Thursday, October 31, 2013

SBJABOBno5

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SBJABOBno5

ANOTHER BUG OUT BOOK

WHY NOT? TSA

 

I know the last few Presidents have been pretty stupid.  Well, not Obammy.  He speaks damn good English, what with it being a second language and all.  Bush The Shrub was so well known for his idiocy you just had to ask yourself, 1) some idiot let him fly a plane? And 2) why should I continue keeping track as it would be a full time occupation?  I know the boy never really worked a real job, and I do forgive him, but Good Gravy what a bonehead move putting Rent-A-Cops in charge in a newly created Federal agency.  Federal agencies aren’t known for their high caliber of personnel as it is.  The FBI wants college accountants for agents, and gets snipers who think a mother holding a baby is a legitimate target ( I’m not complaining about the skill-you missed the kid-just the organizational judgment ).  The AFT wants to terrorize all the small firearms dealers out of business so their job is easier, and they get wanna-be warrior lesbians who stomp kittens to be thought manly ( the most super studly warriors of all time, Samurai, appreciated beauty and art as well as war and I’m sure they liked kittens.  I hope one of them makes her life difficult when she gets to Hell ).  But putting Rent-A-Cops in charge of national security just lowers the bar way too low.

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Nothing against security guards, they are a legitimate need and provide a service.  But Rent-A-Cops are much worse.  They are security guards who think they should be police officers.  I’ve worked with both, and there is a big difference.  Rentals are just plain insufferable asswhores.  They have a chip on their shoulder like you wouldn’t believe.  You ever know a really short person with that chip, trying to compensate because he knows being short is Baby Jesus’ way of telling him he sucks?  Rentals are like that.  And the TSA is one big Rentals organization.  The idiots standing by the new and improved radiation dispensing machines that tell the agents if you are carrying guns or if your boobs are fake, they are bad enough.  Fail to be 100% compliant and ooze meekness and they will do everything short of renditioning and Gitmo’ing you.  But now they have these idiots doing train stations and Interstates.  Terrorizing innocents, the entire SWAT drama going on to shake down Grandma driving her Caddy to see the great grandkids.  And this motley crew will be let loose come time to shut down the highways and restrict travel ( where are your travel papers, comrade? ).  Here you have gross incompetence mixed in with Rental attitude.  The recipe for these jag-offs flying off the deep end and hosing down carfuls of kids with HK 9 mils when some nervous fecal stain thinks he saw a sudden movement.  And if, God Forbid, they find a citizen armed, say a fleeing prepper, I would bet you a dollar the SOP would be confiscation and a bullet to the head in the nearby woods.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

SBJABOBno4


SBJABOBno4

ANOTHER BUG OUT BOOK

WHY NOT?  GASOLINE

 

A great reason why the whole bug-out concept blows monkey testicles is gasoline.  Obviously, we take the substance for granted.  Which is the whole problem.  Baring an overnight catastrophe such as an ELE size asteroid or a massive solar flare or Obammy Drones spraying modified barnyard flu spores, you’re looking at pretty good odds that the supply of gasoline is going to restrict.  Whatever finally lite a fire under your ass to get the heck out of Metropolis was probably also screwing with your supply of dinosaur juice.  In an economic collapse, do you think that you will lose your job, the welfare checks will stop coming, the ghettos will burn, and yet the gas stations will STILL stay open?  If I’m a station owner, and Tyrone and his buddies are pissed and wanting crack, I can’t figure out I’m a target?  Sure, you hope against hope you don’t get robbed and pistol-whipped.  You wait until it actually happens.  Then you close down.  Yes, super stud ninja survivalist, I understand you have a garage full of gas cans.  But nobody else does.  As soon as you fire up your armored Van Of Doom and start rolling, you announce to assorted pillars of society that you have the gas.  I understand your thinking-don’t think that I don’t.  You are super special because daddy’s law firm sent you to Harvard.  You make big bucks advertising late night for anyone wishing to join in a lawsuit suing the makers of an erection medicine which caused dingus cancer.  Subconsciously you really believe that the natives will pause in awe of your superior status and allow your highness to pass.

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This disease afflicts many who make too much money ( well, never ENOUGH, am I right Biff?  Chip?  ).  They at first realized, or were at least taught, that many Bad People ( usually of different hues, although class trumps race anytime-so they are enlightened in their own fashion ) are out To Get Their Money!  The Horror!  The Horror!  This causes them to buy a protective cocoon around themselves ( also, incidentally, this perfectly describes the difference between Preppers and Survivalists.  Money and luxury protection are the Preppers Thang.  Life protection is all that matters to survivalists ), which over time tends to cause them to forget the very people who caused their fear.  As they go along staying protected, they begin to go from fear to haughtiness.  YAH!  Those rascally scoundrels Can’t Touch This!  Denial and self-delusion, not just for rednecks reading The Enquirer in trailers.  If those without want, they WILL take.  And as soon as they realize the Thin Blue Line is in trouble they will once again rise in righteous indignation and smite those above them on the food chain.  Think French Revolution.  And think how little time the masses will take to ponder if taking from YOU is good or bad.  All your shiny toys, peacock feathers and status symbols turn into targets.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

proving slavery


PROVING SLAVERY

In the second book of the Supervolcano series, All Fall Down, Harry Turtledove strives mightily to prove how valiant and wonderful the FedGov is, leaping the tallest buildings and whatnot.  Oh, sure, all the little minions are portrayed as scum suckling anal whores.  Petty tyrants.  Worthless oxygen wasters.  But the system as a whole is given the hero of the story status, even if it is subtle about the whole thing.  Then, towards the end, as if seven out of eight New York Times Best Sellers List readers are complete and utter morons who surely move their lips as they read Harry’s latest gift to mankind, he has to slam dunk the hence subtle message home just to make sure we all know.  One character as a teacher ( the books are chock full o’ government workers such as police, military and teachers.  In a universe where the FedGov is all wonderful, only civil servants having been handed the mantle of righteousness are the new hero’s.  Soldiers, because they would never join the military since that is the only avenue open to the poor, but surely because they are patriotic.  Police, because they NEVER put dope smokers in jail to be raped by murderers but only because they are The Thin Blue Line and only care about widows and babies.  And teachers, who Point To The Light Amongst The Ignorant Unwashed Proletariat,  never because they are system propagandists/brainwashers.  Harry, if I remember correctly, is a professor in Byzantine history.  Or at least got his doctorate.  I’m SO happy he is now spooning pabulum to the masses from books rather than Kalifornians in the classroom.  But it does explain his worldview, doesn’t it? ) is in the process of Dispelling Nuggets Of Wisdom.

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Yep, a super volcano has erupted, the economy is worse than the 30’s, 70’s and 00’s combined, and people still have money to send their kids to Catholic school ( a system I’m a big fan of, its middle school instilling such teaching in me I was able to then coast through public High School ) to be edu-macated by our character a big dipstick.  The Civil War was fought for slavery, he proclaims!  Can you prove that, an Asian student asks ( I won’t jump all over that one ).  Why yes, just look at the Confederate Constitution which protects the property of the slave-holder.  AHHH!!!  Our delightful hero!  Have sex with me, teacher! ( okay, the last part didn’t happen ).  Thanks, Harry, for being such a delightful and entertaining whore for big daddy imperialist government.  I argue that what this proves is what the Confederacy was fighting for was its economic survival ( as was the North, to be fair ).  That was through agriculture with slavery ( which every other nation had also used, including those countries yelling against the institution now substituted with by carbon fuel machines ).  To keep that, States Rights were vital.  The North, its economic survival now in Industrialism, needed a centralized all powerful Federal government which used the States as colonies.  Both sides were fighting for naked self-interest.  BOTH sides, not just one.  Both were about equally guilty or not. 

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So, Harry, I have to say I’m a bit disappointed with you.  You are supposed to be a history professor after all.  Follow the money, people.  Not the propaganda. 

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Monday, October 28, 2013

economics of scale

ECONOMICS OF SCALE

We all know about economics of scale. Sales are super-sized, and even though each unit makes little profit the overall economic reward is huge. Economics of scale are where Wal-Mart sells at retail price cheaper than a Mom And Pop store owner can buy at jobber price. Economics of scale are why you can buy gasoline at $3.25 a gallon when oil is $50 a barrel, and a mere $3.75 when it doubles to $100 a barrel. Economics of scale are when you pay $8 for a memory stick, yet I can buy them for $2 each with my company name printed on them if I get 25 at a time. I could sell it to you for $6, after shipping, and still make a 100% profit ( I’m actually thinking of doing this to sell my books. Even if you care less about my writing you still get a thumb drive cheaper than elsewhere ). Economics of scale are why a bag of white flour is cheaper than whole wheat. Think about it. You remove the wheat kernel bran, costing extra energy for processing plus machinery, and end up with less product ( call it 20% as a guess for ease of computation ). By all rights, whole wheat should be $2 like white is, rather than $2.50. It took an extra pound of wheat to produce the bag of white flour ( yes, I know the bran ends up in Raison Bran cereal at quite a high mark-up, or as pig food. I’m trying to just compare apples to apples here ). Your material costs are a fifth more, added to the extra machinery and fuel. But because of economics of scale, because almost nobody buys retail whole wheat-at least not compared to white, you make more money even with higher per unit costs.

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As consumers, we are directly benefiting from this basic tenet of the Industrial Age. But let’s ask ourselves what happens to economics of scale in a declining resource base. Economics of scale started with and grew with cheap energy. Almost every process of life has converted to this. Economics, government, agriculture, military. Everyone doing everything is operating under economics of scale to win at the game ( except each individual consumer. They win on each individual sale but lose overall as the cumulative total takes all their profit. Since they can’t produce, only consume, they do end up as net losers ). But economics of scale operates under one very ironclad rule you can’t bend- unlimited resources. How can you buy more and more to get cheaper and cheaper when the basic feedstock of those items isn’t available? Look at newspapers. They are losing customers and hence they can no longer purchase using economics of scale. They consolidate to own more cities papers. They raise prices. They don’t publish seven days a week. They cut costs by buying news from wire services rather than boots on the ground reporters. Yet they still go out of business. If the problem had been lack of trees for the paper rather than lack of customers we would be seeing the same thing. Once you lost economics of scale you can’t compete in today’s economy.

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Now scale this up to include everyone and everything because oil and ore are quickly running out and being substituted with inferior substitutes. All your food goes up, all your gasoline. Just from losing lack of scale. Inflation is an extra cost, as is taxes inevitably rising due to losing economics of scale ( rising unemployment, rising home foreclosures equal less taxpayers ). Taxpayers also were on a economics of scale ( 90% paying 3% generate more revenue than 10% paying 20% ). Just another thorn in our side. Enjoy.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

sbjabobno3


SBJABOBno3
ANOTHER BUG OUT BOOK

Going Somewhere

Yuppie Survivalists huddle around their computers in their doctor’s offices or law firms and debate the merits of where in the country they want their one hundred acres with forests and fields and fodder and babbling brooks and underground concrete fortresses stocked with thirty grand in freeze dried MRE’s and twenty-three semi-automatic weapons per family member.  They also debate the bug-out plane, train or automobile, but we’ll get to that in other sections.   Now, this discussion has its uses, and you can certainly focus on where you want to go if you are planning on making a move.  Myself, I’ve always advocated working minimum wage jobs.  You have pretty good job security as long as you work a bit harder than everyone else ( not hard to do, as the idiots have no idea how bad the economy is and so aren’t worried about trying ) and don’t smoke crack on your break ( and it probably wouldn’t hurt to make goo-goo eyes at the old fat cow of a boss-they are all pretty much old/fat females as bosses anymore in retail ).  You can uproot at any time, go anywhere, and make the same money.  You don’t have to worry about pay cuts.  It’s easy- I support a wife on it, and I used to support the current and former wife both on minimum wage.  Anyway ( another topic for another day ), I know most of you won’t go for that, so we’ll shelve the “best place to go” and focus on getting gone near where you are now.

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You have three choices of a bug-out location.  If you are really lucky, you find a piece of junk land ( go to E-Bay and find real-estate, enter Buy Now, put in $2,000 limit or whatever, see if anything is available.  Or search by state.  Or, county tax auctions, usually also junk land ).  Even luckier, you have family or friends with out of the way property ( you mainly want to get away from the mega-city.  You might need to compromise on a small town rather than a lonely rural property ).  Lastly, you can always use a National Park as a cache area.  Each has advantages and disadvantages.  Junk land, you own your own property outright which is helpful when the economy really tanks and you can’t afford rent.  Of course, good luck getting the wife to okay that one ( sell it as a vacation spot and an insurance policy.  Don’t sell it as her next hovel you’ll use to save money off rent ).  Tax auction sales have the remote possibility of having the original owner show up within nine years and trying to reclaim it under The Soldiers And Sailors Act.  With friends and family, you’ll have the price of admission buying their supplies for them.  And they could steal it all and not let you in come collapse.  National Parks are free, and readily available.  You do take the risk of having the caches discovered.  But, point being, you now have options.  It doesn’t take a hundred grand to move to the country to survive.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

supervolcano series


SUPERVOLCANO SERIES

The “Supervolcano” series by Harry Turtledove is some of his better work, but alas and sadly it certainly isn’t post-apocalypse fiction.   I still think his “Guns Of The South” is one of the better time travel stories out there, but the follow-up book which was more alternate history didn’t measure up as well.  And some of his series are simply impossible to wade through.  So, certainly this new series isn’t as good as “Guns” but far better than others of his.  I just wish it was more PA instead of “a big disaster that marginally impacts us, making life more interesting than impossible”.  I wouldn’t even really call it a disaster book because the timeline is drawn out and there is nothing to be rescued from ( just small adversities to overcome which of course our heroic family always does- it is believable stuff, but only because it isn’t extraordinary in scope ).  In fact, if I were to sum up the series, it would be “allegory to the current economic collapse”.

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And I think this is where the story will remain successful.   You aren’t concerned with seeing how the volcanic effects turn out.  He keeps hinting about Very Big And Bad Things Could Happen Any Friggin Time but then later, usually about $18 later with the next book, he provides what the general reader would assume to be reasonable fix but what I call a bit pat.  What you are reading is a soothing fairy tale where adults can believe in a happy ending to economic troubles caused by forces that won’t get better but just constantly worse ( I don’t think this is a conscious attempt at the author to goose sales-he is successful that his name alone sells books, at least to the dweeb/sci-fi crowd ).  What better way to describe an economic collapse caused by oil decline than to equate it with a giant volcanic eruption that slowly strangles agriculture?  He avoids the naysayers on Peak Oil AND Global Warming.  My whole problem is that he glosses over effects.  Nothing is portrayed as badly as it should.

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Two years after the eruption, and everything looks like a mirror image of the 1970’s gas shortage/economic crash.  The total loss of crops and livestock is no problem because imports replace them ( if to a slightly lesser degree-just not enough to cause starvation or malnourishment ).  Even though Iran and Israel nuke each other at the eruption, gas is still getting through even if prices are way up.  Right there, those two examples, totally blows away any believability with his brave new world.  Then, as if that isn’t bad enough, everyone starts growing cold resistant crops.  Which would be okay, except you need more than heat to grow things, you need all those different spectrums of light that are blocked by atmospheric particles (  I need to look up the particulars of that one time- it’s what you are lacking in the deep of winter.  Brought up in “The Survival Greenhouse” ) after a volcano.  Bottom line, not recommended as PA.  But if you get it cheap enough, an enjoyable read.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

sbjabobno2


SBJNABOBno2

ANOTHER BUG OUT BOOK

DON’T THINK THE END IS NIGH?

 

A big problem with Yuppie Survivalism is its insane cost.  Prior to Rawles the main assumption from writers in the field was you could afford it ( or you weren’t worthy was implied ) because you had to.  At least with Rawles there was a plan of sorts ( no longer as valid unless you ignore most imminent dangers ) to buy on the installment plan.  He didn’t necessarily assume you were rich.  Boston T Party had a plan based on living like a savage as you worked and invested, but he was only marginally a survivalist and more of a national gun porn celeb.  And a big part of the expense with Yuppie Scum Survivalists was the retreat and ways to get to the retreat.  As I’ve commented before, casting my pearls of wit before rooting swine, it seems Damnation Ally was the training manual for bugging out.  The bigger, more powerful, most shiny toys were needed to travel to the gleaming Oz of a mountaintop concrete fortress where freeze dried caviar is followed by champagne toasting to the success of the new regime of isolated middle class luxury. 

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So, given the insane expense, most folks either give up in despair or crank up the denial nob to ten.  They refuse to acknowledge the end is nigh.  As I hear far too often, “how did that Y2K work out for you?” or similar pabulum.  Yet, not being complete idiots, they still want a fall back plan just in case things go to crap.  They become bug out experts.  Moving to the country and working from home or commuting long distances are both problematic for them, so they just stay put and roll the dice.  They don’t buy into the Yuppie Scum quarter million dollar plan, but they want to get out of the city once urban living disallows for them earning a living.  They just aren’t convinced moving now is a great idea.  From the frying pan into the fire, so to speak.  This is the default mode for the vast majority of survivalists.  They know bad things will happen, but the timing is unknowable.  They accept partial disruption of their lives and know they have to scrimp and save and invest, but they want a reasonable plan which does NOT include a Bat Mobile with said fortress.

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Frugal bugging out is easy as can be.  Most folks lard it up with complications, but only because they are bloated pampered bitches who can’t conceive of moving any muscles to accomplish any task other than the right foot used to accelerate their SUV pass lowly plebian pedestrians, and the left arm used to hurl the remnants of their Big Gulp at said speed bumps.  With a smidge of muscle effort,  to include mental muscle, you can have dirt cheap bug out transport and a fairly cheap place to go to, also fairly inexpensively stockpiled. 

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

cohesion 2


COHESION 2

I might have gotten off topic just slightly yesterday.  Sure, the media’s whores are covering up a White House sanctioned race war which might affect you shortly.  And the media being whores is symptomatic of our lack of social cohesion as is other whores treatment of other countries.  My main point I was going to make yesterday and will today is, social cohesion is what helps or hurts in times of troubles.  And we ain’t got diddly to help us.  I’m sure you are all very much aware of this, yet still cling to vestiges of hope somehow.  I’m just trying to help you to realize there is no hope because the very last thing you could wish for to make that eco-village work is sorely lacking in our culture.  It is all very well to believe we will devolve peacefully as does the Druid Dude.  In societies that have social cohesion this might very well happen ( or have had happened in past collapses ).  In America it simply won’t.  We burned all our cultural/social capital bridges a long time ago ( mainly so we could use the flames as light to look for more treasure on the other side ).

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I don’t know what trait makes us a bunch of greedy mother humpers as Americans.  You’d want to say “embarrassment of riches for so long it seems we are entitled”, but I don’t think that is it.  Our money worshiping was noted at the birth of our nation.  Whatever the reason, we only care about money.  This makes it alright to enslave people, repress conquered territory, place people in bondage for a term ( we hate “snakeheads” for working Chinese illegals for years to pay back the passage, but that is what indentured servants did in the Colonies ).  Okay, bad behavior is universal.  The most pernicious effect is it has made us very short-sighted.  I’m not just talking about ruining a products quality to gain one quarters profits.  I’m talking about ruining our society.  Oceans of physical and electronic ink have been wasted noticing the problem.  Marriages ending for profit, consequences to children be damned.  Old people farmed off to Florida and Arizona ( where poor folk can pay for their retirement since SS taxes stop after the first hundred grand ).  Mexican workers being encouraged to migrate and work to bust up Unions. 

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The reason we are blind to these actions having costs is that we are so focused on greed of money, we can’t accept the simple notion that social cohesion costs money/capital/effort to achieve.  It doesn’t matter that Union jobs pay too much, IF the workforce is motivated, feels secure, and then agrees to cuts equal to management in times of downturn.  You aren’t wasting wages, you are buying cohesion.  Today, workers don’t care a fig.  They aren’t paid to.  They have zero job security.  Apply this notion across the board.  And then you see how only pockets of minorities who have paid the price ( Amish, other minority religions,  rural Southerners ) retain cohesion.  The rest of us will be trying to kill each other for profit or pleasure, and that is during decline, PRIOR to collapse. 

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