Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I am as a god, all other FOS


I AM AS A GOD, ALL OTHERS FOS

 

I was reading up at Commander Zero’s blog this morning ( I think he was quoted at Rawles or Ol Remus, which reminded me to do so.  And, speaking of Ol Remus, I was quoted not once but twice there.  When this happens I consider it a validation of my greatness ) and had to comment on his “time in blog”.  He’s been around longer than just about any other survivalist/prepper blog?  Only if you go by format.  My e-mail newsletter had him beat by two years.  My paper newsletter was started in 1992.  I consider myself the longest running survivalist publisher, but I could be wrong.  I’m just the least known since I won’t play well with others.  But aside from that, today’s article is based on his thoughts.  He was talking about all the other types of publications.  Peak Oil, homesteaders, and etcetera.  Despite their faults in reasoning as he saw them ( I’m not sure why he considers Peak Oilers to be scum sucking anal whores-my words not his although I’m sure if he was less constrained that’s what he would have said ).  While disagreeing with them, he was glad they were around and publishing, since everyone trying to do something to prep was one less trigger finger he would have to worry about ( although, he doesn’t fret about mass teeming zombie hoards ).  Or perhaps one less mouth trying to eat a dwindling supple of crops. I’m going by imperfect memory here, so forgive me any slight lapses.  But in essence, it was a call for a big group hug for all involved as Brother Bloggers in the Doomersphere.

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Well, I couldn’t let that stand, could I?  I can’t have you thinking anyone else has anything approaching worthiness compared to myself ( only slightly sarcastic ).  Look, I understand the danger of ego.  No one wants to get bite in the ass by their hubris ( very sharp teeth ).  But the simple fact is that in my own demented mind, no one else has considered all the angles as well as I have.  So, if that is true, and obviously it is but I must seem reasonable and open by offering a doubt, it would just be a politeness that allows others to compare themselves to me.  In short, I am as a god and all other are full of crap.  The problem most other schools or theories of preparedness share is that they assume a level of optimism.  I, on the other hand, try to always assume a worse-case scenario and go from there.  What?  You think this is unique to myself?  Hell to the no.  I didn’t make this crap up.  This was way before my time.  Twenty years before I was born, Worse Case Scenario ( prep for nuclear war and everything else is covered ) was standard survivalist mantra.  I don’t know why everyone seems to have forgotten it, other than perhaps no one from a generation of deprivation and hardship is alive to write this way anymore. 

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And my worse-case scenario isn’t just covering implausible events.  I’m not talking about an asteroid or super-volcano.  I’m talking about resource depletion and over-population.  Nothing more than Club Of Rome stuff.  Yet pretty much every other sub-genre of survivalism holds out for a rosy picture instead.  I’m merely confused why.  Okay, even standard nuclear war preps assumed a rosy future after the first year.  Obviously, even if only 20% of Nuclear Winter was feasible, their projections were much too optimistic.  But at least they were operating at a much more hopeful base.  There were a lot less people and far more resources.  Today’s situation would have Malthus himself running to the nearest opium den.  The only thing I’m doing different is pointing out how bad things are, and even then I’m being optimistic insofar as I don’t have the time due to working full time and commuting by bicycle for ten hour days to actually research much in the depth I’d like.  Everyone else is wearing rose colored glasses.  The Yuppie Survival Scum are thinking they have decades to prep.  The Homesteaders think law and order will prevail forever and that the economy will last as long as their mortgages.  The Militia Ninjas think we still have Constitutional rights they can fight for, and that semi-automatic ammunition will never run out regardless of oil, copper or other resource constraints.  And etcetera.

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Even the guy closest to my heart, Survival Acres Guy, while pretty much spot on, thinks you must have freeze dried food.  Okay, I get it.  He sells freeze dried foods.  But he also sells grains ( albeit expensive ones ).  But follow the logic.  He predicts literal human species extinction due to Gore Warming.  HELLO!???!  You need decades of storage food if the entire globe heats up and all farming is endangered.  Yet no one can afford years and years of freeze dried foods.  Not in the time frame he is talking about before catastrophe.  All these schools either assume we have plenty of time to prep ( a dangerous assumption since all media and government data is soft peddling statistics ) or are elitist in assuming only the rich deserve to live.  Take your pick.  Who else is preaching a plausible strategy to the working poor, or the retired?  Hell, Tyrone the Skittles eating ghetto dweller on Food Stamps and Section 8 can afford to prep frugally.  Sure, he has to sell a few rocks of crack to buy the Saturday Night Special for protection, but Obammy Bucks can buy the rest.  Anyone can buy what I’m selling.  And I barely ask anything in return other than a token gratuity and unadulterated devotion and worship.  Forget the Skittles.  Drink my Grape Kool-Aid.

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17 comments:

  1. In honor of our long, on again/off again bromance I have provided a link back here from my incredibly successful blog. You inspired me to give this blogging thing a try and sent me my first viewers. You are the man, Bison. your friend, the rat

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    1. I like it. Bromance. Haven't heard that one in years. Sorry to be a fair weather friend, I'm busy saving the world!

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  2. I think you missed a major self backslapping trait and also a good chance to place some other bloggers into a sphere that wasn't mentioned. Namely the warm fuzzing survivalist who mostly deal with non-political issues and mostly post pictures of food and the PC survivalist who conform closely to the "we are all the same" liberal views. Rawles goes so far as to wave the multi-cult banner and create his very own Hollywood type racial whitewashing as well.

    Ya know I think I will do a post on those myself tonight.

    Anyway what I find refreshing about your blog even when I disagree with you on a few points is that you sir are socially honest. You can see through the smoke screen of good intentions that ALL groups throw up and gaze on the real motivations that lie within. It isn't racist or sexist it is realist and something Rawles certainly does not have.

    Regardless of what actually happens no advice is worth spit unless readers learn to see the truth for what it is. Call it survival critical thinking.

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    1. To be fair, Rawles is the latest in a line. He is just following the time proven method. And you don't insult anyone on that path. Not that I think he could- probably not in his personality type and that isn't a bad thing. As much as I spew, I understand most folks including myself usually need white lies as social lubricant ( can't remember where I heard that ).

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  3. If we really had years and years to prep . . . would we need to prep at all?

    Disaster has its own time table. Just a couple weeks ago a thunderstorm came through that took down power, internet, phone and blocked the roads. It doesn't matter what's happening in the rest of the world if your piece of it has just gone to crap.

    I turned the radio on to see how widespread it was, then went about my life. With enough food, solar electric, and water,most things are easy to sit out. Even the electric isn't necessary, just nice.

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    1. "If we had years". I love that. Couldn't have put it better myself.

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  4. Hell, I just come here because it is my island in a sea of Yuppie Survival Scum. If one more "expert" tells me I need to have a 800.00 Yankee dollar knife ... where the hell is Cthulhu again?

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    1. You can be honest. You came for the island but stayed for my wisdom, perfect hair and other attributes too numerous to mention. I don't understand knife porn myself. Buy a friggin Mora ( sp? The Swedish guys ) for $20. Replaceable if lost, affordable for multiple sets,good steel.

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    2. I've picked up a few Moras lately. Best value is Morakniv Craftline HighQ Robust Trade Knife with Sandvik Carbon Steel Blade and Combi-Sheath, 4.1-Inch. Same exact knife as the Mora Companion Heavy Duty MG Knife except handle is grey and maybe only 1/2 instead of 3/4 tang.

      The black carbon Mora for $37 ain't worth it. Better of buying 2 or 3 Moras for $14-18 each.

      Gil

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    3. Mora Companion Heavy Duty, only 19.99 at Amazon. I bought two. Now quit reading my mind.

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    4. HAHAhahaha!!! I'm in there for good!!!

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    5. Got lucky a few years back and got a two mora knives for $15.00 deal at the sportsman's guide. Check there first.

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    6. I think I got my pair for $25 at Sportsmans.

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  5. Hi James,
    I am sure you have read this , but think it is worth a link.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-07-30/guest-post-what-happens-when-oil-runs-out

    Dennis

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    1. Hadn't seen it. I'll check it out. Thank you.

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  6. "Who else is preaching a plausible strategy to the working poor, or the retired?"
    Exactly.

    Frugality, paranoia, humor as well...keep up the good work!

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    1. Oh, I'll keep it up. You'll never be rid of me! NEVER!

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