Wednesday, July 31, 2013

ten years


TEN YEARS

Well, once again on this low news week, a rehash of familiar and similar.  Ten years food storage.  But first, a word to our sponsor.  Vlad, you beautiful ancient bastard!  Got your snail mail donation, followed by heart fluttering, nipple tightening and gleeful proclamations of eternal love and gratitude.  Of course, now I have the problem of how to spend it- but a goodish problem to have.  It could go to back-up eye glasses or more wheat ( it certainly won’t be going to rimfire.  Our largest ranch store is “out until further notice” ).  Although I hate to waste a bounty on items already budgeted.  Most likely it will just go to more books, as one can never have enough of those.  Also, off topic a few more moments, another mine company in town declares a quarterly lose.  They were quoting their cost per ounce as $1300 and change, whereas the last figure I had was $900.  Perhaps their fuel costs  had jumped, or the increase is from other mines in other countries experiencing problems.  Either way, things look pretty good as far as clearing the riffraff out of town soon.  Here’s to hoping!  Okay, today’s topic- ten years of food storage.  Something we’ve talked about a lot already, but it seems to me to make more and more sense as time goes on and little worrisome dots get connected.  You see headlines “Chinese buying up more physical gold than ever” and perhaps worry why the price of gold won’t rise.  I look at them and see the following chain of logic:

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China and Russia and a few others are trading oil using barter, bypassing the PetroDollar ( around 20% of oil trade ).  This puts pressure on our global trading system ( US debt for oil, oil to feed us and ship over all our trade goods and to keep our military enforcing the system ).  Now that China is buying up all the actual gold ( our only gold reserves are futures contract derivatives ), she will soon have a trading currency much better than ours.  As the US dollar is hemmed in, our economic flexibility stagnates and our military spending declines and our fuel to run the military declines and our dollar fails further and without our military the oil supply shrinks more and on and on and at the end of the day famine comes to America.  Even without the Apocalypse, even if oil supplies stay at plateau levels longer than thought ( the plateau has actually started down the right hand side, only Fake Fuels keeping the production numbers stable, but I’m just projecting a possibility of Less Worse Than Thought ), real economies NOT run by Obammy’s Bankers will get the remaining oil, not us.  That is the problem with the end of the PetroDollar ( or is it “petrol-dollar”, with an “L” in the middle?  I might have been misusing the name ).  We won’t dictate it is we who are given the limited supply of oil ( we pump 5 million barrels a day conventional. 1 million is frack and ethanol.  The rest imported is 12 million a day.  That is a long way from energy independence ).

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These are events already happening.  This alone, if it was the only threat, warrants having a multi-year food storage.  Why ten years?  Why not?  Can you guarantee Gore Warming isn’t real?  I say the warming trend, coinciding with a seasonal extreme cold, just means our abnormal 50 years of very mild global weather is at an end.  Now it is one extreme to another, as per historically normal.  But I could be wrong.  I know it seems preposterous, but it could happen.  Can you guarantee a super volcano won’t erupt, especially in light of recent caldera activity?  Sure, the probability is low, but it isn’t an impossible event.  Europe had no summer following a distant south Pacific volcanic eruption near two hundred years ago.  Boom!  One summer gone and you only have one year’s food supply?  You are Double Dog Dry Dicked.  Better to just assume a three to five year extreme weather event in case of volcanic activity.  Have you priced freeze dried foods lately?  Emergency Essentials just had a year’s package for about $3500.  I can almost feel the rectal bleeding just looking at that number.  Ten year’s worth of wheat is HALF THAT PRICE!!!!!  I’m sorry, let me add a few more exclamation points, as per Mogambo Guru, to bring that point home.  !!!!!!!!!  Holy Mother Of All Gods!!!!!!!! 

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Okay, just wheat sucks.  So what?  Famine sucks worse.  Way worse.  It is far easier trying to scavenge up small trapped critters and wild veggies and a smidge of fat than it is to find 1500 calories a day, every day, PLUS all those.  And, no, those aren’t enough calories.  But in a pinch for short periods, if that is all you have, it will work, barely.  And for all those who find solace and guidance in religion ( I poke fun occasionally, but I truly see the benefit from religion.  Just because it isn’t for me doesn’t mean I want the rest of you to follow my lead ), look again at that Bible part about saving up for seven years of lean followed by seven years of plenty.  Even Baby Jesus says store wheat, and a lot of it.  I would almost wager if you don’t store at least seven years of wheat that you will be damned for all eternity in the lower bowels of Hell ( say “hi” to my ex-wife when you get there ) for ignoring the Bible.  And, don’t forget.  You could conceivable have uninvited guests showing up.  Mom and Da show up, somehow miraculously traveling five hundred miles on foot ( hey, maybe Mom is a MILF and they got a lift somewhere ).  You had written them off ( stupid bastards can rot in the big city ), yet here they are.  Are you going to say, sorry, I only got one year’s food storage because I believe in a balanced diet with daily variety?  You uncaring, unloving, parent killing bastard!  Bad minion!  No biscuit for you!

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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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Monday, July 29, 2013

fun time at the marts


FUN TIME AT THE MARTS

There is a long list of activities, persons and organizations I love to rail against.  From the diseased mind of the poster child of bankers whores FDR who loved to hump both citizens ( gold confiscation immediately followed by a 40% devaluation of the currency he forced as an exchange ) and foreigners ( the massacre of Iranians to deliver supplies to Russia, ignoring the plight of the Jews even after Germany declared war of us in  The Bonehead Move Of The Century by Hitler ), to the ex-wife ( surely not THE most powerful of demonic beings serving at the right hand of Lucifer, but close ), to Payless Shoes ( mule member masticators who sell boots that don’t even make it through the first month yet are doubled in price from ten years previous ), and a list that grows every year, I hate, detest and rant against them all.  Wal-Mart is on that list, obviously.  Not because it was popular to hate them from their inception.  I never saw the reason, because they were not responsible for the Big Box stores taking over from Mom and Pop.  They might have led the way, they might have been the most ruthless, but they did absolutely NOTHING to make China take all our manufacturing away from us, nor were they in any way responsible for dirt cheap petroleum prices.  It was that convergence, Chinese manufacturing and oil at give-away prices, that bred Wal-Mart.  Without those two things Sam Walton’s empire would have been a lot smaller and resembled that of the other China-Mart ( EVERYBODY buys from China, from Bed, Bath & Beyond to home Depot to Radio Shack and etcetera.  It is just that the “Marts” are indicative of the trend ), K-Mart.

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I used to love Wal-Mart, spending 100% of all my household budget there.  Now, at least three or four times a year I curse them in print at length, and proclaim that yet once again, I am further cutting my shopping from there.  It was 100%, now it is 20%.  Soon, I hope to get it to below 10%.  Hey, some things there I can’t find elsewhere.  Their brand name ( NOT generic.  Their store brand sucks WAYYYY bad ) coffee is still $5.29 for 32 ounces and is a very tasty brew.  I can’t get it anywhere else.  When Family Dollar is out, I buy the $5 gray 30 gallon tote from them cheaper than anywhere else.  My tighty whities are under a buck a pair in a seven pack there ( most other places are 3 for $5 ).  The chili is brand name at a buck a can.  But, that being said, they continue to Hump Me In The Drive Through.  I can’t believe the short sighted bastards keep sliding in worse quality items all the time.  It doesn’t stop with these pricks.  They just humped me for $25, and if you all have been paying attention in the comments section, an un-loyal minion screwed me out of a mere $20 five years ago and I certainly can’t forgive or forget that.  So you can imagine my blood pressure at $25!  My last propane camp stove from them was $20 and lasted five years with hard daily use.  It finally failed, and so with complete confidence I bought the same brand for $25.  Did it is last five years?  NO!  It didn’t make it much past five months. 

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Okay, the bitches got me for the money ( when you include all the non-food items they’ve jacked me on, the cheap chili and coffee are actually a bit costly ).  I won’t buy ANY camp gear from them again.  I’ll go elsewhere, even buying the same brand name, because I realize they must have a separate quality agreement.  Brand X is not the same from Wal-Mart as it is from a ranch store, I assume.  Okay, I’ll try to avoid the brand name if possible.  Such as Bell for bike parts.  Piss on them, terrible stuff.  At least from Wal-Mart.  But I think avoiding Wal-Mart is more important than avoiding certain brand names, given a choice.  For years, I’ve avoided K-Mart ( from now on, they will be “Kay”.  Wal-Mart will be “Wall” ).  They bewildered me with their Sears merge, and really for no good reason other than in the mid 90’s Wall started carrying really cheap food.  Now I think I was being an idiot.  I’ve slowly started dipping my toe into buying from Kay and so far, I have not found the extra bad quality issue. 

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And herein lies the tale preppers/survivalists can take away from my pain.  Kay has figured out how to devolve, where Wall is still floundering due to declining sales.  Their success, Big Box Everywhere, profit through growth ( but also very high costs from growth ), is biting them in the ass.  Kay has had near twenty years of declining sales, if not more, to adjust its strategy.  It was forced to live on less volume, and seems to have done it ( keep in mind, I have no knowledge of sales figures or profit/loss statements- I’m just casually observing as a customer ).  In a climate of economic decay, Wall is doomed and Kay just might survive.  No, you can’t buy food from Kay, but it doesn’t matter anymore.  Smiths/Kroeger is cheaper than Wall in many, many things now, food wise.  We don’t need Wall for cheap food anymore, and that is good because they don’t offer much ( I’ll keep cherry-picking their coffee as long as possible ) of it.  Go to Smiths for food, Kay for other household goods of better quality.  The Kay stove was $35 ( verses Wall’s $25 ).  I didn’t get it this time, being on the last of my monthly shopping money.  It is for a back-up stove anyway, not my primary.  And, I’m saving for an eye exam so I can buy a bunch of $8 glasses from online ( yes, I’ll get around to getting those adjustable lens ones, but for pre-collapse use I like regular glasses ).  I compromised and bought the single-burner-on-a-disposable-canister.  The same kind from Wall that was total garbage and ended up there.  But, a different brand name with a better design ( not so much space between the flame and the bottom of the pan it is holding ).  Die Wal-Mart!  Die!

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Friday, July 26, 2013

kindle post apoc book reviews

Second article for today.  Scroll on down for the new and original, regular Friday article.
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I'm deleting the blog that I used for these reviews.  Complete collection here.

KINDLE POST-APOC BOOK REVIEWS

 

SURVIVALIST BY CIRCUMSTANCE

by Cheryl Cholley

This ain't bad at all ( especially for a gal- not too many can do apocalypse all that well ). When the worse thing I can say about a book is "really, they spent $25k each to fence in scrub brush?", you know it is a decent read. Just beware, you might be buying 40 pages for a buck. I bought the first several 40 page installments bundled together at a discount. I believe it was #1-7. Give it a shot, 3 stars.

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One Star-absolute drivel, waste of money even if free, don't bother

Two Star-redeeming qualities, just don't spend too much on it.

Three Stars-Goldilocks book. Not too bad, not great.

Four Stars- definitely read it.

Five Stars-rare. Could be one of the contenders for all time top twenty.

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THE KING OF CLAYFIELD

by Shane Gregory

3 stars. Not bad at all for zombie fiction. Well written. Good enough to buy the sequal? For me, no. But if you like zombies this is one of the best.

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FIFTY FALLING STARS

by Wesley Higginbotham

Wow! A great four star book. It is a bit pricey but worth it. This took me all day Saturday to read, about nine hours, and I loved every minute of it. The multi-cause collapse was realistic, detailed and interesting. The aftermath wasn't all peaches and cream, the survivors didn't just fall into salvation. But it had a happy ending ( but not too happy ). Couldn't find a thing wrong with it, highly recommended.

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CANNIBAL REIGN

by Thomas Koloniar

I've given this one a four star. Very well written, a page turner. Just beware, this is very much a Yuppie Survival Scum novel ( concrete retreats, semi-autos and lots of ammo, MRE's ) and the ending does blow rabid mule testicles, a nauseatingly implausible "big daddy gubberment is here to save the day" cozy.

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BLOOD, BRAINS AND BULLETS

by Sean Liebling

This was a well written book. It kept your interest and was a hoot. Normally a four star, I'm going with three because after you subtract the "Penthouse Forum" sections, and those detailing the expenditure of a gabazillion rounds of ammunition, there is really only a skeleton of a collapse story here. THE best book I've ever seen on zombies, but only so-so for the survivalist.

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EARTHFALL

by Stephen Knight

This might be a great book. I have no idea, although the first 10% was adequate reading. What this is NOT, is a post-apocalypse/collapse book. Think more along the lines of the movie "Screamers". A nuclear wasteland, but a fully functioning, high-tech society in a base thriving nicely despite that.

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ADRIANS WAR ( A DISTANT EDEN )

by Lloyd Tackitt

Second in the series. To be honest, I was scared this was typical of the genre and once the collapse was over the writing would turn suck-ass. For instance, a $12 book on a post-apocalypse wedding. Just the thing to get in touch with ones feminine side. But, bless Lloyd's pea-picking heart, this one was also a damn fine book. I can't give it a five star, but only because this is post-collapse and so obviously it simply can't be among the best of the best. This was however a solid four star rating. So solid, the next two books in the series jump up to the top of my list of "must buy now". In the first one, you got a detailed description of the die-off and human nature. In this one, you get detailed primitive survival skills and then guerrilla warfare ( and the warfare was also Stone Age-cool! ). Along with the above average story/writing. Highly recommended.

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A DISTANT EDEN

by Llyod Tackitt

Holy Mother Of God! The first well deserved FIVE STAR RATING!! This book kicked ass and I spit blood on all the negative reviews over at Amazon. I've rarely seen such a wonderful depiction of the terrors of collapse and die-off, and such a realistic view of human nature. Sure, you might notice one or two slight errors ( the punk that decried the scene of nighttime bike riding has never ridden at night on a bike with only starlight. I have. It ain't that big a deal. The poo-pa over lack of storage vegetables could probably figure out on his own that vitamin pills and wild weeds are less a big deal than the absolutely overriding need for calories and fats ) but overall this novel was as accurate as you are going to get with anyone other than my own perfect self. So highly recommended I not only am keeping the copy on my Kindle ( a first ), I am also ordering a paper copy. You WILL buy this and like it ( order through my graphic ad so I get commission ) beyond almost all others.

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PANDEMIA-GENESIS

by Nick Lancaster

This one gets a three star. It wasn't bad, I stayed interested for the whole two hour read. But in the end, I just was not awed. It was a bit bland. You could do a lot worse, of course. Plague hits, a couple goes to their cabin. That's about it. Not a waste of money, but proceed with caution. You won't learn anything new, nor really get anything other than average entertainment.

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PREPPING ON A BUDGET

by George Shepherd

Non-fiction. I'm giving this one two stars, and that is being generous. A little bit of lip service to collapse, but mostly it seems this was dedicated to natural disaster survival only. The whole thing was tedious, ill thought out, barely useful and a waste of money. Let me give you an example. To purify water, place ice on a lid over boiling water. Melt the friggin ice instead! And how is that ice even still frozen during a disaster!?! And, how about just bring water to a boil, it is then safe to drink. Christ on a Ritz cracker!

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RELOCATE!

by Dave Stebbins

Non-fiction. Three stars. Not bad, but not too much information. Why did he pick the locations he did, besides distance from bigger cities? What makes this location better or worse than others? Why are the bad qualities acceptable? What about other influences ( for instance, the west Texas town, did it have problems with illegals and the drug cartels? )? I'm so happy I had to wade through all the VA hospital contact information, I'm sure someone can use those, but that is just cut and paste filler. Give me analysis on why I should relocate here or there. Why would Maine be better than Kansas to weather the economic collapse? Etc.

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OUTCOME ( BREAKERS )

by Edward W Robertson

A plague outbreak in NYC, with a double top secret government worker getting the news first and going back to the city to save her ex and his daughter. This was some first rate writing, so four stars. This is the teaser book to the series, and on the short side. Book one is full length, and I'll be reading that next ( I'm holding off on ordering the rest til I see if I like the whole "alien source of virus, now alien dudes are attacking to colonize" thing ).

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WANTED

by Jason Halstead

Book one in a series of three. Not per se a post-apocalypse novel. The major cities got nuked, the western rural areas left to glow in the dark amongst lawlessness, life still goes on for the lucky ones even if resources are scarce. In the badlands our character holes up in his hermit lair, but is disturbed when a women and then some kids stumble into his life. And the fun starts from thee, with merc bounty hunters chasing the group. That was pretty much the story. No elaborate background on the war or its aftermath. Think of this as a distopian novel. Still, the author is extremely talented. I couldn't put this one down. So good, I'm buying the novella sequel at a high price ( the third in the series resumes the firsts long length ). I can't think of a better recommendation than "I'm spending my own money-$4!!- on a short story sequel, the first was so good". Highly recommended, four stars.

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SEASON OF THE HARVEST

Harvest Trilogy book 1

by Michael R. Hicks

An alien life form is using genetically modified foods to conquer the earth! Watch our studly hero's and lustful heroines fight the forces of evil from a tricked out Super Lair. Watch the powers that be align themselves with the aliens in exchange for medical cures beyond our understanding! Watch pet cats protect their masters from aliens! Stupid humping premise and I can't put the damn thing down until I finished. Three stars ( I couldn't give it four stars, even with it being well written, since it is a disaster/invasion book instead of a apocalypse one ).

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SELF APOCALYPSE

by JF French

You could sum up this book as "camping survival". Guy tries to camp out far enough away from town to avoid trouble ( it doesn't always work but he has back-ups to his back-up ). It wasn't unrealistic, no "I can survive off moose and dandelion". I did wonder about the part where he uses river rock in the fire, which I thought was a no-no, but other than that I didn't have any plausibility issues. Very well written, a bit more original than most. Four stars.

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THE MALTHUS CONSPIRACY

By Danielle Uidam

I got this book as it was on a free trial, and the fact that its title was indeed named after one of my hero’s. The book itself is not bad ( nor that good- 3 stars ). But it is strictly formulistic. Evil international cabal assassinates all who dare discover its secrets as two suave and dashing dudes race to save mankind. At first, the flashbacks to Reverend Malthus and his paper on population were interesting, but they quickly degenerated into implausible meetings of future ( our past ) leaders meeting with The Malthus Society members agreeing on how to massacre more worthless eaters. Even the conspiracy was dull and predictable and unbelievable. Not bad, but no where near our genre.

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THE END

by Roger Erickson

What a floating turd! It starts out an old retired dude in Mexico finds a sealed off cave full of gold ( fifty pounds ). He happens to be in the cave when nuke war starts. Everyone is conveniantly killed except him and whoever else was underground at the time. He meets an ex-cop, whose sister a well proportioned midget ( I kid you not ) instantly falls in love with this old hump ( I don't want to imagine the mechanics of their hot monkey love ), and they pick up a group including a priest ( hiding in the catacombs ). One character goes on to explain that a new super duper secret nuclear weapon can kill people and animals but not plants ( !!!!???? ). Of course, the Chinese stole it from us and used it on us. Then, the Chinese used miniture versions of those bombs to kill a group of Muslims who had marched into the nearby village. WHAT!!!!???? I think the bombs made the bodies disappear too, but by this point I was pretty confused by the whole thing and quit reading. I finished a third of the book and it just kept getting worse. One star. What kind of medication was this guy on?

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OUT OF GAS

by Randy Dyess

Most excellent. Four stars. Although it is a Rawlesian journey towards survival, it is still a good story. Not action packed, just a plodding awakening about the economy and the energy situation. From Yuppie Scum Suburbanite to Yuppie Scum Survivalist. You will find a lot of spelling errors and grammar issues. One wonders if this was really the only draft written. But little matter. I liked it, and am going to buy the sequel "The Farm" next and the third book this summer when it comes out.

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LOW PROFILE

Jerry D Young

Let's just pigionhole Mr. Young right off the bat ( he has a ton of books for sale ). He is the new Ahern ( of "The Survivalist" series from the 80's ). Characters with money literally pouring out of their ass buy their way to survival, with every single piece of equipment described by name, model number and serial number. After the collapse, they stumble ass over elbows finding everything they need. Having said that, they are well written, a fun read and only a buck each. I'll be buying more of his. Three stars.

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WOLVERINES: REFLECTIONS ON RED DAWN

by Ryan Lewellin

If you loved Red Dawn the original ( not the crap just released ), I mean loved it enough to watch it a dozen times, this book is for you. It over analysis every aspect of the movie in detail. A bit of repitition at times, but that is the only fault and it is minor. Four Stars.

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THE END: VISIONS OF APOCALYPSE

I really didn't think I'd run into such a foul turd so soon. One star!!!! Total crap!!!! One decent story, a couple of okay ones and the rest total garbage. And most barely on subject. Avoid as if the plague!

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Etiquette For An Apocalypse

Anne Mendel

This started out really good. The author is talented and has a wicked subdued humor she kept surprising you with. And the story started out with plenty of good ideas how a community survives in an urban setting even with quasi-pacifist tendencies. A very good read. Then, for some strange reason, half way through the book everything veers suddenly off into left field and we have some bizarre Adventures With A Motorcycle Gang As I Lead My Homies On Military Adventures As A Budding Napoleon. The tone totally changed. Then, the book ends suddenly. Very disappointing. Three stars.

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AFTER OIL

Edited by John M Greer ( the Arch Druid Dude ).

One of these short stories I couldn't read, but the rest were of absolute top quality. Alas, they all pretty much took on the tone of Kunstler's Universe were everyone is a Happy Peasant Toiling Under The Sun In A Permaculture Utopia. Absolutely no goom and doom, strongly representing the editors views. Not that that's a bad thing, but just beware what you are buying. Voted 3 stars, mainly because you ain't getting a whole lot for your money. It was damn good, just overpriced.

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THREE PHASES CIVILIZATION COLLAPSE

Prepping For Economic Collapse-Eliminate Expenses

 

Way back in the day, a casual income could do wonders for your bottom line.  You could go give blood.  Have a garage sale.  Pick up aluminum cans.  Get a second part time job.  Nowadays, and it’s just getting worse so this is a trend not an aberration, expenses just keep shooting up as your purchasing power erodes ( you ain’t making enough to pay the new prices ) and all the old ways of making extra money are done and over with.  Everyone else is trying to do those same things just to survive, and hence even if you succeed the money don’t buy diddly.  Welcome to $100 a barrel oil, along with the failing PetroDollar ( about 20% of exportable oil is already out of the dollars control, if not more ).  And just look at the employment situation.  Everywhere except a minor pocket here or there, all employment fields are in decline.  And thanks to King Kenyan Kunt, those jobs that used to be full time are cutting back to part time to avoid extra health care expenses for the company.  The days of making extra, meaningful, cash are done and your only option is to eliminate expenses.  I know this ruffles most feathers, as our pudgy cubical warrior wraps herself in an American flag ( it used to be “himself”, but the few jobs left not requiring mindless grunt work have all been turned over to females.  Mr. Mom used to be cute.  Now it is a nightmare as the last pair of testicles has been clipped from the last former breadwinner ) and screams that she is mighty and worthy of living The American Dream.  Sure, good luck with that one.

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You can all do the obvious.  Eliminate three cell phones from the household.  Get rid of the third car.  Send Mr. Mom up on the roof to install a TV antenna and be content with broadcast TV ( this advice I used to give doubtless caused night sweats in all and sundry, back when you had five channels to pick from.  Yet, things have changed and the FedGov mandated the switch to digital.  Now you have a lot more.  Sure, its quantity over quality, but even with cable it’s the same thing.  I get twenty channels 300 miles from the big city ).  Only eat out once a month rather than three times a week.  And all that is going to put a huge dent in your expenses.  But the only way you are going to weather the economic collapse and to give yourself options in the future is to free the 60%-80% of expenses you can’t reduce, your rent/mortgage and your car.  Sorry, I don’t make the rules.  I just report them.  Until you give up your car and your bankers rental you can’t do anything significant.  You will be at the mercy of the boss and bank.  And in case you’ve missed it ( one assumes if you are reading this you are prepping to survive, but while most will store rice and beans and bullets, no one wants to downgrade so they willfully DON’T pay attention ) the banks and corporations are desperately trying to survive and have been for years.  That makes you a target, because screwing those with loans and jobs is par for the course.

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I know you will drag in the reluctant wife and kids as a shield against surrendering your luxuries, but families move out to the country off grid all the time.  I know two families locally that have done just that.  One upper middle class or thereabouts, the other of lesser means.  And the move didn’t kill either the kids or the spouse.  The family with better job skills used the time before the job market collapsed to build an over-insulated dirt backfilled home and greenhouse.  Now THAT is home security, not a thirty year mortgage for an in-town stick built sheetrock and stucco turd.  Sure, you must sacrifice for a time, living primitively.  Like you’ve never sacrificed to better your life before?  You’ve never moved before?  You’ve never taken a chance?  Now, I understand that giving up a car is an impossible concept to most.  All of you would ditch the apartment or house and live in a tent before you gave up your car.  Hey, I understand.  But eventually you are going to have to take the plunge.  Because eventually the choice is going to come down to either rationing or insane prices for gas ( which you can’t afford on part time or no-time ) and you will be living in a location requiring a car with no means of operating it.  Best to plan now for no car.  Even if you keep it, be in a position where you can give it up.  Thirty miles from town only works if you grow all your own food.

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An alternate strategy is to just keep hoping no mean man will steal your gasoline, that God given birthright of every American, even those on welfare.  Just keep ignoring reality, and if you get real lucky you will die before you have to stop driving.  Yes, I know, “those evil oil bitches lied to us before and we have plenty.  Drill, baby, drill!”.  The Earth is not a hollow sphere filled with a gooey petroleum center.  Drilling doesn’t guarantee anything.  Oil is a finite resource and fifty years of trend is for finding less and less with more and more exploration.  The cheap and easy oil is already gone, and one good drought will take away all our ethanol.  Pull your head out.  Just embrace reality.  Acceptance is the hard part, not living without your car.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

looking inward for business as usual

LOOKING INWARD FOR BUSINESS AS USUAL

Right after World War II ( which a vicious but pragmatic Stalin proclaimed was won by “American machines, American money and Soviet men”. God, how I have mustache envy of that man ), the US had over half the globes manufacturing capacity, control of the oil, most of the globes gold and the worlds largest navy ( and a hell of a strategic air force )-not to mention the only atom bombs, and they couldn’t contain the spread of communism. And, it might be mentioned, the Soviets at the end of the war still had half their forces transported by horse drawn conveyances. So, under the watchful eye of the worlds leading military and economic superpower, a bunch of Cossacks on horses took over much of Asia and elsewhere under a red banner ( to be clear, I’m talking about the spread of an ideology rather than the more direct occupation such as in eastern Europe ). In Vietnam no amount of napalm, B-52 bombing or Shock And Awe troop infusions could pacify a bunch of ugly hat wearing AK toting black pajama insurgents ( and by the by, JFK increased advisors from several hundred to several thousand. He had no intention of withdrawal contrary to feel good public consumption rhetoric. So, shut the hump up Oliver Stone ). When the US invaded Grenada six thousand troops were held in check for weeks by 800 Cuban advisors and a small local police force. Somalia guerillas RPGed a few helicopters and we promptly pulled out of the country, whereas in Rwanda we didn’t even bother to interfere lest we be bested by civilians with machetes. And of course the Sandbox and Stan speak for themselves when we completed the longest military campaign in our history and achieved absolutely nothing.

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This is not to blame our military men. If the politicians don’t allow you to win ( you can argue that WWII wasn’t won insofar as we created a bigger enemy than we defeated, nor was WWI won when the seeds were deliberately planted for more conflict ), what can you do. I am foursquare behind our enlisted fighters ( hump the officers, complacent mercenaries shoveling men into the cannons path ), not because I agree with Empire but because of their noble sacrifices they believe they are making. Just because our elite control them for nefarious means doesn’t negate that. Anyway, don’t confuse my disapproval of our controllers with the individuals used as puppets. Do you ever wonder why we keep losing wars? And why we keep fighting wars costly in treasure and men that achieve nothing ( again, even the second world war which was fought not to defeat other contenders but merely to control the lions share of the oil. We won that control but at the cost of fifty more years of conflict )? We don’t engage in wars that endanger us, do we? There was never any credible threat of Japan or Germany invading us ( as the British found out, you can rule overseas nations, but not when the populace is armed ). There wasn’t even a credible threat from communism, domino theory or otherwise. McCarthyism or otherwise ( we’ve always been firmly in the fascism camp, cause commies don’t do capitalism or mercantilism ). The business of America is war. Winning is immaterial. Waging war continuously is the important thing.

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The War On Drugs didn’t produce enough economic activity to be profitable, just as the War On Alcohol failed and the War On Poverty did ( remember, the whole thing started when we lost consumer industrialism, floundered a few years ineffectually with public works, then turned to war manufacturing. Since that success, we have never dared to stop that activity for fear of another economic downturn [ they aren’t afraid of personal downturns but rather industrial/financial institutions downturns ] ). Only a war economy is profitable enough. Sure, we profit from victory with colonial exploitation, but that is a trickle rather than a flood. Do you really think war for banana plantations makes us money? No, war makes money. That a fruit company profited afterwards is immaterial. So, to present. The War On Terrorism is a great little war for our masters, but the costs are too high for our shrinking resource base. What to do? What to do? Ah! Let’s bring the war home. The logistics tail is greatly shrunk, we can fight the war far easier with less of a war machine ( drones and troop personnel carriers rather than aircraft carriers ). The profit is greater, so it doesn’t matter that we must fight more with less.

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Why do you think Obammy is going stupid crazy with his assault against the citizens? The mandatory DNA data base on all civilians disguised as an HIV test. The spying from every quarter. The ammunition buy-ups and noise against guns. The people are being stirred up to revolt, because a revolt solves all the problems of widespread unprofitable troop deployment, a necessarily devolving deep sea navy, less oil to deploy the mass machinery and etcetera. The War Machine MUST continue, but it has to retract from its overreach. The bankers continue to profit from the economy contracting, on the domestic front, but they must at the same time bring the military home to sustain profitability. But just building and maintaining a military isn’t as profitable as it used to be during the Cold War. Not during resource contraction ( before, we kept building even if we didn‘t fight all the time. Now, we can’t build the huge infrastructure but must content ourselves with a smaller scale, even if the fighting never ends. It is the difference between building an army for conquest verses an army for occupation ). We MUST continue fighting but we can’t do so on the old scale, so you scale way back on material requirements but still retain the need to continue manufacturing. In resource decline, you might not be able to build thousands of tanks but you still can build millions of rounds of rifle and pistol ammunition. And remember, the Feds don’t even have to win everywhere. They can concede territory as needed. The important part is to continue the war manufacturing to continue the one true economy to continue the profits, without using up too much in the way of costs such as overseas wars. Maximize profits and minimize costs. Bringing the war home will fit the bill nicely ( so, semi-auto bitches. Fear not the complete elimination of your toys supplies. They must continue the Resistance to continue the war ).

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

3pc2v2no18

3PC2v2no18

THREE PHASES CIVILIZATION COLLAPSE

Prepping For Economic Collapse-Eliminate Debt

Every survivalist loves guns. They love owning them, firing them, collecting them, talking about them and especially fondling them. Food storage is only reluctantly undertaken or talked about ( perhaps because it is viewed as “woman’s work” and every AR-15 molester out there wants to be macho, , although I’m sure the reality is most are P-whipped ). But if you think food is neglected, try bringing up getting out of debt. First, no one wants to admit they are a dumbass so if they are already in debt they must justify it. Secondly, if you want AR’s or freeze dried foods, you NEED debt. So talking about eliminating debt means you are taking away all the toys worth having. Oh, they don’’t call them toys. “The best money can buy because my life is worth it” is the most common, perpetuated in print by Boston T Party ( of “Gun Bible” fame ) who had the luxury of buying in the 90’s which compared to today was a screaming bargain. Another good one is “it doesn’t matter whoever dies saving the most money”. Which is also true, as long as your timing is right and you can buy all those toys before the dollar is toilet paper. Since I insist we work under the paradigm that we can’t time the collapse and so must prepare yesterday, it makes sense to buy the basic frugal version first and only then work our way up in quality. And it MUST be done without debt. Debt is a prison, not a liberator from low cash flow. As soon as you are in debt, you severely limit all logical and prudent choices of life and prepping.

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We can all agree that not prepping with debt is good, as a general rule. There are of course exceptions. If you buy a very cheap lot of land on credit, that is a far lesser evil than paying rent. A two thousand dollar lot of land, paid at $50 a month, is far better than cash on the barrelhead for $300 a month rent. Both are a gamble, and both can backfire if sudden massive unemployment occur. The difference is that junk land eliminates the risk soon, whereas rent is for life. If you have no preps set aside, a mere $500 in debt even on a 20% interest credit card isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The extra, though marginal, cost is far better than starving come the collapse. The trick is to not use credit for toys ( and everything above bare bones are toys ). Best to avoid ALL debt. Next best is to minimize debt to the point that even part time minimum wage work can easily pay it off ( here is how paranoid I was. I had a five year note for $125 a month. I bought a second piece of land at half the price at the same time as insurance in case I ever needed to pay off the land quick or needed to halve my payments. And in case that wasn’t doable I had a THIRD local lot already paid off. The difference was distance from work, closest for the most expensive. Much farther for the owned lot. I don’t recommend you duplicate this, but it did lock in my land security BEFORE the economic collapse started. I was golden in 2005, even as I paid off the more desirable location just last year ).

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Yet, that is all best scenario. Worse case scenario, one most of us have seen or are now living, is huge debt. Not only is it damn hard to pay it off, it doesn’t leave room for preps. The easy solution, in theory, is to repossess all you can and leave the big city with the big house and big car and move to junk land. And then use most of your wages to pay off debt ( I paid off a hundred grand of child support while making fifteen grand a year supporting a new wife that didn’t work, and still easily prepped. The secret is mostly NO car, with $100 land payment a close second- and lots of wheat for food storage. IF, and yes I know it is a big IF, you can talk your wife into junk land, you can easily do this ). If you can’t, it is really easy to give up in frustration. You just pile on more debt, or resign yourself to Huge Craphole City Living and pray you can escape in time. Or both. Then it becomes a gamble on your creditors dying before you do. Which, is not impossible. I grant you that. I just think it is improbable ( there are no guarantees here in The Late Great Western Civilization Die-Off And Discount Car Wash. Just probabilities and gambling with your life ).

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If you see overnight, literal, die-off, debt is no problem. If you see a somewhat prolonged economic collapse prior to die-off, then history suggests the banks will strip you of all possessions and leave you to die homeless, prior to they themselves becoming insolvent. If you don’t want to bet on that, favor NOT chancing the more probable, then you simply must pay off debt, no matter how painful. Sure, prior to repayment buy yourself the cheapest most frugal survival stockpile ( NOT by charging those items so they can be tagged for repossession, but by taking a cash advance or by postponing payments a little longer to free up cash ). ALL debt payments and no preps are as bad as all preps on debt and little repayment. Everything in balance. Unfortunately, paying debts is part of preps. It isn’t just buying guns and storage foods. Because any vulnerability you have will be exploited by others. Your boss, your bank, etc. And they will exploit you if there is profit in it for them. Which there is, once you are in debt. The bank owns you, as does the boss ( work harder or lose your job! For less money! ). And remember, nothing worthwhile is easy. Learning a trade, courting your bride. All were hard but well worth it. The same with being debt free.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

obammys race war


OBAMMYS RACE WAR

For some time now, the Attorney General of the FedGov has been a complete and utter douchbag.  The sub-title is far from unique with Eric Holder.  You surely haven’t already forgotten about Janet “BBQ” Reno, have you?  Okay, Holder is almost that outrageous, but only relatively speaking.  Compared to other federal government workers currently screwing things up, he is about par for the course.  And, lest you believe it is Democrats or Progressives just screwing things up, and if we could just wave a big Texas sized flag around, grab our junk dramatically, fire off a magazines worth of poodle shooting ammunition from our plastic carbines ( one assumes you found a box of ammunition first ) and vote in a government that will solve all our problems, you need to be reminded that we are already in an economic collapse.  Not an economic downturn, but a collapse.  And since money IS the power our masters use to control us, an economic collapse is a direct threat to their wealth and position.  That can not and will not be allowed.  Why do you think that all our institution oversight mechanisms are allowed to remain complicit in the massive fraud all our “free-markets” are involved in?  Without defrauding its customers ( such as lesser central banks wanting to get their physical gold back, as if that is ever going to happen ), our entire economy ( western nations controlled by the Federal Reserve Bank ) would have already swirled down the toilet.

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The important part isn’t that you are getting screwed.  The important part is that only in an End Game, End Run would this be necessary.  I hate to tell all you Yuppie Scum Survivalists, but you don’t have thirty years to pay off the mountain retreat or wait for ammo to be affordable again, or save enough to buy $5,000 a year per person freeze dried food storage.  We are already on borrowed time.  I’m explaining this to explain why the Meat Puppet Pair Obammy and Holder are playing the Race War card.  Sure, in the past it worked great as just another wedge to separate our population, turning everyone against everyone so as to deflect attention from the true threat of our masters bankrupting the country.  Old people hated young people.  Females hated males.  Blacks hated Whites ( and etcetera.  And, they still do more than ever because each group is painted as the economic exploiter of the other.  And in hard times, it matters who is stealing your money because you simply don’t have enough to spare ).  In the past, you took one group and exploited them to benefit another group, the government being the middleman.  Then you used your media whores to paint the benefactors as victims needing assistance and the robbed as deserving what they got ( or, in the case of Social Security, you gave the illusion that one day the exploited would be reimbursed by becoming the exploiter ).

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But what happens when the money spigot starts to run dry?  The ones you whipped up, militant FemiNazi dykes, Black ghetto dwellers having a choice of dealing drugs or suckling at the public trough, and all the rest.  They are now very angry, and convinced of their entitlement ( and, don’t mistake me.  EVERYONE has been fed and lied to and manipulated to believe they are entitled.  The rich business owner, as well as the minorities.  The males, as well as females.  Old as well as young.  I’m not picking on any one gender, age or race ).  But some are a lot more militant than others.  Most just whine and bitch and thrash about ( as media whores like Rush and Glen get rich off their anger ) and others act up and act out.  Blacks have been given the Get Out Of Jail If You Riot card and they aren’t afraid to use it.  If an activity pays, you will see more of it.  And since the 1960’s, we have bribed the Blacks to NOT riot.  I won’t get into why.  Perhaps it is the old fear of “darkie debasing our daughters”.  Perhaps it is just deliberate provocation by our leaders who don’t care how many truck drivers get pulled from their cabs and are beaten to death with masonry.  As long as Whitey stays afraid, the suburbs stay occupied and everything that benefits from that economically ( car industry, Big Oil, Big Box Stores, well paid teachers and their Unions, etc. ) is given in effect an indirect tax break.  Whatever welfare the Blacks get, it pales ( get it, pales…white skin.  Come on!  That’s funny ) in comparison to the extra money the Whites give Corporate America.

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And what happens when it stops working?  When the manufactured hatred gets away from them?  When the militant minorities can’t be bribed due to budgetary considerations ( remember, a lot of welfare is Federal mandated but locally subsidized and the local governments are in big economic trouble )?  It couldn’t be more obvious that “our” President ( actually, the Kenyan President but we had to export that job too ) and his whore Attorney General are trying to get Blacks to riot after the case in Florida.  Arise, exploited unemployed!  Grab your Skittles and revolt!  And if they actually don’t settle down this time?  If our payoff is deemed insufficient ( in the case this isn’t deliberate )?  The Blacks have been given carte blanch  for five years now, allowed to form flash mobs and beat random Whiteys to death if desired ( in the case this IS deliberate ).  Holder couldn’t be bothered with that, and I don’t think it was because he was busy selling guns to Latino’s to kill other Latino’s ( see, Zimmerman wasn’t the first Latino the Feds are prejudiced against ).  It was deliberate.  Blacks were given the very clear message that it is A-Okay to Kill Whitey ( evidently, they didn’t receive it the first time when rap music “artists” were saying those exact words.  Could it be Blacks can’t understand rappers either? ).  Don’t be surprised if they keep doing it.  If a behavior is rewarded, it will be repeated.  And a race war will give the government the excuse needed to try to control the populace and the economy, buying a bit more time.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

wheat cycle and PEEno16


WHEAT CYCLES AND PEEno16

 

I plowed through “Cycles”, the 1940’s book on business cycles, not totally impressed but mildly interested enough that the $10 price wasn’t a waste.  The problem was that the place I saw a reference for the book, “Babylon’s Banksters” ( the first book of that authors I ended up being disappointed with ), had pretty much covered every aspect of the book already.  But I did get one gem out of the book ( sometimes that is enough to make your time and money worth it ) and that was the Wheat Cycle.  Some poor schlub, probably thinking if he researched dusty archives for a few years he could get tenure at a college and have a lifetime access to Young Strange ( personally I don’t know what guys see in much younger women.  When they have the same generational fashion statement as my daughter it is hard for me to generate any sexual attraction- for obvious reasons ) complied 700 years of wheat prices in England.  And behold, they quite closely followed a 54 year cycle.  If you were just looking back through a short two centuries such as in the US or just back to the start of colonialism, this wouldn’t be such a wonderful thing ( being obviously skewed ).  But come on!  After seven centuries you pretty much have to take this cycle seriously ( it wasn’t just sunspot activity thought to be the cause but other solar effects also such as ozone or whatnot ). 

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A short exercise will validate this cycle for homegrown use.  The book was published in the 40’s.  Using their previous cycle numbers, the low commodity price years are 1790, 1844, 1898 and the high point for prices was 1817, 1871 and 1925.  Which calculates out to low price years 1952 and 2006.  And high peaks in commodity prices at 1979 and 2033.  If you’ll recall the 70’s inflation and the Eighties recovery, 1979 as the year prices peaked isn’t too far off ( these are cycles, not 100% accurate year forecasts.  Off by a small margin does not invalidate the theory over the long haul ).  Also, what has been going up since the previous mid decade?  Food prices.  Totally discounting Peak Oil, just the Wheat Cycle alone would tell you all you want to know about grain prices in your lifetime.  The next twenty years are going to see ever increasing wheat prices.  Buy now!  Do not futz around, do not pause to scratch yourself vigorously.  Buy now.

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PEEno16

PREPPER EMERGENCY ESSENTIALS

Wool

 

Most Marshmallow People have no conception of cold or hot weather.  They visit the South and ponder how anyone could live without air conditioning ( you can’t say, “they just did but couldn’t have enjoyed it”.  Look at population densities worldwide.  Most folks live in very hot and humid climates.  It seems to be our natural default preference.  Extra crops/better plant weather equals less work earning calories ).  They run from a warm house to a warm car and then into a warm workplace/shopping establishment and proclaim “Oooo, it’s cold out there”.  Meaning, they briefly experienced a short duration of temperatures below 74 degrees.  They have no friggin clue what cold really is.  I read a news account one time of a power outage where the outside worker they interviewed had piled on his cotton clothing in several layers and was bitching about the cold.  Obviously, his previous work had had lots of breaks in front of a heater, since he had no clue how to dress for the cold.  Layers are the right idea, but you need wool.

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Most people, as kids, were forced to wear wool and experienced its itchy quality ( the better, more expensive wool doesn’t itch.  Back in The Day, I can’t imagine many parents looking at a soon to be outgrown piece of clothing and thinking it needed to be top price high quality ).  I’m not bothered by it anymore, but if you are you merely need a non-wool layer of clothing underneath the outer layers of wool.  Not rocket science.  Wool keeps sheep alive in winter, long before heated barns came around ( even in the barns in extreme weather locations, when the loft of hay is the insulation and the body heat is enough to keep a well-built barn from getting too cold, the poor guys still need that wool coat to stay comfortable ).  Wool is THE winter gear.  You can buy it cheap at thrift stores ( stockpile much more than you think you’ll need- at a buck or three a sweater it makes a very good barter item.  It will take several winters for homegrown industries to emerge ).  You can repair it yourself, make it yourself and it is natural and renewable ( and, it is a bit fire resistant and slightly anti-bacterial ).  And, along with a feather comforter, several wool blankets will eliminate the need for nighttime winter heating in the house ( feel free to pass along some of your savings to me ). 

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The only trick with wool is you can’t hang it to dry or use the dryer.  Use a very mild soap, such as Woolite or dish soap and hand wash the garment.  In the winter, I switch out sweaters every month and then if my last sweater takes a week to dry it’s no big deal.  Gently hand wring out and LAY THE PIECE DOWN FLAT.  Do not hang.  You can lay a towel over it and blot to help dry.  Perhaps keep changing the underneath towel.  Keep out of the sun and do not apply direct heat.  Let it dry out on its own.  And beware, the shape it stays wet will be the shape it stays dry.  Which is why you don’t hang it, it will elongate and distort.  I can comfortably work out in fifteen degrees with only two sweaters to keep my torso warm ( obviously, other parts need other things to keep warm ), a thin wool sweater under a medium wool sweater over a thin shirt.  As long as the wind doesn’t force me to put a shell over them, and with modest movement, I stay toasty. That is the magic of wool ( leather is the best outer layer.  It shields from wind and moisture and has warming properties itself.  My gloves are now leather mitten shells, with wool mitten inserts.  By getting rid of my hand brake bicycle and going with a pedal brake I can wear these much warmer but bulky hand protectors ).

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Friday, July 19, 2013

I want you to want me


I WANT YOU TO WANT ME

 

Other than Detroit declaring bankruptcy ( and oh gee willicures ain’t that just such a random titillating surprise ), I can’t see much in the way of exciting collapse news.  And who the hell wants to talk about the nation’s premier ghetto going belly up ( and it ain’t even much of a ghetto compared to some Third World ones )?  You couldn’t figure out that a Rust Belt city would have a tough time paying its bills or keeping the lights on forty years after our manufacturing sector started imploding?  That five years into Peak Oil perhaps an economy 100% dependent on petroleum might see some problems?  This crap ain’t news folks.  It’s merely confirmation.  I did watch about an hour and a half of the “Dust Bowl” program on PBS last night.  That was interesting.  I didn’t realize it was such a small area ( half the Oklahoma panhandle, up into the Kansas corner, over into Colorado to the Mountains and a bit into Texas ).  Or that most of the “Okkies” coming into California weren’t from the Dust Bowl but in other areas as displaced tenant farmers.  Or that it wasn’t the Highway Patrol that tried to stop the immigration over the California border but Los Angeles city police.  But be all that as it may, still not enough to make today’s article idea.  No, today we talk about human need and desire which was inspired from all places by a “picking up bitches” book a Top Tier Loyal Minion sent me ( to qualify for this high status position, send me books ).

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I normally can’t stand these kinds of books, stirring up memories of long past days of desperation when I had read one or two ( I never could pick up gals at a bar.  The one time one picked me up I chickened out-she was married and hubby was in the field-and the rest of the time I quickly became too interested in getting totally crap faced drunk ).  But this one, discounting the last third which was a bit creepy in its manipulation advice, touched on evolution and anthropology so I rather enjoyed it ( if anyone cares I’ll eventually look up the title- right now I’m writing quickly on a slightly shorter lunch break so I have no extra time ).  In short, whether picking up bitches or interacting with the boss, you can’t be needy or desperate.  Need puts you below the other on the social ladder.  And then they have all the power and you are subservient.  When picking up gals, this automatically disqualifies you from being desirable genetic material.  The fems may use you, for your money or your freakishly large manhood, but you are still being used.  You aren’t “egg worthy” ( to paraphrase Elaine in “Seinfeld” ).  You need to always be the one others need, not the other way around.  Because fems are geniuses at picking up on subconscious tells.  You can’t fake this stuff, telling yourself to act confident, or watching your body luggage.  They can see past that ( the Selfish Gene lies ).  You actually have to NOT need them.

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All this was intuitive to me, after years of being stupid and trying to think logically ( if I please her, she will please me ) and finally after years of failed relationships I came to the conclusion that I was just going to stop trying.  If they wanted to be with me, they could just please me.  If not, see ya.  I certainly can’t believe it worked, cause I’m poor, skinny, not too pretty and have a bad attitude ( my hair just inspires envy in other- it ain’t a very good attribute ).  I just finally got the attitude there was plenty more bitches out there.  If you wanted to be with me, I’d support you and protect you, but first you had to tow the line.  Prior to that I’d just sucked ass ( I always attracted them, but this was being at a higher financial level in my class due to my job, not any other personal attraction ) and was always demeaned, dissed, way undersexed and miserable.  NOW, finally, I know WHY.  I had stumbled on to the answer, just not realizing why.  If you need, you bleed. 

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Look, most of us think they need a relationship.  I mean, we do.  This is how we are programmed.  We are enslaved to our DNA and you can’t shake that for love or money.  The problem comes when you begin to need a specific individual.  Then, that individual holds power over you.  Because you need THEM, they hold the relationship cards.  Yes, you need a mate.  But any mate will do.  If one doesn’t perform to your expectations, show them the door.  You will fall in love again, because love is chemicals.  It is okay to need a mate, but you can’t need one particular person.  It isn’t a life long war, you needing to always show dominance.  But lines need to be drawn, with consequences.  And you can’t even waver, because deep down you need to know yourself you don’t need.  It has to be second nature to you, and then others sense it and act on that subconsciously.  And it is exactly the same at a job.  Yes, you need a job.  But you can’t need that job you are holding or applying for.  By living cheap, having no debt and having savings, you aren’t as dependent on a job as most people.  Deep down, without faking it, you can hold the “screw it” attitude.  I’ll do you a favor, stay here at this job, do darn good work, but if you try to hump me I can easily quite without thinking twice.  The guy one paycheck from being homeless must constantly suck the bosses ass, toady to him, debase himself to the boss, ON TOP OF working really hard.  Because of need, he is subservient.  NEVER BE NEEDY. And, obviously, this applies double after the Apocalypse.

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