING WASTELAND
In the early 1800's after a relatively large volcano blew its top, North America had its Year Without A Summer. I haven't researched that to any degree, but left unsaid seems to be a feeling that there was no deprivation as a result. Don't get me wrong, there could have been a famine and it was Soviet Expunged ( there is a good amount of propaganda going on the last hundred years and it couldn't have been difficult to ignore any data that ran contrary to the paradigm of Waddling Masses Feeding At The Never Ending Trough Of Surplus ).
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We have few discussions on the number of civilian deaths during the War Of Northern Colonialism, Reconstruction or The Great Depression Of 1930 ( as opposed to the Great Depression Of 2008 To 2022-and in case you were wondering, the 22 is when we lose the fracking oil and the Great Unraveling begins. Oh, and 2022 might be optimistically long of a time line ). I don't know if I really believe that Russian author article ( and subsequent identical claim by “our” Russian, Orlov ) on 10 million dead in the famine of the Great Depression, but I do know governments love to lie, especially ours.
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But let us not delve too long on that distraction. Even if there were quite a few deaths from massive crop failures in 1814, the major disruptions were at higher elevations in marginal agricultural areas on the east coast. Even with prices increasing eight fold, most folks were feeding themselves. At least at lower elevations, in more populous areas. Essentially, surplus eaters on unimportant areas were eliminated. Their cereal crop failures had little national effect. Thirty years later, western farms started seeing mechanization, and within a short time soil was being denuded.
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That was the beginning of our colonial empire, started way before Hawaii and the Philippines and even before The War Of Northern Aggression. We had to find and claim bird crap islands in the warmer sections of the oceans, to feed the midwest soil. Even in the lush South, from the beginning to pay for the Farming Implements ( the law making more slave imports illegal in 1807 was one of the first shots of the Civil War, even if it might have been supported by southern states as a ill sighted move towards short term profit ), soil depletion was an issue.
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We've talked about the rain barrier, Fort Worth to Fargo. Slavery was not practical past that point west, not with the cost of raising slaves ( remember, a fresh worker off the boat didn't require 15 years of feed to reach maturity. And for any bleeding heart reading this, Blacks enslaved Blacks over if Africa. Without them as co-conspirators, there wouldn't have been a slave trade. Also, New England Puritans financed a lot of those ships. The Blue Bloods have been controlling the economy since ). Using up its soil, the South had to move.
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Having moved as far west and south as possible, they had to turn North. There was where very bloody fighting, guerrilla war prior to the hot one, took place. John Brown and the like might have been the true believer abolitionists, but you can bet northern industry money was funding them, just as Soros and ilk fund the Antifa factions today. The simple minded are swayed by propaganda and stay that way with treasure. The fight in allowing new slave states or not was a war from northerners who wanted to wrestle the vote from the South ( as was the immigration efforts from Ireland, a vote stuffing effort as is done today ).
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And impoverish the South. It was expansion or die for the South, as ruined farms were left ( with denuded soil ) for the poor Whites. In the even larger picture, this was industrialization fighting to wrestle the economic power from agriculture ( and hence, factory owners stealing the economic power from the nobility, with funding from the bankers who wanted back in the picture ). As you can see, the Civil War was not decided in a vacuum of the superficial Question Of Slavery.
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If you look at that from a macro perspective, it really was just a war for power using food as a weapon. It might have started with The Whiskey Rebellion, everybody's golden boy ( as Lincoln used to be ) enforcing the federal ascension of power started with the coup of the Constitution, and given fuel by increasing the cost of Farming Implements, then given legitimacy as the FedGov “saved us” by going abroad to secure vital fertilizer ( one also has to wonder if securing German patents for artificial fertilizer on the cheap had any bearing on our decision to bail out JP Morgan by joining in fighting for the allies in WWI ).
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If you look at agriculture today, things are even worse. Our Evil Triangle of bankers, government and corporations almost completely control food production in this country. Which would be fine, under a fascist order, but unfortunately we are living under communism where the legions of peasants grovel in the dirt to enrich a very small number of elite Party Members ( the Rich Party ). I don't mean we literally live under communism, because technically it is an oligarchy, but it helps to visualize the rest of society all equal in poverty and lacking any vote.
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I mostly approach the coming issues of feeding ourselves through the lens of Peak Oil, but that does ignore the coming civil war and how the very same forces that controlled food before are still at it, and still don't mind a little famine to consolidate and keep power. Of course, fracking oil and gas is very much tied into our food production, but the bankers and government fund and protect the drilling industry. Rather than jumping for joy and jerking off that fracking is feeding us, we should be concerned that the elites can turn off that spigot at will.
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By just focusing on Peak Oil, I sinned by allowing the conversation to be hijacked by the Imperial Party cheerleaders. And I'll admit, I'm one of those myself, or at least partially. By forgiving the practice as it allowed us an extra decade for preparedness, you become a de facto supporter of the current regime. I don't see much wrong with this, as it is every man/family for himself and nothing will save the current system ( no voting yourself out of clown world! ), but it does also allow one to become complacent in the danger.
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Let me put it this way. I think that Richard Heinberg in his book “Snake Oil”, and Steve St Angelo of SRS Rocco Report, are the Gary North's ( reporting on Y2K ) of today and we are Gott Damn fools if we aren't listening to them on the fracking industry. We are already at the point of the Red Queen Moment, running faster and faster to stay exactly at the same point of production. The GROWTH of fracking oil has stopped, an exact repeat of global oil in 2005. Economic chaos following both events is guaranteed.
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It is little accident that our economic contraction started as fracking oil failed to grow in production. And fracking oil was NEVER profitable, in either money or EROI. Only the banks throwing money at the drillers produced any energy. As the bankers fail from the growth of production, the bankers cannot continue to fund production, leading to increased failure of fracking companies, leading to more economic problems. It is a vicious cycle and it has already started. I guar-an-damn-tee you a jelly filled donut. Continued tomorrow.
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14 comments:

  1. As a part of my daily reading you first followed by this blog http://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=19063#comments
    I would be interested in seeing you enter into the comments today. It seems like your timelines may be a bit different. For me it doesn't matter; I may not see all or some of my pension in a few more years. Thank you.

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    1. Great minds think alike-I had read that article after following the Western Rifle link. It WAS a good article. Better than most of his which, while good, simply aren't my cup of tea. He is not paranoid enough. As for commenting there, yikes. Wading through 100 comments first? I'm not sure I'm up for that, just to be shouted down by the Optimistic Ollies. It would be easier to write more articles. As for federal assumption of pensions, it wouldn't really be any worse than the current budget. If we withdrew from The Sandbox, and replaced all welfare and Social Security and pensions with a universal minimum wage, we would be paying about what we already are. Of course, then the question becomes, can we afford even THAT.

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  2. A parasitic animal form leaching upon it's own tail like a fast circling dog. That is what the system (s) have become. Unsustainable and teetering over towards a hard death into the dirt.

    Like a carcass in africa, it won't take long for dismemberment and scattering to dust, everything and everyone around. Got wheat?

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    1. Awesome, not one but TWO damn skippy fine analogies.

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  3. Off topic Jim, but I thought you would find it interesting. I gleaned this comment from somewhere else. It’s in response to the accusation by China, of the CIA being responsible for destroying the masculinity of Asia. Of course I find it totally believable (Not the Chinese, but Tim Wiener’s version). I simply don’t see how you can have any organization that is worth a shit, when ran under affirmative action principles.


    “The CIA is incompetent and in no position to get away with what the Chinese claims it has done. Read journalist Tim Weiner's book Legacy of Ashes for a near-total slam of the agency. He notes that the CIA did not predict major events such as the collapse of the Soviet Union, and covert ops overseas either failed miserably or caused horrid blowback in the US. Weiner is not the first to say this stuff. By the way, Weiner wrote a similar slam of the FBI in his book Enemies.”

    https://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Ashes-History-Tim-Weiner/dp/0307389006

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    1. I'll check out the link. Might be something I'd be interested in-so thank you for that. The CIA does one thing pretty well, looking after and funding the CIA. Not sure if they were ever really an asset nationally.

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  4. IMO..watch Mexico. Earlier this year PEMEX was downgraded to junk. Without cheap gasoline Mexico is one step away from mad max. The body count in Mexico is escalating at a rapid pace. One should note that Mexico is America's largest food trade partner. Ever notice how all our fresh produce says imported from Mexico? Can't run big Ag in Mexico without diesel. Anyway, once they go apeshit crazy and the refugee tsunami hits our southern border that's when you'll see contagion hit the U.S.

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    1. Couple of things. Mexico cannot export any more oil, which doesn't necessarily mean it is close to running out for its own needs. Mexico has crime like we do-it is largely confined to certain areas. And, Mexico was handy to replace California for produce, but she isn't really feeding us any calories, just nutrients. I'm not disagreeing, just saying you might be jumping the gun. I'd worry more about a failed state sending unlimited immigration our way. But just from an economic standpoint, they might be better off than we are, right now.

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  5. The minute Google decides the search "Bison Survival Blog" shouldn't pull up this page, you're dead in the water.

    As for the South, white trash inbreds were not ever going to do anything but deplete the soil. Look up the book "Farmers Of 40 Centuries" which I think may be free online. Asians may not have had the periodic table of the elements on the wall of every hut, but somehow they figured out what's called "permaculture" these days.

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    1. This blog has always been word of mouth. DuckDuckGo does provide a much better appreciation of my existence. And I might add, Asians crap in their food. Just saying.

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    2. That’s what google did to the cheap ass living dude, if you recall Jim. He had a real inspirational blog for a while there. I recall that he got a really nice wooded lot in Texas, and a big trailer, all for under a grand, or there abouts.

      http://cheap-ass-living.blogspot.com/

      I duckduckgo’ed you, under the keywords “prepper blogs” and you did come up. But you were way down on the page, and I had to click “more results” before I finally saw you. You didn’t come up under any of the “Top 25, or top 50 survival blogs” links that I clicked on.

      Tried the same search at google. 10 pages in, you never came up, so I gave up. So yeah, it’s probably safe to assume, that they already de-indexed you. Perhaps because Jimmy was a naughty, politically incorrect boy :D

      I have my Elko lot, and I plan on keeping it, but I’m also considering getting a lot east of the Mississippi. I’m single, and the west is a total sausagefest. I absolutely do not wish for marriage, children, or even cohabitation. Some occasional female companionship would be nice though. I’ll definitely keep the Elko land though, and if nothing else, spend summers there, as opposed to the humid south east. At $15 a year property taxes, it would be foolish to let it go, unless if actually went up significantly in value.

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    3. I never played any of the reindeer games as far as getting my blog at the top of search lists. At one time I did pay some stupid small amount, I think a nickel a click, $5 max a month, when I was just getting started, but I never "optimized for hits" in any way.

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  6. True Jim reference mexico. They are not a bread basket nation, with grains and advanced agri meat en masse. They are salad bowl sources for warm climate produce and cheaper labor than the incountry wetbacks in fusa cali already. (Cousins work cheaper in mexico, vs. Undoc labor up north)

    The mexican crime organization and fifth column advance formations are already embedded and operating as a parallel operation in barrios or browned up communities. It is wrapped up tight like the urban ghetto crews and old mafias of last century. There is coordination with larger towns and city l.e.o.s to run their illicit operations without turf wars and excessive societal disruptions. For now anyway, until collapsing systems turn 'Merica into a inward facing firing squad circle, and self immolation spectacle.

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    1. Mexico was doing pretty good ( or, is doing, not sure currently ) meeting its own corn needs, and those MoFo's eat a LOT of corn.

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