Thursday, November 29, 2012

california dreaming

CALIFORNIA DREAMING
I’ve pretty much lost track of the number of times I’ve bad-mouthed California, but I imagine it is more than once or twice.  I grew up there, in almost every area from LA to the north seaside to the Sacramento area to the Sierra Mountains and a few other places in between.  Once I left for the military I wasn’t introduced to a particularly better place ( humid Alabama for Basic and trying not to die in a chemical suit, Hawaii where being White was very dangerous to your health ).  They were actually worse.  So I didn’t leave for paradise and then return to an unacceptable place.  I moved back to family and a familiar culture, and the nearly perfect weather of south central coastal California.  And I hated it.  I guess after discovering how much I now hated and resented authority ( being introduced to Libertarianism in the military is like discovering in prison that there are places you can see the sun all day and the building material of choice isn’t concrete- and also that heterosexual relations are the norm ) I was just looking through a different lens rather than the place really changing all that much.  I lived there still on and off for about six or seven more years and then got the hell out of there for good.  I think California today is what the Soviet Union tried to aspire to, but with more immigration and a lot more crowding.
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I’ve never been able to figure out the social dysfunction that allowed the place to become so centralized, controlling and Big Daddy Nanny State.  I’m not sure if it was greed, or perhaps those folks drawn to mild climates lack the temperament to handle any adversity.  I don’t know.  But I’m going to guess ( and it is only a guess, I’m not asking this theory to be chiseled in stone ) why it is those that left felt no compunction at all humping over the rest of the western states.  You either vote for more welfare, or at least oppose no laws granting it, and then when regulations and taxation rise to the necessary levels needed to support that, you look around in disgust at the primeval swamp you’ve created and bail out to other states.  You sell your federal tax subsidized home to the next sucker and move to a state that is pretty free politically and financially.  You dump money on to the depressed economy and all real estate is jacked up artificially until the locals can’t buy and can barely rent, then you lobby for regulations protecting your new property values.  Pretty soon, the new state is almost as bad as California.  Sometimes worse since the political power has shifted and the new immigrant California Yuppie Scum have new concentrated voting blocks ( look at Las Vegas, East Los Angeles or East Oakland is the new reality there ).  The entire West, including urban Idaho has been Californicated.
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I can’t imagine that too many former Californians really take all that much time worrying about the apocalypse they’ve unleashed.  Human nature being what it is, the norm is for people to take care of themselves, period.  They do what is right for their family unit and give no thought of the consequences of others.  They will get a job in the civil service and not give two craps about what that costs other taxpayers because hey, they pay taxes too.  Of course, a government paycheck with taxes withheld is just a mask to disguise your participation in that protection racket, but that is the justification used.  Because we all justify screwing others over.  When surplus ends, every other single person out there becomes an antagonistic enemy who will screw you for more than you get and so you screw them first.  That is one aspect of why Californians moved en masse and screwed everyone.  Their surplus was ending, so they reacted faster than the nation as a whole ( other areas screwed over had no financial base to draw down and escape like Californians did ).  The financial warfare they were so successful at was just a fancy new way of the age old tribal warfare when you invade your neighbor if your fields fail and your herd dies off.  Also, I tend to think there might be a social subconscious memory of the Dust Bowl era ( I think I’m off the Dust Bowl topic after today, but it was good while it lasted ) where the legions of hillbilly Okkies invaded California and caused much chaos.  Just as when other tribes invade, and then you use that long ago historical event as future justification in stealing from that tribe, so too did Californians use that memory as an excuse to screw over everyone else with THEIR out migration.  I might be full of crap, but if that idea ever catches on, remember you heard it here first.
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I haven’t done much more work on Apocalypse Gun Porn but I don’t have a lot left before it is ready for the printers.  I have to decide if I want to rewrite the article on survival reloading or just include as is ( from the long ago “Bison Newsletter” ).  Then perhaps an article on the combo rimfire/revolver arsenal and as long as my word count is good enough I’m done.  As with all by books/booklets, towards the end I always lose interest and just want the whole thing to be over and done with.  I was thinking perhaps the next one would be on the three phases of preparedness ( preparing for economic collapse, die-off and rebuilding ), exploring how mostly the gear and knowledge for all three is incompatible.  I’m just not sure if I can pull 15 to 20k words out of my butt for it.  We’ll see.  All for today, peace.
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5 comments:

  1. I enjoy the commentary on different phases of a social breakdown and how each might require very different preparations, have different rules for survival, etc.. I hope you go ahead with that piece.

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  2. I've read somewhere that one of the Achaemenid Persian Empire kings, either Cyrus The Great or Darius was asked to move the main capital to a more temperate climate. They replied that a soft environment makes a soft people. Might explain Cali and maybe the entire US. We have had it easy.

    Does the photo in the link below look familiar?

    http://novaonline.nvcc.edu/eli/evans/his111/Notes/Cyrus.html

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  3. Sierra Hotel rant of epic and biblical proportions. After the first sentence I donned my coveralls and put on the goggles to shield myself from the spittle and detritus spewing from the podium.

    I too lived in Central CA in Ventura and used to bang a broad from SLO in the early 80's. She had two angry dogs and an alcoholic father but hey,... it was available. Too crowded for my taste now but was nice at the time.

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  4. Being from California is highly frowned upon in Arizona these days.

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  5. I lived there from 76-80 going to UCSD. Was enough for me ! The Eagles even wrote a fairwell tune about it for me lol Hotel California, and is it ever the truth ! No regrets never been back to stay...

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