Friday, June 28, 2013

3pc2v2no16


3PC2v2no16

THREE PHASES CIVILIZATION COLLAPSE

PODA-Back To Tribal Warfare

 

Obviously by now you are aware that surplus energy allows larger groups to prosper.  In an energy decline, groups shrink and the means to expand is short circuited.  Just as in an expansion one action feeds another and accelerates the progress, so it works in reverse under.  Every small set back makes all other actions more difficult and nowhere is this more obvious than in the realm of the military.  You need more troops and more raw materials to feed the troops which is predicated on having more population which needs more resources to multiply.  Without a growth in population, or a transportation network or control of areas with ore, your military can’t grow.  And as you don’t grow other upstarts are constantly challenging you and further exhausting your resources.  And since you can’t grow you can’t do anything other than shrink in size and once you have shrunk you can’t expand again even with a surplus because now you are surrounded by hostile forces that are the same size as you and will ally to stop your expansion because a threat to one means a threat to them all.  You can’t return to empires or even nation states until after some time all this stops being a self- reinforcing cycle.   Everyone runs around in circles screaming like wounded rabid monkeys about how the Federal government is going to form a dictatorship or how the UN will take over the US by kicking in all the patriots doors and steal their plastic poodle shooters.  We are in an energy decline.  Political units don’t expand in energy decline.  You are merely seeing further centralization but that is just kicking the can down the road, not building a new Union Of Kenyan Socialist People’s Republics ( unless that country is smaller than the one we have now ).

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Warfare, for some time to come after the collapse, will be small scale.  With shrinking political units comes the collapse of trade and with that comes the inability to procure all the necessary instruments of war.  Let’s take a large land area, my own, the Great Basin which is basically all of Nevada except Las Vegas ( that craphole was originally in the Arizona Territory and I wish they had stayed with that state, being a parasite on the rest of Nevada ) and a smidge of Utah.  Technically a sliver of Oregon and Idaho also join in but for all intents and purposes the state of Nevada IS the Great Basin.  You have enough rain for grass on the eastern section to support herding and that is about it for the state outside mechanized mining.  You have one route through the state and that is the Humboldt “River” ( it’s a pathetic sluggish stream, yet for these parts it’s a river ).  One would think that cavalry units headquartered out of  the east could easily control this corridor and control most of the basin.  They could, when it was only the Indians horsing around and sending raiding parties down to Vegas to capture Digger Indian slaves ( I think this historical norm forever poisoned the south/north relations ).  Once you had gunpowder weapons this dynamic was no longer possible.  Where are you going to get components from?  The closest sulfur deposits I’m aware of are in Texas.  How do you control access to that area?  You need a heck of a lot more surplus energy than wild horse fodder to control that thousand plus mile trade route.  You are now an empire without munitions.

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A very interesting factoid from World War Two was that France was invaded along a transportation route that was largely built on the old Roman road.  Geological features don’t change enough to matter and over fifteen hundred years later armies still use the same infrastructure to fight over the same farmland.  Infrastructure is something that takes a long time to install and use to increase your surplus energy you needed in the first place to install the infrastructure.  When you allow that infrastructure to degenerate you multiply other factors.  Like having an effective military ( as the US has more and more need for foreign oil, it shrinks its navy which is needed to police ocean trade routes, which endangers its oil supply which, when it shrinks, will further decrease the oil it gets ).  Here in the US we have a transportation system totally dependent on imported oil, using an infrastructure allowed to degenerate, feeding ourselves from degenerating soil using imported oil, all held together by a military allowed to degenerate ( allowing females into combat roles is only one sign of many of the rot and decay ).  The US will be one of the first to collapse and its fall will be the sharpest.  And hence its recovery will be the longest.  We will not see a return to the years of Eastern factories supplying cowboys.  We instead will mimic the devolution of China in the early twentieth century to an anarchy of rival warlords ravaging the countryside back and forth, and a foreign intervention like Japan because of the weakness.  And with each destructive battle the spoils will decrease and the smaller the political units and the size of the armies ( without a foreign intervention and occupation which long term allows a recovery.  The intervention will be a grab for spoils and then a departure ) until in the end we have another few centuries of Dark Ages to go through ( the vicious part will be over soon from lack of resources, the long drawn out period to follow will see more limited-if constant- conflict ).

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

3pc2v2no15

3PC2v2no15

THREE PHASES CIVILIZATION COLLAPSE

PODA-Dark Ages Can Be Fun

One almost wonders if The Inquisition or The Crusades was really necessary or if it was just a lot of folks getting pretty bored and trying to create drama to amuse themselves ( okay, that was the middle ages and not the dark ages, the dark ages being the lost period after Rome fell, but we only really know about the later period ). Dark Ages might start out with famine and pestilence and constant warfare, and that is good from a system carrying capacity view, but once you hit rock bottom the only direction is up. You cleanse the excess population ( and I don’t mean that from a Powers That Be standpoint where they plan on extinction to keep the remaining resources themselves- as they are surely are now as we speak and if you don’t think so you are na├»ve, but rather from the standpoint of species survival ) and shuffle the deck of power around a bit and it is mostly peaches and cream from there. I mean, once The Cleansing is done, it is just settling down to raise the kids and grandkids and the occasional skirmish to keep your skills sharp and in general enjoying life when its NOT a crap sandwich. Life can be fun after a collapse. Some folks enjoy jockeying for power, generalship with the highest stakes. Most of us, those quite content to raise the kids and enjoy a cup of coffee and the newspaper in the morning ( in other words, the little pleasures in life. No one is claiming trees will be wasted on newspapers anymore ), can eagerly await life returning to the new normal.

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There will always be idiots out there not content until they use your life as a chess piece in a glorious geopolitical game. No age will see the end of that. BUT. In a more decentralized existence there will be fewer of them. When you hide in the shadows to collect and exercise power, a small village is not the place to stay ignored. A vast nation state is more to their liking, those demonic malcontents. Small is more beautiful in politics a well as economics. Not only will nobility make better decisions because of intimate local conditional awareness, economics takes on a far less sinister aspect. When you are known by all customers, and barter is the norm, there is less cheating or other tomfoolery. The idiots are soon weeded out, between personal justice being meted out, shunning by others whose products the thieves need and the local law not inclined to coddle the unworthy. Lawlessness confines itself to unpopulated areas such as forests and highways or larger cities. There will always be criminals, but none under the grey areas of the law such as today ( such as corporate shoddiness and dangerous products or activities ). You might be robbed, but not repeatedly or systematically. Even taxes are fairer in the dark ages. Paying in crops might be problematic long term ( the government skims the profits and sets aside for times of lean- and sometimes they miscalculate badly ), but it beats today’s system of being reliant on money. It takes less in tools and knowledge to feed oneself in an agricultural system than one where the rich hold the purse strings. You will always be screwed as a poor person under any system, but some have more opportunity to kill you than others. Under a system 100% reliant on land rather than money, the poor are the means of production ( in other words, when the king himself is unable to plow a field the peasants are usually allowed to do so ).

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Under a return to cities and a banker economy, even one ultimately reliant on crops, we see a return to today’s inequities. You’ll have sharecroppers being cheated, urban poor starving, etc. Before we once again return to an energy surplus enabling that, we will have stalled under a decentralized local economy butt simple in its organization. The return to a 90+% farmer existence. When there are no chances of working towards obscene power or wealth, contrary to how you live now and have been given to expect, when one is born into ones station, there isn’t a lot of disappointment with life. You don’t waste a lot of time or energy in mourning lost opportunities. I’ve known guys who won’t have any relationships because they can’t attract a mate who is on par with a Playboy Bunny. They only want the best or nothing at all ( and not surprisingly, they don’t tend to stay employed all that much either. They evidently think only the top of the pyramid is worthy of their efforts ). These kinds of false hopes and silly aspirations are a byproduct of today’s fantasy of equality. In the end, it leads to unfulfilled lives. You won’t have this kind of emptiness in the coming dark age.

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A life of no hopes and no choices suck. But most systems throughout history encouraged extended and stable families, and few of us wish for much more. Not everyone thinks unlimited shopping and meaningless careers are all that great. Sometimes simple but meaningful labor and a happy family are a better barometer of a life well lived. A return to simplicity ( again, obviously, AFTER the collapse and die-off and return to stability ) can be its own reward. The future doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. It can have a light at the end of the tunnel, a return to normal instead of an existence like a kindergarten for the rich- spoiled rotten children fighting over a toy not because they need it but because they want it. Life today is too much an empty fight over baubles and toys, plastic women fighting over the mate with the most money, men fighting over the trophy wife best suited for impressing the other peacocks in the pack. Hoarding credit chits to see who won in the end in a race to the bottom. Everyone wants to be the Vanderbilt’s, and no one is happy they are not.

END


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

weapon devolution


WEAPON DEVOLUTION

Here at Bison Apocalypse Studies Incorporated there are many, many questions that never get satisfactorily answered and that just kind of pisses the staff off to no end.  One teaser is, how will weapons devolution work?  You don’t go from squad automatic weapons and missiles one day and then to hacking at each other with broadswords the next.  So what does that middle look like?  It is important for the individual to think about these things ( or at least, read as I think about these things ) because it is going to affect you, and to think about how this will impact governments because if your local protectors are defeated chances are good you will soon be on an overcrowded slave ship on your way to a ritual sacrifice atop a pyramid.  Let’s play pretend a second and act like all your best hopes and wishes never came true and the ammo shortage never ended but just got worse and basically what you have on hand is all that is available to you and you only have a minimum of reloading supplies.  Now you are faced with surviving the initial die-off, with no resupplies EVER and as trade freezes up you won’t even get supplies for primitive alternatives.  So that eliminates a last minute “save” of reloads or switching to black powder ( if you are not pre-supplied with the weapons you won’t be able to make them yourselves.  The Idaho mountain man dude who smelted his own ore and made his own rifles was NOT your average survivalist, no matter how much everyone wishes they could emulate him ).

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How are things going to work out?  I have serious doubts that we will see scenarios as depicted by fiction, such as National Guard armories having a quabazillion rounds to stock a budding army, or masses of zombie like crazy dudes attacking with spears made from sticks and butcher knives duct taped on them, assaulting an implanted pillbox of square jawed super studs armed with plastic poodle shooters who quickly win the field.  Somehow what springs to my mind are masses of armed groups spaying and praying all their cute modern semi’s in fear, bloodlust or stupidity, with the bulk of them all pretty much running out of ammunition at the same time.  Then they figuratively look slack jawed at one another and wonder what the Hell they are going to do now.  Those with ammunition left after that are in one of two groups.  Those that then lose their remaining stockpile from besiegers using primitive weapons like fire or blocking the water supply, or those that keep their supply but only on an individual basis.  What we are quickly left with is a bunch of snipers at best, a few kamikaze combatants on the other hand.  Snipers, no matter how effective, don’t win wars ( they merely do much more damage with far less resources.  But in essence they are only state sponsored terrorists ).  The other group which somehow thinks their crap now doesn’t stink will go stupid trying to win a kingdom with superior technology and be defeated quickly.

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Mass modern firepower will only win a war if the other side hasn’t changed their tactics to counter it ( the machineguns mowing down spear-chuckers was firing into a frontal charge ).  Firearms didn’t exterminate the Indians, the railroad did ( of course, firearms combined with the railroad killed the food supply of the Indians, but the railroads were essential.  The Apaches didn’t really even need guns themselves in their guerilla war as the Union soldiers were not as well resupplied as their Plains brothers ).  Smokeless powder prevailed over black powder in Cuba, but only because we were using an antiquated weapon with conventional military fighting.  And we were experiencing one of our first logistics issues of overseas resupply ( the war to Mexico had some of the same issues but that was the battle, not the war as in Cuba ).  The Conquistadors didn’t kill all those Indigenous with a few swordsmen.  Disease wiped out quite a few first. Moonshiners with shotguns were more than a match for Revenuers with any semi’s or machineguns ( did the Feds use Tommyguns? ). The point being that it isn’t as easy as having the best armed Infantryman.  There are a lot more equations.  It all comes down to logistics in who wins the war.  For some time, individual homesteads, sufficiently removed from desirable areas, can enjoy the benefits of modern arms to protect their homes, needing very few rounds.  Armies in the field are another matter.

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The majority, from Guard units to Alphabet Soup agencies to individual shooters, mostly operate on a Just In Time Inventory basis.  Even the massive buy up scandal was mostly just increased practice/training ( gotta burn a lot in practice to actually hit those pesky Constitutionalists with bursts of M4’s ).  When the factories and/or transport from the factories halts, the ammo supply runs out quick.  And all those fighters need weapons immediately to continue fighting for the limited spoils.  Yet, as we all know, infrastructure isn’t built that quick.  And if the ammo is not available, neither are other supplies to build much of anything else.  You can’t just throw together a few thousand bows and a few tens of thousands of arrows, even with the know-how.  You need the right kind of wood to start with.  And strings a plenty, without synthetic material available.  How do you suddenly get all those feathers?  In short, weapons are like modern clothing.  Suddenly, the old stuff wears out and no one makes the stuff anymore and the nearest factory is in China with no more boats sailing.  What can you do?  I didn’t mean to tease you this whole time, but I’m still pondering on this question.  That will have to wait for part two, and that assumes I can come up with an answer.  If I don’t, just consider this to be filed under “questions rather than answers”.

END

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

angry easter islander

ANGRY EASTER ISLANDER

We just reviewed “Going Home” by Angry American, and today we turn to its sequel “Surviving Home”. This was not a bad read and I felt I got my monies worth. It was even an improvement slightly over the first book. However, having said that, I have a lot of issues with the basic theme in the book. In short, the pseudonym should have read “Angry Easter Islander”. Despite the fact that technology dwelt them a body blow, crushed their civilization, no one had any thought other than to continue relying on that technology even as its eminent shortages were clear. Throughout the book everyone kept saying “adapt, things are different now” ( they also kept bitching, seemingly on every page, how cold FLORIDA, MOTHER CRAPPING FLORIDA of all places was oh so bone chillingly cold. How much of an issue firewood was. How do we keep heating when the kerosene runs out? How can I install a wood stove in my bedroom to get even more warmth? How can I possibly survive when the temperatures plunge below sixty? Oh, God, I’m so glad I have my Artic Expedition Cardrit jacket for keeping warm IN FLORIDA!!!!!!! ) but all they really meant was “you need to kill this jag off before he kills you”. Which is sound enough advice. But no one did anything else besides wrestling with themselves intellectually about killing thieves. There was no planting or hunting or building or much of anything else besides riding ATV’s around and eating from dwindling supplies supplemented with the occasional fish.

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The basic civilization killer was a solar flare. Our hero had his all important night vision device in a foil bag so he kept getting to use that. But in the second book, a heck of a lot more stuff seemed to be EMP proof. They could still only drive older cars, but all the Postal vehicles kept working as well as every single military vehicle. I don’t know if every single military vehicle in service is protected ( and knowing how the military works I’d hazard a guess that only the commanding generals mobile headquarters is protected so his air conditioning works ) but I can guess that no Postal Service vehicles are, the WWII era Jeeps long ago replaced with modern vehicles. And I can’t claim to know if ATV’s are EMP proof, if it is just the older ones ( although to me it seems the older ones were three wheels and hence outlawed ) but it seems like our characters group had a crap load of EMP proof ATV’s. They also had access to a butt load of military weapons. So, right there my two main buttons are pushed as far as a post-apocalypse universe, the unending ammunition for semi-autos or squad automatic weapons and the reliance on tooling around in vehicles as if the gas is still being manufactured.

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I don’t know if a third book is coming. If it is I’ll surely pay another $5 for it and enjoy it. But if Angry Islander keeps writing I hope we can veer into more realistic territory. I understand that the timeline for both is only about a month, but even then our hero is almost out of food. Which has included two poached deer and several neighbors pigs and a pond caught fish fry. The stupid twat has almost five thousand rounds of 223 for his Bushmaster but not even enough food to exclusively feed his family with for a month. Even at old ammo prices he spent near three grand for his arsenal ( excluding all but the AR ). A one month supply of flour and rice and cornmeal and beans and lard, even if they were commercial packed ( he was eating canned goods, I’m just using least cost foods ) couldn’t be over $200. A years supply of food that way would be less than the arsenal. But far worse than that was everybody clinging to Old School ways. Instead of scooting back and forth on ATV’s for every conceivable errand, the gas should have been hoarded for the tiller ( I guess ATV’s fell into their lap but only a single tiller was on hand ). Instead of waiting passively for attack, they should have gone on the offensive. And instead of living amongst takers and moochers they should have relocated to a better area, damn what their pussyfied Barbie Princesses wanted ( oh, we simply can’t move from our home. We SHANT!!!! Sure, it was off grid, but 12v ain’t that hard to move, even in this story as witnessed by another character lugging around hundreds of pounds of radio gear to the point of slowing down a bug out ).

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Here we are, living in a poorly defensible suburb, and simply waiting around for the DHS to attack them. No one wanted to move, no one attacked until the regular military air delivered strike vehicles, and no efforts were made to do anything other than try to keep the electronic lifestyle alive ( along with the petroleum lifestyle ). Great fun was made of the kids addicted to the Angry Bird game, but all the adults were equally addicted to their modern habits. One minor character was mortally wounded from a chainsaw accident ( you know, because Florida is just so darn cold! ), but no one else earned their comeuppance on relying on the old modern tools. Florida is a lot like Easter Island in a way. Some might escape by boat, but if the peninsula is blocked at the top it becomes an isolated island. Having way overpopulated itself, only the Everglades not being arsehole to elbow deep in retired Damn Yankees, ALL resources will be quickly depleted. Then you only have denuded soil and forests and a greatly diminished carrying capacity. Certainly, plenty of rural folk in the right circumstances will survive and thrive, but since most of the state is urbanized, most will see this dynamic. And those idiots driving ATV’s around instead of conserving fuel ( okay, ethanol fuel goes to crap quickly. At least use it before it goes bad to farm- one character leaves a producing farm to go to the suburbs rather than bringing his friends to him. And it had a tractor. Sorry the house is burned down, I guess it is just too cold to survive in Florida without a house and a fireplace in every room. I’m beating that dead horse no less than the author did, believe me ). Neither the main character nor the military nor any other macho man around even conceived of a life outside of running vehicles and prepackaged foods. They couldn’t be even a little cold. They were friggin Air Force Joystick Warriors. This doesn’t sound like the makings of a brave new world but of a future impoverished starving islanders rediscovered by sailors a few centuries hence.

END

Monday, June 24, 2013

PEEno9


PEEno9

PREPPER EMERGENCY ESSENTIALS
LOCATION

 

Way back in the day the general talking points amongst survivalists was the size of a retreat location.  Single hidden, village, town or city.  Most folks knew that living in the city was the height of retardness but as 99% of preppers live there they had to do something to disguise the fact that they were evolutionary dead ends, sucking the dirty end of their Princess Barbie’s ass, desperately trying to please her by providing her with all the nice things in life ( and the wife would then cheat on them since they were spineless pandering worms and there is no respect for that )( also, there are some ladies ass’s that I’ve seen that are so nice I’d lick them like an ice cream cone, but they are the exception to the rule, most backsides being flabby and cellulite ridden ) which to her means living in the urban areas where shopping is NOT inconvenient.  Hence the bug out was born, clueless bastards trying to compensate for silly decisions previously made that condemned them to death.  In this instance we are going to be talking about places survivalists have chosen to live now on a permanent basis, NOT stupid ass bug out locations ( as with all things there are exceptions and sometimes under limited circumstances bugging out isn’t such a bad idea.  But they are rare ).  Where is the best location for you to live, keeping in mind that you need to work for a living and only retards plan on moving to the sticks and trying to be yet another handyman ( competing with local, known talent )?

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Keep in mind that no matter what anybody tells you, there are ZERO perfect options available to anyone other than the rich.  When survival experts try to sell you a $40 book on relocation, they are generally selling a fantasy to wanna-be rich bitches who despite all the desire in the world will never be able to heed the given advice.  They are buying a coffee table picture book to impress the other guys in the Semi-Auto Spray And Pray  Fat Guys Militia Club.  This is the kind of crap I lapped up when I was a little punk ass bitch at the age of 18.  Oh, wouldn’t it be super if I could get laid.  Oh, wouldn’t it be super if I had a muscle car.  Oh, wouldn’t it be super if I had a mountain top lair.  For most of us, the solution is going to be to move to the smallest town we can get work in that has an affordable hunk of land within reasonable alternate transportation distance.  It is a far from perfect solution, yet it has one important criteria.  It isn’t in the worst spot in the world to live in a civilization collapse, the big city ( and yes, it will probably have far more people than you’d prefer even as a small town.  One more price we’ve paid to shop at Wal-Mart is the death of almost all small town Mom And Pop stores.  Of course, don’t just blame China-Mart.  Centralization is always the solution in an energy decline, and we’ve been there since 1972 ).

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The big debate the last half decade or so ( it’s been going on forever, but only for the last seven years or so has bandwidth become affordable enough that everybody can now blather away at will ) is if the West or the East is the best place to retreat to.  The experts say the West, most preppers are living in the East.  The West has close to zero water and the East has close to all the population.  Really, neither choice is great.  There is a reason civilizations don’t grow in the desert.  Only agriculture feeds masses, and only masses can defend and/or expand a civilization.  Don’t be fooled into thinking any spot in the West is an agricultural oasis of any lasting value.  Those are exactly what they are, an oasis, and everybody either already knows about them or soon will and there is no safety as a target.  And don’t expect distance to save you.  There will be enough incentive for enough people to somehow get there if that is the only spot that supports life.  My strategy is to be an unsatisfactory target with 300 empty miles surrounding me in all directions.  The area is viable for potatoes and sheep, but it will never be an embryotic new civilization, merely a homeland for bandits or mercenaries on a small scale.

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Two primary considerations for picking a location, besides a less built up area, is nuclear power plants and agricultural potential.  I for one would be far less worried about nuclear war ( sure, possible, but is a superpower slugging match with all cities and missile silos targeted probable? ) and far more worried about spent fuel rod failure after a grid down.  Look at Japan if there is any doubt in your mind the nasty surprises that are there once rod pond storage loses circulating cooling water.  I wouldn’t want to be downwind of power plants ( there have been too many barely hushed up accidents here in good times.  Don’t expect any level of corporate or government competence in this regard ).  Also, picking an area suitable for crop production also targets you.  In the last ten thousand years of the Agriculture Age, the same spots and same kind of terrain has been continually fought over.  If a spot of land is part of a section that will feed an army, you will be displaced.  Period.  The timing is the only thing in question.  Armies are very expensive endeavors, be they bronze or nuclear.  Nobody fights just because.  They fight to win a surplus.  Farmland is fighting land.  You won’t be afforded the protection farmers enjoyed the last three hundred years, where a unique set of circumstances allowed them to live in peace ( look at the War Of Northern Aggression for clues.  Inaccessible, marginal land was left alone, prime farmland was fought over or destroyed in a scorched earth policy ). It doesn’t matter if that smallholding is hidden away in in the East or West, as long as it is unnoticed by the new powers that be.

END

 

Friday, June 21, 2013

markets and gear queers


MARKETS AND GEAR QUEERS

You all know how I feel about both Rotten Dirty Yuppie Scumsucking Asswhoring Bastards and also about bankers ( although I repeat myself ).  The Yuppie Scum have colonized the entire West from their den of inequity in Kalifornification, making it near impossible for the working poor to be anything other than serfs.  I managed to escape by moving up to High Elevation/Extreme Weather Elko, but at a cost.  I can live on my own land with minimal zoning at a very low cost, but every winter as I pedal into town in fifteen below zero I curse the syphilitic whore Mother Nature but also every crap stain Yuppie ever born.  If those cretins hadn’t jacked up the cost everywhere by selling high in the artificial real estate market and then taken their Bankers Credit Chits and quadrupled or better the cost of land everywhere else, and not only that but took over every local political unit by swamping with their superior numbers and mostly making poor living illegal about everywhere, it wouldn’t now be impossible to acquire enough land to farm and be self-sufficient ( and as much as Yuppie Shiites piss me off, Yuppie Scum Homesteaders advocating quarter million dollar spreads piss me off even more- Gott Damn bankers sock puppets ).  Yuppies are going to be directly responsible for my death come the collapse and that cheeses me off no end.  So pardon the crap out of me for cheering as a probable Yuppie Comeuppance continues to unfold.

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We already talked about the drama locally and the price of gold.  Immediate gold extraction costs the mines roughly $700.  Total costs, such as when you add in pensions and whatnot, are about $900 an ounce ( gold is no longer nuggets picked up or hosed down but tons of dirt are scooped up and a few miniscule specks are teased out at great cost and energy use ).  If gold was selling for $1800 and the cost to acquire was $900, the profit is $900.  If gold is now selling for $1300, the profit is less than half what it just was.  You just know that the mine corporate clones are craping blood and sharpening their knives thinking about who they are going to stab in the back to keep their job.  Today’s paper delivered proof.  Newmont was quoted along the lines that “the daily price fluctuations do not determine our business model, as we are a long term operation”.  To me, that smells exactly like Lowes and their idiotic “on-line competition” bullcrap.  No, a mine will not shut their doors just because their profit now sucks.  Obviously that can change.  But Newmont said something along the lines of staying competitive to weather the price fluctuations.  This is corporate speak for “we are going to lay off a crapload of people to cut costs to jack our profit margins back up”.  A corporation views workers not as a tool you buy to increase profits but a cost they can’t avoid that decreases profits.

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Now that I smell blood in the water, hoping that the ass falls out of the local economy, I’m rooting for the price of gold to drop like a ton of lead in a bottomless lake.  Die you jagoff Yuppie Scum!  Die!  Take your SUV’s and drive the hell out of here and don’t look back.  God, how I hate the illegitimate motherless demon spawn.  I’d have no problem living in a near ghost town, picking through roadside rubble for aluminum cans to sell and begging the Kenyan Kunt for a few bucks worth of Food Stamps- that’s how much I hate Yuppie Vermin.  Of course, no one but Bernenke the Bankers Bitch knows what gold is going to do next.  Our markets have absolutely no relation to any kind of free market.  What no one wants to see is the monster in the room, the 300 pound pedophile sitting in the back row of Ms. Johnston’s third grade classroom.  Everyone ignores him because he is too fat to fit through the door and they are afraid of him.  But since he somehow got squeezed into one of those tiny desks and can’t get out, it is currently safe to ignore the threat.  But one day he will escape, as one day the markets will crash.  Only the big players gambling with derivatives and using public money to prime the pump are allowed to have any say in the markets.  They are forcing the price of gold down, and who knows for how long or how low. 

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I started reading the book “Going Home”.  The Kindle price was $3.03, the only reason I bought the thing ( you know, 303 British, the ammo to the best bolt action military rifle EVER ).  It actually turned out to be not bad at all, and that is saying something.  I HATE bug out books and I hate Gear Queers, which is what the novel was all about ( he carried everything AND the kitchen sink, and went into quite the detail about using it all ).  And yet, this is a very decent read.  It was good enough to buy the sequel before I’m even done ( of course, I’ve also reached the point where there aren’t anymore K-books in post-apocalypse unless I go zombie.  And I’ll start masturbating with a cheese grater before I do that ).  It still confuses me, the gear most people think they need.  Really?  Night vision devices?  Are you afraid of the dark that much?  Or are you just gay over gizmos?  I understand bragging rights, but a $3k night vision is three tons of wheat you can’t buy.  Close to ten years of food, or a cool Tactical Tommy Toy?  Jesus Christ On A Cracker!  Just download a copy of the WWII Japanese night combat manual, print it out and call it good for about $5.  It will last longer than the batteries you put in the goggles.

END

Thursday, June 20, 2013

PEEno8


PEEno8

PREPPER EMERGENCY ESSENTIALS

FAT

 

There are few things more annoying than people basking in the timeless wisdom of my writing, yet failing to grasp the significance of what they behold, and having the audacity to question.  I can almost hear them now, shrieking like a pack of rabid monkeys, talking trash about how people need meat and people need vitamins and how an all wheat diet will kill them dead in a fortnight.  And their advice?  $25 cans of freeze dried foods.  Hey, freeze dried foods have their place, but not if you are too poor to pay attention ( and about to become much poorer as the chicken chocking Kenyan imposes a “health” tax to jack up your tax rate 50%.  Affordable health care to whom?  The guy making $7 an hour and spending 60% of his take home pay on a leaky moldy cockroach invested hovel, or the multi-billionaire getting another few trillion in bail-outs for his bank?  It took me decades to realize it, but karma is a sham and fraud, a fairy tale sold to the serfs so that with their last wretched breath they can feel good about cursing a pox upon the kings house.  Those bitches won’t see any comeuppance, and we will all die along with them in the end as civilization crashes and burns.  Anyway, to return to subject ).  If you are a frugal prepper, make that all of us except the fat rich puke who takes his private helicopter up to Idaho to buy consulting time, you must pick quantity over quality. 

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I’m not claiming that you can live off of wheat alone for five years.  Just that the majority of your calories MUST come from grain if you wish to have any hope of living beyond the coming famine.  You can't afford anything else.  A garden isn’t good for Jack Crap beyond watery vitamin pills.  It will not provide the calories you need.  You must provide those with stored grains.  And more than likely, the only thing you can afford protein wise are legumes ( that’s beans to you and me, like pinto, navy, etc. ).  Is it in your budget to even buy one can of meat per week for storage food?  Four people, 250 weeks.  Even the whole family sharing one can costs almost $400.  You are better served buying beans for your protein ( the bean and grain combination provides an inadequate substitute animal protein, supposedly supplying all your amino acids, but it should keep you alive ).  If it was me, before I supplemented your wheat with protein, I’d concentrate on fats.  Grain will provide your calories, beans your protein, and then you need fat.  Don’t listen to those piece of crap full of Shiite government sock puppets trying to sell you on a vegetarian diet.  They themselves are so weak and pathetic from sipping tofu curds they can’t form enough brain function to think clearly.  The human body evolved on meat and fat.  The vegetables were for vitamins, the tubers for fullness and fiber.

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Surviving after the Apocalypse without meat is going to suck.  But you don’t have much other choice.  Taking your sweet time to stockpile ignores the economy and the weather.  Luckily for us, even with prices doubling, fat is still pretty affordable to stockpile.  I prefer lard.  Yes, it is hydrogenated.  Nasty stuff.  Your body won’t care once there is no other fat to eat.  It is twenty degrees out and the last green wood has smoked you out of your home, your body needs fat to burn as fuel to keep you alive.  Don’t get Crisco.  You want animal fat, not vegetable fat ( I think soy oil is worse for you than lard ), and besides the lard comes in plastic pails whereas the soy fat is waxed cardboard which can split and ooze.  I prefer to hope that an animal fat will somewhat substitute for lack of animal flesh.  The thing is of course, you won’t be able to store enough fat to last past the first winter or two ( given the containers, unless you can find a HUGE can at a restaurant supply store, they take up a lot of room in storage ).  And with them selling for $8 each, how many are in your budget anyway?  Obviously get as much as you can, but just like meat, fat is going to be something you will soon need an outside source for.

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The best you can do will be to get you through the first few years.  Then, wheat beyond that can provide you with a bare minimum emergency stash.  Remember a good source for fat is bone marrow and internal organs ( just beware contaminants such as disease or parasites ).  Lean muscle is good stuff, but not for fat.  As far as your fat storage, you can ignore the expiration date to a certain extent.  I have no problem going at least five years over.  Although your mileage may vary.  If the fat has gone bad, you WILL know.  The smell test will announce to all you shouldn’t feed this to anything other than the nasty whore of a dog down the block.  The one that tries to bite you all the time. How much do you store for a year’s worth?  I would recommend buying all you can afford, but if you want a better idea, test out your lard in the winter.  Turn down the heat and do a lot of outdoor activities, and replace all oils including butter with lard.  See how much your body craves.  You won’t need as much in the summer ( you will get ill if you are in decent shape and try to consume too much fat without need- obviously that doesn’t apply to sick obese folk ), but to supply a safe stockpile just multiple the winter amount to cover all year. 

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

we're skeert


WE’RE SKEERT

I Honest Injun tried my dandiest to read the book “The Right To Bear Arms: After The Riots Start” by Mike Foster M.D.  For the price I paid for it I wanted it to be a good book.  Alas, the best I can do for it is give it a three star.  And it could be even worse than that as I couldn’t wade through more than two thirds of it.  It started out okay, a slightly different perspective since it was written by a doctor.  It just got so damn repetitious with the ill thought out political commentary ( straight from the jackass Limbaugh’s mouth ).  You see, the collapse was entirely due to the welfare masses demanding more of the taxpayers money.  And those dirty A-Rabs.  And our hero’s, aforementioned taxpayers, just aren’t going to take it anymore, those evil ghetto bitches causing their freedoms to be taken away.  Sigh.  This is the kind of empty rhetoric that is mere pabulum to  the wanna-be 1%.  It is all so much fantasy.  I appreciate that a medical surgeon is highly skilled.  They must have a combination of memory gift and agility plus speed of action.  Grace under pressure isn’t a skill most of us possess.  A doctor should be compensated for these gifts.  But just as actors are compensated according to the profits they allow to the studios, and doctors are compensated for their skills, this still does not allow either to actually think they can bloviate upon others matters they know nothing about.

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Our little doctor buddy can spin an adequate yarn, but he is nonetheless sadly lacking in social studies or even analytical skills.  There has always been an underclass.  There always will be.  A society that disallows for their survival is asking for another French Revolution.  Politicians know this.  Okay, let’s go back a few years.  From before we were a country, there was a safety valve for the poor and undereducated.  There was land, only needing Indian ( feather, not dot ) eradication and a strong back to fell trees and till soil.  If you didn’t have any money to invest in tools to farm, you could still be a common laborer.  After the Industrial Revolution, you could still do roughly the same.  Water power and coal were still used in conjunction with muscle.  It wasn’t until oil was the fuel that that changed.  If you worked, and no one had much choice in the matter, you would not starve.  As long as the common man had this recourse, there was little need to worry about social instability.  And believe me, those folks had little concern about Constitutional rights.  Putting food on the table was of more immediate concern.  Just as it is today.  Now, come the time the Federal Reserve was created, we were tricked into WWI by the first of many aswhore Presidents ( Lincoln was a different kettle of fish, being pure evil on his own.  The others were just bank sock puppets.  FDR was the next pure D evil one, but also a banker toady.  FDR was in a class by himself.  Obammy is merely an incompetent puppet ).  And from there, the first of many global banker caused problems, all others flowed.

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After the US was forced into battle to save the bankers Allies investment, one of the benefactors was farmers.  Europe couldn’t feed herself and in effect that created a subsidy to farmers in higher crop prices.  When that ended, our social unrest started.  The new trend towards mechanization, among other factors, along with falling crop prices, and the majority of the population who were farmers had for the first time no where to turn to save themselves.  This was the first disconnect.  Before, you could live as a pioneer or a laborer.  Now, suddenly, industrialization was threatening everyone.  For the first time, we had a serious underclass potentially ready to revolt.  And that, not the Great Depression, started our road to socialism.  The masses were seriously considering overthrowing the new masters ( bankers and the industrialists ), and those masters didn’t hesitate to shred the Constitution and turn to Socialism to placate the massed poor.  And the poor had no problem with that ( remember, there was a very popular precedent decades prior with the farmer supported Populism- which was just farmer favored patriotic socialism ).  Welfare is nothing new here.  And gladly trading rights for cash is nothing new either. 

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Now, here is the thing.  Our masters are not evil, malicious or crazed.  They are greedy, sure ( but then, we all are really ).  But they aren’t turning into a Leviathan just for  craps and grins.  Really, underneath it all, they are just scared.  Thank you, cool French dudes!  Because of your excesses ( and I don’t mean that in a bad way ) showing your displeasure with the old power structure, by disposing of the nobility and their toadies in such a bloodthirsty manner, you have instilled pure terror in the heart of every ruler to come along since then.  The masses must be placated, for if not the rulers head is on the block.  We bribed Whitey in the 30’s, we bribed Darkies in the 60’s, and everybody from students to old bastards gets bribed today.  It is the only way for TPTB to keep their heads, and as that is all now falling apart, those folks are scared crapless.  Why do you think, suddenly, we have proudly announced citizen assassinations, citizen imprisonment without trial, FLEA’s stockpiling so much ammo, and total surveillance?  It isn’t because the government suddenly started ignoring the Constitution.  They’ve done that for 150 years.  It is because suddenly our rulers have very good reason to be very, very afraid of us.  They aren’t all powerful, frightening monsters but little bitches cowering and peeing themselves.  Oh, sure, frightened people lash out violently.  If you become a target you are screwed.  But the masses in general, those are who frighten our rulers.  God, I love the smell of cowardice in the morning!

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quick note

QUICK NOTE
James Kuntsler is still publishing ( his old Blog site hasn't been updated for two weeks ).  Here is his new site:
http://kunstler.com/

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

PEEno7

PEEno7

PREPPER EMERGENCY ESSENTIALS

Basic Survival Rifle

A lot has changed in the seven years since I wrote “The Frugal Survivalist” or my five year long Blog, Bison Survival Blog, or even my apocalypse arsenal book “Apocalypse Gun Porn” published last year. Every one of my blog readers adamantly disagrees, but it is my considered strong opinion that the world is in severe ore decline, both such simple metals as steel ( witness the recycling to China and the doubling of steel cans in foods ) and as brass ( copper and nickel ). I contend that brass is NOT in short supply because the numerous Alphabet Soup Agencies are stockpiling. If paramilitary stockpiling would cause shortages, why didn’t conventional military use deplete the supply ( the military has both a larger budget and can waste a heck of a lot in very short order, mainly by killing things ) several years ago during the twin Sandbox wars? I contend that the re-election of The First Royal Kenyan has nothing to do with the shortage. His first crowning didn’t see that, so why should his second? Also, there was absolutely no shortage running up to the election, which makes no sense. Far and away the majority of paranoid gun nuts would buy extra just in case. They wouldn’t wait for the election and then contend with shortages as every Tom, Richard and Harry panic purchased. The only shortage prior to the election was rimfire. 22’s shot up in price and became scarce. An election scare wouldn’t cause plinking rounds to disappear. But the availability of brass would ( there was no longer profit in even a $20 brick ).

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If there was a shortage because of Federal Government Leo’s ( or, Flea’s ) purchases, in this case the Power’s That Be giving us gun control by stealth with unaffordable ammunition, then the big foreign firms would have stepped up production and sold at much higher prices, yet still undercutting domestic manufactures who were maxed out at their facility, and made a yummy profit. Yet, the only increase in supply is from steel cased ammunition, NOT brass. Global brass supply has contracted. Can I prove this? No. I don’t have solid figures of production. This is merely me puzzling out events. I could be wrong, but I always base my advice on worse case scenarios. Not the rosiest or most optimistic. As far as I’m concerned, we are in it for the long haul with ammunition shortages and very high prices. On the one hand this makes my advice on arsenal rifles more timely ( bolt actions, not semi-auto, because after the collapse there will be NO further ammunition. Ever ), yet on another hand, if I am correct ALL my advice on survival guns needs to be updated.

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First and foremost, forget the rimfire unless you already have an ammunition supply. Twenty cent rounds are insane for such an underpowered round. Better to stick with much better stopping power for not too much more a round. Secondly, take another long and hard look at the shotgun. Those rounds are still going for a mere quarter apiece ( because, surprise!!!! No friggin brass, just plastic ) and while the long arm price has gone up because of the general mad rush into firearms ( a little of Obammy, a lot of fear of economic collapse and ghetto cannibals soon emerging afterwards ), it hasn’t doubled like semi-auto’s have. Even at $175, a single shot shotgun is still a screaming bargain. If, and only if, ranges are short where you live, a shotgun can be your only long arm. They also have the benefit of being reloaded long after the collapse, as do all straight wall ammunition. With a shotgun, unlike all other arms, you can reload with paper cases and black powder and non-lead projectiles ( the primers, alas, will still be your weak link ). And, sorry, but World War Two surplus bolt actions are pretty much over and done with. The ammo is cheap still, not much more of an increase of 50% ( whereas conventional military rounds are up 100% or more ), but the rifle supply is so depleted the guns are going for insane premiums. I would never spend $400 for an Enfield. One of the eras best rifles, but they are used and abused. For $100 that was no big deal. But for $400 I can buy a brand new modern bolt action that is so much more accurate ( making your dwindling collection of ammunition count for more kills ) and doesn’t require a separate add-on to use a scope.

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If you can’t rely on a shotgun because of open range ( the lever action also uses a cheaper round, but is also a shorter range and the gun itself is not cheap ), my best advice is to get a bolt action modern rifle, or even a break-open single shot ( lighter weight and simple mechanism ). This isn’t significantly different than my advice way back when, other than the ammunition. It will be increasing in price, supplies will continue to shrink and don’t be surprised if imports are banned ( see how the Chinese guns are still banned, even all these years after Clinton? ). If you don’\t buy what you need now, you are playing with fire. Buy your gun primarily with ammunition in mind. This should be your primary consideration ( although, obviously, factor in the firearm price and the ammo price for a total price, then compare. I wouldn’t sleep well at night if I had under two thousand rounds for a bolt action ). We are already in a collapse, and business as usual will not return, and that includes the good old days of affordable ammunition. So, whatever it costs now, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Bite the bullet, because ammunition is following the supply route of pure honey.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Lowe's grinder


LOWE’S GRINDER

Every once in awhile when the mood hits I like to veer away from dooming and cover something barely pertinent.  I’ll throw in some prep words of wisdom and a K-book review just to keep you interested, coming back and sending me worthless Greenbacks.  It was announced that Lowe’s Big Box Home Improvement Store ( there ain’t too much improvement such as marble countertops, cause prettifying the place ain’t going to get it from underwater, but you can’t call the place “keeping the old decaying crapbox together with duct tape and another coat of paint supply center” ) is going to buy a California chain of around sixty stores in a smaller size.  They get two hundred million in debt and two thirds the stores ( total around ninety ) for two hundred million ( it reminds me of the “bargain” price two of our four large casinos recently sold for- a couple hundred thousand bucks.  They had so much debt and so little revenue they had to give the bitches away ).  The “news” report said that Lowes wanted to buy the smaller format stores to “compete with online sales”.  Sweet Baby Lord Jesus On A Cracker!  What utter nonsense.  You don’t order plywood or bags of fertilizer online!  The big box lumber stores sell everything online retailers don’t.  Have you tried to buy something bulky or heavy online lately?  The shipping costs are more than the item.  A big box store, whether they sell huge heavy items or small items in bulk like dollar stores, utilize the tractor trailer shipping costs to outcompete online sellers.

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I don’t know if it was Lowe’s or National Pravda Radio that came up with the idea to use “downsizing to compete with online stores” as the justification the corporation needs to downsize inventory and land costs.  I simply can’t believe anyone is stupid enough to believe it.  We all know the average corporations CEO is a complete and utter moron who can’t piss himself out of a thin rice paper box, only holding his position because the board has no idea what other position is capable of laying off people at the slightest hint of trouble economically ( they went to college for four years or longer to learn that.  I just gave it to you free, yet Harvard wants a few hundred grand for the same advice [ although to be fair, they also teach you “business-speak” to make it sound better ] ).  If a prospective boss can woo the board for twenty five minutes with high faluten ideas and two bit words that translate into “fire all the greedy minimum wage workers and hire Chinese slave labor”, he’s got a job paying fifty million a year plus bonuses when the corporation is sold for the fifteenth time to raiders, making Chase Manhattan- who conveniently has a member on the board- lots of real interest of made up money.  I don’t expect much from business bitches.  I do expect a few stray random thoughts from the general population.  An eight foot metal pipe is cheaper to sell in a store than through the mail.

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It isn’t bad enough the media embarrasses itself fawning and fighting to give the Muslim In Chief a wet rimjob?  They have to pass along utter fantastic bullspit about how the Dow rose over bad news or good news, or how by saying the double top secret words “digital” or “online”- as if their incantation will bring us back to the mid 90’s economic miracle delivered by $15 a barrel oil- they can explain away desperation and the rearrangement of the Titanic deckchairs.  And you wonder why I trust absolutely nothing the mainstream media says.  In fact, just flipflop whatever they say for the truth.  About like the days weather forecast.  Okay, on to marginally related doomer subjects.  A minion asked about a work-around for a grain grinder should his break or if he never had one because he pissed away the money on a #10 can of freeze dried goat esophagus.  Literally, you can buy a cast iron grain grinder for the price of one can of freeze dried.  If every doomer household doesn’t have at least one grinder, you are not allowed to call yourself a survivalist.  I would make the claim contingent on owning an Enfield but since I’m all about frugal preps and in light of recent insane cost increases to the Queens Own Rifle I will give you a one time pass.

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I looked up on Google ( I hate Bing, Microsoft having already joined the Evil Corporations Hall Of Fame.  Google might sell data to the CIA, but if you think anything is safe from Big Daddy Obammy you are an idiot ) “primitive grain grinding” and got the following.  Besides stone grinding which I discounted ( a lifetime of eating stone grit is not recommended by nine out of ten dentists ), there are three basic ways.  One was the frontier dudes and their tree stumps.  A stump had a depression the corn was laid in.  A tree branch was used as a ram to crush the grain.  Look it up, I might be glossing over something ( I think they fire seared the bowl but can’t remember ).  When they were on the move and had no time to chop down a tree they took the hammer end of their tomahawk and beat the crap out of the grain in a burlap sack.  The third way is to take a metal pipe and use that to crush the grain.  Why I tell you these things I don’t know.  A grinder should be as basic as a water filter or a rifle.  Last up, a short K-book review.  “Cyber Storm” by Matthew Mather.  The first 85% of this book was outstanding, four stars.  It had great points on bug in living, urban survival.  It was one of the best depictions of the fear and terror of slowly starving to death I think I’ve ever seen.  The last 15%, in a tragic about face, was total Pure D crap.  This brought the book score WAYYYY down.  Highly recommended if you don’t read the ending.  Not recommended if you do.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

3pc2v2no13


3PC2v2no13

THREE PHASES CIVILIZATION COLLAPSE

PODA

 

Peak Oil Dark Ages, while sinister sounding and none too pleasant initially, is nothing more than a reset to normalcy.  It is the process from Petroleum Age back to the Agricultural Age.  It is the draw-down of carbon fuels back to solar based energy ( plant based, not PV panels ).  My generation and our great grandchildren will likely suffer from the transformation but after all is said and done normalcy returns as it always done.  The bad part isn’t the end of oil, because after all is said and done the main difference was only the short lived luxury afforded a larger percentage of the population than historically normal, yet rather the end of an empire.  That is the messy part, the geological and economic rearrangement.  Someone else is going to take over, doing things differently and in a different location.  We can compare this to the end of the Roman Civilization, but of course with major caveats.  The main difference is the lack of resources to rebuild.  The main similarities are the collapse of a complex infrastructure and its replacement with a simpler and localized substitute.  Giving up Our Precious, “our” oil ( most of it belongs to other people but we’ve come to look at it as ours [ does the “Carter Doctrine” ring a bell? ] ) seems like the end of the world.  But it isn’t the lack of fuel that will suck but the lack of our civilization based on global plunder.

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Our nation’s Industrial predominance was never based on oil.  We built an economy on water power, wood and coal.  We built an empire on oil, but it was never an economy.  The economy was plunder and oil was the fuel for our military.  All of our past glory has already been spent.  We have no more industrial factory output, and we don’t even have the petrodollar economy that fueled our last two generations.  There is no more empire, we merely sit around and wait for the dismantling.  And that would be okay, as witnessed by the gentle slide into obscurity of the last global empire.  But since this is no longer about just us but the entire globe running out of energy to run an empire, there won’t be another country to come along and rule things globally.  We are all going down together, with some faster than others but all of us in the end squabbling amongst ourselves, starving in the dark.  The 500 year old experiment of colonialism has ended, not for lack of will but of resources.  We started out plundering previously unexploited soil, used that up, applied petroleum to the soil to keep feeding ourselves, used up the oil and now face most of the a situation where most of the soil has been degraded with no more feedstocks to fertilize it.  We are now, globally, at the point of Rome where it had no fertile soil, no silver to buy foreign grain, no military to steal others grain, and a huge population to feed ( and some think, another weather change ). 

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The fall of Rome was so long, as was the recovery, because over time the empire had centralized activities to both profit those in power, to conserve energy and to serve a growing population.  Once the treasury was depleted along with the soil and the resources to police the conquered area, centralization was no longer possible ( primarily, an inability to transport long distances the trade items that were specialized in one region ) and with no local infrastructure the die-off was worse and the recovery  was prolonged.  Today, everyone is crammed into urban areas and the food is transported long distances.  We are indeed Rome.  We have been in a prolonged collapse as in one last ditch effort to profit the powers that be and to save energy, everybody and everything is centralized.  Come the lack of energy to continue to send the food to the cities, it will be collapse.  There is no local means of feeding, even in lush well watered areas, and any small pockets of organic farming, permaculture or eco-villages will be overwhelmed by the masses immediately.  Then, after a population mass die-off, recovery will be slowed down considerably by infertile soil, constant warfare and lack of infrastructure.  The amazing thing is that no one wants to face up to this historical inevitability, desperately clinging to fantasies such as North Dakota frack oil or organic villages somehow being left unmolested. 

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The big difference we will face is that there is no knowledge base to fall back on to decentralize and that there are no more unexploited regions to recolonize.  Now, for awhile Rome with its stupidly parasitical tax policies did manage to drive off quite a few farmers from their land  ( the land already overworked but high taxes eliminated even that reduced output ).  In localized form you can see our future.  No farmers meant no one knew how to rebuild.  Those areas closest to Rome were the ones that lost almost all population mainly for this reason.  Those areas farther away, who could sometimes carry on farming despite Rome, because enforcement was harder to impossible longer distances from the capital, they retained more population after the fall because they still had knowledge available.  Nowadays, no one knows how to farm small scale ( when I say no one, I mean in general.  The few Amish and organic practitioners, extremely small numbers, most likely will be killed in the die-off and all the teachers will perish ).  It is going to be AFTER the die-off, not during, and the recovery rate will be worse than after Rome.  And not only are there no more areas to colonize, there is no more ore or fuel reserves to get anywhere close to the technology we can keep now.  The Industrial Revolution was started by hand dug near surface coal and man recoverable ore of near pure composition, the tools simple iron pick and shovel.  That is no longer available.  It’s going to be a few interesting centuries.

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