Monday, September 30, 2013

half assedness/bobs bugout

HALF-ASSEDNESS

All told my trips down to see the parental units isn’t god-awful expensive. I spend about $150 renting a car ( insurance added and city tax demanded ) and another $200 in gasoline and booze for everyone, plus eating. So, I don’t walk away from vacation feeling financially challenged. I do, usually, walk away feeling pretty good about my life compared to the rest of the schlubs out there. When you leave The Compound, the world takes on a demented dangerous feeling. Then when you leave the smaller population center outside Your Compound, things get outright creepy. It seems everyone is not only spinning their wheels but also lashing out in their feelings of unworthiness. Everyone feels crowded and vulnerable and acts badly. And I’m not even talking about Gi-Normous Urban Zones Of Death. They have been death traps and generic cleansing zones for half a century. But smaller cities and large towns. I get the vibe from them of Future Areas Of Failure. Right now, it’s just a thousand cuts from half-assedness.

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Of course large corporations don’t work well anymore. They can’t, even if a miracle happens and adequate management is at the helm. The economic dynamics that led to their wealth and power have changed. Yet large corporations pretty much killed off their competitors. Customer service dominated small business are surviving, but their customer base of middle class is dying off and so they can’t survive indefinitely. And their costs can’t come down. They work for under minimum wage and they are the entire staff. Every other variable gets more expensive. The corporations kept adding acquisition costs, and cutting labor costs. And therein lies a big problem ( added to over regulation, over litigation, over taxation ). The corporations cut the fat. Then trimmed some muscle. Then amputated. So many labor saving devices and techniques have been applied that nothing works anymore.

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So much help has been compromised- overwork as each laborer must cover undermanned shifts, management must repair the inevitable mistakes from rushing to complete tasks and then the inevitable blowback from managements rushed fix- that one long uninterrupted self feeding mechanism is evolving and snowballing. Now, this ALL didn’t start when my Jack In The Box tacos were massacred, but they lent credence to the inevitably humorous tales I always hear upon visiting the bigger small city of local disasters and incompetence. Local taxes up again, doctors almost killing people, dentists unable to perform their specialty without follow-ups to re-works. Oh, Elko is next if we ever go mining bust again. We have the same Yuppie Scum bound to high incomes and the same high rents and taxes putting pressure on labor costs. The general disposable income just hasn’t dive bombed. Yet. I’m glad I’m back in My Happy Place. I’m safe for a bit longer.

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BOBS BUGOUT

Yesterday I drove four hours on the last leg of the trip home the whole time attempting vainly to pull an article idea out of my ass and having no luck.  What you just read above was my less than stellar result.  That was written Sunday evening, this is coming at you nearly live Monday morning.  Luckily for everybody I watched Bob’s Burgers last night ( FOX station, the Sunday night cartoons ) and so was inspired to write a little more ( if not a little better ).  As usually, as has become the norm again, last seen in mass in the late Seventies and early Eighties, the media is aglow in delight as they attempt to trash the survivalist movement.  They took some time out in the Nineties to go after the militias, but now they are back in force.  But unlike previous times, I don’t think the attack has much force.  Most people might look at survivalists as nutcrackers, preppers and back-to-landers included ( in this case, a prepper having twenty-one semi auto weapons and one case of MRE’s, the survivalist actually preparing for the end of civilization rather than just its short term disruption ), but I doubt they think conventional lifestyles are all that much smarter.

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Look at Hollywood writers.  They live in a bubble of fantasy and fairy dust.  Their home is a smog filled basin with too few egress points, their water shipped in as far away as the oil is.  They are paying a third to a half a million for sixty year old trashed bungalows, and that is AFTER the housing bubble started deflating.  They live in one large traffic jam, and crime rates rival or surpass Somalia ( one imagines the warlords over there keep better peace than the boys in blue busy with revenue enhancement traffic violations ).  And they mock us?  We live in small towns with much higher quality of life and sane cost of living.  Let them have their fun.  Even Joe Average surely sees the difference.  Last night’s episode had Bob taking the family out to the wilderness  so one daughter could make up earning a lost Girl Scout badge ( whatever the shows fictional counterpoint was- they did get mocked for the entire organization being a cookie selling scam ).  The lone ( because of budget cuts ) park ranger was afraid of the killer mobs of squirrels.  In the end the family has to escape from crazy survivalists AND the squirrels.  And the survivalist couple, camping out for forty months-one assumes to escape the city they deem doomed-goes crazy and turns on each other with bear pepper spray.  Hey, you might as well laugh alone with it.

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5 comments:

  1. Glad your trip was painless your Lordship' Never heard of that show before but sounds like a good distraction.

    Good analysis on the work force/corporate problems.

    PS Love the hair..

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    1. It is your typical "funny because they are so dysfunctional", but with a really cutting humor like "family Guy" but not as hateful.

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  2. I'd have to say for the most part in my experience, that many of the Prepper/Survivolists are fringe people whom are in a fantasy land. Most are Idealists which pick and choose parts of reality to fit their profile of things to come.
    A very few are open minded and not so vain as to believe they've got all the answers.
    Yet even the vain preppers will be better off than the Yuppie who hasn't prepared for anything !

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  3. I don't get out enough to judge, but I'd agree with you just reading what is presented out there. Pick and choose indeed! The very few are, of course, my minions.

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    1. Of course we are Jimmy me boy...

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