Wednesday, December 5, 2012

urban evil

URBAN EVIL
This morning I was reading the latest from American Energy Crisis blog and the Black Cat Dude’s blog http://reflexionesfinales.blogspot.com/
( although the Cat’s article wasn’t the most recent-hey, I get behind ) and they kind of meshed into a raspberry at FerFal the Argentina Survivalist Wunderkind.  I never really cared for his stuff anyway.  Oh, he didn’t make my butt itch like other certain Yuppie Survival sites ( and there are more than one ) since his impact is minimal and any silly observations won’t be followed en masse, but this time I figured I’d pick on him anyway as it is past time.  AEC was talking about staying away at least thirty miles from a coastline and you would avoid most insane tax and spend governments, and BCD was recounting FerFal’s displeasure at country living because the city got all the resources and the rural areas had none ( and yes, for the record I haven’t read the source material from FerFal.  But what I’ve read in the past about his city-centric survival preferences gives me no reason to doubt the synopsis presented ).  Okay, we get it.  FerFal lived through an Argentina Depression and is now a super stud.  If Argentina is once again raped by the leading Western bankers, his experience will come in handy.  I don’t doubt his experience or his sincerity.  What I do doubt is the likelihood of his experience being repeated.  You can say crime and disorder will be duplicated, and they just might ( not that we don’t already have home invasions ) be, but in my opinion what he went through was economic and what is ahead is biologic.
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I just don’t think most of us are grasping the basic trend.  Overpopulation isn’t something we can ignore as if it were once again just a bunch of poor Africans with bloated bellies and flies dive bombing our eye liquid.  Famine isn’t something we can cure once again with a new Green Revolution ( which wasn’t too much more than an Oil To Food Revolution.  It might have been jump started with better dwarf strains of wheat, but it is now just dumping petro products on sterile land.  Even if we could transition to organic- which we can’t as population will increase through the down time needed to soil recondition years- there is still the energy for transportation issue as most folks are heavily urbanized ) because Peak Oil was seven years ago.  A ninety-some odd percent die-off is already baked into the cake, and you need to be ready for those 90%ers to be trying to kill and eat you.  And cities are where most of the people are.  So by avoiding more folks per capita, you increase your odds of survival ( you might only go from 1% to 10%, and so you’ll most likely die anyway, but at least you tried ).
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It doesn’t matter what the problems are going to be out in the country.  Even if you are targeted in your isolated home, even if you can’t get to the dentist or doctor easily ( or at all ), even if gas cost and availability get worse ( as long as you plan now on foot or petal distance you can survive the car dependent phase ), they still are much easier to surmount than the issues in the city.  The first which is ease of government control.  Already, as times aren’t good but they ain’t hyperinflation and famine bad, local governments are showing they could give two craps about your ability to survive.  AEC was giving the example of his old million dollar house costing two grand a month in property taxes.  The mind friggin boggles.  No dwelling outside perhaps Trumps could possibly be worth that kind of tax to its owner ( for you poor misguided or optionless fools in California, try finding almost any house there- nice or in the ghetto- NOT in the million dollar range or close enough ).  How about the idiots stuck in New Jersey retiring on a pension from a factory job that is paying that kind of tax?  His house used to be a middle class unit, for a working slob, yet now the local Mafia Men are extorting from him millionaire taxes.  Even my own folks, far from the coast, had the bad luck ( and let’s be honest, the inability to sacrifice and step down in standards ) to situate, long before the housing bubble, in a deluxe California retirement community on this side of the Nevada border.  And on a once $1k a month mortgage they are now paying something like 40% of the monthly payment to the tax man ( through various fees, never taxes, added on, and to new taxes on the lot so a declining house value doesn’t decrease the old taxes ). 
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Governments don’t care how their needs affect your standard of living, and that is in “good” times.  In the future, do you think it would be far fetched that conscription would be implemented?  Already the wealthy government paid workers that pollute the coast and that got Obammy back into office ( least his newest payment squeeze the medical tax be eliminated ) are talking about welfare to work.  If you are silly enough to depend on a free Obammy paycheck ( NOT the liberal university professors and such, but those low rent folk on Food Stamps and Section 8 housing ), you might be soon given the choice of working in a citizen brigade planting Michele Approved Garden Greens or having your bennies cut.  Hey, no coercion here.  It is your choice.  And if you are living where it is easy to corral and control you ( much more so in the city than in the country ), you are one of the new serfs.  Old serfs, eight hour a day cubical job and two hour commute.  Post oil, new serfs are actually in the fields tilling for the lords.  Which is just one of the many reason to avoid the city.
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4 comments:

  1. Lord Bison of the Great Basin;

    The presumed scheme of welfare to work is already happening in other socialist minded countries. Take the Republic of Korea for instance; In Goesong County, where I used to live there in the apartment block at 0530 every morning (Summer and Winter) the work bus would show up and out of the apartment block would stumble about seven or eight elderly people who appropriately attired for a day of physical labor would trundle into the work bus for their ride to the next apartment block to pick up the next group of elderly and destitute and so on until all the work team was collected in our town and driven out to a work site incontinently sited near the military exclusion zone adjacent to the DMZ, where they would work on public works projects in the post-harvest autumn and winter and in the rice patties during the spring and summer. Lunch was provided (if you like Kimchi and Rice) with all the spring water a person can drink. Needless to say if this becomes a reality, those in town will become a part of some kind of public assistance work brigade in addition to those who live in any kind of county sub-political unit. If it works in other countries it will work here, see CCC and WPA for details. Speaking about public assistance I just got done reading Orwell's 'Road to Wigan Pier.' Originally published in 1937, it is a tale of the living conditions in the Industrial North of Great Britain in 1936 and the abysmal conditions wrought by the people of that area, with this important caveat; there wasn't any work to be had until after the Munich Agreement since Britain realized that they screwed themselves good and thus had to re-arm for World War II. Thus the unemployed people of Britain were on a starvation level of nutritional intakes due to the weak level of public assistance. Perhaps it would be better for one who was reduced to such circumstances, to have a public work brigade job at a caloric intake that would sustain such activity as opposed to a starvation diet which eventually destroyed me to the point of being especially susceptible to a biological weapon such as a genetically modified version of H5N1 or influenza. As you always say Lord Bison store wheat and beans like the end of the world has already started. Keep keeping it real James!

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  2. High property taxes? How bout squatting in a foreclosed property? The idiot banks are holding 80% of foreclosures off the market. This way they can value the property at full market value and continue to pay themselves fat bonuses. These houses may NEVER be sold.

    Bring on the reset

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  3. What are you doing? Encouraging people to move out to the country?? I guess since it's on your blog it's okay, but really, people like Fer Fal are doing us a favor. If people are not going to commit to an independent, self-sufficient, rural lifestyle, they should stay in the city, it is probably best for them, and it is definitely best for us.

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    1. OK, a fair point. But you forget my vast readership is under 1k. I won't start any trends.

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