SURVIVING THE LAST CRISIS
Before we begin today, I think I had better update my loyal minions on a potential problem. As you all know, my first forecast collapse date was last summer. I just knew that come the last of my child support payments the market would collapse, the banks would close and the oil would dry up and we would all start to die, and for no other reason that it seems that the Gods themselves hate me and wish to cause me no end of grief. Well, obviously nothing happened which I attribute to said deities being asleep at the wheel or occupied with someone else they could harass without end. So, with nothing better to go on my back-up forecast was that when the wife’s hospital bill was done THEN the collapse would occur ( suspiciously, the wife got sick a month or two after the child support was done, in effect substituting for that payment when combined with pay cuts at work and a falling off of my writing income ). I was never real happy about that guess but I didn’t have much better. I mean, when everything revolves around you, what else can factor in when guessing about such things? At first, the damn fool Churchies thought the universe revolved around the earth. Then, the idiot scientists thought the earth revolved around the sun. Both are wrong as can be, cause the universe revolves around me. Anywho, I’ve now figured out a better, more realistic collapse date. Jack In The Box, a very decent if overpriced fast food place on the west coast, is finally opening a store here in Elko. Since that news is the most exciting thing that has happened to me in a very long time, I can be sure that the Gods have taken note. The collapse will happen the day it opens so I can’t have my deep fried fifty cent tacos. You have been warned ( sorry, I have no timeframe. The frame/foundation went up quick but things have slowed since then ).
I was looking through Rawles this morning and was reading the article on The Cowboy Survivalist or some damn thing. A gal was making a case for the Texas Hill Country being as good if not better than the Rawles Redoubt. Nothing new here, move along, this has already been advocated. But what got my attention was the built in subconscious assumptions she carried. Here you are in dry country, chosen by Germans over a century ago ( close to two? ) not because it was God’s Country but because no-damn-body else wanted it. Vicious Indian country with weather sent from Hades directly, the settlers were pretty much there for the affordable land ( probably as in free ). Okay, I get that the character of the people was forged by the hard land and their descendants are the better for it today. But, as with ALL Americans, they are still the products of their day. Still marshmallow people, just not as soft or gooey. Look, I’m not dissing on folks who are working hard for semi-independence. It is a worthwhile goal, a great lifestyle. But that doesn’t make them survivalists. Everybody is tootling around in pick-up trucks with huge oil tanks at home for heating. The nearest grocery store is thirty miles away. Their world, as good as it is being MORE independent is still very much DEPENDENT on oil. In short, they are all set to survive the last crisis, that of the Arab Oil Embargo.
When we imported single digits for our oil, we were by and large energy independent. Yet when the Arabs screwed with “our” oil, and our energy supply contracted five percent, our economy went into a crash and burn. Now look at today, without an industrial sector like last time, and a two or three percent decline in energy results in a situation worse in a lot of ways than the 30’s Great Depression. And our imports went up to nearly 70% ( before ratcheting down slightly with Frac Oil ). This crisis is NOT like the last crisis. We won’t have the North Sea oil, or the Alaskan oil or soon thereafter Russian oil flooding the market to save us. When you live thirty miles from the store, and oil supply becomes problematic, you are in a bit of a situation. Okay, you’re in cattle country. And everyone has horses. So, no one should starve, given some ability to transition back to animals working the farms. And yet, with an acre going for $5-10k ( about what the junk land goes for here ), how many folks are truly independent? The banks own most of their land. You think a cow you own on the banks land makes you independent?
This is the basic problem with Yuppie Scum Survivalists and Homesteaders. They are preparing for the last crises, when we merely had a hiccup in the oil supply. Stockpiling worked, because you merely needed to get over the hump to a once again functioning economy. You would think folks would know better, with the entire country experiencing a lot of people ( odds are great, someone or someones you know ) who are underwater in their homes, how illusionary ownership is when your financial partner is a bank. But they just doubling down on the two old tired tiers, semi-auto weapons and more debt for the retreat. People are buying into the short term emergency/back to business as usual at the soonest paradigm ( which everyone shamelessly sells, even the tree huggers ), as evidenced by this reader submitted article at Rawles ( and, by the by, his newest book is now available for pre-order ). Baby Jesus himself weeps copiously. If you follow the herd, it will take you over the cliff with them. Stop trying to wish Oil Lange Leben.
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