Friday, August 31, 2012

arbitrary fear

ARBITRARY FEAR
Let’s talk about the poor schmuck that was thrown in the Thought Police detention cell for “inappropriate” comments on Facebook.  Now, I don’t know what all of you thought about that.  Probably along the lines that an overzealous law enforcement action was undertaken mistakenly, the police weren’t going to admit they made a mistake, but the overwhelming public outcry forced the cops to release the innocent man.  Right.  Now go salute the flag and go back to sleep.  Nothing to see here, move along citizen.  First off, if you are a former Marine that fought bravely for your country, this is how your government repays you.  By ignoring the First Amendment you risked your life to protect.  And second, this was no mistake.  I understand that most folks don’t want to believe that your government hates you to the point they will melt down your fat to feed Soylent Green to the few remaining slaves they allow to live to serve their needs.  No one wishes to see that a once glorious country, the freest on Earth, has turned into a dictatorship.  But it has.  Not sometime in the future, but already.  Past tense.  You can shuck and jive all you want around the issue, the simple fact is that if any citizen can legally be detained without trial, indefinitely, if not LEGALLY outright assassinated, you are living in a dictatorship.  Period.  I don’t care what flag you wrap around that. 
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You puff out your chest, cradle your AR-15, loudly cry out in fury that the People protested and freed your fellow jarhead from a few bad apples that infiltrated the patriotic FBI and for no good reason committed the man to a psych ward for evaluation based on his computer speech.  But I call bullcrap.  Public organizations that encourage a certain culture get a certain culture.  When the FBI green lights a sniper to take down a mother holding an infant, then rewards said agent despite public outcry, the troops are being told in no uncertain terms that stomping kittens, setting children in barns ablaze and shooting kids and mothers in ambush is acceptable.  When the CIA advises Reservists on how to humiliate and interrogate Muslim prisoners, and then sacrifices a few lower ranked individuals to be the fall guys, the CIA is telling its people that Americans are the enemy, as well as the Towelheads.  And if you think the CIA doesn’t operate in this country, you are a simpleton, a naïve putz and a complete moron.  If they hate the military to the point of treating them as pawns, imagine how little they like or care about citizens. 
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The Marine in the psych ward was no mistake.  Neither was the Internet site closures, where if you used the wrong link you were shut down, and neither are any other government action lately.  Do you think using Blackwater humps to harass the New Orleans gun owners during Katrina was a mistake?  For that matter, do you think allowing folks to die in that disaster was a mistake ( such as when rescue boats were denied because they lacked enough flotation devices )?  Do you think OSHA picking on one business owner until he is bankrupt is a mistake?  You think the IRS auditing anyone is anything other than a plan?  It is all nothing more and nothing less than arbitrary harassment to keep everyone in line.  The government has very little in assets as far as boots on the ground.  Their number one tactic for the last twenty years is terror.  This keeps us all in line, and to go along with that stick is the carrot of the Internet and cable TV ( along with over abundant food- even if it is little more than chemical altered corn ).  Between the two, 99.9% of folks are quite content to look away as the burning and looting and financial and mental rape continue.  Why do you think the militia has had such a hard time of it for the last two decades ( besides the obvious intelligence services infiltration )?  Because they have zero support of the population who are content to ignore them, offer no support and if need be report them to the authorities like the good little dime droppers that they are. 
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Those not 100% satisfied with the status quo are treated to a weekly spectacle of the government flexing its muscle to dazzle the unbelievers.  Overwhelming force is targeted, the victorious forces emerge wearing a façade of invincibility.  The masses are awed, the dissatisfied are cowed.   Now, we know that the odds are quite good that the limited forces of evil will never even know we exist.  We can escape with our dissent.  But the government then applies arbitrary targeting to close that gap.  If they chose an undeserving target, the shock and awe factor is multiplied exponentially.  We fear not because the odds are against us but because even if we were innocent we would still be stricken.  That is why innocents are eliminated.  If only the law breakers were eliminated, no one would fear the government.  When the innocent die, all pale at the Emperors passing.  Quick!  Drop to your knees and bow your head to the ground as Our Mighty Leader bestows your unworthy existence with his exalted self’s presence.  “Oh Great One, we’re not worthy!”
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Today you have little choice but to bow to the Emperor.  Hide in your corner, drink your rotgut, cheer at the dancing girls and pay the tribute due or else.  We are a sad and pathetic spectacle. 
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Today’s joke ( okay, we don’t have one everyday.  If I make them ARBITRARY in schedule it enhances the value of those that appear.  Come on! What have we been talking about today? ): Why is the wind always blowing in Nevada?  Because California blows and Utah sucks.
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Thursday, August 30, 2012

misc.

MISC.
Well, I know you’ll have a hard time believing me, but today I’m actually at a loss for words.  I got almost nothing important to say.  So, I’m just going to blather on about this and that and perhaps the other and see how close to a full article I can get to on my lunch hour.  I just posted a comment on a question on the nuke bread.  A minion found it rather hard.  Good tasting ( I know, it surprised me the first time also ) but hard.  Hard enough it might prove to be some time in the future a hazard to your teeth.  A tooth you may not be able to tend to when, say, you are unemployed and living under a bridge.  Okay, I don’t know how you have a microwave if you are homeless, but it could happen.  You don’t want to break a tooth even if you are one of God’s chosen and have dental insurance, let alone any other time.  Occasionally I still get a very hard loaf of nuke bread, and I’ve been doing this for years.  The thing is, every day the batter is going to be different unless you measure both flour and water exactly ( I just half ass it ).  Just a smidge of water less than normal and the thing becomes brick hard.  A smidge too much and it is doughy.  I like the inconsistency insofar as it almost seems like a variety of food is being offered.  Just experiment with cooking times ( it doesn’t have to be exactly three minutes, it can be a bit more or less ) and water and you will get a not doughy and not too hard product.  Then stick with that.
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Well, it was right about the anniversary of Katrina and another storm ( and not even a major one but a Storm Barely A Hurricane ) comes along and messes with New Orleans.  It wasn’t a repeat, just a rhyming.  Yet, once again the levies didn’t work too well.  I wonder, do people learn even when hit right over the head?  New York City sees a World Trade Center bombing.  No one gives a hoot.  Then it happens again but much worse ( the first time a raghead tried with half ass explosives, the next time the intelligence services planted state of the art stuff in all the interior support areas ).  Yet, do that many people leave NYC?  No.  Why?  Because after being targeted for forty years by thermonuclear missiles, all the smart ones had wised up and left.  Only the idiots remained.  Am I calling every single swinging dingus in NYC, all ten million or whatever it is, a complete and utter humping moron?  Why, yes, yes I am.  You Have A Target On Your Head, Jag-Off!  MOVE!!!  New Orleans isn’t in the same league.  Their morons at least have the weather to blame as to why they have blood so thick it can’t travel to their brain.  But still, not a great place to live if you have assets tied up there.  You are mostly below sea level.  The oceans are warming up.  Hmmmm.  I wonder if the two go together?  I’m not saying I live in a preppers paradise.  Once the snow pack disappears, it’s going to be a bit hard to stay here.  But at least I have a bit of time, whereas the Gulf Coast has been ground zero for climate change for years now.  How many warnings do you need to move?
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Okay, the ammo as barter issue.  Never, and I mean never, barter ammo.  The only exception would be if you are dying and the only trader in antibiotics wants it.  Right?  Well.  In a sense, a guy in that position doesn’t need your ammo to kill you.  He is horse trading most likely.  Well provisioned and now just accumulating luxuries.  Look at the history of gun trading.  Private individuals were usually better armed than the military, and they sold the same arms to Native Americans.  The Indians still lost.  A lesson for plastic carbine armed super studs trying to survive the apocalypse.  An armed individual, no matter how well armed unless he has a Maxim gun against spear chuckers,  doesn’t win a war.  Of course, the basic concept is sound.  You don’t arm opponents.  Yet, this is one of those riddles there is no correct answer.  It’s like asking if you would shoot your kids to spare their suffering in a famine.  You don’t know the least worse answer until the time comes.
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Okay, here’s a joke.  You probably already heard it, but I find it so double over laughing, pee yourself funny that I must mention it in case you haven’t.  The Titanic is going down and a teacher, a lawyer and a priest are talking.  “We must save the children” proclaimed the teacher.  “Screw the children” the lawyer growled.  “Do we have time?” asked the priest.
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Folks keep pointing to the shale reserves in Colorado and such and screaming we have five hundred years of oil left.  Okay.  Now show me both the energy source to extract it and the water to process it.  Historic drought, remember?  And it isn’t even really the drought, per se.  It is the snow pack problem.  Less winter snow, more summer rains equals less year round water.  We have long passed the point of peak oil, and are now showing abundant examples in the rear view mirror to prove the decline, yet the denial folks will never give up their fantasy sources of energy.  You think the Powers That Be want expensive oil?  The economy has been running on cheap and abundant oil for a hundred years.  The economy built this way benefits the central bankers.  The new economy built on expensive and diminishing oil is hurting the bankers.  If ANY alternate source was viable it would already be put in place to save the bankers.  What you already see is what you get.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

i's impotent

I’S IMPOTENT
Let’s talk about self delusion, the tendency to overstate ones importance work wise and how all this adds up to unintended consequences which fuels problems in a collapse.   Humans have an astronomical capacity for delusion.  Evidently this is a survival mechanism.  For instance, a women thinks she is the worlds best lay as she talks herself into leaving a faithful husband who is now permanently unemployed.  The no good bastard doesn’t deserve my unique and special God given talent- I am being forced to leave him for someone who deserves me.  You can’t just tell yourself you would be better off with someone earning more.  Instead, you talk yourself into being an abused and battered victim.  Or, say there is a famine.  Your next door neighbor, a swell guy you’ve been friends with for twenty years, suddenly becomes your enemy as you start to remember all the things he’s done you never really liked or approved of.  Because he belongs to the neighboring tribe, and they have food stored.  You talk yourself into hating him so you can kill him.  This is one thing you really must keep in mind when dealing with liberals, Yuppies or government workers ( but, I repeat myself ).  They have no concept of human reality.  They are so isolated, in a bubble, they forget how people can turn on you in an instant if they need to.  So they rule as if we actually can all get along and give big group hugs.  GOD!!!! I can’t wait until after the collapse so I can legally bag a few of those simpletons. 
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Anyway, back to self delusion and jobs.  Most of us, living in the Information/Service Industry Age, suckling off the petroleum teat, work abstract jobs that have nothing to do with life’s primary activity which is simply feeding ourselves.  Which is a problem.  Because a job is just another way of feeding yourself.  You don’t work because you need to feel good about yourself, you work because you need to provide food.  Low population density societies which are barely above a “garden of paradise” level don’t have a strong work ethic.  They don’t have to.  The food is there for next to no effort.  Societies that are more removed from food production have higher levels of work requirements.  We take our jobs seriously because it means feeding ourselves.  And what attracts a mate?  The ability to provide surplus food.  So, there is self preservation and the overriding impulse to procreate.  The two concerns that drive us.  But if you add in surplus money and energy, work itself becomes just as abstract and divorced from reality.  We are all trying to convince ourselves that our job is important because if it is vital and necessary we have job/food security.  And, because others value our job it will be easy to attract a mate. 
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When your job is as divorced from food production as most of ours is, it really, fundamentally, is a worthless activity.  So we strive mightily to inflate the importance of what we do to compensate for that.  And herein lies the danger.  When your meal ticket is threatened, you do whatever is necessary to keep it.  So, for instance, you’re endangering most of the globes poor people by turning a once surplus food into ethanol fuel.  And you are endangering our folks in the military as they must fight wars against hungry people.  People we had been bought off with cheap food.  Which endangers the petroleum supply as a lot of poor people are in oil producing countries.  And then, for good measure, you are endangering your fellow countrymen with malnutrition as food prices go up, both due to diverted grain to fuel and imported oil going up in price due to rebellions and terrorist attacks brought on by hungry poor people.  And what caused this cascading set of problems?  Someone pushing ethanol as a fuel, regardless of consequences, because they needed an important, secure, well paying job.
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Why are more stringent environmental pollution standards being applied to diesel fuel at the same time the fuel costs more and is getting scarcer?  You use more fuel if it is designed to be cleaner.  Short answer, environmentalists, lawyers and civil servants are all trying to be more important.  They need that secure, well paying job.  Why are banks turning off loans to consumers?  They are afraid that bad loans will get them fired, for one thing.  And if you care about your job, you cease to care about how it effects the economy, other people, etc.  Why do you think nobody gives a good goddamn about polluting the earth and causing Gore Warming as they drive long distances to work worthless jobs?  Because not working means you starve.  Not driving, while it MIGHT, and no one can be sure, just might save the environment, that doesn’t keep you fed.  Nor does saving the planet get you an attractive mate that will spawn for you.  A job does- even if that job kills other people.  Why should a jack booted thug care if he kills you, maims you, sends you to prison for life?  If his job is feeding him, he will justify anything and use any delusion to sleep soundly at night.  Especially if it is next to a large bosomed wife.  That’s right- your life is less important than a thug having a nice rack to play with at night.
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Nobody stops and thinks through the unintended consequences of their actions.  Nobody.  Not if they are getting fed.  Food is fundamentally IT as far as human ambition starts and ends.  Even having children, passing on your genes, is based on a surplus of food.  Americans, living amongst plenty, have no concept of the overriding factor foods plays in everything.  Since food is going to be getting scarcer, you might want to start thinking about it.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

it's the velocity not the mass

IT’S THE VELOCITY NOT THE MASS
Let’s talk about boring old money and its travels through the economy. ‘Ol Remus at The Woodpile Report linked to the article here:
Now, Remus has been pretty busy here recently putting up canned possum, but luckily for us he is still finding time to put up a quality weekly publication.  Normally I hate those that merely find other peoples writing for you, but his is the exception.  His is added value all the way.  But back to the above article.  Here we are talking about the velocity of money, or how fast it moves through the economy.  A fast movement means that Uncle Obammy put a paycheck in a sailors pocket who went to a tattoo parlor and got a tat of a Mexican hooker being violated by a donkey.  The tattoo artist took the money and bought Wonder Bread and bologna from the corner store, whose owner paid the landlord who in turn bought a car to give to his mistress.  And on and on.  Slow velocity of money just means the Fed invented another buck, the banker took it and stashed it to pump up his deposits to cover his derivatives bet that was leveraged 200 to 1 and there is sits.  Now, normally I give little to zero thought on the velocity of money but the above articles author swears that this is the best economic indicator you can find.  And as such, we are now sucking some serious ass economically.
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In 2008, according to the very dandy and handy chart, velocity of money literally fell off the cliff and IS NOW BELOW THE ALL TIME LOW OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION!!!!!!  Now, before all you Pollyanna’s  start grabbing each others asses, grinning like fools and doing a dance about how this means we won’t experience inflation, stop and ponder this.  Not only does it mean we are ALREADY in a depression worse than the 1930’s, it also means there will be less cash available for you to buy those products that are increasing in cost due to scarcity ( like food and fuel ).  I don’t care if every dollar is hoarded by bankers and all houses now cost only ten thousand bucks.  If the cost of heating the house is beyond your budget, the house is worth far less.  Say, on par with a gutted, boarded up ghetto house in Detroit.  And if you can’t buy enough food to have the calories to work a job to pay the mortgage, the house is still beyond your ability to afford.  Houses are a consumer item, and its value is reflected.  In a county where the only manufacture just closed the factory, your house which cost twenty grand to build and which you owe the bank fifty is now selling for five.  Houses are a consumer item, NOT an investment.  The falling cost of housing doesn’t necessarily reflect what kind of economy we are in as far as deflation or inflation.  And even if we were in a deflation, food and fuel is still inflationary due to supply and demand.
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Okay, now let me paint you a picture.  It’s, say, 1935.  A fellow in a CCC project is paid and sends home some cash.  Wife buys some essentials she can’t grow on the farm.  The store owner buys some more inventory.  The factory owner saves the profits as a cushion.  And that’s it for the dollar velocity.  There wasn’t a lot of economic activity.  Flash forward to today.  A jack booted thug gets a paycheck after he stomps a few kittens and snipers a mother holding a baby.  His wife takes the money and pays the mortgage and the cable bill and the cell phone bill.  Those merchants buy food from the grocers, pay the bank the business loan, pay back their business school college loan, pay off some credit card bills, pay the auto loan.  All those owners take the money and give it to the kids for allowance who go to the mall and buy video games and clothing from China and eat at the food court and on and on it goes because nobody grows their own food anymore or makes anything themselves.  It is nothing but a consumer society.  And in a consumer society, a lot more financial transaction take place than in, say, an agrarian economy prior to the universal auto ownership.  And yet, the money velocity today is below said primitive farming economy.
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Does this activate any alarm bells?  Because it should.  An economy that is nothing but consumption is no longer seeing much consumption at all.   Our service economy is selling far fewer services, and if the decline of five percent in Chinese rail and the whatever percent decline in port arrivals is any indicator, we are selling far less physical goods as well.  And you think all will be well?  You think green shoots are about to sprout out of Mitt ( I’m a robot in disguise ) Romney’s ass as soon as he is elected?  If so, I absolutely insist that you share some of those wonderful drugs you are using with me.  Sure, “Wired” magazine says that since the last forty years of doomer warnings were wrong, we’ll never ever ever again have anything bad happen to us.  I’d also offer to sell you the Brooklyn bridge, but due to infrastructure negligence it is in pretty sorry shape and I wouldn’t feel right about the transaction.  Hope springs eternal, but the Four Horsemen just trample the bitch as it is sprouting.  Assume the worse.  You can hope all you want, just don’t bet on the best.  Remember, you wouldn’t have been warned about a Soviet missile strike ( we can’t trample the sheep, now can we? ) and you won’t be warned about a fall off the financial cliff.  You have to read between the lines yourself.  Ignore at your peril.
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Monday, August 27, 2012

alien space bats

ALIEN SPACE BATS
Before we begin today talking about doomster mindsets, another disparaging word on everybody’s favorite bovine excrement artist, Rush.  I won’t say I’m smarter than everybody else.  In years far past I was an avid listener and fan.  Alas, I’ve grown and tried to think outside of past boxes ( whether they be unthinking patriotism, irrational free market capitalism or other blinders ) and slowly my enthusiasm dwindled.  We’ve opined here before on Rush’s many faults and I won’t kick a fat and deaf man when he’s down ( well, not this time.  I’m sure there are many times it would be advantageous to kick an obese clown when he’s defenseless.  Goebbels comes to mind ).  Rush’s newest thing is to mock Obammy when he says anything about American imperialism.  Now, sorry to piss on anyone’s parade, but when you have military bases in over a hundred countries, chances are you are an empire.  And Empires collect tribute.  It’s a historical constant.  By calling Obammy on this, Rush is calling anyone who points to the truth a democrat ( and worse ).  Guilt by association for parallel lines of thinking.  Really, Rush?  We can’t just speak the truth?  Are we in that much denial?  Nothing wrong with exploiting foreigners.  There is a lot wrong with lying to ourselves about it.  Enough of that.  Anyone heard of the Venezuela refinery fire?  I saw a Saturday night blurb on broadcast news.  It lasted a whole 30 seconds, no details, and then the idiots were off to gush about the GOP convention as if that mattered at all.  They said that the refinery was the largest in the world.  Add the Gulf Of Mexico shut down of hundreds of rigs.  Higher gas prices, anyone?
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I love the novel “Dies The Fire”.  The cause of collapse was never very detailed, and there was little need.  It wouldn’t have held up under scrutiny anyway.  One of the characters was joking about the cause being Alien Space Bats ( or was it the authors description of the inspiration for the story?  I can’t remember.  I’ll have to read it again soon ).  I love that turn of phrase.  Most of the time, I just say “when the Apocalypse happens” but sometimes I like “when alien space bats attack”.  When I’m with company that I don’t want to spook it is “zombie apocalypse”.  The point today is that I think about the Apocalypse almost as much as I think about sex.  I’m always seeing alien space bats under every rock ( to borrow from the mocking “he sees a communist under every rock” ).  I used to be normal and gave the collapse of western civilization only a few thoughts a day.  I had the old school one years supply of food and I was armed.  It seemed to be enough.  Then, something happened.  I think it was from reading one too many Peak Oil books.  One day, I started seriously questioning the limited preparations I had made.  Oh, it started longer than that, before Y2K.  About 1997 I started consciously making life decisions based on an upcoming catastrophe.  It determined where I lived, the job I worked ( for extra money ) and etc.  But it wasn’t until 2005 or 2006 that I took a long hard look at the things I was prepping for.  Prior to that, I was prepping for disruption.  After that, I was prepping for collapse. 
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I don’t think it is quite normal, always fixated on collapse.  Well, neither is sex.  You act quite the fool and spend quite the chunk of change.  But, hey, what can you do?  Guys are just walking sperm banks, captives to our hormones.  So, compared to that, really, how bad is an anal Apocalypse fixation?  But always placing every decision in the context of collapse does make life both easier and a lot more interesting.  And I’m not just funning here, exacerbating for comedic effect.  I’m talking a trip to Wal-Mart is a survivalist think tank exercise.  I’ll be buying everything, and I mean everything, with the Apocalypse in mind.  I have ten bucks left over from the food budget.  Should I save it ( rainy day )?  No, got to think of hyperinflation.  Also, roving bands of looters if I put it under the mattress.  Buy more food?  No, their food doesn’t last long enough ( years instead of decades ).  Coffee?  God, where do I put it?  I’ve got at least six years worth already.  I got it- pants!  I don’t have enough stockpiled.  Which pair lasts longest?  Then, going home, always fill the gas tank ( back when I still drove )!  We’re down 20%!!!!!  If biking, think about upcoming maintenance.  Always a balancing act between prematurely spending money that could go to other supplies ( side ponder for what kinds ) but not spending it soon enough and the apocalypse starts and your tires are 50% gone on tread.
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Then, next time this chain of reasoning starts, you have another item to factor in.  Now, you have another pair of pants.  Time to get more underwear?  Do you have enough?  How long will they last?  Should you get another brick of .22’s instead?  How much do you have again?  Crap, can’t remember!  Should I search through the storage van again?  While I’m there, I could reorganize and make more room.  But, do I want to take the time away from reading about the decline of XXX ( fill in current historical poster child of collapse )?  And, should I be reading about yet another society collapsing?  Should I be reading some anthropology?  Never mind, I already know it all comes down to how we can feed ourselves.  Do I need more rimfire?  Shouldn’t I get another rimfire rifle?  What if my other one breaks? 
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And on and on it goes, every day.  Yeh, I got too much time on my hands.  An hour and a half commute, lots of driving for work.  Lots of tuning out the wife at home.  But, hey, if the collapse is already underway, is it really obsessive behavior?
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Friday, August 24, 2012

culturally speaking

CULTURALLY SPEAKING
Culture is formed by many things, from history to topography.  That’s the main reason NOT to move out of the country at the last minute.  You won’t assimilate into the local scene.  And, yes, I think this is already the last minute.  Fred, over yonder at Fred On Everything ( dot net ), was a hillbilly back in the day but chose to go to Mexico and make it his new home.  Two things he did right were moving back a long time ago and having a local bride.  It also didn’t hurt he was bringing in income from GringoLand.  Altogether he should be safe and comfortable down there.  I don’t think Mexican peasants, baring a drought, will much feel the global implosion.  Now, you can translate these criteria to moving to another state here in the Union.  If it is last minute, you won’t be accepted.  If you suck off the locals, you won’t be accepted.  And, if you don’t do something to blend in, like marry a local girl, you won’t be accepted.  And not being accepted will in time be a death sentence.  So, before you blindly move to the American Redoubt, ask yourself if you are culturally compatible.  In effect, you are buying into the Western culture.  And I can relate to the Western culture.  But I think what is meant by the American Redoubt concept makes THAT culture a sub-genre that has heavy religious fundamentalist undertones.  Beware that difference.
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I don’t pretend to understand all the cultural undertones here.  I was born and raised Californian, but once I escaped out to the West I felt more at home than when I was a wee lad.  It felt right.  Because The West ain’t California ( it also ain’t coastal Oregon and Washington ).  But I think one of the major influences here was the fight over water rights.  You of course had the issue of Spanish land grants, fenced ranches verses free range, cattle verses sheep ranching, states rights verses federal control and even Commons verses private property.  But over it all you had the fight over water.  California was not as shaped by this as you had, early on, massive irrigation projects.  The water was imported, and the average citizen wasn’t affected by water scarcity.  The coast north of them also had abundant water ( the effect of the ocean conveyor belts ).  But the rest of the west was all about fighting for water.  It was scarce and the fight was bloody.  As a result, the survivors were naturally inclined towards acting antagonistically.  The different here was that it was more of an individual fight.  Clan warfare as typified by Scottish immigrants settling the Appalachians was group based.  As was defense ( I’d wager a deep fried Snickers bar that Texans attitudes towards guns were shaped by being involved in a nastier warfare lasting far long than was typical elsewhere ). 
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So, just from the one example above you can see where there is a huge gulf culturally between Westerners and Southerners.  Looking back at Friday’s article at The World’s Premier Yuppie Survivalist Blog, our Southern gentleman visiting the American Redoubt was identified immediately by his accent.  Westerners don’t really have the same “friendly towards a stranger” attitude that most Southerners have.  In short, we are rude asshats.   I guess we figure there ain’t enough water to go around and we don’t need another mouth at the trough.  And it wasn’t just the rattler incident ( I love how our intrepid site owner compared the benign rattlesnake danger to the South’s cottonmouths and water moccasins.  I agree that a snake on the ground in plain site in the sun is much preferable to one of Satan’s minions swimming with you.  I’m pretty sure they have tree snakes that leap at you too, although I could be wrong ) that was a shock.  The weather here sucks in its back and forth too hot and too cold.  Although better than the South’s constant bathhouse.  Geography is just as important as culture.   
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Every swinging dingus out there compares firearms laws and tax rates and gives you a “perfect” survivalist location.  But people and places are far more important.  You need a place you feel comfortable.  Where people share your values, the religions aren’t weird ( I think one of the great things about the Mormons is they pretty much leave the gentiles alone to be damned to eternal hellfire.  They stay clannish and ignore others as much as possible.  Which is why a sinning place like Nevada, with its whore houses and casinos and 24 hour a day boozing, can house so many Mormon settlements ) and your way of thinking is mirrored.  Which is something the California bastards don’t understand.  You screw up your own state then colonize the rest of the West, trying to vote with your numbers to turn our state into another private revenue stream for your free lunches.  It has worked so far, but beware that cultural and regional differences are making a comeback.  The Feds might have effectively homogenized the country after WWII, but it is now moving back the other way.  People are re-embracing their differences.  As the Empire crumbles the old cultures reappear.  Because tribes are the historically proven survival grouping, not the nation state.  Be careful you aren’t picking the wrong tribe/clan. 
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There is nothing wrong with the South ( ignoring Kunstler’s demented rambling to the contrary ), just make sure you fit in.  And don’t move to alien territory just because some survivalist guru told you to.  That is his prejudice.  You must pick culture before a generic list of desirable attributes.  Who cares if the gun laws are better, if everyone gives you stink eye and babbles in foreign tongues on Sunday?  There are NO perfect survival locations applicable to everyone.  The West has plenty of issues, from overpopulation to California colonization to a massive historic drought going on.  So does every other place.  Sure, if you live in the big city, go to another area less densely populated.  But do so within your comfort zone, not in a foreign land across the country.
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