Friday, November 30, 2012

then and now

THEN AND NOW
I was putzing around on the old blog ( ‘bison survival blog’ for any poor fool just now being drawn into my vortex ) looking for the article on the rimfire and revolver arsenal, trying to decide if it was worthy of book inclusion ( it ain’t ) when I noticed another few articles I had written four years ago ( when you tend to have diarrhea of the brain you forget what you’ve subjected your readers to earlier so you can go back and read old stuff and it is just like new ).  I can’t believe that prices were so much lower then, nor can I believe how chipper and happy and how not-very-gloomy  I sounded.  I can’t claim that I had found out about Peak Oil, overshoot, Malthus or any other doom concept after I wrote that article, so I got to thinking what the difference was between then and now.  Why was I so care free about how much to worry?  In effect, I was saying “odds are more than likely it will stay business as usual ( always getting slightly worse, but no sudden calamity ).  Always prepare just in case, but don’t stress over things too much”.  Even to the authors ears this sounds a tad too optimistic, and I wonder why I ever wrote that.  What I came up with is that prior to that, everything had been theoretical.  And since then both Peak Oil and Economic Depression have become rear view mirror events ( yes, Peak Oil was 2005.  But it took a bit to become obvious as the patches and fixes disguised things for a few years ).  And no, I don’t think four years of “not crashed yet” is grounds for hope.
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Back in the day, from Cold War nuke fears to not too long after Y2K, I was your basic Survivalist Optimist.  You know the type.  “Have one years supply of food, a gun or two, backup cooking and everything will be ducky”.  I hadn’t thought long and hard enough about systematic collapse.  I had all the book learning from decades of treating survivalism as a hobby, but it wasn’t until “Overshoot” that I started truly embracing the real potential of die-off ( so, yes, even as I make fun of other writers for being a slow decline optimist, I was also one myself ).  In my case, knowledge is truly a dangerous thing.  The more I studied the more I understood how wrong I’d been to embrace any hope.  And then, at about the same time, we had a little thing called economic contraction.  I might have been raised all through the 70’s and that piece of economic happiness, but as a child you sure don’t deal with things realistically ( in a sound, functional household, obviously ) because you are insulated.  I’ve never actually lived in a healthy economy so I don’t know how to be overly optimistic, but obviously I had proven immune to a certain amount of bad economic news because it wasn’t until the housing bubble crash, the $150 a barrel oil, disappearing rice or the bank bailouts that I actually experienced true economic fear.
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And, no, I didn’t flip overnight from “prepare and relax” to “keep prepping and be very afraid”.  It has been a gradual trip.  Whereas before I knew the collapse was on track to visit us sometime, now I’m pretty sure that everyday we avoid it is a bloody miracle.  And instead of thinking we can keep avoiding the day of reckoning, using six years of not having a collapse, I just keep thinking every day that goes by is one more day of soil depletion, printing press inflation, overpopulation and oil drawdown, all of which add up to make the coming collapse worse and worse.  Why bring all this up, other than embarrassment of past writings?  I was just rereading “Overshoot”, written in 1980, and the warnings back then of the consequences of different paths taken.  Thirty years ago he warns that renewed drawdown of resources would lead to the most severe crash.  Remember, even back then it was obvious mankind had already overshot capacity.  If we had acted back then, we would have actually been able to embrace a long slow descent.  But instead we started accelerating drawdown of all resources and we’ve nearly doubled the global population.  It simply can’t end well.  And for me I guess the economy not recovering ( oh my mother licking god, you must be a simple moron to buy their blatantly false Happy News anymore ) brought that knowledge from intellectual information to believable fact. 
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So today I’ve gone from “prep and be happy” to “prep and still panic”, but with the caveat “still panic until you’ve insulated yourself from the economy taking you down with it”.  Then you can still treat the apocalypse as the fun hobby prepping in general used to be.  Nowadays, economic prepping is no longer a hobby, or fun.  It is a literal life saving necessity.  If you don’t act now to save yourself from the bankers you will end up as road pizza.  They will take you down like a crack junkie kills a geriatric for the four dollars and fifty five cents in her housecoat.  To the junkie, even five bucks is justification for homicide because the fix is all they care about.  And the bankers have already shown no remorse by economically killing off vast segments of the population ( all those seniors without COLA seeing their buying power drop for life’s necessities, all the civil servants laid off before they could get a pension, all the Medicare recipients soon to get a new co-pay in excess to their income, all those home owners upside down in a state that won’t allow you to legally walk away from the difference, they are all zombies.  Dead, but they don’t know it yet ).  Next year, I’m sure I’ll have ratcheted up my fear and I’ll look back at this article as hopelessly na├»ve.  If we are all still around.
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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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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

nuke their ass and take their gas

NUKE THEIR ASS AND TAKE THEIR GAS
Oh, what the hell.  Let’s talk about nuclear war again.  Since a minion suggested it and others responded, I can now be said to follow my dear readers every desire.  Also, after reading the Arch Druid two weeks ago his whole attitude has been grating on my last nerve.  In effect, his thoughts are that since Hitler never used poison gas, we’ll never use nuclear weapons.  Without giving it too much thought that certainly makes sense.  I’ve always been ambivalent on the odds of nuke war happening partially with that reasoning.  Alas, unlike the Druid Dude, I am not too busy churning out books that pay a living wage so I have a lot more time to devote to thinking about stupid crap like this.  Hitler served in the first war and got a taste of the gas and it never sat well with him.  In his war, the troops carried gas masks but the Germans never seriously considered using gas on the battlefield ( and speaking of gas, one thinks of concentration camps and Jews, which brings up todays Most Tasteless Joke- how many Jews can you fit in a VW?  It depends if you use the ashtray ).  Or so goes the legend.  It is of course impossible to get a 100% true account of anything that far back after America wrote the victories history and thrown into the mix were all those nifty secrets and lies as a result of the Cold War.  But let’s just go with the story.  Some weapons are too terrible to see continued use.
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The DD claims a solid understanding of history, so could he please point out any weapon ever that was discontinued?  Because one conflict saw a reluctance to reutilize a weapon doesn’t mean that gas won’t be used again ( oh wait, it was used again in conventional war- the Iran/Iraq conflict ).  And let’s remember that the German leader was one of those rare politicians, one who actually lived a real life outside of ivory towers.  He had experienced war, as had Churchill ( in the Boar War.  They used concentration camps but no gas as I’m aware ).  Not that they hesitated to kill off other people, all politicians do that quite well.  Just that they had some idea of life outside the rarified atmosphere of most politicians who never withdraw their cranium from their rectal cavity.  Just because a weapons victim chose to NOT use that same weapon doesn’t mean the average politician who never experiences hardship or war will do the same.  And recall that Hitler, who might have done that one thing right certainly did his soldiers no favors by declaring war on Russia and America.  They might not have been gassed but they certainly were killed in other ways.  I think the absence of poison gas in WWII is a terrible analogy as to the future use of nuclear weapons.
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Next point up was the “massive retaliation will assure mutual destruction, so no nukes will be used”.  Now, this is quite logical, isn’t it?  No sane leader would commit suicide by launching nukes.  The saying went that only madmen of the deranged craphole countries like North Korea would ever contemplate nuke war.  I could bring up Hitler again and the insane amount of hubris involved in attacking Russia ( which he already had a nice trade agreement with for oil and food ).  This was in effect suicidal.  Of course, most evidence seems to point out the fact he had about zero understanding of logistics, so perhaps he thought the war had a very good chance of success.   But what makes you think only the insane would commit suicide?  When ones survival is at stake, the insane is merely a last desperate gamble.  If you have nothing left to lose, the insane turns into just another strategy.  Let’s say that Pakistan and India got stupid again and India got control of the water ( this is principally what most of their animosity generates from ).  Pakistan could allow most of its population to die from famine as all crops failed and no one would sell them outside food, or they could nuke India.  What do they have to lose?  But let’s veer back towards the only folks that we care about, us.  Would China or Russia hesitate to nuke us?  More to the point, would we hesitate to nuke them?
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Do you really think American powerful controllers would willingly give up global power and control of the riches by gently going into the night as they lost control of oil backed dollars?  Manufactures and bankers put the country through a civil war to gain control of this government.  The central bank slaughtered 300k civilians in the trenches to keep the profits from loan interest coming in.  A half a million died in WWII in the takeover of the government ( once we went to a permanent wartime footing, it was all about banker control ), not to mention a few Japanese dead in nuclear explosions.  The bankers have already killed with nukes, and I’ll be damned if I believe they won’t resort to them again for the sake of control and treasure.  If you were a banker, what would you care if the worthless unemployed on the two coasts choked on radiation?  As long as you controlled the Gulf oil and oil refineries, hence  controlling the Midwest food production ( the south of the giant aquifer might be drying up but the north should still be good for awhile ), they wouldn’t need any of the surplus population.  Hey, bankers can live anywhere.  They don’t really need the population paying 20% interest on credit card purchases of consumer Chinese crap to profit.  As long as they get a relatively unpolluted continent to exploit the resources, they can mine it from a distance and enjoy the profits.  Nuke war isn’t in the hands of non-suicidal politicians, it is in the hands of bankers who are international, amoral and totally ruthless.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

dust bowl propaganda

DUST BOWL PROPAGANDA
Once again, Dr. Gary North puts out valuable and well researched information:
Now, I of course never pass over an opportunity  to point out the asshattery and evilness of our government, nor do I miss any opportunity to highlight FDR as the king of all asshats of all time, a minion of Lucifer whose twisted foul soul was as crippled as his polio addled legs ( and, one presumes, his shrunken useless manhood ).  I would as soon pull up a chair with Lincoln and buy him a beer ( and we all know how much I hate THAT monkey testicle gargling commie puke Yankee twat ) than to piss on the head of FDR if his hair was on fire.  So I applaud the good Doctor for giving historical background on FDR and the propaganda with the Dust Bowl.  But we shouldn’t stop there.  We need to ask why FDR was such a bastard, why the central bank was behind him and what it all means for us today.  It’s all very well and good to point out Rooosevelt was a godless commie, a disciple of Lenin,  an enemy of the Constitution, the one who did the most to use the suffering of the poor to strong arm in the longest and most effective burst of collectivization in this country.  Why?  Not just because he was a commie.  Doing his best to turn this county red might have been evident, but why was it necessary?  Not just because the bankers told him to ( although they most certainly did ).  Why did the banks push for centralization when we were still so resource rich?
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Collectivization is usually reserved for when resources become scarce and centralization is the only way to allocate those resources while still holding on to power.  Of course the process also happens when others grab power, but usually not in a free society with plenty of food and energy.  Surplus usually means political freedom, so why the need to go commie just at the time we started going from low power wood and coal to the bonanza of high energy oil?  I would stipulate the strong possibility that this was largely out of our control ( even though the original instigator ended up benefiting ).  WWI had many causes, but one was Germany positioning for super power status.   Since she had very few resources of her own, and was thwarted by Great Britain and France from acquiring colonies for resource exploitation, war was pretty much inevitable.   Our central bank tried to make a tidy profit from the conflict, then had to “sacrifice” a third of a million American lives to bail out the threatened loan payers when the Russian revolution emptied out the eastern front and Germany had a chance to win ( of course, I believe we got involved before that but even then the Allies needed help.  If they lost, our bankers lost their loans ).  And of course even that was too simple of a reason.  Even back then, the first stirrings of the global war for oil control was felt.
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When Germany lost the war, our bankers were not saved.  On the contrary, the German inflation threatened the global financial system ( the allies were not getting the money from Germany they needed to pay back the American banks.  The whole system was in danger ).  Then every country got desperate and as a way to gain a temporary advantage started tariff wars.  Which  shut down global trade which meant far too many economies which were industrialized didn’t have the means to trade goods for food.  The Depression was global not because resources were scarce but because resources could not be traded ( every region had a surplus of A and a deficit of B.  With trade, nobody wanted for anything.  Without trade, everyone had shortages ).  So what was a banker to do?  Beggar the local population.  The banker bailouts of five years ago are not a new thing.  Eighty years ago the bank turned on the citizens trying to extract enough blood to survive and thrive.  This was why the campaign from the government to drive small farmers into the city.  Killing the family farm was not a 1970’s creation.  It was tried previously during the 30’s Midwest drought.  The bankers needed everyone in debt and working as wage slaves even back then.  Yes, the propaganda ended at the start of WWII.  The war effort needed lots of extra food ( soldiers and factory laborers and farmers all needed double to triple calories to function at peak- and there certainly was a correlation between the US being the only well fed combatant and our victory ) and there was no time to mechanize collective farms.  You worked with what you had on hand, and besides the factories needed to churn out war material.   The war was much more profitable to the bank than indebted consumers would have been ( which is why we never went back to peace even up to today ).
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I’m not trying to say that the bankers will get us involved in another world war.  That is impossible with our extreme debt and our resource deficit.  What I am saying is that the government going collectivist is nothing new.  The government as servants to the central bank is nothing new.  And most importantly, the government as a prostitute to the banks and doing injury to its citizens to enrich the bankers is certainly nothing new.  And doesn’t it follow that if four generations ago the government was willing to kill millions of its own and put the rest into bondage, that it will be quite willing to do far worse the next time around ( which looks to be about right now )?  Of course it does.  Know your enemy to protect against him.
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Monday, November 26, 2012

black month

BLACK MONTH
You would think being on my fifth Christmas season here at the Food Bank I’d have gotten used to the “perfect storm” of well intentioned donation days in which everything all happened at once and the volume was simply impossible to handle.  Alas, even being the cynical paranoid hateful type that I am, I still black out most previous holiday season traumas and each new year still takes me by surprise.  Today, just in the first half I’ve had a surprise two trip grocery donation and a half dozen six foot high stack of bread donated ( two more extra trips ) in addition to the normal Monday chaos, followed up by another stores freezer going down and THAT donation.  I still need to go out of town to pick up an elementary school canned food drive.  As a result I’m damn lucky to get even half my lunch, so today’s article will be short.  This is how I’m “thanking” two super duper generous PayPal donations from last week of $50 and $100 ( the larger one followed by a note “I’ve gotten my monies worth in five years”.  Bless ‘em ). 
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I can’t believe the nonsense with the new more generous interpretation of “Black Friday”.  To me, a simple semi-country bumpkin, when one names a single day of the week, it usually means that day and that day only.  Last year the companies started trying to be cute and extend it back into Thursday evening.  The ones who weren’t total asshats started at 1201 AM so at least it was still technically Friday.  I thought enough consumers complained last year about the looser hours but evidently when consumers say “don’t hump us” the companies only hear “I want more stuff from China, I don’t want quality and please abuse both your employees and your consumers”.  Far too many stores started Black Friday on Thursday evening, went through Friday and then into Saturday.  The one that seems to have won the prize for the inability to decipher the meaning of one day was Ford who had a Black Week.   Supposedly their Too Good To Pass Up deals will last a whole week because by knocking off two percent from an overpriced unit they believe all of America will buy a new vehicle from magic money pulled out of ones ass.   Now, I’m not pretending that any corporation has any pride anymore.  Most are blatant prostitutes.   They will hump over their mother for a bigger quarterly bonus.   I expect bad behavior.  What astounds me is how pathetic the advertising has been, as if wishful thinking to restart growth has moved from voters and politicians to companies.  At least with corporations I’d have assumed a bit more realism if because of no other reason they need a more realistic view of coming events to keep the profit sharing coming along.  Cheating, lying, bad behavior of all sorts one expects from them.  But irrational optimism?  Thinking that they can fool folks is one thing ( what Black Friday is all about ), but thinking there is money out there for extra when we’ve been in contraction for years?  That by extending an illusion you can produce solid extra profits?  What a load of idiots.
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