Tuesday, December 4, 2012

secured castle

I just once again ran across the infamous quote on how-to paraphrase- the commoners of today live in comfort unknown to the kings of old.  I can’t remember who said it.  I want to guess Mark Twain but I could be way off.   Then later, as I was beseeching the gods to have mercy on me and perhaps dial back just a smidge the amount of job security I’m getting ( i.e. so much work coming my way I can barely keep up ), I drive past a fireplace shop.  Hey, we actually have enough of a thriving Yuppie Scum population for places like that stay in business.  And as I’m looking at the advertisement for some fancy la-de-da hunk of crap pellet stove ( it is a humpin box of sheet metal with a hopper, a fan, and a computer chip.  Why anyone thinks these things are worth more than a hundred bucks or so is beyond me.  Yet routinely folks spend two grand on an ash accumulator that needs cleaning constantly.  Of course, they also spend two grand on a delicate wallflower plastic poodle shooter that needs cleaned constantly, so folks must be status shopping and fulfilling some primal urge to perform extra maintenance ), I connect the two and can’t help but conclude that people are stuffing their houses with riches and giving about two seconds thought to securing them.  Insurance and an electric alarm, plus even a dog, does not a secure home make.
From the multimillionaire to the working Joe, the common assumption seems to be that the Thin Blue Line will secure us, as well as the overseas military, and hence very little needs to be done to secure our homes beyond the obvious and mundane.  We are all basically saying ‘fences make for honest neighbors’ and give it very little thought past that.  Buying a super high capacity semiauto pistol with laser site to protect your person while you sleep makes for a very nice sleeping pill, and I know I sure wouldn’t sleep so soundly in a tin box travel trailer without my bedside pistol, but it also superficially protects you.  A firearm protects your immediate person, it does not protect your future food supply or protect you from an arson or a central banker.  We don’t think much about those things we assume are permanent even though they are temporary.  Our historic aberration of wealth is based on non-renewable resources, and to feel secure against their withdrawal we invest in more systems using more non-renewables.  How can you protect against the end of carbon fuels by investing in more carbon fuels?  Most of us will live too long for any kind of stockpile to last ( a chainsaw for heat?  Carbon fueled device that is hoped will replace a carbon fuel central air heater.  You’ve minimized your carbon fuel need, not eliminated it ). 
We have based most of our “security” on investing in an insecure system.  We assume it will both never run out and if a unit of anything is stolen we assume it can be replaced.  Either by working a job dependent on burning depleting fuel, or by somehow always having a replacement fuel to keep our standard of living from dropping too far ( the current hope for ethanol and tar sands comes to mind ) we think nothing will ever fundamentally change.  Most preppers are just as guilty, never stepping outside the ‘temporary emergency’ mode of thinking or refuse to prepare in any lesser state than full blown middle class comfort.  But what makes them think that they, as insignificant peons wasting oxygen with the other seven billion only alive because of oil based farming, are so special they can escape their total dependence in time?  As if an emergency will allow them to escape the overcrowded city with time to spare?  As if their job will be immune from elimination until the very last?  It is bad enough that folks live in a sheetrock walled house, safe until an intruder with a sledgehammer comes along, assuming that the illusion of walls is a secure barrier, but even worse they assume they can rely on an illusively secure job to buy all that was lost, that there will always be replacements, that an insurance company will always be financially viable enough to pay your claim.  Everything we call security is smoke and mirrors.  You even assume that Obammy, being a commie, loves welfare and will love to have you on Food Stamps, never questioning if the program will survive too much longer or even how much longer the soil we have depleted will continue to grow food.
Survivalists are almost as bad as non-preppers.  You are still working in a city that will go cold and dark and dangerous soon ( more dangerous than now, obviously ), still buying a house that can’t survive off grid from bankers that won’t stay solvent, working for a company that won’t be around much longer and you think you are better prepared?  You are, until your Oil Age supplies run down.  But how much of that is security, and how much is merely a short term insurance policy?  I won’t tell you what a secure situation is, mainly because every area is different and every plan has drawbacks, but I know for sure that depending on any level of modern supplies is ultimately bad.  Not that a planned devolution is bad, just that you had better know that it is a temporary plan fraught with uncertainties and danger.  And you had better take of your rose colored glasses and assume you will be as unworthy, as punished, as un-special as any starving persecuted third world minority group slated for extinction.  We are not headed for another Great Depression, we are headed for another Mayan total collapse ( no, I’m not talking about the Mayan Calendar.  I’m talking about total collapse due to crop failure, overpopulation, famine and total warfare ).  Stop thinking anything that made us rich is any kind of security anymore.  It is already running out, and quickly.
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  1. Just placed an order for 300 more Lbs. of wheat and topped it off with 50 lbs. of rolled oats.
    Better than any plastic product EVAR ! Of course it will be placed in Mylar bags inside the inevitable plastic bucket...We just can't get away from our plastic lol
    At least those buckets will never jam and serve multiple uses.

  2. Prepping is only going to extend your comfort (hopefully), not eliminate the 'cubbard going bare'. Food will spoil and go to waste, gasoline engines will clog up with damnable ethanol fuel residues (fuel stabilizer - buy that stuff by the gallon!), and ammunition will eventually be depleted for good. You only hope you outlast your nearby competitors and scavenge off their remains - How Romantic!

    If The Event occurs in early winter, there will be a huge die-off very quickly I think.

  3. Someday we will know what freedom means
    When we are all in chains
    We will watch our children die someday
    And live on their remains

  4. In 1975 I bought 500 pounds of Montana hard red winter wheat. I used 5 gallon buckets for storage. I put a piece of dry ice about 1 1/2 inches in dia. in the bottom. That's it.

    The wheat is in perfect shape. I'm down to 300 pounds of wheat.

    I guard it with my M1 Garand.
    Semper Fi